The Awbury Community Concert Series Wednesdays  May 26 through September 29, 2021     6:30 – 8:30 PM

Community Concert Series returns to Awbury Arboretum.

Hosted by Barry Wahrhaftig of the Hot Club of Philadelphia, these shows are a continuation of last year’s Community Relief Concert Series, which was created to help musicians impacted by the Covid shutdown and to raise the community’s spirits by hosting live shows.

Sponsored by Weavers Way Co-op

 Cost: $20-30*

Location:  The tented patio at the Cope House, 1 Awbury Rd, Philadelphia, PA 19138.  Outdoors, and safely distanced, masks required.

Please plan to arrive at least 1/2 hour before show time to park and be seated. WED. MAY 26TH – MARTY GROSZ – VINCE GIORDANO, DANNY TOBIAS & JACK ST CLAIRE                                                                                                                       

Area favorite guitarist/singer & raconteur Marty Grosz has been featured on shows like the Prairie Home Companion, WHYY’S ‘Fresh Air’ & Riverwalk Jazz. This is his 1st public performance since his sold out ‘Marty Party’ at the World Cafe in March of 2020.  He’ll be joined by Vince Giordano on bass & bass sax. Giordano is the leader of the famous Nighthawks, whose 20’s & 30’s jazz has been featured in films like Scorsese’s ‘The Aviator,’ and the HBO series Boardwalk Empire. With Danny Tobias – cornet & Jack St Claire – reeds.

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Tickets are $25


Wednesday, June 2nd – Rev Chris

Chris & company will be doing NOLA flavored originals & cover songs.  Christopher Marsceill (aka Rev Chris) was born in Boston and raised in Philly.  He made his way to New Orleans where he learned how to play authentic boogie-woogie and ‘Prof. Longhair’ styles from the likes of Ellis Marsalis.  His credits include tours with Russel Batiste, (the funky Meters), Ian Neville (Dumpstafunk).  The band will feature Gusten Rudolph on drums, Rich Curtis on bass, Thomas B. Razler on saxophone and his longest current collaborator, Bart Miltenburger on trumpet/flugelhorn.

Tickets $30                                                                     

Wednesday, June 9th        Stephane Wrembel Trio

 Stephane Wrembel is one of the most highly regarded guitarists in the world specializing in the style of legendary composer/guitarist Django Reinhardt; he learned his craft among the Gypsies at campsites in theFrench countryside. He has had a remarkable career, releasing 16 albums under his name and the nom de plume, The Django Experiment, and touring around the world. His original compositions have been featured in three of Woody Allen’s movies including Vicki Cristina BarcelonaMidnight in Paris (“Bistro Fada”) and the full score for the soon to be released, Rifkin’s Festival.


“Stephane Wrembel just might be the greatest acoustic guitarist alive.”—The Aquarian

“For North Americans, Stephane Wrembel represents the living face of gypsy jazz.”–New York Observer

“The mind-bendingly rapid melodies Stephane provided to the set’s final song were an exclamation point for an audience that was enthralled for 60 minutes of unforgettable music.”

—Parklife DC    Stephane Wrembel’s band includes long-time collaborators Thor Jensen (guitar), Ari Folman-Cohen (bass), and Nick Anderson (drums).


June 30   Ensemble Novo-Brazilian Flavored Jazz


Ensemble Novo explores samba and the music of Brazil through the lens of jazz improvisation. Featuring the exuberant, uplifting melodies that are seemingly everywhere in Brazil; including classics and little-known songs by Antonio Carlos Jobim, Baden Powell, Edu Lobo and others. Where some jazz is about displays of technical mastery, Ensemble Novo’s soloists involve listeners in soaring, remarkably accessible journeys.

“A trait of music from Brazil is its lightness,” says Tom Moon, who plays flute and tenor saxophone. “It doesn’t need the proverbial wall of sound, it’s far more compelling on a human scale.”

Tickets: $25

[Ticket link for Ens. Novo will be live soon]. JULY – AUGUST schedule TBA soon. [There won’t be shows on June 16 & 23. * Some ticket prices may be less than $20.


For more info, contact Barry Wahrhaftig at 215-380-2588, Email: