The Week Ahead: Kristin Hersh, Richard Thompson, Jill Scott, Buddy Guy and more

Richard Thompson | Photo by Tom Bejgrowicz | courtesy of the artist

It’s not a week to stay home — not with this kind of concert rundown on the calendar. From legends like Richard Thompson and Buddy Guy to emerging artists like Blushed and Fawziyyah Heart, there’s something for everyone this week. Here are 20 concerts to see in the next seven days, all around Philadelphia.

Monday 6/24: Kristin Hersh at Boot & Saddle

Singer-songwriter, musician, and author Kristin Hersh will bring her electric trio to Boot & Saddle tonight. The frontwoman of Throwing Muses, Hersh has released seven solo albums, most recently 2018’s Possible Dust Clouds. Singer-songwriter (and Throwing Muses bassist) Fred Abong opens the show, and will also be giving astrology readings prior to his set. // 8:30 p.m., $18-$20, 21+ // TIX + INFO – Sarah Hojsak 

Tuesday 6/25: Richard Thompson at Ocean City Music Pier

Legendary singer-songwriter and guitarist Richard Thompson will play a solo acoustic show down the shore this Tuesday. Thompson released his 19th solo album, 13 Rivers, last year, and recently composed the soundtrack for the new HBO documentary The Cold Blue. Joan Osborne, who has been touring behind her Songs of Bob Dylan album, opens. // 7 p.m., $49, AA // TIX + INFO – SH

Wednesday 6/26: Jidenna at Underground Arts

The Heineken Green Room returns to Underground Arts this Wednesday with a free performance by Jidenna. The rapper, singer, and activist released his Grammy-nominated breakout hit “Classic Man” just four years ago, and followed it with his debut album The Chief. Philly-based singer Andrea Valle opens the show. // 9 p.m., Free with RSVP, 21+ // INFO – SH

Wednesday 6/26: Bad Books at Union Transfer

The collaborative duo of singer-songwriter Kevin Devine and Manchester Orchestra’s Andy Hull recently released their second album as Bad Books, and will bring the new tunes to Union Transfer this Wednesday. Bad Books II sees the musicians branching out creatively, and cemented their place as an impressive new band. // 8:30 p.m., $22, AA // TIX + INFO – SH

Thursday 6/27: DeVotchKa at Chameleon Club

Four-piece multi-instrumental and vocal ensemble DevotchKa will be heading to the Chameleon Club on Thursday. Originally a backing band for burlesque shows, the group has earned a substantial following over the course of the course of seven eclectic studio albums with an Eastern European folk flair. // 7 p.m., $25-$55, 18+ // TIX + INFO – Ian Hranilovich

Thursday 6/27: Mir Fontane at TLA

Camden rapper Mir Fontane will be hitting the TLA this Thursday, delivering his unique style of trap and R&B. Fontane rose to fame with the release of several EP’s, including Camden and Macaroni Tony. He has developed a rhyme style that incorporates a visually-minded thought process, relying on storytelling, humor, and colorful production to create his catchy, easily enjoyable tracks. Fontane will be joined by Ish Williams, Franky Hill, and Worldwide JP. // 8 p.m., $20-$60, AA // TIX + INFO – I.H.

Thursday 6/27: Ellen Siberian Tiger at Spruce Street Harbor Park

XPN welcomes Ellen Siberian Tiger to the Spruce Street Harbor Park this Thursday for a night of dazzling, passionate indie rock. The indie rock band, fronted by Ellen Tiberio-Shultz, has existed under the same name for a decade now and has seen as many as eight members. Currently they are a lean and mean three-piece, with Tiberio-Shultz to take on a creative director role. This summer they’ll be recording their first full-length album, and the Spruce Street show marks the debut of new drummer Pompy. The performance will begin with a set from DJ Rana Ransom. // 6:30 p.m., Free, AA // TIX + INFO – I.H.

Thursday 6/27: The Afterglows at Open Sound Lansdowne

The Afterglows are Radiator Hospital’s Sam Cook-Parrott and The Goodbye Party’s Michael Cantor. They will be performing at the first summer 2019 edition of Open Sound Landsdowne, a concert series organized by Cantor. An acoustic duo, they are known for their catchy lo-fi folk sound and classic style reminiscent of The Everly Brothers. In 2016, the group released a self-titled album through Salinas Records, met with high praise from Pitchfork. Listeners at Open Sound Landsdowne should expect the night to be filled with beautiful harmonies, lush guitar playing, and passionate lyricism. // 7:30 p.m., Free, AA // TIX + INFO – I.H.

Friday 6/28: Blushed at The Underground

Philadelphia-based band Blushed shares a lot of members with fellow local garage rockersSecret Nudist Friends, and last year put out a joint EP with them titled So Cool. While SNF leans more psychedelic, Blushed is a bit surfier, making full use of ethereal vocal harmonies, washed out reverb, and colorful fuzzy guitars. Expect a wild, noisy night at The Underground in Landsdale this Friday. // 8 p.m., $10 // TIX + INFO – I.H.

