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WXPN will broadcast acclaimed American Routes radio program starting this Sunday, June 19

Show’s new public radio home in Philadelphia will air it Sundays from 3 to 5 PM

PHILADELPHIA (JUNE 15, 2016): WXPN, the member-supported, public radio station of the University of Pennsylvania, announced today that it will broadcast the popular syndicated American Routes radio program starting on Sunday, June 19. The weekly, two-hour music program will be heard on WXPN 88.5 FM Sundays from 3 PM to 5 PM.

Produced in New Orleans and distributed by PRX (Public Radio Exchange), American Routes presents a broad range of American music — blues and jazz, gospel and soul, old-time country and rockabilly, Cajun and zydeco, Tejano and Latin, roots rock and pop, avant-garde and classical - and incorporates documentary features and artist interviews. Since its launch in 1998, American Routes has explored the shared musical and cultural threads in these American styles and genres of music, and how they are distinguished.

Until recently, American Routes was broadcast by WHYY-FM in Philadelphia. When the show needed a new home, WXPN decided to carry it.

“We welcome American Routes and its listeners to the WXPN community and airwaves,” said Bruce Warren, Assistant General Manager for Programming, WXPN. “So much of what American Routes does fits into what WXPN is about in the vibrant and broad continuum of roots music. Producer and host Nick Spitzer incorporates R&B, blues, soul, New Orleans funk, hot zydeco music from Louisiana, elements of jazz and folk into his musical mix. He always very thoughtfully and thoroughly tells great stories about the music with the musicians who create it.”

Warren noted that Spitzer was a program director for WXPN during the early 1970s, and also contributed some expert insights to WXPN’s recent year-long, multi-media Zydeco Crossroads project.

Spitzer is a folklorist and a professor of anthropology and American studies at Tulane University in New Orleans who specializes in American music and the cultures of the Gulf South. After obtaining his undergraduate degree in anthropology from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, he received a Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of Texas in 1986, with his dissertation on zydeco music and Afro-French Louisiana culture and identities.

“It will be a pleasure to join XPN’s soundscape,” said Spitzer. “My hope is that in a small way, we can all remind radio stations and listeners in America and globally that songs and stories, music and culture help us appreciate life’s trials and triumphs, and the many ways to express our shared humanity. As the old hymn goes, ‘We’ll understand it better by and by…’ or as Roy Brown wrote (and Elvis sang), ‘Well I heard the news… there’s good rockin’ tonight!’”

For more about American Routes, visit http://americanroutes.wwno.org, and for more about WXPN, visit http://xpn.org.
PHILADELPHIA (JUNE 13, 2016): A celebration of the new sounds of Latin America can be experienced on Sunday, July 10 when the Latin Roots Live! concert series presents Nuevofest, featuring performances by seven outstanding Latin alternative artists from 6 P.M. to 2 A.M. at FringeArts in Philadelphia (doors open at 5 P.M.). Nuevofest is free and open to the public via advance RSVP.

Fans of Latin alternative music from greater Philadelphia and beyond are expected to attend the all-ages Nuevofest, which presents Latin alternative artists with far-reaching musical roots. Now in its fourth year, Nuevofest is part of the WXPN Latin Roots Live! series of free concerts featuring live performances inspired by Latin Roots, the bi-weekly series heard on NPR’s World Cafe radio program. Latin Roots explores and exposes to American audiences the vast variety of music from Spanish and Portuguese-speaking countries. Latin Roots Live! is produced by Philadelphia public radio station WXPN 88.5 FM in partnership with AfroTaino Productions and made possible by the William Penn Foundation.

Nuevofest will feature performances by these seven artists, who represent the Latin alternative genre’s variety and diversity:

