We posed five questions to a mix of 60 notable and random Illadelphians and got the best answer of all, one we already knew: Cats here take their music seriously. (And, by the way, if you weren’t already sure, you will be: The Roots really do rule this town.)
They’re Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band, straight out of Brown County, Indiana—the most rural part of the Hoosier state, which is sayin’ something—and despite appearances they’re not on some novelty-schtick kick.
He’s closed the door on Nocturne; now dark-music impresario Patrick Rodgers looks to the future.
Caravan’s mantra is “All are invited who will cause no harm,” and everyone who attends follows this to a tee. To see a few hundred people of all backgrounds partying in the rain for days, without incident, is pretty special.
After disappearing from the scene, Alma “Lady Alma” Horton is back, with her music—and her priorities—intact.
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