Wednesday, October 1, 2014
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POSTED: Tuesday, September 30, 2014, 11:15 AM
Filed Under: Music & Nightlife
WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 04: Neil Diamond performs during A Capitol Fourth 2013 Independence Day Concert on the west lawn of the US Capitol on July 4, 2013 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Kris Connor (Getty Images for Capital Concert)

There’s something so therapeutic in singing “Sweet Caroline” at the top of your lungs. You know this deep down in your soul. Now you can put a date on when the sing-along can leave the comfort of your car, kitchen, shower, karaoke bar, sporting event, etc. and into a live music venue.

Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Neil Diamond announced a 29-date tour for early 2015 with two local stops, including the excursion’s kickoff date, Friday, Feb. 27 at Allentown’s PPL Park (N. 7th and Hamilton Streets). Diamond comes through Philadelphia on Sunday, March 15 to the Wells Fargo Center (3601 S. Broad St.).

Tickets for both shows will be available at 10 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 13, through the venues’ respective ticketing websites. Citi cardmembers can get access to presale tickets on Monday, Oct. 6 at 10 a.m.

POSTED: Monday, September 29, 2014, 12:13 PM
Musician Wynton Marsalis performs at the 40th Anniversary Chaplin Award Gala at Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts on April 22, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Loccisano (Getty Images)

From local players to national stars, the Kimmel Center’s (300 S. Broad St.) 2014-2015 jazz season features lots of great free and ticketed performances with improv jams, new work development, and swinging shows. Longtime jazz listeners and newbies alike can take in the sounds and groove along.

It’s never too early for a little hot jazz. Three- to five-year-olds can take part in an interactive concert on Saturday, Oct. 4 with Drew Nugent, singer and multi-instrumentalist of Drew Nugent and the Midnight Society. For an hour, starting at 11 a.m., tots can get their hands on some instruments and dance along as a part of the PNC Grow Up Great series at the Kimmel Center’s Commonwealth Plaza Stage. These free sessions continue throughout the season with vocalist Shakera Jones on Saturday, Nov. 1 and pianist and composer Lucas Brown on Saturday, Dec. 6. All concerts begin at 11 a.m., if you were wondering.

Eleven-time Grammy nominee (and one-time winner!) vocalist Kurt Elling brings his project “PassionWorld,” comprising tunes about love and loss — like Frank Sinatra’s “Come Fly with Me” and French stunner “La Vie en Rose” — to the Perelman Theater stage on Sunday, Oct. 5 at 7:30 p.m.

POSTED: Wednesday, September 24, 2014, 9:58 AM
Filed Under: Music & Nightlife
Comedian Aziz Ansari performs at TPAC Jackson Hall during the Bud Light Presents Wild West Comedy Festival - Aziz Ansari on May 15, 2014 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Getty Images for Bud Light)

What are you doing this weekend?

How about laughing it up with Parks and Recreation star and all around funny man Aziz Ansari?

Aziz is bringing his huge arena tour to Philly's Wells Fargo Center on Friday, September 26 and we're giving you the chance to see him live.

POSTED: Wednesday, September 24, 2014, 9:48 AM
Filed Under: Music & Nightlife
LAS VEGAS, NV - SEPTEMBER 20: Musical group Weezer performs onstage during the 2014 iHeartRadio Music Festival at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on September 20, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Kevin Winter (Getty Images for iHeartMedia)

Weezer’s taking it "back to the shack," so to speak, for their next bout of tour dates. Announcing a short series of small club stops in which the power-chord fueled band plays their upcoming ninth album, “Everything Will Be Alright in the End” (out Oct. 7) from front to back, Weezer will make their Philly pit stop on Saturday, Oct. 25 at the Trocadero (1003 Arch St.).  

Tickets hit the market at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 27.

Though tickets are slated for $65 a pop, there’s no doubt those die-hard Weezer fans will scoop them up in a hot second — especially with the anticipation building behind this latest LP.

POSTED: Tuesday, September 23, 2014, 1:09 PM
Filed Under: Music & Nightlife
LONDONDERRY, UNITED KINGDOM - SEPTEMBER 19: Afrojack performs at MTV Crashes Derry Londonderry on September 19, 2014 in Londonderry, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Clodagh Kilcoyne (Getty Images for MTV)

Forbes will kick off its inaugural Under 30 Summit on a musical high note with a free (but ticketed) concert at the Piazza at Schmidt’s (1001 N. 2nd St.) on Sunday, Oct. 19 — and no, the concert is not limited to just under 30 attendees.

The lineup for the Forbes Under 30 Music Festival includes DJ Afrojack, rapper Wiz Khalifa, singer-songwriter, LP, and Philly natives and hip-hop duo OCD: Moosh and Twist.

Partnering with Global Citizen Project, the group behind the free Global Citizen Festival in New York City’s Central Park, Forbes is encouraging acts of righteousness in order for interested concert-goers to get their hands on some tickets.

POSTED: Thursday, September 18, 2014, 12:24 PM
Filed Under: Music & Nightlife
DOVER, DE - JUNE 22: A general view of atmosphere during day 4 of the Firefly Music Festival on June 22, 2014 in Dover, Delaware. (Photo by Michael Loccisano (Getty Images for Firefly Music F)

Despite two of the country’s leading music festivals, Coachella (held in April in Indio, Calif.) and Firefly (taking place in Dover, Del. in June), taking place on opposite sides of the country, they’ve just gotten a bit closer — at least in organization.

Goldenvoice, the group behind Coachella (whose parent company is AEG, second only to Live Nation in event promotions), has just reached an agreement with Red Frog Events, who put on Firefly, to organize and promote the latter festival.

The Stagecoach Festival, New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival and FYF Festival, in addition to Coachella, are all operated under Goldenvoice’s watchful eye.

POSTED: Wednesday, September 17, 2014, 10:21 AM
Filed Under: Music & Nightlife
How To Dress Well performing in the basement of the First Unitarian Church on Monday, March 24, 2014. (Rocco Avallone /

It’s the end of an era. Or perhaps the waning of one.

Since 1996, R5 Productions, a local DIY show promotions agency, has been putting on super intimate, low-key and unique shows in the basement of the First Unitarian Church of Philadelphia (2125 Chestnut St.), allowing crowds to see up-and-coming bands and artists in a way they’d likely never experience again.

Case in point: The church has hosted monumental artists like Arcade Fire and Mumford and Sons for crowds of merely hundreds. These bands now sell out stadiums on current tours.

POSTED: Saturday, September 13, 2014, 1:28 PM
Filed Under: Music & Nightlife
American pianist, keyboard player and composer Joe Sample performs during 'The 5th Annual Jazz In The Gardens' at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens. (

LOS ANGELES ( - Legendary jazz pianist Joe Sample died on Friday morning in Houston. He was 75.

The iconic musician, who revolutionized jazz fusion in the '60s and '70s, was also a keyboardist and composer for more than five decades, having worked with the likes of Marvin Gaye, Anita Baker, Joni Mitchell and Canned Heat.

Sample's family announced the news on Facebook, but didn't mention the cause of death. The pianist was hospitalized last year with pneumonia after suffering from ongoing health issues, including heart attacks in 1994 and 2009.

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