Friday, January 31, 2014

February 4, 2014 6:00-10:00 PM Scribe Video Center presents "Producers' Forum: Films by Raoul Peck - Moloch Tropical and Fatal Assistance"

Scribe Video Center hosts internationally acclaimed filmmaker RAOUL PECK for screenings of two of his latest films: MOLOCH TROPICAL and the provocative documentary FATAL ASSISTANCE.

Hailed by critics as “gripping” (New York Times), “audacious” (Variety), and “brilliant” (Premiere), Peck’s MOLOCH TROPICAL is a dramatic feature film about a president of a Caribbean island nation and his final day in office. (Haiti/France 2009 107 min)

Peck’s feature documentary FATAL ASSISTANCE takes us on a 2-year journey inside the challenging, contradictory and colossal rebuilding efforts in post-earthquake Haiti. (Haiti, 2013, 99 min)

RAOUL PECK, who divides his time between France, Haiti and the United States, is the director of the features HAITIAN CORNER, MAN BY THE SHORE, LUMUMBA, SOMETIME IN APRIL and the documentaries LUMUMBA: DEATH OF A PROPHET, PROFIT, NOTHING BUT, and FATAL ASSISTANCE. He is also the chairman of Le Fémis, the national film school of France.

International House Philadelphia
3701 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Thursday, January 30, 2014

February 10 2014 (rescheduled from February 3) 7:00-9:00 PM Philly Drum Project Monthly Meeting: Beats, Brews, and Banter with Patrick Berkery

Are you a drummer, drum educator, gear-head, or wannabe? Philly Drum Project’s monthly event, Beats, Brews, & Banter, will continue on Monday, February 10th at RBar at the corner of 23rd and Walnut in Philadelphia. The event will run from 7-9pm and feature drummer and writer Patrick Berkery (The War on Drugs) discussing his influences, diverse playing experiences, and tips on how to balance session work with other life priorities. Beats, Brews, & Banter takes place every first Monday with a featured drummer each month.

Patrick Berkery is a Philadelphia-based freelance rock drummer who has toured and recorded with a wide range of artists including the War on Drugs, the Pernice
Brothers, Wesley Stace (aka John Wesley Harding), Danielson, the Bigger Lovers, Mazarin, the Photon Band, I Was a King, New Radiant Storm King and more. He's played everywhere from Tallahassee to Tokyo, gigging at scuzzy rock clubs, hallowed venues like New York's Carnegie Hall and internationally renowned music festivals like All Tomorrow's Parties, Austin City Limits, Australia's traveling Harvest Fest and Spain's Benicassim festival. As house drummer for Stace's Cabinet of Wonders variety shows in New York, Berkery has backed up artists like actor/comedian/musician Fred Armisen, author Rick Moody and musicians such as Graham Parker, Dan Zanes and Rhett Miller. He is also a founding member of the Lindsey Buckingham Appreciation Society, a collective of musicians that has performed the Fleetwood Mac albums 'Tusk' and 'Mirage' in their entirety at shows in Boston, New York and Philadelphia since 2010 to rave reviews.

In addition to his drumming work, Berkery has been a longtime contributor to Modern Drummer, writing cover stories on Max Weinberg and Mick Fleetwood, along with numerous features on his drumming heroes like Stan Lynch, Hal Blaine, James Gadson, Martin Chambers, Alex Van Halen, Jay Bellerose and more.

Philly Drum Project is a percussive collective dedicated to sharing gear, lessons, beats and gigs, while emphasizing creativity, education, and community. For more information, visit or follow on twitter @PhillyDrum

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

February 1, 2014 8:00 PM Bob Marley Birthday Party with Tekeytha Fullwood in Metuchen, NJ

You are cordially invited to celebrate the 69th birthday of Robert Nesta Marley and the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Wailers at Metuchen's Old Franklin Schoolhouse, a venue as historic as the man himself.

