What to do this weekend

Posted: May 19, 2012


Free at Noon, Blows Up

Rufus Wainwright unfurls some of the poppiest wares from his new “Out of the Game” album as lead attraction of a free outdoor concert on Saturday capping the “Non-Comm” (non commercial radio) Convention. Dex Romweber Duo hits first at noon Saturday, then Wainwright at 12:25 p.m., followed by Sons of Fathers at 1:15, Elle King at 1:55 and Nick Waterhouse at 2:30 p.m.

Penn Park, 31st and Lower Walnut St. free with RSVP at www.xpn.org.

Stone Slavic Picnic

NYC’s Slavic Soul Party gets into an Eastern Euro throwdown with our own, 15 member strong West Philadelphia Orchestra and the Hassidic punk rock of Electric Simcha. Bring your own melting pot and dancing shoes.

The Blockley, 38th and Chestnut Sts., 9 p.m. Saturday, $10 ($3 surcharge for under 21), 215-222-1234 www.theblockley.com.

Apple Doesn’t Fall Far

You can take the boy out of the country, but can’t take away all his Americana flavor, as Justin Townes Earle ably demonstrates. One of our favorite “second gen” talents (dad is Steve Earle), the almost as hard livin’ Justin is showcasing his fourth album of soul-wrenching country rock “Nothing’s Gonna Change The Way You Feel About Me Now.” Indie folk thrush Tristen opens.

TLA, 334 South St., 8 p.m. Saturday, $16/$19, $12 (individually in four pack), 800-745-3000, www.livenation.com.

Camden Country

Down-home twang and Southern California soft rock coexist in the frisky tunes and tightly woven three part harmonies of Lady Antebellum, whose crossover success really kicked in with “Need You Now.” Here they’re working with support from Darius Rucker (yeah, the country-converted former lead singer of Hootie & the Blowfish) and self referencing Keifer and Shawna Thompson, known as Thompson Square.

Susquehanna Bank Center, 1 Harbour Blvd., Camden 7 p.m. Saturday, $59.75, $39.75, $25, $18.75 (individually in four pack), 800-745-3000, www.livenation.com.

Old ‘n New

Saxophonist Tom Tallisch strides the line between mainstream and ultra-modern jazz with ease and conviction on his new CD “Heads or Tales.” The album release party should also feature organist Jared Gold, guitarist Dave Allen and drummer Mark Ferber. Most material is original, though Tom also tosses in a thoughtful cover of Neil Young’s “Don’t Let It Bring You Down.”

Chris’ Jazz Cafe, 1421 Sansom St., 8 &10 p.m. Saturday, $20, 215-568-3131, www.chrisjazzcafe.com.

UK Punks

Don’t let their name and “A Clockwork Orange” getups scare ya. The Adicts’ brand of Brit punk, practiced since the mid-1970s, is mostly benign and loads of fun. Ditto the horns scorched, theatrical, let’s-get-it-together themed World/Inferno Friendship Society, sharing the night.

Union Transfer, 1024 Spring Garden St., 8:30 p.m. Saturday, $17/$20 215-232-2100, www.utphilly.com.

Weather Report

One of the most vivid of scene setting Texas cowpokes (and former Texas Tornado) Butch Hancock crosses many a border to bring it here. Much obliged, son. Our equally earthy John Train is all-aboard, too.

Tin Angel, 20 S. 2nd St., 7:30 p.m. Sunday, $15, 215-928-0978, www.tinangel.com.

Spot The Ringer

Most acts on the MMR*B*Q — Godsmack, Shinedown, Slash, Halestorm, Adelitis Way and Pop Evil — feel the ponderous weight of the world on their heavy metal shoulders. Not so Steel Panther, the Tenacious D (or Spinal Tap) in their midst. While the riffage and blow-dried hair is all in place, these L.A. studs plant tongue firmly in cheek (and other places) with satirically obsessed ditties like “Supersonic Sex Machines” and “Just Like Tiger Woods,” wherein they wail of “filling all the divots in the neighborhood.”

Susquehanna Bank Center, 1 Harbour Blvd., Camden, noon Sunday, $75, $49.50, 800-745-3000, www.livenation.com.

New Orleans Redux

Bluesy keyboard master and singer Jon Cleary has thrown heart, soul and everything he knows about his adopted town of New Orleans into the new album “Occapella.” It’s a tribute to the town’s greatest keyboard players and tunes. Live, he’ll workthrough the repertoire with his Philthy Phew.

