Season Preview: The Dell Music Center’s Essence Of Entertainment Concerts Rock The Open-Air Music Venue All Summer Long

The Dell Music Center hosts more than a dozen award-winning musicians this summer as part of its Essence of Entertainment summer concert series. The first concert kicks off with a performance by Chaka Khan. (Photo by D. King for GPTMC)

This summer, the Dell Music Center, East Fairmount Park’s expansive open-air concert venue, welcomes a number of top-notch musicians to its outdoor stage for the Essence of Entertainment concerts, a series of eight performances throughout July and August.

Every Thursday night beginning this Thursday, July 11, and running through August 29, notable performers take center stage.

First up, 10-time Grammy Award-winning singer Chaka Khan leads the series of concerts with an evening performance this Thursday, July 11. The concert begins at 7 p.m. and also includes a performance by Ledisi, a Grammy-nominated singer and songwriter who has performed numerous times for the President and First Lady at the White House. Sounds like an excellent combination to us.

Tickets for the show this week and future shows ring in at an affordable $25 to $60.

The venue which boasts 600 lawn seats and 5,284 reserved seats, promises world class musicians from a variety of toe-tapping genres.

On July 18, groove to the tunes of American Idol winner Fantasia, R&B star Joe and enjoy a performance from Comedian Dominique.

Tickets to all shows are available online, be sure to purchase your ticket soon, shows are bound to fill up fast.

Concerts begin at either 7 or 8 p.m., be sure to take note of your desired performance’s start time. For the full Essence of Entertianment summer schedule, complete with start times, see below.

The Dell Music Center’s Essence of Entertainment Summer Concerts
When: Thursdays, July 11-August 29
Where: The Dell Music Center, Ridge Avenue and Huntingdon Street
Cost: $25-$60
More info:

• Chaka Khan and Ledisi, July 11, 7 p.m.
• Fantasia, Joe and Comedian Dominique, July 18, 8 p.m.
• The Whispers, The Stylistics, The Chi-Lites featuring Marshall Thompson and Breakwater, July 25, 7 p.m.
• Night of Priase & Worship featuring Israel Houghton & New Breed, Vicki Yohe and Vonny Lopez, August 1, 7 p.m.
• Bell Biv Devoe, SWV and Dru Hill, August 8, 8 p.m.
• Jeffrey Osborne and Stephanie Mills, August 15, 8 p.m.
• Dave Koz & The Summer Horns Package featuring Mindi Abair, Gerald Albright and Richard Elliott, Pieces of a Dream and Peabo Bryson, August 22, 8 p.m.
• Funkfest featuring Cameo, Dazz Band, Confunkshun, Bar-Kays, Bloodstone and New Birth, August 29, 7 p.m.


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  1. would like to be put on the mailing list, and would like information on becoming a season ticket holder for all shows for 2016 ! Thank you!

  2. Would love to be apart of next seasons email lists for upcoming shows for 2016.

    Thank you
    B. Perkins

  3. Hi There,

    Thanks for reaching out! Click here to check out The Dell’s direct website, which will be the first source for up-to-date information regarding 2016 shows.


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