Tickets for live concerts by top-draw musicians cost an arm and a leg these days. All of those hits that you’ve rocked out to on your commute to work, played air guitar with and sang along to in the shower can be enjoyed live by opening your mind to cover bands. Often employing authentic clothing and equipment from their favored genre, highly skilled Philly cover bands create a suspension of belief so solid that fans can almost believe they’re the real deal. So keep your hard-earned coins in your wallet and check out these top Philadelphia cover bands.
The Large Flowerheads
When The Large Flowerheads come on stage sporting bell-bottom jeans, paisley shirts and fringed leather jackets, you know it’s time for a groovy trip back to the flower power years of the 60s. Hailing from the Lehigh Valley, the four member band covers the Swinging Sixties to perfection with a repertoire including classic hits from The Beatles, Box Tops, Bob Dylan, The Rolling Stones, Jefferson Airplane and Janis Joplin, to name a few. The group has opened for Herman’s Hermits, Guess Who, Grass Roots and Paul Revere and the Raiders, so you know you’re getting a top blast from the past.
Voted 2012 Best Cover Band by Weekender Reader Choice Awards, M-80 plays all of the hits, all the time. Specializing in 80s favorites, this energy-driven fivesome rewinds the clock with everything from Blondie and Bananarama to Joan Jett and Journey. If you owned it in your 80s record collection, M-80 covers it. Top 40 hits from the current decade make M-80’s set list, too. Get-up-and-dance numbers from Foster the People, Lady Gaga and Maroon 5 rock the house and please younger crowds with hazier memories of the big hair 80s.
With a name like Misstallica, that can only mean – you guessed it – a hot all-girl band covering everything Metallica. Misstallica really turns up the volume and heats up the joint. The group originally got together in 2008 as Queen Diamond, and it is still rockin’ hard with hits from the first four Metallica albums. Thrash metal and hot chicks make for a great head-banging show.
She Said Sunday
She Said Sunday has been rocking Philly’s cover band circuit for almost eight years, and the award-winning band has a mile-long list of accolades. Wedding Wire gave the group the 2012 Bride’s Choice award and Lehigh Valley Music Awards ranked it the Best Cover Band and Best Entertaining Band. Playing a wide range of hits from the 80s and 90s as well as acoustic, country, dance and classic rock favorites, this five-member union’s tight musicianship, spot-on vocals, great vibe and high energy make She Said Sunday one of the most sought-after cover bands in the Lehigh Valley.
Formerly the lead singers for She Said Sunday, Ricky Bell and Christine Bainbridge recently got together with guitarist Pete Johann, bassist Tim Kerrigan and Ian Frey on drums to form the fun Sunshine Symphony. Harmonic vocals and strong musicianship is what this band is all about. If a song has good recognition, great harmonies and gets fans up and dancing, then Sunshine Harmony will play it. With a melody-driven set list, including songs from such diverse artists as Bruno Mars, Keith Urban and Bon Jovi, you know the band puts on an all-out show.
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Susan DeFeo has been a professional writer since 1997. She served as a community events columnist for New Jersey’s “Cape May County Herald” for more than a decade. A writer for numerous online publications, Susan has covered health, fitness, beauty and travel, all subjects that are near and dear to her as a married mother of seven children. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.