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The Real With Rob Hill Sr. & Alex Elle - May 4, 2014

  • Posted By: Ashley Coleman
  • April 17, 2014
    • The Rob with Rob Hill
      • The Rob with Rob Hill
      • Photo Credit: Courtesy of the artists

The Real with Rob Hill Sr. is coming to popular Spring Garden-area music venue Union Transfer on Sunday, May 4. This can't-miss event will feature a discussion with author, writer and motivational speaker Rob Hill Sr. and special guest, author and entrepreneur Alex Elle.

Rob Hill Sr. found his purpose in helping and motivating others through adversity. After being kicked out of his house at the age of 17 and being confronted with homelessness, Hill had a life-changing epiphany during the birth of his son. Joining the Navy in order create a more stable life, Hill found renewed purpose in his love of writing.

Now the author of I Got You: Restoring Confidence in Love and Relationships and audio book Audacity of a Good HeartHill now travels the country for his public speaking engagements and community enrichment events. His online following boasts over 350,000 followers who look to Hill for his daily encouragement and insight via Tumblr, Twitter and Instagram.

“I just want to be somebody who makes a difference. I’m daring. I’m a risk taker. I’m not afraid to fall. I don’t care about failing. I don’t care whose judging. I’m going to keep trying. I’m going to go do it!” said Hill during a recent interview. 

“The Real” will also feature author Alex Elle, who has cultivated her following through The Good Hair Blog, which focuses on care of natural hair and her latest book of poetry "Words from a Wanderer." Elle’s work relates to a generation of women learning to love themselves and follow their dreams. Owner of multiple businesses at the young age of 24, Elle is the epitome of the entrepreneurial spirit.

The evening of conversation featuring these two dynamic thought-leaders will cover hot topics across various subject matters, including love, life, and success. You can't afford to miss this one — you're guaranteed to leave this event better, stronger and wiser. Check it out! 


“The Real” with Rob Hill Sr. w/ Special Guest Alex Elle
When: Sunday, May 4, 7pm
Where: Union Transfer, 1026 Spring Garden Street
Cost: $20 in advance, $30 at the door
More Info: Click here to buy tickets.


The Philadelphia Museum Of Art Opens New Exhibit - Patrick Kelly: Runway Of Love

  • Posted By: Jared Michael Lowe
  • April 16, 2014
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Philly’s fashion stock continues to rise this year. On the heels of Philly Fashion Week and The Barnes Foundation's exhibit of international art impresario Yinka Shonibare, Philly has yet another style centered exhibit coming to town. On display at the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s Perelman Building, Patrick Kelly: Runway of Love explores the sudden rise and remarkable achievements of 1980’s American-born, Paris-based fashion designer, Patrick Kelly.

The exhibition is the first to showcase full on of Kelly’s head-to-toe fashion ensembles. Over 80 creations will be on display and will also feature selections from his extensive collection of black memorabilia, videos of his lively fashion shows, and works by renowned fashion photographers Horst P. Horst, Pierre et Gilles, and Oliviero Toscani.

Born in Mississippi, Kelly’s bold and bright designs were inspired by his relatives and the women he saw dressed up in their Sunday’s best. In 1985, he was discovered by ELLE Magazine selling his garments on the streets of New York and was whisked to study in Paris, France. Soon after, Kelly became the toast of the fashion industry. His clothes were sold at major department stores such as Bloomingdales, Bergdorf Goodman and Macy’s and had a bevy of celebrity clientele including Naomi Campbell, Vanessa Williams and Bette Davis. As of late, Solange Knowles was spotted performing in his garments.

Kelly became the first American and black designer to be voted into the prestigious French Federation of Fashion and of Ready-to-Wear of Couturiers and Fashion Designers, and presented his collections in the tents at the Musée du Louvre. Shortly after reaching this acclaim, his career was cut short as he succumbed to AIDS in January 1990.

In addition to Runway to Love, the Philadelphia Museum of Art will also feature Gerlan Jeans ♥ Patrick Kelly, a complimentary exhibition of whimsical streetwear by Gerlan Jeans. Gerlan, who has been worn by the likes of Beyonce and Katy Perry, has reinterpreted Kelly’s signature aesthetics: bows, buttons, and other bold embellishments, to create clothes that embody the dynamic spirit of the 80s.

Both exhibits will run April 27 through November 30 in the Perelman Building at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.


