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Kevin Hart Brings A Pop-Up 5K Race To Philly - Saturday, August 29

  • Posted By: James Claiborne
  • August 26, 2015
    • Kevin Hart brings a pop-up 5K run to Philly.
      • Kevin Hart brings a pop-up 5K run to Philly.
      • Photo Credit: Courtesy of nike.com

This weekend, native Philadelphia funny-man Kevin Hart  brings it home with the highest-grossing comedy show of all time, The What Now? Tour.

The August 30 show is historic moment for the entertainer and the entire city — Hart's Lincoln Financial Field show marks the first time that a comedian will headline a show at an official NFL football stadium. #winning

But before Hart — a very vocal advocate for health and wellness — hits "The Linc" with his 45-city tour, he'll team up with Nike+ Run Club for a pop-up 5K run on Saturday, August 29. The race is offering free online registration and kicks off at 8:04 a.m. at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. 

So, come out and get your morning workout in with one of the funniest men is the business — Philly's own Kevin Hart. 


Local Run with Kevin Hart
When: Saturday, August 29, 8:04 a.m.
Where: Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Cost: Free with online registration.
More Info: Click here.


Philly 360° Playlist: R&B/Soul Artist Milton Drops New Single "Energy"

  • Posted By: Ashley Coleman
  • August 26, 2015
    • Philly 360° Playlist: Milton
      • Philly 360° Playlist: Milton
      • Photo Credit: Courtesy of Milton

Philly based, R&B/Soul artist, Milton recently released his second single “Energy” off his upcoming project, which is due out in December. This soulful record is bringing the right energy and vibes for this week’s Philly 360° Playlist.

As a follow up to his last single “Surely,” the new track is chill and creates the perfect opportunity to showcase Milton’s smooth vocals and his fusion of musical styles. Produced by Rob Devious, the mellow keys give the track great space, allowing you to get lost in the lyrics and vocal performance. The vamp provides the perfect chance to dial in to the musicality of the project with the guitar coming out front.

Originally from Maryland, Milton settled into Philadelphia and has been staking his claim in and around town. Teaming up with Rec Philly to perform at their official Philadelphia stage at SXSW in Austin, TX this past year. Milton is also one of the first artists signed  to Recollective Records, was recently named the “Best New R&B Artist” at the Tri-State Indie Awards and has performed at the XPNFest, TLA, Underground Arts, Trocadero and many more venues in and around Philadelphia.

His music draws influence from R&B, hip-hop, soul and funk. His eclectic sound gives us a hint of Frank Ocean and Miguel — with his own twist, of course. A refreshing sound in today’s musical landscape, fans are anxiously awaiting the full-length project produced alongside Rob Devious.

Keep your ears open for new music from this emerging Philly talent, but in the meantime, check out the new single “Energy” below and let us know what you think in the comments!  


Kevin Hart Hits Lincoln Financial Field With The What Now? Tour, Sunday, August 30

  • Posted By: James Claiborne
  • August 19, 2015
    • Kevin Harts' WHAT NOW? TOUR
      • Kevin Harts' WHAT NOW? TOUR
      • Photo Credit: Courtesy of Live Nation

Kevin Hart is bringing it home this month. On August 30, the native Philly funnyman and all-star entertainer will land in Philadelphia with the highest-grossing comedy show of all time, The What Now? Tour. 

In early April, the self-proclaimed "hardest working comedian in show business" hit the road  with this tour and is set to perform in 45 cities throughout the U.S. and Canada. A historic moment for the entertainer and Philadelphia, Hart's Lincoln Financial Field show marks the first time that a comedian will headline a show at an official NFL football stadium.

This year has been another landslide year for the Philadelphia-born talent.  In 2015, Hart has released two movies, The Wedding Ringer and Get Hard, while on the road for with this four-month comedy tour. Next year, Kevin will star in Ride Along 2, the highly anticipated sequel to last year’s $100 million blockbuster hit.

Kevin admittedly gets his grind-hard work ethic from his Philly roots, and all of his work has more than paid off. Check out this video exclusive with Kevin and Ice Cube shopping Philly sportwear destination Mitchell & Ness.

As always — Kevin Hart's has got jokes for days.  


Kevin Hart: WHAT NOW? Tour
When: Sunday, August 30, 8 p.m.
Where: Lincoln Financial Field, 1 Lincoln Financial Field Way, Philadelphia, PA 19147
Cost: $55-155
More Info: Buy tickets online here.


