Monday, February 27, 2017

March 5, 2017 11:00AM-2:00PM PNC Arts Alive First Sundays for Families - Rhythm and Hues

Rhythm and Hues

Discover and create rhythms, patterns and colors in multiple art forms, including visual art and diaspora West African drum and dance traditions from the Mali Empire.

Free admission all day!

Find inspiration in the works of artists featured in From Homer to Hopper: Experiment and Ingenuity in American Art. Uncover rhythms within Mende dance, drum, song, and storytelling traditions on an interactive Passport Journey with Jeannine Osayande & Dunya Performing Arts Company.

PNC Arts Alive is a multi-year, multi-million dollar initiative of the PNC Foundation, which receives its principal funding from The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. The goal of PNC Arts Alive is to help area residents gain access to the arts and to help arts organizations expand and engage audiences. For more information visit

Brandywine River Museum of Art
Route 1, Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania 19317

March 5, 2017 7:30PM Ani Cordero at Crossroads Concerts

Original political protest and love songs in the nueva canción, world music, and rock traditions
“Downright gorgeous Latin-tinged indie-rock. Sings like an angel crying into her drink. The band can surround and buoy her vocals with exquisite grace.” – Chicago Reader

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

Tickets $10-$30 sliding scale

Sunday, February 26, 2017

March 4, 2017 10:00PM-2:00AM The Jam Jawn with Will Winbourne, Jr. at Dahlak

The Jam Jawn Vol.2 | Sat, 3/4 | 10pm - 2am
featuring Will Winborne Jr. as "The Conductor of the Jam"
All are welcome to plug into the jam!

Dahlak Paradise
4708 Baltimore Ave
Philadelphia, Pa

March 4, 2016 8:00PM Somi at The Painted Bride

We’re excited to welcome Somi back to our main stage! Described as “utterly captivating” by Billboard, the jazz singer will perform songs from her new song cycle Petite Afrique: The Other Black in Harlem, inspired by Harlem’s “Little Africa” neighborhood.

Somi moved to Harlem nine years ago, taken by its uptown African immigrant community, “Little Africa,” where passersby can find ornate traditional fabrics, Francophone bibles, palm oil and shea butter, tribes of fast-fingered hair braiders, or the city’s best Senegalese fare. Over the last decade, Somi witnessed gentrification creep deeper into Harlem, pushing the African immigrants out; many of whom are accomplished roadside entrepreneurs, highly educated taxi drivers, or blue-collar squatters making homes in previously neglected real estate. When a long-standing mosque on 116th was closed, Somi realized she was witnessing an erasure of sorts. Petite Afrique is her effort to preserve the stories and struggles of New York City’s largest African community. The project’s explicitly uses the word “Other” to represent an immigrant narrative as well as the intra-racial tensions that sadly exist between Africans and African-Americans.

The songs on the album are based on Somi’s conversations with diverse members of the Harlem community reflecting on themes of transnationalism, cultural difference, assimilation and gentrification. Framed by small ensemble arrangements, Petite Afrique is an amalgamation of modern jazz, African music, the singer-songwriter tradition, and cultural anthropology.
Born in Illinois to immigrants from Rwanda and Uganda, the African and Jazz legacies are always crucial to her sound. Her previous full-length effort, 2014’s The Lagos Music Salon, debuted at #2 on the Billboard World Chart, and featured Common, Angelique Kidjo, and her long-time mentor & legendary trumpet player Hugh Masekela. The Huffington Post hailed the singer “the new Nina Simone.” About her new project, Somi says, “Ultimately, I hope this project generates meaningful dialogue on both global constructions of Blackness and the importance of cultural memory in spite of gentrification.”

Painted Bride Art Center
230 Vine St.
Philadelphia, Pa.

Tickets: General Admission:
$25 in advance
$30 day of show

Funsavers discount tickets

Saturday, February 25, 2017

March 3, 2017 6:00-9:00PM First Friday at The Barnes: Salsa! with Elvis Bonilla Y Su Orquesta

Come out for a night of live music and salsa dancing! Elvis Bonilla y su Orquesta bring the beats and Estilo Dance Company provides instruction until 6:30 pm; after that the floor is yours.

6–6:30 pm dance instruction
6:30–9 pm dancing

Friday, March 3
6–9 pm
2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130
College students $10 (walk-up only);
Members free. Collection access included.
Reserve general admission or member tickets online or call 215.278.7200.

