Your guide to Philly's diverse creative scene, nightlife, music, food & more
It's clear; Philadelphia loves Dom Streater. Since winning Season 12 of the hit television show Project Runway, this Philly-born designer has grown into a legit fashion industry mogul.
For this throwback Thursday story, we're revisiting our very first sitdown with Dom — you can check it out below.
From showcasing her collections during Philly Fashion Week and reppin' our city at New York Fashion Week to setting up her design studio in downtown Philadelphia, Dom has been on the go. Yet, the in-demand designer doesn’t seem to let the frenzy of a busy schedule slow her down at all.
We recently caught up with Streater at her studio to talk about her growing, Philly-based empire and the "butterflies" she feels every time a model hits the runway wearing one of her garments. Dom even gives us the deets about her collection entitled Prima, which was inspired by a vintage photograph of famed Russian ballerina, Ana Pavlova.
You can check out Philly 360°'s exclusive interview with the popular fashion designer below!
Hometown music legend DJ Jazzy Jeff needs no introduction. A revered DJ and producer, Jeff has made a global impact on music, including winning the first GRAMMY in hip-hop with his partner The Fresh Prince aka Will Smith. DJ Jazzy Jeff is legit music royalty, and when it comes to making hits and impacting music culture, he has the Midas touch.
The internationally sought-after DJ and producer has mentored some of the industry's top songwriters and producers, including Carvin Haggins, Ivan Barias, Andre Harris and Vidal Davis — all notable figures from the Philadelphia music scene.
Next up on his list, the Philly icon is putting a new spin on his career through artist development. Meet Jeff's protege, Philadelphia hip-hop artist Dayne Jordan. The duo has been quietly working together for awhile now, and they're ready to step out into the spotlight with their upcoming project, The Memoirs of Dayne Jordan.
So who is Dayne Jordan? The emcee, who was formerly known as Dosage, has been making a name for himself on the hip-hop scene for a few years — even sharing stages with Lupe Fiasco, and currently earning the attention of the legendary DJ Jazzy Jeff. The pair first met throughCharlie Mack (aka Philly's Big Brother) of 215 Aphillyated and have been working together ever since. The two have formed more of a big brother/little brother partnership and have been collaborating on the low, until now.
Recently, Jeff and Dayne began releasing a series of singles and videos to give fans an early taste of their forthcoming project. And, Philly is definitely represented in their music — from "All About the Art" which features Questlove on drums and James Poyser on keys, to "Lost" which has fellow Philly up-and-comer Ebony Joi lacing the track with her vocals.
With a cosign from Jeff and collabs with major talents like Questlove and James Poyser, everyone should be paying attention to Dayne Jordan. We can't wait to see what's next for this rising Philly star.
Stay tuned to Philly 360° for more music from Dayne Jordan and DJ Jazzy Jeff. Also, watch the video below of our exclusive in-studio interview for an inside look at their collab.
The Philadelphia fall arts season is in full swing — bringing tons of exciting, ground-breaking and entertaining performances to venues throughout the city.
A staple of the local arts scene, the Annenberg Center returns with an exciting season of programs. From internationally touring legends like Dianne Reeves and Lisa Fischer to locally source talents, the 2015 Annenberg Center Live schedule has dozens of great, not-to-be-missed performances through the spring.
Next up on the schedule is moving show by the Brooklyn-based dance troupe, The Urban Bush Women. Founded in 1984 by choreographer Jawole Willa Jo Zollar, Urban Bush Women shines a light on the untold and under-told histories and stories of disenfranchised people through dance.
The performance ensemble of seven women weaves contemporary dance, music and text with the history, culture and spiritual traditions of the African diaspora. Bold and demanding, their works challenge long-held assumptions about women, people of color, body types and styles of movement.
Want in on the show? Great! We've partnered with Annenberg to offer a $15 discount on tickets to any performance — just used the code VISITPHILLY.
