Your guide to Philly's diverse creative scene, nightlife, music, food & more
Philly soul duo, Kindred the Family Soul is back with their signature community-centered, family-friendly festival, The Kindred Family Reunion.The Reunion will be jam-packed day of fun, music, food, and much more. The best part — it’s totally free and open to the public.
A Philly-famous husband and wife soul group, Kindred The Family Soul are the proud parents of six children and through their music and community work stress the value of placing family first. Their smooth sound has led them to the tops of the charts and all across the country performing their great music. Kindred will perform material from their latest release, A Couple of Friends.
The group was even featured on a recent Walmart Ad. You can watch it here.
For the third annual Kindred Family Reunion, the celebration moves to West Philadelphia and takes over the KingChessing Field at 49th Street and Chester Avenue. Along with a celebrity softball game, kickball, a jerk chicken cook off, and soul karaoke, Reunion attendees will also enjoy a stellar lineup of performances by A-list talents like Chill Moody, Teedra Moses, Dwele, Jeff Bradshaw, Brotherly Love, Eric Roberson, Cheryl Pepsi Riley and many others.
The event will also include a water ice contest between two local favorites, Fred's Water Ice and Dre's Water Ice. Even Little League Super Star Mo'Ne Davis will be on site to make an appearance and greet fans. Kindred The Family Soul will take to the stage and perform around 4:30 pm.
So, lock in the date, tell your friends and fam — then get ready to watch two of Philly's finest give back like only our city can. Let's go!
Philly’s go-to expert for all things pertaining to natural hair care, Syreeta Scott is the owner of one of the most successful natural salons in the country, Duafe Holistic Hair Care. With an impressive list of clients that include notable celebs like Jill Scott, Janet Jackson, Questlove and Smokie Robinson, Syreeta works tirelessly around the clock as she continues to build her empire.
Held from 1 to 5 p.m., Scott will present the Community Collaborative at at Panati Recreation Center of Allegheny West. A free community-focused festival will present programs from other local entrepreneurs, artists and activists with the mission of igniting change within North Philadelphia. The day will be filled with food, games, music, speakers, vendors and more.
Along with music by DJ Lean Wit It and art-making by Ivben Taqiy, the First Annual Community Collaborative includes the return of the Tees vs. Tanks Basketball Tournament with Kings Rule Together founder Curran J. This signature Philly event pits local brands against each other for a friendly game of ball while onlookers shop their products.
So, come out and support these Philly-born entrepreneurs and brands as they bring it back home and invest in their hometown neighborhoods and businesses.
This Thursday, July 30, BlackStar Film Festival, the brainchild of Philly 360° Creative Ambassador Maori Holmes, kicks off its four-day celebration of independent black cinema.
Attracting movie-lovers, filmmakers, directors and actors from around the country, BlackStar shines a light on the full range of contemporary black films that are currently being produced around the world.
Now in its fourth year in Philadelphia, BlackStar runs through Sunday, August 2 with screenings of more than 60 films and a host of panel discussions, workshops and free events that explore life through the lens of the global black experience.
Returning to West Philadelphia again in 2015, the popular festival presents its core programming at two University City-based cultural hubs: International House Philadelphia and the Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania.
If you’re looking for what’s now — and next — in black filmmaking, then make sure to check out this Philadelphia-born cinematic fête over the weekend.
Read on for our guide to the festival.
The BlackStar Film Festival screens films of all sort — feature films, documentaries, short films in addition to a number of Philadelphia premieres.
On Thursday night, movie-goers can enjoy the feature length mockumentary Red Bone Guerillas, which chronicles the fictional rise of a counterculture art group of the same name. Friday, the evening screenings will culminate with Jimmy Goes to Nollywood, a newly released documentary that gives viewers an inside look on Nigeria’s booming film industry.
Saturday, BlackStar celebrates the life’s work and impact of legendary Philadelphia poet Sonia Sanchez, with a screening of BaddDDD Sonia Sanchez.
