anson b nixon events calendar

2016 Calendar of Events

Upcoming Events

Fridays Walks at the Park / Caminata de los Viernes
Every Friday at 3:00 p.m.



Progressive Appalachian Music | Wednesday, June 22, 7-9 p.m.

Ken and Brad Kolodner make up this dynamic father and son duo that pushes the boundaries of the Appalachian tradition by infusing their own brand of driving, innovative, tasteful and unique interpretations of traditional and original fiddle tunes and songs. Joining them for this appearance is Alex Lacquement. From Bluegrass Unlimited – April 2014: “The Kolodners and their collaborators play with impeccable chops and with great feeling.” This kick-off to the Anson B. Nixon Summer Concert Series will have you kicking off your shoes and dancing in the park. Click here to visit Ken and Brad's website.

Special thanks to the Hadley Fund for their sponsorship of this performance.

Supper is available from Chef-a-Topia. Desserts are available from the Sweet Magnolia Bakery and La Michoacana Ice Cream.

The Bullets Concert | Wednesday, June 29, 7-9 p.m.

Rockabilly / Early Rock-N-Roll / R&B

Michael "Kid" Davis and The Bullets are "Wilmington's rockabilly favorite...the best-known rockabilly band in the state [of Delaware]," according to The Bullets continue to play in venues up and down the East Coast and have continued performing in Wilmington for their loyal and enthusiastic fans every week for 10 years. Click here to view their profile and listen to their music on ReverbNation.

Supper is available from State Street Pizza. Desserts are available from the Sweet Magnolia Bakery and La Michoacana Ice Cream.


Crossroads Concert | Wednesday, July 6, 7-9 p.m.

Regional Rock & Roll Collaboration

Crossroads is the collaboration of singers/musicians who have come together primarily because of The Flash. They have performed there, met each other there, some have experimented at The Flash Open Mic, and now are coming together at Anson B. Nixon Park. Billy Burger, singer-songwriter extraordinaire has opened for the Melton Brothers. Dennis and his son Michael have worked on songs and developed them with audience reaction at the Flash Open Mic. Tommy Geddes has played the Flash with Dan May where he got Dennis’ attention and played a concert at The Queen with the Melton Brothers Band. Bob Beach, who is touring with David Jacob Strain and often plays with The Melton Brothers, is also expressing some of his own thing with Crossroads.

Supper is available from the Kennett Brewing Company. Desserts are available from the Sweet Magnolia Bakery and La Michoacana Ice Cream.

Jane Lee Hooker Concert
Wednesday, July 13, 7-9 p.m.

All Female / Maximum R&B / Rock & Roll

Jane Lee Hooker is a band of five women from New York City who infuse the grit and attitude of their hometown into the blues. With double lead guitars, a hard-driving rhythm section, and soul-scouring vocals, Jane Lee Hooker honors the likes of Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf, Johnny Winter, Big Mama Thornton, and other blues greats. Few bands today deliver the goods with as much raw soul as JLH. Listen to their tunes and learn more about them on their website here.

Supper available from Yo'R So Sweet. Desserts are available from the Sweet Magnolia Bakery and La Michoacana Ice Cream.

Mercury Radio Theater Concert | Wednesday, July 20, 7-9 p.m.

Gypsy Punk / Klezmer / Balkan

Mercury Radio Theater combines exotica-punk, bizarre radio plays, and iconic animations to the joy of audiences far and wide. Their spectacle often draws from love, loss, and alienation using classic science fiction themes. Mercury Radio Theater takes old world gypsy melodies, injects the strange instrumentation of a group of north philly side-walk sale refugees, and slathers on a glaze of dance hall punk, to dazzle audiences with a show that will ultimately result in a migraine of catchy songs and red raw vocal cords from shout choruses. The grand experiment first began 14 years ago as a small three piece outfit and has since grown into a colossal nine piece orchestra that thrills drunken rabbler-rousers with a danceable oeuvre.

Supper available from Nomadic Pies. Desserts are available from the Sweet Magnolia Bakery and La Michoacana Ice Cream.

