Thursday, July 15, 2010
Day 62 - The Sun Machine Is Coming Down...
and we're gonna have a party.
Here's a plug for WXPN's annual XPoNential Music Festival that runs Friday through Sunday. There are over 40 bands (some of them aren't even granola singer-songwriters!) that will share three stages in a pretty Camden setting overlooking the Delaware River. All three days offer must sees and you can't beat the festival price (although early bird XPN members got the best deal - three day pass for $35.00).
Get there by dinner on Friday to make sure you catch the never less than fantastic Alejandro Escovedo (6:45) and skip over to the smaller Marina Stage for local folk rocker Ben Arnold (&:40) and current buzz band, power pop throwbacks Free Energy (8:55). Leave after their set and head out early to avoid MOR jam band bores Big Head Todd and The Monsters and the inevitable barf-a-rama that will accompany the mass exodus of the Warped Tour's baked cookies.
On Saturday, must sees include the best-of-weekend murderer's row of The Walkmen (3:45), Yo La Tengo (5:20), Roseanne Cash (6:55) and scumbag folkies The Felice Brothers (8:50), all on the big Camden County River Stage. But make sure you get over to the Marina Stage at 8:00 for an ultra-rare 21st century appearance by Jersey homeboy Ben Vaughn.
Sunday's highlights include early in the day appearances by classic rockers Blood Feathers (1:00) and the rising Laurel Canyon lilt of Dawes (2:15). Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes' weird hippie folk is set for 5:20 and local psych popsters Dr. Dog follow at 6:55.
There's loads more, plus sunburn, $8.00 beers and old hippies. See you there.
Edward Sharpe And The Magnetic Zeroes - "Memory of A Free Festival" (David Bowie cover)
Dawes - "When My Time Comes"
Blood Feathers - "The Same Mad Part"
Free Energy - "Bang Pop"
The Walkmen - "Stranded"