Your guide to Philly's diverse creative scene, nightlife, music, food & more
With the release of her third studio album, The Pinkprint, Nicki Minaj hit the road for a North American tour. The Young Money powerhouse comes through Susquehanna Bank Center alongside Philly’s own Meek Mill, Rae Sremmurd, Tinashe and Dej Loaf on August 6. MORE INFO
The summer block party to end all block parties—Diplo’s Mad Decent Block Party once again returns to Festival Pier at Penn’s Landing for two epic days of nonstop partying on the Philadelphia waterfront. MORE INFO
After slaying her headlining performance at this year’s Roots Picnic, Erykah Badu makes her way back to Philly with UK soul/pop vocalist Estelle for another must-hit show at The Dell Music Center. Get the details on the show, and then watch our video exclusive of Estelle shopping at a few of our favorite local boutiques. MORE INFO
Philly’s go-to expert for all things pertaining to natural hair care, Syreeta Scott, owner of Duafe Holistic Hair Care, hosts a massive, daylong community giveback on August 15. Along with music by DJ Lean Wit It and art-making by Ivben Taqiy, the First Annual Community Collaborative includes the return of the Tees vs. Tanks Basketball Tournament with Kings Rule Together founder Curran J. MORE INFO
One of the dopest emerging artists on the local music scene, Jacqueline Constance headlines the next edition of the third Friday music showcase, Sanctuary LIVE! This Philly-born singer/songwriter is known for her silky vocals, undeniable grooves and ability to create dope beats on a loop pedal during her live sets. MORE INFO
Native Philly funnyman Kevin Hart is on a North American tour of 45 cities throughout the U.S. and Canada—including a stop in his hometown. Catch Hart’s hilarious antics in the arena-rocking What Now? Tour at Lincoln Financial Field. MORE INFO
A legit pop music icon, Janet Jackson is set to bring the second leg of her Unbreakable World Tour to Philadelphia next year. We’ve got the details on her February 2016 show and the group of Philly-bred talents that are playing on her highly anticipated tour. READ MORE
Calling all Philly artists: Back for a second year, the citywide PHL Live music competition kicks off on August 18 with a concert at The TLA featuring Chill Moody, Kid Felix and a runway show by Philly Fashion Week. Get more details. READ MORE
So awesome. For the third time since 2006, a team of poets from Philly Youth Poetry Movement landed the first place prize during the international spoken word competition, Brave New Voices—and we’re definitely Philly proud. Read more on this story. READ MORE
The wait is over. Sing for You, the new seven-song EP of native Philly singer/songwriter Julian King is finally here. Listen to it now on the Philly 360° Playlist. READ MORE
After slaying her headlining performing at Roots Picnic 2015, the reigning queen of new school soul, Erykah Badu returns to Philadelphia for a must-see live show at The Dell Music Center in Fairmount Park.
Badu has deep roots in Philly and mad love for our Philly-born talents. Over her careers she's worked alongside legendary Philly talents, like Questlove and James Poyser of The Roots, to craft her signature style of afrofuturistic, throwback soul.
And yes, there's no question about it — Philly definitely loves Badu back.
The August 16 show at The Dell will also feature a performance by UK pop/soul diva Estelle — who is certainly no stanger to the Philly music scene. She's worked with some of Philly's top producers, like Carvin & Ivan of Forever Music and Mama's Boys Music Group, Pop & Oak of Goooooooo!!! Music and Starr Island Group, Vidal Davis and Andre Harris.
Philly 360° last caught up with Estelle when we followed along as she hit a few of her favorite Philadelphia shops. You can check that video out below.
So, August 13, all roads lead to The Dell for another can't-miss concert under the Philly summer sky. Grab your tickets soon, this one is guaranteed to sell out fast. Let's go!
Philadelphia's newest tattoo-centric celebration, Booze & Tattoos is centered around tattoo culture and other relevant subcultures with a fun pageant component and plenty of spirits to share. A full-fledged Philly party, this event will feature live music by Dibbs & the Detonators, The Workhorse III and Dj SnKpaK, in-house tattooing and a live tattoo pageant featuring tattoo enthusiast donning some of Philly’s finest designs.
Want to join in the fun and attend this inked-up party? Great, because we're hooking up a few lucky readers with a pair of tickets to the show. Just complete the below entry form for your chance to win.
Philly! The soulful music duo Floetry has reunited for a summer tour, which lands in Philadelphia this month. The long awaited homecoming reunion concert between the “Songstress” Marsha Ambrosius and the “Floacist” Natalie Stewart is going down right here in Philly at the popular South Street music hub, The TLA.
