Sunday, June 29, 2014

July 5, 2014 9:00 PM Ursula Rucker with Jim Hamilton - Tim Motzer Duo at Mermaid Inn

The dynamic duo of Jim Hamilton and Tim Motzer join forces with friend and celebrated poet Ursula Rucker for wonderous sounds and captivating words in an intimate setting, The Mermaid Inn.

"Declare your artistic Independence ! On July 5th We will be celebrating a different kind of revolution. I will be doing a gig at the Mermaid Inn 7673 Germantown Ave. Its not just any gig though. This one feat: guitarist Tim Motzer along w/ special guest Ursula Rucker. We're better together. Come on out. 9 p.m. free at the door, contribute if you can."
Jim Hamilton.

Not to be missed!

2 sets.

Saturday July 5th 9pm
The Mermaid Inn, Chestnut Hill
7673 Germantown Ave.

Saturday, June 28, 2014

July 4, 2014 12;00-7:00 PM WaWa's Welcome America July 4th Party on The Parkway

Of course, there are all kinds of free music performances on the parkway on fourth of July, but world music lovers will pay particular attention to the lineup on the Global Music Stage
El Caribefunk will perform at 3:30 pm on the Global Music Stage
Rennie Harris' RHAW will also be on the Global stage with the best street dance styles including hip hop WaWa Welcome America Festival 2014

July 4, 2014 3;00 PM COLOMBIA vs. BRASIL - Rumba de Cuartos de Final •• WC game & dance fiesta at Sancho Pistola's

Sancho Pistola's
19 W Girard Ave, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19123

No todos los dias tenemos la oportunidad de ver a Colombia contra Brasil en los cuartos de final de una copa mundial asi que hay que celebrar a lo grande! Con sonido en español!

Medio tiempo y despues del juego hay rumba!
Acompañanos con la gran musica de Juanderful Juan (TROPICALISMO MUNDIAL) y la excelente comida bebida y ambiente de Sancho Pistola's.

Ademas es 4 de Julio y el area se presta para los que quieran ver los Fuegos Artificales y demas actividades en la ciudad esa noche.

Gratis! Para todas las Edades!
Puertas abren a las 3pm
Philly Alternativo

Not every day we get the chance to see Colombia vs. Brasil at a world cup quarter final game, and that's why we have to celebrate big time! The game will be with sound on in spanish!

During half-time and after the game there's fiesta!
Come join us with the amazing music of Juanderful and the excellent food, drinks and ambiance of Sancho Pistolas.

On top of that it's 4th of July and the area is perfect for those who wish to see fireworks and other activities that night in the city.

No Cover! All welcome!
Doors at 3pm

No Cover! All Ages!

Friday, June 27, 2014

July 1, 2014 8:00 PM Brazilian Singer Rodrigo Amarante and Jenny O at World Cafe Live PHL

Brazilian singer/songwriter Rodrigo Amarante has released his first solo recording, Cavalo, after previously being a member of Little Joy, Los Hermanos, and Orquestra Imperial.One of the masterminds behind Brazilian band Los Hermanos and founding member of the samba supergroup Orquestra Imperial, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Rodrigo Amarante is an inescapable musical figure in his native South American home.

Breaking out of the Brazilian market in 2008, alongside friends Fabrizio Moretti and Binki Shapiro, Amarante formed the group Little Joy and the trio released their self titled debut album which gained critical acclaim in the US and worldwide.

Living in the US since then and recording and performing with such artists as Devendra Banhart, Gilberto Gil, Adam Green and Tom Zé, Amarante is now ready to release his stunning first solo album "Cavalo", which will be available worldwide on May 6th.
World Cafe Live
3025 Walnut St.
Philadelphia Pa
Tickets $15. plus fees

July 1, 2014 8:30-10:00 PM Gilset Mora's Afro-Cuban Dance Classes every Tuesday at The Art Parlor

