20 artists you didn’t realize are playing Made In America this weekend

Saba | photo by Tom Vin | via NPR Music

It’s less than 24 hours till the official kickoff of the seventh annual Made In America festival, and while we’re extremely excited to see headliners Janelle Monae, Kendrick Lamar, Nicki Minaj and Meek Mill over the next couple days, we’re equally excited for the reliably vibrant festival undercard. We dug into the lineup to see what surprises it contained; many of the artists in this list were new to us, many we know and love and had no idea they were in the mix. Read on, and see you on the Parkway this weekend!  Continue reading →


Jam to Phil Lesh, Gov’t Mule, and Joe Russo’s Almost Dead at Peach Music Festival this July

Phil Lesh | photo via artist’s Facebook

Scranton PA is more than just the fictional home of The Office. It’s also the non-fictional home to the beautiful Montage Mountain, where the Allman Brothers Band-inspired Peach Music Festival has been jamming for seven years now. Today, the festival revealed their lineup which features headliners Phil Lesh and the Terrapin Family Band, Gov’t Mule (playing two sets,) and Joe Russo’s Almost Dead. Continue reading →


Photo Recap: A Deadhead Revival for Dead And Company at BB&T Pavilion

Dead & Company | Photo by Sydney Schaefer for WXPN |

Grateful Dead fans, otherwise known as Deadheads, and John Mayer fans alike, gathered from all over the tristate area last night as Dead & Company headlined a completely sold out show at Camden’s BB&T Pavilion. The entire venue was a sea of tie dye and covered in a haze of smoke as the crowd was taken back to the psychedelic time of the 1970s – when the Grateful Dead (the Dead) were in their prime.

Dead & Company did everything last night just as they did back then – in Grateful Dead style. There was no opener, as always, but kept the crowd captivated with two spectacular sets by all 6 members. As the band walked out on stage and was greeted by a roar of applause and cheering, the band members picked up their instruments and went right into playing “Feel Like a Stranger,” a song off the Dead’s 1980 release, Go To Heaven, immediately turning BB&T Pavilion into a time machine and blasting thousands of people back in time. Continue reading →


Tonight’s Concert Picks: Tiffany Jones Quintet at World Cafe Live, The Last Waltz at Verizon Hall

Tiffanyh Jones | via her website
Tiffany Jones | via her website

Philadelphia’s Tiffany Jones Quintet will bring their soul jazz stylings to World Cafe Live tonight. They’ll be joined by V. Shayne Frederick. Jones’ latest project, the Him EP, came out last April, and you can stream a live performance of its smooth, sensual title track below. For tickets and more information, head over to XPN’s Concert Calendar. Continue reading →


Warren Haynes to bring The Last Waltz 40th anniversary tribute to Verizon Hall

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Warren Haynes’ The Last Waltz 40th Anniversary Tribute

On November 25th, 1976 over a dozen of the era’s most influential musicians gathered at the Winterland Ballroom in San Francisco to bid farewell to The Band. With filmmaker Martin Scorsese on hand, along with Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Emmylou Harris, Joni Mitchell, Dr. John, The Staple Singers and so many more, The Last Waltz became an epic music documentary classic and, in some circles, as synonymous with Thanksgiving as “Alice’s Restaurant.”

With this month marking the concert’s 40th anniversary, Warren Haynes has curated a tribute band that will make the rounds early next year, stopping at Verizon Hall inside the Kimmel Center on January 29th. The Allman Brothers Band and Gov’t Mule guitarist will be joined by co-curator Don Was, along with keyboardist John Medeski, drummer Terence Higgins, singer Michael McDonald, country musician Jamey Johnson, and more to be announced.

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