World Cafe Live is like a symbiotic relationship between our beloved public radio station WXPN and an independent music venue. They live in the same building and partner up regularly to bring some of the most varied live music acts to Philadelphia.
World Cafe Live has two stages – upstairs is the Lounge with a restaurant and bar. This stage is relatively small and intimate. Even when there is no scheduled show, the Lounge is open daily for food and drinks.
I will never forget seeing Swedish jazz musician Gunhild Carling in the lounge here – she had the audience following her around in a conga line as she belted out tunes on the trombone!
Downstairs is the Music Hall with a large stage and standing room area, a bar, and an upstairs balcony seating area. WXPN regularly hosts their Friday Free at Noon concerts in the Music Hall.
Even when not partnering with XPN, World Cafe Live hosts an array of shows, concerts and events like The Moth Storyslam, The Office Quizzo, and local bands.