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Philly Jazz Vocalist Laurin Talese Kicks Off Weekly Set At Stratus Rooftop Lounge In Old City On Tuesday, July 7

  • Posted By: James Claiborne
  • June 30, 2015
    • Laurin Talese
      • Laurin Talese
      • Photo Credit: Image by The Nouveau Image / Courtesy of Laurin Talese

Philly! Starting next Tuesday, July 7, Philly-based singer/songwriter Laurin Talese kicks off a weekly night of jazz and cocktails at the Stratus Rooftop Lounge in Old City. 

One of the busiest and most-respected artist on the Philadelphia music scene, Laurin arrived in Philadelphia to study at the University of the Arts. After touring as a background vocalists for Philly soul artists, Jaguar Wright, Bilal and Vivian Green, Talese turned her attention to her own solo career, eventually signing with Blackstone's music label and production company, BASSic Black Entertainment (BBE).

Through BBE, Laurin released three must-hear singles, including her latest song "This Love," which is available on iTunes.

So, if you're looking for your next favorite weekly jam with a great cocktails, a stellar view of the city and some of the best music Philly has to offer — then this event is for you. We'll see you there.

Jazz with Laurin Talese
When: Every Tuesday, starting July 7, 6 p.m.
Where: Stratus Rooftop Lounge, 433 Chestnut Street
Cost: Free | Pay as you go.
More Info: stratuslounge.com

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Top Picks: 12 Must-Hit R&B/Soul Concerts Hitting Philadelphia This Summer

  • Posted By: James Claiborne
  • June 17, 2015
    • D'Angelo at Made in America
      • D'Angelo at Made in America
      • Photo Credit: M. Edlow for GPTMC

The 2015 summer music season is in full swing. And again this yes, an impressive lineup of shows of every genre will be hitting stages and live music venues across Philly. From waterfront concerts at Penn's Landing, the summer soul series at The Dell to shows at yearlong entertainment hot spots like World Cafe Live and The TLA, our city is buzzing with tons of can't-miss concerts and shows.

To give your summer music itinerary a jumpstart, we've pullled together this list of must-hit R&B/soul concerts that are going down in Philly this summer. We've got reunion concerts with Floetry and SWV, Bilal's album release concert at World Cafe Live, D'Angelo at The Keswick and Erykah Badu holding it down The Dell. And, this is just a small selection of what Philly has in store for you in the coming months.

Now, take a look at the below list for details on all of the summer soul shows that you need to know about. 

Insider Tip: We're running contest for the following shows; SWV, Bilal and Jodeci. Just click the links and submit the entry form for your chance to win.


Philly 360° Top Picks for R&B/Soul Concerts in Philly

    • The Dell Music Center
      • The Dell Music Center
      • Photo Credit: D. McDowell for GPTMC

SWV

Sunday, June 21
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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D'Angelo

Tuesday, June 23
After a 14 year hiatus that left fans around the globe feenin' for a follow-up to his 2000 album Voodoo, D'Angelo returned — and with a seriously soulful vengance. The beloved soulster is on the road performing music from Black Messiah live for fans around the globe. On June 23, D'Angelo — accompanied by a masterful group of musicians dubbed The Vanguard — brings his Second Coming Tour to the Keswick Theatre in Glenside, PA.
 

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    • SWV
      • SWV
      • Photo Credit: Courtesy of the artist

Jodeci

Thursday, June 25
Catch, Jodeci — JoJo, DeVante Swing, Dalvin and "K-Ci — as they hit Philadelphia for an unstoppable night of throwback soul at the Tower Theatre in Upper Darby, PA.  Along with a must-see performance by the original bad boys of R&B, the June 25 concert includes an opening performance by Philly's own soulful R&B/pop group, MPrynt.

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Bilal Album Release

Tuesday, June 30
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 soul singer has a cult following of fans that span the globe. Catch Bilal as he brings the party home for a must-hit show at World Cafe Live in University City.

