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The big guide to 50 essential Philly live music shows this summer

The Roots Picnic, Chainsmokers, Future, U2 and a ton of other stuff is en route.

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There’s really only one way to describe the lineup of shows coming to Philly this summer: It’s lit.

Along with the standout festivals — Roots Picnic, Firefly, Made in America — there are lots of other concerts, with jams for every taste, including EDM, rock, hip hop, indie, metal and country. And lots of baby boomer nostalgia rock. If you’ve got a favorite act from the ‘70s or ‘80s, chances are they’ll be passing through town.

Check out this list of 50 must-see performances over the next four months, and cop your tickets while you can.


May

Black Angels (May 4)

These psychedelic rockers from Austin are masters of moody, groovy, fuzzed-out guitar work. Touring to promote their new album out April 21, Death Song, these retro-hipsters will play ominous new tracks including “Currency,” and “I’d Kill for Her.” Their dreamy, dirge-y sound pays homage to 1960s greats while also casting a spell of twisted emo turmoil. Don’t wear your Lily Pulitzer to this one.
Union Transfer, 1026 Spring Garden St., 215-232-2100

Mastodon, Opeth, Gojira, Eagles of Death Metal (May 6)

Mastodon, a sludge-metal band from Georgia, and Opeth, a Swedish metal band, both have caught flak from testy fans for evolving away from the raw sound that won initial loyalty, and sliding toward a more progressive, rock vibe. Gojira, a veteran metal band from Bayonne, France, does maintain its intense metal roots, but the Eagles of Death Metal — unfortunately famous for having been performing at the Bataclan during the 2015 Paris terrorist attack — isn’t metal at all. The name is a joke and the band sounds more like garage rock sound. But put them all together, and the experimental quality makes for a promising package for a head banging night.
Electric Factory, 421 N. 7th St., 215-627-1332

Beanie Sigel (May 6)

South Philly’s legendary OG rapper is getting comfortable with his status as éminence grise — the 43-year-old nabbed a bit of the spotlight when he weighed in on the Drake-Meek Mill beef last year. But the rapper, who’s a convicted felon, been shot on various occasions, has had legal troubles in excess and been punched by a guy in Meek’s crew, continues to hustle his rap game. His 2000 album, The Truth, established him as the real deal and his 2005, The B. Coming, solidified that cred. Devoted fans will line up to see his mastery on display. Sigel and rapper Dave East just made a new video for “The Real is Back,” that shows the two reminiscing about street life.
Voltage Lounge, 421 N. 7th St., 215-494-7386

T.I. (May 10)

The smooth-talking T.I., aka Clifford Harris Jr., is no stranger to controversy, and is also not shy about calling out President Trump. A big supporter of the Black Lives Matter movement, the Grammy-winner uses his concerts as a platform for his concerns about racism in America. But the rapper-actor, 36, also knows how to deliver the musical goods to his devoted fans. Expect to hear club bangers “About the Money” and “What You Know” along with tracks from his tenth studio album, Us or Else: Letter to the System.
TLA, 334 South St., 215-922-1011

Metallica (May 12)

Metalheads won’t want to miss the visit from thrash royalty as they promote their latest album, Hardwired… to Self-Destruct. Thirty-six years at it, the Grammy-winning band and Rock and Roll Hall of Famers (James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, Kirk Hammett and Robert Trujillo) bring the speed, intensity and volume that hooked fans back in 1983 with their classic album, Kill ‘Em All. Metalistas will dig this flashy show with deafening sound, big visuals and plenty of head-banging oldies like “Enter Sandman” and “Seek & Destroy.”
Lincoln Financial Field, 1020 Pattison Ave., 267-570-4000

Mix Master Mike (May 13)

Fans of the Beastie Boys know Mix Master Mike as the pioneering turntablist who first joined that crew in 1998 for the album, Hello Nasty. But the DJ, aka Michael Schwartz, was already well-established in the Bay Area underground hip hop scene as part of Filipino DJ collective Invisibl Skratch Piklz. The Grammy-winning, Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, who is known for his funky, eccentric, bass-heavy sets, will also be joining Metallica this summer (see above) to spin throughout that band’s Hardwired tour. Check out Mix Master Mike’s 2016 LP, Magma Chamber, for a taste of his intense work.
Underground Arts, 1200 Callowhill St., 215-627-1332

