Philadelphia’s live music scene rocks. From great halls to intimate one-room venues, shows for every taste take stages in neighborhoods all across town this month — including at Festival Pier at Penn’s Landing. (Photo courtesy Delaware River Waterfront Corporation)
The summer music season is still rocking hard with dozens of must-see concerts by local and national talents hitting Philadelphia stages this month.
August kicks off in a major way, as rapper Nicki Minaj brings The Pinkprint World Tour to Susquehanna Bank Center in Camden and the Mad Decent Block Party returns to Festival Pier at Penn’s Landing for a must-hit party on the Philadelphia waterfront.
From August 14 through 16, the long-running Philadelphia Folk Festival presents more than 100 shows across seven stages and will again include plenty of fun activities for the entire family. Lenny Kravitz, Chris Brown, Erykah Badu and Chill Moody are just a sampling of the stellar music talents that will take to the stage for Philly audiences in the coming weeks.
Read on for our top picks of some of the best live shows going down Philly this month.
• Nicki Minaj
Thursday, August 6, Susquehanna Bank Center, 1 Harbor Boulevard, Camden, NJ, $22-$125
Following up on her third studio album The Pinkprint, rapper Nicki Minaj embarks on the North American leg of a US tour in support of the project. The Young Money powerhouse performs at the Susquehanna Bank Center this summer alongside a heavyweight lineup of artists, including Philly’s own Meek Mill, Rae Sremmurd, Tinashe and DeJ Loaf. MORE INFO
• Mad Decent Block Party
August 6 and 7, 3:15 p.m., Festival Pier, 601 N. Columbus Boulevard, $40
Get ready for one of the biggest block parties of the summer as the Mad Decent Block Party returns with a two-day affair on the Delaware River waterfront. Produced by Philly-based DJ and Mad Decent founder Diplo, this year’s block party features performances from Major Lazer, Swizzymack, ILoveMakonnen and others at Festival Pier on Penn’s Landing. MORE INFO
• Erykah Badu
Thursday, August 13, 7 p.m., Dell Music Center, 2400 Strawberry Mansion Drive, $20-$75
After a stellar performance at this year’s Roots Picnic, Erykah Badu makes her way back to Philly. For this must-hit show at the Dell Music Center in Fairmount Park, Badu shares the bill with UK soul/pop vocalist Estelle. MORE INFO
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