Your guide to Philly's diverse creative scene, nightlife, music, food & more
Fox’s Emmy Award-winning show So You Think You Can Dance has captivated audiences and reinvigorated the country’s fascination with dance forms of all genres. You can watch season 11’s talented top 10 in Philadelphia for a live, one-night-only performance at the Merriam Theater.
Hailed as the “spiritual love child of Sade and D’Angelo” by Rolling Stone magazine, songstress Goapele is set to perform at World Cafe Live. Since the 2001 release of her debut project Closer, the Berklee-trained singer/songwriter has entertained fans around the world with her honest music and undeniably soulful sound. Get there in time for the opening performance by Philadelphia’s own R&B/pop/folk vocalist Jade Alston.
Usher is hitting the road with his 27-city music tour, The UR Experience. The self-proclaimed “pop revolution” performer has been spotted hanging out at a few Philly hotspots lately, and he’s returning to perform at the Wells Fargo Center later this month. Usher’s show will feature his signature electrifying dance moves, beat-heavy club anthems and hard-hitting R&B classics from his 20-year discography of chart-topping tracks.
One Wednesday a month, the Kimmel Center opens its doors and stages to some of the city's hottest musicals talents for its popular music showcase, Sittin' In. Approaching its third year, this free concert/party/jam session mash-up is Philly’s go-to event for emerging talent, locally based touring musicians and the music lovers that can't get enough of their dope sounds. This month’s show features performances by the Venissa Santi Band and the Francois Zayas Quintet.
Ms. Lauryn Hill’s 1998 debut album, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, sold more than 12 million copies, earning the singer/songwriter five GRAMMYs and the respect of fans from around the world. Now, Hill is back on the road to connect with fans and perform reimagined versions of the hit songs we all love. Rapper Talib Kweli opens the Electric Factory show.
Undeniably one of the most significant albums in the history of American music, Stevie Wonder’s Songs in the Key of Life continues to shape and influence music worldwide. As part of his 11-city music tour, the legendary singer/songwriter gives fans a chance to relive the classic at the Wells Fargo Center.
The U.S. first got a taste of Daley’s soulful sounds after he collaborated with Philly’s own Marsha Ambrosius on the hit single Alone Together, which appeared on his six-track EP Alone Together. Since finding success in the states, Daley was nominated for two Soul Train Music Awards, collaborated with super producer Pharrell Williams and was featured on Nelly’s 2013 track Heaven.
It’s official—fall is here. While the weather is cooling down outside, things on the Philly music scene are only getting hotter and hotter. This season, Philly is packed with a steady flow of can’t-miss concerts, shows and festivals. The lineup of hit-making acts stopping through the city includes big names such as Common, Jill Scott, Ledisi, Ms. Lauryn Hill and Stevie Wonder. We pulled together a list of our top 20 picks.
With a discography that spans two decades and includes hits like the Philly anthem Summertime, hometown legend DJ Jazzy Jeff is legit music royalty. Philly 360° sat down with the busy, internationally touring DJ and his protégé, Philly hip-hop artist Dayne Jordan, for an exclusive, first-time-ever interview on their forthcoming project. Watch our video for a behind-the-scenes look at the duo at work in Jeff’s studio and for more details on their soon-to-be-released album.
Project Runway winner and Philly native Dom Streater is on a winning streak, and the city has been cheering her on every step of the way. Philly 360° even hit the road to attend Dom’s New York Fashion Week debut. Check out our video for a sneak preview of Dom’s spring 2015 collection and her custom headphone collaboration with high-end audio brand Velodyne.
The Philadelphia fall arts season is in full swing and the Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts is bringing a phenomenal lineup of internationally renowned jazz concerts our way. You’ll definitely want to catch these shows—from the moving lyrics of Philly’s own Ursula Rucker to such acclaimed musicians as Patti Austin, Arturo Sandoval and Branford Marsalis.
Red Bull has done it again. Last month, Red Bull Curates: The Canvas Cooler Project landed in Philadelphia for the first time. This innovative project presented 20 emerging local artists who each were given a blank, canvas-wrapped Red Bull cooler to transform into a signature work of art.
