Lee Fields & The Expressions (and you) to cap off the second annual Make Music Philly on 6/21

Photo courtesy of the artist
Photo courtesy of the artist

On June 21st, Make Music Philly presents a full day of free genre-spanning musical performances all throughout the city to ring in summer solstice. The festivities will commence at Love Park where the date will be declared Make Music Philly Day followed by Philly Drum Project‘s “percussion party” where all local drummers can bring their equipment and join the group jam session.

The day will end with a performance by R&B singer Lee Fields & The Expressions at the Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing. Fields releases a new album, Emma Jean on June 3rd. Additionally, harmonica players will have a chance to shine as they are invited to join others who play the instrument for a harmonica jam session. Other events represent music across genres in different parts of town including performances from over 150 artists in neighborhoods and venues all around the city of Philadelphia.

Stay up-to-date on all the events happening near you by visiting Make Music Philly’s website beginning May 15th where you can search by neighborhood, genre, and time of day. Below, listen to Fields’ cover of JJ Cale’s “Magnolia” from Fields’ forthcoming record.


An explosive night on the river with Yeah Yeah Yeahs (photos, review, setlist)

Yeah Yeah Yeahs | Photo by Rachel Barrish | raddrhapsodies.comAll photos by Rachel Barrish |

On Tuesday night as Autumn fell upon us, the rockin’ NYC troupe Yeah Yeah Yeahs played a packed set at the River Stage at Penn’s Landing. Simply because it was a Tuesday night and an outdoor show, the evening ended just as the clock struck 10 p.m. But they didn’t let the early curfew stop them from playing favorites from their 2004 release Fever to Tell such as “Man” followed by an encore of “Maps” (of course) and ending with “Date with the Night”. YYY’s also performed new songs from their most recent release Mosquito that only a select few in the crowd picked up on lyrics-wise, but everyone still jumped up and down dancing and head bobbin’. Karen O ceased to to let the crowd down, entertaining while putting the microphone in her mouth…and in her pants. She emerged in her signature red fringed jacket and changing twice into her KO leather jacket and into a silver shiny overcoat. The fun didn’t stop when a cloud of paper white “Y”‘s exploded from the stage onto the audience. Check out photos from the set below, and read the setlist after the jump.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Childish Gambino and Chill Moody at Great Plaza, Sebadoh at Union Transfer, The Internet at the Barbary, and Carbon Leaf at Musikfest

Childish Gambino, the stage name of multi-talented rapper/actor/writer/comedian Donald Glover, will be making a stop in Philly on his Camp Tour tonight. The show, which takes place at 7:30PM at Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing, features a performance by Philly hip-hop artist Chill Moody. Tickets are available for $47.35 here. Watch Childish Gambino’s VMA-nominated music video “Bonfire” in the player below.

Sebadoh, one of the early pioneers of lo-fi indie rock who formed back in 1986, are coming to Union Transfer tonight. After going on hiatus, the band reunited in 2007 and have since been touring and released Secret EP on their Bandcamp page. The EP is available for digital download and physical copies are only available at shows on current tour. Opening up the show will be Sebadoh/Dinosaur Jr.‘s Lou Barlow performing a solo set and two-piece bass and drums duo from members of Sebadoh and the Fiery Furnaces, Circle of Buzzards. Doors open at 8PM and the show starts at 9PM. Tickets are available here for $16. Listen to Sebadoh’s Secret EP in the player below and, if you like what you hear, make sure to snatch up a limited edition physical copy at the show tonight.

The Internet is an electro hip-hop duo consisting of DJ/singer/producer Syd tha Kyd and producer Matt Martians of OFWGKTA. The show tonight with Kilo Kish was originally scheduled to take place at Johnny Brenda’s, but was recently relocated to The Barbary. The show is now all ages and tickets purchased through Johnny Brenda’s will be honored. Doors open at 7PM and the show starts at 7:30PM. Tickets can be purchased for $13 here.

Finally, indie rock band Carbon Leaf is playing a free show at Musikfest’s The Morning Call Plaza Tropical at Main and Spring Streets in Bethlehem, PA tonight at 6:30PM. For more info on the show, visit the Musikfest event page here. Watch the band’s music video for “Life Less Ordinary” in the player below.


Baby Loves Music Family Fun Fest coming to the Great Plaza September 18th

Even babies just need to get their dance on every once in a while. Baby Loves Disco, a group that organizes full-on dance parties for babies and their parents, has teamed up with Electric Factory Concerts to present Baby Loves Music Family Fun Fest 2011. The event will take place on Sunday, September 18th at the River Stage at Great Plaza, with the main stage featuring DJs, dance troupes, live musicians, and more. There will also be multiple ‘sound sections,’ each highlighting specific genres including jazz, salsa, hip-hop, and disco. Many other activities will be provided for families, such as face painting, tattoos, photo booths, a DJ scratch academy, and more. Also taking place at the festival will be the finals of the Philly’s Got Talent online video talent show, which is currently ongoing for kids 10 months to 10 years of age. The top three finalists, as voted by viewers, will perform live and be featured on the local news.

There will be two separate shows on the day of the event, one from 11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., and one from 3 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. There is currently a 25% discounted early bird special on tickets, in effect until August 14th. Tickets are available for $20 per person or $70 for a family four-pack; tickets for the 11 a.m. show can be found here and for the 3 p.m. show here.

Check out this promo video for some more information on the Fun Fest: