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CONTEST: Win Tickets To See Ciara At The Keswick Theatre On Sunday, May 10

  • Posted By: James Claiborne
  • April 24, 2015
    • Ciara performs at The Keswick Theatre on May 10
      • Ciara performs at The Keswick Theatre on May 10
      • Photo Credit: Courtesy of the Keswick

Ciara is a legit global superstar whose infectious tunes have garnered multi-platinum albums, smash singles and a truckload of awards.

After a six year hiatus, the pop sensation took to twitter to announce an upcoming US tour in support of her soon-to-drop project, Jackie. On Sunday, May 10 you can catch CIara performing live at The Keswick Theatre just outside of Philadelphia in Glenside, PA.

If you're a diehard Ciara fan, then we're guessing that this concert is absolutely a must-hit event for you, right? True. That's why Philly 360° is giving away a pair of tickets to two lucky followers. Just complete the below entry form for your chance to win.

Find the official contest rules here.

When: Sunday, May 10
Where: The Keswick Theatre, 291 Keswick Avenue, Glenside PA
Cost: $20-$45
More Info: Buy tickets online here.

Fill out my online form.

The Recording Academy Philadelphia Chapter Returns To The Hard Rock Cafe With 'In The Mix' - Monday, April 27

  • Posted By: James Claiborne
  • April 24, 2015
    • Recording Academy Brunch
      • Recording Academy Brunch
      • Photo Credit: Photo by D. McDowell for GPTMC/Philly 360°

Calling all aspiring singers, songwriters and musicans: On Monday, April 27, The Recording Academy® Philadelphia Chapter is hosting the next edition of In the Mix at the Hard Rock Cafe on Market Street.

This quarterly networking mixer is geared toward music professionals and attracts some of the city's most-recognized talents, along with buzz-worthy newcomers. The edition of In The Mix will be hosted by popular West Philadelphia emcee Chill  Moody and music for the evening will be provided by the Untouchable Technician, DJ Ricochet.

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, producer or manager — all industry types and talents are welcomed.

So, come out for an exciting night of networking and live music. Happy hour specials and appetizers will be available! RSVP required.

In the Mix
When: Monday, April 27, 5 - 7 p.m.
Where: Hard Rock Café, 12th and Market Streets 
Cost: Free with RSVP
More Info: RSVP here.

Watch our exlcusive recap of The Recording Academy's Generation Next Brunch at The Hard Rock Philadelphia, below.

The 121st Annual Penn Relays Returns To Philly — April 23 - 25

  • Posted By: Philly 360
  • April 23, 2015
    • The 120th Annual Penn Relays
      • The 120th Annual Penn Relays
      • Photo Credit: Photo by D. Tavani for Visit Philadelphia

All roads lead  to University City this weekend, as The Penn Relays a three-day track-and-field celebration — returns with another round of seriously competitive track and field action.

Watch accomplished athletes take on competitors from across the globe in games like the pole vault, long jump, high jump, javelin, 400 meter dashes, 100 meter sprints and more all day long beginning tomorrow, April 24.

Now in its 121st year — the world’s first and largest annual relay meet — this event pulls in crowds of up to 100,000 to the University of Pennsylvania’s Franklin Field, where sports-lovers of all ages gather to see some of the world’s top track athletes compete and begin Olympic careers. And, in addition to the athletes, the fans also hail from all over the country and the world.

This signature Philly event also includes an accompanying festival that lasts all three days of the event with food, crafts and souvenirs. This is definitely a must-hit event for the spring — so, make sure to check it out. 

Penn Relays
When: April 23-25
Where: Franklin Field, 235 S. 33rd Street
Cost: Varies
More info:

Opening: The African American Museum In Philadelphia Presents 'Badass Art Man: Original Artwork of Danny Simmons'

  • Posted By: Philly 360
  • April 22, 2015
    • With Art Philadelphia Tour With Danny Simmons - Brandywine Workshop
      • With Art Philadelphia Tour With Danny Simmons - Brandywine Workshop
      • Photo Credit: L. Whitaker for GPTMC

In 2012, just in time for the release of his book Deep In Your Best Reflection, Philly 360° took poet, painter and Chairman/Co-Founder of Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation, Danny Simmons on an art tour of Philadelphia. Needless to say, the trip left a great impression on Danny. You can watch our video recap of Danny's tour, below.

