The Fillmore Theater in Fishtown opened with none other than Philadelphia legends Hall and Oates. The venue definitely lived up to the hype, and the show was the icing on the cake. In a town where the music scene thrives, everyone seems to have their own favorite venue to catch a show. Wooder Ice was in attendance to not only check out the hometown music icons Hall & Oates, but to experience the Fillmore firsthand.
Live Nation hails the Fillmore ‘the most beautiful club in America”- and the company is right. The old metal factory has been transformed into a ‘club within a club.’ By now you’ve probably see images of the decor and we have to say it definitely has an industrial Philly feel, and the artwork and chandeliers are the perfect accents.
If you’re a foodie in addition to a music head, you’ll be more than delighted by the Wolfgang-Puck menu which features pork belly sliders, Parmesan herb fries cheesesteak paninis and plenty of other tasty options to choose from.
The Foundry, which is located upstairs, is an additional venue equipped with a bar and stage for smaller, more intimate performances. On the mezzanine you’ll find the jazzy Circle Bar which also boasts a bar and best seats in the house. The main level of The Fillmore is standing room only with a 2,500 capacity, so it is perfect for large performances and for concert goers who do not mind to be in the mix. For those that perhaps do not feel comfortable standing in large crowds there really isn’t a bad view in this joint. To make it even easier to see everything on stage, video monitors are there to catch all of the action.
As for the main event, Mayor Nutter set the tone by awarding Daryl Hall and John Oates with ‘Liberty Bells’ before introducing the legendary duo. Hall & Oates wasted no time pleasing everyone in attendance as they electrified the stage opening with Maneater. Perhaps their biggest response came during their performance of their 1983 hit “Say it Ain’t So” off of their greatest hits collection “Rock ‘N’ Soul, Part 1.”
The former Temple Owls, continued to belt out hit after hit, however between songs Daryl Hall took a minute to admire Philly’s newest musical crown jewel and affectionately nicknamed The Fillmore the ‘Phillymore’, as well as proclaiming Philadelphia their ‘musical home.’ Compliant with the full house’s screaming requests, they came back for not one but two encores, and the audience sang along with the ‘70s and ‘80s classics. Click here to view the entire list for the upcoming show list at The Fillmore.
If this first night performance was any indicator or what’s to expect, then we feel that music lovers in this town will be flocking to not only catch a show here but to experience a venue that this city deserves.