Southern Avenue brings Memphis soul to Philly for first show of the World Cafe Live Spotlight Artist Series

Southern Avenue, who Rock 103 FM calls, “the most-talked-about band in Memphis,” took to the World Cafe Live stage this past Friday for the first show of our Spotlight Artist Series–highlighting the best emerging talent to come through Philly. Appropriately taking their name from a street that stretches all the way through Memphis–the quintet embodies the sound of the city. By drawing inspiration from gospel, blues, and the iconic artists signed to Stax Records before them and adding their own, youthful energy, Southern Avenue reinvents a classic sound.  

While some guests came with their own copy of the group’s self-titled CD in hand, eagerly awaiting the post-performance meet and greet, others came without having any prior knowledge of the band. Either way, it is safe to say everyone was left wanting more, and more is what you will get! Southern Avenue is returning to the World Cafe Live on April 25th, this time performing in our intimate, upstairs space. Tickets can be purchased online or at the box office.

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We are so grateful for everyone who helped make our first Spotlight show a success, and we can’t wait to welcome our next Spotlight Artist, The Stooges Brass Band–a New Orleans-based group that blends brass, contemporary jazz, and hip-hop beats–on Friday, February 16th. We support these up-and-coming artists so fully that we are bringing these shows to you completely FREE. Be sure to RSVP, so you don’t miss out on the chance to say, “I saw them here first.”

Written and photographed by Tate Kamish

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January 2018 Staff Picks

We have so many great shows coming up in January that you will not want to miss! Check out some of our staff favorites, and listen to song selections from the entire month on our Spotify Playlist.

We are very excited to launch our new Spotlight Artist Series in 2018, bringing you FREE shows from the best emerging talent to come through Philly. First up is Memphis five-piece, Southern Avenue on January 12th! Their self-titled debut album, released in February 2017, captures the soul, blues, and gospel traditions of Memphis, and has already reached #1 on the iTunes Blues chart. This will not be the last time you hear their name, so here is your chance to say you saw them at World Cafe Live first… for FREE!

Favorite Tracks: Slipped, Tripped And Fell In Love, Don’t Give Up, Love Me Right

 

David Uosikkinen of The Hooters returns with In The Pocket on January 18th! Uosikkinen is recording what he feels are the “Essential Songs of Philadelphia.” In The Pocket brings together a rotating line-up of Philly’s most celebrated musicians, who perform songs which were either recorded in Philadelphia, or written and performed by Philadelphians. The current line-up is set to include fellow Hooters band member Fran Smith Jr.,  Tommy Conwell of The Young Rumblers, Kenny Aaronson of The Yardbirds/Bob Dylan, and Charlie Ingui of Soul Survivors, among many other all-star Philly musicians. This will be a fun celebration of Philadelphia music!

Favorite Tracks: Punk Rock Girl, I Ain’t Searchin’, One Of Us

 

On January 20th, be sure to catch the greatest Tom Petty Tribute Band around, Damn The Torpedoes! Front man Rich Kubicz has mastered all things Petty with painstaking precision, and it’s no surprise that this show drew so much attention that we had to move it from our smaller upstairs room to downstairs! Since we now sadly live in a world without Tom Petty, Damn The Torpedoes is the next best thing to seeing the legend himself. RIP Tom!

Favorite Cover Tunes: Wildflowers, Learning To Fly, The Waiting

 

Roots rock/alternative country singer, songwriter, and guitarist Alejandro Escovedo Band returns on January 23rd! Escovedo, who comes from a family of several professional musicians, has been touring and recording since the early 90s and has an eclectic body of work spanning his career. His latest album, Burn Something Beautiful, was released last year, which Rolling Stone calls “timeless rather than trendy.”

Favorite Tracks: I Was Drunk, Heartbeat Smile, Always A Friend

 

WCL veteran Howie Day returns on January 28th! Through extensive touring, Day gained a loyal following among the college crowd in the early 2000s with his (unique at the time) in-concert use of samplers and effects pedals, which made him sound like a one-man-band. He gained national attention in 2004/2005 with his top 10 radio hits “Collide” and “She Says.” His latest release, Lanterns (2015), was fully funded by fans and himself through his PledgeMusic campaign.

Favorite Tracks: Collide, She Says, Anyone

 

Joe Purdy and Amber Rubarth are stopping by on their “American Folk” Tour on January 31st! The pair, who are real-life folk musicians and not professional actors, star in the award-winning independent film of the same title, which is set for release on January 26th alongside the film soundtrack. “American Folk” is about two folk musicians who meet on a plane bound for New York on the morning of 9/11, and the soundtrack features a mix of original material from Purdy and Rubarth, as well as folk classics. Philly is one of only 8 stops on this unique tour!

