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Robert Cray, The Hold Steady, Guster, They Might Be Giants, Shemekia Copeland, Peter Bjorn & John, The Bacon Brothers, Aimee Mann, Pete Yorn, and much more at Camden's Wiggins Park on the Delaware River

Philadelphia, PA, June 23, 2009 – WXPN, the nationally-recognized leader in Triple A (Adult Album Alternative) music and a noncommercial radio service of the University of Pennsylvania, continues to offer the best mix of new and established artists at its 2009 XPoNential Music Festival presented by Subaru. This annual summer festival, in its 16th year, returns for a fifth year to Wiggins Park on the Camden Waterfront from Friday, July 24 through Sunday, July 26.  

The Camden County River and Jersey Arts.com Marina Stages will feature an inviting lineup of heritage artists, new acts and local performers that reflect the diverse blend of music that is uniquely WXPN. Performances kick off on the Camden County River Stage on Friday at 5:00 p.m., Saturday and Sunday at 1:50 p.m. and on the Jersey Arts.com Marina Stage Friday at 4:30 p.m., Saturday and Sunday at 12:30 p.m. 

Returning for the second year is the Village Green where festival attendees can learn about sustainable and eco-friendly products from companies that are leading the way in environmentally friendly products and services throughout the Delaware Valley.

For the third year, the Crafts Village along the marina will feature handcrafted creations available for sale.

Kathy O'Connell and Kids Corner will take over the four-acre Camden Children's Garden and will feature special family-friendly music and exhibits, exciting amusement rides and themed garden and nature walks with Jane Kirkland as part of the festival on Saturday and Sunday starting at noon. As part of XPN's continuing year-round celebration of the environment, the Kids Corner Area will also feature interactive demonstrations on how kids (and adults) can do their part to help keep our home, the planet Earth, happy.

The following is the schedule of performers (subject to change):

Friday, July 24 (gates open at 4 p.m.)

Camden County River Stage

  • Robert Cray  (9:30 pm)
  • Shemekia Copeland (8:20 pm)
  • Los Straitjackets (7:10 pm)
  • Annuals (6:00 pm)
  • Matt Duke (5:00 pm)

Jersey Arts.com Marina Stage

  • Sarah Borges & The Broken Singles (9:00 pm)
  • John Forté (7:50 pm)
  • Good Old War (6:40 pm)
  • Farewell Flight (5:30 pm)
  • Minas (4:30 pm)

Saturday, July 25 (gates open at noon)

Camden County River Stage

  • The Hold Steady (9:00 pm)
  • They Might Be Giants (7:40 pm)
  • Pete Yorn (6:20 pm)
  • The Bacon Brothers (5:10 pm)
  • Steve Wynn & the Miracle 3 (4:00 pm)
  • Yeasayer (2:50 pm)
  • Sharon Little (1:50 pm)

Jersey Arts.com Marina Stage

  • Hoots & Hellmouth (8:30 pm)
  • The Low Anthem (7:10 pm)
  • John Gorka (5:50 pm)
  • Katie Herzig (4:40 pm)
  • Illinois (3:30 pm)
  • East Hundred (2:20 pm)
  • The Peace Creeps (1:20 pm)
  • Tom Hamilton's American Babies (12:30 pm

Kids Corner Stage

  • The Swingset Mamas (12:30 pm)
  • Drummers with Attitude (2:00 pm)
  • Jonathan Sprout (2:30 pm)
  • John Hadfield (3:30 pm)
  • Steve Pullara & His Cool Beans Band (4:30 pm)
  • Lunch Money (5:30 pm)

Sunday, July 26 (gates open at noon)

Camden County River Stage

  • Guster (8:50 pm)
  • Peter Bjorn & John (7:35 pm)
  • Aimee Mann (6:20 pm)
  • John Wesley Harding & The English UK (5:10 pm)
  • Steve Forbert & the Windfall Prophets (4:00 pm)
  • Donna The Buffalo (2:50 pm)
  • Andrew Lipke (1:50 pm)

Jersey Arts.com Marina Stage

  • The Revelations featuring Tre' Williams (8:20 pm)
  • Guy Sebastian (7:05 pm)
  • Gandalf Murphy & The Slambovian Circus of Dreams (5:50 pm)
  • Serena Ryder (4:40 pm)
  • Wreckless Eric & Amy Rigby (3:30 pm)
  • Perkasie (2:20 pm)
  • Like a Fox (1:20 pm)
  • Gillian Grassie (12:30 pm)

Kids Corner Stage

  • Steve Courtney and his Band of Friends (12:30 pm)
  • Miss Amy (1:30 pm)
  • Ham And Burger (2:30 pm)
  • John Hadfield (3:30 pm)
  • Bubboon's Tunes (4:30 pm)
  • Skip Denenberg (5:30 pm)

This festival has drawn increasingly larger and enthusiastic crowds since it began in 1994, and the station expects over 17,000 attendees during the three-day weekend. The venue was selected by WXPN for its spectacular waterfront views, natural amphitheatre for great sound, easy access for public transportation, lush open green spaces and array of local attractions, such as Adventure Aquarium and the Camden Children's Garden, which serves as the Kids Corner venue.

Gates open at 4 p.m. on Friday, July 24; and noon on Saturday and Sunday, July 25 and 26. The Kids Corner Area will be open from noon to 6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

Camden County's Wiggins Park is located on the Camden Waterfront, between the Adventure Aquarium and the Susquehanna Bank Center. The Park also features a 50-slip marina and a promenade along the Delaware River with breathtaking views of the river and Philadelphia skyline.

About WXPN
WXPN, the nationally recognized leader in Triple A radio and the premier guide for discovering new and significant artists in rock, blues, roots, and folk, is the non-commercial, member-supported radio service of the University of Pennsylvania. WXPN produces World Cafe®, public radio's most popular program of popular music hosted by David Dye and syndicated by NPR, and the Peabody Award winning Kids Corner hosted by Kathy O'Connell. WXPN also produces the alternative rock service, Y-Rock On XPN as its secondary radio channel in HD that is also available online. WXPN serves the greater Philadelphia area at 88.5 FM, the Lehigh Valley at 104.9, Worton/Baltimore at 90.5 FM, Lancaster/York at 88.7 FM, Harrisburg at 99.7 FM, and the world via online streaming at XPN.org.