Walla Fest Returns to The Centre Theater in January
Walla Fest has partnered with Iron Age Theatre and The Centre Theater to manifest their musical vision on Jan. 6, 2013 at 7 p.m. The event will cost only $5.
Doors open at 7 p.m. and guests will be able to peruse the art show on the first floor and enjoy an hour of open mic performances. At 8 p.m., performers will take the Centre Theater stage. This event is part of the Centre Theater's 2013 Independent Voices Festival.
Walla Fest on includes sets by Q Family Band, The Retinas, Boog, Cousin Brian and Satellite Hearts.
The Walla art show has a unique installation in January, an Interactive Instagram Exhibit. Anyone can post an image of Norristown with "#wallafest" tagged on the picture. The Walla team will print every picture to be shown as part of the installation.
Cousin Brian is a four piece band from Philadelphia. They have been playing house shows in Philly for years. They play catchy, rhythmic, 2 minute rock songs. 2 minute bursts of pure energy. Their songs have a backbone of gritty base lines and energetic drums with a strong melodic vocal style. The bands' first album called “First” came out in 2012 on Mallrat Records.
The Retinas grew from the four corners of Philadelphia, piercing through the concrete walls of an old basement, they exploded into the brick buildings and concrete stairwells of the city. They blend a new/old mix of the loud fast adage, keeping a refreshingly raw sound. These two likely groups of lads come together with their expierience and life and influences to give you color and light in your music.
Boog is a staple of the Phoenixville music scene and returns to Walla Fest after a performance in November. His storytelling style of singer songwriter is original and reminiscent of Tom Waits.
Formed in 2010 as a final hoorah for a dying a band, Q Family Band is a 10-piece band from the suburbs of Philadelphia. Q Family Band has won several competitions and has played a wide span of venues and stages. They have experimented with a variety of sounds from orchestral strings, to electronic, to punk, and to folk music; but create a unique and unified style all their own. They have utilized instruments such as guitar, electric bass, stand-up bass, violin, viola, drums, marching-style drums, trumpet, flugel horn, harmonica, piano, synth, cello, banjo, mandolin, ukelele, glockenspeil and much more.
Hailing from Philadelphia, Satellite Hearts is a four piece band that combine both the raw, unpolished, and unapologetic sound of today, with the soul of true classic rock. Featuring J.M. Pellecchia on guitar, vocals, and harmonica, Lucas Rinz on bass and vocals, and Keaton Thandi on drums, percussion, and vocals; they create a sound that mixes the best of classic and alternative rock and roll, with elements of soul, funk, and R&B that give them a unique and explosive resonance that is hard to find in today’s music scene. This will be Satellite Hearts third Walla appearance and this time they are supporting the release of their new album Imperial Green.
Walla Fest is a monthly music show in downtown Norristown and is supported by iradiophilly.com, which will be live streaming from the event. The Centre Theater at the Montgomery County Cultural Center provides affordable, quality professional theater and arts education. By providing quality programs we are bringing the arts to Norristown and the Greater Delaware Valley area.
The Centre Theater is one of the most critically acclaimed companies in the area for over fifteen years. The Philadelphia City Paper called the companies, "The area’s most under-appreciated theater company." Receiving Barrymore nominations for a number of their productions the companies have also premiered nine plays in the past two years including “The Life of John Henry,” Jeffrey Hatcher’s “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde,” and “Molumby’s Million.” The Centre’s musical theatre repertoire includes “High School Musical,” “Oliver,” “Man of LaMancha” and more.
The Centre’s Independent Voices Festival presents three weeks of performances from around the region. Shows include City Boy by Aramdo Batista, a spoken word/storyteller one man show, Drunk Lion by Chris Davis, a bilingual play about Davis' life in a Mexican village; three premieres from Kate McGrath, Gene Frank and two Temple University Students plus encore performances of Citizen Paine and Marx in Soho.
Working in collaboration with Iron Age Theatre, the Centre is planning a massive renovation of its theater and building. Phase Two of the capital development will include a new larger first floor venue for theater and other performance.
The Centre Theater is in the Montgomery County Cultural Center at 208 DeKalb Street in Norristown. It is easily reached via routes 202, I-76, I-476 and Ridge Pike. There is plenty of free parking and the theater is one block from Septa’s Norristown Transit Center on the Manayunk/Norristown line. For tickets and more information call 610-279-1013 or purchase tickets online anytime at thecentretehater.ticketleap.com.