Your guide to Philly's diverse creative scene, nightlife, music, food & more
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 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.
When: Thursday, August 6 & Friday, August 7, 3 p.m.
Where: Festival Pier at Penn's Landing, Columbus Boulevard
More Info: Click here.
No summer is complete without a few classic Philly block parties, right? Well, this year, Mad Decent Block party is once again taking the summer block party to the next level—actually the next 100 levels. This year, block party attendees have two chances to turn up with party mastermind and international turntablist Diplo, and his entire Mad Decent crew.
On August 6 and 7, all roads will lead to Festival Pier at Penn's Landing for the Mad Decent Block Party. The line-up for this year's block party is once again bananas, featuring top talents like Flosstradamus, ILoveMakonnen, Jack Ü, JAUZ, Nadus, Porter Robinson, Swizzymack, What So Not and more.
So, grab your crew, and head straight to this fresh-to-death summer party. Trust us, you don’t want to be the only person not there.
When: Thursday, August 6 | 7 p.m.
Where: Susquehanna Center | Camden, NJ
More Info: Buy tickets here. Presale Password: RADIO
Following up on her third studio album The Pinkprint, Nicki Minaj will be embarking on the North American leg of her just announced The Pinkprint tour.
The Young Money powerhouse will be heating things up on the waterfront this summer when she comes through Philly in August. And, she's packing a heavy lineup of artists who will be with her, including Philly's own Meek Mill, Rae Sremmurd, Tinashe and DeJ Loaf.
Tickets for this will definitely go quickly. There's a presale today, password is RADIO. Tickets officially go on sale tomorrow.
When: Sunday, August 9, Noon to 6 p.m.
Where: KingChessing Field at 49th Street and Chester Avenue
More Info: Click here.
Philly soul duo, Kindred the Family Soul is back with their signature community-centered, family-friendly festival, The Kindred Family Reunion.The Reunion will be jam-packed day of fun, music, food, and much more. The best part — it’s totally free and open to the public.
For the third annual Kindred Family Reunion, the celebration moves to West Philadelphia and takes over the KingChessing Field at 49th Street and Chester Avenue. Along with a celebrity softball game, kickball, a jerk chicken cook off, and soul karaoke, Reunion attendees will also enjoy a stellar lineup of performances by A-list talents like Chill Moody, Teedra Moses, Dwele, Jeff Bradshaw, Brotherly Love, Eric Roberson, Cheryl Pepsi Riley and many others.
The event will also include a water ice contest between two local favorites, Fred's Water Ice and Dre's Water Ice. Even Little League Super Star Mo'Ne Davis will be on site to make an appearance and greeet fans. Kindred The Family Soul will take to the stage and perform around 4:30 pm.
So, lock in the date, tell your friends and fam — then get ready to watch two of Philly's finest give back like only our city can. Let's go!
When: Thursday, August 13
Where: The Dell Music Center, 2400 Strawberry Mansion Drive
More Info: Click here for tickets.
After slaying her headling performance at Roots Picnic 2015, Erykah Badu returns to Philadelphia for an open air concert at The Dell Music Center in Fairmount Park. Badu has deep roots in Philly and mad love for our Philly-born talents. Over her careers she's worked alongside legendary Philly talents like The Roots and James Poyser to craft her signature style of afrofuturistic, throwback soul. And, Philly is defnitely here for it.
Along with a performance by the reigning queen of new-soul, E. Badu, the August show will also feature a performance by UK pop-soulster, Estelle. Philly 360° last caught up with Estelle when we followed along as she hit a few of her favorite Philadelphia shops. You can check that video out below.
So, grab your tickets soon, this one is guaranteed to sell out fast. Let's go!
When: Saturday, August 15, 1 - 5 p.m.
Where: Panati Recreation Center, 3100 N. 22nd Street
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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.
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.
When: Friday, August 21, 7 p.m.
Where: Art Sanctuary, 628 S Broad Street
More Info: Click here.
