Saturday, January 31, 2015

February 6, 2015 10:00 pm to 1:00 am Cintron Band at Nacional 56 at Rosa Blanca

Come dance to live salsa music from the Cintron Band this Friday night at Rosa Blanca! No cover, and the food and drinks are delicious!
Rosa Blanca
707 Chestnut St.
Philadelphia PA

February 6, 2015 6:00-9:00 PM First Friday at The Barnes Foundation : CARNAVAL!

Bem-vindos! We’re heating up February’s First Friday Carnaval-style, with samba dancers and capoeira performers. Feel the energy of Brazil through live performances merging dance, rhythm, and martial arts. Unwind with cocktails and after-hours access to the collection. Includes an eye-opening short talk on our African collection. In partnership with Brazilian Day Philadelphia.

6–7 pm Xande Cruz and PhillyBloco Performance
With a sound as rich and diverse as his native São Paulo, Xande Cruz adeptly blends urban and traditional rhythms in a soulful way like none other. PhillyBloco is modeled after the blocos of Rio de Janeiro, Carnaval bands with large percussion sections made up of 12 drummers. The performance explores the tremendous range of Brazilian rhythms.

7–7:30 pm African collection talk

7:30–8:30 pm Philly Bloco and capoeira performance
Capoeira was born out of the struggle for freedom. African slaves brought it to Brazil in the 16th century and cleverly disguised this powerful form of self-defense as a harmless dance. To hide their fighting spirit from their masters, the earliest capoeiristas combined playful, graceful dance and acrobatic movements with deadly kicks. While training, they avoided injuries by keeping direct physical contact to a minimum. Songs, percussion instruments, and clapping completed the ritual. For the master, capoeira was merely entertainment; for the slave, it was a fight for liberation.

Cocktails and light fare available for purchase.
Featured dish: Feijoada. Afro-Brazilian stew of black eye peas, beef, okra and kale served over orange scented rice.

February 6, 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. promotion code:PROJECTCAP for a 10% discount

February 5, 2015 7:30 PM An Evening with Branford Marsalis at The Annenberg Center

NEA Jazz Master, Grammy® award‐winning saxophonist and Tony® award nominee Branford Marsalis is one of the most revered instrumentalists today. Born into New Orleans’ most distinguished musical family, his life and career have intersected with a host of jazz giants including Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, Herbie Hancock and Sonny Rollins. Marsalis leads his quartet with the charisma and intensity of a living jazz legend
The Annenberg Center
Zellerbach Theater
3680 Walnut St.
Philadelphia Pa
Tickets $30-$75.

Friday, January 30, 2015

Brazilian Carnaval Celebrations for 2015 in Philadelphia!

There are so many opportunities this year to celebrate Brazilian Carnaval. Take your pick, but don't stay home!

Since 2004, Alô Brasil has been throwing one of the biggest annual parties in the tri-state region... CARNAVAL! And here we are again in 2015 to celebrate the amazing Brazilian Carnaval tradition with you and millions of people all around the world...

Join Alô Brasil and Special Guests in the festivities as we bring this epic party once again to World Café Live!!


7:00PM & 10:30PM SHOWS

Tickets On Sale Now!!!

Click here to buy tickets:



Or call the WCL box office at 215-222-1400.

(Note: The Trestle Inn will have dancers who have performed with Alo Brasil and PhillyBloco; those two bands are not performing at the Trestle Inn)

Thursday, January 29, 2015

February 4, 2015 8:00 PM Philadelphia Phenomena at The Rotunda

PHILADELPHIA PHENOMENA -Wed. FEB. 4TH @ The Rotunda (4014 Walnut) 8PM
Elliott Levin- reeds, words
Jamaaladeen Tacuma- bass
Calvin Weston- drums

THE PHILADELPHIA PHENOMENA is the unique high-energy, earth-rooted, astral travelling original and spontaneous harmolodic compositional sounds of these 3 musicians born and long-based in Philadelphia but extending throughout the World, if not the Universe.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

