In the coming months, Penn Museum patrons can dance, tap their toes, or sing along to an eclectic line-up of musicians under the summer night sky.
The P.M. @ Penn Museum Summer Nights music series, presented by Dogfish Head Brewery, runs every Wednesday from 5 to 8 p.m. in the Museum’s outdoor Stoner Courtyard. The series kicks off its fifth year on June 18 with El Caribefunk, a Colombian funk, salsa, and Caribbean fusion band. Performances run through Sept. 3.
This year’s lineup features a diverse mix of bands and musicians—offering lively Samba, raucous Turkish fusion, rhythmic Afro-Cuban jazz, and more—as well as American-influenced music drawing from blues, zydeco, and old-fashioned rock ‘n’ roll.
The Museum’s international galleries remain open, with an optional, docent-led mini-tour in between music sets at 6:30 p.m. Outside, guests of all ages can explore ancient Rome via touchable—and even wearable—artifacts at a Cartifact station.
The Museum’s Pepper Mill Café provides a garden bar, with drinks including a special cocktail of the week, a Dogfish Head brew option, and non-alcoholic beverages, as well as regionally themed light fare available for purchase.
Upcoming performances include the Philadelphia-based multi-ethnic group Barakka on June 25, which specializes in Turkish folk-rock with a mix of eastern and western instrumentation; Casey Alvarez, winner of the Philadelphia Songwriters Project's 2014 Songwriting Contest, on July 2; Zydeco-A-Go-Go on July 9, which combines New Orleans rhythm and blues with vintage Louisiana rock and roll; American- and Caribbean-styled Trinidelphia on July 16; Arabic music and jazz group M’oudswing on July 23; and the wild and wonderful West Philadelphia Orchestra on July 30.
Concerts move inside in the event of rain. General admission for guests ages 6 and up is $10 and includes Museum admission. The program is free for children under 6, Museum members, PennCard holders, and Health System employees.
Originally published on May 29, 2014