Thursday, September 29, 2016

October 5, 2016 8:00 PM Sittin' In at the Kimmel Center with Vertical Current

Sittin' In hosted by Vertical Current
8pm Doors/DJ | 9pm Live Music

It's a dance party, it's a jam session, it's a live show — and it always features the hottest talent on the scene! Sittin' In is the free, monthly jam session at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts. Blending edgy horns, choice vinyl, cutting edge MC's and soaring vocalists, each session is unique, led by a stellar lineup of guest hosts and their band of choice.

Vertical Current is a band on the rise, a name on the lips of music lovers in one of the greatest musical cities in America; Philadelphia. Their brand of music is a unique blend of genres ( that is intended to uplift and inspire, and has become the go-to band for visiting artists from the likes of Grammy Award winner Chrisette Michele to the awe-inspiring Frank McComb. Individually, the members of Vertical Current have traveled throughout the world, performing and recording with an array of celebrated and award winning artists including Roberta Flack, John Legend, Jazmine Sullivan, Jill Scott, The Roots, and more. Their first full-length project “Bright Side of Midnight” was released in the summer of 2014, and the band has been busy crafting fresh material for their next album.

The Kimmel Center
300 South Broad Street,
Philadelphia, PA 19102

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

October 4, 2016 6:30 PM Rumba/Guaguanco Dance Lesson in Rittenhouse Square

Join us for Rumba and Orichas classes with master choreographer Gilset Mora (Havana, Cuba)

- Rumba $12
Southwest corner of Rittenhouse Square
Ladies, bring long / wide skirts or shawls / scarves.

October 4, 2016 8:00-10:30 PM Carla Morrison with Daniel De Jesus at World Cafe Live

Mexican singer-songwriter Carla Morrison is playing the next Latin Roots Live! free concert on Tuesday, October 4th at World Cafe Live. Winner of two Latin Grammy awards, Morrison is one of Latin music’s leading independent artists, an imaginative songwriter and wonderfully expressive singer.

The all-ages show is being held in Philadelphia at World Cafe Live 3025 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104

RSVP for the event HERE

Doors are at 7:00 pm; Showtime is 8:00 – 10:30 pm.

Admission is free, however an RSVP is required.

Monday, September 26, 2016

October 2, 2016 1:00-3:00 PM Mt. Airy Outdoor Drum Circle

Mt. Airy Outdoor Community Drum Circle

Mt Airy Presbyterian Church Yard
7115 Germantown Ave & Mt. Pleasant Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19119
1st Sunday of every month, May-October.

1:00PM - 3:00PM

Oct 2, 2016
Join experienced drummers Baba Tyrone Davis, Quint Lange & Ron Kravitz for an afternoon of outdoor drumming in the Mt Airy Presbyterian Church Yard. This is an event for people who love to drum, love dancing to the rhythms of the drums or who just love to listen!


Sunday, September 25, 2016

October 1, 2016 10:00PM - 2:00AM The Jam Jawn with Dahi Divine at Dahlak Paradise

"Where the musicians never pay to play"
Featuring Dahi Divine as "The Conductor of the Jam"
Host: LaTreice V Branson
Dahlak Paradise | 10pm - 2am

THE JAM JAWN is an open jam session series, produced by the percussive minds of Drum Like a Lady that features Philadelphia's finest musical artisans as "The Conductor of the Jam". There is no sign-up sheet and no cover for the jam, as ALL are encouraged to bring their voices, lyrics, instruments and signature grooves to collaborate in the creation of wildly imaginative, improvisational soundscapes.

About our featured Conductor:
Ol MacDah is the contemporary alter ego of emerging jazz artist Dahi Divine that displays his level of talent as an instrumentalist, musician, writer, emcee, producer, and composer. His aesthetic is rooted in the sounds of Hip-Hop, coupled with rich soulful melodies of classic R&B, the energy found in Rock and wavy movement all blended with the virtuosic arrangements found only in jazz. OlmacDah is the bridge that brings all the knowlege of a studied jazz musician and composer to the world of hip hop and R&B.

