10+ Great Live Music Events To Check Out In Philly This September

Giant music festivals, national tours and more take over Philly this month...

There’s no shortage of incredible live music events to check out in Philly this month.

The creative folks at FringeArts curate the 21st annual Fringe Festival from September 7 to 24, featuring a number of excellent music-related performances.

WXPN radio, who is putting together a smaller gathering by grouping 26 local bands together for two days, and Connor Barwin, who may no longer be an Eagle but is still a Philly music lover and philanthropist.

Read about some of this month’s biggest shows below.

Thee Oh Sees

If you’ve never seen The Oh Sees, you are in for a time. Hailing from San Francisco’s gritty garage world, the John Dwyer-fronted group puts on a show that will lead you straight into the mosh pit.

Thee Oh Sees

When:Friday, September 8
Where:Trocadero Theatre, 1003 Arch Street

www.thetroc.com

Billy Joel

The Piano Man still has some melodies left to share. Watch him perform the classics, Scenes from an Italian Restaurant, Movin’ Out and Uptown Girl.

Billy Joel

When:Saturday, September 9
Where:Citizens Bank Park, 1 Citizens Bank Way

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Lady Gaga

Little Monsters, it’s time for church. Join your glittery goddess at the Wells Fargo Center as she touches down on her Joanne world tour.

Lady Gaga

When:Sunday, September 10
Where:Wells Fargo Center, 3601 S. Broad Street

www.wellsfargocenterphilly.com

Roky Erickson

While the frontman of the 13th Floor Elevators has gone through some hard times, watching him perform in a relatively intimate space like Underground Arts is a can't-miss moment for his fans.

Roky Erickson

When:Tuesday, September 12
Where:Underground Arts, 1200 Callowhill Street

www.undergroundarts.org

Lauryn Hill and Nas

The R&B singer/rapper and New York giant came together for 1996’s If I Ruled The World (Imagine That). Now, Lauryn Hill and Nas are joining forces to do just that on their cross-country fall tour.

Lauryn Hill and Nas

When:Thursday, September 14
Where:BB&T Pavilion, 1 Harbour Boulevard, Camden

www.waterfrontamphitheater.com

Project Pabst Citywide Festival

Action Bronson, The Menzingers, Big Thief, The Coathangers and Speedy Ortiz, among others, play this PBR-fueled Saturday spectacle starting at 1 p.m. and ending at 10 p.m. on the main stage at the Electric Factory.

Project Pabst Citywide Festival

When:Saturday, September 16
Where:Electric Factory, 421 N. 7th Street

www.electricfactory.com

Who Rocks the Party

FringeArts puts on a SXSW-style roundtable with local, notable Philly DJs to discuss the role of the deejay in the digital age and how the job has changed through the decades in this city. Remember when Diplo used to spin on Thursdays at Silk City? Times have changed, and we’re about to take a trip down memory lane.

Who Rocks the Party

When:Tuesday, September 19
Where:South Kitchen & Jazz Parlor, 600 N. Broad Street

www.fringearts.com

Close Music for Bodies

From sound designer Michael Kiley, creator of “The Empty Air: A Rittenhouse Square Soundwalk,” comes another experimental sonic experience. As an audience member, you will be encapsulated in a live chorus whose job it is to walk around you serving as a human surround sound speaker system. This FringeArts performance explores the relationship between one single voice and a group of voice and how the tide changes as each vocal flows through the whole.

Close Music for Bodies

When:September 20-24
Where:Christ Church Neighborhood House

www.fringearts.com

War on Drugs

Photo courtesy The War on Drugs

With last month’s release of A Deeper Understanding, the War on Drugs kick off their 2017 tour at home and as a force. Even better, this show — co-produced by Connor Barwin — will benefit the ex-Eagle’s Make the World Better Foundation, with 100% of proceeds helping to improve parks and public spaces in neighborhoods.

War on Drugs

When:Thursday, September 21
Where:Dell East Music Center, 2400 Strawberry Mansion Drive

www.mydelleast.com

Philadelphia Music Fest

Photo courtesy World Cafe Live

If you’ve been looking for the right time to check out the local music scene, here’s your chance. Crunched into two full days of live music, you’ll see performances by 26 Philly bands and artists including Strand of Oaks, Steve Gunn, Cayetana, West Philadelphia Orchestra and more. Pick up a single or double day pass for $30-$125 depending on how VIP you roll.

Philadelphia Music Fest

When:September 22-23
Where:World Cafe Live Philadelphia, 3025 Walnut Street

www.worldcafelive.com

Mac DeMarco

Photo courtesy Mac DeMarco

Listen to Mac’s twinkling guitar as he serenades the crowd, hopefully with material off of his first two records, Rock and Roll Night Club and 2, both unarguably garage rock classics.

Mac DeMarco

When:Sunday, September 24
Where:The Mann Center, 5201 Parkside Avenue

www.manncenter.org

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