By the time Shawn Colvin and Steve Earle stepped on to the River Stage, the sun was setting and a cooler breeze was blowing through the packed crowd. The duo of singer / songwriter legends performed a retrospective set that pulled from their solo back catalogs and, of course, this year’s collaborative LP, which features a collection of originals and beloved covers.
XPoNential Festival, happening this July at the Camden Waterfront, already contains a stacked line-up of Alabama Shakes, Kurt Vile, The Districts, and so many more, but we are more than happy to announce the next 11 artists that will be performing as well that weekend.
Yesterday, we premiered their new single “Sweater” and tonight Philly’s OhBree brings their brand of oddball pop to the Kung Fu Necktie stage. There’s much to celebrate as the band’s new LP Death by Broomstick comes out in just a few weeks on April 15th via Lillian Records. Tickets are available at the door before showtime at 8:00pm.
Sophisticated R&B songstress Marsha Ambrosius welcomes local fans aboard her Friends & Lovers Tour tonight at the TLA. Hailing from the UK (via Philly), she stepped away from Floetry to pursue a solo career and released her debut album Late Nights & Early Mornings back in 2011. As a true R&B vocalist, the beauty of Ambrosius’ approach lies in her ability to command a stage with no frills or gimmicks, just her voice. Up-and-coming local favorite GoGo Morrow, who has toured alongside Brandy, Lauryn Hill, and Common, is set to support with her urban jams. Watch “Without You” below and get tickets here.
Both musicians began their careers with genre defining debut albums. Colvin released her Grammy award winning Steady On in 1989, setting a new musical benchmark for the singer-songwriter genre that nodded to the tradition of Joni Mitchell and James Taylor, and is seen as key release that triggered the singer-songwriter revival of the Nineties. Earle released Guitar Town in 1986, which became a number one Billboard Country album and became one of the musical blueprints for the alternative country movement. Below, sample a song from each of the albums.
XPN welcomes The Bacon Brothers to the Keswick Theatre tonight. The Philadelphia natives were playing music together long before Kevin’s acting and Michael’s composing careers took off, though their last album of new material was 2008’s New Year’s Day. Tickets and information for tonight’s show can be found here. Watch a video of the brothers and their band performing live below.
XPN welcomes The Smithereens to the Landis Theater tonight. After putting out their tenth studio album in 2011, the New Jersey rock band has continued to tour steadily and will join Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers on the road this summer.Tickets and information for tonight’s headline show can be found here. Below, watch the video for 2011 single “One Look at You.”
XPN welcomes Steve Earle & the Dukes to the Colonial Theatre in Phoenixville. Modeling himself after famed singer-songwriters Townes Van Zandt and Guy Clark, Earle has released fourteen records over the course of his career. The Low Highway was released this month through New West Records. Tickets and information for tonight’s show can be found here. Below, watch the video for “Invisible.”
UK alt folk trio Daughter headline Union Transfer tonight. Building buzz off of two EPs, the London outfit have finally released a hauntingly emotional debut album this week called If You Leave. Tickets and information for the show can be found here. Below, watch the video for “Still.”
Following up a smokin’ set on the main stage of last summer’s Philadelphia Folk Festival, Texan troubador Steve Earle today announced a return through the Philadelphia area this spring. He and his band The Dukes will perform at The Colonial Theatre in Phoenixville on May 3rd in support of their new album The Low Highway, which will be out on New West Records on April 16th. Tickets to the show go on sale here beginning Tuesday, March 5th at 10 a.m. Below, watch a video for “Invisible,” a new single from Earle’s forthcoming album.