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(CANCELED) Yasiin Bey & Freeway Hit Union Transfer For Summer Recess Concert On Saturday, July 25

  • Posted By: Ashley Coleman
  • June 24, 2015
    • Yasin Bey performs in Philadelphia for Summer Recess
      • Yasin Bey performs in Philadelphia for Summer Recess
      • Photo Credit: Courtesy of Yasin Bey

This event is canceled until further notice.

Little Giant Creative is ushering in Summer Recess and they’re doing it big with a rare performance from Yasiin Bey, formerly known as Mos Def. This will be the first concert under the moniker and the night will be hosted by Philly’s own Freeway. It’s all going down at R5 Productions’ popular venue, Union Transfer on Saturday, July 25.

This brand new platform sponsored by Heineken Green Room is set to give music lovers a taste of pure, unadulterated hip-hop by bringing together two of the best to do it — Freeway and Yasiin Bey. Though many may see difference in style, the true homage to lyricism remains intact between both artists and that’s what this concert is set to show. “Bridging the gap” not only among the artists it will showcase but also in the audience with old school and new school hip-hop lovers.

    • Freeway holding it down at Roots Picnic
      • Freeway holding it down at Roots Picnic
      • Photo Credit: M. Edlow for Visit Philadelphia / Philly 360°

Though in recent years Yasiin Bey has been known for his strong political stances, the Brooklyn native first embarked on his rap career in the early 90s. Ultimately forming the duo Black Star with fellow New York native, Talib Kweli. They released their debut album Mos Def & Talib Kweli are Black Star in 1998. After embarking on his solo career, Bey remains one of the most respected emcees in the game.

Freeway is known for his energy and remains a Philly favorite. After beginning his career in 2000 among the movement that was Roc-a-Fella records which featured the popular Philly contingent State Property. Freeway has continued to pump out music with his unique and charismatic flow and even bottled up his Best Beard Cream over to help others’ keep their beards just as fly.

This show is for the hip hop lover period! So don’t wait to grab your tickets for this rare performance that you may not catch again. Tickets can be purchased at select Villa locations and there are a limited amount of early bird tickets available online.  


Summer Recess with Yasiin Bey & Freeway
When: Saturday, July 25, 8PM
Where: Union Transfer, 1026 Spring Garden Street
Cost: $25-$35, 21+
More Info: Canceled until further notice.


Must-See: Orbiter 3 Debuts New Play 'Moon Man Walk' By James Ijames At The Prince Music Theater

  • Posted By: Philly 360
  • June 23, 2015
    • Orbiter 3
      • Orbiter 3
      • Photo Credit: courtesy of the artist
Philly! This month, Orbiter 3, one of the city’s newer playwrights collectives makes its debut with a play developed by four-time Barrymore Award Winner James Ijames. From June 27 to July 19, the Prince Music Theater will host Ijames' latest production, Moon Man Walk.
 
Ijames describes Moon Man Walk as “a magical journey through space and time that takes us from Philadelphia to the moon and back.” The story centers around Monarch, who upon hearing about the sudden death of this mother, returns to his home in Philadelphia to plan her funeral. Along the way Monarch falls in love, discovers the truth about his absent father and learns that his past is also the making of his present.
 
“I wrote it for a friend." says Ijames. "Reuben Mitchell died about 2 years ago and I was having a really hard time mourning. I felt a great deal of pain but wasn't really able to express it. So I put it into the writing. Moon Man Walk is for Reuben, and for me and for all the black and brown boys and girls out there that dream big and live full."
 
    • Moon Man Walk opens at Prince Music Theater in June.
      • Moon Man Walk opens at Prince Music Theater in June.
      • Photo Credit: Courtesy of the artist
With a city so rich in culture, much of it powered by a new generation of artists, including playwrights, the members of Orbiter 3 created their company to ensure that Philadelphia could be a welcoming place for new work. Members of Orbiter 3 include Emily Acker, Emma Goidel, James Ijames, Mary Tuomanen and Douglas Williams, the collective is led by Artistic Director Maura Krause. 
 
Starting with Ijames’ production this July and continuing through 2018, Orbiter 3 will produce six new plays in the city of Philadelphia. In 2018 when each production has been completed, the collective will release their plays and documentation of their development as a resource for theatremakers. The collective will then dissolve.


