It’s the holiday season and Heineken Green Room is treating you to an amazing end of the year celebration.
We’re bringing the captivating Jesse Boykins III, who embodies soul and style, for an intimate performance at Silk City as we bid farewell to 2015 and get ready to welcome a bigger and better 2016. TheMr. Sonny James will be on deck to bring us his getupanddance beats all night long.
This event is open ONLY to Heineken Green Room Insiders. Must RSVP +1 friend by December 7th at 5pm. RSVP does not guarantee admittance, so arrive early, as entry will be first come first serve.
You may be unfamiliar with his journey, let alone the name of artist Norman Lewis. Lewis was an incredible spirit. An African-American man born in New York, fond of world travel, challenged and inspired by learning, teaching, and searching throughout his lifetime and artwork. Lewis specialized in Abstract Expressionism and is recognized for his precise color selection, all the while channeling his life experiences and interactions into various forms — including oil on canvas, crayons on paper, and water colors.
A man of dignity, Lewis expressed his interpretations surrounding morals and values that pertain to humanity and nature. He depicted work that represented the plights of African-Americans in America during the Harlem renaissance and Civil Rights Movement. In addition to his activism, Lewis created poignant works that reflected on his travels through Europe and United States.
Now on display until April 3rd, 2016, PROCESSION: THE ART OF NORMAN LEWIS, opened for viewing at PAFA’s Fisher Brooks Gallery, Samuel M.V. Hamilton Building — just north of City Hall on Broad St.
PAFA is offering FREE museum admission for Procession, every Sunday for the duration of the exhibit.
Combined with the paintings, this exhibit displays a unique and touching collection of personal effects, notes, quotes, a video interview, and diverse library that shine light onto the man who devoted his life to his artistic passion and culture. The collection is set up to appreciate thematically rather than chronologically, guiding one through In the City, Visual Sound, Rhythm of Nature, Ritual, Civil Rights, and Summation.
Lewis was born in Harlem in 1909 and died in Harlem in 1979. During the infancy of Lewis’ professional career, he focused on the “New Negro Movement” as well as African Art. Although he started here, this is not where he would finish. The content of Lewis’ art shifted from African and African-American Artto a more global perception. During the mid 1940s, Lewis altered his subject matter and developed his style. Lewis began his Pure Abstractionism journey that developed to include Naturalist content.
Walking between the rooms and admiring different pieces, we chatted with Philadelphia artist Moe Brooker, who explained that Lewis “kept searching” in an authentic spirit of endless development, “continuing to find inspiration for form and he continues to deal with nature.”
As he moved forward in his explorations, Lewis was often overlooked and/or discredited because the nature of his work was deemed as both inappropriate and unimaginable for an artist of color. Brooker noted Lewis’ work was debunked in a time when the perception was that “it was not a possibility that one of color could do abstraction”. As is the case with many men and women of color, Lewis did not receive the accolades he deserved until over a decade after his death, during the 1990s — perhaps not even yet today.
Curator Ruth Fine shared that “Norman Lewis is not a very well known painter due to lack of visibility rooting to racism, but also because his was a style that is not readily categorized… and people tend to get to know people that they can put in categories. Lewis is a complicated painter.”
To put together Procession, Fine stated she “traveled to various collections over the past few years, and chose those works that would best convey the range of his art and the ideas that permeated the themes that then organized the exhibit.” Fine added she aimed to “give a sense of who the man was as well as the art.” Thus, the exhibition walls and short video tell a story through quotations and conversation that represent Lewis’ philosophy. “Abstraction offers a chance for each person, from a broad range of backgrounds, to bring their own experiences to the paintings… and take away what they want. I think that’s what Lewis wanted.”
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After months and months of anticipation, Lil Uzi Vert’s, Luv Is Rage, mix-tape/album is finally here:
You can also download at Datpiff.com. Luv Is Rage hosts guest appearances from Young Thug, Wiz Khalifa and a host of industry-elite producers who are running the game currently.
Lil Uzi Vert has been capturing and holding our interest for years now. After years of show appearances, track leaks, and guest features, Lil Uzi finally delivers the crème de la crème that Philly has long been waiting for after a summer of proclaimed L’s [a la Meek, Wale, Drake chatter / twitter].
