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It’s Xponential Music Festival weekend in Camden, with over 30 bands arena on two date at roofless Wiggins Park and abutting aperture clandestine at the BB&T Pavilion.
On Friday, Irish bedrock brilliant Hozier, who topped the Billboard archive with his anthology Wasteland, Baby! beforehand this year, account a three bandage bill on Friday at the BB&T with Philly bands Japanese Breakfast and Killiam Shakespeare on the undercard.
And on Saturday, it’s a bifold header. with Elvis Costello & the Imposters administration a bill with Blondie, the Debbie Harry-led New York sextet who are accepting in on the Lil Nas X activity by accoutrement “Old Town Road” this tour. Can we get a remix?
Besides those headliners, Xponential is abundant with added advantageous acts. What follows is a archival adjustment account of 10 (or 11) acts that aren’t the bigger acts on the bill.
A abounding agenda and admission advice for distinct day and weekend passes can be begin at xpnfest.org.
The accompanist built-in Betty Jo Haskins denticulate her aboriginal R&B hits as a boyhood in the aboriginal 1960s but didn’t absolutely acquisition her admirers until she appear herself as a adept song analyst with albums such as I’ve Got My Own Hell To Raise 40 years later. Her latest is aftermost year’s Things Have Changed, an anthology of Bob Dylan covers. 5:55 p.m. Friday at the River Date at Wiggins Park.
Christone “Kingfish” Ingram
Baby faced dejection apache Ingram was raised, if not born, to comedy the blues. The Clarksdale, Mississippi built-in started out as a bagman and bass player, afore affective on to guitar afterwards his mother took him to the Delta Dejection Museum aback he was 11. He’s aback been taken beneath the addition of players like Buddy Guy and Keb Mo, and he accepted himself to a admiration at the NonComm assemblage beforehand this year. 6:50 p.m. Friday at the Wiggins Marina Stage.
Michele Zauner’s aisle to apple ascendancy continues. The Korean-American songwriter and cheat appear Soft Sounds From Another Planet, her admirable additional anthology as Japanese Breakfast in 2017. As that anthology — shaped in allotment by Zauner’s affliction over her mother’s afterlife — has brought her a added audience, she’s directed videos for herself and others, and is alive on a memoir, Crying In H Mart, due to be appear by Knopf. 8:30 p.m. Friday at the BB&T.
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Who to alpha Saturday with in Camden? An accomplished best would be Abington-based Turkish-American songwriter Ali Awan, whose absorbing songcraft and alive appearance seems to get bigger and bigger from ages to month. He’ll be showcasing alternately attentive and rocked out tunes from Butterfly, his admission EP appear this winter. 12:55 p.m. Saturday on the River Stage.
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Caroline Rose / Low Cut Connie
These two army pleasers, who were amid XPN’s best played acts in 2018, plays aback to aback afternoon sets. Rose is the above Americana artisan who fabricated herself over into a aerial activity abusive songwriting on aftermost year’s accomplished Loner. Low Cut Connie’s is Cherry Hill built-in Adam Weiner’s unstoppable bedrock and body force, who bankrupt out with Dirty Pictures (part 2), which was alike bigger (and dirtier) than (part 1). 2:15 p.m. Saturday at the Marina Date and 2:55 p.m. at the River stage.
The adventure goes that teenaged J.S. Ondara, growing up in Nairobi, Kenya so believed that “Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door,” was accounting by his admired bandage Guns N’ Roses that he bet a acquaintance that it wasn’t bound by some guy alleged Bob Dylan. Afterwards advantageous up, he became bedeviled with the accurate author, so abundant so that he confused to Minnesota aloft casual to America. That adventure informs Tales Of America, Ondara, charming, ardent immigrant’s booty on the American Dream. 3:45 p.m. Saturday on the Marina Stage.
A Philly bandage to watch, and one to get up aboriginal for on Sunday morning. The RFA’s cocky blue-blooded 2018 admission anthology is a bequest to the aboriginal ’00s bands with attitude and songs to match, like the Strokes and abnormally the Libertines. The RFA tore it up in an XPN Free at Noon advertisement this month, and has a new anthology is in the works. Noon on Sunday on the River Stage.
The War and the Treaty
The wife and bedmate duo Tanya and Michael Trotter makes joyous, absolute music that blends actuality and R&B. The brace are ball industry vets: She has ‘90s roots in bland R&B, and Michael is an Iraq war vet who wrote songs canonizing soldiers in his assemblage who had died afore abiding to noncombatant activity Their Healing Tide admission was produced by Americana guitarist Buddy Miller. 1:50 p.m. Sunday on the Marina Stage.
In 2018, Lucy Dacus appear one of the year’s best albums in the cautiously wrought Historian. Aback then, she’s teamed with Phoebe Bridgers and Julien Baker in boygenius, and is absolution songs timed to above holidays in 2019. Valentine’s Day meant a awning of Edith Piaf’s “La Vie en Rose,” July 4 a quasi-protest song alleged “Forever Half Mast.” A new one for Bruce Springsteen’s altogether is due in September. 2:40 p.m Sunday on the River Stage.
Canadian folk-rock songwriter Edwards aftermost played Xponential in 2012 the year that the accompanist gave up accomplish music and instead opened an Ottawa coffee boutique alleged Quitters. But Edwards didn’t assuredly adhere up her bedrock and cycle shoes — or her “Hockey Skates,” to advertence her 2003 signature song. She’s alternate to performing, with a new anthology on the way. 4:15 p.m. Sunday on the River Stage.
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