Thursday, February 27, 2014

March 4, 2014 6:00 to 10:00 PM Celebrate Carnaval with PhillyBloco at International House

On March 4th, IHP hosts PhillyBloco! This is Brazilian music at its finest...PhillyBloco’s twenty-four members feature a core of twelve Samba drummers along with vocals, guitar, bass, horns, accordion, violin, keyboard, and costumed dancers. Don’t miss this wild and colorful mash-up of samba, funk, and reggae, all set to the irresistible beat of Brazilian Carnaval!

We're also excited to announce a very special set by Worldtown, who seamlessly mix Brazilian, West African, West Indian, Middle Eastern and Balkan riddims.

In addition, there will be a selection of complimentary light bites from Chima Brazilian Steakhouse, and a cash bar with wine, beer, as well as a signature Brazilian caipirinha cocktail by Leblon Cachaça.
International House Philadelphia
3701 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Tickets $20.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

March 3, 2014 7:00-9:00 PM *POSTPONED DUE TO WEATHER THREAT* Philly Drum Project Meeting "Beats, Brews, and Banter" with guest Dan Monaghan

Beats, Brews, & Banter, our FREE monthly series, continues this Monday, March 3rd, in the Back Room at RBar, 2222 Walnut Street. The event will run from 7-9pm and feature a well-established Philadelphia jazz musician/drummer/brushmaster/snare drum connoisseur, Dan Monaghan! Dan was on the teaching staff for our DrumPhil summer program last August and is currently an adjunct instructor of jazz studies at Temple University. After studying classical percussion for eight years he went on to earn a Bachelors of Music in jazz studies from Temple. Since then he has performed with some of the top names in jazz, including Eric Alexander, Peter Bernstein, Joe Magnarelli, and Randy Brecker. In addition, he has recorded with Jimmy Bruno, Elio Villafranca, Joanna Pascale, Larry McKenna, Tom Tallitsch, Meg Clifton, and Mike Kennedy. He is also a frequent clinician at schools, colleges and festivals, and we're excited to have him present at our hang!

If you've been to a BBB event in the past, you'll know that Philly Drum Project is dedicated to helping drummers share resources. One of the resources that we share is BEATS, which partially entails gigging and collaborating opportunities, so here's one to consider. Peter English, a director over at the great musical collaboration organization Weathervane Music (and a PDP member himself!) is looking to do some collaboration of his own and is reaching out to the Philly Drum Project community. It seems like a very fun project, so if you're interested in getting involved, reply to this email and I'll put you in touch with Peter! Here's what he said:

"Sad Paul Simon tries hip-hop?
I'm looking for a group of percussionists to create a rhythmic back-bone to a new project. I have some disparate interests, and I'm exploring how they relate to each other. I love the strong rhythms of hip hop and drumline, the synth textures of electronica, the guitar rhythms/tones of disco/funk, and the song craft of classic artists like Paul Simon and Prince. On top of all this, when I sit down to write, I end up writing really sad songs. You can hear a few here. As I put together the live pieces, I'd like to start off with the rhythm section, working on grooves in a group setting. Live, we will have extended sections to groove and improvise (interest in stage-craft is a must). If anyone is interested, please get in touch with your experience, influences and/or gear."

That's all for now. Please share this facebook event for Monday's event with your drumming/music-loving friends! As always, the event is FREE.

March 2, 2014 7:00 PM Brazilian Maracatu with Nation Beat's Carnival Caravan at Crossroads Concerts

The American/Brazilian collective Nation Beat plays a 21st century mash-up inspired by Brazilian maracatu drumming, New Orleans second line rhythms, Appalachian music, funk and country-blues. It is also the vibrant force of their explosive live show, which is frequently known to burst into crowd-wide Carnival-style drumming and singing. Nation Beat’s audacious energy seamlessly bridges folkloric Brazilian maracatu with classic NOLA roots music attracting an ever-growing legion of fans from across a wide demographic. They’re the first American group to record in Brazil with the legendary Mestre Walter & Maracatu Nação Estrela Brilhante, and the first Brazilian band to perform with Willie Nelson. Borrowing, mixing and adapting musical traditions is at the very heart of Music, and it is the creative and animated pulse of Nation Beat.

