Local musicians collaborate for 11–11–11 concert

Musician John Faye is aware of the superstition when seeing the time 11:11 on a digital clock.

“When you see 11:11 on a clock, you’re supposed to make a wish,” he said.

This year, the calendar will read 11–11–11.

“I thought it would be a cool idea to have a show on that date,” Faye said.

Faye, of Fox Chase, has been in the music business since the mid-1990s and is the former front man for The Caulfields.

Since 2003, he has been a member of IKE. He plays guitar and provides lead vocals. Brett Talley is on lead guitar, with Susie Steen on bass and Jason Miraglia on drums. The band has produced six records and a DVD in its eight-year existence.

In addition, Faye and Rhawnhurst’s Brittany Rotondo form John & Brittany. The duo recently performed in California at the House of Blues in Los Angeles and in the Bay Area.

Rotondo and Faye met three years ago, and she wasn’t even a musician at the time. Now, Faye considers her a tremendous guitarist and songwriter. The two have played at World Café Live and opened for the Smithereens and Matthew Sweet.

Both IKE and John & Brittany will be on stage on Friday night — 11–11–11 — at the Theatre of the Living Arts, at 334 South St.

The remainder of the lineup will consist of The Shakers, Stargazer Lily, Placid Admiral and Zelazowa.

IKE will perform songs from its new extended-play record, The Little People, Church and the Steeple. The band will, of course, play its song 11:11.

Faye owns the record label It Keeps Evolving, founded earlier this year. The EP was recorded in a home studio in Mayfair, where the married couple Talley and Steen live.

“We’re excited that IKE’s record is the first release on the label,” Faye said.

The name of the record label is an acronym for IKE, but no more special than other names for the band over the years.

“We’ve been through a lot of incarnations and changes in the lineup, but we’re not resting on our laurels,” Faye said.

The Los Angeles-based Shakers will also release a full-length record on Friday.

Zelazowa will be coming from Brooklyn. For Stargazer Lily and Placid Admiral, the concert will serve as a reunion.

Each of the bands has a connection to the other.

“It’s a collective of musicians who are helping each other out,” Faye said. “It’s going to be a big old family affair.”

WMMR (93.3 FM) and the station’s Jaxon and his Local Shots Live show are giving the concert special promotion.

Each band will play for about 35 minutes, with IKE getting a little more time because of its new release. There will be a grand finale, with all the bands on stage at the end of the night.

“People will get a good slice of every band,” Faye said.

Faye believes the TLA is a great venue and promises that the place will be rocking. The bands are generally high energy and play hard and alternative rock music.

“It’s going to be a pretty loud and energetic night,” he said. ••

Reporter Tom Waring can be reached at 215–354–3034 or twaring@bsmphilly.com

Here’s the lowdown on 11–11–11 . . .

The 11:11:11 concert, featuring IKE, will take place Friday at the Theatre of the Living Arts, 334 South St.

In addition to IKE, there will be performances by John & Brittany, The Shakers, Stargazer Lily, Placid Admiral and Zelazowa.

Doors open at 7 p.m., and the show begins at 7:30. All ages are welcome.

Tickets cost $11 and are available for no extra fees at itkeepsevolving.com