A great big Thanks to all who came out for The Turks Head Music Festival


See you again next year in:

SUNDAY, JULY 15th, 2018 12:00PM to 8:00PM
(Rain Date – Sunday, July 22nd)
 
Featuring 11 popular regional bands performing on two stages, with a park full of vendors and artisan booths. Bring a blanket, your lawn chairs, and friends and enjoy this West Chester Tradition!

MC and Event Host

 
Rob Dickenson -
 
Rob Dickenson
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Rob Dickenson is a musician based in West Chester, Pennsylvania. A singer-songwriter with over 30 years of experience as a performer, Rob has entertained audiences at private parties, large venues like Longwood Gardens and everything in between as a solo artist, duo or trio. His range of music styles is impressive—from instrumental guitar to James Brown—which makes him perfect for any occasion. In addition to his musical talents, Rob is a seasoned emcee for festivals and events.

Rob Dickenson is a musician based in West Chester, Pennsylvania. A singer-songwriter with over 30 years of experience as a performer, Rob has entertained audiences at private parties, large venues like Longwood Gardens and everything in between as a solo artist, duo or trio. His range of music styles is impressive—from instrumental guitar to James Brown—which makes him perfect for any occasion. In addition to his musical talents, Rob is a seasoned emcee for festivals and events.

Entertainment Lineup

12:00 p.m.  
Josh Olmstead -
12:00 p.m.  
Josh Olmstead
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Josh Olmstead is a longstanding member of Philadelphia’s independent, underground music scene. He originally moved with his indie band Aleksandra to the city in 1997. In addition to two full-length albums with Aleksandra, he has written, recorded and released two full-length solo albums, an EP , and a number of singles with some of Philadelphia’s most eclectic and accomplished producers, including Brian McTear (War on Drugs, Kurt Vile), Jon Low, Bill Moriarty (Dr. Dog, Man Man), and Ben Riesman.

Josh Olmstead is a longstanding member of Philadelphia’s independent, underground music scene. He originally moved with his indie band Aleksandra to the city in 1997. In addition to two full-length albums with Aleksandra, he has written, recorded and released two full-length solo albums, an EP , and a number of singles with some of Philadelphia’s most eclectic and accomplished producers, including Brian McTear (War on Drugs, Kurt Vile), Jon Low, Bill Moriarty (Dr. Dog, Man Man), and Ben Riesman.

12:44 p.m.  
Pepperwine -
12:44 p.m.  
Pepperwine
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Pepperwine is based out Belmar, NJ. They have been a band since 2014 and have played over 150 shows together. Their sound is a fusion and has been described as funky, soulful, groovy, and rocking. They released a 5 song EP in 2016 which was titled "Future Habits". This winter they have been recording their first self funded full length album which is slotted to release summer 2018. The upcoming album encompasses their sound with feel good grooves, funky vibes, soaring guitar lines, in the pocket rhythm drives, and soulful vocals.

Pepperwine is based out Belmar, NJ. They have been a band since 2014 and have played over 150 shows together. Their sound is a fusion and has been described as funky, soulful, groovy, and rocking. They released a 5 song EP in 2016 which was titled "Future Habits". This winter they have been recording their first self funded full length album which is slotted to release summer 2018. The upcoming album encompasses their sound with feel good grooves, funky vibes, soaring guitar lines, in the pocket rhythm drives, and soulful vocals.

1:28 p.m.  
Venom Blues -
1:28 p.m.  
Venom Blues
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The Mid-Atlantic's hottest Blues band performing original work and remakes of Blues greats such as Muddy Waters, Johnny Winter, Robert Cray, the Chambers Brothers and other Blues legends. Venom Blues appears throughout Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey and Pennsylvania and rolls out several sets of seriously smokin' Blues tracks that will have you out on the floor stompin' yo' feet.

The Mid-Atlantic's hottest Blues band performing original work and remakes of Blues greats such as Muddy Waters, Johnny Winter, Robert Cray, the Chambers Brothers and other Blues legends. Venom Blues appears throughout Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey and Pennsylvania and rolls out several sets of seriously smokin' Blues tracks that will have you out on the floor stompin' yo' feet.

2:12 p.m.  
Waiting for December -
2:12 p.m.  
Waiting for December
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Based in West Chester PA, Waiting For December is a rising prog-rock leviathan in the greater Philadelphia area. With the scale and diversity of our composition, we seek to produce art in music with our own unique material that continually pushes ourselves to new extremes while maintaining our standard of enjoyment - if we don't enjoy it, we don't make it. We hope you enjoy it with us.

