Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Outdoor Drum Circles this Weekend

Saturday, June 4, 2011
Fun for the Family at the 74th Annual PMFS Strawberry Festival Bring your framily, spread a picnic blanket and stay for the day! Stay for the day to enjoy the following performances: 11am-12pm: The Spinning Leaves performance revolves around the songs of Barbara Gettes and Michael Baker. Their music is steeped in traditional American melodies with garnishes of psychedelic folk and new weird Americana. These artists aren't afraid to mix it up, relying on everything from stomps and horns to such instruments as the sitar, oud, and pump organ to brandish their signature sound. 12:30pm-2pm: Ron Kravitz facilitates a Drumming and Percussion Circle and will guide participants in an improvisational percussion session. Bring your home-style percussion instruments (pots, pans, lids, spoons, small bongos, etc) and join the fun in creating drum-style sounds. Special guest: Lara Vracarich, Creative Spirit Fusion, Expressive Dance, Rhythm and Vocalization. 2pm-3pm: Sherry Canary and the Kool Katz play a mix of standards in the style of Django Reinhart, along with their own original msuic in the gypsy jazz genre. Puppeteers from the Renaissance Artist Puppet Company will perform in an interactive walk-around throughout the day. The Give and Take Jugglers blend their incredible juggling skills with comedy and audience participation throughout the day.
Mt Airy's FIRST Outdoor Community Drum Circle 6945 Germantown Ave and Sedgwick St Phila Pa 19119-2189 ( across from the Acme) Bring your didgeridoo, sax, horn, penny whistle, native flute, bundt pan, etc. All instruments welcome!!!

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

June 3, 2011 7:00 PM Kulu Mele "The Circle of Rhythm; a Dundunba Dance Party"

Celebrate The Circle of Rhythm: A Dundunba Dance Party with Kùlú Mèlé on Friday, June 3rd, 7:00 PM at the First District Plaza Grand Ballroom, 3801 Market Street, Philadelphia. Tickets are now on sale! This festive friend-raiser will feature a sumptuous buffet, performance by Kùlú Mèlé's incomparable dancers & drummers, a spirited Dundunba* and dancing to music by a live deejay. Honoring: Ayoka Quinones, Arts Consultant; Lois Welk, Director, Dance/USA Philadelphia; Rhoda Blount, Director of Education & Community Engagement, Mann Center for the Performing Arts; and Robert and Wanda Dickerson, Founders, Universal African Dance & Drum Ensemble. You won’t want to miss this one-of-a-kind dance party. Click here to purchase tickets. Click here to learn about sponsorship opportunities. Proceeds will benefit our youth outreach and arts education programs. Watch this space and follow us on Facebook for more information. Email info@kulumele.org to get on our mailing list. See you on June 3rd! * A Dundunba is a communal celebration featuring drumming and dancing, where everyone is encouraged to participate.

Monday, May 23, 2011

5/26/11 Jam Session with Minas at Cochon Noir 7:30-10 PM

LeCochon logo Jam Session This is a great opportunity for musicians and amateur performers who'd like to play with Minas. Come to Le Cochon Noir this Thursday, 5/26, bring your horn, bass, percussion, guitar, or vocal chords, and let's make music. Orlando and Patricia will back you up!!!! Le Cochon Noir
5070 Parkside Ave Philadelphia PA 19131 215-879-1011 7:30-10:00 pm Free parking; great menu and cash bar; arrive by 7:00 pm to sign up MORE INFORMATION TO FOLLOW SEE YOU SOON... ORLANDO & PATRICIA or on our website minasmusic.com

Thursday, May 19, 2011

May 24-25 Danza Contemporánea de Cuba at the Merriam Theater

Modern-day Cuba produces some of the world's most remarkable dancers, who perform around the globe, setting standards of excellence as both performers and teachers. Leading the field is the uniquely exciting Danza Contemporánea de Cuba, now celebrating its fiftieth anniversary season. World famous—but rarely seen outside of Cuba—this breathtaking company brings the heat and passion of Cuba to the stage with an eclectic mix of contemporary and classical dance. On its highly-anticipated debut U.S. tour, Danza Contemporánea de Cuba stops at the Merriam Theater to perform George Cespédes' Mambo 3XXI. Don't miss this extraordinary opportunity to experience the company's vibrant fusion of classical European ballet with Spanish and Afro-Caribbean styles.

