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BlackStar Film Festival & ReelBlack Present Nefertite Nguvu’s Film 'In The Morning' - Tuesday, April 14

  • Posted By: James Claiborne
  • April 6, 2015
    • BlackStar Film Festival
      • BlackStar Film Festival
      • Photo Credit: Marisa Fischetti for Philly 360 / Visit Philadlephia

On Tuesday, April 14, two of Philly's finest, BlackStar Film Festival and Reelblack, team up to present the Philadelphia debut of Nefertite Nguvu's film, In The Morning at International House.

Winner of the Audience Award for Best Feature at the 2014 Urbanworld Film Festival, this film is a fresh take on the bonds of love, friendship, and marriage in contemporary life among a group of beautiful well-heeled friends in Brooklyn.

The film's director, Nefertite Nguvu, is a graduate of New York’s School of Visual Arts. With her company Hollywood Africans LLC, Nefertite has written, produced, and directed two short films, including a uniquely stylized black and white romance entitled I Want You and The End of Winter, which is an emotional meditation on loss. Both films have screened at numerous film festivals.

Amongst other web-based programming, Nefertite has also directed a ten-part series entitled The Road to U.N.I.T.Y., which chronicled the life of five aspiring female emcees hand-picked by and featuring Queen Latifah for Cover Girl and Flavor Unit Entertainment. In The Morning is her feature film debut.

In the Morning has an ensemble cast of emerging talent: Jacky Ido (Taxi Brooklyn) Emayatzy Corinealdi (Middle of Nowhere), Numa Perrier (The Couple), Kim Hill (original lead singer of The Black Eyed Peas), De’adre Aziza (Passing Strange) Hoji Fortuna (Viva Riva) and JoNell Kennedy (Me And You And Everyone We Know). And, making their film debuts are Alzo Slade and CJ Lindsey.

Director Nefertite Nguvu and star Kim Hill will be present for a Q&A after the screening. So, get your black film fix with this Philadelphia debut. Tickets are on sale now.


In The Morning
When: Tuesday April 14, 2015 at 7:00pm
Where: International House, 3701 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
Cost: $10 Adults, $8 Students & Seniors, $5 Reelblack & IHP Members
More Info: Buy tickets online here.


Top Picks: More Than 20 Must-Hit Concerts Coming To Philadelphia In 2015

  • Posted By: James Claiborne
  • April 3, 2015
    • Roots Picnic
      • Roots Picnic
      • Photo Credit: M. Edlow for Visit Philly

There will be no shortage of dope live music rocking Philadelphia stages this year. From heavyweight music veterans like Wiz Khalifa, The Roots and Jazmine Sullivan, to shows by local and national indie music stars — we've pulled together this list of more than 20 can't-miss shows that are going down in and around Philadelphia in 2015. 

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!


Philly 360° Top Concert Picks: 

    • Can't-Miss Shows In Philadelphia
      • Can't-Miss Shows In Philadelphia
      • Photo Credit: M. Edlow for Visit Philadelphia

Herbie Hancock & Chick Corea At The Academy Of Music

Saturday, April 11
Herbie Hancock and Chick Corea are among the most important jazz influences of our time. In a rare duo performance, jazz royalty reigns as the two legends come together for one very special concert in Philadelphia’s stunning, acoustically-pristine Academy of Music.

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Red Bull Sound Select with Rakim At Underground Arts

Thursday, April 16
Next up in the Red Bull Sound Select series is an 80s and 90s themed concert featuring the hip-hop legend Rakim at Underground Arts. This special edition is curated by Veteran Freshman and features performances from Dyme-A-Duzin and Philly’s own Chill Moody. Hosted by the incomparable scratchologist, DJ Aktive and emcee Reef the Lost Cause, this show is for the true hip-hop lovers.

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    • Rakim
      • Rakim
      • Photo Credit: Courtesy of Rakim

Kid Ink at The Trocadero Theatre

Sunday, April 19
Covered from head to toe in tattoos, 24 year-old Los Angeles-based Artist Kid Ink is wrecking havoc on the streets and in cyber world. The Artist/Producer/Songwriter/ Tattoo Aficionado has over 30 Million hits on YouTube with lyrical gems like, "Tat It Up" "La La La"  and "Keep It Rollin'." Kid Ink lands at The Troc on April 19.

