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Chadds Ford Days Spotlight: The Sermon

Our final band spotlight for 2015 Chadds Ford Days is The Sermon: Instrumental Soul, Funk & Jazz Band.

Informed by old school soul, funk, and jazz, The Sermon! is a funky quartet from the borough of West Chester, PA. Taking their name from the classic Jimmy Smith record, The Sermon! is primarily an instrumental, Hammond B-3 organ-driven group influenced by the stylings of Grant Green, Lonnie Smith, James Brown, Soulive, Bill Withers, MMW, and others.

Come join us for this phenomenal show!

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Chadds Ford Days Spotlight: Steppin’ Razor

We’re continuing to bring you the band line-up for this year’s Chadds Ford Days on September 12th-13th.  Come join us to celebrate our local history, eat delicious food, shop crafters and antiquers, and yes, listen to great music!

An exciting addition will be Steppin’ Razor, bringing their musical talents to this festival.

Steppin’ Razor brings original, conscious roots-rock-reggae to the masses of the 21st Century, who not only seek an escape from the monotony, but rather are inspired by positive vibrations. This music is for those who crave something new, but familiar; revolutionary, yet classic. Here is a video of the band performing live:

Be sure to check out their other songs here: and

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Chadds Ford Days Spotlight: Steve Liberace Band

Steve Liberace Band: Classic & Alternative Rock Band

Steve Liberace is a classic and alternative rock musician proudly hailing from Chester Country. A dynamic performer and passionate entertainer, Steve creates a sound that is wholly his own. Singer/Songwriter lyrical sensitivity coupled with strong guitar riffs all rolled up into one gusty stage performance that exudes soul. Get ready for some original music as well as favorite hits from The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Johnny Cash, The Grateful Dead and other musical giants! He has performed at Chadds Ford Days before and we are excited to welcome him back! Join us on September 12th-13th for fun, food, and of course music! Click the link below to preview his original music selection:

Photo courtesy of Steve Liberace

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Chadds Ford Days Spotlight: Next Wednesday

Happy Wednesday! We’re continuing to feature our highly talented line up of entertainment for Chadds Ford Days. Fittingly, we are highlighting Next Wednesday, a popular Rock Trio, as today’s spotlight for the local bands joining us at Chadds Ford Days on September 12 and 13.

From intimate bars and pubs to past appearances at the Penn’s Landing Irish Fest, The Broad Street Run and the Sea Isle City Polar Bear Plunge, Hugh, Bob, and Vince play rock, pop, “the classics”, Motown and old country standards. Crowds of all ages get up and get moving to a show of great songs performed with infectious energy, tight rhythm and impeccable vocal harmonies. Click the links below for further information about this fantastic band: and

Photo Courtesy of Hugh and Bob

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Chadds Ford Days Spotlight: McGraw and McLaughlin

You can look forward to hearing the extensive talents of a wide array of bands at our fun-filled Chadds Ford Days on September 12th-13th.  Here is one band that will bring a new twist to old favorites.

McGraw & McLaughlin: Acoustic Duo – Classic and Alternative Rock

A thru and thru rock-n-roll duo that has been performing in the Philadelphia area since 2006.  Kennett Square native Sean McGraw’s passionate vocals and Wilmington, DE native Ed McLaughlin’s blistering guitar work have lit up local venues and earned tremendous respect in the local music community.  Both are huge music fans and each brings their own unique versions of songs by their mutually admired artists.  This combination is, at times, explosive – light those fireworks and rock out!  Check them out below:

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Chadds Ford Days Spotlight: Hake & Jarema

To kick off our Spotlight Series for the 2015 Chadds Ford Days this September 12th-13th, we will be featuring our band line up for our musical entertainment.

Enjoy a blast from the past, brought to you by Hake & Jarema: Acoustic Duo – Classic Rock & Blues

Hake & Jarema have been playing their brand of acoustic classic rock, blues, and folky old soul music for the last 15 years throughout Chester County and beyond.  Comprised of Bill Hake (lead vocals/guitar) and Matt Jarema (lead guitar/slide guitar/vocals), sets include a wide variety of music by such greats as The Allman Brothers Band, The Beatles, Jim Croce, Otis Redding, Sam Cooke, Van Morrison, Paul Simon, Willie Nelson and many more.  They bring a healthy dose of nostalgia through these songs, but also add an original twist to each.  Here is a video that provides a small glimpse into the full experience this duo will bring to Chadds Ford Days:

If this has piqued your interest, check them out at the links below: and

Photo: Courtesy of Hake & Jarema