The Districts are an impressive young four-piece from Lititz, in Lancaster County. They do the very Pixies loud-quiet-LOUD thing, but in a more textured way than simply turning their overdrive pedals on and off. Singer Rob Grote’s searing voice cut across the concert hall, blending with the band’s smartly-arranged instrumental interplay.
Although all twelve musicians in Alo Brasil are native Philadelphians, their authentic samba-inspired sounds transport audiences to the warm breezes of Brazil. Described as “tornado of rhythm and sound,” this band spanning three generations will continue to dazzle the crowd as it has for over a decade.
Singer-songwriter Kat Edmonson has taken Texas by storm. Coming from the emerging Austin singer-songwriter scene, her self-released debut, Take to the Sky, made the top 20 on Billboard's jazz charts and landed her performances with Willie Nelson and Lyle Lovett. Her newest album, Way Down Low, is the first to feature her original material. The album reached #1 on both Billboard’s Heatseekers chart and iTunes' singer-songwriter and jazz charts. Edmonson funded Way Down Low through a Kickstarter campaign and received rave reviews from critics such as the New York Times and NPR.org/music. Listeners alike have fawned over her unique sound that aligns itself with the blues, pop, rock, and soul genres.
In 2012, XPN listeners heard Michael Kiwanuka on World Cafe in April, as the June Artist to Watch, as July’s CD of the Month, at a Free at Noon, and at a show at the Trocadero. His first album showcases his voice, a voice that he describes as “hitting straight to the core,” and his “real, raw, and achingly beautiful” lyricism.
Formed in 2008, Red Baraat is a pioneering eight-piece band from Brooklyn, New York. Conceived by Sunny Jain, the group has drawn worldwide praise for its singular sound -- a merging of hard driving North Indian bhangra rhythms with elements of jazz, go-go, brass funk, and hip-hop.
The powerful roots-stompin', folk-anthem-beltin' dectet we all know and love is making a return to the XPoNential Music Festival. We can't wait to hear fun singalongs like "Home," and their sophomore album "Here" totes hits like "Man On Fire" not worth missing live. Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros last played the XPoNential Music Festival in 2010. The boys will release a new self-titled album on July 23!