March 3, 2017 7:00-10:00PM Rumba Party in Germantown

Join Philly Con Sabor as we take a ride to Germantown to a rumba party this Friday! You will get to experience another beautiful Cuban genre in all its glory - live drumming, chanting, and dancing, of course ;) We are sure that the party will be educational and benefitting to all our students - from dance, cultural, and musical aspects. Hope you can make it! Vamos a rumbear!!

When you arrive at 5547 Germantown Ave, you will see a green sign "G Town Restorations". Enter through the white door on the right-hand side. The party is on the 3rd floor, just follow the music ;)

This event is free, and donations are accepted by the party hosts. You are welcome to bring food or drinks to share.

G-Town Restoration
5547 Germantown Ave
Philadelphia, PA
enter through door to the right of the gated center entrance, and take steps to third floor.

March 3, 2017 5:45-8:15PM Tal Shtuhl with Najwa Parkins and John Swana at Friday Nights at PMA

Tal is joined by special guests Najwa Parkins on vocals and John Swana on trumpet.

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

March 3, 2017 6:00-8:00PM A Night of Art and Culture with Ballet Folklorico Yaretzi

GNPAL & ACLAMO present a night of art and culture. A free showcase of youth achievements. Light refreshments served!
Mexican Folklore, Music. See these presentations... Experience the world.

Ballet Folklorico Yaretzi - BFY
340 Harding Boulevard
Norristown, PA 19401
(610) 209-0686

Friday, February 24, 2017

March 2, 2017 8:00-9:45PM Music: Raimundo Santos: The Composer and his Band at AAMP

This Live Music Show is called "Grooves of Passion".
It will include original songs by Raimundo Santos, The Composer Who Likes To Sing, who has a smooth sounding vocal style, delivering each song with a stunning energy. His Band includes superb Musicians:
Vocals - Raimundo Santos, The Composer Who Likes To Sing
Piano - Aaron Graves
Drums - Leon Jordan Sr.
Bass - Nimrod Speaks

Tickets: $20 (in advance); $25 (at the door)

The African American Museum in Philadelphia
701 Arch St
Philadelphia, PA 19106

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

February 28, 2017 8:30-11:30PM Calabash Tuesday Night Jazz Jam: Our Next Generation

From Chris Aschman:
Ok! My favorite Calabash night of the year is here: Our Next Generation Jazz Night where we celebrate some amazing youngsters and their talents. So proud of the students I have performing, and looking forward to hearing some other talented kids as well. In the rhythm section: Khary Abdul-Shaheed, Frank Strauss, and Mike Boone. 8:30-9:30 kids, everybody until 11:30 — with Mekhi Boone.
Calabash Restaurant and Banquet
6208 Lancaster Ave (entrance on Malvern)
Philadelphia, Pa

February 28, 2017 8:00-11:00PM Donuts Dancing with Unidos da Filadelfia at Circle of Hope

February 28th: Donuts / Dancing / Defiant Joy
@ 1125 S. Broad St.
Philadelphia, PA 19147

It’s OK to have some joy. On Fat Tuesday let’s move against fear and everything else that divides people. Unidos da Filadelfia will kick off some samba-style rhythms at 8:30. And if you’re giving up a certain kind of food for Lent, bring some to share. We’ll add it to our table of sweetness and feast together!

Monday, February 20, 2017

February 26, 2017 4:00-8:00PM Jeramy Cohen's Latin Jazz All Stars at Dirty Frank's

Enjoy the Latin sounds of Jeramy Cohen and his band at Dirty Frank's; no cover charge! Not much room for dancing, but we dance anyway!

Dirty Frank's
13th and Pine Sts
Phila, Pa

February 26, 2017 7:30-10:00PM Noura Mint Seymali at Crossroads Concerts

One of Mauritania’s foremost musical emissaries.
“The absolutely spellbinding vocalist Noura Mint Seymali from Mauritania is ready to claim the role of her famous stepmother the late Dimi Mint Abba… With her strong charisma and appeal to the audience she will become a major star… Noura is incredible!” Afropop Worldwide

At 801 South 48th Street at Baltimore Ave(Calvary Church)
Tickets: $10-$30 sliding scale

Sunday, February 19, 2017

February 25, 2017 8:00PM-2:00AM Elvis Bonilla and 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
Ismael Djdanny Vargas

LIVE BAND Elvis Bonilla

*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

February 25, 2017 1:30-4:00PM And Their Voices Cry Freedom: Free Musical Museum Crawl

The African American Museum in Philadelphia: ‎And Their Voices Cry Freedom: Free Musical Museum Crawl
Experience the convergence of art forms as community partners join together to explore the lives of two heroic women, Anne Frank and Fannie Lou Hamer. Hannibal Lokumbe—jazz trumpeter, community activist, and Philadelphia Orchestra Music Alive Composer-in-Residence— and Philadelphia Orchestra musicians present two string quartets highlighting the power of the voice, both written and vocal, in resisting oppression and crying for freedom.

