This summer, the Penn Museum is offering a mid-week, after work treat—live music performed in its scenic Warden Garden.
Every Wednesday from June 22 to August 24, stay in the city after office hours to enjoy tunes performed by eclectic groups that play Mid-East fusion, funk, Irish folk music, reggae and Eastern European folk-punk. The Summer Nights Garden Music concerts will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Museum’s main entrance across from Franklin Field on South Street. Visitors can also peruse all of the Museum’s exhibits during the concerts.
The group Animus will be the featured band on June 29. Performing at the Museum for their second consecutive year, the musicians play a fusion of ancient and modern music with elements of Greek, Turkish, Arabic and Latin styles melded into percussive rock, funk, jazz and blues.
“It’s nice playing outdoors in a courtyard, and having the sky above you. It’s a different energy,” says Bill Kousouros, the founder of Animus. “The crowd is diverse—college students, people who work at Penn. People have a drink, see the sky, the landscaped sculptures, and they sit near the pond.”
On July 6, the modern flamenco ensemble Tres Compadres will explore the boundaries of flamenco, fusion jazz and Latin rhythms.
The West Philadelphia Orchestra will play on July 20 with more than 14 musicians playing trumpets, horns, saxophone, sousaphone, clarinets, violins, drums and other instruments, creating a celebratory Eastern European folk sound tinged with jazz, punk and soul.
The series will conclude with the Timi Tanzania Reggae Band on August 24. Tanzania and his band will bring Jamaican dub and reggae music to the Warden Garden for a night of summer fun.
Admission is free for PennCard holders and Museum members. General admission is $5. Cocktails and light fare from the Pepper Mill Café garden bar will be available for purchase.
For more information on the Summer Nights Garden Music Series, call 215-898-4000 or visit www.penn.museum.
Originally published on June 9, 2011