After a snow storm caused the cancellation of his March 2017 show, WCL is thrilled to welcome back Nashville singer-songwriter Will Hoge to our downstairs stage this Wednesday, September 20th! With 9 studio albums and 3 EP’s which showcase the evolution of his music from full-band rock ‘n’ roll to solo country artist, Hoge has kept up a relentless touring schedule over the past 16 years, sometimes playing more than 200 shows in a year. While he had built up a loyal fan base throughout these years, it wasn’t until 2012 when he suddenly found himself in the spotlight, when Eli Young Band hit #1 on the Billboard Country chart with their recording of his song “Even If It Breaks Your Heart.” Soon he was earning nominations at the CMA, ACM, and GRAMMY awards, playing gigs at the Grand Ole Opry and The Late Show with David Letterman, and earning a steady paycheck by writing songs for other artists. The songs on his latest album, Anchors, are the result of a man who found himself uninspired by the redundancy of being in a band, so he made the decision to let his band go and tour the country by himself with just a guitar and a keyboard. As a result, he found himself feeling reenergized by his newfound freedom as a songwriter and performer, which fueled the creation of some of his strongest work to date.

Supporting Will Hoge is former Augustana front man, Dan Layus. After putting out four albums with the (now disbanded) rock band from 2003-2011, Layus recently began his solo venture as a country artist. His debut album, Dangerous Things, which was released in 2016 and features several tracks with singing duo The Secret Sisters adding harmonies, is some of his most personal work to date. Over the last couple of years, he has been given some incredible opportunities to expose his music to new audiences, with gigs opening for country superstars the Dixie Chicks and pop sensation One Direction. Dan Layus bears his heart and soul in his songs and on stage, and this special tour with Will Hoge is one not to be missed! Tickets are still available.

-Nicole Sipple, Marketing Intern


September Preview

September is quickly approaching, which means we’re about to return to the grind of work and school. Though this may sound daunting, don’t worry- World Cafe Live has some awesome shows to help keep you occupied when you need a break from it all. Next month’s shows offer a diverse range of genres, from classic rock, to jazz, folk, and blues. Take a listen to our Spotify Playlist for September to hear for yourself —

Birdtalker “Heavy” (September 13)

Nashville based indie-folk rock group Birdtalker have a knack for creating poetic lyrics and beautiful harmonies that flow smoothly with the music. “Heavy” is the first song that the group wrote together and recorded, which sparked the composition of the remainder of their 2016 debut EP, Just This. Their charming sound melds the melodic sense of indie rock with the more intimate and quiet sound of acoustic folk music.

Zealyn “Talk: Listen” (September 19)

“Talk: Listen,” from Zealyn’s 2016 album Limbic System, has an alternative electronic sound that is organic and unique. Zealyn, otherwise known as Angie Miller, began her musical career as a contestant on American Idol Season 12. After placing third on the show, she came out with her debut album, Weathered, in 2014. Zealyn will embark on a five week tour around the entire US beginning September 12, and we are incredibly excited to have her play at World Cafe Live.

Philly Music and Arts Fest (September 22-23)

“The Festival is both a testament and celebration of the exploding music scene in Philadelphia and a showcase of up and coming artists”

The Philly music scene is “eclectic and blossoming,” so what better way to celebrate it than have a festival featuring only local bands? In addition to live music, the festival will highlight the food, beer, and arts of Philadelphia. You don’t want to miss it!

Check out some of the artists who will be performing at the show:

Strand of Oaks- “Goshen ‘97

Slomo Sapiens- “Fangs

Harmony Woods- “Renovations

Pine Barons- “Telescope

Sea Offs- “Leave

-Dana Schwartz, Marketing Intern

Interview: Good Old War (8/3)

Fresh off the release of the first of three EP’s set to come out this summer, Philly’s very own Good Old War will take the stage on Thursday, August 3rd for a show you don’t want to miss! We conducted an interview with the band members to help you get to know more about these talented musicians.

