Monday, May 30, 2016

June 5, 2016 1:00-3:00 PM Mt. Airy Outdoor Drum Circle

Mt Airy Presbyterian Church Yard
7115 Germantown Ave & Mt. Pleasant Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19119

Facilitated by Baba Tyrone Davis, Quint Lange & Ron Kravitz

Bring a chair, bring a drum, bring a friend, have some FUN! This is a free family oriented event. Picnic blankets for lounging a plus...


Mt Airy Presbyterian Church Yard
7115 Germantown Ave & Mt. Pleasant Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19119


Facilitated by Baba Tyrone Davis, Quint Lange & Ron Kravitz

Sunday, May 29, 2016

June 4, 2016 8:00 PM - 11:00 PM Hector Rosado Y Orquesta Hache at Isla Verde Cafe

Let's Get Out and Celebrate In True Salsa Style!
This Week at Isla Verde Cafe experience the HIGH energy & sophisticated crowd enjoying the BEST Salsa Music by DJ Danny.

Hector Rosado y Su Orquesta "Hache"
*Drinks Specials
*BEST Tapas in town
*$5 Cover Ladies $10 Gentleman

Isla Verde Cafe
2725 N. American St.
Phila, PA 19133
(215) 426-3600
Celebrate your Birthday with us!!!
Info/Reserv's: Maria (267) 949-6401
Isla Verde2725 N. American St.Phila, PA 19133

June 4, 2016 10:00PM -2:00AM The Jam Jawn with Art Crichlow

(Open Jam Session Series)
FEATURES Art Crichlow as "The Conductor of the Jam"
Host: LaTreice Victoria
Dahlak Paradise | 10pm -2am

This jam session is bound to be wildly expressive & rooted in improvisation! I'm excited to see where our "Conductor" will take us.

Instrument Load-in 9:45pm
Jam Session starts @ 10:15pm

The event is FREE & Open to ALL
Bring your instruments & talent to join the jam.

Dahlak Paradise
4708 Baltimore Ave
Philadelphia, Pa

June 4, 2016 12:00 - 6:00 PM West Philly Porchfest!

Porchfest is a free festival featuring music played on West Philly porches.
Info on playing or hosting musicians here

June 4, 2016 7:30-10:00 PM Salsa Night at The Piazza with Carlos Sanchez and Band

Siempre Salsa Philly presents Salsa Night at The Piazza with Carlos Sanchez and Un Toque de Cache!
Free salsa lesson at 7pm
No cover
Join us for a night of Salsa dancing in the Piazza! We are teaming up with Siempre Salsa Philly and Philadelphia Dance Foundation for an evening of Latin Music and Salsa dancing. There will be a FREE salsa lesson starting at 7pm with dancing beginning at 7:30pm. No cover, all ages just come ready to dance!

Philadelphia Dance Foundation strives to use the power of dance to enrich the lives of our youth. The mission of the Philadelphia Dance Foundation is to enrich the lives and education of High School students in Philadelphia through social dance.

Siempre Salsa Philly is an initiative undertaken by Rob Bernberg (Latin Beat Magazine), Jesse Bermudez ( radio) and Carlos Sanchez (Orquesta del Barrio) to grow the audience for authentic salsa music in the City of Philadelphia through a series of educational and entertainment events scheduled to take place the week of July 6th-12th.

The Piazza
1001 N. 2nd Street
Philadelphia, Pa

June 4, 2016 6:00PM Philadelphia Folklore Project's 29th Birthday Bash at Venice Island PAC

The Philadelphia Folklore Project turns 29! Please join us as we present Folk Arts and Social Change Awards to local visionaries and artists. Plus, there will be great food, drink and company, including Philadelphians who are particularly interested in arts and cultural traditions from near and far.This year's event features the following:

2016 Folk Arts & Social Change Awards to the BlackStar Film Festival and Tibetan ritual specialist Thupten Chonyi
Premiere of select documentary footage about the brilliant artists in the Liberian Women’s Chorus for Change
Performance by international percussion master Pablo Batista
Participatory bantaba with Kùlú Mèlé African Dance & Drum Ensemble
Sumptuous food & drink
PFP’s 29th Birthday Bash ​
June 4, 2016 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Venice Island Performing Arts Center
7 Lock Street, Philadelphia, PA 19127
Tickets start at $30.

June 4, 2016 7:00 PM "Dance with The Bride" 2016 with Breakwater

Join the Bride on June 4th for our annual Dance with the Bride celebration as we celebrate 47 years., Philly’s favorite spring dance party! This fundraiser will feature a feast by Miles Table and Catering, open bar and cocktails by D’usse Cognac, auction, raffle, dancing to the furiously funky band Breakwater, DJ 4ocus and pop-up performances of music, dance, masks, henna design, puppets and more.

This year we’re bringing the party back to the Bride for A Taste of Philadelphia, and we’re transforming our space with the help of Evantine Design.

