Philly Drum Project announces 2014 / 2015 schedule, including clinics with Chris Powell, Brian Frasier Moore and more

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Chris Powell of Man Man | photo by Noah Silvestry |

Philly Drum Project has announced its 2014 / 2015 season, expanding its musician-friendly seminars to include nine Beats, Brews, & Banter events, two OpenDrum meet-ups, a fundraising effort called ReDrum to support community center workshops and a third annual DrumPhil summer program.

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Soaking up the sounds of Summer and lots of sunshine: Photo recap of Make Music Philly

Photo by Rich McKie
Photo by Rich McKie

The 2nd annual Make Music Philly took place this past Saturday. Under mostly sunny, blue skies, and gorgeous first day of Summer weather, the City of Philadelphia was the stage for several hundred music performances. The day started off at Love Park with a percussion play along with the Philly Drum Project and ended with a harmonica play along led bu John Colgen-Davis of the Dukes of Destiny followed by a concert featuring Ted Leo and Lee Fields & The Expressions.


Today’s Concert Picks: Make Music Philly, Make Music Philly, Make Music Philly (and a few other cool things)


There’s no doubt that the big event this Saturday is Make Music Philly. Free concerts all over the city all day — what else could you ask for? Join XPN and kick off the day 10 a.m. at Love Park with A Play Along Percussion Party with Philly Drum Project. Audience members are encouraged to bring their own percussion instrument to join PDP in the party. There are a ton of shows around the city that you can catch from dawn till dusk, but make sure to see XPN Presents Ted Leo, Lee Fields & the Expressions & Play Along Harmonica Event w/ John Colgan-Davis at 6:30 p.m. at Penn’s Landing. Bring along a harmonica to join in on Colgan-Davis’ set. For a full list of events and showtimes today, check out the Make Music Philly website here.

Also playing tonight:

Jolie Holland at Milkboy Philadelphia ($12-$15, 21+, 8:30 p.m.)

Robert Francis at Boot & Saddle ($10, 21+, 8 p.m.)

Real Estate and San Fermin at Verizon Hall ($30, all ages, 8 p.m.)


Make Music Philly: Ryan Crump of the Philly Drum Project on the kick off play along percussion event at Love Park

Tomorrow is Make Music Philly, a day long of free musical performances all over the city. The kick off event is happening at Love Park in Center City where members of the Philly Drum Project will lead a “play along” improvisational performance by a drum ensemble curated by them that includes noted Philly players Chuck Treece (G. Love, King Britt, McRad), Spanky McCurdy (Lady Gaga, Jill Scott), Josh Aaron (The Lawsuits), Ricardo Lagomasino (Deleted Scenes, Buried Beds, Many Arms), and Keaton Thandi (Ali Wadsworth, Satellite Hearts). Bring a percussion instrument of your choice and join in on the performance. Below, Ryan Crump, the founder and director of the Philly Drum Project, talks about the event.


Philly Drum Project to kick off Make Music Philly on June 21st and encourages others to join in

Philly Drum Project/ via
Philly Drum Project | via

Get ready to hear the pounding beat of the drums when Philly Drum Project kicks off this year’s Make Music Philly on June 21st. The local organization will perform “A Play-Along Percussion Party” presented by XPN. The party features a few of the PDP members, but you don’t have to be a member to play in June. PDP is encouraging community members to bring along a drum of their choice and join in on the improvisational performance. Some suggestions include tom tom, cymbal, djembe, cowbell, or you can even create your own makeshift percussion instrument. For more information about the event, visit the Facebook event page.


Lee Fields & The Expressions (and you) to cap off the second annual Make Music Philly on 6/21

Photo courtesy of the artist
Photo courtesy of the artist

On June 21st, Make Music Philly presents a full day of free genre-spanning musical performances all throughout the city to ring in summer solstice. The festivities will commence at Love Park where the date will be declared Make Music Philly Day followed by Philly Drum Project‘s “percussion party” where all local drummers can bring their equipment and join the group jam session.

The day will end with a performance by R&B singer Lee Fields & The Expressions at the Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing. Fields releases a new album, Emma Jean on June 3rd. Additionally, harmonica players will have a chance to shine as they are invited to join others who play the instrument for a harmonica jam session. Other events represent music across genres in different parts of town including performances from over 150 artists in neighborhoods and venues all around the city of Philadelphia.

Stay up-to-date on all the events happening near you by visiting Make Music Philly’s website beginning May 15th where you can search by neighborhood, genre, and time of day. Below, listen to Fields’ cover of JJ Cale’s “Magnolia” from Fields’ forthcoming record.


Tonight’s Concert Pick: Philly Drum Project’s Beats, Brews and Banter at Rbar UPDATE: Snowed out!

