Your guide to Philly's diverse creative scene, nightlife, music, food & more
GRAMMY-nominated artist Mali Music is one of the hottest names to emerge from the underground music scene this year. And, this month, he is coming to Philadelphia on February 11, performing at World Café Live for an unstoppable night of R&B/soul music.
His latest album Mali is has garnered the attention of fans and the industry alike. A personal project for the singer, Mali wrote every song and even produced a large majority of the records. He also enlisted the help of producers Jerry “Wonda” Duplessis and D’ Mile to work on the project. With this project with songs like “Beautiful,” “No Fun Alone” and “Little Lady,” Mali brings rap, poetry, blues and soulful vocals to the table.
Starting out playing in church with no training, Mali saw the power of music at a very early age, stating in an interview “I had a responsibility early on, and I realized music could make you cry, make you dance or even change your life.”
After receiving a computer and recording equipment at the age of 15, Mali began recording song after song. Eventually posting the music online would build Mali a strong online following across the country. After receiving multiple requests to perform, Mali traveled the country with his music and its message.
After an amazing performance on the BET Awards’ Music Matters Stage, Mali's hard work and talent landed him a record deal with Mark Pitt’s ByStorm Entertainment as a part of RCA Records. Since then, Mali has performed at Essence Festival and even landed a GRAMMY nod for the Urban Contemporary Music.
So, it’s quite possible that when Mali lands in Philadelphia, he could be sailing high off the win of some pretty fine GRAMMY hardware. But, either way he is sure to give a great show, so grab your tickets now.
Fam, we've got another contest coming your way! This time, we're giving ten lucky winners pairs of tickets to catch comedian and actor Chris Tucker live at Tower Theater on Friday, February 6.
Chris Tucker has been making us laugh for years—from the Rush Hour franchise to classics like Friday and many more. (Shout out to the movie that started, "Bye Felicia.") And now, Tucker is making his way to Philly to do stand-up for one night only.
Want to be there? We've got you. Enter below for a chance to win. Contest ends Wednesday, February 4, at noon. Click here for the official rules. Good luck!
Chris Tucker Live
When: Friday, February 6 | 8 p.m.
Where: Tower Theater, Upper Darby, PA
Cost: $63 - $84.75
More Info: Buy tickets here.
After sifting through applications from some of the top DJs in the nation, an expert panel of judges, including DJ Jazzy Jeff, Four Color Zack, DJ Hedspin, Skratch Bastid, and Z-Trip, have selected 60+ participants to compete across 12 regional qualifiers leading up to the 2015 Red Bull Thre3style USA Championships.
This weekend, The Philadelphia regional qualifier lands at the popular Midtown hotspot, Voyeur for a can't-miss competition with some of the area's hottest talents. On Friday, January 30, five DJs — Impulse, Patrice McBride, FingerSmith, Reed Streets, Royale — will battle it out for the prize.
Each DJ gets a 15-minute shift where they can play whatever they like, as long as they have at least three styles or genres of music in that time. It doesn’t matter what genres of music are chosen so long as the DJ can make them work together.
Judging the competition will be 2012 World Thre3Style Champion Four Color Zack, 2013 East Region Thre3Style Champion Matthew Law (DJ PHSH), and Hall of Fame Philly veteran DJ Cash Money.
When the smoke clears, the judges will select one DJ, based on technical ability and crowd reaction, to advance to the Red Bull Thre3style USA Championships in Phoenix, AZ. Out of the 12 regional winners ultimately one DJ will advance to represent the USA in the 2015 Red Bull Thre3style World DJ Championships in Tokyo, Japan.
Philly's definitely got this one in the bag. Do you think one of this DJs is a sure win? Let us know who you are rooting for in the comments below.
Philly's own emcee, producer, creator triplethreat Hezekiah just released a new single “Hologram Dreams” featuring Range da Messenger. And, this week the track hits hard on the next edition of the Philly 360° Playlist.
“Hologram Dreams” is heavy with piano and organ and reminiscent of Kanye’s early soulful samples. Range’s rasp is the perfect addition to the track, adding just a bit of grit to the truth-filled concept. The lyrics take on the idea of chasing after material things only to realize that those aren’t the things that truly matter in life.
The record will be featured on Hezekiah’s upcoming EP, Dreams Don’t Chase Themselves. In interviews, Hezekiah explained that this is a very personal project for him in which he did all the writing and the production himself. A known collaborator, his recent work moved away from that idea. He has worked with bassist Tone Whitfield on projects collectively known as Johnny Popcorn which featured a more alternative rock feel. Taking a little over a year to put the new project together Hezekiah's newest work is finally here for fans’ listening pleasure.
