Folk Festival Friday: Debo Band


The 51st Philadelphia Folk Festival kicks into high gear today. Jonathan Lai's story on the ongoing tradition at the Old Pool Farm is in today Inquirer Weekend section and here.  The full schedule, which includes the roots-rock-Americana 1-2-3-4 punch of Wanda Jackson, Steve Earle, Lucinda Williams and John Hiatt on Saturday and headliner Trombone Shorty on Sunday, is here.

Today's pick to click is Debo Band, the real deal 11 piece Boston based Ethiopian-American jazz-funk Afrobeat groove ensemble led by Sudan born Ehiopian Danny Mekonnen, who have a self-titled album out on SubPop Records. They play the main stage at 7:30 this evening, in between bagpipe player Dennis Hagey and preceding Pokey Lafarge and the South City Three. Below, check out Debo, with Fendika Dancers, from a 2010 performance at Joe's Pub in New York.

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