Summer Nights

P.M. @ Penn Museum

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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 is presented by Dogfish Head Brewery. Join us Wednesday from 5:00 to 8:00 pm in the Museum's outdoor Stoner Courtyard, as the series kicks off June 18, and runs through September 3, 2014.

This year's lineup features a colorful mix of international performances— including lively Samba, 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, the Summer Nights series offers great live performances in a relaxed outdoor space, with drinks and light fare available for purchasefrom the Pepper Mill Café's garden bar, and the chance to explore the 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 is just $10 (and includes Museum admission donation), and free for children 5 and under, Museum members, PennCard holders, and Penn Health System employees. No outside alcohol is permitted.

Parking is available in Garage 7, adjacent to the Museum.

P.M. @ Penn Museum Summer Nights 2014 artists:

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June 18
El Caribefunk
This band from Colombia kicks off the summer series with a powerful rhythm and energy all their own. Their fun, upbeat style brings together funk, salsa, and elements of Caribbean music, including calypso, zouk, and Haitian compass, and have audiences on their feet and dancing from the first note.

June 25
This Philadelphia-based, multi-ethnic group specializes in Turkish folk-rock with a mix of eastern and western instrumentation, including guitar, oud, drums, bass, darbuka, and keyboards. Their performance features original pieces by Baris Kaya, as well as innovative interpretations of traditional Turkish folk music.

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July 2
Philadelphia Songwriters Project
The four winners of the Philadelphia Songwriters Project 2014 Songwriting Contest offer up blues-tinged guitar work, soulful lyrics, and high-energy rock. Find out what's new and noteworthy!

July 9
With Creole Zydeco and Cajun 2-steps, this group combines funky New Orleans rhythm and blues and vintage Louisiana rock and roll into a spicy gumbo of irresistible dance music.

Trinidelphia Band
July 16
Trinidelphia has been pleasing local audiences since 2005 with a perfect combination of American and Caribbean styles. Fusing Trinidadian Soca and Calypso with Latin jazz, reggae, salsa, and American top 40, they have developed a sound all their own. Their unique and rhythmic arrangements of jazz and popular songs cast the steelpan in fresh new light, pushing the stylistic and artistic boundaries of an often-typecast instrument.

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July 23
M'oudswing's eclectic sound allows Arabic music and jazz to coexist in harmony while still retaining their respective musical origins. This "Moroccan fusion" layers oud and modal jazz improvisation over North African grooves.

July 30
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.

August 6
Newspaper Taxis
This award-winning local group celebrates the spirit of The Beatles with an energetic live show that's sure to keep you dancing all evening long.


August 13
Leana Song
This Philadelphia-based drum and 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.



August 20
Celebrating 30 years since moving from Rio de Janeiro to the Philadelphia area, Minas's innovative yet timeless sound blends north and south for magical music that hints at folk, blues, jazz, scat, and samba, with a unique combination of Brazilian and American roots.



August 27
Jimmy Pritchard Band
This International Blues Challenge semi-finalist band has a sharp sound that respects the tradition of blues while pushing its contemporary boundaries, with an electrifying style that reaches your soul and keeps your body moving.



September 3
Bill Koutsouros' internationally acclaimed ensemble provides the summer series finale, offering an exciting fusion of ancient and modern music with traditional elements of Greek, Rock, Middle Eastern, Blues, Indian, Jazz, and African music.


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