The Philly POPS Celebrates New Season with Free Public Performance at Dilworth Park

-Courtesy of The Philly POPS

The Philly POPS will celebrate its new 2022-23 season with a free public performance, Dancin’ in Dilworth with the Philly POPS Little BIG Band on August 11, from 6:00 –7:00 p.m. at Dilworth Park. For the second year in a row, The Philly POPS little BIG Band will get the park moving with a show inspired by upcoming Legacy performances Get Up, Stand Up: An Encyclopedia of Soul and Ella & Louis Sing Porgy & Bess and More! Dance along to jazz classics “Sweet Georgia Brown” and “Summertime”! Get down to “What’s Going On,” “Signed, Sealed, Delivered” and many more timeless jazz and R&B favorites!

Dancin’ in Dilworth will feature guest vocalist Paula Holloway, who is returning to Dilworth Park after dazzling audiences last year. Paula has toured with Patti LaBelle, Anita Baker, and more! Paula is a frequent POPS collaborator and native Philadelphian.

Attendees can also win special prizes, like tickets to upcoming performances even and full-season subscriptions.

This performance is presented as part of Center City District’s new series: The Arts on Center Stage.

The show will take place on the southern end of Dilworth Park, with Philadelphia’s historic City Hall in the background. Guests sitting in the newly enhanced Summer Garden on the Albert M. Greenfield Lawn will have a front row seat to the show. Everyone is encouraged to pack a blanket, as seating in the space, including colorful stationary swings, is limited.

In support of local restaurants, guests are encouraged to dine al fresco with takeout meals from nearby eateries.

More details about the 2022-23 season at

About Paula Holloway, guest vocalist
Paula is a native Philadelphian, born & raised. She has been truly blessed to tour with many well-known artists over the past 45+ years. 

The list of artists she worked with is vast.  To name a few, she toured with Anita Baker for six years, Patti LaBelle, Phyllis Hyman, Regina Belle, Teddy Pendergrass, Lou Rawls, John Whitehead, Miles Jaye, Stephanie Mills, and Billy Paul.  

These experiences allowed her to cultivate a successful career as a soloist and sought-after background vocalist, section leader & vocal arranger in the studio, on the road, and in the church.

About The Philly POPS 
The Philly POPS, the largest standalone pops orchestra in the United States, delights audiences with the inspired performance of American popular music. The POPS celebrates this distinctive musical heritage through an expanding repertoire of innovative concert performances and a robust set of educational and engagement initiatives. 

As the official POPS orchestra of Pennsylvania and the City of Philadelphia’s partner in civic celebration, The Philly POPS serves a consistently growing audience of over 900,000 annually. Music Director and Principal Conductor David Charles Abell and the Philly POPS orchestra keep listeners tapping their toes to an impressive repertoire of songs from American traditional music up through to today’s chart-toppers.  
In addition to Subscription Series performances at The Kimmel Cultural Campus, The Philly POPS presents innovative programming with contemporary artists at the Met Philadelphia in The Philly POPS at the Met Philadelphia series.

 Outside the concert hall, free Salute Series performances – including Memorial Salute, July 3 POPS on Independence, July 4 POPS on the Parkway and the I’ll Be Home for Christmas: A Salute to the Military and First Responders concert – celebrate the American tradition of service around important national holidays. POPS in Schools enhances music education for 3,000 Philadelphia School District students; and POPS Outside brings POPS music to local communities. The Philly POPS performs as a founding resident company of The Kimmel Cultural Campus, as the Principal Orchestra of the Met Philadelphia, and at venues throughout the mid-Atlantic region. 

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