PHILLY SONG SHUFFLE (Xtreme Folk Scene): Fringe Review 38

philly-song-shuffleFrom a toe-tapping Peet Seeger sing-along to a head-banging rock and roll number, dozens of unique performances crowded the World Café Live Stage for PHILLY SONG SHUFFLE.  Hosted by the Xtreme Folk Scene, this fast-paced, 200-plus minute performance featured song after song.  And when singer Rachel Eve started to introduce herself, shouts of “Don’t say, just play!” rang across the stage, and she quickly adjusted her microphone.

Despite some initial technical blunders, the show ran smoothly.  The performers effortlessly entertained the crowd, like when Awful, Dreadful Bradley Keough and the Squishtones held up a sign that read “Hookers” on one side and “Blows” on the next or when Michael Tearson smashed a guitar on the floor.  Other highlights included Fernando C. Regencio Jr.’s Spanish-influenced strumming on the guitar and Andrea Nardello’s raspy, rock-influenced cello and guitar duet.  From contemplative a cappella to comedy and folk tunes, the PHILLY SONG SHUFFLE brought a range of styles onto the stage, making the night a fit for any listener. [World Café Live] September 10, 2014fringearts.com/phillyshowshuffle.

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Katelyn Behrman

Katelyn Behrman is a rising senior at the University of Pennsylvania majoring in English and minoring in French. She's the Editor-in-Chief of Penn Appetit, a dancer and choreographer with Arts House Dance Company, and the co-director of the Penn Reading Initiative. She's loved theater and the arts ever since she can remember (her family even started calling her "Hollywood Kate" when she was two) and she has absolutely fallen in love with Philly's arts and culture scene.