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Luke James & BJ The Chicago Kid Are Next Up At Underground Arts - Thursday, February 26

  • Posted By: James Claiborne
  • February 19, 2015
    • Luke James
      • Luke James
      • Photo Credit: Courtesy of Luke James

Following his deal with J Records and a 2006 single titled "My Turn," New Orleans native Luke James gained major attention as a songwriter and background vocalist. The soulful singer/songwriter lent his formidble writing skills to co-pen hits like Tank's "I Hate U," Charlie Wilson's "Love, Love, Love," Britney Spears' "Kill the Lights," Chris Brown's "Crawl," and Justin Bieber's "That Should Be Me," among others.

Eventually signing to Mercury, James released his his hit single, "I Want You," which earned the talented crooner major love from critics, fans and radio. James followed with three more singles in 2013, as well a handful in 2014 that preceded the release of his self-titled debut album.

On Thursday, February 26, Luke James performs at Underground Arts in Philadelphia alongside industry newcomer B.J. The Chicago Kid — who is being hailed as one of the most explosive, yet mature, soulful artists/writers of our young generation.

Together, these two wize-beyond-their-age vocalists will lay down a unforgettable night of entertainment in the name of feel-good music. Grab your tickets now.


Luke James & B.J. The Chicago Kid
When: Thursday, February 26, 8 p.m.
Where: Underground Arts, 1200 Callowhill Street
Cost:$25
More Info: Click here purchase tickets online. 


Check out our behind-the-scenes with Luke James.


TOP PICKS: Eight Must-Hit Shows In Philly Through March

  • Posted By: James Claiborne
  • February 12, 2015
    • Jazmine Sullivan
      • Jazmine Sullivan
      • Photo Credit: Courtesy of Jazmine Sulivan

Philly, there certainly will be no shortage of dope live music rocking our stages over the next few weeks. From heavyweight music veteran Lauryn Hill  to Philly-born sensations like Jazmine Sullivan and MPrynt — we've pulled together a list of ten can't-miss concerts hitting our town soon.

You can find all of the details on these shows below, and be sure to keep an eye on the Philly 360° events page for all of the city's hottest live music concerts, fashion events and creative happenings. Let's go!


Eight Must-Hit Shows in Philly Through March

    • Kindred the Family Soul - Fatin & Aja
      • Kindred the Family Soul - Fatin & Aja
      • Photo Credit: Courtesy of Kindred the Family Soul

1. Kindred The Family Soul

Thursday, February 19, 8 p.m | World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut Street | $35
Buy tickets here.

Born from the same turn-of-the-century Philadelphia neo-soul movement that birthed Jill Scott, the married duo Fatin Dantzler and Aja Graydon are Kindred the Family Soul.

Since first being discovered by Jill Scott at the Black Lily Film & Music Festival and signing to Hidden Beach Recordings, Kindred has toured the globe and continued to keep Philly soul on alive and on the map. Catch the duo at World Cafe Live for an incredible, undeniably Philly night of soul in University City.

 
    • ?uestlove on the drums, Black Thought on the mic
      • ?uestlove on the drums, Black Thought on the mic
      • Photo Credit: Photo by M. Edlow for GPTMC

2. GrassROOTS Community Foundation: 5th Annual Let’s Move It: Philly Party

Saturday, February 21, 9 PM | Trilogy, 601 Spring Garden Street | $20 and Up
Buy tickets here.

The brainchild of Philly legend and Roots crew member, Black Thought and Dr. Janice Johnson Diaz, the GrassROOTS Community Foundation is throwing their 5th Annual Let’s Move It: Philly Party! Saturday, Feb. 21 it all goes down at Trilogy Nightclub and all of Philadelphia, and beyond, is invited to come out and party for a purpose.

This year’s theme is all about the Philly Classics. From the music, to the food and entire, guests will get to enjoy a healthy dose of Philly nostalgia. On the ones and twos will be the legendary DJ Jazzy Jeff, along with Black Thought of The Roots and fellow turntable icon Rich Medina.

So grab a friend or two and a pair of your favorite Reebok Classics and head down to Trilogy for some amazing music, food and to help support a Philadelphia School. Dress is chic, whether heels or sneakers!

    • Luke James
      • Luke James
      • Photo Credit: Courtesy of Luke James

3. Luke James & B.J. The Chicago Kid

Thursday, February 26, 8 p.m. | Underground Arts, 1200 Callowhill Street | $25
Click here purchase tickets online. 

