Jeni & Billy. Traditional country meets Appalachian meets bluegrass meets folk in this duo’s sweet strains. July 21, 8pm. $16-$20. The Psalm Salon, 5841 Overbrook Ave. 215.477.7578. psalmsalon.com
The Tony “Stickman” Wyatt Quintet. Celebrate the ‘40s and ‘50s swing and bop era with one of Philly’s greatest drummers. July 27, 7pm. $40. Morris Arboretum, 100 E. Northwestern Ave. 215.247.5777. business-services.upenn.edu/arboretum/events_SummerConcerts.shtml
Laurel Hill: The Hot Spots and Storied Plots. Among the dead, there is a lot to learn about life. Explore the long and colorful history of Laurel Hill Cemetery with historians and board members that know its past during this walking tour. July 27 & Aug. 24, 10am. $8. Laurel Hill Cemetery, 3822 Ridge Ave. 215.228.8200. thelaurelhillcemetery.org
Johnny Kay and the JK Rockets. The lead guitarist from Billy Haley & the Comets, returns in this retrospective reincarnation of our favorite old time rock ‘n’ rollers. July 28, 8pm. $16-$20. The Psalm Salon, 5841 Overbrook Ave. 215.477.7578. psalmsalon.com
Glim Dropper. This Philly-based reggae/funk group brings mixes fresh, original tunes with covers of classics like Peter Gabriel’s “Digging in the Dirt.” Aug. 3, 8pm. $7. The Grape Room, 105 Grape St., Manayunk. 215.930.0321. graperoommusic.com
The Plants. The band that brought the No. 1 song of 2011, “Monster Under My Bed,” is one that both kids and parents will be singing in no time. Aug. 3, 6:30pm. $40. Morris Arboretum, 100 E. Northwestern Ave. 215.247.5777. business-services.upenn.edu/arboretum/ events_SummerConcerts.shtml
Danielle Miraglia and Sarah Blacker. Combine Miraglia’s sexy, sultry voice with Blacker’s quirky, more upbeat folk jazz tunes, and you’ve got an evening of pure acoustic pleasure. Aug. 4, 8pm. $20-$25. The Psalm Salon, 5841 Overbrook Ave. 215.477.7578. psalmsalon.com
The Streets of Philadelphia: Part II. Discover the namesakes and extended family origins of various city streets, which now rest at their ultimate dead end. Led by Laurel Hill president and CEO Pete Hoskins, the walking tour will conclude in true Philly fashion: with hoagies, soft pretzels and beer. Aug. 8, 6pm. $20. Laurel Hill Cemetery, 3822 Ridge Ave. 215.228.8200. thelaurelhillcemetery.org
Age of Discovery: Explorers, Inventors and Scientists. Visit the gravesites of Philadelphia’s most notable figures after a lecture led by Rich Sauers, president of the Lenape Investment Corporation and board member of Friends of Laurel Hill. Aug. 19, 1pm. $12. Laurel Hill Cemetery, 3822 Ridge Ave. 215.228.8200. thelaurelhillcemetery.org
The Suzi Shelton Band. Hailing from Brooklyn, N.Y., this award-winning band is coming to Philly to perform songs from their new release. Aug. 10, 6:30pm. $40. Morris Arboretum, 100 E. Northwestern Ave. 215.247.5777. business-services.upenn.edu/arboretum/ events_SummerConcerts.shtml
4th Annual Service Car + Hearse Show. Local car enthusiasts Mohnton Professional Car Club welcome hot-rod hearses, custom ambulances, and tricked-out flower cars to show off this festive event. Aug. 11, 10am. Free. Laurel Hill Cemetery, 3822 Ridge Ave. 215.228.8200. thelaurelhillcemetery.org
Moch Pryderi. Six talented musicians plus one Welsh triple harp, a pibgorn, a set of great and small pipes, a Breton bombard, Celtic bouzouki, mandolin, banjo, some flutes and whistles, and percussion equals the haunting sounds of this Welsh-American folk band. Aug. 11. 8pm. $16-$20. The Psalm Salon. 5841 Overbrook Ave. 215.477.7578. psalmsalon.com
Meet the Author: Lee Fishman, Author of Edge of a Dream. Lee Fishman will discuss and sign copies of her book, Edge of a Dream, which follows a young immigrant couples facing challenges as they begin their new life in America. Aug. 15, 6:30pm. Free. Roxborough Branch, 6245 Ridge Ave. 215.685.2550. freelibrary.org
Last Hour Battle. Described by blogger Mimi Cross as the sound created after sandpaper has been rubbed on the prog rock version of Pearl Jam, this group is still new on the Philly scene. Aug. 17, 8pm. $7. The Grape Room, 105 Grape St., Manayunk. 215.930.0321. graperoommusic.com
Train and Mat Kearney. Chart-topping band Train performs live at the Mann Center with special guest Mat Kearney. Aug. 18, 7:30pm. $29.50-$55. Mann Center for the Performing Arts, Fairmount Park, 52nd and Parkside Ave. 215. 893.1999. manncenter.org
Chuck Anderson Trio. Armed with the soothing melodies of a jazz guitar, steady bass throbs, and understated percussion, this seamless trio will assuage the day’s chaos and leave you feeling warm and fuzzy inside. Aug. 25. 8pm. $20-$25. The Psalm Salon. 5841 Overbrook Ave. 215.477.7578. psalmsalon.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.
Who’s ready to have too much fun in West Philly this summer? We are!
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.
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