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Animal Liberation Orchestra: Feel-Good Jams

Animal Liberation Orchestra.
Animal Liberation Orchestra.

Drawing from their training in the classics, jazz, pop and funk, the four members of Animal Liberation Orchestra strive to make creative, upbeat, ever-evolving music. Their feel-good California vibe and their quirky, engaging live shows have made ALO a rising star in jam-band circles.

ALO was born from a string of mostly unsuccessful bands playing in the San Francisco Bay Area throughout the '90s. It wasn't until 2002 — when college friends and bandmates Zach Gills, Dan Lebowitz, Steve Adams and David Brogan pared the band down from a nine-piece to a quartet — that ALO began to attract national attention. In 2005, the band released a well-received EP and joined Jack Johnson on tour. Johnson signed the group to his own Brushfire Records, and ALO released its first full-length, Fly Between Falls, in April 2006. The disc experiments with the band's unique sound, incorporating jazz, reggae, soul and even a little bit of Latin music.

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David Dye is a longtime Philadelphia radio personality whose music enthusiasm has captivated listeners of World Cafe® since 1991. World Cafe is produced by WXPN, the public radio service of the University of Pennsylvania.