Here Are the Concerts You Can’t Miss in Philly This Summer

Well, the City of Philadelphia has officially announced our 4th of July concert festivities, and what a lame lineup it is. But never fear. There are still plenty of other shows worth checking out this summer. These are our favorites. Note: Click on a performer’s name for direct link to the official ticket site.

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1. Taylor Swift

When she dropped her earworm 1989 last fall, Taylor Swift effectively made the crossover from country-pop to pop-pop, shedding some of her down-home Berks County roots along the way. These days, Tay-Tay, as her fans call her, is all about New York City, where she rubs elbows with famous pals Beyoncé and Jay Z and lives it up in a $20 million penthouse. But to us, the 25-year-old Wyomissing gal will always be a Pennsylvanian, and we’ll come from far and wide this month when she plays a two-night homecoming at Lincoln Financial Field.

Like beloved quasi-local crooner Bruce Springsteen, Swift is among a handful of artists who have sold out the Linc—something she’s done three times. Better get your tickets fast. Lincoln Financial Field, June 12th and 13th. —Josh Middleton

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PHOTOS: Made in America, Days 1 and 2



Your Weekend Workout Playlist: Made in America Edition

Photo | Charles Sykes/Invision/AP

Photo | Charles Sykes/Invision/AP

The Made in America music festival takes over the Parkway again this weekend. Mentioning the arrival of a music festival is kind of like saying, “It’s supposed to snow this weekend:” For some, the news inspires a flurry of squeals and jumping for joy, and for others, it inspires the urge to lock themselves in the safety of their homes until it’s over. But regardless of how you feel about music festivals, I’m betting you’ll enjoy this music-festival inspired playlist.

This week, we’ve loaded the workout playlist with artists that will be playing at Made in America, like Kanye West, Grimes, Pharrell and more. Plus, for your listening pleasure, we’ve sprinkled in some songs that just scream “America”—think Bruce Springsteen, Lenny Krativz and the Beach Boys. So whether you’re braving the Parkway to get your sweat on along Kelly Drive this weekend or just dancing in your crowd-free living room, these beats will keep you moving.

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What’s Worth Seeing in August: Weezer, Philadelphia Folk Festival, Fire-Breathers, Funnel Cakes, and More

Charles Sykes/Invision/AP

Charles Sykes/Invision/AP

August 30th and 31st: Made in America
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There are only two places to be this Labor Day weekend: the Jersey Shore, or the Parkway, where Jay Z and tens of thousands of his closest friends will finish out summer concert season with the third annual installment of his huge two-day music festival. This year’s co-headliners are Kanye West and Kings of Leon, with Pharrell, Girl Talk, the National and De La Soul among the many other acts that made the cut. Though our friends in Fairmount hate MIA, we have to say we’re sold on it. But we do have one modest proposal: a couple of satellite stages in cool places like FDR and Penn Treaty parks, where local bands can share the stage with some of the bigger boys and girls. Are you listening, Mr. Z?

More of this month’s must-do events. Click on links for ticket/location information.

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Rapper Sued for Allegedly Slapping Woman at Made in America

Rapper A$AP Rocky has been sued by a woman who says he slapped her at last year’s Made in America concert on the Parkway. She’s seeking at least $75,000 in damages.

In the lawsuit, which also names Live Nation and unnamed security members, Lisamarie Wade says A$AP Rocky and his entourage walked toward her and slapped her for no reason on August 31st of last year. Rocky is the most prominent member of the Brooklyn-based A$AP Mob hip-hop collective, which has 16 members with confusingly similar names.

Wade attempted to file a private criminal complaint against Rocky last year, but she eventually decided to withdraw an attempt for criminal charges.

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Summer Concert Guide: The 20 Shows You Can’t Miss This Season

 

Jay Z and Beyonce ‘On the Run’ in Philly

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This morning Jay Z and Beyoncé ended months of speculation that they would be touring together by announcing details on their “On the Run” tour. The 16-stop summer tour will reach cities throughout North America, including Philly on July 5th. According to Huffington Post, “the tour was supposed to be called the ‘Mr. and Mrs. Carter Tour.’ Instead, the concerts will file under the ‘On The Run’ moniker, a reference to the pair’s collaboration on Jay Z’s most recent album, Magna Carta … Holy Grail.”

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Jay-Z Taking Made in America to L.A.

Photo | Charles Sykes/Invision/AP

Photo | Charles Sykes/Invision/AP

Jay-Z joined the mayor of Los Angeles today to announce that he’s bringing Made in America to L.A. in 2014. The two-day concert will be held Labor Day weekend, running simultaneously with the one in Philly. (So I guess this means we’ll have to fight over Beyoncé?)

Live Nation will produce both festivals, showcasing performances that will be available via live-streaming to fans across the country.

The entertainment lineup has yet to be announced, but you can follow updates on the new Made in America: Los Angeles page.

For $99.50 pre-sale passes to Philly’s Made in America, purchase tickets on Ticketmaster with promo code “BMIA2014.”

Extra reading: Dear L.A.: Here’s What You Can Expect from Jay Z and Made In America. XOXO, Philly

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