Tonight’s Conert Picks: Ensemble Novo ft. Tom Moon at World Cafe Live, Lionize at Milkboy, Amanda X at Kung Fu Necktie

Author and former Inquirer music critic Tom Moon is bringing his project Ensemble Novo to World Cafe Live tonight. The six-piece band plays Brazilian-inspired music, and released their album Blue Night on July 16th. Check out a performance/music video of the band playing “Blue Night.” Tickets and information can be found here.

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Listen to a “Blues Beyond The Blues” Spotify playlist by Tom Moon

For many years, writer, critic and saxophonist Tom Moon has been part of the local music scene. He’s a former music critic for the Philadelphia Inquirer and has contributed to many publications including Rolling Stone and the New York Times. Moon also does commentary for NPR’s All Things Considered and World Cafe. In 2008 Moon published the New York Times best selling book, 1,000 Recordings To Hear Before You Die, and in 2011 he released his Moon Hotel Lounge Project album, Into The Ojala. These days (or nights, actually) you can catch Moon jamming at World Cafe Live, Ortlieb’s or Milkboy with a who’s who of the local jazz scene. As part of WXPN’s Mississippi Blues Project we asked Tom to contribute an essay to the site called “Blues Beyond The Blues” that examines the influences of the blues on other musical genres. You can read the essay here. Below, listen to a Spotify playlist of many of the songs he writes about.


Jerry Blavat, “The Geator With The Heater,” to release his autobiography on July 26th

On July 26th, legendary Philly DJ Jerry Blavat, “The Geator With The Heater,” is publishing his autobiography called You Only Rock Once. The long awaited book is the first time The Geator has officially told his side of his story in book form. The Geator hosts a weekly show on WXPN on Saturday from 6-7PM called The Geator’s Rock ‘N’ Roll Rhythm & Blues Express. The Boss With The Hot Sauce (one of the Geator’s “other” names) will be at the Free Library of Philadelphia (Central Library) in Center City, Philadelphia on Monday, August 1, 7:30PM and will be interviewed by Tom Moon, former music critic for The Philadelphia Inquirer and author of 1,000 Recordings to Hear Before You Die. The event is free and open to the public.