Thursday, February 28, 2013

Summer 2013 Philly Drum Project hosts "DrumPhil" workshop

On August 13th, 2013, Philly Drum Project will hold its first educational program, DrumPhil: a one-day drumset workshop for high school students. We are partnering with The University of the Arts to offer this program in the heart of The Avenue of the Arts in Center City Philadelphia. Through an application process, we will select 12 high school students, who will have a unique opportunity to study with top university instructors and professional drummers in the city during a day filled with group workshops, individual lessons, a panel discussion on the music business, and drumset ensemble composition sessions, culminating with a recital for family, friends and the Philly Drum Project community. We don't want to turn any student away because of his/her financial situation, so in order to keep the program fee at $20 per student, we are asking you, our members, for support.

This program is a new challenge for PDP, and we're looking to you to help make this possible. We need to raise $3,535 by July 1 in order for DrumPhill to be a success. Ticket sales from our One-Year Anniversary Event will help subsidize the costs, but a large portion of the budget will come from individual members like you. Thanks to a gift from MCD Percussion and several of your fellow PDP members, we are starting off this campaign with $770!Please click the image below to give!

March 1, 2013 6:00-10:00 PM Tango Concerrt, Performance, and Milonga at the Barnes Foundation

Please join us for a night of watching, dancing and listening to tango at the gorgeous new Barnes Foundation on Friday, March 1.

The event features:
** a concert of tango music by Philadelphia’s premier tango ensemble, the Oscuro Quintet, with vocalists Tomas Alcon of Uruguay and Héctor Pablo Pereyra of Argentina
** a tango performance by dancers Meredith Klein and Pablo Garcia Gomez
** a demonstration of social dancing by students of the Philadelphia Argentine Tango School and
** a milonga (social dance) with DJ Damián Lobato.

Tickets at the door: $10

A limited number of FREE tickets are available to dancers in the Philadelphia Tango Community. You may sign up for a free ticket at this link:

The ticket entitles you to entrance to the Tango event, and to the special exhibit on view at the Barnes Foundation, “Picasso and the African Model.” (You will not be able to access the full collection of the Barnes with the free ticket.) If you are already a member of the Barnes, then the event is free for you, so please do not also claim a free ticket. Thanks!

Schedule for the Evening:

** 6 pm: Doors Open
** 6:30-8:30 pm: Concert by the Oscuro Quintet featuring vocalists Tomas Alcon of Uruguay and Héctor Pablo Pereyra of Argentina, a performance by Meredith Klein & Pablo Garcia Gomez, and a demonstration of tango social dance by students of the Philadelphia Argentine Tango School
** 8:30-10 pm: Milonga (Open Social Dance) with DJed music by Damián Lobato

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

March 1, 2013 8:00 PM Salsa Caliente at The Painted Bride Art Center

Friday, March 1st | 8pm
Salsa Caliente – Concert – Cabaret – Dance Party
Featuring the Salsa sounds of: Si se Logra & Don Luis “Bongo” Colon y su Orquesta El Gigante Feat. Nepy Maldonado “El Sonero Jibarito”
$20 in advance/$25 day of show | Members: $15/$18.75
“If you have never danced to a live Latin band, you have never danced salsa.”
- Jesse Bermudez, Salsa Caliente co-producer

Center City’s only nightlife scene featuring two Latin big bands at each event returns for its third season offering everyone a special opportunity to immerse themselves in tropical flavors. Before the party swings into full action, maestro Flaco of Flaco’s Dance Factory is standing by to guide beginners through their first instructional dance steps.

Looking to shake things up, the Bride’s programming team scheduled a sit down with long-time community partner Jesse Bermudez, founder of La Asociación de Músicos Latino Americanos (AMLA). Known for championing cultural and educational commitments within the Latino community and his extensive regional network of Latin musicians/orquesta, Jesse proposed creating a nightlife scene where Latin music and culture could be shared with people from all walks of life. Jesse’s vision recalls the hot salsa nights during the golden era of Latin dancing at the Palladium Ballroom in the 50’s where bands were both the sticky factor and driving force of the social scene. While plenty of nightclubs in the tri-state have a Latin night, today’s dominating trend surrounds the DJ. As national television programs continue to highlight Latin dance styles (Dancing with the Stars, So You Think You Can Dance), the love for salsa music and dancing gains mainstream popularity once again. Alongside Bermudez, the Bride is pleased to present the third dynamic season of Salsa Caliente. Come join the party!

