Tuesday, September 19, 2017

September 25, 2017 8:00-Midnight The Toasters w/ York Street Hustle at Milkboy

The Toasters
w/ The York Street Hustle
Monday, September 25th 2017
at MilkBoy
1100 Chestnut St.
Philadelphia, Pa
8pm Show, 21+
$12 Advance / $15 Day of Show

Monday, September 18, 2017

September 24, 2017 12:00-2:30PM The 2017 Puerto Rican Festival Parade

Each year, Concilio hosts the Annual Puerto Rican Festival Parade, a vibrant event which has been woven into the Philadelphia fabric for many years. The parade is a celebration of Puerto Rican culture in our Philadelphia community, and each year it follows a particular theme.

2017 Theme: "The Rhythm of Our Culture/El Ritmo de Nuestra Cultura”.

Participating groups get the opportunity to display this theme the best that they can and to put their cultural pride on display for friends, family and members of the community. Held on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, the Puerto Rican Festival Parade typically has around 1,500 marchers; more than 5,000 attendees; and 96,000 tune in to watch live on 6ABC. The winners of the parade are announced at a closing ceremony held at Concilio several weeks after the parade is over.

Benjamin Franklin Parkway
6050 Quail Ave (Eakins Oval)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19103

September 24, 2017 6:30-10:00PM Conjunto Philadelphia Cuban Dance Party at Ardmore Music Hall

Conjunto Philadelphia
Sunday, September 24th, 2017
at The Ardmore Music Hall

5:30pm Reserved Doors
6pm GA Doors
6:30pm Show

$10 Advance / $15 Day of Show / Reserved Available
Tickets on Sale Now: http://bit.ly/ConjuntoAMH

Ardmore Music Hall
23 E. Lancaster Ave
Ardmore, Pa

Sunday, September 17, 2017

September 23, 2017 12:00-7:00PM Philadelphia Ratha Yatra and Festival of India

Fun for the whole family! The Festival of India features a lively parade, music, free vegetarian food, drama, India culture shopping, henna body art and more! Stop by and enjoy the festivities.

Benjamin Franklin Parkway
6050 Quail Ave (Eakins Oval)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19103

September 23, 2017 1:00-3:00PM Dance Class with Youssouf Koumbassa at CEC

He's baaaaaaaack! That's right Youssouf Koumbassa is coming back to Philly to light up the dance floor. Grab your water bottles and towels cause it's gonna be 2hrs of dancing bliss...

When: Sept. 23rd 2017
Where: Community Education Center (CEC)
3500 Lancaster Ave
Philly, Pa
Time: 1pm-3pm

September 23, 2017 2:00-5:00PM Ahlan 2017: Experience Arab Arts

Al-Bustan says Ahlan! (Welcome!) and invites the Philadelphia area community to experience Arab arts and culture. Click here to see photos from Ahlan 2016 event.
Featuring Al-Bustan artists, master teachers, and students, this participatory event celebrates the work of Al-Bustan and brings together community members for an afternoon of friendship, art-making and live music.
2:00 – 5:00 | Art-making Stations with Teaching Artists:
Geometry & Pattern-Making, Collective Poetry, Mural Art, Photo Booth, Henna Art
Light Fare/Beverages and Merchandise for Sale
Dance & Music Demonstrations:
2:15 – 2:45 | Dabkeh (line dance) with Ibrahim Miari – with audience participation
3:00 – 3:45 | Drumming Circle with Hafez Kotain – Bring Your Own Drum!
4:00 – 4:45 | Al-Bustan Ensemble – with audience sing along

22nd and Spruce Street
Philadelphia, PA


Saturday, September 16, 2017

September 22 and 23, 2017 The Philadelphia Music and Arts Festival at World Cafe Live


Join us for the first-ever Philadelphia Music & Arts Festival--a two-day celebration of Philadelphia-made music, food, and drink. We're calling on the citizens of Philadelphia to SUPPORT YOUR SCENE.

In addition to music, the festival will highlight the city's food, beer, and arts scenes. We'll have food trucks and local chefs. All beer taps will be pouring only local, craft beer and local distilleries will handle cocktails. Visual arts from local artists will also be on display. The experience is an immersion in the best of Philadelphia's culture.