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


Philly 360° Music Guide: Where To Listen To Jazz In Philadelphia

  • Posted By: James Claiborne
  • April 16, 2014
    • Philly 360˚ Exclusive: Philly's Got Jazz
      • Philly 360˚ Exclusive: Philly's Got Jazz
      • Photo Credit: D. McDowell for GPTMC

Philly is definitely serious about two things — our history and our music. Philadelphia has been called home by some of the greatest names in the history of music, like jazz legends Billie Holiday, John Coltrane, Ethel Waters, Dizzie Gillespie and Charlie Parker, just to name a few. 

Luckily for us, our city's rep as a great music destination doesn't stop with our deep jazz roots. Every day, stellar Philly-based musicians like Jeff Bradshaw, Laurin Talese, Ernest Stuart and others keep our local jazz scene moving and on the map. And, pretty much any day of the week, you can find a live jazz set going down in one of Philly's many popular music venues, including Chris' Jazz Cafe, Time and Warmdaddy's.

Ready to experience the feel-good vibe of the local jazz scene firsthand? Great — because Philly 360° has you covered. We've pulled together a roundup of some of best places to experience all that Philly jazz has to offer. Check it out! 


Watch our "Philly's Got Jazz" video and then check out The Official Philly 360° Guide to Jazz!

 

Jazz Festivals:

Center City Jazz Fest

When: Saturday, April 19
Where: Various venues
More info: Click here

It’s back! Center City Jazz Fest returns with 16 incredible acts performing at four local music venues, including Fergie’s, Chris’ Jazz Cafe, Time and Milkboy Philly. Catch some of the city’s top jazz talents — Ernest Stuart, Justin Faulkner, Joanna Pascale and Mike Kennedy — lay it down like only Philly musicians can. One ticket gets you access to all of it.


Longwood Gardens' Wine & Jazz Festival

When: Satuday, June 7 
Where: Longwood Gardens, 1001 Longwood Road, Kennett Square, PA
More info: Click here

Three-time GRAMMY winning jazz vocalist Dee Dee Bridgewater, along with the Delfeayo Marsalis Quintet and the Jazz Orchestra of Philadelphia, lands at Longwood Gardens for their annual Wine & Jazz Festival. Fine wine, smooth jazz and Longwood's picturesque gardens collide for an unforgettable experience for music lovers of all ages. 


Summer Solstice Salsa Party @ Morris Arboretum

When: Saturday, June 19
Where: Morris Arboretum, 100 E. Northwestern Avenue
More info: Click here

Celebrate the longest day of the year with some Latino flavor, as Morris Arboretum presents its Summer Solstice Salsa Party featuring Latin jazz group Cafe Con Pan Band. Insider tip: Get there early to practice your moves during their free pre-show salsa lesson. 


Philadelphia United Jazz Festival and Celebration 

When: Saturday, September 20 
Where: South Street between Broad & 16th Streets
More info: Click here

The Philadelphia United Jazz Festival and Celebration returns with another round of outstanding Philly jazz. Produced by the Lifeline Music Coalition, the event features two stages and various venues along Philly's famous South Street.

    • Chris' Jazz Cafe
      • Chris' Jazz Cafe
      • Photo Credit: Photo by L. Whitaker for GPTMC

Jazz Clubs & Venues:

Chris Jazz Cafe 

1421 Sansom Street

chrisjazzcafe.com 

Down Beat Magazine got it right when they named Chris’ Jazz Cafe one of the “100 Great Venues Around the World to Hear Jazz.” In addition to a dope lineup of local, national and international talent, Chris' also has a menu that offers budget-friendly food and drinks. 


Warmdaddy's 

1400 S. Columbus Boulevard

warmdaddys.com

With its waterfront location, down-home southern comfort food and a regular lineup of Philly-fresh music, Warmdaddy's is a must-hit in Philly's music scene. Be sure to keep an eye on Warmdaddy's monthly music calendar to stay up-to-date on their solid mix of jazz, soul, hip-hop and blues performances. 


Time 

1315 Sansom Street 

timerestaurant.net

Tucked away on Sansom Street, Time has quickly become a favorite drop-in spot for Philadelphia's young, emerging jazz talents. In addition to the main dining room, which features a nightly lineup of jazz and soul, Time also houses a small whiskey bar on the first floor and a second floor absinthe lounge and dance floor.  


Relish

7152 Ogontz Avenue

relishphiladelphia.com

Although it’s only open on Sundays, Mondays and Wednesdays, LaRose Jazz Club in Philadelphia’s Germantown neighborhood is considered one of the most authentic jazz clubs in town. Jazz purists will appreciate this venue's dedication to presenting "true" jazz in a caberet-like setting. 
 
 

Paris Bistro

8229 Germantown Avenue

parisbistro.net

Recently opened beneath the Chestnut Hill Hotel, Paris Bistro is a 50-seat jazz cafe offering performances Thursday through Sunday nights. Patrons can enjoy full food and drink lists while taking in hour-long performances from Philadelphia’s hottest jazz musicians.


