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Philly Folk Fest lineup

Hey there boys and girls. The 52nd annual Philadelphia Folk Fest is only a couple weeks away and I couldn’t be happier. Fest is one of my favorite times of year! Tickets are still on sale but they are going fast. It will sell out so get ’em today!

Here is this years lineup:

Richard Thompson Electric Trio – Todd Rundgren – The Mavericks– Carolina Chocolate Drops– David Bromberg – Asleep At the Wheel – Jake Shimabukuro – David Uosikkinen’s In the Pocket:  The Essential Songs of Philadelphia – Black Prairie – Luella & The Sun – Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band – Sierra Leone Refugee All Stars – Spirit Family Reunion – Sleepy Man Banjo Boy s – The Stray Birds – Star & Micey – Otis Taylor – Caravan of Thieves – Amy Helm – Jeffrey Gaines – Gabe Butterfield – Ellis Paul – Del Barber – The Como Mamas – Ben Arnold – Burning Bridget Cleary – Andy Statman Project – Ben Vaughn – RUNA – David Francey – Frank Fairfield – Joe Crookston & the BlueBird Jubilee – The Toy Hearts – The Amigos Band – Mark Silver & the Stonethrowers – Mike ‘Slo-Mo’ Brenner – XPN Philly Local with Helen Leicht featuring Ali Wadsworth, Juston Stens and the Get Real Gang, Modern Inventors, Ginger Coyle – Steam Powered Areo Band (w/Phil D’Agostino, Brad Hinton and more) – The Lawsuits – Toy Soldiers – Great Groove Band – Dennis Hangey – The Hula Honeys – Give and Take Jugglers – and your legendary host Gene Shay!

Recent additions to the lineup include:

David Amram – John Francis – Steve Guyger – John Flynn, Sarah Flynn, and Sean Flynn – New Sweden – Ursula Rucker & Tim Motzer – Saul Broudy – Mike Miller – Reverend TJ McGlinchey – Mike & Ruthie – HogMaw – Psych-A-Billy – Jersey Corn Pickers – Hennessey Bonfire – Bob Beach – Manatawny Creek Ramblers – Marc Silver & the Stonethrowers – Spuyten Duyvil – Ansel Barnum – Seth Holzman – Lily Mae – Dani Mari – The Karmic Repair Company – Michael Braunfeld – Allan Carr – Annie Bauerlein & Chip Mergott – The Whiskeyhickon Boys – Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer – Charlie Miller, Scott Rovner & Friends – Eric Abraham – Jason Hahn – Matt Sowell – Jerry Hionis – Jim Albertson – John Fuhr – Lord Jacob and the Ukuladies – Lost Indian – Mark Schultz – Mist Covered Mountains – Shawn Proctor – Sid Root – Beakey w/ Special Guests – Up the Chain – Sweetbriar Rose- Tracy Degerberg


Can’t wait to let the Festivities begin! See ya there…..


2012 Year In Review (Part 1): Best Live Shows

As the year comes to a close, The Shady Groove would like to give you a summary of this years best music. We like to do a little bit of ‘nutshelling’ for you. So here we go!

There will be 3 parts to the Shady Groove’s Year In Review. Part 1, which we will conquer today, will be the best Live Shows of the year. Enjoy.


Top 12 live shows of 2012:

1. Trombone Shorty @ the Keswick – June

2. Dawes @ Appel Farm – June

3. Nick Lowe @ the Keswick – April

4. Willie Nelson @ the Keswick – May

5. Robert Earl Keene @ Union Transfer – Jan

6. Wilco @ XPoNential Music Fest, Camden – Aug

7. Garth Hudson Songs of the Band @ The Keswick – Nov

Garth Hudson plays the Keswick Theatre’s 82-year old Moller pipe organ. Awesome!

8. The Gourds @ Mercury Lounge NYC – Sept

9. Bruce Springsteen @ Citizens Bank Park, Philly – Sept

10. Michael Kiwanuka @ The Trocodero – Sept

11. Ben Gibbard @ The Keswick – Nov

12. Tedeschi Trucks Band @ The Keswick – Nov


Honorable Mention:

Chris Kasper @ Philly Folk Fest – Aug

Railroad Earth @ World Cafe Live – April

Robert Randolph and the Family Band @ The Keswick – Nov

Secret Sisters @ Philly Folk Fest – Aug

Strand of Oaks @ Philly Folk Fest – Aug

MMW @ The Keswick – Oct

Banjo Summit @ The Keswick – Oct



Here’s to many more shows for you and your loved ones in 2013!



