The Candlelight series is gifting Philadelphians with a special performance at World Cafe Live this Pride Month. As the City that Loves You Back is flooded by the festivities of fun street fests and Philly is going all out to celebrate the LGBTQ+ community, you can escape the city’s hustle and bustle at an intimate Candlelight concert inspired by queer musical icons.
You can expect to be spellbound by classical renditions of expressive chart-topping hits and famous compositions, including Sam Smith’s “Unholy” and Janelle Monáe’s “Pynk”. The carefully selected setlist includes some of the most influential pioneers in the music industry. Unwind at a venue declared to be “a space for a universe of musical possibilities.”
Whether they are releasing queer anthems, continuing to be unapologetically themselves, representing the struggles of the past or actively promoting LGBTQ+ rights, artists such as Brandi Carlisle, Stephen Sondheim, and Fanny Mendelssohn are in one way or another LGBTQ+ advocates and icons. From Sam Smith’s controversial performances to fabulous provocateurs like Lil Nas X, fans identify with these honest and sexually expressive legends.
Pride Month sees people around the world celebrating the right to be yourself, and Candlelight is joining in on the celebrations with a spectacular classical performance on June 28. End the vibrant month of June on a memorable note while listening to awe-inspiring recreations of music by Elton John, Chopin, Janelle Monáe, and more performed by a classically-trained Listeso String Quartet.
Candlelight at World Cafe Live
World Cafe Live is an independent venue located in a former Art Deco factory. Since it opened in 2004, the proactive nonprofit has been home to WXPN radio station, interactive Bridge Sessions performances for schools, and joined with LiveConnections to develop an ecosystem of education and live music. Immerse yourself in an evening of music and magic at this outstanding venue in Philadelphia.
Although the power of legendary voices such as Elton John will not be heard on the evening, the talented string quartet manages to capture the sentiment of each melodic note. If you haven’t already attented a Candlelight performance, why not try something different and listen to some of your favorite hits in a welcoming environment at this special tribute to queer musical icons.
Get ready for a unique musical experience at World Cafe Live. With two back-to-back performances on the day, you can choose the show that suits your schedule best. Invite your friends, come with family, or even enjoy some alone time at this candlelit event.
Note: For the safety of our audience, all of the candlelight will be provided through flameless candles.