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Join us for the for the first time ever a Free at Midnight with Dr Dog at World Cafe Live in Philadelphia on Friday evening.



Every Friday since 2005, WXPN and World Cafe Live in Philadelphia have played host to free at noon and quite frankly, we decided after 13 years that it was time to shake things up! This week in lieu of Free at Noon, XPN presents for the first time ever, a FREE AT MIDNIGHT featuring a live performance with Dr. Dog! Doors open at 10pm on Friday 4/27, featuring Guest DJ’s leading up to the show! You must be 18 years old or older to attend this show.

RSVP now for our very first free at midnight!

Dr. Dog has a brand new album called Critical Equation and plays Festival Pier at Penn’s Landing on June 23rd. You can visit XPN's Concert Calendar for all the details. Can’t make it? Listen on your radio, the XPN app, or watch the live Vuhaus video webcast at xpn.org.

OH! And Free at Midnight isn’t the only “freaky” thing happening that day – listen Friday starting at 6am!


Recent Release: Critical Equation
Release Date: April 27, 2018
Release Label: We Buy Gold Records

When you make a donation to WXPN or fill out the online contest form, your name will be entered into a drawing to win Industry Passes (valid for two) to the 18th Annual NON-COMMvention at World Cafe Live, Philadelphia, May 15-18, 2018, AND a three night stay at the Marriott Philadelphia Downtown on May 15-18, 2018.

The annual NON-COMMvention brings together public (non-commercial) music radio programmers, music industry representatives, and music media from across the US. Attend music industry sessions during the day and music showcases from 20+ of today’s leading artists and bands at night.

Sustaining members are automatically entered in the drawing. Each valid entry will be eligible for a random drawing to win the prize.

Join us for the Free At Noon at World Cafe Live in Philadelphia, as The Aces performs a live midday concert on Friday



This week's Free At Noon is The Aces. They will be supporting their latest release When My Heart Felt Volcanic. If you can't make the Free At Noon The Aces will be performing at the Firefly Music Festival.

Recent Release: When My Heart Felt Volcanic
Release Date: April 6, 2018
Release Label: Red Bull Records

Join us for the Free At Noon at World Cafe Live in Philadelphia, as The Shacks performs a live midday concert on Friday



This week's Free At Noon is The Shacks. They will be supporting their latest release Haze out now. No concert dates have been announced. However you can visit XPN's Concert Calendar for concert information in the Philadelphia area.


Recent Release: Haze
Release Date: March 30, 2018
Release Label: Big Crown Records

April’s Artist To Watch is Americana singer-songwriter Courtney Marie Andrews.
April 2018 CD of the Month


The Nation’s premier 4-day gathering of public music radio programmers, music industry and music talent


The annual NON-COMMvention brings together public (non-commercial) music radio programmers, music industry representatives, and music media from across the US. Evening music showcases feature 20+ of today’s leading artists and bands, who come from around the world to perform for NON-COMM attendees.

WXPN Member Passes Available

To purchase your NonComm pass, click the link here: Buy NON-COMM Passes. Your pass allows access to evening performances on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings as well as guaranteed entrance to the Free at Noons on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday plus a Music Meeting on Friday. All performances are at World Cafe Live in Philadelphia.



Join us for a Free At Noon Doubleheader at World Cafe Live in Philadelphia, as Caroline Rose and Hop Along perform a live midday concert on Friday



This week's Free At Noon is a doubleheader with Caroline Rose and Hop Along. Caroline Rose will be supporting her new album Loner. If you can't make the Free At Noon Caroline Rose will be performing at Johnny Brenda's on April 5th. Visit XPN's Concert Calendar for all the details.


Recent Release: Loner
Release Date: February 23, 2018
Release Label: New West Records

This week's Free At Noon is a doubleheader with Caroline Rose and Hop Along. Hop Along will be supporting their new album Bark Your Head Off, Dog. If you can't make the Free At Noon Hop Along will be performing at Union Transfer on May 15th. Visit XPN's Concert Calendar for all the details.


