Sunday, April 28, 2013

May 4, 2013 8:30 PM Giovana's Quartet and Alo Brasil at Underground Arts

The next installment of Alo Brasil's musical transcendence. Come and enjoy all the energy and passion of one of the most dynamic musical groups in the Philadelphia area in a new streamlined lineup!

Special Guests:

Giovana Robinson Band
Tropicalismo DJs Gregzinho & Juanderful (spinning between sets and after party)

Underground Arts will be serving fresh made caipirinhas and May 4th is also Alex Shaw’s birthday!!


$10 cover


Thursday, April 25, 2013

April 28, 2013 8:00 PM Carnaval de Puebla en Philadelphia

April 28 to May 4, 2013 Mexican Week in Philadelphia

April 28, 2013 7:00 PM Lila Downs at the Annenberg Center

Lila Downs

For over a decade, this Oaxaca-born and Minnesota-raised singer has expertly dipped into traditional Mexican music and fused it with blues, jazz, soul and other Latin roots traditions while leaving audiences spellbound “with the ferocious sweep of her voice” (Boston Globe). With performances at prestigious venues and events such as Carnegie Hall and the Latino Inaugural Ball for President Barack Obama plus a Latin Grammy® and Grammy® nomination, Downs’ sound is accomplished and polished yet very much her own. A musical journey with Lila Downs promises to be unforgettable: simultaneously powerful, yet sumptuous and graceful—born and delivered from a melodic melting pot that is nothing short of awe-inspiring. Downs’ voice, backed by classic Mexican rhythms, jazzy sax tones and electric guitar riffs, is “nothing if not crowd-pleasing and jubilant in her delivery” (Huffington Post).
Join us at 6 PM for a pre-show Taste of Mexico and enjoy complimentary appetizers with other audience members. This event is first come, first served.
Tickets $20 - $55.

April 27, 2013 6:30 PM Magdaliz Roura and her Latin Ensemble Crisol at International House

Saturday, April 27th, 2013 @ 6:30pm
Magdaliz & Her Latin Ensemble Crisol
performing for the
2013 Philadelphia Latin American Film Festival
@ the
International House Philadelphia
3701 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

April 27, 2013 1:00 PM and 8:00 PM "BOOM" We all Fall Down at Temple Performing Arts Center

BOOM We All Fall Down
April 27, 2013 - 1:00 pm
April 27, 2013 - 8:00 pm
The bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham Alabama on September 15, 1963 was an unprecedented act of “domestic terrorism” long before the term would ever be applied. It would be decades before America’s violent racial society admitted that treatment of African Americans since the early days of enslavement had always been predicated on a particular brand of “nationalized” terrorism. Few people remember their names; but Addie Mae Collins, Cynthia Wesley, Carole Robertson and Denise McNair’s senseless death became the turning point of the entire Civil Rights Movement. Filled with the passion of dance sequences, gospel, down-home blues and freedom songs, Countdown to “BOOM” We All Fall Down, takes a poignant look at a memorable day on the linear graph of history’s kaleidoscope that touched/changed a nation while capturing the music, the look, the feel and the movements of a Sunday morning in the south.

Written and Directed by Kimmika Williams-Witherspoon

Co-directed and Choreographed by Kariamu Welsh
Tickets $25.

Performance in Lew Klein Hall

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

April 28, 2013 3:00 PM First Annual SAVE THE CEC Fundraiser at Penn Museum

April 26, 2013 8:00 PM Danilo Pérez in Panama 500 at the Perelman Theater

Panama 500
Danilo Pérez
Five hundred years ago, Vasco Nuñez de Balboa saw the Pacific Ocean for the first time by. Join Grammy Award-winner Danilo Pérez and the Panama 500 Band for a night of music recounting the various explorations of this new world of water – including creative improvisation from an ensemble of piano, bass, drums, violin, and percussion.
Perelman Theater
300 S. Broad Street
Phila, PA 19102

Monday, April 22, 2013

April 25, 2013 7:00 PM Latin Fiesta performs at PIFA

Latin Fiesta, in collaboration with the Mexican Cultural Center, has been selected to present a big production as part of the second Philadelphia International Festival of The Arts (PIFA), produced by the Kimmel Center. The theme of the festival is "If you had a time machine..." invoking a journey through time and space, through the past and future. Latin Fiesta and the Mexican Cultural Center will premiere a unique program entitled "1492: La Pinta, La Mexicana y La Latin Fiesta" and will illustrate through musical and dance performances how after the arrival of Christopher Columbus in America impacted the culture and lifestyle in Mexico and Cuba. The performance is set for Thursday, April 25 at the Suzanne Roberts Theater.

