Thursday, October 27, 2016

Eddie Lang Day Philadelphia 2016 
is a Huge Success .... 2 times ! 

This year Eddie Lang Day Philadelphia was celebrated
not once , but Twice !
Sunday Oct 2nd was the Gala Fundraiser event held
at Kimmel Center . It featured a Cocktail Reception
with live music by Philadelphia Mandolin Ensemble ,
Silent Auction and a chance for friends and fans to meet
and network before moving upstairs to the main event.
Blackbird Society Orchestra , in it's full 13 pc ensemble,
presented a 2 hour program filled with Lang/Venuti 
highlights as well as other songs from the Jazz Age.
Richard Barnes hosted the afternoon and introduced songs
as well as special guests and speakers including :
Councilman Mark Squilla , Consul General of Italy 
in Philadelphia Andrea Canepari and Ed Massaro ( nephew
of Eddie Lang ) and presented Massaro with the Philadelphia
Liberty Bell Award .
This years charity was Dancing Classrooms Philly as well as
Musicopia - both helping children in dance and music programs in the Philadelphia area.
For more photos please click here .

As an encore to that event , the celebration continued on 
Sunday Oct 23rd with a special , larger than life , wall
mural dedication service hosted by Mural Arts Program
of Philadelphia, founded by Jane Golden.
The wall is located at 7th and Fitzwater Streets in South Phila,
just a short stroll from Lang's boyhood home on St Alban St.
This event, on a perfect sunny Autumn day featured live music
again by Blackbird Society Orchestra , special guest speakers 
and was well attended by locals as well as fans and family , some travelling from Virginia to witness this Historical day.
Richard Barnes was honored for his work and contributions for over 2 decades with another Liberty Bell Award , this time 
presented by Philadelphia's City Representative Sheila Hess.

For more photos click here

Plans are already underway for Eddie Lang Day Philadelphia
Sunday October 22nd, 2017 

Friday, June 3, 2016

Tickets Available - Click Here !

Eddie Lang Day in Philadelphia 2016 will feature
TWO days of Music, Dance, Art and Celebration !

Sunday, October 2nd 
Gala Fundraising Event 
Kimmel Center's Hamilton Garden Room
Help us celebrate Lang's life and music through song and dance and support Philadelphia's children as well. This event will raise funds for 2 wonderful charity organizations this year-
Musicopia - Bringing Music Performance and Education to Children
DancingClassroomsPhilly - Every Child is capable of developing the focus, perseverance and social skills needed to succeed in life
October is Italian Cultural Month and we will help kick it off with a special tribute to Eddie Lang ( born Salvatore Massaro ) with cocktails, silent auction, live music and dance performances. 
Thank you to our partners :

Sunday October 23rd
Mural Arts Program unveiling the Wall Mural !

7th and Fitzwater Streets 
12:oopm - 2:oopm
We are proud to partner with Jane Golden and Philadelphia's Mural Arts Program as they honor the 
"Father of Jazz Guitar" with a glorious 60 foot tall Wall Mural , right in the neighborhood he was raised and walked to streets to the James Campbell School , met Joe Venuti and learned to play violin , banjo and guitar ! Our city is decorated with MAPs paintings and murals telling the history of our great city and everyone is welcome to this free event as we officially unveil his wall !

Saturday October 22nd
Saloon Restaurant , 7th and Fitzwater
Blackbird Society Orchestra 'live'
We will help set the tone for the celebrations the next day with the music of  Eddie Lang . Please call ahead for reservations as this fine establishment is often sold out in advance !

You can help ! 
If you'd like to contribute please got to our GoFundMe page .

For more information and updates please contact Richard Barnes of Blackbird Society Orchestra

Facebook Page 

Saturday, December 19, 2015

Growing Up in South Philadelphia

Eddie Lang's Neighborhood - St Albans Street between 7th & 8th
Views of the neighborhood showing the James Campbell School where Lang met Joe Venuti.

Cianfrani Park now graces where the school once stood. We had the honor of performing there in the Summer of 2015. Nearby at the Saloon , hang 2 photos of Lang and Kitty.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Eddie Lang Day in Philadelphia 2015
October 25th , 2015

Details in the works !

"You know Eddie ....I was just thinking , we should do something really Special this year !"

A Super Super Special Special kind of Production

Please contact me if you're interested in attending, performing or just being kept in the know !
or on FB

Friday, July 25, 2014

Eddie Lang Day in Philadelphia 2014

Just Announced !

The much anticipated return of the original and only official tribute to the "father of Jazz guitar " - South Philadelphia's own Eddie Lang - has just been announced !

"Eddie Lang Day in Philadelphia 2014 " will be held this year at the Reading Terminal Market , 12th & Arch Street, Phila.

For updates please email  or

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 Sponsors this year include :

Reading Terminal Market 



Monday, February 24, 2014

Have you Heard the news? It's all over the air waves !!!!

Plans for original -and only- Eddie Lang Day in Philadelphia

are under way for October 25th , 2014 . 

If you;re interested in performing, volunteering or attending then please email your information to :