Saturday, November 30, 2013

December 4, 2013 6:00 PM Performance by Bomplé in the Children's Department of the Northeast Regional Library

December 2, 2013 7:00-9:00 PM Philly Drum Project Meeting Drum Tuning Workshop with Mark Quinlan

Our monthly Beats, Brews, & Banter event continues this Monday with a Tuning Workshop by Mark Quinlan. Mark has given workshops at Drexel University, plays drums for the Philly band Hop Along, and is the nighttime jazz DJ on 90.1 WRTI. This workshop is FREE and great for drummers of all levels, as well as other musicians, engineers, and music fans in general. Bring a drum to tune along!
Rbar Philly
2222 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19103
Join Philly Drum Project for Free here

Thursday, November 28, 2013

December 1, 2013 12:00 Noon - 3:00 PM Special Preview of "When Voices Meet" at International House

Unlikely partners, born in South Africa on opposite sides

of Apartheid's barriers, but determined to free their country with their voices instead of AK-47's

Why do some people do the seemingly impossible,

and convince others to go along with them?

Join us on December 1st for a Special Preview:

When Voices Meet

A Documentary in the Making

From the New South Africa
Guest Speaker: Psychologist Dr. Dan Gottlieb of WHYY


Enjoy a Live Concert & Dance Party

Taste South African Goodies

Hear about the next steps

in completing the film
International House

Ibrahim Theater

37th & Chestnut Sts.


Tickets: $55 + $3.74 fee advanced sale only

Click Here to purchase tickets

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

November 30 and December 1 2013 " Kùlú Mèlé Let the Roots Show 2013" at The Painted Bride Art Center

Kùlú Mèlé Let the Roots Show 2013
Presented by PNC Arts Alive
Saturday, November 30 | 7 pm
Sunday, December 1 | 4 pm
General Admission: $20 in advance/ $25 day of show
Children 12 and under: $12 in advance/$15 day of show
*Bride Members Receive 20% discount

Join Philadelphia’s premier African dance company in a show stopping performance celebrating the roots of urban contemporary dance! Kulu Mèlé’s incomparable ensemble will be joined by 12 community dancers in a bold and gorgeous new work by Emmy-nominated choreographer Jeffrey Page.
The Painted Bride Art Center
230 Vine St.
Philadelhia Pa

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

November 29, 2013 6:00-8:00 PM Rosa Diaz at The Barnes Foundation

Rosa Diaz

Featuring elements of indie, folk, pop, and Latin genres, and ranges from soaring harmonies reminiscent of church choirs to subtle sighs and passionate, caressing notes, Diaz’s sultry, intimate style evokes a feeling of her native Puerto Rico.
November 29, 2013
6–8 pm2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
$10 Friday night ticket, or included with collection admission; free for members.

For tickets: 215.278.7200

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

November 23, 2013 7:00-9:30 PM Underground at Ron's #53 with Lenny Seidman's Tabla Choir and Dante Bucci

Underground at Ron's #53

*As of Wednesday, November 20th, this is almost sold out*
November 23, 2013




The Lenny Seidman Tabla Choir was formed in 1996 as part of Spoken Hand Percussion Orchestra which began in the same year. The tabla choir explores the melodic, harmonic, dynamic, textural and compositional potential of several tabla players.

Lenny Seidman is a tabla player/teacher and composer. He has studied tabla with Zakir Hussain, Ishwarlal Misra, Chotelal Misra and Kiran Deshponde, and South Indian music with Adrian L'Armand. He directs his tabla ensemble, is co director of Spoken Hand Percussion Orchestra and is an original member of Atzilut, the Middle Eastern Arabic/Hebrew ensemble that tours internationally and has performed at the United Nations. He is also the World Music & Jazz curator at Painted Bride Art Center.

Dan Scholnick is a tabla player and sound designer based in Philadelphia. He received his training with Lenny Seidman in Philly, Ray Spiegel at Wesleyan University, and Pandit Arvind Mulgaonkar while on a Fulbright Fellowship in Mumbai, India. He is currently the resident tabla player for the contemporary Kathak dance ensemble Courtyard Dancers, led by Pallabi Chakravorty.

