Prodigal Philadelphia son Jason Karaban returns to town this week to celebrate the release of his new album, Shift, at The Tin Angel on Friday, September 7. Today, he appeared live on 88.5 with Helen Leicht for the Leicht Lunch to perform with Philly music vet Jim Boggia on guitar, as well as mandolinist Gerry McWilliams. Download their acoustic rendition of “You’re Already Home” and an unreleased new cut “Low Road” below, and hear an archive of their entire appearance.
A native of Elizabethtown and a recent graduate of Temple University, South Philly’s Katie Frank is gearing up to release her debut EP Covered Bridge Road next month. Tracked locally at East Room Recording and featuring contributions on vocals and ukulele from veteran Philly musician Jim Boggia, the EP is a collection of polished pop production and yearning, country-tinged hooks from the emerging singer-songwriter. She plays Kung Fu Necktie tonight, and those attending get a free download of her debut single “Close Enough.” Give the song a listen below. Katie Frank plays with Blayer Point Du Jour and the Rockers Galore and Spirit Animal at Kung Fu Necktie, 1250 North Front St., tonight at 11:30 p.m. Admission to the 21+ show is free.
The Philadelphia Folk Festival announced additions to the lineup for their 50th anniversary festival on August 18-21. Among the additions are The Levon Helm Band, Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue, The David Wax Museum, Jim Boggia, Suzie Brown and Jessica Lea Mayfield. They join a lineup that includes Jorma Kaukonen, Arlo Guthrie, the David Bromberg Big Band, Justin Townes Earle and many more. The complete lineup, ticket information and set times can be found here. On Thursday evening August 18th, World Cafe host David Dye will be hosting a special recording of sets by Amanda Shire, Terrance Simien and the Joel Plaskett Emergency. Below, a video of Trombone Shorty from a live broadcast he did on WXPN on June 4th, 2010.
Fresh off his September 25th performance with The Fab Faux at Radio City Music Hall in New York City, local singer-songwriter Jim Boggia will be stopping by the WXPN studio to perform two live songs during The Leicht Lunch At Noon. This Saturday, October 9th, Boggia will perform with The Fab Faux at the Keswick Theatre in Glenside, PA, in celebration of what would have been John Lennon’s 70th birthday. (As Jim mentioned on his website, he’ll be playing congas and drums as well as guitar and keyboard; unfortunately, he also notes “I do not expect to be taking any gigs away from conga legend Tommy Lopez any time soon.”) Helen will be taking requests, so either tune in or listen online to hear Jim perform live.