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.
The Josh Olmstead Band
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 19
To say that this is a big weekend for local roots/blues/folk/country rock bands would be an understatement. Tonight’s show at Johnny Brenda’s features not one, not two, but three rock acts that are celebrating the release of a new record: The Josh Olmstead Band (Purple Mountain Majesty In the Antlers Hotel), North Lawrence Midnight Singers (Last Great Saturday Night), and Joseph Arnold (Discomedusae). (Steve and Krista Yutzy-Burkey of The Swimmers will open the show—but, you know, The Swimmers haven’t released an album since last year’s People Are Soft.) We’ve had a chance to listen to a few choice tracks from all three albums; earlier this month, we highlighted both The Josh Olmstead Band’s “Devil May Care” and North Lawrence Midnight Singers’ “Another Night.” (Look for reviews of both records next week—after we’ve had the chance to spend a little more quality time with each). The Josh Olmstead Band, North Lawrence Midnight Singers, Joseph Arnold, and Steve And Krista Yutzy-Burkey perform at 9 p.m. at Johnny Brenda’s; tickets to the 21+ show are $10.
Also playing: Hoots And Hellmouth + Birdie Busch at World Cafe Live (8 p.m., SOLD OUT)
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 20
Because an eight-band bill is too much of a good thing, another four Philly rock acts will be sharing the stage at Johnny Brenda’s the following night. (Ed. note: That makes JB’s 6/6 so far this week in terms of our daily concert picks. We swear it’s not favoritism. Blame the booking people at Johnny Brenda’s!) Headlining the show is Johnny Miles And The Waywards, who will celebrate the release of their third album, When The Saints Sleep, at the show. (You can listen to the album’s title track—which we highlighted earlier this month—here.) Locals Joshua Park (currently working on a full length), Liz Fullerton (who, after teaming up with Jedi Mind Tricks’ Stoupe to form Dutch, released an album over the summer), and “Philly Folkmonster” Psalmships (who also released an album earlier this year) will open the show. Johnny Miles And The Waywards, Joshua Park, Liz Fullerton, and Psalmships perform at 9 p.m. at Johnny Brenda’s; tickets to the 21+ show are $10.
Also playing: Aloe Blacc + The Grand Scheme, Maya Jupiter at World Cafe Live (10:30 p.m., 21+, $17); Brian McGee + No! Go! Tell!, Marriage at Kung Fu Necktie (7:30 p.m., $7)
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 21
Keeping Johnny Brenda’s from going an unprecedented 7/7 this week is the simple fact that they don’t have a show on Sunday night. (No, we’re not going to pick Captain Marbles’ Third Sunday DJ Brunch.) If you’re not already planning on staying in Sunday night to listen to the half-dozen or so new local albums you picked up the previous two nights, we recommend you catch Aussie psyche-rockers Tame Impala with Stardeath And White Dwarfs and Kuroma; honestly, after two consecutive nights of roots rock, a little ’60s psychedelia will probably be good for you. Tame Impala performs with Stardeath And White Dwarfs and Kuroma at 7:30 p.m. at First Unitarian Church; tickets to the all-ages show are $12.