Beta HiFi FINALS – Come Cheer Us On!

I hope you are staying dry wherever you are and that all you east-coasters are surviving the attack of Hurricane Irene.  I’m still without power in my house, so I’m writing to you from a local hotel lobby (true story).

It’s almost time to start getting ready for some great fall events – check out the new fall tour dates posted below.  But the big story that I’d like to share with you is that I AM MOVING ON TO THE BETA HIFI FINALS! BECAUSE OF YOU!

There was some incredible support from the Philly Pholk who came out last week to vote in Round 1 of the Beta HiFi competition – a showcase for the Philadelphia region’s best emerging talent.  The winners of each night now go on to perform head-to-head in front of fans and a panel of judges in the final round.  Because of Irene, the final round is now TUESDAY, AUGUST 30.  Even better, the show features these incredible acts all on the big stage downstairs at World Cafe! and it’s still FREE!

So make sure to come cheer me and the band on and hang out with us on Tuesday.  RSVP to the new FB event and bring everyone.  Everyone!

Beta HiFi Emerging Artist Showcase FINALS
at Philadelphia’s World Cafe Live

Tuesday, August 30

music begins at 7pm
Avi Wisnia performs (with full band) at 10pm
Winners announced at 11pm

this is an all ages event

For more information, please visit
For seating & dinner reservations, please call the box office at 215-222-1400.
Facebook event link =

If you missed it the last time, i’ll post again: what can you do if you are not in the Philadelphia area?  You can contact WXPN, the radio station that broadcasts out of the World Cafe building, and help build support for the show!  Here are 2 ways:

1)  Go to, scroll down on the right til you see “Related Items” and click “Make a Request”, put in “Something New – Avi Wisnia” (or, you know, whatever song you want, it is your request), and for “request type” choose the Leicht Lunch or Other.  Submit!

2)  Call the request line: (215) 573-9976 or (800) 565-9976 and request “Something New by Philly local artist Avi Wisnia, who is awesome”.  The best times to call are 8-10am EST, Tuesdays 9-10pm EST and All-Request Saturdays 2-4pm EST.

Please also note the NYC return of my Brasileira friend Denise Reis in a special Sept 11 tribute show at Drom, a celebration of peace and hope, in which I am a special guest.

Your continual support is astounding. Thank you.

No, I don’t want no Flood.