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  • 7:30 PMIntricate Machines with Aizuri String Quartet
  • Thumb dsc 7884  1 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM Intricate Machines with Aizuri String QuartetThe award-winning Aizuri Quartet (www.aizuriquartet.com) will perform at The Rotunda as part of their Intricate Machines tour. Praised by the New York Times for their "imaginative programming," and the Washington Post for their "captivating performances," the quartet comes to Philadelphia with a program of string quartets composed in the last five years by some of America's most exciting young composers, including Nina Young, Sky Macklay, Daniel Temkin, Phil Taylor and Katherine Balch. The Aizuris show how exciting and vital the modern string quartet can be, and for those who love classical music and all of the contemporary arts, this is not a program to miss! For more details, see: www.imaizuri.comAdmission is $15 at the door. photo caption: Aizuri Quartet, winners of the M-Prize for Chamber Music and laureates of the Osaka and Wigmore Hall Competitions.
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  • 8:00 PMBad Sex and Other Problematic Analogies by Stephanie C. Kernisan
  • Thumb 51984862 2083423121735806 5803789483178459136 o 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM Five Minute Follies proudly presents Bad Sex and Other Problematic Analogies by Stephanie C. Kernisan.Alternatively titled “confessions of an unintentionally white-passing, mixed, fat, queer, feminist, switchy witch.” Bad Sex explores heartache and healing with humor and humility. This show is part essay reading, part stand-up routine, part musical event written and performed by Stephanie C. Kernisan.Tickets are $15 and can be purchased HERE
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  • 5:30 PMFUNKY SOLE FUNDAMENTALS 8th Year Anniversary, A dance workshop dedicated to the preservation of Hip Hop, House and Funk Styles dance
  • Thumb 53552258 10100296108758037 3074839032203575296 n 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM FUNKY SOLE FUNDAMENTALS 8th Year Anniversary"FUNKY SOLE FUNDAMENTALS" 8 YR AnniversaryA dance workshop dedicated to the preservation of Hip Hop, House and Funk Styles dance.Hosted by: Kyle "JustSole" & Dinita " Queen Di" Clark (Co-Founders)We are excited to announce Funky Sole Fundamentals 8th Year Anniversary!!! 8 !!! A special thank you to ALL from the community for your support, to the world class educators from Home and Abroad for helping us remain steadfast in our mission to preserve these American Afrodiasporic forms of Dance for EVERYONE. This year is no joke as always! We have one of the World's Funkiest, the one and only Brian Newby aka Bboy Hannibal of 360 Flava making his return to scene with a Rocking Class. Also with us this year, we have our big brotha in HOUSE, Dance Fusion's own Tony McGregor goin in on yall fresh off of the Juste Debout Tour. A true treat! Don't Miss Out! This year, the classes will be held at The Rotunda (4014 Walnut Street). Right after that, we are going straight into ourSOLEFULL (Link below) A night you DO NOT WANT TO MISS! Those that take one or both classes, get FREE entry to the SOLEFULL Party! Let's Go!!!! POST WORKSHOP, JOIN US FOR OUR PARTY: SOLEFULLhttps://www.facebook.com/events/289541171712726/?notif_t=plan_user_associated&notif_id=1550970632608362Date: 4.6.19Time: 5:30pm - 7:30pmRegistration: 5:15pmLocation: 4014 Walnut St. Phila. PA 19104Ages: 13 and UPCost: $20 per class (2 for $30)5:30-6:30pm ROCKING w/ Bboy Hannibal (360 Flava)6:30-7:30pm HOUSE DANCE w/ Tony McGregor (Dance Fusion NYC)
  • 8:00 PMSOLEFULL A Night Of Sharing Vol.3 House Dance Party
  • Thumb 52562662 10156296706364542 4573653550445363200 o 8:00 PM - 12:00 AM SOLEFULL A Night Of Sharing Vol.3WE ARE BACK!!! OUR 3rd EDITION OF SOLEFULL PARTY!!! "SOLEFULL" A Night of SharingThe mission, to create a positive environment for people of all ages to enjoy a musical palette that not only pleases the ear, but relieves mental, physical and emotional stress and leaves your SOLE FULL! The musical chef for the evening... None other than Calvin Bailey aka DJ Lonely of the FALLOUT CREW, They have been one of the major driving forces behind our enjoyment of house music and clubbing here in Philadelphia for over 10 years now. This is an absolute treat for all!YOU HEARD RIGHT! It's for ALL AGES!!! AND IT'S ONLY $5!!! This gives the opportunity for you young people under the age of 21 to party and experience the freedom, joy, and happiness us elders (21+) lol speak of in regards to House Music and clubbing! A true moment for you to explore you. NOT COMPETE!Performance by @justsolesdtSOLEFULL Party Vol. 3Location: The Rotunda 4014 Walnut Ave. Phila. PA 19104Date: April 6th 2019Time: 8pm- 12amCost: $5Earlier that day, Join us for @FUNKY SOLE FUNDAMENTALS 8th Year Anniversary (Link below). Free entry to SOLEFULL Party with purchase of one or both classes.https://www.facebook.com/events/569266616906667/?ti=cl#JustSole #JustSoleSDT #SOLEFULL #FunkySoleFundamentals #Philly #HouseDance #HouseMusic #HouseHeads
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  • 2:00 PMPhilly BalkanFest 2019
  • Thumb 51674581 2067243443330387 1773324032955908096 o 2:00 PM - 7:00 PM Announcing the first ever Philadelphia festival of Balkan music and culture! The Folk Dance Council of the Delaware Valley in conjunction with Fly Bottle Records are proud to presentPhilly BalkanFest 2019!2-7pmPhilly boasts a rich tapestry of communities of Balkan and Roma (Gypsy) heritage, and artists and artisans creating in the Balkan and Roma traditions. It’s time we got together to celebrate these beautiful traditions in a festival of the living arts and culture of the Balkans, Philly style.The festival will take place at The Rotunda, 4014 Walnut Street, from 2 - 7 pm on April 7, 2019. We have assembled a full program with events all afternoon, taking over the whole building with non-stop music performances in both the concert stage room and the spectacular dance hall beneath the great rotunda, plus food trucks, dance workshops, and more spanning the Balkan folk traditions, and beyond!Featuring performances by:AjdePhiladelphia Women's Slavic EnsembleWest Philadelphia OrchestraSvitanyaRaya Brass BandDolunay NYCMax's New HatTickets for Philly Balkanest 2019: http://phillybalkanfest2019.bpt.me Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/296883107572543/
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  • 6:00 PMFREE Workshop! Personal Finances for Artists
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    Vision Driven Artists has teamed up with The Rotunda to bring resources and capacity-building workshops to self-producing artists/musicians, arts organization staff, and event curators in all disciplines.

