If you are interested in supporting live music in Philadelphia, consider joining one or more of our museums that offer it regularly. The membership will pay for itself in a few visits, and you will also be able to take advantage of museum exhibits at free or discounted prices. Here's a list:
Friday Nights at the Museum (formerly known as Art After Five)
Every Friday night at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, there are 2 sets of live music: 5:45-6:45PM and 7:15-8:15PM, with small plates and cocktails catered by Starr Catering. If you want to get a table, be as early as 4:00, as they fill up quickly after that.
Membership for 1 adult is $75. per year, $40 for students and artists. As a member, you can bring a guest for $10 instead of the $20 admission for nonmembers. Friday Nights at the Museum are free for members(food and drink not included)
The First Friday of every month, The Barnes Foundation has live music and performances from 6:00 to 9:00PM. Admission for nonmembers is $25., and members get in free. Cocktails and light snacks are available for purchase.
Annual membership at The Barnes Foundation starts at $90 for one adult.
During the summer months, P.M. at Penn Museum is a series of Wednesday evening outdoor concerts in their beautiful garden, which includes shade trees, benches, and a fountain. Between sets, your $10 admission includes access to the museum exhibitions. Single adult membership starts at $55, and includes entrance to the museum for a year, and many of their special lectures, film screenings, and family programs.
One Wednesday a month PAFA After Dark hosts a themed evening where guests can enjoy live performances, a cash bar, art making and exhibition tours!
PAFA After Dark is free with museum admission ($15 general admission, free for PAFA members).
Membership is $55 for one adult, and $35 for artists.