Audience is invited to attend both back-to-back performances at AAMP and NMAJH, with time for conversation and a 2-block walk between museums. Museum admission free with Eventbrite ticket.

1:30 PM: African American Museum in Philadelphia
Fannie Lou Hamer, for string quartet and vocalist

3:00 PM: National Museum of American Jewish History
A Star for Anne, for string quartet and narrator

Kimberly Fisher Violin
William Polk Violin
Kerri Ryan Viola
John Koen Cello
Tulivu-Donna Cumberbatch Vocalist

This event is made possible thanks to Carole Haas Gravagno and Music Alive, a national residency program of the League of American Orchestras and New Music USA. This national program is designed to provide orchestras with resources and tools to support their work with composers and new music, capitalizing on the power of composers and their creativity to build new paths for orchestras to heighten their relevancy and deepen their relationships with their communities. Major funding for Music Alive comes from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, The ASCAP Foundation Bart Howard Fund, the Francis Goelet Charitable Lead Trusts, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

The African American Museum in Philadelphia
701 Arch St, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19106

Free event! Register here

February 25, 2017 11:00AM-4:00PM Penn Museum's 28th Annual Celebration of African Cultures

Penn Museum's 28th Annual Celebration of African Cultures
Traditional African music and contemporary African dance, storytelling, a drumming workshop, arts, crafts, an African marketplace, games, family gallery tours, films, and more—it all comes alive at the Penn Museum’s 28th annual Celebration of African Cultures. Presented in the Museum’s African galleries and around the Museum.
11:00 am African Objects-focused Tour led by the Museum’s Teen Ambassadors
11:30 am Short Film: Mwansa the Great (2011)
12:00 pm Women’s Sekere Ensemble
12:30 pm Wototo of Joy Youth Storytelling
1:00 pm Short Film: Mwansa the Great (2011)
1:30 pm Culture Shock Dancers
2:00 pm African Objects-focused Tour led by the Museum’s Teen Ambassadors
2:15 pm Women’s Sekere Ensemble
2:30 pm West African Vibe (WAVe) Dance Performance and Mini-workshop
3:00 pm Experience the Rhythm Within: Drum Workshop with Abba Paul Lucas
3:30 pm Liberian Women’s Chorus for ChangeThroughout the Day:
Mancala and Traditional African Games Drop-in Workshop
African Marketplace
Mask-making Make-and-Take Craft
African Menu in the Pepper Mill Café

100.3 WRNB’s Lady B and the promo crew join in the festivities, with lots of fun, prizes and surprises in store, from noon to 2:00 pm.

Free with museum admission:
general adult admission
$13 senior citizens (65 and above)
$10 children 6-17 and full-time students with college ID
FREE Museum members, active U.S. military personnel, children 5 and under, and PennCard holders (Penn faculty, staff, and students)

Penn Museum
3260 South St
Philadelphia, Pa

February 25, 2017 6:00-9:00PM "Revolutionary Noise: Music as Struggle and Healing"

The Institute of Contemporary Art, Leeway Foundation and Girls Rock Philly co-present revolutionary noise: music as struggle and healing, the latest in ICA's Gather series, which presents special programs collaboratively produced in partnership with area community and campus groups. Join us on Saturday, February 25 from 6PM to 9PM for an evening of performances and conversation about music as space, community building and survival for both artist and audience.
The programs will feature three local Philadelphia artists: dj precolumbian (Chaska Sofia), Moor Mother (Camae Ayewa), and LaTreice Branson, all of whom are renowned not only for their individual cultural contributions and sound, but also for their innovative collaborative work.
As cultural creators, musicians are offered limited opportunities to discuss their process, their needs, their visions, their analysis, and the intentionality in their work and collaborations. revolutionary noise seeks to disrupt the conventional ways in which we most often interact with and experience music and musicians.
Revolutionary Noise: Music as Struggle and Healing
Sat, February 25, 2017
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM EST
If you want to participate in the drum jam, bring your instrument(s) to the second floor gallery at 5:30PM.