Sunday, February 24, 2013

March 1, 2013 6:30 PM Dende & Band CD Release Party at 7165 Lounge

Dende & Band CD Release Party in Philly!

Friday, March 1, 2013
7165 Lounge
7165 Germantown Ave, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Tickets $10 in advance: $15. at the door
(215) 629-3939

Dendê & Band will be releasing their second album, Back to Bahia in March 2013 with performance dates on both the East and West Coasts in March 2013. Combining Brazil’s rhythm heavy music with the grooves of afrobeat, reggae, merengue, and others from around the world Back to Bahia draws upon the energy in Bahia to reinfuse Dendê’s music with that unmistakable Bahian sound. In January 2012, Dendê returned to Bahia to record and perform with his own band for the first time since partially relocating to New York in 2001. Taking advantage of being in Bahia for the recording, the album showcases the band’s sizzling showmanship and versatility while including a host of friends who make special appearances such as Ilê Aiyê, Melvin Gibbs, Graham Haynes, Vinicius Cantuária, Magary Lord, Luizinho do Gege (Daniela Mercury) and Gerson Silva & Mikael Mutti (Carlinhos Brown) among many others.

Dendê is a percussionist, singer, composer, bandleader, teacher, and multi-instrumentalist. He’s been a professional musician since the age of 14, when he appeared in the frontline of Timbalada, Carlinhos Brown’s superstar percussion ensemble. Since 2001, he’s been splitting his time between New York and Bahia, and has played with Mongo Santamaria, Giovanni Hidalgo, Zakir Hussain, David Byrne, Melvin Gibbs and Vinicius Cantuária. His own bands include the folkloric music and dance troupe Ologundê, the acoustic Samba de Três, and Arrastão do Dendê, a traditional Afro bloco (samba party band), but it’s as leader and principal songwriter of his flagship band that Dendê has made his greatest impact.

The band has been packing clubs and festivals throughout the US and internationally over the past few years most notably at the Atrium at Lincoln Center, the Millennium Stage at the Kennedy Center, Roulette through the World Music Institute; the Lake Eden Arts Festival in North Carolina, the Kalalu Festival in Saint Lucia, Joe’s Pub, World Café Live and Johnny D’s in Boston. This year, the tour will include cities throughout the US including Philadelphia, New York, Los Angeles, San Diego and Malaysia.

Monday, February 18, 2013

February 24, 2013 7:30 PM Magdaliz and Her Latin Ensemble Crisol at Andrea Clearfield's Salon

Sunday, February 24th, 2013 @ 7:30pm
Magdaliz & Her Latin Ensemble Crisol
performing @
Andrea Clearfield’s Music Salon
Philadelphia, PA
The Salon, a renowned performance series modeled after the 19th Century European salons, was founded in September 1986 by composer Andrea Clearfield. The Salon was conceived with the idea of integrating different music genres as well as other arts. “One of the best-known music salons in the country” with “deep bench of topflight musicians” (The Philadelphia Inquirer), and winner of the “Best of Philly Award 2008” (Philadelphia Magazine), this Salon features high level performances of classical chamber music, opera, jazz, original contemporary compositions, electronic, folk, experimental, world music, spoken word, dance and multimedia works. Near the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, the Salon reflects the strong tradition of music in Philadelphia, builds audiences and fosters new art forms in an intimate and supportive atmosphere

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

February 17, 2013 7:30 PM Philly Pan Stars and Unidos da Filadelfia at Crossroads Concerts with afterparty at Dahlak

Crossroads Music
801 South 48th Street (48th St. and Baltimore Ave.)
Philadelphia, PA 19143
From New Orleans to Brazil and Venice to Trinidad, the last days before Lent are the occasion for some of the world’s best street parties – and most exciting street music. This year, Crossroads will celebrate Carnival with Brazilian samba from our old friends Unidos da Filadelfia and Trinidad steel drums from the award-winning Philadelphia Pan Stars Steel Orchestra.

