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Funds will enable creation of new artistic works inspired by Philadelphia’s Black music history

PHILADELPHIA (MARCH 17, 2021): The Black Music City project announced today that it is distributing a total of $48,000 to 23 Black creatives in the greater Philadelphia area to produce new artistic works inspired by Philadelphia’s rich Black music history. Each recipient is receiving between $1,000 and $3,500 each.

The Black Music City grant recipients and new artistic projects are:

• Shekhinah B-Brown / The Tammi Terrell Project ($1,000) Digital Art (photography, videography, illustration) honoring the late and great Tammi Terrell

• Nikki Brake-Silla / Lily on the Rise ($3,500) Other; honoring Black Lily at The Five Spot

• Zeek Burse / Soul Sista (Reimagined) ($3,000) Other/multimedia honoring Bilal’s “Soul Sista” album and the strength, soulfulness, beauty and brilliance of the Black Philly Woman

• Kendrah Butler / Sacred Spirituals: Inspired by the Spirit of Trudy Pitts ($3,500) Music (song, project) honoring the legacy and compositional work of pianist and composer Trudy Pitts

• Kimberly Camp / Salute to Marian Anderson ($2,500) Physical art (painting, drawing, sculpture) honoring Marian Anderson, the American contralto who was denied the stage at Constitution Hall by the Daughters of the American Revolution in 1939 because of her race

• Stanley Collins / The Seeds of Black Lily ($1,000) Alternative audio (podcast, spoken word) honoring Black Lily Women in Music Series and the Philadelphia Soul movement of the late 1990s and early 2000s

• Anima Danquah / The Sound of Philly Mixtape ($1,000) Digital art (photography, videography, illustration) honoring the evolution and influence of Philadelphia musicians

• Erin Dillard / Emospacebird ($1,000) Music (song, project) honoring the late and great Sister Rosetta Tharpe

• Allen Green / Philly Musicians Give Back ($2,500) Digital art (photography, videography, illustration) exploring the role social justice advocacy (protesting, fundraising, volunteering) played in Philly musicians’ lyrics and actions

• Noah-Harmony Harley / Sustaining the Sound of Freedom ($1,500) Music (song, project) honoring Rufus Harley, Jr., the world’s first jazz bagpiper

• Victor Jackson / Princess of a Mountain and Referee of the Ring ($3,500) Woodwork, poetry, aerosol painting honoring Tammi Terrell and Teddy Pendergrass

• Oronde Kairi / The Mighty Delfonics ($1,000) Physical art (painting, drawing, sculpture) honoring legendary music group The Delfonics

• Joshua Lee / The Music of Frankie Fairfax ($2,000) Music (song, project) celebrating the Black dance bands and dancers of Philadelphia during the 1930s and 40s

• John Morrison / Culture Cypher Magazine ($2,500) Book/zine/print publication honoring Philadelphia’s music and arts culture through a creative approach to journalism and publishing

• Aniyak Munroe / Before Me ($2,500) Digital art (photography, videography, illustration) honoring six musicians who came “before me” in time, depicting their immortality and timelessness through an Afro-Futurist landscape

• Warren Oree / Philly’s Hard Bop Sound Machine ($2,500) Music (song, project) honoring Lee Morgan and the Philly contribution to hard bop jazz music

• M’Balia Singley / Meet Me On the Moon ($1,000) Music (song, project) honoring Phyllis Hyman

• Monnette Sudler-Honesty / Woman to Woman: Comparing the Lives and Music of Trudy Pitts and Shirley Scott ($2,500) Music (song, project) honoring Trudy Pitts and Shirley Scott

• Jamaaladeen Tacuma / Tribute to the Philly Rhythm Kings ($3,500) Music (song, project) honoring bassist Ronnie Baker, guitarist Norman Harris and drummer Earl Young (the unsung rhythm section that helped create the early Philly sound)

• Oluwamuyiwa Togun / Ààro Méta (Three Stones) ($1,000) Physical art (painting, drawing, sculpture), title of which is a Yoruba saying that refers to three stones representing stability, wisdom and unity and depicting three prominent Black female musicians who have been or are known as pillars of the Philadelphia music and creative community

• CrisTene’ Triplet / Black in Classical Music ($2,500) Music (song, project) honoring Philadelphian Marian Anderson and the contribution of Blacks in classical music

• Yolanda Ward / Back In The Day ($1,000) Physical artt (painting, drawing, sculpture) honoring Philly Soul (In A Time When Music Filled Your Every Moment)