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    • Bilal returns to World Cafe Live in June
      • Bilal returns to World Cafe Live in June
      • Photo Credit: Photo by Kawai Matthews

The Philly Fourth of July Jam With The Roots

Saturday, July 4
The “Largest Free Concert in America,” will rock the Parkway as The Roots, Miguel and other hitmaking artists take the stage followed by an amazing fireworks display over the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

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Patti LaBelle, Jeff Bradshaw & Pamela Williams 

Thursday, July 9
This year, the Dell Music Center in Fairmount Park will kick off the 2015 Essence of Entertainment Summer Concert Series with an all-star Philadelphia lineup that includes saxophone phenom Pamela Williams, touring trombonist Jeff Bradshaw and the original R&B/Soul diva Patti LaBelle. 

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Floetry

Friday, July 17
The soulful duo Floetry is reuniting for a tour this summer — and it’s just what avid R&B fans have been waiting for. On Friday, July 17, the long awaited reunion between the “Songstress” Marsha Ambrosius and the “Floacist” Natalie Stewart will take place right here in Philly at the popular South Street venue, The TLA.

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    • Marsha's Friends & Lovers Tour
      • Marsha's Friends & Lovers Tour
      • Photo Credit: D. McDowell for Philly 360°/ Visit Philly

Babyface, Toni Braxton & Mint Condition 

Thursday, July 23 
Don't miss it as Babyface, Toni Braxton and Mint Condition hit The Dell for an unbelievable R&B throwback Thursday concert in Philadelphia. Together, these still hot and touring R&B greats will sing fans down memory lane with their classic hits like "Unbreak My Heart," "Pretty Brown Eyes" and "When Can I See You." 

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Fantasia & Johnny Gill 

Thursday, July 30
New school meets old when the soulful sounds of Fantasia and Johnny Gill take over Philadelphia for another unstoppable night of music at The Dell. Incredible vocals, soulful grooves and two of the best in the game will make this an one of the many can't-miss shows for the summer. 

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    • Fantasia at the Dell Music Center
      • Fantasia at the Dell Music Center
      • Photo Credit: D. McDowell for GPTMC

PJ Morton & Aaron Camper

Thursday, July 30
Briclyn Entertainment is back on the scene and gearing up for another dope show in Philadelphia. On July 30, Bricyln returns to University City music hub World Cafe Live for an incredible night of music with Maroon 5 keyboardist and backing vocalist, PJ Morton. The July show features Philly music transplant Aaron Camper, who is a globetrotting band member for major acts like Jill Scott and Justin Timberlake.

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Anthony Hamilton & Lyfe Jennings 

Thursday, August 6 
Got soul? R&B hitmakers Anthony Hamilton and Lyfe Jennings undoubtedly have a lock on soul. Catch these two hitmaking acts on August 6 for another guaranteed sellout at The Dell. 

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    • Erykah Badu
      • Erykah Badu
      • Photo Credit: Courtesy of the artists

Erykah Badu & Estelle 

Thursday, August 13
After slaying her headling performance at Roots Picnic 2015, Erykah Badu returns to Philadelphia alongside UK songstress Estelle. Don't miss it at these ladies tear down the house like only they can. 

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CONTEST: Win Tickets To See Jodeci At The Tower Theater On Thursday, June 25

  • Posted By: James Claiborne
  • June 16, 2015
    • Jodeci performs in Philadelphia in June.
      • Jodeci performs in Philadelphia in June.
      • Photo Credit: Courtesy of the artist

Since their debut project Forever My Lady dropped in '91, hit R&B/soul group Jodeci has reigned as one of the world's top male groups. Three decades later — and the fellas are still on the road holding it down with the classic 90s R&B hits. 

On Thursday, June 25, you can catch JoJo, DeVante Swing, Dalvin and "K-Ci as they hit Philadelphia for an unstoppable night of throwback soul at the Tower Theatre in Upper Darby, PA.  Along with a must-see performance by the original bad boys of R&B, the June 25 concert includes an opening performance by Philly's own soulful R&B/pop group, MPrynt.

