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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Cheers Elephant at Headhouse Square, Doo-Wop Festival at Penn’s Landing

Cheers Elephant

Last night’s rain blew through and it’s a breezy sunny day today, meaning conditions are ideal for two free outdoor concerts. At Headhouse Square on 2nd Street and Lombard, Cheers Elephant headlines Greenfest Philly‘s Earth Jam II. Get the details on the musical eco-awareness-raiser in our article here, and check out a new music video for an old Cheers Elephant song below. Animation on “Captain Crowninshield” comes care of Cheers guitarist Jordan del Rosario.

And over at Penn’s Landing, the Philadelphia Doo Wop Festival – copresented by WHYY’s Connections Festival – lines up Charlie Gracie, Cornerstone featuring Golden Voice Harry, Fred Paris and the Five Satins and others for some smooth streetcorner harmonies on the waterfront. Watch the Five Satins’ signature tune “In the Still of the Night” below.

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Jam out at Greenfest Philly’s Earth Jam II with Cheers Elephant and Abstract Verses

Greenfest Philly is a free annual event sponsored by the Clean Air Council to promote sustainable living. In addition to the local and organic food trucks, sustainably-brewed beer garden, eco-friendly vendors, electronics recycling, clothing swap, and raffles, this years festival also includes live music from local bands Cheers Elephant, Abstract Verses, Mountjoy, and You Do You as part of the festival’s Earth Jam II.

While planning for their 45th Anniversary this fall, Clean Air Council policy analyst Katie Feeney learned that in 1992, to celebrate its 25th year, the organization put on ‘Earth Jam’ in Chalfont, PA.

“We had a few acoustic musicians play at last year’s Greenfest ,” Feeney said. “But I thought it would be fun this year to really commit to reviving ‘Earth Jam’ 20 years later to celebrate the Council’s 45th anniversary. So we went all out!”

The eclectic bill of local artists for Earth Jam II came together, as Feeney put it, organically. “Personally, I don’t think there’s a more exciting band in Philadelphia right now than Cheers Elephant,” she said. “They’re so much fun to watch and they’re also wonderful people. Whether it’s true or not, I’ve convinced myself that their song ‘Jumbo Shrimp’ is about the BP oil spill. I think the message behind many of their lyrics is relevant and meaningful to those concerned for the planet.” Continue reading →