Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts

Newly Confirmed Artists for Citibank SUMMER SOLSTICE CELEBRATION, June 18

JUNE 13, 2011

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Four days away until Citibank Summer Solstice Celebration kicks off the summer season at the Kimmel Center!  The 14 hour long annual musical extravaganza on Saturday, June 18, noon-2am, now includes more than 40 confirmed artists performing musical acts and a variety of entertainment throughout the Kimmel Center’s multiple venues and public spaces. Putting the spotlight on local Philly talent, newly confirmed artists include Radiohead Tribute Band: Meeting in the Aisle, Doogie Horner:  Ministry of Truth Comedy Show, Pompadour Slim and the Delinquents, and so much more.  Phillie Phanatic is also scheduled to make an appearance between 1:30pm to 2:30pm in the Commonwealth Plaza, and will mix, mingle and dance with families and friends in attendance.  Dazzling Eiffel Tower Light Show takes place throughout the event, starting at 3:30pm.


From 5pm to 9pm, Wolfgang Puck Catering will also provide pizza, beer and wine samplings ($35), which includes three drinks including a variety of local brews and wines and three slices of gourmet pizza (BBQ Chicken w. red onion and cilantro, Fresh Mozzarella w. tomato and basil, and roasted vegetables w. fresh herbs) at The Lounge by Wolfgang Puck on Tier 1.  A full menu all day, the PECO Bar will serve hot dogs, pretzels, sandwiches, chicken fingers and fries, and desserts. Includes a full bar. And, satellite bars will also provide drinks and light bites at various locations within the Kimmel Center. Foursquare users — get $5 off your Pizza and Beer/Wine sampling by checking in!


Tickets for Summer Solstice Celebration are $10 for adults and $5 for children under age 12. Ticket price includes all-day admission and are available for purchase online at, by calling 215-893-1999, or at the Kimmel Center box office, open daily from 10am to 6pm and later on performance evenings.


New Program Highlights for Summer Solstice Include:

  • Radiohead Tribute Band: Meeting in the Aisle perform alternative rock (1am)  
  • America’s Got Talent semi-finalist Doogie Horner: Ministry of Truth Comedy Show  (10:30pm)
  • The Philly Folk Parade showcases local musicians from The Spinning Leaves, Toy Soldiers, The Paper Trees, and The Great Unknown (10pm)
  • Afro-soul singer Rafiya, (8:15pm)
  • Do You Need the Service? YouTube Talent Contest Winner performs instrumental rock (7pm) 
  • Electric violinist Caryn Lin provides the music accompaniment for the SA VA Fashion Show (6pm)
  • With star students from the Kimmel Center Youth Jazz Ensemble, Pompadour Slim & The Delinquents perform oldies classics w.  blues and funk interpretations (6:30pm)
  • Talented Dirk Quinn Band performs jazz guitar (6:30pm)
  • Ghenady Meirson’s Russian Opera Workshop (5:30pm)
  • Oscuro Quintet performs passionate tango set (5pm)
  • Indie pop trio The Sisters3 celebrate new release Coruscate at the Meadow Gate (5pm)
  • Philly native and singer-songwriter Sean Lee performs acoustic guitar (5pm)
  • Mummers ensemble and Philly Phavorite Aqua String Band (4pm)
  • Curtis Institute student Yue Chu performs a solo piano set (4pm)
  • Kid-friendly Wondergy combines the wonders of science with love of music (3:30pm)
  • Philly Gumbo rhythm 'n' blues, rock and reggae performance (3:30pm)
  • New York City based Threeds Oboe Trio perform music of all genres (2:30pm)
  • National Circus School perform Portrait w. four acrobatic artists from Montreal(2:30pm)
  • “Sheryl crow for kids” (New York Post) Bari Koral (2pm)
  • Mural Arts brings Paint by Numbers for kids to enjoy on Tier 1 (1pm)
  • The lovable Phillie Phanatic meets, greets and dances w. Solstice guests (1:30pm)
  • Tempesta di Mare chamber performance of Bach’s organ sonatas (1pm)
  • Sara O’Brien performs songs “for kids by kids” (12:30pm)
  • Family Friendly Lounge with Fairy Princess Ashley story time for kids (noon)


Read on for a detailed list of recently confirmed artists to the Summer Solstice Celebration roster and remember to check for artist and schedule updates through June 18!

