2017 Philly Summer Concert Guide

No matter what tickles your local and legendary Philly entertainment fancy this summer, it all comes down to three words…..get those tickets. 

And of course, have a fantastic sun-kissed live entertainment season! Go. 


Wednesday, June 28th 

Buddy:The Buddy Holly Story/Perelman Theater/Kimmel Center (through July 9th) 

XpoNential Music Festival/BB & T Pavilion (through July 2nd) 

Palehound/Boot & Saddle 

Conflict/Pronoun/Kung Fu Necktie 

Dan Mills/World Cafe Live 

Dell/The Barbary 

The Native Howl/Voltage Lounge 

Thursday, June 29th 

Method Man/Redman/Electric Factory 


The Wooden Sky/Milkboy Philly 

Hoots & Hellmouth/Boot & Saddle 


Wait…Wait Don’t Tell Me/Mann Center 

Friday, June 30th 

Blackbear/TLA Philly 

Kip Moore/Borgata Event Center 

The Wallflowers/Lindsay Buckingham/Christine McVie 

Rich Medina/Silk City Diner 

Soraia/Bourbon & Branch 

Northern Arms/Boot & Saddle 

Saturday, July 1st 

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers/Wells Fargo Center 

Diarrhea Planet/Underground Arts 

Sultan + Shepard/Haven Nightclub 

DJ El Nino/Cuba Libre Atlantic City 


The Lunar Year/Boot & Saddle 

OOLALA/Milkboy Philly 

Sunday, July 2nd 

Dash Berlin/Premier Nightclub 

R5/TLA Philly 

Bruse Wane/Kung Fu Necktie 

HoBBs/Bourbon & Branch 

Monday, July 3rd 

Mary J.Blige/Borgata Event Center 

Blac Youngsta/TLA Philly 

Vesperteen/Voltage Lounge 

Danny Avila/Premier Nightclub 

Tuesday, July 4th 

Mary J.Blige/Benjamin Franklin Parkway 4th of July Festival 

Wednesday, July 5th 

Asher Roth/The Barbary 

My Bubba/World Cafe Live 

The Lady parts/Ortlieb’s 

Dave Damiani/Resorts Atlantic City 

Thursday, July 6th 

John Mellencamp/Emmylou Harris/Mann Center 

David Cook/World Cafe Live 

Mir Fontane/Voltage Lounge 

Cindy Bradley/South 

Fotocrome/Boot & Saddle 

Friday, July 7th 

Jill Sobule/William Way Center 

Sugar Ray/Diplo 

Rooney/The Foundry 

Mitski/Union Transfer 

Mad Decent Block Party/Festival Pier 


Saver/The Barbary 

Warped Tour/BB&T Pavilion 

Saturday, July 8th

ShowStoppers Musical Theater Camp Presents: The Wiz/Merriam Theater/Kimmel Center 

Rakim/Ghostface Killah/Electric Factory 

Caravan Palace/TLA Philly 

Charlie Wilson/Chante Moore/Mann Center 

Wolf Alice/The Foundry 

Richard Marx/Golden Nugget Hotel & Casino 

Kap G/Coda 

Jeremy Isaac/World Cafe Live 

The Wayside Shakeup/The Barbary 

Sunday, July 9th 

James Taylor/Bonnie Raitt/Wells Fargo Center 

Dispatch/Mann Center for Performing Arts 

Better Than Ezra/TLA Philly 

Mother Mother/The Foundry 

Mercy Trigger/Kung Fu Necktie 

Johnny P/World Cafe Live 

Monday, July 10th 

Kehlani/Electric Factory 

Now, Now/Boot & Saddle 

Jae/World Cafe Live 

Tuesday, July 11th 

Ed Sheeran/Wells Fargo Center  (Wednesday, too!) 

Allan Kingdom/Underground Arts 

iStandard Philly Producer Experience/Voltage Lounge 

Wednesday, July 12th 

Pink/Atlantic City Beach 

Rod Stewart/Cyndi Lauper/BB&T Pavilion 

Johnny Fritz/Boot & Saddle 

The Skints/Coda 

Birthday Club/Sofer Sounds 

The Kickback/Johnny Brenda’s 

Thursday, July 13th 

The Gorillaz/Festival Pier 

Foreigner/Cheap Trick/BB&T Pavilion 

Chevelle/The Foundry 

Royal Headache/Union Transfer 

Wild Rivers/World Cafe Live 

Friday, July 14th 

Zac Brown Band/BB&T Pavilion (Saturday, too!) 

