At The Jamwich we believe in supporting your local scene and community, so we were ecstatic to learn about Philly Music Fest happening September 27-30, 2018, featuring all local Philly bands and local craft beers at 3 different venues: Johnny Brenda’s on Thursday, World Cafe Live Friday and Saturday, and Milkboy on Chestnut on Sunday.  The Philly-exclusive lineup is a great way to get a sampling of the local flavors as well as support a good cause — Philly Music Fest is a non-profit organization supporting local musicians, education programs, and independent music venues.  In 2017, Philly Music Fest donated approximately $15,000 to local music education programs and will once again be donating proceeds to local organizations in 2018.

Pissed Jeans

Playing Thursday at Johnny Brenda’s are punk rock bands Pissed Jeans and Soul Glo.  Tickets are already running low so be sure to pick yours up right away.  Pissed Jeans has been named Billboard’s “Hot Band On the Scene” in 2006 and Rolling Stone’s “Best Northeast USA Single-Guitar Unit” 2008-2010 and is not to be missed by punk or hardcore music fans.


Friday the musical lineup expands to include 7 bands at World Cafe Live.  The musicians cover a range of genres including folk, rock and roll, and pop, making for a day filled with variety to please all different kinds of music fans. The bands playing Friday are Waxahatchee, Low Cut Connie, Vita and the Woolf, The Mysteries, Secret American, The Whips, and Driftwood Soldier.

Great Time

Saturday continues at World Cafe Live with the most stacked lineup of the weekend, boasting a total of 12 bands.  Once again the genres are varied, including some indie rock bands like The Districts, Hurry, and Palm (who captivated me with their dreamy synth-pop music, check out their bandcamp), psychedelic rock band Ruby the Hatchet, hip-hop band Hardwork Movement and hip-hop performer Kingsley Ibeneche, blues rock band Levee Drivers, bluegrass band Man About a Horse, folk band The End of America, and another performance from gutter-folk duo Driftwood Soldier.  The day’s music will get started on an energetic note with the dance-worthy tunes of Great Time, who is led by captivating female vocals and funky bass lines.

Derrick Hodge

Sunday‘s music takes place at Milkboy on Chestnut and features mostly jazz and soul musicians, including a special jazz showcase “Philly State of Mind” led by Derrick Hodge and featuring a spectrum of elder statesmen and up and coming Jazz talent, including Eric Wortham (piano, recently a member of Adele’s touring band), Justin Faulkner (drums, member of Branford Marsalis Quartet), Jaleel Shaw (alto saxophone, member of Roy Haynes Quartet and Mingus Big Band), Treway and the Now Generation (young/R&B), Tre Lambert (star young drummer, Floetry/Meek Mill), Solomonic Sound System (Jazz/Reggae) and Rich Medina (DJ). Keep an eye out for more special guests to be added.

Tickets are on sale now, with the option of buying a ticket for a single night, or Friday & Saturday tickets for $50.  Thursday and Sunday tickets must be purchased separately.  Come out and support your scene while tasting delicious foods, local craft beer and spirits from local distilleries.  If you are feeling generous you can take it a step further by becoming a sponsor or donating directly.  We commend Philly Music Fest for their dedication to the growth of their community’s vibrant culture and encourage you to experience these up-and-coming musicians for yourself!