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XPN Weekend Arts Crawl…Art furniture, comedy, Ukrainian culture, and more!

 

courtesy of UASC Tryzub
courtesy of UASC Tryzub

The 23rd Annual Ukrainian Folk Festival is Sunday in Horsham. This cultural celebration is complete with Ukrainian dishes, beers and baked goods. In addition, four main acts are set to play on stage, including a Ukrainian violinist, a colorful and acrobatic dance act, an electronic band that infuses traditional Ukrainian music, and the Voloshky Ukrainian Dance Ensemble, known for their melding of Ukrainian dance and world culture. A social Ukrainian dance called Zabava is going to be featured on stage after the main show while traditional and modern Ukrainian music is performed in the background. Continue reading →

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Philly Summer Sonic Rock Showcase brings a sweet end to the season with Mock Suns and more

Kandy Kane Productions Presents: Philly Summer Sonic Rock Showcase
Kandy Kane Productions Presents: Philly Summer Sonic Rock Showcase

As the end of the season approaches (insert appropriate cries as you reach for socks to keep wearing your Birkenstocks through the fall), quite a few Philly music groups are putting together their own ode to summertime vibes. One we’re particularly excited about is Kandy Kane Productions Philly Summer Sonic Rock Showcase, which will take place next Friday, August 29th, at The Rotunda on Walnut Street. The line-up includes a pretty boss round-up of local mainstays: Old Scratch, Dead Tenors, Senium, Mock Suns, Kind of Creatures, Village and Snoozer. Doors for the showcase open at 6:30 and festivities will rave on til 1 AM. $5 tickets for the event are available at the door. Below, you can check out some tunes from a few of the artists featured on the bill. Continue reading →

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West Philly drummer Justin Faulkner brings Community Unity Music Festival to Clark Park

Justin Faulkner and his family organized West Philly's first Community Unity Festival, slated for Sunday. | Photo by Shaun Brady
Justin Faulkner and his family organized West Philly’s first Community Unity Festival, slated for Sunday. | Photo by Shaun Brady

Growing up in the Cedar Park section of West Philly, Justin Faulkner spent so much time with his nearby cousins that they felt more like brothers. So it hit particularly hard when one of those cousins fell victim to gun violence, killed just outside West Philadelphia High School when Faulkner was in his early teens. Not long after, another cousin met the same fate, followed by several of Faulkner’s childhood friends. Continue reading →

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XPN Weekend Arts Crawl…The culture of India & the Caribbean…Pancakes, Booze and Art…and so much more!

courtesy of http://www.mccannteam.com/join-the-celebration-indias-independence-day-at-penns-landing/
courtesy of http://www.mccannteam.com/join-the-celebration-indias-independence-day-at-penns-landing/

Penn’s Landing hosts two free cultural celebrations this weekend.  Saturday’s 21st Festival of India at the Great Plaza is sponsored annually by the Council of Indian Organizations to celebrate India’s Independence Day and bring her art, music, dance, and cuisine to the shore of the Delaware River.

Sunday’s Caribbean Festival is in its 28th year, and brings the offerings of 14 Caribbean islands to the Great Plaza:  reggae, roots international beat, hip-hop, steel band and gospel music…poetry…island skits and dances… a marketplace of Caribbean fashions, souvenirs, arts and crafts… and an African/Caribbean children’s village. Continue reading →

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The Taney Dragons Little League baseball champs share their walk up songs

Photo courtesy of: http://www.taneybaseball.com/
Photo courtesy of: http://www.taneybaseball.com/

Here at XPN we’re all pretty excited for Philly’s Taney Dragons Little League baseball team who are playing in the Mid-Atlantic regional championship game against Delaware tonight at 6PM. The game will be on EPSN 2. Taney is one win away, and will be the qualifying game to play in the Little League baseball World Series in Williamsport.

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UPDATE: Tanney won the Mid-Atlantic championship game, 8-0! Now moving onto the opening round of the Series at Lamade Stadium in Williamsport, PA, their first game is on Friday Aug 15th at 3pm. Full schedule here

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One of the players on the little league baseball team is Tai Shanahan, the son of WXPN’s Associate General Manager Quyen Shanahan. Taney has gotten some fantastic press in their exciting march towards the little league championship game. Continue reading →

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Listen to a rare recording of The Delfonics and Billy Stewart from a live concert at West Philly’s Nixon Theatre

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Music journalist and Philly native, Mr. C – the host of Mr. C’s Soul Spectacular internet radio show, as well as a historian and record crate digger – has hipped us to an amazing live recording of a show at Philly’s Nixon Theatre featuring soul singer Billy Stewart and Philly’s The Delfonics. Stewart performed his classic “Summertime” and The Delfonics sang “You’ve Been Untrue,” a side they recorded early in their career on Cameo Records.

The Nixon Theatre, built in 1910, stood tall at 52nd and Market Streets until it was demolished in 1984. Continue reading →

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Love for Locals: Why XPoNential performances mean more to hometown acts

The Lawsuits | Photo by Michelle Montgomery | michellemontgomeryphotography.com
The Lawsuits | Photo by Michelle Montgomery | michellemontgomeryphotography.com

For the touring acts playing – and certainly the audience watching – this year’s XPoNential Music Festival can be summed up as a fun weekend full of great music, great people and relatively little rain.

But for local bands playing the festival, it means just a little bit more. For some, it was their first time playing outdoors in a festival setting. Others were returning to play for the third or fourth time. Several artists thought their sets went well, but a few had technical difficulties or other problems to work through.

From the Marina stage to the Susquehanna Bank Center, the hometown audience seemed to clap a little louder and listen a little more intently to the local acts. For Philly-based pop rock outfit Viv and the Revival, the first act to perform Friday, the admiration even elicited shouts of, “You rock!” and “Way to start our festival!” from the crowd. Continue reading →

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Who was that guy impersonating Forrest Gump throughout XPoNential 2014?

Photo by Michelle Montgomery | michellemontgomeryphotography.com
Forrest Gump impersonator Paul Dengler | Photo by Michelle Montgomery | michellemontgomeryphotography.com

You never know what you’re gonna get at a music festival. At least that’s what Paul Dengler wanted to make sure life was like at XPoNential this year.

Dengler, a Forrest Gump impersonator, was seen from Friday to Sunday watching performances, interacting with festival-goers and starting conga lines. Continue reading →

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Where do The War on Drugs like to eat and drink when they’re home in Philly?

Photo by Rachel Barrish
Photo by Rachel Barrish

Music, food and culture app Supper recently sat down with The War on Drugs’ Robbie Bennett and Dave Hartley, to talk about their favorite places to eat and listen to music in Philly. They recommend spots from Chestnut Hill to West Philly and of course show some love for the burgers at Johnny Brenda’s.  To hear more reccommendationss from the band read the full article over on Supper here.

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Hit Frankford Ave’s First Friday art shows hosted by Bleeding Rainbow’s Sarah Everton and Hound’s Perry Shall

PerryOne night, two art opening, probably LOTS of musicians. Probably. First, we’ve got Sarah Everton, bassist for Bleeding Rainbow, hosting “The Month Punk Broke: Drawings, & Miscelleneous Shit by Sarah Everton” at Rocket Cat Cafe. Everton has done the album artwork for Bleeding Rainbow’s past releases and album artwork for fellow fuzz-rockers Eternal Summers, among a multitude of other projects. Everton’s colorful approach to a multimedia-patchwork aesthetic promises to deliver a compelling collection of work. Continue reading →