Pennsylvania Bands on the Rise v2

Show-StageMusic moves quick. There are thousands of great, legendary acts – across a myriad of genres – and new ones are coming out every day. It’s such a constant churn that it can be tough to keep up. Fret no more, we’re here to bring you four acts on the cusp of being every day names. And the best part is, they’re all from the keystone state. Here’s our second installment of Pennsylvania Bands on the Rise.


The bluegrass group known as Cabinet has been around since 2006, but that doesn’t mean that they shouldn’t make this list because it’s clearly a band worth knowing about. With stops all over this summer’s festival circuit, covers of Grateful Dead hits known to litter their set, as well as incredibly well written and performed original tunes to their name, this group will be making the rounds for a while.

Ben Gallaher

This Central Pennsylvania country musician moved to Nashville and has made some headway down south by getting signed to Sony Music Nashville, landing gigs opening for Lee Brice, Big & Rich, and Tyler Farr, and performed at this year’s CMA Fest.

The Districts

The Districts are another Central Pennsylvania act who is doing big things as of late. We’ve discussed them on this blog before, and they’ve only had positive things since. They got signed to Fat Possum Records and released their first album on their – the critically acclaimed record A Flourish and Spoil – earlier this year. The group has been performing all over the world and performed at Bonnaroo this summer, opening for The Rolling Stones at a show this summer in Quebec, and just confirmed a (well-deserved) headlining show at the Electric Factory in Philadelphia.


Americana infused post-hardcore is a thing and it’s really a good listen. Think Dinosaur, Jr., early Weezer, Braid, Hum., or Desaparacidos (or even The Replacements). If any of those bands are of interest to you, give this Lancaster-based group a listen.