Your guide to Philly's diverse creative scene, nightlife, music, food & more
This year, Philadelphia will host the very 1st Annual WDAS Holiday Jam presented by Soul Train Music. This very special event will take place Friday, November 28 at the Liacouras Center with performances by an all-star lineup of R&B/Soul hitmakers. There will even be a DJ set by Philly’s favorite international drummer/DJ, Questlove of the legendary Roots crew.
Held on Black Friday, the WDAS Holiday Jam is the perfect opportunity to continue the hoilday festivities after a full day of shopping with friends and family. Tis the season, right?
And trust us, when we say that this lineup is stacked — it's definitely stacked! Check out the details below.
Jill Scott — Jilly from Philly is coming home! The soulful singer/songwriter and poet made her rise during the Philadelphia-driven neo-soul movement of the early 2000s and has since transcended into actress, activist and much more.
KEM — This R&B great took the world by storm with the success of his single “Love Calls.” Since then, KEM has become one of the most distinctive and unique voices in R&B.
Ledisi — An undeniable powerhouse vocalist, Ledisi is definitely one of Philadelphia adopted daughters of soul — just ask Sound of Philadelphia mastermind Kenny Gamble. A vocalist who truly uses her voice as an instrument, Ledisi has worked with some of Philly's most notable songwriters, including Carvin and Ivan and the Philly Phatboiz.
Joe — Joe's smooth vocals have helped him stand the test of time. Over his career, Joe has gone from hip-hop hooks to recording flawless throwbacks paying homage to groups like Frankie Beverly and Maze.
Faith Evans — The first lady of Bad Boy Records, Faith Evans sultry voice continues to win over fans old and new. With a voice equally rooted in church and traditional R&B/soul and a discography full of hits, Faith Evans is 100% a legit American soul music icon.
This show is for the music lovers and is the perfect way to groove into the holiday spirit. So, be sure to grab your ticket as we’re sure they are going quickly!
Each and every 3rd Friday, Art Sanctuary — Philly's premier black arts hub — returns with its monthly open mic and music showcase, Sanctuary LIVE! This month's edition features a decadent evening of music with Philly's own soul rising star, Elle Morris.
Morris is a University of the Arts grad and a Philly transplant by way of Washington, DC. Elle captivates audiences with her eclectic voice, innovative covers and lovely jazz nuances. Her talents have landed her on stage with several national artists including Robin Thicke and Eric Roberson. Yes, we're definitely a fan.
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, "My Thoughts Wear Crowns. " this 15+ piece show features the graffiti, Basquiat influenced paintings of Philly-based visual artist, American Queen TJD.
Be sure to RSVP in advance, because you most definitely want to be front and center when Elle Morris and these Philly talents step on stage. Wine and light fare included.
Philly, we've got some great news. On Friday, December 5, Jhene Aiko will be making her way back to Philly. The Souled Out songstress takes over The Electric Factory along with SZA and The Internet — keeping things hot on the city's fall music scene.
Philly last saw Aiko on the mainstage during this year's Roots Picnic. And, we've definitely been anticipating her return ever since.
After releasing her debut major label album, Souled Out, the singer experienced a whirlwind year. But, don’t mistake Aiko's recent release or fanfare for inexperience in the business. Aiko was signed to Epic records when she was just 16 years old. Ultimately, she was released from that contract so that she could finish school and continue developing as a woman and an artist.
After that brief hiatus and the birth of her daughter, Aiko was back at it. Always staying true to her words, worth and artistry, the singer/songwriter never stopped writing. Ultimately, Jhene released her high-acclaimed mixtape, Sailing Souls, which she recorded with LA-based producers Fisticuffs. The popular project gained momentum and the attention of industry heavyweights, including Big Sean and Drake.
Aiko then appeared on Big Sean’s track “Beware,” released her own EP Sail Out and toured alongside Drake — all of which propelled her into the forefront of the music industry.
Philly can catch Aiko, and her hip-hop and R&B-laced music, live at The Electric Factory in early December. Alternative “Teen Spirit” singer/songwriter SZA and soul band The Internet will be opening the show with genre-defying, eclectic performances — rounding out the lineup just right.
