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Tonight’s Concert Picks: DakhaBrakha at Arden Gild Hall, You Do You at Bourbon and Branch, Ground Up at Union Transfer and more

DakhaBrakha | Photo via facebook.com/DakhaBrakha
DakhaBrakha | Photo via facebook.com/DakhaBrakha

After a well-received showing at this summer’s Philadelphia Folk Festival, Ukrainian four-piece DakhaBrakha returns to the area tonight for a headlining gig at Arden Gild Hall. The band calls their sound “ethno-chaos,” but what that really means is they’re a melting pot that transcends easy descriptions. You’ll hear a little bit of Eastern European folk music with sounds from India, Africa, Russia, the Middle East and Australia in the mix tonight. To get an idea what that sounds like, check out their Take Away Show below and pick up tickets and more information here. Continue reading →

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Five artists to discover at the 2014 Philadelphia Folk Festival

El Caribefunk is playing Philadelphia Folk Fest
El Caribefunk | via facebook.com/funkchoyelcaribefunker

Anybody who’s ever attended the Philadelphia Folk Festival can attest that the best part about it is the surprises you’ll find within. Sure, Old Crow Medicine Show is going to be great in their Friday night headlining slot, and singer-songwriter icon Janis Ian will dazzle the Saturday audience, but to truly experience this half-century running celebration of global roots music, we recommend getting away from the nighttime main stage sets. Here are our picks for five artists you won’t hear discussed as much, but who should make it a point to catch. You’ll go away from the festival loving them. Continue reading →