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Top 10 concerts this week including Meek Mill, Smokey Robinson and more

Top 10 concerts this week including Meek Mill, Smokey Robinson and more

Top 10 concerts this week including Meek Mill, Smokey Robinson and more

Highlights this holiday week include rap shows on North and South Broad Streets, a two-night stand by a Scranton pop-punk band, an all-time Motown great and three indie bands from Philly showcasing new albums.

Scranton, Pa. punk-pop band The Menzingers, who in their 2019 song “Anna” begged a former lover to “please come back to Philly,” are on track for their 10th anniversary edition of its most representative and perhaps the best edition. album, 2012 About the impossible past. Saturday night’s show at Union Transfer is sold out, but tickets remain for Friday. With Touche Amore and Screaming Females. $37, 8pm, 11/25, 1025 Spring Garden St., utphilly.com.

St. Petersburg, Florida, soul-trap singer/rapper Rod Wave is built on not being afraid to be more vulnerable than most—he raps about the dangers of being afraid to cry on “Heart on Ice.” He’s a little ahead of schedule with the release of his latest single, “Cold December.” With Toosii and Mariah the scientist. $125, 8pm, 11/25, 1776 N. Broad St., liacourascenter.com

Add Anais Reno to the list of new generation jazz musicians in love with a classic sound. The 18-year-old vocalist who is the daughter of classical violinist Julian Kurtzman will perform two nights at Chris’ Jazz Cafe this weekend. On Friday he will perform with trumpeter Benny Benack’s III Quintet together with saxophonist Dylan Bond, and on Saturday he will play with his own quartet, with Bond. $30, or $80 for dinner and show, 8 and 10 p.m., 11/25 and 11/26, Chris Jazz Cafe, 1421 Sansom St., chrisjazzcafe.com.

Arguably Motown’s greatest songwriter, the man Bob Dylan called “America’s greatest living songwriter,” the songwriter who wrote “The Tears of a Clown” and “The Tracks of My Tears” with the Miracles , “My Girl” (for The Temptations). ), and recorded such masterful hits as “Cruisin'” and “Being With You” as a solo artist, is coming to North Broad Street. The 82-year-old singer’s Music & Memories tour hits the Met Philly on Saturday night. $34-$199, 8pm, 11/26, Met Philly, 858 N. Broad St., themephilly.com.

This Philadelphia recreation of The Last Waltz, The Band’s 1976 Thanksgiving concert with special guests, which was filmed by Martin Scorsese, is a benefit for Connor Barwin’s Make the World Better Foundation and a tribute at the Bryan Dilworth Philadelphia concert booking. , who died suddenly in 2020. A short version will be performed Friday at Free at Noon at World Cafe Live at noon, 11/25, 3025 Walnut St.r, xpn.org, followed by the full show on Saturday night. $29.50-$100, 8pm, 11/26, Franklin Music Hall, 421 N. Seventh St., lastwaltzphl.com

Philadelphia rap hero Meek Mill has been very visible this fall at sporting events, stepping out before an Eagles game at Lincoln Financial Field, an Eagles-Cowboys game and before Game 5 of the World Series at Citizens Bank Park. He’ll shut down Philly’s South Triangle on Saturday when he celebrates the 10th anniversary of his signature song “Dreams and Nightmares” with a Meek Mill & Friends show at the Wells Fargo Center. $59.50-$129.50, 8pm, 11/26, 3601 S. Broad St., wellsfargocenterphilly.com

Philly songwriter Dominic Angelella has an impressive resume supporting other artists: he’s currently in Lucy Dacus’ band, has played with Hop Along and mewithoutYOU, and done studio work with rappers like Kendrick Lamar and Mac Miller. In his catchy new album, Silver dreams do not move me, plays with the notion of himself as a supporting player in “Supporting Role” while making the case for why he deserves to be heard up front. With Air Waves and Greg Mendez, $12, 8pm, 11/27, Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 N. Frankford, Johnnybrendas.com.

When last seen in these parts, Laura Jane Grace, the frontwoman of the punk-rock band Against Me! as well as a solo artist – headlined the first ever concert at Four Seasons Total Landscaping, the Northeast Philly landmark made famous by a Rudy Giuliani press conference. His most recent solo album is in 2020 Stay alive. Come early for Gladie, the Philly band fronted by former Cayetana frontman Augusta Koch, who have just released a rousing and excellent album, You don’t know what you’re in until you’re out, which is partly about quitting drinking and taking control of your life. $20-$35, 8pm, 11/28 Ardmore Music Hall, ardmoremusichall.com

New York-born, now Philadelphia-based psych-rock band Palm are having a blast with their satisfying, hypnotic new album. Nicks and Graces, the new album from the quartet of Eve Albert and Kasra Kurt, which is the first on the Saddle Creek label. With the water in your eyes and Draag Me. $17, 8pm, 12/1, First Unitarian Church, 2125 Chestnut St., r5productions.com.

Kelsey Waldon’s country credentials are impeccable. He grew up in a western Kentucky town called Monkey’s Eyebrow, and impressed no less than John Prine with the touch of his voice and the quality of his storytelling. He released his album White noise / White lines in 2019. This year, he is touring behind No ordinary dogwho takes the measure of rural America’s hardships with an unforgiving eye: “It’s not as bad as it seems now,” he sings on “Tall and Mighty. “Most of my friends are on amphetamines.” $21.50 -$29.50, 8pm, 12/1, Sellersville Theatre, 18 W. Temple Ave., Sellersville, st94.com.



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