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P.M. @ Penn Museum

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, kicked off June 19, 2013, and ran through September 11, 2013.

This year's lineup featured 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. No outside alcohol permitted.

P.M. @ Penn Museum Summer Nights artists:

Wednesdays; 5:00 - 8:00 pm


Discount parking ($11 after 5pm and weekends) is available in Garage 7, adjacent to the Museum.

Previous Events

June 19
Bill Koutsouros' internationally acclaimed ensemble kicks off the series,offering an exciting fusion of ancient and modern music with traditional elements of Greek, Rock, Middle Eastern, Blues, Indian, Jazz, and African music.
June 26
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.
Magdaliz Roura original
July 3
Magdaliz and Her Trio Crisol
This Latin ensemble is dedicated to the interpretation of folk and traditional music from all over Latin America and the Caribbean. Puerto Rican boleros, Cuban sones, Mexican mariachi music, Colombian cumbias, and Dominican merengues are some of the many styles they perform.
July 10
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.
July 17
The Urban Shamans
A movement of word, sound, and power, the Urban Shamans use their versatile musical abilities and high energy performances of Afro-beat, hip hop, and reggae music to effect positive change.
Cold Blue Electric1
July 24
Cold Blue Electric
This exciting four-piece jazz/fusion ensemble presents an eclectic repertoire of classic jazz, '70s and '80s fusion hits, stylish progressive rock, and their own unique original material.
Newspaper Taxis
July 31
The Newspaper Taxis
The Young Friends of the Penn Museum host this award- winning, Manhattan-based group who celebrate the spirit of The Beatles with an energetic live show that's sure to keep the audience dancing all evening long. For more information about the Young Friends of the Penn Museum, or to join, visit here.
August 7
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.

August 14
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.


August 21
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.

mid east ensemble

August 28
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.


September 4
Leana Song
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.


September 11
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.

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