Hear an archival performance from Richie Havens and new sets by Kicking Down Doors and Lover’s League on Sunday’s Folk Show with Gene Shay

Richie Havens | Photo by Heinrich Klaffs
Richie Havens performing in 1972 | Photo by Heinrich Klaffs

This past Sunday night on WXPN, long-time Folk Show host Gene Shay took his penultimate turn at the microphone with a show that, once again, mixed the old with the new.

While Gene dug into the archives for a 1967 interview with the legendary Richie Havens, as well as a 1977 interview with Germantown’s own Lew London, the show also contained performances by two standouts in the Philadelphia folk scene of today: Lover’s League and Kicking Down Doors (both of whom play the Winter Doldrums Festival at World Cafe Live on February 7th). Continue reading →


The Week So Far: 11 must-read stories on The Key (incl. Bad Braids, Pattern is Movement, Johnny Marr)

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Legendary folk musician Richie Havens is remembered for his soulful voice and historic set at Woodstock [link]

Mike Kinsella of Owen previewed new material in this week’s Folkadelphia session [link]

In celebration of Earth Day, The Key took a look back at Philadelphia’s Earth Week in 1970 [link]

Suzie Brown, Cheers Elephant and more to play the 65th Annual Pastorius Park Free Summer Concert Series in Chestnut Hill [link]

Ryan Tennis brings his nine-piece band to XPN for a Key Studio Session [link]

Make Music Philly brings DIY concerts to the streets on June 21st [link]

Johnny Marr gives advice and talks about his new solo album in an interview with Nikki Volpicelli [link]

Get a look inside Pattern is Movement‘s recording process with an “album screening” at PhilaMOCA [link]

Bad Braids‘ upcoming Supreme Parallel is featured in this week’s Unlocked series [link]

Download “I Had Love” from Chicago’s Fort Frances [link]

Kennett Square’s Friday Nights Under the Stars announces their line-up with New Sweden, Ryan Tennis and more [link]


RIP, Richie Havens January 21, 1941 – April 22, 2013

richiehavens RIP, folk legend Richie Havens. Havens passed away today. He was 72 and died from a sudden heart attack. Here’s the message from Havens’ longtime booking agency, The Roots Agency:

RICHIE HAVENS was gifted with one of the most recognizable voices in popular music. His fiery, poignant, soulful singing style has remained unique and ageless since his historic appearance at Woodstock in 1969. For four decades, Havens used his music to convey passionate messages of brotherhood and personal freedom. Billboard Magazine writes, “This acoustic soul giant truly seems to be getting more inspiring and graceful with age.”
From Woodstock to The Isle of Wight to Glastonbury to the Fillmore Auditorium to Royal Albert Hall to Carnegie Hall, Richie played the most legendary music festivals that ever were, and most of the world’s greatest concert venues. But even when performing in a Greenwich Village coffeehouse or a small club or regional theater, he was eternally grateful that people in any number turned up each time to hear him sing. More than anything, he feels incredibly blessed to have met so many of you along the way.

Below, watch a video of Haven’s from the Philadelphia Folk festival in 1981 and a video from his tantalizing performance at Woodstock.