Saturday, December 31, 2016

January 6, 2017 6:00-9:00PM First Friday at the Barnes: Tango!

Bring your moves to the Barnes for the first of our three-part dance series. For tango night we’re having a milonga: first listen to Rio de la Plata Tango Quartet while dancers from the Philadelphia Argentine Tango School show you the basics, then after 6:30 the floor is yours with a tango showcase featuring Ines Muzzopappa and Nicolas Ponce, and Andres Amarilla and Meredith Klein. The evening also marks the opening of a sound installation by Andrea Hornick in the Collection Gallery. Meet the artist and watch her performance connected to the piece.

6-6:30 pm dance lessons
6:15-7pm Andrea Hornick performance/talk
6:30-9 pm dancing

Friday, January 6
6–9 pm
2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130
$28; members free
​$10 college students: valid college ID must be presented, on site only.

January 6, 2017 8:00-11:00PM JOTSS Presents: Greg Moore and Actual Proof

New Year, New Day for JOTSS. Join us for the 1st "Grown Folk" Friday Jazz Jam. 5-7 Happy Hour Special Drink, 1/2 Price Beer and Free Hors' douvres. 7-8 Comedy Hour. 8-11 Fantastic Music with Jam Session from 9-10. Delicious Food and Drink Available for Purchase. Plenty of Parking in Rear of Building.
Admission $10 @ 7pm

LaRose Jazz Club
5531 Germantown Ave
Philadelphia, Pa 19144

January 6, 2017 10:00PM-12:30AM Fringe First Friday: 1920's-30's Jazz at La Peg

Join us for a good dose of RED HOT Jazz music at La Peg Brasserie at Fringe Arts! We will be playing from 10p-12:30a.
Drew Nugent and the Midnight Society

On the Bandstand:
Drew Nugent - Trumpet, piano, vocals
Skip Rohrich - Drums
Gary Cattley - Tuba
Greg Wright - Banjo
Paul Butler - Clarinet

Free Admission! Come on out and support LIVE and local music!

La Peg Brasserie at Fringe Arts
140 N Columbus Blvd, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19106

January 6, 2017 5:45 - 8:15PM Art After Five: Eva Cortés

​Jazz standards and spirited originals by this Honduran-born composer and vocalist.
Free after museum admission($20 nonmembers: members free)
Philadelphia Museum of Art
2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway

January 6, 2017 5:30 PM Three Kings Day at The Kimmel Center - FREE

The Mexican Consulate and the Mexican Cultural Center invite you to celebrate one of Mexico's most popular holidays. Bring your family and join us for a reenactment of the story of the Three Wise Men. Enjoy an evening of activities, piñatas and a piece of traditional “Rosca de Reyes” bread, which will be the largest one ever made in Philadelphia!
This is a FREE event!
Commonwealth Plaza

Inside the Kimmel Center
300 S Broad St
Philadelphia, PA 19102

Friday, December 30, 2016

January 5, 2017 7:00PM Reunion: Doc Gibbs, Monette Sudler, and Diane Monroe at SOUTH

Gerald Veasley's "Unscripted" Series unites friends Doc Gibbs, Monette Sudler, and Diane Monroe at SOUTH Restaurant.

600 N. Broad St.
Philadelphia, Pa
Tickets: $20

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

January 3, 2017 8:30-11:30PM Live Jazz Jam at Calabash

Let's start the New Year with a Jazzy Bang!!!
Please, join us, at Calabash on Tuesday, January 3, 2017, for the BEST LIVE and BLUES in Philly!!!
WANTED!!! All musician and singers. Come, sit in with the best of the best!!!

Monday, December 26, 2016

January 1, 2017 3:00PM Resolution: A Piano Benefit for Jazz Bridge

Have plans for celebrating the new year?

It’s an occasion to dress up, overeat, make noise, get plastered and spend big $$$$ for the privilege. Even with the attendant hangover, this can be fun.

We offer an alternative. Pocket that December 31st splurge for one more day and share it with resolution: a piano benefit for Jazz Bridge—3pm, January 1, 2017.

Our celebration advances the good work of Jazz Bridge—a non-profit providing health, housing and social support to area jazz musicians and their families. The jazz musician courageously creates and expresses joy without the safety net of steady income and benefits. This is our way of saying thanks and embracing the new year with joyous, solemn, aspirational, inspirational, and just plain beautiful music.

