Sunday, October 20, 2019

October 26, 2019 10:00AM-5:00PM Penn Museum's Dia de Los Muertos Celebration

4 kids dressed in Dia de los Muertos outfits and facepaint.
Experience the rich traditions of Mexican culture at our Day of the Dead celebration with musical and dance performances, puppetry and storytelling, face painting, sugar skulls, arts & crafts, and more. Place a photo or memento to remember the passing of aloved one on the ofrenda, the spectacular centerpiece of the celebration created by muralist Cesar Viveros. This event is in collaboration with the Mexican Cultural Center and Mexican Consulate in Philadelphia.


1:00AM-11:30PM"Chinelos" by Comparsa Union de Morelos
11:00AM-4:00PMSkeleton Magnet Making with Philadelphia's Magic Gardens
11:45AM-12:00PMStorytelling! “The Legend of the Cempasuchil Flower” by Cecilia Huesca
12:00-12:30“Azteca Prehispanic Dance” by Kalpulli Kamaxtle Xiuhcoatl
12:45PM-1:00PMStorytelling! “The Legend of the Xoloitzcuintle” by Cecilia Huesca
1:00PM-1:15PMDaily Dig: Ofrenda to Indigenous Languages by artist Cesar Viveros
1:15PM“Pan de Muerto” and Mexican hot chocolate served
1:15PM-1:45PM"Folkloric Ballet" by Yaretzi Dance Group
2:00PM-3:00PMMusic Presentation by Radio Jarocho
3:15PM-3:45PMAnnouncement of winners for Best Costume and Best Community Altar

On-Going Activities, 10:00AM-5:00PM

Make: Tissue Paper Flowersand La Catrina dolls
Learn: Language Lesson with Nahuatl, Spanish, and English words; Mexican Cultural Films

Celebrate: Calavera Face Painting Vendors featuring Latin American Goods; Community-Made Altars on Display; Traditional Mexican cuisine in the Museum Café; Mexican Chocolates in the Museum Shop

Penn Museum
3260 South Street
PhiladelphiaPA 19104
Free with museum admission

(215) 898-4000

Saturday, October 19, 2019

October 25, 2019 7:00-10:00PM October Twilight in the Gardens with Paulette Branson and Mixed People

$20/ Adults$16/ Students & Seniors$12/ Members

For the last Twilight in the Gardens of the year we’re celebrating all things otherworldly!

Catch a lively performance by Paulette Branson & Mixed People, a funky, soul fusion band with hints of rock and world music, otherwise known as new age funk. Mixed People is a Philadelphia-based band, founded by guitarist, Paulette Branson, in August 2012. The music is progressive, and the energy and emotion behind this band will get you dancing on your feet and singing along!

This month’s Teaching Artist is Erika Guadalupe Núñez (she/her/hers/ella), a queer immigrant, artist, and cultural organizer. Erika Guadalupe’s public work centers around creating art with members of her community, in order to highlight issues of inequality as they pertain to the immigrant rights movement. You can follow Erika’s work on Instagram at @monequiltia.

For October’s activity, Erika Guadalupe will lead guests in creating papel picado designs to be formed into garlands or to be framed as single works of art. Take home your papel picado and celebrate the Mexican tradition of Dia de los Muertos early!

As an added bonus, for an additional fee we’ll also be offering tarot card readings with Special Guest Kat Hennessy! Hennessy is a Philly-based astrologer, teacher at The Philadelphia School, artist, and positive psychology practitioner. Kat practices astrology from a deep desire to celebrate the magical and powerful essential nature of each being on this planet. You can follow her on Instagram @SpritelySage.

Twilight in the Gardens is a BYOBBS event (Bring Your Own Booze, Blanket, and Snacks), and guests are encouraged to relax and picnic in the space.

