Unfortunately, it’s that time of year again. The summer season of 2016 has come to an end, but grieve not!  This is not the time for weeping, but rather reflection. Our festival season started early with Live From the Lot and ended with the Peach Music Festival. In between, we traveled to Tennessee for Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival, saw the almighty Phish (numerous times), and managed to see tons of live music performances around the Philadelphia area. While summer may be over, that doesn’t mean that the music should be too.

As we all return to our normal lives that consists of work, school, and other menial obligations, some of you may be asking yourselves “Do I have anything to look forward to?!”. Well have no fear, because the answer is here! If you thought this summer was fun, prepare yourself for this upcoming Fall. Living in the Philadelphia area has it perks, but arguably one of the best ones is our exposure to live music. No matter what you’re into, there’s bound to be something for you around town.

Below, we have crafted a comprehensive list of upcoming concerts for this Fall season. Throughout the Fall, we will continue to update this list to keep you all in the know with what’s going on. We are very excited about these next couple months and we look forward to seeing you at the next show!

Made in America Music Festival
When: Saturday, September 3 – Sunday, September 4
Where: Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Why: Rihanna, Coldplay, 2 Chainz & Lil Wayne, Chance the Rapper, Travis Scott, DJ Khaled, Gary Clark Jr., Madeon, SZA, Eve, Adventure Club, and many more. That’s why
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Khruangbin
When: Wednesday, September 7
Where: Johnny Brenda’s
Why: With a debut album released and a successful UK tour with Father John Misty already under their belt, Khruangbin is ready for their first US tour. If you’re in the city and you miss this show, you will be VERY disappointed. Join this Thai-Funk trio for an intimate evening you will never forget!
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Schoolboy Q & Joey Bada$$

When: Thursday, September 8
Where: Electric Factory
Why: Fresh off the release of his most recent album, Blank Face LP, Schoolboy Q is ready for tour. Performing with Brooklyn artist Joey Bada$$, this is looking to be a phenomenal rap show. Groovy Q + the Badmon…what more could you want?!
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Widespread Panic
When: Sunday, September 11
Where: The Mann Center
Why: If you’ve never seen Widespread Panic before, now is literally the BEST time to do it. Earlier this year, the band announced that they will be retiring from tour for a while, to focus on other things in life. This hiatus will allow all of the band members to pursue other musical options and well as personal life endeavors. While we are sad to see them go, we are happy to have been apart of something so great.
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Danny Brown
When: Wednesday, September 14
Where: Theatre of Living Arts
Why: If you haven’t heard from Danny Brown, it’s because he hasn’t released an album since 2013. But since then, the “Adderall Admiral” has been hard at work creating new music. With a new album coming out late September, we finally have the chance to dive deeper into Danny Brown’s experimental sound with new material. Come on out to this one!
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Earphunk w/Catullus
When: Saturday, September 17
Where: The Foundry at The Fillmore
Why: When we say there is too much talent for these two bands to share one stage, we mean it. If you like energetic funk, Earphunk will knock your socks off. If you like technical jams, Catullus will help you put your socks back on, only to knock them off again and throw them in the trash. Just be here.
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Ziggy Marley
When: Tuesday, September 20
Where: The Fillmore
Why: Need to satisfy that burning reggae itch? Ziggy Marley, who’s second-to-last album Fly Rasta took the Grammy home for Best Reggae Album of the Year, has got what you need. Earlier this year, Ziggy Marley released his sixth studio album, self-titled as “Ziggy Marley”. If you have yet to take a listen, you need to get on it.  Come and get down with all the reggae vibes you could ask for.
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Buckethead
When: Saturday, September 24
Where: Ardmore Music Hall
Why: Your favorite masked, KFC bucket-helmet wielding guitarist is coming back to Ardmore. If you like guitar virtuosos who don’t need a band behind them to get the job done, then this is something you should check out.
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Lotus & Tycho
When: Saturday, September 24
Where: The Mann Center Skyline Stage
Why: If you have been a fan of our site, then you already know how we feel about Lotus. They jam, they get funky, and the crowd is always a party. There’s not much more we can say about them but you would be STUPID to miss this show.
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Melvin Seals w/ JGB
When: Saturday, October 1
Where: Ardmore Music Hall
Why: It’s Melvin Seals with Jerry Garcia Band…need we say more? Didn’t think so.
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Zeds Dead
When: Saturday, October 1
Where: Electric Factory
Why: Between starting their very own record label and working on a new album, 2016 has been a very busy year for the EDM duo. If you’re a sucker for high energy, soul-shaking bass, than this is the show for you.
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Papadosio
When: Thursday, October 6
Where: Union Transfer
Why: Papadosio is bringing a new tour concept to Philadelphia this fall. Under the name Patterned Intergrities, the band looks to explore new sounds with a combination of original material mixed with realtime improvision, EVERY night. If that wasn’t exciting enough, we can expect the Patterned Integrities EP to be released sometime this fall. Be on watch, for ‘Dosio is on the rise.
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What So Not
When: Thursday, October 6
Where: Electric Factory
Why: What So Not is no stranger to the EDM world. Having worked closely with record producer Flume and performed at a number of festivals this year such as CoachellaUltra Music Festival, and Lollapalooza, What So Not is what’s hot. This is another high energy EDM show you won’t want to miss.
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Crystal Castles
When: Friday, October 7
Where: Theatre of Living Arts
Why: It’s been a while since we’ve last heard from Crystal Castles, following the 2014 break up announced by former-singer, Alice Glass. Since then, the band’s creator, Ethan Kath, has recruited Edith Frances. Together, the two of them began working immediately and released Amnesty (I), their first album together. With a new member, album, and tour, Crystal Castles is back in action. There is a lot of potential here, so do NOT miss out.

