Tuesday, December 30, 2014

January 4, 2015 12:00 Noon to 1:00 PM Three Kings Day at Reading Terminal Market ¡Dia de Los Tres Reyes en Reading Terminal Market!

Join Raíces Culturales Latinoamericanas Inc. for a Three Kings Day Celebration with parranda music at Reading Terminal Market on January 4th, 2015 from 12:00-1:00pm. Reading Terminal Market is located on 51 North 12th Street. This event is free and open to the public.

Únete con Raíces Culturales Latinoamericanas Inc. para una celebración de Dia de Los Tres Reyes con musica de parranda el 4 de enero 2015 a partir de las 12:00pm hasta la 1:00pm. Reading Terminal Market está localizado en 51 Norte Calle 2. Este evento es gratis y abierto al público.

Monday, December 29, 2014

January 3, 2015 10:00 PM to 1:00 AM Grupo Masacote at Nacional 56 at Rosa Blanca

Join Grupo Masacote at Rosa Blanca for listening and dancing, and while you're there, have a delicious dinner and drinks. There's no cover charge or minimum purchase.
Rosa Blanca
707 Chestnut St.
Philadelphia, PA

Sunday, December 28, 2014

January 2, 2015 10:00 PM to 1:00 AM Elvis Bonilla at Nacional 56 at Rosa Blanca

Come to Rosa Blanca for fine Cuban cuisine, cocktails and dancing to Elvis Bonilla and his band.
Rosa Blanca
707 Chestnut St.
Philadelphia Pa
No cover

January 2, 2015 6:00-9:00 PM First Friday at The Barnes Foundation with M'Balia Singley and Luke Carlos O'Reilly and Friends

Join us for a toast to the new year and a celebration of Dr. Barnes's birthday with the music of M'Balia Singley and Luke Carlos O’Reilly and Friends, a roots-gospel-country band. Meet fashion designer Wale Oyejide, whose menswear line, Ikiré Jones, marries African aesthetics with Neapolitan tailoring. And hear a short talk by Barnes docent Molly Walker on the benefits of mindfulness and how Dr. Barnes advocated for it in his experiment in education. Don’t miss a moment this First Friday! In partnership with Onehunted.

6–9 pm trunk show
6–7 pm live music
6:15 pm toast
7 pm mindfulness talk
7:30–8:30 pm live music

Cocktails and light fare available for purchase.
Featured dish: Pot au feu. Classic French stew with brisket, garlic sausage, carrots, savoy cabbage, and potatoes in an all spice scented broth.

January 2, 2015
6–9 pm
2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
$25; members free
Collection and exhibition admission included.

Book general admission or member tickets online or call 215.278.7200.

Thursday, December 25, 2014

December 31, 2014 9:00 PM to 1:00 AM New Year's Eve with Stooges Brass Band at City Tap House Philly

Tickets $75.
This New Year's Eve, we are taking NO BULL$H!% to a whole new level!! $75 ticket includes a FOUR HOUR open bar and guarantees entrance for New Orleans's best known brass ensembles, Stooges Brass Band!! Group rates are available!! Visit www.citytaphouseucity.com to purchase your tickets!!! Contact Jessica at jmcgarvey@publichouseusa.com for your group rate!!
City Tap House University City
3925 Walnut St
Philadelphia, Pa

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

December 31, 2014 10:00 PM to 1:00 AM De Tierra Caliente New Year's Eve Party at Nacional 56 at Rosa Blanca

New Year's Eve with De Tierra Caliente
De Tierra Caliente: A Latin party band whose music fills the air with bright colors and gets everybody up and dancing. Catchy melodies and unaffected lyrics fuse with Latin, Caribbean and Brazilian rhythms to inspire an irresistible North/South American party.

Band starts at 10pm.

