Like The Roots, Diplo doesn’t belong to Philly anymore. In fact, the Mad Decent mogul is more often spotted in L.A. these days, teaming up with Snoop Dogg, Vampire Weekend and whoever else accepts his friend request. But Dip has not forsaken us, and still makes a point to make Philly one of the few cities to host his big, free Mad Decent Block Party. His DJ partner Switch ditched Major Lazer last year, but Diplo’s keeping the name and the electro-dancehall music alive, booking it as the Block Party headliner. Also playing Philly are Brazilian dance-funk party-starter Bonde Do Role, chill beat-maker Lunice and aggravating douche-rapper MC Riff Raff.
Sat., Aug. 4, noon, free (with RSVP), Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing, Chestnut Street and Columbus Boulevard, maddecentblockparty.com.