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Things to do in Philly

May 31, 2009

I spent yesterday afternoon at the Art Star Craft Bazaar at Penn’s Landing, an arts and crafts sale (lots of cool stuff that I don’t need) and outdoor concert. The only bands we paid attention to were Toy Soldiers (whom I had seen before as a two- or three-piece but who performed as a nine-piece and killed) and, the main reason I was there, Folklore.

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Folklore, as I’ve mentioned before, is the project of Elf Power guitarist, former Athenian and current Philadelphian Jimmy Hughes. In Folklore, he sings and plays guitar.
Though Jimmy had sent me a couple of his CDs last summer when I interviewed him, this was the first time I had the chance to see his band live (as you’ll recall, I saw him with Elf Power when they came through State College in January). They didn’t really seem comfortable in the outdoor setting and it certainly wasn’t the sort of music a lot of the crowd was expecting, but I really dug the set. Luckily for me, I’ll have the chance to see them again in about a month.

On July 8, Madeline’s summer tour stops in Philadelphia at the North Star. Folklore will be opening, as well as a couple other bands (Athens’ The Ginger Envelope and Philly’s Ape School).

In addition to getting to see a stellar concert, this show provides a few opportunities:

-I get to schmooze a bit with E6ers like Jimmy, Madeline and whomever is in Madeline’s touring band at the time. Networking ftdub.
-I can pitch a preview of the show to City Paper and Philly Weekly in the hopes of extending my freelance career into the “paid” arena.
-I can grab an interview with somebody from one of the bands to publish probably anywhere (perhaps even here).

I still have no idea when I’ll be able to get to Athens, but for the time being, it still seems like I can take baby steps from the Philadelphia area.

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