Thursday, June 26, 2014

June 30, 2014 7:00-9:00 PM Brasilian Day Fundraiser at Chima Steakhouse

Brazilian Day Philadelphia Fundraiser
Monday, June 30, 2014 from 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Chima Brazilian Steakhouse
1901 J.F.K. Blvd
Philadelphia Pa
Join us for an evening of cocktails, tasty Brazilian food, and live music at Chima Steakhouse.
The event will feature a children's Capoeira show, raffles, and a silent auction to benefit Project Capoeira, a 501 (c) 3 not-for-profit cultural organization devoted to the preservation and teaching of the Brazilian art of Capoeira.
All proceeds will go towards the planning and execution of “Brazilian Day Philadelphia”, a free community festival presented by Project Capoeira, DRWC and PECO at Penn’s Landing on Sunday, September 21, 2014. The mission of Brazilian Day Philadelphia is to celebrate the wonderful culture and traditions of Brazil and to share with the public the diverse ethnic heritage that makes Brazil unique and rich in cultural pride.
Tickets: $25 in advance or $35 at the door, $8/child
Ticket includes: Hors d’oeuvres, all-you-can-eat meat, networking (bring business cards) and fun!
Guests must present printed tickets for admittance to the event.
Here's the website for Brazilian Day 2014

Monday, June 23, 2014

June 28, 2014 6:00 PM 40th Street Summer Series Kicks Off with Spoken Hand Percussion Orchestra and Music Over Matter

40th Street Summer Series
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.

Music Over Matter is made up of a group of dedicated women from many walks of life, who feel and express the profound rhythm which beats within us all. M.O.M. takes special pleasure in embracing the participation of all the children of the universe. Under the expert tutelage of Founder and percussionist, Jan Jeffries, the group shares their hearts and souls with each other, while exploring the universal love of tradition buried deep in their essence by the wisdom of countless ancient ones.
Where: Rear of The Free Library Of Philadelphia / Walnut Street West
201 S. 40th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
FREE admission: bring blankets and chairs

June 28, 2014 10:00 PM Edgardo Cintron and The Cintron Band at Isla Verde Cafe

Isla Verde Cafe
2725 N. American St.
Philadelphia Pa

June 27, 2014 9:00 PM Conjunto Philadelphia at World Cafe Live PHL

Conjunto Philadelphia is a musical ensemble based in the Philadelphia area performing the music of Pre-Revolutionary Cuba. The group's main aspiration is to maintain the authenticity of the music while performing it in a way that pays homage to Cuba's deep and treasured musical history. Genres include Son, Cha-cha-chá, Bolero, and Danzón.
Conjunto Philadelphia
World Cafe Live
3025 Walnut St.
Philadelphia Pa
Tickets $12. plus fees

June 27, 2014 5:00-8:45 PM Art Splash Family Dance Party at the Philadelphia Museum of Art's "Art After Five"

Art Splash Family Dance Party
Friday, June 27, 2014
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
Free after museum admission ($20. adults, $14. youth 13-18, museum members free)
Bakithi Kumalo is a Grammy Award–winning bassist, composer, and vocalist who came to the attention of the American public following the release of Paul Simon's Graceland album in 1986. Keep the Beat! is his project for families, a multilingual world music concert featuring folk songs from around the globe. Bring the entire family for a dance party, and keep the beat!

Saturday, June 21, 2014


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 Cafe Live
3025 Walnut St.
Philadelphia PA
tickets $30. plus fees

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

June 21, 2014 8:00 PM to 2:00 AM Summer Solstice Celebration at The Kimmel Center

Kimmel Center Presents
sponsored by TD Bank
Solstice in the City
In association with R5 Productions

Verizon Hall
Saturday, June 21 buy tickets!
8pm - 2am
Tickets $30.

Solstice in the City is here—kick off your summer at the Kimmel Center with a night of drinks, music, and spectacle! Solstice in the City is HERE! Kick off your summer at the Kimmel Center with a night of drinks, music, and spectacle! Philly hometown favorite DJ MR BEST will transform Commonwealth Plaza into a late-night dance party beneath the soaring glass roof. Kick back with Foosball, Skeeball, Ping Pong, and Hammocks at the Solstice Lounge. Head into Verizon Hall for performances by garage punk superwomen Drew Citron and Frankie Rose—aka Beverly, acclaimed experimental wunderkind San Fermin, and headliner Real Estate, described by Pitchfork as "a rock band several lengths ahead of the fuzzy beach bums with which they pine." An ideal blend of breezy relaxation and suburban melancholy evocative of Yo La Tengo and the Feelies, these indie rock veterans promise to deliver a sublime evening.

Visit our intimate Jazz Lounge to hear world-premiere work by our Jazz Residency Artists, workshopped throughout our season. The night ends with some percussive insanity courtesy of French provocateurs La Compagnie du Transe Express, who wowed hundreds of thousands of onlookers during the PIFA Street Fair in 2011.


