“Finding an identity in the storytelling aspect of traditional folk, Driftwood Solider infuse everything from the blues to the punk music of their adolescence, expressed through Lyman-Schmidt’s mandolin and Szafranski’s melodic bass stylings and junk percussion—a suitcase, a license plate snare, and “the Jangler,” a bottle cap tambourine contraption. Their instrumentation combined with Lyman-Schmidt’s Nick Cave-esque jarring baritone growls produce a uniquely rootsy sound.”
Kingsley Ibeneche is fresh on the Philly music scene, but is no stranger to the stage. Trained in dance, Kingsley received a degree in Ballet Performance from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. Kingsley was born and raised in Camden, NJ to parents originally from Nigeria. Living in Germany is where Kingsley realized how deeply he wanted to pursue singing and songwriting.
Geraldine Oliver is an independent vocal artist from Philadelphia and performs regularly with area jazz performers including THE EVOLUTION OF JAZZ REIMAGINED SERIES is hosted by Jeff Duperon from WRTI Radio presented by Robert Bynam-SOUTH.
Ken Shiles, CiBon, and Valerie Vuolo form the soulful, innovative Atlantic City, New Jersey-based trio: Originaire. Depending on the venue and performance, the duo often incorporates a band of diverse musical accompaniment in addition to Ken's alternately driving and swooning acoustic guitar. From sultry violin and pedal steel to pulsing support from upright bass and tasteful percussion, the stage upon which their vocals dance night after night is set with intricate perfection!