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Open Call: Red Bull Art Of Can Brings A National Visual Art Competition To Philly

  • Posted By: Philly 360
  • May 6, 2015
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      • Red Bull Art of Can Philadelphia
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It's true. Red Bull has some serious love for the city of Philadelphia — and for our ever-growing creative scene.

Recently, the beloved energy drink brand announced that it was bringing another dope concept to our fair city. Next up, Red Bull Art of Can hits Philadelphia with a nationwide visual arts competition and public art exhibit centered around the power of the Red Bull can. 

Starting with a simple can, artists of various disciplines from around the nation are invited to stretch they wings and imaginations to create an original piece of artwork in using Red Bull cans as their main material. Now through June 15, Red Bull invites artist from around teh country to submit their original art of all  disciplines — including physical and digital mediums — for the 2015 edition of Art of Can.

A panel of judges from the Philadelphia arts community, including Philly 360° editor James Claiborne, will then select the finalist to be displayed at a special Center City Philadelphia showcase, later this fall. Then, from October 1 through 8, the landscape of Philadelphia’s Dilworth Park will be transformed into an interactive, digital and physical art gallery as the nationwide creative competition, Red Bull Art of Can, comes to a city that's already known for it’s famed public art.

    • Red Bull Art of Can
      • Red Bull Art of Can
      • Photo Credit: Courtesy of Red Bull

Participants can submit to three categories in the 2015 competition:

Physical Art: A physical piece of art that uses the actual Red Bull Can as the primary material in the final work.

Digital Displayed Art: A work of art that can be displayed on a screen and includes a digital version of the Red Bull Can in the final piece.  We are not designating a specific format or genre.  Submissions could take the form of an animation, a digital short film, stop motion, or GIF. Essentially any displayed digital medium is fair game. 

Interactive Installation Art: A piece of artwork that merges both the physical and digital world and uses the Red Bull Can as its primary source of inspiration.

The Red Bull Art of Can exhibition will run from October 1 through October 8, with a special public opening event the weekend of Oct 2 -3 at Philadelphia's newly renovated Dilworth Park.

For more information and to register your art, please visit www.redbullartofcan.com

 

May Must-Hit List: Roots Picnic With Erykah Badu & The Weeknd, Esperanza Spalding, Danny Simmons & More

  • Posted By: James Claiborne
  • May 1, 2015
    • Just In - The Annual Roots Picnic Lineup Announced
      • Just In - The Annual Roots Picnic Lineup Announced
      • Photo Credit: M. Edlow for Visit Philadelphia / Philly 360°

Featured Events:

Celebration of Black Writing — Saturday, May 1 - Sunday, May 31

Art Sanctuary is back on the scene with the 31st Annual Celebration of Black Writing—and this year, they are definitely doing it big. Along with weekly author readings, weekend workshops and the stunning photography exhibit Barkley Hendrix Presents: Oh, Snap!, CBW 2015 will also honor Kindred The Family Soul during its signature event, the Lifetime Achievement Awards at Temple Performing Arts Center.

GRAMMY FutureNOW — Saturday, May 2

The Recording Academy® Philadelphia is back with the next edition of their signature music conference, Grammy futureNOW. This must-attend event brings together the industry’s top artists, songwriters and executives to examine the current state and the future of the music. Confirmed speakers include Allen Kovac of Tenth Street Entertainment/Eleven Seven Music Group and Benjy Greenberg of indie label Rostrum Records. #GRAMMYfutureNOW

    • Action Bronson backstage at Roots Picnic
      • Action Bronson backstage at Roots Picnic
      • Photo Credit: M. Edlow for Visit Philly

Action Bronson — Sunday, May 3

Last month, Action Bronson dropped his highly-anticipated, major-label debut Mr. Wonderful to rave reviews. Now, the rapper is on the road with a world tour supporting the record—and he’s bringing his high-energy onstage antics to South Street music hub, The TLA. Insider tip: Before or after the show, be sure to grab a “cheesesteak and a gremlin” across the street at Philly faves  Ishkabibbles. You’ll be glad you did.


Ciara — Sunday, May 10

After a six year hiatus, Ciara is back out on the road to promote her soon-to-drop project Jackie. The 18 city US tour lands at The Keswick Theatre in Glenside, PA on May 10. We’re so hype for Ciara’s return that we’re  giving one lucky fan a pair of free tickets to the show. Enter now for your chance to win!

