Rock On Philly’s Your Perfect Weekend

Although this weekend is a solemn anniversary for those fans of the 60’s counterculture and its musical liaisons The Grateful Dead, it’s stacking up to be another great weekend for local music. As July comes to an end, various bands are wrapping up their summer tours signally that it’s almost time for fall. Fortunately, festivals and other open-air activities will still litter Philadelphia’s streets, at least for a couple of more weeks so get out and enjoy.


Today marks what would have been Grateful Dead front man Jerry Garcia’s 72nd birthday, and Philadelphia is in full support of commemorating this rock legend. Starting at 7pm, North Bowl in Northern Liberties will be hosting Jerry’s Birthday Bash, complete with drink specials, Dead shows being shown on a projector and a Shakedown Street with various vendors.

After you’ve had your chance to hang out and grab some beverages, head over to World Live Café where they will celebrate with Pure Jerry and Box of Rain, two awesome Grateful Dead cover bands. Both groups will bring the best of The Dead to World Live tonight, but be sure to make it in time for Box of Rain, who concentrates on the most impressive era of Dead, 68’-74’. Tickets are 15 dollars.


If you’re searching for something a little off the beaten path that’s accompanied with some delicious food, you’ll find it at the 4th annual Southeastern Asian Dragon Boat Race. Sound interesting? Teams of rowers in large wooden boats will battle against each other for a chance at the title. In addition, live music, food and other performances celebrating the culture of Southeastern Asia will cover the banks of the Delaware River.

In the evening, eclectic Philly rockers Molly Rhythm will be joined by Ang and the Damn Band at North Star Bar. Beginning at 9pm, these two local groups in particular will be laying down some unique and heart-pounding entertainment. With ticket prices ranging from 7-10 dollars, you have nothing to lose.


From noon all the way until 10pm, the 2nd Street Festival will be taking over 2nd street from Germantown Avenue all the way to Spring Garden, and will even overflow into the Piazza at Schmidt’s. With this amount of space, the festival will host musicians hand selected by the organizers of the Philly Folk Festival, pop up beer gardens and a huge selection of food trucks. This is a must-visit event that is sure to be an awesome time.

Tonight, rock n’ roll three-piece The Wans will be headlining at the Trocadero. Opening for well-known acts like Pearl Jam, Beck and The Black Lips, you can bet these guys know how to play a show. Their crunchy guitars and honest vocals mix together perfectly producing a blues-esque, stoner-rock sound.

Photo Credit: Green Up Music


  1. Victoria watts

    August 1, 2014 at 2:27 pm

    Just a few reasons why Philly is a great city 🙂

    • Devon O' Connor

      August 1, 2014 at 5:02 pm

      So true! Stinks I’m out of town this weekend, but Philly rocks!

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