March 1, 2014 11:30 PM to 3:00 AM PhillyBloco's New York Carnaval Bash with Mais Um at Drom

Monday, February 24, 2014

March 1, 2014 7:00 PM and 10:30 PM Alô Brasil's 2 Carnaval Shows at World Cafe Live PHL

Alo Brasil Carnaval 2014 - SEATED SHOW

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Doors: 5:30 pm / Show: 7:00 pm

World Cafe Live Philadelphia


Alo Brasil Carnaval 2014 - DANCE PARTY SHOW

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Doors: 10:00 pm / Show: 10:30 pm

World Cafe Live Philadelphia

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. We are very excited about this show and will feature several amazing dancers and special guest musicians, including the UCC Royal Brass Band, violinist Luigi Mazzocchi, singer/songwriter Mutlu, percussionist Jabar Smith, and others...

March 1, 2014 11:30PM PhillyBloco Carnaval Show with Mais Um at Drom/NYC

Mais Um

Sunday, February 23, 2014

February 28, 2014 7:00-10:00 PM Sharon Katz and The Peace Train at Community Arts Center in Wallingford, PA

Join Us For A
South African Excursion
February 28th, 2014
Community Arts Center
414 Plush Mill Rd, Wallingford, PA 19086

Friday Night Live Concert Series
Community Arts Center
414 Plush Mill Rd, Wallingford, PA 19086

Tickets are $10 for members and $15 for non members of CAC

Buy Tickets
If you're looking for a fun night out with your friends or significant other, one of the best places you can go is to the Community Arts Center in Wallingford, PA
Friday Night Live Concert Series on Friday February 28th.

Sharon Katz & The Peace Train will perform Afro Jazz Standards and Original compositions at this unique event "A SOUTH AFRICAN EXCURSION"

The work of Visual Artists Olga Nielsen and Will Kasso Condry will be on display and scrumptious South African treats will be offered.

What could be better?

Looking forward to seeing you!!

February 28, 2014 8:00 PM Daniel de Jesus and Rosa Diaz at Fleisher Art Memorial

– Two acts – One Night of New Unreleased Music
Doors 8PM - $10 Admission – Lite Refreshments
From AfroTaino Productions:"We are enchanted by soulful sounds of tomorrow. In fact, quite obsessed with it. There’s no greater thrill than new, fresh music coursing through your body like adrenaline. That rush is sure to be in abundance, as two bright music acts – Daniel de Jesus and Rosa Diaz – bring their genre-blurring sounds to the Fleisher Art Memorial’s Sanctuary. Both of Puerto Rican descent, and of Philadelphian-hard knock lifestyle, de Jesus & Diaz are distinct acts that continue to make audiences squirm in delight. Having garnered popularity through his unmistakeable role with the alt-Victorian act Rasputina, and Philly’s own TivaTiva, cello-wielding front man Daniel de Jesús captivates with his powerful, soaring vocals and steals the hearts of all mortals in his presence. His unique ensemble provides a transporting and soul-cleansing experience for lovers of music in any genre. Rosa Diaz's music could be classified as indie or alternative, but the truth of her style resists labels. It features elements of campfire love ballads, shoegaze pop, and folkloric latin genres. Her unique vocals ranges from soaring harmonies reminiscent of soothing church hymns to hypnotic siren wails. According to Alt.Latino/NPR Radio, her "mysterious" voice "is an instrument in itself", and her debut CD, "Whim" was chosen as one of Alt.Latino's best picks of the 2013 Latin Alternative Music Conference (LAMC). With insider comparisons to The Cocteau Twins & Aimee Mann, Rosa Diaz is poised to explode in the global folk music arena. Join us on this special night as they play selections from their unreleased albums. This is Part Two of the AfroTaino X Fleisher collaboration."

February 28, 2014 6:00-7:30 PM "Mama Jo" Short Film Screening and Reception at PhillyCam

Film Synopsis:
In this ode to community mothers, a female drummer must confront an estranged young man she raised.

Running Time: 12 minutes
Brief discussion and reception to follow.

About the Film:
The film is an ode to mothers, grandmothers, god mothers and community mothers who have attempted to raise boys in a harsh society that presents young men with challenges the women will never understand, no matter how strong they are.

Starring Malika Parker as Mama Jo and Keith Illidge as Brandon, with music by Nasir Dickerson, the short film is textured with the vibrance of African drumming, 'soul speaking' jazz and a cinema veritè quality that blurs the lines between fiction and non-fiction.

