Save the Date for the 8th Annual Lancaster Avenue Jazz & Arts Festival
People's Emergency Center (PEC) is hosting this family-friendly, free event on Saturday, July 19th - you do not want to miss this!
PEC is hosting its 8th Annual Lancaster Jazz & Arts Festival this summer, helping spotlight Lancaster Avenue as one of Philadelphia's arts and cultural corridors. This free jazz and arts celebration offers families the chance to experience the best in fusion, rhythm, smooth, and Caribbean jazz. This year's festival is being headlined by internationally-renowned jazz saxophonist Azar Lawrence, who is often compared to John Coltrane, has played with jazz legends such as Miles Davis and McCoy Tyner. Mr. Lawrence is not only performing at the festival but also hosting a master class for local children on Friday, July 18th at the Philadelphia Clef Club of Jazz and Performing Arts. In addition to the Azar Lawrence Quintet, the festival includes several Philadelphia vocalists and musicians such as Josh Lawrence, Glenn Bryan & Friends, the Charlene Halloway Band, and many more. PEC is also proud to feature the West Powelton Drummers and youth performers from Play On, Philly!
PEC is kicking off the festival at 9am with a uGO family fitness challenge, which will be held at Penn Presbyterian Medical Center
Saunders Park Greene (39th and Powelton). The free live performances will begin at noon and last until 7pm. The festival will also include a variety of food trucks and vendors, as well as family-friendly activities such as PEC's pop-up Digital Lab, activities by Smith Playground staff, a photo booth, and more!
This year's festival is being supported in-part by a National Endowment for the Arts Challenge America Fast-Track Grant, which is awarded to projects that "extend the reach of the arts to underserved populations and strengthen communities through the arts." The festival is an extension of the Lower Lancaster Avenue "Make Your Mark" initiative, which is organized by PEC and aims to raise awareness of the businesses on Lancaster Avenue while also recognizing the corridor as a cultural destination in Philadelphia. For more information, be sure to check out the Festival's website and Facebook page.
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