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King Britt & HPrizm Hit Johnny Brenda's With The Second Installment Of The Buddy System - Monday, April 20

  • Posted By: James Claiborne
  • April 16, 2015
    • DJ King Britt
      • DJ King Britt
      • Photo Credit: M. Roldan for GPTMC

Philly! Next Tuesday, two of Philly's finest will team up at Johnny Brenda’s in Fishtown for the next edition of The Buddy System

This new monthly music series curated by Philadelphia musician, DJ and producer King Britt and New York City-based composer, producer and performer HPrizm returns to the JBs for part deux. Together, they’ll produce a monthly night of forward-thinking music featuring artists from around the world playing experimental music and “having fun with sound.”

The catch? All of the artists will be a surprise.

The live series is an extension of a label by the same name, which you can check out here for an idea of the experimental vibe of the shows. But, anyone curious to find out who is performing each month just has to show up.

Tickets, $8, are available online. Remember, though, you won’t know who’s in the lineup beforehand. You’ll just have to trust in King Britt and HPrizm. #easy


The Buddy System
When: Monday, April 20, 8 p.m.
Where: Johnny Brenda's, 1201 N. Frankford Avenue
Cost: $8
More Info: Buy tickets online here.


BlackStar Film Festival & ReelBlack Present Nefertite Nguvu’s Film 'In The Morning' - Tuesday, April 14

  • Posted By: James Claiborne
  • April 6, 2015
    • BlackStar Film Festival
      • BlackStar Film Festival
      • Photo Credit: Marisa Fischetti for Philly 360 / Visit Philadlephia

On Tuesday, April 14, two of Philly's finest, BlackStar Film Festival and Reelblack, team up to present the Philadelphia debut of Nefertite Nguvu's film, In The Morning at International House.

Winner of the Audience Award for Best Feature at the 2014 Urbanworld Film Festival, this film is a fresh take on the bonds of love, friendship, and marriage in contemporary life among a group of beautiful well-heeled friends in Brooklyn.

The film's director, Nefertite Nguvu, is a graduate of New York’s School of Visual Arts. With her company Hollywood Africans LLC, Nefertite has written, produced, and directed two short films, including a uniquely stylized black and white romance entitled I Want You and The End of Winter, which is an emotional meditation on loss. Both films have screened at numerous film festivals.

Amongst other web-based programming, Nefertite has also directed a ten-part series entitled The Road to U.N.I.T.Y., which chronicled the life of five aspiring female emcees hand-picked by and featuring Queen Latifah for Cover Girl and Flavor Unit Entertainment. In The Morning is her feature film debut.

In the Morning has an ensemble cast of emerging talent: Jacky Ido (Taxi Brooklyn) Emayatzy Corinealdi (Middle of Nowhere), Numa Perrier (The Couple), Kim Hill (original lead singer of The Black Eyed Peas), De’adre Aziza (Passing Strange) Hoji Fortuna (Viva Riva) and JoNell Kennedy (Me And You And Everyone We Know). And, making their film debuts are Alzo Slade and CJ Lindsey.

Director Nefertite Nguvu and star Kim Hill will be present for a Q&A after the screening. So, get your black film fix with this Philadelphia debut. Tickets are on sale now.


In The Morning
When: Tuesday April 14, 2015 at 7:00pm
Where: International House, 3701 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
Cost: $10 Adults, $8 Students & Seniors, $5 Reelblack & IHP Members
More Info: Buy tickets online here.


Top Picks: More Than 20 Must-Hit Concerts Coming To Philadelphia In 2015

  • Posted By: James Claiborne
  • April 3, 2015
    • Roots Picnic
      • Roots Picnic
      • Photo Credit: M. Edlow for Visit Philly

There will be no shortage of dope live music rocking Philadelphia stages this year. From heavyweight music veterans like Wiz Khalifa, The Roots and Jazmine Sullivan, to shows by local and national indie music stars — we've pulled together this list of more than 20 can't-miss shows that are going down in and around Philadelphia in 2015. 

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!


