Philly 2018 Winter Concert Guide

Happy Winter! 

Now, click on any of the links listed below and grab those tickets…but remember all dates and divas are subject to change. 

Now, let’s live music it up all brrrr season long, shall we? Yes. 






Monday/January 15th 

Fetty Wap/Nexx Thursday /TLA 

Neon Dreams/Bourbon & Branch 

The Big Lonesome/Kung Fu Necktie Upstairs 

Tuesday/January 16th 

The Happy Fits/William Street Common 

Dan Kassel/World Cafe Live 

Wednesday/January 17th 

Stick Figure/The Fillmore 

Oteil & Friends/TLA 

Cayetana/Boot & Saddle 

Karl Blau/World Cafe Live 

Anna Moore/The Trocadero 

Cologne Pa/Kung Fu Necktie 

Thursday/January 18th 

YACHT/Johnny Brenda’s 

Royal Thunder/Kung Fu Necktie 

Alex Bugnon/South 

T.I.P/The Barbary 

The Obsessives/Boot & Saddle 

Kayleigh Goldsworthy/Ortlieb’s 

Friday/January 19th 

Rufus Wainwright/Kimmel Center 

Majid Jordan/STWO/The Fillmore 

Say Anything/The Trocadero 

Alex Aiono/The Foundry 

Felix da Housecat/Coda 

Cosmic Gate/Rumor 

Curtis Cooper/Johnny Brenda’s 

Damn Right/Milkboy Philly 

The Last Revel/Bourbon & Branch 

722/Boot & Saddle 

Saturday/January 20th


Chase Rice/The Fillmore 

BoomBox/Union Transfer 

Cormega & Viking/Voltage Lounge 

Kung Fu/The Foundry 

Tessa Violet/Boot & Saddle 


Creem Circus/The Barbary 

OOLALA/Johnny Brenda’s 

Mach 22/Milkboy Philly 

Sunday/January 21st 

Lana Del Rey/Wells Fargo Center 

Walk the Moon/The Fillmore 

Becca Stevens/World Cafe Live 

Shelf Life/The Pharmacy

Jack Martini/Bourbon & Branch 

Luxedeluxe/Kung Fu Necktie Upstairs 

Monday/January 22nd 

Milky Chance/The Fillmore 

Sleeping With Sirens/The Foundry 

Tuesday/January 23rd 

Jacob Sartorius/The Fillmore 

Chris Stamey/World Cafe Live 

Wednesday/January 24th 

The Posies/Milkboy Philly 

Helado Negro/The Foundry 

SLØTFACE/Everybody Hits 

Palmas/Boot & Saddle 

Thursday/January 25th 

Above & Beyond/The Fillmore 

Tennis/Union Transfer 

Oliver Heldens/NOTO 

Manic Focus/TLA 

Toro Y Moi/Coda 

Slaughter Beach/Boot & Saddle 

Dinosaur Eyelids/Connie’s Ric Rac 

Kicking Sunrise/The Barbary 

Friday/January 26th 

Blue October/World Cafe Live 

Destroyer/Underground Arts 

Umphrey’s McGee/The Fillmore 

The Devil Makes Three/Electric Factory 

Typhoon/Union Transfer 

Big Head Todd & The Monsters/TLA 

Sunflower Beam/Everybody Hits 


YBN Nahmir/Coda 

Octave Cat/Johnny Brenda’s 

Saturday/January 27th 

Cashmere Cat/MØ/Darius/Electric Factory 


The O’Jays/Sugarhouse Casino 

Keys N Krates/District N9ne

J Roddy Walston/Xfinity Live! 

