10+ Excellent Concerts Coming To Philadelphia This December

Make your December bright by hitting up the best live shows Philly has to offer....

It’s December, the holidays are in full swing and Philly is full of live shows worthy of piling on a coat and hat and leaving the comforts of a cozy home.

This month, learn how Lil Uzi Vert celebrates by attending his “Very Uzi Christmas” at The Liacouras Center, dance through New Year’s Eve with the West Philadelphia Orchestra or spend a low key night at the First Unitarian Church with indie rock artist Vagabon.

Whatever your musical preference, here’s a roundup of this month’s biggest rock, hip-hop, dance and orchestral performances you won’t want to miss.

Vagabon

Laetitia Tamko's billowy guitar arrangements and powerful, deep vocals would make her music the perfect fit for any Wes Anderson movie turning point — or for a very intimate, gorgeously orchestrated Friday evening in the basement of an old church.

Vagabon

When:Friday, December 8
Where:First Unitarian Church of Philadelphia, 2125 Chestnut Street

www.r5productions.com

Rebirth Brass Band

A live performance by the Rebirth Brass Band, a seven-piece jazz and funk outfit that's been a New Orleans icon since 1983, is the closest you'll get to the Frenchmen Street music scene without buying a plane ticket.

Rebirth Brass Band

When:December 8-9
Where:Underground Arts, 1200 Callowhill Street

www.undergroundarts.org

Strand of Oaks

When Tim Showalter's bleeding heart rock band comes home, it's a treat. Since the release of 2014's breakout album, HEAL, the man and his band have been very, very busy. Touring on the release of this year's follow up, Hard Love, Showalter is playing three consecutive shows at Boot & Saddle. Two nights are already sold out, so act fast on these tickets.

Strand of Oaks

When:Sunday, December 10
Where:Boot & Saddle, 1131 S. Broad Street

www.bootandsaddlephilly.com

Cam'ron

Hey ma, looking for the perfect mid-week throwback dance party? Open your pink flip phone, call your girls and look no further than the Voltage Lounge, a Spring Garden-area nightclub hosting one of early '00s hip hop's biggest heavy-hitters, Cam'ron.

Cam'ron

When:Wednesday, December 13
Where:Voltage Lounge, 421 N. 7th Street

www.voltagelounge.com

Shamir

Earlier this year, Shamir released a penetrating, lo-fi record that exposed the emotional artist behind the disco-pop songs on his 2014 debut, Ratchet while moving from XL Recordings to the much smaller indie label, Father/Daughter Records. And he went from big stages, like Pitchfork Festival in Chicago, to playing much more intimate venues like the First Unitarian Church. Catch his return to DIY form before he's bound for the big leagues again next festival season.

Shamir

When:Saturday, December 16
Where:First Unitarian Church of Philadelphia, 2125 Chestnut Street

www.r5productions.com

Trans Siberian Orchestra

There's truly no better way to get in the holiday spirit than by experiencing a massive rock opera hinged on Christmas hits in a nearly 20,000-person capacity arena. Bring on the bells.

Trans Siberian Orchestra

When:Sunday, December 17
Where:Wells Fargo Center, 3601 S. Broad Street

www.wellsfargocenterphilly.com

Lil Uzi Vert

Lil Yachty's Sailing Team includes Lil Uzi Vert, a young Philly emcee who, after collaborating with Migos on one of last year's biggest radio hits, Bad and Boujee, is in a league of his own. Last year, he hosted “A Very Uzi Christmas” at The Fillmore. This year, with a new studio album under his belt, he's bound to put on an even more spirited performance at The Liacouras Center.

Lil Uzi Vert

When:Friday, December 22
Where:The Liacouras Center, 1776 N. Broad Street

www.liacourascenter.com

Chill Moody

The hip-hop artist and Philadelphia Music Ambassador (dubbed so by Councilman David Oh) makes music that's a powerful, positive representation of his life here, inspired by the artists who came before him — namely The Roots and Philly's neo-soul movement.

Chill Moody

When:Thursday, December 28
Where:MilkBoy Philadelphia, 1100 Chestnut Street

www.milkboyphilly.com

West Philadelphia Orchestra and Johnny Showcase

This legendary Balkan brass band takes the stage, supported by funk rockers Johnny Showcase, to bring an amalgamation of big band, funk and cosmos-inspired jazz.

West Philadelphia Orchestra and Johnny Showcase

When:Sunday, December 31
Where:Underground Arts, 1200 Callowhill Street

www.undergroundarts.org

PhillyBloco

Party group PhillyBloco spent last New Year's Eve playing a big band rendition of “Uptown Funk” at Ardmore Music Hall. This year, the outfit comes to World Cafe to deliver loud, fast, Brazilian funk that's impossible not to dance to.

PhillyBloco

When:Sunday, December 31
Where:World Cafe Live Philadelphia, 3025 Walnut Street

www.worldcafelive.com

Ill Doots & DJ Dame Luz at Fringe Arts' New Years' Funkin' Eve

Fringe Arts ends 2017 with its always-cool New Year's Funkin' Eve party, and this year offers a stellar musical lineup. ILL DOOTS is a collective of artists, educators and activists based in Philadelphia with several albums and tours under their belts. Attendees can also enjoy a performance by DJ Dame Luz, a female party producer in the Philly LGBT scene who's been a staple of the city's nightlife for a decade.

Ill Doots & DJ Dame Luz at Fringe Arts' New Years' Funkin' Eve

When:Sunday, December 31
Where:FringeArts, 140 N. Christopher Columbus Boulevard

www.fringearts.com

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