Future (May 12)

Future’s work ethic has never been in doubt; he’s been spitting out underground mixtapes and albums as fast as his lyrics since 2011. The prolific Atlanta rapper, born Nayvadius DeMun Wilburn, has recruited a steady supply of A-list collaborations (Pharrell, Rihanna, Kanye West, Drake and The Weeknd). He’s already released two albums just this year (FUTURE and HNDRXX) full of the grim storytelling for which he’s known. Joining him on the bill at BB&T is Atlanta trio Migos, whom Future brought out on stage at this year’s Coachella to play crowd-favorites “Bad and Boujee” and “T-Shirt.”
BB&T Pavilion, 1 Harbour Blvd., Camden, NJ, 856-365-1300

Desiigner (May 12)

It’s funny that Future and Desiigner hit Philly on the same night, because some critics have accused Desiigner, aka Sidney Royel Selby III, of copying Future’s trap sound a little too closely. But no one can claim that the Brooklyn MC’s bouncy, mumbled earworm, “Panda,” — off his 2016 debut album, New English — wasn’t a massive hit. Even Kanye sampled it on The Life of Pablo. The 19-year-old has a knack for spooky, trippy trap jams that we want on our playlist.
Trocadero, 1003 Arch St., 215-922-6888

The XX (May 17)

This one purrs date-night. Working the moody-indie-romance angle, this London trio burst onto the scene in 2009 with a wildly popular eponymous debut album. Intimate, sexy bedroom-sounding singles are a signature, like “Crystallized,” “Basic Space,” and “Say Something Loving.”
Skyline Stage, Mann Center, 5201 Parkside Ave., 215-546-7900

Macy Gray (May 25)

The sultry six-foot-tall singer from Ohio has always done her own thing. It suits her distinctively raspy voice, big hair and even bigger style. Despite her Grammy (for 2001’s “I Try”) and her many pop hits, Gray, 49, seems too huge to be contained by industry formulas. On her latest project — 2016’s Stripped — she returns to her jazz roots. Backed by a top ensemble and recorded with a single microphone, the album won rave critical reviews. The retro-intimacy of the songs will suit the Ardmore venue.
Ardmore Music Hall, 23 E. Lancaster Ave., Ardmore, 610-649-8389

Mumford & Sons (May 25)

Rootsy rock by the Brit quartet has connected well with listeners — 2012’s Babel won a Grammy for Album of the Year. Their early sound had a driving, bluegrass quality (“I Will Wait”) that you can imagine listening to in a rowdy English pub while knocking back pints with your mates. With 2015’s Wild Mind, the group shows signs of shifting lanes and heading towards more alt-rock, leaving the twangy banjo music behind. The guys put on such an adrenaline-fueled, enthusiastic live act that even those who don’t have folkie tastes will get hooked.
BB&T Pavilion, 1 Harbour Blvd., Camden, NJ, 856-365-1300

Rick Ross (May 26)

Hot off the griddle comes Miami Mac Daddy, Rick Ross, with his ninth studio album, Rather You Than Me. The track list features a who’s who of hip-hop: Nas, Meek Mill, Young Thug, Wale, Future, Jeezy, Gucci Mane and Scrilla. The massive emcee still raps about the baller’s life and luxury goods — “Hustlin,” “Blowin’ Money Fast,” “Color Money” — with the requisite dirty talkin’ bangers about ladies and how he relates to them. Frenzied fans can’t get enough of Rozay’s bravado.
The Fillmore, 29 East Allen St., 215-309-0150

Daryl Hall and John Oates Present HoagieNation (May 27)

