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November Must-Hit List: Lauryn Hill, Stevie Wonder, Jill Scott, Usher, Ledisi & Exclusives With DJ Jazzy Jeff & Dom Streater

  • Posted By: James Claiborne
  • October 31, 2014
    • Ms. Lauryn Hill
      • Ms. Lauryn Hill
      • Photo Credit: Getty, Andrew H. Walker

 November Events: 

So You Think You Can Dance — Friday, November 7

Fox’s Emmy Award-winning show So You Think You Can Dance has captivated audiences and reinvigorated the country’s fascination with dance forms of all genres. You can watch season 11’s talented top 10 in Philadelphia for a live, one-night-only performance at the Merriam Theater.

Goapele — Saturday, November 8

Hailed as the “spiritual love child of Sade and D’Angelo” by Rolling Stone magazine, songstress Goapele is set to perform at World Cafe Live. Since the 2001 release of her debut project Closer, the Berklee-trained singer/songwriter has entertained fans around the world with her honest music and undeniably soulful sound. Get there in time for the opening performance by Philadelphia’s own R&B/pop/folk vocalist Jade Alston.

Usher: The UR Experience — Tuesday, November 11

Usher is hitting the road with his 27-city music tour, The UR Experience. The self-proclaimed “pop revolution” performer has been spotted hanging out at a few Philly hotspots lately, and he’s returning to perform at the Wells Fargo Center later this month. Usher’s show will feature his signature electrifying dance moves, beat-heavy club anthems and hard-hitting R&B classics from his 20-year discography of chart-topping tracks.

Sittin’ In — Wednesday, November 12

One Wednesday a month, the Kimmel Center opens its doors and stages to some of the city's hottest musicals talents for its popular music showcase, Sittin' In. Approaching 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 features performances by the Venissa Santi Band and the Francois Zayas Quintet.

Ms. Lauryn Hill: Homecoming Concert Series — Saturday, November 15

Ms. Lauryn Hill’s 1998 debut album, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, sold more than 12 million copies, earning the singer/songwriter five GRAMMYs and the respect of fans from around the world. Now, Hill is back on the road to connect with fans and perform reimagined versions of the hit songs we all love. Rapper Talib Kweli opens the Electric Factory show.

Stevie Wonder: Songs in the Key of Life Tour — Sunday, November 16

Undeniably one of the most significant albums in the history of American music, Stevie Wonder’s Songs in the Key of Life continues to shape and influence music worldwide. As part of his 11-city music tour, the legendary singer/songwriter gives fans a chance to relive the classic at the Wells Fargo Center.

Daley — Tuesday, November 18

The U.S. first got a taste of Daley’s soulful sounds after he collaborated with Philly’s own Marsha Ambrosius on the hit single Alone Together, which appeared on his six-track EP Alone Together. Since finding success in the states, Daley was nominated for two Soul Train Music Awards, collaborated with super producer Pharrell Williams and was featured on Nelly’s 2013 track Heaven.

    • DJ Jazzy Jeff & Dayne Jordan
      • DJ Jazzy Jeff & Dayne Jordan
      • Photo Credit: D. King for Visit Philadelphia

Philly 360° Spotlights:

20 Must-Hit Fall Concerts

It’s official—fall is here. While the weather is cooling down outside, things on the Philly music scene are only getting hotter and hotter. This season, Philly is packed with a steady flow of can’t-miss concerts, shows and festivals. The lineup of hit-making acts stopping through the city includes big names such as Common, Jill Scott, Ledisi, Ms. Lauryn Hill and Stevie Wonder. We pulled together a list of our top 20 picks.

DJ Jazzy Jeff & Dayne Jordan

With a discography that spans two decades and includes hits like the Philly anthem Summertime, hometown legend DJ Jazzy Jeff is legit music royalty. Philly 360° sat down with the busy, internationally touring DJ and his protégé, Philly hip-hop artist Dayne Jordan, for an exclusive, first-time-ever interview on their forthcoming project. Watch our video for a behind-the-scenes look at the duo at work in Jeff’s studio and for more details on their soon-to-be-released album.

Exclusive With Dom Streater

Project Runway winner and Philly native Dom Streater is on a winning streak, and the city has been cheering her on every step of the way. Philly 360° even hit the road to attend Dom’s New York Fashion Week debut. Check out our video for a sneak preview of Dom’s spring 2015 collection and her custom headphone collaboration with high-end audio brand Velodyne.

Jazz At The Annenberg

The Philadelphia fall arts season is in full swing and the Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts is bringing a phenomenal lineup of internationally renowned jazz concerts our way. You’ll definitely want to catch these shows—from the moving lyrics of Philly’s own Ursula Rucker to such acclaimed musicians as Patti Austin, Arturo Sandoval and Branford Marsalis.


Check out our exclusive interviews with DJ Jazzy Jeff and his protege Dayne Jordan and Philly's hottest designer Dom Streater.  


The Annenberg Center For The Performing Arts Returns With An Epic Cultural Season Featuring Ursula Rucker, Patti Austin, Branford Marsalis & More

  • Posted By: James Claiborne
  • October 29, 2014
    • Ursula Rucker
      • Ursula Rucker
      • Photo Credit: Courtesy of the artist

The Philadelphia fall arts season is in full swing and the Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts is bringing a phenomenal lineup of internationally renowned talent our way.

