Your guide to Philly's diverse creative scene, nightlife, music, food & more
With the release of her third studio album, The Pinkprint, Nicki Minaj hit the road for a North American tour. The Young Money powerhouse comes through Susquehanna Bank Center alongside Philly’s own Meek Mill, Rae Sremmurd, Tinashe and Dej Loaf on August 6. MORE INFO
The summer block party to end all block parties—Diplo’s Mad Decent Block Party once again returns to Festival Pier at Penn’s Landing for two epic days of nonstop partying on the Philadelphia waterfront. MORE INFO
After slaying her headlining performance at this year’s Roots Picnic, Erykah Badu makes her way back to Philly with UK soul/pop vocalist Estelle for another must-hit show at The Dell Music Center. Get the details on the show, and then watch our video exclusive of Estelle shopping at a few of our favorite local boutiques. MORE INFO
Philly’s go-to expert for all things pertaining to natural hair care, Syreeta Scott, owner of Duafe Holistic Hair Care, hosts a massive, daylong community giveback on August 15. Along with music by DJ Lean Wit It and art-making by Ivben Taqiy, the First Annual Community Collaborative includes the return of the Tees vs. Tanks Basketball Tournament with Kings Rule Together founder Curran J. MORE INFO
One of the dopest emerging artists on the local music scene, Jacqueline Constance headlines the next edition of the third Friday music showcase, Sanctuary LIVE! This Philly-born singer/songwriter is known for her silky vocals, undeniable grooves and ability to create dope beats on a loop pedal during her live sets. MORE INFO
Native Philly funnyman Kevin Hart is on a North American tour of 45 cities throughout the U.S. and Canada—including a stop in his hometown. Catch Hart’s hilarious antics in the arena-rocking What Now? Tour at Lincoln Financial Field. MORE INFO
A legit pop music icon, Janet Jackson is set to bring the second leg of her Unbreakable World Tour to Philadelphia next year. We’ve got the details on her February 2016 show and the group of Philly-bred talents that are playing on her highly anticipated tour. READ MORE
Calling all Philly artists: Back for a second year, the citywide PHL Live music competition kicks off on August 18 with a concert at The TLA featuring Chill Moody, Kid Felix and a runway show by Philly Fashion Week. Get more details. READ MORE
So awesome. For the third time since 2006, a team of poets from Philly Youth Poetry Movement landed the first place prize during the international spoken word competition, Brave New Voices—and we’re definitely Philly proud. Read more on this story. READ MORE
The wait is over. Sing for You, the new seven-song EP of native Philly singer/songwriter Julian King is finally here. Listen to it now on the Philly 360° Playlist. READ MORE
Philly’s go-to expert for all things pertaining to natural hair care, Syreeta Scott is the owner of one of the most successful natural salons in the country, Duafe Holistic Hair Care. With an impressive list of clients that include notable celebs like Jill Scott, Janet Jackson, Questlove and Smokie Robinson, Syreeta works tirelessly around the clock as she continues to build her empire.
Held from 1 to 5 p.m., Scott will present the Community Collaborative at at Panati Recreation Center of Allegheny West. A free community-focused festival will present programs from other local entrepreneurs, artists and activists with the mission of igniting change within North Philadelphia. The day will be filled with food, games, music, speakers, vendors and more.
Along with music by DJ Lean Wit It and art-making by Ivben Taqiy, the First Annual Community Collaborative includes the return of the Tees vs. Tanks Basketball Tournament with Kings Rule Together founder Curran J. This signature Philly event pits local brands against each other for a friendly game of ball while onlookers shop their products.
So, come out and support these Philly-born entrepreneurs and brands as they bring it back home and invest in their hometown neighborhoods and businesses.
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 — just in time to help celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the LGBT Civil Rights Movement in Philadelphia this July.
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.
Significant in allowing a marginalized group creativity and freedom of self expression, the house ball scene has a long tradition of challenging norms and Gaskin’s work captures a unique perspective.
A well-known photographer, Gaskin has shown throughout the United States and abroad, and his work is also a part of permanent collections in The Museum of the City of New York, The Philadelphia Museum of Art among others.
Throughout the exhibition at the AAMP — the first institution funded and built by a major municipality to preserve and exhibit the heritage of African Americans — will offer complementary programming including screenings of The New Black, a documentary exploring attitudes about same-sex marriage and civil rights within the African American community and an insiders vogue demonstration.
For much more on Philadelphia’s celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Gay Rights Movement — including other exhibitions like Speaking Out For Equality at the National Constitution Center — check here.
A version of this article originaly appeared on Uwishunu.com.