Philadelphia's Magic Gardens
1020 South St.
Philadelphia, PA 19147

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

October 22, 2019 8:00-10:30PM Not So Latin Concerts: Sean Hamilton + NSL Trio

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October 22, 2019 8:00-10:00PM Indian Classical Music: Sarangi Player Harsh Narayan

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Co-sponsored by South Asia Center University of Pennsylvania

Free/donations appreciated

Harsh Narayan:

Harsh Narayan is a leading sarangi player of the younger generation and performer of Hindustani Classical Music living in Mumbai, India. He has performed and recorded with many Indian Classical Musicians worldwide. To say that Harsh Narayan’s life has been steeped in the classical music of India since he was born is an understatement. His father is the sarod maestro Brij Narayan and his aunt is the sarangi virtuoso Aruna Narayan Kalle. And as if that is not enough of a rarified birth, his grandfather is none other than the legendary sarangi maestro Pandit Ram Narayan, credited by experts worldwide for bringing the sarangi to the forefront of Indian Classical Music as a solo instrument of the highest order. Of the Pandit, the great Yehudi Menuhin has said, “The sarangi … in the hands of Ram Narayan most revealingly expresses the very soul of Indian feelings and thought.”

The Rotunda
4014 Walnut St.
Philadelphia, PA

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

October 21, 2019 6:30-9:00PM African Drumming and Dance Class at Mitten Hall TU

Temple University Mitten Hall
1913 N. Broad St.
Philadelphia, Pa

October 21, 2019 8:00PM LaNOCHE featuring BEMBONA

Heat up the Kimmel Center each month at La NOCHE! Experience the hottest live bands as you turn up the steam on the dance floor, led by host/dance leader Kevin Ngo. Enjoy the sexy rhythms of The Caribbean and Latin America as live bands serve up a caliente mix of music that really makes you want to move.

We kick off the party with The La NOCHE Band, led by master percussionist Arturo Stable. We then welcome a different guest group to light up the dance floor.

¡Baila a la música, bebe las cervezas!

8-9PM – The La NOCHE Band

9PM - Bembona

About Bembona:

Bembona is a Puerto Rican-Panamanian DJ, Multi-Platform Artist & Activist, born & raised in Brooklyn, NY. Her work represents & pushes forward the Afro-Diasporadical movement, Latinx/Indigenous/Caribbean/African, with the purpose of empowering & bridging the gap between POC communities, generations, activist work & beyond.

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

Monday, October 14, 2019

October 20, 2019 7:00-10:00PM Musicians' Gathering #41 at Rittenhouse Soundworks

Sharon Sable and E. Shawn Qaissaunee
The music of Sharon Sable and E. Shawn Qaissaunee is something to be experienced. Together they create a beautiful soundscape that is both bold and understated, appealing to music lovers of all kinds. The musical paths that have brought them together are rich and varied and weave elements of jazz, world, pop and much more into their memorable and engaging performances. All of this is delivered with a strong sense of humor, humility and respect for their craft.

Trap Rabbbit
Philly duo Trap Rabbit could easily qualify as stretch music… though they might prefer their own category of “weirdo beat rock.” Indeed, Arjun Dube’s complex drumbeats are prominently present in the band’s work, propping up and goading on Logan Roth’s expressionistic keyboard playing. It’s rooted in freewheeling jazz improvisation, but also lively hip-hop energy; sleek and suave disco grooves, and also laid-back funk.
instagram: @traprabbitmusic

Adriana Samargia and Robert Prester
Adriana Samargia is an American singer best known for her ageless sound, instrumental approach and vocally acrobatic treatment of jazz and Brazilian standards, sacred works and Great American Songbook classics.
Robert Prester is an American concert and jazz pianist, best known for his virtuosic and articulate approach to both classical and jazz idioms, effortless improvisatory agility, and innovative approach to stylizing jazz standards and Great American Songbook repertoire.

Rittenhouse Soundworks

219 W. Rittenhouse St.
Philadelphia, PA  19144
Tickets: $10 at the door

Mike Lorenz and the Witherbees
Mike Lorenz & the Witherbees are a Philadelphia-area folk jazz band, led by guitarist Mike Lorenz, feature up-and-coming vocalist, violist, & songwriter Jacqui Armbruster, bassist Justin Sekelewski and drummer Zach Martin. Imagine Norah Jones accompanied by Bill Frisell on the set of a David Lynch movie and the sound of the band starts to come into focus, a sound defined by the ever-evolving dialogue between Jacqui’s voice and Mike’s guitar.
The band's repertoire embodies a 21st Century Songbook
approach to making music.
Instagram: mikelorenzmusic
Facebook: mikelorenzmusic

Saturday, October 12, 2019

October 18, 2019 7:00-9:00PM Rueda de Casino Dance Class at Fit Gym

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Rueda de casino (Cuban dance) classes take place at Fit Gym in West Philly - just couple blocks away from the subway (Market-Frankford line) and bus stops. There is street parking available as well.

