Your guide to Philly's diverse creative scene, nightlife, music, food & more
Everyone knows that Philly's musical roots run deep — from the days of early jazz straight through today — our city's soulful sounds continues to inspire new generations of musicians and music lovers. And, starting next month, there's a new go-to venue for performers and listeners alike, PHirst Tuesdays. Each month, this dope music showcase and mixer will feature a local celebrity host, featured performers, an open mic, giveaways and drink specials.
The first session will be hosted by Philly's own emerging R&B/pop star, Beano. A powerhouse vocalist and performer, Beano has been riding high since the release of his latest single, "Let It Go." You can check out our playlist recap to listen to the track.
PHirst Tuesdays will also feature a killler band, with notable area musicians like Eugene "Man-Man" Roberts, Wheatbread, JRoc — and DJ Ricochet will be holding things down on the turntables.
So, spread the word and make sure you are in the building when this event goes down. We'll be there front and center. Let's go!
Check out our exclusive recap of Chill Moody and Beano's Who Do You Love, More? album release at the Hard Rock Cafe.
When it comes down to holiday celebrations, Philly always does it big! And, Thanksgiving is no exception. From parties on Thanksgiving Eve and the 95th Annual Philadelphia Thanksgiving Day Parade to weekend nightlife affairs, we've pulled together a must-hit itinerary for Thanksgiving weekend in Philadelphia.
Also, be sure to check out uwishunu.com's complete guide to the holiday weekend for additional events and shopping options.
And, since it's the official start of the holidays, be sure to take advantage of the Visit Philly Overnight Hotel Package. It's the perfect way to explore the city’s holiday concerts, weekend parties and traditional holiday attractions throughout the entire weekend.
Wednesday, November 26, 3-9 p.m. | Rothman Institute Ice Rink at City Hall | $3 - 4
Before you hit the town for the evening, consider swinging by one of the more exciting holiday transformations in the city; the Rothman Institute Ice Rink at City Hall. The park will be open from 3 to 9 p.m. on Thanksgiving Eve, which gives you plenty of time to hit the ice before the night’s festivities. Admission is $3 for children ages 10 and under and $4 for adults. For those who don’t own their own skates, rental is $8. MORE INFO
Wednesday, November 26, 10 p.m. | Trilogy Nightclub, 601 Spring Garden Street | $10 - 20
This week, Stacey "Flygirrl" Wilson and crew will throw the Thanksgiving Eve party to end all parties — and it's going down right here in Philly. On Wednesday, November 26, the city's hottest DJs, live musicians and visual artists will all converge on Trilogy for the #ThanksgivingJawn, an unstoppable, two-floor party at Trilogy Nightclub. MORE INFO
Wednesday, November 26, 10 p.m. | Reserve Wine Bar, 724 Arch Street | $20
Stop through Reserve Wine Bar in Midtown as Revolt TV host Dj Damage provides a dope Thanksgiving Eve playlist. Damage will spin from 10 .p.m to 2 a.m. — making his long awaited first appearance in Philly since joining Diddy at Revolt TV. MORE INFO
A classic Philly tradition, the 6ABC Dunkin’ Donuts Thanksgiving Day Parade is the oldest in the country and a must-hit event for the family. The city streets will overflow stunning floats, giant balloons and local performers — from choirs and dance groups, to marching bands and more. Look forward to 18 balloons, gorgeous floats, fun special guests and stunning live performances. Get there early to make sure that you can grab a perfect view of the show. MORE INFO
Let's be honest, Thanksgiving Day is all about the eats, right? Fortunately, dozens of Philadelphia’s great restaurants make it easy for those aiming to avoid the cooking, baking, grocery store rush and post-meal clean up. Check out all of the city restaurants offering amazing dine-in or take-out meals this Thanksgiving. MORE INFO
Friday, November 28, 7 p.m. | The Liacouras Center, 1776 N Broad Street | $50-100
Philly’s fave R&B/soul station WDAS is teaming up with Soul Train to present an epic holiday jam at The Liacouras Center on N. Broad Street. On Friday, November 28 megastars including Jill Scott, Ledisi, Joe and Faith Evans will all land on one stage for an arena-rocking night of soul. Tickets will go fast, so grab your seats today. MORE INFO.
