Your guide to Philly's diverse creative scene, nightlife, music, food & more
In Philly, art, music and culture is a family affair, and there's no better example of Philadelphia's deep visual art roots than the Tiberino Family. In September, AAMP opened an exciting new exhibit celebrating the legacy and art of the Tiberino Family, and exploring the creative hubs associated with them, including the Bacchanal, The Ellen Powell Tiberino Museum, and the family compound in Powelton Village.
In addition to showcasing the work of Ellen and Joseph Tiberino and their children, The Unflinching Eye also features the work of several artists associated with the Tiberinos, including Paul Keene, Julius Bloch, Charles Searles, Walter Edmonds, Danny Simmons, Bariq Cobbs and Kathleen Spicer. So, come out and experience Philly's deep cultural roots through the lens of the Tiberino Family.
When: Saturday, March 15, 10 p.m.
Where: Kung Fu Necktie, 1250 N. Front Street
More Info: kungfunecktie.com
True Story: Resident Philly turntablist, DJ PHSH is known across the globe for having mad skills on the 1's and 2's. As the 6th member of the Illvibe Collective, 2013 Red Bull 3style East Coast Champ, and the founder of more than one Philly dance party, PHSH stays on the move.
This month, you can catch up with PHSH as he spins back-to-back sets during the late-night Friends & Fam session at Kung Fu Necktie. Undoubtedly, DJ PHSH can rock a party by himself but since it's all about friends and fam he's bringing along a special guest DJ or MC. Want to know who's on deck? Then stay tuned for more info and definitely make sure that you are in the house when this party goes down.
When: Sunday, March 16, 8 p.m.
Where: World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut Street
More Info: Purchase tickets online here.
Philly is known for producing a steady stream of hilarious comedians. After all, we're the same town that brought you Will Smith, Kevin Hart, and Bill Cosby, right? Now, another Philly funny-man is on the move.
Definitely keep an eye on Philly born-and-raised comedian Clint Coley. Crowned the "Prince of Comedy" by none-other-than D.L. Hughley, Clint has been steadily gaining fans while building more and more national attention. Clint's talents have even landed him on stage with top comedy stars like Mike Epps, Sommore, Bruce Bruce and more.
Here's your chance to get up-close-and-personal with Coley, as he brings his gut-busting, hilarious show "I'm An Adult" to popular West Philly concert venue World Cafe Live. Bring your comedy loving crew with you but be warned — you're definitely going to laugh until it hurts!
Philly's hottest poets, emcees, singers and even comedians will all step to the mic at The Harvest. This monthly open mic is presented by Spoken Soul 215, a collective of Philly's premier spoken word artists, including Just Greg, Lyrispect, Rhapsode, Ruben Jones and Vision. So, don't miss the perfect chance to experience some of the area's best poets and live entertainment - you might just be inspired to step to the mic yourself. #youneverknow
When: Wednesday, March 19, 8:30p.m.
Where: Theater of Living Arts, 334 South Street
More Info: Buy tickets online here.
Calling all the lovers: On March 19, R&B songstress and songwriter Marsha Ambrosius is coming to the Theater of Living Arts (TLA) on South Street with special guest GoGo Morrow in support of her upcoming sophomoric album "Friends & Lovers." And, if you've ever checked out one of Marsha's live shows, then you already know that it will be full of good music, high-energy and some of the realest between-song commentary that you’ve ever heard.
Though she hasn't announced the official release date for "Friends & Lovers," Marsha explained in a recent interview that the album is extremely personal and she thinks fans will definitely be pleased. Word on the street is that the #Marshians (a nickname for the songstress' fans) are waiting.
When: Tuesday, March 25, 8 p.m.
Where: World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut Street
More Info: Click here to buy tickets online.
Check out the new face of Philly jazz as Veteran Freshman and The Philadelphia Jazz Project return with this month’s edition of Who Got The Jazz? This classic Philly music showcase features a lineup of young, emerging jazz musicians laying down some serious sounds. Stay tuned for more information on featured performers.
When: Friday, March 28
Where: Temple Performing Arts Center, 1837 N. Broad Street
More Info: tedxphilly.com
If you're familiar with the name TED (which stands for technology, entertainment and design) then you're familiar with its mission to spread ideas worth sharing, and the hundreds of TEDtalk conference videos from some of the world's greatest thinkers. Many people who have graced the nonprofit's podium include Bill Gates, Elizabeth Gilbert, Marc Ecko and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.
