May 2012

June 2012

July 2012
  • 8:00 PMEvent Horizon pres. ThadClar, Hunter and Harrison, and Thin Air
  • 8:00 PM - 11:00 PM Event Horizon presents ThadClar, Hunter and Harrison & Thin Air ThadClar is musician Roycee Martin who has been playing music for over 30 years. Most of that time he was a Bass player playing Blues and Top 40 music. Now days Roycee is very much inspired by ambient/space music. For his latest project “ ThadClad” he draws from elements of analog sequencers and live looping with the ChapmanStick and some effects processing, all mixed and tweaked live. The music comes from the space at the edge of consciousness just before a deep sleep. Let the hypnotic sound take you on a relaxing journey through space. Listen to audio HERE Hunter and Harrison This duo consists of guitarist Mike Hunter (of Ombient and the host of the WPRB radio program Music With Space) and guitarist Harrison McKay (of The Tangent Project) The perform guitar based ambient electronic music using loopers and guitar synthesizers. Synphonic levels of sound are achieved. (photo credit: Hong Waltzer) Thin Air is the solo project of Steve Bowman (of Delicate Monster.)  His sounds ranges from ambient and dreamy to raucous noise.  Harmonies from atonal to modal.  Melodies from chromatic to singable themes.  Sometimes all in the same composition. Admission is FREE
  • 1:00 PMAfro-Brazilian Film Festival (+Brazilian Food and Capoeira)
  • 1:00 PM - 11:30 PM Contact: Trae Mohammed: (267) 303-2975, A Celebration of Film, Culture, and History for all to see! An Afro-Brazilian Film Festival to break ethnic stereotype and barriers The Sankofa Association of Roxborough is hosting an Afro-Brazilian Film Festival--bound to attract Philadelphians from all walks of life. The festival will last over ten hours complete with local vendors and food as well as films relating to Afro-Brazilian culture. The Philadelphia chapter of the International Capoeira Angola Foundation is scheduled to demonstrate Capoeira, a Brazilian Martial Art with African roots. Five films are being screened, each one a specific genre, including the award winning capoeira themed action adventure Besouro, with stunts directed by Huan Chiu-Ku (Kill Bill, The Matrix) . There is at least one movie of interest for everyone. “We were looking for a way to demonstrate the connections that Americans have with people from all over the Americas” says Angela Mohammed, founder of the Sankofa Association of Roxborough. “When people think of Black(s) and Slavery, they only think about the United States. We are never taught that Africans helped shape all of the Americas, this is important because it could help bridge gaps between many ethnic communities here in Philadelphia.” As of the year 2000, “The City of Neighborhoods” boasts a black population of about 44 percent and a Latino population of 12.5 percent. This includes people from the United States, Caribbean islands, Central and South America, and West Africa. To varying degrees each of these regions has been a point on the Transatlantic Slave trade. Brazil, having received nearly 30 percent of all Africans during this trade, as opposed to 5 percent received by the United States; definitely demonstrates the connections to which Mrs. Mohammed was referring. The metropolitan area could benefit from seeing, feeling, and tasting those connections. Although the film festival centers on black identity it is not just for people of African descent, it can also attract foodies, music and film lovers, art enthusiasts, students and the passerby. “Everybody is welcome to learn and share the experience” Mrs. Mohammed reaffirms. The film festival coincides with Brazil’s June Festivals, the country’s second largest celebration, after Rio’s Carnival. It is also the weekend before the annual Philadelphia Odunde festival which attracts thousands every year. Movie Times (subject to change) : Ile Aiye 1:00 pm David Byrne Documentary An impressionistic documentary on Candomble, the African derived spirit cult of Bahia Brazil. Ile Aiye explores the way in which Candomble has influenced the daily life and culture of Brazil. Art, Music, Food, Dance, Theater, and more has been influenced by the worship of the Orixa, a spirit pantheon rivaling that of the Ancient Greeks, originating manly from Yorubaland West Africa.This film is a great