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DJ Jazzy Jeff Spins A Special Friday Night Skate Set At The Blue Cross RiverRink Opening Weekend On Penn's Landing

  • Posted By: James Claiborne
  • May 20, 2015
    • DJ Jazzy Jeff
      • DJ Jazzy Jeff
      • Photo Credit: Courtesy of DRWC

Hometown music legend DJ Jazzy Jeff needs no introduction. A revered DJ and producer, Jeff has made a global impact on music, including winning the first GRAMMY in hip-hop with his partner The Fresh Prince aka Will Smith. DJ Jazzy Jeff is legit music royalty, and when it comes to making hits and impacting music culture, he has the Midas touch.

This weekend, to celebrate the opening of the Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest on Penn's Landing, DJ Jazzy Jeff will spin a rollerskate friendly set of music from 9 to 11 p.m. You can catch Jeff — and show off your "Roll Bounce" moves — for RiverRink's opening weekend festivities, which kick off on Friday, May 22.

    • Summerfest will feature a roller rink, a boathouse-styled Lodge, a play area for kids, food and drink options and summer events.
      • Summerfest will feature a roller rink, a boathouse-styled Lodge, a play area for kids, food and drink options and summer events.
      • Photo Credit: Groundswell Design Group

Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest

For the first time this year, the area that housed this past winter’s Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest will transform into a warm-weather edition with a roller rink, a boathouse-styled Lodge, a play area for kids, food and drink options and summer events throughout the season. Opening Memorial Day weekend, Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest will be free and open to the public daily through the end of September.

Also, as part of the opening weekend festivities, make sure to stop by the kickoff of the Visit Philly Beer Garden Series at Spruce Street Harbor Park this Friday.

For DJ Jazzy Jeff Philly fans, the Friday night skate party will definitely be an exciting homecoming to attend. As Jeff notes, "It's the best feeling in the world to play music all over the world, but, what's like home? I don't get a chance to play at home a lot, so when you get the opportunity - especially something like this - you take it."

So, this weekend, all roads lead to the Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest. It's always a good look to hear a legend like Jeff spin, and trust us — It'll feel even better on skates.

Opening weekend consists of four days of fun at the waterfront. See the complete schedule here.


Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest Opening with DJ Jazzy Jeff

When: DJ Set Friday, May 22, 9 - 11 p.m. | See the full weekend schedule here.
Where: Penn’s Landing, 101 S. Columbus Boulevard
Cost: FREE
More Info: Click here for details.


Watch our exclusive with DJ Jazzy Jeff and his rap protege Dayne Jordan.


AFROPUNK Brings Its 2015 Battle Of The Bands Competition To Philly

  • Posted By: James Claiborne
  • May 18, 2015
    • Philly 360° Music
      • Philly 360° Music
      • 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 with performances from D’Angelo, Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings, Lianne La Havas, Body Count and many more.

AFROPUNK Battle of The Bands, while serving as a chance to perform on one of Brooklyn's biggest stages, has also been integral in kickstarting bands careers: The Skins signing to Rick Rubens label America, Unlocking the Truth signing to Sony, among others. 

Bands choose which city to rep and compete for the chance to play the AFROPUNK Festival 2015. Online sign-up and voting begins May 15th and ends May 29th. Then, all the bands/artist have to do is go to the website , sign up and get their fans to vote for them. 
 
Once votes are tallied the finalist will be announced and a all-out battle will be held on June 19 here in philadelphia where bands/artist will play it out in front of judges and their collective fans to determine who plays the fest this year.

Think you've got what it takes? Enter now, or be sure to vote for your favorite artists.

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Flygirrl Brings The Philly Loves The Soulquarians Party To Johnny Brenda's - Saturday, May 23

  • Posted By: James Claiborne
  • May 13, 2015
    • Philly Loves Soulquarians
      • Philly Loves Soulquarians
      • Photo Credit: Courtesy of the artist
Flygirrl is at it again! The successful "Philly Loves.." series returns with another amazing session of paying tribute to the artists we all know and love.

