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2017 40th Street Summer Concert Series kicks off this Saturday with performance by Sun Ra Arkestra

Posted on 19 May 2017

The 40th Street free summer concert series will return to the green space behind the Walnut Street West Library on Saturday, May 20 with a performance by the Sun Ra Arkestra. This marks the third time Sun Ra, which presents a unique combination of big band swing, outer-space jazz, Afro-pageantry, dancing, singing, and chanting, has performed on the Summer Series stage near 40th and Walnut. The opening act for Saturday’s concert will be RU Bhangra who will present traditional Bhangra dancing.

Earlier this week, the University City District, one of the organizers of this popular, family-friendly summer event, revealed more dates and performers for the series, which will be held once a month through September 16: 

June 17: Brian Sanders’ JUNK
July 22: Dan Blacksberg’s Hot Klezmers and the West Philadelphia Orchestra
August 19: Worldtown Soundsystem with opener Drum Like a Lady

Each Summer Series event begins at 5 p.m. with roaming performances and giveaways, with opening acts beginning at 6 p.m. Don’t forget to bring a blanket or chair.

Visit the UCD website for more information and updates.

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