Philadelphia: 5 Spots To Explore With Musician Jesse Hale Moore

From a concert venue hidden at the batting cages to the best Polish food in the city, musician Jesse Hale Moore took a moment to tell us about his favorite spots in Philadelphia, a few days before his show with Sofar Sounds Philadelphia on July 6.

Graffiti Pier

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Get your band photo taken at this post industrial maze of Graffiti arts. I recommend riding a bike there, taking in the view of the city, then high tailing it to Port Richmond for pierogies at Syrenka Luncheonette.

E Cumberland St
Philadelphia, PA 19125

Johnny Brenda’s

In 2007 The Dirty Projectors opened for Grizzly Bear at this small/mid-sized venue. Crazy, right?! A local favorite of many, Johnny Brenda’s is the place to catch intimate performances of your favorite indie bands before they start playing the big venues.

1201 Frankford Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19125

Philadelphia Record Exchange

Personal favorite spot to browse for records. They also host some great shows. Caught Daniel Bachman there a while back and found the vibe to be just right.

1524 Frankford Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19125

Meadowsweet Mercantile

Favorite vintage spot and the owners are the nicest people ever. There’s always something new to see there as they regularly feature new artists and pop-ups by local makers and small businesses. I played a solo set there for a First Friday event and have been a regular ever since.

47 N 2nd St
Philadelphia, PA 19106

Everybody Hits

Equal parts batting cages/DIY venue. Honestly, I’m not a big baseball fan, but there’s nothing quite like hitting a few rounds while your favorite local rock band shreds. It’s a pretty unbeatable combination.

529 W Girard Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19122

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