LeCompt is one of the most recognizable names in the Philadelphia music scene.
For more than 30 years, Mike LeCompt and the band have been rockin' the Philadelphia area with spot-on covers of classic rock tunes. At a LeCompt show, you'll regularly The Who, Rolling Stones, Beatles, David Bowie, Led Zeppelin, Rod Stewart and an incredible variety of other classic artists. There's a good chance you'll hear a tune you haven't heard in 20 years.
On special occasions, you might even hear an original song, including crowd favorites such as "Stranded", "Gypsy Heart", "Louisiana Wind", "Son of Ireland" and "One Last Tear". Mike recorded "Stranded", the song and album heard on radios across the world, while playing in the band "Tangier" in the early 1990's.
From Northeast Philadelphia to the Jersey shore, you're guaranteed a good time any time LeCompt is in the house.
Mike LeCompt Solo
Michael LeCompt & the Downtown Horns
Even More About LeCompt
For thousands of people in the Philadelphia area, the word “LeCompt" means a lot. If you’ve been out on the town in the past 35 years, there’s a good chance you’ve seen the band, recognize the name or have even (unknowingly) heard their tunes blaring out from a neighborhood bar as you've passed by on the sidewalk.
Widely regarded as a Philadelphia rock legend, front-man Michael LeCompt plays hundreds of shows every year from Philadelphia to the Jersey Shore, often with his 2 to 6 piece backing band. There are a few things that are certain; You’ll hear popular tunes as well as B-side gems from the 60’s to 90’s. Mike and the band are consistently excellent musicians and performers. And yes, many of the people in the audience proudly know and love the band.
One thing that’s not certain? The set list.
You can look for it, but you won’t find it. From requests scribbled on napkins to pleas shouted from the crowd, LeCompt plays to the audience, constantly tapping into their vast catalog of tunes. During any given set, you might hear a discreet Beatles tune, a block of The Who or David Bowie, or even an original song. Sometimes, all of the above. No two sets are ever the same. This undoubtedly contributes to the band’s loyal following.
It would be unfair to stop there though. There’s also the fact that Philadelphia gets to regularly enjoy Mike’s talents at local venues, even following his mainstream success in his band Tangier. There’s the humbling fact that Mike will make his rounds between sets, shaking hands and saying hello to old friends and fans. Perhaps most of all, though, is that Mike has done something we all admire; Discovered what he’s great at and made his living doing it for the past 35 years.
It’s impossible to try to calculate how many beers have been consumed over the years while watching LeCompt, how many voices have been lost while singing along to the songs and the amount of abuse Mike’s guitars and keyboards have gone through. If you haven’t seen the band yet, now is the time. If you already have, you’ve been nodding along this whole time, and will probably see LeCompt again soon.
"No one wants to see a band just standing there. I used to do crazy stuff like hang from the rafters, swing mics around and throw guitars. I may not do all of that all the time now, but I am always about leaving people with something to remember." --Michael LeCompt, Out on the Town - 10/2013