Underground At Ron’s Goes Aboveground

Saturday, May 30, 7:30 pm. Your host? Why, Ron Kravitz, of course.

It’s a night of dance, improv, storytelling, music, and just good times. It’s a reunion performance of Playback Theatre — one you won’t want to miss. PLUS you’ll also get to  enjoy the award-winning Jenkintown Select Vocal Ensemble under the direction of Alyssa Davidson. She’ll be collaborating with percussionists Quint Lange, Ron Kravitz, Sam Torres,  and Steve Corsover.

PlaybackPlayback Theatre is an alternative theatre, a community forum, a place to explore the relationship between the personal and the political, between the individual and the collective. It’s an opportunity to hear and be heard, to recognize how we are similar and how we are different… to see our lives on stage. Playback Theatre will feature Bobbi Block, Eric Brunner, Dance Wareham, Jeanette Ponder, Kristen Bissinger, Ron Kravitz, Sarah Halley, and Tom Bissinger. 

The performance is spontaneous — it is theatre created through a unique collaboration between performers and audience weaving together spoken word, dance, music, storytelling, and physical theatre in an improvisational form that can be serious, deeply moving, and often hilarious. 

Youth ChoraleThe Jenkintown Select Vocal Ensemble, under the direction of Alyssa Davidson, is comprised of students whose ages range from 13-16 who enjoy the choral experience and sharing their love of music with others singing both traditional and world music. The middle school vocalists will be performing at the Music-in-the-Parks Choral Adjudication in Hershey, Pa. The high school vocalists have just returned from Boston, Mass. where they participated in the Heritage Festival Adjudication, rating first in their division.

You won’t want to miss this event. $20 admission at the door, kids under 12 free. General seating.

Ron Kravitz was first introduced to the Djembe (West African Drum) by the late and great Nigerian master drummer, Babatunde Olatunji. Today Ron has amassed a collection of over 650 percussion instruments from around the world. It is here that he facilitates weekly Community Drum/Music/Vocal Improv gatherings, and in the basement he hosts Underground at Ron’s. Ron is a facilitator for the Music for People organization which is dedicated to teaching and facilitating the art of music improvisation. For the past 32 years, he has been percussionist for Philadelphia’s Group Motion Dance Improvisation Workshop and is the acting musician for two of Philadelphia’s Playback Theatre ensembles.

Alyssa Davidson is the Choral Director at Jenkintown Middle/High School.  She conducts the Vocal Experience, Concert Choir, the Honors Chorale, Just the Guys— Male Ensemble, and The BelleTones, the schools’ all female A Cappella choir. Ms. Davidson is the founder of Flutterbye Theater Company, a non-profit children’s theater company, housed at the Cheltenham Art Center.  Ms. Davidson has her BA in Fine Arts/Music and her Masters Degree in Multicultural Education, from Eastern University.

Jazz Jam…That’s What Change Is All About

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Hey jazz fans, we’re  going through some changes in our ensemble. So while that happens, you’ll probably experience certain changes in our music and personnel. But that’s what change is all about. And I know how to deal with change. So make sure you plan on attending our next jazz jam on Wednesday, July 10th. We will not disappoint!

This past month our guest pianist graced us with some sounds for the evening along with congas, djembe and the strong bass sound of Charles Witherspoon. The night started slow.  As the evening grew,  so did the music. With the horns arriving it was off to the races. We had two young musicians in the audience seeing live music for the first time, something that I definitely promote. I even got a chance to meet them (what a charge). They were excited.

During the course of the night I couldn’t help but think about the next session and what it will consist of. So in saying that, I want all of my fellow musicians,  jazz fans, and listeners to stay tuned. The best is yet to come. Only one thing troubles me though…I haven’t seen your face in the place.                                        





Neither Rain Nor Snow…

Stopped the Mt. Airy Art Garage From It’s Grand Opening Over 225 people stopped into the Mt. Airy Art Garage, a community-based artist cooperative, on Saturday, Dec. 5 at 542 W. Carpenter Lane. Although snowy and damp, families and friends met to enjoy and purchase unique, one-of-a-kind gifts for the holidays— custom leatherwork, jewelers, mixed media and fiber artists, sculptors, photographers, painters, winter “art garb” and a host of other fine art and handcrafts. High Point Café, the Night Kitchen, Baker Street, and Weavers Way donated mouthwatering cakes, coffee, and treats to nourish the palate and warm everyone up. Live music fed the soul—Slippery Slope led a full-scale, foot-stomping, swaying “hootenanny,” Richard Dreuding warmed spirits with beautiful acoustic guitar, while the violin playing of Elizabeth Shaak and Hollis Payor put smiles on everyone.

What’s next? Come check us out this Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 12 and 13 from 10 am – 6 pm at 542 West Carpenter Lane—more delicious food from our sponsors in the Northwest (Bredenbecks and Mi Puebla, for starters), music from Terri Rambo and others. And, best of all, each weekend will feature all new artists from the Northwest! Visit us, shop, and share in the Holiday spirit. Admission is free and open to the public. And mark your calendars for Dec. 19 and 20, same time, same place! Join in our Holiday vision—meet the artists, buy wonderful things, watch us blossom and grow. Come to the Art Market! Friend us on Facebook, or visit us at www.mtairyartgarage.org.