Philly Music Fest announces 2022 lineup


Philadelphia Music Festival announces that it will return for its sixth annual six-night event, at six venues October 10-15, 2022. Uniquely known for exclusively featuring artists who call Philadelphia home, PMF is a non-profit organization founded by a team local husband and wife, Greg and Jenn Seltzer.

“Our Genre is Philly” – Philly Music Fest features artists from jazz, rock, hip-hop, punk, bluegrass, folk, spoken word and Americana. Since its inception, PMF has donated $275,000.00 to local music education programs and artists in need, after paying all venues and artists to perform at the festival.

Participating venues in 2022 include World Café Live, Johnny Brenda’s, Ardmore Music Hall, Milkboy, REC Philly and Underground Arts. This year’s event will feature national headliners who have recently appeared at major festivals and venues such as Coachella, Firefly, Bonnaroo, Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Riot Fest, Bowery Ballroom, Outside Lands, South By Southwest, The Fillmore and Newport Folk Festival. Additionally, Philly Music Fest does its homework and focuses on up-and-coming bands from Philadelphia. This year’s lineup includes Low Cut Connie, Mannequin Pussy, a surprise “to be announced” national headliner, Ron Gallo, Screaming Females, Shamir, Empath, Saleka, Electric Candlelight, Lady HD, Kayleigh Goldsworthy, Ghosh, Echo Kid , Max Swan, Stereo League, Marielle Kraft, Riverby, The Ire, Justmadnice and Perpetual Motion.

“It’s been really cool to see how Philly Music Fest has grown,” says Adam Weiner, whose band Low Cut Connie is returning to PMF as headliners after playing a much smaller Philly Music Fest in 2018.” They are doing a great job and I hope this continues. Music education gives children a lifeline that they can hold on to throughout their lives, and I am very happy to be part of this festival and to echo its mission.

Founder, Curator and Producer, Greg Seltzer says, “Each year, Philly Music Fest showcases a diverse lineup of artists from across the Philadelphia area, deliberately exploring and blending genres such as rock, punk, hip hop, jazz, folk and pop. For example, this year at World Cafe Live, the show will feature Low Cut Connie’s Americana, Ron Gallo’s Indie Rock and Punk, Jazz with Perpetual Motion, Singer-Songwriter Kayleigh Goldsworthy and Lady HD’s Dance Rock. Likewise, Milkboy’s lineup includes the “genderless” Shamir, paired with Echo Kid’s indie rock and Max Swan’s mix of jazz and R&B.

“Inspiring new generations of artists is what helps keep music and music scenes alive – the work PMF does is so important to our community and to the people who have been unable to work and perform over the years. for the past two years,” enthused Model Pussy. Missy Dabice. “Philly is so lucky to have a festival that supports local talent so much.”

The impact of Philly Music Fest has grown every year. In 2017, the nonprofit donated $15,000 to music education programs. In 2018, the total increased to $25,000, then $40,000 in 2019, $50,000 in 2020, and $75,000 in 2021. Programs receiving donations include Rock to the Future, Girls Rock Philly, Settlement Music School , Musicopia, Beyond the Bars, Philadelphia Youth Orchestra, Live Connections and play in Philadelphia. In addition to donations for children’s music programs, PMF has deployed more than 330 micro-grants in 2020 and 2021 to local musicians and venue staff struggling due to COVID-19.

Proof of the positive impact on local bands, Jill Ryan of Great Time recalls: “Philly Music Fest was the first music festival Great Time ever played and it was good to be part of something whose purpose was also to nurture other promising bands.” like more established artists. Great Time played PMF in 2018 and although they are not booked on the 2022 lineup, this year the band are playing Peach Fest as well as headlining the Brooklyn Bowl, having previously played XPoNential Festival from WXPN in 2021. organizations that provide music lessons and opportunities for local children. And the fact that these shows are held at independent venues around town is awesome.


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