Your guide to Philly's diverse creative scene, nightlife, music, food & more
Lately, we've seen an abundance of men rocking beards, from the streets to the stage, and even on the runway. Though it may seem as if a full, well-kempt beard is a new trend in men's style, the truth is that dapper dudes from Philly have been sporting their beards, with love, for years.
For some, a groomed beard represents an extension of their own refined sense of style. While for others, a striking, long beard has deeper, more spritual roots. In either case, there's no denying that there's something special about the "Philly beard."
We sat down with Kings Rule Together founder, Curran J, and seven other stylish Philly gents to chat about the "Philly beard" and its impact on men's fashion.
You can check out "The Bearded Bunch" video and visual gallery below. And, if you're proudly rocking a Philly beard of your own, post a photo on Instagram or Twitter with the tags #Philly360 and #PhillyBeard.
Curran J — Kings Rule Together
Luis Marrero — Founder of Voices in Power
Erik Honesty — Owner of Culture Couture Vintage
Hamid Holloman — Artist & Designer, Custom Lifestyle
Kyle Cooley — Model
Marcus Williams — Barber
Tawfeeq Gaines — Co-founder of Search & Rescue
Jamaaladeen Tacuma — Composer
Have you ever unexpectedly come across a massive group of people elegantly decked out in all white, somewhere in Philly? If you’re not already in-the-know, this is Diner en Blanc Philadelphia — a top secret, invite-only affair that celebrates elegance, class, decorum, and etiquette in a chic picnic setting.
Because the picnic’s location isn’t revealed until the last possible second, the scene of a sudden onrush of people to a random spot looks more like an epic flash mob.
Started in France over 25 years ago, DEB draws thousands of picnic-goers every year in cities from Europe to the United States. The low-down on attendance is even though the event is members only, a member can invite someone else to attend the event and others can get on the waitlist, registering for DEB on a certain day at a specific time.
If you’re one of the fashionable wearers of white attending the event, here’s your Need-to-Know:
Bring your own: Guests must bring their own meals! However if you’re not the cooking type, DEB is partnering with Garces Catering and DiBruno Brothers so that you can order a gourmet meal for the event.
Provide your own: plates, silverware, linens, glassware, and beverages.
Carry your own: table (between 28” by 28” and 32” by 32”), white table cloth, two white, foldable chairs, and a picnic basket.
Arrival & Seating: Guests all arrive together at the secret location by chartered bus or organized public transportation. Once at the location, guests will sit across from one another, women on one side and men on the other.
Don’t forget! DEB is having two contests during the event, one for ‘Most Elegant Table,’ and one for ‘Most Elegant Male’ and ‘Most Elegant Female.’ Make sure to have your look and your table looking sharp.
And don’t worry, if you didn’t get invited this year or missed your chance to register on the waitlist, there’s always next year. Originality is encouraged so put on your best white attire and get ready to participate in a spectacle of the utmost refined elegance!
We’re in the last few weeks of summer, fall is coming on quickly, and it’s almost time to transition those wardrobes for a new season. For all of you lovers of stylish footwear, and a good summer sale, we’ve got THE British-inspired shoe sale for “the birds and the blokes.”
Fabric Row’s fine fashion shoe mecca, Bus Stop Boutique, is having its end of summer Last Stop Mini Warehouse Sale with shoes at up to 75% off, August 21-24. Girls and guys, you’ll be able to shop an entire wall chock full of designer shoes to add a last bit of warm weather flair to your look.
Shoppers will also have the chance to preview the boutique’s brand new Autumn 2014 collection, getting to shop the Fall Preview wall before the line officially hits the boutique!
To add to the ambience, skilled artisan, visual guru, designer, and all around local renaissance man Conrad Booker, known for creations like his large-scale mural on Fulton Street, his enormous fabric mural in the hot, new Jose Garces’ restaurant Volver, and his creations on Project Runway’s 2014 “Road to the Runway,” created a window display exclusively for the boutique.
Complete with a telephone box transformed teapot, a mannequin featuring Conrad’s “Road to the Runway” creations, pop art, street lights, the familiar color spread of red, white, and blue, and a comic-inspired speech bubble, Bus Stop’s ‘It-Brit’ window display reflects all things British for your international viewing pleasure.
Put your best foot forward and check out the sale!
For more info on the “British Invasion” window display, click here.
Thursday, August 21: 11-6 pm
Friday, August 22: 11-8:30 pm
Saturday, August 23: 11-6 pm
Sunday, August 24: 12-5 pm
This next Philly 360° giveaway is definitely for the courageous and the brave of heart. Tucked into the popular, ever-developing neighborhood of Kensington, is a one-of-a-kind Philadelphia experience, Fly School Circus Arts. And, we're hooking one lucky fan up with a free lesson for two!
Founded by 25-year trapeze veteran and circus enthusiast Mary Kelly Rayel, Fly School helps people of all shapes, sizes and skill push the limits of their physical abilities through trapeze.
