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The Free At Noon Doubleheader is SOLD OUT featuring Hamilton Leithauser and Chet Faker on Friday for a live midday concert.





Recent Release: Black Hours
Release Date: June 3, 2014
Label: Ribbon Records




Recent Release: Built on Glass
Release Date: April 15, 2014
Label: Downtown


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The Free At Noon Doubleheader featuring Jessica Lea Mayfield and The Both (Aimee Mann and Ted Leo) on Thursday for a midday concert.





Recent Release: Make My Head Sing
Release Date: April 15, 2014
Label: ATO Records


Photo credit: Christian Lantry

Recent Release: The Both
Release Date: April 15, 2014
Label: SuperEgo Records


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May’s Artist To Watch is Sam Smith, a young (22 years old) British singer-songwriter already turning heads from his appearance on Saturday Night Live and a recent cover of his song “Stay With Me” on The Voice.
Join us for the Free At Noon at World Cafe Live in Philadelphia, as David Uosikkinen's In The Pocket performs a live midday concert on Friday.



The all-stars of David Uosikkinen's In the Pocket bring their Essential Songs of Philadelphia project to World Cafe Live this week for Free at Noon. Founded by Hooters drummer David Uosikkinen in 2010, the rotating-cast band – which features members of The A’s, Jim Boggia and more - brings together longtime longtime local players to celebrate Philly music.

The songs in their repertoire are written by Philadelphians and recorded in Philadelphia, ranging from Todd Rundgren’s "I Saw the Light" to The Trampps’ "Disco Inferno." Their new CD, Sessions, is out now and the band plays Havana in New Hope on May 17th. Join them for a live Free at Noon set from World Cafe Live on Friday May 9th.

Recent Release: David Uosikkinen’s In The Pocket: Sessions
Release Date: March 11, 2014
Label: David Uosikkinen's in the Pocket


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Electronica, R&B and soul grooves: what’s not to like? Listen to our session with Chet Faker
Latin Roots – Venezuela’s Salsa Star Oscar D'León Continues To Improvise Every Show

April 24, 2014 It is a very personal Latin Roots today with The Latin Alternative's Ernesto Lechner here to tell about one of his very favorite artists, the Venezuelan salsa singer Oscar D'León. D'León is in his 70s and still going strong with a demanding style of improvisational salsa. As Ernesto will tell us, D'León directs the band using hand gestures and directions contained in the lyrics for a set without a net! Check out Ernesto’s Oscar D'León Spotify playlist.

Session Setlist
IRIMO
by Dimension Latina
from Salsa Brava


ME VOY PA' CALI
by Oscar D'León
from Pura Salsa
Mike Cooley and Patterson Hood – Two Great Writers From Drive-By Truckers
Join us for Free At Noon Double Feature that features Nickel Creek at the World Cafe Live Philly and Rodney Crowell at the World Cafe Live at the Queen in Wilmington each performing a live midday concert on Friday.



Bluegrass trio Nickel Creek have reunited and are celebrating with the release of A Dotted Line, the group’s first in about nine years. In 2003, Nickel Creek won a Grammy for Best Contemporary Folk Album for roots rock album This Side. Though the group took a brief hiatus in 2007, it didn’t stop them from playing. Each member has adopted a successful solo career, but have since come back together.Catch Nickel Creek at Tower Theatre in Upper Darby after their Free at Noon performance. Tickets for the later show can be purchased here

Recent Release: A Dotted Line
Release Date: April 1, 2014
Label: Nonesuch


Photo credit: David McClister
Famous country singer Rodney Crowell has still got it. Known for his work with Emmylou Harris and as a solo artist, Crowell made a name for himself beginning with his 1988 album Diamonds & Dirt and the five number-one hits it spawned. At 63, Crowell is still recording and releasing new material. His latest album, Tarpaper Sky, maintains a traditional country style while working in bluesy influences. Catch Crowell tonight at World Cafe Live in Wilmington after his Free at Noon performance. Tickets for his later show can be purchased here.

Recent Release: Tarpaper Sky
Release Date: April 15, 2014
Label: New West Records


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Angelique Kidjo Tells Her Story And Africa’s In New Album And Book
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