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July 26, 2014 | By Steve Klinge, For The Inquirer
The XPoNential Festival, now in its 21st year, revels in breadth and diversity. Ranging from Triple-A mainstays to zydeco torch-bearers, from child fiddlers to septuagenarian blues icons, from sensitive singer-songwriters to rowdy rock-and-rollers, it's a place for discoveries. The festival, sponsored by the University of Pennsylvania's WXPN, features more than 30 acts from Friday through Sunday on Camden's waterfront at Wiggins Park and the adjacent Susquehanna Bank Center. "Every year I think the common experience at the festival is people go and they're really excited about seeing this band or that band, and they always come away talking about some band that they hadn't ever seen before," says Roger LaMay, WXPN's general manager.
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July 13, 1993 | by Jonathan Takiff, Daily News Staff Writer
Like the Woodstock Art and Music Festival, the touring Lollapalooza festival is billed obscurely - not as a rock concert per se, but as "a picnic for the mind and the eyes. " Besides great gobs of thrashing, bashing, anti-establishment music by bands such as Rage Against the Machine and Alice in Chains, there are other activities in a second staging area called the Village. They range from an Indian art exhibit and a temporary tattoo parlor to a "Cyber-Pit" where you can exchange thoughts electronically with other attendees.
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July 24, 1988 | By Denise Breslin Kachin, Special to The Inquirer
At 82, Warren Mercer has been interested in fiddling and what he fondly describes as old-time music his whole life. At the 60th Annual Old Fiddlers Picnic on Aug. 13, Mercer will be honorary chairman once again, as he has been since the folk music festival moved in 1972 from the old Lenape Park in West Chester to Hibernia Park in West Caln and West Brandywine Townships. "I don't play the fiddle, but I get up there on stage and play my guitar with the musicians, as I have for the past 50 years," Mercer said.
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April 26, 2001 | By Kay Raftery INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
David F. Tilman will be honored on his 25th anniversary as cantor of Beth Sholom Congregation with a Zimriyah music festival at 7 p.m. May 6 at the synagogue on Old York and Foxcroft Roads in Elkins Park. The program, "The Songs We Sang," will include four chorales of the congregation; a 35-piece chamber symphony orchestra; the Old York Road/Akiba Hebrew Academy Klezmer Band; the youth chorale of the Perelman Jewish Day School; the Mendelsohn Club; and the Delaware Valley Cantors Assembly Ensemble.
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February 24, 2008 | By Will Hobson FOR THE INQUIRER
R&B classics like "Soul Man" and "Everybody Needs Somebody to Love," the stirring theme music to the 1992 movie The Last of the Mohicans, and selections from Jesus Christ Superstar will be among the tunes filling Valley Forge Military Academy and College's Price Hall today when about 80 musicians from across the country come together for the 32d Military School Band Festival Concert. The concert will cap a weekend of competition and collaboration for the cadets, who come from 11 schools.
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July 27, 2013 | By Steve Klinge, For The Inquirer
Three years ago, WXPN faced a crossroads for its annual summer music festival. The University of Pennsylvania's noncommercial radio station confronted an increasingly competitive market: The summer concert circuit was getting more crowded, and, given changes in the music industry, bands were relying more and more on tours for revenues so their fees were going up. The festival had grown since 1994, when it began with nine artists at the Singer Songwriter...
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July 21, 2006 | By Nicole Pensiero FOR THE INQUIRER
Like the name of the festival she's playing tonight, for blues-rock singer/instrumentalist Grace Potter it truly is all about the music. "I'm living it, man," Potter said by phone this week. "There is nothing else for me. " Weaned on everything from Little Feat to Led Zeppelin, the 23-year-old Vermont native - who sounds far younger in conversation than she does on vinyl - is passionate about beltin' it out for a crowd, preferably one that doesn't yet know her music. "I don't think you can come to my show and not want to dance," Potter said.