Saturday, April 20, 2013

April 23, 2013 7:30 PM Philly Drum Project's One Year Anniversary Party at World Cafe Live PHL

PHILLY DRUM PROJECT's One-Year Anniversary Party at World Cafe Live
with Loop 2.4.3 and Rob Brosh and Will Alpers Duo
3025 Walnut St.
Philadelphia Pa
$15. for nonmembers; $10 for members and students
About Philly Drum Project (A Percussive Collective)
Philly Drum Project exists to share 4 things:
Membership is free; sign up at their website

Thursday, April 18, 2013

April 21, 2013 6:30 PM Urban Guerilla Orchestra "A Tribute to Parliament Funkadelic"

Temptations Banquet Facility proudly presents..

“A Tribute to Parliament Funkadelic”

UGO - Urban Guerilla Orchestra

Sunday, April 21, 2013
Doors: 5:00PM, Show: 6:30PM

(Use side rear entrance. Front entrance will be locked.)
Temptations Banquet Facility
218-220 W. Chelten Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19144

BYOF, Cash Bar, Free Parking
Tickets: $20.00


April 20, 2013 9:00 PM - 3:00 AM Los Bomberos Latinos de Philadelphia at Lounge 22

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

April 19, 2013 8:00 PM Sharon Katz and The Peace Train at Jamey's House of Music (formerly the Psalm Salon)

There are countless inspiring stories surrounding the release of Nelson Mandela in 1990 and the 1994 general election in South Africa that ended apartheid. One was the 1993 performance of 500 singers calling themselves When Voices Meet.

Made up of people from nine different racial and cultural groups, the ensemble was put together by singer-activist Sharon Katz.

CONCERT - $25 Online/$30 Door, 8:00 pm. Additional donations kindly accepted. Tonight's event will also feature a sampling of South Africa wines, tea & goodies.
5841 Overbrook Ave.

Phila., PA 19131

Around the corner from

St. Joseph's University

It's been 20 years since an extraordinary example of peace and reconciliation happened in South Africa.

South African and musician, Sharon Katz, played a key role in that process with her project, The Peace Train. Her work in South Africa has continued with the building of a school, educating orphans whose parents died of HIV/AIDS, and starting community gardens & job training programs. Here in the US, she uses her training as a Music Therapist to combat bullying, convert gang members into band members & teach respect.

Now a film is being made about her work. To see a Sneak Preview, come to the show on April 19th.

Join Us on Saturday, April 19 at Jamey's House of Music (formerly the Psalm Salon as Sharon Katz & The Peace Train share the music that changed the course of a nation. See excerpts of the latest film clips, hear about the many ways you can lend your support to her work, the film, and her non-profit organization, Friends of The Peace Train.

She's affected so many lives, and we really think you're going to enjoy meeting her.

Minimim $25 - more will help more!

Sharon Katz was born in Port Elizabeth, now known as Nelson Mandela Bay, South Africa. As a young teenager during the terrible apartheid era, she used to sneak out to the "Blacks Only" townships by hiding under blankets in the back seat of her friend's car. There, she met with the now-famous actors in Athol Fugard's group, John Kani and Winston Ntshona, and began her lifelong mission of using music to help break down the country's artificially-imposed racial barriers.

The legendary Abigail Kubeka, of Miriam Makeba's group The Skylarks, recorded with Sharon on her latest CD and toured America to share the songs and stories of the anti-apartheid struggle.
Mark Beecher, drums and percussion; Monnette Sudler, bass; Sharon Katz, guitar and vocals; Wendy Khethiwe Quick, vocals and dance; Barry Sames, keyboards.

April 19, 2013 6:00-8:00 PM Exhibition Opening Party at Philadelphia Folklore Project

Exhibition: Honoring Ancestors of Rhythm, Movement, and Place
This exhibit honors people, places, and social and political movements important in the establishment of African dance and drumming traditions among African Americans in Philadelphia. It shares decades of people's stories, images and memorabilia of teaching, learning, performing, and community-building. Curated in partnership with the
Community Education Center and Philadelphia-based dancers and drummers.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

April 19, 2013 6:00 -8:00 PM Franco Olivio at The Barnes Foundation

This multilingual singer-songwriter shares his passionate interpretation of bachata, a sound and style originating in the Dominican Republic.