This is a show you won’t want to miss, so grab your tickets now!
This weekend, American Dreaming returns with another dope event, Femme-Efant: The Examination of the Female Muse Art Exhibit with Dessie Jackson.
Since then, Jackson has been busy creating new work, recently collaborating on a t-shirt design with hip online mag and retail brand The Hundreds.
On Saturday, November 15, American Dreaming will host a solo exhibit where the rising Philly art star will explore the critique and celebration of self presentation through the female lens. In addition to Jackson's vibrant creations, this event will feature music curated by DJ Matthew Law and YS The DJ.
Check out additional details below.
This Saturday, Art Sanctuary — one of Philly's premier black art creative hubs — opens an exciting new exhibit featuring the work of Philly-based painter American Queen TJD. Dubbed "My Thoughts Wear Crowns," American Queen's exhibit will include 15+ graphic, graffiti-influenced works that will be on display through the end of the year.
Hailing from "the city of brotherly and sisterly affection," American Queen TJD states her purpose is to spread positive energy, hope and motivation through art. TJD's work is indeed positive message heavy — her recent series of paintings includes images of women donning crowns and affirming messages like, "Don't be good... Be Great"; "I love my black skin."; and "I am not a trophy."
Equal parts artist, philosopher and business woman, TJD holds a Masters of Science degree in Culture and Communications and a B.A. in Visual Communications with and Minor in business. The upwardly mobile artist labels her work as graffiti/abstract expressionism and cites a wide range of influences, including Basquiat, Chagall, Van Gogh, Keith Haring, Frida Kahlo, Picasso — even musical greats like Kanye West, Nina Simone and Lauryn Hill are on her list.
Though she's a fixture on the Philly creative scene, American Queen TJD has her eye set on the prize. On her site TJD states,
"I want to be considered as a visual art icon in (mainstream) America and beyond... My dream is to show at big venues like Art Basel because I believe female artists have something to say on big stages, and they need not be underrepresented in the grand scheme of things."
Recently Philly 360° caught up with TJD as she competed in Red Bull's Canvas Cooler Project at Arch Enemy Arts in Old City. You can check out TJD and the other local creative selected by Red Bull in our recap video below.
On Saturday, November 15 from 4 to 6 p.m., Art Sanctuary will host an opening reception for the "My Thoughts Wear Crowns" exhibit in their Graduate Hospital gallery space. The reception is free and open to the public and will have wine and light fare available.
Even though the exhibit will be on display through December, all of the pieces included in the show will be available for purchase — definitely a worthwhile acquisition for any collectors looking for the city's next hot artist. So, come out and support Art Sanctuary as they present the next Philly art phenom, American Queen TJD.
Ms. Lauryn Hill is once again on the road and she's capturing the hearts of fans, old and new. Undoubtedly, one of the most influential artists of this time, Ms. Hill will perform at the Electric Factory in Philadelphia this Saturday, November 15.
The South Orange, New Jersey native first popped up on the scene as a member of the innovative 90s hip-hop group, The Fugees. Along with Hill, the group also included emcees Wyclef Jean and Pras. The group went on to release two albums Blunted on Reality and the GRAMMY Award winning project, The Score. Hill’s versatility as both an emcee and stellar vocalist quickly set her apart.
After the disbanding of the group, each of the members focused on their solo careers, and Lauryn's seminal project, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, was born. Standing in a class all its own, Hill’s only studio solo album to date remains one of the most highly-acclaimed projects of our generation. Soon after the immense success of the project, the popular singer/songwriter retracted from the public spotlight, leaving fans in hot pursuit of new music from the hitmaking artist.
Now, Ms. Hill is back on the scene and touring across the country performing new renditions of her classic records. Her appearance at Bonnaroo this year gave fans a taste of her music with a new twist, pulling on her reggae, hip-hop and R&B influences. Though fans are still eagerly awaiting new music from Ms. Lauryn Hill, it appears that her existing material has still maintained it popular appeal. Yes, Ms. Lauryn Hill still sells out shows around the globe.
