PIR & Phillies to Honor Philadelphia Music Legends on Friday, June 17

Legendary recording artist Joe Simon, jazz recording artist Gerald Robert Veasley, and WDAS radio personality Patty Jackson to be honored on-field; Special guests include Rock & Roll Hall of Fame icons Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff

Music legends Joe Simon, Gerald Robert Veasley and Patty Jackson will be honored on-field at the 13th annual Phillies African American Heritage Celebration presented by The Sound of Philadelphia at Citizens Bank Park on Friday, June 17. The celebration starts at 6:30 p.m., before that night's 7:05 p.m. game against the Arizona Diamondbacks.

The event is held in partnership with Philadelphia International Records and in honor of Black Music Month. It also pays tribute to music pioneers and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame legends Kenneth Gamble and Leon Huff, founders of Philadelphia International Records.

  • Joe Simon, Gerald Robert Veasley and Patty Jackson will be presented with the Phillies Gamble & Huff Community Partnership Award. Among those taking part in the tribute will be Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff. There will also be on-field performances by PIR artists Gerald Veasley, Carol Riddick, and Bunny Sigler.
  • Kent Overshown, who plays Sweaty Eddie in Sister Act currently at the Walnut Street Theatre, will sing the National Anthem.
  • Pop and R&B songwriter and producer Bunny Sigler will sing Take Me Out to the Ballgame.
  • Festivities include pre-game performances by the award-winning ODUNDE365 presents Universal African Dance and Drum Ensemble. Plus, fans will be treated to The Sound of Philadelphia music throughout the evening.