Upcoming Walking Tours with Hidden City Philadelphia

SAT JUNE 21 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Lost Sites & Sounds of Early Philadelphia Music is a two-hour walking tour that features sites and stories of many important locations in eighteenth and early nineteenth century Philadelphia music. Included are the sites of America’s first permanent theater building, first opera performance, and first “mega-concert,” as well as the site of Philadelphia’s first public concert and locations of its early concert halls and homes of its prominent musicians.

Philadelphia was slow to develop musically in its earliest years due to the prevailing influence of its founding Quakers, who were a decidedly unmusical people. The city was home to many other religious and ethnic groups for whom music was important, however, and as the Quaker influence diminished over time a lively musical culture took shape in the city. By the late eighteenth century Philadelphia was the musical capital of America, a position it would hold into the early nineteenth century.


Tour leader Jack McCarthy is a longtime Philadelphia archivist and historian who has held leadership positions at several area historical organizations. Jack has a master’s degree in music history and has been involved in several Philadelphia music history projects. He writes on Philadelphia music history for the Hidden City Daily.

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SAT JUNE 28 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

So you think you know Philadelphia? Not compared to the guy Hidden City calls The Shadow, aka Grojlart, the foul-mouthed blogger who writes Philaphilia. Join him for a tour of Broad Street between Lombard and Vine (with a few detours). Groj will not only tell you quirky details about the architectural gems, but also give you the scoop on the vacant lots, the failed plans, even the parking garages along Philly’s main thoroughfare.

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about Hidden City Philadelphia

Hidden City Philadelphia pulls back the curtain on the city’s most remarkable places and connects them to new people, functions, and resources. Hidden City celebrates the power of place and inspires social action to make our city a better place to live, work, and play. The Hidden City Daily, an online publication, fosters public dialogue by exploring the intersection of people and place, and the tension between the past and the possible future. The Daily publishes 10-12 posts a week (Monday through Friday) that cover planning, preservation, architecture and design, along with articles that explore the city’s history. Hidden City Tours & Events provide immersive experiences of remarkable places, illuminate their stories, and afford networking opportunities among a growing number of members. Tours range from focused explorations of single sites to walking tours drawing thematic connections among multiple sites. The Hidden City Festival started it all in 2009, with an award-winning and widely acclaimed event encompassing nine heritage sites and ten major artist projects, and was visited by over 10,000 people. The Hidden City Festival 2013  took place in nine new heritage sites, and ten artist projects, along with a number of performances, talks and tours. Envisioned as a quadrennial, the next Festival will take place in summer 2017. Hidden City Community Services offer ongoing support to past participating Festival sites and their communities as well as the Greater Philadelphia artistic community. Activities range from new program design and planning, to site scouting for artists, and historical research.

Hidden City Philadelphia celebrates the power of place by animating remarkable heritage sites with the imagination of creative artists. Visit Hidden City Philadelphia on the web, Like them on Facebook, Follow them on Twitter.

Photos Compliments of Hidden City Daily.

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