Philly 360° Top Concert Picks: 

    • Can't-Miss Shows In Philadelphia
      • Can't-Miss Shows In Philadelphia
      • Photo Credit: M. Edlow for Visit Philadelphia

Herbie Hancock & Chick Corea At The Academy Of Music

Saturday, April 11
Herbie Hancock and Chick Corea are among the most important jazz influences of our time. In a rare duo performance, jazz royalty reigns as the two legends come together for one very special concert in Philadelphia’s stunning, acoustically-pristine Academy of Music.

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Red Bull Sound Select with Rakim At Underground Arts

Thursday, April 16
Next up in the Red Bull Sound Select series is an 80s and 90s themed concert featuring the hip-hop legend Rakim at Underground Arts. This special edition is curated by Veteran Freshman and features performances from Dyme-A-Duzin and Philly’s own Chill Moody. Hosted by the incomparable scratchologist, DJ Aktive and emcee Reef the Lost Cause, this show is for the true hip-hop lovers.

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    • Rakim
      • Rakim
      • Photo Credit: Courtesy of Rakim

Kid Ink at The Trocadero Theatre

Sunday, April 19
Covered from head to toe in tattoos, 24 year-old Los Angeles-based Artist Kid Ink is wrecking havoc on the streets and in cyber world. The Artist/Producer/Songwriter/ Tattoo Aficionado has over 30 Million hits on YouTube with lyrical gems like, "Tat It Up" "La La La"  and "Keep It Rollin'." Kid Ink lands at The Troc on April 19.

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Skizzy Mars At The Troc

Saturday, April 18
This April, New York hitmaker Skizzy Mars lands in Philadelphia to unleashed his latest collection of original material, The Pace. The artist's second full-length in total, the 12-track set directly follows 2013's Phases tape, and includes popular singles like "All Say," "Moments," "Numb" and "Too Ill." Opening performances by Prelow and Philly-based producer/DJ Swizzymack.

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Earl Sweatshirt At The TLA

Monday, April 20
Born Thebe Kgositsile, Earl Sweatshirt is a West Coast rapper and member of the Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All crew. Following in the footsteps of Eminem, Natas, and Esham, Earl would ultimately signed a deal with Columbia Records — enabling him to issue material on the major label through his own Tan Cressida imprint. After live appearances and recordings with Odd Future, he made numerous guest appearances, most notably on Frank Ocean's acclaimed debut studio album channel ORANGE and Flying Lotus' summer single "Between Friends."

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    • Earl Sweatshirt
      • Earl Sweatshirt
      • Photo Credit: Courtesy of the artist

IAMSU At The Barbary

Tuesday, April 21
After a releasing multiple mixtapes in 2010 through 2012, West Coast rapper and producer Iamsu hit in 2013 with the single "Let Go." His debut album entitled Sincerely Yours was released in 2014 and the lead single from the album, "Only That Real," featured guest spots from Sage the Gemini and 2 Chainz.

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Fourth Annual Center City Jazz Festival

Saturday, April 25
Attention Philly jazz-heads: It's back! Following the success of the 2014 events, Center City Jazz Festival returns for another round of extraordinary jazz music set in incredible downtown Philly music venues. The brainchild of master musician Ernest Stuart, this year's festival will feature 16 acts performing across 4 stages — all during the course of one day.

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Jazmine Sullivan Returns To The TLA

Sunday, April 26
Philly native and powerhouse vocalist Jazmine Sullivan is out on tour in support of her latest project, Reality Show. Earlier in March, the RCA performed to a sold-out house for her hometown fans at The TLA on South Street. On April 26, Jazmine will bring The Reality Show Tour back to The TLA for another round unstoppable soul.

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

Ester Rada at World Cafe Live

Tuesday, April 28
Ester Rada’s cross-cultural sound is a deep reflection of the Israeli born Ethiopian’s heritage. Critics describe her genre mixing sound as "gracefully combining Ethio-Jazz, Urban-funk, Neo-Soul and R&B, with mixed undertones of black grooves" Now, Rada's journey will lead her to the World Cafe Live stage for an intimate night of world music.

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Toro Y Moi  At Union Transfer

Thursday, April 30
Chaz Bundick started making bedroom recordings under the name Toro y Moi in in 2001. Drawing from a wide range of influences, including Daft Punk and J Dill, Bundick's 2015 release What For? features contributions from Julian Lynch and Unknown Mortal Orchestra's Ruban Nielson.