introduction to many of the elements found in subsequent films, Afro-Brazilian contributions, and Brazilian Pop culture Quilombo 2:00 pm Carlos Diegues Historical Epic This Historical saga is a stirring fusion of folklore, political impact, dynamic storytelling, realized in vibrant tropical colors and set to the pulling beat of a rhythmic musical score. Set in 17th century Brazil, groups of runaway slaves escaped to mountainous jungle strongholds, where they formed self-governing communities known as Quilombos. This film is based off the true story of Brazil's most famous and longest lasting Quilombo, Palmares. Led by the Legendary Ganga Zumba and his protegee Zumbi, they kept Portuguese and Dutch forces at bay for decades. Orfeu Negro 4:15 pm Marcel Camus Melodrama 1960 Academy Award winner, Orfeu Negro retells the Greek myth of Orpheus and Eurydice against the madness of Rio De Janeiro's Carnival. Orpheus is a heart-breaker who falls madly in love with Eurydice. Eurydice has fled her home to escape death who stalks her. In Greek Mythology Orpheus' talent is so great he can make rocks dance and the sun rise with his music. Is he powerful enough to keep Eurydice from impending doom and an eternity in the underworld? With an all black cast, this film was to Brazil what Carmen Jones was to the United States. This is also the film that introduced the infectious Bossa Nova sound to the world. The International Capoeira Angola Foundation 6:30 pm Come participate in a Capoeira Roda, as we anticipate the Blockbuster presentation BESOURO. Besouro 7:00pm Joao Daniel Tinkhomiroff Action Based off the life of the Legendary Capoeira fighter, Besouro spins a fantastic tale of a young black Brazilian man in search of his mission. Less than 30 years after the Brazilian abolition of slavery, the black population working the sugarcane plantations is still treated as chattel. Things Turn for the worst when Besouro's teacher and community leader is murdered. Besouro must now step up and utilize what he has been training for his entire life. Seemingly untouchable Besouro becomes a beacon of hope in the struggle for his people! The Fight scenes are directed by Huan-Chiu Ku, action director for the Matrix and Kill Bill and the actors are real capoeiristas. Finally a Black Superhero! This is a MUST SEE FILM!! City of Men 9:25pm Fernando Meirelles Action/Drama The Follow up to the Academy Award nominated and critically acclaimed City of God, City of Men returns to the Brazilian favelas to tell an inspiring tale of friendship and family on the gritty streets of Rio de Janeiro. In a culture dictated by violence and run by street gangs, best friends Acerola and Laranjinha struggle with an underlying issue that affects many black families across the globe, Fatherhood. Laranjinha searches for the father he never met, while Acerola struggles with being a father at a young age. On their journeys, amidst a rival gang war, they are both forced to confront a shocking secret from their collective past, a secret that could potentially tear their friendship apart. The Sankofa Association of Roxborough is a nonprofit community organization whose mission is to promote the education, culture, and history of Africa and the African-American. Founded in 2005, the organization has held many events including Health Screenings, Annual Kwanzaa and Juneteenth celebrations. This will be its first film festival. Admission is FREE
  • 7:00 PMSchool's Out! Fashion Show + Performance; Modern vintage meets downtown chic
  • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM School's Out! fashion and talent show from students of Mastery Charter School Pickett Campus This is the new style! Modern vintage meets downtown chic, with artistic, creative fashion from the models themselves +  outrageous handmade accessories generously loaned by BluDahlia. Serenaded by up and coming singers and rappers Scenes: Vintage/Professional/Prom/Casual/Summer Host/ Producer: Aziraya Spurill Producers: Victoria Castro, Khadiyah Price Models: David Jenkins, Michael Eaton-Bird, Asha Brown, Valencia Freeman Talee Bay, Candice, & special guest models from Mastery Shoemaker. Performers: Mercedes, Trudy Smith, Chassidy, Real Starz More info: Tweet @Azorible  @iKnowHisSecret_ @diyahhhh or email Admission is $5 at door
  • 8:00 PMPIRATES INVADE The Five Minute Follies!
