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Local musicians collaborate for 11-11-11 concert

Mu­si­cian John Faye is aware of the su­per­sti­tion when see­ing the time 11:11 on a di­git­al clock.

“When you see 11:11 on a clock, you’re sup­posed to make a wish,” he said.

This year, the cal­en­dar will read 11-11-11.

“I thought it would be a cool idea to have a show on that date,” Faye said.

Faye, of Fox Chase, has been in the mu­sic busi­ness since the mid-1990s and is the former front man for The Caulfields.

Since 2003, he has been a mem­ber of IKE. He plays gui­tar and provides lead vo­cals. Brett Tal­ley is on lead gui­tar, with Susie Steen on bass and Jason Miraglia on drums. The band has pro­duced six re­cords and a DVD in its eight-year ex­ist­ence.

In ad­di­tion, Faye and Rhawn­hurst’s Brit­tany Ro­tondo form John & Brit­tany. The duo re­cently per­formed in Cali­for­nia at the House of Blues in Los Angeles and in the Bay Area.

Ro­tondo and Faye met three years ago, and she wasn’t even a mu­si­cian at the time. Now, Faye con­siders her a tre­mend­ous gui­tar­ist and song­writer. The two have played at World Caf&ea­cute; Live and opened for the Smithereens and Mat­thew Sweet.

Both IKE and John & Brit­tany will be on stage on Fri­day night — 11-11-11 — at the Theatre of the Liv­ing Arts, at 334 South St.

The re­mainder of the lineup will con­sist of The Shakers, Star­gazer Lily, Pla­cid Ad­mir­al and Zelazowa.

IKE will per­form songs from its new ex­ten­ded-play re­cord, The Little People, Church and the Steeple. The band will, of course, play its song 11:11.

Faye owns the re­cord la­bel It Keeps Evolving, foun­ded earli­er this year. The EP was re­cor­ded in a home stu­dio in May­fair, where the mar­ried couple Tal­ley and Steen live.

“We’re ex­cited that IKE’s re­cord is the first re­lease on the la­bel,” Faye said.

The name of the re­cord la­bel is an ac­ronym for IKE, but no more spe­cial than oth­er names for the band over the years.

“We’ve been through a lot of in­carn­a­tions and changes in the lineup, but we’re not rest­ing on our laurels,” Faye said.

The Los Angeles-based Shakers will also re­lease a full-length re­cord on Fri­day.

Zelazowa will be com­ing from Brook­lyn. For Star­gazer Lily and Pla­cid Ad­mir­al, the con­cert will serve as a re­union.

Each of the bands has a con­nec­tion to the oth­er.

“It’s a col­lect­ive of mu­si­cians who are help­ing each oth­er out,” Faye said. “It’s go­ing to be a big old fam­ily af­fair.”

WM­MR (93.3 FM) and the sta­tion’s Jax­on and his Loc­al Shots Live show are giv­ing the con­cert spe­cial pro­mo­tion.

Each band will play for about 35 minutes, with IKE get­ting a little more time be­cause of its new re­lease. There will be a grand fi­nale, with all the bands on stage at the end of the night.

“People will get a good slice of every band,” Faye said.

Faye be­lieves the TLA is a great ven­ue and prom­ises that the place will be rock­ing. The bands are gen­er­ally high en­ergy and play hard and al­tern­at­ive rock mu­sic.

“It’s go­ing to be a pretty loud and en­er­get­ic night,” he said. ••

Re­port­er Tom War­ing can be reached at 215-354-3034 or twar­ing@bsmphilly.com

Here’s the low­down on 11-11-11 …

The 11:11:11 con­cert, fea­tur­ing IKE, will take place Fri­day at the Theatre of the Liv­ing Arts, 334 South St.

In ad­di­tion to IKE, there will be per­form­ances by John & Brit­tany, The Shakers, Star­gazer Lily, Pla­cid Ad­mir­al and Zelazowa.

Doors open at 7 p.m., and the show be­gins at 7:30. All ages are wel­come.

Tick­ets cost $11 and are avail­able for no ex­tra fees at it­keep­se­volving.com

You can reach at twaring@bsmphilly.com.

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