    Workshops: 6-8pm at The Rotunda (4014 Walnut St, Philadelphia); all workshops in the series are FREE and OPEN to the public. Refreshments provided. No sign-up necessary.

    Nonprofit, LLC, or Fiscal Sponsorship (November 12, 2018)

    - Learn about the different organizational structures you can use to support your work

    - Discuss the pros and cons of various structures

    - Take a quiz to determine the best structure for your purposes

     

    2019 Project Planning (December 10, 2018) 

    - Identify your goals for 2019 and break them into achievable tasks

    - Plot your tasks on a timeline or calendar for 2019

    - Create a plan to keep yourself accountable

    Fundraising Beyond Grants (January 14, 2019) 

    - Learn about six different categories of fundraising (including, but not primarily, grants)

    - Brainstorm more than a hundred methods for resourcing your work

    - Create a simple budget that will help guide your fundraising choices

    Taxes for Artists (January 28, 2019)

    - Learn about which expenses you can deduct on your taxes

    - Find out how and when to send out 1099s

    - Get your individual questions answered

    Special Guest: Christianne Kapps

    Introduction to Arts Grants (February 11, 2019) 

    - Demystify the language and process behind grant writing

    - Learn how to find and submit grants 

    - Read actual grant proposals to learn common mistakes and important proposal components 

    Intermediate Grant Writing & Funder Panel (March 11, 2019) 

    - Learn about local arts funding opportunities

    - Receive personalized feedback on your grant proposals (bring 1 page for funders to review)

