AS PART OF WXPN’S 2021 XPONENTIAL MUSIC FESTIVAL
PRESENTED BY SUBARU
SEPTEMBER 17, 18 & 19, 2021
Tickets for general public to go on sale this Friday, July 9 at 10 AM ET
Additional artists added to Wiggins Park lineup
PHILADELPHIA (JULY 6, 2021): WXPN, the non-commercial, member-supported radio station of the University of Pennsylvania, today announced that it has partnered with promoter Live Nation to present TEDESCHI TRUCKS: FIRESIDE LIVE with special guest PIGEONS PLAYING PING PONG at BB&T Pavilion in Camden, New Jersey, on Saturday, evening, September 18, as part of WXPN’s 2021 XPoNential Music Festival presented by Subaru.
The annual three-day XPoNential Music Festival features the expertly curated mix of established and new artists enjoyed by WXPN members and listeners. This year’s festival will take place Friday, September 17, Saturday, September 18, and Sunday, September 19 at Wiggins Park, and at the adjacent BB&T Pavilion on the Camden, NJ riverfront.
Presale tickets for the September 18 show featuring TEDESCHI TRUCKS: FIRESIDE LIVE and PIGEONS PLAYING PING PONG at BB&T Pavilion will be available to WXPN members starting this Thursday, July 8 at 10 AM ET. Ticket links for the general public will be available at the festival’s website, xpnfest.org, starting this Friday, July 9 at 10 AM ET. WXPN’s 3-Day Pass and Saturday ticket include lawn access to this Saturday, Sept. 18 show at BB&T Pavilion.
TEDESCHI TRUCKS: FIRESIDE LIVE is a modified lineup of the Tedeschi Trucks Band, featuring between four and seven musicians and inspired by their successful at-home, online performance series from earlier this year, the Fireside Sessions. FIRESIDE LIVE brings to the stage the same intimate window into the band's creative chemistry that was on display during the Fireside Sessions. Fantasy Records will release Tedeschi Trucks Band’s Layla Revisited (Live At LOCKN') on Friday, July 16, a one-off live recording of the seminal Derek & The Dominos album Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs, performed in its entirety with special guest Trey Anastasio, that was recorded on August 24, 2019, at the LOCKN' Festival in Arlington, Virginia.
In addition, these artists have been added to the festival’s Wiggins Park lineup: TOMMY CONWELL AND THE YOUNG RUMBLERS, GREAT TIME, ANNA SHOEMAKER, ARTHUR THOMAS AND THE FUNKITORIUM, STELLA RUZE and HOOCHI COOCHI.
They join previously-announced artists DAWES, LOS LOBOS, THE RECORD COMPANY, SHOVELS & ROPE, ANI DIFRANCO, STRAND OF OAKS, DEVON GILFILLIAN, NICOLE ATKINS, CORY HENRY, ADIA VICTORIA, CHRISTONE "KINGFISH" INGRAM, JADE BIRD, SIERRA FERRELL, SOFÍA VALDÉS, MICHAELA ANNE, PAUL BEAUBRUN and LAKOU MIZIK. Additional performers will be announced.
The XPoNential Music Festival presented by Subaru is WXPN’s signature annual concert event that draws audiences from throughout the Greater Philadelphia area, Mid-Atlantic region, and Northeastern US. Produced in partnership with the Camden County Board of Commissioners, the family-friendly XPoNential Music Festival is known for convenient access via public transportation, natural amphitheaters that produce great sound, extensive food, drink, and vendor selections, and festival seating and riverfront promenades that offer spectacular views of the Delaware River and Philadelphia skyline.
Details about the XPoNential Music Festival are located at the festival website xpnfest.org and the festival hashtag is #xpnfest. Follow and share on Twitter at @xpnfest, on Facebook at facebook.com/xpnfest and Instagram at @wxpnfm.
WXPN, the nationally recognized leader in Triple A radio and the premier guide for discovering new and significant artists in rock, blues, roots, and folk, is the non-commercial, member-supported, public radio service of the University of Pennsylvania. WXPN produces World Cafe, public radio’s most popular program of popular music that is distributed by NPR to more than 200 U.S. radio stations, and the Peabody Award-winning Kids Corner. WXPN serves the greater Philadelphia area at 88.5 FM, the Lehigh Valley at 104.9 FM, Worton/Baltimore at 90.5 FM, Lancaster/York at 88.7 FM, Harrisburg at 99.7 FM, North Jersey/Poconos at 91.9 FM, and the world via online streaming at www.XPN.org. The WXPN app brings all of WXPN to any mobile device. WXPN produces XPoNential Radio on XPN2 as its secondary radio channel in HD, also available online. www.xpn.org.
About Live Nation
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Funds will enable creation of new artistic works
inspired by Philadelphia’s Black music history
PHILADELPHIA (MARCH 17, 2021): The Black Music City project announced today that it is distributing a total of $48,000 to 23 Black creatives in the greater Philadelphia area to produce new artistic works inspired by Philadelphia’s rich Black music history. Each recipient is receiving between $1,000 and $3,500 each.