Rosa Blanca
707 Chestnut St.
Philadelphia PA

December 31, 2014 10:30 PM New Year's Eve with PhillyBloco at World Cafe Live PHL

Tickets $25-$35. plus fees
New Year’s Eve with Philly Bloco
New Year's Eve with PhillyBloco
Philly Bloco’s 20+ members return with their raucous mash-up of Samba, Funk and Reggae for a very special New Year’s Eve dance party at World Café Live!
Earth Shaking Rhythms. Boundless Energy. Serious Fun.
PhillyBloco…Get ready to Dance!
World Cafe Live
3025 Walnut St
Philadelphia PA

December 31, 2014 8:00-10:00 PM Urban Shaman Live Performance and Open Mic Session at Black and Nobel

Urban Shamans Ushering in the New Year, Performing a live set, featuring special guest artist, Amaris Selah and rocking open Jam Session Open Mic.

Black and Nobel
1409 W Erie Ave, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19140

Monday, December 22, 2014

December 27, 2014 10:00 PM - 1:00 AM Giovana Robinson and the Giovana Latin Band at Rosa Blanca

We are excited to announce the opening of Nacional 56, an underground lounge mixing Latin music, tantalizing cocktails and Cuban light bites in the downstairs lounge at Rosa Blanca.

The Rosa Blanca venue is working hard to offer live latin flavored music. They are committed to presenting from this venue every weekend and need our community support for it to last. Stay tuned for more dates and please support live music!!
Giovana left her native country of Panama twelve years ago in pursuit of the opportunity to live an artistic and creative life as a musician. Her music is a reflection of that journey, built upon her Panamanian roots, and blended with influences of Jazz, Afro-Peruvian, Latin Pop, and world music styles that have inspired her while living and performing in the US.
Giovana sings from a natural place fueled by emotion. She has an ability to connect with her audience making her a fresh voice to listen for in the New Latin Art music arena.

Band starts at 10pm.

Food and Drink specials available all night!

Rosa Blanca
707 Chestnut St.
Philadelphia, Pa

Sunday, December 21, 2014

December 26, 2014 10:00 PM to 1:00 AM The Josh Robinson Latin Jazz Trio at Rosa Blanca

The Josh Robinson Lati Jazz Trio consists of:
Josh Robinson - percussion
Luke O'Reilly - keyboard
Steve Beskrone - bass

Come out and enjoy live Latin music from the most talented area musicians, along with delicious Cuban food and drinks!

Rosa Blanca
707 Chestnut St.
Philadelphia PA
No cover

December 26, 2014 5;00-8:45 PM Barbara Montgomery and Band at Art After Five at The Philadelphia Museum of Art

Barbara Montgomery sings a program of holiday songs, many that she recorded with master jazz pianist Tom Lawton, with a reflection on giving, sharing, and for being there when our loved ones need us. Her soulful interpretations will leave you with humble tidings that enhance the holiday spirit.

Philadelphia Museum of Art
2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia, PA 19130

Free after museum admission (members free; adults $20.)

Friday, December 19, 2014

December 21, 2014 2:00-5:00 PM Parranda Navideña at Raices Culturales Latinoamericanas

Join Raíces Culturales Latinoamericanas Inc. for a Parranda Navideña in the Crane Old School White Space on December 21st, 2014 from 2:00-5:00pm. The Crane Old School White Space is located at 1417 N. 2nd Street. This event is free and open to the public. Street parking available.

Únete con Raíces Culturales Latinoamericanas Inc. para nuestra Parranda Navideña en el White Space de Crane Old School el 21 de diciembre 2014 a partir de las 2:00pm hasta las 5:00pm. El White Space esta localizado en 1417 Norte Calle 2. Este evento es gratis y abierto al público. Estacionamiento en la calle esta disponible

December 21, 2014 7:00 PM Big Band Gospel Christmas Concert at Calvary Church

Big Push with Expanded Church Choirs

*16 piece big band “Big Push” led by Greg Scott

*St. Luke, Calvary United Methodist, Greater Exodus Baptist Church choirs

*Christmas blues by Joe Becton

*Free will offering benefits West Africa food relief

*Suggested donation: $10

Monday, December 15, 2014

December 21, 2014 8:00 PM Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis at the Kimmel Center