Following his deal with J Records and a 2006 single titled "My Turn," New Orleans native Luke James gained major attention as a songwriter and background vocalist. The soulful singer/songwriter lent his formidble writing skills to co-pen hits like Tank's "I Hate U," Charlie Wilson's "Love, Love, Love," Britney Spears' "Kill the Lights," Chris Brown's "Crawl," and Justin Bieber's "That Should Be Me," among others.

On Thursday, February 26, Luke James performs at Underground Arts in Philadelphia alongside industry newcomer B.J. The Chicago Kid — who is being hailed as one of the most explosive, yet mature, soulful artists/writers of our young generation.

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

4. OCD: Moosh & Twist

Friday, February 27, 8 p.m. | The TLA, 334 South Street | $18
Click here to buy tickets online.

OCD: Moosh & Twist is made up of Philadelphia natives DeQuincy "Moosh" Coleman McRae and Oliver "Twist" Feighan. After bonding in first grade over the love of music and poetry, Moosh & Twist formed a group shortly after and the rest is history.

As independent hip-hop artists, OCD have amassed a devoted fan base which has resulted in over 100,000 mixtape downloads and over 12 million Youtube views. In 2014, OCD debuted their first EP, Living Out Loud, which reached top 5 on the iTunes Hip-Hop charts and was recognized as #1 on Billboard Magazine's Heatseeker's list.

Catch the duo at South Street hotspot, The TLA, as they hold it down for their hometown fans.

    • MPrynt
      • MPrynt
      • Photo Credit: M. Edlow for GPTMC/Philly 360°

5. MPrynt: Now Or Never Tour featuring Good Girl & Jeremy Isaac

Thursday, March 5, 7:30 p.m. | The TLA, 334 South Street | $15
Buy tickets online here. 

Motown recording artists MPrynt takes harmony to another level, wowing fans with their live performances and YouTube covers of R&B classics with a new school Philly twist. On March 5, the fellas — Tyce, Fah, Rael and Budda — return to The TLA to headline the latest Starr Island production. 

In addition to another show-stopping performance by MPrynt, the March showcase features performances by throwback all-lady group Good Girl and pop crooner Jeremy Isaac. We last caught all of these artists on stage together at The Winners Circle II. Check out our video recap for a look at how each of these artist hold it down for their Philadelphia fans. 

Tickets are on sale, so grab yours now!

    • Chill Moody at the Roots Picnic
      • Chill Moody at the Roots Picnic
      • Photo Credit: M. Edlow for GPTMC

6. Chill Moody's #30IsTheNew30

Saturday, March 7, 9 p.m | The TLA, 334 South Street | $20 General Admission / $40 VIP
Click here for tickets. 

There's no doubt about it. Philly DIY MC Chill Moody is a man about town. On any given day you can catch Chill holding it down on stage anywhere from City Hall to The TLA, and with each venture the popular Philadelphia hip-hop artist incorporates a new marketing twist to further his brand and the reach of his music.

On Saturday, March 7 the rapper celebrates another milestone — turning 30. On this night, Chill Moody is inviting his hometown friends and fam out to celebrate his big day like only Philly can. The party is going down at South Street hotspot, The TLA.

Stay tuned in for more details on this event, but you definitely won't want to grab your tickets. #buynow

    • Jazmine Sullivan
      • Jazmine Sullivan
      • Photo Credit: Courtesy of the artist

7. The Reality Show Tour Featuring Jazmine Sullivan - SOLD OUT!

This show is sold out, but click here to enter our contest!

Tuesday, March 10, 8:30 PM | Theater of Living Arts Lounge, 334 South Street | $40
Buy tickets online here.

Philly native and powerhouse vocalist Jazmine Sullivan is heading out on tour in support of her latest project, The Reality Show.The project has been getting major love around the country includes fan favorites like “Mascara,” “Forever Don’t Last,” and “Stupid Girl" — which was produced by two of Philly’s own, JoeLogic and Dilemma.

With the release of this new album, it’s very clear that Jazmine is back and taking no prisoners. The RCA recording artist will be tearing down the house at South Street hotspot, The TLAon Tuesday, March 10.

    • Lauryn Hill
      • Lauryn Hill
      • Photo Credit: Photo by Karl Ferguson

8. Ms. Lauryn Hill SMALL AXE: Acoustic Performance Series  

Saturday, March 28, 8 p.m. | Keswick Theatre, 291 N Keswick Ave, Glenside, PA 19038 | $56-125
Buy tickets here.

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.

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 Match 28 at The Keswick Theater in Glenside for the Small Axe: Acoustic Performance Series.

    • Meek Mill
      • Meek Mill
      • Photo Credit: Courtesy of Live Nation / Meek Mill

BONUS SHOW — Meek Mill The Welcome Back Concert

Saturday, March 21, 7 p.m. | The Wells Fargo Center, 3601 S Broad Street | $36-$95
Click here.