Join the cast and crew for our Philadelphia premiere and reception!

About the Writer and Director:
Jos Duncan is a storyteller, filmmaker, educator and cultural worker. With a background in documentary, "Mama Jo" debuts her work as a writer/director of fiction film. She is currently in post production with her experimental film "Interviews With Oracles" and developing her first narrative feature, "Wanaki".

Crew Credits:
Produced by: Stephanie Malson, Todd A. Agostini Sr.
2nd Camera: Tezarah Wilkins
Hair, Make Up, Costumes, Props: April Radicalsunflower Harley
Editor: James Codoyannis
Music: Nasir Dickerson

With additional support from: Anssumane Silla and Nikki Brake Sillá, Ira Bond, Florcy Morisset Vivantartcollection and The Leeway Foundation.

699 Ranstead Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19106

February 28, 2014 2:00 - 4:00 PM Pablo Batista and The Mambo Syndicate Music and Drum Demonstrations FREE at The Kimmel Center

Jazz Residency Education Workshops

FREE arts education workshops in SEI Innovation Studio
Come experience three diverse new works in jazz. The artists will take audiences on a journey into the creative process of jazz composition and performance by fusing various mediums and genres such as multi-media, dance, Afro-Cuban drumming and much more!

Pablo Batista
with the Mambo Syndicate
Fri, Feb 28 | 2pm - 4pm | SEI Innovation Studio at The Kimmel Center

Jazz percussionist Pablo Batista explores the fascinating fusion and rich culture of drumming in the sacred Yoruba tradition and Latin jazz. Drum demonstrations and music by the Mambo Syndicate are featured ingredients in this developing work.

Tickets are free, but reservations must be made in advance.

Saturday, February 22, 2014

February 27, 2014 6:00 PM Jazz at The Kimmel Residency Program with Josh Lawrence

We are thrilled to present a comprehensive, season-long Jazz Residency program that puts the spotlight on three local artists who will bring cutting-edge performances and workshops to SEI Innovation Studio. Selected by an incredible panel of Jazz experts from across the country, the artists will explore the jazz tradition with a fresh new approach that features new music, incorporates elements drawn from other musical genres including Afro-Cuban, Bata rhythms of the Yoruba, and Hip-Hop.

Admission is FREE, tickets required.

PUBLIC WORKSHOPS: Be a part of the creative process! Join our Jazz Residency artists for an interactive public workshop designed to incorporate YOUR creativity and input as each project, selected by an incredible panel of jazz experts from across the nation, continues to expand and develop from their original concepts to complete new works.

Josh Lawrence
Thu, Feb 27 | 6pm
SEI Innovation Studio

Collaborating Artists: Josh Lawrence and the Fresh Cut Orchestra with Jason Fraticelli (Composer and bass), Anwar Marshall (Composer and drums), and Tim Conley (Composer, Guitar, Laptop)

About the Project: We are composing an extended work Yin & Yang of Life (working title) for the Fresh Cut Orchestra fusing traditional acoustic and modern electronic music.

February 27, 2014 9:00 PM to 2:00 AM Hector Rosado Y Su Orquesta Hache at Lyric's Lounge


Thursday, February 20, 2014

February 24, 2014 6:00-7:00 PM New Dance Class "Rhythm and Body" for Women Only at Raices Culturales Latinoamericanas

Want to learn how to dance? Do you easily lose your sense of rhythm? Come on over!

Learn through distinct musical rhythms how to move your body, create a choreography, exercise, and have fun! Musical numbers will include belly dancing, pop, disco, rock, etc.

This class is designed to help students enjoy music through the movements your body is capable of.


Punctuality (Preferably 15 Minutes Early)
Comfy Clothes (No Jeans) Socks
Age: 9 to 70 years old are welcome
Women Only
Cost: $12 a class

Class Goal: Form a dance fusion group.

Start Date: February 24th, 2014 - 6:00-7:00 PM

Reservation Number: 267-776-1125 (10:00AM to 6:00PM)

Veronica Ponce de Leon is a dance professional in folkloric Mexican music who has been teaching for over 20 years. Recently arrived to Philadelphia, Ponce de Leon has been holding classes since 2011 in locations such as Taller Puertorriqueño, Portside Arts Center, and Concilio. The dance style of Ponde de Leon involves including all the varying musical styles that surround us today. Ponce de Leon has focused on teaching students on how to have rhythm, create choreography, and how to dance without preoccupying themselves on being 'professional'.

