A&O and Seed announce annual collaboration, PhilFest

    Let's hope this rain clears up by Saturday so we can enjoy Margaret Glaspy and the Sanctified Grumblers at this year's PhilFest.

    A&O Productions and SEED announced the two artists will play at their annual collaborative bluegrass festival. The Northwestern Community Development Corps will also co-sponsor. The festival is in honor of Phil Semmer, a SEED member who died while studying abroad in Australia. Semmer was a fan of bluegrass and jam bands, like those that play the concert, and he planned to intern with the Rocky Mountain Institute, which concertgoers can donate to.

    Headlining the event, Glaspy is a folk rock singer-songwriter who released an acclaimed debut album, Emotions and Math, in 2016. Pitchfork has compared her to Joni Mitchell and Elliot Smith.

    The Sanctified Grumblers, a folk band from Chicago, will open. They have collaborated with other members of the Chicago folk scene, such as Iron & Wine touring member Jim Becker.

    PhilFest is free and will begin at 1 p.m. on the Norris East Lawn, but will take place inside Norris if weather is inclement.

    But we can all agree this music is best listened to outdoors, so here's to finally seeing some sun.


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