Wednesday, August 28
Martial Canterel, aka Sean McBride, plays electronic music in the same vein as Cold Cave or the Human League. If you like your coffee with synth, check this out. 9pm. $10. Cha Cha’razzi, 1918 S. Bancroft St. chacharazzi.wordpress.com
Royal Southern Brotherhood
A true blues supergroup, Royal Southern Brotherhood features members from the Meters, the Derek Trucks Band and Honeytribe. 9pm. The Blockley, 3801 Chestnut St. theblockley.com
These Allentown natives play fast, sloppy and angry. And it’s awesome. Their latest album, Honeys, has earned them comparisons to such luminaries as the Melvins and early Nirvana. 10pm. Free. Morgan’s Pier, 221 N. Columbus Blvd. morganspier.com
Joan of Arc
Formed from the ashes of emo legends Cap’n Jazz, Joan of Arc have recorded more than 15 albums of indie rock goodness. 9pm. $12. Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 N. Frankford Ave. johnnybrendas.com
Thursday, August 29
Morrissey 25: Live
Morrissey is a stone-cold legend, no doubt about that. Moz devotees are one of a kind too, and there are many. So it was an exceptional moment when Morrissey and Co. announced a concert at Hollywood High School (home of the Sheiks), an 1,800-seat auditorium, that sold out in 12 minutes. This live film of that special show marks the 25th anniversary of Morrissey’s independent post-Smiths output and features a set in which he rips through his entire catalogue’s standouts. Needless to say, the audience bugs the fuck out. And what makes this moment in time even more exceptional is that shortly after this March set, the rest of his 2013 tour was cancelled due to his mother’s poor health. This screening at the Queen, in Wilmington, is the closest Morrissey 25: Live will get to the Philly area; the only other showing scheduled anywhere in the region is Reading in September.
Moz won’t just be singing solo stuff. What’s remarkable is that the Smiths really only put out four LPs, but boy, are they jam-packed with goodness. Their first three—The Smiths (1984), Meat is Murder (1985) and The Queen is Dead (1986)—yielded so many hits alone. Watching our hero tear through button-down changes and bare-chest crooning to a small room full of nutzo superfans should be vividly—and memorably—entertaining. / BILL CHENEVERT
8pm. $14. World Cafe Live at The Queen, 500 N. Market St., Wilmington, Del. 302.994.1400. queen.worldcafelive.com
AND1 Summer Remix Basketball Tournament
Did you know that AND1 was founded in Philly 20 years ago? Now the shoemaker’s b-ball tour comes to Temple, where fans can expect to see plenty of crossovers, ankle breakers and flashy dunks. As a bonus, former Seattle Supersonic Shawn Kemp will be coaching one of the young squads. 8:30pm. $15-$25. Liacouras Center, 1776 N. Broad St. liacourascenter.com
Yakitori Boy Eat Drink Sing Happy Hour Extravaganza
Yakitori Boy—best known as Philly’s coolest karaoke bar—is hosting a pretty awesome happy hour. Admission gets you access to the open bar, light food and the opportunity to showcase your inner Cher. 5pm. $25-$30. Yakitori Boy, 211 N. 11th St. yakitoriboy.com
The Quarterly Project
Come see 25 Philly musicians perform to raise money for Rock to the Future, a charity that provides music education for inner-city youth. 7pm. $7. PhilaMOCA, 531 N. 12th St. philamoca.org
The Next Up Concert Series
A monthly showcase of local artists, the Next Up Concert Series provides a great way for music fans to stay up-to-date on the local music scene. For all you musicians, there will also be executives from Ruffhouse Records in the venue accepting demos. 9pm. $10. The Legendary Dobbs, 304 South St. dobbsphilly.com
Friday, August 30
A quick perusal of his resume will show that Tony Marino has lent his four-stringed genius to a plethora of underrated jazz heavyweights. He’s been saxophonist/flautist David Liebman’s go-to bassist for more than 20 years and has also managed to broaden his horizons working with Tony Award-winning Broadway starlet Betty Buckley.