Vocalist Tekeytha Fullwood returns to the schoolhouse to lead a singalong of some of Bob's classic hits and obscurities, fronting a hot band made up of members of Barabbas Free and local drumming legend Dan Cotton.

Old Franklin Schoolhouse
491 Middlesex Avenue, Metuchen, New Jersey 08840

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

January 31, 2014 8:00 PM Ladysmith Black Mambazo at The Annenberg Theater

Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, 3680 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
Tickets $20. to $70.
The undisputed kings of South African a cappella, Ladysmith Black Mambazo celebrates over 50 years of joyous and uplifting music that marries their native South African musical traditions to the sounds of Christian gospel music. With the power to lift spirits and spark passion, this Grammy®-winning ensemble leaves its audience “in awe of the power and variety of the human voice” (Yorkshire Post).

Monday, January 27, 2014

January 31, 2014 5:30-8:00 PM " A Contemporary Madonna Counterpoint: Mexico and Puerto Rico" at Taller Puertorriqueño

Taller Puertorriqueño Cultural Center
2721 N 5th St., Philadelphia, PA 19133
• Musical performance by Daniel de Jesús at 7:30PM The exhibition brings together two artists who use sacred female images from Latin America in their work. Tlisza Jaurique blends topography, sculpture, painting, and dimension in a conceptual challenge to perceptions and understanding. Her work reflects, both literally and figuratively, the changes and continuations in ancestral and contemporary culture through the use of glitter and mirrors. The evolving icon of the Madonna inspires musician and artist, Daniel de Jesús. Fusing Puerto Rican colonial art influences with decorative painting and haute couture, his reinterpretations of the Madonna image represent the beginning of an ongoing journey.
Exhibition runs January 31 through April 12, 2014
Opening Reception: Friday, January 31, 2014 --- 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Artist talk 6:30PM Musical performance by Daniel de Jesús at 7:30PM. For more info, go to

Sunday, January 26, 2014

January 31, 2014 8:00 PM "Brazilian Girls" with El Malito and The 33rd Century//Night Panther at Underground Arts

Their music incorporates bits of reggae, electronica, jazz, bossa nova, and you name it, and despite their name, no one in the band is Brazilian. The sexy/quirky/mysterious Brazilian Girls are three men -- Didi Gutman on keyboards and computers, Jesse Murphy on bass, and Aaron Johnston on drums -- and one woman, Sabina Sciubba, the vocalist who often enjoys wearing lacy eye masks on-stage and sings in no less than five different languages. Sciubba was born in Rome but grew up in Nice and Munich before settling in Brooklyn, NY. She first came to record buyers' attention when she recorded two jazz albums -- You Don't Know What Love Is with pianist Chris Anderson and Meet Me in London with guitarist Antonio Forcione -- for the English audiophile label Naim. She described her meeting with the men of Brazilian Girls as "love at first sight and it moved as fast as the Autobahn." Falling into the new, playful downtown scene that was revolving around the Nublu club helped speed the band's success. Like-minded bands like Wax Poetic and the Nublu Orchestra had made the club the hip spot in 2004 for adventurous pop fans and Brazilian Girls' free-form, bouncy kind of jamming fit right in. Soon they had the Saturday night slot at Nublu, and the East Village press had fallen in love with them. Murphy and Johnston made appearances on John Zorn's 2003 album Voices in the Wilderness and every Brazilian Girl contributed to Wax Poetic's sophomore release, the Nublu Sessions, the same year. The Verve Company became interested in the band around this time, thinking they were perfect for the more pop and progressive imprint Verve Forecast. In 2004, the label released the Lazy Lover EP, which included the title track -- a chillout room favorite -- in its original form and in a remix by the quirky house producer Herbert. The group's self-titled, full-length debut hit the streets in early 2005. Plenty of touring followed and the band grabbed some new fans from the jam band world when they performed at the Disco Biscuits' annual Camp Bisco festival. In 2006, they returned with their sophomore release, Talk to La Bomb. New York City, which was co-produced by Hector Castillo and featured appearances by Baaba Maal and Kenny Wollesen & the Himalayas, arrived two years later. ~ David Jeffries, All Music Guide
Underground Arts
1200 Callowhill St.
Philadelphia PA
Tickets $20.

