It’s funny how time works — how you live in a moment that feels like it will last forever, and then suddenly you’re back at the beginning again. Dye has been mulling life’s cyclical mysteries since November, when he announced he would step back as host and producer of World Cafe, WXPN-FM’s nationally syndicated weekday musical cornucopia, after 25 years. Read more »
Jim Jones and Steve Conte @ Boot & Saddle | Wednesday, January 4
The lead of UK garage rock band Jim Jones Revue and American songwriter/guitarist Steve Conte, who did a stint with the New York Dolls in the 2000s, play Boot & Saddle.
All Mozart @ Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center | January 5-7
Mozart specialist Jane Glover leads the Philadelphia Orchestra in three works by the famed composer, including his very first symphony and his last, plus the Bassoon Concerto, with Daniel Matsukawa playing the title instrument.
Rising Appalachia @ World Café Live at the Queen | Thursday, January 5
Sisters Leah and Chloe and their band play folk music infused with influences from around the world. They’ll be at the World Café Live in Wilmington, Delaware.
West Philadelphia Orchestra and Johnny Showcase NYE Blowout @ Underground Arts
Johnny Showcase and the Mystic Ticket team up with West Philadelphia Orchestra at Underground Arts, where the party will be going strong well past midnight. Minka and Muscle Tough support at what’s sure to be a killer show.
Darla and Phil Nicolo’s Eve of Deconstruction @ World Café Live
Ring in 2017 with the “basement blender funk” of Darla, plus Grammy-winning producer Phil Nicolo breaking down rock’s greatest hits from the likes of Jimi Hendrix, The Beatles, Led Zeppelin and more. Read more »
The GoAround @ Kung Fu Necktie | Tuesday, December 20
Chill out at Kung Fu Necktie with four acts who each bring a down-to-earth vibe: The GoAround, the Waverunner duo, singer-songwriter Katie Buxton, and The Boy Jones. The song below is a little NSFW (cussing):
Liz Longley @ Tin Angel | Wednesday, December 21
Singer-songwriter Liz Longley plays Tin Angel in support of her latest album, Weightless, which was recorded in Nashville and sounds like it. Fellow singer-songwriter Brian Dunne opens.
Lil Uzi Vert @ Fillmore Philadelphia | Thursday, December 22
Rapper Lil Uzi Vert out of North Philly is making a name for himself in the hip-hop scene. Check out his Lil Uzi Vert vs. The World mixtape here.
Don’t think too hard about how Kevin McCallister’s family managed to strand him home alone over Christmas, just enjoy seeing it on the big screen while the Philadelphia Orchestra plays the movie soundtrack live. Read more »
Curtis Harding @ Trocadero | Wednesday, December 7
Soul singer Curtis Harding only released his debut album, Soul Power, a couple of years ago, but his throwback sound will convince you he’s been making hits since the ’70s. Philly rockers The Whips open the show, which is upstairs on the Troc’s Balcony.
The B Street Band @ Hard Rock Cafe Atlantic City | Tuesday, November 15
Go full Jersey with a Bruce Springsteen tribute from The B Street Band down the shore. They’re playing a free show at Hard Rock Cafe, on the Atlantic City boardwalk, for the venue’s birthday bash celebrating 20 years in AC. Comedian Steve Hofstetter hosts.
HotHouse @ Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts | Wednesday, November 16
Next up in the PAFA After Dark series, in partnership with the Philadelphia Jazz Project, is the Price/Speaks/Diehl Trio, a Philly-based jazz ensemble with Larry Price on alto sax, Nimrod Speaks playing bass, and Kevin Diehl on drums. The concert is included with museum admission.
Back to Black: A 10th Anniversary Tribute to Amy Winehouse @ Ardmore Music Hall | Thursday, November 17
Hear Amy Winehouse’s Back to Black performed by a nine-piece band backing five rotating singers. They’ll also be playing select songs off the late artist’s other albums.
Election Night Special @ L’Etage | Tuesday, November 8
It’s a singer-songwriter election night at L’Etage with Adeline Hotel and Minor Moonplay, plus Kristian Rodriguez and Leaf Print.
Tennyson @ Underground Arts Black Box | Wednesday, November 9
The siblings behind electronic duo Tennyson are barely out of their teens, but their experimental sound has a grown-up edge. Luke produces and is on keyboard, while little sister Tess plays drums.
Lera Lynn @ World Café Live | Tuesday, November 1
You’ve heard Nashville singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Lera Lynn on the True Detective soundtrack. Now hear her live upstairs at World Café Live playing from her new album, Resistor. Anthony Aparo opens.
Tegan and Sara @ Fillmore Philadelphia | Thursday, November 3
Twin sisters Tegan and Sara are on tour for their eighth album, Love You to Death. The Canadian indie pop duo also have some thoughts about Trump and the election.
Brahms: Symphony No. 2 @ Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center | November 3-5
Louis Langrée, music director of the Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival and the Cincinnati Symphony, leads the Philadelphia Orchestra in Brahms’ Second Symphony. But first, guest violinist Midori performs Beethoven’s Violin Concerto.