I don’t go out too much but have been exploring the city a little more than I usually do. Somehow I have accidentally come upon two local bands that I really liked and had no idea would be playing when I stopped at a couple of different parks.
It’s made me want to pay more attention to free local music but I have a feeling that it’s one of those serendipity types of things – when you find something that you weren’t looking for. If I start searching for free and cool local music, I won’t find it.
A couple of weeks ago I was in South Philly and ended up at Jefferson Square Park in Philly. There was a music festival for local bands and when I was there Pepi Ginsberg was playing. I liked her voice and her band a lot. Unfortunately, this video isn’t as good as they were live. It was also a beautiful day and after I watched the band I had some super yummy South Philly pizza.
Last weekend a tiny park near my house, called Cedar Park, was having their annual festival. I brought Alex because the flyers said there were going to be lots of activities for kids. And there was. There was a moon bounce, a new playground and arts and crafts. Alex had a ball. There was also a local hip hop band playing called Philadelphia Slick. I thought they were very good and was really surprised that they were playing. One song I especially liked was called Oil.
And once again, after the music, we went and had really yummy pizza. ;-)
Do you ever accidentally come upon cool music where you live?
photo credit: kevindooley