February 3, 2015 7:00-9:00 PM Philly Drum Project's "Beats, Brews, and Banter" with Byron Langham at Boot and Saddle

This month's featured guest, Byron Landham, is a top-call in the Philadelphia jazz scene, with a history that includes stints with the late great Betty Carter, George Coleman, Bobby Hutcherson, Joey DeFrencesco, Frank Wes, Pat Martino, Cyrus Chestnut, Russell Malone, Ruth Naomi Floyd, Hannibal Lokumbe and the Liberation Orchestra, and most recently a 3 year stint with six time Grammy Award winner Dave Sanborn. Byron Has recorded on at least fifty cd's to his credit as well as co-produced Joey DeFrancesco's Grammy nominated cd "Never Can Say Goodbye" tribute to the late Michael Jackson. One of Byron's current projects is The Landham Brothers, featuring multitalented reed man and brother Robert Landham. Their latest release on the Straight Street Label is entitled "The Shape of Things To Come" has received rave reviews.

Byron continues to be a strong advocate for jazz education. He's performed drum clinics at several universities and music stores in American and Canada and is currently on faculty at Temple University, Philadelphia (PA), where he serves as Professor of Jazz Drums and Studies. For the past five years he's taught drums and ensembles at the "We Love Jazz" summer music camp and jazz festival in Isola Del Cantone (Italy).

Philly Drum Project is a percussive collective dedicated to making drumming more accessible by helping drummers in the Philadelphia area share gear, lessons, and beats. Beats, Brews, & Banter is held on the first Monday of every month and has featured such drummers as Eric Slick (Dr. Dog), Spanky McCurdy (Jill Scott, Lady Gaga), and Fred Berman (Amos Lee). For more information, visit and
Boot and Saddle
1131 S. Broad St.
Philadelphia, Pa
7:00-9:00 PM
Open to the public and free of charge
Join Philly Drum Project for free!

February 2, 2015 7:30 PM Ladysmith Black Mambazo at The Kimmel Center

Monday, January 26, 2015

January 31, 2015 9:00 PM "Blast Off" featuring HR & Chuck Treece backed by I Yahn I Arkestra + Rockers Galore + Worldtown Soundsystem + Cultureal @ Underground Arts

January 31, 2015 8:30 PM to 2:00 AM Jimmy Jorge and The Latin Express at Atrium Dance Studio

Complimentary Buffet
Bachata Lesson 8:30-9:15 PM
Salsa Lesson 9:15 to 10:00 PM
Atrium Dance Studio
4721 N. Crescent Blvd (Route 130)
Pennsauken, NJ 08110

January 31, 2015 4:00-6:00 PM African Rhythm/Soukous Workshop at 7544 Haverford Ave.

Let's start the New Year right, whether your goal is to keep in shape, loose weight or simply improve your dance performances then you have come to the right place. Starting on Saturday, January 31 we are having Soukous classes/African Rhythm once a month. With that being said, we can't wait to meet everyone on the dance floor with instructor Brayo Judah to learn proper hips isolation and other African dance styles. Soukous is from Congo and it is the most influential West African dance style. Everyone are invited and we can't wait to learn and grow with you.

Brayo is a very jovial choreographer and dance instructor who has been dancing different styles of African dances over 10 years. He is passionate about sharing his knowledge of dance with others; and we are pleased to share and learn the African culture with everyone.

$25.00 online and $30.00 at the door.

Music and Dance lovers, remember dancing is a lifestyle so let’s dance!!
Info: 267-713-9685 or

January 31, 2015 8:00 PM Oliver Mtukudzi and The Black Spirits at Longwood Gardens

Zimbabwe's pride, its most successful artist and national treasure, Oliver Mtukudzi is gifted with a deep and gusty voice plus a talent for writing songs that reflect on the daily life and struggles of his people. 'Tuku', as he is known, began performing in 1977 and has earned a devoted following across Africa and beyond, all the while incorporating elements of different musical traditions. A member of Zimbabwe's Korekore tribe, he sings in the nation's dominant Shona language as well as Ndebele and English.