...and you probably saw him playing saxophone for Rihanna during the 2016 VMA AWARDS! ...just sayin'

Dahlak Paradise
4708 Baltimore Ave
Philadelphia, Pa
No cover

October 1, 2016 5:00-6:30 PM Afro-Brazilian Dance Class with Cleonice Fonseca

Cleonice Fonseca is back with her Afro-Brazilian dance class every Saturday at ASCAB Capoeira!

October 1, 2016 9:00PM - 2:00AM Combo Melaza at Isla Verde Cafe

Performing LIVE, Combo Melaza playing the BEST Salsa Y MAS
DJ Djdanny on the wheels till 2AM, LET'S GOO!!
*Drinks Specials
*BEST Tapas in town
Isla Verde Cafe
2725 N. American St.
Philadelphia, Pa

October 1, 2016 12:00-8:00 PM Midtown Village Fair with Live Music

Celebrate the autumn season at the Midtown Village Fall Festival in Midtown, Pennsylvania. Eight beer gardens keep the ale flowing as visitors sample food from local restaurants including their specialty menus for the event, and live music performances entertain while artisan retailers and local businesses set up booths streetside for shopping.

Five stages throughout Midtown Village host live performances from local musicians and performers. Stages will be located at Broad and Chestnut streets, Chestnut Street between Juniper and 13th streets, 12th and Chestnut streets, 12th and Sansom streets and Sansom Street between Juniper and 13th streets. While most stages promise live music and performances from professionals, singers of all levels are welcome to try their hand at karaoke outside of McGillin’s.

1300 Chestnut St.
Philadelphia, Pa

October 1, 2016 8:00 PM Marc Anthony in Concert at Santander Arena in Reading, Pa

Marc Anthony Live in Concert!

The Santander Arena
700 Penn Street, Reading, PA 19602

Tickets $61 - $181

October 1, 2016 5:30-7:00 PM Afro-Brazilian Percussion Class with Dendê Macêdo IS CANCELED FOR OCT 1

********The October 1st class is canceled; please come on Oct 8th at 5:30PM *****
Afro-Brazilian Percussion Class with Dendê
Saturdays October 1st and October 8th at 5:30pm
Wissahickon Dance Academy
38 East Schoolhouse Lane (Germantown) Philadelphia, PA 19144
Join master percussionist Dende for the next edition of this introductory class in Afro-Brazilian percussion for just $15.

Since 2001 Dende has worked with his Arrastao in New York, performing at venues from the Brooklyn Academy of Music to Central Park Summerstage. Now that he is living in Philadelphia he is holding auditions for percussionists of all levels (beginner to advanced) to become members of the group.

Members will learn to play timbal, caixa, surdo, repique, xequere, tamborim, pandeiro and much more with a former member of Timbalada! Dendê will teach you proper technique, exercises, tuning and maintenance, improvisations and soloing, traditional rhythms from candomble and samba de roda as well as the original rhythms and breaks from bands like Timbalada, Ilê Aiyê and Olodum.

October 1, 2016 9:00 PM Michael Stuart at NAHN Philadelphia Chapter 2016 Scholarship Gala

The Philadelphia Chapter of Hispanic Nurses (NAHN) announces its ANNUAL SCHOLARSHIP GALA on October 1, 2016 at the Hilton Penn's Landing with Special Guest El Mulato Rumbero** MICHAEL STUART**, along with Juan Otero Sabory Y SU ORQUESTA SABORY AND DJ Pedro DjDro Ramirez.
For online ticket sales
OR — Contact 215-432-4218 or 856-906-3500 for tickets, Group sales and Sponsorships. For Hilton reservations use Promo code — NAHN. Semi formal attire.
Hilton Philadelphia at Penn's Landing
201 S Columbus Blvd, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19106

Banquet and show: $150.
Show only at 9:00 PM $50

October 1, 2016 2:00-5:00 PM Ahlan! Experience Arab Arts and Culture

Al-Bustan Seeds of Culture bids the Philadelphia area community Welcome (or "Ahlan!" in Arabic) for our annual open house!

Youth and adults are invited to join us for an afternoon of Arab arts and culture at the Trinity Center for Urban Life on October 1st. From Arab drumming circle with master percussionist Hafez Kotain and singing with music director Hanna Khoury, to henna art, tatreez emroidery-making and more, there's fun cultural activities for people of all ages. Be sure to bring your own drum #BYOD and your singing voices!