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Lisa Fischer at The Keswick Theatre

Thursday, April 30
Lisa Fischer is a singer who really gets around. On tour with the Rolling Stones, Sting, Chris Botti or Nine Inch Nails, her name may not be on the marquee, but it'sher glamorous-girl-next-door quality that makes fans all over the world fall in love. The public are recently re-introduced to Fischer through the acclaimed documentary, "20 Feet From Stardom."

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Action Bronson: The Mr. Wonderful Tour At The TLA

Sunday, May 3
One of Philly's last encounters with Action Bronson, the rapper was spotted performing on stage, and on a trailer, during the 2014 Roots Picnic. Now, Bronson brings his The Mr. Wonderful Tour to South Street's The TLA in May. 

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    • Action Bronson backstage at Roots Picnic
      • Action Bronson backstage at Roots Picnic
      • Photo Credit: M. Edlow for Visit Philly

Brian McKnight Trio At The Keswick

Friday, May 8
As an artist who needs no introduction, Brian McKnight has earned himself a spot in contemporary music history. He has released 15 albums to date, with several going 2 and 3x platinum, and he has sold over 20 million albums worldwide. Now touring with longtime collaborators Chris “big sexy” Loftlin, and guitarist, Tyrone “gutt bucket” Chase, Brian McKnight brings a solo show to The Keswick — a chance to hear the hits, b-sides and stories from their 15+ years on the road”.

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Ciara At The Keswick

Sunday, May 10
Ciara is a global superstar whose infectious tunes have resulted in multi-platinum albums, smash singles and a truckload of awards. With a new album on the horizon, Ciara comes to the Keswick on her first tour in six years.

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Esperanza Spalding At The TLA

Sunday, May 17
Hailed as a prodigy on the acoustic double bass within months of first touching the instrument as a 15-year-old, Esperanza Spalding has emerged as a fine jazz bassist, but has also distinguished herself playing blues, funk, hip-hop, pop fusion, and Brazilian and Afro-Cuban styles as well. Catch the Grammy-winner live at The TLA in May.

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Roots Picnic Returns To Festival Pier

Saturday, May 30
The Roots are taking a break from their regular gig as the houseband for The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon to kickoff summer by taking over Festival Pier in Philadelphia for the 8th annual Roots Picnic. We spotted several industry heavyweights on this year's lineup, including The Weeknd, Erykah Badu, A$AP Rocky, Phantogram, DJ Mustard, Rae Sremmurd and more.

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    • Roots Picnic
      • Roots Picnic
      • Photo Credit: M. Edlow for Visit Philly

Femi Kuti & The Positive Force At World Cafe Live

Tuesday, June 9
Where the Kuti name is mentioned, greatness follows and Femi Kuti is no exception to the rule. Son of Afrobeat founder Fela Kuti, Femi struck out on his on long ago to continue in his father’s legacy of preserving his music while producing socially-conscious, hip-moving, funky-infused songs that move audiences all over the world. Don't miss it as Femi returns to World Café Live in June

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Fall Out Boy And Wiz Khalifa At Susquehanna Bank Center

Wednesday, June 10
In support of their latest projects, American Beauty/American Pyscho and Blacc Hollywood, Fall Out Boy and Wiz Khalifa team up for a summer tour that is set to touch down in over 40 cities across the U.S. This tour includes opening performances by Hoodie Allen and DJ Drama.

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SWV At World Cafe Live

Sunday, June 21
SWV (Sisters with Voices) was founded in 1992 in New York by three best friends, Cheryl "Coko" Clemons, Tamara "Taj" George and Leanne "Lelee" Lyons.The group's debut album, It's About Time, was a smash hit selling over 13 million copies worldwide and spawning three Billboard chart topping singles, "I'm So Into You," "Weak" and "Right Here." You can catch the Philly stop on their reuinion tour at World Cafe Live.