Favorite Tracks: The City, I Love The Rain The Most, San Jose

Now Hiring: Graphic Design Intern

Responsibilities:
Work directly with our lead designer to improve existing marketing materials
Design posters for upcoming concerts and events
Create web and print ads
Generate imagery for website, social media and email blasts

Qualifications:
Proven understanding of Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign
Great Typography and Layout Skills
Ability to work independently as well as collaborate with a team
Interest in music/familiarity with the Philadelphia music scene
Ability to provide personal laptop for their workstation
Flexible schedule – available to work at least 8 hours/week
Illustration/drawing skills are a plus

Benefits:
College credit, if applicable
Generate numerous portfolio pieces
Opportunity to attend free concerts
Gain experience with a wide variety of music and events
Make valuable connections in the music industry

APPLY HERE

December Staff Picks

We’ve got another amazing lineup coming up in December! Check out some of our staff favorites, and take a listen on our Spotify Playlist.

WCL veterans Carbon Leaf are returning on December 1st! The Richmond, VA quintet blends folk, Celtic, bluegrass, Americana and rock into what the band refers to as “ether-electrified porch music.” Their 2016 release, Nothing Rhymes With Woman, was the third and final album to be re-recorded after a split with their previous record label, achieving the band’s goal of regaining 100% ownership of their music catalog. With 16 albums spanning their 24-year career, you never know what to expect at a Carbon Leaf show!
Favorite Tracks: Let Your Troubles Roll By, The Boxer, Miss Hollywood

Coming to our upstairs stage on December 5th is Jaws of Love., the new solo project by singer/multi-instrumentalist Kelcey Ayer of Local Natives. Ayer explains of his debut album Tasha Sits Close to the Piano, “It was such an awesome release making these songs, and that let me embrace who I feel like I am. It was wonderful to not have to explain myself to anyone. I have dark piano music in my heart and soul, and Jaws of Love. is me at my truest self.” Be sure to check out this special, intimate show!
Favorite Tracks: Love Me Like I’m Gone, Hawaiian License Plates, Jaws of Love.

Outlaw country/southern rock singer-songwriter and son of country music legend Waylon Jennings, Shooter Jennings is coming through Philly on December 8th! On this special co-headlining acoustic tour with Jason Boland, the two will be sharing the stage swapping songs and stories. This will surely be a fun show that country music fans will not want to miss!
Favorite Tracks from Shooter Jennings: 4th of July, The Gunslinger
Favorite Tracks from Jason Boland: When I’m Stoned, Pearl Snaps

 On December 9th, WXPN Welcomes Hiss Golden Messenger! This Durham, NC folk band is fronted by M.C. Taylor, who has been making music for more than 20 years. The prolific songwriter has been recently flooded with inspiration, releasing 2017’s Hallelujah Anyhow less than a year after 2016’s Heart Like a Levee, which itself was packaged with a bonus eight-song record, Vestapol. Taylor explains, “These songs felt like they were flying over my head and I reached up and caught them. It was pretty simple in that way. There was an emotional urgency with this collection of music that felt spurred on by what I was seeing and hearing around me.”
Favorite Tracks: Biloxi, Jenny of the Roses, Heart Like a Levee

Everett Bradley’s Holidelic returns on December 15th!  Combining his old school 70s style funk and humorous lyrics, Everett has created a fun and unique holiday celebration of life, love, and Christmas that people from all walks of life can enjoy.
Favorite Tracks: Holidelic, Santa Bring The Funk, Nativitay

One Tree Hill favorites Tyler Hilton & Kate Voegele are bringing their ”One Tree Holiday” tour to WCL on December 21st! The pair will be performing as a duo for a special night of music that is sure to make fans of the show feel nostalgic. Tickets are flying for this one, so don’t get left out!
Favorite Tracks from Tyler Hilton: When It Comes, Glad, Next To You
Favorite Tracks from Kate Voegele: It’s Only Life, Forever and Almost Always, Not The Only One

November Staff Picks

November is almost here and we’ve got a killer lineup for you! Check out some of the highlights below & on our Spotify playlist.

JD McPherson makes his WCL return on November 5! The rural Oklahoma native has drawn inspiration from everything from Little Richard to the Wu-Tang-Clan to Led Zeppelin, giving him a unique retro sound that lies somewhere between rock & roll, R&B, and 1950s rockabilly.