Cost: $10 per class (cash at the lesson, paid to the instructor). Please do NOT pay at the front desk if you are not a gym member.

Class promo: Bring a friend who has never been to our class, and pay only $15 for both

7-8 PM - Beginners group
8-9 PM - Intermediate group
The classes will start with a 5-7 min warmup, so please try to make it on time. Lessons taught by Svetlana Cubana!

Nos vemos pronto!
Vamos a bailar rueda de casino!!

Fit Gym Philly
4415 Chestnut St.
Philadelphia, PA 19104

October 18, 2019 6:00-8:00PM Kulu Mele's 50th Anniversary & Book Launch at AAMP

Book and Coloring Book Launch
We are gearing up for our 50th Anniversary celebration!!!! 1st up is the official Kulu Mele Book launch at the African American Art Museum in Philadelphia on Friday, October 18th!!

No charge to enter but we ask that you make a donation in the form of a book purchase.

Our commemorative 50th anniversary book will be available in paperback and hardback.

***We will have a few limited collector's edition available 1st come 1st serve. Be sure to get there early! ***

There will also be an Ogun and the People coloring book for the young at heart and a double-sided keepsake poster.

We hope to see you there!!!

Friday, October 11, 2019

October 17, 2019 7:30-11:00PM Trinidelphia/Kalectiv World Fusion at Maas Space

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Co-hosts Chris Aschman and Dariel Peniazek bring their ensembles, Trinidelphia and Kalectiv, together for an exciting night of World Fusion music, in a hip intimate setting in Fishtown.

The Maas Building & 5th Side
1325 N Randolph St, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19122

Thursday, October 10, 2019

October 16, 2019 8:00PM Philly Alternativo presents: A Different Kind of Latin Night at Bourbon & Branch

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Wednesday, October 16th

Age: 21+

Performing live:

Blssom (NYC)

Todos Santos (Mexico)

Serene & Salinas

Kenty Love

Maskao (Colombia)

Show some love. Let's Party!
For more information please visit

October 16, 2019 8:00-10:00PM PHL LIVE: World Music Showcase

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Come join us at the World Music Showcase as we enjoy the performances of the 5 finalists competing for $1000.00 and more!

Cover: $5.00 at the Door

PHL LIVE Center Stage is a music initiative highlighting Philly's top musical talent across multiple genres. It’s structured across 10 different genre categories, bringing diverse musicians together.

PHL LIVE Center Stage will provide emerging artists an opportunity to perform at popular local venues and win cash prizes, studio time and more! This initiative stems from Councilman At-Large David Oh, the Chairman of City Council’s Committee on Global Opportunities and Creative/Innovative Economy. The Committee is interested in providing artists in Philadelphia an opportunity to grow and gain exposure.

World Cafe Live
3025 Walnut St.
Philadelphia, PA

October 16, 2019 7:00-10:30PM NEW! Latin Night at Green Soul with Tres Y Mas

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Time to pull out your dancing shoes! 💃
Green Soul is hosting our first Latin night, including a salsa lesson!
Come join us on Wednesday, October 16th for a live performance from Philly’s own premier Latin band, #TresYMas.
Music from 8PM-10:30PM
Salsa Lesson 7PM-7:30PM

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

October 14, 2019 7:00-9:00PM Cuban Casino Dance Party at Adobe Cafe

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Manayunk! Cuban dance is coming your way!

Join us every other Monday for a Beginners Casino class followed by a Cuban dance party. DJ Raul will be spinning the best timba, son, rumba, reggaeton and more! Great mood for the rest of the week guaranteed ;)

We'll be covering the basics of Casino (partner dance from Cuba), going over footwork, styling, rhythm, and more. Everyone is welcome to join!

About the instructors: Svetlana Cubana joined the Cuban dance scene in Moscow (Russia) in 2007, and has been actively involved in developing Cuban dance culture in Philadelphia. She has organized multiple successful Cuban Socials, rueda de casino flashmobs and performances, and has been teaching with Philly Con Sabor since the group was formed. Svetlana is passionate about Cuban dance and culture, as well as bringing diversity into Philadelphia's Latin dance scene.
Raul Cubila was born in Havana (Cuba), and "started dancing before he learned how to walk". Raul's extensive knowledge of Cuban music and dance genres, combined with his energetic personality, make the classes not only educational but fun!