    • Ciara performs at The Keswick Theatre on May 10
      • Ciara performs at The Keswick Theatre on May 10
      • Photo Credit: Courtesy of the artist

Tastytreats With Questlove & Mike Nyce — Friday, May 15

Party with Philly’s finest DJs as the next edition of Tastytreats hits Silk City on May 15. On deck for this party are spinmaster extraordinaires Questlove and DJ Mike Nyce. This is another can’t-miss production by Stacey “Flygirrl” Wilson, so you know this party will be nothing less than flawless. #WeInThere


Esperanza Spalding — Sunday, May 17

After touching a double bass for the first time at the age of 15, Esperanza Spalding was hailed as a jazz prodigy. Now, an internationally-recognized artist, Spalding’s music has earned her some serious cred, including a Soul Train Music Award and multiple GRAMMYs. Her latest project Emily’s D+Evolution, which includes a summer tour centered around rekindling her childhood interest in theater, poetry and movement, hits The TLA on May 17.


The Roots Picnic Afterparty  — Saturday, May 30

The wait is almost over. Roots Picnic 2015 is about to go down—bringing another dope lineup of artists to the Philly waterfront. After partying all day with acts like The Weeknd, Erykah Badu and DJ Mustard, the party moves to Underground Arts for round two. On deck for The Roots Picnic Afterparty will be Questlove, Cosmo Baker, Matthew Law and more.

    • Roots Picnic 2015
      • Roots Picnic 2015
      • Photo Credit: M. Edlow for Visit Philly

Philly 360° Spotlights:

Roots Picnic Contest   

Philly, it's about to go down—again. The Roots are bringing their epic music festival back to their hometown to kick off the summer. Philly 360° landed a pair of tickets to giveaway to one lucky fan. Want to be there? We know you do, so enter now to win.


20+ Must-Hit Concerts In Philly

There’s shortage of dope live music hitting Philadelphia stages this year. From heavyweight music veterans like Wiz Khalifa and The Roots, to shows by local and national indie music stars—we've pulled together this list of more than 20 can't-miss shows going down in Philly.


Playlist: Mic Stew “Black Chucks”

National Red Bull Freestyle champ, Mic Stew is taking over the Philly 360° Playlist with his hot single, “Black Chucks.” Undeniably, Stew is one of the dopest lyricists in Philly right now and he’s showing us exactly why he's one of the city's reigning emcees with this new track.


Badass Art Man

The African American Museum in Philadelphia just teamed up with international black art influencer Danny Simmons for their latest must-see exhibition, Badass Art Man: Original Work of Danny Simmons. Along with original work by Simmons, the show objects from his extensive collection of African and African American artwork.


Get Your Favorite Dr. Martens Customized In-Store By Philly Designers Jeantrix - Sunday, April 19

  • Posted By: Philly 360
  • April 15, 2015
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This weekend, Philly-based designers, Jeantrix, return with another dope collab with international footwear brand, Dr. Martens.

The go-to choice for hipsters, rockster, bad-boys and b-girls alike, Dr. Martens signature footwear is a recognized symbol for freedom and trendsetting style. This is the exact reason why the brand decided to setup shop in the Philly famous neighborhood of Rittenhouse. Yes, Philly cretives definitely have mad love for their Dr. Martens.

On Sunday, April 19, Jeantrix and Dr. Martens will host their second customization event, which is open to the general public from1 to 6 p.m. Dr. Marten customers that spend $50+ will get a chance to have their newly or previously purchased boots customized by the Jeantrix team with eye-popping graphics specifically designed for this event.

Customers can also bring their own ideas to the Jeantrix table — no design is off limits, everything goes! Did we mention that this customization is 100% free? #winning

Check out the recap video and visual gallery from their February collab, below.


Dr. Martens X Jeantrix
When: Sunday, April 19, 1 - 6 p.m.
Where: Dr. Marten's store, 1710 Walnut Street
Cost: Free customization with purchase.
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Top Picks: Eight Can't-Miss Events For Philly Tech Week 2015 — April 17 - 25

  • Posted By: James Claiborne
  • April 8, 2015
    • Philadelphia Tech Week Returns
      • Philadelphia Tech Week Returns
      • Photo Credit: M. Edlow for Visit Philly

Techies, this one’s for you. From April 17 to 25, Philly Tech Week returns for another round of innovative, tech-driven action. Now in its fifth year, PTW is firmly planted as the city's go-to event for Philly creatives working across the tech and design communities.

Fresher than your average tech conference, the week-long celebration kicks off with Arcade @ The Dilworth featuring an app arcade, makers corner and community programming courtesy of a few local partners.

Post-kickoff, PTW 2015 goes into overdrive withmore than 100 events taking place across the city. Only Philly could make geekin' out look this good.  

We know that trying to navigate this many events in just a week can appear to be a little daunting. But don't worry—Philly 360° has got you covered. We've pulled together an itinerary of a few can't-miss events.

You can check the official Philly 360° guide to Philly Tech Week, below. Or, click here to browse the full PTW 2015 schedule.


