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Dye also names his top 5 essential funk songs

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PHILADELPHIA (OCTOBER 12, 2018): Philadelphia public radio station WXPN will celebrate 25 years of Funky Friday, its popular Friday afternoon program of funk music, by presenting three free dance parties on November 1, 2 and 3. Funky Friday host David Dye will leave the WXPN studios to visit Ardmore, Lancaster, and Easton, Pennsylvania, where he will spin the funky tunes that mark the end of the work week on WXPN 88.5 FM.

Admission to each of the three Funky Friday dance parties is free with RSVP starting Monday at October 15 at xpn.org:

● Thursday, Nov. 1 at Ardmore Music Hall (23 E Lancaster Ave, Ardmore, PA 19003) 7 pm to 10 pm

● Friday, Nov. 2 at Tellus360 (24 E King St, Lancaster, PA 17602) 4 pm to 8 pm featuring live WXPN “Funky Friday” radio broadcast from 4 pm to 7 pm

● Saturday, Nov. 3 at the State Theater at Bacon Festival (453 Northampton St, Easton, PA 18042) 6 pm to 9 pm

Since mid-1995, Dye has hosted Funky Friday, which was launched on a hot Friday afternoon in August 1993 by then-WXPN DJ Elise Brown. As the show grew in popularity, it has expanded in length, and can now be heard every Friday from 4 pm to 7 pm.

Dye, who hosted WXPN’s nationally-syndicated music program World Cafe from 1992 to 2017, was already widely known as “Mr. Friday Night” from hosting The Friday Flashback for more than a decade on Philly radio station WIOQ-FM before he joined WXPN. That show evolved into a weekly, live radio broadcast from West Philadelphia nightclub the Chestnut Cabaret, featuring Dye spinning rhythmic music. “So I feel like I understand listeners’ Friday night mindset pretty well by now,” he laughed.

For Funky Friday, Dye is liable to spin anything funky from the 1950s to brand new funk, but music from the predominantly funky 1970s is always well-represented (and requested). Dye creates special features for the show’s 6 pm hour, such as artist blocks, funk songs from specific years, and themes such as “brothers and sisters” (Sister Sledge and the Neville Brothers, for example). About 20 percent of Funky Friday content is listener requests.

When asked about the show’s enduring popularity with WXPN members and listeners, Dye takes little credit. “Funk is the ultimate party music because it’s so upbeat,” he said. “It’s about having fun, so it’s perfect for the transition from the work week into the weekend, and it gets everybody happy and moving. It's impossible not to dance, even in your car seat or in front of the stove. Over the years I have received many videos of kids and their parents funkin' out."

As part of the show’s 25th anniversary celebration, Dye has put together a “Funk Essentials” Spotify playlist and provided this “Top Five” list of funk songs that are guaranteed to get the party started:

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About WXPN
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, public radio service of the University of Pennsylvania. WXPN produces World Cafe, public radio’s most popular program of popular music that is distributed by NPR to more than 200 U.S. radio stations, and the Peabody Award-winning Kids Corner. WXPN serves the greater Philadelphia area at 88.5 FM, the Lehigh Valley at 104.9 FM, Worton/Baltimore at 90.5 FM, Lancaster/York at 88.7 FM, Harrisburg at 99.7 FM, North Jersey/Poconos at 91.9 FM, and the world via online streaming at www.XPN.org.​ The WXPN app brings all of WXPN to any mobile device. WXPN produces XPoNential Radio on XPN2 as its secondary radio channel in HD, also available online. www.xpn.org.

Saturday, October 20 at African Episcopal Church of St. Thomas in Philadelphia

PHILADELPHIA (OCTOBER 4, 2018): As part of its multi-platform Gospel Roots of Rock & Soul project, Philadelphia public radio station WXPN 88.5 FM invites the public to enjoy the St. Thomas Gospel Choir in concert at the African Episcopal Church of St. Thomas (6361 Lancaster Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19151) in the city’s Overbrook section on Saturday, October 20. Doors will open at 6 pm for the 7 pm show, which is free for all ages to attend with RSVP.

One of Philadelphia’s best known and most active church choirs, the St. Thomas Gospel Choir currently consists of sixty musicians and singers who share their music at more than 100 services, programs, concerts and celebrations every year. Among other highlights, the choir has performed at the grand opening celebration for the Museum of the American Revolution, and for the “We Rise Nation Tour” with CNN’s Van Jones in partnership with Jay-Z's Roc Nation at the Fillmore Theater.

