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Kick-start your weekend with Friday Nights at the Museum. Live music and gallery access until 8:45 p.m. Enjoy cocktails and tapas-style dishes by Starr Catering.

Get louder and livelier on Final Fridays with themed performances and activities.

With different musical acts each week and new themes each month, there’s a surprise waiting for you every Friday Night.


Collection Tours all evening and themed Detours on the last Friday of the month. Performances and activities free after Museum admission unless noted. All galleries in the main building are open. Sign up for our Public Programs e-newsletter to get the latest info.

Feeling artsy? Suggest a band, organization, project, or theme. E-mail .

Friday Nights Schedule

Final Fridays: Technologic
Friday, May 26, 2017
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.

Artist Demos: Technology & Innovation
5:30–7:30 p.m.
Lenfest Hall (West Entrance)

The Artist Microgrant Competition, hosted by Technical.ly Philly, asks artists to create immersive, interactive, or innovative creations that help art come to life through the use of technology. This year’s winning projects are by Kid Hazo and Samuel Cusumano.

Kid Hazo, a Philadelphia-based street artist whose work parodies Philly culture, presents CloneZone. He uses motion-capture technology and stick-figure graphics to mimic pedestrian movements directly on a street sign. Who says you can’t dance your way through a crosswalk?

Artist and sound engineer Sam Cusumano is here to help you understand how things work. His Biodata Sonification system turns the biorhythms of natural objects into sound. You might consider naming one of your houseplants Mozart after this demo.

Meet Up with ChickTech
5:30–7:30 p.m.
Great Stair Hall Balcony
ChickTech is a nonprofit dedicated to retaining women in the technology workforce and increasing the number of women and girls pursuing tech careers. Learn more about ChickTech and join Philadelphia Chapter Director Adrienne Hubbard and Communications and Career Events Director Sarah Herrmann at this networking opportunity.

DIY Art with The Franklin Institute
5:30–7:30 p.m.
Great Stair Hall Balcony
Design an LED pin inspired by some of your favorite contemporary artists and watch MC Sketcher create Spirograph-like designs on a turntable.

DIY Art with The Hacktory
5:30–7:30 p.m.
Great Stair Hall Balcony
Maker collective The Hacktory demonstrates two projects that combine art and technology. The Profile Bot draws your portrait while you wait: sit for the Bot’s web cam and watch it create a pen drawing of your likeness. Looking for something more abstract? Try on a “wearable tech” glove and create video art with your movements.

Detours with Team Electromag Beatbox
5:45 & 6:30 p.m.
Meet in Colket Gallery 151
The winners of this year’s Hackathon share Vibes, a game about leaving impressions. Write and solve clues about works from the collection. But the clue you leave must be subtle—if everyone solves it, you won’t score; if nobody solves, you won’t score. The challenge is to describe a work in such a way that’s neither too obvious nor too vague.

Performance: Quindar
5:45 & 7:15 p.m.
This collaboration between Wilco keyboardist Mikael Jorgensen and Philadelphia-based art historian James Merle Thomas combines archival research with music and performance. The duo uses historic audio recordings and film to create experimental electronic music and synchronized video projections. Tonight, you’ll experience an original performance using material from the Museum’s rarely seen archives and their upcoming debut LP, Hip Mobility.

Donn T
Friday, June 2, 2017
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.

Philadelphia's visionary singer-songwriter Donn T combines eclectic soul music with special guests for a dramatic and moving performance. Her upcoming album, 1004 Characters, will be released this summer. She also makes her literary debut in the anthology Behind the Song (Sourcebooks, Fall 2017).

Karikatura
Friday, June 9, 2017
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.

This New York–based roots pop band makes life-affirming, body-shaking music that moves people around the world. An organic synthesis of all the sounds heard on the streets of NYC, Karikatura blends cumbia, hip-hop, reggae, klezmer, indie-rock, and merengue.

Cocek! Brass Band
Friday, June 16, 2017
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.

Infectious original compositions pulse with Old World nostalgia when this five-piece brass ensemble takes the stage. An eclectic mix of influences, including traditional Eastern European songs, New Orleans jazz, and Afrobeat and reggae sounds.

Peter Beets
Friday, June 23, 2017
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.

From his riffs on Latin jazz to his timeless arrangements of classical music, this award-winning Dutch pianist’s signature buoyancy and sophistication are audible in everything he plays. Beets returns to Philadelphia for an evening with local jazz giants, including Larry McKenna on tenor sax.

Final Fridays: Down the Shore
Friday, June 30, 2017
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.

Here’s our definition of summer madness: skip the shore traffic and keep it local. We’re bringing beach vibes to the Museum with grub and boardwalk games.

Buyepongo
Friday, July 7, 2017
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.

Buyepongo means “to cause a ruckus,” and you’ll want to join in as soon as the band launches into its infectious and energetic rhythms. A riotous mash-up of influences fuses hip-hop, punk, funk, and jazz into a blend of styles from across the Latin American diaspora.

color as time
Friday, July 14, 2017
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.

A mix of classical composition, jazz improvisation, and pop, performed by musicians from Philly’s folk and classical scenes led by Joshua Stamper. These songs are earthy, playful, deeply comforting, and bracingly urgent.

Shea Rose
Friday, July 21, 2017
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.

The Boston Globe calls Rose “that rare artist who can bridge diverse styles such as soul, funk, rock, rap and jazz—and bring her unique stamp to each.” This Boston artist’s soulful sounds explore the universal topics of identity, transformation, and self-acceptance.

Final Fridays: Wild
Friday, July 28, 2017
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.

Enjoy an eco-centric evening that’s all about conservation—of art and the environment. With live music straight from Muscle Shoals, Alabama.

Michelle Lordi
Friday, August 4, 2017
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.

Philadelphia’s own Michelle Lordi is considered one of the finest jazz singers on the circuit today. Join her and her band for three generations of heartfelt love songs—a perfect way to celebrate summer love.

Rogê
Friday, August 11, 2017
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.

Blending bossa nova and samba with sounds from around the globe, this Latin Grammy nominee represents a new generation in Brazilian popular music. Co-composer of the Rio 2016 theme, he’s traveling with a full band to bring Brazil to Philly.

Josh Lawrence
Friday, August 18, 2017
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.

The jazz trumpeter and a quartet of Philly favorites present Color Theory—music that explores traditional color theory and the phenomenon of synesthesia. Let all of your senses come out to play, with tunes for both your ears and eyes, and flavors to savor from Starr Catering.

Final Fridays: Last Chance Summer Dance
Friday, August 25, 2017
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.

Dance the night away with booty-shaking Brazilian music by PhillyBloco.

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