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Skizzy Mars At The Troc

Saturday, April 18
This April, New York hitmaker Skizzy Mars lands in Philadelphia to unleashed his latest collection of original material, The Pace. The artist's second full-length in total, the 12-track set directly follows 2013's Phases tape, and includes popular singles like "All Say," "Moments," "Numb" and "Too Ill." Opening performances by Prelow and Philly-based producer/DJ Swizzymack.

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Earl Sweatshirt At The TLA

Monday, April 20
Born Thebe Kgositsile, Earl Sweatshirt is a West Coast rapper and member of the Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All crew. Following in the footsteps of Eminem, Natas, and Esham, Earl would ultimately signed a deal with Columbia Records — enabling him to issue material on the major label through his own Tan Cressida imprint. After live appearances and recordings with Odd Future, he made numerous guest appearances, most notably on Frank Ocean's acclaimed debut studio album channel ORANGE and Flying Lotus' summer single "Between Friends."

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    • Earl Sweatshirt
      • Earl Sweatshirt
      • Photo Credit: Courtesy of the artist

IAMSU At The Barbary

Tuesday, April 21
After a releasing multiple mixtapes in 2010 through 2012, West Coast rapper and producer Iamsu hit in 2013 with the single "Let Go." His debut album entitled Sincerely Yours was released in 2014 and the lead single from the album, "Only That Real," featured guest spots from Sage the Gemini and 2 Chainz.

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Fourth Annual Center City Jazz Festival

Saturday, April 25
Attention Philly jazz-heads: It's back! Following the success of the 2014 events, Center City Jazz Festival returns for another round of extraordinary jazz music set in incredible downtown Philly music venues. The brainchild of master musician Ernest Stuart, this year's festival will feature 16 acts performing across 4 stages — all during the course of one day.

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Jazmine Sullivan Returns To The TLA

Sunday, April 26
Philly native and powerhouse vocalist Jazmine Sullivan is out on tour in support of her latest project, Reality Show. Earlier in March, the RCA performed to a sold-out house for her hometown fans at The TLA on South Street. On April 26, Jazmine will bring The Reality Show Tour back to The TLA for another round unstoppable soul.

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    • Jazmine Sullivan
      • Jazmine Sullivan
      • Photo Credit: Courtesy of the artist

Ester Rada at World Cafe Live

Tuesday, April 28
Ester Rada’s cross-cultural sound is a deep reflection of the Israeli born Ethiopian’s heritage. Critics describe her genre mixing sound as "gracefully combining Ethio-Jazz, Urban-funk, Neo-Soul and R&B, with mixed undertones of black grooves" Now, Rada's journey will lead her to the World Cafe Live stage for an intimate night of world music.

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Toro Y Moi  At Union Transfer

Thursday, April 30
Chaz Bundick started making bedroom recordings under the name Toro y Moi in in 2001. Drawing from a wide range of influences, including Daft Punk and J Dill, Bundick's 2015 release What For? features contributions from Julian Lynch and Unknown Mortal Orchestra's Ruban Nielson.

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Lisa Fischer at The Keswick Theatre

Thursday, April 30
Lisa Fischer is a singer who really gets around. On tour with the Rolling Stones, Sting, Chris Botti or Nine Inch Nails, her name may not be on the marquee, but it'sher glamorous-girl-next-door quality that makes fans all over the world fall in love. The public are recently re-introduced to Fischer through the acclaimed documentary, "20 Feet From Stardom."

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Action Bronson: The Mr. Wonderful Tour At The TLA

Sunday, May 3
One of Philly's last encounters with Action Bronson, the rapper was spotted performing on stage, and on a trailer, during the 2014 Roots Picnic. Now, Bronson brings his The Mr. Wonderful Tour to South Street's The TLA in May. 

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    • Action Bronson backstage at Roots Picnic
      • Action Bronson backstage at Roots Picnic
      • Photo Credit: M. Edlow for Visit Philly

Brian McKnight Trio At The Keswick

Friday, May 8
As an artist who needs no introduction, Brian McKnight has earned himself a spot in contemporary music history. He has released 15 albums to date, with several going 2 and 3x platinum, and he has sold over 20 million albums worldwide. Now touring with longtime collaborators Chris “big sexy” Loftlin, and guitarist, Tyrone “gutt bucket” Chase, Brian McKnight brings a solo show to The Keswick — a chance to hear the hits, b-sides and stories from their 15+ years on the road”.

