All this hype about the blizzard that is en route to the Philadelphia area has me feeling bad. Winter sucks. It’s cold, it’s windy, and it’s depressing. As soon as winter hits, I can’t help but look forward to the warm weather. It seems that spring always brings about a new start, better weather, and longer days. However, by far the best part is the BARRAGE OF INSANE CONCERTS COMING TO PHILLY.
There have been too many great tours coming to the city this spring I’m having trouble keeping up. From the Ardmore Music Hall to the TLA to the Wells Fargo center… It’s looking like a star-studded springtime.
Holy hell! I’m sweating! Here goes nothing:
We start off the springtime with some truly amazing shows in the vein of jam rock and bluegrass. Early on in march on 3/10 we’ve got jamgrass all-stars Railroad Earth heating things up at the Union Transfer. Directly afterwards on 3/11, Vermont’s Frend-liest jam band Twiddle will bring their Plumpadump winter tour to the TLA. What a wonderful two days!
About a week later we have indie rock icons Dr. Dog with their first of two hometown shows on 3/17 at the Fillmore with another amazing Philly band – Hop Along! If you want to see this show, get on your tickets fast because I wouldn’t be surprised if it sells out in a day. (Don’t worry; they’ll be back on 4/16.) The next day, 3/18, the jazzy soulful quartet Lake Street Dive will be playing the Fillmore as well. Lead by front woman (and my musical crush) Rachael Price, this act will blow you away. So much fun to watch! Also playing on 3/18 is renowned guitarist Steve Kimock (of Ratdog and Phil & Friends fame) and his newest project K I M O C K. He’ll be bringing his group to the Ardmore Music Hall. If there’s one sure thing I know about this show, it’s that anyone in attendance will NOT be disappointed.
Finishing off the onslaught of amazing shows that is March 2016 is a STACKED double headliner at the Electric Factory on 3/24. For those about to FUNK, I’d start preparing now. It’s NOLA legends Galactic headlining and NYC funk superstars Soulive! What! WHAT!? That lineup speaks for itself. Get prepared for a dance party.
Guess what? That’s just the beginning.
Hold on to your pants, because here comes APRIL:
Out like a lion and in like ANOTHER F*CKING LION. April is looking like another month of musical delight.
And on the first day, Philly decided to bring Gregg Allman to the Tower Theater. Yes, that’s right. Gregg Allman will be bringing his band to Upper Darby on 4/1 to kick off the month.
With a show announcement like that you’re probably asking, “How could this spring possibly get any better, Zach?” Oh, I’ll tell you. SANTANA plays the Tower on 4/9!
If your wallet were a sentient being, it would be safe to assume that it would be crying and in the fetal position right now. I’m not wrong, am I?
Alas, if you cannot catch at least one of these shows at the beginning of the month, there’s plenty of great music coming the rest of the month. Next up we find yet another funk party coming to the TLA in the form of The Motet and The psychedelic soul stylings of The Nth Power on 4/16! And a couple of days later, a two-night stand from 4/22-23 at the TLA with Dopapod!
But wait! There’s more! Also on 4/22, Americana rockers Houndmouth take the stage at the Union Transfer.
Finally, capping off this stellar month of music is… drumroll please! Pearl Jam at the Wells Fargo Center for two nights on 4/28-29!
With acts like these coming to town it’s no wonder Philly has the best music scene in the country!
Which brings us to MAY….
When the good news starts it, apparently it doesn’t stop. In May we’ve got alt-crooner madman Mac Demarco coming to the Electric Factory on 5/12. The Avett Brothers bringing their tour early to the Mann Center on 5/14 will follow him!
And for those who aren’t already emotional enough, Explosions In The Sky plays the Fillmore on 5/20! Bring your tissues and get ready to face your demons. You’re going to feel some feelings.
The scary part about this spring is that a lot of bands have yet to announce dates for their spring tours. I also don’t think this is even the half of it. Check our concert calendar for the full list!
Isn’t this city just so wonderful? Plan accordingly, my friends.