Ready to groove?
The family-friendly Lancaster Avenue Jazz and Arts Festival at Saunders Park Greene is this Saturday, July 19, from noon to 7 p.m.
Now in its eighth year, the Powelton Village neighborhood festival welcomes an excellent lineup of jazz artists, craft vendors and food trucks for the annual event at Saunders Park, a small-but-lively community space at 39th and Powelton streets, behind Penn Presbyterian Medical Center, just one block south of Lancaster Avenue.
Organized by The People’s Emergency Center’s, a community support organization in West Philadelphia, the festival is free and open to all ages.
Read on for our guide to the music, arts and food of this day-long tune-filled affair.
This Saturday marks a great opportunity to celebrate Philly’s tremendous musical history and enjoy live jazz performances all day long. With genres ranging from traditional and fusion to rhythm and smooth jazz, the musical lineup includes a wide range of great talent.
Headlined by internationally-renown jazz saxophonist, and disciple of John Coltrane, Azar Lawrence, more than half a dozen performing artists, including vocalists, instrumentalists and dance groups, are scheduled throughout the day.
In addition to the sax sounds of Lawrence, acts taking the stage include Charlene Holloway, Josh Lawrence, Glenn Bryan & Friends, Shakera Jones, Nasir Dickerson and Play On, Philly!
Also look out for the West Powelton Steppers and other dance groups to move to rhythm and blues that will get you dancing, too.
The tunes begin at noon and culminate with Azar Lawrence’s concert.
For more on the festival, see below.
Excellent eats are on tap for the Lancaster Avenue Jazz Festival, too. Report to the food truck pavilion and step up to a selection of seven different food trucks.
The on-site trucks slated to dish baked goods, seafood, fresh fruit and more are: Curbside Creamery, Gigi’s & Big R, Grill Cheese, Jamaican Irie Carribean, Lil Trents, Samosa Deb and Side Of The Road Jerk Chicken.
Getting to Powelton Village is a cinch. Hop on SEPTA’s #10 Trolley, the Market Street El, the Route #30 or the #43 Bus.
Plus, free parking will be available at Penn Presbyterian Parking lot located on Powelton Avenue between Sloan and State streets.
Lancaster Avenue Jazz and Arts Festival
When: Saturday, July 19, noon-7 p.m.
Where: Saunders Park Greene, 3900 Powelton Avenue
More info: www.lancasteravejazzfest.com