What is your creative process like for writing songs, and how has your dynamic as a group evolved since the release of your first album, Only Way to Be Alone?

Dan Schwartz: We almost always start with an idea one of us has brought in in various stages of completion. Usually Keith or I will have a song in the works and then we flesh it out together. We’ve always felt that the music comes out better when everyone in the band is a part of its creation. I’d say more than anything, we’ve gotten better and better at helping each other realize songs that have been brought in. 

Keith Goodwin: When we made Only Way to Be Alone, Good Old War and Come Back as Rain, Dan and I brought in complete songs and we would make minor changes to them together with the exception of a handful of songs we wrote together. 

During the writing process for Broken Into Better Shape the label asked us to work with some outside writers. Being in a room with other talented songwriters helped us realize our individual strong suits and where we could use a little help. 

Since then everything we’ve been writing has been much more collaborative from the very beginning of the writing process.  We are way more open to taking ideas to new places and trying any idea to get to the best version of the song. 

Do you have any pre-show rituals?

Dan: Yeah, we always huddle up and just put our heads together and say this thing, “toi toi,” which is something Tim’s sister told us is an opera thing. I’m not even sure if it is but we’ve been saying it for so long that it would be impossible to play a show without saying it. It would be like going out the door without your pants on or something. 

You guys have toured alongside diverse artists such as Alison Krauss, Guster, Brandi Carlile, and Dr. Dog! What were some of the highlights, and do you have any other artists you aspire to perform with?

Dan: Every tour has its highlights and we’ve been so lucky to tour with such incredible and diverse acts. Dr. Dog has been one of our favorite bands since Easy Beat and we’ve always thought of them as one of the best bands in the world. we would just watch their soundcheck in awe. Alison Krauss was incredibly professional and we basically went to school on that tour, both musically and how to be a pro act. Brandi and her band are the kindest people and treated us so warmly. Her fans are just unreal as well. I’d say the same for Guster, who we’ve had the opportunity to tour with more than once. They just rule. I’d personally do anything to tour with Punch Brothers. They are the greatest live band I’ve ever seen.

Keith: Dr. Dog makes killer Matte in a cooler they call Matte Man. 

On the first day of tour with Brandi she came into our dressing room while we were huddled up singing through some songs and she listened for a while and hung out like we’ve known each other forever. That really made us feel welcomed and comfortable right away. 

I have a vivid memory of being in Boise Idaho with Alison Krauss. We were soundchecking our song Window and at the end when the drums kick in I looked out into the yard and Alison was horse galloping across the field in front of the stage and doing twirls. Meanwhile Dan Tyminski was watching from stage left and Ron Block was on stage jamming along with his banjo. Also on the last night Jerry Douglas came out during our set and ripped an awesome solo over our song Loud Love.  

All of the guys from Guster gave me great advice on fatherhood when I was about to have my first son Louis. 

Would love to tour with Dawes, Lucius and so many more.

Speaking of touring, you played some shows in Europe for the first time last year! Did the crowds there differ from those in the US, and did your experiences abroad have any impact on your new music?

Dan: The crowds were great. We were opening for Brian Fallon who was the lead singer for Gaslight Anthem. They were one of the first bands to take us out on a long tour and we’ve always loved those guys. My only wish is that we could have gone out there full band and shown them what we were made of. We played acoustic, just Keith and I-which was great but without Tim on drums and vocals it felt like we were missing a crucial element of our band. Now that Tim’s back, I can’t wait to get back out there and rock again.

As Philly natives, you have witnessed the changes and growth of the music scene here over the past few years. How do you feel about the current state of the Philly music scene and where do you see it going?

Dan: I’m not totally sure we’re qualified to say. I’d love to say we grew out of the scene here but we basically started out as a touring act and have continued that path the whole time we’ve been around. That said, I absolutely love the bands I see coming up. The Districts are obviously amazing, as well as the Lawsuits, Levee Drivers, Ali Wadsworth and I used to be in a band together and she’s got the kind of voice that stops you in your tracks. I hope that Philly can become the kind of place where you can rise to the top of the scene and break out nationally. We certainly have enough talent going around for labels to start to take notice.