The mixtape/album takes us through a story of love lost — and found — through reflection and assessment. The production choice is right on point with skits of nostalgia and points of view from Uzi.
The Philadelphia 76ers have released it’s 15 man roster leading into their first game of the season. Many Philadelphia fans and pundits are going into the season with expectations at rock bottom [ESPN Power Rankings], but maybe there is some hope for a 7th or 8th seed? Maybe not, but read ahead and follow me on this…
Although the average age of players on the team is 24 years old, over half of the players already have experience within the organization. The new face of the team, Jahlil Okafor, will have a big opportunity to show and prove why he was selected top 3 in the most recent draft. The young culture of the team can potentially create a necessary bond and chemistry, which could lead to a few pleasant surprises.
Let’s hope last night was a sign of good things to come for Jahlil:
Free to attend with great live music ALL DAY with 21+ beer garden and other activities (open to all ages). Fun starts at NOON.
See you there!
Presented by Saul Ewing:
This fall festival will fill the park with a series of fun activities & games, plus a social 21+ Saultoberfest Beer Garden by ROSA BLANCA CAFÉ. A variety of vendors, great food and plenty of beer, DJs & live music will spice up this party.
Noon – MR. SONNY JAMES
Well-known and respected Philly DJ from illVibe Collective, who plays different styles including funk, soul and hip-hop.
1:30 pm – ROSEMARY FIKI Philadelphia based singer staying true to the soulful musical tradition, captivating audiences far and wide with a trademark sound that is rooted in rock and peppered with alternative, and afrobeat influences.
2:30 pm – ERNEST STUART
Gifted and world-traveled trombonist steeped in the tradition of jazz and Philadelphia soul.
3:30 pm – XANDE CRUZ AND THE BATUKIS BAND
With a sound as rich and diverse as his native São Paulo, XANDE (shun-ji) CRUZ adeptly blends urban and traditional colors and sounds together in a soulful way like none other.
4:30 pm – JUST SOLE: STREET DANCE THEATER Just Sole: Street Dance Theater uses Street Dance and Theatrical principles as their mediums to inspire, empower, and share their life stories.
5:30 pm – BRIANNA CASH Singer/Songwriter hailing from North Philadelphia whose beautiful and innovative music is a pure and genuine combination of soul and folk.
6:30 pm – KRISS MINCEY Alternative RnB artist, Philadelphia New Girl and DMV Native Kriss Mincey beautifully blends her jazz-¬infused style with a touch of contemporary edge.
Games 1-5 pm: Bocce and Corn Hole presented by Major League Bocce will be part of the day’s fun. Grab your friends and get a social game of bocce and corn hole going while hanging outdoors in the crispness of a fall afternoon.
There’s something for everyone, even families and kids at Octoberfest at Dilworth Park presented by Saul Ewing. Throughout the day kids can enjoy –
Noon – 2pm: KYW Newsradio Kidcast gives children a chance to be a KYW news anchor.
Noon – 4pm: Pumpkin Painting presented by Philly Art Center. Artists will be able to take home their decorated pumpkin.
The Walnut Street Theatre will be on hand to showcase their upcoming shows for adults and children alike. Stop by their booth and enter to win tickets, and parents be sure to have your camera on hand as kids will be able to get their pictures taken behind a photo board.
Free face painting will also be available.
Noon – DAVE P (MAKING TIME)
Founder and presenter of Philly’s flavorful Making Time events which have hosted performances featuring different bands from all around the world.
1:30 pm – MYRRIAS
Myrrias patiently build layers of intertwined rhythms and melodies, as each band member complements the group’s high-end shimmer.
2:30 pm – WEEKENDER Vibrant 5 piece Philly Indie / Dream Pop who have crafted buzzing and dreamy songs served up with spacey, stretched-out vocals between the blissful, fuzzy guitar riffs.
3:30 pm – KATE FAUST Emerging and aspiring singer-songwriter whose diverse talent displays through her non traditional electro-pop and neo soul music.
4:30 pm – WORK DRUGS Popular Philly band that successfully blends dance-able percussion rhythms and synths with signature vocal styles, gaining notoriety while touring venues across North America.
Noon-4 pm: Bocce and Corn Hole presented by Major League Bocce will be part of the day’s fun. Grab your friends and get a social game of bocce and corn hole going while hanging outdoors in the crispness of a fall afternoon.
