15 Awesome Concerts Hitting Philly Stages This April

Who's playing Philly this month? Rihanna, Iggy Pop, Floetry, Pearl Jam and many more major musicians...

Ready to rock out this spring? Good. Some of the music scene’s biggest stars from the past, present and future take to Philly stages to light up the springtime nights.

If you’re looking for party vibes, international icons or Philly’s own artists, the only April Fools are those who don’t take advantage of the amazing shows happening in Philadelphia this month.

If you’re not sure where to find some must-see shows coming up over the next month, the picks below provide a good place to start.

Rihanna

Riri makes a stop in Philly on her huge world tour to support her latest album, Anti. Fans of the Barbados-born singer come from all walks of life and those lucky enough to make it to the Wells Fargo Center should expect a treat. The tour teaser video Rih tweeted looks like a show with high production value. And she always knows how to bring down the house.

Rihanna

When:Sunday, April 3
Where:Wells Fargo Center, 3601 S. Broad Street

www.wellsfargocenterphilly.com

Brand Nubian, Lost Boyz, Kwame, Special Ed, Das EFX, Roxanne Shante

The old school gets called into session at the Troc as some of rap's royalty from the '90s remind fans why they held the throne. A night for fun, memories and nostalgia, its possible fans might just spit all the words to the songs — but the artists still reign supreme.

Brand Nubian, Lost Boyz, Kwame, Special Ed, Das EFX, Roxanne Shante

When:Saturday, April 2
Where:Trocadero Theatre, 1003 Arch Street

www.thetroc.com

Gogol Bordello

Gogol Bordello know how to put on a concert. A wild blend of punk and Gypsy music with a touch of dub, fans come for the music but stay for the show. Veterans of the festival circuits, seeing Gogol Bordello in a smaller room guarantees an even higher energy level. The Friday show has already sold out, but a few tickets remain for the Thursday night performance.

Gogol Bordello

When:Thursday, April 7
Where:Union Transfer, 1026 Spring Garden Street

www.utphilly.com

The Smashing Pumpkins

Closing in on three decades since the band's formation in Chicago, the Smashing Pumpkins' legions of die-hard fans still love to see the alt-band perform live. While members of the group changed somewhat over the years, Billy Corgan, Jimmy Chamberlin and Jeff Schroeder still make-up the core crew.

The Smashing Pumpkins

When:Friday, April 8
Where:The Tower Theatre, S. 69th Street, Upper Darby

concerts.livenation.com

Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals

Benjamin Chase Harper is a whole lot of talent wrapped into one person, winning Grammy Awards in pop, gospel and blues categories while also dabbling in folk, soul, funk, reggae and rock as he plays guitars and remains vocal about causes close to his heart. The release of his upcoming album on Stax Records, Call It What It Is, drops just two days before Harper plays Philly.

Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals

When:Sunday, April 10
Where:The Fillmore Philadelphia, 29 E. Allen Street

www.fillmorephiladelphia.org

Iggy Pop and Josh Homme

Talk about a rare opportunity: Queens of the Stone Age's guitarist Josh Homme joins the iconic Iggy Pop on stage in support of their collaborative album, Post Pop Depression. As if that isn't enough musical firepower, the backing band includes members of QOTSA and Arctic Monkeys. And if that still isn't enough draw, consider the location of the Philly show — the historic Academy of Music.

Iggy Pop and Josh Homme

When:Friday, April 15
Where:Academy of Music, 240 S. Broad Street

www.kimmelcenter.org

Dr. Dog

Head south from Philadelphia on Route 1 and you'll soon arrive in West Grove, hometown of the members of Dr. Dog. The psych-pop outfit made a name for themselves in and around Philadelphia before using the internet wisely to turn on fans around the globe. Thrilled fans celebrated the release of Psychedelic Swamp earlier this year. Fun fact: The band began working on the album 15 years ago.