    - Practice reading and scoring actual grant applications

    Personal Finances for Artists (April 8, 2019) 

    - Learn why and how to use budgets

    - Look at sample budgets and learn how to interpret the story behind the numbers 

    - Create a simplified budget tailored to your goals for 2019

     

    Outreach & Audience Building (May 13, 2019) 

    - Learn new techniques for building an audience

    - Troubleshoot issues with audience development that you may have had in the past

    - Identify marketing techniques to keep people showing up to your future events

     

    Social Media Marketing (June 10, 2019) 

    - Talk about the advantages of using various social media channels

    - Gain new tips and tricks for using different types of social media

    - Learn how to use public relations and press releases to promote your work

    Crowdfunding (September 9, 2019) 

    - Learn how to tell if crowdfunding is right for your project

    - Discover the pros and cons of different crowdfunding platforms

    - Hear from a panel of artists who have run successful crowdfunding campaigns

     

    Creating an Artist Statement (September 23, 2019) 

    - Read through actual artist statements

    - Verbally share your personal mission or vision for your art with a partner

    - Practice writing or editing your own statement

    Setting & Measuring Goals (October 21, 2019) 

    - Identify what you want to achieve in your projects

    - Incorporate critical feedback and self-reflection into your arts practice

    - Brainstorm and receive tools for measuring success

    Workshops: 6-8pm at The Rotunda (4014 Walnut St, Philadelphia); all workshops in the series are FREE and OPEN to the public. Refreshments provided. No sign-up necessary.

