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Philly, there will be no shortage of dope live entertainment rocking our stages over the next few days. From heavyweight music veterans like Justin Timberlake and Jeff Bradshaw, to emerging Philly-based dynamos like Laurin Talese and GoGo Morrow — we've pulled together a list of seven can't-miss shows that are going down in Philadelphia through Christmas.
You can find all of the details on these shows below, and be sure to keep an eye on the Philly 360° events page for all of the city's hottest live music concerts, fashion events and creative happenings. Let's go!
Wednesday, December 17, 8 p.m. | Wells Fargo Center, 3601 S. Broad Street | $50-175 | MORE
Philly's got mad love for JT! It's true. From regular guest appearances on SNL, touring the country alongside rap mogul Jay Z, landing leading movies roles and now his own world tour — Justin Timberlake is steadily building his rep as an all-around entertainer. We're hype to announce that the GRAMMY Award-winning R&B crooner is bringing his 20/20 Experience World Tour back to Philly for a third round of unstoppable music at the Wells Fargo Center. Grab your tickets now!
Wednesday, December 17, 9:30 p.m. | Voltage Lounge, 421 N. 7th Street | $25 | MORE
Philly, get ready for this one! Two of the top musical directors in the game, who both happen to be from Philly, have teamed up for an after party while they are in town for Justin Timberlake's 20/20 Experience tour.
That's right! Adam Blackstone, founder of BASSic Black Entertainment (BBE) and musical director for Pharrell, Justin Timberlake, Rihanna and more, and Darrell Robinson, musical director for K Michelle, N.E.R.D and Kontraband215, have joined forces to present the official after party for the Philadelphia stop on the 20/20 Experience tour.
Friday, December 19, 8 p.m. | The TLA, 334 South Street | $17 | MORE.
This weekend, Philly's own R&B/pop sensation GoGo Morrow will once again hit The TLA on South Street — headlining an unstoppable night of music. On Friday, December 19, Philadelphia fans are invited to enter The GoGo Morrow Experience.
GoGo is definitely one of the hottest, and busiest, acts on the Philly music scene right now. Along with killing her live shows, Morrow has been steadily releasing track after track of hit singles from her soon-to-be-released LP — most recentlydropping her new song “I Like That Bae.” Whether on stage or in the studio, this Philly-born starlet brings an impressive presence and polish that is taking her straight to the top. Check out GoGo in the below video recap.
Friday, December 19, 7:30 p.m. | Art Sanctuary, 16th and Bainbridge | $10 | MORE
Each and every 3rd Friday, Art Sanctuary — Philly's premier black arts hub — returns with its monthly open mic and music showcase, Sanctuary LIVE! This month's event features a decadent evening of music with Philly's own rising jazz star, BASSic Black Entertainment recording artist Laurin Talese.
After recently dropping her latest single, "This Love", on iTunes, Laurin has been going non-stop, bringing her luscious, soulful sounds to live music venues across the city, and beyond. Whether singing R&B classic, jazz standards, or her own original compositions, Laurin's warm and sultry voice always shines bright.
December 19 & 20, 7:30 & 10 p.m. shows | Warmdaddy's, 1400 S. Columbus Blvd. | $20 | MORE
Jeff Bradshaw has lent his smokin’ hot horns to some of the top names in the industry, including The Roots, Jill Scott, Jay Z, and Michael Jackson, just to name a few. To celebrate the holidays, Jeff is bringing his A-game to Warmdaddy's for two amazing nights of jazz and feel-good soul. And, he's not coming alone. Want to know more about Jeff's special guests? Well, stay tuned for more details.
Monday, December 22, 8 p.m. | World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut Street | $22.50 | MORE
Philly native “Lil’ John” Roberts is one of the most sought after drummers in the industry. Roberts got his start playing alongside jazz greats like Christain McBride and Joey Defrancesco at the age of 16. Now a live music, world-touring and studio session vet, Lil’ John’s credits includes work with renowned act of all genres like Stevie Wonder, Rachelle Ferrell, Ne-Yo, Bilal, Jamie Foxx, Snoop Dogg, Mos Def, Common, Mary J. Blige, Janet Jackson and many, many more.
Catch Roberts at World Cafe Live along with Avery Sunshine and Eric Roberson.
