Wednesdays, June 20 through September 5, 5:00 to 8:00 pm at the Penn Museum
PHILADELPHIA, PA 2018—Summer officially begins June 21—but the Penn Museum starts it off a day early with the Middle Eastern-fusion sounds of Animus, the kick-off band of the Summer Nights Concert Series running Wednesdays, June 20 through September 5, 5:00 to 8:00 pm. Now in its eighth season, the series brings an eclectic lineup of performances from some of Philadelphia’s best live bands—offering the sounds of Creole Zydeco, Latin Jazz, Middle Eastern folk, Pre-Revolutionary Cuba, and more.
The Summer Nights Concerts Series invites guests of all ages to kick back, relax, and enjoy music, friends, and family in the Penn Museum’s outdoor Stoner Courtyard, with its gardens and grassy areas, fountains, outdoor tables, and concert-style seating. The galleries stay open—including the Museum’s new Middle East Galleries—with an optional guided tour (topics and galleries vary) at the set break. Outside, the Pepper Mill Café offers light foods, and alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. Guests are invited to bring their own picnic foods and blanket (but no alcoholic beverages). Concerts move inside in inclement weather. Admission is just $10 (includes Museum admission); Pay- what-you-wish for PennCard holders, Penn Medicine and CHOP employees with ID; FREE for Penn Museum Members and children under six years old.
This summer’s line-up:
As the Museum celebrates the opening of its new Middle East Galleries, Animus is the perfect group to kick off the concert season. Primarily an Eastern Mediterranean/Middle Eastern/Latin/American fusion ensemble, Animus also performs traditional Eastern Mediterranean/Middle Eastern music. Animus’ original music freely borrows and incorporates musical ideas and traditions from East to West, North to South, Ancient to Modern.
This six-piece Brazilian jazz group of Philadelphia features vibraphone, electric and nylon string guitars, bass guitar, drums, percussion and saxophone. Inspired by the music of Brazil, the group creates a spacious, welcoming sound.
With Creole Zydeco and Cajun 2-steps, this group combines funky New Orleans rhythm and blues and vintage Louisiana rock 'n roll into a spicy gumbo of irresistible dance music.
Conjunto Philadelphia is a musical ensemble based in the Philadelphia area performing the music of Pre-Revolutionary Cuba. The group's main aspiration is to maintain the authenticity of the music while performing it in a way that pays homage to Cuba's deep and treasured musical history.
Harrisburg Mandolin Ensemble
This Pennsylvania-based group is inspired by the early 20th-century tradition of the community mandolin concert. The group lays down original tunes and arrangements, as well as selections of jazz, swing, bluegrass, old-time, folk, and world music.
Magdaliz and Her Latin Ensemble CRISOL
Magdaliz and Her Latin Ensemble CRISOL, Spanish for melting pot, is an ensemble that has been performing in the Philadelphia and surrounding areas since 1997. This group is dedicated to the interpretation of a variety of folk and traditional music genres from Cuba, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Colombia, Venezuela, and other parts of Latin America and the Caribbean.
West Philadelphia Orchestra
An eclectic ensemble made up of some of Philly's finest and wildest musicians, the West Philadelphia Orchestra offers up music that is rooted in Eastern European folk traditions, and blended with free jazz, punk, and blues, among other genres.
The Spice Route Ensemble
The Spice Route Ensemble is comprised of internationally acclaimed musicians of diverse Middle Eastern and Eastern Mediterranean traditions working towards the common goal of producing excellent music. The Ensemble believes that this musical excellence serves as an example of multicultural cooperation.
The Urban Shamans
A movement of word, sound, and power, the Urban Shamans use their versatile musical abilities and high energy performances featuring Afro-beat, hip hop, and reggae music to affect positive change.
Karen Rodriguez Latin Jazz Ensemble
Performing together since 2000, the Karen Rodriguez Latin Jazz Ensemble specializes in Salsa, Cha-Cha, Bolero, Bossa Nova, Mambo, Rumba, Cuban, Latin/Jazz, Guaracha, and Guajira. The versatile leader sings in five languages: Spanish, Portuguese, French, Italian, and English.
Farah Siraj Trio
Chosen as one of New York's “Summer Stars of Jazz” and named “the Norah Jones of the Middle East” by Time Out New York, Jordanian virtuoso Farah Siraj balances a career that spans the United States, Europe, and the Middle East. Farah performs her original compositions, fusing influences of Middle Eastern music, flamenco, jazz, bossa nova, and pop, with lyrics in several languages, including Arabic, Spanish, and English.
About the Penn Museum
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 Wednesdays, June 20 through September 5, 5:00 to 8:00 pm, with Summer Nights Concert Series. June Museum admission is $15 for adults; $13 for senior citizens (65 and above); $10 for children (6 to 17) and full-time students with ID; $2 ACCESS and Museums for All cardholders (up to four family members per card); free for active U.S. Military, free for STAMP cardholders; free to Penn Museum Members, PennCard holders, and children 5 and younger. July and August Museum discounted admission is $10 for guests 6 and older; free for active U.S. Military, free for STAMP cardholders; 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 offers 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.