1400 S. 2nd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19147
Come upstairs at Pete's and get some good food, craft beer, cocktails and sweet, sweet music. I'll be playing Trio style with crooner Michael Kingston and percussionist Walter Foley.
Come upstairs at Pete's and get some good food, craft beer, cocktails and sweet, sweet music. I'll be playing Trio style with crooner Michael Kingston and percussionist Walter Foley.
A benefit concert for women and girls in shelters in Philadelphia. More details to come.
We'll be playing this show downstairs at Kung Fu Necktie with the Double Wilds. We'll be the ones waving to you from the state at 8:30.
This concert will be the official after-celebration of Philadelphia's Global Women's March. Check out event details on the Facebook page.
Please come out to this annual fundraiser that will raise funds for suicide prevention.
Get ready for this annual holiday mash up, this year honoring the one and only Dolly Parton.
A trio show with Hurricane Hoss (fiddler player Sarah Larsen) and percussionist Walter Foley. Really good food and beer/cocktails here so make a night of it!
Details TBD, but save the date for that day between 10 - 5 pm we'll be playing an hour set.
We go on a 9! See you there.
Philly Music Lab Happy Hour and Fall Fling... we'll play at 7:30 but check out the whole shebang.
Come join a stripped-down Sweetbriar Rose for two acoustic sets. Come drink one, sing one, play one and be one.
We're headed up to Brooklyn to see old friend and new and play a show in support of the Philadelphia Folk Song Society
Bainbridge Green Brunch Festival
Dine with us outdoors as we celebrate Philadelphia’s favorite meal while supporting Bainbridge Green!
October 16, 11am to 4pm
On South Side of Bainbridge Green, between 3rd & 4th Streets Featured Chefs! ( * = confirmed) Jason Chiconski from Ela * Chris D’Ambro from Southwark * Scott Schroeder from Hungry Pigeon Chef Jeremy Nolen from Whetstone Famous 4th Street Deli, Royal Izakaya, Kanella, Zahav, Sabrina, Vetri, Veg, Volver, Russet, Talula's Garden, Good King, Serpico, Honey’s Sit and Eat, Sbraga, Vernik Food and Drink
Family Fun! •Pumpkin Painting with Queen Village Art Center and Greensgrow Farms •Mosaic Making with Magic Gardens •Ping Pong •Eagles game on the big screen
Music! Sweetbriar Rose
Drink! Moet Mimosas Stateside Distilling Bloody Marys served by 13th Street Cocktails Ox Coffee Details: • bainbridgegreenpark.org to purchase tickets • $35 ticket = 8 food tickets + 2 drink tickets • $70 Family = 2 adults + kid eat free • $250 VIP ticket = reserved seating with private chef tasting • Rain date: October 23 • Proceeds will go towards improvements to the green, programming, and design plans Bainbridge Green can be Philadelphia’s next great public space; one that supports local businesses, creates community through thoughtful programming, and aims to be environmentally sustainable.
To learn more go to www.bainbridgegreenpark.org
PHILLY BLOCK ARTS CARNIVAL
SEPTEMBER 10, 2016 / 11AM-7PM
For the first time in South Kensington's history, the Philadelphia Photo Arts Center is hosting an Arts Carnival on North American Street!
Celebrating the creativity and new neighborly ties fostered by the Philly Block Project, the Carnival will present a day of food trucks, fun and games, rides, music, and art-making.
RIDES AND GAMES
-Rides like -The Wrecking Ball and The Mind Winder
-A mini-golf course hosted by Keystone Minigolf and Arcade Carnival Games like a Dunk Tank, Hi-Striker, and Ring Toss
Individual and group projects with South Kensington artists, including mural painting, silkscreen, screen printing, and more!
Led by Mistress of Ceremonies Marilyn Rodriguez – Founder, Producer & Host of the ‘Ahora Si!’ Show on La Mega 105.7FM-WEMG – local and international performers will take the stage:
11am: FUEGO NUEVO MESO-AMERICAN – pre-Columbian dance that celebrates ancient Meso-American culture
12pm: HAFEZ KOTAIN & MOFFET DRUMMERS – Arab and Latin rhythms with a renowned percussionist and Moffet Elementary School students
1pm: MAD BEATZ MUSIC – a coalition of Philadelphia public school students and alumni who possess "superhuman rhythmic capabilities"
2pm: BOMBEROS DE LA CALLE – Puerto Rican Bomba and Plena music and dance
3pm: NORTH LAWRENCE MIDNIGHT SINGERS – Classic southern rock with hints of doo-wop and roots
4pm: HEATHER SHAYNE BLAKESLEE & SWEETBRIAR ROSE – A band of “rootsy, thorny, rose-hipped gypsies”
5pm: UDINI LAVOZ – Panamanian hip-hop, pop and reggaeton.