Anchored in the popular West Philadelphia neighborhood of the University City, the Annenberg produces a full year of rich music and cultural programming on the campus of University of Pennsylvania. From jazz greats like Patti Austin and Branford Marsalis, to the acclaimed poetry of Philadelphia's own Ursula Rucker, the Annenberg is set to present an unstoppable season of programming once again.  

You can visit www.annenbergcenter.org to view their full year of programs. To get you started, we've pulled together a few of the Annenberg's can't-miss shows below. Check out our top picks! 


Philly 360° Top Picks for the Annenberg Center's 2014/2015 Season

    • Rosie Herrera
      • Rosie Herrera
      • Photo Credit: Credit: Adam Reign

Patti Austin

November 1, 8 p.m. | Zellerbach Theatre | $30-75 | Buy tickets here. 

Patti Austin, the Grammy® award-winning vocalist, began her career at age four, and has wowed audiences ever since. Her 17 albums range from jazz to soul to R&B and her voice has graced the recordings of Quincy Jones, Luther Vandross, Bette Midler and Diana Ross. Austin’s stunning vocals continue to impress and electrify, making her a true artist whose creativity knows no limits.

Arturo Sandoval Quintet 

November 16, 7 p.m. | Zellerbach Theatre | $30-75 | Buy tickets here.

Arturo Sandoval is the most prodigious Cuban trumpeter of his generation. A protege of legendary jazz master Dizzy Gillespie, Sandoval forged his own bold synthesis of bebop and Cuban styles, earning him 10 Grammy awards, six Billboard awards and one Emmy award along the way. He is known for his virtuoso technical ability and gravity-defying improvisational flights. Whenever Sandoval picks up his horn, expect that fireworks will follow.

Rosie Herrera Dance Theatre

January 15-17, Various Times | Zellerbach Theatre |  $30 | Buy tickets here.

Contemporary dance meets theatre, performance art, opera, ballet …and drag! Rosie Herrera’s innovative ensemble makes its way from Miami’s vibrant arts scene to the Annenberg Center stage for its Philadelphia debut. A favorite at the prestigious American Dance Festival, this program includes Various Stages of Drowning: A Cabaret and Dining Alone.

 

    • Branford Marsalis
      • Branford Marsalis
      • Photo Credit: Credit: Eric Ryan Anderson

Amy Lynn Barr Dance: The Toss Aways

January 23 & 24, 8 p.m. | Harold Prince Theatre | $30 | Buy tickets here. 

A moving memoir told through a compilation of five solo contemporary dance performances. Choreographed and performed by local Philadelphia artist Amy Lynne Barr, the evening explores many aspects of what it really means to experience life: What is one capable of? What will one become? What is the meaning of all that surrounds us?

An Evening with Branford Marsalis 

February 5, 7:30 p.m. | Zellerbach Theatre | $30-75 | Buy tickets here.

NEA Jazz Master, Grammy® award‐winning saxophonist and Tony® award nominee Branford Marsalis is one of the most revered instrumentalists today. Born into New Orleans’ most distinguished musical family, his life and career have intersected with a host of jazz giants including Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, Herbie Hancock and Sonny Rollins. Marsalis leads his quartet with the charisma and intensity of a living jazz legend.

Regina Carter Trio 

March 28, 8 p.m. | Zellerbach Theatre | $30-75 | Buy tickets here.

Jazz violinist Regina Carter speaks to her generation and her ancestors. Her latest recording, Southern Comfort, pays homage to her grandfather’s roots and mixes blues, gospel, spiritual, folk and country music as they evolved with jazz, R&B and global influences. “Regina Carter creates music that is wonderfully listenable, probingly intelligent and, at times, breathtakingly daring…taking the listener into the future of jazz” (Time Magazine).

Ursula Rucker 

February 6 – 7, 8 p.m. | Harold Prince Theater | $30 | Buy tickets here. 

Her art is for social change. Philadelphia-born poet, activist and recording artist Ursula Rucker bares heart and soul through poetry. My Father’s Daughter is a live, epic poem accompanied by music and video imagery that tells Rucker’s painful but victorious survival story. The wounded life of her mother informs the daughter, creating the artist and woman Rucker is today.


Dice Raw Of The Roots Crew Headlines Hip-Hop Satire "The Last Jimmy" At New Freedom Theatre - October 24 & 25, 2014

  • Posted By: James Claiborne
  • October 22, 2014
    • Dice Raw
      • Dice Raw
      • Photo Credit: Courtesy of the artist

This weekend, Dice Raw of The Roots is hitting the stage, headlining New Freedom Theatre's latest production, "The Last Jimmy." A hip-hop satire, "The Last Jimmy" tackles the emotionally-charged subject of mass incarceration of African-American males in the US. The hip-hop musical odyssey travels through the plight of the court experience of young African American males, and the American prison system expressed through song, music, and dance. 

