Your guide to Philly's diverse creative scene, nightlife, music, food & more
Philly, this one's for you. Jay Z’s Made in America Music Festival is returning to Philadelphia this Labor Day weekend 2015. The two-day festival will be hitting the streets of Philadelphia on Saturday and Sunday, September 5 and 6.
For those looking to be one of the first to score tickets to the popular music festival, presale tickets are currently on sale through today, May 21 at 10 p.m. Two-day passes to the festival are available for $99.50 per person (plus taxes and fees) for a very limited time only. Click here to purchase your two-day pass and use code BMIAPHILLY to access the presale.
The official lineup has not yet been announced, but Made in America always delivers an awesome lineup — think Kanye West, Kings of Leon, Tiësto and more last year, and Beyonce, Nine Inch Nails, Calvin Harris and more two years ago.
Stay tuned for more information on the Made in America festival.
**A version of this post originally appeared on uwishunu.com**
Hometown music legend DJ Jazzy Jeff needs no introduction. A revered DJ and producer, Jeff has made a global impact on music, including winning the first GRAMMY in hip-hop with his partner The Fresh Prince aka Will Smith. DJ Jazzy Jeff is legit music royalty, and when it comes to making hits and impacting music culture, he has the Midas touch.
This weekend, to celebrate the opening of the Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest on Penn's Landing, DJ Jazzy Jeff will spin a rollerskate friendly set of music from 9 to 11 p.m. You can catch Jeff — and show off your "Roll Bounce" moves — for RiverRink's opening weekend festivities, which kick off on Friday, May 22.
For the first time this year, the area that housed this past winter’s Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest will transform into a warm-weather edition with a roller rink, a boathouse-styled Lodge, a play area for kids, food and drink options and summer events throughout the season. Opening Memorial Day weekend, Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest will be free and open to the public daily through the end of September.
Also, as part of the opening weekend festivities, make sure to stop by the kickoff of the Visit Philly Beer Garden Series at Spruce Street Harbor Park this Friday.
For DJ Jazzy Jeff Philly fans, the Friday night skate party will definitely be an exciting homecoming to attend. As Jeff notes, "It's the best feeling in the world to play music all over the world, but, what's like home? I don't get a chance to play at home a lot, so when you get the opportunity - especially something like this - you take it."
So, this weekend, all roads lead to the Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest. It's always a good look to hear a legend like Jeff spin, and trust us — It'll feel even better on skates.
Opening weekend consists of four days of fun at the waterfront. See the complete schedule here.
Quickly becoming one of Philly music’s biggest Ambassadors, hip hop emcee Chill Moody just dropped a brand new project entitled TV Made Me Do It. The new LP is produced by Philly native, Wes Manchild and for this week’s Philly 360 playlist, we are bringing you one of the top tracks off the album, “I Can’t Stay.”
The rap ballad features the soulful Jacqueline Constance who was recently mentioned in an article on Philly.com highlighting the new generation of jazz vocalists in Philadelphia. “I Can’t Stay” shows a bit of the softer side of the boom bap rap project. Constance graces the hook and a vamp section singing of a lost love. The piano driven track provides the perfect backdrop to Moody’s laidback flow.
TV Made Me Do It is the first release from the West Philly rapper’s brand new imprint #nicethingsMusic. A conceptual album that plays on many of the television shows from youth, Moody brought his creativity to this one with songs like “The Phacts of Life” and “James Evan.” His social campaign featured various influencers talking about their favorite TV shows growing up, which built a strong buzz for the project.
From building his own label to reviving the life jam session scene with his “Phirst Tuesdays” event at Bourbon & Branch, Chill Moody is setting precedents for independent artists. It’s not just about the music, he has built an entire brand and experience around his music and performance.
It won’t be long before he is a household name across the country, but rest assured, he we always rep his hometown!
Encouraging healthy lifestyles for girls and communities is cornerstone of GrassROOTS Community Foundation, which for a third year will host the Roots, Rock, Run (R3) 5k Walk and Run.
This year, the race will be in Philadelphia's historic Germantown neighborhood. Participants will again meet for the 5k at Anna Lane Lingelbach Elementary School, where they will break off to continue on designated routes. Pre-registration is $25 at brynmawracing.com or race-day registration will be $30.
GrassROOTS is currently active in 10 cities in the United States and was co-founded by sociologist and organization president Dr. Janice Johnson Dias along with Tariq “Black Thought” Trotter, also MC of the hip hop group The Roots.
GrassROOTS provides educational services and special programs that focus on issues that affect disadvantaged women and girls such as obesity, exercise, breast cancer, HIV/AIDS, and suicide. Through is initiatives, GrassROOTS aims to instill positive and healthy habits for women and girls to help them become healthy adults.
So, before you head down to Festival Pier at Penn's Landing for the Roots Picnic, stop by this awesome community event to run, or cheer on runners, in the name of a better, brighter Philly.
AFROPUNK — New York's notorious urban, multicultural, genre-defying musical fete — is taking it's coveted Battle of the Bands show and contest on the road. This year, in addition to the New York show, AFROPUNK will bring its BOTB acton to two other east coast cities, ATL and Philadelphia.