Jazz @ Solstice in the City in SEI Innovation Studio
After months of development, our Jazz Residency artists will present a night of jazz in SEI Innovation Studio as part of Solstice in the City. Audiences will have a chance to witness the result of hard work, thinking outside the box, and collaborative creativity in an intimate setting. Be the first to experience world premiere work by our 2014 artists in residence including:

8pm - Bobby Zankel (Alto Saxophone), Raphael Xavier (Choreography), and Francois Zayas (Percussion)

10pm - Josh Lawrence (Trumpet) and the Fresh Cut Orchestra with Jason Fraticelli (Composer and bass), Anwar Marshall (Composer and drums), and Tim Conley (Composer, Guitar, Laptop)

11:30pm - Pablo Batista (Percussion) and the Mambo Syndicate, and Dennis Guevara (Pianist & Music Arranger)


Cocktails and small bites by Chef Jose Garces will be available for purchase.

$30 admission grants you access to all venues—all night long. What better way to welcome the summer?
Half Price $15. tickets at Philly Funsavers
Kimmel Center Members! Check in at the Members' Table located in Commonwealth Plaza and pick up a voucher good for one free drink!


Monday, June 16, 2014

June 21, 2014 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM Community Education Center Fundraiser

The Community Education Center/the CEC and Meeting House presents HOT FUN IN THE SUMMERTIME a solstice celebration of creativity to benefit the CEC. The twenty-five plus professionals who make up the CEC artists family are joining forces to bring audiences and students of the arts, a day of sample classes and mini performances as a fundraiser for the Center. The event takes place the first day of summer, Saturday, June 21, 2014, 9am-6pm at the CEC. For a donation of only $20, the adventurous can dive into some really cool classes taught by some of the city’s hottest artists.
The is jam packed with classes and performance! I addition, there will be raffles and water ice. For those who purchase their ticket online they will be able to select which of the two performance sets, 1pm or 5pm they would like to attend, and purchasing your ticket online entitle you to a free water ice.
Sign up for as many classes as you like on the day of, starting one hour before the class. There is no advance sign up for classes, only for the performances, and only online.
3500 Lancaster Ave.
Philadelphia PA

June 21, 2014 2:00 PM Puerto Rican Institute of Music Spring 2014 Student Recital

June 21, 2014 2nd Annual Make Music Philly: All Day, All Over, All Free!

On Saturday, June 21, Philadelphia will join more than 500 other cities worldwide that celebrate music on the first day of summer, the longest day of the year. Make Music Philly event is Philly's, only free, "do it yourself" festival, featuring organized concerts and informal performances by professionals and amateurs of all genres and ages.
Starting at 10:00 AM to 11;00 AM XPN Presents MMP Percussion Party with Philly Drum Project at Love Park (1599 JFK Blvd). This is audience participatory; bring a snare or hand percussion instrument and play along.
All kinds of music in venues all over the Philadelphia area will be playing, and it's all free. See the website schedule for a full list of performers, venues, and genres.

June 21, 2014 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM Magdaliz and Her Latin Ensemble Crisol at the Ephrata Whistle Stop Open Air Street Fair

Magdaliz and Her Latin Ensemble Crisol
performing for the
Ephrata Whistle Stop Open Air Street Fair
16 East Main Street
Ephrata, PA 17522
Main Stage, Ephrata, PA 17522
Saturday, June 21st, 2014
10:30am - 12:00pm

Sunday, June 15, 2014

June 20 and June 21, 2014 7:30 PM and 10:00 PM Bernard Purdie and Friends at The Philadelphia Clef Club

Philadelphia Clef Club of Jazz
738 S. Broad St.
Philadelphia Pa 19146
(215) 893-9912

Mr. Purdie will also be giving a master class on June 20 at 11:00 AM at the Clef Club.

June 20, 2014 8:00 PM Minas Presents "La Giara; The Water Jug" at World Cafe Live PHL

Patricia King's La Giara merges Italian Folk music and Opera with Brazilian Choro and Jazz, telling the story of her family's emigration from Sicily to Philadelphia. Comprised of compositions, both dramatic and comedic, La Giara expresses themes relevant to gender oppression, migration and culture losses that families experienced in adapting to a new world.

