Tuned In to Hezekiah Jones

January 28, 2010 9:50:31 AM PST
Part 5 of our special Tuned In Philadelphia AIDS Fund artists. Our featured Tuned In artist this week is Hezekiah Jones. They are an indie folk band led by front man Raph Cutrufello from here in the Philadelphia area.

We caught up with them at The General Lafayette Inn, in Lafayette Hill, PA during the "John Francis and friends" benefit concert for The Philadelphia Aids fund.

Here is their biography:

"The music of Hezekiah Jones evokes a certain longing in the heart; a longing for times gone and for the possibility of optimism in these uncertain times ahead, all while offering the listener a warm refuge in the confines of the present. Think of having coffee with both Leonard Cohen and Will Oldham, the resulting conversation would be the poetry contained within Raphael Cutrufello's sometimes stark and often hopeful lyrics while the music gently wraps you in its soft, serene blanket... - The Musicologist

Hezekiah Jones was lucky enough to Play at The 2007 NXNE Music Festival in Toronto and The 47th Annual Philadelphia Folk Festival

And Here's some nice things written about Raph from an article about StillWillis "...Then there's Raph Cutrufello, the prototypical intellectual bohemian, a renaissance man if you will. If you have ever heard someone described as "When they made him, they broke the mold." Raph is as unique and inventive as a modern-day Ben Franklin. With his incisive and biting wit, thrift store attire and the last person on earth who still uses a typewriter, he toils in obscurity as one of the world's great-undiscovered writers. Growing up in Havertown and currently residing in the Fishtown-Northern Liberties section of Philly, Raph is the quintessential poet's poet. Soft-spoken, charming, hilarious. Three words that describe Raph. How he writes lyrics is how I imagine Quentin Tarantino writing a screenplay: "I pre-write on the typewriter and it's a hodge-podge of poetry from a bunch of un-related ideas that I somehow pull together." Being a left-hander, he plays a guitar upside-down better than most people play right side up..." Jimmy Mac, Compendium Music Magazine Vol. 1 Issue 1"

Please enjoy their performance video from their show at The General Lafayette Inn.

You are now Tuned In to The Spinning Leaves.

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Tuned In recently teamed up with WXPN to sponsor a fund raiser entitled "John Francis and Friends Night". John Francis is one of our original Tuned In artists. He put together a concert at The General Lafayette Inn, in Lafayette Hill, PA, to support "The Philadelphia AIDS Fund".

John brought along many friends who performed for a packed audience. Also there to help host the event was WXPN's Heln Leicht. The audience was treated to the wonderful sounds of The Spinning leaves, Hezekiah Jones, Kelly McRae, Sarah Fullen and The Stanleys, and John Francis.

All month long we will feature these artists on our Tuned In segment on Action News.

About AIDS Fund (from their website):

AIDS Fund, supports HIV/AIDS education, prevention, and services in the Delaware Valley Region by raising dollars and increasing public awareness about the impact of HIV on our communities. Currently, 30 partner organizations are receiving funding as a result of AIDS Fund's activities to provide critical HIV prevention education and care services.

Since its founding, AIDS Fund has remained committed to the philosophy that by coming together, each individual can make a difference in the fight against HIV/AIDS in their community. Critical to the success of AIDS Fund is our ability to mobilize thousands of volunteers and donors annually to produce events and to generate funds. These volunteers are valued for their commitment, compassion, and their community response to the AIDS epidemic.

For more information:

AIDS Fund 1315 Spruce Street ? 4th Floor Philadelphia, PA 19107

Phone: 215-731-9255