What is your favorite song to perform live?

Dan: That changes all the time. Obviously playing the songs people know best and sing every word to are always going to be a blast because you see joy in a crowd. But also getting to play a song with such great players as Tim and Keith can make lesser known songs incredibly fun to play. We have a song called Woodies Hood Boogie Woogie that’s like that. It’s just so fun to be in a band with these guys and that song shows some of our best elements. Three part harmony the whole time, a rockin beat, a drum solo, an electric guitar solo and 12 string. Plus Keith’s lyrics are awesome. It’s just the kind of thing that is so uniquely us. 

Keith: I really love playing Amazing Eyes. It feels so good to sing it.          

Where’s your favorite place to grab coffee?

Dan: Milkcrate Cafe on Girard! It’s the best. Plus it’s a record store!


-Interview conducted by Dana Schwartz, Marketing Intern

Now Hiring: Fall Marketing Internship

Want to get your start in the music industry? We’re looking for some awesome interns to join our team this fall! You’ll be working directly under our Marketing Manager.

Google Docs, Spreadsheets
Social media: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram
Strong written and organization skills
Ability to work independently as well as collaborate with a team
Interest in music/familiarity with Philadelphia music scene
Flexible schedule: available to work at least 10 hours/week

Generate content for venue blog and social media outlets
Write press releases for upcoming shows to be distributed to media outlets
Enter relevant data into marketing spreadsheet
Archive press clips from print and online media
Research marketing and cross-promotional opportunities
Coordinate and distribute street team materials
Display and maintain in-house promotional materials
Update promotional website listings

College credit, if applicable
Opportunity to attend concerts
Gain experience with a wide variety of music and events
Make valuable connections in the music industry

Submit your application here.

Staff Pick: Dia Frampton 7/9

From NBC’s hit show The Voice, Dia Frampton is coming to World Cafe Live to light up the stage on July 9th at 8 pm! With her unique and captivating voice combined with brooding lyrics and melodies swirling around concepts of life, love and loss, it’s no surprise she quickly stole the hearts of Americans nationwide. Dia Frampton started her music career with her sister, Meg, as the duo Meg & Dia, before Dia took to her journey as the eventual runner up on the first season of The Voice. Dia instantly captured the attention of viewers with her eccentric and vastly different renditions of songs by Kanye West as well as R.E.M., which both became the highest charting iTunes digital songs by any contestant on The Voice at the time. Her own original song “Inventing Shadows” topped the charts at No. 1. Shortly after, her infectious energy led her to win the title of Entertainment Weekly’s 2011 “Favorite Reality Show Personality.” After her time on The Voice, she released an EP with a band she had formed called Archis, and is currently embarking on her solo career that hasn’t slowed down, with her latest album Bruises debuting this past March. The album starts with two uplifting tunes “Hope” and “Out of the Dark,” one being instrumental and one not, but both inciting a feeling of renewal and resilience. The two songs set the tone, a very nostalgic and cinematic one at that, for the rest of the album. One of my personal favorites off of the album is “White Dress,” which has an eerie melody laced with droning harmonies that really forces you- in the way music should- to feel the message she’s trying to convey. Don’t miss your chance to see her in our intimate downstairs venue here at World Cafe Live!

-Rachel Goldstein

Coming Up In July

Is there a better way to welcome July than coming to hear some live music? Didn’t think so. Check out our monthly Spotify Playlist to familiarize yourself with these talented artists!

Tank and the Bangas “Oh Heart” (July 11)

From Tank and the Bangas 2013 album, Think Tank, “Oh Heart” is the perfect blend of rhythmic soul and spoken word. Unique instrumentation paired with the various musical techniques of the Bangas is what makes them one of the most distinctive groups to emerge from New Orleans. It’s not surprising that NPR recently named the band as the 2017 Tiny Desk Contest Winners- their style is unlike any other. Hope you got your tickets to their July 11th show because it’s sold out!