Contest: Win A Pair Of Tickets To See Kamasi Washington At World Cafe Live - Thursday, August 27

  • Posted By: James Claiborne
  • August 18, 2015
    • Kamasi Washington performs in Philadelphia
      • Kamasi Washington performs in Philadelphia
      • Photo Credit: Courtesy of the artist

 A celebrated saxophonist, composer and band leader, Kamasi Washington has had an epic year, thus far. Along with releasing his gamechanging project, aptly titled The Epic, on the genre-defying label Brainfeeder in May, Washington was also featured on Kendrick Lamar's 2015 breakout album, To Pimp A Butterfly — both of which are being hailed as instant classics by fans and critics alike.

With over 172 minutes of music across three volumues, Kamasi Washington's latest project is an epic musical journey brought to life by Washington's itensely futuristic saxophone playing and a 32-piece orchestra and a 20-piece choir.

One listen to The Epic will have you feenin' for a live musical experience with Kamasi and his band. Luckily for us, Washington is set to perform at University City music hotspot, World Cafe Live on Thursday, August 27.

Want in on the show? Just complete the below entry form for your chance to win a pair of tickets to the show.  If you don't want to leave it up to chance, then you can find all of the concert details below. 

You can read the official contest rules here.

Kamasi Washington
When: Thursday, August 27, 7:15 p.m.
Where: World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut Street
Cost: $15-$24
Details: Buy tickets online here.

Fill out my online form.

R&B/Soul Legend Stevie Wonder Pops Up In Philly To Announce An October Show At The Wells Fargo Center

  • Posted By: James Claiborne
  • August 17, 2015
    • Stevie Wonder
      • Stevie Wonder
      • Photo Credit: Courtesy of the artist

Yes, Philly, it's true. Music legend Stevie Wonder popped up in Philadelphia today to play a free show at Dilworth Park.

After playing a previous surprise show in Washington D.C., Wonder hit the road and landed in Philly this afternoon to entertain his fan and drop some exciting news about his Songs in the Key of Life tour. Stevie's short set even included a surprise appearance by Philadelphia singer/songerwriter, Jazmine Sullivan, who sat in on a unforgettable version of Stevie's hit, Superstition.

Along with the pop up show, the legendary songwriter announced an extension for his current tour, which includes final run of shows to 20 North American cities including Philadelphia on Wednesday, October 7 at Wells Fargo Center.

Citibank pre-sale tickets are available on Tuesday, August 18 at Noon EST through Citi's Private Pass® Program in select cities. For complete pre-sale details, visit www.citiprivatepass.com. General tickets for select cities will be available beginning Friday, August 21 at 10AM EST at ComcastTIX.com, Wells Fargo Center Box Office or by phone.

 

Stevie Wonder: Songs in the Key of Life Tour
When: Wednesday, October 7, 8 p.m.
Where: Wells Fargo Center, 3601 S Broad Street
Cost: TBA
More Info: Purchase tickets online here.


Red Bull Sound Select Returns With Performances By Bilal, Kate Faust & Son Little, Thursday, August 20

  • Posted By: Ashley Coleman
  • August 13, 2015
    • Bilal returns to Philadelphia this summer.
      • Bilal returns to Philadelphia this summer.
      • Photo Credit: Photo by Kawai Matthews

Red Bull Sound Select is back for another installment — this time around featuring native Philly soulster Bilal! This month’s showcase is curated by the University of Penn’s radio station WXPN and The Key. It’s all going down at the Underground Arts at 12th and Callowhill Streets.

Bilal’s fan base in Philadelphia has watched the soulful singer grow from the early days of Black Lily at the legendary 5 Spot to his latest effort In Another Life, released on eOne Music.

Showcasing his versatility as an artist and vocalist, Bilal's music has ventured across the genres, covering everything from soul to jazz to a little bit of rock. His appearance on Kendrick Lamar’s critically acclaimed project, To Pimp a Butterfly, was well-received. And, now fans welcome him back for a special appearance in his hometown.

Joining Bilal on August 20 will be Son Little, a former collaborator of The Legendary Roots Crew and RJD2 and newcomer Kate Faust — a soulful singer/songwriter that has been making plenty of noise on the local music scene.