Get ready to embrace all things Philly during the Memorial Day weekend festival headlined by Philly natives and Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Daryl Hall and John Oates. Aside from lots of soul-based bands — Tears for Fears and local bands like G. Love and Special Sauce, Vivian Green, Son Little, Marah — there will be lots of local food faves: hoagies, soft pretzels and of course water ice!
Festival Pier, Penn’s Landing, 215-629-3200

Steve Aoki (May 28)

NOTO Nightclub opened this past spring in Chinatown promising big name DJs, and Steve Aoki is definitely a get. The 39-year-old musician and producer is one of the high priests of the electronic music scene. He regularly headlines all the biggest fests — Ultra Music Festival, Tomorrowland, Coachella — and does around 240 shows a year. With his hardcore punk roots, Aoki brings a gritty sensibility to his exuberant mixes.
NOTO Nightclub, 1209 Vine St., 267-252-8773


June

Phoenix (June 2)

The alt-rock quartet from Versailles, France, got lots of radio play with catchy hits “1901” and “Lisztomania,” both from the critically acclaimed 2009 album, Wolfgang Amadeus. Thomas Mars, Deck d’Arcy, Chris Mazzalai and Laurent Brancowitz have been playing since the ‘90s and have a polished synthy sound that’s charmingly eclectic and smooth. The band travels in celeb circles despite its indie vibe, probably because Brancowitz’s first band was with Daft Punk’s Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo and Thomas Mars is married to filmmaker Sofia Coppola. The group’s “Too Young” appeared in her film, Lost in Translation, and they made a charming 2015 appearance in the Coppola-directed Bill Murray vehicle, A Very Murray Christmas.
The Fillmore, 29 East Allen St., 215-309-0150

Gene Simmons (June 2)

In conjunction with the national Wizard World Comic Con, Gene Simmons is doing a small tour of five cities including Philadelphia. By day, the Kiss frontman will be doing the meet-and-greet thing at the PA Convention Center, and on Friday night, he hits the Troc to perform Kiss tunes during his first-ever solo tour — without the signature black-and-white makeup. Still, you can be sure the outspoken 67-year-old knows how to put on a show and “Rock and Roll All Nite.”
Trocadero, 1003 Arch St., 215-922-6888

Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds (June 2-3)

Back-to-back shows feature stripped-down acoustic guitar work from Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds, who both play in the famed jam band. The pair have recorded three double-albums of live concerts, and has some of the most devoted fans out there, so this will be a hot ticket for those in the cult. Expect to hear favorites: “Crash Into You,” “Two Step” and “Tripping Billies.”
Mann Center, 5201 Parkside Ave. 215-546-7900

Roots Picnic (June 3)

In its tenth year, this day-long concert at Festival Pier curated by Philly’s favorite unofficial house band (and Jimmy Fallon’s actual house band) is a beloved fixture of the city and basically marks the kickoff to summer. The lineup this year is bonkers — as usual: Pharrell, Solange, Lil Wayne, 21 Savage, Kimbra, Thundercat, Fat Joe, Mobb Deep, Scott Storch, Noname, Pete Rock, Khalid and more. Plus, you get The Roots as backing band.
Festival Pier, Penn’s Landing, 215-629-3200

The Chainsmokers (June 3)

Grammy-winning producers Drew Taggart and Alex Pall come to Temple to DJ the crowd into an EDM frenzy with familiar tracks such as “Don’t Let Me Down,” “Paris” and “Closer.” Despite their established hold on the pop/EDM sound and massive fan love, the pair only just released a debut album a few weeks ago, Called Memories…Do Not Open, critics are roasting it, delivering scathing reviews, but that’s unlikely to slow down the duo’s march to pop stardom.
Liacouras Center, 1776 N. Broad St., 215-204-2400

Iron Maiden (June 4)

This Brit metal group has been rocking since 1975 and is one of the bands that pretty much started the whole heavy metal genre. If you’re a metalhead, you’ll want to check this show off your bucket list — who knows how much longer they’ll be touring. Lead vocalist Bruce Dickinson, a cancer survivor, can still bring it live, hitting hard with favorites like “The Number of the Beast” and “Wasted Years.” Power guitars, macabre stage sets and the band mascot, Eddie, await.
Wells Fargo Center, 3601 South Broad St., 215-336-3600

