Francois Zayas and Venissa Santi Win Kimmel Center Jazz Residency. See Them Perform Tonight

Francois Zayas and Venissa Santi

Francois Zayas and Venissa Santi

Tonight, Kimmel Center’s Commonwealth Plaza will be jamming to the sounds of two of Philly’s most talked about jazz artists, Francois Zayas and Venissa Santi, as part of the Sittin’ In performance series. The free jam session starts at 8 p.m. and also features the beats of DJ PHSH.

But there’s another reason why music lovers should head on down to Broad Street this evening: Zayas and Santi will be named the winners of the Kimmel Center jazz residency, a prestigious honor for the two musicians. Read more »

PHOTOS: “It Gets Better” Finale Concert at the Kimmel Center

Community Choir

The huge community choir performs the closing number of the “It Gets Better” concert at the Kimmel Center.

It was quite a Saturday evening to remember as the Kimmel Center wrapped up its weeklong “It Gets Better Project” residency with a concert featuring nothing less than a 150-piece choir comprised of various Philadelphia area singers and members of the Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles. Concert goers were surrounded by some of Philly’s most renowned LGBTQ supporters, including State Representative Brian Sims and Kimmel Center CEO and President Anne Ewers. The musical event featured cover songs from the likes of Kelly Clarkson, Cher, Elton John, and Gnarls Barkley, amongst many others. We were there to capture the night’s festivities.

Why the Kimmel Center Got Involved With the “It Gets Better Project”

A scene from the It Gets Better concert.

A scene from the It Gets Better concert.

This week, the Kimmel Center presents the Philadelphia engagement of the “It Gets Better Project,” a series of performances, panels, and concerts that celebrate LGBTQ youth. Branded around the now-famous YouTube campaign encouraging young folks to embrace their identities and sexualities, the residency here in Philly includes partnerships with over 40 local community organizations. We had the chance to chat with Kimmel Artistic Director Jay Wahl about the project’s impact on the region and what exactly “It Gets Better” means to him. Read more »

Our Chat With Mimi Stillman, the Coolest Flute-Player in Philly

Mimi Stillman

Mimi Stillman

Mimi Stillman started playing flute when she was six years old after her mother, an amateur clarinetist, taught her how to play the recorder (remember those from elementary school?) and read music.

“I had fallen in love with the sound of the flute from being taken to concerts, hanging out at my brother’s youth orchestra rehearsals, and recordings, and told my parents I wanted to play it,” she recalls. This lead to Stillman studying at the New England Conservatory Preparatory School growing up in Boston, where she played youth orchestra and chamber ensembles from the time she was 9. At 12, she was the youngest wind player ever accepted into the prestigious Curtis Institute of Music, where she graduated with her Bachelor’s degree in music by the time she was 17. Read more »

Q&A: Out Singer-Songwriter Jo Stones

Jo Stones

Jo Stones

When you hear out singer-songwriter Jo Stones make some sweet love to a keyboard, you know the guy has got talent: The Philly Gayborhood favorite recently released his first single, “The Letter,” on iTunes, and will be spooking out listeners this Halloween at a free noontime concert at LOVE Park. We threw Jo some rapid-fire questions about his music, his performances, and his guilty pleasures. Read more »

YouTube Sensation Postmodern Jukebox Coming to Philly

Postmodern Jukebox performing "Anaconda."

Postmodern Jukebox performing “Anaconda.”

Last week, Postmodern Jukebox, the sensational musical group lead by the talented Scott Bradlee, released a bluegrass hoedown cover of Nicki Minaj’s R-rated track “Anaconda.” Let’s just say the internet went crazy:

In less than a week, this utterly catchy mix (yes, I’ve downloaded it) got over one-million hits on YouTube. Lucky enough for us in Philadelphia, the band, which infuses bluegrass, big band, jazz, and slow-jam styles in their covers of popular top-40 hits, is coming to the TLA later in October. Read more »

Atlantic City Offers “Free” Blake Shelton Concert, Garages Charge $50 for Parking

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Oh, Atlantic City: You are never going to learn, are you?

Last evening, country music star Blake Shelton offered what was billed as a “free concert” between Caesars Pier and Central Pier. The catch? Local casinos, including Bally’s and Caesars (the two closest to the concert and, arguably, the logical choice for most concert attendees), charged a steep $50 to park in their lots. The normal price? $5. Read more »

Morgan’s Pier Summer Concert Lineup 2014

morgans pier entertainment

Penn’s Landing beer garden and outdoor concert hub, Morgan’s Pier announced its summer concert schedule, with a lineup promising all kinds of sound-of-summer fun. Get ready to get outside and dancing with Dave Pianka of Making Time and Dolphin Tavern, international DJs like Booka Shade and Tiga, and free, live performances presented by R5 Productions and Yuengling Lager. The season starts May 1st, with a host of opening-week festivities. Tickets are available here. Check out the lineup below:

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