Featuring: Patricia King, Orlando Haddad, Jim Stager, and guest artists Joe Soprani, accordion; Charlotte Blake Alston, narrator; and a cast of singers directed by John Nicholas Peters


First in a series of events celebrating Minas' 30th anniversary in Philadelphia

June 20, 2014 9:00 PM - 12:00 Midnight Latin Dance Party with Somewhere South and De Tierra Caliente at Bryn Athyn Civic and Social Club

This Friday! Brahm and Bron's Latin Party bands hit Bryn Athyn this Friday! No Cover, just fun and dancing.

Brahm's band, Somewhere South is a captivating mix of funk, rock, ska and latin music. Bronson's band, De Tierra Caliente, mixes American roots with Afro-Latino rhythms to inspire an undeniably fun North/South American dance party (full bio below).

Somewhere South plays at 9:30, De Tierra Caliente hits at 10:30. Come join the fun!


After four years touring Argentina, Brazil and Colombia as bassist in several Latin bands, Bronson Tennis returned to Philadelphia to form his own band. De Tierra Caliente: a fusion of Brazilian, Caribbean and American rhythms with catchy melodies and unaffected lyrics. While traveling and learning the languages of Caribbean and Brazilian musicians, Bronson began to mix his American roots with Afro-Latino rhythms to inspire an undeniably fun North/South American dance party.

De Tierra Caliente bridges Philadelphia's boricua (Puerto Rican) and gringo communities, as Bronson is joined by Puerto Rican percussionist and Philly Salsa icon, Edwin "Papo Buda" Rosado, who for decades has performed with local groups such as the Latin Playboys and Saboricua and has appeared with the world-renowned Gran Combo de Puerto Rico. Papo and his red-headed gringo apprentice Tim Leslie are an unlikely duo of bearded percussionists, laying down powerful Latin grooves that make it impossible to stay in your seat.

De Tierra Caliente delivers the sabor, spice and alegría of warm-weather Latin American countries to audiences in the northeastern US, where formidable winters and nose-to-the-grindstone work ethic sometimes overshadow simple pleasures like sharing a meal with friends or going out dancing. At a De Tierra Caliente show, you can't help but heat up as intoxicating songs in Spanish, English and Portuguese sing out the bright colors and familial warmth of a South American kitchen.

Bryn Athyn Civic and Social Club
2668 Alden Rd
Bryn Athyn, Pennsylvania 19009 ·

Friday, June 13, 2014

June 18, 2014 5:00-8:00 PM Penn Museum Summer Nights presents "El Caribefunk" from Cartagena, Colombia with Ryan Tennis

Wednesday, June 18, 5:00 - 8:00 pm
P.M. @ Penn Museum Summer Nights Concert Series
El Caribefunk
This band from Colombia kicks off the 2014 Summer Nights Concert Series with a powerful rhythm and energy all their own. Their fun, upbeat style brings together funk, salsa, and elements of Caribbean music, including calypso, zouk, and Haitian compas, and has audiences on their feet and dancing from the first note.

Opening Artist: Ryan Tennis.

The Summer Nights Concert Series presents weekly outdoor concerts in the Penn Museum's verdant outdoor courtyard space, Wednesday evenings from June 18 through September 3. Admission to each concert is just $10 and includes general Museum admission.

The Summer Nights Concert Series is presented by Dogfish Head Brewery.
Penn Museum
3260 South St.
Philadelphia Pa
Admission: $10. includes museum admission

Thursday, June 12, 2014

June 15, 2014 7:30 PM Irene Diaz with Daniel De Jesus at Tin Angel

Tin Angel at Serrano
20 S. Second St.
Philadelphia, PA, US 19106
Venue info and map
Tickets $12.