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    • SWV
      • SWV
      • Photo Credit: Courtesy of SWV

Godfather with the Philadelphia Orchestra At The Mann

Thursday, June 25
Winner of three Academy Awards, including Best Picture, The Godfather comes to life on the big screen with Nino Rota’s iconic and haunting score performed live by The Philadelphia Orchestra. Ranked as one of the best movies of all time by the American Film Institute, The Godfather Live will leave you absolutely speechless. Catch this concert live at The Mann.

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The Philly 4th of July Jam With The Roots

Saturday, July 4
Wawa Welcome America returns with one of the country’s largest Fourth of July celebration. With a week of free events and programs, including 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. 

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

J. Cole: Forest Hills Drive Tour At Susquehanna Bank Center

Friday, July 31
In promotion of his 2014 album, Forest Hills Drive, megastar J. Cole hits the Susquehanna Bank Center across the river in Camden, NJ. Alongside the star will be other industry notables, including Big Sean, YG and Jeremih.

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Nicki Minaj: The Pinkprint Tour At Susquehanna Bank Center

Thursday, August 6
Following up on her third studio album The Pinkprint, Nicki Minaj will be embarking on the North American leg of her just announced The Pinkprint tour. The Young Money powerhouse will be heating things up on the waterfront this summer when she comes through Philly in August. And, she's packing a heavy lineup of artists who will be with her, including Philly's own Meek Mill, Rae Sremmurd, Tinashe and DeJ Loaf.

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    • Made In America
      • Made In America
      • Photo Credit: M. Edlow for Philly 360° / Visit Philadelphia

Made In America Returns To Philly

Saturday, September 5 & Sunday, September 6
It's back. For the fourth year in a row, the wildly popular Budweiser Made In America festival will hit Philadelphia with two days of genre-defying music on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. The festival mastermind, Jay Z, will once again curate an epic lineup of the industry's hottest talents to deliver another round of show-stopping performances across multiple stages.

Full details on this year's festival are still to be confirmed. So, stay tuned for more information.

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Madonna at Susquehanna Bank Center

Thursday, September 24
This September, Madonna brings her “Rebel Heart” tour to the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia. The September 24 concert will be the Material Girl’s first appearance in our area since her sold-out MDNA tour of 2012. Tickets go on sale Monday, March 16.

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April Must-Hit List: Jazmine Sullivan, Rakim, Chill Moody, Center City Jazz Festival & More

  • Posted By: James Claiborne
  • April 2, 2015
    • Jazmine Sullivan
      • Jazmine Sullivan
      • Photo Credit: Courtesy of the artist

Featured Events:

Sylvester Mighty Real — Friday, April 3 to Sunday, April 5

The hit Broadway musical Mighty Real: A Fabulous Sylvester Music lands in Philadelphia for a must-see, three-night run at The Painted Bride Art Center in Old City. With an all-star cast, Mighty Real tells the story of the original 1970s disco queen, Sylvester, and brings to life his chart-topping songs such as “Do You Wanna Funk,” “Disco Heat” and his still-iconic club anthem “Mighty Real.”


RAW: Natural Born Artists Presents EXPOSURE — Wednesday, April 8

Raw: Natural Born Artists shines a national spotlight on the local talents that power the Philadelphia creative scene. Taking over The Troc with an evening of expression, EXPOSURE will showcase the work of more than 30 indie artists working across various disciplines, including visual art, film, fashion, music, hair, makeup, photography and performance art.


Red Bull Sound Select — Thursday, April 16

Throw on your gold rope chains and throwback sneakers for a special 80s and 90s edition of Red Bull Sound Select. Curated by Veteran Freshman, this installment features hip-hop notables including rap legend Rakim, West Philly emcee Chill Moody and touring turntablist DJ Aktive. It all goes down at the Callowhill neighborhood music hub Underground Arts.


PHILADANCO — Friday, April 17 to Sunday, April 19

PHILADANCO is on the move! This Philly-favorite group of movers and shakers returns to the Kimmel Center for an electrifying night of dance along the Avenue of the Arts. Celebrating its 45th season of performance, this classic Philly dance troupe continues to deliver.  

