Your guide to Philly's diverse creative scene, nightlife, music, food & more
This weekend, Dice Raw of The Roots is hitting the stage, headlining New Freedom Theatre's latest production, "The Last Jimmy." A hip-hop satire, "The Last Jimmy" tackles the emotionally-charged subject of mass incarceration of African-American males in the US. The hip-hop musical odyssey travels through the plight of the court experience of young African American males, and the American prison system expressed through song, music, and dance.
The production was written by Phillip Brown, includes original music and lyrics by Dice Raw of the Roots Crew and is directed by noted Philadelphia-based director, Ozzie Jones. Dice Raw’s highly-acclaimed concept album “Jimmy’s Back” is the centerpiece for this entertaining and thought-provoking production.
A popular and present artist on the Philadelphia music scene, Dice Raw raw's signature style of rap was first heard alongside Philly's famous hip-hop band, The Roots. Dice made his industry debut on the hit track "The Lesson, Pt. 1." And soon after, he made a name for himself with his distinct cameos on "Adrenaline" and "Lockdown," where his hard-hitting style worked perfectly alongside the heady rhymes of Roots frontman Black Thought.
Along with Dice Raw, the production features a stellar lineup of Philadelphia talents, and after each performance audience members are invited to stick around for a post-show talkback discussion. Each discussion will feature a panel of experts on the African American male experience in the criminal justice system.
Since 1966, New Freedom Theatre has trained generations of black creatives and presented productions that give voice to the African-American experience, and make it accessible for all. Certainly, "The Last Jimmy" is no exception. Don't miss this groundbreaking work featuring many of Philly's best talents on one stage.
Friday evening, legendary classical soprano superstar Kathleen Battle takes center stage at The Kimmel Center, singing songs in the tradition of African-American spirituals. In a moving evening of music, including popular music like 'Lord, How Come Me Here?' and 'He's Got the Whole World In His Hands,' Battle will take her audience on a journey through the spirituals and hymns that express the suffering, salvation, triumph and freedom of the African-American experience.
A 5-time Grammy winner, Battle's captivating soprano voice has made her one of the most-acclaimed artists in contemporary opera and classical music. She has performed with the New York Philharmonic, The Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Vienna Philharmonic, Jessye Norman, Luciano Pavarotti, and in every major opera house around the globe.
This Friday, Battle will be joined by Cyrus Chestnut on piano, Riza Printup on harp and The Philadelphia Heritage Chorale directed by choirmaster J. Donald Dumpson.
Guests are also invited to join The Kimmel Center for a free pre-show panel discussion on Philadelphia's connection and history with the Underground Railroad in the SEI Innovation Studio.
The panel discussion begins at 6:30 p.m. and will be moderated by Nick Taliaferro from WURD. Other panelists include Cornelia Swinson of Johnson House in Germantown; V. Chapman-Smith of National Archives and Records Administration; Rev. Dr. James Forbes; Rev. Tyler of Mother Bethel A.M.E. Church; and Author and historian Richard Newman of The Library Company of Philadelphia.
Come out to experience one of the world's finest voices, as Kathleen Battle effortlessly weaves black music and history together for an unforgettable night of music in The Kimmel Center's Verizon Hall. Grab your tickets now.
This week, Pier Entertainment returns with another edition of their fresh Thursday night live music series, Up-Close Live, which takes place at popular West Oak Lane soul food joint, Relish.
The next edition of Up-Close Live features an intimate set of music by Philly's favorite music-transplant, Aaron Camper. After spending months on the road touring with big names like Justin Timberlake and Chris Brown, Camper is back in town and ready to perform for his Philly fans.
Recently, Camper hit us with a brand new single “My Heart" — an upbeat banger written by singer/songwriter and Maroon 5 member, PJ Morton and produced by Warryn Campbell and the head of BASSic Black Entertainment (BBE), Adam Blackstone. The track is reminiscent of a Michael Jackson throwback and has an infectious, undeniable groove that will definitely get Camper some well-deserved accolades, downloads and radio play. Check out the track below.
