Your guide to Philly's diverse creative scene, nightlife, music, food & more
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.
Friday evening, legendary classical soprano superstar Kathleen Battle takes center stage at The Kimmel Center, singing songs in the tradition of African-American spirituals. In a moving evening of music, including popular music like 'Lord, How Come Me Here?' and 'He's Got the Whole World In His Hands,' Battle will take her audience on a journey through the spirituals and hymns that express the suffering, salvation, triumph and freedom of the African-American experience.
A 5-time Grammy winner, Battle's captivating soprano voice has made her one of the most-acclaimed artists in contemporary opera and classical music. She has performed with the New York Philharmonic, The Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Vienna Philharmonic, Jessye Norman, Luciano Pavarotti, and in every major opera house around the globe.
This Friday, Battle will be joined by Cyrus Chestnut on piano, Riza Printup on harp and The Philadelphia Heritage Chorale directed by choirmaster J. Donald Dumpson.
Guests are also invited to join The Kimmel Center for a free pre-show panel discussion on Philadelphia's connection and history with the Underground Railroad in the SEI Innovation Studio.
The panel discussion begins at 6:30 p.m. and will be moderated by Nick Taliaferro from WURD. Other panelists include Cornelia Swinson of Johnson House in Germantown; V. Chapman-Smith of National Archives and Records Administration; Rev. Dr. James Forbes; Rev. Tyler of Mother Bethel A.M.E. Church; and Author and historian Richard Newman of The Library Company of Philadelphia.
Come out to experience one of the world's finest voices, as Kathleen Battle effortlessly weaves black music and history together for an unforgettable night of music in The Kimmel Center's Verizon Hall. Grab your tickets now.
This week, Pier Entertainment returns with another edition of their fresh Thursday night live music series, Up-Close Live, which takes place at popular West Oak Lane soul food joint, Relish.
The next edition of Up-Close Live features an intimate set of music by Philly's favorite music-transplant, Aaron Camper. After spending months on the road touring with big names like Justin Timberlake and Chris Brown, Camper is back in town and ready to perform for his Philly fans.
Recently, Camper hit us with a brand new single “My Heart" — an upbeat banger written by singer/songwriter and Maroon 5 member, PJ Morton and produced by Warryn Campbell and the head of BASSic Black Entertainment (BBE), Adam Blackstone. The track is reminiscent of a Michael Jackson throwback and has an infectious, undeniable groove that will definitely get Camper some well-deserved accolades, downloads and radio play. Check out the track below.
In addition to two full sets by the featured artist at 7p.m. and 9 p.m., there will also be a live interview with Philly-based blogger and Ebony contributor Sincerely Syreeta. Guests will also be able to enjoy special menu pricing during the show as well.
Good eats and great music? This is definitely Philly entertainment at its finest.
South Street’s Theater of Living Arts (TLA) is Philly's go-to venue to catch hot performances by national and local talents — of every genre. This Tuesday, October 21, the TLA welcomes the In Too Deep Tour featuring the popular emcee Ty Dolla $ign along with special guests Lil Bibby and West Philly’s own Beano.
The Taylor Gang Records signee is hitting the country in support of his new music. Ty released his debut extended play of his Beach House EP on Atlantic Records, which featured the popular single “Paranoid” featuring B.O.B. TY’s music is a mix between hip and the latest R&B styles. Hard beats and catchy hooks have gotten him noticed by fans and peers in the industry alike.
His second single was the DJ Mustard assisted “Or Nah” featuring Wiz Khalifa, which was remixed by Beano — making his appearance on the In Too Deep Tour right on time. Beano is gleaming off his very first single release “Let it Go” from his upcoming debut project. The single produced by Dilemma also has a remix featuring Philly’s own Chill Moody and has been making its way on the airwaves across the country.
Rounding out the lineup is Chicago native Lil Bibby. This summer Bibby released his latet mixtape to much acclaim. Both Ty and Bibby appeared on XXL’s coveted Freshman Class List in 2014 and have been making major moves with their music.
This is set to be a high energy show, full of dope lyrics. And, with Beano added to the set, there will be flawless vocals, guaranteed. You definitely won’t want to miss it, so make sure to grab your tickets now.
If you're like us, then you've been waiting for solo music from West Philadelphia singer/songwriter Beano. Although he's rocked many stages, on his own and alongside acts like Chill Moody, we have yet to see a solo project from the Philadelphia crooner. Well, it looks like the wait is over! Because this week the Philly 360° playlist is back with Beano's first single, “Let it Go.”
For this mid-tempo danceable, smooth track, Beano sings that his “phone is off” and he's heading out for a night with the boys after a bit of trouble at home. Reminiscent of the vibe of Usher’s “You Don’t Have to Call,” the song has a great feel and will have fans singing along instantly.
The track was done by Philly-based producer Dilemma, and samples LL Cool J’s “Mama Said Knock You Out” — which actually samples a number of older records including a James Brown hit. The break beat gives “Let it Go” a throwback sound with a new school twist.
Beano has been working quietly on his upcoming solo project after the debut of Who Do You Love … More?, a collaborative project alongside West Philly emcee Chill Moody and producer Hank McCoy. The trio performed the project at their exclusive event at Hard Rock Café in February. You can check out our video recap below.
It’s Beano's high energy and strong vocals that make the powerhouse performer a fan favorite. It’s evident that he has that special thing that stars are made of. From headlining his own shows to opening for big name acts like Musiq, The Dream and more — it’s only a matter of time before Beano becomes a household name.