The Philadelphia Clef Club of Jazz

738 S. Broad Street 

clefclubofjazz.org

The Philadelphia Clef Club works to present jazz — past, present and future — through workshop, classes, lessons and, of course, a stellar lineup of concerts. Keep an eye on their monthly programming for a great selection of open mic sets and shows featuring local headliners. 

    • Laurin Talese at Sittin' In at The Kimmel Center
      • Laurin Talese at Sittin' In at The Kimmel Center
      • Photo Credit: P. English for GPTMC / Philly 360°

Showcase & Concert Series

Sittin' In @ The Kimmel

When: Check website for details. 
Where: Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, Broad and Spruce Streets 
More info: Click here

Check out the new faces of Philly music, during the Kimmel Center's monthly artists showcase, “Sittin’ In.” Headlined by a different rising star each month, this event is a look at the new "who’s who" in Philly's booming music scene — and the perfect place to dance, party and mix and mingle with the local creative scene.


Jazz and R&B Happy Hour

When: 1st and 3rd Fridays
Where: Reserve Wine Bar & Lounge
More info: facebook.com/reservephl

Every 1st and 3rd Friday, Reserve Wine Bar & Lounge explodes with the sounds of Philly's hottest jazz talents. Hosted by jazz musicians V. Shayne Frederick and Kevin Valentine, this twice-monthly series regularly includes surprise guest musicians, vocalists and poets. It's always a can't-miss event.


Who Got The Jazz?

When: See website for dates. 
Where: World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut Street
More Info: Click here

Each month, Veteran Freshman and The Philadelphia Jazz Project return to World Cafe Live with a new edition of Who Got The Jazz? This classic Philly music showcase features a lineup of young, emerging jazz musicians laying down some serious sounds. Check out World Cafe Live's website for information on featured performers. 

Art After 5 @ PMA

When: Weekly on Fridays
Where: Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
More info: philamuseum.org

Each and every Friday, the Philadelphia Museum of Art's Art After 5 showcase and mixer features live jazz and a cash bar in the Great Stair Hall. This popular performance series focuses on on jazz, but regularly includes a selection of world music, soul, R&B and hip-hop. It's a must-hit event. 


Friday Night Jazz @ Woodmere

When: Friday nights through April 25
Where: Woodmere Art Museum, 9201 Germantown Avenue
More info: Click here

Back for another season, Friday Night Jazz at Woodmere Art Museum returns with awe-inspiring musical tributes to iconic musicians like John Coltrane and Jimi Hendrix.  Sip some complimentary wine and listen to live music, while enjoying Woodmere's collection. 


Smooth Jazz Summer Nights

When: TBA
Where: RiverStage/Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing, Columbus Boulevard at Chestnut Street
More info: Click here

What could be better than a waterfront seat and smooth jazz under the Philly sky? Open to jazz fans of any age, this free, popular outdoor music series returns to the Riverstage at the Great Plaza on Penn's Landing. Stay tuned for more details.

 

Dstructive Nature To Launch New Line At James Oliver Art Gallery - Saturday, April 19

  • Posted By: Devon Darrow
  • April 15, 2014
    • Dstructive Nature Pop-up Shop
      • Dstructive Nature Pop-up Shop
      • Photo Credit: Courtesy of the promoters

On Saturday, April 19, Dstructive Nature, a Philly-based men’s lifestyle apparel brand, will unveil its new Spring/Summer 2014 collection, “Rebel Revolution,” at the James Oliver Gallery.

Get ready for a night of art, music, food and fashion as the creative community gathers for another exciting launch. Blending Philadelphia and NY influences, the inspiration behind the new line comes from street art, urban culture, resisting the status quo, societal order and structure. The brand, Dstructive Nature,  is inspired and influenced by images of inner city culture and suburbia, art, music, and street culture.

While Dstructive Nature is a street apparel brand at its base, this new line builds on the old with distinctive graffiti-influenced colors seen through screen prints, stitching, and other subtle details.

“Our brand is steady growing; we continue to push the street wear envelope while listening to our customers needs,” said Jhiriek Irby, owner of Dstructive Nature.  “Each season we will steadily introduce new items and offer a fresh perspective and creative spin on our classic t-shirts, sweat shirts, and hats; we are excited to unveil the “Rebel Revolution” collection.” 

Along with graphic t-shirts, the new line will add denim, belts and other elements. Attendees will get an exclusive first look at the line and a chance to purchase items before they hit the brand’s website on April 22. Select one-of-a-kind t-shirts from the presentation will only available for purchase at the launch.