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March 20, 2012 | By Steven Rea, Inquirer Movie Critic
WXPN, the area's preeminent alternative radio station, and the Philadelphia Film Society, producers of the annual Philadelphia Film Festival, are partnering for the XPN Music Film Festival, April 26-29, with most programs playing at the Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts. The movie titles in the Music Film Fest, a kind of expanded spin-off of the PFF's "Sight and Soundtrack" program, are being programmed by the PFF's Michael Lerman. Although opening- and closing-night titles have yet to be announced, the early lineup offers an eclectic mix of rock docs, fiction films, concert flicks, and a feature about Gustav Mahler's "Resurrection" Symphony.
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May 27, 2015 | By Kevin Riordan, Inquirer Columnist
Working on a shoestring, a wing, and a prayer - make that many prayers - Mary Lou Adams and a handful of other volunteers are vowing that the show will go on this year in Gloucester City. The seventh annual Art, Music, and Crafts Festival sponsored by a private organization called the Gloucester City Cultural Arts and Heritage Society is set for June 14 at Proprietors Park, along South King Street on the downtown waterfront. Music, art, crafts, collectibles, food, and children's entertainment will be offered from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m., said Adams, who this spring had considered canceling the event because of a seeming lack of interest on the part of longtime participants.
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October 21, 2014 | By Michael Boren, Inquirer Staff Writer
A white sign fluttered from a fourth-floor balcony at the Piazza at Schmidts where six young men and women sipped from bottles and red plastic cups, music blaring below. "Yo Wiz," the sign read, calling out to rapper Wiz Khalifa, "After Party Over Here. " The best party in the city on Sunday did, indeed, seem to be at the Under 30 music festival, where Khalifa and others played as part of the Forbes Under 30 Summit. The four-day event, which kicked off with the free concert, is bringing billionaires, venture capitalists, business tycoons, and young entrepreneurs together in Philadelphia through Wednesday.
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July 3, 2016 | By Gene Axton, THE (Wilkes-Barre) TIMES LEADER
SHICKSHINNY, Pa. - Chris Castillo makes shows happen. His latest kicks off at noon Friday, when Yardstock IV starts its first of three days of music, featuring 66 bands on two stages. Free parking and camping is available near the festival area. The 24-year-old started booking music in 2009 at Phillip's Emporium in Bloomsburg, Pa., but when that went away, Castillo built a stage inside the garage at his Shickshinny home. He outgrew that and so converted his father's old work barn into a homey music venue.
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June 21, 2016 | By A.D. Amorosi, For The Inquirer
The Woodlands of Dover International Speedway in Delaware - 295 acres - simply screams for a musical festival, especially considering the current entertainment cultural thinking that every wide outdoor space with grass and campers should hold a messy, multicultural gathering with bands, DJs, and food trucks. Starting with July 2012's party, Firefly Music Festival became a quick contender on the circuit, gathering the likes of John Legend, Foo Fighters, Beck, and - in one day - Paul McCartney and Morrissey.
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June 18, 2016 | Staff
KIDS 6 p.m. Friday, Smith Memorial Playground & Playhouse , 3500 Reservoir Dr. $10. 215-765-4325. Wee ones get a chance to get wack and whirl in tie-dyed onesies as the third annual children's festival gets underway with the first of three concerts this summer. On the bill: Lucy Kalantari, playing her 1920s hot-jazz ukulele tunes, and divine kindie-rock diva Joanie Leeds. - Michael Harrington 9:30 a.m. to noon Saturday, Brandywine River Museum of Art , 1 Hoffman's Mill Rd., Chadds Ford.