Institute of Contemporary Art
118 South 36th Street

Philadelphia, PA 19104

February 25, 2017 12:00-1:30PM "We Love the Drum" Percussion Discussion at CEC

Please join the group Percussion Discussion for an interactive performance for the young and the young at heart! The group of master drummers will share their love for traditional African percussion.
$7. children
$12. adults

Community Education Center
3500 Lancaster Ave.
Philadelphia, Pa

February 25, 2017 8:30PM PhillyBloco Brazilian Carnaval Show at World Cafe Live


Come rock out with PhillyBloco at our annual Brazilian Carnaval Show, Feb 25th at World Cafe Live

In addition to our 20 piece group of drummers, dancers, horns, singers and more, we will be joined by special guests:

Unidos da Filadelfia Samba School
Members of West Philadelphia Orchestra
Members of ASCAB Capoeira International School Of Philadelphia

This will be an amazing night as we celebrate joy and life and all that is good in the World. Join Us!

Doors: 8:00pm
Show: 8:30pm
Tickets: $18/$20
All Ages Welcome

World Cafe Live
3025 Walnut St.
Philadelphia, Pa

February 25, 2017 8:00 & 10:00PM Brazilian Vocalist, Liz Rosa & Her Band at Chris' Jazz Cafe

Liz’s influences from northeast Brazilian rhythms such as coco and baião work perfectly with the samba-jazz flavor that's presented throughout her latest album. The result transcends musical boundaries while still featuring a sophisticated, swinging Brazilian jazz atmosphere with lean and inspired arrangements.

8PM & 10PM shows, $20

Chris' Jazz Cafe
1421 Sansom St.
Philadelphia, Pa

Saturday, February 18, 2017

February 24, 2017 7:30PM LiveConnections Presents: Harlem Quartet + Arturo Stable at World Cafe Live

LiveConnections presents Harlem Quartet collaborating with Latin jazz percussionist Arturo Stable. Committed to advancing diversity in classical music, Harlem Quartet specializes in varied repertoire that includes works by minority composers. LiveConnections has commissioned Stable to write new music for the Quartet based on the rhythms and sounds of his native Cuba

"These aren't your typical collaborations. LiveConnections creates synergy between … unlikely bedfellows" (Philly Mag Ticket). The LiveConnections Presents concert series features six curated concerts annually, showcasing adventurous collaborations, new commissions and world premieres, and the best boundary-crossing music around. LiveConnections is a nonprofit in residence at World Cafe Live. For more information, visit

World Cafe Live
3025 Walnut St.
Philadelphia, Pa
Friday Feb 24, 2017
Doors: 6:30 PM
Show: 7:30 PM
Tickets: General $20 - Student (With ID) $14 + Fees

Friday, February 17, 2017

February 24, 2017 7:00PM Brazilian Carnaval Celebration at International House Philly

If you can’t fly to Rio de Janeiro or the Caribbean islands for Carnival, you can celebrate right in University City. International House Philadelphia presents a colorful Carnival Celebration on Friday, Feb. 24 at 7pm. The public is invited to this vibrant festival, which will include a tasting of traditional Brazilian and Caribbean cuisine and beverages, music by DJ King, who will spin a set of Brazilian and Caribbean dance music, samba dance performances by the Greater Philadelphia Caribbean Cultural Organization Masqueraders, and an evening of drumming in the Caribbean tradition by One Nation Ensemble.

All guests are invited to wear Carnival costumes, but it isn’t required to have fun at this Carnival Celebration, which will be held in International House Philadelphia’s Ibrahim Theater, 3701 Chestnut Street.

Sometimes called the Mardi Gras of the southern hemisphere, Carnival began in the early 19th century as a continuation of the Portuguese tradition of celebrating and indulging on the day before the start of Lent. During the late 1800s, street musicians and dancing were introduced in Rio de Janeiro's Carnival, in addition to themed costumes and the tradition of electing the Carnival's "king." Carnival in Brazil includes live music, street performances, dancing, floats, costumes, food and beverages.

Tickets are $10 for the general public; $5 for IHP members; free for IHP residents. Admission includes the tasting of Brazilian and Caribbean food and beverages.

(Guests must be at least 21 years old to consume alcoholic beverages.)

International House Philadelphia
TEL: 215-387-5125
FAX: 215-895-6535

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

February 21, 2017 8:00PM Vusi Mahlasela at World Cafe Live PHL

Vusi grew up in the Mamelodi township, just outside of Pretoria, South Africa, where he still resides. Vusi built his first guitar from fishing line and a cooking oil can and taught himself how to play. In 1976, Vusi’s political education began as he witnessed the devastating massacre of more than 200 black South Africans in the Soweto Uprising. Vusi responded through his music, inspiring other musicians and listeners around him. Vusi began to write songs of justice, freedom, revolution, love, peace and life. At the fall of Apartheid, Vusi was signed to Shifty Records/BMG records and finally recorded his first album—a collection of songs he’d been writing his whole life.