• Kyra Williams / SIMBY Presents: The Voices of Sisterly Affection ($2,000) Digital art (photography, videography, illustration) honoring the lasting contributions that Black women from Philly have made in music, from Billie Holiday to Tierra Whack

In December 2020, the new Black Music City collaboration between Philadelphia public music radio stations WXPN-FM and WRTI-FM and REC Philly announced that it had secured funding from Wyncote Foundation to award grants to Black creatives in the greater Philadelphia region, to help them create new projects that recognize and honor the influence of Philadelphia’s Black music history. Since that announcement, another $19,000 in sponsorship funding provided by Tito’s Handmade Vodka, and a donation by Philadelphians Dan and Marilyn Hauser has brought the total amount of grant money available to $48,000.

The deadline for applications was January 25, 2021 and more than 600 applications were received.The Black Music City Selection Committee, which determined the final list of recipients, are these Black Philadelphia professionals in the arts, media and business:

• Alex Holley, FOX-29 TV “Good Day Philadelphia” Anchor/Co-Host
• Dame and Yaya Horne, Creative Director and CEO, Co-Founders, Tiny Rooms for Elephants
• Chill Moody, Hip-Hop Artist, City of Philadelphia Music Ambassador
• Ashley Coleman Thomas, Senior Membership and Project Manager, Philadelphia Chapter of The Recording Academy
• Gerald Veasley, President, Jazz Philadelphia
• Dyana Williams, CEO, Influence Entertainment and Award-Winning Broadcaster

Gerald Veasley said, “Reviewing the submissions was an incredible reminder of the breadth and depth of talent we have in our city.” Chill Moody said, “We’re all excited to see these amazing jawns come to life.”

Work on the new creative projects will begin immediately. Videos hosted by artist and Black Music City spokesperson Suzann Christine and posted at BlackMusicCity.com will spotlight the journeys of some of these new creations. All new works must be completed by May 27, with exhibition and distribution of the videos and final artwork taking place during June, which is African American Music Appreciation Month.

More information about Black Music City is available at www.blackmusiccity.com. Follow and share about the project using #blackmusiccity.

Note: Artist images and interviews are available. Contact: Elise Brown, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., phone 215-990-6955

About Black Music City Project Partners Black Music City is a project designed to honor Philadelphia's rich Black music history by inspiring and supporting today's Black creatives. Black Music City is a collaboration between WXPN-FM, the non-commercial music radio service of the University of Pennsylvania; WRTI-FM, the non-commercial music radio service of Temple University; and REC Philly, an ecosystem that empowers independent creators. Black Music City is made possible with support from Wyncote Foundation.
National radio documentary series and special events will produce in-depth look at the many influences of Haitian music on New Orleans’ culture

PHILADELPHIA (JANUARY 12, 2021): A new year-long project that explores and celebrates the influences of Haiti on New Orleans’ famed music, culture and community is being launched today by Philadelphia public music radio station WXPN.

Kanaval: Haitian Rhythms and the Music of New Orleans is a compelling story that is being told through a content-rich website and a national radio documentary set to air in February during Black History Month, in addition to a series of special musical, theatrical and community events.

“As we’ve done with our Peabody Award-nominated Gospel Roots of Rock & Soul project and previous ones examining Mississippi Blues and Zydeco Crossroads, our Kanaval project is an in-depth exploration of a significant contributor to modern popular music,” said WXPN General Manager Roger LaMay. “The history and influence documented in Kanaval is an important but largely unheralded chapter in Black history and through it, we hope to help change the unjust narrative about Haiti as a nation of poor immigrants to one that has contributed significantly to our music and culture.”

Distributed through NPR, the Kanaval audio docu-series ties the nation of Haiti and city of New Orleans through an historical perspective, focusing on the music that connects them. It is produced by Alex Lewis, an award-winning independent radio producer and musician whose projects include Going Black: The Legacy of Philly Soul Radio, and WXPN’s Gospel Roots of Rock and Soul, among many other projects. WXPN Assistant Station Manager Bruce Warren and General Manager Roger LaMay are the project’s executive producers, and the series is hosted by New Orleans-based, Haitian-American singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Leyla McCalla, a founding member of Our Native Daughters and alumna of the GRAMMYⓇ award-winning Carolina Chocolate Drops.

