Staff Pick: Lewis Watson 5/21

Coming up on Sunday, May 21 is Lewis Watson, a London-based singer/songwriter with a smooth and soulful voice paired with a mellow acoustic sound. Watson began uploading covers of songs by artists such as Bon Iver, Bombay Bicycle Club, and the Knife to a Youtube channel which received little attention back in 2010, yet his music career did not fully take off until he started posting videos of his original songs. These original compositions received great responses from listeners, and it wasn’t long until he recorded his first EP, “It’s Got Four Sad Songs On It BTW,” produced by his former music teacher, Joe Porter. The buzz that the 2012 EP generated was enough to attract several record labels to Watson’s music, and he eventually decided to sign with Warner Bros. As he began performing at larger festivals, Watson’s fanbase grew, and another EP titled “Another Four Sad Songs” followed months later. I can appreciate the rawness of both EPs- they are not overproduced or written to fit a mainstream mold. Each feature Watson, who sings the melody as well as additional background harmonies, his acoustic guitar, and occasional extra instrumentation that compliments his performance. Watson’s lyrics are honest, original, and very relatable. His third EP, “Wild,” was made possible with the help and collaboration of artists and producers such as The Arctic Monkeys, Florence and the Machine, Richard Wilkinson, and Mr. Hudson. The EP, which was released in 2013, contains a heightened confidence from Watson, as well as a more polished production value than the previous two. After releasing two more EPs in 2013, Watson created his first full length album, “The Morning,” which debuted in July 2014. Watson then parted ways with Warner Music in order to focus more on his songwriting, which is exactly what he did! “Midnight,” his next full-length album, was released in early 2017, and he signed with Cooking Vinyl, a well-established indie record label. Watson’s sound is the perfect blend of relaxing indie and upbeat acoustic pop. His powerful voice will undoubtedly fill our downstairs room- grab tickets here!

-Dana Schwartz, Marketing Intern

Job Posting: Talent Buyer

We are now accepting submissions for a new Talent Buyer. The Talent Buyer position at World Cafe Live offers a great opportunity for a talented, creative, and energetic professional to bring their dedication and excitement to two stages in Philadelphia, as well as new developing opportunities in our “WCL Presents” series. Reporting directly to the General Manager, the Talent Buyer will be responsible for programming, booking, and promoting shows and events on both stages of 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 200 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. WCL has also created unique and innovative programming to support the local and regional music community in partnership with other like-minded organizations.

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 of the Talent Buyer position, 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.

Staff Pick: The Feelies in Philly 4/29

One of New York City’s best underground post-punk bands The Feelies are the type of band whose style and influence you can hear in so many bands that came after them. Their debut album Crazy Rhythms was a commercial flop, however so many alternative rock bands who emerged after them cite it as a major influence, with R.E.M. being the most significant. The album is now critically acclaimed because of the impact it had on future genres that emerged through the influence of their sound. After a couple more albums and a long hiatus, The Feelies are back with their second new album since reuniting in 2008. In Between has all the punk vibes that made them classic, yet presents them within a newer, looser frame of reference. Singer/guitarist Glenn Mercer describes the album as “…all done very low key. We refer to it as ‘off the clock’ when you’re not paying an hourly rate, so in that sense it was a lot more relaxed. I don’t think anyone would notice a drastic change in the sound or the vibe of the record. I think it sounds a lot more relaxed and laid back.” The Feelies are coming to WCL Philly on April 29th and you don’t want to miss it! In the meantime check out this old-school cool video of them playing one of their most classic songs “Crazy Rhythms” at the legendary CBGB Club in New York City circa 1978.

-Nick DiGiacomo, Marketing Intern

Staff Pick: Bill Laurance in Philly 1/31

Bill Laurance is a modern day musical renaissance man. In addition to being the long time pianist of the internationally-acclaimed and Grammy-award winning jazz ensemble Snarky Puppy, Bill Laurance has released multiple acclaimed solo albums, works extensively with dance companies, owns his own music production company specializing in scoring for film, TV and commercials, and is a specialist lecturer at the Institute of Contemporary Music in London. His music, much like that of Snarky Puppy’s, seamlessly blends several genres into a transcendental journey that takes you to a new other-worldly state of mind with every song. A fantastic example of this is the live studio recording of his song “December in New York” off of his 2015 solo album Swift. His articulate piano playing perfectly captures the ebb and flow of the city that never sleeps as he gracefully and effortlessly maneuvers through intricate melodies and graceful harmonic textures behind a dynamic jazz ensemble. His playing is so precise and impeccable it’s hard to believe someone can play that well in a studio, let alone live! The journey his music takes you on just listening to it is extraordinary, so one can only imagine what it would be like to experience that live, which is why you should catch him downstairs at WCL Philly on January 31st!