Woods/Underground Arts 

Waxahatachee/Union Transfer 

The Spinto Band/Boot & Saddle 

Riva Starr/Coda 

Nelson/The Music Box @Borgata 

Revolution of One/Bourbon & Branch 

Saturday, July 15th 

Lupe Fiasco/Electric Factory 

The Moody Blues/Mann Center 

Sir Sly/The Foundry 

Negative Approach/Underground Arts 

Why Don’t We/The Foundry 

GlowRage/District N9ne 

The Martha Graham Cracker Cabaret/Johnny Brenda’s  (Sunday, too!) 

Sunday, July 16th 

Bring It! Live/Merriam Theater/Kimmel Center 

Jill Scott/Borgata Event Center 

Ziggy Marley/Mann Center for Performing Arts 

Clap Your Hands Say Yeah/Fairmount Park 

Idina Menzel/BB & T Pavilion 

Wheeler Walker Jr./The Foundry 

Taylor Kelly/The Barbary 


Monday, July 17th 

The Flatliners/Boot & Saddle 

Hype/World Cafe Live 

Tuesday, July 18th 

Old Gray/Coda 

Stop Light Observations/Johnny Brenda’s 

The Night Owls/World Cafe Live 

Wednesday, July 19th 

Kendrick Lamar/Wells Fargo Center 

Morgan Heritage/TLA Philly 

Philadelphia Orchestra/Mann Center for Performing Arts 

Coffin Dust/Boot & Saddle 

Canyon Ride/The Fire 

Thursday, July 20th 

Incubus/BB&T Pavilion 

Kem/Lalah Hathaway/Dell Center 

The Wild Life/The Foundry 

Sonny Landreth/World Cafe Live 

Brian Simpson/South 

Astronoid/The Fillmore 

Whitey Morgan/Underground Arts 

Friday, July 21st 

311/Festival Pier 

Debbie Brothers/Chicago/BB&T Pavilion 


Pressing Strings/Bourbon & Branch 

Ben Arnold/The Figgs/Underground Arts 

Chachi/Haven Nightclub 

Fruits + Flowers/Connie’s Ric Rac 

Saturday, July 22nd 

One Republic/BB & T Pavilion 

The Who/Boardwalk Hall 

Hans Simmer/Wells Fargo Center 

Ride/TLA Philly 

Thurston Moore Group/Underground Arts 

Philadelphia Orchestra/Mann Music Center 

Full Monty/Connie’s Ric Rac 

Sunday, July 23rd 

Slayer/Electric Factory 

Misterwives/Festival Pier 

Jidenna/The Foundry 

Division Men/Kung Fu Necktie 

Jesse Leach/Voltage Lounge 

Monday, July 24th 

Hello June/The Pharmacy 

Musicians on Call/Hard Rock Cafe 

Tuesday, July 25th 

Philadelphia Orchestra/Mann Center for Performing Arts 

The Retros/Kung Fu Necktie 

Fine Motor/Boot & Saddle 

Wednesday, July 26th

Sittin’ In: Live Sessions with host Steve Coleman and The Five Elements/Commonweatlh Plaza 

Wicked/The Academy of Music/Kimmel Center (through August 27th) 

Korn/Stone Sour/BB & T Pavilion 

Xavier Rudd/Union Transfer 

Honeytiger/Milkboy Philly 

Thursday, July 27th 

Boston/Joan Jett & The Blackhearts 

Seether/Letters From the Fire 

Mt. Joy/Johnny Brenda’s 

Eric Darius/South 

Madam West/Bourbon & Branch 

Thursday 27 July 2017 – Sunday 30 July 2017
This is Hardcore 2017/Terror/Madball/Code Orange/Electric Factory 

