It was a rockabilly kind of Sunday night at Kung Fu Necktie with the Blasters headlining and Flat Duo Jets and Full Blown Cherry opening. A packed house took in the twangy essence of the music, which was brought to life through the vocals and guitars of the likes of Phil Alvin and Dex Romweber. Here are some photos and highlights from the night.
1. The Blasters took the crowd into the stratosphere
Led by Phil Alvin and punctuated with the guitar gusto of Keith Wyatt, the Blasters had Philly groovin’ and sonically sated with class-act tracks like “Dark Night” and “Daddy Rolling Stone.” Originally made up of Phil and his brother Dave, the Blasters have been going strong for nearly 40 years in one configuration or another. After seeing them last night, I can totally understand how they’ve garnered that staying power.
2. Flat Duo Jets put the crowd in a trance
Frontman and rockabilly enthusiast Dex Romweber was all over the stage, constantly moving from his mic stand to the drums. His knack for unleashing the 12-bar blues was a treat to behold.
3. Full Blown Cherry jumpstarted the night
As their name might suggest, Full Blown Cherry treated the crowd to a quick and intense set. The Philly-based trio jumped nearly through the roof while delivering the night’s rockabilly appetizer.
4. Alvin and Romweber
It’s not often that you get to witness two outstanding guitarists on one bill. Romweber put himself—and the crowd—in a rock-and-roll trance that he was barely able to emerge from. Alvin was more reserved, creating hooks that snuck up on you. What a way to spend a Sunday.