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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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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 →

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The Met Philadelphia announces December opening, gets action-packed trailer of renovation footage

via twitter.com/themetphilly

There’s a new venue coming to town. Once called the Philadelphia Metropolitan Opera House, and now rebranded simply as The Met Philadelphia, the rebirth of a long-dormant Philly venue was announced back in November of 2016, and a is starting to generate some buzz thanks to a new teaser video released earlier this week. The minute-long video details our city’s passion for art, culture, and history, while intertwining shots of Rocky, Jason Kelce (in full Mummer regalia), and footage of the venue mid-rehab.

The Met, boasting National Register of Historic Places-status since ’72, is located at 858 N. Broad St., close to the intersection of Broad and Poplar. The massive 39,200-square-foot building was built in 1908, and now, (*cue dramatic narrator voice*) nearly 110 years later, its doors will reopen once again and fill Philadelphia with world-class live music (*end dramatic voice*). Continue reading →

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From the Uptown to The Spectrum, take a musical tour of Broad Street

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The Spectrum in South Philadelphia, circa 1969 | photo by Michael J. Maicher | courtesy of the Temple University Urban Archives | digital.library.temple.edu

There’s a joke from comedian W.C. Fields that goes like this: “First prize was a week in Philadelphia. Second prize was two weeks.” Fields, who was born in the suburbs of our beloved city in the 1880s, knew its reputation for entertainment was, at the time, laughable. If you were a person in his audience, a person who paid money to be entertained, Philadelphia just wasn’t your bag. Even today, it’s likely you’ve had a conversation with an out-of-town friend that started or ended with them asking, “What’s there to do in Philly, anyway?”

We know there’s a lot. Specifically in music, with the come up of large venues like Union Transfer and The Fillmore, we’re getting less slack for being a flatline between New York and D.C. or Baltimore. Still, despite our scene — rich to us right now  — we’re kind of destined to forget the scene that came before us, or the one before that. It’s not our fault, it’s that these historic, exciting, tragic, romantic, piss-stained buildings, banquet halls and flophouses eventually close down. They disappear, and when they do, there’s no one really touting their memory.

Following the recent buzz around 858 N. Broad, a hulking figure in North Philly that was built in 1908 as The Metropolitan Opera House and recently purchased by Divine Lorraine developer Eric Blumenfeld for future renovation, we decided to play a game of Broad street memory lane. Read about some of the special places lodged in the history of the 14th Street music scene below. Continue reading →

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Daud El Bakara, Candice Hoyes and Ted Nash to play Jazz at the Met concert this weekend

Daud El Bakara | still from video
Daud El Bakara | still from video

Philadelphia’s historic Metropolitan Opera House is experiencing a rebirth this fall, with word that the promoters behind Union Transfer are Four Corners Management is looking to renovate it into a 3,500 cap room and a gig from Jazz Lives Philadelphia set to take place this weekend. (CORRECTION: It was previously reported that the promoters behind Union Transfer are involved at The Met. This is incorrect — Four Corners Management is no longer involved with Union Transfer, and Union Transfer is not connected to The Met. The Key regrets the error.)

Today, we have news of the artists behind that show, taking place Saturday, November 26th at 6 p.m.  Continue reading →