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Block Party At The Dell

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On Thursday, August 21st, 2014, at The Dell Music Center in Fairmount Park, on the very night when Al Jarreau and David Sanborn appear, PJP has the honor of providing both pre-show performers and the opening act for the evening.


Don't miss it.


We're calling it East Fairmount Park Block Party. Join us as we re-imagine Philadelphia’s summertime block party culture. Sistahs Laying Down Hands start off things with an awesome percussion discussion at 6:00pm as the audience flows in.


Then, Luke Carlos O’Reilly and some of Philly’s finest musicians bring the Block Party, sharing moments of Jazz, Blues, R&B, Latin and Funk. Take a step back in time when the streets were safe [or at least we thought so] and the music, like the weather was perpetually hot!


Block Party Musicians:

  • Keyboards – Luke Carlos O’Reilly

  • Vocalists Ella Gahnt, Laurin Talese, Jeff Murrell, Frankie Marerro

  • Rapper – MyMan Shafe

  • Drums – Anwar Marshall

  • Guitar – Anthony DeCarlo

  • Bass – Mike Boone

  • Percussion – Doc Gibbs & Dominique Thomas

  • Trumpet Matt Cappy

  • Sax Korey Riker


Luke Carlos O'Reilly-Bandleader

Luke Carlos O'Reilly is a Colombian-born, Boston-raised, Philadelphia-based graduate of Temple University with a knack for passionate and soulful keyboard manifestoes. O’Reilly has performed all over the Delaware Valley with a diverse array of local and national Jazz, R&B, and Rap artists like, Curtis Fuller, Billy Paul, Nicholas Payton, Fred Wesley, Musiq Soulchild, K’naan and others.


Sistahs Laying Down Hands, Laying Hands Down With Love

Sistahs Laying Down Hands [SLDH] is a duo drumming team featuring Karen L. Smith and LaTreice V. Branson. SLDH has performed for Vivant Gallery and Philadelphia Seregenti Alliance and Colours. Ms. Smith has performed with Sonia Sanchez; Bernice and Toshi Reagon and her own band, " Weez the Peeples". Special guests include vocalist Shanita Jackson and dancer Baset.


For Tickets:

The Dell Music Center


Special thanks to for use of the photo.


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