In a special holiday program, the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis performs instrumental arrangements from Swing-era greats Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Benny Goodman, and Tommy Dorsey—joined by the sensational young vocalist Cécile McLorin Salvant.
"If anyone can extend the lineage of the Big Three—Billie Holiday, Sarah Vaughan, and Ella Fitzgerald—it is this 23-year-old virtuoso..." —The New York Times on Cécile McLorin Salvant
Tickets $35-$85.
The kimmel Center
Verizon Hall
300 S. Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19102.

December 20, 2014 10:00 PM to 1:00 AM Magdaliz and Her Latin Ensemble Crisol at Rosa Blanca

Magdaliz and Her Latin Ensemble Crisol at Rosa Blanca
Saturday, December 20th, 2014
9:30pm - 1:00am
Magdaliz and Her Latin Ensemble Crisol
Son, Cumbia, Merengue, Bolero, and much more

Nacional 56 ( Rosa Blanca - Philadelphia )
707 Chestnut St,
Philadelphia, PA 19106

Band starts at 10:00pm.
Specialty cocktail & food menu available.
We'll see you there!

December 20, 2014 8:30 PM to 2:00 AM Atrium's Annual Christmas Latin Night with Cintron Band

Atrium Dance Studio
4721 North Crescent Blvd
Pennsauken, NJ 08110
$15 cover

Saturday, December 13, 2014

December 19, 2014 8:30 PM to 2:30 AM Holiday Salsa Party at La Luna Dance Studio in Bristol, PA

We can't think of a better way to celebrate the holidays at La Luna than dancing in our brand new building.

We cordially invite you to celebrate the Season at our first party in the new building.

Friday, December 19th, 2014
Holiday Salsa Party
at the new location: 4010 New Falls Rd, Bristol, PA 19007

8:30 pm-Doors open for complimentary Holiday Buffet carefully crafted by our in-house Executive Chef, Sam Conti
9:00 pm-Salsa lesson with Sonya
10:00 pm-Dancing to DJ Miguel Lebron (Salsa/Bachata)
10:00 pm-Dancing in Kizomba room with DJ Jose Bigboybachata
12:00 midnight-Performance by K'Viva Ladies, Loretta and Bill and Jose & Loretta's newest Pro Salsa routine ON1 and Holiday raffles
2:30 am-Good night

$10 Members, $15 Non-Members

A few notes about this party:

--There will be 2 dance rooms: regular Salsa/Bachata and a totally separate Kizomba room where Kizomba will be played from 10 pm-2 am ALL NIGHT LONG with DJ Jose Bigboybachata

--We now have Full Liquor License, therefore you can purchase all your alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages at one of our bars. We will have drink specials that night.
WE ARE NO LONGER A BYOB FACILITY. For insurance purposes, it is absolutely prohibited for anyone to bring in any drinks, including hard liquor, wine, beer, water, juices, mixes, ice, etc into the building. We promise to keep our prices reasonable, so you have an enjoyable evening and don't break your bank. At this point, the bar only accept cash, so please plan accordingly. We are working on getting credit card terminals at the bar soon.

--We now have a huge parking lot for roughly 300 cars, so parking should no longer be an issue. Since it is such a huge lot, be prepared to walk a little bit to get to the building. IF the lot is full, you can park across the street at Giant.

--We will now also have a coat check where we will take care of your coat and it's FREE! (tips are appreciated :)

--Our dinner buffet will be a special menu by Falls Manor Catering & Special Events Executive Chef. Enjoy a delicious dinner on us (but once it's gone, it's gone, so be here early if you want to catch it, first come first serve)

We are now taking table reservations for groups of 8, 10 or 12, please comment in the event or call us at 215 638-0418.

We can't wait to welcome everyone at the new La Luna!

