Willy Porter {RESCHEDULED FROM 4/01/2020} – Tickets – The Lounge at World Cafe Live – Philadelphia, PA – March 27th, 2021

Willy Porter {RESCHEDULED FROM 4/01/2020}

Willy Porter {RESCHEDULED FROM 4/01/2020}

The Lounge at World Cafe Live
$22.00 - $24.00
All Ages
Willy Porter appearing at The Lounge at World Cafe Live in Philadelphia, PA – Tickets Available



Willy Porter

Searching for the shaman that lives inside the guitar has led Willy Porter on a musical and personal odyssey spanningover two decades, 10 albums, and multiple continents. His journey remains defined by an independent drive to evolveas a musician and human, affording him the freedom to create the next song on his own terms. Equally accomplishedas a guitarist, singer, and songwriter, Porter’s songs weave a universal perspective about the questions, struggles,and triumphs of human existence. His live shows are guitar-driven events--equal parts grit, soul, and muscle--that areelectrifying, dynamic, and wholly original in the way that Porter’s voice blends and fuses with his virtuoso fret work.A largely self-taught musician, Porter began treating audiences to his brand of guitar playingand wry storytelling inthe late ‘80’s while living in Madison, Wisconsin. In 1990, he released his first full-length independent album,The TreesHave Soul, and the touring life has flowed steadily ever since. Porter has literally logged millions of miles acrossAmerica, Canada, the UK, and Europe, touring solo, as well aswith various incarnations of the Willy Porter Band andin support of artists like Tori Amos, Paul Simon, Jethro Tull, Sting, and Jeff Beck.Porter’s breakthrough album,Dog Eared Dream, was released in 1994, and the song “Angry Words” quickly became astaple at the burgeoning AAA radio format. This led to a major label deal with BMG/Private Music in 1995.Unfortunately, Private was dismantled by BMG just as Porter was preparing to release his follow-up. With contractualfreedom in 1998, Porter quickly signed with the San Francisco-based label Six Degrees. There he released three albumsbeginning with the studio gem,Falling Forward(1999), produced by multiple Grammy-winner Neil Dorfsman (DireStraits, Sting). The eponymousWilly Porter(2001) followed featuring great guest performances by Ian Anderson fromJethro Tull and Tony Levin. His fan-favorite solo disc,High Wire Live(2003) was co-produced with Grammy-winner BenWisch (Marc Cohn, Shawn Colvin).In 2005 Porter left Six Degrees and launched his own imprint, Weasel Records. Together with longtime keyboardist/collaborator Dave Adler, Porter produced the atmospheric albumAvailable Lightin 2006.His work with Guild & Fenderguitars over the next several years would result in the manufacture of the"Willy Porter Signature" acousticguitar.Porter then took time to record and produce singer/songwriter Natalia Zukerman, on her whip-smart Weaseldebut,Brand New Frame (2008).Porter released his next disc,How to Rob a Bankin 2009, the heavily Americana-flavored record featuring the contributions of the LA-based quartet, Raining Jane.Bankwas followed witha live discrecorded with the Carpe Diem String Quartet in (2010). This collaboration produced a gorgeous EP featuring severalof Porter’s most enduring tunes (“Breathe,” “Paper Airplane,” “Watercolor”), elevated and reinterpreted against abackdrop of lush string arrangements. In 2011, Porter produced the second Weasel release for Natalia Zukerman, thedrivingGas Station Roses.A partnership with Milwaukee-based singer/ songwriter Carmen Nickerson resulted in thealbum,Cheeseburgers and Gasoline(2013). This spartan production illuminates themes of life-longing and relationshiprepair, all while balancing the dream of self-actualization on the axleof a carnival’s Tilt-a-Whirl. The record also includesPorter’s brilliant cover arrangement of Peter Gabriel’s “Digging in the Dirt.”On his latest disc,Human Kindness(2015), Porter brings all of his acoustic, electric, and multi-string chops to bearinservice of a great collection of songs. This album is a driving, tuneful return to the pop sensibilities of his best workthat also showcases Porter’s growth as a writer, musician, and producer.In addition to making a life in music, Porter finds waysto make an impact on local and international levels. He is anactive supporter of Advocates of Ozaukee, a shelter andtreatment facility for victims of domestic violence and abusein Mequon, Wisconsin. His annual benefit concerts have raised more than $90,000 for this organization to date. Porteralso gives his time and talents to helping behind the scenes at First Stage, a world-class Milwaukee-based children’stheatre company. His recent involvement with Kids4Peace International works to bring kids fromPalestine, Israel, andthe Middle East together with American kids to work towards a dialogue of mutual respect, tolerance, andunderstanding in hopes that the next generation will have leadership comprised of strong, peaceful voices.Willy Porter lives inMilwaukee, Wisconsin with his wife, two children, and their Beagle/ Terrier, Charlie.

Venue Information:
The Lounge at World Cafe Live
3025 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA, 19104