BOO2! Jazz Concert & Halloween Dance Party

At the Temple Performing Arts Center in Philadelphia.

October 31, 2014 – 8:00 pm

On Halloween Night, Steve Tirpak brings together some of Philly’s most talented Jazz artists for an intensely, spooky good time in a special Halloween performance, a monster bash called, “Boo2!”

There is something for everyone! Come and enjoy Jazz, Blues, Rock, R&B and Hiphop tunes, like Snoop Dog’s, “Murder Was The Case They Gave Me” to Wayne Shorter’s “Witchhunt.” Boo2! musical director, Steve Tirpak, is driven by the need to please his listeners. “I’m writing with the audience in mind,” he says. “Generally speaking, I’m trying to capture the essence of the song and be true to the artist.

We are talking about a hot, 12 piece band that can effortlessly play Jazz, Blues, R&B, Rock and Hiphop. With an array of powerful and inventive singers as well as a rapper with many styles, who can flow on any beat and any tune.

Don’t forget to wear a costume! The band will be in full costume. Prizes will be awarded for Best Costume. Come and enjoy Refreshments & Dancing.


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Fresh Cut Trio to perform at the Lancaster Ave Jazz & Arts Festival on July 19

Lancaster JazzSave the Date for the 8th Annual Lancaster Avenue Jazz & Arts Festival

People’s Emergency Center (PEC) is hosting this family-friendly, free event on Saturday, July 19th – you do not want to miss this!

PEC is hosting its 8th Annual Lancaster Jazz & Arts Festival this summer, helping spotlight Lancaster Avenue as one of Philadelphia’s arts and cultural corridors. This free jazz and arts celebration offers families the chance to experience the best in fusion, rhythm, smooth, and Caribbean jazz. This year’s festival is being headlined by internationally-renowned jazz saxophonist Azar Lawrence, who is often compared to John Coltrane, has played with jazz legends such as Miles Davis and McCoy Tyner. Mr. Lawrence is not only performing at the festival but also hosting a master class for local children on Friday, July 18th at the Philadelphia Clef Club of Jazz and Performing Arts. In addition to the Azar Lawrence Quintet, the festival includes several Philadelphia vocalists and musicians such as Josh Lawrence, Glenn Bryan & Friends, the Charlene Halloway Band, and many more. PEC is also proud to feature the West Powelton Drummers and youth performers from Play On, Philly!

PEC is kicking off the festival at 9am with a uGO family fitness challenge, which will be held at Penn Presbyterian Medical Center Saunders Park Greene (39th and Powelton). The free live performances will begin at noon and last until 7pm. The festival will also include a variety of food trucks and vendors, as well as family-friendly activities such as PEC’s pop-up Digital Lab, activities by Smith Playground staff, a photo booth, and more!This year’s festival is being supported in-part by a National Endowment for the Arts Challenge America Fast-Track Grant, which is awarded to projects that “extend the reach of the arts to underserved populations and strengthen communities through the arts.” The festival is an extension of the Lower Lancaster Avenue “Make Your Mark” initiative, which is organized by PEC and aims to raise awareness of the businesses on Lancaster Avenue while also recognizing the corridor as a cultural destination in Philadelphia. For more information, be sure to check out the Festival’s website and Facebook page.

FCO CreativeMornings Talk @ the Kimmel Center June 13


June 13, 8:30am – 10:00am EDT. Kimmel Center SEI Innovation Studio.

Register. Space is limited, but don’t worry! There is a waitlist.

The Fresh Cut Orchestra is a collective of Philadelphia & New York based musicians creating compelling new music rooted in traditions of composition and improvisation. The influence of Minimal Music is felt in our work and across all genres of music over the past 50 years. But what is Minimal Music? FCO will discuss the roots of this style, its impact on popular culture and its inherent ability to spark creative thought.

About CreativeMornings:

In 2008, Tina Roth Eisenberg (Swissmiss) started CreativeMornings out of a desire for an ongoing, accessible event for New York’s creative community. The concept was simple: breakfast and a short talk one Friday morning a month. Every event would be free of charge and open to anyone.

Today, attendees gather in cities around the world to enjoy fresh coffee, friendly people, and an international array of breakfast foods. Volunteer hosts and their team members organize local chapters that not only celebrate a city’s creative talent, but also promote an open space to connect with like-minded individuals.

The growing archive of past breakfast talks is humbling. From design legends to hometown heroes, speakers are selected by each chapter based on a global theme. CreativeMornings remains free thanks to the support of local sponsors, generous venues, and longterm partners.

Anyone can attend. Just register beforehand to reserve your spot. Remember to set your alarm, and we’ll see you in the morning!

FCO @ the Solstice in the City June 21 @ the Kimmel Center


Solstice in the City is HERE!
Kick off your summer at the Kimmel Center with a night of drinks, music, and spectacle!

Sat, Jun 21 | 8pm – 2am | Kimmel Center
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After months of development, our Jazz Residency artists will present a night of jazz in SEI Innovation Studio as part of Solstice in the City. Audiences will have a chance to witness the result of hard work, thinking outside the box, and collaborative creativity in an intimate setting. Be the first to experience world premiere work by our 2014 artists in residence including:

  • Bobby Zankel (Alto Saxophone), Raphael Xavier (Choreography), and Francois Zayas (Percussion)
  • Josh Lawrence (Trumpet) and the Fresh Cut Orchestra with Jason Fraticelli (Composer and bass), Anwar Marshall (Composer and drums), and Tim Conley (Composer, Guitar, Laptop)
  • Pablo Batista (Percussion) and the Mambo Syndicate, and Dennis Guevara (Pianist & Music Arranger)

solstice160And there’s MORE! Stop by Verizon Hall for performances by acclaimed experimental wunderkind San Fermin and headliner Real Estate, described by Pitchfork as “a rock band several lengths ahead of the fuzzy beach bums with which they pine.” Kick back with Foosball, Skeeball, Ping Pong, and Hammocks at the Solstice Lounge. Meanwhile, Philly hometown favorite DJ MR BEST will transform Commonwealth Plaza into a late-night dance. The night ends with some percussive insanity courtesy of French provocateurs La Compagnie du Transe Express. Cocktails and small bites by Chef Jose Garces will be available for purchase.

$30 admission grants you access to all venues—all night long. What better way to welcome the summer?

In Association with R5 Productions.