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90s alternative band Dandelion to reunite for memorial tribute, concert to benefit Good Grief


Dandelion, a Philadelphia-based quartet that achieved global success in the 90s, will present a concert featuring three of its surviving members on Sunday, June 9, at Broken Goblet Brewing in Bensalem Township.

The show will showcase a full performance of the band’s entire 1993 debut album release, “I Think I’m Gonna Be Sick.”

Proceeds from the concert will benefit a fund that will be created at Good Grief, which is an organization that helps grieving families and children who have suffered from the loss of a loved one.

The concert will also be a memorial for Kevin Morpurgo, a founding member of Dandelion who died in 2023.

“This show will be really meaningful for us,” says Mike Morpurgo, who was Kevin’s brother and Dandelion’s original bassist, and maintains his passion for music as the co-owner of School of Rock franchises in Princeton and Doylestown.

“It will be a blast to play our songs for fans and our music students who never got to see us in concert. It will also be a wonderful way to celebrate Kevin’s life and for everyone who loved him to share a beautiful, joyous, and very loud group hug in his memory.”

“I Think I’m Gonna Be Sick” was released in May of 1993 on Ruffhouse Records, a Philadelphia-based company that was distributed by Columbia Records/Sony Music. Critical excitement about the album, and its airplay on college and alt-rock stations across the country, created coast-to-coast touring opportunities and significant support for Dandelion’s music on MTV. The band’s notoriety was cemented when a single from the album, “Under My Skin,” was featured in an episode of MTV’s “Beavis & Butthead” that included comedic commentary from the show’s animated duo. Dandelion disbanded in 1996 and Kevin moved to London in 2000.

Dandelion’s lineup at the show will include original band members Mike Morpurgo (bass), Carl Hinds (guitar), and Dante Cimino (drums). Performing lead vocals will be Marcus Durant, who was one of Kevin’s best friends, a former member of the band MC5, and is currently the lead singer of The Detroit Cobras. Durant was responsible for Dandelion’s original album art and logos.

Also tied in with Dandelion’s show will be the re-release, available for the first time on vinyl and on sale at the show, of “Silver,” the band’s original demo tape that led to its deal with Ruffhouse.

Doors will open at 6:30 p.m., with the memorial for Kevin Morpurgo at 6:45 p.m., a performance by the Philly psychedelic rock trio Gibbous Moon at 7:15 p.m., and Dandelion’s concert at 8 p.m.

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