With dozens of venues cultivating and showcasing live music throughout Philadelphia, it's no wonder that Jay-Z chose Philadelphia as the location for his two-day Made In America music festival in summer 2012 and 2013.
(Media-Newswire.com) - With dozens of venues cultivating and showcasing live music throughout Philadelphia, it’s no wonder that Jay-Z chose Philadelphia as the location for his two-day Made In America music festival in summer 2012 and 2013. The city has played host to major music festivals in the past, including Live Aid in 1985 and Live 8 in 2005. And it has produced major artists such as Chubby Checker, Hall & Oates and Patti LaBelle, and more recently, The Roots, Will Smith, Pink, Circa Survive, The Dead Milkmen, Chill Moody and Kurt Vile. Here’s a look at where these musicians are getting their start or showing the world that they’ve made it:
All That Jazz:
Hosting live jazz performances six nights a week, Chris’ Jazz Cafe offers drink specials, discounts for college students and multiple sets a night, making it a great place to take in local and touring jazz musicians. 1421 Sansom Street, ( 215 ) 568-3131, chrisjazzcafe.com More of a performance space and educational center than a club or lounge, the Philadelphia Clef Club of Jazz aims to promote jazz—past, present and future—with workshops, classes, private lessons and, of course, concerts. 738 S. Broad Street, ( 215 ) 893-9912, clefclubofjazz.org Even in its stylish waterfront location, Warmdaddy’s has a down-home vibe, a down-home Southern menu and a get-down lineup of national jazz, blues and R&B artists every night. While some nights require a cover charge, many do not. 1400 S. Columbus Boulevard, ( 215 ) 462-2000, warmdaddys.com Alternative Music At Alternative Venues:
Church isn’t just for Sundays anymore. Courtesy of R5 Productions, the basement hall of the First Unitarian Church transforms into an all-ages venue where local and touring bands playing indie rock, punk and independent hip-hop perform nightly. The venue is an actual religious sanctuary built in 1886, but the congregation is not affiliated with the concerts. Occasionally, R5 even rents out the chapel or main sanctuary for more intimate, seated shows. 2125 Chestnut Street, r5productions.com Kung Fu Necktie, located right under the Market-Frankford El train, brings in local and touring indie, hardcore, punk, soul and hip-hop acts to entertain music lovers who prefer to see their favorite artists in an intimate setting. 1250 N. Front Street, ( 215 ) 291-4919, kungfunecktie.com In the heart of University City lives The Rotunda, a smoke-free, drink-free and admission-free ( unless otherwise noted ) space for world music, soul, hip-hop, rock, jazz and experimental music. When bands aren’t playing, the socially conscious venue attracts crowds for movie screenings, yoga classes, theater projects and art exhibitions. 4014 Walnut Street, therotunda.org Another indie and underground favorite, the Starlight Ballroom offers scenesters lots of space, comfortable—but limited—seating, a bar and a big stage to see touring and local bands. 460 N. 9th Street, r5productions.com Tucked into the city’s burgeoning Eraserhood sits the performance venue Underground Arts, a lower-level space that caters to an artistic and creative crowd. The genres of live music run the spectrum, which is one of Underground Art’s greatest assets. 1200 Callowhill Street, undergroundarts.org Local and touring indie, punk, hardcore and hip-hop acts take to the acoustically awesome stage at the ultra-spacious Union Transfer, where each concert finishes with a post-show happy hour and where Little Baby’s Ice Cream doles out cupfuls of locally churned flavors. 1026 Spring Garden Street, ( 215 ) 232-2100, utphilly.com
More Than Just A Bar:
The sign outside Boot & Saddle hung dormant for decades, but with a power partnership behind it, the renovated restaurant and live music venue reopened its doors again in fall 2013. Keeping the aesthetic of its previous incarnation as the city’s only country bar, the venue showcases local and nation acts of all genres that perform most nights of the week in this small room. Bonus: Boot & Saddle is also a restaurant and bar. 1131 S. Broad Street, ( 267 ) 639-4528, bootandsaddlephilly.com Music lovers at The Fire, the snug venue and bar in Northern Liberties, enjoy emerging indie rock bands, folk shows and hip-hop CD-release parties here. Or, on select Mondays, they can take to the stage themselves during free open-mic nights. 412 W. Girard Avenue, ( 267 ) 671-9298, iourecords.com/thefire Hipsters rejoice at Fishtown’s landmark venue Johnny Brenda’s, where the stage is rarely empty and pint glasses are always filled. Past headliners include Sufjan Stevens, Wire, Grizzly Bear and Jim James. Other JB highlights: an all-local, all-draft beer list and a popular restaurant on the first floor that serves food until 1:00 a.m.—perfect for a post-show bite and brew. 1201 N. Frankford Avenue, ( 215 ) 739-9684, johnnybrendas.com Long an institution on one of Philadelphia’s most famous streets, The Legendary Dobbs boasts a reputation as one of the best rock-and-roll bars in the city—although the offerings expand well beyond rock these days. Bands such as Nirvana, The Smashing Pumpkins and Pearl Jam have all graced the stage here before they were selling out stadiums. 304 South Street, ( 215 ) 501-7288, dobbsphilly.com Bringing the hipster vibe to Center City, MilkBoy Philly treats music fans to a food and drink menu that’s as creative as its lineup of up-and-coming and below-the-radar bands. Largely fashioned from reclaimed materials, the eco-aware, bi-level spot amuses visitors with three funky can crushers for recycling and, of course, live performances almost every night of the week. 1100 Chestnut Street, ( 215 ) 925-MILK ( 6455 ), milkboyphilly.com Located in the Fairmount neighborhood, North Star Bar & Restaurant hosts all genres of up-and-coming and established acts in an intimate setting. A sonically protected room separates the concert hall from the bar and restaurant area—a setup that enables concertgoers to sing and dance, while giving hungry and thirsty patrons the opportunity to eat, drink and hang out without disruption. 