The Black Music City grant recipients and new artistic projects are:
• Shekhinah B-Brown / The Tammi Terrell Project ($1,000)
Digital Art (photography, videography, illustration) honoring the late and great Tammi Terrell
• Nikki Brake-Silla / Lily on the Rise ($3,500)
Other; honoring Black Lily at The Five Spot
• Zeek Burse / Soul Sista (Reimagined) ($3,000)
Other/multimedia honoring Bilal’s “Soul Sista” album and the strength, soulfulness, beauty and brilliance of the Black Philly Woman
• Kendrah Butler / Sacred Spirituals: Inspired by the Spirit of Trudy Pitts ($3,500)
Music (song, project) honoring the legacy and compositional work of pianist and composer Trudy Pitts
• Kimberly Camp / Salute to Marian Anderson ($2,500)
Physical art (painting, drawing, sculpture) honoring Marian Anderson, the American contralto who was denied the stage at Constitution Hall by the Daughters of the American Revolution in 1939 because of her race
• Stanley Collins / The Seeds of Black Lily ($1,000)
Alternative audio (podcast, spoken word) honoring Black Lily Women in Music Series and the Philadelphia Soul movement of the late 1990s and early 2000s
• Anima Danquah / The Sound of Philly Mixtape ($1,000)
Digital art (photography, videography, illustration) honoring the evolution and influence of Philadelphia musicians
• Erin Dillard / Emospacebird ($1,000)
Music (song, project) honoring the late and great Sister Rosetta Tharpe
• Allen Green / Philly Musicians Give Back ($2,500)
Digital art (photography, videography, illustration) exploring the role social justice advocacy (protesting, fundraising, volunteering) played in Philly musicians’ lyrics and actions
• Noah-Harmony Harley / Sustaining the Sound of Freedom ($1,500)
Music (song, project) honoring Rufus Harley, Jr., the world’s first jazz bagpiper
• Victor Jackson / Princess of a Mountain and Referee of the Ring ($3,500)
Woodwork, poetry, aerosol painting honoring Tammi Terrell and Teddy Pendergrass
• Oronde Kairi / The Mighty Delfonics ($1,000)
Physical art (painting, drawing, sculpture) honoring legendary music group The Delfonics
• Joshua Lee / The Music of Frankie Fairfax ($2,000)
Music (song, project) celebrating the Black dance bands and dancers of Philadelphia during the 1930s and 40s
• John Morrison / Culture Cypher Magazine ($2,500)
Book/zine/print publication honoring Philadelphia’s music and arts culture through a creative approach to journalism and publishing
• Aniyak Munroe / Before Me ($2,500)
Digital art (photography, videography, illustration) honoring six musicians who came “before me” in time, depicting their immortality and timelessness through an Afro-Futurist landscape
• Warren Oree / Philly’s Hard Bop Sound Machine ($2,500)
Music (song, project) honoring Lee Morgan and the Philly contribution to hard bop jazz music
• M’Balia Singley / Meet Me On the Moon ($1,000)
Music (song, project) honoring Phyllis Hyman
• Monnette Sudler-Honesty / Woman to Woman: Comparing the Lives and Music of Trudy Pitts and Shirley Scott ($2,500)
Music (song, project) honoring Trudy Pitts and Shirley Scott
• Jamaaladeen Tacuma / Tribute to the Philly Rhythm Kings ($3,500)
Music (song, project) honoring bassist Ronnie Baker, guitarist Norman Harris and drummer Earl Young (the unsung rhythm section that helped create the early Philly sound)
• Oluwamuyiwa Togun / Ààro Méta (Three Stones) ($1,000)
Physical art (painting, drawing, sculpture), title of which is a Yoruba saying that refers to three stones representing stability, wisdom and unity and depicting three prominent Black female
musicians who have been or are known as pillars of the Philadelphia music and creative
• CrisTene’ Triplet / Black in Classical Music ($2,500)
Music (song, project) honoring Philadelphian Marian Anderson and the contribution of Blacks in classical music
• Yolanda Ward / Back In The Day ($1,000)
Physical artt (painting, drawing, sculpture) honoring Philly Soul (In A Time When Music Filled Your Every Moment)
• Kyra Williams / SIMBY Presents: The Voices of Sisterly Affection ($2,000)
Digital art (photography, videography, illustration) honoring the lasting contributions that Black women from Philly have made in music, from Billie Holiday to Tierra Whack
In December 2020, the new Black Music City collaboration between Philadelphia public music radio stations WXPN-FM and WRTI-FM and REC Philly announced that it had secured funding from Wyncote Foundation to award grants to Black creatives in the greater Philadelphia region, to help them create new projects that recognize and honor the influence of Philadelphia’s Black music history. Since that announcement, another $19,000 in sponsorship funding provided by Tito’s Handmade Vodka, and a donation by Philadelphians Dan and Marilyn Hauser has brought the total amount of grant money available to $48,000.
