Music

 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 […]

 By Danielle Bacher and Jonathan Braymer

Strawberry Mansion: John Coltrane’s House of Blues

Strawberry Mansion: John Coltrane’s House of Blues

Row homes line this North Philadelphia street–some of them abandoned and wet from the grip of constant rain. There is a single rumble of thunder. A low-lying fog covers the front of a three-story brick house on 1511 N. 33rd St. near Oxford in North Philadelphia’s Strawberry Mansion section. Plywood and planks help hold this home […]

 By Ashley Campbell

Ridge Avenue: The Arts Garage

Ridge Avenue: The Arts Garage

The area around 15th Street at Ridge Avenue is practically vacant during the middle of the day. Aside from a few people who live in the area and walk the streets or those who own the few businesses at that end of Ridge, there usually isn’t much activity. Now fast forward to the hours after […]

 By Dave Nescio and Kelly McManus

Logan: The Unwritten Word

Logan: The Unwritten Word

The Word of God has never sounded so cool. Meet Donte Holland, also known by his rapper name Beloved the Ghostwriter, gospel rapper from the Strawberry Mansion area of Philadelphia. Getting his start when he was 13 years old, Beloved has now solidified himself as a Christian rapper with lyrics based on the gospel. “Since […]

 By Sandra Friedman

Harpfest 2009

Memorial Day Weekend – the kickoff to summer, famed for beach trips and getaway weekends. The city of Philadelphia clears out a little bit, as people jump at the chance to get away and enjoy the start of the warm weather. Members of the Performing Arts Tradition of Philadelphia decided to offer an alternative activity […]

 By Gabrielle DiPietro

Philadelphia Musicians Keep Suburban Station Travelers On Track

Philadelphia Musicians Keep Suburban Station Travelers On Track

It’s four o’clock on Friday and the click-clack of freshly shined shoes and black leather pumps pound the pavement in four-four time. As trains roll in and out of Suburban Station at 15th and John F. Kennedy streets, commuters bustle by in hopes of catching an early train. Their focus is tight on the overhead […]

 By Justin Elson, Amanda Geronikos and Connor McCormick

Rock ‘n’ Roll Renaissance Revives Fishtown

Rock ‘n’ Roll Renaissance Revives Fishtown

When you think of music in Philadelphia, undoubtedly certain areas come to mind: the melodic jazz tones born of North Philadelphia, the gritty, stark hip hop that rises from the tough streets of the western reaches of the city, the soaring strings of Gamble and Huff’s downtown soul or the smooth voices of the street […]

 By Justin Elson, Amanda Geronikos and Connor McCormick

Fishtown’s Music

Fishtown’s Music

A slideshow illustrating some of the hottest spots for today’s up-and-coming music acts. Featuring the song “Comin’ Home” by Murder by Death, who recently performed at Johnny Brenda’s.

 By Casey Snyder, Mari Saito and Julio Nunez

Logan: Gospel Diva Willa Ward-Royster

Logan: Gospel Diva Willa Ward-Royster

From the draperies adorned atop the vaulted windows, to the candelabras along the walls, gold tones emit an enchanting ambiance within Willa Ward-Royster’s Logan home. A chandelier hung from the ceiling and crystals suspended from tall end table lamps in the living room, create whimsical touches of glamour that seem to mirror the tenant perfectly. Today, you can still see that glamour and sophistication of years past within Willa.

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