Beano has been touring alongside R&B crooner Jaheim as a background singer. And this month, he will also open up for Ty Dolla $ign at the TLA. Be sure to get out and catch his live show and take a listen to “Let it Go” below. Let us know what you think.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Thursday, October 23, 8 p.m. | The Trocadero, 1003 Arch Street | $15 | Buy tickets here.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Sunday, November 9, 7 p.m. | The Trocadero, 1003 Arch Street | $22.50 | Buy tickets here.
A fixture on the New Orleans music scene, rapper G-Eazy has had a whirlwind ride to the top. The popular rapper has opened for major acts like A$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.
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!
Thursday, November 13, 8 p.m. | Electric Factory, 421 N 7th Street | $41 | Buy tickets here.
A founding member of the breakout rap group A$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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Monday, December 8, 8 p.m. | TLA, 334 South Street | $35 | Buy tickets here.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Aaron Camper is a man of many talents. The Philly music transplant is a singer, songwriter and a globetrotting band member for major acts like Jill Scott and Justin Timberlake. And, if you're lucky enough to hang out with him backstage at a show or in the studio, you'll quickly learn that Camper is also a comedian. #gotjokes
Recently, Camper hit us with a brand new single “My Heart,” which is making its way on the Philly 360° Playlist this week!
The upbeat record was written by singer/songwriter and Maroon 5 member, PJ Morton, and was produced by Warryn Campbell and the head of BASSic Black Entertainment (BBE), Adam Blackstone. Reminiscent of a Michael Jackson throwback, “My Heart” is an infectious track with an undeniable groove that will no doubt have fans moving to the beat and singing along.
On the new single, The BBE signee delivers smooth vocals and flawless harmonies, singing of a woman who walks in and immediately steals his heart. With each new release, it’s easy to see that the long hours on the road with stars like JT and Chris Brown have paid off. Delivering hit records and knockout live performances around the world, Aaron Camper is proving that he deserves a spotlight all on his own.
Camper continues to travel on the road, but fans will be glad to know that he's also steadily working on his next EP. There's no official word on the exact release date, or whether “My Heart” will set the tone for the entire project quite yet. But, Camper's devoted, and growing, fanbase has been patiently waiting for a full project since the 2011 release of his mixtape, Welcome to My World. Luckily for us, Aaron continually drops hot singles like “Madness,” “Breaking My Heart,” and a few can't-miss covers.
On the stage is where Camper’s music takes on a life of its own. You can check him out for yourself on October 23 at uptown soul food restaurant, Relish as a part of the Up-Close Live series presented by Pier Entertainment. Tickets will probably go fast, so be sure to grab yours soon!
Check out a preview of the single below and purchase the full song on iTunes. Be sure to support your local artists.
Looking for your next Philly culture fix? Well, look no further. Every Friday night through the end of the year, The Barnes Foundation will keep its doors open a little later for some after-hours art fun on The Parkway.
From 5 to 9 p.m., guests can enjoy a drink, mix and mingle with other art-lovers and check out the Barnes’ collection of works. Friday night attendees can sip wine and cocktails in The Barnes' stunning indoor and courtyard spaces while taking in the incredible collection, which includes work by all of the greats — from Matisse to Van Gogh.
The best part? For the next two Friday nights — Friday, October 10 and Friday, October 17 — use code UWISHUNU50 to get half off tickets courtesy of our friends at uwishunu.com. With promo code UWISHUNU50 tickets are just $11. Tickets include after-hours access to the collection, and cocktails are available for purchase at an on-site bar.
Tickets for Friday Nights at The Barnes Foundation are available at the door, online or over the phone at 215-278-7200. Just enter the code UWISHUNU50 online at checkout, mention over the phone or present the promo code at the door to redeem the deal.
Score these tickets now, and look out for upcoming special events at the Barnes, too, including First Friday soirees and Young Professional nights.
This next one is for the Philly Instagrammers, VSCO Cam filter lovers and smartphone photographers. If you're like most people, then you spend day and night documenting your life visually — snapping photos of brunch, lunch, your favorite artist on stage, or that perfect beam of light shining on the horizon.
Well, it's time that you get those filters ready because Philly Photo Day is back, and the focus is on Philadelphia.Tomorrow, the Philadelphia Photo Arts Center (PPAC) is inviting everyone in the city to tap into their inner photog and show the world what's special about our town.
Everyone in the city is invited to submit a photograph that is taken anywhere in Philadelphia on Friday, October 10. PPAC will then exhibit the submitted shots in a special exhibition, showing the world just how awesome it is to live, work and play in Philadelphia. Every photograph submitted will be printed and displayed in the exhibition, which opens on November 13.
So, get to snapping and show the world the one photo that captures what Philly means to you. Let's go!
1. Take a photograph anywhere in Philadelphia.
2. Select your one favorite photograph.
3. Get on the internet and visit www.philaphotoarts.org for instructions.
4. Mark your calendars and come to the exhibition opening on November 13, 2014 at Philadelphia Photo Arts Center.
5. Don't forget to share with your friends and family and have them join in on the fun!
Patrick Kelly: Runway of Love & Gerlan Jeans Loves Patrick Kelly When: April 27, 2014 - November 30, 2014 Where: Perelman Building, Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2525 Pennsylvania Avenue Cost: $20 General Admission | $14 Students More Info: www.philamuseum.org…
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. This weekend,…