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Free at Noon Flashback: Marah kicks off Lancaster Roots & Blues Festival

Marah
Marah | Photo by Breanna Keohane for WXPN

 

This week’s Free at Noon concert was a special one: Today is the start of Lancaster’s Roots & Blues Festival, and what better way to kick it off than rocking out with Marah. Local Montgomery County brothers David and Serge Bielanko fronted the six-piece band with high energy and ready to take over the day. Well-known for their intense stage performances, Marah did not disappoint.

The Philadelphia locals traveled out to Lancaster, packing in the downstairs back room of Tellus360. The room was crowded from the stage outwards to each wood-paneled wall. As excited fans danced and stomped their feet, the band brought a little bit of Philly to central PA and played their well-known folk rock tunes like “Point Breeze” and “Walt Whitman Bridge” off of their 2000 album Kids in Philly. Marah recently reissued the album and celebrated the 15th anniversary, making it available on vinyl for the first time ever. They kicked off the anniversary tour back in October 2015 which started out in their hometown at Underground Arts. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Katie Frank and the Pheromones at MilkBoy, The Wood Brothers at Prince Music Theater, Lancaster Roots and Blues Festival and more

Photo by Will Hoover | Courtesy of facebook.com/katiefrankmusic
Photo by Will Hoover | Courtesy of facebook.com/katiefrankmusic

Foot-stomping folk rock band Katie Frank and the Pheromones will fill MilkBoy with their Americana roots sound tonight. This is the band’s record release party for Counting Your Curses, their debut full-length from Elizabethtown, Pa. native Frank. The band broke through with their country-influenced, twangy sound and shared their tunes with us in a Studio Session. Fit to their sound and style, their newest record was recorded in a homey, carriage-like recording studio outside of Philadelphia with Kawari Sound, according to an interview they did about the new album with The Vinyl District. Joining them will be indie-pop folk favorites The Lawsuits and folk/Americana artist Kevin KillenThis 21+ show will start at 8:30 p.m. Tickets cost $8 in advance, $10 at the door and can be purchased here.

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James Cotton, Loudon Wainwright III, Carsie Blanton and more playing the Lancaster Roots and Blues Festival on 2/21 and 2/22

Photo by Laura Jane Brubaker
James Cotton | Photo by Laura Jane Brubaker

The annual Lancaster Roots & Blues Festival will take place on February 21st and 22nd of next year, with over 50 musicians set to perform during the multi-venue event.  Currently billed artists range from folk to bluegrass to funk and include Loudon Wainwright III, Edgar Winter, and James Cotton, who recently closed out XPN’s Mississippi Blues Project.  The local contingent includes Carsie Blanton, Dana Alexander and Tommy Conwell and the Young Rumblers.  Tickets and information can be found here.  Check out videos of some performers below.

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