  • iLe
    Already popular as a vocalist with Puerto Rico’s world-renowned alternative/hip-hop/rock group Calle 13, iLe is quickly gaining wider notice for her brand new album iLevitable, which NPR recently described as “a meticulously crafted album of boleros and mid-tempo, folk-inspired songs that showcase her gorgeously old-school singing” that “establishes her immediately as a first-class interpreter of the classic sounds that flow through Latin America.” www.ilevitable.com
  • THE CHAMANAS
    This five-piece fronterizo (border) band from Chihuahua, Mexico uniquely melds traditional Mexican folklore, bossa nova, indiepop, danzon and more to musically represent, communicate, and connect the border areas of El Paso, Texas and Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. https://www.facebook.com/thechamanas
  • CARTAS A FELICE
    Cartas a Felice describes their music as “a nostalgic carousel between folk, blues and swing.” The young five-member band from El Salvador also exhibits a touch of rockabilly, as heard on their two albums, Mango Swing and Parque Infantil, and have referenced film director Quentin Tarantino as an influence on their music. http://cartasafelice.com
  • QUITAPENAS
    With a name that reinforces its mission to make you forget your worries and dance, QUITAPENAS (“to remove worries”) emerged in 2011 from California’s Inland Empire to deliver tropical, Afro-Latino, polyrhythmic funk that spans eras and continents - Mexico, Angola, Colombia, Guatemala — with the eyes and ears of musicologists. http://quitapenasmusic.com
  • CALMA CARMONA
    Already a star who’s opened for Beyoncé and sold out arenas in her native Puerto Rico, “cosmic” Latin soul singer Calma Carmona has electrified audiences across the globe with her tropical grooves, sultry vocals and magnetic aura. Raves for her 2015 EP Presentiment from Vibe, NPR’S Alt.Latino, and many more have set the stage for her upcoming new album and an East Coast spring and summer tour that includes the famed Apollo Theater in Harlem as well as Nuevofest. http://www.calmacarmona.com
  • GASOLINA
    Peru-born, Philly-based DJ Precolumbian and musical partner Dame Luz have been busy building a fanbase for their “fuego urbano” mixes, featuring elements of reggaeton, Latin trap, dembow, dancehall and more. They are guaranteed to get you on the dance floor, which is Gasolina’s tool for community building, transcending borders and labels, escaping oppression, and creating safe places for all. https://www.facebook.com/precolumbiana
  • SEXY ZEBRAS
    Explosive, punk-inspired Spanish rock trio Sexy Zebras recently played the Rock in Rio Festival and will play Chicago’s Ruidofest this summer, evidence of their near-world domination. Often described as “unapologetic,” “honest” and “wild,” the band has dominated their native Spain since forming in 2005, and were nominated for Best Spanish Artist in the 2015 MTV Europe Music Awards. They’ve also garnered representation or endorsements from Live Nation Spain, Nike and Kia Motors. Raw and fearless, their high energy will be on full display at Nuevofest. http://www.sexyzebras.com


Advance RSVPs, required to attend Nuevofest, can be made at www.latinroots.org, where more about the free Latin Roots Live! concert series can be explored. FringeArts is located at 140 N. Columbus Boulevard (at Race Street) in Philadelphia, PA 19106. Follow Nuevofest and Latin Roots Live! on social media by using #Nuevofest2016 and/or #LatinRootsLive.

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About WXPN WXPN, the nationally recognized leader in Triple A radio and the premier guide for discovering new and significant artists in rock, blues, roots and folk, is the non-commercial, member-supported, public radio service of the University of Pennsylvania. WXPN produces World Cafe, public radio’s most popular program of popular music, hosted by David Dye and syndicated by NPR, and the Peabody Award-winning Kids Corner hosted by Kathy O’Connell. WXPN serves the greater Philadelphia area at 88.5 FM, the Lehigh Valley at 104.9 FM, Worton/Baltimore at 90.5 FM, Lancaster/York at 88.7 FM, Harrisburg at 99.7 FM, Northeastern PA and Northwestern NJ at 91.9 FM, and the world via online streaming at www.XPN.org.​ The WXPN app brings all of WXPN to any mobile device. WXPN produces XPoNential Radio on XPN2 as its secondary radio channel in HD, also available online. About AfroTaino Productions AfroTaino Productions focuses on arts and culture event programming, multicultural audience development, and entertainment solutions. The company emerged in 2005 as the result of their partners’ combined expertise, passion and commitment to serve as agents of change. Since then, AfroTaino Productions has co-developed cross-cultural strategies for brands and corporations, executed comprehensive music marketing campaigns globally, and presented internationally-praised talent in some of the best concert halls and venues on the East Coast.
PHILADELPHIA, PA – June 1, 2016 – WXPN, the nationally-recognized leader in Triple A music and non-commercial radio service of the University of Pennsylvania, named Karl Blau as its June Artist To Watch. WXPN Music Director and Host Dan Reed presented the first of the month’s on-air segments today, June 1, in the 4 p.m. hour. Karl Blau is a multi-instrumentalist, singer, and DIY-er from Anacortes, Washington. He has released more than 40 records in 20 or so years, many self-released in handmade packaging and mailed to subscribers, and others on iconic indie Northwest record labels like K and Knw-Yr-Own. Blau has also toured solo and recorded for years with Laura Veirs and other bands. He recently released Introducing. It’s a collection of cover tunes – forgotten hits and deep cuts – written in the late 60s and 70s by songwriters Tom T. Hall, Waylon Jennings, Don Gibson, Barry Gibb, Townes Van Zandt, Tom Rush, and others. The album was produced by Tucker Martine, with backing vocals by Jim James of My Morning Jacket and Laura Veirs. Karl’s cover of a Link Wray song, “Fallin’ Rain” was an XPN Gotta Hear Song of the Week, (http://thekey.xpn.org/2016/04/18/karl-blau/) and he was featured by David Dye as one of his World Cafe Next artists. (http://www.npr.org/sections/world-cafe/2016/04/25/475592690/world-cafe-next-karl-blau) “Blau has blown our minds with such a warm and soulful collection of songs on his new album,” said Bruce Warren, Assistant General Manager of Programming. “Why did it take so long for us to discover this guy? We’re glad we did.”

