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The Vernes

November 20, 2021 9:00 PM

Doors Open: 8:00 PM
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GENERAL ADMISSION Public Onsale: September 13, 2021 12:00 PM to November 20, 2021 11:00 PM

*Proof of Covid-19 vaccination required for entry*

*Attendees are encouraged to wear masks while not actively drinking*

8PM - Doors

9PM - Julian

10PM - Zinskē

11PM - The Vernes


Conceived in the San Francisco Bay Area and realized in Philadelphia, indie rockers The Vernes are “part of the welcomed migration of talented, young artists continuing to flow into our City of Brotherly Love.” Their songs are often happy in tone though somber in content, combining singer/guitarist Matthew Gragg’s unique vocal style and introspective lyrics with touches of fuzz guitar, synth, and drum machines. The Vernes have endeared themselves to a growing fanbase with an off the cuff style echoing Pavement, and a live show that has been hailed by Philly’s WXPN as “not to be missed”, drawing comparison to “Dr. Dog in the early days”. The four piece, also consisting of Fabian Mera, Cole Berggren and Pat Degan, offer a contrast between tightly produced recordings and dynamic live performances. 


In 2017, Chris Lipczynski discovered a self-portrait by his late grandfather, which shows the artist drooling and pants-less, wearing a t-shirt reading “Screw the Golden Years.” This ode to artistic nonconformity in the face of mental deterioration compelled Lipczynski to abandon a career in advertising and form Zinskē to sublimate his own experience with psychic un-ease.

Drawing on unreleased demos recorded in Lipczynski’s bedroom, drummer Derek Salazar (Heavy Lights, Seagulls) engineered and mixed the band's debut EP, "Screw the Golden Years," with new members Kevin O'Halloran (Little Big League, Mercury Girls) adding lead guitar and Emily Cahill (The Morelings, Love Club, Wildhoney) providing bass.


Despite various lineup shifts and relocating from D.C. to Philadelphia, Julian has remained tight-knit, well-worn, and snugly fit around the sharp, soft voice and inner thoughts of vocalist and guitarist Julia Leiby (they/them). Longing, the project’s third EP following a series of one-off singles, invites listeners to come honest and open—to leave with a warm halo of dream-pop and 2000s pop rock glowing in its wake.

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Number of Tickets
Limit 10 tickets per order.

* Does not include convenience or handling fees.