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Contest: Win Tickets To See MIA & Ab-Soul At Tower Theater - Friday, April 25

  • Posted By: James Claiborne
  • April 16, 2014
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One thing that's for certain — there's no stopping MIA. Bursting back on the scene after having her baby boy last year, MIA hit the road for a US music tour alongside Top Dawg Entertainment recording artist, Ab-soul. Together, these two powerhouse emcees have been tearing up stages and arenas across the country, and they're set to land in Philly on April 25.  

Want in on this incredible night of hip-hop? We know you do! That's why we're hooking a few lucky MIA fans up with a pair of tickets to her show at Tower Theater in West Philly. Just complete the below entry form for a chance to win. All winners will be contact early next week. #goodluck

You can click here to view the official contest rules. 


MIA w/ Ab–Soul
When: Friday, April 25, 8 p.m.
Where: Tower Theater, 69th and Ludlow Streets
Cost: $35
More Info: LiveNation.com


Philly 360° Music Guide: Where To Listen To Jazz In Philadelphia

  • Posted By: James Claiborne
  • April 16, 2014
    • Philly 360˚ Exclusive: Philly's Got Jazz
      • Philly 360˚ Exclusive: Philly's Got Jazz
      • Photo Credit: D. McDowell for GPTMC

Philly is definitely serious about two things — our history and our music. Philadelphia has been called home by some of the greatest names in the history of music, like jazz legends Billie Holiday, John Coltrane, Ethel Waters, Dizzie Gillespie and Charlie Parker, just to name a few. 

Luckily for us, our city's rep as a great music destination doesn't stop with our deep jazz roots. Every day, stellar Philly-based musicians like Jeff Bradshaw, Laurin Talese, Ernest Stuart and others keep our local jazz scene moving and on the map. And, pretty much any day of the week, you can find a live jazz set going down in one of Philly's many popular music venues, including Chris' Jazz Cafe, Time and Warmdaddy's.

Ready to experience the feel-good vibe of the local jazz scene firsthand? Great — because Philly 360° has you covered. We've pulled together a roundup of some of best places to experience all that Philly jazz has to offer. Check it out! 


Watch our "Philly's Got Jazz" video and then check out The Official Philly 360° Guide to Jazz!

 

Jazz Festivals:

Center City Jazz Fest

When: Saturday, April 19
Where: Various venues
More info: Click here

It’s back! Center City Jazz Fest returns with 16 incredible acts performing at four local music venues, including Fergie’s, Chris’ Jazz Cafe, Time and Milkboy Philly. Catch some of the city’s top jazz talents — Ernest Stuart, Justin Faulkner, Joanna Pascale and Mike Kennedy — lay it down like only Philly musicians can. One ticket gets you access to all of it.


Longwood Gardens' Wine & Jazz Festival

When: Satuday, June 7 
Where: Longwood Gardens, 1001 Longwood Road, Kennett Square, PA
More info: Click here

Three-time GRAMMY winning jazz vocalist Dee Dee Bridgewater, along with the Delfeayo Marsalis Quintet and the Jazz Orchestra of Philadelphia, lands at Longwood Gardens for their annual Wine & Jazz Festival. Fine wine, smooth jazz and Longwood's picturesque gardens collide for an unforgettable experience for music lovers of all ages. 


Summer Solstice Salsa Party @ Morris Arboretum

When: Saturday, June 19
Where: Morris Arboretum, 100 E. Northwestern Avenue
More info: Click here

Celebrate the longest day of the year with some Latino flavor, as Morris Arboretum presents its Summer Solstice Salsa Party featuring Latin jazz group Cafe Con Pan Band. Insider tip: Get there early to practice your moves during their free pre-show salsa lesson. 


Philadelphia United Jazz Festival and Celebration 

When: Saturday, September 20 
Where: South Street between Broad & 16th Streets
More info: Click here

The Philadelphia United Jazz Festival and Celebration returns with another round of outstanding Philly jazz. Produced by the Lifeline Music Coalition, the event features two stages and various venues along Philly's famous South Street.

    • Chris' Jazz Cafe
      • Chris' Jazz Cafe
      • Photo Credit: Photo by L. Whitaker for GPTMC

Jazz Clubs & Venues:

Chris Jazz Cafe 

1421 Sansom Street

chrisjazzcafe.com 

Down Beat Magazine got it right when they named Chris’ Jazz Cafe one of the “100 Great Venues Around the World to Hear Jazz.” In addition to a dope lineup of local, national and international talent, Chris' also has a menu that offers budget-friendly food and drinks. 


Warmdaddy's 

1400 S. Columbus Boulevard

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With its waterfront location, down-home southern comfort food and a regular lineup of Philly-fresh music, Warmdaddy's is a must-hit in Philly's music scene. Be sure to keep an eye on Warmdaddy's monthly music calendar to stay up-to-date on their solid mix of jazz, soul, hip-hop and blues performances. 


Time 

1315 Sansom Street 

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Tucked away on Sansom Street, Time has quickly become a favorite drop-in spot for Philadelphia's young, emerging jazz talents. In addition to the main dining room, which features a nightly lineup of jazz and soul, Time also houses a small whiskey bar on the first floor and a second floor absinthe lounge and dance floor.  


Relish

7152 Ogontz Avenue

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Although it’s only open on Sundays, Mondays and Wednesdays, LaRose Jazz Club in Philadelphia’s Germantown neighborhood is considered one of the most authentic jazz clubs in town. Jazz purists will appreciate this venue's dedication to presenting "true" jazz in a caberet-like setting. 
 
 

Paris Bistro

8229 Germantown Avenue

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Recently opened beneath the Chestnut Hill Hotel, Paris Bistro is a 50-seat jazz cafe offering performances Thursday through Sunday nights. Patrons can enjoy full food and drink lists while taking in hour-long performances from Philadelphia’s hottest jazz musicians.


