It’s a strong weekend for live music in and around Philadelphia, with a few shows benefiting worthy causes. Check out a night-by-night breakdown below and visit the XPN Concert Calendar for more information, ticket links, and a full list of upcoming shows.
Friday, January 11
It’s a great weekend for live music in and around Philadelphia, starting tonight at Union Transfer, the Colonial Theatre, and Kung Fu Necktie. The Walkmen will make up for their cancelled show at the Electric Factory last fall with a set at Union Transfer tonight. David Uosikkinen’s In the Pocket will celebrate the release of another single at the Colonial. And at the Necktie, Grimace Federation and Sonkin will host another “Popular Science” evening of music.
Also playing: Dessa @ World Cafe Live
Saturday, January 12
The main event of the weekend is the stacked lineup of the City of Love Festival. Welcomed by WXPN and the Philadelphia Folksong Society, the proceeds of the evening will benefit Broad Street Ministry’s Hospitality Initiative, which aims to serve as many as 50,000 three-course meals to the city’s hungry and homeless. John Francis has taken the lead and amassed a lineup that includes (besides himself) Sean Hoots, The Districts, Kuf Knoz, Ross Bellenoit, Levee Drivers, The Lawsuits, and many more. It all happens at Underground Arts starting at 5 P.M. (21 and over only).
For those looking to see a show for another good cause, you can head to Johnny Brenda’s to show your support for Weathervane Music’s Shaking Through series. The show is a kickoff party and benefits Volume 4 of the fantastic recording session series. Twin Sister, Steven A. Clark, and Ava Luna will all be performing, in addition to “appearances” by members of Dr. Dog, Man Man, Purling Hiss and The War On Drugs.
Also playing: Morrissey @ House of Blues A.C.
Sunday, January 12
The Philly music scene just keeps on giving. On Sunday, World Cafe Live be the next to host a concert to benefit Hurricane Sandy relief efforts. The $21 ticket gets you in to see performances by The Karmic Repair Company, The Mighty Manatees, Turnips, Miles Thompson Band, and more.