2:00 – 5:00 Art-making Stations with Teaching Artists:
Geometry & Pattern-Making, Collective Poetry, Tatreez Embroidery, Arabic Alphabet Photo Booth, Henna Art

Light Fare/Beverages and Merchandise for Sale

2:45 – 3:30 Drumming Circle with Hafez Kotain – Bring Your Own Drum!
4:00 – 4:45 Al-Bustan Takht Ensemble with Penn Arabic Choir and Moffet Choir – with audience sing along!

Admission is FREE, RSVP requested:

Trinity Center for Urban Life
22nd and Spruce Streets, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19103

October 1, 2016 8:00 PM Ladies Sing the Blues at the Annenberg Center

Vocalists Catherine Russell, Brianna Thomas and Charenee Wade channel the liberated spirits and pioneering vocalizations of four 1920s blues divas: Bessie Smith (the “Empress of the Blues”); Mamie Smith (the “Queen of the Blues”); Ma Rainey (the “Mother of the Blues”); and legendary stage and screen icon, Ethel Waters. Backed by a seven-piece band, the ladies demonstrate the ageless relevance of this important genre in American music, tackling love’s follies and stompin’ the blues away!

Annenberg Center
3680 Walnut St.
Philadelphia, Pa
Tickets $25 - $55

Saturday, September 24, 2016

September 30, 2016 8:00 PM Danilo Perez and Jazz 100: The Music of Dizzy, Ella, Mongo & Monk

2017 marks the centennial celebration for four visionary icons of music all born in the same glorious year: Dizzy Gillespie, Ella Fitzgerald, Mongo Santamaria and Thelonious Monk. Jazz 100 showcases both the dynamic individual artistry of each icon and the powerful unifying threads between them which helped shape and inform not only the evolution of jazz but modern music as we now recognize it. Musical Director and former Gillespie pianist Danilo Pérez has carefully assembled a world class ensemble of virtuosos, bandleaders and composers in their own right including Chris Potter (saxophone, woodwinds), Avishai Cohen (trumpet), Wycliffe Gordon (trombone, vocals), Lizz Wright (vocals), Roman Diaz (percussion, vocals), Ben Street (bass) and Adam Cruz (drums) to reflect and pay homage to some of our history’s most important and timeless musical voices.

Band Members: Danilo Pérez, Chris Potter, Avishai Cohen, Wycliffe Gordon, Lizz Wright, Ben Street, Adam Cruz, Ramon Díaz
Tickets $30.50 - $85.50
Funsaver Discount Tickets
The Merriam Theater
250 S. Broad St.
Philadelphia, Pa

September 30, 2016 5:45 - 8:15 PM Art After Five: La Pachamambo

A Brooklyn-based ensemble that combines mambo and salsa in the style of musicians such as Celia Cruz, Buena Vista Social Club, Tito Puente, and more. Special guest performance by Philly Con Sabor dancers Michael Huang and Leilani Chirino!
Free after museum admission($20 nonmembers: members free)
Philadelphia Museum of Art
2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway

Friday, September 23, 2016

September 29, 2016 5:00-10:00 PM Brazilian Choro Music: Workshop and Concert

Concert and Workshop in Brazilian Choro Music

*Brazilian Guitar Duo,
Rogerio Souza and Edinho Gerber
with special guests Jim Hamilton and Stephen Guerra

Brazilian choro music represents the coming together of European melodic and harmonic traditions with
African rhythms and sensibilities. Sometimes described as the cousin of jazz, it features romantic melodies set to an irresistible groove and rhythmic momentum that is uniquely Brazilian.

In the workshop, you will study five tunes with Rogério from the choro repertoire representing a variety of rhythmic styles: choro, samba, bossa, and maxixe.

All string, wind, brass, and percussion instrumentalists are encouraged to participate.

To receive the music charts and more, RSVP to with your interest to attend

Workshop and Concert $40 5-7 pm

Concert Only: $20; $10 Students 8 pm

FREE Parking at the lot next door

Rittenhouse Soundworks
219 W. Rittenhouse St.
Philadelphia, Pa

September 29, 2016 7:00-10:00 PM Exuberance: Studies in Melody, Harmony, and Rhythm with the Arturo Stable Trio

From Matt Yaple:
Two years ago, as @exuberance began construction at 1220 Mascher, Arturo shared with me his idea for a piano trio album with pairings of different pianists and bassists on each track. I offered that perhaps this South Kensington space could eventually provide the piano, the acoustics and the rapt audience to help make such a vision feasible.

