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Tonight: Sittin' In Returns To The Kimmel Center Featuring Guitarist Ben O'Neill - Wednesday, July 9

  • Posted By: James Claiborne
  • July 9, 2014
    • Sittin' In featuring Ben O'Neill
      • Sittin' In featuring Ben O'Neill
      • Photo Credit: Courtesy of The Kimmel

Philly, another dope show is going down tonight — and you definitely can't afford to miss out on this one. That's right, tonight The Kimmel Center's monthly free music showcase and mixer, Sittin' In returns with another fresh lineup of Philly talent. 

The July edition of Sittin' In features GRAMMY-nominated, highly sought-after guitarist, Ben O'Neill. A fixture on the local music scene, O'Neill has played for some of the best known names in hip-hop, pop and R&B, including Kanye West, Kid Cudi, Christina Aguilera, and Tye Tribbett.

Now, Ben is turning his attention to his solo career and debut album, Ghosts & Green Shoots, a heartfelt project that showcases O'Neill's soul-laced guitar playing and songwriting skills — calling to mind the music of acts like Bon Iver, Dirty Projectors and The Flaming Lips.

So, come out, pull up a chair or hit the dancefloor, and check out new music from one of Philly's finest. As always, Sittin' In will feature resident turntabilist, Matthew Law a.k.a DJ PHSH and special guest MC Hezekiah Davis III.


Sittin' In: Hosted by Ben O'Neill
When: Wednesday, July 9 | 8 p.m. 
Where: The Kimmel Center | Broad & Spruce Streets
Cost: Free
More Info: Click here


Philly 360° Rewind: Behind The Scenes With Laurin Talese For The Philly Fourth of July Jam

  • Posted By: James Claiborne
  • July 8, 2014
    • Laurin Talese  @Philly360 Instagram Takeover
      • Laurin Talese @Philly360 Instagram Takeover
      • Photo Credit: L. Talese for Philly 360°

This past weekend, another epic, musically-charged Independence Day celebration went down on The Parkway. Philly's favorite hometown band, The Roots starred as headliners and houseband for the popular Philly Fourth of July Jam presented by VH1, which also included performances by included Aloe Blacc, Jennifer Hudson, Ed Sheeran, Nicki Minaj — and a special appearance by Philly soul singer Bilal

But, the show's headliners weren't the only stars shining on stage! 

This year, BASSic Black Entertainment recording artist Laurin Talese was in the middle of all the action, lending her soulful vocals to the band backing the show's main acts. Philly 360° teamed up with the Laurin for a @Philly360 Instagram Takeover, bringing our fans an inside look at the rehearsals and backstage scene for the Philly Fourth of July Jam.  

Along with taking a few fashionable selifes with her fellow background vocalists,  @nicolerhurst and @ebonyjoimusic, Laurin grabbed shots with all of the music/entertainment notables, including Questlove, Black Thought, Charlie Mack, DJ Jazz Jeff, Marlon Wayans and more.

So, whip out your iPhones and Androids and check out the Philly 360° Instagram feed to see all of the fab pics Laurin captured for her takeover. You can also scroll through the below visual gallery to check out the images.


Check out Laurin Talese aka @LaurinDarling's Philly 360° Instagram Takeover!

    • Laurin Talese  @Philly360 Instagram Takeover
      • Laurin Talese @Philly360 Instagram Takeover
      • Photo Credit: L. Talese for Philly 360°
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      • Laurin Talese @Philly360 Instagram Takeover
      • Photo Credit: L. Talese for Philly 360°
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      • Laurin Talese @Philly360 Instagram Takeover
      • Photo Credit: L. Talese for Philly 360°
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      • Laurin Talese @Philly360 Instagram Takeover
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      • Laurin Talese @Philly360 Instagram Takeover
      • Photo Credit: L. Talese for Philly 360°
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      • Laurin Talese @Philly360 Instagram Takeover
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      • Laurin Talese @Philly360 Instagram Takeover
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      • Laurin Talese @Philly360 Instagram Takeover
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      • Laurin Talese @Philly360 Instagram Takeover
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The Weekend Turn Up: Questlove's PSK Party, Philly Fourth of July Jam, On The Run Tour: Beyonce & Jay Z, The Jawn, & More! - July 3-6

  • Posted By: James Claiborne
  • July 3, 2014
    • Questlove
      • Questlove
      • Photo Credit: D. McDowell for Philly 360°/ Visit Philly

Fourth of July weekend is finally here, and it's definitely time to turn-up. This weekend, there are tons of parties, concerts and other dope events going down for The Fourth. And, as always, Philly 360° is bringing you a list of must-hit events.