Irene Diaz

Daniel De Jesus

June 22, 2014 12:30-2:00 PM Unidos da Filadelfia Announces New Beginner Classes on Sundays

The Sunday Brazilian percussion class will now become a beginner's class. If you've never played drums or percussion before, or want to try a new instrument, this is the class for you. Many drums are provided by Mike Stevens, the director, so you don't have to invest in your own drum right away. Classes are held at:
MaMa (Moving Arts Mt. Airy)
6819 Greene St. (at Carpenter)
Philadelphia Pa
$15. per class (cash only)
12:30-2:00 PM every Sunday
Advanced class 6:30-8:00 PM Thursday nights
for more info, e-mail Mike Stevens at

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

June 14, 2014 12:00 Noon to 1:00 PM Liberian Women's Chorus for Change Performs at Bluebell Triangle Park

he Liberian Women’s Chorus for Change, an initiative of the Philadelphia Folklore Project, features renowned singers performing songs that shine a light on issues of concern to their community, especially violence against women. Come listen and sing and dance along!
Liberian Women’s Chorus for Change

(bring a lawn chair or blanket; concert rain date: June 28th)

Princess Fatu Gayflor, Marie Nyenabo, Tokay Tomah and Zaye Tété

In Concert

Saturday, June 14th
12:00 noon – 1:00 pm

Bluebell Triangle Park (outdoors, across from Red Light Market)
Cobbs Creek Parkway and Woodland Avenue, Philadelphia

For further information, contact the Philadelphia Folklore Project: 215.726.1106;;

June 14, 2014 9:00 PM Combo Melaza at Salsa on the Square

Este Sabado COMBO MELAZA estara en Salsa on the square bar en Lehigh y Martha st Phila Pa..con salsa dura y el dj en fuego....
Dont miss out this saturday night...Combo melaza will be at Salsa on the Square located at Lehigh and Martha st... with hot salsa and the dj spinning fiyaa....9pm until...
2126 E Lehigh Ave.
Philadelphia Pa

June 14, 2014 8:30 PM - 2:00 AM Father's Day Salsa Dance Party with Cafe Con Pan Band at Atrium Dance Studio in Pennsauken, NJ

June 14, 2014 8:00 PM A Tribute to Nelson Mandela: Sharon Katz and The Peace Train with Special Guest Monnette Sudler at World Cafe Live PHL


Saturday, June 14, 2014
Doors: 7:00pm / Show: 8:00pm
World Cafe Live Philadelphia - Upstairs


Monday, June 9, 2014

June 13, 2014 9:00 PM From Cartagena, Colombia: Funk-Cho and El CaribeFunk with De Tierra Caliente at Isla Verde Cafe

All the way from Cartagena, Colombia, we bring you El Caribefunk to Isla Verde! Imagine if you mixed Juan Luis Guerra, Joe Arroyo, Carlos Vives and Michael Jackson - that's El Caribefunk.

De Tierra Caliente will play its spicy mix of Salsa, Merengue, Samba and other rhythms. Come early for great Puerto Rican food and $2 Corona Lites. We've also invited some lovely South American ladies that are gonna help lead the dance party ;)

Con todo el sabor del Caribe venganse a gozar una noche super linda.
$7 Cultural Contribution
2725 N. American Street

June 13, 2014 8:00 PM El Gran Combo de Puerto Rico at The Kimmel Center

For the first time ever, El Gran Combo performs live at the Kimmel Center! Known by adoring fans worldwide as 'the Rolling Stones of salsa,' this legendary 14-member salsa orchestra has sold more than 100 million albums. They've performed together for more than 50 years, and show no signs of slowing down. Don't miss your chance to see El Gran Combo—one of the most celebrated bands in Latin music history—performing their greatest hits in the heart of Philadelphia!
Tickets $45 to $75

June 13, 2014 9:00 PM PhillyBloco Dance Party at The Ardmore Music Hall

Friday Jun 13, 2014
Doors: 8:00 PM
Show: 9:00 PM
21 and over
The Ardmore Music Hall
23 E. Lancaster Ave.
Philadelphia Pa
$15 Advance / $20 Day of Show

June 13, 2014 7:00 PM AMLA Youth Latin Jazz Ensemble Recital at Hunting Park Ave.

The AMLA Youth Latin Jazz Ensemble will hold their recital on Friday, June 13, 2014, at 7:00 PM at 191 W. Hunting Park Ave., Philadelphia, PA

Friday, June 6, 2014

July 11, 2014 8:00 PM The Original Wailers with Ruder Than You at World Cafe LIve PHL

The Original Wailers
The Original Wailers
Carrying the torch passed on by Bob Marley himself, original guitarist Al Anderson and original keyboardist and background singer Tyrone Downie have united along with a group of handpicked musicians to honor the history and integrity of Bob's music with The Original Wailers.

