Hi. I'm Matt. Some people call me Feldie. Lucky Old Souls is my dream, my baby.... The concept is rooted in my passion for music and my firm belief in the power of music to bring people together. Over the past couple of years, many of the specifics of my vision have changed, but that central premise has remained. I've been in rooms where a crowd has been collectively blown away by the immediacy of a live performance. I've been in bars where the groove has led people with little in common to talk and laugh and dance together. Music is magic.
One aspect of the Lucky Old Souls concept that has evolved is the menu. Basically, I went from being so focused on the music that I didn't even think about food to remembering that food is almost as important in my life as music. I love to eat (who doesn't?) and I also believe that the choices we make about what to eat are choices with social and political ramifications. I think anyone who has taken even a cursory look at the facts would have to agree that eating food made from ingredients grown on small, local, sustainable farms is a better choice than eating food made from factory-farmed ingredients that have been shipped from hundreds or thousands of miles away -- a better choice for individuals, for communities, and for the planet. I'll write more about the specifics of the menu soon, but that is the underlying premise.
The greater Philadelphia area has an extraordinary number of quality beer producers. The decision to only serve local beer was pretty much a no-brainer. Expect about six local beers on tap and about twice that number of local bottled beers.
I'll be posting progress updates on all aspects of the project here periodically. Look for a post soon with a timeline of all that's happened up to this point.
Here's to South Philly... to Newbold... to Philly jazz... to great music of all kinds... to delicious, wholesome food... and here's to you. Thanks for reading.