From Selection 2.pngTwelve of our area’s greatest jazz pianists will take turns ringing in the new year on our gorgeous Steinway B. Food and drink will be served. A fire will roar in the wood stove. Low-pressure mingling will occur. Join us for something life-affirming and uplifting.

A $150 donation to Jazz Bridge in the name of @exuberance guarantees a place at the party.* Please click here to do so. Donation is tax-deductible in 2016. If you cannot attend, your donation(s) will sponsor attendance by a young music student** and provide them a chance to rub elbows with their artistic “elders.”

@exuberance is a special space for invitation-only jazz salons and other events. Located in a beautifully-converted South Kensington warehouse, it showcases musicians and their work, providing great acoustics and a rare chance to enjoy music- heard-right in an ideal, intimate setting.
Click here for invitations to future events.

Please share this invitation with 3 or 4 of your friends who love jazz and can support this great cause. If your friends also share with 3 or 4 of their friends, the pyramid effect can create a fitting audience for this extraordinary event and provide much needed support for our community.

* suggested donation minimum: $ 150 per person, although we'll gratefully accept more!
**students will be selected by their teachers from the Clef Club Jazz Ambassador Ensemble Program & Camden Creative Arts Jazz Band.

Sunday, December 25, 2016

January 1, 2017 3:00 AM Worldtown Soundsystem New Year's Eve Latenight Live Set

Worldtown Soundsystem New Years Eve 3am Set - SECRET LOCATION - PEX Afterparty - LIMITED TIX AVAILABLE
Worldtown Soundsystem New Years Eve Latenight Live Set + DJs Ben Arsenal and Oluwafemi

- PEX NYE AFTERPARTY (Less than 2 min walk from Front Street Cafe Philadelphia) -

Worldtown Soundsystem (8 piece band / live soulful house) will perform a set at 3AM SHARP on NYE 2017 (morning of Jan 1) at a secret exclusive location. WTDJs will keep you dancing until the wee hours.

Tickets $18. ($19.62 with service fee)
+ Worldtown Soundsystem
+ DJ Ben Arsenal
+ DJ Oluwafemi

Doors open 1am
BYOB encouraged but some beverages provided
75 person cap (TIX WILL SELL OUT - DO NOT WAIT)

Secret location will be announced to you day of event.


Worldtown Soundsystem's video "Testify" -

December 31, 2016 7:00PM - 12:30AM Venissa Santi Quintet with Monnette Sudler Honesty

New Years Eve Party
Monette Sudler Honesty - Guitar
Lucas Brown - Piano
Micah Jones - Bass
Doug Hirlinger - Drums
Chris' Jazz Cafe
1421 Sansom St.
Philadelphia, Pa

December 31, 2016 10:00PM - 2:00AM DJ Set by Lushlife at Johnny Brenda's

New Year's Eve 2016: Ring in the New Year downstairs at Johnny Brenda's with a very special DJ set by the amazing Lushlife! Lushlife will be spinning escapist jams for the end of the world, 10p-2a. La Fin Absolu du Monde. Good riddance to bad rubbish!

Always free to enter downstairs and kitchen is always open until 1 am. See you there!
Johnny Brenda's
1201 Frankford Ave, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19125

December 31, 2016 9:00PM West Philadelphia Orchestra + Johnny Showcase NYE Blowout at Underground Arts

West Philadelphia Orchestra + Johnny Showcase NYE Blowout with Minka & Muscle Tough!
Underground Arts
1200 Callowhill Street
Philadelphia, PA
Tickets $35.

Saturday, December 24, 2016

December 30, 2016 10:00AM-5:00PM Macy’s Family Fun Day! Kwanzaa / Nia-Purpose at AAMP

Join Macy’s and the African American Museum in Philadelphia as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of Kwanzaa!

This day of family-friendly activities will include a candle lighting ceremony, Kwanzaa-themed arts and crafts, face painting, all day family friendly game center highlighting games created by African-Americans and traditional West African games. Get a move and shake your collective groove with Camara Arts West African Dance. Bring your singing voice, your poetry, or try a new instrument with Drumming Like A Lady Drum Performance and Community Jam Session. Share the love by supporting the artists in AAMP’s locally curated Kwanzaa marketplace and much more.

All activities and performances are included with museum admission, so grab your friends, family and loved ones and join us for another can't-miss holiday celebration at AAMP!

