Philadelphia is a haven for music talent: From the big-name celebs who come through venues along the Avenue of the Arts to the up-and-coming artists who play nightly at indie spots along South Street, there’s always somewhere to find standout musicians. And at an event this month, you can catch dozens of artists across all genres and all across the city, including right near your 1500 Locust apartment.
The Philly Music Fest returns Oct. 6-10 to five separate venues: Ardmore Music Hall, Rec Philly, Milkboy, Johnny Brendas and World Café Live, the last of which is just one mile from your 1500 Locust apartment. Each night of the festival, one of the spaces will host several bands or musicians, offering a taste of Philly’s hottest emerging talent, all in one show.
The festival was born in 2017 as a nonprofit, with proceeds being invested in the city’s music community. So far, the organization has supported groups like Rock to the Future, Live Connections, Girls Rock Philly, Philadelphia Youth Orchestra and more, donating more than $130,000 in its first four years. So, while you’re soaking up incredible talent, your ticket price is also giving back to local efforts to instill music appreciation among the performers of tomorrow.
This year’s lineup includes artists from across a range of genres, offering something for listeners of all musical tastes. At World Café Live, for instance, five different acts will take the stage Oct. 6. They include Alex G, an indie rock sensation who wears hats that include musician, singer-songwriter and producer. Spirit of the Beehive is a group of locally grown experimental rockers, while Moor Mother bills herself as part poet, part activist. Free jazz collective Irreversible Entanglements and punk rockers Moor Jewelry round out that night’s show.
Whether you want to check out one night or each event, music lovers won’t want to miss Philly Music Fest!
3025 Walnut St.
Philadelphia, PA 19104