The choir won the “2016 Best in the Philadelphia Area in Gospel Music Category” in the PHL Live Event. In 2015, it was the featured choir for the Installation Services held at the Washington National Cathedral for the current Presiding Bishop Michael Curry, the first African American Presiding Bishop for the United States Episcopal Churches.

According to Bruce Warren, WXPN Associate General Manager for Programming and Co-Executive Producer of Gospel Roots of Rock and Soul, “It’s important for us to present and support some of the many talented gospel groups in Philadelphia alongside some of the nationally-known groups that are part of this project. We’re very pleased to bring WXPN members and listeners to St. Thomas to enjoy a fantastic gospel music performance.”

Through live performances, a radio documentary series, and a media-rich website, Gospel Roots of Rock and Soul explores the history of gospel and its influence on secular popular music. Gospel’s stylistic elements have long been fused into secular popular musical genres, such as rock and roll, R&B, soul, and hip-hop. In Philadelphia, the project’s concert series has previously presented the Fisk Jubilee Singers, The Fairfield Four, The Campbell Brothers, The Dixie Hummingbirds, and The McCrary Sisters, among others. All events are free and suitable for all ages. The project is supported with a grant from The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage and will extend through early 2019.

A maximum of two tickets are available per registrant for the free October 20 concert. To RSVP, visit XPN Gospel Roots RSVP.

For more information about Gospel Roots of Rock and Soul, visit XPN Gospel Roots. More about commercial-free, member-supported WXPN can be found at XPN.

# # # About WXPN 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, public radio service of the University of Pennsylvania. WXPN produces World Cafe, public radio’s most popular program of popular music, syndicated by NPR, and the Peabody Award-winning Kids Corner. WXPN serves the greater Philadelphia area at 88.5 FM, the Lehigh Valley at 104.9 FM, Worton/Baltimore at 90.5 FM, Lancaster/York at 88.7 FM, Harrisburg at 99.7 FM, Northeastern PA and Northwestern NJ at 91.9 FM, and the world via online streaming at www.XPN.org. The WXPN app brings all of WXPN to any mobile device. WXPN produces XPoNential Radio on XPN2 as its secondary radio channel in HD, also available online.


WXPN’s Gospel Roots of Rock and Soul project presents “one of the most influential gospel groups of all time” at World Cafe Live in Philadelphia

PHILADELPHIA (AUGUST 8, 2018): A free, all-ages concert featuring gospel music legends the Dixie Hummingbirds will take place Wednesday, August 29 as part of Philadelphia public radio station WXPN’s multi-platform Gospel Roots of Rock and Soul project. Performance location is World Cafe Live (3025 Walnut Street, Philadelphia), where doors will open at 7 PM for the 8 PM performance. Admission is free with RSVP.

The Dixie Hummingbirds

Among the longest-lived and most successful groups of their era, the Dixie Hummingbirds are world renowned for their imaginative arrangements, progressive harmonies, and all-around versatility. Their influence has spread not only over the world of spiritual music, but also inspired secular artists ranging from Jackie Wilson to Bobby "Blue" Bland to the Temptations.

The Dixie Hummingbirds group was formed in 1928 by James B. Davis in Greenville, South Carolina. Their recording debut was in 1939 on Decca, and their singles include "Soon Will Be Done with the Troubles of This World," "Little Wooden Church," and "Joshua Journeyed to Jericho." In 1942 the group relocated to Philadelphia, where Davis bought a house at 23rd and Girard Avenue, and used it as a rehearsal space. In 2017, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the City of Philadelphia commemorated the the rich heritage of the Dixie Hummingbirds with a historical marker dedicated there.

“A celebration of gospel music would be incomplete without The Dixie Hummingbirds,” said Bruce Warren, WXPN Assistant General Manager for Programming and Co-Executive Producer of the Gospel Roots of Rock and Soul project. “It’s extra special that such an important and significant part of gospel history has been based in Philadelphia for so many years, and we’re incredibly honored they will be performing a special concert for our Gospel Roots of Rock and Soul project.”

