Tickets for the seven shows of Philadelphia Music FestivalPhilly Music Fest’s sixth annual music festival and music industry event goes on sale to the public on June 15, 2022. From October 10-15, Philly Music Fest returns for six nights, at six venues featuring twenty-one artists who consider Philadelphia like their home. A non-profit organization founded by local husband and wife team, Greg and Jenn Seltzer, PMF has donated over $275,000.00 to local music education programs and artists in need – after paying all venues and artists to perform at the festival. PMF features jazz, rock, hip-hop, punk, bluegrass, folk, spoken word, and Americana artists. “Our gender is Philly.”
Philly Music Fest has sold out for the past three years. Tickets can be purchased through the official festival website or through venue websites including 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. “The Philly Music Fest shows have become notable due to the diversity of the lineup and the booking of up-and-coming bands from Philadelphia who, after playing Philly Music Fest, are breaking out nationally and playing on some of the biggest music industry scenes. “Philly Music Fest is attracting the attention of national publications, as well as agents and music industry professionals across the country – which I think speaks to the quality of the bands we have in Philadelphia and the our diverse local music ecosystem.”
“Philly was hugely huggable to me,” Shamir says. “I never really felt part of a music scene until I moved to Philly, which is a big part of why I moved here. Philly provided me with the space to continue being inspired while showing support when it matters. I couldn’t ask for a better home or stage. I didn’t grow up with music education programs available to me. I was an anomaly in my college to be able to play guitar because I taught myself despite some of the surrounding schools having a guitar program My reality shouldn’t be the norm so whenever I can help change that I will. Shamir will headline Milkboy, alongside Echo Kid’s Retro Rock and Max Swan’s Jazz and R&B.
Mannequin Pussy is Philly’s newest band, as they played a critically acclaimed set in April at Coachella and are booked for Firefly in Delaware and Riot Fest in Chicago. “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. 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 and the trajectory bands went on after playing Philly Music Fest, Jill Ryan of Great Time recalls, “Philly Music Fest was the first music festival Great Time ever had. never played and it felt good to be part of something that was meant to uplift other up-and-coming artists as well as 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.