6th Annual Haverford Music Festival coming September 10!

posted Jul 6, 2016, 5:01 PM by Michael McCabe   [ updated by Jeff Miller ]

Sixth Annual Haverford Music Festival
Presented by ACME Markets
Saturday, September 10th
Lisa Loeb, The Figgs, and Sasha Dobson Headline a Full Day of Family Fun
The Sixth Annual Haverford Music Festival (HMF), presented by ACME Markets, is scheduled for Saturday, September 10, 2016, from Noon until 9:30 p.m. 

The 2016 Haverford Music Festival will feature three internationally acclaimed headlining acts - singer/songwriter Lisa Loeb, rock trio The Figgs, and Puss n Boots member Sasha Dobson - plus numerous local and regional artists representing many musical genres, performing on four stages near the intersection of Eagle and 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 (including a moon bounce) and much more fun for the whole family. Admission is free; donations will be accepted. 
Headlining HMF 2016 on the large Oakmont Field Stage, located behind the Oakmont School Administration Building, will be Grammy®-nominated singer/songwriter Lisa Loeb, who started her career with the platinum-selling Number 1 hit song "Stay (I Missed You)," from the film Reality Bites. To this day, the Brown grad girl with the cat-eye glasses is still the only artist to have a Number 1 single while not signed to a recording contract, a remarkable and unparalleled feat. Lisa's subsequent hits include "Do You Sleep," "I Do," and "Let's Forget about It."  Along with her pop/rock catalog, versatile Lisa's 10 studio albums include three for children, including her most recent, Nursery Rhyme Parade.  She has also authored two children's books - her latest is Lisa Loeb's Songs for Moving and Shaking. Among multi-talented Lisa's many TV and film credits are her starring roles in two reality series, Dweezil and Lisa, a weekly culinary adventure for Food Network, and  No. 1 Single, which appeared on E! Entertainment Network and featured Lisa's inspiring journey to find love. Lisa will soon be seen as a celebrity judge on the upcoming musical reality series, The Song.

Topping the bill on HMF 2016's Darby Road Stage will be longtime, hard-working trio The Figgs, who have a worldwide fan base, a lengthy discography, and have toured and recorded several times with the legendary Graham Parker, as well as Tommy Stinsonof The Replacements.  The Figgs have spent the better part of the past 25 years touring, recording and working on a variety of acclaimed side projects. The band's many albums are stuffed with Kinks-inspired power and melodies, vibrant harmonies and sonic experimentation a la The Beatles and the best of The Band, a touch of NRBQ's bar-band grooviness and a grit and youthfulness akin to the best rock bands, from The Who to The Ramones. In 2013, the band celebrated turning 25 with the release of 1,000 People Grinning: The Figgs Anthology, a wonderful representation of their vast catalog. They follow it up on May 13th of this year with a brand-new album, On the Slide.  One member, Philadelphia bassist Pete Donnelly, has become an increasingly popular solo artist in the area, and has also worked with such artists as NRBQ, Soul Asylum and Shelby Lynne. In the tradition of late afternoon/early evening headliners on the Darby Road Stage, The Figgs will be a lot of fun to move and groove to. 

Preceding Lisa Loeb on the Field Stage will be Sasha Dobson, perhaps best-known to many as a member - along with Norah Jones and Catherine Popper - of the trio Puss n Boots, who released their debut album No Fools, No Fun in 2014.  That album was a successful transition to country from jazz for all involved, including Sasha, who grew up in Santa Cruz, CA.   Sasha's father, Smith Dobson, was one of the Bay Area's most influential and in-demand pianists, her mom is a well-known singer, and her brother an accomplished drummer.  By the time she was 12, Sasha was performing with the entire family at the Monterey Jazz Festival. She moved to Brooklyn at 17, quickly assimilated into the NYC jazz scene and took up the guitar and songwriting. Sasha's first two albums were The Darkling Thrush, recorded with The Chris Byars Octet, and Modern Romance. The latter, which won praise from TIME Magazine, was produced by Jesse Harris, Grammy-winning songwriter of Norah Jones' breakout hit "I Don't Know Why." Her most recent solo album, Into the Trees, came out in 2014, and she is currently working on her next release.  
More than 25 additional HMF 2016 performers, representing a wide range of musical genres, (e.g., Jazz, Rock, Pop, Children's, Folk, Classical, Blues and Country - something to please everyone!), will be announced by late July.  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. 

Among the organizations joining presenting sponsor ACME Markets as sponsors of the Sixth Annual Haverford Music Festival so far are iRadioPhilly, Xfinity (Diamond Sponsors), Unique Indoor Comfort (Emerald Sponsor), Nolan Painting, Haverford YMCA, FD concessions, Twenty9 Restaurant & Bar, BQ Basement Systems, Royal Bank America, Adam Mechanical Heating and Air Conditioning, and PECO (Ruby Sponsors), J. Halligan & Sons and Bryn Mawr Trust (Gold Sponsors).  Businesses and organizations interested in being sponsors or vendors can contact our sponsorship director, Cindi Rooney, at 610-996-0841 orwhinerdiner@gmail.com.

Organized by the 501c3 non-profit Haverford Township Civic Council, the Haverford Music Festival is a fundraiser to support township organizations and projects. To date, more than $60,000has been distributed among several worthy community organizations, such as the Haverford Township Free Library, Music Works, Tree Tenders, the Adult School, Haverford Partnership for Economic Development, The Grange Estate, The Havertown Rotary,  Kelly Music for Life and others.

The Haverford Music Festival is a family music festival that strengthens the cultural identify 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.