In addition to two full sets by the featured artist at 7p.m. and 9 p.m., there will also be a live interview with Philly-based blogger and Ebony contributor Sincerely Syreeta. Guests will also be able to enjoy special menu pricing during the show as well.
Good eats and great music? This is definitely Philly entertainment at its finest.
Looking for your next Philly culture fix? Well, look no further. Every Friday night through the end of the year, The Barnes Foundation will keep its doors open a little later for some after-hours art fun on The Parkway.
From 5 to 9 p.m., guests can enjoy a drink, mix and mingle with other art-lovers and check out the Barnes’ collection of works. Friday night attendees can sip wine and cocktails in The Barnes' stunning indoor and courtyard spaces while taking in the incredible collection, which includes work by all of the greats — from Matisse to Van Gogh.
The best part? For the next two Friday nights — Friday, October 10 and Friday, October 17 — use code UWISHUNU50 to get half off tickets courtesy of our friends at uwishunu.com. With promo code UWISHUNU50 tickets are just $11. Tickets include after-hours access to the collection, and cocktails are available for purchase at an on-site bar.
Tickets for Friday Nights at The Barnes Foundation are available at the door, online or over the phone at 215-278-7200. Just enter the code UWISHUNU50 online at checkout, mention over the phone or present the promo code at the door to redeem the deal.
Score these tickets now, and look out for upcoming special events at the Barnes, too, including First Friday soirees and Young Professional nights.
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.
Recently, Philly 360° caught up with Sittin' In mastermind Anthony Tidd, as he led rehearsals for last month's all-star edition of Sittin' In, which featured headlining performances by Philly faves like Laurin Talese, Kate Faust, Jeff Bradshaw and Ursula Rucker.
Along with interviewing Tidd, we talked with the incredible group of musicians that regularly make up the Sittin' In house band, including Korey Riker, Ernest Stuart, Steve Tirpak, Josh Lawrence and Luke Carlos O'Reilly — each a notable artist in their own right. Be sure to check out our recap video below.
If you missed Sittin' In All Stars, don't fret, The Kimmel is back on the scene with another round of genre-defying musical awesomeness. You can take a look at the dates and featured talent for the next two installments of Sittin' In below.
Nas is hitting the road for a U.S. tour. He’ll perform music from the project that launched his career, Time is Illmatic—widely embraced as one of the most influential albums in hip-hop. This highly anticipated tour coincides with the release of the legendary rapper’s Tribeca Film documentary, Nas: Time Is Illmatic. Philly hip-hop fans can catch him at The Keswick Theater.
DesignPhiladelphia returns, taking over a host of Philly venues and creative spaces this October. Now in its 10th year, the festival has grown into one of the largest of its kind, presenting 120 exhibitions, open studio tours, talks and workshops, plus 400 of the city’s brightest creative professionals.
This month’s installment of the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s popular Friday night mixer, Art After 5, promises to be an unforgettable sonic journey, laced with the sweet rhythms of Afropop music. DJ Rahsaan starts the evening with the latest hits from Ghana and beyond, and multi-instrumentalist Kinobe—hailed as the new voice of Ugandan music—closes the night out with an intimate set of world music.
Music all-stars Afrojack, Wiz Khalifa, LP and OCD: Moosh & Twist land in Philly this month to headline the Forbes Under 30 Music Festival. Held at The Piazza in Northern Liberties, the festival kicks off Forbes’ Under 30 Summit, which will host 1,000 of the country’s leading young entrepreneurs for three days of panels, TED-style presentations and Shark Tank-style pitch contests.
After spending months on the road touring with industry heavyweights such as Justin Timberlake, Philly’s favorite music transplant, Aaron Camper, is back in town and performing at West Oak Lane soul food joint Relish. The next edition of Up-Close Live features two full sets of music by Camper and a live interview with Philly-based blogger and Ebony contributor Sincerely Syreeta.