Philly 360° Guide to Philly Tech Week:

    • Philly Tech Week
      • Philly Tech Week
      • Photo Credit: Courtesy of Philly Tech Week

Tech Cocktail's Philadelphia Mixer & Startup Showcase

Thursday, April 16
Tech Cocktail’s bread and butter. Events held in 30+ cities across the country. We bring together your region’s 8-15 hottest startups, press, investors, entrepreneurs, job seekers, and hustlers, to join together for an evening of cocktails, networking, and informal startup showcasing. Each Mixer also features a one minute pitch from each startup which will determine that city’s Hottest Showcasing Startup.

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Fuel Up for Philly Tech Week at La Columbe Torrefaction - Fishtown

Friday, April 17
Join PTW for a coffee-fueled networking session: It's a great chance to meet each other, talk about upcoming events, and make plans for the week. Share your passions over a cup of the best coffee drinks in Philly.

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Arcade @ Dilworth

***NEW DATE: Saturday, April 17***
Celebrate technology and innovation at the Philly Tech Week Kickoff event at Dilworth Park. Check out the App Arcade, Maker Corner, live music, performances and more!

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    • Philly Tech Week
      • Philly Tech Week
      • Photo Credit: Credit: Photo by M. Fischetti for VISIT PHILADELPHIA™

Philadelphia Independent Film Festival #8

April 17 - 25
With the City of Philadelphia as its pallet, this festival is an eigh day live and virtual gathering that includes screenings, discussions, and parties with filmmakers and creatives you most likely never met before. During this time, local and international independent artists and business community members meet, screen and discuss the innovation, technology, creativity, and diversity of the filmmaker ecosystem.

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Experiencing Dust: Dancing with infra-red sensors

Saturday, April 18
Peter Price's video design for "Dust" uses infra-red sensors to "see" the dancers as they move about the stage, projecting color fields that change in hue and saturation based on the dancers' location in space and the intensity of their movement. Before the show on Saturday, April 18, ticket holders are invited to arrive at 7pm to "dance" with our technology and learn about how it works.

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    • Philly Tech Week
      • Philly Tech Week
      • Photo Credit: Courtesy of PTW

Digital Equality For All: Navigating Net Neutrality and the Impact on Communities of Color

Tuesday, April 21
In the wake of the recent FCC rulings on the preservation of Net Neutrality and the Reclassification of the internet as a utility, this 2015 Philly Tech Week WILCO / WURD Panel will explore the complexities of net neutrality, the recently passed FCC legislation, and the impact net neutrality legislation will have on people of color technology innovation, the cultivation of small businesses, and the engagement of community activism.

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Beyond the Blog: Leveraging Your Digital Profile

Tuesday, April 21
Come learn how to take your blog and digital pursuits to the next level. This panel is an interactive discussion with area bloggers on how to leverage your digital profile for branding, business opportunities, and making steps to becoming a digital entrepreneur.Panelist include Sabir M. Peele, Founder of Men’s Style Pro and Independent Brand Consultant; Swabreen Bakr, Communications Strategist and Digital Consultant; and Christina Brown, Founder of fashion and lifestyle blog, LoveBrownSugar. The conversation will be moderated by Jared Michael Lowe, Lifestyle Writer and Founder of Lowefactor.com.

    • Let Me Explain... LIVE
      • Let Me Explain... LIVE
      • Photo Credit: Courtesy of PTW

Let Me Explain LIVE

Thursday, April 23
Let Me Explain is a series focused on real entrepreneurial stories told Live. Hosted by Jamila Payne, every show is unique with a new line up of guest entrepreneurs that have compelling stories they’re yearning to share. Each show starts with a theme that the storyteller uses as starting point to explain the untold truths of what it really means to build a business.The Tech Week show theme is "My Money is Funny."

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April Must-Hit List: Jazmine Sullivan, Rakim, Chill Moody, Center City Jazz Festival & More

  • Posted By: James Claiborne
  • April 2, 2015
    • Jazmine Sullivan
      • Jazmine Sullivan
      • Photo Credit: Courtesy of the artist

Featured Events:

Sylvester Mighty Real — Friday, April 3 to Sunday, April 5

The hit Broadway musical Mighty Real: A Fabulous Sylvester Music lands in Philadelphia for a must-see, three-night run at The Painted Bride Art Center in Old City. With an all-star cast, Mighty Real tells the story of the original 1970s disco queen, Sylvester, and brings to life his chart-topping songs such as “Do You Wanna Funk,” “Disco Heat” and his still-iconic club anthem “Mighty Real.”