The Philadelphia music scene is eclectic and blossoming, yet underappreciated. The Philadelphia craft beer scene is burgeoning, yet deserving of more credit. The Philadelphia food scene is renowned, but lacking in national attention. It is time for Philadelphians to SUPPORT YOUR SCENE.

Friday, September 22, 7:00PM Lineup:
Work Drugs
Eric Slick (Dr. Dog)
Skull Eclipses (feat. Lushlife and Botany)
Abi Reimhold
Ceramic Animal
Chris Kasper
Harmony Woods
Slomo Sapiens
West Philadelphia Orchestra

Saturday, September 23, 2:30PM Lineup:
Strand of Oaks
Steve Gunn
Dead Fellow
Slaughter Beach, Dog
Pine Barons
Shannen Moser
Ivy Sole
Sea Offs
New Sound Brass
Local Smokes
Sixteen Jackies
Tiny Hueman

World Cafe Live
3025 Walnut St.
Philadelphia, Pa
Tickets: $30 for Friday, $40 for Saturday

September 22, 2017 7:00-10:00PM Friday Night Rumba at iMPeRFeCT Gallery

iMPeRFeCT Gallery is happy to announce that starting this Friday, Sept. 15, we resume our weekly Cuban Rumbas, every Friday throughout Fall and Winter, Facebook only lets us publicize until Oct 6 on this event.

What's a Rumba?
It's Afro-Cuban Drumming, Dancing and Singing
This is not a concert or a show, it's a gathering of rumberas and rumberos, newcomers and the initiated, plus friends
singing and dancing to the DRUMS... con mucho Aché.

Everyone is welcome, we don't charge for anything. If you're inspired, bring something to eat and drink, we share everything!

Come share the love,
Rocio & Renny

iMPeRFeCT Gallery
5939 Germantown Ave
Philadelphia, Pa

September 22, 2017 5:45 - 8:15PM Combo Melaza at Friday Nights at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

The Puerto Rican Day Parade is on the Parkway this weekend. Start the celebration early with a lively night of salsa music. Join us and our friends at Concilio as we welcome Combo Melaza to the Great Stair Hall.
Free after museum admission($20 nonmembers: members free)
Philadelphia Museum of Art
2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway

Friday, September 15, 2017

September 21, 2017 7:30-8:30PM El Cubaneo: Dance the Cuban Way

Weekly Cuban dance classes are back for the fall! Join us and learn Cuban body movement and the Cuban social dance “Casino” (sometimes mistakenly called “Cuban Salsa”). There will be both an intermediate and beginner's class at 7:30, so everyone is welcome to join!

~Thursday 9/21, 7:30-8:30pm (beginners // intermediate)
~Urban Movement Arts: 2100 Chestnut Street, 2nd Floor
(The studio is on 21st between Chestnut and Sansom, in between Monde Market and Poi Dog)
~Cost: $10

Instructor Bio:
Leilani Chirino and Michael Huang are performers and instructors of Cuban dance in Philadelphia. They have taught at various national dance congresses and have performed locally at World Cafe Live, the Painted Bride, Koresh Come Together Dance Festival, among others. They teach various Cuban social dances -- Casino, Son, Rueda de Casino, and Leilani also teaches weekly Técnica Cubana (Afro-Cuban Modern Dance) classes at Sound Space studio.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

September 19, 2017 12:30-1:30PM Recycled Sounds with Dendê Macêdo at The Porch

Recycled Sounds Presented by PECO

Renowned percussionist Dendê Macêdo will bring a wide selection of found objects and wild instruments to create and memorable performance! Performances at The Porch are presented by PECO.

The Porch at 30th Street Station
30th and Market Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

This is the rescheduled date from September 6th, 2017.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

September 18, 2017 8:00PM Free at the Kimmel Center: La Noche Latin Dance Party

Band lineup for Sept. 18th:
Andrés Cisneros - percussion/ vocals
Chris Aschman - trumpet/steel pan
Shane Adam Aaserud - bass
Arturo Stable - drums
Dariel Peniazek - guitar/tres.
We hit at 8 and there will be drinks and dancing! FREE!
Heat up the Kimmel Center each month at La Noche, the newest late-night Latin music dance party to hit Philly! Experience the hottest music from rotating DJs and live bands as you turn up the steam on the dance floor.