Granger Smith/The Trocadero 

The Infamous Stringdusters/Union Transfer 

DJ Rectangle/NOTO 

Naked Gun/Boot & Saddle 

Resilient/Kung Fu Necktie 

Dee-1/The Foundry 

Dirty Soap/Bourbon & Branch 

Sunday/January 28th 

Howie Day/World Cafe Live 

The Wood Brothers/Union Transfer 

The Pietasters/Kung Fu Necktie 

Monday/January 29th 

Benjamin Clemente/TLA 

Ego Frost/Voltage Lounge 

Tuesday/January 30th 

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club/Union Transfer 

Yoke Lore/Johnny Brenda’s 

Wednesday/January 31st 

Kimbra/Union Transfer 

The Wonder Years/Boot & Saddle 

Princess Nokia/Coda 

Big Wreck/The Foundry 

Jen Cloher/Johnny Brenda’s 

Thursday/February 1st 

Neck Deep/CREEPER/Electric Factory 

Sam Lachow/The Barbary 

Billy Strings/The Fillmore 

Kodiak Park/Boot & Saddle 

Lola Pistola/Kung Fu Necktie 

Johnny Showcase/Franky Bradley’s 

Friday/February 2nd 


KAYZO/The Fillmore 

The Builders and The Butchers/Johnny Brenda’s 

Igorr/Voltage Lounge 

Anna Meredith/The Foundry 


The High Divers/Milkboy Philly 

Des Demonas/Kung Fu Necktie 

Night Windows/Boot & Saddle 

Saturday/February 3rd 

Corrosion of Conformity/Electric Factory 

Enter Shikari/Union Transfer 

G. Love & Special Sauce/The Fillmore 

Brett Young/TLA 

Flint Eastwood/CODA

Nude Party/Boot & Saddle 

Aurora Birch/Ortlieb’s 

Incognito Theory/The Trocadero 

Cosmo Baker/NOTO 

Sunday/February 4th 

The Radio Dept./Union Transfer 

Mod Sun/Voltage Lounge 

Death of Lovers/PhilaMOCA 

Monday/February 5th 

The Dangerous Summer/The Foundry 

Skull/Kung Fu Necktie 

John Ciotta/Resorts Atlantic City 

Tuesday/February 6th 

Jay Electronica/Union Transfer 

John Oates/World Cafe Live 

Diana Gordon/Balcony Bar @The Trocadero 

BL spitz/Kung Fu Necktie Upstairs 

Wednesday/February 7th

Aqueous and Papadosio/Union Transfer 

The Funk Hunters/World Cafe Live 


Joanna Teters/Johnny Brenda’s 

Thursday/February 8th 

Machine Head/TLA 

Why?/Union Transfer 

Yung Lean/The Foundry 

Dwight Yoakam/Parx Casino 

Radio Moscow/Kung Fu Necktie 

Devvon Terrell/Coda

Friday/February 9th 

112/Jon B/Harrah’s Atlantic City 

NF/The Fillmore 

Datsik/Electric Factory 

múm/Union Transfer 

Syleena Johnson/World Cafe Live 

Shredders/Underground Arts 

Busty And The Bass/The Foundry 

The Lil’ Smokies/Boot & Saddle 

Trash Boy/The Barbary 

Saturday/February 10th 

Mr. Popper’s Penguins/Merriam Theater 

First Aid Kit/Union Transfer 

Asking Alexandria/Electric Factory 

Lauv/The Foundry 

York Street Hustle/Boot & Saddle 

Matt Roach/World Cafe Live 

Sunday/February 11th 

Steve Aoki/Desiigner/The Fillmore 

MC Shaun/Marley Mal/Mc Lyte/Electric Factory 

Youngr/The Foundry 

Monday/February 12th 

Alex and The Kaleidoscope/Visitation BVM School 

Tuesday/February 13th 

Waitress/Forrest Theater 

Phillip Phillips/Union Transfer 

ZZ Ward/TLA 

Occvita/Boot & Saddle 

Wednesday/February 14th 

Two Feet/Coda 

Milo/Kung Fu Necktie 

The Academic/The Foundry 

Strange Machines/Milkboy Philly 

Thursday/February 15th 

X Ambassadors/The Fillmore 

Justin Nozuka/Underground Arts 

Porches/Union Transfer 

Ganja White Knight/Electric Factory 

Trash Boy/The Barbary 

Friday/February 16th 

Galactic/The Fillmore 

Stick To Your Guns/TLA 

American Nightmare/Union Transfer 

Bardo Pond/Johnny Brenda’s 

Crankdat/Premier Nightclub 

Saturday/February 17th 