Bob Weir
When: Wednesday, October 12
Where: The Tower Theatre
Why: Bob Weir in the flesh, performing new solo material? Do you even have to ask…
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The Nth Power
When: Wednesday, October 12
Where: The Ardmore Music Hall
Why: The extremely talented quartet that is the Nth Power is coming back to unload some soul into these Philadelphia streets. In support of their third studio album, To Be Free, which is set to release November 11, The Nth Power kicks off their new tour in the city of brotherly love. If you have any source of soul in your body, you should find yourself a ticket and go.
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M83
When: Thursday, October 13
Where: The Fillmore
Why: M83 released a new album in April of this year and has been on a roll ever since. Having appeared at a many music festivals this past summer (including Bonnaroo, which we were there for), M83 is rolling into fall tour with no breaks in sight. If synth-pop is your fancy, check this out.
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Lil B
When: Friday, October 14
Where: The Trocadero
Why: Because it’s the BasedGod. In Philadelphia. If we have to explain any further than that, you should stay home.
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YG
When: Saturday, October 15
Where: Theatre of Living Arts
Why: YG released his second studio album, Still Brazy, this past June. The album features grade-A production, coming from artists such as Hit-Boy and Ty Dolla Sign. As far as the lyrical components to this project, YG tells stories of the lifestyle of being a Blood gang member in Los Angeles, California. While most of the stories have happened in the past, YG was able to relate most of the content to relevant issues that we see in our cities today. If west coast gangster rap appeals to you, then this is for you.
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Beats Antique
When: Sunday, October 16
Where: Theatre of Living Arts
Why: You never know what you’re going to get when you see Beats Antique. The band is heavily influenced by various different styles and it shows in their music. With an electronic base, they like to mix in flavors coming from hip-hop, jazz, middle-eastern belly-dancing, afro-beat, and live instrumentation to make for a very unique experience. If you’re down for the weird, there’s no better place to hear it.
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Umphrey’s Mcgee
When: Thursday, October 20 – Saturday, October 22
Where: The Fillmore
Why: Umphrey’s Mcgee, or UM for short, is a staple in the jamband community. While upon first listen, one may think to themselves that they are just a fast-shredding progressive rock band, but it isn’t until you dive deeper and realize that they are so much more. The talent among this band is so vast, that in one minute they could be playing hard rock and change into classic 70’s funk, without skipping a beat. Don’t even think about not going, because you just should.
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Particle & Kung Fu
When: Saturday, October 22
Where: Underground Arts
Why: It’s been a little over 10 years since we received a studio album from Particle, but the wait is finally coming to an end. The Accelerator tour is coming to Philadelphia and with new music coming with it, this is looking to be an exciting show.
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John Kadlecik Band + Midnight North
When: Thursday, October 27
Where: Ardmore Music Hall
Why: John Kadlecik and Phil Lesh’s son on the same stage….no brainer.
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Moe.
When: Friday, October 28 – Saturday, October 29
Where: The Fillmore
Why: Moe., comparable to Umphrey’s Mcgee, is another staple in the jamband and progressiv rock community. They are equipped with immense skill that allows them to crossover into many different play styles. Last year, Moe. performed a two-night run at the  Fillmore, which featured a Star Wars themed show on Halloween. Philly loved their performance and now they’re back for a second year!
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The Motet w/ Swift Technique
When: Thursday, November 3
Where: Ardmore Music Hall
Why: Coming off a hot album release in July, The Motet are better than ever. Produced entirely by Lettuce/Soulive’s Eric KrasnoTotem is the band’s most recent album. While exploring new sounds, the album still pays homage to The Motet’s funk and soul background. If you like to dance, come on out!
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Griz
When: Saturday, November 5
Where: The Fillmore
Why: Looking for some hot, steamy sax in your area? Griz has just what you need. As a DJ and a saxophone player, Griz knows how to keep the party going
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STS9
When: Friday, November 11
Where: The Fillmore
Why: In support of their latest album, The Universe Inside, STS9 plans to embark on a extensive fall tour. This livetronica supergroup has been known to melt minds, with their dance-centric instrumentation and spectacular light show. If you like to get your groove on, they won’t leave you dissappointed.
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Pink Talking Fish
When: Friday, November 18
Where: Ardmore Music hall
Why: Do you like Pink FloydThe Talking Heads, or Phish? If you answered yes to any of those questions then you already know where you need to be. Pink Talking Fish is a unique cover band that explores the song varieties of Floyd, Talking Heads, and Phish. Strangely enough, this band has the ability to sound just like the real thing. Want to see three great bands in one? Then this is for you.
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Twiddle
When: Friday, November 18 – Saturday, November 19
Where: Theatre of Living Arts
Why: Our favorite feel-good band from Vermont are back. Combining reggae and funk flavors to make an extra tasty jam performance, Twiddle is always shows the city a good time when they’re here.
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Mike Gordon
When: Monday, November 28
Where: Union Transfer
Why: Mike Gordon, from Phish, is coming to Philadelphia to slap us in the face with bass. This opportunity doesn’t come around often so now is the time to act!
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Written by Miles Riddle

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