The production was written by Phillip Brown, includes original music and lyrics by Dice Raw of the Roots Crew and is directed by noted Philadelphia-based director, Ozzie Jones. Dice Raw’s highly-acclaimed concept album “Jimmy’s Back” is the centerpiece for this entertaining and thought-provoking production.  

A popular and present artist on the Philadelphia music scene, Dice Raw raw's signature style of rap was first heard alongside Philly's famous hip-hop band, The Roots. Dice made his industry debut on the hit track "The Lesson, Pt. 1." And soon after, he made a name for himself with his distinct cameos on "Adrenaline" and "Lockdown," where his hard-hitting style worked perfectly alongside the heady rhymes of Roots frontman Black Thought.

Along with Dice Raw, the production features a stellar lineup of Philadelphia talents, and after each performance audience members are invited to stick around for a post-show talkback discussion. Each discussion will feature a panel of experts on the African American male experience in the criminal justice system.  

Since 1966, New Freedom Theatre has trained generations of black creatives and presented productions that give voice to the African-American experience, and make it accessible for all. Certainly, "The Last Jimmy" is no exception. Don't miss this groundbreaking work featuring many of Philly's best talents on one stage. 


The Last Jimmy featuring Dice Raw 
When: Friday, October 24 & Saturday, October 25 - 8 p.m. 
Where: New Freedom Theatre, 1346 N. Broad Street
Cost: $30
More Info: Click here or call (267) 687-1764 for tickets. 


Philly 360° Music Guide: 20 Must-Hit Concerts In Philadelphia This Fall

  • Posted By: James Claiborne
  • October 17, 2014
    • Jill Scott Onstage at Made in America
      • Jill Scott Onstage at Made in America
      • Photo Credit: M. Edlow for VISIT PHILADELPHIA

It’s official — fall is here. And while the weather is cooling down outside, things on the Philly music scene are only getting hotter and hotter. This fall, Philly is packed with a steady flow of can’t-miss concerts, shows and festivals. The lineup of hitmaking acts stopping through the city includes big names like Common, Bilal, Jill Scott, Ledisi, Ms. Lauryn Hill, Stevie Wonder and more.  

To make sure our followers and fans don’t miss a single show, we’ve pulled together a list of concerts going down in Philadelphia this fall. Hip-hop, R&B, soul, EDM, pop and more — you know we have you covered when it comes to the shows that you need to know about.  

Also, stay tuned into Philly 360°, because as always we’ll be hooking up a few lucky fans with tickets to select shows. For now, check out our top picks for all the must-have tickets that you should be grabbing now. Let's go!


Philly 360° Fall Music Picks:

    • Marsha Ambrosius on the Friends & Lovers Tour
      • Marsha Ambrosius on the Friends & Lovers Tour
      • Photo Credit: D. McDowell for Philly 360°/ Visit Philly

OCTOBER

Ty Dolla $ign Presents: The "In Too Deep Tour"

Tuesday, October 21, 8 p.m. | TLA, 334 South Street | $27 | Buy tickets here. 
Genre: Hip-hop, R&B, Pop

Rapper Ty Dolla $ign just announced that he is hitting the road with a 3-city US tour to promote his latest mixtape, $ign Language. The Philadelphia show also includes performances by hip-hop artist Lil Bibby, emcee Joe Moses and Philly’s own soulful R&B/pop powerhouse Beano.


Marsha Ambrosius: Friends & Lovers Tour

Thursday, October 23, 8 p.m. | TLA, 334 South Street | $42 | Buy tickets here.
Genre: R&B, Soul

Calling all the lovers: Still riding high off the release of her latest album Friends & Lovers, R&B songstress Marsha Ambrosius is set to hit The TLA on South Street for an incredible night Philly soul. If you’re jonesin’ for Marsha’s killer vocals, sultry music, and her “keep-it-trill” commentary on life and love, then we definitely suggest that you grab tickets now.


Up-Close Live featuring Aaron Camper

Thursday, October 23, 7 p.m. | Relish, 7152 Ogontz Avenue | $10 | Buy tickets here.
Genre: R&B, Soul, Pop

Pier Entertainment is landing at  West Oak Lane soul-food staple Relish with a dope new live music series featuring some of the city's hottest emerging talents.On Thursday, October 23, Up-Close Live features two live sets of music by R&B/pop singer/songwriter Aaron Camper. After spending months on the road touring with industry heavyweights like Justin Timberlake and Chris Brown, Camper is back in town and ready to perform for his Philly friends and fam.


Mikey Rocks

Thursday, October 23, 8 p.m. | The Trocadero, 1003 Arch Street | $15 | Buy tickets here.
Genre: Hip-hop

Originally one-half of the groundbreaking rap duo, The Cool Kids, emcee Mikey Rocks has now successfully stepped out as a solo artist. The rapper has released several critically acclaimed mixtapes, which has solidified his position as a music pioneer for today’s hip-hop, internet, DIY generation. Opening performance by rapper Robb Banks.