Moon Man Walk
When: 6/27 to 7/19
Where: Prince Music Theater
Cost: $15-$20
More Info: Tickets are available online at www.orbiter3.org


Reelblack Presents Philly Shorts 2015 & Filmmakers Q&A at International House on Tuesday, June 23

  • Posted By: James Claiborne
  • June 22, 2015
    • ReelBlack Presents Philly Shorts 2015 at International House
      • ReelBlack Presents Philly Shorts 2015 at International House
      • Photo Credit: M. Fischetti for Visit Philadelphia
One of Philly's premier black film presenters, Reelblack closes out their current season of films by spotlighting some of the city's brightest talents. Tomorrow, June 23, Reelblack returns to University City arts hub, International House to present Philly Shorts 2015.
 
This event will showcase new work from a nine local directors and concludes with a Q&A with the filmmakers. Philly Shorts is presented in collaboration with PIFVA, the Greater Philadelphia Film Office and Councilman David Oh's Black Film Advisory Committee.
 

Here's a look at the shorts that will be presented;

 
Consumption by Brittany Rafalak
The Devil and Red Wine By Maurice Paramore
How Tow Win by Rhassan Nichols
Inside Brothers of The Knight by Tatiana Bacchus
Mama Jo by Jos Duncan
Momma Said Clean Up by Kindred The Family Soul and Konee Rok
Odyssey To Save Ulysses by Ulysses “Butch” Slaughter
Silky Smooth Individual by Devin Hampton
Skyler by Eiko Fan


You can get more detail on this event and Reelblack yearlong calendar of events at reelblack.org.

Philly Shorts 2015
When: Tuesday June 23, 2015 7:00pm
Where: International House, 3701 Chestnut Street Philadelphia, PA 19104
Cost: Admission $10 adults/ $8 students and seniors / $5 members
More Info: Get tickets in advance at http://ihousephilly.org/calendar/philly-shorts0


Gerard Gaskin’s “Legendary: Inside the House Ballroom Scene” Opens At The African American Museum In Philadelphia

  • Posted By: Philly 360
  • June 17, 2015
    • Gerard Gaskin’s “Legendary: Inside the House Ballroom Scene”
      • Gerard Gaskin’s “Legendary: Inside the House Ballroom Scene”
      • Photo Credit: Gerard Gaskins Photo

House balls have played a significant role in the African American and Latino LGBTQ communities for decades. Now, the often-underground house ball culture takes the spotlight at the The African American Museum in Philadelphia (AAMP) this summer — just in time to help celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the LGBT Civil Rights Movement in Philadelphia this July.

On view now through August 16, Legendary: Inside the House Ballroom Scene displays the work of photographer Gerard H. Gaskin, who has photographed the intimate world of house balls for more than 20 years.

Showcasing photographs from parties in five cities — with a particular focus on Philadelphia — the collection draws mostly from Gaskin’s book Legendary to immerse the viewer in the expressive grandeur of the balls.

    • Gerard Gaskin’s “Legendary: Inside the House Ballroom Scene”
      • Gerard Gaskin’s “Legendary: Inside the House Ballroom Scene”
      • Photo Credit: Gerard Gaskins Photo

Significant in allowing a marginalized group creativity and freedom of self expression, the house ball scene has a long tradition of challenging norms and Gaskin’s work captures a unique perspective.

A well-known photographer, Gaskin has shown throughout the United States and abroad, and his work is also a part of permanent collections in The Museum of the City of New York, The Philadelphia Museum of Art among others.

Throughout the exhibition at the AAMP — the first institution funded and built by a major municipality to preserve and exhibit the heritage of African Americans — will offer complementary programming including screenings of The New Black, a documentary exploring attitudes about same-sex marriage and civil rights within the African American community and an insiders vogue demonstration.

For much more on Philadelphia’s celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Gay Rights Movement — including other exhibitions like Speaking Out For Equality at the National Constitution Center — check here.

 

Legendary: Inside the House Ballroom Scene
When: June 12-August 16
Where: African American Museum in Philadelphia, 701 Arch Street
Cost: $14, adults; $10, youth (4-12 years), students, seniors
More info: www.aampmuseum.org

A version of this article originaly appeared on Uwishunu.com.