So, grab your crew, hit the streets and have some fun. Let's go! 

Philly 360° Weekend Turn Up Picks:

      • Philly 360° Creative Ambassadors Tariq "Black Thought" Trotter
        • Philly 360° Creative Ambassadors Tariq "Black Thought" Trotter
        • Photo Credit: Courtesy of the artists

    Thursday, July 3 

    Questlove Presents The 2014 Philadelphia Sound Konnoisseurs (PSK)

    When: Thursday, July 3, 9 p.m
    Where: Voyeur Nightclub | 1221 St. James Street
    Cost: $20
    More Info: Click here.

    Leave it to Questlove to get the party started a day early. On July 3, the night before the Parkway-based festivities go down, you can catch Quest, Rich Medina, DJ Cash Money, DJ Cosmo Baker,  DJ J.Rocc, DJ Phsh aka Mathew Law all holding down the turntables at Voyuer for the return of Questlove's party the Philadelphia Sound Konnoisseurs aka PSK. #bethere

    Thursday at Silk City 

    When: Thursday, July 3, 10 p.m 
    Where: Silk City, 435 Spring Garden Street
    Cost: $5
    More Info: Click here.

    Thursday is definitely going to be a banger this week! Suga Shay is bringin' the Hard Candy vibes and Matthew Law will be spinning at Silk Cityright after his early set at PSK. No cover before 11p, only $5 after. Heineken and Sailor Jerry drink specials all night! 

      • Fireworks at the Wawa Welcome America celebration
        • Fireworks at the Wawa Welcome America celebration
        • Photo Credit: Photo by G. Widman for GPTMC

    Friday, July 4

    Party on the Parkway & The Questlove Stage

    When: Friday, July 4| 12 – 7 p.m
    Where: Benjamin Franklin Parkway, 20th Street to Eakins Oval
    Cost: Free
    More Info: Click here

    The takeover begins early in the day with the Party on the Parkway, which will feature an amazing array of vendors, delicious food and plenty of fun for the everyone. Also part of the Parkway takeover, but prior to The Roots hitting the main stage, Questlove will again curate his own stage of local and national acts.

    VH1 Presents The Philly Fourth of July Jam

    When: Friday, July 4
    Where: Benjamin Franklin Parkway
    Cost: Free
    More Info: Click here.

    The Legendary Roots Crew have become the faces and sound for Independence Day in Philly. The hip-hop band and hometown favorites return as the concert curators for one of the biggest parties to hit Philly — VH1 Presents Philly Fourth of July Jam during Wawa Welcome America!

    The Roots always deliver with their handpicked lineup that will take over the iconic Benjamin Franklin Parkway for the largest FREE concert in America. So, who made the cut this year? The Lineup: The Roots | Nicki Minaj | Jennifer Hudson | Ed Sheeran | Aloe Blacc | Ariana Grand | Vicci Martinez

    Let’s Dance! Pop Muzik July 4th Blowout  

    When: Friday, July 4, 10 p.m. -  2 a.m.
    Where: Dolphin Tavern, 1539 S. Broad Street
    Cost: $5
    More Info: Click here

    DJ Robert Drake has helped shape Philly's nightlife scene by introducing the New Wave genre to a whole new generation of ears with his monthly dance party. Close out your 4th of July festivities dancing the night away at The Dolphin to Drake's set of 80's pop, new wave and dance music. 

      • Beyonce & Jay Z
        • Beyonce & Jay Z
        • Photo Credit: M. Edlow for Visit Philadelphia / Philly 360°

    Saturday, July 5

    On The Run Tour: Beyoncé & Jay Z 

    When: Saturday, July 5
    Where: Citizen Bank Park, 1 Citizens Bank Way
    Cost: $40.50 - $255 
    More Info: Click here to buy tickets. See below post for details. 

    Breaking: Bey and Jay are on the run! Powerhouse music couple Beyoncé and Jay Z just announced that they are hitting the road together for a summer stadium tour. And, yes — they're stopping through Philly. On Saturday, July 5, The Carters land at Citizen Bank Park with the most epic music tour in the history of ever. 

    Sunday, July 6

    BlackStar Film Festival Presents Behind the Screen: Shawn Peters

    When: Sunday, July 6
    Where: The Barnes Foundation, 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
    Cost: 5:30 p.m. 
    More Info: Click here

    Join BlackStar Film Festival’s Artistic Director Maori Karmael Holmes for a Behind the Screen conversation with renowned cinematographer Shawn Peters on the intersection between film, music, and art. The Brooklyn-based Peters uses light and form to tell unique stories.

