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.

Saturday, 8/11: Counting Crows at BB&T Pavilion

Cali-hailing 90’s rock icons Counting Crows bring their 25 Years and Counting Tour to BB&T Pavilion Saturday. Somewhere Under Wonderland was their last full-length album, and lead single “Palisades Park” is an eight-minute long, piano-driven, imagery-laden tune, demonstrating their instrumental and lyrical prowess.
//6:30 p.m., $30, AA // TIX + INFO – M.H.

Saturday 8/11: H.C. McEntire at Union Transfer

H.C. McEntire, frontwoman of Mount Moriah, joins Pedro the Lion for a leg of his U.S. tour this summer. After three albums with Mount Moriah, McEntire released her solo debut, Lionheart, at the top of this year on Merge Records. Lyrically the album features McEntire’s experiences of being gay and out in rural North Carolina, and attempting to unify those who see differently. // 8:30 p.m., $22, AA // TIX + INFO – Jack Madden

Saturday 8/11: The Classic Hunt at Boot & Saddle

Philly five-piece The Classic Hunt opens the night Saturday at Boot & Saddle. The band released their latest EP, titled The Lyrids, this past April, which coincided with the meteor shower of the same name. The band’s experimental brand of rock blends deep grooves with contemplative lyrics, a combination sure to stun the Boot & Saddle back room. // 8:30 p.m., $10, 21+ // TIX + INFO – J.M.

Sunday 8/12: Trombone Shorty at Penn’s Landing Great Plaza

This Sunday, The Big Easy meets Penn’s Landing to celebrate the cultural and musical traditions of New Orleans, courtesy of party-starter Trombone Shorty. Dubbed the “Voodoo Threauxdown,” Trombone Shorty and a host of other Nola artists will blend funk, jazz, and jam rock on the waterfront. Also appearing on the line-up are XPN-Fest vets Preservation Hall Jazz Band, who recently serenaded us both solo and alongside The War on Drugs at BB&T Pavilion during Day 2 of 2018’s XPN Fest. // 6:00 p.m., $48.50, AA // TIX + INFO – J.M.

Sunday 8/12: Gladys Knight and The O’Jays at The Mann Center

The “Empress of Soul” Gladys Knight performs Sunday night at The Mann Center alongside The O’Jays. Both acts were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for their contributions to the R&B, Soul, and Pop world from the 60’s and into the modern era. While the legendary pair previously played at The Academy of Music together back in 2015, the outdoor setting of The Mann in the late summer is sure to enhance the soulful set. // 8:00 p.m., $39.50, AA // TIX + INFO – J.M.

Sunday 8/12: Alice Bag at Johnny Brenda’s

Self-dubbed “punk feminist troublemaker,” the Los Angeles legend Alice Bag returns to Johnny Brenda’s Sunday night alongside Full Bush and Jenna Pup! (of HIRS, performing solo). In addition to releasing three solo albums since 2016, Bag has been a guest speaker at UPenn’s Kelly Writers House for the series Shifting the Gaze, a continued discussion surrounding women in the music industry, as well as appearing in the documentary “We’re Here, We’re Present: Women In Punk” in 2017. // 8:00 p.m., $12, 21+ // TIX + INFO – J.M.