Partnering with trusted Philadelphia music brand, Veteran Freshman, the Philadelphia edition of the battle offers a chance to perform at the critically acclaimed AFROPUNK Festival, which saw over 60,000 in attendance last year alone with performances from D’Angelo, Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings, Lianne La Havas, Body Count and many more.
AFROPUNK Battle of The Bands, while serving as a chance to perform on one of Brooklyn's biggest stages, has also been integral in kickstarting bands careers: The Skins signing to Rick Rubens label America, Unlocking the Truth signing to Sony, among others.
It's true. Red Bull has some serious love for the city of Philadelphia — and for our ever-growing creative scene.
Recently, the beloved energy drink brand announced that it was bringing another dope concept to our fair city. Next up, Red Bull Art of Can hits Philadelphia with a nationwide visual arts competition and public art exhibit centered around the power of the Red Bull can.
Starting with a simple can, artists of various disciplines from around the nation are invited to stretch they wings and imaginations to create an original piece of artwork in using Red Bull cans as their main material. Now through June 15, Red Bull invites artist from around teh country to submit their original art of all disciplines — including physical and digital mediums — for the 2015 edition of Art of Can.
A panel of judges from the Philadelphia arts community, including Philly 360° editor James Claiborne, will then select the finalist to be displayed at a special Center City Philadelphia showcase, later this fall. Then, from October 1 through 8, the landscape of Philadelphia’s Dilworth Park will be transformed into an interactive, digital and physical art gallery as the nationwide creative competition, Red Bull Art of Can, comes to a city that's already known for it’s famed public art.
Physical Art: A physical piece of art that uses the actual Red Bull Can as the primary material in the final work.
Digital Displayed Art: A work of art that can be displayed on a screen and includes a digital version of the Red Bull Can in the final piece. We are not designating a specific format or genre. Submissions could take the form of an animation, a digital short film, stop motion, or GIF. Essentially any displayed digital medium is fair game.
Interactive Installation Art: A piece of artwork that merges both the physical and digital world and uses the Red Bull Can as its primary source of inspiration.
The Red Bull Art of Can exhibition will run from October 1 through October 8, with a special public opening event the weekend of Oct 2 -3 at Philadelphia's newly renovated Dilworth Park.
Art Sanctuary is back on the scene with the 31st Annual Celebration of Black Writing—and this year, they are definitely doing it big. Along with weekly author readings, weekend workshops and the stunning photography exhibit Barkley Hendrix Presents: Oh, Snap!, CBW 2015 will also honor Kindred The Family Soul during its signature event, the Lifetime Achievement Awards at Temple Performing Arts Center.
The Recording Academy® Philadelphia is back with the next edition of their signature music conference, Grammy futureNOW. This must-attend event brings together the industry’s top artists, songwriters and executives to examine the current state and the future of the music. Confirmed speakers include Allen Kovac of Tenth Street Entertainment/Eleven Seven Music Group and Benjy Greenberg of indie label Rostrum Records. #GRAMMYfutureNOW
Last month, Action Bronson dropped his highly-anticipated, major-label debut Mr. Wonderful to rave reviews. Now, the rapper is on the road with a world tour supporting the record—and he’s bringing his high-energy onstage antics to South Street music hub, The TLA. Insider tip: Before or after the show, be sure to grab a “cheesesteak and a gremlin” across the street at Philly faves Ishkabibbles. You’ll be glad you did.
After a six year hiatus, Ciara is back out on the road to promote her soon-to-drop project Jackie. The 18 city US tour lands at The Keswick Theatre in Glenside, PA on May 10. We’re so hype for Ciara’s return that we’re giving one lucky fan a pair of free tickets to the show. Enter now for your chance to win!
Party with Philly’s finest DJs as the next edition of Tastytreats hits Silk City on May 15. On deck for this party are spinmaster extraordinaires Questlove and DJ Mike Nyce. This is another can’t-miss production by Stacey “Flygirrl” Wilson, so you know this party will be nothing less than flawless. #WeInThere
After touching a double bass for the first time at the age of 15, Esperanza Spalding was hailed as a jazz prodigy. Now, an internationally-recognized artist, Spalding’s music has earned her some serious cred, including a Soul Train Music Award and multiple GRAMMYs. Her latest project Emily’s D+Evolution, which includes a summer tour centered around rekindling her childhood interest in theater, poetry and movement, hits The TLA on May 17.
The wait is almost over. Roots Picnic 2015 is about to go down—bringing another dope lineup of artists to the Philly waterfront. After partying all day with acts like The Weeknd, Erykah Badu and DJ Mustard, the party moves to Underground Arts for round two. On deck for The Roots Picnic Afterparty will be Questlove, Cosmo Baker, Matthew Law and more.
Philly, it's about to go down—again. The Roots are bringing their epic music festival back to their hometown to kick off the summer. Philly 360° landed a pair of tickets to giveaway to one lucky fan. Want to be there? We know you do, so enter now to win.
