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Ted Leo will perform a solo set starting at 7:30 pm. Both Leo’s performance and the one following it at 8:15 pm by soul and R&B artist Lee Fields & The Expressions will be broadcast live by WXPN 88.5 FM.

Since 1990, Ted Leo has been known for his influential songwriting and for leading such innovative bands as Chisel, the Sin Eaters and Ted Leo & The Pharmacists, along with his production and playing with other noted bands. In the last couple of years, Leo has been performing with fellow guitarist/singer/songwriter Aimee Mann as The Both, who most recently headlined at Philadelphia’s Union Transfer in early May.

The 2nd Annual Make Music Philly event aligns Philadelphia with hundreds of other U.S. and global cities that celebrate the role of music in our lives by presenting free amateur and professional music performances all day on June 21, the summer solstice and longest day of the year. In the U.S., the celebration is known collectively as National Music Day. Make Music Philly is organized by WXPN and the City of Philadelphia’s Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy, with the support of local sponsors, venues and volunteers.

All details, along with a list of the many scheduled Make Music Philly free performances searchable by performer, venue/performance space, Philly neighborhood, time, and music genre, can be found at the Make Music Philly website: http://MakeMusicPhilly.org.

ALL DAY – ALL OVER – ALL FREE!

Tickets go on sale May 1st to general public for 3-day festival on the Camden waterfront Friday, July 25 through Sunday, July 27



PHILADELPHIA (APRIL 17, 2014) – THE HOLD STEADY, LAKE STREET DIVE, RODRIGO Y GABRIELA and many more will join previously-announced artists RYAN ADAMS, JENNY LEWIS, DAWES, BECK, BAND OF HORSES and THE DISTRICTS for the three-day 2014 XPoNential Music Festival presented by Subaru taking place Friday, July 25 through Sunday, July 27 at Camden County, New Jersey’s Wiggins Park and Susquehanna Bank Center. The acclaimed annual music festival is organized and produced by WXPN, the nationally-recognized leader in Triple A (Adult Album Alternative) music and noncommercial radio service of the University of Pennsylvania, in partnership with Susquehanna Bank Center and the Camden County Board of Freeholders.

“The XPoNential Music Festival is always a musical summer centerpiece, and this year’s lineup wonderfully combines known XPN favorites with new bands that concertgoers are going to fall in love with,” said WXPN General Manager Roger LaMay.

ARTISTS*
As with previous years, the festival will showcase an exciting mix of performances by national, local, heritage and up-and-coming artists:

RODGRIGO Y GABRIELATRIGGER HIPPY (feat. JOAN OSBORNE, JACKIE GREEN and STEVE GORMAN)
LAKE STREET DIVE
OLD 97’S THE HOLD STEADY
LUCIUS HURRAY FOR THE RIFF RAFF
MAN MAN C.J. CHENIER & THE RED HOT LOUISIANA BAND
NICOLE ATKINS DIEGO GARCIA
JAMES COTTON HOUNDMOUTH
J. RODDY WALSTON & THE BUSINESS DAVE HAUSE
MARAH JEREMY MESSERSMITH
CAITLIN ROSE BEAR’S DEN
THE LAWSUITS MARIAN HILL
GINGER COYLE OUR GRIFFINS
VIV AND THE REVIVAL COMMONWEALTH CHOIR
*Additional artists will be announced. Lineup subject to change.

TICKETS
Starting today, April 17, new and renewing WXPN members who pledge $25 a month will receive two 3-day festival passes that include lawn admission to RYAN ADAMS/JENNY LEWIS/DAWES show at the Susquehanna Bank Center on Sat., July 26 and to BECK/BAND OF HORSES/THE DISTRICTS there on Sun., July 27, plus WXPN membership for a year that also includes free beverages and artist meet-and-greets during the XPoNential Music Festival. Pledges can be made by calling 1-800-565-WXPN or online.

Tickets will be available starting Thursday, May 1 for WXPN members and the general public, with these options:

-Through July 14, the 3-Day Go Everywhere Pass (includes lawn admission to Susquehanna Bank Center for RYAN ADAMS/JENNY LEWIS/DAWES on Sat., July 26 and BECK/BAND OF HORSES/THE DISTRICTS on Sun., July 27) will be $60 each for WXPN members, and $120 each for the general public. Beginning July 15, the price will be $70 each for WXPN members and $140 each for general public.

