Sonny Landreth | photo by Brittany Salerno for WXPN // Martha Stuckey | photo courtesy of the artist // New Sound Brass | photo by Rachel Del Sordo for WXPN
Celebrate World Cafe Live’s 15th Anniversary with New Sound Brass, Martha Stuckey, Sonny Landreth, and more
This week, Philly venue World Cafe Live celebrates 15 years at 3025 Walnut Street, and to mark the occasion, the first five days of the month are packed with programming.
The festivities kick off tonight with a sold-out performance by singer-songwriter icon Lucinda Williams, who is on the road for an anniversary of her own — 20 years since the release of her breakout album Car Wheels on a Gravel Road.
Couldn’t get tickets for tonight? The venue has plenty more going on this week.
The official 15-year celebration takes place on Wednesday, October 2nd; it’s a free concert by party-rocking Philly second line band New Sound Brass, who will be joined by theater artist and singer songwriter Martha Stuckey.[vuhaus category=”videos” item=”new-sound-brass-band-nsb-anthem-key-studio-session” ][/vuhaus]
On Thursday, October 3rd, Philly rock four-piece Dominy plays the latest in the venue’s series of tribute shows — in their case, they’ll be on the upstairs stage playing the music of The Rolling Stones, whose influence you can very much hear in their sound.
On the downstairs stage, Sonny Landreth — the “inventive and unpredictable slide-guitar player” from Lafayette, Louisiana, per NPR’s World Cafe — headlines the downstairs stage of World Cafe Live. Tickets are available for the show, which will also be broadcast live on WXPN beginning at 9 p.m.
On Friday, October 4th, famed Philadelphia keyboardist James Poyser of The Roots will host Future X Sounds, an all star jam featuring Killiam Shakespeare, Donn T and Chill Moody’ collaborative project &More, as well as George “Spanky” McCurdy, Jaleel Shaw, and Mononeon.
World Cafe Live’s run of anniversary shows concludes with another anniversary — a headlining concert by Philly Brazilian music ensemble Alô Brasil on Saturday, October 5th. But there’s a lot more to pay attention to throughout the month.
On October 10th, the venue’s excellent Spotlight Series of free concerts brings two singer-songwriters — Anchorage’s Quinn Christopherson and Philly’s Overwinter — to the upstairs stage, while the much-hyped tribute to Miles Davis’ In A Silent Waytakes place downstairs. On October 12th, singer-guitarist Azniv Korkejian brings her dreamlike project Bedouine to the upstairs stage. The woman-centered Taureg guitar ensemble Les Filles de Illighadad comes to the upstairs stage on October 17th. And Helmet‘s 30 years x 30 cities x 30-song set x No Openers tour hits the World Cafe Live downstairs stage on October 25th.
Tickets and more information on all these shows can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar.