Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts

The Kimmel Center Stays Open All Night with Third Annual Summer Solstice Celebration June 26, Featuring The Fabulous Philadelphians
World Music Dance Parties transform theater into nightclub every Wednesday in July, plus free World Music Dance Party on June 30
May 3, 2004

The Ryan Irish Dancers will perform on the Plaza Stage at the third annual Summer Solstice Celebration.
For the third straight year, the Kimmel Center will welcome summer with the all-night Summer Solstice Celebration, featuring 15 hours of entertainment in all venues of Philadelphia’s performing arts landmark, plus a special performance by the world-renowned Philadelphia Orchestra. Summer 2004 also marks the return of the popular World Music Wednesday dance parties in the Kimmel’s Perelman Theater. Tickets ranging from $10 to $25 are on sale now.

"If there’s anyone out there who still thinks the Kimmel Center is a formal place for classical music only, we invite them to check out our summer offerings," said Kimmel Center, Inc. Vice President of Programming and Education Mervon Mehta. "The Perelman Theater looks like a nightclub on dance party nights. We’ve got everything from family entertainment to cabaret jazz during our all-night Summer Solstice Celebration. There’s nowhere else in the city you can find so much incredible Philly talent all under one really amazing roof."

The Kimmel Center’s third annual Summer Solstice Celebration begins at 3pm on Saturday, June 26 with family-oriented performances and activities and continues with non-stop entertainment until 6am on Sunday, June 27 when a drumming ceremony heralds the sunrise over the Kimmel’s soaring vaulted glass ceiling.

Highlights of the all-night event include performances by The Philadelphia Orchestra; the Irish band Solas; singer-songwriter Phil Roy; world music band JaJa Matsimela; children’s entertainers The Cats Pajamas and Ernie and Neal; the hip, young bluegrass trio Time for Three; jazz singer Ella Ghant and the E.G. Trio; vocalist Keisha Hutchins; and the Kimmel Center Youth Jazz Ensemble. A full schedule listing all artists will be online in June at

"Keeping their tough promise to bring the noise, the funk and a slew of musical diversity, The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts makes good with the ... Summer Solstice Celebration. It’s 15 hours of nonstop jamming." (Philadelphia City Paper)

Tickets for Summer Solstice are $10 in advance and $15 on the day of the event.

The 2004 Summer Solstice Celebration is generously underwritten by the William Penn Foundation.

The Kimmel’s World Music Wednesday summer dance parties will kick off on Wednesday, June 30 with a Free in the Plaza dance party in Commonwealth Plaza with Plena Libre. The three-time Grammy-nominated, 12-member band from Puerto Rico blend samba, calypso and salsa with "plena" — a style that draws on both the traditional and the modern in Puerto Rican music.

Then in July, the dance parties move into the Perelman Theater. Every Wednesday night in July a band from another corner of the globe will take the stage in the Perelman, but traditional seating will be cleared away to transform the theater into a dance hall.

"The boxy Perelman proved an excellent venue," wrote The Philadelphia Inquirer after a 2003 dance party. "Seats were cleared from the room’s plaza level to create a large dance floor that was crowded and in constant motion throughout the 90-minute performance ... providing folks on the floor with a sensory benefit you wouldn’t expect in a concert hall: The bass and other low frequencies purred steady and true underfoot, and if you closed your eyes, it felt as if you were in a nightclub."

Bands featured this year are Les Yeux Noirs (French for "The Black Eyes"), the part-gypsy, part-klezmer Paris-based group led by fiddlers Eric and Olivier Slabiak (July 7); the hot new salsa band Spanish Harlem Orchestra, winner of the 2003 Latin Billboard Award for New Artist Salsa Album of the Year (July 14); Barcelona’s Ojos de Brujo with their innovative mix of flamenco and hip-hop (July 21); and the island-influenced Jaojoby, the king of Madagascar’s native "salegy" dance music (July 28).

Tickets for the world music dance parties are $25.

Tickets for all Kimmel Center Presents summer events are on sale now and can be purchased by calling 215-893-1999, online at or at the Kimmel Center box office, open daily from 10am to 6pm and later on performance evenings. For group sales call 215-790-5883.

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