World Percussion Center Grand Opening Oct. 17th

It's the grand opening of the World Percussion Center of New York! Located exclusively at The Brooklyn Music School, through a partnership with Wula Drums we're very excited to invite you to join us as we celebrate with an afternoon of free sample classes and a meet and greet with our world renown teachers. Open from 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm on Saturday, Oct 17th, we hope to see you there!

Please visit or call the school at 718-638-5660 for more info.

Crazy: A Special Night of Music featuring the songs of Patsy Cline & Willie Nelson

Brookladelphia presents "Crazy" a tribute to Patsy Cline & Willie Nelson. Over a dozen musicians will perform original music and songs by Patsy Cline & Willie Nelson.

Thursday, October 15th - 7:30pm
Brooklyn Music School
125 Saint Felix Street, Brooklyn, NY
Tickets: $10
Buy tickets here-

All proceeds will benefit the Brooklyn Music School

The Brooklyn Music School views art as an essential part of basic education and a means by which individuals connect with that unique part of themselves. We make available access to the performing arts regardless of income, age, previous experience, or professional aspirations. In particular, we seek to help those whose artistic voices are least often heard.

Featuring performances by
Dani Mari
Julia Weldon
Hotsy Totsy
Students from the Brooklyn Music School
Shannon Pelcher
Kate Bernhardt
Jessica C. Carroll
Bad Faces
Crystal Jurado
Luca Di Fabio
Seth Morgan
Jesse Merandy
Owl and Wolf
Will Hanza

Brookladelphia started as an idea of creating a bridge between the Philadelphia & Brooklyn music scene. We curate live events that feature music and art. The shows encourage creativity, community and collaboration and are open to music from any location or genre. The shows have been featured on Brooklyn Daily, Brooklyn Paper, Brooklyn Based, Brooklyn Vegan, Lancaster Online, Fly Magazine & Rock on Philly. Visit for more information.

Email to find out how you can be involved.

Artwork by Francis 2Good

Dani Mari
An avid fan of Billie Holiday and Mazzy Star, Dani Mari was born to sing. Her music is fueled by personal narratives embedded in the craft of classic story telling and the emotional insight of a most unlikely “old soul”. Audiences across the United States and throughout Europe have gravitated toward her beautifully haunting voice and the simplistic elegance of her lyrics which transcend our current snap shot of popular music. She has been featured on NPR, BBC, MTV, WXPN (including the Gene Shay Folk Show on WXPN) and Brooklyn Vegan and has collaborated with FEAR CLUB from Paris, Sun Glitters from Luxembourg, Brooklyn Shanti and was formally in the dreampop duo, Lockets. She has performed at SXSW, CMJ, The Philadelphia Folk Festival, Musikfest and many other festivals and venues across the world. In addition she has performed with acts such as Sylvan Esso, St. Lucia, Mr Twin Sister, Exitmusic, Widowspeak, Carolina Chocolate Drops, Mates of State, Patti Smith, Edward Sharp & the Magnetic Zeros, Of Montreal and more. With nothing more than her instrument and stories of her life experience, her songs merely hint at Dani Mari’s desire to transport listeners the world over to an era of nostalgia which exists within the depths of her soul.

Dani Mari is also the founder of Female Frequency (a musical collaboration created entirely by women), Brookladelphia (curated live events with the idea of encouraging creativity, community and collaboration of the arts in multiple locations) and Pay For Music Day (Pay for Music Day is Every Day. Buy a song. Pass it along. Support Your Artists).

-“Dani Mari’s angelic vocal sweeps over its accompaniment, sometimes mildly distorted in its layers it adds a wash of mystery.” - The 405

“Give a lot of credit to Dani Mari’s vocals, soft enough to evoke that whimsical innocence and strong enough to stand out against the sky-sized, sun-drenched melody.” - A Cosmic Soundscape

-“Dani Mari’s narrative, story-like songs are ear-catching and unusual to hear in this day and age.” - That Mag

-“Dani Mari can hold her own with the best indie/folk singers.” - The Swollen Fox

Will Hanza
"Bursting with musical and spiritual energy, lush soundscapes, and riveting musicianship... The driving force is his own restless, intertwined musical and spiritual energy... with haunting vocals in the manner of early Pink Floyd and King Crimson." Currently guitarist for Kalen & The Sky Thieves. Also, Owl & Wolf and other projects.