The Philadelphia Clef Club of Jazz

738 S. Broad Street 

clefclubofjazz.org

The Philadelphia Clef Club works to present jazz — past, present and future — through workshop, classes, lessons and, of course, a stellar lineup of concerts. Keep an eye on their monthly programming for a great selection of open mic sets and shows featuring local headliners. 

    • Laurin Talese at Sittin' In at The Kimmel Center
      • Laurin Talese at Sittin' In at The Kimmel Center
      • Photo Credit: P. English for GPTMC / Philly 360°

Showcase & Concert Series

Sittin' In @ The Kimmel

When: Check website for details. 
Where: Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, Broad and Spruce Streets 
More info: Click here

Check out the new faces of Philly music, during the Kimmel Center's monthly artists showcase, “Sittin’ In.” Headlined by a different rising star each month, this event is a look at the new "who’s who" in Philly's booming music scene — and the perfect place to dance, party and mix and mingle with the local creative scene.


Jazz and R&B Happy Hour

When: 1st and 3rd Fridays
Where: Reserve Wine Bar & Lounge
More info: facebook.com/reservephl

Every 1st and 3rd Friday, Reserve Wine Bar & Lounge explodes with the sounds of Philly's hottest jazz talents. Hosted by jazz musicians V. Shayne Frederick and Kevin Valentine, this twice-monthly series regularly includes surprise guest musicians, vocalists and poets. It's always a can't-miss event.


Who Got The Jazz?

When: See website for dates. 
Where: World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut Street
More Info: Click here

Each month, Veteran Freshman and The Philadelphia Jazz Project return to World Cafe Live with a new edition of Who Got The Jazz? This classic Philly music showcase features a lineup of young, emerging jazz musicians laying down some serious sounds. Check out World Cafe Live's website for information on featured performers. 

Art After 5 @ PMA

When: Weekly on Fridays
Where: Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
More info: philamuseum.org

Each and every Friday, the Philadelphia Museum of Art's Art After 5 showcase and mixer features live jazz and a cash bar in the Great Stair Hall. This popular performance series focuses on on jazz, but regularly includes a selection of world music, soul, R&B and hip-hop. It's a must-hit event. 


Friday Night Jazz @ Woodmere

When: Friday nights through April 25
Where: Woodmere Art Museum, 9201 Germantown Avenue
More info: Click here

Back for another season, Friday Night Jazz at Woodmere Art Museum returns with awe-inspiring musical tributes to iconic musicians like John Coltrane and Jimi Hendrix.  Sip some complimentary wine and listen to live music, while enjoying Woodmere's collection. 


Smooth Jazz Summer Nights

When: TBA
Where: RiverStage/Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing, Columbus Boulevard at Chestnut Street
More info: Click here

What could be better than a waterfront seat and smooth jazz under the Philly sky? Open to jazz fans of any age, this free, popular outdoor music series returns to the Riverstage at the Great Plaza on Penn's Landing. Stay tuned for more details.

 

Contest: Win Tickets To See Ledisi & Robert Glasper At Tower Theater - Thursday, May 1

  • Posted By: James Claiborne
  • April 15, 2014
    • Ledisi - The Truth Tour
      • Ledisi - The Truth Tour
      • Photo Credit: Courtesy of the artist

Eight-time GRAMMY-nominated R&B powerhouse Ledisi is on the road with a hot new music tour in support of her latest project, The Truth. And, of course she's stopping through Philly to show her fans some love. You can check Led out on Thursday May 1 at the Tower Theater in West Philadelphia.

Ledisi brings together the sounds of soul, R&B, jazz and gospel into her music, and keeps her fans on the edge of their seat with her electrifying performances and impressive vocal range. Her album Pieces of Me garnered three GRAMMY nods and showcased her work with two Philly notables — songwriting duo Carvin Haggins and Ivan Barias

The Truth Tour not only features Ledisi's unbelievable music and voice, but also includes a special opening performance by the Robert Glasper Experiment — brainchild of acclaimed jazz pianist and recent GRAMMY-winner Robert Glasper

We're guessing that you want in on the feel-good music, right? Well, don't worry because we've got you covered. Philly 360° is giving away three pairs of tickets to some lucky, deserving fans.

Just complete the below contest form to enter. You can also click here for the official contest rules. 

Ledisi The Truth Tour w/ Special Guest Robert Glasper Experiment
When: Thursday, May 1, 8 PM
Where: Tower Theater, 19 S. 69th Street, Upper Darby, PA
Cost: From $46-75
Tickets: Click here to buy tickets. 


Philly 360° Rewind: Backstage At World Cafe Live With Clint Coley

  • Posted By: James Claiborne
  • April 4, 2014
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      • Photo Credit: Courtesy of Clint Coley

Keep your eye on Philly born-and-raised comedian Clint Coley. Since being hailed as the new "Prince of Comedy" by veteran entertainer D.L. Hughley, this Philly funnyman has been steadily gaining fans and national exposure.

Philly 360° recently caught up with Clint as he brought his hit one-man show I'm an Adult to the popular, polished University City music venue, World Cafe Live.

Backstage Clint gave us an exclusive look at his pre-show routine, which includes a fresh cut by Snoop The Barber, a turkey sandwich from Wawa and a rowdy game of spades with his crew. Among Clint's entourage for that night was his mom, sister, singer/songwriter Jacqueline Constance, and a number of local comedians. Also, spotted backstage playing spades was producer and Reebok brand Ambassador Dilemma, who is slated to produce Clint's upcoming album this year. 

After a few rounds of cards, complete with a hefty dose of classic spades trash-talking, Clint chatted with us about growing up in Philly and his road to success. And, of course we had to ask about his favorite cheesesteak spot.

For the record, Clint only gets his steaks from Max's. As for toppings, he'll take salt, pepper, ketchup, fried onions and American cheese—no Whiz! Clint definitely felt strong about the Whiz. In Philly, Whiz or no-Whiz is definitely a matter of taste, so we'll leave that one alone for now.