Love apples? Then, drink apples! Gather with fellow apple enthusiasts, hard cider aficionados, fermentation zealots, and craft beverage fanatics at the Philadelphia Navy Yard for the third annual Pour The Core: Philly.
At Pour The Core: Philly, you and your friends will be surrounded by the picturesque fall backdrop of the Marine Parade Grounds and be showcased to the finest locally-produced and internationally-sourced ciders – more than 75 in all! The event will feature local favorites like the artfully crafted, Frecon’s Cidery Crabby Granny, Sir Charles Hard Cider, Good Intent Adam’s Apple, and so many other PA favorites! Best-selling US brands like Woodchuck Hard Cider, Angry Orchard, Original Sin and Doc’s Draft Hard Cider will also be featured. And, a variety of imported ciders and perries from Spain, England and elsewhere will round out the varieties offered.
So get your blanket or lawn chair ready to stake your spot by the live music. Carry your sunglasses and hat for protection from the sun… check the weather for what to wear and get your tickets. The event will take place rain or shine (no refunds). Don’t forget to bring a belly ready for delicious foods available to purchase from local Philly Food Trucks.
There will be special seminars about cider, the making of cider, and the enjoyment of cider. The event will also help raise funds for the Committee to Benefit the Children (CBC). Visit the charity page to find out more about this great organization.
Last fall, you helped Mural Arts kick off the Philly DJ Mural Project, a program that put a creative spin on music education for youth. Now join us for our big return to Midtown Village and celebrate Shepard Fairey’s new mural, honoring Philly’s rich DJ history, all while dancing for hours to jams from your all-time faves.
Featuring the talents of: Rich Medina, Cosmo Baker, Illvibe Collective, Scratch Academy + more.
This is an Open Source event! For more information on our citywide public art exhibition and 40+ events in October, visit opensource.muralarts.org.
As the block party closes down, make sure you stroll down the block to Franky Bradley’s (1320 Chancellor St.) as Heineken presents OBEY THE DJ. Ugly Bass brothers Mr. Sonny James & DJ Royale will guide a musical journey bumping everything from Soulful Rhythms to Classic Party Bangers. No need for requests (or to pay cover before 11pm) just OBEY THE DJ and get your groove on!
Liverpool quartet Circa Waves recently released their debut album titled Young Chasers which features their lead single, “T-Shirt Weather,” which has over 10 million streams on Spotify.They are currently on a U.S. tour run before heading back to the UK for a string of sold out shows across Europe. Over the past few months, Circa Waves has performed at Glastonbury, Lollapalooza and on Conan as well. Recently, guest contributor Ryan Quint sat down with the group at their show with MS MR at Union Transfer to discuss the future of releasing music, their musical influences, touring and much more.
Back in March we had interviewed Circa Waves, just a few days before their debut album release, click here to read up on it.
Circa Waves are: Kieran Shudall (guitar / vocals), Joe Falconer (guitar), Sam Rourke (bass) & Colin Jones (drums).
Ryan: Last time we spoke was about 7 months, you guys only had the EP out. Now we have a full-length album. Young Chasers was just released a few weeks ago on September 18. So I’d first like to congratulate you on of all of the recent success.
Kieran: Thank you very much.
Ryan: Speaking of EPs and Albums, I heard an interview you guys recently did where Kieran said that he felt that with how the music industry is going, artists are going to only drop EPs and give out “little bursts of ideas” instead of full-length albums. Can you explain that thought process and why you feel you that way?
Kieran: I mean the album thing will always exist for certain artists but just because of how fast everything moves; I think that EP’s are a more efficient way of releasing music.
Sam: I can see that happening. Albums, as a concept, came around because of the technology. From vinyl. That’s how many songs you could fill on a record so they would. I think that right now technology is changing and people’s listening habits are changing as well. Maybe the regular format of releasing music won’t be albums anymore. I still love albums. We buy vinyl all the time but I could definitely see artists just releasing 1 or 2 EP’s every year instead.
Kieran: It’s quicker. It’s more efficient. Kind of like a half album.
Sam: It also allows for more freedom as well. 2 EP’s can be completely different but if you’re doing a bunch of tracks under 1 large umbrella of an album, it has to be a lot more consistent. It may be good for artists to challenge themselves on a more regular basis by releasing more projects.
