Your guide to Philly's diverse creative scene, nightlife, music, food & more
Philly, Labor Day weekend is quickly approaching. And, trust us — it's going to be a truly dope weekend for Philly and our music scene. In addition to Jay Z's bi-coastal Made in America (MIA) festival, BASSic Black Entertainment (BBE) and Kontraband 215 are teaming up to present PhillyMade.
On Friday, August 29, the night before MIA hits the Parkway with headliners like Pharrell, Kanye West and De La Soul, a concert/party of epic proportions will go down at The TLA on South Street.
The event masterminds, Adam Blackstone, founder of BBE and musical director for Pharrell, Justin Timberlake, Rihanna and more, and Darrell Robinson, musical director for K Michelle, N.E.R.D and Kontraband 215, have joined forces and pooled their collective industry influence to show the world exactly what it means to be PhillyMade.
As you might expect, the PhillyMade lineup features an incredible roster of talent including West Philly emcee Chill Moody, BBE recording artist Aaron Camper, and Kontraband 215 frontman Scoop. Holding down the turntables this night will be DJ Aktive and DJ Dummy, while Hot 107.9 on-air personality Laiya St.Clair and winner of VH1's hit reality TV show Flavor of Love 2, Deelishis will take centerstage as hosts.
The big news? Kontraband and BBE just announced that hip-hop great turned entertainer extraordinaire, Common, just signed on to make an appearance. And, we all know Common's got mad love for Philly.
Philly 360° will be on-site to capture behind-the-scene footage and artists interviews, so be on the lookout for us. For now, grab your tickets, spread the word, and let's show 'em exactly how PhillyMade people get down. Let's go!
This next Philly 360° giveaway is definitely for the courageous and the brave of heart. Tucked into the popular, ever-developing neighborhood of Kensington, is a one-of-a-kind Philadelphia experience, Fly School Circus Arts. And, we're hooking one lucky fan up with a free lesson for two!
Founded by 25-year trapeze veteran and circus enthusiast Mary Kelly Rayel, Fly School helps people of all shapes, sizes and skill push the limits of their physical abilities through trapeze.
Classes at Fly School start with some on-the-ground technique instruction, and then moves to the top of their "mile-high" ladder for rope and swing work. Rayel and her talented team of trapeze pros can have even the most novice of students swinging and flipping like an expert in no time — just ask Philly 360° blogger and lifestyle influencer Kharisma McIlwaine. We followed along with a camera crew as Kharisma tackled her first Fly School lesson with charm and class. You can check out the video below.
The perfect summer experience for one person or a group, Fly School offers classes every day of the week, with the exception of Tuesdays. Classes start at just $60, but if you're really looking to build your trapeze skills, the school also offers a six-class card for only $295.
Think you are up for the challenge? Then complete the below contest entry form for your chance to win a free Fly School Circus Arts lesson for two.
You can find the official contest rules here.
R&B sensation Keyshia Cole is gearing up for her next album release and is bringing her Point of No Return music tour straight to Philly. Since day one, Cole's music has been layered with plenty of local ties, including tracks written by Philly's own multi-platinum selling, GRAMMY-nominated producers Carvin & Ivan.
Briclyn Entertainment is back on the scene, bringing Young Money solo artist and Maroon 5 keyboardist PJ Morton to World Cafe Live for an incredible night of live music. Last year, Morton’s acclaimed major label debut New Orleans, which features Stevie Wonder, Adam Levine and Busta Rhymes, hit #1 on the iTunes R&B Albums Chart and Top 5 on the Billboard Heatseekers Chart.
This month, multiple GRAMMY Award-winning singer/songwriter John Legend touches down at The Mann Center, performing hits off his fourth studio album Love in the Future, which features the popular single, All of Me. Legend’s refreshing blend of gospel tunes and rhythmic pop sounds puts him in a musical league of his own.
This summer, Keenen Ivory, Damon, Shawn and Marlon Wayans are touring the U.S.—and bringing their signature style of funny our way. You can catch all four brothers on one stage as they hit Tower Theater for a hilarious, one-night-only Philly affair.
