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Chuck Berry Goes Classical: Listen to Andrew Lipke tackle “Roll Over Beethoven” with violinist Miho Seagusa

Andrew Lipke and Miho Seagusa of Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia | still from video
Andrew Lipke and Miho Seagusa of Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia | still from video

For the past couple years, Philly’s Andrew Lipke has branched beyond the confines of rock and roll singer-songwriter to collaborate with more classically-rooted music organizations in Philly. In the past year, he’s worked with Choral Arts Philadelphia on a recording project and joined the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia on the INTERSECT concert series, shows intended to bridge the worlds of classical and pop.

The next season of INTERSECT kicks off on Wednesday, November 30th at World Cafe Live, and to mark the occasion, Lipke and violinist Miho Seagusa put a fancy spin on a rock and roll favorite, Chuck Berry’s “Roll Over Beethoven” — which was kind of already a specimen of the rock world teasing the classical world.  Continue reading →

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Andrew Lipke and The John Byrne Band to perform a charity concert on 4/28 for the Adaire School music program

Andrew Lipke | Photo by Chris Sikich | http://countfeed.tumblr.com/
Andrew Lipke | Photo by Chris Sikich | http://countfeed.tumblr.com/

Philadelphia schools have been hit hard by budget cuts recently, and music programs are often among the first to go. Fortunately, for the Adaire School in Fishtown, a local community group stepped in and helped raise the funds, alongside the Penn Treaty Special Services District, to keep the school’s music program alive.

To celebrate, the school, which runs from K-8th grade, is putting on a charity concert on April 28 in its newly renovated auditorium. The concert will feature local musician/composer Andrew Lipke and Celtic folk group The John Byrne Band, both of whom will be playing alongside the young musicians of the Adaire music program. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Andrew Lipke with Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia at World Cafe Live, The Chelsea Kills at Boot and Saddle, Abi Reimold at Pearlstein Gallery and more…

Andrew Lipke | Photo by Chris Sikich for WXPN
Andrew Lipke | Photo by Chris Sikich for WXPN

Intersect: Andrew Lipke will be performing tonight at World Cafe Live with The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia. The Philly composer, who enlightens audiences with his unique combination of folk and classical music, will be transforming rock and roll in a special performance with some of Philly’s most talented musicians. More information here. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia with Andrew Lipke at World Cafe Live, CRUISR at The Fillmore and Jonathan Richman at The Chameleon Club

Andrew Lipke
Andrew Lipke performs 11/2 at The Fire

South African multi-instrumentalist Andrew Lipke will be performing with The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia tonight at World Café Live. This exciting collaboration is part of the Intersect event which aims to celebrate the combination of genres by bringing together the chamber orchestra with some of the most gifted musical talents in the Philadelphia area. Tonight they will be with Andrew Lipke, who has made a name for himself as a critically-acclaimed arranger, producer, composer and performer. Continue reading →

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Hear Andrew Lipke cover Bob Dylan’s “Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door” for WXPN’s Copy That

Andrew Lipke
Andrew Lipke | Photo by Chris Sikich

Philly favorite Andrew Lipke was on the lineup of last night’s birthday bash for Bob Dylan over at Rembrandt’s in the Fairmount section of Philly, and earlier in the day he stopped by WXPN studios to appear on the air with Dan Reed for the weekly Copy That segment. Strumming his acoustic guitar and cacked by an airy cello accompaniment, Lipke did his version of “Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door” – which he later played at the party. Give it a listen below, and see him live at Gorgas Park on Saturday, June 20th. More information on the show can be found here. Continue reading →

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Orchestras, busking and Led Zeppelin: Andrew Lipke reflects on ten years at World Cafe Live and beyond

Andrew Lipke
Andrew Lipke | Photo by Chris Sikich

As we begin to celebrate our 10 year anniversary of our new home at 3025 Walnut Street I wanted to talk with a few of the local artists that performed around here.  I remember like it was yesterday – I heard their voices echo throughout the building, thinking to myself this is really happening! We built a building and they have come!  This week I spoke with Andrew Lipke about the ten years we’ve spent in this XPN home.   Continue reading →

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What makes a tribute act tick? Find out with Get the Led Out

Get The Led Out | photo via facebook.com/GetTheLedOut
Get The Led Out | photo via facebook.com/GetTheLedOut

If you go out and ask a random bunch of Americans about their knowledge of Philadelphia, you’ll probably get the the typical cliches: cheesesteaks, Rocky, soft pretzels, the Liberty Bell, and rambunctious sports fans who once threw snowballs at Santa Claus and batteries at J.D. Drew. But there’s one more thing you should add to that list: Philly is home to the greatest Led Zeppelin cover band known to man.

Well, sort of.

I say “sort of” because in reality, the phrase “cover band” doesn’t exactly do the group much justice. Get The Led Out is more than a cover band, but the band members have trouble coming up with a better way to describe themselves. Continue reading →

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Bridging rock and classical music, Andrew Lipke wows at Sundays On Stage

Andrew Lipke | Photo by Chris Sikich | http://countfeed.tumblr.com/
Andrew Lipke | Photo by Chris Sikich | http://countfeed.tumblr.com/

One of Philly’s finest musicians, Andrew Lipke put on a phenomenal free show last past Sunday afternoon, wowing a receptive crowd at the Burlington County Library Auditorium in Westampton, N.J. Backed by both his rock band The Prospects and his classical accompanists The Azrael String Quartet, the first in a series of spring Sundays on Stage shows, the concert drew fans and newcomers alike. The 75-minute show featured songs from Lipke’s ambitious 2011 album The Plague, such as the classical and rock amalgam “Up to Here,” as well as a sampling of work from earlier Prospects days, like the glorious “No Way Out.” Pieces from a forthcoming album based on Hermann Hesse’s Siddartha were also played, including the bewitching “Ascetic Blues.” For most of the show, the quartet and the band layered their parts, making for a rich, varied sound, and the venue itself played a perfect partner to the musicians with its great sound system. The arrival of a new Lipke release cannot come soon enough, and one can only hope for more upcoming performances like this one to challenge and reward one’s expectations of rock dynamics.

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Listen to “Head Down Vagabonds,” a new track from Philly singer-songwriter Andrew Lipke (playing Kennett Mushroom Festival on 9/7)

LipkePhilly’s Andrew Lipke has been working on his latest project, Song from Siddhartha, since late last year, and we got another taste of it today in the form of a new song called “Head Down Vagabonds.” A follow-up single to “Ascetic Blues,” released last December, this one also has a distinctly psychedelic vibe, but leans less airy and more poppy and irreverent – like Lipke is digging into the “Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite” side of his musical leanings. It’s an interesting progression considering the orchestral nature of his previous offerings, The Plague and Siddiqah. Or, as Helen Leicht put it, it’s “the many faces of Andrew Lipke.” Listen to the song below; Lipke performs live on September 7th at the Kennett Mushroom Festival, which is not as psychedelic as it sounds, but that’s okay – he’ll bring the weird.