Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts

Summer Solstice

Sat, Jun 18, 2011
Noon - 2:30am | Rain or Shine


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Kick off the summer in style at the Kimmel Center's annual Summer Solstice extravaganza! This year we're mixing things up. The celebration launches at noon with a giant drum circle, followed by an afternoon of kid-friendly activities, classical, jazz and dance performances. When the sun sets, the party heats up with indie bands, singer-songwriters, club dancing, and even a drag show—an audience favorite every year! Stay tuned for updates on artists and programming.

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Opening Drum Ceremony
12pm | Commonwealth Plaza | Drumcircle
Opening Drum Ceremony
Philly-based Leana Song are perhaps the city's most explosive percussion ensemble. Featuring Ghanaian ewe and Cuban bata drums, the 12-piece Leanna Song adapt traditional rhythms from around the globe with original material in their live sets.

12pm | Commonwealth Plaza | Family
Balloon Artist & Face Painter

12pm - 5pm | Commonwealth Plaza | Family
Face Painting
Free face painting from Creative Face.

12:30pm - 2:30pm | Tiers 1 & 2 | Family
Zoo on Wheels
The Philadelphia Zoo visits the Kimmel Center! Stop by the Zoo's station where you can experience live animals and talk to their traveling naturalists about the animals and learn bio-facts.

12pm - 6pm | 1 & 2 Visual Arts
Center for Emerging Visual Artists (CFEVA)
CFEVA dedicates itself to making art careers viable for those who choose them, helping emerging artists reach their audiences, and promoting interest and understanding of emerging visual art among citizens of the community. Each fall the CFEVA presents the largest Open Studio Tour of creative workspaces in the region, and one of the premier self-guided studio tour events in the country. Don’t miss the eclectic array of art for sale on the Kimmel Center’s Tiers, featuring paintings, drawings, ceramics, jewelry, woodwork and more.

12pm – 2am - 3pm | Commonwealth Plaza
A full menu all day, the PECO Bar will serve Hot Dogs, Pretzels, Sandwiches, Chicken Fingers and Fries, and desserts. Includes a full bar.

12pm - 3pm | Lounge by Wolfgang Puck
Family Friendly Lounge
Complete with Fairy Princess Ashley story time, starting at 1pm, and cupcake decorating... the Family Friendly Lounge includes food for fun featuring PB&J, Pretzels, Hot Dogs, and more!

12pm - 8pm | Merck Arts Education Center Gallery | Visual Arts
FUSION by James Dupree
Kimmel Center Education Program and Fleisher Art Memorial partner to present an exhibition, FUSION, by artist James Dupree.

12:30pm | Innovation Studio | Family
Community Rocks with Sara O'Brien
Sara O'Brien performs songs written "by kids for kids" to inspire reading and writing, promote healthy living, build confidence and celebrate community! Sara O'Brien's sound is like Patty Griffin, Shawn Colvin, Natalie Merchant and Lucinda Williams with a splash of Susan Tedeschi. Her music touches the heartstrings of kids as young as 3 and as old as 80.

Leana Song

12:45pm | Perelman Theater | Family
Ernie & Neal
Ernie & Neal, a fun-loving, high-energy musical duo from Pennsylvania, will blend storytelling and singing as they explore sound, rhythm and rhyme. Prepare for a non-stop, dancing-in-your-seat creative experience that combines reggae, jazz, folk, bluegrass, and more!

1pm | Commonwealth Plaza | World Music
Leana Song
Philly-based Leana Song are perhaps the city's most explosive percussion ensemble with a twist. Playing Ghanaian ewe and Cuban bata drums among other instrumentation, the 12-piece Leanna Song adapt rhythms both Ghanaian and Cuban to Western instrumentation, and also include original material in their live sets.

Tempesta di Mare
1pm | Rendell Room | Chamber
Tempesta di Mare
The Chamber Players of Tempesta di Mare, Philadelphia Baroque Orchestra, perform Bach's organ sonatas, re-imagined in colorful settings for chamber ensemble. Experience rarely-played music that is rich, deep, wicked, jaunty, impish, profound, hard-rocking and so much more, played by the group about which Time Out New York wrote "...should make New Yorkers envy Philadelphia for its sparkling baroque ensemble, Tempesta di Mare."