Before Breakwater hits the stage we’ll have pop-up performances throughout the building:

Music: Joy Ike, singer songwriter; Kunu Bi Plus One (PaPa Ed Stokes, Tom Lowery, Lenny Seidman); Brent White Horn Trio
Dance: Lauren Putty-White; Eddie Smallwood, Bryant Lee and Yusuf Young of Kulu Mele
Henna, masks, puppets: Gina Gruenberg

This event is not to be missed. VIEW LAST YEAR’S PHOTOS.

Driving to the event? The first 30 ticket-holders will receive FREE RESERVED PARKING on Vine Street.

Taking a car? We have a limited number of $10 Lyft codes available. Reach out to the box office to obtain your code for the evening.

Are you under 30? Get a special $30 after-party ticket. From 10pm – 12am we’ll have DJ 4ocus on the turntables and food truck fare to fuel you while you dance the night away.

Painted Bride Art Center
230 Vine St.
Philadelphia, Pa

Ticket Price
$100 General Admission

$30 for ages 30 and under: 10pm – 12pm

Saturday, May 28, 2016

June 3, 2016 7:00 PM Philly Timba Party at The Annenberg Center

Philly Con Sabor is happy to present... Philly Timba Party! The only place in Philadelphia where you can listen and dance to Cuban music! We'lll play the hottest timba, rumba, son, cubaton, and more!

FREE lesson 7-8pm followed by social dancing!

Come fun, come all, tell your friends! The party is absolutely FREE! This will be our last Friday event for the month of June.

Please remember, there are no street shoes allowed on the dancefloor, so make sure to plan ahead.

3620 Walnut St.
Follow the billboards for Annenberg dance theater - they should lead you right to the studio doors.


June 3, 2016 7:30 - 10:30 PM First Friday Rent Party: Sam Reed Quartet at Arch St. Meeting House

You are invited to attend:

First Friday-Rent Parties

Friday, May 6, 2016 thru Friday, August 5, 2016

7:30 PM - 10:30 PM

$25 admission includes food, drink and entertainment
FREE Parking, first come first serve

Celebrating the Great Migration!

The Philadelphia Jazz Project and the Arch Street Meeting House present: First Friday Rent Parties! 5 fun-filled Fridays that celebrate the “rent party”, a creative response by Great Migrationeers to the financial struggles of their new lives. These rent parties solved some pressing economic problems.

On the first Fridays from April through August, we celebrate by representing the five states that most Black Philadelphians' families migrated from during the Great Migration: Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and Florida.

Each party will feature, a live Jazz band and pre-recorded music, dance instruction and free dance, a buffet of themed dishes created by Chef Valerie Erwin of Geechee Girl Restaurant, wine/beer, other beverages, and fun! In addition, there will be special guests and the exclusive PJP vendors, Books & Stuff and The Silk Tent.

First Friday-Rent Parties At Arch Street Meeting House
320 Arch Street - Philadelphia, PA 19106
7:30pm to 10:30pm

June 3rd
Theme State: South Carolina
Guest Performer: Sam Reed Quartet with guest vocalist
Chef: Valerie Erwin of Geechee Girl Restaurant

Tickets and more info at Philadelphia Jazz Project

June 3 and 4, 2016 8:00 PM Cross Rhythms New Tap Dance and Music Works at Rittenhouse Soundworks

Cross-Rhythms is Take It Away Dance's annual concert of new tap dance and original music works. Featuring choreography by Pamela Hetherington, this year's artists-in-residence: stb x at, and Max Pollak for The Philadelphia Community Tap Project. Live accompaniment by the Adam Faulk Trio.

$15 advance/$20 door.

Partially funded by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and The Philadelphia Cultural Fund.
Rittenhouse Soundworks
219 W. Rittenhouse St.
Philadelphia, PA

Thursday, May 26, 2016

June 1, 2016 12:30-1:30 PM Minas Free Lunchtime Concert at Church of the Holy Trinity

FREE CONCERT - June 1, 12:30pm, Church of the Holy Trinity, 19th & Walnut Sts., Philadelphia. Minas Trio with Jim Stager. Beautiful place to hear music. Take a lunch break and come on over. See you there!

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Sunday, May 22, 2016

May 28, 2016 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM El Flea with Arrastao do Dende

A Jonifin Marvin Jawn presents...


Vendors - Crafts, Arts, Awesome Randomness

Live Music featuring:
Arrastao do Dende - Afro Brazilian Persussion Band

Latin Dance flash mob

Face Painting for everyone

Femi Oluwafemi DJing

One hour flock (group) bike ride from 12pm-1am

Complimentary Coffee

Rio Brazilian Steak Truck
Traditional Brazilian sirloin, chicken wrapped with bacon and brazilian sausage.....also rice , beans, salad if you are veggie...

