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Jack Johnson and Amos Lee serenaded a sold-out Mann Center crowd

Jack Johnson| photo by Michelle Montgomery | michellemontgomeryphotography.com
Jack Johnson| photo by Michelle Montgomery | michellemontgomeryphotography.com
Singer-songwriter Jack Johnson took the stage at the Mann Center to a sold-out show on Friday night. Playing an impressive non-stop two hour set of a mix of new songs off his latest LP, From Here To Now To You, and many old favorites from his previous five studio albums, Johnson got the audience clapping and singing along throughout the night. Special guest and Philly native Amos Lee joined Johnson onstage midway through the show to perform “Inaudible Melodies” and an energetic cover of Otis Redding’s “(Sittin’ on the) Dock of the Bay.” Johnson was backed by multi-instrumentalist Zach Gill, percussionist Adam Topol, and bass player Merlo Podlewski.
Johnson closed the main set performing “Good People”  but the crowd couldn’t get enough of his laid-back sound, so heand his band returned to the stage for a unique five song encore. Johnson slowed it down with acoustic performances of “I Got You” and “Do You Remember.” Lee then joined Johnson on stage for the rest of the encore. 
Earlier in the evening, Lee opened the show with a set of folksy, bluesy tunes in support of his newest album, Mountains of Sorrow, Rivers of Song. Check out the setlist and photos from the show in the gallery below.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Kishi Bashi at TLA, Divers at Boot and Saddle, Jack Johnson and Amos Lee at The Mann and more

via facebook.com/mrkishibashi
via facebook.com/mrkishibashi

Multi-instrumentalist, singer and songwriter Kishi Bashi just released his latest album Lightght (pronounced “Light”) this month. The latest album, named after a controversial one word poem by Aram Saroyan, features uplifting indie pop with chaotic yet beautiful mix of violin and technology. K. Ishibashi also is an utility player in of Montreal as well as a founding member of Jupiter One. Watch him perform live at the TLA; get more information at the XPN Concert Calender.

Kishi Bashi – Philosophize in It! Chemicalize with It! from Geoff Hoskinson on Vimeo.

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This Month Only: World Cafe free download mania!

Photo by Nicky Devine
Photo by Nicky Devine
This month, and this month only, WXPN is making 20 World Cafe performances available for free. Cafe host and producer David Dye dug into the past year’s archives and each week will release five new songs. The only catch is all 20 of them will disappear on February 28th at midnight. So get ‘em while you can and tell your friends. Enjoy the music.

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Just Announced: Jack Johnson brings special guest Amos Lee to The Mann on 6/6

Jack Johnson | photo by Emmett Malloy
Jack Johnson | photo by Emmett Malloy

Jack Johnson has announced a summer tour with a stop at The Mann Center on June 6th with special guest Amos Lee.  Johnson released a new record last year called From Here To Now To You on his Brushfire Records label, his sixth studio effort since debuting in 2001.  Philadelphia favorite Amos Lee also released a new record last year called Mountains of Sorrow, Rivers of Song.  Tickets for the all-ages show go on sale Friday, January 31st, with a WXPN presale happening on Thursday, January 30th.  Tickets and information will be available here.  Below, listen to “Radiate” off Johnson’s recent LP followed by a trailer for Lee’s Mountains of Sorrow, Rivers of Song.

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Play the lottery to see Jack Johnson at the Tower Theatre September 26

Jason Merritt, Getty Images Entertainment
Jason Merritt, Getty Images Entertainment
Jack Johnson has announced a Fall tour with a stop in Philly at the Tower Theatre on Thursday, September 26. Tickets to the show will be available exclusively through a lottery. To enter, go to Johnson’s website here, and select the show you want to attend by June 24 at 10AM ET. Winners will be randomly selected and notified by email shortly thereafter. Johnson will release a new album, From Here To Now To You, on September 27. Below, watch a performance of Jack and the band from Bonnaroo, including a cover of “The Cave” by Mumford & Sons. Johnson and the band filled in for Mumford & Sons at the festival, when they had to cancel as a result of Mumford’s bassist Ted Dwane’s illness.

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XPN Favorites Willie Nelson, Dave Matthews, Jack Johnson to play FarmAid 2012 (coming to Hershey in September)

Photo by Joe Del Tufo
The annual Farm Aid music festival just announced its return to Pennsylvania on Sept. 22 at Hershey Park Stadium, with a solid lineup of XPN Favorites in tow. Headlining the will be festival founder Willie Nelson, who recently appeared at our NonCOMM Convention, along with co-founders Neil Young and John Mellencamp. Also in tow are Dave Matthews (performing with guitar wizard Tim Reynolds), Jack Johnson, ALO and more. Tickets go on sale this Friday at 10 a.m.; listen to Willie Nelson’s NonCOMM set here here.