All of the Canvas Cooler artists were hand-selected and curated by the Arts Fund, which is a national charity that raises funds for art. The Philadelphia event included a fresh lineup of local talents including notorious prankster street artist Kid Hazo, popular Instagram sketcher Dessie Jackson, neo-pop painter Thomas Buildmore, and Philly 360°'s own Stacey "Flygirrl" Wilson.
The finished coolers were revealed to the public during a one-night-only gallery exhibit at Arch Enemy Arts in Old City. Along with the artists and fans that gathered in the space to view the work, Mr. Sonny James and DJ Matthew Law of Illvibe were on-site to provide a dope party playlist. During the event, two artists were selected by a panel of judges to display and sell their work during Art Basel Week at Scope Art Fair in Miami Beach later this winter. The two Philadelphia winners were Distort and Air Rat.
Even though the event has now passed, art lovers in Philadelphia will continue enjoy the custom creations. Each of the Red Bull coolers will be on display at a local drinking establishments, cultural hubs and music venues for the public's viewing pleasure. You can check out the full list of cooler locations below.
Kudos to Red Bull and Arts Fund for bringing another dope concept our way. Turns out that Red Bull gives you wings AND brings you fresh, locally-created art. #winning
|AirRat @ Ortliebs||Ticky @ Kung Fu Necktie|
|Jason Andrew Turner @ Buffalo Billiards||FlyGirrl @ iCandy|
|Conrad Benner @ Electric Factory||Bob Will Rein @ Raven Lounge|
|Thomas Buildmore @ Lucha Cartel||Ryan Beck @ Milkboy|
|Tim McFarlane @ Tango||Maritza Ranero @ Garage|
|Kid Hazo @ South Bowl||Distort @ Underground Arts|
|Pete Zembley @ Sugar House||Jon Krause @ Bottle Bar East|
|Caryn Kunkle @ Fringe Arts Building||Hannah Taylor @ The Dolphin|
|Monique Ligons @ Silk City||Dessie Jackson @ Union Transfer|
|Jae Martin @ Handle Bar||American Queen TJD @ Bob and Barbaras|
This year, Halloween falls on a Friday and that's means there will be plenty of weekend fun to be had in Philadelphia. Here’s how the weekend sets up: Thursday, October 30 is Mischief Night; Friday, October 31 is Halloween; and Saturday, November 1 is Day of the Dead.
We’ve pulled together a few of our favorite Halloween events to get you started, including haunted houses and ghost tours, that run all weekend long. Whether you’re looking to celebrate at a late-night bash, embark on creepy tour or dance the night away to live music, we've got you covered.
On top of all of the weekend’s festivities, Sunday also marks the end of Daylight Savings Time, which means there’s an extra hour to celebrate this Halloween weekend.
You can check out our top picks below. Also, visit uwishunu.com for a detailed day-by-day guide to Halloween weekend.
Through November 8. | Eastern State Penitentiary, 2027 Fairmount Avenue | Details
The once-abandoned Eastern State Penitentiary is now home to one of the nation’s most frightful haunted house events, Terror Behind the Walls. Hollywood-quality sets, animatronics, custom-designed soundtracks and a cast of more than 200 professional performers delight in scaring thrill-seekers, earning kudos as one of the top haunted houses in the country.
Thursday, October 30 | Cantina los Caballitos, 651 E Passyunk Ave | Details
Seasonal food specials, pumpkin margaritas, prizes for best costumes and more await patrons at South Philly’s Cantina Los Caballitos on October 30. Dancing, a DJ and drink specials top off a fun night on East Passyunk Avenue.
Thursday, October 30 | Painted Bride Art Center, 322 Vine Street | Details
Old City’s Painted Bride Art Center has an evening of mischief, mayhem and live music planned for the night before Halloween. Electronic group Worldtown Sound System and rock band Cask & Co. will collide in a Mischief Night mashup to remember. Costumes are strongly encouraged. Tickets, which go for $15, are available online.
Thursday, October 31 | Details
Brains! The neighborhood of Northern Liberties welcomes zombies for the annual Zombie Crawl. From 6 p.m. to 2 a.m., guests are encouraged to dress in their best zombie apparel and head out to bars throughout the neighborhood for specials on Magic Hat beer and Jägermeister. The bash will start at North Bowl with zombie makeup consultations and drink specials. From there, zombies will crawl to six bars in the area. Tickets are $10 at the door and $5 in advance.
