Sometimes I feel like half of everything I write has to do with Ardmore Music Hall. At Ear Nuggets, we take pride in our independence. We don’t accept money from venues or artists to promote their shows. We simply just promote what we like. It’s not our fault that so much of what we like ends up at Ardmore Music Hall. But we’re totally okay with it.

Just this week alone, they’ve got Planet of the Abts featuring members of Gov’t Mule as well as Mattson/Barraco and Friends featuring members of the legendary Grateful Dead, all too realistic, Dark Star Orchestra with a little Felice Brothers peppered in between. Later this month we’ve got Consider the Source, Swift Technique and Red Baraat.

July brings us even more greatgrateness. For those of us who aren’t able to make the trek to mecca Chicago to catch The Grateful Dead perform their final shows, AMH has booked Splintered Sunlight to play all three nights in between Dead sets, which, of course, they’ll be broadcasting live. It’s a hell of a way to spend your Fourth of July weekend. Check out more details here. Antibalas is booked for the week after and oh, and not to be outdone, AMH is throwing their own outdoor concert.

Live from the Lot will take place in the septa lot right behind the venue and will feature Dr. John & The Nite Trippers, Bustle in Your Hedgerow featuring Joe Russo, Marco Benevento, Dave Dreiwitz, and Scott Metzger playing a set of Led Zeppelin, Pink Talking Fish (yest, a tribute band that plays Pink Floyd, Talking Heads, and Phish), and American Babies featuring Tom Hamilton. Not enough? Okay… how about an after party inside with Marco Benevento? Good.

With so much hype surrounding incoming venues owned and operated by major corporations, it’s nice to see local, independent venues kicking so much ass. Venues like this tend to go on hot and cold streaks… let’s just hope this flaming hot streak continues for a long time. Tickets for all these shows and a full list of upcoming events at AMH are right here.

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