Monday, March 20, 2017

March 26, 2017 4:30 and 6:30PM Dance Diversity Tour: Philadelphia Showcase

The Dance DiversityTour, hosted by Beyond Dance, is a dance experience that in 2017 will travel to four cities across the U.S. or more upon demand. In each city on the tour, an array of dance companies and individuals of various genres of dance, backgrounds and ethnicities, will come together for one night to perform and expose the audience as well as their performance peers to an array of diversiy within the dance world. This is some in hopes to make spectators aware of dance genres they may be unfamiliar with, appreciating all forms of dance, as well as striking an interest to further explore the art of dance and all it has to offer.
The Dance Diversity Tour had a succesful run in Philadelphia with two sold out shows in APRIL 2016. So we are bringing it back on MARCH 26th, 2017 with some returning dancers and new dancers/performers. This show is combination of different dance companies of many genres and styles, with each piece sure to leave the audience entertained.
This years participants include Beyond Dance Company, LMD Dance, Vanessa Long Dance Company, Joe Monteleone, Amber Hongsemeier, Opus 1 Dance Project, Equilibrium Dance Academy, Yuki: Performing Artistry, Westley Youno and company, Michael & Leilani, Kevin Solis Zeledon and RHEMix of Arts And more.

CHI Movement Arts Dance Center
1316 South 9th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19147

Tickets: $12 - $15

Sunday, March 19, 2017

March 25, 2017 7:30-10:00PM Dolunay: Turkish and Balkan Folk Music at Crossroads

With a musical vision that is at once ethereal and grounded, Dolunay flirts with the soundscape of the Ottoman Empire, tracing its migration through Balkan villages, coaxing it across seas and oceans, and grafting it onto a Brooklyn-based backdrop. With an array of original compositions offered alongside renditions of Turkish and Rumeli standards, their music (Turkish for “full moon”) offers listeners an escape from the press of city life. By the light of the moon, bits of the Rumeli soul mingle with the diverse musical and linguistic influences of violinist Eylem Basaldi, oud player Adam Good, and singer/percussionist Jenny Luna to create a sound world that is uniquely New York.

801 South 48th Street
(at Baltimore Avenue)
Philadelphia, PA 19143

Tickets: $10-$30 sliding scale

March 25, 2017 3:30-6:30PM West to West: Homecoming for Anssumane Silla

The Children's Community School
1212 S. 47th St.
Philadelphia, Pa

March 25, 2017 10:00PM-2:00AM HIGH LIFE w/ DJs lil'dave & Shango with the Worldtown DJs

On Saturday 3/25, High Life decends once again on one of Philadelphia's newest venues, Club Mousai. This will be a dancefloor adventure with the sounds of deep & soulful house music, afrobeat rhythms, and some of the best dance classics. DJ lil'dave and DJ Shango will be in control of the soundwaves all night long with the help of our special guests the Worldtown DJs (Ben Arsenal + Femi Oluwafemi). While The Tribe Of Organic Mindz Kitakiya Dennis Omi Muhammad & Azru Soni brings Ancient Tribal Art & Healing.Dancers, music lovers, and good people come through and bring a friend.

SPECIAL GUEST: Eric Sherman On the Trumpet!!!
special guests:

Doors at 10pm. $5 Cover.

All going down at Club Mousai (inside CiBo Restaurant)

Kitakiya Dennis of @Intuitive Expressions: Tribal Art
"The “Tribal Transformation” is a celebration that speaks to all of us. It Promotes self healing, love and insight. My design process overlap geometric shapes, signs & symbols inspired by indigenous traditions and storytelling. Each custom adornment is a unique expression of a dialog between me, you and our ancestors. Lets see what wonders we create together."

Omi Muhammad: Tribal Art
"As a tribal body painter, I seek to reconnect and strengthen the bond between Individual and Inner Spirit. My style combines years of studying world cultures, science and mathematics with color therapy to reveal a reflection of you that is often overlooked in today's society."

Azru Soni: Kemetic Reiki Healing
"Energy Healing In The Form Of "Laying Hands" Is An Art That Has Been Practiced Throughout Ancient Times Whether By The Yogis Of India Or The High Priest Of Kemet. But the purpose of this healing is to raise ones vibrations, free up unwanted energy, reveal hidden messages, tune one in to higher frequencies, the purpose of energy healing is endless and reflects the situation of the one being healed"

Club Mousai
1227 Walnut St, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19107

Saturday, March 18, 2017

March 24, 2017 8:00PM-12:00AM Kenty Love Music Video Release Party

Kenty Love is releasing his first Music Video of his new single "Me Estoy Enamorando" Featuring: Buddy Roc & Junior Valencia, and he want to celebrate with everyone!

Come and join the amazing party with great live music from:
-Buddy Roc & The Heartbreak Kids
-Kenty Love

For more info visit
Cover: $10 at the door.