While it may appear to anyone who catches him performing at an intimate jazz club—his body swaying back and forth hypnotically as he lets the music guide him—that Marino’s completely comfortable in the background, this is one musician who also shines just as well when in command. His latest LP, last year’s Sun, Moon and Stars: a Tribute to Gene Bertocini, a collaboration with singer Lucy Horton and guitarist Tom Kozic, honors its namesake muse through the use of a pristine falsetto and meticulously syncopated riffs compensating for the lack of any percussion. But it’s on albums like 2001’s Samba De Say Party and 2006’s It’s Not That Complicated that Marino really lets loose, driven by energetic shades of free jazz piano, as well as a palpable touch of Latin-infused vigor.
Marino continues to do the Philadelphia region proud with his musical adaptability and his solos decorated with relentless levels of emotion, whether on upright bass or electric. His talent is something the locals can look forward to witnessing for themselves at the Barnes Foundation on this sweet summer night. / JAKE ABBATE
6pm. $10. Barnes Foundation, 2025 Ben Franklin Pkwy. 215.278.7000. barnesfoundation.org
Umphrey’s McGee & STS9
After prog-rockers Umphrey’s McGee and livetronica outfit STS9 wrap up their sets at the Mann Center, the party heads south to the Blockley with performances by Up Until Now and Cocktail Party Phenomenon. 11:59pm. $10-15. The Blockley, 3801 Chestnut St. 215.222.1234. theblockley.com
Made in Philly
Get warmed up for Made in America weekend with this mini-festival, hosted by Hot 107.9’s Q Deezy, serving up a handful of up-and-coming local artists. 7pm. $20. The Blockley, 3801 Chestnut St. 215.222.1234. theblockley.com
Start Making Sense: Talking Heads Tribute
Named after the Talking Heads’ innovative 1984 concert film Stop Making Sense, this seven-piece tribute to the new wave giants has garnered praise from the band’s de facto keyboardist Bernie Worrell. Frontman Jon Braun’s impersonation of David Byrne is nothing short of uncanny. 8pm. $13-15. With Great White Caps + The Rent-A-Cops. World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St. 215.222.1400. philly.worldcafelive.com
Global Dance and Music Showcase
Temple’s Boyer College of Music and Dance presents this menagerie of styles found all over the world, taking full advantage of the Conwell Theater’s exceptional lighting and sound system. 7:30pm. Free. Conwell Dance Theater, 1801 N. Broad St. 215.204.1122. temple.edu/boyer
Totally Terrible 80s! The Legend of Billie Jean
It doesn’t get more ‘80s than this. Two of decade’s biggest dreamboats, Helen Slater and Christian Slater (no relation), play a brother-and-sister duo on the run from the law set to a soundtrack featuring Billy Idol, Pat Benatar and Divinyls. 8pm. Free. International House Philadelphia, 3701 Chestnut St. 215.387.5125. ihousephilly.org
Saturday, August 31
Philadelphia Pagan Pride Day
It’s Pagan Pride Day in West Philadelphia’s Clark Park: a gathering that, according to Philadelphia Pagan Pride board president Robert Schreiwer, “will bring together Heathens and Pagans of all religious traditions to advance understanding, communication and fellowship among the various communities.”
What, exactly, is a Pagan? According to the Pagan Pride Project, it’s someone whose religious or spiritual practices revolve around pre-Christian mythologies, like those found in Aboriginal culture, magick or what’s called “earth-based spirituality.” You can learn all about it at Philadelphia Pagan Pride Day via workshops that include “Introduction to Mudras,” “Making Magick Work” and “What NeoPagans Can Learn from African Traditions.” And in addition to the dozens of vendors and performers slated for the event, its ritual space will feature Doug Stafford, Project Wendigo and other artists and activities.
Schreiwer says the Pride Day is, first and foremost, a harvest festival, “a recognition of the physical bounty of the incoming crops. But it also includes the rewards of wealths of friendship, community and wit.” The festival also supports the Mazzoni Center Food Bank, Forgotten Cats, Inc. and In-Reach Heathen Prison Services. / R.L.