In the audio docu-series, Haitian musician Paul Beaubrun summarizes the primary theme of the project when he says, “In Haiti we have beauty, we have art, food, dance, music, and all of that keeps us through hard times. We came through slavery to make this world a better place and through the freedom to express this in the music, you hear the resilience, the rhythms and it connects straight to New Orleans."

In addition to the radio docu-series, newly-reported stories on Haiti's cultural/music influences will air as part of WXPN’s NPR-syndicated program World Cafe® and on New Orleans NPR member station WWNO-FM.

Scheduled for May 2021, the live theater event and Philadelphia premiere of Breaking the Thermometer to Hide the Fever will be presented at Fringe Arts in Philadelphia. Combining storytelling, video projection, archival audio, and dance, it is set to new music by Leyla McCalla, and directed by another New Orleans-based artist, Kiyoko McCrae. This vivid performance recounts the legacy of Radio Inter-Haiti, the country’s first privately-owned, Creole-language radio station and the assassination of its owner, Jean Dominique, in 2000.

Various virtual Kanaval music events are planned to take place during summer 2021 and as part of the 2021 XPoNential Music Festival, WXPN’s annual music festival, September 17-19. In partnership with the Preservation Hall Foundation, the project will culminate in a Philly Krewe du Kanaval Ball extravaganza featuring Haitian and New Orleans artists, scheduled for late 2021-early 2022.

As part of its outreach efforts to the local Haitian community, WXPN has assembled an advisory group to help coordinate events and facilitate conversations supporting this project.

Major support for Kanaval: Haitian Rhythms and the Music of New Orleans has been provided by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, with additional funding from the Wyncote Foundation. The Kanaval audio-docuseries is also supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.

More information about Kanaval will be available at xpn.org and WXPN social media channels, including Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. For ways to stream WXPN, visit https://xpn.org/about-xpn/ways-to-stream-wxpn.
Black Music City will support and promote new work made by local Black creatives

PHILADELPHIA (DECEMBER 14, 2020): A new project called Black Music City will provide grants to Black creatives to produce new artistic works inspired by Philadelphia’s rich Black music history. The Black Music City project is a collaboration between Philadelphia public music radio stations WXPN-FM and WRTI-FM and REC Philly, a place for creators.

Black artists in the greater Philadelphia region (PA, NJ and DE) working in any creative medium are encouraged to apply for available grants to help them create new projects that recognize and honor the influence of Philadelphia’s Black music history, which is known worldwide for having nurtured and developed many groundbreaking musical styles and artists. The deadline for applications is January 25, 2021.

Roger LaMay, general manager for WXPN, who initiated the project, said, “Our goal is to give aspiring local creatives in every field - musicians, illustrators, muralists, dancers, spoken word artists, and more - the opportunity to represent and celebrate Black artistry in Philadelphia.”

A committee of Black Philadelphia professionals in the arts, media and business will select and award grants of between $1,000 and $3,500 (a total of more than $30,000 in available grants) in late February. Work completed and submitted by May 27 will then be featured in videos that spotlight the grant recipients and the journeys of their creations.

Will Toms, co-founder and partner of REC Philly, said, “Black creatives have historically had a challenging time securing funding and mobilizing champions to help get their work in front of audiences. This project, with its collaborative outreach and videos that will be produced to prominently showcase and promote their work, offers these critical elements.” “Our partnership highlights the collective strength and extensive reach of Philadelphia’s public media music stations, through our many platforms, to the broader arts community and beyond,” said Bill Johnson, general manager for WRTI. Exhibition and distribution of the videos and final artwork will take place during June, which is African American Music Appreciation Month.

Funding for Black City Music is being made possible by the Wyncote Foundation. Full information about available grants, eligibility, timeline, deadlines and more are available at www.blackmusiccity.com. Follow and share about the project using #blackmusiccity.

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About Black Music City Project Partners Black Music City is a project designed to honor Philadelphia's rich Black music history by inspiring and supporting today's Black creatives. Black Music City is a collaboration between WXPN-FM, the non-commercial music radio service of the University of Pennsylvania; WRTI-FM, the non-commercial music radio service of Temple University; and REC Philly, an ecosystem that empowers independent creators. Black Music City is made possible with support from Wyncote Foundation.
The holidays at Philadelphia public music radio station WXPN are jam-packed with special programming and events for maximum end-of-year musical enjoyment - including some new ones you won't want to miss.