    • PHILADANCO
      • PHILADANCO
      • Photo Credit: Courtesy of PHILADANCO

Philly Tech Week — Friday, April 17 to Saturday, April 25

Techies, this one’s for you. Philly Tech Week returns for another round of innovative, tech-driven events. Kicking off with an arcade and makers event at City Hall’s newly renovated Dilworth Park, PTW 2015 includes more than 100 mostly free events for tech lovers of all sorts.


Center City Jazz Festival — Saturday, March 25

It’s back! Center City Jazz Fest returns with 16 incredible acts performing at five local music venues, including Chris’ Jazz Cafe, Time and Milkboy Philly. Catch some of the city’s top jazz talents—Ernest Stuart, Dena Underwood, Fresh Cut Orchestra and more—as they lay it down like only Philly musicians can. One ticket gets you access to all of it.


Jazmine Sullivan: Reality Show Tour — Sunday, April 26

After performing for a sold-out house of Philly fans last month, Philly’s own R&B/soul powerhouse Jazmine Sullivan returns to The TLA for part deux. The RCA recording artist will tear down the house, performing music from her latest LP Reality Show for her hometown friends and fam. This is guaranteed to be another sold out show, so grab your tickets now.

    • Just In - The 7th Annual Roots Picnic Lineup Announced
      • Just In - The 7th Annual Roots Picnic Lineup Announced
      • Photo Credit: M. Edlow for Visit Philadelphia / Philly 360°

Philly 360° Spotlights:

Roots Picnic 2015

Philly, it's that time again. The Roots are bringing back their signature music festival, Roots Picnic—and the lineup is looking dope. We’ve spotted several heavyweight acts, including The Weeknd, Erykah Badu, A$AP Rocky, DJ Mustard, Rae Sremmurd and more. Check out the full lineup here.


Philadelphia Black Pride

Celebrate the 16th Anniversary of Philadelphia Black Pride with five packed days of events—parties, poetry slams, pageants, youth events and more. Black Pride 2015 highlights include an LGBT-themed open mic at Ladder 15, brunch at Ms. Tootsies, a mini-ball at First District Plaza and a Sunday social at the Kimmel Center. Get more details.

    • Jazz Appreciation Month
      • Jazz Appreciation Month
      • Photo Credit: G. Widman for VISIT PHILADELPHIA

Celebrate Jazz Appreciation Month

As the birthplace or temporary home of greats such as John Coltrane, Billie Holiday, Charlie Parker and others, Philadelphia’s jazz roots run deep. This April, the city will shine the spotlight on its live jazz scene for the return of Philly’s Jazz Appreciation Month. Get the details on the 40-event jazz celebration here.


What’s Good In My Hood: Graduate Hospital

For the fifth installment of What’s Good, we’re profiling trendy Philly neighborhood Graduate Hospital. Lined with more than a fair share of bars, restaurants and parks, G-Ho is definitely the place to be—just ask Philadelphia graphic artist and photographer, Darnell Lamont. Read more here.


In The Mix

On April 27, 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 toward the next gen of music makers and moguls, and it attracts some of the city’s most recognized talents and buzz-worthy newcomers. Get the details here.


TONIGHT: Jeff Bradshaw Hits The TLA With A Star-Studded Album Release Concert Featuring Black Thought, Tweet, Eric Roberson & More - Tuesday, March 31

  • Posted By: James Claiborne
  • March 31, 2015
    • Jeff Bradshaw
      • Jeff Bradshaw
      • Photo Credit: Courtesy of Shanachie

Philly native Jeff Bradshaw has toured the world playing alongside some of the industry’s biggest talents. Last year, Jeff brought it home to the Kimmel Center for a live concert and album recording that featured Trombone Shorty, Take 6, Marsha Ambrosius, Kim Burrell, Najee, Kenny Lattimore, Eric Roberson, Bilal, and more.

Tonight, Shanachie Entertainment will celebrate the release of Jeff' highly-anticipated album, HOME, with another star-studded concert at The TLA on South Street. Bradshaw will perform alongside of a few of the album's guests, including Black Thought, Kenny Lattimore, Eric Roberson, Tweet — and a few surprise guests.

Tickets are still available, so come out and support this legendary Philly talent on the move. You can check out the album's first single "All Time Love" featuring Robert Glasper,Tweet and Eric Roberson, below.
 

