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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Kwesi K at Boot and Saddle, Minas at World Cafe Live, J Roddy Walston and the Business at the TLA

Kwesi K | michellemontgomeryphotography.com
Kwesi K | michellemontgomeryphotography.com

Acoustic pop folk artist Kwesi K plays Boot and Saddle tonight. The Ohio-to-Philly transplant has become an artist to watch over the past few years as he continues to produce soft, easy-listening folk for the masses. Most recently, his Lovely EP was released back in the spring spring. Now he will be wrapping up his tour in Philadelphia with plenty of assurance that he will be playing his popular tracks “Great Goodbye” and “Pronouns”. You can watch the music video for it below. For more information on tonight’s concert, click here. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Temples at Morgan’s Pier, Kwesi K at Haddon Lake Park, Modern Inventors at the TLA

Temples | photo via www.facebook.com/templesofficial
Temples | photo via www.facebook.com/templesofficial

UK psych pop band Temples will be playing at Morgan’s Pier tonight (and it’s free). The band released its debut album Sun Structures in February. In an interview with the Key’s Nikki Volpicelli, the band tried to explain the spiritual aspect of the band by stating that “Just having a piece of art that’s completely saturated in symbolism and maybe not a direct message there but just the point of… ‘look at this, this is symbolic, isn’t that amazing?’ Not for any particular reason sometimes.” Listen to “Mesmerize” from Sun Structures below. Get more details about the show at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Watch Kwesi K’s soulful SoFar Philadelphia session

Kwesi K | photo courtesy of the artist
Kwesi K | photo courtesy of the artist

At a recent installment of SoFar Philadelphia, Poppy singer-songwriter Kwesi K sang his song “Great Goodbye,” and the most striking aspect of the performance is his uplifting voice and its ability to connect to the audience. As he serenades the room full of fans, his delivery is full of passion. He’s hopeful, with lyrics like “I’m in love, it’s all I need” alongside a catchy melody. The listener feels connected to him on a personal level.

The track was off of his debut album Lovely, released early April. In June, Kwesi K sat down for an interview with the Key’s Helen Leicht where he talked about his upcoming shows, the production of ”Great Goodbye” and 5 records he’d take to a desert island. Catch him every Thursday in July at The Grape Room or in August at the Philly Folk Festival.

Watch the session below.

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Get to know Kwesi K before he sings “God Bless America” at the Phillies Game on Sunday

Kwesi K | photo courtesy of the artist
Kwesi K | photo courtesy of the artist

This Sunday afternoon June 1st, Philly Local artist Kwesi K will be singing “God Bless America” during the 7th Inning stretch at the Phillies game. (Thanks to the Phillies organization for this opportunity.) He will also be part of the annual XPN Philly Local Showcase at the Philly Folk Festival, performing on Saturday August 16th  on the Camp Stage.  I will begin hosting at 11 am and other artists performing Ryan Tennis, Mutlu and Irene Molloy.
Here’s some info on Kwesi K!

Helen Leicht: How long have you lived in Philly?
 
Kwesi K: I’ve been in Philly for 2 years and have lived all over. South Philly, North Philly, the suburbs, currently in Conshohocken.

HL: When did you decide you wanted to go into the studio to record your songs?  Who produced “Fold” and “By My Side”
 
KK: Once the songs were strong enough, I met Charlie Patierno (the producer) early on when I moved to Philly and we spent a lot of time working with the songs before hopping into the studio.

HL: You have a new song “Great Goodbye” it sounds great.  Where did you record the new music? Who did you work with on this new song?  Guest musicians? Vocals?
 
KK: Thanks! Charlie Patierno produced the song (he produced “Fold” as well) and it was recorded at Turtle Studio in South Philly (Also where Aaron Brown & The Spell recorded his LP). I worked with a bunch of Philly heads..Ross Bellenoit played guitar, Elliot Garland (keys, bass), and Charlie Patierno also played drums on it. Our newest video is an acoustic rendition of “Great Goodbye” featuring Ginger Coyle and Chelsea Sue Allen (Vilebread) shot by Out of Town Films.

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Tonight’s concert picks: Colin Blunstone at World Cafe Live; Howler at the North Star and Wilbur and Kwesi K at Art Star Craft Bazaar

Photo courtesy of the artist
Photo courtesy of the artist

Tonight, Colin Blunstone of the Zombies plays World Cafe Live. In addition to his singing Zombies’ classics like “She’s Not There,” the singer-songwriter’s solo work has grown in importance over the years and influenced numerous musicians. Blunstone will perform a mix of his solo material as well as songs from the Zombies’ catalogue with a full band. Go here for tickets and more information. Listen to Blunstone’s “Goodbye Caroline” from his debut solo album, One Year.

The Art Star Craft Bazaar continues today from 11AM-6PM at the Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing. Six bands are playing and the music starts at 1PM with performances from Kwesi K (2PM) and Wilbur at 3PM. Go here for more information. Below, listen to “Rittenhouse Suite.”

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Philadelphia Folk Festival announces lineup featuring Old Crow Medicine Show, Loudon Wainwright III, The Lone Bellow and more

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The Philadelphia Folk Festival announced their lineup today. The 53rd annual festival is August 15-17th at Old Pool Farm in Schwenskville, Pennsylvania. Some of the highlights of this year’s lineup include Old Crow Medicine Show, The Lone Bellow, Sarah Jarosz, Loudon Wainwright III, Janis Ian, Shemekia Copeland and over 25 additional musicians including Natalie MacMaster, Tempest, the Rebirth Brass Band, The Slide Brothers and more. WXPN’s Helen Leicht will host a Philly Local stage with Kwesi K, Ryan Tennis, Mutlu, and Irene Molloy, David Dye will be doing World Cafe sessions with Caroline Rose and Parsonsfield. Go here for tickets and more information. Below, sample a few of the artists who are performing during the weekend.

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Exploring the nature of love in Kwesi K’s new video for “Pronouns”

Kwesi K | photo courtesy of the artist
Kwesi K | photo courtesy of the artist

This weekend, local singer-songwriter Kwesi K premiered a video for the title track of his new EP called Prounouns over at Impose Magazine.  The clip follows a character daydreaming about a woman she has feelings for while getting ready for a house party.  But are the feelings mutual? It’s unsure when the woman arrives at the party.

As Kwesi K’s suave vocals and subtle instrumentation builds to a hooky horn passage, themes of relationships, private vs. public life and self confidence are played out in a true-to-life scenario. As Impose put it:

Everything represented in the video thrives on an inclusive nature of close bonds, extended from the bedrooms, the packed house pizza parties, dance floor delights and swimming pool diving sessions. The message here is that love is universal, love is blind, and should be cherished, and always kind.

Check out the video below, and read an interview with Kwesi at Impose here.  He will open for Sea Wolf at World Cafe Live on February 14th; tickets and information can be found here.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Their/They’re/There at First Unitarian Church, York Street Hustle at World Cafe Live, John the Conqueror at Boot and Saddle and more

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Photo courtesy of the artist

Chicago indie rockers Their/They’re/There will play at First Unitarian Church tonight. The band is a collaboration of Evan Weiss from Into It. Over It., Mike Kinsella from Cap’n Jazz and Matthew Frank from Loose Lips Sink Ships, and its tour comes in support of the band’s new EP Analog Weekend. Check out their new video for “New Blood” below, read more in Beth Ann Downey’s interview and get tickets here.

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