The First Annual Philly Music Fest

-Moriah Kelley

My musical taste broadened this weekend when I attended the first annual Philly Music Fest at World Live Café.  Local musicians, breweries, artists, and food vendors came together to entertain festival goers both Friday and Saturday evening. Proceeds from the festival are being donated to Live Connections and other non-profit charities. Complimentary Federal Donuts and Insomnia Cookies were passed around as attendees sipped on Stateside Vodka cocktails and enjoyed beer from 2SP, Conshohocken, Flying Fish, Free Will, Levante, Saint Benjamin, Stickman Brews, Roy Pitz, Weyerbacher Wissahickon and Yards. Food trucks lined the street to create easy access to the Philadelphia food scene.

Work Drugs
West Philly Orchestra

I spent both Friday and Saturday night attending the music fest by myself (something I never did before when seeing live music) and I had quite the mindful experience. Friday night, I enjoyed sets by Slomo Sapiens, Chris Kasper, Ceramic Animal, the Work Drugs, and West Philly Orchestra. On Saturday, highlights included the New Sound Brass, Shannen Moser, Ivy Sole, and the Sea Offs. All the bands did a fantastic job, these were just some of my personal favorites from the weekend. Below was the full line up of who attended.

Ceramic Animal
New Sound Brass
Chris Kasper


Concert goers were encouraged to use the hashtag #SupportYourScene, something that really resonated with me. Supporting the arts creates community unity, and help make the best of Philadelphia shine on a larger platform. I recommend you check out upcoming gigs for any of the bands on the line up, visit a local brewery or restaurant, pop in an art gallery, and just step outside of your comfort zone. Try something new and support your city.


Band lineup included:

Friday, September 22: Slomo Sapiens, Kississippi, Chris Kasper, Harmony Woods, Eric Slick, Abi Reimold, Ceramic Animal, Skull Eclipses, Work Drugs, West Philly Orchestra, Cayetana

Saturday, September 23:
Tiny Hueman, Sea Offs, Sixteen Jackies, Dominic, Cheerleader, Local Smokes, Pine Barons, Shannen Moser, Deadfellow, Sports, Slaughter Beach Dog, Sole, Steve Gunn, New Sound Brass, Strand of Oaks

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