R5 Productions’ Punk Rock Flea Market returns this December at the Cherry Street Pier

Punk Rock Flea Market
R5’s Punk Rock Flea Market | Photo by Tom Beck for WXPN

Local show promoters R5 Productions may best known for the great concerts they stage around town all year long, but let us not forget the company’s other legacy. R5 is the founder of Philly’s original Punk Rock Flea Market; since 2003 they’ve organized the much-anticipated semi-annual event that brings together dozens of vendors and countless more shoppers for a weekend full of punk rock goodness.

R5’s flea will return this year on December 8 and 9 at the Cherry Street Pier, Philly’s newest community space. The event will host 50 vendors each day — no repeats — selling vintage goods, records, arts and crafts, and various other odds and ends; entrance is free. Continue reading →


Just Announced: Balance and Composure to play 10th anniversary show at the Church in January

Balance & Composure | Photo by Sydney Schaefer

Somehow, it’s already time to start planning what shows to attend in 2018. Local favorites Balance and Composure make it easy, with the announcement that they’ll be kicking off the new year with a tour celebrating their 10th anniversary. The Doylestown alt-rockers formed in 2007 and have released three full-lengths, including last year’s Light We Made. Continue reading →


Celebrate a spooktacular Halloween with Hurry and friends

Hurry | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman |

Last year, our friends in Hurry brought us their inaugural Halloween Spectacular — a spooky scary costume-filled show stacked with an amazing Philly lineup — and lucky for us, they’re making it an annual thing. Hurry’s 2nd Annual Halloween Spooktacular will bring some ghoulishly good Halloween magic to Everybody Hits on Oct. 28, and whether you’re a fan of the holiday or not, it’s sure to be a show you won’t want to miss. Continue reading →


The 16 weirdest things we found at the Punk Rock Flea Market


The Punk Rock Flea Market | Photo by Tom Beck
The Punk Rock Flea Market | Photo by Tom Beck

R5 Production’s semi-annual Punk Rock Flea Market brings out some of the best action figures, clothing and vinyl Philadelphians have to offer — but also some of the weirdest things you’ll ever see. After looking at what Philly had to sell this past summer, we headed back to the “Punk Rock Flea Market Dome” to check out what new crazy stuff is for sale this time. Continue reading →


Philly Music 101: How to book a show at a Philly venue

Photo by John Vettese
The Bul Bey rocking the house in West Philly | Photo by John Vettese

Philly Music 101 is our regular series guiding you through the wonderful world of the Philadelphia music scene: all of its passionate, loving participants, from artists to venues to studios and more.

Life as an independent artist in Philadelphia can be rough, especially when it comes to booking shows. When you approach a venue, what exactly are they looking for? Will your music appeal to them or turn them off? Where does social media presence lie on the spectrum? What will get your band a coveted spot on their calendar? Where is the damn instruction manual for booking a show?

We hear it from Philly artists all the time – they want to play out more often, but they haven’t had any luck getting promoters’ attention. Well, The Key is here for you! In an effort to provide some transparency in the live music world, we decided to hit up talent buyers for a handful of venues throughout Philadelphia to get an idea of what they expect, why they expect it, what will wow them and some general pointers on how to book a show. Continue reading →


R5 Productions will scale (way) back on shows in The First Unitarian Church basement

The Menzingers at the First Unitarian Church | Photo By: Rachel Del Sordo
The Menzingers at the First Unitarian Church | Photo By: Rachel Del Sordo

As the room responsible for launching the Philly career of any number of musicians – Arcade Fire, Mates of State, Sufjan Stevens, Aesop Rock, The Menzingers, and so on – as well as the career of R5 Productions itself – it’s a space they’ve booked since 1996 – there’s a lingering sadness with today’s email announcement that the promoters are pulling out (for the most part) of booking basement shows at center city’s First Unitarian Church.

The run of concerts through late December – including King Tuff on October 7th, Dads on October 23rd and Restorations’ album release party on November 15th – will be their last hurrah in this room, though they will continue to present unique intimate performances in the Sanctuary and Side Chapel. In addition, the basement may be used here and there for weekend shows only. Continue reading →


Morgan’s Pier begins to roll out summer lineup, including free R5 shows from Merchandise and Temples

Temples | photo by David Lichterman |

Morgan’s Pier has started to roll out its summer lineup of live music, including the first free shows presented by R5 Productions on Wednesday nights throughout the summer. Live shows under the stars at the Pier have become a summer highlight in Philly, and from DJ sets to punk bands, there’s something for everyone.

As far as the free shows go (with an RSVP), R5 has already booked post punk band Merchandise (6/26) and psychedelic rockers Temples (8/6), with more bands expected to be added to the lineup later in the spring.

The Morgan’s Pier live music season commences Thursday, May 1 with a free show featuring Greg D. of Risky Disko, followed by Broadzilla on Friday, May 2 and DJs Dave P. and Sammy Slice on May 3. See the full lineup of DJs and bands, as well as tickets and info for all of the shows here. Watch videos of bands playing free shows below.