  • 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM PIRATES INVADE The Five Minute Follies! FB Event: PIRATE SING-A-LONG! PIRATE JOKE-OFF!– win a Prize for Best Pirate Joke! PIRATE COSTUME CONTEST! (Kid and Adult Divisions) PERFORMERS INCLUDE: Valhalla’s Pirates The Ruddy Jacks Luna Seas (Pirate Balladeers) Better Than Bacon (Improv Group) Hank Curry as Mr. Klop (Clowning) Comedian Roundboy Jimmy Graham Singer Songwriter Lorraine Leckie RhapsodE City Crooner Charlie Shoes Doors 7pm Show 8pm General Admission $10 in advance/$12 at the door Buy tickets at SPECIAL ADVANCE TICKET DISCOUNT FOR ROTUNDA EMAIL LIST MEMBERS Save $2 per ticket off the Advance Ticket Price of $10... that’s $4 per ticket less than the price at the door! Go to this page: and enter the password “5rotunda”. You will be taken to a Special Ticket Discount page. PLEASE NOTE: This is good for Online Ticket Sales Only. Not good for paying at the door. OFFER EXPIRES Friday, June 8th at 12noon. If you have any questions or problems, please email Email
  • 7:00 PMChrist Mic Ent. and Wtuw pres. Mayhem
  • 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM Christ Mic Entertainment and Wtuw Present Mayhem Christ Mic Entertainment in collaboration with WTUW and Saint Glory Clothing presents “Mayhem,” an explosive musical evening featuring Doc Hero Deuce B Don Cephas Prayz1 Daarinah Klaye Niko Marcus Da Kid N.A.S.A. A. Smith and more Admission is $5
  • 8:00 PMThe Red House (1947) and Brother Orchid (1940); Andrew's Video Vault double header
  • 8:00 PM - 11:30 PM Andrew's Video Vault screens: JUNE 14 The Red House (1947 / 100 minutes) Delmer Daves directs this rural, noir psychodrama with supernatural overtones starring Edward G. Robinson as a one-legged farmer trying to control the urges of his teenaged daughter. Brother Orchid (1940 / 88 minutes) After an assassination attempt orchestrated by new mobster king-pin Humphrey Bogart, aging racketeer Edward G. Robinson reinvents himself as a monk. With Ann Sothern and Ralph Bellamy. JULY 12 Vibrations (1967 / 75 minutes) A writer, moonlighting as a typist, moves into a New York apartment with her up-tight sister and is drawn to the secret cult next door. Directed by Joseph W. Sarno. Fluctuations (1970 / 70 minutes) Grindhouse avant-garde stream of consciousness sexploitation directed by Joel Landwehr.

Submission (1969 / 73 minutes) A ménage a trois leads to a robbery plot, sexual confusion and unexpected double crosses in Allen Savage’s movie. AUGUST 9 Carny (1980 / 107 minutes) Eighteen year old Jodie Foster runs away from home and takes up with two carnival hustlers played by Gary Busey and Robbie Robertson. With Meg Foster, Kenneth McMillan and Elisha Cook Jr. Music by Alex North. Girl on the Run (1953) Offbeat noir murder mystery set at a burlesque show on the midway. Features Frank Albertson and, in his big screen debut, Steve McQueen. SEPTEMBER 13 Dementia (1955 / 56 minutes) A nightmarish, dialogue-free film noir, with an amazing George Antheil score, follows a gamin though the shadowy streets of Venice Beach, California. The only film from director John Parker. Freud (1962 / 120 minutes) Director John Huston biopic casts Montgomery Clift as the famous Viennese psychoanalyst and follows him from 1885-90 as he formulates his theories of the Oedipus complex. Based on a screenplay by Jean-Paul Sartre. Photographed by Douglas Slocombe . OCTOBER 11
* * * * Two silent movies directed by Tod Browning with live musical accompaniment from Lincoln vs. The Moon (Jen Lightfoot and Ed Dymek) * * * * The Unknown (1927 / 63 minutes) Wanted murderer Lon Chaney poses as “Alonzo the Armless Wonder.” Falling in love with unstable and phobic Joan Crawford, he becomes enraged when a strongman becomes romantic rival, setting the stage for an unforgettable Grand Guignol climax. The Unholy Three (1925 / 86 minutes) A sideshow ventriloquist (Lon Chaney), a little person (Harry Earles), and strongman (Victor McLaglen) flee the carny life and form a perverse crime family operating out of a pet shop. Based on a novel by Tod Robbins, the author of “Spurs” the story that inspired Browning’s movie Freaks. NOVEMBER 8 Pericles on 31st Street (1962 / 60 minutes) A young Sam Peckinpah directed this entry in “The Dick Powell Show,” based on the novel by Harry Mark Petrakis. Features Theodore Bikel, Carroll O’Connor and Arthur O’Connell. The Man with Two Heads (1972 / 80 minutes) Writer/director Andy Milligan’s chaotic, angry and insane version of “The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” shot on location in England.

