It’s another week of things to do in Philly!
If you’re a fan of me and you do one thing in Philly this week, it should be this one:
Who: Filmstar, featuring E on vox and me on bass!
Details: The M Room, 15 W Girard Ave, 9pm, $8
Why? After almost four months of rehearsals, my official Philly debut as a bass player has arrived! Witness a set of brisk set of 80s-influenced electric rock, including a ton of new songs I loved even before I was one of the people playing them. Especially recommended if you dig The Cure, The Pretenders, James, or Elastica.
Otherwise, here’s a handful of other awesome stuff in the city that I’ll be endeavoring to attend.
Who: Shearwater w/Damien Jurado
Details: Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 N. Frankford Ave, 9pm, $12
Why? Shearwater is indie rock that’s not a wreck – compelling vocals and crackling guitar arpeggios. I’ve been a casual fan for a while, but I’m sure seeing the show would make me more serious.
What: Philly BarCamp
Details: 211 S Broad, 8am
Why? BarCamp was one of my favorite Philly events last year – an unconference full of smart people with unique ideas. Right now it’s sold out, but you can put your name on a wait list at their website, and it’s worth the wait.
Who: Christie Lenee and friends
Details: Naked Chocolate, 31 S. 18th Street, 12-6pm, w/a canned food donation
Why? Do you want to see a slew of the most talented songwriters in Philadelphia for the cost of a can of food? Christee is one of my two favorite guitarists in the entire city (the other is Greg Sover), and she’s hosting a day that includes many of my favorite songwriters, including Victoria Spaeth, Ally Cat, Dante Bucci, Andrea Nardello, and more. So worth attending.
What: Conquer Philly Showcase
Details: World Cafe Live, 7pm, $10
Why? Conquer is a start-up by a handful of smart folks who are anything but new to the music business, and they want to help Philly artists find a platform for their talents. Conquer’s monthly showcases are part of that, and this one presents Barbara Montgomery & the Women of Jazz, Zair Baily, Jan Alba & Rust, Sandy Hall, Elizabeth Salvatico, and (one of my personal favorite artists) Cris Valkyria and the Opponents.
What: Geekadelphia presents Scott Pilgrim v the World
Details: Trocadero, doors @ 6:30pm, move @ 8pm, $3
Why? Want to see Scott Pilgrim with an appropriately geeky crowd who’ll appreciate all of the video game references? You could do no better than the Geekadelphia crew, presenting their weekly Monday night flick at the Troc.
As always, if you know about a cool upcoming event that you can personally endorse, comment away! I’ll include it in a Things to Do post with your personal stamp of approval on it.