Your guide to Philly's diverse creative scene, nightlife, music, food & more
On Friday, September 4, the night before MIA hits the Parkway with headliners like Pharrell, Kanye West and De La Soul, a concert/party of epic proportions will go down at Recess.
The event masterminds, Adam Blackstone, founder of BBE and musical director for Pharrell, Justin Timberlake, Rihanna and more, and Darrell Robinson, musical director for K Michelle, N.E.R.D and Kontraband 215, have joined forces and pooled their collective industry influence to show the world exactly what it means to be PhillyMade.
Music provided by Aye Boogie, DJ Hollywood and Dilemma.
Philly, get ready because another epic Labor Day weekend is about to go down.
It’s true. Jay Z’s massive Made in America Music Festival returns to the Benjamin Franklin Parkway on September 5 and 6 — and we are most definitely hyped to see it return.
Famously curated by Jay Z, Made In America is now in its fourth year and boasts an impressive roster of more than 60 artists performing across the five festival stages. Lineup highlights this year include Jay Z’s superstar wife Beyoncé, The Weeknd, J Cole, Axwell & Ingrosso, Bassnectar, Modest Mouse and many more.
With music mogul Jay Z at the helm, the Made in America artist lineup never disappoints — and this year is no exception.
On Saturday, September 5, attendees can look forward to headlining sets from Jay’s superstar wife Beyoncé and indie rockers Modest Mouse. Other artists taking the stage include BassNectar, Meek Mill, De La Soul, Nick Jonas and many more.
Then on Sunday, September 6, headliners R&B/urban acts The Weeknd and J. Cole will cap a day of performances that also includes Big Sean, Action Bronson, Future and more.
Again this year, the Made in America Skate Stage will feature a bevy of performers on both days, from Grits & Biscuits and Flatbush Zombies to Lolawolf, Post Malone, Ground Up and Strand of Oaks.
For more information on the artists in the lineup, you can check out the official Made In America lineup below.
If you haven’t bought your ticket yet for the festival or are just deciding to go, you’re in luck: As of now, tickets are still available.
After selling out last week, the Made In America promoters expanded the festival and released additional tickets to meet the public demand. Awesome, right? But, we highly suggest that you grab your tickets now because this show will definitely sell out (again).
Two-day festival passes go for $150 per person plus fees. Tickets can be purchased online via Ticketmaster.
Friday, September 4, 9 p.m., Recess, 125 South Second Street
On Friday,September 4, the night before MIA hits the Parkway, Adam Blackstone, founder of BASSic Black Entertainment and Darrell Robinson, musical director for K Michelle, N.E.R.D and Kontraband 215, will pool their collective industry influence to show the world exactly what it means to be PhillyMade. Music provided by DJ Bran, Aye Boogie, DJ Hollywood and Dilemma. MORE INFO
Friday, September 4, 10 p.m., Kung Fu Necktie, 1250 N Front Street, $5
Another pre-MIA party will hit Philly on Friday. Check out Props presented by elite DJs Rich Medina and Danny Akalepse at Kung Fu Nectkie for the perfect Made In America warm-up. MORE INFO
Saturday, September 5, 11 p.m., Goldilocks & James Oliver Gallery, 723 Chestnut Street, 21+
DJ Damage brings the sounds for this special Made In America after party sponsored by social media branding app Livid. The party goes down in Center City Philadelphia at Goldilocks & James Oliver Gallery on Chestnut Street. MORE INFO
Sunday, September 6, 9 p.m., Silk City, 435 Spring Garden Street, No Cover
Hit Silk City in the neigborhood of Spring Garden for the next edition of Motown on Sundays. DJs Junior and Lil' Dave, along with special guest Skeme Richards and Ian St. Laurent, will hold down a soulful party playlist for Labor Day weekend. MORE INFO
This Saturday, West Coast rapper Earl Sweatshirt lands in Philly for a late-night hit at The TLA on South Street. A member of the Odd Future crew, Earl is currently on the road alongside Remy Banks and Nxworries with the Ready To Leave Now Tour. MORE INFO
Art Sanctuary celebrates Philadelphia’s deep jazz roots with the return of the John Coltrane Tribute Festival. The show features a stellar lineup including Maysa, Bootsie Barnes and V. Shayne Frederick. MORE INFO
The Recording Academy® Philadelphia Chapter hosts the next edition of In the Mix at the Hard Rock Cafe Philadelphia. The quarterly networking mixer is geared toward the next gen of music makers and moguls, and it attracts some of the city’s most recognized talents and buzz-worthy newcomers. MORE INFO
It’s back. Red Bull Sound Select is back with another dope lineup of Philadelphia talent curated by Veteran Freshman. The September edition of this must-do monthly features R&B/pop vocalist GoGo Morrow, Afro-pop singer/songwriter Rosemary Fiki, emcee Joie Kathos and DJ Diamond Kuts. MORE INFO
With the release of her sophomoric album Blood, London-born singer/songwriter Lianne La Havas announced an international tour to more than 40 cities across the U.S., Europe and Canada. Fans can catch La Havas’ soulful, honey-laced vocals at The TLA. MORE INFO
Close out the month with King Britt as he brings a night of forward-thinking music to popular Philadelphia gastropub and music venue Johnny Brenda’s. Each month, the Buddy System—Britt’s latest collab with NY-based producer HPrizm—features a surprise lineup of international musicians experimenting and having fun with sound. MORE INFO
Bey’s back! This weekend, Jay Z’s Made In America music festival hits the Parkway with two days of nonstop performances by some of the industry’s hottest artists—Beyoncé, J. Cole, De La Soul and Meek Mill. Check out this guide for details on MIA 2015 and all of the must-hit events going down in Philly during Labor Day weekend.