RAW: Natural Born Artists Presents EXPOSURE — Wednesday, April 8

Raw: Natural Born Artists shines a national spotlight on the local talents that power the Philadelphia creative scene. Taking over The Troc with an evening of expression, EXPOSURE will showcase the work of more than 30 indie artists working across various disciplines, including visual art, film, fashion, music, hair, makeup, photography and performance art.


Red Bull Sound Select — Thursday, April 16

Throw on your gold rope chains and throwback sneakers for a special 80s and 90s edition of Red Bull Sound Select. Curated by Veteran Freshman, this installment features hip-hop notables including rap legend Rakim, West Philly emcee Chill Moody and touring turntablist DJ Aktive. It all goes down at the Callowhill neighborhood music hub Underground Arts.


PHILADANCO — Friday, April 17 to Sunday, April 19

PHILADANCO is on the move! This Philly-favorite group of movers and shakers returns to the Kimmel Center for an electrifying night of dance along the Avenue of the Arts. Celebrating its 45th season of performance, this classic Philly dance troupe continues to deliver.  

    • PHILADANCO
      • PHILADANCO
      • Photo Credit: Courtesy of PHILADANCO

Philly Tech Week — Friday, April 17 to Saturday, April 25

Techies, this one’s for you. Philly Tech Week returns for another round of innovative, tech-driven events. Kicking off with an arcade and makers event at City Hall’s newly renovated Dilworth Park, PTW 2015 includes more than 100 mostly free events for tech lovers of all sorts.


Center City Jazz Festival — Saturday, April 25

It’s back! Center City Jazz Fest returns with 16 incredible acts performing at five local music venues, including Chris’ Jazz Cafe, Time and Milkboy Philly. Catch some of the city’s top jazz talents—Ernest Stuart, Dena Underwood, Fresh Cut Orchestra and more—as they lay it down like only Philly musicians can. One ticket gets you access to all of it.


Jazmine Sullivan: Reality Show Tour — Sunday, April 26

After performing for a sold-out house of Philly fans last month, Philly’s own R&B/soul powerhouse Jazmine Sullivan returns to The TLA for part deux. The RCA recording artist will tear down the house, performing music from her latest LP Reality Show for her hometown friends and fam. This is guaranteed to be another sold out show, so grab your tickets now.

    • Just In - The Annual Roots Picnic Lineup Announced
      • Just In - The Annual Roots Picnic Lineup Announced
      • Photo Credit: M. Edlow for Visit Philadelphia / Philly 360°

Philly 360° Spotlights:

Roots Picnic 2015

Philly, it's that time again. The Roots are bringing back their signature music festival, Roots Picnic—and the lineup is looking dope. We’ve spotted several heavyweight acts, including The Weeknd, Erykah Badu, A$AP Rocky, DJ Mustard, Rae Sremmurd and more. Check out the full lineup here.


Philadelphia Black Pride

Celebrate the 16th Anniversary of Philadelphia Black Pride with five packed days of events—parties, poetry slams, pageants, youth events and more. Black Pride 2015 highlights include an LGBT-themed open mic at Ladder 15, brunch at Ms. Tootsies, a mini-ball at First District Plaza and a Sunday social at the Kimmel Center. Get more details.

    • Jazz Appreciation Month
      • Jazz Appreciation Month
      • Photo Credit: G. Widman for VISIT PHILADELPHIA

Celebrate Jazz Appreciation Month

As the birthplace or temporary home of greats such as John Coltrane, Billie Holiday, Charlie Parker and others, Philadelphia’s jazz roots run deep. This April, the city will shine the spotlight on its live jazz scene for the return of Philly’s Jazz Appreciation Month. Get the details on the 40-event jazz celebration here.


What’s Good In My Hood: Graduate Hospital

For the fifth installment of What’s Good, we’re profiling trendy Philly neighborhood Graduate Hospital. Lined with more than a fair share of bars, restaurants and parks, G-Ho is definitely the place to be—just ask Philadelphia graphic artist and photographer, Darnell Lamont. Read more here.


In The Mix

On April 27, The Recording Academy® Philadelphia Chapter returns with 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. Get the details here.


What's Good In My 'Hood: Darnell Lamont, Graduate Hospital

  • Posted By: Jared Michael Lowe
  • March 12, 2015
    • What's Good In My 'Hood: Darnell Lamont, Graduate Hospital
      • What's Good In My 'Hood: Darnell Lamont, Graduate Hospital
      • Photo Credit: J. Lowe for Visit Philadelphia

Heading into our fifth installment of the “What’s Good in My ‘Hood” series, we’ll like to introduce you to one of Philly’s most beloved neighborhoods, Graduate Hospital.

A part of Southwest Center City, “G Ho”, as it’s affectionately called, was named after the medical facility on the northern tip of the neighborhood. Characterized by a mix of an old meets new vibe in its architecture, the neighborhood is littered with many pubs, small parks, shops and galleries.

