The quality and style of the late night offerings at the Fringe bar have varied greatly over the years, as the hub moved from Old City to Northern Liberties and elsewhere around the city. This year, however, FringeArts has put together a tasty selection of post-show entertainment at its new headquarters on Delaware Ave (at Race Street).
Curated by Philadelphia DJ, composer, and taste-maker King Britt and choreographer/live visual artist Kate Watson-Wallace, the Late Night offerings are a high-quality music-based Festival within the Fringe Festival. “We wanted to bring the energy of Fringe Festival after-parties into the new space,” says King Britt.
The Late Night festival opens September 4 with local favorites Red 40 and the Last Groovement, a funk-clown theater band made up of a bunch of Philly’s devisiors (a number of whom went through the celebrated Pig Iron School for Advanced Performance Training): Martha Stuckey, Matteo Scammell, Jess Conda, Ben Grinberg, Alice Yorke, and Caitlin Antram, among others (it’s a big band!).
Red 40 has built up a following as a funky fun monthly house band of the FringeArts space, and the festival opening night promises to be a high-energy kick off, but the Late Night lineup will feature FringeArts favorites and international performers each night of the 2015 Fringe Festival (Sept 3-19).
The series will include both free and ticketed events. The wall separating the FringeArts mainstage and the La Peg dining room will come down for raucous FREE dance parties on September 12 and 16, featuring Spank Rock’s own DJ Ron Crawford and Philadelphia-native DJ Rahsaan respectively. Ticketed events include poet and hip hop artist Saul Williams, innovative electronic musician Laraaji, legendary tabla artist Suphala, 80’s punk rock legends McRad, bold and soulful hip-hop artist Spank Rock, lauded guitarist Chris Forsyth, interdisciplinary performance artist Marissa Perel, choreographer/dancer Jaamil Kosoko, innovative songstress Xenia Rubinos, Latin-inspired songwriter Helado Negro, and eclectic Afro-Hip Hop innovator Chimurenga Renaissance. Philadelphia’s hairiest drag queen Martha Graham Cracker will close out the Fringe Festival on September 19. [FringeArts, 140 N. Columbus Boulevard] September 4-19, 2015; fringearts.com.
Check out the FULL schedule:
|9/4/2015||10:30||Red 40 plays Opening Night Reception||La Peg Stage||FREE!|
|12:00 midnight||DJ Sideswipe||La Peg Stage||FREE!|
|9/5/2015||10:30||DJ Botany 500||La Peg Stage||FREE!|
|10:30||DJ Lil Dave||La Peg Stage||FREE!|
|9/8/2015||10:30||DJ Tim Motzer||La Peg Stage||FREE!|
|9/9/2015||10:30||DJ Kyle Andrews||La Peg Stage||FREE!|
|9/10/2015||10:00||DJ Joe Data Garden||La Peg Stage||FREE!|
|9/11/2015||10:00||DJ Ian St. Laurent||La Peg Stage||FREE!|
|10:30||DJ Ron Crawford||La Peg Stage||FREE!|
|9/13/2015||9:00||Chris Forsyth (Opener)||FringeArts Mainstage||$15|
|12:00||DJ Pia Ercole||La Peg Stage||FREE!|
|9/14/2015||8:00||Ann Liv Young’s Sherry Truck||La Peg Stage||FREE!|
|9:00||Jaamil Kosoko – Black Male Revisited||FringeArts Mainstage||$15|
|10:30||DJ Kate Watson Wallace||La Peg Stage||FREE!|
|9/15/2015||8:00||Nguyen Smith||FringeArts Mainstage||$20|
|10:30||DJ King Britt||La Peg Stage||FREE!|
|9/16/2015||9:00||Xenia Rubinos (opener)||FringeArts Mainstage||$30|
|10:30||DJ Rahsaan||La Peg Stage||FREE!|
|9/17/2015||10:00||DJ Matthew Law||La Peg Stage||FREE!|
|9/18/2015||9:00||Chimurenga Renaissance||FringeArts Mainstage||$25|
|12:00 midnight||DJ Underdog||La Peg Stage||FREE!|
|9/19/2015||9:00||Martha Graham Cracker Cabaret||FringeArts Mainstage||$15|