Tonight’s Concert Picks: The Rail Park Benefit at Union Transfer, Erin McKeown Anti-Holiday Spectacular at Ardmore Music Hall, Lupe Fiasco at The Trocadero and more

Photo by Joe Del Tufo
Photo by Joe Del Tufo

Tonight, Union Transfer hosts a star-studded fundraiser concert for The Rail Park – a proposed public green space built along the rail tracks of the abandoned reading viaduct. The concert, which looks to raise money for the first phase of the project, will feature performances by Birdie Busch, Sharon Van Etten, Spank Rock and more. It also includes what is rumored to be The Walkmen‘s final performance…at least for a long time. All of the event’s proceeds will benefit Friends of the Rail Park; get tickets here.

Folk-rock singer-songwriter Erin McKeown is offering something a bit different from your typical holiday celebration tonight at Ardmore Music Hall. The first set will draw from McKeown’s discography, including her latest album MANIFESTRA, while the second set (the anti-holiday spectacular) will consist of riotous tunes from her 2011 anti-holiday album F*CK THAT!. Watch her play “Christmas (Love It Or Leave It)” below.

Socially-conscious hip-hop emceee Lupe Fiasco will hit the stage at the Trocadero tonight. Lupe is best known for his intelligent rhymes that comment on the state of hip-hop, politics, and American society as a whole. But don’t expect to hear this kind of commentary on his new album, Tetsuo & Youth. The Chicago rapper recently told Rolling Stone: “For some people it’s gonna be a shock, because there are no politics on the record.” He’s purposely shifting gears to give the world something new and fresh. Listen to him yearn for “Old School Love” below.

Also playing…

John Medeski at World Cafe Live (8:00 p.m., $20-$30)

Matisyahu at The Blockley (8:30 p.m., $35-40)

Jingle Ball at Wells Fargo Center featuring Fall Out Boy, Paramore, Robin Thicke, and more (7:30 p.m., $39.50-$250)

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