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  • 3 to see at Kennett Square's Brandywine Folk Festival

  • Think the summer festival season ended with last weekend's Philadelphia Folk Festival? Then you haven't been paying attention.

    The three-day Brandywine Folk Festival kicks-off Friday afternoon, and in just it's second year, the Kennett Square event boasts an impressive lineup of up-and-coming regional and national acts.
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      WHAT Second annual Brandywine Folk Festival

      WHERE Anson B. Nixon Park, Kennett Square, Pa.

      WHEN Today through Sunday

      TICKETS $35 per day; $75 for three-...
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      If You Go
      WHAT Second annual Brandywine Folk Festival
      WHERE Anson B. Nixon Park, Kennett Square, Pa.
      WHEN Today through Sunday
      TICKETS $35 per day; $75 for three-day pass (Kids under 12 are free)
  • Think the summer festival season ended with last weekend's Philadelphia Folk Festival? Then you haven't been paying attention.
    The three-day Brandywine Folk Festival kicks-off Friday afternoon, and in just its second year, the Kennett Square event boasts an impressive lineup of up-and-coming regional and national acts.
    And it's not just your grandfather's folk music either. The festival has smartly broadened its definition to include everything from high-lonesome country to gospel to swing to rock 'n' roll, making for what should be a very exciting weekend of music just up the road from Hockessin.
    Here are three acts to be sure to see this weekend in Kennett Square:
    Dani Mari
    Set Time: 2:30 p.m., Friday
    Sounds Like: Mazzy Star
    On the Web: www.danimarimusic.com
    What to expect: Unassuming at first glance, Dani Mari is a tireless veteran of the Philadelphia music scene, scratching out a name for herself by booking, hosting and playing what seems like hundreds of shows each year. And people like what they hear – a sultry and sometimes soft-spoken singer-songwriter whose brand of "folk" is more Jesus & the Mary Chain than it is Peter, Paul & Mary.
    Toy Soldiers
    Set Time: 6 p.m., Saturday
    Sounds Like: Justin Townes Earle
    On the Web: www.ohnotoysoldiers.com
    What to expect: Americana music is the genre that just won't die. And why should it? Well-versed in everything from Texas swing to Carolina croon to razor-sharp Rockabilly, Toy Soldiers have an impressive ability to shift from refined to shambolic with a single time-change. Frontman Ron Gallo's natural twang is the perfect compliment to the band's gritty but professional style. It's almost as if they cut their teeth in the honky tonks of Tennessee instead of the rock clubs of Philadelphia.
    Cheers Elephant
    Set Time: 5:30 p.m., Sunday
    Sounds Like: The Strokes (sort of)
    On the Web: www.cheerselephant.com
    What to expect: This Philadelphia foursome seems on the precipice of some pretty big things, coming off a year where they received rave reviews at Austin's SXSW Music Conference. The enthusiasm is well-founded. Take the pop sensibilities of the Shins, but layer it with the psychedelia and guitar prowess of a band like The Coral, and you've got something pretty special. With an almost effortless ability to experiment, yet remain radio-friendly, it shouldn't be long before Cheers Elephant hits their stride and takes things to a whole different level, so catch them locally while you can.
    Page 2 of 2 - Here's the weekend's complete schedule:
    Friday
    1:30 p.m.: Sweetbriar Rose
    2 p.m.: Pro-Post Time
    2:30 p.m.: Dani Mari
    3 p.m.: Kit Colt
    3:30 p.m.: Levee Drivers
    4 p.m.: The Fleeting Ends
    4:30 p.m.: Echoes Talk Back
    5 p.m.: Norwegian Arms
    5:30 p.m.: Cricket Tell the Weather
    6 p.m.: I am Love
    6:30 p.m.: Justin Lacy
    7 p.m.: The Districts
    8 p.m.: Holy Ghost Tent Revival
    9 p.m.: Roadkill Ghost Tour
    10 p.m.: Sean Hoots Trio
    Saturday
    12 p.m.: Shane Palko
    12:30 p.m.: The Sun Flights
    1 p.m.: Joel Roberts
    1:30 p.m.: Zach Thomas
    2 p.m.: Spirit and Dust
    2:30 p.m.: Skunk Ruckus
    3 p.m.: Paleface
    3:30 p.m.: Phillip Roebuck
    4 p.m.: The Lawsuits
    4:30 p.m.: Mason Porter
    5 p.m.: The Pretty Ditty's
    5:30 p.m.: The Great Unknown
    6 p.m.: Toy Soldiers
    6:30 p.m.: Tin Bird Choir
    7 p.m.: Mischief Brew
    8 p.m.: Qiet
    9 p.m.: Pearl and the Band
    10 p.m.: Good Old War
    Sunday
    12 p.m.: Mostly Maybe
    12:30 p.m.: Darlington
    1 p.m.: The Manly Deeds
    1:30 p.m.: Johnny Never Band
    2 p.m.: Travel Songs
    2:30 p.m.: Robot House
    3 p.m.: Coldfronts
    3:30 p.m.: Vita & the Wolf
    4 p.m.: Miracles of Modern Science
    4:30 p.m.: Madras
    5 p.m.: Nico's Gun
    5:30 p.m.: Cheers Elephant
    6 p.m.: Lobo Marino
    6:30 p.m.: Kid Mountain
    7 p.m.: Mean Lady
    8 p.m.: Secret Sisters

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