Stella Ruze opened the day at XPN Fest on Saturday, September 18. As The Key’s John Vettese put it, the band “took full advantage” of the opening slot and “got the audience’s attention in a big way.” Check out the full coverage (and listen to the set) here!

The Philadelphia regional seven-piece mixes up folky modern rock with reverent takes on New Orleans sounds and jam scene energy; the back-to-back punch of the opening “Open” followed by the Bourbon Street style fanfare of “The Trollop and the Tippler” got the audience’s attention in a big way.

John Vettese
On stage at XPN Fest 2021!

Setlist
Open
The The Trollop and the Tippler
Dawdle
Pinch of Salt
You Go Down Smooth (Lake Street Dive)
Travel Song

It’s a jam-packed Stella Saturday!

XPoNential Music Festival lineup – 2021

We kick off the day with a noon set at XPN Fest in Camden, NJ. Tickets and livestream available at xpnfest.org. It’s a huge honor to be sharing the bill with major acts like Tedeschi Trucks and Los Lobos along with our Philly friends, like Great Time and Arthur Thomas & The Funkitorium.

“Travel Song” was the WXPN Local Pick of the Day on Sept 15!

Then we’re shipping up to the Poconos to play Midnight Mountain Music Show at Peaceful Woodlands Camp Ground. This is a weekend-long festival hosted by Mason Porter and featuring even more of our favorite Philly artists, like Emily Drinker & Andrea Nardello. For tickets and more information, click here.

This will mark the second time Stella Ruze has performed at Midnight Mountain; returning after playing the festival in 2019

We hope to see you out and about!

2021 “Pocket” Philadelphia Folk Fest

Thrilled to announce that we’re playing the 2021 Philadelphia Folk Festival! Fest went all digital last year, but this year’s event will be live in-person with simultaneous digital streaming.

The 59th (and a half) Folk Fest will take place at Spring Mountain Ski Area in Upper Salford, PA on August 21 & 22.

Headliners include Bettye Lavette and the David Bromberg Quintet.

Day and weekend passes are available at Folkfest.org and more information can be found at the Philadelphia Folksong Society’s website.

Philly Folk Fest Press

WXPN’s The Key – John Vettese

Philly Music Fest 2021 Lineup

We’ll be opening for the amazing soul-rock singer Son Little as part of Philly Music Fest! Our segment of the festival will be held at Milkboy on October 8, 2021.

We cannot wait to start playing in front of live audiences again. It’s a special connection that we’ve missed dearly over the last year.

With that said, we could not be prouder to be involved with the Philly Music Festival (PMF), which focuses on independent venues and contributing to the Philly music scene. Last year, the festival raised $50,000 for local music education charities, like Girls Rock Philly, and it intends to raise even more this year.

The 5th Annual PMF is packed with fantastic Philly artists, including The Menzingers, Alex G, Hop Along, Queen of Jeans, Moor Mother, Ivy Sole, Spirit of the Beehive, Moses Mosima, Kelsey Cork and the Swigs, and The West Philadelphia Orchestra.

Shows will take place from October 6 – 10 at Milkboy, Johnny Brenda’s, World Cafe Live, REC Philly, and Ardmore Music Hall.

Tickets are available here. We hope to see ya there! 🖤

Philly Music Fest Press

Philadelphia Inquirer – Dan DeLuca

JamBase – Scott Bernstein

WXPN’s The Key – John Vettese

Streamed Friday, November, 13, 2020

Line-up

Special Guest Vocalist: Emily Drinker

  • Brendan Johnson – Guitar, Vocals
  • Alex Styer – Trumpet, Vocals
  • Mason Hunter – Keyboards, Vocals
  • Sean McIntyre – Drums
  • Ted Mayo – Bass
  • Gabe Preston – Saxophone

Sellersville Theater

Big thanks to Daniel Faga and everyone at Sellersville Theater for putting this on! Make sure to check out their upcoming livestream programming!

The Philly folk rock outfit will play Sellersville Theatre as part of its Soundbooth Sessions series on Friday, November 13, 2020.

The show starts at 8pm and will be available via this Facebook Live stream.

Stella Ruze. Picture by Joe Mac Creative.

Concert & Conversation with Daniel Faga

Soundbooth Sessions, our livestream series, features a concert and conversation with some of our favorite artists. The livestreams take place on Facebook Live and can be found either in the Facebook Videos or Events tabs. You can support both Sellersville Theater and the artist by contributing during the show. Details will be offered during the performance.

Sellersville Theater

With Special Guest Vocalist, Emily Drinker

The “Starting to Feel” singer is sitting in with the band while Katie O’Donnell is out on maternity leave.


For more information, check the Sellersville Theater website.

Socially distant gig announcement!

🚙 Stella Ruze will be playing a drive-in concert at People’s Light on Sunday, October 11. Katie will be out prepping for parenthood, so Emily Drinker will be filling in for her!
🚗 Tickets (and all health and safety guidelines) are available through the link below. Please note that tickets are sold per car and there will be no physical ticket sales for the show.

Get tickets here!

Additional info:

🔸 $75/car, limited to 5 passengers/car (not including children under 12)
🔸 each car will be given a “home space” for setting up lawn chairs
🔸 food and beverages can be preordered for the show
🔸 face masks are REQUIRED for all areas other than your car & home space
🔸 plan to arrive between 3 and 3:30pm

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

January 2, 2020

STELLA RUZE TO RELEASE DEBUT FULL-LENGTH ALBUM

The Greater Dog will be available on all streaming platforms Friday, Jan. 17; Record release show Saturday, Jan. 18 at Boot & Saddle

PHILADELPHIA- Philadelphia Roots Rock band Stella Ruze today announced the release of its debut full-length album, The Greater Dog, on Friday, January 17, 2020. The album comes at a pivotal time for the band, having just been named a top Philly music find for 2019 by 88.5 WXPN’s The Key; and winner of the Folk/Country category in the PHL Live Center Stage 2019 competition, sponsored by Philadelphia City Councilman David Oh.

The new record represents an alignment of fates that has produced a diverse and ambitious collection of songs.  Over the past two years, the addition of a permanent rhythm section and saxophone has completed Stella Ruze’s lineup, and pushed the now seven-piece band further into a category of Roots Rock that is at once both fresh and familiar. This sound is born in Philadelphia, unapologetic and unafraid to shed labels while staying true to the American rock & roll continuum.

“Our new sound emboldens our message to fans,” says lead singer, Brendan Johnson. “The common theme of The Greater Dog is the search for love and purpose in pursuit of life’s many adventures. This message is a metaphor for the band itself, a group of working adults who resolve to devote their free time and resources to the pursuit of something we all love. Through this record, we are encouraging our listeners to do the same.”

The Greater Dog was recorded over several months in the spring and summer of 2019. After visiting with multiple local studios, the band decided to work with Philly-rock guru Brian McTear at Miner Street Recordings in Fishtown. The decidedly edgy ethos of McTear and wunderkind engineer Matt Poirier evidently rubbed off on the band. Crunchy electric guitars and thick drum sounds replaced the folkier acoustic tendencies of the band’s previous records. This veritable blue-eyed soul stew layers modern indie folk vocal harmonies over horn-infused classic rock to create a new organic musical experience.

The band will celebrate the album’s release at Boot & Saddle in South Philadelphia on Saturday, January 18.  MINKA and Andrea Nardello will open the show.  Tickets at: https://www.etix.com/ticket/p/5795635/stella-ruzewith-minkaandrea-nardello-philadelphia-boot-saddle