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Big Hurrah

“Legitimately good music—lyrically complex, instrumentally nuanced… exploring love, relationships & social justice”
—Philadelphia Citizen

LiveConnections Big Hurrah

Monday, November 18, 2019*

World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut Street, Philadelphia

Join us for LiveConnections’ annual party, an evening of exceptional artistry, amazing food and drink, and all of the “feel good” moments you could want. This year’s program will spotlight the album WAKE UP EVERYBODY with collaborative performances by students from Hill-Freedman World Academy and artists Andrew Lipke, Luke Carlos O’Reilly and Kristal “Tytewriter” Oliver, plus special guests to be announced. We’ll also be presenting our 5th Annual Connector Award to Dyana Williams, for exemplifying the power of connection through music.

All proceeds benefit LiveConnections’ music education and community program.

Sponsorship opportunities are available.

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$100 advance (must be purchased by November 17)
$125 day-of
$500 Family Sponsor, including 4 tickets + donation

Ticket includes food, non-alcoholic beverages and draft beer/house wine (cash bar for other drinks). General admission seating. No printed tickets are necessary; please check in at the registration table when you arrive. No refunds

5th Annual Connector Award

Dyana Williams, radio host & artist coach

Dyana Williams sits at the edge of a row of seats in the audience of a theater.The Connector Award honors someone who shares LiveConnections’ vision for crossing boundaries and who works to build bridges, create collaborations and fuel innovation. Our 2019 awardee exemplifies the power of connection through music. Dyana Williams is an award-winning radio host, currently hosting “Afternoon Delight with Dyana Williams” on Radio One Philadelphia’s Classix1079. She is also the entertainment correspondent for “Chasing News” with Bill Spadea that airs on Fox29 in Philadelphia. Named “The Ambassador of African-American Music,” Williams’ activism helped establish June as Black Music Month. Williams also does artist development and has provided media strategies for celebrities including Rihanna, Justin Bieber, Shawn Mendes, Alessia Cara, Janelle Monae and The Zac Brown Band, among many others. A past president of the Philadelphia GRAMMY chapter for two years, she remains on the board of The Philadelphia Chapter of the Recording Academy. She also serves on the board of the National Museum of African-American Music in Nashville, as well as on the board of visitors of her alma mater, Temple University’s Klein School of Media and Communication. Dyana has co-produced the Marian Anderson Awards at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts in Philadelphia, and has honored James Earl Jones, Jon Bon Jovi, Berry Gordy, Patti Labelle, Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff. She is the proud mother of three adult children Caliph, Isa and Princess Idia Gamble, and “Nana Dyana” to Luke Gamble.

[Read more about Dyana’s work in the New York Times.]

Young Connector Award

LiveConnections’ 3rd Annual Young Connector Award will be presented to a student from one of our programs who demonstrates creativity, leadership and the ability to foster connections among people. The awardee will be announced in October.


Boost visibility for your brand while supporting high-impact, community-forward music education. Sponsorship packages range from $1000-$25000, and include tickets and recognition at the Big Hurrah, employee engagement opportunities at World Cafe Live, and fun perks throughout our 2019-2020 season. Learn more>


Do I need printed tickets?
No printed tickets are necessary. Please check-in at the registration table when you arrive to get your nametag and swag bag.

What kind of food will be served?
There will be butlered appetizers and several themed food stations with a variety of meat and vegetarian options. Plus dessert!

Is there an open bar?
Draft beer, house wine and non-alcoholic beverages are included in the ticket price. A cash bar is available for other drinks.

Are there reserved seats?
$10,000 and up sponsors will have reserved seats on the mezzanine, but otherwise everything is open seating. Food and drink will be available on the ground floor of Downstairs Live along with theater-style chairs, and any additional mezzanine space will be open for extra seating.

What is the order of the evening?
Doors open at 5:30pm. Food and drink will be available and online auction bidding will be open. At around 6:45pm we will present an exciting 75-minute program featuring LiveConnections artists and students collaborating on a variety of fun and inspiring music. Following the program, dessert and coffee will be served.

What is the suggested attire?
We’re laid-back people, so we suggest “classy casual attire” – whatever you’d wear for a night out on the town. Formal wear not required.

Who will be there?
The guest list includes a cross-section of the people who make up LiveConnections’ community: artists, students and teachers, supporters, business and civic leaders, LiveConnections board and staff, and music-lovers of all sorts.

Who does the event benefit?
All proceeds support the work of LiveConnections: inspiring learning and building community through collaborative music-making. LiveConnections is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, EIN 26-2666641.

Is this event accessible?
We aim to create a welcoming experience for all guests. World Cafe Live is ADA accessible, with an elevator and accessible restrooms on all floors. Theater-style seating will be available for the duration of the event and can easily be moved/arranged for wheelchairs or mobility devices. ASL interpretation will be available. Audio description and/or large print programs may be available upon request; please inquire at least 2 weeks in advance. Although we encourage an atmosphere of quiet listening out of respect for the artists, we understand that some guests may need to vocalize or move. The performance will be amplified and there may be moving lights, but we do not anticipate any sudden loud noises or bright flashing lights. We invite guests to bring their aides free of charge; please contact us in advance to RSVP. And of course, feel free to contact us in advance with any other requests. 

Getting Here & Parking

How do I get to World Cafe Live?
World Cafe Live is located on Walnut Street just west of 30th St, 2 blocks away from 30th Street Station and an easy walk for subway or regional rail commuters.

Where can I park?
Metered street parking is available around World Cafe Live on Walnut Street, Lower Walnut Street (also known as Jones Way and only accessible from 31st Street), Chestnut Street and 31st Street. After 5:30pm, the AFSCME parking lot on Lower Walnut Street becomes available for free parking for World Cafe Live guests. In addition, there are lots/garages at Penn Park (31st & Lower Walnut Street), Cira Green (on 30th between Chestnut & Walnut) and the Left Bank (past WCL on Walnut Street). Consult each lot for fees/restrictions.