    He has been recently recognized for his work in the Sundance selected feature film An Oversimplification of Her Beauty as well as the documentary series The Triptych. He has been a sought after eye for music videos since he burst including collaborations with Pharoah Monch,Cody ChesnuTT, Gregory Porter, and Esperanza Spalding

    Realysm Presents: The Live Art Concert Series 

    When: Sunday, July 6, 6 p.m. 
    Where: Silk City, 435 Spring Garden
    Cost: $10
    More Info: Click here

    Live music and art collide, as singer/songwriter Suzann Chrstine, poet Seff Al Afriqi and visual artist Wilbur land at Sillk City for The Live Art Concert Series. While you're there, defintely check out Silk City's menu — you won't be disappointed that you did.

    The Jawn

    When: Sunday, July 6, 9 p.m. - 2 a.m. 
    Where: Reserve Wine Bar, 724 Arch Street
    Cost: $10
    More Info: Click here.  

    Each and every Sunday,DJ Cash Money, Stacey "Flygirrl" Wilson and crew bring you the hottest Sunday night afterhours party of the summer. Hosted at Reserve Wine Bar in Midtown Philadelphia, The Jawn is anchored by DJ Cash Money and includes a special guest DJ from the local music scene each week.


    BBE Recording Artist Laurin Talese Takes Over Philly 360°'s Instagram For The Philly Fourth Of July Jam - July 3 & 4

    • Posted By: James Claiborne
    • July 2, 2014
      • @LaurinDarling takes over Philly 360° Instagram
        • @LaurinDarling takes over Philly 360° Instagram
        • Photo Credit: Original Photo by Sharyn Frenkel Photography / Courtesy of Laurin Talese

    It's time for another Philly 360° Instagram Takeover! Next up: Philly's own sultry jazz vocalist, Laurin Talese

    A Philly transplant by way of Cleveland, OH, Laurin studied music at University of the Arts, where she met her fellow Philadelphia musician, and current creative partner, Adam Blackstone — who serves as the music director for mega-talents like Justin Timberlake, Nicki Minaj, Rihanna, Pharrell and more.

    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. Her debut album will release this winter.  

    This week, when the Philly Fourth of July Jam presented by VH1 and The Roots goes down, Laurin will be on stage in the middle of it all, lending her pitch-perfect sound as part of the band backing the show's headliners, which include Aloe Blacc, Nicki Minaj, Ed Sheeran, of course Philly's own hometown heroes, The Roots

    On July 3 & 4, Laurin Talese will be taking over our @philly360 Instagram account, giving you a behind-the-scenes look at rehearsals and day-of for The Roots' annual Philly Fourth of July Jam and Fireworks. 

    Want in on the action? Just follow us and check out Philly's biggest free concert all day and night from the perspective of the lovely @laurindarling.


    Check out this snippet of Laurin Talese's latest single, "This Love." — available for download on iTunes. 


    Questlove Brings Back The PSK Party With Rich Medina, DJ Cash Money, DJ Cosmo Baker & More - Thursday, July 3

    • Posted By: James Claiborne
    • July 2, 2014
      • Questlove
        • Questlove
        • Photo Credit: M. Edlow for GPTMC

    Leave it to Questlove to get the party started a day early. 

    On July 3, the night before the Parkway-based Fourth of July festivities go down, you can catch Quest, Rich Medina, DJ Cash Money, DJ Cosmo Baker, DJ J.Rocc, and DJ Phsh aka Mathew Law, all holding down the turntables for the return of Questlove's Philadelphia Sound Konnoisseurs (PSK) at Voyuer Nightclub.

    This is definitely the only way to kickstart your Independence Day celebration in Philly. Don't miss it! 


    Questlove Presents The 2014 Philadelphia Sound Konnoisseurs (PSK)
    When: Thursday, July 3| 9 p.m
    Where: Voyeur Nightclub | 1221 St. James Street
    Cost: $20
    More Info: Click here

     

    Check out this video for a little background on Questlove's PSK Party! 


    Philly’s Summer Turn Up: The Philly Fourth of July Jam, Beyoncé & Jay Z, BlackStar Film Festival, Meek Mill, The Jawn & More

    • Posted By: James Claiborne
    • July 1, 2014
      • Three Ways To Party With Questlove & The Roots For July 4
        • Three Ways To Party With Questlove & The Roots For July 4

    Featured Events:

    Friday, July 4 – VH1 Presents The Philly Fourth Of July Jam & Fireworks  

    The Roots have officially become the face and sound of Philly’s Independence Day celebration. Again this year, Questlove, Black Thought and the entire Roots Crew will star as the headliners and house band for one of the biggest free parties to hit our town—the Philly Fourth of July Jam featuring Nicki Minaj, Jennifer Hudson, Ed Sheeran, Aloe Blacc, Ariana Grand and Vicci Martinez.