Fishtown Bikes-N-Beans
1321 N Front St, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19122

Saturday, May 21, 2016

May 27, 28, & 29, 2016 7:30 and 10:00 PM Urban Guerilla Orchestra at Warmdaddy's

Without a doubt, the very best soul, R&B, and funk band in Philadelphia, and you have 3 nights to catch them at Warmdaddy's.

1400 S. Columbus Blvd. @ Reed Street
Philadelphia Pa 19147
Cover $20

Friday, May 20, 2016

May 26, 2016 7:00-10:00 PM Mural Arts' WALL BALL 2016 at the Philly Fillmore

Our dream for Philadelphia is written on the walls of every building, in the paint on our fingers, in the stories we tell. It’s a dream that comes to life each day, connecting voices and communities in a shared message of change. Join us at this year’s Wall Ball for a night of cocktails and delicious food. There will also be live entertainment, including an auction of new artwork curated by Conrad Benner of the renowned art blog Streets Dept.
Live entertainment will begin at 7:00 PM with Unidos da Filadelfia Brazilian percussion ensemble.

The Fillmore Philadelphia
29 E Allen St, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19123

Get tickets here

Thursday, May 19, 2016

May 25, 2016 7:30-8:30 PM Take It Away Dance at the Passyunk Square Singing Fountain

What is National Tap Dance Day?

National Tap Dance Day falls on May 25 every year and is a celebration of tap dancing as an American art form. National Tap Dance Day was ...signed into American law by President George H.W. Bush on November 8, 1989.[1] [It] was the brainchild of Carol Vaughn, Nicola Daval, and Linda Christensen. They deemed May 25 appropriate for this holiday because it is the birthday of Bill "Bojangles" Robinson, a significant contributor to tap dance. (Source: Wikipedia).

Cool! Does Philadelphia have a celebration?

This year, YES! Take It Away Dance and The Philadelphia Community Tap Project are hosting a National Tap Dance Day celebration on Wednesday, May 25, 7:30-8:30 pm, at Passyunk Square's Singing Fountain, South 11th St. and Passyunk Avenue. We are planning a few short sets, accompaniment by Drum Like a Lady, challenges and of course, the shim sham!

Planning to join us? Want to do more?

GREAT! Email us at and let us know if you'd like to participate in any way. You can bring a board, an instrument, your shoes or suggest something for the program. Suggesting ideas, volunteering and just spreading the word is much appreciated!

Is there a city organization that allowed this awesome thing to happen?

Yes! This event has been approved by PARC (Passyunk Avenue Revitalization Corporation). The only rules are that we keep it clean, don't sell anything and don't block traffic!

*The Passyunk Square Farmers Market is happening until 7! So we might not get going until 7:30.*

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

May 24, 2016 6:00-9:00 PM Open Mic at Cafe Y Chocolate

Musicians, bring your instruments and voices to Open Mic Night every Tuesday at Cafe Y Chocolate. Music-lovers, come enjoy Cafe Y Chocolate's delicous Mexican food and drink while you listen to Philly's own music-makers!
Cafe Y Chocolate
2100 S Norwood St ( Between 21st and 22nd)
Philadelphia, PA
(267) 639-4506

Music questions should be directed to Bronson Tennis.

May 24, 2016 8:30-11:30 PM Tuesday Jazz Jam at Calabash

Every Tuesday is jazz jam night at Calabash. Musicians, bring your instruments and sit in.
Admission: $12 ($7. plus $5 drink ticket)
Calabash Restaurant
6208 Lancaster Ave
Philadelphia, PA
Directly across the street from the end-of-the-line #10 trolley stop.

May 24, 2016 7:00-9:00 PM Rumba Y Orishas Dance Class with Gilset Mora

Join us for either Rumba and/or Orishas classes with Gilset Mora.

Rumba 7-8pm $12
Orishas 8-9pm $12

At the Annenberg Dance Studio located between 3680 and 3620 Walnut St with its own private entrance.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

May 23, 2016 8:00 PM Bersuit Vergarabat and Tribute to Manu Chao at TLA

Desde Argentina llega Bersuit Vergarabat a el esceneario de TLA en Philadelphia. Tambien banda tributo a Manu Chao para hacer de esta una noche estelar.
From Argentina, Bersuit Vergarabat has arrived and will be onstage at TLA in Philadlephia. There will also be a Manu Chao tribute band to make this a stellar evening!
334 South St.
Philadelphia, Pa
Tickets $25.+ $2.37= $27.37

Monday, May 16, 2016

May 22, 2016 8:00 PM Amir ElSaffar and Sam Shalabi at House Gallery 1816

Fire Museum Presents : Amir ElSaffar and Sam Shalabi

Sunday, May 22nd 8:00 PM
House Gallery 1816
1816 Frankford Ave

This event made possible by a grant from the Penn Treaty Special Services District

Amir ElSaffar (NYC):

Trumpeter, santur player, vocalist, and composer Amir ElSaffar has distinguished himself with a mastery of diverse musical traditions and a singular approach to combining Middle Eastern musical languages with jazz and other styles of contemporary music. A recipient of the 2013 Doris Duke Performing Artist Award, ElSaffar has been described as "uniquely poised to reconcile jazz and Arabic music without doing either harm," (the Wire) and "one of the most promising figures in jazz today" (Chicago Tribune).

