As the number one live music city in America, Philadelphia has some truly outstanding venues for live music. This winter/spring they play host to what seems to be an inordinate number of great touring bluegrass/roots music bands, who will visit our fair—and of late, snow-covered—city. Check out the full list of local, regional, and national acts on our calendar.
Feb. 3: Greensky Bluegrass at Union Transfer
Guitar Player magazine called them “the punkest acoustic bluegrass band in America.” Sounds like a perfect fit for Union Transfer.
Feb. 4: Sierra Hull at Sellersville Theater
Her upcoming album has been getting a ton of press, including from Rolling Stone. The album drops on on January 29, but you can stream it now in its entirety at NPR Music.
Feb. 13: Keller Williams at TLA
Keller Williams has just about done it all in his career. This incarnation of his band—being billed as the “Keller Williams KWahtro” (yes, that means quartet)—debuted earlier this month and includes some big-time jam band players. Almost as big a draw is sure to be Pennsylvania’s own Cabinet.
Mar. 10: Railroad Earth at Union Transfer
New Jersey’s favorite jamgrassers have been at it since the first Clinton Administration. On March 10, they visit Union Transfer. Expect dancing.
March 25: Love Canon at World Cafe Live
1980s covers, bluegrass-style. Need you know more? They rocked an opening slot for the Infamous Stringdusters on a prior trip to Philadelphia. You’ll get more of the same when they play World Cafe Live.
April 8: The Infamous Stringdusters at World Cafe Live
One of the biggest bands on not just the bluegrass scene but also the national jam band scene. They recently put out an all-covers EP, which included this Dylan tune.
April 10: Town Mountain at Tin Angel
Town Mountain, perhaps best known for their killer cover of our beloved The Boss’ I’m On Fire make their first visit to Philadelphia at Tin Angel, one of Philly’s best listening rooms.
April 21: 10 String Symphony at World Cafe Live
This duo seem to be in the process of blowing up. Their new album was featured on NPR’s All Songs Considered and hit #3 on Billboard bluegrass chart in November.