STORY WRITTEN BY BRIAN BINGAMAN
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The lineup for the sixth annual Haverford Music Festival is loaded.
There will be 32 acts on four stages over the course of nine and half hours Sept. 10 at Darby and Eagle roads. It’s free and appropriate for families.
A few names we’ll throw out there are Lisa Loeb, The Figgs, The Anderson Council (a favorite on the “Little Steven’s Underground Garage” radio show), Danie Ocean & The Soul Tide (their drummer is former Radnor Township Commissioner John Fisher) and Travel Lanes (a trio fronted by Havertown’s Frank Brown).
Philly singer/songwriter, bassist and recording studio owner Pete Donnelly is one-third of The Figgs, a nationally touring garage rock/melodic punk/The Band-influenced combo who have been together 30 years. Along the way, they’ve made music off and on with Graham Parker since 1996 and with Tommy Stinson (The Replacements, Soul Asylum, Guns N’ Roses). Donnelly is also a member of the band NRBQ.
According to Donnelly, a father of four, a notable segment of Figgs fans are “dad rockers” — 40-somethings who love rock ‘n’ roll — and so are women and young adults (when they play Philadelphia on tour, Boot & Saddle is their go-to venue).
“The audiences, especially in Philly, are getting more diverse. We’re comfortable anywhere. We love playing events like (Haverford Music Festival). We love playing outdoors. Figgs music is a good time. It’s not necessarily light-hearted, but it’s cathartic and fun,” he said.
Here’s the schedule at a glance:
Darby Road Stage (in front of the Lamplighter Tavern)
Noon: Giada J. (Italian-born, U.S.-based singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist).
12:50: Sunday Muse (Abington folk-pop group).
1:40: Ben de la Cour (Dark noir singer/songwriter a la Warren Zevon and Nick Cave).
2:40: Spelling Reform (Philly-based alternative rock).
3:30: Travel Lanes (Singer Frank Brown used to be in the area power pop bands Flight of Mavis and Buzz Zeemer).
4:15: The John Byrne Band (Celtic and Americana).
5:10: Flightschool (Philly rock/blues/jam).
6: The Figgs.
Oakmont Field Stage (behind the Oakmont School Administration Building)
Noon: Danie Ocean & The Soul Tide (Neo-soul, pop and R&B).
12:45: The BIG Zebowski (Delaware County rock ‘n’ roll cover band).
1:35: Roomtone (Indie pop and bossa nova).
2:20: Michelle Lordi (Philly jazz singer performing American Songbook classics and modern pop hits).
3:10: Ben O’Neill (Grammy nominee/sideman whose debut album pulls from rock, country, hip-hop and avant-garde influences).
4:10: Sarah McGowan (Singer/songwriter).
5:10: The Anderson Council.
6:10: Sasha Dobson (Jazz/pop/country/rock, a member of Puss n Boots with Norah Jones, singer of opening theme to AMC’s “Feed the Beast”).
7:30: Lisa Loeb. (FOR AN INTERVIEW WITH LISA LOEB, CLICK HERE)
The Rock indoor “coffeehouse” stage with seating (19 E. Eagle Road)
Noon: The Paul Kurrey Band.
12:30: Jessica Graae (Folk).
1:10: Under the Oak (Duo playing traditional folk music with bluegrass and original folk-rock).
1:50: Vessna Scheff (Singer/ukulele player).
2:30: Brooke Falls (Contemporary pop).
3:10: Blind Sample & The Untrue Blues Band (Delta blues, ragtime, gospel and country blues).
3:50: Every Heard (Asian-American singer/songwriter Ev Reheard, cast member and continuing contributor of the mental health awareness nonprofit This is My Brave).
4:30: Amy Pickard and The Cradlers (Former member of She-Haw).
WHHS Eagle Road Stage (in front of the Oakmont School Administration Building)
Noon: Second Sunrise (Alternative rock/pop, winners of the 2016 Battle of the Band competition at St. George’s Episcopal Church in Ardmore).
12:45: Made Modern (Havertown band playing original songs and covers).
1:30: Grace Otley Music (Teen singer/violinist).
2:15: Vinnie Paolizzi (Singer/songwriter).
3: Cosmonaut Suits (Funk/alternative/pop).
3:45: Danielle and Jennifer (Philadelphia sisters who have appeared on Broadway and TV).
4:30: Marc Ambrosia (Singer/songwriter).
In addition, there will be food booths, a beer garden and children’s activities (including a moon bounce), and area businesses and vendors will fill booths along Darby Road and Hathaway Lane.
Festival Chairman Ernesto Betancourt said that it takes 100 to 150 volunteers, a committee of around 25 people working together for nine months, Haverford Township police, a security contractor, lots of sound equipment and a steady expansion of the committee’s various networks to pull an event like this off. If the weather cooperates, he said, the festival draws in the neighborhood of 15,000 people.
“Our township is a great place to live, and that is a kick that I can get involved in that,” Betancourt said.
Organized by the nonprofit Haverford Township Civic Council, the Haverford Music Festival is a fundraiser to support community organizations and projects. To date, more than $60,000 has been distributed among nonprofits such as the Haverford Township Free Library, Music Works, Tree Tenders, Haverford Partnership for Economic Development, The Grange Estate, Havertown Rotary, Kelly Music for Life, Havertown Green, Haverford Reserve Dog Park and many more.
For more information, visit haverfordmusicfestival.org or www.facebook.com/Haverford-Music-Festival.