Your guide to Philly's diverse creative scene, nightlife, music, food & more
Earlier this summer, Philly welcomed the return of another exclusively-Philadelphia experience, BlackStar Film Festival.
For the third year in a row, BlackStar exploded back on the scene to shine an international spotlight on films, and filmmakers, that are broadening the definition and reach of black cinema here in the US, and around the globe.
Founded in 2012 by Philly 360°'s only film ambassador Maori Holmes, BlackStar once again took over International House in University City with dozens of film screenings, workshops, panel discussion, mixers and more. From new school film luminaries like Kahlil Joseph, Terence Nance and Arthur Jafa to notable Philly performers, including soul singer Bilal and warrior poet Ursula Rucker, BlackStar attracts some of the top black creatives from around the country. And, Philly definitely came out to show these artists plenty of love!
For BlackStar 2014, Philly 360° went behind the scene and talked with some of the key players about what makes this film festival, which was hailed as "The Black Sundance" by Ebony Magazine, a must-hit black cinematic experience.
You can check out our video below.
Jay Z's now signature music festival Budweiser Made in America (MIA) returned to Philadelphia for a third year, and once again, MIA brought a dope two-day experience for festival attendees over Labor Day weekend.
The festival expanded this year for the first time with bi-coastal events taking place simultaneously in both Philly and in Los Angeles. Both events were packed with talent, although we were partial to the Philly side of things — especially since all of the performances had the city's art museum steps or the Philly skyline as the backdrops for the sets. Philadelphia also brought some only-in-Philly flavor to the festival, including some foodie must-hits within the festival, including Iron Chef Jose Garces' Distrito serving up some bites.
Festivalgoers in Philly and LA could also virtually connect from coast to coast via a screen that streamed what was happening at each festival location. (We peeped that Philly hip-hop artist Chill Moody got into a major rock, paper, scissors virtual battle with another concertgoer on the west coast.)
While we could see what was happening in LA, one thing was very clear — Philly definitely showed up for MIA on the east coast. From pre-MIA events happening leading up to the festival, to Philly talent touching the MIA stages.
DJ Aktive's Made in Philly event | Thursday, August 28
First up in the MIA activities was DJ Aktive's event. Aktive took a break from touring with Jennifer Hudson, Common and J. Cole to be in his hometown during MIA. Aktive hosted an event the Thursday night before MIA which was packed with an all-Philly lineup of talent. The event featured talent like DJ Sat-One, Asia Sparks, Aaron Camper, GoGo Morrow and more.
DJ Aktive also took over the Philly 360 Instagram Thursday through Sunday capturing every moment of the pre-parties and festival.
Adam Blackstone and Darrell Robinson's PhillyMade event | Friday, August 29
The following night, sought after musical directors and musicians Adam Blackstone and Darrell Robinson (aka Lil Darrell) were in town to perform during Pharrell's MIA set — so the duo teamed up to throw a pre-MIA event in their hometown that was packed and stacked with some of Philly's finest. Not to mention, performances by Chill Moody, Aaron Camper and others kept the PhillyMade theme going. And, Common brought the entire house down when he hopped on the mic and took over the party. (Look out for full recaps of both pre-MIA events from us.)
Made in America Festival: Day 1 | Saturday, August 30
The wait was finally over, and the doors were open! MIA officially kicked off in Philly with perfect end of summer weather, and The Parkway filled in with music lovers dressed in their best festival wear, mostly American flag inspired looks. This year, some of our highlights included a packed performance by Philly's own Moosh & Twist, Chromeo's energetic set, J. Cole dropping some of his hits and inspiring some poignant moments through a socially conscious song, Steve Aoki showering the crowd with champagne and headliner Kanye West's show-stopping performance which moved back and forth between his massive list of hits and thought-provoking monologues.
Insider fact: Did you know that DJ Aktive was Yeezy's tour DJ? Aktive continued to take over our Instagram and brought some backstage exclusives, including Ye's trailer backstage and photos from his viewing area with Mrs. West aka Kim Kardashian. Check out our Instagram for all of the pics.
