Discover New Music: Tall Tall Trees

New York’s Mike Savino, who performs as Tall Tall Trees, has garnered the attention of many through his fresh take on banjo-based folk music. His instrument of choice, the homemade Banjotron 5000, is played in combination with various effects and drumming techniques that result in Savino’s one-of-a-kind sound. He describes his influences as “all over the place” and explains that he can appreciate Katy Perry and Iron Maiden equally. This wide range of influence is evident on Tall Tall Trees’ most recent release, 2014’s The Seasonal EP, which takes the listener on a sonic journey from the dancey “Picture Picture” to the anthemic crescendos on “How Did It Get Dark So Fast” to the folk influence on the banjo driven “Say Something Real.” Tall Tall Trees will bring these experimental indie folk tunes to Philadelphia on August 5th!

-Lexi Campion, Marketing Intern

Staff Pick: Colin Hay

Colin Hay fronted the Australian band Men at Work, and alongside his bandmates achieved international acclaim for their pop and reggae-influenced rock songs. One song that signified a departure from their pop-rock style is “Overkill,” a work that features a melancholic feel both musically and lyrically. The song, written by Hay, features his strong tenor vocals, mournful lyrics, and skillful guitar playing. It peaked at No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100 in April 1983. Check out the below video in which Hay describes his style of songwriting and performs a solo, acoustic version of this classic song!

Colin Hay has continued to perform, and has produced twelve albums since going solo. His set includes much of his new material, but also some of the hits from his days in Men at Work. One thing is certain: audience members will be thrilled by Hay’s ability to astonish a crowd with his talent. Make sure you do not miss his show on Thursday, July 21st!

-Julian Baseman, Marketing Intern