We invite you to read these words from the creator of Kwanzaa, Dr. Maulana Karenga, Professor and Chair of Africana Studies California State Universtiy, Long Beach;

“…The fifth principle is Nia which is essentially a commitment to the collective vocation of building, developing and defending our national community, its culture and history in order to regain our historical initiative and greatness as a people. True greatness and growth never occur in isolation and at other's expense. African philosophy teaches we are first and foremost social beings whose reality and relevance are rooted in the quality and the kinds of relations we have with each other. A cooperative communal vocation is an excellent context and encouragement for quality social relations. Our purpose is not to simply create money makers, but to cultivate men and women capable of social and human exchange on a larger more meaningful scale, men and women of culture and social conscience, of vision and values which expand the human project of freedom and development rather than diminish and deform it.”

The African American Museum in Philadelphia
701 Arch St, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19106
Free with museum admission:

General Admission
Adults $14
Youth (4-12 yrs.) $10
Students (w/ I.D.) $10
Senior Citizens $10
Access / EBT * $2

December 30, 2016 8:00PM - 1:00AM The James Brown Dance Party at Ardmore Music Hall

The James Brown Dance Party feat. Clyde Stubblefield, Elise Testone & More w/ Nik Greeley & The Operators at Ardmore Music Hall

10th Anniversary of James Brown's passing
The James Brown Dance Party
feat. Clyde Stubblefield of James Brown Band, Elise Testone (American Idol),
members of Tedeschi Trucks Band, Charles Bradley & more "
Nik Greeley & The Operators
Friday, December 30th

Reserved Doors: 7pm
GA Doors: 7:30pm
Show: 8pm
$17 Adv / $20 DOS / $27 Reserved
GA: Standing + Limited Non-Table Seating (First Come Non-Reserved)
Reserved: Early Entry (30 mins) + Guaranteed Premiere Seating (Must Arrive by 9 PM to Claim Your Seat)

Ardmore Music Hall
23 E. Lancaster Ave
Ardmore, Pa

Saturday, December 17, 2016

December 23, 2016 7:00PM Potluck Holiday Rumba at iMPeRFeCT Gallery

Potluck Holiday Rumba Party at iMPeRFeCT 5601 Greene St (by Armat St.)

December 23 & 24, 2016 8:00,9:30,&11:00PM Kendrah Butler Quartet at SOUTH

Celebrate the spirit of Christmas with the Kendrah Butler Quartet at SOUTH Jazz Parlour and Restaurant!
Kendrah Butler
Jeff Scull
Kimpedro Rodriguez
Nimrod Speaks

$10. cover
600 N. Broad St
Philadelphia, Pa

December 23, 2016 5:45 - 8:15PM Art After Five: West Philadelphia Orchestra

Lively Klezmer music by the West Philadelphia Orchestra.
Free after museum admission($20 nonmembers: members free)
Philadelphia Museum of Art
2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway

Friday, December 16, 2016

December 22, 2016 10:00PM - 2:00AM Boogie Down! 70s/80s Disco, Funk, Electro, HipHop at The Dolphin

Boogie Down! 70s/80s Disco, Funk, Electro, HipHop at The Dolphin

Calling all Bboys, Bgirls & Disco jawns!
DJ Dame Luz presents:
70s & Early 80s
Hip Hop
& Rare Grooves

$0 FREE $0
21+ // 10PM

The Dolphin Tavern
1539 S Broad St, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19147

December 22, 2016 6:00-9:00PM Bohéme Big Band's Holiday Fiesta at Cibo Ristorante

Bohéme Big Band's Holiday Fiesta at Cibo Ristorante
Bohéme Big Band's Holiday Fiesta at Cibo Ristorante
Come experience high-energy, beautiful holiday classics, hip original compositions, and everything in between. With sets at 6pm, 7pm, and 8pm, stop in for a set or for the whole evening.

Come taste the delicious holiday menu at Cibo Ristorante Italiano--or sit in the lounge and sample new drinks crafted with Tequila Avión. Enjoy our fantastic, world-class Jazz, conducted by multi-instrumentalist Marcell Bellinger with special guest vocalist V. Shayne Frederick. Holiday cheer for all!

