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

  • April 24th 2015 — May 31st 2015
    • Artist & Philanthropist Danny Simmons comes to Philly!
      • Artist & Philanthropist Danny Simmons comes to Philly!
      • Photo Credit: Courtesy of the artist

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 release of his book Deep In Your Best Reflection, Philly 360° took poet, painter and Chairman/Co-Founder of Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation, Danny Simmons on an art tour of Philadelphia. Needless to say, the trip left a great impression on Danny. You can watch our video recap of Danny's tour, below.

Fast forward to today, and Simmons — now a Philadelphia resident — and The African American Museum in Philadelphia (AAMP) have joined forces on an exciting new ehxibition called Badass Art Man: Original Work of Danny Simmons.

The ground-breaking exhibit featuring the original art work of Danny Simmons, coupled with objects from his eclectic collection of African and African American art and historic objects opens this weekend and runs through the end of May. The exhibit will offer visitors a unique perspective on Simmons who has been identified by the International Review of African American Art as one of the “top ten players in the Black art market.” And, we certainly agree!

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

  • May 1st 2015 — May 31st 2015
    • Join Art Sanctuary for the 31st Annual Celebration of Black Writing
      • Join Art Sanctuary for the 31st Annual Celebration of Black Writing
      • Photo Credit: L. Whitaker for Visit Philly

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 — and this year, they are definitely doing it big.

Along with weekly author readings, weekend workshops and the stunning photography exhibit Barkley L. Hendricks: Oh, Snap!, CBW 2015 will also honor Philadelphia soul duo Kindred The Family Soul during its signature event, The Lifetime Achievement Awards at Temple Performing Arts Center.

Don't miss the CBW edition of Sanctuary LIVE! featuring an intimate acoustic concert with singer/songwriter Kriss Mincey. Stay tuned for more details! 

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  • culture,
  • design,
  • music,
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Action Bronson - Sunday, May 3

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

Action Bronson

When: Sunday, May 3, 9 p.m.
Where: The TLA, 334 South Street
Cost: $30
More Info: Buy tickets online here.

One of Philly's last encounters with Action Bronson, the rapper was spotted performing on stage, and on a trailer, during the 2014 Roots Picnic.

Now, after dropping his highly-anticipated, major-label debut Mr. Wonderful to rave reviews, Bronson is on the road for a world tour supporting the record.  On Sunday, May 3 he’s bringing his high-energy onstage antics to South Street music hub, The TLA. Grab your tickets soon.

Insider tip: Grab a cheesesteak and a gremlin across the street at the Philly famous cheesesteak spot, Ishkabibbles.


Ciara - Sunday, May 10

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

Ciara

When: Sunday, May 10
Where: The Keswick Theatre, 291 Keswick Avenue, Glenside PA
Cost: $20-$45
More Info: Buy tickets online here.

Ciara is a global superstar whose infectious tunes have resulted in multi-platinum albums, smash singles and a truckload of awards.

After a six year hiatus, the pop sensation took to twitter to announce an upcoming US your in support of her soon-to-drop project, Jackie. On Sunday, May 10 you can catch CIara performing live at The Keswick Theatre just outside of Philadelphia in Glenside, PA. Tickets are on sale now — let's go! 

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Tastytreats With Questlove & DJ Mike Nyce - Friday, May 15

    • Questlove
      • Questlove
      • Photo Credit: M. Edlow for GPTMC

Tastytreats With Questlove & DJ Mike Nyce

When: Friday, May 15
Where: Silk City, 5th and Spring Garden Street
Cost: $10
More Info: www.flygirrl.com 

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

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Esperanza Spalding - Sunday, May 17

    • Esperanza Spalding
      • Esperanza Spalding
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Esperanza Spalding

When: Sunday, May 17, 8 p.m.
Where: The TLA, 334 South Street
Cost: $30
More Info: Click here for details.

After touching a double bass for the first time at the age of 15, Esperanza Spalding was hailed a jazz prodigy. Now, an internationally-recognized singer and composer, Spalding’s music has earned her some serious cred, including a Soul Train Music Award and multiple GRAMMYs.

Esperanza's latest project Emily’s D+Evolution, which includes a summer tour centered around rekindling her childhood interest in theater, poetry and movement,  lands at South Street hotspot, The TLA, on Sunday, May 17.