1:30pm | Commonwealth Plaza & The Lounge by Wolfgang Puck | Family
Phillie Phanatic
Phillies fans rejoice! The lovable furry green mascot, Phillie Phanatic, will be in the Plaza between the hours of 1:30pm to 2:30pm, to meet, mingle, dance and take photos with guests. Phillie Phanatic will also make an appearance during the children friendly storytelling hour at The Lounge by Wolfgang Puck on Tier 1.

Bari Koral
2pm | Innovation Studio | Family
Bari Koral
Dubbed the "'IT girl' in kids/family music" by NY Magazine and the "Sheryl Crow for kids" by the NY Post, Bari's songs are a huge hit with children and adults. Her catchy, pop friendly tunes, interactive live shows & heavy rotation radio play have gained the band literally thousands of young (and not so young!) fans. Their latest album Rock and Roll Garden won the 2010 Nappa Gold and Parent's Choice Award and was voted top 10 kids album of the year by Time Out Kids.

2:15pm | Perelman Theater | Family
The Plants
The Plants are a four piece Philadelphia based band traversing musical genres while exploring the potential of your imagination. Each song sparks new ideas, evokes different emotions, and encourages creativity.

Threeds Oboe Trio
2:30pm | Rendell Room | Classical
Threeds Oboe Trio
Threeds, a New York City-based oboe trio of Kathy Halvorson, Katie Scheele and Mark Snyder, enjoys exploring a wide variety of music from all time periods and all corners of the world. Threeds have also arranged music to accompany singer-songwriters, and have been featured at several NYC music venues including Joe's Pub, the Living Room, and Pete's Candy Store.

2:30pm | Commonwealth Plaza | Circus
Presented in association with Philadelphia Live Arts and Philly Fringe
Portrait is a circus creation featuring artists Melvin Diggs, Olivia Weinstein, Marta Henderson, and Kyle Driggs. The four artists, currently studying at the National Circus School in Montreal, show a glimpse of life in circus school and the powerful bond of friendship. "Portrait" is a moment in the life of the students and wishes to present a mix of both traditional and new circus ideas and disciplines in preparation for the Philadelphia Live Arts Festival and Philly Fringe co-presentation of TRACES.

2:30pm | Commonwealth Plaza | Family
Mouse King
Pennsylvania Ballet’s famed Nutcracker lends the infamous Mouse King for an appearance at Summer Solstice.

3:30pm | Commonwealth Plaza
Eiffel Tower Light Show
6,000 light bulbs brings the 81-foot Eiffel Tower and Plaza to life in a dazzling light and sound show.

3:30pm | Innovation Studio | Family
Join Wondergy Science Entertainment to experience sound and music as you've never seen, felt, or heard it before! Turn your voice into a giant laser show, see how music moves through the air, play with unique instruments, and get tickled with sound.

3:30pm | Verizon Hall | New Orleans R & B
Philly Gumbo
Philly Gumbo has been the foremost exponent of New Orleans music in the Philadelphia area and perhaps the only band to effectively mix New Orleans R&B, reggae, blues, and African music. Philly Gumbo has also been recognized by Philadelphia Magazine in the annual 'Best Of Philadelphia' issue and by the Philadelphia Music Foundation. "a personal pastiche of rhythm 'n' blues, rock and reggae that's not just irresistible but positively transcendent." —The Philadelphia City Paper

Kimmel Center Youth Jazz Ensemble
3:45pm | Perelman Theater | Jazz
Kimmel Center Youth Jazz Ensemble
The Kimmel Center's Creative Music Program features a weekend music education course directed by producer/composer Anthony Tidd. The Youth Jazz Ensemble includes students ranging in age from 13 to 18, who will be performing selections from the pieces they have studied this year, including jazz standards chosen by band leader Victor North, as well as original compositions written by band leaders Steve Tirpak, Craig Mciver and Anthony Tidd.

4pm | Rendell Room | Classical
Yue Chu
Born in China, Yue Chu won his first performance competition at age eight. A graduate of the New England Conservatory of Music, Mr. Chu is now a student in the Artist Diploma program at Curtis Institute of Music, where he studies with Seymour Lipkin and Meng-Chieh Luh, Gary Graffman, and Robert McDonald. Yue Chu's many live performances include the Perelman Music Program in Shelter Island, NY, the Ravinia Music Festival, and the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition.

4pm | Commonwealth Plaza | String Band
Aqua String Band
Celebrating their 91st year, the Aqua String Band has entertained countless people and has celebrated its unique Philadelphia Mummers tradition across the globe. Enjoy a unique blend of banjos, saxophones, accordions, and percussion, all dressed in breathtaking one-of-a kind costumes as Aqua recreates the sights, sounds, and spirit of Philadelphia's historic New Year's Day Parade.

