The 40th Street Summer Series—co-produced by Penn, University City District,
and The Rotunda—will once again enliven the green area behind the
Walnut Street Library (40th Street between Walnut and Locust) with free
monthly concerts. This year the programming will run from June through
September, with performances on four Saturdays throughout the summer,
falling on June 18th, July 23rd, August 20th, and September 17th. These
events will only be cancelled is there is really bad weather. A sprinkle
won't cancel our fun!
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. This year, the
series will run from June through September. The Summer Series brings
business during the typically slow summer months by increasing patronage
at nearby retailers and building upon the existing vibrancy of 40th
Street, while providing entertaining, enriching and safe outlets for
families, visitors and students.
SATURDAY, JUNE 18 • 6PM
The Young Philadelphians
Young Philadelphians blend mind-blowing harmolodic punk-funk and the
sweet, optimistic pulse of 1970s Philly soul. Marc Ribot enlists Prime
Time alumni and Philadelphia natives, bassist Jamaaladeen Tacuma,
drummer G. Calvin Weston and guitarist Bern Nix, along with a lush
3-piece string section to form the hardest working musicians in
punk/funk/soul/ and noise. Keep an eye out for their Live in Tokyo album
to be released in July!
Click here for more info on The Young Philadelphians.
with Monica McIntyre
'Spirit' McIntyre (pronouns: Spirit/They/Them) -- A Gender
Non-Conforming Cellist, Vocalist, Lyricist, Wellness Advocate, Sound
Healer, Reiki Practitioner, Mover and Visual Artist -- who promotes
empowerment and healing by any medium necessary.
Click here for more info on Monica McIntyre.
SATURDAY, JULY 23 • 6PM
Dendê & Band
& Band have cultivated a unique sound where Afro-Brazilian
traditions like samba de roda and candomble have been seamlessly melded
with world rhythms like rumba, afrobeat and mbalax. Dendê is a
percussionist, singer, composer, bandleader, teacher, and
Click here for more information on Dende & Band.
with PaPa Ed Stokes and Kunu Bi
Ed is a multi-instrumentalist/vocalist who plays more than a dozen
instruments, a highly-accomplished instrument maker (often from recycled
materials), and a lifelong student of ethnic and African music, and the
blues. Photo Credit: J.T. Smith. Copyright 2012. All Rights Reserved.
SATURDAY, AUGUST 20 • 6PM
The Liberian Women's Chorus for Change
Liberian Women's Chorus for Change brings the power of Liberian
traditional song to the forefront of efforts to make communities safe
and strong. Composed of renowned singers, dancers and musicians from
Liberia, these award-winning performers create music intended to
encourage women to make their voices heard, and to take positive steps
forward. Photo credit: J.J. Tiziou
Click here for more information on The Liberian Women's Chorus for Change.
with Modero Dance Company
Dance Company was founded to combine traditional and modern Indonesian
dance disciplines. This fusion brings the best of both worlds in
energetic & intricate choreography.
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 17 • 6PM
Rennie Harris RHAW
Rennie Harris’ RHAW is a dance group for youths training for Rennie
Harris Puremovement. The group performs Campbell Locking, Popping &
Boogaloo, B-boy/girl, House, and Hip hop social dance. RHAW forges new
paths for young hip hop hopefuls, and will present Hip hop in its
Click here for more information on Rennie Harris RHAW.
with Kalamandir Dance Company
Dance Company is a contemporary ensemble that uses the vocabulary of
classical Indian dance to explore new spaces of artistic expression.
Their movement vocabulary is a collective effort that aims to create a
reachable area for all people to participate and communicate.
Click here for more information on Kalamandir Dance Company.
Admission to all shows in this series is FREE