Down By the River: See Umphrey’s McGee and Lettuce at Penn’s Landing Saturday

Photo by Stephen Olker

Umphrey’s McGee show | Photo by Stephen Olker

This Saturday, July 18, prog-rock sextet Umphrey’s McGee will co-headline with funk combo Lettuce at the River Stage at the Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing.

Lettuce, a sextet that will be performing with singer Alecia Chakour on this tour, formed at the Berklee School of Music over 20 years ago. Though they make music in the tradition of classic funk, Lettuce isn’t a nostalgia trip. Drummer and primary songwriter Adam Deitch says of the band, “We aim to smash those limits [of funk] by drawing on a range of styles that can be traced from the early ’60s through the early ’80s, incorporating plenty of modern hip-hop sensibilities — heavy bass, kick and snare — along the way.” 

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The 13 All-Time-Best Philly Singers

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Top row, from left: Pink (Joel Telling, Flickr), Daryl Hall (Mat, Jill Scott (Sandra Alphonse, Flickr), Mario Lanza (iClassical Com, Flickr), Patti LaBelle (Sandra Alphonse, Flickr), Marian Anderson (Hans Kylberg, Flickr)

Are we lucky or what? Philadelphia has always been a city of song, from the days when the Founding Fathers hoisted mugs in its taverns to today, when local lass Taylor Swift is at the top of the pop charts—though not on this list. Because to be on this list, you have to have one of the finest singing voices ever to have let freedom ring in this town. Here, in ascending order, are the 13 best singers who’ve called Philly home.

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7 Questions With Singer-Songwriter Jesse Lafser

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Photo by Weston Heflin


Country singer Jesse Lafser will visit Philadelphia for the first time to perform songs from her latest record, Raised On the Plains, at World Café Live on July 15th. Lafser uses a blend of folk and blues to take listeners on a self-reflective journey through the American Southwest. Here’s what the Nashvilian had to say about the inspiration behind Raised on the Plains and her current tour, which began with a contemplative solo road trip through the desert.

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7 Shows to See in Philly This Week

Parachute Wow World Café Live Despite Absence of Ailing Third Member


Will Anderson strapped on an acoustic guitar at World Café Live on Friday night and opened the show with the powerful yet simple “Hurricane.” After the first song Kit French joined Anderson on stage, multitasking on the keys and saxophone while singing backup. The two performed a couple seamless sets, and then I began to wonder when the third Parachute member, Johnny Stubblefield, would join them.

“Johnny is sick,” explained Anderson. Well, that answered that. They expressed some disappointment in their band member’s absence, but then Anderson turned to French and casually admitted, “More sex for us. Hahaha.” The sold-out crowd of mostly women broke into a fit of laughter. I too let out a few giggles and then I realized they probably weren’t joking.

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You Can Now See Kelly Clarkson at Susquehanna Bank Center for $18

Kelly Clarkson

Ticket sales have dropped and Kelly fans can now see the big-voiced star for only $18.

The three-time Grammy winner is back and ready to retake the stage as one of the biggest pop sensations. She won over America’s heart 13 years ago with her jaw-dropping performance of “A Moment Like This.” Since then, Clarkson has proven she has some of the strongest pipes in the business. (See: “Mr. Know It All” and “Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You.”)

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