Don McAvoy & The Great Whatever / Germany Hill

Don McAvoy & The Great Whatever / Germany Hill

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 7:30 pm

World Cafe Live Philadelphia - Upstairs

$8 ADV - $10 DOS + Fees

Don McAvoy & The Great Whatever
Don McAvoy & The Great Whatever
What do you get when you mix…

1) An Irish/Polish – Catholic, son of a US Marine, multi-instrument playing, prolific singer/songwriter AND
2) A 60-something, newlywed, Irish / Catholic, lead guitar playing grandfather AND
3) An agnostic, sarcastic, bespectacled, politically incorrect, Italian/German, bass player AND
4) An Irish / Catholic, perpetually engaged drummer with an encyclopedic memory?

You get Ribsy Records recording artists Don McAvoy & The Great Whatever® and the release of their new CD "There's Time Between The Bridge And The Water" ! The band and the new CD feature the talents of:

* Don McAvoy (songwriter, lead vocals, various instruments, husband and family man, legal eagle):
Has written approximately 2,500 original songs and has won numerous songwriting awards. Influenced by the classic rock of The Beatles, The Kinks, Tom Petty and Bruce Springsteen and by the 1970’s era of singer/songwriters. He had dial up internet up until 2010 and just started texting recently, thus the reason the band calls him ‘’Analog Man in a Digital World”!

* Marc Arot (bass guitar, vocals, husband of a school teacher, annoying uncle, project manager):
Raised by a Philadelphia firefighter father who introduced him to Frank Sinatra and Billy Joel on their long car rides to Atlantic City. Influenced by the obscure 1980's music he discovered at a small insignificant college radio station. He self-taught himself the bass by mimicking the lines of Mike Mills of REM, Jonette Napolitano of Concrete Blonde and Tina Weymouth of Talking Heads and many more of those ''left of the dial'' artists that helped form his musical addiction and bass playing technique.

* Jim Walsh (lead guitar, vocals, grandfather, newlywed, Trader Joe's crew member):
He started as a fan of the band by attending DMCGWTM shows during our “Coffee House” era. One day Don’s brother Mike invited him up to play on a few songs and like a stray dog, he never left our side! His musical tastes range from Zappa to Clapton to Joe Walsh (no relation) to The Allman Brothers to Alabama Shakes to CAKE and everything else in between. This nearly retired, ''man of a certain age'' can shred his axe like someone 1/2 or 1/3 his age! His Hyundai Santa Fe was used as a ‘’studio’’ to listen to and chose from the many mastered versions of the tunes on the new CD! He can eat and drink his own weight in one sitting and never gain an ounce!

* Mike McAvoy (drums, percussion, vocals, movie and music aficionado, discoverer of Jim Walsh):
Our answer to the Muppets “Animal” and the long lost twin brother of Bevis. He was the TV character “Monk” before the show existed and is always joined by his personal “Sharona” Betsy! His drumming is influenced by all the greats like John Bohnam , Keith Moon, Buddy Rich, Charlie Watts, Phil Collins, Stewart Copeland, Alex Van Halen and sometimes Ringo. He can remember, in vivid detail, what he did (and what YOU did!) 20 or more years ago. Drum solos ARE NOT optional!

PLUS a revolving door of family and friends who guest star in the studio and on the stage and put the ''Whatever'' in ‘’The Great Whatever®’’, including: Joe McAvoy (Guitars, Vocals) & Felix Fitzsimmons (Guitar, Bass, Vocals) from the band Germany Hill (www.gemanyhill.com, www.facebook.com/GermanyHill), John Harris (Vocals and guitar), Don McAvoy (Don’s father on vocals) and many other talented local and regional musicians (a violin here, a piano solo there, sprinkle in a horn section and some stunning backing vocals as required!).

"There's Time Between The Bridge & The Water" contains (23) well written, accessible, and well produced original songs, in varied genres, that started in the studio back in 1999 after the regional success of their first two releases “Sometimes The Characters…” and “Peace, Love and Scrapple”. The songs are a mixture of many different styles, tempos and instrumentations that appeal to all ages and musical tastes. Since most people flip from station to station when listening to the radio in their cars, this CD captures that need for the variety, melody and accessibility that people are longing for in this era where most music sounds the same.

"There's Time Between The Bridge And The Water” is available for sale for $10 at WWW.DMCGW.COM, CD Baby, i-Tunes, Amazon and many other digital outlets and music stores.

Please check out our web site WWW.DMCGW.COM, and/or our Facebook page to find our live performance schedule! Please watch our You Tube page for all of our music videos! Thanks for supporting original music!
Germany Hill
Germany Hill
Germany Hill is a Philly-area band that takes its name from a tract of open space between Roxborough and Manayunk. Germany Hill the place is an anomaly, twenty acres of sylvan hillsides nestled between two northwestern Philadelphia neighborhoods. Musically, Joe McAvoy (guitar/vocals) and Fitz Gallagher (guitar/vocals) comprise the bisected song-writing halves of Germany Hill the band. Germany Hill began as a mostly acoustic singer-songwriter duo, but their dynamic, original songs screamed out for a solid rhythm section and some voltage. Since Ren Parker (bass) and Mark Keegan (drums) came on board a few years ago, this rock-and-roll band has been delivering live performances as dynamic and authentic as Joe and Fitz's original numbers.
Venue Information:
World Cafe Live Philadelphia - Upstairs
3025 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA, 19104
http://philly.worldcafelive.com/