Friday, December 26, 9 p.m. | The TLA, 334 South Street | $15 | MORE
Definitely keep an eye on Philly born-and-raised comedian Clint Coley. Crowned the "Prince of Comedy" by none-other-than D.L. Hughley, Clint has been steadily gaining fans while building more and more national attention. Clint's talents have even landed him on stage with top comedy stars like Mike Epps, Sommore, Bruce Bruce and more. Here's your chance to get up-close-and-personal with Coley, as he brings his gut-busting, hilarious show "Young Man, Old Soul" to popular South Street entertainment venue, The TLA.
Watch the below video for a look at our exclusive interview with Clint Coley at his last Philadelphia show.
Philly, it's official. The holiday season is upon us, and all of our favorite Philadelphia holiday traditions are in full swing. From the long-running Christmas Light Show at Macy’s to the brand new Rothman Ice Rink at Dilworth Park and Love Park's Christmas Village — the joy of the season is undeniably in the air.
A go-to holiday destination for Philadelphians and visitors alike, The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts brings us the soulful Christmas celebration this week. On Tuesday, December 16, the Kimmel will present A Soulful Christmas with featuring legendary gospel singer Edwin Hawkins.
With a special night of music that will move the spirit and uplift the soul, The J. Donald Dumpson Singers will join forces with a host of community choirs, performing holiday classics, spirituals, and gospel favorites.
Grab your tickets today! And, while you're in the holiday planning mood, make sure that you check out Philly 360°'s top 10 picks for holiday attractions and concerts.
Philly! Get ready because this weekend trailblazing modern dance troupe PHILADANCO is returning home for a three-day engagement at The Kimmel Center. From December 12 to 14, PHILADANCO will bring an exciting new program entitled Risky Business to Philadelphia's world famous Avenue of the Arts.
Risky Business features the world premiere of choreographer Christopher Huggins’ “Latched,” while revisiting and elevating the works of beloved choreographers who have contributed choreographic elements of risk to the ever-evolving field of modern dance. Additional program highlights include Ray Mercer’s “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner,” Eliza Monte’s “White Dragon,” and Daniel Ezralow’s “Pulse.
Grab your tickets now, because 'Danco shows are known to sell out fast. You can check out a preview of Latched below.
Philly, a little over a month ago we brought you an interview with two Philadelphia hip-hop greats, DJ Jazzy Jeff and his protege Dayne Jordan. For our exclusive, we went behind-the-scenes and captured Jeff and Dayne at work in the lab and got the deets on their then-forthcoming collab. Luckily for us, the wait for this project is now over.
Yesterday, after a year of quietly releasing new music and videos, the duo has finally dropped Dayne's new EP, In Progress. The project is the compilation of nine tracks and includes Dayne's buzz-worthy singles “All About The Art”, “Fellow” and “I Want It All.” It also includes new tracks like “Wash It Down” and “Git It Back” to round out the EP.
And, trust us — Philly is definitely representing on this project music — from "All About the Art" which features Questlove on drums and James Poyser on keys, to "Lost" which has fellow Philly up-and-comer Ebony Joi lacing the track with her vocals.
We're guessing you're ready to hear the project, right? You can download it on Dayne's website, or you can listen and download the project using the below SoundCloud player. Also, be sure to watch our exclusive in-studio interview with DJ Jazzy Jeff and Dayne Jordan to hear insights on the projects and learn more about Jeff and Dayne's favorite cheesesteak spot.
Spoiler alert: DJ Jazzy Jeff is all about famous South Street cheesesteak joint, Ishakabibbles.
Once a month on Wednesdays, The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts opens its doors and stages to some of the city's hottest musicals talents for the popular Philadelphia music showcase,Sittin' In.
Now approaching its third year, this free concert/party/jam session mashup is Philadelphia's go-to event for emerging talent, locally-based touring musicians — and the music lovers that can't get enough of their soulful sounds. From stellar featured acts to the Sittin' In house band and resident DJ Matthew Law, this signature Philly jam attracts the best and brightest performers and musicians from Philadelphia, and beyond.