Thursday, October 30 | Silk City, 435 Spring Garden Street | Details
Costume contests and prizes make for a Halloween-inspired Thursday at Silk City. Dutty Chutney and DJ Sega are the evening’s entertainment. Hint: Show up before 10 p.m. and get in for free.
Friday, October 31 | Silk City, 435 Spring Garden Street | Details
Dance all night at Silk City’s Halloween costume bash. Come dressed to impress for the chance to win one of numerous prizes and get down to music from a rocking DJ. Cover rings in at $5 for gals and $10 for guys.
Friday, October 31 | Johnny Brenda's, 1201 Frankford Avenue | Details
Dance all night at Johnny Brenda’s Universal Cave Halloween, a full evening of music from a solid lineup of DJs. The party lasts from 8 p.m. until 2 a.m. downstairs at the well-loved Fishtown music venue.
Friday, October 31 | Union Transfer, 1003 Spring Garden Street | Details
Dance ’til you drop at Making Time’s Halloween party edition at Union Transfer. Get down to music by headliners Dum Dum Girls in addition to Dave P. and Sammy Slice. The party starts at 9 p.m. and runs until 2 a.m. Tickets, $15, are available online.
Friday, October 31 | Details
Boo! Xfinity Live hosts six themed parties this Halloween night. Dress up and head out for rocking music, drink specials and plenty of revelry. Also enjoy free Halloween swag, candy and prizes for the best dressed guests.
Friday, October 31 | World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut Street | Details
Celebrate one of Michael Jackson’s best-known albums, Thriller, with a Halloween party dedicated to his hits. World Cafe Live will host #TeamSoulidified, DJs and special guests for a true tribute to the music genius. $15 tickets are required.
If you’ve never been to an Illvibe Collective party before… Well, you haven’t really partied.This Philly DJ crew spins records so hard, and makes the party so live, that you'll have no choice but to sweat it out on the dance floor.
Saturday, November 1 | Underground Arts, 1200 Callowhill Street | Details
Shake it out at Underground Arts’ Halloween bash featuring Philly Bloco, a high-energy musical group that modeled itself after the street bands of Rio de Janeiro. Guests are encouraged to don their Halloween costumes and head out for the bash. Tickets are $15 each and are available online.
The Philadelphia fall arts season is in full swing and the Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts is bringing a phenomenal lineup of internationally renowned talent our way.
Anchored in the popular West Philadelphia neighborhood of the University City, the Annenberg produces a full year of rich music and cultural programming on the campus of University of Pennsylvania. From jazz greats like Patti Austin and Branford Marsalis, to the acclaimed poetry of Philadelphia's own Ursula Rucker, the Annenberg is set to present an unstoppable season of programming once again.
You can visit www.annenbergcenter.org to view their full year of programs. To get you started, we've pulled together a few of the Annenberg's can't-miss shows below. Check out our top picks!
November 1, 8 p.m. | Zellerbach Theatre | $30-75 | Buy tickets here.
Patti Austin, the Grammy® award-winning vocalist, began her career at age four, and has wowed audiences ever since. Her 17 albums range from jazz to soul to R&B and her voice has graced the recordings of Quincy Jones, Luther Vandross, Bette Midler and Diana Ross. Austin’s stunning vocals continue to impress and electrify, making her a true artist whose creativity knows no limits.
November 16, 7 p.m. | Zellerbach Theatre | $30-75 | Buy tickets here.
Arturo Sandoval is the most prodigious Cuban trumpeter of his generation. A protege of legendary jazz master Dizzy Gillespie, Sandoval forged his own bold synthesis of bebop and Cuban styles, earning him 10 Grammy awards, six Billboard awards and one Emmy award along the way. He is known for his virtuoso technical ability and gravity-defying improvisational flights. Whenever Sandoval picks up his horn, expect that fireworks will follow.
January 15-17, Various Times | Zellerbach Theatre | $30 | Buy tickets here.
Contemporary dance meets theatre, performance art, opera, ballet …and drag! Rosie Herrera’s innovative ensemble makes its way from Miami’s vibrant arts scene to the Annenberg Center stage for its Philadelphia debut. A favorite at the prestigious American Dance Festival, this program includes Various Stages of Drowning: A Cabaret and Dining Alone.
