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It’s like magic when the two worlds of fashion and music collide. It’s apparent in the recent collaboration between digital fashion and lifestyle magazine Lowefactor.com and DJ COOLOUT.
For this week’s Philly 360° Playlist we’re coming with a whole new swag from Disgo Sessao 001, the first in a compilation mixtape series.
Putting together his own eclectic aural landscape dubbed “disgo,” COOLOUT described it as “faster than hip hop, slower than house, still 4-on-the-floor.” Which is so fitting by the way. The music has all the elements of soul, funk, and rap. DJ COOLOUT is a Philly based DJ, producer and visual artist. COOLOUT has traveled the world and shared stages with the likes of The Pharcyde and the late Jam Master Jay.
Disgo Sessao OO1 makes the perfect backdrop to a work day or could easily crossover into a lounge feel or even a catwalk. Inspired by Fashion week/month, the project feature remixes, new tracks, and records from artists like Pat Lok, Chris McClenney, Vic Mensa, and Tinashe. Also, disgo versions of Robin Thicke’s “Lost Without You” and Osage ft. Foremost Poets “Bougie Bounce.”
Lowefactor.com is one of the cutting edge lifestyle and fashion sites covering music, money, culture, and much more. Created by Jared Michael Lowe, this is their first collaboration of this type and they just may be on to something great.
Take a listen to Disgo Sessao 001 and let us know what you think in the comments!
The Queen of Bounce, Big Freedia is rolling through Philadelphia this month to heat up the Theater of Living Arts!
On Thursday, October 29, Big Freedia alongside her dancers, The Divas are bringing the fast paced, high energy hip hop movement to South Street! Opening acts include NOLA rapper Boyfriend and pop artist Hibou.
The New Orleans native has been riding high the past two years with a meteoric rise to the forefront of pop culture. From multiple festival appearances, to late night television and her own FUSE TV show, Big Freedia is definitely doing it big!
Earlier this year, she released her memoir Big Freedia: God Save the Queen Diva and she recently released a new single “Crazy” as she kicks off the Bounce Shakedown tour in her hometown of New Orleans.
A stellar performer, Big Freedia wins over audiences wherever she goes. Growing up in the church, she has been in front of an audience since a young age. The rapper/singer brings her own flavor to the bounce rap movement. She has the dance moves down and catchy hooks on songs like “Excuse” and “Almost Famous.” All creating an unforgettable experience for fans!
Head to this show and you will definitely end up shaking something! Grab your tickets now for what is sure to be a memorable night!
Singer/songwriter Aaron Camper is back with another single from his upcoming BLOW EP, “Choose You.” The versatile artist enlisted the help of R&B Divas’ Brave for this mid-tempo track and they’re smoothing out this week’s Philly 360° Playlist.
It seems Camper is getting closer and closer to releasing the highly anticipated EP as singles are coming more rapidly. “Choose You” is the follow up to the summer’s sultry track “Hypnotizing.” In 2011, Camper released his debut mixtape Welcome to My World and with a grueling touring schedule it’s been some time since we’ve heard a body of work from this standout artist.
But through singles and his exceptional live show, fans have stayed engaged and are no doubt ready for the next project. Migrating from Salisbury, MD around the neo-soul renaissance era in Philadelphia, Aaron came up around many of the best. He often cites bouncing around Larry Gold’s legendary The Studio with The Roots in one room and Jill in the next. It was this atmosphere that prepared him as an artist and he would eventually end up touring with Tye Tribbett and GA.
Since then Camper has been on the road for much of his career, backing artists like Chris Brown, Justin Timberlake, Jill Scott and more. A solid live performer in his own right, it seems the hard work paid off and the fans are ready!
Stay tuned for a lot more coming from Aaron this year. Every artist comes into their time, their season and it seems his is here.
Take a listen to “Choose You” below and let us know what you think in the comments.
