Tonight’s Concert Picks: Bloktoberfest, Swans at Union Transfer, Robert Glasper Experiment at World Cafe Live, Mike Doughty at WCL at The Queen, Marco Benevento at The Blockley


The culmination of music, beer and food in one spectacular celebration known as Bloktoberfest returns to Philadelphia today on South Street between Broad and 18th. The event, now in its fourth year, will have two stages set up with live acts including Toy Soldiers and Grandchildren; the full line-up can be found here. While participants must be 21 for a Beer Bracelet, Bloktoberfest is an all-ages free event, and it begins at noon. More information can be found here. Below, download Toy Soldiers’ single “Been Here All My Days.”

Post-punk band Swans will be performing tonight at Union Transfer. Swans, formed in 1982 by frontman Michael Gira, took a hiatus from 1997 to 2010. Since then, the band has released two new albums, 2010’s My Father Will Guide Me Up a Rope to the Sky and The Seer, which dropped in August. The all-ages show starts at 9; ticket information can be found here. Watch their cover of  Joy Division‘s “Love Will Tear Us Apart” below.

The one and only Robert Glasper Experiment will be playing at World Cafe Live this evening. The jazz pianist and his band released their fifth album, Black Radio in February. The show tonight starts at 8; more details can be found here. Below you can stream his song “Afro Blue” featuring Erykah Badu.

XPN Welcomes alt rocker Mike Doughty to World Cafe Live at the Queen tonight. Doughty’s new album of covers, The Flip is Another Honey, will be available November 6th, and features guest singer Roseanne Cash on Johnny Cash’s “Take Me Home, Country Roads.” The show tonight begins at 8; more ticket information can be found here. Listen to Doughty’s “Take Me Home, Country Roads” with Roseanne Cash below.

Shout out to the Royal Potato Family! XPN Welcomes experimental pianist Marco Benevento will be rocking out at The Blockley tonight! Benevento’s fourth full length record, Tigerface, was released in September. This 21+ show begins at 9 PM; more details can be found here. Check out Benevento’s video for “Limbs of a Pine” below.



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