CiBo Ristorante Italiano
1227 Walnut St, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19107

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

December 19, 2016 7:00-9:00PM Mysterious Traveler: Alexis Simmons at The Free Library

Mysterious Travelers 3: Internal Investigations - a collaboration between The Free Library of Philadelphia and Philadelphia Jazz Project. Back by overwhelming popular demand! FREE concerts every fourth Monday night from October 2015 through May 2016 audiences will hear from veteran, as well as up-and-coming musicians who are shaping the future sounds of Philadelphia with a sharp ear to the legacies of our past. This season will directly celebrate the massive and amazing collections of the Free Library by granting our performers access to explore them as a source of inspiration for the creation of new musical works and arrangements

Alexis Simmons is talented, Philly-based vocalist, songwriter and photographer, who has made love a fine art when it comes to her craft. She was nurtured within the intensely demanding Philadelphia music scene, and honed her craft by incorporating her love, skill and versatility in music to her work as an open-mic afficionado, highly requested background singer for a wide variety of acts, (most recently for famed Hip-hop/Soul singer, Jaguar Wright of the Legendary Roots Crew & Jay-Z Unplugged) and magnetic solo act.

Alexis developed an ear and style for dance music, writing and performing singles such as the popular "Selene-The Goddess of the Moon" (released through Phuture Sole Recordings), in addition to co-producing her first indie project called "The Art of Seduction", and is the sole music producer for Indie performance trio, The Femme-Mynistiques.

Free Library of Philadelphia
1901 Vine St, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19103

Monday, December 12, 2016

December 18, 2016 10:00PM-2:00AM The Acoustic Truth: Open Mic and Jam Session at Dahlak

Please join us this third Sunday at Dahlak Paradise to share in a comfortable creative space to enjoy, entertain and be entertained by music! Play, dance or listen!! Jazz, blues, hip hop, reggae, poetry - bring your voices and choices! Instruments will be available for a participatory musical and poetic space. See you there!!!

Dahlak Paradise
4708 Baltimore Ave
Philadelphia, Pa
No cover

Sunday, December 11, 2016

December 17, 2016 10:00PM - 2:00AM Gaitazo 2016 at Lucha Cartel

Casa de Venezuela en colaboración con Lucha Cartel y Barba Roja Latin Band presenta Gaitazo 2016!

Exclusiva presentación de nuestros increíbles Gaiteros Barba Roja con DJ Johli!

Tickets: $20 in advance: $25 at the door

Lucha Cartel
207 Chestnut St.
Philadelphia, Pa

December 17, 2016 Christmas Salsa Party at Isla Verde Cafe with Anthony Colon

Saturday Dec 17th, "Christmas Salsa Party" at Isla Verde Cafe
Performing LIVE, Anthony Colon playing his greatest HITS!!
DJ SPANKY (Angel Sanchez) on the wheels till 2AM!
Hosted by Maria Del Pilar | $10 cover

Isla Verde Cafe
2725 N. American St.
Philadelphia, Pa

December 17, 2016 8:30PM - 2:00AM The Cintron Band at Atrium Dance Studio




Atrium Dance Studio
4721 N Crescent Blvd, Pennsauken, New Jersey 08110


Saturday, December 10, 2016

December 16, 2016 8:00&10:00PM The Jost Project at Chris' Jazz Cafe

Paul Jost is a Philly based vocalist with band members Tony Miceli & Kevin MacConnell. They are devoted to jazz and hope to reach a generation of rock fans in a style that will introduce them and pull them into a new world of music using the Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, Aerosmith, Donovan, Simon and Garfunkel, the Beach Boys, and jazz.

They are joined by renowned saxophonist, Chris Farr.

Chris' Jazz Cafe
1421 Sansom St.
Philadelphia, Pa
$15. cover

December 16, 2016 7:00-9:00PM Philly con Sabor's Rueda de Casino Dance Classes

Join us on Fridays for a free rueda lesson! We have both beginners and intermediate groups, and the atmosphere is always fun, friendly, and great for learning. Everyone is welcome to join!

This will be class 3 out of 3 (Fridays 12/2, 12/9, 12/16)
7-8 PM - Intermediate class
8-9 PM - Beginners class

Platt Student Performing Arts House on UPenn's campus (Room 180).
Address: 160 Stouffer Commons, 3702 Spruce Street, Philadelphia

The front door will be locked. At the beginning of each class, there will be someone to open the door. Please try your best to show up on time for your respective class. Otherwise, please call or text 607-351-7410 to get in.

