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Hear From Top Music Industry Executives, Producers & Artists At GRAMMY FutureNOW Philadelphia - Saturday, May 10

  • Posted By: Ashley Coleman
  • April 24, 2014
    • Philly 360° Creative Ambassadors:  Ivan Barias
      • Philly 360° Creative Ambassadors: Ivan Barias
      • Photo Credit: L. Whitaker for GPTMC
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The Recording Academy® Philadelphia and New York chapters are teaming up to present one dynamic music event that takes place in two cities!  On Thursday, May 9 in New York and Friday, May 10 in Philadelphia, GRAMMY futureNOW will bring  together the industry's top artists, songwriters and executives to talk about the current state and the future of the music industry. 

GRAMMY futureNOW is an awesome opportunity for both the aspiring music professional and the industry vet — or anyone who may be looking to refresh in an ever changing industry. Here in Philadelphia, there is an exciting afternoon line-up featuring GRAMMY-nominated songwriters Ivan Barias and Pop Wansel, GRAMMY-winner James Fauntleroy, founder of Famehouse Michael Fiebach, co-president of Atom Factory J. Erving, and a keynote speech by founder and CEO of KWL Enterprises, Kevin Liles. The day will be hosted by Hot 107.9 radio personality, Q Deezy.

With three afternoon sessions and a reception to end the day, GRAMMY futureNOW is tackling some of the biggest buzzing topics in music business, from branding and marketing to the creative songwriting process. Right here in our own backyard, we have a music conference packed full of information and insights from music’s biggest players.

Members of The Recording Academy receive discounted admission. Early bird pricing for both members and non-members is available and ends on 4/29! This is going to be an afternoon you won’t want to miss.


GRAMMY futureNOW – Philadelphia
When: Saturday, May 10, 1- 6:30 p.m.
Where: The Hub at Cira Center, 2929 Arch Street
Cost: $40 - $110
More Info: Register here: bit.ly/1kpQQHr

 

Check out the GRAMMY futureNOW Philadelphia schedule.

12 p.m. Check-in

12:45 p.m. Welcome & Introduction

1 - 2 p.m. Looking Forward: Changing the Artist | Keynote: Kevin Liles

2 – 2:50 p.m. 500 fans- 5 million fans: launching a new release

Moderator: Reggie Ugwu (Billboard Magazine)
Panelists: Michael Fiebach (Famehouse), Mic Fox (Vevo), Riggs Morales (Atlantic Records)

3 – 3:50 p.m. Big Brands, Big Tours- building a global fan base

Moderator: Brandon Pankey (SEFG)
Panelists: Sarah Cunningham (Chamber Group), J Erving (Atom Factory), Jeremy Holgerson (Agency Group), Eric Shipon (Red Light Management)

4 – 5 p.m. A Conversation on Songwriting

Moderator: Ivan Barias (Karma Productions)
Panelists: James Fauntleroy (Beyoncé, Justin Timberlake), James Poyser (The Roots, Erykah Badu), Pop Wansel (Elle Varner, Alicia Keys)

5:00 Closing

5:00-6:30 Reception

 

The 120th Annual Penn Relays Returns To Philly - April 24 - 26

  • Posted By: Philly 360
  • April 23, 2014
    • The 120th Annual Penn Relays
      • The 120th Annual Penn Relays
      • Photo Credit: Photo by D. Tavani for Visit Philadelphia

All roads lead  to University City this weekend, as The Penn Relays, a three-day track-and-field celebration returns for another round of seriously competitive track and field action.

Watch accomplished athletes take on competitors from across the globe in games like the pole vault, long jump, high jump, javelin, 400 meter dashes, 100 meter sprints and more all day long beginning tomorrow, April 24.

Now in its 120th year — the world’s first and largest annual relay meet — this event pulls in crowds of up to 100,000 to the University of Pennsylvania’s Franklin Field, where sports-lovers of all ages gather to see some of the world’s top track athletes compete and begin Olympic careers. And, in addition to the athletes, the fans also hail from all over the country and the world.

This signature Philly-event, also includes an accompanying festival that lasts all three days of the event with food, crafts and souvenirs. This is definitely a must-hit event for the spring  check it out. 

Penn Relays
When: April 24-26
Where: Franklin Field, 235 S. 33rd Street
Cost: Varies
More info: www.thepennrelays.com


Insider's Tip: The main day of the Penn Relays is Saturday when the USA vs. The World races kick off in the afternoon.


A version of this post originally appeared on Uwishunu.com, check out their complete Penn Relay guide here.

Philly 360 Rewind: Rad Girls Launch Party Celebrates Women During Philly Tech Week

  • Posted By: Devon Darrow
  • April 23, 2014
    • Rad Girls Launch Party
      • Rad Girls Launch Party
      • Photo Credit: Courtesy of Rad Girls

Earlier in the month, techies and creatives from across disciplines came out during the city’s annual Philly Tech Week. From April 4-12, Philadelphia's tech and design community attended music and tech events, talks, conferences, networking nights, Q&A’s, expos, and much more — all celebrating technology and innovation in the City of Brotherly Love.