Sellersville Theater, Main and Temple Sts., Sellersville, 7:30 p.m. Sunday, $25, 215-257-5808, www.st94.com.

From Taiwan With Love

And now for something completely different . . . . Chairman, The Hsu-nami and Red Flower rock out with a Taiwan touch.

North Star Bar, 27th and Poplar Sts., 8 p.m. Sunday, $10, 215-787-0488, www.northstarbar.com.

Oldies but goodies

When WOGL-FM (98.1) signed on as a golden-oldies outlet 25 years ago, Hall & Oates were still a “contemporary hits” powerhouse and not on the station’s playlist. Today, the Philly-bred duo is an ‘OGL mainstay—so much so they are headlining Saturday’s silver anniversary celebration the station is throwing for itself at the Tower Theater. As such, you can be sure you’ll hear all of H&O’s signatures, including “She’s Gone,” “Rich Girl,” “Private Eyes” and “Kiss On My List.”

Tower Theater, 69th and Ludlow streets, Upper Darby, 7 p.m., $99.98, $65.98, $55.98 and $38.98, www.livenation.com.

Jazz-rock giant

For decades, guitarist Larry Coryell has been at the forefront of the fusion movement that combines the envelope-pushing of modern jazz with the instrumentation—and high-voltage bombast—of rock. Saturday, he’ll bring his fret-board magic to Chestnut Hill for an intimate gig at the Stagecrafters Theater. Accompanying Coryell will be bassist Victor Bailey; opening the show is Philly-based guitar whiz, Jim Dragoni.

Stagecrafters Theater, 8130 Germantown Ave., 8 p.m., $55, $37.50 and $22.50, 866-450-0826, www.emusictime.com.

On the Street

The NON-race is on

The Kensington Kinetic Sculpture Derby is one of Philly’s most unique events. Philadelphians of all stripes spend months designing and constructing human-powered vehicles. Teams then send these machines hurtling down Trenton Avenue. But it’s not a race. Instead, honors awarded in categories such as Best Art, Best Costume, Best Engineering, People’s Choice, Best Breakdown and a special secret judge’s award (one judge is our own Stu Bykofsky). In previous years, we’ve seen everything from Mad Max-style tank to a large cocoon with a CD shell (pictured) to a team with a gnarled (yet cute) old dog fast asleep in a bike basket as a mascot.

While you’re out in Kensington, don’t miss the Trenton Avenue Arts Festival. Bands, food trucks and vendors hocking goods like clothes and jewelry will invade Trenton Ave. for the day and is a perfect complement to the Sculpture Derby.

Kensington Kinetic Sculpture Derby, Trenton Ave at Dauphin Sts., 12:30-2:30 p.m., Saturday, free, kinetickensington.com

Trenton Avenue Arts Festival, Trenton Ave. between E. Norris and Arizona avenues, noon-6 p.m., Saturday, free, trentonaveartsfest.blogspot.com


“Peronis! We gotcha ice cold Peronis here!” Any fan of the Italian Market Festival is used to that phrase from someone selling the Italian beer. It’s one of the many benefits of the fest that runs along 9th Street, featuring food, crafts, tunes and other goodies straight from the Italian Market. Almost better than the goodies is the people-watching. On Sunday, get to 9th Street early for the St. Paul’s Parish Procession of the Saints at 11 a.m., On Saturday, pull double duty at the Cianfrani Park Spring Festival featuring music from Kenn Kweeder, a raffle and food trucks.

South 9th Street Italian Market Festival, 9th Street, between Fitzwater and Federal streets, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, free, italianmarketfestival.com

Cianfrani Park Spring Festival, 8th and Fitzwater sts., 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Saturday, free, cianfranipark.com


Music at the Mann

Irish clogging and African dance and classical music don’t often fill the same festivals stages. Enter the Family Arts Festival. For six hours, 800 performers working in a variety of genres will fill five stages around the Mann Center. Performance times range from three to 60 minutes for those with varying abilities to sit still. In addition, there will be crafts on sale at the marketplace, a healthy living pavilion and 15 area community groups educating about their causes.

The Mann Center for the Performing Arts, 5201 Parkside Ave., 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Saturday, Free, 215-878-0400, manncenter.org

— Compiled by Jonathan Takiff, Chuck Darrow and Molly Eichel.

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