Philadelphia’s live music scene sizzles all summer, but this month drops some seriously hot shows you won’t want to miss in the City of Brotherly Love.
With the upcoming Fourth of July weekend and an incredible lineup of talent performing in Philly throughout the month, July might just be the prime time to catch live music in Philadelphia.
Kicking off with the city’s signature Independence Day celebration, the Wawa Welcome America! Philly 4th of July Jam returns to the Benjamin Franklin Parkway with a massive free concert headlined by The Roots, Miguel, Jennifer Nettles and more.
Also returning in July, WXPN’s three-day alternative rock bash XPoNential Music Festival takes place across three stages at two venues along the Delaware River waterfront in Camden, NJ from July 24 through 26.
In addition to these two must-hit events, we’ve pulled together this list of more than a dozen shows that are going down in and around Philadelphia this month. Indie rock, R&B/soul, pop, alternative or hip-hop — if you’re looking for it, Philly’s got it.
Read on for our top picks for live music in Philadelphia in July.
• LGBT Civil Rights Movement 50th Anniversary Concert
Friday, July 3, 5 p.m., Festival Pier, 601 N. Columbus Boulevard, $27.90
Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Gay Rights Movement with a July 4th-weekend concert on the Philly waterfront. Hosted by Aubrey O’Day and Shannon Bex of dance/pop duo Dumblonde, this show features performances by FANCY, GoGo Morrow, Roxxy Starr, Adore Delano, Jonathan Allen from America’s Got Talent and many more. MORE INFO
• Philly 4th of July Jam & Fireworks
Saturday, July 4, 7–11 p.m., The Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Free
Celebrate America’s birthday with the “Largest Free Concert in America.” Starting at 7 p.m., The Philly 4th of July Jam concert, anchored by Philly hometown heroes The Roots, kicks off with performance by R&B/pop star Miguel, Jennifer Nettles of Sugarland, pop group MKTO and singer/songwriter Zella Day. The show culminates with a stunning fireworks display over the Philadelphia Museum of Art. MORE INFO
• Patti LaBelle
Thursday, July 9, 7 p.m., Dell Music Center, 2400 Strawberry Mansion Drive, $25-$75
This year, the Dell Music Center in Fairmount Park launches the 2015 Essence of Entertainment Summer Concert Series with an all-star Philadelphia lineup that includes saxophone phenom Pamela Williams, touring trombonist Jeff Bradshaw and the original R&B/soul diva, Patti LaBelle. Together, these notable talents will create an unforgettable evening of live music under the Philadelphia summer sky. MORE INFO
One of the city’s most popular July 4th events are the spectacular fireworks above the Philadelphia Museum of Art. (Photo by G. Widman for Visit Philadelphia)
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