Eric Bresler’s Eraserhood venue, PhilaMOCA reopens on July 27 and the Philadelphia Folksong Society’s Philadelphia Folk Pocket-Sized Festival is slated for the weekend of Aug 21 – 22.
Just over and done with fireworks and M-40s for the Fourth of July holiday, Philadelphia already has two explosive chunks of news when it comes to reopening two of its most notable musical events and venues. Both of these will require further, deeper reporting and far greater examination but, as of the weekend, we learned that PhilaMOCA, the Philadelphia Mausoleum for Contemporary Art, would finally reopen after nearly 700 days closed. And that the Philadelphia Folk Fest finally figured out how it would carry on in a post-pandemic setting.
First, there’s Eric Bresler’s Eraserhood venue, PhilaMOCA. Closed for weird local zoning issues, then the pandemic, the 12th and Callowhill performing arts space opens first on July 27 for a screening of several lo-fi horror antic cinema classics. Then, on July 31 for its debut live show, since 2019, with dosage MAGAZINE’s local favorite hyper punk-breakbeat duo Ghösh along with additional Philly acts EAT and Penetrode.
The legendary Philadelphia Folk Festival, which went all-virtual, and fast, during 2020’s quarantine, announced its 2021 hybrid event, in-person and online, for the Philadelphia Folksong Society’s 59 ½ Philadelphia Folk Pocket-Sized Festival across the weekend of Aug 21-22, 2021 at the Spring Mountain Ski Area in Upper Salford Township, PA. “Join us in person or live stream from home” goes its poster. “Get your tickets at folkfest.org and details on the lineup at https://folkfest.org/lineup/”
The hybrid of ticketed in-person shows and video livestream, so far, features Betteye Lavette, David Bromberg and more.