June 18, 2012
The Phillies Honor Black Music Month With A Special Ceremony And Free Pre-Game “Sound Of Philadelphia” Concert This Friday, June 22
The Phillies and Philadelphia International Records are teaming up to host the 9th annual The Sound of Philadelphia Celebration & Pre-Game Concert this Friday, June 22, at Citizens Bank Park, prior to the 7:05 p.m. game against the Tampa Bay Rays.
Held in honor of the 41st anniversary of Philadelphia International Records and Black Music Month, the evening pays tribute to the music of Philadelphia’s own music makers Kenneth Gamble and Leon Huff.
The 5 p.m. concert is completely free (no game tickets needed) and features:
• The Trammps: The legendary Philadelphia-based American disco and soul band is back in town to represent the Sound of Philadelphia! Formed in 1972 by Ronnie Baker, Norman Harris and Earl Young, the Trammps received a Grammy for one of their singles’ inclusion in the soundtrack of “Saturday Night Fever.” Baker, Harris and Young were also the rhythm section for Gamble and Huff. Today the group continues to tour the world.
• The Jones Girls: For over a half decade between 1979 and 1984, Shirley, Valorie and Brenda Jones created some of the most glorious soul music around. Classic cuts include the club favorite “Nights Over Egypt” and a timeless cover of the Stylistics’ “Children of the Night.”
• “Amazin Grace” Little: A dynamic singer who generates energy and excitement wherever she performs, Amazin Grace has performed all over the world as a teenager in famous plays such as “The Wiz” and “Dream Girls” (playing Effie, a role that was initially performed by Jennifer Holiday).
• Wyldlyfe: This Philadelphia collective of individual artists (Ty Ward, Chess, C. Poole) make music ranging from hip-hop and pop, to rock and R&B. They’ve opened for artists including Grammy winner Lupe Fiasco, DJ Girl Talk, Hidden Beach recording artists Kindred The Family Soul, 5x Grammy nominee Jazmine Sullivan and Miami rapper Trina.
If you’re lucky enough to snag a ticket to the Phillies game, you’ll see on-field presentations and performances from the honorees themselves.
Last we checked, tickets were still available, and they’re discounted $2 in honor of the theme night; click here.
Sound of Philadelphia Celebration at the Phillies Game
When: Friday, June 22, 5 p.m.
Where: Citizens Bank Park
Cost: Free! (pre-game concert is free; game is ticketed as always)
More info: www.philadelphia.phillies.mlb.com