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POPS On The Parkway 2018

POPS on The Parkway for Wawa Welcome America 2018

Benjamin Franklin Parkway

Benjamin Franklin Pkwy
Philadelphia, PA 19130
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04 July 2018
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Wed, Jul 4, 2018
7PM
7PM
Featuring

Heather Headley, vocalist
Viva Mas, guest vocalists 
The Philly POPS BIG Band

A Philly POPS Salute Series performance honoring our nation's traditions, values, and commitment to service. Your sponsorship or donation will help to offset the cost of hosting the veterans, military, and first responders at Salute Series events throughout the year.

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.

Guest Artists
Heather Headley

Heather Headley, vocalist

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Tony and Grammy Award winner Heather Headley originated the role of Nala in the original Broadway cast of the Elton John and Tim Rice’s hit Tony-winning musical The Lion King. She won the Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical and Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actress in a Musical for her portrayal in the title role in Aida.

She has been named one of People Magazine’s “50 Most Beautiful People” and Essence Magazine’s “30 Women To Watch.” Heather followed up her Broadway success on the pop charts with her 2002 debut album on RCA Records, This Is Who I Am, which featured productions by several top-flight producers including Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis and Shep Crawford. Two songs — “He Is” and “I Wish I Wasn’t” — both emerged as Top 5 R&B and Dance chart hits.

Heather earned numerous accolades for This Is Who I Am, including Grammy Award nominations for Best New Artist and Best Female R&B Vocal Performance, Soul Train Lady of Soul Awards for R&B/Soul Album of the Year and Best R&B/Soul or Rap New Artist, NAACP Image Awards nominations for Outstanding New Artist and Outstanding Female Artist, and BET Awards in the “Cool Like That” category.

In January 2006, Heather returned with her long-awaited second solo album In My Mind, once again working with an A-list of producers, among them Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis, Ne-Yo, Warryn Campbell, and Lil’ Jon. The title track became Heather’s first #1 hit, topping the Dance charts.

Heather took her first foray into the gospel music world in 2009 with the release of her third studio album Audience of One — for which she won the Grammy Award for the Best Contemporary R&B Gospel Album.

In 2016, Heather made a triumphant return to Broadway playing Shug Avery in The Color Purple.

Over the past few years, she has displayed her versatility as one of classical star Andrea Bocelli’s favorite singing partners in many of his American and international tours.

She has performed on numerous daytime and late night shows, including The View, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, The Tonight Show, and The Late Show.  She was the spokesperson for the March of Dimes and led their “I Want My 9 Months” campaign, and also serves on the board of Directors for the Catalyst Charter Schools in Chicago.

Heather was born in Trinidad and is a Northwestern University alum.

The Philly POPS BIG Band

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The Philly POPS BIG Band performs throughout the Philadelphia region. Composed of 18-20 musicians – five saxophones, five trumpets, four trombones, a drum set, a piano, a guitar, and bass – the BIG Band plays swing, ragtime and jazz in the style of the Count Basie Orchestra and Harry James Band while expanding its repertoire into all kinds of popular music from Latin to funk and rock. The Philly POPS BIG Band members were chosen for their passion for popular music. Each is also a teaching artist, adept at instructing the next generation of musicians.

Viva Mas

Viva Mas, guest vocalists

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Viva Mas (Eddie, Raul Michael and Eric) – a group of guys from the Latin streets of Philadelphia – where family and faith come first, where Spanish is often spoken and people sing from the heart!

Viva Mas delivers the rich harmonies expected from the soulful City of Brotherly Love, combined with the passionate Latin rhythms of their heritage!  More like brothers than friends – Viva Mas have been together through the best and the worst of times.

Eddie ”Krāz” Garcia was born in Puerto Rico.  He came to the U.S. at seven not knowing a word of English.  When he was 13, his father died and Eddie found himself on his own in the Philadelphia projects of Harrison Plaza.  "There was a lot of drama,” he says.  “I was broke and had nothing going on."  He developed a reputation in the neighborhood as a graffiti artist -- where earned his nickname, Krāz.  He discovered a passion for music and performing which led him into an industry as crazy and unpredictable as the streets he came from.

As a child, Raul would sing vintage Spanish songs with his grandfather.  “I didn't want to be part of the bad things happening in my neighborhood,” he says.  “So I kept busy with music.  I joined my school choirs and practiced harmonies in the hallways at C.A.P.A. (Philadelphia's Creative And Performing Arts High School), always "working his ear".  Raul always remembers where he came from and stays involved with local community centers to give back what helped him steer clear of trouble and helps kids express themselves through singing.

Michael was raised along with five siblings by his mother (he has never known his father) who held down three jobs while also attending college.  Although he excelled in sports, a talent competition he entered at 15 changed his direction.  “I had a big voice for a young guy,'" he understates.  This afforded him the opportunity to record background vocals for various local artists, which inspired him to pursue his own career in music.  Michael has always stayed focused on his dreams and continues to hone his skills as a true well-rounded artist.

Raised by his Grandmother in a rough section of Philadelphia, Eric’s been singing for as long as he can remember.  From the school yard, to the stage, once he found himself in the business of music, he stayed on the course – writing, recording and performing with other artists.  Eric always follows his heart when it comes to music and after years of knowing each other the opportunity finally came, “it was the right time”, he said.  Coming together with real friends, real talent and real music – made an undeniable chemistry that Eric couldn’t refuse. 

Hard work, sacrifice and struggle keep Viva Mas on course and their shared efforts keep them grounded.  From English to Spanish and back again – Viva Mas shares their love of singing with the world!  Want Mas?  Viva Mas!

Special Thanks to Our Event Sponsors
Bank of America
Eisner Amper
John and Pina Templeton
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