    Saturday, July 5 – On The Run Tour: Beyoncé & Jay Z

    Bey and Jay are on the run. Powerhouse music couple Beyoncé and Jay Z are hitting the road together for a summer stadium tour, and of course they're stopping through Philly. On Saturday, July 5, the Carters land at Citizens Bank Park with the most epic music tour in the history of ever. Grab your tickets now.

    Sunday, July 6 – The Jawn

    There's no word in the Philly dictionary more adored, or versatile, than "jawn." It can be applied to just about any situation, person or place, but in this case, "The Jawn" means a serious party is about to go down. Each and every Sunday, DJ Cash Money, along with Stacey "Flygirrl" Wilson and a special guest DJ, will bring you the hottest Sunday night party of the summer. You can also catch The Jawn on July 13, 20 and 27.

    Friday, July 11 – Veteran Freshman Presents: The Kickback Live

    Veteran Freshman is back on the scene with another dope show. On Friday, July 11, VF takes over the stage at The TLA with some of Philly's freshest acts, including Motown recording artists MPrynt, soulful vocalist Guordan Banks, singer/songwriter Ganou, R&B/folk songstress Brianna Cash and hip-hop artist Bok Nero. This is definitely a can’t-miss concert for the summer.

    Thursday, July 17 – Bruno Mars  

    Two words: Bruno Mars. Since the 2009 release of his debut album, the pop sensation has been on a fast track to the top—landing five songs on Billboard's Hot 100, performing during this year’s Super Bowl halftime show and selling 130 million singles worldwide. This month, see Mars as he performs at the Susquehanna Bank Center for an unstoppable, arena-rocking night of music.  

    Friday, July 18 – Natalie “The Floacist” Stewart

    Natalie “The Floacist” Stewart is back with some new music for her Philly fans. As one half of former soul duo Floetry, Stewart co-penned hits like Say Yes, Getting Late and Floetic—forever changing the sound of soul music across the globe. Stop through World Cafe Live on July 18 for a chance to get up close and personal with The Floacist.  

    Saturday, July 19 – Meek Mill

    Indisputably one of the hottest artists in the rap game right now, Philly-bred MC Meek Mill returns this month to perform a special homecoming concert for his Philly fans at The Liacouras Center. Since releasing his debut studio album Dreams and Nightmares to critical acclaim in 2012, the rapper has collaborated with the biggest names in hip-hop, including Rick Ross, Wale, Drake, Trey Songz, Nicki Minaj, 2 Chainz, Lil Wayne, T.I., Mary J. Blige, John Legend, K. Michelle, Future and Wiz Khalifa.


    Philly 360° Spotlights:

      • WATCH: Estelle Shops Philly
        • WATCH: Estelle Shops Philly
        • Photo Credit: D. Alfaro for Philly 360°

    Summer Music Guide

    You know Philly’s all about the summer, summer, summertime—and things are definitely heating up on the Philly music scene. Whether you’re in the mood to soak up sun and sounds outdoors at The Mann Center or The Dell or take in the sights of South Street before hitting The TLA, there are plenty of shows going down in Philly this summer. Check out our guide.

    BlackStar Film Festival

    Cinephiles: Hailed as “The Black Sundance” by Ebony magazine, BlackStar Film Festival returns July 31-August 3 for another round of cinematic awesomeness. The Philly-based festival highlights independent films from emerging directors, producers and writers about the global black experience. Be there. #byindiemeansnecessary

    Rewind: Backstage Roots Picnic 2014

    The seventh annual Roots Picnic just went down, and once again, the Legendary Roots Crew delivered an epic concert for their fans. And of course, Philly 360° was there to cover all of the behind-the-scenes action. HOT 107.9 personality Laiya St.Clair interviewed Philly creatives like Mike Zombie, Dom Streater and Chill Moody. Watch our recap video.  

    Exclusive: Estelle In Philly

    Though pop sensation Estelle hails from London, she's no stranger to our city. Working with Philly producers on her latest project True Romance, which drops in September, Estelle has a solid lineup of hometown "American boys" shaping her sound. Philly 360° followed along as the international star hit up a few of our favorite Old City boutiques and talked about her love for all things Philadelphia. Watch the video.


