MT. JOY

It’s been quite the year for Philly-born music group Mt. Joy, who went from playing in area coffeehouses to having a No. 1 single and a worldwide tour. | Image courtesy: mtjoyband.com 

Everyone in the music biz now knows Mt. Joy.

Not sure if the same could have been said this time just last year.

But through an uncanny dedication to make themselves a household name, the Main Line duo of Matt Quinn and Sam Cooper graduated from the soundstage at Milkboy Coffee and hopped a plane to Los Angeles. Pairing with three other talented musicians, the quintet has toured the country making a quite a name for themselves – a name derived from a hill in Valley Forge National Historical Park.

The band will be just one of many acts at this year’s anticipated WXPN's XPonential Music Festival along the Camden Waterfront, part of an international tour running through November. It’ll be their third stop in the Greater Philadelphia Region this year, playing to a sold-out crowd at the Foundry in May and a scheduled show as the headliner at Union Transfer for Sept. 14.

All of this in promotion of a debut self-titled album that’s peaked the Top 25 of the Alternative Radio charts and boasting a No. 1 single with their song, “Silver Lining.” Playing the song on “CBS This Morning” and really making a band with their performance on late night show “Conan.”

It’s been a wild year for the duo, turned band, turned sensation. Mt. Joy plays to a more easy listening ear, more folk than rock, but with more edge than one would expect. It’s a play that has given the band its own identity, something it strived to accomplish starting out on tiny stages in intimate rooms right here in Philadelphia.

Mt. Joy is scheduled to take the Marina Stage at Wiggins Park from 1:55-2:35 p.m. on Sunday, July 29, with gates for other acts opening at 11:30 a.m. For more information or to reserve tickets, visit xpnfest.org

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Preservation 8

New Orleans jazz powerhouse Preservation 8 will once again be apart of the XPonential Music Festival at the BB&T Pavilion from in July. 

WHO, WHERE AND WHEN TO WATCH

Here’s a look at the various stages you can catch all of the scheduled acts at this year’s Xponential Music Festival. Although we hope this is a lock, it probably goes without saying that many of these acts, times and stages are subject to change.

FRIDAY, JULY 27

Wiggins Park | Gates open at 3:30 p.m.

Marina Stage

  • 4-4:25pm: Swift Technique
  • 4:35-5pm: Greg Sover Band
  • 5:30-6pm: M.A.K.U. Soundsystem
  • 6:55-7:45pm: Bermuda Triangle ft. Brittany Howard, Becca Mancari and Jesse Lafser

River Stage

  • 5-5:30pm: The National Reserve
  • 6-6:50pm: Lukas Nelson and Promise of The Real
  • 7:50-8:50pm: The Lone Bellow

BB&T Pavilion | Gates open at 5:30 p.m.

  • 6:30-7pm: Proper Dark
  • 7:30-8pm: Cloves
  • 8:30-9:30pm: Sylvan Esso
  • 10-11:15pm: David Byrne

SATURDAY, JULY 28

Wiggins Park | Gates open at 11:30 a.m.

Marina Stage

  • 12:00-12:25pm: Katie Frank
  • 1-1:30pm: &More (Donn T. and Chill Moody)
  • 2:20-3pm: Jupiter and Okwess
  • 3:55-4:40pm: Courtney Marie Andrews
  • 5:45-6:30pm: Sunflower Bean

River Stage

  • 12:25-12:55pm: Hurry
  • 1:35-2:15pm: Natalie Prass
  • 3:05-3:50pm: Mondo Cozmo
  • 4:45-5:40pm: Femi Kuti & The Positive Force
  • 6:35-7:35pm: Margo Price

BB&T Pavilion | Gates open at 5 p.m.

  • 6-6:45pm:  Fantastic Negrito
  • 7:15-8pm: Preservation Hall Jazz Band
  • 8:30-9:45pm: Sturgill Simpson
  • 10:15-11:30pm: The War On Drugs

SUNDAY, JULY 29

Wiggins Park  | Gates open at 11:30 a.m.

Marina Stage

  • 12:25-1pm: Devon Gilfillian
  • 1:55-2:35pm: Mt. Joy
  • 3:30-4:10pm: Darlingside
  • 5:05-5:50pm: Hiss Golden Messenger
  • 7:00-7:45pm:  JD McPherson

River Stage

  • 12:00-12:25pm: Harmony Woods
  • 1:05-1:50pm: Lo Moon
  • 2:40-3:25pm: Phoebe Bridgers
  • 4:15-5pm:  Tank and The Bangas
  • 5:55-6:55pm: Blind Boys of Alabama
  • 7:50-9:05pm: Josh Ritter and The Royal City Band
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