It’s easily walkable and just steps from Rittenhouse, Fitler Square and Point Breeze neighborhoods. So, we asked Philadelphia resident, graphic artist and photographer, Darnell Lamont, what he thinks of his ‘hood.


Philly 360° Q&A with Graduate Hospital resident Darnell Lamont

    • What's Good In My 'Hood: Darnell Lamont, Graduate Hospital
      • What's Good In My 'Hood: Darnell Lamont, Graduate Hospital
      • Photo Credit: J. Lowe for Visit Philadelphia

Philly 360: How do you describe Graduate Hospital?

Darnell: A great place to chill and just be.

Philly 360: What are some of your favorite spots in your hood?

Darnell: Miles Table and Pure Fare on South Street are great places to go and refuel/ take in some good food. Honey’s Sit N’Eat is a must for Saturday and Sunday brunches. You can also catch me taking in art from local artists at Art Sanctuary.

Philly 360: What do you like about the neighborhood?

Darnell: G Ho is such a convenient neighborhood to live in. I'm always on the go so it's easy for me to get to where I need to be in a short period of time. I can pretty much walk anywhere because it's right outside of Center City and other neighborhoods. There's also a great mix of people that live here.

Philly 360: For outside visitors, what should people know about the neighborhood?

Darnell: The neighborhood is unpretentious and easily walkable. Imbibe in some drinks at a great pub and then take a walk around the block. Trust me — you’ll have a lot of fun doing that!  

Darnell’s Graduate Hospital Itinerary:

Miles Table – 1620 South St.
Pure Fare – 1609 South St.
Honey’s Sit N’ Eat –  2101 South St.
Art Sanctuary – 628 S 16th St.
Bob & Barbara’s –  1509 South St.
Sidecar Bar & Grille – 2201 Christian St.
Grace’s Tavern – 2229 Grays Ferry Ave.

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March Must-Hit List: Jazmine Sullivan, Kevin Hart, Lauryn Hill, Meek Mill & More

  • Posted By: Philly 360
  • March 4, 2015
    • Lauryn Hill
      • Lauryn Hill
      • Photo Credit: Photo by Karl Ferguson

Featured Events:

Chill Moody’s Birthday Bash: #30IsTheNew30 —  Saturday, March 7

There's no doubt about it—West Philly emcee Chill Moody is a man about town. On any given day, you can catch Chill holding it down anywhere from City Hall to one of Philly’s many dope music venues. This Saturday, Chill is calling on all of his hometown friends and fam out to come out and help him celebrate “the big 3-0” at The TLA on South Street. Expect plenty of fun, food, drinks, and of course, live music.

    • MPrynt
      • MPrynt
      • Photo Credit: D. McDowell for GPTMC/Philly 360°

Somi — Saturday, March 7

Acclaimed jazz singer/songwriter Somi infuses contemporary soul and pop sounds with the musical traditions of Rwanda and Uganda to create a sound that’s all her own. Described as the perfect blend of the boldness of Nina Simone and the precise jazz vocals of Dianne Reeves, Somi lands at The Painted Bride for a stunning, unforgettable evening of music in Old City.


The Return Of The Harvest — Wednesday, March 11

Experience Philly's premier poets, emcees, vocalists and comedians as they hit the World Cafe Live stage for The Return of The Harvest. The March showcase marks the six-year anniversary of this popular monthly open mic presented by Spoken Soul 215. Six years strong, this is definitely a can’t-miss event—you may even be inspired to step up to the mic too! #youneverknow


Winners Circle III  — Thursday, March 18

Step into The Winners Circle III with Philly’s freshest acts as they rock The TLA with a night of unstoppable music. Round three of this popular showcase features performances by a serious lineup of Philadelphia-born talents, including Motown recording artists MPrynt, girl group Good Girl and R&B/soul newcomer Jeremy Isaac.

    • 8 Must-Hit Shows Through March
      • 8 Must-Hit Shows Through March

Meek Mill — Saturday, March 21

One of Philly’s hottest emcees, Meek Mill is coming home this month. On Saturday, March 21, Meek hits the Wells Fargo Center with an epic homecoming concert featuring Rick Ross, DJ Khaled, Yo Gotti, Jadakiss and more. The Maybach Music Group recording artist and his crew will be laying it all out, hit after hit, for an arena-rocking night of hip-hop for Meek’s  hometown fans.


Flutronix & Ryan Matthews — Friday, March 20

Described by The Wall Street Journal as “a unique blend of classical music, hip-hop, electronic programming and soulful vocals reminiscent of neo-R&B stars like Erykah Badu,” New York-based flute duo Flutronix brings a special  live music collab featuring  Philly-based trombonist Ryan Matthews to World Cafe Live. Blending their unique flute sound with Matthews’ trombone-meets-electronica stylings, Flutronix is set to deliver another must-hit performance for fans, old and new.


