Dan DeLuca's Mix Picks: Taj Mahal & Bettye LaVette, Cheetah Chrome, Julian Baker, Angel Olsen and Vieux Farka Toure
Taj Mahal/Bettye LaVette. The 74-year-old bluesman born Henry Fredericks, who came to prominence way back in the counterculture 1960s, teamed with the great 70-year-old R&B song interpreter, who has earned her just acclaim only in the last decade. Sunday at Longwood Gardens.
The clock can be heard ticking in the music of Adele, the British ballad singer, who names her emotionally autobiographical albums - the most recent of which, 2015's stupendously successful 25, has sold a mind-boggling nine million copies in the United States - after the years in her life that inspired them.
Five years in, what is the Budweiser Made in America festival? A first-class hip-hop fest, for starters, that usually lands a big-name rock headliner - this year's catch being Coldplay, the British pop superstars who closed down the event Sunday - and has less success bringing in midlevel rock acts.
The service that will take place Sunday in front of the Philadelphia Museum of Art will not be the biggest such celebration the Benjamin Franklin Parkway has seen. After all, Pope Francis said Mass on the Parkway in September, and John Paul II did the same on his visit to the city in 1979.
Dan DeLuca's Mix Picks: Sylk 130, 'Please Kill Me,' Garbage Pail Kids, The Heavy & Springsteen's return
Sylk 130 reunion. In the mid-'90s, Philadelphia DJ-producer-songwriter King Britt brought an all-star cast of local talent together to form the soul-funk-jazz collective Sylk 130. The crew, which included poet Ursula Rucker, bassist Jamaaladeen Tacuma, and trumpeter Jafar Baron, made its recording debut on 1997's When the Funk Hits the Fan, and now the band is getting back together. Sunday at the TLA.
The Budweiser Made In America festival turned five Saturday with Jay Z's perennial Philadelphia music festival drawing a crowd of more than 46,000 to the Benjamin Franklin Parkway for an all-day, multigenre (but hip-hop-heavy) event at which all concertgoers could agree on one thing: Rihanna.
The headliners are legit at this year's Budweiser Made in America Festival on Saturday and Sunday, which will take over the Benjamin Franklin Parkway for the fifth year running. But of course, there are dozens more playing the Jay Z-curated fest.
Dan DeLuca's Mix Picks: Luciano, Lucinda Williams, Hockey Dad, Father John Misty & Frank Ocean's favorites
Philadelphia Jerk Festival. That's jerk as in Caribbean cuisine, not your really annoying friend. Roots reggae singer Luciano and dance hall rapper DJ Assassin, who has been featured on recent songs by Kanye West and Kendrick Lamar, are headliners. Sunday afternoon in Fairmount Park.
When Frank Ocean surprised the music world last weekend by releasing not one, but two albums in the space of two days, it came off as a generous demonstration of productivity to fans who had waited impatiently for four years for a follow-up to 2012's Channel Orange.
Los Lobos. The great Chicano rock-and-roll band from East L.A. will close out the 55th Philadelphia Folk Festival in style on a final-day bill that will also include Marty Stuart & the Fabulous Superlatives and C.J. Chenier & the Buckwheat Zydeco Band. Sunday at the Old Poole Farm in Schwenksville.
Written after Michael Brown's 2014 death in Ferguson, Mo., "What It Means," Patterson Hood's musical State of the Union address about racial violence and politics, highlights the Southern rockers' forthcoming album, American Band, out Sept. 30. They play Union Transfer Nov. 9.
Before Sheila E. met Prince, he had already found his way into her bedroom. The year was 1978, when the Minneapolis wunderkind made a bold entrance with his debut album, For You - "Produced, arranged, composed and performed by Prince."
Dan DeLuca is an Inquirer pop music critic. But his "In the Mix" column in the Weekend section ventures further afield, into books, movies, TV, the Internet, graphic novels and anything you might call "popular culture."