P.M. at Penn Museum–Summer Nights Concert Series is returning for its sixth year of good ole #PhillyPhun. Summer Nights provides families and friends with laid-back, outdoor tunes to break up the workweek, and offers complete access to both the Penn Museum and the Museum Shop, all hosted in University City—let’s hope those summer nights don’t drift away too soon, are we right?
This past Wednesday the West Philly Orchestra kicked off the series. In the Stoner Courtyard—the museum’s front lawn—listeners gathered to embrace the funky sounds and jazzy ambiance of this orchestra.
West Philly Orchestra offered some traditional Balkan sounds at this week’s show— it was like nothing we’d ever heard before. Brassy, percussive and spirited, the music was definitely something you could dance to, and the musicians themselves seemed to be having a great time as they bobbed and danced to the sax, baritone, trumpet and drums. This wasn’t your last chance to check them out, though—the band’s website is a great place to listen to some of their songs or check out their schedule of upcoming shows. If you’re 21, you can join them for a Weekly Balkan Dance Party at Franky Bradley’s! They’re an entirely unique cultural experience and perspective of Philly’s music scene.
As you listen to some great music, you’ll feel encouraged to make the experience your own! #CampusTip? Seating options are endless. Head to the central marble fountain for a great view, chill out in the “dining area” and chat with a friend at the bistro-style tables, check out the seating in front of the stage if you don’t want to miss a beat, or opt to hang with Mother Earth and enjoy some time on the lawn.
“Summer Nights” is definitely a great way to break up the work week (shout out to #HumpDay) and it’s also a kid-friendly event, if you’d like to bring the whole family along. It’s an especially great event for young professionals looking to network with musicians, too!
Joining in on the fun is the Pepper Mill Café, which is stocked with cocktails, including an assortment of wines and beers, non-alcoholic beverages, and light snacks—all available for a small price.
Speaking of, general admission (6+) is only 10 bucks, which includes your admission to the museum, and is free for children under 6, as well as for museum members. #CampusTip: Remember to bring cash for your ticket! There’s an ATM inside the venue, but play it safe and bring enough money to pay at the entrance gate.
“Summer Nights” presents different artists each week, each reppin’ their own styles and unique sounds. Check out some of the other artists that Summer Nights has to offer.
Penn’s next event is this Wednesday, the 22nd, with Ginger Coyle—Philadelphia’s latest artist to step onto the scene with her bright melodies and acoustic vibes. Even if you are unfamiliar with the artist or band of the week, these events are great opportunities to become more exposed to Philly’s music scene.
Oh—and please take advantage of the museum, which is open just for you until 8pm! Your ticket to Summer Nights gives you a chance to explore the halls, galleries, and artifacts of Penn’s museum. #CampusTip: Check out the “mini-tour” in between music sets at 6:30pm. We got to learn a little more about Egyptian culture by snagging spots on this tour!
#TheMoreYouKnow: Concerts are every Wednesday from 5pm-8pm, June 17 through Sept. 2.
#GetThere: 3260 South St. Philadelphia, PA 19104. It’s a hop, skip, and jump away from the University City train station.
Have fun at “Summer Nights” this season and enjoy bringing a little more pep into your #HumpDay.