On-air and online

Thursday, Nov. 26: XPN CLASSICS THANKSGIVING Hosts Mike Vasilikos and Bruce Warren serve up a mix of XPN classic artists, from The Boss and Lucinda Williams to Aretha Franklin, Wilco, Brandi Carlile and more, providing a tasty accompaniment to your feast from 6 am to 12 noon, followed by host Helen Leicht presenting WXPN’s annual broadcast of the classic Thanksgiving song “Alice’s Restaurant” by Arlo Guthrie. Dan Reed presents The Band’s The Last Waltz in its entirety at 4pm followed by a Thanksgiving “Highs in the 70s” until 7pm.

Thursday, Dec. 10: WXPN 2020 COUNTDOWN - THE 2,020 ALL TIME GREATEST SONGS Don’t miss XPN’s most massive undertaking to date: The highly-anticipated, days-long broadcast of the top 2,020 all-time greatest songs, as contributed by XPN members, listeners, XPN artists and local celebrities. Listen to learn how many of your picks or favorite songs made the final list!

Tuesday, Dec. 22: XPN LOCAL “HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS” CONCERT XPN Local Host Helen Leicht presents the 12th annual XPN Local Home for the Holidays celebration, in a showcase that will highlight some of our area’s finest musical talent performing the sounds of the season - some original, and some familiar. Featured artists include Eric Bazilian, Zeek Burse, Devon Gilfillian, Great Time, Kississippi, Sharon Little/Tim Sonnefeld, and Stereo League.

Thursday, Dec. 24: “THE NIGHT BEFORE ON XPN” - 28TH ANNIVERSARY Host Robert Drake performs his annual Christmas miracle by taking over the station with an eclectic mix of holiday songs non-stop for the 24 hours leading up to Christmas Day. Follow along on Facebook, peek into the festively-festooned studio with the Jingle Cam, and join the many others who can’t make it to Christmas without Robert and The Night Before on XPN.

Thursday, Dec. 31: TOP 100 SONGS OF THE YEAR & ROCKIN’ NEW YEARS EVE XPN hosts will select the top 100 songs of the year, and starting at 7pm, host Dan Reed will welcome the musical spirit of the new year in rockin’ XPN style.

Special XPN online offerings and events

Monday, Nov 16: JINGLE JAMS Let the holiday jams roll! “Jingle Jams” is now streaming 24/7 on XPN 2. It’s WXPN’s hand-picked, decade-spanning, multigenre and always-appropriate holiday music mix.

Tuesday, Dec. 2: THE KEY - BEST OF 2020 WXPN’s music blog The Key will begin its Best of 2020 coverage by recapping the best albums and songs of the past year on The Key, followed by articles and lists throughout December that take a deeper dive into the music and memories of a year unlike any other.

Wednesday, Dec. 9: 2020 COUNTDOWN TAILGATE PARTY Join WXPN’s virtual party to prep appropriately for the following day’s launch of the must-hear 2020 COUNTDOWN, featuring insights and commentary from WXPN on-air hosts.

Sat., Dec. 26 through Weds., Dec. 30: WXPN WINTER BREAK SESSIONS Be among the first to get to know the most up-and-coming new artists recommended by WXPN, as one will be introduced each day during our first “Winter Break” via Facebook Live.
WXPN’s virtual music festival will also include new, full, live sets from some artists who were scheduled to perform at 2020 XPoNential Music Festival

PHILADELPHIA (JULY 8, 2020): Philadelphia public radio station WXPN is not letting the cancellation of its 2020 XPoNential Music Festival from bringing music lovers an exciting, three-day music festival filled with dozens of hours of live music performances, from Friday night July 24 through Sunday, July 26.

XPNFest Weekend will feature archived full-length sets and performances presented online from some of XPoNential Music Festival’s most memorable past performers on Friday, July 24 and Saturday, July 25. On Sunday, July 26, new and exclusive live, full-length performances from seven of the artists who were scheduled to delight fans in person at the 2020 XPoNential Music Festival will be presented both online and on-air at WXPN. The list of performances is below.

“XPNFest Weekend will be the next best thing to being outdoors on the Delaware Riverfront with thousands of other music lovers enjoying our unique, annual XPoNential Music Festival,” said WXPN GM Roger LaMay. “To have almost a quarter of the artists who were to have appeared live at the 2020 festival still want to give WXPN members and listeners new and exclusive full-length, live performances on Sunday, July 26 says a great deal about their affection for the WXPN community.”

