Friday, September 30, 2011

October 10, 2011-January 15, 2012 Fall Drum Lessons at Padmini Northern Liberties

Fall Drum Lessons @ Padmini No. Libs
with Shawn Hennessey (Leana Song)

This fall Shawn will be offering Private and group percussion classes in store on Mondays and Wednesdays!!

-First come first serve on the private lessons
(weekly/limited spaces) (ALL AGES 5+)
- Group lessons planned as needed

Djembe / Congas / Darrabukka / Frame Drums / Batá /

Orisha Song / Shekere / 4-way independance / Singing while Playing

please email Shawn at to enroll.

Lessons will be held at:
Colors By Padmini No. Libs
906 N. 2nd St
Philly PA 19123
Oct through Jan
between 2-8pm

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

October 13, 20, 27,November 3,10,17, 2011 "WE ARE THE DRUM" with Quint Lange

"WE ARE THE DRUM” with Quint Lange

Oct.13,20,27, Nov. 3,10,17, 2011

Thursday evenings - 7:30pm – 9:00pm

at Ron's 1012 E Southampton Ave Wyndmoor, Pa 19038

$96.00 for the 6 class session.

Seating limited, please reserve asap!
Hi Folks ... Quint Lange is a fabulous teacher!!! We are having loads of fun!

1st time and experienced players are welcome!

If you have never taken a class with Quint ... he'll take us through the basic Baba Olatunji warm up excercises (GUN GO DO drum language) at the beginning of each session to get us all on the same page. Any new rhythm introduced includes all of the djimbe, bell & dun parts. If there is a song, that will be included. Lead drummer parts are also taught when appropriate. The hand outs are superb!!!
Whether on club dates from St. Barthe to the Turks and Caicos, to Key West and points north to Bar Harbor, Maine; or in classroom and concert settings in Key West, at the Institute du Developpment de la Personne in Quebec, or having assisted and performed with Babatunde Olatunji at the Omega Institute in New York St, it has been Quint’s pleasure and privilege to play drums for dancers for nearly twenty five years.

“WE ARE THE DRUM” is a hand drumming workshop (and jun-jun/bell for those interested) for beginning to “advancing” players, starting with the basics as given by Babatunde Olatunji and moving into West African and Afro Caribbean rhythms with the emphasis on pulse, flow and developing the awareness that as drummers, and musicians in general, we walk a fine line between playing and being played by the music. Making music together involves a collective awareness, a communal agreement as to how we relate to and use the flow of time, choosing moments of sound and silence to create rhythm. Our goal as a drum ensemble is to become one drummer with as many hands as are playing.

Drumming, dancing and singing have the power to elate, to heal, and to heighten one’s spiritual and physical well being. Music is a gift we are all blessed with to one extent or another and the way to honor that gift is to use it and to share it, through teaching, performing, or simply sending a joyful noise into the universe around us.


Saturday, September 24, 2011

October 1, 2011 7:30 PM Rene Lopez at World Cafe LIve PHL

Rene Lopez just finished recording his new album, E.L.S., which stands for Electric Latin Soul. He coined the term to describe the style of music he has been developing over the past year, which mixes Latin soul and Boogaloo with rock, r&b, and hip-hop. The album is out August 30th on Nat Geo Music and has amazing guests including Money Mark (John Butler Trio, Beastie Boys) plus co-producers Mario C (Beastie Boys, Jack Johnson) and Jason Lader (Julian Casablancas, Jenny Lewis)

Saturday, October 1, 2011 | Show 7:30pm | Upstairs Live

General Admission Seating/Standing*: $13 ($10 ticket + $3 processing fee)

Sunday, September 18, 2011

September 23, 2011 Conjunto Philadelphia at Chris' Jazz Cafe 8-11:30 PM

Conjunto Philadelphia is a musical ensemble based in the Philadelphia area performing the music of Pre-Revolutionary Cuba. The group's main aspiration is to maintain the authenticity of the music while performing it in a way that pays homage to Cuba's deep and treasured musical history. Genres include Son, Cha-cha-chá, Bolero, and Danzón.
admission: $15.

Friday, September 16, 2011

September 18, 2011 1-4:00 PM Opening of "Imagine Africa" Project at Penn Museum

ImagineAfricaLogo_webGallery Project Opening
Imagine Africa!
Penn Museum launches its year-long community engagement project, inviting visitors to join a dialog about Africa, the second largest continent on earth, home to more than a billion people-with a lively afternoon celebration designed to engage and delight the entire family. Traditional storytelling, electrifying African dance, music performances, and workshops, children's activities, gallery tours, and more enliven the Museum. Free with Museum admission.

Opening Celebration

1:00 - 1:30 pm: Women's Sekere Ensemble

1:00 - 4:00 pm
WDAS, a sponsor of Imagine Africa, joins the afternoon, at a table featuring station information and special give aways.Hear the sounds of West African music featuring the rhythms of the sekere, a traditional Nigerian percussion instrument, from this well-known musical group.