-Through July 14, the 3-Day Wiggins & Garden Pass (does not include access to Susquehanna Bank Center shows on July 26 & July 27) will be $45 each for WXPN members, and $90 each for the general public. Beginning July 15, the price will be $55 each for WXPN members, and $110 each for general public.

-Starting on July 15, the 1-Day Wiggins & Garden Pass will cost $30 each for WXPN members and $60 each for the general public, pending availability (does not include access to Susquehanna Bank Center shows on Sat., July 26 and Sun., July 27).

-A 1-Day Kids Pass for kids ages 2 through 12 will be available in advance online and at the festival gate box office for $5 each.

-Tickets for reserved seats for the Susquehanna Bank Center shows on Sat., July 26 with RYAN ADAMS/ JENNY LEWIS/DAWES and on Sun., July 27 with BECK/BAND OF HORSES/THE DISTRICTS are available now at LiveNation.com and do not include access to Wiggins Park shows and activities.

ABOUT THE XPONENTIAL MUSIC FESTIVAL Now in its 10th year at Wiggins Park and its third year at the adjacent Susquehanna Bank Center, the 2014 XPoNential Music Festival presented by Subaru features a lineup of established and up-and-coming artists as heard on the award-winning Philadelphia public radio station WXPN 88.5 FM.

Wiggins Park is located on the Camden, NJ waterfront, between the Adventure Aquarium and the Susquehanna Bank Center, and features a promenade along the Delaware River with spectacular views of the river and Philadelphia skyline, a natural amphitheatre for great sound, easy access to public transportation, lush open green spaces and the nearby Adventure Aquarium. WXPN offers a variety of family-friendly activities throughout the festival, and food and craft vendors provide sustenance and enhance the festival atmosphere.

Festival gates will open at 5 pm on Fri., July 25 and at 11:30 am on Sat., July 26 and Sun., July 27. The Kids Corner area in the Children’s Garden at Wiggins Park will be open on Sat., July 26 and Sun., July 27 from 11:30 am to 6 pm.

For more information or to access XPoNential Music Festival archives, visit http://xpn.org/xponential-music-festival. Hashtag for talking about the festival on social media is #xpnfest.

WXPN AND SUSQUEHANNA BANK CENTER TEAM UP AGAIN FOR
THE 2014 XPONENTIAL MUSIC FESTIVAL PRESENTED BY SUBARU


• RYAN ADAMS, JENNY LEWIS and DAWES perform Saturday, July 26
• BECK, BAND OF HORSES and THE DISTRICTS perform Sunday, July 27

Tickets for the SBC shows go on sale Friday, April 11 at Noon

PHILADELPHIA (APRIL 7, 2014) - WXPN, the nationally-recognized leader in Triple A (Adult Album Alternative) music and noncommercial radio service of the University of Pennsylvania, announced at 5 pm ET today that it has again teamed up with promoter Live Nation to present concerts at the Susquehanna Bank Center in Camden, New Jersey on Saturday, July 26 and Sunday, July 27 as part of the 2014 XPoNential Music Festival Presented by Subaru. RYAN ADAMS, JENNY LEWIS and DAWES will perform on Saturday night, July 26, and BECK, BAND OF HORSES and THE DISTRICTS will perform on Sunday night, July 27.

The three-day XPoNential Music Festival isreturning tothe Camden, NJ waterfront from Friday, July 25th through Sunday, July 27th, featuring outstanding performances taking place at both Wiggins Park and the Susquehanna Bank Center. Reserved tickets for the concerts at the Susquehanna Bank Center on Saturday, July 26 and Sunday, July 27 will go on sale online this Wednesday, April 9 starting at 10am to WXPN members. Reserved tickets for the general public will be available this Friday, April 11 starting at 12pm/noon through Ticketmaster.com, the Live Nation box office, at the Susquehanna Bank Center, and by phone at 1-800-745-3000.
This year’s 3-Day Go-Everywhere Pass to the XPoNential Music Festival will include lawn seat admission to the Susquehanna Bank Center concerts on July 26 and July 27. Tickets for the XPoNential Music Festival will be available starting Thursday, April 17, when the full three-day lineup is announced.