 DECEMBER 13 Rienzi – Der Letzte Der Tribunen [Rienzi, the Last of the Tribunes] (2010 / 156 minutes) Philipp Stolzl and Christian Baier’s revision of Richard Wagner’s infrequently performed third opera (1842) about civil war in Rome. From the Deutsche Oper Berlin. Admission is FREE to all screenings. Screenings are continuous from 8pm.
  • 8:00 PMBowerbird presents Bernard Parmegiani's De natura sonorum
  • 8:00 PM - 11:00 PM Bowerbird presents Gate series This month: Bernard Parmegiani (b. 1927): "De natura sonorum" (1975) Suite in twelve movements ***Digital artist Peter Price will perform live projected visuals to accompany the digital playback. The concert will be preceded by a brief introductory talk by Thomas Patteson. *** Building on the acoustic investigations of his teacher Pierre Schaeffer, the founder of musique concrete, French composer Bernard Parmegiani creates what he calls "acousmatic music" -- a kind of sonic art conceived especially for presentation through loudspeakers, designed to invoke powerful mental images through the pure play of disembodied sound. Parmegiani's 1975 composition De natura sonorum is an unrivaled masterpiece in this genre. Each of the work's 12 movements is an etude in which opposing sonic properties--percussive versus sustained tones, or synthetic versus natural--are played against each other in a highly refined counterpoint of acoustic forms. At once playful and imposing, sensual and cerebral, De natura sonorum leads the listener on a unique exploration of the nature of sound. MORE: PREVIEW SOME AUDIO: Admission is FREE
  • 4:00 PMPhilly Youth Poetry Night (during the day)--note special early time!!
  • 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM Hosted by PYPM Hear the youth speak! The Philly Youth Poetry Movement (“PYPM” or “The Movement”) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization committed to helping the youth of Philadelphia discover the power of their voices through spoken word, literacy, and progressive workshop facilitation. The Movement, founded by “UnLitter Us” poet Greg Corbin, provides a safe space for at-risk, empowered youth ages 13-19 to use their voice to promote social change, leadership, cultural diversity, and build self-esteem. Admission is $7 for youth, $10 for adults.
  • 8:00 PMFire Museum pres. A Benefit for the Highwire Gallery w/ Archer Spade + Eric Carbonara + Alban Bailey + Dick Neff
  • 8:00 PM - 11:00 PM Fire Museum Presents A Benefit for the Highwire Gallery with: Archer Spade Eric Carbonara Alban Bailey Dick Neff The Highwire Gallery is home to most events that are presented by Fire Museum Presents. Tonight we host a benefit for the gallery at The Rotunda as a gesture of thanks, and to hopefully aid in financial matters! Archer Spade is the new music collaboration between composer/performers Daniel Blacksberg and Nick Millevoi that seeks to broaden the repertoire and inspire new sonic possibilities for their unlikely instrumentation of trombone and electric guitar. Together, Blacksberg and Millevoi bring unique and versatile vocabularies to contemporary classical music as well as extensive individual experiences that span experimental music, jazz, punk rock, and Jewish music. The duo’s music, formed from over a decade of playing together, propels beyond the boundaries of the classical tradition into a singular body of work that spans the unique breadth of its members personal vocabularies. Archer Spade has worked with composers Gene Coleman, David Soldier, John DeBlase, and is currently collaborating with Roscoe Mitchell on a trio composition with saxophonist Drew Cecatto, commissioned by Thomas Buckner. The members of Archer Spade work with Electric Simcha, The Other Europeans, Many Arms, and Make A Rising. Eric Carbonara is a Philadelphia based guitarist, whose search for raw aural expression has led him far and wide – from noise & electro-acoustic music to taking deep root in the bounty of the wooden guitar. Carbonara’s playing draws on the rich musical styles from Andalusian Roma-Flamenco to Hindustani & North