Last night, the World Cafe Live stage was full of country rock ‘n rollers all from Philly, playing tribute to legendary southern rocker himself, Levon Helm. The audience was dancing up a storm and enjoying the good vibes, with two keyboards, two drum sets, and seventeen bands total, it was an evening to remember.
All photos by Rachel Barrish.
Tonight at World Cafe Live Philadelphia, Ron and Marley Present: A Commemorative Tribute to Levon Helm. A legend and an inspiration to many, Helm is best remembered as the drummer and vocalist for the incomparable rock group, The Band. He was also an actor, a soloist, and a multi-instrumentalist. His southern roots music comes from his upbringing in Arkansas where he was introduced to rock ‘n roll after seeing performances by Johnny Cash and Elvis Presley. Helm’s bluesy and country influenced rock music has won him Grammy’s for three of his albums including Electric Dirt, Dirt Farmer, and Ramble at the Ryman. In 2008 he was recognized in Rolling Stone Magazine as one of the 100 Greatest Singers of All time and the same year was given “Artist of the Year” by the American Music Association.
At tonight’s 8 PM show, local bands pay tribute to him with performances from various Philadelphia country rock bands such as Toy Soldiers, The Lawsuits, Up the Chain, and many more… A portion of the proceeds will go to The Levon Helm Studios in Woodstock, NY. (Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at the door, all ages)
Also playing tonight is Battles with Work Drugs at the TLA (7 PM, $15, all ages). Below, watch the video for “My Machines” with Battles featuring Gary Numan.
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.