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It’s another busy week on the live music scene — with very sold out concerts from Valerie June at City Winery on Monday and Iris Dement with Ana Egge at Sellersville on Thursday. There are even some semi-capacity gigs; face value tickets for Billy Joel and Stevie Nicks are long gone, and the final Philly show from Dead & Co. is looking slim, but you can still see them (at a markup) if you’re good with using Ticketmaster’s Verified Resale feature. You can also catch shows by up-and-coming artists and burgeoning favorites as well. Here are 13 concerts to see in the next seven days, all around Philly. For tickets and more information, head to the WXPN Concerts and Events page.

Sunday 6/11: Steve Forbert at Bryn Mawr Gazebo

The week opens on an excellent outdoor community concert series: the summer shows at Bryn Mawr Gazebo, which tonight stars veteran singer songwriter Steve Forbert. The folk circuit staple has been active for over 40 years and just released his 23rd album, Moving Through America, in 2022. // 7 p.m., $15, AA

Steve Forbert - Living The Dream

Monday 6/12: Orrin Evans at Solar Myth

Philly pianist and band leader Orrin Evans is a source you can count on for inventive music, whether through his collabs, his work in The Bad Plus, or his vast solo career. Catch up with him or get initiated with this Monday night show at Solar Myth. // 8 p.m., $38, AA

Orrin Evans Quintet ft. Immanuel Wilkins - Live

Tuesday 6/13: Catie Turner at World Cafe Live

Langhorne-born singer-songwriter Catie Turner got nationwide exposure at age 19 when she made it to the top 7 in American Idol’s sixteenth season. Three years and a couple EPs later, she’s been rolling out one-off singles on a regular basis, meaning they’ll probably coalesce into a new project of her warm, humorous, and introspective pop sooner rather than later. Meantime, catch a homecoming concert from Turner Tuesday night at World Cafe Live’s Music Hall. // 8 p.m., $20, AA

Catie Turner - Hyperfixations

Wednesday 6/14: Jana Horn at Johnny Brenda’s

Hushed, literary singer-songwriter Jana Horn hails from Austin and just released her second album, The Window is the Dream, on No Quarter Records. Moving in similar atmospheric territory as Julia Jacklin and Aldous Harding, the record has received critical acclaim, with Pitchfork writing “her songs seem to emerge from deep stillness.” XPN welcomes Horn to Johnny Brenda’s on Wednesday with kindred Philly spirit Nina Ryser. // 7 p.m., $15, 21+

Jana Horn - After All This Time

Wednesday 6/14: Iris DeMent at Appell Center

Couldn’t get tickets to see XPN Welcome singer-songwriter icon Iris DeMent and emerging voice Ana Egge at Sellersville Theater before they sold out? See them the night before at York, PA’s lovely Appell Center. It’s a short drive from Philadelphia (even shorter from the western suburbs) and both artist’s lovely voices are sure to sound stunning in the resonant theater in downtown York. // 7:30 p.m., $40, AA

Iris DeMent - Workin' On A World

Thursday 6/15: Dead & Co at Citizens Bank Park

Last time Dead & Co. played Citizens Bank Park, it rained and the show was still an ecstatic experience. While many of the “& Co” players will remain highly active after this run of concerts Bob Weir has declared their final tour (John Mayer has a Philly headliner set for the fall), this will be the last chance Philly has to see foundational members of the Dead universe like Weir and drummer Mickey Hart perform on this scale. // 7 p.m., $137 and up (Verified Resale), AA

Dead & Company Live 6/05/23 Burgettstown, PA Set 1 Preview

Thursday 6/15: Buffalo Nichols at MilkBoy

The stunning Buffalo Nichols delivers a unique blend of blues guitar, experimental ambient atmospheres, and outspoken social commentary. A highlight of XPNFest and NON-COMM in 2022, and star if this week’s Free At Noon, Nichols will play MilkBoy on Thursday. // 8 p.m., $18, 21+

Buffalo Nichols - Full Set (2022 XPoNential Music Festival)

Friday 6/16: Buffalo Rose at SteelStacks

The free summer concert series at the Levitt Pavilion SteelStacks stage in Bethlehem continues with several shows this week, and one we can’t wait for is Friday’s concert with the Pittsburgh Americana six-piece Buffalo Rose. The band makes a joyful sound intertwining voices and stringed instruments in warm harmonies and drum-free rhythms, with social commentary sprinkled throughout their observational lyrics, and their latest album Again, Again, Again released last year on Misra Records. // 7:30 p.m., free, AA

Buffalo Rose - Machine Man (Live at This is Red)

Friday 6/16: Billy Joel and Stevie Nicks at Lincoln Financial Field

Whenever Billy Joel tours, he makes it an occasion, and this stadium double header where he’ll share the stage (and reportedly, from early tour stops, the mic) with the iconic Stevie Nicks is most definitely that. Face value tickets are long since sold out, but you can still attend care of Ticketmaster’s verified resale. Be forewarned: it won’t be cheap. // 7 p.m., $300 and up (Verified Resale), AA

Billy Joel - A Matter of Trust (Official Music Video)

Friday 6/16 and Saturday 6/17: Break Free Fest at Foto Club

A multi-day hardcore punk festival now in its fifth year, Break Free Fest showcases a new generation in punk and hardcore — one that centers and celebrates Black and Brown voices. This week, the event returns at its new home, The Foto Club in Harrowgate where it’ll set up Friday and Saturday. (Sunday’s closing day is set at the Ukie Club in Northern Liberties). Highlights include new Philadelphia four-piece SOJI, goth-punk Philly Music Fest vets The Ire, returning BFF screamo faves Amygdala, and the event as a whole will raise money for The National Bail Out Collective, which works to fight unjust mass incarceration, and the Attic Youth Center, which advocates for and supports LGBTQ+ youth. // 6:30 p.m., $18, AA

Soul Glo - LIVE [mini-clip #1] @ Break Free Fest, Rotunda, Phila., PA, 5/27/17

Saturday 6/17: Wednesday at Union Transfer

Asheville, NC indie outfit Wednesday is having a moment. Rat Saw God, their latest for Dead Oceans Records, is a heady concoction of Courtney Barnett, PJ Harvey, and Sonic Youth, with vivid lyrics chronicling American decay. Their recent Indie Rock Hit Parade session is a must watch, and this Saturday’s show at Union Transfer is a must-see, especially with reunited Columbus rockers All Dogs opening. // 7 p.m., $20, AA

Wednesday : Full Set (Indie Rock Hit Parade Live Session)

Saturday 6/17: Strand of Oaks at Upper Merion Township

Philly-connected rocker Strand Of Oaks has been busy launching his acting career on Mayans M.C., but remember, Tim Showalter is still first and foremost a master of songcraft. Coming up on the second anniversary of Oaks’ uplifting In Heaven LP, he’ll return to the region for a gig at Upper Merion Township’s long-running Concerts Under The Stars series. // 7 p.m., $20, AA

Strand of Oaks - Full Set (XPoNential Music Festival 2021)

Saturday 6:17: Mandy Valentine at Ortlieb’s

To say a few words in praise of matinee gigs, there is something truly special about seeing a great lineup in the middle of the day, and then having the whole night ahead of you when it’s done. Philly queer country faves Mandy Valentine head up this weekend gig with an early start time, will bring some cowpunk energy into your Pride month, and will leave you wanting more — so stick around for more twang at Baby’s First Rodeo, beginning at 9. // 3:30 p.m., $15, 21+

Mandy Valentine “sugar baby” at Kung Fu Necktie
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