Music: 6 Shows to See in Philly This Week
The Hot Sardines @ World Café Live | Tuesday, June 28
Throwback jazz collective The Hot Sardines goes for a smooth, lively hot jazz/Dixieland/swing sound with sultry vocals. They just released their sophomore studio album, French Fries & Champagne.
Black Mountain @ Union Transfer | Wednesday, June 29
This is classic rock for 2016, with heavy riffs, space-y psychedelic feels, screaming guitar solos, female and male lead vocals, and keyboards (but in a good way). The band released their fourth album, IV, in April.
Holly Bowling @ Parkway Central Library | Wednesday, June 29
Classically trained pianist Holly Bowling is obsessed with Phish. She knows the band’s songs well, having been to more than 300 shows, and rearranges — “reimagines” — them for solo piano, along with some Grateful Dead selections. If you didn’t score tickets for the two sold out Phish shows this week at the Mann, or even if you did, you’ll want to check out Bowling’s free concert at the library’s Montgomery Auditorium.
Andorra @ Ortlieb’s | Friday, July 1
The members of Andorra describes themselves as “four, hairy, alt rockers from the City of Brotherly Love.” Fellow local band The Loud Company, playing their last show with drummer Paul Nance, and The Versa Contrast from Massachusetts are also on the bill.
The English Beat and Soul Asylum @ The Trocadero | Saturday, July 2
This seems like an odd pairing. The English Beat is a Two Tone ska band (think: The Specials) that emerged in 1979, and still tours with original singer Dave Wakeling. The members of Soul Asylum started playing together in 1981 and called themselves Soul Asylum a few years later, hitting it big in the ’90s grunge boom with songs like Runaway Train. So they sort of have a time frame in common, and Soul Asylum features the original singer too — also named Dave!
Stephen Marley @ The Trocadero | Sunday, July 3
Bob Marley’s son has racked up Grammys as both a member of Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers with his siblings and as a solo artist. He’s on tour for his follow up to Revelation Part I: The Root of Life; Revelation Part II: The Fruit of Life, featuring several hip-hop collaborations from the likes of Rakim, Rick Ross and others, drops July 22.
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