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



Country music singer and songwriter Suzy Bogguss joins us live for a Free at Noon concert on March 21st. The Illinois native released her thirteenth studio record Lucky last month, a collection of Merle Haggard's classic Americana songs rerecorded in a style that is quintessentially Suzy. Across her recordings, Bogguss has stayed true to the traditional country style and sound, surrounding herself with talented backing musicians to bring the dusty, road-weary and love-filled stories of the west to enthusiastic audiences. She is a real "musician's musician," having collaborated with Chet Atkins, Alison Krauss, and Crosby, Stills, and Nash over the course of her three-decade-long career.

See the Suzy Bogguss in action at XPN's Free at Noon, and at the Sellersville Theater that night at 8 PM

Recent Release: Lucky
Release Date: 2014
Label: Loyal Dutchess Records


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The Elegant Songcraft of Minneapolis’ Jeremy Messersmith
This week's Free At Noon with War On Drugs is SOLD OUT, you can still Listen Live to the midday concert on Friday.

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Philadelphia space rock heroes The War on Drugs join us live Friday the 14th of March for a Free at Noon concert. The band, led by singer and songwriter Adam Granduciel, is gearing up to release its latest album, Lost in the Dream, which comes out later this month via Secretly Canadian Records. It’s the band’s most expansive work yet, reaching explosive highs and dialing back to mellowed-out lows, with driving anthems like the single “Red Eyes” popping up throughout.

The band is about to go on tour to promote the album, and XPN Welcomes them to Union Transfer the evening their album comes out: Tuesday, March 18th. Tickets are still available for the show, and join us for a sneak preview next Friday at Free at Noon.

Recent Release: Lost In The Dream
Release Date: March 18, 2014
Label: Secretly Canadian


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Jonatha Brooke’s New Off Broadway Musical My Mother Has 4 Noses
March 2014 CD of the Month - WXPN Artist To Watch, Temples, released their debut album Sun Structures on February 11th. The album has a big Phil Spector-esque Wall of Sound sound that’s heavy on infectious melodies, a big drum sound and glorious guitars.
Join us for the Free At Noon at World Cafe Live in Philadelphia, as the band Roomful of Blues performs live.



Swing revival stalwarts Roomful of Blues join us live for a Free at Noon next Friday. Blending traditional blues motifs with big band attitude, Roomful of Blues are five-time Grammy nominees with a discography that reaches back forty years.

To celebrate its 45th anniversary, the Rhode Island-based outfit released a specially-recorded live album in 2013 called 45 Live. Hand-picking tracks from their expansive back catalog, the eight current band members curated a retrospective release that exhibits their best qualities: fun, dance-friendly, party-starting music performed by expert musicians.

See the band in action at next week's Free at Noon, and at the Sellersville Theater that night at 8 PM

Recent Release: 45 Live Release Date: 2013 Label: Alligator Records

Recent Release: Emmaar
Release Date: February 11, 2014
Label: ANTI Records


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Jess Williamson’s Stripped Down Sound and Big Emotion

Februrary 24, 2014 - Our World Cafe: Next artist today, Jess Williamson, is from Austin, Texas and put out a new album on January 28th called Native State. It is a spare, personal disc that often finds Williamson with the simple accompaniment of a single instrument.
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