Mike Nevin is a freelance percussionist in the the Phila. area. He began studying tabla with Lenny Seidman in 2006 and has had the opportunity to perform with Lenny in Spoken Hand Percussion Orchestra. Mike has a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Montana State University and a Master's degree in Percussion Performance from the University of Colorado and, currently, lives in Lansdowne, PA with his wife Angela.


Dante Bucci fuses world music and melodic indie rock with his pioneering approach to the Handpan (a.k.a. "Hang"). He is a fixture in the Philly indie music scene and one of the most-recognized Handpan players in the world, thanks to a constantly-expanding list of subscribers and over 9 million views on his YouTube channel ( Dante expertly wields the Handpan in his 2013 debut album, "Kinesthesia", blurring the lines between classical, world, and new age. It has been released and is now available for purchase. If you pre-ordered it on iTunes, it should be waiting for you in your iTunes library as you read this! If not, go get it here:

1012 E. Southampton Ave.

Wyndmoor PA 19038 (GLENSIDE if a GPS is used)

(See Area Map)

Community Drum Circle & Potluck...7:00pm - 7:50pm

Showtime...8:00pm - 9:30pm

Admission: $20 (LESS WITH SPECIAL
Children Half Price


Pre-Reservation Required

Call - 215-233-0777
Email -

To Pay At The Door; 24 HR. Notice Is Appreciated

Monday, November 18, 2013

November 22, 2013 7:00-9:00 PM Tertulia at Raices Culturales Latinoamericanas "A Chocolate Tour of Venezuela"

Raices Culturales Latinoamericanas
1417 N. 2nd Street
Philadelphia PA

November 22, 2013 9:00 PM to 12:00 Midnight Bronson and Buda at Manny Brown's

The dynamic duo of Bronson Tennis and Papo Buda will be performing at Manny Brown's this Friday night from 9:00 to Midnight.
Manny Brown's
512 South St.
Philadelphia Pa

November 22, 2013 8:30 PM Red Baraat with West Philadelphia Orchestra at The Blockley

WXPN Welcomes:

Red Baraat

West Philadelphia Orchestra

Fri, November 22, 2013

Doors: 7:30 pm / Show: 8:30 pm (event ends at 2:00 am)

The Blockley
38th and Chestnut Sts.
Philadelphia PA
$15 - $18

Friday, November 15, 2013

November 19, 2013 8:00 PM Black Uhuru at World Cafe Live PHL

Black Uhuru

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

World Cafe Live Philadelphia

$20.00 - $22.00 + processing fees

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Black Uhuru was the leading second generation reggae vocal groups, and was formed in Jamaica in 1974 by Euvin "Don Carlos" Spencer, Rudolph "Garth" Dennis, and Derrick "Duckie" Simpson. These three grew up in the famed "Waterhouse" district of Kingston, Jamaica (a hot bed for reggae artists over the years). After a couple of years the group as it was originally known grew apart as Don Carlos went on to a solo career, and Garth Dennis went on to sing with another of the great Waterhouse group, the Wailing Souls. Duckie Simpson continued to work under the Black Uhuru name (Uhuru means Freedom in the Swahili language of Africa), and he enlisted an up and coming singer, Michael Rose, and Errol "Jay's Wilson to record the "Love Crisis" album with producer Prince Jammys (then a protege of the famed pioneering reggae producer, King Tubbys). One of the best known best tracks from this album, "I Love King Selassie," has survived to become a bonafide reggae anthem. This Black Sounds of Freedom album is a remixing of the Love Crisis album and was eventually released in the UK in 1980 on the Greensleeves label. After that period, American expatriate, Sandra "Puma" Jones, joined Michael and Duckie to add haunting high harmonies to the group, and Black Uhuru joined forces with Sly and Robbie, releasing some the best reggae music of the 1980's and were the first group to win a Grammy award when the Reggae category was introduced in 1985. Michael Rose left the group for a solo career in the late 80's and another young "Waterhouse" area singer Junior Reid joined the group for three years starting in1986. Puma Jones passed away in 1990, and about that same time the original three members Don, Garth, and Duckie joined together one again to record and tour throughout the early and mid-Nineties. Black Uhuru continues today under the direction of Duckie Simpson and with another "Waterhouse" product named Andrew Bees. Black Sounds of Freedom is a crucial album that showcased the raw power of Reggae groups in the Rockers period of Jamaican music in the late 70's, and is one of the cornerstone albums that is laid in Reggae music's foundation.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

November 17, 2013 2:00-5:00 PM "Fresh Cut" Sunday Jazz Series at The Painted Bride Art Center

One Sunday a month, we present Homegrown Gatherings: Sunday Jazz Series. This is a casual Sunday afternoon of live music, food from a local food truck (this month is Cheese E. Wagon), and art activities for children.