WXPN is also offering fun ways for festival goers to maximize their enjoyment of the three-day XPNFest Weekend, such as tips for creating an at-home festival vibe, fest food recipes, trivia quizzes, and a commemorative t-shirt available for pre-order. Viewers and listeners can use #xpnfest to share XPNFest Weekend on social media.

XPNFEST WEEKEND ARTIST PERFORMANCES (SCHEDULE TO BE ANNOUNCED)

FRIDAY, JULY 24 / 3 PM START TIME

FULL SETS ONLINE AT XPN.ORG
Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires (2017)
Guster (2019)
Indigo Girls (2015)
Kathleen Edwards (2019)

performances ONLINE AT XPN.ORG:
Blind Boys of Alabama (2018)
Colvin & Earle (2016)
Caroline Rose (2019)
Darlingside (2016)
David Wax Museum (2016)
Diane Coffee (2016)
Femi Kuti & the Positive Force (2016)
Foxygen (2017)
Hop Along (2015)
Joseph (2017)
Josh Ritter & The Royal City Band (2018)
Low Cut Connie (2018)
M.A.K.U. Soundsystem (2018)
The Marcus King Band (2016)
Mt. Joy (2018)
Nilüfer Yanya (2019)
OJR (Oliver John-Rodgers) (2016)
Preservation Hall Jazz Band (2017)
Rhiannon Giddens (2017)
Strand of Oaks (2017)
The Record Company (2017)
The War & Treaty (2019)

SATURDAY, JULY 25 / 3 PM START TIME

FULL SETS ONLINE AT XPN.ORG:
Dawes (2019)
Hurray for the Riff Raff (2017)
Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real (2018)
Margo Price (2018)

performances ONLINE AT XPN.ORG:
Arkells (2017)
Bermuda Triangle feat. Brittany Howard (of Alabama Shakes) (2018)
Buckwheat Zydeco (2015)
Christone “Kingfish” Ingram (2019)
Courtney Barnett (2015)
Courtney Marie Andrews (2018)
Dave Hause & The Mermaid (2017)
David Bromberg Quintet (2017)
Delta Rae (2015)
Drive-By Truckers (2017)
Greg Sover (2018)
Lord Huron (2015)
The McCrary Sisters (2019)
Phoebe Bridgers (2018)
Queen of Jeans (2016)
St. Paul and The Broken Bones (2019)
Sweet Spirit (2017)
Tank and The Bangas (2018)
The Districts (2016)
The Suffers (2016)

SUNDAY, JULY 26 / 3 PM START TIME

NEW AND EXCLUSIVE LIVE, FULL SETS ON-AIR AT WXPN AND ONLINE AT XPN.ORG:
Devon Gilfillian
The Districts
Great Time
Illiterate Light
Liz Phair
Michaela Anne
Nicole Atkins

To view XPNFest Weekend online performances and all information, visit www.xpn.org. For all ways to listen and enjoy WXPN, visit https://xpn.org/about-xpn/ways-to-stream-wxpn. Follow WXPN on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
PHILADELPHIA (MAY 28, 2020): Philadelphia public radio station WXPN is producing a summer-long slate of special music programming, with some in place of the WXPN live music events that its members and listeners typically enjoy each summer but that have been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

In place of its now-cancelled, annual 3-day XPoNential Music Festival taking place on the Delaware Riverfront in late July, fans can revisit past years’ performances online, when WXPN presents “XPNFest Fridays.” Two complete, back-to-back concerts from the festival archives will be available every Friday night at 7 PM during June and July, with full sets by Courtney Barnett (2015) and Low Cut Connie (2019) kicking the series off on Friday, June 5.

More festival celebrating will take place with the “XPNFest Weekend” from Friday, July 24 through Sunday, July 26, featuring archived XPoNential Music Festival performances as well as new and exclusive performances by selected artists who were scheduled to perform at this year’s event: Archived festival performances will be available online on July 24 and 25, and exclusive new concerts recorded and provided by artists will be online and on-air Sunday, July 26. Fans can talk about the event and share using the #XPNFest hashtag.

“We’re excited that some of the artists who were to have performed at this year’s XPoNential Music Festival are providing these exclusive concerts just for WXPN members and listeners,” said WXPN General Manager Roger LaMay. “It speaks to the strong connection that artists have with WXPN audiences, even during this extraordinarily challenging time.”