Ms. Lauryn Hill — Saturday, March 28

Ms. Lauryn Hill’s 1998 debut album, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, sold more than 12 million copies, earning the singer/songwriter five GRAMMYs and the respect of fans from around the world. Now, Hill is back on the road connecting with fans and performing  reimagined versions of the hit songs we all love. Catch Lauryn at The Keswick Theater in Glenside for or the Small Axe: Acoustic Performance Series.

    • Jazmine Sullivan Returns To The TLA
      • Jazmine Sullivan Returns To The TLA
      • Photo Credit: Courtesy of the artist

Philly 360° SPOTLIGHT:


Win Tickets To See Jazmine Sullivan At The TLA

Philly's own R&B/soul powerhouse Jazmine Sullivan is heading out on tour in support of her latest album, The Reality Show. The RCA recording artist will be tearing down the house at her SOLD OUT show at The TLA on March 10. Didn’t grab tickets before the show sold out? We’re hooking up one lucky fan with a pair of tickets. Enter by Friday, March 6 for a chance to win big. 


Kevin Hart’s What Now? Tour

Superstar entertainer, actor and native Philly funnyman Kevin Hart just announced a massive North American tour. The WHAT NOW? TOUR will take Hart to 45 cities throughout the U.S. and Canada, and of course his biggest show is in his hometown. Get the details on the August 30 show and watch our exclusive behind-the-scene footage of Kevin shopping sportswear hub Mitchell & Ness with Ice Cube.

    • Behind The Scenes With Kevin Hart And Ice Cube
      • Behind The Scenes With Kevin Hart And Ice Cube
      • Photo Credit: M. Edlow for Visit Philadelphia / Philly 360°

Dice Raw & The Last Jimmy

Dice Raw of The Roots is hitting the stage again, headlining another run of his latest production, "The Last Jimmy." A hip-hop satire, "The Last Jimmy" is hip-hop musical odyssey that  travels through the plight of young African American males through song and dance. Get more details.


Playlist: Ben O’Neill’s EP Ghost And Green Shoots

Ben “Bananas” O’Neill built a name for himself by lending his flawless guitar skills to major music acts like Kanye West, Kid Cudi and Tye Tribbett. Now, O’Neill steps out into the forefront as a solo artists with his debut EP, Ghost and Green Shoots. Listen to the project now on the Philly 360° Playlist.


The Creatives: Meet N¥ce & Hømm Of Jeantrix

  • Posted By: Jared Michael Lowe
  • February 26, 2015
    • Doc Martens X Jeantrix
      • Doc Martens X Jeantrix
      • Photo Credit: C. Symth for Philly 360°/VISIT PHILADELPHIA

There’s something to be said about a creative or creatives who follow their dreams. It’s not always a crystal staircase. Launching a business off of a creative pursuit, for example fashion, can be hard. Especially in a business where one minute you’re in and the next you’re yesterday’s news. However, for Philly’s own N¥ce and Hømm of Jeantrix, they are celebrating over ten years in the fashion biz, they are continuing to follow their dreams.

The Backstory

Starting with a pair of sneakers in 2004, N¥ce and Hømm – who are best friends btw – began customizing ordinary clothing into wearable art. Their signature aesthetic of punchy colors and NSFW sayings adorned t-shirts and Timberland boots. One of their signature quotes is "Follow Your (expletive) Dreams", a saying that encourages people to follow their passions, no matter who say otherwise.

Since, the brand has escalated to include rugged street wear staples such as distressed jeans, leather jackets (with plenty of embellishments) and handcrafted accessories such as jewelry and hats. What started as a hobby for the two became a showcase of individuality and expression.

    • Doc Martens X Jeantrix
      • Doc Martens X Jeantrix
      • Photo Credit: C. Symth for Philly 360°/VISIT PHILADELPHIA

Jeantrix x Dr. Martens

Recently, we caught up with the eclectic duo this month at their collaborative event with Dr. Martens. The pair was on hand to customize “out of the box” expressions of art on shopper’s boots. As the DJ spinned, N¥ce and Hømm went to work remixing the already rebellious footwear with their even edgier designs.

“Having been fans of the Dr. Martens brand for many years, this event was truly a surreal experience and a dream come true for us! In the meantime our team has plans on putting some customized Docs on our website (www.jeantrix.com) and meeting with the corporate offices of Dr. Marten in order to discuss future ventures”.

In the meantime, we’ll stay on the look out to see what next Jeantrix has up their heavily embellished funky sleeve.


Check out Jeantrix's recap video from the Dr. Marten's event and our Philly 360° photo gallery below. 

