15 Great Concerts In Philly This August

Erykah Badu, Phish, Jeff Lynne's ELO and more...

August is a month that tends to drag on, that in-between time when you can’t bear another sunburn and are beginning to yearn for your fall sweaters. But fret not, Philadelphia — solace is on the way in the form of great live music.

R&B and hip-hop take center stage all month long when artists like Erykah Badu and Wiz Khalifa come to town, while other storied artists like Smokey Robinson and Jeff Lynne’s Electric Light Orchestra pass through the area.

It’s impossible to feel summertime sadness when August’s concert calendar in Philly is this packed.

Erykah Badu

Erykah BaduPhoto courtesy Erykah Badu

The unmistakable voice of the neo-soul movement hasn’t released new music since her 2015 mixtape, But You Caint Use My Phone. But that won't prevent Erykah Badu from returning to Philly (and select other cities) for a summer night of smooth sounds. Also on the bill: Talib Kweli.

Erykah Badu

When:Thursday, August 2
Where:The Dell Music Center, 2400 Strawberry Mansion Drive
Cost:$35-$75

www.thedellmusiccenter.com

Keith Urban

With over two decades dominating the country world, Keith Urban shows no sign of slowing down. Supporting his 10th studio album, Graffiti U, Urban uses pop and rock inflections in his live shows, adding depth to the genre’s sound.

Keith Urban

When:Friday, August 3
Where:BB&T Pavilion, 1 Harbour Boulevard, Camden
Cost:$31-$109.50

www.livenation.com

2nd Street Festival

2nd Street FestivalPhoto by Danya Henninger for ImagicDigital.com

For the last decade, North 2nd Street in Northern Liberties has been the place to be the first Sunday in August — and this year is no different. Merchants open their doors, food trucks line the road and plenty of bands perform, including sets from JAH People, Deadfellow and West Philadelphia Orchestra for 2018.

2nd Street Festival

When:Sunday, August 5
Where:North 2nd Street from Spring Garden Street to Germantown Avenue
Cost:Free

www.2ndstfestival.org

Phish

As one of the most formidable live acts out there — including 13 shows over two-and-a-half weeks at Madison Square Garden last year, dubbed “The Baker’s Dozen” — jam band Phish never, ever seem to stop touring.

Phish

When:August 7-8
Where:BB&T Pavilion, 1 Harbour Boulevard, Camden
Cost:$45

www.ticketmaster.com

The Diplomats

Dipset — the hip-hop collective featuring Cam’ron, Juelz Santana (whose presence is still uncertain barring legal drama), Freekey Zekey and Jim Jones — are on the upswing of a reunion, planning both a documentary and an EP.

The Diplomats

When:Thursday, August 9
Where:Electric Factory, 421 N. 7th Street
Cost:$45-$50

www.electricfactory.info

Wiz Khalifa and Rae Sremmurd

All summer long, co-headlining tours have been making waves (think Beyonce and Jay-Z, Kesha and Macklemore). Next on the list: Wiz Khalifa and Rae Sremmurd. Given both acts’ affinity for a hazy lifestyle, including Wiz’s new album Rolling Papers II, maybe it's no surprise it's dubbed the “Dazed and Blazed Tour.”

Wiz Khalifa and Rae Sremmurd

When:Friday, August 10
Where:BB&T Pavilion, 1 Harbour Boulevard, Camden
Cost:$29.50-$99.50

www.wizkhalifa.com

Jeremih

Famous for the sensual 2009 hit Birthday Sex, Jeremih has continued his output of smooth R&B, crafting songs that appeal to night owls with his Late Nights mixtape and subsequent full-length. More than just his radio success, the multi-instrumentalist can soar vocally, too.

Jeremih

When:Friday, August 10
Where:Union Transfer, 1026 Spring Garden Street
Cost:$40-$99

www.utphilly.com

Playboi Carti

Just a year after his self-titled mixtape, the Atlanta SoundCloud rapper surprise-released an album this year, Die Lit, which features big-name collaborations with the likes of Skepta, Travis Scott, Lil Uzi Vert, Nicki Minaj, and more.

Playboi Carti

When:Tuesday, August 14
Where:The Fillmore Philadelphia, 29 E. Allen Street
Cost:$32

www.thefillmorephilly.com

The Summer Ever After Tour featuring All Time Low & Dashboard Confessional

Has emo ever really gone away? Pairing two of the pop-punk scene’s greatest, All Time Low and Dashboard Confessional (both of whom have new albums out), is the best way to relive the early 2000s.

The Summer Ever After Tour featuring All Time Low & Dashboard Confessional

When:Friday, August 17
Where:The Mann Center, 5201 Parkside Avenue
Cost:$39.50-$45

www.manncenter.org

Miranda Lambert and Little Big Town

The Pistol Annies member and harmonizing foursome Little Big Town join up for “The Bandwagon” tour, a co-headlining jaunt that sees both acts take the stage on their own and collaboratively.

Miranda Lambert and Little Big Town

When:Saturday, August 18
Where:BB&T Pavilion, 1 Harbour Boulevard, Camden
Cost:$25-$64.75

www.livenation.com

Patti LaBelle

It takes a certain kind of talent to maintain longevity in the music industry. Patti LaBelle made her way from a childhood in Philadelphia and beginnings in a number of girl groups in the 1960s and 1970s to a Grammy Award-winning solo career — not to mention her success in the sweet-potato-pie world.

Patti LaBelle

When:Thursday, August 23
Where:The Dell Music Center, 2400 Strawberry Mansion Drive
Cost:$35-$75

www.thedellmusiccenter.com

Jeff Lynne’s Electric Light Orchestra

Their first North American tour in over 35 years brings Jeff Lynne and his Electric Light Orchestra to stadiums nationwide, wrapping up with a date in Philly at the Wells Fargo Center. Expect notable hits like Evil Woman, Livin’ Thing and Telephone Line.

Jeff Lynne’s Electric Light Orchestra

When:Friday, August 24
Where:Wells Fargo Center, 3601 S. Broad Street
Cost:$69.50-$175.50

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Smokey Robinson

The storied Motown artist, Grammy Award winner, Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame inductee and wine purveyor has released over two dozen records, both as a solo artist and with his original group, The Miracles. Expect to hear a selection of tunes from his expansive career, including The Tears Of A Clown, Quiet Storm and more.

Smokey Robinson

When:Saturday, August 25
Where:The Mann Center, 5201 Parkside Avenue
Cost:$39.50-$129.50

www.manncenter.org

NOT-QUITE-AUGUST BONUS: 2018 Made In America Festival

Made In America FestivalPhoto courtesy Made in America

Made In America returns the Benjamin Franklin Parkway this year (and next year, too) at the very beginning of September, with the main stage set at the foot of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Headliners Nicki Minaj, Meek Mill, Post Malone and Diplo do their best to make this year's event one for the history books.

NOT-QUITE-AUGUST BONUS: 2018 Made In America Festival

When:September 1 and 2
Where:Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Cost:$175-$750

www.madeinamericafest.com

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