Made in America Festival: Day 2 | Saturday, August 30
On Day 2, even rain and a momentary thunderstorm evacuation couldn't stop the party from happening. The festival hit the pause button for about an hour and kicked back up in full gear like it never skipped a beat after festivalgoers were able to come back into the event. Some of our top moments included Spoon kicking off the restart of the festival once the gates were reopened. Pharrell gave us a lot of moments onstage, including his speech on female empowerment — and we spotted Philly musicians/musical directors Adam Blackstone and Lil Darrell rocking out with him onstage. And, Tiesto also kicked the festival up to another level with his high-energy set.
We're still in recovery mode from this epic non-stop party that took over Philly. We touched on a few moments, but take a look through our visual gallery to see everything that went down during Made in America in Philadelphia.
Also stay tuned for our official recap videos for Made In Philly and PhillyMade.
Pier Entertainment is back, and they're bringing Philly a dope new live music series featuring some of the city's hottest emerging talents. Up-Close Live kicks off this week at West Oak Lane soul-food staple Relish and boasts an impressive lineup of soul, R&B and pop acts.
This week, the inaugural showcase launches on Thursday, September 18 with two sets by vocalist Zeek ‘The Experience. In addition to two full sets by each artist at 7pm and 9pm, 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 for the show as well.
As we've already mentioned, the Up-Close Live lineup is serious. So, for the next few weeks, we suggest that you make Relish your go-to spot on Thursday evenings.
You can check out the artists and the schedule of shows below.
Originally from Illinois, Zeek made the trek to Philadelphia where he felt his talent could thrive. His voice is soulful with an out of this world range. A vocalist, arranger and songwriter, Zeek’s live show will surely take you on an unforgettable musical journey.
A Philly native, Alston’s deep and sultry tone sets her apart from the rest. She has been working on new music and finding a new voice and will debut brand new music as a part of her set. Alston has toured with Marsha Ambrosius and spearheads her own creative movement that encourages people to find their own artistry.
Group members, Jake and James grew up worlds apart from Samoeun, but they come together to make a mix of music that is classic soul, folk, classic rock and a little bit of everything that influenced them growing up. The diversity in their group is reflected in their musical approach. The group has made some major movies, and has even done work with Philadelphia legend, Leon Huff.
A self-taught multi-instrumentalist, T-Shaw has a show full of music he has composed and written. His father was a preacher so his music is influenced by gospel but also some of the soulful greats like Marvin Gaye, Teddy Pendergrass, and Buddy Ace.
The true definition of a song bird. Kriss Mincey has one of the purest voices but can still bring a bit of the grit. Her alternative R&B style is refreshing and she will even spit a spoken word type rhyme for you too. Her versatility sets her apart and strives to encourage creativity in others through her music and writing.
A Philly-based artist, Rafiya group up traveling the world. Her tenure at Temple University brought her to Philadelphia where she continued to dig in to the local music community. Her music spans between French, her native tongue and English. Her music tells stories of the human experience.
A vocalist that is full of life and commands the stage the moment he steps on it. Camper mixes his highly developed vocal ability with fun and introspective songwriting which brings you into his world. His mix of Soul, folk, hip hop and a little gospel creates a captivating sound.
This year, Philadelphia has experienced some of the most awesome music and performance concepts that the East Coast has to offer. And, the HomeGrown Music Festival is no exception. This exciting new festival boasts 3 days, 11 sites and 37 amazingly talented performers! Yes, summer music in Philly isn't quite over yet.
From September 12 through September 14, local Philadelphia neighborhoods will be filled with music. One of the goals of the HomeGrown festival is to utilize open spaces including gardens and farms as performance venues.
The inaugural performance will kick off on Friday, September 12 at Bartram’s Garden with performances by songbird Kriss Mincey, MAMBISA, Red Rising and more.
On Saturday, September 13, you will be able to make your way to over nine locations to hear music from 4-9:30 p.m. That’s right from Weavers Way Farm to the Manton Street Community Garden acts like Chase Allen, Could’ve Been Kings, Khemist and many more will take the stage!
Sunday, September 14 will culminate the weekend full of music. The HomeGrown Festival has partnered with the Philadelphia Country Urban Fair to do a full day of workshops for gardeners and urban farmers. From 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. you will be able to learn more about bee keeping, raising chickens, rain barrels and hear a keynote address from Professor Antony Monteiro.
This awesome Festival is promoting home grown music and food in a creative way that sheds light on the urban farming happening in and around the city. Be sure to go out and support this first initiative!