Saturday, November 29 | Uncut Fun House, 1617 N. 2nd Street | $20
Three Philly artists are teaming up on this dope new concept, House Party Art Show. Don Scott, Gabe Tiberino and Ivben Taqiy Muhammad are throwing an epic party, inspired in part by the 90's film of the same name. The perfect way to kick off your weekend or rebound after Thanksgiving eats, the House Party Art Show will touch on the history of art , fashion, hip hop and style from the late 80's to the Early 90's. MORE INFO
Housed in an architecturally stunning historic Center City Philadelphia building at 8th and Market streets, the Franklin Flea will pop up for its second year in the former home of long-shuttered department store Strawbridge & Clothier, located right next door to the brand-new Century 21 department store. At the wintertime market, shoppers can expect a finely tuned selection of around 50 vendors set up amid the antique chandeliers and marble columns of the historic space, selling everything from fine antiques and vintage clothing to handmade decorative arts and gourmet street food. MORE INFO
This week, Stacey "Flygirrl" Wilson and crew will throw the Thanksgiving Eve party to end all parties — and it's going down right here in Philly. On Wednesday, November 26, the city's hottest DJs, live musicians and visual artists will all converge on Trilogy for the #ThanksgivingJawn, an unstoppable, two-floor party at Trilogy Nightclub.
The second floor of Trilogy will feature a few of our favorite Philly DJs, including DJ Aktive, Mike Nyce and Mr. Sonny James. Each a master turntablists in their own right, these DJs will spin back-to-back sets of hip-hop, funk, reggae, house and afrobeat classics while partygoers sweat it out on the dance floor.
On the third floor, Worldtown Sound System — a group of high-energy electronic musicians — will perform a live set of house and soul-infused music along with DJs Ben Arsenal and Oluwafemi. This set starts at 11:30 p.m., so definitely be sure to make it to Trilogy in time to catch their performance.
Holding it down for the Philly visual arts scene, painters Serena Saunders, Ran Art and other local creatives will be on site with live painting and displayed art throughout the evening.
So, before you spend the day sharing good times, and good eats, with friends and fam, why not burn a few extra calories on the dance floor with this classic Philly jam? We'll see you there.
This year, Philadelphia will host the very 1st Annual WDAS Holiday Jam presented by Soul Train Music. This very special event will take place Friday, November 28 at the Liacouras Center with performances by an all-star lineup of R&B/Soul hitmakers. There will even be a DJ set by Philly’s favorite international drummer/DJ, Questlove of the legendary Roots crew.
Held on Black Friday, the WDAS Holiday Jam is the perfect opportunity to continue the hoilday festivities after a full day of shopping with friends and family. Tis the season, right?
And trust us, when we say that this lineup is stacked — it's definitely stacked! Check out the details below.
Jill Scott — Jilly from Philly is coming home! The soulful singer/songwriter and poet made her rise during the Philadelphia-driven neo-soul movement of the early 2000s and has since transcended into actress, activist and much more.
KEM — This R&B great took the world by storm with the success of his single “Love Calls.” Since then, KEM has become one of the most distinctive and unique voices in R&B.
Ledisi — An undeniable powerhouse vocalist, Ledisi is definitely one of Philadelphia adopted daughters of soul — just ask Sound of Philadelphia mastermind Kenny Gamble. A vocalist who truly uses her voice as an instrument, Ledisi has worked with some of Philly's most notable songwriters, including Carvin and Ivan and the Philly Phatboiz.
Joe — Joe's smooth vocals have helped him stand the test of time. Over his career, Joe has gone from hip-hop hooks to recording flawless throwbacks paying homage to groups like Frankie Beverly and Maze.
Faith Evans — The first lady of Bad Boy Records, Faith Evans sultry voice continues to win over fans old and new. With a voice equally rooted in church and traditional R&B/soul and a discography full of hits, Faith Evans is 100% a legit American soul music icon.
This show is for the music lovers and is the perfect way to groove into the holiday spirit. So, be sure to grab your ticket as we’re sure they are going quickly!
This weekend, American Dreaming returns with another dope event, Femme-Efant: The Examination of the Female Muse Art Exhibit with Dessie Jackson.
Since then, Jackson has been busy creating new work, recently collaborating on a t-shirt design with hip online mag and retail brand The Hundreds.
On Saturday, November 15, American Dreaming will host a solo exhibit where the rising Philly art star will explore the critique and celebration of self presentation through the female lens. In addition to Jackson's vibrant creations, this event will feature music curated by DJ Matthew Law and YS The DJ.
