Series 42 Presents Music Friday: Ali Wadsworth TJ Kong and the Atomic Bomb
Philadelphia singer-songwriter Ali Wadsworth injects raw passion each phrase, and every note she sings. TJ Kong and the Atomic Bomb joins her for this special Music Friday event presented by Series 42.
June 20, 2014 · 8:30pm
7:30pm Doors / 8:30pm Music
Ali Wadsworth is the daughter of a rock musician/chemical engineer and a tapestry weaver. Life and her father’s job brought her all over the world, including Moscow to study opera, musical theatre in exotic North Jersey and Jazz at The University of Vermont. Her rock band UNLIKELY COWBOY brought her to Philly, which split off into GOOD OLD WAR, and Ali joined forced with her sister and formed GOLDIEBOX and Philadelphia super-group FANTASY SQUARE GARDEN.
When these bands disbanded (as most bands do), Ali and her little sister Claire decided to give national television a try. The Wadsworth Sisters were asked to audition for NBC’s The Voice, and spent the summer of 2012 living in a Los Angeles hotel singing and filming. Ali finished her first solo record with mega producer Bill Moriarty (Dr. Dog, Floating Action, Man Man, The Sheepdogs) which is a collection of songs given to her by her favorite songwriters. Album was released October 5, 2013. Ali has appeared on countless records (Don McCloskey, Hoots and Hellmouth, Aaron and The Spell, Andrew Lipke, Good Old War, Toy Soldiers, Kalob Griffin Band, Big Terrible, Grand National, and many many more) and continues to pay the bills as a bartender/session musician. Currently she is recording an EP of her own songs with her killer new band Satellite Hearts.
TJ Kong & the Atomic Bomb
Their music has been described as a rare blend of Jump Blues, Whiskey Soaked Balladry, Bootstomp Country, Punk, Soul, Folk and Gypsy rock. Or as they have dubbed it, Post Apocalypse Blues. TJ Kong & the Atomic Bomb are a Rock N Roll band from Philadelphia fronted by Dan Bruskewicz, Bar stool Poet Laureate and Patron Saint of boiled peanuts. They are a throwback, if such a thing is still possible, to the swinging, drunken dancing memories of jump blues and roadhouse rock with dark stream of consciousness lyrics. Since the release of their first full length album in the Spring of 2010, TJ Kong and Co. have spent most of their time touring the country and becoming more or less a machine of soulful joy. In that time they have released two LP’s, “Idiots” and “Manufacturing Joy”, and an EP, “Kong” with famed Philadelphia producer Bill Moriarty in March of 2014. They have been invited to perform at POP Montreal, South By Southwest, CMJ Music Marathon, Denver GABF, Truck America and O Positive festivals and have opened for bands such as Mercury Rev, Yarn, J Roddy Walston and the Business, Phantogram, These United States, Here We Go Magic, White Rabbits, Dax Riggs, Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band, Hurray for the Riff Raff, etc.