BØRNS/Charlotte Cardin/Mikky Ekko/Electric Factory 

John Petrucci/Kimmel Center 

The Commodores/Parx Casino 

Creepoid/Union Transfer 

The Atlas Moth/Voltage Lounge 

Rockers Galore/Underground Arts 

Daniel Donato/Bourbon & Branch 

Sunday/February 18th 

Boyz 11 Men/Borgata Event Center 

Born of Osiris/Ocean Grove/TLA 

Picturesque/Union Transfer 

Los Amigos Invisibles/The Foundry 

Monday/February 19th 

Of Mice & Men/The Trocadero 

Intervals/The Foundry 

These Streets/Voltage Lounge 

Tuesday/February 20th 

Gin Blossoms/World Cafe Live 

K. Michelle/The Fillmore 

Molotov/The Trocadero 

Harriet Alargunsoro/Steve Miller/Wells Fargo Center 

Wednesday/February 21st 

STRFKR/Union Transfer 

Peter White/South 

Thursday/February 22nd 

Dimitri Vegas/NOTO 

Eli Young Band/TLA 

Soulection/Joe Kay/Coda 

Friday/February 23rd 

Luke Bryan/Boardwalk Hall 

AWOLNATION/The Fillmore 

Kid Rock/Wells Fargo Center 



Lane 8/Union Transfer 

Saturday/February 24th 

Quinn XC11/TLA 

The Oh Hellos/Union Transfer 

Boysetsfire/Underground Arts 

Yndi Halda/Kung Fu Necktie 

Siravo/The Barbary 

DJ Scene/NOTO 

Sunday/February 25th 

Jonathan Richman/Union Transfer 

Chase Atlantic/TLA 

Monday/February 26th 

Frightened Rabbit/Underground Arts 

Doyle/Voltage Lounge 

Tuesday/February 27th 

Rhye/Union Transfer 

Gabrielle Aplin/The Foundry 

Wednesday/February 28th 

i.d.k./Denzel Curry/The Fillmore 

The Mowgli’s/The Foundry 

Thursday/March 1st 

Mako/Underground Arts 


WOLF/Milkboy Philly 

Joe Kenney/Warmdaddy’s 

Friday/March 2nd 


Dermot Kennedy/Underground Arts 

Wallows/The Foundry 

Kolars and Escondido/Boot & Saddle 

Vista Kicks/Kung Fu Necktie 

Saturday/March 3rd 

Tee Grizzley/The Fillmore 


Bruno Major/Johnny Brenda’s 

Measha Brueggergosman/Kimmel Center 

Bazmati Vice/Bourbon & Branch 

Sunday/March 4th 

Through the Roots/TLA 

MISSIO/The Foundry 

Shopping/Johnny Brenda’s 

Voces8/World Cafe Live 

Monday/March 5th 

Arlie/Johnny Brenda’s 

The Philadelphia Moth Storyslam/World Cafe Live 

Tuesday/March 6th 


Sabaton and Kreator/The Fillmore 

Ella Vos/The Foundry 

Julian Lage/Johnny Brenda’s 

Wednesday/March 7th

Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark/TLA 

Caye and Somo/The Foundry 

Adrianne Lenker/Johnny Brenda’s 

Milk & Bone/Kung Fu Necktie 

Parsonsfield/Boot & Saddle 

Thursday/March 8th 

Ezra Furman/Underground Arts 

Kool Keith/Kung Fu Necktie 

Galactic Empire/The Foundry 

The Low Anthem/Johnny Brenda’s 

Friday/March 9th 

Nada Surf/World Cafe Live 

Steve Winwood/Tower Theatre 

Jonathan Wilson/Boot & Saddle 

Crooked Colours/The Foundry 

Saturday/March 10th 

Excision/The Fillmore

MercyMe/Liacouras Center 

J Boog/The Foundry 

Crazy Town/Voltage Lounge 

Alive ’75/World Cafe Live 

Sunday/March 11th 

Beth Ditto/Union Transfer 

Amy Shark/The Foundry 

Michael Schenker/TLA 

Skinny Lister/Underground Arts 

Monday/March 12th 

Foreigner/Sands Bethlehem Entertainment Center 

Tuesday/March 13th 

Saint WKND/The Foundry 

Wednesday/March 14th 

Godspeed You!/Black Emperor/Union Transfer 

The Coasts/The Foundry 

Thursday/March 15th

Anaïs Mitchell/Boot & Saddle 

Jon Batiste/TLA 

Unit 3 Deep/South 

Generators/Kung Fu Necktie 

Friday/March 16th 

G-Eazy/Borgata Event Center 

Nightwish/Electric Factory 

Nightmares On Wax/Underground Arts 

Judah & The Lion/The Foundry 

Moose Blood/TLA 

Autograf/The Foundry 