Platt Student Performing Arts House
3702 Spruce St 160 Stouffer Commons, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

December 16, 2016 10:00PM-2:00AM Drum Like a Lady with Riesha Fayson at Dahlak

DRUM LIKE A LADY VOL.2 | 12.16.16 |10pm-2am
Open Jam Session @ Dahlak Paradise
Featuring the percussive stylings of Riesha Fayson

TaRiesha “Riesha” Fayson At the age of 10, when her church needed a drummer, Riesha (somewhat reluctantly) answered the call more so because she “didn’t really have a choice”. During her first lesson, given by her mother( who was not a musician), she was told to “keep the beat like you’re clapping your hands and stomping your feet”. With that simple yet essential drumming advice, her natural talent and a variety of Gospel, Pop, R&B and Jazz influences to draw from – she continued to develop her own style, skills and musicianship. In early 2014, Riesha was voted champion of the “Hit Like a Girl” global drumming competition for female drummers. Opening the door for her to perform at PASIC 2014, complete a 3-month tour playing in China and a TRX Cymbals endorsement. Riesha is currently the drummer for No Last Call Band and 3 churches. Riesha lives life by her mantra, “Dream BIG! Don’t limit yourself and don’t let anyone else limit you.

Dahlak Paradise
4708 Baltimore Ave
Philadelphia, Pa
FREE No cover

December 16, 2016 5:45 - 8:15 PM Art After Five: Joy To the World: Denise King and the Waverly Alston Choir

A night of holiday cheer featuring jazz vocalist Denise King and The Waverly Alston Choir.
Free after museum admission($20 nonmembers: members free)
Philadelphia Museum of Art
2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway

Thursday, December 8, 2016

December 14, 2016 6:00-8:30PM Parranda with Cooks Who Care at Coda

Join us for our Puerto Rican Parranda, a traditional celebration of songs in the spirit of the holiday season, bringing joy, companionship, and love to everyone. Co-hosted with Cooks Who Care, a community group of caring art & food lovers dedicated to maintaining arts, culture, and health in underserved areas of Philadelphia. Bring your singing voice and musical instruments. / Esta tradicional celebración de la época de Navidad, esta vez en colaboración con Cooks Who Care, trae el calor del espíritu de la temporada a Filadelfia. Una su voz y sus instrumentos y contribuya con su aportación al trabajo del Taller.

1712 Walnut St.
Philadelphia, Pa

Tickets:$55 + fee

December 14, 2016 8:00-10:30PM Latin Roots Live: Gregorio Uribe Big Band Jazz Cumbia


Join us for a FREE Latin Roots Live! Dance Party on Wednesday, December 14, 2016 at World Cafe Live downstairs. Doors are at 7pm, show starts at 8pm.


Colombian Big Band-leader Gregorio Uribe is one of the most promising artists in New York City’s Latin music scene. After studying at Berklee College Of Music he moved to New York City and has since established the Gregorio Uribe Big Band: a 16-piece ensemble that combines Colombian rhythms such as Cumbia and Chandé with funk and powerful Jazz arranging techniques. He has performed alongside Grammy winners Carlos Vives and Rubén Blades, and was recognized by the Government of Colombia as one of the “100 Most Outstanding Colombians Living Abroad” – a list that includes Shakira, Nobel Prize winner García Márquez, artist Fernando Botero and actress Sofia Vergara.

Free, but must RSVP
World Cafe Live
3025 Walnut St.
Philadelphia, Pa

Admission Is FREE however a RSVP is required.

Monday, December 5, 2016

December 11, 2016 7:30-9:30PM Contemporary Afro-Cuban Dance Class at CEC

Contemporary Afro-Cuban Workshop with Darwin Matute Lopez at Community Education Center
Dancers and Teachers of Contemporary, West African, Cuban, or Classical Ballet styles:

Here is a rare opportunity to learn from Darwin Matute Lopez: an international performer based in Santiago de Cuba, trained at the Escuela Nacional del Arte from which all great Cuban dancers are spawned. Temporarily based in NYC, Matute is able to make a critical stop in Philly before returning to his homeland, in order to introduce himself, his unique style of Contemporary Afrocuban dance, and the Cuban method of training to our dance community.

If you're curious and want to know more about this little-known Cuban (which is to say Afrocuban) modern methodology; looking for fresh professional development opportunities; or craving a solid, effective technique class infused with incredible energy to complement your main style of movement, please come and experience this most singular opportunity. As a written preview:

The style of Contemporary Afrocuban is a long-wrought synergy of classical balletic and modern form with the beautiful undulations and insane energy of African dance, a style that could only ever have been created, evolved and its technique refined on the island of Cuba; a product of decades of her history and specific political conditions.