Since the release of that first album, Vusi has traveled the globe sharing his songs of truth and hope, and sharing his country’s past and promise for a better future. His albums have received mass critical acclaim and celebrated musicians have taken note of his powerful voice and message. As the LA Times puts it, Vusi is a “rare and mesmerizing musical mind.. with a voice that seems to have few limits.” Vusi has shared the stage with Dave Matthews Band, Sting, Josh Groban, Paul Simon, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Hugh Masekela, Angelique Kidjo, Bela Fleck, Ray LaMontagne, Amos Lee and many more.
Venue Information:
World Cafe Live Philadelphia - Upstairs
3025 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA, 19104

Tickets: $22 + fees

Monday, February 13, 2017

February 19, 2017 7:30PM Aurelio: Garifuna Music from Honduras at Crossroads

Searing vocal melodies and delicious grooves. Aurelio, in fine voice throughout, has an uncanny knack for melding joy and sorrow with his vocal delivery. These are songs of hope and striving; you hear it in every note.” – Banning Eyre, Public Radio International

Tickets: $10-$30 sliding scale

Concert at 7:30 pm
*Free Children’s Program at 6:00 pm*
801 South 48th Street
(at Baltimore Avenue)
Philadelphia, PA 19143

February 19, 2017 7:00PM - Midnight Maceo Parker: 50 Years of Funk at Ardmore Music Hall

Maceo Parker: 50 Years of Funk
Saxophonist for James Brown, Parliament-Funkadelic and Prince
Sunday, February 19th, 2017
@ The Ardmore Music Hall

6 PM Reserved Doors
6:30 PM GA Doors
7 PM Show

$28 adv / $35 D.O.S.; $40 Reserved
GA: Standing Room Only
Reserved: Early Entry (30 mins) + Guaranteed Premiere Seating (Must Arrive by 8:00 PM to Claim Your Seat)
Tickets on sale 10/21 ---->
Ardmore Music Hall
23 E. Lancaster Ave
Ardmore, Pa

Saturday, February 11, 2017

February 17, 2017 7:00-9:00PM An Evening with Rhenda Fearrington at CEC

February 17, 2017 5:45 - 8:15PM Art After Five: Sullivan Fortner

An evening of playful jazz improvisations by this native New Orleanian pianist and 2015 recipient of the Cole Porter Fellowship in Jazz.
Free after museum admission($20 nonmembers: members free)
Philadelphia Museum of Art
2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway

February 17, 2017 8:00 PM Balé Folclórico da Bahía at The Merriam Theater

The 38-member troupe of dancers, musicians, and singers performs a repertory based on a “Bahian” folkloric dances of African origin and includes capoeira (a form of martial arts), samba, and those that celebrate Carnival. The company presents the Brazilian region of Bahia’s most important cultural manifestations under a contemporary theatrical vision that reflects its popular origins.
The only professional folk dance company in Brazil, Balé Folclórico da Bahía was formed in 1988. Under the artistic direction of José Carlos Arandiba, the company’s many national and international tours have earned it a prestigious reputation throughout its native Brazil and around the world.

The Merriam Theater
250 S. Broad St.
Philadelphia, Pa 19102
Tickets $29. - $69. + fees

Friday, February 10, 2017

February 16, 2017 8:00PM Antibalas w/ Fresh Cut Orchestra at Ardmore Music Hall

Antibalas was founded in Brooklyn in early 1998 by Martín Perna, with help from Gabriel Roth and other members of the Soul Providers (later to become the Dap Kings).

The group, first called El Conjunto Antibalas (the Bulletproof Ensemble) emerged out of the stable of Desco Records (the predecessor to Daptone Records) along with local musicians from the neighborhood.

For the first year, the group played strictly non-commercial spaces (block parties, community markets, parks, lofts, rooftops, basements) until they were offered a weekly gig at NoMoore in Lower Manhattan in August 1999. For 16 months, the group held a Friday night residency called Africalia, featuring 3-4 sets by Antibalas, as well as featured guests including Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings, The Sugarman Three, The Mighty Imperials and members of Fela's Africa 70 and Egypt 80 bands.

After NoMoore abruptly closed, the group began touring nationally and internationally at the world's premier jazz, world music and rock festivals and has since then performed over 1500 shows in over 30 countries.