Grab your tickets now and get ready to be blown away by another stunning performance at the Annenberg. Let's go!
It’s official — fall is here. And while the weather is cooling down outside, things on the Philly music scene are only getting hotter and hotter.
This fall, Philly is packed with a steady flow of can’t-miss concerts, shows and festivals. The lineup of hitmaking acts stopping through the city includes big names like Jill Scott, Raheem DeVaughn, Questlove and more.
To make sure our followers and fans don’t miss a single show, we’ve pulled together a list of concerts going down in Philadelphia this fall. Hip-hop, R&B, soul, pop and more. We've got you covered when it comes to the shows that you need to know about.
Now, check out our top picks for all the must-have tickets that you should be grabbing now. Let's go!
When: Saturday, October 17, 8 p.m.
Where: Annenberg Center Live, 3680 Walnut Street
When: Thursday, October 22, 8 p.m.
Where: The TLA, 334 South Street
Earlier this year, Chance The Rapper announced his 27-city "Family Matters" US tour. Catch Chance at the Electric Factory in October as part of the venue's yearlong #EF20 anniversary celebration.
When: Thursday, October 22, 7:30 p.m.
Where: Electric Factory, 421 N 7th Street
Singer, songwriter and producer ChinaBlac has backed some of the biggest names in music, including Jill Scott, Lauryn Hill, Erykah Badu and more. Now, the powerhouse singer takes the stage for the release of her latest single, "Keep Your Word." Opening performances by Dave Watson and Domi Jo.
When: Friday, October 23, 8 p.m.
Where: Pub Webb, 1527 Cecil B. Moore Avenue
One of Philadelphia’s most popular concerts, Powerhouse, is back for another year and the names just get bigger and better! Presented by Power 99 this year’s packed out show will feature Kendrick Lamar, hometown champ Meek Mill, Big Sean, Future, Fetty Wap and many more!
When: Friday, October 23, 6 p.m.
Where: Wells Fargo Center, 3601 S. Broad Street
In a rare treat the duo will perform live at Fishtown music venue and gastropub Johnny Brenda's during a one-night-only affair. The event will be hosted by on-air personality and Philly-based influencer Laiya St. Clair and DJ Afrodjiak will hold things down on the turntables.
The Brooklyn-born rap group, Underachievers made a name for their group in 2013 with the release of Indigoism. Since then, the rap duo has steadily built a following for their new age style of conscious hip-hop. They perform at the TLA on South Street in October.
When: Monday, October 26, 8 p.m.
Where: The TLA, 334 South Street
Rap legends Cypress Hill perform in Philadelphia later this month. The group is currently out on the road with their Haunted Hill tour, which will take the group to 5 cities throughout the month of October.
When: Wednesday, October 28
Where: The TLA, 334 South Street
Dubbed The Queen of Bounce, Big Freedia brings her signature “twerktastic” stage show to the TLA in October. Freedia’s Bounce Shakedown Tour kicked off in her hometown of New Orleans and will take the singer/rapper to more than a dozen cities across the US this fall.
When: Thursday, October 29, 8:30 p.m.
Where: Theatre of Living Arts, 334 South Street
Teen folk-rap artist Raury headlines an intimte night of music at the Foundry presented by WXPN. All We Need, the rapper's second full-length project just released earlier this month.
When: Thursday, October 29, 8 p.m.
Where: The Foundry at The Fillmore, 11000 Canal Street
Philly-based singer, songwriter Kriss Mincey returns to the stage for a must-hit night of music at Pub Webb.
When: Friday, November 13, 8 p.m.
Where: Pub Webb, 1527 Cecil B. Moore Avenue
Atlantic Records' singer/songwriter Sevyn Streeter performs at Philly's newest venue, Foundry at The Fillmore.
Roots crew drummer and native Philadelphia DJ, Questlove brings it home in November for another gig at The Fillmore.
