Aretha Franklin | photo by Rich McKie for WXPN
Celebrate the life and music of Aretha Franklin with Monica, Kathy Sledge, Kindred The Family Soul and more at West Philly’s N2N Festival
The recent passing of R&B / soul icon Aretha Franklin was a major blow to the music world — and the world in general. This year, the N2N Festival in West Philadelphia will pay tribute to the Queen of Soul.
The annual day-long block party, which takes place at the intersection of 50th Street and Baltimore Avenue in the Cedar Park neighborhood of West Philadelphia, will feature performances by aughties R&B singer Monica, as well as Philadelphia’s Kathy Sledge, the founder of 70s disco/soul Sister Sledge of “We Are Family” fame. The husband-wife duo Kindred The Family Soul, who rose to prominence during Philly’s neo-soul 90s era, will also perform at N2N, with additional sets from jazz/pop vocalist Jean Carne, and R&B singers Kelly Price and Keke Wyatt.
The Festival is free to attend, but you have to RSVP — so do that here, and listen to some Aretha favorites (plus tunes from the performers) below.