The son of afrobeat pioneer Fela Kuti, Femi Kuti travels the world, continuing his family’s legacy for making socially conscious, funk-infused music. He returns to Philadelphia to bring his intoxicating sounds to University City hotspot World Cafe Live.
In support of their latest projects, American Beauty/American Pyscho and Blacc Hollywood respectively, Fall Out Boy and Wiz Khalifa head out on a summer tour that touches down in more than 40 cities across the country. Catch the Boyz of the Zummer Tour at Susquehanna Bank Center with opening performances by Hoodie Allen and DJ Drama.
Odunde! Philly welcomes the return of largest African-American street festival on the East Coast. Shop the amazing selection of street vendors selling must-see wares, including jewelry, clothing and art, plus delicious eats. Then be sure to check out the stellar lineup of talent hitting the two Odunde stages. This year’s performance highlights include Philadanco, Rennie Harris, Philly Youth Poetry Movement and a special throwback hip-hop concert featuring Kurt Blow, Special Ed, Chubb Rock and Kwame.
Now in its third year, this free concert/party/jam session mash-up is Philly’s go-to event for emerging talent, locally based touring musicians and the music lovers that can't get enough of their dope sounds. This month’s show is hosted by singer, emcee, producer triple-threat Koyaki with additional performances by Emcee Ciara and DJ Danophonic.
With a new TV series on the horizon, the ladies of SWV—Coko, Taj and Lelee—bring their highly anticipated reunion tour to World Cafe Live. The group’s 1992 debut album, It's About Time, sold 13 million copies worldwide and spawned three Billboard chart-topping singles, “I'm So Into You,” “Weak” and “Right Here.” Want in on the show? Enter our SWV Giveaway for a chance to win a pair of tickets.
After a 14-year hiatus, R&B soul singer D’Angelo exploded back on the scene with his latest project, Black Messiah. This month, the beloved soulster—accompanied by a masterful group of musicians dubbed The Vanguard—brings his Second Coming Tour to the Keswick Theatre in Glenside, PA.
Philly’s #1 son of soul, Bilal returns home to celebrate the June 30 release of his new collaborative album with producer Adrian Younge, In Another Life. Known for his undeniable grooves, electrifying stage presence and soaring vocals, the Philly-bred singer has earned a cult following of fans that span the globe. This show is a guaranteed sellout, so grab your tickets now.
From June 27 through July 4, Wawa Welcome America! returns for seven epic days of fun, free events. Again this year, the festival will culminate with the Philly Fourth of July Jam presented by VH1, which will feature an all-star lineup of talents backed by The Roots. This year’s headliners include R&B/pop sensation Miguel and GRAMMY-winning country star Jennifer Nettles.
Get the inside story from celebrity media coach Dyana Williams on how Black Music Month got its start right here in Philly. Then, check out our top picks for all of the can’t-miss shows that are going down in and around Philadelphia this June. Get more details.
Quickly becoming one of the city’s biggest music ambassadors, West Philly emcee Chill Moody just dropped his latest LP, TV Made Me Do It. The project was produced by fellow Philly native, Wes Manchild. We’re bringing you one of album’s first singles, “I Can’t Stay,” featuring Jacqueline Constance. Listen now.
Philly-based creative Ivben Taqiy is one of the best—and busiest—visual artists on the city’s booming art scene. This month, Taqiy teams up with Philly’s favorite soul food lounge Ms. Tootsie’s for his latest show, Women in the Water. Get the details here.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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!
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
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
***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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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 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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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: 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!
Legendary: Inside the House Ballroom Scene When: June 12-August 16 Where: African American Museum in Philadelphia, 701 Arch Street Cost: $14, adults; $10, youth (4-12 years), students, seniors More info: www.aampmuseum.org House balls have played a significant role in…
Mad Decent Block Party When: Thursday, August 6 & Friday, August 7, 3 p.m. Where: Festival Pier at Penn's Landing, Columbus Boulevard Cost: $40 More Info: Click here. No summer is complete without a few classic Philly block parties,…
Erykah Badu & Estelle When: Thursday, August 13 Where: The Dell Music Center, 2400 Strawberry Mansion Drive Cost: $20-$75 More Info: Click here for tickets. After slaying her headling performance at Roots Picnic 2015, Erykah Badu returns to Philadelphia…
Duafe Presents: First Annual Community Collaborative When: Saturday, August 15, 1 - 5 p.m. Where: Panati Recreation Center, 3100 N. 22nd Street Cost: Free More Info: Click here. Philly’s go-to expert for all things pertaining to natural hair care,…