Set to play the event is Statuz Nightclub resident DJ K.O. who will be spinning a fresh playlist of hip-hop music. Street artists AINAC (Art is Not a Crime) will be showcasing work motivated and inspired by iconic Philly landmarks and the new line. Pulledtogether, a lifestyle blog and catering company, will be on hand to provide “New York meets Philly” themed bites and complimentary drinks throughout the night.

If you’re in the mood for some fashion, art, music, food, and collaboration, join Dstructive Nature for this festive, intimate line launch and pop-up shop in Center City! Don't miss it! 



Dstructive Nature "Rebel Revolution" S/S 2014 Presentation & Pop-Up Shop
When: Saturday, April 19, 5 - 10 p.m.
Where: James Oliver Art Gallery
Cost: FREE
More info: Guests must RSVP at: by April 17.


Philadelphia Black Gay Pride Celebrates Its 15th Anniversary - April 20-27, 2014

  • Posted By: Monica Lyons
  • April 10, 2014
    • Philadelphia Black Gay Pride
      • Philadelphia Black Gay Pride
      • Photo Credit: Courtesy of PBGP

From April 20 to 27, Philadelphia Black Gay Pride will commemorate its 15th anniversary with a week-long celebration of events, from parties and poetry slam to pageants.  

Philadelphia Black Gay Pride (PBGP) was first created in 1999 by the COLOURS Organization, the only LBGTQ service organization in Philadelphia primarily by and for people of color. COLOURS served as the official host of the PBGP festival until it received its own official standing as a non-profit organization in April 2004.

PBGP is dedicated to raising public awareness for health issues such as HIV/AIDS, shining light on issues that affect the LGBTQ community, providing positive youth leadership opportunities, and networking with queer communities along the northeast. Though PBGP targets its festival to people of African-descent who are members of the LGBTQ community, it welcomes any and all allies to the community.

The anniversary celebration will kick off with a Mr./Miss Philadelphia Black Gay Pride Pageant and close with an all-day party, where guests are encouraged to step out in their finest attire in the name of Philly pride. Between these two signature event, PBGP will present a diverse array of programs, including speed dating, a health and resource fair, talent show, community awards, parties, mixers and much more.

Come out and show your Philly pride, while mixing and mingling with the finest, flyest crowd Philly has to offer. #bethere


Philly Black Gay Pride 
When: April 20 - 27, 2014
Where: Various locations
More Info: For a full list of anniversary events, click here.


Just In: Questlove Drops Cover Art For The Roots' New Single On Instagram

  • Posted By: Ashley Coleman
  • April 9, 2014
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      • Black Thought & ?uestlove of The Roots
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After a year of mentions and murmurs, it seems The Roots are now speaking up about their forthcoming album, And Then You Shoot Your Cousin. Earlier this week, Roots' drummer and Philly hometown hero Questlove posted artwork for their new single “When The People Cheer” on Instagram to the shock and delight of fans.

This release will be the 11th studio album for the highly-acclaimed group, who have been dominating the headlines over the last few years. From becoming the house band for Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, moving over to The Tonight Show and being featured on the cover of Billboard Magazine, The Roots have been single-handedly changing the face of late night television.  

The legendary music group first got its start right here in Philly when Quest and Black Thought met at Philadelphia High School for Creative and Performing Artsaffectionately referred to as CAPA in Philly. Since then, the duo has worked non-stop to achieve their current level of music industry success. According to Questlove's autobiography Mo Meta Blues, it was a long ride for the group with plenty of twist, turns and learning experiences. But now, it's clear that the Philly natives have nothing but smooth sailing ahead. 

Most listeners first fell in love with The Roots sound during the Philadelphia soul revival of the late 90s and early 2000s. During this time, The Roots crew, which included Black Thought, Questlove and James Poyser, were making music in Philly and creating the soundtrack for a movement that would forever change the music industry, bringing us artists like Jill Scott, Marsha Ambrosius, Kindred The Family Soul, Bilal, Musiq Soulchild, Jaguar Wright and more. 

The Roots are set to reach new heights with this album, and we're definitely hype to see a group who has released multiple albums and landed GRAMMY wins continue to build new audiences and fans around the globe. And, of course they're always willing to rep strong for their hometown.  

The new album is a concept album in the vein of Undun. Undeniably, The Roots have become masters at telling well-thought-out stories supported by their immaculate music production. According to Roots Crew emcee Black Thought, And Then You Shoot Your Cousin will revolve around a cast of characters that they have encountered throughout their travels, careers and personal lives. 

