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Thu, Apr 04


The Royal Music & Arts Center

Philly Songwriters in the Round

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Philly Songwriters in the Round
Philly Songwriters in the Round

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Apr 04, 2024, 7:00 PM – 9:30 PM

The Royal Music & Arts Center, 1 S Easton Rd, Glenside, PA 19038, USA

About the event


Come experience a unique showcase of incredible songs, storytelling, collaboration and community. This concert series brings you 4 talented songwriters curated by Aaron Nathans, Avi Wisnia, and Meghan Cary. Each month, a different line up of stand out artists share the stage, taking turns performing an eclectic variety of original songs, sharing the stories behind those songs, and speaking to the unique perspective that comes with having strong connections to the Philadelphia music scene.  April's concert features: Zoe Mulford, Ciara Grace, Ross Bellenoit, joined by your host Avi Wisnia.


Zoe Mulford is known for her vivid storytelling, humor, and deep compassion. She accompanies her clear voice with guitar, piano, and claw-hammer banjo. She has been hailed for her composition "The President Sang Amazing Grace," an account of the 2015 racist attack at the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston. The song was covered by Joan Baez in 2018 and by Kronos Quartet in 2019, winning an International Folk Award for Song of the Year, and was transformed by illustrator/animator Jeff Scher into a video and a picture book.

Ciara Grace grew up surrounded by music. She spent much of her formative years in a studio with some of the top most session players as mentors. It's no wonder that by a young age, she was already churning out songs to make even the most seasoned songwriters take note. She has performed at premier venues such as the Philadelphia Folk Festival, The Bitter End, Sellersville Theater, Laura Mann's Living Room, Sala BBK in Spain, and the Liverpool Philharmonic's Music Room in the UK. Her unreleased tracks (recorded and produced by Grammy Award winner, Glenn Barratt) are already creating an industry buzz.

Ross Bellenoit has forged quite a career path, racking up impressive credits as a guitarist, composer and record producer. After moving to Philadelphia in 2003, Bellenoit quickly became the leading axe-man for a thriving singer-songwriter scene that spawned Amos Lee, Birdie Busch, and Chris Kasper. Since 2010, he's been making his mark as a songwriter himself, having released several of his own albums of original material, including three full-length LP’s in 2015, and his most recent Americana-tinged album, “Where Does The Light Go?”

Avi Wisnia is an award-winning singer/songwriter, finding inspiration in 1950’s west-coast jazz, acoustic American folk, Brazilian bossa nova, and contemporary piano pop. Avi's clever lyrics give a knowing nod to his contemporaries, while his smooth vocals and deft piano skills assure you that this is truly something new. He tours in support of his newest studio album, "Catching Leaves," performing in prestigious venues around the world – from the Hammerstein Ballroom in NYC to The Kennedy Center in DC to concert tours in Japan, Poland, and Brazil. His single "Sky Blue Sky" was recorded via satellite between Philadelphia and Brazil, winning recognition from the Philadelphia Songwriters Project and Mid-Atlantic Song Contest. In addition to being a performing songwriter, he has given a TED Talk and performed with The Moth storytellers and organizes the Philly Songwriters Circle collective. "Avi Wisnia represents the best of the singer-songwriter genre: great voice, great songs, exciting stage presence. He plays piano like he was born to it.” - The Minstrel Acoustic Folk Project


Tickets are $20 at the door (cash or card) or in advance.  Advanced tickets are recommended! Visit for more information.

Doors Open at 6:30pm | Show begins at 7pm

The Royal's Health & Safety protocols can be found at:

DRINK: Our neighbors at The Ways Restaurant and Brewery have a bar set-up in the back of the venue and will be selling their delicious beer. BYO-Wine is allowed with a $5 corkage fee per person. No Hard Liquor or outside beer permitted.

FOOD: We sell small snacks at each event, but we are not a restaurant and do not have table service. We strongly recommend having dinner at The Ways Restaurant and Brewery beforehand and we do allow outside food in the venue if you wish to bring it in.

PARKING: Guests of The Royal are permitted to park in the parking lot of St. Paul's Lutheran Church. Enter the lot on Mt. Carmel Avenue, on the other side of Easton Road. Parking is available at the Glenside Train Station, but at your own risk as we are not associated or contracted with SEPTA. Street parking is also available.

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