Tuku's music is heavily influenced by a humanist chimurenga ethos, which, in turn, is inspired by the hypnotic rhythms of the mbira (thumb piano). His music also incorporates South Africa mbaqanga, the energetic Zimbabwean pop style jit, and the traditional kateke drumming of his clan. One of Tuku's biggest fans is Bonnie Raitt, who has not only called Tuku "a treasure," and recorded a cover of "Hear me Lord" but also credits Tuku as the inspiration for the song "One Belief Away" on her album Fundamental.

Prix-fixe, Pre-Show Dining in 1906
Make a reservation for a prix-fixe, pre-performance dinner, in our fine dining restaurant, 1906. Three gourmet courses, $44. Reservations can be made via or by calling 610.388.1000

Longwood Gardens
1001 Longwood Road
Kennett Square, PA 19348
Tickets $35.

January 30 and 31, 2015 7:30 and 10:00 PM Urban Guerilla Orchestra at Warmdaddy's

Simply put, an extraordinary performance is one that gives people a night to remember. The Urban Guerilla Orchestra will make the perfect edition to our line up by providing Philadelphia’s best musical sound, hands down. The Urban Guerilla Orchestra can do this by having the best musical line up in Philadelphia, featuring musicians who performed with Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, Patti LaBelle, Boyz II Men, Alicia Keys, The Roots and countless others. Under the leadership of the music industry veteran Henri McMillian Jr. UGO’s high energy will resonate your night from start to finish by featuring their musically diverse styles that feature sophisticated jazz, Motown classics, R+B, funk, to today’s top hits.
1400 S. Columbus Blvd. @ Reed Street
Philadelphia Pa 19147
Make your reservation now, because UGO packs the place every time!

January 31, 2015 10:00 PM to 1:00 AM A Latin Jazz Night with Giovana Robinson, Luke Carlos O'Reilly, Nick Perri, and Anwar Marshall at Rosa Blanca

Saturday, January 31 | 10:00 p.m. - 1:00 a.m.

Rosa Blanca Restaurant
707 Chestnut St. Philadelphia, PA

Come and listen to some of my favorite Latin Jazz classics and bossa novas by Antonio Carlos Jobim. I'll be performing with Philly's best jazz musicians: Carlos Luke O'Relilly (piano), Nick Perri (bass), Anwar Marshall (drums). I'll include some original music as well, from my upcoming album "Introducing Giovana". Stay tune for more information about my CD release party in March (can't wait for that!), and a special performance on Valentine's Day at Rosa Blanca, where we'll have a dance contest with great prizes for the winning couples.
Many thanks for your support and hope to see you!


January 31, 2015 10:00 PM to 2:00 AM Cintron Band at Isla Verde Cafe

Isla Verde Cafe
2725 N. American Stj.
Philadelphia PA

January 30, 2015 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM Tertulia: Songs of Yesterday; Canciones de Ayer at Raices Culturales Latinoamericanas

Join Raíces Culturales Latinoamericanas Inc. for our January Tertulia - "Songs from Yesterday", moderated by Johnny Cruz, Aida Cruz, and Rosa Benitez from Raíces Boricua at the Crane Old School White Space on January 30th, 2015 from 7:00-9:00pm. There will also be performances presented by Venezuelan singer, Alberto Rios, and Puerto Rican singer, Magdaliz Roura from the group Latin Ensemble Crisol. The Crane Old School White Space is located on 1417 North 2nd Street. The event will focus on Trio Music and today's most popular ballads.
Únete con Raíces Culturales Latinoamericanas Inc. para nuestra Tertulia de Enero- "Canciones del Ayer" presentado por Johnny y Aida Cruz de Raíces Boricua en el White Space de Crane Old School el 30 de enero, 2015 a partir de las 7:00pm hasta las 9:00pm. El White Space de Crane Old School esta localizado en 1417 Norte Calle 2. Este evento enfocará en la música de trios y las baladas mas populares de hoy.

January 30, 2015 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.

