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RiverCity Festival puts on a grand block party with Matt Pond, The Lawsuits and more

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Fishtown RiverCity Festival | photo by Matthew Shaver

It was a bad weekend for weather, but quite a good one for neighborhood parties.  The Fishtown RiverCity Festival was a grand collection of local merchants, food, beer, and entertainment.  Levee Drivers, Katie Barbato, Pine Barons, Ginger Coyle, TJ Kong and the Atomic Bomb, The Lawsuits, and Matt Pond all braved the dreary (and often chilly) weather to bring the funk, folk, rock, and blues.  There was also a delicious assortment of beverages from Neshaminy Creek, 2nd Story Brewing Co., Saint Benjamin, Homebrew Outlet, and Philadelphia Brewing Co.  So, a block (park?) party the way it should be.  Check out photos below.

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WXPN welcomes Matt Pond and more to the RiverCity Festival

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Matt Pond | Photo by Michelle Montgomery

Local favorite singer-songwriter Matt Pond – a former Philadelphian based in New York – will headline the seventh annual RiverCity Festival taking place at Penn Treaty Park in Fishtown on Saturday, October 11th.  The free festival, situated along the river off of Delaware Avenue, is stocked with a stellar line-up of local bands, vendors and a 5k run.

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Just Announced: Vacationer, American Babies, Cheers Elephant headlining 6th annual Fishtown River City Festival

Vacationer | Photo by John Vettese
Vacationer performing at 2nd Street Fest | Photo by John Vettese

The Fishtown River City Festival just announced the lineup for its sixth annual installment, and the free concert on October 5th will be topped by electro-pop crew (and recent 2nd Street Fest headliners) Vacationer. The band – fronted by Kenny Vasoli of The Starting Line – is still riding high on its 2012 LP Gone, and earlier this summer it recorded a fantastic Key Studio Session. They’ll take the stage along with jam rock crew American Babies, psychedelic pop boys Cheers Elephant and more. More information and set times can be found at the River City Festival website. Below, watch video of Vacationer recording their Key Session, and download tracks from Cheers Elephant and American Babies from The Key Studio Sessions Vol. 1.