Based in West Chester PA, Waiting For December is a rising prog-rock leviathan in the greater Philadelphia area. With the scale and diversity of our composition, we seek to produce art in music with our own unique material that continually pushes ourselves to new extremes while maintaining our standard of enjoyment - if we don't enjoy it, we don't make it. We hope you enjoy it with us.

2:56 p.m.  
AfroBear -
2:56 p.m.  
AfroBear
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Based out of West Chester, PA, the band AfroBear is comprised of Amanda on vocals and keyboard, Sidney Joseph on drums and vocals, Teddy Thomas on guitar, and Doug Barber on guitar, bass and vocals. Having each been involved in the world of music separately for over ten years and in different ways, the members met and moved in together in West Chester to form a group whose sound takes its roots in Soul and Rock music with Reggae and Hip-Hop undertones.

Based out of West Chester, PA, the band AfroBear is comprised of Amanda on vocals and keyboard, Sidney Joseph on drums and vocals, Teddy Thomas on guitar, and Doug Barber on guitar, bass and vocals. Having each been involved in the world of music separately for over ten years and in different ways, the members met and moved in together in West Chester to form a group whose sound takes its roots in Soul and Rock music with Reggae and Hip-Hop undertones.

3:40 p.m.  
Mark DeRose Music -
3:40 p.m.  
Mark DeRose Music
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“Thoughtful and provocative, laden with metaphors of hope and celebration for life. It’s the stuff that makes feel good music feel so good”.- Patrick Kirchner, The Fly Magazine. DeRose has opened for national touring artists Rusted Root, Gin Blossoms, Michelle Branch, Edwin McCain, Blues Traveler, The Sugar Hill Gang and Josh Kelley. As well he perform as part of an NFL halftime show for the Baltimore Ravens and his music has been featured for use on daytime television.

“Thoughtful and provocative, laden with metaphors of hope and celebration for life. It’s the stuff that makes feel good music feel so good”.- Patrick Kirchner, The Fly Magazine. DeRose has opened for national touring artists Rusted Root, Gin Blossoms, Michelle Branch, Edwin McCain, Blues Traveler, The Sugar Hill Gang and Josh Kelley. As well he perform as part of an NFL halftime show for the Baltimore Ravens and his music has been featured for use on daytime television.

4:24 p.m.  
AQUA CHERRY -
4:24 p.m.  
AQUA CHERRY
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Aqua Cherry is a Reggae Rock Pop band from NY. Their music provides sweet, uplifting, booty-shakin reggae grooves infused with a rebellious rock edge. Over the years, in the studio and at countless gigs, Aqua Cherry has laid out a color palette of songs with which to create an immersive live experience. Each show is an opportunity to invite the audience into the band, to be a part of a special moment together. Dance and sway and enjoy being close during "Twilight," look within for the courage to fight the oppressive concept of fate during "Helix," marvel at the wonders of our unique inner worlds during "Sum of Love"

Aqua Cherry is a Reggae Rock Pop band from NY. Their music provides sweet, uplifting, booty-shakin reggae grooves infused with a rebellious rock edge. Over the years, in the studio and at countless gigs, Aqua Cherry has laid out a color palette of songs with which to create an immersive live experience. Each show is an opportunity to invite the audience into the band, to be a part of a special moment together. Dance and sway and enjoy being close during "Twilight," look within for the courage to fight the oppressive concept of fate during "Helix," marvel at the wonders of our unique inner worlds during "Sum of Love"

5:08 p.m.  
Hambone Relay -
5:08 p.m.  
Hambone Relay
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Founded in 2012 by Hammond organist Mark Brown, Hambone Relay has been touring up and down the east coast for 5 years bringing their brand of instrumental originals and covers to the masses. Brown, who came onto the jam band scene in 2008 as the keyboardist with the Baltimore-based band The Bridge is joined by University of the Arts grad Rob Tait on drums and Luke Ferracone of the Lehigh Valley-based band The Groove Merchants on guitar. Despite being primarily instrumental, Hambone Relay is known to have guest sit-ins performing everything from Led Zeppelin to Stevie Wonder.

