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Music Makes Me Happy is bringing their first artist showcase to Voltage Lounge in Philadelphia on Wednesday, July 22nd. A multiple city showcase, the Philly show is packed with the area’s best including John Graves, BriaMarie, Suzann Christine, and Youssef Kromah.
The night is packed with exciting segments including an opening performance from Jacqueline Constance. GRAMMY-nominated producers Ivan Barias and Carvin Haggins will also be presented with the Music Makes Me Happy Community Award.
Hosted by Joshua Nelson this night will be full of great music and it’s all for a great cause. The proceeds from the event will help fund Music Makes Me Happy education initiatives in Philadelphia, Atlanta and Los Angeles.
Music Makes Me Happy is the brainchild of Joshua Dingle. Between apparel, networking events, and musical performances, Music Makes Me Happy creates community among people with one common love, music. Their support for the arts is creating a movement. Artists like Jazmine Sullivan, Da Truth, Lecrae and more have been spotted rocking their apparel.
Come out to support not only great artists from Philadelphia that will sing your socks off, but also a great cause! Grab your tickets now, the first 50 RSVPs will get a special Music Makes Me Happy Gift Bag!
Music Makes Me Happy Artist Showcase
When: Wednesday, July 22, 7 p.m.
Where: Voltage Lounge, 421 N 7th Street
Cost: $15 in advance, $20 at the door
More Info: Click here.
Philly, are you ready? No one does Independence Day like we do, and Philly 360° just got some news about some dope music that will go down on July 4th.
Not only are The Roots headlining the Wawa Welcome America! Philly 4th of July Jam —nation's biggest free concert—alongside of Miguel, MKTO, Jennifer Nettles and more. But, they're also bringing you a second stage packed with talent to warm you up for the main event that night.
Yup, we've just got our hands on the lineup for the Questlove Stage, which is part of the Party on the Parkway. We're definitely loving the talent Quest picked out. Once you get a look at the lineup, you'll definitely want to be front and center for this one.
So, who made the cut for the Questlove Stage? Find out below.
GoGo Morrow has been making big waves over the last year with her solo music. She has landed opening spots for Brandy, Lauryn Hill, Common — and even for the short lived Danity Kane reunion that we were all swooning over. GoGo was also one of the first acts added on to Marsha Ambrosius' national Friends & Lovers music tour. With each move GoGo solidifies her spot as one of the next artists from Philly that is destined to blow up and take the world stage by storm. Check out GoGo's feature on the Philly 360° Playlist.
A graduate of the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, Julian King comes from a musical family, which undoubtedly contributes to his undeniable talents. A dancer, musician and exceptional vocalist, there is not much King can’t do. Definitely one of the most-talented indie acts on the Philadelphia scene right now, it won’t take long for Julian King's movement to gain some serious traction. Check out Julian King's feature on the Philly 360° playlist.
Get to know Philly-based singer/songwriter Kate Faust. One of the newer names from the city's booming music scene, Faust stepped out into her own with her latest EP, Eros. Fittingly, Faust named her latest album Eros after Greek mythology's God of Love. Faust knew early on that she wanted her voice and music to stand out from the crowd. And, with each new project she delivers, we've seen the singer/songwriter create something new and exciting. Check out Kate Faust's feature on the Philly 360° Playlist.
Discovered by Diplo and Paul Devro of Mad Decent, Swizzymack is one of the premiere sounds behind Philadelphia's club music scene. His debut EP Bass was released on Mad Decent’s imprint in June 2013. Since then, Swizzymack has brought his thumping bass drops and hyperactive tempos to airwaves and parties around the country.
Max Swan takes the saxophone to new levels with works with dozen of groups from around the country. He's on a mission to forever alter public perception about the saxophone and for the past 15 year the young saxophonist has worked his way to earning over two dozen local and nationally recognized soloist and composition accolades, including the "Michael Brecker Saxophone Award", "Rick Lawn Arrangers Award", and the "Collaboration Award" through The University of The Arts.
Born just outisde of Philly, Cody Kahmar draws influences from a wide range of acts, including Dru Hill, Boyz II Men, Usher, Paramore, Lil’ Wayne and Drake. The singer/songwriter made a name for himself at open-mic nights across Philadelphia, eventually opening for Kid Cudi at Temple University’s homecoming. He's also collabed with West Philadelphia emcee Chill Moody on a record entitled “My Eyes,” which earned over 25,000 YouTube views in less than three months.