One of Philly’s hottest emcees, Meek Mill is coming home — and doing so in a big way! On Saturday, March 21, Meek lands at The Wells Fargo Center for a homecoming concert that is not to be missed.

The Maybach Music Group (MMG) superstar will be laying it all out, hit after hit, for all of his hometown fans. It’s been a long road for Meek — chasing his dream, the rapper made his way from the streets of North Philadelphia to achieving international national stardom, performing around the globe.

Meek Mill shows are notorious for being raw and full of high-energy, from both Mill and his fans. You'll definitey want to check this one. Opening performances by Rick Ross, DJ Khaled, Yo Gotti, Jadakiss and more.


February Must-Hit List: Black Thought, DJ Jazzy Jeff, Rich Medina, OCD: Moosh & Twist, Ursula Rucker, Laurin Talese & More

  • Posted By: James Claiborne
  • February 5, 2015
    • Philly 360° Creative Ambassadors Tariq "Black Thought" Trotter
      • Philly 360° Creative Ambassadors Tariq "Black Thought" Trotter
      • Photo Credit: Courtesy of the artists

Featured Events

Ursula Rucker — Friday, February 6 & Saturday, February 7

On February 6 and 7, Philadelphia-born poet, activist and recording artist Ursula Rucker bares heart and soul through poetry at The Annenberg Center in University City. Her two-night engagement, dubbed My Father’s Daughter, is a live, epic poem accompanied by music and video imagery that tells Rucker’s emotionally-charged story of survival and victory. MORE INFO

Valentine’s Suite Featuring Laurin Talese — Wednesday, February 11

Philly-based jazz vocalist Laurin Talese first appeared on the scene lending her sweet background vocals to some of Philly's top R&B/Soul artists, including Bilal, Jaguar Wright and Vivian Green. On February 11, Laurin brings her jazz stylings back to The Kimmel Center for a special Valentine’s Day edition of their free, monthly jam session a.k.a. Sittin' In. MORE INFO

    • Mali Music
      • Mali Music
      • Photo Credit: Courtesy of the artist

Mali Music - Wednesday, February 11

GRAMMY-nominated artist Mali Music is one of the hottest names to emerge from the underground music scene this year. His latest album Mali has garnered the attention of fans and industry veterans alike for effortlessly blending rap, poetry, blues and soul to create his undeniable signature sound. This month, the buzz-worthy singer/songwriter lands in Philadelphia for a night of unstoppable music at World Café Live on February 11. MORE INFO

Kindred The Family Soul — Thursday, February 19

Born from the same Philadelphia neo-soul movement that birthed Jill Scott, the married duo Fatin Dantzler and Aja Graydon are Kindred the Family Soul. The pair signed to Hidden Beach Recordings and released their debut record Surrender to Love in 2003. The critically acclaimed album,  which included the popular songs "Stars" and "Far Away," earned Kindred a nomination for a Soul Train Music Award in 2004. Catch the duo at World Cafe Live for an incredible, undeniably Philly night of soul in University City. MORE INFO

    • Luke James
      • Luke James
      • Photo Credit: Courtesy of Luke James

GrassROOTS Presents Let’s Move It: The Philly Party — Saturday, February 21

Philly do-gooders: Looking for your next dope party with a purpose? Join Black Thought of The Roots on February 21 as he hosts the 5th Annual Let's Move It Philly Party at Trilogy Nightclub. Keeping with this year’s theme, Philly Classics, The Roots frontman has enlisted fellow Philadelphia music icons DJ Jazzy Jeff and Rich Medina to hold down the party playlist. And, there will be plenty of signature Philadelphia bites and cocktails to go around. Grab your tickets now, because  you won't want to miss this chance to pay it forward and party like only Philly can. MORE INFO

Luke James & B.J. The Chicago Kid — Thursday, February 26

Luke James first gained major attention as a background vocalist and songwriter—lending his impressive skills to co-pen hit songs, including Tank's "I Hate U," Britney Spears' "Kill the Lights," and "Crawl " by Chris Brown, to name a few. Now signed to Mercury Records and riding high off since the release of his self-titled debut album, Luke James is returning to Philly, this time to perform at Underground Arts alongside industry R&B/pop newcomer B.J. The Chicago Kid. MORE INFO