Rosa Blanca
707 Chestnut St.
Philadelphia Pa
No cover

Thursday, January 22, 2015

January 28, 2015 7:00-10:00 PM "Throw Down Your Heart" Film Screening

5020 Larchwood Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19143
Join Cultural Bridge Project for a screening of the feature documentary, "Throw Down Your Heart" on Wednesday, January 28th in West Philly. Expect popcorn and inspiration. Feel free to bring a friend, just let us know via the thousand ways of communicating (a comment on here is great!) so we know how many to expect :)

“Throw Down Your Heart” follows American banjo virtuoso Béla Fleck on his journey to Africa to explore the little known African roots of the banjo and record an album. It’s a boundary-breaking musical adventure that celebrates the beauty and complexity of Africa – an Africa that is very different from what is often seen in the media today.

...Béla’s journey was also motivated by a deep love of African music. Béla was inspired by music from all across the continent, and very often he could hear a place for his banjo. When Béla had a year off from his band, Béla Fleck and the Flecktones, he realized it was the perfect opportunity to follow his dream – travel to Africa to collaborate with African musicians.

As Béla travels across Africa, he forges both musical and personal connections. Using his banjo, he transcends barriers of language and culture, finding common ground with musicians from very different backgrounds and creating some of the most meaningful music of his career.

For more about the documentary:

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

January 25, 2015 5:00-8:00 PM Community Ewe Music Class at Temple University

Community Ewe Music Class
Temple University
1801 N. Broad St
Philadelphia PA
Come learn how to play Ewe music! We'll be on the second floor of McGonigle Hall/ Pearson Building in one of the classrooms or studios. Inbox me for more details. Cost is $10 but FREE for students

Monday, January 19, 2015

January 24, 2015 8:00-10:00 PM Monnette Sudler's Guitar Summit Featuring the Lionel Loueke Trio at MCCC

Montgomery County Community College
340 Dekalb Pike Blue Bell PA 19422
Saturday January 24th 2015, 8:00pm to 10:00pm
A veteran of bands led by Terence Blanchard and Herbie Hancock, Lionel Loueke brings jazz into vibrant contact with the sounds of his homeland in Benin, West Africa. Praised by Hancock as “a musical painter,” Loueke combines harmonic complexity, soaring melody, a deep knowledge of African folk forms, and conventional and extended guitar techniques to create a warm and evocative sound. His performance caps an annual event that gives students, musicians and guitar lovers the chance to learn from world-class guitar masters.
Tickets $28.+ $8.48 fees
Philly Fun Guide Tickets $14.+ $3.75 fees

January 24, 2015 9:00 PM to 2:00 AM Georgie De Leon's "Si Se Logra" at Mis Viejos Restaurant

Reciban el saludo de su Conjunto amigo... SI SE LOGRA de Georgie de Leon.....mañana sabado 24 estaremos tocando nuevamente en MIS VIEJOS RESTAURANT LOUNGE, ubicado entre las esquinas de LEHIGH Av. & Mascher St......empezamos a las 9 de la noche hasta las 2 AM...TITO GONZALES y un servidor JOSEITO RIVERA estaremos interpretandoles buena salsa y merengue para ustedes.....Dios los bendiga y QUE VIVA LA SALSA!!!!!!!!

Come dance to Si Se Logra at Mis Viejos between 9:00 PM and 2:00 AM. You will hear their interpretations of salsa and merengue. There is nothing like dancing to a live Latin band!

Mis Viejos Restaurant and Lounge
151 W. Lehigh Ave.
Philadelphia PA

January 24, 2015 6:00-9:00 PM Surkos Peru Traditional Peruvian Music at Inka Wall Restaurant

For Saturday evenings show, we have replaced the buffet dinner with serving Rotisserie style chicken only from that time. LIVE Traditional Peruvian performance by Surkos Peru begins at 6-9pm. $10 at the door. Call 484.466.4610 for more information

January 24, 2015 7:00 PM to 11:00 PM Cuban Rumba at iMPeRFeCT Gallery

iMPeRFeCT Gallery
5601 Greene St, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19144

Afro-Cuban folklore live!
Let the drums elevate you,
yes! you may get up and sing, clap, dance...
it's Columbia, Guaguanco, it's Yambu...

