The Venues: Johnny Brenda’s is a local Philly favorite to catch the the best indie touring bands like Quasi and The Apples In Stereo as well as local and regional stars. The Trocadero Theatre offers a main theater for larger acts like reggae legends Steel Pulse and indie gods The New Pornographers and a balcony for smaller bands and weekly movie nights. Looking for something more intimate? Milkboy Coffee is an all-ages venue/coffee shop that offers a wide variety of local and regional talent. With two locations in Ardmore and Bryn Mawr, as well as a recording studio and an artist development service called “The Unlabel,” Milkboy is a great place to fill all of your local music needs.
Atlantic Avenue – It doesn’t take many listens to understand how Atlantic Avenue’s radio-ready pop/rock sound has earned them opening slots for national acts like Boys Like Girls, Circa Survive, Armor For Sleep, Quietdrive, Valencia, Mae and more. The band was a finalist in OurStage’s 2009 MTV VMA Best Philly Breakout Artist competition, opening for All Time Low and The White Tie Affair at the VMA concert at Six Flags Great Adventure.
Razzia and Lord Byron aka R&B – Together, Robert and Byron Yatron form the group R&B. The brothers draw on their diverse heritage (their father is Greek and Puerto Rican, their mother is Polish and Hungarian) and diverse influences (DMX, Nirvana, Marilyn Manson, Linkin Park and Notorious B.I.G.) to create rap that touches on the personal and political.
Acalasia – Acalasia’s heavy-hitting rock with a pop edge is a hit with OurStage fans— the band was 1 of the 6 winners in the Cakewalk “Your Music: Anytime, Anyplace” Songwriting Contest, taking home an Intel Core i7 laptop prize. The band traveled the east coast and the mid-west on DIY tours, and opened for acts like Zolof the Rock and Roll Destroyer, The Spill Canvas, Innerpartysystem and Charlotte Sometimes.
Sheki - Striving to convey universal emotions with her music, Sheki cites gospel vocalists Vicky Winans and R&B star Brandy as influences. Her smooth R&B and pop tunes would sound at home in any club or, in Sheki’s case, opening for Sean Kingston and Pitbull.
Check out these and other great Pennsylvania artists in the playlist below! Who are your favorite OurStage Pennsylvanians? Where do you like to see music in Pennsylvania? Let us know in the comments!