    This Weekend: Black Girls Rock Hard Featuring Nafesa, Jae, Tracey Preston, Chartel, Suzann Christine, Black Alley & BriaMarie - Sunday, June 22

    • Posted By: James Claiborne
    • June 19, 2014
      • Suzann Christine
        • Suzann Christine
        • Photo Credit: Courtesy of the artists

    It's ladies night at The Hard Rock. That's right — this weekend some of the hottest female talents from Philly, and beyond, will hit the stage at the Hard Rock Cafe Philadelphia for Black Girls Rock Hard.

    Presented by Moshay Laren and Lyn Brown Music Group, this rock-tastic music showcase features a dope lineup of artists, including Nafesa, Jae, Tracey Preston, Chartel, Suzann Christine, Black Alley and BriaMarie. Each of these ladies have been rocking mics and shows all over the place, and now, they are coming together for an unstoppable night of R&B, Rock, soul and hip-hop. 

    This is definitely a must-hit production. #bethere


    Here's more info on the lineup for Black Girls Rock Hard:

      • Bria Marie
        • Bria Marie
        • Photo Credit: Courtesy of Bria Marie

    Nafesa

    This native Philly singer/songwriter has been making some serious noise on the local music scene. Sharing the stage with other Philly phenoms like Carol Riddick, Suzanne Christine, MPYNT and Jeremy Isaac, Nafesa's soulful music and undeniable energy make her an artist to watch. 


    Tracey Preston

    An actrress, singer, songwriter triple-threat, Tracey Preston has been holding down the local art scene, performing around town since her childhood. Whether on stage with a house band at Warmdaddy's, or taking the leading role in a production / musical, Preston emb.  


    JaE

    A breathe of fresh air, JaE soul-infused rock sound is bringing a new vibe to Philly music, and the city is definitely feeling it. Unquestionably orginal in style and approach, JaE effortlessly blends gritty rock & roll with cool Philly soul for a sound that is all her own.


    Chartel

    As a background vocalist and regular contributor to Philly-based soul band, Vertical Current, Chartel is making her mark on Philly music. She's opened for renowned acts like GRAMMY-winner Robert Glasper and  gospel sensation Deon Kipping — and is definitely another Philly star in the making. 


    Suzann Christine

    The talented vocalist made her decision to live her life after quitting her full-time job to pursue music and it seems that decision has been paying off. From opening for acts like Rick Ross, Musiq Soulchild and Kindred to collaborating with MCs Freeway and Chill Moody — it’s clear that Suzann Christine is on the right track.


    Black Alley

    Hailing from the DMV, Black Alley has been featured on various media outlets to include Okayplayer, EarMilk, ThatsEnuff.com, Washington City Paper, and Washington Post. The video for their single "Artist Prayer" is in heavy rotation on VH1 Soul and the video for their single “Bad Girl” recently debuted exclusively on MTVHive.com.


    BriaMarie

    The “Fresh Princess”, as she is affectionately known, is the sound of a new type of artistry. The Columbia, Maryland native’s single “Bye Boy” was recently featured on MTV.com and has been praised on Bossip.com as “a video with a message that’s pretty hot." With the creative powers of Carvin Haggins, of Carvin & Ivan, behind her sound, Bria is definitely on her way to the top.

     

    Black Girls Rock Hard
    When: Sunday, June 22, 8 p.m. 
    Where: Hard Rock Cafe Philadelphia, 12th and Market Street 
    Cost: $20 - 25
    More Info: Buy tickets online here


    Must-Hit Black Music Month Events In Philly: Future, Boyz II Men, Aaron Camper, Chill Moody, Laurin Talese & More

    • Posted By: James Claiborne
    • June 4, 2014
      • Boyz II Men
        • Boyz II Men
        • Photo Credit: Courtesy of Boyz II Men

    Featured Events:


    Thursday, June 5 – Future

    Future has solidified his position as one of the hottest MCs in the game. From penning the hook for Ludacris’ hit track Blueberry Yum Yum to collaborating with industry heavyweights like Drake, Snoop Dogg, T.I., Pharrell, Kanye West, Andre 3000 and Lil Wayne, Future is definitely an artist to watch. Catch him on June 5 at The Troc.


    Saturday, June 7 – Boyz II Men

    "Motownphilly’s back again..." Really. The classic R&B sound of Boyz II Men has never gone out of style. For more than two decades, these hometown vocal powerhouses have been dropping hit records and entertaining music lovers around the globe. This month, Shawn, Wanya and Nate are bringing it back home, performing all of their classics live at the Tower Theater.


