The Week Ahead: Hiss Golden Messenger, DJ Jazzy Jeff, Caracara, State Property and more

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DJ Jazzy Jeff | photo by John Vettese for WXPN
DJ Jazzy Jeff | photo by John Vettese for WXPN

It’s another chill week, but we’re fortunate in Philly when a chill week still means we’ve got a diverse spread of concert options large and small. The DIY scene goes acoustic in the First Unitarian Church side chapel, a Philly legend cuts it up on the 1’s and 2’s, a cult favorite of reggae at Kung Fu Necktie, and a reunion by a force of nature in 90s rap: here are ten concerts to see all around Philadelphia in the next seven days. 

Tuesday 12/18: Lindsey Stirling at The Met

Over the past decade, Lindsey Stirling has gone from a YouTube sensation pigeonholed as the “dubstep violinist” to a songwriter and soundscaper whose performances highlight her instrumental prowess and choreographic skill. Last year, Stirling released her first holiday album, Warmer In The Winter, and this week she brings its renditions of Tchaikovsky, “Carol of the Bells,” and songs about The Grinch to The Met Philly. // 7:30 p.m., $39, AA // TIX + INFOJohn Vettese

Wednesday 12/19: Hiss Golden Messenger at Union Transfer

Duram, North Carolina singer-songwriter M.C. Taylor released his ninth album under the Hiss Golden Messenger banner last autumn. Hallelujah Anyhow references gospel music in its title (watch this video for vibes from Rev. Clay Evans) while the music is the elegant and introspective roots / Americana that Taylor has built a career on over the past 11 years. This Wednesday, Hiss Golden Messenger returns to Union Transfer for a headlining performance to wrap up 2018. // 7:30 p.m., $20, AA // TIX + INFOJ.V.

Wednesday 12/19: Boot and Saddle Holiday Flea Market

South Philly venue Boot and Saddle has packed it January calendar full of benefits for local community organizations over the past several years, and they’re getting a jump-start on that this Wednesday night with a Holiday Flea Market to support local immigration advocacy group Juntos. Performing at the show are Kahlil Ali, Curtis Cooper, Beach Bod, and Coping Skills (the members of which might have been your servers last time you were there) and the venue and restaurant will be filled with crafts, clothing, jewelry and more. Additionally, the venue will be canned food and hygienic products during the event to benefit local women’s shelters. // 7:30 p.m., $5, AA // TIX + INFOJ.V.

Thursday 12/20: Roger Harvey Family at First Unitarian Church

Philly singer-songwriter Roger Harvey has been developing a unique model of gigs over the past couple years, rolling out the Roger Harvey Family series in various cities across North America. The concept is pretty much an in-the-round mode of performing, where Harvey connects with friends in each city to join him. Wrapping up the year this Thursday in the side chapel of the First Unitarian Church, Harvey will be joined by Kayleigh Goldsworthy, PJ Bond, Anika Pyle of Katie Ellen, Mimi Gallagher of Eight, Jeff Riddle and more. // 7:00 p.m., $20, AA // TIX + INFOJ.V.

Thursday 12/20: DJ Jazzy Jeff at The Queen

Though we tend to associate him with Philadelphia and his old partner in hip-hop, The Fresh Prince, turntablist legend DJ Jazzy Jeff has called Delaware home for the past decade and a half. Which makes his Thursday night appearance at The Queen in Wilmington a hometown show of sorts. Jeff’s sets are typically custom-designed for the audience he finds himself in front of, whether that be the hit parade we heard when he opened for Jill Scott this summer, or his Boiler Room showcase from a couple years back where our John Morrison praised how his “maddeningly eclectic set stretched across the musical landscape, effortlessly bouncing from Kendrick Lamar to Lenny Kravitz, Lionel Richie to 50 Cent, Toto and Joni Mitchell.” Give that performance a watch below.  // 9:00 p.m., $15, AA // TIX + INFOJ.V.

Friday 12/21: Caracara at Everybody Hits

Friday brings a double bill of Beach Bunny and Field Medic to the batting cages, with an opening set from locals Caracara. The four-piece released their debut album Summer Megalith last year, and after a quiet 2018 they resurfaced recently with a video for “Evil” and a promise of new music on the way. // 8 p.m., $10, AA // TIX + INFO – Sarah Hojsak

Saturday 12/22: Mars Parker and Friends at Underground Arts

Mars Parker, an up-and-coming voice in Philly R&B, will throw a holiday party at Underground Arts this Friday, with a stacked roster of guests including Lucas Wolf, Ruffin, Cain Kerner and more. A composer, producer, and audio engineer, Parker debuted with his album FRAGiLE and has an increasingly robust SoundCloud catalogue. // 8 p.m., $12-$15, 21+ // TIX + INFO – S.H.


Saturday 12/22: Sister Nancy at Kung Fu Necktie

DJ, singer and reggae icon Sister Nancy returns to Philly for a show at Kung Fu Necktie this Saturday night. Known as the first female dancehall DJ and remembered for her 80s hit “Bam Bam,” Sister Nancy has released only two albums over her 30-plus year career, most recently Sister Nancy Meets Fireproof in 2007. // 7:30 p.m., $20, 21+ // TIX + INFO – S.H.

Saturday 12/22: Mutlu at The Locks at Sona

Philly-­based singer­-songwriter Mutlu makes an appearance at Manayunk’s newest venue, The Locks at Sona, this Saturday. The soulful musician has been cutting his teeth on the local circuit for over a decade, and is known for sitting in with Amos Lee’s band. He released his last EP, The Dream Book, a few years ago. // 8 p.m., $15-$20, 21+ // TIX + INFO – S.H.

Sunday 12/23: State Property at The Fillmore

Wrapping up our week of concerts before things go quiet for the holidays is State Property, who will be playing a hometown headlining show at The Fillmore on Sunday. The Philly rap group led by Beanie Sigel debuted in 2002 with the soundtrack to the film of the same name, and have been making music as State Property off and on ever since, most recently 2011’s The Return Of State Property. // 8 p.m., $30, AA // TIX + INFO – S.H.

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