Tonight’s Concert Picks: XPN Welcomes Strand of Oaks with Buried Beds and Little Big League to Johnny Brenda’s, Concrete Blonde at World Cafe Live, Ape School at Kung Fu Necktie, XPN Welcomes Shawn Colvin to The Landis Theater, XPN Welcomes Jane Siberry to The Arden Gild Hall

XPN welcomes Strand of Oaks to Johnny Brenda’s tonight for his first headlining Philadelphia show.  The stage name of local bearded guy Tim Showalter, Strand of Oaks is a vehicle for storytelling and yarn-spinning that has taken Showalter through the darker days of his life and into the better-lit year of 2012; this year saw the release of Strand of Oaks’ third full-length Dark Shores and a tour with Swedish one-man-show The Tallest Man on Earth.  Also playing tonight are local acts Buried Beds and Little Big League.  Tickets and information for the 21+ show are available here.  Below, watch a live video of Showalter and band performing the title track from Dark Shores.

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Saturday’s Concert Picks: WXPN Welcomes Shawn Colvin to World Cafe Live and the Clark Park Music & Arts Festival

The Clark Park Music & Arts Festival has rocked the neighborhood at 43rd and Chester Ave for many years. The festival takes place every year right around the Summer Solstice and features live music, vendors, food trucks, children’s activities, crafts, and more. This festival is a chance to celebrate the artistic community that exists in Philadelphia; it is an opportunity for local non profit organizations to come together to discuss various issues in the surrounding neighborhoods. All of the musical acts are brought to you by Cloud Events-Philly , some which include Break it Up, The Really Cooks, City Wide Specials, Power Animal, and more. The event goes from noon to sunset.


Over at World Cafe Live, WXPN welcomes the grammy award winning, international singer/songwriter, Shawn Colvin. The Royal You opens the show downstairs live at 7:30 PM. You can purchase tickets to the all ages show here.


Meet The Royal You (featuring Kate Ferber and Jake Snider)

The Royal You is a new collaboration between singer-songwriter, actress, and playwright Kate Ferber and singer-songwriter Jake Snider. Ferber, best known for her one-woman show One Child Born: The Music of Laura Nyro, began working with Snider at the suggestion of Eric Bazilian of The Hooters. Ferber is currently acting in Ghost Brothers Of Darkland County, a new musical with music and lyrics by John Mellencamp, book by Stephen King, and musical direction by T-Bone Burnett. Below, watch The Royal You’s “Love Well.”