A native of Chester, Pennsylvania, Hezekiah is no stranger to the Philadelphia music scene. From putting out a number of his own solo projects, he has worked with a number of recognizable names, including The Roots, Bilal, Musiq Souldchild, Eric Roberson, Kindred the Family Soul and more.
Hezekiah is also the founder of Beat Society, which is one of the most hard core producer showcases that has reigned for years. Dubbed the official party spotlighting the art of beat making, it has featured so many talented artists and producers throughout its existence. Some with great Philly ties like Antman Wonder, Chill Moody, and Jahlil Beats. The series alternates between multiple cities on the east coast.
A talented artist and passionate creator, Hezekiah is an all-around artist to get familiar with. From writing and producing to even directing the latest vid for “Hologram Dreams” there doesn’t seem to be much he can’t do. Check out the single below and let us know what you think in the comments!
This Month, The Recording Academy® Philadelphia Chapter is hosting its second In the Mix at the Hard Rock Cafe in Midtown. The quarterly networking mixer is geared toward music professionals and boasts the attendance by some of the city's most recognized talents, and buzz-worthy newcomers.
The event will be hosted by Bruce Warren of Philadelphia-based indie radio station WXPN and the popular Some Velvet blog. Music for the evening will be provided courtesy of former Master of the Mix contestant, DJ Royale! Presented as an opportunity to learn more about the events and initiatives of The Recording Academy, this event is free and open to all music makers based in and around the city. Whether an engineer, artist, musician or manager — all industry types and talents are welcomed.
Immediately following this networking mixer, KBM Untapped, an artist showcase, will take place in the main room of the Hard Rock. The show kickoffs at 8 p.m. and will include performances by Suzanne Sheer, Joe Miller, Francis Lombardi, and The Brian La Pann Trio.
Come out for an exciting night of networking and live music. Happy hour specials and appetizers will be available! RSVP required.
Watch our exclusive recap of The Recording Academy's Generation Next Brunch at the Hard Rock Cafe.
Throughout 2015, Philly 360° will showcase a different person from a happening neighborhood in Philly. For January, we start the year off with serial entrepreneur and "Jill of all trades," Melissa Alam of Old City.
Melissa is one of the city’s young 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 found last September for female entrepreneurs. Busy doesn’t even begin to describe her schedule, hence why Old City; one of Philly’s most beloved and historic neighborhoods, is a prime location for her to navigate to all the necessary hotspots throughout the city.
Established in 1702 by William Penn and the Quakers when first settled, Old City is the eldest section of Philly spanning from Front and Sixth Streets between Vine and Walnut Streets. In fact, much of the colonial foundation is still intact with some brick buildings dating back to the early 18th century.
Today, Old City has become a hub for boutique coffee shops, innovative art galleries, and a unique shopping experience. Worth to be noted, every first Friday of the month, denizens flood the streets of Old City visiting galleries, shops, and sampling the tastes of the neighborhood; making it a lively and enjoyable experience.
Find out about Melissa’s hood below! And, check out this comprehensive Visit Philadelphia guide for a look at all things Old City.
Melissa: Where business meets pleasure meets history meets art meets style - all while on beautiful cobblestone sidewalks.
Melissa: I usually start my day off with a delicious dirty chai from Cafe Ole, work all day at my co-working space The Hive, and then occasionally have a retail therapy moment at some of the local boutiques such as Smak Parlour and Sugarcube. When the weather is nice, I’ll take a stroll down the Race Street Pier — it’s so beautiful it hurts!
Melissa: Old City has a mix of everything without being too commercial or overly saturated with people. I've gotten to know a lot of the small business owners around the neighborhood, and they're extremely welcoming and supportive of each other. There's also a unique international presence here with a lot of visitors stopping by the neighborhood's historical sites such as the Liberty Bell, Elfreth's Alley and the National Constitution Center. It’s like an extroverted area with introverted tendencies. The shops are small, the restaurants are intimate and it has a pretty eclectic nightlife scene on either side of Market Street.
Meliisa: I love the art scene, so make sure to visit the galleries all over the neighborhood during First Fridays. Expect live music, free booze, interesting art and new friends!
