There's a pop music program again at the Great Plaza at Penn's Landing this summer, with the riverside venue revived as a more civilized alternative to the Festival Pier just up the road on Delaware Avenue. Things got swinging at a Radio 104.5 sponsored rock show on Monday. That's Emily Haines and guitarist Jimmy Shaw of Canadian pop band Metric above, and forthright punkers Against Me! below, with leader Tom Gabel to the left and new touring member Franz Nicolay, late of the Hold Steady, on accordion to the right.
This Friday Zooey Deschanel and Matt Ward of She & Him bring their retro-pop sounds to the Plaza. And besides the Philadelphia Orchestra's free show there on Saturday, there's a choice selection of well-suited shows coming up later in the season, with Jersey rockers Gaslight Anthem on July 29, blues-rock duo the Black Keys on July 30 and Jim James leading My Morning Jacket in on August 29.