Beginners Casino lesson - 7:00-7:45 PM
Party - 8:00-9:00 PM

Lesson - $5 (cash)
Party - free

Adobe Cafe
4550 Mitchell St, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19128

Monday, October 7, 2019

October 13, 2019 9:00PM-1:00AM Tres Y Mas at TIME Dance Party and Jam Session

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Next up on our Monday Night Series at Time we are excited to announce that Tres y Mas will join us every Monday during September & October from 9pm-1am. This party is all about live salsa/timba/son, drink specials, and dancing. Hosted by one of our favorite Philly Musicians, Dariel Peniazek, and featuring the amazing Ariacne Trujillo on piano & vocals. Also in true Philly style this IS a session so bring your horns! Vaya! Nos vemos!

1315 Sansom St.
Philadelphia, PA
no cover

October 13, 2019 4:00-6:00PM Chucho Valdes Jazz Batá at Montgomery County Community College

The Lively Arts welcomes Grammy Award-winning pianist Chucho Valdes.
Chucho Valdes, winner of 6 Grammy Awards and 3 Latin Grammy Awards, the Cuban pianist, is the most influential figure in modern Afro-Cuban Jazz over the last 50 years. His most recent project, Jazz Bata 2, is an exceptional work in which he revisits the sacred rhythms of the sacred batá drum, the music that would form the foundation of his history making group Irakere.  

340 Dekalb Pike
Blue Bell PA 19422

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 Tickets: $10-$50
Funsavers Tickets: $25 + $6 fee

Saturday, October 5, 2019

October 11, 2019 7:00PM Music and Art for the soul with Paulette Branson and Mixed People

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October 11, 2019 9:00PM SAMBADÁ + RAFAEL PONDÉ + FRIENDS at World Cafe Live PHL

While Brazilian natives Papiba Godinho and Dandha da Hora bring their profound knowledge and respect for the roots of Afro-Brazilian song and dance, the entire band has developed a type of samba-reggae-funk with a universal appeal. SambaDá musically unites the Americas and Africa, drawing from percussion based styles of South and Central America and Senegal, and blends it with that good old funk, rock and reggae backbeat so familiar to crowds of North America.
For over 20 years, SambaDá has been mixing contemporary sounds with the roots of Brazilian culture. Papiba is a master of Capoeira, an Afro Brazilian martial art form created by Brazilian slaves, which draws on music and acrobatic movements. Dandha was born into the rich Afro Brazilian traditions of Salvador, Bahia and the Carnival Group Ile Aiye, and started her dancing career at age 6. Ile Aiye has been in the forefront of Civil Rights in Brazil, promoting equality and justice, and is widely recognized as the first Afro Brazilian BLOCO or group to perform in Brazil's notorious Carnival celebrations.
The other members of SambaDá come from a wide range of cultures, styles, generations and sensibilities. Minnesota native Gary Kehoe brings a depth of decades of experience with a wide range of playing styles from Caribbean to bluegrass, rock, funk and more. Hailing from Brooklyn New York, bassist and vocalist, Etienne Franc, also known as KostarOne and roKsta OrKestra has been performing locally and internationally for the past 20 years, as, bassist, guitarist, singer and Rapper. Playing saxophone, flute, clarinet, percussion, and on vocals, California girl, Anne Stafford, pursued jazz & cultural studies in college and has infused SambaDá with her soulful and expressive playing and her passion for jazz, hip-hop, R&B, gospel and Brazilian music. Percussion Ibrahima (Ibou) N’gom was born into a Griot family of traditional musicians in Senegal , West Africa. He has been carrying on his family’s musical lineage since childhood. Ibrahima toured with two prominent Senegalese dance companies, the 2nd National Ballet of Senegal and the Ballet Sinomew before coming to the United States 20 years ago.
What unites this band from such diverse backgrounds is a magic that can be felt by both the band and the audience. SambaDá brings joy to each performance, and keeps their fans asking for more!!

