I need to be very clear when I tell you, there is some damn good music in Philadelphia this week… this weekend… next week… next weekend… There’s just a ton of great artists and events coming up and it’s making my head spin a little bit. But in a good, little kid opening his N64 on Christmas day, kind of way. Let’s get to it!
It all kicks off tonight when B. Dolan and Atmosphere light up and tear down The Trocadero. Slug loves the Troc, and we love him back. We’re excited to see him here again. Atmosphere (and B. Dolan, for that matter) is one of those groups (Slug and Ant with Plain Ole Bill) that puts on a damn good show, regardless of how often you’re in r/hiphopheads. The poetry, passion, and artistry that everyone on stage tonight will sweat out could drown… I don’t know… something that no one wants around. Anyway. Tickets are (somehow) still available for tonight. Pick ’em up now!
Skip to Saturday night. Get out of Center City, University City, or whatever other part of the city you’re in and get over to the Main Line. Ardmore, to be specific. The Ardmore Music Hall has booked another fantastic national headlining act in Matt Butler and The Everyone Orchestra. Forget genres. Forget the whole, “if you like so-and-so.” Forget my own personal bias. If you’re a music fan, period, you need to see what happens when you put world class touring musicians on a stage together, and give Matt Butler the steering wheel. The places he can take a group of musicians like you’ll see Saturday is truly incredible and you and I are lucky to have them in town this weekend.
On Sunday things get a little more mainstream, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Radio 104.5 hosts their Eighth Birthday Show. And hey, in today’s FM radio market, eight years is a long time. So who did they snag to perform at Camden’s Susquehanna Bank Center? Eh… couple of acts you may have heard of before. AWOLNATION, Walk The Moon, Passion Pit, Vance Joy, Hozier, Of Monsters & Men and, of course, Death Cab for Cutie. From top to bottom, Sunday is going to be one to remember. Sucks if you didn’t get tickets, though, because this bad boy is sold out.
Okay… Monday isn’t the weekend. In fact, it’s pretty much the antithesis of the weekend. However, Philly has a very special guest staying with us for a few days that will make Monday go down just a bit easier. Pianist Ben Folds will take over The TLA on South Street on Monday night as part of an opening night of a three night stint here. It’s been some time since Ben Folds has rocked our fair city and we’re very excited to have him back.
Coming up next week:
Kill Paris, Walk Off The Earth, JJ Grey and Mofro, American Babies, Kung Fu, Twiddle, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, Tallest Man on Earth, and Jam on the River. I’m out of breath. Enjoy your weekend everyone!