Your guide to Philly's diverse creative scene, nightlife, music, food & more
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.
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.
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.
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.
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, 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.”
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.
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!
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.
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.
This weekend, The Barnes Foundation returns with another fresh First Friday lineup.
Located along Philly's world famous Benjamin Franklin Parkway, The Barnes is best known for its impressive collection of art, which includes 181 Renoirs, 69 Cézannes (more than all the museums in Paris) and 59 Matisses, along with works by Manet, Van Gogh, Degas, and Picasso.
In addition to works by these well-known artists, the collection also includes an amazing selection of African Art, period furniture and antique brassware—all painstakingly curated over six decades ago by the museum's founder Dr. Albert C. Barnes.
For First Friday, The Barnes invites you to escape to Paris at a cabaret-inspired fête––a sensual feast for your eyes and ears! Dive into the Parisian and Golden Age listening to sounds of the Avalon Jazz Band featuring dances that recall classic jazz halls, flappers, and dandies dancing in a whirlwind to soulful rhymes and rhythms. Activities also include a short talk on the exhibition The World Is an Apple: The Still Lifes of Paul Cézanne.
No Paris trip is complete without the French bistro experience. So, sip apéritifs, and savor mini baguette sandwiches, pommes frites, and macarons available for purchase in the The Barnes' main courtyard — or make an evening of it with an intimate dinner at the Garden Café.
With an uncomparable collection of art, and an amazing line-up of artists—First Friday at The Barnes Foundation is a must-hit event for the weekend.
FIRST FRIDAY! FRENCH CABARET
When: Friday, August 1, 6 - 9 p.m.
Where: The Barnes Foundation, 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Cost: $25, members free, Use discount code PHILLY360 for a special $20 ticket.
More Info: Click here.
Searching for your next pair of dope kicks? Well, look no further. On Sunday, Sneaker Pimps—the world’s largest sneaker show—comes through Philly with more than 1,500 rare, vintage, customized and celebrity-signed sneakers. The Philly edition of Sneaker Pimps includes a headlining performance by hip-hop great Cam’ron.
The son of afrobeat pioneer Fela Kuti, Seun Kuti and his band Egypt 80 touch down in Philly alongside veteran turntablist Rich Medina to promote their latest project, A Long Way To The Beginning. The seven-track album, which boasts production creds by GRAMMY-winner Robert Glasper, reimagines Fela’s classic afrobeat sound for the modern ear. It all goes down on September 8 at Union Transfer. #bethere
Band member and musical director for notable acts like Meshell Ndegeocello, Lalah Hathaway and Bilal, 23-year-old Philly bassist Gizmo has stepped out into the limelight as a solo artist. After releasing his latest EP last year, the music phenom hit the road to share his feel-good, soulful sounds with music lovers across the nation. He hits World Cafe Live next week.
Artist For Artist returns to The Fire with live performances by some of the hottest indie acts coming out of Philadelphia. The lineup for the next installment of the music series includes multi-talented vocalist, violinist and beat-boxer Brian Fitzy; poet-turned-emcee STS; up-and-coming rap star Young Gliss; and more.
With the release of their most recent live album, Family Dinner, Snarky Puppy has gone from an underground secret to one of the most respected bands in the game. Their formula is simple—fuse jazz and rock musicians with R&B/soul vocalists to produce a fresh sound that is all their own. Philly fans can catch Snarky Puppy at World Cafe Live.
Philly fashionistas & style guys: Throw on your hottest stilettos and finest threads and step out in style for The Philadelphia Collection. This signature Philly event will shine an international spotlight on our city’s booming retail and design scenes with runway shows, style soirees, exclusive trunk sales and sophisticated after parties. #TPC2014
After a four-year hiatus, R&B power group Day 26, which was created by Diddy for MTV's 2007 hit show Making the Band 4, has reunited and is hitting the road to promote their new music. All five original band members—Robert, Will, Brian, Mike and Qwanell—drop in World Cafe Live to show their Philly fans some love.
Though it may seem as if a well-kempt beard is a new trend in men's style, the truth is that dapper dudes from Philly have been sporting their beards, with love, for years. We sat down with Kings Rule Together founder Curran J, and seven other stylish gents to chat about the “Philly beard.” Watch our video.