Owl and Wolf
Folktress Dani Mari has combined forces with the experimental sounds of Will Hanza. Their union infuses influences from americana, blues and folk music. The mixture of acoustic instruments with sultry melodies and harmonies create a sound that can be described as Dark Folk. The duo is set to release more music in the upcoming year.

They have been featured on WXPN’s The Key & The Swollen Fox

Vatan, or "homeland" in Persian, is a group of Middle Eastern-American musicians based in Brooklyn, NY. Blending the lines between Persian folk music and country, funk and rock, they revive classic tunes while building new ones.

Hotsy Totsy
Hotsy Totsy started as an a cappella Andrews Sisters tribute trio assembled to accompany a World War II exhibit brought in to the Tropicana Hotel & Casino in Atlantic City, NJ in 2001. The girls proved so popular that, what was supposed to be a one month stint, ended up extending through seven. At the close of their final contract, the girls decided they had too good a thing going to let it go; thus, Hotsy Totsy was born. 

Fast forward to the present. Hotsy Totsy has expanded beyond the initial Andrews Sisters specialty and found their niche as a reto-pop novelty act. While they still enjoy performing nostalgic hits of days gone by, they now pen original tunes evocative of that golden age, as well as reinvent today's chart toppers to sound reminiscent of yesterday's favorites. They have crafted a signature "Hotsy" sound and style that takes everything that made the girl groups of the 40s, 50s, and 60s so delicious, and makes it relevant in today's music scene.

Hotsy Totsy. More than peachy keen.

Paracutá was formed in 2010 by a group of NYU grad students. Initially performing songs in Spanish and English, the band built a loyal following around New York, playing venues such as The Bitter End, The Bowery Poetry Club, NYU Kimmel Center, Pianos, Spike Hill, and Arlene's Grocery. In 2011 Paracutá was featured on MTV China representing NYC's indie music scene. Not long after, they won the NYU Battle of the Bands and were featured in the 2011 CMJ Music Marathon. Recently they wrote and produced the song "All My Life" for award-winning film, Elliot Loves, featured on HBO and Netflix, as well as 14 original songs for Peruvian film Rocanrol '68 by director Gonzalo Benavente.

Crystal Jurado Music
From a small California town, where the scenery featured tumbleweeds blowing past, Crystal Jurado dreamed of escaping. She found that escape a mere 20 miles away while teaching herself guitar between classes at college. Songwriting and performing helped her crack her shell and she hasn't stopped since. From headlining solo shows to fronting a handful of bands, Crystal has had her way with stages ranging from house parties to legendary venues, and considers every performance an honor to play. Crystal is inspired by Portishead, Anna Calvi and Jeff Buckley, among many other artists spanning all genres. This wide range of influence is evidenced in her musical style, where you will find gutsy songs musing the mysteries of life sidled up alongside dark and sinuous ballads. She has been described as “mainstream enough for a broad audience, funky enough to attract non-conformists; and enough anguish to keep anyone’s attention”. With her unending drive to try every instrument and style out there (Se7en The Musical, anyone???), Crystal is bound to infect audiences with her inventive spirit and captivating songwriting.

Julia Weldon
Light Is a Ghost is the follow up to Brooklyn indie-folk-pop artist Julia Weldon’s 2008 self-titled debut. Produced by Saul MacWilliams (Ingrid Michaelson, Dan Romer) and featuring Adam Christgau (Sia, Tegan and Sara) on drums, the album showcases Weldon’s storytelling, voice, and unmistakable charisma.

Defined by its brash honesty, Light Is a Ghost is an American album in the truest sense. With an emotional resonance bigger than her own experience, Weldon tells the story of both the harsh city edges and limitless, open spaces. The album captures the feel of the open road on a late summer evening, while ruminating on past relationships that creep into that serenity.

Weldon’s album unfurls as an evolving ride through life, family and relationships, complete with the necessary loss, regret, resentment, and debauchery. With her confident guitar playing and Christgau’s propulsive drumming, Light Is a Ghost is as exciting as it is heartfelt.