Sam Shalabi (Montreal/Cairo):

"Sam Shalabi is nothing if not prolific. His numerous recordings place him in a category of his own. The completely solo Music for Arabs is a carefully assembled musical sound collage that reflects post-revolution urban Egypt (Cairo, more specifically, where he lives). Shalabi portrays his impressions across six tracks on which he plays all the instruments, from drums and Arabic percussion instruments to daf, mazhar, oud, rabat, salamiyyah, zummara, harmoniums, and keyboards, as well as guitars, samplers, and drum machines. Also playing a large role are overheard street and marketplace conversations repurposed through tape manipulation.

Sunday, May 15, 2016

May 21 & 22, 2016 11:00AM - 11:00PM Italian Market Festival at Connie's Ric Rac

Philadelphia's largest block party comes every third weekend in May to the S. 9th Street Italian Market, and Connie's Ric Rac is the exclusive provider of live local music with two stages through out Festival Weekend!

Big thanks to our sponsors: Pabst Blue Ribbon, Junto Music, Milk Street Marketing, Sine Studios, Yards Brewing Co. and Reed Street Builders.

Connie's Ric Rac will be presenting live music on two stages, The Joseph "Joe Brown" Tartaglia Local Music Flavor Stage; and the Ric Rac All Star Stage presented by Junto Music inside Connie's.

We are very excited to announce this years performers!
Johnny Showcase & The Mystic Ticket
The Late Saints
Alright Junior
Seoul Delhi
Those People
Sweet Eureka
Reverend TJ McGlinchey
Railroad Fever
You Do You
Giada J.
In The Presence Of Wolves
John Francis
T.c. Cole Riot
Katie Barbato & Dirty Holiday
Hannah Taylor & Rekardo Lee Trio
Momma Hankton
Dr. Beardfacé and the Spaceman
Emily Mineo
Bosom Band
Vital Stats
Rockers Galore
Calle D'Luna
Ashton John
Behind The Granstand
School of Rock Philadelphia
The Means
The Rothland
The Whiskey Effect
Sara Williams
Magnificent Birds of Prey
Swing That Cat
The Slow Response
Layers and Frames
Barry Dwier
Endless Taile
The X's

House music provided by Christophonic on Saturday and MH The Verb on Sunday.

This is obviously a very special festival for us, as 2016 is our 10 year anniversary! Joe Brown loved the festival so much, and we make it bigger and better every year in his honor.

This year, the festival takes place on May 21st & 22nd, rain or shine. For more information on the festival, visit the S. 9th Street Italian Market website here:
Connie's Ric Rac
1132 S. 9th St.
Philadelphia, Pa 19147

May 21, 2016 9:00PM - 1:00AM De Tierra Caliente at Manny Brown's

Latin party/dance music from a live trio, with no cover.
Manny Brown's
512 South Street
Philadelphia, PA

May 21, 2016 2:00-6:00 PM CBA32 Outdoor Street Festival & Concert

CBA32 Outdoor Street Festival & Concert
In partnership with the historic Church of the Advocate. Join us after the Literary and Arts Conference for family fun and entertainment including vendors, performances and other family-friendly activities! Hosted by 900AM-WURD's Stephanie Renee, with performances from:

* Rock to the Future
* Philly Bloco!
* Roger Lee Dance
* Laurin Talese

Church of the Advocate
1801 W Diamond St, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19121

This event is FREE. Donations are welcomed and appreciated.

May 21, 2016 7:00 PM Muevete: Samba Dance Lesson and Fandango at The Cannery

This is a very exciting, albeit last minute scheduled Cannery Event! Muevete: Dance, Music + potluck!
Muevete: Dance and Music for the Soul
We will be hosting Rachel Sherman from Alo Brasil for a beginner Samba Lesson from 7-8pm.

Once the blood gets flowing and we bruise some toes, the Philly Son Jarocho group, Son Revoltura will be hosting a Fandango from 8pm into the night...

Son Jarocho is a regional style of music from Veracruz, Mexico that connects protest songs and dance with community participation. Come hear from some of the organizers how this form has been adpated and practiced here in Philly and how this practice combines storytelling, music and dance for resistance and community building.

Check out their Facebook page here:
They are hosting events all next weekend if you want to catch other opportunities to learn about this tradition and culture of community building through music:

A fandango is a 'jam session' with jarana players, song and zapateando (a form of tap dance). All ages are welcome!