Classes at Fly School start with some on-the-ground technique instruction, and then moves to the top of their "mile-high" ladder for rope and swing work. Rayel and her talented team of trapeze pros can have even the most novice of students swinging and flipping like an expert in no time — just ask Philly 360° blogger and lifestyle influencer Kharisma McIlwaine. We followed along with a camera crew as Kharisma tackled her first Fly School lesson with charm and class. You can check out the video below.
The perfect summer experience for one person or a group, Fly School offers classes every day of the week, with the exception of Tuesdays. Classes start at just $60, but if you're really looking to build your trapeze skills, the school also offers a six-class card for only $295.
Think you are up for the challenge? Then complete the below contest entry form for your chance to win a free Fly School Circus Arts lesson for two.
You can find the official contest rules here.
Philly, a little West Coast flavor is headed our way this weekend. The legendary Bay Area hip-hop group Hieroglyphics has reformed, and they're on the road with their East Coast music tour.
On Friday, August 22, the group's original members — Del The Funky Homosapien, Souls of Mischief, Pep Love, Casual, Domino and DJ Toure — will all hit The TLA stage for an unstoppable throwback rap concert. The best part? Philly 360° is hooking a few lucky fans up tickets for this show.
Want in on the action? Just fill out the below entry form for your chance to win.
Click here for the official contest rules.
The Philadelphia waterfront has been full of great music this summer, and it’s not over yet! Penn’s Landing Smooth Jazz Summer Nights has featured tons of exceptional talent, and up next for the highly-acclaimed series is composer/saxophonist Eric Darius!
Darius is a chart-topping artist who first burst onto the scene at the age of 17. His youthful approach to the genre has set him in a league of his own, attracting an entirely new generation of jazz lovers through his music. The saxophonist has shared stages with greats such as Carlos Santana, Wyclef Jean, George Benson and Brian McKnight, to name a few.
Like many other musicians of this time, Darius pulls influence from various types and eras of music. Though he has found a home in smooth jazz, the emerging star has a deep love for many genres — and this is certainly apparent in both his live performances and studio projects. His latest release, On a Mission, allowed him to explore the full depth of his artistry and showcases his commitment to his craft — calling to mind two of Darius' biggest influences, Herbie Hancock and Stevie Wonder.
Working to bridge the generational gap between jazz listeners around the globe, Darius has been a stellar ambassador for the genre. The young musician has dedicated his career to keeping the tradition of jazz alive while infusing his music with the new sounds of today. It’s this dedication that has allowed him to become a highly sought-after name on the national jazz scene.
This evening of music featuring Darius will definitely be a treat for music lovers of all ages. The show is free and family-friendly, so you'll want to bring the whole troop down to the waterfront to hear some amazing live music under the stars.
You know Philly 360° is all about bringing our fans amazing concert hookups, right? Well, get ready because we have another dope giveaway coming your way.
We've just got our hands on a pair of two-day passes to Jay Z' Made in America festival which goes down in Philly on Labor Day weekend. This must-hit festival will be taking over The Parkway for a third year on August 30-31, and once again, Jay Z has hand-selected a lineup of talent that you won't want to miss. MIA headliners this year include Kanye West, Pharrell, J. Cole, De la Soul and many, many other international hit-makers.
So, want to know how to land the passes? We know you do! Everything you need to know is below. Check it out!
What's your favorite #phillymusicmoment? Is it getting hype every time you hear "Motownphilly" by Boyz II Men? Or, is it the when you sit back and unwind with DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince while listening to the Philly anthem "Summertime"? Or, maybe it was that time when you lost your voice after singing along with your favorite artists at the Roots Picnic? Whatever's your music fix — we want to know.
Wondering exactly what you should shoot? A picture of the cover art for your favorite album, a screengrab of a music video, or a photo of your favorite band performing here in Philadelphia — it's all good. Just snap a photo that best reps your favorite Philly-centric music moment, and post it to Instagram, Twitter or Facebook with the hashtag #phillymusicmoment for a chance to win big.
1. Submit a photo of your favorite Philly music moment by posting your photo on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter with the tag #phillymusicmoment. You can submit as many photos as you like.
2. Write a short caption describing your photo, making sure to add #phillymusicmoment to your caption.
3. Vote for your favorite photo at facebook.com/philly360. Also, be sure to tell your friends to do the same! The contest closes on August 26.
4. One (1) grand-prize winner will score a pair of two-day passes to the Made in America festival in Philadelphia, August 30-31, 2014.
Click here for the Official Rules.
Third time's a charm, right? We're hype to see the return of DJ Matthew Law's epic summer throwdown, The 3rd Annual PHSH Tank Block Party. This Saturday, August 16, all roads lead to the gritty, Northern Liberties-based party spot, Kung Fu Necktie for the 2014 edition of one of the city's hottest events.