But, one thing is definitely clear—Clint Coley is on the move, making it happen and always down to rep his hometown.


Here's our exclusive backstage video with Clint Coley at World Cafe Live! Check it out. 


11 Must-Hit Events For Philly Tech Week - April 4 -12

  • Posted By: James Claiborne
  • March 27, 2014
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Techies, this one’s for you. From April 4 to 12, Philly Tech Week returns for another round of innovative, tech-driven action. Now in its fourth year, PTW has quickly become the city's go-to event for Philly creatives working across the tech and design communities.

Fresher than your average tech conference, the week-long celebration kicks off with Arcade @ The Oval featuring 10+ food trucks, live performances, a Yard Brewery Company beer garden and the largest game of Tetris known to man. #truestory

Post-kickoff, PTW 2014 goes into overdrive with 100+ events taking place across the city. Local and national innovators like Rakia Reynolds of Skai Blue Media, Issa Rae of the hit web series Awkward Black Girl, Brigette Daniels of Philly-based Wilco Electronic Systems and Marcus Troy of the popular lifestyle blog MarcusTroy.com are all slated to make appearances to share their vision for a better, smarter future.  

This year, PTW14 even includes a special tech-edition of the Heineken Green Room at Sigma Sound Studios. Only Philly could make geekin' out look this good.  

We know trying to navigate over 100 events in just a week can be a little daunting. But don't worry—Philly 360° has got you covered. We've pulled together an itinerary of a few can't-miss events. You can check the official Philly 360° guide to Philly Tech Week below. 


Philly 360° Guide to Philly Tech Week: 

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Arcade @ The Oval - UPDATE! 

The date for this event changed to Saturday due to weather. 

When: Saturday, April 5, 7 - 10:30 p.m.
Where: The Oval, Benjamin Franklin Parkway
More Info: Click here to register.  

Kick off Philly Tech Week with a massive game of Tetris projected on the side of the 29-story Cira Centre  building—Guinness Certified as the world's tallest video game. You can enter here for your chance to play Tetris. This outdoor arcade will also feature local apps and games by community partners, food from 10+ Philly food trucks, a Yards beer garden and live performances.


#PTW14 After Hours 

When: Friday, April 4 - Saturday, April 12, 10:30 p.m. - Midnight 
Where: Kite & Key, 1836 Callowhill Street
More Info: Click here

Every night of the week, after all other events have concluded, PTW14 guests can gather with other attendees at a single neighborhood bar to wind down.There's no special agenda or RSVP necessary—just show up and enjoy!


The Philadelphia Podcasting Society Meetup

When: Saturday, April 5, 2 - 5 p.m. 
Where: Barcade, 1114 Frankford Avenue
More Info: Click here.

Join The Philadelphia Podcasting Society for its first ever Meetup. The group's goal is to build community amongst Philly-based podcasters through networking, sharing stories, techniques and best practices. 


Cira Centre Classic Video Games @ The Oval

When: Sunday, April 6, 8 - 10 p.m.
Where: The Oval, Benjamin Franklin Parkway 
More Info: Click here

If you miss PTW's opening night Arcade @ The Oval, don't worry! This is your second chance to try your luck at playing classic video games projected on the side of the 29-story Cira Centre building.  


Tech Mix It Up: A Diversity Networking Affair

When: Monday, April 7, 5 - 8 p.m. 
Where: William Way Community Center, 1315 Spruce Street 
More Info: Click here

Make time to hit this special mixer, which will bring together creatives from diverse backgrounds including gender, race, ethnicity and lifestyle to discuss innovation and diversity in Philly and beyond.  


The Future of Digital Marketing

When: Tuesday, April 8, 2 - 6, p.m. 
Where: Sears Church, 1028 N. 3rd Street 
More Info: Click here

Join local innovators like Rakia Reynolds of Skai Blue Media, Will Reynold of Seer Interactive and Uri Pierre Noel of ArtsTechPhilly as they discuss the strategies and trends every startup needs to know.


Building Your Digital Empire with Marcus Troy

When: Tuesday, April 8, 6:30 - 8 p.m. 
Where: Hylo Boutique, 242 N. 3rd Street
More Info: Click here.

Join in on the conversation with the man behind the popular lifestyle blog, MarcusTroy.com. Find out why NIke, Puma, LL Bean, Sebago and Bentley all trust this influencer's voice to spread the word about their brands. Marcus will give advice, tips and share his experiences with Philadelphia bloggers to help them to maximize their digital assets and build a stronger brand.


Build IOS Mobile Apps - NEW ADDITION!

When: Tuesday, April 8, 6 - 9 p.m. 
Where: First Round Capital, 4040 Locust
More Info: Click here.

Join Jumoke Dada of Signature Red for a hands-on workshop designed to teach individuals the basics of how to create a mobile app for the iOS platform and submit it to the App Store. By the end of the workshop, attendees will create basic code to add functionality to a simulated mobile device. Dinner will be provided.

 

Blog, Brand, Biz, Buzz

When: Wednesday, April 9, 6 - 10 p.m. 
Where: Brick American Eatery, 1708 Lombard Street
More Info: Click here

Philly Blog Love hosts a discussion to find out how local tastemakers have grown their presence and seen business benefits by utilizing the digital space to build brand and create buzz. Panelists include Rakia Reynolds of Skai Blue Media, Curran J of Kings Rule Together,  HughE Dillon of Philly Chit Chat and more.


Black Out II: Crowdfunding - A Path to Economic Liberation

When: Thursday, April 10, 9 - 11 a.m. 
Where: Temple University, Fox School of Business, MBA Commones, 1801 Liacouras Walk
More Info: Click here

This panel will feature Black companies and individuals who have used crowdfunding to launch successful businesses and major initiatives. Panelists include: Issa Rae, Creator of Misadventures of An Awkward Black Girl, Tim Reese of National Minority Angel Network, and FCC expert Brigitte Daniel. 


