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2016 Philly Spring Concert Calendar

If there’s one subject that the City of Brotherly Love can always spill tea about (besides bragging about its sales in WaWa), it’s that we’re blessed with a historically rich music and entertainment background. In a word, Philly’s the sh#t when it comes to its music history and what it’s accomplished over the decades for the music and entertainment industry. In fact, that’s just one of the many reasons why Vivid Seats named Philly the Best Music City in North America last year. And gurl, have we certainly earned it.

From The Roots, Will Smith, Patti LaBelle, Boyz 11 Men, the famed Sigma Sound Studios, the legendary recording of David Bowie’s Young Americans album to all those disco hits, we no doubt work it like Missy when it comes to creating true and memorable music artists and top-notch entertainment. It also doesn’t hurt that up-and-coming Philly venues like The Fillmore, The Foundry, Coda Philly and Franky Bradley‘s are slaying miles ahead of the game in showcasing some truly iconic talent. At the end of the local and legendary entertainment truth, Philly is well deserving of this esteemed honor. Meaning, take a seat NYC, this one’s ours all the way. 

But now the real question arises–will we own this coveted title a second year in a row? Judging from the explosive roster of A-list music talent that’s on their way to our great city this Spring including Rihanna, Peter Frampton, Justin Bieber, DJ Snake, Roger Sanchez, Tori Kelly and someone named Beyoncé (she’s a new artist, right?), it certainly looks and sounds that way. So, let your doubts fade away and dive right into a whole #thinkspring buffet of upcoming concerts that will most likely play a big part in the city keeping its title of being the Best Music City in North America in 2016 and (hopefully) beyond.

April 

Beautiful:The Carrole King Musical/Now through April 3rd What could be a better way to kick-start your Spring into complete music overdrive other than spending an evening at the fabulous Kimmel Center and reveling in every sunshine filled moment in this Tony Award winning musical? Absolutely nothing. 

Rihanna/April 3rd Who’s ready to (finally) see Ms. RiRi at the Wells Fargo Center this weekend in all of her ANTi glory? Everyone. There’s still seats left, so you better get to work, work, work, work, work and get your tickets now. 

Charlie Puth/April 4th Although Mr. Puth’s upcoming show at The TLA is sold out, there’s no reason why you can’t swoon it up right here (as well as check out some similar Charlie-like-crooners) over his sizzling debut set, Nine Track Mind, and pray that you’ll catch him next time he stops in Philly. 

AC2:An Intimate Evening with Andy Cohen & Anderson Cooper/April 9th Although this will be more a conversational affair  than a concert…actually, who are we kidding? Whenever Mr. Cohen and Mr. Cooper are involved, it’s always an on stage spectacle. 

An Evening With They Might Be Giants/April 10th Head to The TLA next month and get lost in the experimental grooves and tracks from this classic music collaboration for an evening that is sure to blow your f#$king music mind, man. 

Chairlift/April 12th First listen below to Brooklyn based synth pop duo Chairlift’s perky single, “Moth to the Flame.” Then head straight to the Underground Arts website and get your ticket groove on. 

Le1f/April 13th Last year you saw him own his spot at the Firerfly Music Festival (more on that below) and now you’ll get to see the much buzzed about New York rapper even more up close and personal when he takes over Union Transfer next month. 

Iggy Pop/Post Pop Depression Tour/April 15th While there are many music ways to prepare yourself for Mr. Iggy and friends when they take a hold of the Academy of Music next month, we must show music love to the fact that the legendary rocker linked up with Ms. Kesha a few years back on her Warrior track, “Dirty Love.” Pure Pop  perfection. 

Roger Sanchez/April 15th If you’ve never lived that after hours dance music life to Mr. Sanchez’s classic werk, ‘Another Chance,” then you absolutely need your dance music card revoked…right now. To musically save yourself, head to Coda Philly‘s website and glowstick those tickets up. 

Jewel/April 16th Speaking of saving our music souls, Ms. Jewel is looking to do that and then some when she performs at the Borgata next month with a punchy set that will most likely include her hits, “You Were Meant For Me,” “Foolish Games,” and one can only hope….”Intuition.” 