Philly Folk Fest Lineup Announced

Surrender to Hate Banjo

Hot off the press! The Philadelphia Folk Song Society hosted its annual Folk Fest announcement at Johnny Brenda’s this past Tuesday. With welcome anticipation they did not disappoint as they hashed out this years blockbusters. Check out the stellar initial lineup:


Little Feat – John Hiatt and the Combo – Steve Earle and The Dukes -Lucinda Williams – Mary Chapin Carpenter – Wanda Jackson – The Secret Sisters – City & Colour – Voices of the Wetlands – The Holmes Brothers – Strand of Oaks – The Wooden Sky – Mary Gauthier – Mike Cross – Comas – Paul Thorn – Tracy Grammer – Red Clay Ramblers – Debo Band – Arborea – Chris Bathgate – Brother Sun (feat. Pat Wictor, Joe Jencks and Greg Greenway) – Lori McKenna – Mark Erelli – Roosevelt Dime – Pokey LaFarge – The Gypsy Hombres – Chris Kasper – Griz – Spuyten Duyvil – Zach Stock – The Great Groove Band


Pretty sweet so far. Can’t wait to see Lucinda take the stage with her dear friend Wanda Jackson. You know it will happen.



Philly Folksong Society


Top Live Shows of 2011

Jerry New Year

Welcome 2012! For the last of Shady Groove’s Year in Review, I bring to you the top live shows of the past year.

Top 11 Live Shows 0f 2011 

11. Joe Pug (Johnny Brenda’s) – Johnny Brenda’s is prob my favorite small venue to see a show in philly. Joe Pug sounds like an early Dylan, honing his craft.

Joe Pug

10. Ziggy Marley (The Keswick Theatre) – crowd was great, dancing and singing. Praise to the Most be High. JAH! Rastafari.

Ziggy Marley

9. Doc Watson (The Keswick Theatre) – epic. Legendary. He’s blind, he’s nearly 90. Amazing.

Doc Watson

8. Hoots and Hellmouth (Yards) – Barn Stomping, hell raising folkies from Philly put on a rollickin show at Yards. All were dancing and singing. The band also brings wooden boards to stomp on. For real.

Hoots and Hellmouth

7. Hayes Carll (WCL) – Rockin band, great lyrics. They didn’t put the tables on the floor downstairs. That means the floor was open for dancing!

Hayes Carll

6. Mason Porter (WCL upstairs) – Mason Porter is prob my favorite local Philly band. Their old school folk and rock influences blend to create a magnificent union. Must see.

Mason Porter

5. Cake (The Keswick Theatre)– Epic. Crowd. Involvement. Totally awesome. John McCrea can control a crowd, at one point screaming “I’ll Stand here all Fucking Night!!”

John McCrea of Cake

4. Carolina Chocolate Drops (TLA)– Wow. One of the best live folk experiences.

Carolina Chocolate Drops

3. My Morning Jacket (The Mann Center) – Great new album. Heard big things about their live show. Did not disappoint. Jim James is a bona fide rock star. Endless hooks, ambient jams. Transcendental light show (see below)

My Morning Jacket

2. The Gourds (The Saint, Asbury Park NJ)– High energy. Rejuvenated with some new material. Fresh off of their brand new album, Old Mad Joy, recorded up in Woodstock, NY at ‘The Barn’ at Levon Helm’s Studios.

The Gourds

1. David Wax Museum (Johnny Brenda’s)– Well put together group of musicians. Something totally different from your run of the mill folk/indie group. They also play significantly under-known instruments, Donkey Jaw bone being one of them.

David Wax Museum


Honorable Mention:

Taj Mahal (The Keswick Theatre), Levon Helm Band (Philly Folk Fest), Trombone Shorty (Philly Folk Fest), The Wood Brothers (Philly Folk Fest), The Ebony Hillbillies (Chestnut Hill), Just The Tip (Half Moon Booze Cruise), The Low Anthem (WCL)


Philly Folk Fest 2k11: 50 Years

The time has come again. The Philly folk fest is about to embark yet another year. A monumental year at that. On the eve of the 50th anniversary of the Philadelphia Folk Festival, the largest and oldest continuously running folk fest in the USA today, I am reminded of where it began. When it began. Throughout the last 50 years we have seen a number of amazing musicians come through the Folk Fest. Just for giggles, I decided to go ALL the way back to the year 1962, the First Philadelphia Folk Fest. Legendary names such as Pete Seeger, Ramblin Jack Elliot, Reverend Gary Davis were among the artist who performed that year. These are our folk heroes! 50 years later we have seen Bob Dylan (in 1963), Jim Croce, Jackson Brown, Judy Collins, Doc Watson, Allison Kraus, Steve Earle, Jeff Tweedy and Many more. Take in the history. Love it. Embrace the new…

This year the Folk Fest welcomes newcomers Jessica Lea Mayfield, The Levon Helm Band, The Wood Brothers, Arlo Guthrie, Justin Townes Earle, David Wax Museum, Trombone Shorty, Jorma Kaukonen, Joel Plaskett, etc.

Needless to say, I am fired up!

In addition we get to see perennial campground favorites, The Philadelphia Jug Band, on stage this year. Give me a big HI-OH for that! Also Philly locals Hoots and Hellmouth who are always sure to bring the house down. Get ready for some awesome. Camp if you can, it is totally worth it!

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Check out this youtube video about the 1st folk fest:

Stay tuned to Shady Groove for more on the Philly Folk Fest as it unfolds. See you there!