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June 12, 2016 | Dan DeLuca
Firefly (June 16-19, the Woodlands of Dover) Firefly continues to thrive, with expected attendance of 80,000 per day, despite this year's mostly predictable, if perfectly respectable, lineup: Major Lazer; Kings of Leon; Ellie Goulding; Deadmau5; Florence & the Machine; Vince Staples; Earth, Wind & Fire; Fetty Wap; Of Monsters & Men; Mumford & Sons; and scores more. (855-281-4898, fireflyfestival.com ) XPoNential Music Festival (July 22-24, Camden Waterfront) The WXPN-FM (88.5)
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April 30, 2016 | By A.D. Amorosi, For The Inquirer
Legendary bassist and sartorial maven Jamaaladeen Tacuma has forever hung at the busy intersection of magic-making avant-garde jazz and experimental fusion-funk. The Southwest Philadelphia native, by age 19, was playing in Ornette Coleman's Prime Time (recording free classics such as 1977's Dancing in Your Head and 1978's Body Meta ), and angular guitarist James Blood Ulmer's torrid Tales of Captain Black in 1978. If Tacuma had stopped there, he would have cemented his avant-jazz cred, but this is also a gentleman who once held down the groove for Philadelphia organist Charles Earland and earlier this month was part of the Jazz Foundation of America's 25th anniversary Loft Party in Manhattan, keeping hard, funky time with trombonist Craig Harris and playing David Bowie songs.
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March 12, 2016 | By Dan DeLuca, Music Critic
Follow music critic Dan DeLuca's journey at SXSW on philly.com/inthemix James Alex is making up for lost time. "I remember this story about Charles Bukowski," says the 42-year-old leader of the ardent Philadelphia-area rock-and-roll band Beach Slang, whose busy coming week at the South by Southwest music festival in Austin, Texas, includes not one but eight showcase performances. "He had been writing poetry and his publisher wanted a novel, and Bukowski came back a week later with a full novel.
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September 10, 2015 | By Justine McDaniel, Aubrey Whelan, and Michaelle Bond, Inquirer Staff Writers
The taxicab company whose driver struck and killed a young man and woman on North Broad Street early Monday has been under investigation by the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission nearly two dozen times in the last five years, and has paid thousands of dollars in fines for infractions and safety violations, state records show. Around 4:30 a.m. Monday, Amanda DiGirolomo of Phoenixville and Bryan Botti of Baltimore, both 25, were crossing in a crosswalk at Arch Street when they were struck by the northbound Rosemont Taxicab Co. car, police said.
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September 6, 2015 | By Zoë Miller, Inquirer Staff Writer
Saturday STONE HARBOR If the Philadelphia Museum of Art's "Discovering the Impressionists" exhibition put you in the mood for paintings of that style, you'll love Ocean Galleries' (9618 Third Ave.) latest show, "Renoir: Modern Day Impressionism," on display through Sept. 7. The exhibit features the colorful still-lifes, landscapes, and seascapes of Pierre-Auguste Renoir's great-grandson Alexandre Renoir. Alexandre, who was born in France and trained in Canada as an artist, will appear from 7 to 10 p.m. for a special reception, where he'll paint live for guests.
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September 5, 2015 | By Dan DeLuca, Inquirer Music Critic
The fourth, and biggest, Budweiser Made in America festival is upon us. Biggest in that, for the first time, the Jay Z-curated, Beyoncé-headlined two-day music festival has sold out in advance and this year will bring a record 70,000 music fans per day to an expanded site on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. (The entrance to the fenced-in site is now on 21st, rather than 22d Street, where it had been in years past.) Also biggest in that there are more bands. This year, a fifth stage, called Tidal, has been added, branded as such to promote Jay Z's Spotify- and Apple Music-competing music service, which, not surprisingly, has exclusive rights to live stream the event.
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August 21, 2015 | By A.D. Amorosi, For The Inquirer
With its tattered gilt and vintage beer-'n'-booze signage, Bob & Barbara's Lounge on South Street looks fabulously tacky. Every second and fourth Wednesday, Philadelphia's Wallace Brothers band - twin singing multi-instrumentalists Zach and Colby - hosts Country Night. All participants are asked to wear cowboy hats and any Western ephemera they can muster. "It gets pretty colorful in there," says Zach Wallace. This Saturday, everyone will don a Dakota, a Tommy Bahama, or a Bonanza Felt for the first Philadelphia Country Music Festival at B&B's.
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