10am. Free, but canned food donation requested. Clark Park, 4301 Chester Ave. philadelphiapaganpride.org
40th Street Summer Series
The fourth of five family-friendly concert events presented by the University City District, the Rotunda and Penn. Spaceship Aloha takes the stage in this installment, with their kaleidoscope of lush melodies and joyous electronic rhythms inspired by Hawaii’s musical landscape. 6pm. Free. 40th Street Field, 40th and Walnut sts. 215.243.0555. universitycity.org
Martha Graham Cracker’s Made in Philadelphia Festival
The world’s tallest and hairiest drag queen attempts to give Hova a run for his money by presenting a festival of all local Philly talent. In addition to a variety of talented acts, expect a full cabaret set from the star herself. 9pm. $10-$15. Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 N. Frankford Ave. 215.739.9684. johnnybrendas.com
Cincinnati-born comic Tom Segura has had his own half-hour special on the Comedy Central, and has appeared on Conan, Russell Peters’ Presents, and Live at Gotham! Check out his podcast, Your Mom’s House, to get a taste of what he’s all about. 7:30pm and 10pm. $26-$33. Helium Comedy Club, 2031 Sansom St. 215.496.9001. heliumcomedy.com
The Boy Wonder 10-Year Anniversary Show
Ten years after his impromptu debut in front of the South Street Whole Foods, Boy Wonder finds himself an established musician with six albums and countless shows under his belt. HYPE! presents an evening showcasing not only him, but friends and collaborators that he’s known through the years. 6pm. $9-$10. World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St. 215.222.1400. worldcafelive.com
All six original members of Ruin are together and appearing one final time with their blend of hardcore punk, psychedelia, hard rock and raga. Many people who have played key roles in the band’s past will be making appearances as well, including DJ Bobby Startup. 8:30pm. $20. With Mischief Brew, Pagan Babies + Northern Liberties. Union Transfer, 1026 Spring Garden St. 215.232.2100. utphilly.com
WALKS & TOURS
Bankers’ Heaven Architecture Walking Tour
Old City’s section of Chestnut Street was crucial to the early history of banking and finance. Explore the past by visiting notable architectural landmarks and seeing visible evidence of Philadelphia’s early prominence. 2pm. $8-$10. Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia, 111 S. Fourth St. 215.546.1146. preservationalliance.com
Debuting in 2010, L.A.-based Soft Metals are inspired by krautrock, synth wave and techno. They blend synths with introspective and delicate vocals to deliver their own brand of underground electronic music. 9pm. With Gemini Wolf + Diseases of the South. Ortlieb’s Lounge, 847 N. Third St. 267.324.3348. ortliebsphilly.com
Philly Hip Hop Sessions 1
De Castro Music Group presents a unique take on rap concerts, utilizing no prerecorded tracks whatsoever and relying totally on a live band. They bring together an elite collection of the East Coast’s hottest hip-hop artists, under the umbrella of an energy that only a group of live musicians can provide. 7:30pm. $15. With Chris Miles, The Nu-Treez, C. Luk, Ukeandoitman, VS., and more. World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St. worldcafelive.com
Sunday, September 1
If you’ve ever read A Moveable Feast or watched Midnight in Paris, there’s a good chance you get a bit doe-eyed when it comes to mixing art and alcohol. The two ventures just seem to go so perfectly together, like a finely-blended glass of Scotch. Well, for all you art lovers who feel that pang of jealousy over how cool Hemingway’s life seemed, Paint Nite is the event for you. Founded in Boston by two friends, Sean McGrail and Dan Hermann, it offers an alternative method for those looking to develop artistic skills; instead of offering instruction in the confines of a museum or a studio, Paint Nite is hosted in bars around the city, so aspiring artists can learn about shading and sketching while sipping on their favorite beers.
Admission gets you access to drinks, food and, most importantly, the full set of required artist’s tools, including a palette, canvas, brushes and smock. From there, an instructor will lay out the strategy to reproduce a specific painting, using imitation as a means of learning.