Oscuro Quintet
5pm | Innovation Studio | Tango
Oscuro Quintet
The Oscuro Quintet, Philadelphia's premier tango ensemble, brings to life the music of Argentine tango, tango nuevo, and contemporary music. Its five musicians come from a variety of nationalities and backgrounds. With performances all over Philadelphia, from local parks and dance halls, to stages such as the Philadelphia Art Museum and the Painted Bride Art Center, the quintet evokes the passion and grace of the tango style while pushing the boundaries of new music development. They will be joined by Urban Tango dancers Marc Hussner and Kristina McFadden along with Tango singer Tomás Alcón.

5pm - 9pm | Lounge by Wolfgang Puck
Pizza and Beer/Wine Sampling
Pop in and enjoy a Pizza and Beer/Wine Sampling. A ticket ($35) includes 3 drinks and 3 slices of gourmet pizza: BBQ Chicken (with red onion and cilantro), Fresh Mozzarella (with tomato and basil), and Roasted Vegetables (with fresh herbs). Choose from local brews and wines. Foursquare users — get $5 off your Pizza and Beer/Wine Sampling by checking in!

5pm | Lounge by Wolfgang Puck | Acoustic Guitar
Sean Lee
With warm, booming vocals, and myriad instrumentation, Sean Lee truly depicts an original sound that can be enjoyed by any generation of listeners. Hailing from Philadelphia, Sean delivers a rustic sound with smart and personal lyrics.

5pm | Verizon Hall| Indie Pop
The Sisters3
Whimsical, fantastical and full of imagination, sisters Cassandra, Anna Christie and Beatrice Sadler make up the Philadelphia based indie pop trio Sisters 3. Check out the group as they celebrate the release of their album Coruscate at the Meadow Gate!

5:15pm | Commonwealth Plaza | Dance
Rennie Harris RHAW
Rennie Harris' youth-driven second company RHAW features the newest and brightest street dancers as a future arm of Rennie Harris Puremovement. Downplaying the abstract while pushing its dramatic aesthetic RHAW focuses on the various styles of street dance such as Locking, Popping & Boogaloo, B-boy/girl, House and Hip hop dance.

SA VA Boutique Fashion Show
5:30pm | Rendell | Vocal
Ghenady Meirson's Russian Opera Workshop
Ghenady Meirson's Russian Opera Workshop is a summer training program for aspiring and professional opera singers.Singers of the Russian Opera Workshop will sing songs by Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff, Glinka and Gretchaninoff. Ghenady Meirson, music director and pianist. Electric violinist Caryn Lin provides the musical backdrop for SA VA's Summer Nature Worship!

6pm | Perelman Theater | Fashion
SA VA Boutique Fashion Show
Summer Nature Worship for Summer Solstice
Combining the true SA VA sensibilities of effortless style and sustainability in celebration of the longest day of sunlight. Especially for the Kimmel Center Festival, SA VA will be presenting a 30 piece runway show mixing their Summer ready-to-wear collection and couture collection. The Shibori dyed fabrics lends well to both true SA VA style and textures in nature.

6:15pm | Commonwealth Plaza
Eiffel Tower Light Show
6,000 light bulbs brings the 81-foot Eiffel Tower and Plaza to life in a dazzling light and sound show.

Dirk Quinn Band
6:30pm | Verizon Hall | Jazz
Dirk Quinn Band
The Dirk Quinn Band is a Philly-based, high energy funk/jazz/jam band with a unique and progressive style. Their magnetic musical interplay and rhythmic experimentation make them impossible to resist!

6:30pm | Innovation Studio | Jazz
Pompadour Slim & The Delinquents
A teen blues and funk band that adds their youthful touches to songs by Junior Wells to James Brown. The 7 piece band, who's ages range from 15 to 17, are students of the Kimmel Youth Jazz Ensemble, Philadelphia Clef Club and the New Jersey Performing Arts Center. The solid 3 piece rhythm section with a full 4 piece horn section will get you movin' and groovin' from the first song to the last.

Do You Need The Service?
7pm | Commonwealth Plaza | Instrumental Rock
Solstice YouTube Contest Winners
Do You Need The Service?
Winner of our first-ever YouTube Audition contest, Do You Need The Service? tosses aside lyrics and brings the rhythm section to the forefront. They proudly wear their new wave and prog, post-punk and Krautrock, influences filtered through modern ears. Despite some of these musician-favored influences, the band is devoted to hooks and song structure that rope the listener in, despite the lack of vocals. Philadelphia's instrumental pleasure givers are in their third year of performing live. Initially built around the core of Justin Hallman and Mark Sconyers with a revolving lineup, the band is now firmly entrenched as a four-piece.

