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Lyle Lovett to Lovers League: 54 scenes from the 54th Annual Philadelphia Folk Festival

Two friends enjoying the main stage of the Philadelphia Folk Festival | Photo by Hope Helmuth | hopehelmuth.com
Two friends enjoying the main stage of the Philadelphia Folk Festival | Photo by Hope Helmuth | hopehelmuth.com

The annual Philadelphia Folk Festival is, on one level, about the music – and this year the music came in all scales. A headlining Saturday night set from Americana titan Lyle Lovett. Sets by buzzworthy up-and-comers Shakey Graves and Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear. And the music of the Philadelphia region was represented in force, from Band of Rivals and Lovers League performing in the campground to PhillyBloco taking the main stage and Hoots and Hellmouth helping close the festival out on Sunday night.

But in addition to being a great festival for hearing music, it’s a great festival for seeing a music community. Philly Folk is easily among the most photogenic music gatherings in our region, and to mark its 54th year, we’ve gathered together 54 photos from last weekend’s festival, shot by photographer Hope Helmuth. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: El Caribefunk at The Clubhouse, Major Van Winkle at North Star Bar and Beta Hi Fi Finals at World Cafe Live

El Caribefunk | michellemontgomeryphotography.com
El Caribefunk | michellemontgomeryphotography.com

Tonight’s concert picks start off with the energetic funkers El Caribefunk, who headlines The Clubhouse in South Philly. The eclectic Colombian band – which blends funk, samba, reggae and more – has been in residence at The Clubhouse all summer, and played tremendous sets at Love Park, Musikfest and most recently Philadelphia Folk Festival. Ticket information for the show can be found here, but first check out this awesome music video from the band. 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 →

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El Caribefunk, Black Landlord, Needle Points are on the lineup to this Year’s 2nd Street Festival, which is going to be really really fun

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The weird red devil-looking dude who’s the mascot of the 2nd Street Festival | photo courtesy of facebook.com/2ndStreetFestival

One of Philly’s best free festivals / block parties is back for it’s sixth year, and this is looking to be the one best yet.

The 2nd Street Festival, which takes place on 2nd street between Germantown Avenue and Green Street in Northern Liberties, will be jam packed with craft vendors, tasty food and tastier beer. But most importantly, great music. The lineup has some pretty great acts including TJ Kong and the Atomic Bomb, Needle Points, Joey Sweeney & the Long Hair Arkestra, Black Landlord, DRGN King, Weird Hot, El Caribefunk, Milton, The Hello Strangers, Mock Suns, and more. You’re excited already, aren’t you? Well then make sure you head over to NoLibs on August 3rd to join in on the fun! And remember, it’s free, so bring your friends and family and any other random people you may know.

The complete lineup can be found after the jump, along with music from some of the artists on the bill.

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Forget Nicki Minaj and Ed Sheeran, check out the real stars of this year’s Philly 4th of July Jam

photo via timothybloom.com
photo via timothybloom.com

By now, you’ve probably heard about this year’s Wawa Welcome America’s Philly 4th of July Jam on the Parkway. And if you’re like me, you’re less than enthusiastic about the big names performing. The lineup isn’t terrible – it features performances by The Roots, Nicki Minaj, Ed Sheeran and more. It’s alright, for sure, but not super exciting.

But don’t write off the city’s free annual 4th of July concert too fast, because there are some underdogs. Aside from the main stage, there are two smaller stages: Global Music Stage and Questlove Stage. The lineups are made up of lesser-known (but spotlight deserving) artists that many people aren’t even aware are there. Well, I’m going to fix that. Here’s your guide to the real stars of the Philly 4th of July Jam:

Global Music Stage

El Caribefunk / via facebook.com/funkchoyelcaribefunker
El Caribefunk / via facebook.com/funkchoyelcaribefunker

As a Latin powerhouse, El Caribefunk will bring some reggae funk to the Global Music Stage. The Colombian band is spending its summer touring around the Philly area and filling the air with Afro-Caribbean music. El Caribefunk has a ton of energy and spirit not only in its music, but it’s stage presence. The band will have you up and moving when it takes the stage at 3:30 p.m. Take some time to listen to the band’s song, “San Antonio,” below. Continue reading →

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Meet Colombian band El Caribefunk and see them around Philly this summer

El Caribefunk / via facebook.com/funkchoyelcaribefunker
El Caribefunk / via facebook.com/funkchoyelcaribefunker

Full of high energy and spirit, El Caribefunk is a powerhouse. The Colombian band’s sound is Afro-Carribbean music with elements of reggae and funk. It’s the type of music that you can feel in every nerve of your body, and it makes it impossible to stay still when listening to it. The lyrics are in Spanish, but the beat and rhythm are so powerful that the songs still hold the same ferocity for non-Spanish speakers. El Caribefunk is spending a summer in residence at singer-songwriter Ryan Tennis’ home base, The Clubhouse in South Philly, and it will play various venues around the Philadelphia area this summer, beginning tonight at Time Restaurant. For more information on where to see El Caribefunk, check out the band’s summer schedule below, as well as a live performance of its song, “San Antonio.” UPDATE: El Caribefunk added a show July 25th at Ardmore Music Hall with West Philadelphia Orchestra; more information on the show can be found here.

Courtesy of Ryan Tennis Music
Courtesy of Ryan Tennis Music