This month's host Jonathan Finlayson is undoubtedly one of the region's most sought after young trumpet players on the scene today. Over the years he has crafted his own unique approach to the horn with iconic international names such as Steve Coleman, Muhal Richard Abrahams, and Henry Threadgill. His long anticipated debut album 'Moment and the Message', released last year on Pi recordings, received glowing reviews from publications such as Downbeat, Jazz Times, The Guardian, and was the #1 debut on the NPR critic's poll.
Philly, step out and enjoy the cooler side of Philly's music, fashion and art scenes. That's right — The Philadelphia Wine Mixer is back with another packed lineup highlighting some of the top influencers and artists which are powering our city's ever-evolving creative movement.
Tyrone Dixon, Philadelphia Wine Mixer founder and President of LITM Marketing Group, had this to say when intereview on why he started this popular event,
"The Philadelphia Wine Mixer is a celebration of culture. I decided to create this event because I noticed the overwhelming talent in our city,"
Reserved seating participants will enjoy the fashion showcase, open wine bar and complimentary hors d'oeuvres. The VIP reception will be sponsored by Spoodee Wine. If you want to get a feel for the vibe and crowd, then be sure to check out our recap video below.
Grab your tickets today and we'll see you there! Let's go.
A transcontinental "east meets west" dance duet choreographed and performed by Rennie Harris and Michael Sakamoto, Flash combines their dual approaches to manifesting a body in crisis. The work is conceived as a “conversation” between the artists’ respective aesthetics (butoh and hip-hop), cultural backgrounds (Japanese-American and African-American), and personalities.
Both hip-hop and butoh danceforms were born from marginalized, postwar urban subcultures, and each embodies a philosophical approach to the creation of cultural identity through dance. Flash is an interdisciplinary performance, project combining butoh and hip-hop dance, multimedia, and other theatrical elements to explore the intersection of urban and environmental crisis, social resistance, and human identity.
The duo will perform at The Painted Bride on December 12 and 13. But tonight, fans can also get a special First Friday preview of Flash at the Barnes Foundation. You can get details on the preview here.
It's the most wonderful time of the year. Holiday lights, festive attractions, dope live music, spectacular performance and family traditions are just a few ways to celebrate the season in Philadelphia.
In Philly you can go old school and celebrate the season with traditional holiday traditions, like the long-running Christmas Light Show at Macy’s. Or, you can go new school and catch live music and performances by staples from the local creative scene like Jeff Bradshaw, Laurin Talese and PHILADANCO.
No matter how you choose to dive into the holiday spirit — Philadelphia's got all the seasonal flavor and happenings that you are looking for. Check out our picks below and be sure to stop by visitphilly.com for a must-read, comprehensive list on all things holiday in Philadelphia.
The city's new reigning queen of design, Dominique "Dom" Streater is steadily building her fashion design empire — right here in Philadelphia. A West Philadelphia native and Moore College of Art and Design graduate, the young fashion designer has already made a national name for herself as the winner of Project Runway Season 12.
On Friday, December 5 Dom Streater will host a kick-off event celebrating her holiday season pop-up shop at Knit Wit from 6 to 8 p.m. Guest can enjoy refreshments and light bites as they shop Dom's Fall/Winter collection, which features an array of coats, scarves, tops and bottoms. The collection will be available for purchase at Knit Wit throughout the month of December or until merchandise sells out! MORE
Get ready beccase the trailblazing modern dance troupe PHILADANCO returns to their home in Philadelphia with a new program entitled Risky Business on December 12-14 at The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts.
