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XPN Fest Recap: M.A.K.U. Soundsystem bring unifying vibes to The Marina Stage

M.A.K.U. Soundsystem | photo by Ashley Gellman for WXPN | agellmanphotos.com

From the moment Brooklyn-based M.A.K.U. Soundsystem took the stage, a feeling of unity spread throughout the festival. “If you feel this, come together,” co-vocalist Juan Ospina said to connect the crowd. In the back half of opener “Entro y Salgo,” Ospina delivered a spoken word outro, drawing deep on his Columbian roots, a common thread among the Brooklyn-based band, which Ospina described as immigrant beat and immigrant rhythm. Continue reading →

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The WXPN and Mural Arts Open Source block party is back ON with M.A.K.U. Soundsystem

M.A.K.U. Soundsystem | Photo via facebook.com/MAKUSoundsystem

The opening block party for Mural Arts Open Source pop-up bodega in North Philadelphia was rained out earlier this month, but a new date and new performer has just been announced. This Sunday, October 18th, from noon to 3 p.m., M.A.K.U. Soundsystem – a Brooklyn-based eight piece Latin roots rock band – will perform at the neighborhood celebration at 2200 North 8th Street. It’s their first appearance in Philly, so let’s make them feel welcome.

The party takes place right next to the pop-up community bodega space created by Philly artists Keir Johnston and Ernel Martinez; the installation explores the intersection of the Latino and African American communities in North Philadelphia. Continue reading →

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Revisit XPNFest 2018 with a 48-song VuHaus video playlist

Blind Boys of Alabama | photo by Ashley Gellman for WXPN | agellmanphotos.com

The annual XPoNential Music Festival is the pinnacle of summer, drawing crowds of passionate music lovers and diehard festival goers. This year’s lineup was impressively diverse, including prominent, well-known artists, from Margo Price, Mondo Cozmo and Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real to newly emerging bands like Harmony Woods, Bermuda Triangle and The National Reserve. Continue reading →

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Behind the Scenes at #XPNFest 2018!

XPNFest 2018 Behind The Scenes | photo by Rachel Del Sordo | racheldelsordophotography.com

The 2018 XPoNential Music Festival is under way, and in addition to great sets from David Byrne, Sylvan Esso, Lukas Nelson, M.A.K.U. Soundsystem, Greg Sover and more, we’ll be bringing you behind the scenes coverage. Keep checking back here for an ongoing photo gallery of the fans at XPoNential and the people who make the festival happen. Continue reading →

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XPNFest adds artists incl. Darlingside, Blind Boys of Alabama, Harmony Woods, &More

clockwise from left: Darlingside | photo by Ellen Miller for WXPN // Blind Boys of Alabama | photo by Jim Herrington | courtesy of the artist // Harmony Woods | photo by Rachel Del Sordo for WXPN // &More | photo by Dejanaya Spicer | courtesy of the artist

These are exciting times, folks. As if this year’s XPoNential Music Festival lineup wasn’t already stacked enough, today we’re thrilled to announce several more artists that will be joining us this summer on the Camden Waterfront. Continue reading →