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The 8th Annual Roots Picnic - Saturday, May 30

    • The Roots Picnic
      • The Roots Picnic
      • Photo Credit: M. Edlow for GPTMC

The 8th Annual Roots Picnic

When: Saturday, May 30
Where: Festival Pier at Penn's Landing, Columbus Boulevard & Spring Garden Street
Cost: $75
More Info: rootspicnic.com or buy tickets here

Philly, it's that time again! The Roots are bringing back their signature music festival—aka Roots Picnic—to their hometown. 

The hip-hop icons are taking a break from their regular gig as the houseband for The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon to kickoff summer by taking over Festival Pier in Philadelphia for the 8th annual Roots Picnic. So, when's it going down? Philly, lock in the date: Saturday, May 30. 

The Legendary Roots Crew always deliver on a day and night packed with some of the illest performances and collabs. Year after year, The Roots handpick a major lineup of artists hitting multiple music genres. Who made the cut this year?

We spotted several industry heavyweights on this year's lineup, including The Weeknd, Erykah Badu, A$AP Rocky, Phantogram, DJ Mustard, Rae Sremmurd and more. And, always down to represent their hometown, The Roots have once again added in a few Philly talents to the lineup. 

You can check out the full lineup here.

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

    • ?uestlove of The Roots
      • ?uestlove of The Roots
      • Photo Credit: Courtesy of the Kimmel Center

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 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.

Grab your tickets now, because you don't want to be left out when this dope Philly party goes down. 

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Femi Kuti - Tuesday, June 9

    • Afrobeat Superstar Femi Kuti returns to the World Cafe Live!
      • Afrobeat Superstar Femi Kuti returns to the World Cafe Live!
      • Photo Credit: Courtesy of Femi Kuti

Femi Kuti & The Positive Force 

When: Tuesday, June 9
Where: World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut Street
Cost: $25-38
More Info: Click here.

Where the Kuti name is mentioned, greatness follows and Femi Kuti is no exception to the rule. Son of Afrobeat founder Fela Kuti, Femi struck out on his on long ago to continue in his father’s legacy of preserving his music while producing socially-conscious, hip-moving, funky-infused songs that move audiences all over the world. Don't miss it as Femi returns to World Café Live in June

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SWV - Sunday, June 21

    • SWV
      • SWV
      • Photo Credit: Courtesy of SWV

SWV

When: Sunday, June 21
Where: World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut Street
Cost: $35 - $65
More Info: Buy tickets here.

Dope concert alert: SWV (Sisters with Voices) was founded in 1992 in New York by three best friends, Cheryl "Coko" Clemons, Tamara "Taj" George and Leanne "Lelee" Lyons.The group's debut album, It's About Time, was a smash hit selling over 13 million copies worldwide and spawning three Billboard chart topping singles, "I'm So Into You," "Weak" and "Right Here."

Officially disbanding in 1998 to focus on individual pursuits, SWV would begin to reunite from time-to-time for special performances, and in 2011 the group finally recorded its fourth studio album, I Missed Us, which earned them a 2013 Grammy nomination for Best Traditional R&B Performance.

With a GRAMMY nod and WE TV tv docu-series “SWV Reunited" on the horizon, SWV is on the road to connect with fans and perform hits from their discography. You can catch the Philly stop on their reuinion tour at World Cafe Live.

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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…

Action Bronson - Sunday, May 3

Action Bronson When: Sunday, May 3, 9 p.m. Where: The TLA, 334 South Street Cost: $30 More Info: Buy tickets online here. One of Philly's last encounters with Action Bronson, the rapper was spotted performing on stage, and on…

Ciara - Sunday, May 10

Ciara When: Sunday, May 10 Where: The Keswick Theatre, 291 Keswick Avenue, Glenside PA Cost: $20-$45 More Info: Buy tickets online here. Ciara is a global superstar whose infectious tunes have resulted in multi-platinum albums, smash singles and a…

Tastytreats With Questlove & DJ Mike Nyce - Friday, May 15

Tastytreats With Questlove & DJ Mike Nyce When: Friday, May 15 Where: Silk City, 5th and Spring Garden Street Cost: $10 More Info: www.flygirrl.com Party with Philly’s finest DJs as the next edition of Tastytreats hits Silk City on…