Ryan: I think its really cool that each of you have sort of your own musical style whether its Kieran with the indie rock and old folk sound or Sam with Hip-Hop. How do these different styles help create the Circa Waves sound we hear on Young Chasers?
Kieran: It definitely influences the way we play our music or how we approach certain parts of songs. I’m not going to write a guitar part from a Dr. Dre record, I’ll write it to a sound that better pleases me. It just works in that way.
Sam: I definitely agree. Part of the sounds of how things worked out relate to our personal styles of music. Joe has this scrappy guitar style which comes from what he listens to.
Ryan: (to Sam) And would you be the Dr. Dre listener?
Sam: I don’t condone or endorse Dr. Dre but I suppose some of the bass lines that I’ve written have a Hip-Hop sensibility in some ways. It’s definitely an influence but it’s hard to pinpoint exactly where it is.
Ryan: LA Daily News had very high praise for the album. Do you ever read reviews and see how the critics feel about your music or is it mainly your fans reaction and opinion that you care about?
Kieran: I read some reviews. If it’s a good review, I’ll read it. I don’t tend to go out of my way to read reviews anymore. Not because we get loads of bad reviews its just that there’s almost no point. We play shows in front of loads of people every night and that’s enough gratification for us.
Sam: It can go down two roads. You can either become incredibly self-obsessed because you have a larger world of things relating to you or you can go down the route of completely shutting it off and think that’s what we’ve done.
Kieran: Also, the more successful you get, the more people are going to dislike you. It’s fine with me. Music is made to separate people.
Ryan: Kieran, you mentioned that a lot of the album is inspired by early adolescence. Can you explain this more in-depth and did you have any specific moments that you recalled when creating this album?
Kieran: I’ve always wanted to capture that moment and period of time in my life and other people’s lives when I was writing. I just think it’s really interesting. That part from 16 to 25 is just so fucking mental.
Ryan: I’m smack in the middle of that right now.
Kieran: Yeah. It’s fucking weird right? I always loved the first Arctic Monkeys record, the first Strokes record. They’re all talking about their experiences of growing up and you can’t write about that forever. The 2nd record won’t be about that. It was just something I wanted to get out of my system.
Ryan: And its still fresh in your memory
Kieran: Yeah, it’s still fresh. I’m not that old yet. I’m getting further away from that time but it’s cool to think about it like a diary of what happened during those years of my life.
Ryan: I saw you were in Philadelphia yesterday morning. Did you spend a full off day here?
Kieran: We did the Radio 104.5 thing in the morning then we had to drive up to Albany for a show. It would’ve been nice if we had a day off here though. We were supposed to have a day off but as usual, it got cancelled.
Ryan: How was Albany then?
Kieran: It was great. Very good show.
Ryan: Was it your first time to upstate New York?
Kieran: Yeah. Not that we actually saw any of Albany but the venue was really cool. The drive up was very nice. We also just discovered Serial Podcast. It’s massive but it completely blew past us but it’s this woman investigating a murder case and each episode is her digging further into the case. So we just smashed through that the whole drive. It’s based on a real murder that happened in Baltimore and we drove past Baltimore while we were listening to it and I wanted to hide.
Ryan: Do you guys know The Wire? That will make you want to hide even more.
Sam: Yeah, it’s amazing. That was the first thing I thought of when we drove past Baltimore.
Ryan: Moving on, your current US Tour is coming to a close. You’re about head back to the UK and the rest of Europe. What has been the most enjoyable part about tour so far?
Kieran: It’s been really good. I’d say the highlight would be the day we were in LA. We did Conan in the morning and then went straight to The Troubadour and did an amazing show. That was a fucking great day.
Sam: Very stressful day.
Kieran: We also went through the Gilmore Girls town on the Warner Bros lot. Three great things that happened in one day.
Sam: and the Batman steps as well. It was a good day. We got to do the biggest TV show we’ve ever done.
Kieran: Also, America doesn’t feel like one country, it feels like 50 different little countries. We’ve seen bits of Seattle, bits of San Fran and just getting a little bit of the culture from everywhere is very enjoyable. It’s cool seeing how different each place is and how everywhere has its own proper identity.
Ryan: You guys were doing Festivals all summer, including Glastonbury and Lollapalooza, now that you’re back in clubs and theaters, which do you prefer?