Check out additional details below.
This Saturday, Art Sanctuary — one of Philly's premier black art creative hubs — opens an exciting new exhibit featuring the work of Philly-based painter American Queen TJD. Dubbed "My Thoughts Wear Crowns," American Queen's exhibit will include 15+ graphic, graffiti-influenced works that will be on display through the end of the year.
Hailing from "the city of brotherly and sisterly affection," American Queen TJD states her purpose is to spread positive energy, hope and motivation through art. TJD's work is indeed positive message heavy — her recent series of paintings includes images of women donning crowns and affirming messages like, "Don't be good... Be Great"; "I love my black skin."; and "I am not a trophy."
Equal parts artist, philosopher and business woman, TJD holds a Masters of Science degree in Culture and Communications and a B.A. in Visual Communications with and Minor in business. The upwardly mobile artist labels her work as graffiti/abstract expressionism and cites a wide range of influences, including Basquiat, Chagall, Van Gogh, Keith Haring, Frida Kahlo, Picasso — even musical greats like Kanye West, Nina Simone and Lauryn Hill are on her list.
Though she's a fixture on the Philly creative scene, American Queen TJD has her eye set on the prize. On her site TJD states,
"I want to be considered as a visual art icon in (mainstream) America and beyond... My dream is to show at big venues like Art Basel because I believe female artists have something to say on big stages, and they need not be underrepresented in the grand scheme of things."
Recently Philly 360° caught up with TJD as she competed in Red Bull's Canvas Cooler Project at Arch Enemy Arts in Old City. You can check out TJD and the other local creative selected by Red Bull in our recap video below.
On Saturday, November 15 from 4 to 6 p.m., Art Sanctuary will host an opening reception for the "My Thoughts Wear Crowns" exhibit in their Graduate Hospital gallery space. The reception is free and open to the public and will have wine and light fare available.
Even though the exhibit will be on display through December, all of the pieces included in the show will be available for purchase — definitely a worthwhile acquisition for any collectors looking for the city's next hot artist. So, come out and support Art Sanctuary as they present the next Philly art phenom, American Queen TJD.
Once a month on Wednesdays, The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts opens its doors and stages to some of the city's hottest musical talents for the popular 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.
This Wednesday, November 12, The Kimmel Center returns with another dope edition Sittin' In featuring Philly jazz greats Francois Zayas and Venissa Santi. As always, Sittin' In resident turntablist DJ Matthew Law, formerly DJ PHSH, will spin in between sets by the featured acts.
8pm - DJ PHSH
9pm - Venissa Santi + guests
9:45pm - DJ PHSH
10pm - Francois Zayas + guests
10:45pm - DJ PHSH
11pm - Close
Recently, Philly 360° caught up with Sittin' In mastermind Anthony Tidd, as he led rehearsals for the Kimmel's all-star edition of Sittin' In, which featured headlining performances by Philly faves including 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 andLuke Carlos O'Reilly — each a notable artist in their own right.
So check out our behind-the-scenes video below, and make sure to come out for our favorite free Philly jam, Sittin' In.
As the birthplace of our nation, Philly is a city of "firsts", and home to tons of one-of-a-kind creative places, people and events. So, it'll come as no surprise that the only festival in the world dedicated to the art and power of storytelling, The First Person Arts Festival, happens right here.
From November 4-15, First Person Arts' innovative and entertaining festival explodes with two weeks of fantastic events that celebrate the power of the personal story through stand-up storytelling, theater, story slams, poetry, music, memoir writing, and more. And, this year FPA is definitely taking the festival to an entirely new level.
We've pulled together a few of our favorite festival events to get you started, but be sure to check out the full schedule online here.
Tuesday, November 14, 6-7 p.m. | Le Méridien Philadelphia | $120-180
Buy tickets online here.
Star of Bravo’s Top Chef Masters and ABC’s The Taste Marcus Samuelsson, one of the world’s top chefs, wants to cook for you. The celebrity chef and New York Times best-selling author prepares a special meal straight from his new cookbook, Marcus Off Duty, featuring relaxed, multicultural dishes that he serves in his own home for his wife and friends. Philadelphia native, Chef Jen Carroll (Top Chef, Top Chef All-Stars) joins as sous chef.