Dr. Dog

When:Saturday, April 16
Where:The Fillmore Philadelphia, 29 E. Allen Street

www.fillmorephiladelphia.org

Tokyo Police Club

Where else would a band called Tokyo Police Club hail from other than Canada? Started a little more than a decade ago, the band's indie-rock and post-punk sound took them from Ontario, Canada to stages around the world.

Tokyo Police Club

When:Tuesday, April 19
Where:Union Transfer, 1026 Spring Garden Street

www.utphilly.com

Floetry

If the words Black Lily mean anything to you, heads up. As one of the most important and influential weekly nights at the Five Spot in the early aughts, Black Lily served as fertile ground for many of the poets, rappers, artists and vocalists that birthed the neo-soul movement. When Floetry's Natalie Stewart and Marsha Ambrosius arrived in the United States from London, Philly served as the gateway and Black Lily as their platform. The duo would go on to make two albums and write for everyone from Jill Scott to Michael Jackson. See them together again in Philly this month.

Floetry

When:Wednesday, April 20
Where:Theatre of The Living Arts, 334 South Street

venue.tlaphilly.com

Father John Misty

J. Tillman's (a.k.a. Father John Misty) resume is a lengthy read for a 34-year-old. Collaborating with an eclectic range of artists as a singer, songwriter, guitarist and drummer, the past few years finds Father John Misty refocusing on his solo career with a new moniker and sometimes new sound. Whatever his incarnation, fans come out in droves to support the talented artist.

Father John Misty

When:Saturday, April 23
Where:The Fillmore Philadelphia, 29 E. Allen Street

www.fillmorephiladelphia.org

DJ Snake

DJ Snake took a rocket from the suburbs of Paris, France to the top of the charts riding the success of "Turn Down For What" and earning two-time platinum certification along the way. Teaming up with Diplo proved sage as the DJ and producer dropped single after single, banger after banger, and remix after remix. No word on whether he plans to crash through the ceiling of The Fillmore or just walk through a door.

DJ Snake

When:Friday, April 22
Where:The Fillmore Philadelphia, 29 E. Allen Street

www.fillmorephiladelphia.org

Tower of Power & Average White Band

What an exciting night of music at the Keswick: On one half of the bill, the hugely influential Tower of Power from Oakland, with a legendary horn section that's been called upon by the likes of the Grateful Dead and Pharoahe Monch. The rest of the evening belongs to Scotland's Average White Band. The funk and R&B outfit's sounds are solid, and sometimes recognizable in samples used by artists such as the Beastie Boys and Nas.

Tower of Power & Average White Band

When:Saturday, April 23
Where:Keswick Theatre, 291 N. Keswick Avenue, Glenside

www.keswicktheatre.com

Pearl Jam

Perhaps no other band to emerge from the 1990s emblemizes the American rock genre better than Pearl Jam. As one of the few Seattle bands to transcend the grunge era, Pearl Jam has released a tight discography and canon of music throughout the decades. In performance, Pearl Jam still rocks.

Pearl Jam

When:Thursday, April 28 and Friday, April 29
Where:Wells Fargo Center, 3601 S. Broad Street

www.wellsfargocenterphilly.com

Father

This rapper (not to be confused with the 90's Father MC) is our sleeper pick for the month. Wild and weird in all the right ways, outlets like Vice and Pitchfork have shined the light on the rapper from Atlanta. You either know what to expect from the Father or you aren't prepared. If you don't know about him, act like you do and catch him in a small room before the only chances to see him exist on bigger, main stages. Fun fact: His original rapper name was Father's Liquor Cabinet.

Father

When:Monday, April 25
Where:The Foundry at The Fillmore, 1100 Canal Street

www.thefillmorephilly.com/foundry

Freddie Gibbs

Gary, Indiana is proud of Freddie Gibbs, and Freddie Gibbs is proud of Gary, Indiana. Surviving life in the streets and life in the industry only served to focus and refine the lyrics and delivery of the rapper. His music appeals to other artists, critics and fans.

Freddie Gibbs

When:Saturday, April 30
Where:Union Transfer, 1026 Spring Garden Street

www.utphilly.com

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