Our Steinway B is beautiful. If you’ve been here for our Sumi Tonooka and Mike Cemprola programs, you know the acoustics here are divine. And the audiences for both events could not have been more attentive or encouraging.

Enter Arturo Stable—a brilliant, engaging, astonishing artist. Deft, devastating Cuban percussionist. Swinging-as-all-hell jazz drummer. Soaringly lyrical composer. His albums are strings of jewels.

Joining Arturo for this evening are the estimable Luke Carlos O’Reilly on piano and Nimrod Speaks on bass. Those of you who know Arturo's work will be here. If you haven’t had the pleasure, please accept this invitation to get in on the start of something very special:

Arturo Stable Trio (ver 1.0)
7-10 pm
Thursday, September 29

We contemplate a $25 donation for the evening to support the musicians and provide appropriate refreshments.
Click here to get on the guest list:
Invitation expires when we reach 50 attendees. Looking forward to seeing you.

Matt Yaple

September 29, 2016 7:00 and 9:00 PM Tribute to Grover Washington, Jr at SOUTH

Since the passing of Grover Washington, Jr. in 1999, Jason Miles has been dedicated to celebrating and perpetuating his legacy for future generations. In addition to conceiving, producing and arranging two very successful all-star contemporary jazz 2 Grover With Love recordings, Miles - who did the synth programming on the saxophone legend’s 1987 date Strawberry Moon – paid tribute to Washington in an even more intimate way: by producing and executive producing Grover Live, a 2010 issue of a live concert Washington performed at the Paramount Center for the Arts in Peekskill, New York in 1997. Miles’ tireless work in bringing this recording to the public—thereby introducing the power of Washington’s music to a new generation of contemporary jazz listeners—is reflective of his commitment to keeping the great music of the past alive while keeping his eye on and exploring exciting future possibilities.

7:00 PM, 9:00PM / $30
600 North Broad St. Philadelphia, PA 19130
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Thursday, September 22, 2016

September 28, 2016 12:00-1:30 PM Live at Lunch with Dahi Divine and Friends

PNC's Live at Lunch

Philadelphia’s center stage shines every Wednesday afternoon with a showcase of performing arts. September performances carry a theme of world music and performance
art, and Wednesdays in October showcase jazz and contemporary artists.
Events powered by Live Nation.

September 28th: Dahi Divine and Friends Tenor saxophonist, prolific composer and jazz bandleader, is exploding onto the contemporary music scene expanding the boundaries of jazz for his generation as a writer, vocalist, hip hop recording artist, and record producer.

FREE! Bring your lunch

September 28, 2016 12:30-1:30 PM Minas Trio in Free Lunchtime Concert

Church of the Holy Trinity - FREE
Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2016
19th and Walnut Sts.
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Trio with bassist Jim Stager

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

September 27, 2016 6:30-7:30 PM Rumba Dance Class in Rittenhouse Square

Notice the location change to Rittenhouse Square Park (southwest corner)

Join us for Rumba class with master choreographer Gilset Mora (Havana, Cuba)

- Rumba 6:30-7:30 PM $12

Ladies, bring long / wide skirts or shawls / scarves.

Vamos a rumbear!

Monday, September 19, 2016

September 25, 2016 10:00AM - 2:00PM 2016 El Concilio's Puerto Rican Day Parade

2016 Puerto Rican Day Parade
Sunday, September 25th, 2016
Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Grand Stand will be at Logan Square
Featuring Grand Marshal:
Professional Boxer and North Philadelphia Native Danny Garcia
We are thrilled to extend an invitation to the community so that you may have the opportunity to be a part of this vibrant event, which has been woven into the Philadelphia fabric for many years. This is a great opportunity to have your group on display for all to see as we celebrate the wonderful culture and history of Puerto Rico and its decedents.

