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Friday evenings take on a whole new groove with Art After 5, a unique blend of entertainment from 5:00 to 8:45 p.m. in the Great Stair Hall. With an eclectic mix of international music, dance, and recognized and emerging jazz artists, Art After 5 is a stylish way to start your weekend.

Each week, the Great Stair Hall transforms into an intimate cabaret for Art After 5 performances. Starr Events serves up fun, shareable snacks and light supper options as well as cocktails, wine, and beer to complement the live entertainment. Relax at a table with waiter service or stop by the bar.

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Art After 5 programs are subject to change. The performances are scheduled for 5:45–6:45 p.m. and 7:15–8:15 p.m. Guided gallery tours are offered throughout the evening. Art After 5 performances and guided tours are free after Museum admission. All galleries in the main building are open Friday evenings.

Art After 5 Schedule

From Mod to Motown
Friday, May 6, 2016
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.

In celebration of International Pop, Philadelphia’s own Martha Graham Cracker invades the Great Stair Hall with a cabaret performance featuring the sounds of the 1960s. Saks Fifth Avenue joins in the fun with a fashion show inspired by the pop era beginning at 5:30 p.m.

Photo © Chris Crisman Photography

Creative Africa Dance Party
Friday, May 13, 2016
5:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.
Free after admission
$10 admission after 8:00 p.m.

Help us celebrate Creative Africa. Enjoy the “golden voice of Liberia,” Fatu Gayflor, who opens the night at 5:45 p.m. with African pop sounds. Then, stick around for a performance featuring the infectious and joyful music of Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars, a band that has toured extensively to raise awareness for humanitarian causes. The party continues until 11:00 p.m. and all Creative Africa exhibitions are on view at the Perelman Building from 8:00 to 10:00 p.m.

Orrin Evans
Friday, May 20, 2016
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.

This distinctive and inventive pianist is at the forefront of the jazz scene.

Outside Sound
Friday, May 27, 2016
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.

Bassist and composer Chris Coyle will share new music inspired by artwork by adults with disabilities.

Arden Cabaret
Friday, June 3, 2016
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.

Joliet Harris brings her signature mix of jazz standards, musical theater, gospel, and pop to the Museum. Presented with the Arden Theatre Company.

Friday, June 10, 2016
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.

East African vocalist Somi takes inspiration from her travels through Nigeria to straddle the worlds of African jazz, soul, and pop.

Friday, June 17, 2016
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.

This Brazilian star melds samba with bossa nova, reggae, and R&B to create a unique and fresh sound.

Bobby Zankel
Friday, June 24, 2016
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.

Philly-based saxophonist and composer Bobby Zankel performs virtuoso bop with an emotional core.

Kinobe & the Wamu Spirit
Friday, July 1, 2016
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.

Experience the sounds of Uganda with this composer and multi-instrumentalist.

Bakithi Kumalo
Friday, July 8, 2016
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.

This acclaimed bassist and composer—who was featured on Paul Simon’s Graceland album—presents an evening of South African–inflected jazz.

Luke Carlos O'Reilly
Friday, July 15, 2016
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.

Nationally-renowned pianist Luke Carlos O’Reilly premieres his ensemble of local jazz talent.

Peter Beets
Friday, July 22, 2016
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.

This Dutch pianist shows off his impeccable technique and sense of swing.

Joanna Pascale
Friday, July 29, 2016
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.

Sway to the rich jazz sounds of one of the premier vocalists on the East Coast.

Jabali Afrika
Friday, August 5, 2016
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.

Revel in the powerful sounds of Afro-rock band Jabali Afrika.

Thana Alexa
Friday, August 12, 2016
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.

Discover the talents of this rising star on the modern vocal jazz scene.

Oran Etkin featuring Lionel Loueke
Friday, August 19, 2016
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.

Renowned Israeli jazz composer Oran Etkin is joined by West African guitarist Lionel Loueke.

Supported by The Consulate of Israel in Philadelphia.

Korey Riker
Friday, August 26, 2016
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.

Back from a year of touring with John Legend, this Philly-based sax player wows with a smooth mix of neo-soul, R&B, gospel, and hip hop.

For more information, please contact Evening Programs/Art After 5 by phone at 215-684-7506 or by e-mail at .

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