40th Street Summer Series
Free monthly outdoor concerts in University City
July 23, August 20 and September 17
Live music fills the al fresco space at 40th and Walnut Streets for the annual 40th Street Summer Series.
Once a month every month this summer, talented musicians and performers perform an array of acts for attendees at the series of free outdoor concerts.
The 40th Street Summer Series will also feature juggling, face painting and fire dancing, along with free samples from Ben & Jerry’s and Honeygrow.
All concerts take place on the green behind the Walnut Street Free Library at 40th and Walnut streets and begin at 6 p.m., with other activities kicking off at 5 p.m. Admission is free.
The 40th Street Summer Series features bands from all genres and performers from all walks of life.
On July 23rd, Dendê & Band take to the stage with a fusion of Afro-Brazilian traditions like samba de roda and candomble melded with world rhythms like rumba, afrobeat and mbalax. Set to open the show, PaPa Ed Stokes and Kunu Bi will deliver a mix of African-inspired and blues-based beats.
On August 20, The Liberian Women’s Chorus for Change will bring the power of Liberian traditional song to the 40th Street Summer Series. Composed of singers, dancers and musicians from Liberia, these award-winning performers create music intended to encourage women to make their voices heard. Opening the show will be the Modero Dance Company, who combine traditional and modern Indonesian dance disciplines for an energetic choreographed experience.
Lastly, on September 17th, Dr. Rennie Harris’ RHAW, a dance group for youths training for Rennie Harris Puremovement, will conclude the series with a celebration of dance. The group performs Campbell Locking, Popping and Boogaloo, B-boy/girl, House and hip hip dance sequences. Kalamandir Dance Company, a contemporary ensemble inspired by classical Indian dance, will open the show.
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