Heineken Green Room 

When: Thursday, April 10, 6 - 10 p.m. 
Where: Sigma Sound Studios, 212 N. 12th Street 
More Info: Click here

As part of Philly Tech Week 2014, Heineken Green Room invites you to get up close and personal with some of the most progressive names in music and technology and party to the beats of Philly’s own Illvibe Collective and MICK—one of America's most in-demand DJ talents and marketing, branding and tech space entrepreneur.


Music + Tech = ______?

When: Friday, April 11, 2 - 5 p.m. 
Where: Caplan Theater @ UArts, 320 S. Broad Street
More Info: Click here

To celebrate Philly Tech Week, The University of the Arts School of Music, in conjunction with WXPN and The Corzo Center for Entrepreneurship, present a series of industry professionals sharing their thoughts and opinions on how the intersection of music and technology are influencing one another, and where their partnership might lead. 


Philly Invades Austin During SXSW

  • Posted By: James Claiborne
  • March 7, 2014
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      • Photo Credit: Photo by Tye Truitt / Courtesy of SXSW
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Another epic Philly takeover is about to go down! Our current target: Austin, TX.  

Starting this week, well over 60,000 creative-types from around the globe will descend upon Austin for SXSW—an explosive festival, conference and party mashup that attracts the biggest and brightest talents in music, film and technology.  

Philly's SXSW Invasion

Headed to SXSW this year? Nice. Well, you definitely won't be traveling alone because Philadelphia is once again reppin' strong this year. A quick browse through the massive lineup of SXSW events reveals a strong contigent of Philly talent participaing at this year's festival. We spotted tons of Philly-based artists—performing with hitmaking artists like Lady GaGa, speaking at entertainment industry sessions, or holding Philly down on one of the 100+ SXSW stages.

Philly-bred rapper Freeway, sought-after industry drummer Spanky McCurdy, hip hop phenom Gilbere Forte, indie-music star Res, along with a host of other artists (of all genres) like Eshon Burgundy, Da Truth, Chynna, Modern Inventors and Kurt Vile will all be a part of the Philly SXSW domination.  

#HomesickPhilly at East End

Even your Philly 360° and Visit Philadelphia fam will be heading to Austin to give SXSW a little taste of what Philly has to offer. On, Thursday, March 13, we're staging a complete Philadelphia takeover and setting up a #HomesickPhilly beer garden and stage during the SXSW Death and Taxes and Visitphilly.com Present East End event at Cheer Up Charlie's.  

Along with beer courtesy of Victory Brewing Companythe #HomesickPhilly operation will include live performances by indie rap star Chill Moody, R&B powerhouse Beano, turntablist DJ Ricochet, Philly garage-rockers Bleeding Rainbow and indie rock band Pattern is Movement—all staples of the Philly music scene.  

#HomesickPhilly guests will also have a chance to cool off in a tented beer garden, snap a classic Philly-themed selfie, take some pics in our #HomesickPhilly photo booth, and a chance to land some serious swag including a trip to Philly for The Roots Picnic and a Fuji Feather Bike. #winning 

Dope, right? Right. We're guessing you want in on the #HomesickPhilly action. If you're planning to be in Austin for the festivities then make sure you right now. You definitely won't want to miss out on the fun. 

Go Behind-the-Scenes with Philly 360°

Don't worry if a trip to SXSW is not your plans for this year. As always, Philly 360° will be bringing you an exclusive look at the Philly SXSW invasion. Be sure to follow us on Twitter and Instagram for real-time updates. Also, stay tuned for our exclusve behind-the-scenes recap on the Philly-invades-Austin awesomeness that's about to go down.  

Check out our Official Philly Guide to SXSW below and stay locked in for more updates. Also, if you're performing and want to be included in our listing, just .  

 

The Official Philly Guide to SXSW 2014

    • Chill Moody & Beano
      • Chill Moody & Beano
      • Photo Credit: D. McDowell for Philly 360°/ Visit Philly

Artists Performing: 

Freeway (Hip-Hop)

What: Performing at The Indie Life w/ Twista, Problem and More
When: Friday March 14, 11 p.m. - 2 a.m. 
Where: Bat Bar, 218 E. 6th Street
More Info: Click here


Spanky McCurdy (Drummer for Lady Gaga)

What: Performing with Lady Gaga at the Doritos #BoldStage
When: Thursday, March 13
Where: Stubb's, 801 Red River Street
More Info: Stay tuned. 


Gilbere Forte (Hip-Hop)

What: Performing at official SXSW event
When: Saturday, March 15, 10:15-10:30 p.m. 
Where: Blackheart, 86 Rainey Street
More Info: Click here


Chill Moody, Beano and DJ Ricochet (Chill Moody: Hip-Hop and Beano: R&B)

What: Performing at #HomesickPhilly at East End
When: Thursday, March 13, 1-7 p.m.
Where: Cheer Up Charlie’s, 900 Red River Street
More Info:   here. Also, Chill is performiing at multiple shows—stay tuned for details. 


Res (Indie, R&B, Pop, Soul, Rock)

What: Performing at official SXSW event
When: Saturday, March 15
Where: Palm Door on Sixth, 508 E. 6th Street
More Info: Click here.


Selina Carrera (Red Bull Sound Select artist)

More Info: Stay tuned. 


Knxwledge (Hip-Hop)

What: Performing at official SXSW events
When: Wednesday, March 12, 8-9 p.m.
Where Barcelona, 209 E. 6th Street
More Info: Click here.

When: Saturday, March 15, 9:30-10 p.m. 
Where: The North Door, 502 Brushy Street
More Info: Click here


Bleeding Rainbow (Rock/Punk)

What: Performing at Homesick Philly at East End
When: Thursday, March 13, 1-7 p.m.
Where: Cheer Up Charlie’s, 900 Red River Street
More Info:   here.


Pattern is Movement (Indie Rock)

What: Performing at Homesick Philly at East End
When: Thursday, March 13, 1-7 p.m.
Where: Cheer Up Charlie’s, 900 Red River Street
More Info:   here.