6pm: ILL FATED NATIVES – bluesy tales of societal freedom and the jazzy paradigm of inner city love
We've got the whole night to stretch out, say hello and celebrate the weekend. Come on out and join the evening.
Joining the Dirty Soap cavalcade again...
The Tin Angel is one of the best listening rooms in the city, and we're pleased to headline this show with Zap Goes Pop and Bear Cave Tower. Our set will be around 10, and there are tables available for early comers and people with dinner reservations downstairs.
Save the date...we play at 3:15 for 30 mins sandwiched in among some very good acts who are collecting donations of feminine care products to stock up our city's women's shelters. It's in conjunction with the Office of Supportive Housing, and organized by the amazing Rosaleen McGill.
No Good Sister
Dena Epstein as Dena Miranda and the Mellowton4s
Lily Albright McAndrew
Carolyn Thorn's Musical Page of Music
Emily Ana Zeitlyn of the Arc Divers
Come on out for another low-key acoustic show Upstairs at For Pete's Sake!
Saturday night upstairs at Kung Fu Necktie...don't miss it.
**Saturday 5/7 at Kung Fu Necktie Upstairs**
Miles Orion Butler
Rooster (NYC / Toronto)
**TIX--> http://ticketf.ly/1RCGLrS **
Me and my guitar and an occasional friend will be playing in the upstairs cocktail bar at For Pete's Sake. Very casual, a lovely spot, there's food, great drinks and YOU.
And no, that doesn't stand for "Bring Your Own Bowie." EJ will be serving up a Bowie tribute set. There will be Flex X. There will be spoken word shenanigans. There will be the Traveling Octopii Marching Band. There will be blood. Well, maybe not blood. But music, lots of music.
Best gold outfit wins a prize!
Before you head back to the first week of work for the year, let us sing to you one more time. Vacation isn't over! We're welcoming hometown favorite Adam Monaco and the lovely folks from Upstate Rubdown in from out of town.
08:00pm - Adam Monaco
09:00pm - Sweetbriar Rose
10:00pm - Upstate Rubdown
Hannah Taylor and the Rekardo Lee Trio, Wallace Brothers, Carolyn Thorn, Owl & Wolf and many others...ooh la la. We're playing a short set, and you'll get to hear Glen Campbell songs from everyone on the bill. Always good spirits at Old Swedes. Come one, come all. We'll play a little later in the evening, but don't miss a single act!
Door open at 7 pm, and cost of the show is $20, which includes food and a drink ticket. All proceeds to benefit Alzheimer's disease.
One of our favorite venues in Philadelphia...
Please join us on June 27th as we cele brate Summer with music and art...At the first Upsalarium Fest! All are welcome...bring your friends. its Freee as well. B.Y.O.B :}
1) the DIRTY SOAP BLUES BAND
2} LADDY CANNON
3} SWEETBRIAR ROSE
4} JON VEIT AND THE UNAOLOGETIC
5} OSIRIS WILDFIRE
6} LEBON LEBON
7} JAWN JUAN
8} Sunset Recorder
Were gonna turn our house into a pop up gallery for this event as well. Artiest can drop off works beforehand on the 20th. if u cant get here till the 27th will make it work:}
No works larger then 24X36 any medium - sculptures -photos-videos even- we do have a projector as well.
We're playing day two of the Sundrop Music festival...sometime after 2pm, head to the Fire! Music all day.
The Elephants for Autism benefit...tons of folks playing.
Our first time out at in Exton...come for dinner, stay for music.
All the details on all the bands celebrating the 20th Anniversary of the Radiohead album The Bends are on the Facebook.
Whiskey. Beer. Music. Dancing. That about sums it up, folks.
We're delighted that this show will fall on the Spring Equinox! With fellow Americana acts Blackhorse Motel and Dan & The Wildfire.
Over 20 Philadelphia Bands will be raising money for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Greater Philadelphia Chapter at World Cafe Live. Join us in supporting this great cause. Already announced:
Tin Bird Bird Choir
No Good Sister
A Fistful of Sugar has organized a benefit for Philabundance, which we're very happy to be a part of. Come on down the Italian Market and show your support for this wonderful charity that works to provide food security for Philadelphians. Dreamy line up as follows:
Tin Bird Choir
A Fistful of Sugar
Cask & Co.
