12 Major Music Events Coming To Philly This February

A$AP Ferg, Yung Lean, George Clinton and more…

February looks to be a great month to play spectator at some of Philly’s excellent music venues.

With Kelela, Jay Electronica and the Philly Loves Dilla DJs playing at some of the city’s top spots this month, you have plenty of reasons to get out and enjoy a show (or three).

Read about this month’s biggest shows below.

Jay Electronica

Beginning with his rise as a mid-2000s Internet phenom, New Orleans born hip-hop artist Jay Electronica has built a career that's kept everyone guessing, from his fans to fellow collaborators like Jay-Z. While his debut record Act II: Patents of Nobility (The Turn), has reportedly been finished for years now, he's still not ready to release it. That seems OK for his fans, who are just excited that he's releasing singles and performing live.

Jay Electronica

When:Tuesday, February 6
Where:Union Transfer, 1026 Spring Garden Street

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George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic

George Clinton revolutionized funk music by injecting his vibrant personality — fueled by his love of experimental music, life and culture — into his work with Parliament Funkadelic. His songs piece together influences from '60s psychedelic songwriters, jazz, spoken word poetry and heavily synthesized machine music. His career has spanned decades, and outside of his musicianship, his stage presence is part of the reason.

George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic

When:Thursday, February 8
Where:Keswick Theatre, 291 N. Keswick Avenue, Glenside

www.keswicktheatre.com

Yung Lean & Sad Boys

Yung Lean comes to Philly with Sad Boys, the group that helped him rise to international status in the cloud rapper scene. The Swedish rapper's melancholy rhymes helped drive the genre, which is more reflective of early '00s singer-songwriters like Conor Oberst and Elliott Smith than the rap music of the same decade. Case in point: Listen to the lo-fi, piano-driven Agony and you can almost hear Smith singing over the track.

Yung Lean & Sad Boys

When:Thursday, February 8
Where:The Fillmore Philadelphia, 29 E. Allen Street

www.thefillmorephilly.com

Philly Loves Dilla 6th Annual Party

Donuts rapper and producer J. Dilla is extremely influential. Professional crate diggers hope to find him, hip-hop artists and producers try to emulate him and, of course, Philly loves him. It's no wonder that 12 years after his death, this party in his honor is still going strong.

Philly Loves Dilla 6th Annual Party

When:Saturday, February 17
Where:Johnny Brenda's, 1201 Frankford Avenue

www.johnnybrendas.com

Creepoid

After nearly a decade, Philly shoegaze group Creepoid is calling it quits. Three of its four members plan on forming a new group, but all are in agreement that this show is the last one where they'll perform any of the 44 songs — some heavy rock, some fuzzy psych, some intimate and beautiful — that they've recorded together over the years.

Creepoid

When:Saturday, February 17
Where:Union Transfer, 1026 Spring Garden Street

www.utphilly.com

BØRNS

Garrett Borns is a beautiful person with a beautiful voice and an undeniable flair for crafting catchy synth-pop songs. (Try not to fall in love with Electric Heart from his 2015 debut, Dopamine). This year, Philly's own Public Cinema Club followed the singer to the West Coast to film funny videos to promote his new album. A sense of humor and ties to Philly? What a package.

BØRNS

When:Saturday, February 17
Where:Electric Factory, 421 N. 7th Street

www.electricfactory.info

K. Michelle

With this year's release, Kimberly: The People I Used To Know, the award-winning singer K. Michelle follows up her No. 1 Billboard R&B record with one that's equal parts bold, raw, honest and beautiful. Of the 21 tracks, Alert sounds like an update for the singer, and one that's just as powerful as the soulful songs for which she's known.

K. Michelle

When:Tuesday, February 20
Where:The Fillmore Philadelphia, 29 E. Allen Street

www.thefillmorephilly.com

Bone Thugs-N-Harmony

Iconic '90s hip-hop group Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, who quickly rose to fame after the release of their (quite literally) harmonious first album, has had a few setbacks over the years, but they're back for the ultimate #TBT. Head to The Ardmore Music Hall to sing along to 1st of Tha Month and Tha Crossroads.

Bone Thugs-N-Harmony

When:Thursday, February 22
Where:The Ardmore Music Hall, 23 E. Lancaster Avenue, Ardmore

www.ardmoremusic.com

Soulection Radio Tour with Joe Kay

Soulection co-founder and DJ Joe Kay is coming to Philly and bringing his radio show to life. His artist collective, Soulection, has become an unstoppable force in the music and party scene through his legendary globe-spanning parties and the release of records by some of the most promising up-and-coming hip-hop singers, artists and producers of the decade.

Soulection Radio Tour with Joe Kay

When:Thursday, February 22
Where:Coda, 1712 Walnut Street

www.codaphilly.com

Kelela

Somehow, Kelela's latest record, 2017's Take Me Apart, is sexier and more hypnotic than her 2015 breakout album. The singer's ability to fuse classic R&B vocals with catchy, electro-pop beats makes her music extraordinary — think the most precise, laid back club music you could ever hear.

Kelela

When:Monday, February 26
Where:Theatre of Living Arts, 334 South Street

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Rhye

R&B duo Rhye has been crafting bright, elegant melodies for years, starting with two songs — The Fall and Open — which were first released online with little information behind the shockingly gorgeous falsetto featured within. Later, both tracks made it onto the group's 2013 debut, Woman. The band release Blood, its sophomore record, February 2.

Rhye

When:Tuesday, February 27
Where:Union Transfer, 1026 Spring Garden Street

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A$AP Ferg

As a rapper, clothing designer and A$AP mob mogul, Ferg doesn't go anywhere without putting on a show.

A$AP Ferg

When:Wednesday, February 28
Where:The Fillmore Philadelphia, 29 E. Allen Street

www.thefillmorephilly.com

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