What: Performing at official SXSW event
When: Tuesday, March 11 Midnight-12:40 a.m.
Where: Trinity Hall @ Old School, 401 E.  6th Street
More Info: Click here. 


Chynna (Hip-Hop)

What: Performing at official SXSW event
When: Saturday, March 15 9:15-9:30 p.m.
Where: Haven, 409 Colorado Street
More Info: Click here.


Spaceship Aloha (Chris Powell of Man Man) (Electronic)

What: Performing at official SXSW event
When: Tuesday, March 11, 9-9:40 p.m.
Where: Trinity Hall @ Old School, 401 E.  6th Street
More Info: Click here


Eshon Burgundy (Hip-Hop)

What: Performing at official SXSW event
When: Thursday, March 13, 9:05-9:25 p.m.
Where: Carver Museum Boyd Vance Theater, 1165 Angelina Street
More Info: Click here


Da Truth (Christian Hip-Hop)

What: Performing at official SXSW event
When: Thursday, March 13, 8:20-8:35 p.m.
Where: Carver Museum Boyd Vance Theater, 1165 Angelina Street
More Info: Click here


Modern Inventors (Folk Rock)

What: Performing at official SXSW event
When: Thursday, March 13, 8–8:40 p.m.
Where: Tap Room at The Market, 311 Colorado Street
More Info: Click here


Residuels (Bottleneck Blues)

What: Performing at official SXSW event
When: Thursday, March 13, 10:15-10:45 p.m. 
Where: Hotel Vegas, 1500 E. 6th Street
More Info: Click here


Cheerleader (Rock)

What Performing at official SXSW event
When: Thursday, March 13, 11–11:40 p.m.
Where: Trinity Hall @ Old School, 401 E. 6th Street
More Info: Click here


Cheers Elephant (Rock)

What: Performing at official SXSW event
When: Thursday, March 13 1-1:50 a.m.
Where: Soho Lounge, 217 E. 6th Street
More Info: Click here


Kurt Vile (Rock)

What: Performing three shows - all official SXSW
When: Wednesday, March 12, Midnight - 1 a.m.
Where: Cheer Up Charlie’s, 900 Red River Street

When: Thursday, March 13 10:00 - 10:40 p.m.
Where: Clive Bar, 609 Davis Street
More Info: Click here

When: Thursday, March 13, 12:50-1:30 a.m.
Where: Red 7, 611 E. 7th Street
More Info: Click here


Far-Out Fangtooth (Psych Rock)

What: Performing at official SXSW event
When: Thursday, March 13, 11-11:30 p.m.
Where: Hotel Vegas @ Volstead, 1500  E. 6th Street
More Info: Click here


Lil Dicky (Hip-Hop)

What: Performing at official SXSW event
When: Friday, March 14, Midnight - 12:20am
Where: Tap Room at The Market, 311 Colorado Street
More Info: Click here


Peter Matthew Bauer (Rock)

What: Performing at official SXSW event
When: Thursday, March 13, 8-8:40 p.m.
Where: Buffalo Billiards, 201 E. 6th Street
More Info: Click here


Other Events to Check Out: 

 

WXPN Live Broadcast from Austin

Bringing a taste of SXSW to the Philly airwaves. Click here for details


Paid to Play: The Future of College Athletics

Emmanuel Acho, Philadelphia Eagles player Click here for details. 


Is It Too Late To Be Awesome?

Who: Rashid Zakat
When: Saturday, March 8 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Where: Courtyard Marriott Brazos
More Info: Click here


Marketing and Branding in Live Music Business Today

Who: Michael Bishop, talent buyer with Live Nation Philadelphia is moderator
When: Wednesday, March 12, 11 a.m. - noon
Where: Austin Convention Center, Room 15
More Info: Click here


Philly's Own Broadway Star Lindsay Roberts Shines In "The Gershwins' Porgy And Bess"

  • Posted By: James Claiborne
  • February 15, 2014
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All good things come to an end, but all great things come back again—bigger and better than before. This month, the Tony Award-winning musical "The Gershwin's Porgy and Bessis making a stop through Philly for a soul-stirring performance at the Academy of Music

When it debuted in 1935, "Porgy and Bess" was the one of the first musicals in US history to use an entire cast of classically-trained African American talent. Now, re-envisioned with an award-winning Broadway cast, stunning set and a lush 23-piece orchestra, "Porgy and Bess" is making another triumphant return into the hearts of musical theater fans from around the globe.

This week, Philly 360° caught up with one of the show's stars Lindsay Roberts for an exclusive interview. The rising Broadway actress hails from Philadelphia and plays the role of Clara in the touring production of "Porgy and Bess." Like countless other Philly artists, Roberts got her start singing in church at a young age, and even spent time training on the stages of prestigious Philadelphia performance venue Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts. Since then, Lindsay has landed starring roles in acclaimed musicals like "Memphis" and "The Lion King," and even spends some of her professional time training the next generation of Broadway stars.   

Be sure to check out our interview with Lindsay, and then make your way to Philly for a fresh look at this classic piece of American musical theater. It's definitely the perfect way to continue your Black History Month celebration.  

The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess 
When: Tuesday, February 18 - Sunday, February 23
Where: Academy of Music, Broad & Locust Streets
Cost: $20 - $105
More Info: Click here to view showtimes and prices.  

 

Philly 360° Exclusive Interview with Lindsay Roberts

    • The Gershwin's Porgy and Bess
      • The Gershwin's Porgy and Bess
      • Photo Credit: Photo by Michael J. Lutch
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      • The Gershwin's Porgy and Bess
      • Photo Credit: Photo by Michael J. Lutch
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      • Photo Credit: Photo by Michael J. Lutch. / Courtesy of The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts
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Philly 360°: We're super excited to see a Philly native starring in the cast of "Porgy and Bess." How does it feel to be performing for audiences in your hometown? 