Nick Cave and Bad Seeds (June 5)

Nick Cave has a gift. The lanky Australian, 59, is one of the best frontmen in all of music. Too high praise? Go see for yourself. Cave has an uncanny ability to connect with his audience through his extraordinary musical storytelling skills, dark wit, bluntness and vulnerability. He has seen hard times and his latest critically-lauded album, Skeleton Tree, reflects his losses. This is one not to be missed.
Electric Factory, 421 N. 7th St., 215-627-1332

Brand Nubian and Das EFX (June 8)

This show’s for all the old-school hip hoppers in the house, as both groups blazed trails in the ‘90s underground rap scene. Brand Nubian — made up of Grand Puba, Sadat X and Lord Jamar — etched a name for itself with controversial, militant Afrocentric music and an allegiance to Minister Louis Farrakhan. Lighter in mood, Das EFX (Skoob and Krazy Drayzy), put its stamp on rap with a dense lyrical style peppered with nonsense syllables (“-iggity” being a favorite suffix). Dead Serious, from 1992, is regarded as a classic, full of dazzling rapid-fire spitting, as heard in “Straight Out the Sewer” and “They Want EFX.”
Underground Arts, 1200 Callowhill St., 215-627-1332

Rodriguez (June 15)

This Detroit singer’s extraordinary story of how obscurity and fame can co-exist was the subject of the Oscar-winning 2012 documentary, Finding Sugar Man. Watch it. Unbeknownst to him, Sixto Rodriguez had become a phenomenon in South Africa during the ‘70s and his albums (1970’s Cold Fact and 1971’s Coming From Reality) outsold work by Elvis Presley. In the closed apartheid state and days before the internet, he remained unaware of his staggering fame, but was eventually tracked down in the ‘90s. Even now, at 74, he has a unique, pliant folkie sound that reminds us why his songs were so well suited for anti-apartheid protests. Classics include “I Wonder” and “I Think of You.”
Keswick Theater, 291 N. Keswick Ave., Glenside, 215-572-7650

Firefly Music Festival (June 15-18)

Firefly, once the exhilarating domain for college kids to go “glamping,” smoke, dance, don body paint and rave through the wee hours, has now been discovered by their parents and friends who are showing up to enjoy the improved amenities and big time musicians. The roster is no joke: The Weeknd, Chance the Rapper, Kesha, DJ Jazzy Jeff, Wale, Muse, Flume, Twenty One Pilots, Weezer, Lil Dicky, The Shins, Phantogram, Busta Rhymes, etc. Just pray for good weather for this event often dogged by summer rainstorms.
The Woodlands of Dover Speedway, Dover, Del., 855-281-4898

Elvis Costello and the Imposters (June 16)

Elvis Costello and his band give a nod to a 1982 album with the “Imperial Bedroom & Other Chambers” tour. The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and Grammy winner, now 62, is a master raconteur and has a significant back catalog of hits to draw upon.
Tower Theatre, S. 69th & Ludlow Streets, Upper Darby, 610-352-2887

Sigur Ros (June 16)

Fans of the Icelandic ambient music of Sigur Ros have the reverence of newfound cult followers. They’re as intense as frontman Jonsi Birgisson’s falsetto chanting in his signature Icelandic gibberish — known as Hopelandic — over mysterious soundscapes. “They sound like god weeping tears of gold in heaven,” wrote OG music news pub Melody Maker. If you’re seeking an electronica conversion experience that will put you in mind of the Northern Lights, dark infinite space, aural exotica and midnight elfin prayer circles, get your ticket.
Mann Center, 5201 Parkside Ave. 215-546-7900

U2 (June 18)

The superstar Irish rockers will perform their 1987 The Joshua Tree in its entirety to celebrate its release thirty years ago. The album, which has sold more than 25 million copies and earned several Grammys, has soul, pathos, a point of view, and massive anthems: “Where the Streets Have No Name,” “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For,” and “With or Without You.”
Lincoln Financial Field, 1020 Pattison Ave., 267-570-4000