Throughout the month of October, Mural Arts Program kicks off its biggest project to date: Open Source: Engaging Audience in Public Space. Curated by internationally renowned artist Pedro Alonzo, this open-air, citywide art exhibition presents site-specific installations by 14 local and international artists and 40 events, programs and tours. MORE INFO
Philly fashionistas and style guys: Throw on your hottest stilettos and finest threads and step out in style for The Philadelphia Collection. This signature Philly event shines a spotlight on our city’s booming retail and design scenes with runway shows, style soirees, exclusive trunk sales and sophisticated after parties. MORE INFO
After a pop-up concert at Dilworth Park last month, legendary soul singer Stevie Wonder returns to Philadelphia for the third time this year. Catch Stevie as he brings his Songs in the Key of Life world tour to the Wells Fargo Center. MORE INFO
Hard-hitting lyrical emcee Joey Bada$$ makes a tour stop in Philly to perform at the TLA on South Street. Alongside Bada$$, Denzel Curry, Bishop Nehru and Nyck Caution also hit the stage for another can’t-miss hip-hop showdown. MORE INFO
Philly-based soul duo Aaries first made a name for themselves during the same neo-soul era that brought us hitmakers like Jill Scott, Musiq Soulchild and The Roots. Fans can catch the ladies perform live during a special night of music at Johnny Brenda’s. MORE INFO
The Queen of Bounce, Big Freedia brings her signature “twerktastic” stageshow to the TLA this month. Big Freedia’s 2015 Bounce Shakedown Tour is set to hit 17 cities across the country. MORE INFO
Celebrate the fall arts season with another dope Red Bull concept: Art of Can. This nationwide creative competition and public art installation takes over Dilworth Park at City Hall for one week starting October 1. Watch our exclusive video for a behind-the-scenes look at this year’s exhibition.
Called “one helluva rock’n’roller-coaster ride” by Vibe magazine, this Annenberg Center Live show stars Toshi Reagon and an all-star cast of musicians and singers. Through opera and gospel music, this talented group brings late sci-fi author Octavia Butler's novel Parable of the Sower to the stage.
The night before MIA hit the Parkway with headliners Beyonce and The Weeknd,BASSic Black Entertainment and Kontraband 215 threw a concert/party mashup of epic proportions. Watch our exclusive recap video here.
BriaMarie, a.k.a. The Fresh Princess, is back with another single off her debut EP, Freshman!. Listen to “Learn to Love You” now on the Philly 360° Playlist.
Philly, another awesome show is about to hit the Avenue of the Arts!
That's right, the legendary, show-stopping Broadway vocalist Audra McDonald is coming to town next for a can't-miss show at the Merriam Theater. Audra McDonald — winner of a record-setting six Tony Awards and two Grammy Awards — performs as part of Kimmel Center Presents on Wednesday, October 7.
The New York Times called McDonald '… a one-of-a-kind musical super-talent'. Audra was also featured on ABC's Private Practice for 5 seasons, along with many other television guest appearances.
Audra will be returning to the Broadway stage in April 2016 with director George C. Wolfe and dancer/choreographer Savion Glover in the musical Shuffle Along, Or, The Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed, a new retelling of an original musical by Eubie Blake and Noble Sissle.
Tickets for this show are moving fast! So, if you're planning on catching Audra's return to the City of Brotherly Love, then grab your seats now.
Back for the second consecutive year, the Forbes Under 30 Summit — a multi-day conference for the magazine’s past 30 Under 30 honorees — lands in Philadelphia to bring together some of the world’s brightest under-30 leaders, entrepreneurs and techies.
Though the actual summit is only open to invited guests, Philadelphians and visitors alike will once again be able to mix it up with conference attendees at the Forbes Under 30 Music Festival.
This must-hit music fest takes place on Tuesday, October 6 at Festival Pier at Penn’s Landing and includes a serious lineup of millennial talents, including dancing pop-violinist Lindsey Stirling, MMMbop singers Hanson, singer/songwriter Shawn Mendes and hip-hop sensation Fetty Wap.