African folk to form a kind of exalted pidgin style of playing that covers a wide emotional terrain from meditative calm to restless unease. He has developed a unique idiom of gypsy music for non-existent cultures by combining rogue self-taught, free-form classical and flamenco techniques with those learned from formal studies in India. His live solo performances range from contemplative acoustic meditations to aggressively loud electric sets; both encompassing Carbonara’s ability to draw the listener in to his world, where his lyrical playing doesn’t just entertain but triggers a myriad of emotional responses. Carbonara has toured extensively throughout the United States and Europe promoting his releases on Locust Music, Majumua Music and New American Folk Hero as well as various self-releases for solo guitar and solo upright-chaturangui music, ALBAN BAILLY (guitar – compositions) is a mulit-faceted instrumentalist who studied composition, jazz and improvisation in France. He performed regularly in Europe before moving to the US in 2005. Alban began his musical path by playing rock in his youth. He moved onto studying Jazz, which opened him to free improvisation in the late nineties. In 2001 he studied Arabic music and oud in Marrakech, Morocco. Alban then moved to Nancy, France, and became an active performer, playing solo and together with performers (Music, Dance, Projections etc ) in Europe. Currently a resident of Philadelphia, he continues to be in demand and has performed extensively on the east coast. He has been fortunate to play with many wonderful musicians in various settings (Jack Wright, Ron Anderson, Carol Genetti, Fred Lomberg Holm, Alvin Curran, Tony Buck, Jack Wright, Alex Waterman, Martin Tetrault, Eve Risser, Mark Sarich, Helena Espvall, Andrew Drury, and many others). He has been a part of the improvised music scene both in Europe and US performing bowed acoustic guitar and toured the in US and Canada with Jack Wright, Mark Sarich and Heddy Boubaker among others. Dick Neff - former member of Social Junk, garbage stomp noise pioneers, is one of the fastest drummers you will ever see playing the only circuit bent drum set you could ever imagine. “Dick Neff combined knob twiddling distortion with one man and a drum-set bombast in a way that had me thinking of Lightning Bolt and related noise metal spastics in a good way.” links at: fire museum records/majmua music c/o highwire gallery 2040 frankford ave philadelphia, pa  19125 usa Admission: $5 suggested donation
  • 10:00 AMThe Green Tambourine teaches kids to explore the world through music. Infants, children 10-23 months, 2&3 year olds and 4&5 year olds! Classes start Friday June 22!
  • 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM The Green Tambourine provides musical experiences to children Birth - 10 with classes that engage, educate and inspire. All programs seamlessly integrate leading learning approaches with experiential music and movement techniques. The goal of our programs is not just music education, but an exploration of the world and everything in it through musical means. This integration of approaches to learning strives to develop the whole child and encourage curiosity, excitement and play which ultimately leads to learning. Musical Playgroups are offered for Infants, 10-23 months, 2&3 year olds and 4&5 year olds with a wide range of themes that feature instruments, songs, movement and activities. Group Instrumental Lessons will be offered in the Fall for violin and guitar to 6-10 year olds.  Classes focus on instrumental skills and musical fundamentals in a unique learning environment that offers opportunities for ensemble playing and performance practice. Classes are currently offered in 6 week sessions on Fridays starting June 22nd at The Rotunda.  Scholarships and discounts are available! If you are interested in weekend classes, please let us know and we will inform you when the classes are ready for registration. If you have any questions or would like to discuss the programs, please email or call (215)360-3215.
