1-5pm. $26-$30. Cannstatter Volkfest Verein, 9130 Academy Rd. 215.332.0121. nephillybeerfest.com
“Imagine smokin’ weed in the streets without cops harassin’.” This utopian imagery set forth by Nas is shared by more than 800,000 bustees nationwide and PhillyNORML. They’ve made strides in the legalization of the tree by influencing the Small Amount of Marijuana court program where those knocked with a small amount of bud face fines and classes instead of jail time. In its journey to bring this dream to fruition, they will be hosting the Philadelphia leg of the Global Cannabis Peach March, where pot reformers will take to the streets in 300 cities nationwide to make their cries for marijuana legalization heard. Get your costumes, floats, signs and any other creative materials (there will be a sign-making meeting 7:30 pm on May 19 at A-Space, 4722 Baltimore Ave.) together and make some noise in the name of hemp legalization. The march will begin at Broad & South and end at Headhouse Square. At 7:30 p.m., make your way over to the TLA for the Philadelphia Freedom Festival to hear an eclectic mix of acts ranging from electronica to reggae to rock to jazz. The bands include the Synth Sircus, Psychadelphia, I Yahn I Arkestra, the Primate Fiasco and Before the Accident Happens. All proceeds go toward funding marijuana reform educational programs and the passing of the Governor Raymond Shafer Compassionate Use Medical Marijuana Act. If you’re down for responsible blazing, come out for this peaceful day of reform and awareness. -Ryan K. Smith
March: 5pm. Free. Broad and South sts.
Concert: 7:30pm. $15-$20. TLA, 334 South St. 215.922.1011. livenation.com
Kensington Kinetic Sculpture Derby
The Trenton Avenue Arts Festival begins today, and with that rolls in the Kensington Kinetic Sculpture Derby, a mobile design competition and mini-parade showcasing the finest in human-powered vehicles and fancy-pants floats. The thinking man’s Mummer’s, if you will. Builders, mechanics and art kids alike will display contraptions made from garbage, lawn mowers, construction materials, whatever they can get their hands on, give it a theme (Amish Zombies, for instance) and complete a course designed for optimum brigading. Award categories include: Best Art, Best Costumes, Best Engineering, People’s Choice, Best Breakdown and a special secret judge award. The Philadelphia Brewing Company will be on hand to provide some tasty brews, along with all the art and food vendors you can handle. Plus, two stages pumping with local music to send you into complete sensory overload. -Abigail Bruely
Noon-5pm. Free. Trenton and Norris streets. 215.427.0350. kinetickensington.com
Sunday, May 22
Punk Rock Flea Market
Imagine every awesome flea market, yard sale, craft fair and art bazaar you’ve ever been to under one roof and essentially, you’ve got the kick-ass shopping blowout that is the Punk Rock Flea Market. With more than 200 tables selling everything from jewelry, vintage clothing, furniture and baked goods to records, stereo equipment, skateboards and posters, the Spring Fever Edition is actually slated to be the biggest one yet. To keep things a little less chaotic this time around, the vendors will be organized into different sections. They’ve also given a special discount to those looking to sell their old punk-rock stuff like band tees, vinyls and instruments to ensure that the event keeps its punk edge. The $3 entry donation is pretty fair considering how much stuff you’re likely to walk away with, even if you only come with $20 in your pocket. Plus, it goes toward helping R5 Productions continue to put together cheap, all-ages shows at the city’s smaller music venues. -Nicole Finkbiner
10am. $3. The Punk Rock Flea Market Dome, 461 N. Ninth St. r5prductions.com
Admit it: You know every word to every Cars song ever written. Fronted by Ric Ocasek, the Boston band put out their first record in 1976, and it’s practically a Greatest Hits album: “Good Times Roll,” “My Best Friend’s Girl,” “Just What I Needed,” “You’re All I’ve Got Tonight,” and “Bye Bye Love” all appeared on their eponymous debut. Founding members Ocasek, Elliot Easton, Greg Hawkes and David Robinson (bassist Benjamin Orr died of cancer in 2000) are reuniting for the first time since 1988 to tour in support of their new album, Move Like This. It’s unlistenable, but goddamn those early tunes are great. -E.S.