Okkervil River “Lost Coastlines” (July 26)

“Lost Coastlines,” from Okkervil River’s album The Stand Ins, features the beautiful voice of lead singer Will Sheif, as well as layered string and horn instrumentation. With a sound similar to Neutral Milk Hotel and The Decembrists, this indie-rock and folk-rock group makes music that is easy on your ears. Their 2016 album, “Away” was deemed one of the best records of 2016 by media including Wall Street Journal and The Atlantic. In order to promote this new album, the group has announced a special limited run of intimate acoustic trio shows, and we’re excited to host their performance.

FORQ “Starchy” (July 31)

With Rudder founder Henry Hey on keyboards, Snarky Puppy founder and Grammy Award-winner Michael League on bass, Foe Destroyer founder and fellow Snarky Puppy member Chris McQueen on guitar, and Jason “JT” Thomas on drums, FORQ is an, “all-star ensemble of sorts – but with the spirit and cohesiveness of a garage band.” Straight off their debut album, FORQ, “Starchy” is an upbeat and catchy tune with the same playful and soulful energy which characterizes the rest of their music. Come to World Cafe Live to see them on their first-ever international tour!

-Dana Schwartz, Marketing Intern

Interview: David Poe (Upstairs 7/2)

In the words of Rolling Stone Magazine, “David Poe gives the singer-songwriter genre a much-needed jolt.” Returning to our upstairs stage on July 2, this talented musician is ready to show Philly what he’s got. We were lucky enough to conduct an interview with Poe to learn a bit more about who he is and what he does:

WCL: You have toured with many established artists, from Bob Dylan to Joan Baez. What have been some of the highlights of these tours, and who would be your dream tour partner?

David: To work with the best, with legends and virtuosos, is inspirational and humbling and one of the great honors of my life. Bob Dylan, Joan Baez and T Bone Burnett are seers. Where would music and culture be without their contributions?

But I’ve also learned so much from creatives whose names most people don’t know, and from the great singers and players with whom I’ve written and collaborated: Sim Cain, Grace Potter, John Abbey, Grace Kelly, Curtis Stigers, Oh Land, Thomas Dybdahl, Steve Rosenthal, CC White, Brendan Hines, Regina Spektor, Kraig Jarret Johnson, Amy Raasch, Jack Ashford, Jay Bellerose, Gabe Witcher, Philip Krohnengold, Tori Amos, Duncan Sheik, Ben Peeler, Matt Johnson, John “Scrapper” Sneider, Marc Ribot, to name a very few.

Most artists don’t get too famous, but each passes a torch to another generation, illuminating common themes, conventions, methodology, rules to learn and to break, what has been done before them and how. Innovation requires some understanding of tradition, whether you absorb it through a school arts program or by learning an instrument or listening to cool radio.

It will be fun to play there with Brendan Hines on Sunday. He’s a killer writer who also does a little acting on the side, and he and I have written songs and made two records together. But I guess my “dream tour partner” is really my old acoustic guitar, a relic of the last century.

Musical guests often join me onstage and that brings me great joy, but I’m most interested in the fundaments of songwriting, in words and music. That box of wood and wire allows me to convey both, and it fits in the overhead compartment so long as I make nice with the flight attendant.

I see that you have composed the scores of more than seven films! Could you describe your process for coming up with the music for these films?

Each project is different. I’ve scored a wide variety of films and written songs for big movies, like Triple-9, but also intimate indie things like Diary Of A Teenage Girl.  It’s just a lot of fun to see someone like Kristen Wiig doing her thing over a song.

I like putting music to picture. When it works, everyone knows it.

It’s been particularly fun to have songs in TV shows like Dexteror on Nashville, in which an actor sings it as if they wrote it themselves and the lyrics are woven into the plot and dialogue. A song I wrote called No One Cares About Your Dreams is on the July 13 episode, and they’ve also put Gun For A Mouth and The Most Beautiful Girl in the World into the show.

