Today is the summer solstice and Make Music Philly is taking advantage of all the extra daylight with a jammed packed schedule of performances throughout the city. A few weeks ago we highlighted five acts you should check out at the festival, including West Philadelphia Orchestra, JaE, Ai-Que and more. More information can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →
What better way to celebrate the summer solstice than to get outside and explore all that the Philly music community has to offer on the longest day of the year? Make Music Philly returns on Tuesday, June 21st with a jam-packed schedule made to put every extra second of sunlight to good use. With a lineup featuring a wide array of local talents and stages spread out across different neighborhoods throughout the city, we picked five artists not to miss during this always enjoyable free day of music, art and culture. Continue reading →
The 4th annual Make Music Philly has been announced for Tuesday, June 21st. The all-day, free event marks the longest day of the year with concerts throughout the city, encouraging musicians of all abilities, backgrounds and genres to get involved. Past years have featured pop-up performances on street corners, at subway stations and in the middle of scenic parks.
One of the most enticing parts about summer is the immense amount of music that can be discovered just by walking around. From parks to bars, and national tours, it is no secret that warm weather brings out the best of music. Make Music Philly makes it even easier to find out what artists you will be jamming out to this summer. Continue reading →
The 2nd annual Make Music Philly took place this past Saturday. Under mostly sunny, blue skies, and gorgeous first day of Summer weather, the City of Philadelphia was the stage for several hundred music performances. The day started off at Love Park with a percussion play along with the Philly Drum Project and ended with a harmonica play along led bu John Colgen-Davis of the Dukes of Destiny followed by a concert featuring Ted Leo and Lee Fields & The Expressions.
There’s no doubt that the big event this Saturday is Make Music Philly. Free concerts all over the city all day — what else could you ask for? Join XPN and kick off the day 10 a.m. at Love Park with A Play Along Percussion Party with Philly Drum Project. Audience members are encouraged to bring their own percussion instrument to join PDP in the party. There are a ton of shows around the city that you can catch from dawn till dusk, but make sure to see XPN Presents Ted Leo, Lee Fields & the Expressions & Play Along Harmonica Event w/ John Colgan-Davis at 6:30 p.m. at Penn’s Landing. Bring along a harmonica to join in on Colgan-Davis’ set. For a full list of events and showtimes today, check out the Make Music Philly website here.
Moody guitar solos and powerhouse vocals are just two facets of Modern Colour‘s rock sound. While the Philly trio, made up of Stephan Sirochman (vocals, guitar), Chris Boyle (bass), and Tom Weir (drums), has been playing together since 2011, the band’s energy this year was driven into their DIY eponymous EP (released in March). The band’s influences, including Jimi Hendrix, The Band, and Jack White, will engage music fans right away, and a first (and second…and third) listen of the album makes it clear the hard work paid off. You can hear the band coming into its own with each of the seven songs embracing their strengths and delivering a punch of the band’s blues rock roots, especially on gritty tracks like “Love To Hate.” You can catch the band performing at Make Music Philly’s festivities at sexton sideshow at riverside hall (details here).
Derek Walton is proving to be a rising star in the Philadelphia R&B scene, his vocals boasting the soul and crafted lyrics of an artist much older than eighteen. All the same, Walton, a recent grad of CAPA, has stretched himself across projects including the All-City Choir as well as various school choirs and productions while in the process of making his own full-length debut, White Light Portrayal . Derek will be performing at the Franklin Institute tomorrow at 12:30PM. Go here to the Make Music Philly site for more information. Below, sample songs from his album.
Tomorrow is Make Music Philly, a day long of free musical performances all over the city. The kick off event is happening at Love Park in Center City where members of the Philly Drum Project will lead a “play along” improvisational performance by a drum ensemble curated by them that includes noted Philly players Chuck Treece (G. Love, King Britt, McRad), Spanky McCurdy (Lady Gaga, Jill Scott), Josh Aaron (The Lawsuits), Ricardo Lagomasino (Deleted Scenes, Buried Beds, Many Arms), and Keaton Thandi (Ali Wadsworth, Satellite Hearts). Bring a percussion instrument of your choice and join in on the performance. Below, Ryan Crump, the founder and director of the Philly Drum Project, talks about the event.
Epoch Failure is a hip-hop/pop duo from NJ featuring Billy Joe Marrero (“Billy The Kidd”) and Nick Young (“Nickey Knoxx”). Both musicians have unique personal stories.
Marrero, who grew up in Camden, is one of five boys who grew up in a single parent home. In 2007, ABC’s 20/20 came to Camden to profile children growing up under the conditions of extreme poverty. Billy was one of three kids selected by the show’s producers. For nearly a year he was followed by news anchor Diane Sawyer and crew, and after the 20/20 special aired, the positive response to Billy and his family was overwhelming. This led to the family being on Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, which included a full home recording studio for Billy to pursue his musical passions. A graduate of Camden’s Creative Arts High School, Marrero’s turned a pivotal moment in his life to a path as a full time musician.
Knoxx grew was born in Brooklyn, raised in South Carolina and settled in Trenton. He enlisted in the Army to attend college and he serves full time in the New Jersey Army National Guard as a photographer and broadcast journalist.
Epoch Failure’s debut single, “Where I’m Sposed to Be,” has all the elements of a great summer jam. Watch the video for it below, and listen to their second single, “A New Day.” The band is playing several times on Saturday for Make Music Philly. Go here for more information.