XPN welcomes Charles Bradley to Union Transfer tonight. The “Screaming Eagle of Soul” entertained the crowd during a recent Free at Noon performance with his exuberant showmanship and knock-out funk / R&B songs. Following up his 2011 full-length debut, the 64-year-old crooner released Victim of Love earlier this year. Tickets and information for tonight’s show with Paul & the Tall Trees can be found here. Watch the former James Brown impersonator perform “Why Is It So Hard?” live on the Public Radio Rocks stage at SXSW below.
XPN welcomes Strand of Oaks to Johnny Brenda’s tonight for his first headlining Philadelphia show. The stage name of local bearded guy Tim Showalter, Strand of Oaks is a vehicle for storytelling and yarn-spinning that has taken Showalter through the darker days of his life and into the better-lit year of 2012; this year saw the release of Strand of Oaks’ third full-length Dark Shores and a tour with Swedish one-man-show The Tallest Man on Earth. Also playing tonight are local acts Buried Beds and Little Big League. Tickets and information for the 21+ show are available here. Below, watch a live video of Showalter and band performing the title track from Dark Shores.
The Clark Park Music & Arts Festival has rocked the neighborhood at 43rd and Chester Ave for many years. The festival takes place every year right around the Summer Solstice and features live music, vendors, food trucks, children’s activities, crafts, and more. This festival is a chance to celebrate the artistic community that exists in Philadelphia; it is an opportunity for local non profit organizations to come together to discuss various issues in the surrounding neighborhoods. All of the musical acts are brought to you by Cloud Events-Philly , some which include Break it Up, The Really Cooks, City Wide Specials, Power Animal, and more. The event goes from noon to sunset.
Over at World Cafe Live, WXPN welcomes the grammy award winning, international singer/songwriter, Shawn Colvin. The Royal You opens the show downstairs live at 7:30 PM. You can purchase tickets to the all ages show here.