TVD Radar: Love From Philly, a 3-Day virtual music festival to aid the Philly arts community, 5/1–5/3

VIA PRESS RELEASE | 30amp Circuit, an award-winning Philadelphia-based non-profit promoting health and wellness for working musicians and its producing partners Craig Kaplan of Hashtag Multimedia and Our People Entertainment, have announced Love From Philly, the first of its kind virtual citywide music and arts festival scheduled for May 1 through May 3.

The three-day webcast spread across three different virtual stages will livestream at LoveFromPhilly.Live in conjunction with Nugs.net and feature a who’s who of Philadelphia’s music and arts community, including performances by Kurt Vile, G. Love, Eric Bazilian, Schoolly D, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Ursula Rucker, Mondo Cozmo and many more. All festival proceeds will be distributed through grants issued by 30amp Circuit to benefit Philadelphia entertainment professionals suffering medical, social and economic hardships caused by COVID-19.

“The idea for this event was developed to help and showcase Philadelphia’s unique musical culture and to provide a public vehicle for donations to benefit musicians and indie music venue workers. These are the people who form the core of the Philadelphia Music Scene,” says 30amp Circuit founder Andy Hurwitz. “All festival proceeds will go to grants for Philly musicians, entertainment professionals and indie music venue workers. Love From Philly will be remembered as Philadelphia’s response to the care and well-being of entertainment and arts professionals in a time where social and economic continuity was halted.”

All artists performing on Love From Philly will be participating from home. The three stages with corresponding dates are below with a complete schedule of performances to be announced shortly.

Friday, May 1 – Busking On Broad | Busking on Broad will serve as a platform for the working-class Philly musicians devastated by COVID-19. These people are composed of music teachers and session musicians. Performances will highlight the gritty working-class fabric of the local music community playing short and sweet improv sets and representing mediums ranging from Classical to Folk and everything in between.

Saturday, May 2 – Philadelphia @ Home Jazz Festival | Philadelphia @ Home Jazz Festival will remind viewers that the city’s jazz history is second to none. Celebrate Philly’s rich heritage with great music, dance and educational programming featuring collaborations and performances by some of Philly’s jazz heroes.

Sunday, May 3 – Sounds of Philadelphia | Love From Philly will culminate with an eclectic melting pot of musicians spanning the sonic spectrum of Philly’s most well-known and respected talent.

“The goal for Love From Philly is to bring help, hope, inspiration, resources and love to our entertainment and arts community who’ve been hit particularly hard in these difficult times,” says Kaplan. “One hundred percent of all proceeds will go directly to individuals and families that need it the most. Equally important, the event will provide a platform for our artists to be seen and heard at a time when our city needs them the most.”

“Our independent contractors and freelancers are the lifeblood of our company,” says OPE Founders Joe Esposito and Will Horrocks. “Our virtual streaming studio allows us to social distance in production while bringing Love From Philly into people’s homes and aid to our friends and colleagues who need it most.”

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