Coming to Philly this weekend, alternative hip-hop artist Kuf Knotz and the lyrically elite Talib Kweli will join Ms. Hill for a high energy show. You won’t want to miss this one, so be sure to grab a friend and head down for what’s sure to be an epic show.
Attention all songwriters and aspiring music industry execs! The Recording Academy Philadelphia Chapter (aka the GRAMMY organization) is hosting an event that's open to the public, and it is all about the songwriter — Art & Commerce: Songwriting.
This event is a two-part series that breaks down everything about songwriting — from the business side to the creative side of crafting a song.
Commerce of Songwriting will show songwriters what they need to do to ensure credit and payment for their work. The Art of Songwriting will bring together Dreamchasers artist Guordan Banks (50 Cent, Keyshia Cole, John Legend), Billy Mann (GRAMMY-nominated songwriter - Pink, Cher, Ricky Martin) and Brent "Ritz" Reynolds (The Roots, Mac Miller, Juicy J) to discuss the craft of the song with a look at some of their hits. The always fierce Dyana Williams (on-air personality and celebrity media strategist) will be moderating.
Philly is definitely a music destination packed with talent. Stop through and master your craft. You could add to Philly's legacy of incredible songs.
Art & Commerce: Songwriting
When: Thursday, November 13 | 6 pm (networking reception to follow)
Where: Hyatt Regency at Penn's Landing | 201 S. Columbus Boulevard
Cost: $25 for non-Recording Academy members | free for members
More: RSVP here or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Social: #GRAMMYAAC #GRAMMYPHI
Once a month on Wednesdays, The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts opens its doors and stages to some of the city's hottest musical talents for the popular music showcase, Sittin' In. Now approaching its third year, this free concert/party/jam session mashup is Philadelphia's go-to event for emerging talent, locally-based touring musicians — and the music lovers that can't get enough of their soulful sounds.
This Wednesday, November 12, The Kimmel Center returns with another dope edition Sittin' In featuring Philly jazz greats Francois Zayas and Venissa Santi. As always, Sittin' In resident turntablist DJ Matthew Law, formerly DJ PHSH, will spin in between sets by the featured acts.
8pm - DJ PHSH
9pm - Venissa Santi + guests
9:45pm - DJ PHSH
10pm - Francois Zayas + guests
10:45pm - DJ PHSH
11pm - Close
Recently, Philly 360° caught up with Sittin' In mastermind Anthony Tidd, as he led rehearsals for the Kimmel's all-star edition of Sittin' In, which featured headlining performances by Philly faves including Laurin Talese, Kate Faust, Jeff Bradshaw and Ursula Rucker.
Along with interviewing Tidd, we talked with the incredible group of musicians that regularly make up the Sittin' In house-band, including Korey Riker, Ernest Stuart, Steve Tirpak, Josh Lawrence andLuke Carlos O'Reilly — each a notable artist in their own right.
So check out our behind-the-scenes video below, and make sure to come out for our favorite free Philly jam, Sittin' In.
This week, there is certainly no shortage of dope live music that will be rocking the stages of Philadelphia. From heavyweight music veterans like Stevie Wonder, Lauryn Hill and Usher, to emerging talents from the local music scene — we've pulled together a list of six can't-miss concerts going down in Philly through next Monday.
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!
Tuesday, November 11 | Wells Fargo Center, 3601 S. Broad Street | $39-157
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Usher is hitting the road with his 27-city music tour, The UR Experience. The self-proclaimed “pop revolution” performer has been spotted hanging out at a few Philly hot spots lately, and is now returning to perform at the Wells Fargo Center later this month. Usher’s show will feature his signature electrifying dance moves, beat-heavy club anthems, and hard-hitting R&B classics from his 20-year discography of chart-topping tracks.
Wednesday, November 12, 8 p.m. | The Kimmel Center, 300 S Broad Street | Free
Get details here.