Old school meets new doesn't get any better than this show's lineup, so we know you want to be in there. That's why we've teamed up with Live Nation to giveaway a pair of tickets to a few lucky fans. Just complete the below entry form for your chance to win big.  

If you don't wan to leave it up to chance, then check out the below concert details to purchase your tickets online. 

You can find the official contest rules here.



The contest entry period is now over.  All winners have been notified!

Jodeci & MPrynt
When: Thursday, June 25, 8 p.m.
Where: Tower Theater, 69th and Ludlow, Upper Darby, PA
Cost: $40-$45
More Info: Buy tickets online here.


CONTEST: Win Tickets To See Curren$y At The TLA

  • Posted By: James Claiborne
  • June 15, 2015
    • Curren$y hit the TLA in June.
      • Curren$y hit the TLA in June.
      • Photo Credit: Courtesy of Curren$y

We're back with another dope contest. Next up — Louisiana bred rapper Curren$y will be hitting South Street hotspot The TLA later this month.

This New Orleans native and former Young Money artist stays on the move. The rapper formed his own label, Jet Life Recordings, back in 2010 and since then, he's dropped 18 mixtapes, including his latest project Pilot Talk III, which released in April of this year.

Next Friday, streetwear brand Doobi presents Curren$y at The TLA with opening performances by Philly acts Theodore Grams, SincerelyTahj and CHAMPS. For this giveaway, Philly 360° is giving one of our lucky followers the chance to score a pair of tickets to the show.

Want in on the action? Then just complete the below entry form for your chance to win tickets. You can enter the contest daily to increase your odds of winning. If you don't want to leave it up to fate, then check the below listing for a link to buy tickets online.

Either way — #WeInThere.

Click here for official contest rules.


Doobi Presents Curren$y
When: Friday, June 26
Where: The TLA, 334 South Street
Cost: $34 + fees
More Info: Click here to buy tickets online.

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Top Picks: Eight Must-See R&B, Soul & Gospel Concerts At The Dell Music Center In 2015

  • Posted By: James Claiborne
  • June 10, 2015
    • Sizzlin' Summer Music At The Dell
      • Sizzlin' Summer Music At The Dell

A staple of the Philadelphia summer music season, The Dell Music Center  is back with an unstoppable lineupof R&B/soul performances. Last year, The Dell unveiled a series of upgrades to their gorgeous outdoor amphitheater and concessions.

Yes, there's no better place to catch R&B, soul and gospel under the Philly sky than this massive, always soldout venue. This year's highlights inlcludes must-see performances by some of the biggest names in the industry, including Patti Labelle, Jeff Bradshaw, Erykah Badu, Estelle, Anthony Hamilton and many more! 

Of course, Philly 360° is here to birng you the deets on all of the show we know that you just can't miss. Take a look at the below list, for our top picks from The Dell's summer music season. Also, you can find the full schedule by visiting www.mydelleast.com


Philly 360° Top Picks: The Dell Music Center Summer Concert Series 2015

    • Jeri Lynne and the Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra
      • Jeri Lynne and the Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra
      • Photo Credit: Courtesy of the Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra

Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra

Saturday, June 27
Philly 360° Creative Ambassador, Jeri Lynne Johnson returns to The Dell with her stunning chamber orchestra, Black Pearl. This multicultural group of classical musicians will present a must-hear evening of "Classical Gems" under the Philly sky. 

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Patti LaBelle, Jeff Bradshaw & Pamela Williams 

Thursday, July 9
This year, the Dell Music Center in Fairmount Park will kick off the 2015 Essence of Entertainment Summer Concert Series with an all-star Philadelphia lineup that includes saxophone phenom Pamela Williams, touring trombonist Jeff Bradshaw and the original R&B/Soul diva Patti LaBelle. 

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The 2015 Inspiration Celebration Gospel Tour

Friday, July 10
Hosted by Lonnie Hunter, 2015 Inspriation Celebration Gosepl Tour lands in Philadelphia on July 10. This year's show features soul-stirring performances by gospel greats like Yolanda Adams, Dorinda Clark-Cole, Donald Lawrence, DeWayne Woods, Tasha Page-Lockhart, and Ricky Dillard.

