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Five Shows To See This August Around Philadelphia

By Michael Cerio

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) -- Did you miss out on music in July?

Were you stuck at home when Guns N' Roses took Philadelphia back to Paradise City? Were you grocery shopping when you could have been spending an evening at the ballpark with Paul McCartney? Were you busy catching Pokémon in your yard when you could been catching Modest Mouse and Brand New at The Mann Center?

Don't make the same mistake this month. Here are five shows you shouldn't miss this August around Philadelphia.

Saturday August 6th – Coldplay at Lincoln Financial Field

Before you start, I get it.

You have an opinion on Coldplay. You have already thrown them into a box with Creed, and Nickelback, and everything else that is popular yet too lame for your critically-refined ears. However, with this being their final tour before an indefinite hiatus, it might be the time to reveal that you actually sing along to "The Scientist" when you're in your car, or at minimum, that you dance to "Viva La Vida" after a couple of Blue Moons.

With two hours of confetti, LED wristbands, and balloons – Coldplay has been going out in style in stadiums across the country. Perhaps we should appreciate them and the arena-sized party they throw before it's too late.

Friday August 12th – Blink 182 at BB&T Pavilion

Back and rebuilt for 2016, it's Blink 182.

With Alkaline Trio's Matt Skiba stepping in for Tom "the truth is out there" Delonge, nobody knew what was to come of rock's favorite class clowns. Their number one album California quieted concerns though, and poised them to infect a new generation with their pop punk stylings. They come to BB&T this month with their industry offspring All Time Low, and a heavier dose of rock with A Day To Remember.

Friday August 19th – Black Sabbath at BB&T Pavilion

The End is here for Black Sabbath. Ozzy and company have called it quits for-ev-er with their last show scheduled for February 2017 in the UK. First though it's once last set from Osbourne, Geezer Butler, and Tony Iommi in Camden, NJ – the home to all things Ozzy and Ozzfest for years. Bid the band farewell, probably for real this time.

Sunday August 21st – Blues Traveler, The Wallflowers, and G. Love at The Mann Center

Grab a cold beverage and party like it is 1994. Nostalgia seeps into the woods of Fairmount Park this month as Blues Traveler, The Wallflowers, and G. Love take you back to a simpler time of Nerf Guns and Donald Trump only being "that guy from Home Alone 2 with the casinos."

Some of the finest songs to come out of alternative radio in the 1990's were crafted by these two bands. The hometown funk of G. Love & Special Sauce and the addition of singer-songwriter Howie Day make this a perfect evening out at The Mann.

Sunday August 21st – Drake and Future at Wells Fargo Center

What a time, to be alive. The Summer Sixteen tour heads to Wells Fargo Center this month with Drake being arguably the biggest star in music, and Future collecting number one albums like they are really big rings. Everyone not-named Meek Mill seems to be excited to see the duo come to South Philly.

Also this month, Jimmy Buffett returns to BB&T Pavilion. You parrotheads already know this though, and still have a Hawaiian shirt and margarita mix left in your trunk from last summer.

Wherever you go, enjoy the show.

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