This year’s theme will be: “The Power of Our Voice/El Poder de Nuestra Voz”

This year we celebrate the power of the Puerto Rican Voice! We advocate for the need to support Puerto Ricans on the island who are impacted by the Fiscal and Economic Crisis in Puerto Rico. We also recognize the many adversities Puerto Ricans in the United States face each day. We have a voice, and we have an opportunity to stand up and ensure we continue to have a vibrant and strong Latino community today and in the future generations to come.

click here for parade route for 2016

September 25, 2016 12:00 - 8:00 PM Brazilian Day Philadelphia at Penn's Landing

Highlighting Brazilian Independence Day through and abundant variety of traditional foods, merchandise and performances, including samba, forró, pagode, capoeira, samba-reggae and more! Part of the PECO Multicultural Series.

Featured Performers:
DJ Erv Master
Arrastão do Dende-Batucada
Liliana Araujo-Forro
Dende and Band-Afro-Brazilian
Fabiano Marques
Project Capoeira-capoeira demo
Cleonice Fonseca-Afro-Brazilian dance
Samba dancers
Family friendly event. Kids activities-Food vendors,caipirinhas....
Please join us for an afternoon of fun!!!!!

The Great Plaza at Penn's Landing
301 S. Columbus Blvd
Philadelphia, Pa
FREE event

Sunday, September 18, 2016

September 24, 2016 6:00-9:00 PM A Jam Supreme at The Piazza at Schmidt's

Tri-State Indie and Boom Room Studios present a joyous celebration of John Coltrane's music as interpreted by Hiphop, House and Techno musicians and DJs. Featuring WorldTown Sound System and The Living Sample along with special guest Jazz soloists. The two ensembles will explore A Love Supreme and other key Coltrane compositions. Be sure to bring a blanket, or a comfortable, folding chair.



September 24, 2016 9:00PM - 2:00AM Jimmy Jorge and the Latin Express at Atrium Dance Studio

Barbara Capaldi presents Jimmy Jorge and The Latin Express live at the Atrium Dance Studio located at 4721 N Crescent Blvd, Pennsauken Township, NJ 08110 on Sat. September 24th, 2016. The party starts at 9pm and as always it's B.Y.O.B.

September 24, 2016 9:00AM - 7:00PM Capoeira Encounter at Trinity Center

Dance, capoeira, and music workshops will be followed by a capoeira performance and graduation.
Trinity Center for Urban Life
2212 Spruce St.
Philadelphia Pa

This is one of a series of events leading up to Brazilian Day at Penn's Landing on September 25th.

September 24, 2016 7:00-9:30 PM Underground at Ron's #63

Saturday Evening, September 24, 2016

The debut performance of:


Raji Malik - Guitar

Roger Mgrdichian - Oud

Radha Gopinath Das Marinelli - Tabla

Host - RON KRAVITZ will open up the evening with a Hang Shruti solo piece

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 @ 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, September 17, 2016

September 23, 2016 8:00 PM - 1:00 AM Clubhouse Concert w/ Damn Tall Buildings, Orion Sun, and De Tierra Caliente

Join us for the second to last Clubhouse Concert ever (before we move out in November!).

Our first featured act is the Damn Tall Buildings. When I saw them last weekend at Philly folk fest and I immediately started scheming about how I could get them here. They're a four-piece country blue-grass group, and their rowdy, no-bullshit, get-right-down-to-the-fun kinda vibe is a perfect fit for the Clubouse!

De Tierra Caliente (my brother, Bronson's band) also delivered a slammin' set at Folk Fest. With their fusion of Latin, Caribbean and Brazilian rhythms, they never fail to get the North/South American dance party rolling. They'll close the night.

As usual, I'll start us off with members of the Clubhouse band. Snacks and drinks of all kinds are provided, and $15 at the door goes to pay the artists and help cover expenses.

The Clubhouse
1125 S. 13th Street
Philadelphia, Pa

September 23, 2016 7:00 - 10:00 PM Siempre Salsa; Salsa Night at The Piazza

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month in style with Siempre Salsa Philly, the Philadelphia Dance Foundation and special co-host, Councilwoman Maria Quinones Sanchez, as we present The Siempre Salsa Philly All Stars (Edgar Joel, Angel Rios, Tony Perez, Carlos Sanchez, Celeste Polanco, Freddie Marrero and Evelyn Acevedo) in concert. Dance lesson at 7:00pm, followed by "live" music. This event is sponsored, in part, by Royal Bank America.
Schmidt's Commons, 1001 N. 2nd Street

September 23, 2016 6:00-8:00 PM ASCAB Capoeira Open Roda at Spruce St. Harbor Park

What is Capoeira?