  • 8:00 PMCarl Testa/Broadcloth/3 Philly Guitars
  • 8:00 PM - 11:00 PM The Archer Spade Performance Series Presents a night of compositions and improvisations from New Haven and Philadelphia. Carl Testa Broadcloth Travis Woodson's Music for Three Guitars Carl Testa is a composer and multi-instrumentalist, most notably as the bassist in composer Anthony Braxton's groups with whom he's performed throughout the US and internationally. Testa's own compositions have been described as "engaging and unique" (Bruce Lee Gallanter, Downtown Music Gallery) and "human music, with varied emotions and sublime moments" (Richard Kamins, The Hartford Courant). Testa released his debut album Uncertainty in 2008 and is currently working on his second release. In addition to his own trio with clarinetist Mike McGinnis and percussionist Bill Carbone, he regularly performs with Anthony Braxton's Septet, 12+1tet, and Trillium Orchestra. He also collaborates with vocalist Anne Rhodes, choreographer Rachel Bernsen, and composers Lou Guarino, Brian Parks, Adam Matlock, Nathan Bontrager, and Christopher Riggs. Every month he runs the Uncertainty Music Series as an organizer in New Haven, CT. Broadcloth performs improvised music with a nod to various compositional outlets. Using a unique instrumentation of voice, cello and accordion/recorders, the trio plays from notated, graphic, embroidered, and textual scores in addition to completely spontaneous pieces. Without shying away from virtuosity, Broadcloth creates music that reflects the order of composition and the risk of unpredictable musical interactions. Emphasis lies on establishing a holistic sound that favors cooperation over hierarchy. Music for Three Guitars: Arrangements and Compositions by Travis Woodson - "The music that you'll be hearing is essentially a preview of some material I have worked on for the past year. I basically wanted to come up with a series of compositions and/or arrangements I thought would translate easily for this type of instrumentation, as well as be inquisitive of the sound possibilities. With the aid of Alban Bailey and Nick Millevoi, you will hear music from some of my favorite composers like Ornette Coleman, Morton Feldman, György Ligeti, and in addition, a special piece originally written for solo guitar by Philadelphia's own Eric Slick of Dr. Dog. I will also be sharing a few of my own compositions, including a song I originally wrote for Make a Rising that didn't make the cut. I'm quite fond of how these turned out and would love to share these ideas with everyone as I'm going through this process. Together, we will finally solve the age-old question: How many guitarist does it take to screw in a light bulb?" Admission is FREE
  • 5:00 PM4TH Annual Madfilmz Summer Family Music Festival
  • 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM A family event featuring the music of Joe Becton & The Cobalt Blues, Ceaser Livesoul, Leia Lacey, Medina Starr, Keywest, CNE Music Group, Famous, Mek 46 ST,Impaq, Udini Lavoz, South Philly Sheed and L from Philly for now. More performers, models, and vendors to be decided soon. SPECIAL GUEST VINA TURNER! (A TINA TURNER IMPERSONATOR) Admission: $5.00 for adults, $2.50 for kids. JUST ADDED!A FASHION SHOW BY KIDS, PERFORMANCES BY KIDS.
  • 6:00 PM[@the 40th St Field] Slavic Soul Party, + Shakey Lyman @the 40th Street Summer Series
  • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM ACTS ANNOUNCED FOR THE 2012 FREE OUTDOOR 40TH STREET SUMMER SERIES Penn, UCD, and The Rotunda to present four extraordinary large ensembles: Man Man side project Adventuredrum, a star-studded John Coltrane birthday celebration, Brooklyn Balkan brass wizards Slavic Soul Party, and Philadelphia Afro-futurists Sun Ra Arkestra (Philadelphia, PA) – University of Pennsylvania, University City District (UCD), and The Rotunda are pleased to announce the 2012 season of the annual 40th Street Summer Series, the free outdoor concert series in West Philadelphia. Scheduled for the fourth Saturdays in June to September, the Summer Series will transform the 40th Street Field into an eclectic international center of sounds and good vibes. These free outdoor performances will feature exceptional internationally-renowned large ensembles including Slavic Soul Party, Sun Ra Arkestra, Adventuredrum, and the Warriors of the Wonderful Sound with Odean Pope and Dave Liebman. All concerts will be held on the beautiful green space just behind the Walnut Street Free Library at 40th and Walnut Streets beginning at 6pm. Complimentary (first come, first served) Rita’s Water Ice will also be given out during the performances. For the June and July Summer Series events, Tsirkus Fotografika (or the "Photographic Circus") will bring their antique mobile portrait studio, offering free antique photos to concertgoers. Using analog film, old-fashioned "hot" lighting, and large format equipment, Tsirkus follows in the footsteps of itinerant photographers who would travel from town to town making portraits on-the-spot. All events will be hosted by none other than Paul S. Frosty Jackson of S Frosty Networks! Acts for the 2012 40th Street Summer Series are: Saturday, June 23, 6pm Shakey Lyman Possibly the hardest working musician in Philadelphia, Shakey Lyman performs original blues with guitar and harmonica. You can see him around town 2-4 or more times a week. For this