Additionally, throughout the four-day festival, attendees can enjoy a number of free programs at the Institute of Contemporary Art, a popular city museum that offers free admission and programs year-round.
For more on the BlackStar Film Festival, see below.
Once again anchored in University City, the majority of this year’s screenings and programs will take place at two cultural venues: International House Philadelphia and the Institute for Contemporary Art.
With additional BlackStar screenings, programs and after parties being held at popular Philly venues, including World Cafe Live, Franky Bradley’s and Pipeline Philly, the festival continues to fill public spaces across the city with the very best in today’s black cinema.
For more on the venues, check here.
Tickets for individual films are $12 for general admission and $8 for students and seniors. For those looking to catch all of the action, full-festival passes, $150, are available online. Individual tickets and festival passes are available online and can also be purchased at the International House box office.
BlackStar has partnered with two University City hotels, Sheraton Philadelphia and The Inn at Penn, to offer discounts on rooms during the 2014 festival. Both festival hotels are within walking distance from the main festival venues.
You can also explore overnight lodging options with the Visit Philly Overnight Hotel Package™. This two-night package includes free hotel parking so you can drive into town and not have to worry about finding and paying for parking.
While in town, be sure to browse this University City neighborhood guide on visitphilly.com for other must-see attractions and local dining options to check out while enjoying the festival.
Philadelphia has just brought home another big win! Last week, thousands of youth poets from around the globe, descended upon Atlanta, GA for the annual Brave New Voices Competition. For the ninth consecutive year, the city of brotherly love and sisterly affection was repped strong by a talented team of youth organized by Philly Youth Poetry Movement.
Well, we're proud to announce that Philly Youth Poetry Movement, affectionately known as PYPM, was once again awarded the Brave New Voices first place prize and is bringing home one of the coveted titles for the fourth time since 2006. We're definitely Philly proud of this stellar team's accomplishments!
The winning squad, comprised of nine of PYPM's top poets, was formed through a series of slams competitions held at The Rotunda and other venues for area students. Each of the BNV2015 award-winning poets competed in a series of regionals and semi-finals and ultimately made it to the main stage of the Suzanne Roberts Theater in May to compete in the 2015 Philly Youth Poetry Movement finals.
A heated, moving and entertaining competition, PYPM finals saw some of the city's fiercest youth poets take the stage to battle it out, sharing powerful, often personal stories and messages through performance poetry.
Started in 2006 by Philly-based poet and arts advocated Gregory Corbin, Philly Youth Poetry Movement has impacted the lives of thousands of teens through its yearlong schedule spoken word events, programs and workshops. No stranger to the Brave New Voices competition, PYPM slam teams brought home the 3rd place title in 2006, first place in 2007 and 2011 and was featured in a Brave New Voices HBO special during the 2008 conference in Washington DC.
You can hear more from Corbin below and be sure to check out the PYPM Youtube channel for performance recaps.
Another monumental win for Philly Youth Poetry Movement and the entire city — join us as we celebrate the 2015 PYPM winning team with their signature pre-show chant;
You can learn more about Philly Youth Poetry Movement's programs and upcoming events at pypmphilly.org.
After slaying her headlining performing at Roots Picnic 2015, the reigning queen of new school soul, Erykah Badu returns to Philadelphia for a must-see live show at The Dell Music Center in Fairmount Park.
Badu has deep roots in Philly and mad love for our Philly-born talents. Over her careers she's worked alongside legendary Philly talents, like Questlove and James Poyser of The Roots, to craft her signature style of afrofuturistic, throwback soul.
And yes, there's no question about it — Philly definitely loves Badu back.
The August 16 show at The Dell will also feature a performance by UK pop/soul diva Estelle — who is certainly no stanger to the Philly music scene. She's worked with some of Philly's top producers, like Carvin & Ivan of Forever Music and Mama's Boys Music Group, Pop & Oak of Goooooooo!!! Music and Starr Island Group, Vidal Davis and Andre Harris.