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Ciara At The Keswick

Sunday, May 10
Ciara is a global superstar whose infectious tunes have resulted in multi-platinum albums, smash singles and a truckload of awards. With a new album on the horizon, Ciara comes to the Keswick on her first tour in six years.

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Esperanza Spalding At The TLA

Sunday, May 17
Hailed as a prodigy on the acoustic double bass within months of first touching the instrument as a 15-year-old, Esperanza Spalding has emerged as a fine jazz bassist, but has also distinguished herself playing blues, funk, hip-hop, pop fusion, and Brazilian and Afro-Cuban styles as well. Catch the Grammy-winner live at The TLA in May.

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Roots Picnic Returns To Festival Pier

Saturday, May 30
The Roots are taking a break from their regular gig as the houseband for The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon to kickoff summer by taking over Festival Pier in Philadelphia for the 8th annual Roots Picnic. We spotted several industry heavyweights on this year's lineup, including The Weeknd, Erykah Badu, A$AP Rocky, Phantogram, DJ Mustard, Rae Sremmurd and more.

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    • Roots Picnic
      • Roots Picnic
      • Photo Credit: M. Edlow for Visit Philly

Femi Kuti & The Positive Force At World Cafe Live

Tuesday, June 9
Where the Kuti name is mentioned, greatness follows and Femi Kuti is no exception to the rule. Son of Afrobeat founder Fela Kuti, Femi struck out on his on long ago to continue in his father’s legacy of preserving his music while producing socially-conscious, hip-moving, funky-infused songs that move audiences all over the world. Don't miss it as Femi returns to World Café Live in June

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Fall Out Boy And Wiz Khalifa At Susquehanna Bank Center

Wednesday, June 10
In support of their latest projects, American Beauty/American Pyscho and Blacc Hollywood, Fall Out Boy and Wiz Khalifa team up for a summer tour that is set to touch down in over 40 cities across the U.S. This tour includes opening performances by Hoodie Allen and DJ Drama.

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SWV At World Cafe Live

Sunday, June 21
SWV (Sisters with Voices) was founded in 1992 in New York by three best friends, Cheryl "Coko" Clemons, Tamara "Taj" George and Leanne "Lelee" Lyons.The group's debut album, It's About Time, was a smash hit selling over 13 million copies worldwide and spawning three Billboard chart topping singles, "I'm So Into You," "Weak" and "Right Here." You can catch the Philly stop on their reuinion tour at World Cafe Live.

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    • SWV
      • SWV
      • Photo Credit: Courtesy of SWV

Godfather with the Philadelphia Orchestra At The Mann

Thursday, June 25
Winner of three Academy Awards, including Best Picture, The Godfather comes to life on the big screen with Nino Rota’s iconic and haunting score performed live by The Philadelphia Orchestra. Ranked as one of the best movies of all time by the American Film Institute, The Godfather Live will leave you absolutely speechless. Catch this concert live at The Mann.

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The Philly 4th of July Jam With The Roots

Saturday, July 4
Wawa Welcome America returns with one of the country’s largest Fourth of July celebration. With a week of free events and programs, including fireworks, Hoagie Day and the annual Philadelphia Independence Day Parade, to the city's signature Fourth of July Jam & Fireworks, which once again will be curated by Questlove of The Roots — Philly is definitely the ONLY place in the country to celebrate the holiday. 

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    • Questlove on the drums, Black Thought on the mic
      • Questlove on the drums, Black Thought on the mic
      • Photo Credit: Photo by M. Edlow for GPTMC

J. Cole: Forest Hills Drive Tour At Susquehanna Bank Center

Friday, July 31
In promotion of his 2014 album, Forest Hills Drive, megastar J. Cole hits the Susquehanna Bank Center across the river in Camden, NJ. Alongside the star will be other industry notables, including Big Sean, YG and Jeremih.

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Nicki Minaj: The Pinkprint Tour At Susquehanna Bank Center

Thursday, August 6
Following up on her third studio album The Pinkprint, Nicki Minaj will be embarking on the North American leg of her just announced The Pinkprint tour. The Young Money powerhouse will be heating things up on the waterfront this summer when she comes through Philly in August. And, she's packing a heavy lineup of artists who will be with her, including Philly's own Meek Mill, Rae Sremmurd, Tinashe and DeJ Loaf.

