Finding bands covering popular radio top 40 songs is pretty easy to do these days. Go to any popular nightclub that is open late and you’ll be certain to find the typical bands playing the local circuit of clubs. Finding local live cover bands in the Montgo, Delco, Chestco, Philly area is as easy as finding as finding a clothes hanger in a Kohls department store.
What if you want to find some original music that doesn’t sound like what is blared on the radio all day? What if you want to find eccelectic music that involves a little artistic license? There are a number of places in the area that caters to this creativity. The one we’ll focus on in this post is Steel City Coffeehouse in Phoenixville.
Steel City is a coffee house that sits across from Molly McGuires in Phoenixville, PA. Steel City serves the usual varieties of coffee, snacks and music. Pretty much the same old stuff right? Wrong! Steel City has great original music, a variety of fun foods to eat and they serve only organic certified coffee from an artisan roaster. The inside of the place is pretty cool too.
If you like the indie, folk, soul, world, songwriter, fusion rock/jazz/blues, etc. this venue is for you. Steel City brings in a variety of acts that keeps the music varied and interesting. One time I was in Steel City during the Phoenixville Firebird festival (check out my review here of this crazy event) and the band played what I figure was Indian music complete with three belly dancers. That is the sort of entertainment you may experience during a visit to Steel City.
Tickets for the shows at Steel City run from somewhere around $12 to say $40
depending on who is playing, when you buy your ticket, and how you want to be seated (the Firebird Festival event was free). Tickets purchased in advance typically cost less than tickets bought at the door. Tickets that get your reserve seating cost a bit more than at the door and at the highest price level you can get a table with an entree served.
Food is pretty basic and fun here. French bread pizza, mac & cheese, salads, sandwiches, all of different varieties and some catchy names. They also serve teas, juices, etc and even some cold drinks like shakes and root beer floats. They also have a dessert menu as well.
Steel City is long and narrow with high ceilings. Not exactly Sistine Chapel high ceilings, unless the Vatican has seriously redecorated but fairly high tiled ceiling with deep, rich colored walls adorned with art for sale from what I presume are local artists. At each end of the cafe there are cozy couches and in between are wood, restaurant style chairs with small square dinner tables and small, round cocktail tables.
The area behind the stage is a really interesting. I guess you would call it graffiti art
but it looks very tactful and well placed (see pictures). The stage itself is an excellent size for a coffee shop. Typically I’m used to coffee houses excusing customers as they slide tables out of the way to make space on the floor for a ‘stage’ but Steel City Really has one and it is a decent size. When I was there there were four or five band members plus three belly dancers comfortably performing on stage.
Overall, I’d say the place has a bit of a hipster feel, which is just perfect for this type of venue, though the crowd is diverse. The patrons seem to be the tolerant type that really appreciates original, eclectic music along with a good cup of Joe and nothing else really matters.
Steel City Website
If you want to check the band schedule or learn a bit more about Steel City, here is the Steel City Coffeehouse web site
Where is Steel City?
Steel City is Located on Bridge Street in Phoenixville Pennsylvania. Basically take Egypt Road all the way out to Bridge and make a left. Here are the directions.
Overall, I really like Steel City. Steel City’s home, the town of Phoenixville is a fun place to visit as well. Great events and a nice vibe.
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