Ginger Coyle kicks off Philly Local First Wednesday series today at The Porch at 30th

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Singer-songwriter Ginger Coyle will be kicking off our XPN Philly Local First Wednesdays at The Porch series. She performs live and outdoors today from noon to 1 p.m.

We were invited by the University City District to showcase some of our Philly Local artists at The Porch. It’s at 30th & Market Streets in Philadelphia – outside 30th Street Station.  They have gourmet food trucks at The Porch, and on the First Wednesdays of the month you can hear some great music.

Ginger Coyle is a singer/songwriter from South Jersey and we’ve been playing songs on XPN from her recent CD Homeward Bound. Ginger performed last summer at the Philly Folk Festival as part of the XPN Philly Local Showcase. She is currently working on her next album and has also been making guest appearances on other music projects, including a collaboration with American Babies.

Recently Ginger and her band recorded a Key Studio Session. She is bringing the band that did the session to her performance at The Porch. Check out Ginger Coyle on keyboards, Ken Pendergast on bass, Ross Bellenoit on guitar and Charlie Patierno on drums performing “Let It Burn” below.

Coming up Wednesday May 7th, Phil D’Agostino will be at The Porch from noon to 1 p.m.


The Porch at 30th Street Station announces the XPN Philly Local Wednesdays schedule for October with Kevin Killen, Chris Kasper, Hezekiah Jones and more

Hezekiah Jones photo by Lisa Schaffer Photography
Hezekiah Jones photo by Lisa Schaffer Photography

The XPN Philly Local Wednesdays at The Porch at 30th Street Station continues every Wednesday from Noon-1PM in October. The stripped down busking series has been a lunchtime/midday event not to miss. Check out the schedule below. Listen to XPN Philly Local tonight and every Tuesday night from 8PM-10PM with Helen Leicht and John Vettese.

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Watch Jacob Snider busking at The Porch at 30th Street Station for the return of the XPN lunchtime series

JacobThe WXPN lunchtime buskers’ series at The Porch at 30th Street Station has returned for the fall, and midday host Helen Leicht put together a lineup of artists to perform every Wednesday through October 30th. Yesterday, New York City-based singer-songwriter Jacob Snider – a native of the Philadelphia area – performed during the noon hour with his backing musicians Armand Hirsch and Mike Brun. Watch a video of his performance below, and check back next week for a set from Joshua Popejoy.

Jacob Snider busking at The Porch at 30th Street Station from WXPN FM on Vimeo.


Unwind with “Flageolet,” a new single from Philly hang drum player Dante Bucci (playing Melodies Cafe on 10/25)

DanteIf you tune in to Helen Leicht’s show on WXPN, you’re probably familiar with Philadelphia’s premier hang-pan percussionist Dante Bucci. Playing an unusual instrument that looks like a flying saucer and sounds like a steel drum, Bucci coaxes a mix of sharp rhythms and ringing melodies for an effect that ranges from soothing to rousing. He’s getting ready to release his debut full-length, Kinesthesia, and it adds vocals to the mix too; but not on the track “Flageolet,” the track Helen has been spinning of late and the track that showed up on Soundcloud this week. You can hear the relaxing number in the player below. The CD release show for Kinesthesia is October 25th at Melodies Cafe in Ardmore; tickets and information can be found here. This spring, Bucci performed at the WXPN lunchtime buskers series at The Porch at 30th Street Station. Watch a video of him performing below, and look for more noontime busker performances at The Porch ever Wednesday this fall.

Dante Bucci busking at 30th Street Station from WXPN FM on Vimeo.


WXPN’s Philly Local Busker Series returns with Amanda Duncan, playing The Porch at 30th Street Station tomorrow


After a brief end-of-summer vacation, WXPN’s Philly Local Busker Series is back with a new line-up of autumn entertainment happening at The Porch at 30th Street Station.  The series kicks-off tomorrow with a midday performance by New Jersey singer-songwriter Amanda Duncan, whose energetic pop / folk compositions earned her opening slots for Eric Hutchinson, Ari Hest and more.  Earlier this year, Duncan’s holiday song “Light Those Candles Bright” won an Independent Music Award, marking her second win with five nominations.  Tomorrow’s show starts at noon – more information can be found here.  Listen to Duncan’s 2012 single “Everybody Comes Around Here” below and stay tuned for upcoming performances by Jacob Snider and Joshua Popejoy.