“We’re really pleased to be able to work with our friends at SBC to put together a lineup of core XPN artists that we’ve been playing since their debuts to headline our weekend on the river. I can’t wait,” said WXPN General Manager Roger LaMay.
The XPoNential Music Festival presented by Subaru, now in its 10th year at Wiggins Park and its third year at the adjacent Susquehanna Bank Center, is produced in partnership with the Camden County Board of Freeholders and features a lineup of established and up-and-coming artists heard on the award-winning Philadelphia public radio station, along with a variety of family-friendly activities throughout the festival.
Wiggins Park is located on the Camden Waterfront, between the Adventure Aquarium and the Susquehanna Bank Center, and features a promenade along the Delaware River with spectacular views of the river and Philadelphia skyline, a natural amphitheatre for great sound, easy access to public transportation, lush open green spaces and the nearby Adventure Aquarium.
For more information or to access festival archives, visit http://xpn.org/xponential-music-festival.

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ABOUT WXPN
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 radio service of the University of Pennsylvania. WXPN produces World Cafe®public radio’s most popular program of popular music hosted by David Dye and syndicated by NPR, and the Peabody Award-winning Kids Cornerhosted by Kathy O’Connell. WXPN also produces XPoNential Radio on XPN2 stream as its secondary radio channel in HD. WXPN serves the greater Philadelphia area at 88.5 FM, the Lehigh Valley at 104.9, Worton/Baltimore at 90.5 FM, Lancaster/York at 88.7 FM, Harrisburg at 99.7 FM and the world via online streaming at XPN.org.

ABOUT LIVE NATION ENTERTAINMENT
Live Nation Entertainment (NYSE: LYV) is the world’s leading live entertainment company comprised of four market leaders: Ticketmaster, Live Nation Concerts, Artist Nation Management and Live Nation Media/Sponsorship. For additional information, visit www.livenation.com/investors.

ABOUT SUSQUEHANNA BANK CENTER
The Susquehanna Bank Center is the premier outdoor venue in the Philadelphia metro area to catch the summer's hottest touring acts. The Susquehanna Bank Center box office is located on the Delaware River waterfront at 1 Harbour Blvd. in Camden, NJ. The Susquehanna Center opened in 1995 and has changed names multiple times, from the Blockbuster-Sony Music Entertainment Centre to the Tweeter Center in 2001 and to the Susquehanna Bank Center in 2008. The facility can be used year-round with capabilities of seating 25,000 in the summer and closing off to a 7,000-seat venue in the fall and winter. Some of the most popular Susquehanna Bank Center tickets have included Radiohead, The Who, Pearl Jam, Jimmy Buffett, Foo Fighters, Jack Johnson, Dave Matthews Band and Phish.

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PHILADELPHIA (MARCH 5, 2014): Philadelphia public radio station WXPN will bring the sounds of the nation’s biggest music gathering to listeners locally and nationwide with expanded presentations of live music broadcasts and special programming during the 2014 South By Southwest (SXSW) Music Conference taking place in Austin, Texas from March 11-16.

From Monday, March 10 through Friday, March 14, WXPN’s syndicated World Cafe music and interview program will present Sense of Place: Austin. The Sense of Place series gives listeners an idea of the past and present of a specific area’s local music scene and offers some pointers for musicians, music-lovers and visitors. Highlights of Sense of Place: Austin will be:

Monday, March 10:
World Cafe Next artist Orthy in a full band session; an interview and live performance from Austin-based musician Alejandro Escovedo, along with his comments about Austin; interview with Jim Eno of the Austin-based band Spoon.

Tuesday, March 11:
Interview and performance by Austin singer-songwriter Shakey Graves; NPR Music’s Bob Boilen’s picks for this year’s SXSW; interview with SXSW Producer/Founder Roland Swenson.

Wednesday, March 12:
Interview and performance by Austin band Wild Child; five new bands to watch as recommended by Austin radio station’s KUTX’s Matt Reilly (with five songs available for download).