    http://www.visiondrivenartists.org/

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  • 3:30 PMBlack Arts Festival theme Engaging and Encouraging Men of Color
  • 3:30 PM - 10:00 PM Afro Philly and the National Black Guide presents Black Arts Festival theme Engaging and Encouraging Men of ColorThe Black Arts Festival makes a hearty return to Philadelphia on Wednesday, April 10, 2019 at the Rotunda Theater, 4014 Walnut Street.  The afternoon and evening scheduling of events are being supported by the webportal Afro Philly and the National Black Guide, an urban content multi media brand. The official kick-off will be on Sunday, April 7th during 12noon live radio appearance with host Al Knight on WKDU 90.1 FM. The agenda for Wednesday, April 10th at the Rotunda opens with a 3:30pm - 5:00pm session called a Black Think Tank hosted by author Robert Hayes. Activist, concerned citizens, political candidates, intellectuals, citywide movers and shakers are invited to participate in this interactive and open discussion that focuses on urban problem solving. Participants are invited to come out and get involved. More information can be obtained by calling Robert Hayes at rharthayes@gmail.com or 215-776-8642.The 5pm-8pm evening portion of the program will be a film showing, book signing, listening session and chat with bestsellling, awardwinning and critically acclaimed writer Mic Tabon (OG Law). This session is free and open to the public and will include film and movie showings of "The Cage", "American Nightmare" and "Fight Hate with Love."  The Cage is a story of survival and a testament about how Philly's streets look to bring one young man down and entangle him with violence, anger and death. Fight Hate with Love is an international awardwinner that chronicles Mic Tabon local and national travels across America to hype the causes of violence prevention and social justice. Though not necessary but encouraged, group or individual reservations can be made by contacting 267-230-0317 or glawmovement@gmail.com.The program at 8pm is entitled L.I.T. (Legendary Iconic Teen), a Lounge Healing through Performance Art Showcase presented by Life Outside the Streets and Move in Silence. This Teen and school student event is hosted by fisbanga and will highlight hip hop, R & B and spoken word. Youth can sign up to perform by contacting the Producer Jon McKay at 724-624-2873 or ceoblack.jm@gmail.com.The Black Arts Festival is held semi annually as a public health convening and is coordinated by the Alternative Learning Institute and the National Black Arts Spoken Word Tour.
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  • 7:00 PMCinéSPEAK presents Tuba to Cuba (Philadelphia premiere)
  • Thumb 52607881 1009140229283574 3160577819361148928 o 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM CinéSPEAK presents Tuba to Cuba (Philadelphia premiere)Every 2nd Thursday of the month, you can catch a wide array of films at The Rotunda, curated by filmmakers + presenters from all around the city as part of The Bright Bulb Screening Series. This April, CinéSPEAK presents the #Philadelphia premiere of TUBA TO CUBA -- featuring New Orleans' legendary Preservation Hall Jazz Band as they journey to Cuba tracing their musical roots.--DOORS @ 6:30PMFILM @ 7PM ADMISSION: FREE!--ABOUT THE FILM:A Tuba to Cuba--Directed by T.G. Herrington + Danny ClinchRunning Time: 1hr 24 minThe leader of New Orleans’ famed Preservation Hall Jazz Band seeks to fulfill his late father's dream of retracing their musical roots to the shores of Cuba. Join the band as they traverse post-embargo Cuba in search of the indigenous music that gave birth to New Orleans jazz. Encounters with some of Cuba’s most iconic musicians leads to spontaneous and soulful collaborations. A Tuba to Cuba celebrates the triumph of the human spirit expressed through the universal language of music and challenges us to dig deeper; to find that common ground we all have inside us, and there, resolve to build bridges, not walls. WATCH THE TRAILER HERE: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xmUenpdDbNcPRESS LOVE: '‘A Tuba to Cuba’ Review: A New Orleans Jazz Band Makes a Caribbean Connection' https://www.nytimes.com/2019/02/14/movies/a-tuba-to-cuba-review.html--ABOUT CINÉSPEAK: We are a Philadelphia-based organization that engages diverse audiences through our independent, repertory + foreign film programming; creating space + centering the stories of individuals and communities that are often underrepresented in mainstream cinema. We promote community togetherness + global understanding by engaging film enthusiasts while cultivating the next generation of discerning moviegoers; encouraging people to demand social justice both on-screen + throughout society.Follow the Journey!www.cineSPEAK.org@cineSPEAK -- Twitter + InstagramCinéSPEAK -- FacebookAdmission is FREE
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  • 9:00 PMPhila. Science Fiction Society hosts Tom Purdom
  • 9:00 PM - 10:30 PM Phila. Science Fiction Society hosts Tom Purdom Social gathering begins at 7:30 p.m.
The Business Meeting begins at 8:00 p.m.The Program usually begins at 9:00 p.m. Everyone is welcome to attend every aspect of the evening, but you're certainly welcome to just come for the speaker at 9pm. more info coming.
