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7th Annual Haverford Music Festival
Announce Our Headliners!

Matthew Sweet, The Weeklings, Danielle Miraglia and Nadjah Nicole
top the bill of more than 30 acts for a full day of late-summer family fun

Presented by ACME Markets, the 7th Annual Haverford Music Festival (HMF), will be held on Saturday, September 9, 2017, from Noon until 9:30 p.m. It will present about 30 acts, representing various musical genres, performing on four stages near the intersection of Eagle & Darby Roads in Havertown. Area businesses and vendors will fill booths along Darby Road and Hathaway Lane. There will be food booths, a beer garden, children’s activities and much more end-of-summer fun for the whole family. Admission is free; voluntary donations will be accepted at entrance points.

Matthew Sweet_Tomorrow Forever_photo by EvanCarter

Headlining HMF 2017 on the large Oakmont Field Stage, located behind the Oakmont School Administration Building, will be Matthew Sweet, who has described his music as “power-pop-folk-rock-psychedelic-melodic-singer-songwriter-type stuff.” After spending the ’80s as an underappreciated solo artist as well as a member of indie bands Oh-OK, Buzz of Delight and The Golden Palominos, multi-instrumentalist Matthew Sweet emerged in 1991 as the leading figure of the American power-pop revival, as his classic album, Girlfriend, became a word-of-mouth critical and commercial hit. His next two albums, Altered Beast (1993) and 100% Fun (1995) were also critically acclaimed and successful with the latter reaching platinum status and making many year-end best-of lists. Since then, in addition to several more excellent solo records, Sweet has released three duet albums with Susanna Hoffs of The Bangles, on which the duo, calling themselves “Sid n Susie,” pay tribute to favorite songs of the ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s, respectively. Matthew and Susanna were also part of the faux retro-mod band Ming Tea, along with comedy star Mike Myers, formed for Austin Powers movies and soundtracks. Matthew Sweet’s brand-new solo album, Tomorrow Forever, released on his own label, Honeycomb Hideout, will be released on June 16.

the_weeklingsTopping the bill on HMF 2017’s Darby Road Stage (near Campbell Ave.) will be The Weeklings, performing original, early Beatles-inspired songs, plus tunes the Fab Four gave away to other artists instead of releasing themselves, with infectious passion and enthusiasm and an exceptionally high level of precision and authenticity – so authentic, in fact, that you might think they were Liverpool Lads, though they’re actually Jersey Boys! Besides having made two Weeklings albums– The Weeklings (Monophonic) and Studio 2, both released by JEM records and Absolutely FAB – the members have all appeared and collaborated with many high-profile artists. Perhaps most familiar is Glen Burtnik (bass guitar and vocals), a platinum/gold record-awarded singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, best known for his work with Styx, Electric Light Orchestra and John Waite. Burtnik has also recorded several solo albums and starred in Beatlemania as Paul McCartney, opposite Marshall Crenshaw as John Lennon.  Rounding out The Weeklings are Bob Burger (rhythm guitar and vocals), John Merjave (lead guitar and vocals) and Joe Bellia (drums and vocals). “Little Elvis,” from the Studio 2 album, was chosen as the “Coolest Song in the World” by Little Steven’s Underground Garage.

Preceding Matthew Sweet on the Field Stage will be Danielle Miraglia, who will come armed with a strong, steady thumb on an old Gibson guitar, an infectious stomp-box Danielle Miragliarhythm and harmonica with tunes ranging from heart-felt to socially conscious that will move both your heart and hips. On her third and latest album, Glory Junkies, Danielle, who’s from the greater Boston area, is joined by a killer cast of musicians blending the classic-rock vibe of The Rolling Stones and Janis Joplin with Danielle’s signature lyrical ability to explore human nature at its best and worst. Bonnie Raitt fans will also be impressed. Danielle was nominated for a 2015 Boston Music Award for Singer-Songwriter of the Year. The Boston Globe sums it up this way: “Straddling the line where folk/roots meets rock/blues, Miraglia has a voice that can go from a raspy come-hither purr to an Etta James-esque powerhouse belt, although she may be best known for her lead thumb – a heavy, thumping strike on her Gibson that’s backdrop percussion in itself.”