In addition to events celebrating WXPN’s summer XPoNential Music Festival:

  • More artists will perform exclusively for WXPN and its nationally-syndicated daily music program World Cafe, in the “World Cafe Instagram Live Happy Hour” every Tuesday and Thursday during June, from 5 PM to 5:30 PM. Amos Lee and Jaime Wyatt will be the first artists to perform in this new online series when it starts on June 2, with future performances coming from The Lone Bellow, The War and Treaty, Lo Moon, Shakey Graves, Katie Pruitt, Mondo Cozmo, Marcus King, Squirrel Flower, Dizzy and more.
  • Some of Philly’s hottest new talent will be showcased in a “Live and Local” concert on WXPN’s Instagram at 6 PM every Thursday in June, which will launch June 4 with performances by American Trappist, Lizdelise, Getem and Lily McKown.
  • “Throwback Thursday,” a favorite WXPN summertime music feature, returns with a different music theme each week from 6 AM to 7 PM during June, July and August. The first “Throwback Thursday” theme of the summer will be the year 1970 when the feature re-launches June 4.
  • In an echo of last summer's wildly popular, as-it-happened replay of the original 4-day Woodstock music festival, broadcast during the festival’s 50th anniversary, Woodstock’s 51st anniversary will be celebrated August 10-16 by WXPN, when it broadcasts the festival’s music sets and stage announcements throughout the week and weekend.
All information about WXPN and its special summer programming can be found at xpn.org. For ways to listen and enjoy WXPN, visit https://xpn.org/about-xpn/ways-to-stream-wxpn. Follow WXPN on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Douris will succeed Talia Schlanger as host starting in October

PHILADELPHIA (SEPTEMBER 18, 2019): WXPN, the member-supported public radio station of the University of Pennsylvania and producer of the NPR-distributed daily music program World Cafe, today announced that Raina Douris will become the new host of World Cafe starting on October 7.

Douris, an award-winning radio personality from Toronto, Ontario, comes to World Cafe from the CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation), where she was host and writer for the daily live, national morning program Mornings on CBC Music. She is also involved with Canada’s highest music honors: since 2017 she has hosted the Polaris Music Prize Gala, for which she is also a jury member, and she has also been a jury member for the Juno Awards. Douris has also served as guest host and interviewer for various CBC Music and CBC Radio programs, and red carpet host and interviewer for the Juno Awards and Canadian Country Music Association Awards, as well as a panelist for such renowned CBC programs as Metro Morning, q and CBC News. She succeeds Talia Schlanger as World Cafe host, who was also a CBC broadcaster before joining World Cafe in 2016. Schlanger announced earlier this year that she is leaving World Cafe in order to pursue new creative endeavors.

Douris began her career at Toronto rock station 102.1 the Edge, and then continued on to CBC Radio 3, where she hosted daily music-focused shows. In 2013, she was part of the team that launched Central Ontario Broadcasting’s Indie88 radio station, and served as its music director and afternoon host before moving to the morning show. In both 2014 and 2015 she was chosen as the “Best Radio Personality in Toronto” by Now Magazine readers for her work. She is a 2009 graduate of Ryerson University's Radio & Television Arts program.

“Raina brings a lot to World Cafe, including a deep love and knowledge of music and a refreshing way of communicating that on the radio and social platforms to a national audience,” said WXPN General Manager Roger LaMay.

“Music is one of the deepest, most meaningful ways human beings can connect to each other,” said Douris. “It's a connection that can seem transcendent; almost magical. I've spent my life chasing that magic and I'm thrilled that the chase has led me to World Cafe. I can't wait to discover and share music with World Cafe's passionate, curious audience - and I look forward to approaching conversations with the artists who create that music with that same passion and curiosity -- to bring you real, genuine, thoughtful conversations you can't hear anywhere else.”

A unique daily program of musical discovery, World Cafe is where more than half a million listeners each week are introduced to an eclectic blend of contemporary sounds from both legendary and up-and-coming artists, through exclusive interviews, performances and special features. It is recorded and produced at WXPN in Philadelphia, with additional exclusive content from its Nashville contributors and gathered from locations across the globe. World Cafe is distributed to more than 200 U.S. radio stations by NPR, and can be heard on WXPN from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays.

To learn more about World Cafe, visit http://www.xpn.org/world-cafe and http://www.npr.org/sections/world-cafe/. Follow Raina Douris on Twitter and Instagram.

