Citibank SUMMER SOLSTICE CELEBRATION Kicks off Summer Season with 14 Hours of Non Stop Entertainment at the Kimmel Center, June 18JUNE 1, 2011
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New this year: Solstice begins at an earlier time with noontime drum circle, led by Shawn Hennessey and Philly-based percussion ensemble Leana Song in the
The Summer Solstice Celebration also opens up an evening time slot at the coveted
"Keeping their tough promise to bring the noise, the funk and a slew of musical diversity, the
Afternoon entertainment begins with family-friendly activities including traveling exhibits from the Philadelphia Zoo, The Plants and Ernie & Neal combine storytelling with performance for concerts kids and their parents will enjoy, Threeds Oboe Trio, and Kimmel Center Youth Jazz Ensemble, Rennie Harris RHAW hip hop performance entertain audiences of all ages.
The evening heats up with SA VA Boutique Fashion Show presenting eco-conscious summer line; a First Person Arts Story Slam; guitar virtuoso and Deutsche Grammophon recording artist Miloš Karadaglić; Singer- songwriter Phil Roy performs with celebrated Philly Chef Marc Vetri; Brazilian band Minas Troupe brings a 10 piece carnival to Commonwealth, and singer- songwriter Nicole Reynolds.
Kicking off late night revelry, audience favorite Bob & Barbara's Drag Show takes center stage in the Plaza, followed by DJ Ultra Violet and Ethel Cee, and Reef The Lost Cauze featuring DJ Caliph-Now and DJ David Blakk. Perelman Theater transforms into a late night dance party with Irish favorites Blackthorn and ArcheDream for Humankind; Innovation Studio includes Urban Celebrity Magazine’s Showcase of young Philly talent featuring Young Savage, Chill Moody and R6 Cypher, and AfroTaino Productions presents MAMBO3000, an experimental dance party with DJ Rahsaan and special guests including El Malito, Rap Soup and more.
Henna tattoo artists, chair massages, tarot card readers, face-painters and more will be stationed in Commonwealth Plaza at various times throughout the celebration. Wolfgang Puck Catering will provide food and drink options throughout the day and night at Peco Café and The Lounge by Wolfgang Puck.
Note: Check www.kimmelcenter.org/solstice for a complete, up-to-date list of performers and the day’s schedule, as new artists will continue to be added.
Summer Solstice Celebration
Kimmel Center, all venues
Sat.-Sun., June 18-19, 2011, noon – 2am
BRING THE KIDS
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 Leana Song adapt traditional rhythms from around the globe with original material in their live sets.
12 – 5pm | Tier 1 & 2
The Philadelphia Zoo visits the
Center for Emerging Visual Artists (CFEVA)
12 – 6pm | Tier 1 & 2
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. http://www.cfeva.org
Philly-based Leanna 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.
Ernie & Neal
12:45pm | Perelman Theater
Ernie & Neal, a fun-loving, high-energy musical duo from
2:15pm | Perelman Theater
The Plants are a four piece
3:45 | Perelman Theater
This ensemble of young talented musicians, comprised primarily of middle school students, trains with accomplished jazz musicians and teachers to perform in the first regional ensemble specializing in jazz.
HAPPY HOUR HAPPENINGS
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. hip hop hopefuls will forge new paths as well as present hip hop in its “RHAW-est.” form!
SA VA Boutique Fashion Show
Summer Nature Worship for Summer Solstice
6pm | Perelman Theater
Combining the true
Solstice YouTube Contest Winners
Artist to be announced on June 10th!
Do you think your band is good enough to play on the Commonwealth Plaza Stage during Solstice? Want to vote for the artist's who think they are worthy? Check out our YouTube contest were artists have the chance to compete for slot on the Plaza Stage during Solstice. www.facebook.com/KimmelCenterPhilly
First Person Arts Story Slam
7:30pm | Perelman Theater
First Person Arts StorySlams are twice-monthly, real-life storytelling competitions that take place at L'Etage Cabaret and World Cafe Live. For those brave enough to approach the mic and share a story, this year's theme is will be announced soon so stay tuned. Sign-ups will take place outside of Perelman Theater prior to performance time. http://www.firstpersonarts.org/
7:30pm | Rendell Room
Phil Roy with Marc Vetri
8pm | Verizon Hall
Music and food has always been one of life's greatest pairings. Phil Roy and Marc Vetri met five years ago and immediately recognized a commonality in each other. Phil, a songwriter and recording artist, had been expressing his culinary talents by inviting fans into his
Marc, one of the most acclaimed chefs' in the country had long been a serious guitar student. He possessed a unique talent that most people rarely got to hear. Together, Phil and Marc created a series of "dinner concerts" at Marc's
9pm | Rendell Room
Singer songwriter Nicole Reynolds was born into a family of
7pm – 1am |
$1/minute professional chair massages
SUN DOWN, HEAT UP
9:30pm | Perelman Theater
Blackthorn is celebrating more than 20 years at the forefront of the
Bob & Barbara's Drag Show
The notorious Bob & Barbara’s Drag Night joins us again for a night of amazing drag queen performances. “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
Urban Celebrity Magazine Showcase with
Young Savage, Chill Moody, R6 Cypher
10pm | Innovation Studio
Young Savage is a Southwest Philly native whose newly-released single, "Higher", and more than a few freestyles are played 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. Simply put, the purpose of the R6 Cypher is to: Reinvent, Reintroduce, Redefine, Rejuvenate, Revamp and Resurrect Philadelphia Hip Hop. This collective of emcees is not to be missed. What started out as a bar in a verse has become a sort of a mantra for Chill Moody. The young aspiring hip-hop artist prides himself on being one of the top lyricists to hit
ArcheDream for Humankind
11:30pm | Perelman Theater
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, you won’t want to miss it!
DJ Ultra Violet and Ethel Cee
DJ Ultraviolet has been rockin’ parties in Philly,
AfroTaino Productions presents….MAMBO3000
An experimental dance party!
12am | Innovation Studio
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 El Malito, Rap Soup, and more. This futuristic basement party will be steamy, so dress to move & sweat!
Joe Truglio Trio
12:30am | Rendell Room
''Past Life is the latest project by composer and drummer Joe Truglio. He's no stranger to the Philly/
Reef The Lost Cauze featuring DJ Caliph-NOW and DJ David Blakk
Reef The Lost Cauze is a
Tickets for Summer Solstice Celebration are $10 for adults and $5 for children under age 12. Ticket price includes all-day admission regardless of the number of exits and entrances patrons choose to make. Tickets are available for purchase online at www.kimmelcenter.org, by calling 215-893-1999, or at the