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    • PHILADANCO
      • PHILADANCO
      • Photo Credit: Courtesy of PHILADANCO

PHILADANCO

Friday, July 17
Philadelphia's favorite dance troupe, PHILADANCO, brings their passion and precision to the Dell's stage for an unforgettable night of black dance. This returning program is always a sellout, so grab your seats soon. 

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Babyface, Toni Braxton & Mint Condition 

Thursday, July 23 
Don't miss it as Babyface, Toni Braxton and Mint Condition hit The Dell for an unbelievable R&B throwback Thursday concert in Philadelphia. Together, these still hot and touring R&B greats will sing fans down memory lane with their classic hits like "Unbreak My Heart," "Pretty Brown Eyes" and "When Can I See You." 

MORE INFO


Fantasia & Johnny Gill 

Thursday, July 30
New school meets old when the soulful music of Fantasia and Johnny Gill lands in Philadelphia to perform at The Dell. Incredible vocals, soulful grooves and two of the best in the game make this another can't-miss show for the summer. 

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    • Fantasia at the Dell Music Center
      • Fantasia at the Dell Music Center
      • Photo Credit: D. McDowell for GPTMC

Anthony Hamilton & Lyfe Jennings 

Thursday, August 6 
Got soul? R&B hitmakers Anthony Hamilton and Lyfe Jennings undoubtedly have a lock on soul. Catch these two hitmaking acts on August 6 for another guaranteed sellout at The Dell. 

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Erykah Badu & Estelle 

Thursday, August 13
After slaying her headling performance at Roots Picnic 2015, Erykah Badu returns to Philadelphia alongside UK songstress Estelle. Don't miss it at these ladies tear down the house like only they can. 

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    • Erykah Badu
      • Erykah Badu
      • Photo Credit: Courtesy of the artists

AFROPUNK's Battle Of The Bands Philly Hits Voltage Lounge On Friday, June 19

  • Posted By: James Claiborne
  • June 8, 2015
    • Philadelphia's music scene takes centerstage.
      • Philadelphia's music scene takes centerstage.
      • Photo Credit: D. McDowell for Philly 360°/ Visit Philly

AFROPUNK — New York's notorious urban, multicultural, genre-defying musical fete — is taking it's coveted Battle of the Bands show and contest on the road. This year, in addition to the New York show, AFROPUNK will bring its BOTB acton to two other east coast cities, ATL and Philadelphia.  

Partnering with trusted Philadelphia music brand, Veteran Freshman, the Philadelphia edition of the battle offers a chance to perform at the critically acclaimed AFROPUNK Festival, which saw over 60,000 in attendance last year alone. This year's festival performers include Grace Jones, Lenny Kravitz, Danny Brown, Kelis and more. 

AFROPUNK Battle of The Bands, in addition to providing emerging talents a chance to perform on one of Brooklyn's biggest stages, has also kickstarted the careers of multiple bands: The Skins signing to Rick Rubens label America, Unlocking the Truth signing to Sony, among others. 

Now that the bands have entered, the public has spoken and the top five bands have been announced, it's time to take the battle to the stage. These top five voted bands will battle it out at Voltage Lounge June 19th and winner will play AFROPUNK  2015. Here's the list of the BOTB finalist; PalaceBurn, Zodiak, askmeificarem, Badd Kitti and Troi Lauren.

So, come out and check the best that Philly has to offer as they battle it out to see who has what it takes to play the mainstage at Afropunk 2015. 


Afropunk BOTB Philadelphia
When: Friday, June 19, 7-11 p.m. 
Where: Voltage Lounge, 421 N. 7th Street
Cost: $5 
More Info: Buy tickets online here. 


Contest: Win A Pair To Tickets To Bilal's Album Release Concert At World Cafe Live On Tuesday, June 30

  • Posted By: James Claiborne
  • June 8, 2015
    • Bilal returns to World Cafe Live in June
      • Bilal returns to World Cafe Live in June
      • Photo Credit: Photo by Kawai Matthews

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 soul singer has a cult following of fans that span the globe. 