Nadjah Nicole THE VOICE Season: 9 (Photo by: Trae Patton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank)Preceding The Weeklings on the Darby Road Stage will be Nadjah Nicole, a finalist from season 9 of NBC’s hit series The Voice. Nadjah is a Delaware native who was introduced to millions of viewers during her 10-week run on The Voice in 2015. She has a soothing, soulful and melodic vocal style that compliments her soulful-pop music. Along with her band she performs original music as well as popular favorites.  She describes her performances as “a standard serving of soul music with a pop twist.” Nadjah and her band cite various artists such as Erykah Badu, Esperanza Spalding, Corrine Bailey Rae, Jill Scott, Beyonce, and many others as their inspiration.  Her impressive showing on The Voice indicated that Nadjah is destined for great success, and the Haverford Music Festival is honored to welcome her, along with our other headliners.

We are also proud to be presenting more than 25 additional performers, representing a wide range of musical genres, (e.g., Jazz, Rock, Pop, Children’s, Folk, Classical, Blues and Country – something to please everyone!). The full schedule can be viewed here. Some will appear on either the intimate Eagle Road Stage in front of the Oakmont Administration Building, or within the intimate indoor, coffeehouse atmosphere of The Rock, in the heart of the Oakmont shopping district.

 

Performer applications for the 2017 festival are now closed.
Thanks to all the artists who applied to perform at this year’s Haverford Music Festival. Due to the large response, we cannot contact all applicants, but have sent notices to selected artists.”  — HMF Music Committee


HMF is an all-volunteer run event! We need as much help as you can give, so please sign up here!

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Our 2017 Sponsors!

 

Presenting Sponsor

 

ACME

Diamond Sponsor

iradiophilly
xfinity
WXPN
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Emerald Sponsor

 

Main Line Health

 

Unique

 

pa lottery

Ruby Sponsors

TEAM Toyota of Glen Mills
Nolan Painting

Haverford Y

Twenty9 Restaurant

WSFS bank

 

chickies and petes

 

Green Mountain Energy

 

republic bank

 

AARP

 

 


Havertown Carpet

Prince Catering

Gold Sponsors

2017 Haverford Music Festival Lineup:

DARBY RD. (Street) Stage
11:45 National Anthem
12:00 Elaine Romanelli
12:45 Seventh Sojourn
1:35 Needle Fish
2:25 River Bones Band
3:20 Skip Denenberg
4:10 RÊVE
5:05 Nadjah Nicole
6:00 The Weeklings

OAKMONT FIELD Stage
12:00 Madame Jones
12:45 Nytrous
1:35 I Think Like Midnight
2:20 The Barrel Fires
3:10 Jesse Gimbel
4:05 The GTVs
5:05 Somerdale
6:05 Danielle Miraglia
7:30 Matthew Sweet

THE ROCK Indoor Stage
12:00 Valerie West
12:35 Becca Gohn
1:10 Amanda Nolan
1:50 Edge Hill Rounders
2:30 Dennis Selfridge
3:10 Anne Harp
3:50 Valerie DuPont
4:30 Lansdowne String Quartet

WHHS EAGLE ROAD Stage
12:00 Maggie Pope (special children’s music performance)
12:45 Brian Salcido
1:30 Hanna Paige
2:15 Little Bomb
3:00 Dan Ascanio
3:45 Ikechi Onyenaka
4:30 Jonny Drucker



Our Mission
“The Haverford Music Festival is a family music festival that strengthens the cultural identity of Haverford Township, serves as the primary fundraiser for the Haverford Township Civic Council, and provides funding for projects that enhance the quality of life in Haverford Township.”

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