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The album is available now, and the PhillyDelaware trio—Larry Zappaterrini, John Paul Travis and Castro—will play a CD release party Saturday, Nov. 2, at The Queen, joined by The Cocks, Fiancé and Ryan Conaty. The Lift Up formed last year, although they already had a mutual musical history – they all The Lift Up is set to hold release party Nov. 2 previously played together for a few years in The at The Queen. Situation until 2006, when they broke up. But with a newfound passion and a feeling that there was some unfinished business, the group came together again with The Lift Up. For more information, visit or


Matthew Halley sings and plays piano, guitar, banjo, trombone and bass. And he knows a lot about birds. A musician since age 4 and now a wildlife biologist at 31, Halley finds a connection between his occupation and his pastime. “Although they are often seen as disparate disciplines, I find that science and music operate for me in a very similar way,” says Halley. “Music for me is about pulling away the masks, allowing the notes and rhythm to translate an emotional state in the most raw form possible. The scientific method is similar, in that we pull away various sources of bias. In tandem, music and science can work wonders.” Halley’s parents were major musical influences in his life. His father sang in a barbershop quartet, and from him Halley learned to pay attention to technical details of the voice. From his mother, who directed the church choir that he was a member of, he learned that music could be deeply spiritual. This past summer Halley collaborated with friends Em McKeever and Shane Palko on an album, Snow Day, recorded in Halley’s Newark home. They each contributed about two songs, then added their voices to the others’. “The project was never meant to be commercialized—the point of the project was to celebrate our musical friendships, to create something that captured the moment in time,” Halley says. He is working on a solo album, tentatively scheduled for release in February. Semiautobiographical and heavily inspired by the writings of Swiss author Herman Hesse, whose character Siddhartha is a fitting allegory for Halley’s personal journey, the album needs space and patience to reach its potential, he says. Like Siddhartha, whose eventual wisdom comes from journeys and experiences, Halley felt that in order to understand himself he would need to travel the world and devote his life to the study of biology. He has worked as a biologist in six countries, and his experiences have inspired music like his 2008 album Bird Songs, a collection of songs about bird science and bird watching. “When science gets too technical for the nonscientist to chew, music can break the barrier,” says Halley. “Sometimes a silly song about a bird can reach people in ways that a scientific paper cannot, and vice versa.” For more information, visit MatthewHalleyMusic or matthewhalley. Matthew Halley combines both his passions— — Krista Connor music and biology.

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Every 1st Wednesday: 4W5 Blues Jam Every 2nd Wednesday: Unsung Hearo’s Open Stage Every 3rd Wednesday: The Sermon! Classic Soul, Funk, Jazz & Beyond Every Friday: Lunchtime Live with Dan Orlando Fri 1 – Highway 41: Celebrating the Music of the Allman Brothers Band Sat 2 – Tric Town Presents The Lift Up CD Release Show and The Cocks w/Fiance Wed 6 – Grilled Cheese and Craft Beer Tasting (6pm) Thurs 7 – On-the-Road & In-the-Round Featuring Don Henry, Michael Johnson and Craig Bickhardt Fri 8 – The Rent-A-Cops w/TVC-15 Sat 9 – 3 Stories High Reunion Show w/Jennifer Yuill Tues 12 – JD Wilkes and The Dirt Daubers (of the Legendary Shack Shakers) w/ Highly Suspect Wed 13 – Classical Revolution Delaware (5pm) Photo provided by Matthew Halley

Photo Steve Payne

WORKING WONDERS Matthew Halley’s job and music complement each other

FREE! Wed 13 – Grillmington BBG Pop-Up Featuring Little Luke’s BBQ Thurs 14 – The Full Carbon Getup Fri 15 – Gable Music Presents The November Singer Songwriter Showcase FREE! Sat 16 – Saskia and the Truly Unruly Band Thurs 21 – Richard Raw Soul Sessions Album Release w/The Sermon!, Hezekiah, Nadjah Nicole Fri 22 – The Splashing Pearls CD Release w/Todd Chappelle Sat 23 – Corb Lund Fri 29 – Box of Rain

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Out & About Magazine November 2013  
Out & About Magazine November 2013  

Since 1988, Out & About has informed our audience of entertainment options in Greater Wilmington through a monthly variety magazine. Today,...