July 28, 2015 |

Top 5 Events:Concerts on a Student Budget


In a city with so many awesome music venues, big and small, there’s always bound to be some interesting new concerts worth attending. The best part of it is, so many Philly venues host talented live artists of many different music styles for inexpensive prices. You don’t have to pay big bucks to attend amazing shows. Check out some of these cool artists to see in Philly this week!

P.M. @ P.M. Summer Nights Concert: El Caribefunk
When: Wednesday, July 29, 5 – 8 p.m. Where: Penn Museum, 3260 South Street, Philadelphia Cost: $10 for public, $5 for Open Arts members, free to PennCard holders

This band from Colombia joins the summer music series at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology with a powerful rhythm and energy all their own. Their fun, upbeat style brings together funk, salsa, and elements of Caribbean music, including calypso, zouk, and Haitian compas, and gets audiences on their feet and dancing from the first note. Regionally themed food, drinks, and cocktails will be available at the Pepper Mill Cafe Garden Bar.

Jason Isbell 
When: Wednesday, July 29, 7 – 10 p.m. Where: Electric Factory, 421 7th Street, Philadelphia Cost: $30.

Looking for something more southern rock than Colombian on a Wednesday night? Jason Isbell is a singer-songwriter based out of Alabama, best known for his recent solo career after being a member of the Drive-By Truckers for six years. Isbell has released five studio albums and two live albums since the start of his solo work in 2007, and has always stayed true to his southern rock roots.

Letieres Leite & Orkestra Rumpilezz
When: Friday, July 31, 7:30 – 10 p.m. Where: Temple Performing Arts Center, 1837 North Broad Street, Philadelphia Cost: $10 for public, free for Open Arts members!

Hailing from Bahia, Brazil, the percussion and woodwinds big band, Letieres Leite & Orkestra Rumpilezz embark on a U.S. tour debuting July 31 in Philadelphia. In partnership with “Southern Exposure,” the concert tour will feature musicians from New York, San Francisco, Philadelphia, Santa Cruz, San Jose and Miami. Afro-Cuban jazz pianist and bandleader Arturo O’Farrill and trumpeter and musical adventurer Steven Bernstein are exponents of the African-Latin, African-Caribbean and jazz  musical tradition.

Daniel Romano Album Release Show
When: Saturday, August 1, 8 – 10 p.m. Where: MilkBoy, 1100 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia Cost: $10-12.

Canadian country musician and visual artist Daniel Romano will host an album release show at MilkBoy. Romano has released four solo albums since his debut in 2009 and has been nominated for a Juno award. This show celebrates the release of his newest album, If I’ve Only One Time Askin’, on July 31.

Radio 104.5 Summer Block Party
When: Sunday, August 2, 1 – 5 p.m. Where: Festival Pier at Penn’s Landing, 601 North Columbus Boulevard, Philadelphia. Cost: Free!

Radio 104.5, Philly’s favorite alternative station, has been hosting popular summer block parties since their debut in 2010. The concerts include some of the top alternative artists in the game, and for completely free. This show’s lineup will feature Matt And KimAtlas GeniusWolf Alice and Saint Motel.


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