PHOTOS: XPoNential Music Festival 2014

Philly music fans packed into Wiggins Park and, later that night, the Susquehanna Bank Center, for XPoNential Festival‘s Saturday lineup. We caught performances by longtime XPN favorite Ingrid Michaelson, Bayou blues rockers C.J. Chenier and the Red Hot Louisiana Band, and Ryan Adams, among others.



The festivities continued Sunday with performances by Nicole Atkins, J. Roddy Walston & the Business, and Man Man at Wiggins Park. Later, the Susquehanna Bank Center filled up for local band The Districts, and Beck, who could be XPoNential Festival‘s best closing act to date.



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Field Guide: 10 Artists To See at XPoNential Music Festival 2014

To help make your XPoNential Music Festival artist selections a little more bearable, we lay out some of our favorites that you should keep an ear out for. First up, five artists you already know and love:



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5 Things I Learned at the Sara Bareilles Concert at The Mann

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Skyline Stage at The Mann.

When I found out I was going to the Sara Bareilles concert at the Mann last Thursday, I reacted with the type of feverish panic that only female pop artists can awaken in me. I had never listened to her before. In fact, I kind of loathe her kind of pop-rock. Would I be smothered in the midst of a feel-good group hug during one of her ballads? Would I fall into a quiet coma during a set of whispered love songs, left to rot on the lawn amongst half-finished wine coolers? Or, worse … would I actually enjoy it?

Here are five things I learned at the show:

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See Blake Shelton and Lady Antebellum in Atlantic City for Free

Philly country music fans (you’re out there, right?) who missed their chance at tickets to the sold-out Blake Shelton and Lady Antebellum concerts in Atlantic City next month have another chance.

Tomorrow afternoon from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Do AC Nightclub on Wheels will be parked at the corner of 16th and Benjamin Franklin Parkway handing out 1,000 pairs of tickets to each show. (That’s 1,000 for Shelton, and a 1,000 for Lady Antebellum.) I’m told there are even a few in-front-of-the-stage “fan zone” tickets available in the bunch, too.

Blake Shelton’s “Ten Times Crazier” tour takes place in AC on Thursday, July 31st, and Lady Antebellum’s “Take Me Downtown” tour will be the following Sunday, August 3rd.

Ready, set, get your freebies!

Philadelphia Orchestra Playing National Anthem at Tonight’s Phillies Game

Seven musicians from The Philadelphia Orchestra brass section will toot the “Star Spangled Banner” at tonight’s Phillies game at Citizen’s Bank Park. The ensemble includes Jennifer Montone, Jeffrey Lang, and Jeffry Kirschen on French horns, Robert W. Earley and Darin Kelly on trumpets, and Blair Bollinger and Brian Santero on trombones. In case the names don’t ring a bell, this is the same group who did that pop-up performance on a delayed plane last year that spread like wildfire across the Internet.

The engagement marks the homecoming of the Philadelphia Orchestra, which just returned from trips to Colorado and Asia, and the beginning of a busy week: On July 23rd and 24th, catch them at the Kimmel Center, where they’ll perform “A Tribute to the Beatles.” Then, on July 25th and 26th, they’ll perform “PIXAR in Concert.”

Tickets to all shows can be found here, and  you can still snag seats to tonight’s game—when the Phillies take on the San Francisco Giants—here.

PHOTOS: Pizza Underground at The Oval

“Do you guys like pizza? Do you like punny songs about pizza? Good! Because that’s all we got.”

So began Velvet Underground cover band The Pizza Underground’s show at Eakins Oval on Friday. They were there to headline before The Awesome Fest’s screening of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.



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