Tonight’s Concert Picks: 4th of July Jam at the Parkway, Toy Soldiers and Lawsuits at Jamaican Jerk Hut, The Downtown Club at Ortlieb’s



It’s 4th of July again, and that means another 4th of July Jam at the Parkway.  Aside from the free food and events throughout the day, there’s an amazing lineup of musicians that you can see for free.  The list includes John Mayer, Jill Scott, Ne-Yo, Grace Potter, J. Cole, Ben Taylor, Marsha Ambrosius and of course The Roots.  All of this hosted by comedian Kevin Hart.

If you get an early start, there’s even a second stage for up-and-coming artists – dubbed The Questlove Stage – featuring Gliss, Chill Moody, and more. As far as price and lineup go, you can’t get much better than this.  All you have to do is show up at the Ben Franklin Parkway. And who knows what kinds of surprises The Roots might have in store. At their Roots Picnic, Meek Mill did a guest appearance during their set. Last year at the 4th of July Jam, soul singer / rapper Lauryn Hill surprised the crowd with a blistering appearance. Watch video of Hill and the Roots below.

At The Jamaican Jerk Hut, we’ve got Philly bands Toy Soldiers and The Lawsuits playing a 4th of July BBQ.  There couldn’t be a more suited pair to play a show together.  Both play their own blend of Americana-rock and both bands have new albums set for release this fall.  Check out a few of the groups’ songs below and click here for ticket information.

They recently did an amazing Key Studio Session and now they’re back for more; The Downtown Club are playing a 4th of July show at Ortlieb’s.  The band’s music is dark and heavy, yet danceable, especially with the soaring voice of April Harkanson. The Downtown Club is set to release a new EP this August, but in the meantime you can check out a performance of “Victoria” from their session below and see them at Ortlieb’s tonight.



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