Last Thursday, Mayor Michael A. Nutter announced the re-opening of the Robin Hood Dell East. The music venue closed in 2008 for renovations. The legendary amphitheater will host an eight week summer concert series, beginning July 12. For the past 80 years, the Robin Hood Dell East has been the home of summer concerts in Philadelphia and had previously hosted performers Ella Fitzgerald, Bill Cosby, Gerald Lavert and Kool and the Gang.
“The Dell is back and it’s better than ever,” said Mayor Nutter. “After a $6 million investment – including new seating, reconstruction of the parking lot, major renovations to the Dell stage complex and much more – we’re here to announce the opening of what really is a new facility. And in honor of all the changes that have been wrought, we are renaming this beautiful, green venue in Fairmount Park, The Dell Music Center.”
The first concert will kickoff on Monday July 12 with a headliner yet to be announced and the series at the Dell will run until late August. Some of the acts will include legendary groups like the Whispers and as well as local singers like Carol Riddick.
Slawson said ticket prices will be reasonable to the general public as well. Lawn seats, which seats about 1,500, will cost $10. The next level of seats will cost $25 and seat about 3,000 people and the most expensive level of seats will cost about $40 and will seat about 1,500.
July 12th, 2010 – Opening Act-Eric Roberson/ Headliner TBA
July 19th, 2010 – Heads of State Tour- Johhny Gill, Ralph Tresvant and Bobby Brown
July 26th, 2010 – Marvin Sapp
August 2nd, 2010 – War
August 9th, 2010 – Urban Guerilla Orchestra known as “U-G-O”
Touch of Class Latin Jazz Ensemble
August 16th, 2010 – Whispers (with opener to be announced on June 1st, 2010) Carol Riddick
August 23rd, 2010 – Mindi Abair with special guest Marion Meadows
August 30th, 2010 – Brian Mcknight and Kindred the Family Soul
*Additional acts will be announced in the coming weeks
Writer Chris Murray contributed to this story.