15+ Concerts In Philly You Won’t Want To Miss This July

Mad Decent Block Party, XPoNential Music Festival, Kendrick Lamar and a slew of other music happenings this month...

If a music festival is on your summer to-do list, pack up your sunscreen and get ready to cross it off.

From the Mad Decent Block Party to WXPN’s annual XPoNential Music Festival to Martha Graham Cracker’s Made in Philadelphia Festival, you won’t need a plane ticket to find an awesome festival experience in Philadelphia.

Elsewhere this month, look forward to concerts from Kendrick Lamar, Ed Sheeran, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers and more.

Read about this month’s biggest shows below.

Mitski

If you’re not familiar with one of indie rock’s leading ladies, listen to Your Best American Girl and Happy from last year’s release, Puberty 2. You’ll have a quick crash course in Mitski’s quick-wit lyricism, expressive guitar work and the powerful way she bends her vocals. Recommended for anyone who loves St. Vincent.

Mitski

When:Friday, July 7
Where:Union Transfer, 1026 Spring Garden Street

www.utphilly.com

Mad Decent Block Party

Originating in Philly, the Mad Decent Block Party has since spread to other major cities, including this year’s secondary stage in Denver. But as any Philadelphian knows, the Festival Pier show is destined to be the most “lit” with Dirty South Joe, Flosstradamus, 4B and Diplo, the golden-haired originator.

Mad Decent Block Party

When:Friday, July 7
Where:Festival Pier at Penn’s Landing, 601 N. Columbus Boulevard

www.maddecentblockparty.com

This Is a Recording: A Night of Analog Music with Rich Medina

Rich Medina — poet, iconic DJ, journalist — has received a number of awards and accolades for tirelessly working to document and preserve Philly’s hip-hop, soul and R&B legacy. Getting to listen to his personal vinyl collection during his set at Johnny Brenda's on Friday, July 7 should be a special not-to-miss moment for any Philly music lover.

This Is a Recording: A Night of Analog Music with Rich Medina

When:Friday, July 7
Where:Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 Frankford Avenue

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(Sandy) Alex G and Japanese Breakfast

(Sandy) Alex G has come a long way since crafting lo-fi indie heartbleeds in his Philadelphia bedroom. After the release of 2015’s Beach Music, he went on to play guitar on Frank Ocean’s Blonde before releasing his new record Rocket this year. Enjoy the homegrown star's distinctive sound and melodies at Union Transfer on July 8 alongside Japanese Breakfast.

(Sandy) Alex G and Japanese Breakfast

When:Saturday, July 8
Where:Union Transfer, 1026 Spring Garden Street

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Kehlani

Kehlani’s sleek dance pop translates from club floor to road trip to bedroom. The Poplyfe lead singer has matured, taking notes from Rihanna’s fast-paced rap style and Janet Jackson’s synth-fueled melodies to meet somewhere in the middle with her ’90s-tinged-but-still-very-modern R&B sound.

Kehlani

When:Monday, July 10
Where:Electric Factory, 421 N. 7th Street

www.electricfactory.info

Echo and the Bunnymen and Violent Femmes

Anyone who’s a fan of the mods and the goths — and the Donnie Darko soundtrack that perfectly featured those musical moments — should not miss this show at the Mann Center for the Performing Arts. Echo and the Bunnymen, who just released a live record of songs they played between ’83 and ’85, will be supported by Violent Femmes, a rock band that embodies the term “jangly.”

Echo and the Bunnymen and Violent Femmes

When:Tuesday, July 11
Where:Mann Center’s Skyline Stage, 5201 Parkside Avenue

www.manncenter.org

Ed Sheeran & James Blunt

This month, Shape of You singer Ed Sheeran is taking his pal James Blunt on the North American leg of his tour. Given the magnitude of these singer-songwriters’ careers (and vocal ranges), both evenings are likely to sell out pretty quickly.

Ed Sheeran & James Blunt

When:July 11-12
Where:Wells Fargo Center, 3601 S. Broad Street

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Waxahatchee and Cayetana

Local act Waxahatchee leans heavy on ’90s Pacific Northwest vibes, and at this show at Union Transfer, lead singer Katie Crutchfield and co. will celebrate the release of Out in the Storm, the band's fourth album that's billed as their most honest record to date.