This show is just $3 with an RSVP. But, definitely arrive early because an Sound Select RSVP does not guarantee admission. And you definitely dont want ot miss this soul-filled night with three of Philly’s hottest talents.  


Red Bull Sound Select Curated by WXPN/The Key
When: Thursday, August 20, 8 PM
Where: Underground Arts, 1200 Callowhill Street
Cost: $3 with RSVP, $10 without (RSVP does not guarantee admission) 21+
More Info: Click here.


Philly 360° Style Guide: The Best Places to Shop for Menswear in Philadelphia

  • Posted By: Philly 360
  • August 10, 2015
    • Shop men's fashion in Philadelphia
      • Shop men's fashion in Philadelphia
      • Photo Credit: D. McDowell for VP

Style-wise, most major cities are melting pots. But when it comes to menswear, Philadelphia’s men’s fashion shops stand out from all of the rest.

At the one end of the spectrum are long-established — even historic — men’s clothiers like Boyd’s in the Philadelphia neighborhood of Rittenhouse. At the other resides youthful, independent, urban shops like Sugarcube, Armour and Totem, which all skew closer to vintage street style and local independent brands. Sure, there’s a little in-between, but even Philly’s menswear middle ground is made up of mix: sporty yet sophisticated, tailored yet tattooed.

Whether you’re looking to get dapper in Rittenhouse, or going for a grittier, retro-style inspired look on South Street — Philadelphia’s got you covered.

Read on for our list of Philadelphia’s top menswear shops.  

    • Duke & Winston
      • Duke & Winston
      • Photo Credit: Duke & Winston

Duke & Winston 

1822 Chestnut Street — Seun Olubodun launched a line of Brit-inspired, bulldog-emblazoned T-shirts back in 2009. Today, his anti-ironic approach to modern preppy dressing also includes baseball caps, bulldog-motif ties and bow ties, dog-wear and needlepoint accessories, all sold from a rustically lounge-like, 2,600-square-foot walk-up, where the focus is predominantly on the guys, and the stock also includes non-D&W sunglasses, hats and phone cases. MORE INFO                                                    

Commonwealth Proper 

1839 Chestnut Street —  Today at his studio in Rittenhouse (with satellites in New York and Atlanta), the tattooed attorney Craig Arthur von Schroeder and team measure clients for affordable-yet-investment-worthy, bespoke-yet-modern suiting and topcoats made from lightweight summer wools, robust Harris tweeds, Loro Piana milled cashmere, Swiss tech fabric and limited-edition finds. Commonwealth Proper also offers a variety of fabric choices for custom dress shirts and a retail line of ready-to-wear ties, pocket squares, brass collar stays and a rough-and-tumble, all-seasons, made-in-Philly blazer. MORE INFO

    • UBIQ
      • UBIQ
      • Photo Credit: C. Smyth for Visit Philadelphia

Mitchel and Ness

1201 Chestnut Street — Founded more than a century ago as a sporting goods store, this indie operation turned into an international powerhouse after its former owner convinced the estates of Babe Ruth and his contemporaries to allow reproduction and sale of their uniform jerseys. Soon, MTV and the hip-hop generation caught on, and the shop’s pro baseball, basketball, football and ice hockey shirts were showing up in populst music videos and song lyrics. Today, having a jersey, snapback cap or warm-up jacket re-issued here is a sign of athletic dominance. In 2007, the company became a very cool subsidiary of Adidas. The flagship store still calls Philly home. MORE INFO      

UBIQ 

1509 Walnut Street — To say that Ubiq stocks new and vintage sneaks (Nike, Vans, Reebok, Converse, Adidas, Asics), along with endless T-shirts and hoodies, is to vastly undersell this streetwear merchant. Ubiq’s rambling old brownstone displays old-fashioned Daniel Wellington watches, sturdy Stance socks and preppy Head Porter Plus trousers and shirts that are displayed like wearable, collectable, limited-edition, often vintage-inspired works of art. Among them: the store’s own line of apparel and kicks.