April 19, 2013
6–8 pm
2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Free with admission. Tickets allowing entry into building, special exhibition and performances in the Court are available on-site the day of visit. $10; free for members
For tickets: 215.278.7200Friday Night at The Barnes
Afro Taino Productions presents Franco Olivio

Monday, April 15, 2013

April 19, 2013 7:30 PM Magdaliz Roura at the PIFA 2013 Concert

Intercultural Journeys presents highlights from the concert opera, Guadalupe: Our Lady of the Roses. Composed by James DeMars with libretto by James DeMars and Robert Doyle, Guadalupe emphasizes the themes of reconciliation, tolerance, nonviolence, and love between warring cultures. DeMars’ score uses Spanish, English, Nahautl, and Latin to present its themes. Academy of Vocal Arts resident artists, Diego Silva and Chrystal E. Williams, will be featured in the concert opera portion of this event, as will members of the Philadelphia Singers Chorale. Excerpts from the concert opera will showcase amazing percussion, strings, and vocals by both world-class professionals and student groups.

The evening will also present Latino themes with performances by the Dalí Quartet, Magdaliz Roura, and student groups from Esperanza Academy Charter High School and Artistas y Músicos Latino Americanos (AMLA). Intercultural Journeys’ Founding Artistic Director and Philadelphia Orchestra cellist, Udi Bar-David, has assembled an extraordinary group of artists for this exciting project.

Friday, April 19th, 2013 @ 7:30pm
Magdaliz Roura performing at the PIFA 2013 concert
Guadalupe: Our Lady of the Roses Intercultural Journeys Concert
The Esperanza Center
191 W Hunting Park Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19140

Sunday, April 14, 2013

April 17, 18, and 19, 2013 7:30 PM " Where Heaven's Dew Divides" Germaine Ingram Project

“May thy divine presence always abide in this church, and the dew of heaven continually descend on those who assemble here to worship Jehovah, the Lord of Hosts.”

Where Heaven’s Dew Divides, a title derived from an 18th century Methodist prayer, is a multidisciplinary exploration of the politics of religion in Philadelphia in the first decades of the new nation. In 1790, Philadelphia had the nation’s largest population of free people of African descent---almost 1500, 15 times the number of free blacks living in Philadelphia in 1765. Another 200 people of African descent were still enslaved in Philadelphia. Where Heaven’s Dew Divides mixes dance forms, original music and song, improvised vocalization and video projection to capture the conflicts, motivations and activism of church-going African Americans, who challenged racial and gender conventions of Philadelphia churches and denominations, and fueled the fight for slavery’s complete abolition.

Percussive dancer/choreographer and vocal improviser Germaine Ingram, modern ancer/choreographer Leah Stein and a company of dance and music ar
tists channel key moments and personalities from the history and memory of Philadelphia’s religious life of the late 18th and early 19th centuries.
APRIL 17 - 19
Innovation Studio at the Kimmel Center
300 S. Broad Street
Phila, PA 19102
$11 tickets for Students (with ID) and children (18 and under) available at the box office.
All three performances will have a post-show discussion. The moderators for each discussion will be:
4/17 - Josslyn Luckett, PhD Candidate
4/18 - Prof. Herman Beavers, Professor of English at the University of Pennsylvania
4/19 - Bill Adair, Director of The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage

Saturday, April 13, 2013

April 14, 2013 3:00 PM Flamenco del Encuentro Flamenco Show and Party at CEC

Please join Anna Rubio and friends for a
"FLAMENCO show and party!
A Benefit for the the CEC."
Celebrate the Arrival of Spring and show some love
for the CEC!

Sunday, April 14, 3pm @ the CEC
Performances by: FLAMENCO DEL ENCOUENTRO*, Old and NEW members and students. SPECIAL GUEST COLLABORATORS: including amazing Tap artist, ROBERT F. BURDEN JR. More surprises...DANCE SEVILLIANS! and HECHATE UNA PATAITA POR BULERIAS! Come as you are or DRESSED FOR FERIA!
Door $20. $15 students with ID, Under 13 FREE

For info or to
*This event is produced by the company.

Where & When
Sunday, April 14, 3pm
CEC and Meeting House Theatre
3500 Lancaster Avenue
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19104

April 14, 2013 7:00 PM Hugh Masekela at the Annenberg Center

Hugh Masekela Called “one of the most thrilling live performers around” by Rolling Stone, prodigious South African trumpeter Hugh Masekela is truly a living legend, known for a unique musical blend of his native South African roots with the pop-jazz of the 60s. With a wildly successful 40-year career under his belt, this “man with the horn” has collaborated with artists including Paul Simon, Miriam Makeba, Dizzy Gillespie, Herb Albert and Alvin Ailey, to name just a few. His Grammy® award-winning hit Grazing in the Grass sold over 4 million copies and made him an international star. Don’t miss your chance to see this icon return to the Annenberg Center, back by popular demand, for a special engagement featuring old favorites and works from his newest album, Jabulani.
Tickets $45. to $75.

