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Hear Fresh, Hear Local – A Typical Friday in Lancaster

Wandering around Lancaster, you will encounter the “Buy Fresh, Buy Local” supporters.  I would like to propose a new sticker be created: “Hear fresh, Hear local”, as homage to the local music scene burgeoning in Lancaster.  Last Friday, the Chameleon Club hosted four local acts, all of varied musical styles, for the low price of

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Yonder Mountain String Band Energizes the Crowd at Chameleon

“PA holds it down”  according to mandolin/vocalist of YMSB, Jeff Austin. It’s no wonder. Our state is mostly one big farm field with a few cities scattered across its landscape.  Lancaster, unofficially the farm capital of PA, is almost required to enjoy bluegrass.  Therefore, Yonder Mountain String Band fit right in when they rolled up

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Austin City Limits Preview: ‘The Ettes’ Bringing the Rock & Roll

The Ettes are a straight-up, in-your-face, rock and roll band; through and through.  Fronted by Coco and Poni; the Ettes wil be playing the BMI stage at 4:40pm on Friday. Make sure you get out to here them rock with tracks like “Crown of Age” and “I Get Mine”.  I had the chance to chat

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Hey Its the Cheers Elephant! Tonight at The Fire!

I had the chance to chat with Derek of Cheers Elephant over the phone last night.  Our conversation covered many topics from drunkard elephants to David Byrne’s reasons for dancing. Before I get into the music, let me begin with a little tale about a big elephant.  When the first elephant was brought from Africa,

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Get In On The Flux: The Flux Capacitor

First let me break down the meaning of Flux Capacitor. Flux is defined as constant change.  A capacitor by definition stores energy.  Combine the two and you have a lot of energy under constant change.  The name the three brothers, Pete, Jason and Mike, chose for themselves could not be a more fitting descriptor for

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Beta Hi-Fi Winners: Screwjack Up & Coming in Philadelphia

The fresh Philadelphia locals that they are, Screwjack took the show at the 2010 Beta Hi-Fi Emerging Artist music contest at World Café Live.  The three day contest pitted local bands against themselves in a battle of the bands style contest which left the winner with a very nice prize package including a spot at

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Philadelphia Folk Fest: Here Comes The Sun!

The afternoon acts are wrapping up and the sun appears to be peeking out.  Intermittent showers throughout the day haven’t slowed down these folkies one bit.  Braving the damp conditions for the music they love, people are beginning to filter in for the mainstage headliners starting up at 4pm. We’ll be down in the trenches

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Philadelphia Folk Fest: The Final Day

We survived the night and woke up to torrential downpours in our campsite.  Despite the rain the festival is still going full swing. With many entertaining acts due up for this afternoon: The Canadian Showcase, The Rockin’ Acoustic Circus, That 1 Guy, Butch Ross, Kyle Offidani, Scott Pryor & The Common Sinners, Cheers Elephant and

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Night Closes In On The Philadelphia Folk Fest: Let The Fun Begin.

We survived our “Fest Shower” and are back out in the thick of the music.  Groovin’ with Jah Levi & the Higher Reasoning, rockin’ with Erin McKeown and friends, and in awe of bluegrass legend, Jesse McReynolds. It has been a great evening and that’s just the part of it.  Chris Smither & the Motivators

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Into the Night at the Philadelphia Folk Fest

Jeff Tweedy just finished up his set and everyone here at the fest is gearing up for this evenings festivities. On stage tonight will be Chris Smither & The Motivators, Erin McKeown, Harlem Blues & Jazz Band, Taj Mahal and Mike Cross. We’re gonna take a breather and probably grab a shower in the nearby

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