Celebrate Philly’s vibrant and eclectic music scene in July, a summary of the event
Artblog’s new community intern, jazz pianist and urban studies student Ashwin Suseendran, makes a list of 9 musical events he recommends checking out in this second half of July. From salsa to EDM, you’re sure to find something that piques your interest and something new to explore. Find your new favorite Philly band here on Artblog – you can get started tonight!
Blessed as an iconic center of global arts and culture, Philadelphia hosts a plethora of musical and artistic events this month, featuring Korean music, salsa, jazz fusion, soul, blues and EDM, among others. Below are a few choices that I’ve put together to help you navigate the scene.
Friday July 16, 8:08 p.m. – 12:12 a.m. – Sera Phi Cosmic Vibes and Conscious Dance
Sera Phi, 941 N. Front Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Box office – $ 25- $ 35
For more information on accessibility, call (415) 794-2174
The Sera Phi Vibroacoustic Recording Studio and Wellness Center, founded by Stephen Rossmeisl, offers an immersive audiovisual sound healing experience. Live DJs, painters and sound artists lead an electric night of art, dance, food and elixirs.
Saturday July 17 at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. – Saturday Night Jazz with the Arpeggio Jazz Ensemble
9201 Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Box office – $ 25, $ 15 for members
Hear singers Lisa Chavous and Sherry Butler team up with the Arpeggio Jazz Ensemble to bring the voices of early blues pioneers such as Ma Rainey and Bessie Smith to life.
Saturday July 17, 7:30 p.m. – Chicago: Greatest Hits
BB&T Pavilion, 1 Harbor Blvd, Camden, NJ
Box office – $ 30 +
One of the definitive blues groups for over 60 years returns to Camden, NJ for an evening of their greatest hits. The prolific group will perform various sing-a-longs from their expansive 37-album discography.
Sunday July 18, 3 p.m. – 7 p.m. – Sistah Soul Series
Spruce Street Harbor Park, 301 South Christopher Columbus Boulevard, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Free – Register here
Wheelchair accessible, metered parking, near the Market-Frankford line
Check out this monthly live showcase of Philadelphia’s top black singers. Local independent artists will perform a range of genres such as R&B, jazz, soul, house, world, funk-fusion and more!
Sunday July 18 from 7:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m. and Tuesday July 20 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. – Philadelphia Piazzolla Festival
Lithuanian Music Hall, 2715 E Allegheny Ave and Sunflower Philly, 1725 N 5th Street
Box office – $ 40
Call Lithuanian Music Hall (215) 739-4831 or Sunflower Philly (215) 236-0237 for accessibility information.
Attend a variety of world music concerts, master classes, milongas, and dance events hosted by the Philadelphia Argentina Tango School.
Thursday July 22 and Friday July 23, 7:00 p.m. and 9:30 a.m. – Eric Darius and Gerald Veasley Band
South Jazz Club, 600 North Broad Street
Box office – $ 37
For more accessibility information call (215) 600-0220
Saxophonist Eric Darius brings his band to Philly for a promotion on the most recent album of his seven, Breakin ‘Thru. The album features previews of jazz, pop and R&B and features several chart-topping singles.
Thursday, Friday and Saturday July 22, 23 and 24, 8:00 p.m. – Three-day workshop with the Philadelphia Orchestra at Fairmount Park
TD Hall, The Mann Center, 5201 Parkside Avenue
Box office – $ 25- $ 55
Tune in as the Philadelphia Orchestra plays three shows in a row: the first is a Tchaikovsky show, followed by a sound art gallery on Modest Mussorgsky’s famous composition, Pictures at an Exhibition, ending by a screening of Toy Story accompanied by the Philadelphia Orchestra live.
Monday July 26, 7:00 p.m. – Spanish Harlem Orchestra
Wiggins Park, 2 Riverside Drive, Camden, NJ
Free (for now) – Information
See the Spanish Harlem Orchestra light up the Philly metro area with energetic salsa tunes from their sixth studio album, Anniversary. The 13-piece big band have been performing together for 15 years and have established a reputation for their intricate arrangements and dancing rhythms.
Friday July 30, 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. – Sunset Summer Series – A’Tiya Flow by Nalaverse & Drumming by Hyun Jin Cha
Philadelphia Railway Park, 1300 Noble Street
Free – Register
ADA and wheelchair accessible (ramp located east of Broad on Noble), outside with tree blanket (cooling tent found above 12th Street)
Enjoy an interactive yoga session hosted by Nalaverse – a mental wellness community run by black-owned women – followed by Philly-based Korean percussionist Hyun Jin Cha.