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  • 1:00 PMKID Friendly ALL Welcome Show with Strange Parts and Upholstery
  • Thumb 52394577 10156880889121832 8647475853707444224 n 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM KID Friendly ALL Welcome Show with Strange Parts and UpholsteryDoors at 1:00 pm Upholstery at 1:30 pmStrange Parts at 2:15 pmAll over by 3:00 pm!Hear the bands! https://strangeparts.bandcamp.com/https://upholstery.bandcamp.com/$5-10 sliding scale. Children under twelve attend for free.
  • 8:00 PMCubiZm: Get Your Space On!
  • Thumb cubizm at the living room480x320 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM CubiZm is a Philadelphia-based band formed in 1996. Heidi Wolfson, Art Cohen and Steve Lessick bring acoustic and electric guitars, drums and vocal harmonies together in a way that showcases their original songs. Heidi Wolfson's songs are thought-provoking and literate, and she delivers them with intensity. Guitarist Art Cohen, better known in international space-music circles, adds texture and edge which gives the group its Cubist feel. Steve Lessick's tasteful drumming and beautiful vocal harmonies smooth out the sound with polish. Sometimes CubiZm goes beyond the conventional song to the realm of abstract music and spoken words. From a whisper to a roar, the music of CubiZm is always compelling.CubiZm has recently released their third CD, Grays in the Rain.Doors open at 7:30pm. Show time is 8pm. There will be two sets.
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  • 4:00 PMSOLD OUT! 2019 Vegan Cheesesteak Party and Cabaret
  • Thumb 52158509 1996382810471157 5617757325554089984 o 4:00 PM - 6:30 PM SOLD OUT! 2019 Vegan Cheesesteak Party and CabaretThe producers of Philly's 'Veggie Cabaret' and 'Veggie Cabaret II,' Public Eye: Artists for Animals, are joining forces with Vance "V for Veg" Lehmkuhl, organizer of the Best Vegan Cheesesteak in Philly contest, for a singular can't-miss event including the contest's final judging (in which attendees can sample and join in judging) and a floor show of vegan-themed music and comedy starring Myq Kaplan, the pioneering vegan standup comic whose witty ruminations have delighted audiences on The Tonight Show and other outlets, including his own specials on Comedy Central and Netflix. All proceeds from the event will benefit Lancaster Farm Sanctuary.Tickets are $10-15. Advance tickets can be purchased HERE
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  • 7:30 PMFire Museum pres. Xylouris-White & Elkhorn
  • Thumb 50506358 10156768703768400 7017253009998479360 o 7:30 PM - 10:00 PM Fire Museum presentsXylouris-White & ElkhornXylouris-White is firmly rooted in the past and future. Playing Cretan music of original and traditional composition, the band consists of Georgios Xylouris on Cretan laouto and vocals and Jim White on drum kit. Xylouris is known and loved by Cretans and Greeks at home and abroad and has been playing professionally from age 12. Jim White is an Australian drummer known and loved throughout the world as the drummer of Dirty Three, Venom P Stinger and now Xylouris-White. For the last four years these two men have been performing as Xylouris-White, the culmination of 25 years of friendship forged through music and place.“When the lute player George Xylouris was a teenager — growing up in a mountain village on Crete, not far from the Ideon Cave, where Zeus worshipers have been making pilgrimages since the end of Minoan civilization — he was working as accompanist to his father, the folkloric singer and lyrist Antonis Xylouris. When the Australian drummer Jim White was a teenager, he was playing in a Melbourne noise band called the People With Chairs Up Their Noses.It’s good that they’ve ended up together. Both are extraordinary musicians. From a distance, in market terms, one is a traditional artist and the other a nontraditional one. (Mr. Xylouris has mostly stayed within the music of his culture and family; since the early 1990s, Mr. White has been the drummer for the great instrumental trio Dirty Three.) But up close, during a set at Union Pool in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, on Thursday night, the difference was negligible. Onstage, as Xylouris-White, they look and play like brothers.…It’s intense, joyous, rugged music…” – Ben Ratliff/New York TimesElkhorn:Elkhorn (Philadelphia/NYC) is a guitar duo featuring Jesse Sheppard on 12-string acoustic guitar and Drew Gardner on electric guitar. Their music digs deep into the traditions of Folk, Jazz, Blues, African, Indian, and Psychedelic music. Their latest album, Sun Cycle, is being released by Feeding Tube Records in the Spring of 2019.links: http://firemuseumpresents.com/events/xylouris-white/Admission is FREE/donation requested
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  • 7:00 PMTaína Asili album release party w/Interminable
