Live Blogging This Weekend at The Philly Folk Fest

Check back all this weekend for my live updates from The Philadelphia Folk Festival on CultureMob.

Wilco front man Jeff Tweedy at Folk Fest 2010.

Also, I will be hosting a spoken word programat the festival at 5 p.m. on Friday at the

Lobby Stage. Remember that time you saw the tents fly over the trees? What about the haunted house camp site? Stop by to hear true stories of festivals of years past and share your own at this all-ages program. The best storyteller will receive a special surprise.

Guest Blogging: Canal Day and Philly Folk Fest on Culture Mob

In case you missed it, I have posted two more stories on CultureMob.

Colin Arlo at the 2010 Folk Festival.

The preview of the Philadelphia Folk Festival bears special mention, because this year is kind of the completion of a circle. My son, born in 2001, was named in honor of Arlo Guthrie and went to his first festival that year. He and Arlo return this year, ten years later on the fifth fiftieth anniversary of the festival. It just feels right somehow.

Have a great Independence Day!

Guest Blogging: World War II Weekend

Theresa Eaman sings at World War II Weekend in Reading, Pa.

In another blog for CultureMob, I reviewed the musical acts that graced World War II Weekend in Reading, Pa.

In retrospect, Theresa Eaman, an area jazz singer, was the real surprise of the musical acts booked Saturday. She is one of those voices who breathes life into the torch songs from the era.

It was so authentic, if I closed my eyes I practically could hear the hiss of the record and smell the stale smoke in the club.

Guest Blogging: CultureMob

An adoring fan gets the youth movement started.

In case you missed Dar Williams’ concert in King of Prussia over the weekend, check out my review at CultureMob Philly.

A few years ago, I’d noticed that midway through a typical Dar show that women would begin dancing in a large group off to the side. Well, maybe someone hit a reset button on the audience age, because the dance party–right in front of the stage now–is skewing young, really young:

“And though they may be tiny—just two to five years old—their passion is mighty.”

The girls were pretty awesome, there’s no doubt. And I, for one, welcome our new diminutive  overlords.