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West Philadelphia Orchestra

WPO & Mercury Radio Theater Post-Halloween Freak Out at Boot & Saddle Nov. 1

Boot & Saddle plays host this evening with a wide-reaching and varied sonic combination. The expansive Mercury Radio Theater creates a theatrical feel, developing a broad range of compositions through the intermingling of horns, strings, accordion, etc. that is increasingly jubilant and yet incorporates flourishes of creepy scenery, at these odd, timely moments. This will lay the groundwork for the steady churning eclectic Balkan-beat of West Philadelphia Orchestra, whose all-hands-on-deck sound dishes out a hypnotic dance groove. There's a reason why they remain a staple in the Philly music scene and an oftentimes a go-to band for a good time at community events. It's your post-Halloween freak out. Boot & Saddle, 1131 S. Broad St., 8pm, $12, 21+ - Michael Colavita

The 9th Annual GreenFest Philly at Headhouse Square Sept. 7

Clean Air Council’s GreenFest Philly returns to Headhouse Square for its ninth year today, and this year is set to be the biggest one yet. Victory Brewing will be hosting a ping pong-filled beer garden, and local, organic foods will be provided by a few of the city’s favorite food trucks. There will be a rest and recharge station with free coffee and solar-powered chargers, and 100+ exhibitors will be on hand to sell eco-friendly fashion and homemade arts & crafts. You’ll find plenty of educational seminars for young and old as well as children’s activities, and advocacy groups will be teaching awareness about environmental causes. The festival will also feature musical entertainment in the form of Balkan dance beats by Slavic soul masters West Philadelphia Orchestra. Former Toy Soldiers frontman Ron Gallo will be laying down tunes from his latest album RONNY on this beautiful day, and Pine Barons might just preview some of the new songs that they’ve been recording in the studio. Rounding out the music lineup will be No Stranger. Headhouse Square, 2nd St. (between Lombard & South Sts.), 10am, Free, All Ages - Bill McThrill