The genre-defying crooner brings it home this month for a must-see show at University City music hub, World Cafe Live. Want to be one of the first people to hear this new material live? We know you do. That's why we are bringing our followers another dope contest. 

We've landed a few pair of tickets to Bilal's June 30 album release — and we're giving you a chance to win them. Just complete the below entry for for your chance to win big. You can enter daily to increase your winning odds.  

In Another Life drops on June 30, but you can preorder the album online now. If you don't want to leave it up to chance click the below link to buy your tickets now.

Read the official contest rules here.  


Bilal Album Release
When: Tuesday, June 30, 8 p.m.
Where: World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut
Cost: $15-38
More Info: Buy tickets here.

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June Must-Hit List: Black Music Month, D’Angelo, Bilal, Wiz Khalifa, SWV, Odunde & More

  • Posted By: James Claiborne
  • June 3, 2015
    • D'Angelo
      • D'Angelo
      • Photo Credit: Courtesy of the artist

June Featured Events: 

Femi Kuti — Tuesday, June 9

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.

 

Fall Out Boy & Wiz Khalifa — Wednesday, June 10

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 — Sunday, June 14

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.

 
    • Odunde Festival 2013
      • Odunde Festival 2013
      • Photo Credit: Courtesy of Odunde

Sittin’ In Hosted by Koyaki — Wednesday, June 17

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.


SWV — Sunday, June 21

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.


D’Angelo — Tuesday, June 23

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.


Bilal Album Release — Tuesday, June 30

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.

    • Bilal returns to World Cafe Live in June
      • Bilal returns to World Cafe Live in June
      • Photo Credit: Photo by Kawai Matthews

Philly 360° Spotlights

Celebrate the Fourth in Philly

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.


Black Music Month Picks

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.

    • BASSic Black Entertainment & Sigma Sound Present The Exclusive Philly After Party - Chill Moody
      • BASSic Black Entertainment & Sigma Sound Present The Exclusive Philly After Party - Chill Moody
      • Photo Credit: D. McDowell for GPTMC/Philly 360°

Playlist: Chill Moody’s TV Made Me Do It

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.


Must-See: Ivben Taqiy's Women In The Water

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.


TOP PICKS: 15 Can't-Miss Concerts In Philly For Black Music Month

  • Posted By: James Claiborne
  • May 29, 2015
    • Can't-Miss Shows In Philadelphia
      • Can't-Miss Shows In Philadelphia
      • Photo Credit: M. Edlow for Visit Philadelphia

In 1979, legendary songwriter/producer and founder of Philadelphia International Records Kenny Gamble, along with broadcast executive Ed Wright, founded the Black Music Association, which established June as Black Music Month by decree from President Jimmy Carter.  

In 2000, the United States government officially recognized Black Music Month after radio personality and celebrity media coach Dyana Williams and Congressman Chaka Fattah tirelessly pushed to get the African American Music Bill passed through legislation.

For this Philly 360° Black Music Month guide, we're resurfacing our exclusive with Dyana, who is also fondly referred to as the “Mother of Black Music Month.”  Check out the below video to get her breakdown of how Black Music Month came to be. 

Then, browse this list of over 15 shows that will go down in and around Philadelphia during the month of June. D'Angelo, Bilal, Wiz Khalifa and more — no matter your musical taste, we've got something for you. Check it.

Philly 360° Black Music Month 2015 Top Picks

 

Julian King at Underground Arts

Wednesday, June 3 | Underground Arts, 1200 Callowhill Street | $15 | Pop, R&B, Soul
Julian King works hard to perfect his craft. And, with the release of his latest single "Unforgettable" and an upcoming headlining show in Philly — there's no doubt that this Philly-bred singer/songwriter is ready for his time in the spotlight.

