Your guide to Philly's diverse creative scene, nightlife, music, food & more
We’ve all been waiting for it, and word on the street is that it’s going to be hot! On April 24, celebrated Philly trombonist Jeff Bradshaw will release the fresh sounds of his highly-anticipated new album, Bone Appétit. The title says it all.
Jeff has always been known for bringing together incredible voices and vibrant live music for an electrifying groove. And, with artists like Marsha Ambrosius, Raheem DeVaughn, Kindred the Family Soul and PJ Morton, Bone Appétit will be even more delicious than the rest.
If you haven’t heard the single Got Til It’s Gone featuring soulstress and Philly 360˚ Creative Ambassador Marsha Ambrosius, check it out!
Insider tip: If you want a taste of the real thing, make sure you stop by Sound of Market to get a copy of the CD on Tuesday.
Friday, April 20
2600 N. 5th Street
If you spend a little time in Philadelphia, you are bound to hear a Philly native say, "Philadelphia is a city of neighborhoods." And, that's no lie.
Philly is definitely a town with tons of interesting neighborhoods - each with its own charm, characters, cuisine, history and personality. Recently, through my work in the arts, I've gotten an inside look at a vibrant and culturally-rich neighborhood in New Kensington, affectionately referred to as The Barrio.
The Barrio serves as one of Philadelphia's epicenters of Latino culture and community, and is home to many of the coutries leading Latino cultural institutions, like Taller Puertorriqueño, AMLA and Raices Culturales Latinoamericanas. Individually and collectively, these organizations shine the nationally and local spotlight on Philadelphia rich, colorful and growing Latino arts community.
This weekend, Taller Puertorriqueño will kick off its new 7-month performance series, Cafe Under The Stars: Spotlight Arts in the Barrio. This live and innovative performance series in the Heart of Latino Philadelphia, will be staged at the site of Taller's future $10.5 million state of the art facility and will feature a variety of exciting local and internationally talent.
Café Under the Stars opens on Friday, April 20 with Los Pieneros de la 21, an outstanding group that infuses traditional bomba and plena, the heartbeat of Afro-Puerto Rican music, with contemporary influences such as jazz, salsa, and rap. The other six performances include, El Apagón/The Blackout, a awarding-winning bilingual theater work set to popular Latin music of the 50's and 60's, "Crossing Cultures - From Mozart to Guadalupe", a music collaborative featuring musicians from The Philadelphia Orchestra and many other innovative creative collaborations.
And of course, you can't truly experience any cultural without sampling it's cuisine. So, while you are enjoying the sounds of The Barrio, make sure you stop by a local restaurant for a bite. One of my personal favorite restaurants is Tierra Columbiana, which is own by the same folks who run another local favorite center city spot, Mixto.
So, definitely make sure you get out and celebrate all of the sounds, colors and flavors of The Heart of Philadelphia's Latino Culture - The Barrio! I'll see you there.
You can checkout the full schedule for Cafe Under The Stars here