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Any place that can welcome Garth Brooks, Jay-Z, Metallica, and Pink demonstrates a wide bandwidth. Philly knows how to party — in lots of ways and voices.
 
 
 
Thirty years after the release of 'The Joshua Tree,' U2 brought its tour commemorating the album to Lincoln Financial Field on June 18. Read related coverage
YONG KIM
 
 
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I was 17 years-old when I saw U2 perform the first Joshua Tree tour at the Los Angeles Sport Arena in April 1987. Thirty years later, I covered the U2 Joshua Tree Tour 2017 on June 18 at Lincoln Financial Field. The first time I saw them, I was worried about making my parents’ curfew. This time I was worried about making deadline. U2 started the show by playing four of their early hits, but photographers were not allowed to photograph them at that time. As soon as those were finished, photographers had three songs to take photos of the band, I stayed for one and half songs and scrambled to send images at the Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia office, across the street. We made all the deadlines and I stood in the parking lot listening to the band.
— Yong Kim
 
Festivalgoers enjoy a swing ride while others check out a concert by The Chainsmokers on the Rocky Stage at the Made In America festival on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway on Sept. 3. Read related coverage
ELIZABETH ROBERTSON
Choreographer Debbie Allen (center) leads dancers during a master class she taught to dance majors at the String Theory School on May 9. Read related coverage
MICHAEL BRYANT
In celebration of her retirement, ballerina Amy Aldridge was lifted onto the shoulders of Pennsylvania Ballet Company members Sterling Baca (left) and Arian Molina Soca after her last dance on May 14. Read related coverage
STEVEN M. FALK
Aretha Franklin, above right, performs at the Mann Center on Aug. 26. Read related coverage
ELIZABETH ROBERTSON
Dionne Warwick accepts the 2017 Marian Anderson Award at the Kimmel Center on Nov. 14. With her are (from left) Marian Anderson Award board chair Nina Tinari Schulson, record producer Clive Davis and host Jerry Blavat. Read related coverage
TOM GRALISH
Dressed in their formal attire, concertgoers file out after the 160th Anniversary Concert and Ball at the Academy of Music in Philadelphia on Jan. 28. Read related coverage
ELIZABETH ROBERTSON
Pianist Lang Lang (center) takes a question from sixth grader Ameen Stevens while parents and teachers listen at Thomas Holme Elementary School in Northeast Philadelphia on Oct. 6. The classical pianist awarded the school a grant to start a piano program, some of the nearly $1 million he has donated to six Philadelphia schools for music education. Read related coverage
ED HILLE
Doylestown’s Pink performs during her concert on the beach in Atlantic City on July 12. It was her first return to the area in more than four years. Read related coverage
ELIZABETH ROBERTSON
Pharrell (center) and Tariq “Black Thought” Trotter of the Roots perform at the 10th annual Roots Picnic at Festival Pier on June 3. This year’s lineup also included Solange, Lil Wayne, and Jeezy. Read related coverage
CHARLES FOX
James Hetfield performs with Metallica. The group performed at Lincoln Financial Field in May, making its first appearance in Philadelphia in eight years. Read related coverage
ELIZABETH ROBERTSON
Members of the vocal group Labelle (from left) Patti LaBelle, Sarah Dash, and Nona Hendryx unveil their plaque on the Philadelphia Music Walk of Fame along the Avenue of the Arts on Oct. 4. Read related coverage
CLEM MURRAY
Country superstar Garth Brooks played the Wells Fargo Center on March 24, his first show in Philadelphia in almost 19 years. His wife, Trisha Yearwood, was also on the bill. Read related coverage
ELIZABETH ROBERTSON
Guitar hero Carlos Santana works his magic at Musikfest on Aug. 4. Read related coverage
TOM GRALISH
Headliner Mary J. Blige delighted a drenched crowd at the Wawa Welcome America Fourth of July Concert. Read related coverage
CHARLES FOX
Jay-Z performs on the Rocky Stage during the Made In America festival on Sept. 3. Read related coverage
YONG KIM
Piano Man Billy Joel picks up a guitar for his show at Citizens Bank Park on Sept. 9. Read related coverage
YONG KIM
Kevin Hart and his son Hendrix applaud as a proclamation is read marking Kevin Hart Day in Philadelphia for the comedian’s 38th birthday on July 6. The event included a mural dedication and performances by Chill Moody and Freeway. Read related coverage
CHIP FOX
Daryl Hall (left) and John Oates perform at the Hoagie Nation Festival at Festival Pier on May 27. The inaugural festival also included Tears for Fear, West Philly rapper Schoolly D, and Philly rock-and-roll favorite Marah. Read related coverage
CHARLES FOX
Roger Waters plays an acoustic guitar on Aug. 8, the first night of a three-night stand for his "Us + Them" tour at the Wells Fargo Center. Read related coverage
STEVEN M. FALK
Philly’s own Boyz II Men were honored in a ceremony renaming Broad Street between Christian and Carpenter Streets “Boyz II Men Boulevard.” The dedication ceremony was held on June 24 outside of Philadelphia High School for the Creative and Performing Arts, where the trio – Nathan Morris, Wanya Morris, and Shawn Stockman – went to school. Read related coverage
ED HILLE
Opera star Stephanie Blythe sang from the audience during a fund-raiser for Opera Philadelphia at the Theatre of Living Arts on South Street on Feb. 24. Read related coverage
ELIZABETH ROBERTSON
 
 
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