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.

Thursday 8/9: Killiam Shakespeare at Spruce Street Harbor Park

There’s no better way to wind down the tail-end of summer than chilling in a hammock and listening to live music. R&B five-piece Killiam Shakespeare continues the Waterfront Sessions at Spruce Street Harbor Park this Thursday. Their experimental beats blend hip-hop, funk and soul and their latest single “Party & Chill” features entrancing vocals from Reesa Rae, her voice effortlessly riding the low key grooves. // 6:30 p.m., Free, AA // INFO – Mariah Hall

Thursday 8/9: Mesmeric Haze at Johnny Brenda’s

Although the band only came into fruition a couple of years ago, Mesmeric Haze has an established niche in the realm of psychedelic rock. They just released an EP, The Spacement Tapes, a winding, cosmic piece that stretches into a free-form basement jam without losing itself. If you’re a Dead Head longing for some 60’s revival, check them out at Johnny Brenda’s. // 9:00 p.m., $10, 21+ // TIX + INFO – M.H.

Thursday 8/9: Glenn Jones at The Sound Hole

The Sound Hole seems like an unlikely venue for a seasoned musician like Glenn Jones, who since 1989 has lead the instrumental rock band Cul de Sac. His solo work is composed of gently whimsical acoustic guitar tunes, manipulating strings with skill and unmatched precision. His latest album, The Giant Who Ate Himself, drops later this month. // 8:00 p.m., $10, AA // INFO – M.H.

Friday 8/10: Jeremih at Union Transfer

R&B singer Jeremih has been churning out pop hits since 2009. He recently announced a collaboration with PartyNextDoor on a joint album and this past year has released several singles; “The Light,” featuring rapper Ty Dolla Sign, is a seductive track with snaking beats and twittering click-track. Jeremih kicks off this weekend with a performance at Union Transfer. // 8:30 p.m., $40, 18+ // TIX + INFO – M.H.