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

Alex, Brendan & Katie at WXPN’s studio

Stella went in to WXPN’s studio to record four live cuts off their new album, The Greater Dog, for a NPR Live Session. Three tracks (Open, The Trollop & The Tippler, and Hustle the Load) were played on air and a video for an acoustic version of The Greater Dog is now web-exclusive bonus content.

Some moments are a little bit Celtic, like “Open,” the song Stella Ruze played at the top of their Key Studio Sessions performance. Some have a New Orleans flare, like “The Trollop and The Tippler.” Some rattle and roar like Crazy Horse, a trait we particularly hear in an expansive seven-minute performance of “Hustle The Load.”

John Vettese – The Key on WXPN