LIVE MUSIC HOT SPOTS
Montgomery County's Best Concert Venues
If you think that the only heart-pounding rush of winter comes from sledding, think again. The electric vibe of a first-rate concert makes a great cold-weather treat.
291 N. Keswick Ave
The stage at the classic Keswick has a quartet of concerts in January that ensure that fans of live performance have multiple reasons to line up at the box office: Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes (January 23), Comedian Steven Wright (January 29), Who's Bad: The World's #1 Michael Jackson Tribute Band (January 30) and Indigo Girls, with a matinee added by overwhelming demand (January 31, 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.)
ARDMORE MUSIC HALL
23 East Lancaster Avenue
A variety of tribute bands fills the marquee at Ardmore Music Hall in the January to March timeframe. Hear the reinterpreted sounds of tribute bands to Neil Young (January 17), Johnny Cash (January 24), The Grateful Dead (January 29), Hall & Oates (January 30) and Phish (March 12).
THE PENNSYLVANIA PHILHARMONIC
1330 Main Street
Philadelphia Orchestra concertmaster David Kim performs as soloist with the Pennsylvania Philharmonic, interpreting the iconic work of Vivaldi and tango master Astor Piazzolla. The concert is at 2 p.m. on February 21 at Phoenixville Area Middle School.
VALLEY FORGE CASINO RESORT MUSIC FAIR
1160 First Ave
King of Prussia, PA 19406
Since it launched in December, 2014, the Valley Forge Casino Resort Music Fair has become one of the most popular concert venues in the region. Headlining acts have spanned genres and generations and include Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Heart, Grand Ole Opry member Josh Turner and comedic legend Whoopi Goldberg.
50 Sunnybrook Rd
Pottstown, PA 19464
The top-notch performers who stopped in at Sunnybrook Ballroom in Pottstown on their way to or from gigs in New York City included the likes of Benny Goodman, Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey and Bill Haley and the Comets. The historic ballroom is undergoing a facelift, but the sound of music will soon fill the air once again.
320 Goddard Blvd
King of Prussia, PA 19406
The bouncy rhythms of the Caribbean provide a live soundtrack to the summery menu at Bahama Breeze in King of Prussia. Wednesday through Sunday, the talents of Dale Knight fill the air, and you'll soon find yourself gently swaying to the sound of his mellow steel drums.
CRAFT ALE HOUSE
708 W Ridge Pk
Royersford, PA 19468
Begorrah, St. Patricks' Day is seven months away, but if the traditional music of the Emerald Isle calls to you year-round, grab a table on the third Monday of every month at Limerick's Craft Ale House. The live Irish session will set your heart reeling.
SOUTHERN CROSS KITCHEN
8 E 1st Ave
Conshohocken, PA 19428
Combine your Basie with some biscuits at the jazz brunch at Southern Cross Kitchen, Conshohocken. Each Sunday starting at 11 a.m., the music is as smooth as the Hollandaise on the eggs benedict.
ROCK 'N' REBEL SALOON AND GRILLE
1903 Bethlehem Pk
Hatfield, PA 19440
If you like your music with a definite seasoning of Southern twang, point your boots to Hatfield for the Rock ‘n' Rebel Saloon and Grille. Enjoy a kicking beverage in a Mason jar, accompanied by the sounds of acoustic Fridays from 5-10 p.m.
FOREST & MAIN BREWERY
61 N Main St
Ambler, PA 19002
The owner-proprietors of Forest & Main Brewery and Pub in Ambler are self-proclaimed music lovers, which is why they take full advantage of their various spaces. Smaller acts are booked indoors, while larger draws are hosted outside. In line with Ambler's general support of all things creative, local musicians who write their own tunes are featured often. The brewed beverages reflect both English and Belgian styles, enabling a hearty toast at the end of a lively set.
2688 E High St
Sanatoga, PA 19464
Let the kids scream and bounce around at their clubs. Sometimes a more mature clientele wants a more mature evening out. The dining at Cutillos in Sanatoga is excellent, and the atmosphere is even more appealing on Saturday evenings, thanks to the skills of harpist Nora McGinnis. This combo gives Cutillos our nod for most romantic presentation of live music.
37-41 AShland Ave
Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004
The cuisine at LaCollina in Bala Cynwyd isn't the only authentic aspect of a visit. When local legend Pasquale lets loose with his rich baritone on Saturdays, he creates that feeling of arriving for dinner in a gondola and stepping off at an intimate Venice bistro.
4046 W Skippack Pk
Schwenksville, PA 19473
The German concept of a rathskeller is an attractive mix of lite bites and music in an intimate setting. If you've never had the experience in Europe, try Skippack's Hotel Fiesole. On Friday and Saturday nights from 8 p.m. to midnight, the live playlists vary from R&B to high energy funk to Motown, disco and Top 40.