Since finding mainstream success in the mid-’90s with hits like “Come Original,” “All Mixed Up” and “Amber,” the Nebraska natives of 311 have certainly proven to be a rare breed in the industry, having managed to simultaneously garner a die-hard, cult-like following. And really, you couldn’t ask for a more fan-friendly group of musicians.
Having practically spent the past 20 years of their 25-year music history on the road, performing hundreds of shows annually across the globe, once again, they’ll be making their summertime appearance here in Philly. Continuing for the 11 consecutive year, the band’s Unity Tour is known for packing an eclectic line-up of supporting acts; past openers having included everyone from Snoop Dogg and Deftones to the Offspring and the Roots. This year is no exception, as they’ll be sharing a bill with fellow ’90s rap-rock hitmakers Cypress Hill and Philly’s own alt hip-hoppers G. Love & Special Sauce, who have just released their first album in a decade, a best-of compilation titled Playlist, featuring three live cuts and an alternate version of “This Ain’t Living.” Given the collective fusion of musical styles, fans are sure to be in for a uniquely nostalgic night of tunes, one as energetic as it is laidback.
As you might assume, the Radio 104.5 concert typically attracts a rather diverse crowd and stoners of all ages. What is more surprising is just how raucous it can get. Expect to see several concertgoers removed from the venue on stretchers and in handcuffs and at least one minor passed out somewhere before the second act. Even better, if the rumors are true, 311 fans can also look forward to a new album sometime later this year. NICOLE FINKBINER
6:30pm. $47. Festival Pier at Penn’s Landing, Columbus Blvd. & Spring Garden St.