Beginning with their debut single "Uprising" in 1999, they went on to record five full-length albums on labels including Daptone, Ninja Tune, Rope-a-Dope and Anti- as well as several singles, EPs numerous appearances on compilations.

The group has appeared in full on NBC's Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Show. Several members are frequent guests with the Roots onstage and on TV, having performed with Public Enemy, Stevie Wonder, Paul Simon, Rod Stewart, Jim James and many others.

Antibalas also served as the house band at Carnegie Hall in 2014 backing artists including Allen Toussaint, Angelique Kidjo, Judy Collins, and many others in a hommage to the music of Paul Simon.

In October 2014, Italian singer Lorenzo Cherubini invited the group to Electric Ladyland to collaborate on two songs from his record "2015CC" - Libera and "Melagioco".

In early 2015, they toured North America collaborating with Zap Mama, and returned to Carnegie Hall in March 2015 to serve as the house band for a tribute to David Byrne and Talking Heads.

They finished the year with a four week residency at Brooklyn Bowl, with guest appearances by Santigold, Jovanotti, Saul Williams, Lee Fields, Sahr Ngaujah, Quantic and Kal Traver of Rubblebucket.

In 2016, they kicked off the year at the SF Jazz Fest with Amayo and the horns collaborating with drummer Eric Harland and his Voyager Ensemble.

Later that month, they began a monthly residency at Brooklyn Bowl through 2016.

Tickets: $20 Advance / $25 Day of Show / $30 Reserved

Venue Information:
The Ardmore Music Hall
23 East Lancaster Ave
Ardmore, PA, 19003

Thursday, February 9, 2017

February 15, 2017 8:00PM "Sittin' In" at the Kimmel: 5th Anniversary Celebration

8pm Doors/DJ | 9pm Live Music

It's a jam session, it's a dance party, 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.

Jam sessions have had a long history within American music culture, often serving as the primary testing ground for new artists, and even entire genres. Throughout their over 100 years of existence hosting artists ranging from Dizzy Gillespie, to John Coltrane, to Sarah Vaughan, to The Roots, to Jill Scott and Erika Badu, and countless others, Philly jam sessions have been first in bringing so many world renown artists to recognition.

February 2017 marks the 5th Anniversary of Sittin’ In! Serendipitously, Anthony Tidd, the curator of Sittin’ In, will also celebrate his birthday on the exact same day as this Sittin’ In anniversary!

This calls for twice the celebration, featuring some of Sittin’ In’s favorite regulars, including Orrin Evans, Ursula Rucker, Josh Lawrence, Laurin Talese, Korey Riker, Chartel Findlater, Tim Motzer, Luke Carlos O’Reilly, Anwar Marshall, and of course Anthony Tidd, Ciarra and DJ Blaak The 9th Man. Who knows who else will show up!

This 5th anniversary of Sittin’ In will bring all of these great performers together for what can only be described as a huge jam session/party extravaganza, reminiscent of Wilhelmina’s, Back 2 Basics, Black Lilly, etc.

As part of the show, and in observance of Black History Month, our hosts will also explore some of Philadelphia’s rich jam session history.

Commonwealth Plaza

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


Wednesday, February 8, 2017

February 14, 2017 8:30-11:30PM Calabash Tuesday Jazz Jam: Valentine's Day Edition

Where better to spend Valentines Day than in a room full of love? Tonight we will be featuring comedian Kenny Ray Walker in between three sets of great music with Mike Boone, Frank Strauss, and Khary Abdul-Shaheed with Chris Aschman hosting. 8:30-11:30 at 6208 Lancaster Ave (entrance on Malvern).

Entrance: $12 (includes one drink)

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

February 13, 2017 7:00PM Mysterious Traveler: Matthew Stewart

Mysterious Traveler 3 Concert Series: Matthew Stewart

Matthew Stewart is a Wilmington, Delaware-based trumpeter. A student of legendary trumpeter Donald Byrd, Stewart works with Sonic Liberation Front, and The Wilmington Creative Music Collective. He performed with PJP’s Another Holiday For Skins ensemble and participated in Lush Life: Philadelphia Celebrates Billy Strayhorn as part of the OutBeat Jazz Festival. He also served as music director for PJP’s Ted Curson Tribute Ensemble, Quicksand. Matthew Stewart has also toured the world with the band, Streetlight Manifesto and attended New Jersey City University.