There’s shortage of dope live music hitting Philadelphia stages this year. From heavyweight music veterans like Wiz Khalifa and The Roots, to shows by local and national indie music stars—we've pulled together this list of more than 20 can't-miss shows going down in Philly.
National Red Bull Freestyle champ, Mic Stew is taking over the Philly 360° Playlist with his hot single, “Black Chucks.” Undeniably, Stew is one of the dopest lyricists in Philly right now and he’s showing us exactly why he's one of the city's reigning emcees with this new track.
The African American Museum in Philadelphia just teamed up with international black art influencer Danny Simmons for their latest must-see exhibition, Badass Art Man: Original Work of Danny Simmons. Along with original work by Simmons, the show objects from his extensive collection of African and African American artwork.
For over three decades, Philadelphia has honored the literary and creative contributions of African Americans with the Annual Celebration of Black Writing. Now, presented by black cultural hub Art Sanctuary for more than a decade, this year marks 31st year of the festival which is set to flood the month of May with tons of exciting, enlightening workshops, author readings and performances.
On Friday, May 1, CBW 2015 will kick off with the opening of Barkley L. Hendricks: Oh, Snap!, a photography exhibit showing a lesser known side of the famed, Philadelphia-born painter, Barkley L. Hendricks. Oh, Snap! includes two dozen images captured by Hendricks from the late 60s to the 90s and include rarely seen images of Fela Kuti and Hendricks' time overseas in Lagos.
On Saturday, May 23, the Celebration of Black Writing festival will also offer a daylong symposium featuring numerous literary and art workshops on the campus of Temple University. A free event, this conference invites participants to discuss and learn about black art forms and their impact and presence in today's culture through the lens of local authors, artists and thought leaders.
Every third Friday Art Sanctuary hosts its monthly artist showcase, this month Sanctuary LIVE! returns in their Graduate Hospital gallery space with a very special concert with local jazz / soul vocalist, Kriss Mincey. Also,on select Wednesdays throughout May, Art Sanctuary will spotlight rising and well-known authors with readings and discussions in their gallery space.
The month-long event comes to a close with the Lifetime Achievements Awards on Friday, May 29 at the Temple Performing Arts Center. This years honorees include CBW exhibition feature Barkely L. Hendricks, notable teen author Jacqueline Woodson, and Philly's own soul duo, Kindred The Family Soul.
So, step out in style and celebration black literary arts with one of Philly's finest arts organization — Art Sancutary. Let's go!
All roads lead to University City this weekend, as The Penn Relays — a three-day track-and-field celebration — returns with another round of seriously competitive track and field action.
Watch accomplished athletes take on competitors from across the globe in games like the pole vault, long jump, high jump, javelin, 400 meter dashes, 100 meter sprints and more all day long beginning tomorrow, April 24.
Now in its 121st year — the world’s first and largest annual relay meet — this event pulls in crowds of up to 100,000 to the University of Pennsylvania’s Franklin Field, where sports-lovers of all ages gather to see some of the world’s top track athletes compete and begin Olympic careers. And, in addition to the athletes, the fans also hail from all over the country and the world.
This signature Philly event also includes an accompanying festival that lasts all three days of the event with food, crafts and souvenirs. This is definitely a must-hit event for the spring — so, make sure to check it out.
The go-to choice for hipsters, rockster, bad-boys and b-girls alike, Dr. Martens signature footwear is a recognized symbol for freedom and trendsetting style. This is the exact reason why the brand decided to setup shop in the Philly famous neighborhood of Rittenhouse. Yes, Philly cretives definitely have mad love for their Dr. Martens.
On Sunday, April 19, Jeantrix and Dr. Martens will host their second customization event, which is open to the general public from1 to 6 p.m. Dr. Marten customers that spend $50+ will get a chance to have their newly or previously purchased boots customized by the Jeantrix team with eye-popping graphics specifically designed for this event.
Customers can also bring their own ideas to the Jeantrix table — no design is off limits, everything goes! Did we mention that this customization is 100% free? #winning
Check out the recap video and visual gallery from their February collab, below.
Badass Art Man: Original Artwork of Danny Simmons When: April 24 through May 31 Where: The African American Museum in Philadelphia, 701 Arch Street Cost: Included with admission More Info: Click here. In 2012, just in time for the…
The 31st Annual Celebration of Black Writing When: May 1 - 31 Where: Various Locations Cost: See website for details. More Info: Click here. Art Sanctuary is back on the scene with The 31st Annual Celebration of Black Writing…
Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest Opening with DJ Jazzy Jeff When: DJ Set Friday, May 22, 9 - 11 p.m. | See the full weekend schedule here. Where: Penn’s Landing, 101 S. Columbus Boulevard Cost: FREE More Info: Click here…
The 8th Annual Roots Picnic When: Saturday, May 30 Where: Festival Pier at Penn's Landing, Columbus Boulevard & Spring Garden Street Cost: $99 More Info: rootspicnic.com or buy tickets here Philly, it's that time again! The Roots are bringing…