This year marked the 50th anniversary of The Beatles’ initial trip to our side of the pond and their first ever North American tour. If you didn’t know this, you must have been in hibernation back in February. The 1964 summer tour would eventually include an unlikely stop in Philadelphia on September 2 that almost didn’t happen. Thanks to a relentless Philly rock n’ roll radio personality and some tricky planning, it did. Continue reading →
Kings of Leon are the final performers in a music filled weekend on the Parkway as Jay Z brings his Made In America Festival to Philadelphia for the third time Saturday and Sunday (and this year to Los Angeles for the first time). The three music stages present diverse genres and bands that include Mayer Hawthorne, The National, Spoon, Pharell Williams, Kanye West and area talent like The Menzingers There are beer gardens, food trucks, and merch booths galore, and XPN staffers are covering the fest here on The Key. Continue reading →
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 →
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 →
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 →
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.
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
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 →
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 →
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 →