Favorite Tracks: Lucky Penny, Let The Good Times Roll, North Side Gal

Coming to our upstairs stage on November 8 are JD Eicher & Sawyer Fredericks! Eicher has been playing guitar since age 12 and has four albums and a live EP full of catchy pop-rock tunes. Fredericks is a contemporary folk singer-songwriter who won the 8th season of The Voice in 2015, making him the youngest winner in series history at age 16. This co-headline show will be a fun night of music you will not want to miss!

Favorite Tracks from JD Eicher: Two By Two, The Little Bit, Aaron, This Heart

Favorite Tracks from Sawyer Fredericks: What I’ve Done, Not Coming Home, Take It All, This Fire

Come check out Mary Lambert on our upstairs stage November 14! Lambert taught herself to play piano and write songs at age 6 as an escape from her traumatic and abusive household. Her emotional and revealing songs speak of the struggles she faced as a child, and her live shows are described as “safe spaces where crying is acceptable and even encouraged.”

Favorite Tracks: She Keeps Me Warm, Know Your Name, So Far Away, Secrets, When You Sleep

On November 22 we welcome Philly up-and-comers, the Chris Paterno Band! This energetic eight-piece is a little bit of rock and roll and funk and soul, all rolled into one. Come dance the night away while supporting local music!

Favorite Tracks: Gorgeous, Unfaithful

Loudon Wainwright III returns on November 29! With his witty, self-mocking lyrical style, Wainwright has recorded 23 studio albums since 1970. Wainwright’s songs are often deeply personal with a twist of humor, making his live shows as entertaining are they are meaningful.

Favorite Tracks: The Swimming Song, In C, Middle Of The Night, Daughter

The Alternate Routes are back on November 30! With their latest record “Live In Pawling” and a new single “Stronger,” are available now! These guys always put on a great show, so don’t miss this special co-headline with Nick Fradiani!

Favorite Tracks: All That I See, Nothing More, Ordinary, Desdemona (Featuring Patty Griffin)

Now Hiring: Winter/Spring Marketing Interns

Want to get your start in the music industry? We’re looking for some awesome interns to join our team this winter/spring! Session runs from January through May, dates are flexible. You’ll be working directly under our Marketing Manager. Read a full description below and apply here.

Responsibilities:
Generate content for venue blog and social 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
Write press releases for upcoming shows to be distributed to media outlets

Qualifications:
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

Benefits:
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: Noah Gundersen 10/22

Coming to WCL on Sunday, October 22nd is Seattle-based singer-songwriter Noah Gundersen. With his quiet, unique voice and deep lyrics, his music offers his heart on a string.

His latest record, White Noise, has taken Gundersen into a new musical direction, expanding his sound from acoustic/folk music with few frills, to a wall-of-sound production style record which features electric guitars, drums, progressive synth, and bass on many tracks. Gundersen has called his latest venture a “sensory overload.” “Fear, anxiety, desire, sex, lust, love. White Noise is the place between waking and dreaming, where the edges blur and the light is strange. It’s a car crash, it’s a drowning, it’s everything all the time.”

His upcoming tour is sure to be one you will not want to miss. Tickets are available here.

Interview: Conjunto Philadelphia

Our monthly Havana Nights series features authentic Cuban cuisine, cocktails, and music courtesy of Philly’s most exciting Cuban band, Conjunto Philadelphia. If you haven’t been to one yet, we’ve got three Fridays left for the year – October 6, November 3, & December 1. Admission is FREE but reservations are recommended. We caught up with Conjunto’s Musical Director Jeff Torchon – read the full interview below!

WCL: What inspired you to start studying Cuban music and how did you come to form the band Conjunto?

Jeff: It’s been close to ten years now since I started pursuing my passion for Cuban music. During my freshman year of college at Temple University, I was introduced to the Buena Vista Social Club documentary. This film tells the story of older Cuban musicians who were forgotten about after the Cuban Revolution and chronicles their work to showcase Cuban music throughout the world towards the end of the twentieth century. The music resonated with me in such a way no music had ever done before. It was infectious, intriguing, innovative, and – most of all – magical. The sounds were a melting pot of West African, European and Spanish cultures, and this piqued my curiosity – I just had to know more.