The deadline for applications was January 25, 2021 and more than 600 applications were received.The Black Music City Selection Committee, which determined the final list of recipients, are these Black Philadelphia professionals in the arts, media and business:
• Alex Holley, FOX-29 TV “Good Day Philadelphia” Anchor/Co-Host
• Dame and Yaya Horne, Creative Director and CEO, Co-Founders, Tiny Rooms for Elephants
• Chill Moody, Hip-Hop Artist, City of Philadelphia Music Ambassador
• Ashley Coleman Thomas, Senior Membership and Project Manager, Philadelphia Chapter of The Recording Academy
• Gerald Veasley, President, Jazz Philadelphia
• Dyana Williams, CEO, Influence Entertainment and Award-Winning Broadcaster
Gerald Veasley said, “Reviewing the submissions was an incredible reminder of the breadth and depth of talent we have in our city.” Chill Moody said, “We’re all excited to see these amazing jawns come to life.”
Work on the new creative projects will begin immediately. Videos hosted by artist and Black Music City spokesperson Suzann Christine and posted at BlackMusicCity.com will spotlight the journeys of some of these new creations. All new works must be completed by May 27, with exhibition and distribution of the videos and final artwork taking place during June, which is African American Music Appreciation Month.
More information about Black Music City is available at www.blackmusiccity.com. Follow and share about the project using #blackmusiccity.
Note: Artist images and interviews are available.
About Black Music City Project Partners
Black Music City is a project designed to honor Philadelphia's rich Black music history by inspiring and supporting today's Black creatives. Black Music City is a collaboration between WXPN-FM, the non-commercial music radio service of the University of Pennsylvania; WRTI-FM, the non-commercial music radio service of Temple University; and REC Philly, an ecosystem that empowers independent creators. Black Music City is made possible with support from Wyncote Foundation.
National radio documentary series and special events will produce in-depth look at
the many influences of Haitian music on New Orleans’ culture
PHILADELPHIA (JANUARY 12, 2021): A new year-long project that explores and celebrates the influences of Haiti on New Orleans’ famed music, culture and community is being launched today by Philadelphia public music radio station WXPN.
Kanaval: Haitian Rhythms and the Music of New Orleans is a compelling story that is being told through a content-rich website and a national radio documentary set to air in February during Black History Month, in addition to a series of special musical, theatrical and community events.
“As we’ve done with our Peabody Award-nominated Gospel Roots of Rock & Soul project and previous ones examining Mississippi Blues and Zydeco Crossroads, our Kanaval project is an in-depth exploration of a significant contributor to modern popular music,” said WXPN General Manager Roger LaMay. “The history and influence documented in Kanaval is an important but largely unheralded chapter in Black history and through it, we hope to help change the unjust narrative about Haiti as a nation of poor immigrants to one that has contributed significantly to our music and culture.”
Distributed through NPR, the Kanaval audio docu-series ties the nation of Haiti and city of New Orleans through an historical perspective, focusing on the music that connects them. It is produced by Alex Lewis, an award-winning independent radio producer and musician whose projects include Going Black: The Legacy of Philly Soul Radio, and WXPN’s Gospel Roots of Rock and Soul, among many other projects. WXPN Assistant Station Manager Bruce Warren and General Manager Roger LaMay are the project’s executive producers, and the series is hosted by New Orleans-based, Haitian-American singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Leyla McCalla, a founding member of Our Native Daughters and alumna of the GRAMMYⓇ award-winning Carolina Chocolate Drops.
In the audio docu-series, Haitian musician Paul Beaubrun summarizes the primary theme of the project when he says, “In Haiti we have beauty, we have art, food, dance, music, and all of that keeps us through hard times. We came through slavery to make this world a better place and through the freedom to express this in the music, you hear the resilience, the rhythms and it connects straight to New Orleans."
In addition to the radio docu-series, newly-reported stories on Haiti's cultural/music influences will air as part of WXPN’s NPR-syndicated program World Cafe® and on New Orleans NPR member station WWNO-FM.
Scheduled for May 2021, the live theater event and Philadelphia premiere of Breaking the Thermometer to Hide the Fever will be presented at Fringe Arts in Philadelphia. Combining storytelling, video projection, archival audio, and dance, it is set to new music by Leyla McCalla, and directed by another New Orleans-based artist, Kiyoko McCrae. This vivid performance recounts the legacy of Radio Inter-Haiti, the country’s first privately-owned, Creole-language radio station and the assassination of its owner, Jean Dominique, in 2000.
Various virtual Kanaval music events are planned to take place during summer 2021 and as part of the 2021 XPoNential Music Festival, WXPN’s annual music festival, September 17-19. In partnership with the Preservation Hall Foundation, the project will culminate in a Philly Krewe du Kanaval Ball extravaganza featuring Haitian and New Orleans artists, scheduled for late 2021-early 2022.
As part of its outreach efforts to the local Haitian community, WXPN has assembled an advisory group to help coordinate events and facilitate conversations supporting this project.
Major support for Kanaval: Haitian Rhythms and the Music of New Orleans has been provided by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, with additional funding from the Wyncote Foundation. The Kanaval audio-docuseries is also supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.