December 28, 2013 · 8:00pm

8pm doors | 9pm music
all ages / 21+ (w/ID) to drink

Our very talented, handsome, well-mannered, intelligent and otherwise awesome communications guy, Mike McMonagle, is throwing himself a birthday party. Again. (Disclaimer: He may or may not have written the previous description.)

For the third year, Mickel (as he is known in some circles around town) will be ringing in another year of his life with a night of live music, festivities and whiskey.

Alt-country/rock-and-roll outfit Slimfit celebrates not only its first-ever appearance on our stage, but also the debut of its long-awaited new album! Fronted by Mickel’s older, slightly shorter, better-facial-haired brother, Slimfit goes at it hard, providing a high-energy, captivating live show each and every time.

Keeping the family ties strong, brother-sister duo The Bernhardts (Joey and Mickel’s very talented cousins) are coming in from Philly to open the night with some bone-chilling harmonies and witty stage banter.

A few secret special guests are sure to pop on stage throughout the night!

Slimfit

slimfit

It’s difficult to tell which is Slimfit’s greater trick – caring so little, and yet ending up with such airtight, honest, it’s-in-the-blood alt-country songs, or caring so much, and ending up with such an effortless-sounding, whiskey-soaked, can’t-be-forced genuineness. Ultimately, Slimfit sound exactly like what they are: a group of long-time friends with a shared affinity for fringe country, punk rock spirit, piss beer, camping trips and Bell Biv DeVoe T-shirts. But the music is something that extends far beyond what these five Lancaster, PA, boys should ostensibly be capable of. Flannel shirts and short hair be damned – these guys rock the living shit out of each song, whether it’s a sweet, dusty ballad or a scorching barroom stomp. The music is deceptively simple, joyously feral – it’s rock-solid songwriting at its most basic and visceral, exploited in all the right ways with cascading Telecasters and a soldiering rhythm section.

Blend Uncle Tupelo’s fervor, Steve Earle’s rasp, Tom Petty’s jangley pop and, if you put your ear to the ground, whispers of co-songwriters Joey McMonagle and Pat Kirchner’s other influences, including Superdrag and Descendents, you’ll only start to understand what it is that makes a Slimfit concert experience what it is.

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The Bernhardts

Bernhardts

Philly-based brother-sister duo The Bernhardts perform the way only siblings can. Experts in the art of harmony, Jerry and Kate Bernhardt are known to leave an audience spellbound.