Thursday, November 7 p.m. | Prince Music Theater | $16-22
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Philly’s biggest storytelling showdown returns! Winners of FPA’s 13th Season of StorySlams go head to head for the title of “Best Storyteller in Philadelphia”, free FPA Slam admission for life, and a $250 cash prize. Contestants try to win over celebrity judges with their most outrageous, gutsy, and heartfelt personal tales on the theme "Thanks A Lot". Featuring Caroline Charrow, Steve Clark, Jackie Debellis, Dan Geraghty, Dave Hillis, Roman Krivitsky, Nimisha Ladva, Lisa Nelson Haynes, Brittanie Sterner, Anne Thomas, and Marjorie Winther. Hosted by Comedian Dave Hill.
Saturday, November 8, 7 p.m. | Underground Arts | $17-22
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Most of us secretly want to be rock stars. That's the spirit behind Story League Sings, where performers each get to tell an outrageously funny story from their own lives, and then rip karaoke-style into a well-known song that's also a joke on the story. Who knew these comedic storytellers could actually (kind of) sing? Featuring performers from Washington DC’s Story League and some Philly favorites too, plus a troupe of sassy background singers and dancers.
Saturday, November 8, 10 p.m. | Underground Arts | $17-22
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Named one of the 10 Best Storytelling Shows in LA by Time Out Los Angeles. Storytelling’s sexiest duo, Margot Leitman (Late Night with Conan O’Brien, Comedy Central) and Giulia Rozzi (MTV, VH1, Chelsea Lately), bares it all on stage in what New York Press calls the “Best Sexual Experience with Your Clothes On”. Witness some of their “juiciest, jaw-dropping tales” (Playgirl Magazine) in this hit variety show featuring sex-themed stories, games and live music by Johnny Showcase. With comedian Dave Hill.
Wednesday, November 12, 9 p.m | Christ Church Neighborhood House | $17-22
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Award winning radio producer and Executive Producer of the FPA Podcast Yowei Shaw (This American Life, Studio 360, NPR) redefines “live radio” in this interactive, multimedia event. A curated lineup of diverse storytellers share personal tales on the theme "Talk to Me" and Yowei performs a radio documentary on stage accompanied by music, audio mixing, and sound effects. This is radio like you’ve never experienced before. Featuring Rev. David Brown, Timothy Colman, Dave Davies, Rabbi Linda Holtzman, and Marissa Johnson-Valenzuela.
Friday, November 14, 8 p.m. | Christ Church Neighborhood House | $17-22
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Obie Award-winning playwright and Pulitzer Prize finalist Dael Orlandersmith performs a staged reading of her newest work, an uplifting memoir-driven exploration of the family we are born into and the family we choose. Forever draws from Orlandersmith's own pilgrimage to the famed Père Lachaise Cemetery in Paris - the final resting place of legendary artists such as Marcel Proust, Oscar Wilde and Jim Morrison. Inspired at the graveside of these timeless artists, Orlandersmith gives a gripping account of the legacy she inherited from her mother - one of bitterness, abuse, beauty and art.
Saturday, Nov. 15, 8 p.m. | Mother Bethel AME Church | $32-40
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Earth Wind & Fire lead singer and eight-time Grammy winner Philip Bailey takes you behind the scenes of one of the most successful and influential groups in music history. Bailey shares from his revealing and heartfelt memoir Shining Star: Braving the Elements of Earth Wind & Fire and WDAS’ Patty Jackson interviews the music legend about the group’s rise to global fame and Bailey’s own professional and spiritual journey. This is the true story of what happens when real life exceeds your dreams.
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|
Patrick Kelly: Runway of Love & Gerlan Jeans Loves Patrick Kelly When: April 27, 2014 - December 7, 2014 Where: Perelman Building, Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2525 Pennsylvania Avenue Cost: $20 General Admission | $14 Students More Info: www.philamuseum.org…
My Thoughts Wear Crowns When: Opening reception, Saturday, November 15, 4 - 6 p.m.; Exhibit open through December 31, 2014 Where: Art Sanctuary, 628 S. 16th Street Cost: Free More Info: RSVP for the reception here, or view Art…
House Party Art Show When: Saturday, November 29, Where: Uncut Fun House, 1617 N. 2nd Street Cost: $20 More Info: housepartyartshow.eventbrite.com Three Philly artists are teaming up on this dope new concept, House Party Art Show. Don Scott, Gabe…