This weekend marks the end of live music at the Khyber. A note was recently posted on their website that “There will be no shows at The Khyber in the month of August.” However, it appears that it is completely done and not simply taking a hiatus as some had hoped. DJ nights will continue at the venue upstairs. The City Paper catches up with some of those that helped ignite Philadelphia’s live music scene.
A loose-knit group of like-minded people…helped transform Philadelphia from a rock graveyard — a city that touring artists often skipped over on their way to New York or D.C. or freaking Bethlehem — into a place where acts of a certain size, disposition and ambition not only wanted to play but arguably had to.
The epicenter of this evolution was a bar in Old City called The Khyber Pass Pub and later, simply, The Khyber.