Good Charlotte/April 18th Yes, that Good Charlotte is taking over The TLA next month. 

Tokyo Police Club/April 19th A night with these fun and feisty Canadian rockers at Union Transfer is just what the #thinkspring music doctor ordered. 

Floetry/April 20th Pass the music dutch to the right, please, and let’s just all chill the f#$k out to the diva-licious beats and rhymes of Marsha Ambrosius and Natalie Stewart–aka Floetry–when they take over our souls this spring at The TLA. 

DJ Snake/Pardon My French Tour/April 23rd The globally renowned DJ and music producer who brought us bangers  “Lean On” and “Middle” is guaranteed to make all of your dance music dreams come true when he takes over The Fillmore next month. 

Tori Kelly/April 25th There’s no doubt that an evening at the Electric Factory with the sassy Ms. Kelly will further prove that she was robbed of that Best New Artist trophy at this year’s Grammy Awards. No shade, Ms. Trainor, “NO” shade….

May 

The Naked Magic Show/May 6th After you watch the clip posted below for what’s sure to be a manly, magical Philly event, the only thing you’ll be saying is, “tickets, please.” 

Cedric Gervais/May 6th If you want to live that “Summertime Sadness” life before the first day of Memorial Day weekend, then you must head to Coda to hang out with frequent Philly DJ Cedric Gervais in all of his electric dance music glory.

Foreigner/May 7th Because you still want to know what the f#$k love is….and you just might find out when the ’80s rock/dentist offices legends take over the Borgata later this spring. 

Justin Bieber/May 7th & 8th If there’s one concert this year you and your mom absolutely can’t wait for in time for Mother’s Day weekend, it’s Mr. Biebs long-awaited live music comeback. With a production value that’s expected to rocket sky-high, it looks as if the “Sorry,” “What Do You Mean,” and “Love Yourself” crooner is aiming for the big time with his upcoming Purpose World Tour stop at the Wells Fargo Center. 

Insane Clown Posse/May 11th As if there wasn’t enough mayhem in Philly, Insane Clown Posse will be bringing their oh, so one-of-kind Music Mayhem front and center at Underground Arts later this spring. 

The 2016 95.5 XTU Country Megaticket/May 14th Keith Urban, Jason Aldean, Rascal Flatts and Hootie. Enough said. Giddy on up right here to lasso up your tickets right now and live that BB & T Pavilion life. 

The 1975/May 15th Before they take over the Firefly Music Festival in June, overseas rockers The 1975 will be making you sway for your life outdoors at the Mann Music Center for what’s sure to be an action packed synth soaked evening. 

Megan Hilty/May 17th Do you think Ms. Hilty will link up with her former Smash co-star Katharine McPhee when she performs at the Merriam Theater this spring? Guess you’ll have to go right here to get your tickets for all of the diva music truth. 

Dierks Bentley/May 14th Two step it up to the BB & T Pavilion‘s website before you miss your chance to see the country crooner live and in sigh…..

Sebastian Bach/May 19th Because you’re still living that “18 & Life,” um, life, it’s time to get ready for the former Skid Row front man to rock your Aqua Net worlds once again when he takes over the TLA Philly in May. 

 

Cyndi Lauper & Boy George/May 29th Ms. Lauper plus Mr. George at the Borgata over Memorial Day Weekend equals yas, gurl. 

June 

Anthony Hamilton & Fantasia/June 3rd Dear Fantasia, please precede your slaying show at the Mann Music Center with the incredible Mr. Hamilton with a performance of “Free Yourself” on the series finale on American Idol. That is all. And then of course, there’s always this….

Beyonce/June 5th Does this one really need an explanation? Get in formation right now and strut to the Lincoln Financial Field’s website to go hard and get yours right now. #slay 

Birdy:The Beautiful Lies Tour/June 10th In what will be the most chilled out live show of the season, overseas songstress Birdy is guaranteed to zen you the f#$k out with her lush and lavish music vibes when she delightfully chirps in the spotlights of The TLA this June. 

Lynyrd Skynyrd & Peter Frampton/June 10th In a Philly concert season that will be jam packed with music legends stopping by  (Sting, Peter Gabriel, Duran Duran), the classic joints provided by the pulsating pairing of these two iconic music artists at the Mann Music Center will more than get you ready for the classic grooves to come. 

