9.18.14

Young Composer Series Returns w/ Richard Parry (Arcade Fire) + Nico Muhly

Over the past two years, we have been thrilled to find success in bringing some of our favorite young composers from all over the world to come perform in unique, alternative spaces like the First Unitarian Church (ie. not “performing arts venues”, which are generally pretty stuffy).  It makes us so happy to be able to provide a setting which reflects our ideals and ethos from doing punk shows for 18+ years while simultaneously bringing along some new people who typically do not listen to “classical music”. In other words – we want to have these young artists play a cool show in a weird venue for some new fans. The highlight of this fall will be next Sunday, September 28th when The Arcade Fire’s Richard Reed … MORE >>>

9.17.14

Our Shows At The First Unit Church Are Coming To An End (Kind Of)

Hellos –  We have some sad news to pass along. As you likely know, we (r5) have booked thousands of shows at The First Unitarian Church since 1996. A bunch of now super famous and legendary bands got their first “big break” there…. Arcade Fire, Mumford & Sons, At The Drive In, TV On The Radio, the xx etc. Even Ryan Gosling came through to play at the now infamous venue. In the last few years, we have been fortunate enough to open two dedicated venues, Union Transfer and Boot & Saddle. With these new venues and a slew of other that have opened up around Philadelphia, it’s become increasingly difficult to book bands who want to play the church. The church heavily relied on … MORE >>>

9.2.14

Punk Rock Flea Market : Table Reservations Begin Today + Charity

  As we mentioned a few weeks back we are excited to let you know that the PUNK ROCK FLEA MARKET will be taking place on Saturday December 13th and Sunday December 14th. Just like last year’s holiday market, we are only allowing sellers to be there on ONE of the dates (not both). That means there will be completely different sellers / things to buy on each day! As always, your $3 donation gets you into both days as well as the long awaited return of the PHILADELPHIA RECORD RIOT (a 50+ dealer record show) which will be taking place across the street from the flea market at The Starlight Ballroom on Saturday December 13th. The flea market will be taking place in the usual location, “THE PUNK ROCK … MORE >>>

6.23.14

FREE SHOWS AT MORGANS PIER – STARTING THIS THUR W/ MERCHANDISE

Our FREE summer concerts series starts up once again at Morgan’s Pier. It kicks off this Thursday with recent 4AD signees MERCHANDISE. It’s a wonderful opportunity to see some lovely bands under the stars for FREE. Unlike the previous two years, we are asking that you RSVP in advance this time around. You can do so by clicking the links for each show below and fill out your info. Super easy! We’ll close the RSVP list at 5pm on the evening before each show. Once the list closes tickets will then become available for $5 at the door. Please note that the RSVP does NOT guarantee admission into the show. It will be first come, first serve. We encourage you to arrive early and maybe get dinner or a … MORE >>>

6.20.14

R5 Special Weekend : Summer Solstice w/ Real Estate + Kurt Vile & The Districts Benefit

Such amazing weather for one of our biggest weekend’s ever! Two super positive and great events back to back, starting with Saturday’s “SOLSTICE IN THE CITY” at the Kimmel Center for The Performing Arts. It’s an all night event with food, drinks, performing arts and music spread out all over the building. There will be DJs in the lobby, jazz artists playing in the lounge. Jose Garces will have food and drinks made especially for the Summer Solstice and most importantly REAL ESTATE, SAN FERMIN and BEVERLY (featuring Frankie Rose) will be playing live inside Verizon Hall. For those who have not been, Verizon Hall, was the first major concert hall to open in the 21st Century. By far Philadelphia’s best performance venue. The cello-shaped auditorium combines warmth and richness … MORE >>>

6.10.14

Charity Things : Punk Rock Flea Raises $10,000 + Kurt Vile Benefit

Hello – We wanted to thank everyone who came out to the Punk Rock Flea Market this past weekend! As the flea market continues to grow in popularity we recently decided to add a charitable contribution to it. Thankfully several thousand of you came out on Saturday and Sunday and we are very happy to let you know that we are able to donate $10,000 to the rehabilitation of Ralph Brooks Park in the Point Breeze section of South Philadelphia (via the Make The World Better Foundation – please read more about it below). On July 12, 1988, 7-year-old Ralph Brooks Jr. was running toward his grandmother’s house on 20th Street near Dickinson in South Philadelphia when a bullet hit him from behind, severing his … MORE >>>

5.27.14

Punk Rock Flea Market – Less Than Two Weeks Away

Winner of the 2013 Philadelphia City Paper Reader’s Choice Award Winner for “Best Festival / Gathering” – it’s THE PUNK ROCK FLEA MARKET ! Now stretched out over two days. 400+ different vendors selling old records, clothes, art, music, food, junk, bicycles, stereo equipment, instruments, automobiles, tools, posters, furniture, computers, skateboards and lots of other stuff. It’s the greatest people watching of all time and somehow was featured in national men’s magazine as one of the best places in the country to meet a boy/girlfriend. (we are still totally weirded out by that). As always we’ll have a bunch of food trucks and all sorts of other nonsense to keep you entertained. As with every year we’ll be selling our famous super limited R5 10 … MORE >>>

5.14.14

A Special Night At The Kimmel – Real Estate & San Fermin – Summer Solstice

Hellos – Just wanted to pass along word about an event we are really excited to be working on. Everyone knows we love doing shows in basements and warehouses but we REALLY like it when we can go into some of the more traditional / fancy rooms for a special evening.We have done a few shows at The Kimmel Center but we think this one will certainly take the cake. On Saturday June 21st the Kimmel Center for The Performing Arts will host “Solstice In The City” an all night event with food, drinks, performing arts and music spread out all over the building. There will be DJs in the lobby, jazz artists playing in the lounge. Jose Garces will have food and drinks made … MORE >>>

4.2.14

Punk Rock Flea Market Returns – June 7/8 – Table Reservations Begin Today

We are very excited to announce the return of our most popular event of the year - THE PUNK ROCK FLEA MARKET ! 500+ vendors selling old records, clothes, art, music, food, junk, bicycles, stereo equipment, instruments, automobiles, tools, posters, furniture, computers, skateboards and lots of other stuff. Your $3 entry donations gets you into both days (different sellers each day) Mark you calendars for this two day event Saturday June 7 and Sunday June 8th at “The Punk Rock Flea Market Dome” (the old FedEx building at 9th and Spring Garden) Table reservations begin today at noon. If you want to sell your old junk or your newly made arts and crafts visit r5productions.com , scroll down to the June 7/8 dates and click the … MORE >>>

3.27.14

Nils Frahm *Tonight* In The Sanctuary ! Highly Recommended !

Hellos – Kindly pardon the extremely rare Thursday email, but we wanted to give some extra special love to this evening’s show, which we’ve been eagerly anticipating for months!Tonight, we are thrilled to be bringing back one of our legit favorite artists currently making music, the wonderful Nils Frahm, a Berlin-based experimental modern classical composer who has released some incredible records that defy easy genre classification (straddling the worlds of epic star-gazing synth, to intimate solo piano pieces, and everything in between) and is one of the only artists in this world who is KNOWN for being AMAZING live in concert.  His shows usually feature him on three pianos, an array of synths, electronics and gadgets.  An incredibly singular performer with an inimitable range of … MORE >>>