Key Sessions Live at Pennsyvlania Academy of Fine Arts

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Featuring New Sweden, Ali Wadsworth, and Joey Sweeney & The Long Hair Arkestra

Made possible by the support and partnership of the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts
Date: Thursday, April 18, 2013 (rain date: Thursday, April 25)
Time: 6 – 9 pm
Venue: Lenfest Plaza @ Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts
118 N Broad St Philadelphia, PA 19102
Free! (Click on the event link below, and complete the registration process.)

Made possible by the support and partnership of the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts

New Sweden

New Sweden - Folk-roots band, New Sweden, (last year’s Delaware Indie Band of the Year), the 6-piece outfit recognized for their energetic live performances mold their sound using traditional folk instruments with a modern twist.

Expect some new material, a modest amount of fiddle and ample hooting and hollering from these folks. Check out what John Vettesse has to say on, and watch a live performance.


Ali Wadsworth



Ali Wadsworth - Philly roots scene vocal powerhouse, Ali Wadsworth, has performed with any number of local acts over the years (Unlikely Cowboy, Fantasy Square Garden, Toy Soldiers). She has stepped out on her own and recorded a solo collection of songs written by her Philadelphia friends. Ali also competed on The Voice last year. You can listen to the collection on



Joey Sweeney Joey Sweeney & The Long Hair Arkestra - Joey has been writing songs and non-fiction since he was a teenager in the 1980s. Over the years, he has fronted the groups The Barnabys and The Trouble With Sweeney, as well as recording and performing as a solo artist. Meanwhile, he’s also written for a wide array of publications, including, Philadelphia Weekly, the Philadelphia Inquirer and his daily perch,, a cityblog he established in 2004.

His songs and records have received widespread critical acclaim over the years; of his last record with The Trouble With Sweeney, Fishtown Briefcase, Pitchfork said “[Sweeney] mixes autobiography and fiction against the group’s 70s-inflected indie pop, resourceful— and unabashed— enough to digress into an E Street interlude or an AM-rock guitar coda.” He’s also garnered curse and praise as a writer of prose, having won the AAN Award for Music Criticism and appeared in Best Music Writing 2002. From 2004 through 2010, Sweeney mostly shied from performing and recording, focusing instead on his role as Publisher & Editor of the website In 2011, however, Sweeney stepped back into his old role of singer-songwriter, this time fronting the rock band Arctic Splash. Joey Sweeney Your Life Is Calling compiles the best of everything before the Splash.

In early 2013, Sweeney went on to record Long Hair, with Grammy award-winning producer Aaron ‘Luis’ Levinson, Lushlife aka Raj Haldar, and others. Long Hair’s release info will be announced shortly.

Funding for the Key Studio Sessions Live is from a grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, as part of its Knight Arts Challenge.

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