Throughout the month of October, Mural Arts Program kicks off its biggest project to date: Open Source: Engaging Audience in Public Space. Curated by internationally renowned artist Pedro Alonzo, this open-air, citywide art exhibition presents site-specific installations by 14 local and international artists and 40 events, programs and tours. MORE INFO
Philly fashionistas and style guys: Throw on your hottest stilettos and finest threads and step out in style for The Philadelphia Collection. This signature Philly event shines a spotlight on our city’s booming retail and design scenes with runway shows, style soirees, exclusive trunk sales and sophisticated after parties. MORE INFO
After a pop-up concert at Dilworth Park last month, legendary soul singer Stevie Wonder returns to Philadelphia for the third time this year. Catch Stevie as he brings his Songs in the Key of Life world tour to the Wells Fargo Center. MORE INFO
Hard-hitting lyrical emcee Joey Bada$$ makes a tour stop in Philly to perform at the TLA on South Street. Alongside Bada$$, Denzel Curry, Bishop Nehru and Nyck Caution also hit the stage for another can’t-miss hip-hop showdown. MORE INFO
Philly-based soul duo Aaries first made a name for themselves during the same neo-soul era that brought us hitmakers like Jill Scott, Musiq Soulchild and The Roots. Fans can catch the ladies perform live during a special night of music at Johnny Brenda’s. MORE INFO
The Queen of Bounce, Big Freedia brings her signature “twerktastic” stageshow to the TLA this month. Big Freedia’s 2015 Bounce Shakedown Tour is set to hit 17 cities across the country. MORE INFO
Celebrate the fall arts season with another dope Red Bull concept: Art of Can. This nationwide creative competition and public art installation takes over Dilworth Park at City Hall for one week starting October 1. Watch our exclusive video for a behind-the-scenes look at this year’s exhibition.
Called “one helluva rock’n’roller-coaster ride” by Vibe magazine, this Annenberg Center Live show stars Toshi Reagon and an all-star cast of musicians and singers. Through opera and gospel music, this talented group brings late sci-fi author Octavia Butler's novel Parable of the Sower to the stage.
The night before MIA hit the Parkway with headliners Beyonce and The Weeknd,BASSic Black Entertainment and Kontraband 215 threw a concert/party mashup of epic proportions. Watch our exclusive recap video here.
BriaMarie, a.k.a. The Fresh Princess, is back with another single off her debut EP, Freshman!. Listen to “Learn to Love You” now on the Philly 360° Playlist.
Soul-singers Leela James and Raheem Devaughn are teaming up to co-headline an exciting U.S. tour. The Love ‘N Soul Experience is coming to Philly’s ever buzzing South Street music venue, the Theater of Living Arts on Thursday, October. 22.
After coming off the Intimate Truth Tour with Ledisi, both James and DeVaughn decided to join forces and hit 25 cities on their own! Their tour will also feature singer V. Bozeman, who you may recognize from the popular Fox show Empire. Partnering up with legendary producer, Timbaland, V. Bozeman is working on her debut album Music is my Boyfriend.
Hailing from Washington, DC, DeVaughn is no stranger to the Philly market. One of his three GRAMMY nominations includes his work with Ivan Barias, Kristal “Tytewriter” Oliver and Carvin Haggins on “Customer.” The soulful crooner has the indie grind down pact and most recently released his chart topping project Love, Sex and Passion which debuted as #1 on the Billboard R&B Chart.
Leela James is no stranger to the industry, pumping out tunes with her powerful voice over the years she has solidified herself as an R&B Diva, literally, as she has a starring role on TV One’s hit show. Her 2014 release, Fall for You gives a bit a jazz, adult contemporary and of course soul.
With no shortage of great vocal and powerful lytics, this show is for those looking to feel something special in the music. Be sure to grab your tickets now.
The hard hitting, lyrical emcee Joey Bada$$ is making a tour stop here in Philly at the Theater of Living Arts (The TLA) on Sunday, Oct. 11. Alongside Bada$$, Denzel Curry, Bishop Nehru and Nyck Caution will also be tearing down the stage on a Sunday evening!
Most recognized for his raw, uncompromising style, Joe Bada$$ has experienced a stellar ride to the top of the hip hop game. He recently released his debut album B4.DA.$$ just this year and has toured across the country and beyond in support of the project. Bada$$ enlisted the help of producers like the legendary DJ Premier, which gave the project a nostalgic feel. One of the album’s most talked about tracks “Piece of Mind” gives a bit of insight into the disbelief of making it in the industry.