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    • Made In America
      • Made In America
      • Photo Credit: M. Edlow for Philly 360° / Visit Philadelphia

Made In America Returns To Philly

Saturday, September 5 & Sunday, September 6
It's back. For the fourth year in a row, the wildly popular Budweiser Made In America festival will hit Philadelphia with two days of genre-defying music on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. The festival mastermind, Jay Z, will once again curate an epic lineup of the industry's hottest talents to deliver another round of show-stopping performances across multiple stages.

Full details on this year's festival are still to be confirmed. So, stay tuned for more information.

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Madonna at Susquehanna Bank Center

Thursday, September 24
This September, Madonna brings her “Rebel Heart” tour to the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia. The September 24 concert will be the Material Girl’s first appearance in our area since her sold-out MDNA tour of 2012. Tickets go on sale Monday, March 16.

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Philly 360° Playlist: Jeff Bradshaw — "Break You Off" Featuring Black Thought Of The Roots

  • Posted By: James Claiborne
  • March 25, 2015
    • Jeff Bradshaw
      • Jeff Bradshaw
      • Photo Credit: Courtesy of Shanachie

Last year, native Philly musician Jeff Bradshaw brought it home to the Kimmel Center with  a live concert and album recording that featured Black Thought, Trombone Shorty, Take 6, Marsha Ambrosius, Kim Burrell, Najee, Kenny Lattimore, Eric Roberson, Bilal, and more.

Now, the resulting album, HOME, is set for release and Jeff and Shanachie Entertainment will celebrate its Tuesday, March 31 drop date by throwing another star-studded concert here in Philadelphia at The TLA on South Street. Holding it down on stage along with Bradshaw will be other incredibly talented acts, including Black Thought, Kenny Lattimore, Eric Roberson, Tweet — and a few surprise guests.

Can't wait for Tuesday's album release and concert? Don't worry — you're not alone! Luckily, Philly 360° has got you covered. We've landed an exclusive preview of a single from the forthcoming album. Below, you can check out to Jeff's track, "Break You Off," which also features a live performance by Roots frontman, Black Thought. Like every song these two Philly greats touch, the track has plenty of feel, undeniable soul and an infectious groove.  

So, listen to "Break You Off" now, and be sure to grab tickets to Jeff Bradshaw's album release concert at The TLA. Also, be sure to purchase HOME on iTunes and Amazon

Jeff Bradshaw HOME Album Release Concert
Tuesday, March 31, 8 p.m. | The TLA, 334 South Street | $25 | Buy tickets here.


Listen to this exlcusive preview of "Break You Off" featuring Jeff Bradshaw and Black Thought. You can also watch the official video for Bradshaw's hit "All Time Love" featuring Tweet and Eric Roberson, below.


Philly Singer/Songwriter Lee Mo Headlines The Next Edition Of Sanctuary LIVE! - Friday, March 20

  • Posted By: James Claiborne
  • March 19, 2015
    • Lee Mo
      • Lee Mo
      • Photo Credit: Courtesy of Lee Mo

Each and every 3rd Friday, Art Sanctuary — Philly's premier black arts hub — presents its monthly open mic and music showcase, Sanctuary LIVE! This month's edition features can't-miss performance by Philly soul, jazz newcomer, Lee Mo.

One of the newer voices on the Philadelphia music scene, Lee Mo is taking the city by storm. Known for her killers vocals, soulful feel and impressive music sensibilities, Lee Mo has graced the stages of some of Philly's hottest venues. Lee Mo has also shared the stage with many artists in the Philly area, including Vertical Current, George "Spanky" McCurdy, Chartel, Eric Roberson and Jeff Murrell, to name a few.

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, "Works from the Stolen Dreams Forbidden Fruit." this 20+ piece show features the stunning paintings of Philadelphia-based artists James Dupree. 

Be sure to RSVP in advance, because you most definitely want to be front and center when Lee Mo and these Philly talents step on stage. Wine and light fare included.


Sanctuary LIVE! Featuring Lee Mo
When: Friday, March 20, Doors 7 p.m., Show 7:30 p.m.
Where: Art Sanctuary, 16th and Bainbridge
Cost: $10
More Info: RSVP here.