Many know the Dixie Hummingbirds’ melodious voices from when they backed up Paul Simon on his 1973 hit "Love Me Like a Rock," and their own version of the song that later won them a GRAMMYⓇ award. They were the subjects of the critically-acclaimed 1995 film directed by Ashley James, We Love You Like a Rock. In 2000, they were ceremoniously deemed a "national treasure" by the National Endowment for the Arts at the Library of Congress, Washington, D.C. One of their uniforms and GRAMMY award is on display at the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C.

Through live performances, a radio documentary series, and a media-rich website, Gospel Roots of Rock and Soul explores the history of gospel and its influence on secular popular music. Gospel’s stylistic elements have long been fused into secular popular musical genres, such as rock and roll, R&B, soul, and hip-hop. All events are free and suitable for all ages. The project is supported with a grant from The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage and will extend through early 2019.

To RSVP for this free concert, visit http://xpngospelroots.org/dixie-hummingbirds-rsvp/

For more information about Gospel Roots of Rock and Soul, visit http://xpngospelroots.org/.

More about commercial-free, member-supported WXPN can be found at http://xpn.org.

# # # About WXPN 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, public radio service of the University of Pennsylvania. WXPN produces World Cafe, public radio’s most popular program of popular music, syndicated by NPR, and the Peabody Award-winning Kids Corner. WXPN serves the greater Philadelphia area at 88.5 FM, the Lehigh Valley at 104.9 FM, Worton/Baltimore at 90.5 FM, Lancaster/York at 88.7 FM, Harrisburg at 99.7 FM, Northeastern PA and Northwestern NJ at 91.9 FM, and the world via online streaming at www.XPN.org. The WXPN app brings all of WXPN to any mobile device. WXPN produces XPoNential Radio on XPN2 as its secondary radio channel in HD, also available online.
PHILADELPHIA (APRIL 12, 2018): More artists have been added to the 2018 XPoNential Music Festival presented by Subaru and the daily festival lineup has been announced. WXPN, the non- commercial, member-supported radio station of the University of Pennsylvania, produces the annual summer music festival, which will take place from Friday, July 27 through Sunday, July 29 at Wiggins Park on the Delaware Riverfront in Camden, New Jersey. The festival also features Friday and Saturday night performances at the adjacent BB&T Pavilion.

Artists who’ll be joining the previously-announced lineup are Blind Boys of Alabama, Darlingside, M.A.K.U. Soundsystem, &More (Donn T & Chill Moody), Greg Sover Band, Matt Cappy, and Harmony Woods.

The daily lineup of artists is as follows:

FRIDAY, JULY 27

Wiggins Park
Bermuda Triangle featuring Brittany Howard (of Alabama Shakes), Becca Mancari and Jesse Lafser
The Lone Bellow
Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real
M.A.K.U. Soundsystem
Greg Sover Band
Swift Technique

BB&T Pavilion
David Byrne
Sylvan Esso

SATURDAY, JULY 28

Wiggins Park
Margo Price
Femi Kuti & The Positive Force
Mondo Cozmo
Sunflower Bean
Courtney Marie Andrews
Jupiter & Okwess
Hurry
&More (Donn T & Chill Moody)
Matt Cappy

BB&T Pavilion
The War On Drugs
Sturgill Simpson
Preservation Hall Jazz Band

SUNDAY, JULY 29

Wiggins Park
Josh Ritter & The Royal City Band
Blind Boys of Alabama
Phoebe Bridgers
Tank and The Bangas
JD McPherson
Hiss Golden Messenger
Lo Moon
Darlingside
Mt. Joy
Devon Gilfillian
Harmony Woods

TICKETS -The popular 3-Day Go Everywhere Pass provides general access to Wiggins Park and lawn access to evening shows at BB&T Pavilion. -Anyone who becomes a new or renewing WXPN Member at the $30 per month level will receive a pair of 3-Day Go Everywhere Passes. -Advance ticket prices below will be available through July 11. WXPN Members pay half price for 3-Day Go Everywhere Passes.

3-Day Go Everywhere Pass
Public $150
WXPN Member $75
Child age 2-12 $15


To purchase these, go to the festival website: xpnfest To become a WXPN member, go to https://xpn.org/donate

ABOUT THE XPONENTIAL MUSIC FESTIVAL This year’s festival is the 25th consecutive summer music festival produced and presented by WXPN. The XPoNential Music Festival presented by Subaru is WXPN’s signature annual concert event that draws audiences from throughout the Greater Philadelphia area, Mid-Atlantic region, and Northeastern US. Now in its 14th year at Wiggins Park and 7th year at the adjacent BB&T Pavilion, WXPN produces the XPoNential Music Festival in partnership with the Camden County Board of Freeholders. The festival features the expertly curated mix of established and new artists enjoyed by WXPN members and listeners. The preferred summer music event is known for convenient access via public transportation, natural amphitheaters that produce great sound, plenty of activities for kids, extensive food, drink and vendor selections, and festival seating and riverfront promenades that offer spectacular views of the Delaware River and Philadelphia skyline.

