Live Music Clubs
CHRIS’ JAZZ CAFE— Live jazz featuring great local and big-name talent, plus a full dinner menu. Check website for full schedule of events. Open M-F 11 am-2 am, Sa 6 pm-2 am. 1421 Sansom St., 215.568.3131.
JOHNNY BRENDA’S— Catch locally and nationally renowned indie rock acts almost every night at this hipster hangout in the up-and-coming Fishtown neighborhood. The venue is upstairs from a tavern that features upscale pub grub. This month: MONO, May 2; The Besnard Lakes, May 5; Flamingosis, May 9; The Lawsuits, May 12; Mystic Braves, May 16; Bush Tetras, May 20; Kevin Morby,
May 26; Nightlands, May 27. 1201 N. Frankford Ave., 215.739.9684.
THE CLEF CLUB OF JAZZ AND THE PERFORMING
ARTS— This four story building, affectionately referred to as “The House That Jazz Built,” was formed by a music union in the mid-20th century and has been the hangout of such famous members as John Coltrane, Nina Simone and Ella Fitzgerald. It has a large concert hall and boasts an elegant bar on the second floor, which overlooks a stage and tables. 738 S. Broad St., 215.893.9912.
TIME— This groovy three-in-one venue features a chandeliered lounge with live jazz, a cozy whiskey bar and a second-floor dance club, that is reminiscent of absinthe-fueled hangouts of old Paris. “Trombo Piccolo with Chris Farrell and Company,”
Every M; “Open Mic,” Every Tu; “Midtown Jazz Jam with Tim Brey Trio,” Every Su. Open daily 5 pm-2 am. 1315 Sansom St., 215.985.4800.
WARMDADDY’S— This South Philly blues and jazz club offers a casual, relaxed atmosphere, southern rhythm and blues and classic southern cuisine. 1400 S. Columbus Blvd., 215.462.2000.
WORLD CAFE LIVE— There’s always something happening at this University City venue and restaurant, featuring local and national acts on two stages and frequent open mics and jam sessions. Ticket prices and show times vary. Check website for complete calendar of events. 3025 Walnut St., 215.222.1400.