“Bruce Springsteen first broke here so it seems appropriate,” says Tom Hamilton, lead singer of American Babies, on the decision to dedicate a whole night to The Boss at Ardmore Music Hall this Friday.
“You can’t deny how awesome his shows are. He gives you everything he’s got for almost four hours. I couldn’t do that and he’s twice my age,” he adds.
American Babies is a Philly-based indie rock band known for pushing the boundaries of Americana music.
Made of up Hamilton on lead vocals and guitar, Justin Mazer on guitar, Al Smith on drums, Raina Mullen on acoustic guitar and Mark Sosnoskie on bass, the band will also be joined by Disco Biscuit’s Aron Magner on keys for “Philly is the Boss.”
While American Babies are known for their improvisational chops, they’re not taking “artistic liberties” for this special night of Springsteen tunes.
“We’re not rearranging stuff. We’re bringing the energy and the sincerity that his songs deserve,” Hamilton says.
When asked what he loves most about Bruce Springsteen, Hamilton says it’s his humanity:
“Life is a swift kick in the balls after the next. If your ears are open, his music can strike a chord and make you feel like you’re not alone. He's so in touch with what it means to be a person."
Fans can expect two and a half hours of music on Friday night at "Philly is the Boss." While Bruce himself already made the Philly stop on this year's tour, here’s another chance to rock out to his catalog with fellow Springsteen devotees.
If you go:
“Philly is the Boss”
Ardmore Music Hall
23 E. Lancaster Ave.
Friday, Sept. 16
8:30 p.m., $15-$25