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PHILADELPHIA (MAY 28, 2020): Philadelphia public radio station WXPN is producing a summer-long slate of special music programming, with some in place of the WXPN live music events that its members and listeners typically enjoy each summer but that have been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

In place of its now-cancelled, annual 3-day XPoNential Music Festival taking place on the Delaware Riverfront in late July, fans can revisit past years’ performances online, when WXPN presents “XPNFest Fridays.” Two complete, back-to-back concerts from the festival archives will be available every Friday night at 7 PM during June and July, with full sets by Courtney Barnett (2015) and Low Cut Connie (2019) kicking the series off on Friday, June 5.

More festival celebrating will take place with the “XPNFest Weekend” from Friday, July 24 through Sunday, July 26, featuring archived XPoNential Music Festival performances as well as new and exclusive performances by selected artists who were scheduled to perform at this year’s event: Archived festival performances will be available online on July 24 and 25, and exclusive new concerts recorded and provided by artists will be online and on-air Sunday, July 26. Fans can talk about the event and share using the #XPNFest hashtag.

“We’re excited that some of the artists who were to have performed at this year’s XPoNential Music Festival are providing these exclusive concerts just for WXPN members and listeners,” said WXPN General Manager Roger LaMay. “It speaks to the strong connection that artists have with WXPN audiences, even during this extraordinarily challenging time.”

In addition to events celebrating WXPN’s summer XPoNential Music Festival:

  • More artists will perform exclusively for WXPN and its nationally-syndicated daily music program World Cafe, in the “World Cafe Instagram Live Happy Hour” every Tuesday and Thursday during June, from 5 PM to 5:30 PM. Amos Lee and Jaime Wyatt will be the first artists to perform in this new online series when it starts on June 2, with future performances coming from The Lone Bellow, The War and Treaty, Lo Moon, Shakey Graves, Katie Pruitt, Mondo Cozmo, Marcus King, Squirrel Flower, Dizzy and more.
  • Some of Philly’s hottest new talent will be showcased in a “Live and Local” concert on WXPN’s Instagram at 6 PM every Thursday in June, which will launch June 4 with performances by American Trappist, Lizdelise, Getem and Lily McKown.
  • “Throwback Thursday,” a favorite WXPN summertime music feature, returns with a different music theme each week from 6 AM to 7 PM during June, July and August. The first “Throwback Thursday” theme of the summer will be the year 1970 when the feature re-launches June 4.
  • In an echo of last summer's wildly popular, as-it-happened replay of the original 4-day Woodstock music festival, broadcast during the festival’s 50th anniversary, Woodstock’s 51st anniversary will be celebrated August 10-16 by WXPN, when it broadcasts the festival’s music sets and stage announcements throughout the week and weekend.
All information about WXPN and its special summer programming can be found at xpn.org. For ways to listen and enjoy WXPN, visit https://xpn.org/about-xpn/ways-to-stream-wxpn. Follow WXPN on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.