1:30 - 2:30 pm: Lecture on African Fabric
Rashida Watson, owner of, offers a show-and-tell talk on African Fabric. See and touch elaborately decorated cloth pieces from West Africa and the Republic of Congo.

1:30 - 3:30 pm: Nigerian and Ghanaian Pottery Demonstration
Renowned ceramic artist Winnie Owens-Hart shares the history, traditions, and craft of Nigerian and Ghanaian pottery. See and learn about the various stages of pot creation.

1:30 - 2:15 pm: Interactive Instrument Gallery Tour
Join Mawusi Simmons, Penn Museum docent, on an interactive tour of the African Gallery's musical instruments.

2:00 - 3:15 pm: Storytelling with Sarai Abdul-Malikr
Listen and take part in intricately woven stories of African folkore, rich with song, movement, and rhythm.

3:00 - 3:30 pm: Women's Sekere Ensemble
Hear the sounds of West African music and the rhythms of the sekere, a traditional Nigerian percussion instrument, from this well-known musical group.

3:30 - 4:00 pm: African Rhythms Performance
UPENN's African Rhythms Dance Troupe will move you with the bold and beautiful dances of Africa.

All Afternoon: Make-Your-Own Drums & Masks
Get crafty and enjoy hands-on activities fun for all ages.
Come early, come hungry, and enjoy a taste of Africa in the Pepper Mill Café!

Prices range from $3-$7.

Moroccan Spiced Lentil Soup
Groundnut Stew served with Roasted Chicken & Fufu (Boiled Yam)
Couscous with Tomatoes, Red Pepper, Carrots, & Onions
Black Eyed Pea Fritters, Hot Pepper Sauce
Vegetable Stew with Garlic, Yams, Raisins, Cinnamon, Chickpeas, Spinach, & Onions
African-style Fruit Salad with Banana, Mango, Papaya, Avocado, Pineapple, Shredded Coconut, and Chopped Peanuts
Selection of Teas, including Rooibos

September 18th, 12:00-6:00 PM Feria del Barrio at Taller Puertorriqueño

Serving as one of Philadelphia’s largest celebrations of Latino arts and culture, the annual Feria del Barrio brings together thousands of community residents from throughout the Greater Philadelphia region for a FREE family event featuring some of the world’s most renowned musical artists. Dozens of community agencies, corporate sponsors and vendors line the city’s historical Centro de Oro for access to the nation’s fastest growing market while children take advantage of crafts, games, and other activities.

At Feria you can find your favorite foods, artists, singers, dancers, performers; get the information you need from dozens of local agencies; get your blood pressure checked at the health area; play in the Children’s Zone; buy different products at bargain prices from over 100 local merchants or from your favorite artists; and pick up freebies or sample products from our sponsors.

When: Sunday, September 18, 2011

Time: 12-6 p.m.

Where: El Centro de Oro
North 5th Street (between Lehigh and Cambria Avenues)
Philadelphia, PA 19133

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

September 17, 2011 Hard Hat Ball with Sharon Katz and the Peace Train

Come Celebrate With The Mt. Airy Art Garage At Our Hard Hat Ball!

Yes, it’s true, we’re still building. But now that we have completed Phase 1, we’re throwing a party, and we want you to join us. Come to our Hard Hat Ball featuring Sharon Katz & The Peace Train. Have a bite to eat at local participating restaurants and get a special MAAG 15% discount. The only thing we want you to do, and it won’t be hard, is to have a good time.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

September 13, 2011 8 PM SIORA CD release party at World Cafe Live PHL

SIORA play contemporary world jazz: a blend of music from Latin America, Europe, the Middle East and the U.S., all with their own unique arrangements, plus some provocative original compositions in English. They have performed in a multitude of venues – from festivals to theaters, schools, and premier jazz clubs across the country and around the world. The ensemble features the multi-lingual singing, guitar playing and dancing of Phyllis Chapell, who writer Scott Yanow has named one of the top 500 jazz vocalists in the world today.

“Blending world music and contemporary jazz into a soundscape that needs to translation, SIORA takes you on a journey of the soul, touching down in Rio, Parios, Mazer-e-Sharif and points beyond.” (Wiliam Page, Straight No Chaser, UK)

Artist's website

Tuesday, September 13, 2011 | Show 8pm | Upstairs Live

General Admission Seating/Standing*: $13 ($10 ticket + $3 processing fee)

Save money!
Processing fee is only $2 per ticket when you purchase with CASH at our box office BEFORE day of show

*Please note:
Ticket purchase is not a guarantee of seating! Some ticketholders may end up standing, depending on the number of tickets sold. To be assured of seating, place a reservation by calling 215-222-1400.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

September 11, 2011 1:00-7:00 PM Mexican Independence Festival at Pann's Landing

Explore the world without leaving Philadelphia

Another season of free programming continues on the RiverStage at the Great Plaza at Penn's Landing, Philadelphia’s premier Delaware River waterfront entertainment destination. The 2011 Program Season will showcase an assorted schedule of events including eleven different multicultural festivals that comprise the PECO Multicultural Series. The annual PECO Multicultural Series will begin on May 22nd with the Israel Independence Day Festival and continues throughout the event-filled 2011 summer season, ending on September 11th with the Mexican Independence Day.

