1131 S. Broad Street,
Philadelphia, PA 19147

The Figgs

The Figgs

It's A King Thing (Playing Hits from 1997), Ortolan

Sat, November 22, 2014

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

The Boot & Saddle

Philadelphia, PA

$10.00 - $12.00

This event is 21 and over

The Figgs
The Figgs
The tried and true band The Figgs, which has a worldwide fan base, a hearty discography, and has toured and recorded several times with the legendary Graham Parker, celebrated the year 2013 by turning 25. This occasion was made even more special by the release of “1,000 People Grinning: The Figgs Anthology”. It’s one of the band’s greatest achievements to date. And that says a lot as the Figgs (Mike Gent, Pete Donnelly and Pete Hayes) have been playing together since the trio was in high school in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.

Since the rock outfit’s inception in 1987 the band has spent the better part of the past 25 years touring, recording and working on a variety of acclaimed side projects.

The Anthology’s 25 glorious tracks are stuffed with Kinks-inspired power and melodies, vibrant harmonies and sonic experimentation ala The Beatles and the best of The Band, a touch of NRBQ’s stoner grooviness and a grit and youthfulness akin to the best rock bands from The Who to the Ramones.

Graham Parker came across the Figgs after the band signed to Capitol Records (which released The Figgs’ 1996’s Banda Macho) recruiting the band to back him on tour. A 1997 double-album live release on Razor & Tie, The Last Rock N Roll Tour, was the fruit of that initial tour, but the band has continued to work with the iconic singer-songwriter, including the 2010 live Graham Parker DVD Graham Parker & the Figgs: Live at the FTC.

Although the three band members now live in Boston (Gent), New York (Hayes) and Philadelphia (Donnelly) respectively, they frequently get together to tour or record whenever possible.

There’s no question the Figgs are one of America’s most enduring rock ‘n’ roll bands. The new Anthology is a testament to their sheer love of music, as well as their drive, energy and power as one of America’s greatest, yet grossly unknown, rock bands of the past 25 years.
It's A King Thing (Playing Hits from 1997)
It's A King Thing (Playing Hits from 1997)
It is a King Thing was not a band in 1997. Now in 2017, the band is a band and they can look back on the last ten years and say with certainty that 1997 was a year that they were not a band. Singer Brian Mietz recalls.

“We were not a band. I learned Algebra that year.”

With number theory mathematics under his belly, Mietz turned to the arts to feed his studies. He learned from the greats like Austin, Sting, Edge and Hart. His artistic core strengthening was suddenly shook in November of 1997 during a live show of the Survivor Series.

“The whole thing reeked. Everyone saw it. Hart didn’t tap out.”

With his heroes eviscerated, Mietz decided he would start a band in 2007.

Now at 10 years of age, It is a King Thing are returning as Hits a King Thing to play the hit songs of 1997. I smell candy and sex. The whole thing reeks.
Ortolan are a female indie pop quartet comprised of three sisters and one sister-in-law. The group began taking shape in 2007, when songwriter Stephanie Cottingham played a church coffeehouse with the help of a friend. The audience's response was encouraging, and Cottingham began making additional appearances at the coffeehouse, often with her two older sisters -- drummer Lara and bass player Brianna -- playing along. Ken Fabianovicz caught one of the girls' performances and introduced them to Daniel Smith, a local producer and founder of the New Jersey-based label Sounds Familyre. After recording some demo material in Smith's studio, the group added a fourth member, keyboardist/vocalist Jill Cottingham, and properly joined Sounds Familyre's roster.
Venue Information:
The Boot & Saddle
1131 S. Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA, 19147