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Hear a Free At Noon Concert at 12noon ET from WXPN. Broadcast from the stage of World Cafe Live in Philadelphia

The Free at Noon featuring Ingrid Michaelson is Sold Out but you can still listen live to the live midday concert on Friday.



Friday night, Indie singer/songwriter Ingrid Michaelson's tour makes a stop at Philly's Electric Factory. But before that, she'll play WXPN's Free at Noon concert series earlier in the day. As she tours for her sixth album, Lights Out, she has received praise from outlets such as Allmusic and The Oakland Press for her ambitious and polished new record which features its share of blues, pop, and drawn out ballads. The New York based Michaelson rose to fame by having her music put in various TV shows such as One Tree Hill, Scrubs, and The Vampire Diaries, as well as commercials for Old Navy and the British car manufacturer Vauxhall. You can purchase tickets for her Electric Factory show, but don't miss your chance to see her for free at World Cafe Live this Friday as part of WXPN's Free at Noon concert series.

Recent Release: Lights Out
Release Date: January 17, 2012
Label: Righteous Babe


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Join us for Free At Noon as Joe Henry with special guests Apache Relay perform a live midday concert on Friday.



Singer/songwriter Joe Henry has been playing music professionally since the 80s, and with 12 studio albums under his belt, it doesn't look like there's any stopping him soon. In addition to a prolific output, Henry has the ability to switch up his sound. Each of his 12 albums strays slightly from his last, progressing from classic Americana, to jazz and then pop influences. In addition, the artist spends his time producing albums from Hugh Laurie's latest, Didn't it Rain, to folk band Over the Rhine's Meet Me at the Edge of the World. On Thursday, he play at World Cafe Live; on Friday, check him out at Free at Noon. Joe Henry will be performing at WCL in Philadelphia on June 26, 2014 get your tickets here.

Recent Release: Invisible Hour
Release Date: June 3, 2014
Label: Work Song


The Apache Relay started out of a college dorm room. Frontman Michael Ford Jr., a former music business major at Belmont University, dropped out to pursue his songwriting which later developed into a full fledged Americana/roots band. Since then Apache Relay has released three foot-stomping, folk-inspired full length albums including American Nomad in 2011 and their latest self-titled released just this year. After they play Friday's Free at Noon, head over to North Star Bar to catch them performing with The Weeks. For tickets go here

Recent Release: Apache Relay
Release Date: April 22, 2014
Label: So Recordings


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