Questlove's Instagram caption informed fans that the album will be available on May 13—just in time for this year's Roots Picnic, which takes place in Philly on May 31. So, in addition to seeing headliners like Snoop Dog and Janelle Monae, fans might just get a chance to experience some of The Roots' new material live. #winning.

This just may be the most epic Roots Picnic yet, so grab your tickets soon. Until then, check out the new single and let us know what you think! 


Check out The Roots' newest single "When The People Cheer" courtesy of Def Jam Recordings.  


Save The Date: Veteran Freshman Spring Concert Guide

  • Posted By: Ashley Coleman
  • April 8, 2014
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Spring is officially in the building. The days are growing longer, the weather is heating up and everyone is definitely looking to shake their cabin fever with some Philly-fresh music and entertainment. Luckily for us, Veteran Freshman is back on the scene with another dope lineup of shows for the spring. Plenty of your favorite acts are heading out on the road and making their way to Philly to show their fans some love. 

Check out the below schedule for upcoming Veteran Freshman events featuring tons of insanely-talented performers, including FutureMIAJessie Boykins III and more!


Veteran Freshman Spring Concert Guide: 

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Kid Ink: My Own Lane

When: Tuesday, April 22
Where: Theater of Living Arts Lounge (TLA), 334 South Street
Cost: $22
More Info: LiveNation.com

RCA recording artist Kid Ink heads out in support of his latest project My Own Lane. After starting out as a producer with credits with P. Diddy, Nipsey Hus$$le, Sean Kingston and more, Kid Ink broke out as a solo artist in 2012—and never looked back. 


MIA w/ Ab–Soul

When: Friday, April 25
Where: Tower Theater, 69th and Ludlow Streets
Cost: $35
More Info: LiveNation.com

Bursting back on the scene since having her baby boy, MIA is headed out alongside Top Dawg Entertainment (TDE) artist, Ab-soul. These two emcees are liable to tear the house down with sheer energy.  


Mike Epps

When: Saturday, April 26
Where: Tower Theater, 69th and Ludlow Streets
Cost: $50
More Info: LiveNation.com

Funny man Mike Epps, (Friday After Next, The Hangover II) is hitting the Tower Theater this month for his “After Dark Tour,” which leads us to believe that you might want to put the kids to bed for this one!


Who Got Jazz: Tribute to Gil Scott Heron

When: Tuesday, April 29
Where: World Café Live, 3025 Walnut Street
Cost: $10
More Info: worldcafelive.com

An awesome tribute series, this months Who Got Jazz honors poet, activist, and artist Gil Scott Heron. Performers will include: Seff Al-Friqi, Suzann Christine, Rico Anderson, and Koby Murphy.


The Real with Rob Hill Sr. and Special Guest Alex Elle

When: Sunday, May 5
Where: Union Transfer, 1026 Spring Garden Street
Cost: $20
More Info: robhillsr.eventbrite.com

Rob Hill Sr. also known as the “Heart Healer” comes to town to talk love, relationships and more. He is an author, entrepreneur and motivational speaker. Joining him will be Alex Elle, author of Words from a Wanderer.


The Infamous Mobb Deep Tour

When: Saturday, May 8
Where: Theater of Living Arts Lounge (TLA), 334 South Street
Cost: $20
More Info: LiveNation.com

In support of their latest effort The InfamousMobb Deep hits the TLA! The nostalgia of the duo hitting the stage again will definitely have fans lining up to catch new hits and old favorites.  


The Underachievers w/ Denzel Curry and Dillon Cooper

When: Monday, May 12
Where: The Barbary, 951 Frankford Avenue
Cost: $15
More Info: Ticketfly.com

AK and Issa Gold, the hip hop duo from Brooklyn hit The Barbary in May. Signed by record producer Flying Lotus, these two have built a solid underground fan base through their mixtapes Indigoism and Lords of Flatbush. They’ll be joined by emcees Denzel Curry and Dillon Cooper.


Fredo Santana: Coming to a Cut Near You

When: Thursday, May 15
Where: The Barbary, 951 Frankford Avenue
Cost: $15
More Info: ticketfly.com

The cousin of Chicago-born Chief Keef, Fredo Santana started seriously pursuing rap after the release of Keef’s “I Don’t Like” in 2012. Very quickly Santana has built his own buzz. Though still an indie artist, he has garnered the attention of rappers like Drake, appearing in his “Hold On, We’re Going Home” video.


Moosh & Twist (OCD)

When: Saturday, May 22
Where: Theater of Living Arts (TLA), 334 South Street
Cost: $15
More Info: LiveNation.com

Philly natives Moosh & Twist hit the TLA on May 22. This hip hop duo has been at it for some time now. This show will be at the tail end of their “Living Out Loud” tour which hit multiple cities across the country. Not too shabby for a couple of 20-somethings. This is definitely a group to keep an eye on. 


