The Week Ahead: The Gaslight Anthem, Ali Wadsworth, Lady Alma, Philadelphia Folk Fest and more

Photo by: Ellen Miller |
Ali Wadsworth | photo by Ellen Miller |

Anniversaries, goodbyes, festivals, fundraisers and at least one Saturday night dance party — here are 13 concerts you can see in and around Philadelphia this week.

Wednesday 8/15: The Gaslight Anthem at The Fillmore

New Brunswick, NJ rock and roll four-piece The Gaslight Anthem celebrates ten years of its sophomore record The ’59 Sound this Wednesday night at The Fillmore. Back in 2008, the band was one of the few of their generation infusing Springsteen-esque anthems into their overdriven rock, but in tandem with Against Me!, they reshaped punk rock for a new generation. // 7:30 p.m., $35, AA // TIX + INFO

Wednesday 8/15: Bucolic at World Cafe Live

In the upstairs mix at World Cafe Live this Wednesday, alongside local pop impressionists Grandchildren and surf-rockers Blushed, is New Jersey curiosity Bucolic. A project of singer and songwriter Seth Carpenter, the band mixes effervescent psychedelia with rootsy folk and earthy toned arrangements. Following up on the April EP Glow Worm, Bucolic released the radiant “Unconscious Color,” with more music on the way. // 8:00 p.m., $7, AA // TIX + INFO

Thursday 8/16: Ali Wadsworth at Johnny Brenda’s

She’s been the voice of a dozen local bands over the past dozen years, but this week, Philly’s Ali Wadsworth bids her longtime home farewell for a new start on the west coast. She’s going out in a big way, proper Ali style, and a big Bye For Now celebration gig at Johnny Brenda’s on Thursday night. On the bill is Found Wild, the new project of Tim Arnold and Keith Goodwin of Good Old War, as well as “The Ghosts of Bands Past” — which can mean anybody from Unlikely Cowboy to Fantasy Square Garden. // 9:00 p.m., $10, 21+ // TIX + INFO

Thursday 8/16: Blowdryer at Everybody Hits

Nervy Philly punk rock trio Blowdryer just released their self-titled LP, a concentrated burst of high-energy jams in the vein of Devo and The Wipers earlier this year. This Thursday, they return to Everybody Hits to shred on some of its songs and share a bill with Pinkwash, Joey Sprinkles, and Jon Ehrens.  // 8:00 p.m., $5, AA // TIX + INFO

Thursday 8/16: Cake at Mann Center

Sardonic NoCal songwriting outfit Cake is part of a 90s-tastic double bill with Ben Folds at The Mann Center this Thursday night. The band’s most recent record was 2011’s Showroom of Compassion, but a long-awaited new album is supposedly in the works. Get your bucket hats and air-trumpet skills ready. // 7:00 p.m., $39.50 – $79.50, AA // TIX + INFO

Thursday 8/16: TacocaT at Boot and Saddle

Seattle punk four piece TacocaT hasn’t released a record since 2016’s Lost Time, but that won’t stop them from headlining Boot & Saddle this Thursday. Their riffs are tight, their songs are clever, and they’ll add some much-needed levity to your week. // 7:30 p.m., $45 – $80, AA // TIX + INFO

Thursday 8/16: Hoots and Hellmouth at Spruce Street Harbor Psrk

Philly favorites Hoots and Hellmouth have evolved from bootstomping, guitar strumming, wild folky guys into a more expansive, meditative and soulful sounding ensemble over their twelve years together. Tonight, they’ll play a free concert at Spruce Street Harbor Park with DJ Jeff White spinning an opening set. Their most recent record was 2016’s In The Trees Where I Can See; watch the music video for “Dicton” below. // 8:00 p.m., FREE, AA // INFO

Friday 8/17: Philadelphia Folk Festival

The 57th annual Philadelphia Folk Festival kicks off Friday night at Old Pool Farm in Upper Salford, Pennsylvania, and runs through Sunday. In that time span, you’ll have the opportunity to experience a spectrum of music and culture including headliners Patty Griffin, Valerie June, and Wynona Judd, locals like Tin Bird Choir and Black Horse Motel, dance workshops, campground tomfoolery and more. Go for the day, or go for the whole weekend. // 11:00 a.m., $195 – $250, AA // TIX + INFO

Saturday 8/18: Great Weights at Children’s Community School

Propulsive Philly hardcore band Great Weights is playing its last gig before heading into the studio to record its next album, and it’s an important one. Along with dozens of other bands and visual artists, this benefit at Children’s Community School in West Philly supports the Trans Equity Project, Philadelphia’s only social service organization run by and for trans folks. Great Weights released a remarkable self-titled EP earlier this year that fused the rage of Bikini Kill with the the atmospheric expanses of At The Drive-In, and they’ll share the bill with Philly’s incredible Soul Glo, and the first-ever show from Rainbow Crimes, a new band featuring Katy Otto (of Callowhill, Trophy Wife, and Del Cielo) and Alex Smith (of Solarized, as well as a contributor to The Key). // 7:00 p.m., $8 – $15, AA // TIX + INFO

Saturday 8/18: Toots and the Maytals at The Mann

If the weather holds up this weekend, the Reggae In the Park gig at The Mann seems like a blissed-out way to spend a sunny afternoon. Time your arrival so you don’t miss May Pen, Jamaica legends Toots and the Maytals, whose importance to ska and rocksteady can not be understated (and whose live show is always a blast).  // 1:30 p.m., $39.50 – $129.50, AA // TIX + INFO

Saturday 8/18: Lady Alma at Ardmore Music Hall

One of the most celebrated voices of Philly’s neo-soul era, Lady Alma, is experiencing something of a renaissance. Still riding high on her banger of a single “It’s House Music,” she’s been known to make pop-up appearances around the city the past couple years, from the Kindred Presents series of gigs to Chill Moody’s Philly All-stars set a couple weekends ago at Ardmore Music Hall. This Saturday, she returns to Ardmore, along with her old friend King Britt, to open for Brooklyn groove-riders Tortured Soul. // 8:00 p.m., $25, 21+ // TIX + INFO

Saturday 8/18: MIKE at PhilaMOCA

New York rapper MIKE absorbs music like a sponge, whether you’re talking the weird and warped psychedelic R&B he took in during his time living with family in England, or the closer-to-home hip-hop jams he heard while growing up in New Jersey or living in The Bronx upon his return to the states. His records are weird, immersive and undeniably cool, and Saturday night he headlines PhilaMOCA with local fave Ivy Sole in the mix. // 8:00 p.m., $14, AA // TIX + INFO

Sunday 8/19: Bardo Pond at Johnny Brenda’s

Long-running Philly psych outfit Bardo Pond returns to Johnny Brenda’s on Sunday night for a night of heavy and heady vibes. Their last record, 2017’s Under the Pines, was a majestic outing as only these veteran soundscapers can pull off, and they’ll be joined at JBs by Mount Vengeance and Concentration Moon. // 8:00 p.m., $12, 21+ // TIX + INFO



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