Join us early for some dance and stay late in to the night enjoying the high energy music and spirit of Son Jarocho.
Admission: Donation (pay what you wish)
The Cannery
10th and Wolf St, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19148

May 21, 2016 8:00 PM - 2:00 AM Combo Melaza at Isla Verde Cafe

*Drinks Specials
*BEST Tapas in town
*$5 Cover Ladies $10 Gentleman

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

Saturday, May 14, 2016

May 20, 2016 10:30PM - 1:00AM Trap Island Party with Soca and Afro Rhythms

Enter a space surrounded by waves, an endless oasis of turn up! Enter “Trap Island”!
Next Friday, May 20th from 9:00 pm to 1:00 am, join us at Studio 10Two5 as we experience an array of cultural and creative exhibitions and live performances. Doors open at 9pm, show starts at 10:30 pm. Tickets are $20 for show and dinner, $10 without dinner. Studio 10Two5 is located at 1022 Buttonwood Street.
From fashion vendors “Kamaswazi” and “Love is Love Entertainment”, pop up thrift shop “The Come Up”, and live performances by local artists: Dahi Divine, Lord Vega, Phil-a-del, Dev Ultra, Cloudy, Gabe Wolf, and vocalist Troi Lauren, this Trap Island experience might make you forget you’re in North Philly.
Trap Island is a party with the purpose, providing a modern twist to the typical party experience. Bringing the “Soca” and “Afro” rhythms of the islands to the undeniable sounds of “Trap”!
Studio 10Two5, owned by renowned photographer Jason Hudson, is the spot increasingly used by local artists and artisans to host exhibits, premieres and launch parties.

May 20, 2016 10:00 PM - 2:00 AM Drum Like a Lady with Marcy Francis and Lael Jones

Drum Like a Lady | May Edition 5/20
An OPEN Jam Session ... 10pm-2am
"Led by Women, Governed by Percussion "
Featuring the percussive stylings of
Marcy Francis & Lael Jones

Host: LaTreice Victoria

Marcy Francis applies her skills in work-shops and healing circles. Her focus and reason for living is to bring children and adults closer to a culture of Love, Peace, Harmony and Healing.
She takes a holistic view and always seeks to connect the mind, body and spirit in her work whether playing her bass guitar, singing rock or African music or through giving a massage. In her work with people of all ages she fosters, respect for one’s self and for loving one another. Marcy says, “I studied with people from the old school. I learned to just keep it basic and simple and the Spirit will come out.” She is proud to have been taught by many noted musicians and singers, like Omomola Iyabunmi or The Woman’s Shekeres Ensemble, Baba Ishangi, Alphonzo Cary, Gerald Veasley, Sandy Day, John Allen, Bob Leslie and Ricardo Martin from Freedom Theatre. She has received outstanding awards for entertainment from the U.S. government for the Mediterranean tour, the European tour, and the Caribbean tour. She also received awards from the Thule Greenland, North Pole. Resident Artist for the Art Well After School program. Marcy also taught healing workshops in Jamaica; vocal coach for The Woman’s Shekeres Ensemble; an African percussion group. A leader and founder of Better Days, Marcy was known as “Miss Ladyfingers of Soul, with an all-girls band, where she played a bass guitar and vocal. Touring the USA in USO shows and Army of Defense featured rap singer with the Cutaways, People of the Future; gospel soloist on Tapping the Power Within, CD by Iyanla Vanzant. Performing with Ubaka Hill percussionist and bass.
Marcy Francis is a member of Women’s Drumming group, Music Over Matter (M.O.M.) under the direction of Jan Jeffries.
Contact: 215 382 4158 * Email

Lael Jones was born September 11, 1986 in Philadelphia to Samuel and Eleanor Jones. Lael Jones gained her love for music and the drums through church. She says her first love will always be drums even though she's moving to impact the world other ways through the music industry.
Lael has been playing since the age of 12. She was 15 when her mom got her professional lessons at Temple University it was a program for high-school students , because there wasn't music offered at her high school.
At Temple she learned basic Music Theory and learned to read for snare drum and drum set. After graduating high school she continued education in music at Community College of Philadelphia studying music education and performance.
As a professional drummer Lael has played on many big stages and continues to play for different artists and bands . Lael doesn't play for the fame; she plays because she couldn't live or breathe without it. It's part of her life .

Her style is very soulful and you can feel her when she plays . Lael says "The one thing I want to always see is someone in the audience rocking their head to my beat; my pocket has to always be strong!!!"

This is an open jam session that is FREE & OPEN to ALL!

Spread the word! Bring an instrument!
Join the fun!

Dahlak Paradise
4708 Baltimore Ave
Philadelphia PA
Free admission

Friday, May 13, 2016

May 19, 2016 8:00 PM Mixed People presents The Outlet at The Rotunda

THE OUTLET is a new quarterly music event, sponsored by Mixed People LLC, that features local, national, and international indie bands and artists. The Outlet provides a space for freedom of artistry, as well as, culture, love, and unity through music.

We're doing it again Thursday, May 19th at The Rotunda!!!