New Artists Added to 2011 Summer Solstice Celebration Include:


Family Friendly Lounge

12pm - 3pm | Lounge by Wolfgang Puck
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!


Community Rocks with Sara O’Brien

12:30pm | Innovation Studio

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.


Tempesta di Mare

1pm | Rendell Room
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."


Mural Arts Program: Paint By Numbers

1pm | Tier 1

Participate in the creation of one of the newest murals for City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program.  Free opportunity welcomes painters of all abilities and ages to come and get their paint brushes wet and participate in creating a new piece of public art. All supplies are provided. Individuals of ages and abilities are welcome. 


Phillie Phanatic

1:30pm | Commonwealth Plaza & The Lounge by Wolfgang Puck

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

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.



2:30pm | Commonwealth Plaza

Portrait is a circus creation featuring artists Melvin Diggs, Olivia Weinstein, Marta Henderson, and Kyle Driggs, all currently studying at the National Circus School in Montreal. Portrait examines the energy and emotions of four close friends and shows their love of circus and creation.


Mouse King

2:30pm | Commonwealth Plaza

Pennsylvania Ballet’s famed Nutcracker lends the infamous Mouse King for an appearance at Summer Solstice.


Threeds Oboe Trio

2:30pm | Rendell Room

Kathy Halvorson, Katie Scheele and Mark Snyder, the three musicians responsible for Threeds Oboe Trio, have performed in some of New York City’s most prestigious chamber music halls as well as several downtown NYC venues including Joe’s Pub, the Living Room, the Rockwood Music Hall and Pete’s Candy Store. Performing on their oboes (and occasionally a single English horn) the trio explores music from a variety of time periods and all corners of the world.


Philly Gumbo

3:30pm | Verizon Hall

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.



3:30pm | Innovation Studio

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."


Eiffel Tower Light Show

3:30pm, 6:15pm, 9:50pm, 2:30am  | Commonwealth Plaza
6,000 light bulbs brings the 81-foot Eiffel Tower and Plaza to life in a dazzling light and sound show.


Aqua String Band

4pm | Commonwealth Plaza

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.


Yue Chu

 4pm | Rendell Room | Classical
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.


The Sisters3

5pm | Verizon Hall | Indie Pop

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!


Oscuro Quintet

5pm | Innovation Studio

An international group of five accomplished musicians comes together in the Oscuro Quintet to pursue a collective passion for the art of tango. As Philadelphia's premier tango music ensemble, the quintet evokes the passion and the grace of tango from dance floors to concert halls with a mind toward both the music of the past and the vanguard of progression.


Sean Lee

5pm | The Lounge by Wolfgang Puck

With warm, booming vocals, and myriad instrumentation, Sean Lee performs acoustic guitar and 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, an unusual feat for someone 21 years young. 


Ghenady Meirson's Russian Opera Workshop

5:30pm | Rendell
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.


Dirk Quinn Band
6:30pm | Verizon Hall

With the recent release of his sophomore album, QuinnTet, Philly native and jazz/funk guitarist Dirk Quinn continues to build a strong fan base in his hometown. Drawing inspiration from music of all types, his solo acoustic sound has been compared to the guitar "pyrotechnics" of Keller Williams and Michael Hedges, while his full band compositions resemble everything from the urban funk of Soulive to the brave jazz experimentation of Medeski, Martin and Wood.


Pompadour Slim & The Delinquents

6:30pm | Innovation Studio

Pompadour Slim & The Delinquents present the young, modern sound of a blues and funk band while honoring the classic beats of music greats from Junior Wells to James Brown. The 7 piece band, who range from 15 to 17, are students of the Kimmel Youth Jazz Ensemble, Philadelphia Clef Club and the New Jersey Performing Arts Center and are sure to get followers out of their seats and dancing in the aisles.  


Do You Need The Service?

