Passion for music drives Looseleaf more than anything else. There is truly rare chemistry within the group. Having grown up just five houses apart from each other, the guys have been making music together for over ten years since they were little kids. If you go to a show, you will see a high-energy blend of vocal harmonies, creative songwriting, tight musicianship, and catchy melodies. Dancing Encouraged.
The music of west Philly’s, Loren Gildar, is natural, earthy and goes straight to the heart. His sweetly mellow voice and straightforward lyrics walk into your soul like an old friend walks into your living room. The bluesy, melodic chord progressions of this deceptively insightful songwriter, stir feelings of nostalgia, hope, friendship and love. Most tunes are accompanied with his funky-country acoustic guitar playing, and he throws in an extra treat with his well-honed skills on the keys, often launching into freely improvised compositions.
Gildar’s songwriting influences include Paul Simon, Al Green, Ray LaMontagne, Tom Petty and the Slip. His piano style draws from Red Garland, John Medeski, Brad Mehldau, Bruce Hornsby and Chuck Leavell.
Originally from Austin, Texas, Stackabones is an Americana jam band with a focus on strong songwriting, multi-part vocal harmonies, a tight rhythm section and interesting improvisational explorations. Stackabones plays music from its three-decade legacy of original material and peppers its set lists with tasty covers from the annals of our Americana heritage. Stackabones is the coalescence of founder Butch Zito's songwriting talent, extensive repertoire of original music and a group of highly accomplished musicians. This harmony creates Stackabones' tightly-woven innovative performances which attracts a multi-generational fan base.