As honorary Philadelphians — by way of London — both Stewart and Ambrosius made the city their home shortly after moving to the US. The group gained popularity during the neo-soul era of the early 2000s, and would later go on to record two studio albums, one live album, and to garner multiple GRAMMY nominations.
Once the group announced their July 17 show at The TLA, tickets flew and the show sold out in a matter of weeks. Luckily for us, they've added a second show on Sunday, July 26, and we've landed a pair of tickets to giveaway to one lucky fan.
If you want in on the show, then "all you gotta do is say yes" — and submit the below entry for form your chance to win big.
If you missed our on the first show, or just don't want to leave it up to fate, then see the below concert details for a link to purchase tickets online now. Either way, we're hyped for this reunion. #WeInThere
Philly, are you ready? No one does Independence Day like we do, and Philly 360° just got some news about some dope music that will go down on July 4th.
Not only are The Roots headlining the Wawa Welcome America! Philly 4th of July Jam —nation's biggest free concert—alongside of Miguel, MKTO, Jennifer Nettles and more. But, they're also bringing you a second stage packed with talent to warm you up for the main event that night.
Yup, we've just got our hands on the lineup for the Questlove Stage, which is part of the Party on the Parkway. We're definitely loving the talent Quest picked out. Once you get a look at the lineup, you'll definitely want to be front and center for this one.
So, who made the cut for the Questlove Stage? Find out below.
GoGo Morrow has been making big waves over the last year with her solo music. She has landed opening spots for Brandy, Lauryn Hill, Common — and even for the short lived Danity Kane reunion that we were all swooning over. GoGo was also one of the first acts added on to Marsha Ambrosius' national Friends & Lovers music tour. With each move GoGo solidifies her spot as one of the next artists from Philly that is destined to blow up and take the world stage by storm. Check out GoGo's feature on the Philly 360° Playlist.
A graduate of the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, Julian King comes from a musical family, which undoubtedly contributes to his undeniable talents. A dancer, musician and exceptional vocalist, there is not much King can’t do. Definitely one of the most-talented indie acts on the Philadelphia scene right now, it won’t take long for Julian King's movement to gain some serious traction. Check out Julian King's feature on the Philly 360° playlist.
Get to know Philly-based singer/songwriter Kate Faust. One of the newer names from the city's booming music scene, Faust stepped out into her own with her latest EP, Eros. Fittingly, Faust named her latest album Eros after Greek mythology's God of Love. Faust knew early on that she wanted her voice and music to stand out from the crowd. And, with each new project she delivers, we've seen the singer/songwriter create something new and exciting. Check out Kate Faust's feature on the Philly 360° Playlist.
Discovered by Diplo and Paul Devro of Mad Decent, Swizzymack is one of the premiere sounds behind Philadelphia's club music scene. His debut EP Bass was released on Mad Decent’s imprint in June 2013. Since then, Swizzymack has brought his thumping bass drops and hyperactive tempos to airwaves and parties around the country.
Max Swan takes the saxophone to new levels with works with dozen of groups from around the country. He's on a mission to forever alter public perception about the saxophone and for the past 15 year the young saxophonist has worked his way to earning over two dozen local and nationally recognized soloist and composition accolades, including the "Michael Brecker Saxophone Award", "Rick Lawn Arrangers Award", and the "Collaboration Award" through The University of The Arts.
Born just outisde of Philly, Cody Kahmar draws influences from a wide range of acts, including Dru Hill, Boyz II Men, Usher, Paramore, Lil’ Wayne and Drake. The singer/songwriter made a name for himself at open-mic nights across Philadelphia, eventually opening for Kid Cudi at Temple University’s homecoming. He's also collabed with West Philadelphia emcee Chill Moody on a record entitled “My Eyes,” which earned over 25,000 YouTube views in less than three months.
The Philadelphia High School for Creative and Performing Arts, affectionately known as CAPA, has birthed some of the greatest acts to come out of Philly. Count them — Questlove, Boyz II Men, Tyce of MPrynt, Jazmine Sullivan, GoGo Morrow and more. Catch the next generation of music all-stars when this student performance hits the stage.
As the official birthplace of our nation, there’s no better place in the country to celebrate the Fourth of July than right here in Philadelphia. The city’s signature Independence Day celebration, Wawa Welcome America!, returns from June 27 to July 4 with eight days of FREE family fun, including concerts, exhibitions, fireworks, parades and so much more.
In addition to dozens of patriotic celebrations that take place during Wawa Welcome America!, visitors can gear up for July 4th with a citywide celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Gay Rights Movement. The 2015 Welcome America festivities culminate on Saturday, July 4 with a massive Independence Day-themed party along Philadelphia’s famous Benjamin Franklin Parkway for the annual Party on the Parkway and Philly 4th of July Jam and Fireworks celebrations.