Founded in 2012 by Hammond organist Mark Brown, Hambone Relay has been touring up and down the east coast for 5 years bringing their brand of instrumental originals and covers to the masses. Brown, who came onto the jam band scene in 2008 as the keyboardist with the Baltimore-based band The Bridge is joined by University of the Arts grad Rob Tait on drums and Luke Ferracone of the Lehigh Valley-based band The Groove Merchants on guitar. Despite being primarily instrumental, Hambone Relay is known to have guest sit-ins performing everything from Led Zeppelin to Stevie Wonder.

5:52 p.m.  
Big Mind -
5:52 p.m.  
Big Mind
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Big Mind is an original Reggae/Rock band that formed in 2015 and consists of: Jeremy Howe , Art Rivell, Greg Seraphin , Dan Robinson and Greg Pinney. Big Mind decided to create something new and original within the reggae genre drawing inspiration from several individual influences to create an eclectic, unique sound. Their sound is infused with world grooves that keep their live shows upbeat and lively.

Big Mind is an original Reggae/Rock band that formed in 2015 and consists of: Jeremy Howe , Art Rivell, Greg Seraphin , Dan Robinson and Greg Pinney. Big Mind decided to create something new and original within the reggae genre drawing inspiration from several individual influences to create an eclectic, unique sound. Their sound is infused with world grooves that keep their live shows upbeat and lively.

6:36 p.m.  
Dean Shot's Tribute To Howlin' Wolf -
6:36 p.m.  
Dean Shot's Tribute To Howlin' Wolf
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Having spent almost 6 years playing guitar next to Hubert Sumlin, Dean Shot learned much of what he knows about Howling Wolf from his relationship with Hubert. Dean took Hubert's word to heart when Hubert asked him to carry the music forward and give it to others. Dean has been a student of Howling Wolf‘s music for over 20 years now. Sumlin was Wolf’s right hand man and guitarist for over 27 years and recorded most of the great singers hit songs with him. His guitar stylings were an integral part of the Wolf sound and the two are almost inseparable.

Having spent almost 6 years playing guitar next to Hubert Sumlin, Dean Shot learned much of what he knows about Howling Wolf from his relationship with Hubert. Dean took Hubert's word to heart when Hubert asked him to carry the music forward and give it to others. Dean has been a student of Howling Wolf‘s music for over 20 years now. Sumlin was Wolf’s right hand man and guitarist for over 27 years and recorded most of the great singers hit songs with him. His guitar stylings were an integral part of the Wolf sound and the two are almost inseparable.

7:20 p.m.  
Half Past Seven -
7:20 p.m.  
Half Past Seven
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Half Past Seven is a 3 piece rock band from South Eastern Pennsylvania that includes lead vocalist and bassist Nick Lombardi, guitarist/backing vocals Steve Lombardi, and drummer/backing vocals Tyler Kilby. We perform a wide range of music, from popular classics to current modern day top 40. We are primarily rock but also cover other genres like funk, country, pop and mix in our own original music. Half Past Seven is known around the Philadelphia area for being on radio stations such as 93.3 WMMR and 93.7 WSTW. We constructed our own recording studio where we record and rehearse all of our songs.

Half Past Seven is a 3 piece rock band from South Eastern Pennsylvania that includes lead vocalist and bassist Nick Lombardi, guitarist/backing vocals Steve Lombardi, and drummer/backing vocals Tyler Kilby. We perform a wide range of music, from popular classics to current modern day top 40. We are primarily rock but also cover other genres like funk, country, pop and mix in our own original music. Half Past Seven is known around the Philadelphia area for being on radio stations such as 93.3 WMMR and 93.7 WSTW. We constructed our own recording studio where we record and rehearse all of our songs.

Bands Wanted!

Submit your press packets today!

Press packets should include band history, venues played at, CD, digital download, or a link for our selection committee to listen to your tunes.

Packets should also include a contact name, phone number, email address, and address.

Packets can be emailed to parksandrecreation@west-chester.com or mailed to;

Turks Head Music Committee
401 East Gay Street
West Chester PA 19380

Deadline for press packets is Friday, February 24th.