Danielle Grubb
Mixed People

Door: $10 / 7:30pm doors open/ 8:00pm show starts
Ages: All (mature audience)
social media #theoutletphilly

May 19-23, 2016 The Sixth Philadelphia International Tango Festival

The 6th Philadelphia International Tango Festival
The Philadelphia International Tango Festival will take place from May 19-22, 2016. Our festival has been growing and getting better every single year, and 2016 will be no exception.

We are pleased to announce an amazing group of festival instructors:
** Gustavo Naveira & Giselle Anne,
** Alejandro Larenas & Marisol Morales,
** Marcelo El Chino Gutierrez & Ines Muzzopappa, and
** Andres Amarilla & Meredith Klein.

And a remarkable gathering of DJs:
* Adam Ashton Hoopengardner,
* Marc Hussner,
* Jake Spatz,
* Cigdem Tanik,
* Manuk Colakyan,
* Marcelo Gutierrez &
* Dasha Khripkova.

** A 12-hour partners-only seminar with Gustavo & Giselle on a topic specially created for this festival, "The Turn (Giro) in Tango, and Changes of Turn Direction." Click here to read G & G's comprehensive explanation of why this topic is so important:

** Two open-enrollment workshops with Gustavo & Giselle, so you can study with these teachers of teachers even if you don't have a partner.

** Workshops at all levels - beginner, intermediate, and advanced - with some of the very most popular teachers who have ever come to Philadelphia - Alejandro & Marisol, Marcelo Gutierrez, and Andres Amarilla. And introducing one of the most gorgeous tangueras, who is already world-famous, but has never before taught in Philadelphia, Ines Muzzopappa. Complete festival schedule here:

** A four-day beginner track (no experience necessary!), which opens with a workshop given by Gustavo & Giselle. Imagine starting to learn tango for the first time with the most accomplished and respected dancers/teachers in the world!
Beginner track info here:

Thursday, May 12, 2016

May 18, 2016 7:00 PM TIMBALONA in Free Concert at The Free Library of Philadelphia

New Americans Spring Concert Series Presents:

TIMBALONA - Music from the Caribbean and Latin America

Formed in 2010 by professional percussionists Andrés Cisneros (Venezuela) and Christian Noguera (Argentina), TIMBALONA is a percussion collective focusing on folklore and popular music from the Caribbean and Latin America. TIMBALONA spreads their mission of unity, community building and cultural exchange through music. Exclusively for their New Americans Concert Series performance, TIMBALONA will showcase Afro-Caribbean folkloric music with special guest Nicky Laboy from New York City.


Call 215-686-5316 to find out more about the New Americans Spring Concert Series, which runs through June 2016.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

May 17, 2016 8:30-9:30 PM Tuesday Night Jazz Jam at Calabash

Some great house musicians tonight. Keith Hollis on Drums, Frank Strauss on Piano, Richard Hill on Bass, and Chris Aschman. Keith will be making his steelpan debut, and he and Chris will play as a duo for a little bit.. Always something new at the 'Bash, please come support and thanks to all who do. 8:30-11:30 in Overbook,
6208 Lancaster Ave.
Philadelphia, PA
$12 admission ($7 + 1 $5 drink ticket)

May 17, 2016 6:00-9:00 PM Open Mic at Cafe Y Chocolate in South Philly

Musicians, bring your instruments and voices to Open Mic Night every Tuesday at Cafe Y Chocolate. Music-lovers, come enjoy Cafe Y Chocolate's delicous Mexican food and drink while you listen to Philly's own music-makers!
Cafe Y Chocolate
2100 S Norwood St ( Between 21st and 22nd)
Philadelphia, PA
(267) 639-4506

Music questions should be directed to Bronson Tennis.

May 17, 2016 7:00 PM Rumba Guaguanco Y Orishas Dance Classes with Gilset Mora

Join us for either Rumba and/or Orishas classes with Gilset Mora.

Rumba 7-8pm $12
Orishas 8-9pm $12

At the Annenberg Dance Studio located bewteen 3680 and 3620 Walnut St with its own private entrance.
Call (305) 562-3309 if coming late or if lost.

Women, bring a long skirt or a scarf.

May 17, 2016 7:00 PM Samba Jazz Trio at Rittenhouse Soundworks

Jim, Ryan, and Stephen Guerra will interpret a set of some of the best and most well known sambas of composer-musicians Tom Jobim and Baden Powell. That such a particular homage should be paid to these two masters outside of Brazil is fitting: they were the ones to make the samba of Rio (in the new style) famous in the US and Europe, respectively.

Let's have some fun at this super-chill, inviting venue!
Rittenhouse Soundworks
219 W. Rittenhouse Street
Phila, Pa
$10 at the door
Free parking in the lot next door

Monday, May 9, 2016

May 15, 2016 7:00 PM Musicians' Gathering #8 with Ensemble Novo, Cabriole, and Sharon Sable & Shawn Q

Tom Moon's Ensemble Novo
Ensemble Novo is a Philadelphia based six piece band inspired by the music of Brazil.