John Legend (June 22)

Charming, talented and a Penn grad. What’s not to love? The R&B crooner has a shelf full of accolades — 10 Grammy awards, a Golden Globe, an Academy Award — and just dropped his fifth studio album, Darkness and Light, this past December. Legend’s sexy, silky singing style is known for its intimate vibe, apparent in hit neo-soul ballads “All of Me,” “Tonight,” and “Love Me Now.”
BB&T Pavilion, 1 Harbour Blvd., Camden, NJ, 856-365-1300

Steve Miller and Peter Frampton (June 27)

These two rockers go way back. They met in a London recording studio in the ‘60s, and have gigged together on and off multiple times in the intervening decades. They reunite this summer for a crowd-pleasing tour that guarantees stellar musicianship and loads of classic jams. For instance: “The Joker,” “Fly Like an Eagle,” “Rock’n Me” and “Show Me the Way.”
Mann Center, 5201 Parkside Ave., 215-546-7900


July

Mary J. Blige (July 4)

Wawa Welcome America has fingers crossed that R&B superstar Mary J. Blige will be the antidote for some controversial feedback on the annual Fourth of July festival at the Art Museum. (2014’s Nicki Minaj show took the typically family-friendly concert in a racy, eye-popping direction, but the 2016 slate of performers were considered somewhat underwhelming.) Sure, the free concert and fireworks can be watched on television, but Blige is a diva Philadelphians will love to come out for. Her 13th album, Strength of a Woman, dropped April 28.
Eakins Oval, Benjamin Franklin Pkwy.

Kehlani (July 10)

The young R&B pop singer fearlessly puts herself out there in her music that documents the many ups and downs throughout her 21 years of life. Her latest album, SweetSexySavage, dropped this past January to solid reviews praising her honesty and exuberance. The heavily tattooed bisexual artist is blazing a new path in pop/trap/soul music and has already been nominated for a Grammy (for her 2016 mixtape, You Should Be Here). She’s being hailed as an artist who is confidently writing her own ticket, to her own tune.
Electric Factory, 421 N. 7th St., 215-627-1332

Ed Sheeran and James Blunt (July 11)

If earnest pop is your thing, here comes young Brit Ed Sheeran. His brand of innocence is resonating with fans and catapulting him into rounds of huge stadium-tours. The superstar songwriter churns out hits, including “Shape of Your Body” and “Castle on a Hill” from his new album, Divide.
Wells Fargo Center, 3601 South Broad St., 215-336-3600

Echo and the Bunnymen and Violent Femmes (July 11)

These two bands, who dominated the cool-kids new wave scene in the ‘80s, kick off their summer tour here in Philly. The Buns released Meteorites in 2014, and Violent Femmes dropped We Can Do Anything last spring, but while they might play stuff from the new albums, all we honestly want to hear are the oldies, like Echo’s “Lips Like Sugar,” “The Killing Moon,” and “The Cutter” and the Femmes’ “Kiss Off,” “Add it Up,” and “Gone Daddy Gone.”
Skyline, Mann Center, 5201 Parkside Ave. 215-546-7900

Rod Stewart and Cyndi Lauper (July 12)

The two veteran rockers continue to write and record new material adding to a back catalog of iconic hits. Stewart, 72, and Lauper, 63, are both consummate entertainers who put on massive, nostalgia-filled party shows. Some of Lauper’s most well-known works have Philly connections: 1984’s “Time After Time” was co-written with Rob Hyman, co-founder of The Hooters; “Girls Just Want to Have Fun,” was written by Philly’s late-rocker Robert Hazard; “She Bop” was co-written by The Hooters’ Rick Chertoff.
BB&T Pavilion, 1 Harbour Blvd., Camden, NJ, 856-365-1300

Gorillaz (July 13)

