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.
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.
This 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.”
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.
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.
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.