Music for the Community- 2017 Style
This year’s Community Unity Music Festival took sort of a turn this year. Mostly draped with jazz musicians, it gave way to other genre’s of music and catered to the youth of our communities. From groups like The Jacob Kelberman Band, to The Block Church Worship Group, to The Royal Excellence Step Team, to The Robert Henderson Trio who swung hard as a baby on a overcharged swing set. The music filled the afternoon with joy for those who came to hear the artists and some sorrow for anyone who’s familiar with losing someone to gun violence. That’s what this event is about. Trading guns for instruments. Too familiar in Philadelphia are the scenes of police cars parked with their roof lights glowing, but no sirens. that only means that someone has already died. Carol Faulkner, the event organizer holds this event every summer in West Philadelphia’s Clark Park at at 43rd and Chester in Philadelphia, and YES, IT’S FREE!
The weather this year couldn’t have been more pleasant, the mango juice from the vendors any sweeter, and the music any more pleasant. Quizzy came with his R&B/Hip Hop brand and brought all the young ladies down to the front row, while Barbara Walker expressed her rendition of The Theme from Sesame Street in a bluesy flow that had the crowd singing along. Jazz, the female comedian and MC had people laughing while sharing duties with WRTI radio host J. Michael Harrison on the intro mic. The afternoon blended into the dusk of the evening while the musicians continued to brighten the spirits of the crowd with their own illuminating nuances. All-in-All, this was a superb occasion. Make it out next year if you couldn’t make the trek this year. The music is always uplifting, the food is on point, and maybe next year you will be able to tell someone else with your own words what you heard that day. Below I have added my photographic documentation of the days events. I hope the images move you and peak your interest that you will come back for some more visuals next summer. Thank you.