Waxahatchee and Cayetana

When:Friday, July 14
Where:Union Transfer, 1026 Spring Garden Street

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Martha Graham Cracker’s Made in Philadelphia Festival

Johnny Brenda'sPhoto by M. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia

The Made In Philadelphia festival — presented by Pat’s Steaks — features two nights of performances by the beloved Martha Graham Cracker and a string of guests, including a female teenage Judas Priest cover band, comedians, musicians and expert soul entertainers Johnny Showcase.

Martha Graham Cracker’s Made in Philadelphia Festival

When:July 15-16
Where:Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 Frankford Avenue

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Reggae in the Park

Mann Center For The Performing ArtsPhoto Courtesy Mann Center For The Performing Arts

For the fifth year, the Mann Center for the Performing Arts will open both its main and crescendo stages for Reggae in the Park, a celebration of reggae music. This year’s performers include Bob Marley’s eldest son Ziggy Marley, Beres Hammond, Sizzla and Capleton.

Reggae in the Park

When:Sunday, July 16
Where:The Mann Center, 5201 Parkside Avenue

www.manncenter.org

NPR Jazz Night in America Series

Teaming up with a slew of local radio stations and jazz music programs, NPR is bringing the Grover Washington Jr. reunion show to Philly. The concert will feature original members of the late, great local saxophonist's live band, and will be recorded for a fall radio slot. It’s been near 20 years since these musicians have shared a stage, and as a tribute to one of the most important funk instrumentalists in history, this is sure to be a special event.

NPR Jazz Night in America Series

When:Tuesday, July 18
Where:Temple Performing Arts Center, 1837 N. Broad Street

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Kendrick Lamar / Travis Scott / D.R.A.M.

Kendrick Lamar, Travis Scott and D.R.A.M. are three of the biggest names in hip-hop, and they'll all be under one roof at this show at the Wells Fargo Center. After the release of DAMN. this year, Kendrick Lamar is now tasked with creating an emotional show that holds up to the 14-track album of the same nature.

Kendrick Lamar / Travis Scott / D.R.A.M.

When:Wednesday, July 19
Where:Wells Fargo Center, 3601 S. Broad Street

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Twilight Music Festival with Sun Ra Arkestra

Parks on Tap, Philly’s roving beer garden, is setting up shop in different neighborhoods all season long. Through the summer, they’ll also have free pop-up concerts on MLK Drive near the Dragon Boat Dock featuring an eclectic mix of artists. This show features Sun Ra, a jazz performer from the cosmos decked in only the finest gilded cloaks set to give you a funky, out-of-body musical experience.

Twilight Music Festival with Sun Ra Arkestra

When:Sunday, July 23
Where:MLK Drive near the Dragon Boat Dock, 1233 Martin Luther King Junior Drive

www.twilightmusicfest.com

XpoNential Music Festival

Just as it wouldn’t be Philly without WXPN public radio, it wouldn’t be summer without the XpoNential Music Festival at the BB&T Pavilion. Celebrating its 13th year in 2017, the fest is one of the longest running in the region — and also one of the best curated. Attendees can look forward to performances from Wilco, Conor Oberst, Spoon, Amos Lee, Drive-By Truckers and many more over the three-day fest.

XpoNential Music Festival

When:July 28-30
Where:BB&T Pavilion, 1 Harbour Boulevard, Camden

www.xpnfest.org

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers

Get ready to sing along to Free Fallin’ and other ’80s and ’90s classics with thousands of fans, Tom Petty himself and his Heartbreakers at the end of this month at the Wells Fargo Center. .

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers

When:July 1 & July 29
Where:Wells Fargo Center, 3601 S. Broad Street

www.wellsfargocenterphilly.com

Diana Ross

The Supremes’ singer and soul queen Diana Ross is bringing her “In The Name of Love” tour to Philadelphia at the end of the month. Her last visit to Philadelphia was also by way of the Mann in 2015, when she released Sings Songs from the Wiz, her most recent solo full-length album.

Diana Ross

When:Saturday, July 29
Where:The Mann Center, 5201 Parkside Avenue

www.manncenter.org

Queen + Adam Lambert

No one can replace late Queen front man Freddie Mercury, whose theatrical and operatic range will forever be unparalleled. That said, Adam Lambert, once an American Idol contestant, certainly takes his new role as Queen lead singer seriously and pays an impressive tribute.

Queen + Adam Lambert

When:Sunday, July 30
Where:Wells Fargo Center, 3601 S. Broad Street

www.livenation.com

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