Begun in the Spring of 2005, Unidos Da Filadelfia is the city of Philadelphia’s premier Escola De Samba in the tradition of Carnaval parade organizations in Brazil like the samba schools of Rio de Janeiro and blocos afros of Salvador da Bahia. Founded in 2005, the school’s mission is to spread the joy and excitement of Brazilian percussion through music education and performance. Members of the school learn to play the traditional percussion instruments and learn the rhythmic styles of Brazilian Carnaval, and perform at various community events throughout the city.

The Philadelphia Pan Stars are based in Southwest Philadelphia, but perform traditional and original steel band music at festivals and competitions throughout the northeastern US and the Caribbean region.
Co-sponsored by Tropicalismo, who will host a party at Dahlak after the Crossroads show featuring DJs Juanderful, Gregzinho, Brotha Onaci & special guest El Malito.
Tickets $5-$15.
Free children's program at 6:00 PM
Trinidad steel drum orchestra. Children’s programs begin at 6:00, last 30-40 minutes, and are free to children under 12 and their parents or other caregivers. Please, no unaccompanied children.


From Rio to Trinidad to New Orleans, whether it is known as Carnaval, Carnival, or Mardi Gras, is a signature event. To honor the spirit of street parades, live music, and costumes, Carnival Tropical will celebrate the Latin American and Caribbean tradition in Philly style with all local talent. This two-part event on Sunday, February 17, Presidents Day weekend will showcase the talented diversity right here in our home city with the best of analog and digital Carnival musical stylings for a night of dancing on this long holiday weekend that will bring the best of Carnivals near and far under two roofs.

As part of the Crossroads Music series, a double bill of Philly-based percussion ensembles will ring in the Carnival spirit. The Philadelphia Pan Stars, a Trinidadian steel drum band based in the Elmwood neighborhood, will bring the sweet sound of “pan” (as it’s known in Trinidad), beginning with a 6:30 pm special kids show. They will be followed by Unidos da Filadelfia, a community-based samba school modeled on the Carnival bands of Rio de Janeiro, who will lead the crowd after their performance in a procession down Baltimore Avenue to the second part of the event.

*Part 2 DIGITAL: 10:00 pm – 2:00 am @ Dahlak Paradise (4708 Baltimore Ave)

Brotha Onaci
El Malito & the 33rd Century

DJs Juanderful and Gregzinho (both of Tropicalismo), who will play vintage Carnival vinyl – samba, salsa, calypso – before and during intermission at Calvary, will be joined by Brotha Onaci (Sonic Diaspora) for the best in 21st century Carnival rhythms: Caribbean soca, reggae, and dancehall; Latin American cumbia and reggaetón; Brazilian baile funk and brega. The Dahlak dance party will also feature Philly’s El Malito & The 33rd Century, a Puerto Rican MC from the future with a special Carnival live show. Inside Dahlak, vendors, a mask contest, and a photo booth will create a multimedia experience of Carnival cultures while costumed dancers from the Caribbean-American Heritage Foundation of Pennsylvania will get the crowd moving in their sequined finest.

$5-15 sliding scale tickets (BUY HERE: gets entry to both events.

is free, suggested donation $5-10.

Dahlak Paradise has a full bar and will be serving hookahs and late night dinner specials until last call.