For more on the XPN Artists To Watch series and this month’s featured artist, visit: http://www.xpn.org/music-artist/artist-to-watch/item/4594-karl-blau-june-2016

Since 2003, the XPN Artists To Watch series has been a reflection of WXPN’s commitment to nurturing fresh, new talent and exposing listeners to the best new music. Each month, the XPN Artists To Watch series spotlights a different up-and-coming performer who has produced an album or body of work that demonstrates outstanding vision, creativity and songwriting ability. Month-long on-air promotion is combined with online features to help audiences discover each artist.

WXPN, the nationally recognized leader in Triple A radio and the premier guide for discovering new and significant artists in rock, blues, roots and folk, is the non-commercial, member-supported radio service of the University of Pennsylvania. WXPN produces World Cafe®, public radio’s most popular program of popular music, hosted by David Dye and syndicated by NPR, and the Peabody Award-winning Kids Corner hosted by Kathy O’Connell. WXPN also produces XPoNential Radio on XPN2 as its secondary radio channel in HD that is also available online. WXPN serves the greater Philadelphia area at 88.5 FM, the Lehigh Valley at 104.9 FM, Worton/Baltimore at 90.5 FM, Lancaster/York at 88.7 FM, Harrisburg at 99.7 FM and the world via online streaming at XPN.org.

WXPN ANNOUNCES ADDITIONS TO ARTIST LINEUP FOR 2016 XPONENTIAL MUSIC FESTIVAL PRESENTED BY SUBARU

Colvin & Earle, The Revivalists, White Denim, Esmé Patterson, Eliza Hardy Jones, Ben Arnold, Queen of Jeans and more are added to 3-day festival July 22-24

PHILADELPHIA (MAY 5, 2016): More artists including Colvin & Earle, The Revivalists, White Denim, Songhoy Blues, Billy Hector, and Esmé Patterson - along with Philadelphia-based favorites Ben Arnold, Kississippi, Eliza Hardy Jones, RoseMary Fiki and Queen of Jeans - have been added to the lineup for the 2016 XPoNential Music Festival presented by Subaru. WXPN 88.5 FM/Philadelphia, the festival’s producer and the non-commercial, member-supported radio station of the University of Pennsylvania, announced the lineup additions on-air and online at 8 a.m. ET today, the first day of its Spring Fund Drive.

These artists will join the previously-announced 20-plus who are performing in the three-day, two-venue Festival from Friday, July 22 through Sunday, July 24 at BB&T Pavilion and Wiggins Park on the Camden, NJ riverfront (see updated lineup, below). The Festival’s daily performance schedule and set times will be announced. Updates and ticket info are located at www.xpnfest.org.

“For music lovers, it doesn’t get any better than this year’s diverse selection of heritage, up-and-coming, and local artists,” said WXPN General Manager Roger LaMay. “The XPoNential Music Festival is an exceptional music event that has achieved national stature, thanks to the WXPN members, listeners and artists who support our mission to connect artists with audiences.”

Updated lineup of artists who will be be performing in the 2016 XPoNential Music Festival:

BB&T Pavilion (evenings)
Fri. July 22 Ryan Adams and The Shining, Kurt Vile and The Violators, Tommy Stinson
Sat. July 23 Alabama Shakes, Gary Clark Jr., Chicano Batman
Sun. July 24 Brandi Carlile, Old Crow Medicine Show, case/lang/viers


Wiggins Park
Father John Misty (solo)
Josh Ritter & The Royal City Band
Colvin & Earle
Preservation Hall Jazz Band
The Felice Brothers
The Districts
Femi Kuti & The Positive Force
The Revivalists
White Denim
David Wax Museum
The Suffers
Darlingside
Chicano Batman
Songhoy Blues
Esmé Patterson
Low Cut Connie
Diane Coffee
The Record Company
Ben Arnold
Eliza Hardy Jones
Kississippi
Queen of Jeans
Billy Hector
RoseMary Fiki

During the WXPN Spring Fund Drive, listeners who make a pledge to become members at $25 per month will receive two complimentary 3-Day Go Everywhere Passes with general access to all performances in Wiggins Park and lawn access at BB&T Pavilion. All new and existing XPN Members can save 50% on 3-Day Go Everywhere Passes with lawn admission to BB&T and single day Wiggins Park passes, when available.

The XPoNential Music Festival presented by Subaru is WXPN’s signature annual concert event that draws audiences from throughout the Greater Philadelphia area, Mid-Atlantic region, and Northeastern US. Now in its 12th year at Wiggins Park and 5th year at the adjacent BB&T Pavilion (formerly Susquehanna Bank Center), WXPN produces the XPoNential Music Festival in partnership with the Camden County Board of Freeholders. The festival features the expertly curated mix of established and new artists enjoyed by WXPN members and listeners and is a preferred summer music event, known for convenient access via public transportation, natural amphitheaters that produce great sound, plenty of activities for kids, extensive food, drink and vendor selections, and festival seating and riverfront promenades that offer spectacular views of the Delaware River and Philadelphia skyline.