Connie's Ric Rac
1132 S 9th St, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19147

March 24, 2017 7:00-9:00PM Salsa Night Fundraiser for Foundation Dar Esperanza Orphanage

De Terra Caliente will perform, and dance instruction will be available! Admission is free, donations are most welcome.
Christ Episcopal Church Media
311 S Orange St, Media, Pennsylvania 19063

March 24, 2017 10:00PM-1:00AM Worldtown Party at William St Common

Worldtown DJs Ben Arsenal & Oluwafemi will take over William Street Common for a night of music, global beats, and dancing PLUS live instruments, video projections, and the Worldtown photobooth!

William Street Common
3900 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19104

March 24, 2017 7:30-10:00PM Cecilia Zabata at Cheltenham Art Center

We had such a blast playing with Cecilia last time, that we thought we'd add one final concert to her US tour from Argentina. She returns to the US from Argentina every two years for a wild series of concerts. Her compositions are playfully haunting, the kind that stay in your head and keep you from sleep. Her guitar playing is worldclass--she first toured the states as part of the prestigious International Guitar Tour! And her singing is the perfect vehicle for her musical thoughts. Her music blends Argentinian folklore, contemporary jazz and classical into a rich amalgam of emotion, technique and intuition.

Tonight she'll be joined by Kevin MacConnell, who has performed with such jazz legends as Mel Torme, Nancy Wilson, Billy Ecstine, Joe Williams, local superheros The Jost Project,
Natalie Cole and opera diva, Denyce Graves.

Ken Ulansey, on soprano and alto sax, is a Penn Council for the Arts winner. He has played classical music with Relache at Lincoln Center, Brazilian with Minas, jazz with his own award-winning band and folk music with countless local and national luminaries, all while leading his "Best of Philly" wedding band.

On drums will be Conner Setzer, who's brilliance in groove, drive and sensitivity has been capturing the attention of the Philly music community.

Tickets are only $12 in advance at; $20 at the door, $15 for students.

Cheltenham Center For The Arts
433 Ashbourne Rd
Cheltenham, PA 19012

March 24, 2017 7:00-10:00PM Step Or Die 2017 at Temple Performing Arts Center

The Ladies of Elegance Step Organization of Temple University presents our 13th annual Step Competition. This year it will be held at the Temple Performing Arts Center.

Temple Performing Arts Center
1837 N Broad St, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19122

March 24, 2017 Steve Lehman & Sélébéyone at The Painted Bride


Steve Lehman, alto saxophone
Gaston Bandimic, vocals (Wolof)
HPrizm, vocals (English)
Maciek Lasserre, soprano saxophone
Carlos Homs, piano and keyboards
Drew Gress, bass
Damion Reid, drums

Ars Nova Workshop and Painted Bride Art Center are pleased to present inventive saxophonist Steve Lehman’s Sélébéyone, an idiom-spanning new project combining modern jazz, underground hip-hop, Senegalese rap and live electronics to create a unique form of urban experimentalism.

Lehman’s music has always drawn from disparate sources in distinctive ways, but with Sélébéyone he has crafted a singular new crossing of musical streams. The project stands apart from past attempts to meld jazz and hip-hop, with the hybrid’s musical elements - shifting rhythms, electro-acoustic harmonies, and contemporary sound design - wholly integrated into the lyrical content. The project, which also juxtaposes English and Wolof lyrics, is not Lehman’s first plunge into the world of hip-hop; his acclaimed octet has recorded arrangements of songs by the Wu-Tang Clan and Camp Lo, while he has enjoyed a variety of collaborations with Meshell Ndegeocello since 2004.

Painted Bride Art Center
230 Vine Street
Philadelphia, PA
Price: $25 in advance // $30 day of show

March 24, 2017 6:30PM African American Museum in Philadelphia's 40th Anniversary

On Friday, March 24, 2017, you're invited to join the African American Museum in Philadelphia as we celebrate over 40 years of engaging diverse communities in appreciating the Black experience through the narratives of art, history and culture!

This black-tie affair will host over 600 business, cultural and political leaders, all gathered to support and celebrate AAMP as one of the region’s premier cultural destinations. ​Purchase your tickets today to Reflect and Re-Imagine AAMP with us!
40th Anniversary Celebration
Friday, March 24, 2017 | 6:30 PM
Philadelphia Marriott Downtown, 1201 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106

March 24, 2017 8:00 PM Sin & Redemption: Lurrie Bell and the Campbell Brothers at The Annenberg Center

Sin & Redemption illuminates the undeniable connection between the blues and gospel music. Rousing Saturday night juke joint sounds morph into Sunday morning gospel tunes. This special double bill starts with blues guitarist and vocalist Lurrie Bell, son of famed blues harmonica player Carey Bell. Then, The Campbell Brothers, on pedal steel, lap steel and electric guitars, complete the evening with a rich variety of African-American gospel music.