Please reserve your space by calling Veronica Ponde de Leon at the reservation number listed above or by calling the Raíces office at 214-425-1390.

Monday, February 17, 2014

February 22, 2014 9:00 PM PhillyBloco's Brazilian Carnaval Bash at The Ardmore Music Hall

PhillyBloco fans, join us on February 22nd as we celebrate Brazilian Carnaval 2014!

This will be an all-night dance party in the spirit of Carnaval (with a good bit of Mardi Gras thrown in). We encourage guests to wear costumes, beads, masks, feathers, whatever you want...during Carnaval, anything goes!

This show will mark our debut at The Ardmore Music Hall, and will feature a special appearance by the Unidos da Filadelfia Samba Percussion Troupe!

Here are the details:

-Date: Saturday, Feb 22nd

-Doors: 8:00pm/Show: 9:00pm

-Tickets: $15/$18 (adv/door)

-Ages: 21+

-Venue: Ardmore Music Hall*
23 East Lancaster Avenue, Ardmore, PA 19003

*AMH is a short, 20 minute ride from Suburban Station on SEPTA's Paoli/Thorndale Line. Just get off at the Ardmore station.

February 22, 2014 9:30 AM to 5:00 PM 18th Annual Arturo A. Schomberg Afro-Latino Symposium at Taller Puertorriqueño

Date:February 22, 2014
Time:9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Venue:Taller Puertorriqueño Ed. Building
Phone:(215) 423-6320
2557 North 5th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19133 United States
The annual Arturo A. Schomburg Symposium explores different aspects of the complex relationship of the African diaspora to Latin American culture. With presentations by distinguished scholars, this event offers the opportunity to deepen knowledge and understanding, foster dialogue, and educate audiences and speakers alike.

This year’s symposium, Afro-Latino Masks: Roots, Representations and Cultural Practices, explores how mask-making traditions in the Caribbean and South America have influenced, positively or negatively, perceptions of cultural pride and racial identity. To provide a comprehensive perspective, the program will include presentations by distinguished scholars, a discussion panel, plenaries and Q&A sessions. / El simposio cada año explora la compleja relación de la diáspora africana y las culturas Latinas, una oportunidad para aprender, dialogar y aumentar nuestra comprensión. Máscaras Afro-latinas: Raíces, Representaciones y Prácticas Culturales explorarará, a través de las raíces de la máscara,, los diferentes mecanismos que impactan la formación y el desarrollo del sentido de cultura e identificación racial.

February 22, 2014 10:00 PM International Night/Dance Party Jawn with Brotha Onaci, Juanderful, and DJ John Morrison

Y'all already know that the Sankofa House is an international collective showing love to all types of cultures around the world!

Come through and rock out to the international styles of Brotha Onaci (Sonic Diaspora) and his partner in music Juanderful (Tropicalismo) as they come together and bring what they like to call Taxi Diamond Kutz !!!

We also have resident Dj, the brotha that needs no introduction, John Morrison to help keep the party on smash !!!

Doors 10pm

$5 Blessing
The Sankofa House
906 S. 49th St.
Philadelphia Pa

February 20, 2014 7:30-9:00 PM Six Class Session Begins of African Drumming with Quint Lange

African Drumming Classes with Quint Lange

6 class session – Feb 20, 27, March 6, 13, 20, 27 @ $96.00

Thursday evenings - 7:30 - 9:00pm

1012 E Southampton Ave

Wyndmoor, PA 19038 (Glenside if you use a GPS)

Beginning and experienced drummers are welcome!

If you are a beginner, Quint offers a 6:30pm - 7:25pm technique session, which will cover

drum language/basic tones, hand positioning on the drum, relaxing and having fun while playing.

There is no extra fee for this 1st beginner session. Upon request it will be offered again at $10/per.

If you'll need a djembe to play during class, please include that in your reply.

Some will be available, as well as for purchase.