Commonwealth Plaza

Inside the Kimmel Center
300 S Broad St
Philadelphia, PA 19102


Monday, September 11, 2017

September 17, 2017 1:00-5:00PM Medios Caminantes: Solidarity Fundraiser from Philly to Oaxaca and Puerto Rico

Our compas in Oaxaca and Puerto Rico need our solidarity. Juchitán Oaxaca is been hit by a catastrophic earthquake that left many women and children without homes. People are currently homeless and the government is not helping them. Come join us at Las Parcelas to raise some funds to send to our communities in need of solidarity.
We will have Turkish Revolutionary songs by Görkem, Son Jarocho by Son Revoltura and music to dance by Batucada Bloco Sudaca. Come to delight your stomach with traditional latinoamerican food and fun for the children in the beautiful gardens.

Nuestrxs compas en Oaxaca i Puerto Rico necesitan nuestra solidaridad. Juchitán en Oaxaca ha sido afectado por un terremoto que ha dejado a muchos niñxs y mujeres sin casa. La gente esta durmiendo en las calles y no están recibiendo ayuda del gobierno. Acompañanos en este evento en Las Parcelas para juntar fondos para enviar a nuestras comunidades que necesitan tu solidaridad.
Tendremos canciones revolucionarias de Turquía por Görkem, Son Jarocho a cargo de Son Revoltura y música para bailar con la Batucada Bloco Sudaca. Ven a deleitar el estómago con comida tradicional lationoamericana y mucha diversión para lxs niñxs en estos hermoso jardínes.

Las Parcelas
2248 N Palethorp St
Philadelphia, PA 19133-3738

September 17, 2017 7:00-10:00PM Musicians Gathering #21 at Rittenhouse Soundworks

Rittenhouse Soundworks Continues To Shed Light On Promising Talent

Musicians Gathering #21

Laura Lizcano- Laura Lizcano is a Colombian-American jazz vocalist and songwriter based in Philadelphia. She leads her own group, which combines repertoire from the Great American Songbook with Latin American folk songs, and original compositions.

Joy Ike- Born to Nigerian immigrants, Philadelphia-based independent artist Joy Ike’s music, voice, and writing have drawn comparisons to female musicians such as Corinne Bailey Rae, Regina Spektor, Norah Jones, and Fiona Apple. But her percussive piano-playing and soaring vocals give homage to her African upbringing.

Morgan Fouse- Philadelphia-based vocalist and producer, Ganou, creates music to touch the souls of those who will listen. Incorporating electronic-inspired melodies and true-to-heart lyrics, she reaches audiences by expressing the beauty, pain, inspiration, and excitement of life.

Sophie Coren- Selected by Sam Duckworth (Get Cape, Wear Cape, Fly) as the 2014 Recipient of the Shure Songwriting Award, Sophie Coran is a singer-songwriter and pianist based in Philadelphia.

Sunday September 17, 2017
219 West Rittenhouse St
Philadelphia 19144
$10 at the door/ $5 students
Free Parking at the lot next door

September 17, 2017 1:00-7:00PM Brazilian Day Philadelphia at Penn's Landing

Adenilson Jose Dos Santos, a.k.a. Mestre Doutor, is a Capoeira Master and a Berimbau craftsman. A native of Brazil, Adenilson has been a practitioner of Capoeira for 39 years and has devoted his life to the preservation and sharing of this Brazilian folk art.

DJ Erv Master has been DJing for the best Brazilian events around the nation for the last 18 years and he has been the official DJ of Brazilian Day New York for the past 15 years. With experience playing for over 1 million people at a time, DJ Erv Master always brings limitless energy and excitement to the event and gets everyone dancing.

Cleonice Fonseca, a Brazilian from Salvador - Bahia, began her career in the dance group of the Colégio Central de Bahia participating in projects and shows produced there. She learned her first African dance techniques, folk, religious dances (orixás) and African contemporary with renowned teachers such as Raimundo Tição, Raimundo King, Raimunda Sena, Tania Bishop, Nildinha Fonseca and José Ricardo Santos.

Caique Vidal and Batuque is a unique band that brings infectious energy and riveting dance grooves to the stage. “Batuque” (pronounced ba-TOO-kee) means to drum. The band delivers an explosive performance integrating the sounds of Afro-Brazilian percussion with keyboards, bass, guitar and horns to produce an innovative version of samba, reggae, salsa, bachata, pop, rock and Bossa Nova.