All current information can be found at xpnfest. Join and share #xpnfest on Twitter at @xpnfest, on Facebook at facebook.com/xpnfest, and Instagram at @wxpnfm.
30th Anniversary of WXPN’s Kids Corner radio show to be celebrated April 20-22 in Philadelphia

Special guest Dr. Demento will be part of KindieComm Trout Fishing in America will headline 30th anniversary concert

PHILADELPHIA (APRIL 9, 2018): WXPN, the non-commercial, member-supported radio station of the University of Pennsylvania, will celebrate the 30th anniversary of its award-winning radio show Kids Corner later this month. Events will include the Kids Corner 30th Anniversary Concert on Sunday, April 22, and the biennial professional gathering of “kindie” (independent kids’ music) artists called KindieComm on April 20 & 21. Both events will take place at World Cafe Live (3025 Walnut St.), the live music venue that shares a building with WXPN.

Kids Corner, America’s longest-running, daily call-in radio show just for kids, launched on WXPN January 4, 1988 with host Kathy O’Connell, who was joined by producer Robert Drake the following day. A grant from the William Penn Foundation helped to establish the unique program. In recognition of Kids Corner’s success in educating, entertaining and inspiring young listeners, it has earned more than 20 broadcasting awards for excellence and originality, including the prestigious George Foster Peabody Award and the Major Edwin Armstrong Award. In 2009, Philadelphia’s famed Mural Arts Program dedicated a Kids Corner mural made by Philly school kids at 43rd & Locust Streets in West Philadelphia.

“Kids Corner has sparked the imaginations and provided safe harbor for a generation of children who have grown up and have kids of their own who are now tuning in,” said WXPN General Manager Roger LaMay. “Kathy is a national treasure, and all of us in the XPN community applaud her impact.”

Broadcast from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday on WXPN and online at xpn.org, the show is known for its lively mix of stimulating topics, kids’ interactions with O’Connell (known as just “Kathy” to her listeners) and her special guests, and lots of fun music. KindieComm and the Kids Corner Music Festival, both produced by WXPN, have grown from Kids Corner’s role as a prominent and respected showcase for kindie music.

“We’ve invited some of our all-time favorite kindie artists to join us for these special 30th anniversary events because their music is loved by the listeners of Kids Corner - and me,” said O’Connell.

The kindie artists who will perform at the Kids Corner 30th Anniversary Concert (open to the public) are Trout Fishing in America, Lard Dog and The Band of Shy, The Philadelphia Boys Choir & Chorale, and Billy Kelly. Artists participating in an industry showcase and/or sessions as part of KindieComm (industry members only) are Trout Fishing in America, Billy Jonas, Little Miss Ann, Jason Didner and Jungle Gym Jam, Michael and the Rockness Monsters, Señor Fancypants, and The Microphone Doctors, among others. Kids Corner host Kathy O’Connell will interview Dr. Demento, the legendary American radio broadcaster and novelty song producer, in one of KindieComm’s industry sessions.

The Kids Corner 30th Anniversary Concert starts at 10:15 a.m. (doors open at 10 a.m.) on Sunday, April 22 at World Cafe Live. Tickets are available at here.

More about KindieComm can be found at http://kindiecomm.org.

More about Kids Corner can be found at the show’s website, http://kidscorner.org.

WXPN ANNOUNCES MORE ARTISTS PERFORMING AT 2018 XPONENTIAL MUSIC FESTIVAL PRESENTED BY SUBARU - FRIDAY, JULY 27 THROUGH SUNDAY, JULY 29 IN CAMDEN, NJ

Performers at Wiggins Park include Bermuda Triangle feat. Brittany Howard (of Alabama Shakes), Becca Mancari and Jesse Lafser /Josh Ritter & The Royal City Band / The Lone Bellow / Margo Price / / Lukas Nelson & Promise of The Real / Femi Kuti & The Positive Force / Tank and The Bangas / JD McPherson / Hiss Golden Messenger / Phoebe Bridgers / Lo Moon / Mondo Cozmo / Sunflower Bean / Courtney Marie Andrews / Mt. Joy / Jupiter & Okwess / Devon Gilfillian / Hurry / Swift Technique

3-Day Go Everywhere Passes are on sale TODAY, March 13 at 10 a.m.