French Dance Music featuring Elizabeth Shaak (fiddle), Sarah Gowan (guitar, concertina), Bil Quern (melodeon, mandolin, fiddle), Daniel Hawkins (cello)

Sharon Sable and Shawn Q
The music of Sharon Sable and E. Shawn Qaissaunee is something to be experienced. Together they create a beautiful soundscape that is both bold and understated, appealing to music lovers of all kinds.

$10 Tickets at the Door Free Parking at the lot next door
Rittenhouse Soundworks
219 W. Rittenhouse St.
Phila, Pa

Sunday, May 8, 2016

May 14,21, and 28, 2016 1:00-3:00 PM Son and Casino Cuban Dance Workshops at the Annenberg

Hello dancers!

Get excited-- summer is here, and along with it comes more workshop series in addition to our regular rueda de casino classes!

Saturdays (5/14, 5/21, 5/28)
1-2PM: Casino for beginners
2-3PM: Fundamentals of son

*$10 for each 1 hour lesson, $20 for series of three 1 hour lessons
(please pay by cash or by venmo at time of lesson)
*Classes will take place at our usual location at the Annenberg Center Dance Studio--3620 Walnut St., Philadelphia PA
(Follow the Annenberg Center billboards, and they will lead you right to the studio doors.)

==Casino for Beginners==
If you've ever wondered how to apply what you've learned in our rueda de casino classes to social dancing, this is your chance. Casino, sometimes called "Cuban salsa," is a style of partner dance that is done in Cuba, the US, and worldwide. This series is intended for absolute beginners or for those who want to get a better grasp of the fundamentals of the dance. We will focus on clean footwork, body movement/styling, and concepts for good leading and following, as well as fundamental moves that allow you to dance socially through a whole song without choreography.

==Fundamentals of Son==
By popular demand, we are bringing back our "son" workshop series. What is son? Son is a traditional style of Cuban music and dance that has roots in European music and African rhythms, which come together to produce a distinctive style that is both elegant and dynamic. Son became popular in the early 20th century, and subsequently went on to influence the development of casino, salsa, and many other musical styles.

This workshop series will focus on the fundamentals of son, including musicality, body movements, and timing (dancing "a contratiempo" or "on 2"). Aside from learning how to dance son in a social setting, the lessons will help to enrich your casino dancing with a better understanding of the roots of the dance and musicality. We promise that you will never hear/feel Cuban music the same way again!

== For our more advanced dancers: if you are feeling left out, don't you worry! We plan on having another 3 week series after this one with intermediate casino and intermediate son lessons. Stay tuned for more information! ==

Michael Huang and Leilani Chirino are rueda, casino, and son instructors at Philly Con Sabor, with an extensive background in dancing and performing. Michael's dance experience comes primarily from Cuban dance, while Leilani is also trained in classical ballet. Aside from weekly rueda de casino lessons, Leilani and Michael have taught son workshops in Philadelphia and at the Rueda Exchange in New York City. They are both great instructors - patient, knowledgeable, and passionate about Cuban dance and culture!
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Annenberg Center Live
3680 Walnut St, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19104

May 14, 2016 10:00 PM - 2:00 AM Worldtown 5th Anniversary at The Philly Fillmore

*Tickets available at the door night of show!*

WORLDTOWN 5th Year Anniversary in The Foundry at the Fillmore w/ music by:
Opening sounds by

Tickets are $10 before 11pm, $15 after!

The Fillmore Philadelphia
29 E Allen St, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19123

May 14, 2016 8:00 PM - 2:00 AM Cintron Band at Isla Verde Cafe

Let's Get Out and Celebrate In True Salsa Style!
This Week at Isla Verde Cafe experience the HIGH energy & sophisticated crowd enjoying the BEST Salsa Music by DJ Danny

LIVE BAND The Cintron Band

*Drinks Specials
*BEST Tapas in town
*$5 Cover Ladies $10 Gentleman

Isla Verde Cafe
2725 N. American St.
Phila, PA 19133
(215) 426-3600
Celebrate your Birthday with us!!!
Info/Reserv's: Maria (267) 949-6401

May 14, 2016 8:30 PM Fundaçao Internacional de Capoeira Angola-Philadelphia Fundraising Concert

Join FICA-Philadelphia as we celebrate our 20th anniversary!

This year we are hosting four full days of Capoeira Angola for our annual roda at the Odunde African-American Street Festival. The founding masters (mestres) of FICA will be traveling from Brazil to help us honor 20 years at Odunde.
To support the event and travel costs of the mestres, we are throwing a fundraiser concert with an incredible line-up. Come join us for a night of music, drinks and dancing!

Concert Features:



Hardwork Movement is a 21st Century Hip-Hop group based out of Philly. We aim to make music that is inclusive, original, and inspires all listeners to strive towards uniqueness in all that they do. We believe that the power of the group is much stronger than the power of the individual, and we aim to push ourselves and those around us to new heights inside and outside of the music.


