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15 Can’t-Miss Concerts in Philadelphia This May 2019

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15 Can't-Miss Concerts in Philadelphia This May 2019  

Native Philadelphian Todd Rundgren presents a two-night historical overview of his career, beginning with his Philly roots in the psych band Nazz in the late 1960s through the late 1990s. Don’t expect to hear too much music from the last few decades of his career. Rundgren will also answer fan questions during a mid-show intermission.

Sweet yet evocative, Valerie June’s vocals sound like the angel on your shoulder. The Memphis folk-blues musician — and daughter of a former music promoter who worked with Prince — crafts songs that all at once ramble and travel.

When:Friday, May 3

Where:The Ardmore Music Hall, 23 E. Lancaster Avenue, Ardmore


Philly-born Santi White released her first album, Santogold in 2008, with singles L.E.S. Artistes and Creator that helped cement White’s penchant for an undefinable sound. (Not to mention the unforgettable album artwork featuring an open-mouthed White emitting a massive plume of glitter.) Now, Santigold celebrates the album with a 10-year anniversary tour including a stop in her hometown.

A pairing of face-tattooed, youthful SoundCloud Rappers Lil Pump and Lil Skies, who cover subject matter like expensive cars, pills, good girls and diamonds, make their mark as this generation’s “lils”. While neither artist is old enough to legally drink, the vibe will decidedly be a party.

When:Tuesday, May 7

Where:The Met Philadelphia, 858 N. Broad Street


The West Philadelphia Orchestra welcomes tropical Peruvian party band Los Mirlos. Kicking it since the 1970s, the group fuses psych and surf rock perfect for a summery dance extravaganza. After their set, WPO Electro — a new offshoot of the West Philadelphia Orchestra highlighting the group’s acoustic horns and percussion with electronic instruments and beats — takes the stage.

When:Tuesday, May 14

Where:Franky Bradley’s, 1320 Chancellor Street



The 20-year-old musician fuses hip-hop and trap production with melodic verses with an emo-inspired flavor. Indeed, Juice WRLD, born Jarad Higgins, was bred on artists like Billy Idol, Blink 182, Black Sabbath, Fall Out Boy, Megadeth and Panic! at the Disco. He becomes the first artist to grace The Mann’s Skyline Stage this season. (While only Platinum tickets are available, resale options offer more cost-effective ticketing.)

When:Wednesday, May 15

Where:The Mann Center, 5201 Parkside Avenue


An annual Philadelphia tradition, local rock radio station 93.3 WMMR hosts its MMR-B-Q, an all-day, guitar-heavy music fest featuring Shinedown, Joan Jett and The Blackhearts, The Struts, Evanescence, Fozzy, The Glorious Sons and Bad Wolves.

When:Saturday, May 18

Where:BB&T Pavilion, 1 Harbour Boulevard, Camden


On his sixth album, local rocker Timothy Showalter — better known as Strand Of Oaks — excels in spinning a sentimental yarn: Love songs about living in a trailer and existential songs about the wasteland of life. Filling the space between alternative-pop and ephemeral folk, Strand Of Oaks cast a wide net of appeal, whether you’re looking for a searing rocker or a soft slow dancer.

When:Friday, May 10

Where:Union Transfer, 1026 Spring Garden Street


With dazzling funk compositions, breezy beats, and danceable athems, Anderson .Paak made his way from homelessness to a Dr. Dre collaboration to a Grammy-winning career as a singer, rapper, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. He tours behind his fourth album, the recently released Ventura, which features Smokey Robinson and Andre 3000.

When:Tuesday, May 21

Where:The Met Philadelphia, 858 N. Broad Street


Performing for the sixth consecutive year at Citizens Bank Park, Billy Joel earns another honor: The first music franchise at the stadium (he holds the record for the performer with the most live shows at the venue). So, if you missed him the first five years, you now have another shot to hear Piano Man, We Didn’t Start the Fire and Uptown Girl live.

When:Friday, May 24

Where:Citizens Bank Park, 1 Citizens Bank Way


Thrash metal legends Slayer are taking a page from other retiring acts and are staging a multi-year goodbye tour. With no plans to release a new album before the group’s disbandment, the setlist will pull from the band’s 12-album repertoire, featuring light hits like Raining Blood, Angel Of Death and Eyes of the Insane.

When:Friday, May 24

Where:BB&T Pavilion, 1 Harbour Boulevard, Camden


Way back during the heyday of music blogs, a bubbly indie-synth act with an indecipherable high-pitched vocalist called Passion Pit generated buzz. Celebrating the 10-year anniversary of its debut album, Manners, from which the breakout Sleepyhead comes, Passion Pit looks to bring effervescence back to indie.

Credited as the pioneers of the power chord and known for high-octane performances — complete with destruction of guitars and drum kits — The Who continues the fifth decade of the group’s career with its first new album in more than 12 years, and a tour backed by an orchestra of local musicians.

When:Saturday, May 25

Where:Citizens Bank Park, 1 Citizens Bank Way


The American Idol judge takes a timeout from mentoring top talent to tour behind an as-yet-unannounced new album. The country superstar teased new music with the single Knockin’ Boots, a flirty summer anthem sure to inspire some warm, tingly feelings.

When:Friday, May 31

Where:BB&T Pavilion, 1 Harbour Boulevard, Camden


Bass music festival Wobbleland heads to Philly for the first time with two days of earthshaking, eardrum-blasting EDM featuring Zeds Dead, Zomboy, 12th Planet, Virtual Riot and more. This East Coast show offers a contained, indoors dance event fans don’t have to venture into a field to experience.

When:May 31-June 1

Where:Franklin Music Hall, 421 N. 7th Street


15 Can't-Miss Concerts in Philadelphia This May 2019  

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