Risky Business features the world premiere of choreographer Christopher Huggins’ “Latched,” while revisiting and elevating the works of beloved choreographers who have contributed choreographic elements of risk to an ever-evolving dance landscape. So, celebrate the holiday with this classic Philadelphia cultural tradition. Grab your tickets now! MORE
Each and every 3rd Friday, Art Sanctuary — Philly's premier black arts hub — returns with its monthly open mic and music showcase, Sanctuary LIVE! This month's event features a decadent evening of music with Philly's own rising jazz star, BASSic Black Entertainment recording artist Laurin Talese on December 19. Whether singing R&B classic, jazz standards, or her own original compositions, Laurin's warm and sultry voice always shines bright. MORE
Jeff Bradshaw has lent his smokin’ hot horns to some of the top names in the industry, including The Roots, Jill Scott, Jay Z, and Michael Jackson, just to name a few. To celebrate the holidays, Jeff is bringing his A-game to Warmdaddy's for two amazing nights of jazz and feel-good soul on December 19 and 20. And, he's not coming alone. Want to know more about Jeff's special guests? Well, stay tuned for more details. MORE
On December 16, you're invited to check out the Kimmel's Christmas celebration with an evening of music that moves the spirit and uplifts the soul! The J. Donald Dumpson Singers join forces with a host of community choirs to perform holiday classics along with spirituals and gospel favorites. In addition to the resounding finale, which features Adolphus Hailstork's Shout for Joy, this show will feature a special guest apperance by gospel music pioneer Edwin Hawkins. MORE
On December 27, Johnny Brenda's is the place to be, as Stacey "Flygirrl" Wilson and gL Productions join forces to present Philly Loves James Brown. This afterhours celebration of the one-and-only Godfather of Soul will feature DJ's MIke Nyce, Cosmo Baker and Foxx Boogie spinning all of your favorite JB dance anthems. Yes, the groove will be undeniable. MORE
The German-style Christmas Village has become a favorite tradition for holiday shoppers, who can peruse more than 50 decorated booths selling international seasonal gifts, traditional German Christmas ornaments, jewelry and high-quality arts and crafts. Hot mulled wine, gingerbread and bratwursts are also among the offerings. MORE
A Philadelphia tradition since 1956, the Christmas Light Show at Macy’s in Center City illuminates a large wall inside the Wanamaker building, a National Historic Landmark, with almost 100,000 LED lights that dance to the sounds of the Wanamaker Organ. Head to the third floor of Macy’s to experience the 6,000-square-foot “Dickens Village”, which brings Charles Dickens’ classic A Christmas Carolto life with more than 100 fully animated figures reenacting 26 of the story’s most memorable moments. MORE
Building off the success of the summer’s Spruce Street Harbor Park, the revamped Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest features ice skating, food and drink, shopping and family-fun on the waterfront. The centerpiece is the Blue Cross RiverRink, a regulation-sized ice skating rink at Penn’s Landing with spectacular views of the Benjamin Franklin Bridge and Delaware River. The festival has also revamped its holiday light show, which features thousands of lights across the park that will be synced to music every 30 minutes. And after a few laps on the RiverRink, warm up inside The Lodge, a revamped indoor space featuring ski chalet-style heated tents, comfortable seating, indoor fireplaces and refreshments from Garces Events. MORE
This week, two of the city's finest are teaming up to present another must-hit event. Philly-bred design and lifestyle brands Kings Rule Together and Veteran Freshman are joining forces to present an evening with buzz-worthy author Alex Elle. Presented as of The INSPIRE Series — an intimate, discussion-style mixer — this event is designed to motivate, uplift and spark forward and creative thinking for its attendees.
A steadily rising and recognized influencer, the featured speaker Alex Elle has cultivated her following through The Good Hair Blog, which focuses on care of natural hair and her book of poetry "Words from a Wanderer." Elle’s work relates to a generation of women learning to love themselves and follow their dreams.
This installment of The INSPIRE series is hosted by dating coach, author and motivational speaker, Kevin Carr. Space for this event is purposely intimate/limited, so make sure to grab your tickets now. General admission seats are only $20, and VIP tickets are $50 and include front row seating, food, a free book and a private meet and greet with Alex Elle. Complimentary food will be provided for all guests.
KRT & Veteran Freshman Present: The INSPIRE Series with Alex Elle
When: Thursday, December 4, 7 - 10 p.m.
Where: Impact Hub, 1227 N. 4th Street
More Info: Click here to purchase tickets online.
Philly-bred design and lifestyle brands Kings Rule Together and Veteran Freshman are joining forces to present an evening with buzz-worthy author Alex Elle. This emerging influencer has cultivated her sizable following through The Good Hair Blog, which focuses on natural hair care, and her latest book of poetry Words from a Wanderer. Elle’s work relates to a generation of entrepreneurial woman learning to love themselves and chase their dreams.
