It's that time again…The Kimmel Center welcomes summer with its annual Citibank Summer Solstice Celebration. The all day, all night musical blowout features a Hip-Hop heavy line-up, indie rising stars, improv dating, returning favorite acts, a late night DJ party and much more. You are also encouraged to BYOD (Bring Your Own Drum).
Lasting from 3pm on Saturday, June 19 until dawn on Sunday, the party showcases Philly-based talent and rising stars from around the region. This year brings crowd favorites like PhillyBloco, Rennie Harris RHAW, Bob & Barbara's Drag Show, and the sunrise drum circle, as well as new-to-the-Kimmel Center artists.
Some highlights of this event will include:
5:00 pm - Philadelphia's Toy Soldiers jump around the musical spectrum with a wide array of instruments and a stockpile of singers as they perform their "a righteous collection of rootsy, jangly, scraggly, soulful indie inspired songs."
7:30 pm - MB3 Entertainment Showcase stars the freshest young voices in Philadelphia: Team IceCream, Pride, Billias Clan, Hoffa, J Fresh, Promise, FOE, Living Lavish Production, Young Tech, Remy & MORE!!
7:30 pm - Tato Torres & YERBABUENA, a group of composed of musicians, singers and dancers from the New York City area, who share an intense passion for the musical traditions of Puerto Rico and the Caribbean under the musical direction of singer-composer-musician Tato Torres. Their shows are participatory and feel like a cross between a jam in the park, a spiritual ceremony and a family reunion.
9:00 pm - New Jersey's Jolly Rotten Skeletons, first place winners in Philadelphia's 2009 Battle of the Bands, bring their eight-piece rock band to amp up the summer.
9:00 pm - Victor Fiorillo, A&E Editor of Philadelphia Magazine and pianist for The Martha Graham Cracker Cabaret, hosting the First Person Arts StorySlam. For those brave enough to approach the mic and share a story, this year's theme is "Song and Dance."
9:30 pm -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.
11:00 pm -The Philadelphia Ukulele Orchestra, assembled by the mysterious and inscrutable Professor Phineas Q. Tinkelbottom, is a twelve-piece ensemble comprised of bohemians, libertines and ukulele enthusiasts, on a crusade to promote truth and beauty through the most democratic of musical instruments.
11:30 pm - The return of Bahamadia, the reigning queen of hip-hop and female protégée of Gangstarr's Guru. She returns to her hometown roots, fresh from an extended tour of Europe and Japan, and performs songs from her new album, which will be released at the end of the summer.
The Kimmel Center
300 S. Broad Street
Tickets $10 / $5 Kids 12 & Under
More info here.