Just Announced: Man Man performing XPN’s Free at Noon concert on 9/6

Man oh man, September’s going to be an excellent month. The weather is cooling down, our Concert Calendar is heating up and we’re kicking it off in the best possible way – with a giant outdoor free concert by Philly’s own Man Man. XPN announced today that the avant-rock group will kick out some mid-day jams outdoors at The Porch at 30th Street Station on Friday, September 6th. It’s free to attend, but you have to RSVP, so do so here.

The band is preparing to unleash its latest record, On Oni Pond; it’s out September 10th via Anti Records, and it’s the band’s most refined work to date – it’s loud and freaky-outy (“Rake My Body”), but with moments of definite melodic beauty and poppiness (“Head On”). We can’t wait to see the new music played outside to a revved-up crowd of facepainted Man Man devotees – not to mention the passersby along Market Street caught completely unawares. We know they’ll dig it too, though. Listen to “Head On” below, and RSVP for the Free at Noon show here.


Make Music Philly Spotlight: Kyo Daiko

Kyo DaikoTo anyone unfamiliar with the Settlement Music School, essentially their mission is make music instruction available to everybody – young and old, from all walks of life. Based in Germantown but located all throughout Philadelphia and growing into Camden, NJ, the Settlement Music School is a constantly expanding, always welcoming, incredibly diverse collection of both teachers and students, all with a love and passion for music. Among the surplus of great (all free!) events hosted by Make Music Philly this Friday, June 21st, a can’t-miss is certainly the Settlement Music School’s presentation of a Taiko drum performance, done by the school’s adult ensemble, Kyo Daiko. Taiko, for the uninformed (myself being one of them until right now), is quite simply Japanese for “drum.” Nowadays, the word often refers to an ensemble performance of drums, usually lasting anywhere from 5 to 25 minutes, following a structure in which the tempo rapidly increases as the “grand finale” approaches. Kyo Daiko’s display will take place at The Porch at 30th Street Station, this Friday, June 21st. While the performance is certainly an early one, kicking off at 8:15am, it promises to be a wonderful way to get your busy day of free music started.  Watch their TED performance below.


Philly Local Busker Background: Katie Frank & The Pheromones


This afternoon XPN presents the Philly Local Busker Series at The Porch at 30th Street Station featuring Katie Frank & The Pheromones.  Frank released her debut EP of heart-on-her-sleeve country pop / rock called Covered Bridge Road last September.  The Temple University graduate and her band are currently working on a new album – stop by The Porch at noon to catch The Pheromones in action and maybe get a sneak peak of some of the new tracks.  Below, watch a live performance filmed by Bands In the Backyard.


Watch The Districts perform the Philly Local Buskers’ Series at The Porch at 30th Street Station

IMG_2526Lancaster County four-piece The Districts played a rocked out set for the lunchtime crowd this afternoon at WXPN’s Philly Local Buskers series. Stationed at the east end of The Porch at 30th Street, the band tore through a set of tracks from its 2012 LP Telephone, as well as some new numbers, and were joined by a few enthusiastic passers-by who danced and grooved and played air guitar (seriously). Check it out in the video below, and don’t miss The Districts this weekend when they headline the Chameleon Club in Lancaster, or this summer when they play the XPoNential Music Festival. Information on both can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar.

The Districts busking at The Porch at 30th Street Station from WXPN FM on Vimeo.


Watch Tin Bird Choir perform WXPN’s lunchtime buskers’ series at The Porch at 30th Street Station

TinBirdChoirThe Chester County-based folk group Tin Bird Choir performed in a stripped down two-piece configuration for this weeks’ installment of the WXPN lunchtime buskers’ series at The Porch at 30th Street Station. The band mixes poppy harmonies with the acoustic troubadour tradition, and is releasing its Kickstarter-funded second record next month. The band’s CD release party will be June 15th at Steel City Coffeehouse in Phoenixville. Watch a video of them performing below, and be on the lookout for next week’s installment of the series featuring The Districts.

Tin Bird Choir busking at The Porch at 30th Street Station from WXPN FM on Vimeo.