The Annenberg Center
3680 Walnut St.
Philadelphia, PA
Tickets: $25 - $55

Friday, March 17, 2017

March 23, 2017 8:00PM Red Baraat at World Cafe Live PHL

THU · MARCH 23, 2017
DOORS: 7:00 PM / SHOW: 8:00 PM
$18 ADV - $20 DOS + FEES

RED BARAAT FESTIVAL OF COLORS is a celebration of HOLI, a Hindu holiday marked by public gatherings of families, friends, and strangers rejoicing in song, dance, and the exchange of “colors." The holiday signifies the victory of good over evil, the arrival of spring, and an opportunity to meet others, play and laugh, forget and forgive.

The festival debuted in 2012 at a sold out Le Poisson Rouge in New York City and has since expanded to cities nationwide. This year's iteration will take place in NYC, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Washington DC, Boston, Seattle, Portland, Philadelphia and beyond.

Bandleader and dhol player Sunny Jain curates a night of music highlighting the South Asian Diaspora in America. Past lineups have included DJ Rekha, Falu, Radhe Radhe: Rites of Holi (a film by the late, award-winning filmmaker, Prashant Bhargava, and Grammy-nominated pianist/composer, Vijay Iyer), Brooklyn Raga Massive, Mandeep Sethi, Parijat Desai Dance Company, Rupa & The April Fishes and Madame Gandhi.

Special guests for the 2017 Red Baraat Festival of Colors will be announced soon! This tour is in conjunction with the release of the band’s new album BHANGRA PIRATES on Rhyme & Reason Records.
Venue Information:
World Cafe Live Philadelphia
3025 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA, 19104

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

March 21, 2017 8:00-11:00 PM Gregorio Uribe w/ guest Bronson Tennis at World Cafe Live

Singer, songwriter and accordionist, Gregorio Uribe was born in Colombia and currently resides in New York. Emerging as a graduate from the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston, Uribe has forged a unique place in the music scene in both the United States and Latin America. Also leading the Gregorio Uribe Big Band, a 16-piece orchestra that blends cumbia and other Colombian rhythms with powerful big band arranging, Uribe released "Cumbia Universal" (Zoho Music) featuring 8-time GRAMMY-winner and Latin music icon Rubén Blades, in October 2015, Upon its release the album hit the Billboard charts and received widespread critical acclaim with sold-out performances in prestigious venues such as Jazz at Lincoln Center.

Most recently, the multi-faceted Uribe put together a smaller ensemble that highlights his songwriting and the presence of the accordion. This new format differs from the big band in its more compact size and organic style. However it stays true to its leader's danceable rhythm. Having introduced this new music in latest tour, which included Brown University, Gregorio Uribe is currently in the process of recording his next self-composed album.

Gregorio has been a guest artist with Latin icon Carlos Vives on several occasions including Madison Square Garden. He was also named by the government of Colombia as one of the "100 most successful Colombians abroad"

Special Guest: Bronson Tennis from De Tierra Caliente

World Cafe Live
3025 Walnut St.
Philadelphia, Pa
Tickets: $15 ADV - $20 DOS + Fees

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

June 20-July 3, 2017 A 14-Day Music and Dance Course in Cuba

Tambor Y Danza CUBA

SUMMER 2017 Drum & Dance INTENSIVE!

June 20, 2017 - July 3, 2017

A 14-Day Music & Dance Course offering 40 Hours of AfroCuban Folkloric & Cuban Popular Class Training with Cuba's Top Professional Companies.

Featured Companies:
*Ballet Folklorico Cutumba (Santiago de Cuba)
*Conjunto Folklorico de Oriente (Santiago de Cuba)
*Conjunto Folklorico de Cienfuegos (Cienfuegos)
*Conjunto Folklorico Nacional de Cuba (La Habana)
*Conjunto Folklorico Raices Profundas (La Habana)

Featured Cities (Order of Travel):
*La Habana
*Santiago de Cuba

Hosted by Globally Recognized AfroCuban Music & Dance Collaborators:
Percussionist & Singer, Luca Brandoli
Dance Ethnologist, Kimberly Miguel Mullen, M.A.

Package Investment: $2995
*R/T Airfare US to Cuba,
*U.S. OFAC Travel License,
*Cuban Visa,
*Cross Country Travel to 4-Cities
*Uniquely Guided Activities
*Single-Room Occupancy
*2-Meals Daily
*Airport Transfers
*Ground Transportation
*40-Hours of Class Training
*Attendance to music & dance performances
*Dinners at Family-owned Paladar restaurants.