May 24 and May 31 Diego Garcia at World Cafe Live Upstairs 8 pm

Diego Garcia Diego Garcia is the former frontman of acclaimed garage rock band Elefant. Born in Detroit to Argentine parents, Garcia explores his Latin roots on his new solo album with a sound that conjures the spirit of 1970s troubadours like Sandro, Jobim and Leonardo Favio, along with artists like David Bowie, Leonard Cohen, and Bryan Ferry. Lyrics, lush string arrangements & delicate Spanish guitars makes this project truly special.
Artist's website Also performing: Ron Gallo of Toy Soldiers Tuesday, May 24, 2011 | Show 8pm | Upstairs Live & Tuesday, May 31, 2011 | Show 8pm | Upstairs Live Advance Tickets: General Admission Seating/Standing*: $11 ($8 ticket + $3 processing fee) Day of Show Tickets: 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. Click here to see our menus.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

May 21 PhillyBloco's debut at World Cafe Live in Wilmington, DE

PhillyBloco Debuts at World Cafe Live at The Queen!
Experience the joy and excitement of the PhillyBloco Dance Party! PhillyBloco's 20+ members perform a raucous mash-up of Samba, Funk, Reggae and more, all set to the infectious drumming of Brazilian Carnaval. Earth Shaking Rhythms. Boundless Energy. Serious Fun. PhillyBloco...Get ready to Dance! Saturday, May 21st, 2011
Doors: 7:00pm, Show: 8:00pm
Tickets: $15
World Cafe Live at The Queen
5oo North Market Street
Wilmington, DE, 19801


Monday, May 16, 2011

May 21 "Philadelphia on Parade at the Mann" FREE

Philadelphia on Parade!
Made possible by PNC
Saturday, 5/21/2011 11:00am
Entrance is FREE! Click here to register.

A FREE family, friends & fun festival at the Mann!

Spend an exhilarating, fun-filled summer day outdoors at the Mann with your friends and family. Over 1000 artists will perform throughout the afternoon on the Main Stage, the Rock/Rhythm and Blues Stage, the CIGNA Children's Pavilion, the Jazz Coffeehouse, and in PECO Plaza. Philadelphia on Parade has music for everyone, plus children's activities, crafts and food throughout the day.
Full Schedule:

PECO Plaza

Mardis Gras Parade
UCC World Brass Band, Dancers, Stiltwalkers
& Audience Parade
West Philadelphia Conestoga Marching Unit
2:00-2:30PM Universal African Dance & Drum Ensemble

Rock/Rhythm & Blues Stage
12:00-12:30PM Pompadour Slim & The Delinquents
1:00-1:30PM Familia Panama
3:00-3:30PM Shirley Lites & Company
4:00-4:30PM Plan B
5:00-5:30PM Frank Bey & the Swing City Blues Band

Main Stage
11:30AM-12:00PM PBS' RAGGS "Live Dance Party"
12:30-1:00PM Philadelphia Youth Orchestra’s “Tune Up Philly”
1:30-2:00PM Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church Mass Choir
2:30-3:00PM Rennie Harris Pure Movement Presenting
– Rennie Harris R.H.A.W.
3:30-4:00PM Philadelphia Boys Choir & Chorale
4:30-5:00PM Rock School for Dance Education
5:30-6:00PM Urban Guerilla Orchestra

Jazz Coffeehouse
11:30AM-12:00PM Settlement Music School String & Saxophone Quartets
12:30-1:00PM Clef Club of Jazz Student Ensemble
1:30-2:00PM Minas
2:30-3:00PM Fabulous Shpielkes
3:30-4:00PM Eric Mintel Quartet
4:00-4:30PM Michael Ray & Cosmic Krewe
4:30-5:00PM Helen Bruner & Terry Jones
5:00-5:30PM Barbara Walker Jazz Story
5:30-6:00PM Kaliguardian

CIGNA Children's Pavilion

All Day Events
11:00AM-5:00PM Arts & Crafts Activities
11:30AM-5:30PM Face painting & balloon twisting