Friday, July 28th 

The Mighty Mighty Boston’s/Union Transfer 

Gin Blossoms/Harrah’s Chester 

Breakwater/World Cafe Live 

Night Birds/Boot & Saddle 

The Devyl Nellys/The Pharmacy 

Saturday, July 29th 

All Time Low/The Fillmore 

Amos Lee/Spoon/BB & T Pavilion 

Tom Petty & The  Heartbreakers/Wells Fargo Center 

The O’Jays/Dell Music Center 

Primus/Festival Pier 

Violent Society/Underground Arts 

Sunday, July 30th 

Adam Lambert/Queen/Wells Fargo Center 

One Republic/Borgata Event Center 

Power Animal/Johnny Brenda’s 

Lot/Kung Fu Necktie 

This is Hardcore 2017/Electric Factory 

Monday, July 31st 

Fleet Foxes/Mann Center for Performing Arts 

Forq/World Cafe Live 

Amy O/Lava Space 

Tuesday, August 1st 

Linkin Park/BB & T Pavilion 

Chic/Earth Wind & Fire/Wells Fargo Center 

Beta Hi/World Cafe Live 

Wednesday, August 2nd 

Blondie/Garbage/Mann Center for Performing Arts 

Rozwell Kid/Everybody Hits 

Thursday, August 3rd 

Porches/Mann Center for Performing Arts 

Babyface/Dell Music Center 

Bit Brigade/Boot & Saddle 

The Flusters/Connie’s Ric Rac

Rancid/Dropkick Murphys/Festival Pier 

Friday, August 4th 

Nickelback/BB & T Pavilion 

Social Distortion/The Fillmore 

Joshua Radin/TLA Philly 


Poptone/The Trocadero 

Suzi Brown/Milkboy Philly 

Saturday, August 5th 

Logic/Joey Bada$$/Festival Pier 

Cole Swindell/BB & T Pavilion 

The Rocket Summer/The Foundry 

Kellie Pickler/Sugarhouse Casino 


Nalani & Sarina/Boot & Saddle 

Sunday, August 6th 

Goo Goo Dolls/Festival Pier 

Switchfoot/Lifehouse/The Fillmore

Michelle Branch/TLA Philly 

Sports/Johnny Brenda’s 

Monday, August 7th 

Neurosis/Union Transfer 

Mew/The Foundry 

The Philadelphia Moth Storyslam/World Cafe Live 

Tuesday, August 8th 

Die Antwoord/Electric Factory 

Roger Waters/Wells Fargo Center (Wednesday, too!) 