Thursday, March 13:
Live performances and interviews with Austin artists Patty Griffin and The Black Angels; interview with KUTX’s Jody Denberg on Austin’s music history; and a Latin Roots special full band session with Austin’s Grupo Fantasma.

Friday, March 14:
Interviews and live performances with four bands recorded live in Austin on the previous day (Thursday, March 13): Kins, Phox, Wye Oak and Bright Light Social Hour.

Additionally, on Thursday, March 13, World Cafe will be part of this year’s KUTX Live at the Four Seasons annual morning radio show artist showcase and broadcast, featuring the four bands that will be heard on Sense of Place: Austin the following day. According to World Cafe host David Dye, "SXSW is ground zero for music discovery and Austin has such a rich history of music that we’re using the week to reflect a portion of it, and to introduce our audiences to some new sounds."

And on Friday, March 14, WXPN will again be one of five public radio stations that are banding together to present the SXSW Radio Day Stage public radio concert broadcast and webcast from the Austin Convention Center starting at 11 AM CT/12 PM ET. The following artists’ performances will be broadcast and streamed on WXPN, KUTX-FM/Austin, KXT-FM/Dallas, WFUV-FM/New York and The Current/Minneapolis. This schedule of artists will be heard on WXPN in Philadelphia at these times:

  • 1 PM ET: Lucius
  • 2 PM ET: The Hold Steady
  • 3 PM ET: Phantogram
  • 4 PM ET: Jeremy Messersmith
  • 5 PM ET: Temples
  • 5:30PM ET: Damon Albarn
[Note: The SWSW Radio Day Stage concerts broadcast on Friday, March 14 will mean that the WXPN broadcast of World Cafe will be heard from 7 PM to 9PM ET for that day only.]

The Sense of Place series is made possible by the Wyncote Foundation. World Cafe, which airs from 2 pm to 4 pm ET Monday through Friday on its home station, WXPN 88.5 FM Philadelphia, is nationally syndicated to more than 225 radio stations by NPR.

To find a World Cafe affiliate, look here. For more information about World Cafe, visit http://xpn.org/world-cafe. Follow World Cafe on Tumblr at http://worldcafe.tumblr.com and on Twitter and Instagram at @WorldCafe. For information about WXPN, visit http://xpn.org/.

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About WXPN
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 radio service of the University of Pennsylvania. WXPN produces World Cafe® public radio’s most popular program of popular music hosted by David Dye and syndicated by NPR, and the Peabody Award-winning Kids Corner hosted by Kathy O’Connell. WXPN also produces the XPN2 Singer-Songwriter Radio stream as its secondary radio channel in HD. WXPN serves the greater Philadelphia area at 88.5 FM, the Lehigh Valley at 104.9, Worton/Baltimore at 90.5 FM, Lancaster/York at 88.7 FM, Harrisburg at 99.7 FM and the world via online streaming at XPN.org.

REGISTRATION NOW OPEN FOR INAUGURAL ‘KINDIECOMM’ EVENT


New annual gathering of kids and family music community will take place at World Cafe Live in Philadelphia on June 28-29

PHILADELPHIA (FEBRUARY 24, 2014): Early registration is now open for the inaugural KindieComm, to be presented by public radio station WXPN-FM and its award-winning Kids Corner radio program on June 28 and 29 at World Cafe Live in Philadelphia.



The focus of KindieComm is on creating, distributing and promoting independent music for kids. “This new annual gathering will inspire and inform musicians and the community of folks who support and maintain the Kindie music genre,” said Kids Corner host Kathy O’Connell.



• The festivities begin for KindieComm 2014 participants on Friday night, June 27 with a casual mingling event.

• A full day of networking opportunities and special-topic sessions, followed by an KindieComm industry showcase, is scheduled for Saturday, June 28.

• On Sunday, June 29, a Kids Corner Music Festival showcase (for which separate tickets will be available) will feature such renowned kindie musicians as Dan Zanes and Lucky Diaz, among others.

For full information and to register for KindieComm 2014, visit http://kindiecomm.org .  For more information about Kids Corner, visit http://kidscorner.org, and WXPN’s website is http://xpn.org.

