The summer festivals are fading, but Philadelphia’s concert scene still has plenty of juice as fall comes around. There’s a show, somewhere in the Philly area, nearly every night. Billy Penn has highlighted what promise to be some of the most popular concerts this fall.  Plus, here’s a playlist you can listen to featuring the artists performing in Philadelphia over the next couple of months. 


Earl Sweatshirt, September 5, TLA

Earl Sweatshirt kicks off what’s primed to be a great couple of months for rap fans.

Beanie Sigel, September 9, TLA

Sigel is back performing less than a year after losing one of his lungs from a gunshot in New Jersey.

A$AP Ferg, September 17, Union Transfer

The founding member of the A$AP Mob.

Jedi Mind Tricks, September 18, Trocadero   

Always a favorite of alternative rap fans (and what a great name). They’ve been around since the 90s but are getting back together after a six-year hiatus.

Kelly Clarkson w/ Pentatonix, September 20, Susquehanna Bank Center

All the acapella you could ever need. Plus the opportunity to hear “Since You’ve Been Gone,” live.

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Wale, September 24, Electric Factory

The Washington D.C. rapper makes the trip up I-95 to rap about nothing. That’s because his most recent album is a paean to “Seinfeld.”  

Madonna, September 24, Wells Fargo Center

She’s not Rolling-Stones-old yet, at least. 

Wolf Alice, September 30, Trocadero

New-ish UK rock band gaining a lot of positive reviews from the music world.


Chvrches, October 1, Electric Factory

Chvrches was the headliner in May 2014 at 104.5’s last Block Party concert at the Piazza. The synth-pop band will now get the opportunity to perform in front of people not doing disgusting things at an apartment complex.

FFS, October 3, Electric Factory

Franz Ferdinand and Sparks comprise this super group.

MS MR, October 3, Union Transfer

Fans of synth-pop get can double up this week, with Chvrches and then MS MR.

Kacey Musgraves, October 3, Trocadero

Man, October 3 is a stacked night for Philly concerts. Musgraves should be delightful in this intimate venue.

Tame Impala, October 5, Tower Theater

Tame Impala’s album will be on many “best of” lists at the end of this year.

Forbes Under 30 Music Festival, October 6, Piazza

BUT you have to be invited to the Forbes Under 30 event to go. Last year’s headliners were Wiz Khalifa and Afrojack.

Stevie Wonder, October 7, Wells Fargo Center

Sure, you could have seen him for free at Dilworth Park earlier this week. But he’ll probably play a few more songs this time.

Collective Soul, October 14, TLA

Continue your fall tour through nostalgia by seeing this grunge-era rock group that got famous with songs like “The World I Know” and “Shine.”

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Danzig, October 16, Electric Factory

If you’re into classic heavy metal, this is the show for you.

Chance the Rapper, October 22, Electric Factory

Yes, this is definitely a good fall for rap concerts.

Old 97’s, October 22, Union Transfer

Fun country band that has a loyal following in the South, particularly Texas. Sample song: “Let’s Get Drunk & Get It On.”

New Found Glory and Yellowcard, October 23, Electric Factory

“Ocean Avenue,” live, sounds pretty good. The rest of it might not be as tolerable.

The Chainsmokers, October 30, Electric Factory

Remember that song “#SELFIE?” That’s by The Chainsmokers.


Odesza, November 1, Union Transfer

This electronic duo has two shows on November 1, but they’re already both sold out. You’ll have to look on StubHub or Craigslist.

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Marina and the Diamonds, November 7, Electric Factory

Kind of like a lesser-known, poppier Florence + The Machine — poppy with a big voice (not as big as Florence’s, of course).

Minus the Bear, November 13, Electric Factory

As Indie as they come.

Neon Indian, November 15, Union Transfer

Expect a great show here. Neon Indian’s first album in four years comes out in October, and he’ll be putting together a high energy electronic show.

Mark Dent is a reporter/curator at BillyPenn. He previously worked for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, where he covered the Jerry Sandusky scandal, Penn State football and the Penn State administration. His...