Just like its art-and-burlesque counterpart, Dr. Sketchy’s Anti-Art School, the Paint Nite premise has expanded to cities across the country, with multiple bars hosting Paint Nites throughout the week. Instruction for tonight’s selected painting, Path In the Forest, will come via local artist Andrea Vann at the cheery, dimly-lit Jose Pistola’s. For those who revere Sam Adams as much as Paul Cezanne, or are simply curious as to why so many artists seem like they’re drunk all the time, this is a match made in heaven. / MAX UFBERG
5pm. $75. Jose Pistola’s, 263 S. 15th St. 215.545.4101. paintnite.com
Remnants of Everyday Life
See one of the largest and most varied collections of early American ephemera in this exhibition, featuring everything from throw-away items to finely printed works. Playbills, fliers, postcards, menus, World’s Fair souvenirs, trading cards, advertisements and scrapbooks are among the documents highlighted, focusing on the graphic design and evolution of commercial and personal “insignificant documents”. Through Dec. 13. The Library Company of Philadelphia, 1314 Locust St. 215.546.3181. librarycompany.org
This Is Not For You
Award-winning Swiss opera director Julie Beauvais and American director/performer Jon Foley Sherman explore the limits and possibilities of solitude. Their unique form of performance lecture debates what it means to share and withhold yourself from others, and whether it is possible to be ever truly alone. 6pm. $10. Crane Arts, 1400 N. American St. 215.232.3203. cranearts.com
Monday, September 2
Oktoberfest at McGillin’s Olde Ale House
The traditional Munich beer celebration comes early in Philly. Expect German cuisine and brews, alongside those crafted by local breweries in honor of the yearly festival. 11am. McGillin’s Olde Ale House, 1310 Drury St. 215.735.5562. mcgillins.com
Juston Stens & The Get Real Gang
As a former drummer for Dr. Dog, Juston Stens has a keen sensibility of melodic pop and soul. Stens and the Gang’s forthcoming album was recorded last year on a 4-month long motorcycle journey across America. 9pm. $10. Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 N. Frankford Ave. johnnybrendas.com
Tuesday, September 3
For those who weren’t aware, Nick Offerman’s Parks and Recreation persona, Ron Swanson, an anti-government libertarian who works for the government, is undoubtedly based on the man behind the character.
“Our writers are incredibly smart and talented and funny, and they have a great ability to take pieces of the personality of each of the members of the cast and extrapolate the funniest parts,” he told PW. “So they look at me and they say, ‘OK, let’s take this woodworker. He loves meat and breakfast. He talks too slow. He doesn’t suffer fools gladly. Let’s bring that into a cartoon.’”
Now, the actor, comedian, master carpenter and described “secret weapon” of Parks and Recreation has taken his “American Ham” live show on the road, delivering tips for living and other bits of hilarity in a style and manner that’d do Will Rogers proud.
While on tour, Offerman’s giving audiences a taste of his “10 Rules for Prosperity,” which he delivers through both spoken word and song. Parks & Rec fans won’t be surprised to know that Number 5 is “Eat red meat” and Number 7 is “Avoid the mirror.”
It’s got a lot to do, he says, with trying to stick with who he is—and always has been—while living in La-La-Land and having to deal with the Hollywood lifestyle. In fact, almost all the Offerman’s tips (“Go outside,” “Engage in romantic love,” are some others) could all be seen as a gigantic middle finger toward Los Angeles’ shallow, entertainment-driven culture.
