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Tune in to the Free At Noon at World Cafe Live in Philadelphia, as Calexico and Brian Wilson Day perform a live midday concert on Thursday.

THIS FREE AT NOON CONCERT IS SOLD OUT

Tune in to the Free At Noon Doubleheader at World Cafe Live in Philadelphia, as Brandi Carlile and Zella Day perform a live midday concert on Thursday.

THIS FREE AT NOON CONCERT IS SOLD OUT

Join us for the Free At Noon at World Cafe Live in Philadelphia, as Jonatha Brooke performs a live midday concert on Friday.



Joining us this week for Free at Noon is Jonatha Brooke. The Boston singer-songwriter got her start in the early nineties while at Amherst, performing in a duo called The Story. Ten solo records and two decades later, Brooke has now completed a very different kind of project. My Mother Has 4 Noses is an album and stage play that chronicles Brooke's experiences while caring for her mother, who was diagnosed with Alzheimers and moved in with her daughter in 2010. The play opened off Broadway in February of last year and comes to People's Light in Malvern for a run of dates in June. Join us at World Cafe Live for this special Free at Noon performance by RSVP-ing or tune into the live broadcast at 88.5FM and XPN.org.





Recent Release: My Mother Has 4 Noses
Release Date: February 18, 2014
Label: Bad Dog Records

Free at noon is free for you, but not for us!

WXPN members account for over 50% of our operating budget. Without members, Free at Noon wouldn’t exist! Become a member today and receive the Free at Noon

"Ten Years of Live Lunches at World Cafe Live" CD!


Made possible by support from XPN Members, Comcast, and Septa.

May’s Artist To Watch is Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear.
The Free At Noon at World Cafe Live in Philadelphia is SOLD OUT, as Lord Huron performs a live midday concert on Friday.



This week’s Free at Noon will feature indie folk favorites Lord Huron. Hailing from Los Angeles, the band’s debut Lonesome Dreams gained praise and recognition from the likes of NPR and Stereogum. The band’s deep rooted country/folk sounds, along with their name, reflect Lake Huron that spans the Michigan and Ontario shores. Lord Huron founder Ben Schneider grew up visiting the lake and credits it for inspiring the group's musical sound. Their latest single is the lighthearted "Fool For Love,” which will appear on their new Strange Trails. The band kicks off a five-month tour starting April 22nd, stopping to play a sold-out show Philadelphia's Union Transfer on the first of May. Be sure not to miss them earlier that day as they hit the World Cafe Live stage for Free at noon. Join us by RSVP-ing for the performance or tune into the broadcast at 88.5 FM or XPN.org.





Recent Release: Strange Trails
Release Date: April 7, 2015
Label: IAMSOUND

Free at noon is free for you, but not for us!

WXPN members account for over 50% of our operating budget. Without members, Free at Noon wouldn’t exist! Become a member today and receive the Free at Noon

"Ten Years of Live Lunches at World Cafe Live" CD!


Made possible by support from XPN Members, Comcast, and Septa.

ATTENTION The Waterboys Free At Noon Concert has been CANCELED due to illness.


This week’s Free at Noon features the eclectic collection of individuals that is The Waterboys. The band formed in 1983 and their sound has been dubbed "The Big Music”; their hit "Pagan Place" captured the essence of what they're about.

Led by founder and occasional solo performer Mike Scott based in Scotland, with members hailing from Ireland, and England, the band has released eleven albums over three decades; their most recent album, Modern Blues, was released on January 19th of this year. The alternative rock group is rich in history and influential to bands such as U2 and Simple Minds, and headlines the Keswick Theatre on Thursday April 23rd; don't miss them this Friday at World Cafe Live. Join us by RSVP-ing for the performance below or tune into the broadcast at 88.5 FM or XPN.org.



Recent Release: Modern Blues
Release Date: April 7, 2015
Label: Kobalt

Free at noon is free for you, but not for us!

WXPN members account for over 50% of our operating budget. Without members, Free at Noon wouldn’t exist! Become a member today and receive the Free at Noon

"Ten Years of Live Lunches at World Cafe Live" CD!


Made possible by support from XPN Members, Comcast, and Septa.

April 2015 CD of the Month
Tune in to the Free At Noon Doubleheader at World Cafe Live in Philadelphia, as Mason Porter and The Chris Kasper Band perform a live midday concert on Friday.


This week’s Free at Noon concert will feature Philadelphia folk scene regulars Mason Porter and The Chris Kasper Band as they perform songs from Grateful Dead's iconic records American Beauty and Workingman's Dead to celebrate the Dead’s 50th anniversary. To start the show, Mason Porter will be performing the Grateful Dead album “Workingman’s Dead” in its’ entirety, followed by The Chris Kasper Band performing the Dead’s “American Beauty” album in its’ entirety.

Kasper's 2013 album Bagabones, along with Mason Porter’s 2014 release Home for the Harvest, ensure that the collection of songs are in good hands, as both artists demonstrate their love and influence of Grateful Dead's work in their own music .

Released in 1970, American Beauty album has become a rock n' roll staple and spawned a legacy that fans view as a triumphant representation of an era. The album has gained widespread recognition for instrumental feats along with rankings in Rolling Stone's "Greatest Albums of All Time" list.

Don't miss these two performers this Friday as they reenact classics from “Box of Rain” to “Truckin’” on the World Cafe Live stage. Join us by RSVPing for this performance below or tune in to 88.5 FM.

Recent Release: Bagabones
Release Date: October 1, 2013
Label: CD Baby

Recent Release: Home for the Harvest
Release Date: January 28, 2014
Label: Mason Porter



Free at noon is free for you, but not for us!

WXPN members account for over 50% of our operating budget. Without members, Free at Noon wouldn’t exist! Become a member today and receive the Free at Noon

"Ten Years of Live Lunches at World Cafe Live" CD!

Made possible by support from XPN Members, Comcast, and Septa.

Tune in to the Free At Noon Doubleheader at World Cafe Live in Philadelphia, as The London Souls and Turbo Fruits perform a live midday concert on Friday.


This week’s Free at Noon will feature a double header with New York duo The London Souls and Tennessee garage rock four-piece Turbo Fruits. The Souls are about to release their long-awaited second studio album Here Come The Girls, which is follows up their successful self titled debut from 2011. A car accident and long recovery delayed the release of the record for the band, which had nonetheless gained recognition with their songs appearing on shoe commercials and TV shows like Fearless Music.

Turbo Fruits are no strangers to success either; being featured in Drew Barrymore's directorial debut movie Whip It in 2009 and releasing four successful albums - the latest of which gained the seal of approval from The Black Keys' own Patrick Carney, who produced the record.

While Free at Noon is Turbo Fruits’ only upcoming show, The London Souls play Ardmore Music Hall on Saturday, April 11th. Be sure to get a taste of what they have in store this Friday for Free at Noon. Join us by RSVPing for the performance below or tune in live at 88.5 FM.

Recent Release: Here Come the Girls
Release Date: April 7, 2015
Label: FEEL Records

Recent Release: No Control
Release Date: April 21, 2015
Label: Melvina Records

Free at noon is free for you, but not for us!

WXPN members account for over 50% of our operating budget. Without members, Free at Noon wouldn’t exist! Become a member today and receive the Free at Noon

"Ten Years of Live Lunches at World Cafe Live" CD!


Made possible by support from XPN Members, Comcast, and Septa.

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