Band to perform ’s final show of 2015 on Saturday night.
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The Philadelphia quintet June Rich returns to the place where it all began for them – The Grape Room, formerly the Grape Street Pub, in the Manayunk section of Philadelphia. It will be the band’s first performance there since they disbanded in 1998.
June Rich took the city by storm in the mid-’90s. They reunited this year to celebrate the 20th anniversary of their eponymous debut CD (Longview Records, 1995). They released June Rich Special Anniversary Edition to celebrate the occasion. The CD features their new single “Who I Am,” as well as two songs that were recorded live at the Tin Angel.
“Who I Am” premiered on Philadelphia’s WXPN. WXPN invited the band to perform a Free at Noon show and officially “welcoming” their show at Ardmore Music Hall, both in June. The Grape Room show will be their final performance of their mini-tour of 2015, which also included a show at The Living Room in Brooklyn, N.Y. and a main stage performance at Falcon Ridge Folk Festival.
Garry Lee, the band’s bassist, reflected on the band’s reunion.
“It’s been a very fascinating and emotional run this summer, going back and revisiting what June Rich had done and getting back in touch with the songs and with the folks involved. Returning to the Grape Street [now The Grape Room] it has now come full circle, because that’s where the band started. That’s where our roots are and it was the center of a very important musical community in the ’90s. It’s nice to be able to go back to that room, which has a lot of history for us, and also to help support the new owner of the club, Scooter Best.
June Rich will perform two full sets. The concert will be preceded by a reception with the band.
IF YOU GO:
What: June Rich
When: Saturday, Sept. 12 at 9 p.m. with doors opening at 7.
Where: The Grape Room, 105 Grape St., Philadelphia.
Artist’s Website: www.junerich.com