Music

 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 […]

 By Naima Abdi

Fairmount: Break Dancing Culture

Fairmount: Break Dancing Culture

For most people a typical night around town doesn’t include spinning on the floor, flipping in the air and standing on their heads. But for Philly’s B-boys and girls it’s practically an every day (and night) occurrence. Last Saturday night at the Performance Garage in Fairmount, 10 local breaking crews battled in the National Breakin’ […]

 By Marco Dorazio and Shane Fox

Germantown: A Record Revival

Germantown: A Record Revival

For roughly a century, the primary medium to play back recorded sound was via the phonograph. Phonographs, which became vinyl records in the 1940s, are those large black discs your parents may have stored in crates in the attic. Over the last 50 years the medium was eventually replaced by tape and digital technologies. Still, […]

 By Jenn Matusiak

Fishtown: Making Harmony

Fishtown: Making Harmony

Three musicians are standing outside of a recording studio, talking among one other. Guitars and musical equipment are piled nearby. The conversation resembles a chemistry worthy of band members or life-long friends. But one of them is a teacher, and the other two are students. As the rehearsal room opens, it’s clear that this is […]

 By Jonathan Braymer

Strawberry Mansion: Preserving a Legend

Strawberry Mansion: Preserving a Legend

Jazz legend John Coltrane lived in Philadelphia from 1952 to 1958.  His Strawberry Mansion home still stands on 1511 N. 33rd St. with a historical plaque in front.  It was named a historical building in 1999 by the Philadelphia Historical Commission. The commission’s office in City Hall still holds many old photographs and legal documents […]