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3rd Planet Festival: Remembering Emily Selke

Emily Selke visiting Barcelona | photo courtesy of 3rd Planet Festival
Emily Selke flashes a smile at Park Güell in Barcelona | photo courtesy of 3rd Planet Festival

*Author’s disclaimer: The writer of this article is close friends with one of 3rd Planet Festival’s organizers, but reporting from The Key remains objective, as always.

On the heels of the one year anniversary of 22-year-old Emily Selke’s death, her loved ones are celebrating her joy in a way Emily would have seen fit: through music – a whole day of it. This month’s 3rd Planet Festival at World Cafe Live brings to life the passion Emily so embodied and shared with everyone she met.

The Drexel Music Industry Program grad, whose focus was on festival curation, was aboard Germanwings Flight 9525 with her mother Yvonne Selke and 142 other passengers last March when the aircraft crashed in the French Alps.

“When they had her memorial service finally, it was religious oriented and the minister was saying a whole lot about Yvonne and how she attended church all the time, and was very active in it, but he didn’t mention Emily much at all,” said Ashley Kuhn, a close friend of Emily’s who’s been spearheading efforts for 3rd Planet. “It was healing for people who knew Yvonne, but it didn’t feel fitting for her [Emily’s] life.” Continue reading →

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Mike Pays Heat, Skinny Dip will play Project HOME benefit at the Mile High House

via mikepaysheat.bandcamp.com
via mikepaysheat.bandcamp.com

Last month, The Mile High House put on a wild, capped show featuring Philly rockers Mumblr and Marietta. There was a line down the street fifteen minutes before they opened the doors. MHH’s latest gig is a benefit show, which has been a recent, heartwarming trend in the Philly DIY scene. The Friday the 13th show lineup features a bunch of young, Philly names consisting of Reward, Weatherhead, Water Polo, Mike Pays Heat and Skinny Dip. Continue reading →