The British band’s newest album, Humanz, dropped April 28, and Damon Albarn, co-creator along with artist Jamie Hewlett, described it as “a party record for the end of the world.” The pre-hype surrounding the release already had fans and critics giddy, with lots of featured artists (Grace Jones, Jehnny Beth, D.R.A.M., Pusha T, Vince Staples, Danny Brown, De La Soul). Since the group has been creating hip-hop alt-pop since 2001’s self-titled album, there’s lots of musical goodies to choose from: “Feel Good, Inc.,” “Clint Eastwood,” “Demon Days.”
Festival Pier, Penn’s Landing, 215-629-3200

Kendrick Lamar (July 19)

Lamar continues his winning streak with his latest album, Damn, which has both fans and critics in a swoon. Every single track on it has landed on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Damn, indeed. At 29, this rapper-musician out of Compton has Grammys galore (from his groundbreaking LP, To Pimp A Butterfly) and is forging a fascinating path with his unique blend of hip hop, soul, jazz and spoken word that has all of us riveted. Joining him on the tour are Travis Scott and D.R.A.M.
Wells Fargo Center, 3601 South Broad St., 215-336-3600

XPonential Music Festival (July 28-30)

In its thirteenth year, this alt-rock bonanza of summer fun brings back Wilco to headline, along with Bright Eye’s frontman Conor Oberst and Philly’s own Hop Along. Other performers to watch include Spoon, Amos Lee & Friends, Preservation Hall Jazz Band and Chicano Batman.
Wiggins Park and BB&T Pavilion, 1 Harbour Blvd., Camden, NJ, 856-365-1300

Diana Ross (July 29)

At 73, the legendary R&B super diva still slays. Ross performed at the Mann in 2015, and will likely give us plenty of the same irresistible mega hits from her solo and The Supremes years: “I’m Coming Out,” “Baby Love,” “Stop! In the Name of Love,” and “You Can’t Hurry Love.”
Mann Center, 5201 Parkside Ave., 215-546-7900

Fleet Foxes (July 31)

Fleet Foxes are specialists in a niche of folkie alt-pop with soaring harmonies and atmospheric-soaked lyrics. Touring to support a new album, The Crack-Up — yes, these smarties did mean the title to be an F. Scott Fitzgerald reference — the band is joined by the trippy, alt-pop group, Animal Collective. This is a good pairing of style, sound and creative juice.
Mann Center, 5201 Parkside Ave., 215-546-7900

Earth, Wind and Fire and Nile Rodgers and Chic (Aug. 1)

Despite the passage of time and the passing of bandmates, veteran funk bands EWF and Chic still roll out the grooviest of dance parties. Chic has a promised new album, It’s About Time, teased to drop any day now, and its guitarist and producer extraordinaire, Nile Rodgers, was recently inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (EWF was inducted back in 2000). Rodgers has built a staggering creative history on his own, producing and playing on albums for Duran Duran, Diana Ross, David Bowie, Madonna, Sister Sledge as well as with electronic acts Avicii and Disclosure, but his famous “chucking” riffs were most recently appreciated by the world on on Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky.” This show will be dynamite with a killer set list.
Wells Fargo Center, 3601 South Broad St., 215-336-3600


August

Blondie and Garbage (Aug. 2)

Blondie, fronted by Debbie Harry, and Garbage, fronted by Shirley Manson, spend the summer on their Rage and Rapture tour. Though the bands came of age in different decades, the two share a musical vibe of ferocious, lush rock and roll. Blondie drops its latest album, Pollinator, May 5, while Garbage is sure to play songs from 2016’s powerful Strange Little Birds.
Mann Center, 5201 Parkside Ave., 215-546-7900

Donavon Frankenreiter (Aug. 4)

Frankenreiter has mastered the chilled-out vibe you’d expect from a beach bum sitting on the sand, noodling away on a guitar with mellow surfer dudes. The former pro surfer launched his solo music career with his self-titled 2004 album (released on his surf buddy and singer Jack Johnson’s record label). His sets create a laid back mood with songs like “Free,” “Life, Love & Laughter” and “It Don’t Matter.” Catch his buddy Jack Johnson at Camden’s BB&T Pavilion on June 10.
Ardmore Music Hall, 23 E. Lancaster Ave., Ardmore, 610-649-8389