Friday 6/28: Phish BB&T Pavilion

Although they were referred to by Rolling Stone as “the most important band of the 90s,” Phish is still going strong. In fact, they just headlined not one but two nights of Bonnaroo. The jam band is sure to excite fans with tunes from their seemingly endless discography. With a culture surrounding their concerts, and trading recordings of live performances, it is imperative for Phish fans to see the group in person. On June 28th, Phish will begin a weekend triad of performances at BB&T Pavilion in Camden, NJ. Fans are given the opportunity to catch them Friday, Saturday, and/or Sunday of that weekend. // 8 p.m., $45, AA // TIX + INFO – Lily Sanders

Friday 6/28: The Bul Bey at World Cafe Live

Amir Richardson, better known as The Bul Bey, is not the newest face in the Philadelphia hip hop scene, but one you definitely should become acquainted with. On June 28th, he is performing alongside Luke O’Brien and DJ Royale at World Cafe Live. O’Brien is known for making R&B inspired pop tracks like “Old Love,” and DJ Royale has performed alongside countless artists like Lil Jon for 20 years now. The Bul Bey is known for his unabashed embrace of Philly culture, with songs like his new single “Cheesesteak Special” as a prime example. Concertgoers will likely hear tracks off of his latest EP The Bul Bey alongside older tracks like his 2014 song “Where I’m From.”  // 8 p.m., $12 ADV, AA // TIX + INFO – L.S.

Saturday 6/29: Jill Scott at The Mann Center

The WDAS Summer Block Party will be packed with soul. Artists Jazmine Sullivan, Mase, Musiq Soulchild, and DJ D-Nice are scheduled for performances beginning at 6:00 pm. The legendary Jill Scott is headlining the event, arguably one of the most famous R&B artists to come out of Philadelphia. With hits like “A Long Walk,” “Golden,” and “He Loves Me (Lyzel in E Flat),” three Grammy’s and thirteen Grammy nominations, she has earned her fame. Come June 29th, whether you are there to hear Scott or performers like Jazmine Sullivan sing hits like “Insecure.” It is sure to be an jam-packed evening.  // 6 p.m., $35, AA // TIX + INFO – L.S.

Saturday 6/29: Fawziyyah Heart at Bourbon and Branch

Philly-based Fawziyyah Heart is ready to share her first EP with the word. She has kept the project relatively mysterious, with months of teasing on Instagram via lyric snippets and photos. Her first and only single, “Changes” is a soulful debut. On her website, she describes the track as an ode to change in both her personal life and bringing the world “step closer to peace, one song at a time.” The positivity in Fawziyyah Heart’s music is undeniable and it will be interesting to see how that translates to the EP. Check out the emerging artist next Saturday at Bourbon and Branch for her EP release party. // 7:30 p.m., $10 ADV, 21+ // TIX + INFO – L.S.

Saturday 6/29: Dominy at PhilaMOCA

Local indie goofballs Dominy bring their bubbly alt rock and country twang to PhilaMOCA, joined by several more Philadelphia outfits — Ali AwanBarney Cortez and The Dawn Drapes. Dominy released their latest single “We Want It All” earlier this month. // 8 p.m., $10-12, AA // TIX + INFO – Thomas Hagen

Saturday 6/29: Buddy Guy at Keswick Theater

One of the most beloved guitarists in this history of blues visits the Keswick Theatre this weekend. Last year, Buddy Guy released his eighteenth studio album, The Blues Is Alive and Well, which features collaborations with Jeff Beck, Keith Richards and Mick Jagger — his first, I Left My Blues in San Francisco, came out in 1967. The Chicago blues legend is taking his band on a North American tour throughout the summer. // 8 p.m., $59, AA // TIX + INFO – T.H.

Saturday 6/29: The Vernes at Johnny Brenda’s

After putting out a steady stream of singles throughout the spring, alt rock explorers The Vernes released their third LP Yr of the Rat in May. The album finds the Philly-via-California outfit working their way through fuzz-washed indie rock and dream pop spaces at a comfortable pace, discovering plenty of memorable tunes along the way. On Saturday, The Vernes hit Johnny Brenda’s with two more rock acts: American Trappist and Grace Vonderkuhn. // 9 p.m., $10, 21+ // TIX + INFO – T.H.

Saturday 6/29: Lili Añel at South

Vocalist and guitarist Lili Añel writes contemporary music that incorporates straight-ahead jazz and mid-century pop with traditional Cuban and Caribbean influences. The NYC native has been releasing original music for over twenty years and most recently released the anthology In Spirit on Winding Way Records. On Saturday, she brings her band to the exquisite South Kitchen for two evening sets, and again on Sunday night. // 7 p.m. & 9 p.m., Dinner seating first-come-first-served, AA // TIX + INFO – T.H.

Saturday 6/29: Fast Car Slow Car at Beautiful World Syndicate

Philly’s Breshon Martzall makes weird, wobbley synthesizer psychedelia, but there’s more to it than that. Their debut single “Waffles” deals with confusion, emotional hangups, and a search for clarity beneath its goofy surface, and the project is readying the release of its debut EP, which you’ll be able to pick up this Saturday at Beautiful World Syndicate. Body Meat and ~ EM-E ~ also perform, and proceeds from the show will benefit Beyond the Bars. // 6 p.m., $10, AA // TIX + INFO – John Vettese

Sunday 6/30: Mirah at World Cafe Live

Since the late 1990s, Mirah Yom Tov Zeitlyn has been perfecting an original blend of alternative pop and Americana that remains as affecting today as it was on her breakout album Advisory Committee in 2002. In 2018, the singer-songwriter — born in PA, currently based in Brooklyn, with a long stay in Portland in between — released Understanding, her sixth album as Mirah, which incorporated synthesizers and drum machines in  her intimate guitar-based compositions. // 8:30 p.m., $14-16, AA // TIX + INFO – T.H.


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