### 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.
A replay of the festival, broadcast at the exact time it took place 50 years ago, will air exclusively on WXPN PHILADELPHIA (AUGUS T 8, 2 019): In a 4-day exclusive radio event, Philadelphia public radio station WXPN 88.5 FM will present a minute-by-minute replay of the legendary Woodstock music festival exactly 50 years to the day and hour later.

Beginning at 5:07 pm ET on Thursday, August 15 on WXPN, “Woodstock - As It Happened - 50 Years On” will immediately transport listeners to Max Yasgur’s upstate New York farm for four days of music performed by 32 artists, in the 1969 event originally billed as the Woodstock Music and Arts Fair (now known simply as Woodstock), which started at 5:07 pm on Friday, August 15 and ended on Monday, August 18.

The innovative “as if you were there” broadcast on WXPN will include all of the culture-changing festival’s stage announcements, and even the breaks between artist sets, when bad weather stopped the original concert, to stay in sync with the timing and length of the original event. It will incorporate content found in Rhino Entertainment’s massive new collection, WOODSTOCK - BACK TO THE GARDEN - THE DEFINITIVE 50TH ANNIVERSARY ARCHIVE, containing 38 discs and 432 tracks, along with 267 previously unreleased audio tracks.

“ From the movie that came out in March of 1970, to the numerous collections of recordings released over the years, there has yet to be a full authentic musical account of the concert until now,” said Bruce Warren, WXPN Associate General Manager for Programming. “WXPN is going to pay the most effective tribute to the music, the way it was originally performed, at exactly the same times the sets were performed to give our listeners a feel for how it all really went down. ” Warren added that WXPN’s epic Woodstock broadcast - which will be broadcast only once, and not archived - will be complemented by musical trips back to the year 1969 on Thursday, August 15 in WXPN’s weekly #TBT (Throwback Thursday) feature and on Saturday, August 17 in its weekly 50/50 feature (music from 50 years over 50 weeks, with a specific year featured every Saturday). “Woodstock - As It Happened - 50 Years On,” a WXPN radio exclusive, is made possible with support from Haverford Trust Company and Main Line Health. For more information about WXPN, visit 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 that is distributed by NPR to more than 200 U.S. radio stations, and the Peabody Award-winning Kids Corner . WX PN 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. Media Contact:
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-30+ artists will perform on 3 stages at 2 adjacent riverfront venues -Fun activities for kids in the 4-acre ‘Kids Corner Garden’

PHILADELPHIA (JULY 12, 2019): The set times for artists who will perform at its 2019 XPoNential Music Festival presented by Subaru, taking place July 26, 27, and 28, were announced today by member-supported, non-commercial Philadelphia radio station WXPN 88.5 FM. The 26th edition of the popular, family-friendly XPoNential Music Festival will take place at Wiggins Park and the adjacent BB&T Pavilion, both located on the Delaware Riverfront in Camden, New Jersey. Tickets are available at xpnfest.org.

2019 XPONENTIAL MUSIC FESTIVAL SCHEDULE
SCHEDULE SUBJECT TO CHANGE

FRIDAY, JULY 26

Wiggins Park (gates open at 3:30 PM)

Marina Stage
4:00-4:30 Foxtrot & The Get Down
5:10-5:50 Rayland Baxter
6:50-7:35 Christone “Kingish” Ingram

River Stage
4:35-5:05 Nilüfer Yanya
5:55-6:45 Bettye LaVette
7:40-9:00 Dawes

BB&T Pavilion (doors open at 5:30 PM)

7:30-8:00 Killiam Shakespeare
8:30-9:15 Japanese Breakfast
9:45 Hozier

SATURDAY, JULY 27
Wiggins Park (gates open at 11:30 AM)

Marina Stage
12:00-12:25 The Vaughns
12:55-1:35 Y La Bamba
2:15-2:55 Caroline Rose
3:45-4:30 J.S. Ondara
5:30-6:15 The McCrary Sisters

River Stage

12:25-12:55 Ali Awan
1:35-2:15 Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds
2:55-3:40 Low Cut Connie
4:35-5:25 The Wood Brothers
6:20-7:25 St. Paul & The Broken Bones

BB&T Pavilion (doors open at 6 PM)

7:30 Blondie
9:45 Elvis Costello & The Imposters

SUNDAY, JULY 28

Wiggins Park (gates open at 11:30 AM)