Jeff Bradshaw & Friends
When: Tuesday, March 31, 8 p.m.
Where: The TLA, 334 South Street
Cost: $25
More Info: Buy tickets here.


TOP PICKS: Celebrate Jazz Appreciation Month In Philadelphia

  • Posted By: James Claiborne
  • March 31, 2015
    • Jazz Appreciation Month
      • Jazz Appreciation Month
      • Photo Credit: G. Widman for VISIT PHILADELPHIA

As the birthplace and once-home of such noted jazz figures as Billie Holiday, John Coltrane, Bessie Smith, Dizzy Gillespie and Charlie Parker, Philly's jazz roots run deep.

This April, Philadelphia will again turn the spotlight on its live jazz scene for the return of Jazz Appreciation Month. Throughout the month, dozens of venues in Philadelphia will host more than 40 events to mark Jazz Appreciation Month to engage the public in with the great jazz happenings occurring all over town.

To get you started, we’ve pulled together this list of can’t-miss concerts, mixers and film screenings at the city's top venues, including The Clef Club, Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts and  World Cafe Live.  

For an in-depth look at our local jazz scene, check out The Top Places to Listen to Live Jazz in Philadelphia. You can also visit creativephl.com/jazz to browse the full list of over 40 Jazz Month happenings.

    • Philly 360˚ Exclusive: Philly's Got Jazz
      • Philly 360˚ Exclusive: Philly's Got Jazz
      • Photo Credit: D. McDowell for GPTMC

Art After 5 At The Philadelphia Museum Of Art

April 3, 10, 17 & 21
Friday evenings take on a whole new groove with Art After 5 at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. A unique blend of entertainment set in the museum’s Great Stair Hall, the special Jazz Appreciation Month editions of this weekly showcase features an incredible lineup of talent, including Denise King, Turkish Jazz: The Secret Trio and Chris Aschman featuring John Swana.

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Monday Night Jam Series At The Clef Club

April 6, 13, 20 & 27
Anchored along the city’s famous Avenue of the Arts, The Philadelphia Clef Club of Jazz and Performing Arts hosts a weekly Monday Night Jam for local musicians, and the live music aficionados who can’t get enough of their classic Philadelphia sounds.

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Jazz Bridge Concert Series Presents Lauren Lark

Wednesday, April 8
Set in a dramatic Rittenhouse cathedral, Jazz Bridge returns with the next installment of its community concert series featuring the sounds of Philadelphia native, Lauren Lark. A graduate of the University of the Arts, Lark’s clean, precise vocals and uncanny musical sensibilities continue to wow audiences around the country.

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Herbie Hancock & Chick Corea At The Academy Of Music

Saturday, April 11
Herbie Hancock and Chick Corea are among the most important jazz influences of our time. In a rare duo performance, jazz royalty reigns as the two legends come together for one very special concert in Philadelphia’s stunning, acoustically-pristine Academy of Music.

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    • Chick Corea
      • Chick Corea
      • Photo Credit: Courtesy of Chick Corea

Film Series: The Coltrane Legacy At The Clef Club

Wednesday, April 15
The legendary master of the saxophone, John Coltrane is highlighted in this compilation of rare footage and candid interviews with music historians and Coltrane’s jazz peers, including Reggie Workman, Elvin Jones and Jimmy Cobb. Unravel the complex web of mystery which surrounds Coltrane, a man of unique spirit and virtuosity, and one of the greatest musicians of our time.

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Uri Caine & Prism Quartet at World Cafe Live

Thursday, April 16
LiveConnections pairs Grammy-nominated pianist and composer Uri Caine with esteemed saxophone ensemble PRISM Quartet for a concert of adventurous new music. Building on the artists’ reputations as innovators, LiveConnections has commissioned Caine to write new music for the Quartet that fuses jazz, classical and contemporary styles.

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Friday Night Jazz At Woodmere Art Museum

Friday, April 10, 17 & 24
Experience jazz in Germantown as the Woodmere Art Museum hosts a series of weekly Friday night jazz concerts. From celebrating bebop to highlighting the great jazz divas, including Ella, Sarah and Billie, a host of local and national talents will take their audience through an unforgettable musical journey.  