Top Picks: 12 Must-Hit R&B/Soul Concerts Hitting Philadelphia This Summer

  • Posted By: James Claiborne
  • June 17, 2015
    • D'Angelo at Made in America
      • D'Angelo at Made in America
      • Photo Credit: M. Edlow for GPTMC

The 2015 summer music season is in full swing. And again this yes, an impressive lineup of shows of every genre will be hitting stages and live music venues across Philly. From waterfront concerts at Penn's Landing, the summer soul series at The Dell to shows at yearlong entertainment hot spots like World Cafe Live and The TLA, our city is buzzing with tons of can't-miss concerts and shows.

To give your summer music itinerary a jumpstart, we've pullled together this list of must-hit R&B/soul concerts that are going down in Philly this summer. We've got reunion concerts with Floetry and SWV, Bilal's album release concert at World Cafe Live, D'Angelo at The Keswick and Erykah Badu holding it down The Dell. And, this is just a small selection of what Philly has in store for you in the coming months.

Now, take a look at the below list for details on all of the summer soul shows that you need to know about. 

Insider Tip: We're running contest for the following shows; SWV, Bilal and Jodeci. Just click the links and submit the entry form for your chance to win.


Philly 360° Top Picks for R&B/Soul Concerts in Philly

    • The Dell Music Center
      • The Dell Music Center
      • Photo Credit: D. McDowell for GPTMC

SWV

Sunday, June 21
With a GRAMMY nod and WE TV tv docu-series “SWV Reunited" on the horizon, SWV is on the road to connect with fans and perform hits from their discography. You can catch the Philly stop on their reuinion tour at World Cafe Live.

MORE INFO

 

D'Angelo

Tuesday, June 23
After a 14 year hiatus that left fans around the globe feenin' for a follow-up to his 2000 album Voodoo, D'Angelo returned — and with a seriously soulful vengance. The beloved soulster is on the road performing music from Black Messiah live for fans around the globe. On June 23, D'Angelo — accompanied by a masterful group of musicians dubbed The Vanguard — brings his Second Coming Tour to the Keswick Theatre in Glenside, PA.
 

MORE INFO

    • SWV
      • SWV
      • Photo Credit: Courtesy of the artist

Jodeci

Thursday, June 25
Catch, Jodeci — JoJo, DeVante Swing, Dalvin and "K-Ci — as they hit Philadelphia for an unstoppable night of throwback soul at the Tower Theatre in Upper Darby, PA.  Along with a must-see performance by the original bad boys of R&B, the June 25 concert includes an opening performance by Philly's own soulful R&B/pop group, MPrynt.

MORE INFO

 

Bilal Album Release

Tuesday, June 30
Philly’s #1 son of soul, Bilal returns home to celebrate the June 30 release of his new collaborative album with producer Adrian Younge, In Another Life. Known for his undeniable grooves, electrifying stage presence and soaring vocals, the Philly-bred soul singer has a cult following of fans that span the globe. Catch Bilal as he brings the party home for a must-hit show at World Cafe Live in University City.

MORE INFO

    • Bilal returns to World Cafe Live in June
      • Bilal returns to World Cafe Live in June
      • Photo Credit: Photo by Kawai Matthews

The Philly Fourth of July Jam With The Roots

Saturday, July 4
The “Largest Free Concert in America,” will rock the Parkway as The Roots, Miguel and other hitmaking artists take the stage followed by an amazing fireworks display over the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

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Patti LaBelle, Jeff Bradshaw & Pamela Williams 

Thursday, July 9
This year, the Dell Music Center in Fairmount Park will kick off the 2015 Essence of Entertainment Summer Concert Series with an all-star Philadelphia lineup that includes saxophone phenom Pamela Williams, touring trombonist Jeff Bradshaw and the original R&B/Soul diva Patti LaBelle. 

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Floetry

Friday, July 17
The soulful duo Floetry is reuniting for a tour this summer — and it’s just what avid R&B fans have been waiting for. On Friday, July 17, the long awaited reunion between the “Songstress” Marsha Ambrosius and the “Floacist” Natalie Stewart will take place right here in Philly at the popular South Street venue, The TLA.