Philly-based music industry exec Brandon Pankey is adding another venture to his impressive list of credentials: creator and co-developer of the hot new music app, TourStar. Co-designed with artist engagement company GroundCtrl, TourStar takes users through a virtual Sims-like world where they can experience the ups and downs of touring and fame, and players can win real world prizes.
Music industry legends Russell Simmons and Steve Rifkind stopped by Mitchell & Ness to promote their latest venture, All Def Digital (ADD). In a candid discussion moderated by branding consultant Set Free, the two entertainment powerhouses introduced the room to Philly's first ADD artist, Tayyib Ali. Watch our video recap.
Fly School Circus Arts helps people of all shapes, sizes and skill levels push the limits of their physical abilities through trapeze. Philly 360° followed along as lifestyle influencer Kharisma McIlwaine took to the sky and tackled her first lesson. Think you're up for the challenge? Watch our video.
Philly, it's time to turn up! Jay Z's Made in America music festival lands in Philadelphia this weekend for another epic two-day concert on The Parkway. We're definitely hype for its return and we're guessing you are too.
For MIA year-three, Mr. Carter has once again hand-selected a dope and genre-defying lineup of talent including "Happy" writer Pharrell, reigning rap and entertainment star Kanye West, classic throwback group De La Soul, and hitmaker J. Cole, just to name a few.
We've pulled together our guide with all the information you need to know about the artists, show schedule, and the pre-party and after-parties. BTW — if you're looking for more logistical details, like transportation, parking and festival layout, then check out this helpful MIA guide from our friends at uwishunu.com.
With festival this big and a lineup this diverse, there's bound to be a few unfamiliar artists in the mix. But, don't worry — we've got you covered. You can click any of the below links to check out more info on each of the MIA performers for this year.
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On Thursday, August 28, watch Philadelphia’s hottest rising stars takeover the World Café Live stage for the 2nd annual Made in Philly concert. The evening will feature live performances from acts like Aaron Camper, Al 1 Thing, Brianna Cash, GoGo Morrow, Beano, DJ Aktuve and many more.
On Friday, August 29, the night before MIA hits the Parkway, Adam Blackstone, founder of BBE and musical director for Pharrell, Justin Timberlake, Rihanna and more, and Darrell Robinson, musical director for K Michelle, N.E.R.D and Kontraband 215, will join forces and pool their collective industry influence to show the world exactly what it means to be PhillyMade. Performances by Chill Moody, Aaron Camper, Scoop, DJ Aktive and more.
Saturday is your chance to party like a rock star to the sounds of DJ Aktive — Kanye West's tour DJ and Philly's favorite turntablist. Stop through Aura nightclub after the concert for the Made In America after party in the Philadelphia nieghborhood of Northern Liberties.
Philly, Labor Day weekend is quickly approaching. And, trust us — it's going to be a truly dope weekend for Philly and our music scene. In addition to Jay Z's bi-coastal Made in America (MIA) festival, BASSic Black Entertainment (BBE) and Kontraband 215 are teaming up to present PhillyMade.
On Friday, August 29, the night before MIA hits the Parkway with headliners like Pharrell, Kanye West and De La Soul, a concert/party of epic proportions will go down at Voltage Lounge.
The event masterminds, Adam Blackstone, founder of BBE and musical director for Pharrell, Justin Timberlake, Rihanna and more, and Darrell Robinson, musical director for K Michelle, N.E.R.D and Kontraband 215, have joined forces and pooled their collective industry influence to show the world exactly what it means to be PhillyMade.
As you might expect, the PhillyMade lineup features an incredible roster of talent including West Philly emcee Chill Moody, BBE recording artist Aaron Camper, and Kontraband 215 frontman Scoop. Holding down the turntables this night will be DJ Aktive and DJ Dummy, while Hot 107.9 on-air personality Laiya St.Clair and winner of VH1's hit reality TV show Flavor of Love 2, Deelishis will take centerstage as hosts.
The big news? Kontraband and BBE just announced that hip-hop great turned entertainer extraordinaire, Common, just signed on to make an appearance. And, we all know Common's got mad love for Philly.
Philly 360° will be on-site to capture behind-the-scene footage and artists interviews, so be on the lookout for us. For now, grab your tickets, spread the word, and let's show 'em exactly how PhillyMade people get down. Let's go!