Recent Release: Bark Your Head Off, Dog
Release Date: April 6, 2018
Release Label: Saddle Creek Records

Join us for the Free At Noon at World Cafe Live in Philadelphia, as Albert Hammond Jr performs a live midday concert on Friday



This week's Free At Noon is Albert Hammond Jr. He will supporting his latest release Francis Trouble. If you can't make the Free At Noon Albert Hammond Jr will be performing at the First Unitarian Church on March 30th. Visit XPN's Concert Calendar for all the details.


Recent Release: Francis Trouble
Release Date: March 9, 2018
Release Label: 2018 Red Bull Records Inc

THE WAR & TREATY

World Cafe Live (Upstairs)
3025 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Doors: Restaurant/Bar opens at 5pm
Show: 8:30 - 9:45pm

THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT

“Last year at the Americana Music Festival in Nashville, I stumbled onto a show that within seconds blew my mind. It was my first introduction to The War and Treaty, a band I had never heard about until that night, when someone said I just had to hear them sing. You know that feeling when you see a new band for the first time, and you immediately recognize their power and talent and vision they have? Well, that’s what I felt when I saw Michael and Tanya sing. Their music was a powerful mix of R&B and soul and blues and gospel. It was inspiring and refreshing from the first note to the last. We’re really excited to be presenting them to Philly audiences for their debut. I promise you – you do not want to miss this. Hope to see you there.”
- Bruce Warren. WXPN Program Director.

The War and Treaty: the name itself represents the pull between trauma and tranquility; music inspired by darkness and despair that ultimately finds a higher spiritual purpose. It’s a sound manifested on the group’s upcoming EP, Down to the River.


For Michael Trotter Jr., the journey began in 2004, when he arrived in Iraq, an untested soldier stricken by fear and self-doubt. His captain made it his personal mission to see to Trotter’s survival. The unit was encamped in one of Saddam Hussein’s private palaces, and in a forgotten corner in its basement, they found a black upright piano that once belonged to the dictator himself. When Trotter shared the fact he could sing, he was encouraged to teach himself to play piano on that confiscated keyboard. “I wrote my first song after that captain was killed,” Trotter recalls. “I sang it for his memorial in Iraq.” Soon after it became his mission to sing at the memorial services for those that had fallen. For the next three years, he sang songs that brought solace and comfort to the members of his unit. His efforts eventually garnered wider recognition as well. He came in first place in “Military Idol,” the army’s version of “American Idol,” during a competition held in Baumholder, Germany. Following his discharge, he was featured on the Hope Channel program “My Story, My Song.”

Then he met Tanya Blount. Blount, a seasoned performer whose musical influences include Mahalia Jackson, Dolly Parton, Sister Odette and Aretha Franklin, was amazed by Michael. "His personality drew me in initial and then the sparks started to fly. I knew that I was hooked," recalls Tanya. The two fell in love, got married and used the experiences they had gained to create a new musical collaboration. The couple then secured the services of musicians whose skills add a distinctive sound to The War and Treaty’s blend of roots music, bluegrass, folk, gospel and soul. Recorded in Albion, Michigan, Down to the River boasts a sound that’s both stirring and sensual, driven by joy, determination and an unceasing upward gaze. The music is visceral but never morose, flush with emotion but void of despair… a style that touches on a variety of genres, but never finds itself confined to any one. The arrangements are uncluttered– harmonies, bass lines, guitar and mandolin licks, settle drum patterns and keyboards create an immensely moving soundscape — but the sentiments and emotions are fully realized and soar with a steady, chilling assurance. “The recording process wasn’t like anything I ever experienced,” Tanya recalls. “This EP has allowed me to breathe musically. I feel like all I have wanted to express for the past ten years has come forth with what we’ve done. The combination of heart, soul and the overwhelming amount of love that Michael and I have for one another comes across in this record. “ "I was sitting on the banks of the Euphrates River in Baghdad dreaming about one day being able to play and sing professionally for people all around the world,” Michael reflects. “As we recorded our music, I constantly had flashbacks of those desert dreams. I thought to myself that this is actually the perfect ending to usher in a new beginning in my life.” That beginning can be heard in the album’s first single “Hi Ho,” a WMNF hit that is now being heard on radio stations throughout the country. Still, for all their optimism and initial intent, The War and Treaty, knows that as their name suggests, perseverance is key to success. They continue to tour, their son in tow, hoping to share songs of reconciliation and humanity.


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