“When you’re in a business that rewards beautiful people in an imbalanced way, and you’re not particularly beautiful, you’re not gonna do yourself any good by looking in the mirror,” he says. “You’re gonna say, ‘Jeez, I don’t look like Keira Knightley at all.’ And so instead, I try to focus on feeling beautiful and finding success in every other way.” / RANDY LOBASSO
Tues., Sept. 3, 8pm. $34.50. Tower Theater, 69th and Ludlow sts., Upper Darby. thetowerphilly.com
Franz Kafka’s The Castle
The Idiopathic Ridiculopathy Consortium brings the great surrealist writer’s most prolific novel to the stage. Join main character and narrator, K., on an absurd journey to a mysterious castle that governs a town. Through Sept. 22. Adrienne, 2030 Sansom St. idiopathicridiculopathyconsortium.org
The Detroit natives have been making noise music for more than 15 years with a revolving door of musicians and contributors that does nothing to hinder their constant production of new sound. 9pm. $12. Johnny Brenda’s 1201 N. Frankford Ave. 215.739.9684. johnnybrendas.com
Wednesday, September 4
If you had as much fun as we did at the first installment of PW’s “Concerts in the Park” three Wednesdays ago, you’ll be excited about this one. Founder-leader Shawn Hennessey, a Philly native, discovered world music in Boston when he was studying percussion, and needless to say, it became an obsession. His fascination with rhythms from around the globe, particularly Africa, took him, in fact, around the world. And Hennessey’s made it his mission to bring some of these sounds to Philadelphia. We’re just lucky to still be reaping the benefits.
Leana Song isn’t just Hennessey, by any means–in fact, it’s a small army, and they wear white to honor the ancient and timeless nature of the music they’re performing. A Leana Song performance takes you to a place of communion with generations and cultures beyond our own; as Hennessey likes to say, “It’s ancient music made new!” Percussion and rhythm are at the heart of this departure from inconsequential, artificial noise; add in choral vocal support, woodwinds and a whole mess of hand drums, and you’re on one bangin’ trip. A perfect collaboration with the Penn Museum, this early evening show’ll be a beautiful night of culture. Resist if you like, but you’ll find yourself hypnotized and mesmerized into movement. / B.C.
5pm. $5. Penn Museum, 3260 South St. 215.898.4000. penn.museum
A Tribute to the Beastie Boys
While the Beastie Boys have certainly demonstrated their musical staying power in the wake of their untimely hiatus, it’s still nice to hear someone perform the music of everyone’s favorite Jewish rappers. (Sorry, Drake). Schoolly D and Cee Knowledge headline an impressive group that will be paying tribute to the one of hip-hop’s most revered groups. 9pm. $9-$12. The Blockley, 3801 Chestnut St. 215.222.1234. theblockley.com
Wednesday Nights at PMA
It doesn’t seem often that you get to pick your price for a good time, but actually, every Wednesday night at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, visitors can pay what they wish. Fun and interactive, these nights offer a mini film-festivals, work by regional artists, games and an opportunity to make your own art. 5pm. The Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Blvd. philamuseum.org
Out of Town
Neon Vibe 5k
Whether you’re a fitness buff or your idea of a morning run is hustling to catch the subway, this event will have you and your fellow neon body paint-clad participants feeling like stars in your own sci-fi fantasy flick as you make your way through 5k of fluorescent glowing fun and bass-driven dance jams. Sat., Aug. 31, 8pm. $45-$50. Campbell’s Field and Riverwalk, 401 Delaware Ave, Camden, N.J. theneonvibe.com
With more than 30 years of experience under their belt, legendary electronic band Depeche Mode is hitting the road for a full U.S. tour before playing shows all over Europe next year. Named one of VH1’s “100 Greatest Artists of All Time,” the Essex-based band will put on a groundbreaking performance you won’t want to miss. Fri., Aug. 30, 9pm. $85.50-$155.50. Revel’s Ovation Hall, 500 Boardwalk, Atlantic City, N.J. revelresorts.com
Italian All Night Splatterfest II
A blast from the past: The Colonial Theatre has lined up a night jam-packed with five rarely-screened late-‘70s and early-‘80s horror flicks. Zombies, killer fish, women’s prison—there will be blood and gore in all of them. Sat., Aug. 31, 7pm. $11-$21. The Colonial Theatre, 227 Bridge St. Phoenixville. thecolonialtheatre.com
Polish-American Family Festival and Country Fair
A traditional country fair complete with rides for the kids and a Polish twist! Munch on Polish cuisine while you peruse the crafter’s village and watch historical Polish warrior re-enactors, dance ensembles, live music and the Belmont Magic Show. Through Sept. 2, noon. $10. National Shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa, 654 Ferry Rd., Doylestown. 215.345.0600. polishamericanfestival.com