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Forget Nicki Minaj and Ed Sheeran, check out the real stars of this year’s Philly 4th of July Jam

photo via timothybloom.com
photo via timothybloom.com

By now, you’ve probably heard about this year’s Wawa Welcome America’s Philly 4th of July Jam on the Parkway. And if you’re like me, you’re less than enthusiastic about the big names performing. The lineup isn’t terrible – it features performances by The Roots, Nicki Minaj, Ed Sheeran and more. It’s alright, for sure, but not super exciting.

But don’t write off the city’s free annual 4th of July concert too fast, because there are some underdogs. Aside from the main stage, there are two smaller stages: Global Music Stage and Questlove Stage. The lineups are made up of lesser-known (but spotlight deserving) artists that many people aren’t even aware are there. Well, I’m going to fix that. Here’s your guide to the real stars of the Philly 4th of July Jam:

Global Music Stage

El Caribefunk / via facebook.com/funkchoyelcaribefunker
El Caribefunk / via facebook.com/funkchoyelcaribefunker

As a Latin powerhouse, El Caribefunk will bring some reggae funk to the Global Music Stage. The Colombian band is spending its summer touring around the Philly area and filling the air with Afro-Caribbean music. El Caribefunk has a ton of energy and spirit not only in its music, but it’s stage presence. The band will have you up and moving when it takes the stage at 3:30 p.m. Take some time to listen to the band’s song, “San Antonio,” below. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Lizanne Knott Philabundance benefit at World Cafe Live, The Phosphenes at The Fire, and Cuddle Magic at Boot and Saddle

Photo by Lisa Schaffer | skylerbug.com
Photo by Lisa Schaffer | skylerbug.com

Philly’s Lizanne Knott will play a show benefiting Philabundance tonight at World Cafe Live. The longtime local favorite released her last album Standing in the English Rain back in 2012. Featured in indie films, TV movies, and documentaries, Knott’s music is praised for its raw and honest quality. Watch “Miss You” below and get tickets here.

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Local indie-rock duo The Phosphenes to play The Fire this winter

Photo via facebook.com/thephosphenes
Photo via facebook.com/thephosphenesband

The Phosphenes served up ’80s-inspired pop music mixed with indie-rock production on last year’s The Phosphenes Third. See them live at The Fire tomorrow, Saturday, February 1st. Get tickets here and listen to “Let’s Be Together” below.

UPDATE: The Fire informs us that The Phosphenes are no longer on the show tomorrow, but have rescheduled to appear on 3/9. Meanwhile, you should still listen to the album, since it’s rad. -JV

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: David Cook at World Cafe Live, The Phosphenes at North Star Bar, and Psychic Teens at PhilaMOCA

David Cook | Photo via www.davidcookofficial.com/us/home
David Cook | Photo via www.davidcookofficial.com

Season 7 American Idol champion David Cook will rock World Cafe Live tonight. Cook plans to release a new EP early next year as a follow up to 2011′s This Loud Morning. In an interview with Billboard, he says the eclectic sound of his new material was inspired by his recent move to Nashville and says: “I’m tuning in a bit more to telling a story…I really want every song to have its own identity”. This feat shouldn’t be hard to accomplish for Cook who is known for his gritty, passionate vocal delivery. Watch the official lyric video for his latest single “Laying Me Low” below and get tickets to the show here.

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