September’s Must-See Concerts In The Philly Suburbs

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Rock, blues, Billy Joel-ish and other concerts you’ll love.

by Eli Bank, arts and culture editor

Ah, September. The kids are back at school, your white shoes are tucked away for the season, and the weather can’t decide if it’s fall. But September brings great concerts to the Main Line and Philadelphia suburbs. Whether you’re a fan of 50’s big band music, the dreamy vibes of Synthpop, classic Blues or the rock stylings of Billy Joel, Elton John and The Rolling Stones, there’s a concert for everyone. Ready to kick off Virgo and Libra seasons on a high note? Grab your honey or your friends and check out these great shows.

Phoenixville Blues Fest

Phoenixville Blues Festival: Not a night owl? No problem! The Phoenixville Blues Festival is back after a 3-year break. Eight bands, both locally and nationally renowned, will hit the stage playing blues, one of our country’s oldest music genres. In addition to great music, enjoy food from a variety of vendors and a beer garden. September 9, 12 p.m. -10 p.m., Reeves Park, 148 3rd Ave., Phoenixville

Shannon Curtis: If loud, rowdy events aren’t your scene, treat yourself to a more relaxing live show experience. Synthpop artist Shannon Curtis is bringing dreamy vibes to Phoenixville’s Colonial Theatre. Transport yourself back in time with her 80’s- inspired dream-pop sounds. September 9, 7:30 p.m., The Colonial Theatre, 227 Bridge St, Phoenixville

Shannon Curtis

Jeffery Gaines: Armed with just his voice and guitar, Pennsylvania native Jeffrey Gaines will take the stage at Steel City Coffeehouse & Brewery. With meaningful lyrics and powerful melodies, Gaines is known to strike a chord with his audiences. Hear some of his fan-favorites such as “Hero in Me” and his legendary cover of Peter Gabriel’s “In Your Eyes.” September 16, 8 p.m., Steel City Coffeehouse & Brewery, 203 Bridge St., Phoenixville

Brown Sugar

Brown Sugar (Rolling Stones Tribute Band): “I said I know it’s only rock ‘n’ roll but I like it.” Channel your inner Mick Jagger at 118 North in Wayne with Philly-based Rolling Stones tribute band Brown Sugar. If you like to dance, sing and bop along with an energetic crowd, then this is definitely the show for you. *Editor’s Choice: I attended this concert last year and it did not disappoint! September 16, 9 p.m., 118 North, 118 N. Wayne Ave., Wayne

Everyone Orchestra: No two concerts are alike with the Everyone Orchestra! Conductor Matt Butler leads this eight-person group in a musically improvised jam session. You can expect funky, jazzy, electric and soulful sounds with lots of audience participation. September 22, 8 p.m., Ardmore Music Hall, 23 E.  Lancaster Ave., Ardmore

Rock This Town Orchestra: Named for the Brian Setzer song that started the swing crazy of the 1990s, Rock This Town Orchestra delivers upbeat songs featuring guitars and horns alike. This is a high-energy and all around fun show, so make sure to bring your dancing shoes. September 22, 7:30 p.m., Uptown Knauer Performing Arts Center, 226 N. High St., West Chester


Face 2 Face: The Tribute Concert: Say goodbye to Yellow Brick Road and hello to the piano men. In a loving tribute to Sir Elton John and Billy Joel, Ronnie Smith (John) and David Clark (Joel) “face off” by performing the rockers’ fan favorites. September 29, 8 p.m., Keswick Theatre, 291 N. Keswick Ave, Glenside


Vahe Sarkissian & Joe Mass: Bowie and Lennon and Slash, oh my! Philly-based guitarists Vahe Sarkissian and Joe Mass have played with and opened for some of the best of the best. In a night sure to be filled with popular music and classics alike, this talented duo will have your feet tapping and hands clapping. September 29, 8 pm, Living Room & Cricket Café, 104 Cricket Ave., Ardmore

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