Tall Heights/The Fillmore 

Lightninging & Jounce/Ortlieb’s 

Saturday/March 17th 

Blake Shelton/Trace Adkins/Wells Fargo Center 

Mat Kearney/The Fillmore 

Nils Frahm/Union Transfer 

Brasstracks/The Foundry 

Jamie McLean Band/World Cafe Live 

Sunday/March 18th 

K. Flay/Union Transfer 

Reggie & The Full Effect/Household/TLA 

Earthless/Underground Arts 

Jean-Yves Thibaudet/Philadelphia Orchestra/Yannick Nézet-Séguin/Kimmel Center 

The Elevaters/The Foundry 

Monday/March 19th 

BIG K.R.I.T./Union Transfer 

Cover photo courtesy of The Fillmore Philadelphia 











Music Tea w/Simon Thompson of Alvarez Kings

What happens when you mix indie disco vibes, deep, luscious synths and spaced out rhythms with just a touch of shimmer? You get the collective sound of rising UK based, Alvarez Kings, who have packed all of those elements and then some into their stand out album, Somewhere Between, which is giving all of us life just in time for summer. 

In fact, the English Breakfast tea sipping boys are taking the record on the road all season long with stops in Philly (they were just at Coda on Sunday night), as well as Chicago, San Francisco, L.A., Kansas City and Cleveland. So, yeah, they’re going to be mighty busy serving up their whole delicious catalog just for their ever-growing legion of fans all summer long….and we can’t wait. 

But since there’s always time to spill some sun-kissed music tea, Philly Mixtape took a seat with Alvarez Kings guitarist and vocalist Simon Thompson, where he broke mugs about the touring life, the recording of Somewhere Between (go here now to listen..seriously) and what pre-show ritual him and his boys practice before each show… has something to do with Tawny Kitaen. 


Hey, man! Thanks so much for taking the time to chat with Philly Mixtape. First up, how’s the tour going so far? We’re actually navigating our way to the last show of the [overseas part of the] tour in Nottingham. It’s going great! We started off in London and that was’s always good to play in the capital. They’ve been great shows…the crowds have been good to us, as always. It’s also nice to stand on our own two feet and watch the tickets sales come in. It’s been great tour and we can’t thank everybody enough for this opportunity, especially our fans. 

Have you guys played in the states before? It’s our first headline show in the states, yes. We played Warped Tour twice and last year we played with Melanie Martinez..I think we played the Troc…I remember that being really cool. I also remember they got us Philly cheese steaks before sound check which was awesome. I do remember they were very tasty. 

How about some artistic influences that don’t just run through you, but all of you guys. Where we do begin, right? We’ve all got different influences, but we have similar tastes. We’re really into The Fold, a band called the Macabees who are now split up, which is a shame. It’s just a ton of stuff, really…I think it’s all in there somewhere. 

Now, your record, Somewhere Between, is truly awesome and out-of-this world, man. What was the recording process like for it? It was awesome. We got a chance to go to L.A. for [a few] weeks and record the whole album there. We sort of took in the whole vibes of L.A. We worked with a great producer who definitely brought the best out in all of us while we recorded at an ocean studio in was just really good. 

