Philadelphia weekend events, Aug. 31-Sept. 2

Jill Scott : Hosting Jill's Joint.
Jill Scott : Hosting Jill's Joint.
Posted: August 31, 2012


Feed the beast

Work Drugs could really mess you up with their groovin' loose and dreamy vibes. Think a whiny boy vocalist cooing sophisti-pop tunes with cool, breezing arrangements played to good effect on peeling guitar, breezin' keyboards and tastefully thumpin' disco beats. Give a special shout out for "Patty (Smile)," the band's timely, bittersweet ode to "another summer gone." City Rain and Cold Fronts are also forecast.

Johnny Brenda's, 1201 N. Frankford Ave., 9:15 p.m. Friday, $10, 215-739-9684,

Spin city

DJ Young Guru, the concert-touring spinner for Jay-Z, arrives in town a night early to showcase his own stuff.

Walnut Room, 1709 N. Second St. 10 p.m. Friday, $10 before midnight with RSVP, $20 after. 215-751-0201,

That really big blast

There's been plenty of buzz and some controversy brewing over the first paid-admission and gated music festival to land on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Now it's up to the team behind Budweiser Made in America to prove the fuss was all worth it. Festival "curator" Jay-Z closes the first night with friends and family (reportedly including wife Beyoncé). Also on tap for Saturday's opener - Skrillex, Miike Snow, Calvin Harris, Maybach Music Group (Rick Ross, Wale & Meek Mill), Passion Pit, Gary Clark Jr., D'Angelo, Dirty Projectors, Janelle Monae, Prince Royce, Michael Woods, Otto Knows and Savoy. Come Sunday, the top-billed and closing Pearl Jam will be joined by Drake, Chris Cornell, Jill Scott, Run DMC, Afrojack, Odd Future, Aleso, X, Santigold, DJ Shadow, The Hives, Betatraxx, Rita Ora, Burns and The Knocks.

Benjamin Franklin Parkway, entrance at 22nd Street, noon to 11 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, $75 per day, $135 for a two-day pass, 800-745-3000, Live streaming performances will also be available for free viewing at and listening on Pandora at

A case of Joni

It's hard to find a sensitive new-age boomer guy who hasn't wooed a woman or a female singer/songwriter of any age who's not been inspired by the Joni Mitchell masterpiece "Blue." This year, that starkly simple yet incredibly affecting album collection turns 40, reason for a New York music collective called Chicks with Dip to celebrate with a new tribute album rendering and tour. Carolann Solebello's version of the title track and Karyn Oliver's "A Case of You" really got this bruised romantic's heart thumpin', but it's all good. The troupe - also including Meg Braun, Anna Dagmar, Honor Finnegan, Sharon Goldman, Victoria Lavington, Catherine Miles, Elisa Peimer, Cheryl Prashker, Allison Scola and Allison Tartalia - offers some originals "inspired" by "Blue," too. Aren't they all?

Upstairs at World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St., 8 p.m. Saturday, $20, 215-222-1400,

House party at Jill's

After her Budweiser Made in America festival appearance on Sunday, Jill Scott moves a few blocks east to host her own "Jill's Joint" after-party/show. Details are sketchy (maybe for festival contractual reasons), but you can be sure who's gonna be the star performing attraction. And the beneficiary is Scott's Blues Babe Scholarship Fund, which gives inner-city kids a big step up.

Union Transfer, 1024 Spring Garden St., 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. Sunday, $25, 215-232-2100,

Bring on your wrecking ball

Want to put another Springsteen concert experience on your "favorite concerts ever" list? The Boss with the hottest sauce and his well oiled, drum-tight and now-multi-horned-and-backup-singers-endowed E Street Band are back in town for two really big holiday weekend shows. Surprise, surprise, some seats are still available for both.

Citizens Bank Park, 1 Citizens Bank Way, 7:30 p.m. Sunday and Monday, $68-$98, 800-298-4200,


C.K. OK in AC

The hot-as-blazes creator-star of the FX series "Louie" has been declared a comedy genius by any number of critics and other tastemakers, and he now has the commercial clout to play sizable venues like the Arena at Trump Taj Mahal, where he headlines two shows Saturday.

Taj Mahal, Boardwalk at Virginia Avenue, 7 and 10:30 p.m. (early show sold out), $55 and $45, 800-736-1430,

- Compiled by Jonathan Takiff and Chuck Darrow

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