Your guide to Philly's diverse creative scene, nightlife, music, food & more
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.
After playing a previous surprise show in Washington D.C., Wonder hit the road and landed in Philly this afternoon to entertain his fan and drop some exciting news about his Songs in the Key of Life tour. Stevie's short set even included a surprise appearance by Philadelphia singer/songerwriter, Jazmine Sullivan, who sat in on a unforgettable version of Stevie's hit, Superstition.
Along with the pop up show, the legendary songwriter announced an extension for his current tour, which includes final run of shows to 20 North American cities including Philadelphia on Wednesday, October 7 at Wells Fargo Center.
Citibank pre-sale tickets are available on Tuesday, August 18 at Noon EST through Citi's Private Pass® Program in select cities. For complete pre-sale details, visit www.citiprivatepass.com. General tickets for select cities will be available beginning Friday, August 21 at 10AM EST at ComcastTIX.com, Wells Fargo Center Box Office or by phone.
Red Bull Sound Select is back for another installment — this time around featuring native Philly soulster Bilal! This month’s showcase is curated by the University of Penn’s radio station WXPN and The Key. It’s all going down at the Underground Arts at 12th and Callowhill Streets.
Bilal’s fan base in Philadelphia has watched the soulful singer grow from the early days of Black Lily at the legendary 5 Spot to his latest effort In Another Life, released on eOne Music.
Showcasing his versatility as an artist and vocalist, Bilal's music has ventured across the genres, covering everything from soul to jazz to a little bit of rock. His appearance on Kendrick Lamar’s critically acclaimed project, To Pimp a Butterfly, was well-received. And, now fans welcome him back for a special appearance in his hometown.
Joining Bilal on August 20 will be Son Little, a former collaborator of The Legendary Roots Crew and RJD2 and newcomer Kate Faust — a soulful singer/songwriter that has been making plenty of noise on the local music scene.
This show is just $3 with an RSVP. But, definitely arrive early because an Sound Select RSVP does not guarantee admission. And you definitely dont want ot miss this soul-filled night with three of Philly’s hottest talents.
Style-wise, most major cities are melting pots. But when it comes to menswear, Philadelphia’s men’s fashion shops stand out from all of the rest.
At the one end of the spectrum are long-established — even historic — men’s clothiers like Boyd’s in the Philadelphia neighborhood of Rittenhouse. At the other resides youthful, independent, urban shops like Sugarcube, Armour and Totem, which all skew closer to vintage street style and local independent brands. Sure, there’s a little in-between, but even Philly’s menswear middle ground is made up of mix: sporty yet sophisticated, tailored yet tattooed.
Whether you’re looking to get dapper in Rittenhouse, or going for a grittier, retro-style inspired look on South Street — Philadelphia’s got you covered.
Read on for our list of Philadelphia’s top menswear shops.
1822 Chestnut Street — Seun Olubodun launched a line of Brit-inspired, bulldog-emblazoned T-shirts back in 2009. Today, his anti-ironic approach to modern preppy dressing also includes baseball caps, bulldog-motif ties and bow ties, dog-wear and needlepoint accessories, all sold from a rustically lounge-like, 2,600-square-foot walk-up, where the focus is predominantly on the guys, and the stock also includes non-D&W sunglasses, hats and phone cases. MORE INFO
1839 Chestnut Street — Today at his studio in Rittenhouse (with satellites in New York and Atlanta), the tattooed attorney Craig Arthur von Schroeder and team measure clients for affordable-yet-investment-worthy, bespoke-yet-modern suiting and topcoats made from lightweight summer wools, robust Harris tweeds, Loro Piana milled cashmere, Swiss tech fabric and limited-edition finds. Commonwealth Proper also offers a variety of fabric choices for custom dress shirts and a retail line of ready-to-wear ties, pocket squares, brass collar stays and a rough-and-tumble, all-seasons, made-in-Philly blazer. MORE INFO
1201 Chestnut Street — Founded more than a century ago as a sporting goods store, this indie operation turned into an international powerhouse after its former owner convinced the estates of Babe Ruth and his contemporaries to allow reproduction and sale of their uniform jerseys. Soon, MTV and the hip-hop generation caught on, and the shop’s pro baseball, basketball, football and ice hockey shirts were showing up in populst music videos and song lyrics. Today, having a jersey, snapback cap or warm-up jacket re-issued here is a sign of athletic dominance. In 2007, the company became a very cool subsidiary of Adidas. The flagship store still calls Philly home. MORE INFO
1509 Walnut Street — To say that Ubiq stocks new and vintage sneaks (Nike, Vans, Reebok, Converse, Adidas, Asics), along with endless T-shirts and hoodies, is to vastly undersell this streetwear merchant. Ubiq’s rambling old brownstone displays old-fashioned Daniel Wellington watches, sturdy Stance socks and preppy Head Porter Plus trousers and shirts that are displayed like wearable, collectable, limited-edition, often vintage-inspired works of art. Among them: the store’s own line of apparel and kicks.