Marcus Santos and his network Grooversity:
A contemporary percussionist and educator, Marcus, is a native of Bahia, Brazil. He commits his life to the study, teaching and performance of his hometown's Afro-Brazilian music and heritage as well as World drumming diversity
Grooversity is an innovative and creative drumming network project envisioned by Brazilian percussionist Marcus Santos. Grooversity’s goal is to promote music as an educational resource, entertainment and as a catalyst for social change. Grooversity focuses on community outreach for a positive outcome while targeting global diversity awareness.

Get Loud and Proud with Fogo Azul NYC All women Brazilian Drumline.
Fired Up! With musical roots in Samba Reggae, FogoAzul NYC turns up the heat with thunderous Brazilian rhythms. For years women danced and the men drummed. FogoAzul NYC breaks this stereotype and strives to make drumming accessible to all women—believing music and rhythm is in us all. We bring activism to an entertainment level, and are always recruiting women to join our ranks. No experience necessary! Let's get fired up!!!!


September 17, 2017 12:00-5:00PM The 2017 Annual Feria Del Barrio with Frankie Vazquez

Showcasing the best that El Centro de Oro (The Golden Center) has to offer, we invite you to join us for the 34th Annual Feria del Barrio Festival (Feria), held along North 5th Street between Huntingdon and Somerset Streets.

The Feria is a FREE, community-wide event with music, dance, food and crafts for sale, a flea market, local artists and vendors, and family-friendly activities. Feria attracts thousands of people from Philadelphia and beyond–and it continues to grow. Join us!

This year’s featured musical act is Frankie Vázquez, “El Sonero del Barrio.” Vázquez, one of the most famous salsa singers in New York, will perform with the Tino Serrano Orquesta Salsa Dura at this year’s Feria del Barrio .

Throughout more than thirty-five years of artistic life, “El Sonero del Barrio” has had the fortune and pleasure to accompany and be part of renowned salsa groups such as Taiborí Sound, New Swing Sextet, Conjunto Libre, Jimmy Bosch, Sonora Matancera, Hermanos Lebrón, Grupo Caribe and Sonora by Javier Vázquez. During the last ten years, Frankie has recorded with other orchestras, including Gerardo Rosales, Ricky Gonzalez, Lebrón Brothers, Johnny Cruz, “Eight and More,” Pablo “Chino” Nunez, Orquesta La Verdad, Descarga Boricua and The Latin Giants Of Jazz.

Since 1979, the Feria del Barrio has celebrated Latino culture, and the economic and educational aspirations of our community. Taller collaborates with Congreso de Latinos Unidos, GALAEI, HACE, and Raíces Cultural Latinoamericanas, all organizations dedicated to the promotion of arts, culture, education, health and community economic development.

N. 5th Street between Huntingdon and Somerset Sts.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

September 16, 2017 11:30AM - 1:00PM Afro Brazilian Dance Class with Nildinha Fonseca from Bahia

During this workshop, students will experience a taste of the many African cultures-including Bantu, Yoruba, and Fon-that are influential in Brazil along with a high energy workout focusing on technique, alignment, muscular strength, endurance and conditioning. This journey will be elevated by the accompaniment of live drumming from master drummer Zé Ricardo. This workshop is open for all levels. Don’t miss it!

The participants will integrate a group in contact with the elements of the African matrix culture and face a vigorous work directed to the organization and postural alignment, muscular strength, endurance and body conditioning. The workshop is aimed at dancers and beginners.

Trinity Center for Urban Life
2212 Spruce St, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19103

September 16, 2017 1:00-2:30Pm Intermediate Flamenco with Live Accompaniment

Photo: Jason Chen

Intermediate class has moved to Saturdays!!

This class features live accompaniment by professional flamenco guitarist Pat D'Aprile!!

You can pre-register and pre-pay for classes on MindBody!!

CLASS DESCRIPTION: In this class, experienced dancers will gain a more thorough understanding of flamenco dance technique by learning:
More complex footwork (zapateo) to improve speed, agility, efficiency, and strength. The incorporation of select tap dance steps will expand students' vocabulary and ability to express sounds and rhythms.
Larger variety of arm and hand work/port de bras (braceo)
More intricate movement patterns that mark the beat (marcaje)
Advanced turns (vueltas)
Locomotor movements across the floor will combine skills of the upper and lower body.
Longer combinations of movement allow dancers to expand their ability to memorize movement sequences and execute choreography.