Dahlak Paradise
4708 Baltimore Avenue, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19143
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Tuesday, February 12, 2013

February 16, 2013 7:30 PM and 10:30 PM Alo Brasil's Carnaval 2013 Celebration with 2 Shows at WCL

Alô Brasil, consisting of twelve Philadelphia musicians spanning three generations, was born out of a passion for Brazilian music. Accompanied by stunningly costumed dancers, the band draws audiences into a "tornado of rhythm and sound" (Philadelphia City Paper) — an irresistible, full body-and-soul experience. Whether parading down Broad Street, opening for gala events or awards ceremonies at Philadelphia's top venues, or captivating hundreds of revelers at local nightspots, Alô Brasil never fails to enchant. The band's repertoire is rooted in African influenced rhythms (samba batucada, samba reggae, pagode, maracatú, ijexá), and others, from many different regions of Brazil. Artist Website Saturday, February 16th, 2013 SEATED SHOW Doors 6pm | Show 7:30pm | Downstairs Live Saturday, February 16th, 2013 DANCE PARTY Doors 10pm | Show 10:30pm | Downstairs Live Tickets: $20+ processing fees

Monday, February 11, 2013

February 16, 2013 7:00 PM and 9:00 PM Miguel Zenón at the Annenberg Center

A Latin jazz trailblazer with the gusto to “create music that is full of life, history, richness, and realness” (All Music Guide), Miguel Zenón is widely considered one of the most groundbreaking and influential saxophonists of his generation. Zenón, recently honored with the MacArthur Foundation’s prestigious Genius Award, possesses a progressive sound that plumbs the depths of Latin music—particularly the roots of his own heritage in Puerto Rico. His recent album, Alma Adentro: The Puerto Rican Songbook, was selected as #1 Best Jazz Album of 2011 by NPR, placed in New York Times critic Nate Chinen’s 2011 top ten albums list and was nominated for a Grammy®.

Sunday, February 10, 2013

February 15, 2013 8:00 PM Minas Duo at Burlap and Bean

Burlap and Bean
The Minas duo, featuring Orlando Haddad (guitar, vocals) and Patricia King (piano, keys and vocals), has been in the Philadelphia area for over 25 years. They've performed in all major venues, including The Kimmel Center, The Mann, The Academy of Music, The Annenberg. Their events at World Cafe Live have sold out. Minas has won "Best of Philly" twice from Philadelphia Magazine. and their latest CD "Bossa Nova Day" was indicated for 3 Grammy Awards. Minas will be performing originals from their 5 CDs (Blueazul Records), as well as Bossa Nova classics.

Orlando Haddad and Patricia King formed Minas in 1978 at North Carolina School of the Arts to bring Brazilian music to stateside audiences. They proceeded to play all over the eastern US before going back to their musical roots in Brazil, where they entertained, traveled extensively and recorded their first album, Num Dia Azul.

Today Minas is one of the most sought after Brazilian bands in the United States. Minas is built upon the duo's multiple talents as vocalists, instrumentalists and composers with an impressive grasp of the whole range of Brazilian musical idioms. At the core of any Minas show are the voices of the duo, which reflects two decades of vocal and instrumental blending. Warm and engaging, this magical sound becomes infectious when Minas adds bass, drums, percussion and horns to Orlando's guitar and Patricia's keyboards.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

January 9, 2013 10:30 PM PhillyBloco New York Carnaval Bash with Mais Um

New York City Carnaval Bash
(with Mais Um!)
Saturday, February 9th
Drom NYC

Doors 10:00pm / Show 10:30pm
Tickets: $12 / $15 (adv/door)
Ages: 21+

Drom NYC
85 Avenue A (b/w 5th and 6th)
New York, NY 10009

Monday, February 4, 2013

February 9, 2013 (Continuing Every Second Saturday) 2:00-3:30 PM Raíces Musical Tour CANCELLED FEB. 9TH DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER

Saturday, February 9, we present Raíces Musical Tour, a free monthly program dedicated to exploring the incredible diversity of Latin American and Caribbean culture through music. Hosted by Raíces ' Co-Founder, Michael Esposito, this interactive program will show guests how music in addition to dance can be used to empower people to claim and promote their cultural identities.

The first Musical Tour of 2013 will focus on music styles of Mexico, including styles such as ballads/corridos, mariachi music and more. With the use of videos, cds, maps, and other materials, attendees will experience traveling through Mexico's many distinct regions via music.

For more information, contact Michael Esposito at 215-303-0642. Donations for the program will be accepted!
Raíces Culturales Latinoamericanas
1417 N. 2nd St.
Philadelphia Pa 19122