Mavis Staples, The Head And The Heart, Dawes, Josh Ritter Shine At WFUV's Holiday Cheer

By the time Mavis Staples had transformed New York's Beacon Theatre into a sultry New Orleans gospel tent, carrying the show home with a spirited — and often spiritual — hour-long set, WFUV's 7th annual Holiday Cheer concert had already proved the invaluable bond between artist, radio station and audience. Dawes, The Head and the Heart and special guest Josh Ritter played powerful sets, both ruminative and rowdy, and declared their affection for The Alternate Side's sister station, WFUV, during the station's benefit event on Monday night, December 5. After the jump, photos and setlists.

Josh Ritter Joins WFUV's Holiday Cheer As A Special Guest

Folk rocker Josh Ritter has been tapped to be a special guest at WFUV's Holiday Cheer benefit at the Beacon Theatre next Monday, December 5. He'll be playing an abbreviated set alongside the previously announced lineup of Mavis Stapes, The Head and the Heart and Dawes (who just made Paste magazine's list of the 50 Best albums of 2011, landing at an impressive #8 for Nothing Is Wrong). All Holiday Cheer ticket holders are eligible to win a $500 Fairway shopping spree.

Benefit Holiday Cheer Concert For WFUV Offers Chance For A Fairway Shopping Spree

The Alternate Side's sister station WFUV is gearing up for its 7th annual benefit Holiday Cheer concert on December 5 at New York's Beacon Theatre — with Mavis Staples, The Head and the Heart and Dawes. Now, one lucky person attending the show has the chance to win a $500 shopping spree at Fairway Market. Everyone who buys a ticket to the concert is eligible for the drawing. Details after the jump.

Mavis Staples, The Head And The Heart, Dawes Set For WFUV's Holiday Cheer Concert On December 5

Legendary soul singer Mavis Staples, Seattle's fast-rising folk rockers The Head and the Heart and LA rockers Dawes will take over New York's Beacon Theatre on December 5 for WFUV's 7th annual Holiday Cheer concert, a fundraiser that benefits The Alternate Side's outstanding sister station. Tickets are on sale now for this very special evening. After the jump, check out a great video of Mavis Staples with Arcade Fire at Outside Lands this year.

Mavis Staples, The Head And The Heart, Dawes Set For WFUV's Holiday Cheer Concert On December 5

Legendary soul singer Mavis Staples, Seattle's fast-rising folk rockers The Head and the Heart and LA rockers Dawes will take over New York's Beacon Theatre on December 5 for WFUV's 7th annual Holiday Cheer concert, a fundraiser that benefits The Alternate Side's outstanding sister station. Tickets go on sale to the general public on Friday, October 28 at 10 a.m., but after the jump, more information on the WFUV Listener pre-sale, going on now.

TAS Review: Ten Newport Folk Festival Highlights

If you didn't make it to this past weekend's sold-out and sun-drenched Newport Folk Festival, you might have caught it broadcast live via The Alternate Side's sister station WFUV and NPR Music. TAS asked WFUV's acting assistant PD, weekend host and producer Sarah Wardrop if she'd keep track of her own top ten Newport Folk Festival highlights, which runs the gamut from the intoxicating Gogol Bordello to knockout newcomers David Wax Museum.

Newport Folk Festival Live Coverage On TAS' Sister Station WFUV And NPR Music

The Alternate Side's sister station 90.7 WFUV and NPR Music will be broadcasting live from the sold-out Newport Folk Festival in Rhode Island this weekend, July 30-31, from 12 noon to 8 p.m. EDT. Check out coverage from Team WFUV and NPR Music of bands like The Decemberists, M. Ward, The Head and the Heart, Elvis Costello, Gillian Welch, Freelance Whales, Delta Spirit, Middle Brother and many more. More details after the jump.

TAS In Session (Newport Folk Festival Preview): The Head And The Heart

The Newport Folk Festival is this coming weekend and Seattle's alt-folksters (and grassroots success story) The Head and the Heart, who perform on July 31, are one of the most promising new acts on the bill, joining more established artists like The Decemberists, M. Ward and Gillian Welch. Not long ago, WFUV's Claudia Marshall caught up with Newport newbies The Head and the Heart for a very special WFUV and TAS session featuring songs, like "Cats and Dogs" and "Down in the Valley," from the band's auspicious debut. Plus The Alternate Side's sister station, WFUV (with NPR Music),  will have extensive live Newport Folk Festival coverage throughout the weekend - details after the jump.

SXSW Live WFUV Broadcast Today: Josh Ritter, Emmylou Harris and More

The Alternate Side's sister station WFUV will be broadcasting its very first SXSW showcase today, March 17 at 1 p.m. EDT, with a dynamic lineup of Josh Ritter, Emmylou Harris, The Head and the Heart and The Belle Brigade, live at Austin's Convention Center. Check it out either on 90.7 WFUV in New York or streaming via www.wfuv.org.

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