Lucky Old Souls @ Moonstone Arts Center
Love that there are such a wide range of places to experience art in Philly! On a recent rainy Friday night, I made my way down Lincoln Drive to Center City for Lucky Old Souls @ Moonstone’s once-a-month hit. Lucky Old Souls is independent jazz presenter Matt Feldman, a man on a mission to open a restaurant/jazz club in South Philly. Meanwhile, he’s producing monthly concerts at Moonstone Arts Center, a very funky, cozy BYOB space at Robin’s Bookstore on 13th Street at Sansom. Moonstone features everything from poetry readings and concerts to theater, comedy and film. The art center is the platform for Moonstone Inc.’s creative programming for adults; they also operate a preschool, which uses an arts-based curriculum. Can definitely get with the philosophy behind what they do: “We believe that the arts, creativity, and imagination are essential aspects of life, learning and community.” Robin’s Bookstore is a Center City mainstay that has weathered many a storm; their story is worth reading here. Definitely want to get to know them better.
OK. So, back to Lucky Old Souls @ Moonstone. The July show was fantastic. It featured Josh Lawrence and the NEW Quartet and Michael Ray’s X-Ray– two completely different vibes that somehow worked well together. Josh Lawrence and company: very chilled and elegant; X-Ray: super hot! Josh Lawrence is an accomplished trumpeter, with an impressive resume. High-energy trumpeter/keyboardist Michael Ray performs with the Sun Ra Arkestra and was just coming off the road from playing with Kool and the Gang.
As an added bonus, I met two seriously dedicated jazz photographers there: Anthony Dean and L. David Hinton. Fun…!