This week’s episode of Mighty SONG Writers comes from AAA radio chart-topping indie-folk artist Matt Quinn of Mt. Joy. In his video, Quinn covers the Grateful Dead’s “Dire Wolf,” explaining that that song’s storytelling drove him to become a songwriter, and plays one of his own songs that was inspired by Jerry Garcia. Quinn also thanks a formative English teacher, passes on songwriting advice that’s helped him, and explains why John Prine should be the second musician to win the Nobel Prize.
Philly Music Fest will hold an all-virtual LIVEstream music festival on September 24 and September 25, with performers actually performing LIVE ON STAGE and featuring nationally acclaimed bands - Japanese Breakfast, Mt. Joy, Langhorne Slim, The Districts and Clap Your Hands Say Yeah. The annual festival—which usually takes place over four nights at three independent Philadelphia music venues, selling out all four nights the last two years—will still exclusively feature local musicians.
Mt. Joy is set to take the stage at the Yarmouth Drive-in on Cape Cod Thursday, August 27. Blending folk and rock, Mt. Joy is celebrating the release of their second album, Rearrange Us. The Yarmouth Drive-in show will be the band’s second live performance since the release of the album in June. Tickets are available now at yarmouthdrivein.com.
The final day of the 2019 Ohana Music Festival greeted a large sold-out crowd with hot sunny beach weather and a stunningly diverse musical line up. The music began early on day three, just afternoon with a short set by Gretta Ray. The young Australian singer-songwriter came from her hometown, Melbourne, Australia.
MOKB Presents has announced the lineup and dates for Holler On The Hill 2019. This year’s festival will take place Saturday, September 21 and Sunday, September 22 at Garfield Park with performances by Citizen Cope, Mt. Joy, Nikki Lane, Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears, Justin Townes Earle, Murder By Death, John Moreland, Kristin Hersh, Lilly Hiatt, American Aquarium, Red Wanting Blue, Will Hoge, SUSTO, Briston Maroney, The Wild Reeds, Katie Pruitt, Erin Rae, Brent Cowles, Left Lane Cruiser and more.