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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Mono at Johnny Brenda’s, Bob Beach at World Cafe Live, Philly Sings Philly at The Fire and more…

MONO | Photo via www.facebook.com/monoofjapan
MONO | Photo via www.facebook.com/monoofjapan

Instrumental act MONO headline Johnny Brenda’s tonight.  The Japanese post-rock band released its sixth record, For My Parents, in 2012.  Their dramatic and atmospheric sound has drawn comparisons to musical styles on both ends of the spectrum: Sonic Youth and Sigur Ros for its otherworldliness, and classical composers for its dynamics and depth.  Tickets and information for tonight’s 21+ show with Majeure can be found here.  Watch a live video of MONO performing “Pure as Snow” below.

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Celebrate Woody Guthrie’s 100th birthday with Mason Porter, Hezekiah Jones and more (tonight at World Cafe Live)

Next Saturday marks the 100th birthday of the man who charted the course of American folk music as we know it, Woody Guthrie. In celebration, a roster of regulars from the Philadelphia folk scene are converging on the World Cafe Live stage tonight to pay tribute in song. Led by long-standing West Chester folk trio Mason Porter, the bill will feature Hezekiah Jones, ubiquitous harmonica player Bob Beach, local troubador John Flynn, piano-playing storyteller Ben Smith, host of The Folk Show on WXPN and regional folk guru Gene Shay, and many more. Members of the Philadelphia Folksong Society receive a $2 discount at the door, and a portion of the show’s proceeds will benefit the Lansdowne Folk Club. The Woody Guthrie 100th Birthday Celebration With Mason Porter and Friends takes place at World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut Street, tonight at 7 p.m. Admission to the all-ages show is $10.

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Toy Soldiers, Eric Slick (of Dr. Dog) and more Philly bands to pay tribute to Levon Helm on June 12th at World Cafe Live

Many Philly bands are coming together on Tuesday, June 12th to pay tribute to The Band’s Levon Helm who passed away last month. Levon Helm: A Commemorative Tribute will feature Toy Soldiers, Eric Slick (of Dr. Dog) and friends, Levee Drivers, Kalob Griffin Band, Up the Chain, Brad Hinton, Chris Kasper, the Wadsworth Sisters, Birdie Busch, The Lawsuits, Bob Beach, Josh Olmstead, and more. Go here for tickets and more information about the show. Toy Soldiers are also performing Saturday, June 16th at World Cafe Live.

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