To sign up ... Contact ... or call 215-233-0777

Saturday, February 15, 2014

February 19, 2014 6:30 - 9:00 PM An Evening with Las Gallas and Friends at Taller Puertorriqueño

LAS GALLAS, Julia Lopez, Michelle Angela Ortiz, Magda Martinez, gather to share stories, inspire dialogue and create collaborative work together around ideas of family, traditions, religion, politics, education and gender roles.
LAS GALLAS Artist Collective
Personal Information In 2002, LAS GALLAS came together at the National Association of Latino Arts and Culture Conference. This Philadelphia based multi-disciplinary arts collective forms a dynamic force that incorporates all of their developed skills in theatre, visual arts, dance, film, poetry, spoken word and literature. They stretch the boundaries of art collaborations by developing new ways of creating through workshops and mutual interactions.

LAS GALLAS, Julia Lopez, Michelle Angela Ortiz, Magda Martinez, gather to share stories, inspire dialogue and debate around ideas of family, traditions, religion, politics, education and gender roles.

GALLA n. (proun. Ga-Ya)- The feminisation of the word gallo which means rooster in Spanish (they should never be mistaken as chickens). The name explores female gender roles and labels. The name originated by the displaced roosters that survive in another land, climate and environment. This rare breed of highly creative fierce women can lay eggs, crow at the sun and moon and excel in all fields of the arts.

Friday, February 14, 2014

February 19, 2014 12:30 to 1:30 PM Minas Free Lunchtime Concert at Holy Trinity Church

Minas Trio with Jim Stager on bass at Holy Trinity Church
at 19th St. and Walnut St. on Rittenhouse Square in Center City, Philadelphia.
Bring your lunch and enjoy it while you listen to live Brazilian music.

February 19, 2014 7:00-8:00 PM New Argentine Tango Class at Raices Culturales Latinoamericanas

NEW CLASS: Argentine Tango! It's fun! It's easy!

Let us show you how....

Gerardo and Edilia are professional dancers and instructors with over 20 years of experience. They have been teaching and performing in the Philadelphia area and believe that the most attractive aspect of tango dancing is its capacity to generate a deep connection with the music and between the dancers.

You will learn:
•how to "embrace" (hold) your partner and maintain correct posture
•the fundamental tango steps that will allow you to express your musicality
•the silent communication "code" shared between dance partners
•how to safely navigate the social dance floor

Introduction to Argentine Tango
Wednesday, February 19th, 7-8 PM

Cost: FREE

Want to learn more?

Argentine Tango for Beginners: 8-Week Series with Gerardo and Edilia

Wednesdays, 7-8:30PM

February 26th - April 16th

Cost: $96
Because each class will build upon the previous weeks' material, all 8 classes are offered as a package. The introductory class is not a prerequisite for this package.

All classes will be held at the dance studio of Raíces Culturales Latinoamericanas located at 1417 N 2nd Street.

Dance to passionate music! Have fun! Enrich your life while you improve your health!

Please reserve your space by emailing Gerardo Razumney at or calling the Raíces office at 215-425-1390.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

February 15, 2014 8:00 PM *CANCELLED DUE TO SNOW* Minas Duo Valentine's Concert at Burlap and Bean

Minas duo will perform some of their best love songs from Sergio Mendes, Getz/Gilberto, Jobim, and originals.Coffee, other beverages, and food available. BYOB.
Burlap and Bean
Roasting Coffee ~ Brewing Harmony

The Shops at Springton Pointe
204 South Newtown Street Rd
Newtown Square, PA 19073
• 484-427-4547

February 15, 2014 4:30-6:00 PM Afro-Brazilian Dance Workshop at ASCAB Philadelphia

Come in from the cold and let's get moving with an Afro-Brazilian Dance workshop with Contra Mestre Neguinho Elias Neguin Cdo! No experience is necessary just bring your good energy! and some water, you are going to sweat. :) All-levels welcome!

Investment cost; $20

To learn more about CM Neguinho, visit

Project Capoeira- Ascab Philadelphia and Mestre Doutor
1213 Race Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19107

Monday, February 10, 2014

February 14, 2014 9:00 PM to 3:00 AM *CANCELED DUE TO BAD WEATHER* Jimmy Jorge and The Latin Express at Lounge 22

Join Jimmy Jorge & The Latin Express as we celebrate Valentines Day at S.A.P.F.A.'s Valentines Day/Noche de Amor dance on Feb. 14th at Lounge 22 (located at 415 N. 5th St) from 9pm - 3am. Spinning the best Salsa, Merengue, Bachata and more is none other than my boy D.j. Anthony. Bring your honey and dance to some of the best Salsa in the area. Advance tix are $15 ....$20 at the door.