When someone else sings a song I wrote, I get the same feeling as when people sing “Happy Birthday,” to you, this strange mix of humility and glee. And they always sing it better than I ever could.

How has your experience working with the Sundance Institute helped you as a musician, and what are some of the most significant takeaways you’ve gained from your time there?

Sundance is such an important part of the culture in that it supports independent creative forces and develops films about topics we wouldn’t likely see otherwise. The roots of some of our most venerated investigative documentaries, like Amy Berg’sDeliver Us From Evil or Ondi Timoner’s Dig! Even pioneering narrative projects like The Wire or Orange Is The New Black can be traced in part to the Sundance ethos, which is to amplify less-heard voices. Redford and his colleagues saw the need for this a long time ago, and they have made a significant, artistically-responsible contribution to the culture, broken down boundaries.

Beyond film and TV, one of my favorite projects of the last decade has been making music for Shadowland 1 and 2, two dance theater pieces by the American dance company Pilobolus. Those shows have been on the road since 2009, toured every continent, won awards, appeared on a lot of TV, even been performed for the Queen.

The composition process in dance is like scoring a film, writing a musical and making a record all at once. These scores are part pop song, part sweeping orchestral music, part electronic music, all based on narrative and the characters’ inner dialogue, so I write a lot of stuff for centaurs and gods and robots that I probably wouldn’t have otherwise written.

Your last album, God and the Girl, was released in 2014. How have listeners responded to this album, and can they expect any new music in the future?

Of course it’s thrilling and humbling when people indicate they like the songs, but when a song is done I move on to the next and rarely listen to it again.

I’ve always got new music, both my own and things I’ve written with and for others. For me, the hardest part is releasing it effectively and making listeners aware. Anyone interested can join my mailing list at

I’m just not particularly adept at marketing or interested in wading into the clamor of social media to sell music. And I’ve been playing since I was a teenager, when wheatpasting posters for gigs was a thing. So now, when a song is done, I nudge it out of the nest and hope it flies.

What have been some of your favorite places to perform, and why?

I’ve always enjoyed playing at World Cafe Live. Great crew, awesome sound, and Philadelphians are one of the best audiences in the world.

One of the shows I played there was recorded for a PBS series.

Have you ever tried a Philly cheesesteak?

Nope. Vegetarian.

-Interview conducted by Dana Schwartz, Marketing Intern

Job Posting: Private Events Manager

The Private Events Manager position at World Cafe Live offers a great opportunity for a talented, creative, and energetic sales professional to bring their dedication and excitement to several event spaces in Philadelphia, as well as develop new opportunities. The World Cafe Live footprint includes two separate spaces: a cafe and restaurant that accommodates 120 seated or 200 standing, and a separate dazzling music hall that comfortably seats 300 and expands to accommodate 650 standing. In each space you can expect flawless sound, lighting, and video, on-site production and catering, flexible seating, and adjacent secure parking. The Private Events Manager will oversee every aspect of the affairs from the first phone call through the end of a successful event.

Reporting directly to the General Manager, the Private Events Manager will be responsible for selling, detailing, and executing all Private Events for the Philadelphia venue. This is a full-time position.

World Cafe Live is an independent music venue in the heart of Philadelphia, PA. In addition to over 500 shows annually, World Cafe Live offers great food and beverages daily, and hosts and caters over two hundred special events a year. Quantity intersects with quality at the venue; WCL’s staff has a joint mission to bring established artists to an intimate setting that is both artist and audience friendly, while concurrently introducing the best emerging national and international talent since 2004. In addition, we proudly host weddings and commitment ceremonies, galas, fundraisers, beer festivals, business expos, bar/bat mitzvahs, birthdays and business meetings.

We believe that enjoying what you do is the key to doing it well. So, as an equal-opportunity employer, we are looking for employees who will take pleasure in the hard work of running a world-class live music, restaurant, and events venue, and take pride in the results.