The next edition of Philly Loves hits us one week before the Roots Picnic. And, since this year's show includes performances by Erykah Badu and The Roots — the "Philly Loves The Soulquarians" theme of the May 23 concert is right on time.

Founded by Questlove, The Soulquarians is a music collective that includes D'Angelo, Poyser, Erykah Bady and J Dilla, to name a few. These artists came together during the height of the neosoul movement which was largely powered and inspired by artists from the Philadelphia muisc scene. The group was known for undeniable grooves, unconventional rhythms, irregular chords, and music with an infectious feel.

On Saturday May 23 all of Philadelphia is invited to Johnny Brenda's, where Dj's Mike Nyce and very special guest 9th Wonder will take the stage to pay tribute to The Roots, Erykah Badu, Q-Tip, Mos Def, Talib Kweli, Bilal, D'Angelo, Common, Dilla and James Poyser, known as the soulquarians. 

The event includes live art by Ameerah K Art and a special tribute video created by Flygirrl. Get there early, doors open at 9 p.m. and early bird attendees get a a fan. We'll see you there.

 

Philly Loves The Soulquarians
When: Saturday, May 23, 9 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Where: Johnny Brenda's, 1201 Frankford Avenue
Cost: $10 until 10pm $15 after
More Info:  RSVP here.


D'Angelo Brings His Second Coming Tour To The Keswick Theatre On Tuesday, June 23

  • Posted By: James Claiborne
  • May 12, 2015
    • D'Angelo
      • D'Angelo
      • Photo Credit: Courtesy of the artist

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.

Last December, the crooner dropped his latest release Black Messiah, which may very well be one of the most highly anticipated projects of this decade. The soul-laced album was released suddenly and was almost immediately hailed as an instant classic and a much-needed balm for all things missing in music right now. Black Messiah, indeed.

Now, 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.

After a recent sold-out European tour and dates in New York, D’Angelo and The Vanguard received an overwhelming response from fans and media alike. Rolling Stone called the performance at NYC’s Apollo Theatre “stunning… a master class in soul,” while the New York Daily News cited that D’Angelo “emerged at the Apollo with his skills undiminished and, compared to his contemporaries, still untouchable.”

Tickets to D'Angelo's Philadelphia show are on sale now. You'll definitely want to grab your seats now. The world's most soulful voice in the world's most soulful city — 100% a can't-miss experience. 


D'Angelo & The Vanguard
When: Tuesday, June 23, 8 p.m.
Where: Keswick Theatre, 291 N Keswick Avenue, Glenside, PA
Cost: $75 - $175
More Info: Buy tickets now.


Check out this video where Questlove talks D'Angelo.


TONIGHT: DJ Aktive Kicks Off Weekly #TBT Party At Recess Lounge In Old City

  • Posted By: James Claiborne
  • May 7, 2015
    • DJ Aktive
      • DJ Aktive
      • Photo Credit: Courtesy of DJ Aktive

Philly's own globetrotting turntablist, DJ Aktive works with some of the top acts in music, including Kanye West, Marsha Ambrosius and Jennifer Hudson, to name a few. There's no doubt about it — he's one of the most in-demand DJs in the game.

Even though Aktive is constantly on the road, he always makes sure to bring the party back home to Philly. For his latest venture, Aktive has teamed up with Recess Lounge in Old City for another dope concept. Next up; the weekly #TBT party.

Starting today, DJ Aktive will hit Recess with super fresh throwback set of music from the 90s and 2000s. We've put in our request for a little "This Is How We Do It" and some early Destiny Child. Trust us, DJ Aktive always holds it down when he steps on stage.