Whether you’re looking to get dapper in Rittenhouse or going for a grittier, retro-inspired look from shops in Old City and South Street, we have you covered. Read our list of top menswear shops in Philly.
September marks the return of Philly’s 16-day creative explosion, the Fringe Festival. This year’s extravaganza includes a late-night music and performance series curated by King Britt and choreographer Kate Watson-Wallace. See the full lineup here.
Get to know Milton. This emerging Philadelphia R&B/soul artist just dropped the second single off his soon-to-be-release project. Listen to “Energy” now on the Philly 360° Playlist.
This month, the city’s performing and visual arts scene goes into hyperdrive for the return of the annual Fringe Festival.
Produced by FringeArts and in its 19th year, this go-to Philadelphia arts fest takes place September 3-19 — bringing 16 days of must-see theater, dance, visual arts, music and spoken-word and much more to eager audiences across Philadelphia.
With more than 600 opportunities to see shows and as many as 80 performances in a single day, diving into this massive undertaking is no small feat. Luckily for you, FringeArts made your job a little bit easier enlisting the help of one of Philadelphia's most notable experimental sound and performances duos, DJ King Britt and choreographer Kate Watson-Wallace.
Together, Britt and Wallace will curated the Fringe Festival late night performance and music series with some of the hottest talents and DJs around.
Starting Friday, September 4, you can catch a hand-selected lineup of sonic-mastering turntablist and performers at the FringeArts-based hangout, La Peg/Haas Biergarten on Columbus Boulevard. The La Peg shows are free and feature a great lineup of talents, including DJ Matthew Law, DJ Underdog, Dj Lil Dave and many more.
Late night shows in the FringeArts theater space kick off on Sunday, September 6 and include a nominal ticket fee of $15-$30. Along with locally-sourced acts like the hilarious antics of Philly's own Martha Graham Cracker Cabaret, these late night Fringe performances include an impressive roster of out-of-the-box musicians and acts, including poet Saul Williams, choreographer Jaamil Kosoko and rapper Spank Rock.
You can find the full lineup for Late Night Fringe online. Also, you can get in-depth deets on this year's Fringe Festival with this 2015 guide produced by our friends at uwishunu.com.
The next installment of Red Bull Sound Select, curated by Veteran Freshman, returns on September 17 and features performances by Rosemary Fiki, Joie Kathos — and GoGo Morrow as the headliner. And, it’s all going down at the Underground Arts!
So for this week’s Philly 360° Playlist, we decided to make it all about the ladies.
Red Bull Sound Select is a monthly music showcase that gives a platform to local artists in cities all across the country. Curated by various music influencers in each city, the showcase often pairs national acts with hometown heroes. Bringing us awesome live experiences all summer, the latest edition in Philly is giving love to some of the top female performers in the city!
The best part about the show? It’s just $3 with an RSVP to see all this awesome talent! Don’t wait! Grab your spot for this awesome night with 3 talented performers that will knock your socks off.
Can't wait until the September 17 show? Just scroll down for a music sample from each of the featured acts.
RoseMary Fiki has an eclectic musical influence as a Nigerian American soul singer. The Philly based artist brings all those together to create her own unique sound with a fusion of soul, rock and pop. Her music has been featured on sites like Afro-Punk, Vibe Vixen and Soulbounce. Her latest effort, The RoseMary Fiki EP has been making its rounds and garnering a fan base for the young musician yielding her popular single “Ooh” produced by Karl Hicks.
GoGo Morrow is truly showing her prowess as one of the top pop, R&B acts in the city. Straight off the release of her hot visual for her latest single “Like a Trap Boy,” Morrow will headline the Red Bull Sound Select showcase. The fact that the headlining spot is most often reserved for a national touring act is telling that Morrow has been making a name for herself not only in her hometown but across the industry. Her intricate dance moves and captivating stage presence, makes her show one of a kind for certain.
Joie Kathos is another young talent still actively buzzing from the release of her recent work Floaters. Kathos released the EP earlier this year and has been performing in and around Philadelphia in support of the project. Her single “Faded” has gained a lot of traction. Inspired by the #blacklivesmatter movement, it’s telling of Kathos’ journey of self-acceptance. An energetic and confident performer, Kathos is great to watch!
