"This is our fifth year running, and it truly just keeps getting cooler," says Jim Thorpe, the booker and boss behind DVT Entertainment, while talking about his fifth annual Liberty Musicfest, this year being held at DVT's home base, Manayunk's Grape Room (or the Grape Street Pub, depending how old you are).
Not only does the live music indoor portion of the Liberty Musicfest run from Thursday Aug. 18 to Sunday Aug. 21 with music industry how-to sessions on the Grape's second floor — they're closing down Grape Street to driving traffic on Saturday and Sunday with free outdoor stages from noon until 8 p.m.
As always, Liberty Musicfest remains nonexclusionary. "We have 80 bands this year, and as usual, there's never one genre," says Thorpe. "Rock, funk, punk, rap — we like it."
Thorpe and his DVT partner Vince Volz have bounced between venues in downtown Philadelphia and Manayunk for the party during the last years and, since they're celebrating this milestone, decided to return to Liberty's roots. "We've definitely grown, just as the festival has in its time, and have more bands than ever coming from all over the country," states Thorpe, after having received many more submissions this year from more independent acts throughout the United States. Here are several of our favorites and DVT's.