Enjoy the sounds of the city this week, which range from traditional Christmas hymns to folk and blues music. Whether you’re interested in enjoying festive seasonal song or rock anthems, there’s a musical event for everyone in Philly this week.
When: December 18, 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Where: The Kimmel Center, 1500 Walnut Street, Philadelphia Cost: Free!
Las Posadas are celebrated in Mexico during the nine days before Christmas, and recall Mary and Joseph’s journey to Bethlehem. This Mexican Christmas festivity will be on display in Philly at Christmas Posada at the Kimmel Center. Featuring the works of everyone from Shubert and Bach to Moncayo and Ponce, a performance by renowned Mexican pianist Juan Pablo Horcasitas will highlight this event. The audience will have the chance to partake in traditional songs, and the audience will be surrounded by colorful poinsettias and traditional piñatas. Celebrate the spirit of Christmas in Mexico by enjoying this musical event!
Bobby Long at World Cafe Live
When: December 19, 8:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. Where: World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut Street, Philadelphia Cost: $15
Bobby Long is an accomplished British singer and songwriter who’s folk rock and blues leanings nonetheless match the sounds of the American South perfectly. This special holiday show will feature his mostly acoustic-based style and folk roots, which will sound even more compelling when paired with the festive songs that everyone knows and loves. Doors open at 8 p.m. and the show starts at 8:30–get there early and grab a bite to eat before the show, or just come out for this exciting and unique performance!
The Legendary Dobbs: The Legend Series and Food Drive
When: December 21, 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Where: The Legendary Dobbs, 204 South Street, Philadelphia Cost: $10
The Legendary Dobbs has featured numerous now-famous artists in the course of their almost 40-year history, including Pearl Jam, The Roots, The Smashing Pumpkins, and more. At this series, each musicians will play a single cover song by one of the many successful acts that have passed through the venue, in addition to their regular set. To make the night even more legendary, the rock club has partnered with Philabundance to hold a food drive in conjunction with the show. You can waive your admission fee if you donate a non-perishable food item and make sure someone doesn’t go hungry this holiday season. So sign up to perform, or just enjoy the night of quality music! This event is 21+.
Art After 5: Festival of Lights
When: December 21, 5:00 p.m. – 8:45 p.m. Where: Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy, Philadelphia Cost: Free with admission
Kick off the weekend with a trip to the Philadelphia Museum of Art for Art After 5, where the Great Stair Hall is transformed into a cabaret space for performances. This week’s Art After 5 is the Festival of Lights, a night of fun with a holiday twist. Festive grooves will be provided by DeLeon, a band from New York that innovatively modernizes Sephardic folk music, creating a sound that is simultaneously old and new. You can enjoy the music while snacks, supper, and drinks (21+) are served to your table. Guided gallery tours are also offered with admission!
Lessons and Carols
When: December 21, 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Where: St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 22 East Chestnut Hill Avenue, Philadelphia Cost: Free!
You don’t have to be religious to appreciate the traditional sounds of Christmas at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Chestnut Hill. A candlelight service will feature Nine Lessons and Carols sung by the Choristers and Adult Choir of the church. One of the most popular offerings of the year in the neighborhood, the night consists of readings that retell the Christmas story, choral anthems, and carols sung by the choir and congregation. Some of the music will include A Spotless Rose, What Sweeter Music, See Amid the Winter’s Snow, and more. A reception will follow the show.