Philly is going to be sounding good this summer, thanks to some big names coming through. Here’s a list of concerts you don’t want to miss, from jam bands to pop princesses to the ‘Glee’ cast.
Death Cab for Cutie
June 4: The Trocadero, $34
August 5: The Mann Center, $40
Two visits from Ben Gibbard this summer? Yeah, Philly can probably handle that.
June 8: Wells Fargo Center
Control yourself, loyal Gleeks: The stars of the hit show will be onstage performing songs from Seasons 1 and 2 including “Empire State of Mind,” “Toxic,” “My Life Would Suck Without You” and “Don’t Stop Believin.’”
June 10: Susquehanna Bank Center,
For a certain strangely loveable, parking-lot-partying crew, it’s not summer without a packed, hazy ferry ride across the river to catch Phish. To which we say, party on kids.
June 10: The Mann Center
Conor Oberst brings his surprisingly — very, very surprisingly — dynamic live show to the Mann’s breezy open-air venue.
Florence and the Machine
June 20: Festival Pier at Penn’s Landing,
Remember when you caught Florence Welch and her haunting voice at the TLA? Well, those days are over. She’s playing the decidedly larger Festival Pier this summer.
June 25: Tower Theatre
The Pearl Jammer is coming through solo with Glen Hansard.
July 3: The Mann Center
Kelly didn’t bring just any “special guests”: Keyshia Cole and Marsha Ambrosius round out the lineup.
July 7: The Mann Center
Lest Fairmount Park get sleepy come July, Kid Cudi is shaking up the Mann.
Vans Warped Tour
July 21: Susquehanna Bank
Whether you’re dropping a minivan full of kids off or attending yourself, here are some of the highlights/band names you’ll see in your kiddo’s laundry basket: 3OH!3, Gym Class Heroes, Unwritten Law, Yelawolf, Lucero, and — because some things really do never change — Less Than Jake.
July 23: Wells Fargo Center,
Rihanna’s “Loud Tour” also features Cee Lo Green and J. Cole.
July 24: Susquehanna Bank Center,
She’s been looking so good on the red carpet lately that it’s easy to forget what got Ms. Hudson famous in the first place: Her impressive pipes.
July 28: The Trocadero
The iconic rockabilly artist and recent Jack White collaborator shares this bill with Imelda May.
The Wells Fargo Center
Brit is back on the road this summer in a fierce way. Nicki Minaj is along for the ride.
Reel Big Fish
August 1: The Electric Factory
If there is still a place for ska, it is most definitely at the Electric Factory in August.
August 3: Tower Theatre
Coming through in support of their upcoming self-titled album, Bon Iver makes for a sweet summer night in Upper Darby.
Train and Maroon 5
August 5: Susquehanna Bank Center
It’s alarming how many songs you’ll probably know from this lineup. Last call: If you want a pass to sing “Hey, Soul Sister” one more time, this is it.
Kings of Leon
August 12: Susquehanna Bank Center
Now that they’re finally big names in their home country, it’s only big stages for Kings of Leon this summer.
August 13: Susquehanna Bank Center,
Because, c’mon, it’s August! And on the way to the shore!
American Idol Live!
August 17: Wells Fargo Center,
That’s their exclamation point, not ours, but we’ve gotta admit they’ve gather quite the list of alums: Casey Abrams, Haley Reinhart, Jacob Lusk, James Durbin, Lauren Alaina, Naima Adedapo, Paul McDonald, Pia Toscano, Scotty McCreery, Stefano Langone and Thia Megia will perform.