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    • Center City Jazz Fest MilkBoy
      • Center City Jazz Fest MilkBoy
      • Photo Credit: By Derrick Woodyard

Amir ElSaffar And Two Rivers Ensemble At The Kimmel Center

Saturday, April 18
Spend an evening enjoying jazz at the Kimmel Center’s SEI Innovation Studio with the Two Rivers Ensemble —  a sextet of jazz and Middle Eastern musicians that features drummer Nasheet Waits, bassist Carlo DeRosa, Tareq Abboushi on buzuq (long-necked lute), multi-instrumentalist and virtuoso Zafer Tawil, and tenor saxophonist Ole Mathisen.

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The 4th Annual Center City Jazz Festival

Saturday, April 25
Center City Jazz Fest returns with 16 incredible acts performing at five local music venues, including Chris’ Jazz Cafe, Time and Milkboy Philly. This daylong festival will present some of the city’s top jazz talent like Ernest Stuart, Dena Underwood and Fresh Cut Orchestra — and one ticket gets you access to all of it.

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Gary Nunez & Plena Libre At The Annenberg Center

Saturday, April 25
For Jazz Appreciation Month, the Annenberg Center explodes with hard-hitting horns, master hand drummers and songs directly from the soul of Puerto Rico. Gary Nunez & Plena Libre, a 12-piece fine-tuned ensemble, brilliantly combines a swinging rhythm section, horns, vocals and dance to give an electrifying performance that is both authentically Puerto Rican and universally appealing.

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Philly 360° Playlist: Jeff Bradshaw — "Break You Off" Featuring Black Thought Of The Roots

  • Posted By: James Claiborne
  • March 25, 2015
    • Jeff Bradshaw
      • Jeff Bradshaw
      • Photo Credit: Courtesy of Shanachie

Last year, native Philly musician Jeff Bradshaw brought it home to the Kimmel Center with  a live concert and album recording that featured Black Thought, Trombone Shorty, Take 6, Marsha Ambrosius, Kim Burrell, Najee, Kenny Lattimore, Eric Roberson, Bilal, and more.

Now, the resulting album, HOME, is set for release and Jeff and Shanachie Entertainment will celebrate its Tuesday, March 31 drop date by throwing another star-studded concert here in Philadelphia at The TLA on South Street. Holding it down on stage along with Bradshaw will be other incredibly talented acts, including Black Thought, Kenny Lattimore, Eric Roberson, Tweet — and a few surprise guests.

Can't wait for Tuesday's album release and concert? Don't worry — you're not alone! Luckily, Philly 360° has got you covered. We've landed an exclusive preview of a single from the forthcoming album. Below, you can check out to Jeff's track, "Break You Off," which also features a live performance by Roots frontman, Black Thought. Like every song these two Philly greats touch, the track has plenty of feel, undeniable soul and an infectious groove.  

So, listen to "Break You Off" now, and be sure to grab tickets to Jeff Bradshaw's album release concert at The TLA. Also, be sure to purchase HOME on iTunes and Amazon

Jeff Bradshaw HOME Album Release Concert
Tuesday, March 31, 8 p.m. | The TLA, 334 South Street | $25 | Buy tickets here.


Listen to this exlcusive preview of "Break You Off" featuring Jeff Bradshaw and Black Thought. You can also watch the official video for Bradshaw's hit "All Time Love" featuring Tweet and Eric Roberson, below.


Philly Singer/Songwriter Lee Mo Headlines The Next Edition Of Sanctuary LIVE! - Friday, March 20

  • Posted By: James Claiborne
  • March 19, 2015
    • Lee Mo
      • Lee Mo
      • Photo Credit: Courtesy of Lee Mo

Each and every 3rd Friday, Art Sanctuary — Philly's premier black arts hub — presents its monthly open mic and music showcase, Sanctuary LIVE! This month's edition features can't-miss performance by Philly soul, jazz newcomer, Lee Mo.

One of the newer voices on the Philadelphia music scene, Lee Mo is taking the city by storm. Known for her killers vocals, soulful feel and impressive music sensibilities, Lee Mo has graced the stages of some of Philly's hottest venues. Lee Mo has also shared the stage with many artists in the Philly area, including Vertical Current, George "Spanky" McCurdy, Chartel, Eric Roberson and Jeff Murrell, to name a few.

