South Street Ready To Rock N Roll During South Street Spring Festival

South Street Headhouse District announces 30+ bands are ready to rock n roll at this year’s South Street Spring Festival on Saturday, May 6, 2017, from 11:00am to 8:00pm. The all-day, all-ages, free outdoor festival and concert will feature a mix of rock, funk, soul, hip hop, indie rock, reggae, R&B and country acts entertaining tens of thousands from three stages and seven performance areas. In addition to music and other live entertainment, look for 125+ vendors, 35+ restaurants and eateries, and 24 makers and artists. South Street Spring Festival runs on South (between Front and 8th) and along Headhouse Plaza (between South and Lombard), plus connecting side streets.

"South Street has always thrived as one of the most eclectic and dynamic music scenes in our city,” said SSHD Assistant Director Bill Arrowood. “Any given week you can find live performances tailored to almost every musical taste and style in venues like the legendary TLA, Twisted Tail, L'Etage, the Tusk and Milk Boy; not to mention great music stores like BlueBond Guitars and Bridge Set Sounds turning out a new generation of talent. South Street Spring Festival is an extension of that diverse flavor. We are proud to host one of the city's largest free concerts that celebrates the same energy and creativity that has always electrified South Street.”

Musical acts for South Street Spring Festival are selected after a year-round search for the best and hottest established and up-and-coming artists in the region. Acts for 5th Street, 2nd Street and street performance zones are programmed by the District with help from Jim Thorpe - Vince Volz of DVT Entertainment. This year's line-up is as follows:

** 5th Street - Stage 2

  • 11:00am Blue Bond Band (Rock and Roll)
  • 12:00pm iLLECTIVE (Funk)
  • 1:00pm The Sly Foxes (Funk Rock)
  • 2:00pm Wayside Shakeup (Classic Rock)
  • 3:00pm Xpresidents (Hip Hop Rock Funk)
  • 4:00pm Dr. Beardface and the Spaceman (Punk Rock)
  • 5:00pm Flightschool (Rock)
  • 6:00pm Aviance (R&B trio)
  • 7:00pm The Jawn (Hip Hop Funk Jammers)

** 2nd Street Stage 2

  • 11:10am Walt Lafty (Singer/Songwriter)
  • 12:10pm Buster (Jazz & Blues)
  • 1:10pm Calla Bere & The Attitude (Acoustic)
  • 2:10pm The Quixote Project (Neo-Roots)
  • 3:10pm Ivory (World Folk Music)
  • 4:10pm Philly Taco contest
  • 5:10pm Post War Dream (Progressive Rock)
  • 6:10pm Blind Spots (Moxy Party Rock)
  • 7:10pm Adam Travis (Soulful Rock)

** 8th St. Stage - Maifest by Brauhaus Schmitz

  • 1:00pm to 6:00pm HeimatKlange

** Street Performers

  • Adventure Lost
  • Baby Diaz
  • James Barrett
  • T.C. Cole
  • David Darmon
  • Jessica Graae
  • Good Look Sigourney
  • Katie McCorry
  • Mike Nappi
  • Reece Ratliff
  • Riverside Odds

Arrowood added, “Our partners at DVT Entertainment  have curated this year's line-up with all genres and talent from around the region and beyond to become on of the premier showcases for new and emerging talent. We hope you make it down to the Festival and see for yourself  that South Street is still the hippest street in town."

Radio partners to accompany the diverse music line-up include: 95.7 Ben FM, 93.3 WMMR, 102.9 WMGK Classic Rock and 97.5 WPEN The Fanatic. Other sponsors this year include: City of Philadelphia, Philly Voice, Where Magazine, Yelp, Geekadelphia, Specialty Productions, Aversa PR & Events, DVT Entertainment, Commonwealth Ciders, Brauhaus Schmitz, Atomic City Comics and others.

On top of music from the 30+ acts, the city's largest block party will also feature 35+ restaurants/bars serving outside, 125+ boutiques and businesses catering to your style and shopping needs, and dozens of artists selling their handmade wares. Children of all ages will enjoy free family fun spread out among the festival vendors. In conjunction with the Festival, Brauhaus Schmitz will host the 5th Annual German Maifest on the 700 block of South Street, with German beers, dancers, music, food, flower headbands and even a Maypole.  Outside of Atomic City Comics (638 South Street) look for free giveaways and super hero sightings during Free Comic Book Day.

Watch for new surprises, vendor lists, menus and more coming in the final days leading up to South Street Spring Festival! Spring Festival is free and open to the public. For the full schedule and roster of events, and follow @officialsouthst #SouthStFest on Twitter.