Lindsay: There is no greater feeling to me than to be able to bring a piece as special as "The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess" home to Philadelphia. Beyond the nightly excitement that I feel every time I perform this show, our Philadelphia run is a time to share Porgy and Bess with all of my friends and family who have poured into my life and supported me on my journey with this career. It's a beautiful way for me to say thank you to them.  


Philly 360°: What are a few of your must-do, must-see places while in Philly? Any favorite restaurants, shops, museums or venues? 

Lindsay: Because Philly is my hometown, my main to-do will be to spend time with my family and friends. I am also looking forward to teaching a few performance workshops at some of the local schools in the area and giving back to my home community. Beyond that, I am looking forward to worshiping at my home church, Salem Baptist Church of Jenkintown, and eating dinner at my mother's table every night! I am, however, encouraging my castmates to check out Reading Terminal, shopping on Walnut Street, running the "Rocky" steps at the Art Museum, and of course, eating a cheesesteak!   


Philly 360°: What's one thing a person wouldn’t know about Philly unless they were from here?

Lindsay: Not only are we the city of "Brotherly Love," but we are also the city of "Sisterly Affection!" I am looking forward to playing hostess and making sure that everyone in my company receives a warm welcome and has an excellent stay while performing here in Philadelphia!


Philly 360°: How did you get your start in musical theater? And what's favorite role or production to-date? 

Lindsay: I started my musical training by singing in church at Salem when I was five years old. I continued formally studying with the Temple University Children's Choir and throughout my schooling in the Upper Dublin School District. I received my Bachelor's degree in Opera Performance from the University of Maryland and have since learned a lot from working professionally in the industry. A favorite role of mine was starring as Felicia Farrell in the Broadway musical "MEMPHIS" when we came to the Philadelphia-area last year on tour. It was a total dream come true and I am looking forward to doing it again with "The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess."   


Philly 360°: We've also heard that you’ve had some theater training through Broadway Dreams Foundation at the Kimmel, can you talk to us a little bit about that?

Lindsay: Yes! The Broadway Dreams Foundation is a WONDERFUL national performing arts training program run out of the Kimmel Center each summer. The aim is to connect budding artists with professional Broadway actors, casting directors, and agents and train then during a week-long intensive. As I was transitioning to NYC, being a student in the program in Philadelphia was a perfect catalyst to my Broadway career. Now, serving on the faculty and teaching the next wave up upcoming actors is one of my greatest joys! More information on Broadway Dreams can be found at their website mybroadwaydreams.com. Check it out and hopefully I will see you this August 4-10 at the Kimmel!


Philly 360°: Tell us about your character and what attracted you to this role.

Lindsay: I cover the role of Clara, the young mother and wife in the story. She is a beautiful and pure young woman who has a heart full of love for her new husband and child. She also has the honor of opening the show with one of the most recorded songs in history, "Summertime." In addition to covering Clara, I am also a Swing which means that I am responsible for knowing and performing the roles of all of the ensemble women in the show at any given time. It's both a challenge and a honor to be trusted with such a huge responsibility!  


Philly 360°: Porgy and Bess is definitely a pillar of African American and US musical theater. Why do you think the musical continues to draw attention and audiences 80 years later? 

Lindsay: "Porgy and Bess" is a true American love story that resonates in the hearts of all of our audiences, young, old, black, white, and everyone in-between. The glorious music, exciting dance, and heartfelt story-telling that happens on our stage each night truly takes the audience on an emotional journey that is hard not to love. For that reason, "Porgy and Bess" has a beautiful 80-year legacy around the entire world and I am humbled and proud to be a part of it.   


Philly 360°: What can fans, new or old, expect from this staging of Porgy & Bess in Philly? 

Lindsay: Expect to hear the same familiar songs that have made this show a hit like "Summertime," "I Loves You Porgy," and "It Ain't Necessarily So." We haven't changed the storyline, but we have taken it from being a 4 1/2 hour opera to a 2 1/2 hour musical theater piece that is more accessible to a modern audience. Our focus is on the real heart of the piece, which is the compelling love story between Porgy and Bess. 


Philly 360°: Okay, so how can Philly 360° fans get the latest information about your performances?

Lindsay: Check us out online at porgyandbessthemusical.com or 'Like' us on FacebookTicketing is available on The Kimmel Center website at  and if you'd like to keep up with me, I can be found online at lindsayroberts.com

Thank you, Philly 360°! I can't wait to see you next week, February 18-23 at the Academy of Music for "The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess!"  


Philly 360° Black History Month Top Picks

  • Posted By: James Claiborne
  • January 31, 2014
    • Trombonist Jeff Bradshaw
      • Trombonist Jeff Bradshaw
      • Photo Credit: Courtesy of Jeff Bradshaw
    • Audacious Freedom exhibition at the African American Museum in Philadelphia
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As the birthplace of the nation, Philly's history roots run deep — and, black history is no exception. 

Philadelphia has been called home by some of the most pivotal figures in African American entertainment, past and present. Jazz great John Coltrane, classical music diva Marianne Anderson, The Sound of Philadelphia producers Gamble & Huff, R&B/Soul diva Jill Scott, and mega-star Will Smith, all got their start right here on the streets of Philly.  

So, it's no surprise that during the month of February, the city comes alive with tons of concerts, exhibits, and creative programs celebrating Black History Month. Whether you're looking for family fun at the African American Museum, a late night jazz jam at popular soul food joint Warmdaddy's, or hoping to catch dinner and a Broadway show on the Avenue of the Arts — Philly 360° has got you covered. 

We're jump-starting your Black History Month celebration with a few can't-miss events. Check out our top picks for a Black History Month experience that only Philly can provide.  