Eve 6/June 11th Because “Here’s to the Night” was and always will be your high school graduation theme song. Head to Coda Philly‘s website for your tickets before this year’s graduating class snatches them all up. 

Firefly Music Festival/June 16th-19th With a smokin’ line up that includes Disclosure, Ellie Goulding, Mumford & Sons, Deadmau5, Major Lazer and The 1975, now is absolutely the time to get ready to pitch that tent and camp out for your live music life. For much, much more info, head to the Firefly Music Festival’s website right now. 

 

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Review:Andra Day Lit Up The Ardmore Music Hall Last Night

Out of the many reasons why Retro-soul diva Andra Day‘s ravishing set last night at The Ardmore Music Hall was just everything, there was one element that truly stood out above the rest (besides THAT voice, of course)–it was how real she kept it with her audience throughout the entire evening.

Entering the brightly lit stage decked out in true Soul 2 Soul fashion form, an oh, so fierce turban that was matched with big gold hoop earrings for days, the red-hot Day instantly became one with her sold out crowd. In fact, the songstress felt the chill audience vibe so much that right when she strutted on and began belting the golden tracks off of her critically acclaimed Cheers to the Fall album, she straight up took a seat on the stage and reeled us all in with her keeping-it-real-like-that life presence. Also, in case you didn’t know, a handful of Ms. Andra’s debut set was produced by Philly’s own rap legends The Roots and DJ Jazzy Jeff, which is another reason why the singer could truly feel the love. Well, that and the fact that there’s nothing better than a Philly live music crowd.

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Also on the fun, funkdafied music ride, Ms. Day took time out to chat and laugh (which is absolutely insatiable) with her eager audience, showed lots of music love for her incredible backup band (who were just as much the stars of the show as she was), and also brought out opening acts Conrad Sewell and Seleka back on the glowing stage for an encore while the songstress took a brief break in between singing slays.

Ms. Day’s brother was also in attendance, but instead of cheering her on from the audeince, he kept busy on stage playing drums all night for his sister. All further proving that there’s truly nothing better than the good old fashioned family music love.

But indeed it all comes back to the way Ms. Day truly felt her crowd last night (especially during her three song tribute to Michael Jackson and when we all joined her on her trademark ballad, “Rise Up”), and how her sense of keeping it real was in full effect. You could feel that she wanted to be there and had so much natural love for her fans, which made everyone feel comfortable right out of the live music gate.

In a music industry that’s loaded with music artists that have teams and teams of people around them tending to cloud them on what kind of music artist they’re supposed to be (we all know who they are), it’s very easy to tell that Andra Day is not that type of music artist, or will she ever be that type of diva. She’s a true, down to earth, extraordinarily talented musician, and that element was on absolute fine display at the Ardmore Music Hall last night.

If you haven’t gotten the chance to revel in everything Ms. Day has to musically offer, take a seat at the music tea table and get lost in Philly Mixtape’s exclusive chat with the incredible singer right here.

 

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Motivational Groove of the Day/Alanis/Morissette/”Hand in My Pocket”

Out of all of the nine hundred million reasons to still be completely obsessed with Alanis Morissette’s chart smashing ’95 debut, Jagged Little Pill, a little ditty called “Hand in My Pocket”–aka, life, is absolutely one of those miraculous reasons why you should always listen to this album.

Besides Ms. Morissette’s angst-y mid ’90s grumbles, those timeless lyrics (“I’m brave, but I’m chicken shit” Aren’t we all?) and that spine tingling harmonica solo, “Hand in My Pocket” remains a timeless tune that speaks motivational volumes for anyone who’s out there doing their thing and need a little reassuring that everything is going to be fine, fine, just mother f#$king fine.

And with this Spring weather that’s been tickling our music skirts all week, there’s no better time to cruise round and put Alanis’ life ready groove on full blast, because like she says, “No one’s really got it figured out just yet,” but as long as we have music and warm weathered days finally in our existence, we’ll certainly get one step closer to figuring it all out.

Go on, Ms. Alanis….and you, too.