Northeast star at North Star

By Christopher Wink

The acoustic rock sound of Northeast Philadelphia’s own Tim Laigaie capped off a night of new comers at the North Star Bar in Fairmount yesterday night.

Tim, 21, played a handful of songs from his debut album Out of Focus with his friend Nick Passio, skirting his full band accompaniment. Nearly 100 fans were on hand in the lively showroom at the North Star, just inside the bar’s slower, drearier Tuesday night bar scene.

Tim is from Holme Circle, graduated from St. Jerome’s in 2001 and Father Judge in 2005, and still lives in the Northeast.

He wrote his first song at the age of 11. Ten years later, Tim headlined a show of three newcomer bands from the area. Below see Tim perform his song “Everything” with Nick last night.

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That was their second of five songs played last night. After “Everything,” Tim dropped his acoustic guitar and focused on singing, backed by Nick.

Check out a photo slideshow of Tim and Nick performing here. Last night, NEast Mag posted shorter video of Tim singing “Quicksand.

The crowd was filled largely with Tim’s friends who called out his name and cheered in support.

A Celtic-folk band called Brownpenny and a young blues rock band called Interstate 76 opened for Laigaie, playing 30 minutes each.

Next Tuesday, Tim has an on-air interview and performance on WOCM Irie Radio in Ocean City, Md. and he plays next at the Nail Nightclub in Ardmore on Feb. 13 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $8 in advance or $10 at the door.

To hear Tim play with his full band, contact him through his Web site for a copy of Out of Focus.

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