River Stage at Penns Landing
July 3, 2011
Photos: Steve Trager
There is nothing like free concerts – the avid music fan can soak up the great unfiltered stage performance and get quite attached to a rising star all in the matter of mere moments. On a yearly tradition the river stage at Penn’s landing hosts a wide variety of rising talent especially during the week of welcome America celebrations for our nation’s birthday. Penn’s’ landing is a supreme place to see an open air concert event and to date holds the annual fast rising star talent roster of lesser known Artists that spin off into the limelight and earn more then just a fan base with a blink of an eye.
This year that tradition still continues as the River Stage at Penn’s landing in down town Philadelphia hosted a free concert with Disney Channels Emily Osment. This fast rising pop star is well known for her role as “Lilly Trescott “on the series Hannah Montana. Emily’s musical influences, which range from Led Zeppelin to The Beatles, shows she’s following the footsteps as a classic rocker with a pop star twist. She has already released her second CD on Windup Records. It is already gaining momentum as she is performing material off of it along with selected tracks from her debut release.
Opening the show at the River Stage, fans were treated to the dance moves of the Philadelphia Soul girls working the stage to some real rock gems as fan piled in to catch Emily Osment rock out later on. We were also treated to a very special performance from this ten piece A Cappella sensation known as Straight No Chaser. It pretty impressive to have ten different voices all combined on one stage and just send you into musical heaven. These guys truly demonstrate the gift of music through their set with various cover songs with a splash of coolness. Definitely a breath of fresh air watching these guys works their magic under a hot stage.
After that segment of a performance you wonder who can top that. Not easily done but fans were also treated to a nice set done by American Idol heart throb Tim Urban with his acoustic guitar as he performed many great solo songs captivating his TV debut in 2010.
A quick set change, and it’s time for the Grande performance of Emily Osment as she performed in front of a few thousand fans in the hot heat at Penn’s Landing in Philadelphia Pa. She does have a great voice, her backing band sounds great, although the sun glasses prop really doesn’t suite the performance as through out the show she kept them on hiding her sparkling blues. For the forty minute set, Emily unveiled some new songs from her recent released CD Fight or Flight that included the mega hit “Love Sick “along with Gwen Stefani’s “Hollaback Girl”. Emily Osment has a promising musical career as she recently performed some great catchy songs that are well written with pop influences which are nothing short of greatness.
For a quick three plus hour free event, it was great to see some raw talent come alive over looking the river at Penn’s landing on a sunny afternoon with a scorching sun drenching the skyline of a landmark venue.
Philadelphia Soul Dance Team
Straight No Chaser