12 Epic Concerts In Philly This November

Exciting performances from Kamasi Washington, Hanson and Pusha T…

As the weather gets colder, Philly’s concert scene heats up.

Local artists Nik Greeley & The Operators and Johnny Showcase & The Mystic Ticket lead an evening of funk at Johnny Brenda’s, which also plays host to the incredibly fun, dance-worthy West Philadelphia OrchestraHanson shows off a symphonic reworking of old tunes at Tower Theatre and Pusha T headlines a Black Friday musical event in Fishtown at The Fillmore.

Whatever your tune of preference, there’s a musical excursion to be had in November.

West Philadelphia Orchestra

Not your typical party band, but a party band all the same, the West Philadelphia Orchestra is a vast collective of brass players, percussionists, and singers honoring the traditions of Eastern European and Balkan music. It’s celebratory, jubilant and impossible not to dance to.

West Philadelphia Orchestra

When:Friday, November 2
Where:Johnny Brenda's, 1201 Frankford Avenue
Cost:$10-$12

www.johnnybrendas.com

Elle King

The “Ex’s and Oh’s” singer with a retro-soul appeal recently returned with a sophomore album, Shake The Spirit, the musician’s first new body of work since her 2015 megahit. After a year struggling with PTSD, King (who’s father is Rob Schneider) describes the new album as “shaking herself awake.”

Elle King

When:Sunday, November 4
Where:Theatre of The Living Arts, 334 South Street
Cost:$33.50-$38.52

www.tlaphilly.com

Kamasi Washington

The jazz saxophonist first garnered wide appeal after appearing on Kendrick Lamar’s acclaimed To Pimp A Butterfly, an album wrought with jazz stylings. (Though he’s also worked with Ryan Adams, Thundercat, and Flying Lotus, too.) On his own, Kamasi Washington has released two full lengths and an EP — one of each were released this year.

Kamasi Washington

When:Friday, November 9
Where:Franklin Music Hall - formerly Electric Factory, 421 N. 7th Street
Cost:$36.50

www.bowerypresents.com

A Night of Philly Phunk featuring Nik Greeley & The Operators + Johnny Showcase & The Mystic Ticket

Breathing new life into soul and funk, these two local outfits, Nik Greeley & The Operators and Johnny Showcase & The Mystic Ticket, fronted by spirited vocalists, will provide holy groves and dancey bops.

A Night of Philly Phunk featuring Nik Greeley & The Operators + Johnny Showcase & The Mystic Ticket

When:Friday, November 9
Where:Johnny Brenda's, 1201 Frankford Avenue
Cost:$10

www.johnnybrendas.com

Low

Since the early ‘90s, Low have played with minimalist compositions and hypnotic harmonies. On their latest album, Double Negative, the trio play with space and dissonance with glitchy programing, atmospheric arrangements and haunting vocals.

Low

When:Saturday, November 10
Where:Underground Arts, 1200 Callowhill Street
Cost:$20-$22

www.undergroundarts.org

Saves the Day

Princeton-founded emo rockers Saves The Day just released their ninth album, aptly titled 9, which serves as an oral and poetic history of the band from frontman Chris Conley’s point-of-view chronicling his youth playing music in New Jersey in the late 1990s through the unsavory “rockstar” moments.

Saves the Day

When:Sunday, November 11
Where:Theatre of The Living Arts, 334 South Street
Cost:$23.50

www.tlaphilly.com

Hanson

The brother trio famous for their ‘90s pop banger “MMMBop” have continued to release new music (and beer!). Now, with more than a dozen albums, EPs and live collections — including two Christmas records — the band is reworking their songs live with a symphonic orchestra.

Hanson

When:Sunday, November 11
Where:The Tower Theatre, S. 69th Street & Ludlow Street, Upper Darby
Cost:$39.50-$49.50

www.thetowerphilly.com

6LACK

Pronounced “black,” the Atlanta rapper started battle rapping in middle school and went on to open for The Weeknd. Fresh off the release of his sophomore full-length, East Atlanta Love Letter, 6LACK is all about sharing the love — both to his fans, and the ones who got away.

6LACK

When:Monday, November 12
Where:The Fillmore, 29 E. Allen Street
Cost:$32.50

www.thefillmorephilly.com

Josh Groban

It’s been five years since Josh Groban released an album of original music — 2015’s Stages, featuring renditions of Broadway hits — but fans are still here for it. Bridges, released in September, debuted at No. 2 on the charts and features Groban’s classically measured voice and delivery.

Josh Groban

When:Monday, November 12
Where:Wells Fargo Center, 3601 S. Broad Street
Cost:$49.50-$199.50

www.wellsfargocenterphilly.com

Toro Y Moi

The chillwave leader hasn’t toured since 2015, despite releasing an album last year, but that’s not to say leader Chaz Bear hasn’t been busy. He’s collaborated with producer Nosaj Thing, played select shows, produced and co-written for other artists, and had artwork featured at a gallery in Los Angeles. Now, as he preps for a new Toro Y Moi record, Bear brings the act to Philly.

Toro Y Moi

When:Tuesday, November 13
Where:Union Transfer, 1026 Spring Garden Street
Cost:$23-$25

www.utphilly.com

(Sandy) Alex G

The Temple-student-turned-Bandcamp-wunderkind and Frank Ocean collaborator has graduated from DIY recordings to the Domino Recording Company roster, with two albums with the label. After his first announced show at the Church sold out, this one was quickly added to suit demand. It’s been over a year since his latest effort, Rocket, but something says we’ll be hearing more from (Sandy) Alex G soon.

(Sandy) Alex G

When:Saturday, November 17
Where:First Unitarian Church, 2125 Chestnut Street
Cost:$20-$22

www.philauu.org

Pusha T

If not for his music, Pusha T made headlines this summer due to a notorious beef with Drake, when he, on a track on his 2018 album Daytona, insinuated Drake used a ghostwriter. The former Clipse member found his voice outside the duo on Kanye West’s GOOD Music label, of which he’s now the president.

Pusha T

When:Friday, November 23
Where:The Fillmore, 29 E. Allen Street
Cost:$35-$137.50

www.thefillmorephilly.com

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