Sam: I really like the way that it all works out. By the end of summer, we’re really ready to do the headline tour and then towards March we’re anxious to start festival season again. What I love is the balance between the two. We did about 30 festivals this year and by the end it’s just tiring.
Kieran: Festivals are also very low pressure. They have a party vibe and there’s shit loads of bands, people aren’t there to just see us. People are going to have a good time regardless. The pressure is off but you also try to win over a crowd. Where as headline shows, you’ve won straight away. The crowd has come to see you. You get applauded just from walking on the stage. That doesn’t happen at many festivals.
Ryan: I heard you guys had one of the best sets at Glastonbury
Sam: Apparently. According the polls. Was it the best set ever?
Kieran: Yeah we had the best set ever.
Ryan: I’m not sure but we’ll call it that.
Kieran: Just kidding but that was nice. We had played Glastonbury the year before but we were just starting out so no one knew who we were. It was good to be there but this year was our “arrival” at Glastonbury.
Ryan: I saw you were recently out at a karaoke bar with Ms. Mr recently – it seems like you guys are getting along on these run of shows.
Kieran: Yeah. We just met on this tour. They’ve been one of the most welcoming bands we’ve ever toured with. They give us free shit and they’re just really nice.
Ryan: Free shit is always a good thing. Last time we spoke, “Stuck in My Teeth” was your favorite song from the new album to play live, has that changed at all?
Kieran: It’s not. I fucking hate it (laughs). No, I don’t mind playing it. It is quite difficult for me to sing it though. But in the UK it’s always a big shout moment. The kids love that line in it (“I’m a little too young with not enough time”). Right now I really enjoy playing this track called “Talking Out Loud.” People don’t lose their shit to it but they do really so to enjoy it.
Sam: It’s a great break in the set.
Kieran: If it were the 80’s, we’d all light up cigarettes and play while smoking. It gives us a chance to regroup.
Ryan: You guys played “Stuck in My Teeth” as well as “T-Shirt Weather” on Conan. How was that experience?
Sam: It was really cool. I really enjoyed it. I didn’t realize how long the day was though. I just thought you rock’ed up and played and then left but we were there for about 7 hours. It was amazing though. We love Conan and his work on The Simpsons.
Ryan: He’s tall isn’t he?
Sam: He’s fucking huge. Normally, I feel out of place in photographs for being the tall one but not this time.
Kieran: He seems like this huge giant but he was really nice to us. You never really know with those people because they have to have that personality all the time. I would really love to just have a cup of tea with him but it was good. Doing Conan felt like one of those landmarks in this lifestyle where it’s something terrifying but then you overcome it and, to me, it was the most terrifying thing we’ve done. I’m not sure what will be next, hopefully something bigger but that was a huge achievement for us.
Ryan: Speaking of T-Shirt Weather, it has over 10 million streams on Spotify. Why do you think fans have connected most with that song so far?
Kieran: It’s quite hard to pinpoint why certain songs get a reaction like that because I would try to make more if I knew the answer. Maybe because people can relate to it because the content is about things that everyone remembers like what it was like when you were younger. It’s also one of the catchiest songs I’ve ever written so maybe its just that and the fact that it’s just “T-Shirt Weather” it’s a title that can easily stick in people’s minds. Who knows?
Sam: (to Kieran) You should get Owen Pallett to do a musical review of it. From Arcade Fire. He did a few pieces analyzing Beyoncé songs and it was really cool.
Kieran: For me, it’s all better to not break songs down too much. Otherwise, I’ll try and make some formula every time I write a new song.
Ryan: Lastly, you guys are nominated for Best New Act at this years Q Awards. Former winners of that award include Sam Smith, Django Django & Corinne Bailey Rae among many others. Are you honored knowing that you were just nominated for that award or are accolades only important to you if you win them?
Kieran: I already feel quite satisfied. I think that we’re the best out of all of the people on there but I don’t know if everyone does. It’s up to the people to decide. It is good to know that we’re on that level of the artists nominated though.
Sam: Is it cash if we win? Because if it is then I’m well up for it. If we did win it would be our first accolade ever, alongside the apparent “Best Act at Glastonbury” (Laughs)
Ryan: Thank you guys. Good luck with the rest of your tour.
Catch more of Circa Waves through their social media accounts.