Maxi Priest/Laguna Grill Atlantic City 

The Selector/Union Transfer 

Carl Palmer’s Elp Legacy/Tower Theatre 

Wednesday, August 9th 

Dashboard Confessional/Festival Pier 

William Wild/Boot & Saddle 

Maradeen/Bourbon & Branch 

7 Minutes In Heaven/Balcony Bar at The Trocadero 

Thursday, August 10th 

Erykah Badu/Ro James/Dell Music Center 

August Alsina/The Fillmore 

Slothrust/Union Transfer 

John Sebastian/World Cafe Live 

Die Choking/The Barbary 

Friday, August 11th 

The Districts/Union Transfer 

Frankie Valli/Music Box @The Borgata 

Frankie Rose/Johnny Brenda’s 

In the Presence of Wolves/The Barbary 

The Space Cats/Ortlieb’s 

David Benoit/South 

Saturday, August 12th 

Styx/Reo Speedwagon/Borgata Event Center 

Chris Stapleton/Margo Price/BB&T Pavilion 

The Fixx/New Hope Winery 

Bush/Sands Bethlehem 

Sunday, August 13th 

The Commodores/Kool & The Gang 

Valley Queen/Johnny Brenda’s 

Eric Bachman/Living Room Show 

Monday, August 14th 

Hype/Rock On Philly/The Neptune Waves/World Cafe Live 

Tuesday, August 15th 

Playboi Carti/Young Nudy 

Wednesday, August 16th 

Lionel Ritchie/Mariah Carey 

Twen/Everybody Hits 

Thursday, August 17th 

Jimmy Buffet/BB & T Pavilion 

Sheila E./Dave Koz/Dell Music Center 

Jesse Hale/Spruce Street Harbour Park Promenade 

Aja from RuPaul’s Drag Race/Voyeur 

The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia/Mann Music Center 

Philadelphia Folk Festival/August 17th-August 20th 

Friday, August 18th 

Dawes/BB&T Pavilion 

Tim McGraw/Faith Hill/Wells Fargo Center 

Jay Prince/Coda 

Dayne Jordan/DJ Jamo/The Foundry 

Saturday, August 19th 

Hank Williams Junior/Lynyrd Skynyrd/BB & T Pavilion 

Bel Eir/Boot & Saddle 

Tony Orlando/Music Box @ The Borgata 

The Liberty Music Fest/August 19th & 20th/Liberty Grape Room 

Sunday, August 20th 

Santana/Borgata Event Center 

Das EFX/The Sugarhill Gang 

Brick + Mortar/Milkboy Philly 

Monday, August 21st 

Laughs on Philly/Ortlieb’s 

Tuesday, August 22nd 

Shawn Mendes/Wells Fargo Center 

Delta Rae/World Cafe Live 

Bekka Miller/Union Transfer 

Wednesday, August 23rd 

VERITE/Voltage Lounge 

Sabrina Carpenter/Alex Aino/The Fillmore 

Johnny Lang/World Cafe Live 

Thursday, August 24th 

Deep Purple/Alice Cooper/BB & T Pavilion 

Lil Yachty/Electric Factory 

The Fabulous Thunderbirds/Sellersville Theater 

Andrew Neu/South 

Friday, August 25th 

Jason Aldean/Chris Young/BB & T Pavilion 

Smokey Robinson/Tropicana Showroom 

Anathena/TLA Philly 

Maze/Frankie Bradley/Dell Music Center 

Gigamesh/Coda Philly 

Photay/Johnny Brenda’s 

Kev Decor/Tabu Lounge & Sports Bar 

Saturday, August 26th 

Counting Crows/Matchbox Twenty/BB& T Pavilion 

Aretha Franklin/Mann Center for Performing Arts 

Gin Blossoms/Vineyard & Brewery 

Sheer Mag/Union Transfer 

Sunday, August 27th 

Anthony Hamilton/Tamar Braxton/Tower Theatre 

Trapped Under Ice/Underground Arts 

The Middle Ground/The Barbary 

Monday, August 28th 

Lost Balloons/PhilaMOCA 

Laughs on Philly/Ortlieb’s 

Tuesday, August 29th 

Scott H. Biram/Kung Fu Necktie 

Lily Hiatt/Boot & Saddle 

Wednesday, August 30th 

Washed Out/Union Transfer 

Peace Love/World Cafe Live 

Thursday, August 31st 

Green Day/BB & T Pavilion 

John Mellencamp/Allentown Fairgrounds 

Friday, Sept 1st

TLC/Naughty By Nature/Mark McGrath/Montell Jordan/C+C Music Factory and Snap!/BB & T Pavilion 

Haken/The Foundry 

Saturday, Sept 2nd/September 3rd

2017 Made In America Festival:J. Cole/Jay-Z/The Chainsmokers, Kaskade/DMX/Migos/Cash Cash

Sunday, September 3rd 

Easy Money/The Fire 

Sting/Borgata Event Center 

Monday, September 4th 

Hype/Rock On Philly/World Cafe Live 

Laughs On Philly/Ortlieb’s 


































Philly Weekday Entertainment Groove

Don’t just stand there…let’s all get to 

Sing Your Life Karaoke w/Sara Sherr What’s your favorite karaoke song? How about..all of them. Whatever your song butchering/slaying truth, chances are the fabulous and always very hard-working Ms.Sherr has them all in her always scorching Sing Your Life Karaoke collection, which will be serving your vocal chords all summer long and beyond at any one of these fabulous Philly locations listed below. Sun, 9-2 Bob and Barbara’s, 1509 South Street Tues, 9-2 12 Steps Down, 9th and Christian Thurs, 9-2 W/N W/N 931 Spring Garden, Fri, 9-1 Southhouse, 2535 S. 13th St. Saturday, 9-1:45 Les & Doreen’s Happy Tap,1301 E Susquehanna Ave

Jerry’s Girls Grab those tickets for a magical evening this week (and during the weekend, too!) that’s guaranteed to be jam-packed with the still blissful Great White Way kissed music of Jerry Herman and some of Broadway’s best musicals, including Hello Dolly!, Mame, Mack and Mabel, Dear World and La Cage Aux Folles. What it all comes down to is…go, you fabulous Broadway king or kween, you. Enough said. Now-July 2nd, Walnut Street Theatre, Independence Studio on 3, various showtimes and ticket prices 825 Walnut St.

Saturday Night Fever:The Musical Since you damn well know you’ve got that “Staying Alive” walk more than mastered, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t hustle on over to the box office at the Walnut Street Theatre and grab those tickets for Saturday Night Fever, the smash musical based off of the John Travolta disco game changer. Of course, in order to truly prepare for this bedazzled spectacle, play, like, every Bee-Gee’s record ever as you grab those tickets right here, right now. Walnut Street Theatre, MainStage, May 16 – July 16th, $20 – $95, 810 Walnut Street

Agitated!  Just in time to close out what’s been a scorching June, it’s going to be even hotter upstairs at Franky Bradley’s tomorrow night as Pilar Salt and Honeytree Evil Eye join forces once again for the summer’s very first round of one of Philly’s hottest shows. Prepare…your angst-y life (there might just be a little going around these days) for a curated night of stunning live performance with this month featuring Sophie Sucré, Bugalú Boogie, Abortia Carriage and of course, lots and lots of hard werk. Get ready. Wednesday, $5/$10, 9 pm, Franky Bradley’s, 1320 Chancellor St.

