Whether it is The Rolling Stones at Lincoln Financial Field or The Hives at Franklin Music Hall, there are a lot of great bands playing in Philadelphia in 2019. Here are some of the best Philly indie and rock concerts on the calendar this year:
Kacey Musgraves, The Fillmore (January 18) – Her album Golden Hour finished on many “best of” lists in 2018. Fellow songwriter Natalie Prass is slotted as the opener.
Winter Jawn, Xfinity Live (January 26) – Radio 104.5’s cold weather mini-festival has a lengthy lineup that includes Young The Giant, Matt & Kim, Bob Moses, and The Killers’ Dave Keuning.
Dawes, The Fillmore (February 1) – The California folk rockers last played Philadelphia as the opener for Jeff Lynne’s ELO at the Wells Fargo Center. The band are headlining The Fillmore in support of their sixth album, Passwords.
Steve Gunn, Union Transfer (February 2) – The Lansdowne, PA native and former member of Kurt Vile’s Violators is returning to Philadelphia two weeks after his album The Unseen In Between drops.
Jonathan Wilson, First Unitarian Sanctuary (February 21) – The multi-talented songwriter, musician, and producer is playing a solo acoustic show in Philly. The gig is a unique look for Wilson, who also recently toured with Roger Waters.
Tedeschi Trucks, The Met (February 26) – The last time Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks played in Philadelphia, they headlined three straight gigs at the Merriam Theater. They return for only one night at the brand new Met Philly.
Sunflower Bean, First Unitarian Church (March 1) – One of the breakout indie bands of 2018, Sunflower Bean play the final gig of their current tour leg in Philadelphia.
James Bay, The Met (March 9) – The U.K. musician had a heck of a 2018. He opened for The Rolling Stones, played SNL, and released his second album. Bay is playing his biggest gig yet in Philly at The Met.
Jungle, Union Transfer (March 20) – The U.K. soul collective return to Philadelphia for the first time since 2015 with Houses.
Fleetwood Mac, Wells Fargo Center (March 22, April 5) – Fleetwood Mac return to Philadelphia without key member Lindsey Buckingham. The classic rockers will try to fill the void with Mike Campbell (Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers) and Neil Finn (Crowded House).
Gary Clark Jr., The Met (March 29) – The Austin Blues guitarist is playing Philadelphia as he is set to release a new album. Even though it seems like the musician has been around forever, the LP will just be his second major label album.
Maggie Rogers, The Fillmore (March 30) – The sold-out show is Rogers’ third Philly show within a calendar year. The “Alaska” singer played both Union Transfer and the Wells Fargo Center in 2018.
Billy Joel, Citizens Bank Park (May 24) – Billy Joel has played Citizens Bank Park so much that he has been given a key to the stadium. His 2019 gig will be the sixth-straight year he has performed at the Phillies stadium.
Muse, Wells Fargo Center (April 7) – Like U2, a Muse show is more of a concert experience than a show where the band just plays songs. The last time Muse came into Philadelphia, the Brit rockers played a brilliant gig with a dazzling stage setup.
Nick Mason’s Saucerful of Secrets, The Met (April 20) – Pink Floyd’s drummer will play selections from the band’s historic catalog. He will coincidentally be in Philadelphia on Record Store Day this year.
The Hives, Franklin Music Hall (May 18) – The rock band have not released an album since 2012, however, their enticing tour with fellow Swedes Refused was touted as “a boat short of a Viking Invasion.”
MMR*B*Q, BB&T Pavilion (May 18) – WMMR’s annual bash has a mixture of rock artists in 2019: Evanescence, The Struts, Shinedown, and Joan Jett.
The Rolling Stones, Lincoln Financial Field (June 4) – The Philadelphia concert ticket of the year. One of the greatest bands in rock ‘n roll history swings through Philly for the first time in six years for their first-ever gig at the Linc. (The Rolling Stones Philly show has been postponed. No new date has been set).
Dead & Company, BB&T Pavilion (June 20) – The tour featuring members of The Grateful Dead comes into the Philadelphia area for the fourth straight year. The June gig will be the band’s fifth Camden gig since 2015.
Jeff Lynne’s ELO Wells Fargo Center (July 13) – Just when you thought 2018 was your last chance to catch ELO’s maestro, he announced a 20-date tour in 2019. One of a number of Classic Rock musicians touring this summer, the producer and musician brings his catalog to the Wells Fargo Center for the second-straight year.
Queen + Adam Lambert, Well Fargo Center (August 3) – Fresh off the Bohemian Rhapsody craze (really, Golden Globes?), Roger Taylor and Brian May will regurgitate their catalog with Adam Lambert in South Philly.
Ringo Starr, The Met (August 14) – The Beatles drummer will bring his All Starr band to Philadelphia again this summer. His backing band will feature Steve Lukather (Toto), Colin Hay (Men At Work), Hamish Stuart (Average White Band), et al.
Mark Knopfler, The Met (August 17) – The Dire Straits’ legend visits The Met during the dog days of summer. His latest album, Down The Road Wherever, his number one in December.
Elton John, Wells Fargo Center (November 8, 9) – Another classic rocker returned to Philadelphia, Sir Elton John will play the Wells Fargo Center for the second-straight year in November. The concert is a part of his allegedly-final Farewell Yellowbrick Road Tour. The legendary singer’s 2018 Philadelphia gig was a show to remember. Odds are this concert will be too.