This west coast indie-folk duo make a surprisingly big sound for just a drummer and guitarist. Their crisp, catchy melodies continue to evolve on their just released fifth studio album, Carrier. 9:30pm. $15. With Dustin Wong. Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 N. Frankford Ave. 215.739.9684. johnnybrendas.com
Breathe Deep Philadelphia
Instead of losing hope after the passing of a parent to lung cancer, Pam and John Trovato worked together to co-found this all-day fundraiser, complete with a 3K walk, music, raffle and “bubble ceremony,” where participants will come together and fill the sky with bubbles in memory of lost loved ones. 8:30am. $10-$65. The Piazza at Schmidts, N. Second St. and Germantown Ave. lungevity.org
Jeff: Coffins and Cages
Ever wonder what your coffin will look like? Probably not—but not only has artist Jeff envisioned his, he’s conjured up designs for it and will be showing them off—along with an installation of seemingly endless architectural cages and various multi-platform displays playing off the artist’s not-so-subtle interest in confinement and mortality. Through Dec. 6. La Salle University Art Museum, 1900 W. Olney Ave. 215.951.1000. jeffart.com
Not just your average international fusion band, Toubab Krewe looks to give your Saturday night a boost of culture with their Malian-infused American style and one-of-a-kind instrumental combo, including a soku, a Malian horsehair fiddle, two electric guitars and a kora. 9pm. $11-15. The Blockley. 38th & Chestnut St. 215.222.1234. theblockley.com
Sunday, September 29
Fred Hammond and United Tenors
You know how R. Kelly talks about his “gift” and how he’s blessed to continue to perform for his fans? Ol’ Robert pales in comparison to the honest-to-goodness power trapped in Fred Hammond’s pipes, and one of the latter’s biggest charms is that he’s humble about it. He cherishes his faith—which is how he found himself teaming up with three other R&B greats and God-minded men. Hammond spearheads this fantastic foursome in an effort to, as he puts it, show everyone that gospel music isn’t only a woman’s purview. And after years of providing a backbone for the legendary Commissioned, he found the right combination in Eric Roberson, Dave Hollister and Brian Courtney Wilson to do just that.
Their album, United Tenors, dropped in the spring, and Hammond has been looking for the perfect way to perform the tracks they’ve written. He was open to film, theatre and performance to find the ideal avenue for exposing their amazing music, and it looks like the Kimmel Center is where they want to take us higher. The thing about their record is while it’s certainly gospel-minded—and if you listen closely, you’ll hear a lot of sentiments about rejoicing in His power and beauty—heathens can also just tune out the godspeak and groove the hell out, maybe even literally. With the United Tenors’ soaring and powerful vocals perfectly paired with ‘70s funk, full-band disco and modern R&B flavors, you won’t even believe you’re being lit up by Him. / B.C.
7:30pm. $35-$57. With Pastor Alyn E. Waller of Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church. The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, 300 S. Broad St. 215.670.2300. kimmelcenter.org
Art-Reach Fall Festival
Enjoy a jam-packed day of art, live local music and food from Vernalicious, Hot Diggity and more. The festival celebrates the individuals and agencies behind Art-Reach, an organization which empowers 17,000 underserved individuals annually to contribute to Philadelphia art and culture. Noon. Ridgeland Mansion, 4100 Chamounix Dr. art-reach.org
Author of a long list of best-sellers, Fiona Zedde is stopping in Philly for a reading from Broken in Soft Places. Her latest novel tells the tale of Sara, a powerful lawyer who finds herself in a long-term polyamorous relationship with a woman who pushes her limits. 5:30pm. Free. Giovanni’s Room, 345 S. 12th St. 215.923.2960. giovannisroom.com
Calendar: March 25-April 1
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