Music: 5 Shows to See in Philly This Week

The Philly Pops takes on the Beatles with a three-day Sgt. Pepper Celebration.

The Classical Mystery Tour will perform with the Philly Pops orchestra. Photo by Jaime Escarpeta

The Classical Mystery Tour will perform with the Philly Pops orchestra. Photo by Jaime Escarpeta

Bear’s Den @ Underground Arts | Thursday, February 2
Gill Landry from Old Crow Medicine Show is on tour with British folk rockers Bear’s Den. The Boston, New York and D.C. performances already sold out, so get your Philly ticket right away.

Sgt. Pepper Celebration @ Kimmel Center | February 3-5
The Beatles tribute group Classical Mystery Tour joins the Philly Pops orchestra to mark the 50th anniversary of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. Before Friday’s concert, Pierre Robert from WMMR and CBS Radio’s RJ McKay will discuss the music on the Plaza Stage. On Saturday, WMGK’s Andre Gardner will take part in the pre-show conversation, but that performance is sold out, and on Sunday WOGL’s Cadillac Jack takes the stage. There will be a painted 1969 Beetle parked outside of the venue, so you should probably plan to pose for a photo in front of it making a peace sign.

International Guitar Night @ Calvary Center | Friday, February 3
This touring acoustic guitar festival, now in its 17th year, features performances by German jazz guitarist Lulo Reinhardt (Django’s grand-nephew); Luca Stricagnoli, a contemporary guitarist from Italy; Brazilian composer Chrystian Dozza; and India’s Debashish Bhattacharya, who plays the slide guitar.

Baby Blue Sound Collective @ World Café Live | Friday, February 3
This multi-genre ensemble made up of pediatric cardiologists, surgeons, nurses and other medical professionals who work in children’s hospitals across the country (and beyond: Dr. Emre Belli, a pediatric heart surgeon who plays the sax, will be coming in from Paris) is in Philly this weekend for Saturday’s Sweet Hearts Ball fundraiser, benefitting the Pennsylvania chapter of the Children’s Heart Foundation. The night before, they’ll be playing a record release show at World Café Live, with the proceeds also going to the foundation.

Relache @ Penn Museum | Sunday, February 5
Watch Max Linder’s 1921 silent comedy Be My Wife while the new music octet Relache plays a live score. They’ll also be performing Gavin Bryars’ Creamer Etudes, and Mark Hagerty’s High Octane. The concert starts at 3 p.m., so you’ll have to DVR the Puppy Bowl.

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