OCD: Moosh & Twist — Friday, February 27

OCD: Moosh & Twist is made up of Philadelphia natives DeQuincy "Moosh" Coleman McRae and Oliver "Twist" Feighan. After meeting in first grade and then bonding over their mutual love of music and poetry, Moosh & Twist formed a group—and the rest is history. Now, popular DIY, indie hip-hop artists, OCD has built a devoted following of fans and boasts over 100,000 mixtape downloads and 12 million YouTube views. The pair even landed a headlining gig during last year’s Forbes’ Under 30 Festival alongside fellow rapper Wiz Khalifa. Catch the duo at South Street hotspot The TLA as they hold it down for their hometown crew. MORE INFO

 

    • Julian King
      • Julian King
      • Photo Credit: Courtesy of the artist

Philly 360° Spotlights

In The Mix

On February 16, The Recording Academy® Philadelphia Chapter returns with the next edition of In the Mix at the Hard Rock Cafe Philadelphia. The quarterly networking mixer is geared towards the next gen of music makers and moguls and boasts the attendance by some of the city's most recognized talents, and buzz-worthy newcomers. Hosted by Bruce Warren of WXPN, In The Mix features music by former Master of the Mix contestant DJ Royale and is free and open to all levels of music industry professionals. Get the details here.

Playlist: Julian King Drops “No Strings”

Philly, get to know Julian King. If you haven’t heard of this rising industry star—take note, because this Philly native set to become a household name in no time. A singer, songwriter and talented dancer, this R&B/pop newcomer is ready to take over, and we’re featuring his new single, “No Strings,” on the Philly 360° Playlist. Listen to the track here.

What’s Good In My ‘Hood: Melissa Alam, Old City

Melissa Alam is one of Philly’s many young, savvy hustlers on the rise. In addition to holding down her own women’s lifestyle website, Femme & Fortune, Melissa works out of The Hive, a co-working space she founded for female entrepreneurs. For this edition of Philly 360°’s WGMH, Melissa gives us the deets on why she loves to work, live and play in the popular neighborhood of Old City. Get to know her and her neighborhood here.

Top Picks: Black History Month 2015

Since Philly’s earliest days, African-American culture has played an influential role in shaping our city’s unique color and personality. This February, Philadelphia continues to celebrate this rich heritage with a host of Black History Month events, exhibitions, concerts, film screenings and more. Still making plans? Check out our top picks.


Philly 360° Top Picks: Where To Celebrate Black History Month In Philadelphia In 2015

  • Posted By: James Claiborne
  • February 4, 2015
    • Represent: 200 Years of African American Art
      • Represent: 200 Years of African American Art
      • Photo Credit: Courtesy of PMA

Since Philadelphia’s earliest days, African American culture has played an influential role in shaping the city’s unique color and personality. This February, Philadelphia celebrates this rich history and heritage with a host of Black History Month special events, exhibitions, film screenings and family-friendly activities.

Locals and visitors can view the work of notable black artists at the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s Represent: 200 Years of African American Artexhibit, enjoy art and community programs at The African American Museum in Philadelphia, and catch live performances by a stellar lineup of regional and international acts at one of our many performance venues, including The Kimmel CenterWorld Cafe Live and The Annenberg Center

Plan your trip to Philadelphia in advance and save with a hotel package, including the popular Visit Philly Overnight™ Hotel Package where your car stays FREE.

Discover more 2015 highlights for Black History Month in Philadelphia, below:

    • The African American Museum
      • The African American Museum
      • Photo Credit: CREDIT: PHOTO BY J. SMITH FOR VISIT PHILADELPHIA™

National Constitution Center

Old City, 525 Arch Street. At the National Constitution Center, visitors can dive into a month-long celebration of African American history. Highlights include a February 12 event commemorating the signing of the 13th Amendment, and the interactive Breaking Barriers show, which spotlights the lives of Thurgood Marshall, Bessie Coleman, Jackie Robinson and other notable African Americans. Guests can also enjoy free admission on Presidents’ Day and a host of other fun activities for the entire family — including a self-guided museum tour and a workshop examining the museum’s own rare copy of the Emancipation Proclamation signed by Abraham Lincoln. MORE INFO

Represent: 200 Years of African American Art at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

Fairmount, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway. With work by renowned artists such as Henry Ossawa Tanner, Horace Pippin, Jacob Lawrence, Martin Puryear and Carrie Mae Weems, Represent: 200 Years of African American Art at the Philadelphia Museum of Art showcases a range of subjects, styles, mediums and traditions. Since acquiring Tanner’s “The Annunciation” painting in 1899, the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s collection of African American art has grown significantly — especially during the last three decades — and much of it will be on display in this exhibit. MORE INFO

