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Cheers Elephant @ The Apple Store (Plus Philadelphia Local Music Day Details!).

May 10, 2012

Text, images and video by Rachel Barrish.

The sounds that stream through your MP3 player came to life on Walnut Street Tuesday evening when Cheers Elephant, our spring issue cover band, played a free set at the Apple Store.

“We turned down playing at the Dell store for this,” joked singer/guitarist Derek Krzywicki.

The band’s third LP, Like Wind Blows Fire, was just released that day. And they made sure to promote its availability on iTunes.

It was especially great to catch them in such an intimate setting. Derek jumped from one leg to the other, acting out the lyrics to “Doin’ it, Right,” the hit single off the new album. Drummer Robert Kingsly wailed in the back, his long hair bouncing in front of his face the majority of the time.

Especially considering it was such a random place to play, they put on a stellar performance. This just goes to show that you can make music at any place at any time. All the bandmates seemed to  enjoy the laid back and flavorful atmosphere in a salesroom full of friends, fans and Apple staffers.

You’ll be able to hear more from Cheers Elephant this Saturday, as the band is part of the inaugural Philadelphia Local Music Day, part of the Loves Local Music movement. Their music will be spinning at various local outlets including Federal Donuts, Honey’s Sit ‘n Eat, Johnny Brenda’s, The Abbaye, Honest Tom’s Taco Shop, The Marvelous! Music Record Store, Rocket Cat Café, Trophy Bikes North, Lola Bean, Ultimo Coffee, Green Aisle Grocery, Repo Records, Smak Parlor, One Shot Coffee and Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction.

If you visit one of those locations, you can get a free card to download tracks from Cheers and the other four bands participating in the event – Work Drugs, Buried Beds, The Extraordinaires and Band Name.

The Extraordinaires will perform a free, all ages, acoustic show at The Rocket Cat Cafe at 1 p.m. Saturday. See here for details.

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