Fast forward to today, and Simmons — now a Philadelphia resident — and The African American Museum in Philadelphia (AAMP) have joined forces on an exciting new ehxibition called Badass Art Man: Original Work of Danny Simmons.

The ground-breaking exhibit featuring the original art work of Danny Simmons, coupled with objects from his eclectic collection of African and African American art and historic objects opens this weekend and runs through the end of May. The exhibit will offer visitors a unique perspective on Simmons who has been identified by the International Review of African American Art as one of the “top ten players in the Black art market.” And, we certainly agree!

    • The African American Museum in Philadelphia
      • The African American Museum in Philadelphia
      • Photo Credit: J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia
Brother to hip-hop pioneer Russell Simmons and co-founder of the culture changing show HBO Def Poetry Jam, Simmons’ artistic talents and interests are broad and varied. He is a published poet as well as a visual artist whose abstract-expressionist work has been displayed nationally. 
He is also an avid collector whose private collection includes an extensive collection of traditional African works, contemporary works by Mickalene Thomas, Kara Walker, Derrick Adams, Sol Sax, and historic art and artifacts, including works by James Van Der Zee and the first Negro comic book (c. 1941).
Now, audiences in Philadelphia, and beyond, will get the opportunity to go inside the mind of this cultural giant — experiencing what exactly makes Danny Simmon an undeniably brilliant "Badass Art Man."

Badass Art Man: Original Artwork of Danny Simmons
When: April 24 through May 31
Where: The African American Museum in Philadelphia, 701 Arch Street
Cost: Included with admission
More Info: Click here.

Contest: Win A Pair Of Tickets To The 8th Annual Roots Picnic

  • Posted By: James Claiborne
  • April 21, 2015
    • Roots Picnic 2015
      • Roots Picnic 2015
      • Photo Credit: M. Edlow for Visit Philly

Philly, get ready! This May, The Roots will again kick off the spring/summer music season right here in their hometown. On Saturday, May 30, Questlove, Black Thought and the entire Roots crew will take over Festival Pier at Penn's Landing with the 8th Annual Roots Picnic. #weinthere

The 2015 festival includes a dope lineup heavyweights acts, including The Weeknd, Erykah Badu, A$AP Rocky, Phantogram, DJ Mustard and Rae Sremmurd, to name a few. Always down to rep their hometown, The Roots have again added a few emerging Philly talents to the roster. You can take a look at the full lineup here.

Selling out year after year, Roots Picnic continues to be one of the hottest and most in-demand tickets in Philadelphia. That's why Philly 360° is giving one lucky fan a pair of free tickets for Roots Picnic 2015. Just complete the below entry form for your chance to win big.

You must be 21 or older to enter. Also, you can read the official contest rules here.

The 8th Annual Roots Picnic
When: Saturday, May 30
Where: Festival Pier at Penn's Landing, Columbus Boulevard & Spring Garden Street
Cost: TBA, tickets on sale Friday at noon.
More Info:

Fill out my online form.

Check out our exclusive video from last year's Roots Picnic, below.

Philly 360° Playlist: Center City Jazz Festival Founder Ernest Stuart Returns With A New EP 'Same Walking Animals'

  • Posted By: Ashley Coleman
  • April 20, 2015
    • Ernest Stuart
      • Ernest Stuart
      • Photo Credit: Courtesy of Ernest Stuart

A Philly native,  versatile musician, trombonist and founder of the Center City Jazz Festival, Ernest Stuart drops his brand new EP on Tuesday, April 21. Same Walking Animals is Stuart’s latest effort and follow up to his 2014 release, Love/Loss — and, we’re giving you a first listen on this week’s Philly 360° Playlist!

Same Walking Animal

Architect Jan Gehl coined the term “same walking animals” in reference to creating public spaces all around the world that were essential used by the same people regardless of location. From the title of the EP to the individual tracks, every corner of his latest project has special meaning to Stuart.

The EP begins with “British Girl,” an upbeat track that is an infusion of different genres from rock to jazz. The record is inspired by a young woman who introduced the trombonist to new styles of music — some of which would  eventually become his favorite, go-to genres.The project digs deep with standout tracks like “We Can’t Breathe” and “Reluctant American Mascot.” Both songs take on the implications of race relations in America and abroad.