Now approaching its third year, this free concert/party/jam session mashup is Philadelphia's go-to event for emerging talent, locally-based touring musicians — and the music lovers that can't get enough of their soulful sounds. From stellar featured acts to the Sittin' In house band and resident DJ Matthew Law, this signature Philly jam attracts the best and brightest performers and musicians from Philadelphia, and beyond.
On November 11, Sittin' In features Venissa Santi Band and the Francois Zayas Quintet. This is guaranteed to be another can't-miss production at The Kimmel.
Saturday, November 15, 8 p.m. | Electric Factory, 421 N. 7th Street | $72
Buy tickets here.
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.
Saturday, November 15, 8 p.m. | World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut Street | $12
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With her powerhouse, soulful voice and undeniable energy on stage, it's clear that Tara Hendricks is Philly's next next signature voice. Tara's fearless vocals and warm music have earned her performances alongside some of the biggest names in music, Jill Scott, Amy Winehouse, Jaguar Wright and Chrisette Michele, to name a few
This Saturday, November 15, Hendricks will share the stage with singer/songwriter, actor/producer Bradd Marquis. You can catch both of these emerging music greats at University City hotspot World Cafe Live. Tickets are on sale now.
Sunday, November 16, 8 p.m. | Wells Fargo Center, 3601 S Broad Street | $49-149
Purchase tickets online here.
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 music worldwide. This month, Stevie fans are getting a chance to relive the classic as the legendary singer/songwriter hits the road with an 11-city music tour. The celebrated singer/songwriter performs at The Wells Fargo Center on Sunday, November 16.
Tuesday, November 18, 8 p.m. | Underground Arts, 1200 Callowhill Street | $20
Purchase tickets online here.
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.” The singer credits his soulful sounds to growing up on music of quintessential soul artist like Prince, D'Angelo and Sade. Daley's classic soul approach, reminiscent of established crooners like Justin Timberlake and Robin Thicke, is sure to please.
Thursday, November 13, 8 p.m. | World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut Street | $25
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From the moment Michelle Chamuel made her television debut on Season 4 of The Voice, the beloved singer/songwriter from charmed audiences and pop stars alike with her soulful covers. After finding a place for herself on Team Usher, the songstress ended up taking home 2nd place.
Currently, Chamuel is touring the country performing music off her latest release, Face The Fire. She lands at World Cafe Live this Thursday with the popular Turn It Up Tour. Tickets are still available.
As Philly continue its ascent as one of the country’s hottest growing shopping destinations – last month brought Uniqlo, Nordstrom Rack and Timberland to the downtown area – the city is brimming with off the beat retailers in neighborhoods beyond Center City.
Through November 16, shoppers from all over will have the chance to get a glimpse of the shopping experience from some of Philly’s beloved neighborhoods like Queen Village, Northern Liberties and Old City – all under one roof at Beyond Rittenhouse…A Curated Pop Up Shop of the City’s Hidden Gems at Metropolitan Gallery 250, located at S. 18th Street.
The pop up shop is curated by Elena Brennan, owner of Bus Stop Boutique and features for other handpicked indie retailers including: her shop which features a collection of men’s and women’s shoes, sophisticated menswear pieces from Armour Philadelphia, the high meets low womenswear lux of Third Street Habit and the edgy cool accessories from Ritual Ritual.
Some of the design brands featured from the shops will include LA-based Circle of Gentlemen, Isabel Marant, Joie, UNITED NUDE — as well as select items from Philly-based designers and artists such as Amber Noelle, Terese Sydonna and Danny Fox.
The pop-up will be open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. for just 10 days, November 7-16. Both cash and credit cards will be accepted. For more information, see below.
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My Thoughts Wear Crowns When: Opening reception, Saturday, November 15, 4 - 6 p.m.; Exhibit open through December 31, 2014 Where: Art Sanctuary, 628 S. 16th Street Cost: Free More Info: RSVP for the reception here, or view Art…
WDAS: 1st Annual Holiday Jam with Jill Scott, KEM, Ledisi, Joe and Faith Evans When: Friday, November 28, 7 p.m. Where: The Liacouras Center, 1776 N Broad Street Cost: $50-100 More Info: Buy tickets here. Philly’s fave R&B/soul station…