Like last year, Forbes plans on giving away a large number of concert tickets to the general public who take action to help end extreme poverty with festival partner Global Citizen. Starting this week, Global Citizen will give out 4,000 festival tickets to the first participants who take action through Twitter. You can get details on that giveaway activation here.
Additionally, a limited number of VIP tickets are on sale via Ticketmaster/Live Nation. VIP tickets run $45 and all proceeds will go to Global Citizen.
With a lineup this awesome, we’re guessing that you probably want in on the festivities. Right? You’re in luck: We’re giving away 20 pair of general admission passes to the Forbes’ Under 30 Music Festival.
Simply fill out the form below to enter.
The contest ends at noon on Friday, October 2 and you may submit one entry per day per email address to increase your winning odds.
Click here for the official contest rules.
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Since its inception in the 1980s, The City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program — originally called the Philadelphia Anti-Graffiti Network — has worked tirelessly to expand the city’s narrative around the public art, civic engagement and social practice.
Fast forward to today and Mural Arts stands on the verge of realizing its biggest project to date: Open Source: Engaging Audiences in Public Space. Curated by internationally renowned artist Pedro Alonzo, this open-air, citywide art exhibition has engaged 14 local and international artists to create a series of site-specific installations that each address one of the core tenets of Mural Arts’ mission.
To complement the Open Source projects and encourage public engagement with the work, Mural Arts has also worked with a number local partners to curate a series of more than 40 public events, programs and tours throughout the city during the month of October.
You can keep reading for all of the “need to know” details on this month long public art celebration.
Now, spread the word and make plans to come out and experience this unprecedented citywide Mural Arts Program event.
Open Source kicked off in June with the installation of a skateable sculpture at Paine’s Park by Berlin-based minimalist Jonathan Monk. Since then, several other projects have gotten underway, continuing to build momentum for the project’s official October 1 launch for Mural Arts Month.
Adorning the top of the 25-story Graham Building at Dilworth Park, JR’s work “Migrants, Ibrahim, Mingora-Philadelphia” depicts an image of Ibrahim, a real resident of Philadelphia who immigrated from Pakistan. Also, recently installed at the City Hall courtyard and Love Park is work by locally-based muralists Michelle Angela Ortiz’ seeking to raise public awareness of the real life experiences immigrants populations living here in Philadelphia.
The Dufala Brothers, Sam Durant, Ernel Martinez, Keir Johnston, MoMo, Odili Donald Odita and more — the roster of participating artists is an impressive list of the “who’s who” of contemporary art and socially-driven creative practice.
You can browse the entire list of Open Source artist and projects here.
Also, scroll to the bottom of this story to view a detailed map of the location of all of the Open Source projects.
For much more on Open Source see below.
On Friday, October 2, Open Source kicks off with an epic-sounding opening party at Bok, a former South Philly vocational high school that is transforming into an innovative maker space.
Along with enjoying the stunning views of the city from the Bok rooftop, party-goers will get the chance to mix it up with Open Source artists while celebrating the launch of one of the biggest Philadelphia cultural events of the year. While taking a break between DJ sets, attendees can check out open “pour” sessions by the Dufala Brothers, who will be setting up shop at Bok all month long.
The opening night festivities take place between 6 and 10 p.m. with a special VIP reception running from 5 to 7 p.m. General admission ticket are only $20 and VIP tickets run $75. You can buy your tickets online here.
Plus, we have a special promo code: use VISITPHILLY for $5 off general admission tickets to the opening night bash.
Each year, Mural Arts presents some of its biggest and most innovative work in October in honor of Mural Arts month — and this year is no exception. Throughout the month of October, festival-goers can participate in more than 40 events taking place across the city.
From interactive art-making workshops with MOMO, the Dufala Brothers and Heeseop Yoon to an in-depth public conversation with master artist Shepard Fairey at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the month of October is packed with tons of can’t-miss programs for art lovers of all types.