Powerhouse 2014

Friday, October 31, 6 p.m. | Wells Fargo Center, 3601 S Broad Street | $20-150 | Buy tickets here.
Genre: R&B, Pop, Hip-hop

A staple on the Philly urban music scene, Power 99 FM’s annual Powerhouse concert is back on the scene. This year’s lineup includes performances by T.I., Jeezy, J. Cole, Ne-Yo, Jeremih, French Montana, Kid Ink, Migos, K. Camp, Chris Brown, Trey Songz, Tamar Braxton, and more.

    • Aaron Camper & Friends
      • Aaron Camper & Friends
      • Photo Credit: D. McDowell for Philly 360°/ Visit Philly

NOVEMBER

Wired Fest 96.5: Steve Aoki & Lil Jon

Thursday, November 6, 8 p.m. | Electric Factory, 421 N 7th Street | $61 | Buy tickets here.
Genre: Hip-hop, EDM

Two of the world’s greatest entertainers are landing on one stage this fall. On November 11, EDM sensation, producer and Dim Mak Records founder Steve Aoki and “Turn Down For What” rapper Lil Jon will both stop through Philadelphia for Wired Fest at The Electric Factory. This is definitely a can’t-miss show.


Goapele

Saturday, November 8, 8 p.m. | World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut Street | $24-35 | Buy tickets here.
Genre: Soul, R&B

Rolling Stone magazine once called Goapele the “spiritual love child of Sade and D’Angelo,” and we definitely agree. Since the 2001 release of her debut project Closer, the Berklee-trained singer/songwriter has all but written the book on how to be a successful, touring independent musician. Feel-good music lovers can catch Goapele on November 8 at World Cafe Live. Opening performance by Philadelphia’s own Jade Alston.


G-Eazy

Sunday, November 9, 7 p.m. | The Trocadero, 1003 Arch Street | $22.50 | Buy tickets here.
Genre: Hip-hop

A fixture on the New Orleans music scene, rapper G-Eazy has had a whirlwind ride to the top. The popular rapper has opened for major acts like A$AP Rocky, Lil Wayne, Mystikal and has even entertained thousands at Austin’s SXSW music festival. Catch G as he lands in Philly during his 41 date Van Warped music tour in November.


Usher: The UR Experience

Tuesday, November 11, 7:30 p.m. | Wells Fargo Center, 3601 S. Broad Street | $40-175 | Buy tickets here.
Genre: Pop, R&B

R&B/pop great Usher kicks off his 27-city music tour this fall — landing in Philadelphia on Tuesday, November 11. The tour will include special guests and will be jam-packed with hits from Usher’s 20-year discography. Grab your tickets now!


A$AP Ferg & YG

Thursday, November 13, 8 p.m. | Electric Factory, 421 N 7th Street | $41 | Buy tickets here.
Genre: Hip-hop

A founding member of the breakout rap group A$AP Mob, A$AP Ferg lands in Philadelphia on November 13 to perform at the Electric Factory. Also on the bill for that evening will be Def Jam recording artist YG, who is currently touring to promote his 2014 release My Krazy Life, which features Drake, Rich Homie Quan, and ScHoolboy Q.


Ms. Lauryn Hill: Homecoming Concert Series

Saturday, November 15, 8 p.m. | Electric Factory, 421 N. 7th Street | $72 | Buy tickets here.
Genre: R&B, Soul, Hip-hop

Lauryn Hill’s debut solo project, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, sold more than 12 million copies worldwide, earning the singer/songwriter five GRAMMYs, three American Music Awards, a Billboard Award, a Soul Train Award and an MTV Music Award. After taking a break from touring, Ms. Lauryn Hill is back on the road connecting with fans and performing reimagined renditions of the hits we’ve all fell in love with. You can catch Lauryn on November 15 at the Electric Factory. Opening performance by rapper Talib Kweli.


Bilal

Sunday, November 16, 8 p.m. | TLA, 334 South Street | $25-60 | Buy tickets here.
Genre: R&B, Soul, Hip-hop

Philly’s #1 son of soul, Bilal Oliver, is returning home to perform at The TLA on South Street. Known for his undeniable grooves, electrifying stage presence and soaring vocals, the Philly-bred soul singer first hit the scene during what some refer to as Philadelphia (neo)soul revival of the early 2000s. This show will also include opening performances by Vent, Marcus Labon, Kriss Mincey & The IDEA and Suzann Christine — all representing some of Philly’s finest R&B/soul acts.


Stevie Wonder: Songs in the Key of Life Tour

Sunday, November 16, 8 p.m. | Wells Fargo Center, 3601 S Broad Street | $50-150 | Buy tickets here.
Genre: R&B, Soul

Undeniably, one of the most significant albums in the history of American music, Stevie Wonder’s Songs in the Key of Life continues to shape and influence soul music around the globe. Now, Stevie fans are getting a chance to relive the classic as the celebrated singer/songwriter hits the road with an 11-city music tour.


Daley

Tuesday, November 18, 8 p.m. | Underground Arts, 1200 Callowhill Street | $20 | Buy tickets here.
Genre: R&B, Soul

The US first got a taste of the 24-year-old’s talent after he collaborated with Philly’s adopted songstress Marsha Ambrosius on their hit single “Alone Together” off his six-track EP Alone Together in 2012. Since finding success in the states, Daley has been nominated for two Soul Train Music Awards, collaborated with super producer Pharrell Williams and has been featured on Nelly’s 2013 track “Heaven.


