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Just Announced: Earth, Wind & Fire and Chic to bring “2054: The Tour” to Wells Fargo Center in August

 

Earth Wind and Fire | Photo by John Vettese for WXPN
Earth Wind and Fire | Photo by John Vettese for WXPN

Nile Rodgers hinted at a rebirth of Chic with talks of their first new record in 25 years coming out in 2017, but now we’ve got something else to look forward to. Rogers and crew will be heading out on a summer tour (dubbed “2054: The Tour”) with the legendary Earth, Wind & Fire, landing at Wells Fargo Center on August 1st.

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Lauryn Hill, Sheryl Crow, Earth Wind and Fire and More: Take a peek at Philadelphia’s Musical Fourth of July past

Jill Scott  | Photo by Noah Silvestry | silvestography.tumblr.com
Jill Scott | Photo by Noah Silvestry | silvestography.tumblr.com

Tomorrow brings the annual Wawa Welcome America Celebration for the Fourth of July, featuring Philly’s own The Roots and other popular national acts like Ed Sheeran and Nicki Minaj – along with some up-and-coming acts on the side stages earlier in the day (check for Samantha Cressman’s spotlight on them this afternoon). As you gear up for this year’s don’t forget about how awesome the Welcome America festivities have been in years past. Below, check out a round of of videos to jog your memory.

Here’s The Roots in 2012 jamming with a whole slew of people from Joe Jonas, Queen Latifah, and Common to Daryl Hall, and even Lauryn Hill who randomly showed up as a special guest.

Here’s John Mayer performing “Waiting on the World to Change” also with The Roots last year

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Watch Michael McDonald, Schoolly D and Earth Wind and Fire performances from The Roots’ July 4th weekend jam

The Roots threw a big party this weekend, curating shows and headlining an all-star July 4th jam on the Parkway featuring Michael McDonald, Earth, Wind & Fire, Eddie Levert from The O’Jays, Boyz II Men and others. Below, check out some videos of the former Doobie Brother with The Roots, Earth, Wind & Fire and a jam from Schoolly D. Work Drugs played Sunday night at Johnny Brenda’s and you can check out John Vettese’s photo recap here.

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Weekend Picks: Work Drugs, Diplo + DJ Jazzy Jaff, Mercer Street Block Party, Philly 4th Of July Jam, ft: The Roots + Earth Wind And Fire and Michael McDonald

Work Drugs

FRIDAY, JULY 1 See-I + RK$TDY, DJ Ruder1 at World Cafe Live (8 p.m., $12); Goodnight Lights + In Grenada, Levee Drivers at Johnny Brenda’s (9 p.m., 21+, $10); Mr. Lif + Swift Technique, Citizen Xavier at Kung Fu Necktie (8 p.m., 21+, $18)

SATURDAY, JULY 2 El Fuego + Bonethrower, The Warhawks at Danger Danger Gallery (all ages, $5-$10); Breakwater at World Cafe Live (7:30 p.m., $30-$40)

SUNDAY, JULY 3 The dog days of summer typically begin right around the Fourth of July, so it’s appreciated in more ways than one that lo-fi chillers Work Drugs have been dropping plenty of new material to cool audiences off. The duo’s feel-good tunes are ideal for the season; evocative of sundresses, biking in the city, and water ice on stoops with good friends. This show will share a similar feel, as it’s a part of The Roots’ multi-show Fourth Of July Jam. Much of tonight’s material may come from Work Drugs’ new dreamy summer indie-rock release, the five-track Ice Wharf (Smooth P), which includes the new song “Ice Wharf,” three live tracks, and a great Summer Heart remix of “Rad Racer.” “Ice Wharf” is available for free download from SoundCloud, and the album is available for $2 from BandCamp. Work Drugs perform with CSLSX, Wrestling, and Smooth Sailing DJs: Red White & Smooth at Johnny Brenda’s at 9 p.m. (doors at 8 p.m.); tickets to the 21+ show are $10. —Claire Fishkow

Also playing: Diplo + DJ Jazzy Jaff & Dj Questlove, DJ Spinna, J Rocc at Club Voyeur (10 p.m., 21+, $29.50); Making Time with T3ETH + Puro Instinct, John Maus (6 p.m., 21+, $10-$12); Mercer Street Block Party featuring Cheers Elephant + Bandname, Tin Horses, Conversations With Enemies, Crills Wilson, Eric N Eric, Early Apes (free, 2 p.m.)

