Tonight’s Concert Picks: Hardwork Movement at Johnny Brenda’s, Sorority Noise at First Unitarian Church, Daughter at The Electric Factory and more

Hardwork Movement
Hardwork Movement | photo by John Vettese for WXPN

Philadelphia hip-hop collective Hardwork Movement is playing a record release show at Johnny Brenda’s tonight. The group’s music boasts intricate jazz-tinged instrumental arrangements and a fierce pride of their deep roots in The City of Brotherly Love. 2016 was a fantastic year for the nine-member group: earlier this year they released their debut LP Good Problems, and a few months later they signed to Chill Moody’s #nicethingsMUSIC imprint. Come help Hardwork Movement celebrate and get a taste of their mixtape Draft Night at their last show of 2016 in Fishtown. Brooklyn-bred Tacuma Bradley’s Unity Band and Philadelphia singer-songwriter Julia Rainer are also on tonight’s bill. Check out the WXPN Concert Calendar for more information on this 21+ show, and check out Hardwork Movement’s performance of “City Bars” during a session with Philadelphia-collective Out of Town Films. Continue reading →


Download a live music sampler from Warren Haynes’ Ashes & Dust tour

Warren Haynes and Railroad Earth | Photo by Cameron Pollack
Warren Haynes and Railroad Earth | Photo by Cameron Pollack

Guitarist Warren Haynes rolls into town this Friday, October 2nd with Railroad Earth, singer-songwriter Chris Stapleton and Chessbox. Haynes and his tourmates appear at the Tower Theatre.

The Gov’t Mule/Allman Brothers guitarist collaborated with Railroad Earth on his recent album, Ashes & Dust, which he supported with a Free at Noon gig featuring Railroad Earth – listen to that show here. Continue reading →


Free at Noon Flashback: Warren Haynes and Railroad Earth jam for the sold-out crowd

Warren Haynes and Railroad Earth | Photo by Cameron Pollack |
Warren Haynes and Railroad Earth | Photo by Cameron Pollack |

The cheers and applause were deafening in World Cafe Downstairs today as Warren Haynes and Railroad Earth took the stage. Haynes (The Allman Brothers Band, Gov’t Mule, The Dead) teamed up with bluegrass outfit Railroad Earth to record his new solo record, Ashes and Dust. They played songs from that record for a sold-out Free at Noon crowd.

Even during his time in his main bands, Haynes wrote folksy Americana songs that he kept to himself for the last 30 years. Now, on Ashes and Dust, he believes this is the right time to release them into the world. Together, he and Railroad Earth recorded over 30 songs, but managed to whittle it down to just 13 for the release. Continue reading →


The Kalob Griffin Band will bring new tunes and holiday vibes to World Cafe Live tomorrow


Each musical genre in this city boasts its own community. It’s why creativity breeds, why collaboration is inevitable and how fans know which venues or bars to go to in order to see a show they’ll enjoy.

But there’s something a little more notable, a little more special, about the roots rock revival that’s going on in Philly, and the bands that are at the forefront. It’s bands like Toy Soldiers, The Districts and of course Dr. Dog that have reminded local fans about the advantages of good ol’ Americana — and how the genre can make hands clap and toes tap unlike anything else.

The rise of The Kalob Griffin Band is another key manifestation of this, as the band has made quite splash into the local scene since moving to Philly from State College, Pa. They cultivated a loyal local following, deemed “The KGB Family,” and hope to top last year’s 500-person turn out when they play their “4th annual Holiday Extravaganza” on Saturday at World Café Live with support from The McLovins and Dirty Dollhouse Special.

The show will undoubtedly feature one or all of the three new tracks The Kalob Griffin is poised to release some time in late January 2014. Recorded by Bill Moriarty (Dr. Dog, Man Man) and mastered by Greg Calbi of Sterling Sound (Bruce Springsteen, Gov’t Mule, Trey Anastasio, Alabama Shakes) the songs bring the tenacity and twang that live audiences have come to love from the band, but on a whole new level of songwriting and production quality.

“Full Love” is a fast-paced, hoedown-like groove that will be sure to get people dancing. “Bugle Boy Tobacco” starts with the sound of train tracks and the wailing of a harmonica before launching into an upbeat ballad about a boy who “didn’t have to look too hard, because trouble was after me,” and features a groovin’ instrumental breakdown.

But the standout track of the three would be “Fire and Time,” a love song featuring guest vocals from soulful, folksy songstress Ali Wadsworth, who recently released her own solo album. It’s a killer collaboration between long-time scene friends. Listen to two of the songs below, and click here to download a digital package with these two new KGB tracks.

The Kalob Griffin Band will play at 8:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 21 at World Cafe Live. Tickets can be found here.


My Morning Download: “Roll” by Randall Bramblett

Bonnie Raitt with Randall Bramblett via
Bonnie Raitt with Randall Bramblett

Randall Bramblett releases his new CD, The Bright Spots, next Tuesday, May 14th on New West Records. Bramblett’s music incorporates rock, blues and R&B and he’s a prolific musician. The Georgia born multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter has had a solo career and has performed and recorded with The Allman Brothers, Traffic, Gov’t Mule, Widespread Panic, and Levon Helm. When The Allman Brothers initially disbanded in the mid 70’s, Bramblett formed the fusion leaning rock band Sea Level with Allman’s keyboardist Chuck Leavell, bassist Lamar Williams and drummer Jaimoe. As a songwriter, one of Bramblett’s biggest fans is Bonnie Raitt, who recorded several of his songs including “Use To Rule The World” from her most recent album, Slipstream. Below, in exchange for your e-mail you can download a free sampler featuring several songs from his new album, and his own version of “Used To Rule The World.”


Scranton’s Peach Festival announces 2017 lineup including Widespread Panic, My Morning Jacket and more

My Morning Jacket
My Morning Jacket | Photo by Josh Pelta-Heller for WXPN |

The lineup for 2017’s Peach Festival in Scranton was just announced, and we’ve got ourselves a doozy.

Taking place August 10th through the 13th at Montage Mountain, Widespread Panic (who will be performing two sets) are joined by My Morning Jacket, Gov’t Mule & Friends and Joe Bonamassa as headliners, complemented by sets from Umphrey’s McGee, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, Lettuce featuring Chaka Khan and a whole lot more. This is the jam band festival of the decade, my friends, so do yourself a favor and head up north for a weekend. Continue reading →