October Music Scene


Favorite concert picks this month from local rocker Caitlyn Grabenstein.


Let’s start with two great BANDADE benefit shows. As usual, a portion of the proceeds from these events goes towards cancer education & patient services in the NW Philly area.

October 17

TreWay ft. The NOW Generation / Korey Riker / iLLECTIVE at Silk City

Two time Grammy winning drummer, Tre Lambert, will be performing as TreWay after resident Jazz Composer at the Kimmel Center, Korey Riker, and new Philly soul group, iLLECTIVE. Check out the Silk City website for tickets. Portion of all proceeds benefit people affected by cancer.

October 26

Matt Hires / Volunteer / Caitlyn G at MilkBoy

Pop, alternative songwriter, Matt Hires, will be traveling to Philly with his friend, Volunteer, from Nashville, Tennessee. Caitlyn Grabenstein and Mike Stingle will open this show. Check the MilkBoy website for tickets. Portion of all proceeds benefit people affected by cancer.

Thanks for supporting BANDADE, in our 2nd year fighting cancer with music. Please visit our website for one-of-a-kind merchandise for fans of all genres.

October’s a great month to be a music lover in Philadelphia. For me, three shows are stand-outs:

October 4

Kanye West at Wells Fargo Center

You might not agree with Kanye’s unapologetic, fiend-prophetic, often political rants and, truthfully, you might pre-emptively cringe every time he gets up to accept an award… But, there is no denying that Kanye has written and produced some of the best hip-hop albums in recent memory. If you’re unfamiliar, I recommend his My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy album as a comprehensive introduction to the genius of Kanye (yeah… I said genius). If you want more of a snapshot, give “Jesus Walks”, “Heartless”, and “Stronger” a listen. Plus, Yeezy has fashioned himself a suspended stage for this tour. It’s guaranteed to be a spectacle.

October 7

Sturgill Simpson at The Fillmore

Sturgill Simpson brings to the table a true, American, grit that country radio has long forgotten. Lyrics laden with substance abuse, self-awareness, familial influences, and everyday struggles, he takes a shot at authentic, guttural, accent-ridden country music and hits the bullseye. Layers of slide guitar and stand-up bass infiltrate all of his albums. His most recent effort, A Sailor’s Guide to Earth, is a bit more bombastic. I recommend starting with his album Metamodern Sounds in Country Music which earned him a Grammy nod for “Best Americana Album” in 2015. This show is for the down-home, country lover.

October 19

Wet at Union Transfer

This concert pick is for the very chill, Urban Outfitter-shopping Fallser. Honestly, in all seriousness, Wet might be one of the most underrated bands out there right now. Fortunately, they seem to be on the up-and-up as they have graduated from opening (for the 1975) to headlining their own tour this fall.

Lead singer, Kelly Zutrau’s, angelic vocals gently float above the synth pop instrumentation that makes their music a totally dreamy experience. Still, unlike some other bands in this genre, Wet does not lean on good beats to get by. The band writes touching, deep lyrics that blissfully taunt your core. They really are a brilliant act. Although they only have one full-length album, Don’t You, don’t be too quick to dismiss this very thoughtful and talented group.

Honorable Mentions: Lake Street Dive, Joan Baez, Japanese Breakfast, and Langhorne Slim



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