R&B sensation Keyshia Cole is gearing up for her next album release and is bringing her Point of No Return music tour straight to Philly. Since day one, Cole's music has been layered with plenty of local ties, including tracks written by Philly's own multi-platinum selling, GRAMMY-nominated producers Carvin & Ivan.
Briclyn Entertainment is back on the scene, bringing Young Money solo artist and Maroon 5 keyboardist PJ Morton to World Cafe Live for an incredible night of live music. Last year, Morton’s acclaimed major label debut New Orleans, which features Stevie Wonder, Adam Levine and Busta Rhymes, hit #1 on the iTunes R&B Albums Chart and Top 5 on the Billboard Heatseekers Chart.
This month, multiple GRAMMY Award-winning singer/songwriter John Legend touches down at The Mann Center, performing hits off his fourth studio album Love in the Future, which features the popular single, All of Me. Legend’s refreshing blend of gospel tunes and rhythmic pop sounds puts him in a musical league of his own.
This summer, Keenen Ivory, Damon, Shawn and Marlon Wayans are touring the U.S.—and bringing their signature style of funny our way. You can catch all four brothers on one stage as they hit Tower Theater for a hilarious, one-night-only Philly affair.
No summer is complete without a few classic Philly block parties, right? Right. Mad Decent Block Party is once again taking the summer block party to the next level—actually the next 100 levels. The 2014 lineup features hot acts like Chance The Rapper, Dillon Francis, Diplo, Dirty South Joe, DJ Sega, Flosstradamus, Swizzymack and more.
Philly foodies and festival fans, get your taste buds ready because the city’s premier street food festival returns with its next edition. Night Market Lancaster Ave @ 35th lands in the popular University City neighborhood with delicious bites from some of Philly’s best eateries. Also, be on the lookout for West Philly emcee Chill Moody as he holds it down on the live music stage.
Round one: Fight! Trading in fast fists for dope beats, hip-hop megastars Drake and Weezy appear at Susquehanna Bank Center for their Capcom-sponsored, Street Fighter-inspired music tour, Drake Vs. Lil Wayne. The two emcees will go toe-to-toe (lyrically speaking) for an epic, arena-rocking rap battle.
Made In America is set to hit Philly with another two days of nonstop music. Highlights for this year include writer/performer of the hit-song Happy Pharrell, reigning hip-hop star Kanye West, classic rap throwback group De La Soul and hit-making lyricist J. Cole, just to name a few. Get full details and enter our ticket giveaway.
BlackStar Film Festival is back for another round of cinematic awesomeness. Hailed as “The Black Sundance” by Ebony magazine, BlackStar runs July 31-August 3. The Philly-based festival highlights independent films from emerging directors, producers and writers about the global black experience. Check out our guide.
The next wave of Philly hitmakers, including Good Girl, Brianna Cash, MPrynt and Jeremy Isaac, landed at Underground Arts for The Winners Circle part deux. Of course, Philly 360° went behind the scenes to capture exclusive interviews with the artists and live performance footage. Watch our video recap.
Philly 360° was there when entertainer Nick Cannon arrived in Philly for the 2014 Angel Awards at Hotel Monaco. We sat down with the star to talk about his love for Philly soul, charity work and upcoming projects. Watch the video here.
First Fridays in Philly are always a fun time, but this weekend things are looking extra fresh. From BlackStar Film Festival, Keyshia Cole and John Legend to Reggae in the Park at The Mann Center, Philly is doing it up big this weekend. Check out our top picks below.
When: July 31 through August 3
Where: International House, 3701 Chestnut Street; See website for additional venues.
Cost: $10, general admission; $125 all-festival pass
More info: www.blackstarfest.org
Hailed as “the black Sundance” by Ebony magazine, the 2014 BlackStar Film Festival makes its return to Philly next week for a third round of cinematic awesomeness. This year the festival theme is "Music is the Weapon," and the BlackStar buzz is definitely building. The festival continues to gain attention, and accolades, from movie lovers, industry creatives, and press in Philly, around the country, and beyond.
Summer is sizzling with Cézanne at the Barnes! Check out their new exhibition The World Is an Apple: The Still Lifes of Paul Cézanne with art, cocktails, music, and conversation this First Friday!
Enjoy live performances by Relâche Ensemble and Peter Price as they interpret Cézanne’s still lifes musically. Or head to the terrace to experience world beats by DJ Hiding Place and DJ Bloodfaceman.