Each month always features our Fresh Cut Trio: Jason Fraticelli (bass), Josh Lawrence (trumpet) and Anwar Marshall (drums). This month's special guests are Venissa Santi (vocals) and Jim Holton (piano).

Not only will we have jazz this month, the group will be performing ORIGINAL songs written in the vein of The Great American Songbook.

The Painted Bride Art Center
230 Vine St.
Philadelphia Pa
Sunday, November 17th | 2pm – 5pm
$10 admission, $7.50 members, $5 children and students

November 16, 2013 8:00 PM Omar Sosa Afri-Lectric Experience at Montgomery County Community College

Composer-pianist-bandleader Omar Sosa is one of today’s most versatile jazz artists. Having earned a Smithsonian lifetime achievement award and multiple Grammy and BBC World Music nominations, Sosa fuses the expressive traditions of Africa and the Americas with a cosmopolitan mix of jazz, world music and electronic elements. The Los Angeles Times salutes his potential, saying he has “all the traits necessary to become one of the important figures in jazz.”
Science Center Theater
Montgomery County Community College
340 Dekalb Pike
Blue Bell, PA 19422
Adult tickets regularly $30.
Philly Fun Savers Price: $18.75

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

November 15, 2013 7:30 PM Unidos da Filadelfia Brazilian Percussion Ensemble at Villanova University

Unidos da Filadelfia will unleash their percussive energy at the Gym at St. Mary's Hall on the Villanova Campus on Friday, November 15 at 7:30 PM. This concert is free and open to the public. St. Mary's Hall is located at the corner of Spring Mill and County Line Roads in Villanova. Once you get in the building, just ask someone how to get to the gym. It is to the left and down the stairs.

There is parking (as you can see in the photo below) in front of St. Mary’s Hall and also across the street at Garey Hall and in the law school parking lot behind Garey Hall.
St. Mary's Hall is #48 on this campus map:Here is a photo of St. Mary's Hall :

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

November 15 - 17, 2013 Afro-Brazilian Drum and Dance Workshops


Mestre Valmir from Salvador, BA will be visiting Philadelphia for the weekend of November 15-17, 2013.


Friday 11/15
6:30pm-8:30pm: Movement Workshop @ MLK Recreation Center (2nd Floor)

Saturday 11/16
10am-12pm: Movement Workshop @ MLK Recreation Center (2nd Floor)
2pm-4pm: Caxixi-Making* Workshop @ MLK Recreation Center (2nd Floor)

Sunday 11/17
10am-12pm: Music Workshop, 7165 Lounge
2pm-5pm: Roda, 7165 Lounge

MLK Recreation Center: 2101 Cecil B Moore Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19121
7165 Lounge: 7165 Germantown Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19119

$80 full weekend (or $25/workshop): Non-FICA members
$60 full weekend (or $20/workshop): FICA members

Caxixi is type of African/Afro-Braziian basket rattle typically used when playing the berimbau. Mestre Valmir is an specialist in making caxixi.

For more info & details about workshops: info@ficaphiladelphia | 215.500.5987



Mestre Valmir started Capoeira in the Group of Capoeira Angola Pelourinho (GCAP) in 1982 with Mestre Moraes and Mestre Cobra Mansa. In 1994, he left GCAP and, in 1996, he started the International Capoeira Angola Foundation (ICAF) group in Salvador, FICA-Bahia, where he lives. He received the title of Master of Capoeira Angola at the IX International Conference of Capoeira Angola, organized by ICAF in Belo Horizonte in 2003. He leads socio-cultural work in Salvador and conducts Capoeira Angola workshops in various countries including the United States, Germany, France, Sweden, England, and several cities in Brazil.