Al Anderson (guitar) first joined Bob Marley & The Wailers in 1973, going on to play with Bob until his untimely death in 1981. Al was an integral part of the Bob Marley & The Wailers sound, forever imprinting his guitar solos and production skills on the catalog that has sold more than 75 million records and touched so many around the world.

Tyrone Downie first joined Bob in the mid 70's as a keyboardist, background singer and producer. Tyrone's footprint on the music is unmistakable, and his attention to detail as a producer was also a big part of the Bob Marley & The Wailers sound and success. After Bob's death, Tyrone has stamped his passport in stints with Beenie Man, Black Uhuru, Buju Banton, Peter Tosh, Junior Reid, Tom Tom Club, Burning Spear and Steel Pulse to name a few.

Ruder Than You
Ruder Than You
RUDER THAN YOU was founded in 1989 by five students at Penn State University who relocated to Philadelphia in 1991. Long known as Philly's top ska band, Ruder Than You's identity has never fit too neatly into any of the generic ska categorizations. While ska and reggae stylings have always provided the common musical thread, over the past 20+ years they've been mixing in dancehall reggae, hip-hop, rocksteady, and rub-a-dub, even adding elements of funk, jazz, and punk - to create their own unique sound. The consistent factor however is the bands energy & and enthusiasm, which inevitably pulls people out onto the dance floor.

World Cafe Live
3025 Walnut Sta.
Philadelphia Pa
Tickets $25. plus fees

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

June 10, 2014 7:00-8:45 PM Free Concert at Bardascino Park with Pagode Project and El Caribefunk (RAINED OUT - TO BE RESCHEDULED)

Yo, Philly! The Pagode Project is playing tomorrow at Bardascino Park (10th and Carpenter) at 7pm, weather permitting. Free and open to the public, so bring the family and hang out with us for a couple hours. Playing some Brazilian tunes, at times mixed with Jazz & Latin flavors. We may even have some special Colombian guests El Caribefunk sitting in with us at some point in the evening... Hope to see you there! — with David Palan, Josh Robinson, Patricio Acevedo and Jeremy Dyen.

Monday, June 2, 2014

June 7, 2014 6:00-9:00 PM Philadelphia Folklore Project's 27th Birthday Bash

Join PFP for a special 27th year celebration on June 7, 2014:

* Say FAREWELL to DEBORA KODISH after 27 years!
* HONOR Folk Arts and Social Change Awardees
* SING with the Liberian Women's Chorus for Change
* DANCE with Kulu Mele African Dance and Drum Ensemble
* Enjoy great food and drink!
Expect food, fun, engaging activities, a wonderful crowd of people, and an all-around joyful evening! This year marks big changes, includes great performances (with your participation) and it honors amazing women who are inspiring models in folk arts and change. This is your chance to:

* Bid farewell to PFP founder and longtime Director, Debora Kodish, and welcome incoming Director Selina Morales. The Birthday Bash marks a changing of the guard at PFP. Kodish is stepping down after 27 years at the helm.
Honor the 2014 Folk Arts and Social Change Awards recipients: Groundbreaking percussionists Nana Korantema Ayeboafo and Elaine Watts. Both artistic and social change innovators, Nana and Elaine are dynamic and inspiring women. Each was told that "women can't play drums" and discouraged from playing their chosen instrument. Lucky for us (and for so many others) each persevered. We honor Nana and Elaine for their courage, artistry and knowledge, for the ways in which they have made African and klezmer drumming (respectively) accessible to new generations, and for the inspiration they continue to provide as women and role models,

* Sing with the Liberian Women's Chorus for Change, and dance with Kulu Mele African Dance and Drum Ensemble. The Chorus is a new PFP Folk Arts and Social Change project: an ensemble that is using Liberian song traditions to address gender violence. They'll perform (and Bash attendees will get to sing along). And Kulu Mele will close the evening out with a participatory bantaba dance (including lessons!)
Where: The Painted Bride Art Center
230 Vine St.
Philadelphia Pa
Tickets start at $30.

June 7, 2014 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM Tenth Annual Sugar Cane Festival at 5th and Berks Streets

Featured performers:
Rotimi and the Afrophonik Rhythms
Muevete Dancers
Tambores de Samba
The Village African Dance Company
Los Bomberos de La Calle
Fuego Dance Company
DJ Rahsaan

June 7, 2014 12;00 Noon to 4:00 PM Official Launch of Radio Station Ray Jess at Centro Musical