-Nick DiGiacomo, Marketing Intern

Staff Pick: Maybird in Philly 12/1

The music genre of modern psychedelia has been expanding rapidly within the past decade.  Artists such as Tame Impala and The Flaming Lips have popularized psychedelic rock by adding a modern twist to classic styles from the past.  Maybird is one of those bands that can be included into this category.  Hailing from Brooklyn, NY, the band was formed when singer-songwriter Josh Netsky joined with pedal-steel guitarist Kurt Johnson.  They sought to move towards a more laid back, psychedelic vibe than Netsky previously had in his solo project.  The band’s sound, having memorable guitar leads and lush vocal harmonies, can be described as energetic, noisy and hallucinatory.  Oftentimes, in songs like “Maybird,” their catchy pop rock structured songs turn into free, mind-expanding jams by the end.  The group’s lead single, “Turning Into Water,” is a fun, twangy trip through time and space.  The band is also known for their eclectic live performances.  Band member Sam Snyder was given the nickname “Overhand Sam” for his unorthodox style of guitar playing.  Maybird is currently on an east coast tour supporting their 2016 release Turning Into Water EP.  For fans of The Strokes and Electric Light Orchestra. Catch Maybird Upstairs in Philly on December 1st!

-Evan Cook, Marketing Intern

Staff Pick: Slow Club in Philly 11/13

Sophisticated indie rockers Slow Club will be bringing their exquisite, love-song pop harmonies to Philly next month.  The English duo, formed in 2006, has released two EPs and five full-length LPs.  They are currently on tour supporting their 2016 release entitled One Day All of This Won’t Matter Anymore.  The band first gained recognition with their 2009 debut Yeah So.  Their albums can be characterized by charming indie rock jams meeting intimate folk duets.  Simple, underlying rhythms combined with dreamy guitars support multinstrumentalists Charles Watson and Rebecca Taylor’s intricate vocal harmonies.  The track “Tears of Joy” off their 2014 release Complete Surrender includes a touch of jazz, dance, and even a slight hint of funk.  The final track “Wanderer Wandering” off the same record is a new-wave synth ballad, yearning for the affection of a significant other.  Their newest record has a catchy, pleasant presentation juxtaposed with sorrowful lyrical content.  In a live setting, the two artists play with a full band, but also perform acoustic renditions of some of their more popular songs.  Slow Club is for fans of Florence and the Machine, St. Vincent, and Sufjan Stevens.  Catch them Upstairs in Philly November 13th!

-Evan Cook, Marketing Intern

Staff Pick: Langhorne Slim in Wilmington 10/23

Langhorne Slim and his band, The Law, have been storytelling to audiences since 1999.  A Pennsylvania native, the band’s leader and primary songwriter uses his acoustic guitar and country-tinged voice to take the audience on a journey through life’s rough moments and the happier ones.  The band first gained recognition after the release of their first full-length, self-titled LP in 2008.  Following the album’s popularity, the group made appearances on national late night shows such as David Letterman and Conan O’Brien, and also gaining a spot on notable music festivals including Lollapalooza, Bonnaroo, and the Philadelphia Folk Festival.  Although, their most critically acclaimed record, The Way We Move, is the album most of their fans and critics call “damn near perfect” in the world of folk music.  Langhorne Slim’s raspy, southern honesty comes out especially in track five, “On The Attack,” off this record.  While tracks like “Salvation” and “Wild Soul” show the softer side of the artist.  All in all, Langhorne Slim gives his audience honest folk songs while adding a touch of country, creating his own brand of alternative folk music.  For fans of The Avett Brothers and Bob Dylan.  Catch Langhorne Slim & The Law on October 23rd at the World Cafe Live at The Queen in Wilmington!

-Evan Cook, Marketing Intern

Staff Pick: SALES in Philly 10/11

Catchy, minimalistic, heartfelt, and honest are all words to describe the two-piece pop band SALES.  From their hometown of Orlando, Florida, SALES is currently on tour promoting their self-released, self-titled first full length LP.  Vocalist Lauren Morgan’s subdued voice over a steady electronic drum machine, filled out by reverbed guitars give a sense of familiarity while still presenting the listener with a fresh sound.  Songs like “Ivy” and “Crash” will leave you wanting to relax in your bedroom for hours while submitting to guitarist Jordan Shih’s twinkly, melodic riffs.  As the album progresses, the duo begins to adventure more into trip-hop territory with songs like “Big Sis” and “Mondays”.  Although clearly influenced by a lot of contemporary indie artists, at certain points throughout the record (such as the short interlude “Be My Baby”) the duo gives a nod to more classic pop/rock artists of the past.  For fans of bands such as Beach House, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, and Youth Lagoon, this lo-fi two-piece will not disappoint.  Do not sleep on this up-and-coming group, for they will be sure to gain more popularity in the near future.  Make sure to grab your tickets for their performance at World Cafe Live downstairs in Philadelphia on October 11.

-Evan Cook, Marketing Intern

Win Free Tickets For A Year!

freetixforyearWorld Cafe Live Philadelphia is celebrating its 12th anniversary this weekend! To say thanks, we’re giving you the chance to win FREE TICKETS FOR A YEAR! The lucky winner will receive one pair of tickets to their show of choice each month (at either venue) through September 2017. That’s 12 pairs of tickets over 12 months to celebrate 12 years… you get the idea.

To enter, share your favorite WCL moment (a show, a picture, a story) on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook with the hashtag #WCL12. Be sure to tag us @worldcafelive! Winner will be notified on Monday, October 3rd.