After its exciting 2017 debut at the 25th annual Wawa Welcome America! July 4 Concert, The Philly POPS BIG Band will return to the nation's top Independence Day celebration in 2018.
Tony and Grammy winner, R&B hitmaker, and international singing sensation Heather Headley joins the BIG Band with support from frequent POPS collaborators Tiffany Jones, Alita Moses and Deshanna Wooden. The BIG Band — led by Philly POPS principal trumpet Matt Gallagher — plays swing, ragtime and jazz in the style of the Count Basie Orchestra and Harry James Band, but has expanded its repertoire into all kinds of popular music from Latin to blues and rock. The BIG Band made history last July 4 with its memorable combination of R&B and rock to “Get the Party Started” and “Uptown Funk”. Local Philadelphia born group and guest vocalists, Viva Mas, will also join and deliver the rich harmonies expected from the Soulful City of Brotherly Love combined with the passionate Latin rhythms of their latin heritage.
After an evening of performances, the city’s grand finale fireworks show brings the evening to a close.
Comcast NBCUniversal is the Presenting Sponsor of The Philly POPS Salute Series. These free celebrations of community and tradition, which honor our shared commitment to service on holidays of American tradition, also rely on the generous support of Major Sponsors Bank of America, Archer Law, EisnerAmper and Drs. John* (Jack) and Pina Templeton as well as grants through partnership with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the City of Philadelphia.