All current information regarding the 2016 XPoNential Music Festival is located at http://www.xpnfest.org. Share #xpnfest on Twitter @xpnfest, on Facebook facebook.com/xpnfest, and Instagram @wxpnfm.

# # # About WXPN WXPN, the nationally recognized leader in Triple A radio and the premier guide for discovering new and significant artists in rock, blues, roots and folk, is the non-commercial, member-supported, public radio service of the University of Pennsylvania. WXPN produces World Cafe, public radio’s most popular program of popular music, hosted by David Dye and syndicated by NPR, and the Peabody Award-winning Kids Corner hosted by Kathy O’Connell. WXPN serves the greater Philadelphia area at 88.5 FM, the Lehigh Valley at 104.9 FM, Worton/Baltimore at 90.5 FM, Lancaster/York at 88.7 FM, Harrisburg at 99.7 FM, Northeastern PA and Northwestern NJ at 91.9 FM, and the world via online streaming at www.XPN.org.​ The WXPN app brings all of WXPN to any mobile device. WXPN produces XPoNential Radio on XPN2 as its secondary radio channel in HD, also available online.
PHILADELPHIA, PA – May 2, 2016 – WXPN, the nationally-recognized leader in Triple A music and non-commercial radio service of the University of Pennsylvania, named Car Seat Headrest as its May Artist To Watch. WXPN Music Director and Host Dan Reed presented the first of the month’s on-air segments today, May 2, in the 4 p.m. hour.

Car Seat Headrest is the brainchild of Will Toledo, who, since 2010, has 11 releases to his band’s name, many of which he’s made available for a “name your price” on Bandcamp (https://carseatheadrest.bandcamp.com/music). Originally from Leesburg, Virginia, and currently based out of Seattle, the DIY’er is releasing his first album of new songs on a “proper” label, Matador Records. Car Seat Headrest released Teens of Style, a collection of re-recorded older material going back to 2011, as their introduction by the label just last year, and their new album, Teens of Denial, is out on May 20th. Toledo’s music is an indie rock brew that brings to mind Guided By Voices by way of early Who, Pavement, and informed by Toledo’s love of REM, with lots of guitars, layered harmonies, lyrics you want to pay attention to, and loads and loads of well-crafted lo-fi nuance and charm. Car Seat Headrest was recently featured by David Dye as a World Cafe Next artist (http://www.npr.org/sections/world-cafe/2016/04/18/474294838/world-cafe-next-car-seat-headrest). They are playing XPN’s Non-Comm on Friday, May 20th and XPN Welcomes them to Underground Arts on May 22nd.

Dan Reed, the self-appointed President of the Car Seat Headrest fan club and Music Director and Operations Manager for XPN, says “This is the best album of the year, so far. Toledo is one of rock’s great new lyricists; anthemic, diverse, funny, and sad, sometimes all at once."

For more on the XPN Artists To Watch series and this month’s featured artist, visit: http://xpn.org/music-artist/artist-to-watch/item/4562-car-seat-headrest-may-2016

Since 2003, the XPN Artists To Watch series has been a reflection of WXPN’s commitment to nurturing fresh, new talent and exposing listeners to the best new music. Each month, the XPN Artists To Watch series spotlights a different up-and-coming performer who has produced an album or body of work that demonstrates outstanding vision, creativity and songwriting ability. Month-long on-air promotion is combined with online features to help audiences discover each artist.

WXPN, the nationally recognized leader in Triple A radio and the premier guide for discovering new and significant artists in rock, blues, roots and folk, is the non-commercial, member-supported radio service of the University of Pennsylvania. WXPN produces World Cafe®, public radio’s most popular program of popular music, hosted by David Dye and syndicated by NPR, and the Peabody Award-winning Kids Corner hosted by Kathy O’Connell. WXPN also produces XPoNential Radio on XPN2 as its secondary radio channel in HD that is also available online. WXPN serves the greater Philadelphia area at 88.5 FM, the Lehigh Valley at 104.9 FM, Worton/Baltimore at 90.5 FM, Lancaster/York at 88.7 FM, Harrisburg at 99.7 FM and the world via online streaming at XPN.org.
PHILADELPHIA (APRIL 7, 2016): Philadelphia public radio station WXPN 88.5 FM announced today that registration is open for the next free, all-ages Latin Roots Live! concert featuring GEPE and DENDÊ & BAND on Wednesday, April 27 at 8 p.m. at World Cafe Live in Philadelphia. To RSVP for free admission, visit http://www.latinroots.org/category/events/

For the second consecutive year, WXPN’s Latin Roots Live! free concert series, produced in partnership with AfroTaino Productions and made possible by the William Penn Foundation, brings today’s most exciting Latin musicians to Philadelphia audiences. WXPN General Manager Roger LaMay said, “WXPN is committed to building audiences for new and diverse music, and to reach a wider audience with artists that deserve to be heard and experienced in Philadelphia and beyond.”

