Tonight’s Concert Picks: Beta Hi Fi Finals at World Cafe Live, Salt N Pepa at Dell Music Center, Rosanne Cash at Sellersville Theater

A1RIdAICcAEi4n3.jpg_largeAll this week, the annual Beta Hi-Fi competition has showcased a variety of new, local bands at World Cafe Live.  The shows have been a great way to get to know emerging artists in the region and tonight marks the final set of performances for the week.  The groups were chosen by the audience’s votes, so all your favorites will be on stage tonight.  The show starts at 7 and best of all (besides the great new music) is that it’s free. Click here for more information about the show.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: 2nd Street Festival, Steve Kimock w/ Bernie Worrell at WCL, and New Edition w/ Salt-n-Pepa and El Debarge at The Mann

The Fourth Annual Second Street Festival kicks off today in Northern Liberties. The section between Germantown and Green Street will be closed off from noon to 10 p.m. for a free concert, festivities and fun. There will be musical acts on four different stages, sponsor tables, vendors selling food, drinks, jewelry, clothes, and other goodies. At 3 p.m. there will also be a pie eating contest at the Germantown stage. I might very well be entering, so that will be quite a sight to see.

Some of the featured performers for this year include headliner Man Man, as well as Blayer Point Dujour and the Rockers Galore, The Spinning Leaves, The Great Unknown, Lushlife, and many more.

If you’re planning on not staying too late in Northern Liberties, head over to World Cafe Live to see Steve Kimock‘s Summer Tour. Kimock is known for his improvisational stylings ranging from jazz to world fusion to funk and anything that inspires him at the time. He will be performing tonight along with Bernie Worrell. The show starts at 8 p.m., tickets are $20-30. Below watch a short video preview of the tour.

Blast to the past! Look back to 1995 when wearing plaid outfits was hip and boy bands were popular. Some of the all stars of decade will be featured in Party in Fairmount Park, including New Edition, Salt-n-Pepa, and El Debarge. Tickets to the show at The Mann Center range from $39.75-125; doors open at 6 p.m.


Go retro with our “New Edition…Together and solo” playlist (playing the Mann on Sunday)

There’s going to be a lot of nostalgia happening at the Mann Center for the Performing Arts on Sunday night when the Party in Farmount Park concert lands, showcasing the pop hitmakers of 1986 – New Edition, Salt-n-Pepa and El DeBarge. If, like myself, you were a kid in the mid-80s, this lineup probably has you thinking of roller rink parties and Friday afternoon school bus rides, of having your Walkman cranked and the top ten countdown you taped off the radio bumpin’. We compiled a playlist to get you in the mood for your retro Sunday night concert, and we’re calling “New Edition…Together and solo” featuring hits from these quintessential 80s pop singers, as well as their offshoots – solo work from Booby Brown, Johnny Gill, Ralph Tresvant and the awesome beatmasters of Bell Biv Devoe. Enjoy! The Party in Fairmount Park with New Edition, Salt-n-Pepa and El DeBarge comes to The Mann Center for the Performing Arts, 5201 Parkside Ave., at 6 p.m. on Sun. Aug. 5. Tickets to the all-ages show range from $39.50 to $125.


Tonight In Hip-Hop: Old School and New School

If you’re a hip-hop fan, tonight you can kick it old school and new school. For you old-school hip-hoppers, “Salt-N-Pepa’s Legends Of Hip-Hop Tour” hits the Liacouras Center on Temple University’s campus at 8 p.m with performances by Salt-N-Pepa, Naughty By Nature, Doug E Fresh, Kool Moe Dee, and Kurtis Blow. Chances are you’ll have enough time to make it from North Philly to West Philly to see the new school perform as “The Black Rose Foundation Presents Let’s Move Philadelphia: A Health Benefit For Black Girls” featuring Black Thought (of The Roots) and Rich Medina at The Blockley. Below, a chance to relive the past through some of our favorite old-school video jams.

“Salt-N-Pepa’s Legends Of Hip-Hop” begins at 8 p.m. at the Liacouras Center; tickets are $42.50–$73. Black Thought and Rich Medina perform at 10:30 p.m. at The Blockley; tickets to the 21+ show are $20-$25.