Tonight’s Concert Picks: Spank Rock at Underground Arts, Ceremony at First Unitarian Church, Chelsea Reed and Fairweather Five at Ardmore Music Hall

Spank Rock | Photo by John Vettese
Spank Rock | Photo by John Vettese

Philadelphia via Baltimore hiphop artist Spank Rock (aka Naeem Juwan) will be playing Underground Arts this Saturday. Last year, Spank Rock teamed up with longtime collaborator Amanda Black for their club track “We Can Go All Night”. He also played alongside the Walkmen, Sun Ra Arkestra and Sharon Van Etten at the Rail Park Benefit at Union Transfer. He recently released another single, “Gully” which promptly got remixed by Brodinski. In addition he made a mixtape for Jump Philly with DJ Sylo. Listen to the remix of “Gully” below. Get more details about the show at the XPN Concert Calendar.

California punk band Ceremony will be rocking out at First Unitarian Church. The group has a new LP coming out soon on Matador, a follow up to 2012’s Zoo and split EP with Titus Adronicus. The group was recently a part of a Nirvana “In Utero” tribute album. Indie magazine, Tiny Mix Tapes, posted an interesting quiz earlier this month about what to wear to a Ceremony Concert. Ceremony will be playing with Nothing, Dangers and Iron Lung. Listen to “Hysteria” off of Zoo below. Get more details here.

Last but not least are the local retro jazz outfit Chelsea Reed and the Fairweather Five. The group’s nostalgic yet authentic renditions of jazz and blues standards were evident in their Key Studio Session. The group also played a Rhythm Session. What is surprising and wonderful is that the group doesn’t try to put a modern twist on the music. Instead, as Key editor John Vettese described, they “play it like a jazz band of old would – a vocal theme at the beginning, a string of impressive solos swapped between all the players, and a return to the theme at the end.” Listen to “The Devil’s Gonna Getcha” from their studio session below. Get more details here.

Also playing:

Meek Mill at Liacouras Center ($36.50-$95, 8:00 pm, all ages)

Camera Obscura at World Cafe Live ($20, 7:30 pm, all ages)

Tall Tall Trees at Tellus 360 ($10, 8:00 pm, 21+)

Plow United at Boot and Saddle ($12, 8:00 pm, 21+)

Plow United – “Human 2000” from BVBBG on Vimeo.

Cheers Elephant at Chameleon Club ($10, 8:00 pm, All ages)

Yes at Tower Theater ($35-95, All ages, 8:00 pm)



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