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Folkadelphia Session: Dar Williams (ft. Jill Sobule)

Photo courtesy of the artist.
Photo courtesy of the artist.

Dar Williams is something of a legend. She lives in this special reserved space in my music mind, occupied by few, whose names are said with inherent pride, whose music is deeply coveted, and whose work is held up as an example for all. Histrionics? A little, but not far off the mark. In my case, this mostly plays out on regular basis that when I hear “Dar Williams, such and such,” I think, “Man, Dar Williams is great,” or, if I see news or a link to her music, I’m very inclined to click. Small, but significant gestures in an ordinary life. I think many people out there are right with me in my Dar Williams’ feeling.
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Hot Tuna’s all-acoustic set at The Keswick strikes an intimate chord (photos, review)

All photos by Noah Silvestry | silvestography.tumblr.com

A long-running offshoot of 60s psychedelic rock group Jefferson Airplane, Hot Tuna made a stop at the historic Keswick Theatre in Glenside Friday night. The blues-rock group put on an all-acoustic show featuring former Jefferson Airplane members Jack Casady and Jorma Kaukonen joined by multi-instrumentalist Barry Mitterhoff. Despite the group’s devoted following, similar to that of The Grateful Dead, the auditorium was far from full, leading to a pleasantly intimate experience, fortunately enough. Fans enjoyed a diverse setlist, including classics such as “I See the Light”, “Hesitation Blues” and “Good Shepherd” mixed in with songs from their most recent album, Steady as She Goes, like “Second Chances”, “Children of Zion” and “Goodbye to the Blues”. In fact, the very much laid back trio ditched the setlist not halfway through their set. While not the most talkative of musicians, banter was present, Kaukonen recounting his struggles to get Casady to say the word “barbeque” as a part of his effort to creatively introduce their song, “Barbeque King.”

Joining Hot Tuna as an opening act was Jill Sobule, whose forthright lyrical style had the audience engaged from the start, asking the crowd’s preference between a song about the apocalypse and a tune about her “sexy love for trains”.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Peter Gabriel at Wells Fargo Center, Ben Howard at Union Transfer, Jill Sobule at Kennett Flash, Deb Callahan at Steel City

Genesis frontman Peter Gabriel continues his Back to Front tour tonight at the Wells Fargo Center. In celebration of its 25th anniversary, he’s be playing the album So in its entirety. Make sure to see the legend who skyrocketed singles such as “In Your Eyes” and “Solsbury Hill.” The show begins at 8 p.m., tickets and information are available here.

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