1131 S. Broad Street,
Philadelphia, PA 19147



Sonja Sofya, Vessna Scheff, Kingsley Ibeneche, Lauren Scott

Thu, November 16, 2017

Doors: 7:30 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

The Boot & Saddle

Philadelphia, PA

$10.00 - $12.00

This event is 21 and over

"A benefit concert for youth film and music programs in Philadelphia. Proceeds go to Big Picture Alliance and Aspiring Young Artists."

Since their first release, Everlasting (2010), Grandchildren have evolved from pioneers of Philadelphia’s burgeoning DIY scene into a musical powerhouse known for their unique cinematic blend of pop, folk and electronica. A product of a nomadic coming of age across three continents, frontman Aleks Martray settled in Philly to form a family of musicians that brought to life his eclectic sound - Roman Salcic (drums), John Vogel (synth), Russell Brodie (bass), and Adam Katz (guitar). Their next two records took them from the symphonic Golden Age (2013) to the pop-driven ZUNI (2015). After attaining road warrior status through several US tours and sharing the stage with such bands as Man Man, O’Death, and Thievery Corporation, the group went back into the studio in search of a sound that would capture the raw unbridled energy of their live shows. The result is their new single Phantom Pains, a dark and soulful requiem for love lost that digs deep into the band’s emotional core and orchestral sensibilities. The track features the soulful harmonies of female vocalist Shari Bolar in her debut as the newest Grandchild.
Sonja Sofya
Sonja Sofya
Sonja Sofya honed her musical chops through intense classical piano and voice study, but found a creative outlet through songwriting at an early age. “I had some friends who formed an indie-rock band my freshman year of high school,” she recalls, “But though I begged, they wouldn’t let me join -- it wasn’t something girls were supposed to do. So I decided I’d write my own music instead!” Years later, Sonja has carved out a reputation for “nimble pianowork and powerhouse vocals” (Philly Current Magazine), and was awarded Best Female Solo Artist at the 2017 Homey Awards (sponsored by WSTW Radio in DE). Sonja has performed throughout Philadelphia and the Mid Atlantic in rooms like World Cafe Live, Milkboy, Boot & Saddle, The Tin Angel, and North Star Bar (Philly), Caffe Vivaldi, Jalopy Theatre, and Pete's Candy Store (NYC), Club Passim (Boston), Radio Bean (Burlington), Midtown Scholar (Harrisburg), and The Black Fox (Washington, DC). She has shared the stage with artists such as Franz Nicolay of The Hold Steady, Ben Arnold, Chris Kasper, Birdie Busch, Aaron Parnell Brown, and Joe D'Amico of Mason Porter. Her debut album, “Patterns We Know”, is available at
Vessna Scheff
With a haunting and head turning tone, Vessna Scheff silences rooms with the first breath and pluck of the ukulele. Unafraid of connecting with the audience in a intimate performance, she pierces the souls of listeners in an unforgettable show. Her nuanced vocals delicately weave the powerful stories she tells through her lyrics about love and emotional development.

Since moving to Philly, she has pursued singing and watercolor painting full time, playing regularly at Luna Cafe and Baril each Sunday, and "touring" locally in Philly with about 4 shows a week. She has developed quite a following with music and art, having audience members from both mediums merge in a visual and auditory experience. She is currently incorporating beats into her live performan
Kingsley Ibeneche
Kingsley Ibeneche is fresh on the vocal performance scene, but is no stranger to the stage. Trained in dance, Kingsley received a degree in Ballet Performance from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. Kingsley was born and raised in Camden, NJ to parents originally from Nigeria but soon after graduation he lived in Germany, performing modern dance. Germany is where Kingsley realized how deeply he wanted to pursue singing and songwriting.

Combining his love of music and dance, Kingsley makes Soul-Experimental music that fills every corner and ear as he fuses his physically charged sounds with his melodic and fluid movements.

Kingsley dropped his first ever EP in May 2017 titled "CHi”, a work that delivers a range of dynamic tones and explores hip-hop & folk beats. Kingsley Ibeneche, commanding a lane of his own, is rising promisingly in the Philadelphia music scene.
Lauren Scott
With such diverse influence as Laura Marling, Dan Auerbach, and Lianne La Havas, Lauren Scott creates soulful music that is earnest, folky and enchanting. Lauren has been playing in and around Philly since the age of 16, entrancing audiences with riveting refrains and dynamic chord progressions. She has played at World Cafe Live, Musikfest and many other venues on the east coast.
Venue Information:
The Boot & Saddle
1131 S. Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA, 19147