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Free At Noon Flashback: Kat Edmonson serenades a captive crowd at World Cafe Live

Kat Edmonson | Photo by Rocco Peditto | roccopeditto.com
Kat Edmonson | Photo by Rocco Peditto | roccopeditto.com

Today’s Free At Noon featured the Texas-bred, Brooklyn-based crooner Kat Edmonson. After strolling on stage with band in tow, Edmonson quickly launched into her big track “Rainy Day Woman,” filling it with the flourishing vocals that have brought her the attention she’s received over the past couple of years. With all the precision of big jazz singers from Billie Holiday to Nora Jones, Edmonson was able to whip out swooping vocals that snapped the attention right to her. Continue reading →

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Free At Noon Flashback: Son Little keeps it moving at World Cafe Live

Son Little | Photo by Rocco Peditto | roccopeditto.virb.com
Son Little | Photo by Rocco Peditto | roccopeditto.virb.com

WXPN Artist To Watch Son Little took the stage today at World Cafe Live and put on a smashing performance. With rip-roaring guitar riffs and playful, booming synths, Son Little amped up the crowd with his unique sound and endearing interaction.

After a pause during his song “All Wet”, a toddler’s voice came blaring through the silence blurting out “Blah, blah, blah.” Little continued for a few moments then stopped, chuckled into the microphone and muttered “From the mouths of babes. I’ll try and keep it moving up here.” The crowd answering with roaring laughter. Continue reading →

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Free at Noon Flashback: Phox takes the audience’s breath away at today’s Free at Noon

Phox | Photo by Rocco Peditto | roccopeditto.virb.com
Phox | Photo by Rocco Peditto | roccopeditto.virb.com

Today’s Free at Noon performance was a great one from the Wisconsin-based alternative folk band Phox, whose set included material from their debut album, which came out last June. Throughout the entire performance, the crowd was quietly enjoying the band’s soft yet powerful music, and mesmerized by lead singer Monica Martin’s powerful voice. Continue reading →

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Happy 10th Anniversary to WXPN’s Free At Noon – listen to the first FAN with Donavon Frankenreiter

Donavon Frankenreiter at WXPN's Free At Noon on 2/11/05 | Photo by Lisa Schaffer
Donavon Frankenreiter at WXPN’s Free At Noon on 2/11/05 | Photo by Lisa Schaffer

On February 11th, 2005, singer-songwriter Donavon Frankenreiter walked on to the stage of World Cafe Live in Philadelphia for the very first WXPN Free At Noon performance. Since then, hundreds of musicians have graced the stage every week for XPN’s weekly Free At Noon concert series. Continue reading →

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Free At Noon Flashback: Father John Misty puts on a witty, one-of-a-kind show

Father John Misty | Photo by Rocco Peditto | roccopeditto.virb.com
Father John Misty | Photo by Rocco Peditto | roccopeditto.virb.com

Indie folk artist Father John Misty took the stage at today’s Free At Noon and unleashed his charm on a packed room of buzzing fans. After finishing their first song “I Love You, Honeybear” off of their upcoming album Honeybear, lead singer J. Tillman joked “All the best rock moments happened at noon. I think Jimi Hendrix burned his guitar at noon.” Continue reading →

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Free at Noon Flashback: Guster performs new and old songs to a sold-out crowd

Guster | Photo by Cameron Pollack
Guster | Photo by Cameron Pollack

World Cafe Live hosted legendary modern rock band Guster this afternoon for a Free at Noon performance. The set featured songs from a variety of albums, including old hits like “Satellite” and new jams like “Simple Machine.” The band’s catalog, which spans over 20 years, drew a crowd from a variety of ages, all of which were singing and clapping along. Notably, band members Ryan Miller, Adam Gardner and Luke Reynolds showed off their musicianship by playing a variety of instruments throughout the set, including the guitar, bass, xylophone, tambourine, and keyboards. Continue reading →

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Free At Noon Flashback: DRGN King skips their day jobs to rock the first midday concert of 2015

DRGN King | Photo by Cameron Pollack
DRGN King | Photo by Cameron Pollack

WXPN’s 2015 Free at Noon Series kicked off with DRGN King this afternoon, and boy was it a great way to kick off the new year. The band, including lead singer/guitarist Dom Angelella – who said he had to take off from his day job teaching guitar today just to perform – played a wildly energetic and rambunctious set. Tracks performed included hits from their latest album, Baltimore Crush, such as “Undertow,” “Don’t Trust the Sad Boys,” and “In the Future.” Continue reading →