8pm. $60.45. Electric Factory, 421 N. Seventh St. 215.627.1332. electricfactory.info
What Is A Record Label in 2011?
Most people know that a modern record label is not a ticket to stardom or riches or even necessarily national distribution anymore. “The music biz playing field has been leveled,” says attorney and badass industry expert Marcy Rauer Wagman. “Artists are learning to live without the label as the labels lose their powerful grip on the music industry.” So what’s the point? Wagman’s moderating a discussion centered on answering the question many local musicians have been asking themselves. The roundtable of industry veterans and local luminaries debating the issues include: WXPN’s Program Director Bruce Warren, Marc Allen (Red Light Management), Jim Walsh of Big Hassle Publicity, producer Phil Nicolo, Kristin Thomson of the Future of Music Coalition, Eli Wolf of Blue Note Records and label-crash survivor and musician Res. Philly pop trivia: Wagman, former teen pop sensation, wrote the KYW Newsradio jingle. -Tara Murtha
2pm. $5-$10. World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St. 215.222.1400. worldcafelive.com
Super Adoption Day
Haven’t done your good deed for the year yet? Adopt a pet and get your good karma out of the way at the largest adoption event in Philly history. Animal shelters and rescues from all over the country will be showing cute little puppies and kittens that are up for adoption while local vendors sell off products for both people and our furry friends. This year’s theme is “Protect Your Pets,” with a focus on pet health insurance, microchipping, licensing and spay/neutering. If you don’t know or care what any of these themes entail (although you probably should if you own a pet), never fear: There will be food and live music sponsored by Radio 104.5. Performing artists include indie Philly natives the Atomic Square, Motown/soul crossbreed Tim McGlone and rock-indie-alternative Jaded Son. Organized by Citizens for a No-Kill Philadelphia, the non profit continues to spread animal love through making Philadelphia a safe place for pets. -Trishula Patel
Noon. Free. Piazza at Schmidt’s, Second St. and Germantown Ave. 215.413.3790. phillynokill.com
Monday, May 23
With concerts that are part performance-art—“you’ll see girls popping out of boxes,” they brag—and part sweaty pop-rock spectacle, Sweatheart has never been one to skimp on the details, musical or visual. In their seven-year history, a few members of the Philadelphia-based ensemble have seen success elsewhere, including a solo album from Amanda Blank and a stint touring with Santigold for Rose Luardo. But Sweatheart never waned. Their special brand of happy-go-lucky garage rock, with lots of cymbal crashes, power chords, vocal harmonies and catchy melodies, is a bit “Like a Virgin”-era Madonna and a bit Velocity Girl-cum-Jefferson Starship. But with songs like the tender ballad “Finger Bangin’” and the Bmore club banger/rap ditty “WetDream Catcher,” they’re a bit more “dirty Philly” than their mainstream counterparts. -Katherine Silkaitis
8pm. $8. With Everyday/Everynight, GypsyHawk + Thee Nosebleeds. Kung Fu Necktie, 1250 N. Front St. 215.291.4919. kungfunecktie.com
Tuesday, May 24
Ports of Call
For our money, the best of the so-called “shoegazer” bands back in the day was Swervedriver—not only were they masters of blissed-out atmospherics, they added guitar muscle and a propulsive rhythmic backbone to their tunes, and made sure there were classic pop/rock melodies you could grab onto as well. The same applies to Philly’s Ports of Call, a frequently awe-inspiring combo that finds the right balance between dreamy and aggressive, merging gossamer vocals and wobbly, heat-mirage sonics with huge riffs and sturdy songcraft. Produced by Jeff Zeigler (of like-minded locals Arc in Round), Ports of Call’s new EP Fractals is magnetic and mesmerizing, and we imagine the band will be even more so live. -M.A.G.
7:30pm, $5. With Psychic Teens + Swimmers Ear. Kung Fu Necktie, 1250 N. Front St. kungfunecktie.com
Calendar: Sept. 2-9