No summer is complete without a few classic Philly block parties, right? Right. Mad Decent Block Party is once again taking the summer block party to the next level—actually the next 100 levels. The 2014 lineup features hot acts like Chance The Rapper, Dillon Francis, Diplo, Dirty South Joe, DJ Sega, Flosstradamus, Swizzymack and more.
Philly foodies and festival fans, get your taste buds ready because the city’s premier street food festival returns with its next edition. Night Market Lancaster Ave @ 35th lands in the popular University City neighborhood with delicious bites from some of Philly’s best eateries. Also, be on the lookout for West Philly emcee Chill Moody as he holds it down on the live music stage.
Round one: Fight! Trading in fast fists for dope beats, hip-hop megastars Drake and Weezy appear at Susquehanna Bank Center for their Capcom-sponsored, Street Fighter-inspired music tour, Drake Vs. Lil Wayne. The two emcees will go toe-to-toe (lyrically speaking) for an epic, arena-rocking rap battle.
Made In America is set to hit Philly with another two days of nonstop music. Highlights for this year include writer/performer of the hit-song Happy Pharrell, reigning hip-hop star Kanye West, classic rap throwback group De La Soul and hit-making lyricist J. Cole, just to name a few. Get full details and enter our ticket giveaway.
BlackStar Film Festival is back for another round of cinematic awesomeness. Hailed as “The Black Sundance” by Ebony magazine, BlackStar runs July 31-August 3. The Philly-based festival highlights independent films from emerging directors, producers and writers about the global black experience. Check out our guide.
The next wave of Philly hitmakers, including Good Girl, Brianna Cash, MPrynt and Jeremy Isaac, landed at Underground Arts for The Winners Circle part deux. Of course, Philly 360° went behind the scenes to capture exclusive interviews with the artists and live performance footage. Watch our video recap.
Philly 360° was there when entertainer Nick Cannon arrived in Philly for the 2014 Angel Awards at Hotel Monaco. We sat down with the star to talk about his love for Philly soul, charity work and upcoming projects. Watch the video here.
Jay Z's Budweiser Made In America festival will once again land in Philly, hitting The Parkway with two epic days of unstoppable music. Again this year, Jay has hand-selected another incredible, genre-defying lineup of artists, including Kayne West, Kings of Leon, Pharrell, The National, De La Soul, Girl Talk, Chromeo, J. Cole, De La Soul, Spoon and more. Click here to see the full lineup.
Together, we're hooking up three lucky music fans with a pair of two-day MIA passes — and one contestant will even score a two-night hotel stay in Center City Philly. #winning Check out more details below and enter now for your chance to win big.
One Grand Prize winner will receive one pair of two-day passes and a two night stay at the Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown Hotel. Two First Prize winners will receive a pair of two-day passes. Enter on any of our sites daily for your chance to win.
You can find contest rules here.
Tickets are on sale now. So, if you don't want to leave it up to chance, then you can buy your tickets online today.
Jay Z's Budweiser Made in America Festival - Philadelphia
When: Saturday, August 30 - Sunday, August 31
Where: The Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Cost: $117 for 2-day pass, $526 for 2-day VIP
More Info: Buy tickets here.
On the eve of the Jay Z's Made In America festival, Kontraband 215 and BASSic Black Entertainment (BBE) will join forces to present Philly Made. Held at The TLA on South Street, Philly Made will present our city's hottest emerging musical talents — live and on one stage.
The event masterminds, Adam Blackstone, founder of BBE and musical director for Pharrell, Justin Timberlake, Rihanna and more, and Darrell Robinson, musical director for K Michelle, N.E.R.D and Kontraband 215, have teamed up with ReverbNation to offer one up-and-coming Philly talent the chance to be added to the show's lineup.
Say what? Yes, one local act will win a chance to perform alongside the all-star lineup of our city's freshest talents, showing the world exactly what it means to be Philly Made.
You can click here to get more details on the contest — just make sure to enter by the August 5 deadline. And, stay tuned into Philly 360° for more details on this show.
Trust us, it's definitely going to be a dope show.
