10 Year Anniversary
Connie’s Ric Rac turns 10 years old this year. And, in true South Philly fashion, we’re throwing a block party. Or three.
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Throughout the year, we will be hosting a series of events to celebrate the anniversary. In addition to “Philly’s Biggest Block Party” – The S. 9th Street Italian Festival, in which we host the Joseph Tartaglia, Jr. Local Music Stage, we will also be producing two other outdoor events; the signature anniversary concert on July 16th and on August 27 when the Wallace Brothers bring the 2nd Annual Country Music Festival to the Italian Market. Several other more intimate events will take place throughout the year to commemorate our involvement in the Philly music scene over the last decade.
We are a community driven, artist focused venue located in the heart of the Italian Market, featuring live music just about every night of the week. We have been a launching point and home base for prominent Philly acts like Johnny Showcase, the Wallace Brothers Band, Lovers League, Sonnder, and the The Late Saints. These bands and artists, known affectionately as “Ric Rac All Stars” are part of a larger collective of musicians known as “RicRackateers” – those that truly understand what a special place Connie’s has in the Philly music scene.
“We are what we are, and at the end of the day we’re a rock club. There’s no pretension, no exclusion” says co-owner Ron Bauman. “We were guys in bands that started a venue, not venture capitalists or bar owners trying to make money. From day one, this place has been about giving people a place to play.” At our essence, we are a music venue first and foremost – not a bar with a stage. We take a tremendous amount of pride in being a place where “musicians hang out”.
We started off as a BYOB, which should give you some insight into the mindset of the founders Joseph “Joe Brown” Tartaglia, Jr., his brother Frank and lifelong friend Pete Pelullo. There have been many changes over the years at Connie’s, including a few shut downs (some self-imposed, others not so much), and “grand openings”, the acquisition of a liquor license and a complete overhaul of the venue in early 2014. After the tragic passing of Joe in May of 2013, the Ric Rac family was hurting. Ron dove in head first to help keep Connie’s Ric Rac alive, and by the end of year became a partner. With that the stage was set (pun intended) for a big push to make The Ric Rac a force on the Philly music scene.
With a complete reengineering to the sound system, rebuilding a bigger bar, upgrading the beer selection, and the construction of a brand new backstage green room (which is actually green), The Ric Rac has become a highly sought out destination for many of Philly’s up and coming bands, as well as regional and national touring acts. And we’re always hosting unique events like charity fundraisers, networking happy hours, or parties for the city’s marijuanna legalization community.
Meanwhile, fans love Connie’s for its stripped-down aesthetic, attentive staff, inexpensive drinks and family-like atmosphere. And what better time than at our our 10-year mark to introduce what will be the biggest change to take place at The Ric Rac – the addition of “Connie’s Kitchen”! Located right next door, we will be offering up a distinctive menu using ingredients sourced right here in The Italian Market.
In a time when the music industry is in such a state of flux, and small to mid size venues find it tough to stay in business, we are honored to remain a part of this amazing scene here in Philadelphia. One thing that will never change is why you we do what we do: for the love of our local original music scene.
Please help us celebrate 10 years at Connie’s Ric Rac!
Celebration Launch Party, May 6th
What better time to get the party started than with First Friday with Gashouse Radio! The lineup will feature Those People, Sonny Knockout, Weekend Warriors and Canadian rockers Cardboard Crowns. Stay tuned for more acts and details as the event approaches.
Italian Market Festival, May 21 and 22
As always, Connie’s Ric Rac provides produces the local original music stage for the S. 9th Street Italian Market Festival. The streets are closed off for shops, eateries and vendors to set up outside for thousands of visitors. Bands play on an outside stage at 9th and Federal, and inside the club, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. both days.
4th & South Reunion, July 22
Just as this is the 10 year anniversary of The Ric Rac, it also commemorates the birth of a community that is still alive and burgeoning in Philadelphia. Many prominent artists in the local Philly scene got there start at Lickety Split, located at 4th & South Streets, including the founders and owners of Connie’s. We will celebrate those early days with a reunion party with many of the musicians who built their own little part of the local Philly music scene.
10 Year Anniversary Concert, July 30
In what could be our biggest and most important event ever, we will be hosting a large scale outdoor concert outside Connie’s on the 1100 block of S. 9th Street. Come out and see all of your favorite artists who have performed over the years, including many special guests. Check out the EVENT PAGE for more information on the Lineup and the other exciting things happening this day. Please contact us for more details.
Country Music Fest, August 27
The Wallace Brothers, a prominent South Philly-based country/folk/rock act will host another all-day indoor/outdoor concert featuring local country roots-based musicians and bands. RSVP to the FACEBOOK EVENT to stay up to date with the most recent information. Please contact us for more details.
Halloween Party, October 31
Ours favorite holiday of the year at Connie’s! Lineup and details to be announced. There will be costumes and loads of fun, for sure.
New Year Eve Party, December 31
The closing ceremonies, this is where we put the icing on the cake of our 10 year anniversary celebration. Lineup and details to be announced.
HELP US CELEBRATE 10 YEARS OF LIVE ORIGINAL MUSIC IN THE ITALIAN MARKET!