You are not just an audience, join the circle!
We appreciate contributions of snacks or drinks to share.

And don't forget to check out Richard St.Clair's exhibit "American Bikers".

What better way to keep warm,
come shake it!

Renny & Rocio

Rocio Cabello (215) 869-1001
Renny Molenaar (917) 957-4504

January 24, 2015 10:00 PM to 2:00 AM Elvis Bonilla Y Su Orquesta at Isla Verde Cafe

Salsa dancing to a live Latin band cannot be topped! Join Elvis Bonilla Y Su Orquesta at Isla Verde Cafe and chase away the winter blahs with music and dancing!
Isla Verde Cafe
2725 N. American St.
Philadelphia PA
$10. cover

January 24, 2015 10:00 PM to 1:00 AM Giovana Robinson and her Latin Band at Nacional 56 at Rosa Blanca

From Giovana: "Come and dance to some Celia Cruz hits and more! I'll be debuting a song I just wrote about "peace" and don't we need it? Be the first people to listen to it!
Rosa Blanca is a Cuban restaurant owned by Philadelphia's top Latin-American Chef: Jose Garces.
Save the date for a night of delicious Latin food, drinks, spirit and rhythms!"

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 members will be: Dennis E. Guevara (piano), Marcos Mikey Rivera (bass), Andres Cisneros (conga), Christian Noguera (timbales)
Band starts at 10pm.

Food and Drink specials available all night!

Rosa Blanca
707 Chestnut St.
Philadelphia, Pa

Sunday, January 18, 2015

January 23, 2015 10:00 PM to 1:00 AM Grupo Masacote at Nacional 56 at Rosa Blanca

Rosa Blanca
707 Chestnut St.
Phila, Pa
No cover!

January 23, 2015 8:00 PM Unidos da Filadelfia Performs at Pig Iron Theatre Co.'s Annual Benefit Cabaret at the Trocadero


Let Us Take You On A Tangent.

Pig Iron welcomes you to a night of angles and curves, featuring Martha Graham Cracker and a roster of precocious and sassy performers testing their intellectual, musical and acrobatic skills.

Performers Include:
JOHNNY SHOWCASE and his Lefty Lucy Cabaret

and of course,


with your host, QUINN “Pedagogy” BAURIEDEL

Friday, January 23rd
Doors at 6:30 pm, show at 8:00 pm at The Trocadero
1003 Arch Street, Philadelphia

general admission: $25 in advance/ $35 at the door
reserved seating : $125/$75

To purchase tickets, visit Brown Paper Tickets

For extra credit, you can get a calculator, a trapper keep AND you also bid on fancy NYC weekend, a lovely DC weekend, cruises and theatre, tickets to the ballet, a bicycle, and much more!

A special thanks to our sponsor Victory Brewing Company and Susquehanna Bank.

Volunteers Needed.
If you'd like to volunteer, please contact us.
If you'd like to purchase an ad in our program, please contact us.

Saturday, January 17, 2015

January 22, 2015 9:00 PM Elvis Bonilla Y Su Orquesta at Parx Casino

This upcoming Thursday @ the Parx Casino Club 360 The Big Band of Elvis Bonilla Y Su Orquesta will be performing. Come check it out you will be amazed w the Super Size Sound of a Big Band Salsa.
Parx Casino
Club 360
2999 Street Road
Bensalem, PA 19020

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

January 18, 2015 6:00-9:00 PM Magdaliz and Her Latin Ensemble Crisol performing for the Unitarian Universalist Church Concert Series

Magdaliz and Her Latin Ensemble Crisol
Unitarian Universalist Church in Cherry Hill
401 North Kings Highway, Cherry Hill, New Jersey 08043
Sunday, January 18th, 2015 @ 7:00pm
(snow date Sunday, January 25th, 2015 @ 3:00pm)
6:00pm Chili dinner in Fellowship Hall
7:00pm Concert
Magdaliz and Her Latin Ensemble Crisol
performing for the
Unitarian Universalist Church
Concert Series
401 Kings Highway North,
Cherry Hill, NJ 08034

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

January 18, 2015 12:00 - 2:00 PM Special African Drumming Class with Moussa Traore from Mali at Dance Life Studios

The multi talented, world renowned musician from Mali, Moussa Traore will be teaching a drum class next Sunday 1/18/15 @ Dance Life Studios 4529 Germantown Ave. (Philly) 3rd fl 12p-2p $20 per person. Please bring djembes and/or dununs, you don't want to miss this...tag friends!