MORE INFO

    • Marsha's Friends & Lovers Tour
      • Marsha's Friends & Lovers Tour
      • Photo Credit: D. McDowell for Philly 360°/ Visit Philly

Babyface, Toni Braxton & Mint Condition 

Thursday, July 23 
Don't miss it as Babyface, Toni Braxton and Mint Condition hit The Dell for an unbelievable R&B throwback Thursday concert in Philadelphia. Together, these still hot and touring R&B greats will sing fans down memory lane with their classic hits like "Unbreak My Heart," "Pretty Brown Eyes" and "When Can I See You." 

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Fantasia & Johnny Gill 

Thursday, July 30
New school meets old when the soulful sounds of Fantasia and Johnny Gill take over Philadelphia for another unstoppable night of music at The Dell. Incredible vocals, soulful grooves and two of the best in the game will make this an one of the many can't-miss shows for the summer. 

MORE INFO

    • Fantasia at the Dell Music Center
      • Fantasia at the Dell Music Center
      • Photo Credit: D. McDowell for GPTMC

PJ Morton & Aaron Camper

Thursday, July 30
Briclyn Entertainment is back on the scene and gearing up for another dope show in Philadelphia. On July 30, Bricyln returns to University City music hub World Cafe Live for an incredible night of music with Maroon 5 keyboardist and backing vocalist, PJ Morton. The July show features Philly music transplant Aaron Camper, who is a globetrotting band member for major acts like Jill Scott and Justin Timberlake.

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Anthony Hamilton & Lyfe Jennings 

Thursday, August 6 
Got soul? R&B hitmakers Anthony Hamilton and Lyfe Jennings undoubtedly have a lock on soul. Catch these two hitmaking acts on August 6 for another guaranteed sellout at The Dell. 

MORE INFO

    • Erykah Badu
      • Erykah Badu
      • Photo Credit: Courtesy of the artists

Erykah Badu & Estelle 

Thursday, August 13
After slaying her headling performance at Roots Picnic 2015, Erykah Badu returns to Philadelphia alongside UK songstress Estelle. Don't miss it at these ladies tear down the house like only they can. 

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Must-Hit: Songwriter and Producer Dilemma Brings #INRGI to Pub Webb Live on Friday, June 19

  • Posted By: Ashley Coleman
  • June 17, 2015
    • Dilemma
      • Dilemma
      • Photo Credit: Greg Haygood

This weekend, it’s going down at Pub Webb Live — one of the newer Philly venues, which is quickly becoming a hotspot for live entertainment. On Friday, June 19, you can join Philadelphia producer/DJ, Dilemma for what is sure to be a night to remember. His show #Inrgi (en-er-jee) is an exclusive afterdark event that melds nightlife, turntablism and live music elements to create one of the dopest  performances experience that Philly has to offer.

The night will open with special guest DJ hailing all the way from LA, DJ Selectra and feature a diverse mix of music, top-shelf drink specials, and complimentary shot samples. Dilemma’s featured set will be full of fun, surprises — and “Pure Inrgi!” And, after his featured set, the party will continue until 2 a.m.

Dilemma is widely known for his production and work with artists like Jazmine Sullivan, Meek Mill, Bizzle, Chill Moody, and more. But, with this event, Dilemma show us a whole new wavelength to his sound by showcasing his musical prowess as the DJ during this one night only experience.

His work landed him as the resident DJ on the Fuse TV show, The Hustle Afterparty in addition to producing the theme music for TV One’s Verses and Flow. Dilemma continues to be an exciting force both in the production and DJ arena.

Be sure to RSVP as spots are filling up quickly for this limited capacity event. Admission is $10 with RSVP and it is advised that guests arrive early for guaranteed admission. Definitely make this event a weekend priority, you'll be glad that you did.


Pure Inrgi featuring Dilemma
When: Friday, June 19, 9:30 PM
Where: Pubb Webb Live, 1527 Cecil B. Moore Ave.
Cost: $10 with RSVP for a limited time. 21+
More Info: Click here.


Top Picks: Eight Must-See R&B, Soul & Gospel Concerts At The Dell Music Center In 2015

  • Posted By: James Claiborne
  • June 10, 2015
    • Sizzlin' Summer Music At The Dell
      • Sizzlin' Summer Music At The Dell

A staple of the Philadelphia summer music season, The Dell Music Center  is back with an unstoppable lineupof R&B/soul performances. Last year, The Dell unveiled a series of upgrades to their gorgeous outdoor amphitheater and concessions.