Joey Bada$$ began gaining momentum releasing mixtapes like the acclaimed 1999 as just a teenager. Beginning by writing poetry, he honed his craft and skill by listening to the greats like Biggie, Nas, and Jay Z. Truly priding himself on authentic hip hop, his music is raw and original with a slightly old school feel.
This show is for the hip hop lovers, straight with no chaser! High energy and full of tight lyrics, you won’t want to miss it!
When: Sunday, Oct. 11, 8 PM
Where: Theater of Living Arts, 334 South Street
More Info: Click Here
Since its inception in the 1980s, The City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program — originally called the Philadelphia Anti-Graffiti Network — has worked tirelessly to expand the city’s narrative around the public art, civic engagement and social practice.
Fast forward to today and Mural Arts stands on the verge of realizing its biggest project to date: Open Source: Engaging Audiences in Public Space. Curated by internationally renowned artist Pedro Alonzo, this open-air, citywide art exhibition has engaged 14 local and international artists to create a series of site-specific installations that each address one of the core tenets of Mural Arts’ mission.
To complement the Open Source projects and encourage public engagement with the work, Mural Arts has also worked with a number local partners to curate a series of more than 40 public events, programs and tours throughout the city during the month of October.
You can keep reading for all of the “need to know” details on this month long public art celebration.
Now, spread the word and make plans to come out and experience this unprecedented citywide Mural Arts Program event.
Open Source kicked off in June with the installation of a skateable sculpture at Paine’s Park by Berlin-based minimalist Jonathan Monk. Since then, several other projects have gotten underway, continuing to build momentum for the project’s official October 1 launch for Mural Arts Month.
Adorning the top of the 25-story Graham Building at Dilworth Park, JR’s work “Migrants, Ibrahim, Mingora-Philadelphia” depicts an image of Ibrahim, a real resident of Philadelphia who immigrated from Pakistan. Also, recently installed at the City Hall courtyard and Love Park is work by locally-based muralists Michelle Angela Ortiz’ seeking to raise public awareness of the real life experiences immigrants populations living here in Philadelphia.
The Dufala Brothers, Sam Durant, Ernel Martinez, Keir Johnston, MoMo, Odili Donald Odita and more — the roster of participating artists is an impressive list of the “who’s who” of contemporary art and socially-driven creative practice.
You can browse the entire list of Open Source artist and projects here.
Also, scroll to the bottom of this story to view a detailed map of the location of all of the Open Source projects.
For much more on Open Source see below.
On Friday, October 2, Open Source kicks off with an epic-sounding opening party at Bok, a former South Philly vocational high school that is transforming into an innovative maker space.
Along with enjoying the stunning views of the city from the Bok rooftop, party-goers will get the chance to mix it up with Open Source artists while celebrating the launch of one of the biggest Philadelphia cultural events of the year. While taking a break between DJ sets, attendees can check out open “pour” sessions by the Dufala Brothers, who will be setting up shop at Bok all month long.
The opening night festivities take place between 6 and 10 p.m. with a special VIP reception running from 5 to 7 p.m. General admission ticket are only $20 and VIP tickets run $75. You can buy your tickets online here.
Plus, we have a special promo code: use VISITPHILLY for $5 off general admission tickets to the opening night bash.
Each year, Mural Arts presents some of its biggest and most innovative work in October in honor of Mural Arts month — and this year is no exception. Throughout the month of October, festival-goers can participate in more than 40 events taking place across the city.
From interactive art-making workshops with MOMO, the Dufala Brothers and Heeseop Yoon to an in-depth public conversation with master artist Shepard Fairey at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the month of October is packed with tons of can’t-miss programs for art lovers of all types.
You can find the full schedule of events here.
If you’re looking for the best opportunities to get out and experience several of the projects at once, then Open Source tours are your best bet.
Mural Arts has curated a dozen walking and trolley tours during the month to help visitors get out and explore Open Source projects by location and neighborhood. Highlights include; Center City walking tours with Mural Arts founder Jane Golden on October 4 and 18; a full tour which offers a chance to view all of the projects in a single day on October 11; and special closing Center City walking tour with festival curator Pedro Alonzo on October 25.