Stuart’s new project is energetic, introspective and packed with emotion. Same Walking Animals was recorded right here in Philadelphia at Turtle Studios and features an array of talented musicians including Lionel Forrester Jr. (drums), Alex Claffy (bass) and Ben Karp (guitar).

Center City Jazz Festival

This weekend, the Temple alum returns with Philly’s Center City Jazz Festival which will take place on Saturday, April 25. This year’s festival again coincides with Jazz Appreciation Month, and includes more than a dozen performers at fives downtown music venues, including Milkboy, Time and Chris’ Jazz Cafe. Performers includes the West Philadelphia Orchestra, Dena Underwood, Tomas Fujiwara and the Hook Up, and other must-see jazz acts, including Stuart.  

Take a listen to "British Girl" below and let us know what you think in the comments. Also, grab your tickets for Center City Jazz Festival now.

Image courtesy of the artist.

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.

Get Your Favorite Dr. Martens Customized In-Store By Philly Designers Jeantrix - Sunday, April 19

  • Posted By: Philly 360
  • April 15, 2015
    • Doc Martens X Jeantrix
      • Doc Martens X Jeantrix
      • Photo Credit: C. Symth for Philly 360°/VISIT PHILADELPHIA
    • Doc Martens X Jeantrix
      • Doc Martens X Jeantrix
      • Photo Credit: C. Symth for Philly 360°/VISIT PHILADELPHIA
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This weekend, Philly-based designers, Jeantrix, return with another dope collab with international footwear brand, Dr. Martens.

The go-to choice for hipsters, rockster, bad-boys and b-girls alike, Dr. Martens signature footwear is a recognized symbol for freedom and trendsetting style. This is the exact reason why the brand decided to setup shop in the Philly famous neighborhood of Rittenhouse. Yes, Philly cretives definitely have mad love for their Dr. Martens.

On Sunday, April 19, Jeantrix and Dr. Martens will host their second customization event, which is open to the general public from1 to 6 p.m. Dr. Marten customers that spend $50+ will get a chance to have their newly or previously purchased boots customized by the Jeantrix team with eye-popping graphics specifically designed for this event.

Customers can also bring their own ideas to the Jeantrix table — no design is off limits, everything goes! Did we mention that this customization is 100% free? #winning

Check out the recap video and visual gallery from their February collab, below.

Dr. Martens X Jeantrix
When: Sunday, April 19, 1 - 6 p.m.
Where: Dr. Marten's store, 1710 Walnut Street
Cost: Free customization with purchase.
More Info: RSVP to


The Recording Academy Philadelphia Chapter Returns With GRAMMY FutureNOW - Saturday, May 2

  • Posted By: Ashley Coleman
  • April 14, 2015
    • Recording Academy Brunch
      • Recording Academy Brunch
      • Photo Credit: Photo by D. McDowell for GPTMC/Philly 360°

So, you’ve spent months of hard work putting together your album. It’s recorded, mixed, master — and now, you’re wondering how to get your music out to the masses. The Recording Academy® Philadelphia Chapter is back with an event that can help you figure out the next steps to success.  

On May 2, The Recording Academy® Philadelphia Chapter brings back its all-day music conference GRAMMY® futureNOW. And, you definitely won’t want to miss it!

GRAMMY futureNOW is the ultimate music conference for music professionals. The Chapter is bringing out heavyweight industry executives to The Hub at Cira Center to talk about marketing on a budget, why hit songs go viral, the power of publicity and more.

A full day event, the conference will kick off with a keynote interview with Allen Kovac the CEO of Tenth Street Entertainment/Eleven Seven Music Group. Kovac has guided the careers of bands like Papa Roach, Motley Crue, Drowning Pool and more. Following the first keynote address from Kovac, there will be three information packed panels.

You can take a look at the GRAMMY futureNOW panels, below.

    • Generation Next: A Celebration of Black Music Month
      • Generation Next: A Celebration of Black Music Month
      • Photo Credit: D. McDowell for GPTMC

Why It Catches On: Learn How Viral Hits Happen.

Inge Colsen - Director of Media and Marketing, Girlie Action Media (Pussy Riot, Tourist, MS)
Michael Fiebach - Founder/CEO, Fame House (Eminem, Tiesto, Pearl Jam, others)
Elizabeth Lutz - Director of Publicity, Shore Fire Media

Marketing On A Budget: What You Need, Where To Find It & How To Use It.