March 20, 2017 5:00-11:00PM Caribbean Dream with Trinidelphia

Escape the cold for a night of Caribbean flavor. Trinidelphia will be on stage providing a sweet island soundtrack for this event. Chef Mike and the team are rolling out some Caribbean-inspired food specials for the night, including our famous jerk chicken. We're pairing them with Masciarelli Montepuciano Rose and DePerriere Brut Rose, both on special for the evening.
Food ⋅ Drink
Free Admission
Kid Friendly

914 N 2nd St, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19123

March 20, 2017 7:00PM Mysterious Traveler Series: Howard Tucker

Howard “Sergio” Tucker is a writer/poet and performer, whose music embodies cultural fusion. Regularly performing in Brazilian lounges, Black Jazz & Soul clubs, he proudly delivers his gospel of love to R&B/Bossa Nova/Samba rhythms. Tucker has performed his poetic works at the Kimmel Center, Rittenhouse Soundworks, Relish Restaurant, World Café Live, and Freedom Theater, with various local bands & Brazilian musicians. In the process, he has collaborated with artists like Jay Fluellen, Kim Pedro Rodriguez and Cleonice Fonseca among others. Tucker has recently put his words to paper and compiled a new book of poetry, “Sergio: A Poet Witness To The City.”

Mysterious Traveler 3 Concert Series
Howard Tucker
March 20, 2017
Parkway Central Library
Montgomery Auditorium
1901 Vine Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103-1189

Monday, March 13, 2017

March 19, 2017 4:00-5:30PM Afro-Brazilian Percussion Class with Dendê

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.

Private lessons can also be arranged in person or via Skype. Email for more info.

Afro-Brazilian Percussion Class with Dendê

Sundays from 4pm-5:30pm (Please note new time!)
Wissahickon Dance Academy
38 East Schoolhouse Lane (Germantown) Philadelphia, PA 19144

March 19, 2017 7:00-9:00PM Musicians' Gathering #16 at Rittenhouse Soundworks

Musican's Gathering #16 celebrates the March into Spring
Join us for another SUnday night of eclectic music traditions from everywhere
This Month:
The incomparable Michelle Lordi: Michelle with her band Matt Parrish, bass and Sonny Troy, guitar

Stevie and the Bluescasters: Acoustic blues band that plays pre-war and old Country blues, Delta, Chicago, Piedmont and Gospel blends together with a half pint of R&B. Featuring Stevie Nolan, Paul Nolan and Seth Holzman.

Os Clavelitos: Brazil with a multicultural twist

Snagwing: Blending Kitsch and Weird since 2010
Featuring: Mike Pechter, Nina Willbach, Lauren Chimento, Peter Oswald
Tickets $10 at the door Free Parking at the lot next door

Rittenhouse Soundworks 219 W Rittenhouse st.

Consider making a tax deductible contribution to support the Musicians Gathering Series through our fiscal sponsor
Fractured Atlas 5013c.
Checks can be made out to Fractured Atlas with Rittenhouse Soundworks in the memo and sent to 257 W Rittenhouse St. Philadelphia, Pa 19144 or hand it to us directly at the next show.

Rittenhouse Soundworks
219 W. Rittenhouse St.
Philadelphia, Pa

March 19, 2017 6:00PM Urban Guerilla Orchestra with Mixed People at Ardmore Music Hall

The Urban Guerilla Orchestra, (home grown products of Philadelphia) also known as “U.G.O.” is a professional R&B sensation. We are a high energy; power packed band, consisting of accomplished musicians with incomparable touring and recording resumes.

We infuse a live concert act to your event and are known for perfection in musical execution and a high quality of musicianship. U.G.O. plays 1970’s party classics to current top of the chart hits, as well as jazz standards, big band/swing, Sinatra and much more. Make no mistake U.G.O is an experience.

The Urban Guerilla Orchestra consists of the following: UGO Horns, Henri McMillian, Jr. (Trumpet), Louis Taylor, Jr. (Saxophone), Don Collins, (Trombone), Rhythm Section, Wendell Sewell (Guitar), Terrence Tyler (Bass), Bryan Williams (Keyboards), Daryl “Kwasi” Burgee (Percussions), Vocalists, Lawrence “Weas” Newton, Na’eemah Harper and Paula Holloway.

U.G.O .was put together for one reason… to bring back soul music the way it is meant to be, with incredible soul stirring performances.

“Mixed People” is a funky, soul fusion band with hints of rock and world music...or as we like to call it - new age funk. Versatile musicianship, raw lyrics, and full vocal harmonies create a genuine, mixed musical experience. The name Mixed People derived from colors that bloomed out the whole funk and nothing but the funk. It embraces the love of self and others regardless of our differences and celebrates the beauty in us all. Mixed People is a Philadelphia-based band, founded by guitarist, Paulette Branson, in August 2012. Other band members include: Bird Williams (keytar and vocals), Pierre Nix (percussion and vocals),Terrence Jones (bass), Sunny Dee/Najashi Abdur-Rasheed (drums), Jakeya Sanders (vocals), and Ashley Howard (vocals). Any given night, you'll also find a collaborative of other distinguished musicians joining them on stage. Since August 2012, the band has stamped its sound in Philadelphia performing at various music venues, from World Cafe Live to Hard Rock Cafe to The Trocadero.