Jessie Boykins III

When: Saturday, May 24
Where: Union Transfer, 1026 Spring Garden Street
Cost: $20
More Info: utphilly.com

Eclectic R&B/soul artist and songwriter Jessie Boykins III makes his way to Union Transfer in May. His upcoming project Love Apparatus will be released later this month—make sure to grab it! 


Future with Rico Love and Que

When: June, 5
Where: The Trocadero, 1003 Arch Street
Cost: $30
More Info: ticketfly.com

Rap artist Future is coming to town and fans may also be holding out for an appearance from his very pregnant fiancé, recording artist Ciara. Joining Future for his “Honest” tour will be super producer and songwriter turned artist Rico Love and QUE.

 
 

6 Events To Kick Off Spring In Philly

  • Posted By: Philly 360
  • April 4, 2014
    • Step Into The Winners Circle
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Spring Events:

Friday, April 4 — Art After 5 With Cosmo Baker

Kick off your weekend right with the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s popular Friday night mixer, Art After 5. The first April installment features a hot playlist courtesy of in-demand turntablist Cosmo Baker. A Philly native, Baker got his start spinning alongside powerhouse DJs Questlove and Rich Medina and now rocks dance floors across the globe.


Sunday, April 13 — The Winners Circle II

Step into The Winners Circle II with Philly’s freshest R&B acts as they rock Sigma Sound with a night of unstoppable music. Round two of this dope R&B showcase features performances by a serious lineup of talent, including Motown recording artists MPrynt, blazing hot girl group Good Girl, soulful crooner Jeremy Isaac and sultry R&B/pop diva Phoenix. This event will definitely be a sellout, so buy your tickets now.


Friday, April 18 — Sanctuary LIVE! Featuring Jacqueline Constance & Ganou

It’s about to go down in the Sanctuary once again. This month, up and coming Philly vocalists Jacqueline Constance and Ganou will show Sanctuary LIVE!-goers why they’ve been generating some serious buzz on the local music scene. Stop through for a night of soulful vibes.


Saturday, April 19 — Center City Jazz Fest

It’s back! Center City Jazz Fest returns with 16 incredible acts performing at four local music venues, including Fergie’s, Chris’ Jazz Cafe, Time and Milkboy Philly. Catch some of the city’s top jazz talents—Ernest Stuart, Justin Faulkner, Joanna Pascale and Mike Kennedy—lay it down like only Philly musicians can. One ticket gets you access to all of it.


Saturday, April  19 — Philly Loves Def Jam

It’s been 30 years since Def Jam landed on the scene, bringing us game-changing artist like LL Cool J, Beastie Boys, Public Enemy, Big Daddy Kane, DMX, Kanye West and Jay-Z. And that’s just naming a few. On April 19, Philly Loves Def Jam hits Johnny Brenda’s with Chill Moody as host, opening sets by Mike Nyce and Mr. Sonny James and a special appearance by DJ Scratch of EPMD.


Thursday, May  1 — Ledisi: The Truth Tour With Robert Glasper  

R&B/soul songstress Ledisi is hitting the road this spring with a 30-city U.S. tour to promote her latest album The Truth. And of course, she’s stopping through Philly to show her fans some love. You can catch Led along with GRAMMY-winner Robert Glasper at the Tower Theater on May 1. Grab your tickets soon because you definitely don’t want to miss this one!


Philly 360° Spotlight: 

    • Aaron Camper & Friends Takeover The Stage
      • Aaron Camper & Friends Takeover The Stage
      • Photo Credit: D. McDowell for Philly 360°/ Visit Philly

Philly 360° Rewind: Aaron Camper & Friends

Last month, Aaron Camper came, saw and conquered the stage during his show at popular Philly music venue World Cafe Live. Joined by Eric Roberson, Kontraband215, Phoenix, DJ Aktive and Astronauts Really Fly, Camper tore down the house in the name of Philly-fresh music. Watch our recap video here.


Homesick Philly SXSW Takeover

Mission accomplished. Philly 360° was there when dozens of artists from our local music scene descended on Austin, Texas for a SXSW takeover. Get a behind-the-scenes look at Philly phenoms like Chill Moody and Cheers Elephant holding it down for their hometown. Check it out.


Guide To Philly Tech Week

Techies, this one’s for you. From April 4 to 12, Philly Tech Week returns for another round of innovative, tech-driven events. Kicking off with the largest game of Tetris known to man, PTW 2014 includes over 100 mostly free events. Check out our guide for a few must-hit events.


