April 9, 2014 |
Time-tested and traditional American music sounds freshly invigorated and deeply personal in the hands of Alynda Lee Segarra. She's the front woman of the New Orleans folk band Hurray for the Riff Raff, which plays World Cafe Live tonight. They have emerged with Small Town Heroes , a sterling set of Segarra-penned originals. It's the band's fifth full-length release but its first to reach a wide audience. Attention-grabbing performances at last year's Newport Folk Festival and this year's South by Southwest have put a spotlight on Segarra, 27, a New York-born singer of Puerto Rican descent who is impressively adept at putting a modern spin on vintage roots-music forms.
August 16, 2013 |
"DON'T MESS with my fest!" For sure, some old-school folkniks attending this weekend's Philadelphia Folk Festival will be whining that line. But we're thinking that the general populace will rejoice at some offbeat bookings for the 52nd annual get-together on the Old Pool Farm, in Upper Salford Township, acts intended to make this homey event even more user-friendly and connectable. As ever, there's lots at the fest that qualifies as tried and true folk music, from Celtic talents ( Burning Bridget Cleary , RUNA )
August 4, 2013 |
Last weekend, instead of hanging around for the XPoNential Music Festival in Camden or the Mad Decent Block Party across the river at Penn's Landing, I headed north more than 300 miles, to the Newport Folk Festival in Rhode Island. I'd never been. Newport belongs among U.S. music festivals that were 1960s flashpoints, along with Woodstock, Altamont, and, to a lesser extent, Monterey. Joan Baez rose to stardom at Newport in 1959 (the very first year of the fest, born five years after the inaugural Newport Jazz Festival)
August 2, 2013 |
Jason Isbell opened his set at the Newport Folk Festival last weekend with "Cover Me Up," lead track from Southeastern , the sharply focused, strongest solo album to date by the former Drive-By Truckers guitarist and songwriter. Isbell, who plays the World Cafe Live on Wednesday (with Amanda Shires opening), sang, "I sobered up and I swore off that stuff/ Forever, this time. " The crowd, gathered to see the 34-year-old Alabaman, who quit drinking a year and a half ago, burst into applause.
November 4, 2011 |
David Wax says there are plenty of things that set his band's music apart, most noticeably the use of Mexican instruments such the quijada - a donkey's jawbone complete with teeth that, despite its jarring appearance, provides an oddly appealing buzzing noise. "We're always striving to integrate and weave Mexican folk into our music, but it's not glaring in our overall sound," the 30-year-old Boston-based musician says. Still, he notes that the quijada - played by his musical partner, singer/fiddler Suz Slezak - and a guitar-like jarana, which Wax mastered during his many visits to Mexico, are "obvious markers" that something unique is happening sonically.
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.
July 26, 2011 |
Bill Morrissey, 59, longtime folksinger, songwriter, and veteran of the coffee-house circuit throughout the country, died Saturday, July 23, in Dalton, Ga., of extensive heart disease. Mr. Morrissey lived in New Hampshire and was a frequent performer in coffee shops and folk venues, especially in the Northeast. His music ranged from tough portraits of New England milltown life ("Small Town on the River") to good-hearted examinations of love, as in his popular tune "Birches," in which a woman dances in the light of a birch fire after her man, who prefers to burn the longer-lasting oak, has gone to bed: And she stood up in the heat.
July 11, 2010
10 for the Road 1. 2010 Food Network Atlantic City Food and Wine Festival. Atlantic City. July 29-Aug. 1. Paula Deen, Guy Fieri, Sandra Lee, Ted Allen, and Pat and Gina Neely are among the celebrity chefs appearing. Sample wines and foods, watch demonstrations, and shop more than 250 culinary vendors. 609-348-7100; www.acfoodandwine.com . 2. Delaware State Fair. Harrington, Del. July 22-31. Concerts by The Beach Boys and Selena Gomez, demolition derbies, children's events and much more.
February 27, 2007 |
The dee-luxe, 2-DVD, collector's edition of Dont Look Back, famously called "one of the most influential rock films ever made," arrives in stores nationwide today. To present the Bob Dylan documentary to the public 40 years ago, legendary filmmaker D.A. Pennebaker released it through a porno distributor. "I went around to theaters, schools and universities," he said in a telephone interview, "and I couldn't get the people who dealt with that audience to even think about it. "Finally, a guy from the Art Theater Guild - they ran a lot of porn houses in the West - took it on. 'It looks like a porn film, and it's not,' he said.