The Late Saints
Burning Bridget Cleary
The E.J.Simpson music Band
The Wayside Shakeup
A wonderful Winter Solstice show with our friends from the Wittchen Initiative. Joy to the world.
Way more fun than the Company Holiday Party! Sexton Sideshow and the Philadelphia Folksong Society are teaming up to present a fantastic event hosted by Sweetbriar Rose and featuring A Fistful of Sugar, Black Horse Motel, No Good Sister, Hannah Taylor, Morgan Pinkstone, North Lawrence Midnight Singers, the Hummingbyrds, Emmett Dreuding and Carolyn Thorn!
Yes. Yes. Just yes.
We're really happy to be able to play another show in Queen Village, this time for a fundraiser for re-imagined public green space at 4th and Brainbridge....Bainbridge Green will happen if we can help raise enough money from the community, and we hope you'll come out. Dining, dancing, food trucks, local beer. Sound good? We think so!
Our friends from Tin Bird Choir are helping to start a new cafe, community space and creativity hub in Morgantown...please come out for a nice long Sweetbriar Rose set with lots of new songs and celebrate the lovely PA Fall....
If you haven't had Peg's delicious food yet, head down to Boathouse Row to watch the river roll by while you enjoy Sweetbriar Rose at 6 and Eli August and the Abandoned Buildings at 7PM. A magical evening....
Don't miss this great family-friendly show sponsored by the Queen Village Neighborhood Association.
A beautiful site with beautiful musicians....yes, we do house concerts!
The roof fell in. Let's make it better for everyone, shall we?
Don't miss one of Philadelphia's favorite pastimes...combining food trucks, local beer, and music: Night Market is coming. You should come hungry. We play at 8, but it starts at 6, and other stages will include the West Philly Orchestra. We're playing a set at 39th and Market, People's Emergency Center Stage.
Don't miss other acts during this great festival like the Avett Brothers and Sheryl Crow...
City Wide Specials. Kitty Wells. Two-Stepping with Lucky. You get the idea...join the Facebook event here.
Join us for a beautiful Friday evening strolling Lancaster Avenue between 34th and 45th Streets. All tips to support the People's Emergency Center...come support.
Join us at Ortlieb's for this pop up show with A Man About a Horse....
More details to come….
Hello All...tune in to 88.5 WXPN or stream on the radio to hear us Sunday May 11th on the Folk Show with folk icon Gene Shay. The show is from 8-11 and we'll be on sometime after 8:30 playing some songs from Cultivar.
Check out details on the PFS website!
Details to come….
What do you get when the spring flowers are blooming and you've got Tin Bird Choir, Sweetbriar Rose, and a Fistful of Sugar all in the same joint? First Friday at Steel City. What a balm to the snowy winter this will be. Get your tickets in advance!
More details to come, but save the date!
Shane Leddy is up to it again, bringing some great bands to 3G. Black Mariah will be joining us. Woot.
Jim Motaveli, one of the nice DJ's up at WKPN in CT is a Sweetbriar Rose fan and Heather will be doing a live interview in-between some tracks from Cultivar!
I know we said we were finished gigging for the year, but we can't turn down a good holiday party. Here we come Santa Baby….
Come get your craft on in the historic Arts & Crafts mansion, filled with artisans and musicians for the weekend!
We're going to get our country on, and dig some of the Estelles set list for this one, including some Kitty Wells and some Carter Family. Gonna be a barn burner. And what's that? Is that Wes Mattheu and the New Way Down on the bill? And the Wallace Brothers? And Barely Tigers? Whoa Nelly!
Here for Greenbuild? Want to check out a local Philly music venue and get some great local music from a fellow Green Building Council chapter leader? Well....
We hope you'll join us for this show with Sweetbriar Rose.
Oh, too much fun....
Sweetbriar Rose sings Ween, Jim Croce, The American Dream, and Billie Holiday. Oh. Snap.
Cultivar is now in circulation at shows, CD Baby and iiTunes, and select stores, and we're throwing a party to celebrate! Please BYOB. Thanks to Jaclyn Marie, The Sun Flights, and the Dirty Soap Blues Band for joining us and making it a fantastic evening. There will be other surprises. Oh yes.
We'll be warming up for the CD Release...come on down for a drink at the Grape Room.
