Rodrigo y Gabriela, Hurray for the Riff Raff, The Hold Steady and more top the XPoNential Music Festival lineup

Rodrigo y Gabriela | photo via
Rodrigo y Gabriela | photo via

Dueling acoustic duo Rodrigo y Gabriela, eclectic New Orleans folk-blues combo Hurray for the Riff Raff, and stalwart rock n’ rollers The Hold Steady are just some of the 25 artists announced today in the full lineup of this year’s edition of the XPoNential Music Festival.

These acts will play the two stages in Wiggins Park from July 25th to July 27th of this year, alongside the festival’s headlining concerts at Susquehanna Bank Center featuring Ryan Adams, Jenny Lewis and Dawes (July 26th) and Beck, Band of Horses and The Districts (July 27th).

Hurray for the Riff Raff | Photo by Kate McCann |
Photo by Kate McCann |

The Wiggins Park bill is filled with WXPN favorites, like alt-country heroes Old 97s, Jersey singer-songwriter Nicole Atkins and Diego Garcia, all of whom are return-XPNFest-ers.

There is also an assortment of up-and-coming names like countrified Nashville singer-songwriter Caitlin Rose (featured on World Cafe’s Sense of Place: Nashville series); Bear’s Den, a UK rock trio with a flair for drama (they made a splash at the March Edition of the Communion Club Night at Underground Arts), the jazzy / folky vocal combo Lake Street Dive and the art-pop powerhouse Lucius, (who knocked our socks off at Free at Noon late last year.)

Man Man | Photo by Rachel Barrish |
Man Man | Photo by Rachel Barrish |

The greater Philadelphia scene is nicely represented as well. Bigger names like avant-garde rockers Man Man (who leaked their appearance last week), punk rock troubadour Dave Hause and reinvented folklorists Marah will mix with emerging artists Commonwealth Choir, Our Griffins, Marian Hill, The Lawsuits, Ginger Coyle and Viv and the Revival.

And adding an even more eclectic scope to the lineup is a taste of zydeco from C.J. Chenier and the Red Hot Louisiana Band and some Mississippi blues care of harmonica master James Cotton.

Three days passes for new and renewing WXPN members are available now here. Tickets for the general public go on sale on May 1st; as with previous years, three-day passes will include lawn admission to the Susquehanna Bank Center shows (seated tickets to those are on sale separately, here and here).

Below, listen to a Spotify playlist of the Wiggins Park lineup, and read the complete list of artists after the jump.

Wiggins Park
Rodrigo y Gabriela
Trigger Hippy (featuring Joan Osborne, Jackie Greene & Steve Gorman)
Lake Street Dive
Old 97’s
The Hold Steady
Hurray for the Riff Raff
C.J. Chenier and the Red Hot Louisiana Band
Man Man
Nicole Atkins
Diego Garcia
James Cotton
J. Roddy Walston & The Business
Dave Hause
Jeremy Messersmith
Caitlin Rose
Bear’s Den
The Lawsuits
Marian Hill
Ginger Coyle
Our Griffins
Viv and the Revival
Commonwealth Choir

Susquehanna Bank Center
Ryan Adams
Jenny Lewis
Band of Horses
The Districts


Tonight’s Concert Picks: Rodrigo Y Gabriela at The Electric Factory, Illinois at Hard Rock Cafe, Joey Sweeney, Judson Claiborne, and Lewis & Clarke at Ortlieb’s, The Mighty Paradocs at Kung Fu Necktie

04.12-Rodrigo-y-Gabriela-@-Chicago-TheaterHailing from Mexico, Rodrigo Y Gabriela makes for an incredible acoustic duo, playing an acoustic fusion of flamenco, metal, folk, rock and so much more. Gaining popularity in Ireland, the duo has since received wide critical acclaim for their prodigious musical skills.  Last winter, they released their fourth studio album, Area 52, which included a Cuban orchestra.  Tonight, the group plays The Electric Factory.  Click here for ticket info and get a taste of the two musicians’ guitar skills below.

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Listen to a live excerpt from Rodrigo y Gabriela’s new album (playing the Electric Factory on 8/2)


Fusion acoustic guitar duo Rodrigo y Gabriela have announced a tour that swings them through town to the Electric Factory on August 2nd.  Traveling the country in support of last year’s retrospective collaboration with C.U.B.A. called Area 52, the Mexico City natives are currently working on a follow-up album of new material.  Tickets go on sale this Friday, May 3rd.  More information can be found here.  Below, watch a clip of Rodrigo y Gabriela performing a new song and listen back to their May, 2012 appearance on World Cafe here.


XPN Welcomes Fountains Of Wayne at Union Transfer, John Wesley Harding at Tin Angel, Rodrigo y Gabriela at Tower Theatre

Fountains Of Wayne performs with James Iha at 8:30 p.m. at Union Transfer; tickets to the all ages show are $27.50-$30)

John Wesley Harding performs with Megan Reilly at 7:30 p.m. at Tin Angel; tickets to the 21+ show are $18.

Rodrigo y Gabriela performs with C.U.B.A. and Brett Dennen at 8 p.m. at Tower Theatre; tickets to the all-ages show are $35-$49.50.


Stream the new Rodrigo y Gabriela album, Area 52 (playing Tower Theatre in April)

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Rodrigo y Gabriela are releasing their new album, Area 52, next Tuesday, January 24th. The album, recorded mostly in Havana with a 13-piece Cuban orchestra, is streaming now in its entirety at NPR Music. WXPN Welcomes the band to the Tower Theatre on Saturday, April 21st. For more information about the show go here. In exchange for your e-mail address you can download a new song, “Juan Loco,” for free below.