This month, music festival producers, What Scene?, will again present Foxtail Fest here in Philadelphia. Along with Top Dawg Entertainment's SZA as the headliner, the Foxtail lineup includes performances by a diverse list of hip-hop/alternative/electronic artists and DJ's, including A$AP Ant, A$AP Nast, DJ Diamond Kuts, Noah Breakfast, ASAAD, Theodore Grams, DJ SYLO and others.
The day-long mystical forest-themed, music festival, hosted by Cory Townes, will also feature an outdoor fire show, aerial stunts, LED lighting hoops, and acrobatic/contortionist visuals by Mystical Circus Acts, as well as 3D projections of graphic art to go along with the listening experience.
Want to be one of the 1,000+ festival-goers expected to attend Foxtail next week? Yeah, we thought so. Well, here's your chance enter to win!
Just follow @Philly360 and @FoxtailFest, then tweet the below phrase. Just make sure you add in the special somebody who you'd bring along with you.
One lucky winner will win a pair of VIP tickets. VIP amenities include:
Access to VIP viewing area with open bar
Limited edition Foxtail Fest VIP wristband
Foxtail Food Truck Pass
Entry to Exclusive After Party
Limited Edition Foxtail Fest Poster by DISTORTED + More!
So, get to tweeting and we'll see you at Foxtail 2014! Let's go.
Click here for the official rules.
Along with Meek and Chill, newcomers like Moosh & Twist, Kur and Anyee Wright are working hard to raise their profile while broadening and redefining the image of Philly hip-hop. These young artists are making quality music, selling out shows in Philly and beyond, and successfully marketing their projects via social media. Undoubtedly, these powerhouse talents are creating a new wave for the Philly sound.
Now, meet Anyee Wright. This 20-year-old singer/songwriter/producer is making big moves in our underground music scene. On September 20, Wright will be performing at this year’s Foxtail Fest along with big names such as Sza, members of A$AP Mob and Dj Diamond Kutz.
We recently came across her new song, “R.W.A.G.L.M.” The track was so captivating that we definitely had to sit down with Anyee to learn more about this Philly-based talent.
You can check out our interview and Anyee Wright's track below!
Philly 360°: What is one thing that you want people know about you?
AW: I just want people to learn me through my music. I want to become a storyteller with my material. After all, it's the best way I'll ever explain myself. Anyee Wright is an artist.
Philly 360°: Who are some of your influences (if you have any)?
AW: Many of my influences come from post-dubstep/ EDM artists, while others come from that 'Trippy-Soul/ Hip-Hop" sound. Disclosure & Iman Omari makes me wonder. I like music that inspires to get up and produce something that I'd move to.
Philly 360°: What is your purpose in music/ what type of people do you make music for?
AW: My purpose in music is to make people dance. I want people to catch a cadence in my lyrics and sing along. I make music for everyone who loves it just as much as I do.
Philly 360°: What do you like about the music scene here?
AW: Philly has so many cool artists. I could name so many off the top but I'd be counting forever. Just watch Philly's movement. Be involved, come to events, pay attention. Philly's talent is endless.
Philly 360°: How has the city responded to your work so far?
AW: I appreciate the plays — they appreciate the music. It's pretty cool to see that happen because I'm evolving as an Artist. I think my fans will love "Keep Going, Free Spirit" (Produced By Ignorvnce). It's totally different from anything I've ever written.
Philly 360°: What do you like about living in Philly?
AW: I like meeting people who are just like me. I like that Philly has an environment for the youth where there's a movement, and everyone has a passion for something.
Come out and see Anyee and others at the Foxtail Fest on September 20 at District N9NE.
Guys, we know you need more than one type of outfit for everyday life. You don’t want to be stuck in that ‘one outfit fits all’ mode. Maybe you’ve got a businesses dinner, a conference, a date, you’re headed to the big game, you want an outfit to sharpen your style, you’re going for that vintage-meets-heritage vibe or you just want to go straight casual with a little something extra.
For whatever look you’ve got in mind, Philly 360° has put together some looks that fit all occasions. And, we're staring with the "Dapper Sophisticants" of Rittenhouse Square.
With Philly’s diverse selection of men’s stores, from the established and traditional to the modern and trend-evoking, you're guaranteed to take your style to the next level.
Check out our pick's for this week's menswear style guide, and stay tuned for more classic Philly looks — courtesy of Philly 360°.
