Bernie Sanders Support Show - Philadelphia, PA

Lina Xinos

Lina Xinos

Friday night is the perfect night to head out to see your local
bands play in support of politics, am I right? 

Yes, I am.

In fact, my Friday night was super stellar and filled with really awesome tunes, fantastic bands, and Bernie Sanders supporters huddled together. Picture this: A side street in North Philly - and the day was warm, but it's almost night so it's a little cold. There's a mattress outside across the street, growing flowers from it - reminds me of the floating mattresses in Harbor Park. Inside of an apartment all like the rest is a garage full of clamoring people - trickling in with cheap beer and cigarettes but smiles and the money they have to support Bernie Sanders. 

I brought my friend Lauren with me, and I was most interested in witnessing Weatherhead in person - the band I had been writing for and in contact with prior. However, I'm always up for a show that also supports local artists and musicians - and I was excited to see what Philly's local scene could bring out on this particular Friday night.

In the garage, bands played against the backdrop of a white sheet and an illuminated "Bernie" sign. The show was prompt to start - selling started at 7pm (a capped show) and the bands started playing at 7:45. 

The line-up was a great handful of local bands - ranging from electric rock to piano emo to indie alternative. It gave show-goers a really great mix of sounds to latch onto and vibe with. To open, Curtis Cooper got people excited and moody with his great variety of impressive vocal movement, then onto our personal faves, Weatherhead. Then followed by Walking Distance, Brown Rainbow, Starwood, and Line Leader. 

And each band was just as great as the last, the reverb in the walls enough to make you content and angsty and hungry for more - maybe a little cold, too.

In between the sets people gathered, huddled outside exchanging cigarettes and talking with band members about the process, about where they bought alcohol - overall, it was a great introduction to the Philly local scene.

I'm stoked to gain access into the scene, and I can't wait to see what it has in store for me.

For more info on the bands mentioned, check out their social media below!

Curtis Cooper: bandcamp
Weatherhead: bandcamp
Starwood: bandcamp
Walking Distance: bandcamp
Brown Rainbow: bandcamp
Line Leader: bandcamp

Photo Credit: Emily Famularo

Photo Credit: Emily Famularo