Citibank Summer Solstice Celebration Brings All Day, All Night Musical Blowout to the Kimmel Center, June 19MAY 21, 2010
15 Hours of Music and Entertainment in Every Corner of the
"Keeping their tough promise to bring the noise, the funk and a slew of musical diversity, the
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Kicking off the summer season in high gear, the
Afternoon entertainment begins with family-friendly fun including Zoo On Wheels, Please Touch Museum “Play Patrol,” a performance by the Paisley Pickles, Chamber Orchestra presentation of Tom and Jerry: A Nutcracker Tale animated film, New Orleans style brass band Hoppin’ John Orchestra, classical ensemble Liebesfreud, Universal African Dance & Drum Ensemble, and more.
The evening heats up with: indie group Toy Soldiers, street dance performances by Rennie Harris RHAW, New York-based Tato Torres & Yerbabuena performing to Puerto Rican -Caribbean rhythms, local talents of Philadelphia Songwriters Project Showcase and Miro Dance Theater Mash Up, New York-based hit improv comedy troupe, MEET Market, “seeking love” from audiences, Brazilian drumming ensemble PhillyBloco, a “Song and Dance”-themed First Person Arts StorySlam competition, and ska group Jolly Rotten Skeletons.
Late night revelry truly begins with Queen of Hip Hop Bahamadia, as well as the electro-pop modern music of The ReBel Yell, and raucous Bob & Barbara’s Drag Show. Dance party in the Plaza includes electro, global, rhythmic beats of DJ Rahsaan and house beats by DJ Rob Paine. As always, the annual
Henna tattoo artists, chair massages, tarot card readers, face-painters and more will be stationed in
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Below is a list of confirmed artists performing at the Summer Solstice Celebration:
Summer Solstice Celebration
Saturday, June 19, 2009 | 3pm to dawn
BRING THE KIDS
Tom and Jerry: A Nutcracker Tale
with Soundtrack Featuring The Chamber Orchestra of
3pm | Innovation Studio | Family
A special showing of the Warner Brothers animated film, Tom and Jerry: A Nutcracker Tale, with soundtrack featuring the members of The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia.
3:30pm | Verizon Hall | Jazz
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. These talented students are directed by Marc Johnson.
Zoo On Wheels
3pm-5pm | Tier 1 | Family
The Philadelphia Zoo visits the
Kids of all ages can participate in exciting activities hosted by
3:45 | Rendell Room | Classical
The Philadelphia-based Liebesfreud is an ensemble devoted primarily to the performance of great literature for the string quartet. The name, meaning Love's Joy, is best known as that of a heartfelt piece by beloved violinist Fritz Kreisler.
The Paisley Pickles
4:30pm | Innovation Studio | Family
Founded in 2008, the Paisley Pickles have been capturing the hearts of young “Pickle Heads” with their catchy Pickle tunes and their handsome Pickle attire. But they don’t only appeal to the tiny future leaders of our world – they also have the ability to charm fully-grown human beings.
Sponsored in part by PNC Grow Up Great
Hoppin’ John Orchestra
A group of ten professional musicians from all corners of musical
PARTY EXTRA: Face Painting
Free face painting from Creative Face.
HAPPY HOUR HAPPENINGS
5pm | Verizon Hall | Indie
Universal African Dance & Drum Ensemble
This diverse Ensemble includes performers spanning four generations of inner-city African-American families from different backgrounds. Founded and directed by Robert and Wanda Dickerson this ensemble is sanctioned the best of its kind in the category of African-American Dance & Drum in
Sponsored in part by PNC Grow Up Great
Rennie Harris RHAW
6pm | Innovation Studio | Dance
Rennie Harris RHAW was conceived in 2007 as a youth organization driven by community outreach and education. Harris’ inspiration for this youth driven company was inspired by the overwhelming interest from teens and young adults to join his internationally renowned company, Rennie Harris Puremovement. RHAW is a company that teaches and performs street dance techniques such as Campbell Locking, Popping & Boogaloo, House and Hip Hop dance.
The Munier Mandolin and Guitar Orchestra
6:15pm | Rendell Room | Classical
The Munier Mandolin and Guitar Orchestra was formed in 1957 and named after the great composer, teacher and mandolin virtuoso, Carlo Munier. Its members are proficient amateur musicians of divergent backgrounds, whose desire to preserve the beautiful music of the mandolin is paramount. The Orchestra’s repertoire ranges from the Baroque, through the romantic Neapolitan songs and operatic arias of the nineteenth century to recent works composed and arranged specifically for the mandolin orchestra.
The Miro Dance Theatre Mash-Up Series Finale
6:30pm | Verizon Hall | Dance
The Miro Dance Theatre Mash-Up Series is an experiment combining live music and dance- prepared fresh and served raw. Each experiment has Miro in the studio with a rock band and a composer, and on the fourth day they emerge to share the results for a brave audience who will experience a never to be repeated performance. During this event see how three months of mash-ups come together for a "best of" showcase featuring Miro dancers and local band Toy Soldiers.