In April 2014, Mixed People released their EP Album, Shark Attack. Shark Attack is a fun, refreshing, guitar-driven masterpiece that has left fans craving for more. The music is progressive, and the energy and emotion behind this band will get you dancing on your feet and singing along.

The Ardmore Music Hall
23 East Lancaster Ave
Ardmore, PA, 19003

Tickets: $10 Advance / $15 Day of Show / $20 Reserved

Sunday, March 12, 2017

March 18, 2017 8:00PM-2:00AM Combo Melaza 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 Combo Melaza

*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

March 18, 2017 7:30PM Tinta Roja with Cast Shadows at Crossroads Concerts

Tinta Roja is a bandoneon-guitar duo featuring the intimate, lively, and lyrical sound of tango. Alejo de los Reyes (guitar) and Shinjoo Cho (bandoneon) and met at a mutual friend’s Sunday asado (Argentine barbecue) in Buenos Aires, surrounded by an endless supply of meat, wine, and music making. Their repertoire spans many eras of tango as well as folk music from Argentina.

Cast Shadows is music for accordion and cello, inspired by Eastern European folk, fog machines and Erik Satie.

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

Tickets $10-$30 sliding scale

Saturday, March 11, 2017

March 17, 2017 10:00PM-2:00AM Drum Like a Lady Celebrates Women's Month

Drum Like A Lady celebrates Women's History Month with an evening of beauty and music sponsored by Brittney Branson of Brittney's Makeup Artistry. We will enjoy skin care and LIVE makeup demos to the sounds of a LIVE, all-female jam session led by LaTreice V Branson w/ beats by Paulette Branson. It's a family affair! Bring your sweet tooth and enjoy pastries by Jamila Hadiya of Baked Palate, too!

Come get pampered! Bring an instrument to play or to share!
All are welcome to join the us in the celebration!
Free! Bring cash for treats and to support Brittney's Makeup Artistry)
10 am - Open All - female Jam session
LIVE makeup and skin care demonstrations
12 am - DJ / drum cypHER (dance celebration)

Dahlak Paradise
4708 Baltimore Ave
Philadelphia, Pa

March 17, 2017 7:30PM Suzzette Ortiz Latin Jazz Ensemble at the Clef Club

The Philadelphia Clef Club of Jazz presents Suzzette Ortiz Latin Jazz Ensemble
Featuring: Suzzette Ortiz including Madison Rast – bass, John Katz-saxophone/flute, Juan “Cuco” Castellanos – percussion, and Rene Ginett –vocals.

The Philadelphia Clef Club is proud to present Latin Jazz pianist Suzzette Ortiz including musicians Madison Rast -bass, Jon Katz –saxophone/flute, Juan “Cuco” Castellanos – percussion, and Rene Ginett- vocals.

This debut concert will be part of the Women’s History Month Jazz series, which will include Ella Gahnt, vocalist. Ortiz has been a luminary in Philadelphia’s Latin Music scene for the better part of two decades. She performed with the seminal female Latin-jazz group Ellas, and even garnered four Latin Grammy nominations with Philadelphia salsa group Orquesta La Paz.

Ortiz , hailing from Bayamon, Puerto Rico is a gifted pianist, singer, arranger and composer. She directed the Treble Choir, Men/Barbershop, Vocal Jazz Ensemble, Show Choir and co-directed the International Award Winning Concert Choir. Under her direction the choirs won first and second place in Italy, Prague, Puerto Rico, Ghana, Poland, Virginia, Nashville, Tennessee, New York and Orlando, Florida.

Tickets: $20
Philadelphia Clef Club of Jazz and Performing Arts
736 S. Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA United States
(215) 893-9912

Friday, March 10, 2017

March 16, 2017 6:00-10:00PM SIORA at Paris Bistro

Latin Night at Paris Bistro
Phyllis Chapell & SIORA (Dave Posmontier on keys, Chico Huff on bass, Jimmy Coleman on drums) play Latin and Brazilian grooves

Paris Bistro
8229 Germantown Ave, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19118

March 16, 2017 8:00 and 9:30PM The Soul Revival at A's Place

The Soul Revival every third Thursday at A's Place, with 2 shows: 8:00 and 9:30PM; no cover!

A's Place
3720 Main St.
Philadelphia, Pa

March 16-18, 2017 The Body Wails, The Body Restores: LELA AISHA JONES | FLYGROUND & VERSHAWN SANDERS WARD | RED CLAY DANCE

ACTIVISM IN THE BODY WORKSHOP & Roundtable Luncheon with Vershawn Sanders Ward & Lela Aisha Jones |Thursday, March 16 | 11am – 1:30pm | Pay what you can
Experience the work of Lela Aisha Jones and Vershawn Sanders Ward in an intimate, intricate, and inclusive format as they facilitate through movement and dialogue how they created and conceptualize their solo works presented in The Body Wails, The Body Restores.