Welcome to Narnia folks. Push through the smallish but lovingly curated books and records to hidden music venue beyond. A night of folk noir americana. We'll be playing with Eli August & The Abandoned Buildings and Cello Mike.
The monthly Erotic Literary Salon will be featuring a duo spoken word and drums performance by Sweetbriar Rose members Heather Shayne Blakeslee and Walter Foley.
Join us upstairs at World Cafe Live for the Kuf Knotz Boombox Collective! We'll do a short set with others TBA.
I have worn out my copy of Pine Box. Twice. These guys are heroes of mine, and probably not a small party of why I play the music that I play. They're traveling down from Massachusetts and have graciously allowed me to join the bill that night. I really hope that you can come out for this one, because it will be a fantastic show! Check them out: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KxFn0DqWJmg
Sweet, sweet, music.
The Sexton Sideshow has struck again with another great music festival in Queen Village, Philadelphia. Music all weekend, with a bevy of female-fronted bands kicking things off on Friday evening to begin the Labor Day Weekend festivities. Doors at 7, Show at 8. Can't wait to play with Dani Marie and Chelsea Sue Allen!
Tickets are on sale now for this great Festival in Kennett Square! We're happy to be playing alongside friends from Tin Bird Choir, The Great Unknown, and the Sun Flights among 30 acts during the weekend. Lots of family friendly activities, vendors, and good summer love. Date and time listed is for our performance, but it's all weekend so think about making a weekend of it! KOA campsite available and a nearby hotel has block of rooms.
Sweetbriar Rose will be leading a workshop and in-the-round performance on women in murder ballads at the Philly Folk Fest this year in their brand new Cultural Tent. Joining us will be fellow Philadelphian Dani Marie and Burning Bridget Cleary, a celtic band whose very namesake met an early demise.
Join us for this part performance, part history and songwriting lesson and part discussion about why it means something different for some songs for a woman to be the interpreter of a murder ballad.
We're excited to be part of this venerable festival this year, and in such good songwriting company.
See you at the fest!
Heather & Sweetbriar Rose
While we loathe the phrase "Sundays are Fundays" we would encourage you to come out Sunday nights to various venues as various members from Sweetbriar Rose, the Dirty Soap Blues Band, REMER, and others entertain you with member-swapping delights and the occasional special guest, which this week is The Working Effective. We're at Murph's this week!
BYOB, food, art, music. With the Dirty Soap Blues Band, Sunset Recorder, Truant Minds, REMER, Walter Foley (don't miss the solo drum set with wrenches and saws!!). Oh, yes, oh yes please.
It's a dive. You'll be okay.
Good Samaritan Fair Day is crafts, collectibles, furniture, art, food, children's games, fun which benefits the Missions and Outreach program of the church! More fun and music on Friday the 6th as well. The Wee Hours will be opening at 1 and Sweetbriar Rose will play at 2.
Come one come all to this Sweetbriar Sideshow of traveling musicians! Special guests, new numbers, odd configurations and surprises await. This place has awesome whiskey and they put lobster in the mac and cheese so we're not sure what you're waiting for!
This is an all day picnic, and we'll play at 12 to start things off. Don't miss Swedeland, the Sun Flights, and others!
It's spring. Get sprung. We're playing with lots of bands including the Wallace Brothers, so come check it out!
Come on out and hear a preview of the record while you're supporting a great cause: sustainable communities. For the last six years I've worked for the Delaware Valley Green Building Council and am happy to be celebrating this year with some music. If you like what you're hearing, register today!
We're hard at work on a new record, so come have a preview of what's to come this spring.
We're hopping on a great bill at the Fire on Friday. You know the drill...doors at 9, we play at 10, good folks before and after include Thomas Wynn and The Believers, Kalob Griffin Band, and Chris Mcfarland. Tell 'em you're there to see us and we might have money to buy you a beer.
Join the Facebook Event so we know your'e coming!
Heather & Sweetbriar Rose
Friends. Family. Fans.
In honor of my 29th birthday, I hope that you'll join me and my band, Sweetbriar Rose, as well as friends from Muffinman is a Band, at Milkboy in Philadelphia. Other acts coming into town from NYC will be joining us as well.
While my actual birthday is November 25th, and while my actual age will, from this point on, remain a secret to everyone but my mother, you can still wish me actual birthday wishes and listen to some actual music played by actual people interacting in an actual room that you can actually like without being connected to an electronic device that connects you to a virtual world. Let's do this thing.
