Independent Philly was at the Theatre of the Living Arts on South Street last night as Miggs, Thriving Ivory, and Ed Kowalczyk (lead singer of the band “LIVE”) kicked off a fifteen city tour. We had the pleasure of spending much of the evening with the guys from Miggs (Don Miggs, Michael Lombardo, and Ryan Scarbrough) after they left the stage. They were very down to earth taking the time to speak with each fan that approached them, sign merchandise, or take photos. We chuckled as Ryan signed a CD (with a smile on his face) for an eager fan who exclaimed “You’re the drummist!” We were also very happy to hear that MIGGS had tried (and enjoyed) cheese steaks a few doors up at Jim’s.
Miggs has played in support of Maroon 5, Aerosmith, Train, Duran Duran, and many others. Their most recent album “Wide Awake” is available in stores. You can also check them out at www.miggsmusic.com. Their set-list from last night kicked off with billboard hit “I Believe” and “Wide Awake”, included another billboard hit “Perfect” and wrapped up on the catchy tune “Girls & Boys”. As a treat to Independent Philly readers, you can head to www.rockridgefree.com and download “Girls & Boys” free of charge.
Thriving Ivory was next up and got the crowd moving yet again. We especially enjoyed their cover of Stevie Wonder’s “Superstition”.
Finally it was headliner time and Ed Kowalczyk took the stage. While the lead-singer of “LIVE”, Kowalczyk produced eight albums (selling tens of millions). He mixed in an array of his new solo material with fan favorites from “LIVE”. Kowalczyk hails from York, PA so it is no surprise that the tour kicked off in Philadelphia before heading off to Lancaster, PA for a Friday night show. If you’re in the Lancaster area, we strongly encourage you to check the show out. If you’re a rock fan, you’ll get to see three great bands for the price of one.
Please check back on Saturday after the Lancaster show as we will be adding a photo gallery from that show. You just might find yourself in a photo.
Sept 16 Philadelphia, PA TLA
Sept 17 Lancaster, PA Chameleon
Sept 19 Pittsburgh, PA Altar Bar
Sept 21 Cleveland, OH Beachland Ballroom
Sept 22 Cincinnati, OH 20th Century Theatre
Sept 23 Chicago, IL Park West
Sept 24 Flint, MI The Machine Shop
Sept 25 St. Louis, MO The Old Rock House
Sept 28 Charlotte, NC Amos’ Southend
Sept 29 Richmond, VA The Canal Club
Sept 30 New York, NY Bowery Ballroom
Oct 1 Bridgeport, CT Klein Theatre
Oct 2 Boston, MA Royale