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Staff Picks: 4 Can't-Miss Events This August



August 3

An unjustly pegged one-hit wonder of the ’90s alt-rock era, Austin, Texas-based power trio Fastball has continued to pump out consistently clever, tightly wound tunes well into middle age.The hit in question—1998’s “The Way,” is an immaculate slice of Beatles-inspired punk pop. And there’s plenty more where that came from on the band’s latest release, Step Into the Light.

Ardmore Music Hall, 23 Lancaster Ave. Ardmore, www.ardmoremusic.com

August 11

After several years of tumult, Marah is finally getting back to business. Founded by Conshocken-bred brothers Dave and Serge Bielanko, the critically acclaimed Americana outfit has been the beneficiary of renewed national interest thanks to the vinyl reissues of their classic 2000 album, Kids in Philly, and 2008’s unjustly ignored Angels of Destruction. Witness them torch the Ardmore Music Hall in the heat of summer.

Ardmore Music Hall, 23 Lancaster Ave. Ardmore, www.ardmoremusic.com

August 12

Downtown West Chester’s premier summer sporting event has a new primary sponsor. But the 2017 Benchmark Twilight Cycling Classic should bring the same energy and fun as years past. The nationally sanctioned event features pro men’s and women’s criteriums, plus an amateur race and a fun pedal for kids.

Visit www.greaterwestchester.com

August 18

In the spirit of Hollywood’s famed Cinespia, Laurel Hill Cemetery hosts a movie night in an unlikely spot. Bring a blanket, chairs and some snacks, and cozy up for Cinema in the Cemetery. The screening begins at 9 p.m. among the graves. Check the website for film selection.

3822 Ridge Ave., Philadelphia, www.thelaurelhillcemetery.org.

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