Industry Reviews:

"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


Ardvark Felon is the anagram-derived alter-ego for the the band’s trusty leader, Frank Velardo, a professional musician and composer living in Philadelphia, PA. The band is refreshingly raw and honest in their approach to delivering music. They’re spontaneous, but polished; serious, yet absurd. They’re funky in all the right ways, with a unique concept for jamming and improvising. 


Achievements and notable performances:

Mt. Sinai Battle of The Bands winners, 2002

The Chameleon Club, 2004
PMEA All-State Jazz Ensemble: 2005
 Jamaican outreach w/ The University of Pittsburgh Jazz Ensemble: 2006 & 2007 Pitt/Mellon Jazz Scholarship, 2006
Temple University: BA Jazz Studies, 2010 The Ardvark Felon : 1st EP, released 2012 The Hoppin’ John Orchestra, Reunion Days: released 2013
Performed @ The Kimmel Center, 2013
The Downtown Shimmy, Any Time, Any Place: guitarist. released 2014
Performed @ Philly Folk Fest, 2014
Internation Blues Challenge, 2014
Internation tour, Nov. 2015
Leah RG, Narrow Belt of Bay : Credited as Producer, musician and musical director: released 2015

Boom Room Video Shoot, 2015
Performed @ The Philadelphia Art Museum, 2015 

My Baby Gets Me High 2nd EP, released Jan. 2017