This Sunday December 11 from 7:30p-9:30p at the CEC (Community Education Center, 3500 Lancaster Ave). $18, wear comfortable clothes, no shoes or partner necessary (but bring your friends!).

Any questions, call 253.226.8332 or email

Community Education Center
3500 Lancaster Ave
Philadelphia, Pa

December 11, 2016 8:00-11:00PM Philly Con Sabor's 2nd Birthday

Philly Con Sabor is turning 2, and it's time to party!! Join us for our Birthday celebration on Sunday, December 11th, 8-11 PM.

Only the best Cuban music by DJ Raul (timba, son, rumba, reggaeton), performances by Philly Con Sabor team, light refreshments, and lots, and lots of great dances. We'll make it a night to remember! Come wish us a Happy Birthday, and bring your friends :)

UCAL (42nd & Spruce st.), studio on the 2nd floor (just follow the music ;))

$5 entrance fee (cash or Venmo)

If you have any questions, please post below or send us a prvate message. Looking forward to celebrating with you all!!
Philly Con Sabor is turning 2, and it's time to party!! Join us for our Birthday celebration on Sunday, December 11th, 8-11 PM.

Only the best Cuban music by DJ Raul (timba, son, rumba, reggaeton), performances by Philly Con Sabor team, light refreshments, and lots, and lots of great dances. We'll make it a night to remember! Come wish us a Happy Birthday, and bring your friends :)

UCAL (42nd & Spruce st.), studio on the 2nd floor (just follow the music ;))
Philly Con Sabor is turning 2, and it's time to party!! Join us for our Birthday celebration on Sunday, December 11th, 8-11 PM.

Only the best Cuban music by DJ Raul (timba, son, rumba, reggaeton), performances by Philly Con Sabor team, light refreshments, and lots, and lots of great dances. We'll make it a night to remember! Come wish us a Happy Birthday, and bring your friends :)

UCAL (42nd & Spruce st.), studio on the 2nd floor (just follow the music ;))

$5 entrance fee (cash or Venmo)

University City Arts League
4226 Spruce St, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19104

If you have any questions, please post below or send us a prvate message. Looking forward to celebrating with you all!!

December 11, 2016 7:30 PM Arrastão do Dendê with Kyo Daiko and Dulsori at Crossroads Concerts

An Evening of Japanese, Brazilian, and Korean Percussion from Crossroads Concerts
The Arrastão do Dendê was formed in 2000 by Dendê Macêdo, an Afro-Brazilian percussionist from Salvador, Bahia. As a long-time member of Timbalada, one of Bahia’s leading bands, Dendê has peformed extensively throughout Brazil, Asia, Europe and the US.

In Bahia, an arrastão is a group of percussionists that parades during Carnaval and other street parties, playing traditional Afro-Brazilian rhythms on timbals, surdos, baqurinhas, and occasionally trumpets and trombones.

The Arrastão do Dendê performs traditional Afro-Brazilian rhythms as well as his own. With members from Brazil as well as many other countries from around the world, the group, accompanied by singers and dancers, has been featured in performances throughout New York and Philadelphia, including the Copacabana, BAMCafe, SOBs, Galapagos, Walker Stage and New York City’s Halloween Parade.

Founded in 2005, Founded in 2005, KyoDaiko is a community-based taiko drumming group associated with the Shofuso Japanese House & Garden in Fairmount Park.

Taiko is simply the Japanese word for “drum” and many of the instruments used in modern taiko have been used in Japanese music (as well as for military and ceremonial purposes) for centuries. However, in English it is often used to describe kumi-daiko, a type of ensemble developed in the 1950s that drew on and attempted to revitalize a variety of regional, classical, and ceremonial traditions. In the late 1960s, community taiko groups also became and continue to be an important expression of community identity and solidarity among Japanese Americans.

Kyo Daiko performs regularly at schools and community events, and has performed at Phillies Games, Stanford University in California, and Washington DC’s National Cherry Blossom Festival.

