Rock On Philly’s Your Perfect Weekend: Make Music Philly Edition

This weekend marks one of the best events for local music in Philadelphia, Make Music Philly. For the second year in a row, venues, volunteers, businesses and parks throughout the city will team up and host bands from around the area. Along with this amazing Saturday full of great music, you’ll visit outdoor festivals, favorite local eateries and an extravagant, experimental art show. Be sure to support your hometown bands this weekend.

Friday-

Start your weekend off right with Spring Garden’s own Silk City. Complete with three different sections featuring a dance room, a train car dining room and an outside bar/seating area, Silk City is the perfect place to enjoy the beautiful weather. You might think dinner from a place like this would be iffy, but let me tell you, it is spectacular. (I’ve eaten the best calamari I’ve ever had hear, and my last name should give that opinion some weight)

Continue the evening by making the short walk to Johnny Brenda’s where PitchBlak Brass Band will join West Philadelphia Orchestra for a diverse night of entertainment. Beginning at 9am the two large-scale bands will be performing everything from hip-hop oriented horn ensembles (PitchBlak) to the world/jazz/polka style of West Philadelphia Orchestra. Tickets range from 12-14 dollars.

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Saturday-

Today is the day that many local musicians have been waiting for, a time to shine in their hometown city of Philadelphia. No matter where you live in the city, there will most likely be a stage set up in your area. From Northern Liberties to University City, to South Philly, this event will cover the entirety of Philadelphia. Make sure you make it to as much music as possible, and check out the schedule here to see what works best for you.

After you’ve enjoyed your fair share of local talent, head over to The Oval (the grass patch in front of the Art Museum) for their Summer Solstice Celebration. Activities include a BMW Mini rally at 5, a food truck festival at 6, and the ever-appropriate screening of The Italian Job at 8:30.

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Sunday-

For a relaxing afternoon and some free eats, travel to Bartram’s Garden where some family friendly activities, as well as an awesome outdoor market will be set up. Enjoy free kayak and boat rides along the Schuylkill, or just use the boats as transportation to get free ice cream at Little Baby’s floating ice cream barge that will be anchored in the middle of the river.

Running until 6pm, Force Field Project in Kensington will blend together experimental, multimedia art presentations with performances from various bands in an effort to promote the hard-working artists. Using abandon warehouses throughout the neighborhood, the event will use the spaces to their maximum potential. There will even be food trucks parked outside for your convenience.

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