KALOB GRIFFIN BAND TO HEADLINE WQSU’S ROCK FOR A CAUSE MUSIC FESTIVAL MARCH 17
RETURNS TO CAFÉ 210 WEST APRIL 14
WINS 2012 TRI STATE INDIE “PHILLY INDIE BAND OF THE YEAR” AWARD
March 5, 2012 – Philadelphia Americana rockers The Kalob Griffin Band are headed to Susquehanna University on Saturday, March 17th to headline WQSU’s Rock For a Cause Music Festival. The festival, which will commence in the early afternoon and continue throughout the evening, will benefit the David E. Stefanovige Memorial Fund. This is the band’s first headlining festival of the 2012 season. The quintet was recently named “Best Philly Indie Band” at the 2012 Tri State Indie Awards and will follow the festival performance with a special gig at Milkboy Philadelphia, in which they will unveil details on their upcoming album and launch an interactive fan site on Saturday, March 31, and return to where it all began for the band at Café 210 West on Saturday, April 14. The band will be releasing their debut untitled full-length album this June.
Drawing lyrical inspiration from Neil Young and John Prine and musical inspiration from a variety of genres, the band has been likened to a foot-stompin’ mash up of the Jayhawks, Allman Brothers, and Avett Brothers. The Kalob Griffin Band consists of Kalob Griffin (lead vocals/rhythm guitar), Rob Dwyer (lead guitar/mandolin/banjo), Eric Lawry (drums/backup vocals), John Hildenbrand (keyboards/backup vocals), and Nick Salcido (electric and upright bass). Over the past two years, the band has not only created a reputation as fun-loving, raw rock’n’rollers but they have also exhibited an artistic vision that is committed to honesty, integrity, and relevance.
“It really makes the trip so much more worthwhile to know that the weekend isn’t just about us,” says Lawry. “Music is such an amazing tool to bring people together, and it’s really something special when a show or performance can paint a bigger picture. It’s inherent in any performer to want to reach out and really affect someone, and opportunities like Rock the Cause can’t be passed on. It’s a great event for a great cause that we’re honored to be a part of.”
Whether they’re playing at a field at a music festival in desolate mid-America or at an intimate venue in a crowded city, the KGB has prematurely proved what most bands ultimately strive for over the span of their careers – creating music that brings people together.