Korean percussion ensemble
"Traditionalism and spectacle merged in Dulsori… whose name means “wild beat”…. Huge drums placed overhead, along with flutes…. Deep, pounding rhythms derived from outdoor farmers’ festivals that could probably be heard in the next village." – New York Times

Concert at 7:30 pm
801 South 48th Street
(at Baltimore Avenue)
Philadelphia, PA 19143

Tickets $10-$30 sliding scale

Sunday, December 4, 2016

December 10, 2016 7:00-10:00PM Grand Opening of Taller's El Corazón Cultural Center

Taller Puertorriqueño

Requests the Honor of Your Presence

At An Evening of Dance and Music Marking the Grand Opening of El Corazón Cultural Center

2600 N. 5th Street


Yalmar Velázquez & Master Cellist Daniel de Jésus


[A contemporary dance piece accompanied by cello]


Monica Herrera & Laura Castellano, dancers

David Castellano, guitar

[Philadelphia-based flamenco group]

José González & Trio Criollo Clásico

[Massachussetts-based musicians]

Rolando Morales-Matos Jazz’ Y Mambo Band

[New York-based percussionist and his jazz/mambo band]


Free With Taller Membership

$20 Without Membership

Purchase Tickets or Membership Here

December 10, 2016 7:00-11:00 PM Nø Concert Benefit Series, at iMPeRFeCT Gallery with Buddy Roc & The Heartbreak Kids.

Support Angel's quest. Find some treasure (whether it be in the form of song appreciation, or in the form a memento from the shop).

Donations accepted.

iMPeRFeCT Gallery
5601 Greene St.

December 10, 2016 10:00AM - 4:00PM Neighbor's Day with Take It Away Dance

Neighbor’s Day
Join us as the historic houses showcase the many talents of the neighbors that live near and around Fairmount Park.
Take It Away Dance is excited to meet more of their Fairmount and Brewerytown neighbors at this fun and festive event!

We will be performing a holiday blend of tap dance and live jazz music at the Woodford Mansion on Saturday, December 10 between 10 am and 4 pm.
December 10, 2016
10:00am - 4:00pm
Participating houses include Lemon Hill, Woodford, Historic Strawberry Mansion, Laurel Hill, Cedar Grove and Mount Pleasant which will be open from 10AM-4PM. You may visit the houses at your leisure using a personal vehicle or you may take the PHLASH, Philly’s quick and easy bus service between the houses. Rides on PHLASH are $2/person. Seniors and children under 4 ride PHLASH for free.
Entry to each participating house is $8 or you can get a pass to visit all of the houses that day for $35. Children under 12 can visit the houses for free. You can bundle a PHLASH day pass in with your pass for an extra $5.
Purchase advance tickets for Neighbors Day here.
Join the event on Facebook here.

December 10 -11, 2016 11:00AM-6:00PM AfroCaribe Dance Intensive with Kimberly Miguel Mullen

AfroCaribe Dance Intensive in Philadelphia with Kimberly Miguel Mullen + live AfroCuban drumming!!

Internationally touring Dance Artist & Cultural Ethnologist, Kimberly Miguel Mullen travels from California to Philadelphia to teach a 2-Day Specialty AfroCaribe Dance Classes, a spirited offering of sacred Oricha & popular Rumba dance workshops from Cuba with Live Drumming. Kimberly is a rare embodiment of strength, grace and humility. Her classes are deep, powerful and transformative. All Levels are Welcome in the spirit of learning.

Saturday, December 10th

-Rumba class 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at UCAL
-Orichas class 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Studio 34 (studio A)**

Sunday, December 11th

-Palo Macuta class 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at UCAL


-University City Arts League (Saturday AM class/Sunday class)
4226 Spruce St, Philadelphia, PA 19104

Saturday, December 3, 2016

December 9, 2016 9:00PM-3:00AM S.A.L.E.A. presents Orquesta del Barrio

Latin Night at the F.O.P>
Phila F.O.P. Lodge 5
11630 Caroline Rd
Philadelphia, Pa 19154

Live music by Carlos Sanchez' Orquesta del Barrio!

December 9, 2016 5:45 - 8:15PM Art After Five: Feliz Navidad with Paco Renteria

Mexican guitarist Paco Renteria presents his take on the joyful sounds of the season.

Free after museum admission($20 nonmembers: members free)
Philadelphia Museum of Art
2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway

December 9, 2016 8:00PM-1:00AM Shake Your Brass Festival at Ruba Club

Fly Bottle Records and Ruba Club proudly present: Shake Your Brass Festival!

