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For Immediate Release


Mark Christman
Marketing and Communications Specialist
University City District

Daniel Campo
Friends of Clark Park

Friends of Clark Park and University City District Present the Clark Park Picnic and Mid-Fall Music Festival

Free Concert featuring King Britt, Enon, Himalaya, Adam Arcuragi and more on Saturday,
October 21, 11:30am – 7:00pm

PHILADELPHIA – The Friends of Clark Park, with the generous support of Citizens Bank, University of the Sciences in Philadelphia and the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, will present the Clark Park Picnic and Mid-Fall Music Festival in Clark Park’s lower bowl (43rd Street and Chester Avenue) in West Philadelphia on Saturday, October 21 beginning at 1:30 pm (rain date is Sunday, October 22). Scheduled performers, presented by University City District, include King Britt, Enon, Himalaya, Adam Arcuragi, Paul Edelman and the Jangling Sparrows and DJ Joey Prajna. The event is free of charge.

This unique event celebrates the ongoing campaign to improve Clark Park. The tireless efforts of the Friends of Clark Park and its many volunteers, with support from the University City District and the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, have recently resulted in the planting of over 60 trees, the installation of new benches, interpretive signage, a new park kiosk as well as drainage and maintenance improvements. Many more improvements are also anticipated.

Members of the Friends of Clark Park will be on hand to discuss the park plan and accept donations. All-you-can-eat barbeque, salads and beverages prepared by some of Philadelphia’s most skilled chefs will be available for a $20 dollar donation. The proceeds from the food sales will go the park improvement campaign. Please join us for this fantastic event. For more information visit or or call 215-243-0555.

The performance schedule for the October 21 concert is as follows:

King Britt

A former member of Digable Planets, King Britt has worked with artists from Macy Gray and Tori Amos to Yoko Ono and Femi Kuti. This Philadelphia native has found a way to escape the boundaries of a single category of music by expressing his creations through deep house, hip-hop, broken beat, nu-jazz, funk and afro-tech. he has been honing his DJ and production skills for the greater part of a decade. The result: a pioneer of all things soulful, rhythmically textured and melodically provocative. Playing at 5:45 pm.


Two of three members of Enon recently moved to Philadelphia from New York. While the band is just beginning to find their Philly-groove, they have yet to develop a “trademark sound.” The alternating vocals of John Schmersal (Braniac) and Toko Yasuda (Blonde Redhead and The Lapse) move the band through a musical journey from loungy-pop and riff-driven rock to percussive synth-punk and electronica. While the frequent changes in mode, tempo, volume and instruments keep things interesting, the trio’s intense passion comes through on every song. Playing at 4:30 pm.


Psychedelic drones accompany lush harmonies and pop sensibilities in the vein of Syd Barret, Spacemen 3, and Brian Jonestown Massacre. Meanwhile, a persistent rhythm section tends to recall the likes of Rolling Stones and Led Zeppelin. Add some pedal steel to the mix and one is reminded that the landscape of Himalaya is one of true aural bliss. To see the band live is an experience in and of itself. Playing at 3:30 pm.

Adam Arcuragi

Singer/songwriter Adam Arcuragi constructs distinct epics that are simultaneously personal, sensitive, intense, and subtle. Arcuragi is a bright new lyricist who combines the icy-melancholy of Red House Painters or Mark Lanegan, with the classic Americanism of Tom Petty or Bob Dylan, the sincerity of Elliott Smith or Damien Jurado, and the sophisticated use of words typical of the Mountain Goats or Neutral Milk Hotel. His unique form of free-flowing, introspective lyrics and compelling harmonies are certain to win fans from appreciators of bands like My Morning Jacket and the Shins. Playing 2:30 pm.

Paul Edelman and the Jangling Sparrows

Paul Edelman, veteran of notable Philadelphia area bands The Butcher Holler Boys, Naked Omaha, and The Boxcars steps out to the front backed by his new band, The Jangling Sparrows. Playing at 1:30 pm.

DJ Joey Prajna

Playing everything from mash-ups and hip hop to underground breakbeats and dance music, this DJ really works to manipulate the music he plays, creating his own form of self expression. He'll be filling the gaps between performers making sure the event is packed full of entertainment! Spinning from 1 pm on.

More bands will also be playing at the Dickens statue stage (in the upper park). These bands will rock the upper park from 11:30 to 2pm. (So come on out early!)

Kiss Kiss Kill

This Philadelphia septet plays cunning cabaret and lounge inspired songs with elements of bubble-gum pop and sultry jazz singing. This band is both theatrical and unpredictable. Playing at 1:10.

The GetArounds

With a jazz chanteuse, guitar, cello, and hand percussion, The GetArounds create musical heaven on earth, replete with hits from the book of new wave music, where bandana-ed teens worshipped the false idols of MTV, and George Michael's golden calves dancing on the screen. Playing at 12:20.

Adrienne Hamilton

Adrienne Hamilton has been compared to Bettie Serveert, Fiona Apple, the Golden Palominos and Tracy Chapman. Her piano-based compositions lead her four-piece band through an emotional torrent. The haunting pairing of her simple vocals and awkward chords both haunts and delights listeners. Playing at 11:30.

Also performing all over the park during the entire event will be:

Rex, the 35 foot wonder lizard and his amazing inflatable friends
Don’t disappoint Rex. Come on out and be a part of the fun. And remember Rex says, “Love the Park. Love the Park!”

About the Friends of Clark Park and the Picnic:

While everybody loves Clark Park, some people really, really love Clark Park. The Friends of Clark Park the coolest group of super volunteers in the whole city. Members are united by their dedication and commitment to celebrating the rich history and unique qualities of Clark Park through improved physical infrastructure, community programming and tireless advocacy for one of Philadelphia's best civic spaces.

Picnic tickets will cost $20 per person for members of FOCP and include soft drinks, water salads, desserts, hamburgers, hotdogs, garden burgers, chicken, ribs, deviled eggs, green salad, fresh fruit and some additional salads. We'll also have water and soda. Food is catered by the fabulous Randy Hoppman, who has worked as an executive chef at some of the finest and funkiest dining establishments in the City including Nooner, Blue and the Misconduct Tavern. Proceeds benefit FOCP volunteer-led park improvements including new trees, benches, signage and gardening projects. Picnickers will also be brought up to date on recent volunteer accomplishments and exciting plans for the future.

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