By Gloria Dulan-Wilson
Hey Everybody - you've got to check this out.
This was one of Mandrill's favorite festivals to perform for in Philly - in fact, they last performed for the West Oak Lane Festival in 2009 to a sold out crowd. In 2011 they performed at the Mann and were so popular, that the spirit in that event was so powerful, that the rain actually stopped so their show could go on. Lou always loved performing in Philly and said Philly was a "Mandrill" town.
Now that they've moved the West Oak Lane Festival indoors for the first time, at the world famous Keswick Theatre, in Glenside, the rain factor has been handled, so you'll have 6 hours of nonstop music, come rain or shine!! And no doubt the same kind of enthusiasm they showed Mandrill in 2011 will greet Roy, Bobbi, Carol, the Urban Guerrillas, and the Clef Club when they perform.
I'm sending this announcement out in advance of my Blog - Event Alert on www.gloriadulanwilson.blogspot.com, , because I know you don't want to miss one of the best shows and the kick off to summer.
For you brothers and sisters in New York, DC, New Jersey, Delaware, and Maryland it's a short bus ride (or drive) away for a whole lot of fun, soul, music, and infotainment.
For you in Philly, you got the Diva of the Flute - Ms. Bobbi Humphrey, and you got the Master of the Marimba (also known as the Xylophone) Mr. Roy Ayers - a winning hand already. Now, I'm not slighting the other artists - Philadelphia Homegrown artist Carol Riddick is fantastic in her own right, as are the Urban Guerrillas and the Clef Club's Senior Youth Band; but since these two are long time personal favorites of mine, you know I got to hype them. For me it will be something akin to a family reunion. Bobbi Humphrey was just honored at the Schomberg Library in Harlem for 40 Years in Music.
For, you, the audience it will be the best in entertainment and pure music.
So get ready for some Soul on Soul this Saturday at the Keswick Theatre
Stay Blessed &
West Oak Lane Festival at the Keswick
Roy Ayers, Carol Riddick, Bobbi Humphrey, Urban Guerilla Orchestra, Clef Club Senior Youth Band
Festival begins at 2:30 and runs until 9:30 PM
Jun 22 • 2:30pm
Price: $43The West Oak Lane Festival is moving indoors – to the Keswick Theatre! For one low general admission price of $43 enjoy over six hours of non-stop music and celebration. The West Oak Lane Festival at the Keswick is produced by OARC.
All proceeds benefit OARC, a 501(c)(3) non profit organization.
Pictured L-R: Carol Riddick & Bobbi Humphrey; Roy Ayers ( Bottom Left)
Roy Ayers, Bobbi Humphrey, Carol Riddick, Urban Guerilla Orchestra and The Philadelphia Senior Youth Band are coming together to celebrate “keeping communities alive,” at this year’s West Oak Lane Festival at the Keswick. This stellar mix of artists ranging from Jazz to R&B, and Neo-Soul will take to the Keswick stage, each with their own bands, for one day of non-stop music “for the community”.
“Everybody Loves the Sunshine,” vibraphonist Roy Ayers’, signature award- winning hit sums up Roy’s feelings for West Oak Lane as this will mark his fourth performance at the festival. Flutist, Bobbi Humphrey is looking forward to reconnecting with her Philly fans as she brings them back to “ Harlem River Drive.” And Philadelphia native and songstress Carol Riddick, who launched her career with Jill Scott will bring some neo-soul in the house. Urban Guerilla Orchestra will bring the audience to their feet can’t help but dance tunes. And finally, the Philadelphia Clef Club Senior Youth Band will showcase their superior talent as emerging jazz musicians and confirm West Oak Lane’s commitment to supporting youth in the community.
Listen to “Harlem River Drive” by Bobbi Humphrey:03 – Harlem River Drive(1)
Listen to “Everybody Loves the Sunshine” by RoyAyers: 08 – Everybody Loves The Sunshine
Show/Performer Schedule (Subject to change):
2:30 - Opening Remarks
2:50p -Urban Guerilla Orchestra
4:00p –Clef Club Senior Youth Band
4:45p – Carol Riddick
6:15p – Bobbi Humphrey
8:00p – Roy Ayers