What makes TEDxPhiladelphia an amazing opportunity is that you have the chance to nominate your favorite speakers to educate viewers in an interactive TED-like experience.
So if you’re looking to be engaged, grab your tickets today.
When: Saturday, March 29, 10am-10pm
Where: Pennsylvania Convention Center, 1101 Arch Street
More Info: Click here for a complete schedule of events and to purchase tickets online.
The annual Praise 103.9 Inspiration & Music Conference is back once again to bring the biggest names in gospel music to Philly, including Donald Lawrence, Israel Haughton, Hezekiah Walker, Erica Campbell of Mary Mary, recent GRAMMY winner Tye Tribbett and more! Even pop/gospel sensation Michelle Williams of Destiny's Child will be making a special appearance.
This year, the conference will kick off with auditions for the returning competition, Best Inspirational Singer in America. This session gives industry hopefuls the opportunity to compete for the chance to record their own song with renowned songwriter/producer James Fortune, and take home a cool $5,000 cash prize.
The main event takes place at the Pennsylvania Convention Center and features six information packed workshops not only covering insider tips on the music industry, but also includes panels like Marriage Beyond the Vows featuring gospel entertainment powerhouse couple David and Tamela Mann.
Also, for the first time Praise 103.9 is partnering with BMI to present a gospel edition of their hit event How I Wrote That Song — an in-depth conversation with award-winning songwriters about the stories behind their music. To top it all off, everyone will come together for a huge finale concert that will be hosted at the Liacouras Center in North Philadelphia. The energy is normally off the meter for this concert which features Smokie Norful, Byron Cage, William McDowell, just to name a few.
Whether you are looking to break into the industry, or are simply looking to have your soul fed with the feel-good sounds of gospel music — this is a guaranteed good time for all.
Check out our video recap from last year's conference below.
When: Saturday, April 19, 1 - 7 p.m.
Where: Various Locations
Cost: $15 in advance, $20 at the door
More Info: ccjazzfest.com
Attention Philly jazz-heads: It's back! Following the success of the 2013 events, Center City Jazz Festival is set to return for another round of extraordinary jazz music set in incredible downtown Philly music venues. The brainchild of master musicians Ernest Stuart, this year's festival will feature 16 acts performing across 4 stages — all during the course of one day.
Popular Philly venues Time, Milkboy, Chris' Jazz Cafe,and Fergie's will again host a stellar lineup of festival performers, including nationally recognized artists like Tim Warfield Jr., Branford Marsalis’ drummer Justin Faulkner, and Thumbscrew featuring Tomas Fujiwara and avant-garde guitar goddess Mary Halvorson.
You can't afford to miss out on this level of Philadelphia jazz talent performing in one place. Trust us, Philly is about to do it big for this one. Click here to view the full festival schedule or purchase tickets online today.
When: Thursday, May 1, 8 PM
Where: Tower Theater, 19 S. 69th Street, Upper Darby, PA
Cost: From $46-75
Tickets: Click here to buy tickets.
Ledisi is an eight-time GRAMMY-nominated singer and songwriter with a voice that is simply out of this world—and she's coming to Philly once again! On May 1, you can check her out at the Tower Theater in West Philadelphia.
Her new tour is in support of her latest release The Truth which features the hit single “I Blame You.” Special guest on The Truth Tour will be the Robert Glasper Experiment, brainchild of acclaimed jazz pianist and recent, Robert Glasper. The collective is comprised of Casey Benjamin (saxophone, vocoder), Derrick Hodge (bass), and Mark Colenburg (drums). Their GRAMMY-winning album Black Radio featured an array of hard hitting features from artists like Marsha Ambrosius, Jill Scott, Lalah Hathaway and many more.
With a new look and her trademark stunning vocals, Ledisi is taking the show on the road and we can’t wait to see her here in Philly!
Clint Coley: I'm An Adult When: Sunday, March 16, 8 p.m. Where: World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut Street Cost: $10 More Info: Purchase tickets online here. Philly is known for producing a steady stream of hilarious comedians. After all,…
Marsha Ambrosius: Friends & Lovers Tour When: Wednesday, March 19, 8:30p.m. Where: Theater of Living Arts, 334 South Street Cost: $20-$25 More Info: Buy tickets online here. Calling all the lovers: On March 19, R&B songstress and songwriter Marsha…
An Evening With John Legend: The All of Me Tour When: Tuesday, May 20, 7:30 p.m. Where: Kimmel Center, South Broad & Spruce Streets Cost: Sold out More Info: Purchase tickets online here. In May, multiple GRAMMY Award-winning singer/songwriter…