Saturday, January 25, 2014

January 30, 2014 9:00 PM Frankie Negron at Isla Verde Cafe with DJ Bad Boy, DJ Redz, and DJ Alejo

January 30, 2014 7:00-10:00 PM Fiesta Tropical Salsa Dance Party at 7165 Lounge

Back at
7165 Lounge
Latin Nights;
"Fiesta Tropical"
Featuring ;
From Puerto Rico:
Papo Gely - guitars & vocals
From Venezuela -Andres Cisneros - congas
From Argentina - Christian Nogueras - bongoes
Salsa , Bachata, Mambo , ,Guaracha, Merengue and more
+ salsa lessons
By RayBoy (we really like this instructor and fully endorse his smooth style )
Thursday 01/30/14
7:00-10:00 pm
7165 Lounge
Is located at :
7165 Germantown ave

Thursday, January 23, 2014

January 25, 2014 3:00 PM Latin Fiesta with Anthony Colon at Abington Presbyterian Church *CANCELED DUE TO BAD WEATHER*

JANUARY 25TH: THIS SHOW HAS BEEN CANCELED DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHERExciting news! This Saturday, January 25th, 2014, Latin Fiesta is performing at the Abington Presbyterian Church as part of the Music at Abington Concert Series! The show is family-friendly and free! It starts at 3pm.

Even more excitingly, renowned salsa singer Anthony Colon will be joining Latin Fiesta for the performance! Check out his gorgeous music here.

For additional information, please visit the Abington Presbyterian Church Music at Abington Concert Series page here or the Latin Fiesta website.

Hope to see you there!

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

January 24, 2014 7:00-9:00 PM Tertulia: "El Gran Varón: The Latino LGBTQ Community, 26 Years Later" at Raices Culturales Latinoamericanas

Join Raíces Culturales Latinoamericanas and GALAEI as we present the first Tertulia of 2014, “El Gran Varón: The Latino LGBTQ Community, 26 Years Later”.

Recorded in 1988, ‘El Gran Varón’ by Willie Colón was the first song performed by an established artist that alluded so specifically to the HIV epidemic impacting individuals across the U.S. While the theme for the Tertulia is inspired by this salsa classic, we will be dedicating the majority of the night to contemporary creative works that continue this much needed conversation in our present day. Such contemporary creative works include a discussion of the mixed media project; “The Gran Varones” by Louie Ortiz-Fonseca that seeks to explore the intersections of Gay and Latino identity in Philadelphia while also shining light on what being ‘OUT’ and ‘PROUD’ means to us and our families. We will also be featuring a showcase of creative writing and spoken word by GALAEI youth and invite members of the community to join in on the conversation.

Admission: 10$, 5$ for Students
Follow and use our hashtag: #ElGranVaronPhilly

Únete con Raíces Culturales Latinoamericanas y GALAEI cuando presentamos la primera Tertulia de 2014, "El Gran Varón: la comunidad LGBTQ Latina, 26 años después".

La canción 'El Gran Varón' del compositor e innovador Willie Colón, abrió la puerta para una conversación necesaria en la comunidad Latina sobre la epidemia del VIH y la homofobia. En la Tertulia de enero en Raíces nos enfocaremos en cómo la conversación continúa en nuestra época utilizando obras contemporáneas creativas. La Tertulia incluirá un discussion del proyecto mixto "Los Gran Varones" por Louie Ortiz-Fonseca que explorará las intersecciones de la identidad Gay y Latino en Filadelfia. También se ofrecerá una muestra de escritura creativa y recitados por la juventud de GALEI. Se invita a todos los miembros de la comunidad a unirse a la Conversación de la Tertulia de enero.
Raices Culturales Latinoamericanas
1417 N. 2nd St.
Philadelphia PA
Admisión: 10$, 5$ para estudiantes
Siga y use nuestro hashtag: #ElGranVaronPhilly

Sunday, January 19, 2014

January 24, 2014 6:00-9:00 PM Opening of "Magic Ladders" with performances by The Pagode Project, Luigi Mazzocchi and Rich Medina

Another groundbreaking exhibit is about to land in Philly. On January 24, The Barnes Foundation will open Magic Ladders, featuring work by international art sensation Yinka Shonibare. A British artist of Nigerian descent, Shonibare's colorful and thought-provoking work has been shown all across the US and Europe, and explores European art and history through the lens of race, colonialization, slavery and commerce.

