Roots to Bring Erykah Badu, A$AP Rocky, Win Butler to Philly for Roots Picnic

Roots Picnic lineup

The Roots Picnic has quickly become one of Philly’s great summer concert traditions, a one-day, three-stage festival where the Roots come back to Philly and invite some of the best artists of all genres. Last year, The Roots were the backing band as Snoop Dogg ran through his hits. Biz Markie and Doug E. Fresh showed up. It was great. Read more »

Morning Headlines: Parcel on Delaware Waterfront Seeks Expressions of Interest

Master Plan for the Central Delaware. Photo via the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation.

Master Plan for the Central Delaware.
Photo via the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation.

Now here’s an exciting update for developers looking for a piece of the Delaware waterfront: the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation has put out a Request for Expression of Interest (RFEI) for a parcel located at Spring Garden Street and Delaware Ave/Columbus Blvd. The space, known as the Festival Pier site, has already undergone predevelopment work.

According to the release, the property plays a significant role in the Central Delaware Master Plan as it’s “the second largest publicly-owned parcel on the waterfront” after Penn’s Landing. The Master Plan has previously pinpointed the site as “a location for a landmark, high-quality development” because of its potential to “extend the growth and vibrancy of the nearby neighborhoods” to the waterfront. The space is currently zoned CMX-3, or mixed-use residential.

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7 Shows to See in Philly This Week: Ed Sheeran, Parachute, Grouplove, and More

PHOTOS: Calvin Harris and Co. Drop the Bass for Wired Fest Fans

The alcohol- and drug-induced mayhem that was Wired Fest was a huge hit — with music, booze and other clearly observable extra-curricular activities. Hosted by local hip-hop station Wired 96.5, thousands packed the Festival Pier Friday to see artists perform with the Delaware River as their backdrop. The show’s first big artist, Iggy Azalea, had the audience swaying to hits “Fancy” and “Work.” The Australian-born rapper was actually one of the strongest sets of the day, and the only artist who wasn’t behind a movie-theater-screen-sized DJ table.

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I Went to a Concert Populated by Half-Naked Teenagers and Somehow Survived


I was 17 the first time I ever felt old at a concert. I went to the Rancid show at the Electric Factory with a friend from my freshman hall. It was so awkward. We saw so many kids. We hung in the back. Security stopped him from smoking a cigarette. The lead singer of opening act AFI was named “Davey Havok.” We felt so old. Is this what life would be like now? “This is definitely my last Rancid show,” my friend said as we walked back to the El. I agreed.

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7 Shows to See in Philly This Week: Diarrhea Planet, Streets of Laredo, a Free Summer Block Party and 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. 

Groundswell Design Group Is Making Philly More Swell


David Fierabend of Groundswell Design Group has become one of our favorite people. He and his company were behind the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society’s Pop-Up Garden from last summer that we just can’t stop praising. His company is also responsible for the landscape architecture at Morgan’s Pier, Talula’s Garden and the Waterfront Winterfest.

An impressive list but that’s nothing compared to the projects they have planned.

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