Philly 360° last caught up with Estelle when we followed along as she hit a few of her favorite Philadelphia shops. You can check that video out below.
So, August 13, all roads lead to The Dell for another can't-miss concert under the Philly summer sky. Grab your tickets soon, this one is guaranteed to sell out fast. Let's go!
Philadelphia's newest tattoo-centric celebration, Booze & Tattoos is centered around tattoo culture and other relevant subcultures with a fun pageant component and plenty of spirits to share. A full-fledged Philly party, this event will feature live music by Dibbs & the Detonators, The Workhorse III and Dj SnKpaK, in-house tattooing and a live tattoo pageant featuring tattoo enthusiast donning some of Philly’s finest designs.
Want to join in the fun and attend this inked-up party? Great, because we're hooking up a few lucky readers with a pair of tickets to the show. Just complete the below entry form for your chance to win.
Philly, are you ready? No one does Independence Day like we do, and Philly 360° just got some news about some dope music that will go down on July 4th.
Not only are The Roots headlining the Wawa Welcome America! Philly 4th of July Jam —nation's biggest free concert—alongside of Miguel, MKTO, Jennifer Nettles and more. But, they're also bringing you a second stage packed with talent to warm you up for the main event that night.
Yup, we've just got our hands on the lineup for the Questlove Stage, which is part of the Party on the Parkway. We're definitely loving the talent Quest picked out. Once you get a look at the lineup, you'll definitely want to be front and center for this one.
So, who made the cut for the Questlove Stage? Find out below.
GoGo Morrow has been making big waves over the last year with her solo music. She has landed opening spots for Brandy, Lauryn Hill, Common — and even for the short lived Danity Kane reunion that we were all swooning over. GoGo was also one of the first acts added on to Marsha Ambrosius' national Friends & Lovers music tour. With each move GoGo solidifies her spot as one of the next artists from Philly that is destined to blow up and take the world stage by storm. Check out GoGo's feature on the Philly 360° Playlist.
A graduate of the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, Julian King comes from a musical family, which undoubtedly contributes to his undeniable talents. A dancer, musician and exceptional vocalist, there is not much King can’t do. Definitely one of the most-talented indie acts on the Philadelphia scene right now, it won’t take long for Julian King's movement to gain some serious traction. Check out Julian King's feature on the Philly 360° playlist.
Get to know Philly-based singer/songwriter Kate Faust. One of the newer names from the city's booming music scene, Faust stepped out into her own with her latest EP, Eros. Fittingly, Faust named her latest album Eros after Greek mythology's God of Love. Faust knew early on that she wanted her voice and music to stand out from the crowd. And, with each new project she delivers, we've seen the singer/songwriter create something new and exciting. Check out Kate Faust's feature on the Philly 360° Playlist.
Discovered by Diplo and Paul Devro of Mad Decent, Swizzymack is one of the premiere sounds behind Philadelphia's club music scene. His debut EP Bass was released on Mad Decent’s imprint in June 2013. Since then, Swizzymack has brought his thumping bass drops and hyperactive tempos to airwaves and parties around the country.
Max Swan takes the saxophone to new levels with works with dozen of groups from around the country. He's on a mission to forever alter public perception about the saxophone and for the past 15 year the young saxophonist has worked his way to earning over two dozen local and nationally recognized soloist and composition accolades, including the "Michael Brecker Saxophone Award", "Rick Lawn Arrangers Award", and the "Collaboration Award" through The University of The Arts.
Born just outisde of Philly, Cody Kahmar draws influences from a wide range of acts, including Dru Hill, Boyz II Men, Usher, Paramore, Lil’ Wayne and Drake. The singer/songwriter made a name for himself at open-mic nights across Philadelphia, eventually opening for Kid Cudi at Temple University’s homecoming. He's also collabed with West Philadelphia emcee Chill Moody on a record entitled “My Eyes,” which earned over 25,000 YouTube views in less than three months.