The exhibit includes approximately 15 of Shonibare's colorful and and imaginative creations, including paintings, photographs, a full-room installation, and his signature life-sized mannequins dressed in the colorful Dutch wax fabrics produced in Europe but most closely associated with Africa. The collection will also include a newly commissioned piece entitled Magic Ladders.

Through Shonibare's eye-catching work, The Barnes continues to explore the life and legacy of its founder, Dr. Albert Barnes—specifically his interest in collecting and displaying work made by African artists. By placing these works alongside paintings by Pablo Picasso and other well-known art masters, The Barnes became one of the first institutions to present African art work as fine art, and acknowledge its influence on the global art scene.

Magic Ladders opens on January 24, with a night of live music and performance
featuring DJ Rich Medina, Luigi Mazzocchi & The Pagode Project, and of course, special guest Shonibare. Just be sure sure to make your reservation in advance, because you definitely will want to be in the building when The Barnes opens this exhibit, and takes art on The Parkway to the next level.

6–7:30 p.m. Luigi Mazzocchi & The Pagode Project
7:30–9 p.m. Rich Medina

Where: The Barnes Foundation, 2025 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy

Cost: $25 Open Night | $20 Members | $35 Artist Talk

Saturday, January 18, 2014

January 23, 2014 "Fiesta Tropical" Salsa Dance Party Returns to 7165 Lounge

Latin Nights;
"Fiesta Tropical"
Featuring ;
From Puerto Rico:
Papo Gely - guitars & vocals
From Venezuela -Andres Cisneros - congas
From Argentina - Christian Nogueras - bongoes
Salsa , Bachata, Mambo , Cha-cha,, Merengue and more
+ salsa lessons
Great dance floor !!!!
Full bar !!!!!
Lesson starts at 7:00.
7:00-10:00 pm
7165 Lounge
Is located at :
7165 Germantown ave

Friday, January 17, 2014


If you have artists whose work you admire and respect, please support them. Buy their music, concert tickets, theater tickets, or paintings because if you don't they won't be creating art tomorrow. Of course, everyone does not have the same disposable income, but do what you can within your budget.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

January 19, 2014 7:30 PM International Guitar Night at Crossroads Music

International Guitar Night
Pino Forastiere (Italy),
Mike Dawes (England),
Quique Sinesi (Argentina) and
Brian Gore (California)

"One of the most important showcases for contemporary guitar" - San Francisco Chronicle
This is an outstanding show for lovers of classical guitar!
International Guitar Night, North America’s premier mobile guitar festival, has featured the best performing guitar composers from around the world since 1995. Each tour, IGN founder Brian Gore invites a new cast of guitar luminaries to join him for special evenings of solos, duets and quartets that highlight the virtuosity and diversity within the world of acoustic guitar. Since the beginning, audiences have cherished the friendly informal ambiance of the performances. Participants have relished the chance IGN affords to express reverence for one another, and to collaborate rather than compete with one another.

This year's tour includes the classically-trained Italian experimentalist Pino Forastiere, Quique Sinesi, whose original compositions are rooted in the tango and folkloric music of his native Argentina, the brilliant young British fingerstyle guitarist Mike Dawes, and the program's organizer, California "guitar poet" Brian Gore.
Crossroads Music
801 South 48th Street stone church at 48th St. and Baltimore Ave.)
Philadelphia, PA 19143
Tickets: $10.- $30.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

January 17, 2014 8:00 PM Oliver Mtukudzi with Hennesey Bonfire at The Ardmore Music Hall

The Ardmore Music Hall
23 East Lancaster Avenue
Ardmore, Pa 19003
Tickets $15. - $35.