MORE INFO 

    • Armour PHILADELPHIA
      • Armour PHILADELPHIA
      • Photo Credit: Courtesy of Armour

Armour Philadelphia 

704 South 4th Street — The fashion project of corporate world escapee David Grimes sophisticatedly peddles its independent-minded sartorial choices along Fabric Row. Among the rare and wonderful finds here are heritage pieces from Kennington, Goorin Bros. and Fine & Dandy; international representation in Pullin (France) and Maxwell Designs (Ghana); and work by emerging designers Arthinic and Philly’s own Terese Sydonna and Danny Fox.  MORE INFO

Metro Men's

1600 East Passyunk Avenue — Ben Sherman, Fred Perry, Scotch & Soda and Report Collection are among the fast-moving brands at this youthful retail closet, one of the anchors of South Philly’s trendy East Passyunk neighborhood. Owner Tom Longo stocks everything from brightly striped business socks to soft-washed Phillies T-shirts, bright bathing trunks to knitted neon beer cozies. MORE INFO

Totem

535 South Street  —   Classic, rustic, American. That’s Totem Brand in a few words. The store carries men’s clothing—Wolverine, Danner, Raleigh Denim, Rogue Territory, Billy Kirk, Taylor Stitch, 3Sixteen, Patagonia and Filson—plus GoPros, candles, soaps and incense that appeal to the outdoorsman in everyone. The USA-made or -manufactured promise means people feel good about their purchases. MORE INFO

    • Boyds
      • Boyds
      • Photo Credit: Courtesy of Boyds

Boyds 

1818 Chestnut Street — For the greater part of 75 years, the polished tiers of this Rittenhouse family business catered only to men, with a battalion of salesmen and dozens of tailors known for their take-charge, can-do philosophy. Today, there’s an equally polished women’s department, but men still avail themselves of power suits, shoes and refined sportswear from vaunted labels such as Trussini, Brioni, Armani Collezioni, Canali, Etro, Hickey Freeman, Paul Smith and Paul Smith. MORE INFO

Distanté Clothing

1510 Sansom Street — Distinctive custom shirting—with tall, strong collars and French cuffs—is the hallmark of Charlie Morrotta’s men’s shop, a Philadelphia staple since 1983. Morrotta has each shirt made in one of two small factories (there’s one in Naples, Italy and another in the U.S.)—typically in less than three weeks. In-house tailors gladly and expertly perform alterations and adjustments on pieces purchased elsewhere and have become known for their same-day turnaround. MORE INFO

    • Art In The Age
      • Art In The Age
      • Photo Credit: Courtesy of Art In The Age

Art in the Age 

116 N 3rd Street — Brought to Philly by the (local) distillers of Root, Snap and other vintage-inspired spirits, this rustic boutique is all about giving props to creators of things and revivers of lost inventions, which makes for a lush, insightful and totally hip shopping experience. Founding owner Steve Grasse stocked the space with locally made art and furnishings, plus heartily constructed, casually on-point clothing for men and women. MORE INFO


Sugarcube

124 N 3rd Street — This marvelously designed Old City repository of modern-yet-timeless men’s and women’s fashion is known for introducing about-to-hit designers. Current roster standouts include casual-chic separates from Rag & Bone and Portland’s Bridge & Burn, plus hard-wearing-yet-fashion-forward, small-batch, made-in-the-U.S.A. standbys from Asbury Park Clothing Co., Big Star, Feltraiger, Peters Mountain Works and Williamsburg Garment Company—all providing an all-American vibe with a subtly artsy edge. In short: It’s the perfect place for a guy to dress himself without the slightest risk of missing the mark. MORE INFO


AAMP Presents Two Must-Hit Programs As Part Of Gerard Gaskin’s “Legendary: Inside the House Ballroom Scene”

  • Posted By: Philly 360
  • August 5, 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.

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.

In conjunction with exhibition AAMP will host two stellar events exploring the impact and relevancy of this artform. Tonight, Wednesday, August 5, the museum will screen Yoruba Richen's award-winning documentary The New Black,  which explores the story of how the African American community is grappling with gay rights in light of the recent gay marriage movement and the fight over civil rights.

That screening will be followed by a night of color, creativity, costuming and care, as AAMP present the "A Night on Broadway" Mini Ball.

Inspired by the individuals, houses and balls that Gerard Gaskin captures through the lens of his camera in Legendary: Inside the House Ballroom Scene, this event invites both insiders and curious newcomers to participate (as a witness or competitor) in a night that is part fashion show, part dance battle — and entirely fun-filled.
 

