Determined to hold this year’s Philly Music Fest, organizers have carefully reviewed various safety protocols, as well as vaccination and infection rates in the Philadelphia area, and will move forward with the annual music festival in Philly Group non-profit. However, due to the ongoing pandemic, some necessary adjustments have been made to ensure the safety of artists, staff and audiences.
All shows will require proof of vaccination – a negative test will not suffice – 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 non-profit organization, the decision to continue Philly Music Fest this year was not a profit motive, but a matter of survival for the local arts and music community.
“Cancelling the festival would mean canceling music education; we’re not here for profit, we donate all of our profits to music education programs that desperately need 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 closing – and our venues need to generate cash flow, so we balanced the risks and decided to implement significant safety measures, in reimbursing anyone who feels uncomfortable, but keep going with Philly Music Fest and generate money for music education, our local musicians and our venues.
The difficult 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, last year going virtual at its height. of the spread of the coronavirus.
“In addition to musicians, we love showcasing local visual artists and the incredible craftsmanship of our region, but this year we just have to limit the number of bodies in each venue,” Seltzer said. “We are looking at all angles to reduce risk and keep people safe.”
The multi-day, multi-site event has had a huge impact on the Philadelphia music community, having donated approximately $200,000 to music education and grants for musicians and venue staff in need , having paid musicians to perform at Philly Music Fest each year with an annual musician 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, plus a comprehensive roster of emerging artists. Musical genres will be an assortment, running the gamut from rock, jazz, hip hop, punk, country, folk, pop and spoken word.
For more information and details on tickets, lineup and more, visit phillymusicfest.com.
VINYL OF THE WEEK
Keep an eye on this place as each week we’ll be reviewing new or upcoming vinyl from a variety of artists. It can be a reprint 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: ‘CHEATING THE WORLD’
Turning 30 this fall, ‘Trompe Le Monde’ closed a golden streak of Pixies records – an EP followed by four albums, released in quick succession – all of which cemented the band as one of the best of a generation. . It was also the last LP before the band broke up in 1993.
Translated from French to mean “fool the world”, the record showed Pixies still eager to push their sound forward. Recorded between Burbank, Paris and London, with producer Gil Norton back in charge, their fourth album is arguably their most playful, with Black Francis’ lyrics about UFOs and conspiracy theories keeping things weird while the power pop creeps in to amp up the space rock established on the Bossanova predecessor.
With singles “Planet of Sound”, “Alec Eiffel”, “Letter to Memphis” and an impeccable cover of Jesus and Mary Chain’s “Head On”, “Trompe Le Monde” goes full throttle with 15 tracks in a 40 – minute burst. Receiving critical acclaim at the time and backed by a huge tour that included playing stadiums with U2, this also proved to be the end of the first act for the band, with them taking over a decade. before returning to the stage together.
To celebrate reaching the three-decade milestone, the album has been reissued on limited marbled green vinyl and can be found online and in stores at all respectable retailers that sell vinyl.
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