You can find the full schedule of events here.
If you’re looking for the best opportunities to get out and experience several of the projects at once, then Open Source tours are your best bet.
Mural Arts has curated a dozen walking and trolley tours during the month to help visitors get out and explore Open Source projects by location and neighborhood. Highlights include; Center City walking tours with Mural Arts founder Jane Golden on October 4 and 18; a full tour which offers a chance to view all of the projects in a single day on October 11; and special closing Center City walking tour with festival curator Pedro Alonzo on October 25.
The full schedule of tours can be viewed online here.
On October 1, the Open Source HUB space will open on the ground floor of The Graham Building at Dilworth Park — the same building that holds JR’s larger than life “Migrants, Ibrahim, Mingora-Philadelphia” mural.
An huge 2,000-square-foot space fitted with Wifi, charging stations, food vendors, informational displays and more, the HUB is the perfect place to drop in and hangout — or to get all of the info to plan an Open Source itinerary.
The HUB will be open Wednesdays to Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Sundays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The space may also open during off times for special events or to host Open Source artists, so follow Mural Arts on social to get the latest details on the HUB schedule.
Learn more about the HUB here.
This Saturday, all roads lead to the Electric Factory for an epic hip-hop festival and concert mashup — Freefest presented by Philly radio station Boom 107.9
A free festival by day that transforms into a must-hit hip-hop concert, FreeFest will be headlined Philadelphia's own rap star Freeway alongside of a solid lineup of his industry friends and fam.
Starting at 11 a.m., the Electric Factory parking lot will turn into an outdoor hip-hop themed festival where music lovers can enjoy a range of activities including a DJ show, freestyle cyphers, vendors, food, and much more! At 4 p.m., the party moves inside for a must-see concert featuring by Freeway and other hip-hop talents. Both events are 21+ and though free — you must have a ticket in order to see the concert.
We're guessing you want in on the show, right? Then read on for more details.
Tickets are FREE but in order to get them, you must tune into Boom 107.9 Philly — day and night — for a cue to call in. Ticket-seekers can also find the Boom street team in various locations throughout the tri-state hooking fans up with passes for the event.
You can click here to find more details on getting tickets to the show.
So, this weekend, there's only one place you need to be — Freefest. Let's go!
This October, Annenberg Center Live kicks off its 2015/2016 season with a groundbreaking work-in-progress that brings famed science fiction author, the late Octavia Butler's novel Parable of the Sower to the stage.
The heartwork of singer-songwriter-guitarist Toshi Reagon and her mother Dr. Bernice Johnson Reagon, who is the founder of notable folk group Sweet Honey In The Rock, Parable of the Sower: The Concert Version lands at the Annenberg on October 1 for a can't-miss three-day run.
Called “one helluva rock’n’roller-coaster ride” by Vibe Magazine, this must-see show stars Toshi Reagon and an all-star cast of musicians and singers bringing Butler's novel to life through opera and gospel music.
Set in a post-apocalyptic Los Angeles of the future, Parable follows a young woman fleeing the violence in a fable that blends sci-fi with African-American spiritualism and deep insights on gender, race, and the future of human civilization.
Parable of the Sower: The Concert Version first showed to sold out audiences at Joe's Pub in New York. Now, the "in-progress" production plays for Philadelphia audiences as it continues to be refined for a final, fully staged run.
The Toshi Reason-led production, kicks off the Annenberg Center Live's African Roots, American Voices project, which is a multi-year journey that celebrates the African diaspora’s unique contributions to American culture.
Each year will hone in on a different musical genre, exploring its roots and cultural impact through concerts, theater and dance. This year, the African Roots, American Voices programs will focus on jazz and features a stellar selection of shows, including Jon Batiste and Stay Human, Urban Bush Women, Dianne Reeves, Sweet Honey in the Rock, Lisa Fischer & Grand Baton and many other must-see talents.