Spotlight: The Fillmore Philly

Have you ever been to a venue for a concert and just felt entirely at home, like you’re exactly where you belong with people who share the same interests and perspectives? That’s The Fillmore Philadelphia to me.

The Philadelphia Magazine named the concert hall the Best New Music Venue. Located at 29 East Allen Street in Philadelphia, it is a former World War II munitions factory that offers a unique experience.

The first band I saw there was SafetySuit, one of my favorite rock bands; and I was so close that I could practically touch the stage. I even got a picture with the lead singer, Douglas Brown.

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Basically tore Douglas Brown’s arm out of its socket for this photo with him at the Foundry. Worth it!

The venue is actually two clubs in one — the Fillmore (main hall) and the Foundry (top floor, smaller club for developing and local artists.) Though different sizes, they both provide that up-close-and-personal feel.

Having seen shows in both, I prefer the Foundry to the Fillmore because it’s much easier to connect with the band. Of course, for concerts with larger crowds, it’s not so easy to hold too many people in that size room. However, I personally enjoy shows that aren’t as packed, ones where you can hang by the gate and make eye contact with the lead singer. It’s an awesome feeling.

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I was super close to SafetySuit at Foundry.

Garret Kennel, 21-year-old Rowan University student, gave his opinion on the main venue at the Fillmore after seeing Simple Plan there this March. “I really like the set up, how there were bars and open areas outside of the stage area while also having bars in the stage area. The thing that stood out from other venues is that it kinda felt like just a giant house party,” he said.

Since the band was touring for their 15th anniversary, Simple Plan drew quite an audience and performed in the more spacious room. “It was just good vibes all around,” Kennel stated.

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Simple Plan performing their anniversary concert at the Fillmore.

Not only do you get to enjoy the concert, you can also order food and alcohol at the bar to accompany you during the show. Maybe that’s why this is my favorite concert hall — food, alcohol, AND live music? I might as well move in.

I’m not the only one who fancies the notion of booze and tunes. Nicolette Cerminaro, student at University of Sciences in Philadelphia, gushed about how the venue is “much bigger than Electric Factory in terms of moving around room and accessibility to the bar from the general admission areas.” Cerminaro saw Tegan and Sara around Halloween, and they sold themed drinks for the holiday. How festive?!

Denis Conrad, 23 of Westmont, New Jersey, was also impressed after his recent experience there. “It had a real cool atmosphere and the sound carried well. Beer wasn’t horribly expensive compared to normal concert prices, not cheap but not eight bucks for a Bud Light or anything.”

On a historical note, this 25,000-square-foot venue maintains the values of the original Fillmore, which opened in San Francisco in 1965 and is essentially a legend. In fact, according to the venue info on their site, “The Fillmore was the focal point for the psychedelic music scene during the 1960s and ’70s, helping to launch the careers of acts such as The Grateful Dead, Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, Santana, The Doors, Hot Tuna and many, many others which helped it grow into the legend it is today.”

Any time I return to concert hall, I immediately feed off the passion and excitement of everyone in the room. There are rarely seats unless you’re in VIP, so the crowd packs together to celebrate the art of music, laughing and jumping around like old friends.

Shannon Gausepohl, Rowan alumn, told me about her escapade seeing her all-time favorite band at the Fillmore this March. “I saw Thursday there. It was so chill. The Thursday shows I’m used to attending are a little wild and it’s very possible I was the wildest there,” she said. “The staff was friendly, it’s in a great spot for bars and there are a lot of great lineups. I would definitely go back.”

And after the concert, as suggest by Conrad, you can walk over to Fishtown’s main stretch for some more fun.

Check out additional pictures of the venue below!

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5 Rock Bands You May Not Know Are From The South Jersey/Philadelphia Area

It’s always exciting to hear about awesome success stories of people who started off in your town, or a twenty-minute drive away from where you grew up. Philadelphia, as well as South Jersey, has bred some talented musicians of various genres across the board.

Here are five rock/pop punk groups from the area:

  1. Modern Baseball

    This rock group started out in 2012 at Drexel University in Philadelphia. It’s crazy to me that a band this popular attended the same college my friend does, one that I can easily commute to. Too bad I didn’t visit when they were there; maybe I could’ve bumped into them at a frat and somehow become their lyricist? Wishful thinking.

    Their music is a bit indie at times, which I find interesting and enthralling for a predominantly pop punk band. They’ve had much success already in their career, performing with other well known bands like Knuckle Puck.

  2. Man Overboard

    I am especially excited about this band, seeing as they’re from Mt. Laurel and Williamstown in South Jersey, which is right near my college, Rowan University. They’ve been around since 2008 and live by their motto, “Defend Pop Punk.” Definitely support them on that.

    I find their music to be more pop than some of the other bands in their genre, but they totally pull it off. Whenever I listen to them, I’m instantly in a better mood.

  3. Circa Survive

    Circa Survive had an interesting takeoff in Philly suburb Doylestown, where two old friends Anthony Green and Colin Frangicetto called it quits on some prior commitments to start the band in 2004. It’s as though they were meant to make music together, after leaving other groups and forming this one. I think it’s touching, personally.

    Perhaps it’s the writer in me speaking, but I think one of the main reasons I love this band is their lyrics, which are raw and poetic. Check out there 10 Year Anniversary video!

  4. Cayetana

    It’s not often you hear of an all-female rock band, so props to this trio for doing what I always dreamed of (but was way too timid to even consider trying.) Their inspiring journey is just part of why I adore them, along with their edgy Indie style and power to make a lasting impression.

    When I first read about them, I was wary, having never learned of them before; but as soon as I shuffled their Spotify, I became undeniably fascinated and hooked.

  5. The Wonder Years

    Okay, so they’re from Lansdale, PA…but they’re still a Philadelphia-based pop punk band, and they happen to be one of my absolute favorites! The Wonder Years had an impact on my decision to start listening to this genre of music, when I first heard their song “Came Out Swinging” last year (I was very late to the scene, I know.) I then did my typical “let’s play this song on repeat for the next ten days” act that drove my roommate crazy before finally branching out to their other songs (which are just as incredible, by the way.)

    When I saw them at Sherman Theater last year, I was shocked at how great they sounded despite being live. Almost got moshed in the face, but it was totally worth it. To me, they are the definition of pop-punk.

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Welcome, Rock Stars!

Welcome, and thank you for checking out Pop-Punkadelphia!

Welcome, and thank you for checking out Pop-Punkadelphia! My name is Sammi Caramela, and I am a music lover with a passion for writing. Through this blog, I hope to explore the rock and pop-punk genre and share my adventures and discoveries with my audience.

If you’re in the Philadelphia area and enjoy rock and pop-punk bands, from Real Friends to Blink 182, you’re in the right place. This blog will cover similar artists performing in Philly and South Jersey, and discover the best venues of the area, like the Fillmore and other popular locations.

I hope to feature start-up bands like VISTA, whose lead singer is a Rowan alumni, as well as some of the older, well known groups.

Stay tuned for some rockin’ content you won’t find anywhere else!

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