Don't miss us kicking off the Sunday festivities of the Fire's October fest! Details abound on my Facebook page.
REGISTER HERE: http://store.gridphilly.com/products/grid-alive-9-20-2012
Join Alex Mulcahy, Grid publisher, and Nic Esposito, urban farmer and novelist, as they bring some of the people featured in the August issue to the stage. Expect a fun, talk show-like affair, with live music and local beer and wine.
Liz Robinson, Executive Director for the Energy Coordinating Agency
Amy Laura Cahn, Attorney with the Public Interest Law Center of Philadelphia
Scott Kelly & Jenn Rezeli, Founders of Re:Vision Architecture
Heather Shayne Blakeslee & Sweetbriar Rose
Alex Mulcahy, Grid Publisher
Nic Esposito, Urban Farmer and Novelist
Local beer and cheese provided by Rolling Barrel Events
Co-sponsored with Sustainable 19103 and the Mayor’s Office of Sustainability
Sept 20 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm (doors open at 6:00pm)
Seating is Limited to 40 people per show; advanced tickets are recommended and on sale via web, or you can contact the Festival Box Office at (215) 413-1318
WHAT'S GOING ON?
The normally raucous black box performance stage at indie-music stomping ground The Fire on 4th & Girard will be relatively quiet this September 3 and 10th as roots/Americana musician Heather Shayne Blakeslee leads a cast of local musicians and Philly-folks-about town in readings from a novel-in-progress called “The Articulate Landscape.”
While the focus will be on a staged reading of the stories, not everyone will be laying down their instruments. In addition to the amped up “selected shorts” style-reading with an eclectic cast --- expect guest readers as diverse as Tom Kehoe, founder of Yards Brewing Company and Freddie Berman, drummer for Bluenote artist Amos Lee--- Blakeslee's band Sweetbriar Rose will be providing a complementary soundtrack to the exploratory stories, featuring tight harmonies and a focus on acoustic instruments. New York illustrator Diksha Watwani will illuminate the text with earthy illustrations.
A Reception and additional musical performances to follow final show on September 10th.
WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Nominally about a woman who is considering becoming a book, The Articulate Landscape explores themes of transition and metamorphoses, the tension among theistic, polytheistic, and animistic world views, and the effect of the collective unconsciousness on our personal narrative and myth-making. The absurdist assumptions of its premise give way to both comedic and erotic scenes touched with magical realism, and a deliberately permeable sense of what’s waking and what’s dreaming.
Show writer, director, and performer Heather Shayne Blakeslee, a former student of both literature and philosophy who is also currently entrenched within the sustainability scene in Philadelphia, is interested in examining how stories come to be, and how we create our own myths, not least about ourselves. “Are we cheating on ourselves when we don’t listen to our instincts, our dreams, our ancestors, our urges?” she asks. “To what and to whom do we need to listen in order to form a sense of ourselves that we can then express to others in a meaningful way?” The piece, set in Philadelphia, takes back the scarlet letter and claims it for “Articulation.” “More than anything,” Blakeslee says, “this is a love story about stories.”
Very Special Guest Readers in the show are Tom Kehoe, founder and owner of Yards Brewing Company; his wife, writer and Judge Linda Carpenter; actor and producer Gabriel Vazquez; Allison Polans, the songwriter and voice behind the Philadelphia band Papertrees; civil rights investigator Konstantina Tatsis; Freddie Berman, drummer for recording artist and Philly local Amos Lee; and folk impressario EJ Simpson.
Illustrator Diksha (Dimmy) Watwani is a Mumbai, India native who has called New York City her home for the last eight years. She’s crafted campaigns for international companies and indie artists alike and specializes in illustration and motion graphics. She is a spiritual, fierce, radically independent woman, a fact that is both belied by her exceedingly small frame and nearly inaudible voice and bemoaned by a family who would rather she be married in Mumbai. She is a graduate of the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan, and an honorary Blakeslee sister. www.dikshawatwani.com
Writer, Director, and Performer Heather Shayne Blakeslee is a polymath Philadelphian who leads lives as a performing songwriter and leader of the band Sweetbriar Rose, as a restaurateur along with husband Johnny Della Polla, who most recently opened the farm-to-table Kennett Restaurant on 2nd and Christian in their Queen Village neighborhood, and as Deputy Executive Director of the Delaware Valley Green Building Council, a local nonprofit that focuses on creating sustainable communities through green building practices and public policies. She's most recently turned to fiction writing as an evolution of her narrative-based songwriting, and her Philly Fringe Festival performance of The Articulate Landscape is in part an excerpt of a novel-in-progress coupled with songs and projected illustrations.