February 14, 2014 8:00 PM Pablo Batista's Mambo Syndicate at The Painted Bride Art Center

Pablo Batista’s Mambo Syndicate
Fri February 14th |8pm
$20 in advance, $25 day of show | Members $15/$18.75
Coupled or not, get out to the Bride on Valentine’s Day for a night of spicy salsa music and dancing featuring Grammy Award winner and master percussionist Pablo Batista and his large ensemble. It’s gonna be hot!
The Painted Bride Art Center
230 Vine St.
Philadelphia Pa

February 14, 2014 9:00 PM Foto Rodriguez Y La Unica at Carlos' Place

February 14, 2014
Carlos' Place
1960 N. 2nd Street
Philadelphia Pa
(215) 634-6320

February 14, 2014 8:00-11:00 PM Minas Duo at Sofitel Hotel Bar

17th & Samson Sts.

Philadelphia, PA 19103

Enjoy listening to Orlando & Patricia at the bar

No cover

February 14, 2014 2:00-3:00 PM Liberian Women's Chorus for Change at Love Park

Liberian Women's Chorus for Change
February 14: 2 PM - 3 PM
Love Park, 1500 JFK Blvd.
Please support the Liberian Women's Chorus for Change as they work with others to end violence against women. People around the world will be singing and dancing in parks and on the streets on Friday, February 14th, to celebrate a shared commitment to making this world a safe place for women and girls. Philadelphia's gathering, part of "One Billion Rising for Justice," is organized by Women's Way. The Liberian Women's Chorus for Change has the honor of bringing this huge event to a close, taking the stage about 2:45 PM. Click above to see a brief video about the Chorus, a folk arts and social change program of the Philadelphia Folklore Project. To stay up to date on other chances to see and hear these women, "like" the Chorus Facebook page.

Saturday, February 8, 2014

February 11, 2014 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:

Friday, February 7, 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

Thursday, February 6, 2014

February 10, 2014 8:00 PM Danilo Perez: Panama 500 featuring Ben Street, Adam Cruz, Roman Diaz and Alex Hargreaves at World Cafe Live PHL

Danilo Perez

Danilo Perez
In 1513, Spanish explorer Vasco Núñez de Balboa crossed the Isthmus of Panama, becoming the first European to reach the Pacific Ocean and founding the first permanent European settlement in the Americas. Those events continue to resonate five centuries later as Panama celebrates the landmark anniversary. On his new Mack Avenue release Panama 500, favorite son Danilo Pérez adds his voice to the tributes with a stunning portrait of his native land, its storied history, rich culture and fierce struggles.

Panama 500 is Pérez’ most ambitious project to date, the furthest evolution yet of what the pianist/composer calls “three-dimensional music.” His blend of influences makes him the ideal musical chronicler of his country’s history: already a land bridge between the Americas with a vibrant indigenous culture, Panama also began to absorb European culture into its own following Balboa’s arrival. Pérez similarly weaves together jazz and Pan-American folkloric traditions with influences from European classical music.
World Café Live
3025 Walnut St.
Philadelphia Pa
$30. plus fees

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

February 9, 2014 1:15 - 2:00 PM Liberian Women's Chorus for Change presents free concert in East Lansdowne, Pa

February 9: 1:15 PM - 2 PM
Faith Immanuel Lutheran Church (Fellowship Hall)
65 Penn Blvd., East Landsdowne FREE
Renowned Liberian sings perform traditional and newly coposed songs to inspire dialogue and action around gender violence. Join in discussion and song at this public concert. Click above to see a brief video about the project.

February 9, 2014 3:00-5:00 PM "Philadelphia Needs to Talk Tap" at CEC

Philadelphia Needs to Talk Tap!

Ever wondered where Honi Coles lived in Philadelphia?
Ever wonder what the Earle Theater looked like?
Ever wonder what really happened on the corner of
Broad and South?

Come join Corinne Karon for an open discussion about Tap's place in Philadelphia's history!

Share your stories, pictures and thoughts to help us imagine what Philadelphia was like in the 1920's!

Watch footage of the tap dancers who were from Philadelphia and learn why this city was so famous!

Sunday February 9, 2014

Community Education Center
3500 Lancaster Ave
$5 Suggested Donation

Contact Corinne at for more info!