January 17, 2015 7:00-10:00 PM Underground at Ron's #58

A House Concert & More!
Supporting the Performimg Arts since 1998

January 17, 2015


Host - Ron Kravitz
This show marks our 17th year anniversary!
My musical journey began at an early age, when my mom “tricked” me into taking "those voice lessons”, which I ended up loving.
At other points along the path, rhythm & the discovery of “movement”, became the other essential and accompanying pieces. I give thanks to all my teachers, friends, colleagues and family members for their love, support & inspiration along the way. There has been nothing quite as profound as this experience of listening, "playing" together, and then sharing it, which continually brings me joy and connection with We and a Greater Spirit!
Blessings to us all in the New Year!

Comedian - Aviva PerloAviva has been sharing improvisational performance art with ages 5-105 for over 15 years. She believes life itself is a stage, and truth is stranger than fiction. Her performances are rated 'D & P', deep and playful.

Guitarists - Bill DeHaven and Michael StaufferMichael and Bill have each been playing guitar and percussion for half a lifetime,exploring rock, psychedelic jams, Afro-latin jazz, and purely improvisational music for Group Motion contact improv workshops. Tonight they come together on guitar with special guest, Randy Decker on percussion as The Choco Brothers, to show their new project, a study of jazz standards.

Vocalist - Megan HenryMegan studied music through Oberlin Conservatory and then on to Manhattan School of Music.
After singing classical music for many years she was introduced to free improvisation by Rhiannon, and then a year later to the Music for People improvisation program. Through these experiences she has been able to tap into another form of music that is from the heart and the spirit, and that is where she lives. It isn't new, as nothing is new on the earth, but it is honest and she finds it to be one of the most profound ways of expression.

Percussionists - Bret Cohen & Radha Gopinath Das Marinelli"Radha Gopinath Das Marinelli and Bret Cohen are two people based in Philadelphia that have spent their lives studying and cultivating the percussive arts. They share a practice that is sometimes called Praying Music, or Drummer's Sanctuary, wherein life happens. Nature comes through, consciousness is altered, love is felt, the present moment is, community is shared."

1012 E Southampton Ave
Wyndmoor, Pa 19038 (Glenside with a GPS)

Community Drum Circle & Potluck
7:00 P.M. – 7:50 P.M.
Concert Time … 8:00 P.M. – 10:00 P.M.
Donation of $20.00 welcomed at the door!

Reserve now at:
215 233 0777 or
24 hr. notice is appreciated for cancellation.

Monday, January 12, 2015

January 17, 2015 9:00 PM to 2:00 AM Papo Buda's Salsa Dura at Isla Verde Cafe

Isla Verde Cafe
2725 N. American St.
Phila, Pa
$10. cover

January 17, 2015 10:00 PM to 1:00 AM Luke Carlos O'Reilly and Sofrito at Nacional 56 at Rosa Blanca

Join Luke Carlos O'Reilly and his band Sofrito at Rosa Blanca for the hottest in Latin jazz, with delicious Cuban food and drink!

Luke Carlos O'Reilly – Piano, Mike Boone - Acoustic Bass, Justin Faulkner – Drums, Mariano Medina – Percussion, Josh Lawrence – Trumpet

Rosa Blanca
707 Chestnut St.
Philadelphia, PA
No cover!