Drop-In: $15
Six-Class Card: $78
Ten-Class Card: $115

Sound Space
2511 West Girard Ave
Philadelphia, Pa

September 16, 2017 2:30-3:30PM Afro-Cuban Dance Technique with Live Drumming

Afro-Cuban Modern Dance class is back from break, with live drumming by Omi Itunú!

Saturday 9/16
Sound Space (2511 West Girard Avenue, Philadelphia)
($10 for students, dance professionals, and members of philadelphiadance.org)
The class is suitable for dancers of all levels.

Relatively obscure in the United States due to the infamous Cuban embargo, Afro-Cuban Modern dance or "Tecnica Cubana" is a unique blend of North American modern technique (Duncan, Graham, Limón) and European ballet (Ballet Alicia Alonso) with social and sacred Afro-Cuban traditions. The class will start with a warm-up focused on contraction and release techniques and undulation exercises, followed by across-the-floor and choreographed combinations.

Leilani Chirino started dancing at the age of three at the Conservatorio de las Artes de Conchita Espinosa, a Cuban arts academy started in Havana. She later became a principal dancer for the company of Ada Linares, specializing in flamenco, ballet, and modern jazz. In college, she studied Afro-Brazilian and Afro-Cuban modern dance. Afterwards, she worked on incorporating Cuban body movement to her contemporary and modern jazz pieces. She also teaches weekly classes on Cuban social dances, and has taught at various national dance congresses.

Leilani’s focus is on mastering the control and isolation of particular muscles in the body, allowing students to take command of their body movements. This class will help students build confidence and develop a new avenue for self-expression, in addition to improving strength, flexibility, and technique.

Sound Space
2511 West Girard Ave
Philadelphia, Pa

September 16, 2017 5:30-7:00PM Zé Ricardo Afro Brazilian Drum Class at Wissahickon Academy

Come share in this exciting opportunity to take class from master teachers straight from Salvador Bahia Brazil!


During this workshop, students will experience a taste of the many African cultures-including Bantu, Yoruba, and Fon-that are influential in Brazil along with a high energy workout focusing on technique, alignment, muscular strength, endurance and conditioning. This journey will be elevated by the accompaniment of live drumming from master drummer Zé Ricardo. This workshop is open for all levels. Don’t miss it!

The participants will integrate a group in contact with the elements of the African matrix culture and face a vigorous work directed to the organization and postural alignment, muscular strength, endurance and body conditioning. The workshop is aimed at dancers and beginners.

Artist bio:
Nildinha Fonsêca began dancing at age 16 with Mestre King, who was the pioneer in Afro-Brazilian dance in Bahia, Brazil. In 1988 she joined the Folkloric Ballet of Bahia. A professor at Federal University of Bahia and Bahia Cultural Foundation, Nildinha has toured and given Afro-contemporary and religious dance workshops in Brazil, Europe, North America and Australia. Nildinha is an educator, dancer and choreographer and she has worked with artists such as Daniela Mercury and Carlinhos Brown. She has collaborated on a number of educational dance projects in Salvador and works with children, youth and low-income adults through dance. Daughter of Oba, Orixá that is the Queen of the Warriors, Fonsêca has an important role in the local community as a black movement activist, African-feminist and artist.

José Zé Ricardo Sousa is one of Bahia's most sought after instructors of traditional Afro-Brazilian music and dance. He is the musical director, composer, musician, and instructor of traditional Afro-Brazilian dance and music for Bahia’s celebrated company, the Balé Folclórico da Bahia. José Ricardo initiated his arts career in percussion and dance under the tutelage of Mestre King at the Serviço Social do Comércio (SESC) School of the Arts in 1985. He has toured and taught in Brazil, Europe, and in more than 120 cities in the United States, Australia, Malaysia, Colombia, Argentina, Chile, Canada, Togo and Benin. Since 1997, José Ricardo has conducted percussion and dance workshops with Viver Brasil’s Dancing the Source cultural immersion travel program, and in 2007, he toured nationally as the group’s guest musical director. He also returns to the group regularly to compose for and perform with them. José Ricardo was a guest instructor at the California Brazil Camp in the summer of 2012 and 2015, and he is a 2009 recipient of the prestigious Lester Horton award for excellence in music for dance.

Wissahickon Dance Academy
38 E School House Ln, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19144