Tonight is all about listening to music in the great outdoors. Our first pick for this evening is a free show in Rittenhouse Square featuring Philly country rock band The Lawsuits and local hip-hop group Ground Up. The show is part of the 22nd annual Concerts in the Park series that runs from 7 to 9 p.m. The Lawsuits will be playing all night, kicking the show off with their rollicking country-infused rock sound and then providing back up for Ground Up’s headlining set. Bring a blanket and a picnic dinner and hang out with some friends in the park listening to some good local music. Ground Up recently stopped by out studio at World Cafe Live to record a Key Studio Session. Listen to the Key Session here.
Folk singer-songwriter Jonatha Brooke is also playing a free outdoor show tonight. The concert takes place at Haddon Lake Park in Haddon Heights, New Jersey and kicks off at 7:30PM with a performance by Philly singer-songwriter Ryan Tennis. Listen to Ryan Tennis’ album Goodbye to the Ground in the player below.
Soulful rock experimentalists Ava Luna are returning to Philly for a show tonight at Johnny Brenda’s. They call themselves “nervous soul”; shaking feelings mixed with powerful chords and earfuls of synthesizers. The seven piece group released their debut LP, Ice Level earlier this year on Infinite Best Recordings. They were also featured in Weathervane Music‘s Shaking Through series, watch them record “Water Duct” in the episode below. Ava Luna plays tonight along with Auctioneer, this 21+ show starts at 9 PM. You can grab your tickets here.
The Left Banke has been called one of the originators of baroque pop music. They had their first major hit with “Walk Away Renee” in 1966, only a year after they had been playing together. Their vocal harmonies, classical arrangements, and use of various instruments account for their worthy performances. Check them out tonight at World Cafe Live downstairs at 8 p.m. Tickets are $28 plus processing fees.
Tommy Conwell, better known for his days as the frontman of the Philadelphia band, Tommy Conwell & The Young Rumblers, plays tonight at Haddon Lake Park. This concert is free for all ages and starts at 7:30 p.m. Get directions and more information here.
Finally, country rock legend and singer/songwriter Willie Nelson is playing at the TD Bank Arts Center in Sewell, New Jersey. He will be joined by his son Patrick and other members of the family. They played at our annual Non-Comm earlier this May, you can listen to that performance here. (via the XPN media player). Tickets to tonight’s performance range from $29-59; the show takes off at 7:30 p.m.
Mike Doughty recently released his new album The Question Jar Show, a two disc collection of 28 live recordings from his Question Jar tour in 2009. Also, earlier this spring he began releasing a song a week for 32 weeks to his fans from his subscription based album, Lo-Fi Lodge. Doughty plays tonight at Haddon Lake Park in Camden with special guest, Griz. The show begins at 7:30 PM and is totally FREE!
R5 Productions presents Alberta Cross tonight at Johnny Brenda’s in support of their new album, Songs of Patience; an album title with literal meaning to the process of its creation. Opening acts include Everest, Aaron Lee Tasjan, and Mach 22. Tickets to this 21+ show are $12, show begins at 9PM.
The five-piece group, He’s My Brother She’s My Sister play tonight at World Cafe Live (Upstairs) at 8PM. This band is full of country rock intuition with a surge of fixated pop melodies. Check out their single “Escape Tonight” and download it for free below. Get your tickets to the all ages show here.
Last but not least, Philadelphia rock ‘n rollers, Lantern play tonight with fellow city friends, Dong Johnson and Streetwalkers at Kung Fu Necktie. This 21+ show is $8 and starts at 8PM, you can snag your tickets here.