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Tuesday Tunes Starts Year on a Musical High

Edwards Crossing band member Phil Di Leo dropped by UKR to perform some original music and give an on-air interview

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Singer Phil Di Leo of local indie rock band Edwards Crossing performed at UKR’s latest Tuesday Tunes event. Photo by Bob Toy.

Tuesday Tunes first started at UrbanKnightsRadio.com at Academy of Art University two years ago and now it’s more than just a place to get acquainted with the Bay Area’s brightest up-and-coming musicians. It’s also a pit stop for students between classes; a chance for live music to enhance and expand upon the lessons just heard and those about to be.

On-air performances and interviews are commonplace in the radio industry, and Tuesday Tunes provides the UKR staff with the experience of recording an artist live in the studio. “It’s a chance to highlight all their skills,” said General Manager Matty Staudt.

On Tuesday, March 3, UKR hosted Phil Di Leo, the founding member of local indie rock band Edwards Crossing. According to Tuesday Tunes tradition, Di Leo played a set of original music and then gave an on-air interview with UKR’s Music Director and host of KETCHUP Myles DeBoer.

 

A recent graduate of San Francisco State University, Di Leo found his bandmates gradually through random Craigslist postings for roommates and friends of friends. All four members of Edwards Crossing sing, but Di Leo’s guitar is typically accompanied by Megan Maurer on keys, Greg Zeppa on bass and Garrett Peters on drums.  

Di Leo opened his Tuesday Tunes set with “Nevada City,” a song about his hometown in Northern California, just west of Lake Tahoe and the Tahoe National Forest. “Like any hometown, it’s the place you have to get away from,” he told the crowd of students before beginning the song. The name of the band originates in Nevada City as well; Edwards Crossing is also the name of a bridge close to where Di Leo grew up.

Swift dynamic rhythms and drum beats were met with gentle metaphorical lyrics like “The faces the same; the people change; every corner I reach.” Di Leo’s second piece was a selection of “It’s a Song,” and he admitted its title was a bit obvious.

Aside from being the title of the first song performed, Nevada City was also the second to last stop on the band’s recent tour that wrapped up this past January. The group’s first West Coast tour took them from San Diego to Seattle in promotion of their newest release, an 8-song album, entitled Mira. Additionally, Edwards Crossing was named The Deli’s Band of the Month 2015 in San Francisco.

Di Leo’s performance was the first Tuesday Tunes of the year, and more live performances are to be lined up every other Tuesday. In the past, the frequency of live performances has varied semester to semester, but according to Staudt, UKR has a lot in store for Tuesday Tunes in the coming weeks.

Tune into UrbanKnightsRadio.com to find out about upcoming Tuesday Tunes events happening this semester.

 

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Singer Phil Di Leo of local indie rock band Edwards Crossing. Photo by Bob Toy.

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Singer Phil Di Leo of local indie rock band Edwards Crossing. Photo by Bob Toy.