Anybody who’s ever attended the Philadelphia Folk Festival can attest that the best part about it is the surprises you’ll find within. Sure, Old Crow Medicine Show is going to be great in their Friday night headlining slot, and singer-songwriter icon Janis Ian will dazzle the Saturday audience, but to truly experience this half-century running celebration of global roots music, we recommend getting away from the nighttime main stage sets. Here are our picks for five artists you won’t hear discussed as much, but who should make it a point to catch. You’ll go away from the festival loving them. Continue reading →
The already packed 53rd Annual Philadelphia Folk Festival lineup is getting four more additions, including singer-songwriter Jason Isbell, who will be a headliner on Sunday night of the festival. A former member of the band Drive-By Truckers, singer-songwriter Isbell has a southern rock, alternative country influenced sound. The festival also added a bonus concert exclusively for All-Festival Camping Ticket holders on Thursday, August 14 — the night before the festival official starts. The concert will be held in the campgrounds and hosted by World Cafe host David Dye. The night will feature bluegrass and country music singer Sturgill Simpson, vintage country songstress Caroline Rose and roots band Parsonfield. For more information about the festival and tickets, go to the Philadelphia Folk Festival website here. Below, listen to Isbell perform “Live Oak” from his Free at Noon concert from August 2013.
Following this month’s strong showing at the Communion Club Night at Underground Arts, the monthly event has announced the bill for the next installment, taking place on April 3rd. NYC pop artist Johnny Stimson headlines, with support from local indie rockers The Lawsuits, Kentucky country bard Sturgill Simpson, and Philly experimental rock duo Banned Books. XPN and The Key are pleased to welcome local folk musician Gretchen Lohse as April’s featured artist as well. Check out songs from each musician below, and get more information on the show here.