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

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

We’re heartbroken at the news that Boot & Saddle is closing. We held our album release show for The Greater Dog there in January 2020, and it was an experience we’ll never forget. Brendan was featured in MAGNET Magazine’s tribute to the legacy of the iconic venue.

Magnet Magazine Feature

In the new Where We Belong article, MAGNET’s Chris Sikich interviews Boot & Saddle general manager, Gina Piccari, and highlights reflections from artists that played there.

Our CD release at Boot & Saddle was Stella Ruze’s last Philadelphia show before the pandemic. That night, as we all crammed onstage in front of a packed house of screaming, sweaty fans, we could feel the energy pulsating through the room. It was a culmination of all the blood, sweat and tears we have put into this group over the last six years. Boot & Saddle was one of the highest rungs on the local venue circuit. We were honored to get a Saturday night in the dead of winter, and we made sure to turn out so we could get invited back. Good sound, good food, good people. In summation, this totally blows.

Brendan Johnson to MAGNET Magazine’s Chris Sikich

Save Our Stages

Boot & Saddle fell victim to the devastating effect of COVID 19 on the live music scene. Management decided to close the venue in an effort to keep its sister, Union Transfer, alive.

Please speak up about the effort to Save Our Stages. Make your voice heard and urge your Congressional representatives to support the HEROES Act now!