Oliver Mtukudzi and The Black Spirits
All his life when he recorded his debut single in 1975 to this day - 61 albums on - Oliver Mtukudzi has written and performed some of the most heart rending music against hatred and violence. He has composed music appealing for restraint, for tolerance…music about self-discipline and peace amongst the people of the world. His music has continued to touch people in many different ways, guiding and stirring past generations in the same manner the compositions will impact on the future. In this abridgement of Oliver Mtukudzi: The music…the man…the story, SHEPHERD MUTAMBA attempts an insight into the work and philosophy of one of music’s own legends.

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), Wesley rast (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.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

January 11, 2014 8:00 PM Rebirth Brass Band featuring New Sound Brass Band at Underground Arts

Rebirth Brass Band at Underground Arts
1200 Callowhill St.
Philadelphia PA
Tickets: $18. plus $4.47 fee

New Sound Brass Band

January 11, 2014 8:00 PM Noura Mint Seymali at The Painted Bride Art Center

Upcoming Event on Sat January 11th |8pm

Noura Mint Seymali
Sat January 11th |8pm
$20 in advance, $25 day of show | Members $15/$18.75
The Painted Bride Art Center
230 Vine St.
Philadelphia PA

In her Philadelphia debut, Noura Mint Seymali delivers traditional melodies within contemporary African pop song in the language of griot. Accompanied by a band of classical instruments like the teubeul (drum) and ardine (harp) juxtaposed with electric guitar, Noura’s music links modalities from opposite sides of the Sahara, reflecting Mauritania’s deep cultural texture.

Monday, January 6, 2014

January 11, 2014 7:00- 9:30 PM Underground at Ron's #54 with The Ritmistas (Brazilian Percussion)


January 11, 2014


The Rhythm Poets

Alex Shaw Francois Zayas Josh Robinson
Dynamic percussionists Josh Robinson, Alex Shaw and Francois Zayas introduce audiences to the language of drums and demonstrate the power of communication beyond words while celebrating the traditions of Latin and Brazilian percussion. The audience takes a journey through the origins, history and classic rhythms of samba, salsa and more and learns how percussion relates to their everyday world. Under the expert guidance of the artists, the audience participates and connects to the music through the mesmerizing rhythms of Latin music.

Alex Shaw is a percussionist, vocalist, composer, and arts educator specializing in Brazilian music traditions. He holds a B.A. from Swarthmore College (2000) and is a member of Philadelphia's award-winning Spoken Hand Percussion Orchestra and Director of the renowned Brazilian ensemble, Alô Brasil. A freelance arts educator since 2001, Alex regularly teaches and performs throughout the tri-state region and joined the music faculty at the University of the Arts in 2010. He currently serves as board member for, as well as a lead facilitator for their music education programming.

Francois Zayas was born in Cienfuegos, Cuba. In 1998 he graduated from Instituto Superior de Artes (ISA) in Havana. As a drummer, percussionist, composer, and arranger he has played, collaborated on, and recorded for hip hop, jazz, classical, pop, rock and folkloric Cuban music projects. Touring internationally with bands such as Habana Sax and Carlos Maza group, he played drum set and percussion, while also employing his classical percussion training in his work with Leo Brower and for ten years with the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de Cuba. He was also a professor of classical percussion for a number of years at ISA. In 2006 he moved to the United States where he currently resides and continues performing in musical contexts ranging from classical ballet to folkloric Cuban Rumba to contemporary jazz.