Philadelphia's jazz roots run deep. For generations, our city has been home to some of the world's biggest names in jazz — including legendary saxophonist John Coltrane, who fine-tuned his musical sound right here on the streets of Philadelphia.
To celebrate the life and music of this jazz great, Art Sanctuary will present an outdoor festival and concert featuring some of country's top jazz talents alongside local musicians and bands. The show takes place at the historic and beautifulChurch of the Advocate on the corner of 19th and Diamond Streets in North Philadelphia.
Highlights from the lineup including Bootsie Barnes & Hi Smokin Quintet featuring Duane Eubanks, Juan "Cuco" Castellanos & his Afro-cuban Latin Jazz Ensemble, Nasir Dickerson & The Renaissance Messengers and V. Shayne Frederick.
The event will conclude with a headlining performance by sultry soul and jazz vocalist, Maysa.
And, since no Philly festival is complete without food, there will be plenty of vendors selling delicious snacks and handmade wares.
You can get more information online here.
The August 30 show is historic moment for the entertainer and the entire city — Hart's Lincoln Financial Field show marks the first time that a comedian will headline a show at an official NFL football stadium. #winning
But before Hart — a very vocal advocate for health and wellness — hits "The Linc" with his 45-city tour, he'll team up with Nike+ Run Club for a pop-up 5K run on Saturday, August 29. The race is offering free online registration and kicks off at 8:04 a.m. at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
So, come out and get your morning workout in with one of the funniest men is the business — Philly's own Kevin Hart.
Philly based, R&B/Soul artist, Milton recently released his second single “Energy” off his upcoming project, which is due out in December. This soulful record is bringing the right energy and vibes for this week’s Philly 360° Playlist.
As a follow up to his last single “Surely,” the new track is chill and creates the perfect opportunity to showcase Milton’s smooth vocals and his fusion of musical styles. Produced by Rob Devious, the mellow keys give the track great space, allowing you to get lost in the lyrics and vocal performance. The vamp provides the perfect chance to dial in to the musicality of the project with the guitar coming out front.
Originally from Maryland, Milton settled into Philadelphia and has been staking his claim in and around town. Teaming up with Rec Philly to perform at their official Philadelphia stage at SXSW in Austin, TX this past year. Milton is also one of the first artists signed to Recollective Records, was recently named the “Best New R&B Artist” at the Tri-State Indie Awards and has performed at the XPNFest, TLA, Underground Arts, Trocadero and many more venues in and around Philadelphia.
His music draws influence from R&B, hip-hop, soul and funk. His eclectic sound gives us a hint of Frank Ocean and Miguel — with his own twist, of course. A refreshing sound in today’s musical landscape, fans are anxiously awaiting the full-length project produced alongside Rob Devious.
Keep your ears open for new music from this emerging Philly talent, but in the meantime, check out the new single “Energy” below and let us know what you think in the comments!
Kevin Hart is bringing it home this month. On August 30, the native Philly funnyman and all-star entertainer will land in Philadelphia with the highest-grossing comedy show of all time, The What Now? Tour.
In early April, the self-proclaimed "hardest working comedian in show business" hit the road with this tour and is set to perform in 45 cities throughout the U.S. and Canada. A historic moment for the entertainer and Philadelphia, Hart's Lincoln Financial Field show marks the first time that a comedian will headline a show at an official NFL football stadium.
This year has been another landslide year for the Philadelphia-born talent. In 2015, Hart has released two movies, The Wedding Ringer and Get Hard, while on the road for with this four-month comedy tour. Next year, Kevin will star in Ride Along 2, the highly anticipated sequel to last year’s $100 million blockbuster hit.
Kevin admittedly gets his grind-hard work ethic from his Philly roots, and all of his work has more than paid off. Check out this video exclusive with Kevin and Ice Cube shopping Philly sportwear destination Mitchell & Ness.
As always — Kevin Hart's has got jokes for days.
A celebrated saxophonist, composer and band leader, Kamasi Washington has had an epic year, thus far. Along with releasing his gamechanging project, aptly titled The Epic, on the genre-defying label Brainfeeder in May, Washington was also featured on Kendrick Lamar's 2015 breakout album, To Pimp A Butterfly — both of which are being hailed as instant classics by fans and critics alike.
With over 172 minutes of music across three volumues, Kamasi Washington's latest project is an epic musical journey brought to life by Washington's itensely futuristic saxophone playing and a 32-piece orchestra and a 20-piece choir.
One listen to The Epic will have you feenin' for a live musical experience with Kamasi and his band. Luckily for us, Washington is set to perform at University City music hotspot, World Cafe Live on Thursday, August 27.
Want in on the show? Just complete the below entry form for your chance to win a pair of tickets to the show. If you don't want to leave it up to chance, then you can find all of the concert details below.
You can read the official contest rules here.
In the Mix When: Wednesday, September 16, 5 - 8 p.m. Where: Hard Rock Café, 12th and Market Streets Cost: Free with RSVP More Info: Click here. This Month, The Recording Academy® Philadelphia Chapter is hosting the next edition…