On The Red Carpet With Brad Smith

Philly 360° followed along as Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Brad Smith hit the red carpet for the Lux Menswear Runway Show during Philly Fashion Week. We caught some of the city’s top designers, stylists and entertainers stepping out in their very best to check out the hottest trends in Philly fashion. Watch the video here.  


Philly 360° Rewind: Philly Invades SXSW 2014

  • Posted By: Sarah Janiszewski
  • April 4, 2014
    • Philly Invades Austin for SXSW
      • Philly Invades Austin for SXSW
      • Photo Credit: m. Edlow for Visit Philadelphia / Philly 360
    • Philly Invades Austin for SXSW
      • Philly Invades Austin for SXSW
      • Photo Credit: M. Edlow for VIsit Philadelphia / SXSW
    • Philly Invades Austin During SXSW
      • Philly Invades Austin During SXSW
      • Photo Credit: M. Edlow for Visit Philadelphia / Philly 360°
    • Philly Invades Austin for SXSW
      • Philly Invades Austin for SXSW
      • Photo Credit: M. Edlow for Visit Philadelphia / Philly 360
    • Philly Invades Austin for SXSW
      • Philly Invades Austin for SXSW
      • Photo Credit: M. Edlow for VIsit Philadelphia / SXSW
    • Philly Invades Austin for SXSW
      • Philly Invades Austin for SXSW
      • Photo Credit: M. Edlow for Visit Philadelphia / Philly 360
    • Philly Invades Austin for SXSW
      • Philly Invades Austin for SXSW
      • Photo Credit: M. Edlow for Visit Philadelphia / Philly 360
    • Philly invades Austin for SXSW
      • Philly invades Austin for SXSW
      • Photo Credit: M. Edlow for Visit Philadelphia / Philly 360
    • Philly Invades Austin for SXSW
      • Philly Invades Austin for SXSW
      • Photo Credit: M. Edlow for Visit Philadelphia / Philly 360
    • Philly Invades Austin for SXSW
      • Philly Invades Austin for SXSW
      • Photo Credit: M. Edlow for Visit Philadelphia / Philly 360
    • Philly Invades Austin for SXSW
      • Philly Invades Austin for SXSW
      • Photo Credit: M. Edlow for Visit Philadelphia / Philly 360°
    • Philly Invades Austin During SXSW
      • Philly Invades Austin During SXSW
      • Photo Credit: M. Edlow for Visit Philadelphia / Philly 360°
    • Philly Invades Austin for SXSW
      • Philly Invades Austin for SXSW
      • Photo Credit: M. Edlow for Visit Philadelphia / Philly 360°
    • Philly Invades Austin for SXSW
      • Philly Invades Austin for SXSW
      • Photo Credit: M. Edlow for Visit Philadelphia / Philly 360
    • Philly Invades Austin for SXSW
      • Philly Invades Austin for SXSW
      • Photo Credit: M. Edlow for Visit Philadelphia / Philly 360°
    • Philly Invades Austin During SXSW
      • Philly Invades Austin During SXSW
      • Photo Credit: M. Edlow for Visit Philadelphia / Philly 360°
    • Philly Invades Austin for SXSW
      • Philly Invades Austin for SXSW
      • Photo Credit: M. Edlow for VIsit Philadelphia / SXSW
    • Philly invades Austin for SXSW
      • Philly invades Austin for SXSW
      • Photo Credit: M. Edlow for Visit Philadelphia / Philly 360
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Philly 360° hit the road and headed to Austin, Texas for the 2014 South by Southwest (SXSW) Festival. The Philly takeover was in full effect at this year's festival.

From March 7-16, the entire city of Austin is taken over by brands, musical artists, tech geeks, indie filmmakers, entertainment industry reps, celebrities, media and massive amounts of creatives and hipsters looking to check out new talent, trends and brand experiences — and Philly definitely played a major part in the Austin takeover. 

Reppin' Philly Music: 

Philly's local music scene repped hard at SXSW, and we were there to capture it all. Philly bands, artists and musicians played all across Austin — from large-scale stages to intimate spaces. Philly talent was everywhere. Sought after drummer and Philly's own Spanky McCurdy played with Lady Gaga on the Doritos #BoldStage for her now infamous SXSW performance. Rising hip-hop artist Chill Moody performed on six stages with local R&B singer Beano and DJ Ricochet on the ones and twos. 