The African American Museum in Philadelphia

 
Market East, 701 Arch Street. With a diverse collection of fine and folk art, photographs, memorabilia and costumes, The African American Museum in Philadelphia traces the experiences and contributions of African Americans from the ancient kingdoms of Africa through to the present. In addition to the museum’s permanent multimedia exhibition Audacious Freedom, guests can enjoy masterpieces by such luminaries as Edward Bannister, Henry Tanner and Elizabeth Catlett displayed alongside works by school children in the museum’s current show, As We See It: Selected Works from the Petrucci Family Foundation Collection. MORE INFO
 
    • The Kimmel Center
      • The Kimmel Center
      • Photo Credit: CREDIT: PHOTO BY G. WIDMAN FOR VISIT PHILADELPHIAª

 Penn Museum

University City, 3260 South Street. Anchored in University City, Penn Museum, or University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, boasts an extensive collection of African art and artifacts such as masks, sculptures, instruments, famed Benin bronzes, embroidered garments and jewelry. Visitors can also marvel at a wide range of other materials from throughout the continent, which are on permanent display in the African and Egyptian galleries. Returning this year is the annual Celebration of African Cultures, which features storytelling, family crafts, dance, music and workshops on Saturday, February 28. MORE INFO

World Cafe Live

University City, 3025 Walnut Street. This month, the stages of World Cafe Live will explode with the smooth, soulful sounds of local and national talents. Highlights include a Bob Marley tribute by popular reggae band Third World, a soul-stirring performance by RCA recording artist Mali Music and The Forever More tour featuring singer/songwriters David Anthony and Algebra Basset. MORE INFO

Art Sanctuary

Graduate Hospital, 628 S. 16th Street. In the booming neighborhood of Graduate Hospital, Art Sanctuary hosts exhibits by a wide range of African American artists from Philadelphia and beyond. On display now is Green Winter, an exhibit of oil portraits depicting iconic African American entertainers and figures by Philadelphia-based visual artist, Ivben Taqiy. On Friday, February 20, stop by the gallery for Art Sanctuary’s monthly open mic, which will feature a special performance of jazz and spirituals by international vocalist and composer Ruth Naomi Floyd. MORE INFO

The Johnson House Historic Site

Germantown, 6306 Germantown Avenue. It’s easy to imagine 19th-century freedom fighters Harriet Tubman and William Still meeting at this Quaker home in Germantown, owned by four generations of the abolitionist Johnson family. Visitors are invited to explore this home’s rich history through various slavery artifacts, including collars and ankle shackles, which are on display with an exceptional array of educational collateral available, including history lectures, art shows and other special programs. MORE INFO

Stenton

Germantown, 4600 North 16th Street. On Saturday, February 21, Stenton in Germantown hosts Where the Ancestors Slumber: African American Cemeteries and Burial Sites in Philadelphia, 1681-1850, a program about African American burial grounds and cemeteries in the Philadelphia area. Learn not only where the burial grounds are located, but also what kinds of preservation efforts are keeping the sights around. MORE INFO
    • The President's House
      • The President's House
      • Photo Credit: CREDIT: G. WIDMAN FOR VISIT PHILADELPHIA

 The President’s House: Freedom and Slavery in the Making of a New Nation

Old City, 600 Market Street. President’s House: Freedom and Slavery in the Making of a New Nation explores the paradox of slavery and freedom at the nation’s first executive mansion, in which Presidents George Washington and John Adams lived during their terms and where nine enslaved people served the first president. MORE INFO

Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts

University City, 3680 Walnut Street. Since its founding in 1971, The Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts has been an East Coast leader in presenting a multiplicity of art forms. Now under the umbrella of Penn Presents, Annenberg highlights the depth and range of black performance through a series of innovative programs during Black History Month. Highlights include: an evening with jazz great Branford Marsalis on Thursday, February 5; a two-night engagement with Philadelphia-born performance poet Ursula Rucker on February 6 and 7 and a special night of music with South African music icons Hugh Masekela and Vusi Mahlasela on February 21. MORE INFO

Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts

Center City, 300 S. Broad Street. In February, The Kimmel Center commemorates Black History Month with a focus on African American arts and culture, showcasing internationally-renowned artists reflecting legacies and innovations in their fields. Highlights include: Grammy Award-winning South African acapella sensation Ladysmith Black Mambazo on February 2; magnetic funk and soul revivalists Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings on February 13; a special Fat Tuesday celebration with New Orleans Jazz Orchestra, led by Irvin Mayfield on February 17 and more. MORE INFO

    • Mother Bethel AME
      • Mother Bethel AME
      • Photo Credit: CREDIT: PHOTO BY J. SMITH FOR VISIT PHILADELPHIA™