The free concert series is inspired by Latin Roots, the bi-weekly segment heard on World Cafe®, NPR’s syndicated popular music program produced by WXPN. Latin Roots explores and exposes to American audiences the vast variety of music from Spanish and Portuguese-speaking countries. Latin Roots on World Cafe is made possible by the Wyncote Foundation.

Gepe is a Chilean singer-songwriter who melds 1960s and 1970s Chilean folk and minimalist electropop into his music. Born Daniel Riveros, Gepe has produced five solo albums, including his most recent 2015 release Estilo Libre. With influences ranging from Chilean artists Victor Jara to Devendra Banhart, Gepe has cultivated a unique, indie-folk sound infused with his own Chilean roots. His popularity has allowed him to play major shows at Viña Del Mar festival in Chile and Vive Latino festival in Mexico City.

A professional musician from the age of 14, Philadelphia-based Dende is a singer, composer, bandleader, teacher, and more. Since 2002, he has traveled between the United States and Bahia, Brazil to cultivate a solo career in music. Along with his band, Dendê has combined traditions including Afro-Brazilian samba de roda with afrobeat, merengue and funk to develop an infectious, danceable sound. Dendê & Band have recorded two full-length albums together, the most recent being 2013’s Back to Bahia.

The Latin Roots Live! concert on Wednesday, April 27 will take place at World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut Street in Philadelphia, PA 19104. Doors will open at 7 p.m. and showtime is 8 p.m. To RSVP for free admission, click here.

About Latin Roots on World CafeⓇ Latin Roots on World Cafe, hosted by David Dye, explores the vast variety of music from Spanish and Portuguese-speaking countries and people - from cumbia, mambo and son, to Latin rock, reggaeton, and more. Latin Roots on World Cafe is made possible by the Wyncote Foundation. Latin Roots Live! is produced in partnership with AfroTaino Productions and made possible by the William Penn Foundation.

About WXPN WXPN, the nationally recognized leader in Triple A radio and the premier guide for discovering new and significant artists in rock, blues, roots and folk, is the non-commercial, member-supported radio service of the University of Pennsylvania. WXPN produces World Cafe, public radio’s most popular program of popular music, hosted by David Dye and syndicated by NPR, and the Peabody Award-winning Kids Corner hosted by Kathy O’Connell. WXPN also produces XPoNential Radio on XPN2 as its secondary radio channel in HD that is also available online. WXPN serves the greater Philadelphia area at 88.5 FM, the Lehigh Valley at 104.9 FM, Worton/Baltimore at 90.5 FM, Lancaster/York at 88.7 FM, Harrisburg at 99.7 FM, Hackettstown, NJ at 91.9 FM, and the world via online streaming at XPN.org.

About AfroTaino Productions AfroTaino Productions focuses on arts & culture programming, event production, multicultural audience development, marketing strategies, and entertainment solutions.
PHILADELPHIA, PA – April 1, 2016 – WXPN, the nationally-recognized leader in Triple A music and non-commercial radio service of the University of Pennsylvania, named Margo Price as its April Artist To Watch. World Cafe Host David Dye presented the first of the month’s on-air segments today, April 1, in the 4 p.m. hour.

Margo Price has been living in Nashville since 2003 and recently released her highly acclaimed album, Midwest Farmer’s Daughter on Jack White’s label, Third Man Records. Although this is her first solo album, Margo has been part of an emerging and vibrant Americana music scene out of East Nashville for the last few years. She and her band revive a variety of 60’s and 70’s twangisms and the songs are stories of heartbreak, emotional pain, and release. Price’s voice has that alluring mix of vulnerability and resilience that was once the province of country legends Loretta Lynn and Dolly Parton, and it is a tour-de-force performance that is vivid, deeply moving, and all true. Price’s NPR Music showcase performance at this year’s SXSW (South By Southwest) was one of the event’s highlights. Catch the performance here. (http://www.npr.org/event/music/470944675/margo-price-hurtin-on-the-bottle-live-at-sxsw-2016)

“I saw Margo at SXSW several weeks ago and she was captivating,” said Bruce Warren, Assistant General Manager of Programming. “She turned a lot of heads with her performance at the NPR Music showcase – and for good reason. She has created a fantastic album; a collection of stories performed from the heart. She’s an exciting talent that is due all the acclaim she’s been receiving.”

For more on the XPN Artists To Watch series and this month’s featured artist, visit: http://xpn.org/music-artist/artist-to-watch/item/4525-margo-price-april-2016

Since 2003, the XPN Artists To Watch series has been a reflection of WXPN’s commitment to nurturing fresh, new talent and exposing listeners to the best new music. Each month, the XPN Artists To Watch series spotlights a different up-and-coming performer who has produced an album or body of work that demonstrates outstanding vision, creativity and songwriting ability. Month-long on-air promotion is combined with online features to help audiences discover each artist.