I spent a great deal of time exploring Cuban music by listening to recordings, learning the songs on the piano and reading about the music. In 2010, I brought together a group of local jazz musicians and held a concert at a local jazz club performing the music of the Buena Vista Social Club. This was my first public foray into the music and it was a success. After this concert, I had the impetus to travel to Cuba to continue my studies. It was not easy at the time for a college student to travel to Cuba on his own, so I did the next best thing in my mind – I traveled to Miami to research and study Cuban music with musicians in Little Havana. I studied with some amazing Cuban musicians and learned about so much more that Cuba had to offer than the Buena Vista Social Club. My eyes were open to the incredible wealth of music that existed from Cuba – Miguel Matamoros, Beny More, Arsenio Rodriguez, Orquesta América, Enrique Jorrín – and how that music influenced Jazz and other popular music in our country. I came back to Philadelphia with an even stronger passion for Cuban music – wanting to formalize the band that I had put together earlier that year as well as find a way to travel to Cuba legally.

I was able to officially found, Conjunto Philadelphia, my Cuban music group that performs regularly in the Philadelphia area and has become my outlet for exploring Cuban music. This band still exists today and performs all around the Philadelphia region. Our mission is to pay homage to Cuba’s deep and treasured musical history and perform it in a way that is true to its origins. The band, after having been together for seven years now, is an active organization within the Philadelphia area. We have performed at Chris’ Jazz Café, Longwood Gardens, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Penn Museum, the Exit Zero Jazz Festival in Cape May, and the World Cafe Live (where we perform on the first Friday of each month for their Havana Nights Cuban music series). We have gained a strong following in the region and are lucky to be one of the few groups performing this type of music. You can visit our website for upcoming concert dates or for more information about the band: http://www.conjuntophilly.com

Your Master’s thesis was on “Cha-cha-cha”! Can you tell us a little about this and how do people react when you say you’re a master in Cha-Cha-Cha!

Yes! This was an incredible experience. Here is my abstract from my Thesis:

One of the most distinctive musical genres that originated in Cuba over the last century has been Cha-Cha-Chá, which was created by Enrique Jorrín in the 1950s. The popularity of this music has grown considerably since its genesis, evidenced by the vast array of repertoire associated with the style of music, the multitude of bands performing it and its prevalence in popular culture. The music has traveled the world via aural transmission; advances in technology have helped to disseminate Cha-Cha-Chá and have contributed to its prevalence. Very little research—particularly research written in the English language—exists on this genre and its creator. Due to its musical significance and social impact, it is important to understand Cha-Cha-Chá’s place in modern Cuba and how it has been preserved over time. The purpose of this study is to discuss Enrique Jorrín’s influence on the creation and performance of Cha-Cha-Chá, and to discuss the importance of Cha-Cha-Chá in American music education.

What many people don’t realize is that the Cha-Cha-Chá is a uniquely Cuban music and dance style that originated on the island in the early 1950’s. It comes out of the Danzón style of music that was popular in Cuba during 1940s. These rhythms were tweaked and evolved to become what is known today as Cha-Cha-Chá. My Thesis not only explored the musical style of Cha-Cha-Chá, how it developed and was created, but also how it could be incorporated and used in music education here in the United States. Since my degree was in Music Education and I am a full-time music teacher (Middle and High School) at Germantown Friends School, this connection between Cuban music and Music Education seemed timely and appropriate.

You’ve traveled to Cuba many times, describe some of your musical experiences there.

My trips to Cuba have been incredible. I was also able to travel to Cuba and have since taken five trips to the island. Most of my adventures were categorized as people-to-people trips by the US government and allowed me to explore the music, culture and history of the island. These trips all consisted of a detailed itinerary set by the tour company that promoted cultural exchange between the participants and the Cuban people. We were not able to deviate from these itineraries during the day due to US regulations on Cuba travel (these regulations are still in place today). We were able to go out to hear music at night on the trips – we heard some incredible music! While these trips were enlightening, I did not have the freedom I would have liked to explore on my own. Luckily, I was able to travel to Cuba again as a graduate researcher and was able to move about freely to explore. I interviewed many musicians about their musical experiences, studied the music in-depth, and truly created an engaging and holistically musical experience for myself. The knowledge that I brought back contributed to the writing of my Masters Thesis on Cuban Cha-Cha-Chá and its implications for use in United States Music Education as well as my general understanding and studies of Cuban music.

One of the highlights of my trips was the ability to interact with Cuban musicians in the various music clubs, bars and restaurants. So many of these places have live music in Cuba and it was so incredible to listen to the music (all traditional Son, Cha-Cha-Chá and Bolero) as well as share that I am a jazz pianist from Philadelphia and like Cuban music. As soon as I mentioned that, I was invited to play with them. Much to the shock of many of the musicians I met, I was able to play the Cuban songs that they knew and played regularly! We had a lot of fun in those moments. One place in particular, Café Paris, which is a small club/bar in Old Havana, gave me the opportunity to play many times during my travels. I had gone in there a few years back on one of my first trips to play and then hadn’t been back for a few years. When my wife and I went back to Havana in December 2016, we went to Café Paris. I hadn’t remembered the musicians’ names or anything at all and we were just listening from our seats. The bass player made eye contact with me and motioned as if to ask me if I wanted to play the keyboard. I nodded my head and he invited me up. He didn’t speak English and I didn’t speak enough Spanish to have a full conversation – but we communicated with the language of music. It was pretty awesome!

