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THE WAR & TREATY

World Cafe Live (Upstairs)
3025 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Doors: Restaurant/Bar opens at 5pm
Show: 8:30 - 9:45pm

THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT

“Last year at the Americana Music Festival in Nashville, I stumbled onto a show that within seconds blew my mind. It was my first introduction to The War and Treaty, a band I had never heard about until that night, when someone said I just had to hear them sing. You know that feeling when you see a new band for the first time, and you immediately recognize their power and talent and vision they have? Well, that’s what I felt when I saw Michael and Tanya sing. Their music was a powerful mix of R&B and soul and blues and gospel. It was inspiring and refreshing from the first note to the last. We’re really excited to be presenting them to Philly audiences for their debut. I promise you – you do not want to miss this. Hope to see you there.”
- Bruce Warren. WXPN Program Director.

The War and Treaty: the name itself represents the pull between trauma and tranquility; music inspired by darkness and despair that ultimately finds a higher spiritual purpose. It’s a sound manifested on the group’s upcoming EP, Down to the River.


For Michael Trotter Jr., the journey began in 2004, when he arrived in Iraq, an untested soldier stricken by fear and self-doubt. His captain made it his personal mission to see to Trotter’s survival. The unit was encamped in one of Saddam Hussein’s private palaces, and in a forgotten corner in its basement, they found a black upright piano that once belonged to the dictator himself. When Trotter shared the fact he could sing, he was encouraged to teach himself to play piano on that confiscated keyboard. “I wrote my first song after that captain was killed,” Trotter recalls. “I sang it for his memorial in Iraq.” Soon after it became his mission to sing at the memorial services for those that had fallen. For the next three years, he sang songs that brought solace and comfort to the members of his unit. His efforts eventually garnered wider recognition as well. He came in first place in “Military Idol,” the army’s version of “American Idol,” during a competition held in Baumholder, Germany. Following his discharge, he was featured on the Hope Channel program “My Story, My Song.”

Then he met Tanya Blount. Blount, a seasoned performer whose musical influences include Mahalia Jackson, Dolly Parton, Sister Odette and Aretha Franklin, was amazed by Michael. "His personality drew me in initial and then the sparks started to fly. I knew that I was hooked," recalls Tanya. The two fell in love, got married and used the experiences they had gained to create a new musical collaboration. The couple then secured the services of musicians whose skills add a distinctive sound to The War and Treaty’s blend of roots music, bluegrass, folk, gospel and soul. Recorded in Albion, Michigan, Down to the River boasts a sound that’s both stirring and sensual, driven by joy, determination and an unceasing upward gaze. The music is visceral but never morose, flush with emotion but void of despair… a style that touches on a variety of genres, but never finds itself confined to any one. The arrangements are uncluttered– harmonies, bass lines, guitar and mandolin licks, settle drum patterns and keyboards create an immensely moving soundscape — but the sentiments and emotions are fully realized and soar with a steady, chilling assurance. “The recording process wasn’t like anything I ever experienced,” Tanya recalls. “This EP has allowed me to breathe musically. I feel like all I have wanted to express for the past ten years has come forth with what we’ve done. The combination of heart, soul and the overwhelming amount of love that Michael and I have for one another comes across in this record. “ "I was sitting on the banks of the Euphrates River in Baghdad dreaming about one day being able to play and sing professionally for people all around the world,” Michael reflects. “As we recorded our music, I constantly had flashbacks of those desert dreams. I thought to myself that this is actually the perfect ending to usher in a new beginning in my life.” That beginning can be heard in the album’s first single “Hi Ho,” a WMNF hit that is now being heard on radio stations throughout the country. Still, for all their optimism and initial intent, The War and Treaty, knows that as their name suggests, perseverance is key to success. They continue to tour, their son in tow, hoping to share songs of reconciliation and humanity.


Join us for the Free At Noon at World Cafe Live in Philadelphia, as Hailu Mergia performs a live midday concert on Friday



This week's Free At Noon is Hailu Mergia.


Recent Release: Lala Belu
Release Date: February 23, 2018
Release Label: Awesome Tapes From Africa

Join us for the Free At Noon at World Cafe Live in Philadelphia, as Nightmares on Wax performs a live midday concert on Friday



This week's Free At Noon is Nightmares on Wax. If you can't make the Free At Noon Nightmares on Wax will be performing at the Underground Arts on March 16th. Visit XPN's Concert Calendar for all the details.


Recent Release: Shape The Future
Release Date: January 26, 2018
Release Label: Warp Records

Join us for the Free At Noon at World Cafe Live in Philadelphia, as Jonathan Wilson performs a live midday concert on Friday



This week's Free At Noon is Jonathan Wilson. He will be supporting his new album Rare Birds. If you can't make the Free At Noon Jonathan Wilson will be performing at Boot & Saddle on Mar 9th. Visit XPN's Concert Calendar for all the details.


Recent Release: Rare Birds
Release Date: March 2, 2018
Release Label: Lionboy Records

March 2018 CD of the Month
Now based in LA, Sunny (née Sydney Lyndella Ward) was born to a single mom in Nashville.

Join us for the Free At Noon at World Cafe Live in Philadelphia, as Lissie performs a live midday concert on Friday



This week's Free At Noon is Lissie. If you can't make the Free At Noon Lissie will be performing at the World Cafe Live on Mat 25th. Visit XPN's Concert Calendar for all the details.


Recent Release: Castles
Release Date: March 23, 2018
Release Label: Lionboy Records

Join us for the Free At Noon at World Cafe Live in Philadelphia, as Caitlyn Smith performs a live midday concert on Friday



This week's Free At Noon is Caitlyn Smith. She will be performing in support of her latest release Starfire


Recent Release: Starfire
Release Date: January 19, 2018
Release Label: Monument Records

Join us for a Free At Noon Doubleheader at the World Cafe Live in Philadelphia, featuring James Hunter Six and Hambone Relay at a live midday concert on Friday



This week's Free At Noon is doubleheader featuring James Hunter Six and Hambone Relay. James Hunter will also be playing ArtsQuest (Bethlehem, PA) 2/22 in support of their most recent relese Whatever It Takes. Hambone Relay will be performing at the Ardmore Music Hall Ardmore Music Hall on February 18th supoorting their recent relese Free Hugs. Visit our Concert Calendar for all the details. Hambone Relay will also be playing Dawson Street Pub in Manayunk 2/16 at late night show.


Recent Release: Whatever It Takes
Release Date: February 2, 2018
Release Label: Daptone Records


Recent Release: Free Hugs
Release Date: Nov. 4, 2016
Release Label: Sick, Brah! Records

Join us for the Free At Noon at World Cafe Live in Philadelphia, as Hardwork Movement performs a live midday concert on Friday



This week's Free At Noon is Hardwork Movement. If you can't make catch them at the Ardmore Music Hall March 30 at the Ardmore Music Hall. Visti the XPN Concert Calendar for details.


Recent Release: For The People
Release Date: September 15, 2017
Release Label: nicethingsMUSIC

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