We’re pleased to announce our next adventure on the bus!

The Double Decker Music Series in collaboration with Bowerbird welcomes Wolf Dem and the debut of the Dan Blacksberg/Tessa Ellis Duo for its fourteenth installment of the event.

Join us on Sunday, July 30th at 8:00 p.m. (rain date, July 31st.) for a unique and intimate mobile concert experience on an open-top double-decker bus with Dan and Tessa’s performance happening off the bus at a secret outdoor location that we’ll drive you to. Before, between, and after the music, tour guide Sebastian Darkly Petsu will share dry wit and history about the City of Brotherly Love and Sisterly Affection.

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About the Performers

Dan Blacksberg/Tessa Ellis Duo

Called “A virtuosic technician with abundant creativity,” Dan Blacksberg has become a major voice carving out new paths in both Jewish and experimental music. Primarily through his trombone playing, but also as a composer, educator, concert organizer, and sometimes record producer, Dan has excited audiences and empowered musicians in his hometown of Philadelphia, and around the world. From performing and recording with traditional klezmer musicians like Elaine Hoffman Watts and Adrienne Cooper, to experimentalists George Lewis and Anthony Braxton, to performing with his own groups Electric Simcha and Deveykus (the worlds only hardcore simcha band and Hasidic doom-metal band respectively), his work spans from the traditional to the avant-garde and radical spaces in between.

Tessa Ellis is a recent graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music and is building a career as a freelance artist in Philadelphia. Passionate about performing works written by living composers, she is a member of the Arcana New Music Ensemble and Opus 5. Tessa is spending the next academic year as a Community Artist Fellow focusing on early childhood music education in partnership with William Cramp Elementary and Project Home.


WOLF DEM is a live electronics duo from Philadelphia, conceived in the fall of 2012 by two longtime DJs who bonded over similar musical backgrounds and a mutual desire to explore the bleeding edges of electronic music. Using both digital and analog tools and drawing on a highly diverse range of influences, WOLF DEM grew from its original concept- “what your dreams would sound like if you fell asleep in an old warehouse where someone had left a dancehall station playing on the radio”- into a focused aesthetic, at once chaotic and hypnotic, sitting at the intersection of Caribbean music, techno, noise, and field recordings. Past releases include a record for Great Circles and cassettes for Vague Audio Tapes and End Result Productions; later this summer, they’re slated to release a new cassette with Embalming Lately.

Event Details

As with our previous events, boarding begins at 7:45pm at the northeast corner of 5th and Market Streets by the Wells Fargo building.

THE BUS LEAVES AT 8PM SHARP. It’s a mobile event, so you can’t show up late or the venue will be gone! The event finishes up back where we started at 10pm.

ACCESSIBILITY NOTE: This event will involve the audience walking about half a block from the bus and climbing about 25 shallow steps to reach the secret setting for Dan and Tessa’s performance. There will be no seats at this location and the audience will have the option of either standing or sitting on the ground for the 30 minute duration of the performance. If this will be an issue for you, please get in touch. We will do our very best to make advance accommodations for any special needs.

This season the events are ALL AGES (though not recommended for small children.) BYO snacks and beverages (but please, no glass, and remember there is no restroom on the bus).

$27 per person. Advance tickets only. There will be no walk-up sales. Only 30 seats are available and this event will sell out. (most previous Double Decker Music Series events have!) So please, don’t sleep on it.

If it looks like rain, the event will be held the following day, Monday July 31st at 8pm. A message will be sent out via text and email by 4pm on the day of the event letting ticket-holders know about the rescheduling.

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