performance, Shakey will fly solo. SLAVIC SOUL PARTY Throbbing funk grooves, fiery Balkan brass, Gypsy accordion wizardry, and virtuoso jazz chops. Slavic Soul Party has created an acoustic mash-up of Balkan and Gypsy sounds, weaving the gospel, techno, funk, dub, jazz and Latin influences of New York’s neighborhoods seamlessly into a Balkan brass setting. SSP’s music has won the ears of fans and musicians on both sides of the Atlantic, and their tunes have been learned by Serbian brass stars Boban Markovic Orkestar and New Orleans funk sensations Galactic, among others. One of the hardest working bands in Brooklyn, SSP performs throughout North America, Europe, Africa and beyond, and have performed at Babylon (Istanbul) with the Karandila Orkestar, at Irving Plaza (New York City) with Gogol Bordello, on the Warped Tour, in Carnegie Hall, in Sing Sing prison, and in virtually every major New York club. Saturday, July 28, 6pm SUN RA ARKESTRA The Sun Ra Arkestra returns for their third Summer Series appearance with another very rare hometown performance which is sure to have audiences either dancing feverishly or contemplatively traversing the spaceways. Founded in 1958 under the leadership of Sun Ra, the Arkestra pioneered a unique brand of afro-futurism, forging intersecting musical pathways that explore outer space and Egyptian mythology. Drawing on the work of Duke Ellington and Fletcher Henderson, the Arkestra are pioneers of the bop-derived avant-garde and collective improvisation. Their work has had tremendous impact on scores of musicians including MC5, Sonic Youth and George Clinton. Following the Arkestra's influential tenures in Chicago and New York City, Sun Ra and the Arkestra relocated to Philadelphia in 1968, where they continue their commitment to the study, research and development of Sun Ra's musical precepts. Following the ascension of Sun Ra in 1993 and John Gilmore in 1995, Maestro Marshall Allen (b. 1924) has launched the Sun Ra Arkestra into a dimension beyond that of mere "ghost" band by writing fresh arrangements of Sun Ra's music, as well as composing new music and arrangements for the Arkestra. Saturday, August 25, 6pm ADVENTUREDRUM Adventuredrum is a new dance band led by Philadelphia composer and percussionist Christopher Sean Powell, best known for his work in Need New Body and Man Man. This Philadelphia-based project brings together a who’s who of local musicians exploring rhythms constructed from sampled sound, exotic percussion, synthesizers and drum kits. Adventuredrum members include those who have collaborated with the West Philly Orchestra, Fugazi’s Joe Lally, Dirty Projectors, Grandchildren, Pattern is Movement, Ted Leo & The Pharmacists, and others. Merging new sounds and ideas with traditional drumming, this is a dance band for the future. These are the drums of tomorrow…today! Saturday, September 22, 6pm A SPECIAL JOHN COLTRANE BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION BOBBY ZANKEL’S WARRIORS OF THE WONDERFUL SOUND FEATURING DAVE LIEBMAN AND ODEAN POPE PERFORMING JOHN COLTRANE’S A LOVE SUPREME West Philadelphia’s Bobby Zankel was drawn to the saxophone by the thrilling new sounds being explored in the 1960s jazz scene, in particular the music of John Coltrane. He studied with Cecil Taylor, eventually became involved with the avant-garde jazz scene of the early 1970s, performing alongside the likes of bassist William Parker and violinist Billy Bang. Zankel is now one of the leading lights of the local jazz community. His most influential work has been his ten years of composing for his long-standing big band Warriors of the Wonderful Sound which features many of Philadelphia’s best musicians. For this very special performance, he is joined by two saxophone masters: Odean Pope, best known for his two decades with the Max Roach Quartet; and Dave Liebman, who performed and recorded with Miles Davis from 1970 to 1974. In celebration of saxophone legend John Coltrane’s birthday, the Warriors and these specials guests revisit his seminal 1964 recording, A Love Supreme, which they will play in its entirety. Visit the official website for the 2012 40th Street Summer Series: # # #
  • 7:00 PMLove, Us 2012
  • 7:00 PM - 11:00 PM It's almost that time... again. ♥ Ms. Wise, with the help of her team/organization, Love, Us brings you the greatest mixed-artist production to hit the city of Philadelphia for quite some time... 2010 was a beautiful beginning. 2011 was all love in boom-sticks. 2012 will be... well... here's the line-up (so far): - SUNNI PATTERSON - LYRICAL THE LYRICIST - JAMARR HALL - DAVID LITTLE - SEAN B - DAVE WATSON - BETHLEHEM ROBERSON - Opening Letter by JUST GREG - Live Art by KITAKIYA DENNIS (Intuitive Expressions) Packed house. Enormous energy. Elevating through Love. ------------------------------------------------- Love, Us is an annual mixed artist production-turned-Movement, created to promote Universal + Self-love through the arts. For more information about this organization, visit or Follow @LoveUsPhilly on Twitter The #LU Team: - MS. WISE @MsWise - SHARVON URBANNAVAGE | @SharvonDaPhotog - SEFF AL-AFRIQI | @SeffAlAfriqi - PAUL aka S.FROSTY | @SFrosty215 - AMUN MIRAAJ | @AmunMiraaj This Production is sponsored by THE ROTUNDA & Artists First, Inc. -------------------------------------------------- For more information:
  • 9:00 PMThe Gathering - note new time!
