FREE (Donations Accepted) | RAIN OR SHINE
June 28–July 26 | Thursdays, 7:00-9:00 p.m.
AAC is excited to announce our 2nd Annual World Music Concert Series! Once again we are partnering with Andrew Frankel and Toyin Ajayi-Frankel, owners of Philadelphia’s Lucky Goat Coffee House, to bring World Music to the Philadelphia region. This summer we will be host to award-winning performers from around the globe as we bring you five free outdoor concerts.
The concert series will run from mid-June through the end of July on Thursday evenings on our beautiful back lawn and amphitheater. The event is open and free to the public and guests are encouraged to come early and picnic on the lawn. Guests can bring their own food or enjoy selections from an on-site food truck and beverages from our sponsored Beer Garden in the Pavilion.
Music has always had the power to bring communities together and cross the boundaries of geography, economics, religion and culture. Pitch and beat connect to the emotions, creating a direct line to the human ability to respond, understand and have compassion. This is what is great – when an audience is transported by sound to a greater sense of our potential.
This summer the party will be at Abington Art Center!
Our World Music Concert Series is again set to bring a culturally diverse audience from across the Philadelphia region to sit out on our back lawn and enjoy the music. Yet, Abington Art Center, though a lively cultural arts organization, still faces the daunting financial challenges of non-profit institutions across the Philadelphia region.
Only with your support can we bring musicians from around the world to AAC.
June 28 | Alsarah & the Nubatones, Sudan
Born out of a love for the richness of pentatonic sounds, shared migration experiences, and the cultural exchanges between Sudan and Egypt, this Brooklyn-based group have expanded the conversation to include sounds from Armenia and Togo, playing music they’ve dubbed “East-African Retro-Pop.”
July 5 | Ladama, Latin America
Presented by Pennsylvania Ear Institute of Salus University
This group of four women, virtuosic musicians, and educators–Lara Klaus, Daniela Serna, Mafer Bandola, and Sara Lucas–are sisters in song, rhythm and spirit. Harnessing music from their respective countries of origin–Brazil, Colombia, Venezuela and the United States–the group utilizes traditional and non-traditional instruments from across the Americas, but with a modern twist, to produce Latin Alternative music.
July 12 | Lakou Mizik, Haiti
Presented by Rydal Park
Lakou Mizik is a multigenerational collective of Haitian musicians formed in the aftermath of the devastating 2010 earthquake. The spirit-stirring vodou rhythms and call-and-response vocals are supported by the rest of the band, and the end result is a soulful stew of deeply danceable grooves that feels strangely familiar yet intensely new — and 100% Haitian.
July 19 | K1 de Ultimate (King Wasiu Ayinde Marshall), Nigeria
The king of Fuji music, Wasiu Ayinde Marshal aka K1 de Ultimate has been performing since the 70s. Inventive and iconic, he continues to set new standards with indigenous music.
July 26 | Sidi Touré, Mali
Presented by Salus University
Sidi Touré is a highly acclaimed practitioner of Songhaï Music, creating sounds that are danceable, dynamic, and joyous. The energy and groove of the rhythms paired with the beauty of Sidi’s voice serve as an exuberant and irresistible call out for unity and peace for Malians and Africans.
Neshaminy Creek Brewing Company: With their Borough Brewhouse located right in Jenkintown, this award-winning, Philadelphia-area brewery will have their beer on tap for each concert.
Lokal Artisan Foods: French Toast and Fresh Lemonade, infused with locally sourced fruit & herbs with no additives and less Sugar.
Rita’s Water Ice: Legendary Italian Ice. Much smoother than a snow cone and made with real fruit, it’s served within 36 hours of mixing.
Flaming Basil: From sizzling coconut chicken skewers to many different types of curries, try this delicious Laos and Thai cuisine.
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