The Philadelphia High School for Creative and Performing Arts, affectionately known as CAPA, has birthed some of the greatest acts to come out of Philly. Count them — Questlove, Boyz II Men, Tyce of MPrynt, Jazmine Sullivan, GoGo Morrow and more. Catch the next generation of music all-stars when this student performance hits the stage.
One of the busiest and most-respected artist on the Philadelphia music scene, Laurin arrived in Philadelphia to study at the University of the Arts. After touring as a background vocalists for Philly soul artists, Jaguar Wright, Bilal and Vivian Green, Talese turned her attention to her own solo career, eventually signing with Blackstone's music label and production company, BASSic Black Entertainment (BBE).
Through BBE, Laurin released three must-hear singles, including her latest song "This Love," which is available on iTunes.
So, if you're looking for your next favorite weekly jam with a great cocktails, a stellar view of the city and some of the best music Philly has to offer — then this event is for you. We'll see you there.
Again this year, Questlove, Black Thought and the entire Roots Crew will star as the headliners and house band for one of the biggest free parties to hit our town—the Philly 4th of July Jam featuring Miguel, MKTO, Zella Day and Jennifer Nettles. MORE INFO
Fierce! Get an inside look at the East Coast house ballroom scene at The African American Museum in Philadelphia’s groundbreaking photography exhibition, featuring the work of Gerard Gaskins. Expect to see vogue, drag, competition, glamour and grandeur. MORE INFO
Philly-based visual artist Ivben Taqiy is back with another dope concept. This month, Taqiy teams up with Starthouse to throw an all-day Summer Art Jam at Gallerie Isada in Fishtown. This art show/day party mashup features 15 artists and 15 vendors selling original artwork, handmade wares, designer threads and more. MORE INFO
The soulful duo Floetry is reuniting for a tour this summer—and it’s just what avid R&B fans have been waiting for. The long-awaited reunion between the “Songstress” Marsha Ambrosius and the “Floacist” Natalie Stewart will take place right here in Philly at popular South Street venue The TLA. MORE INFO
It’s about to go down at the Art (I added “Art” here to be clear. If you think the audience knows “the sanctuary,” feel free to change back.) Sanctuary once again. Up-and-coming Philly vocalist Lee Mo will show Sanctuary LIVE!-goers why she’s been generating some serious buzz on the local music scene. Stop through for a night of seriously soulful live music. MORE INFO
Resident Philly DJ Matthew Law is known across the globe for having mad skills on the turntables. Catch Law as he spins back-to-back sets during the next installment of the late-night Friends & Fam session at Kung Fu Necktie. MORE INFO
Maroon 5 keyboardist and backing vocalist PJ Morton returns to University City music hub World Cafe Live for an incredible night of music. This show also features Philly’s own Aaron Camper—a globetrotting band member for major acts like Jill Scott, Chris Brown and Justin Timberlake. MORE INFO
Cinephiles: Hailed as “the black Sundance” by Ebony magazine, BlackStar Film Festival returns July 30-August 2 for another round of cinematic awesomeness. The Philly-based festival highlights independent films from emerging directors, producers and writers about the global black experience. #byindiemeansnecessary MORE INFO
Jay Z’s Made In America festival is set to hit Philly with another two days of nonstop music. Highlights this year include performances by R&B/pop megastar Beyoncé, hip-hop artist J. Cole and Philly’s own Meek Mill and Santigold, to name a few. MORE INFO
In Philly, it’s all about the summer, summer, summertime—and things are definitely heating up on the music scene. Take a look at our hit list of all the can’t-miss R&B/soul shows going down in and around the city this summer. MORE INFO
Singer/songwriter Aaron Camper just dropped a hot new single, “Hypnotizing.” Listen to the track and get the deets on his next Philadelphia concert on the Philly 360° Playlist. MORE INFO
Little Giant Creative is ushering in Summer Recess and they’re doing it big with a rare performance from Yasiin Bey, formerly known as Mos Def. This will be the first concert under the moniker and the night will be hosted by Philly’s own Freeway. It’s all going down at R5 Productions’ popular venue, Union Transfer on Saturday, July 25.
This brand new platform sponsored by Heineken Green Room is set to give music lovers a taste of pure, unadulterated hip-hop by bringing together two of the best to do it — Freeway and Yasiin Bey. Though many may see difference in style, the true homage to lyricism remains intact between both artists and that’s what this concert is set to show. “Bridging the gap” not only among the artists it will showcase but also in the audience with old school and new school hip-hop lovers.
