Outdoors at the 40th Street Field, 40th Street between Walnut and Locust
The 2017 40th Street Summer Series—co-produced by University City District, Penn, and The Rotunda—will take place this year on Saturdays May 20, June 17, July 22, August 19 and September 16. See below for the confirmed acts and dates.
The Summer Series has grown into one of the most popular outdoor summer events in University City. This free outdoor series features internationally-recognized talent in one of “West Philly’s picturesque open green spaces” (Philadelphia Weekly.) In the past the Summer Series has featured internationally-acclaimed acts such as the Millennial Territory Orchestra, Man Man, and the Sun Ra Arkestra— to play free outdoor concerts that capture the soul of the neighborhood.
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SATURDAY, MAY 20
The Sun Ra Arkestra with openers RU Bhangra
The Sun Ra Arkestra under the direction of Marshall Allen will return to the 40th Street Summer Series to perform their unique combination of big band swing, outer-space jazz, Afro-pageantry, dancing, singing, and chanting. Band leader Allen, who will turn 93 this year, has been called one of the most distinct and original saxophonists in jazz. Opening the show will be RU Bhangra performing traditional Bhangra dancing that focuses on combining folk flavor with an entertaining twist.
SATURDAY, JUNE 17
Brian Sanders’ Junk
Brian Sanders’ JUNK uses found objects and clever inventions to bridge the gap between dance and physical theater. JUNK strives to produce work that is both artistic and accessible while maintaining a ceaseless desire to try new things. Come see why Sanders has been hailed as “the city’s most exciting choreographer.” Opener TBA.