The full schedule of tours can be viewed online here.
On October 1, the Open Source HUB space will open on the ground floor of The Graham Building at Dilworth Park — the same building that holds JR’s larger than life “Migrants, Ibrahim, Mingora-Philadelphia” mural.
An huge 2,000-square-foot space fitted with Wifi, charging stations, food vendors, informational displays and more, the HUB is the perfect place to drop in and hangout — or to get all of the info to plan an Open Source itinerary.
The HUB will be open Wednesdays to Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Sundays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The space may also open during off times for special events or to host Open Source artists, so follow Mural Arts on social to get the latest details on the HUB schedule.
Learn more about the HUB here.
This Saturday, all roads lead to the Electric Factory for an epic hip-hop festival and concert mashup — Freefest presented by Philly radio station Boom 107.9
A free festival by day that transforms into a must-hit hip-hop concert, FreeFest will be headlined Philadelphia's own rap star Freeway alongside of a solid lineup of his industry friends and fam.
Starting at 11 a.m., the Electric Factory parking lot will turn into an outdoor hip-hop themed festival where music lovers can enjoy a range of activities including a DJ show, freestyle cyphers, vendors, food, and much more! At 4 p.m., the party moves inside for a must-see concert featuring by Freeway and other hip-hop talents. Both events are 21+ and though free — you must have a ticket in order to see the concert.
We're guessing you want in on the show, right? Then read on for more details.
Tickets are FREE but in order to get them, you must tune into Boom 107.9 Philly — day and night — for a cue to call in. Ticket-seekers can also find the Boom street team in various locations throughout the tri-state hooking fans up with passes for the event.
You can click here to find more details on getting tickets to the show.
So, this weekend, there's only one place you need to be — Freefest. Let's go!
The Internet is bringing their Ego Death Tour to The Trocadero right here in Philly on Wednesday, September 23. The soulful collective from Odd Future fame will be joined by Moonchild, St. Beauty and Andrea Valle for an eclectic mix of R&B, pop, and soul.
Originally a duo of Syd tha Kid and Matt Martians, The Internet now performs as a band of six including Patrick Paige II, Christopher Allan Smith, Jameel Bruner, and Steve Lacy. Syd broke out from the Odd Future camp, which featured the acclaimed Frank Ocean and Tyler the Creator, after working as their house engineer for years. Putting on her singer/songwriter hat instead, she collaborated with the group’s Matt Martians to create their debut album Purple Naked Ladies in 2011.
Falling into the vast category of alternative R&B, the project explored the depths of love, relationships and all that comes with it. Their latest effort Ego Death shows the band coming into their own and is the group’s third full length project.
Joining The Internet at The Troc will be soulful jazz trio Moonchild, Philly based artist Andrea Valle and the soulful duo St. Beauty who was recently featured on the Wondaland Presents: The Eephus EP. A roster full of talented artists, you will want to arrive early to catch them all.
This show will be full of deliciously soulful music. Grab your tickets soon! We hear they are going fast!
Author and Blogger, Ashley Coleman is hosting the second installment of her writing workshop entitled The Writer’s Muse on Saturday, September 19. This workshop will take place at Philly’s new co-working space designed for women entrepreneurs, The Hive Philly from 12 to 3 p.m.
This afternoon will feature various styles of writing and will focus on writers’ ability to take exactly what they are feeling and pour it into the page. Writing is not only an art to be admired by others, it also has a therapeutic element that helps vivid expression to connect to the interworking of another. Through free-writing, story-telling, and poetry, the workshop will explore various emotions through writing.
This workshop is built for both active writers and those looking to write more. Don't worry if you are just breaking in or you just write for fun!
There will also be time to share your work! Come and get feedback from the group on a piece you’ve been working on or stuck on, etc. This a community of writers here to uplift and encourage one another!
Ashley Coleman is the author of “Dear Love: A Love Letter to You,” which explores the complexity and simplicity of love all at the same time. She is also the creator of WriteLaughDream.com which is a blog that encourages growth in life, love and dream chasing.
This event is of limited capacity with only 15 spots available. Don’t wait to register! Open to both women and men. Light refreshments will be available. Bring your favorite journal!
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