Live music and more, tonight through Thursday, compiled by Shaun Brady, Tom Di Nardo, James Johnson, Sara Sherr and Laurie Conrad.
POP . . . plus
Summer Solstice Celebration: It would take this entire page to catalog all the music, dancing, kids' entertainment and merriment planned for this event. Kimmel Center, Broad and Spruce streets, 3 p.m. today through sunrise tomorrow, $10, $5 ages 12 and under, 215-893-1999, www.kimmelcenter.org.
Celtic Woman: Their "Isle of Hope Tour" should get your Irish up. Mann Center for the Performing Arts, 52nd Street and Parkside Avenue, 8 tonight, $49 and $69, 215-893-1999, www.manncenter.org.
Def Leppard: Britain's arena-rock titans hook up with Cheap Trick and Poison. Susquehanna Bank Center, 1 Harbour Blvd., Camden, 7 p.m. Tuesday, $10.80 (in a lawn-seat sixpack) to $122.25, 215-336-2000, www.livenation.com.
Buckwheat Zydeco: Zydeco is on his 30th anniversary tour. Sellersville Theater 1894, 24 W. Temple Ave., Sellersville, 8 p.m. Monday, $21.50, 215-257-5808, www.st94.com.
Bettye Lavette: Experience her big, soul-scorched pipes in this intimate, recently reopened setting. North by Northwest, 7165 Germantown Ave., sets at 8 and 10 p.m. Thursday, $25, 215-248-1000, www.nxnwphl.com.
"Murder Ballads, Shanties, and other Poe-etics": Advancing the October debut of "Haunted Poe," Brat Productions offers an appropriately offbeat evening of caberet, comedy and more. Latvian Society, 531 N. 7th St. (at Spring Garden), 9 p.m. Thursday, $5, 1-800-838-3006.
Akilles: When it comes to great live performances, few can match this Jersey-born rhymer, hosting the grand opening of University City's latest hot spot. Panda Bar, 200 S. 40th St., 9 tonight, $10, 215-222-0100.
Old School Father's Day Show: Treat your dad (or yourself) to hip-hop legends Doug E. Fresh, Slick Rick, Big Daddy Kane and Roxanne Shante. War Memorial, 1 Memorial Drive, Trenton, N.J., 6 p.m. tomorrow, $25-$40, 609-984-8400, state.nj.us/state/
Anthony Hamilton: Charlotte, N.C., singer will be joined by the talented Chrisette Michele and Philadelphia's own Musiq Soulchild. Tower Theater, 19 S. 69th St., Upper Darby, 8 p.m. Tuesday, $40-$85, 610-352-2887, tower-theatre.com.
Nylon Summer Music Tour: Features flamboyant Patrick Wolf, rock 'n' rollers Living Things, French girl-group Plasticines and Jaguar Love. North Star Bar, 27th and Poplar streets, 7 tonight, $17-$20, all ages, 215-684-0808, northstarbar.com.
Thunderheist: Electro-rap and disco from Canada and Nigeria meets Baltimore up-and-comer Rye Rye. Barbary, 951 Frankford Ave. at Columbus Boulevard, 9 tonight, $8, 267-295-2710, r5productions.com.
The Van Pelt: This mid-'90s emo band included Chris Leo, brother of Ted, who later formed the Lapse with Blonde Redhead's Toko Yasuda, as well as Jets To Brazil's Brian Maryansky. Kung Fu Necktie, 1248 N. Frankford Ave., 8 p.m. tomorrow, $10, 215-291-4919, kungfunecktie.com.
Camera Obscura: Scottish little-band-that-could is finally blowing up. Theater of the Living Arts, 334 South St., 8 p.m. Monday, $15-$18, all ages, 215-922-1011, www.livenation.com.
The Lemonheads: Evan Dando and company are back with a set of covers. Johnny Brenda's, 1201 N. Frankford Ave., 9 p.m. Wednesday, $20, 215-739-9684, johnnybrendas.com.
Philadelphia Orchestra: Berlioz's colossal Requiem wraps the season. Conducting an expanded orchestra, large Philadelphia Singers Chorale, tenor Paul Groves and four brass choirs, Charles Dutoit brings a definitive insight into this emotional thunderbolt. Verizon Hall, Kimmel Center, Broad and Spruce streets, 2 p.m. tomorrow, $39-$125, 215-893-1999, www.philorch.org.
Concert Operetta Theater: Oscar Strauss' "Ein Walzertraum" ("A Waltz Dream") wraps this ensemble's eighth season. Helen Corning Warden Theater, Academy of Vocal Arts, 1920 Spruce St., 4 tonight and tomorrow, $25, 215-389-0648.
Delaware Valley Opera Company: Gounod's "Romeo and Juliet" kicks off the summer season. Roxborough High School Theater, 6498 Ridge Ave., 8 tonight, Wednesday and June 27, $15, 215-725-4171, www.dvopera.org.
Orrin Evans Trio: Philly pianist returns to the site where portions of his new DVD were filmed to celebrate its release. Chris' Jazz Cafe, 1421 Sansom St., 8 and 10 tonight, $22, 215-568-3131, www.chrisjazzcafe.com.
Gary Burton Quartet Revisited: Nearly 35 years ago, vibes master Burton discovered Pat Metheny and planted the 19-year-old guitarist in his quartet with bassist Steve Swallow. The three are revisiting that band along with drummer Antonio Sanchez. Keswick Theatre, 291 N. Keswick Ave., Glenside, 8 p.m. Wednesday, $49.50, 215-572-7650, www.keswicktheatre.com.
AlasNoAxis: One of the most exciting drummers in modern jazz, Jim Black leads his long-running quartet. Philadelphia Art Alliance, 251 S. 18th St., 8 p.m. Wednesday, $12, www.arsnovaworkshop.com.