January 23 & 24, 8 p.m. | Harold Prince Theatre | $30 | Buy tickets here.
A moving memoir told through a compilation of five solo contemporary dance performances. Choreographed and performed by local Philadelphia artist Amy Lynne Barr, the evening explores many aspects of what it really means to experience life: What is one capable of? What will one become? What is the meaning of all that surrounds us?
February 5, 7:30 p.m. | Zellerbach Theatre | $30-75 | Buy tickets here.
NEA Jazz Master, Grammy® award‐winning saxophonist and Tony® award nominee Branford Marsalis is one of the most revered instrumentalists today. Born into New Orleans’ most distinguished musical family, his life and career have intersected with a host of jazz giants including Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, Herbie Hancock and Sonny Rollins. Marsalis leads his quartet with the charisma and intensity of a living jazz legend.
March 28, 8 p.m. | Zellerbach Theatre | $30-75 | Buy tickets here.
Jazz violinist Regina Carter speaks to her generation and her ancestors. Her latest recording, Southern Comfort, pays homage to her grandfather’s roots and mixes blues, gospel, spiritual, folk and country music as they evolved with jazz, R&B and global influences. “Regina Carter creates music that is wonderfully listenable, probingly intelligent and, at times, breathtakingly daring…taking the listener into the future of jazz” (Time Magazine).
February 6 – 7, 8 p.m. | Harold Prince Theater | $30 | Buy tickets here.
Her art is for social change. Philadelphia-born poet, activist and recording artist Ursula Rucker bares heart and soul through poetry. My Father’s Daughter is a live, epic poem accompanied by music and video imagery that tells Rucker’s painful but victorious survival story. The wounded life of her mother informs the daughter, creating the artist and woman Rucker is today.
This weekend, Dice Raw of The Roots is hitting the stage, headlining New Freedom Theatre's latest production, "The Last Jimmy." A hip-hop satire, "The Last Jimmy" tackles the emotionally-charged subject of mass incarceration of African-American males in the US. The hip-hop musical odyssey travels through the plight of the court experience of young African American males, and the American prison system expressed through song, music, and dance.
The production was written by Phillip Brown, includes original music and lyrics by Dice Raw of the Roots Crew and is directed by noted Philadelphia-based director, Ozzie Jones. Dice Raw’s highly-acclaimed concept album “Jimmy’s Back” is the centerpiece for this entertaining and thought-provoking production.
A popular and present artist on the Philadelphia music scene, Dice Raw raw's signature style of rap was first heard alongside Philly's famous hip-hop band, The Roots. Dice made his industry debut on the hit track "The Lesson, Pt. 1." And soon after, he made a name for himself with his distinct cameos on "Adrenaline" and "Lockdown," where his hard-hitting style worked perfectly alongside the heady rhymes of Roots frontman Black Thought.
Along with Dice Raw, the production features a stellar lineup of Philadelphia talents, and after each performance audience members are invited to stick around for a post-show talkback discussion. Each discussion will feature a panel of experts on the African American male experience in the criminal justice system.
Since 1966, New Freedom Theatre has trained generations of black creatives and presented productions that give voice to the African-American experience, and make it accessible for all. Certainly, "The Last Jimmy" is no exception. Don't miss this groundbreaking work featuring many of Philly's best talents on one stage.
Friday evening, legendary classical soprano superstar Kathleen Battle takes center stage at The Kimmel Center, singing songs in the tradition of African-American spirituals. In a moving evening of music, including popular music like 'Lord, How Come Me Here?' and 'He's Got the Whole World In His Hands,' Battle will take her audience on a journey through the spirituals and hymns that express the suffering, salvation, triumph and freedom of the African-American experience.
A 5-time Grammy winner, Battle's captivating soprano voice has made her one of the most-acclaimed artists in contemporary opera and classical music. She has performed with the New York Philharmonic, The Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Vienna Philharmonic, Jessye Norman, Luciano Pavarotti, and in every major opera house around the globe.
This Friday, Battle will be joined by Cyrus Chestnut on piano, Riza Printup on harp and The Philadelphia Heritage Chorale directed by choirmaster J. Donald Dumpson.