Just to put you on the spot, shout out two of your all-time favorite records for me…. Wow…only 2! I would say Beatles Abbey Road and Bob Dylan Highway 61. 

How about some words of advice to the young kids out there just starting to find their way in this crazy music business? To the younger generation just getting into music I would say you just have to be patient..really, really patient. And if you don’t succeed, just keep trying..keep grinding away. It gets crazy, and if you think you wrote the perfect song…don’t think that! We [actually] try to better ourselves each time we write a song we do because we’re never satisfied. So, just preserving and you do get a lot of setbacks along the’s a very up and down sort of roller coaster ride. It is tough, but as soon as you get on that stage and play for the fans that come and see’s all been worth it. 

Any pre-show rituals you guys do before a show? We definitely have a couple of beers before we go on. But for the most part we get together in-arms and we sing “Is This Love” by Whitesnake. 

No shit, man. That’s awesome. Still to this day we don’t know why we chose that song it was just something that came out one time and it stuck. 

Any last words for the stateside fans who haven’t seen the show yet?   We can’t wait to see them and just give them as much energy as we can give on stage and give them their money’s worth. We know how much it is to buy a ticket and travel to a show. We’re well aware that we have to give them as much back as we possibly can. We thank everyone that’s bought a ticket so far we’re really excited to hang out and have fun! 

For much, much more with Alvarez Kings. check this out. 






Venue Spotlight: Bob and Barbara’s Lounge

Though Bob and Barbara’s is better known as host and originator of the best beer-and-a-shot combo in Philly, the infamous CityWide Specialthe timeless venue (since 1969!!) has also grown its presence in the local music scene in the past few years, evolving as host of its regular lineup of The Crowd Pleasers jazz ensemble to Ms. Lisa Lisa to now also featuring live music just about every day of the week. In sound, it’s not quite the Bob and Barbara’s you remember from a decade ago, should you show up on a weekday evening for a PBR and that no elusive quick slug of Jim Beam. 

Here, we talk country music, cabaret and a changing neighborhood with Bob and Barbara’s manager and booker (and longtime patron) Robert Dicks.

When did you guys transition to having live music most days fo the week? Used to be just Thursday, Friday and SaturdayAbout three years ago, I took over the booking for the rest of the week. It was one of those things the owners said ‘You have this background in entertainment.’ I used to work for the cabarets back in the ‘80s. So that was – I was around in the heyday of the ‘80 entertainment scene …

So, I started to bring in bands and see if they do well and if they do well and fit the motif of the bar I try to give them a regular slot once a month or every couple months.

How has your cabaret background contributed to bookings? I was more in the marketing department, but I used to do all the calendars and things. I think knowing – sometimes you have to give things a chance. The idea is it should fit the room. Some types of music just wouldn’t work within the cabaret situation and I liked the idea of residences, which is something I first saw when – Stephen Starr, actually, he was kind of our competition at the time. And I remember when The Hooters were a big thing, they were booked once a week on a Monday night or something at [Stephen’s] nightclub; before he got into restaurants he was a nightclub owner. That was back in the day when he was doing that. I remember, particularly, I thought that was a good formula — you knew what night certain things were happening. We already had that proven formula with the other things we do at Bob and Barbara’s, so I just want to see what works and doesn’t work and, certain kinds of music, give it a chance. I think my days in cabaret, having such a wide, eclectic range of types of music and trying them out and seeing what works and what doesn’t [influenced me]. There’s a lot of things I never thought would work at Bob and Barbara’s and they actually are pretty big. So …

What kind of music do you think does work at Bob and Barbara’s? Or works well?  Jazz. Jazz always works. Lounge music. Dena Miranda and the Mellow Tones play once a month. They’re one of my favorites. And one thing we’re doing at Bob and Barbara’s is country – we have a country night we’ve been doing at Bob and Barbara’s for the past three years that’s gotten pretty big. Regularly, it’s actually pretty busy. There was a big JUMP article recently that came out about it because people were pretty shocked. When I first started booking, particularly for The Lawless Brothers band, they play a lot of festivals and stuff and have a bit of a reputation of being rambunctious and rowdy and stuff, but they’re just good guys and they just know a lot of different country bands. For three years now we’ve been booking country night and they put together a nice lineup. It’s getting now that we have national acts that say ‘Yeah, we don’t care if we get paid, we just want exposure to the country scene.’ I think that’s vastly underappreciated.