B.O.B.

Thursday, November 20, 8:30 p.m. | Electric Factory, 421 N 7th Street | $41 | Buy tickets here.
Genre: Hip-hop, Pop

B.o.B first landed on the scene during the “Dirty South” music movement of the late 2000s, but his official breakthrough came in 2010 when he dropped the chart-topping hit “Nothing on You.” The eclectic rapper went on to release the hit track “Airplane,” which featured guest vocals by Paramore's Hayley Williams. Since then, B.o.B. has collabed with major headliners like Lil Wayne, Taylor Swift, Nicki Minaj, Chris Brown and Juicy J.


WDAS: 1st Annual Holiday Jam with Jill Scott, KEM, Ledisi, Joe and Faith Evans

Friday, November 28, 7 p.m. | The Liacouras Center, 1776 N Broad Street | $50-100 | Buy tickets here.
Genre: R&B, Soul

Philly’s fave R&B/soul station WDAS is teaming up with Soul Train to present an epic holiday jam at The Liacouras Center on N. Broad Street. On Friday, November 28 megastars including Jill Scott, Ledisi, Joe and Faith Evans will all land on one stage for an arena-rocking night of soul. Tickets will go fast, so grab your seats today.

    • Eric Roberson hosting Aaron Camper & Friends
      • Eric Roberson hosting Aaron Camper & Friends
      • Photo Credit: D. McDowell for Philly 360°/ Visit Philly

DECEMBER

Common

Monday, December 8, 8 p.m. | TLA, 334 South Street | $35 | Buy tickets here.
Genre: Hip-hop

Hip-hop artist and entertainment great, Common is heading out on tour this fall. He lands in Philadelphia on December 8 alongside of special guest Jay Electronica. His upcoming tour is in support of his latest project, Nobody’s Smiling, which released earlier this year.


Robert Glasper Experiment

Tuesday, December 9, 8 p.m. | World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut Street | $20-23 | Buy tickets here.
Genre: Jazz, Soul, R&B, Hip-hop

Robert Glasper first made a name for himself as the music director behind some of the hottest names in the industry, like Maxwell, yasiin bey, Q-Tip, and Bilal. Destined to step out into the spotlight as a solo act, Glasper dropped multiple solo projects, each one featuring prominent acts like Ledisi, Jill Scott, Bilal and Erykah Badu, to name a few. In 2013, Glasper achieved a new level of success, as he landed a GRAMMY for his 2013 project, Black Radio.


Justin Timberlake: The 20/20 Experience World Tour

Wednesday, December 17, 8 p.m. | Wells Fargo Center, 3601 S Broad Street | $50-175 | Buy tickets here.
Genre: Pop, R&B, Soul

Philly's got mad love for the Timberlake sound. If you missed Justin Timberlake when he rocked the Wells Fargo Center in the spring — don’t fret because JT is heading back to Philly this fall for yet another arena-rocking performance. On December 17, Justin brings his dazzling 20/20 Experience World Tour straight to Philly for what is sure to be the one of the dopest concerts of the season.


Lil John Roberts & Friends

Monday, December 22, 8 p.m. | World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut Street | $22.50 | Buy tickets here.
Genre: R&B, Jazz, Soul

Philly native, John “Lil’ John” Roberts is one of the most sought after drummers in the industry. Roberts got his start playing alongside jazz greats like Christain McBride and Joey Defrancesco at the age of 16. Now a live music, world-touring and studio session vet, Lil’ John’s credits includes work with renowned act of all genres like Stevie Wonder, Rachelle Ferrell, Ne-Yo, Bilal, Jamie Foxx, Snoop Dogg, Mos Def, Common, Mary J. Blie, Janet Jackson and many, many more. This show will include performances by soulstress Avery Sunshine and singer/songwriter/producer triple-threat Eric Roberson.


CONTEST: Win A Pair Of Tickets To The Forbes Under 30 Music Festival Featuring Wiz Khalifa, OCD: Moosh & Twist & More - Sunday, October 19

  • Posted By: James Claiborne
  • October 15, 2014
    • Wiz Khalifa
      • Wiz Khalifa
      • Photo Credit: M. Edlow for Visit Philadelphia / Philly 360°

Last month, Forbes announced that music all-stars Afrojack, Wiz Khalifa, LP and OCD: Moosh & Twist will all headline the Forbes Under 30 Music Festival

Held at The Piazza in Northern Liberties, the music festival will kick off the Forbes Under 30 Summit which will take place in Philadelphia from October 19-22 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center and other venues across the city. The buzz-worthy summit will bring together some of the country's leading young entrepreneurs and thought leaders for three days of panels, TED-style presentations and Shark Tank-style pitch contests. And, of course, no Philly affair is complete without the music. 

Want in on the concert? Well, there are two ways to win. Get the details below. 

    • Moosh & Twist OCD
      • Moosh & Twist OCD
      • Photo Credit: Courtesy of OCD

1. Take action with The Global Poverty Project 

To maximize the impact of the music festival, Forbes has partnered with The Global Poverty Project, a nonprofit that fights to end extreme poverty by 2030. Starting today, music lovers and do-gooders can take action at globalcitizen.org/nights and then use points earned for a chance to win free tickets to the October 19 concert.  