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Beanie Sigel "The Return" Concert at The TLA

Saturday, June 6 | The TLA, 334 South Street | $37-60 | Hip-hop
Philadelphia-bred rap veteran Beanie Sigel brings it home to The TLA on South Street for what will be one of his first major appearances in a while. Grab tix for this show to relive why many still hail the Philly native as one of the greatest rappers of all time. 

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Charlie Wilson at The Mann Center

Sunday, June 7 | The Mann Center, 5201 Parkside Avenue | $35-125 | R&B, Soul
Nine-time Grammy-nominated artist Charlie Wilson is bringing his acclaimed Forever Charlie tour to Philly for an “unforgettable night” at the Mann this summer with special guests KEM and Joe. The party goes down on Sunday, June 7th for a night of R&B, Billboard-topping hits like, “Without You,” “Charlie, Last Name Wilson,” Magic,” “There Goes My Baby,” “Can’t Live Without You,” “You Are,” “Life of the Party” and “My Love Is All I Have.”

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

Femi Kuti at World Cafe Live

Tuesday, June 9 | World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut Street | $25-38 | World, Afrobeat, Funk
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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Fall Out Boy & Wiz Khalifa at Susquehanna Bank Center

Wednesday, June 10| Susquehanna Bank Center | $37-85 | Hip-hop

In support of their latest projects, American Beauty/American Pyscho and Blacc Hollywood respectively, Fall Out Boy and Wiz Khalifa team up for a summer tour that is set to touch down in over 40 cities across the U.S. This tour includes opening performances by Hoodie Allen and DJ Drama.


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DMX at The TLA

Thursday, June 11 | The TLA, 334 South Street | $50 | Hip-hop
Veteran rapper DMX lands back in Philadelphia this month. Get up close and personal as he bring his signature hardcore, raw rap styling straight to the stage of South Street's TLA.

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    • Sittin' In At The Kimmel Center
      • Sittin' In At The Kimmel Center
      • Photo Credit: Stratagem for Philly 360

Sitin' In With Koyaki At The Kimmel Center

Wednesday, June 17 | The Kimmel Center, Broad and Spruce Streets | Free | Jazz, Urban, Hip-hop
Once a month on Wednesdays, The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts opens its doors and stages to some of the city's hottest musicals talents for the popular Philadelphia music showcase, Sittin' In. This month's show is hosted by the indie Grammy-nominated emcee and producers, Kokayi with performances by Emcee Ciara and DJ Danophonic.

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Roman Gianarthur & Clean Bandit at Underground Arts

Monday, June 15 | Underground Arts, 1200 Callowhill Street | $20 | Urban, Soul, Pop
This singer songwriter is a part of Janelle Monae’s Wondaland Arts Society collective. A multi-instrumentalist, producer and artist, Roman is sure to shut it down when he hits the stage. Be sure to check out his single "I-69." It's a winner.

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Grits & Biscuits at The TLA

Saturday, June 20 | The TLA, 334 South Street | $20 | Hip-hop
If you're into country, down south flavor, then Grits & Biscuits is probably already on your radar. This Dirty South-influenced party makes it way to The TLA on June.

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    • Black Music Month
      • Black Music Month
      • Photo Credit: Courtesy of SWV

SWV at World Cafe Live

Sunday, June 21 | World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut Street | $35-65 | R&B, Soul
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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Ibeyi at World Cafe Live

Monday, June 22 | World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut Street | $20 | World
Ibeyi sing in English and Yoruban, and have created a minimalist sound that merges elements of their heritage with their natural love of modern music as teenagers growing up in Paris, citing artists such as James Blake and King Krule amongst their wide range of influences.

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D'Angelo at The Keswick Theatre

Tuesday, June 23 | Keswick Theatre, 291 N Keswick Avenue, Glenside, PA| $75-175 | Soul, R&B
D'Angelo, the internationally beloved soulster is on the road performing music from Black Messiah live for fans around the globe. On June 23, D'Angelo — accompanied by a masterful group of musicians dubbed The Vanguard — brings his Second Coming Tour to the Keswick Theatre in Glenside, PA.