MONDAY, JULY 4 Philly 4th Of July Jam, ft: The Roots, Earth Wind And Fire, Michael McDonald, Estelle, Sara Bareilles, DJ Jazzy Jeff at Ben Franklin Parkway (free); Nobunny + TV Ghost, Joe Jack Talcum, The Pussy Dogs at Kung Fu Necktie (5 p.m., 21+, $10)

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The best 4th of July Welcome America lineup ever? We think so.

This morning Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter announced the lineup for this year’s 4th of July free concert on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. We can now forgive the City for the past musical 4th of July sins of having to sit through performances by The Goo Goo Dolls, Sheryl Crow, and The Beach Boys. This year The Roots are headlining the concert with performances from Earth Wind & Fire, Michael McDonald, Sara Barielles, Estelle, and DJ Jazzy Jeff.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UsvNaOg459w

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20 albums you shouldn’t overlook in 2017

20 albums you shouldn’t overlook in 2017

The more of your life you spend consuming music, the more you realize an essential truth: the records deemed “the best” in any sort of ranking system — whether it be year-end lists or the Grammys — are not necessarily the ones you should be listening to.

Or not the only ones, rather. An as I said last year, the stuff everyone agrees on is a mere starting point. So while we brought you The Key’s top 15 albums of 2017 earlier this month, today we encourage you to dig deeper and further explore the spectrum of compelling music that was released this year. For this list, we highlight critics’ favorites from The Key’s staff of contributors; albums that topped individual lists but did not crack our overall top 15.

From the life-affirming punk rock of Amanda X to the eviscerating metal of Converge, the defiant electro rock of Fever Ray to the compellingly personal rap of Ruby Ibarra, our writers and photographers make their case for those albums: why they moved them, why they impressed them, why they loved them and why they’re important for you to listen to in 2017. Read (and listen) on for The Key’s roundup of 20 albums you should not overlook in 2017. –John Vettese
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Items Tagged Philadelphia: And so it goes, some things are meant to be

Overwinter | photo by facebook.com/overwinterpa

Here at The Key, we spend a lot of time each week digging through every new release from Philadelphia that shows up on Bandcamp. At the end of each week, we present you with the most interesting, most unusual and overall best of the bunch: this is Items Tagged Philadelphia.

Oh my. Has it really been… *gulp* …43 days since our last edition of Items Tagged Philadelphia? Kindly disregard the word “weekly” in that intro blurb up there, and trust me when I say that I never stopped listening to all the amazing Philadelphia music making its way on to Bandcamp this autumn, even if I fell short on time to tell y’all about it.

Hopefully today’s installment, which rounds up some 24 releases that I dug in recent weeks, will make up for it. Continue reading →

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Philadelphia Jazz Project launches Satellites Are Spinning, a six-month series celebrating Sun Ra, this Friday at The Barnes

via facebook.com/SunRaMusic

“If you ain’t crazy, then you ain’t trying to get nothing done. They called Sun Ra crazy too!” -Homer Jackson

Homer Jackson is a man on a mission. In 2011, Jackson founded The Philadelphia Jazz Project, a non-profit organization that stretches across the generational gap with a host of creative, eclectic projects and programming in the form of mixtapes, radio shows, live concerts and more. Speaking from his home in Philly, Jackson is excited about his role as PJP founder/director and his work as an advocate for the greatest art form ever produced on american soil. “I’m part curator and part instigator,” he said. “You can think of me as Johnny Appleseed and Che Guevara. Sometimes you gotta plant seeds and sometimes you gotta throw a hand grenade and blow shit up!”

Satellites Are Spinning is the latest in PJP’s effort to expand the city’s jazz culture. An ambitious 8-concert series, its goal is celebrating the musical legacy of jazz innovator and 21st century iconoclast, Sun Ra. Continue reading →