Calling all the lovers: Still riding high off the release of her latest album Friends & Lovers, R&B songstress Marsha Ambrosius is set to hit The TLA on South Street for an incredible night of Philly soul. If you’re jonesin’ for Marsha’s killer vocals, sultry music and “keep-it-trill” commentary on life and love, we suggest you grab tickets now.
The night before MIA hit the Parkway with headliners Pharrell and Kanye West, a concert/party of epic proportions went down at Voltage Lounge. A BASSic Black Entertainment–X Kontraband 215 mashup, PhillyMade featured an incredible roster of talent including West Philly emcee Chill Moody, singer/songwriter Aaron Camper, Kontraband 215 front man Scoop, and hip-hop great Common. Watch our recap video.
Each month, Philly 360° showcases a creative from a trendy neighborhood in Philly. We recently linked up with graphic artist and nightlife connoisseur Jake Weaver of Northern Liberties—also referred to as “NoLibs” by locals. From vintage sneaker consignment shop Sole Patrol to his favorite burger joint PYT, Jake gives us an insider’s look at his ’hood. Get details here.
For the next edition of the Philly° 360 Style Guide, we're focusing our attention on a special group of stylish gents that we've dubbed "The Heritage Hipster." You know the type—he’s uber stylish, wears great heritage brand jeans, loves vintage everything and is well-groomed in the most unassuming way. If that’s you, then we have a few OId City shops that you must check out. Find out more here.
For the third year in a row, BlackStar Film Festival exploded on the scene to shine a spotlight on the films and filmmakers that are broadening the definition of black cinema around the globe. Philly 360° went behind the scenes to capture the people and movement that powered BlackStar 2014. Watch our video recap.
This weekend, The Barnes Foundation celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month with two can't-miss events, First Friday Flamenco Fiesta and the Onehunted Day Party.
Located along Philly's world famous Benjamin Franklin Parkway, The Barnes is best known for its impressive collection of art, which includes 181 Renoirs, 69 Cézannes (more than all the museums in Paris) and 59 Matisses, along with works by Manet, Van Gogh, Degas, and Picasso.
In addition to works by these well-known artists, the collection also includes an amazing selection of African Art, period furniture and antique brassware—all painstakingly curated over six decades ago by the museum's founder Dr. Albert C. Barnes.
Honoring Dr. Barnes' commitment to education, diversity and community, The Barnes is giving Philly art lovers two epic ways to enjoy their collection and campus while celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month. You can get all of the deets below!
Friday, October 3 | 6 - 9 p.m. | The Barnes Foundation, 2025 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy
RSVP online here. | Use the special code PHILLY360 for discounted admission.
For First Friday, The Barnes invites you to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with art, cocktails, tasty eats and fierce flamenco. Experience the sultry passion of Spain with Philly's own De Luna a Lunares flamenco ensemble, which is ed by renowned Philadelphia-based flamenco artist Monica Herrera and esteemed flamenco guitarist Cristian Puig.
The evening will be hosted by Emmy Award-winning reporter Iris Delgado of Telemundo 62, and cocktails and Spanish delicacies will be available for purchase. With an incomparable collection of art, and an amazing line-up of artists — First Friday at The Barnes Foundation is the only way to kick off your weekend celebration.
Sunday, October 5 | 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. | The Barnes Foundation, 2025 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy
Free Admission & tickets available at site.
On Sunday, The Barnes invites you to return for their special Hispanic Heritage Month themed Free First Sunday celebration. Co-presented by OneHunted, First Sunday at The Barnes offers guests an opportunity to learn about Latin music styles with Philly's own Luke Carlos O'Reilly & Sofrito and DJ Rahsaan of AfroTaino Productions. The Onehunted Day Party will be hosted by Philly 360° Creative Ambassador Ethel Cee.
The Barnes offers free admission and programming on the first Sunday of every month. Tickets are limited and are available on-site starting at 9 a.m.