The festivities begins outside the venue at 3 p.m. with Dj sets, live music and vendors — then shifts indoors for a dope dance party. Again this year, Law (also known at DJ PHSH) has lined up an incredible list of DJ's, bands, visual artists, vendors and designers.
Take a look at the lineup below.
This is definitely a must-hit party for your weekend turn up — we'll see you there.
Founded by trapeze and circus enthusiast Mary Kelly Rayel, Fly School helps people of all shapes, sizes and skill push the limits of their physical abilities through trapeze. The perfect summer experience for one person or a group, Fly School offers classes every day of the week, with the exception of Tuesdays. Classes start at just $60, but if you're really looking to build your trapeze skills, the school also offers a six-class card for only $295.
To give our readers an inside look at the Fly School experience, Philly 360° followed along as Kharisma took to the sky and tackled her first trapeze lesson with charm and class. You can check out her firsthand account below, and be sure to watch our recap video!
Think you are up for the challenge? Then stay tuned for more info on our Fly School Circus Arts giveaway.
Have you ever wondered what it feels like to fly? Of course you have. Trust, I have too! As a kid I thought about flying on a daily basis.
So, as I was perusing through Instagram, I came across a gem on a friend’s page. Turns out that Fly School Circus Arts, located right here in the Philly neighborhood of Northern Liberties, offers offers trapeze classes to the public. This was something that I absolutely needed to do. Time to check off bucket list; flying through the air with the greatest of ease.
I arrived at the location to see an impressive set up of wires, ropes, mile-ladders and nets. The owner of Fly School Circus Arts, Mary Kelly Rayel, greeted me with a warm smile and hug and managed to put my nerves at bay, even if just for the moment. After starting out with the basics on the ground — like how to hold on to the bar, position your body — hang upside down, and do a back flip, it was go time!
I managed to stay calm and brave until I got to the "never-ending" ladder to the sky. I paused for a second, asking myself, “Are you really about to do this?” Yes I was. And, yes I did!
I reached the top of the ladder and took in one of the most breathtaking views of the city I've ever seen. Then all of my nervous energy turned into excitement, and after a few safety precautions, I flew. I didn’t quite land the back flip on my first try, or the second time for that matter, but with stubborn persistence and some great coaching from the Fly School staff, the third time was a charm.
Words can't fully express the feeling of being in the air — it definitely was one of the most invigorating experiences of my life! I’ll certainly need to go back for a few more classes before I’m superhero ready, but it's a challenge that I'm up for!
Take a look at my Philly 360° recap video, and definitely stop through Fly School Circus Arts for a uniquely Philly experience!
Philadelphia native and music industry exec Brandon Pankey has made quite a name for himself over the past few years. In addition to being listed on Billboard magazine’s 30 Under 30 music industry list, managing clients and tours for artists like Lil’ Wayne, Jill Scott, Meek Mill and Keri Hilson, Pankey was also named as one of our Philly 360° Creative Ambassadors in 2012 (shameless plug).
Now, Pankey is adding another venture to his impressive list of credentials — as the creator and co-developer of the hot new music app, TourStar. Co-designed with artist engagement company GroundCtrl, TourStar is new music gaming app and the first iOS SIM game of its kind. The game takes users through a virtual world where they can experience the ups and downs of touring and music industry fame, while earning real world prizes and fan incentives.
Like any new artist just starting out, first-time players of TourStar are faced with a number of decisions like; What should their look be? Should they sign with a label or stay independent? Should they go on tour right away or record an album? Who should they trust for advice?; and much, much more. As the game progresses, players learn that just like in real life, every decision they make has an impact on their career.
As players make their way through levels of the game, touring the country, recording albums and building their in-game fame, they become eligible to win real prize packages including concert tickets and VIP meet-and-greets with their favorite artists.
“TourStar is life in the music industry,” states Pankey. “The game is a fun way to peek into the life of a performer as they try to make it to superstardom. And the fact that gamers get to actually win real prizes like tickets and passes to their favorite artists’ shows is pretty cool too.”
- Design a personalized 3D avatar to match your music style and fashion preferences.
- Virtually tour the country, gaining experience and building a fanbase.
- Record and release albums to boost fame.
- Play mini-games that keep your instruments in tune and shows in high-gear.
- Build a virtual band, and get advice from managers, agents and record labels.
Insider Facts: Pankey also tapped local music producers Jahlil Beats of Roc Nation and Dilemma to create the beats that you can hear throughout the game. You can also see a few nods to familiar faces from the Philly music scene throughout the game as well. For example, when you select the producers that you're going to work with when recording songs, be on the lookout for Philly hit-makers in the mix.
TourStar is officially out and you can download the app for free from the iTunes App Store. As a side note, we tested the game out already, and it's dope. Definitely add this to your to do list for today (and everyday), and don't sleep on it — especially since you can score prizes.
And, make sure you connect with TourStar on social as well to keep up with updates about prize packages, gaming tips and much more — like TourStar on Facebook, and follow @TourStarApp on Twitter and @TourStarApp on Instagram.
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…