Experimental rock outfit Man Man will take the stage at Underground Arts tonight. The band released its most recent album On Oni Pond back in September, mixing quirky yet intelligent lyricism with huge hooks and a wide range of instrumentation. Find tickets and more information on tonight’s show here. Watch the video for “Born Tight” below.
By now the disappointing news of The Blockley‘s closing has made its way around town. The West Philadelphia venue will be shutting its doors for good next week after January 1st, but that still gives the legendary space a few days to throw some big shows.
The Blockley’s final run will begin on this Thursday, December 26th with a top-notch local hip-hop showcase featuring Schoolly D, Reef the Lost Cauze, Cee Knowledge, Mic Stew, Beano and Chase Allen.
On December 27th, Splintered Sunlight, a staple of The Blockley’s bookings, will be making its final 38th & Chestnut appearance with Sakima.
Local reggae jammers Long Miles will headline on the 28th with support by Spiritual Rez, priming the stage for the Funky Farewell featuring The Everyone Orchestra on the 29th. Tickets and information for all shows are available here.
Union Transfer welcomes North Carolina soul singer Lee Fields to its stage tonight. Over his impressive 43-year career, Fields has released multiple albums and inspired generations of R&B singers. His most recent effort Faithful Man was released last year via Truth and Soul Records. Fields recorded the album with the label’s house band The Expressions who also accompany his live sets. Get tickets to the show here and watch his video for “You’re The Kind Of Girl” below.
Sad and disappointing news about the loss of a great live music venue in Philadelphia: The Blockley, the live music venue, bar and restaurant at 38th and Chestnut Streets in West Philadelphia is closing its doors at the end of December. That’s the word from The Blockley’s Chris Perella, who in an e-mail and on The Blockley Facebook page wrote: “It is with tremendous sadness that I tell you The Blockley will be closing its doors after 2013.” The club has lost its liquor license under a move in which the owners were working on a sale of the business.
The Blockley’s ownership group was working toward completing a sale of the business. That, for me and our humble staff that make the venue go, represented an amazing opportunity to move forward with more resources, staff, and momentum than ever, and take things to a new level. The rug got pulled out on Wednesday. In the process of negotiating a sale agreement, the necessary transfer of our liquor license to a new owner was blocked, irreversibly. We have been negotiating it, but we’re forced to move the license out of the building. We have explored absolutely every option available to try and salvage the situation, and can safely say it’s out of our hands. Without a liquor license, we can’t sell the business- so suddenly, the future fell apart. I can’t begin to express the disappointment on my end.
Perella says he’s working to fulfill the booking commitments they’ve made and is looking for other venues to hold the shows that have been booked at The Blockley. Several shows remain through December including Bilal on December 13th, Junior Marvin (of Bob Marley & the Wailers) on December 21st and a planned big event for the closing. Read the entire message on The Blockley’s Facebook page here. More info as the story unfolds.
English folk punk favorite Frank Turner headlines The Electric Factory tonight, with backing band The Sleeping Souls. His newest release, Tape Deck Heart, is evidence to just how cheery and creative he can be. With sweet guitar riffs, simple beats, and upbeat singalong lyrics, Turner’s music will take you out of the cold and back to the warm days of summer for a few hours tonight. This diverse show will also feature sets from Australia’s punks The Smith Street Band and Minnesota’s electro pop band Koo Koo Kanga Roo. Find tickets here.
Brooklyn-based eight piece ensemble Red Baraat fired up the Philly crowd with their jazzed-up spin on traditional Bhangra music. Even though they brought back the same energy that got you jumping at this year’s Xponential Festival, Friday’s Free At Noon performance was only a sneak peak for their set later that night at The Blockley. Check out which tunes they played from their latest album Shruggy Ji by viewing the setlist and photo gallery below, and listening to their performance in its entirety here (via the WXPN media player).