Coming pop shows: WDAS Holiday Jam with Jill Scott, George Clinton & Funkadelic, and Elle King
WDAS Holiday Jam The folks at WDAS-FM (105.3), "Philly's Best R&B & Old School" station, have looked at the weather forecast this week and seen that things need warming up. As Thanksgiving comes stomping toward us, the impulse to get into the ho
WDAS Holiday Jam
The folks at WDAS-FM (105.3), "Philly's Best R&B & Old School" station, have looked at the weather forecast this week and seen that things need warming up. As Thanksgiving comes stomping toward us, the impulse to get into the holiday spirit quickens - which is where the WDAS Holiday Jam comes in. This year, the station has gathered some incredibly strong talent. Jill Scott will headline. The incomparable North Philadelphian, friend to the Roots and Erykah Badu, and operatic vocal powerhouse dropped a low-key fifth album in July. Then there's O.G. lady-killers New Edition and Tyrese. Cult favorite SWV will undoubtedly revisit the success of their 1992 classic, It's About Time. But one of the biggest draws is Philly's young, humbly hip, and deeply talented Jazmine Sullivan, whose "comeback" CD, Reality Show, made serious waves when it dropped in January. Her and Scott on the same stage would be worth the price of admission alone.
The WDAS Holiday Jam, with Jill Scott, New Edition, Tyrese, SWV, and Jazmine Sullivan, starts at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at the Wells Fargo Center, 3601 S. Broad St. Tickets: $39.50-$149.50. Information: 215-336-3600, www.wellsfargocenter
George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic
It's the best kind of holiday funk. George Clinton brings his latest incarnation of Parliament Funkadelic to the Ardmore Music Hall on Friday night. Clinton, 74, is still an active force. He published an autobiography and a new Funkadelic album last year. He also appeared this year on Kendrick Lamar's To Pimp a Butterfly, and Lamar returned the favor this fall by guesting on a new remix of "Ain't That Funkin' Kinda Hard On You?" But the bedrock of Clinton's show will be classic '70s P-Funk jams such as "One Nation Under a Groove," "Maggot Brain," "Flash Light," and "Give Up the Funk (Tear the Roof Off the Sucker)." Don't expect wild costumes: Clinton now favors dapper suits and no longer has rainbow dreadlocks. Do expect wild rock-guitar solos, jazzy horns, some hip-hop raps, and general funky mayhem.
George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic, with Nick Greeley & the Operators, perform at 8:30 p.m. Friday at the Ardmore Music Hall, 23 E. Lancaster Ave., Ardmore. Tickets: $50. Information: 610-649-8389, www.ardmoremusic.com.
Like blues-rock goddess ZZ Ward and country-western pageant lass Kacey Musgraves, young Elle King is not content to make pop (or pop radio) an easy ride. Take her sexy first single, "Ex's & Oh's." It was a sassy rager that took on hard booze and country blues wrapped in a pop bow. Her voice had a crisp, sweet bite - a decidedly American, bluesy way with Amy Winehouse-style soul. That hit single was just the tip of the poker: Her debut this year, Love Stuff, is crammed with stomping country rock, torrid tunes such as the slow-dancing "Under the Influence," the rattle-and-rolling "Jackson," and the hard yet folksy "America's Sweetheart."
Elle King, with Horse Thief, plays at 8:30 p.m. Friday at Union Transfer, 1026 Spring Garden St. Tickets: $15/$17. Information: 215-232-3100, www.utphilly.com.