Elkins Park Station in Montgomery County is a bustling spot - it's served by four Regional Rail Lines! Hop the Airport Line, Warminster Line, West Trenton Line, or Lansdale/Doylestown Line to this charming town. Listen now to the music of Rachel Andie, Steve McKie, Ben O'Neill, and Mare.
Rachel Andie is a Japanese American multi-instrumentalist and songwriter from Philadelphia, PA.
In January of 2018, she formed an ambient folk rock outfit now called Rachel Andie & The Fifth Element. Through a successful Kickstarter campaign, they recorded their first live studio album titled "Tu Me Manques".
They have been featured on NPR, The SXSW Official Showcase, WXPN, The Philadelphia Folk Festival & more - completing their first east coast tour in the Summer of 2019! They are currently working on their second studio album - which will be released early 2022.
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From buckets to beat machines, Steve McKie is one of the most distinctive sounding players ever to hail from Philadelphia. A native of the city, Steve practiced on anything that made a sound until his parents bought him his first drum set. Influenced by timeless music from artists like Earth, Wind and Fire, Prince, Michael Jackson and Stevie Wonder, he soon set out to become the best!
Steve McKie’s raw, natural style is what makes his sound so unique. Acquiring his chops mostly from playing in church bands and shredding along with fellow musicians, McKie played everywhere he could, building the confidence he would need to move huge crowds.
But it was playing in the house band at Philly’s Black Lily where Steve was finally able to hone his skills and make connections that would lead to his excellent production credits. McKie has since shared the stage with luminaries such as Jill Scott, Musiq, Bilal, Common, Joy Denalane, Joss Stone, Robert Glasper, Chuck Treece, DJ Statik, DJ Aktive, Jazmine Sullivan, Floetry, and James Poyser. And with the help of valuable mentors such as acclaimed songwriter and producer Donald Robinson, and bassist Lee Patterson, Steve was able to make the transition from drummer to producer.
Ambient sounds and great in-the-pocket drumming are what make McKie’s production work feel good to the listening audience. For that reason, “Back in Love” by Estelle and “My Love” by Jill Scott are timeless records. With a number of Gold records under his belt and a heavy production schedule in place for artists such as Hezekiah, Liz Fields, Joy Denalane, Kindred the Family Soul, Musiq, Yahzahra, John Legend, Res, and Yummy Bingham, McKie continues to step it up every time, every show, every song.
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Ben O’Neill has traveled the world with some of the most respected artists of our era including John Legend, Jill Scott and Common. The Grammy nominated singer-songwriter has released a wide variety of original music ranging from rock and indie-folk to interdisciplinary collaborations with visual artists, to jazz and soul with his long-time organ trio, The Mini Q’s. His new EP, Light vol 1, will be released in July.
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“Mare”, an American singer, songwriter, vocal arranger, and keyboardist is known for her rich alto voice, distinctive sound and creative musical arrangements. After fully embarking on a fulltime artist career and showcasing her huge voice, small physique and quirky personality, there is no question that large things come in very small packages. Mare has performed on many stages across the East Coast, including the legendary “SOB’s” and as an opener for the R&B artist and internet sensation, Jade Novah. Recently, an original written song was placed on the hit CW show, Black Lightning. Her EP, “Wish Me Well” and latest single “No Joke”, encourages her listeners to be comfortable with transparency and navigating through the side effects of life.
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