Yes, there's no better place to catch R&B, soul and gospel under the Philly sky than this massive, always soldout venue. This year's highlights inlcludes must-see performances by some of the biggest names in the industry, including Patti Labelle, Jeff Bradshaw, Erykah Badu, Estelle, Anthony Hamilton and many more! 

Of course, Philly 360° is here to birng you the deets on all of the show we know that you just can't miss. Take a look at the below list, for our top picks from The Dell's summer music season. Also, you can find the full schedule by visiting www.mydelleast.com


Philly 360° Top Picks: The Dell Music Center Summer Concert Series 2015

    • Jeri Lynne and the Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra
      • Jeri Lynne and the Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra
      • Photo Credit: Courtesy of the Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra

Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra

Saturday, June 27
Philly 360° Creative Ambassador, Jeri Lynne Johnson returns to The Dell with her stunning chamber orchestra, Black Pearl. This multicultural group of classical musicians will present a must-hear evening of "Classical Gems" under the Philly sky. 

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Patti LaBelle, Jeff Bradshaw & Pamela Williams 

Thursday, July 9
This year, the Dell Music Center in Fairmount Park will kick off the 2015 Essence of Entertainment Summer Concert Series with an all-star Philadelphia lineup that includes saxophone phenom Pamela Williams, touring trombonist Jeff Bradshaw and the original R&B/Soul diva Patti LaBelle. 

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The 2015 Inspiration Celebration Gospel Tour

Friday, July 10
Hosted by Lonnie Hunter, 2015 Inspriation Celebration Gosepl Tour lands in Philadelphia on July 10. This year's show features soul-stirring performances by gospel greats like Yolanda Adams, Dorinda Clark-Cole, Donald Lawrence, DeWayne Woods, Tasha Page-Lockhart, and Ricky Dillard.

MORE INFO 

    • PHILADANCO
      • PHILADANCO
      • Photo Credit: Courtesy of PHILADANCO

PHILADANCO

Friday, July 17
Philadelphia's favorite dance troupe, PHILADANCO, brings their passion and precision to the Dell's stage for an unforgettable night of black dance. This returning program is always a sellout, so grab your seats soon. 

MORE INFO


Babyface, Toni Braxton & Mint Condition 

Thursday, July 23 
Don't miss it as Babyface, Toni Braxton and Mint Condition hit The Dell for an unbelievable R&B throwback Thursday concert in Philadelphia. Together, these still hot and touring R&B greats will sing fans down memory lane with their classic hits like "Unbreak My Heart," "Pretty Brown Eyes" and "When Can I See You." 

MORE INFO


Fantasia & Johnny Gill 

Thursday, July 30
New school meets old when the soulful music of Fantasia and Johnny Gill lands in Philadelphia to perform at The Dell. Incredible vocals, soulful grooves and two of the best in the game make this another can't-miss show for the summer. 

MORE INFO

    • Fantasia at the Dell Music Center
      • Fantasia at the Dell Music Center
      • Photo Credit: D. McDowell for GPTMC

Anthony Hamilton & Lyfe Jennings 

Thursday, August 6 
Got soul? R&B hitmakers Anthony Hamilton and Lyfe Jennings undoubtedly have a lock on soul. Catch these two hitmaking acts on August 6 for another guaranteed sellout at The Dell. 

MORE INFO


Erykah Badu & Estelle 

Thursday, August 13
After slaying her headling performance at Roots Picnic 2015, Erykah Badu returns to Philadelphia alongside UK songstress Estelle. Don't miss it at these ladies tear down the house like only they can. 

MORE INFO
 

    • Erykah Badu
      • Erykah Badu
      • Photo Credit: Courtesy of the artists

Philly 360° Playlist: Official Video for "Midnight" Off LP 'Flight Of The Donn T'

  • Posted By: Ashley Coleman
  • June 9, 2015
    • Donn T
      • Donn T
      • Photo Credit: Courtesy of the artist

In today's musical landscape, Donn T is a breath of fresh air. The Philly singer/songwriter made her debut at this year's Roots Picnic in support of her latest release, Flight of the Donn T. Released on her own indie label, D-Tone Victorious Records, this is her second studio album. On this week’s Philly 360° Playlist, we are featuring the video for her sassy single “Midnight.”