Though in recent years Yasiin Bey has been known for his strong political stances, the Brooklyn native first embarked on his rap career in the early 90s. Ultimately forming the duo Black Star with fellow New York native, Talib Kweli. They released their debut album Mos Def & Talib Kweli are Black Star in 1998. After embarking on his solo career, Bey remains one of the most respected emcees in the game.
Freeway is known for his energy and remains a Philly favorite. After beginning his career in 2000 among the movement that was Roc-a-Fella records which featured the popular Philly contingent State Property. Freeway has continued to pump out music with his unique and charismatic flow and even bottled up his Best Beard Cream over to help others’ keep their beards just as fly.
This show is for the hip hop lover period! So don’t wait to grab your tickets for this rare performance that you may not catch again. Tickets can be purchased at select Villa locations and there are a limited amount of early bird tickets available online.
Here's a look at the shorts that will be presented;
You can get more detail on this event and Reelblack yearlong calendar of events at reelblack.org.
House balls have played a significant role in the African American and Latino LGBTQ communities for decades. Now, the often-underground house ball culture takes the spotlight at the The African American Museum in Philadelphia (AAMP) this summer — just in time to help celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the LGBT Civil Rights Movement in Philadelphia this July.
On view now through August 16, Legendary: Inside the House Ballroom Scene displays the work of photographer Gerard H. Gaskin, who has photographed the intimate world of house balls for more than 20 years.
Showcasing photographs from parties in five cities — with a particular focus on Philadelphia — the collection draws mostly from Gaskin’s book Legendary to immerse the viewer in the expressive grandeur of the balls.
Significant in allowing a marginalized group creativity and freedom of self expression, the house ball scene has a long tradition of challenging norms and Gaskin’s work captures a unique perspective.
A well-known photographer, Gaskin has shown throughout the United States and abroad, and his work is also a part of permanent collections in The Museum of the City of New York, The Philadelphia Museum of Art among others.
Throughout the exhibition at the AAMP — the first institution funded and built by a major municipality to preserve and exhibit the heritage of African Americans — will offer complementary programming including screenings of The New Black, a documentary exploring attitudes about same-sex marriage and civil rights within the African American community and an insiders vogue demonstration.
For much more on Philadelphia’s celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Gay Rights Movement — including other exhibitions like Speaking Out For Equality at the National Constitution Center — check here.
A version of this article originaly appeared on Uwishunu.com.
The 2015 summer music season is in full swing. And again this yes, an impressive lineup of shows of every genre will be hitting stages and live music venues across Philly. From waterfront concerts at Penn's Landing, the summer soul series at The Dell to shows at yearlong entertainment hot spots like World Cafe Live and The TLA, our city is buzzing with tons of can't-miss concerts and shows.
To give your summer music itinerary a jumpstart, we've pullled together this list of must-hit R&B/soul concerts that are going down in Philly this summer. We've got reunion concerts with Floetry and SWV, Bilal's album release concert at World Cafe Live, D'Angelo at The Keswick and Erykah Badu holding it down The Dell. And, this is just a small selection of what Philly has in store for you in the coming months.
Now, take a look at the below list for details on all of the summer soul shows that you need to know about.
Sunday, June 21
With a GRAMMY nod and WE TV tv docu-series “SWV Reunited" on the horizon, SWV is on the road to connect with fans and perform hits from their discography. You can catch the Philly stop on their reuinion tour at World Cafe Live.
Thursday, June 25
Catch, Jodeci — JoJo, DeVante Swing, Dalvin and "K-Ci — as they hit Philadelphia for an unstoppable night of throwback soul at the Tower Theatre in Upper Darby, PA. Along with a must-see performance by the original bad boys of R&B, the June 25 concert includes an opening performance by Philly's own soulful R&B/pop group, MPrynt.
Tuesday, June 30
Philly’s #1 son of soul, Bilal returns home to celebrate the June 30 release of his new collaborative album with producer Adrian Younge, In Another Life. Known for his undeniable grooves, electrifying stage presence and soaring vocals, the Philly-bred soul singer has a cult following of fans that span the globe. Catch Bilal as he brings the party home for a must-hit show at World Cafe Live in University City.
Saturday, July 4
The “Largest Free Concert in America,” will rock the Parkway as The Roots, Miguel and other hitmaking artists take the stage followed by an amazing fireworks display over the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
Thursday, July 9
This year, the Dell Music Center in Fairmount Park will kick off the 2015 Essence of Entertainment Summer Concert Series with an all-star Philadelphia lineup that includes saxophone phenom Pamela Williams, touring trombonist Jeff Bradshaw and the original R&B/Soul diva Patti LaBelle.
