PHILADELPHIA, Pa. WXPN, the nationally-recognized leader in Triple A (Adult Album Alternative) music and noncommercial radio service of the University of Pennsylvania, will host a special XPN Free At Noon 5th Anniversary Concert on Friday, February 19 at World Cafe Live. The sold-out concert will feature a performance by singer-songwriter Citizen Cope and will be broadcast live at 12 noon over WXPN-FM and streamed at www.XPN.org and www.NPRMusic.org. Audience members for the 5th Anniversary Concert will each receive a Live @ the World Cafe CD to commemorate the event.
Since 2005, WXPN has brought free, live music to its members each week through the XPN Free At Noon (FAN) concert series. Award-winning artists such as Adele, John Legend, Tori Amos and Ryan Bingham among many others have graced the FAN concert stage and had their lunchtime performances aired live over WXPN. More than 65,000 people have attended the FAN concert series over the past five years, and countless more have tuned in to hear the eclectic performances which are also broadcast over New York’s WBFO-FM and EXIT 97.7 and streamed at www.KUT.org and www.VPR.net.
“The XPN Free At Noon concert series is very special and is just one of the ways we give back to our members” said WXPN General Manager Roger LaMay. “Where else can you see great, live music for free every week? We’re thrilled to be able to provide this perk to our members and look forward to sharing many more XPN Free At Noon concerts to come.”
In celebration of the 5th anniversary of FAN, WXPN has issued a list of the Top 20 Most Popular FAN Concerts based on attendance:
- Joe Jackson- April 4, 2008
- Counting Crows- February 8, 2008
- Gov’t Mule- December 4, 2009
- Patty Griffin- February 9, 2007
- Adele- January 16, 2009
- Carly Simon with Yael Naim- June 20, 2008
- Shemekia Copeland & Indigo Girls- March 6, 2009
- Barenaked Ladies- September 15, 2006
- Dr. Dog- February 6, 2009
- Jon Wesley Harding and M. Ward- February 20, 2009
- Kate Nash- April 18, 2008
- Derek Trucks Band & Guy Sebastian with Steve Cropper- May 29, 2009
- Citizen Cope- April 15, 2005
- Buddy Guy- September 16, 2005
- Dan Hicks & His Hot Licks- April 10, 2009
- Delbert McClinton- September 23, 2005
- Rosanne Cash- February 3, 2006
- Damien Rice- December 16, 2006
- Raphel Saadiq- March 20, 2009
- Back Door Slam- December 31, 2009
Citizen Cope first caught the eye of the music world in the mid ‘90s with his contributions to rap albums. Since his solo debut in 1992, Citizen Cope’s blend of hip-hop beats, quiet piano melodies, a hint of pop and ever-present blues have served him well in every release. His new album, The Rainwater LP, is due out this March on his own label.
For more information, please visit www.XPN.org.
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 (yrockonxpn.org) as its secondary radio channel in HD. 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.