  • Thumb 54414103 10156783620095169 6901047898096533504 n 1 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM Taína Asili album release party w/InterminableCome join us in celebrating the release of Taína Asili's new album Resiliencia on April 17th at The Rotunda! Joining the night will be Interminable! More guests and fun to be announced...Doors open at 7pm, show starts at 8pmAll-ages + wheelchair accessible$12 in advance / $15 at the doorTickets: https://tainaasiliphillyrelease.brownpapertickets.com/Taina Asili is a Puerto Rican singer, bandleader and activist carrying on the tradition of her ancestors, fusing past and present struggles into one soulful and defiant voice. Residing in New York, Taina performs Afro-Latin, reggae and rock infused social justice songs with her eight-piece band. In January 2017, Taina performed for at The Women’s March on Washington. Her most music video “No Es Mi Presidente” premiered in Rolling Stone and received national acclaim. The Huffington Post named her in a list of in a list of “12 Freedom Fighting Bands To Get You Through the Trump Years”, and Billboard Magazine featured her in a list of “11 Songs of Protest & Resistance by Latino Artists.” Over her 20-year career, Taina has performed around the globe, sharing the stage with renowned artists and activists such as Alicia Keys, Janelle Monae, Madonna, Talib Kweli, Angela Davis, Cornel West, Tom Morello, Jello Biafra and The Sierra Leone Refugee All-Stars. http://tainaasili.comPre-orders of the Resiliencia album can be purchased at https://tainaasili.bandcamp.com/album/resilienciaWatch Taina Asili's new music video documentary Plant the Seed with music from the new album here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kPaoepZj-yIInterminable is a Philly-based Latin alternative fusion project rooted in diasporic connection. Using improvisation and original compositions in Spanish, funky bass lines and driving rock beats, they create spaces of musical conversation to shed light on the links that exist between our cultures. Combining the traditions of son jarocho (from Mexico), jazz, rock, funk, classical and electronic musics, they bring together the Mexican jarana with the trumpet, the trombone with the drumset, to meet at the crossroads and create a futuristic, improvisatory vision free of the constraints of genre. https://interminablemusic.comDoors open at 7pm, show starts at 8pmAll-ages + wheelchair accessible$12 in advance / $15 at the doorTickets: https://tainaasiliphillyrelease.brownpapertickets.com/
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  • 8:00 PMFalsa 14th century Sufi music
  • Thumb 56618750 2236389133087979 598059408395599872 n 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM Falsa Live at The Rotunda!Doors at 8 pm, with performance shortly thereafterFormed in West Philly, 14th century Sufi music described as a "cure for alienation" and one that's "not about means to ends but about meaning and transcendence". The effect of listening to Falsa is to be transported both inwards and across centuries of joys, sorrows and longings. https://whyy.org/articles/philly-musician-umer-piracha-journeys-home-in-sufi-music/Umer Piracha on Vocals, Tom Deis and Paul Arendt on Bass and Guitars/Harmonium, Roshni Samlal on Tabla, and Greg Foran on Drums. https://www.falsamusic.com/$5-10 suggested donation, no one turned away for lack of funds.
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  • 8:00 PMBowerbird pres. a double bill of fingerstyle and American primitive guitarists Yasmin Williams and Daniel Bachman
  • Thumb williamsbachman2 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM Bowerbird is pleased to present a double bill of fingerstyle and American primitive guitarists Yasmin Williams and Daniel Bachman.ABOUT THE ARTISTSYasmin Williams is an acoustic fingerstyle guitarist with an unorthodox, modern style of playing. Her music has been commonly described as refreshing, relaxing, and unique and has been called some of the most imaginative guitar music out today. She utilizes various techniques including alternate tunings, percussive hits, and lap tapping in her music to great effect. She has won various local talent shows, was a finalist in the Rolling Stones Young Gun guitar competition, was the Grand prize winner of New York University’s Ultra Violet Live talent show, and won the grand prize in Culpeper Has Talent. She was recently featured on NPR’s Weekend Edition Saturday show.She grew up in northern Virginia where various genres of music from smooth jazz to hip-hop were played in her household. She was introduced to the guitar after playing the video game Guitar Hero 2 and became interested in playing the guitar in 2009. She begged her parents to buy her a real electric guitar and once she received her first guitar and amplifier, she taught herself how to play the guitar by ear. After a few years of playing the electric guitar, she taught herself how to play the bass guitar, 12 string guitar, and classical guitar before eventually deciding to switch her focus to the acoustic guitar because of the instrument’s versatility. While in high school, she released her first EP Serendipity in 2012, which she recorded and mixed herself.She graduated from New York University with a BM in Music Theory and Composition in December 2017. Her first album, Unwind, was released on May 4, 2018 and is available on all major streaming services and Bandcamp. The album has charted highly on several Amazon and iTunes charts including top paid albums, and charted at #15 on Billboard’s Heatseekers chart.Daniel Bachman emerged as a guitar wonderkid at the beginning of this decade, quietly asserting himself as the heir to John Fahey’s throne with his prolific and deeply traditional approach to American Primitive music. While others who rode the wave of the instrumental