    Friday, June 20 – Camp Moody

    Two of Philly’s rising acts are teaming up for a four-city music tour. West Philly rapper Chill Moody and adopted Philadelphian R&B/pop vocalist Aaron Camper are taking Philly on the road with their latest concept, Camp Moody. Kicking off on June 20 at Hard Rock Cafe Philadelphia, Camp Moody is set to rep hard for the City of Brotherly Love, blazing a few mics along the way. Grab your tickets now. #thisisclassicphilly


    Friday, June 20 – The Illadelph Xperiment

    Three floors, a dozen DJs, five live artists, hookah and drink specials? Flygirrl brings back one of the dopest parties to hit Philly, The Illadelph Xperiment. The lineup includes DJs Rich Medina, Qool Dj Marv, Mike Nyce, Illvibe Collection with DJ Sonny James, PHSH, Skipmode and more. Trust us—you need to be here.


    Saturday, June 21 – Make Music Philly  

    On June 21, Philadelphia will join more than 500 other cities worldwide in shining a spotlight on local music. The free Make Music Philly is the city’s only DIY music festival, featuring thousands of local musicians and artists of every genre doing what Philly does best—laying down some serious live music.


    Wednesday, June 25 - Enter The Dynasty Featuring Donte Winslow & Laurin Talese

    Taking a break from Justin Timberlake’s 20/20 Experience World Tour, trumpeter and producer Dontae Winslow takes over the World Cafe Live stage later this month. Along with playing behind JT, Winslow has built his rep by writing songs for Jay Z, Kanye, Keyshia Cole, Kendrick Lamar and other chart-topping artists. Also on the bill for this show is Philly’s own sultry jazz songstress, Laurin Talese.


    Friday, June 27 – The Comeback – Philly Style

    IM3 Media is back on the scene, hosting its fifth annual Black Music Month showcase, The Comeback – Philly Style. This year’s event will honor another incredible lineup of industry movers and shakers, including noted vocalists Marsha Ambrosius and Carol Riddick, music managers Michael McArthur and Jerome Hipps, turntablist DJ Cash Money and more.


    Philly 360° Spotlights: 

      • Curran J. Swint
        • Curran J. Swint
        • Photo Credit: M. Edlow for GPTMC

    39th Annual Odunde Festival

    It’s back! On Sunday, June 8, the 39th annual Odunde Festival lands on South Street West, celebrating the African New Year with two stages of live performances and a massive African marketplace with vendors selling jewelry, clothing, art and plenty of good eats.


    Celebrate The Fourth In Philly

    From June 28 through July 4, Wawa Welcome America! returns for seven epic days of fun, free  events. Again this year, the festival will culminate with the Philly Fourth of July Jam featuring an all-star lineup of talents backed by The Roots. This year’s headliners include Nicki Minaj, Jennifer Hudson, Aloe Blacc, Ed Sheeran, Ariana Grande and Vicci Martinez.


    Can’t-Miss Philly Festivals

    It’s officially festival season in Philadelphia. Now through the end of summer, the city explodes with creative happenings, including, BlackStar Film Festival, Odunde, Wawa Welcome America!, Mad Decent Block Party, Jay Z’s Made In America and more! Check out our guide.


    KRT Tees Vs. Tanks

    Kings Rule Together (KRT) is back on June 21 with the third edition of its annual Tees vs. Tanks Brand Basketball Game. Teams from more than 30 local and national brands take to the court to compete for the championship—and bragging rights. Along with checking out the games, onlookers can also shop for wares from the participating brands. Get more details.


    Wawa Welcome America Returns With Seven Days Of Free Events & The Fourth Of July Jam With The Roots, Nicki Minaj, Jennifer Hudson & More - June 28 - July 4

    • Posted By: James Claiborne
    • June 4, 2014
      • Wawa Welcome America! 4th of July Jam
        • Wawa Welcome America! 4th of July Jam
        • Photo Credit: Kaster for Visit Philadelphia

    Wawa Welcome America is back on the scene with seven days of FREE events and festivities celebrating the Fourth of July holiday. From fireworks, Hoagie Day and the annual Philadelphia Independence Day Parade, to the city's signature Fourth of July Jam & Fireworks, which once again will be curated by Questlove of The Roots — Philly is definitely the ONLY place in the country to celebrate the holiday. 

    Here are a few highlighs from this year's Wawa Welcome America celebration.

      • The Roots at The 4th of July Jam & Fireworks
        • The Roots at The 4th of July Jam & Fireworks
        • Photo Credit: Kaster for Visit Philadelphia

    Liberty Block Party

    When: Saturday, June 28, Noon - 10 p.m. 
    Where: The Shops at Liberty Place, 16th and Chestnut Streets 

    Swing by the largest block party of the summer and spend an afternoon relishing in some of the finest live entertainment, unique crafts and savory food this city has to offer. 