From tweeting, to signing a petition or watching an informative video, fans will learn more about the key issues address by The Global Poverty Project while getting one step closer to landing free festival tickets. Visit www.globalcitizen.org/nights#actions to enter for a chance to win tickets. 

2. Tweet to win with @Philly360

Speaking of free tickets, we've got our hands on a pair of passes to the festival. If you want them, then just follow @Philly360 on Twitter and tweet the below statement. 

TWEET TO WIN: I want to win tix to @ForbesUnder30 fest w/@wizkhalifa @teamocd + more @thepiazza via @Philly360 and #globalcitizennights

Enter by Noon on Friday, October 18 for your chance to win. You must be 21 or older to enter. Find the official Philly 360° contest rules here


Philly 360° Exclusive: Sittin' In At The Kimmel Center's Free Monthly Jam Session

  • Posted By: James Claiborne
  • October 8, 2014
    • Sittin' In at The Kimmel Center
      • Sittin' In at The Kimmel Center
      • Photo Credit: Stratagem for Philly 360°

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. Now approaching its third year, this free concert/party/jam session mashup is Philadelphia's go-to event for emerging talent, locally-based touring musicians — and the music lovers that can't get enough of their soulful sounds. 

From stellar featured acts to the Sittin' In house band and resident DJ Matthew Law, this signature Philly jam attracts the best and brightest performers and musicians from Philadelphia, and beyond. 

Recently, Philly 360° caught up with Sittin' In mastermind Anthony Tidd, as he led rehearsals for last month's all-star edition of Sittin' In, which featured headlining performances by Philly faves like Laurin Talese, Kate FaustJeff Bradshaw and Ursula Rucker.

Along with interviewing Tidd, we talked with the incredible group of musicians that regularly make up the Sittin' In house band, including Korey Riker, Ernest Stuart, Steve Tirpak, Josh Lawrence and Luke Carlos O'Reilly — each a notable artist in their own right. Be sure to check out our recap video below.

If you missed Sittin' In All Stars, don't fret, The Kimmel is back on the scene with another round of genre-defying musical awesomeness. You can take a look at the dates and featured talent for the next two installments of Sittin' In below. 


Sittin' In at The Kimmel Center:

    • Kate Faust - Sittin' In at The Kimmel Center
      • Kate Faust - Sittin' In at The Kimmel Center
      • Photo Credit: Stratagem for Philly 360
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      • Photo Credit: Stratagem for Philly 360
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Sittin' In hosted by The Philadelphia Jazz Project's Pre-Boo!
Wednesday, October 8, 8 p.m. | The Kimmel Center, 300 S Broad Street
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Sittin' In featuring the Venissa Santi Band and the Francois Zayas Quintet
Wednesday, November 12, 8 p.m. | The Kimmel Center, 300 S Broad Street
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Sittin' In Featuring Sicilian Defense
Wednesday, December 10, 8 p.m. | The Kimmel Center, 300 S Broad Street
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Check out our exclusive video for a behind the scenes look at Sittin' In at The Kimmel Center. 


October Must-Hit List: Wiz Khalifa, OCD: Moosh & Twist, Nas, Marsha Ambrosius, Aaron Camper & More

  • Posted By: James Claiborne
  • October 2, 2014
    • Nas at The Electric Factory
      • Nas at The Electric Factory
      • Photo Credit: L. Tellington for GPTMC

Must-Hit October Events: 

UNIQLO Philly Love Fest Featuring Questlove - Saturday, October 4

To celebrate the opening of its new downtown Philadelphia flagship store, international clothing retailer UNIQLO is throwing a huge, community-themed party at  Smith Memorial Playground and Playhouse. The UNIQLO Philly Love Fest will present a Philadelphia/Tokyo culture collision through food, games, music and performances. In fact, Mr. Global Philly himself, Questlove, will spin a fresh-to-death playlist for his hometown fans. 

Nas is hitting the road for a U.S. tour. He’ll perform music from the project that launched his career, Time is Illmatic—widely embraced as one of the most influential albums in hip-hop. This highly anticipated tour coincides with the release of the legendary rapper’s Tribeca Film documentary, Nas: Time Is Illmatic. Philly hip-hop fans can catch him at The Keswick Theater.


DesignPhiladelphia — Thursday, October 9 - Friday, October 17

DesignPhiladelphia returns, taking over a host of Philly venues and creative spaces this October. Now in its 10th year, the festival has grown into one of the largest of its kind, presenting 120 exhibitions, open studio tours, talks and workshops, plus 400 of the city’s brightest creative professionals.


Art After 5: Afropop Dance Party — Friday, October 17

This month’s installment of the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s popular Friday night mixer, Art After 5, promises to be an unforgettable sonic journey, laced with the sweet rhythms of Afropop music. DJ Rahsaan starts the evening with the latest hits from Ghana and beyond, and multi-instrumentalist Kinobe—hailed as the new voice of Ugandan music—closes the night out with an intimate set of world music.