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All photos by C. Symth for Philly 360°/VISIT PHILADELPHIA


Five Stores To Find The Perfect Valentine’s Day Gift In Philadelphia

  • Posted By: Jared Michael Lowe
  • February 11, 2015
    • The 2015 Must-Hit List
      • The 2015 Must-Hit List

Having a hard to trying to figure out what to give your bae this Valentine’s Day?

Perhaps a card and flowers just won’t suffice. Since Philly is the home of brotherly love and sisterly affection, the city is chock full of fab places to shop for the special person in your life. To help you zero-in on the ideal gift, we rounded up the best local shops for your Valentine’s Day shopping.

Check out our top picks below! And, check out this VISIT PHILADELPHIA Valentine's Day guide for everything you need to know about V-Day 2014 in Philly.

    • Eight Essential Retail Openings Coming To Philly This Fall
      • Eight Essential Retail Openings Coming To Philly This Fall
      • Photo Credit: R. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia

1. Armour | 704 South 4th Street

Predominately for the guy in your life, Armour is chock full of cool gift ideas including ties, pocket squares, gentleman flasks, and neckwear. The perk, shop now through Sunday February 15th and receive 25% off all jewelry and underwear. 

2. Things I Like | 1038 Pine Street

Whether it’s fancy baubles or a retro inspired dress, Things I like offers prime V Days options for your lady friend.

3. Moon + Arrow | 754 South 4th Street

Who doesn’t love a specifically crafted piece of jewelry for V Day? Moon + Arrow offer some of the chicest finds this city has to offer. What’s even better; get 20 percent off all M+ A jewelry, 20 percent off select red and pink items and 10 percent off all candles and body products through February 15.

4. Friend + Nemesis | 2472 Frankford Avenue

Looking to give your bae a new look? F + N can help in that department. The shop serves as a hair salon meets photography studio meet lifestyle boutique. What’s better? They have 30 percent off Apothia fragrances and a $10 pre-loved styling rack.

5. Open House | 107 South 13th Street

Not sure what to give someone for V Day? Be it a friend, your boss, or an ex you’re still in contact with, Open House has great options. Again, there’s a huge sale going on!


February Must-Hit List: Black Thought, DJ Jazzy Jeff, Rich Medina, OCD: Moosh & Twist, Ursula Rucker, Laurin Talese & More

  • Posted By: James Claiborne
  • February 5, 2015
    • Philly 360° Creative Ambassadors Tariq "Black Thought" Trotter
      • Philly 360° Creative Ambassadors Tariq "Black Thought" Trotter
      • Photo Credit: Courtesy of the artists

Featured Events

Ursula Rucker — Friday, February 6 & Saturday, February 7

On February 6 and 7, Philadelphia-born poet, activist and recording artist Ursula Rucker bares heart and soul through poetry at The Annenberg Center in University City. Her two-night engagement, dubbed My Father’s Daughter, is a live, epic poem accompanied by music and video imagery that tells Rucker’s emotionally-charged story of survival and victory. MORE INFO

Valentine’s Suite Featuring Laurin Talese — Wednesday, February 11

Philly-based jazz vocalist Laurin Talese first appeared on the scene lending her sweet background vocals to some of Philly's top R&B/Soul artists, including Bilal, Jaguar Wright and Vivian Green. On February 11, Laurin brings her jazz stylings back to The Kimmel Center for a special Valentine’s Day edition of their free, monthly jam session a.k.a. Sittin' In. MORE INFO

    • Mali Music
      • Mali Music
      • Photo Credit: Courtesy of the artist

Mali Music - Wednesday, February 11

GRAMMY-nominated artist Mali Music is one of the hottest names to emerge from the underground music scene this year. His latest album Mali has garnered the attention of fans and industry veterans alike for effortlessly blending rap, poetry, blues and soul to create his undeniable signature sound. This month, the buzz-worthy singer/songwriter lands in Philadelphia for a night of unstoppable music at World Café Live on February 11. MORE INFO

Kindred The Family Soul — Thursday, February 19

Born from the same Philadelphia neo-soul movement that birthed Jill Scott, the married duo Fatin Dantzler and Aja Graydon are Kindred the Family Soul. The pair signed to Hidden Beach Recordings and released their debut record Surrender to Love in 2003. The critically acclaimed album,  which included the popular songs "Stars" and "Far Away," earned Kindred a nomination for a Soul Train Music Award in 2004. Catch the duo at World Cafe Live for an incredible, undeniably Philly night of soul in University City. MORE INFO

