City of Philadelphia Decrees August 28 as Kurt Vile Day

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The City of Philadelphia has named August 28 as Kurt Vile Day

Kurt Vile isn’t just one of our favorite noise-making, singing, songwriting, guitarists. The Philadelphian now just happens to be the latest recipient of his own local day – the official Kurt Vile Day as decreed by the City of Philadelphia - on August 28. On that same afternoon, Vile and his band the Violators will be performing at City Hall’s courtyard in the season’s finale of its City Hall Presents series, and receiving the Liberty Bell Award.

The Liberty Bell Award is the highest honor the City can bestow upon a citizen (Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and the rest of the Rolling Stones got miniature bells when they stopped here on tour recently). Yet, Vile doesn’t need an award to have made his year a stand out one. Vile released his fifth album, the fuzzy, introspective Wakin on a Pretty Daze, on Matador in April, 2013, has played sold out shows around the country ever since and, and recently filmed a new video for one of his new album’s tracks, “KV Crimes,” with Vile and Co. parading through the streets of Philly. The video premieres today, August 15 and can be seen below.

Vile also took part in a special Summerstage concert in New York City’s Central Park in June when he celebrated Alex Chilton’s Big Star and took part in a free performance of their classic Third/Sister Lovers album.

Vile’s Philly event on August 28 at the City Hall Courtyard is organized by the City of Philadelphia Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy. As far as summer shows go, this should be quite the party.

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Photo ©Shawn Brackbill

Posted on Thursday, August 15, 2013