The Suit: For those of you looking for the traditional yet sophisticated, retro yet modern, suit attire you’ll need to start at Commonwealth Proper. You’ll find that custom-made, perfectly tailored suit with an expert fit. Curated fabrics top the quality off making for an investment-worthy closet addition that will last well into the future. (1839 Chestnut Street)
The Shirt: For the dress shirt, head to Distante´ Clothing, a Philly staple since 1983. Known for their signature French cuffs and tall collars, this article will no doubt leave you feeling a little taller arriving at a business meeting or that dress-to-impress event. (1510 Sansom Street)
The Shoes: Find your dress shoe fix at Boyd’s, a Rittenhouse Square staple of elegance. We suggest a slick pair of Armani Oxfords or some slightly more casual Ferragamo loafers to top off your outfit. (1818 Chestnut Street)
The Tie: No man should forget those wardrobe flourishes that add a little extra something. Try pairing a Duke & Winston bulldog-motif tie with your high-collared shirt for some British-inspired, prepster flair. You’ll feel like royalty (or maybe The Duke himself) in no time. (1822 Chestnut Street)
Outerwear and more: While we know you’re not on Savile Row, Henry A. Davidson can take you there stepping into the elegant, out-of-the-way showroom. We suggest one of their topcoats for those colder months—even in the winter, you’ll never lose your style. (1701 Spruce Street, 2nd floor)
If you’re looking to go bolder, try a Neopolitan-style, hand-cut and hand-sewn jacket from Nigerian-born menswear designer, Ikiré Jones. (131 N. 21st Street)
Accessories: Head to Mettler’s American Mercantile, a Center City, all USA-made outpost, for the stylistically simple, pure leather belt. You can stop here for all your made-in-America specialty items too. (2129 Chestnut Street)
Look further to ToBox, a local lifestyle store, for anything from lapel pins to handmade pocket squares to Italian socks to luggage. Why not travel in style too? (25 S. 19th Street)
With the 2013 release of their live album, Family Dinner, Snarky Puppy went from an underground secret to one of the most respected bands in the game. Their formula is simple—they effortlessly fuse jazz and rock musicians with black gospel/R&B artists to create a fresh sound all their own.
Nine albums under their belt, a cast of 40+ internationally-touring musicians in their roster, and a GRAMMY nod for their collab with soulstress Lalah Hathaway — Snarky Puppy has more than earned its reputation for unparalled musicianship. Over the last decade, the band has jammed with everyone from Erykah Badu and Snoop Dogg to another Philly-fave, Justin Timberlake.
If you don't know this group, then here's your chance to get acquainted with their soulful vibe. Snarky Puppy hits the World Cafe Live stage this month to lay down a set full of lush harmonies for their Philly fans.
Ready to bring the fashion again, Philly? Heading into its fifth year, The Philadelphia Collection will take place once again throughout the city from September 17-24.
As more retailers are flocking to Philly (we see you Uniqlo and Century 21), the fashion-themed weeklong event is an initiative to help place the city of Brotherly love on the national fashion scope. With countless trunk shows, designer sales, and exclusive fashion shows, The Philadelphia Collection includes signature events like Phashion Phest, and Macy’s Fashion Show featuring the Philadelphia Fashion Incubator.
Below, you can take a look at the major happenings of the Philadelphia Collection 2014. Be sure to mark your calendars and get ready for another fun week of shopping, sipping, and preening into fall fashion’s hottest trends.
Join us for a Macy's Fall Fashion Show followed by a sneak preview of the Philadelphia Fashion Incubator Designers in Residence Spring 2015 collections!
Where: Macy's, 1300 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107
21st annual showcase of fashion and beauty, open-bar cocktail reception, student designer showcase, salon trends and high-energy fashion show
Where: The Shops at Liberty Place: 1625 Chestnut Street
StylePOP is a fashion pop-up market held at Dilworth Park at City Hall.
Where: Dilworth Park at City Hall, Philadelphia, PA 19107
Join us to wardrobe your "arm" and adorn with LAGOS bracelets! Stack them up, and create your individual look for Fall 2014! Join us for wine/champagne, and a “special raffle” drawing! Stop by to join the fun! 5:00- 7:00pm
Where: LAGOS the Store, 1735 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103
A panel and interactive discussion held at NexFab, bringing together Philadelphia based makers and creators to engage and educate attendees on how technology is integrated into fashion.