 The Barnes Foundation

Fairmount, 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Dr. Albert Barnes’ interest in African art dates back to the early 1920s when he acquired traditional African masks and sculptures from the Dan and possibly Kulango societies of Côte d’Ivoire, as well as from Guinea and northeast Liberia. Visitors can see these works, which he describes as “the purest expression of the three-dimensional form,” at The Barnes Foundation. MORE INFO

Mother Bethel African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church

Society Hill, 419 S. 6th Street. Walk on hallowed ground when you visit Mother Bethel AME Church, the mother church of the nation’s first black denomination. Founded in 1787, the church rests upon the oldest parcel of land continuously owned by African Americans. The church memorializes Rev. Richard Allen, its founding pastor and first bishop. A basement crypt serves as as museum, housing Allen’s tomb and other intriguing artifacts including original pews and the original pulpit constructed and used by Rev. Allen. Recently installed exhibits depict the church’s role as an underground Railroad station. MORE INFO

Tides of Freedom: African Presence on the Delaware River

Old City, 211 S. Columbus Boulevard. The first exhibition in the Independence Seaport Museum’s River of Freedom series, Tides of Freedom: African Presence on the Delaware River was conceived by a committee of leading African American scholars, and curated by University of Pennsylvania Professor of Sociology and Africana Studies Tukufu Zuberi. With narration and storytelling by Zuberi, this show explores the concept of freedom through the lens of the African experience along the Delaware. It includes newly uncovered artifacts from the museum’s collection and a range of interactive, multimedia displays. MORE INFO


#NiceThings Returns With The Next Edition Of PHirst Tuesdays At Bourbon & Branch - Tuesday, February 3

  • Posted By: James Claiborne
  • January 30, 2015
    • BASSic Black Entertainment & Sigma Sound Present The Exclusive Philly After Party - Beano
      • BASSic Black Entertainment & Sigma Sound Present The Exclusive Philly After Party - Beano
      • Photo Credit: D. McDowell for GPTMC/Philly 360°

#NiceThings is back with the next edition of the PHirst Tuesday Jam Session at Northern Liberties hot spot, Bourbon & Branch

One of the newest additions to the city's line-up of monthly music showcases, PHirst Tuesdays kicked off last month with a packed house of dope Philly talents — and the fans that can't get enough of their music.

Along with performances by emerging Philly greats, PHirst Tuesdays also boasts a killer house band that includes notable area musicians like Eugene "Man-Man" Roberts, Wheatbread and JRoc. And like last month, DJ Ricochet will once again hold down the party playlist as the resident turntablist.

Again for this installment, PHirst Tuesday will be hosted by Philly-bred R&B/pop vocalist BeanoA powerhouse vocalist and performer, Beano has been riding high since the release of his latest single, "Let It Go." Be sure to check out our playlist recap to listen to the popular party anthem.

If you missed the first party, don't worry — here's your chance to see exactly how Philly and #nicethings throws a party. Whether you're looking to flex your skills on the mic or are just looking for some decent live music, PHirst Tuesday is where it's at. #spreadtheword


PHirst Tuesdays 
When: Tuesday, February 3, 7 p.m.
Where: Bourbon & Branch, 705 N. 2nd Street
Cost: $5
More Info: Click here to RSVP.

Check out our exclusive recap of Chill Moody and Beano's Who Do You Love, More? album release at the Hard Rock Cafe. 


Tweet Hits Hard Rock Cafe Philadelphia With 'The Return Of The Hummingbird' - Sunday, January 25

  • Posted By: James Claiborne
  • January 22, 2015
    • Tweet performs at the Hard Rock Cafe in Philadelphia
      • Tweet performs at the Hard Rock Cafe in Philadelphia
      • Photo Credit: Courtesy of the artist

This weekend, much-loved singer/songwriter Tweet makes an exciting appearance with her highly anticipated performance, The Return of the Hummingbird at the Hard Rock Cafe in Philadelphia. Known for her breakout hits, "Oops (Oh My)" and "Call Me," Tweet is ready to make Philly fans fall in love all over again with her deliciously soft, melodic vocals, honest lyrics and infectious melodies.

Tweet first landed on the scene with her 2002 debut album, Southern Hummingbird, which was produced in part by Missy Elliot and was hailed as an instant classic by R&B/soul music lovers everywhere. Now, with over a decade of industry experiences under her belt, Tweet's signature smooth vocals, clean production and undeniable grooves have built a serious following of die-hard fans.

And, trust us — as the home to some of the world's finest soul vocalist and musicians, Philly is definitely still feeling Tweet's sound. Philadelphia fans last saw the sultry siren live on stage alongside our city's own in-demand trombonist, Jeff Bradshaw. Last year, Tweet joined an all-star cast, including Robert Glasper, Kim Burrell, Marsha Ambrosius and Take 6, for a live recording at The Kimmel Center of Bradshaw's forthcoming album.

