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Tonight’s Concert Picks: PhillyBloco at World Cafe Live, Cuddle Magic at Rigby Mansion, Hollystock Festival in Mt. Holly, NJ

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Photo via facebook.com/PhillyBloco

Brazilian dance group PhillyBloco are bringing the party to World Cafe Live tonight. Recently, the 20 piece band brought its signature blend of pop and samba to the Northern Liberties’ “Saturday in the Park” concert, and played an energetic Key Studio Session with a mix of new and old sounds. The Key’s Sameer Rao dug into the roots and formation of the band in an interview last year, which you can read here. Listen to “Fest Para Um Rei Negro” below . Get more info about the show at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Photos: Spirit Family Reunion brought its revival tent folk to Ardmore Music Hall

Spirit Family Reunion | Photo by Darragh Dandurand Friedman | darraghdf.wordpress.com
Spirit Family Reunion | Photo by Darragh Dandurand Friedman | darraghdf.wordpress.com

Brooklyn-based contemporary folk five-piece Spirit Family Reunion took the stage at Ardmore Music Hall on Friday night, on tour in support of its late 2013 LP No Separation. The band, which turned in several impressive sets at this summer’s Philadelphia Folk Fest, drew a lively crowd; local act Orion Freeman played an opening set. Check out photos from the show in the gallery below.

(Read More: The Key’s Week of Folk – Impressive Saturday sets from Spirit Family Reunion, Sierra Leone Refugee Allstars and The Mavericks)

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Spirit Family Reunion at Ardmore Music Hall, Elizabeth & The Catapult at World Cafe Live, Ali Wadsworth at Ortlieb’s and more…

Spirit Family Reunion | Photo by Lauren Slusher
Spirit Family Reunion | Photo by Lauren Slusher

Folk / roots outfit Spirit Family Reunion bring their energetic performance to Ardmore Music Hall tonight.  With gospel, Americana and bluegrass influences coursing through their songs, the New York-based band kicks up the dust with expert fiddling and banjo playing, capped off by rousing foot stomping and hollering.  Tickets and information for the show can be found here.  Watch them perform “Green Green Rocky Road” below.

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Tonight’s concert picks: Spirit Family Reunion at Johnny Brenda’s, Just Blaze at Soundgarden Hall, Man Man at Union Transfer and more

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Photo by Abi Reimold | www.abireimoldphoto.com

Self-proclaimed “open-door gospel” and Americana band Spirit Family Reunion will bring their strings and spirit to Johnny Brenda’s tonight. Although the Brooklyn-born band rejects the label of “blue-grass”, the heavy fiddle and banjo presence makes for some good ol’ boot stompin’ dancin’ music. Tickets for the show are available here.

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The Key’s Week of Folk: Impressive Saturday sets from Spirit Family Reunion, Sierra Leone Refugee Allstars and The Mavericks

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Photo by John Vettese

This past Saturday at the Philadelphia Folk Festival was a breezy, sunny perfect summer day topped off with some excellent performances from some new names and familiar faces. XPN’s Helen Leicht curated and hosted the Camp Stage with performances from local musicians Ali Wadsworth, Juston Stens and The Get Reak Gang, Modern Inventors, Lile Mae, and Ginger Coyle. Over on the Lobby Stage, New York’s Spirit Family Reunion became everyone’s favorite new band, playing an upbeat set of folk-rock bluegrass Americana influenced stompers. On the Main Stage, the music got underway with local hero Ben Vaughn and his Quintet, and continued with excellent sets from Black Prairie(who were joined by Wesley Stace/John Wesley Harding), a high energy set from The Mavericks, and a gorgeous performance from the Sierra Leone Refugee All Stars. Ending the evening’s Main Stage performances were sets by Todd Rundgren and David Uosikkinen’s In The Pocket who were joined by Rundgren during their set. Photos by John Vettese and Abi Reimold.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Liz and the Lost Boys at The Fire, Black Prarie and Spirit Family Reunion at The Abbey Bar

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Although originally out of College Park, Maryland, Liz & the Lost Boys have made a new home for themselves in Philly, releasing their self-titled debut LP from their current residence last month.  Liz & the Lost Boys are best described as a folk band, but their music seems to take influence from several other genres.  Piano parts often seem tinged with jazzy open chords, while singer Liz Ciavolino bounces over melodies with quirky pop sensibilities and the occasional classical harp squeezes in as well.  Tonight, you can catch the group at The Fire along with The North Country.  Check out one of the group’s songs below click here for ticket information.