LiveConnections Presents Flutronix & Ryan Matthews At World Cafe Live - Friday, March 20

  • Posted By: James Claiborne
  • March 16, 2015
    • Flutronix
      • Flutronix
      • Photo Credit: Photo by Erin Patrice O'Brien / Courtesy of the artist

This week, New York-based flute duo Flutronix brings a special collab with Philadelphia artist Ryan Matthews to World Cafe Live. Merging Flutronix’s unique flute sound with Matthews’ trombone-meets-electronica stylings, local creative collab, LiveConnections, has curated another can't-miss production for area music lovers. 

Flutronix is comprised of musicians Nathalie Joachim and Allison Loggins-Hull. The duo has been hailed by The Wall Street Journal as “a unique blend of classical music, hip-hop, electronic programming and soulful vocals reminiscent of neo-R&B stars like Erykah Badu.”

And, since Philadelphia is the official birthplace of the neosoul movement that continues to redefine music around the globe, we're pretty sure Flutronix will be right at home in our every-soulful city. The duo has worked with a diverse range of classical, pop, and hip-hop artists, and now, the group will add Matthews, a Curtis Institute of Music graduate, to their list of collaborators.

Catch this one-night-only collab on March 20 at the polished University City music hotspot, World Cafe Live.

 

LiveConnections presents Flutronix & Ryan Matthews
When: Friday, March 20 at 7:30 PM
Where: World Cafe Live - Philadelphia, 3025 Walnut Street
Cost: $18 general admission, $13 students with ID
More Info: liveconnections.org/flutronix-matthews


CONTEST: Win A Pair Of Tickets To Jeff Bradshaw's Album Release Concert At The TLA On Tuesday, March 31

  • Posted By: James Claiborne
  • March 13, 2015
    • Jeff Bradshaw
      • Jeff Bradshaw
      • Photo Credit: Courtesy of Shanachie

Last year, native Philly musician Jeff Bradshaw brought it home to the Kimmel Center with  a live concert and album recording that featured Trombone Shorty, Take 6, Marsha Ambrosius, Kim Burrell, Najee, Kenny Lattimore, Eric Roberson, Bilal, and more.

Now, the album, HOME, is ready for release and Jeff and Shanachie Entertainment will celebrate its March 31 drop date by throwing another star-studded concert here in Philadelphia. Holding it down on stage along with Bradshaw will be other incredibly talented acts, including Black Thought, Kenny Lattimore, Eric Roberson, Tweet — and a few surprise guests.

With a lineup this dope, we're guessing that you want in on the show, right? That's why Philly 360° is hooking two lucky fans up with a pair of tickets to the show. But, it doesn't stop there, we've also landed two signed copies of Jeff's album that we're throwing into the prize package.

Just fill out the below form to enter the contest. You can enter the giveaway daily to increase your chance of winning. Contest ends on Wednesday, March 25.

You can find the official contest rules here.

Jeff Bradshaw & Friends
When: Tuesday, March 31, 8 p.m.
Where: The TLA, 334 South Street
Cost: $25
More Info: Buy tickets here.

Contest Entry Form:

Fill out my online form.

Philly's Own Kevin Hart Brings The 45-City WHAT NOW? Tour Home To Lincoln Financial Field - Sunday, August 30

  • Posted By: James Claiborne
  • February 19, 2015
    • Kevin Harts' WHAT NOW? TOUR
      • Kevin Harts' WHAT NOW? TOUR
      • Photo Credit: Courtesy of Live Nation

Superstar entertainer, actor and native Philly funnyman Kevin Hart just announced  a massive North American tour. The WHAT NOW? TOUR will take Hart to 45 cities throughout the U.S. and Canada.

One of the most notable and anticipated comedy tours of the year, What Now? brings Hart home to Philadelphia for the biggest show on the tour – a stadium show at Lincoln Financial Field on Sunday, August 30. The Lincoln Financial Field show marks the first time a comedian has headlined a NFL football stadium. And, we're definitely Philly proud about this epic milestone for Hart's career!

One of the enertainment industry's biggest stars, Kevin Hart has come up through the ranks to be an undeniably influential entertainer and award-winning actor. In 2015, Hart will release two movies in addition to hitting the road for this tour. Kevin can currently be seen in The Wedding Ringer and in March 2015, he will star opposite Will Ferrell in Warner Bros. Pictures' Get Hard. Next year, Kevin will star in Ride Along 2, the anticipated sequel to last year’s $100 million blockbuster hit.

