The Week Ahead: Y La Bamba, Galantis, Baroness, Dar Williams, and more

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Y La Bamba | photo by Steffannie Walk | courtesy of the artist

From classic glam to free-flowing jazz, Latin funk and high-octane metal, plus a benefit for a beloved fixture in the local music scene, here are 15 concerts to see in the next seven days, all around Philly.

Monday 4/8: Mott the Hoople at The Keswick Theatre

70s icons Mott the Hoople are stopping in Philly during their first U.S. tour in 45 years this week. Original band members Ian Hunter, Ariel Bender and Morgan Fisher will take the stage and celebrate the anniversary of their famous U.S. tour and the release of their final albums, The Hoople and Live. This will be one of only eight performances, and while the band members may not be “young dudes” anymore, they can still rock like it’s 1974. // 8:00 p.m., $50, AA // TIX + INFOIzzy Lopez

Tuesday 4/9: Y La Bamba at Johnny Brenda’s

After her fourth record, Ojos del Sol, was named one of NPR’s top records of 2016, Y La Bamba is back with a fifth album, Mujeres, which they will perform at Johnny Brenda’s on Tuesday night. Band leader Luz Elena Mendoza says that her latest work responds to post-2016 election America and her songs are a daring exploration of what it means to be a Mexican American woman today. Her performance is sure to be an can’t-miss event from an inspiring artist on the rise. // 8:00 p.m., $13, 21+ // TIX + INFO I.L.


Tuesday 4/9: Ella Vos at The Foundry of The Fillmore Philly

Ella Vos was discovered on Soundcloud in early 2016 with her EDM track “Rolling Dice.” Since then her smooth and impressively high vocals have attracted attention from tastemakers, and she’s on tour with her second album, Watch and Wait, which recounts her experience after being diagnosed with lymphoma. Vos is known for her lyrical honesty and dreamy beats and this show promises to as open and emotional as her songwriting itself. // 8:00 p.m., $16, AA // TIX + INFO I.L.


Wednesday 4/10: The Cactus Blossoms at Underground Arts

The Cactus Blossoms are returning to Philly after their impressive performance at their Free At Noon concert this past February. With irresistible songs like “Mississippi” and “Please Don’t Call Me Crazy,” brothers Page Burkum and Jack Torrey are distinguishing themselves as vintage-inspired rockers with a contemporary twist. They’ve earned praise from Rolling Stone, Vice Noisey, toured with Kacey Musgraves and Lucuis, and cameoed on the third season of cult classic mystery show Twin Peaks. This tour will feature their recently released album, Easy Way. // 8:00 p.m., $15, 21+ // TIX + INFO I.L.


Wednesday 4/10: Aldous Harding at Johnny Brenda’s

New Zealand singer-songerwriter Aldous Harding will be at Johnny Brenda’s this week with her characteristic charm and dreamy sound. Harding released her second album, Party with 4AD in 2017 and since then has gained recognition as a veritable folk talent who challenges easy definition. Her music is part storytelling, part theater, part humor, part horror. Catch her unique performance this week for an invigorating dose of original music from an emerging talent. // 8:00 p.m., $13, 21+ // TIX + INFO I.L.

Wednesday 4/10: Aster More at Boot and Saddle

Wednesday brings a rare chance to catch Philly’s Aster More at Black Dog Gallery, a benefit gathering of artists and musicians at Boot & Saddle. Proceeds support Planned Parenthood, and the lineup also includes The Audrey Two, E. Grizzly, Mind Erase Her, and Wormtooth, and the work of over 20 local artists will be featured. Aster More, who formed as a product of the annual First Time’s The Charm festival, released their self-titled debut EP two years back. // 5 p.m., $5, 21+ // TIX + INFOSarah Hojsak

Thursday 4/11: Grupo Fantasma at World Cafe Live

Grammy-winning Latin funk orchestra Grupo Fantasma bring the sounds of their seventh album, American Music: Vol. VII, to World Cafe Live Thursday night. The Austin-based nine-piece will provide an undoubtedly entertaining show, while also tackling questions of identity and nationality in their new album, which they describe as a “direct response to the concept of identity as well as the pigeon-holing of our music, which we’ve dealt with throughout our careers.” // 8 p.m., $15-$18, AA // TIX + INFOS.H.

