PHILADELPHIA, PA WXPN, the nationally-recognized leader in Triple A (Adult Album Alternative) music and a noncommercial radio service of the University of Pennsylvania, and World Cafe Live, Philadelphia's groundbreaking music performance venue, are celebrating the Five Year Anniversary of their respective facilities at 3025 Walnut Street, which opened in October 2004. WXPN and World Cafe Live, two distinct and independent businesses, will host events to celebrate this landmark birthday, including an all-day, multi-band Fifth Anniversary Concert on October 2, which is free and open to the public. The one-day anniversary celebrations coincide with groundbreaking festivities for a new World Cafe Live location in Wilmington, Delaware.
The venture between WXPN and World Cafe Live is a unique collaboration between a for-profit entertainment facility and a non-profit public radio station. The partnership is an example of a successful, sustainable relationship that has thrived during a tumultuous time for the music and entertainment industries.
"We opened during a tough time for independent promoters and, if anything, those conditions have gotten tougher over the past five years," said Hal Real, founder and owner of Real Entertainment Group, Inc. and World Cafe Live. "Throw in a brutal recession and there are a number of reasons people believed we might not have made it this far. But what we've been counting on from day one is that people value live music and they're willing to pay to see and hear it presented with care."
The WXPN/World Cafe Live collaboration stemmed from a shared commitment to offer a wide range of diverse music and to provide music lovers with an exceptional listening experience. For the last five years, the two organizations have been dedicated to new music, increasing artist interactions and partnerships with community programs.
"Five years ago, we wanted to build a clubhouse for artists and music lovers and this has certainly been the case," said Roger LaMay, WXPN General Manager. "The enhancement of XPN's music service to artists and audiences has grown exponentially since moving into this wonderful facility and forming our relationship with World Cafe Live. We have launched the Free At Noon concert series and Y-Rock On XPN, expanded our commitment to local musicians, significantly grown our online music offerings and improved our community partnerships. Of course, we couldn't have done any of this without the support of the WXPN community."
On Friday, October 2, WXPN and World Cafe Live will host an all-day Fifth Anniversary Concert from their building. The event will start with the weekly Free At Noon concert featuring Will Hoge and Langhorne Slim. The music will continue throughout the afternoon and into the evening with a "Walking Carnival" featuring Latin dance ensemble Alo Brasil at 6 p.m. The event will culminate with an evening performance by New Orleans funk legend-in-the-making Trombone Shorty and his band Orleans Avenue. Additional acts to perform throughout the day and evening include David Falcone, Christine Havrilla, Bob Beach, Matt Santry, Lizanne Knott, Carsie Blanton, Kate Miller-Heidke, American Babies, Mutlu, Cheap Seats, The Real Feel, Boy Wonder, Agent Moosehead, John Conahan and Andy of the Future. All performances are free and open to the public. The Free At Noon and Trombone Shorty concerts will be broadcast live on XPN.
In addition, The Light Up the Queen Foundation will host a groundbreaking ceremony in front of the historic Queen Theater in downtown Wilmington, Delaware, which is slated to become the next home of World Cafe Live. The ceremony is scheduled for 10 a.m. on October 2 and will feature live performances by Jonatha Brooke, Trombone Shorty and Ben LeRoy.
To further commemorate the Fifth Anniversary, WXPN will air special programming from October 19-23 which will feature music from the past five years. Starting on the 19th with the year 2004, each day of programming will be based around a year in music. In addition, XPN will host a private Open House for Campaign for WXPN donors on October 25. The Open House festivities will begin at 11:30 a.m. with live music from Baboon's Tunes and additional acts.
"We're two very different and independent businesses that happen to share a vision about where music is going and the important place it holds in the lives of listeners," said LaMay. "For us, this partnership has provided a physical space where we can host our community, the upgraded technology and space we needed to become a significant online music provider and recording and broadcast facilities worthy of the amazing artists who visit our studios every day."
WXPN, the nationally recognized leader in Triple A radio and the premier guide for discovering new and significant artists in rock, blues, roots, and folk, is the non-commercial, member-supported radio service of the University of Pennsylvania. WXPN produces World Cafe®, public radio's most popular program of popular music hosted by David Dye and syndicated by NPR, and the Peabody Award winning Kids Corner hosted by Kathy O'Connell. WXPN also produces the alternative rock service, Y-Rock On XPN as its secondary radio channel in HD that is also available online. WXPN serves the greater Philadelphia area at 88.5 FM, the Lehigh Valley at 104.9, Worton/Baltimore at 90.5 FM, Lancaster/York at 88.7 FM, Harrisburg at 99.7 FM, and the world via online streaming at XPN.org.
Presenting live music and fine food on two levels seven days a week, World Cafe Live is located at 3025 Walnut Street in the University City area of Philadelphia alongside the studios of WXPN. Inspired by the nationally syndicated XPN radio show for which it is named, World Cafe Live offers unsurpassed sound quality, clear sightlines from every vantage point, comfortable seating, wireless web access and a menu of casual American cuisine in a smoke-free atmosphere. For tickets and information, call 215-222-1400 or visit www.worldcafelive.com