40th Street Summer Series

The 40th Street Summer Series—co-produced by University City District, Penn, and The Rotunda—will once again enliven the green area behind the Walnut Street Library at 40th Street with free monthly concerts. This year the programming will run from June-September, with performances on four Saturdays throughout the summer, falling on June 18th, July 23rd, August 20th, and September 17th.

In the past the Summer Series has featured internationally-acclaimed acts such as the Millennial Territory Orchestra, Man Man, and the Sun Ra Arkestra— to play free outdoor concerts that capture the soul of the neighborhood. This year, the series will run from June through September. The Summer Series brings business during the typically slow summer months by increasing patronage at nearby retailers and building upon the existing vibrancy of 40th Street, while providing entertaining, enriching and safe outlets for families, visitors and students. 


For general event inquiries, contact Margaret Leidy Starke, Event Planner at 215.243.0555 x227 or margaret@universitycity.org.

To learn about sponsorship opportunities, contact Sarah Davis, Director of Development at 215.243.0555 x226 or sarah@universitycity.org.



Thank you to the 40th Street Summer Series' 2016 Sponsors:



2016 Schedule


Thank you to everyone who came out for Marc Ribot's The Young Philadelphians and Monica McIntyre! 


Thank you to everyone who came out for Dende and Band, Papa Ed Stokes and Kunu Bi! 


 Photograph by JJ Tiziou

The Liberian Women's Chorus for Change
The Liberian Women's Chorus for Change brings the power of Liberian traditional song to the forefront of efforts to make communities safe and strong. Composed of renowned singers, dancers and musicians from Liberia, these award-winning performers create music intended to encourage women to make their voices heard, and to take positive steps forward. 

Click here for more information on The Liberian Women's Chorus for Change.

with Modero Dance Company
Modero Dance Company was founded to combine traditional and modern Indonesian dance disciplines. This fusion brings the best of both worlds in energetic & intricate choreography. 

Learn more about the Modero Dance Company

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Rennie Harris RHAW
 Dr. Rennie Harris’ RHAW is a dance group for youths training for Rennie Harris Puremovement. The group performs Campbell Locking, Popping & Boogaloo, B-boy/girl, House, and Hip hop social dance. RHAW forges new paths for young hip hop hopefuls, and will present Hip hop in its "RHAW-est" forms. 

Click here for more information on Rennie Harris RHAW.

with Kalamandir Dance Company
Kalamandir Dance Company is a contemporary ensemble that uses the vocabulary of classical Indian dance to explore new spaces of artistic expression. Their movement vocabulary is a collective effort that aims to create a reachable area for all people to participate and communicate. 

Click here for more information on Kalamandir Dance Company.

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