Join us at Ruba Club on Friday, Dec. 9, as we bring together THREE great bands with new directions in the Balkan brass band tradition, from across the Eastern seaboard:

Black Masala from Washington, DC
West Philadelphia Orchestra from Philly
Cocek Brass Band from Boston

...will all come together on this one special night for a brass-shakin', winter cold-defyin', stompfest like no other.
Don't miss the chance to dance your brass off!

Ruba Club
416 Green St.(behind Silk City Diner)
Philadelphia, Pa

December 9, 2016 8:00-11:00PM Exuberance: Orrin Evans/Josh Lawrence Duo

There are different kinds of jazz. There’s the physical kind, the kind that speaks to the body, that makes you move, nod your head, feel the groove, makes you smile uncontrollably. That’s been part of this music from the beginning. Then there’s the more cerebral kind of jazz that appeals to the intellect, that challenges expectation, that sounds different, that makes you think. Orrin Evans doesn’t just work both sides of that street—he brings them together, with a ceaselessly passionate heart. Lots of heart.

His relentless creativity has produced 25 albums in the last 20 years in various associations with a who’s who of jazz musicians. Seven years ago he formed the Captain Black Big Band, providing a platform for a rotating ensemble of riveting east coast players and arrangers.

Among them is Josh Lawrence, a trumpeter of uncommon intelligence—endlessly inventive, soaringly lyrical with a tone to die for. Educator, composer and arranger, Josh leads his own Color Theory and co-leads the ambitious and eclectic Fresh Cut Orchestra.

Josh Lawrence and Orrin Evans—trumpet and piano—alone together.

For precedents think Louis Armstrong and Earl Hines, Ruby Braff and Ellis Larkins, Clark Terry and Oscar Peterson. Then think today. Modernist romanticism. Sounds that look back, but look forward as well.

In an acoustically ideal space, an intimate invention lab for beauty and more on a Friday evening. I can’t think of a better way to conclude our 2016 series of jazz salons @exuberance. Reward yourself and join us for this very special program.

Orrin Evans | Josh Lawrence
8-11pm, Friday, December 9
1220 N. Mascher St. (steps away from the Girard Ave. El stop) [map]

We contemplate a $25 donation for the evening to support the musicians and provide appropriate refreshments.

Click RSVP to get on the guest list. Invitation expires when we reach 50 attendees. Looking forward to seeing you.

December 9 & 10, 2016 8:00 & 10:00PM Minas Revisits the Classic Getz/Gilberto Album

***8 and 10pm shows on both December 9th and 10th***

Minas will pay homage to the classic album Getz/Gilberto, one of the most successful and revered jazz albums of all time. Minas, who was indicated for 4 Grammy Awards in 2015, will perform as an quintet: Orlando Haddad (guitar, vocals), Patricia King (piano, vocals), Jim Stager (bass), Tom Cohen (drums), and featuring saxophonist Andrew Neu.

Minas has been synonymous with Brazilian music in Philadelphia for over 3 decades. With 6 CDs to its credit, international Minas has been performing under its name since 1978, making it one of the most sought-after Brazilian groups in the United States today. Their interpretations of Bossa Nova, specifically the music of Antonio Carlos Jobim, are not only authentic, but their own. Featuring Orlando Haddad and Patricia King, the husband/wife duo reflects three decades of vocal and instrumental blending. Andrew Neu and Minas have collaborated numerous times and their chemistry was right from day one. Andrew’s Stan Getz renditions not only bring Getz to mind, but are also his own. Neu has shared the stage with Sir Elton John, Patti Labelle, Mellissa Manchester, Mel Torme, Diane Schurr, Bobby Caldwell, The Philadelphia Orchestra, The Four Tops, and The Temptations.

600 N Broad St, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19130

Friday, December 2, 2016

December 8, 2016 7:00-8:30PM An Evening of Arab Music at Bodek Lounge

An Evening of Arab Music at Bodek Lounge

Come enjoy Arabic songs and music performed by Penn Arab Music Ensemble led by Music Director Hanna Khoury with Al-Bustan Takht and members of Prometheus Chamber Orchestra!

Stay for post-concert reception and enjoy tea, light fare, and conversation! It's our last music event for 2016, so join us for good times!

Date: Thursday December 8, 2016
Time: 7:00 - 8:30 PM
Admission: Free for UPenn students | $10 at the door for others
Location: Bodek Lounge of Houston Hall, University of Pennsylvania
3417 Spruce Street, Philadelphia