13 Things To Do In Philly This Weekend: Free Museum Day, Pearl Street Block Party, Hard Cider Festival at the Navy Yard and More
Philly jam giants Disco Biscuits (DB) might have taken a summer off from their 14-year-strong electronica festival Camp Bisco. But commitment to their fledgling hometown annual run City Bisco has hardly stalled. Adding a third day and two new venues to this year’s chapter, the party’s only on the up and up.
For unfamiliar ears, the Biscuits’ claim to fame is their trademark trance fusion—a genre-bending hybrid of jam, electronica and psychedelia that opened countless doors for likeminded torchbearers of The Grateful Dead and Phish.
Where last year’s City Bisco lineup favored hip-hop legends Big Boi, Method Man and Redman, this year’s supporting acts complement a return to the roots for the hometown heroes.
The Biscuits will have the stage to themselves for night one, a sold-out show on Thursday, September 24th at the Trocadero (because Thursdays are contractually reserved for throwing back to the 90s at this point).
Spruce Street Harbor Park officially closes on Sunday, September 28th, but, as you can probably imagine, it’s not leaving without a big ol’ bash.
The show starts 7 p.m. and will go until 10 p.m. More information here.
Besides that, there is a whole weekend schedule of events to celebrate the park’s departure—everything from circus performers to photo-booth antics to pumpkin-carving contests. Check out the full lineup below:
Billboard has the scoop on Bette Midler’s new album—the first the diva has recorded since 2006.
For her first studio album in eight years, Bette Midler is revisiting some of the vocalists who shaped her the most—girl groups—on It’s The Girls, due November 4tth via Warner Bros. Records.
The album spans seven decades of famous girl groups, from ‘30s trios The Boswell Sisters and The Andrews Sisters (“Bei Mir Bist Du Schön”) to ‘90s R&B legends TLC (wait til you hear Midler’s cabaret take on “Waterfalls.”)
Evidently, the Divine Miss M is planning to take it on the road, too:
Though she’s teased retirement from the road over the years, a new tour is in the works, too, a spokeswoman for Midler teases.
Fingers crossed she comes near Philly. More from Billboard, including the full track list here.
16 Things to Do in Philly This Weekend: Fall Festival at the Navy Yard, Spring Garden Pop-Up Greenway, Where to Oktoberfest, and More
It’s been years in the making and tonight it becomes a reality: The nation’s first queer jazz festival, OutBeat, opens, thanks to the efforts of the William Way LGBTQ Community Center. The four-day musical extravaganza takes places all throughout Philly, and features some of the nation’s most renowned jazz players, players who just happen to fall into the LGBTQ spectrum.
Scottish singer-songwriter Paolo Nutini is coming to the Trocadero this weekend. The soulful “New Shoes” singer is touring North America to bring some stateside support to his latest album, Caustic Love, a work that The Guardian calls an “impressive set of Motown-influenced hits.” One of the newest songs from the album here:
We’ve got two pairs of tickets to giveaway to Enrique Iglesias and Pitbull’s co-headlining show at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City on Friday, September 26th.
The frequent collaborators just kicked off their fall co-headlining tour in support of their latest works, Sex and Love (Iglesias) and Globalization (Pitbull, release TBD). The tour started off with 15 dates, but later expanded to 24, including the one in Atlantic City. It will conclude on October 28th in Orlando, Florida.
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The Atlantic City show takes place on Friday, September 26th, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets and more information can be found here.