  • 9:00 PM - 1:00 AM (nearly every last Thursday) new time: 9pm-1am Established in 1996, The Gathering is the longest/strongest-running truly Hip Hop event in Philly. The Gathering IS b-boys/b-girls, pop-lockers, emcees, graffiti writers, DJs, men, women, and children of all ages enjoying an organic, community-based celebration of The struggle, the Love, and the culture of Hip Hop. DJs spin Hiphop, breaks, and funk all night, and there are open cyphas, a tag wall, and a featured performance and graffiti panel each month. Admission is $3
  • 7:00 PMA Night with Qu'Ronn - World Premiere
  • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM A Night with Qu'ronn with his band:  #TeamGoggles/MusicNerds (Antonio Robinson - Bass, Cameron Cephas - Drums, Micheal Wooten - Keys/Guitar, Background Vocals: Chantel Duncan, Christina Duncan, Melynnda Graves) + Special Guests: Promyse Steppin Warriors Slim Taylor & Zeke M.O.A Comedian Will Macaroy Come and enjoy the world premiere of Qu'ronn's soulful music with hints of pop and jazz, which is nothing like the same old love songs and pop ditties. Qu'ronn's original compositions are inspired by every day experiences, family, friends, and relationships. When asked to list his influences, he immediately wants to list 100 artists from 50 genres. His influences range from the Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin, to Erykah Badu and Jill Scott to Musiq Soulchild, Bilal, and a host of other old and new artists. When asked why he is putting on this event now, Qu'ronn says that he has finally found his sound, he knows what he likes, and he knows what he wants to do. A recent graduate of Boys Latin Charter, Qu'ronn will start college in the Fall, majoring in Music Industry and minoring in Marketing at Delaware State University. Qu'ronn has always been a singer, whether in church or on stage at school and at top theaters around the city. At Boys Latin, he performed in several productions including: The Whiz, The Outsiders, PHLASH,The Tempest, Julius Caesar, and various music showcases. We at The Rotunda got to know him as he studied with Project Theater Project (PTP) last Fall and performed in PTP's production of RENT: SCHOOL EDITION last December. Doors at 6:30pm. Admission is $5 in advance, $ 7 at the door. Tweet @ronnqu or contact quronrizzy on Facbook for advance tickets.
  • 6:00 PMCan't Stop the Serenity Benefit for Equality Now; Special Hell" screening of the film Serenity
  • 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM CSTS Philly is proud to be hosting two major events in 2012 for Can't Stop the Serenity. What is CSTS? 2012 marks the 7th annual CSTS campaign in honor of the 10th anniversary of Firefly benefiting Equality Now in their 20th anniversary year!!! We will be featuring a "Special Hell" screening of the film Serenity, which includes audience participation along the lines of Rocky Horror Picture Show & MST3K. The event will also include a live music performance, refreshments, games, merchandise, and a raffle drawing with fabulous prizes. Advance tickets are $12. Ticket pre-orders are available on our merchandise page until June 27. And, SAVE THE DATE!!! Our Dr. Horrible screening event will be: Sunday, September 23, 2012 2pm-6pm Here at The Rotunda We will be featuring a screening of Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog*, as well as games, a costume contest, refreshments, merchandise, and a raffle drawing. * 'Dr. Horrible's Sing-A-Long Blog ©’ screened by permission from Time Science Blood Club, LLC All proceeds from CSTS Philly events benefit Equality Now. Equality Now celebrates 20 years of working to protect and promote the human rights of women and girls around the world.
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