The best concerts in Philadelphia
Co-produced by University City District, the University of Pennsylvania and the Rotunda, the 40th Street Summer Series brings free monthly live music concerts to Penn’s campus from May through September. This year’s festivities kick off with a double headlining show from the West Philadelphia Orchestra and Dan Blackberg’s Hot Klezmers. Performers scheduled to take the stage throughout the summer include New Sound Brass, Las Cafeteras and Thee Phantom & the Illharmonic Orchestra.
After a half-year performing in Las Vegas, Dito van Reigersberg is back and giving his beloved drag/cabaret alter-ego a welcome-home party. Expect bawdy jokes, good music and tales from Martha’s adventures in exile. You’re not living your best life as a Philadelphian if you’ve never seen Martha Graham Cracker in concert.
Electric Light Orchestra were giants back in the ‘70s, cranking out symphonic rock hits like “Telephone Line,” “Livin’ Thing,” “Evil Woman,” “Do Ya” and several others. Bandleader Jeff Lynne (also a Traveling Wilbury) and keyboardist Richard Tandy, revived the band a few years ago but, as far as I can tell, this will be ELO’s first Philly show since they played the Spectrum in 1981. So, yeah, this is a rare treat.
Hip-hop star JAY-Z’s massive Made in America music festival returns to Philadelphia Labor Day weekend. The two-day fest—now in its seventh year—takes over the Benjamin Franklin Parkway and features a lineup of local and national music acts. Performers haven’t been announced for 2018 yet, but fans of the fest know to expect around 50 stage shows by international music stars, which in the past have included J. Cole, the Chainsmokers, Solange and, as always JAY-Z, himself.
With the Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour, Sir Elton is saying a final goodbye to the touring life. That's right—this is your final chance to catch the rollicking songman live in person, as he takes the audience on a massive visual journey spanning his entire 50-year career. Swoon along to "Tiny Dancer," make juvenile hand gestures to "Crocodile Rock" and smile meaningfully at your folks during "Can You Feel the Love Tonight" here for one last time.
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