12 Phenomenal Concerts Hitting Philadelphia This August

The Philadelphia Folk Festival, Green Day, Erykah Badu and more will meet your musical needs this month...

Make the most of the last full month of sunny summer weather in Philadelphia by hitting up an outdoor show or two this August.

There’s the annual 2nd Street Festival featuring performances by a slew of local acts (and great local food), an iconic duo coming to the Mann Center that you won’t want to miss, the legendary Philadelphia Folk Festival on a suburban farm and so much more.

Read about this month’s biggest shows below.

Blondie and Garbage

Two of the most iconic front people in rock — Debbie Harry of Blondie and Shirley Manson of Garbage — share the stage for a night of powerfully unkempt pop anthems on their Rage and Rapture tour. Before you go, check out Blondie’s newest album, Pollinator; it’s a flashback to the era of zippy synths and ’80s-era new wave.

Blondie and Garbage

When:Wednesday, August 2
Where:The Mann Center, 5201 Parkside Avenue

www.manncenter.org

GrandeMarshall

At his start, young rapper GrandeMarshall primarily kept to North Philly, but recently he’s collaborated with both Tunji Ige and Flume. The smooth MC's recently released EP RISK/REWARD — out on Fool’s Gold Records — is leaps ahead of his debut in terms of production and style. Catch him at Johnny Brenda’s on August 3.

GrandeMarshall

When:Thursday, August 3
Where:Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 Frankford Avenue

www.johnnybrendas.com

Summertime Thursday Jazz Series at Shakespeare Park

On Thursday evenings this month, make plans to head to the newly renovated Shakespeare Park across the street from the Parkway Central Library to check out some of Philly’s most promising jazz acts. The Summertime Thursday Jazz Series is produced in collaboration with The Oval+, the exciting warm-weather temporary park currently located at Eakins Oval on the other side of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway through August 20.

Summertime Thursday Jazz Series at Shakespeare Park

When:Thursdays, August 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31
Where:Shakespeare Park, 2451 Benjamin Franklin Parkway

www.theovalphl.org

The Melvins

The Melvins are sludge masters. After forming in Washington state in the early 1980s, they took the best of Black Sabbath and added pop-focused components — like a little melody — to make their sound something special. Take note: Both Nirvana and Mudhoney were disciples of The Melvins.

The Melvins

When:Friday, August 4
Where:Union Transfer, 1026 Spring Garden Street

www.ticketfly.com

Logic

Maryland-born producer Logic has been piling up accolades since he first came on the scene in the early 2010s, including XXL’s Freshman Class in 2013 and Billboard 200’s No. 4 record in 2014. Everybody, 2017’s new release, features Killer Mike, Black Thought, Alessia Cara and Chuck D. Needless to say, it’s poised to be a chart topper.

Logic

When:Saturday, August 5
Where:Festival Pier at Penn’s Landing, 601 N. Christopher Columbus Boulevard

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2nd Street Festival

2nd Street FestivalPhoto by Danya Henninger for ImagicDigital.com

Guests at the massive 2nd Street Festival in Northern Liberties will find three different stages for music featuring Paul Green Rock Academy, Kid Felix, Ensemble Novo, Jolly Jane, Mt. Vengeance and Yellow Kites. Stay late to see The Spinto Band, Delaware’s prodigal sons, headlining the Brown Street stage with their ’00s-era indie rock. Outside of music, you’ll see most of the merchants of No Libs spilling out onto the street, hawking arts and crafts, food and pineapple daiquiris with their tops chopped off and a straw stuck in.

2nd Street Festival

When:Sunday, August 6
Where:The Schmidt’s Commons, 1001 N. 2nd Street

www.2ndstfestival.org

Michelle Branch

The Everywhere singer is having her second moment after releasing her promising new album Hopeless Romantic earlier this year. Since her first rise to fame was at the ripe age of 17, we’re excited to see the pop singer-songwriter make her way back into the spotlight in adulthood.

Michelle Branch

When:Sunday, August 6
Where:Theatre of The Living Arts, 334 South Street

www.tlaphilly.com

Erykah Badu

Iconic R&B innovator Erykah Badu has a catalog that spans both style and emotional spectrum. It’s safe to say watching her perform is more of a raw, moving journey than a “show” — and you can go on that journey at the Dell Music Center on August 10.

Erykah Badu

When:Thursday, August 10
Where:Dell Music Center, 2400 Strawberry Mansion Drive

www.livenation.com

The Districts

To celebrate the release of their fourth album Popular Manipulations, The Districts are back for a hometown showing of their bootstrapped blues. Keep your ears peeled for a new sound — this record leads a little post-punk (think Interpol).

The Districts

When:Friday, August 11
Where:Union Transfer, 1026 Spring Garden Street

www.ticketfly.com

Philadelphia Folk Festival

Philadelphia Folk FestivalPhoto by G. Widman for Visit Philadelphia

The Philadelphia Folk Festival is celebrating its 56th year of bringing some of the biggest names in bluegrass, roots, guitar rock and songwriting to Schwenksville, a little town outside of Philadelphia. This year’s headliners include Graham Nash, Old Crow Medicine Show and TajMo, a mash-up group featuring blues musicians Henry Saint Clair Fredericks and Kevin Roosevelt Moore.

Philadelphia Folk Festival

When:August 17-20
Where:Philadelphia Folk Festival, 1323 Salford Station Road, Schwenksville

www.pfs.org

Sheer Mag

Have you seen Philly’s own Sheer Mag yet? They’re one of Philly’s most promising punk bands yet — and that’s saying a lot. Imagine prom night in a huge high school auditorium where the kids in the band took over the stage, tore down the streamers and spiked the punch. Help celebrate their record release at Union Transfer on August 26.

Sheer Mag

When:Saturday, August 26
Where:Union Transfer, 1026 Spring Garden Street

www.ticketfly.com

Green Day

Revisit America’s poppiest anti-establishment punk band — now in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame — when they hit the BB&T Pavilion across the Delaware River in Camden, N.J., on August 31.

Green Day

When:Thursday, August 31
Where:BB&T Pavilion, 1 Harbour Boulevard, Camden

www.livenation.com

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