7pm | Commonwealth Plaza

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.



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. 

Philly Folk Parade

10pm – 12am | Verizon Hall

Featuring The Spinning Leaves, Toy Soldiers, The Paper Trees, & The Great Unknown

Recently featured on World Cafe, the Philly Folk Parade is a music community initiative, maintaining a "rolling revue" of its 40 local musician members. Since most of the members are well-known within the Philadelphia area, some fans have named them the local 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. This latest showcase features four great Philly artists: The Spinning Leaves, Toy Soldiers, The Paper Trees & The Great Unknown.


The Ministry of Secret Jokes, stand-up comedy

10:30pm | Rendell Room

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.


A Radiohead Tribute Band: Meeting in Aisle

1am | Verizon Hall

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, King of Limbs, as well as b-sides and rarities.



Previously announced artists performing at Summer Solstice 2011:




Opening Drum Ceremony

Noon | Commonwealth Plaza

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.


Philadelphia Zoo

12 – 5pm | Tier 1 & 2

The Philadelphia Zoo visits the Kimmel Center! Stop by the Zoo's station where you can experience live animals, talk to their traveling naturalists about the animals, and learn bio-facts.


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.

Leana Song
1pm | Commonwealth Plaza

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 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!


The Plants

2:15pm | Perelman Theater

The Plants are a four piece Philadelphia based band for kids. With their eclectic style, The Plants traverse musical genres while exploring the potential of the imagination. Each song is specifically written to spark new ideas, evoke different emotions, and encourage creativity.  The lighthearted music is catchy, often times silly, and fun for children and adults alike.


Kimmel Center Youth Jazz Ensemble

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.





Rennie Harris RHAW

5:30pm | Commonwealth Plaza

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 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. Live music accompaniment by electric violinist Caryn Lin!


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 Summer Vacation. Sign-ups will take place outside of Perelman Theater prior to performance time.


Miloš Karadaglić

7:30pm | Rendell Room

Born in Montenegro in 1983 and a multiple prize-winner, Miloš Karadaglić has established himself as one of today’s most gifted young guitar virtuosos. In July 2010 he signed an exclusive recording contract with Deutsche Grammophon, and his first recording will be released in the U.S. on June 21st. Come and check out the chart topping classical guitarist everyone in Europe is raving about!


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 Philadelphia home on a monthly basis, cooking 4-course meals, and treating them to a musical performance.


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 Philadelphia restaurant, Osteria. By popular demand these intimate evenings have now entered their third year.


Minas Troupe

8:30pm | Commonwealth Plaza

Philadelphia’s Brazilian jazz band Minas is pulling out all the stops for Solstice.  Husband-wife team Orlando Haddad and Patricia King bring together an exciting blend of music, dancing and capoeira with a full 10 person ensemble. Feel the excitement and energy of Brazilian beats and sultry bossa novas as they take us into the night!


Nicole Reynolds

9pm | Rendell Room

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.




Chair Massage

7pm – 1am | Commonwealth Plaza

$1/minute professional chair massages


Henna Tattoo

7pm – 10pm| Commonwealth Plaza






9:30pm | Perelman Theater

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

10pm | Commonwealth Plaza

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 Philadelphia


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 Philadelphia in years. He 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.


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

11:45pm | Commonwealth Plaza

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 on of the most coveted DJs on the East Coast.  Also serving as DJ for the illustrious wordsmith, Ethel Cee, the two join together to give you a little taste of what these two powers can create. On the heels of Ethel Cee’s seven 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.


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 *NEW* PAPO GELY, 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/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.'' —


Reef The Lost Cauze featuring DJ Caliph-NOW and DJ David Blakk

1am | Commonwealth Plaza

Reef The Lost Cauze is a Philadelphia emcee with his sights set on the top of the hip hop game. While some emcees are strictly studio and basic battle cats, Reef brings well-rounded talent to the table with formidable stage presence, skills of the pen and a ferocious freestyle ability. Joined by DJ Caliph-NOW and DJ David Blakk the group will also pay tribute to Philly DJ culture and turntablism with their unique rhymes and beat selections.



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