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Ars Nova Workshop

Solar Myth

Live jazz has claimed the former 1950s Boot & Saddle bar in South Philly.

We love “Philadelphia” magazine’s take.

“Boot & Saddle has now been replaced by another special place: Solar Myth. This is no cookie-cutter Philadelphia music venue.

“The pre-show music at the bar isn’t from Spotify. It’s all vinyl, played through an analog sound system.

“And the bookings? Don’t expect to show up here for anything remotely Top 40 or Top 100 or even Top 1,000,000, really. Solar Myth presents avant-garde music. Special music for people with special musical tastes or just open-minded people who are up for anything.”

The nonprofit Ars Nova Workshop now has the lease.

In partnership with Solar Myth, a new café and bar that will operate in the space, “Ars Nova will have exclusive access to the venue formerly known as Boot & Saddle,” the new tenant announced.

Solar Myth is now open.

And, among Ars Nova Workshop’s upcoming small concerts, “Philadelphia’s most reliable presenter of jazz and new music” will present a two-night program of hypnotic performances by Chicago trio Bitchin Bajas, Dec. 6 & 7, 2022.


Photo credit: Gab Bonghi

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