Moderator: Sabir M. Peele, Men's Style Pro
Panelists include: Dom Streater, Fashion and Textile Designer Jason Browne, Founder of SPOR Christine Zapata, NextFab Dave Beaker, Beacon and Lively
Where: Next Fab, 2025 Washington Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19146
Join top executives from the world's best designers for 4 days to help you design your perfect suit, sport-coat or pant. Exclusive savings for this event only!!
Where: Boyds Philadelphia, 1818 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103
United By Blue is celebrating the one year anniversary of its flagship store. Join this sustainable, Philly based company for complimentary cocktails, snacks, and entertainment.
Where: United By Blue Coffeehouse and Clothier, 144 N. 2nd Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106
Fashion purveyors and industry movers and shakers take part in PFW's premiere ready to wear fashion show, featuring 10 national & international fashion designers. Doors open at 7p, show starts at 8p. Tickets can be purchased online through the PFW website.
Where: Crane Arts Building: 1400 North American Street, Philadelphia, PA 19122
We're pleased to invite you to an al fresco celebration of only-in-Philadelphia art, food and fashion. Guests are encouraged to wear favorite NINObrand styles and become part of our photo chronicles, and enjoy the mindful organic fare of SCJRealFood. RSVP by 9/18 to .
Where: 333 S. 20th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103
Philly Phaithful and Broad Street Broad will host an Eagles/NFL watch party at No. Libs Showroom and release new items from their Fall collection for fashion-forward sports fans.
Where: 737 N. 4th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19123
Be among the first to view and purchase the latest fall dresses, jackets and accessories designed and fabricated right here in Philadelphia. Come, sip delicious cocktails and discover some hidden gems in our talent filled city.
Where: Urban Princess Boutique, 620 S. 4th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19147
Join the Philadelphia Fashion Incubator designers for a one-day-only shopping soiree at The Market & Shops at Comcast Center. Meet the 2014 Designers-In-Residence in person, and treat yourself to major fashion steals, light bites, tunes, and sips.
Where: 1701 JFK Blvd #300, Philadelphia, PA 19103
A roving event highlighting the best of fall fashion and mixology in Rittenhouse.
Where: Rittenhouse Row, All around Rittenhouse Row, Philadelphia, PA 19102 to 19103
In keeping with its mission of promoting transformative art, the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts (PAFA) has opened two exhibitions of African American Art spanning two centuries. Inspired by W.E.B. Du Bois’ essay “Of Our Spiritual Strivings” in The Souls of Black Folk, ‘Spiritual Strivings: A Celebration of African American Works on Paper’ features more than 90 pieces from the Kelley Collection and artist Eldzier Cortor.
With more than 70 pieces, the “Kelly Collection” – in the Hamilton building – features artwork over the span of the 20th century, with emphasis on the rich evolution of African American art. The exhibition consists of drawings, etchings, lithographs, watercolors, pastels, acrylics, gouaches, linoleum, and color screen prints from widely acclaimed artists such as, Jacob Lawrence, Romare Bearden, Alma Thomas, and Philly’s own Dox Thrash, Paul Keene and Henry Ossawa Tanner.
On display in the Historic Landmark building, the “Eldzier Cortor” exhibition, aptly named after the successful printmaker and painter, consists of 53 objects, including original plates and test proofs, from the years between 1950 and 2000. The installation is curated to take museum-goers on a journey into Cotor’s working methods and showcase how the artist used printmaking as a means to explore motifs in constant change.
Both exhibitions are currently on view. The “Kelley Collection” runs through October 12 meanwhile the “Eldzier Cortor” exhibition s runs through August 31.
‘Spiritual Strivings’ is included in the museum’s admission, which costs $15 for adults; $12 for students and seniors; and is free for children under 12, PAFA members and military personnel.
PAFA Presents Spiritual Strivings: A Celebration of African American Works on Paper
When: Now through October 12
Where: Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, 128 N. Broad Street
Cost: Included with museum admission
More info: www.pafa.org
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 Philadelphia Collection When: September 17- 24 Where: Various Locations Cost: See website for details. More Info: Click here. Philly fashionistas & style guys: Throw on your hottest pumps and finest threads and step out in style for The…
Sexist Art Show | Thesepinklips x Distortedd When: Friday, September 19, Where: American Dreaming Building, 618 N. Front Street Philadelphia PA Cost:$30 More Info: Click here to buy tickets online. American Dreaming is back with another dope concept. On…