The single was originally on the Gramophonica EP that preceded the full length album and remains a stand out track on the LP. Her voice is smooth and soulful and the supporting background vocals makes you want to sing along during the chorus and reminds you of the 60s sound so many of us love. “Midnight” was also featured in the Lifetime original movie “With This Ring” starring fellow Philly native, Jill Scott.

Donn T’s eclectic style is not just some fad, she explained in a recent interview with The Philadelphia Tribune. “So [what] influenced me to be eclectic is not just some ‘cool thing,’ it’s just what I emote. It is a very natural progression …” And it’s evident in her music. Effortlessly, she blends elements of pop, funk, soul, house and much more to create a unique sound all her own.

Coming from such a talented musical family, it’s no surprise that Donn T’s musical taste would cast such a wide net. The granddaughter of Beachy Thompson, the daughter of Lee Andrews, oh yeah and the sister of Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson of the Legendary Roots Crew. With such deep roots in music, Donn T still showcases her writing and musical abilities apart from anyone she may be related to.

Watch “Midnight” below and let us know what you think in the comments!


Floetry Reunites For US Tour & Philly Performance At The TLA On Friday, July 17

  • Posted By: Ashley Coleman
  • June 5, 2015
    • Floetry reunites for US tour and performance at The TLA in Philadelphia.
      • Floetry reunites for US tour and performance at The TLA in Philadelphia.
      • Photo Credit: Courtesy of the artist

The soulful duo Floetry is reuniting for a tour this summer — and it’s just what avid R&B fans have been waiting for. On Friday, July 17, the long awaited reunion between the “Songstress” Marsha Ambrosius and the “Floacist” Natalie Stewart will take place right here in Philly at the popular South Street venue, The TLA.

The anticipation started to grow when Stewart and Ambrosius reunited onstage at London’s The Clapham Grand during Ambrosius’ Friends & Lovers tour. The group separated in 2007 to pursue their solo careers, but now, it seems as if both Ambrosius and Stewart feel like the time is right for a reunion. And, the epic renion tour will take them on stops all across the country, including the Essence Music Festival, and of course, their adopted hometown of Philly.

As honorary Philadelphians — by way of London — both Stewart and Ambrosius made the city their home shortly after moving to the US. The group gained popularity during the neo-soul era of the early 2000s, and would later go on to record two studio albums, one live album, and to garner multiple GRAMMY nominations.

Their work yielded fan favorites like “Say Yes,” “Getting Late,” and even the Ambrosius penned “Butterflies” for the legendary Michael Jackson. The group has worked with Philly producers Dre and Vidal, artists like Jill Scott, Bilal and many more.

Guaranteed to be full of nostalgia from late 90s and early 2000s soul, this is really a show you really don’t want to miss. 


WDAS Presents Floetry
When: Friday, July 17, 8 PM
Where: Theater of Living Arts, 334 South Street
Cost: $35
More info: Click here.


June Must-Hit List: Black Music Month, D’Angelo, Bilal, Wiz Khalifa, SWV, Odunde & More

  • Posted By: James Claiborne
  • June 3, 2015
    • D'Angelo
      • D'Angelo
      • Photo Credit: Courtesy of the artist

June Featured Events: 

Femi Kuti — Tuesday, June 9

The son of afrobeat pioneer Fela Kuti, Femi Kuti travels the world, continuing his family’s legacy for making socially conscious, funk-infused music. He returns to Philadelphia to bring his intoxicating sounds to University City hotspot World Cafe Live.

 

Fall Out Boy & Wiz Khalifa — Wednesday, June 10

In support of their latest projects, American Beauty/American Pyscho and Blacc Hollywood respectively, Fall Out Boy and Wiz Khalifa head out on a summer tour that touches down in more than 40 cities across the country. Catch the Boyz of the Zummer Tour at Susquehanna Bank Center with opening performances by Hoodie Allen and DJ Drama.


Odunde — Sunday, June 14

Odunde! Philly welcomes the return of largest African-American street festival on the East Coast. Shop the amazing selection of street vendors selling must-see wares, including jewelry, clothing and art, plus delicious eats. Then be sure to check out the stellar lineup of talent hitting the two Odunde stages. This year’s performance highlights include Philadanco, Rennie Harris, Philly Youth Poetry Movement and a special throwback hip-hop concert featuring Kurt Blow, Special Ed, Chubb Rock and Kwame.

