Local band The War On Drugs members Robbie Bennett and Dave Hartley recently sat down with the creators of music and food app Supper to share their favorite places to get a bite to eat in Philadelphia. To help tourists and locals alike avoid falling into the trap of the countless “best food in town” claims, each revealed some of their “hidden-gems” throughout the city.
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Purling Hiss. Photo by Tiffany Yoon.
Spruce Street Harbor Park—your favorite place in the city right now—will play host to a free concert led by Philly acts. Purling Hiss and Chris Forsyth and the Solar Motel Band will perform on a custom stage built in the center of the park. This is one of only two concerts planned for the space this summer.
The show will also serve as a benefit for the Philadelphia art collective Vox Populi Gallery. Video projections and 3-D artwork from Vox-Populi artists will be on display throughout the night. There will be food and drinks available for those looking forward to a night of snacking with their music and art.
The concert is to be held on July 24th and will begin at 7:30 p.m. For a list of future events to be held at Spruce Street Harbor Park, click here.
Wednesday will be a delight for those that love a good lyricist with the up-and-coming duo Iska Dhaaf and veteran wordsmith Sage Francis coming to town. Unfortunately, you can’t see both, so we pit them against each other to see which group is most worth your dollars this time around. Read more »
You know what the doctor says: A little music every day keeps the blahs away. To help, we round up a concert for every day of this week.
As Camden County's free Sunset Jazz Series rolls on, fans will get a chance to hear one the best Jazz musicians to come from Philly. The 97 year-old bandleader and renowned tenor saxophonist Michael Pedicin will lead the show and is sure to include his signature eloquent improvisations. Fellow Philadelphia-native Justin Faulkner, will be accompanying Pedicin on the drums. These two local artists are sure to please when they play their home crowd. Monday, June 30th, 8 p.m., Wiggins Park, Mickle Boulevard at the River.
When Sir Elton John calls you the greatest songwriter on the planet, you know you have made it. Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Rufus Wainwright will be playing his gut-wrenching top hits as part of Longwood Garden's Summer Series. Expect to enjoy a beautiful landscape set to quietly powerful and moving music. Tuesday, July 1st, 7:30 p.m., Longwood Gardens, 1001 Longwood Road.
Wednesday: Fucked Up (Free with RSVP)
Fucked Up are a rare breed of punk band. Their strict regimen of in-your-face music has not let up in their 13 years together. They remain as loyal to their sound as they do their fans. And for some reason they are playing a free show at Morgan's Pier on Wednesday. Expect to hear singles from their latest album, Glass Boys. You must be 21 or over to get through the doors. Wednesday. July 2nd, 9 p.m., Morgan's Pier, 221 N Columbus Boulevard.
Nothing like a little old fashioned rock'n'roll to get that USA spirit going. Don't miss the chance to see some iconic 70's bands play their hits all in one nostalgic night. Tickets are going quick, so act now for this great opportunity to kick-start the holiday weekend. Thursday, July 3rd, 6 p.m., Susquehanna Bank Center, 1 Harbour Boulevard.
What else would you expect? Wawa's week-long Welcome America festivities will conclude with a free musical take over of the Ben Franklin Parkway. The Philadelphia Museum of Art will play the backdrop to one of the nations biggest Independence Day celebrations. This years star-studded line-up includes Philly-favorites the Roots, Ed Sheeran, Nicki Minaj, Jennifer Hudson, Aloe Blacc and more. Those brave enough to see it live will also be treated to an impressive firework display after the show. Friday, July 4th, Benjamin Franklin Parkway.
Forgetting the fact that both parts of hip-hops biggest couple are touring together (if that is possible), either of these two artists can sell out entire arenas themselves. Seeing two of the biggest names in music share a stage, going back-and-forth with number one hits, is something not to be missed. These veteran artists (and proud parents) can do just about anything the want to at this point, and we'll continue to love them. Expect this show to sell out soon. Saturday, July 5th, Citizens Bank Park, 1 Citizens Bank Way.
For those unfamiliar, freestyle (also called Latin freestyle) is a contagious form of dance music that utilizes electronic instruments. Stevie B. and Lisa Lisa are two of the genres biggest names, and while freestyle is not the world's most popular music, it's fans are fierce. Odds are if you are into this type of music, you already are planning to dance the night away at the Mann this Sunday. But, if you are looking for something new and exciting, check out Freestyle Explosion. Sunday, July 6th, 6 p.m., Mann Center for the Performing Arts, 5201 Parkside Avenue.