Martha Stuckey and Philly’s New Sound Brass headline the opening night celebration on October 2. The Roots’ James Poyser performs in his first solo show in ten years, on October 4.
Although its chunk of the Philly Music Festival was last weekend and its intimate soiree with alternative country hero Lucinda Williams was last night, the 15th anniversary of World Café Live (WCL) truly commences tonight, October 2, with an opening party featuring Philly’s New Sound Brass and Martha Stuckey performing sets of covers thrown back to 2004. After that, the celebration of all things WCL parlays into The Roots’ James Poyser doing his first solo show in over ten years on October 4, with Philly’s finest funkateers playing beside him and DJ Cosmo, &More (Chill Moody, Donn T), and Killiam Shakespeare playing their asses off.
While October 5 finds Philly’s Alo Brasil celebrating its 20th anniversary, everything from The War on Drugs’ Charlie Hall’s multi-person excursion into Miles Davis’ In a Silent Way (October 10), the Folksy Laura Mann’s new album release party for Plain as Day (October 11), a celebration of all things smart metal with Helmet (October 25) and the return of lit-witty soul man JS Ondara (October 29) are all fair game when it comes to the World Café Live anniversary vibe.
What WCL is celebrating beyond a series of dynamic live shows this month is the relevancy and resiliency of its bookings to the audience it shares with its next-door neighbor radio station, WXPN-FM – adults looking for alternatives to muffin music, kids looking for the eclectic.
World Café Live, therefore, is celebrating community and the independent mind – an ever-present crowd of people shows up for Free at Noons, Havana Happy Hours, Saturday night soirees with Skeletor, LiveConnections’ classical events, Moth poetry and story slams and everything and anything its new booking team (hello Jeff Meyers, late of Boot & Saddle) devise. They are celebrating the idea of welcoming, the concept of close proximity among its crowds.