Tonight’s Concert Picks: 2nd Street Fest in Northern Liberties, The Last Poets at The Blockley, Reggae in the Park at The Mann


Today from noon to 10 P.M. in Northern Liberties, the 2nd Street Festival brings a variety of food vendors, crafters and local musicians to the neighborhood. Four stages are in place for performances and other events, which have all been programmed by the Philadelphia Folksong Society. The line-up is extensive and is sure to not disappoint, including acts such as Laser Background, the West Philadelphia Orchestra and headlineres The Low Anthem. Take a look at the video for The Low Anthem’s single “Boeing 737” and find tickets and info here.

Considered one of the earliest influences on hip-hop, The Last Poets arose during the 1960s black nationalist and civil rights movements, and combine spoken verse with beat-backed rhymes. The Last Poets have worked more recently with artists such as Nas and Common and will take to the stage at The Blockley in the name of U.S. held political prisoner, Russell Maroon Shoatz. They will be joined by Hakim Green of Channel Live, Rahnda Rize and Oluwafemi. Listen to this powerful and poignant recording of “When the Revolution Comes.” You can find information and tickets here.

Located in the heart of Fairmount Park, the second annual “Reggae in the Park” offers live DJ sets, arts and crafts vendors and diverse cuisine — and of course, an incredible line-up of reggae performances. The event will feature two stages, the Mann’s Main Stage and the Skyline Stage, where artists like Beres Hammond and Shaggy can groove and then groove some more. The showtime is set for 1:30 P.M., so make sure to get there ahead of time to pick out the perfect spot. Check out the video for Beres Hammond’s “I Feel Good,” and look for tickets and information here.



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