Cafe Ole - 147 N. 3rd Street
Smak Parlour - 219 Market Street
Sugarcube - 124 N. 3rd Street
Elfreth's Alley - 124 Elfreth's Alley
The Liberty Bell - 6th and Market Streets
The National Constitution Center - 525 Arch Street
The Hive - 222 Market Street
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.
Philly, get to know Julian King. If you haven’t heard of this rising industry great—take note, because he's set to become a household name in no time. A singer, songwriter and talented dancer, this R&B/Pop crooner is ready to take over, and we’re featuring his new single, “No Strings,” on this week’s Philly 360° Playlist.
The smooth record is all about keeping a relationship light, fun, and without any strings attached, of course. The song is vibrant with a playful tone and background vocals that lift. The heavy guitar riffing during the verse gives the record great variance. It’s slow but with a bounce and stellar vocals from King. The track was produced by B.A.M and is the first taste of King’s upcoming EP, Sing for You.
King is a Philly native who attended the city's prestigious University of the Arts. Taking his time to cultivate his sound, image and look, he’s finally ready for the spotlight. Make no mistake though, the “No Strings” singer is no rookie to the business. The product of a musical family, King has been singing for a very long time.
Through his work as a Campus Ambassador with the GRAMMY U Program, King hooked up with GRAMMY-nominated songwriter Kristal “Tytewriter” Oliver and her partner Kristofer "Ce'sar" Murray. Now one of the three acts affiliated the writing and production house that she spearheads, Twenty 20 Entertainment, King is leading the pack.
The talented singer also caught the eyes and ears of artist managers Jerome Hipps and Mike McArthur of Mama's Boys Entertainment. The powerhouse duo, who have a partnership with entertinament mogul Kevin Liles of KWL Enterprises, have signed on King to be an artist under their management
It doesn’t take long at all to realize that you are in the presence of a young star when you experience King's live performance. Not only an incredible dancer and vocalist, King is also a top of the line musician and writer. He’s been a part of productions at the Kimmel Center and most recently performed at Warmdaddy’s as part of their Soulful Sound Series.
We’re excited to see what else is coming for this rising star, including his soon to be released EP. In the meantime, take a listen to “No Strings” below, and tell us what you think in the comments.
The arts community in Philadelphia is a vibrant, breathing collective of unique individuals. Amongst the brightest and most talented are the Tiberinos, a family of dedicated, masterful artists with a history as rich as the work they produce.
Regarded as one of Philadelphia's best kept secrets in the arts, they will be bringing their family's legacy to the silver screen with the premiere of a feature length documentary entitled, “Tiberino: The Art of Life”. Produced over a three year period, the film serves as a chronicle of the family's history as Philadelphians and artists. Directed by local filmmaker, Derrick Woodyard, and family patriarch, Joseph Tiberino, the documentary features interviews of artists and friends closest to the family including Danny Simmons.
The doors will open at 6:30 p.m. followed by a red carpet cocktail hour from 7- 8 p.m. with the screening of the film proceeding immediately after. A question and answer discussion of the film will commence after the screening with a panel featuring the filmmaker and members of the Tiberino family. The night will end with a mixer to allow attendees to meet and mingle with the artists.
Brittany DeShields is about her business. The self-taught seamstress has made waves in the fashion world since she debuted her line of ready wear dresses B. Des in 2008 and later released the Brittany DeShields Collection. Since then, Brittany has distinguished herself as a designer with a winning entrepreneurial spirit and outlook.
This month, American Dreaming returns with DeShields as the featured talent for their hot new concept, Passion Share. For this inaugural event, the buzz-worthy designer will give attendees the skills they need to fashion their own dope wears from scratch.
The two-day, two hour classes will teach attendees how to use a sewing machine, all the different notions and tools needed for sewing, measuring, cutting and other techniques. Attendees will also learn how to make a pattern and sew a simple dress for yourself. American Dreaming will provide the fabric and pattern paper.
FYI — if you have a sewing machine, then you are encouraged to bring it along. Otherwise they will have sewing machines available to rent for the two-day course.
Ivben Taqiy Presents Green Winter When: Opening reception, Saturday, January 10, 8 - 12 a.m.; Exhibit open through February 28 Where: Art Sanctuary, 628 S. 16th Street Cost: Free More Info:View Art Sanctuary's gallery hours. This month, Art Sanctuary…
Represent: 200 Years of African American Art When: January 10, 2015 - April 5, 2015 Where: The Philadelphia Museum of Art, Cost: Included with the cost of general museum admission. More Info: Click here for details. This winter, the…