Friday, July 17 & Sunday, July 26
The soulful duo Floetry is reuniting for a tour this summer — and it’s just what avid R&B fans have been waiting for. On Friday, July 17, the long awaited reunion between the “Songstress” Marsha Ambrosius and the “Floacist” Natalie Stewart will take place right here in Philly at the popular South Street venue, The TLA. Update: The July 17 show is now sold out, a second show as been added on Sunday, July 26.
Thursday, July 23
Don't miss it as Babyface, Toni Braxton and Mint Condition hit The Dell for an unbelievable R&B throwback Thursday concert in Philadelphia. Together, these still hot and touring R&B greats will sing fans down memory lane with their classic hits like "Unbreak My Heart," "Pretty Brown Eyes" and "When Can I See You."
Thursday, July 30
New school meets old when the soulful sounds of Fantasia and Johnny Gill take over Philadelphia for another unstoppable night of music at The Dell. Incredible vocals, soulful grooves and two of the best in the game will make this an one of the many can't-miss shows for the summer.
Thursday, July 30
Briclyn Entertainment is back on the scene and gearing up for another dope show in Philadelphia. On July 30, Bricyln returns to University City music hub World Cafe Live for an incredible night of music with Maroon 5 keyboardist and backing vocalist, PJ Morton. The July show features Philly music transplant Aaron Camper, who is a globetrotting band member for major acts like Jill Scott and Justin Timberlake.
Thursday, August 6
Got soul? R&B hitmakers Anthony Hamilton and Lyfe Jennings undoubtedly have a lock on soul. Catch these two hitmaking acts on August 6 for another guaranteed sellout at The Dell.
Thursday, August 13
After slaying her headling performance at Roots Picnic 2015, Erykah Badu returns to Philadelphia alongside UK songstress Estelle. Don't miss it at these ladies tear down the house like only they can.
This weekend, it’s going down at Pub Webb Live — one of the newer Philly venues, which is quickly becoming a hotspot for live entertainment. On Friday, June 19, you can join Philadelphia producer/DJ, Dilemma for what is sure to be a night to remember. His show #Inrgi (en-er-jee) is an exclusive afterdark event that melds nightlife, turntablism and live music elements to create one of the dopest performances experience that Philly has to offer.
The night will open with special guest DJ hailing all the way from LA, DJ Selectra and feature a diverse mix of music, top-shelf drink specials, and complimentary shot samples. Dilemma’s featured set will be full of fun, surprises — and “Pure Inrgi!” And, after his featured set, the party will continue until 2 a.m.
Dilemma is widely known for his production and work with artists like Jazmine Sullivan, Meek Mill, Bizzle, Chill Moody, and more. But, with this event, Dilemma show us a whole new wavelength to his sound by showcasing his musical prowess as the DJ during this one night only experience.
His work landed him as the resident DJ on the Fuse TV show, The Hustle Afterparty in addition to producing the theme music for TV One’s Verses and Flow. Dilemma continues to be an exciting force both in the production and DJ arena.
Be sure to RSVP as spots are filling up quickly for this limited capacity event. Admission is $10 with RSVP and it is advised that guests arrive early for guaranteed admission. Definitely make this event a weekend priority, you'll be glad that you did.
Legendary: Inside the House Ballroom Scene When: June 12-August 16 Where: African American Museum in Philadelphia, 701 Arch Street Cost: $14, adults; $10, youth (4-12 years), students, seniors More info: www.aampmuseum.org House balls have played a significant role in…
Summer Art Jam When: Saturday, July 11, 10 p.m. Where: Gallery Isada, 3320 Collins Street Cost: $10 More Info: Click here for details. Ivben Taqiy is one of the hardest working artists in Philly. His pop culture influenced images…
Sanctuary LIVE! Featuring Lee Mo When: Friday, July 17, Doors 7 p.m., Show 7:30 p.m. Where: Art Sanctuary, 16th and Bainbridge Cost: $10 More Info: More details here. Each and every 3rd Friday, Art Sanctuary — Philly's premier black…
BlackStar Film Festival When: July 30 through August 2 Where: International House, 3701 Chestnut Street; See website for additional venues. Cost: General Tickets TBA, Festival Passes $100-$150 More info: www.blackstarfest.org Hailed as “the black Sundance” by Ebony magazine, the…