CROSS-POLLINATION XCVII - TUES MAY 23RD - 7:30-10 PM
SETH KALLEN
MELODY GARDOT

Singer-songwriter Seth Kallen is no newbie to the Philadelphia music scene. At the age of 17 he released his debut album, "It Occurred to Me, and shortly after began selling out shows at venues around the area (including at such renown spots World Café Live, The Point, and more) Quickly local radio station WXPN caught on to the buzz, and after a performance following Philadelphia local Amos Lees record release party, was contacted by the station to have his song Losing Control featured on the air. This garnered a buzz surrounding his music, which enabled Kallen to share the stage with such acts as Duncan Sheik, Blue Merle, Citizen Cope, My Morning Jacket, Amos Lee, Anna Nalick, Nicole Atkins, and a whole plethora of Philadelphia locals.

During this time, Kallen put together his backing band, The Reaction, featuring Adam Samuels (guitar), Dave Kasper (bass), Bill Delia (drums), and Mark Gallagher (saxophone, harmonica). But with Kallens move to NYC in 2005 (at the age of 19) to study at NYUs Clive Davis Dept. of Recorded Music, he began to see The Reaction as much more than just a backup band, but truly an exciting collection of talent, energy, and collaboration. The group entered the studio with producer Tim Sonnefeld, and has come out with the new album "Exhibit A", which explores a much more matured, refined, and adventurous sound. The band has gained comparisons to such artists as Ryan Adams & The Cardinals, Wilco, Gin Blossoms, The Wallflowers, and Matthew Sweet.

Seth Kallen & The Reaction make edgy pop-rock with a touch of American roots music and experimental Britpop. Look for them on tour in support of the new album, "Exhibit A"!!

Folky-blues, acoustic jazz, Philadelphia based Melody Gardot gently stirs the senses with a diverse collection of beautifully poignant songs dripping with strength-filled honesty.

The Bedroom Sessions EP was recorded bedside following a motor vehicle accident that left young Gardot immobile and disabled. It was during this time the "Some Lessons" EP was written. Dubbed the 'bedroom sessions' due to the nature of the recording process, this debut EP showcases a soul-bearing artist, with songs full of profound maturity and empathy.

"Her EP “Some Lessons — The Bedroom Sessions” is in part a chronicle of her struggle to maintain her identity against the backdrop of disability. She has not exploited these circumstances, nor hidden them. It is all rather matter- of-fact. Yet even without the drama of her recovery, she would still have had plenty of interest from media and audiences, for she is truly a dynamic and sincere talent.” - Montgomery Co. News

LISTEN TO SETH KALLEN LISTEN TO MELODY GARDOT
CROSS-POLLINATION XCVII ::: Tuesday, MAY 23RD
7:30 - Doors Open
8:00 - SETH KALLEN | sethkallen.com/ | myspace.com/sethkallen
8:45 - MELODY GARDOT | myspace.com/melodygardot
9:30 - Cross-Pollination set ft SETH KALLEN & MELODY GARDOT!!
10:00 - Guitar Hero