These artists that are on the mural represent young people who at a very early age were able to follow their dreams. They represent truly what America was about where you were able to follow your dreams and your passion.
About the Project
Mural Arts has created a mural to commemorate South Philadelphia’s music legacy and the Bandstand-era of musicians who brought rich cultural influence to the city of Philadelphia. This project replaces a mural celebrating many of the same South Philadelphia music icons that fell into disrepair. To commemorate the lost mural, recreate the beloved and iconic presence it cast over South Philadelphia, and memorialize the Bandstand era of music and Philadelphia’s legendary hometown musicians, mural artist Eric Okdeh is creating a new mural, South Philly Musicians Remix, and the details were announced today.
Musicians featured in the original mural, South Philly Musicians, included Frankie Avalon, Chubby Checker, Fabian Forte, Al Martino, Bobby Rydell, and Jerry Blavat. Eric Okdeh’s rendition, located at Broad & Tasker Streets will also include musicians Charlie Gracie and James Darren to the list of those honored.
Support for This Project
South Philly Musicians Remix is sponsored by Kathy and Ted Fernberger, the City of Philadelphia, Jerry Blavat and Celebrity Showcase, Frankie Avalon, Judith Martino, Congressman Bob Brady, Larry Magid, Frank Oliveri, Valley Green Bank, The Charlie Gracie Family, Geno Vento, Gerrie Blavat, Peter Ciarrocchi, Philadelphia Energy Solutions, Alan Rubens, Bobby Rydell, Univest, Ron Donatucci, Greg Gentile, Sonny Leuzzi, Kerry Pacifico, and the Philadelphia Music Alliance.