Local musicians Jesse Sparhawk and Eric Carbonara have often appeared on the same bill over the years, their exploratory style of guitar playing melding well together in intimate spaces like Germantown’s Rigby Mansion or West Philly’s Studio 34. A few years ago the multi-instrumentalists put that musical chemistry to tape with Sixty Strings in 2011 and Tributes & Diatribes in 2014, two records originally released via VHF Records (also home to Jack Rose’s catalog). This week, the two records became available to stream on Bandcamp.
The rapper/spoken word artist Dessa (of midwest collective Doomtree) will be performing at Sellersville Theater tonight with Philly hip-hop artist Kuf Knotz. Dessa is celebrating her newest album Parts of Speech, released on Doomtree Records. For more information on Dessa, check out a piece from The Key here. Alongside Dessa will be Philly native hip-hop artist Kuf Knotz, who blends elements of blues, rock, and other genres with his hip-hip. Tickets and information for the all ages show can be found here. Below, watch Dessa perform “The Man I Knew” for MN Original.
XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week comes from San Francisco’s John Murry. “Southern Sky” comes from the World Cafe: Next artist’s new and incredibly intimate album The Graceless Age. Listen to the song below and download it here.
With the Folkadelphia Sessions, it has been quite thrilling to be able to share some of the recent in-studio performances that we have recorded with a diverse set of musicians. But it’s not like this is a new thing for us; Folkadelphia has been recording and airing our sessions via our weekly radio program (now on Singer-Songwriter Radio Sundays 3-5 PM and Mondays 9-11 PM) since our inception.
Every so often, we will dig into the vaults, dust off a few WAV files, and present to you a new (old) session that you may have missed hearing the first time around.
Today we give you a session that was recorded live on the air on September 25th, 2011 with Philadelphia multi-instrumentalist and man about town Jesse Sparhawk. He appeared on the Folkadelphia program to play a few of his guitar compositions and guest DJ. This month, Sparhawk makes two local appearances to be aware of. On May 10th, he performs a solo acoustic show (not unlike what you’ll hear in these recordings) at Fishtown’s Highwire Gallery with Trevor Healy and Travis Woodson; on May 22, he plays a trio show with two drummers at The Rotunda.
Germantown-based guitarist Jesse Sparhawk recently sat down with the Out of Town Films crew for a performance of the nimble acoustic number “Hummingbird”; check it out in the video below. Sparhawk is on the bill of a Folkadelphia Presents show next month at West Philadelphia’s Studio 34 with harp player Eric Carbonara; the duo released the album Sixty Strings in 2011, next month they will showcase material from their latest collaboration. For more information on the all-ages show, visit the Facebook event page here.
Just in time for Halloween, the Misfits will be continuing their Devil’s Rain tour tonight at The Trocadero. The aggressive New Jersey punk legends released their seventh album Devil’s Rain in 2011. Tickets for the all-ages 8 o’clock show are available here. Watch the video for “Dig Up Her Bones” from the Misfits’ 1997 record American Psycho below.