Double Decker Music Series

The Double Decker Music series is a unique, intimate mobile concert experience on an open-top double-decker bus. It features live performances in an urban setting paired with a guided tour of Philadelphia's attractions.

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Double Decker Music Series 02: Chris Forsyth & Gretchen Lohse

Join us on Sunday, June 1st at 8:00 p.m. for a unique and intimate mobile concert experience on an open-top double-decker bus.

Guitarist Chris Forsyth and singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Gretchen Lohse will play live solo sets while the bus drives around Center City at night.

Before, between, and after the music, tour guide Sebastian Darkly Petsu will share dry wit and history about the City of Brotherly Love.

Boarding begins at 7:45 p.m. at the northeast corner of 5th and Market St. by the Wells Fargo building, departing at 8:00 p.m. sharp. The event finishes up back where we started at 10:00 p.m. (Remember, it's a mobile event, so you can't show up late -- the venue will be on the road!)

Show up on time and the first 15 guests will receive free ice cream sandwiches, thanks to our sponsor Little Baby's Ice Cream!

About the Performers

Chris Forsyth

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Chris Forsyth is a lauded guitarist and songwriter whose work assimilates art-rock textures with vernacular American influences. Long active in underground circles, he has released a string of acclaimed records of widescreen guitar rock under his own name including 2011's Paranoid Cat (Family Vineyard) and 2012's Kenzo Deluxe (Northern Spy). His most recent release, Solar Motel (Paradise of Bachelors) was called one of 2013's best releases by the New Yorker, Uncut, Aquarium Drunkard, Frontier Psychiatrist, Pop Matters, and others, provoking ecstatic comparisons to classic artists like Television, The Grateful Dead, Popul Vuh, Neil Young & Crazy Horse, Richard Thompson, Robert Quine, John Fahey, and Glenn Branca. In spring 2013, Forsyth formed The Solar Motel Band with longtime bassist Peter Kerlin, guitarist Paul Sukeena (Spacin') and drummer Steven Urgo (ex-The War on Drugs), and introduced the band with a month-long residency at Ortlieb's in Philly that ignited a storm of blog praise when the shows were posted on Soundcloud. Their recent 18-date US tour generated more waves of praise, with Aquarium Drunkard calling them "one of the most raved-about live acts on the road today," and the Chicago Reader commenting "if you take 'classic' to mean “archetypal,” I don’t mind saying that Chris Forsyth & the Solar Motel Band are currently the acme of classic rock. " Chris Forsyth & the Solar Motel Band released a live LP, Solar Live 11.15.13 (Electric Ragtime) on Record Store Day and their first studio release Intensity Ghost, will be out on No Quarter in October.

Gretchen Lohse

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Gretchen Lohse is a native Philadelphia singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. She comes from a family with deep musicroots and was classically trained on violin, which is evident on her recordings. As the front woman of Philadelphia psychedelic folk rock band Yellow Humphrey, she dreams up rich, strange musical tapestries- part memoir and part tall tale- that are heavily influenced by folklore and silent films. Solo, she is barebones and delicate, her songs full of ghosts and unrequited love.

Frequently Asked Questions

How many tickets are you selling?

Due to the capacity of the vehicle, only 40 seats are available.

When should I arrive?

We begin boarding the bus at 7:45 p.m., and we are scheduled to leave at 8:00 p.m. sharp. We mean it! Once the bus leaves, we are unable to turn around and pick you up.

Can I walk up and buy a ticket?

No. We are selling advance tickets only. Because there aren't many seats on the bus, this event will sell out rather quickly!

May I bring a beverage on the bus?

Yes, this event is BYOB. For your safety, we ask that you bring beverages in plastic containers or cans only.

Where is the restroom?

There is no restroom on the bus. Plan ahead!

Will there be a rain date?

If it looks like rain, the event will be held the following day, Monday June 2nd at 8:00 PM. A message will be sent out by 5:00 PM on the day of the event letting ticketholders know about the rescheduling.

Who is organizing this?

Sebastian Darkly Petsu, an experimental musician and local tour guide on buses and on foot for 8 years and counting. His love of both Philadelphia's music and history inspired him to combine the two in a unique way.

Who can I contact for more information?

If you have additional questions or concerns, don't hesitate to contact Sebastian by email.

Sunday, June 1st, 8:00 p.m.

Northeast corner, 5th and Market Streets, Philadelphia, PA

Boarding begins at 7:45 p.m.

$23.00 per person. Advance tickets only.

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