    Mural Arts Paint Day 

    When: Sunday, June 29, Noon - 4 p.m 
    Where: “Promise Zone”/Mantua

    Join the City of Philadelphia’s Mural Arts Program for a community paint day in Mantua – one of President Obama’s newly designated Promise Zones. This is your chance to help create one of our city’s famed murals.


    Philly @ the Movies: Disney’s “Frozen”

    When: Monday, June 30, 9 p.m. 
    Where: Franklin Square9pm

    Kids of all ages are invited out for a screening of the biggest children’s movie of all time. They’ll also get to enjoy mini golf, free giveaways & carousel rides.


    Go 4th & Learn About: Fitness

    When: Tuesday, July 1, 10 a.m. 
    Where: Smith Memorial Playground and Playhouse

    Break a sweat at the 6.5 acre playground, which includes the Ann Newman Giant Wooden Slide and more than 50 unique, age-appropriate and accessible pieces of play equipment. The First 200 kids will receive a free book!


    Philadelphia Orchestra Neighborhood Concert

    When: Tuesday, July 1, 8 p.m. 
    Where: Penn's Landing - The Great Plaza

    The Philadelphia Orchestra returns for its seventh summer to the RiverStage at the Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing. This FREE concert brings the world-renowned orchestra to a new, community and audience, celebrating the organization’s commitment to enhancing the vitality of neighborhoods throughout the Philadelphia region. Following the performance, you won’t want to miss the small land-side fireworks salute!

      • Wawa Welcome America
        • Wawa Welcome America
        • Photo Credit: J. Smith for Visit Philadelphia

    Philly @ the Movies: “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire”

    When: Tuesday, July 1, 9 p.m. 
    Where: Rittenhouse Square, 18th and Walnut Street

    Come cheer on the triumphant leading lady, Katniss Everdeen, as she returns to the Hunger Games arena in the second installment of this exhilarating series!


    Wawa Hoagie Day

    When: Wednesday, July 2, noon
    Where: Independence Mall

    Celebrate Life, Liberty &the Pursuit of Deliciousness with 4.5 tons worth of hoagies served free to thousands. Join this patriotic event as Wawa salutes our military, fire & police.


    Philly @ the Movies: “Rocky”

    When: Wednesday, July 2, 9p.m
    Where: Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkways 9pm

    Don’t miss this Philadelphia classic from the very steps that made Rocky a lifelong legend.


    POPS! On Independence

    When: Thursday, July 3, 8 p.m.
    Where: Steps of Independence Hall, 6th & Chestnut Streets

    Peter Nero and the Philly POPS! Return to Philly to celebrate America’s birthday! Bring your blanket & lawn chairs & enjoy one of Philadelphia’s most popular July 4th traditions.


    Celebration of Freedom Ceremony

    When: Friday, July 4, 10 a.m.
    Where: Steps of Independence Hall, 6th & Chestnut Streets

    Pay tribute to our great nation at the Celebration of Freedom Ceremony featuring music, inspiring remarks, and a reading of excerpts from the Declaration of Independence – among other special elements. This year’s ceremony will recognize the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the 60th anniversary of the Brown vs. Board Supreme Court decision. 


    Philadelphia Independence Day Parade

    When: Friday, July 4, 11 a.m. - 12: 30 p.m.
    Where: Throughout Historic Philadelphia

    Witness more than 5,000 participants as they celebrate America’s birthday by marching through the nation’s most historic square mile.


    Party On The Parkway

    When: Friday, July 4, Noon - 7 p.m.
    Where: Benjamin Franklin Parkway, 20th Street to Eakins Oval

    Philly really knows how to throw a party! America’s birthday continues with blocks and blocks of exciting activates, multiple music stages, games and food.


    Philly 4th of July Jam & Fireworks

    When: Friday, July 4, 7 - 11 p.m.
    Where: Benjamin Franklin Parkway, 20th Street to Eakins Oval 

    The “Largest Free Concert in America,” will rock the Parkway as The Roots, Ed Sheeran, Nicki Minaj, Jennifer Hudson, Aloe Blacc, and Ariana Grande, along with Vicci Martinez, take the stage followed by an amazing fireworks display over the Philadelphia Museum of Art.


