In 1972, a virtually unknown pianist played his newest composition at Sigma Sound in Philadelphia, a performance that was then broadcast over and over again on WMMR. The pianist was Billy Joel, the song was “Captain Jack” (which would be released on the Piano Man album one year later), and the moment was responsible for catapulting him to national stardom. He rarely performs the song, but if there’s anyplace he’ll do so, it will be here.
Since Sasha Frere-Jones profiled her in the New Yorker in 2011, Tune-Yards mastermind Merrill Garbus has blown up, and you’ve likely heard her song “Gangsta” on Weeds, Orange is the New Black and The Good Wife. Download her wildly experimental (but still tremendously fun) new release Nikki Nackto prep for her show, but expect the unexpected. No two shows are the same.
The third annual celebration of music and Budweiser, or: the weekend when all Fairmount and Art Museum-area residents head out of town. The haters can hate all they want. The fact is, this is one cool-ass party.
The musical descendant of Sam Cooke, James Brown and Jackie Wilson, Mars is one of the more thrilling (and best-selling) performers to emerge on the national music scene of late. Just cover the kids’ ears for that “Your sex takes me to paradise” tune.