Philadelphia weekend calendar June 15-June 17

Kinky Friedman
Kinky Friedman
Posted: June 15, 2012


Shining Stars

Yeah, you know who you are — Earth, Wind & Fire. And this time round, they're pondering the way of the world with gratitude and the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia.

Academy of Music, Broad and Locust streets., 8 p.m. Friday, $36, $66, $96, $136, 215-893-1999,

Funk Master

Wild man of rubber-band funk Bootsy Collins puts on his wacky shades and Day-Glo clothes for a night of music sure to whack you upside the head. Ouch, that's good.

Keswick Theatre, Easton Road and Keswick Avenue, Glenside, 8 p.m. Friday, $33.50, $39.50, $49.50, 215-572-7650,

Prog All Night

Prog-rock devotees can say thanks a gazillion that Marillion is still carrying the torch. Sun Domingo shines first.

TLA, 334 South St., 8 p.m. Friday, $55, 215-572-7650,

Kinky Stuff

Not sure what amuses us more — Kinky Friedman's comically twisted take on Texas-style country, that itchy rash of detective novels he's penned with himself as hero, or his unmitigated chutzpah to run for governor (unsuccessfully) and become a political pundit. We're sure to see some of all that, as the character is calling his current solo road show the Bi-Polar Tour. One critic characterized it as "Mark Twain meets Groucho Marx at the corner of Johnny Cash and Lenny Bruce." Brian Molnar also performs.

Upstairs at World Café Live, 3025 Walnut St., 8:30 p.m. Friday, $30, 215-222-1400,

Ah Sweet Sorrow

Fans of high-striving piano pop chanteuses (think Kate Bush, Tori Amos and Regina Spektor) should fall in line and in love at Theresa Andersson's small club appearance. Her voice and aura are impeccable.

Tin Angel, 20 S. 2nd St., 7:30 p.m. Friday, $12, 215-928-0770,

Richmond Twang

A former punk rocker, now an advocate of a spare, "less is more" country-folk sound, Tim Barry returns to town with a couple of his Richmond, Va., cohorts — Josh Small and Julie Karr — sharing licks.

Johnny Brenda's, 1201 N. Frankford Ave., 9 p.m. Friday, $12, 215-739-9784,

Phish Food

Where will all the jam-band hippies meet and hang this weekend? Downashore for the three-night stand of Phish. Sneaky devils, they never repeat a note in such multi-night gigs — reason to go for the bargain, multinight ticket.

Bader Field, 600 Albany Ave., Atlantic City, 7 p.m. Friday-Sunday, $60 each night, $150 all three days in advance, $70/$170 day of show, 1-800-594-8499.

Surf's Up

One can only imagine what it took to get Brian Wilson to commit to another album and tour with other surviving Beach Boys. Oh, yeah, their 50th anniversary. The new long-player "That's Why God Made the Radio" is better than anyone dared hope for. And live, they're sounding fine too, though with shadowy backup players pumping up the age-softened harmonies of those other veterans Mike Love, Al Jardine and Bruce Johnston.

Susquehanna Bank Center, 1 Harbour Blvd., Camden, 8 p.m. Saturday, $150, $75, $45, $25, 1-800-745-3000,

Still first Raitt

She rarely writes her songs, but Bonnie Raitt still puts that distinctive worldly-wise and bluesy-pop vocal sound and slide- guitar action on anything she embraces, including the tunes on her new (yet instantly familiar) album "Slipstream." And Ms. Bonnie's again bringing a worthy veteran of the R&B scene as her special guest — Mavis Staples.

Academy of Music, Broad and Locust streets, 8 p.m. Saturday, limited seating available at $45.50, $65.50, $75.50, 215-893-1999,

A Musical Marriage

Lisa Hannigan made a highly favorable first impression as a one-woman Greek chorus behind the sung ruminations of Damien Rice. More recently, she's put out a pair of albums and toured solo as a thorny British folk chanteuse — filling a vacuum. Now she's back in collaborative mode, touring this time with the oft-"rustic Americana"-pegged veteran Joe Henry. Expect powerful chemical reactions.

TLA, 334 South St., 8 p.m. Saturday, $18-$21 in advance, $22-$25 day of show, 1-800-745-3000,

Imagine That

Forget that dalliance with synth pop. The blokes of Keane are back in their comfort zone, serving up more of that organic, earnest piano pop on the new "Strangeland" set. And the live sound should be great at this built-for-Broadway musical venue. Mystery Jets fire first.

Merriam Theater, 250 S. Broad St., 8 p.m. Saturday, $35, $439.50, $45, 215-893-1999,

Dropping The H Bomb

Can't remember Local H being much of a "heartland rock" band. But singer Scott Lucas' current calling leading the Married Men sure has that going on, with a romping, stomping, fiddle- and guitar-scorched sound that could win over Springsteen and Mellencamp fans. Opening the night: The Dig and Strange Season.

North Star Bar, 27th and Poplar streets, 9 p.m. Saturday, $10, 215-787-0488,

Heavenly Spins

No matter what they take on to cover, the lovely female voices of Scala make it sound like a prayer — sometimes ominous, always captivating. Led by musical directors/keyboardists Steven and Stijn Kolacny, the 18-member Belgian pop choir first won notice for their haunting rendering of Radiohead's "Creep." The just-out "It All Leads to This" digital album keeps the concept rolling with scary good renderings of "Black Horse & The Cherry Tree," "Yellow," "You Oughta Know" and an ironically pristine "Teenage Dirtbag." We feel honored to be one of just four stops on their U.S. mini-tour.

Keswick Theatre, Easton Road and Keswick Avenue, Glenside, 8 p.m. Sunday, $25, $29.50, $35, 215-572-7650,

Potter's Fields

Definitely an old-school talent in a young woman's body, Grace Potter came on first as a bluesy- belting hippy chick in the Janis Joplin mold. Now she's showing other classic vinyl colors on her spanking-new album with The Nocturnals' "The Lion The Beast The Beat" — from the U2-ish anthem "One Heart Missing" to the Led Zeppelin closer "The Divide." Our favorite time machine twist comes on track 7, wherein Potter coyly comes on "I will be your record, you will be my turntable."

World Café Live at the Queen, 500 N. Market St., Wilmington, 8 p.m. Sunday, $31, 302-994-1400,

DJ plugs in at Revel

These days, the new rock stars are the internationally acclaimed DJs who can command top dollar just by providing a soundtrack for a nightclub's dancing patrons. Among the hottest DJs of all is electronica avatar DJ Avicii, who on Saturday becomes the first of his ilk to headline Revel's Ovation Hall. The career of the 22-year-old Swede, whose late-2011 single, "Levels," took the disco universe by storm, recently got a turbocharged boost when Madonna surprised the crowd at Miami's Ultra Music Fest by joining Avicii onstage while he played "Girl Gone Wild" from her new "MDNA" album.

Revel, 500 Boardwalk, 9 p.m., $150 and $75,

— Compiled by Jonathan Takiff and Chuck Darrow

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