PHILADELPHIA (MARCH 13, 2018): The initial lineup of artists performing at Wiggins Park on the Camden, New Jersey waterfront in the 2018 XPoNential Music Festival presented by Subaru has been announced by WXPN, the non-commercial, member-supported radio station of the University of Pennsylvania. The festival will take place from Friday, July 27 through Sunday, July 29 at Wiggins Park and the adjacent BB&T Pavilion.

Artists who’ll perform at Wiggins Park’s two stages reflect WXPN’s commitment to the festival’s musical diversity, and include Bermuda Triangle featuring Brittany Howard (of Alabama Shakes), Becca Mancari and Jesse Lafser; Josh Ritter & The Royal City Band; The Lone Bellow; Margo Price; Lukas Nelson & Promise of The Real; Femi Kuti & The Positive Force; Tank and the Bangas; JD McPherson; Hiss Golden Messenger; Phoebe Bridgers; Lo Moon; Mondo Cozmo; Sunflower Bean; Courtney Marie Andrews; Mt. Joy; Jupiter & Okwess; Devon Gilfillian; Hurry; and Swift Technique. More artists will be announced.

WXPN previously announced that it has again teamed with promoter Live Nation to present XPoNential Music Festival performances at BB&T Pavilion on Friday, July 27 & Saturday, July 28 by David Byrne, Sylvan Esso, The War On Drugs, Sturgill Simpson and Preservation Hall Jazz Band.

Starting today, Tuesday, March 13:
- The popular 3-Day Go Everywhere Pass that provides general access to Wiggins Park and lawn access to BB&T shows will be available as of 10 a.m.
- Anyone who becomes a new or renewing WXPN Member at the $30 per month level will receive a pair of 3-Day Go Everywhere Passes.

Advance ticket prices below will be available through July 11. WXPN Members pay half price for 3-Day Go Everywhere Passes.

3-Day Go Everywhere Pass
Public - $150
WXPN Member - $75
Child age 2-12 - $15

To purchase these, go to the festival website: http://xpnfest.org
To become a WXPN member, go to https://xpn.org/donate

This year’s festival is the 25th consecutive summer music festival produced and presented by WXPN. The XPoNential Music Festival presented by Subaru is WXPN’s signature annual concert event that draws audiences from throughout the Greater Philadelphia area, Mid-Atlantic region, and Northeastern US. Now in its 14th year at Wiggins Park and 7th year at the adjacent BB&T Pavilion, WXPN produces the XPoNential Music Festival in partnership with the Camden County Board of Freeholders. The festival features the expertly curated mix of established and new artists enjoyed by WXPN members and listeners. The preferred summer music event is known for convenient access via public transportation, natural amphitheaters that produce great sound, plenty of activities for kids, extensive food, drink and vendor selections, and festival seating and riverfront promenades that offer spectacular views of the Delaware River and Philadelphia skyline.

All current information can be found at xpnfest.org. Join and share #xpnfest on Twitter at @xpnfest, on Facebook at facebook.com/xpnfest, and Instagram at @wxpnfm.

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About WXPN
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, public radio service of the University of Pennsylvania. WXPN produces World Cafe, public radio’s most popular program of popular music that is distributed by NPR to more than 200 U.S. radio stations, and the Peabody Award-winning Kids Corner. WXPN serves the greater Philadelphia area at 88.5 FM, the Lehigh Valley at 104.9 FM, Worton/Baltimore at 90.5 FM, Lancaster/York at 88.7 FM, Harrisburg at 99.7 FM, North Jersey/Poconos at 91.9 FM, and the world via online streaming at www.XPN.org. The WXPN app brings all of WXPN to any mobile device. WXPN produces XPoNential Radio on XPN2 as its secondary radio channel in HD, also available online. www.xpn.org.

