Sonic Spa: Internationally Touring Singer/Songwriters Join Chana Rothman in Acoustic Forest Debut
Saturday, May 12: Sonic Spa at Cedars House
What do a Bruce Springsteen-esque balladeer who “oozes Americana,” a pop/jazz/soul storyteller from the Great White North (Toronto) and a local Philadelphian folk-hop songstress have in common? All three will sing and play guitar, folk-song style, at first-ever outdoor concert on the lush grass and wooded natural ampitheater outside Wissahickon Park’s Cedars House.
Award-winning Canadian singer-songwriter and storyteller Jory Nash blends elements of folk, jazz, blues, pop & soul. Nash joins the event as part of his current US tour. Shawn Taylor provides American roots music whose folk, rock and country lyrics are colored by the experiences of his own working-class wandering (he's been an oysterman, carpenter, hitchhiker, homeowner, father, and 'Thru-hiker' on the Appalachian Trail). Chana Rothman, event producer and organizer, is thrilled to present two artists and colleagues she deeply respects. A Philadelphia local whose most recent performance took place at WHYY studios, Rothman, as the third perfomer, adds her own worldbeat/pop flare.
Cedars House, a uniquely restored cafe/health and wellness pub and activity space, has become a community-based hub along Forbidden Drive in Fairmount Park for runners, yoga enthusiasts, and park enthusiasts. Never before has a world-class music lineup such as Sonic Spa been presented at the charming yet comfortable venue.
Blurry line between urban and woodsy
The eclectic lineup—three troubadours with very distinct styles ranging from soul to worldbeat to intricate guitar finger-picking—is framed by folk music’s beloved “in the round” format in which each performer plays a song and passes the proverbial microphone to the next perfomer. This provides an intimate feel and allows for easy interactions between performers and audience.
Producer Chana Rothman explains: "This is my way of hosting other musicians and friends who come through the Philadelphia area. I wanted to create a unique experience—to highlight the blurry line between urban and woodsy that you find in this part of the city. I also wanted to provide audience with an experience that feels like you’ve forgotten where you are, taken away by these amazing artists in a beautiful place." Is this event 'city' or 'country?' Rothman shrugs and smiles: "Depends on where you’re standing."
Treat Mom to a Sonic Spa
The concert, conveniently scheduled the evening before Mother’s Day, provides the opportunity for a special "night on the town in the woods," as Rothman calls it. The event, titled Sonic Spa, found its home when Rothman contacted Ricki Gever Eisenstein, Cedars House proprieter and visionary, about using her space. Rothman has produced events in Mt. Airy and was looking for a special venue for the event. She fell in love with the space and booked it on the spot. Rothman and Gever Eisenstein agreed that it was a perfect blend of nature, songs, and healthy snacks.
For the May 12 event at Cedars House in Fairmount Park (200 Northwestern Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19128), the performance begins at 7:30 p.m. There will be two 45-minute sets of music.
Tickets are $12. Children who can handle more complex subject matter are welcome and are $7/child.