Angelee Concert | Wednesday, July 27, 7-9 p.m.

Folk / Pop

Philadelphia-born and based, Angelee is a passionate and memorable singer and songwriter. His clear, strong voice draws you in, and his insightful songwriting compels you to stay. His music makes you think and inevitably feel something powerful. Angelee, who is a veterinarian by day, has received international acclaim for his hit song "Blue" which was inspired by his yearly travels to Greece. Originally playing out of Blacksburg, Virginia, Angelee has played up and down the East Coast as well as Europe.

Supper is available from the Kennett Square Inn. Desserts are available from the Sweet Magnolia Bakery and La Michoacana Ice Cream.


West Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert | Wednesday, August 3, 7-9 p.m.

Balkan Brass / European Folk Music / Jazz

With a diverse line-up of professional Philadelphia musicians whose influences range from Sun Ra to Bulgarian brass bands, West Philadelphia Orchestra is a unique live ensemble in today’s auto-tuned musical world. They began playing Romanian ballads, Macedonian folk-dance songs, Bulgarian wedding music, and Klezmer in late 2006, and have continued expanding their repertoire of Eastern European music. The band also plays original tunes which blend other sounds, like jazz and classical, together with traditional Balkan sounds. As much a community as a band, WPO’s performances are celebratory events. With blistering beats and walls of brass, they inspire audiences to hold hands, gyrate, howl, and otherwise slip the yoke of the homogenized culture industry.

Supper is available from Nourish Juice Bar and Cafe. Desserts are available from Nomadic Pies and La Michoacana Ice Cream.

Shytown Concert | Wednesday, August 10, 7-9 p.m.

Delaware Based / Pop Rock

From Ralph McKinney’s Memory Lane to the Stone Balloon to the New Jersey shore and back again SHYTOWN has been a crowd favorite locally since the mid-seventies. They are back with 6 outstanding original songs working and sounding better than ever. Come out and get to know them all over again and be sure to visit to hear the latest tunes. Shytown is Jimmy McFadden, Kevin Walsh, Tony Cappella, Ritchie Rubini and Jack Taylor. Enjoy some of their music here on Sound Cloud.

Supper is available from Portabello's. Desserts are available from Nomadic Pies and La Michoacana Ice Cream.




Rock the Park with LOVE SEED MAMA JUMP | Sunday, September 18, 2016
Time: 2-7 p.m.

Join us for the 2nd Annual Rock the Park Concert Fundraiser featuring local music sensation, Love Seed Mama Jump, who are celebrating their 25th year of rock and rolling! This year, we're adding more food trucks, local wine, and more!

Adult Tickets are $15 in Advance, $20 at the Gate
FREE for children 12 and under

To puchase tickets, click here:

Rock the Park
Kids 12 and under

ID required for those drinking alcohol. Attendees must be 21+ years to consume alcohol.

**This event is a ticketed fundraiser for Anson B. Nixon Park. All proceeds go directly to the Park.**

Please NO:
- Outside Food or Drink
- Dogs in the Concert Area


Many thanks to our Sponsors for making this event so successful!




La Comunidad Hispana First Annual 5K and 1-Mile Family Fun Walk | Sunday, September 25, 2016

The 5K race is a fast, fun course with chip timing. There will be food, live music, goody bags, event t-shirts, and family activities, including an appearance by Philadelphia Union team members.

8:00 a.m. Registration
9:00 a.m. Run Start
9:05 a.m. Walk Start
10:00 a.m. Children’s Dash

Register for the event HERE and learn more about La Comunidad Hispana HERE.

¡Únete a La Comunidad Hispana (LCH) y participa en el LCH 5K y 1-Milla de Caminata Familiar!

El 5K es una carrera rápida y divertida con sincronización de tiempo. Habrá comida, música en vivo, regalos, playeras, y actividades familiares. Los jugadores del equipo de Philadelphia Union estarán presentes.

8:00 a.m. Registro
9:00 a.m. Inicio de la Carrera
9:05 a.m. Inicio de la Caminata
10:00 a.m. Carrera para niños

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** All activities are free unless ticket information is listed.

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