WXPN’S MULTI-PLATFORM GOSPEL ROOTS OF ROCK AND SOUL WILL ILLUMINATE GOSPEL MUSIC’S INFLUENCES

Through live performances, a radio documentary series, and content-rich website, WXPN will explore the roots of gospel and its influence on secular popular music

PHILADELPHIA (FEBRUARY 15, 2018): Gospel music’s significant influence on American popular music will be explored in Philadelphia and beyond through Gospel Roots of Rock and Soul, a new multi-platform project from Philadelphia public radio station WXPN that launches today on air and online. The project is supported with a grant from The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage and will extend through early 2019.

WXPN’s Gospel Roots of Rock and Soul project will offer free events and performances, and local and national radio broadcasts, including a national radio documentary. Online, Gospel Roots of Rock and Soul provides an in-depth, interactive experience with interviews, music, videos, and other ongoing, exclusive contributions from some of the most acclaimed and authoritative voices in gospel and popular music.

“Our aim is to illuminate and educate, as well as to celebrate gospel music and its impact on secular music, as Gospel Roots of Rock and Soul brings together those who may be new to gospel music with faith-based audiences,” said WXPN General Manager Roger LaMay. “Listeners of WXPN and our nationally-syndicated music program World Cafe will embrace the gospel roots found in much of the pop, rock and soul music they have long enjoyed, while fans of gospel music will appreciate its wide-ranging influence on popular music.” LaMay and Bruce Warren, WXPN’s Associate General Manager for Programming, are the project’s executive producers.

These Gospel Roots events are scheduled, with more to be announced:

On February 25 at Prince Theater in Philadelphia (1412 Chestnut St.), the first Gospel Roots of Rock and Soul event will be a free screening of the new documentary film about gospel music’s role in the birth of rock and roll, How They Got Over, featuring a talk by Robert Clem, the film’s writer and director. The project’s first gospel music concert will take place on March 8 at First Unitarian Church (2125 Chestnut St.), featuring the church’s heralded choir. On March 29, the Fisk University Jubilee Singers will perform their historically significant songs of faith and hope at World Cafe Live (3025 Walnut St.). The a capella singers Fairfield Four and the American Sacred Steel gospel group Campbell Brothers will perform at World Cafe Live on June 9.

“Gospel Roots of Rock and Soul will draw upon and highlight Philly's deep gospel history, contributions, and talented voices,” said Warren, who led a team that conducted extensive field work and research for the project. Future events will also showcase some of the most recognized gospel artists performing today, including Dixie Hummingbirds and The McCrary Sisters, as well as contemporary artists whose music is deeply influenced by gospel music, such as Luther Dickinson and Preservation Hall Jazz Band.

The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage has awarded WXPN two previous grants for similarly deep musical investigations: one for the Mississippi Blues Project (2013), a series of Philadelphia-based live concerts featuring Delta blues artists, and Zydeco Crossroads (2015) a year-long musical project that included live performances, a radio series, a website, and a documentary film, Zydeco Crossroads: A Tale of Two Cities. Like these projects, Gospel Roots of Rock and Soul supports WXPN’s mission to connect artists with audiences, and to expand the capacity, reach and value of its services to an increasingly diverse community.

More information will be released about Gospel Roots of Rock and Soul concerts and activities through early 2019. For more information, visit its website (http://www.xpngospelroots.org) and xpn.org.
WXPN/Philadelphia brings new artist Mt. Joy to public radio listeners across the US through Slingshot emerging artist project
New collective effort with NPR Music and VuHaus drives music discovery

Videos and interviews at npr.org/slingshot2018

PHILADELPHIA (JANUARY 9, 2018): NPR Music and program directors from VuHaus’ public radio music station network, including WXPN/Philadelphia, today revealed a list of 20 artists being supported by Slingshot, the new collective effort among taste-making stations to elevate the profiles of exceptional emerging artists. The list includes the new Philadelphia band Mt. Joy, selected for inclusion by WXPN. The Slingshot video, interview and live event series launched in September and featured three artists selected by the collective: Lo Moon, Jamila Woods and Big Thief. As these artists traveled around the country, public radio stations including WXPN produced videos, conducted interviews, and recorded live performances that appeared both on-air and online at NPR.org/Slingshot.
In a larger effort for 2018, each member music station selected one new artist to include, with more to be added to the list throughout the year. Today, World Cafe, the daily two-hour music program produced by WXPN and distributed by NPR to more than 200 US radio stations, will introduce many of the new Slingshot artists. It will air at 2 PM ET on WXPN (check other local listings here). They will also be highlighted on NPR’s All Songs Considered podcast.

