Brooklyn Bowl Philadelphia Announces Opening Lineup

The first concerts will feature Soulive with George Porter Jr. and Questlove.

By Andy Kahn Sep 22, 2021 1:59 pm PDT

Brooklyn Bowl Philadelphia, a new concert venue, bowling alley and restaurant, will open on November 4 with the first of three performances by Soulive. The Brooklyn Bowl “house band” will be joined by special guests, The Meters bassist George Porter Jr. and The Roots drummer Questlove. The three shows are among more than 30 concerts making up the new 1,000-capacity venue’s inaugural lineup.

Brooklyn Bowl Philadelphia is a partnership between Brooklyn Bowl and Live Nation. The multifaceted space joins the initial Brooklyn Bowl in New York City, as well as its extensions in Las Vegas and most recently in Nashville. Located in the Fishtown neighborhood of “The City of Brotherly Love and Sisterly Affection,” Brooklyn Bowl Philadelphia features a LEED-certified bowling alley and food prepared by the Blue Ribbon Restaurant Group.

​“Philadelphia has given us so many of the greatest names in rock, soul, funk, jazz, and hip hop,” co-founder Peter Shapiro stated. “That deep history, along with Live Nation’s success and contributions in the Fishtown neighborhood made us excited to partner with Geoff Gordon and his Live Nation team in bringing Brooklyn Bowl to Philadelphia. Given everything we all have been through over the last couple years, now is definitely the right time for Philly and Brooklyn to come together as one family.”

In addition to Soulive’s three-night opening run, Brooklyn Bowl Philadelphia’s initial lineup includes jam staples Twiddle, TAUK, Spafford and Keller Williams with a heavy dose of funk-soul from Lettuce, Turkuaz and The Greyboy Allstars, along with avant-rock trio The Slip, Grammy-nominated Americana songstress Yola, New Orleans legends Dirty Dozen Brass Band, iconic NYC MCs Talib Kweli and Rakim, rising country-pop star Dylan Scott, eclectic international sounds from Antibalas, Red Baraat and L’Impératrice, and many more to come.

“With each Brooklyn Bowl venue, we’re excited to see our audiences take in the experience,” co-founder Charley Ryan stated. “Now that we can gather again, it’s particularly meaningful. With great music, bowling, bars, and food, the Bowl provides the unforgettable social connections you look for in an evening out.”

Tickets for the inaugural series of shows at Brooklyn Bowl Philadelphia will go on sale this Friday, September 24 at 12 p.m. Visit this link for details.

“As part of our ongoing commitment to the City of Philadelphia and the revitalization of iconic Fishtown, we are excited to partner with Peter Shapiro and bring the Brooklyn Bowl to Philadelphia,” said Live Nation regional president Geoff Gordon. “The Brooklyn Bowl completes a full-campus entertainment district in Fishtown with the Fillmore, Foundry, Punch Line Philly, Philadelphia Distilling, and the new Other Half Brewery. We look forward to the great shows, artists, and performers coming to Brooklyn Bowl Philly and can’t wait for the shows to begin.”

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