In celebration of the city’s diversity and abundance of creative talent, local artists of all genres will perform throughout the day within Philly Magic Gardens’ mosaic wonderland. There will also be several art/food vendors and activities to entertain folks of all ages.
Sat., July 30, noon. $6-$15. Philadelphia’s Magic Garden, 1020 South St. 215.733.0390. phillymagicgardens.org
You may not be able to afford a tropical vacation this summer, but head over to Penn’s Landing for traditional Caribbean music, food and culture. There might even be palm trees, albeit fake ones.
Sun., Aug. 21, 2pm. Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing, Columbus Blvd. at Chestnut St. 215.928.8801. delawareriverevents.com
Battle On Canvas
A group of local emerging and professional artists will be given a blank canvas and eight hours to create a masterpiece. Everyone else will get to watch their creative process while enjoying booze, food and live music. The artwork will be displayed around the Arts Garage, where the public will vote on which artist deserves the $1,000 cash prize, which will be awarded in October.
Sat., Aug. 20, 2pm. $5-$35. The Arts Garage, 1533 Ridge Ave. 215.765.2702. theartsgarage.com
Philadelphia Folk Festival
This year marks the festival’s 50th anniversary and, like every year, it will offer 75 hours of live music from more than 50 musical acts on six stages over the course of four days. Whether you camp out and party with the hippies or just stop by for the day, this is one festival worth experiencing. Troy ‘Trombone Shorty’ Andrews, whose unique sound can only be described as “Supafunkrock!” will be performing on Saturday followed by the legendary folk singer-songwriter vet Tom Paxton on Sunday.
Aug. 19-21. $45-$150. Old Pool Farm, 1323 Salford Station Rd., Schwenksville. 215.247.1300. pfs.org
TV on the Radio
These Brooklyn, N.Y.-based indie rockers are hitting the road with their newest album, “Nine Types of Light,” a follow-up to their 2008 critically acclaimed “Dear Science.” Sadly however, they’ll be doing it without their bassist Gerard Smith, who died of lung cancer back in April.
Fri., Sept. 9, 7:30pm. $29-$39. With Broken Social Scene. Mann Center, 5201 Parkside Ave. 215.893.1999. manncenter.org
Philadelphia Live Arts Festival/Fringe Festival
The 16-day, nonstop live arts extravaganza will attempt to out-do previous years with even more mind-blowing presentations from the most renowned performing-arts groups from across the globe. Meanwhile, Philly Fringe is promising more than 200 shows self-produced by thousands of artists throughout the region.
Sept. 2-17. $10-$30. Various locations. Box Office: Prince Music Theater, 1412 Chestnut St. 215.413.1318. livearts-fringe.org
Gritty, old Philadelphia is the most bike-riding big city in America. According to the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia, biking in Philadelphia has exploded since 2000, when the rate was just .86 percent, nearly doubling between 2005 and 2008 alone.
Years ago, local theater companies closed up shop in mid-June and headed off to the beach, the mountains or wherever theater folk go during the summer to inspire their creative juices. Thankfully, times have changed and stages are busy this summer with an abundance of exciting productions.
While the allure of leisure and fun in the sun will have most Philadelphians high-tailing it to the shore, planning much-needed vacations or enjoying the plethora of outdoor activities this summer, Kawana Love, founder of B. Coleman Black Wings A’eronautique Club, will spend her summer weekends leading a group of inner-city youth down an unconventional path.
PW's Music Issue 2014