Kevin definitely gets his grind-hard mentality from his Philly roots, and all of his hard work has more than paid off. Tickets for the Philadelphia show go on sale Friday, February 20 — so  make sure to grab your tickets early.

Also, be sure to check out our exlcusive with Kevin and Ice Cube, as they shopped Philly sportwear destination Mitchell & Ness. As always — Kevin Hart's got jokes for days.  


Kevin Hart: WHAT NOW? Tour
When: Sunday, August 30, 8 p.m.
Where: Lincoln Financial Field, 1 Lincoln Financial Field Way, Philadelphia, PA 19147
Cost: $55-155
More Info: Buy tickets online here.


Luke James & BJ The Chicago Kid Are Next Up At Underground Arts - Thursday, February 26

  • Posted By: James Claiborne
  • February 19, 2015
    • Luke James
      • Luke James
      • Photo Credit: Courtesy of Luke James

Following his deal with J Records and a 2006 single titled "My Turn," New Orleans native Luke James gained major attention as a songwriter and background vocalist. The soulful singer/songwriter lent his formidble writing skills to co-pen hits like Tank's "I Hate U," Charlie Wilson's "Love, Love, Love," Britney Spears' "Kill the Lights," Chris Brown's "Crawl," and Justin Bieber's "That Should Be Me," among others.

Eventually signing to Mercury, James released his his hit single, "I Want You," which earned the talented crooner major love from critics, fans and radio. James followed with three more singles in 2013, as well a handful in 2014 that preceded the release of his self-titled debut album.

On Thursday, February 26, Luke James performs at Underground Arts in Philadelphia alongside industry newcomer B.J. The Chicago Kid — who is being hailed as one of the most explosive, yet mature, soulful artists/writers of our young generation.

Together, these two wize-beyond-their-age vocalists will lay down a unforgettable night of entertainment in the name of feel-good music. Grab your tickets now.


Luke James & B.J. The Chicago Kid
When: Thursday, February 26, 8 p.m.
Where: Underground Arts, 1200 Callowhill Street
Cost:$25
More Info: Click here purchase tickets online. 


Check out our behind-the-scenes with Luke James.


Dice Raw Of The Roots Crew Headlines Hip-Hop Satire "The Last Jimmy" At The Prince Music Theater - March 18 - 21

  • Posted By: James Claiborne
  • February 18, 2015
    • Dice Raw
      • Dice Raw
      • Photo Credit: Courtesy of the artist

Next week, Dice Raw of The Roots is hitting the stage, headlining another run of his latest production, "The Last Jimmy." A hip-hop satire, "The Last Jimmy" tackles the emotionally-charged subject of mass incarceration of African-American males in the US. The hip-hop musical odyssey travels through the plight of the court experience of young African American males, and the American prison system expressed through song, music, and dance. 

The production was written by Phillip Brown, includes original music and lyrics by Dice Raw of the Roots Crew. Dice Raw’s highly-acclaimed concept album “Jimmy’s Back” is the centerpiece for this entertaining and thought-provoking production.  

A popular and present artist on the Philadelphia music scene, Dice Raw raw's signature style of rap was first heard alongside Philly's famous hip-hop band, The Roots. Dice made his industry debut on the hit track "The Lesson, Pt. 1." And soon after, he made a name for himself with his distinct cameos on "Adrenaline" and "Lockdown," where his hard-hitting style worked perfectly alongside the heady rhymes of Roots frontman Black Thought.

Along with Dice Raw, the production features a stellar lineup of Philadelphia talents, and after the Friday night performance audience members are invited to stick around for a post-show talkback discussion.

We last saw this show last fall, during it's near sold-out run at the New Freedom Theatre — a Philly institution which has a rich history training generations of black creatives and giving voice to the African-American experience through theater. 

For this run, "The Last Jimmy" will be steps from Philadelphia's Avenue of the Arts, staging the production at the historic Prince Music Theater on Chestnut Street. Don't miss this groundbreaking work featuring many of Philly's best and brightest talents on one stage. 


