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Photo recap: The rain pours down but the Folk goes on – Philly Folk Fest Day 4

Driftwood Soldier | Photo by John Vettese / WXPN
Driftwood Soldier | Photo by John Vettese / WXPN

The Folk Fest Gods can only keep the rain away for so long, but that didn’t stop Sunday’s performers and fans from having an incredible day at Fest.  Here’s some highlights from the day.

Driftwood Soldier (photo above) played a set on the campground’s Front Porch Stage during a slight downpour; the crowd watched huddled under two tarps. Set rocked.

Two long-running gospel groups, The McCrary Sisters and The Fairfield Four teamed up as the gospel supergroup, Rock My Soul. High energy set, had a lot of people (including Folk Show host Ian Zolitor) on their feet and dancing. Continue reading →

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Photo recap: From the Campground to the Main Stage at Philly Folk Fest – Day 2

 

Anderson East and The Lone Bellow | Photo by John Vettese / WXPN
Anderson East and The Lone Bellow | Photo by John Vettese / WXPN

Day two at the 55th Annual Philadelphia Folk Fest went off without a hitch.  From local band Deer Scout performing on the Camp Stage to Anderson East joining The Lone Bellow on the Martin Guitar Main Stage – incredible performances were happening all day long across the 80 acre, Old Pool Farm.  Continue reading →

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Watch Bombino perform “Akhar Zaman (This Moment)” and “Emé” at SXSW

Bombino | Photo by Hope Helmuth for WXPN | hopehelmuth.com
Bombino | Photo by Hope Helmuth for WXPN | hopehelmuth.com

All the way from West Africa, Bombino is back at SXSW after this incredible guitarist found a worldwide audience after the release of his Dan Auerbach-produced record Nomad. This desert-blues rocker now has a follow-up, Azel, coming April 1. Watch Bombino perform “Akhar Zaman (This Moment)” and “Emé” at SXSW’s Radio Day Stage in these clips taken from the live video webcast on VuHaus.

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Watch The Heavy perform “What Happened to the Love” and “The Apology” at SXSW

The Heavy | Photo by Hope Helmuth for WXPN | hopehelmuth.com
The Heavy | Photo by Hope Helmuth for WXPN | hopehelmuth.com

Flying in all the way from Bath, England, the retro soul and psychedelic funk band, The Heavy was third to hit the Public Radio Day Stage at SXSW in Austin, TX today.  You might just want to check out The band’s new album, Hurt & The Merciless, out April 1 after watching the energy in these live performances!  Cut from the live video webcast on VuHaus, watch The Heavy perform “What Happened To The Love” and “The Apology”.

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Get a look inside last night’s star-studded Philadelphia Music Alliance Walk of Fame Gala at The Fillmore

Jimmy Fallon & The Roots - PMA Walk of Fame Gala | Photo by: Rich McKie
Jimmy Fallon & The Roots – PMA Walk of Fame Gala | Photo by: Rich McKie

For the first time in over two decades, the Philadelphia Music Alliance hosted a evening gala to celebrate its newest inductees at the new Fillmore last night.  Earlier in the day a ceremony was held to unveil their plaques, Hollywood Walk of Fame-style, in the Broad Street sidewalk along Philadelphia’s Avenue of the Arts on Broad Street. The gala, however, was a chance for some of the biggest names in Philly music history to fix up and look sharp to personally honor the new inductees. Continue reading →

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Listen to a Philly Local session with Summer Fiction’s Bill Ricchini and WXPN’s Helen Leicht

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Summer Fiction‘s new album Himalaya is was just released. I invited Summer Fiction a.k.a. Bill Ricchini to bring in an acoustic guitar, sing a few songs and talk about the new music. The new album was recorded at Manchester’s (UK) Eve Studios and they worked with B.C. Camplight. Recorded for Philly Local, Bill recorded an acoustic performance of “Perfume Paper”, “By My Side” and a Morrissey cover! WXPN Welcomes Summer Fiction Saturday night, June 20th to Boot & Saddle for their record release party. Continue reading →