by Jaz Bowens
The multi-talented quintet, Grizfolk, kicked off their tour in Philadelphia at the Liacouras Center along with Bastille Tuesday, Oct 7th. But before they graced the stage in front of hundreds, they played a free and intimate acoustic set among a few locals at Duke and Winston on bustling 18th and Chestnut the day before. The cozy store full of great treasures, accessories and apparel became a quaint back drop for Grizfolk as they showcased their unique blend of country, folk and rock while they played three songs off of their EP, From The Spark.
Each song performed (“Waiting for you”, “The Struggle” and “Hymnals”) sounded as if it were straight off of their EP, released back on August 5th. The songs and performance were so tight, no wonder the band easily caught the attention of many with the single, “The Struggle”, and found their way onto radio stations. It’s likely that people are also familiar with Grizfolk’s great lyrics and organic voices from their song “Way Back When” from the animated movie Mr. Peabody and Sherman.
Adam Roth, Sebastian Fritze, Fredrik Eriksson, Brendan Willing James and Bill Delia sounded seamless as they played. Once the set was over they took picture with members of the audience and the dogs that call Duke and Winston home. Adam Roth, the lead singer, also told That Music Mag why he was excited to be back in the city of brotherly love. “ We always look forward to being back in Philly, plus this time around we’ll be playing a larger audience than before. Besides the cheesesteaks, we are ready to play and once again give Philly a great show. We always have a great time [here].”
That is one thing social media sites, reviews and Grizfolk fans can all agree on is that they sure know how to put on a great show. Their next stop on tour will be in New York City at Radio City Music Hall along with Bastille Oct. 9th and 10th. Download their album on iTunes and it will feel like you are there with them.