The Philadelphia High School for Creative and Performing Arts, affectionately known as CAPA, has birthed some of the greatest acts to come out of Philly. Count them — Questlove, Boyz II Men, Tyce of MPrynt, Jazmine Sullivan, GoGo Morrow and more. Catch the next generation of music all-stars when this student performance hits the stage.
As the official birthplace of our nation, there’s no better place in the country to celebrate the Fourth of July than right here in Philadelphia. The city’s signature Independence Day celebration, Wawa Welcome America!, returns from June 27 to July 4 with eight days of FREE family fun, including concerts, exhibitions, fireworks, parades and so much more.
In addition to dozens of patriotic celebrations that take place during Wawa Welcome America!, visitors can gear up for July 4th with a citywide celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Gay Rights Movement. The 2015 Welcome America festivities culminate on Saturday, July 4 with a massive Independence Day-themed party along Philadelphia’s famous Benjamin Franklin Parkway for the annual Party on the Parkway and Philly 4th of July Jam and Fireworks celebrations.
With July 4th happening on a Saturday, turn your celebration into a patriotic getaway with the Visit Philly Overnight® Hotel Package. The special offer includes overnight accommodations; passes to ride the PHLASH bus, offering easy access to Philadelphia’s major attractions; and FREE parking while you celebrate America’s birthday in America’s birthplace.
Time: Noon-7 p.m.
Location: Benjamin Franklin Parkway from 20th Street to Eakins Oval
Head to the Benjamin Franklin Parkway to celebrate America’s Birthday with a massive block party featuring live music, family-friendly activities, games, food and so much more. Shop the impressive selection of vendors and food trucks that will line the Parkway and enjoy performances by national and local talents on the two live music stages. Also, keep an eye out for live demonstrations from the extreme pogo troupe Pogopalooza and interactive sport activities courtesy of the U.S. Olympic Committee’s Road to Rio Tour.
Again this year, the Party on the Parkway will host two stages of live music programming. A mix of national and local talents will perform at the Global Music Stage and the Questlove Stage, which is curated by Philadelphia’s favorite drummer and DJ, Questlove of The Roots. Stay tuned for more details on the lineup for these stages. Click here to see the full lineup for Questlove Stage.
As part of the Party on the Parkway, Olympic Team USA athletes will join the U.S. Olympic Committee in Philadelphia for the first stop of the Road To Rio. This touring event brings the magic of the Olympic Games to life by through meet-and-greets with Team USA athletes, interactive activities like long jump, high jump and high dive, and other Olympic themed fun for the entire family. The event will be held on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m.
Time: 7 p.m. – 11 p.m.
Concert: Starts at 7 p.m. (first performance at approximately 8 p.m.)
Fireworks: Estimated to begin around 10:30 p.m. (immediately following concert)
Celebrate America’s birthday with the “Largest Free Concert in America.” Starting at 7 p.m., The Philly 4th of July Jam concert, anchored by Philly band The Roots, kicks off with performance by R&B/pop star Miguel, Jennifer Nettles of Sugarland, pop group MKTO and singer/songwriter Zella Day. The show culminates with a stunning fireworks display over the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
PLEASE NOTE: All fireworks shows and events are scheduled rain or shine. In case of inclement weather, follow @July4thPhilly on Twitter and Wawa Welcome America on Facebook for up-to-the-minute information.
The fireworks finale at the Philadelphia Museum of Art is sure to draw a massive crowd, so be sure to stake your spot out early. Check out our interactive guide.
Here's a look at the shorts that will be presented;
You can get more detail on this event and Reelblack yearlong calendar of events at reelblack.org.
The 2015 summer music season is in full swing. And again this yes, an impressive lineup of shows of every genre will be hitting stages and live music venues across Philly. From waterfront concerts at Penn's Landing, the summer soul series at The Dell to shows at yearlong entertainment hot spots like World Cafe Live and The TLA, our city is buzzing with tons of can't-miss concerts and shows.