The inaugural party kicks off tonight and continues every Thursday through September. So, step out in the name of feel-good, throwback music. #WeInThere

#TBT with DJ Aktive
When: Thursday, May 7 and every Thursday through September | 11 p.m.
Where: Recess Lounge, 125 S 2nd Street
Cost: Free
More Info: www.facebook.com/RecessLoungePhilly

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May Must-Hit List: Roots Picnic With Erykah Badu & The Weeknd, Esperanza Spalding, Danny Simmons & More

  • Posted By: James Claiborne
  • May 1, 2015
    • Just In - The Annual Roots Picnic Lineup Announced
      • Just In - The Annual Roots Picnic Lineup Announced
      • Photo Credit: M. Edlow for Visit Philadelphia / Philly 360°

Featured Events:

Celebration of Black Writing — Saturday, May 1 - Sunday, May 31

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.

GRAMMY FutureNOW — Saturday, May 2

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

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

Action Bronson — Sunday, May 3

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.


Ciara — Sunday, May 10

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!

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

Tastytreats With Questlove & Mike Nyce — Friday, May 15

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


Esperanza Spalding — Sunday, May 17

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 Roots Picnic Afterparty  — Saturday, May 30

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.

    • Roots Picnic 2015
      • Roots Picnic 2015
      • Photo Credit: M. Edlow for Visit Philly

Philly 360° Spotlights:

Roots Picnic Contest   

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.


20+ Must-Hit Concerts In Philly

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.


Playlist: Mic Stew “Black Chucks”

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.


Badass Art Man

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.


Art Sanctuary Presents The 31st Annual Celebration Of Black Writing In May

  • Posted By: James Claiborne
  • April 28, 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

For over 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 more than a decade, this year marks 31st year of the festival which is set to flood the month of May with tons of exciting, enlightening workshops, author readings and performances.

Barkley L. Hendricks: On, Snap!

On Friday, May 1, CBW 2015 will kick off with the opening of Barkley L. Hendricks: Oh, Snap!, a photography exhibit showing a lesser known side of the famed, Philadelphia-born painter, Barkley L. Hendricks. Oh, Snap! includes two dozen 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. 

    • Art Sanctuary
      • Art Sanctuary
      • Photo Credit: M. Fischetti for Visit Philadelphia

Day-long Black Arts Conferece at Temple University

On Saturday, May 23, the Celebration of Black Writing festival will also offer a daylong symposium featuring numerous literary and art workshops on the campus of Temple University. A free event, this conference invites participants to discuss and learn about black art forms and their impact and presence in today's culture through the lens of local authors, artists and thought leaders.

Author Readings & Sanctuary LIVE! featuring Kriss Mincey

Every third Friday Art Sanctuary hosts its monthly artist showcase, this month Sanctuary LIVE! returns in their Graduate Hospital gallery space with a very special concert with local jazz / soul vocalist, Kriss Mincey. Also,on select  Wednesdays throughout May, Art Sanctuary will spotlight rising and well-known authors with readings and discussions in their gallery space.

    • Kindred the Family Soul - Fatin & Aja
      • Kindred the Family Soul - Fatin & Aja
      • Photo Credit: Courtesy of Kindred the Family Soul

Lifetime Achievement Awards Honoring Barkley Hendricks, Kindred & More

The month-long event comes to a close with the Lifetime Achievements Awards on Friday, May 29 at the Temple Performing Arts Center. This years honorees include CBW exhibition feature Barkely L. Hendricks, notable teen author Jacqueline Woodson, and Philly's own soul duo, Kindred The Family Soul.

So, step out in style and celebration black literary arts with one of Philly's finest arts organization — Art Sancutary. Let's go!


The 31st Annual Celebration of Black Writing
When: May 1 - 31
Where: See website for details.
Cost: See website for details.
More info: Click here for full festival details.


CONTEST: Win Tickets To See Ciara At The Keswick Theatre On Sunday, May 10

  • Posted By: James Claiborne
  • April 24, 2015
    • Ciara performs at The Keswick Theatre on May 10
      • Ciara performs at The Keswick Theatre on May 10
      • Photo Credit: Courtesy of the Keswick

Ciara is a legit global superstar whose infectious tunes have garnered 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 tour 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.