Critics nailed the mood of Blakeslee's first record album, Bones, by comparing it to “the smell of Autumn,” (Splendid E-zine) and called the characters of her tightly woven narratives, “strangers rapping softly on the window.” (Daily Hampshire Gazette, Northampton, MA). Demorama called Blakeslee’s debut “striking in its non-intrusiveness...the songs are subtle, intelligent, and observant narratives that bring together issues, personal dramas, and character studies to form a tapestry of mood woven by Blakeslee’s mature, downright seductive voice. Recorders, observers, and commentators on real American life are needed, and Blakeslee shows plenty of potential to become an important contributor. ” Blakeslee returned to her native PA after six years of writing and performing in New York City, touring throughout the East Coast, and working for national literary organization Poets & Writers. She has been playing and working in Philadelphia for seven years. Blakeslee is currently recording a third album and will be playing next with Sweetbriar Rose on June 12th at the WXPN-supported Maysie's Farm Fest. More on Blakeslee at www.littleredrecords.com.
Sweetbriar Rose, musical accompaniment, is a band of rootsy, thorny, rose-hipped gypsies who you’re equally likely to glimpse running in full sun, barefoot on a field of bluegrass, or brooding in three-part harmony over a murder ballad in a shady grove. The five-petaled flowers of Sweetbriar include guitar, ukulele, mandolin, keyboard, and bass, which group in formations of three to five. You may recognize the petals from a similar specimen, as Sweetbriar is a cultivar of The Estelles---songwriter Heather Shayne Blakeslee, a local environmental advocate, fronts the band. Blakeslee is joined by a bevy of talented players, including long-time collaborator and piano pedagogue Joy Thiessen, folk impressario EJ Simpson, and, when she can steal him from Wes, Shane Leddy, a talented abstract painter and bass player most often seen with Wes Mattheu and the New Way Down. Native to Philadelphia, the hardy Sweetbriar thrives in urban dive bars, apple orchards, Pennsylvania farmlands, urbane surburban coffee shops, backyard gardens, and the occasional living room, with a distribution that would likely stretch from Maine and down to Virginia when conditions are hospitable.
Sweetbriar rose hips, the fall fruit, are excellent company and nourishment to birds, and members have been seen coexisting with songsters such as Hoots & Hellmouth, The New Way Down, Hezekiah Jones, Sisters 3, Tin Bird Choir, The Great Unknown, The Pros from Dover, Wissahickon Chicken Shack, Cowmuddy, Sweethart Parade, Psalmships, and other Philadelphia natives. Sweetbriar has been influenced by these as well as non-native species including Neko Case, Sam Phillips, and Gillian Welch.
WHAT'S THE PHILLY FRINGE FESTIVAL?
The 15th Annual Philadelphia Live Arts Festival and Philly Fringe will take place September 2-17, 2011. Tickets prices range from free to $55, and can be purchased online at www.livearts-fringe.org or by calling 215.413.1318. The Festival Guide will be available the first week of August, and can be either downloaded as a PDF or picked up in hard copy at any Festival venue as well as at key “Hot Spots” (to be announced online in July) throughout the city.
The Philadelphia Live Arts Festival and Philly Fringe were originally founded in 1997 as the Philadelphia Fringe Festival. Today, the Live Arts Festival is a curated festival of the world's most cutting-edge, high-quality performing arts groups who are invited by the Festival's Producing Artistic Director. The Live Arts Festival is often the only opportunity the region’s audiences will have to see these works without traveling internationally. In 2011, 16 Live Arts shows will be presented.
The Philly Fringe is an unfiltered festival, where a platform is provided for new and established artists to present their work free of a selection process. For some it’s a once-a-year, or once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to create a show; for professional companies, it can be an opportunity to try something new. The Philly Fringe seeks create a cityscape filled with theater, dance, music, and everything in between for audiences to enjoy; encourage artists to give expression to and develop their talents and artistic visions in total artistic freedom without any curatorial barriers in bringing that work to an audience; to help artists become successful independent producers; and ensure the growth and continued health of the local and regional performing arts community. In 2011, over 200 Philly Fringe shows will be self-produced by thousands of artists from throughout the region.
Playing again in New Hope at John & Peters as part of the Dirty Soap Cavalcade....