Weekend Warrior, June 6 - 8

Over the past few years Dock Street Brew Pub has been wrapping up Philly Beer Week in style with an always well-attended music festival that has featured the likes of The Extraordinaires, Skeletonbreath, Bardo Pond, and Stinking Lizaveta. This Sunday the festival returns with a lineup that hosts an eclectic dose of jazzy orchestral pop, Eastern European folk, and stoney hip hop, all while staying true to the fest’s West Philly roots. Grandchildren are no strangers to performing at the Dock Street Festival. However, the last time they played was before they released the tight melodic beats of their last opus Golden Age. West Philadelphia Orchestra will be bringing the good vibes with their multiple horns and Balkan dance beats. And while he may be the younger cousin of Questlove, Gliss has come into his own, and impressed with tracks like “Inner Visions”and “Same Shit,”and he should be the perfect way to round out this diverse lineup. Add in plenty of wood-fired pizzas, brews like Pimp My Rye, and a ton of outdoor games, and you have the perfect way to end Philly Beer Week in style. Dock Street Brewery, 701 S. 50th St., 2pm, Free, All Ages - Bill McThrill
More places to enjoy the beautiful weather this weekend…
Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) SAT The Philly Opry w/Birdie Busch
The Boot & Saddle (1131 S. Broad St.) FRI Divers, Kate Faust, Sonja Sofya, SAT Cheerleader, Langor, Dream Safari, SUN Nothing, Superheaven, Sad Actor
Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) FRI (Early) OhBree, Moonshine Heather, Boss Logic/Jeremiah Tall, (Late) Many Arms (Record Release), Space Whale Orchestra, Chris Forsyth, SAT Goddamnit, Assemble, Jantones/Drums Like Machine Guns, Material, SUN The Love Club/Dead Tenors, Eyes Shock Swelter
Underground Arts (1200 Callowhill St.) FRI The Beating, Risky Disko
The Trocadero (1003 Arch St.) FRI Avenue Kings, Community Service Band
TLA (334 South St.) FRI Buried Beds, Our Griffins
Electric Factory (421 N. 7th St.)
World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) SAT The Smites
The Barbary (951 N. Frankford Ave.) SAT Suicide Pact (Reunion Show), Sun Grande Marshall, Chase Allen
The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.) FRI W. C. Lindsay (Record Release), Secret Plot to Destroy the Entire Universe, Plainview, SAT Something Like A Monument, North End, SUN The Wanderers, Merring, Avataria
MilkBoy Philly (1100 Chestnut St.) FRI We are Fauna (Release Show), School Dance, Meddlesome, Meddlesome Meddlesome Bells, SAT Val De Val (Final Show)
Ortlieb’s Lounge (847 N. 3rd St.) FRI Psalmships, SAT The Chelsea Kills
North Star Bar (2639 Poplar St.) SAT Defiant Systems, SUN Big Tusk, Like Crazy
M Room (15 W. Girard Ave.) FRI Dead: Stop, Skyline The City, Mercy Starts With Me, These Polar Opposites
Tin Angel (20 S. 2nd St.) FRI Philadelphia Folk Festival Showcase SAT(Late) Kai Botak, Sarah Alexandra, Hannah Zaic
Bourbon & Branch (705 N. 2nd St.) FRI Sound for Sustainability: Alps Held, The Weaks, The Retinas, Underwater Country Club, Pine Barons Sat Brian McGee (Release Show), Shitty Summer (Leta of Ex-Friends)
Fergie’s (1214 Sansom St.) FRI John Train SUN Rusty Cadillac
The Legendary Dobbs (304 South St.) FRI Standouts From Songbird Season 2: Larisa Bunch, Jovan Chaney, Chris McGinnis, Dan Callahan, Brianna Marie/ Emily Mineo, Chris Gennett, Bickel Brothers, Wave Radio, SAT Metal for Mikki: Release, Black Sun Rising, Citadel, Ketosis, We Our War, StarSkream, Sutter Cane, SUN Amber Ladd
Connie’s Ric Rac (1132 S. 9th St.) FRI The Hawkeyes, James Hearne
Voltage Lounge (421 N. 7th St.) SAT S.I.N. Sun Entropy
The Grape Room (105 Grape St.) FRI The Funky T, Agent Moosehead, Evil at the Beach, Missing Elements, SAT A Victim of Good Times, Dave Joyce, SUN Willow Talk, The Gang Age, Silverton
The Random Tea Room (713 N. 4th St.) Sun Laura Baird
JR’s Bar (2337 S. Croskey St.) SAT Shitty Friends, Repellers, Black Friday Death Count
Golden Tea House (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI The Spirit of the Beehive, Sheer Mag, SAT Nona, Twin Pines
Mount Misery (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Cousin Brian, Seismic Thrust
Glitoria (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Bad Energy, Bad Canoes
The Petting Zoo (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Family Vacation, The Retinas, Horsecops
Hot Topic (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Blood Sound, Corporate Hearts, The Stone Furs, Triceratoplis (Release Show)

West Philadelphia Orchestra Providing Balkan Grooves for All at Penn Museum Aug. 21

At this year’s 2nd Street Festival, you could see that West Philadelphia Orchestra is continuing to build an eclectic fan base. Whether you’re hippie-ish Deadhead, affluent yuppie, or even a young child just learning the freedoms of standing on your own two feet, it’s hard to resist dancing to their infectious Balkan grooves. If you don’t believe me, come see for yourself this evening at Penn Museum. And if you can’t make it tonight, you also have another free opportunity this Saturday at Liberty Lands Park when they join a fine bill of locals acts for Rock to the Future’s Rally for Rock: Benefit for Music Education. Penn Museum, 3260 South St., 5pm - 8pm, Free, All Ages - H.M. Kauffman

West Philadelphia Orchestra Kicking Off the Tunes for 215 Fest at Underground Arts Nov. 1

Tonight West Philadelphia Orchestra will be bringing their Balkan Dance Party to its new home Underground Arts. So every first Thursday of the month, there will be a reason to celebrate in the Eraserhood. It will also be an extra special party this evening when the klezmer band helps to kick off the music for the reinvigorated 215 Festival curated by Philebrity’s Joey Sweeney. There will also be plenty of wit and humor added to the night with Juliet Hope Wayne, Shmitten Kitten’s Anna Goldfarb and Starlee Kline spinning their tales to entertain the audience. Underground Arts, 1200 Callowhill St., 9pm, $6, All Ages - H.M. Kauffman

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