WXPN, the nationally recognized leader in Triple A radio and the premier guide for discovering new and significant artists in rock, blues, roots and folk, is the non-commercial, member-supported radio service of the University of Pennsylvania. WXPN produces World Cafe®, public radio’s most popular program of popular music, hosted by David Dye and syndicated by NPR, and the Peabody Award-winning Kids Corner hosted by Kathy O’Connell. WXPN also produces XPoNential Radio on XPN2 as its secondary radio channel in HD that is also available online. WXPN serves the greater Philadelphia area at 88.5 FM, the Lehigh Valley at 104.9 FM, Worton/Baltimore at 90.5 FM, Lancaster/York at 88.7 FM, Harrisburg at 99.7 FM and the world via online streaming at XPN.org.
WXPN’s Latin Roots Live! series brings the story of Latin Boogaloo music to Philadelphia with documentary We Like It Like That and live performance by “King of Latin Soul” Joe Bataan Friday, March 25 at Prince Theater

● Free event also includes a Q&A with film’s director and NPR Music’s Alt.Latino co-host ● More Latin Roots Live! events are scheduled for April and July

PHILADELPHIA (MARCH 2, 2016): Philadelphia public radio station WXPN’s Latin Roots Live! concert series will present the Philadelphia premiere of the award-winning music documentary We Like It Like That, followed by a Q&A with the film’s director, Mathew Ramirez Warren, and Felix Contreras, co-host of NPR Music's Alt.Latino program. This special evening, produced in partnership with the Philadelphia Film Society and AfroTaino Productions, will culminate in a live performance by the “King of Latin Soul” Joe Bataan, who is prominently featured in the film. Doors open at 7 pm and event will start at 8 pm Friday, March 25 at the Prince Theater, 1412 Chestnut Street in Philadelphia. Admission is free, and RSVPs to attend can be made at http://xpn.org/latin-roots-live.

We Like It Like That tells the story of Latin boogaloo - “a bilingual mixture of R&B and Afro-Cuban rhythms and melodies” - that emerged from the South Bronx and Brooklyn boroughs of New York City during the 1960s. The film features original interviews, recordings, and archival footage of artists who created and popularized the genre. Vocalist Joe Bataan, who will perform following the film screening and Q&A session, became known for melding energetic Latin rhythms with African-American doo wop and soul ballads.

For the second consecutive year, WXPN’s Latin Roots Live! presents free music events inspired by Latin Roots, the bi-weekly radio series on NPR’s popular music program World Cafe®, which is produced by WXPN, hosted by David Dye, and made possible by the Wyncote Foundation. The Latin Roots Live! concert series is produced in partnership with AfroTaino Productions and made possible by the William Penn Foundation.

WXPN General Manager Roger LaMay said, “WXPN is committed to building audiences for new and diverse music with a multi-platform approach. We aim to reach a wider audience with Latin Roots on radio, video, online, and with live performances. These artists deserve to be heard in Philadelphia and across the country.”

Both the Latin Roots radio series and the Latin Roots Live! events series explore the vast variety of music from Spanish and Portuguese-speaking countries and people - from cumbia, mambo and son to Latin rock, reggaeton, and more. In January, a Latin Roots Live! free concert featuring two of today’s most acclaimed new Latin music groups, Monsieur Perine and Buyepongo, was presented at World Cafe Live in Philadelphia. On Weds., April 27, the series will present Chilean singer-songwriter Gepe in concert at World Cafe Live. On Sun., July 10, WXPN’s Latin Roots Live! series will again co-present NUEVOFEST, a multi-artist showcase at Fringe Arts in Philadelphia. For more information about these events and Latin Roots Live!, visit http://www.latinroots.org.

The March 25 film screening is also supported by community partners BlackStar Film Festival, Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival (PAAFF), and the Philadelphia Latino Film Festival (PHLAFF).

Additional sources for We Like It Like Like That, the Q&A session, and Joe Bataan: latinboogaloo.com
facebook.com/welikeitlikethat
twitter.com/BoogalooMovie
instagram.com/boogaloomovie/
facebook.com/joe.bataan
http://www.npr.org/sections/altlatino/

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About WXPN WXPN, the nationally recognized leader in Triple A radio and the premier guide for discovering new and significant artists in rock, blues, roots and folk, is the non-commercial, member-supported radio service of the University of Pennsylvania. WXPN produces World Cafe, public radio’s most popular program of popular music, hosted by David Dye and syndicated by NPR, and the Peabody Award-winning Kids Corner hosted by Kathy O’Connell. WXPN also produces XPoNential Radio on XPN2 as its secondary radio channel in HD that is also available online. WXPN serves the greater Philadelphia area at 88.5 FM, the Lehigh Valley at 104.9 FM, Worton/Baltimore at 90.5 FM, Lancaster/York at 88.7 FM, Harrisburg at 99.7 FM, Hackettstown, NJ at 91.9 FM, and the world via online streaming at XPN.org.

