Support music education for Philly youth with a donation to our Music Futures Campaign today – now every contribution up to $15,000 will be matched dollar for dollar!

The Lydia Hilliard Experience

Saturday, May 25, 2024
Doors: 6:30pm | Show: 8pm
$30 - $35 advance | $35 - $40 day of show


  • This is a ticketed event. Everyone must have a ticket for entry.
  • Join us before the show for dinner & drinks in The Lounge, our full-service restaurant & bar on the upstairs level which opens at 6pm. View menu & make a reservation.
  • Mezzanine ticket holders are seated on the balcony overlooking the main stage, with access to a private bar, restrooms, and dining area where you can order from The Lounge menu.
  • If you require accessible seating and none is available online, please contact us at or 215-222-1400 prior to the show so we can best accommodate your needs.
  • Join the WCL Fan Club for priority entry, food & merch discounts, exclusive offers, and more. Mega & Ultimate Fan levels include 24-hour presale access and no ticket fees.
  • World Cafe Live is a nonprofit independent venue where artistry meets social impact. Every purchase helps support our music education & community programs.
  • See FAQ for more information.
A self-professed "PK" (Preacher's Kid), Lydia displayed a gift for singing, music and playing the piano at an early age. She served as a musician and taught music to choirs at her father's church from the age of fourteen until her early thirties. With a successful 20-year career in the legal field under her belt, Lydia pressed on in pursuit of a music career. She served as the worship leader for ten years under the leadership of Pastor Alyn E. Waller at Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church in Philadelphia. She went on to perform background vocals and studio work for high-profile producers in the Philadelphia area. Lydia spread her wings as a solo artist and performed her first show in 2013 to great success. By the following year, her performances demanded a second show to accommodate her growing audience. At one of her shows, a good friend introduced Lydia and proclaimed that her show is more like an "experience." From that moment, a band was born. The Lydia Hilliard Experience is a culmination of Lydia's powerful, yet melodic singing style and engaging, down-to-earth stage presence, accompanied by a talented group of singers and musicians. Her gospel and soul-infused sound reaches a diverse audience that continues to grow in numbers.