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Free At Noon Flashback: Mason Porter Band Here to Celebrate Bob Dylan’s 75th Birthday

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Mason Porter | Photo by Sydney Schaefer for WXPN | sydneyschaeferphotos.com

Today, legendary music icon Bob Dylan, is celebrating his 75th birthday, so WXPN and World Cafe Live welcomed the Mason Porter to play a special Free At Noon tribute concert in honor of Dylan’s birthday. These Philadelphia bluegrass guys kicked off their set with a Dylan classic, “Political World”.

Mason Porter covered a variety of different Dylan songs during their set, including “Precious Angel”, “Just Like A Woman”, and “Meet Me In The Morning. The band even paused in the middle of their set to sing “Happy Birthday” to Dylan; the entire crowd joined in to sing along. Continue reading →

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Free At Noon Flashback: Fruit Bats brought Absolute Loser to World Cafe Live

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Photo by Sydney Schaefer for WXPN | sydneyschaeferphotos.com

Friday the 13th is usually known for bringing misfortune and bad luck, but not last week. WXPN and World Cafe Live brought in a special treat: Fruit Bats, originally from Chicago, IL, were in Philadelphia to play Free At Noon concert in support of their sixth studio album, Absolute Loser, which was officially released Friday. Continue reading →

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WXPN to celebrate Bob Dylan’s 75 birthday with all-day airplay and a special Free At Noon with Mason Porter

Illustration by Alex Fine
Illustration by Alex Fine

Bob Dylan turns 75 this year. To celebrate, WXPN will be playing nothing but Dylan on Tuesday, May 24th (his actual birthday) and will be holding a special Free At Noon at World Cafe Live with Philly bluegrass/Americana band Mason Porter & Friends, where they will be covering and honoring the folk legend. Continue reading →

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Free At Noon Flashback: Moreland & Arbuckle draws large crowd for new album release

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On tour in support of their newest album, the Kansas roots band Moreland & Arbuckle made a stop in Philadelphia, packing in a large crowd at World Cafe Live on this rainy afternoon. The bluesy band’s new album, Promised Land Or Bust, officially dropped today.

These rockers started off their set with “Mean and Evil”; lead vocalist, Dustin Arbuckle, got into the groove starting from the first note that came out of his harmonica. He was joined by guitarist Aaron Moreland, and the two fed off of each other’s and the crowd’s energy throughout their set as they both rocked out on stage. Continue reading →

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Free at Noon Flashback: Fans sing along with Philly musician Kenn Kweder

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Kenn Kweder | Photo by Breanna Keohane for WXPN

Philadelphia local Kenn Kweder brought highenergy and an entertaining show to World Cafe Live for today’s Free at Noon concert. Backed by the band The Hipster Mind Tricks, Kweder performed a set for fans to dance and sing to.

The Upper Darby-native is no stranger to WXPN, having been a figure in the Philadelphia music scene since the 70’s, which brought out fans new and old to the Free at Noon scene. Kweder just recently was just featured in a documentary about his career and old group Kenn Kweder and The Secret Kidds. Continue reading →

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Free at Noon Flashback: Boogarins bring psychedelic rock to World Cafe Live

Boogarins | Photo by Breanna Keohane for WXPN
Boogarins | Photo by Breanna Keohane for WXPN

Brazilian rock outfit Boogarins kicked off the Friday afternoon by bringing their psychedelic rock sound into World Cafe Live for this week’s Free at Noon concert. The band made an appearance in Philadelphia not too long ago during their tour with Andrew Bird, and they decided to make one more stop before heading up to Brooklyn. Their tour is in support of their second and most recent album Manual, which was released back in October 2015. Continue reading →

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Free at Noon Flashback: Emerging artist Barns Courtney plays World Cafe Live

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Barns Courtney | Photo by Breanna Keohane for WXPN

Happy to see the large crowd from the stage of World Cafe Live, London singer-songwriter Barns Courtney said, “Talk about the ‘City of Brotherly and Sisterly love!”

The emerging artist is making a name for himself, touring the states and being featured of the soundtrack for Bradley Cooper and Harvey Weinstein’s movie Burnt.

Playing a solo acoustic set, Courtney showcased new music for World Cafe. He opened with “Hands,” creating his own percussion through the body of his guitar. Courtney possesses a raw, soulful rock and roll sound with a wide vocal range, from a mellow deep sound to belting out powerful notes. Continue reading →

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Free At Noon Flashback: A fired-up Ben Harper debuts Call It What It Is for a sold out Queen

Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals | Photo by John Vettese for WXPN
Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals | Photo by John Vettese for WXPN

It’s been eight years since Ben Harper teamed up with his long time backing band The Innocent Criminals, but this spring brings the release of the fired-up new LP Call It What It Is, out April 8th on Stax Records. This afternoon at Wilmington’s World Cafe Live at the Queen, Harper and the band – percussionist Leon Mobley, bassist Juan Nelson, drummer Oliver Charles, keyboardist Jason Yates, and guitarist Michael Ward – gave a sold-out crowd a taste of the new record with a Free at Noon performance broadcast live on WXPN and on VuHaus. Continue reading →

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Free at Noon Flashback: Ray LaMontagne packs in sold-out show at World Cafe Live

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Ray LaMontagne | Photo by Breanna Keohane for WXPN

World Cafe Live was packed in wall-to-wall for this week’s Free at Noon concert featuring Ray LaMontagne. Philly is just a stop along the way for LaMontagne before he kicks off his Ourobros Tour. He has teamed up with the members of My Morning Jacket for this tour, minus Jim James who helped produce LaMontagne’s newly released album, Ourobros. Continue reading →