Capoeira is a unique Brazilian art form that infuses dance, music, gymnastics, self-defense and the Portuguese language. Those that practice this art form, known as Capoeiristas, appear to defy gravity as they jump, flip, spin and cartwheel through the air. Capoeira, for these artists, embodies a discipline, mindset and gives a rhythm to their lives.

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.

Capoeira as a martial art is clever and deceptive. Often appearing vulnerable, the good Capoeirista knows the right time to strike back with lethal power and grace. Musically, Capoeira is enchanting. Beautiful melodies, pulsating rhythms, and the cries and shouts of the crowd blend into one intensely charged atmosphere perfect for the game of Capoeira.

Come to Spruce St. Harbor Park at Penn's Landing and see this unique Brazilian martial art. FREE
Stick around for a surprise performance afterward.

September 23, 2016 9:00-11:00 PM DivaNation at Alma Mater

Featured vocalists: Bethlehem Roberson, Ella Gahnt, Khadijah Renee, & Jakeya Sanders.

Featured Musicians: Adam Faulk on piano, Nimrod Speaks on bass, and Sadayah Roberts on drums.

Master of Ceremonies, V. Shayne Frederick, event organizer Shekhinah B. and special guest appearances from the DivaNation Collective.

Get your tickets now!$10.
For more info email

Alma Mater
7165 Germantown Ave
Philadelphia Pa

September 23, 2016 5:45 - 8:15 PM Art After Five: Elle Gyandoh

Gyandoh’s voice recalls the dramatic highs of Mariah Carey and the subtle shadings of Norah Jones.
Free after museum admission($20 nonmembers: members free)
Philadelphia Museum of Art
2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway

Friday, September 16, 2016

September 22, 23, and 24, 2016 7:30 PM Rhizomas : Ryuzo Fukuhara and Live Music

An unprecedented movement and sound collaboration between internationally acclaimed Japanese Butoh Dancer Ryuzo Fukuhara and improvisational music ensemble Wormhole Superette.
Free Limited Parking

Rhizomas is:
Ryuzo Fukuhara, Movement (Japanese Butoh inspired)
Christian Moehring, Percussion
Irman Peck, Processed strings & electronics
Tracy Lisk, Processed strings and vocals
Travis Woodson, Processed strings

New Central Baptist Church
2139 Lombard St.
Philadelphia, PA

Sept 22nd 7:30 PM
Sept 23rd 7:30 PM
Sept 24th 4:00 and 7:30 PM

Tickets $18.
Performance is 60 minutes

Thursday, September 15, 2016

September 21, 2016 10:00AM - 12:00 PM Diasporic Movement Practice Series with Lela Aisha Jones

Diasporic Movement Practice Series
With Lela Aisha Jones
Wednesdays 9/21, 10/19, 11/16 10am-12pm
Photo by Aidan Un
Diasporic Movement Practice (DMP): Taught by Lela Aisha Jones (and many before and after her), DMP's are contemporary movement practices grounded in dance cultures and traditions of African and Black peoples. Lela's strongest foundations in her diasporic movement practice are dances common in southern United States (primarily Florida), Guinea, Ghana, Guinea Bissau, and northeastern Brazil (primarily Salvador, Bahia). She also brings to her teaching a wide range of gestural, socially conscious, spiritual, modern dance, and improvisational tools and inspirations.

September - DMP | Physicalities Realities: We will investigate how diasporic dances meet our bodies in fresh ways as well as multiple entry points for engaging with, understanding, and embodying movement culture that is with us everyday in our U.S. lived experience. The Black/African diasporic presence in our bodies seems to be continuously (even conveniently) elusive remaining unnamed and unframed in many spaces of privilege. We will awake what is unconscious in our bodies from diaspora. We will honor what cannot be proven. We will go back to the beginning of our bodies engaging with diasporic culture. We will start over and be honest. We will reopen this process.