    • Luke James
      • Luke James
      • Photo Credit: Courtesy of Luke James

GrassROOTS Presents Let’s Move It: The Philly Party — Saturday, February 21

Philly do-gooders: Looking for your next dope party with a purpose? Join Black Thought of The Roots on February 21 as he hosts the 5th Annual Let's Move It Philly Party at Trilogy Nightclub. Keeping with this year’s theme, Philly Classics, The Roots frontman has enlisted fellow Philadelphia music icons DJ Jazzy Jeff and Rich Medina to hold down the party playlist. And, there will be plenty of signature Philadelphia bites and cocktails to go around. Grab your tickets now, because  you won't want to miss this chance to pay it forward and party like only Philly can. MORE INFO

Luke James & B.J. The Chicago Kid — Thursday, February 26

Luke James first gained major attention as a background vocalist and songwriter—lending his impressive skills to co-pen hit songs, including Tank's "I Hate U," Britney Spears' "Kill the Lights," and "Crawl " by Chris Brown, to name a few. Now signed to Mercury Records and riding high off since the release of his self-titled debut album, Luke James is returning to Philly, this time to perform at Underground Arts alongside industry R&B/pop newcomer B.J. The Chicago Kid. MORE INFO

OCD: Moosh & Twist — Friday, February 27

OCD: Moosh & Twist is made up of Philadelphia natives DeQuincy "Moosh" Coleman McRae and Oliver "Twist" Feighan. After meeting in first grade and then bonding over their mutual love of music and poetry, Moosh & Twist formed a group—and the rest is history. Now, popular DIY, indie hip-hop artists, OCD has built a devoted following of fans and boasts over 100,000 mixtape downloads and 12 million YouTube views. The pair even landed a headlining gig during last year’s Forbes’ Under 30 Festival alongside fellow rapper Wiz Khalifa. Catch the duo at South Street hotspot The TLA as they hold it down for their hometown crew. MORE INFO

 

    • Julian King
      • Julian King
      • Photo Credit: Courtesy of the artist

Philly 360° Spotlights

In The Mix

On February 16, The Recording Academy® Philadelphia Chapter returns with the next edition of In the Mix at the Hard Rock Cafe Philadelphia. The quarterly networking mixer is geared towards the next gen of music makers and moguls and boasts the attendance by some of the city's most recognized talents, and buzz-worthy newcomers. Hosted by Bruce Warren of WXPN, In The Mix features music by former Master of the Mix contestant DJ Royale and is free and open to all levels of music industry professionals. Get the details here.

Playlist: Julian King Drops “No Strings”

Philly, get to know Julian King. If you haven’t heard of this rising industry star—take note, because this Philly native set to become a household name in no time. A singer, songwriter and talented dancer, this R&B/pop newcomer is ready to take over, and we’re featuring his new single, “No Strings,” on the Philly 360° Playlist. Listen to the track here.

What’s Good In My ‘Hood: Melissa Alam, Old City

Melissa Alam is one of Philly’s many young, savvy hustlers on the rise. In addition to holding down her own women’s lifestyle website, Femme & Fortune, Melissa works out of The Hive, a co-working space she founded for female entrepreneurs. For this edition of Philly 360°’s WGMH, Melissa gives us the deets on why she loves to work, live and play in the popular neighborhood of Old City. Get to know her and her neighborhood here.

Top Picks: Black History Month 2015

Since Philly’s earliest days, African-American culture has played an influential role in shaping our city’s unique color and personality. This February, Philadelphia continues to celebrate this rich heritage with a host of Black History Month events, exhibitions, concerts, film screenings and more. Still making plans? Check out our top picks.


Badass Art Man: Original Artwork of Danny Simmons - April 21 to May 31

Badass Art Man: Original Artwork of Danny Simmons When: April 24 through May 31 Where: The African American Museum in Philadelphia, 701 Arch Street Cost: Included with admission More Info: Click here. In 2012, just in time for the…

The 31st Annual Celebration of Black Writing - May 1 - 31, 2015

The 31st Annual Celebration of Black Writing When: May 1 - 31 Where: Various Locations Cost: See website for details. More Info: Click here. Art Sanctuary is back on the scene with The 31st Annual Celebration of Black Writing…

The 8th Annual Roots Picnic - Saturday, May 30

The 8th Annual Roots Picnic When: Saturday, May 30 Where: Festival Pier at Penn's Landing, Columbus Boulevard & Spring Garden Street Cost: $99 More Info: rootspicnic.com or buy tickets here Philly, it's that time again! The Roots are bringing…

The Roots Picnic Afterparty With Questlove, Cosmo Baker, Matthew Law & Friends - Saturday, May 30

The Roots Picnic Afterparty When: Saturday, May 30, 10 p.m. Where: Underground Arts, 1200 Callowhill Street Cost: $12 More Info: Buy tickets online here. The wait is almost over. Roots Picnic 2015 is about to go down—bringing another dope…