About AfroTaino Productions AfroTaino Productions focuses on arts and culture programming, event planning/execution, audience development, promotions/marketing, special events and campaigns targeting multicultural audiences
PHILADELPHIA, PA – March 1, 2016 – WXPN, the nationally-recognized leader in Triple A music and non-commercial radio service of the University of Pennsylvania, named The Record Company as its March Artist To Watch. WXPN Music Director and Host Dan Reed presented the first of the month’s on-air segments today, March 1, in the 4 p.m. hour.

Based in LA, The Record Company is a guitar-bass-drums trio with influences like the Rolling Stones and the Stooges as well as classic bluesmen like John Lee Hooker. Since forming in 2011, they have become known for their raw, honest blues sound. The Record Company features vocalist-guitarist Chris Vos, drummer Marc Cazorla, and bassist Alex Stiff. Stiff gives the band local roots, originally hailing from Wayne, PA. After meeting in California, the musicians began to perform, write and record together in early 2012. Their powerful live shows quickly gained popularity across North America as they toured, playing festivals and opening for acts including B.B. King, Trombone Shorty and Grace Potter. WXPN first featured The Record Company as a “My Morning Download” track, with “Don’t Let Me Get Lonely” from their first EP, Superdead. In February 2016, the trio was featured on David Dye’s World Cafe alongside the release of their first full-length album, Give It Back To You. The Record Company is also confirmed to play at the 2016 XPoNential Music Festival presented by Subaru at Wiggins Park in July.

“Their sound is raw and rootsy,” said Bruce Warren, Assistant General Manager of Programming. “Conjuring the spirits of John Lee Hooker and Morphine, The Record Company showcase their subtle, funky and modern take on the classic blues genre.”

For more on the XPN Artists To Watch series and this month’s featured artist, visit: http://xpn.org/music-artist/artist-to-watch/item/4493-the-record-company-march-2016

Since 2003, the XPN Artists To Watch series has been a reflection of WXPN’s commitment to nurturing fresh, new talent and exposing listeners to the best new music. Each month, the XPN Artists To Watch series spotlights a different up-and-coming performer who has produced an album or body of work that demonstrates outstanding vision, creativity and songwriting ability. Month-long on-air promotion is combined with online features to help audiences discover each artist.

WXPN, the nationally recognized leader in Triple A radio and the premier guide for discovering new and significant artists in rock, blues, roots and folk, is the non-commercial, member-supported radio service of the University of Pennsylvania. WXPN produces World Cafe®, public radio’s most popular program of popular music, hosted by David Dye and syndicated by NPR, and the Peabody Award-winning Kids Corner hosted by Kathy O’Connell. WXPN also produces XPoNential Radio on XPN2 as its secondary radio channel in HD that is also available online. WXPN serves the greater Philadelphia area at 88.5 FM, the Lehigh Valley at 104.9 FM, Worton/Baltimore at 90.5 FM, Lancaster/York at 88.7 FM, Harrisburg at 99.7 FM and the world via online streaming at XPN.org.
WXPN ANNOUNCES ARTISTS PERFORMING AT 2016 XPONENTIAL MUSIC FESTIVAL PRESENTED BY SUBARU FRIDAY, JULY 22 THROUGH SUNDAY, JULY 24 IN CAMDEN, NJ

ARTISTS PERFORMING AT BB&T PAVILION:
▪ Ryan Adams, Kurt Vile & The Violators, and Tommy Stinson on Fri., July 22 ▪ Alabama Shakes, Gary Clark Jr., and Chicano Batman on Sat., July 23 ▪ Brandi Carlile, Old Crow Medicine Show, and artists TBA on Sun., July 24

ARTISTS PERFORMING AT WIGGINS PARK INCLUDE:
Father John Misty (solo), Josh Ritter and The Royal City Band, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, The Felice Brothers, The Districts, Femi Kuti & The Positive Force, David Wax Museum, The Suffers, Darlingside, Chicano Batman, Low Cut Connie, Diane Coffee, The Record Company & more

Tickets for general public go on sale this Friday, Feb. 26 at noon

PHILADELPHIA (February 23, 2016): WXPN, the nationally recognized leader in Triple A (adult album alternative) music and the non-commercial, member-supported radio station of the University of Pennsylvania, announced at 5 pm ET today the initial lineup of artists performing in the 2016 XPoNential Music Festival presented by Subaru. WXPN has again teamed with Live Nation to include performances at BB&T Pavilion in addition to Wiggins Park. The annual three-day, two-venue festival will take place Friday, July 22 through Sunday, July 24.