January 17, 2015 1:00-4:00 PM Winter Tap Workshops with Heather Cornell

Millennium Dance Complex Philadelphia
417 South St, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19147
For the second year in a row, Take It Away Dance continues its initiative to expose the Philly tap community to master tap choreographers. (See a video of Dorothy Wasserman's first community piece here:

This time around, Artistic Director and founder of Manhattan Tap, Heather Cornell, is visiting Philadelphia to teach and create a tap and live music work on tap dancers from the community. Heather will be teaching three hours of classes at Millennium Dance Complex Philadelphia with accompaniment by Jim Hamilton.

One class - $25
Two classes - $40

To sign up:
Go to and sign up online.
Space is limited.

Project partially funded by PA Council on the Arts.

January 17, 2015 3:00-5:00 PM Classes in West African Dance and Afro-Caribbean Dance in Ardmore PA

Happy New Year! I am excited to announce to the dance community that on January 17th I will be teaching a West African Dance class starting with "Soli" from 3-4pm followed by an Afro-Caribbean class taught by Yattah Blanton, from 4-5pm. We are teaming up to bring you a traditional experience through dance and music. Classes are open to all ages and levels, and to those from all different walks of life. Come ready to explore, dance, and have fun. Refer to the flyer for more details. Special thanks to Lisa Welsh, Yattah Blanton, Eddie Uptown E., and Phil Cuttino for making this possible. Umoja (unity)!
First Position Dance Studio
19 West Lancaster Ave.
Ardmore, Pa 19003

Sunday, January 11, 2015

January 16, 2015 8:00 PM to 1:00 AM Urban Guerilla Orchestra at Leake Center in Chester, Pa

January 16, 2015 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!Tonight's lineup includes Alex Shaw, Luigi Mazzocchi Patricio Acevedo, John Stenger, Josh Robinson, and François Zayas.
The Pagode Project at
Nacional 56 at Rosa Blanca

707 Chestnut St.
Philadelphia, PA

Saturday, January 10, 2015

January 16, 2015 8:00 PM "METALACHI'' The First and Only Heavy Metal Mariachi Band at Ortlieb's

What began as an innocent evening of snorting horse tranquilizers with seven members of the village jai alai team in a Super Ocho motor lodge in Veracruz, Mexico became an event that literally gave birth to the greatest metal band to ever live. For it was on that hot summer night in 1982 that Consuela Espinoza stumbled out of her dilapidated shanty and fell face-first into rock-n-roll history.
Nine months later, unhampered by Consuela's steady regime of tequila and ill-advised sumo lessons, five bastard children were born. Unable to care for her hungry offspring -- and concerned that five children would seriously interfere with her Tuesday night karaoke league -- Consuela made a decision that would forever alter the course of music history. Consuela hastily packed the babies into the saddlebags of a burro and sent her children off to American in search of a better life. 14 years later and nearly dead from dehydration, the emaciated burro knelt down to drink from the stagnant waters of the Rio Grande just outside of Juarez, Mexico -- mere yards from the U.S. border. With one fleeting burst of energy, the Brothers Espinoza Cinco climbed from their leather restraints and scampered the vast reach of the river, collapsing onto the sweet, amber-hued American soil. As if by destiny, lodged in the sand beneath their tanned faces was a square cardboard record sleeve upon which were the holy metal words "PARANOID" and "BLACK SABBATH." For many years to follow, this definitive black metal album served not only as a teacher and mentor... but also as a friend. It was these bleak and humble beginnings that nurtured the seed that would eventually grow to be the band we know today. Often referred to as the greatest heavy metal band to ever live...

This event is 21 and over
847 N Third Street
Philadelphia, PA
Only $10.00

Friday, January 9, 2015

January 14, 2015 5:30 PM Beginner Afro-Brazilian Dance Class with Cleonice Fonseca at Wissahickon Dance Academy

Four week beginner Afro-Brazilian dance class series taught by Cleonice Fonseca, master Afro-Brazilian dancer from Salvador, Bahia, Brazil.
Classes will focus on the.fundamentals of Afro-Brazilian dance.
Did you miss these classes when they began last September? If so, here's your chance to catch up and keep going!
$50 for the series. $15 per class.

Wisshickon Dance Academy
38 East Schoolhouse Lane
Philadelphia, Pa 19144