December 19, 2014 10:00 PM to 1:00 AM Mambo Machine at Nacional 56 at Rosa Blanca

Mambo Machine at Nacional 56 at Rosa Blanca
Philadelphia's newest live Latin music venue also happens to be a Cuban restaurant/diner with delicious food and drinks! Come listen and dance to Papo Buda's Mambo Machine and have a wonderful dinner or appetizer with your music. Really, there is no downside to this; only good times happen here!
Nacional 56 at Rosa Blanca
707 Chestnut St.
Philadelphia, PA
No cover charge

Friday, December 12, 2014

December 18, 2014 10:00 PM to 2:00 AM Luke Carlos O'Reilly at Time Restaurant

In 2011, Luke independently released his debut solo album, ‘Living In The Now’. The album featured several of his own compositions, as well as a few arrangements on some popular standards. Playing with Luke on the album are several of Philadelphia and Brazils finest musicians. The album has nearly sold out.

At the end of 2013, Luke released his second independent album, ’3 Suites’. This album contains three very distinct elements: Songs composed by Luke’s trio, creative arrangements of some unusual covers featuring a vocalist, and. a cluster of compositions written by recently deceased jazz pianist George Duke, Cedar Walton and Mulgrew Miller.. At this time, Luke can be found traveling up and down the east coast playing with other artists as well as playing with his own groups. He plans to continue writing, performing and recording, and hopes to be able to further his work as an educator.

Time Restaurant
1315 Sansom St.
Philadelphia, PA
No cover

December 17, 2014 9:00 PM to 1:00 AM Ensemble Novo at Time Restaurant

Ensemble Novo appears monthly at Time Restaurant and Whiskey Bar. Expect to hear selections from the Baden Powell and Edu Lobo songbooks, with audience members providing the dancing. There is no cover charge!
Time Restaurant
1315 Sansom St.
Philadelphia, PA

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

December 15, 2014 7:00 PM A Homecoming Drum Clinic with Brian Frasier Moore at University of the Arts

Philly Drum Project HOSTS:

BRIAN FRASIER MOORE (Justin Timberlake, Madonna) DRUM CLINIC AND ALL-STAR JAM SESSION featuring Adam Blackstone (Justin Timberlake band leader), James Poyser (The Roots), and more!

Proceeds from this event will help PDP continue to present other high-quality, FREE, educational and community events in the city!

On Monday December 15, 2014 (7pm), Brian Frasier Moore returns to Philadelphia for his first hometown clinic in almost a decade! Don't miss this rare opportunity to see a Philadelphia drumming legend present an educational workshop and Q&A at The University of the Arts - Caplan Recital Hall. He will also be inviting along some of his musician friends for an all-star jam session!

Thanks to Evans, Sabian, Steve Weiss Music, and Modern Drummer for supporting this event, and to Vater for providing swag.

To purchase tickets to the Brian Frasier Moore clinic visit: www.brownpapertickets.com/event/866600

Walk up tickets will be provided the day of the event if their is space available!

To find out more about other free Philly Drum Project events and ways to get involved, check out our facebook page or website:


In the market for a new kit?
Brian Frasier Moore will be playing a beautiful Pearl Masters MCX 6-piece kit (22, 10, 12, 14, 16) on Monday, which will be for sale after the clinic! The drums are 6ply all maple with a high-gloss lacquer finish. The whole kit, including a curved rack, 4 boom stands, 2 tom stands, and 2 sets of floor tom legs (regular sale price around $3,000) will be on sale for just $1,500. Come out on Saturday and take home a piece of history for a great deal! Here's the kit:

December 14, 2014 8:00 PM Raul Midon at World Cafe Live PHL HAS BEEN POSTPONED; WILL BE RESCHEDULED

