On November 27th, Thanksgiving Eve, two South Jersey acts took the stage at the Theater of the Living Arts on South Street in Philadelphia. Philabundance is the one of the hunger organizations that is prominent in the Philadelphia region. This show was a collaboration between DVT Entertainment and Philabundance to host one of the many food drives taking place in Philadelphia over the Thanksgiving holiday. Personally being from South Jersey, I was excited to finally be able to see these two particular acts as I not only know their music, but I connect to them on a personal level through friends. Tickets were $15. The event began at 8:00 P.M. with one of South Jersey performers, Joey DiTullio, a Washington Township native, opening the show.
In the Presence of Wolves, or ITPOW as they would be referred to here in South Jersey, hails from Barrington. Barrington is located in Camden County about 15 minutes away from the Philadelphia border. In the Presence of Wolves has 4 band members. Vincent (Vini) Stamato is the lead vocalist but also plays bass. Christopher Capitanio and Justin Alexander are both ITPOW guitarists. Lastly, Mason Ingling is the fantastic drummer for In the Presence of Wolves. Both bands are South Jersey natives and people are ecstatic to see these people get the chance of a lifetime to play at the TLA.
Five bands altogether played at the TLA on November 27th. Three of those bands were from Philadelphia. Zymotic Flow is a rock and roll band that went on after Joey DiTullio. After Zymotic Flow was another band from Philadelphia called Rowboat Casino. Rowboat Casino was a rock band that had a rapper as their singer. Rowboat Casino was a band that definitely caught many people’s attention, including mine. After ITPOW played, the final band, The Electric Boa went on at midnight. All of the bands were great, and these bands definitely opened my mind up to the Philadelphia region for music.
Joey DiTullio, South Jersey native, playing one of his newest original songs “My Friends and I” on November 27th, 2013.
DiTullio, who hails from Washington Township, NJ, is an astonishing performer despite being only 15 years old. DiTullio writes his own music, and has played in many different venues including the famous BlueBird Cafe in Nashville, Tennessee. At the TLA, DiTullio released his first demo CD with 3 original songs and a cover of Anna Nalick’s, “Wreck of the Day”. Joe’s love for music comes from his main inspiration, The Foo Fighters. DiTullio’s life is changing drastically very quickly and he is very aware. He recently announced that he will be playing at Jaxon’s Local Shots Mistletoe Jam on December 26, 2013 at World Cafe Live in Philadelphia. Jaxon is a famous radio DJ on 93.3 WMMR. This is a huge deal for DiTullio because he is playing with Kid Felix, and John and Brittany, two famous bands from the area. Joey DiTullio is beginning his life and he loves every minute of it because he is doing what he loves. More information of Joey DiTullio can be found at:
In the Presence of Wolves’ bassist/vocalist Vini Stamato and guitarist/vocalist Chris Capitanio opening with their original song, “Man of the Times”.
As I stated in my introduction, In the Presence of Wolves, or ITPOW, originated in Barrington. Vini Stamato and Chris Capitanio, the bassist and guitarist, began ITPOW in 2009. After a long time of searching, Stamato and Capitanio found Justin Alexander (guitarist), and Mason Ingling (drummer) in 2012. Since then, they have played at many different venues very similar to DiTullio. ITPOW creates their own music, four of which they played at the TLA on the 27th.
Guitarist Christopher Capitanio playing along to their original “Bird Song”.
ITPOW has many influences to their rock & roll music. Rush, Porcupine Tree, The Mars Volta, Mastodon, Opeth, Incubus, Yes, and Tool all help ITPOW create their amazing music. ITPOW has a very progressive rock feel to their music. They are many guitar solos, and many people find that to be a helping factor in making their music more prominent. However, In the Presence of Wolves doesn’t just play their originals at concerts. They have their occasional cover that makes the crowd go wild.
Vini Stamato (singer/bassist) and Mason Ingling (drummer) wowing the crowd with their cover of “Cult of Personality” by Living Color.
In the Presence of Wolves doesn’t do covers that often at their shows. However, when they do, it is usually one of two options. One option is “Whole Lotta Love” by Led Zepplin. The other is “Cult of Personality” by Living Color. They performed “Cult of Personality” on November 27th at the TLA making the crowd go wild. This being a crowd favorite, the audience yelled and sang along with the band. Find out more about In the Presence of Wolves at:
ITPOW is also available on Spotify.
Both South Jersey’s Joey DiTullio and In the Presence of Wolves were fantastic and the crowd favorites of the night. After each performed, they got a roaring ovation from the audience. Personally, I can finally check seeing these acts off of my list. They’ve become pretty important in the South Jersey area and everyone is so excited to see these guys do well for themselves. Both acts are extremely talented and I can’t wait to see how far they are going to go in the music industry.