Capoeira Angola is a dance fight, a playful sparring involving style, wit, flexibility and strategy. Capoeira weaves intricate movements, spirituality, mental and physical discipline, fight, and philosophy into a unique "game".

As an African-Brazilian art form, it was used by enslaved Africans to combat the colonial oppression of the Portuguese rulers. Its practitioners used this powerful weapon during revolts and in defense of the Quilombos (African communities/nations of formally enslaved Africans who organized according to African cultural forms). It is very rhythmic and ritualistic, and like many other African based traditions, is transmitted from master to student.

Played in a circle, the "roda" (game) of Capoeira Angola is infinitely varied with an unlimited combination of movements of all parts of the body. This art form is beautiful to watch, featuring acrobatics, choreographed rituals and varied dance steps.

FICA Philadelphia is a non-profit organization which represents the local chapter of the Fundaçao Internacional de Capoeira Angola (FICA) -in English: the International Capoeira Angola Foundation (ICAF). This organization is headed by world-renowned mestres of Capoeira Angola: Mestre Cobra Mansa, Mestre Jurandir, and Mestre Valmir, and includes over 30 chapters and affiliate groups in 16 countries worldwide. FICA Philadelphia is managed locally by President Kamau Blakney.

As Capoeira Angola synthesizes movement, rhythm, and African-Brazilian history into an artistic form of self-expression, it serves as a unique tool that promotes harmony with others and allows for individual growth. In the past we have given demonstrations, held workshops, hosted a conference, and taught children's classes in order to expose local communities to Capoeira Angola. In our efforts to accomplish our mission, we continue to search for opportunities in which we can make Capoeira Angola visible and accessible to these communities.

In 1993, the founding members of our chapter introduced classes in the Philadelphia area to spread the rich heritage of the martial art form known as Capoeira Angola. Since then, FICA Philadelphia has dedicated itself to establishing a strong base in this region while supporting local community development. We work to foster community growth and enrichment through the preservation of the Capoeira Angola tradition and African history throughout Philadelphia and its regions.

Sunday, November 10, 2013

November 13, 2013 8:00 PM Matuto at World Cafe Live PHL


Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

World Cafe Live Philadelphia - Upstairs

$9-$11 plus processing fees

In 2002, Clay Ross embarked on a musical odyssey that brought him closer to home. The South Carolina native moved to New York to pursue a jazz career and several years later found himself in Recife, Brazil studying the region’s folkloric music. Along the way he rediscovered the straightforward songs of his native South.

The guitarist and singer titled his Ropeadope Records debut Matuto, after a Brazilian slang reference to a man from the backcountry. Described as “Weird and Wonderful… Unorthodox and Delightful” by Jazz Times Magazine, the set allows Ross to carve a niche in a musical tradition created on another continent. He performs North American folk songs like “Home Sweet Home” and Blind Willie Johnson’s “John the Revelator” over South American rhythms Maracatu, Forró, and Coco typical of the northeastern region of Brazil.

Saturday, November 9, 2013

November 12, 2013 8:00 PM An Evening with the Soul Revival at Philly's Platinum Grille

When you want to remember when music was good! Food, drinks and live soul, every second Tuesday.

Admission is free but reservations are encouraged! Please call 215-247-2312 for reservations and additional information.
The Soul Revival consists of:
Lawrence "Weas" Newton,
Naeemah Harper,
Daryl Kwasi Burgee,
Terrence Tyler,
Wendell Sewell,
Louis Taylor,
Bryan Williams,
Pablo Batista

Philly's Platinum Grille
7719 Crittenden Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Here's a link to future performances:

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

December 8, 2013 1:00-6:00 PM Festival Navideño Latinoamericano a Hall Iglesia Holy Innocents

Celebra el inicio de la Navidad!
Lugar: Hall Iglesia Holy Innocents
1337 E. Hunting Park Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19124
Entrada: $2.

