Music

 By Lucy Mushi and Ashlyn Coyne

Fairhill: Raices Culturales Brings Diverse Latino Culture in the Community

Fairhill: Raices Culturales Brings Diverse Latino Culture in the Community

As you walk north of  Fifth Avenue toward Somerset Street in the business strip of Fairhill you  will pass by an important cultural organization. Raices Culturales  Latino Americana or Latin American Cultural Roots, with the rear entrance at the corner of North Fifth Street and Somerset Street, is a place to visit for anybody interested in […]

 By Megan Paolini and Ian Romano

Morrell Park: Musician Gives the Spotlight Another Round

Morrell Park: Musician Gives the Spotlight Another Round

Angel Casiano loves music. He has rocked his guitar over the span of two decades. But after a five-year hiatus from playing live, the Morrell Park performer and writer is ready to tour the venues again. Casiano said he will try to play at every open stage in the region while writing about the experience […]

 By Julie Achilles and Damon Fillman

Manayunk: A Grassroots Gathering for a Good Cause

Manayunk: A Grassroots Gathering for a Good Cause

Destination Schuylkill Project hosted “Hang Out to Help Out,” a green gathering at the Bourbon Blue in Manayunk on Feb. 5, to garner support and funding for its upcoming projects. The group, which facilitates maintenance of trails, bridges and open space along the river, is purely volunteer-based. “There are projects within our immediate community that […]

 By Samantha Krotzer and Andrew Whitlatch

West Oak Lane: Rhythm of a Neighborhood

West Oak Lane: Rhythm of a Neighborhood

[swfobject]45730[/swfobject] Two women dressed in designer coats, silk blouses and four-inch heels walk in unison and huddle close together to fight the chill of the wind. For a Thursday evening, their formal attire is quite different from most of the people they pass by in West Oak Lane. They’re going to Relish, a restaurant that […]

 By Andrew Whitlatch

North Philadelphia: Live Music and Vintage Clothes ‘On Girard’

North Philadelphia: Live Music and Vintage Clothes ‘On Girard’

Local Philadelphia rock band, The Sabriquets, performed in North Philadelphia on the 200 block of West Girard at an event called “On Girard,” a live music event that occurs the second Thursday of every month in front of a Vintage thrift store. Lead singer of the band, James Hearne, said “We are a four piece […]

 By Rodrigo Torrejon and Brader Jimenez

Fairhill: Music Store with Family Values

Fairhill: Music Store with Family Values

A walk down Lehigh Avenue takes you to several places. It will take you past the abandoned castle-like Julia De Burgos Middle School. Past the street vendors and domino tables along Fairhill Park. It’ll even take you into the middle of boisterous music and laughter emanating from a pale yellow and sky blue building. Blazoned […]

 By Belmo Mayers

Olney: Creating Community Through Music

Olney: Creating Community Through Music

Starting a small business primarily dependent on patronage from the surrounding community is always a challenge.  Will residents accept your establishment? Will you get enough patronage to stay afloat? Does the service you provide meet the needs of the community?  Fifteen years ago the owners of the Gibson School of Music and Arts in Olney […]

 By Anna Palij and Matthew Pitts

South Philadelphia: Jazz Club Reinvigorates Community Music Culture

South Philadelphia: Jazz Club Reinvigorates Community Music Culture

The fast-paced notes of a jazz tune can be heard down the halls of the Clef Club, as senior and junior ensembles practice their skills. Drums pounding, saxophones dragging low notes and trumpets blare out past titles, as well as new creations by students in the class. The Clef Club isn’t just any old music […]

 By Lauren Gordon

Philadelphia: The Tough Side of the Music Scene

Philadelphia: The Tough Side of the Music Scene

For Philadelphia, the local alternative rock music scene has been an evolving, emotional roller coaster for its artists and audiences. Over the past two decades, local original talent has been accused of fading into the background, which has made way for club remixes and dance DJs.  While the blame cannot be laid upon one major […]

 By Pete Dorchak

South Street: The Dirt Party Emerging From the Ground Up

South Street: The Dirt Party Emerging From the Ground Up

From the age of four, Carl Bahner knew he wanted a life in music. The only issue was that he didn’t know what instrument he wanted to play. “My aunt had a piano and I used to sit down and punker away at the keys,” Bahner said. “I would only play ‘Mary Had A Little […]