Jeff Moskow - Partner/General Manager, Label Logic
Tom Sarig - President, Ester Creative (Gaslight Anthem, She Wants Revenge, Lou Reed)
Taylor Winum - Marketing Coordinator-US,  Communion Group

Power of Publicity: How To Keep An Artist Relevant & In The Conversation

Aliya Crawford - Sr Vice President, W&W

The second keynote of the day will be Benjy Greenberg, President of indie label Rostrum Records which helped launch the careers of both Wiz Khalifa and Mac Miller. Greenberg was also named one of Billboard’s Top 40 under 40 in 2012. A networking reception will follow.

This is not your usual music conference. If you are looking to take your music to the next level, don’t wait to register. Early bird tickets available through April 15.

When: Saturday, May 2, 12 p.m.
Where: The Hub at Cira Center, 2929 Arch Street
Cost: Early Bird Ticketing, $40 for Members, $60 for Non-Members
More Info: Click here.

Philly 360° Playlist: Philly Emcee Mic Stew Drops New Track "Black Chucks"

  • Posted By: Ashley Coleman
  • April 13, 2015
    • Mic Stew
      • Mic Stew
      • Photo Credit: Courtesy of Freak Pelican Studios

National Red Bull Freestyle champ, Mic Stew is taking over this week’s Philly 360° Playlist with his hot single, “Black Chucks.” Undeniably, Stew is one of the sickest lyricists in Philly right now and he’s showing us exactly why he's one of the city's reigning emcees with this new track.

“Black Chucks” and its boom bap production gives you the opportunity to tune all the way in to Stew’s bars. Known for his rapid-fire freestyles, Stew's lyrical approach can leave listeners scrambling for a rewind button — hoping to catch every second his perfectly delivered lines. But, with this track, the emcee slows it down a bit, so we can hear every word of Stew staking his claim as one of the hottest rappers around.

“Hi haters, how my records get more plays when I take a hiatus, than yours ever get?”

Raised right outside of Philadelphia, Mic Stew moved into the city while studying at Temple University. It was there at Temple that Stew began cultivating his own freestyle scene with his “Freestyle Friday” events on campus. Emcees would come out and sharpen their skills off the dome in an outdoor, fun environment. Quickly rising to the top as one of the most lethal emcees off the top, Stew began drawing serious buzz from fans and the industry notables, alike.

    • Mic Stew
      • Mic Stew
      • Photo Credit: Courtesy of Shots+Fired

By 2011, Stew was opening for the likes of Raekwon, Big K.R.I.T, Philly’s own Black Thought and more. His ridiculous skill with words and dynamic performance also led him to the Red Bull Freestyle Championship the following year where he won the title from judges that included DJ Premier, David Banner and K.R.I.T.

Releasing his first independent LP, PEACEWORLD in 2013, it was onward and upward from the momentum of the battle win. Stew rocked stages all over including an outdoor event in his hometown of Philly. The album yielded the popular single “I’m Not From Brooklyn,” which received much acclaim.   

Stew has been relatively quiet in the city while touring and promoting his music — but we know why. He’s been working on the follow-up project tentatively entitled Elsewhere. We are definitely excited to hear more about the LP, but  in the meantime, we're enjoying the free new music Stew has been dropping for fans to enjoy.

Take a listen to “Black Chucks” below and let us know what you think in the comments!

Philly Tech Week - April 17 - 25

Philly Tech Week Whe: April 17 - 25 Cost: Mostly free More Info: Click here for more information. Techies, this one’s for you. From April 17 to 25, Philly Tech Week returns for another round of innovative, tech-driven action.…

Philadelphia Black Pride - April 22 - 26, 2015

Philadelphia Black Pride When: April 22 - 26 Where: Various locations More Info: For a full list of anniversary events, click here. From April 22 to 26, Philadelphia Black Gay Pride commemorates its 16th anniversary with a week-long celebration…

Badass Art Man: Original Artwork of Danny Simmons - April 21 to May 31

Badass Art Man: Original Artwork of Danny Simmons When: April 24 through May 31 Where: The African American Museum in Philadelphia, 701 Arch Street Cost: Included with admission More Info: Click here. In 2012, just in time for the…