guitar resurgence turned their six-string dexterity to modern interpretations of the style, Bachman has steadfastly mined the limitations of what ghosts can be summoned from his acoustic instruments.Although he had been touring from the age of 17, Bachman “arrived” around 2015 with nods from NPR and Rolling Stone. His charm was found in his traditional approach: a young kid from Fredericksberg, VA paying homage to the deep roots of American music with album titles like Jesus, I’m A Sinner. But there was nothing contrived about his approach. Bachman is not only a proponent of the American folk tradition, but also a true scholar of it, and his constant stream of releases (he’s released 11 records between 2011 and 2016) and near-endless tour schedule on both sides of the Atlantic added to his credentials as a musician cut from the old mold that was otherwise stamped out by global record conglomerates, release cycles, and the homogenizing reach of the internet.While Bachman’s prolific streak ended in 2017 — it was the first time since he was 21 that he didn’t release a record (let alone two or three) — he made his triumphant return this year with The Morning Star. The album, out now on Three Lobed Recordings, is a masterstroke from the artist, retaining everything he stands for and supplanting it with field recordings and radio sermons he has amassed over the years, placed in such a way to make it abundantly clear which side of American politics he stands. It’s not a departure from the American Primitive hallmarks — parts of the album were literally recorded on his porch — yet the record wonderfully captures the zeitgeist, enlivening the best parts of our traditions while remaining progressive.  (Tiny Mix Tapes)Admission is FREE
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  • 3:00 PMYouth Talent Showcase! Calling all Philadelphia schools K-8!
  • Thumb 55853495 10104337676638047 2591656366749777920 n 3:00 PM - 7:00 PM Youth Talent Showcase Calling all Philadelphia schools K-8!Singers, musicians, spoken word artists, dancers, rappers, and young entrepreneurs are welcome! Cash prize! Join us for this youth talent showcase and open mic3-7pmTo participate as a youth vendor and for performance signup information, call (215) 259-8003, or email officialbiggadre@gmail.comAdmission is FREE
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  • 4:00 PMJazz Appreciation Month Featuring Ella Gahnt & Sistahs Attune
  • Thumb 50016434 10161382756000261 418156817642684416 o 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM Jazz Appreciation Month Featuring Ella Gahnt & Sistahs AttuneThe Women's Coalition for Empowerment, Inc presents, Jazz Appreciation Month (JAM) curated by Ella Gahnt.An early evening of live Jazz music curated and performed by the legendary Ella Gahnt and her Jazz Band, featuring performances from Sistahs Attune. Live Music - Vendors - Food - RafflesProceeds from tickets go to charity. (The Women's Coalition for Empowerment, Inc.)Tickets are $12 in advance; Vendor spots are $25. Advance tickets/vendor registration is HERE
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  • 9:00 PMThe Gathering
  • 9:00 PM - 1:00 AM (nearly every last Thursday) 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 before 10pm, $5 after 10pm.
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  • 8:00 PMEvent Horizon Series pres. Jason Sloan, Kip Rosser
  • Thumb april 27website 8:00 PM - 11:30 PM Event Horizon Series presents Jason Sloan, Kip RosserJason Sloan is an electronic musician, composer, and sound artist practicing in Baltimore, Md. His work explores immateriality and its relationship to memory, systems and the virtual world. Besides his notoriety in the ambient and space music scenes for close to two decades, Jason has released over a dozen solo albums, collaborations and has been included on multiple various artist collections. In 2012 Jason began working under the moniker L’Avenir. This project explores Sloan’s long time love of dark synth and minimal wave music. L’Avenir’s music is created purely from analog, modular and/or vintage synthesizer equipment and has released multiple albums on Barcelona’s Cold Beats Records, Germany’s Eins:Zwei:Acht and Beläten in Sweden. Sloan received his BFA from Edinboro University and his MFA from Towson University.  Locally, Sloan has been the recipient  multiple Maryland State Arts Council’s Individual Artist Awards. His installations, net.art, video art and documented performances have been exhibited internationally in cities such as Berlin, Copenhagen, Edinburgh, Kiev, Nagoya, Saint-Petersburg, Toulouse, Lisbon, Uden and Vienna. In addition to releasing over a dozen studio albums and E.P.’s over the last decade, Sloan has played live all over the US, Canada and Europe including the influential Live Constructions radio program at Columbia University, Berlin’s Liquid Sky TV, STEIM in Amsterdam, CMMAS in Morelia, and Philadelphia’s The Gatherings concert series; one of the country’s oldest continuing ambient and electronic music series. Sloan is a Professor teaching full-time in the Interactive Arts department in addition to being the program director of the Sound Art program at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, Maryland. Kip Rosser (Thereminist)Admission is FREE
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