Ask A Philadelphia Expert: Top Ways To Discover New Music

February 25, 2016 6:00 AM

If you are looking for new music to enjoy there are many places in the city to discover new artists, or even get acquainted with with some new ones. Philadelphia is a top market for music so there are plenty of ways to discover new sounds and new artists. You may be looking to discover established artists on tour your friends love, or perhaps you are looking to hear fresh artists trying to get their “big break”. There are many places to find new music as Philly Blogger and music expert Chris Malo writes “On any given night of the week there is no shortage of awesome music rocking stages in our fair city.” Here are 5 tips on where to discover new music in Philly.

The New Fillmore In Fishtown
29 E. Allen St.
Philadelphia, PA 19123
(215) 309-0150
www.thefillmorephilly.com

If you are someone who is recently taking a liking to music perhaps you want to find different types of music. Maybe you want to find the type of music you must identify with, or a wider variety then what you have been listening. Live Nation converted this 125 year old building and offers 3 different and distinct venues within it for separate concerts offering a different vibe. The Fillmore has a bar with the option for food, and its own rear parking lot.

Chris Jazz Café
1421 Sansom St
Philadelphia, PA 19102
(215) 568-3131
www.chrisjazzcafe.com

If it’s Jazz music you want to discover and you don’t wish to wait for the summer, you can find some it regularly at the Chris Jazz Café. According to Downbeat Magazine this place in Philly is thought to be one of the best places in the world to listen to jazz. Not only have some of the biggest names in jazz played here, the food is also highly rated. Be sure to try the Truffle Mac-N-Cheese and Crab Mac-N-Cheese. Numerous patrons have described their evening at the Chris Jazz Café as one of the best times of their lives.

Johnny Brenda’s
1201 N. Frankford Ave.
Philadelphia, PA. 19125
(215) 739-9684
www.johnnybrendas.com

Johnny Brenda’s is one to the top Rock Bars in the city and is known amongst locals as “the rock bar”. Thanks to a well-designed lay out you can still enjoy conversations with your friends as opposed to having to scream over each other. Johnny Brenda’s also serves local craft beer and good food (people rave about the burgers). The upstairs music venue seats about 250 and there is a band here on weekly basis.

Related: Top Rock Bars In Philadelphia

The Great Plaza At Penn’s Landing
101 Columbus Blvd.
Philadelphia, PA. 19106
(215) 629-3200
www.delawareriverwaterfront.com

During the entire summer the Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing has numerous opportunities to discover new music between the PECO multicultural music festival and free outdoor concerts on Friday and some Saturday nights. You will discover a wide variety of music genres that include reggae, calypso Jazz, Gospel, R&B, and during the Festival of India (part of the PECO festival) you will find authentic Indian music which is hosted by the Council of Indian Organizations (CIO). The festival celebrates the many different cultures with music, food, and art. These events are family friendly and full of educational activities.

Rittenhouse Row Spring Festival
18th St. and Walnut St.
Philadelphia, PA 19103

The Rittenhouse Row Spring Festival held along Walnut between Broad and Nineteenth presents many new and up and coming, local artists. This annual festival is very popular and has had over 50,000 guests in attendance. The festival occurs in the late spring typical towards the end of May on a weekend from 12-5, rain or shine. Besides live music, you will find art, fashion and plenty of food. Sample sized portions are sold by local restaurants typical to what you would expect at a food & wine festival. This is a family friendly event with plenty of activities for children.

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Christina Dagnelli is a freelance writer in Philadelphia and the author of Little Squares with Colors: A Different way to look at autism. Her work on examiner can be found here Examiner.com.

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