Of the 100+ Tech Week events, I definitely had to check out the Rad Girls Launch Party at The Philadelphia Art Alliance in Center City. RadGirls.com is a Philly-based online publication dedicated to ladies who are innovating, achieving, and inspiring others in their communities. It shares weekly features on female leaders in their sectors, offers career advice, and personal stories from the Rad contributors. “Most importantly [however], Rad Girls is about collaboration. It is about making sure that we actively light one other’s torches because we burn brighter together,” according to the website.

At The Alliance, things kicked off around 7 p.m. The third floor where the event was held was packed to the brim with people that came out to support the launch. Complimentary “rad girls-themed” cocktails were served throughout the night, as was Vita Coco water for a little refreshment. Philly.com provided the appetizers.

After some introductory mixing and mingling, the ladies, and some extra-supportive gentlemen, settled into their seats for a brief Q&A discussion with the featured women of the night: Rakia Reynolds of Skai Blue Media, NYC-based musician and producer Susie Analogue, founder of Girl Develop It, Hillary Sedgwick, and Gloria Bell of Bell Digital Strategies.

Philly.com’s own Executive Producer of Lifestyle and Entertainment, Leah Kauffman, introduced the panelists and moderated the Q&A. She asked the women questions about being female entrepreneurs in usually male-dominated careers, taking big risks in their own careers, staying positive, inspirational mentors, using tech—it was Tech Week after all—and ways women can help and empower one another.

As the Q&A ended, attendees got up to ask the panelists questions, chatted with one another, snapped photos, and the floor was cleared for some dancing. As the DJs got started on the turntables, the panel attendees turned party-goers and let loose for a bit on the dancefloor — the perfect ending to a fun, informative and empowering launch party.  

To keep up with Rad Girls, be sure to check out their website to see what’s in store next!


Center City Jazz Festival Returns With A Stellar Lineup of Local & National Talent - Saturday, April 19

  • Posted By: Philly 360
  • April 18, 2014
    • Chris' Jazz Cafe
      • Chris' Jazz Cafe
      • Photo Credit: Photo by L. Whitaker for GPTMC

This weekend, the annual Center City Jazz Festival returns for the third year, bringing another exciting lineup of jazz talent to four downtown music venues — and one tickets gets you access to it all. 

Festival founder and musician Ernest Stuart — who began the festival with a Kickstarter campaign and a dream — brings his music fest back in 2014 with more than a dozen performances throughout the day.

All day long, local and national musicians promise crowds sweet jazz at four neighboring Center City bars —Milkboy PhillyTimeChris’ Jazz Cafe and Fergie’s Pub.

The music kicks off at 1 p.m. with the first show upstairs at Fergie’s, and performances running concurrently at each location until just before 7 p.m. Each jazz venue hosts four hour-long sets, so definitely should the lineup and plan accordingly.

Of the more than a dozen artists, highlights include a performance by the Kimmel Center’s Creative Music Program for Jazz, a group of talented young performers ages 11 to 20, Messiah College artist-in-residence Tim Warfield Jr., and local jazz vocalist Joanna Pascale.

The full list of performers and set times is available right here.

Performances at all venues are included in the price of just one ticket. For $15 in advance and $20 at the door, you can enjoy the sweet sound of Philly jazz all day long.

Tickets are available online.

For even more on Philadelphia’s awesomely lively jazz scene, check out the brand-new Philly 360° Guide to Philadelphia Jazz for upcoming jazz festivals, top venues and key showcases and concert series.


Center City Jazz Festival
When: Saturday, April 19, 1-7:15 p.m.
Where: Various locations
Cost: $15 in advance, $20 at the door
More info: www.ccjazzfest.com


A version of this story was originally published by our friends at Uwishunu.com, here.

Authors Rob Hill Sr. & Alex Elle Land At Union Transfer - Sunday, May 4

  • 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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    • Philadelphia Museum of Art presents Patrick Kelly: Runway of Love
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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
    • Black Thought & ?uestlove of The Roots
      • Black Thought & ?uestlove of The Roots
      • Photo Credit: Photo by Mark Iantosca for GPTMC
    • Questlove drops cover art for new single on Instgram.
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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.  


MIA with Ab-Soul - April 25, 2014

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,…

SpeakEasy: A Lil' Late Night Wordplay - April 25, 2014

SpeakEasy: A 'Lil Late Night Wordplay When: Friday, April 25, 11 p.m. - 2 a.m. Where: Warmdaddy's, 1401 S. Columbus Blvd. Cost: $10 More Info: More info online here. Don't miss it as Philly's hottest female poets and emcees…

Mike Epps - April 26, 2014

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 Theaterthis month for his “After Dark Tour,”…