Each and every 3rd Friday, Art Sanctuary — Philly's premier black arts hub — returns with its monthly open mic and music showcase, Sanctuary LIVE! This month's edition features a decadent evening of music with Philly's own soul indie-music star, Kriss Mincey.
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 beats on a loop pedal during her live sets.
Sanctuary LIVE! is hosted by Philly-based poet Safa and kicks off with an open mic from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The open mic segment is backed by rising Philly jazz vocalist and pianist, V. Shayne Frederick — a pitch perfect addition to any musical setting.
When: Tuesday, August 25, 8 p.m.
Where: World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut Street
More Info: Buy tickets online here.
When Alice Smith steps on stage, fans — new and old — pay attention, because they know a dope show is about to go down. Fresh off the release of her latest album She, Smith is hitting the road again, and her first stop is World Cafe Live in University City.
Fans of Alice Smith can attest to the power and soulfulness of her voice. Along with her signature poignant lyrics, Smith's music always delivers an emotionally charged, yet still entertaining experience for listeners — and especially when she's live on stage. One part classy 50's throwback, one part sultry futuristic diva, Alice Smith is an extremely talented artist, and this is definitely a show that's not-to-be-missed.
Grab your tickets now!
When: Sunday, August 30, 8 p.m.
Where: Lincoln Financial Field, 1 Lincoln Financial Field Way, Philadelphia, PA 19147
More Info: Buy tickets online here.
One of the most notable and anticipated comedy tours of the year, What Now? brings Hart home to Philadelphia for the biggest show on the tour – a stadium show at Lincoln Financial Field on Sunday, August 30. The Lincoln Financial Field show marks the first time a comedian has headlined a NFL football stadium. And, we're definitely Philly proud about this epic milestone for Hart's career!
One of the enertainment industry's biggest stars, Kevin Hart has come up through the ranks to be an undeniably influential entertainer and award-winning actor. In 2015, Hart will release two movies in addition to hitting the road for this tour. Kevin can currently be seen in The Wedding Ringer and in March 2015, he will star opposite Will Ferrell in Warner Bros. Pictures' Get Hard. Next year, Kevin will star in Ride Along 2, the anticipated sequel to last year’s $100 million blockbuster hit.
Kevin definitely gets his grind-hard mentality from his Philly roots, and all of his hard work has more than paid off. Tickets for the Philadelphia show go on sale Friday, February 20 — so make sure to grab your tickets early.
Also, be sure to check out our exlcusive with Kevin and Ice Cube, as they shopped Philly sportwear destination Mitchell & Ness. As always — Kevin Hart's got jokes for days.
When: Saturday, September 5, 11 p.m.
Where: The TLA, 334 South Street
More Info: Click here for details.
Born Thebe Kgositsile, Earl Sweatshirt is a West Coast rapper and member of the Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All crew. Following in the footsteps of Eminem, Natas, and Esham, Earl would ultimately signed a deal with Columbia Records —enabling him to issue material on the major label through his own Tan Cressida imprint.
After live appearances and recordings with Odd Future, he made numerous guest appearances, most notably on Frank Ocean's acclaimed debut studio album channel ORANGE and Flying Lotus' summer single "Between Friends."
Catch Earl on Saturday, September 25 at South Street music hub, The TLA. Tickets on sale now.
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,…
Nicki Minaj: The Pinkprint Tour With Meek Mill, Rae Sremmurd, Tinashe & DeJ Loaf When: Thursday, August 6 | 7 p.m. Where: Susquehanna Center | Camden, NJ Cost: $35.25-145.75 More Info: Buy tickets here. Presale Password: RADIO Following up…
Kindred the Family Reunion When: Sunday, August 9, Noon to 6 p.m. Where: KingChessing Field at 49th Street and Chester Avenue Cost: Free More Info: Click here. Philly soul duo, Kindred the Family Soul is back with their signature…
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…