With July 4th happening on a Saturday, turn your celebration into a patriotic getaway with the Visit Philly Overnight® Hotel Package. The special offer includes overnight accommodations; passes to ride the PHLASH bus, offering easy access to Philadelphia’s major attractions; and FREE parking while you celebrate America’s birthday in America’s birthplace.
Time: Noon-7 p.m.
Location: Benjamin Franklin Parkway from 20th Street to Eakins Oval
Head to the Benjamin Franklin Parkway to celebrate America’s Birthday with a massive block party featuring live music, family-friendly activities, games, food and so much more. Shop the impressive selection of vendors and food trucks that will line the Parkway and enjoy performances by national and local talents on the two live music stages. Also, keep an eye out for live demonstrations from the extreme pogo troupe Pogopalooza and interactive sport activities courtesy of the U.S. Olympic Committee’s Road to Rio Tour.
Again this year, the Party on the Parkway will host two stages of live music programming. A mix of national and local talents will perform at the Global Music Stage and the Questlove Stage, which is curated by Philadelphia’s favorite drummer and DJ, Questlove of The Roots. Stay tuned for more details on the lineup for these stages. Click here to see the full lineup for Questlove Stage.
As part of the Party on the Parkway, Olympic Team USA athletes will join the U.S. Olympic Committee in Philadelphia for the first stop of the Road To Rio. This touring event brings the magic of the Olympic Games to life by through meet-and-greets with Team USA athletes, interactive activities like long jump, high jump and high dive, and other Olympic themed fun for the entire family. The event will be held on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m.
Time: 7 p.m. – 11 p.m.
Concert: Starts at 7 p.m. (first performance at approximately 8 p.m.)
Fireworks: Estimated to begin around 10:30 p.m. (immediately following concert)
Celebrate America’s birthday with the “Largest Free Concert in America.” Starting at 7 p.m., The Philly 4th of July Jam concert, anchored by Philly band The Roots, kicks off with performance by R&B/pop star Miguel, Jennifer Nettles of Sugarland, pop group MKTO and singer/songwriter Zella Day. The show culminates with a stunning fireworks display over the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
PLEASE NOTE: All fireworks shows and events are scheduled rain or shine. In case of inclement weather, follow @July4thPhilly on Twitter and Wawa Welcome America on Facebook for up-to-the-minute information.
The fireworks finale at the Philadelphia Museum of Art is sure to draw a massive crowd, so be sure to stake your spot out early. Check out our interactive guide.
One of the busiest and most-respected artist on the Philadelphia music scene, Laurin arrived in Philadelphia to study at the University of the Arts. After touring as a background vocalists for Philly soul artists, Jaguar Wright, Bilal and Vivian Green, Talese turned her attention to her own solo career, eventually signing with Blackstone's music label and production company, BASSic Black Entertainment (BBE).
Through BBE, Laurin released three must-hear singles, including her latest song "This Love," which is available on iTunes.
So, if you're looking for your next favorite weekly jam with a great cocktails, a stellar view of the city and some of the best music Philly has to offer — then this event is for you. We'll see you there.
The 2015 summer music season is in full swing. And again this yes, an impressive lineup of shows of every genre will be hitting stages and live music venues across Philly. From waterfront concerts at Penn's Landing, the summer soul series at The Dell to shows at yearlong entertainment hot spots like World Cafe Live and The TLA, our city is buzzing with tons of can't-miss concerts and shows.
To give your summer music itinerary a jumpstart, we've pullled together this list of must-hit R&B/soul concerts that are going down in Philly this summer. We've got reunion concerts with Floetry and SWV, Bilal's album release concert at World Cafe Live, D'Angelo at The Keswick and Erykah Badu holding it down The Dell. And, this is just a small selection of what Philly has in store for you in the coming months.
Now, take a look at the below list for details on all of the summer soul shows that you need to know about.
Sunday, June 21
With a GRAMMY nod and WE TV tv docu-series “SWV Reunited" on the horizon, SWV is on the road to connect with fans and perform hits from their discography. You can catch the Philly stop on their reuinion tour at World Cafe Live.
Thursday, June 25
Catch, Jodeci — JoJo, DeVante Swing, Dalvin and "K-Ci — as they hit Philadelphia for an unstoppable night of throwback soul at the Tower Theatre in Upper Darby, PA. Along with a must-see performance by the original bad boys of R&B, the June 25 concert includes an opening performance by Philly's own soulful R&B/pop group, MPrynt.
Tuesday, June 30
Philly’s #1 son of soul, Bilal returns home to celebrate the June 30 release of his new collaborative album with producer Adrian Younge, In Another Life. Known for his undeniable grooves, electrifying stage presence and soaring vocals, the Philly-bred soul singer has a cult following of fans that span the globe. Catch Bilal as he brings the party home for a must-hit show at World Cafe Live in University City.
