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Listen to David Dye’s final show as host of World Cafe, read his farewell letter

David Dye | photo by Joe Del Tufo for WXPN
David Dye | photo by Joe Del Tufo for WXPN

A page of Philly music history turned this afternoon as David Dye hosted his final episode of World Cafe. He has been at the helm of the show during its 25-year run, discovering new artists and tracking their careers with vigorous enthusiasm, revisiting old favorites and digging up gems in his pile of vinyl. For his farewell show, he was interviewed by another big name in public radio — Ari Shapiro of All Things Considered — and spent some time chatting with incoming Cafe host Talia Schlanger, as well as revisiting the World Cafe 25th anniversary concerts with Ryan Adams and Ben Vaughn. Continue reading →

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Go Mt. Airy Gala to celebrate David Dye this April

David Dye | photo by Joe Del Tufo for WXPN
David Dye | photo by Joe Del Tufo for WXPN

This April 1st, Mt. Airy’s annual Go Mt. Airy Gala will celebrate World Cafe’s David Dye at the Commodore Barry Club. One day prior, Dye will officially step down as host and producer for the show, which he began more than 25 years ago, so why not celebrate his achievements with food, drink, music, and more? Continue reading →

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Listen to Dave Hause’s hometown return for a lovely live session for World Cafe

Dave Hause | photo by Tiana Timmerberg | spotlightviews.com
Dave Hause | photo by Tiana Timmerberg | spotlightviews.com

Dave Hause recently made a return trip home to hang with the wonderful David Dye for a session on World Cafe. Hause talked about his new record Bury Me in Philly, an expansion on his hardcore roots that gives some callouts to Led Zeppelin and The Rolling Stones, and performs a couple tunes. Continue reading →

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After 25 years at the World Cafe, David Dye’s role is changing

David Dye | photo by Joe Del Tufo for WXPN
David Dye | photo by Joe Del Tufo for WXPN

After a quarter century at the helm of NPR’s World CafeDavid Dye announced today that he is stepping down on March 31st, 2017, as the full time host and producer of the show. He’ll continue hosting WXPN’s weekly Funky Friday show and will have a continued role on World Cafe as a special contributor.

“On one hand, it is extremely hard to picture my life without hosting the World Cafe on a daily basis,” says Dye. “It is the best job in radio, working with the most talented people. For years I have had the opportunity to sit in the same room talking with the likes of Leonard Cohen, Joni Mitchell, Herbie Hancock and thousands of others. Our 25th anniversary seems like the perfect juncture to get off the treadmill of daily radio and see what is next.” Continue reading →

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A Funky Sunday dance party with Christian McBride (AKA DJ Brother Mister)

Christian McBride | Photo courtesy of the artist via http://www.christianmcbride.com/press.html
Christian McBride | Photo courtesy of the artist via http://www.christianmcbride.com/press.html

Fans of the funk and WXPN’s Funky Friday with David Dye won’t want to miss a Funky Sunday dance party, hosted by Dye. The party features Philly jazz bassist and composer extraordinaire Christian McBride as DJ Brother Mister, and it takes place on Sunday, November 22nd at World Cafe Live. Continue reading →

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This weekend, listen to the #SuperXPN No. 1 Hits of the 60s weekend with David Dye

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First, we had the Solid Gold #1 Hits of the 70s weekend, then the #Awesome80s weekend with Robert Drake, and this weekend WXPN moves back a couple of decades to present the #SuperXPN No. 1 Hits of the 60s weekend. Join World Cafe host David Dye as he plays every Number One Billboard hit in chronological order starting with January of 1960, ending with December of 1969. Continue reading →

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Listen to David Dye’s Heavy Rotation pick on Morning Edition: “Devil’s Whisper” by Raury

Raury | Photo by Faisal Mohammed
Raury | Photo by Faisal Mohammed

World Cafe host David Dye was on NPR’s Morning Edition this morning, talking about a song he’s got in Heavy Rotation, “Devil’s Whisper” by Atlanta musician Raury.

About the song, Dye says “He’s part of a new group of musicians called young Atlanta, and he feels that with his music everything is equal –  hip hop is next to folk, next to some kind of funk, next to rock. It all makes sense as one music. You really hear that in this song. He talks about the church, he talks about that he’s not a reverend, but as he does that his rap gets more and more intense and you want to say Amen at some point.” Continue reading →

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The Key’s Year-End Mania: David Dye’s five favorite live music moments in and out of the World Cafe studio

World Cafe's David Dye and Spoon's Jim Eno | Photo by John Vettese
World Cafe’s David Dye and Spoon’s Jim Eno | Photo by John Vettese

Year-End Mania is the Key’s survey of the things below the surface that made 2014 awesome. In this installment, World Cafe host David Dye shares his favorite music moments of the year.

1. Punk Cajun band The Lost Bayou Ramblers, featuring the Michot Brothers, recorded a session live during our Sense of Place Visit to Lafayette. Loved it when Andre switched out his accordion for the key modulation in their version of “My Generation.” Maybe in Philly this summer…? Continue reading →