Mississippi harmonica master James Cotton took to the Marina Stage at the XPoNential Music Festival tonight, showing the crowd what blues is all about. He was backed by a lively three-piece rhythm section that riffed on an introductory number before the 79-year-old Cotton took the stage. Continue reading →
The Wiggins Park bill is filled with WXPN favorites, like alt-country heroes Old 97s, Jersey singer-songwriter Nicole Atkins and Diego Garcia, all of whom are return-XPNFest-ers.
There is also an assortment of up-and-coming names like countrified Nashville singer-songwriter Caitlin Rose (featured on World Cafe’s Sense of Place: Nashville series); Bear’s Den, a UK rock trio with a flair for drama (they made a splash at the March Edition of the Communion Club Night at Underground Arts), the jazzy / folky vocal combo Lake Street Dive and the art-pop powerhouse Lucius, (who knocked our socks off at Free at Noon late last year.)
Three days passes for new and renewing WXPN members are available now here. Tickets for the general public go on sale on May 1st; as with previous years, three-day passes will include lawn admission to the Susquehanna Bank Center shows (seated tickets to those are on sale separately, here and here).
Below, listen to a Spotify playlist of the Wiggins Park lineup, and read the complete list of artists after the jump.
Rodrigo y Gabriela
Trigger Hippy (featuring Joan Osborne, Jackie Greene & Steve Gorman)
Lake Street Dive
The Hold Steady
Hurray for the Riff Raff
C.J. Chenier and the Red Hot Louisiana Band
J. Roddy Walston & The Business
Viv and the Revival
Susquehanna Bank Center
Band of Horses
The legendary James Cotton played the TLA on Friday, September 6th for the final concert of XPN’s Mississippi Blues Project. The 78 year old blues man performed with the energy of a twenty-something to a sold out crowd, playing songs from his new album, Cotton Mouth Man, along with some classics including “Got My Mojo Workin'” that you can watch below. Listen to the entire concert here. The Mississippi Blues Project has been supported by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage.
1. Noel’s Boogie
2. Waiting On The Other Shoe To Drop
3. Hard Times
4. How Long Can A Fool Go Wrong
5. Blues In My Sleep
6. Blow Wind
7. Honest I Do
8. Bird Nest On The Ground
9. He Was There
10. Hard Sometimes
11. Strange Things Happening
12. Going Down to Main Street
13. Rocket 88
14. That’s All Right
15. Got My Mojo Workin’
16. The Creeper
The legendary James Cotton brought WXPN’s year long Mississippi Blues Project to an explosive close last night during a rocking performance last night the TLA. Cotton, preceded by a Funky Friday dance party with David Dye and a Blues DJ set by XPN’s Blues Show host Jonny Meister, proved his legendary status with a dynamic 90 minute set of songs, including several from his latest album Cotton Mouth Man, and a rousing version of “Got My Mojo Workin.'” All photos by Laura Jane Brubaker. Audio from the entire show will be posted on Monday. The Mississippi Blues Project has been supported by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage.
80s British power pop sensation (and former Squeeze frontman) Glenn Tilbrook is playing at World Cafe Live tonight. Tilbrook has been touring the UK and U.S. in support of his upcoming solo release, expected to be out later this year. Find more information and tickets for tonight’s all ages event here. Watch as Tilbrook and his crew arrive to the states in his 2013 tour video below, and prepare for the show by listening to Tilbrook’s 2001 acoustic version of “Tempted” below.
The legendary James Cotton is playing a free show at the TLA on South Street in Philadelphia on Friday, September 6. It’s the finale concert of the year-long Mississippi Blues Project and will be hosted by Jonny Meister, host of The Blues Show on WXPN. In addition to James and his band playing a full set, the evening will also feature a Funky Friday Dance party with David Dye. In between Funky Friday and James Cotton’s set, Jonny Meister will be spinning the blues. James has an excellent new album on Alligator Records, Cotton Mouth Man that features special guests Gregg Allman, Joe Bonamassa, Ruthie Foster, Delbert McClinton, Warren Haynes and Keb Mo.
The event at the TLA is free, but you need to sign up. Go here to RSVP for the show. here.