WHAT: The XPoNential Music Festival, the annual summer music festival of WXPN-FM. The event will feature more than 40 artists playing on three stages over four days.
WHEN: July 10-13
WHERE: Wiggins Park at the Camden Waterfront
THE DETAILS: Discounts are available for tickets bought before June 30. A four-day festival pass costs $40 ($30 for XPN members) bought in advance, but $60 afterward. Daily tickets run $20 ($12 for members) before June 30 and $25 ($17 for members). Kids tickets are $5. Tickets for the Thursday show are free for both XPN members and residents of Camden County. These tickets are available to XPN Members by web, phone and World Cafe Live box office only. Camden County residents can pick up their free tickets at Camden County stores.
THE LINEUP: The festival will feature more than 40 acts including longtime XPN favorites (Dar Williams, John Gorka and Shelby Lynne) to industry veterans (The Blind Boys of Alabama, Alejandro Escovedo) to rising young stars (The Brakes, Mutlu).
MAN UNDER THE INFLUENCE: XPN has long supported Escovedo (pictured), an Austin, Texas music legend who has endured his share of ups and downs, including a recent battle with Hepatitis C. His new record, Real Animal, will hit the stores later this month. Check out some of his work at www.myspace.com/alejandroescovedo.
MUSICAL PROPHET: Chuck Prophet first hit the music scene as a guitarist for the California-based alt-country band Green or Red. More recently, Prophet has been winning over fans with his solo work, including his 2007 release, Soap and Water. You can hear Prophet interviewed by XPN’s David Dye here: www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=16975686.
IN TRIBUTE: Philadelphia band The Brakes suffered a tragedy when their drummer, Josh Sack, died this year from leukemia. Sack’s death came just before the release of the band’s new album, Tale of Two Cities. The band offers a unique blend of musical styles and Tale of Two Cities has received some strong reviews. For more information, visit www.brakesband.com.
FOR THE KIDS: The Kids Corner Stage will feature children’s favorites such as John Flynn and Ernie & Neal.
FOR MORE INFO: For tickets and other information, including directions and travel tips, visit or call the World Cafe Live box office at 215-222-1400, or go to www.xpn.org/festival08.
Originally published on June 12, 2008