Sunday, December 14, 2014
Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm
World Cafe Live Philadelphia - Upstairs
Singer-songwriter and guitarist Raul Midón has earned renown as one of music's most distinctive and searching voices. He is "a one-man band who turns a guitar into an orchestra and his voice into a chorus," according to The New York Times. Midón has collaborated with such heroes as Herbie Hancock and Stevie Wonder, along with contributing to recordings by Jason Mraz, Queen Latifah and Snoop Dogg and the soundtrack to Spike Lee's She Hate Me. The New Mexico native, blind since birth, has released seven albums since 1999, including the hit studio productions State of Mind (Manhattan/EMI, 2005), A World Within a World (Manhattan/EMI, 2007) and Synthesis (Decca/Universal, 2009). Midón's most recent release is the captivating CD/DVD Invisible Chains – Live from NYC. Attuned listeners can hear the inspirations of Donny Hathaway and Richie Havens in his work, as well as Sting and Paul Simon. But Midón's questing musicality makes him, as the Huffington Post put it, "a free man beyond category."

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

December 14, 2014 4:30 to 9:30 PM Philly Sunday Salsa Social at Art in Motion Dance Academy

Every 2nd & 4th Sunday, Art In Motion, Living In Rhythm & Philly Salsa Entertainment bring you an exciting weekend evening of great Latin Music & Dance!

The Sunday Social features a free social dance lesson from 4:30pm - 5:30pm, followed by the BEST in Salsa, Bachata, Kizomba and so much more! And ALL AGES are welcome!

So come get you dance on in the beautiful AIM Dance Academy and still have time to rest up before going to work Monday morning!

RSVP Today! And we'll see you on the dance!

Art In Motion Dance Academy

Living In Rhythm

Philly Salsa Entertainment

Monday, December 8, 2014

December 13, 2014 10:00 PM to 1:00 AM Pagode Project at Nacional 56 at Rosa Blanca

Come listen and dance to Brazilian samba, bringing some tropical heat to the cold, windy weather we've been having. Rosa Blanca is fast becoming the premier place to see and hear local Latin musicians, and the food and drink are delicious, too. The Pagode Project is made up of some of the members of Alo Brasil, and provides the same feel-good vibes as the larger group. On top of everything else, there's no cover charge, so you can't lose!
The Pagode Project at
Nacional 56 at Rosa Blanca

707 Chestnut St.
Philadelphia, PA

December 13, 2014 4:00 PM Frosty 2 Holiday Jazz Concert at Irvine Auditorium

Frosty 2: A Cool Holiday Jazz Celebration
....featuring some of Philadelphia's finest Jazz musicians.

Co-produced and hosted by J. Michael Harrison of WRTI

Musical Director: Diane Monroe

Vocal Director: Rhenda Fearrington

SATURDAY | December 13, 2014 | 4:00 p.m. [Doors open at 3:45pm]

IRVINE AUDITORIUM 3401 Spruce Street, Philadelphia, PA

Join us from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. in Café ‘58 for refreshments and holiday shopping.

$10 Adults | $5 Children, Seniors and Students w/ID in Advance - More at the door!

Group Rates Available.

Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?
Email us at info@philajazzproject.org or call 267-259-3802

December 13, 2014 2:00 PM Instituto Puertorriqueño de Música / Puerto Rican Institute of Music Student Recital for Fall 2014

December 13, 2014 8:00 PM Jazz Doctors Multi-Culti Holiday Jazz Party at Roller's Restaurant at Flying Fish

8:00 PM
Roller's Restaurant at Flying Fish
8142 Germantown Ave.
Philadelphia Pa
Homage to dreidels, latkes, merry gentlemen, peace on Earth

God Rest Ye Merry Cuchifritos? Klezmer en clave? Chanukah cha-cha?
Don’t miss an irresistible musical mash-up guaranteed to put a smile on the face of Scrooge, Diogenes, or any other cynic!



with special guest
JEANNIE BROOKS – vocalist extraordinaire

and very special guest
PABLO BATISTA – percussion master

Seafood specials, regular menu and 3-course dinner specials available for $23.95.
Limited seating, reservations suggested. 215-247-0707 www.rollersrestaurants.com
$10 music charge and $15 per person food/drink minimum.