WXPN’s selected artist, Mt. Joy, is from Philadelphia (their name is an ode to Mt. Joy, located in Valley Forge National Park) and currently based in Los Angeles. The band’s Matt Quinn (vocals/guitar) and Sam Cooper (guitar) have been making music together since 2005, but it wasn’t until 2016 when they began writing songs that would become their streaming hits “Astrovan,” “Sheep,” and “Silver Lining.” The addition of Michael Byrnes (bass), Sotiris Eliopoulos (drums), and Jackie Miclau (keys) expanded the duo to a five-piece band, and their first full-length album, recorded in Los Angeles with Dualtone Records, is due early this year.

“Hearing Mt. Joy for the first time reminded me of the first time I heard August and Everything After, the debut album by Counting Crows,” said Bruce Warren, WXPN Assistant General Manager of Programming, who was instrumental in the formation of Slingshot along with WXPN General Manager Roger LaMay. “Like the ‘Crows on their debut, Mt. Joy bring together elements of old school classic rock and Americana with well-crafted songs that drip with nostalgia, and lots of well-placed sing-along moments. Quinn is an emotionally powerful singer whose phrasing is filled with yearning and longing, yet offers plenty of redemption.”

MT. JOY

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In an additional sign of support, WXPN has also named Mt. Joy its “Artist to Watch” for January. Since 2003, the Artists to Watch series has been a reflection of WXPN’s commitment to nurturing fresh, new talent and exposing listeners to the best new music. Each month, the series spotlights a different up-and-coming performer who has produced an album or body of work that demonstrates outstanding vision, creativity and songwriting ability. Month-long on-air promotion is combined with online features to help audiences more fully discover each artist.
“Music discovery is at the heart of what WXPN and World Cafe are about,” said Warren. “Through Slingshot, we’re excited to be working with our colleagues to help such talented new artists reach even more audiences.”

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About NPR Music
NPR Music collaborates with NPR's newsmagazines, public radio Member Stations and the passionate NPR community to celebrate great music in every genre. Visit NPR.org/music to find the complete Tiny Desk Concerts series, live music, extensive archives of performances, interviews and reviews of artists from all genres.

About WXPN
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, public radio service of the University of Pennsylvania. WXPN produces World Cafe, public radio’s most popular program of popular music, syndicated by NPR, and the Peabody Award-winning Kids Corner. WXPN serves the greater Philadelphia area at 88.5 FM, the Lehigh Valley at 104.9 FM, Worton/Baltimore at 90.5 FM, Lancaster/York at 88.7 FM, Harrisburg at 99.7 FM, Northeastern PA and Northwestern NJ at 91.9 FM, and the world via online streaming at www.XPN.org.​ The WXPN app brings all of WXPN to any mobile device. WXPN produces XPoNential Radio on XPN2 as its secondary radio channel in HD, also available online. About VuHaus VuHaus (pronounced “view house”) is a collaboration of public radio and television stations from across the country, deeply rooted in their local music communities. We share a common mission to support artists and be a source of music discovery for audiences around the world. VuHaus is a non-profit, non-commercial organization, with an aim to be true partners to artists while providing a unique window into the country's most vibrant music scenes. The VuHaus network includes public radio stations WFUV in New York City, KCRW in Los Angeles, KXT in Dallas/Ft. Worth, WXPN in Philadelphia, KEXP in Seattle, KDHX in St. Louis, opbmusic in Portland, KUTX in Austin, KTBG The Bridge in Kansas City, Mountain Stage in West Virginia, WGBH in Boston, Houston Public Media, WMOT in Nashville, 88Nine Radio Milwaukee in Milwaukee, Colorado’s KSUT, KVNF, KSJD, KRCC, KRFC and The Colorado Sound, Vocalo in Chicago and NV89 in Reno. VuHaus receives funding from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and is operated by its founding partner, Public Media Company, a national non-profit organization focused on maximizing the impact of public media through innovation and strategic partnerships.
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FRIDAY, JULY 27 - BB&T PAVILION IN CAMDEN, NJ
2018 XPo
Nential Music Festival dates are July 27, 28 & 29


Tickets for this show go on sale this Friday, Jan. 12 at 10 AM

PHILADELPHIA (JANUARY 8, 2018): Another stellar night of live music will take place on Friday, July 27 as WXPN, the non-commercial, member-supported radio station of the University of Pennsylvania, has again teamed up with promoter Live Nation to present performances at BB&T Pavilion on the Camden, New Jersey waterfront as part of WXPN’s annual XPoNential Music Festival presented by Subaru. Performing on Friday July 27, 2018 at the BB&T Pavilion will be David Byrne and Sylvan Esso.

