Summer Music Any Old Way You Choose It

Posted: May 31, 1991

It won't be the best of times, but neither will it be the worst for music fans this summer.

While she won't have much superstar company on the touring circuit, Whitney Houston will be making her long overdue return to the City of Brotherly (and sisterly) Love on July 18 at the Spectrum.

The very next night, the oddly intriguing "Bugs Bunny on Broadway" will bounce into the Mann Music Center for a night of Carl Stalling's zany soundtrack music, played live by a symphonic orchestra as Warner Bros. cartoons play on screen. Another multi-media extravaganza coming our way is Mannheim Steamroller's "Concert for Yellowstone," likewise at the Mann, June 11.

Multi-act shows could become a trend in concert packaging this summer, with the Budweiser Superfest featuring the likes of L.L. Cool J, Digital Underground, Ralph Tresvant and more, July 7 at the Spectrum.

Later this summer, the South Philly arena will also play host to the ''Clash of the Titans" (June 29) and "Operation Rock and Roll," (Aug. 10) both mega-mania shows for your head-banging pleasure.

Pop connoisseurs will savor the likes of Britain's mournful Morrisey (ex- Smiths) playing July 7 at the Tower, and likewise the spitfire folkie Richard Thompson, in a one-nighter with Shawn Colvin at the Keswick, Aug. 8.

Club notables range from Bob Marley's mentor Joe Higgs at the Chestnut Cabaret, June 21, to the lascivious Diviynls, touching us and themselves at the Trocadero, June 26.

The Dell East will be jumping with classic soul acts at popular prices, and Penn's Landing will have its share of good stuff, from Byrd-man Roger McGuinn to Motown great Martha Reeves, in the free Pepsi American Sound Series. A stellar Riverblues Festival should close out July with a bang.

If you don't mind getting in your car and hauling down the highway an hour or two, you'll find lots of major-league rock action - from Guns n' Roses and Jane's Addiction to the Beach Boys - under the stars at the Hershey Park Stadium, Allentown Fairgrounds, Pocono Downs Raceway, Harrisburg Speedway, even on the beach in Wildwood.

JUNE

1 - WDAS/Black Music Month Concert with George Howard, Nickie D, Kool Moe Dee, Queen Latifah & Naughty By Nature, Big Daddy Kane, Dell East

1 - Commander Cody, the Hearth

1 - Simple Minds and Material Issue, Tower

1 - Philly Spash '81 with Nagasa & Boom Shack Attack, Chestnut Cabaret

1 - Appel Farm Arts & Music Festival with Kate & Anna McGarrigle, Livingston Taylor, John Sebastian, John Hammond, Rory Block, Appel Farm, Elmer, N.J.