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

February 8, 2014 7:30 PM The Philadelphia Jazz Project presents: Philadelphia Songbook Volume I at Temple Performing Arts Center

Philadelphia Songbook Volume 1

February 8, 2014 - 7:30 pm

The Philadelphia Jazz Project seeks the creation of a local songbook in the tradition of the Great American Songbook, which celebrates the most important and influential American popular songs of the 20th Century. The Philadelphia Songbook will include Jazz standards and popular songs penned and/or performance by local artists.

Philadelphia Songbook Volume 1 will feature performances of compositions by John Coltrane, Lee Morgan, Benny Golson, James Mtume, Hall & Oats, Norman Connors, Blue Magic and Jill Scott. Musical directors, Alfie Pollitt and Denise King are joined by a team of local performers including Barbara Walker, Ella Gahnt, Pablo Batista, Tony Jones, Pete Chavez, Webb Thomas and others as they take us on a fascinating musical journey.

Click here to RSVP for your free ticket

Performance in Lew Klein Hall
Free admission, registration required
Temple Performing Arts Center, 1837 N. Broad St., Philadelphia, PA 19122.

February 8, 2014 1:00-4:00 PM Annual Celebration of African Cultures at Penn Museum

Annual Celebration of African Cultures
Shake Your Sekere! African music, belly dancing in the Tunisian tradition, storytelling, arts, artifacts, games, crafts, and cuisine all come together for the Penn Museum's annual Celebration of African Cultures. Now in its 25th year, the festive event features an array of renowned local artists including the Universal African Dance and Drum Ensemble, storyteller Momma Sandi and the percussionists of the Women's Sekere Ensemble. Visitors can also explore art and artifacts from across the African Diaspora in Penn Museum's current special exhibition Black Bodies in Propaganda: The Art of the War Poster, the Imagine Africa gallery project, the African Gallery and the ancient Egypt Galleries. Free with Museum admission. For more information, call 215.898.2680.
Annual Celebration of African Cultures 2014 Schedule
1:00 pm Women's Sekere Ensemble
1:15 pm African Rhythms Dance Performance
1:45 pm Tunisian Belly Dance Workshop with Habiba
2:30 pm Storytelling with Momma Sandi
3:00 pm Women's Sekere Ensemble
3:15 pm Universal African Dance and Drum Ensemble Performance and Finale
University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
3260 South Street | Philadelphia, PA 19104 | (215) 898-4000

February 8, 2014 8:00 PM Minas :Tribute to Sergio Mendes and Brasil '66 at World Cafe Live DEL

How do you stay warm in this frigid weather? Keeping up your body heat may not be enough. Warm up your spirit with the Brazilian sounds of Minas, great beverages and scrumptious food at World Cafe Live at the Queen, on February 8. You and your party will fell like you're on holiday in sunny Brazil.

Orlando Haddad (guitar, vocals) , Patricia King (piano, vocals), Jim Stager (bass),

will bring to life the classic vintage sounds of
Sergio Mendes and Brasil 66.

If you're a fan of Brasil 66, you 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.

Minas' November show at WCL in Philadelphia sold out and we're so excited to bring it to the Queen. To guarantee a table, please get your tickets early. In addition to being a world class music venue, World Cafe Live also features a full bar and a creative eclectic menu.

Monday, February 3, 2014

February 7, 2014 6:00-8:30 PM Spoken Hand Percussion Orchestra at The Barnes Foundation

Spoken Hand Percussion Orchestra
A high-energy celebration of polyphonic rhythms, Spoken Hand Percussion Orchestra unifies four percussion batteries into one distinct voice: North Indian tabla, Afro Cuban bata, Brazilian samba and West African djembe. They link the past and the present, the sacred and the secular with a symphonically textured fusion of traditional and contemporary drumming and choral compositions. Spoken Hand is a two-time winner of Philadelphia City Paper’s “Best World Music/Roots Performance” and is nationally recognized for its collaboration with tabla master Zakir Hussain and hip-hop dance guru Rennie Harris in the “Flammable Contents” project, and more recently for “Skins and Songs,” their collaboration with Philip Hamilton's Voices. Click here to read the Philadelphia Inquirer's recent feature on “Skins and Songs.”
6–9 pm
2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
$25; members free
Purchase tickets online or call 215.278.7200.
After this, head over to Tropicalismo at Underground Arts (see post below)