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XPNFest Recap: Trigger Hippy close down the River Stage with country-rock riffs

Trigger Hippy | Photo by Michelle Montgomery | michellemontgomeryphotography.com
Trigger Hippy | Photo by Michelle Montgomery | michellemontgomeryphotography.com

As the Wiggins Park performances wound down on Sunday afternoon, there was one final burst of energy – in the form of rip-roaring roots rock and roll – from the River Stage as Trigger Hippy played in the early evening breeze. Comprised of singer-songwriter Joan Osborne, Black Crowes members Steve Gorman and Jackie Greene (on drums and guitar respectively), session guitarist Tom Bukovac and bassist Nick Govrick. The band released its debut EP in the fall, and has plans to release it’s self-titled full-length debut on September 30th – which provided plenty of fuel for the setlist. Continue reading →

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XPNFest Recap: Lake Street Dive get soulful on the River Stage

Lake Street Dive  | Photo by Michelle Montgomery | michellemontgomeryphotography.com
Lake Street Dive | Photo by Michelle Montgomery | michellemontgomeryphotography.com

Eclectic Boston faves Lake Street Dive played a stellar, high-energy set on the XPoNential Music Festival River Stage on Sunday Afternoon. Easily crowd favorites of the weekend, the band was led by the dynamic frontwoman Rachael Price, who sang, danced and simply exuded enthusiasm while delivering jazzy pop songs with soulful vocals. Continue reading →

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XPNFest Recap: Old 97′s greet old fans with new songs on the River Stage

Rhett Miller of Old 97s and XPN's Michaela Majoun | Photo by Michelle Montgomery | michellemontgomeryphotography.com
Rhett Miller of Old 97s and XPN’s Michaela Majoun | Photo by Michelle Montgomery | michellemontgomeryphotography.com
It was pretty much a love fest when perennial rockers Old 97s took the River Stage at the XPoNential Music Festival on Sunday. Introducing the band with her arm draped around frontman Rhett Miller, Michaela Majoun told the crowd that she first saw the band at South By Southwest in 1994 – making the XPN love affair with the 97s two decades strong. Continue reading →

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XPNFest Recap: J. Roddy Walston and the Business kick things into high gear on the River Stage

J. Roddy Walston and the Business | Photo by Michelle Montgomery | michellemontgomeryphotography.com
J. Roddy Walston and the Business | Photo by Michelle Montgomery | michellemontgomeryphotography.com

That, my friends, is a rock and roll show. Hailing from Baltimore and sounding like a 4th of July fireworks show on speed, J. Roddy Walston and the business cranked the volume at the XPoNential Music Festival river stage on Sunday. Pulling largely from their recent LP Essential Tremors, the band was loud and lively and frontman Walston alternated delivered gravely lead vocals while alternating between piano, guitar and rocking the mic solo. Continue reading →

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XPNFest Recap: The Lawsuits bring breezy harmonies to the River Stage

The Lawsuits | Photo by Michelle Montgomery | michellemontgomeryphotography.com
The Lawsuits | Photo by Michelle Montgomery | michellemontgomeryphotography.com
From the fertile Bucks County musical community, The Lawsuits brought a set of breezy country harmonies crossed with revved-up rock and roll to the River Stage on the third day of this year’s XPoNential Music Festival. The band released its debut LP Cool Cool Cool in October, and the set drew largely from it, from the buoyant charm of opening track “Anybody’s Girl” to the ultra-catchy honkey-tonk jammer “Onion.” Non-album single “Love is Weight” made the set as well, and singer Vanessa Winters positively slayed her vocal leads on “Long Drive Home” and “You Won’t Love Me If You Don’t.” Continue reading →