16 Can’t-Miss Concerts In Philly This October

Fall tours from Phil Collins, Ja Rule and more swing through Philadelphia this month…

Just as the break in humidity and cooler temps signal the start of autumn, so, too, does a jam-packed concert calendar.

As fall tours head into full steam, Philadelphia will see visits from afar — like Aussie rocker Courtney Barnett — and close by — like New Yorker neighbor, Ja Rule.

Shimmy into an autumn sweater and head to shows at the Tower Theater, Wells Fargo Center and so many more this October.

Note: Music fans looking for even more live-concert options may want to peruse the internet for resale tickets for Chvrches, Leon Bridges and Neil Young, whose shows have all sold out.

Troye Sivan

This Australian pop star emerged from the YouTube ether to carve out his own distinct corner of the genre: The music and its creator are sweetly youthful, anthemic and a beacon in the LGBTQ community. His sophomore album Bloom feels at home both on a road trip and in the club.

Troye Sivan

When:Saturday, October 6
Where:The Tower Theatre, S. 69th Street & Ludlow Street, Upper Darby
Cost:$45.50-$63

www.thetowerphilly.com

J. Cole

Though lauded for his work as a producer as well as for his scene-stealing ability as a featured artist on tracks by JAY-Z, Kendrick Lamar and more, J. Cole pulls weight all on his own. His latest album, KOD, broke streaming records, surpassing both Drake and Taylor Swift.

J. Cole

When:Saturday, October 6
Where:Wells Fargo Center, 3601 S. Broad Street
Cost:$29.50-$149.50

www.wellsfargocenterphilly.com

Phil Collins

One of the most prolific songwriters, musicians and producers of the 1980s, Phil Collins embarks on a tour (despite not releasing new music in 16 years) with his son on drums. From adult contemporary hits like his cover of “You Can’t Hurry Love” to showstoppers like “In The Air Tonight,” it’ll be a crowd-pleasing night for all.

Phil Collins

When:Monday, October 8
Where:Wells Fargo Center, 3601 S. Broad Street
Cost:$50-$275

www.wellsfargocenterphilly.com

Death Cab for Cutie

In August, Ben Gibbard and co. unveiled their first album without founding member Chris Walla, Thank You For Today, a phrase initially said in jest as the band left the studio each day, that eventually turned into a term of sincerity.

Death Cab for Cutie

When:Wednesday, October 10
Where:The Tower Theatre, S. 69th Street & Ludlow Street, Upper Darby
Cost:$37.50-$65

www.venue.thetowerphilly.com

Gorillaz

Despite laying dormant for the better part of a decade, Damon Albarn’s alterna-hip-hop outfit Gorillaz made a comeback last year with Humanz. Just a year later, the group hits the road in support of another breezy new album, The Now Now.

Gorillaz

When:Thursday, October 11
Where:Wells Fargo Center, 3601 S. Broad Street
Cost:$39.75-$107.75

www.wellsfargocenterphilly.com

Maroon 5

Think of some of the most recognizable Top 40 hits of the past decade and Maroon 5’s peppy pop-rock jams are likely to come to mind. Expect to hear radio-friendly songs at this show, like their breakthrough "Harder to Breathe" and the near-ubiquitous "Sugar."

Maroon 5

When:Friday, October 12
Where:Wells Fargo Center, 3601 S. Broad Street
Cost:$49.50-$249.50

www.wellsfargocenterphilly.com

Ja Rule

For those who never knew J. Lo spelled out “R-U-L-E” at the beginning of “I’m Real,” you’re not alone. However, it’s impossible to forget Ja Rule’s gruff timbre on tracks like “Always On Time,” “Put It On Me” and “Livin’ It Up.”

Ja Rule

When:Friday, October 12
Where:North Seventh (Electric Factory), 421 N. 7th Street
Cost:$45

www.bowerypresents.com

Talib Kweli

The former Black Star member and social activist who's also one of hip-hop’s defining voices continues to stay fresh and socially conscious both onstage and off. His Twitter feed is a beacon for messages of social change, and his lyrics feature many cultural references.

Talib Kweli

When:Friday, October 12
Where:Union Transfer, 1026 Spring Garden Street
Cost:$30

www.utphilly.com

Florence + The Machine

When Florence + the Machine caught the attention of American audiences, it was primarily thanks to singer Florence Welch’s booming, gripping vocals. With four albums under their belt, the group still channels profound emotional memories into soul-infused pop.

Florence + The Machine

When:Sunday, October 14
Where:Wells Fargo Center, 3601 S. Broad Street
Cost:$39.50-$115.50

www.wellsfargocenterphilly.com

Brockhampton

Billed as a new kind of boy band (more artist collective, less choreographed unit), Brockhampton comprises rappers, singers, producers, graphic designers and photographers from Texas challenging what it means to be young, gay, artistic and in hip-hop.

Brockhampton

When:Wednesday, October 17
Where:The Fillmore, 29 E. Allen Street
Cost:$45

www.thefillmorephilly.com

Hardwork Movement

The Philly hip-hop collective has made the rounds the past few years with performances at the XPoNential Festival, XPN Free At Noon, Spruce Street Harbor Park and last month’s Philly Music Fest. Now catch the multiple MC-led, horns and cello-featured group on their own.

Hardwork Movement

When:Friday, October 19
Where:Johnny Brenda's, 1201 Frankford Avenue
Cost:$13-$15

www.johnnybrendas.com

Courtney Barnett

Known for acutely descriptive lyrics, sing-songy vocals and searing guitarwork, Australian singer-songwriter Courtney Barnett follows up her 2017 collaborative album with Philly’s own Kurt Vile with her sophomore solo release Tell Me How You Really Feel.

Courtney Barnett

When:Tuesday, October 23
Where:The Fillmore, 29 E. Allen Street
Cost:$35

www.thefillmorephilly.com

Lily Allen

After coming to prominence on MySpace in the early aughts, outspoken English pop singer Lily Allen has made a career on the charts, in the tabloids and now as an author with the release of her memoir, My Thoughts Exactly.

Lily Allen

When:Tuesday, October 23
Where:Union Transfer, 1026 Spring Garden Street
Cost:$34.50

www.utphilly.com

Metallica

It's been 30 years since the release of Metallica's ...And Justice For All, the group’s first top 10 album which also earned them their first Grammy nomination. The band — now also whiskey purveyors — continues its legacy as storied hard rockers with a North American tour.

Metallica

When:Thursday, October 25
Where:Wells Fargo Center, 3601 S. Broad Street
Cost:$75-$145

www.wellsfargocenterphilly.com

Powerhouse 2018 featuring Meek Mill, SZA and Lil Uzi Vert

Philly’s hip-hop and R&B station Power 99 puts on its annual live event featuring a stacked lineup of heavyweights like local stars Meek Mill and Lil Uzi Vert, as well as SZA, G-Eazy, Lil Baby, Juice Wrld and Bri Steves.

Powerhouse 2018 featuring Meek Mill, SZA and Lil Uzi Vert

When:Friday, October 26
Where:Wells Fargo Center, 3601 S. Broad Street
Cost:$29.99-$150.99

www.wellsfargocenterphilly.com

Sun Ra Arkestra Halloween Celebration

The large Big Band, fronted by 94-year-old saxophonist Marshall Allen, brings late jazz composer Sun Ra’s vision to life with an otherworldly hometown Halloween show, complete with Afrofuturist garb.

Sun Ra Arkestra Halloween Celebration

When:Wednesday, October 31
Where:Johnny Brenda's, 1201 Frankford Avenue
Cost:$28

www.johnnybrendas.com

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