Watch Bonnie Raitt and Amos Lee perform “Angel From Montgomery”

Bonnie Raitt | Photo by Joe Del Tufo for WXPN |
Bonnie Raitt | Photo by Joe Del Tufo for WXPN |

This past May, legendary singer-songwriter and guitarist Bonnie Raitt appeared at WXPN’s Non-Commvention. Performing material from her recent album, Dig In Deep, Raitt also performed a few classics from her back catalogue.

At the end of her set, Bonnie invited Philly singer-songwriter Amos Lee out to duet on John Prine’s “Angel From Montgomery,” a song that Raitt originally recorded with Prine on her 1974 album, Streetlights. Not having any time to rehearse, Lee played the part perfectly, and it was a highlight of Raitt’s set. Continue reading →


Free at Noon Flashback: Emerging artist Barns Courtney plays World Cafe Live

Barns Courtney
Barns Courtney | Photo by Breanna Keohane for WXPN

Happy to see the large crowd from the stage of World Cafe Live, London singer-songwriter Barns Courtney said, “Talk about the ‘City of Brotherly and Sisterly love!”

The emerging artist is making a name for himself, touring the states and being featured of the soundtrack for Bradley Cooper and Harvey Weinstein’s movie Burnt.

Playing a solo acoustic set, Courtney showcased new music for World Cafe. He opened with “Hands,” creating his own percussion through the body of his guitar. Courtney possesses a raw, soulful rock and roll sound with a wide vocal range, from a mellow deep sound to belting out powerful notes. Continue reading →


Tonight’s Concert Picks: I Want To Know What Love Is at Boot and Saddle, Little Strike at Johnny Brenda’s, Truck North at The Fire, and more…

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Clique | photo by Sabrina Jacot

Love Is In The Air: Boot and Saddle is presenting “I Want To Know What Love Is,” a Valentine’s showcase featuring art from Jacqui Powell, Jordan Stiff, and Lauren McFadden and performances from many bands such as Clique and Woven In. For more info, go here. Continue reading →


Watch David Bowie play the Electric Factory in 1997, listen to his ’97 World Cafe interview today

The first time #DavidBowie played here

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In October of 1997, David Bowie returned to Philadelphia for a sold-out two-night stand at the Electric Factory in support of his album Earthling. While he was in town, he set up shop at Sigma Sound – where he famously recorded the Young Americans album – and tracked an acoustic World Cafe Session with guitarist Reeves Gabrels. Continue reading →


Watch G Love perform “Back to Boston” for World Cafe via VuHaus

G. Love in World Cafe Studio | Photos by Rich McKie
G. Love in World Cafe Studio | Photos by Rich McKie

While out on the road in support of their latest effort, Philadelphia-born G Love & Special Sauce stopped by the World Cafe studio to record a live performance and interview with David Dye. Love Saves the Day is the band’s tenth album and follows 2014’s Sugar with a collection of songs that are chock full of guest appearances and classic G Love tales.

VuHaus was on hand to film a few songs during the session, including this clip of “Back to Boston.” Check it out below and tune into G Love’s World Cafe session on Friday, January 15th on 88.5 XPN.

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Watch Latin Roots Live! concert on January 19th with Monsieur Periné and Buyepongo, LIVE on VuHaus

Monsieur Periné | Photo via the artist.
Monsieur Periné | Photo courtesy of the artist

The Latin Grammy Award winning Monsieur Periné and Buyepongo will be featured at the next free Latin Roots Live! concert on January 19th at World Cafe Live. Inspired by the World Cafe Latin Roots radio series, and made possible by a grant from the William Penn Foundation, Latin Roots Live! is hosted by World Cafe host David Dye. Continue reading →