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January 30, 2015

15 concerts you need to see in February

Elton John, a "Gossip Girl," and Chris Brown are heading to Philly

January tends to be a wash as far as concerts go; it's cold and people have yet to emerge from post-holiday hibernation. February, though, is full of fun acts coming to Philadelphia. This month sees the legendary Elton John heading to Reading, Chris Brown, Trey Songz and Tyga rocking the Wells Fargo Center, and "Gossip Girl" actress Leighton Meester stopping by on a new tour. Check out the highlights of the month in music below.

Jamie Cullum

Grammy and Golden Globe nominee Cullum is known for his jazz music and soulful sound. His new album, "Interlude," was just released in the United States in January.

Wednesday, February 4
7:30 p.m. | $35-49.50
Keswick Theatre
291 N. Keswick Ave., Glenside, PA
(215) 572-7650

Jason Isbell

After performing with rock band Drive-By Truckers for six years, Isbell headed out on his own. His solo career began building steam with his 2013 alternative country album "Southeastern."

Thursday, February 5
8 p.m. | $29.50-35
Keswick Theatre
291 N. Keswick Ave., Glenside, PA
(215) 572-7650


Adam McFarland of Reptar is the brains behind this operation, which is an experimental folk group from Georgia. Indie rockers and fellow Georgians, White Violet, will also perform.

Friday, February 6
9 p.m. | $8-10
North Star Bar
2639 Poplar St.

David Cook

The rock star and winner of "American Idol" Season 7 is heading out on tour, supporting his recently released song "Wait For Me."

Thursday, February 12
8 p.m. | $20-32
World Cafe Live
3025 Walnut St.
(215) 222-1400

Sidewalk Chalk

A unique blend of hip-hop, jazz and soul, this band features singing, rapping, tap dancing, a horn section, drums and more. Philly-made indie artist Kuf Knotz will also perform.

Thursday, February 12
8 p.m. | $10
Underground Arts
1200 Callowhill St.

WXPN 88.5 Presents PHOX

This midwestern six-piece is a bit new to the scene, having just released their first music in 2013, but their alternative indie sound is already making waves.

Friday, February 13
8:30 p.m. | $15
Union Transfer
1026 Spring Garden St.
(215) 232-2100

50 Cent and G Unit

50 and company are headed for a comeback with new music perpetually on the brink of release. Chances are, you'll hear some new material at this show.

Friday, February 13
8:30 p.m. | $49.50-55
Electric Factory
421 N. 7th St.
(215) 627-1332

Kool Keith

As one of hip-hop's most eccentric acts, Kool Keith's unusual style and surreal performances make his shows memorable, to say the least.

Wednesday, February 18
7 p.m. | $18
Kung Fu Necktie
1248 N. Front St.
(215) 291-4919

Chris Brown and Trey Songz

Love him or hate him, you can't deny his dance moves. The "Between the Sheets" tour is coming to Philly, it includes Brown, Trey Songz and Tyga.  

Wednesday, February 18
7:30 p.m. | $59.75-125.75
Wells Fargo Center
3601 S. Broad St.
(800) 298-4200

Emmy the Great

The Hong Kong-born, Brooklyn-based, indie darling from London released her first new music since 2011 just last month. She's back on tour now celebrating the EP, "S."

Wednesday, February 18
8:30 p.m. | $12-14
Boot & Saddle
1131 S. Broad St.
(267) 639-4528

Leighton Meester

Shedding her Blair Waldorf "Gossip Girl" image, Leighton Meester is transitioning to a career in music. She's even switched up her club pop sound for Americana and folk. 

Thursday, February 19
7:30 p.m. | $22-24
Trocadero Theatre
1003 Arch St.
(215) 922-6888

Helmet "Betty" 20th Anniversary Show

The critically acclaimed metal band will play a two-set show. The first will feature their entire 1994 hit album "Betty," and the second will include more career-spanning tunes.

Friday, February 20
8 p.m. | $20
World Cafe Live
3025 Walnut St.
(215) 222-1400


Modeled after Brazilian street bands, called blocos, this 20-plus member act includes a dozen drummers, guitars, a horn section, singers and dancers. It's basically a mobile party. 

Saturday, February 21
9 p.m. | $15-20
Ardmore Music Hall
23 East Lancaster Ave., Ardmore, PA
(610) 649-8389

Aesop Rock

Prolific hip hop artist Aesop Rock is bringing a ton of friends to this show. Rob Sonic, DJ Abilities, Homeboy Sandman and Grimace Federation will all perform.

Friday, February 27
9 p.m. | $17-19
Union Transfer
1026 Spring Garden St.
(215) 232-2100

Elton John

The music icon is celebrating the 40th anniversary of "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road" with a concert tour.

Saturday, February 28
8 p.m. | $39-139
Santander Arena
700 Penn St., Reading, PA 
(800) 745-3000