A couple of rilly big shows are worth mentioning:


is doing their "heavy soft rock" thing tonight in South Philadelphia. Down the Shore, the Queen of Soul,

Aretha Franklin

, is tearing it up in Atlantic City as a battalion of pretenders impersonate the King (that would be


, young 'uns) on the other side of town. Don't be cruel!

A three-day Ozzfest for Preschoolers, the Disney Music Block Party rocks the tots in Toms River all weekend with some of the the biggest names in children's music. Parents might even get a kick out of Dan Zanes, Ralph's World and They Might Be Giants - all acts with rock and roll cred. The same festival drops anchor next week in Philadelphia's Fairmount Park.

There's a whole lot of jazzin' going on tonight, too. See below.



What a difference a day makes. Yesterday, the weatherman was calling for showers and thunderstorms. But today is looking mah-vellous with mostly sunny skies, reasonable humidity, and nary a drop of rain in the forecast. Highs may reach the upper 80s. Lows tonight of 67, according to the National Weather Service. Thank you, gentlemen.

Looking ahead:

Tickets went on sale today for rock's poet laureate Bob Dylan, Aug. 8, at the Electric Factory.

Billets also are for sale for actor Terrence Howard, who recently claimed he had been "blacklisted" by Bill Cosby. Howard has launched a second career as an "urban country" crooner and will warble Aug. 23 at the Theater of the Living Arts. Unsold seats are all Cos's fault, of course.

What's going on

In Philadelphia


Collard Greens Cultural Festival A celebration of African-American culture and food presented by House of Umoja. With parade, live music, a cook-off. Carroll Park neighborhood. Through Sunday. Click for information. Click for Daily News preview



She & Him Alt-soft country? Actress Zooey Deschenel (from the movie Elf) sings very sweetly with instrumentalist M. Ward. With Freakwater. 8 p.m. Trocadero, 1003 Arch St. Click for information

Alo Brasil Samba! Samba! Samba! Philadelphia's 12-piece rhythm machine also wields a mean Axe, too. With Venissa Santi. 7:30 pm. World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut Street. Click for more information

Ledisi Grammy-nominated R&B songstress. With Lalah Hathaway, daughter of the legendary Donny Hathaway. Great Plaza, Columbus Boulevard and Market Street. 7:30 p.m. Click for information

The Machine A tribute to Pink Floyd with the Delaware Symphony Orchestra and psychedelic laser show. Pleasant set and setting. Whoa! Mann Music Center, 5210 Parkside Ave. 8 p.m. Click for information

Rick DiFonzo Band A-list guitarist, formerly of the A's. 7:30 p.m. Tin Angel, 20 S. 2nd St. Click for information

Coldplay Self-described kings of "very heavy soft rock." Oh, yeah; Mr. Gwyneth Paltrow fronts. With Philadelphia's Santogold. 8 p.m. Wachovia Center, Broad Street & Pattison Avenue. Click for information

An American Chinese With Mick Basset and the Marthas, Mandi Perkins, The Armchairs. 9 p.m. Khyber, 56 S. 2nd St. Click for information

The West Philadelphia Orchestra With Nassira Project (featuring G. Calvin Weston). North Star Bar, 2639 Poplar St. 9 p.m. Click for information

Philly Jazz Leaders Art After 5 Series. Philadelphia Museum of Art. 5 p.m. Click for information.

Richie Cole His Alto Madness Orchestra Chris' Jazz Cafe, 1421 Sansom St. 8 & 10 p.m. Click for information

Dub Is A Weapon Reggae duo brings da drum and bass. With Iron, World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St. 9 p.m. Click for information

Umphrey's McGee The jam band rocks twice in one night! With STS9. Festival Pier, Columbus Boulevard & Spring Garden Street. 7 p.m. Click for information. . . Theater of Living Arts, 334 South St. 11 p.m. Click for information

Ronnie Baker Brooks Son of blues legend Lonnie Brooks. Warmdaddy's, 1400 Columbus Boulevard. 8 & 10 p.m. Through Saturday. Click for information.

Love City With Mondo Topless. Johnny Brendas, Frankford & Girard Aves. Click for information



Les Miserables Musical based on Victor Hugo's epic of class struggle. Walnut Street Theatre, 825 Walnut St. Closes Aug. 3. Click for info . Click for Inquirer review

Mama Mia! Or, How I learned to Swallow my Pride and Learned to love ABBA. Academy of Music. Through Sunday. Click for information


In the Suburbs


King Lear Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival at Desales University, 2755 Station Avenue, Center Valley. Through Aug 3. Click for information


In South Jersey


Farm Fairs Ol' McDonald had a farm and he's bringing his animals and antique farm equipment to the fair. With carnival rides, crafts, pig racing and more. Through Sunday. In Burlington County at the Village Green Fairgrounds, 62 Chestnut St., Lumberton. Click for information . . . In Gloucester County at the 4-H Fairgrounds, Route 77 South, Mullica Hill. Click for information.



Vans Warped Tour An army of bands, with Gym Class Heroes, Reel Big Fish, Aggrolites, We the Kings, MC Chris, Say Anything, and more. Susquehanna Bank Center, 1 Harbour Blvd, Camden. Noon. Click for information.


At the Shore


Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest Viva Atlantic City! A celebration of the King by the rhinestoned pretenders to his throne. 8 p.m. Superstar Theater, Resorts Atlantic City. Click for information



Aretha Franklin Queen of Soul, the real thing, reigns at the ocean. 9 p.m. Borgata, 1 Borgata Way. Click for information.

Donna Summer Disco powerhouse still going strong. Love to Love You, Baby. 10 p.m. Circus Maximus Theater, Caesars, Atlantic City. Click for information

Gov't Mule Southern jams with roots in the Allman Bros. band. With Rose Hill Drive. 9 p.m. House of Blues Atlantic City. Click for information.

For the Kids

Disney Music Block Party Tour A three-day Ozzfest for the pre-schoolers and their parents. They Might Be Giants, Ralph's World, Dan Zanes & Friends and others. 3 p.m. Through Sunday. Toms River High School North, 1245 Old Freehold Rd., Toms River. Click for information


Contact staff writer Sam Wood at samwood@phillynews.com.