First Person Arts Story Slam
7pm - 1am | Commonwealth | Plaza Variety
Chair Massage Therapy
$1/minute professional chair massages

7:30pm | Perelman Theater | Spoken Word
First Person Arts Story Slam
First Person Arts is excited to bring their popular StorySlam back to the Summer Solstice. Regularly held twice a month at World Cafe Live and L’Etage, StorySlams are storytelling competitions where members of the audience can share their own personal story. Have a good tale on the theme “Summer Vacation?” Then sign up outside of the Perelman Theater prior to show time. We’ll pick ten storytellers over the course of the performance and maybe you’ll walk away the winner!

Milo š Karadaglić
7:30pm | Rendell Room | Guitar
Miloš Karadaglić
Montenegro-born Miloš Karadaglić has established himself as one of today's most gifted young guitar virtuosos. Last year he signed an exclusive recording contract with Deutsche Grammophon, and his debut recording is due June 21st. Come hear the chart topping classical guitarist everyone in Europe is raving about!

8pm | Verizon Hall | Singer/Songwriter
Phil Roy with Marc Vetri
Singer-songwriter Phil Roy and acclaimed chef Marc Vetri met five years ago and immediately recognized that each had more than a passing interest in the other's art form. Phil had been expressing his culinary talents by cooking 4-course meals served during private concerts in his home. Marc had long been a serious guitar student and was eager to share his unique and growing talents. Together they created an instantly popular, intimate series of "dinner concerts" at Marc's Philadelphia restaurant Osteria. Now the two bring their music to the Verizon Hall stage for this special Solstice performance.

8:15pm | Innovation Studio | Afro-Soul
Rafiya was born in Los Angeles to Congolese parents: a diplomat father and a sociologist mother, while attending Temple University Rafiya found time to work with local artists, absorbing their techniques and wisdom all the while enriching her sound. She has worked with Oscar Kidjo, recorded in Youssou N’Dour’s studio and toured France and North Africa with French rap star, Mokobe. Every passing collaboration, studio session and performance strengthened her ever-present belief that she would be spending her life making music; making people smile, dance and think.

8:30pm | Commonwealth Plaza | World
Minas Troupe
Forget the air fare, let Philadelphia's own Brazilian Troupe Minas transport you to Rio with infectious Samba and Bossa Nova rhythms. Tropical costumed dancers and capoeira will samba through the crowd to the Plaza Stage, accompanied by Minas drums delighting all with joyous energy!

Nicole Reynolds
9pm | Rendell Room |Singer/Songwriter
Nicole Reynolds
Singer songwriter Nicole Reynolds was born into a family of Pittsburgh steelworkers. She wrote her first album Wolves Won't Eat Us while living in Philadelphia in 2006. Her next three albums, This Arduous Alchemy (2007), Unordinary Mine (2008), and A Fine Set of Fools (2009), were all written while she lived and worked on a small organic sheep farm in western Pennsylvania. Don't miss her sweet vocals paired with intense lyrics and a unique folksong style often compared to the likes of Kimya Dawson or Mirah.

9:30pm | Perelman Theater | Celtic rock
Blackthorn is celebrating more than 20 years at the forefront of the Philadelphia music scene this year. This popular Celtic rock band continues to draw record crowds in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York and Delaware. With over five albums to their credit the band pays homage to the influences of the past like the Clancy Brothers and the Dubliners but with their own contemporary style.

Bob & Barbara's Drag Show

9:50pm | Commonwealth Plaza
Eiffel Tower Light Show
6,000 light bulbs brings the 81-foot Eiffel Tower and Plaza to life in a dazzling light and sound show.

10pm | Commonwealth Plaza | Drag Show
Bob & Barbara's Drag Show
The notorious Bob & Barbara's Drag Show returns! 'One of the longest running drag spectacles in the city... Brassy, a little gritty and real in a way that would make any Philadelphian, gay or straight, proud."
— AOL Cityguide Philadelphia

10pm | Verizon Hall | Folk
Philly Folk Parade
Featuring The Spinning Leaves, Toy Soldiers, Papertrees & The Great Unknown
Recently featured on World Cafe, the Philly Folk Parade is a music community initiative, maintaining a "rolling revue" of its members. Since most of the members are well-known within the Philadelphia area, fans have named them the All-Stars. It's based on an idea of empowering the community through joyous music, as well as spreading the word about the great Philadelphia music environment.

