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Philadelphia is a city bursting with artistic talent, particularly of the musical persuasion. Fishtown—a young northeastern neighborhood that overflows with bars, restaurants, venues, galleries, and independent businesses—is arguably the epicenter of all that’s creative and hipster-chic in town. Last October, the artsy but unassuming area got a corporate upgrade without selling out its working-class, “hustle” mentality—The Fillmore.

FROM THE BAY TO BROTHERLY LOVE

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Photo by Garfinkel Photography

The original Fillmore is an iconic music spot in San Francisco that launched legends like The Grateful Dead and Jimi Hendrix into the spotlight. Some opponents of The Fillmore’s Philadelphia installation cite the national chain status as detrimental to the small and cool atmosphere that makes the neighborhood unique. Most will find, however, that The Fillmore maintains the spirit of Fishtown by keeping alive the same tradition as the original by showcasing great tunes. It also gives music-goers another option in the crowded Philly music scene. The roomy, 2,500-capacity main hall is a contrast to the typically crowded venues elsewhere in town.

THE DIGS

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“Industrial” is the word at this venue, which aligns with its working-class Fishtown roots. The walls are predominantly concrete and brick, and graffiti tags from pre-renovation are still intact. Massive, glittering chandeliers hang overhead in the main hall, but elsewhere Edison-style light bulbs dangle from the ceiling. Overall, it’s definitely a “hip warehouse” vibe. The top floor is mostly roped off for VIP, while an expansive, open first floor leaves room to dance and enjoy the show. Don’t forget to check out the homage to the San Fran Fillmore—a refurbished VW bus where merchandise is sold in the lobby.

BIG NAMES WITH LOCAL LIVE MUSIC FEEL

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Photo by Garfinkel Photography

Some well-known, chart-topping performers have already put on spectacular shows at The Fillmore. Hall and Oates rocked opening night, and other acts that have passed through include a great variety of performers. EDM powerhouses like Flux Pavilion and Robin Schulz, pop artist Tove Lo, and various rock-style groups The 1975, Misterwives, AWOLNATION, and Jame Bay were just some of the Fillmore’s early guests. Whoever is headlining on any given night, the audience won’t be disappointed—a large stage with a massive LED screen, and an impressive sound and lighting system ensure that every evening looks great.

WHAT’S NEXT

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More notable ale acts will pass through the burgeoning Frankford Avenue area in the coming months. Some to keep in mind:

  • FEBRUARY 8th – Hip hop artist Kid Cudi, who released a new album titled Speedin’ Bullet 2 Heaven in December
  • MARCH 4th – Electropop singer and vlogger Troye Sivan, whose singles “Youth” and “Wild” are rising up the charts everyday
  • MARCH 5th – Coheed and Cambria, the heavy metal rock band that’s been churning out quality albums since the mid 90s
  • MARCH 6th – Leon Bridges, the soul singer who gave raw performances on SNL in December
  • MARCH 28th – Hard rock band Wolfmother, whose new album Victorious is slated for a February 19th release

Header Image via Garfinkel Photography