There are so many killer concerts coming to Philly this summer—Elton John, Billy Joel, Justin Timberlake, U2 and Kenny Chesney, plus Beyoncé and Jay Z for a second On the Run tour—that you might as well cancel all your Shore plans and sweat it out in the 215 for a few months. Here, six personalities fill us in on the concert stubs they’ll be keeping for years to come.
“I’m geeking out over all the ’90s alt bands hitting the road this summer like Weezer July 21 at BB&T Pavilion, and Smashing Pumpkins July 28 at the Wells Fargo Center.”
2} PETER MADDEN President and CEO, AgileCat
“The Foo Fighters at BB&T Pavilion July 7. I first saw the Foo Fighters in 1997 at the Electric Factory—and have the T-shirt to prove it! Thee Foos bring it like it’s the last show they’ll ever perform.”
3} DAVIDA JANAE Fashion blogger
“The Roots Picnic June 2 at Festival Pier is the ultimate Philly concert. It’s always full of great sets, and seeing the Phillybred group is always a treat.”
4} BRYANT REAMS Producer and SoulCycle instructor
“With multiple hits under her belt, Lauryn Hill [performing at Penn’s Landing July 13] is one of the best artists of our generation! ”
5} KRISTOPHER NEFF Executive chef, Buddakan AC
“I’m looking forward to the Atlantic City BeachFest Concert Series, featuring Sam Hunt July 1, and the Chainsmokers July 29! These shows bring a nice crowd onto the sand.”
6} KELLIANNE NICHOLAS Citywide events & marketing for Welcome America Inc.
“Aside from the Wawa Welcome America July 4th Concert, I’m looking forward to Billy Joel at Citizens Bank Park July 27. Billy Joel was my first concert with my fiance, Joe, when we were dating back in 2008.”