December 12 and 13, 2014 8:00 PM Flash - Featuring Rennie Harris + Michael Sakamoto at The Painted Bride Art Center

In Flash butoh meets hip-hop, they try out each other’s language, and discover their commonalities, personally and culturally. – Fabrik Magazine

A dance theater duet written, choreographed, and performed by Rennie Harris and Michael Sakamoto, Flash combines their dual approaches to manifesting a body in crisis. The work is conceived as a “conversation” between the artists’ respective aesthetics (butoh and hip-hop), cultural backgrounds (Japanese-American and African-American), and personalities. Hip-hop and butoh were born from marginalized, postwar urban subcultures, and each embodies a philosophical approach to the creation of cultural identity through dance. Flash is an interdisciplinary performance, project combining butoh and hip-hop dance, multimedia, and other theatrical elements to address the intersection of urban and environmental crisis, social resistance, and corporeal identity.

The Painted Bride Art Center
230 Vine St.
Philadelphia, Pa
Ticket Prices
$25 in advance/$30 day of show
Members: $17.50/$21
This show is eligible for Student Rush.

Sunday, December 7, 2014

December 12, 2014 10:00 PM to 1:00 AM Jose Y Sus Amigos at Nacional 56 at Rosa Blanca

Jose Y Sus Amigos is a Latin music trio which performs regularly at restaurants, bars, cultural and corporate events, and all types of private celebrations. The trio’s extensive repertoire expands across most Latin genres including merengue, salsa, bachata, cumbia, bolero, cha-cha-cha, and others. The trio’s repertoire also includes tunes with English lyrics, but always with a Latin flavor. Some of the more popular tunes in the trio’s repertoire include: Oye Como Va, Sway, Piel Canela, La Dueña del Swin, Tu Eres Ajena, No Le Pegue a La Negra, Quimbara, and Guantanamera.

Jose Y Sus Amigos at Nacional 56 at Rosa Blanca
Rosa Blanca
707 Chestnut St.
Philadelphia, PA

Top quality food and drink at Rosa Blanca!

December 12, 2014 9:00 PM to 3:00 AM Jimmy Jorge and The Latin Express at Latin NIght at S.A.L.E.A.

Join Jimmy Jorge and The Latin Express Dec. 12, 2014 from 9pm -3am for Latin Night at S.A.L.E.A.'s Christmas Party with Dj. Jose Rodriguez. Its going to be a great night of Salsa with some of your favorite songs including our Christmas Salsa. Bring your dancing shoes because it's going to be a fun night. Only $10 cover. Drinks specials 50/50. It all goes down at the F.O.P. located at 11630 Caroline Rd. Phila. Pa 19154. Hope to see you there.

Saturday, December 6, 2014

December 11, 2014 10:00 PM Che Che Colē w/ DJs Juanderful & lil'dave at Lucha Cartel

¡Siempre Funkē!

Every 2nd Thursday at Lucha Cartel in Old City. , DJs Juanderful (TROPICALISMO) and lil'dave (ILLVIBE COLLECTIVE) join forces to give you the international sounds you need. Dance to the sounds of afrobeat, salsa, cumbia, tropicalia, soca, samba, moombah, dancehall, and much more. No matter what, it will always be funkē!!!

Africano es el Bembe!!

$5 House Margaritas and Sangria and 1/2 off all draft beers. (10-midnight)

Che Che Colē
w/ DJs Juanderful & lil'dave
Lucha Cartel (207 Chestnut St)
Thursday Dec 11th
10pm - 2am
No Cover

Illvibe Collective

Lucha Cartel

Monday, December 1, 2014

December 9, 2014 8:00-11:00 PM The Soul Revival at Philly's Platinum Grille

Your favorite ol'skool soul, R&B, and funk from The Soul Revival!
Philly's Platinum Grille
7719 Crittenden St.
Philadelphia, Pa