SOURCE: Delaware River Waterfront Corp.

Delaware River Waterfront Corp.

May 01, 2012 17:12 ET

Experience Legendary Doo Wop Artists for Free at the 7th Annual Philadelphia Doo Wop Festival at Penn's Landing

Now Part of the WHYY Connections Festival

PHILADELPHIA, PA--(Marketwire - May 1, 2012) - The 7th annual Philadelphia Doo Wop Festival returns to Penn's Landing on Sunday, September 9, 2012 from 12:00-6:00 p.m. To celebrate the music, there will be a spectacular line-up of local and nationally-known Doo Wop artists on the RiverStage, located at the Great Plaza, on Columbus Boulevard at Chestnut Street. This is a unique opportunity to hear some of the greatest names in Doo Wop for FREE during this event produced by the Philadelphia Veterans Multi-Service Education Center. This year's event is now part of the WHYY Connections Festival, September 2-9, 2012.

In the mid-1950s, the Doo Wop music genre emerged from the streets of northeastern American cities. Hundreds of groups were formed on street corners and front stoops and all one needed was a voice to create beautiful music. With its harmonies and themes love and life, this music holds a special place in history.

While entrance into the Philadelphia Doo Wop Festival is FREE, donations will be accepted for the Philadelphia Veterans Multi-Service Education Center. This non-profit organization aims to provide employment, training, and related educational services to all facets of the community, especially Veterans, regardless of their station in life. In addition, they offer social and human services, counseling, and referrals to less fortunate clients experiencing barriers in finding their way back into the mainstream of society.

The Philadelphia Doo Wop Festival featured talent:
CORNERSTONE featuring the Golden Voice of Harry Schmitt

Cornerstone is a group of five gentlemen with deep roots in the original Philly Doo Wop scene. Lead singer Harry Schmidt is a local Philadelphia legend nicknamed "The Golden Voice." Some of their hits include, "When I Woke Up This Morning," "Gloria My Love," and "Have You No Heart."

The LarKings
were formed in 1961 in Williamsburg and Ridgewood Brooklyn, NY. Since making their debut at the United Group Association, they are one of the most popular vocal groups specializing in recreating the distinctive sounds of the Moonglows and Nutmegs. Their smooth voices have twice won them the Lead East Vocal Group Acappella Competition. The LarKings were also part of 1994 The United Group Harmony Association Hall of Fame Group which backed up Harold Jaynes, and now the Nutmegs.

Based in Philadelphia, Quiet Storm is a vocal harmony group specializing in classic and contemporary Rhythm and Blues and Soul. Founded in 2007, the group's aim is to bring back music that speaks of love from the heart. Quiet Storm is Kamau "Smitty" Akibu, "Marti" Bentley, "Ramon" Bentley, Richard "Rich" Hildegard, and Vincent "Vinnie" Tucker. Quiet Storm has performed in and around the Philadelphia area in festivals and on the radio.

For more information on the festival and performers visit

"The WHYY Connections Festival represents an opportunity to engage WHYY's entire audience and appeals especially to music and film fanatics," said Jeff Bundy, director of Member Relations. "Last year's event brought an estimated crowd of 15,000 people to the Great Plaza, and we look forward to building on that success and to entertaining and engaging thousands over eight days."

The WHYY Connections Festival has expanded to eight days, beginning with the Camden Backyard BBQ on Sept. 2 and ending with and Philadelphia Doo Wop Festival on Sept. 9. For more information, visit

Public Programming at Penn's Landing would not be possible without the continued support of corporate partners such as PECO, Verizon, Pennsylvania Lottery, Coca-Cola Refreshments- Philadelphia, the Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation, all of whom are committed to serving the Greater Philadelphia community.

The 2012 Summer Program of Free Events at Penn's Landing is funded and produced by the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation (DRWC). All events produced by DRWC are FREE to the public on the RiverStage on the Great Plaza, Philadelphia's premier waterfront entertainment destination, and at Philadelphia's newest park, the Race Street Pier.

The DRWC is a nonprofit corporation created in January 2009, exclusively for the benefit of the City of Philadelphia and its citizens. The fundamental purpose of DRWC is to design, develop, and manage the central Delaware River waterfront in Philadelphia. DRWC is transforming the waterfront into a vibrant destination location for recreational, cultural, and commercial activities for the residents and visitors of Philadelphia.

For more information and event details, please call (215) 922-2FUN or visit: This website is a virtual resource for the waterfront which can help visitors plan to easily park, play, and stay all day at Penn's Landing.

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