Philly summers are made for having picnics along the Schuylkill River Trail (don’t forget the “wooder ice”), attending night games at Citizens Bank Park, going on weekend trips down the shore and, of course, hitting up as many concerts as possible.
Luckily, summer 2019 is bringing some of the biggest and best music acts to the region. From indie darlings to hip-hop chart-toppers, these are the eight shows we’re clamoring to get tickets for this summer.
The Roots Picnic at The Mann on June 1
It’s not a Philly summer season without hitting up the famous Roots Picnic, and this year is no exception. In addition to headliners and Philly royalty The Roots performing their classic album Things Fall Apart on its 20th anniversary, the show will also feature can’t-miss acts like H.E.R., 21 Savage, and Ari Lennox.
George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic at Franklin Music Hall on June 6
Funk and soul legend George Clinton, along with his band Parliament Funkadelic are performing for the last time ever in Philadelphia, so honestly, you cannot miss this one. If seeing music history unfold wasn’t enough, Galactic, Dumpstaphunk, Fishbone, Miss Velvet and the Blue Wolf will all be there, too.
The Lonely Island at The Met on June 19
If you spent your college days singing every word to “I’m on a Boat” and “Lazy Sunday,” then get ready to relive your glory days. Akiva Schaffer, Andy Samberg, and Jorma Taccone are bringing their trademark wit and killer rhymes to Philly, along with some TBA special guests.
Robyn at The Mann on July 17
Back in March, pop princess Robyn headlined Madison Square Garden and inspired concert-goers to take the fun back to the subway and have a sing-a-long/dance party. Now it’s Philly’s turn to get down to “Dancing On My Own” at the Mann and then, presumably, on SEPTA after the show.
Will Butler at Boot & Saddle on July 19
It’s pretty damn rare to get to be able to see any of the members of Arcade Fire in a small venue these days, so you definitely don’t miss your chance to catch Win Butler’s baby bro at the Broad Street venue.
Made in America Festival at the Ben Franklin Parkway on August 31 & September 1
Like The Roots Picnic, the Made in America Festival is a big part of the Philly summer concert landscape. This year’s headliners—Travis Scott and Cardi B—are bound to draw massive crowds (as per usual), but don’t discount side acts like James Blake, Kodak Black, and Jorja Smith either.
Vampire Weekend at The Mann on September 4
After a six-year hiatus from their last album, indie-rock faves Vampire Weekend have made it worth the wait with their latest, the chart-topping and critical hit Father of the Bride. Ezra Koenig and pals will be bringing their perfect summer sounds to help close out the season, so slap on your finest pair of boat shoes and get ready to party.
Kacey Musgraves at The Met on September 11
The Grammy-winning superstar is bringing her combination of happy and sad at the same time country pop to Philly. A suggestion for fans checking out the “High Horse” and “Rainbow” crooner: be ready for when she wants you to say “yee” after “haw.”