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    • D'Angelo
      • D'Angelo
      • Photo Credit: Courtesy of the artist

Jodeci at Tower Theater

Thursday, June 25 | Tower Theater, 69th & Ludlow, Upper Darby, PA | $40-45 | R&B, Soul
An iconic 90s R&B group, Jodeci redefined music for our generation. Reunited and on the road, the guys lands in Philadelphia for an unforgettable night of R&B/Soul at Tower Theater on June 25.

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Curren$y at The TLA

Friday, June 26 | The TLA, 334 South Street | $34 | Hip-hop
Lousiana-based rapper Curren$y brings his smart lyrics and high-energy onstage presence to Philadelphia for this one-night-only hit at The TLA on South Street. Keep your eye out for Philly 360°'s official contest for this show.

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    • King Britt
      • King Britt
      • Photo Credit: M. Roldan for GPTMC


 

King Britt & HPrizm Present The Buddy System

Monday, June 29 | Johnny Brenda's, 1201 N Frankford Avenue | $8 
Philly, two of the country's finest creatives are teaming up at Johnny Brenda’s in Fishtown for the next edition of The Buddy System. This new monthly music series curated by Philadelphia musician, DJ and producer King Britt and New York City-based composer, producer and performer HPrizm returns to the JBs for another dope event. The catch? All of the artists will be a surprise.

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Bilal Album Release at World Cafe Live

Tuesday, June 30 | World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut Street | $75-175 | Soul, R&B

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 soul singer has a cult following of fans that span the globe. This show is a guaranteed sell out, grab your tickets now.

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      • Bilal
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Art Sanctuary Returns With The Lifetime Achievement Awards Featuring Kindred The Family Soul, Eric Roberson, Ursula Rucker, Lady Alma & More - Friday, May 29

  • Posted By: James Claiborne
  • May 28, 2015
    • Kindred the Family Soul - Fatin & Aja
      • Kindred the Family Soul - Fatin & Aja
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For three decades, Philadelphia has honored the literary and creative contributions of African Americans with the Annual Celebration of Black Writing. Now, presented by black cultural hub Art Sanctuary for well over a decade, this year marks 31st year of the festival which has flooded the month of May with tons of exciting, enlightening workshops, author readings and performances.

The centerpeice of CBW 2015 has been an exciting photography exhibit entitled Barkley L. Hendricks: Oh, Snap!, which showcases a lesser known side of the famed, Philadelphia-born painter. Oh, Snap! includes twenty images captured by Hendricks from the late 60s to the 90s and include rarely seen images of Fela Kuti and Hendricks' time overseas in Lagos.This exhibit will stay open through the end of July at Art Sanctuary's Graduate Hospital-based gallery on the corner of 16th and Bainbridge.

    • Catch Eric Roberson in Philly
      • Catch Eric Roberson in Philly
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    • Ursula Rucker
      • Ursula Rucker
      • Photo Credit: Courtesy of the artist
    • Dancer & Choreographer Roger Lee
      • Dancer & Choreographer Roger Lee
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On Friday, May 29, Art Sanctuary will closeout the festival with its signature program, The Lifetime Acheivement Awards, held at the Temple Performing Arts Center on N Broad Street. This year's festival honors an exciting lineup of talent including Barkley Hendricks, author Jacqueline Woodson and Philadelphia's own soul duo Kindred The Family Soul

The most exciting news? They've recently announced that beloved soul singer/songwriter Eric Roberson will join the all-star lineup of artists that will pay tribute to this year's honorees. Other performers include poet Ursula Rucker, vocalist Lady Alma, dancer/cheographer Roger Lee and students from the city's famed poetry troupe, Philly Youth Poetry Movement

And, as if that’s not enough, tickets are currently discounted at $15. Just use the code ‘LIFETIME' when purhasing tickets online. 


The 31st Annual Celebration of Black Writing: Lifetime Achievement Awards
When: Friday, May 29, 7 - 9 p.m.
Where: Temple Center for the Performing Arts, 1837 N Broad Street
Cost: $15 tickets with code LIFETIME
More Info: http://bit.ly/1RY9N4s


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