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ABOUT KIDS CORNER & KIDS CORNER MUSIC FESTIVAL

Airing weeknights from 7pm to 8pm on WXPN-FM 88.5 FM, Kids Corner is WXPN’s live, interactive radio show for children that has earned more than two dozen broadcasting awards during its 26 years of broadcasting, including the prestigious George Foster Peabody Award, which recognizes outstanding achievement in radio and television broadcasting. The show’s primary mission is to provide a stimulating variety of educational and entertaining topics, guests and music for children ages 6 to 13. The program also serves as a resource for parents, educators and professionals in child-related fields. Since March 2010, the Kids Corner Music Festival series has entertained more than 4,000 persons at events presented in Philadelphia, Central Pennsylvania and Wilmington, Delaware. With a mission to present quality music that the entire family can enjoy, these festivals showcase some of the newest and most popular sounds heard nightly on Kids Corner.

 

Special Beatles music programming from Mon. Feb. 3 through Fri. Feb. 7 PHILADELPHIA (JANUARY 29, 2014): To commemorate and celebrate the 50th anniversary of The Beatles' historic arrival in the U.S., WXPN-FM will present special Beatles music programming from Monday, February 3 through Friday, February 7 that honors the most influential band in rock music history. When The Beatles Hit America Week on WXPN will feature multiple Beatles and Beatles-related music features throughout the day, including:
  • The Morning Show (6am-10am) hosted by Michaela Majoun will focus on one Beatles album each day, with listeners choosing their favorite album song for the show’s daily "Select-A-Song" feature
  • The Leicht Lunch (12 pm) with host Helen Leicht will feature these Beatles music themes:
    • - Monday, Feb. 3: Songs that mention The Beatles
    • - Tuesday, Feb. 4: Solo Beatles’ music
    • - Thursday, Feb. 6: Covers of Beatles songs
  • The A Side At Five (5 pm), presented by host Dan Reed with listener input, will consist of a unforgettable five-song set of Beatles’ music
  • All day Friday, February 7, music from The Beatles and their members’ solo music will be played throughout the day Like most music lovers, WXPN midday host Helen Leicht has indelible memories from the week that The Beatles became a part of our lives, and what it's meant to her since: "I remember seeing The Beatles on The Ed Sullivan Show like it was yesterday. From that moment the transistor radio was always by my side. I needed to hear every new song and had to buy every teen magazine to follow their lives. I saw The Beatles at JFK Stadium in Philadelphia in August 1966. They were such an important part of my life that at the beginning of my radio career I began Breakfast with the Beatles in October 1976 on WIOQ, which aired Sunday mornings from 10-11am. It was a wonderful way to remember their music and involve the listeners, much like WXPN’s When The Beatles Hit America Week will be."

WXPN will present the annual WXPN Musicians On Call Benefit Concert hosted by Helen Leicht on Thursday, February 20, 2014 at World Cafe Live in Philadelphia, featuring Matt Nathanson in a duo performance. Chris Kasper will open the show, with doors opening at 7pm and showtime at 7:30pm. Tickets are available now at http://xpn.org/events/musicians-on-call-benefit.

PHILADELPHIA (DECEMBER 16, 2013): Gennine Uliasz has joined WXPN,

Uliasz is responsible for collaborating with WXPN and World Cafe producers and staff to create engaging, shareable, multi-media content for WXPN’s website, The Key blog, and World Cafe on xpn.org, in addition to editorial projects, special events and social media.

Special Steel City broadcast on Wednesday, December 11

PHILADELPHIA (NOVEMBER 27, 2013): For a special one-day edition of its Sense of Place series, the syndicated World Cafe radio program will explore the music of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, featuring exclusive interviews and music performances that will be broadcast on Wednesday, December 11.

Also encourages donating to charitable organizations that “give” all year long

PHILADELPHIA (NOVEMBER 25, 2013): WXPN is participating in Giving Tuesday on Tuesday, December 3 by conducting a one-day, on-air fund drive. Giving Tuesday is an international day of giving that celebrates and encourages charitable activities, and support of nonprofit organizations that give to our communities all year.