First Liberation Music and Arts Festival 2015
Aug03

First Liberation Music and Arts Festival 2015

Photos by Steven Philips, Story by Sara Agnew As soon as I got to Liberation Music & Arts Festival, I knew I was in a special place. Greeted by smiling (and familiar) faces, each festival attendee was encouraged to pick a quartz crystal from a small basket of gems. After getting our wristbands, we made our way along the windy wooded paths of Sandy Valley Campground, a peaceful retreat away from every day life. The campground is...

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RECENT GEMS No. 11
Jul31

RECENT GEMS No. 11

“Dim the Lights” Wild Ones If you listen to the lyrics, they talk about patience with love, as well as justifying that patience. This theme also translates to the instrumentals, see the delayed entrance of the guitar lick and the general progression of the song, which utilizes dynamics well (crescendo and decrescendo). In addition to Danielle Sullivan’s voice, what is key with “Dim the Lights” is the...

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7th Annual 2nd Street Festival This Weekend! Official Lineup Announced!
Jul31

7th Annual 2nd Street Festival This Weekend! Official Lineup Announced!

Every year 2nd Street in the Norther Liberties neighborhood in Philly is transformed into quite possibly the biggest block party the city!  Now rolling into it’s 7th year, the fest is once again on the first Sunday in August – Yup, thats THIS SUNDAY! North 2nd street is closed off between Germantown and Green Streets here in Northern Liberties and filling the entire street with workshops, art, food, beer gardens, craft...

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15 Things That Make Xponential Fest Amazing

Tie Dye: I don’t know if I just stepped away from color for you long, but lately I noticed that Tie Dye has made a comeback. Even I…and person who would only wear black…..now own a tie dye shirt, which is my favorite shirt. Xponential Fest also loves tie dye. It was everywhere and I did not mind seeing it.   Straw Hats: Again…..everywhere! It made Xponential fest feel even folkier than it ever could have. It is not summer without...

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Xponential Views: Day One
Jul30

Xponential Views: Day One

Timmy Becker and I decided to team up to tackle this year’s Xponential Fest. We waded through the beach chairs and blankets, matching Grateful Dead shirts and unenthused children to capture the artists curated by WXPN. The artists, like dueling fighters in the Thunderdome, kept the crowd bouncing back and forth between the River stage and the Marina stage in a Flying Fish pool of delight and musical discovery. Timmy:...

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Now, Wait a Folkin’ Minute… (Newport Day 2 Photo Recap)
Jul30

Now, Wait a Folkin’ Minute… (Newport Day 2 Photo Recap)

On the second day of Newport Folk Festival, my mission on Fort Adams was to shoot as many bands as I could, while also sticking around to listen to my favorite sounds. This was not an easy task but I managed to bring you my best effort. And James Taylor. Yes, that happened. James Taylor On the first day, the “Unannounced” band was My Morning Jacket but I was late to arrive. I made sure I was at the Fort Stage on time for...

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