Roger Waters (Aug. 8-9)

The Pink Floyd bassist comes to town for two nights of nostalgic dad-rock. The 73-year-old Brit drops his new album, Is This the Life We Really Want?, on June 2, and his fan base will no doubt rejoice. A practiced showman with plenty of theatrical music treats, good money’s on Waters closing with a classic: “Comfortably Numb.”
Wells Fargo Center, 3601 South Broad St., 215-336-3600

Lionel Richie and Mariah Carey (Aug. 16)

Phew, Lionel and Mariah are finally coming to town. This is the rescheduled spring concert that was postponed because Richie, 67, needed more time to recover from knee surgery. We’re expecting fabulous diva and crooner chemistry from this pair. Billed as “All the Hits,” the anticipation for this setlist makes use giddy — Carey alone has 18 number one chart toppers and Richie has four, plus loads of top ten smashes between them.
Wells Fargo Center, 3601 South Broad St., 215-336-3600

Jimmy Buffett (Aug. 17)

Margaritaville descends upon Camden with Buffett’s BB&T stop. Expect happy sing-alongs by fervent Parrotheads in the audience and the musician’s sunny disposition to light up the summer night. His islands-inspired, easy-going country rock stands in contrast to his busy life as a world-traveling musician, entrepreneur, author and philanthropist. But don’t let it distract you, just kick back and enjoy the party atmosphere led by this master of easy breezy musical fun.
BB&T Pavilion, 1 Harbour Blvd., Camden, NJ, 856-365-1300

Tim McGraw and Faith Hill (Aug. 18)

Twenty years married, country singers Tim McGraw and Faith Hill are happy to show their cuddly side during this Soul2Soul tour. It’s been ten years since the pair toured together and they seem eager — as evidenced by video montages with family photos and drops of sweet duets together — to invite fans to bond with them. The couple announced their first ever joint album will drop later this year. (McGraw’s dad was the late Phillies favorite, Tug McGraw.)
Wells Fargo Center, 3601 South Broad St., 215-336-3600

Green Day (Aug. 31)

This post-punk trio from California broke into the mainstream with 1994’s Dookie, and still gives fans the adrenaline-soaked power punk that earned four Grammys and an induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Billy Joe Armstrong, Mike Dirnt and Tre Cool released their latest album, Revolution Radio, last October. Expect these guys with a major cult following to devote time to their latest LP, plus songs from American Idiot and other favorites. Also, be prepared for the band’s tradition of pulling out an audience volunteer who jams with them briefly and then gets to take home a Gibson guitar.
BB&T Pavilion, 1 Harbour Blvd., Camden, NJ, 856-365-1300

Made in America (Sept. 2-3)

Jay Z’s major Labor Day weekend festival, now in its sixth year, has not yet announced the lineup, but it’s bound to be good based on previous year’s big gets (2016 featured Rihanna, Coldplay, DJ Khaled, Martin Garrix, Lil Wayne, 2 Chainz, Grimes, Chance the Rapper and Desiigner).
Eakins Oval, Benjamin Franklin Pkwy. 

Billy Joel (Sept. 9)

This will be the Piano Man’s fourth return to Philly — a town that clearly loves him back — in as many years. The 67-year-old keeps selling out massive stadium concerts despite the fact that he doesn’t have new material. Fans don’t care, they just want to sing along to his classics.
Citizens Bank Park, 1 Citizens Bank Way, 800-745-3000

Lady Gaga (Sept. 10-11)

Get ready to raise your freak flag, because Gaga, née Stefani Germanotta, comes to town for two nights of cathartic, weird-celebrating song and dance. Though she’ll will be promoting her latest album, Joanne, (produced by Mark Ronson), the 31-year-old is likely to keep fans — her “Little Monsters” — happy with hits like “Bad Romance,” “Born this Way,” “Poker Face” “Alejandro.”
Wells Fargo Center, 3601 South Broad St., 215-336-3600