The Week Ahead: Phish, Gary Clark Jr., Gladys Knight, Alice Bag and more

Gary Clark Jr. at Made In America | Photo by Cameron Pollack for WXPN
Gary Clark Jr. at Made In America | Photo by Cameron Pollack for WXPN

Starting tonight when jam band fans converge on the BB&T Pavilion and going through Sunday when underground punks converge on Johnny Brenda’s, this week is anything but light when it comes to live music. Here are fifteen concerts to see in and around Philly in the next seven days.

Tuesday 8/7: Phish at BB&T Pavilion

Though it’s not anything comparable to their recent 26-night Madison Square Garden residency, we do get two nights of Phish at the BB&T Pavilion this Tuesday and Wednesday. These shows will be their first Philly-area appearances in two years, and their last album was 2016’s Big Boat. Phish frontman Trey Anastasio recently toured solo, though, so who’s to say what surprises the band may have in store. // 7:30 p.m., $45 – $80, AA // TIX + INFO – Sarah Hojsak

Tuesday 8/7: Strawberry Runners at Johnny Brenda’s

Following the release of their recent 5-track EP, In the Garden, In the Night last fall, Philly transplants Strawberry Runners can often be found gigging around their new hometown, both solo and as a full band. This Tuesday they’ll open for Jeffrey Lewis & Los Bolts at Johnny Brenda’s; also on the lineup is Philly supergroup Hour. Listen to the perfect late-summer track, “Dog Days,” below. // 8 p.m., $12, 21+ // TIX + INFO – S.H.

Wednesday 8/8: Gary Clark Jr. at Musikfest

Bethlehem’s annual 10-day music festival continues this week, bouncing back from a rocky start due to flooding. The return happens just in time for XPN favorite Gary Clark Jr. to perform. One of the best guitarists out there, the Grammy-winning musician is as well-known for his Beatles cover as he is for his own blues-infused solo work; his last original album was 2015’s The Story Of Sonny Boy Slim. // 7 p.m., $39 – $59, AA // TIX + INFO – S.H.

Wednesday 8/8: Dom Flemons at Hopewell Theater

Self-described American Songster and co-founder of the Grammy-winning Carolina Chocolate Drops, Dom Flemons brings his classic Americana sound to New Jersey’s Hopewell Theater this Wednesday night. Flemons’ latest release is the 18-track volume Black Cowboys, out now, which pays tribute to the Wild West era and the African American pioneer history that helped shape the U.S. // 7:30 p.m., $28 – $34, AA // TIX + INFO – S.H.

Wednesday 8/8: Brasil Summerfest at World Café Live

The stacked lineup of Xenia Franca, Ava Rocha, Negro Leo and DJ Eduardo Brecho comes together for Brasil Summerfest upstairs at World Cafe Live this Wednesday. The touring festival, which originated in New York in 2011, is making its Philly debut with artists who embody the diverse music and culture of Brazil. Though Wednesday’s show is just a fraction of the weeklong NYC festival, it’s sure to provide an immersive glimpse into what the fest’s website calls “Brazil’s contagious fever.” // 8 p.m., $20, AA // TIX + INFO – S.H.




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