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For me one of the best places in the city is the Mann Music Center.

You can relax on the giant lawn, hear a concert, and have a picnic.

I think it is the best place to see any concert, plus you are ontop

of the hill that overlooks the Philly skyline...incredible. Best

date place.

Now, the news that they are spending $35 million to improve the

venue is great!

I am sure most of the Philly people know what a great city experience

this is, but if you have never gone, check it out.

Makingover the Mann

Concert Lineup

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^^ never heard of the Mann, thats great info.

Reminds me alot of the Star Lake Post-Gazette Center over here in the 'burgh (Burgettstown technically).

Also does any preformance group call the Mann home? I know some cities have pops or nature ballets or brass band ensembles that play out in nature like that, Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera used to before they moved indoors in the 1970s or so.

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Yes, the Mann is home to the summer season for the Philadelphia Orchestra.

It is really the only time you can afford tickets to see them. Lawn tickets are

only $10, which means your not covered if it rains. But the tickets have

gotten so expensive at the Kimmel - unless you stand in lines an hour before

for rush tickets it is out of my price range.

Summer Orchestra Schedule

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^^ never heard of the Mann, thats great info.

Reminds me alot of the Star Lake Post-Gazette Center over here in the 'burgh (Burgettstown technically). 

Also does any preformance group call the Mann home? I know some cities have pops or nature ballets or brass band ensembles that play out in nature like that, Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera used to before they moved indoors in the 1970s or so.

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Actually there's a difference. Star Lake is more commercial. Its run by Clear Channel (I believe) and they book the big popular acts. The closest analog to the in the Philadelphia area is the Tweeter Center in Camden, NJ.

By contrast, the Mann is less commercial and run (I believe) by the Fairmount Park Commission of the city. The acts booked are things such as the Phila Orch, jazz performances, ballet, etc. The closest analogs to the Mann are Tanglewood in western Mass and Wolf Trap in northern VA. In the Pgh area, Hartwood acres is somewhat similar though Hartwood is basically a stage with a lawn and doesn't have the infrstructure of the Mann which has a covered amphitheater and restaurants.

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Actually there's a difference.  Star Lake is more commercial.  Its run by Clear Channel (I believe) and they book the big popular acts.  The closest analog to the in the Philadelphia area is the Tweeter Center in Camden, NJ. 

  By contrast, the Mann is less commercial and run (I believe) by the Fairmount Park Commission of the city.  The acts booked are things such as the Phila Orch, jazz performances, ballet, etc.  The closest analogs to the Mann are Tanglewood in western Mass and Wolf Trap in northern VA.  In the Pgh area, Hartwood acres is somewhat similar though Hartwood is basically a stage with a lawn and doesn't have the infrstructure of the Mann which has a covered amphitheater and restaurants.

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True but the Mann always has a decent calendar of contemorary concerts as well. Friday Lynrd Skynrd is playing, saturday Mark Knofler. Last week they had BB King. Hopefully with the upgrades they will be able to pull in more mainstream modern shows because it really is a great venue.

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Didn't know about those differences Urban :)

With the urban setting and concert types reminds me of the originally intent of the Civic Arena for the Civic Light Opera before it became too expensive to open the dome and the acoustics we're found to be bad.

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