I come from Pennsyltucky, and country music was my childhood. It’s odd that Philly is not geographically that far but there isn’t much of a country scene here. They’re actually from Yardley or something. And they put on two country festivals. The first at Bob and Barbara’s. The country scene has become so big that we had the first annual Country Music Festival at Bob and Barbara’s out front, two years ago. Two stages, 25 bands, all day. The first time in 35 years there hadn’t been jazz played at Bob and Barbara’s on a Saturday night. It was huge and this year we couldn’t accommodate it so they moved it to Connie’s Ric Rac. And it did really well. We’re looking to bring it back again this year in the summer.

But yeah, the country scene, I’m surprised with Boot and Saddle so close to where Bob and Barbara’s is that they don’t have more of a country scene there. But they have other restrictions to deal with in terms of neighbors and stuff.

What’s a favorite act you’ve had in the past three years? I always love the Mellow Tones. [Miranda’s] a great lounge act singer with an amazing voice. She’s just a star. It’s all standards and older songs.We have a talk show we do once a month, with the Absinthes called the Talky Show. They come in and play and do a talk show and have different acts all night. We recently had the Citywide Festival in Philadelphia and hat’s what we’re known for, the citywide, we were a venue and there was a band, The Sermon, that played our place and they played.

We have a talk show we do once a month, with the Absinthe Drinkers called the Talky Show. They come in and play and do a talk show and have different acts all night. We recently had the Citywide Festival in Philadelphia, and that’s what we’re known for, the citywide, and we were a venue and there was a band, The Sermon, that played our place.

And Carolyn Thorn — there’s so many. They’re really, really good.

You guys do Lisa Lisa’s drag show on Thursdays. Have you thought about a drag or burlesque expansion? We do have a burlesque night once a month. It was originally started by Candy Heart Cabaret. I’ve been trying to get a burlesque troupe into Bob and Barbara’s for years and it’s — not restrictions, but there’s a certain amount of money that needs generated for certain acts and you can’t do it unless you charge at the door. And that’s the thing I always tell people: We’re not a music venue; we’re a bar that has music. It’s a lot different. But Lisa actually – Lisa had been running an amateur drag night on Mondays. She’d been doing that once a month, one Monday a month for a little while, and for a couple reasons she just stopped. But it wasn’t because it was bad. It was just for whatever reason. We’ve talked about it and done a couple things drag-oriented but the drag show is such a big thing that it’s sort of — you pay $8 to come in and see the drag show and it’s the longest-running drag show in Philadelphia. And it has its history. Its own little engine going.

Do you see the audience changing at all with the development on South Street West? It’s always changing. I live in the neighborhood too so I’ve seen the neighborhood change and it’s a lot of new people. It’s a big influx of friendly faces – the things I’ve seen that’s changed has been a lot of tourists, a lot of people who read about us on the internet. And a lot of our reputation precedes us. The audiences showing up, ‘We know something fun is going to happen so let’s show up – and it’s free.’ That’s something people can appreciate it. I’ve seen it get busier most nights. But in the same respect, it’s sort of like, it’s changed but not for the worse or better. Just different.

In this month, what are you looking forward to, performance-wise? The Talky Show is coming up the week before the election. So instead of having to do anything related to the election, they’re doing an all-cats show. Which is kind of funny. It’s a funny way to combat against the election. Focusing on kitties.

And I’m looking forward to the Mellow Tones. We don’t have any special events coming up in November, but country night is the second and fourth Wednesday of the month.

December is going to be fun, too, because a lot of acts will want to do Christmas and holiday shows. So they’re always kind of irreverent and crazy. It’s always something going on. 

And at the iconic Bob & Barbara’s on South Street, it certainly is. For much, much more on this Philly entertainment staple, peep this and we’ll see you there!