August 20, 2016 |
When legendary radio DJ and Philadelphia Folk Festival co-founder Gene Shay retired from his post at WXPN's "The Folk Show" last year, aficionados of rural, rustic mountain music freaked out that their festival would go asunder. "Oh, I'll still be around," Shay said not long ago, he told me in May when I asked him if he'd be a part of this weekend's 55th Annual Philadelphia Folk Festival. "You can't get rid of me that easily. " Shay will handle PFF 55's pre-stage patter, with an assist from fellow WXPN regulars David Dye , Helen Leicht and Kathy O'Connell . Joining their storied ranks is author, musician and recently-minted local Wesley Stace - the artist formerly known as John Wesley Harding - who will act as guest emcee throughout the campground's proceedings.
May 13, 2015 |
That's Kanye "Ph.D. " West We'll never hear the end of it now. Already beloved for his rabid egomania, Kanye West now has even more to boast about. The Art Institute of Chicago on Monday awarded the megastar an honorary doctorate for his "transformative, genre-defying work. " In his speech to the college's graduating class, Kanye said the degree means his fans wont have to defend his smarts as vehemently as before. "This honor is gonna make your lives easier," he said. "You don't have to defend me as much, and I'm going to make all of our lives easier.
January 19, 2015 |
The grandfather of Philadelphia folk music is retiring from the radio. Ever since he took over Joel Dorn's slot on WHAT-FM in 1962, Gene Shay has been on the air in his hometown with his Sunday night folk-music show. But on Feb. 1, the DJ who grew up Ivan Shaner in Nicetown will close the book on The Folk Show with Gene Shay , which has aired on WXPN (88.5-FM) since 1995. To say Shay is a Philadelphia music-scene institution would be an understatement. The influential DJ, who got his start as an intern at Temple University station WRTI while a student in the 1950s, brought Bob Dylan to town for his first Philadelphia show at the Ethical Society in 1963.
January 8, 2015 |
Dunham denies it all Lena Dunham posted an Instagram pic of her and her left hand - bedecked with sparkly ringlike jewels! Worlds hemorrhaged! Surely, this meant she was engaged to her bf, Jack Antonoff , he of that cool band Bleachers ! Nuh- uh, she says. So does her bff Jenni Konner , who also happens to exec-produce HBO's Girls , source of Dunham's fame. At an HBO premiere show for Season 4 of Girls, Konner said she and LD wear friendship rings and that's what it is so shut up. Philly folk man to fold 'em Gene Shay , 79, the grand man of Philadelphia folk music, announced Tuesday that he'd do his final installment of The Folk Show for WXPN on Feb. 1. This man has done more than even a legend could do. He cofounded the Philadelphia Folk Festival in 1962, has been doing radio in our market since at least then, and has been on 'XPN since 1995.
September 13, 2013 |
On Oct. 24, Gene Shay , radio guy, folk god, gets his very own plaque on the Philly Music Walk of Fame on South Broad, with six other local music stars. Philly-born Gene, now 78, brought Bob Dylan here for his first Philly concert in 1963. He also made up the name of WXPN's show World Cafe 22 years ago. Host of The Folk Show on XPN, he's been on local radio since 1962. Hard to imagine Philly without him. Educating on education Keepin' it local . . . M. Night Shyamalan is about way more than the supranormal, OK?
February 22, 2013
1ERIC BURDON On "Til Your River Runs Dry" (ABKCO), this voice of authority still growls like an Animal but ruminates like a confident yet world-weary blues rocker. 2SONS OF ROGUE GALLERY Philly-spawned producer Hal Willner grew up listening to Gene Shay on WXPN (88.5 FM). He passes on the knowledge with "Pirate Ballads, Sea Songs and Chanteys" (Anti), his second double-disc of tunes recast with contemporary artists and offbeat arrangements. 3RON SEXSMITH He's a master of subtle understatement and mellifluous good taste, yet always wears heart and hurt on his sleeve.
September 7, 2012
EXHIBITS Buddhist relic exhibit A rare collection of sacred Buddhist relics will be displayed this weekend. The pearl-like crystals were found among the ashes of cremated Buddhist masters. Practitioners believe they are physical embodiments of a master's spiritual qualities of compassion and wisdom. Living Buddhist masters from Burma, Indonesia, France, Thailand, Tibet, South Korea and Taiwan have contributed relics to the collection, including the Dalai Lama. Bo De Temple, 1114-20 S. 13th St., 6-8 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday.
August 19, 2011
This year marks the 50th anniversary of the building of the Philadelphia Folk Festival and the Berlin Wall. Thankfully, the festival is still standing, through the efforts of more than 2,500 volunteers. Proceeds from the event support the Philadelphia Folk Song Society's mission and musical education programs for schoolchildren throughout the Philadelphia region. The festival, founded by the society based in Mount Airy, actually began in Paoli, as the Hootenanny. It's one of the longest continuous events of its kind.
August 19, 2011 |
A FUNNY THING happened on my way to Schwenksville, chatting it up with some of the powers behind this weekend's Philadelphia Folk Festival. Given how the event is celebrating big - marking the 50th annual music fest (and gathering of the tribes) - I expected organizers to be waxing nostalgic about all that's been and gone. You know, "the good old days. " But then I got on the horn with Levi Landis, executive director of the festival's parent organization, the Philadelphia Folksong Society, and discovered he's a relatively young folknik of 29. Not much "history" to share there.
August 14, 2011 |
This year marks the Philadelphia Folk Festival's 50th birthday. But it's been a few years since the festival organizers' realized that the august institution, which takes place every August at the Old Pool Farm in Upper Salford Township near Schwenksville, needed to attract a younger audience to ensure that it has a future to compare with its storied past. In recent years, festival bookers Rich Hardon and Jesse Lundy have brought in marquee names like the Decemberists and Jeff Tweedy of Wilco to give the fest a contemporary buzz.