Press Kit

"I Am The River" 

Released: February 2014



After forming in May 2011, Kid Felix quickly began to make themselves known within the Philadelphia music scene. They released their first EP the following November called Head Above Water, and with its success they secured a spot performing at Bamboozle 2012.

Dubbed Indie rock with a grunge rock soul, Kid Felix consists of Jake Falana (vocals), John Ambrutis (lead guitar), Brett Hagen (guitar), Julian Ungerer (bass), and John Szachewicz (drums), the band uses its unique structure to produce an indie style rock with modern melodies over carefully orchestrated and layered instrumentals.  They have been compared to bands such as Kings of Leon, Brand New, Foo Fighters, and Pearl Jam.  

Gaining national exposure as the regional finalists of the 2012 Hard Rock Rising Global Battle of the Bands, as well as playing both Bamboozle and the Warped Tour, Kid Felix was recently able to catch the ear of 93.3 WMMR midday DJ, Jaxon.  Jaxon named the band “WMMR Artists of the Month” on his station and played their entire first EP throughout the month of August 2012. Their single,  "Class Action Satisfaction," is still currently in rotation.

In October 2012 Kid Felix released their second EP “Young Luck” to a crowd of 600+ at the Theatre of the Living Arts in Philly.  The band impressed enough to land a set at the Electric Factory on New Years Eve as the main support for the band Octane.

Following up on this success Kid Felix received a main support slot to open for the Silvertide reunion show at a sold out TLA(1500+).  As well as being asked to open up the MMRBQ at Susquehanna Bank Center in Camden, New Jersey.  This show featured headliners Soundgarden and Alice in Chains.

Finishing out 2014 Kid Felix won the PHL Live award for Best Rock Band in Philadelphia 2014.  The accolades continued as Kid Felix were also selected as Regional Hard Rock Band of the year at the 4th Annual Tri-State Indie Awards in April 2015.  After large festivals in the summer of 2015, such as Philadelphia's South Street Festival and New Jersey's Hollystock Music Festival, the band closed out the year at World Cafe Live for WMMR Jaxon's Mistletoe Jam.

In 2016 the band were on the official Philadelphia SXSW Showcase in Austin, TX.  In addition to the showcase, the band had a successful string of dates from Nashville to Austin, and has returned energized and working towards their next release.



In February 2014 Kid Felix released their third EP "Rivals".

Upcoming Shows




“It’s almost impossible to put into words, I think, when a band has that certain something, that thing,” Jaxon said in an interview Thursday. “You can see it, you can hear it when you listen to the music. Whatever it is, they have it, the kind of band you’d stake your reputation on. - Paul Jaxon - Midday DJ WMMR

"This 6 piece powerhouse band orchestrates music, they don't just slap it together. The cohesiveness and freshness is impressive and big things are coming for this group of young, hungry and extremely talented musicians named Kid Felix." - Vince Volz : Double V Booking/The Legendary Dobbs

“Outstanding local support for the festival’s headliner. They drew over a hundred people. It was well worth it for everyone. Guitar licks worth a million words. They are lyrical deviants and produces of bittersweet hooks and rifts.” - Brittany Rotondo - That Music Mag

"The first time I saw Kid Felix, I was impressed. Not so much because they were playing their best show, but there was so much potential... There’s a bit of anticipation surrounding their upcoming EP. Fans are looking forward to hearing something new from the band... I get the impression that industry people are interested too." - John Dempsey - "Going Back-to-Back with Kid Felix"    That Music Mag

Their newest EP, Young Luck, is compacted with five smash hits that will make you turn up your stereo. This is a remarkable record, and you’re really missing out if you skip it. In today’s day and age, it’s hard to find an album that I can listen to in full without having to press the skip button. - Maria Mar - 95.9 WRAT/ The Aquarian Weekly

“Kid Felix was selected to perform at the forthcoming Bamboozle Festival after performing a set of savage proportions this past weekend at the Regional Finals…Be sure to add them to your “Sets To See” list as they will likely return to the 20th Annual Boozle as headliners.” - Chris Rotolo- Speak Into my Good Eye

"Kid Felix wears their music like a signature and there’s no way you can miss out now" - Melodic Soundwaves

"Infectious melodies and strong, musical hooks will have you getting Kid Felix songs stuck in your head throughout the day." - Dustin Dellinger : Gashouse Radio


Recent Shows


SXSW Showcase March 2016

The Springwater Nashville March 2016

World Cafe Live Philadelphia December 2015

Dewey Beach Music Conference September 2015

Hollystock Music Festival August 2015

South Street Music Festival May 2015

TLA w/ Chill Moody March 2015 - Draw 500+

Hard Rock Cafe Philadelphia  October 2014

South Jersey Arts and Farm Festival October 2014

Dewey Beach Music Conference September 2014 

End of Summer Music Festival Dave and Busters Dockside September 2014

Liberty Music Festival Finnegans Wake August 2014

Hollystock Music Festival August 2014

Hard Rock Cafe Philadelphia PA August 2014

Bourbon And Branch Philadelphia PA 

Ardmore Music Hall May 2014

South Street Music Festival May 2014

Parx Casino Radio 104.5 Showcase April 2014

Ardmore Music Hall April 2014

Chameleon Club w/ Beware of Darkness Lancaster PA April  2014

Mercury Lounge NY March 2014

Winterfest 2014 ABC Brewery March 2014

Chameleon Club Lancaster PA February 2014

The Saint Asbury Park March 2014 

Dusk Providence RI March 2014

T.T. The Bears Boston March 2014

Wonder Bar (Breast Cancer Benefit) February 2014

Hard Rock Cafe Philadelphia PA February 2014

Ortliebs Philadelphia PA January 2014

The Note West Chester PA January 2014 

House Of Blues, Atlantic City - w/ Cold War Kids

Starland Ballroom, Sayreville NJ w/ Three Days Grace

McGann's Pub, Boston, August 2013 - Draw 50+ 

The Spot Underground, Providence, RI, August 2013 - Draw 100+ 

The Legendary Dobb's - Draw 100+ 

Hollystock Music Festival, August 2013(Headliner) - Draw 500+


AwesomeFest, Philadelphia, August 2013 - Draw 300

The Blockley, Philadelphia, w/ Dizzy Reed of Guns N' Roses, July 2013 - Draw 150

Milkboy, Philadelphia, June 2013 - Draw 100

The Lizard Lounge, Lancaster, June 2013 - Draw 50

The Saint, Asbury Park, June 2013 - Draw 100


MMRBQ with Sound Garden & Alice in Chains - Susquehanna Bank Center, May 2013

The Legendary Dobbs w/ HRVRD, April 2013 - Draw: 150

TLA w/ Silvertide, March 2013 - Sold Out

Mercury Lounge, NY, Feb 2013 - Draw: 100

Milkboy, Philadelphia, Jan 2013 - Draw: 100

Electric Factory, Dec 31 2012 - Draw: 600

Theatre of the Living Arts, Philadelphia (Headliners) - Draw: 600+

Encore Events Center, Freehold NJ w/ Cartel - Draw: 200

The Stone Pony, Asbury Park - Draw: 100

The Saint, Asbury Park - Draw: 75

The Knitting Factory, Brooklyn: Draw: 50

World Cafe Live: The Queen, Wilmington - Draw: 50

North Star Bar, Philadelphia - Draw: 100

2012 Bamboozle Festival, Asbury Park

2012 Warped Tour Festival