An Outdoor Concert Series Showcasing Global Music
Wednesday Evenings at the Penn Museum
PHILADELPHIA, PA—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
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. www.animusmusic.com
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. www.barakkamusic.com
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. www.triocrisol.com
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. www.zydecoagogo.com
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. www.reverbnation.com/theurbanshamans
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. www.reverbnation/coldblueelectricfusion
This award-winning, Manhattan-based group celebrates the spirit of The Beatles with an energetic live show that's sure to keep the audience dancing all evening long. www.reverbnation.com/thenewspapertaxis
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) is available in Garage 7, adjacent to the Museum, after 5:00 pm. See public transportation options below.
Penn Museum is located at 3260 South Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104 (on Penn's campus, across from Franklin Field). Public transportation to the Museum is available via SEPTA's Regional Rail Line at University City Station; the Market-Frankford Subway Line at 34th Street Station; trolley routes 11, 13, 34, and 36; and bus routes 21, 30, 40, and 42. Museum hours are Tuesday and Thursday through Sunday, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, and Wednesday, 10:00 am to 8:00 pm. Closed Mondays and holidays. Regular admission donation is $12 for adults; $10 for senior citizens (65 and above); $10 for U.S. Military; $8 for children (6 to 17) and full-time students with ID; free to Penn Museum members, PennCard holders, and children 5 and younger. Hot and cold meals and light refreshments are offered to visitors with or without Museum admission in The Pepper Mill Café; the Museum Shop and Pyramid Shop for Children offer a wide selection of gifts, books, games, clothing and jewelry. Penn Museum can be found on the web at www.penn.museum. For general information call 215.898.4000. For group tour information call 215.746.8183.