To give your summer music itinerary a jumpstart, we've pullled together this list of must-hit R&B/soul concerts that are going down in Philly this summer. We've got reunion concerts with Floetry and SWV, Bilal's album release concert at World Cafe Live, D'Angelo at The Keswick and Erykah Badu holding it down The Dell. And, this is just a small selection of what Philly has in store for you in the coming months.
Now, take a look at the below list for details on all of the summer soul shows that you need to know about.
Sunday, June 21
With a GRAMMY nod and WE TV tv docu-series “SWV Reunited" on the horizon, SWV is on the road to connect with fans and perform hits from their discography. You can catch the Philly stop on their reuinion tour at World Cafe Live.
Thursday, June 25
Catch, Jodeci — JoJo, DeVante Swing, Dalvin and "K-Ci — as they hit Philadelphia for an unstoppable night of throwback soul at the Tower Theatre in Upper Darby, PA. Along with a must-see performance by the original bad boys of R&B, the June 25 concert includes an opening performance by Philly's own soulful R&B/pop group, MPrynt.
Tuesday, June 30
Philly’s #1 son of soul, Bilal returns home to celebrate the June 30 release of his new collaborative album with producer Adrian Younge, In Another Life. Known for his undeniable grooves, electrifying stage presence and soaring vocals, the Philly-bred soul singer has a cult following of fans that span the globe. Catch Bilal as he brings the party home for a must-hit show at World Cafe Live in University City.
Saturday, July 4
The “Largest Free Concert in America,” will rock the Parkway as The Roots, Miguel and other hitmaking artists take the stage followed by an amazing fireworks display over the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
Thursday, July 9
This year, the Dell Music Center in Fairmount Park will kick off the 2015 Essence of Entertainment Summer Concert Series with an all-star Philadelphia lineup that includes saxophone phenom Pamela Williams, touring trombonist Jeff Bradshaw and the original R&B/Soul diva Patti LaBelle.
Friday, July 17 & Sunday, July 26
The soulful duo Floetry is reuniting for a tour this summer — and it’s just what avid R&B fans have been waiting for. On Friday, July 17, the long awaited reunion between the “Songstress” Marsha Ambrosius and the “Floacist” Natalie Stewart will take place right here in Philly at the popular South Street venue, The TLA. Update: The July 17 show is now sold out, a second show as been added on Sunday, July 26.
Thursday, July 23
Don't miss it as Babyface, Toni Braxton and Mint Condition hit The Dell for an unbelievable R&B throwback Thursday concert in Philadelphia. Together, these still hot and touring R&B greats will sing fans down memory lane with their classic hits like "Unbreak My Heart," "Pretty Brown Eyes" and "When Can I See You."
Thursday, July 30
New school meets old when the soulful sounds of Fantasia and Johnny Gill take over Philadelphia for another unstoppable night of music at The Dell. Incredible vocals, soulful grooves and two of the best in the game will make this an one of the many can't-miss shows for the summer.
Thursday, July 30
Briclyn Entertainment is back on the scene and gearing up for another dope show in Philadelphia. On July 30, Bricyln returns to University City music hub World Cafe Live for an incredible night of music with Maroon 5 keyboardist and backing vocalist, PJ Morton. The July show features Philly music transplant Aaron Camper, who is a globetrotting band member for major acts like Jill Scott and Justin Timberlake.
Thursday, August 6
Got soul? R&B hitmakers Anthony Hamilton and Lyfe Jennings undoubtedly have a lock on soul. Catch these two hitmaking acts on August 6 for another guaranteed sellout at The Dell.
Thursday, August 13
After slaying her headling performance at Roots Picnic 2015, Erykah Badu returns to Philadelphia alongside UK songstress Estelle. Don't miss it at these ladies tear down the house like only they can.
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