Philly, another dope show is going down tonight — and you definitely can't afford to miss out on this one. That's right, tonight The Kimmel Center's monthly free music showcase and mixer, Sittin' In returns with another fresh lineup of Philly talent.
The July edition of Sittin' In features GRAMMY-nominated, highly sought-after guitarist, Ben O'Neill. A fixture on the local music scene, O'Neill has played for some of the best known names in hip-hop, pop and R&B, including Kanye West, Kid Cudi, Christina Aguilera, and Tye Tribbett.
Now, Ben is turning his attention to his solo career and debut album, Ghosts & Green Shoots, a heartfelt project that showcases O'Neill's soul-laced guitar playing and songwriting skills — calling to mind the music of acts like Bon Iver, Dirty Projectors and The Flaming Lips.
So, come out, pull up a chair or hit the dancefloor, and check out new music from one of Philly's finest. As always, Sittin' In will feature resident turntabilist, Matthew Law a.k.a DJ PHSH and special guest MC Hezekiah Davis III.
This past weekend, another epic, musically-charged Independence Day celebration went down on The Parkway. Philly's favorite hometown band, The Roots starred as headliners and houseband for the popular Philly Fourth of July Jam presented by VH1, which also included performances by Aloe Blacc, Jennifer Hudson, Ed Sheeran, Nicki Minaj — and a special appearance by Philly soul singer Bilal.
But, the show's headliners weren't the only stars shining on stage!
This year, BASSic Black Entertainment recording artist Laurin Talese was in the middle of all the action, lending her soulful vocals to the band backing the show's main acts. Philly 360° teamed up with the Laurin for a @Philly360 Instagram Takeover, bringing our fans an inside look at the rehearsals and backstage scene for the Philly Fourth of July Jam.
Along with taking a few fashionable selifes with her fellow background vocalists, @nicolerhurst and @ebonyjoimusic, Laurin grabbed shots with all of the music/entertainment notables, including Questlove, Black Thought, Charlie Mack, DJ Jazz Jeff, Marlon Wayans and more.
So, whip out your iPhones and Androids and check out the Philly 360° Instagram feed to see all of the fab pics Laurin captured for her takeover. You can also scroll through the below visual gallery to check out the images.
It's time for another Philly 360° Instagram Takeover! Next up: Philly's own sultry jazz vocalist, Laurin Talese.
A Philly transplant by way of Cleveland, OH, Laurin studied music at University of the Arts, where she met her fellow Philadelphia musician, and current creative partner, Adam Blackstone — who serves as the music director for mega-talents like Justin Timberlake, Nicki Minaj, Rihanna, Pharrell and more.
After touring as a background vocalists for Philly soul artists, Jaguar Wright, Bilal and Vivian Green, Talese turned her attention to her own solo career, eventually signing with Blackstone's music label and production company, BASSic Black Entertainment (BBE). Through BBE, Laurin released three must-hear singles, including her latest song "This Love," which is available on iTunes. Her debut album will release this winter.
This week, when the Philly Fourth of July Jam presented by VH1 and The Roots goes down, Laurin will be on stage in the middle of it all, lending her pitch-perfect sound as part of the band backing the show's headliners, which include Aloe Blacc, Nicki Minaj, Ed Sheeran, of course Philly's own hometown heroes, The Roots.
On July 3 & 4, Laurin Talese will be taking over our @philly360 Instagram account, giving you a behind-the-scenes look at rehearsals and day-of for The Roots' annual Philly Fourth of July Jam and Fireworks.
Want in on the action? Just follow us and check out Philly's biggest free concert all day and night from the perspective of the lovely @laurindarling.
Leave it to Questlove to get the party started a day early.
On July 3, the night before the Parkway-based Fourth of July festivities go down, you can catch Quest, Rich Medina, DJ Cash Money, DJ Cosmo Baker, DJ J.Rocc, and DJ Phsh aka Mathew Law, all holding down the turntables for the return of Questlove's Philadelphia Sound Konnoisseurs (PSK) at Voyuer Nightclub.
This is definitely the only way to kickstart your Independence Day celebration in Philly. Don't miss it!