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Tonight at Rbar, Philly rock drummer Patrick Berkery (The War on Drugs) will make an appearance at this month’s Beats, Brews, and Banter event presented by Philly Drum Project. The monthly series aims to create a space for local musicians, music teachers, and music lovers to discuss their work, experiences, and where music falls on their priority spectra. Berkery will also share his experiences playing and recording with acts such as Wesley Stace, The War on Drugs, Danielson, and The Bigger Lovers. Get more details on the event here and watch vintage footage of Patrick Berkery playing with The Bigger Lovers on NBC’s “The 10! Show” below.


Tonight’s Concert Picks: Ari Hoenig with Loop 2.4.3. at World Cafe Live, Tuesday Tune-Out at PhilaMOCA, and Liz Longley at Burlap and Bean

arihoenig Ari Hoenig and Loop 2.4.3. will help celebrate the Philly Drum Project‘s first anniversary tonight at World Cafe Live.  Working with locally and nationally known drummers, Philly Drum Project hosts monthly meet ups where percussionists can trade tips, check out gear, set up gigs and participate in workshops with the likes of Eric Slick and Chuck Treece.  Tonight’s event features a trio led by Hoenig, a Philadelphia native who has worked with many influential musicians including Pat Metheny and Wynton Marsalis.  Also on hand are Brooklyn percussion duo Loop 2.4.3., currently on tour in support of their 2012 LP American Dreamland.  Tickets and information for the all-ages show can be found here.  Below, watch Hoenig perform “The Way You Look Tonight” with his band.

Cinedelphia Film Festival‘s month of curating Tuesday Tune-Out at PhilaMOCA continues tonight with a screening of Loud! Fast! Philly!.  With its rare footage from the early 80s through today, the film uncovers and recalls Philadelphia’s hardcore punk history through the lens of bands and fans that were (and are) integral parts of the cultural environment.  Bands featured in Loud! Fast! Philly! include The Dead Milkmen, McRad, Decontrol and more – check out a preview of the film below.  Tickets and information for the 10:30 p.m. and showing can be found here (8:00 p.m. is sold out).

Liz Longley performs at Burlap and Bean tonight. Although now living in Nashville, Tennessee, the singer/songwriter is a Philadelphia native and will be coming home to play some of her songs in anticipation of her upcoming album entitled Liz Longley, and her new single “This Is Not The End” released on April 16th available through iTunes. She has also been The Local Pick Of The Day back in October 2010 with her song “Free”. Longley will be touring steadily through April, May, and June throughout the US. Tickets and information for the all-ages show with Seth Glier can be found here. Below, watch an acoustic session with Liz Longley playing her new single “This Is Not The End” from her upcoming album Liz Longley.


Listen to “As a Child” by Loop 2.4.3 (playing Philly Drum Project’s 1st Anniversary at World Cafe Live tomorrow)


On their third record, titled American Dreamland, Brooklyn duo Loop 2.4.3 explore the social constructions and tendencies of American life through their percussion-based compositions, running through themes inspired by Edgar Allan Poe, Easy Rider and other nostalgic pieces of Americana pop culture.  “As a Child” opens with a Sigur Ros-esque calm and rosy colored innocence before juxtaposing the retrospective viewpoint of, perhaps, the song’s narrator as an adult, who realizes some things can’t last forever.  Loop 2.4.3 play World Cafe Live tomorrow night for the Philly Drum Project‘s first anniversary show, alongside Philadelphia native Ari Hoenig.  Tickets and information for the event can be found here.  Watch a video for “As a Child” below.


The Week So Far: 11 must-read stories on The Key (incl. Amos Lee, SXSW and Purling Hiss)

Photo: Gary Miller/FilmMagic
Photo: Gary Miller/FilmMagic

Dave Grohl gave an inspiring and insightful Keynote Speech at last week’s SXSW [link]

Cursive and The Good Life frontman Tim Kasher came to Folkadelphia in his solo acoustic capacity for this week’s live session [link]

Mondays’ My Morning Download featured L.A. five piece The Lonely Wild and their track “Everything You Need” [link]

Florida / NYC duo The Saint Johns were highlighted for XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week with their song “Your Head and Your Heart” [link]

Barenaked Ladies, Ben Folds Five and Guster announced a date at The Mann for July 18th [link]

Purling Hiss are the focus of Unlocked this week; their major label debut Water On Mars was released on Tuesday through Drag City [link]

Philly bands Vacationer, Grandchildren, Lantern and more invaded Austin for SXSW with an impressive showing of hard work and talent [link]

Appel Farm announced a line-up for the June 1st festival that includes Brandi Carlile, Low Cut Connie and Delta Rae [link]

The Philly Drum Project will celebrate its first anniversary at World Cafe Live on April 23rd [link]

Get an exclusive listen of Amos Lee covering “Some Days Are Diamonds” from The Music Is You: A Tribute to John Denver [link]

Slingshot Dakota‘s positive, upbeat pop / punk songs shine in this week’s Key Session [link]