This month, R&B songstress Jhene Aiko hits Philadelphia with her Enter The Void Tour. Philly fans last saw the Souled Out singer/songwriter holding it down at an underground Vitamin Water Uncapped event in North Philly and of course on the mainstage during this year’s Roots Picnic. Aiko will perform at The Electric Factory along with alternative “Teen Spirit” singer/songwriter SZA and popular soul band The Internet.
Hip-hop and entertainment great Common is returning to Philly to promote his 10th studio release, Nobody’s Smiling. His 13-date tour kicked off last month and includes appearances by underground hip-hop artist and producer Jay Electronica. You can catch the duo as they hit The TLA on South Street on December 8. Insider tip — cross the street and grab a cheesesteak from Ishkabibbles before, or after, the show.
Robert Glasper first made a name for himself playing behind some of the hottest soul artists in the industry. Destined to step out into the spotlight as a solo act, The Blue Note recording artist has now released seven studio project featuring prominent acts like Ledisi, Jill Scott, Bilal, Brandy and Erykah Badu. In 2013, Glasper achieved new levels of success, landing a GRAMMY for his album, Black Radio.
Wine lovers: Grab a glass, and get ready for the next installment of the Philadelphia Wine Mixer. This seen-and-be-seen event fuses music, art and fashion—presenting the very best of Philly’s dope creative scene. The December edition of this popular mixer takes place at Northern Liberties hotspot, Impact Hub.
Every third Friday, Art Sanctuary presents the very best of Philly’s local music scene with Sanctuary LIVE!. This month, audiences will rock out to the soulful sounds of Philly-based jazz vocalist, Laurin Talese. A Philly transplant by way of Cleveland, Laurin’s pitch-perfect sound has won her a cult following of music lovers and gigs alongside serious industry heavyweights like Adam Blackstone, Vivian Green and Bilal.
Philly native, John “Lil’ John” Roberts is one of the most sought after drummers in the world. His credits includes work with renowned acts of all genres like Stevie Wonder, Ne-Yo, Jamie Foxx, Snoop Dogg, Mos Def, Common, Mary J. Blige, Janet Jackson and many more. The December 22 show at World Cafe Live includes appearances by soul singer Avery Sunshine and singer/songwriter/producer triple-threat Eric Roberson.
Still searching for that perfect holiday gift? Look no further. Philly 360° has a few fly holiday shopping tips that can help you share local Philly flavor with the ones you love. Check out our post for some great shopping ideas.
Red Bull’s Canvas Cooler Project landed in Philadelphia for the first time, presenting 20 emerging local artists who each transformed a blank, canvas-wrapped cooler into a signature work of art. The Philadelphia event included a fresh lineup of talents including notorious prankster street artist Kid Hazo, popular Instagram sketcher Dessie Jackson and Philly 360°'s own Stacey "Flygirrl" Wilson. Watch our recap video for a behind-the-scenes look at this event.
Philly-born visual artist American Queen TJD just opened an exciting new exhibit at Art Sanctuary. Dubbed "My Thoughts Wear Crowns," the show will run through the end of the year and includes 15+ pieces of TJD’s graphic, graffiti-inspired paintings. Click here for details.
This month, the East Coast gets its first taste of Flash, a dance theater duet featuring Philly hip-hop choreographer Rennie Harris and Japanese butoh dance artist Michael Sakamoto. The duo performs at The Painted Bride on December 12 and 13. Fans can also get a special First Friday preview at the Barnes Foundation. Get more details here.
My Thoughts Wear Crowns When: Opening reception, Saturday, November 15, 4 - 6 p.m.; Exhibit open through December 31, 2014 Where: Art Sanctuary, 628 S. 16th Street Cost: Free More Info: RSVP for the reception here, or view Art…
Dom Streater Pop-Up Shop When: Launch party, Friday, December 5 6-8 p.m.; Pop Up shop open through the month Where: Knit Wit, 1729 Chestnut Street Cost: Pay as you go More info: www.dominiquestreater.com and www.shopdomstreater.com The city's new reigning…
Sanctuary LIVE! Featuring Laurin Talese When: Friday, December 19, 7:30 p.m. Where: Art Sanctuary, 16th and Bainbridge Cost: $10 More Info: artsanctuary.org Each and every 3rd Friday, Art Sanctuary — Philly's premier black arts hub — returns with its…