HAVERFORD TOWNSHIP MUSIC FESTIVAL
Blues Hall of Fame artist Joe Louis Walker, The Bongos and Debra Devi
top the bill for a full day of late-summer family fun.
WXPN Welcomes the 10th ANNUAL HAVERFORD TOWNSHIP MUSIC FESTIVAL on Saturday, August 27th, 12 noon to 9 p.m., in Havertown. It will present a full day’s worth of entertainment, headlined by nationally renowned artists Joe Louis Walker, Hoboken power-poppers The Bongos (a rare reunion) and electric guitarist Debra Devi, and supported by numerous regional performers from throughout the Delaware Valley and beyond, on multiple stages near the intersection of Eagle & East Darby Roads in Havertown, PA. Area businesses and vendors will fill booths along East Darby Road and Hathaway Lane. There will be food vendors, beer gardens, children’s activities and much more end-of-summer fun for the entire family.
This will be the first official Haverford Township Music Festival since our highly successful 2019 event headlined by Larry Campbell & Teresa Williams, and the only one scheduled for 2022. It is produced exclusively by the 501(c)(3) organization Haverford Township Education, Arts and Music Society (HTEAMS).
The Haverford Township Music Festival is a free admission event funded solely through sponsorships and donations. Voluntary donations to help keep the festival free will be greatly appreciated and gratefully accepted. Donations can be made here in advance or onsite on Saturday, August 27.
Joe Louis Walker
NPR Music describes San Francisco native JOE LOUIS WALKER (aka JLW) as “powerful, soul-stirring, fierce and gritty...a legendary boundary-pushing icon of modern blues.” The Chicago Sun-Times has hailed JLW’s music as “proudly modern,” and praises his “heavy guitar fills, soul, gospel harmony, and vortex of power chords and funk." In 2013, JLW was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame. He has released more than two dozen albums, the latest of which is 2021’s Eclectic Electric (Cleopatra Records).
Supporting headliner will be revered Hoboken, NJ-based rockers The Bongos. The music of this quartet, whose albums include such classics as Drums Along the Hudson, Numbers with Wings and Beat Hotel, has been described as “a sparkling explosion of guitar pop” by leading alternative music publication/website Trouser Press. In recent years, singer-guitarist Richard Barone has focused on his solo career, highlighted by such highly praised albums as Cool Blue Halo, Primal Dream and Glow, while fellow guitarist James Mastro has worked extensively with Ian Hunter in the latter’s solo and “Mott the Hoople 1974” bands. HTMF is honored to welcome The Bongos for this rare reunion performance.
Our third headliner, Debra Devi, combines blues-rock, jam, Americana and pop influences, flavored with her masterful guitar playing and soulful vocals. Originally from Milwaukee, Wisconsin and now living in Jersey City, NJ. JamBase calls her "a supersonic fret burner who writes hauntingly memorable songs, blending the intricacy of a good jam band with the catchiness of vintage power pop.” Devi’s discography includes the 2020 EP A Zillion Stars Overhead and 2022 new Live EP, Jamification Station, Vol. 1. She is the author of The Language of the Blues: From Alcorub to Zuzu, winner of ASCAP's Award for Outstanding Book on Music.
The festival is now being run under the umbrella of a new non-profit entity – HTEAMS (Haverford Township Education, Arts and Music Society) – and we’re seeking sponsorships! Become a sponsor and let the residents of Haverford Township, and throughout the region, know you support entertainment, arts and music in our community!
For more information please contact us at: Haverfordmusicfestival@gmail.com
Thank you to our 2022 Sponsors:
Carmona Mobile Foods
Citylight Church Drexel Hill
DELCO ConReds Creations
House Cup Coffee Roasters
Commodore John Barry Arts & Cultural Center (The Irish Center)
McGoldrick Plumbing & Heating
Passanante’s Home Food Service
Renewal By Andersen
Town Square Rental
Leonard Insurance Group
Mom’s Organic Market Bryn Mawr
ShopRite of Drexeline
Please contribute what you can today.
It will help us tremendously since our fundraising for this year has been hampered by the pandemic.
You may donate through PayPal to Haverford Twp Education Arts and Music Society
by clicking on the DONATE button below:
Or donate through Venmo to @HTEAMS
“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 EDUCATION, ARTS AND MUSIC SOCIETY – or HTEAMS, and provides funding for projects that enhance the quality of life in Haverford Township.”