October - DMP | Diaspora Unbound is a journey into the creative potential of the spiritual, conceptual, and physical energies that exist in movement of African descent and cultures of Black peoples. Itoffers poly-sensing as an addition to the already well established poly-rhythmic approaches to movement that are vibrant and alive within diasporic movement cultures. Expect a class or workshop that provides exhilarating body discoveries with unexpected physical explosion and intricate narratives. In this class you will experience physicalities derived from movement practices in the U.S. and the broader diasporic experience.

November - DMP | Merges Diverges (Swing, Drop, Two Step, Triplets, Bounce): Movement styles of diasporic lineage collide and converge as Lela Aisha Jones has discovered in her experience, embodiment, research, and artistic migrations through African descendant traditions and cultures of Black peoples. In this session let your body defy time and fall into the depth of complexity. Expect to experience time lapse conversions of moving bodies over generations, such as the city boy slide (from the 1990s Florida-dirty-dirty-teen-club-life) as akin to KuKu/KouKou (a long lineaged Guinean dance). Also expect to embody physicalities that make these dances so importantly their own creation and from their own time.

Diasporic Movement Practice Series

from $20.00
with Lela Aisha Jones
Wednesday's 9/21, 10/19, and 11/16 10am-12pm
$50 whole series/$20 per class

The Whole Shebang
1813 S. 11th Street
Philadelphia, Pa

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

September 20, 2016 8:00 PM Sonic Liberation 8 performs Coltrane's "Kulu Se Mama"

Tuesday, September 20th, 2016 – 8:00pm
Kulu Se Mama Tribute
Featuring Sonic Liberation 8
Conwell Dance Theater
1801 North Broad Street, 5th Floor Philadelphia, PA 19122

"Kulu Se Mama is important because it is John Coltrane's last recording released while he was alive. It is also significant because it serves as an insight into his research, appreciation for aand study of African culture, music and spirituality." Kevin Diehl Sonic 8 Leader/Founder

Philadelphia Jazz Project, in collaboration with Temple University Libraries, WRTI, PhillyCAM, Jazz Near You and other partners present a celebration of John Coltrane's 90th Birthday with 9 days of FREE events in Philadelphia. These events will take place between September 17th to 25th, 2016.


Sonic Liberation 8 presents a live performance of the music contained on John Coltrane’s 1965 album, “Kulu Se Mama.” This album serves a bridge in Coltrane’s development. It marks the beginning us his use of African percussion and also, his exploration of African spirituality. Featuing Kevin Diehl, Nichola Rivera, Tom Lowery and Ron Howerton – percussion; Matt Engle – bass, Veronica Jurkiewicz – viola, Elliot Levin – woodwinds and Mike Watson – bass clarinet.

Monday, September 12, 2016

September 18, 2016 3:00-7:00 PM Bomba & Plena Cultural Garden

Come Enjoy a afternoon out with family and friends.
Experience the unique music of Bomba & Plena.
Extra skirts and instruments will be available for everyone to participate. Funds made from Pinchos,water and soda will go towards the next cultural garden.Music will also be played in between sets.Bring you instruments if you have as well.There will also be a raffle which will be available.Free facepainting for the children Hope to see all there.Any questions send a message and we will get back to you at our earliest convenience.

Las Parcelas Garden
2248 N Palethorp St, Philadelphia, PA 19133-3738, United States

September 18, 2016 7:00-10:00 PM Musicians' Gathering #11 at Rittenhouse Soundworks

Chris Farrel: Electric Mandolin with Jim Hamilton
Not My Dog featuring violinsit Rob Sanders
Coracree: mix of traditional Celtic, European and original music
University of Delaware Faculty Ensemble

Free parking in lot next door

Rittenhouse Soundworks
219 W. Rittenhouse St.
Philadelphia, Pa

September 18, 2016 3:00 PM Film Screening at AAMP: "They Are We"

Films with AAMP: They Are We
Sunday, September 18, 3 p.m
$7 General Admission, $5 AAMP Members

They Are We tells the story of a remarkable reunion, 170 or so years after a family was driven apart by the ravages of the transatlantic slave trade. In Central Cuba, proud members of the Gangá-Longobá, a small Afro-Cuban ethnic group, have kept their unique heritage alive and have retained a collection of distinct songs and dances that one of their ancestors brought from Africa as a slave. They Are We chronicles the Gangá-Longobá and the village their ancestor called home.
African American Museum in Philadelphia
701 Arch St.
Philadelphia, Pa