April 13, 2013 9:00 AM - 10:00 PM Bantaba for Dance Africa Philadelphia at CEC

Thursday, April 11, 2013

April 13, 2013 9:00 PM Philadelphia Folk Festival Co-op Showcase at The Twisted Tail

Featuring: Pete Donnelly, Rosa Diaz, Up the Chain, and Hennessey Bonfire

Come hear four top-notch Philadelphia Music Co-op artists showcase for an opportunity to play at the Philadelphia Folk Festival. While this is not a battle of the bands, a panel of programmers from the Festival will select one (or more) artists for the 2013 event based on each performer's level of craft, performance quality, audience draw, crowd response and more. Come support your favorite act for the chance to send them to the Philadelphia Folk Festival!

Pete Donnelly: As the ever active bass player and song writer in The Figgs, founded in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. in 1987, Donnelly has spent the better part of the past 25 years touring with the band, as well as a number of other artists such as Soul Asylum, Mike Viola & The Candy Butchers and Tommy Stinson. Living in the Philadelphia area for the past decade, when not on the road, Pete Donnelly has been writing, performing, engineering and/or producing for a variety of artists, including John Legend, Sub Pop artist Death Vessel, G. Love & Special Sauce, Carsie Blanton, The Capitol Years, Amos Lee and Ben Arnold, to name a few.

Rosa Diaz: The island born, Philly-raised singer-songwriter Rosa Diaz has an old-world yet multiethnic style that has been likened to the flower of her namesake, a cross-stitched rose, but modern and geometric. Currently, Diaz is researching and recording the follow up to her first full-length, WHIM. A tribute to family and ancestry, WHIM features musical ingredients of bare-bones acoustic guitar blended with Latin-American folk music and layers of church-inspired choral harmonies in a bilingual collection, mixed expertly by Philly local Joe Baldacci's minimalistic production style (Early Ape, Dragon Kng.) The latest project, For Boys Who Like Bukowski: A Healing Album for Broken Men, aims at fusing together songs, images and text to stitch old wounds and regenerate DNA.
Up the Chain: What was once a rotating cast of some of the area's best musicians has since coalesced into a tightly-knit, soulful live band. The streets have been watching Up the Chain for years, but now the road beckons. Holy, Open, Drying Road, released in 2011, is a spirited, earnest debut album from a band ready to take their locally reputed sound nationwide. In true Americana fashion, the album reveals a sensibility raised in Philly, refined in New Orleans, and bound for New York City.

Hennessey Bonfire: Hennessey Bonfire is the world pop project of songwriter and percussionist Shawn Hennessey (Leana Song). Their debut Let's Get Carried Away is a prophetic melting-pot of honest songs, world percussion, luscious harmonies and gang vocals. Shawn played and recorded most of the instruments himself, in various lofts and studios from 2008-2012. The tunes are both epic and personal; simple and deep; contemplative and full of love. The band features both ancient and futurist sounds and instrumentation with Dijon (tabla), Nezih Antakli (cajon drumset), Elliot Garland (Electric bass), Gina Ferrera (TrapKatControllerist) and Shawn Hennessey (nylon guitar). Rooted in African, Mediterranean, Cuban, and Indian grooves, Hennessey Bonfire delivers intimate performances of lush organic music, while keeping songwriting and soulful delivery at the helm.
The Twisted Tail
509-511 2nd Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19147
$8 for PFS Mebers / $10 for Non-Members

April 13, 2013 8:00 PM Michele Rosewoman and New Yor-Uba featuring Pedrito Martinez at the Painted Bride Art Center

Saturday, April 13, 2013 | 8pm Michele Rosewoman and New Yor-Uba featuring Pedrito Martinez $25 in advance/$30 day of show | Members: $18.75/$22.50 Pianist/Composer Michele Rosewoman leads the New Yor-Uba ensemble wich integrates brass, saxophones, and a rhythm section (including some of today’s most creative performers of America’s indigenous music, jazz) with a core of masters of Cuban folkloric music. This core includes three bata and conga drummers as well as traditional vocals and dance. New Yor-Uba’s music salutes the Orishas (Yoruban deities) in a contemporary jazz setting using original compositions and contemporary arrangements of traditional Yoruban (Nigeria) and Arara (Dahomey) chants. The religion of the Yoruba is very prominent in Cuba where it is known as Santeria. It traveled with the slaves to many parts of the Caribbean and South America, and in the last two decades has become widespread in North America, particularly in New York