Saturday, July 4
The “Largest Free Concert in America,” will rock the Parkway as The Roots, Miguel and other hitmaking artists take the stage followed by an amazing fireworks display over the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
Thursday, July 9
This year, the Dell Music Center in Fairmount Park will kick off the 2015 Essence of Entertainment Summer Concert Series with an all-star Philadelphia lineup that includes saxophone phenom Pamela Williams, touring trombonist Jeff Bradshaw and the original R&B/Soul diva Patti LaBelle.
Friday, July 17 & Sunday, July 26
The soulful duo Floetry is reuniting for a tour this summer — and it’s just what avid R&B fans have been waiting for. On Friday, July 17, the long awaited reunion between the “Songstress” Marsha Ambrosius and the “Floacist” Natalie Stewart will take place right here in Philly at the popular South Street venue, The TLA. Update: The July 17 show is now sold out, a second show as been added on Sunday, July 26.
Thursday, July 23
Don't miss it as Babyface, Toni Braxton and Mint Condition hit The Dell for an unbelievable R&B throwback Thursday concert in Philadelphia. Together, these still hot and touring R&B greats will sing fans down memory lane with their classic hits like "Unbreak My Heart," "Pretty Brown Eyes" and "When Can I See You."
Thursday, July 30
New school meets old when the soulful sounds of Fantasia and Johnny Gill take over Philadelphia for another unstoppable night of music at The Dell. Incredible vocals, soulful grooves and two of the best in the game will make this an one of the many can't-miss shows for the summer.
Thursday, July 30
Briclyn Entertainment is back on the scene and gearing up for another dope show in Philadelphia. On July 30, Bricyln returns to University City music hub World Cafe Live for an incredible night of music with Maroon 5 keyboardist and backing vocalist, PJ Morton. The July show features Philly music transplant Aaron Camper, who is a globetrotting band member for major acts like Jill Scott and Justin Timberlake.
Thursday, August 6
Got soul? R&B hitmakers Anthony Hamilton and Lyfe Jennings undoubtedly have a lock on soul. Catch these two hitmaking acts on August 6 for another guaranteed sellout at The Dell.
Thursday, August 13
After slaying her headling performance at Roots Picnic 2015, Erykah Badu returns to Philadelphia alongside UK songstress Estelle. Don't miss it at these ladies tear down the house like only they can.
Since their debut project Forever My Lady dropped in '91, hit R&B/soul group Jodeci has reigned as one of the world's top male groups. Three decades later — and the fellas are still on the road holding it down with the classic 90s R&B hits.
On Thursday, June 25, you can catch JoJo, DeVante Swing, Dalvin and "K-Ci as they hit Philadelphia for an unstoppable night of throwback soul at the Tower Theatre in Upper Darby, PA. Along with a must-see performance by the original bad boys of R&B, the June 25 concert includes an opening performance by Philly's own soulful R&B/pop group, MPrynt.
Old school meets new doesn't get any better than this show's lineup, so we know you want to be in there. That's why we've teamed up with Live Nation to giveaway a pair of tickets to a few lucky fans. Just complete the below entry form for your chance to win big.
If you don't wan to leave it up to chance, then check out the below concert details to purchase your tickets online.
Jodeci & MPrynt
When: Thursday, June 25, 8 p.m.
Where: Tower Theater, 69th and Ludlow, Upper Darby, PA
More Info: Buy tickets online here.
We're back with another dope contest. Next up — Louisiana bred rapper Curren$y will be hitting South Street hotspot The TLA later this month.
This New Orleans native and former Young Money artist stays on the move. The rapper formed his own label, Jet Life Recordings, back in 2010 and since then, he's dropped 18 mixtapes, including his latest project Pilot Talk III, which released in April of this year.
Next Friday, streetwear brand Doobi presents Curren$y at The TLA with opening performances by Philly acts Theodore Grams, SincerelyTahj and CHAMPS. For this giveaway, Philly 360° is giving one of our lucky followers the chance to score a pair of tickets to the show.
Want in on the action? Then just complete the below entry form for your chance to win tickets. You can enter the contest daily to increase your odds of winning. If you don't want to leave it up to fate, then check the below listing for a link to buy tickets online.
Either way — #WeInThere.
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Erykah Badu & Estelle When: Thursday, August 13 Where: The Dell Music Center, 2400 Strawberry Mansion Drive Cost: $20-$75 More Info: Click here for tickets. After slaying her headling performance at Roots Picnic 2015, Erykah Badu returns to Philadelphia…