Birdie Busch

A Fundraiser for the Rail Park at Union Transfer Dec. 4

This evening, Union Transfer will be playing host to a fundraiser event for the Rail Park, a project to build public green space along the rail tracks of the abandoned Reading Viaduct. There will be a sold-out cocktail reception and fashion show before the music performances, which will feature short sets and rare collaborations from talented artists. You'll be treated to Sharon Van Etten performing with Mary Lattimore and Jeff Zeigler, Birdie Busch backed by Pattern is Movement's Chris Ward, Spank Rock, Light Heat, Sun Ra Arkestra and The Walkmen, who have announced that this could be their final show (or at least for a very long time). All proceeds from the night will go to Friends of the Rail Park. Union Transfer, 1026 Spring Garden St., 8pm, $30, All Ages - Q.D. Tran 


New Video: Double Decker Music Series: Episode 1 - Charles Cohen & Birdie Busch

Here's a new video from the inaugural Double Decker Music Series (October 1, 2013), an intimate mobile concert experience and city tour on an open-top double-decker bus, which was hosted by Sebastian Petsu and featured Charles Cohen and Birdie Busch. It ran into technical difficults along the way, but that only addded to the experience. Special thanks to videographer Bob Sweeney for sharing his footage of this unique event.


The Communion Club Nights Tour w/Birdie Busch & Prowler at JB’s Oct. 3

The Communion Club Nights Tour rolls into Johnny Brenda’s tonight. While the tour brings a trio of artists, Willy Mason, Roadkill Ghost Choir and Rubblebucket, it extends a friendly hand including local performers at each stop (in this case) Birdie Busch and Prowler. The show begins with Birdie Busch whose recipe for sound incorporates fundamental ingredients - memorable refined lyricism projected through vocals which embody a steady anchoring presence, all while the folk-oriented instrumentation works to encapsulate a peaceful yet ever-moving feel. Willy Mason uses a spoken-singing style that serves to authentically mold to his words lifting the emotions to the surface while echoing traditional folk. Six-piece Florida natives Roadkill Ghost choir are a hybrid of alt-country and indie rock. Then the tone distinctly changes as Prowler brings their customized danceable spaced-out electro-funk. The couple of Kalmia Traver and Alex Toth lead the group of eclectic, morphing horn-laced synth dance-pop of Rubblebucket ,who just released Save Charlie, wrap up this interesting and talent-littered night meshing sophisticated layered grooves and rhythms with succinct vocals. Johnny Brenda’s 1201 N. Frankford Ave., 7:30pm, $15, 21+ - Michael Colavita

Double Decker Music Series w/Charles Cohen & Birdie Busch at 5th & Market Sts. Sept. 12

Catch a show in a different setting as the Big Bus Company hosts the first ever edition of its Double Decker Music Series. This mobile concert experience and guided tour will give its participants the chance to learn about Philly’s history courtesy of tour guide Sebastian Darkly Petsu, while listening to live performances from some fine local talents. Charles Cohen is a legendary electronic music composer who has been making soundscapes since 1971. And with his background in theater, dance, music, and media arts, he is no stranger to bridging the gaps, and will be right at home during this tour experiment. Headlining the event will be the critically acclaimed folk songstress Birdie Busch, who has most recently been praised for her latest album The Greatest Night. Since the bus departs from 5th & Market at 8pm, it’s highly recommended that you arrive at the 7:45pm boarding time, especially since the first 15 people to board, get an ice cream sandwich from Little Baby’s! Northeast Corner, 5th & Market Sts., 7:45 PM, $20, All Ages - Bill McThrill


The Philly Opry w/Birdie Busch at JB’s January 18

The Philly Opry, a storied event where local artists come together to honor classic Americana artists, returns to Johnny Brenda’s tonight for its 3rd annual event. But tonight’s Opry is an extra special one since it doubles as the record release party for Birdie Busch’s new album, Birdie Busch and the Greatest Night. The ambitious LP features a playlist of songs that the artist has conceptualized since her 2006 debut The Ways We Try, and was crowd-sourced using PledgeMusic, a fundraising site that also donates proceeds to a non-profit of the musician’s choice. It was also the first time that Busch was able to step into the recording studio with her full backing band, and the occasion was captured by Nathan Sabatino, who previously worked on Dr. Dog’s Be the Void. Birdie and her band have much to celebrate tonight, and they’ll be joined by Boston-based string band Joy Kills Sorrow and guitarist Jason Loughlin. BTW: She’ll also be performing an improvised live score to a film with Carl Cheeseman this Tuesday at PhilaMOCA for Tuesday Tune-Out. Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 N. Frankford St, 9pm, $12 - $15, 21+ - Bill McThrill