“Four cities, one magical year” is the tagline for the Project Pabst concert, which brings its fourth and final show in the series to the Electric Factory’s parking lot Oct. 8. Starting at noon and even featuring an aftershow inside the Factory afterwards, the Project Pabst Philly show is not to be missed.
The first three cities in the Project Pabst series were Denver, Colorado Portland, Oregon and Atlanta, Georgia. While you may not have heard of Project Pabst before, you most certainly have heard of some of the headliners they’ve had: Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats, Best Coast, Violent Femmes, Ice Cube, Duran Duran, Unknown Mortal Orchestra and Tame Impala among others.
Our own lineup in Philly is not shabby in the least. Headlined by Animal Collective, the Project Pabst Philly show also features two of the best local acts Philly has to offer: indie rockers Hop Along and the punk band Beach Slang. Having seen both of them in concert, let me tell you that you are in for a real treat. Then, lo-fi slacker indie rocker ‘n’ roller adored by thousands of teens, Mac DeMarco, will be making his return to the Electric Factory since his show last spring. Band name champions of all time, Diarrhea Planet, will also be there. Haven’t heard a lick of their music but that name alone should get you to be there on time to give them a look. Rebirth Brass Band also sounds like a good time because there are few things better in a concert setting than a dope horn section. The music stops outside at 10 p.m. but the good times will continue inside the Electric Factory with Son Little who is a blues rock force, let me tell you. Check him and his band out if you can.
Oct. 8 is just on the fringe of the start of fall so the weather should be prime for a nice outdoor concert experience. Maybe don your best concert flannel or crew neck sweatshirt in case it gets a little chilly later in the evening. If you hadn’t guessed by the name, this concert festival with a beer in the name is only for those 21 years of age or older. So you underclassmen better polish up the fake ID’s and practice your address and birthday recall if you want to get in. It’ll be a great time to close outdoor concert festivals once and for all with the Project Pabst Festival in the Electric Factory’s parking lot Oct. 8.