Black History Month Top Picks: 

    • Yinka Shonibare MBE. Pedagogy Boy/Boy, 2003.
      • Yinka Shonibare MBE. Pedagogy Boy/Boy, 2003.
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    • Trombonist Jeff Bradshaw
      • Trombonist Jeff Bradshaw
      • Photo Credit: Courtesy of Jeff Bradshaw
    • Laurin Talese
      • Laurin Talese
      • Photo Credit: Image by The Nouveau Image / Courtesy of Laurin Talese
    • The Unflinching Eye: Works of the Tiberino Family Circle
      • The Unflinching Eye: Works of the Tiberino Family Circle
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Black History Celebration With Jeff Bradshaw & Laurin Talese

When: Friday, February 7 & Saturday, February 8, 7:30 & 10 p.m. shows

Where: Warmdaddy's, 1400 S. Columbus Blvd. 

Cost:  $20

More Info: warmdaddys.com

Jeff Bradshaw has lent his smokin’ hot horns to some of the top names in the industry, including The Roots, Jill Scott, Jay Z, and Michael Jackson, just to name a few. To celebrate Black History Month, Jeff is bringing his A-game to Warmdaddy's for two amazing nights of jazz and feel-good soul. And, he's not coming alone. Both nights Jeff will be joined on stage by the smooth and sultry jazz tones of BASSic Black Entertainment singer/songwriter Laurin Talese.


Black History Month @ AAAMP

When: Through February 

Where: The African American Museum in Philadelphia, 701 Arch Street 

Cost: $14 admission, $10 students/youth

More Info: aampmuseum.org

For the entire month of February, The African American Museum in Philadelphia (AAMP) is buzzing with black history month happenings for the entire family. AAMP will kick off its month-long series of programs on February 1, with a screening of the award-winning documentary The Contradictions of Fair Hope, which is narrated by Whoopi Goldberg and scored by Christian McBride. On February 8, museum guests will explore the languages, music, and religions of South Africa with Zulu native Godfrey Sithole. And, on February 22, the talented members of the Tiberino family will give an intimate tour their work in the AAMP's exciting new exhibit, The Unflinching Eye: Works of the Tiberino Family. 


Yinka Shonibare, MBE: Magic Ladders

When: Through April 25 

Where: The Barnes Foundation, 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway 

Cost: $22 adults, $10 students, Free for members

More Info: barnesfoundation.org

In January, The Barnes Foundation opened Magic Ladders, featuring work by international art sensation Yinka Shonibare, MBE. A British artist of Nigerian descent, Shonibare's colorful and thought-provoking work has been shown all across the US and Europe, and explores European art and history through the lens of race, colonialization, slavery and commerce.  The exhibit includes approximately 15 of Shonibare's colorful and and imaginative creations, including paintings, photographs, a full-room installation, and his signature life-sized mannequins  dressed in colorful Dutch wax fabrics produced in Europe, but most closely associated with Africa.


Art After 5 @ PMA

When: Friday, February 5, 5 p.m. 

Where: Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway

Cost: Free with museum admission 

More Info: philamuseum.org

Swing into the Black History Month festivities, as Dandy Wellington and his band set the mood with Mood Indigo: A Harlem Renaissance Retrospective, part of the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s Art After 5 program. The special set at PMA features compositions jazz greats Louis Armstrong, Cab Calloway, Duke Ellington, Fats Waller, and others.


Gershwin's Porgy & Bess 

When: February 18 - 23

Where: Academy of Music, Broad & Locust Streets

Cost: Ticket prices vary

More Info: kimmelcenter.org

Written in 1935, Gershwin's Porgy & Bess was the first musical in history to use an entire cast of classically-trained African Americans — a daring choice for the time. Now, the 2012 Tony winner for Best Revival of a Musical, comes to the Academy of Music in a stunning production that includes the legendary songs “Summertime,” “It Ain’t Necessarily So” and other classic hit songs.


Roger Lee Dance: First Annual Black History Celebration

When: Friday, February 21 & Saturday, February 22, 8 p.m. 

Where: The Performance Garage, 1515 Brandywine Street

Cost: $18

More Info: Click here to buy tickets online.  

Philly-based choreographer Roger Lee explodes on the scene with his First Annual Black History Celebration Concert at The Performance Garage in Fairmount. The emerging dance company will pay tribute to black history, exploring the hardship of slavery and segregation, while looking at black dance's influence on urban culture through the lens of soul, pop, and rock music.


Jump N Funk With Rich Medina At Penn Museum - Friday, October 11

  • Posted By: James Claiborne
  • September 24, 2013
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Here's one for all of the Philly party-people. Check out mix-master extraordinaire Rich Medina, as he takes his classic afrobeat dance party to another unique location for a one-of-a-kind Philly nightlife experience. Medina's JUMP N FUNK party has been around for more than a decade now, and he's notorious for bringin' the party to unlikely places. Next up—The Penn Museum in West Philly.  

On Friday, October 11, you can join Medina and a thousand other afrobeat-loving Philadelphians when The Penn Museum opens its doors for the hottest dance party of the year. This edition of JUMP N FUNK is definitely going down in history—literally! The Penn Museum is known worldwide for their collection of amazing artifacts from places all across the globe, including the largest collection of African art in Philly. What could be hotter than gettin' it on the dancefloor to Fela Kuti, while stand next to a thousand year-old Egyptian Sphinx? Exactly. #nothing

So, put on your dance-all-night shoes, grab your crew, and make your way to The Penn Museum and catch Rich Medina's JUMP N FUNK like you've never seen it before.  


Event details: 

JUMP N FUNK at The Penn Museum 

Friday, October 11 

8 p.m. - midnight

Penn Museum 

3620 South Street 


Philly Heats Up With Fireworks, Festivals and Summer Jams

  • Posted By: James Claiborne
  • July 1, 2013
    • Philly Heats Up With Fireworks, Festivals & Summer Jams
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Summer, summer, summertime. Time to sit back and unwind. It’s been over two decades since Philly icons Will Smith a.k.a. The Fresh Prince and DJ Jazzy Jeff penned the lyrics to everyone’s favorite summer jam, but the words are still on point today. So, get your summer started by kickin’ it with your crew at The Roots’ Philly Fourth of July Jam & Fireworks, catching the hottest R&B concerts under the stars at the Dell Music Center, or turning it up at this year's Mad Decent Block Party.