Method Man/Redman  First, play this, pass it to the left and then get those tickets to see two rap legends take over Philly this Thursday night. Thursday, Electric Factory, 8 pm, 421 North 7th St. 

Sunset Shake: 60s Dance Party at PHS Pop-Up Garden uCity  What happens when you combine classic summer grooves, old school ’50s and ’60s vibes and a holiday weekend Friday night under the stars at the always lit U City Beer Garden? You’ll find out in just a few days, and tell DJ David Atlas you said hello as he’ll be your respectful beat maestro for the evening. Let’s ride. Friday, 10 pm, PHS UCity Pop-Up Garden at Filbert St & N 36th St. 

LGBT Veterans House Pride Celebration  If you’re looking for a truly fabulous way to close out Pride Month (although everyday is always filled with glitter), sashay over to the Gayborhood on Friday night as ICandy is hosting a sugary soiree celebrating the opening of the first LGBT Veterans Home in America. On the roster for your evening, celebrity chef Charleen will be serving up the tasty goodies and recording artist Aaron Paul, film star Tym Moss, and the always incredible celebrity female impersonator Carl Max will be on hand and no doubt all three floors of the club, which will of course get you right as we head into the holiday weekend..yas. Friday, $10, 10 pm, ICandy, 254 South 12th St.

Chris Bretz Although Mr. Jimmy DePre will be shakin his and servin’ your groove thang in San Francisco this weekend, he’s left your Friday & Saturday dancing pleasure in the always on-point headphones of Mr. Bretz, so just shut the fuck up and dance. Seriously. Friday & Saturday, 10 pm, Tavern on Camac, 243 South Camac St. 

Spill the Tea Revue Vol 5  Whether piping hot or iced for the summer, there’s never a bad time to fucking spill that tea, so you betta walk over to Tabu this Friday night and join Mr. Henry Brinton as he welcomes Gayborhood drag legend, The Goddess Isis, Ms. Sakura Allure, the one-and-only, Aeryanah Von Moi and everybody’s favorite delightfully bat shit cray auntie, Ms. Salotta Tee. Since this show is guaranteed to be nothing short of the best god damn tidal wave of tea you’ve ever swam in your lip synched summer life in…..get over your petty bullshit and just fucking go.  Friday, No cover, 11 pm, Tabu, 200 South 12th St. 

Also on the decks for the rest of your werk week……… Wednesday…….. Palehound @Boot & Saddle (8 pm, 1131 S. Broad St.)………. Conflict & Pronoun @ Kung Fu Necktie (8 pm, 1248 N. Front St.)……..  Dell @The Barbary (9 pm, 951 Frankford Avenue)……The Native Howl @Voltage Lounge (8 pm, 421 North 7th St.)…….Thursday….. GANZ @Coda Philly (10 pm, 1712 Walnut St.)…… The Wooden Sky @Milkboy Philly (7 pm, 1110 Chestnut St.)……. Hoots & Hellmouth @Boot & Saddle (830 pm, 1131 S. Broad St.)……  The Dove & The Wolf @Spruce Street Harbour Promenade  (8 pm, Columbus Blvd. @Spruce Street)…… Friday….….  Blackbear @TLA Philly (10 pm, 334 South St.)…… Suffocation @ Kung Fu Necktie (7 pm, 1250 N. Front St……..  Rich Medina @Silk City Diner & Lounge  (10 pm, 435 Spring Garden St.)………..  BlackGummy @Coda (11 pm, 1712 Walnut St.)….. 




Summer Groove of the Evening/Sonny Fodera/Yasmeen/”Caught Up”

This past Friday night, those Philly Mixtape vibes were front-and-center for an always deep and delicious set provided by by deep house guru, DJ Sonny Fodera

And while it’s easy to spill iced summer music tea by the pool about how Mr. Fodera just keeps serving us with the deep heat–meaning and everything off of his latest red-hot offering, Frequently Flying, sometimes we just have to let the fucking music play. 

So, while you add every gummy groove from Mr. Fodera’s latest into your bikini-and-stilettos inspired playlists (go here), you must lose yourself in “Caught Up,” a divinely deep standout featuring sexy, stellar vocals from Mizz Yasmeen. In headphones fact, this track is so fucking hot, that the world renowned DJ opened his set with it this past weekend. 

All meaning…go. 

Cover photo courtesy of Beatport