Top Picks For Awesome Live Music To Check Out In Philly This July

Leon Bridges, Xponential Music Festival, Bob Dylan, Gwen Stefani and more...

Some people may think it’s impossible to beat the heat. But a slew of shows, concerts and festivals here in Philadelphia can transport you to a place where the only thing on your mind, and in your ears, is the sweet sound of music.

Outdoor venues around the city offer show-goers a chance to party under the summer sky and indoor venues provide a welcome respite from the heat.

For our picks of concerts in July to check out, see our list below.

Wawa Welcome America's 4th of July Jam

For a celebration of our country's birthday, no place makes more sense than right here in Philly. Everybody knows about Philadelphia's place in history, and the annual free concert on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway has become a nearly historic tradition. Before the fireworks hit the sky (at 10 p.m.), stars of the music industry take the stage to perform for nearly 500,000 people. Not only will international soul and gospel singer Leon Bridges entertain the crowd, but Philly's own Leslie Odom Jr., Yazz the Greatest, Viva Mas and Brotherly Love play for the crowds.

Wawa Welcome America's 4th of July Jam

When:Monday, July 4, 5 p.m.
Where:Benjamin Franklin Parkway

www.welcomeamerica.com

Weezer with Panic! at the Disco

Radio 104.5 brings another great show to the area when Weezer stops by with Panic! at the Disco. Both bands have had critical success, so expect thralls of fans.

Weezer with Panic! at the Disco

When:Tuesday, July 5, 7 p.m.
Where:BB&T Pavilion, 1 Harbour Boulevard, Camden

www.livenationvenue.com/susquehanna-bank-center

Sick of It All

Staples of the hardcore scene in New York City during the 1980s, Sick of It All has pushed through for 30 years. Comprised of brothers Koller, Lou and Pete and current bandmates Craig Setari and Armand Majidi, Sick of It All has delivered the best shows in the scene since 1992. No better reason to check them out on their anniversary tour.

Sick of It All

When:Thursday, July 7, Doors: 6:30 p.m. / Show: 7:00 p.m.
Where:Union Transfer, 1026 Spring Garden Street

www.utphilly.com

Vans Warped Tour

Started as a tour for acts outside the mainstream, after 22 years, the Warped Tour has become a mainstay summer show. Seven stages try to contain the energy of 68 bands, including heavyweights Less Than Jake, New Found Glory, Reel Big Fish, Sum 41 and Yellowcard.

Vans Warped Tour

When:Friday, July 8, 11 a.m.
Where:BB&T Pavilion, 1 Harbour Boulevard, Camden

www.vanswarpedtour.com

The Smokers Club Presents: Cam'Ron, The Underachievers, G Herbo & More

Cam'ron isn't just a member of The Smokers Club; he's the president. While some members of his hip-hop crew Dipset have faded from the limelight, Cam'ron hasn't. He rounds up The Underachievers, G Herbo, Smoke Dza and Nyck Caution.

The Smokers Club Presents: Cam'Ron, The Underachievers, G Herbo & More

When:Friday, July 8, 8 p.m.
Where:Theatre of The Living Arts, 334 South Street

www.tlaphilly.com

Sublime with Rome

Active with the current members since 2011, this California band blends everything right about dub, reggae, hip-hop and alt-rock.

Sublime with Rome

When:Saturday, July 9, 6:30 p.m.
Where:Festival Pier at Penn's Landing, 601 N. Columbus Boulevard

www.festivalpierphilly.com

Billy Joel

The singer-songwriter from New York brings his piano to the Philly ballpark for a huge outdoor performance. Closing in on 50 years as a recording artist, his ballads have found their way into countless hearts, and bars, around the globe.

Billy Joel

When:Saturday, July 9, 8 p.m.
Where:Citizens Bank Park, 1 Citizens Bank Way

www.ticketmaster.com

Radio 104.5 Block Party

The July installment of the Radio 104.5 Block Party summer series of free (with advanced tickets) shows has a killer line-up: KONGOS, The Strumbellas, Arkells, Bleached and The Wild Wild all swing through Festival Pier to party.

Radio 104.5 Block Party

When:Sunday, July 10, 1 p.m.
Where:Festival Pier at Penn's Landing, 601 N. Columbus Boulevard

radio1045.iheart.com

Paul McCartney

Paul McCartney comes to Citizens Bank Park for his One on One tour to perform songs not often heard in concert. What rarely heard songs you ask? How about A Hard Day's Night for the first time as a solo artist — and for the first time to a crowd in more than 50 years.

Paul McCartney

When:Tuesday, July 12, 8 p.m.
Where:Citizens Bank Park, 1 Citizens Bank Way

www.ticketmaster.com

Bob Dylan

When Bob Dylan plugged in his acoustic guitar back in 1965 and went electric, fans stood divided, but Dylan rocked on. More than 50 years later, Dylan is still going strong and paying little heed to naysayers. The folk, blues, rock, country and gospel singer-songwriter plays the beautiful outdoor venue in Fairmount Park for this stop of his 18-year-long tour.

Bob Dylan

When:Wednesday, July 13, 7:30 p.m.
Where:The Mann Center, 5201 Parkside Avenue

www.manncenter.org

Guns N' Roses

The group known for their appetite for self-destruction gets back together to mark 30 years as a band. The Not in This Lifetime tour gets most of the original line-up — Axl, Slash and Duff — back together for the first time since 1993. If history can predict the future, this opportunity to see G 'N' R shouldn't be missed.

Guns N' Roses

When:Thursday, July 14, 8:30 p.m.
Where:Lincoln Financial Field, 1020 Pattison Avenue

www.ticketmaster.com

Azealia Banks

Whether you like her or don't, Banks, the 25-year-old rapper from New York City, refuses to fit any mold and holds her tongue for no one. Watering down her music, content or message would never happen as she tackles issues like capitalism, politics, race and sexuality. Seeing her in a small room at The Foundry should prove memorable.

Azealia Banks

When:Sunday, July 17, 9 p.m.
Where:The Foundry at The Fillmore, 29 E. Allen Street

www.thefillmorephilly.com/foundry

Gwen Stefani with Eve

These two women go back many years, previously connecting for the smash hits "Let Me Blow Ya Mind" and "Rich Girl." Staples from the class of the '90s, this duet's concert serves as both a reunion and a homecoming. Not many opportunities exist to catch the First Lady of the Ruff Ryders performing in Philly, let alone a concert with a former coach of The Voice.

Gwen Stefani with Eve

When:Tuesday, July 19, 7 p.m.
Where:BB&T Pavilion, 1 Harbour Boulevard, Camden

www.gwenstefani.com

XPoNential Music Festival

Rock, blues and folk musicians converge in Camden for three days of performances that include Philly artists such as Kurt Vile and the Violators, The Districts, Kississippi and Queen of Jeans, as well as acts like Ryan Adams and The Shining, Alabama Shakes, Gary Clark Jr. and Father John Misty. With more than 30 acts on the bill performing on three stages, the family-friendly festival serves as a perfect place to spend a few summer days and nights.

XPoNential Music Festival

When:July 22-24
Where:BB&T Pavilion, 1 Harbour Boulevard, Camden

www.xpnfest.org

Riff Raff

Though you probably do not know him by his birth name, Horst Simco, you might know him by his nom de plume, Jody Highroller, and almost certainly know the name Riff Raff. Previous to signing with Diplo's Mad Decent label, he appeared on TV show From G's to Gents before starring in Kids director Harmony Korine's Spring Breakers.

Riff Raff

When:Friday, July 29, 9 p.m.
Where:Theatre of The Living Arts, 334 South Street

venue.tlaphilly.com

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