Wilco, Conor Oberst & More Headline Day 1 of 2017 XPoNential Music Festival

Pop Break Live: XPoNential Music Fest Day 1: Wilco, Conor Oberst, Offa Rex, Angel Olsen, Pinegrove, Arkells, and Hop Along at the Camden Waterfront and BB&T Pavilion in Camden, NJ.

The absolutely brilliant Philadelphia-based independent and alternative radio station, WXPN, presented its annual XPoNentional Festival at the BB&T Pavilion in Camden, New Jersey.

The event featured an amalgam of big name talent performing on the same bill as burgeoning up-and-comers from the local New Jersey/Philly area as well as internationally.

On Friday July 28, performances took place on two stages, as opposed to the usual three. The weather, which had been a factor all week, forced XPN’s hand to move all performances to the Marina Stage, and inside the BB&T Pavilion.

Pop Break’s Staci Altomari documented the first day’s action.

Pinegrove

Montclair, New Jersey’s white hot alt-rock band performed at the Marina Stage. Look for a full blown tour from the band this fall.

Arkells

Check out our interview with the band, posted mere hours before they took the Marina Stage.

Angel Olsen

The indie rock queen had one hell of a weekend — performing here on Friday, Newport Folk Fest on Saturday, and Panorama on Sunday.

Setlist:

High & Wild
Shut Up Kiss Me
Give It Up
Play Video
Not Gonna Kill You
Acrobat
Sister
Those Were the Days

Offa Rex

You know the players, you just might not know the name. Offa Rex isa new collaboration between The Decembrists, and Olivia Chaney.

Hop Along

The Saddle Creek Records band killed it inside the BB&T Pavillon.

Setlist:

Happy to See Me
The Knock
New Song (Untitled)
Waitress
Well-Dressed
Tibetan Pop Stars

Connor Oberst

The frontman for Bright Eyes, Conor Oberst and the Mystic Valley Band, Desaparecidos, The Faint, Monsters of Folk, and any other groups, made ’em swoon with his set.

Setlist:

Barbary Coast (Later)
Four Winds (Bright Eyes song)
Get-Well-Cards
Too Late to Fixate
Till St. Dymphna Kicks Us Out
Cape Canaveral
Train Under Water (Bright Eyes song)
Roosevelt Room (Conor Oberst and the Mystic Valley Band song)
Salutations
Lua (Duet with Phoebe Bridgers)
Napalm

Wilco

The band is currently touring the nation as frontman Jeff Tweedy celebrates the release of his solo record, Together at Last, which dropped in late June.

Setlist:

Random Name Generator
The Joke Explained
I Am Trying to Break Your Heart
Art of Almost
Pickled Ginger
If I Ever Was a Child
Someone to Lose
War on War
Via Chicago
Bull Black Nova
Reservations
Impossible Germany
Box Full of Letters
I’m Always in Love
Heavy Metal Drummer
I’m the Man Who Loves You
Hummingbird
Spiders (Kidsmoke)

Encore:
Outtasite (Outta Mind)

 

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