 
    • Odunde Festival 2013
      • Odunde Festival 2013
      • Photo Credit: Courtesy of Odunde

Sittin’ In Hosted by Koyaki — Wednesday, June 17

Now in 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 is hosted by singer, emcee, producer triple-threat Koyaki with additional performances by Emcee Ciara and DJ Danophonic.


SWV — Sunday, June 21

With a new TV series on the horizon, the ladies of SWV—Coko, Taj and Lelee—bring their highly anticipated reunion tour to World Cafe Live. The group’s 1992 debut album, It's About Time, sold 13 million copies worldwide and spawned three Billboard chart-topping singles, “I'm So Into You,” “Weak” and “Right Here.” Want in on the show? Enter our SWV Giveaway for a chance to win a pair of tickets.


D’Angelo — Tuesday, June 23

After a 14-year hiatus, R&B soul singer D’Angelo exploded back on the scene with his latest project, Black Messiah. This month, the beloved soulster—accompanied by a masterful group of musicians dubbed The Vanguard—brings his Second Coming Tour to the Keswick Theatre in Glenside, PA.


Bilal Album Release — Tuesday, June 30

Philly’s #1 son of soul, Bilal returns home to celebrate the June 30 release of his new collaborative album with producer Adrian Younge, In Another Life. Known for his undeniable grooves, electrifying stage presence and soaring vocals, the Philly-bred singer has earned a cult following of fans that span the globe. This show is a guaranteed sellout, so grab your tickets now.

    • Bilal returns to World Cafe Live in June
      • Bilal returns to World Cafe Live in June
      • Photo Credit: Photo by Kawai Matthews

Philly 360° Spotlights

Celebrate the Fourth in Philly

From June 27 through July 4, Wawa Welcome America! returns for seven epic days of fun, free events. Again this year, the festival will culminate with the Philly Fourth of July Jam presented by VH1, which will feature an all-star lineup of talents backed by The Roots. This year’s headliners include R&B/pop sensation Miguel and GRAMMY-winning country star Jennifer Nettles.


Black Music Month Picks

Get the inside story from celebrity media coach Dyana Williams on how Black Music Month got its start right here in Philly. Then, check out our top picks for all of the can’t-miss shows that are going down in and around Philadelphia this June. Get more details.

    • BASSic Black Entertainment & Sigma Sound Present The Exclusive Philly After Party - Chill Moody
      • BASSic Black Entertainment & Sigma Sound Present The Exclusive Philly After Party - Chill Moody
      • Photo Credit: D. McDowell for GPTMC/Philly 360°

Playlist: Chill Moody’s TV Made Me Do It

Quickly becoming one of the city’s biggest music ambassadors, West Philly emcee Chill Moody just dropped his latest LP, TV Made Me Do It. The project was produced by fellow Philly native, Wes Manchild. We’re bringing you one of album’s first singles, “I Can’t Stay,” featuring Jacqueline Constance. Listen now.


Must-See: Ivben Taqiy's Women In The Water

Philly-based creative Ivben Taqiy is one of the best—and busiest—visual artists on the city’s booming art scene. This month, Taqiy teams up with Philly’s favorite soul food lounge Ms. Tootsie’s for his latest show, Women in the Water. Get the details here.


Legendary: Inside the House Ballroom Scene — June 12 - August 16

Legendary: Inside the House Ballroom Scene When: June 12-August 16 Where: African American Museum in Philadelphia, 701 Arch Street Cost: $14, adults; $10, youth (4-12 years), students, seniors More info: www.aampmuseum.org House balls have played a significant role in…

Sanctuary LIVE! Featuring Lee Mo - Friday, July 17

Sanctuary LIVE! Featuring Lee Mo When: Friday, July 17, Doors 7 p.m., Show 7:30 p.m. Where: Art Sanctuary, 16th and Bainbridge Cost: $10 More Info: More details here. Each and every 3rd Friday, Art Sanctuary — Philly's premier black…

BlackStar Film Festival - July 30 - August 2, 2015

BlackStar Film Festival When: July 30 through August 2 Where: International House, 3701 Chestnut Street; See website for additional venues. Cost: General Tickets TBA, Festival Passes $100-$150 More info: www.blackstarfest.org Hailed as “the black Sundance” by Ebony magazine, the…

Kevin Hart: WHAT NOW? Tour - Sunday, August 30

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