February 13, 2017
Parkway Central Library
Montgomery Auditorium
1901 Vine Street,
Philadelphia, PA 19103-1189

Monday, February 6, 2017

February 12, 2017 4:00PM UGO Tribute to Barry White

Urban Guerilla Orchestra's tribute to Barry White, featuring Big Daddy Bo Bear.
Doors open 3:00PM: Show at*4:00PM*
Soul food provided by the chefs from Warmdaddy's
Tickets $40 in advance; $45 at the door
Dress: Upscale

*Tribute to Barry White
Show Update

The second show (7:30 PM) for the Barry White Tribute on February 12, 2017 has been cancelled. Those tickets will be honored at the first show which is at 4:00 PM. If you request a refund please see the person from whom you purchased the tickets.

The Grand Ballroom at First District Plaza
3801 Chestnut St.
Philadelphia, Pa 19104

Sunday, February 5, 2017

March 11, 2017 8:00PM-2:00AM Pa Mambo Orquesta 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 Hipolito DjPoli Maldonado

Celebrating Elly Negrón Birthday Bash

*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

February 11, 2017 10:00AM-5:00PM Celebrate Black Love with AAMP!

Macy's Family Fun Day: A Celebration of Black Love
Saturday, February 11
10 am to 5 pm

Reserve your tickets online today
Join Macy's and the African American Museum in Philadelphia for a family fun-filled day. Experience the love that has allowed black people to endure and inspire them to retell stories and create artworks that celebrate their triumphs.

Macy's Family Fun Day highlights include:

Hip Hop Musicology performance with Ali Richardson at 11 am sponsored by PNC Bank.
Photographic collage and printmaking with Tanya Murphy in AAMP's Loving Your Neighborhood Mixed-Media and a photography workshop beginning at 12 pm.
Remember Your Rainbow workshop: fill a jar with items that represent you (your rainbow) as an expression of self-love at 3 pm. Created by our Curator of Education, Stephanie Cunningham.
Macy's Family Fun Day guests can also take a self-guided tour of our core exhibition, Audacious Freedom: African American's in Philadelphia. Also, be sure to check out our latest special exhibitions Dawoud Bey, Harlem USA and Shawn Theodore: Church of Broken Pieces. Together, these two moving photography exhibits explore the depth and beauty of historically African American neighborhoods.

Thanks to the generosity of Macy's, the first 250 people to register online will receive free entry to the Museum for this family fun day! Tickets are limited so reserve your spot early!

The African American Museum in Philadelphia
701 Arch Street Philadelphia, PA 19106

February 11, 2017 10:00PM-1:00AM Paulette Branson and Mixed People at Dahlak Paradise

Hey West Philly! We're back to pleasure your ear drums in a very special way!

When: Saturday, February 11th
Where: Dahlak Paradise (4708 Baltimore Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19143)
Time: 10pm until
Cover: $FREE

February 11, 2017 Salsa Caliente Valentine's Edition with Combo Melaza

8pm Lessons
9pm Party

Singles and Couples alike shake off the winter chill and heat up the dance floor at this Valentine’s Day dance class, party, and concert. Learn salsa basics from expert instructor, Maestro Flaco, and then try out your new moves to the sounds of El Combo Melaza during this romantic evening of live music.

Salsa Caliente invites dancers of any skill level or walk of life to enjoy the live energy of Latin music together. It’s a vision brought to life by Jesse Bermudez, founder of La Asociación de Músicos Latino Americanos (AMLA) and long-time Painted Bride collaborator.

With his help, the Bride’s theater will once again transform into a sultry cabaret-style dancehall and candlelit getaway. The evening begins with a two group salsa lessons (one beginner, one intermediate) from Maestro Flaco of Flaco’s Dance Factory. Once acquainted with the groove, all dancers are welcome to get down to the sounds of a live Latin big band. Bringing the spirit of the golden era to life at Salsa Caliente! this February is El Combo Melaza.

Not only is the Salsa Caliente! series an excellent opportunity to meet new people in a lively, fun environment, but it’s also an excellent way to experience Latin culture. Cultural diversity is at the core of Painted Bride’s history and mission, and the arts organization is pleased to once again collaborate with Jesse Bermudez to bring this authentic dance event to the arts community of Philadelphia.

$20 in advance
$25 day of event
Members get 30% off

Painted Bride Art Center
230 Vine St.
Philadelphia, Pa

February 11, 2017 8:00PM-2:00AM Celia Cruz Tribute with Anissa Gathers at Isla Verde Cafe

Rumbero Entertainment & Isla Verde Cafe Presents

"Celia Cruz Tribute w/ Anissa Gathers"
Sat Feb 11th

Come join us for a night of dinning, dancing & LIVE Entertainment to celebrate Valentine's Day!