Afro Contemporary & Diasporic Movement Practice Workshop | Thursday, March 16 | 6:00pm – 7:30pm | Pay what you can
DMP’s are contemporary movement practices grounded in dance cultures and traditions of African and Black peoples. This workshop will be an exciting journey into the creative potential of the spiritual, conceptual, and physical energies that exist in movement of African descendant and Black peoples. With Lela expect a movement-based experience that promotes exhilarating body discoveries with physical explosion and intricate narratives. With Vershawn expect an introduction into the movement esthetic of Afro-Contemporary dance. Afro-Contemporary is a dance style that fuses Africanist movement vocabulary, contemporary dance and Chicago house.

Film Screening: Lynching & Love | Thursday, March 16 | 8pm | Pay what you can

Native Portals is a multiple episode movement performance series. This evening-length episode, Native Portals: Lynching & Love (2012), interprets first exposures to noose lynching as experienced by the artists in the work, offers embodied renditions of the contemporary experiences of U.S. blackness/womaness, and experimentally touches upon nation love when traumatic histories are unresolved. The film version was shot and edited by Tiona McClodden (Leeway Transformation Awardee, 2016 Pew Fellow) and was first premiered in 2015 as a part of Headlong Video Vault curated by Ellen Chenoweth.

*There will be a special post-show meet & greet for Art & Change Collective Members

Brenda Dixon Gottschild (Solo Work): RACE IS THE PLACE IS THE SPACE | Friday March 17 & Saturday March 18 | 6pm | Free
Referencing the Aunt Jemima stereotype to set the stage and through performative, embodied lecture, Brenda Dixon Gottschild travels into the present via her Afro-expressionistic interpretation of selected poems. Concept, Costume, Creation, Performance: Dr. Brenda Dixon Gottschild

Holistic African Dance Intensive with Peaches Jones, Zakiya Cornish | Saturday, March 18 | 11am – 2pm | $30
Using vinyasa yoga-inspired techniques, instructors will guide participants through a practice to stretch and condition the body, develop a strong core, and embody key elements that aid in approaching African dance technique. Participants may utilize this practice in their everyday life for conditioning the body overall as well as preparing for any African dance class. Instructors will also break down and intricately review a West African dance from Mali.

The Body Wails, The Body Restores | Friday March 17 & Saturday March 18 | 8pm | $20 in advance/$25 day of show
*There will be a pre-show reception with the artists at 5pm, Saturday March 18th

Lela Aisha Jones | FlyGround
Native Portals: Continuum of Action (Witness) centers the body as a place of witnessing and testifying–seeing this act as multifaceted, essential activists and advocates for human and civil rights. They save the stories, feel the pain, release the anger, restore, and keep going. This work weaves together contemporary reflections on the tumultuous events surrounding the MOVE organization’s efforts to live autonomously by growing their own food (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S 1985), The Cradock Four’s (Cradock, South Africa, 1985) efforts to give agency to their community against South African Apartheid, and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission transcripts created after the Greensboro Massacre (North Carolina, U.S 1979)—particularly the voices of the children. The trauma of the past, unresolved and unprocessed, continues to re-occur in our future.

Vershawn Sanders Ward
Ward’s riveting new solo work, #SAYHERNAME examines the criminalization of female black activists Angela Davis and Assata Shakur, drawing parallels to the present day arrest and subsequent death of Sandra Bland. The solo dancer finds herself in a confined space; both physically (inside a prison cell) and mentally, bound by her condition and perceived loss of POWER.

Lela Aisha Jones | FlyGround
Native Portals: Release is a renewed section of the evening-length movement performance piece titled Native Portals: Release Mourning Clearing presented by Intercultural Journeys in Spring 2016. This work reflects upon witnessing the aftermath of the most recent killings of Black people that is now very present in terrifying ways—smothering hope and evoking anger. It is about the continual processing of trauma and how you get over without washing over the spiritual, physical, and emotional violence that is so vibrantly alive in our U.S. existence today.

Tickets and more info here

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

March 16, 2017 6:00-8:00PM Let's Dance Family Workshop with Melissa Talley-Palmer

During Women's History Month, The Philadelphia Clef Club of Jazz will Feature Melissa Talley-Palmer in a Let's Dance Workshop for families. Mark your calendar and come down with your children and grandchildren to share the history of bop, cha cha and line dance like we once did with our children in the room.

Donation: $8, proceeds benefit the Education Program

Melissa Talley-Palmer, a two time Leeway Foundation grantee winner and social dance advocate will present “Let’s Dance,” a workshop consisting of Bop and Cha Cha and line dance instruction focused on preserving the history and culture of dance in our communities. The dance instruction will include music made popular on the social dance scenes from the 1950’s until today.