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Philadelphia’s Punk Rock Flea Market: “By far the best place to get that weird and unusual gift for someone”

R5 Productions‘ bi-annual Punk Rock Flea Market will be celebrating its tenth anniversary this Saturday and Sunday, with over 500 vendors selling new and old records, vintage clothes, art, music, junk, stereo equipment, automobiles, skateboards, and anything else you can think of that falls into the world of punk or hipster. Some of the strangest/best finds could include Nintendo or Genesis games, Amish Christmas attire, jewelry, or that one record you could never get your hands on. There will also be food trucks and vendors selling vegan baked goods and other non-traditional food stuffs.

In addition to the merchants, R5 Productions will be selling passes for any ten R5 shows of your choosing in 2014 and $3 off tickets to any one show. Definitely check out the Punk Rock Flea Market this weekend, whether its for fun or to do some Holiday shopping.

The flea market has a $3 cover charge which is good for both days. Normally all proceeds go to R5 Productions’ operating costs and helping keep their shows all ages; definitely a good cause, seeing as R5 has been putting on all ages shows for years. However, this year R5 decided to donate the majority of the proceeds to Skateistan, a non profit organization that uses skateboarding as a means to help educate young people, particularly young girls, in Afghanistan and Cambodia. Watch the video below to see how Skateistan is connecting education and skateboarding.

Some advice for visiting the Punk Rock Flea Market: bring cash, a bag for all the awesome stuff you’ll buy, and your punk rock self. Get more information on the event on the Facebook page.

The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Punk Rock Flea Market Dome (the old Fed Ex Building) at 461 N. 9th Street.

Afghanistan’s Girl Skaters – Kabul 2012 from Skateistan on Vimeo.


Exploring the legacy of South Philly’s Boot & Saddle

A photo of the new Boot & Saddle, provided by R5 Productions
A photo of the new Boot & Saddle, provided by R5 Productions

For nearly 20 years now, Boot & Saddle—the abandoned country-western bar on Broad Street at Ellsworth—has remained vacant, its iconic boot sign the sole reminder of a once vibrant past. This Monday, however, all that will change. The venue will reopen, thanks to nightlife guru Avram Hornik (Four Corners Management), who together with FCM’s Mark Fichera, R5 Productions’ Sean Agnew, and The Bowery Presents, will transform the shuttered eyesore into a thriving concert venue, complete with a 60-seat bar and 150-person capacity performance space.

New places to catch shows are always exciting—yet in the case of B&S, what’s even more exciting is continuing the space’s long musical history, which will pick up after a 17-year hiatus. In celebration of Boot & Saddle’s new chapter, we hunted down patrons and employees of the old Boot—to talk line-dancing, brews, and their favorite memories from back in the day.

“My memories of The Boot (as many people called it) are a bit fuzzy,” says Robert Drake, WXPN DJ and longtime supporter of the local scene. “I would make it a stop every New Year’s Day as part of my stroll up Broad Street during the Mummers Parade—it was PACKED but friendly, with lots of regulars.”

“My first time there was 1980—and I would go every New Year’s Day until the bar closed up,” he continues. “I remember the only draft beer they had was ‘Miller Draft—in bottles’ … which is exactly what the bartender would say to anyone who dared ask.”

The bar was owned by Pete DelBorrello, a Navy man and well-respected South Phladelphian, who also owned several other businesses on the block, including a check cashing spot and a Laundromat. “Pete and his family were really good people—respected by the neighborhood,” says Drake. “I remember there being TONS of Navy memorabilia throughout the bar—which led to the bar being a spot for sailors who docked in the Philadelphia Navy Yard.”

The iconic boot sign out front

Military personnel were regularly on hand at The Boot, yet there was also a contingent of locals, who came for the cheap drinks and vibes. Frank Blank Moriarty, of famed punk band Informed Sources, remembers a younger group gracing the Boot as well:

“What would strike you was the diversity of the crowd,” he says. “One segment of the younger element was people into bands like The Blasters, Jason and the Scorchers, X, Lone Justice, and other roots- and country influenced music being produced at the time. The other segment consisted of homesick young members of the military. Surprisingly, I don’t ever recall there being a fight—I remember more of a ‘live and let live’ vibe,” he says. Continue reading →


Just Announced: R5 Productions bringing Jeff Mangum to Delaware in February

It’s a first for R5 Productions and a last for Jeff Mangum: the Neutral Milk Hotel musician will be making a stop during his final tour at The DuPont Theatre in Wilmington, DE on Tuesday, February 5th.  It’s R5 Productions’ first show across the Delaware-Pennsylvania border.  Mangum, the leader of perhaps indie music’s most esteemed band, will be performing an acoustic show.  He had this to say about the tour:

hello friends in a flock of finches unfolding from the face of a foam horse on the phone to inform you that jeff is heading out for one last u.s. acoustic tour, giving him the chance to play to all the silver citizens dwelling in citys that he has yet to sing in.

Tickets are $30 and will go on sale this Thursday, November 15th.  Below, watch a live video of Mangum performing “Oh Comely” at Penn’s Irvine Auditorium from this past January.