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XPNFest Recap: Harmonica maestro James Cotton revvs up the Marina Stage

James Cotton | Photo by Michelle Montgomery | michellemontgomeryphotography.com
James Cotton | Photo by Michelle Montgomery | michellemontgomeryphotography.com

Mississippi harmonica master James Cotton took to the Marina Stage at the XPoNential Music Festival tonight, showing the crowd what blues is all about. He was backed by a lively three-piece rhythm section that riffed on an introductory number before the 79-year-old Cotton took the stage. Continue reading →

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XPNFest Recap: Marian Hill brings soulful sundown synthpop to the Marina Stage

Marian Hill | Photo by Michelle Montgomery | michellemontgomeryphotography.com
Marian Hill | Photo by Michelle Montgomery | michellemontgomeryphotography.com

“This is the first festival we’ve played outdoors in the daytime,” joked Marian Hill frontwoman Samantha Gongol. The Philly / Brooklyn synthpop band took the Marina Stage at XPoNential Music Fest as the sun was beginning to set, and though the setting may have been new to the band, they rocked it with style and charisma. Continue reading →

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XPNFest Recap: Viv and The Revival kickstart the festival on the Marina Stage

Viv and the Revival | photo by Noah Silvestry
Viv and the Revival | photo by Noah Silvestry | www.silvestography.com

The opening notes of the 2014 XPoNential Music Festival were power chords played by Viv and the Revival, a local group set to release a new album called The Introduction next month.  Playing tracks off of the record, the band kept the energy high and the mood edgy as they sung about living life to the fullest, staying young and generally having fun at all times.

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