The workshops are intergenerational and open to the public. Families are encouraged to bring their children, grandchildren and significant others. No partner required. Through this workshop we will continue to pass along the history of dance in our communities.

The Philadelphia Clef Club of Jazz and Performing Arts
736 S Broad and Fitzwater Streets, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19146

Thursday, March 9, 2017

March 15, 2017 8:00PM Ladysmith Black Mambazo at World Cafe Live PHL

In 2014, Ladysmith Black Mambazo – led by founder and leader JOSEPH SHABALALA – celebrates over fifty years of joyous and uplifting music. Within this music are the intricate rhythms and harmonies of their native South African musical traditions. In those years, the a cappella vocal group has created a musical and spiritual spirit that has touched a worldwide audience. Their musical efforts over the past five decades have garnered praise and accolades from a wide body of people, organizations and countries.

Assembled in the early 1960s in South Africa by Joseph, then a young farmboy turned factory worker, the group took the name Ladysmith Black Mambazo. Ladysmith is the name of Joseph’s hometown, about three hours west of Durban and 3 hours east of Johannesburg; Black being a reference to the oxen, the strongest of all farm animals; and Mambazo being the Zulu word for chopping axe, a symbol of the group’s ability to “chop down” any singing rival who might challenge them. Their collective voices were so tight and their harmonies so polished that by the end of the 1960's they were banned from competitions, although they were welcome to participate as entertainers.

Tickets: $37.50 FLOOR - $45 MEZZ + FEES

World Cafe Live
3025 Walnut St.
Philadelphia, Pa

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

March 14, 2017 8:00PM AfroTaino Productions Presents Rawayana + Kenty Love

We are proud to present the #philadelphia debut of the chart-topping #Venezuelan band Rawayana - performing live at The Trocadero balcony stage! Also performing: Kenty Love! Tickets are available now -$10

Trocadero Balcony
1003 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA, 19107

Doors 8:00 PM

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

March 13, 2017 2:00-4:30PM Magdaliz and Her Latin Ensemble Crisol at Good Dog Bar

Come enjoy live Latin music on a Monday afternoon!

Good Dog Bar
224 S 15th St, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19102

March 13, 2017 6:00-8:00PM Justice and Agua Fresca II: Examine Life, with Shakoor Sanders

"An unexamined life is not worth living." - Socrates

In the interest of furthering humanity's dutiful pursuit of wisdom, it is time for us to candidly examine this life we live through all lenses, angles, and perspectives.

Today, we face an urgent need to amend our physical and spiritual diets. We will explore how this need can be met by a sincere effort towards being conscious of our participation in impulsivity-triggering activites like social media use, shopping, and food consumption.

Please join percussionist and folklorist Shakoor Sanders next Monday, March 13 at South Philly Barbacoa for the second edition of our March teach-in series 'Justice and Agua Fresca'.

There will be a solo performance (6pm), followed by a panel conversation featuring special guests Tamar Dart, Vimbai Dihwa, and Amanda DeLeo (6:30pm).

We will also have vegan food, and yes, agua fresca!

South Philly Barbacoa
1703 S 11th St, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19148

Stay tuned for more details on the remaining events in the series:

March 20th - #NotaBacklog, with Lauren Cheif Elk

March 27th - Big Ad's Blind Spot, with Ian Brendle


Monday, March 6, 2017

March 12, 2017 6:00PM WOMYNSFEST at the Rotunda

Our Womynsfest is FREE! The longest running free women's festival in Philadelphia that I am aware of. We would like to celebrate our 17th year of showcasing female performers, poets, dancers, artist, filmmakers, and so much more! All from around the Philadelphia area Perhaps some out of state peeps. The LBGT community is invited to participate as well as male backup performers in the bands.

The Primaries
Rachel Hall
Morgan Pinkstone
Mia Johnson & Erin
Music over Matter -
A spectacular group of
Percussionist, instrumentalist and more!
Laura Bloom
Wiittney Majette
Not in order!

The Rotunda
4014 Walnut St.
Philadelphia, Pa

Sunday, March 5, 2017

March 11, 2017 2:30-4:30PM Open House and Registration for Bomba Percussion and Dance Lessons

Centro Nueva Creacion presents Bomba percussion and dance lessons by Tony Mendez and Maribel Lozada.
Come to the open house and find out more and complete your registration for classes.
162 W. Tioga St.
Philadelphia, Pa 19140

March 11, 2017 11:00AM-4:00PM World Culture Day at Penn Museum: Hello, India!

India is home to more than 1.3 billion people. With Bollywood films, diverse mind/body and spiritual practices, and richly aromatic foods captivating the interests and palates of a rapidly growing international audience, it’s time for an exploration of India!

Discover more about the history and culture of India during this day long celebration! Enjoy traditional music and dance presentations and workshops, sari wrapping, a language workshop, an introduction to traditional Karnataka cooking, yoga, film, craft activities, games originating from India and a rangoli sand painting activity for all.