1 - Dynagroove and Heyday, 23 East

1 - Tommy Conwell and Rival Sons, Ambler

1 - Champion Jack DuPree, TLA

1 - Babes In Toyland, Ween, Khyber Pass Pub

2 - Robyn Hitchcock and Kenn Kweder, J.C. Dobbs

3 - Bewitched, Khyber Pass Pub

4 - Battle of the Bands II, 23 East

4 - Tito Gonzolez, Ambler

6 - Baton Rouge, Taken, Pyramid, Chestnut Cabaret

6 - Billy Cobham, 23 East

6 - The Bluerunners, Kat Man Du

7 - Indigo Girls, the Roches, Ellen James Society, Mann Music Center

7 - Jesse Colin Young, the Hearth

7 - Boukman Eksperyans and Pilon, Chestnut

7 - David Bromberg and Karen Farr, 23 East

8 - Johnny Clyde Copeland, the Hearth

7 - Poison, Hershey Park Arena

8 - Tangier and Blackeyed Susan, Chestnut

8 - Public Service and Ruder Than You, 23 East

8 - The Neighborhoods, Khyber

8 - Bad Brains, Trocadero

8-9 - Bob Hope and Ann Jillian, Valley Forge Music Fair

9 - Billy Squier and Maggie's Dream, Tower

9 - Mark Germino and the Sluggers, J.C. Dobbs

11 - Guns n' Roses, Skid Row, Hershey Stadium

11 - Steppenwolf and Dreyer Brothers, Chestnut

11 - Pantera, Trocadero

13 - Dread Zeppelin and Mojo Nixon, Chestnut

13 - Guns n' Roses and Skid Row, Pocono Downs Raceway

14 - John Mayall's Blues Breakers, Chestnut

14 - Tom Rush, the Hearth

15 - Laura Nyro, the Hearth

15 - Elvis Costello & Rude Five, the Replacements, Mann

15 - "The Dead Heat Pit Stop" with Kingfish and Zero, Chestnut

15 - Queen Bee & Blue Hornet Band, North Star

16 - King's X and Saigon Kick, Trocadero

16-17 - Grateful Dead, Giants Stadium, the Meadowlands

18 - Peter Holsapple and Chris Stamey, with Darden Smith, Chestnut

18 - John Moony, North Star

19 - Steve Earle and Karen Farr, TLA

19 - The Posies, Chestnut

19 - Gypsy Rose, New London, 23 East

20 - Bill Lee's Mo Better Quartet, 23 East

20 - Bong Water, Khyber

21 - John Prine opens the Pepsi American Sound Series, Penn's Landing

21 - Louie Anderson and Rita Rudner, VFMF

21 - Michael Hurley, the Hearth

21 - Steve Winwood, Spectrum

21 - Joe Higgs, Chestnut

22 - Nelson and Enuf Z'Nuff, Mann

22 - Johnny Gill with B Angie B, VFMF

22 - Dave Van Ronk, the Hearth

23 - Steve Winwood, Etess Arena, Taj Mahal Casino, Atlantic City

23 - Jay Leno, VFMF

26 - Emmylou Harris with Chet Atkins, VFMF

26 - Divinyls, Trocadero

26-29 - Creation '91 Christian music festival with Russ Taff, Mylon & Broken Heart, Petra, DC Talk and more, Agape Farm in Mt. Union, Pa.

27 - King Missile, Khyber

27 - Omar Chandler, Chestnut

27 - Liquid Jesus and I Love You, J.C. Dobbs

28 - Reggae Sunsplash with Maxi Priest, Dennis Brown, Shinehead, Andrew Tosh and Tommy Cowan, Tower

28 - Mark Whitefield, Penn's Landing

28 - Rory Block, the Hearth

28 - Marshall Crenshaw, Chestnut

28-29 - Dionne Warwick and Burt Bachrach, VFMF

28-29 - Max Creek, 23 East

29 - Clash of the Titans with Slayer, Megadeth, Anthrax and Alice in Chains, Spectrum

29 - Tom Chapin, the Hearth

29 - Bill Kirchen and Too Much Fun, North Star

30 - Ben Vereen with Chita Rivera, VFMF

JULY

2 - Doobie Brothers, Joe Walsh, Mann

2 - Third World, Chestnut

3 - Slayer, Hershey Arena

3 - Jon Lucien, Chestnut

3 - Meat Beat Manifesto, Trocadero

5 - Down Memory Lane with Little Anthony & the Imperials, the Duprees and Marvelettes, on the beach at Convention Hall, Wildwood, N.J.

5 - Mr. Blue, the Hearth

6 - Oak Ridge Boys, VFMF

6 - Tito Nieves with the Edgar and Noel Orchestra, Chestnut

6 - Iain Matthews, the Hearth

6 - Down Memory Lane with Dion, the Association, Drifters, Beatles tribute group Yesterday, Wildwood beach

7 - "A Quiet Storm" with George Duke, Dianne Reeves, Najee, 101 North, VFMF

7 - Morrisey and Phranc, Tower

7 - Budweiser Superfest with L.L. Cool J, Ralph Tresvant, Babyface, Keith Sweat, Digital Underground, Pebbles and High Five, Spectrum

7 - The Dells, Shirley Murdock, Dell

7 - Doobie Brothers, Etess Arena, A.C.

8 - Frankie Beverly & Maze, Dell

9 - Evening with Ray Manzarek and poet Michael McLure, Chestnut

10 - AC/DC and L.A. Guns, Spectrum

10 - Average White Band, Chestnut

10 - Gospelrama, Dell

11 - Kathy Mattea and the Nitty Gritty Dirty Band, VFMF

11 - Strunz and Farah, 23 East

12 - Chris Cain Band, North Star

12 - Roy Bookbinder, the Hearth

12 - Chip Davis conducts Mannheim Steamroller in "A Concert for Yellowstone," Mann

12 - Chicago, VFMF

12 - Roger McGuinn, Penn's Landing

12 - Roseanne Cash and Bruce Hornsby, Etess Arena, A.C.

12-13 - Yes, Spectrum

12-14 - Brandywine '91 Mountain Music Convention with Laurie Lewis, John Cohen, the Woodlot Howlers, Dixie Hummingbirds, the Dry Branch Fire Squad, Salem County Fairgrounds

13 - Waylon Jennings and Tammy Wynette, VFMF

13 - Pentangle, the Hearth

13 - Kinsey Report, Ambler

15 - Isaac Hayes, Gabriel Hardeman Delegation, Dell

16 - Suzanna Hoffs and Don Henley, Etess Arena, A.C.