Forbes Under 30 Music Festival — Sunday, October 19

Music all-stars Afrojack, Wiz Khalifa, LP and OCD: Moosh & Twist land in Philly this month to headline the Forbes Under 30 Music Festival. Held at The Piazza in Northern Liberties, the festival kicks off Forbes’ Under 30 Summit, which will host 1,000 of the country’s leading young entrepreneurs for three days of panels, TED-style presentations and Shark Tank-style pitch contests.


Up-Close Live Featuring Aaron Camper — Thursday, October 23

After spending months on the road touring with industry heavyweights such as Justin Timberlake, Philly’s favorite music transplant, Aaron Camper, is back in town and performing at West Oak Lane soul food joint Relish. The next edition of Up-Close Live features two full sets of music by Camper and a live interview with Philly-based blogger and Ebony contributor Sincerely Syreeta.


Marsha Ambrosius — Thursday, October 23

Calling all the lovers: Still riding high off the release of her latest album Friends & Lovers, R&B songstress Marsha Ambrosius is set to hit The TLA on South Street for an incredible night of Philly soul. If you’re jonesin’ for Marsha’s killer vocals, sultry music and “keep-it-trill” commentary on life and love, we suggest you grab tickets now.

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Philly 360° Spotlights:

Rewind: PhillyMade

The night before MIA hit the Parkway with headliners Pharrell and Kanye West, a concert/party of epic proportions went down at Voltage Lounge. A BASSic Black Entertainment–X Kontraband 215 mashup, PhillyMade featured an incredible roster of talent including West Philly emcee Chill Moody, singer/songwriter Aaron Camper, Kontraband 215 front man Scoop, and hip-hop great Common. Watch our recap video.


What’s Good In My ‘Hood: Northern Liberties

Each month, Philly 360° showcases a creative from a trendy neighborhood in Philly. We recently linked up with graphic artist and nightlife connoisseur Jake Weaver of Northern Liberties—also referred to as “NoLibs” by locals. From vintage sneaker consignment shop Sole Patrol to his favorite burger joint PYT, Jake gives us an insider’s look at his ’hood. Get details here.


Style Guide: Shop “Heritage-Hipster” in Old City

For the next edition of the Philly° 360 Style Guide, we're focusing our attention on a special group of stylish gents that we've dubbed "The Heritage Hipster." You know the type—he’s uber stylish, wears great heritage brand jeans, loves vintage everything and is well-groomed in the most unassuming way. If that’s you, then we have a few OId City shops that you must check out. Find out more here.


Rewind: The 2014 BlackStar Film Festival

For the third year in a row, BlackStar Film Festival exploded on the scene to shine a spotlight on the films and filmmakers that are broadening the definition of black cinema around the globe. Philly 360° went behind the scenes to capture the people and movement that powered BlackStar 2014. Watch our video recap.


Questlove DJs The UNIQLO Philly Love Fest At Smith Memorial Park Playground This Weekend - Saturday, October 4

  • Posted By: James Claiborne
  • October 1, 2014
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      • Photo Credit: M. Edlow for Visit Philadelphia / Philly 360°

Philly's shopping scene just keeps getting better, and better. Next up on our retail radar, UNIQLO!

The international clothing brand, adored for high-quality casualwear and great prices, will open on Chestnut Street in Center City this Friday — a big win for Philadelphia shoppers.

To celebrate the grand opening of its new Philadelphia flagship store, the global clothing retailer announced that it will host a community-themed festival at Smith Memorial Park Playground and Playhouse on Saturday, October 4.

The UNIQLO Philly Love Fest will coincide with the opening of the brand's first downtown Philly store at 1608 Chestnut Street. Capitalizing on the major buzz around the opening, UNIQLO's Philly Love Fest will present a culture collision of Philadelphia and Tokyo influences through food, games and performances.

In fact, Mr. Global Philly himself, Roots drummer and famed turntablists Questlove will even be making an appearance and spinning a set between 4:15 – 5:45 p.m.

Other UNIQLO Philly Love Fest highlights include runway shows featuring traditional Japanese Taiko drummers, Philadelphia bucket drummers and breakdancers; face painting in the traditional Japanese styles of Anime, Manga and Kabuki in Philly team colors; food trucks serving up good eats influenced by both cities; and carnival games where attendees play to win gift cards, food truck vouchers and other prizes. 

Guests will even have a chance to snap and share selfies at the UNIQLO social ‘Step and Repeat.' So, make sure you're wearing your flyest festival gear.

The ‘UNIQLO Philly Love Fest’ is free and open to the public. UNIQLO will even provide free transportation to and from the event via UNIQLO branded double-decker buses.

Customers can board the bus at the following stops:

— South 16th Street & Market Street (Pick Up Only)
— Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul, 1723 Race Street (Pick Up Only)
— Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy (Pick Up Only)
— Smith Memorial Playground & Playhouse, 3500 Reservoir Dr (Pick Up & Drop Off)
— UNIQLO, 1608 Chestnut Street (Drop Off Only)

You can visit UNIQLO’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/uniqlo.us for more information and event details. 


