Philly has great venues, from small to large, and no shortage of bands and artists playing them. If you’re looking for a concert to take a date, here are a few shows in the city this spring and summer.
Country Music Night at Bob and Barbara’s
Bob and Barbara’s
1509 South St.
Philadelphia, PA 19146
Date: Second and fourth Wednesday of every month at 9:30 p.m.
Country Music Night is held every second and fourth Wednesday of the month at Bob and Barbara’s on South Street. It’s hosted by local band the Wallace Brothers Band, which plays alongside some of the best country/bluegrass/folk bands the area has to offer. This well-attended concert will make for a great stop during a date for some dancing, cheap drinks and fun music. Even better, the event is free and if you wear a cowboy hat, you may get a free drink. Bob and Barbara’s is famous for its Citywide Special – a PBR and a whiskey shot for only $3.
Jack Johnson with Special Guest Amos Lee
The Mann Center
5201 Parkside Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19131
Date: June 6, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.
Jack Johnson and Philadelphia’s own Amos Lee will be playing together at the Mann Center this June. Johnson’s and Lee’s songs and style of playing make for a mellow night of music and a great date. Johnson is touring behind his sixth studio album, “From Here to Now to You,” while Lee released his fifth album, “Mountains of Sorrow, Rivers of Song,” last October. The Mann Center’s environment offers the perfect setting for outdoor concerts and its location in Fairmount Park makes for picturesque views.
Susquehanna Bank Center
1 Harbour Blvd.
Camden, NJ 08103
Date: July 23, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.
Lionel Richie is coming this July to the Susquehanna Bank Center in Camden. This Philadelphia stop is part of Richie’s “All The Hits All Night Long” tour, his first tour in North American in more than a decade. The multi-Platinum selling artist and Grammy-winning singer/song-writer is famous for writing many love songs like “My Love,” “Hello” and the Commodores’ “Easy.” As the tour name might suggest, Richie will perform all of his hits ranging from his days in the Commodores to today. CeeLo Green will be his opening act.
Related: Top Date Night Bars In Philadelphia
Pat Martino & His Trio
Chris’ Jazz Cafe
1421 Sansom St.
Philadelphia, PA 19110
Date: May 17, 2014 at 8 p.m.
Pat Martino is one of the best jazz guitarists, composers and teachers in the world still alive today. Born and raised in South Philadelphia and still residing there today, Martino plays periodically at Chris’ Jazz Café. He’ll be there this month, and his show will make a great date night for jazz enthusiasts. Pat Martino & His Trio features a vintage Hammond B3 organ, which brings us back to the classic jazz sound he became known for in the 1960s. Make a reservation for dinner at Chris’ Jazz Café before enjoying the show at 8 p.m.
Related: Top Whiskey Bars In Philadelphia
World Cafe Live Philadelphia
3025 Walnut St.
Philadelphia, PA, 19104
Date: June 8, 2014 at 8 p.m.
The talented Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Patty Griffin will perform downstairs at the World Café Live in June. She’s touring behind two albums both released last year to critical acclaim. “American Kids” was released last spring while “Silver Bells,” an album previously recorded in 2000, was released last October. Both feature Griffin’s knack for writing strong Americana and folk songs, and if you enjoy that genre, you definitely won’t want to miss her show in Philly. World Café Live also has a full menu, so make a reservation for you and your date to dine before the show.
Kelly Neilson is a freelance writer living and working in Philadelphia. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.