David Byrne (who will perform with a band) and Sylvan Esso join the previously-announced festival lineup at BB&T Pavilion for Saturday, July 28 featuring The War On Drugs, Sturgill Simpson and Preservation Hall Jazz Band.

David Byrne is founding member, principal songwriter, and lead singer and guitarist of the pioneering rock band Talking Heads, with whom he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He is also an Oscar, GRAMMY and Golden Globe winner. He is expected to release an anticipated new album early this year. The Durham, North Carolina-based electronic pop duo Sylvan Esso is singer-lyricist Amelia Meath and producer Nick Sanborn, whose 2017 sophomore album What Now is nominated for a GRAMMY award in the “Best Dance/Electronic Album” category.

The 2018 XPoNential Music Festival will take place Friday, July 27 through Sunday, July 29 at BB&T Pavilion and the adjacent Wiggins Waterfront Park. Reserved seat tickets for this Friday, July 27 concert will go on sale to the general public this Friday, January 12 at 10 AM through Ticketmaster.com, the BB&T Pavilion box office, Ticketmaster outlets or by phone at 800-745-3000.

The XPoNential Music Festival presented by Subaru is WXPN’s signature annual concert event that draws audiences from throughout the Greater Philadelphia area, Mid-Atlantic region, and Northeastern US. Now in its 14th year at Wiggins Park and 7th year at the adjacent BB&T Pavilion, WXPN produces the XPoNential Music Festival in partnership with the Camden County Board of Freeholders. The festival features the expertly curated mix of established and new artists enjoyed by WXPN members and listeners. The preferred summer music event is known for convenient access via public transportation, natural amphitheaters that produce great sound, plenty of activities for kids, extensive food, drink and vendor selections, and festival seating and riverfront promenades that offer spectacular views of the Delaware River and Philadelphia skyline.

The complete lineup of artists performing at the festival will be announced and more details will follow at a future date.

All current information regarding the annual XPoNential Music Festival is located at www.xpnfest.org. Share #xpnfest on Twitter using @xpnfest, on Facebook at facebook.com/xpnfest, and Instagram at @wxpnfm. ***** About WXPN 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, public radio service of the University of Pennsylvania. WXPN produces World Cafe, public radio’s most popular program of popular music that is distributed by NPR to more than 200 U.S. radio stations, and the Peabody Award-winning Kids Corner. WXPN serves the greater Philadelphia area at 88.5 FM, the Lehigh Valley at 104.9 FM, Worton/Baltimore at 90.5 FM, Lancaster/York at 88.7 FM, Harrisburg at 99.7 FM, North Jersey/Poconos at 91.9 FM, and the world via online streaming at www.XPN.org.​ The WXPN app brings all of WXPN to any mobile device. WXPN produces XPoNential Radio on XPN2 as its secondary radio channel in HD, also available online. www.xpn.org.

About Live Nation Entertainment Live Nation Entertainment (NYSE: LYV) is the world’s leading live entertainment company comprised of four market leaders: Ticketmaster, Live Nation Concerts, Artist Nation Management and Live Nation Media/Sponsorship. For additional information, visit www.livenation.com.

About BB&T Pavilion The BB&T Pavilion (formerly the Susquehanna Bank Center) is the premier outdoor venue in the Philadelphia metro area to catch the summer’s hottest touring acts. The BB&T Pavilion box office is located on the Delaware River waterfront at 1 Harbour Blvd. in Camden, NJ. The BB&T Pavilion opened in 1995 and has changed names several times, from the Blockbuster-Sony Music Entertainment Center to the Tweeter Center in 2001, to the Susquehanna Bank Center in 2008, and to the BB&T Pavilion in 2015. The facility can be used year-round with capabilities of seating 25,000 in the summer and closing off to a 7,000-seat venue in fall and winter. Some of the most popular tickets for the venue have included Radiohead, The Who, Pearl Jam, Jimmy Buffett, Foo Fighters, Dave Matthews Band and Phish.