* Performing LIVE, "Anissa Gathers"
* Mixing Live DJ Spanky
* $10 cover

ANISSA was always a fan of CELIA CRUZ. During her years with The MEZTISO BALLET COMPANY (NY) she realized the similarity of her voice with that of “The Queen”. Her credits include the title role in the off-Broadway production of “CELIA THE MUSICAL” in NYC, Miami, Chicago, Spain & Puerto Rico . She also portrayed Celia in “SALSA MAGIC KINGDOM” in Manchester England. ANISSA, has been the opening artist for the likes of Julio Iglesias and Tito Nieves to name a few. She was part of a collective called Our Latin Thing where she performed with Elvis Crespo, Victor Manuelle & Bachata Heights on the highly acclaimed Invaders Tour of 2011.

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

February 11, 2017 7:00 and 9:30 PM Miguel Zenón Quartet at The Annenberg Center

February 11, 2017 · Harold Prince Theatre
A Grammy®-nominated Latin jazz trailblazer, Miguel Zenón is widely considered one of the most groundbreaking and influential saxophonists of his generation. Born and raised in Puerto Rico, Zenón and his quartet perform a unique mix of Latin American folkloric music and jazz from Tipico, an album to be released in February 2017. Don’t miss this Annenberg Center audience favorite and 2015 Jazz Journalist Association Alto Saxophonist of the Year!

The Annenberg Center
3680 Walnut St.
Philadelphia, PA
Tickets: $40

Saturday, February 4, 2017

February 10, 2017 8:00-11:00PM "Grown Folk" Jazz Jam at LaRose

Live Jazz at LaRose Jazz Club
5531 Germantown Ave
Philadelphia, Pa

February 10, 2017 9:00PM Jeffrey Osborne at Sugar House Casino

Four-time Grammy®-nominated singer, Jeffrey Osborne, brings his iconic rhythm and blues music to The Event Center at SugarHouse Casino!

Entertaining in Philadelphia the weekend before Valentine’s Day, Jeffrey Osborne’s show will feature some of his well-known romantic hits, including “On the Wings of Love” and “Stay With Me Tonight.”

The former lead singer of ‘70s R&B/funk band, Love Men Ltd., later known as L.T.D., Osborne achieved solo success in 1982 with two hits on the U.S. pop and R&B charts from his self-titled, debut album. This was followed up by his second album, “Stay With Me Tonight,” which was the first of many Osborne albums to reach platinum status.

Osborne has 12 solo albums to date, several of which featured chart-topping singles on the U.S. R&B charts, including the No.1 hit “She’s on the Left.” Since his start, Osborne has enjoyed a music career that spans more than three decades, making him one of the most recognizable smooth-voiced ballad singers of his time.

All guests under the age of 21 must enter through the North Entrance (near the Parking Garage) and take the elevators to the 2nd floor to gain access to the event. Under no circumstances are guests under the age of 21 permitted on the casino floor.

$59. plus fee

The Event Center at SugarHouse Casino
1001 N Delaware Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19125

February 10, 2017 5:45-8:15PM Art After Five: Kendrah Butler Waters and Ted Waters

Come listen to Kendrah Butler and The Peculiar Peoples Ensemble while you view the artwork of Ted Waters in the Great Stair Hall.
This composer/pianist and Kimmel Center Jazz Resident merges jazz and faith to create "sacred jazz."
Free after museum admission($20 nonmembers: members free)
Philadelphia Museum of Art
2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway

Friday, February 3, 2017

February 9, 2017 8:00-11:00PM Latin Roots Live: Los Hacheros at WCL



The six-piece, Brooklyn-based Los Hacheros, led by Hector “Papote” Jiminez (lead vocals and congas), draws upon son, charanga, and salsa – with fiery injections of Puerto Rican bomba – to evoke a style that recalls classic sounds of the Caribbean. The band has been called “modern day torchbearers of the Golden Age of Latin music,” known for its swinging, memorable live performances that keep dance floors filled all night long. Los Hacheros’ second and most recent album Bambulaye (Chulo/Daptone Records) was recorded live to vintage analog tape, giving the music a raw, but warm and open sound similar to the Latin legends who are its inspiration.

RSVP now for a Latin Roots Live! concert and dance the night away as Los Hacheros performs two complete sets!


Thursday, February 9, 2017
Doors: 7:00pm | Show: 8:00pm

World Cafe Live
3025 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Admission Is FREE