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

April 12, 2013 6:00 - 8:00 PM "Sounds and Rhythm of Resistance" at The Barnes Foundation

Taller Puertorriqueño travels back in time to celebrate Puerto Rico’s Emancipation Day; the day when slaves from African origin were set free on the island in 1873. The event, to be held at The Barnes Foundation’s new Parkway location, presents a glimpse of the dance and music with its roots in African heritage that are today an integral part of Puerto Rican and other Latin American cultures. Throughout the American continent, African and Latin American cultures interweave, producing unique dance and musical styles. From the beat of the drums of Africa to the Bomba dance of Puerto Rico, the audience will be taken back to this major turning point in history and its profound influence on Latino culture.
Barnes Foundation
2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Phila, PA 19130
Tickets are $10 and available for purchase at the Barnes Foundation on the day of the show.

April 12, 2013 7:00 PM Film Screening: "A Historical Approach to the Positive Music: Jazz in Philadelphia"

Scribe Video Center
4212 Chestnut St 3rd Floor
Philadelphia, PA, 19104
See map: Google Maps
Friday, April 12, 7:00PM
@ Scribe Video Center
$5, Free for Scribe members
Director Steven R. Berry in person
This work-in-progress presents a history of the Philly Jazz Scene, from the 1940s to the present, through the recollections, opinions, and of the course the music of local jazz artists who continue to create and perform their music despite the economic odds against them. Documentary footage and interviews are interwoven with musical interludes that celebrate and display Philly’s rich jazz culture.
The title of this first feature length documentary written and directed by Steven R. Berry pays tribute to the late WRTI Jazz historian and radio host, Harrison Ridley, Jr. whose long running Sunday evening show at the WRTI radio station was titled with the same name. This film was inspired by several conversations that Steven had with Harrison in
reaction to Ken Burn’s documentary series entitled, “JAZZ”.

Steven R. Berry’s films range from experimental, biographical to advertisement. He has made films for the African American Museum in Philadelphia (AAMP) , the Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation(GPTMC), the artist James Dupree, and was the lead editor and cinematographer for a Scribe “Precious Place” film entitled, Engine 11: A journey of Discovery and Segregation, which has aired on PBS.
In 2011 Mr. Berry completed a half hour documentary on the legendary pianist, Trudy Pitts entitled, Trudy Pitts: In her own Words and Language! More recently, he completed another short film on jazz entitled, On Bass in Philadelphia. He is presently in post production for A Historical Approach to the Positive Music: Jazz in Philadelphia.

Sunday, April 7, 2013

April 11, 2013 7:00 PM "Tales from the Forgotten Kingdom: Ladino Songs Renewed" at the National Museum of American Jewish History

Thursday, April 11, 7:00 PM
$12/$8 NMAJH & Raices Culturales Members
101 S. Independence Mall E. (5th & Market Streets)

Photo Credit: Gretjen Helene
The Guy Mendilow Ensemble
Raíces has partnered with the National Museum of American Jewish History and the Consulate General of Israel to the Mid-Atlantic Region for this special event!

Step into a new world of Ladino music, re-imagined by the award-winning Guy Mendilow Ensemble, internationally recognized musicians who take the music out of the realm of art songs and back to its roots as songs of the streets and of fiestas: a music alive with passion and humor and grit.

Epic tales of sailors and love lost to the seas, fantastic dreams, and the intrigue of kings abound in arrangements that crackle with rich musical storytelling, seamlessly interwoven with poetic narration and historical vignettes.

Starting in ancient Spain and winding through Sarajevo, Salonica and Jerusalem, this concert brings to life the adventures and legends of traditional Sephardi songs, sung in the centuries-old Judeo-Spanish language, Ladino.

Light reception to follow.

Admission for Raíces subscribers is a discounted price of $8. In order to receive this discount at the door, please call/email Raíces and leave your name to be added to the guest list. If purchasing tickets online, email for the discount code.

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

April 6, 2013 7:00-11:00 PM Sharon Katz and the Peace Train Fundraiser Concert and Sharon Fisher Birthday Gig

Sharon Katz & The Peace Train Fund Raiser Concert
& Sharon Fisher Birthday Gig
Saturday April 6th, 7:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Newark
420 Willa Road,Newark, DE 19711
Suggested $15.00 donation at the door
Contact Sharon Fisher at 302-528-5517
Can't make it? Log onto www.Sharon and make a contribution.