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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


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

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

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

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

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


Philly 360° Fall Music Picks:

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

OCTOBER

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

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

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


Marsha Ambrosius: Friends & Lovers Tour

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

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


Up-Close Live featuring Aaron Camper

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

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


Mikey Rocks

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

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


Powerhouse 2014

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

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

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

NOVEMBER

Wired Fest 96.5: Steve Aoki & Lil Jon

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

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


Goapele

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

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


G-Eazy

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

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


Usher: The UR Experience

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

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


A$AP Ferg & YG

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

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


Ms. Lauryn Hill: Homecoming Concert Series

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

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


Bilal

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

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


Stevie Wonder: Songs in the Key of Life Tour

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

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


Daley

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

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


B.O.B.

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

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


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

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

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

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

DECEMBER

Common

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

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


Robert Glasper Experiment

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

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


Justin Timberlake: The 20/20 Experience World Tour

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

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


Lil John Roberts & Friends

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

1. Take action with The Global Poverty Project 

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

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

2. Tweet to win with @Philly360

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

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

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


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

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

Once a month on Wednesdays, The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts opens its doors and stages to some of the city's hottest musicals talents for the popular Philadelphia music showcase, Sittin' In. Now approaching its third year, this free concert/party/jam session mashup is Philadelphia's go-to event for emerging talent, locally-based touring musicians — and the music lovers that can't get enough of their soulful sounds. 

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

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

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

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


Sittin' In at The Kimmel Center:

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


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

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

Must-Hit October Events: 

UNIQLO Philly Love Fest Featuring Questlove - Saturday, October 4

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

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


DesignPhiladelphia — Thursday, October 9 - Friday, October 17

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


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

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


Forbes Under 30 Music Festival — Sunday, October 19

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


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

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


Marsha Ambrosius — Thursday, October 23

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

    • PhillyMade
      • PhillyMade
      • Photo Credit: M. Edlow for Visit Philadelphia / Philly 360°

Philly 360° Spotlights:

Rewind: PhillyMade

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


What’s Good In My ‘Hood: Northern Liberties

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


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

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


Rewind: The 2014 BlackStar Film Festival

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Customers can board the bus at the following stops:

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

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


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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Forbes Under 30 Music Festival Lineup: 

Afrojack

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

Wiz Khalifa

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

LP

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

OCD: Moosh and Twist

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

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


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


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

  • Posted By: James Claiborne
  • September 12, 2014
    • Foxtail Fest
      • Foxtail Fest
      • Photo Credit: Courtesy of Foxtail Fest

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

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

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

Tweet To Win

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

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

The Prize

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

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

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

Click here for the official rules.


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


Swing Into The Weekend With A French Cabaret Inspired First Friday At The Barnes - Friday, September 5

  • Posted By: James Claiborne
  • September 5, 2014
    • With Art Philadelphia Tour With Danny Simmons - Barnes Foundation
      • With Art Philadelphia Tour With Danny Simmons - Barnes Foundation
      • Photo Credit: L. Whitaker for GPTMC

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


The September Must-Hit List: Sneaker Pimps With Cam'ron, The Philadelphia Collection, Seun Kuti + Rich Medina, Gizmo, STS, The Bearded Bunch, Fly School Circus Arts & More

  • Posted By: James Claiborne
  • September 4, 2014
    • The Bearded Bunch
      • The Bearded Bunch
      • Photo Credit: Darren Burton for Visit Philadelphia

Featured Events:

Sneaker Pimps Featuring Cam’ron — Sunday, September 7

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.


Seun Kuti & Egypt 80 + Rich Medina — Monday, September 8   

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


Gizmo — Tuesday, September 9

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 — Thursday, September 11

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. 


Snarky Puppy — Friday, September 12

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.


The Philadelphia Collection — Wednesday, September 17-Wednesday, September 24

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


Day 26 — Monday, September 22

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.

    • Russell Simmons, Steve Rifkind & Tayyib Ali at Mitchell & Ness
      • Russell Simmons, Steve Rifkind & Tayyib Ali at Mitchell & Ness
      • Photo Credit: Stratagem for Philly 360°
    • Fly School Circus Arts
      • Fly School Circus Arts
      • Photo Credit: Stratagem for Philly 360°
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The Bearded Bunch

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.


TourStar Music App

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.


Mitchell & Ness Presents Russell Simmons

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

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.


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Marsha Ambrosius - Thursday, October 23

Marsha Ambrosius When: Thursday, October 23, 8 p.m. Where: The TLA, 334 South Street Cost: $42 More Info: Click here to purchase tickets. Calling all the lovers: Still riding high off the release of her latest album Friends &…

Mikey Rocks - Thursday, October 23

Mikey Rocks When: Thursday, October 23, 8 p.m. Where: The Trocadero, 1003 Arch Street Cost: $15 More Info: Buy tickets here. Originally one-half of the groundbreaking rap duo, The Cool Kids, emcee Mikey Rocks has now successfully stepped out…