Alicia Keys Will Headline Politico Event at DNC

Alicia Keys

Alicia Keys in 2008. (Photo by LuxTonnerre used under a Creative Commons license)

The DNC has its first big-name act – well, besides Hillary Clinton.

Today Politico announced Alicia Keys will headline a special DNC opening celebration on Monday, July 25th. The event will take place at the Politico Hub at the DNC, which per the site “will provide a top-notch destination experience for convention attendees in Philadelphia.” It’s at Commerce Square off Market Street in Center City. Read more »

Philly Natives Patti LaBelle, Gamble & Huff to Receive Marian Anderson Award

Patti Labelle, | EdStock. Leon Huff and Kenny Gamble, via Charles Sykes | AP

Patti Labelle, | EdStock. Leon Huff and Kenny Gamble, via Charles Sykes | AP

Mayor Jim Kenney announced today that Patti LaBelle and Gamble & Huff will receive this year’s Marian Anderson Award. This is the first time since 2008 when Maya Angelou and Norman Lear were honored that multiple recipients have won the award.

The Marian Anderson Award is presented annually to “critically acclaimed artists who have impacted society in a positive way, either through their work or their support for an important cause,” according to the award’s website. The award’s namesake is one of the most celebrated contraltos of the twentieth century. Born in Philadelphia and denied entry into music programs because she was African American, Marian Anderson became a central figure in the early battles for civil rights. She will be memorialized on the back of the new $5 bill.  Read more »

Kanye West Is Coming to Philadelphia This Fall

Kanye West performing in 2013

Kanye West performing in 2013. Let’s hope Ye cranks up the Kanye-as-Jesus imagery to 11 on his Saint Pablo tour. (Photo by Peter Hutchins used under a Creative Commons license)

If you’re a fan, finally strap on your deadstock Yeezy boosts. If you’re not, then maybe head out of town: Kanye West is coming to Philadelphia.

West announced his Saint Pablo Tour this morning on Jay Z’s Tidal streaming service site. He will play the Wells Fargo Center on October 4th. West’s latest album, The Life of Pablo, came out on February 14th.

It’s his first tour since the Yeezus tour in 2013-’14, and his first stop in Philly since he headlined Made in America in September of that year. Read more »

CONCERT REVIEW: Wilco at the Mann

Wilco Photographed by Chris Sikich

Photographed by Chris Sikich

It’s been more than six years since Wilco played Philadelphia proper. Sure, there were a few visits to Camden in the interim, but until last Saturday, June 4th, they were surely trying to break our hearts. Their triumphant return to the Mann was a pure rock jolt to the soul. Read more »

Music: 6 Shows To See This Week

And The Kids play MilkBoy tonight. Photo by Courtney Chavanell

And The Kids play MilkBoy tonight. Photo by Courtney Chavanell

And The Kids @ MilkBoy | Wednesday, June 8
Hannah Mohan and Rebecca Lasaponaro of indie-pop band And The Kids started making music together in the seventh grade, adding Megan Miller when they met as interns at an all-women music studio in Massachusetts. Bassist Taliana Katz takes over for Canadian citizen Miller during American shows because of a visa issue. On Facebook they list their genre as “unconscious, accessible, existential, indie, glitter, popsicle, crisis.” So, accessible popsicles sounds pretty sweet. They’re touring in support of the new Friends Share Lovers.

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CONCERT REVIEW: Make the World Better Benefit

Hop Along Photographed by Chris Sikich

Hop Along
Photographed by Chris Sikich

On Friday, June 3rd, Union Transfer hosted the third-annual Make the World Better benefit concert. Raising $200,000 for parks in Philadelphia, the Connor Barwin-led foundation was hugely successful both monetarily and musically. It was an all-Philly affair, with Hop Along headlining with a brilliant set and Waxahatchee providing a solid opening affair. The special guest first set by Amos Lee was a surprise and a burst of a different music flavor. Read more »

Yannick Nézet-Séguin to Become Met Opera Music Director

Photo by Jan Reagan

Photo by Jan Reagan

The Metropolitan Opera announced today that Yannick Nézet-Séguin, the Philadelphia Orchestra’s acclaimed music director, will succeed James Levine as its next music director.

The Met’s general manager Peter Gelb and other members of the Met company live streamed the announcement.

It’s the first time in four decades that the Met is changing music directors. Levine, 72, stepped down last month after years of health complications.

Though Nézet-Séguin, 41, told The New York Times he’d take an active role in the Met’s music affairs almost immediately, he will not officially hold the reins at the institution until the 2020-’21 season — he’s booked for several years until then.

Nézet-Séguin, born in Montreal, will continue to serve as the music director of the Philadelphia Orchestra — which he’s led since 2012 — through the 2025-’26 season. The renowned conductor and pianist will split his time between two of the world’s most prestigious classical music institutions.

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