•BB&T Pavilion: WXPN has partnered with promoter Live Nation to present three concerts at the BB&T Pavilion that festival goers can enjoy with a 3-Day Go Everywhere Pass, in addition to all shows at Wiggins Park. RYAN ADAMS and KURT VILE & THE VIOLATORS with special guest TOMMY STINSON will perform on Friday, July 22; recent multiple-GRAMMYⓇ award-winner ALABAMA SHAKES and GARY CLARK JR. will perform on Saturday, July 23, with special guest CHICANO BATMAN; and the Sunday, July 24 concert will feature BRANDI CARLILE and OLD CROW MEDICINE SHOW. NOTE: On Monday morning, Feb. 29, WXPN will announce a very special addition to the Sunday, July 24 show.

•Wiggins Park: The two stages at Wiggins Park, adjacent to the BB&T Pavilion, will be filled with dozens of artists performing throughout the weekend, including a solo performance by Father John Misty, Josh Ritter and The Royal City Band, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, The Felice Brothers, The Districts, Femi Kuti & The Positive Force, David Wax Museum, The Suffers, Darlingside, Chicano Batman, Low Cut Connie, Diane Coffee, The Record Company and more to be announced.

WXPN members can purchase pre-sale, reserved festival tickets and “3-Day Go Everywhere” passes online starting Wednesday, February 24 at noon. Reserved and lawn tickets will go on sale to the general public Friday, February 26 at noon through Ticketmaster.com, the BB&T Pavilion box office, Ticketmaster outlets or by phone at 800-745-3000.

In addition to reserved seat and lawn tickets for each of the three concerts at BB&T Pavilion, weekend passes for Wiggins Park-only concerts will also be offered. The popular 3-Day Go Everywhere Pass that provides general access to Wiggins Park and lawn access to BB&T shows will also be available, for which WXPN members can save 50 percent. New this year is the option to upgrade for a reserved seat each night at BB&T Pavilion, and save more than 10% over the cost of individually-purchased reserved seat tickets. The upgrade options are available for a limited time only: 3-day pass for Wiggins Park with same 100-level seating for all evening concerts at BB&T Pavilion 3-day pass for Wiggins Park with same 200-level seating for all evening concerts at BB&T Pavilion

The XPoNential Music Festival presented by Subaru is WXPN’s signature annual concert event that draws audiences from throughout the Greater Philadelphia area, Mid-Atlantic region, and Northeastern US. Now in its 12th year at Wiggins Park and 5th year at the adjacent BB&T Pavilion (formerly Susquehanna Bank Center), WXPN produces the XPoNential Music Festival in partnership with the Camden County Board of Freeholders. The festival features the expertly curated mix of established and new artists enjoyed by WXPN members and listeners and is a preferred summer music event, known for convenient access via public transportation, natural amphitheaters that produce great sound, plenty of activities for kids, extensive food, drink and vendor selections, and festival seating and riverfront promenades that offer spectacular views of the Delaware River and Philadelphia skyline.

All current information regarding the 2016 XPoNential Music Festival can be located at www.xpnfest.org. Share #xpnfest on Twitter @xpnfest, on Facebook facebook.com/xpnfest, and Instagram @wxpnfm.

# # # About WXPN
WXPN, the nationally recognized leader in Triple A radio and the premier guide for discovering new and significant artists in rock, blues, roots and folk, is the non-commercial, member-supported radio service of the University of Pennsylvania. WXPN produces World Cafe, public radio’s most popular program of popular music, hosted by David Dye and syndicated by NPR, and the Peabody Award-winning Kids Corner hosted by Kathy O’Connell. WXPN also produces XPoNential Radio on XPN2 as its secondary radio channel in HD that is also available online. WXPN serves the greater Philadelphia area at 88.5 FM, the Lehigh Valley at 104.9 FM, Worton/Baltimore at 90.5 FM, Lancaster/York at 88.7 FM, Harrisburg at 99.7 FM, Northeastern PA and Northwestern NJ at 91.9 FM, and the world via online streaming at XPN.org.​

About Live Nation Entertainment
Live Nation Entertainment (NYSE: LYV) is the world’s leading live entertainment company comprised of four market leaders: Ticketmaster, Live Nation Concerts, Artist Nation Management and Live Nation Media/Sponsorship. For additional information, visit www.livenation.com.

About BB&T Pavilion
The BB&T Pavilion (formerly the Susquehanna Bank Center) is the premier outdoor venue in the Philadelphia metro area to catch the summer’s hottest touring acts. The BB&T Pavilion box office is located on the Delaware River waterfront at 1 Harbour Blvd. in Camden, NJ. The BB&T Pavilion opened in 1995 and has changed names several times, from the Blockbuster-Sony Music Entertainment Center to the Tweeter Center in 2001, to the Susquehanna Bank Center in 2008, and to the BB&T Pavilion in 2015. The facility can be used year-round with capabilities of seating 25,000 in the summer and closing off to a 7,000-seat venue in fall and winter. Some of the most popular tickets for the venue have included Radiohead, The Who, Pearl Jam, Jimmy Buffett, Foo Fighters, Dave Matthews Band and Phish.

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