Center City: Philadelphia’s Irish Community Supports Civil Rights

Center City: Philadelphia’s Irish Community Supports Civil Rights

People of Irish descent in Philadelphia have a history dating back to the pre-American Revolution era. According to the Global Philadelphia Association (GPA), Irish Americans make up the largest ethnic group in the Philadelphia area. The 2000 U.S. Census lists the population of people of Irish descent in Philadelphia as more than 206,000. However, this […]

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Kensington: Musician Works to Help Band Earn Spot in Philadelphia Scene

Kensington: Musician Works to Help Band Earn Spot in Philadelphia Scene

In the madcap world of the Philadelphia music scene, Tom McHugh earned a spot in his band under the most unusual circumstances. “I actually auditioned via Craigslist,” the 22-year-old guitarist said. “The original guitarist, unbeknownst to me, ended up being my girlfriend’s ex-boyfriend, which was pretty awkward when we all found that out.” McHugh has […]

 

Arts & Entertainment: Record Label, Store Boost Metal Scene In Philly And Beyond

Arts & Entertainment: Record Label, Store Boost Metal Scene In Philly And Beyond

Beyond its popular and busy live music scene, Philadelphia has a number of small labels and record stores that stand behind heavy metal artists. These labels help to build artists, local and otherwise, from inside the city. One such entity is metal label Horror Pain Gore Death Productions. The brainchild of Mike Juliano, the label […]

 

Fishtown: Recording Studio Quietly Making Its Name In Variety Of Genres

Fishtown: Recording Studio Quietly Making Its Name In Variety Of Genres

Spice House Sound opened its doors in Fishtown two years ago, and has been quietly building itself since then. A studio partially owned by Alex Santilli with the intention of providing high quality services, Spice House has worked with a large variety of artists. “Even in rock there’s a huge variety of different-sounding rock records, […]

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South Philadelphia: Roger Artigiani Brings Change to 2300 Arena

South Philadelphia: Roger Artigiani Brings Change to 2300 Arena

Roger Artigiani talks about his arena like he is showing off a prized possession. “This is what we have planned for the one wall,” he said while proudly showing a picture of a mural of the Walt Whitman Bridge. “It’s gonna look great.” The mural will soon become one of the many changes Artigiani has […]

 

Newbold: A Love For Argentine Tango Dancing

Newbold: A Love For Argentine Tango Dancing

Sarah Chung and Damian Lobato are professional Argentine Tango dancers. The two teach their own private and group dance lessons at their home on South 19th Street and at a studio in Center City. Chung was born and raised in Tacoma, Washington but moved to Philadelphia in 2002 to attend the University of Pennsylvania. She started […]

 

Chestnut Hill: Local Music Store Provides a Unique Experience for Shoppers

Chestnut Hill: Local Music Store Provides a Unique Experience for Shoppers

Hideaway Music is a store located in Chestnut Hill that sells CDs, DVDs, vinyl, and vintage audio equipment. “I was looking for something else to do professionally,” said storeowner Brian Reisman, who opened the shop 13 years ago. “I saw that there was a need for a music store up in Chestnut Hill.” The shop buys […]

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Education: Piano Teacher Says Music Plays Key Role in Children’s Development

Education: Piano Teacher Says Music Plays Key Role in Children’s Development

Patrick Fink, 27, a piano instructor and professional musician, has taught music since 2006. Fink has taught private lessons from his home in Roxborough for nearly 10 years, and has traveled to give lessons in the surrounding Pennsylvania/New Jersey region as well. The majority of his students are from grades nine through 12, but he […]

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Fairhill: Puerto Rican School of Music Reflects the Beat of the Community

Fairhill: Puerto Rican School of Music Reflects the Beat of the Community

The Puerto Rican Institute of Music sits on North 5th Street, a road surrounded by Latino influence. Walking by on any afternoon you might even hear the beat of plena – traditional Puerto Rican music – filtering out the upstairs windows. With only a couple of classrooms, the Puerto Rican Institute of Music has about 10 […]

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Mayfair: Art History 101’s Jay Pross Sticks to Mayfair Roots

Mayfair: Art History 101’s Jay Pross Sticks to Mayfair Roots

Jay Pross never thought he would own a clothing store with more than 100 of his designs on display. He also didn’t think that his hand-painted T-shirts would go on to become a major hit in the music industry, drawing attention of iconic artists such as Soulja Boy, The Game and even Beyoncé. It wasn’t until […]

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