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66th annual Pastorius Park Concert lineup announced with Hezekiah Jones, The Lawsuits, Mutlu and more

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Photo by Lisa Schaffer | skylerbug.com | courtesy of the artist

The 2014 Pastorius Park Concert series has been announed, starting Wednesday, June 18th with Hezekiah Jones. The weekly Wednesday night series goes through July 30th with soul and R&B singer Aaron & The Spell. Located in Chestnut Hill, Pastorius Park is two blocks west of Germantown Avenue on Millman Street.

18 June – Hezekiah Jones
25 June – Mutlu
2 July – The Lawsuits
9 July – Deb Callahan Band
16 July – Venissa Santi Quartet
23 July – The John Byrne Band
30 July – Aaron & The Spell

Below, listen to a sampling of music from several of the bands playing the series.

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66th annual Pastorius Park Concert lineup announced with Hezekiah Jones, The Lawsuits, Mutlu and more

HezekiahJonesThe 2014 Pastorius Park Concert series has been announed, starting Wednesday, June 18th with Hezekiah Jones. The weekly Wednesday night series goes through July 30th with soul and R&B singer Aaron & The Spell. Located in Chestnut Hill, Pastorius Park is two blocks west of Germantown Avenue on Millman Street.

18 June – Hezekiah Jones
25 June – Mutlu
2 July – The Lawsuits
9 July – Deb Callahan Band
16 July – Venissa Santi Quartet
23 July – The John Byrne Band
30 July – Aaron & The Spell

Below, listen to a sampling of music from several of the bands playing the series.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: XPN Welcomes Charlie Musselwhite to The Sellersville Theater, Amanda X with Point Breeze at PhilaMOCA for Tuesday Tune-Out, Modern Baseball at The Barbary

Photo by Danny Clinch
Photo by Danny Clinch

XPN welcomes legendary blues musician Charlie Musselwhite to The Sellersville Theater tonight.  Over his almost 50-year career, Musselwhite has released over 20 records in addition to collaborating on efforts by Bonnie Raitt, Tom Waits and others.  Following the success of his 1966 debut, the 2010 Blues of Fame inductee moved to San Francisco where he and his unique blues-harp playing stood out against the counterculture backdrop. Most recently, Musselwhite collaborated with Ben Harper for 2012′s Get Up!Tickets and information for tonight’s all-ages show with Deb Callahan can be found here.  Below, watch Musselwhite perform “Blues Why Do You Worry Me?” live.

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The 12 Days of Local Christmas: Download “Baby’s First Christmas” by Deb Callahan


WXPN’s Twelve Days of Local Christmas continues today with the song “Baby’s First Christmas” by blues/soul and rock and roller Deb Callahan. Callahan has been a mainstay of the blues scene here and throughout the region since the 90′s when she began performing live. She released her debut album in 2002 and is currently working on her fifth album, to be released next year. The 12 Days of Local Christmas compilation is curated by XPN mid-day host Helen Leicht and the songs will be played daily during My Morning Download on the Morning Show with Michaela Majoun and on Helen’s local pick of the day. You can download the entire Twelve Days of Local Christmas compilation here. Deb performs tonight at The Twisted Tale Bourbon Bar & Juke Joint. Below, download the very soulful “Baby’s First Christmas.”

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Peter Gabriel at Wells Fargo Center, Ben Howard at Union Transfer, Jill Sobule at Kennett Flash, Deb Callahan at Steel City

Genesis frontman Peter Gabriel continues his Back to Front tour tonight at the Wells Fargo Center. In celebration of its 25th anniversary, he’s be playing the album So in its entirety. Make sure to see the legend who skyrocketed singles such as “In Your Eyes” and “Solsbury Hill.” The show begins at 8 p.m., tickets and information are available here.

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2011 XPoNential Music Festival Local Spotlight: Deb Callahan

Philadelphia’s own Deb Callahan just wrapped up a great set at the Marina Stage. With an incredibly powerful and dynamic voice, Callahan’s vocal delivery evokes such blues legends as Billie Holiday and Aretha Franklin. Backed by bass, drums, and guitar, Deb Callahan’s brand of soulful blues proved to be extremely lively, passionate, and endearing. —Max Ufberg

You can listen to the audio of the full performance here; videos are available here.

Set List
Food On The Table
Sun Is Rising
I Got It Bad
One More Obstacle
Carry Me
Credit Card Blues
Gonna Get There

Visit Deb Callahan’s band page at the XPoNential Music Festival website for complete coverage.

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Givers, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Deb Callahan, and Other Lives Added to the 2011 XPoNential Music Festival lineup

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Givers, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Deb Callahan, and Other Lives have just been added to the lineup for this year’s XPoNential Music Festival. The artists join an already jam-packed lineup featuring over 30 musicians, including Ra Ra Riot, Citizen Cope, Sun Airway, Hezekiah Jones, Ben Folds, Booker T., and many more. The festival will take place at Camden County’s Wiggins Park on the Camden Waterfront, from Friday, July 22nd through Sunday, July 24th. The daily schedule for the festival has also just been announced. View the lineup by day (Friday, Saturday, and Sunday) online now.

Tickets are currently on sale to the general public, with daily passes available at the Early Bird price of $15 for WXPN members and $25 for non-members. Early Bird three-day passes are $35 for members and $50 for non-members. Early Bird tickets may be purchased online or by phone (215-222-1400) through July 15th. Beginning July 15th, daily passes will be $20 for WXPN members and $30 for non-members. Three-day passes will be $45 for members and $65 for non-members. Children’s tickets (ages 2-12) are available for $5/day at any time. Tickets can also be found at select regional retailers.

For full details regarding the festival, visit the homepage.

Check out this trailer for Clap Your Hands Say Yeah’s new album, Hysterical, set to be released on September 20th. —Claire Fishkow

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Helen Leicht’s Local Pick Of The Day: Deb Callahan’s “Gonna Get There”

Deb Callahan is in the blues business, and she don’t mess around. Her new album Tell It Like It Is picks up on where she left off with her 2008 release Grace & Grit. Deb collaborated once again with producer and songwriter Chris Arms and on the record she brings some tasteful touches of gospel and rock to the mix. Deb’s got several record release shows coming up throughout the area which you can check out the listings for here. This song, “Gonna Get There” has a nice little crunchy Stevie Ray Vaughan vibe to it. Local guitar legend Allen James knocks out some fairly classic blues-rock riffs and this girl sure can sing!

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