Sanctuary LIVE! is hosted by Philly-based poet Safa and kicks off with an open mic from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The open mic segment is backed by rising Philly jazz vocalist and pianist, V. Shayne Frederick — a pitch perfect addition to any musical setting. 

In addition to the lush vocals from the incredible lineup of musicians, attendees will get a chance to check out Art Sanctuary's latest exhibit, "Works from the Stolen Dreams Forbidden Fruit." this 20+ piece show features the stunning paintings of Philadelphia-based artists James Dupree. 

Be sure to RSVP in advance, because you most definitely want to be front and center when Lee Mo and these Philly talents step on stage. Wine and light fare included.


Sanctuary LIVE! Featuring Lee Mo
When: Friday, March 20, Doors 7 p.m., Show 7:30 p.m.
Where: Art Sanctuary, 16th and Bainbridge
Cost: $10
More Info: RSVP here.


LiveConnections Presents Flutronix & Ryan Matthews At World Cafe Live - Friday, March 20

  • Posted By: James Claiborne
  • March 16, 2015
    • Flutronix
      • Flutronix
      • Photo Credit: Photo by Erin Patrice O'Brien / Courtesy of the artist

This week, New York-based flute duo Flutronix brings a special collab with Philadelphia artist Ryan Matthews to World Cafe Live. Merging Flutronix’s unique flute sound with Matthews’ trombone-meets-electronica stylings, local creative collab, LiveConnections, has curated another can't-miss production for area music lovers. 

Flutronix is comprised of musicians Nathalie Joachim and Allison Loggins-Hull. The duo has been hailed by The Wall Street Journal as “a unique blend of classical music, hip-hop, electronic programming and soulful vocals reminiscent of neo-R&B stars like Erykah Badu.”

And, since Philadelphia is the official birthplace of the neosoul movement that continues to redefine music around the globe, we're pretty sure Flutronix will be right at home in our every-soulful city. The duo has worked with a diverse range of classical, pop, and hip-hop artists, and now, the group will add Matthews, a Curtis Institute of Music graduate, to their list of collaborators.

Catch this one-night-only collab on March 20 at the polished University City music hotspot, World Cafe Live.

 

LiveConnections presents Flutronix & Ryan Matthews
When: Friday, March 20 at 7:30 PM
Where: World Cafe Live - Philadelphia, 3025 Walnut Street
Cost: $18 general admission, $13 students with ID
More Info: liveconnections.org/flutronix-matthews


CONTEST: Win A Pair Of Tickets To Jeff Bradshaw's Album Release Concert At The TLA On Tuesday, March 31

  • Posted By: James Claiborne
  • March 13, 2015
    • Jeff Bradshaw
      • Jeff Bradshaw
      • Photo Credit: Courtesy of Shanachie

Last year, native Philly musician Jeff Bradshaw brought it home to the Kimmel Center with  a live concert and album recording that featured Trombone Shorty, Take 6, Marsha Ambrosius, Kim Burrell, Najee, Kenny Lattimore, Eric Roberson, Bilal, and more.

Now, the album, HOME, is ready for release and Jeff and Shanachie Entertainment will celebrate its March 31 drop date by throwing another star-studded concert here in Philadelphia. Holding it down on stage along with Bradshaw will be other incredibly talented acts, including Black Thought, Kenny Lattimore, Eric Roberson, Tweet — and a few surprise guests.

With a lineup this dope, we're guessing that you want in on the show, right? That's why Philly 360° is hooking two lucky fans up with a pair of tickets to the show. But, it doesn't stop there, we've also landed two signed copies of Jeff's album that we're throwing into the prize package.

Just fill out the below form to enter the contest. You can enter the giveaway daily to increase your chance of winning. Contest ends on Wednesday, March 25.

You can find the official contest rules here.

Jeff Bradshaw & Friends
When: Tuesday, March 31, 8 p.m.
Where: The TLA, 334 South Street
Cost: $25
More Info: Buy tickets here.

Contest Entry Form:

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