This Sunday, you can be one of the first to experience The Return of the Hummingbird featuring Tweet, Musical Director Jeff Bradshaw and more at 7 p.m. on at Hard Rock Cafe. Get the deets below. 


Return of the Hummingbird Featuring Tweet, Jeff Bradshaw & More
When: Sunday, January 25, 7 p.m.
Where: Hard Rock Cafe, 1113 Market Street
Cost: $40
More Info: Buy tickets online here.


Ivben Taqiy Presents 'Green Winter' At Art Sanctuary - Through February 28

  • Posted By: James Claiborne
  • January 15, 2015
    • Ivben Taqiy Presents Green Winter
      • Ivben Taqiy Presents Green Winter
      • Photo Credit: Courtesy of Ivben Taqiy
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      • Ivben Taqiy
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Ivben Taqiy is one of the hardest working artists in Philly. His pop culture influenced images have appeared on everything from sneakers to tees, gallery walls, and of course canvas.This month, Art Sanctuary — one of Philly's premier black art creative hubs — opens an exciting new exhibit featuring Taqiy's work. 

Dubbed Green Winter, Taqiy's exhibit, which will be on display through the end of February, will include over a dozen of the popular painter's, pop culture-influenced works. Green Winter includes portraits of notable artists including Floyd Mayweather, Lauryn Hill, Allen Iverson, Michael Jackson and more. 

The upwardly-mobile artist has been featured in a countless number of events around the country, and he's frequently commissioned to create work for this celebrity friend and clients. Green Winter represents the painter's first gallery presentation. You can check out our exclusive video interview of Taqiy below.


Ivben Taqiy Presents Green Winter
When: Exhibit open through February 28
Where: Art Sanctuary, 628 S. 16th Street
Cost: Free
More Info:View Art Sanctuary's gallery hours.


January Must-Hit List: A$AP Ferg, Sam Smith, Red Bull Thre3style & More

  • Posted By: James Claiborne
  • January 12, 2015
    • Red Bull Thre3Style
      • Red Bull Thre3Style
      • Photo Credit: © Jeremy Deputat/Red Bull Media House

Featured Events

Motown The Musical — Through Sunday, January 18

Motown The Musical hits Philadelphia’s world famous Avenue of the Arts for a can’t-miss run at The Academy of Music. Chronicling the epic story of Motown founder Berry Gordy, this unstoppable productions tells the story of the legendary artists, including Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Smokey Robinson, and many more, who would shattered barriers and write the songs that would make the entire world move to the same beat.


Sam Smith — Tuesday, January 13

Still riding high off the release of his platinum-selling hit "Stay With Me," UK singer/songwriter Sam Smith performs in Philly later this month. Headlining his first North American tour, Smith will bring his arena-rocking sound to The Liacouras Center in support of his debut studio album, In The Lonely Hour.


Art After 5 with DJ Rob Base — Friday, January 16

Kick off your weekend right with the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s popular Friday night mixer, Art After 5. Inspired by Represent: 200 Years of African American Art, Sound Reformation, led by Darryl Yokley, will perform a set of jazz music they’ve coined as Pictures at an African American Exhibition. Later in the evening, the vibe switches to a dance party with celebrity guest DJ Rob Base.


Who Got Jazz | Nina Simone Tribute — Thursday, January 22

Check out the new face of Philly jazz as Veteran Freshman and Flygirrl return with the next edition of Who Got The Jazz. This classic Philly music showcase features a lineup of young, emerging jazz musicians laying down some serious sounds at popular Philly soul food joint, Warmdaddy’s. This month's showcase honors legendary jazz great Nina Simone and includes featured performances by Brianna Cash, Roi Lush, Parris Love, Shotty G and more.


A$AP Ferg & YG — Saturday, January 17

A founding member of the breakout rap group A$AP Mob, A$AP Ferg lands in Philadelphia on January 17 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 includes guest appearances by an impressive lineup of talents, including Drake, Rich Homie Quan, and ScHoolboy Q.


Get Lifted — Friday, January 23

Philly, this month Flygirrl and GL Productions return with another dope concept. On January 23, all roads leads to Trilogy Nightclub for the inaugural edition of Get Lifted with DJs Rich Medina, Mike Nyce and Cosmo Baker. The trio of Philly turntable phenoms will spin everything from hip-hop and classics to funk, afrobeat, soul and more. Trust us—this is 100% a can’t-miss affair.


