Philadelphia’s Dende & Band will play the Latin Roots Block Party | photo via

As part of the Mural Arts Open Source initiative, WXPN’s Latin Roots – in collaboration with AL DÍA News Media, AfroTaino Productions, and Raíces Culturales Latinoamericanas, are presenting a block party on Saturday, October 3rd.

The free block party is taking place at 8th and Susquehanna Streets in North Philly starting at Noon. Live music and art will come together as part of the Open Source art project with performances from Puerto Rico’s Calma Carmona and Philly based Dende & Band. DJ Rahsaan will be playing a mix of Latin, soul, Afro-Cuban, and hip-hop music throughout the afternoon.

Philly based Open Source artists Keir Johnston and Ernel Martinez are in the process of converting a warehouse on 8th Street and Susquehanna into a community center dedicated to capturing stories of migration and immigration into Philadelphia. Information from the captured histories will be rendered visually inside and outside the building. The goal of the center is to bridge the African American and Hispanic communities that are divided by the 5th Street corridor through sharing of personal histories. The block party will celebrate the intersection of cultures with music, dancing, food, interaction with the artists and the people in the community.

For more information about the artists and the Mural Arts Open Source project go here.

Go here for more info about WXPN’s Latin Roots.

Below, watch a live session with Calma Carmona, who will be making her first appearance in Philadelphia.