Featured Events

    • Guess Who's Home For Fourth of July Jam?
      • Guess Who's Home For Fourth of July Jam?
    • Philly 360°'s Guide To Wawa Welcome America
      • Philly 360°'s Guide To Wawa Welcome America
      • Photo Credit: G. Widman for GPTMC
    • ?uestlove on the drums, Black Thought on the mic
      • ?uestlove on the drums, Black Thought on the mic
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    • Penn's Landing in Philadelphia
      • Penn's Landing in Philadelphia
    • Philly 360° Creative Ambassador Marsha Ambrosius
      • Philly 360° Creative Ambassador Marsha Ambrosius
      • Photo Credit: Courtesy of Marsha Ambrosius
    • Cody Wise
      • Cody Wise
    • Lil Wayne
      • Lil Wayne
      • Photo Credit: Courtesy of Cash Money Records
    • Chaka Khan
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    • Ledisi
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Thursday, July  4 – The Roots’ Philly Fourth of July Jam & Fireworks

It’s back! Hosted by Philly funny-man Kevin Hart, The Roots’ Philly Fourth of July Jam returns for another year of electrifying performances. Get ready, as the Parkway explodes with the sounds of Jill Scott, Ne-Yo, John Mayer, J. Cole and other show-stopping performances. We’re so hype for this one. And you know Philly is the place to be for Independence Day!


Friday, July 5 - Sunday, July 7  – Taste of Philadelphia

Feed your need for the irresistible flavors and sounds of Philly with this year’s Taste of Philadelphia celebration.  A food favorite, this three-day culinary celebration brings you delicious delights from some of Philly’s top restaurants. And, since no Philly celebration is complete without the tunes, Philly’s own Marsha Ambrosius and Interscope/Will.i.am Music recording artist Cody Wise will be bringin’ their own soulful flavors to the stage. 


Thursday, July 11 - Chaka Khan & Ledisi

It’s ladies night at the Dell Music Center! This month, R&B divas Chaka Khan and Ledisi will rock the stage with their powerhouse voices and feel-good soul music. Get your tickets soon, because you’ll definitely want to be front and center for this concert under the stars.


Saturday, July 20 - Lil Wayne

It’s about to go down! There’s no denying the star-power of hip-hop sensation Lil Wayne. This month, you can catch Weezy, as he is joined by T.I., for what will definitely be one of the dopest concerts of the summer.  But, be warned—mics will be wrecked during this lyrical explosion. 


Saturday, July 27 - Mad Decent Block Party

No summer is complete without a few classic Philly block parties, right? Well, this month, Mad Decent Block party is once again taking the summer block party to the next level—actually the next 100 levels! So, grab your crew, and head straight to this fresh-to-death summer party. Trust us, you don’t want to be the only person not there. 


Philly 360° Spotlights

    • Jay-Z at Made in America
      • Jay-Z at Made in America
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    • Brothers in Arms: Questlove & D'Angelo
      • Brothers in Arms: Questlove & D'Angelo
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    • Ivben Taqiy
      • Ivben Taqiy
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    • The Roots Picnic
      • The Roots Picnic
    • Beyonce and Jay-Z taking in Made in America
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Contest: Jay-Z’s Made In America Tix

Jay-Z’s Made in America festival is set to return to the Parkway for another two days packed with music. And, this year the chart-topping lineup includes Beyonce, Public Enemy, Two Chainz, Miguel, Wiz Khalifa, Solange and more! Want in on the action? Enter to win a pair of tickets here.  


The Roots’ Two-Day Fourth of July Jam

The Roots’ camp is bringing you not one, but two days packed with events to celebrate Independence Day in Philly. Starting with “The City”, an all day music festival on July 3 at The Piazza, followed by Brothers In Arms with Questlove & D’Angelo and the return of Philly Sound Konnoisseurs (PSK)—we’ve got all of the info on what’s going down July 3-4.


BlackStar Film Festival

Hailed as “the black Sundance” by Ebony Magazinethe 2013 BlackStar Film Festival is set return in August for another round of powerful films made for and about the black global experience. 

The Roots Picnic Wrap-up

Once again, Philly 360˚ took you inside the hottest show of the summer—The Roots Picnic! We’ve got exclusive interviews and a behind-the-scenes look at all of your festival favorites, including a conversation with Robert Glasper and Marsha Ambrosius; a backstage water fight with Solange; we’ve even got the legendary Charlie Mack interviewing Naughty By Nature. Check out our wrap up post and video. 


Ivben Taqi At Status Shop

Ivben Taqi is definitely one of the hardest working visual artists in Philly. You can find his work on everything from canvas to t-shirts, and even sneakers. Now, he’s turned his super fly eye to the walls of Status Shop on South Street. Check out his latest creation here. 


Sanctuary LIVE! Featuring Jacqueline Constance & Ganou - April 18, 2014

Sanctuary LIVE! Featuring Jacqueline Constance & Ganou When: Friday, April 18, 7 p.m. Where: Art Sanctuary, 628 S. 16th Street Cost: $10 More Info: RSVP online here. It’s about to go down at Art Sanctuary once again. This month,…

Philly Loves Def Jam - April 19, 2014

Philly Loves Def Jam When: Saturday, April 19, 9 p.m. Where: Johnny Brenda's, 1201 Frankford Avenue Cost: $10 before 11 p.m., $15 after More Info: Click here to RSVP online. It’s been 30 years since Def Jam landed on…

Black History & Culture Showcase - April 19 & 20, 2014

Black History & Culture Showcase When: Saturday, April 19 & Sunday, April 20. 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. Where: Pennsylvania Convention Center, 12th & Arch Street Cost: FREE More Info: Click here for details. As the official birthplace of…