Drum Like a Lady is an organization whose mission is to provide a safe space for women of all ages, ethnic backgrounds, religious beliefs and lifestyles to express their uniqueness through collective drumming, dance, music education and mental health advocacy. Founded in 2014, in response to the discriminatory and sexist practices observed in the drumming community, Drum Like a Lady encourages women, and young girls alike, to see the drum as a healing instrument, a community tool, and one of the most powerful and effective methods of non-verbal communication known to humanity. Unfortunately, Western culture has indoctrinated us (women) to see the drum as masculine, loud, dominant, and aggressive, all of which is anti-female. Through the Drum Like a Lady jam sessions, musicians at all skills levels, ranging from the novice to the world traveler, are invited to share in the creation and celebration of a new soundscape – rooted in improvisation and inspired by the beauty of femininity.


Songwriter Ama Chandra (the name “Ama” is of Ghanaian origin), brings to the microphone a voice that is the convergence of gospel, jazz, and soul-inspired vocals. From her humble beginnings in Plant City, Florida, Ama has firmly established herself as a citizen of the world, thanks in great part to time spent in Brazil, learning Portuguese, learning how to play the berimbau (a single stringed percussion instrument used to accompany the Afro-Brazilian martial art of Capoeira, which she also studied extensively), and internalizing the syncopation that is the core of Brazilian music.

Donation: $10

**Drinks will be on sale throughout the event.

Please come support Capoeira Angola, and help them strengthen their presence in the City!


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Asian Arts Initiative
1219 Vine St.

May 14, 2016 8:00 PM Kendrah and Shamika Work in Progress Concert at The Kimmel Center

Join our Jazz Residency artists for the opportunity to experience a work in progress! After months of workshops and preparation, each artist will present an intimate session, showcasing their unfinished collaborative projects in SEI Innovation Studio. Through these works in progress, audiences will have an opportunity to experience the reality and rawness of the creative process.

Project: The presence of Jazz and Faith of the African American experience

Project Description: 'This three prong work will seek to acknowledge the presence of jazz and faith of the African American experience to music. We are writing this body of work as a means to acknowledge contributions of African Americans to the jazz and faith experience. Many composers from Mary Lou Williams to Duke Ellington acknowledge the presence of faith in their music and composed as well as performed within these idioms. We seek to further this meeting of musical genres of faith and jazz to broaden and deepen the definition of what jazz music can be.'

SEI Innovation Studio

Inside the Kimmel Center
2 levels below ground floor
300 S Broad St
Philadelphia, PA 19102

Admission is free, but you must have a reservation.

May 14, 2016 12:00-5:00 PM Germantown Second Saturday Festival

Meet your neighbors and celebrate our community with Historic Germantown and Germantown United CDC, as we kick-off the Second Saturday series, when all 16 Historic Germantown sites are open monthly, and highlight the many thriving cultural, civic and business activities that make Germantown an exciting place to live and visit.

- A special dance performance by BalletX, Philadelphia's premier contemporary ballet!
- Live Music
- Food Trucks
- Art & Craft Marketplace
- Historic Re-enactors
- Family Friendly Programs
- Free Bus Tours to Historic Germantown Sites
(register for bus tours in advance at

May 14, 2016 7:00-9:30 PM Underground at Ron's #62 with Bill Koutsouros and Joe Tayoun

"A House Concert & More since 1997"

Saturday Evening, May 14, 2016

An Evening With
BILL KOUTSOUROS - Bouzouki, Oud, Guitar, Doumbek
JOE TAYOUN - Doumbek, Percussion

8:00 P.M. - 9:30 P.M. Showtime
7:00 P.M. - 7:50 P.M. Community Drum Circle & Potluck
Suggested donation of $20.00 taken at the door
(or less if needed)

RESERVE NOW! at 215 233 0777 or
Location @ 1012 E Southampton Ave. Wyndmoor, Pa 19038

24 hr. notice is appreciated in case of cancellation: On street parking

My home is a fragrance free environment? Due to my sensitivity to many perfumes, cologne's, after shaves, cigarette's, etc., if possible, I ask that you would attend without that presence on your clothes, body, hair, breath etc.
THANKS and I look forward to you joining us for a great evening!

Saturday, May 7, 2016

May 13, 2016 5:00-8:45 PM Art After Five: Creative Africa Dance Party

Help us celebrate Creative Africa. Enjoy the “golden voice of Liberia,” Fatu Gayflor, who opens the night at 5:45 p.m. with African pop sounds. Then, stick around for a performance featuring the infectious and joyful music of Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars, a band that has toured extensively to raise awareness for humanitarian causes.
The party continues until 11 p.m. and all “Creative Africa” exhibitions are on view at the Perelman Building from 8:00 to 10:00 p.m.
Philadelphia Museum of Art
2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia, PA
$20 nonmembers: members free
$10 after 8:00 PM