Performances in Public Spaces

Citywide FREE Performances

Performances in Public Spaces

The Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy & Wawa Welcome America host an afternoon of Performances in Public Spaces, showcasing ten performance groups in ten different neighborhoods across Philadelphia. The performances are free and family friendly. Performances ranging from cultural experiences to hip hop dancing, jazz and storytelling will be performed in public parks, squares and plazas that are in the heart of these communities.

Jazz on the Green

July 1 @ 3-7 pm
Fisher Park
571 W. Spencer St.

Jazz on the Green in Fisher Park is part of the City of Philadelphia’s Performances in Public Spaces program managed by the Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy. The event is produced by the folks from Olney Youth Arts Festival of CultureTrust Greater Philadelphia.

Arpeggio Jazz Ensemble

July 1 @ 12 pm
Headhouse Shambles
200 Pine St.

Not to be confused with the late 1970s disco group Arpeggio (of “Love And Desire” fame), The Arpeggio Jazz Ensemble is an adventurous jazz outfit that has been playing around Philadelphia since its formation in 1979. The Ensemble was founded by Warren Oree, an acoustic bassist, producer and composer who continued to lead the band in the late 1990s. Eclectic and far from predictable, the Ensemble has embraced a variety of acoustic and electric jazz styles (often combining them with African and Middle Eastern music) and has dabbled a bit in R&B.

Kyo Daiko Drummers

July 1 @ 12 pm
Marconi Plaza
13th St. & Oregon Ave.

Kyo Daiko is a Philadelphia-based community taiko drumming ensemble. All members are volunteers that perform for love of the art and the energy that the great drums bring to them. The group was founded in 2005 and originally led by Kristopher Rudzinski, who studied and performed with Marco Lienhard’s group Taikoza in New York. The group’s membership comes from a wide variety of backgrounds, and continue to grow with new students and continuing players. Members attend regular classes throughout the year and participate in workshops with master teachers from around the world.

Penn Band

July 1 @ 12 pm
Clark Park
S. 43rd St.& Baltimore Ave.

The Penn Band was founded in 1897 and ever since has been one of the University’s most progressive traditions. The organization is a part of the Department of Athletics at the University of Pennsylvania. The organization, typically ranging between 80 and 120 members every year, is among the largest and most active student-run organizations on-campus, performing upwards of 100 times during the academic year. The organization boasts a rich history of performance, including several performances with the renowned band leader John Phillip Sousa, the first collegiate band to march in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, countless recordings, national broadcasts and concerts, and performing at the pleasure of numerous American presidents and state leaders.

Jazz Bridge presents Eric Mintel Quartet

July 1 @ 12 pm
Laurel Hill Mansion
7201 Randolph Dr.

From the White House to the Kennedy Center to the United Nations and beyond, pianist and composer Eric Mintel and the Eric Mintel Quartet are thrilling audiences of all ages with their electrifying style of jazz. Classic songs by jazz legend Dave Brubeck, timeless classics of Vince Guaraldi from Charlie Brown and many originals by Eric Mintel make up some of the quartet’s repertoire that has audience’s singing their praises wherever the Eric Mintel Quartet performs. Be part of the excitement. Experience the EMQ live!

Hip Hop Fundamentals

July 1 @ 12 pm
Palmer Park
Frankford Ave. & E. Palmer St.

We are a diverse team of Philadelphia B-Boys dedicated to spreading true Hip Hop as an inspiration and academic tool. We are the world’s only education company run by professional Breakdancers, using the dynamic American art form of Breaking to effectively teach academic content, youth empowerment, and social issues. HHF is managed in PA and NJ by the prestigious Young Audiences organization, and has performed over 1200 shows since 2010. With our roster of experienced teaching artists, we have received numerous grants to bring our workshops and in-school residencies to youth in PA and NJ.

Sweetbriar Rose

July 1 @ 12 pm
Campbell Square
2535 E. Allegheny Ave.

Sweetbriar Rose is a band of rootsy, thorny, rose-hipped gypsies who you’re equally likely to glimpse running in full sun, barefoot on a field of bluegrass, brooding in three-part harmony over a murder ballad in a shady grove, or channeling the spirit of a 1940’s Balkan jazz joint. If you heard them through the wall, you might imagine a stray melody from the carnival caravan was whirling and beckoning just on the other side of the darkened woods.

Their dynamic performances of original music mix solid Americana tinged with Eastern European folk and jazz, whispers and shouts, foot-stomping and finger-picking, crooning and wailing. The multi-petaled flowers of Sweetbriar Rose include guitar, mandolin, keyboard, and upright bass, and haunting, layered harmonies are central part of their act.

Project Capoeira

July 1 @ 2 pm
Fairhill Square Park
4th & W. Huntingdon Sts.

The mission of Project Capoeira, Inc., formerly known as the American Society of Capoeira and Arts from Brazil (ASCAB) is to grow cultural awareness and sense of community through arts education. We devote ourselves to preserve the Brazilian art form of Capoeira in a multicultural and multi-disciplinary fashion. Project Capoeira, Inc. was founded to work interactively with the community so as to foster many high-quality opportunities for cultural enrichment.

First Person Arts

July 1 @ 6 pm
Vernon Park
5800 Germantown Ave

“We are First Person Arts, a Philadelphia nonprofit organization that celebrates the power of the personal. Our storytelling, social impact, and festival programs reinforce our mission: everyone has a story to tell, and sharing these stories connects us with each other and the world.”

Jazz Bridge presents Rhenda Fearrington

July 1 @ 12-1pm
Ryerss Museum porch
7370 Central Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19111

Originally from New York, vocalist Rhenda Fearrington’s eclectic repertoire is an authentic and warm combination of jazz standards mixed with soulful originals. This dynamic talent spent years as a commercial/jingle singer; and performed in schools for 15 years with her “Feel Sooo Good Tour;” a motivational program that focused on building the self-esteem of children Fearrington remains true to her roots, and those roots also include singing on the international stage as a back-up singer for Roberta Flack and MTUME. She co-produced her first solo CD, “This Moment’s Sweetness,” in 2012, which featured, among others, bassist Mike Boone and tenor saxophonist Larry McKenna. Fearrington is also a writer, having had a published column, “The ABC of it,” in the Suburban & Wayne Times, and spent six years writing children’s book reviews for Kids Can Press, LTD (Canada). Her independent blogs and reviews about the Philadelphia jazz scene are among the most widely read in the region.

There will be over 30 Performances in Public Spaces all summer in neighborhoods throughout Philadelphia.

Full Summer Schedule