Red Bull Thre3Style — Philadelphia Qualifier - Friday, January 30

After sifting through applications from some of the top DJs in the nation, an expert panel of judges like Philly’s own DJ Jazzy Jeff has selected 60+ participants to compete across 12 regional qualifiers leading up to the 2015 Red Bull Thre3style USA Championships. For the Philadelphia regional qualifier, five DJs — Dj Impulse, Patrice McBride, FingerSmith, Reed Streets, Royale — will battle it out to advance to the USA and world championships. We definitely think Philly has this one in the bag. Let’s go!

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      • The 20/20 Experience After Party
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Philly 360° Spotlights

Represent: 200 Years of African American Art

This winter, the Philadelphia Museum of Art opens a groundbreaking exhibition highlighting its exception collection of work by African American artists. Reflecting a broad spectrum of styles, subjects and traditions, Represent will include over 75 works by more than 50 artists including Horace Pippin, Kara Walker, Henry Tanner, Jacob Lawrence and more.


The 2015 Must-Hit List

It’s official—the new year is here and it is already shaping up to be an epic year in Philadelphia. Roots Picnic, BlackStar Film Festival, Forbes Under 30 Summit and more—there are plenty of dope events on the horizon. So, check out our list of 10 must-hit events going down in Philly this year.


Rewind: 20/20 Experience After Party

Last month, two of the industry’s most in-demand musical directors, Adam Blackstone and Darryl Robinson, joined forces to throw the official Philadelphia after party for Justin Timberlake’s 20/20 Experience World Tour. Philly fans came out in record number to show their love for JT and these two hometown heroes. And, of course Philly 360° was there to capture it all. Watch out recap video now.


Ivben Taqiy Presents Green Winter

Philly-based creative Ivben Taqiy is one of the dopest, and busiest, visual artists on the city’s booming art scene. This week, Taqiy opens his latest exhibit, Green Winter, featuring over a dozen portraits of the notable personalities and performers who have inspired our generation. 


Kriss Mincey Headlines The Next Edition Of Sittin' In At The Kimmel Center - Wednesday, January 7

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  • January 6, 2015
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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. 

This month's host — American Idol and DO School Alum recording artist Kriss Mincey. Hailed The Artrepreneur and singer, Philadelphia newcomer Kriss Mincey celebrates new beginnings at what will be her first performance at The Kimmel Center with new original music to bring in the new year. This will include her unreleased single performed on Wired 96.5, "Otherwise," produced by Rick Friedrick (Rihanna, The Roots). 

Music lovers call Mincey's sound eclectic, angelic, nuanced and soulful, mixing a 70's flow with a 90's cool. Performing alongside her are esteemed band members James Santangelo on piano and Khary Shaheed on drums.

This January, you'll find not only a love for the live performer, but for the art of music that envelopes the room when Mincey steps on stage. Check out details for the show below, and be sure to check our Mincey's acoustic video performance of "Otherwise." 
 

Sittin' In featuring Kriss Mincey
When: Wednesday, January 7, 8 p.m 
Where: Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, 300 S Broad Street
Cost: Free
More Info: kimmelcenter.org


DJ Jazzy Jeff And Dayne Jordan Drop New EP 'In Progress'

  • Posted By: James Claiborne
  • December 12, 2014
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Philly, a little over a month ago we brought you an interview with two Philadelphia hip-hop greats, DJ Jazzy Jeff and his protege Dayne Jordan. For our exclusive, we went behind-the-scenes and captured Jeff and Dayne at work in the lab and got the deets on their then-forthcoming collab. Luckily for us, the wait for this project is now over.

Yesterday, after a year of quietly releasing new music and videos, the duo has finally dropped Dayne's new EP, In Progress. The project is the compilation of nine tracks and includes Dayne's buzz-worthy singles “All About The Art”, “Fellow” and “I Want It All.” It also includes new tracks like “Wash It Down” and “Git It Back” to round out the EP.

And, trust us — Philly is definitely representing on this project music — from "All About the Art" which features Questlove on drums and James Poyser on keys, to "Lost" which has fellow Philly up-and-comer Ebony Joi lacing the track with her vocals. 

We're guessing you're ready to hear the project, right? You can download it on Dayne's website, or you can listen and download the project using the below SoundCloud player. Also, be sure to watch our exclusive in-studio interview with DJ Jazzy Jeff and Dayne Jordan to hear insights on the projects and learn more about Jeff and Dayne's favorite cheesesteak spot.

Spoiler alert: DJ Jazzy Jeff is all about famous South Street cheesesteak joint, Ishakabibbles


Listen to Dayne Jordan's newly released EP, In Progress.

Also, be sure to check out our exclusive, in-studio interview and visual gallery.

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