September 29, 2015 |
A MASSIVE throng of pilgrims who flocked to Philadelphia from across the nation and the world packed every inch of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway yesterday to hear Pope Francis end his historic, sometimes frenetic, U.S. tour with a simple and moving message of love. "Love is shown by little things, by attention to small, daily signs which make us feel at home," the 78-year-old Argentine pontiff said in his native Spanish, delivering a modest yet eloquent homily to a crowd that stretched from the pulpit in front of Eakins Oval toward City Hall, snaking down every side street.
July 15, 2015 |
As New York City prepares to do away with cash bail for thousands of low-level offenders charged with nonviolent crimes, Jim Kenney is weighing a bail proposal for Philadelphia, part of a broader plan to address the city's overcrowded prisons in the event that he wins the mayor's office this fall. Kenney's campaign spokeswoman, Lauren Hitt, declined to provide details on what he is considering. But she said Kenney, who in May won the Democratic nomination for mayor, is looking to reduce the city's prison population while ending what she called "the epidemic of nonviolent offenders being kept in prison because of their inability to make nominal bails.
July 6, 2015 |
This year's Philly 4th of July Jam - the Saturday night pre-fireworks extravaganza culmination of the Wawa Welcome America festival on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway - featured a little bit of country, a little bit of outré R&B, and a whole lot of the Roots. The country came courtesy of big-voiced Georgia vocalist Jennifer Nettles, and the envelope-pushing R&B from Los Angeles singer Miguel. The Roots were hosts and house band for the fifth year running for the giant celebration on an unseasonably cool evening in front of the Philadelphia Museum of Art steps.
June 10, 2015 |
After 25 years and more than 1,300 Tuesday-night jazz jam sessions at Center City's 23rd Street Cafe, the horns, drums, basses, guitars, violins, harmonicas, and singers will soon be silenced for good. The property at 223 N. 23d Street will be demolished this summer, likely to make way for condominiums. (No firm date has been set for that demolition, so the jams will keep going until . . . they can't.) The concept, a jam session open to amateur and professional musicians and singers of all ages and skill levels, was the brainchild of Dutch architect Herman DeJong, jazz lover and onetime amateur bassist.
December 27, 2014 |
Hot-shot Philadelphia guitarist Joe Jordan and his prog-metal band the Experiment (JJX) are playing as part of WMMR/Jaxon's Local Shots Mistletoe Jam tonight. The gig will be as bittersweet as his upcoming 2015 album, Lemonade . "We named it exactly why you'd think we would," says Jordan, 28. The album grew out of about a year's worth of long tours, sour management changes (a problem that's all good now), and personal struggles. Jordan says it's richer and more accessible than 2012's Twisted Visions . "We're still heavy," he says.
December 2, 2014 |
The late Don Cornelius would've dug Friday's Soul Train Music's first WDAS Holiday Jam at the Liacouras Center. Cornelius, the man who created the African American dance program, loved Philly. The band MFSB's 1974 hit, "TSOP (The Sound of Philadelphia)" was once Soul Train 's theme song. This city loved Cornelius back, evidenced in part by Philly's Questlove's having penned Soul Train: The Music, Dance, and Style of a Generation in 2013. It made sense then that DJ Questlove was the glue holding Soul Train's WDAS Holiday Jam together, spinning vintage funk and rap between sets from '90s soul classicists Faith Evans, Joe, Ledisi, Kem, and Philly's own Jill Scott.
October 4, 2014 |
Watch sports drivers compete, career, and crush stuff with their 12-foot-tall, five-ton, high-powered trucks Friday and Saturday at Monster Jam at the Wells Fargo Center. Motorsports drivers will perform freestyle extravaganzas head-to-head, jumping sky-high over obstacles including trucks, vans, boats, cars, and buses in their decked-out, characterized monster vehicles. There will be wheelies, pirouettes, and lots of demolition. The popular Candice Jolly (check out her crazy socks)
August 28, 2014 |
It's summer's last fling. Roads will be jammed, trains crowded, and airplanes full. Ah, Labor Day weekend. Nearly 35 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more from home for end-of-summer celebrations, the highest volume for the holiday since 2008, said AAA, the nation's largest auto club. The majority, 29.7 million, will drive. While that travel is good for the economy, thousands will be frustrated by longer travel times, congestion, delays, and the lack of alternative transportation options, according to the U.S. Travel Association.
May 27, 2014 |
The Jam on the River, a music festival that's been cheered, changed, merged, and abandoned, returned triumphantly to Penn's Landing on Sunday. This time it was reincarnated as - of course! - an electronic dance party. The come-and-go history of the event made no difference to hundreds of fans who came to hear bands such as GRiZ, Conspirator, Zoogma, Grimace Federation, and the headliner, Lotus. It was a crowd mostly in its 20s that exuded a peace-and-love vibe, where clothes the color of the rainbow were standard, and dozens of people moved to the music accompanied by a throw-back accessory: the hula hoop.
May 7, 2014 |
PHILADELPHIA Going with the theme that the best place to celebrate America's birthday is the place where the country was born, city officials announced Monday the planned festivities for the nation's 238th anniversary. "This is Philadelphia. We own this," Mayor Nutter said. "There is no better place to celebrate the Fourth of July than right here, Philadelphia, the birthplace of freedom, liberty, and democracy for the United States. " City officials and festival organizers are encouraging people to use #PhillyOwnsthe4th when discussing the event on social media.