10 Excellent Concerts To Check Out In Philly This January

Lil Jon, Kings of Leon, G. Love and Special Sauce and more...

The start of a new year brings top-notch musicians to venues across Philadelphia.

This January, look forward to some amazing artists — from Lil Jon and Dashboard Confessional to Reel Big Fish and Kings of Leon — hitting the stages in Philly.

Read on for our concert picks for this January in Philly.

August Burns Red

Hailing from Lancaster, this metalcore band earned a Grammy nomination for “Identity” off last year’s Found in Far Away Places. Veterans of worldwide stages for more than a decade, the members of the five-piece band blend their spiritual beliefs with a heavy, metal, hardcore sound.

August Burns Red

When:Wednesday, January 4
Where:Theatre of The Living Arts, 334 South Street

www.tlaphilly.com

The Beatnuts

The only Latino members of the Native Tongues family, Queens duo JuJu and Psycho Les dropped a series of tracks — including "Watch Out Now" — during the '90s. Expect hip-hop fans and party-goers to come out strong for this one.

The Beatnuts

When:Tuesday, January 5
Where:Voltage Lounge, 421 N. 7th Street

www.ticketfly.com

Lil Jon, Dillon Francis and Vassy

For 23 years, the Hair O’ the Dog event has helped kick the year off right. National and local celebrities, athletes and industry folks attend the black-tie affair, with proceeds going to various non-profits like year’s charity Bianca’s Kids. Far from a stuffy event, this year's concert features Lil Jon and Dillon Francis, who will certainly have the crowd moving, turning up and getting down.

Lil Jon, Dillon Francis and Vassy

When:Saturday, January 7
Where:The Fillmore, 29 E. Allen Street

www.thefillmorephilly.com

Run The Jewels

What started as a one-off project ended up capturing the energy of two distinct MCs from two different places speaking to and for the disenfranchised. Refusing to be silenced and incapable of not being heard, the dynamic duo storm the stage at the Electric Factory just two days before the physical release of their third album.

Run The Jewels

When:Wednesday, January 11
Where:Electric Factory, 421 N. 7th Street

www.electricfactory.info

Wax Tailor

A DJ and producer from outside Paris, Wax Tailor creates audio soundscapes through downtempo and instrumental hip-hop beats. Whether remixing, collaborating, creating musicals or working with orchestras, this man of many talents feels at home on the stage — he's rocked more than 600 shows around the globe.

Wax Tailor

When:Tuesday, January 17
Where:Union Transfer, 1026 Spring Garden Street

www.utphilly.com

D.R.A.M.

How many artists can claim a vegetable launched his or her career? “Broccoli” took over airwaves and parties last year, with D.R.A.M. and Lil Yachty landing a Grammy Award nomination for the track. When the Virginia-raised rapper dropped his first album at the end of 2016, Complex named it as one of the best albums of the year. With a large Philly following, expect a packed house doing the cha-cha and partying all night.

D.R.A.M.

When:Thursday, January 19
Where:The Foundry, 29 E. Allen Street

www.lnphilly.com

Reel Big Fish and Anti-Flag

Coasts and genres unite for this tour as California ska band Reel Big Fish hits the road with Pennsylvania’s punk rock outfit Anti-Flag. Each band boasts a slew of albums, so expect plenty of material to draw from to keep fans moving all night.

Reel Big Fish and Anti-Flag

When:Thursday, January 19
Where:The Fillmore, 29 E. Allen Street

www.lnphilly.com

Kings of Leon

The Followill family knows how to make music. For the past 15 years, the alt rock group has continually incorporated different genres into their repertoire, expanding their sound and fanbase. The band is coming off of a big 2016, which saw them dropping their seventh studio album and headlining the Firefly Music Festival.

Kings of Leon

When:Thursday, January 19
Where:Wells Fargo Center, 3601 S. Broad Street

www.wellsfargocenterphilly.com

Dashboard Confessional

Some might mistakenly believe the heyday of emo has come and gone. It’s a difficult argument to make when perennial favorites of the genre like Dashboard Confessional sell out shows in cities across the U.S. That includes Philadelphia, where, due to popular demand, Dashboard added a second show at the Theatre of the Living Arts after the first sold out.

Dashboard Confessional

When:Tuesday, January 24
Where:Theatre of The Living Arts, 334 South Street

www.lnphilly.com

G. Love & Special Sauce

G. Love reps Philly and Philly reps G. Love. Who can forget the iconic cover photo taken at Silk City that was featured on the band's self-titled debut album? Many albums, many miles on the road and lots of time separate the band’s first performance in 1993 with The Roots at The Revival from the group's 2017 show at the Electric Factory. Los Angeles might be where they now live, but Philly will always be the group’s home.

G. Love & Special Sauce

When:Saturday, January 28
Where:Electric Factory, 421 N. 7th Street

www.electricfactory.info

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