Performance Workshops & Group Activities
11:30AM-12:00PM Earth Rhythms, drum circle
12:00-12:30PM Miss Amy & Her Big Kids Band - Fitness Rock & Roll Show
12:30-1:00PM Earth Rhythms, drum circle
1:00-1:30PM Miss Amy & Her Big Kids Band - Fitness Rock & Roll Show
1:30-2:00PM The Plants, sing-a-long
2:00-2:30PM Kala Jojo, storyteller
2:30-3:00PM Coyle School of Irish Dance
3:00-3:30PM The Plants, sing-a-long
3:30-4:00PM Kala Jojo, storyteller
4:00-4:30PM Coyle School of Irish Dance
4:30-5:15PM Sandy Taylor, storyteller

Give & Take Little Circus
2:00-2:45PM Give & Take Little Circus Performance
2:45-3:30PM Basic Circus skills workshop
4:00-4:45PM Give & Take Little Circus Performance

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This event is FREE but pre-registration is recommended
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Saturday, May 7, 2011

May 13th-15th Spoken Hand Percussion Orchestra

Once a year, we have the opportunity to hear percussion from West Africa, Brazil, Cuba, and India playing together. Do not let this life-affirming experience pass you by!
Spoken Hand Percussion Orchestra

15th Anniversary Celebration

If you’re a fan of the Bride or an avid arts supporter within the region, you’re no stranger to Spoken Hand and its unmistakable, undeniable, unwavering heartbeat. Since its inception fifteen years ago, this uniquely robust orchestra of percussionists has traveled the road on a journey to explore the new compositional possibilities in world music by fusing four percussion batteries into one distinct voice: North Indian tabla, Afro Cuban bata, Brazilian samba and West African djembe. Known for its high-energy live performances, audiences are literally swept up and away from their seats to travel to four corners of the globe. The sheer sonic force has shaken the foundation of countless houses and concert halls, leaving audiences in awe each time. The ensemble’s explosive energy, artistic authenticity and refreshing compositional sensibility has earned Spoken Hand critical acclaim, awards and performance invitations both regionally and nationally. Spoken Hand returns home to the Bride to celebrate its 15th anniversary and to share new and exciting compositional works. Spoken Hand promises to deliver a dynamic display filled with progressive human spirit and creative imagination. A three performance run, this engagement is certainly one not to be missed.
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Tuesday, May 3, 2011

May 7 Philadelphia International Day of Hand Percussion 9:30 am to 4 pm

Saturday, May 7 · 9:30am - 4:00pm
Created By
Arturo Stable
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Celebrating the first year of the new Hand Percussion Major, the University of the Arts and Master Percussionist Arturo Stable presents:

Philadelphia International Day of Hand Percussion
Saturday May 7th

Artists invited:
Mauricio Herrera, N. Scott Robinson, Alex Shaw, Michael Markus and Arturo Stable.

Stay tune, for everybody that cannot attend, the event will be broadcast live ! instructions will come soon...

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Day of the Drum Parade Friday, May 6, 4:30-7:30 pm

Friday, May 6 · 4:30pm - 7:30pm
Painted Bride Art Center
Created By
Painted Bride Art Center
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The Bride’s seasonal spotlight on drumming traditions of the world kicks-off this year with Day of the Drum – a modern day procession driven by polyrhythmic sounds of the local drumming community and fueled by enthusiasm of Bride friends and followers as well as the general public.

The parade participants will meet and perform briefly at the corner of 5th and Arch at 4:30 pm. The procession is scheduled to reach the intersection of 4th and Market to perform briefly again. The procession will then continue down Market street make a left on 3rd street continue to Vine street, then right on Vine to its final destination 230 Vine street at approximately 5:30pm.

The parade will be led by established drumming network circles including members of the Cuban bata ensemble Shaworo and Cuban carnival ensemble Comparsa (samba battery tba). Along the way tweet to the beat, and check-in on Facebook and Foursquare at the parade’s stopping points!

Parade participants will receive a 30% off coupon for Spoken Hand Percussion Orchestra upon the parade finale.

Funding provided by PNC ARTS ALIVE