The day culminates on a colorful and playful note with a Holi Celebration—the traditional festival of colors, the festival of love—in the outside Warden garden.

The Council of Indian Organizations in Greater Philadelphia, Sruti: The Indian Music and Dance Society, Mustard Seed Film Festival, and Bharatiya Cultural Center are cosponsors of the event.

Penn Museum
3260 South St.
Philadelphia, PA 19104

FREE with general admission:
$15 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)

March 11, 2017 7:00-10:00PM Underground at Ron's #66

Alison Weiner - Keyboards, Melodica
Amy Isokov - Voice
Anne Johnson - Voice
Chrissy Gallagher - Harp, Voice
Jerry Decker - RAV VAST, Hand Pans, Assorted Percussion
Natasha Dastur - Assorted Percussion, Voice
Ron Kravitz - RAV VAST, HANG, Assorted Percussion, Voice
Leslay Tao Mowatt - Guitar, Assorted Percussion, Voice

Come early for the pre-concert jam session and potluck. It's a great way to bring the community together to make music, enjoy great food and drink, and get to know the performers.
8:00 P.M. - 10:00 P.M. - Showtime
7:00 P.M. - 7:50 P.M. - Community Drum Circle & Potluck

Suggested donation of $20 taken at the door
(more or less if needed)

Location @ 1012 E Southampton Ave. Wyndmoor, Pa 19038
click here to sign up

Saturday, March 4, 2017

March 10, 2017 7:00-9:00PM CEC Community Education Center‎ 2nd Friday on Lancaster Ave JAZZ Series

Elegant vocalist Geraldine Oliver and her trio hit our stage for March 2nd Friday on Lancaster Ave. Featuring: Aaron Graves on piano, Tony Day on drums, and Dylan Taylor on bass. Just what the doctor ordered! Come on out Philly and enjoy the music! Admission is $15 and can be purchased at the door only.

Community Education Center
3500 Lancaster Ave
Philadelphia, Pa

March 10, 2017 5:45-8:15PM Conjunto Philadelphia at Friday Nights at PMA

Conjunto Philadelphia pays homage to Cuba’s deep and treasured musical history.

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

March 10, 2017 11:00AM and 7:00PM “AWO”: WEST AFRICAN DANCE & DRUM MUSICAL PLAY at The Painted Bride

Friday, March 10 @ 11am
$10 for groups of 20 or more. $20 for adults, $15 for children 15 & under, seniors and college students w/ID

Friday, March 10 @ 7pm
$25 adults, $15 for children 15 & under, seniors and college students w/ID
EGUN OMODE (children of the ancestors) brings its newest production, “AWO”, a play written, directed and produced by Makeda Kemit (Artistic Director). This is a play for families and children of all ages; come out and enjoy an exciting evening of adventure, music and dance. AWO is a Yoruba folklore production which features children actors and dancers as young 4 years old, professional musicians , and a masterful storyteller who narrates as you sit in amazement and wonderment.

“AWO” (ah-wo) which means secrets in the Yoruba language of Nigeria follows Fèyísàrá at the primordial stages of discovering her destiny (ayanmo). Fèyísàrá travels back home after 2 years of learning awo (the secrets) of long life and enduring prosperity from her elder (orisa), Olokun. Along her journey, she acquires wisdom from the wise gatekeeper and is challenged to overcome many obstacles. Will she survive? What lessons will Fèyísàrá learn from this journey? How will Ifa and the wise Babalawo help her along this path?

Running time is 75 minutes, followed by a 15-minute Q & A with the cast.

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

Friday, March 3, 2017

March 9, 2017 8:00PM Dr. B's Groove at Millcreek Tavern

It is about to get funky in West Philly. Come on out and get a healthy dose of funk with Dr. B's Groove at the Millcreek Tavern on March 9th at 8pm.

Dr. B's Groove is a seven piece funk machine which operates in the city of brotherly love.

Dr. B-Piano & Trumpet
T-Bone-Alto Saxophone
The Barron-Tenor Saxophone
Two Sox-Trumpet/Flugelhorn
Swerves Benedict-Trombone
El Gato-Drums

Millcreek Tavern
4200 Chester Ave.(1 block from Clark Park)
Philadelphia, PA 19104

March 9 & 10, 2017 8:00PM DrumLine Live at The Merriam Theater

DRUMLine Live, the show stopping attraction created by the musical team behind the hit movies, “Drumline”and“Drumline: A New Beat,” embodies the soulful, high-stepping style of the Historically Black College and University (HBCU) marching band experience. With its riveting rhythms, bold beats, and ear grabbing energy, DRUMLine Live is a high octane musical roller coaster ride that is guaranteed to touch every emotion in your body. We’re back with a BRAND NEW show for the entire family and we will be on your feet by Halftime!!

Merriam Theater
250 S Broad St
Philadelphia, PA 19102

Tickets $21.50-$52.50 + fees