Philadelphia, PA 2014—Wednesday nights throughout the summer are synonymous with two things at the Penn Museum, 3260 South Street in University City—eclectic live music and laid-back fun. Now in its fifth year, the popular Summer Nights Concert Series, presented by Dogfish Head Brewery, runs Wednesdays from 5:00 to 8:00 pm, June 18 through September 3, 2014. Concerts are held in the Museum's outdoor Stoner Courtyard, replete with fountains, gardens, and a lawn. General admission for guests ages 6 and up is just $10 (and includes Museum admission). The program is free for children under 6, Museum members, PennCard holders, and Penn Health System employees.
This year's lineup features a diverse mix of bands and musicians—offering lively Samba, raucous Turkish fusion, rhythmic Afro-Cuban jazz, and more—as well as American-influenced music drawing from blues, zydeco, and old-fashioned rock n' roll. The Penn Museum's international galleries remain open, with an optional, docent-led mini-tour in between music sets at 6:30 pm. Outside, guests of all ages can explore ancient Rome via touchable (and even wearable) artifacts at a Cartifact station.
The Museum's Pepper Mill Café sets up a garden bar, with drinks (including a special cocktail of the week, a Dogfish Head brew option, and non-alcoholic beverages) and regionally-themed light fare available for purchase. Guests can opt to sit at outdoor tables, stage-front seating, or lawn seating to enjoy the performances. Concerts move inside in the event of rain.
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 compas, and gets audiences on their feet and dancing from the first note.
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.
The Philadelphia Songwriters Project showcases up-and-coming musicians, with a diverse array of sounds that enraptures audiences with their lyrical and musical nuance. This performance features all four winners of their ninth annual songwriting contest: Casey Alvarez, Ben Kessler, Andrea Nardello, and Reed Kendall.
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 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.
M'oudswing's eclectic sound allows Arabic music and jazz to coexist in harmony while still retaining their respective musical origins. This "Moroccan fusion" band layers oud and modal jazz improvisation over North African grooves.
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.
This award-winning local group celebrates the spirit of The Beatles with an energetic live show that's sure to keep the audience dancing all evening long.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This year's Summer Nights Concert Series is presented by Dogfish Head Brewery.
The Penn Museum (the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology) is dedicated to the study and understanding of human history and diversity. Founded in 1887, the Museum has sent more than 300 archaeological and anthropological expeditions to all the inhabited continents of the world. With an active exhibition schedule and educational programming for children and adults, the Museum offers the public an opportunity to share in the ongoing discovery of humankind's collective heritage.
The 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 through Sunday, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, and first Wednesdays of each month until 8:00 pm. Open select holiday Mondays. Regular Museum admission donation is $15 for adults; $13 for senior citizens (65 and above); free for U.S. Military; $10 for children and full-time students with ID; free to Penn Museum Members, PennCard holders, and children 5 and younger. The 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.
Photo captions, top to bottom: Guests can enjoy eclectic live music at the Penn Museum's Summer Nights Concert Series, held in the Museum's outdoor Stoner Courtyard, replete with fountains, gardens, and a lawn (Photo: Penn Museum). The Penn Museum's Summer Night Concert Series returns for a fifth year, offering a diverse mix of bands and performances to guests of all ages in the Museum's outdoor Stoner Courtyard (Photo: Penn Museum). El Caribefunk, a band from Colombia, kicks off the Penn Museum's Summer Nights Concert Series series on Wednesday, June 18 at 6:00 pm (Photo courtesy of El Caribefunk). The Philadelphia-based, multi-ethnic group Barakka blends Middle Eastern sounds with rock music in their June 25 Summer Nights concert at the Penn Museum (Photo: Penn Museum). Zydeco-A-Go-Go combines funky New Orleans rhythm and blues with vintage Louisiana rock 'n roll on July 9, at the Penn Museum's Summer Nights Concert Series (Photo: Penn Museum). Trinidelphia performs Wednesday, July 16 at the Penn Museum's Summer Nights Concert Series, fusing Trinidadian Soca and Calypso with Latin jazz, regae, salsa, and American top 40 (Photo courtesy of Trinidelphia). "Moroccan fusion" band M'oudswing allows Arabic music and jazz to coexist in harmony while still retaining their respective musical origins. The group performs in the Penn Museum's Summer Nights Concert Series, Wednesday, July 23 (Photo by Mark Siegrist). West Philadelphia Orchestra, a well-regarded gypsy orchestra, has played throughout Philadelphia and comes to the Penn Museum on Wednesday, July 30 for the Penn Museum's Summer Nights Concert Series (Photo: Penn Museum). The tribute group Newspaper Taxis celebrates the spirit of The Beatles during their performance in the Penn Museum's Summer Nights Concrt Series, Wednesday, August 6 (Photo: Penn Museum). The Leana Song ensemble mixes Afro-Cuban with modern folk music and jazz, Wednesday, August 13 in the Penn Museum's Summer Nights Concert Series (Photo: Penn Museum). With their unique combination of Brazilian and American roots, Minas brings an innovative yet timeless sound to the Penn Museum's Summer Nights Concert Series on Wednesday, August 20 (Photo courtesy of Minas). The Jimmy Pritchard band has a sharp sound that respects the tradition of blues while pushing its contemporary boundaries. This group performs Wednesday, August 27 in the Penn Museum's Summer Nights Concert Series (Photo courtesy of Jimmy Pritchard). Animus rounds out the Penn Museum's Summer Nights Concert Series on September 3, offering an exciting fusion of Greek, Rock, Middle Eastern, Blues, and much more (Photo: Penn Museum).