Achievements and notable performances:

2nd Street Festival, Philadelphia PA, Aug, 2018

Steelstacks, Bethlehem PA. May, 2018

LAUNCH Music Conference Lancaster, PA, April, 2018

Indigo Blues 1st Friday Dance, April, 2018

Lancaster Roots and Blues Festival, March, 2018

Official release of "Where is Home?" Feb 5th, 2018

A&R Factory Article, Jan 29th, 2018

Akademia Music Award for best song in the category Funk / Fusion. October, 2017

Gypsy Moon Blues Festival, Sept. 2017

Write-up in the Lancaster News Paper, August 2017

Liberty Music Festival, Aug. 2017

Tellus360, Lancaster PA. Aug. 2017

State Street Blues Stroll, June 2017

"My Baby Gets Me High (When I'm Broke)", spun on WXPN on 4/20 at 4:20pm

Boom Room Live-Stream, Apr. 2017

My Baby Gets Me High EP, released Jan. 2017

Performed at The Philadelphia Art Museum, 2015 

Boom Room Video Shoot, 2015

Leah RGNarrow Belt of Bay , producer, musician and musical director. Released, 2015

Downtown Shimmy, guitarist, 2013 - 2016

  • International tour, Nov. 2015
  •  International  Blues Challenge, 2014
  • Performed @ Philly Folk Fest, 2014
  • Any time, Any Place, released 2014

Performed at The Kimmel Center, 2013

The Hoppin’ John Orchestra, Reunion Days, Guitarist, released 2013

The Ardvark Felon, released 2012

Temple University: BA Jazz Studies, 2010

Erronious Krunk: 2008 - 2010 

Pitt/Mellon Jazz Scholarship recipient, 2006

 Jamaican outreach w/ The University of Pittsburgh Jazz Ensemble: 2006 & 2007 
PMEA All-State Jazz Ensemble: 2005

The Chameleon Club, 2004

Leap Of Faith 2001 - 2003

  • Mt. Sinai Battle of The Bands winner, 2002
  • Performed at CBGB's, 2002
  • Original played on WUSB


The Ardvark Felon "My Baby Gets Me High (When I'm Broke)" Photo Credit: Koof Ibi Umoren 

Industry Reviews:

"The Ardvark Felon operates through a sensual, highly inflected aesthetic that instantly intrigues, and the funky shape of 'My Baby Gets Me High (When I'm Broke)' will be consummately appealing to fans of the genre."

-- The Akademia Music Awards

"Frankie Velardo is young, talented and engaging, a great addition to the rhythm and blues scene here in Philadelphia"
--Mikey Junior
Entertainment Manager, The Twisted Tail

"When you pull into your driveway and your next door neighbor is playing air guitar as Frankie Velardo...that says something!" Frankie's playing definitely leaves a good impression!”

—Binki De Callibus
Founder, Front St. Concert Series



The Ardvark Felon.  Photo Cred. Emily Fleck Photography

Ardvark Felon - Where is Home album cover

The Ardvark Felon @ Heritage.  Photo Credit: Ben Wong

The Ardvark Felon "Where is Home?"  Photo Credit: Mom and Dad

Ardvark Felon is the anagram-derived alter ego of Frank Velardo, composer, lead singer, guitar-slinger, and man in front of the band.  The band is spontaneous but polished, serious yet absurd.  They’re funky in all the right ways, love playing for dancers, and know just when to turn things up with explosions of group improvisation and jamming.