Little Hurricane will head up a double-header outdoor Free at Noon on Friday, September 12th, at the Porch at 30th Street Station. The San Diego blues-rock duo this year formed in 2010 and quickly developed a reputation for its tremendous live energy, something that’s taken it to the stages of Lollapalooza and Austin City Limits. This year the band released its second album of original material, Gold Fever, though it also released a collection of cover songs in 2013 called Stay Classy, where it tackled popular favorites from Bill Withers to Elbow. Tune in to Free at Noon on your radio at 88.5 FM or RSVP to join us in person at The Porch at 30th Street on September 12th.
Joining the band is Philadelphia’s New Sound Brass, who you may remember as the marching band that led the XPoNential Music Festival audience from Wiggins Park to the Susquehanna Bank Center this summer. The band also performed at 2nd Street Festival this year, opened for PhillyBloco at World Cafe Live, and generally has become renowned for its lively and crowd participatory arrangements of popular songs reimagined in the brass band tradition. Tune in to Free at Noon on your radio at 88.5 FM or RSVP to join us in person at The Porch at 30th Street on September 5th.
The infectious pop-rock trio Jukebox The Ghost returns to the Free At Noon stage this week for the second time, playing fresh material as well as old favorites. The band just wrapped a North American tour with A Great Big World and spent part of the spring doing a mini-tour playing original sets and cover sets for fans. Safe Travels, the band’s third full-length album, was released in 2012, and they’ve recently put out two catchy new singles, “The Great Unknown” in May and "Sound of a Broken Heart” this month. Jukebox is currently working on its as-yet untitled fourth LP; join us to hear the new tunes and old faves at the performance or listen in at 88.5 FM or xpn.org.
Seasoned reggae artists SOJA bring their acclaimed sounds to World Cafe this Friday for a live performance at WXPN Free at Noon concert. To date, the Virginia-based band has released five albums starting with 2002's Peace in a Time of War, all the way up to 2012's Strength to Survive. However, that's set to change this week when SOJA's releases their sixth LP, Amid the Noise and Haste, comes out on ATO Records. Get a taste of the new music by joining us at our live midday concert on Friday when the band perform their last East Coast show of the summer.
Rockabilly specialist J.D. McPherson will grace the stage for this week's edition of Free at Noon, making for a swinging midday dance party downstairs at World Cafe Live. The Oklahoma native released his album Signs and Signifiers in 2012 and is currently on tour, gearing up for the release of his sophomore album next year and playing at Steel Stacks in Bethlehem for this year's Musikfest on August 8th. Before he makes the trek out to Bethlehem, he’ll play a live midday set at the Free At Noon. Join us at World Cafe Live on August 8th for a rockin' free performance, or tune in at 88.5 FM or xpn.org.
Trigger Hippy is a roots rock powerhouse formed in 2009, whose prominent members include guitarist Jackie Greene and drummer Steve Gorman of The Black Crowes, along with longtime singer/songwriter Joan Osbourne. The band joins us for a live midday concert on Friday, August 1st. So far, Trigger Hippy has only released one self-titled EP - four songs of blistering, blues-infused rock and roll – along with a live album recorded at the 2012 Wanee Festival in Live Oak, Florida. But they have plans to release a new album soon later this year, after they perform at WXPN's XPoNential Festival on Sunday July 27. Later on this summer, they'll headline the Ardmore Music Hall in Ardmore, Pa on August 16, get tickets here.