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Live on the Roof – Hoppin’ Boxcars
October 22 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Our songs are nostalgic, flavorful, foot stompin, originals about the adventures of four HoBoes, their musical friends, their family, & their imaginary dog, Mojo, that only Ziggy, & his brother Juggy, can hear.
Hear the story, narrated by their singer, GriZz, who writes the songs, as the boys share their story in the form of songs made to make you smile, & sing along.
The band formed on January 15th, 2016, when GriZz wrote our first hit song, “Wishin We Were Walkin”, which is a huge part of our storyline, & he was with Blaze & Reds, when he called Ziggy that day, & said, Get over here with your mandolin, & a Bb harp, & be ready to record”. Ziggy did & the nucleus of the band was formed.
As per the story, we chased down the band that was playing our song, & we teamed up with 5 more HoBoes, …Tazz, Fish, Edge, Jawz, & Doobie, & later with Juggy, & the band was actually ‘Hoppin Boxcars’ like it was nothing, getting ourselves to some great early gigs at The Ardmore Music Hall, Trocadero Theater, Sellersville Theater, The Tin Angel, The Milkboys, & the Main Martin stage of the 55th Annual Philadelphia Folk Festival in August of 2016. The band also headlined the Muddy River Festival in early 2017, & filled their schedule with gigs at various venues, & a lot of music festivals. We played the 2020 virtual online 59th Annual Philadelphia Folk Festival as well.
Grizzly decided to take it a step farther, & he got us all together with actors & actresses, & actual sets we built & painted, & the band wrote, produced, & performed a musical play, or as GriZz calls it, “A Dustbowl Opera”, which aired indoors in June of 2017 to a sellout crowd. The next year we decided to do it again outdoors and make all new, even larger sets at a weekend music festival, which was a huge success.
The “Dustbowl Opera” will be happening again real soon, we hope..
As time changes, so did the band, & our sound has morphed a bit with the addition of Gordo, & Muck, & we are sounding better than ever. Check us out, & let us know what y’all think! Thanks to all of our amazingly awesome fans for your continued love & support of local, live, original music.
Click It Tee Clack‼️”
– The Hoppin Boxcars