Also on the hip-hop tip for the SXSW Philly takeover, Philly's own hip-hop legend Freeway, plus rising emcees Gilbere Forte, KnxwledgeEshon Burgundy, Da Truth and Chynna all held down Philly's presence with shows during SXSW. And, at one of Okayplayer's events, DJ Qool Marv had a 2-hour set dedicated to Philly hip-hop icons The Roots, plus a new mix from our very own DJ legend DJ Jazzy Jeff. Indie soulstress Res showed Austin how Philly lays it down in the R&B scene. And, emerging indie bands like Cheers ElephantThe Districts, Kurt Vile, Far-Out Fangtooth, Modern Inventors, Pattern is Movement and Cheerleader also showcased the Philly indie music scene. 

Reppin' Philly Brands: 

Philly 360° also caught up with some Philly brands while there, including local radio station WXPN that was live broadcasting from SXSW. Our friends at Mitchell & Ness were also there as they launched a new reflective snapback hat. They had had some star power in their space at Woven House, including Kendrick Lamar, Wiz Khalifa, Lady Gaga, Diddy and Taboo.

SInce Philly is the "City of Brotherly Love", Philly 360° and Visit Philly also made sure to spread some of our own Philly love by giving out swag and gifts that were Philly-made, including: Phillyosphy shirts designed by Chill Moody and Curran Swint of Kings Rule Together, Jeantrix love pins, Philly 360° wristbands (shameless plug), Stacey Flygirrl Wilson's jawn shirts and posters, DJ Jazzy Jeff Summertime 2 CDs, Uber Philly cards, 611 apparell, WXPN/World Cafe Live CDs, Victory Brewing Summer Love Ale beer koozies, Side Project Jerkey, Rival Bros. coffee and some Philly giveaways like a trip to Philly for the Roots Picnic and a Fuji Feather Bike. 

The Official Behind-the-Scenes Video: 

Like we said, the Philly takeover was in full effect during SXSW and all the talent held it down for their hometown. We hit the streets to connect with some of our homegrown talent and friends while we were there, and to also check in with SXSW goers to test their Philly knowledge. Be on the lookout for our Official Philly SXSW video to see exactly how things went down in Austin. 

Stay tuned for more! 


Philly 360° Rewind: Backstage At World Cafe Live With Clint Coley

  • Posted By: James Claiborne
  • April 4, 2014
    • Clint Coley
      • Clint Coley
      • Photo Credit: Courtesy of Clint Coley

Keep your eye on Philly born-and-raised comedian Clint Coley. Since being hailed as the new "Prince of Comedy" by veteran entertainer D.L. Hughley, this Philly funnyman has been steadily gaining fans and national exposure.

Philly 360° recently caught up with Clint as he brought his hit one-man show I'm an Adult to the popular, polished University City music venue, World Cafe Live.

Backstage Clint gave us an exclusive look at his pre-show routine, which includes a fresh cut by Snoop The Barber, a turkey sandwich from Wawa and a rowdy game of spades with his crew. Among Clint's entourage for that night was his mom, sister, singer/songwriter Jacqueline Constance, and a number of local comedians. Also, spotted backstage playing spades was producer and Reebok brand Ambassador Dilemma, who is slated to produce Clint's upcoming album this year. 

After a few rounds of cards, complete with a hefty dose of classic spades trash-talking, Clint chatted with us about growing up in Philly and his road to success. And, of course we had to ask about his favorite cheesesteak spot.

For the record, Clint only gets his steaks from Max's. As for toppings, he'll take salt, pepper, ketchup, fried onions and American cheese—no Whiz! Clint definitely felt strong about the Whiz. In Philly, Whiz or no-Whiz is definitely a matter of taste, so we'll leave that one alone for now.

But, one thing is definitely clear—Clint Coley is on the move, making it happen and always down to rep his hometown.


Here's our exclusive backstage video with Clint Coley at World Cafe Live! Check it out. 


Sanctuary LIVE! Featuring Jacqueline Constance & Ganou - April 18, 2014

Sanctuary LIVE! Featuring Jacqueline Constance & Ganou When: Friday, April 18, 7 p.m. Where: Art Sanctuary, 628 S. 16th Street Cost: $10 More Info: RSVP online here. It’s about to go down at Art Sanctuary once again. This month,…

DJ PHSH Presents Friends & Fam - April 19, 2014

DJ PHSH Presents Friends & Fam When: Saturday, April 19, 10 p.m. Where: Kung Fu Necktie, 1250 N. Front Street Cost: $5 More Info: kungfunecktie.com True Story: Resident Philly turntablist, DJ PHSH is known across the globe for having…

Center City Jazz Festival - April 19, 2014

Center City Jazz Festival When: Saturday, April 19, 1 - 7 p.m. Where: Various Locations Cost: $15 in advance, $20 at the door More Info: ccjazzfest.com Attention Philly jazz-heads: It's back! Following the success of the 2013 events, Center…