“A big Thanks to Gene Samit and TSS Photography (Willow Grove) for his time and efforts.
The pictures came out great and we appreciate his work. If you are in need of a photographer for any occasion, contact Gene”.
Gene Samit and TSS Photography

Turks Head Music Festival Sponsors

Please take the time to visit our wonderful sponsors who are kind enough to donate their goods and services to support the Turks Head Festival!
Also a Big Shout Out To Our Food Sponsors!
Also a Big Shout Out To Those Feeding Our Staff
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Jason Reed
12:00 PM
Jason Reed is a prolific Songwriter, Singer and Multi-instrumentalist... Musically speaking he is a ‘jack of all trades’. His unique songwriting comes to life in his live shows and he has performed as a featured artist at the World Cafe Live, West Chester Restaurant Festival, WMGK 102.9 sponsored shows and much more. www.reverbnation.com/jasonreed
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Naelee Rae
11:30 AM
In October 2009, Naelee performed with David Foster to a sold-out audience at Madison Square Garden. She has appeared on the Apollo stage numerous times. A singer and songwriter, Naelee is consistently in the top 10 for singer-songwriters in Philadelphia on ReverbNation.com. www.reverbnation.com/naeleerae
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TONEY
12:44 PM
Currently promoting his upcoming release, Toney Rocks: The Self Titled EP, TONEY ROCKS dives into the abyss of progressive, blues rock music, pushing the culture forward by delivering a bold hybrid of blues, and rock music peppered with electronic elements. www.toneyrocks.com
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Blackbird Society Orchestra
1:28 PM
Philadelphia's Premier 1920s Hot Jazz / Dance Orchestra dedicated to the preservation of the music of "The Jazz Age", "The Roaring 20s" , "The Gatsby Era"....Flappers, Prohibition, Gansters , Model A's and the invention of an American art form known as "Jazz" ! Blackbird Society Orchestra on Facebook
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Hot Bijouxx
3:40 PM
Hot Bijouxx performs an energetic mélange of Prohibition-era jazz, French gypsy swing-waltz, and Brazilian bossa nova. Renditions of Great American Songbook standards are metamorphosized by Hot Bijouxx’s arresting arrangements. hotbijouxx.com
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Flux Capacitor
4:24 PM
Emerging from the Pennsylvania music scene, from the outskirts of the City of Brotherly Love, is the phenom band known as Flux Capacitor. This band of brothers consistently inspire and evoke a new and wildly addicting sound resonating with elements of rock, improvisation and electronica. fluxcapacitorband.com
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The Quixote Project
5:08 PM
We hail from the great state of New Jersey and are a neo-roots music outfit. From Rock to Rockabilly, Bluegrass to Soul we like to pull from traditional lines to kick in the doors of modern music. Call this musical hodgepodge what you will but at the end of the day we strive to create one cohesive musical experience. www.theqpmusic.com
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Joy Ike
5:52 PM
Not yet a veteran, but more than a newcomer, Ike is and always has been an anomaly. As a singer/songwriter who purposefully refuses to be pigeon-holed into any one specific genre, Ike’s path has consistently taken an “anywhere for anyone” approach. www.joyike.com
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Venom Blues
6:36 PM
The Mid-Atlantic's hottest Blues band performing original work and remakes of Blues greats such as Muddy Waters, Johnny Winter, Robert Cray, the Chambers Brothers and other Blues legends. This ain't your Grandma's Blues, so come prepared to hear a little something special and don't be surprised if you get bit - by the seduction that is "The Blues"! www.venomblues.com
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New Sweden
7:20 PM
Since forming in late 2009, the five-piece outfit has been entertaining fans in the greater Philadelphia region and beyond. With sincere lyrics characteristic of Americana folk combined with the intense melodies of Indie-Rock, it's sound is a distinct and complex fusion of raw emotion wrapped up and presented in an artful array of musical flair. www.reverbnation.com/newswedenmusic
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Billy Roach & Political Theatre
2:12 PM
The band has received airplay on SiriusXM Radio and Pandora as well as major Philadelphia-area media platforms such as Radio 104.5, 88.5 WXPN, 93.3 WMMR, 93.7 WSTW. In the past, they've opened for national acts including Civil Twilight, New Politics, Seven Mary Three, Halestorm, Spacehog and Jimmy Fallon. billyroach.com
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Kwesi K
2:56 PM
Kwesi K (Kway-See Kay) continues the legacy of American Folk Music. The Alaskan-Ghanaian-Ohioian songwriter uses contemporary stylings that pull from the diasporas of American heritage. Soulful and simple, Kwesi K draws his listeners in with colorful story lines and a melodic fervor. kwesik.com/
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