For a full list of responsibilities and qualifications, please read more here.

If this is the job for you, please upload a cover letter and resume here.

We look forward to you joining our team.



Music Monday 6/19/17

The month of June is coming to an end, but the music never stops at WCL! Our upcoming artists offer an eclectic range of musical genres that will satisfy anyone’s tastes! To give you a better idea, we’ve created a Spotify playlist with their music. Listen here!

Future Thieves “Sucker” (August 6)

Future Thieves latest release, “Sucker” is the first new song which the band has put out since their debut LP Horizon Line in 2015. Recorded in a small lodge on a lake in Eastern Tennessee, “Sucker” has the same indie-rock vibe as their past record, yet it represents what the group feels is the next step in how their music should evolve. In a recent interview, bandmember Nick said, “It’s different, but the idea is to have it represent us as a collective group while pushing our boundaries and comfort zones.” Future Thieves always promises to give their audience the best possible performance, so be sure to catch them live on August 6!

Snake Club “This Could Be Us” (August 12)

The Philadelphia natives of Snake Club masterfully blend RnB, Hip Hop, and Pop with jazz backgrounds in their music. “This Could Be Us,” their most recent release from March 2017, is a perfect representation of this original style. Drawing inspiration from artists such as Hiatus Kaiyote, Ariana Grande, and Anderson Paak, the group incorporates smooth vocals, sensual harmonies, and soulful horn solos to create their own unique sound.

Penny and Sparrow “Finery” (September 17)

In their latest album, “Let a Lover Drown You,” Texas born indie-folk duo Penny and Sparrow “delve into numerous new and diverse sound landscapes… without sacrificing the sharp honesty that’s accompanied their career thus far.” Penny and Sparrow create music that is relaxing and easy to listen to, and possess a sound similar to The Swell Season, Bon Iver, and Mumford & Sons. Hear Andy Baxter and Kyle Jahnke’s smooth vocals, honest lyrics, and acoustic instrumentation in their song “Finery”!

-Dana Schwartz, Marketing Intern

Staff Pick: Robert Glasper Experiment 6/20

If you think you haven’t heard the Robert Glasper Experiment before, think again. The Experiment has played with the likes of chart topping artists ranging from Erykah Badu, Kendrick Lamar, Hiatus Kaiyote, Kanye West and Snoop Dogg all the way to Stevie Wonder, Herbie Hancock and Norah Jones. With a leader like Glasper, there is truly no limit to what this group can and will achieve. After releasing Black Radio 1 and 2 in 2012 and 2013 respectively, the Robert Glasper Experiment did not fail to live up to expectations with their follow up album and latest musical project, ArtScience. The band tastefully fuses countless facets and genres of music together seamlessly, from their deep jazz roots phasing into, and not shying away from, hints of prog rock, electronic, pop, hip-hop, funk, soul and R&B. Glasper and his band mates somehow cover it all and make it sound effortless in the process. Unlike their previous projects, ArtScience stands out for a big reason — this album has no featured vocalists. All members, including saxophonist and vocalist Casey Benjamin, drummer Mike Colenburg, bassist Derrick Hodge and Glasper himself, wrote and produced, and everyone sings. Everything about this album transcends the way we think about music. The opening song, “This Is Not Fear,” takes off full steam ahead right off of the bat. A minute and a half into it there’s a beat change that poses a purposefully stark contrast to the first minute of the song. This intro is just a little taste of what you’re in for when you embark on the musical journey that is ArtScience. From “You And Me,” an original song oozing with equal parts love and ache, to a 7 minute cover of Herbie Hancock’s “Tell Me A Bedtime Story,” each song will leave you feeling something different and new and will leave you amazed at the sheer musical brilliance. You will not regret diving into all that is the Robert Glasper Experiment. Don’t miss their upcoming show in our downstairs room on Tuesday, June 20thtickets are moving fast!

-Rachel Goldstein, Marketing Intern