When: Friday, August 1 | 8pm
Where: The TLA | 334 South Street
More: Click here for more.
Keyshia Cole is about to land in Philly! That's right, the "She" singer is gearing up for her next album release and will be stopping through Philly for her Point of No Return tour, named after her upcoming project. And, check out the after party at Voyuer.
When: Friday, August 1 | 8 p.m.
Where: World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut Street
More Info: Click here to buy tickets.
Briclyn Entertainment, 2 PM Music and TMP Management &Promotions are back on the scene and teaming up for another dope show. On August 1, Bricyln returns to polished Philly music venue World Cafe Live for an incredible night of music with Young Money solo artist, Maroon 5 keyboardist, PJ Morton.
When: Saturday, August 2, 6-9 p.m.
Where: Urban Art Galler, 262 S. 52nd Street
More Info: Click here.
Sharp with Art Group presents a group exhibition of new works featuring some the best up and coming artists in the new contemporary art movement. “LEVELS” will run from August 2-31, 2014 with an opening reception Saturday, August 2nd, which includes FREE ENTRY, drinks and music. Six amazing artists will be featured in the show: Natalie Flor Negron, Jae Martin, Nebulus Flair, Seven X, Noni Red and Vinson Houston.
When: Saturday, August 2, 7 p.m.
Where: The Mann Center for the Performing Arts, 5201 Parkside Avenue
More Info: Purchase tickets online here.
Multiple GRAMMY Award-winning singer/songwriter John Legend will be returning to Philly with his highly-anticipated The All of Me Tour. On August 2, Legend will touch down at The Mann Center to perform hits off his fourth studio album “Love in the Future,” which features the hit single, "All of Me."
When: Saturday, August 2, 8 p.m.
Where: Tower Theater, 69th & Market Street
Cost: $50 - 84
More Info: Click here to purchase tickets online.
This summer, writer-director-actor-producers Keenen Ivory Wayans, Damon Wayans, Shawn Wayons and Marlon Wayans, are touring the US — and they're bringing signature style of funny our way. On August 2, the Wayans land at Tower Theater for a one-night-only family affair.
When: Sunday, August 2, 2 p.m.
Where: The Mann Center for Performing Arts, 52nd Street and Parkside Avenue
Cost: Tickets, $40-$95
More info: www.manncenter.org
Philly, jam out to the cool sounds of live reggae music as The Mann Center's annual Reggae in the Park summer festival comes our way on Sunday, August 3.
Headliners of this all-day event include some of today’s biggest and brightest reggae performers such as Matisyahu, Steel Pulse, Morgan Heritage, The Expendables, Movadao, Inner Circle and more. So, get all of your Caribbean flavor — right here in Philly. And, experience it all under the gorgeous Philadelphia summer sky.
Briclyn Entertainment, 2 PM Music and TMP Management &Promotions are back on the scene and teaming up for another dope show. On August 1, Briclyn and crew returns to polished Philly music venue World Cafe Live for an incredible night of music with Young Money solo artist, Maroon 5 keyboardist, PJ Morton.
The GRAMMY, Dove and Stellar Award-winning producer/songwriter's ability to effortlessly cross just about any genre of music from, soul to pop, gospel and rock, has secured his position in the industry. Last year, his acclaimed major label debut New Orleans, which features Stevie Wonder, Adam Levine and Busta Rhymes, hit #1 on iTunes R&B Albums Chart and Top 5 on the Billboard Heatseekers Chart.
PJ Morton has written and produced for many artists including Musiq Soulchild, Dewayne Woods, Ruben Studdard, Monica, Men of Standard, India Arie, Jeff Bradshaw and more.
This is definitely a can't-miss production. #bethere
Pier Entertainment Presents: Up-Close Live When: Thursdays, September 18 - October 23, 7pm and 9 pm sets Where: Relish, 7152 Ogontz Avenue Cost: $10 More Info: Click here for details. Pier Entertainment returns with their dope live music series…
Ab-Soul When: Friday, October 3, 8 p.m. Where: The Troc, 1003 Arch Street Cost: $22-100 More Info: Buy tickets online here. Sitting at the intersection of mainstream rap and underground hip-hop, emcee Ab-Soul returns to The Troc on Friday,…