Chill Moody

10pm | Innovation Studio | Hip Hop
Urban Celebrity Magazine Showcase with
Young Savage, Chill Moody, R6 Cypher

Young Savage is a Southwest Philly native whose newly-released single, "Higher", is getting play on both major and independent radio. Young Savage has also been invited to be a featured artist on "Inside The Studio" session at Power 99FM. The purpose of the collective of emcees known as R6 Cypher is to: Reinvent, Reintroduce, Redefine, Rejuvenate, Revamp and Resurrect Philadelphia Hip Hop. What started out as a bar in a verse has become a mantra for Chill Moody, who has been compared to rappers such as Common, Black Thought, J.Cole, and Talib Kweli. Urban Celebrity Magazine is a Philadelphia based quarterly Hip Hop magazine whose mission is to educate readers about Philly Hip Hop culture and its key contributors.

Doogie Horner
10:30pm | Rendell Room | Comedy
Ministry of Secret Jokes, stand-up comedy
Featuring Steve Gerben, John McKeever, Chip Chantry, and more. Hosted by Doogie Horner, semi-finalist on America's Got Talent and Philly's Funniest Winner 2010.

11:30pm | Perelman Theater | Electronic
ArcheDream For Humankind
Sponsored by Forte
ArcheDream For Humankind's newest project RISE Of Collaboration is a fusion of dance music, choreography and intelligent lighting used to bring meaningful performances to the club and festival scene. In a short amount of time ADHK has toured the country and collaborated with such artists as Shopngle, and The Disco Biscuits. You've never experienced a Solstice dance party like this one!

ArcheDream For Humankind

11:45pm | Commonwealth Plaza | Hip Hop
DJ Ultraviolet and Ethel Cee
Sponsored by Forte
DJ Ultraviolet has been rockin' parties in Philly, New York and overseas since 2002. Her vast knowledge of music, unequaled turntable skills and an electric personality have helped her maintain a spot as one of the most coveted DJs on the East Coast. Also serving as DJ for the illustrious wordsmith, Ethel Cee, the two give you a little taste of what these powers can create. On the heels of Ethel Cee's 7 track EP Dirty Samples produced entirely by Fel Sweetenberg and released through UV's digital record label Bee Eater Records, you won't want to miss what this duo has to offer

12am | Innovation Studio | Tropical Fusion
AfroTaino Productions presents...MAMBO3000
An experimental dance party!
It's time to Dance into the deep! DJ Rahsaan and friends present MAMBO3000 — a body-rocking experiment which will fuse and mesh the sounds of tropicalia & urban dance beats into one memorable experience! Musical guests include Papo Gely, El Malito, Rap Soup, and more. This futuristic basement party will be steamy, so dress to move & sweat!

12:30am | Rendell Room | Jazz
Joe Truglio Trio
"Past Life is the latest project by composer and drummer Joe Truglio. He's no stranger to the Philly/New York jazz scene, and has played countless shows in both areas... The list of artists he's opened up for includes Cypress Hill and Herbie Hancock... The musicians exhibit a superior control over time, tempo and volume. Truglio in particular stays on top of every note."

Meeting in the Aisle
1am | Verizon Hall | Alternative
Radiohead Tribute Band – Meeting in the Aisle
Meeting in the Aisle stands as a passionate musical collective whose sole purpose is to present the music and showmanship of Radiohead with as much accuracy and energy as possible. Each member shares an intense love of Radiohead's entire catalog and has perfected songs from every Radiohead studio album, including their newest album, The King of Limbs, as well as b-sides and rarities.

1:15am | Commonwealth Plaza | Hip Hop presents
Reef The Lost Cauze Live
Reef The Lost Cauze is a Philadelphia emcee with formidable stage presence, skills of the pen, and a ferocious freestyle ability. Having recently worked with Gym Class Heroes, as well as underground hip hop's elite Jedi Mind Tricks, rising star Termanology, Reef has demonstrated his chameleon-like ability to stand out on a wide array of tracks.

2:30am | Commonwealth Plaza
Eiffel Tower Light Show
6,000 light bulbs brings the 81-foot Eiffel Tower and Plaza to life in a dazzling light and sound show.

> View a printable schedule grid featuring links to artist websites!