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The Key’s Week Of Folk: Folkadelphia’s Fred Knittel on bridging the old-time, new-time, and all-time at #PFF2013

frank-fairfield-recordThe Key’s Week of Folk is our series of interviews, reviews, artist spotlights, playlistings and general ephemera to get you ready for the 52nd Annual Philadelphia Folk Festival, happening August 16th to August 18th at Old Pool Farm in Schwenksville. For this installment, we turned to one of our in-house folk music authorities for tips.

Folk music festivals, especially the Philadelphia Folk Festival, have always interested me in the way they bring together history and modernity. More so than other large music events, they really go ahead and just smash the two worlds together. And that’s what folk music is all about, drawing from the past, introducing (or re-introducing) in the present, and looking forward to what the future holds.

I spend a lot of time with my Singer-Songwriter (on XPN2) radio show Folkadelphia preaching about the malleability of the term “folk music” and what it means today; how it’s use to describe an artist doesn’t necessarily signal a particular sound.

This year at the Philadelphia Folk Festival, there are a number of acts and exhibitions that bridge the gap between the new and the old, and the traditional and the contemporary. Let these events shake up your preconceptions:

Frank Fairfield (Sat. at 1p Lobby Stage)
Fairfield looks and sounds like he just stepped out of a timewarp to the late 19th century. His music is steeped in tradition, yet I can’t help but notice a certain brash energy and playing that feels fresh.

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From the Archives: Folkadelphia Session: Spirit Family Reunion (playing Johnny Brenda’s tonight)

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Photo by Lauren Slusher

With the Folkadelphia Sessions, it has been quite thrilling to be able to share some of our recent in-studio performances that we have recorded with artists like Tim KasherSera CahooneAnais Mitchell, and a ton of others . But it’s not like this is a new thing for us; Folkadelphia has been recording and airing our sessions via our weekly radio program (now on Singer-Songwriter Radio on XPN2, Sundays 3-5 PM and Mondays 9-11 PM) since our inception.

Every once in a while, we like to dust off our hard drives and revisit some gems from sessions past. We’re of the generous sort, so here we are sharing them with you; welcome to Folkadelphia’s From the Archives. Enjoy this new (old) session!

During the summer of last year, NY-based Spirit Family Reunion brought their infectious brand of hoot-and-hollerin’ Americana to the XPN Studio for Folkadelphia. Now they return to Philadelphia for a headlining concert at Johnny Brenda’s this tonight, 4/2. Let’s shake off the frigidity of the cold weather months and enter springtime with this energetic set and show!

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Spirit Family Reunion at Johnny Brenda’s, Sweatheart at PhilaMOCA for Cinedelphia’s Tuesday Tune Out

sfrDance happy New York band Spirit Family Reunion will be playing at Johnny Brenda’s tonight. The folk group embeds their songs with an unbelievable level of soul, provoking the listener to clap along and stomp until their feet are sore. Their last release, a single combined with a song book simply titled Songbook + 7″, came out in August of last year. Recently, the band recorded a Daytrotter session, and a Folkadelphia session – which we’ll share later on today. The live recordings are a testament to the band’s name as it encompasses the spirit they imbue their songs with, and the life they put into their music. Tickets and information for tonight’s all-ages show with The Get Real Gang and Rosu Lup can be found here. Below, check out Spirit Family Reunion playing NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert.

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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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