Further: Phil Lesh and Bob Weir. Deadheads, rejoice! Two members of the Grateful Dead reunite to perform the band’s most beloved songs. July 7, 7:30pm. $35-$60. The Mann, 5201 Parkside Ave. 215.878.0400. manncenter.org
Yarn. Yarn, a six-piece band from Brooklyn, N.Y., weaves a finely tuned afghan of folky Americana and hillbilly rock ‘n’ roll. This week, they’ll be playing with Dangermuffin, a Folly Beach, S.C., band that really is cool as its name and as soothing as a Southern sweet tea. July 18, 8:30pm. $12-$15. With Dangermuffin. The Blockley, 3801 Chestnut St. 215.222.1234. theblockley.com
First Person Story Slam. Impress other audience members with your storytelling talent and compete for a chance to be the Best Storyteller in Philadelphia! Tonight’s theme: Wild Things. July 9, 8:30pm. $10. World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St. 215.222.1400. worldcafelive.com
Scorpions. The German heavy metal band is hitting the road for their farewell tour with supporting band Tesla. July 11, 7:30pm. $30-$80. The Mann, 5201 Parkside Ave. 215.878.0400. manncenter.org
Vibrations / Fluctuations / Submission. Straight out of the heart of the late ‘60s, Vibrations tells the tale of a sexually frustrated writer inexplicably drawn to a secretive erotic cult. Fluctuations is your typical ‘60s sexploitation flick, rife with excessive nudity and sexual situations. The 1969 flick Submission follows the misadventures that follow a threesome, including robbery and double agents. July 12, 8pm. Free. The Rotunda, 4014 Walnut St. therotunda.org
Carnivolution. Far from your average three-ring circus, this wild underground party features a mix of freaks, fire, burlesque, puppets, video-art projections and aerial acrobatics. July 13 and Aug. 10, 8pm. $5. Ellen Powell Tiberino Memorial Museum. 3819 Hamilton St. 215.386.3784. tiberinomuseum.org
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Movie Marathon. A TMNT movie marathon presented by the Free Library of Philadelphia. July 13-14, 1pm and 3pm. Free. Lucien E. Blackwell West Philadelphia Regional Library, 125 S. 52nd St. 215.685.7433. freelibrary.org
Breakwater. Once they were lost, but now they are found—this Philly-born band from the early ‘70s has reunited and returns to the stage for a night of R&B-funk-jazz glory. July 21. 7:30pm. $25. World Cafe Live. 3025 Walnut St. 215.222.1400. worldcafelive.com
Shakespeare in Clark Park. Though not as well-known as the Bard’s other classics, The Merry Wives of Windsor tells the comedic tale of a poor man courting two wealthy women, his competition against one woman’s three other suitors and poorly written love letters. July 25-29, 7pm. Free. Clark Park, 4800 Baltimore Ave. 215.462.2115. shakespeareinclarkpark.org
Marshall Crenshaw and the Bottle Rockets. Missouri-based roots rockers perform alongside Marshall Crenshaw to present his newest record Jaggedland. July 25, 8pm. $25. World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St. 215.222.1400. worldcafelive.com
Animus. Experience an explosion of different cultures in this world-fusion belly-dance performance! July 29, 7:30pm. $12. World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St. 215.222.1400. worldcafelive.com
Sigur Rós. Returning to North America for their first live show since 2008, the Icelandic group brings their ambient sound to Philly. July 30. $36. The Mann, 5201 Parkside Ave. 215.878.0400. manncenter.org
PhillyBloco Summer Dance Party. Get out on the dance floor on this night of samba, funk and reggae brought to you live by the members of PhillyBloco. Aug. 4, 9pm. $14. World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St. 215.222.1400. worldcafelive.com
Carny / Girl on the Run. Catch two big-time actors in their smallest roles yet. Before Silence of the Lambs, Jodie Foster played an even more bizarre role in Carny as an 18-year-old runaway who finds carnival hustlers. And before Steve McQueen hit the big-time as an actor, he debuted in the murder mystery Girl on the Run as an extra. Aug. 9, 8pm. Free. The Rotunda, 4014 Walnut St. therotunda.org
Jane’s Addiction. Come out for a lively show with alternative pioneers, Jane’s Addiction, and special guest Die Antwoord at the Mann. Aug. 15, 8:30pm. $39.50-$55. Mann Center for the Performing Arts, Fairmount Park, 52nd and Parkside Ave. manncenter.org
Goapele. Sit back and enjoy the fusion of jazz, hip-hop, and beautiful lyrics of this Bay Area singer with a sound as unique as her name. Aug. 15, 8pm. $22. World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St. 215.222.1400. worldcafelive.com
Jen Hartswick Band. Vermont’s soulful songstress, Jen Hartswick, is more than just a pretty voice. With her trumpet and a full set behind her, Hartswick and her band belt out velvety smooth jazz tunes to get your toes tapping. Aug. 16, 9pm. $10-$12. The Blockley, 3801 Chestnut St. 215.222.1234. theblockley.com
The Prince & Michael Experience. No, you’re not dreaming. Whoever had the genius idea to combine Prince and the King for an epic nightlife experience is a God among men. The Blockley will celebrate the paradigms of pop, the founders of funk, the craziest dudes around: Prince and Michael Jackson. Aug. 18. 9pm. $10-$12. The Blockley, 3801 Chestnut St. 215.222.1234. theblockley.com
Looking for summer excitement in your neighborhood—or an excuse to explore new parts of the city? Either way, you’re golden: Here’s our compass-based manual for locating the hottest fun to be found around Philly, one direction at a time!
OK, so maybe South Philly doesn’t have as many museums and theaters as Center City. It also lacks the bustling college scene of University City and all the super-trendy, “up-and-coming” allure of North Portfishington. Nevertheless, when you take a stadium complex, a beautiful green oasis, a vibrant arts community, and a slew of stellar dining establishments and mix them together into one giant melting pot, inevitably you wind up with a pretty awesome recipe for summertime amusement.
From the convenient entertainment hub that is NoLibs to the booming cultural mecca better known as North Portfishington, there are pretty much an endless supply of things for you to do, see, hear and eat this summer in North Philly.
Unless you weren’t already convinced, hopefully we’ve proven to you by now that Philly is jam-packed with awesome summer events. But for a little suburban staycation, we threw in our top picks for events happening outside city limits.
Sunny enthusiasm, morbid fascination or retro nostalgia: Whatever mood you feel like cultivating in your culture, you can find it just inside the roundabouts-northerly edges of the Philadelphia city limits.
An eclectic melting pot of Philly’s smaller neighborhoods, Center City has the most to offer with the greatest variety.
PW's Music Issue 2014