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


Diplo's Mad Decent Block Party Returns To The Philadelphia Waterfront With An Epic, Two-Day Party, August 6 & 7

  • Posted By: James Claiborne
  • August 4, 2015
    • Diplo at Festival Pier at Penn's Landing
      • Diplo at Festival Pier at Penn's Landing
      • Photo Credit: M. Edlow for GPTMC

No summer is complete without a few classic Philly block parties, right? True. This week, Mad Decent Block Party is back on the scene to take your summer block party to the next level — actually the next 100 levels.

Starting seven years ago as a small party held outside of Diplo’s Philadelphia label headquarters, the Mad Decent Block Party (MDBP) has grown into a massive, traveling music festival that’s been dubbed “America’s Biggest Block Party.”

This year, Mad Decent will bring its monstrous block party to 19 cities across the US, including a two-day affair on the Philadelphia waterfront with international turntablist and original Mad Decent mastermind Diplo.

MDPG 2015 is set to take over Festival Pier at Penn’s Landing on August 6 and 7 and features dozens of must-see performances by top DJs and musical acts, including Flosstradamus, ILoveMakonnen, Jack Ü, JAUZ, Nadus, Porter Robinson, Swizzymack, What So Not and more.

Friday night, once the main show is done, the festivities will move over to another popular Columbus Boulevard venue, SoundGarden Hall, for the Mad Decent Block Party Afterparty. This 18-and-over finale will have hot music, decent drinks, and plenty of opportunity to sweat it out on the dancefloor to the sounds of the country’s freshest DJs. After party tickets are just $25, the party kicks off at 10 p.m. and goes until 2 a.m.

Keep in mind that MDBP is an outdoor, general admission and standing room only event. So when selecting your festival fashions, be sure to go for comfortable, lightweight clothing and shoes options. Also, consider bringing along a refillable water bottle to keep hydrated throughout the daylong festivities.

Browse this Mad Decent FAQ page for other general tips, including a list of allowable and prohibited items. 

Now, grab your party people crew and make plans to hit the Philadelphia stop of this city-hopping music festival. Trust us, you don’t want to be the only person not there. 

 

Mad Decent Block Party 
When: Thursday, August 6 & Friday, August 7, 3 p.m. 
Where: Festival Pier at Penn's Landing, 601 N. Columbus Boulevard
Cost: $40
More Info: Click here.


Must-Hit: Kindred The Family Reunion Returns With Performances By Chill Moody, Teedra Moses, Dwele, Jeff Bradshaw & More, Sunday, August 9

  • Posted By: James Claiborne
  • August 3, 2015
    • Kindred the Family Soul - Fatin & Aja
      • Kindred the Family Soul - Fatin & Aja
      • Photo Credit: Courtesy of Kindred the Family Soul

Philly soul duo, Kindred the Family Soul is back with their signature community-centered, family-friendly festival, The Kindred Family Reunion.The Reunion will be jam-packed day of fun, music, food, and much more. The best part — it’s totally free and open to the public. 

A Philly-famous husband and wife soul group, Kindred The Family Soul are the proud parents of six children and through their music and community work stress the value of placing family first. Their smooth sound has led them to the tops of the charts and all across the country performing their great music. Kindred will perform material from their latest release, A Couple of Friends.

The group was even featured on a recent Walmart Ad. You can watch it here. 

For the third annual Kindred Family Reunion, the celebration moves to West Philadelphia and takes over the KingChessing Field at 49th Street and Chester Avenue. Along with a celebrity softball game, kickball, a jerk chicken cook off, and soul karaoke, Reunion attendees will also enjoy a stellar lineup of performances by A-list talents like Chill Moody, Teedra Moses, Dwele, Jeff Bradshaw, Brotherly Love, Eric Roberson, Cheryl Pepsi Riley and many others.

The event will also include a water ice contest between two local favorites, Fred's Water Ice and Dre's Water Ice. Even Little League Super Star Mo'Ne Davis will be on site to make an appearance and greet fans. Kindred The Family Soul will take to the stage and perform around 4:30 pm.

So, lock in the date, tell your friends and fam — then get ready to watch two of Philly's finest give back like only our city can. Let's go! 


Kindred the Family Reunion
When: Sunday, August 9, Noon to 6 p.m.
Where: KingChessing Field at 49th Street and Chester Avenue
Cost: Free
More Info: Click here


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

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Lianne La Havas - Sunday, September 20

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