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Get a look inside Live Nation’s renovations Philadelphia Metropolitan Opera House

The Philadelphia Metropolitan Opera House in 1937 | via Curbed

Earlier this year, Live Nation signed a contract to lease the Philadelphia Metropolitan Opera House on 858 N. Broad Street in order to renovate it and turn it into their next big concert venue. With construction well underway, the historic theater is set to reopen as early as the end of 2018, and last week the folks at Curbed Philly got an inside look at the new venue. Continue reading →

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Philadelphia Metropolitan Opera House expected to open doors in 2018

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Artist’s rendering of The Met | photo via AOS Architects

After lighting up the Divine Lorraine last year, developer Eric Blumenfeld has set his sights on the long-shuttered Metropolitan Opera House at Broad and Poplar. Updates about the property have been trickling in since last November, but Philly.com is now reporting that the renovations have a budget of $45 million and an expected completion date of late 2018.

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Philadelphia Metropolitan Opera House renovations moving forward with Live Nation

Photo via AOS Architects

In November of 2016 it was reported that the historic Philadelphia Metropolitan Opera House was being developed to be a music venue, office space and a restaurant. Today, Curbed Philly reports that the Philadelphia Historical Commission’s architectural committee “unanimously approved plans to install multiple 1930s-era LED signs on the Philadelphia Metropolitan Opera House on North Broad,” and that Live Nation has “signed onto the project.” Continue reading →

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Historical Metropolitan Opera House rebirth is under way, beginning with Jazz Lives Philadelphia’s gig on 11/26

The Met | from facebook.com/JazzLivesPhiladelphia
The Met | from facebook.com/JazzLivesPhiladelphia

I’ve always believed a venue or concert hall doesn’t just enhance the sound of that night’s performers, but perfects the entire experience of going to a concert. While beautifully constructed venues such as Union Transfer and the Tower Theater have taken my personal cake recently, an old friend is about to re-enter that race.

The historical Metropolitan Opera House is opening its doors on November 26th after over 20 years of being closed to the public to house Jazz Lives Philadelphia‘s latest show “Jazz at the Met.” According to a report on Naked Philly, the building is being renovated, with plans for an office space and a 3,500 cap theater managed by Four Corners, operators of UT and Boot and Saddle. (CORRECTION: It was previously reported that Four Corners are operators of Union Transfer and Boot and Saddle. This is incorrect — Four Corners Management is no longer involved with those venues, and those venues are not connected to The Met. The Key regrets the error.)

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The Revivalists are a knockout alongside American Authors at The Met

The Revivalists | photo by Dylan Eddinger for WXPN | dylaneddinger.com

New Orleans natives The Revivalists played hit after hit for all their Philly friends at the still-new Metropolitan Opera House Saturday night. Supported by Boston’s American Authors, known for their hit “Best Day Of My Life” a couple years back, both bands brought a mostly seated crowd to their feet for the whole night. Featuring a cover of The Killers’ iconic “Mr. Brightside” and several just-released tracks, American Authors continuously thanked The Revivalists for including them on this tour after they played a show together early last year. The catchy pop-rock songs and engaging frontman made for the perfect opener. Continue reading →

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Mural Arts to rededicate Dixie Hummingbirds Mural this weekend

The Dixie Hummingbirds by Cliff Eubanks | photo by Jack Ramsdale

Mural Arts Philadelphia is hosting a rededication of The Legendary Dixie Hummingbirds mural, in honor of the gospel group’s 90th anniversary.

The Dixie Hummingbirds are a widely acclaimed gospel groups that originated in South Carolina in 1928, before moving to Philadelphia in the 1940s. The mural was created in 2005 by Cliff Eubanks and is located in North Philadelphia, just a block away from the Metropolitan Opera House where they often performed in the 1970s.

Along with the rededication ceremony, Mural Arts is announcing a new mural of Sister Rosetta Tharpe, the “Godmother of Rock and Roll”, created by Ernel Martinez. The Belize-born artist is currently based in Philly, and his socially engaging artwork focuses on community collaboration. Continue reading →

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Just Announced: John Legend will bring his Christmas tour to The Met in December

John Legend | photo by Doug Interrante for WXPN

Singer-songwriter John Legend is infused with the holiday spirit this year, and drops his first holiday LP, A Legendary Christmas, via Columbia Records on October 26th. The album features collaborations with Stevie Wonder and Esperanza Spalding, with Raphael Saddiq executive producing, and Legend takes the album on the road starting in mid-November and stretching to the end of the year. Continue reading →

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Kurt Vile returns with the expansive “Bassackwards” from his new album Bottle It In

Kurt Vile | photo by Jo McCaughey | courtesy of the artist

When Philadelphia’s newest concert venue, The Met, opens this December, hometown hero Kurt Vile will be there to celebrate. Vile has just announced that his new album, Bottle It In, will be released October 12 on Matador Records. Following the release, Vile will embark on a lengthy tour throughout the fall, winter and spring that will take him through many of the world’s iconic venues, but playing one of The Met’s first shows will certainly be a highlight. Along with today’s announcement Vile has also shared a new song off the forthcoming album, the nearly 10-minute “Bassackwards,” which Matador calls “the album’s beating heart.” Listen below.

The Met, once known as The Metropolitan Opera House, was built in 1908 but sat dormant for years before its recent rehabilitation, which intends to restore it to its former glory as a key piece of Philadelphia’s cultural scene. The North Broad Street venue will be Philadelphia’s largest non-arena venue and will host a variety of performers; its initial lineup of shows has just been announced and will include performances by Bob Dylan, Weezer, Amos Lee, and several more music and comedy acts. Continue reading →

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The Met Philadelphia reveals new interior renderings

The Met Philly, concert setup | image courtesy of LiveNation

The long-vacant Metropolitan Opera House on Broad and Poplar is inching towards reopening and rebranding as Philly’s latest and largest non-arena venue. This week, The Met Philadelphia shared new artistic renderings of the venue’s multi-use grand hall, the lobby, and bars outside the hall. Continue reading →