Classic while being contemporarily resonant, the album’s twelve tracks draw on everything from indie folk to blues rock, dialoguing with current artists like Bon Iver, Iron and Wine, and Cat Power as well as legends like Bob Dylan, Elliott Smith and Suzanne Vega.

A self-taught, nationally touring musician, Julia Weldon’s possessing personality and captivating music crosses bridges and divides. With unfailing fingers, she tells stories that feel both intensely personal and widely universal. Unapologetically herself, Weldon’s songs grab you— asking you to pull up a chair, pour yourself a whiskey, and stay a while.

“New York-based singer-songwriter Julia Weldon might be the most soulful singer you’ve never heard of.” -The Advocate

“One of the primary keys to being a good and successful singer/songwriter is the ability to be honest. Stories, emotional arcs, none of this means a thing if it’s clear the artist is just putting on airs for a given occasion, playing something because it might create a cynically predetermined effect on the audience. None of this ever feels like a problem for Julia Weldon.” -The Washington Times

“On her new record ‘Light Is a Ghost,’ singer-songwriter Julia Weldon acts as… every good dream that’s worth preserving after the alarm clock goes off.” -The Deli NYC

Luca Di Fabio
Luca Di Fabio has a jazz infused soul with the heart of Jeff Buckley. 

Seth Morgan
"Somewhere around the intersection of blues, 70's rock, punk, and singer-songwriter. 
Bill Michalski

"Seth...has the soul of a man who has seen what is out there on the road. Influenced by everything from jazz and folk to punk and rock, Seth takes it all in and delivers a unique vision" 
Gene Frey - Court House Concerts

"The blues are back in Brooklyn. And in a good way. Seth Morgan tells you how it was and how it is again on his debut EP, Gonna Come Down. Too many of us have gotten too comfortable in our musical ways, and it’s good for Seth to come along and remind us what it’s like to give a damn." 

Elwood D. Pennypacker, the Sonic Parthenon Show on Thor Radio.

Bad Faces
Somewhere at the crossroads of traditional roots and modern psychedelic music lies Bad Faces; wry and plaintive, weathered but fresh, and all American.

Shannon Pelcher Rao
With nods to Tin Pan Alley, 1960s folk and experimental acoustic, Shannon Pelcher has one foot dipped in the jazz world and the other planted in singer/songwriter storytelling traditions. Her dreamlike lyrics and lilting vocals are backed by elegantly deft guitar playing, and her sound is both vintage and contemporary, influenced as much by John Coltrane as it is by PJ Harvey.

Raye Zaragoza
Raye Zaragoza is a Native-American/Mexican/Taiwanese singer-songwriter who was born and raised in Manhattan, New York. At the age of fourteen, she moved across the country to Los Angeles and has since continuously been on the move touring and sharing her music with people of all walks of life. She has performed in more than fifteen states on the East and West Coasts as well as Mexico and France. 

Her obsession with music started as an infant listening to her father’s Mariachi music and at the age of five that obsession magnified into begging for Jewel’s “Pieces of You” album for Christmas. By age eleven, Raye’s iPod was filled with the tunes of Elliott Smith, The Beatles, Queen and Led Zeppelin. Immediately after graduating from high school, Raye moved out of her family’s home and began writing songs as a way to cope with insomnia. She has been voraciously writing songs ever since. 

Raye Zaragoza co-wrote a song for the Nickelodeon T.V. series “Wallykazam" and has three songs featured in three feature films, one of which was in the “Top Ten Movies to See” at The Los Angeles Film Festival. Raye made the list of “Top Native American Music of 2013,” headlined at the 2013 LA Skins Music Festival and was a featured artist with FXConnectx Sound Systems at both NAMM 2013 in Anaheim and Summer NAMM 2013 in Nashville. 

Her debut EP entitled "Heroine" was recently recorded at Red Bull Studios in New York City with Chris Tabron (credits include Beyoncé, Robin Thicke, Mobb Deep, Vacationer, Natalia Kills…) and will be released on May 11, 2015. The title single “Heroine” has received acclaim across the United States and in the United Kingdom. Also in May, she will be hitting the road for a 2 month tour or the East and West coasts to promote her "Heroine" EP. Subscribe to follow the journey of her emerging career!

Jesse Merandy

Jessica C. Carroll