2649 Poplar Street, ( 215 ) 787-0488, northstarbar.com In Northern Liberties, Ortlieb’s stages live music, ranging from rock to jazz to funk; offers weeknight and late-night Sunday night happy hours; and serves a menu of pub-food favorites. Monthly themed events—such as an evening dedicated to the greats of country music—keep things fresh. 847 N. 3rd Street, ( 267 ) 324-3348, ortliebsphilly.com An eclectic mix of jazz, indie, acoustic, fusion, electronic and other genres make up the music menu at Time, a three-room restaurant-whiskey bar-music lounge that attracts a crowd as diverse as the lineup. The Sunday Jazz Soup open-jams and live music seven days a week makes Time a favorite home for local musicians. 1315 Sansom Street, ( 215 ) 985-4800, timerestaurant.net It may seem out of place on 2nd Street, but the intimate setting of the Tin Angel above Serrano is a haven for those who enjoy singer-songwriter performances. The acoustics of the room please even the choosiest of audiophiles. 20 S. 2nd Street, ( 215 ) 928-0978, tinangel.com Playing To The Balcony:
One of the larger venues in Philadelphia, the Electric Factory draws national acts that attract crowds in the low thousands. Standing room at stage level is typically all-ages, while a balcony with unbeatable views and a full bar accommodates the 21+ crowd. Past headliners include Weezer, Ben Folds and Wu Tang Clan. 421 N. 7th Street, ( 215 ) 627-1332, electricfactory.info The smallest large venue in Philadelphia, the Philadelphia TLA offers concertgoers a more personal environment in which to enjoy well-known metal ( Ministry ), hip-hop ( Cypress Hill ), punk ( The Buzzcocks ) and pop ( The Starting Line ) bands. The venue features two bars, a snack stand and a 21+ balcony. 334 South Street, ( 215 ) 922-1011, tlaphilly.com The ever-versatile Trocadero Theatre in Chinatown gives fans the chance to attend shows both large and small. The main room accommodates up to 1,200 ticket holders, while the smaller room holds 250 for shows by international bands, hip-hop artists and indie rockers. 1003 Arch Street, ( 215 ) 922-6888, thetroc.com World Cafe Live serves up the perfect marriage of food, drinks and live music. The upstairs space houses a full-service restaurant with live eclectic music most nights of the week. The downstairs music hall and restaurant caters to a larger crowd and well-known bands. Age restrictions vary. 3025 Walnut Street, ( 215 ) 222-1400, worldcafelive.com Music For The Masses:
The Philadelphia Orchestra, Michael Krajewski and the Philly Pops®, The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, Philadelphia Chamber Music Society and world, jazz and contemporary artists pack the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts’ calendar with a diverse lineup. Several dance and theater companies also call the Kimmel Center home. 260 S. Broad Street, ( 215 ) 893-1999, kimmelcenter.org The Wells Fargo Center hosts big-name performers and accommodates sell-out crowds. Billy Joel, The Rolling Stones, U2, Bruce Springsteen, Pink Floyd, Madonna, Elton John, Justin Timberlake and hometown favorite Pink have all made music here. 3601 S. Broad Street, ( 800 ) 298-4200, wellsfargocenterphilly.com A Breath Of Fresh Air:
Jazz, soul and hip-hop greats, from Dizzy Gillespie and Ella Fitzgerald to Jill Scott and Brian McKnight, have graced the Dell Music Center’s amphitheater stage to entertain more than 5,000 guests. Ridge Avenue & Huntingdon Drive, ( 215 ) 685-9564, mydelleast.com The Festival Pier at Penn’s Landing offers great talent, warm air and a relaxed vibe to create a distinct musical experience for the crowd and performers at this outdoor, waterfront venue. Columbus Boulevard at Spring Garden Street, ( 215 ) 922-2386, delawareriverwaterfront.com Originally founded as the summer home of The Philadelphia Orchestra, the outdoor Mann Center for the Performing Arts provides an open-air venue for a range of arts programs, from orchestra to opera, dance to drumming and pop and jazz to rock and roll. 5201 Parkside Avenue, ( 215 ) 546-7900, manncenter.org When international and local DJs aren’t spinning funk, soul, electro, chillwave, R&B and house at this campy waterfront beer garden, Morgan’s Pier hosts dance parties and live indie rock shows presented by R5 Productions. 221 N. Columbus Boulevard, ( 215 ) 279-7134, morganspier.com Just a ferry ride away, the Susquehanna Bank Center on the Camden, New Jersey waterfront offers a laid-back atmosphere and a picturesque outdoor setting—perfect for Pearl Jam and Jimmy Buffett concerts. After dark, the lawn-dwellers enjoy a breathtaking view of the Benjamin Franklin Bridge. 1 Harbour Boulevard, Camden, NJ, ( 856 ) 365-1300, livenation.com Visit Philadelphia™, formerly known as Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation, makes Philadelphia and The Countryside® a premier destination through marketing and image building that increases the number of visitors, the number of nights they stay and the number of things they do in the five-county area.
Greater Philadelphia’s official visitor website and blog, visitphilly.com and uwishunu.com make up the most-visited website network out of the 10 biggest U.S. cities. Visitors can explore things to do, upcoming events, themed itineraries and hotel packages. Compelling photography and videos, interactive maps and detailed visitor information make the sites effective trip-planning tools. Along with Visit Philly social media channels, the online platforms communicate directly with consumers. Travelers can also call and stop into the Independence Visitor Center for additional information and tickets.
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