Black Blues Culture

Sunday, May 19th (6:00pm – 10:00pm)

Black Bird Rising – Philadelphia, PA

100 years from the roaring 20s, we are re-entering a new era of the 20s! We affirm: We are here because our ancestors were here!

Enter “Black Blues Culture”, an experiential live performance project honoring the legacies of Queer and Gender-Variant blues icon-ancestors Gladys Bentley, and Bessie Smith. Blending historical richness with contemporary artistic expressions, Philly-based artists A’Jon and Ivy Sole will present intimate sets accompanied by Sweet Corey-Bey.

Artists will also share their authenticity and inspiration participate in a moderated talkback session.

Audiences become active participant in this world through their witness. Come ready to receive and be yourself! There will be an on site Photo Booth to create a living archive to remember by.

Doors are promptly at 6pm. The show begins at 7pm doors close for the night at 8pm to preserve the energetic ecosystem we will lend ourselves to.

Light refreshments will be served!

This event has been actualized with support from Pink Noize Projects, the Leeway Foundation Window of Opportunity, and Black Music City by Rec Philly, WRTI, & WXPN


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Mask Policy

This event requires masks to be worn at all times when folks aren’t eating, drinking, or being photographed. There will be a HEPA filter running for the entire duration of the event.

There will be limited kn95 masks and rapid tests provided.

If you feel sick or have a recent known exposure to someone who is ill, please stay home! 

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Black Bird Rising

5383 Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19144

About The Organizer

Sweet Corey-Bey

Sweet Corey-Bey


Sweet Corey-Bey is a transgender musician, cultural organizer, and communications professional. They have been researching the Blues for six years, specifically focusing on LGBT Philadelphia Blues pathways for the last two.