If you're a diehard Ciara fan, then we're guessing that this concert is absolutely a must-hit event for you, right? True. That's why Philly 360° is giving away a pair of tickets to two lucky followers. Just complete the below entry form for your chance to win.

Find the official contest rules here.


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

Fill out my online form.

The Recording Academy Philadelphia Chapter Returns To The Hard Rock Cafe With 'In The Mix' - Monday, April 27

  • Posted By: James Claiborne
  • April 24, 2015
    • Recording Academy Brunch
      • Recording Academy Brunch
      • Photo Credit: Photo by D. McDowell for GPTMC/Philly 360°

Calling all aspiring singers, songwriters and musicans: On Monday, April 27, The Recording Academy® Philadelphia Chapter is hosting the next edition of In the Mix at the Hard Rock Cafe on Market Street.

This quarterly networking mixer is geared toward music professionals and attracts some of the city's most-recognized talents, along with buzz-worthy newcomers. The edition of In The Mix will be hosted by popular West Philadelphia emcee Chill  Moody and music for the evening will be provided by the Untouchable Technician, DJ Ricochet.

Presented as an opportunity to learn more about the events and initiatives of The Recording Academy, this event is free and open to all music-makers based in and around the city. Whether an engineer, artist, musician, producer or manager — all industry types and talents are welcomed.

So, come out for an exciting night of networking and live music. Happy hour specials and appetizers will be available! RSVP required.


In the Mix
When: Monday, April 27, 5 - 7 p.m.
Where: Hard Rock Café, 12th and Market Streets 
Cost: Free with RSVP
More Info: RSVP here.


Watch our exlcusive recap of The Recording Academy's Generation Next Brunch at The Hard Rock Philadelphia, below.


Contest: Win A Pair Of Tickets To The 8th Annual Roots Picnic

  • Posted By: James Claiborne
  • April 21, 2015
    • Roots Picnic 2015
      • Roots Picnic 2015
      • Photo Credit: M. Edlow for Visit Philly

Philly, get ready! This May, The Roots will again kick off the spring/summer music season right here in their hometown. On Saturday, May 30, Questlove, Black Thought and the entire Roots crew will take over Festival Pier at Penn's Landing with the 8th Annual Roots Picnic. #weinthere

The 2015 festival includes a dope lineup heavyweights acts, including The Weeknd, Erykah Badu, A$AP Rocky, Phantogram, DJ Mustard and Rae Sremmurd, to name a few. Always down to rep their hometown, The Roots have again added a few emerging Philly talents to the roster. You can take a look at the full lineup here.

Selling out year after year, Roots Picnic continues to be one of the hottest and most in-demand tickets in Philadelphia. That's why Philly 360° is giving one lucky fan a pair of free tickets for Roots Picnic 2015. Just complete the below entry form for your chance to win big.

You must be 21 or older to enter. Also, you can read the official contest rules here.

The 8th Annual Roots Picnic
When: Saturday, May 30
Where: Festival Pier at Penn's Landing, Columbus Boulevard & Spring Garden Street
Cost: TBA, tickets on sale Friday at noon.
More Info: rootspicnic.com

Fill out my online form.

Check out our exclusive video from last year's Roots Picnic, below.


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…

Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest Opening With DJ Jazzy Jeff - Friday, May 22 to Monday, May 25

Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest Opening with DJ Jazzy Jeff When: DJ Set Friday, May 22, 9 - 11 p.m. | See the full weekend schedule here. Where: Penn’s Landing, 101 S. Columbus Boulevard Cost: FREE More Info: Click here…

Philly Loves The Soulquarians - Saturday, May 23

Philly Loves The Soulquarians When: Saturday, May 23, 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. Where: Johnny Brenda's, 1201 Frankford Avenue Cost: $10 until 10pm $15 after More Info: RSVP here. Flygirrl is at it again! The successful "Philly Loves.." series…