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50 States In 50 Weeks… Week 44: Pennsylvania

Fun Facts: State Dog: Great Dane, State Song: “Pennsylvania,” State Flower: Mountain Laurel

Home of: Bill Haley & His Comets, The Dead Milkmen, Disco Biscuits, The Roots, Hall & Oates

The Venues: Johnny Brenda’s is a local Philly favorite to catch the the best indie touring bands like Quasi and The Apples In Stereo as well as local and regional stars. The Trocadero Theatre offers a main theater for larger acts like reggae legends Steel Pulse and indie gods The New Pornographers and a balcony for smaller bands and weekly movie nights. Looking for something more intimate? Milkboy Coffee is an all-ages venue/coffee shop that offers a wide variety of local and regional talent. With two locations in Ardmore and Bryn Mawr, as well as a recording studio and an artist development service called “The Unlabel,” Milkboy is a great place to fill all of your local music needs.

The Music:

Atlantic Avenue – It doesn’t take many listens to understand how Atlantic Avenue’s radio-ready pop/rock sound has earned them opening slots for national acts like Boys Like Girls, Circa Survive, Armor For Sleep, Quietdrive, Valencia, Mae and more. The band was a finalist in OurStage’s 2009 MTV VMA Best Philly Breakout Artist competition, opening for All Time Low and The White Tie Affair at the VMA concert at Six Flags Great Adventure. Continue Reading 50 States In 50 Weeks…Week 44: Pennsylvania

Viv Peyrat Wins Train’s “Save Me, San Francisco” Songwriting Challenge

Last month nearly 900 artists competed for the chance to win a one-on-one mentoring session with Train in the “Save Me, San Francisco” Songwriting Challenge. Coming in at Number 9, Viv Peyrat commanded the attention of the Train camp and was chosen out of the Top 20 to win the Grand Prize. This singing-songwriting OurStage veteran landed three Top 10 finishes and a first place finish in Acoustic thanks to his songs “Heartbreaker” and “So James Dean” — needless to say this blue-eyed crooner knows his strengths.

With his smoky, powerful voice, impressive guitar skills and solid songwriting, it’s no wonder that a hit-making machine like Train would choose him for the prize. After finding out about his big win, Viv’s praise was enough to make any site’s head swell. “OurStage is AWESOME, thank you so much for this opportunity”. Awwww. Thanks Viv, we think you’re pretty awesome too.

Keep your eyes and ears peeled for updates, and in the meantime check out our other Promotional Channels and see what competitions YOU qualify for. Want to see Train in concert? Check out their Web site for tour dates and information, and give their new CD Save Me, San Francisco a listen here!

YOU BE THE JUDGE: FLYDAD77′S PICKS

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This week our Judge is Flydad77, who just happens to be the fly dad of two members of Jazz The Ripper, our May Video Grand Prize Winners!

"Daughter and Dad"

Stats: 3 Predictor awards including 1 Silver, 10 Judging Excellence awards as a Fan.

Bio: Flydad is a very active member of OurStage. (Maybe you should go be his friend!) Musically his role is the “roadie, bank, booking agent, and sound guy.” In life he’s a pilot, aircraft mechanic, avionics tech, and aerospace engineer. Phew! Try saying all that three times fast. And now for his picks as Judge:

Mine Tonight” by Viv Peyrat for Rock

“The introduction is a great hook that grabs your attention. Reminded me of The Cars’ quirky style with rhythm, effects, beats and guitar, while flowing Viv’s clear and solid vocals right through it all. What an awesome voice from a promising young artist! Thanks for sharing your talents with us!”

[Viv was recently our Download of the Week!]

“It’s Life (dance with indifference)” by Marnée for Indie Pop

“This very talented young lady melts my heart every time I hear her sing. The song is upbeat and energetic! Her voice control at such a young age is amazing, as is her stage presence, (go check out her videos). Pay attention to this gal…she’s a rising star! A very enjoyable listen.”

“Georgia On My Mind” by Louie Blue for Cover Bands

“This is an outstanding rendition of a southern classic by Ray Charles. Louie’s voice is perfectly suited, and he presents with convincing, heart-felt soul. Just close your eyes and listen…you’ll think it’s Ray, himself. After that, while you’re listening, read the comments…wow! Thanks Louie!”

Think YOU should be the Judge? E-Mail rainy@ourstage.com and tell us why!

EASY RIDER

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Sittin' Pretty: Philadelphia's Viv Peyrat

James Dean—ageless dreamboat, immortal rebel. If you’re gonna channel someone, you may as well aim high.

Viv Peyrat does so in his song, “So James Dean.” And though the 22-year-old singer-guitarist may share some of Dean’s rebel allure, he also begs more contemporary comparisons: Jeff Buckley for looks, and Jason Mraz for musical sensibility.

Peyrat, a Philadelphian by way of France, mixes pop with R&B, funk and blues, sometimes organically, sometimes with the amps turned up. Like Mraz, his singing is insouciant and breezy; with lyrics revealing a pure heart and a positive mind. Though most songs may shuffle along at an unhurried pace, they’re still driven by hooks—lots of them. “So James Dean” is a lackadaisical little melody, brightened by an organ and Peyrat’s pretty arpeggios. But “Mine Tonight” inches closer to pop rock—reverberating guitars pulse and break into an anthemic chorus:

We can ride out in the sunset / We can walk right out the door / We can fly up to the stars/ I’ll leave you running back for more.” To all the Natalie Woods out there, this rebel promises a pretty sweet ride.

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DOWNLOAD OF THE WEEK: VIV PEYRAT

 

Viv Peyrat is becoming a fixture in the top rankings of the Pop and Singer-Songwriter Channels. This French born, Philly bred musician has cultivated quite a following in the “City of Brotherly Love,” recently selling out the city’s popular Tin Angel venue. Don’t let the lip ring and the sleeve tattoo fool you —Viv’s soulful croon and heart melting lyrics are definitely the kind of thing you wouldn’t mind bringing home to your Train-loving mom. With enough guitar chops, not to mention fanbases, to give Jason Mraz and John Mayer a run for their money,  Viv is a guy you’re sure to hear more of in the future. This week’s free track “Aces High” is fresh off his self-released EP of the same title.

 


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