The Last Jimmy featuring Dice Raw 
When: March 21 - 28
Where: Prince Music Theater, 1412 Chestnut Street
Cost: $35- $60
More Info: Buy tickets here.


TOP PICKS: Eight Must-Hit Shows In Philly Through March

  • Posted By: James Claiborne
  • February 12, 2015
    • Jazmine Sullivan
      • Jazmine Sullivan
      • Photo Credit: Courtesy of Jazmine Sulivan

Philly, there certainly will be no shortage of dope live music rocking our stages over the next few weeks. From heavyweight music veteran Lauryn Hill  to Philly-born sensations like Jazmine Sullivan and MPrynt — we've pulled together a list of ten can't-miss concerts hitting our town soon.

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!


Eight Must-Hit Shows in Philly Through March

    • Kindred the Family Soul - Fatin & Aja
      • Kindred the Family Soul - Fatin & Aja
      • Photo Credit: Courtesy of Kindred the Family Soul

1. Kindred The Family Soul

Thursday, February 19, 8 p.m | World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut Street | $35
Buy tickets here.

Born from the same turn-of-the-century Philadelphia neo-soul movement that birthed Jill Scott, the married duo Fatin Dantzler and Aja Graydon are Kindred the Family Soul.

Since first being discovered by Jill Scott at the Black Lily Film & Music Festival and signing to Hidden Beach Recordings, Kindred has toured the globe and continued to keep Philly soul on alive and on the map. Catch the duo at World Cafe Live for an incredible, undeniably Philly night of soul in University City.

 
    • Questlove on the drums, Black Thought on the mic
      • Questlove on the drums, Black Thought on the mic
      • Photo Credit: Photo by M. Edlow for GPTMC

2. GrassROOTS Community Foundation: 5th Annual Let’s Move It: Philly Party

Saturday, February 21, 9 PM | Trilogy, 601 Spring Garden Street | $20 and Up
Buy tickets here.

The brainchild of Philly legend and Roots crew member, Black Thought and Dr. Janice Johnson Diaz, the GrassROOTS Community Foundation is throwing their 5th Annual Let’s Move It: Philly Party! Saturday, Feb. 21 it all goes down at Trilogy Nightclub and all of Philadelphia, and beyond, is invited to come out and party for a purpose.

This year’s theme is all about the Philly Classics. From the music, to the food and entire, guests will get to enjoy a healthy dose of Philly nostalgia. On the ones and twos will be the legendary DJ Jazzy Jeff, along with Black Thought of The Roots and fellow turntable icon Rich Medina.

So grab a friend or two and a pair of your favorite Reebok Classics and head down to Trilogy for some amazing music, food and to help support a Philadelphia School. Dress is chic, whether heels or sneakers!

    • Luke James
      • Luke James
      • Photo Credit: Courtesy of Luke James

3. Luke James & B.J. The Chicago Kid

Thursday, February 26, 8 p.m. | Underground Arts, 1200 Callowhill Street | $25
Click here purchase tickets online. 

Following his deal with J Records and a 2006 single titled "My Turn," New Orleans native Luke James gained major attention as a songwriter and background vocalist. The soulful singer/songwriter lent his formidble writing skills to co-pen hits like Tank's "I Hate U," Charlie Wilson's "Love, Love, Love," Britney Spears' "Kill the Lights," Chris Brown's "Crawl," and Justin Bieber's "That Should Be Me," among others.

On Thursday, February 26, Luke James performs at Underground Arts in Philadelphia alongside industry newcomer B.J. The Chicago Kid — who is being hailed as one of the most explosive, yet mature, soulful artists/writers of our young generation.

    • OCD: Moosh & Twist
      • OCD: Moosh & Twist
      • Photo Credit: Courtesy of the artist

4. OCD: Moosh & Twist

Friday, February 27, 8 p.m. | The TLA, 334 South Street | $18
Click here to buy tickets online.

OCD: Moosh & Twist is made up of Philadelphia natives DeQuincy "Moosh" Coleman McRae and Oliver "Twist" Feighan. After bonding in first grade over the love of music and poetry, Moosh & Twist formed a group shortly after and the rest is history.

As independent hip-hop artists, OCD have amassed a devoted fan base which has resulted in over 100,000 mixtape downloads and over 12 million Youtube views. In 2014, OCD debuted their first EP, Living Out Loud, which reached top 5 on the iTunes Hip-Hop charts and was recognized as #1 on Billboard Magazine's Heatseeker's list.

