Saturday might’ve been the banner day for WXPN’s XPoNential Music Festival, with its healthy mix of mainstream acts, up-and-coming talent, seasoned legends and hometown heroes. (Although the Friday night/Saturday morning XPoNential after-party with Gogol Bordello was pretty epic, too. Photos here.)
Dr. John and Trampled by Turtles proved to be among the highlights of the daytime sets at Wiggins park. The veteran Dr. John’s jangly bayou big band and crusty Cajun growl were a nice complement to TbT’s updated alt rock- and paisley-inspired bluegrass.
As the sun began to set, attendees made their way to the adjacent Susquehanna Bank Center in time for Philly’s own Dr. Dog. “Most of you — well, probably all of you — are here for The Lumineers,” bassist-vocalist Toby Leaman acknowledged shortly after taking the stage. But the humble admission did not detract from the band’s air-tight, energetic live performance, for which they’ve garnered plenty of deserved praise over the years.
Soon after, Denver headliners The Lumineers took the stage with their bouncy brand of sing-along folk-pop, parading infectious melodies that had the audience fully engaged by the time their single, “Ho Hey,” came up on the set-list.
All photos by Christian Sarkis Graham.
Dr. Dog bassist/vocalist Toby Leaman snarls at the audience, Susquhanna Bank Center
Dr. Dog’s Toby Leaman (bass) and Scott McMicken (guitar) howling at the crowd, Susquehanna Bank Center
Dr. Dog, Susquehanna Bank Center
Dr. Dog guitarist Frank McElroy, Susquehanna Bank Center
The Lumineers, Susquehanna Bank Center
The Lumineers’ Wesley Schultz, Susquehanna Bank Center
Wesley Schultz, Susquehanna Bank Center
The skyline from Wiggins Park
Trampled by Turtles Dave Simonett, Wiggins Park
Trampled by Turtles’ Ryan Young, Wiggins Park