This March has to be one of the best months to catch a show in recent memory, with great concerts hitting stages all over town almost every night.
Regardless of what kind of music you like, what scene or what vibe, the amount of star power headed our way could only be rivaled by the summer’s festival circuit.
Read on for our picks of concerts to check out in Philly this March.
It's been quite a ride for Ariana Grande, from her early television days on Nickelodeon to becoming the first artist to have lead singles from her first three albums land in the Top 10 of Billboard's Hot 100 chart. Grande hits the Wells Fargo Center on March 1 in support of 2016's Dangerous Woman album.
Memphis rapper Juicy J started his career as part of Three 6 Mafia but shot to super-stardom when he embarked on a solo career. The MC, who has turned his successful mixtape series into an upcoming studio album entitled Rubba Band Business, hits The Foundry on March 1.
The Love You Death tour is not a threat but a promise for singer-songwriter The-Dream. The Roc Nation artist finds success inside the studio, both inside and outside the booth. Not satisfied with penning hits for Rihanna, Beyoncé and Justin Bieber, the R&B crooner has released five albums, with a sixth slated to drop this year.
The list of artists who have tapped L.A.'s Thundercat for production or inspiration reads like a who's who in the music industry. The man of many talents with a sound that fuses soul, jazz, electronic and funk has released four of his own albums, including his latest record Drunk.
Atlanta artist Jeezy has survived the streets and the industry long enough to earn the title of veteran. Making it this long means the Snowman has a blizzard of chart toppers and club bangers under his belt. Mr. 17.5 definitely knows how to make his fans go crazy.
Strand of Oaks
One of several Philly artists rightfully making the list of picks this month, Strand of Oaks brings soulful folk rock and tunes from the group's new record Hard Love to Union Transfer on March 10. The show will benefit more than just fans, as a dollar from every ticket sale goes to Planned Parenthood.
Strand of Oaks
With a career spanning more than four decades, Sting shows no sign of slowing down. Finding success alongside other musicians or by himself in rock, jazz, new wave and world sounds, the British singer-songwriter has rightfully earned worldwide acclaim. A venue like The Fillmore will make a night with the former member of The Police feel like an intimate event.
Moscow-born and New York City-raised, Spektor released her first three albums on her own, embodying a DIY ethos. Once signed, the indie pop and anti-folk pianist found both critical and chart success on her next three albums. WXPN brings her to The Fillmore on March 13, where fans will get a chance to hear her perform tracks from last year's Remember Us to Life.
Nobody beats the Biz when it comes to party rocking. Holding it down on the turntables, the legendary MC and DJ will definitely have South Street jumping as he takes it old school spinning classic tracks and forgotten gems from the '80s and '90s.
Fabolous and Jadakiss
Billed as Freddy vs. Jason, these two MCs continue to kill it as nightmares on the street. With criminally deep catalogs, each artist has long cemented his place in hip-hop's history books. Either could sell out a on his own, so expect loyal fans to come out in mass to pack the house. (Bonus: If you can't make it on this night, you can catch Jada at The Lox show later in the month.)
Fabolous and Jadakiss
FKJ (which stands for French Kiwi Juice) ushered in the new era of French house music. Producing a rich and textured sound that fuses funk and electronica, the Parisian DJ plays multiple instruments and takes fans on an aural journey.
As the best-selling solo album artist in the U.S. and second in total album sales worldwide behind a little band called The Beatles, Garth Brooks' music career remains virtually unrivaled — and his live shows prove equally as legendary. Performing in Philly for the first time in 19 years alongside wife Trisha Yearwood, Brooks' four shows in three days at the Wells Fargo Center should not be missed.
Adopted Philly sons Bon Jovi take the stage at the Wells Fargo Center on March 31 in support of the band's recently released 13th studio album This House Is Not For Sale. The album and tour are firsts with Phil X and Hugh McDonald as official band members. Expect this one to sell out.
Fresh off the release of After the Party, punk quartet The Menzingers has long called Philly home. The band makes a stop at The Fillmore on March 31 in the midst of its months-long tour behind new record After the Party.