Thursday, September 28th, 2023
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Devon Gilfillian - Love You Anyway Tour (21+)

Oh He Dead, Ryan Gilfillian

Show: 8:00 PM 21 & Over
Devon Gilfillian - Love You Anyway Tour (21+)

Event Info

Venue Information:
Brooklyn Bowl Philadelphia
1009 Canal Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19123
This event is 21+. Valid government-issued photo ID is required for entry. No refunds will be issued for failure to produce proper identification. This ticket is valid for standing room only, general admission. ADA accommodations are available day of show. All support acts are subject to change without notice. Any change in showtimes, safety protocols, and other important information will be relayed to ticket-buyers via email. ALL SALES ARE FINAL

Doors: 7:00 PM Show: 8:00 PM

Artist Info

Devon Gilfillian

Love You Anyway, the new album from Devon Gilfillian, is an intoxicating, genre-blasting game changer spanning soul, hip-hop, R&B, and rock, all under the banner of Black joy. With an incisive eye and unassuming swagger, Gilfillian re-imagines modern soul music by redefining its possibilities.
Produced by Jeremy Lutito (Joy Oladokun, NEEDTOBREATHE), Love You Anyway, (Fantasy) confronts as well as comforts. Chronicling Gilfillian’s journey as a Black artist living in America, it’s as much about fighting for what you believe in: equity and representation, as it is about love - finding it, making it, and channeling it into every facet of our lives. 
A captivating, can’t-miss live performer, the Philadelphia-born, Nashville based singer-songwriter regularly commands club, theater, and festival stages around the world. Now, on Love You Anyway, Gilfillian conjures the raw, sexy emotions of his predecessors and the next-level grooves of his contemporaries, taking soul music into an exciting and restorative new future. 

Oh He Dead

DC-based band Oh He Dead was founded in 2015 by singer CJ Johnson and singer/guitarist Andy Valenti. Eight years and a global pandemic later, the now five-piece group includes lead guitarist Alex Salser, Adam Ashforth on drums, and Piano (yes that's her real name) Whitman on keys.  The close-knit crew is known for putting on a hell of a live show as Johnson “maneuvers her powerful voice — a combination of Stevie Nicks and Tracy Chapman” (Kojo Nnamdi) in rhythm with the band’s “sublime instrumentation” (NPR) and “infectious and soulful sound” (Washington Post). Oh He Dead's second album, Pretty, will be out on September 15th.  They are releasing a bunch of singles between now and then. Stay tuned. 

Ryan Gilfillian

Ryan Gilfillian is a Philadelphia based singer / songwriter that is providing soulful therapy for all that have dealt with the pain of heartbreak. The warmth of Ryan’s tone carries you into a safe place of vulnerability and self-reflection as you think back on the good and the bad of past relationships. Behind the warmth and vulnerability sits a confidence and cool that pulls you in like a magnet. Despite all of the obstacles life has thrown Ryan, he actively chooses to inspire confidence with his go-getter attitude that is infectious to those around him.

Ryan has performed on stages at WXPN Xponential Festival, Newport Folk Festival, Philadelphia Flower Show, and Bonnaroo headlining and opening for some of the top acts in the music industry.

In the 4th quarter of 2022 Finally Released his debut EP "Evergreen" which brings you along Ryan's journey of heartbreak and love. Multiple songs off "Evergreen" are in rotation on the airwaves with support from WXPN Philadelphia and 91.5 Jazz & More Las Vegas.

From the suburbs of Philadelphia, Ryan was born into a musical household. Both his father Nelson and brother Devon are professional musicians. Music was something that Ryan always found happiness in, but he didn't know if it was the career path he wanted to pursue. It wasn't until 2009 when Ryan was involved in a life-altering car accident that left him paralyzed, that his love for singing and songwriting was ignited. “Even though I may not be able to walk, writing music, recording, performing live and being able to connect with others, has allowed me to express my whole entire self without any limitations”. Ryan uses music as a means to inspire his fans while shining a light on the disability community. 

His musical influences include His father, Nelson Gilfillian, his brother Devon Gilfillian, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Usher, Musiq Soulchild, & Jill Scott which you can hear through his own original music.

When he's not making music Ryan can be found spending time with his family, creating a new definition of confidence, beating the odds, and living life on his terms.

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