Determined to host this year’s Philly Music Fest, organizers have carefully considered various safety protocols, as well as vaccination and infection rates in the Philadelphia area, and will move forward with the annual music festival in non-profit made up entirely of Philly Band. Due to the ongoing pandemic, some necessary adjustments have been made to ensure the safety of artists, staff and the public.
All shows will require proof of vaccination – a negative test won’t be enough – and masks will be required at World Cafe Live, Milkboy and Ardmore Music Hall, while masks will be encouraged at Johnny Brenda and REC Philly. As a nonprofit, the decision to continue the Philly Music Fest this year was not a motivation for profit, but one of survival for the local arts and music community.
“To cancel the festival would be to cancel music education; we are not here for profit, we are donating all of our profits to music education programs that are in desperate need of funding this year to stay alive, ”festival founder and producer Greg Seltzer said in a statement. “Not to mention that bands playing at Philly Music Fest need to make money after it closes – and our venues need to generate cash flow, so we’ve balanced the risks and decided to implement some important safety precautions, by offering refunds to anyone who is uncomfortable, but keep going with Philly Music Fest and generate money for music education, our local musicians and venues.
The tough decision was also made to eliminate vendors, reduce on-site media presence and eliminate food giveaways in what will be the fifth iteration of Philly Music Fest, with last year going virtual at its peak. of the spread of the coronavirus.
“In addition to the musicians, we love to showcase local visual artists and the amazing crafts from our region, but this year we just need to limit the number of bodies in each location,” Seltzer said. “We look at all angles to reduce risk and keep people safe. “
The multi-day, multi-site event made a huge impact in the Philadelphia music community, donating approximately $ 200,000 to music education and grants to musicians and hall staff in need. , after paying musicians to perform at Philly Music Fest every year with an annual musicians budget of around $ 100,000.
Philly Music Fest runs October 6-10, 2021. This year’s lineup will feature nationally touring artists like the Menzingers, Alex G, Hop Along, Ivy Sole, Son Little, Spirit of the Beehive, Control Top, Queen of Jeans and Moor Mother, as well as a comprehensive roster of emerging artists. Musical genres will be an assortment, spanning the gamut of rock, jazz, hip hop, punk, country, folk, pop and spoken word.
For more information and details on tickets, times and more, visit phillymusicfest.com.
VINYL OF THE WEEK
Keep an eye out for this place as every week we’ll be reviewing new or upcoming vinyl records from a variety of artists. It could be a repress of a historical recording, a special edition or a new collection of a legendary act. This week is the 30th anniversary of an alternative rock classic.
Pixies: ‘TRUMP THE WORLD’
At 30 years old this fall, “Trompe Le Monde” put together a series of Pixies records – a mini album followed by four albums, released in quick succession – all of which cemented the group as one of the best in a row. generation. It was also the last LP before the band broke up in 1993.
Translated from French to mean “to deceive the world”, the record showed that the Pixies were always eager to advance their sound. Recorded between Burbank, Paris and London, with producer Gil Norton back at the helm, their fourth album is arguably their most playful, with Black Francis’ lyrics on UFOs and conspiracy theories keeping things weird while the power pop slips in to amplify the space rock established on its predecessor Bossanova.
With the singles “Planet of Sound”, “Alec Eiffel”, “Letter to Memphis” and a flawless cover of “Head On” by Jesus and Mary Chain, “Trompe Le Monde” is in full swing with 15 tracks to come in a 40-minute lightning burst. Receiving critical acclaim at the time and being backed by a huge tour that included stages with U2, this also turned out to be the end of act one for the group, taking them over a decade before. to go back on stage together.
To celebrate the achievement of that three-decade milestone, the album was re-released on limited marbled green vinyl and can be found online and in stores of all respectable retailers that sell vinyl.
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