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 →
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.
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 →
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.)
“It better be alright because that’s what’s happening.”
This is the response Patti Smith offered to a gracious fan after having to restart a song midway through her Monday night performance at Philly’s Metropolitan Opera House. It was delivered in good humor but also succinctly summed up Smith’s performance, and her iconoclastic role in music in general. The indomitable “punk poet laureate” has always embodied a no-frills, no-fucks spirit and sincerity that the genre represents at its best. Over a two-hour, sixteen song set that blended classics, covers, and banter, that spirit of spontaneity filled the venue to render it, and the crowd inside it, electric. Continue reading →
Happy Jazz Appreciation Month! In case you missed it, in 2002, the Smithsonian National Museum of American History declared April as Jazz Appreciation Month, or JAM. What better way is there to celebrate the heritage and history of jazz in Philadelphia than with this news of an exclusive, one-night-only double header of Herbie Hancock and Kamasi Washington at The Met on August 4th? Continue reading →
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 →
Mural Arts Philadelphia is hosting a rededication of TheLegendary 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 →
David Grayhas announced his first album in nearly five years; called Gold In A Brass Age, it’s out March 8. After the album’s release, the English singer-songwriter will head out on a lengthy European and North American tour that finds him at Philly’s new Metropolitan Opera House on May 31. Continue reading →
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 →