PW's Labor Day Weekend Picks

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Friday, August 30

Tony Marino
A quick perusal of his resume will show that Tony Marino has lent his four-stringed genius to a plethora of underrated jazz heavyweights. He’s been saxophonist/flautist David Liebman’s go-to bassist for more than 20 years and has also managed to broaden his horizons working with Tony Award-winning Broadway starlet Betty Buckley.

While it may appear to anyone who catches him performing at an intimate jazz club—his body swaying back and forth hypnotically as he lets the music guide him—that Marino’s completely comfortable in the background, this is one musician who also shines just as well when in command. His latest LP, last year’s Sun, Moon and Stars: a Tribute to Gene Bertocini, a collaboration with singer Lucy Horton and guitarist Tom Kozic, honors its namesake muse through the use of a pristine falsetto and meticulously syncopated riffs compensating for the lack of any percussion. But it’s on albums like 2001’s Samba De Say Party and 2006’s It’s Not That Complicated that Marino really lets loose, driven by energetic shades of free jazz piano, as well as a palpable touch of Latin-infused vigor.

Marino continues to do the Philadelphia region proud with his musical adaptability and his solos decorated with relentless levels of emotion, whether on upright bass or electric. His talent is something the locals can look forward to witnessing for themselves at the Barnes Foundation on this sweet summer night. / JAKE ABBATE

6pm. $10. Barnes Foundation, 2025 Ben Franklin Pkwy. 215.278.7000.

Umphrey’s McGee & STS9
After prog-rockers Umphrey’s McGee and livetronica outfit STS9 wrap up their sets at the Mann Center, the party heads south to the Blockley with performances by Up Until Now and Cocktail Party Phenomenon. 11:59pm. $10-15. The Blockley, 3801 Chestnut St. 215.222.1234.

Made in Philly
Get warmed up for Made in America weekend with this mini-festival, hosted by Hot 107.9’s Q Deezy, serving up a handful of up-and-coming local artists. 7pm. $20. The Blockley, 3801 Chestnut St. 215.222.1234.

Start Making Sense: Talking Heads Tribute
Named after the Talking Heads’ innovative 1984 concert film Stop Making Sense, this seven-piece tribute to the new wave giants has garnered praise from the band’s de facto keyboardist Bernie Worrell. Frontman Jon Braun’s impersonation of David Byrne is nothing short of uncanny. 8pm. $13-15. With Great White Caps + The Rent-A-Cops. World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St. 215.222.1400.

Global Dance and Music Showcase
Temple’s Boyer College of Music and Dance presents this menagerie of styles found all over the world, taking full advantage of the Conwell Theater’s exceptional lighting and sound system. 7:30pm. Free. Conwell Dance Theater, 1801 N. Broad St. 215.204.1122.

Totally Terrible 80s! The Legend of Billie Jean
It doesn’t get more ‘80s than this. Two of decade’s biggest dreamboats, Helen Slater and Christian Slater (no relation), play a brother-and-sister duo on the run from the law set to a soundtrack featuring Billy Idol, Pat Benatar and Divinyls. 8pm. Free. International House Philadelphia, 3701 Chestnut St. 215.387.5125.

Saturday, August 31

Philadelphia Pagan Pride Day
It’s Pagan Pride Day in West Philadelphia’s Clark Park: a gathering that, according to Philadelphia Pagan Pride board president Robert Schreiwer, “will bring together Heathens and Pagans of all religious traditions to advance understanding, communication and fellowship among the various communities.”

What, exactly, is a Pagan? According to the Pagan Pride Project, it’s someone whose religious or spiritual practices revolve around pre-Christian mythologies, like those found in Aboriginal culture, magick or what’s called “earth-based spirituality.” You can learn all about it at Philadelphia Pagan Pride Day via workshops that include “Introduction to Mudras,” “Making Magick Work” and “What NeoPagans Can Learn from African Traditions.” And in addition to the dozens of vendors and performers slated for the event, its ritual space will feature Doug Stafford, Project Wendigo and other artists and activities.

Schreiwer says the Pride Day is, first and foremost, a harvest festival, “a recognition of the physical bounty of the incoming crops. But it also includes the rewards of wealths of friendship, community and wit.” The festival also supports the Mazzoni Center Food Bank, Forgotten Cats, Inc. and In-Reach Heathen Prison Services. / R.L.

10am. Free, but canned food donation requested. Clark Park, 4301 Chester Ave.

40th Street Summer Series
The fourth of five family-friendly concert events presented by the University City District, the Rotunda and Penn. Spaceship Aloha takes the stage in this installment, with their kaleidoscope of lush melodies and joyous electronic rhythms inspired by Hawaii’s musical landscape. 6pm. Free. 40th Street Field, 40th and Walnut sts. 215.243.0555.

Martha Graham Cracker’s Made in Philadelphia Festival
The world’s tallest and hairiest drag queen attempts to give Hova a run for his money by presenting a festival of all local Philly talent. In addition to a variety of talented acts, expect a full cabaret set from the star herself. 9pm. $10-$15. Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 N. Frankford Ave. 215.739.9684.

Tom Segura
Cincinnati-born comic Tom Segura has had his own half-hour special on the Comedy Central, and has appeared on Conan, Russell Peters’ Presents, and Live at Gotham! Check out his podcast, Your Mom’s House, to get a taste of what he’s all about. 7:30pm and 10pm. $26-$33. Helium Comedy Club, 2031 Sansom St. 215.496.9001.

The Boy Wonder 10-Year Anniversary Show
Ten years after his impromptu debut in front of the South Street Whole Foods, Boy Wonder finds himself an established musician with six albums and countless shows under his belt. HYPE! presents an evening showcasing not only him, but friends and collaborators that he’s known through the years. 6pm. $9-$10. World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St. 215.222.1400.

All six original members of Ruin are together and appearing one final time with their blend of hardcore punk, psychedelia, hard rock and raga. Many people who have played key roles in the band’s past will be making appearances as well, including DJ Bobby Startup. 8:30pm. $20. With Mischief Brew, Pagan Babies + Northern Liberties. Union Transfer, 1026 Spring Garden St. 215.232.2100.

Bankers’ Heaven Architecture Walking Tour
Old City’s section of Chestnut Street was crucial to the early history of banking and finance. Explore the past by visiting notable architectural landmarks and seeing visible evidence of Philadelphia’s early prominence. 2pm. $8-$10. Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia, 111 S. Fourth St. 215.546.1146.

Soft Metals
Debuting in 2010, L.A.-based Soft Metals are inspired by krautrock, synth wave and techno. They blend synths with introspective and delicate vocals to deliver their own brand of underground electronic music. 9pm. With Gemini Wolf + Diseases of the South. Ortlieb’s Lounge, 847 N. Third St. 267.324.3348.

Philly Hip Hop Sessions 1
De Castro Music Group presents a unique take on rap concerts, utilizing no prerecorded tracks whatsoever and relying totally on a live band. They bring together an elite collection of the East Coast’s hottest hip-hop artists, under the umbrella of an energy that only a group of live musicians can provide. 7:30pm. $15. With Chris Miles, The Nu-Treez, C. Luk, Ukeandoitman, VS., and more. World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St.

Sunday, September 1

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