November 9, 2013 8:00 PM Minas : Tribute to Sergio Mendes and Brasil '66 at World Cafe Live PHL

Minas: Tribute to Sergio Mendes and Brasil 66

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

World Cafe Live Philadelphia - Upstairs


The exciting sounds of Sergio Mendes and Brasil 66 come to life!
One can expect to hear hits such as Mais Que Nada, Pretty World, Upa Neguinho, Fool on the Hill, Like a Lover, Night and Day, Tristeza, The Look of Love, and others, including one of the few songs Mendes and Brasil 66‘s lead singer Lani Hall wrote together, the beautiful and lush So Many Stars.

Indicated for 3 Grammy Awards with the latest CD Bossa Nova Day, Minas was very much influenced by Brasil 66 in the early days. The group will be performing Sergio’s arrangements, as well as providing a taste of the original Brazilian/Portuguese version of most songs. Orlando Haddad and Patricia King formed Minas in 1978 at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. They proceeded to play all over the eastern United States before moving to Brazil, where they lived, entertained and traveled, absorbing the essence of Brazilian culture. In 1984 Orlando and Patricia returned to the United States and raised a family while performing and recording extensively, building their reputation as one of the most sought-after Brazilian groups of its kind.

Sunday, November 3, 2013

November 6, 2013 7:00-8:30 PM Afro-Cuban Orisha Dance Workshops with Gilset Mora begin at The Art Parlor

If you enjoyed Gilset Mora's Afro-Cuban (Orisha) dance workshop at CEC on 10/24, now you have a chance to continue learning and dancing under his artistic direction in a new location:

New classes begin: November 6th from 7-8:30pm
Price: $17 dollars

Location: The Art Parlor (rear studio) 1170 South Broad Street, the corner of Broad & Federal Sts.

This class includes live bata drumming, easy access by subway, great 2hr parking on Broad and other streets. Subway stops at Federal St.

The Art Parlor (Rear studio) is a large room with wood dance floors, mirrors (behind those curtains), natural sunlight and access to small patio, lockers available, indoor bike rack and spacious changing area and 2 bathrooms.

Can't beat that! Come and enjoy and really learn the dances and movements of the Orishas!


Friday, November 1, 2013

November 6 through November 9, 2013 DanceAfrica Philadelphia 2013


The Community Education Center (CEC) in partnership with Drexel University presents

DanceAfrica Philadelphia (DAP!)

Our African Legacy: Treasured Reflections

November 6 – 9, 2013

Artistic Director and Founder of the national DanceAfrica, Baba Chuck Davis
The City of Philadelphia welcomes Baba Chuck, founder of the nation’s longest running and greatly respected DanceAfrica. Philadelphia is the sixth major city to present the renowned festival of African dance, culture, and community building. The City of Philadelphia honors Baba Chuck with the presentation a special Philadelphia citation as part of Friday’s performance. Griot and master of ceremony, Baba Chuck’s DanceAfrica brings…………

DAP! brings the excitement of expertly performed dance and promotes the preservation of African dance and culture. It provides opportunities for lifelong learning and fortifies our communities with a sense of pride. As Baba Chuck likes to say – spreading “Peace, Love, and Respect for Everybody!”

For our first DanceAfrica Philadelphia (DAP!), Our African Legacy: Treasured Reflections, the festival will speak to the value of the heritage of peoples of African descent and the importance of African dance and drumming to African American/American culture. The theme will be enlivened through the free pre-performance community lecture/discussion entitled “African Dance in America: Reclaiming, Embodying, and Dialoguing with Traditions”, the Philadelphia Folklore Project exhibition on our local African dance history “Honoring Ancestors of Rhythm, Movement and Place”, and the works of the four dance companies being presented. DAP! will present four outstanding African American dance companies whose works range from traditional to contemporary dance. The four companies are: Kùlú Mèlé African Dance and Drum Ensemble (Phila.), Illstyle and Peace Productions (Phila.), Kariamu and Co.: Traditions (Phila), and special guest Farafina Kan (DC). Additionally, DAP! includes the “Afro Beauty, Health and Wellness Marketplace”. Plus, First Person Arts presents in partnership with DAP!, the Office of City Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell of the 3rd District, Drexel University Department of Africana Studies, “Conversation and Song: Walking the Laureate Road”, which will take place at Drexel Main Auditorium, November 6, 7:30pm-9pm.
Featuring the city’s poet laureate, with Rita Dove and jazz artists vocalist Ruth Naomi Floyd.