40th Street Summer Series

40th Street Summer Series| June 28, July 26, August 30, September 27

Each summer UCD, Penn and The Rotunda invite internationally-acclaimed ensembles—such as the Millennial Territory Orchestra and the Sun Ra Arkestra— to play free outdoor concerts that capture the soul of the neighborhood. Since its beginning, the 40th Street Summer Series has enlivened the 40th Street corridor (now home to Distrito, HipCityVeg, RAVE Cinema, Ben & Jerry’s, and more) 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. All shows begin at 6pm.

June 28

June 28 Summer Series

Spoken Hand Percussion Orchestra 

A high-energy celebration of polyphonic rhythms, Spoken Hand Percussion Orchestra unifies four percussion batteries into one distinct voice: North Indian tabla, Afro Cuban bata, Brazilian samba and West African djembe.

Music Over Matter (MOM)

The music of MOM feeds the souls of children, teens, and adults encouraging 
the reticent to boldly embark on an adventure in which we call Maha music Soulful Ancestral Beatze Rhythms.

July 26

Raphael Xavier W.O.R.X. Meets Bobby Zankel &The Warriors of the Wonderful Sound

This fusion act’s concept for this project is based on the idea that there are constant, fundamental elements of African American culture that transcend discipline, time period, style, and place of origin. They will examine and explore the notion that there are common spiritual and aesthetic principles and artistic devices and techniques that are utilized in parallel ways in music, and dance. They are looking to clarify the common thread that runs between music and dance, “Hip Hop and Be Bop”, “Breaking to the Avant Garde”.

Avalon String Band

Since 1939, the Philadelphia region has embraced the musical styling and visual brilliance of the Avalon String Band, a member of the Philadelphia Mummers String Band Association. Avalon String Band performs upbeat music that features saxophones, banjos, accordions and percussion in the style of Philadelphia's Mummers Parade. Their custom sound has deep roots in traditional American sing-along music, popular music from the early to mid 1900s, swing, and big band.

August 30

Nation BeatNation Beat

The heartbeat of Nation Beat’s sound lies in a deliciously original 21st century fusion between thunderous Brazilian maracatu drumming and New Orleans second line rhythms. It is also the vibrant force of their explosive live show, which is frequently known to burst into crowd-wide Carnival-style drumming and singing. Nation Beat’s audacious energy seamlessly bridges folkloric Brazilian maracatu with classic NOLA roots music attracting an ever-growing legion of fans from across a wide demographic. Nation Beat plays the best kind of fusion in the world, the kind that doesn't try to fuse anything. An American/Brazilian collective, Nation Beat belongs to both sides of the equator.

Highwater PreachersThe Highwater Preachers

The Highwater Preachers have been raising eyebrows in the burgeoning local bluegrass scene with their fresh takes on classic mountain songs, incorporating precision picking and soulful vocal harmony. Led by the remarkably accomplished Sarah Larsen on fiddle, this troupe of young pickers (featuring members of Sour Mash, the David Wax Museum, and the White Bark Pine) carries the torch of hard-driving traditional bluegrass music.

September 27

A Philadelphia favorite, Man Man is an energetic group of talented musicians and vocalists who are undeniably ambitious and focused on greatness. The 2013 release of their On Oni Pond, is a compelling mash-up of Fear Of Music era Talking Heads, classic soul, psychedelia, hip hop, and 50’s rock and roll. With its imaginative yet economical rhythms, huge hooks, and overriding sense of urgency, On Oni Pond melds these seemingly disparate influences into an unexpectedly lush, melodic album, exquisitely consolidated by the band’s unique and affecting vision.

Opening is Needle Driver, a new collaboration by three NYC musicians bridging the realms of extreme rock and the classical avant-garde.


Man Man

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