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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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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Powerhouse featuring Meek Mill at Wells Fargo Center, Kristen Sylvester at Random Tea Room, San Fermin at Boot and Saddle and more

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Meek Mill | Photo by Clay Patrick McBride | www.claypatrickmcbride.com

Philly rapper Meek Mill will bask in hometown glory as he rocks tonight’s Powerhouse event at the Wells Fargo Center. He released his highly anticipated Dreamchasers 3 mixtape on Maybach Music last month and was featured on the label’s collaborative album, Self-Made Vol. 3. The event, which also features performances from the top acts in hip-hop and R&B such as Chris Brown, Kendrick Lamar, Wale, and 2 Chainz, is certainly a must-see. Get tickets here and watch Meek’s video for “Levels” below.

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Get two-for-one tickets to the Musicians on Call benefit concert with Birdie Busch, Joseph Arthur and Shemekia Copeland

BirdGNThis Thursday brings the 9th Annual Musicians on Call benefit concert, a fundraiser show for the local nonprofit that brings live music to the bedsides of hospital patients in the Delaware Valley. Performing are Philly’s Birdie Busch and the Greatest Night (pictured), Joseph Arthur and Shemekia Copeland, and for the next 24 hours, you can get two-for-the-price-of-one tickets. Just enter the promo code “KEYMOC” when you purchase your tickets. Below, watch Busch’s video for “These Banks.”

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Download “This Must Be (reprise)” from Birdie Busch and the Greatest Night (playing Musicians On Call Benefit at World Cafe Live on 3/14)

Photo by Lisa Schaffer | skylerbug.com
Photo by Lisa Schaffer | skylerbug.com

Atmospheric and dreamy, this previously-unreleased instrumental from local singer-songwriter Birdie Busch is a great little add-on to what is already one of the year’s best albums.  Birdie suggests adding it to a favorite “drive in the desert” playlist, but for those of us on the east coast it could do just as well on any early morning driving-back-from-the-greatest-night mix.  Stream and download “This Must Be (reprise)” below and listen to Birdie Busch and the Greatest Night here.  Tickets and information for the Musicians On Call Benefit Concert with Shemekia Copeland and Joseph Arthur at World Cafe Live on March 14th can be found here.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: John Wesley Harding’s Cabinet of Wonders at 215 Festival, Freelance Whales at Union Transfer, Spirit Family Reunion at The Abbey and more

The fantastic spectacle that is John Wesley Harding’s Cabinet of Wonders hits Underground Arts tonight in conjunction with the 215 Festival.  Bringing in special guests Dean and Britta, Elizabeth & The Catapult, Doogie Horner, Paul Muldoon, Alec Ounsworth, Carla Rhodes and The Spinto Band, the Cabinet is sure to entertain with its quirky, vaudevillian mix of comedy, music and storytelling.  Tickets are $15 here for the 21+ show; doors will open at 9:00 p.m.  Watch a promo video for the Cabinet of Wonders below.

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Recap: Shemekia Copeland rocked the Free at Noon house (photos, audio, setlist)

New York-born blues singer Shemekia Copeland brought down the house at today’s Free At Noon, with a set of songs exploring her latest release, 33 1/3, as well as some old favorites. Check out a photo gallery of the performance above, take a look at the setlist below and listen to the concert in its entirety here (via the WXPN media player). Catch Shemekia tonight at World Cafe Live, when she performs with Wanamaker Lewis. Continue reading →

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Stream the new Shemekia Copeland album; playing World Cafe Live in September

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Shemekia Copeland releases a new album on Tuesday, September 25th called 33 1/3. The album includes covers of songs by Bob Dylan and Sam Cooke and features a stellar studio band including guitarist/producer Oliver Wood (Wood Brothers), bassist Ted Pecchio (Susan Tedeschi), drummer Gary Hansen and a guest appearance from Buddy Guy. Shemekia performs at World Cafe Live in Philadelphia on Friday, September 28th. Go here for tickets and more information about the show. Below, listen to 33 1/3 in its entirety.

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Photo Recap: XPoNential Music Festival Day 3 (Emmylou Harris, Ben Folds, Carbon Leaf, Shemekia Copeland, + more)

For photos (and audio + video) of local artists performing at this year’s XPoNential Music Festival—including Clap Your Hands Say YeahJukebox The GhostSun AirwayMatt DukeKuf KnotzNicos Gun, and more—take a look at our Local Spotlight posts.

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XPoNential Music Festival lineup announced! Headliners include Ben Folds, Booker T., Ted Leo

This just in: A partial lineup for 2011 XPoNential Music Festival—WXPN and Camden County Board Of Freeholders’ annual three-day festival (running from Friday, July 22, to Sunday, July 24, at Wiggins Park on the Camden Waterfront)—has been announced. So far, the confirmed list of performing acts includes Ben Folds, Booker T., Shemekia Copeland, North Mississippi Allstars Duo, Ted Leo And The Pharmacists, Hayes Carll, Ra Ra Riot, Carbon Leaf, and Jukebox The Ghost; local acts include Susan Werner, Sun Airway, Johnny Miles And The Waywards, David Uosikkinen’s In The Pocket, Nicos Gun, Hezekiah Jones, Andrew Lipke, Matt Duke, Kuf Knotz, and Kingsfoil.

Tickets to the XPoNential Music Festival are available now for members only, and start at less than $12 a day (for a three-day pass purchased in advance). Tickets go on sale to the general public on Monday, May 16th. Go to XPN.org’s support page (or call 1-800-565-WXPN) to become a member; if you pledge $24 per month, you’ll receive a pair of weekend passes, two festival t-shirts, and an XPN membership that gets you free beverages and artist meet-and-greets all weekend long.

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