1131 S. Broad Street,
Philadelphia, PA 19147

Philadelphia Songwriters Project All Star Benefit For Animal Welfare

Philadelphia Songwriters Project All Star Benefit For Animal Welfare

Ginger Coyle, Andrea Carlson, amanda duncan, Vulcans, Dawn Hiatt, Dante Bucci, Katie Barbato, Joshua Popejoy

Sun, June 1, 2014

Doors: 3:30 pm / Show: 4:00 pm

The Boot & Saddle

Philadelphia, PA

$15.00 - $20.00

This event is 21 and over

Benefiting: PAWS, Mercy For Animals, Anti-Dog Fighting Campaign, Humane Society and Main Line Animal Rescue.

Ginger Coyle
People have always loved Ginger Coyle's music. She's gotten radio airplay effortlessly, since her first original demo at age 14. She's been signed to two major labels, won national talent competitions and dominated industry showcases. A music biz veteran still in her mid-20s, she is at long last making the kind of music she wants to make.
Vulcans are a three-piece Americana/Folk-rock band from Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania. Disheartened by the overly produced and formulaic music, band members Nick Lindsay, Aaron Spangler, and John Thomas are in search of a more understated and traditional style of music, emphasizing unique harmonies, sincere lyrics, and tight musicality. Inspired by the wave of renewed interest in youth-centered folk music pioneered by artists such as Mumford & Sons and The Avett Brothers. Their recent win in 2013 The Philadelphia Songwriters Project contest brought them to The FireFly Festival stage, in Dover, DE.
Dawn Hiatt
Growing up singing in a church in Western New York, yet her family soon moved to right outside Philadelphia. Once completing college, Dawn made her way to New York City to begin a career in writing and performing original music. Dawn takes inspiration while songwriting from her experiences caring for orphans in Guatemala, teaching inner city middle school students in New York, working as a nanny in Chicago, and traveling all over America. Dawn's commitment to diversity and to challenging herself as a vocalist, musician, and songwriter are reminiscent of fiercely independent artists like Rickie Lee Jones and her introspective lyrics, emotive vocals and unique indie-pop sensibilities align her with artists such as Joan as Policewoman. However, her sense of history and acute awareness of musical tradition allow her to reference artists like Patsy Cline, Emmylou Harris, or even Joni Mitchell without sacrificing her refreshingly modern and original take on classic forms and structures. The roots of her family, faith and love are all expressed within her music and she has transformed herself from hopeful musician and singer to established artist with a distinct and powerful voice which has awarded her the winner of the Philadelphia Songwriters Project Songwriting Contest in both 2008 and 2009.
Dante Bucci
Dante Bucci
Dante Bucci fuses world music and melodic indie rock with his pioneering approach to the Hang drum.

He is a fixture in the Philly indie music scene and one of the most-recognized Hang players in the world, thanks to a constantly-expanding list of subscribers and over 8 million views on YouTube (

Dante plays past the Hang's ambient, meditative tendencies with insistent melodies and deft percussive strikes. He creates distinct, compelling, hummable songs, sometimes playing two Hangs at once to create a layered, polyrhythmic sound. His debut EP, Reminiscence, adds muscular band arrangements to his songs, which translate with ease to live shows that move bodies and rattle windows.

Solo or backed by a band, Dante's music always commands a hush. His classical and percussionist experience aids him in pulling sounds out of the Hang that no one else has made - or can figure out how to replicate. From delicate harmonic overtones to deep djembe-like thumps, he pushes the boundaries of the instrument farther than any other player on the planet.
Katie Barbato
Katie Barbato
Since moving to Philadelphia from Boston, Katie Barbato has been cultivating her unique style of heartfelt, socially aware folk rock and growing her audience. Katie’s distinctive, angelic voice and soulful songwriting garnered the attention of Grammy award winning producer Obie O’Brien. Along with engineer Matt Teacher, they teamed up to record her full-length album at Blackbird Studios and The Sound Emporium in Nashville with a cast of stellar players including Chad Cromwell (Neil Young), Rob Hajacos (Blake Shelton), and Kris Wilkinson (Patti Griffin). Her album “Times Have Changed” is set to be released in summer 2016. The album features nine original songs and one cover of an Irma Thomas classic.

Katie was a finalist in the 2015 International Songwriting Competition and also writes for television and film including the theme to the movie “Sugar” starring Shenae Grimes and Marshall Allman.
Joshua Popejoy
Joshua Popejoy is Philly's most radio-ready indie artist. Named a "Best Local Songwriter" by CBSphilly, Joshua's pop hooks, limber fretwork, and wailing vocals create a sound that's uniquely his. The full 5 piece rock band, fully equipped with cello and electric guitar, draws influences from Dave Matthews, Damien Rice, and even the Allman Brothers.

With his bachelor's degree and a burgeoning catalog of songs, Joshua made the move to Philadelphia in 2004, where he began to build his reputation as a confident, compelling performer. He combines the poise of his classical playing with the charm of a rock front-man to create a charismatic on-stage persona. Calm and in-control on softer songs, on huge crescendos like typical set-closer "Surrendering" he seems as though he might shake loose from the stage.

After assembling a band and recording their first EP, Runway Lights, in 2008, and follow up solo album, After the Ash, in 2010, they had their sights set on a live album. Being named an alternate winner in the 2011 Philadelphia Songwriters Project Songwriting Contest, as well as performing large stages at Musikfest as well as the main stage at World Cafe Live, Popejoy and his band had spent a ton of time crafting their live performances. Finally, they have a live album, recorded right in Philly, available for purchase.

"I grew up listening to live albums. To me, it was just a more honest approach to making music. No bells or whistles...just a band on stage playing their asses off. I'm unbelievably excited to have had the opportunity to record 'Live in Philly', and I think it comes through in the music! It is the truest representation of us, and hope everyone enjoys it."
Venue Information:
The Boot & Saddle
1131 S. Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA, 19147