This weekend, Matt Pond and his band played a rousing set at the XPoNential Music Festival on Saturday afternoon (listen back to it here). When he got done, he caught up with our friends at Out of Town Films, who were camped out around the festival grounds capturing offstage performances by several of the bands on the lineup. Their session with Pond, released today, is the first of five videos they shot over the weekend. From OoTF’s Colin Kerrigan:
As you can imagine, electrical outlets are pretty scarce at music festivals so when Matt Pond asked to do a ‘plugged in’ session at WXPN’s XPoNential Festival presented by Subaru we were a little hesitant. So much so that we told them we’d bring an acoustic guitar for them to play. However, things were a little hectic leading up to the festival and we forgot to bring an acoustic.
Luckily, the guys were cool about our forgetfulness and were actually pretty glad we forgot the acoustic since they wanted to do a ‘plugged in’ session in the first place. We found a little space behind their trailer that had an outlet and set up with an enormous battleship in the background. There, they played us two songs. The first being this song, “Hole In My Heart”. Hope you enjoy.
Watch Pond and guitarist Chris Hansen play “Hole in my Heart” below.
When Kyle Noone arrived at the XPoNential Music Festival on Friday evening, he was simply excited to see one of his favorite bands – Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros. Little did the 13-year-old Cherry Hill drummer know, he’d be performing with them by the end of the night.
It all came about because singer / frontman Alex Ebert was losing his voice. So rather than talk between songs, he asked members of the crowd if they had any stories to tell. He got to Noone as the band began the opening vamp of “Home,” and the excited fan told Ebert “Honey is good for your voice” and “I’m your number-one fan, I bought your album the second it came out on iTunes, and I know all your songs on drums.”
“You play drums?” singer Jade Castrinos asked. “You should come and play some drums.”
Noone says he was in shock when he landed on stage.
“I was trying to look calm but on the inside I was happier than I have ever been in my life,” he tells us over email. “I was very nervous about messing up.” But he held it down, sitting behind Orpheo McCord’s drumkit and keeping the beat going on “Home,” launching into an explosive drum solo (you can see it at about the 3:11 mark of the video below) that had Ebert on his knees doing a “we’re not worthy” bow.
Although he could not complete his set, Justin Townes Earle put on an unforgettable show. Starting his set with the acoustic and appropriate “Dancing Through Memphis in the Rain,” before being joined by his band for the rest of the set. Highlights included “Move Over Mama” and “Ain’t Glad I’m Leaving,” bluesy country songs, harkening back to early country when, “Hank Williams introduced the 12 bar blues to country for a reason…he was tired of white people dancing.” Even as the rain started pouring, the band stayed for one more song, “Ain’t Waiting,” telling the crowd they’d return after the light shower (which proved to be heavier than anyone expected). Check out photos from his set below and listen to the performance in its entirety here (via the WXPN media player).
Lianne La Havas unfortunately couldn’t make her XPoNential Music Festival due to sickness, but the Kopecky Family Band filled in on the River Stage for their second set of the day – and did so successfully. The Nashville outfit played some of the same songs as their previous set, including tunes from their latest album, April’s Kids Raising Kids. Despite having played the Marina Stage a few hours back, the “family” amped up their energy and were visibly excited to be performing again. Switching instruments and vocals like they were playing real musical chairs, the band got the audience moving and participating in claps and choruses of na-na-na’s. They’re set to make their first, appearance on late-night television Wednesday, performing on Jay Leno. See photos of the performance in the gallery below and listen to the set in its entirety here (via the WXPN media player).
Along with ground breaking rainfall, last night the AmericanaRama tour rolled into Camden, NJ, for the Susquehanna Bank Center as part of the XPoNential Music Festival with Ryan Bingham, My Morning Jacket, Wilco and Bob Dylan. Here’s a video of Wilco performing “Give Back The Key To My Heart.”
Phosphorescent, the moniker of singer-songwriter Matthew Houck, played the Marina Stage at the XPoNential Music Festival today. Although the set started slow, perhaps because it was Houck’s birthday the night before, he and his band powered through, giving it their all during their forty-five minute set. Even as rain poured down on the audience a few songs in, the band and the audience seemed not to notice, staying through the rain to hear this incredible performance.
Most of the songs played were from Phosphorescent’s most recent album, Muchacho, released March of 2013. The gorgeous “Song for Zula” was played half way through the set to enthusiastic cheers from the crowd. Other highlights included the dark Americana jam, “The Quotidian Beat” (which featured some crazy keyboard solos), as well as the “Nothing was Stolen” and the closing “Los Angeles,” both from 2010′s Here’s to Taking it Easy. See photos of the performance in the gallery below and read the set list after the jump.
Jose James slowed down the tempo today at the River Stage of the XPoNential Music Festival with his jazz, hip hop blend and smooth vocals. Feeling the groove of the audience, James unexpectedly covered Bill Withers’ “Ain’t No Sunshine When She’s Gone” mentioning right before that the song was not on the original set list. Giving each member a long, fluid solo with every song, James ended his set with “Do You Feel,” including an unbroken bass/vocal solo by James’ bassist, Solomon Dorsey. His most recent album, No Beginning No End, was released January of 2013. See photos of the performance in the gallery below and read the setlist after the jump.