    Tomorrow: The 7th Annual Roots Picnic - Official Show Schedule + After Parties Details

    • Posted By: James Claiborne
    • May 30, 2014
      • ?uestlove of The Roots
        • ?uestlove of The Roots
        • Photo Credit: Photo by M. Edlow for GPTMC

    The wait is finally over. Tomorrow, the Roots Picnic lands at Festival Pier at Penn's Landing for another epic day-long concert on the Philly waterfront. If you haven't grabbed your tickets yet, now is the time. You can also check out the official Philly 360° Roots Picnic Guide to get all the deets on how to get to venue, and best enjoy the show.  

    The vibe and atmosphere at Festival Pier will be nothing short of amazing, with tons of people partying to sounds of the incredible lineup of artists, all hand-selected by The Legendary Roots Crew. Janelle Monae, Chill Moody, Jhene Aiko, Snoop Dogg and more — you definitely won't want to miss it when your favorite acts hit the stage. Luckily for you, the set list for tomorrow's show was just released online. Check it out below. 

    Also, be sure to take a look at the — count them — FOUR dope Roots Picnic after parties that are going down tomorrow. Are you ready? We seriously hope so. #epic

     

    Performance Schedule for the 7th Annual Roots Picnic: 

      • Janelle Monae
        • Janelle Monae
        • Photo Credit: Phot by Jiro Schneider for Atlantic Records

    The Roots w/ Snoop Dogg | Columbus Stage | 8:30 p.m. 
    Araabmuzik | Oasis Stage | 7:40 p.m. |
    Janelle Monae | Columbus Stage | 6:45 p.m. 
    Action Bronson | Oasis Stage | 6:05 p.m. 
    The War On Drugs | Columbus Stage | 5:25 p.m. 
    A$AP Ferg | Oasis Stage | 4:50 p.m. 
    Jhene Aiko | Columbus Stage | 4:20 p.m. 
    G-Eazy | Columbus Stage | 4 p.m. 
    Biz Markie | Oasis Stage | 3:30 p.m.
    Rudimental | Columbus Stage | 3 p.m. 
    Just Blaze | Oasis Stage | 2:30 p.m. 
    Bad Rabbits | Columbus Stage | 2 p.m. 
    Chill Moody | Oasis Stage | 1:30 p.m. 
    Emily Wells | Columbus Stage | 1 p.m. 
    Roman Gianarthur | Oasis Stage | 12:30 p.m. 
    Electric Wire Hustle | Columbus Stage| 12 p.m.


    The Roots Picnic After Parties:

      • The Roots Picnic
        • The Roots Picnic
        • Photo Credit: Photo by M. Kennedy for GPTMC

    Yes, you heard us right — after parties. Plural. This year, we've heard about a few dope parties going on after the Roots Picnic. So, once the last act leaves the stage, the party will continue. Get to your favorite spot and dance the night away, or if you are really down to party, you might want to stop by all of these spots. The details are below. 


    The Official Roots Picnic After Party with Questlove
    When: Saturday, May 31, 11 p.m. - 3 a.m. 
    Where: Voyeur, 1221 St. James Street
    Cost: $12 before midnight 
    More info: voyeurnightclub.com

    Roots Picnic After Party Hosted by Kamal & Frank "Knuckles" of The Roots
    When: Saturday, May 31, 10 p.m. - 3 a.m. 
    Where: Aura, 628 N Front St
    More Info: RSVP here

    Sound Garden Hall Presents: "After the Picnic’' featuring Rich Medina
    When: Saturday, May 31, 11 p.m.
    Where: Hacienda Lounge, 520 North Columbus Boulevard
    Cost: $10
    More Info: Click here.

    Drinking Out Back After The Roots Picnic with Chill Moody, Beano, DJ Ricochet & More
    When: Saturday, May 31, 9 p.m. 
    Where: Voltage Lounge, 421 N. 7th Street
    Cost: $10 advance / $12 at the door 
    More Info: Click here


    Keyshia Cole - Friday, August 1

    Keyshia Cole: Point of No Return Tour When: Friday, August 1 | 8pm Where: The TLA | 334 South Street Cost: $28-40 More: Click here for more. Keyshia Cole is about to land in Philly! That's right, the "She"…

    PJ Morton - Friday, August 1

    PJ Morton When: Friday, August 1 | 8 p.m. Where: World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut Street Cost: $25 More Info: Click here to buy tickets. Briclyn Entertainment is back on the scene with another dope show. On August 1,…

    John Legend: The All Of Me Tour - Saturday, August 2

    John Legend: The All of Me Tour When: Saturday, August 2, 7 p.m. Where: The Mann Center for the Performing Arts, 5201 Parkside Avenue Cost: $33-99 More Info: Purchase tickets online here. In August, multiple GRAMMY Award-winning singer/songwriter John…