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Philly's Shore Road Tavern: the venue to visit for your dose of fringe music

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The Shore Road Tavern, a dive bar venue in Northeast Philadelphia, is quickly becoming the place to go in the city for phenomenal outsider shows. A veritable who's who of the fringe music scene have passed through this quality venue in the last couple of years, and continue to do so. Bands and singer-songwriters ranging in genre and subgenre have graced the Shore Road Tavern's stage and provided memorable sets for stoked attendees and outsider music enthusiasts in general. Among the styles of music represented to date there have been roots artists, rockabilly bands, folk singers, one-man bands, punks, alt-rockers, and even select country performers. And having kept apprised of the scheduled events, I can't help but be impressed by the venue itself and their impeccable taste in the artists they book for their shows.

Case in point, I have regretted not making it out to quite a few shows that took place at the Shore Road Tavern in the recent past, and there are a handful of upcoming shows scheduled that are not to be missed. On Friday, January 10, 2014, for instance, The Goddamn Gallows' frontman Mikey Classic will take the stage under his solo act moniker Mikey Classic & His Lonesome Spur. Taking a break from the Gallows' gritty, high-energy rockabilly and roots rock, Mikey will be playing an acoustic set of old-school country blues. Another outstanding rockabilly artist, this one out of Providence, RI and more often than not known as Sasquatch and the Sickabillys, will be playing a set on Saturday, January 18, in his new country and acoustabilly band King Sickabilly and His Full Moon Boys. On Thursday, January 23, the male/female twosome Gold Hope Duo from Kingston, NY, will be bringing their very own folk sounds to the Shore Road Tavern. Then, the following day, January 24, another of my personal favorites next to Mikey Classic and King Sickabilly, Baltimore's Americana singer-songwriter, sometimes referred to as "the broken-hearted busker," Sean K. Preston, will be doing his thing.

And the noteworthy shows continue into February with such artists as Jersey's punk act Matt Rott, rockabilly band The Recently Deceased, and others. So keep an eye on the Shore Road Tavern's show schedule for updates. If your tastes lie well outside of the mainstream, there is bound to be an event for you in the near future.

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