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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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66th annual Pastorius Park Concert lineup announced with Hezekiah Jones, The Lawsuits, Mutlu and more

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Photo by Lisa Schaffer | skylerbug.com | courtesy of the artist

The 2014 Pastorius Park Concert series has been announed, starting Wednesday, June 18th with Hezekiah Jones. The weekly Wednesday night series goes through July 30th with soul and R&B singer Aaron & The Spell. Located in Chestnut Hill, Pastorius Park is two blocks west of Germantown Avenue on Millman Street.

18 June – Hezekiah Jones
25 June – Mutlu
2 July – The Lawsuits
9 July – Deb Callahan Band
16 July – Venissa Santi Quartet
23 July – The John Byrne Band
30 July – Aaron & The Spell

Below, listen to a sampling of music from several of the bands playing the series.

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66th annual Pastorius Park Concert lineup announced with Hezekiah Jones, The Lawsuits, Mutlu and more

HezekiahJonesThe 2014 Pastorius Park Concert series has been announed, starting Wednesday, June 18th with Hezekiah Jones. The weekly Wednesday night series goes through July 30th with soul and R&B singer Aaron & The Spell. Located in Chestnut Hill, Pastorius Park is two blocks west of Germantown Avenue on Millman Street.

18 June – Hezekiah Jones
25 June – Mutlu
2 July – The Lawsuits
9 July – Deb Callahan Band
16 July – Venissa Santi Quartet
23 July – The John Byrne Band
30 July – Aaron & The Spell

Below, listen to a sampling of music from several of the bands playing the series.

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An energized Shuggie Otis impresses at The Blockley (photos, review, setlist)

Shuggie Otis | Photo by Chris Sikich | countfeed.tumblr.com
Shuggie Otis | Photo by Chris Sikich | countfeed.tumblr.com
Shuggie Otis brought his blazing guitar work and sleek R&B flavor to a packed Blockley last night. Weaving through 13 songs, Otis and his seven member backing band the Shuggie Otis Rite had the crowd under their spell for the nearly two hour set. Adorned with a fedora, scarf, and coat, the 59 year-young Otis showed off his guitar skills on his six-string Gibson, while the horns, percussion, bass, and keyboard of the Rite added the rich textures needed to bring such Otis classics as “Strawberry Letter 23”and “Inspiration Information” to life. Philly mainstay Mutlu also performed an opening set; see photos of both in the gallery below.

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Listen to Inspiration Information / Wings of Love from Shuggie Otis via NPR’s First Listen (playing The Blockley on 8/9)

shuggiecouch630R&B recording artist Shuggie Otis will celebrate the deluxe reissue of his 1974 record Inspiration Information (paired with a selection of unreleased tracks on Wings of Love) next Tuesday when the double album is released through Sony’s Legacy label.  Now streaming in full courtesy of NPR’s First Listen series, the release comes hand in hand with an international tour, which brings the iconic musician to Philadelphia for the first time in two decades in August.  From NPR:

Shuggie Otis has long been adjacent to worldwide stardom. His late father, the R&B legendJohnny Otis, is in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The younger Otis’ most ardent fans consider his brief late-’60s and early-’70s recording career to have produced works on par with those of Sly Stone and Jimi Hendrix.

The nine-songInspiration Information… took three years to record, in part because Otis insisted on playing and singing every part himself. But the work itself — a sublime mix of psychedelia, blues, pop and soul — possesses a dreamy quality that’s intoxicating and untethered to any era.

Best known for his 1971 hit “Strawberry Letter 23″ (recorded by The Brothers Johnson and sampled by OutKast for “Ms. Jackson”), Otis has kept to himself over the years but has recently announced plans to work on a brand new album with his new band.  Get prepped for Shuggie Otis’s return by streaming Inspiration Information / Wings of Love here and watch him perform “Strawberry Letter 23″ live in London below.  XPN welcomes Otis to The Blockley with Mutlu on August 9th; tickets and information can be found here.

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Photo Recap: WXPN’s 8th Annual Musicians On Call Benefit Concert featuring Diego Garcia, Mike Doughty, and Mutlu

 

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Tonight: WXPN’s 8th Annual Musicians On Call Benefit Concert featuring Diego Garcia, Mike Doughty, and Mutlu

Diego Garcia

Tonight, Diego Garcia will share the stage with Mike Doughty and Mutlu for WXPN’s 8th Annual Musicians On Call Benefit Concert. Proceeds from ticket sales support WXPN Musicians On Call, a community service program that sends musicians to six area hospitals where they perform at the bedsides of room-bound patients:

Since 2004, the WXPN Musicians On Call music programs have made a difference in the lives of more than 30,000 patients and their families in hospitals throughout the Delaware Valley.

Each week volunteer musicians conduct bedside performances throughout six facilities: The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, The Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Our Lady of Loudres Medical Center, the Philadelphia VA Medical Center, and St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children. We’ve also provided CD Pharmacies to more than a dozen healthcare facilities in the Philadelphia region.

WXPN’s 8th Annual Musicians On Call Benefit Concert featuring Diego Garcia, Mike Doughty, and Mutlu begins at 7 p.m. at World Cafe Live; tickets to the all-ages show are $28.

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Mike Doughty added to WXPN Musicians On Call benefit concert in February

Mike Doughty has been added to the lineup for the WXPN Musicians On Call benefit show on Wednesday, February 29th (featuring Diego Garcia with special guest Mutlu). Doughty will perform solo. Doors open at 6 p.m., show starts at 7 p.m.; tickets are $28. Proceeds from ticket sales support WXPN Musicians On Call, a community service program that sends musicians to six area hospitals where they perform at the bedsides of room-bound patients. Mike released a new studio album this past summer called Yes & Also Yes and has recently published a memoir about his former band Soul Coughing and his battle with drug addiction during those years. He also just released a double live album called The Question Jar Show. Last November, Mike performed a Free At Noon concert (which you can listen to here). We hope you can join us for this evening of music benefiting a wonderful cause.

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