South Street Headhouse District announces that 40+ bands will rock the city on Saturday, May 7, 2016 during the 4th Annual South Street Spring Festival. The all-day, all-ages, free outdoor festival and concert will feature a mix of rock, funk, soul, hip hop, indie rock, reggae, R&B and country acts that will entertain an estimated 55,000+ people on three main stages and seven other performance areas on South Street and in Headhouse Square. Headhouse Square will also roll out the green for a special lawn concert with real grass for lounging and dancing in the sun! Festivities are free, with food and drink pay-as-you-go.

Jay Skull in Spades was one of 40 bands that rocked South Street.JPG

“Our music scene is one of the most robust and diverse in the city. Each and every week you can find live performances tailored to almost every musical taste and style in venues like TLA, Twisted Tail, L’Etage and soon to open Milk Boy,” said SSHD Executive Director Michael Harris. “With South Street Spring Festival, we wanted to host one of the city’s largest free concerts that celebrates that same diversity and creativity. This year’s line-up has some great city-wide favorites, but we’re thrilled to also be a showcase for new and emerging talent. Philadelphia, we hope you are ready to rock with us!”

Musical acts for South Street Spring Festival are selected after a year-round search for the best and hottest established and up-and-coming artists in the region. Acts for 5th Street, 2nd Street and street performance zones are programmed by the District with help from Jim Thorpe – Vince Volz of DVT Entertainment. This year’s line-up is as follows:

** 5th St. Stage 1

11:20AM Liv Devine (Alt Country)
12:20PM Song Dogs (Jam)
1:20PM Swift Technique (Funk)
2:20PM Nik Greeley and the Operators (Soul Rock)
3:20PM Johnny Popcorn (Hip Hop/R&B)
4:20PM The Captain The Pilot The Driver (Indie Rock)
5:20PM Kuf Knots (Hip hop/Reggae)
6:20PM Footwerk (Hip Hop/R&B)
7:20PM The Once Was (Jam)

** 2nd St. Stage 2 and Lawn Concert

11:00AM Sweet Eureka (Indie Rock)
12:00PM Nomad Clientele (Rock/Reggae)
1:00PM Zymotic Flow (Rock)
2:00PM Wave Radio (Indie Rock)
3:00PM Modern Colour (Blues Rock)
4:00PM Memphis Crawl (Blues Rock)
5:00PM In Presence of Wolves (Progressive Rock)
6:00PM Stereotytans (Rock/Funk)
7:00PM The Tea Club (Progressive Rock)

** 8th St. Stage – Maifest by Brauhaus Schmitz
2:00PM – 6:00PM HeimatKlange

** Street Performers at 7 Performance Zones

Ashton John (Singer Songwriter)
Connor Rothstein (Singer Songwriter)
Dave BAKER (Singer Songwriter)
David Scott Bradford (Singer Songwriter)
Jakki Roberts (Singer Songwriter)
Jay Regan (Singer Songwriter)
Jay Skull (Rock)
Joshua Bation (Singer Songwriter)
Judah Kim (Singer Songwriter)
Matt Chicchi (Singer Songwriter)
Mayfair Mansion (Jam)
Owen Crowley (Singer Songwriter)
Palaceburn (Rock)
RFA (Rock)
Sal Tommassello (Singer Songwriter)
Saver (Singer Songwriter)
The Black Sox Scandal (Rock)
The Good Mess (Rock)
The Madeleine Haze (Rock)
Valentina  (Singer Songwriter)
Suburban Sensi (Funk)

New radio partners this year to accompany the diverse music line-up include: 95.7 Ben FM, 93.3 WMMR, 102.9 WMGK Classic Rock, 97.5 WPEN The Fanatic and Greater Media Philadelphia. Other sponsors this year include: City of Philadelphia, Philly Voice, Where Magazine, Yelp, Specialty Productions, Aversa PR & Events, DVT Entertainment.


On top of music from the 40+ acts, the city’s largest block party will also feature 30+ restaurants/bars serving outside, 125+ boutiques and businesses catering to your style and shopping needs, and dozens of artists selling their handmade wares. Children of all ages will enjoy free family fun in the expanded Family Fun Zone. This year, look for attractions on three additional blocks – bring the total to 12 for 2016.

In conjunction with the Festival, Brauhaus Schmitz will host the 4th annual German Maifest on the 700 block of South Street, with German beers, dancers, music, food, flower headbands and even a Maypole.  Outside of Atomic City Comics (638 South Street) look for free giveaways and super hero sightings during Free Comic Book Day. Watch for new surprises, vendor lists, menus and more coming later this spring. For now, save the date and mark your calendars!

Stay tuned in early and mid April for additional announcements about food and menus, vendors and family fun. South Street Spring Festival is free and open to the public. For the full schedule and roster of events, and follow @officialsouthst #SouthStFest on Twitter.


The South Street Headhouse District is a renowned commercial corridor and home to over 400 unique businesses, including some of the best restaurants, retailers, and services in the region.  The South Street Headhouse District, home of historic Fabric Row and Philadelphia Magic Gardens, is also one of the top tourist destinations in Philadelphia, with over one million visitors each year.  Surrounded by the historic neighborhoods of Society Hill, Queen Village, Bella Vista, and Washington Square West, the South Street Headhouse District is great place to eat, shop, play, and live.


DVT Entertainment is based in Philadelphia, PA. Premier Booking Agents – Artist Management – Artist Consultants for the indie artist. DVT Entertainment is a collaboration between Vince Volz of Double V Bookings & Jim Thorpe of Thorpe Productions. Jim and Vince have joined forces to bring you even more of the quality entertainment you’ve come to expect at a growing list of traditional venues and specialty locations! Additionally the duo specialize in consultation and band development with the ability to eventually assist in regional & national booking. DVT programs Liberty Musicfest (Philly), South St. Spring Festival (Philly), Dewey Beach Music Conference/Popfest (Delaware), Elm City Music Festival (New Haven, CT). FOr more information, visit

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