WXPN Presents ‘Thank You’ to Listeners with Free Lake Street Dive Show June 19
Philadelphia public radio station WXPN, heard at 91.9 FM in Northwestern New Jersey and the Poconos and on 104.9 in the Lehigh Valley, is bringing Lake Street Dive to the Sherman Theater (524 Main Street) in Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania for a special free concert on Tuesday, June 19. Admission is free with advance RSVP.
“We are presenting a free concert in this area to thank listeners for their support since WXPN expanded its signal to reach the Poconos and Northwestern New Jersey,” said WXPN General Manager Roger LaMay. “WXPN connects artists and audiences, and with Lake Street Dive at the historic Sherman Theater in downtown Stroudsburg, we’re excited to have one of today’s top rising artists perform for XPN members and listeners in a beautiful setting.”
In October 2015, WXPN, the public radio service of the University of Pennsylvania, began broadcasting its award-winning, commercial-free content at 91.9 FM, bringing its exceptional resources and expertise in public radio to Northeastern Pennsylvania and Northwestern New Jersey. WXPN demonstrates a deep commitment to serving the needs of listeners and supporting local artists in its broadcast areas that encompass the greater Philadelphia / South Jersey area, Lehigh Valley, Harrisburg and Baltimore. Widely recognized as an influential source of music discovery, WXPN is supported by more than 30,000 members who enjoy free weekly concerts and special access or discounts to local music and arts events, among other benefits. The station produces NPR’s most popular daily program of popular music, World Cafe, which is syndicated to more than 200 US radio stations.
Lake Street Dive just played a sold-out concert May 12 at the 2,500-capacity Fillmore Philadelphia on a highly-anticipated tour that’s already sold out similar venues across the US. The tour is in support of their just-released new album Free Yourself Up (Nonesuch Records), which they also celebrated with a performance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. With music rooted in R&B, soul, classic pop, and blues, the Brooklyn-based group is a WXPN favorite, receiving regular airplay and performing at its popular, three-day XPoNential Music Festival in 2014. The band formed in 2004 while students at the New England Conservatory, and have been touring non-stop ever since, eventually selling out venues such as Radio City Music Hall in New York City.
For their new album, the band – drummer Michael Calabrese, bassist Bridget Kearney, singer Rachel Price, and guitarist/trumpeter Michael “McDuck” Olson – self-produced it in Nashville at Goosehead Palace Studios with engineer Dan Knobler. The addition of keyboardist Akie Bermiss enables them to explore a wider range of instrumental textures and full-bodied arrangements, and build on their well-known background harmonies. Says Kearney, “Free Yourself Up is about empowering yourself, emboldening yourself, no matter what’s going wrong.”
Doors will open at 7 p.m. for the June 19 free concert with Lake Street Dive at Sherman Theater, located at 524 Main Street in Stroudsburg, PA 18360. No tickets will be sold for this event. To attend, RSVP is required by visiting http://xpn.org/lake-street-div