When we caught up with Jay Purdy and Matt Gibson of The Extraordinaires last night, they were en route to a community theater performance of Ribbons of War, the full-scale “tragic romantic opera” written by he and his fellow band members in 2007. Just having finished a similar concept-album, Electric and Benevolent based on the life of Nikola Tesla, the band has proven itself to be a thorough creative force, with their talents stretching from music to drawing to screenprinting and bookbinding (Electric and Benevolent comes in a handmade silkscreened book). Long-time South Philly residents, Mambo movers, and members of both the South Philadelphia Athenaeum and The Philadelphia Institute for Advanced Study their songs and shows give you a chance to see a couple of performers who have maintained a tether to a wonderfully refreshing sense of sincerity.
Seeds Of Jealousy Performed at American Songwriter (Nashville, TN)
Just off playing a couple of dates with Gogol Bordello last week, they play tonight at Johnny Brenda’s with Real Estate ($10, 9pm)