7:30pm | Rendell Room | Singer/Songwriter
The Philadelphia Songwriters Project presents a diverse and fun-filled showcase with the winners of the 2010 Songwriters Contest. Over 600 contestants entered this year’s event, and only 4 were chosen as winners. This Solstice presentation is a must-see for music lovers.
MB3 Entertainment Showcase
7:30pm | Innovation Studio | Hip Hop/R&B
Starring: Team IceCream, Pride, Billias Clan, Hoffa, J Fresh, Promise, FOE, Living Lavish Production, Young Tech, Remy & MORE!!
Tato Torres & YERBABUENA
YERBABUENA is a group composed of musicians, singers and dancers from the
Presented in association with Afrotaino Productions
8pm | Verizon Hall | Gospel
Established in 1876, Enon is the oldest
PARTY EXTRA: Henna Tattoo Designs
PARTY EXTRA: Chair Massage Therapy
$1/minute professional chair massages.
SUN DOWN, HEAT UP
First Person Arts StorySlam
9pm | Innovation Studio | Spoken Word
First Person Arts StorySlams are twice-monthly, real-life storytelling competitions that take place at L'Etage Cabaret and World Cafe Live - and on June 19 at the Kimmel Center! For those brave enough to approach the mic and share a story, this year's theme is "Song and Dance." Sign-ups will take place outside of Innovation Studio prior to performance time. Hosted by
Jolly Rotten Skeletons
In November 2009 the Jolly Rotten Skeletons won first place out of eighty groups in the
9:30pm | Rendell Room | Comedy
This is Your Dating Life
The hit improv comedy “MEET MARKET” comes from NYC to dig into the audience’s dating closet and drag out the skeletons for the world to see. The cast features eight improvisers looking for love—and direction. The audience suggests personality quirks and shares dating stories to help create the most innocent or unusual characters and events. The cast brings these lovers to life in an improvised Dating Game. The laughs begin as the couples mingle for a night of romance—or Rolaids. True love is a rare and beautiful flower and dating is the thorns! This is one date you won't want to miss.
9:30pm | Verizon Hall | World
PhillyBloco is modeled after the blocos of
LATE NIGHT DATE NIGHT
Forte’s Late Night Lounge
Phillies LXG featuring Lauren Lark
10pm | Perelman Theater | Jazz/NeoSoul
Phillies LXG is a group of
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
11pm | Rendell Room | Variety
The Philadelphia All-star Ukulele Orchestra is a twelve piece ensemble comprised of bohemians, libertines and ukulele enthusiasts, on a crusade to promote truth and beauty through that most democratic of musical instruments. The group was assembled by the mysterious and inscrutable Professor Phineas Q. Tinkelbottom. In a heroic display of persistence, the Professor managed to transform a group of social misfits into a fantastic and single minded collective, bent on spreading the gospel of the ukulele to all those with open ears and an open heart.
11:30pm | Perelman Theater | Hip Hop
Bahamadia, the reigning Queen of Hip Hop and female protégée of Gangstarr's Guru, rose to hip hop royalty through popular underground and burgeoning commercial success since the earliest days of the genre. Through an expanded global "cult" fan base from
Gina Ferrera & Polysonic
12:30am | Innovation Studio | Fusion
Gina Ferrera is one of those artists that comes along every once and awhile that combines genres so well it stuns listeners. Gina brings a lifetime of education and knowledge about traditional gyil music mixed with the current state of music (electronic resources/ popular culture know-how/ and wonderful taste in influences). The gyil (dʒile or dʒil) is a pentatonic xylophone from the northwest of
The ReBel Yell
12:45am | Perelman Theater | Electro Pop
T.R.Y. is The ReBeL Yell. With lead vocals by Domini Quinn SupaStar, and production from Khari Ferrari Mateen and Grammy winner James Poyser, The ReBeL Yell creates electric sounds to think and dance to. T.R.Y. brings hip-hop to electronica, politically incorrect lyrics to melodious beat breaks, and un-orthodox style to the performance aesthetic. In other words, The ReBeL Yell is a revolution! The group’s debut album Love & War is available in stores now.
Rob Paine has been actively working as a DJ, producer, record label owner & promoter of events for over 15 years in and out of
Dance into the twilight to the global mix of DJ Rahsaan. Afro-Samba-Salsa-Soul-Disco-fied grooves. AfroTaino Productions spreading the Love of the Sun!
With Al-Bustan Seeds of Culture
BYOD (bring your own drum) and join with members of the Al-Bustan Percussion Ensemble led by Hafez El Ali Kotain for the annual drum circle to ring in the dawn as the sun rises over the glass roof.
Tickets for Citibank 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