UNIQLO Philly Love Fest featuring Questlove 
When: Saturday, October 4, 
Where:  Smith Memorial Park Playground, 3500 Reservoir Drive
Cost: FREE
More Info: Click here


Wiz Khalifa, OCD: Moosh & Twist, LP & Afrojack Headline The Forbes Under 30 Music Festival At The Piazza - Sunday, October 19

  • Posted By: James Claiborne
  • September 23, 2014
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      • Photo Credit: M. Edlow for Visit Philadelphia / Philly 360°

Breaking: Just today, Forbes announced that music all-stars Afrojack, Wiz Khalifa, LP and OCD: Moosh & Twist will all headline the Forbes Under 30 Music Festival

Held at The Piazza in Northern Liberties, the music festival will kick off the Forbes Under 30 Summit which will take place in Philadelphia from October 19-22 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center and other venues across the city. The buzz-worthy summit will bring together some of the country's leading young entrepreneurs and thought leaders for three days of panels, TED-style presentations and Shark Tank-style pitch contests. And, of course, no Philly event is complete without the music. 

Want in on the concert? Then take action with Global Poverty Project today! 

To maximize the impact of the music festival, Forbes has partnered with The Global Poverty Project, a nonprofit that fights to end extreme poverty by 2030. Starting today, music lovers and do-gooders can take action at globalcitizen.org/nights and then use points earned for a chance to win free tickets to the October 19 concert.  

From tweeting, to signing a petition or watching an informative video, fans will learn more about the key issues address by The Global Poverty Project while getting one step closer to landing free festival tickets.

You can check out more details on the show's dope lineup of artists below. 

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Forbes Under 30 Music Festival Lineup: 

Afrojack

Named by Forbes as one of the highest-paid DJ in the business, Afrojack recently dropped his debut studio project, Forget The World, which includes appearances by music heavyweights like Snoop Dogg, Sting and Jared Leto. Afrojack will close out the evening with an unforgettable set of music. 

Wiz Khalifa

LP, a singer/songwriter who has lent her fierce songwriting skills to megastars like Rihanna, will take to the Forbes Under 30 stage, showcasing her undeniable music and soaring vocals. LP's latest project Forever For Now features hits like “Tokyo Sunrise” and “Into the Wild.”

LP

LP, as singer/songwriter who has lent her fierce songwriting skills to megastars like Rihanna, will take to the Forbes Under 30 stage, showcasing her own undeniable music and soaring vocals. LP's latest project Forever For Now features hits like “Tokyo Sunrise” and “Into the Wild.”

OCD: Moosh and Twist

Philly, stand up! Our city's own native hip-hop group OCD: Moosh and Twist will open the festival with an electrifying performance. The group, comprised of 20-year-olds DeQuincy “Moosh” Coleman McRae and Oliver “Twist” Feighan, boasts over 100,000 mixtape downloads and 7 million YouTube views.

You can get more details on the Forbes' Under 30 Summit by visiting www.forbesunder30.com, or by following @ForbesUnder30, #Under30Summit and #GoingtoPhilly on Twitter.


Forbes Under 30 Musical Festival
When: Sunday, October 19, Doors 3:30 p.m. 
Where: The Piazza, 1001 N 2nd St, Philadelphia, PA 19123
Cost: Free, but ticketed. 
More Info: Visit www.globalcitizen.org/nights#actions to enter for a chance to win tickets. 


CONTEST: Tweet @Philly360 To Win A Pair Of VIP Tickets To Foxtail Festival on Saturday, September 20

  • Posted By: James Claiborne
  • September 12, 2014
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This month, music festival producers, What Scene?, will again present Foxtail Fest here in Philadelphia. Along with Top Dawg Entertainment's SZA as the headliner, the Foxtail lineup includes performances by a diverse list of hip-hop/alternative/electronic artists and DJ's, including A$AP Ant, A$AP Nast, DJ Diamond Kuts, Noah Breakfast, ASAAD, Theodore Grams, DJ SYLO and others.

The day-long mystical forest-themed, music festival, hosted by Cory Townes, will also feature an outdoor fire show, aerial stunts, LED lighting hoops, and acrobatic/contortionist visuals by Mystical Circus Acts, as well as 3D projections of graphic art to go along with the listening experience.

Want to be one of the 1,000+ festival-goers expected to attend Foxtail next week? Yeah, we thought so. Well, here's your chance enter to win!

Tweet To Win

Just follow @Philly360 and @FoxtailFest, then tweet the below phrase. Just make sure you add in the special somebody who you'd bring along with you.   

"If I win free tix to #FoxtailFest from @Philly360, I want to take @[fill in the blank]!"

The Prize

One lucky winner will win a pair of VIP tickets. VIP amenities include:

Access to VIP viewing area with open bar
Limited edition Foxtail Fest VIP wristband
Foxtail Food Truck Pass
Entry to Exclusive After Party
Limited Edition Foxtail Fest Poster by DISTORTED + More!

So, get to tweeting and we'll see you at Foxtail 2014! Let's go. 

Click here for the official rules.


Foxtail Fest
When: Saturday, September 20, 
Where: District N9NE, 460 N 9th Street
Cost: $25-150
More info: Click here.


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