STORY WRITTEN BY BRIAN BINGAMAN
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The venue has changed for the second annual Philadelphia Country Music Festival.
This year, the place to be is Connie’s Ric-Rac, 1132 S. Ninth St., Philadelphia.
Isn’t that where the Italian Market is?
Yes. The idea is to allow for a larger audience, with indoor and outdoor stages. Ninth Street will be closed between Washington Avenue and Ellsworth Street.
When is it?
Saturday Aug. 27 from 12:30 p.m., into the wee hours at 2 a.m.
Do I need tickets?
The event is free to the public and Philly’s Wallace Brothers Band, who put the festival together, encourages you to donate to a charity of your choice, in lieu of needing to purchase tickets.
Who is playing?
The Wallace Brothers Band, John Train, Minka, Hannah Taylor and the Rekardo Lee Trio, Grady Hoss and the Sidewinders, No Good Sister, Mason Porter, Moot Davis, The Keystone Breakers, Twitching
Witches, The White Cheddar Boys, Caroline Reese, Jet Weston and His Atomic Ranch Hands, Sparkle Pony, Hurricane Hoss, Blackhorse Motel, Davey Dickens Jr. and the Troubadours, and Ladybird.
These artists have been personally curated by The Wallace Brothers, who host a rotating roster of bands eve
ry second and fourth Wednesday at Bob and
Barbara’s on South Street (the site of last year’s festival) that perform country, alt-country, rockabilly, bluegrass, folk, singer/songwriter, and occasionally psychedelic and electronica.
Tell me more about The Wallace Brothers.
On the surface, their sound is old-school honky tonk/country music. But there are elements of psychedelic rock, indie, folk, jazz and soul. They tour regionally and are regulars at folk festivals and jam band festivals. They’ve worked with Robert Hunter of The Grateful Dead, members of Ween, The Lemonheads, David Bromberg, Ricky Skaggs, The New Riders of the Purple Sage, MOE., and many more. Additional information can be found at www.wallacebrothersband.com.