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Stella Ruze

Thursday, July 11 · view days & times
Venue: Levitt Pavilion SteelStacks

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Stella Ruze was founded in the Manayunk section of Philadelphia in 2014 when bandleaders Brendan Johnson and Katie O’Donnell joined with keyboardist Mason Hunter and trumpet player Alex Styer. As a 4-piece band they released two studio recordings: their 2016 LP So Here and a 2017 self-titled EP. Both consist of songs penned by Johnson and performed by the quartet. Marking the release of the EP, Stella Ruze performed a sold out show on Friday, October 6th, 2017 at Milkboy in Philadelphia with co-headliner Josiah Johnson from The Head and The Heart.

Following the EP’s release, Stella Ruze added drummer Sean McIntyre, bassist Ted Mayo, and saxophone player Gabe Preston. The band has established an enthusiastic following, receiving praise from WXPN hosts Dan Reed, Mike Vasilikos, and Helen Leicht. They performed at the 58th Annual Philadelphia Folk Festival as one of the Philadelphia Music Co-Op’s featured local acts and have played shows with nationally-touring acts like Pete Francis of Dispatch, Kuinka, Waker, and Blue Water Highway.

Stella Ruze returned to the studio in 2019 to record their first album as a full band. Brendan Johnson wrote the new material to describe his battles with self doubt and the ever-evolving struggle to survive as a full-time musician. The Greater Dog was released in January 2020 with three singles, “Open,” “The Trollop & The Tippler,” and “Travel Song,” which received airplay on WXPN and Radio 104.5. The band celebrated the album’s release with a sold out show at Boot & Saddle in Philadelphia.

Stella Ruze’s sound mixes a variety of genres. Touches of Folk, Soul, Americana, and Funk can be found in much of their original material. Johnson writes, ‘my sole mission within songwriting is to write music that transcends cultures, transcends social barriers and can help a listener in dealing with their emotions. Music has the power to heal and I would rest a happy soul knowing that our music accomplishes that.’

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Levitt Pavilion SteelStacks
645 E. First Street
Bethlehem, PA 18015
610-332-1300
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