Finding what is good in the Philadelphia music scene isn’t impossible, but it is a daunting task. For every venue with a great band lineup, a good vibe, and good beer, there is another venue just waiting to ruin your evening. Fortunately, there’s help: these little how-to articles on where to go! In this issue: Coyle’s Rox Box!
Coyle’s Café is a longtime staple of the Roxborough area – locals know to go there for the surprisingly good food (including the treasured weekend brunch buffet), the nostalgic atmosphere, and the Coyle family, who have owned and run the place for what must feel like eons. It’s a shock to some, though, that Coyle’s, a local spot with plenty of room for old timers and sports fans, would open a room for live original music.
Let’s put all assumptions to rest, however, and investigate.
If you cross the building, leaving behind you the digital games, jukebox, and big screen TV, however, you enter the “Rox Box,” a new and enterprising music venue that just might have the stuff to become a big name in the Philly scene. Perhaps the strongest feature of the room is the way you can’t avoid seeing the band, which is visible from the street as you pass the door. The reasonable $5 cover will get you in to see a four-band bill, and the bands – booked by the agency that handled the hotly debated Doc Watsons – tend pretty strongly toward the good. This past weekend featured indie rockers Spy the Thinker, slick pop stylists Crickwalk, the R3 band and “soulternative” sensation The Michael Chance Band, playing to a pleasantly drunk, appreciative crowd of college students and twentysomethings.
Wednesday nights at The Rox Box are a shocker, as well. Musicians in particular will appreciate the “Networking Night” hosted there. It’s a rare and eminently useful opportunity for musicians to gather at a venue and meet each other. Whether you go to play, to listen, to discuss show swapping and the best and worst booking agents, there will be someone at the Box willing to meet you in the middle.
Do yourself a favor, and swing by 6080 Ridge Ave in Roxborough. Get a peek or two inside the Rox Box, and be a part of growing this new and promising venue!