Rock & Roll For Rail For Real

 

Phase One | Poster by The Heads of State

Phase One | Poster by The Heads of State

With a star-studded lineup taking the stage one block from the Reading Viaduct tomorrow evening, the Friends of the Rail Park take a huge step in making its Phase One a reality. And in a strange and bittersweet twist, this beginning marks the probable end (until the inevitable reunion) of co-headliners The Walkmen, who told the Washington Post last week that they have no plans to continue and will focus on other projects.

A cocktail reception and fashion show will begin the evening at 6PM onstage at Union Transfer, the most appropriate venue for this fundraiser. At 1026 Spring Garden, within two blocks of where the former Philadelphia & Reading Railway’s trestle weaves northeasterly through the Eraserhood, Union Transfer’s name comes from the railroad’s luggage company who occupied the building long before Spaghetti Warehouse.

The trestle’s transformation into a green space has been the dream of many a dreamer for years, but the wild popularity of New York’s High Line has perhaps spurred the expedition of these local dreams. Friends of the Rail Park, boosted by the recent merger with the Reading Viaduct Project, has led the charge with a series of events including a rally and an art exhibition by Friends board member Sarah McEneaney at Locks Gallery depicting her colorful paintings of the viaduct. Phase One involves the SEPTA Spur between 13th & Noble to where it meets up with the Reading branch near 11th Street. (See preliminary designs done last year by Studio Bryan Hanes and Urban Engineers, with Center City District, HERE.)

Tomorrow’s concert features co-headliners The Walkmen and the Sun Ra Arkestra, as well as Sharon Van Etten, Spank Rock, Birdie Busch, Light Heat, Chris Ward, Mary Lattimore, and Jeff Zeigler, and will be hosted by XPN’s Michaela Majoun. Tickets to the concert only are $30, and those for the full package (including the fashion show and cocktail reception) are $100, with all proceeds going to Friends of the Rail Park. Both can be purchased via Ticketfly HERE.

About the author

Bradley Maule is co-editor of the Hidden City Daily and the creator of Philly Skyline. He's a native of Tyrone, Pennsylvania, and he's hung his hat in Shippensburg, Germantown, G-Ho, Fishtown, Portland OR, Brewerytown, and now Mt. Airy. He just can't get into Twitter, but he's way into Instagram @mauleofamerica.



1 Comment


  1. I hope they record it . CONCERT FOR THE RAIL PARK !
    Coming soon to a theater near you , or you tube………Or my I pad .
    If I can’t go I’d definitely like to buy a copy of the concert , it would
    generate more funds for the park. HMMMMM ! Christmas is right
    around the corner , what to get ??????

Leave a Reply

Comment moderation is enabled, no need to resubmit any comments posted.

Recent Posts
PA Ballet Swings Wrecking Ball At North Broad Landmark

PA Ballet Swings Wrecking Ball At North Broad Landmark

May 21, 2018  |  News

A 107-year-old terra cotta treasure on Automobile Row will be demolished for a vacant lot. Michael Bixler has the story > more

Kensington Workshop Keeps Neighborhood Clocking In

Kensington Workshop Keeps Neighborhood Clocking In

May 16, 2018  |  Last Light

Inside a 124-year-old mill in Kensington, World Manufacturing Inc. is buzzing with work orders. Theresa Stigale puts us on the production line with this photo essay > more

Take Me Up To the Ball Game! Rediscovering The Bleacher Houses Of North Philly

Take Me Up To the Ball Game! Rediscovering The Bleacher Houses Of North Philly

May 15, 2018  |  Vantage

Dave Coyne gives us a rooftop view of old Shibe Park and the backstory behind Swampoodle's little-known "bleacher houses" > more

On Motherhood & The Circle Of Life At City Hall

On Motherhood & The Circle Of Life At City Hall

May 11, 2018  |  Soapbox

For Mother's Day, Stacey Meadows takes us inside the Register of Wills office at City Hall with this moving personal essay > more

Neighbors Vote

Neighbors Vote “No” On Christian Street Church Proposal

May 9, 2018  |  News

A new design proposal to demolish and develop the site of Christian Street Baptist Church is met with unanimous disapproval from neighbors. Starr Herr-Cardillo has the story > more

The Urban Conversation Of Row House Window Displays

The Urban Conversation Of Row House Window Displays

May 8, 2018  |  Vantage

Mabel Rosenheck peeks inside the front window to examine Philly's tradition of row house expression > more