Guests are also invited to join The Kimmel Center for a free pre-show panel discussion on Philadelphia's connection and history with the Underground Railroad in the SEI Innovation Studio.
The panel discussion begins at 6:30 p.m. and will be moderated by Nick Taliaferro from WURD. Other panelists include Cornelia Swinson of Johnson House in Germantown; V. Chapman-Smith of National Archives and Records Administration; Rev. Dr. James Forbes; Rev. Tyler of Mother Bethel A.M.E. Church; and Author and historian Richard Newman of The Library Company of Philadelphia.
Come out to experience one of the world's finest voices, as Kathleen Battle effortlessly weaves black music and history together for an unforgettable night of music in The Kimmel Center's Verizon Hall. Grab your tickets now.
This week, Pier Entertainment returns with another edition of their fresh Thursday night live music series, Up-Close Live, which takes place at popular West Oak Lane soul food joint, Relish.
The next edition of Up-Close Live features an intimate set of music by Philly's favorite music-transplant, Aaron Camper. After spending months on the road touring with big names like Justin Timberlake and Chris Brown, Camper is back in town and ready to perform for his Philly fans.
Recently, Camper hit us with a brand new single “My Heart" — an upbeat banger written by singer/songwriter and Maroon 5 member, PJ Morton and produced by Warryn Campbell and the head of BASSic Black Entertainment (BBE), Adam Blackstone. The track is reminiscent of a Michael Jackson throwback and has an infectious, undeniable groove that will definitely get Camper some well-deserved accolades, downloads and radio play. Check out the track below.
In addition to two full sets by the featured artist at 7p.m. and 9 p.m., there will also be a live interview with Philly-based blogger and Ebony contributor Sincerely Syreeta. Guests will also be able to enjoy special menu pricing during the show as well.
Good eats and great music? This is definitely Philly entertainment at its finest.
Looking for your next Philly culture fix? Well, look no further. Every Friday night through the end of the year, The Barnes Foundation will keep its doors open a little later for some after-hours art fun on The Parkway.
From 5 to 9 p.m., guests can enjoy a drink, mix and mingle with other art-lovers and check out the Barnes’ collection of works. Friday night attendees can sip wine and cocktails in The Barnes' stunning indoor and courtyard spaces while taking in the incredible collection, which includes work by all of the greats — from Matisse to Van Gogh.
The best part? For the next two Friday nights — Friday, October 10 and Friday, October 17 — use code UWISHUNU50 to get half off tickets courtesy of our friends at uwishunu.com. With promo code UWISHUNU50 tickets are just $11. Tickets include after-hours access to the collection, and cocktails are available for purchase at an on-site bar.
Tickets for Friday Nights at The Barnes Foundation are available at the door, online or over the phone at 215-278-7200. Just enter the code UWISHUNU50 online at checkout, mention over the phone or present the promo code at the door to redeem the deal.
Score these tickets now, and look out for upcoming special events at the Barnes, too, including First Friday soirees and Young Professional nights.
Once a month on Wednesdays, The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts opens its doors and stages to some of the city's hottest musicals talents for the popular Philadelphia music showcase, Sittin' In. Now approaching its third year, this free concert/party/jam session mashup is Philadelphia's go-to event for emerging talent, locally-based touring musicians — and the music lovers that can't get enough of their soulful sounds.
From stellar featured acts to the Sittin' In house band and resident DJ Matthew Law, this signature Philly jam attracts the best and brightest performers and musicians from Philadelphia, and beyond.
Recently, Philly 360° caught up with Sittin' In mastermind Anthony Tidd, as he led rehearsals for last month's all-star edition of Sittin' In, which featured headlining performances by Philly faves like Laurin Talese, Kate Faust, Jeff Bradshaw and Ursula Rucker.
Along with interviewing Tidd, we talked with the incredible group of musicians that regularly make up the Sittin' In house band, including Korey Riker, Ernest Stuart, Steve Tirpak, Josh Lawrence and Luke Carlos O'Reilly — each a notable artist in their own right. Be sure to check out our recap video below.
If you missed Sittin' In All Stars, don't fret, The Kimmel is back on the scene with another round of genre-defying musical awesomeness. You can take a look at the dates and featured talent for the next two installments of Sittin' In below.