How’s the food?

The food is wonderful. Cuba has a unique endeavor called Paladars. These are privately-owned restaurants (which is not very common in Cuba because everything is owned by the government). These restaurants started out being 3 or 4 tables in people’s private houses (living rooms). Now, many Paladars are what we would consider in the US to be normal restaurants with full dining rooms and reservations taken well in advance. The food is heavy with rice and beans, seafood and meat. These Paladars get quality ingredients from local organic farms and have great tasting food. The food isn’t always the spiciest because of lack of resources, but it is quite good!

Do they really drink mojitos in Cuba?

Yes! The Mojito is a very popular drink in Cuba and Rum is very cheap in Cuba. While Mojitos are popular among the tourists, I’m not sure how many Cubans drink Mojitos as opposed to straight Rum (Havana Club brand – which you can bring back from Cuba now!). Sugar is one of Cuba’s largest crops and because of that, it is cheap to have and cheap to make rum as well.

List the 5 essential artists/albums you would recommend to introduce people to Cuban music and why they are so important.

Beny More – one of greatest band leaders and vocalists ever to come out of Cuba. Popular in the 1940s – he was the lead singer for his own group that had a banda gigantic (big band) similar to the Jazz Big Bands. Popular song to check out: “Como Fue”

Arsenio Rodriguez – popular três guitar player in Cuba in the 1940s and the 1950s. Great dance band that would perform all over Cuba, and especially in Havana. Ruben Gonzalez, pianist of the Buena Vista Social Club, got his start in this band. Arsenio’s group was the original “Conjunto” format, incorporating the piano and tres as well as Congas into an ensemble with the clave rhythm being very much a part of the groove. Popular song: “Rincón Caliente”

Buena Vista Social Club – this iconic group from the mid-1990s brought traditional Cuban music (Son, Cha-Cha-Chá, Bolero and Danzón) back into the world spotlight. Musicians in this group were some of the most famous ever to exist in Cuba and were all brought together to perform this timeless music. Notable songs include: “Chan Chan” or “El Cuarto De Tula”

Bebo Valdes – One of the best Cuban pianists ever to live. He was the director of the Tropicana Nightclub orchestra in the 1940s and 1950s – left Cuba shortly after the revolution and ended up in obscurity until the 1990s when he was rediscovered and recorded many albums. He is the father to the great Chucho Valdes and is one of the most underrated Cuban pianists of all time (in my opinion). Song to listen to: “La Comparsa”

Enriqure Jorrín – Known as the creator of Cha-Cha-Chá, he played in both Orquesta America and then his own group, Orquesta Jorrín. Great bandleader and violinist and composer. Notable songs include: “Silver Star” and “La Engañadora”

What’s next for the band? We hear you’re working on an album.

The band and I are currently embarking on a new project to travel to Cuba and share our music with the Cuban people. This cultural exchange opportunity would be an amazing chance to bridge our two cultures and tear down the walls of politics, bringing us together as humans to share music and cultural ideas. It would also be an incredible opportunity for us to show the Cuban people that a group of musicians from the United States is trying to uphold their musical heritage to the best of our ability. While in Cuba, we plan to record the band’s first album at EGREM studios, where the Buena Vista Social Club recorded their music in the 1990s. This is also the studio where many other famous Cuban musicians recorded their music during the twentieth century. If you are interested in helping us achieve this project, please consider giving to our GoFundMe project at http://www.gofundme.com/conjuntophilly

We love it, you love it, why should everyone love Conjunto’s Havana Nights at WCL?

Havana Nights have really become a great way for Conjunto Philadelphia to bring their music to World Cafe Live and reach a wider audience. The nights have been packed with reservations at the tables and full dance floors as well. It’s really quite a success and we are looking forward to continuing to offer our music at World Cafe Live moving forward. Each time we do Havana Nights we make it more and more culturally connected to Cuban culture. There are Cuban drink specials, Cuban food specials that hint at Cuban food items, a place for folks to dance to the Cuban rhythms and sounds and a band (the only one in Philadelphia) that performs solely the music of Cuba from the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s. We are honored to be a part of this event series and can’t wait to play again!

STAFF PICK: WILL HOGE & DAN LAYUS 9/20

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