Wednesday nights throughout the summer are synonymous with two things at the Penn Museum: eclectic live music and laid-back fun. This year's P.M. @ Penn Museum Summer Nights music series, Wednesdays from 5:00 to 8:00 pm in the Museum's outdoor Stoner Courtyard, kicks off June 19 and runs through September 11.
This year's lineup features a colorful blend of international performances—including gentle Latin folk, raucous Turkish fusion, and rhythmic Afro-Cuban jazz—as well as American-influenced music drawing from bluegrass, swing, and good, old-fashioned rock n' roll. For the after-work crowd, PM @ Penn Museum Summer Nights offers great live performances in a relaxed outdoor locale, as well as drinks and light fare from the Pepper Mill Café's garden bar, and the chance to explore Penn Museum's many galleries. Concerts move inside in the event of rain.
Museum galleries stay open to the public until 8:00 pm. General admission for guests of all ages is $5 (and includes Museum admission donation), and free for PENNcard holders and Museum members.
P.M. @ Penn Museum Summer Nights artists:
Wednesdays; 5:00 - 8:00 pm
The Kalob Griffin Band
Better known to its devoted fans as the KGB, this Pennsylvania-bred, Philadelphia-based outfit of Americana rock n' rollers strive to provide listeners with an energetic and unique "KGB family" experience that's built around a variety of influences, tapping into multiple genres. www.thekalobgriffinband.com
Harrisburg Mandolin Ensemble
Inspired by the early 20th-century tradition of the community mandolin concert, this group lays down original tunes and arrangements, as well as selections of jazz, swing, bluegrass, old-time, folk, and world music. www.harrisburgmandolinensemble.com
West Philadelphia Orchestra
An eclectic ensemble made up of Philly's finest and wildest musicians, the West Philadelphia Orchestra gets the crowd moving with the poignant melodies and the frenetic, propulsive rhythms of Eastern Europe. www.westphiladelphiaorchestra.com
Mid East Ensemble
Accomplished percussionist Joe Tayoun's Mid East Ensemble features acclaimed local, regional and international musicians, performing a lively arrangement of classical and folk Arabic, Turkish, and Armenian music.
This Philadelphia-based drum & music ensemble specializing in Afro-Cuban and West African drumming combines traditional call-and-response patterned Yoruba songs with modern folk and jazz instruments and harmony. www.leanasong.com
The Boyler Boys
This Irish pub band originated during an informal session, and have been playing together for more than 15 years. The Boys play a mix of traditional and quasi-traditional tunes, jigs, reels, hornpipe, and polkas, as well as a few songs about celebrating life.
Discount parking ($11 after 5pm and weekends) is available in Garage 7, adjacent to the Museum.