Get ready Big K.R.I.T. fans! Mr. Cadillactica is bringing the Pay Attention Tour to The TLA on October 6. As we await his new album, Cadillactica Big K.R.I.T. will be rocking the nation with his Fall tour, ending just around the time of the release.
Since the high caliber performance he did at The Trocadero in 2013, we have been in need for more KRIT. Expect to hear your favorites from the most recent mixtape, See Me ON TOP Vol. 4 and hopefully some unreleased tracks from Cadillactica.
If you haven’t already, check out the new single, “Pay Attention."
Red Bull is back at it again. This week, the Red Bull Curates: The Canvas Cooler Project lands in Philadelphia for the first time. This innovative project presents 30 talented, emerging local artists who each will transform a blank, canvas-wrapped Red Bull cooler into a piece of inspiration art in their own signature style.
All of the Canvas Cooler Artist are hand-selected and curated by the Arts Fund, which is a national charity that raises funds for art. The Philadelphia event includes fresh lineup of local talents including notorious prankster street artist Kid Hazo, popular instagram sketcher Dessie Jackson, neo-pop painter Thomas Buildmore, and Philly 360°'s own Stacey "Flygirrl" Wilson.
On Thursday, September 25 Red Bull will reveal the finished coolers to the public during a one-night-only gallery exhibit at Arch Enemy Arts in Old City. During the event, two artists will be selected by a panel of judges to display and sell their work during Art Basel Week at Scope Art Fair in Miami Beach later this winter.
The event is free and open to the public. So, stop through Arch Enemy, grab a Red Bull and support these phenomenal Philly talents.
Breaking: Just today, Forbes announced that music all-stars Afrojack, Wiz Khalifa, LP and OCD: Moosh & Twist will all headline the Forbes Under 30 Music Festival.
Held at The Piazza in Northern Liberties, the music festival will kick off the Forbes Under 30 Summit which will take place in Philadelphia from October 19-22 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center and other venues across the city. The buzz-worthy summit will bring together some of the country's leading young entrepreneurs and thought leaders for three days of panels, TED-style presentations and Shark Tank-style pitch contests. And, of course, no Philly event is complete without the music.
To maximize the impact of the music festival, Forbes has partnered with The Global Poverty Project, a nonprofit that fights to end extreme poverty by 2030. Starting today, music lovers and do-gooders can take action at globalcitizen.org/nights and then use points earned for a chance to win free tickets to the October 19 concert.
From tweeting, to signing a petition or watching an informative video, fans will learn more about the key issues address by The Global Poverty Project while getting one step closer to landing free festival tickets.
You can check out more details on the show's dope lineup of artists below.
Named by Forbes as one of the highest-paid DJ in the business, Afrojack recently dropped his debut studio project, Forget The World, which includes appearances by music heavyweights like Snoop Dogg, Sting and Jared Leto. Afrojack will close out the evening with an unforgettable set of music.
LP, a singer/songwriter who has lent her fierce songwriting skills to megastars like Rihanna, will take to the Forbes Under 30 stage, showcasing her undeniable music and soaring vocals. LP's latest project Forever For Now features hits like “Tokyo Sunrise” and “Into the Wild.”
LP, as singer/songwriter who has lent her fierce songwriting skills to megastars like Rihanna, will take to the Forbes Under 30 stage, showcasing her own undeniable music and soaring vocals. LP's latest project Forever For Now features hits like “Tokyo Sunrise” and “Into the Wild.”
Philly, stand up! Our city's own native hip-hop group OCD: Moosh and Twist will open the festival with an electrifying performance. The group, comprised of 20-year-olds DeQuincy “Moosh” Coleman McRae and Oliver “Twist” Feighan, boasts over 100,000 mixtape downloads and 7 million YouTube views.
You can get more details on the Forbes' Under 30 Summit by visiting www.forbesunder30.com, or by following @ForbesUnder30, #Under30Summit and #GoingtoPhilly on Twitter.
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