Josh Robinson is a native of Woodstock NY who has been working as a Percussionist and teaching artist for the past 14 years. He is currently a member of "Alo Brasil", a popular Philadelphia based Brazilian band, “Spoken Hand percussion orchestra”, a group that fuses Cuban, Brazilian, African, and Indian drumming traditions. He was selected to the Philadelphia Music Project’s Latin orchestra led by famed bandleader Johnny Pacheco and freelances as “hired hands” for a variety of projects seeking percussion. He works with Children in distress through the Moyer Foundation (Camp Erin & Camp Mariposa) where he uses drumming as a tool for self expression and emotional release. He is a teaching artist with numerous arts organizations (2013 Young Audiences NJ & Eastern PA performing artist of the year) including the NJ & PA state council on the Arts, where he facilitates residencies, workshops, and professional development programs for people of all ages.

Also Featuring creative interludes from:

M.C. Ross Goldberg and Percussionist/Ron Kravitz

1012 E Southampton Ave

Wyndmoor, Pa 19038 (Glenside with a GPS)

Concert Time ... 8:00 P.M. - 9:30 P.M.

Community Drum Circle & Potluck

7:00 P.M. - 7:50 P.M.

Donation of $20.00 welcomed at the door!

Reserve now at:

215 233 0777 or

24 hr. notice is appreciated for cancellation.

January 10, 2014 8:00 PM Salsa Caliente / Three Kings Edition with Anthony Colon Y Su Orquesta at The Painted Bride

The Painted Bride Art Center
230 Vine St.
Philadelphia PA
Friday, January 10th (rescheduled from January 3rd)
Lessons: 8pm | Party: 9:15
Salsa Caliente! Three Kings Edition
Salsa lessons from Flaco’s Dance Factory
Live music from Anthony Colon and his Orquestra
$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
I'm with Jesse on this one. While I appreciate the skill of a good DJ, nothing quite matches the live music experience, when the artists and the audience exchange positive energy! Every live performance is unique, and you will leave feeling glad you were there.
Salsa Caliente! celebrates Three Kings Day and Puerto Rican Christmas with Philly’s hottest Latin singer and performer, Anthony Colon. Get your Salsa Dura on with dance lessons by Flaco at 8 p.m. Salsa Caliente! is Philly’s exclusive salsa nightlife series offering an environment for all walks of life to immerse themselves in authentic Latin music culture.

January 10, 2014 9:00 PM Tropicalismo Mundial Three Kings Day + Taxi Diamond Kutz at Underground Arts

Rescheduled for January 10, due to inclement weather on Jan. 3:

••• Because of the weather conditions TROPICALISMO has been rescheduled for next •••Friday 1/10/2014••• Hope you can still make it •••

Start 2014 on the good foot or both good feet dancing with TROPICALISMO MUNDIAL for a Three King's Day celebration and a reunion of the West Philly get down Taxi Diamond Kutz.

Miss the boogie down vibes of ◊Taxi•Diamond•Kutz◊ on 1st and 3rd Saturdays at Dahlak Paradise in West Philly?

Well one year after our first Three Kings Day (TKD) jam, TKD@TDK is back, this time in the cozy confines of The Black Box at Underground Arts, c/o Tropicalismo First Fridaze, make it your resolution to see&hear in the New Year.

All through last fall/winter we had the privilege of being part of one of West Philly's secret get down parties. In one of the funkiest Ethio-Eritrean-lounges ( Dahlak Paradise) in the city the three of us set out to mix all the colors of people and sounds with much good feel success.

Featuring the original ◊Taxi•Diamond•Kutz◊ line up, your three DJ kings for the evening:

>>> Brotha Onaci (Edward Onaci), Dr. king (no, not that one), the turntable liberationist, Sonic Diaspora -

>>>Juanderful Juan, el rey de cumpleaños,

>>>Gregzinho (Greg Scruggs), rei momo do Carnaval

FREE b4 10pm
Soopa specials from 9-10 as well
The Black Box at Underground Arts
1200 Callowhill St.
Philadelphia PA