The Roots have officially become the face and sound of Philly’s Independence Day celebration. Again this year, Questlove, Black Thought and the entire Roots Crew will star as the headliners and house band for one of the biggest free parties to hit our town—the Philly Fourth of July Jam featuring Nicki Minaj, Jennifer Hudson, Ed Sheeran, Aloe Blacc, Ariana Grand and Vicci Martinez.
Bey and Jay are on the run. Powerhouse music couple Beyoncé and Jay Z are hitting the road together for a summer stadium tour, and of course they're stopping through Philly. On Saturday, July 5, the Carters land at Citizens Bank Park with the most epic music tour in the history of ever. Grab your tickets now.
There's no word in the Philly dictionary more adored, or versatile, than "jawn." It can be applied to just about any situation, person or place, but in this case, "The Jawn" means a serious party is about to go down. Each and every Sunday, DJ Cash Money, along with Stacey "Flygirrl" Wilson and a special guest DJ, will bring you the hottest Sunday night party of the summer. You can also catch The Jawn on July 13, 20 and 27.
Veteran Freshman is back on the scene with another dope show. On Friday, July 11, VF takes over the stage at The TLA with some of Philly's freshest acts, including Motown recording artists MPrynt, soulful vocalist Guordan Banks, singer/songwriter Ganou, R&B/folk songstress Brianna Cash and hip-hop artist Bok Nero. This is definitely a can’t-miss concert for the summer.
Two words: Bruno Mars. Since the 2009 release of his debut album, the pop sensation has been on a fast track to the top—landing five songs on Billboard's Hot 100, performing during this year’s Super Bowl halftime show and selling 130 million singles worldwide. This month, see Mars as he performs at the Susquehanna Bank Center for an unstoppable, arena-rocking night of music.
Natalie “The Floacist” Stewart is back with some new music for her Philly fans. As one half of former soul duo Floetry, Stewart co-penned hits like Say Yes, Getting Late and Floetic—forever changing the sound of soul music across the globe. Stop through World Cafe Live on July 18 for a chance to get up close and personal with The Floacist.
Indisputably one of the hottest artists in the rap game right now, Philly-bred MC Meek Mill returns this month to perform a special homecoming concert for his Philly fans at The Liacouras Center. Since releasing his debut studio album Dreams and Nightmares to critical acclaim in 2012, the rapper has collaborated with the biggest names in hip-hop, including Rick Ross, Wale, Drake, Trey Songz, Nicki Minaj, 2 Chainz, Lil Wayne, T.I., Mary J. Blige, John Legend, K. Michelle, Future and Wiz Khalifa.
You know Philly’s all about the summer, summer, summertime—and things are definitely heating up on the Philly music scene. Whether you’re in the mood to soak up sun and sounds outdoors at The Mann Center or The Dell or take in the sights of South Street before hitting The TLA, there are plenty of shows going down in Philly this summer. Check out our guide.
Cinephiles: Hailed as “The Black Sundance” by Ebony magazine, BlackStar Film Festival returns July 31-August 3 for another round of cinematic awesomeness. The Philly-based festival highlights independent films from emerging directors, producers and writers about the global black experience. Be there. #byindiemeansnecessary
The seventh annual Roots Picnic just went down, and once again, the Legendary Roots Crew delivered an epic concert for their fans. And of course, Philly 360° was there to cover all of the behind-the-scenes action. HOT 107.9 personality Laiya St.Clair interviewed Philly creatives like Mike Zombie, Dom Streater and Chill Moody. Watch our recap video.
Though pop sensation Estelle hails from London, she's no stranger to our city. Working with Philly producers on her latest project True Romance, which drops in September, Estelle has a solid lineup of hometown "American boys" shaping her sound. Philly 360° followed along as the international star hit up a few of our favorite Old City boutiques and talked about her love for all things Philadelphia. Watch the video.
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…
Who Got Jazz: The Best Of When: Sunday, August 24, Where: World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut Street Cost: $15-20 More Info: Click here. Check out the new face of Philly jazz as Veteran Freshman and The Philadelphia Jazz Project…
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