Marina Stage
12:30-1:00 Zeek Burse
1:50-2:35 The War and Treaty
3:30-4:10 Gregory Alan Isakov
5:15-6;00 Ruston Kelly
7:10-7:55 Sean Ardoin


River Stage
12:00-12:30 RFA
1:05-1:45 Dave Hause & The Mermaid
2:40-3:25 Lucy Dacus
4:15-5:10 Kathleen Edwards
6:05-7:05 Guster
8:00-9:15 Amy Ray Band (Indigo Girls)

    KIDS CORNER GARDEN

As part of the XPoNential Music Festival, kids can join WXPN’s award-winning Kids Corner program host Kathy O’Connell and her special guests inside the Kids Corner Garden for free face painting, glitter tattoos, and more on Saturday, July 27 and Sunday, July 28 from 11:30 AM to 5 PM. The four-acre garden provides horticultural experiences for creative and imaginative play as well as shade trees, benches and a fun water “sprayground.”

TICKETS
• The 3-Day Go Everywhere Pass with access to both Friday and Saturday shows at BB&T Pavilion start at $170 for the general public and $15 for children ages 2-12.
• Single-day passes for Wiggins Park range from $45-60 for the general public and just $5 for children ages 2-12.
• Festival Pass Upgrades are available for Friday and Saturday and turns that night’s BB&T Pavilion ticket into one-day access to both venues for that one day. General public prices start at $55 on Friday and $69 on Saturday.
• WXPN Members save as much as 50% on festival tickets with a special offer code.

MEDIA INFO, ASSETS, CREDENTIALS
WXPN provides a limited amount of festival press passes to journalists on assignment. The application for press credentials is located at http://xpnfest.org/media-request. (Applications are requested by July 15.) All festival details can be found at www.xpnfest.org. Media inquiries may be directed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

ABOUT THE XPONENTIAL MUSIC FESTIVAL
This year’s festival is the 26th 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 15th year at Wiggins Park and 8th 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 festival 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.

***** 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, JULY 27 | BB&T PAVILION
ELVIS COSTELLO & THE IMPOSTERS + BLONDIE

SATURDAY, JULY 27 AND SUNDAY, JULY 28 | WIGGINS PARK
ST. PAUL & THE BROKEN BONES, AMY RAY BAND, GUSTER

Saturday Tickets Go Onsale to the General Public this Saturday, April 6 at 10am

PHILADELPHIA (APRIL 2, 2019): WXPN, the non-commercial, member-supported radio station of the University of Pennsylvania, today announced the artists who will perform on Saturday, July 27 and Sunday, July 28 at its 2019 XPoNential Music Festival presented by Subaru. The annual three-day festival will take place Friday, July 26 through Sunday, July 28 at Wiggins Park and BB&T Pavilion, located next to each other on the Camden, New Jersey riverfront.

In partnership with promoter Live Nation, WXPN will present ELVIS COSTELLO & THE IMPOSTERS and BLONDIE in evening performances at BB&T Pavilion on Saturday, July 27. Artists who will perform at Wiggins Park that day include ST. PAUL & THE BROKEN BONES, THE WOOD BROTHERS, LOW CUT CONNIE, J.S. ONDARA, SISTER SPARROW & THE DIRTY BIRDS, CAROLINE ROSE, THE McCRARY SISTERS, ALI AWAN and THE VAUGHNS.

Then on Sunday, July 28 the following artists will perform at Wiggins Park: AMY RAY BAND (Indigo Girls), GUSTER, KATHLEEN EDWARDS, GREGORY ALAN ISAKOV, DAVE HAUSE & THE MERMAID, LUCY DACUS, THE WAR AND TREATY, RUSTON KELLY, SEAN ARDOIN, RFA, and ZEEK BURSE.

Tickets for the Saturday, July 27 performances at BB&T Pavilion with a “Saturday Festival Access” add-on option for Wiggins Park stages will go on sale at 10:00 a.m. this Saturday, April 6. See all ticket options including 3-Day Go Everywhere Passes available at xpnfest.org.

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 15th year at Wiggins Park and 8th year at the adjacent BB&T Pavilion, WXPN produces the family-friendly XPoNential Music Festival in partnership with the Camden County Board of Freeholders.

The XPoNential Music 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 artist and ticket information for the XPoNential Music Festival including the previously announced HOZIER show at BB&T Pavilion on Friday, July 26 is located at the festival website www.xpnfest.org. The festival hashtag is #xpnfest and can be found on Twitter at @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.