Since Rittenhouse Square is more or less the United States Answer to parks like Monmarte it usually has plenty going on inside it throughout the day. But one of it’s biggest events over the years has by far been the Concerts In The Park series sponsored by Philadelphia Weekly. No only has it been a way to mash up different genres of local music, it has also been a stepping stone for bands like Man Man and Dr. Dog before they move onto thats next big phase of their career.
And it’s 19th year is going to be no exception. Psychedelic pop rockers The Peace Creeps won the chance to be the first band to headline during this years first show on August 12th. And they’ll be joined by hairband glam rockers Welcome To My Face wqho first broke onto the Philly scene in 1982, and have recently revitalized themselves.
The Peace Creeps
Welcome To My Face
Ever since he signed onto Matador for his upcoming album Childish Prodigy, Kurt Vile has been gaining a lot of press (even on here – CultureMob on Kurt Vile). And when the second show of the series hits Rittenhouse Square on August 19th, he’s going to headline with his backing band The Violators, so you can expect a HUGE turnout. Concerts in the Park is bringing back even more oldheads this time around since Mondo Topless, have been bringing Stooges inspired rock to Philadelphia since 1992, will be opening.
The final show of the series is going to be filled with a good dose of alternative music, since radio darlings Panic Years play on the 26th. they have been featured heavily on Radio 104.5 and Y Rock on XPN of late,and have been picking up a lot of press, so this might just establish them further as a band to watch. They’ll also be joined by rappers Writtenhouse who have been playing shows with the likes of Methodman, Redman, and Black Sheep.
So overall this year’s lineup succeeds in the direction that the previous years have, and should make for a worthwhile time.