The PECO Multicultural Series offers a culturally rich outing with a chance to explore the world without needing to travel. These festivals celebrate the diverse ethnic heritages that make Philadelphia unique.

New to this year’s series is the Southeast Asian Dragon Boat Festival on September 10 from 11:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. The festival focuses on understanding the history and appreciating the culture of Southeast Asia while raising support for servicing their community now living here in the Delaware Valley. Your participation will help raise funds and awareness for local Cambodians, Laos, Vietnamese, Thai and other relevant populations in need of accessible, trustworthy, non-profit human service resources here in the Delaware Valley.

Admission is FREE for all PECO Multicultural Series events. KYW Newsradio and NBC 10 are proud media partners of the series.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

September 9, 2011 8:00 PM Sergent Garcia at The Painted Bride Art Center

Painted Bride Art Center and AfroTaino Productions present
Sergent Garcia
Friday, September 9 | 8pm
$20 in advance/ $25 day of show
20% off for patrons who are enrolled in Bride’s discount program

Sergent Garcia, a massive star around the globe, is set to invade North America with a six-week concert tour starting this August. One of the pioneering figures in the global Latin Alternative movement, Bruno Garcia (a.k.a. Sergent Garcia) is bringing his uplifting and defiant sound to festivals and clubs across the US and Canada. A revolutionary at heart, Sergent Garcia takes stabs at the status quo with hard-hitting lyrics blended with funky grooves spiked with salsa, reggae, cumbia, ska, rock and hip-hop. Sergent Garcia’s albums have sold hundreds of thousands of copies, and his latest, Una y Otra Vez (Time and Time Again) is now available on the Cumbancha label. A critically-acclaimed tour-de-force, Una y Otra Vez offers a musical journey to the heart of Colombia, currently the source for some of Latin America’s hottest sounds. Having become enchanted with the country after a highly successful Latin American tour, Bruno returned to Colombia, deepening his friendships and musical connections through collaborations with the stars of the vital underground electrotropical scene, including Bomba Estéreo, La Mojarra Eléctrica, La-33, Sidestepper and others. says of the album, “It’s fresh, it’s topical, it’s relevant, and it’s fun enough to blast from your car speakers ad infinitum until the warm weather subsides (and beyond).”

Sergent Garcia emerged out of the churning underground musique metisses movement of Paris in the 1990s where punk rock attitude, hip hop swagger, latin swing and reggae consciousness blended together to form a powerful sound. Having grown up in a house where Spanish, French, Algerian and West African culture overlapped, Bruno Garcia first earned fame with the French punk rock band Ludwig von 88. After falling in love with Latin and Caribbean music, Bruno created the Sergent Garcia persona and quickly became one of Europe and Latin America’s most successful artists. A stirring combination of grooving multicultural grooves and outspoken political expression continues to be the heart of the Sergent Garcia sound and the band’s live shows are renowned worldwide for their sense of celebration and conviction.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

September 8, 2011 Jose Conde at World Cafe Live Upstairs 10 pm

Jose Conde
José Conde’s music fits into the powerfully danceable rhythmic system of Afro-Cuban music. A Cuban would say it’s got sabor de clave. He writes his own lyrics, too, and they have party flavor and humor, but they also have substance. Conde does his own arrangements – something few singers do – so both the charts and the production grow organically out of the words, and his cd Ay! Que Rico has been praised as “innovative, highly danceable, and pleasantly cerebral” (New York Newsday). Artist's website | Artist Videos Thursday, September 8, 2011 | Show 10pm | Upstairs Live Advance Tickets: General Admission Seating/Standing*: $13 ($10 ticket + $3 processing fee) Day of Show Tickets: General Admission Seating/Standing*: $15 ($12 ticket + $3 processing fee) Save money! Processing fee is only $2 per ticket when you purchase with CASH at our box office BEFORE day of show *Please note: Ticket purchase is not a guarantee of seating! Some ticketholders may end up standing, depending on the number of tickets sold. To be assured of seating, place a reservation by calling 215-222-1400. Click here to see our menus.

Friday, September 2, 2011

September 2, 2011 8 PM Ziya at World Cafe Live PHL FREE

Delicious melody lines, captivating poetry, contagious rhythms.
Ziya, a South African artist takes her audience on a journey… an aural fest of mood and texture in an unusual blend of styles. This producer/singer/songwriter resonates unique sounds, incorporating Afrikaans and African elements from her continent. Ziya weaves her touching life story into her songs and tells how she and her husband uprooted from South Africa in order to dedicate themselves to rehabilitate their 3 brain-injured children.

Friday, September 2nd, 2011 | Show 8 pm | Upstairs Live - Free