Catch the duo at South Street hotspot, The TLA, as they hold it down for their hometown fans.

    • MPrynt
      • MPrynt
      • Photo Credit: M. Edlow for GPTMC/Philly 360°

5. MPrynt: Now Or Never Tour featuring Good Girl & Jeremy Isaac

Thursday, March 5, 7:30 p.m. | The TLA, 334 South Street | $15
Buy tickets online here. 

Motown recording artists MPrynt takes harmony to another level, wowing fans with their live performances and YouTube covers of R&B classics with a new school Philly twist. On March 5, the fellas — Tyce, Fah, Rael and Budda — return to The TLA to headline the latest Starr Island production. 

In addition to another show-stopping performance by MPrynt, the March showcase features performances by throwback all-lady group Good Girl and pop crooner Jeremy Isaac. We last caught all of these artists on stage together at The Winners Circle II. Check out our video recap for a look at how each of these artist hold it down for their Philadelphia fans. 

Tickets are on sale, so grab yours now!

    • Chill Moody at the Roots Picnic
      • Chill Moody at the Roots Picnic
      • Photo Credit: M. Edlow for GPTMC

6. Chill Moody's #30IsTheNew30

Saturday, March 7, 9 p.m | The TLA, 334 South Street | $20 General Admission / $40 VIP
Click here for tickets. 

There's no doubt about it. Philly DIY MC Chill Moody is a man about town. On any given day you can catch Chill holding it down on stage anywhere from City Hall to The TLA, and with each venture the popular Philadelphia hip-hop artist incorporates a new marketing twist to further his brand and the reach of his music.

On Saturday, March 7 the rapper celebrates another milestone — turning 30. On this night, Chill Moody is inviting his hometown friends and fam out to celebrate his big day like only Philly can. The party is going down at South Street hotspot, The TLA.

Stay tuned in for more details on this event, but you definitely won't want to grab your tickets. #buynow

    • Jazmine Sullivan
      • Jazmine Sullivan
      • Photo Credit: Courtesy of the artist

7. The Reality Show Tour Featuring Jazmine Sullivan - SOLD OUT!

This show is sold out, but click here to enter our contest!

Tuesday, March 10, 8:30 PM | Theater of Living Arts Lounge, 334 South Street | $40
Buy tickets online here.

Philly native and powerhouse vocalist Jazmine Sullivan is heading out on tour in support of her latest project, The Reality Show.The project has been getting major love around the country includes fan favorites like “Mascara,” “Forever Don’t Last,” and “Stupid Girl" — which was produced by two of Philly’s own, JoeLogic and Dilemma.

With the release of this new album, it’s very clear that Jazmine is back and taking no prisoners. The RCA recording artist will be tearing down the house at South Street hotspot, The TLAon Tuesday, March 10.

    • Lauryn Hill
      • Lauryn Hill
      • Photo Credit: Photo by Karl Ferguson

8. Ms. Lauryn Hill SMALL AXE: Acoustic Performance Series  

Saturday, March 28, 8 p.m. | Keswick Theatre, 291 N Keswick Ave, Glenside, PA 19038 | $56-125
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.

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 Match 28 at The Keswick Theater in Glenside for the Small Axe: Acoustic Performance Series.

    • Meek Mill
      • Meek Mill
      • Photo Credit: Courtesy of Live Nation / Meek Mill

BONUS SHOW — Meek Mill The Welcome Back Concert

Saturday, March 21, 7 p.m. | The Wells Fargo Center, 3601 S Broad Street | $36-$95
Click here.

One of Philly’s hottest emcees, Meek Mill is coming home — and doing so in a big way! On Saturday, March 21, Meek lands at The Wells Fargo Center for a homecoming concert that is not to be missed.

The Maybach Music Group (MMG) superstar will be laying it all out, hit after hit, for all of his hometown fans. It’s been a long road for Meek — chasing his dream, the rapper made his way from the streets of North Philadelphia to achieving international national stardom, performing around the globe.

Meek Mill shows are notorious for being raw and full of high-energy, from both Mill and his fans. You'll definitey want to check this one. Opening performances by Rick Ross, DJ Khaled, Yo Gotti, Jadakiss and more.


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