If you thought last weekend was jam-packed with shows, you weren't wrong. However, this weekend is even MORE jam-packed with shows! It's time for everyone to leave the house after their winter hibernation and head out to play or watch some great music. Which ones will you choose? Unfortunately they are spread out a bit far apart to realistically make all of them. Until jetpacks and time travel and cloning is available to us, your best bet is most likely just picking one solid show for each night or checking out some early sets at one place and heading along to another spot later in the night. Call me old-fashioned, but those personal assistants who wear an iPad with your face on it while Facetiming everything that's going on so you can theoretically be in two places at the same time are a little creepy for my tastes.
There are a bunch of exciting record release shows this weekend. Friday night 3/30 is the VINYL release for Ben Arnold's Sunday Morning Meltdown at the Vault at Victor Records, a very cool spot over the bridge in Berlin, NJ where you can see pieces of history and memorabilia from the old Victor Records recording studios - what was salvaged from their time with RCA. Psychedelic/garage rocker Brother JT is celebrating the release of his album, Tornado Juice, up at the Funhouse in Bethlehem (as we all know, the REAL town that Billy Joel's "Allentown" was based upon but didn't rhyme/flow as well for his songwriting purposes) and playing double duty playing with his other band RunHideFight that night. The other record release that I know about/recommend this weekend is Saturday night at Underground Arts for the Queen of Jeans record release party with Katie Ellen and Harmony Woods.
As always, I only link the Philly area artists (city, suburbs, Jersey, Delaware, with moderate liberties). No offense to the other folks on these shows from other towns... Also I probably won't include Sold-Out shows, since you can't go if you don't already have your tix.
SUNDAY, APRIL 1st
MONDAY, APRIL 2nd
Grape Room Open Mic Night 7pm
TUESDAY, APRIL 3rd
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 4th
Connie's Ric Rac Open Mic 8pm
Burlap & Bean Open Mic 7pm (6:30 signup)
THURSDAY, APRIL 5th
The Music of Alice Coltrane at the Black Box inside Underground Arts with David Fishkin, Carlos Santiago, Veronica Kurkiewicz, Rachel Icenogle, Travis Woodson, Jesse Sparhawk, Matt Engle, Francois Zayas