Nas is hitting the road for a U.S. tour. He’ll perform music from the project that launched his career, Time is Illmatic—widely embraced as one of the most influential albums in hip-hop. This highly anticipated tour coincides with the release of the legendary rapper’s Tribeca Film documentary, Nas: Time Is Illmatic. Philly hip-hop fans can catch him at The Keswick Theater.
DesignPhiladelphia returns, taking over a host of Philly venues and creative spaces this October. Now in its 10th year, the festival has grown into one of the largest of its kind, presenting 120 exhibitions, open studio tours, talks and workshops, plus 400 of the city’s brightest creative professionals.
This month’s installment of the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s popular Friday night mixer, Art After 5, promises to be an unforgettable sonic journey, laced with the sweet rhythms of Afropop music. DJ Rahsaan starts the evening with the latest hits from Ghana and beyond, and multi-instrumentalist Kinobe—hailed as the new voice of Ugandan music—closes the night out with an intimate set of world music.
Music all-stars Afrojack, Wiz Khalifa, LP and OCD: Moosh & Twist land in Philly this month to headline the Forbes Under 30 Music Festival. Held at The Piazza in Northern Liberties, the festival kicks off Forbes’ Under 30 Summit, which will host 1,000 of the country’s leading young entrepreneurs for three days of panels, TED-style presentations and Shark Tank-style pitch contests.
After spending months on the road touring with industry heavyweights such as Justin Timberlake, Philly’s favorite music transplant, Aaron Camper, is back in town and performing at West Oak Lane soul food joint Relish. The next edition of Up-Close Live features two full sets of music by Camper and a live interview with Philly-based blogger and Ebony contributor Sincerely Syreeta.
Calling all the lovers: Still riding high off the release of her latest album Friends & Lovers, R&B songstress Marsha Ambrosius is set to hit The TLA on South Street for an incredible night of Philly soul. If you’re jonesin’ for Marsha’s killer vocals, sultry music and “keep-it-trill” commentary on life and love, we suggest you grab tickets now.
The night before MIA hit the Parkway with headliners Pharrell and Kanye West, a concert/party of epic proportions went down at Voltage Lounge. A BASSic Black Entertainment–X Kontraband 215 mashup, PhillyMade featured an incredible roster of talent including West Philly emcee Chill Moody, singer/songwriter Aaron Camper, Kontraband 215 front man Scoop, and hip-hop great Common. Watch our recap video.
Each month, Philly 360° showcases a creative from a trendy neighborhood in Philly. We recently linked up with graphic artist and nightlife connoisseur Jake Weaver of Northern Liberties—also referred to as “NoLibs” by locals. From vintage sneaker consignment shop Sole Patrol to his favorite burger joint PYT, Jake gives us an insider’s look at his ’hood. Get details here.
For the next edition of the Philly° 360 Style Guide, we're focusing our attention on a special group of stylish gents that we've dubbed "The Heritage Hipster." You know the type—he’s uber stylish, wears great heritage brand jeans, loves vintage everything and is well-groomed in the most unassuming way. If that’s you, then we have a few OId City shops that you must check out. Find out more here.
For the third year in a row, BlackStar Film Festival exploded on the scene to shine a spotlight on the films and filmmakers that are broadening the definition of black cinema around the globe. Philly 360° went behind the scenes to capture the people and movement that powered BlackStar 2014. Watch our video recap.
Patrick Kelly: Runway of Love & Gerlan Jeans Loves Patrick Kelly When: April 27, 2014 - November 30, 2014 Where: Perelman Building, Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2525 Pennsylvania Avenue Cost: $20 General Admission | $14 Students More Info: www.philamuseum.org…
Body Rock When: Friday, October 31, 9 p.m. Where: Kung Fu Necktie, 1250 N. Front Street Cost: $5 More Info: Click here. If you’ve never been to an Illvibe Collective party before… Well, you haven’t really partied.This Philly DJ…
Powerhouse 2014 When: Friday, October 31, 6 p.m. Where: Wells Fargo Center, 3601 S Broad Street Cost: $20-150 More Info: Buy tickets here. A staple on the Philly urban music scene, Power 99 FM is back on the scene…