Friday 4/12: Taylor Kelly at Bourbon and Branch

Jazz, soul and funk songwriter and trumpeter Taylor Kelly is dropping a new single this week, and she’ll celebrate the release with a show at Bourbon & Branch. This will be Kelly’s first release since her 2017 album DO U FEEL ME, and after earning a degree from Berklee she can call herself a true professional. She’ll be joined by Bartees Strange and Sophie Coran for the show. // 8 p.m., $8-$10, 21+ // TIX + INFOS.H.

Friday 4/12: Denison Witmer at Philadelphia Museum of Art

The Philadelphia Museum of Art’s Final Fridays series continues this week with a performance by folk singer-songwriter Denison Witmer in the museum’s Great Stair Hall. After taking a break from music to spend time with his family and launch a woodworking business, the Lancaster artist is back with a new song, “Augustine,” which he wrote for the film Where There Is Darkness. // 5:45 and 7:15, Free with admission, AA // INFOS.H.

Friday 4/12: Galantis at Franklin Music Hall

Swedish electronic duo Galantis headline Franklin Music Hall this Friday. After debuting at Coachella in 2014, Galantis has released two albums, and are gearing up for a third. Their latest single, “Bones,” features OneRepublic. // 8:30 p.m., $40-$45, AA // TIX + INFOS.H.

Saturday 4/13: Baroness at The Fillmore Philly

Heavy rock faves Baroness are wrapping up their spring tour at The Fillmore this Saturday night as part of the Decibel Magazine music and beer festival. Led by singer-guitarist John Dyer Baizley and now featuring lead guitarist Gina Gleason, Baroness got its start in the Savannah metal scene before migrating north; their fifth album, Gold & Grey, comes out June 14th on Abraxan Hymns. // 4:30 p.m., $35, AA // TIX + INFOJohn Vettese

Saturday 4/13: Dar Williams at Sellersville Theater

Singer-songwriter favorite Dar Williams takes a pass through the region this Saturday night for a headlining gig at the Sellersville Theater. Her last proper album, Emerald, was released in 2015, but Williams has kept plenty busy in the four years since, always on the go touring North America, leading songwriter workshops (she’ll be leading one on protest songs this summer at Sarah Lawrence college) and playing destination one-offs, like the recent Melissa Etheridge cruise. Her show this weekend will doubtless be a night of singalong folk classics and utter joy. // 8 p.m., $45, AA // TIX + INFOJ.V.

Saturday 4/13: Swimming Bell at Bourbon and Branch

Singer-songwriter Katie Schottland got her start in West Philly before moving to Brooklyn a few years back and branding her ethereal, harmony-driven songwriting project as Swimming Bell. Their debut record Wild Sight made its way into the world on Friday, and the band plays Bourbon and Branch this Saturday night to celebrate the new record. // 8 p.m., $10, 21+ // TIX + INFOJ.V.

Saturday 4/13: Dead Milkmen at Underground Arts

A crew of Philly music scene vets, led by alt-rock faves Dead Milkmen, will headline Underground Arts this Saturday to raise money for Kurt Wunder, the co-owner of long-running Northern Liberties establishment 700 Club (and a sound engineer at The Khyber before that), who has been battling brain cancer since the fall. Wunder’s friends in funk / rock / hip-hop faves Black Landlord, space jammers Mt. Vengeance, and indie rockers The Spirit World have joined forces to play the gig, and they’ll be joined by Big Mess Cabaret at the afterparty. // 9 p.m., $25, 21+ // TIX + INFOJ.V.

Sunday 4/14: Derrick Hodge at Ardmore Music Hall

Last time we saw Philly bassist Derrick Hodge, he was on a collaborative bill that closed out Philly Music Fest in 2018, sharing the stage with a bunch of his mentors and peers including James Poyser, Eric Wortham, and Killiam Shakespeare. This free-flowing concert format must appeal to Hodge (who is at work on the followup to his 2016 album The Second), and this Sunday he finds himself on a very similar style gig, playing Ardmore Music Hall with pianist Robert Glasper (whose Experiment Glasper is the longtime bassist for), Chris Dave (drummer for Meshell Ndegeocello), and DJ Jahi Sundance. // 7 p.m., $30, 21+ // TIX + INFOJ.V.

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