Tickets: $12 ADV - $14 DOS +FEES

Venue Information:
World Cafe Live Philadelphia - Upstairs
3025 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA, 19104

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

October 7, 2019 9:00PM-1:00AM Tres Y Mas at TIME

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Next up on our Monday Night Series at Time we are excited to announce that Tres y Mas will join us every Monday during September & October from 9pm-1am. This party is all about live salsa/timba/son, drink specials, and dancing. Hosted by one of our favorite Philly Musicians, Dariel Peniazek, and featuring the amazing Ariacne Trujillo on piano & vocals. Also in true Philly style this IS a session so bring your horns! Vaya! Nos vemos!

1315 Sansom St.
Philadelphia, PA
no cover

Monday, September 30, 2019

October 6, 2019 1:00-3:00PM Mt. Airy Outdoor Drum Circle

Last one of the year!  Come join us Sunday, October 6, 2019 at the
Mt Airy Outdoor Community Drum Circle
First Sundays  1-3PM, May through October
Join Ron Kravitz & Saantis Fenmu Davis,  for an afternoon of outdoor drumming on the beautiful grounds of The New Covenant Church Campus, 7500 Germantown Ave., across from the Trolley Car diner. This is an event for people who love to drum, love dancing to the rhythms of the drums or who just love to listen!

A small selection of drums, assorted percussion instruments, and some chairs will always be provided for public use. 

This is a FREE FAMILY ORIENTED event. Picnic blankets for lounging a plus.
No alcohol is permitted on the grounds.  Due to past issues, canines are also no longer permitted on the grounds.
Sponsored by Elise Rivers of Community Acupuncture of Mt. Airy (CAMA) and Ron Kravitz of Music in the Moment.
FREE PARKING is available on site. Click for DIRECTIONS

October 6, 2019 7:00-10:00PM Adam Rudolph's Go: Organic Orchestra + Brooklyn Raga Massive

Please join Painted Bride Art Center in partnership with Ars Nova Workshop, for the Philadelphia debut collaboration of Adam Rudolph's Go: Organic Orchestra and the boundary-pushing Indian classical musicians of Brooklyn Raga Massive.
This performance celebrates the forthcoming new album Ragmala – A Garland of Ragas. The recording showcases Rudolph’s game-changing vision with a large ensemble that embraces diverse cultures, genders, traditions, generations and voices. Together, they create a breathtaking sound that invents a communal way forward while reverberating with echoes of the recent and ancient past. Drawing parallels with another groundbreaking and singular epic, Ragmala has already been referred to as a “Bitches Brew for the 21st century.”

Brooklyn Raga Massive

  • Bill Jay Gandhi – bansuri
  • Arun Ramamurthy – violin
  • Samarth Nagarkar – vocals
  • Neel Murgai – sitar, overtone singing
  • Sameer Gupta – tabla
  • David Ellenbogen – el. guitar
  • Abhik Mukherjee – sitar
  • Mari Tanaka – tanpura

Go: Organic Orchestra

  • Kaoru Watanabe – c flute, fue, noh kan
  • Michel Gentile – c flute
  • Sylvain Leroux – tambin, c flute
  • Ze Luis – c + alto flute
  • Mariano Gil – bass flute
  • Avram Fefer – tenor saxophone, bass clarinet
  • Ned Rothenberg – bass and contrabass clarinet, soprano saxophone
  • Ivan Barenboim – b flat clarinet
  • Trina Basu – violin
  • Gwen Laster – violin
  • Jake Charkey – cello
  • Leco Reis – contrabass
  • Graham Haynes – cornet, flugelhorn kudu horn, bamboo vaccine
  • Stephen Haynes – cornet, flugelhorn, solo alto, pocket trumpet, didgeridoo, conch, kudu horn
  • Peter Zummo – trombone, didgeridoo, conch, kudu horn
  • Libby Schwartz – French horn
  • Mia Theodoratus – harp
  • Marco Cappelli – acoustic guitar
  • Kenny Wessel – electric guitar
  • Alexis Marcelo – keyboards
  • Damon Banks – electric bass
  • Harris Eisenstadt – bata (iya, itotele, okonkolo), percussion
  • Rogerio Boccato – caxixi, mineiro, temple blocks, bells, wood box surdo and percussion
  • Hamid Drake – drum kit, okonkolo, percussion
 Painted Bride Art Center
230 Vine Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106