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Presidents’ Day (celebrated on the third Monday in February), was originally established in 1885 in recognition of George Washington. The holiday became popularly known as Presidents’ Day after it was moved as part of the 1971 Uniform Monday Holiday Act, an attempt to create more three-day weekends for the nation’s workers. Presidents’ Day is now [...]

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  No discussion on American Jazz is complete without the mention of the name Miles Davis. On Feb. 12, 1964, the iconic musician delivered what is arguably one of the greatest concerts ever. A benefit event, at New York’s Philharmonic Hall, produced recordings that cemented his place as one of the most influential musicians of [...]

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The Mummers have been a formal New Year’s Day tradition in the city of Philadelphia since January 1, 1901. A day when accordion and banjo players, and saxophonists come together as unlikely (but undisputed) bedazzled rock stars; and when “Oh dem Golden Slippers” reigns as the official anthem of the day. Now, I come from [...]

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Here’s our alphabetical list of must-see movies for music enthusiasts. Not just musicals, but movies about music. Click through for plot summaries and ratings. And by all means, consider adding these to your collection. Amadeus The Benny Goodman Story Blues Brothers Bye Bye Birdie The Cabin in the Sky The Competition Copying Beethoven The Fabulous [...]

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They are among the most recognizable marches of all time, but can you match the song title to its branch of service? Click through to find the answer… and while you’re there, add these mp3s to your patriotic playlist. The Air Force Song The Army Song The Navy Song The Marine Song The Coast Guard [...]

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The idea for the United States Marine Corps officially dates back to November 10, 1775, in of all places, a Philadelphia brew house at the corner of Water Street and Turn Alley. In the days that led to the American Revolution, a committee of the Continental Congress met to draft a resolution calling for two [...]

FrightNight

This is the time of year to experience the excitement and enchantment of classical music at its ghoulish best. Of course we think you (and your family) should take full advantage of live performances of these pieces. But until then, we urge you to download, share and enjoy these haunting harmonies and mysterious melodies. Wagner [...]

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In October of 1775,  members of the Continental Congress met in Philadelphia for a vote to fit out two sailing vessels. The goal was to intercept transports carrying munitions to the British army in America. At that time, many in congress considered this too bold a move. One member described the idea of building an [...]

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In 1492 Columbus sailed the ocean blue. Since then, the Italian-born explorer has been both celebrated and vilified for his part in the establishment of the lasting ties between Europe and The New World. But regardless of where you stand on this infamous figure, the truth remains that Colonial Americans raised him to iconic status [...]

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Labor Day is celebrated in the United States and Canada on the first Monday in September. Origins of the holiday are traced back to 1872 when a parade was held in support of a strike by Toronto’s Typographical Union. In 1882, American union official Peter McGuire was asked to speak at a Canadian festival commemorating [...]