BEING THERE: Lucinda Williams @ World Cafe Live via Phawker

“With a presentation of old photographs and home movies projected onto a screen above the stage, and a music stand presumably full of notes and lyrics, Williams gave us the grand tour of Car Wheels… There were no more secrets to worry about — she put her life out on the table in music and narrative for the whole crowd to bear witness.”

Read more at Phawker

“Teen Learning Community Bryn Mawr: 14 Years of Prototyping Talent-Based Student Philanthropy” via Mainline Suburban Life

“In the winter of 2006, with World Café Live’s Hal Real in full support early on, Lower Merion’s student impresario Dani Ella Yaron was able to stage several revenue-generating concerts highlighting student musicians to start the funding for an innovative teen center.

Real very generously gave Teen Learning Community one hundred percent of gate revenue, based on the realistic expectation that people in the audience would spend a lot of money on food and drinks.

As a result of Hal Real’s business model, through three concerts, we were able to bring in over two thousand dollars to pay for insurance policies to underwrite our events and look into a broader campaign to purchase the up-for-sale Bryn Mawr Hardware Store.”

Meet with students and ask them what they can do – their talents – and what they want to do, set a purpose, and do the work. And, of course, if you can find someone as generous as entrepreneur Hal Real of World Café Live to get you started financially, you will be in good shape.”


The Many Dimensions Of WXPN – New Digs and A New Home For The NONCOMM-vention

“Whereas, in the past, WXPN and World Cafe were forced to operate out of cramped and limited studio space, they now enjoy modern studios with plenty of broadcast and production options. In addition to housing the station, a restaurant and live music venue that is open to the public, called World Cafe Live, is also part of the complex. World Cafe Live presents a variety of live music, much of which resonates with WXPN members and listeners, in two (upstairs and downstairs) spaces.”

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Hal Real wins NCCo Chamber’s Entrepreneur of the Year Award

World Cafe Live founder and president Hal Real was honored with the New Castle County Chamber of Commerce’s David J. Freschman Entrepreneur of the Year Award in spring 2016.

“Hal took a lot of risks and had a lot of perseverance to develop that property into one of the crown jewels of Market Street,” chamber president Mark Kleinschmidt said. “Given everything that’s happened there, he seemed like an obvious choice for the award.”


Read more about it on DelawareOnline.

World Cafe Live at The Queen celebrates 5th Anniversary

World Cafe Live at The Queen in Wilmington, DE celebrated its 5th Anniversary on April 1, 2016. Read what some of our friends had to say about it below!

“Symbol Of A Downtown Revival” Out & About

“For five years, Queen is Market Street’s crown jewel” Delaware Business Times

“Marathon of free shows for Queen’s 5th” Delaware Online

“Fulfilling its promise: The Queen’s first 5 years on Market” Delaware Public Media

“All Hail World Cafe Live at The Queen” honeygrow

Monday Jazz Jam shines spotlight on aspiring talent

“World Cafe Live thinks it’s important to showcase local talent because we’re located in Philly, which has one of the best music scenes in the country,” programming manager Christianna LaBuz said. “We wouldn’t be here without the love and support of our WCL music family, the folks whose smiling faces we see regularly, both on stage as performers and offstage in the audience as fans.”

Read more on The Temple News.

WCL at The Queen Press Highlights 2012-2015

A lot of cool stuff happened during our first 4 years in Wilmington. Take a look!


“The Queen’s Shine a Light concert tackles ’75” Delaware Online


“BMI Joins Forces With Mid-Atlantic Radio Group in Presenting Songwriter Event” BMI

“Learning lessons becoming musical” Sunday News Journal


“One year later, sounds of success from the Queen” DFM News

“A year in the life of World Cafe Live” The News Journal

“Long Live: Local Musicians Shine A Light” Out & About

“Rolling Stones tribute ‘packs the house’ for Live at the Queen fundraiser” WHYY NewsWorks

World Cafe Live Philadelphia Celebrates 10th Anniversary

World Cafe Live Philadelphia opened its doors 10 years ago at 3025 Walnut Street on October 2nd, 2004. Below are some articles and press pieces surrounding the 10th Anniversary.

“Venue Celebrates 10th Year” Temple News

“WXPN and World Cafe Live: 10th Anniversary” University of Pennsylvania Almanac

“World Cafe Live Celebrates 10 Years” Philadelphia Daily News

“World Cafe Live Turns 10” Metro

World Cafe Live Owner Hal Real Reflects On Ten Years For The XPN Morning Show