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COVID INFORMATION: Unless otherwise stated, World Cafe Live will follow the City of Philadelphia’s current Covid-19 guidelines. Click here for more info. By purchasing tickets, you acknowledge that everyone in your party will follow any regulations in place at time of show (subject to change) and will not be entitled to a refund for noncompliance.

TICKETS
: $15-25 advance // $18-28 day of show + fees
*On Sale Monday 4/4 at 12pm*
ADA Accessible seats may be purchased by anyone regardless of ability. We respectfully request that those who do not need accommodations select other seats if available.

Doors 7pm // Show 8pm

Join us for dinner & drinks before the show in The Lounge, our full-service restaurant & bar which opens at 6pm. Check out the menu & make reservations here. Mezzanine ticket holders will be able to order from The Lounge menu right from their seat.

World Cafe Live is a nonprofit independent venue where artistry meets social impact. Every purchase helps support our free music education & community programs. Click here to learn more.

Secret American
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Secret American is a bi-coastal musical collective from the U.S. blending indie soul with retro and contemporary pop-rock stylings. With vocals rich in moxie, a groovin’ rhythm section and sunny, twangy guitars and keys, Secret American brings a fresh perspective to a time-tested sound. The seeds of the group start with the band's lead vocalist and principal songwriter, Derek Krzywicki, who started writing songs from his home in California after his departure from Cheers Elephant. Krzywicki's new musical vision was championed and completed with old friend and Philadelphia producer/engineer, Todd Mecaughey. Despite the distance, the duo began collaborating and recording regularly and by 2018, Krzywicki and Mecaughey completed Secret American’s debut album, “Warmth & Shelter”. The group felt this new music needed to be played live, and ultimately evolved the project into the electrifying seven-piece band that exists today. In time, the group settled into the perfect line-up, consisting of Rory Geoghegan and Alex Baranowski on guitars, Tony Unander on percussion, and Nashville rockers Katie Frank on keys and Jon McNally on drums. After a successful tour with J. Roddy Walston's supergroup, Palm Palm, and a long string of notable shows and festival appearances with groups like Ceramic Animal, Waxahatchee and Low Cut Connie, the group continued to hone their craft and record new music. By November 2020, after a stream of charting radio singles, the group released their sophomore album, "HEAVY FEELS". In spite of being released into a strange and splintered world, the album was well received and interest in the band has continued. After a long and forced hiatus, it has been revealed that the summer of 2022 marks the return of Secret American to the stage and studio. It is currently unclear who is more excited for this reunion- the audience or the group.

Stereo League
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Formed in 2016, Stereo League is driven by the songwriting of childhood friends Alex Savoth and Dan King. Initially a studio project shaped with the help of Engineer and Producer Eric Bogacz, the three began crafting songs and recruiting a cast of friends to fill in the gaps.  Pretty soon, The League had grown to a dozen members and the result was their debut album “A Light on Each Side”. Often appearing live as a five-piece band, the group has incorporated influences from a plethora of genres, both modern and classic, refusing to be boxed in by conventional labels. The outcome is an ever-changing musical landscape that continues to evolve along with their line-up.

On their latest EP Endless Mirage, Savoth and King collaborated with the Synth & Soul record label and production crew Eraserhood Sound. The result is a timeless, shimmering collection of songs that tell evocative tales of loneliness and longing, set against the backdrop of Eraserhood Sound’s signature analog production. Stereo League, who were previously named Artist to Watch by NPR station WXPN, believe this release to be the clearest and best representation of their vision to date--- delivering the soulful sound they have been searching for. Lead single “Money In Your Mouth” is a force to be reckoned with, featuring pulsating “Superfly”-esque drums and percussion, electrifying synthesizer stabs, and a powerful lyric from Savoth. Follow up single “Miss Me” is a tough-as-nails R&B burner, and features Saundra Williams (Mavis Staples, Dap-Kings) providing background vocals that are as sweet as honey. Look for Stereo League to be performing their new EP in Philadelphia and beyond in the coming year, as well as their first 7”vinyl courtesy of Eraserhood Sound in 2022.

Zo
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In 2016, Gina Castanzo was featured on NBC’s The Voice, where she sang Andrew McMahon’s Cecilia and the Satellite. Only seventeen years old at the time, her performance granted her a spot on Team Blake for the show’s tenth season.

After The Voice, Gina set off on a journey with the local label Raw Life Records under her new name, Gina Zo. She released two albums: My Weakness and Free Your Soul. The album releases landed her a spot on iHeartRadio’s Dunkin’ Donuts Lounge, where she performed the songs Lost, Gypsy Sounds, and a previously unreleased track, Born to Ride. Gina later performed Born to Ride on Soho Radio: London in 2018. 

Gina is currently the lead singer of the band Zo and has performed at an eclectic mix of Philly’s music venues including a sold-out show at Kung Fu Necktie, MilkBoy, World Café Live, Bourbon and Branch, The Fire, and Voltage Lounge. Joining Gina on stage are Buddy Mazzenga, Joe McEnany, and introducing Andrew Amado. Mazzenga, a veteran Philly drummer, has circulated the Northeast music scene over the past 15 years with The National Rifle, Bondage & Discipline, and Sad Heaven. Amado, a Philly bassist played in local band, The Cultour.

Zo's debut EP Dark Hallways was released in October of 2021 amassing over 30,000 plays on Spotify. WXPN has played rotations of Cry and Never Meant, calling the tunes "seductive" and "slamming". The rest of the year is jam-packed for the Philly Gypsy Soul Rock n' Roll band as they work on their next set of singles with Brian McTear (War On Drugs, Sharon Van Etten, and Dr. Dog) at Miner Street Recording.

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The Music Hall at World Cafe Live

3025 Walnut St, Philadelphia, PA, 19104

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Talent

Secret American / Stereo League

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