704 South 4th Street — The fashion project of corporate world escapee David Grimes sophisticatedly peddles its independent-minded sartorial choices along Fabric Row. Among the rare and wonderful finds here are heritage pieces from Kennington, Goorin Bros. and Fine & Dandy; international representation in Pullin (France) and Maxwell Designs (Ghana); and work by emerging designers Arthinic and Philly’s own Terese Sydonna and Danny Fox. MORE INFO
1600 East Passyunk Avenue — Ben Sherman, Fred Perry, Scotch & Soda and Report Collection are among the fast-moving brands at this youthful retail closet, one of the anchors of South Philly’s trendy East Passyunk neighborhood. Owner Tom Longo stocks everything from brightly striped business socks to soft-washed Phillies T-shirts, bright bathing trunks to knitted neon beer cozies. MORE INFO
535 South Street — Classic, rustic, American. That’s Totem Brand in a few words. The store carries men’s clothing—Wolverine, Danner, Raleigh Denim, Rogue Territory, Billy Kirk, Taylor Stitch, 3Sixteen, Patagonia and Filson—plus GoPros, candles, soaps and incense that appeal to the outdoorsman in everyone. The USA-made or -manufactured promise means people feel good about their purchases. MORE INFO
1818 Chestnut Street — For the greater part of 75 years, the polished tiers of this Rittenhouse family business catered only to men, with a battalion of salesmen and dozens of tailors known for their take-charge, can-do philosophy. Today, there’s an equally polished women’s department, but men still avail themselves of power suits, shoes and refined sportswear from vaunted labels such as Trussini, Brioni, Armani Collezioni, Canali, Etro, Hickey Freeman, Paul Smith and Paul Smith. MORE INFO
1510 Sansom Street — Distinctive custom shirting—with tall, strong collars and French cuffs—is the hallmark of Charlie Morrotta’s men’s shop, a Philadelphia staple since 1983. Morrotta has each shirt made in one of two small factories (there’s one in Naples, Italy and another in the U.S.)—typically in less than three weeks. In-house tailors gladly and expertly perform alterations and adjustments on pieces purchased elsewhere and have become known for their same-day turnaround. MORE INFO
116 N 3rd Street — Brought to Philly by the (local) distillers of Root, Snap and other vintage-inspired spirits, this rustic boutique is all about giving props to creators of things and revivers of lost inventions, which makes for a lush, insightful and totally hip shopping experience. Founding owner Steve Grasse stocked the space with locally made art and furnishings, plus heartily constructed, casually on-point clothing for men and women. MORE INFO
124 N 3rd Street — This marvelously designed Old City repository of modern-yet-timeless men’s and women’s fashion is known for introducing about-to-hit designers. Current roster standouts include casual-chic separates from Rag & Bone and Portland’s Bridge & Burn, plus hard-wearing-yet-fashion-forward, small-batch, made-in-the-U.S.A. standbys from Asbury Park Clothing Co., Big Star, Feltraiger, Peters Mountain Works and Williamsburg Garment Company—all providing an all-American vibe with a subtly artsy edge. In short: It’s the perfect place for a guy to dress himself without the slightest risk of missing the mark. MORE INFO
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.
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.
In conjunction with exhibition AAMP will host two stellar events exploring the impact and relevancy of this artform. Tonight, Wednesday, August 5, the museum will screen Yoruba Richen's award-winning documentary The New Black, which explores the story of how the African American community is grappling with gay rights in light of the recent gay marriage movement and the fight over civil rights.
That screening will be followed by a night of color, creativity, costuming and care, as AAMP present the "A Night on Broadway" Mini Ball.
No summer is complete without a few classic Philly block parties, right? True. This week, Mad Decent Block Party is back on the scene to take your summer block party to the next level — actually the next 100 levels.
Starting seven years ago as a small party held outside of Diplo’s Philadelphia label headquarters, the Mad Decent Block Party (MDBP) has grown into a massive, traveling music festival that’s been dubbed “America’s Biggest Block Party.”
This year, Mad Decent will bring its monstrous block party to 19 cities across the US, including a two-day affair on the Philadelphia waterfront with international turntablist and original Mad Decent mastermind Diplo.
MDPG 2015 is set to take over Festival Pier at Penn’s Landing on August 6 and 7 and features dozens of must-see performances by top DJs and musical acts, including Flosstradamus, ILoveMakonnen, Jack Ü, JAUZ, Nadus, Porter Robinson, Swizzymack, What So Not and more.
Friday night, once the main show is done, the festivities will move over to another popular Columbus Boulevard venue, SoundGarden Hall, for the Mad Decent Block Party Afterparty. This 18-and-over finale will have hot music, decent drinks, and plenty of opportunity to sweat it out on the dancefloor to the sounds of the country’s freshest DJs. After party tickets are just $25, the party kicks off at 10 p.m. and goes until 2 a.m.
Keep in mind that MDBP is an outdoor, general admission and standing room only event. So when selecting your festival fashions, be sure to go for comfortable, lightweight clothing and shoes options. Also, consider bringing along a refillable water bottle to keep hydrated throughout the daylong festivities.
Browse this Mad Decent FAQ page for other general tips, including a list of allowable and prohibited items.
Now, grab your party people crew and make plans to hit the Philadelphia stop of this city-hopping music festival. Trust us, you don’t want to be the only person not there.