Sunday, January 5, 2014

January 10, 2014 5:00-8:45 PM Venissa Santi at Art After Five

Venissa Santi
Philadelphia-based, Cuban American vocalist Venissa Santi presents an exciting blend of American and Cuban standards, folkloric songs, and original compositions with global influences that range from Billie Holiday and Betty Carter to Celia Cruz.
Philadelphia Museum of Art
The Great Stair Hall
Free after museum admission (adults $20.) Members free

Saturday, January 4, 2014

January 8, 2014 8:00 PM Dirty Dozen Brass Band at World Cafe Live PHL

Dirty Dozen Brass BandTo describe how the Dirty Dozen Brass Band has arrived at its 35th Anniversary, trumpet player Gregory Davis employs a tried-and true New Orleans-centric analogy: “It ends up being like a pot of gumbo – you drop in a little okra, drop in a little shrimp, you drop in some crabs. Before you know it, you’ve mixed in all these different ingredients and you’ve got a beautiful soup. That was our approach to music early on and it still is today.”

Baritone sax player Roger Lewis — who, like Davis, has been with the combo since its inception in 1977 — echoes that sentiment: “It’s a big old musical gumbo, and that probably made the difference, separating us from other brass bands out of New Orleans. It put a different twist on the music. We were not trying to change anything, we were just playing the music we wanted to play and not stay in one particular bag.”

An appetite for musicological adventure, a commitment to honor tradition while not being constrained by it, and a healthy sense of humor have brought the world-traveling Dirty Dozen Brass Band to this remarkable juncture in an already storied career. To celebrate its 35th, the band is releasing Twenty Dozen, the septet’s first studio release in six years.

Nicholas DavidAlternative Soul music from the heart- for the heart. Nicholas David Mrozinski is a vibrant, dynamic, and multi-talented singer/songwriter/pianist from Saint Paul, MN. For more than a decade, Nicholas has been making music that has been connecting with people, all around the world, on a deeply human level. Nicholas was most recently a finalist, and a fan favorite, as a member of team CeeLo on NBC's Season 3 of The Voice.

Nicholas' music is fully integrated, incorporating many schools of music and thought. His powerful voice, enriching lyrics, and liquid piano playing truly set him apart and are the reason Skope Magazine calls him "an authentic artist of this millennium." His one-of-a-kind sound is passionate, captivating, intelligent, diverse, genuine, fresh, and he truly 'feels' it. It's no wonder why his thriving Twin Cities music scene affectionately refers to him as "the feelin".

With 5 studio albums, national radio play, amazing reviews, many great charity & collaborative efforts under his belt (all prior to his amazing run on The Voice) Nicholas has just released a new 4-song EP on iTunes featuring his single "Say Goodbye." He plans to release a studio album in early 2014, followed by a national tour.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Doors: 6:30 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

World Cafe Live Philadelphia

3025 WaLnut St.
Philadelphia, Pa
$18.00 - $30.00 + fees

Thursday, January 2, 2014

January 6, 2013 7:00-10:00 PM Philly Drum Project Meeting with Open Presentations by Members

This monthly meeting of Philly Drum Project will feature 10-minute presentations by the members. You may join free of charge at their website:
The meeting will be at the usual place, the back room of the RBar at 2222 Walnut St., Philadelphia Pa. All drummers, hand percussionists, and lovers of percussion are invited to attend. Chuck Treece will be hosting the January meeting.

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

January 3, 2014 5:00-8:45 PM South African Dance Party with Bakithi Kumalo at Art After Five

South African Dance Party
Bakithi Kumalo, who recently moved to Bethlehem from Long Island, is one of the world's premiere fretless bass players. With his electric, fretless bass, Bakithi Kumalo creates a sound teeming with double stops that evoke human voices and the grooves of his South African homeland. He has worked with artists such as Gloria Estefan, Herbie Hancock, Laurie Anderson, Chaka Khan, Harry Belafonte, Mickey Hart and Planet Drum, Cyndi Lauper, Joan Baez, Grover Washington Jr., Bob James, Randy Brecker, Samite and, most famously, Paul Simon.
Philadelphia Museum of Art
The Great Stair Hall
Free after museum admission ($20. adult)Members free