I'm looking to make the trek up from D.C. to the Rage show at BB&T as I want to see them as many times as I can. Any tips on how to navigate this venue successfully without being stuck in traffic?
Are you staying in the city or going back to DC? Friday afternoon / evening on 95 during the summer is going to be rough no matter what is going on in Camden so leave yourself plenty of time.
There's a ferry that goes across the river to BB&T from Penn's Landing that is coordinated to concerts. I don't like the ferry, just hate standing there watching it go across and come all the way back.
I usually take PATCO from Philadelphia Center City and back or I uber there and take PATCO back.
Grabbed 10th row tickets to The Decemberists August 18 show at The Met Philly. We'll park a few blocks south, across from Jimmy G's. A cooler of Yuengling's, a cheesesteak, and an air-conditioned show (to get my "adult alternative" fill) = a pretty good Philly summer evening.
The National will play eastern PA- not Philly, but Bethlehem, on 7/31. They'll be the "ticketed" headliner, with Julia Jacklin, at the otherwise free Musikfest. This 10-day festival features mostly local and regional acts of many genres on multiple stages on the south and north sides of Bethlehem- a pleasant day off from work.
This would have made a nice headliner at the Xponential Festival (Philly/Camden) the same weekend. Wonder what's going on with that?
How's Skyline Stage at the Mann as a venue in terms of sound quality, vibe, etcetera? Considering doing this for Nick Cave, since it's one of the few - if not the only - outdoor dates on the tour.
It's a big outdoor stage at the top of the mann center amphitheater. There's trees and grass a pavilion for beers and food trucks that have long lines. You have a view of the city skyline hence the name. I've seen the XX and Cage/PtM there and it never seems to feel crowded. The sound is ok not great, but not bad and the vibe will follow whatever crowd is there.
The location is in the middle of a park, so not really any bars or places to stay in the immediate area. Pretty decent place to tailgate, but not sure how that will be on a Wednesday. Some people complain about the parking and getting in/out but I take the bus back to the city.
If you can definitely take the bus to get to to the Mann. There’s one that runs on spring garden that takes you to and from. Never been to the skyline stage but the sound in the amphitheater has never been good in my experiences.
The Soulwax show got rescheduled for Oct. 8th (Thursday) and for some reason I have a rehearsal dinner the same night. Could probably have picked any other date and I would've been good.
Related to LN taking over the Mann. I wonder what happened. Did LN make them an offer that couldn't refuse because they need an outdoor venue now that Festival Pier is gone? It feels like they've been getting decent bookings without LN.
I went 3 or 4 years ago for Prez Hall, Gary Clark and Alabama Shakes to close the night. That was great. Even last year I they at least had David Byrne. The Wiggins park acts took a straight nose dive. It’s always in the high 90s so i guess at least I’m not tempted to endure that
We've gone to a couple single-days, and enjoyed the fest. Wiggins Park offers a pit area up close, easily accessed since the majority like to set up chairs and blankets. It's not going to compete with Lolla, Osheaga, or Newport (all the same weekend) but it offers a relaxed, inexpensive option to see some good breaking and undercard acts. The whole weekend for $85 bucks (WXPN members) is a bargain. Maybe not worth booking air and hotel for, but a cheap date if your local (we're a little over an hour from Philly & Camden).
Lineup taste is purely subjective, but I was surprised they booked a bunch of stuff we want to see: Black Pumas, Illiterate Light, New Pornographers (rare!), Devon Gilfillian, Liz Phair and more- so we plan to go Sat/Sun.
Loudie is the best. I just saw Andrew Santino over the weekend at punchline, he was amazing. The cook thing is they offer tickets to shows that are selling well too not just the struggling ones. Almost everyone that plays the Foundry goes on there. I think it was 2 years ago myself a friend claimed tickets for DMX and Umphreys on back to back nights