17 - Joe Jackson, Tower

18 - Whitney Houston, Spectrum

19 - Bugs Bunny on Broadway, featuring cartoons and live symphonic performances of Carl Stalling music, Mann

19 - Albert King, Penn's Landing

19 - Seldom Scene, the Hearth

20 - Steve Chapin, the Hearth

21 - Don Henley, Hershey Park Arena

21 - Sepultura, Trocadero

22 - The Dells, Shirley Murdock, Dell

22-24 - Kenny Rogers, VFMF

23 - Queensryche, Spectrum

23 - Grant Geissman, 23 East

25 - Peter, Paul and Mary, VFMF

26 - Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber, with Michael Crawford, Mann

26 - Paul Kantner's Wooden Ship, Chestnut

26 - John Moony, North Star

27 - Riverblues Fest with Ronnie Earl, Buckwheat Zydeco, Elvis Bishop, B.B. King, Floyd Hunter Band, Little Ed & Blues Imperials, Tito Gonzoles, Excellos, Cephus & Wiggins, Jerry Ricks, Penn's Landing

27 - Huey Lewis & the News, Mann

27 - Lucky Dube, Chestnut

27 - Saffire, Uppity Blues Women, North Star

28 - Riverblues Fest with James Cotton, Marcia Ball, Albert Collins, Johnny Winter, Billy Hector & Fairlanes, Charles Brown, Satan & Adam, Dukes of Destiny, Flamin' Harry Blues Band, Dave Van Ronk, Penn's Landing

28 - Judy Collins and Leo Kottke, VFMF

28 - Firehose & Blake Babies, Trocadero

29 - Phyllis Hyman, George Howard, Dell

30 - REO Speedwagon, VFMF

30 - Scorpions, Great White, Mr. Big, Harrisburg Speedway

31 - Jennifer Holiday, Gerald Alston, Dell

31-Aug. 1 - John Denver, VFMF

AUGUST

1 - Spanic Boys, 23 East

2 - K.T. Oslin and Desert Rose Band, VFMF

2 - Stevie Nicks, Etess Arena, A.C.

3 - Steve Miller and Eric Johnson, Mann

3 - Don Williams and Patti Loveless, VFMF

3 - The Beach Boys, Wildwood beach at Convention Hall

4 - Cheap Trick, VFMF

4 - Scorpions, Great White, Mr. Big, Allentown Fairgrounds

4 - Gwar, Trocardero

5 - The Whispers, the Production Band, Dell

7 - Debbie Gibson, VFMF

7 - Huey Lewis & the News, Etess Arena, A.C.

8 - Richard Thompson & Shawn Colvin, Keswick

8 - Dion with Ronnie Spector, VFMF

9 - Lynryd Skynrd, Spectrum

9 - NRBQ, Chestnut

9 - Mary Chapin-Carpenter, Penn's Landing

9 - Al Jarreau, Etess Arena, A.C.

10 - Alabama, Ray Kennedy, VFMF

10 - Operation Rock and Roll with Alice Cooper, Judas Priest, Motorhead, Dangerous Toys, Metal Church, Spectrum

12 - Alexander O'Neal, Mavis Staples, Dell

13 - Air Supply, VFMF

14 - Lollapalooza Caravan with Jane's Addiction, Living Colour, Ice T, Siouxsie & the Banshees, Nine Inch Nails and Butthole Surfers, Hershey Park Stadium

15-16 - Willie Nelson, VFMF

16 - Bonnie Raitt & Chris Isaak, Mann

16 - Down Memory Lane with Jan & Dean, the Safaris, the Regents, Wildwood beach

17 - Ray Charles and Lou Rawls, VFMF

17 - Blood, Sweat and Tears, the Crass Roots, the Coasters, Wildwood beach

18 - Reba McEntire, VFMF

18 - Spinners, the Tokens, Shangri-Las, Wildwood beach

19 - Regina Belle, the Legendary Notes, Dell

20 - Bad Company, Damn Yankees and Tatoo Rodeo, Spectrum

21 - Gospelrama II, Dell

21-25 - Tom Jones, Etess Arena, A.C.

23 - Performing Arts Camp, Dell

23 - Martha Reeves & the Vandellas, Penn's Landing

23-25 - Philadelphia Folk Festival, Schwenksville

24 - Los Lobos, Bethlehem Musik Fest

26 - Kool & the Gang, Dell

27 - Phranc & the Blackgirls, Chestnut

30 - Bonnie Raitt and Chris Isaak, Etess Arena, A.C.

30-Sept. 1 - Delaware Valley Bluegrass Festival with Ricky Scaggs, Tony Rice, Bluegrass Album Band, Ralph Stanley & Clinch Mt. Boys, The Lewis Family, Salem County Fairgrounds.

31 - Crystal Gayle, Wildwood beach

SEPTEMBER

1 - The Charlie Daniels Band and New Riders of the Purple Sage, Wildwood beach

2 - Johnny Cash Show, Wildwood beach

13-14 - Paula Abdul, Etess Arena, A.C.

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