Your guide to Philly's diverse creative scene, nightlife, music, food & more
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.
This weekend, to celebrate the opening of the Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest on Penn's Landing, DJ Jazzy Jeff will spin a rollerskate friendly set of music from 9 to 11 p.m. You can catch Jeff — and show off your "Roll Bounce" moves — for RiverRink's opening weekend festivities, which kick off on Friday, May 22.
For the first time this year, the area that housed this past winter’s Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest will transform into a warm-weather edition with a roller rink, a boathouse-styled Lodge, a play area for kids, food and drink options and summer events throughout the season. Opening Memorial Day weekend, Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest will be free and open to the public daily through the end of September.
Also, as part of the opening weekend festivities, make sure to stop by the kickoff of the Visit Philly Beer Garden Series at Spruce Street Harbor Park this Friday.
For DJ Jazzy Jeff Philly fans, the Friday night skate party will definitely be an exciting homecoming to attend. As Jeff notes, "It's the best feeling in the world to play music all over the world, but, what's like home? I don't get a chance to play at home a lot, so when you get the opportunity - especially something like this - you take it."
So, this weekend, all roads lead to the Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest. It's always a good look to hear a legend like Jeff spin, and trust us — It'll feel even better on skates.
Opening weekend consists of four days of fun at the waterfront. See the complete schedule here.
AFROPUNK — New York's notorious urban, multicultural, genre-defying musical fete — is taking it's coveted Battle of the Bands show and contest on the road. This year, in addition to the New York show, AFROPUNK will bring its BOTB acton to two other east coast cities, ATL and Philadelphia.
Partnering with trusted Philadelphia music brand, Veteran Freshman, the Philadelphia edition of the battle offers a chance to perform at the critically acclaimed AFROPUNK Festival, which saw over 60,000 in attendance last year alone with performances from D’Angelo, Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings, Lianne La Havas, Body Count and many more.
AFROPUNK Battle of The Bands, while serving as a chance to perform on one of Brooklyn's biggest stages, has also been integral in kickstarting bands careers: The Skins signing to Rick Rubens label America, Unlocking the Truth signing to Sony, among others.
The next edition of Philly Loves hits us one week before the Roots Picnic. And, since this year's show includes performances by Erykah Badu and The Roots — the "Philly Loves The Soulquarians" theme of the May 23 concert is right on time.
Founded by Questlove, The Soulquarians is a music collective that includes D'Angelo, Poyser, Erykah Bady and J Dilla, to name a few. These artists came together during the height of the neosoul movement which was largely powered and inspired by artists from the Philadelphia muisc scene. The group was known for undeniable grooves, unconventional rhythms, irregular chords, and music with an infectious feel.
On Saturday May 23 all of Philadelphia is invited to Johnny Brenda's, where Dj's Mike Nyce and very special guest 9th Wonder will take the stage to pay tribute to The Roots, Erykah Badu, Q-Tip, Mos Def, Talib Kweli, Bilal, D'Angelo, Common, Dilla and James Poyser, known as the soulquarians.
The event includes live art by Ameerah K Art and a special tribute video created by Flygirrl. Get there early, doors open at 9 p.m. and early bird attendees get a a fan. We'll see you there.
After a 14 year hiatus that left fans around the globe feenin' for a follow-up to his 2000 album Voodoo, D'Angelo returned — and with a seriously soulful vengance.
Last December, the crooner dropped his latest release Black Messiah, which may very well be one of the most highly anticipated projects of this decade. The soul-laced album was released suddenly and was almost immediately hailed as an instant classic and a much-needed balm for all things missing in music right now. Black Messiah, indeed.
Now, the beloved soulster is on the road performing music from Black Messiah live for fans around the globe. On June 23, D'Angelo — accompanied by a masterful group of musicians dubbed The Vanguard — brings his Second Coming Tour to the Keswick Theatre in Glenside, PA.
After a recent sold-out European tour and dates in New York, D’Angelo and The Vanguard received an overwhelming response from fans and media alike. Rolling Stone called the performance at NYC’s Apollo Theatre “stunning… a master class in soul,” while the New York Daily News cited that D’Angelo “emerged at the Apollo with his skills undiminished and, compared to his contemporaries, still untouchable.”
Tickets to D'Angelo's Philadelphia show are on sale now. You'll definitely want to grab your seats now. The world's most soulful voice in the world's most soulful city — 100% a can't-miss experience.
Philly's own globetrotting turntablist, DJ Aktive works with some of the top acts in music, including Kanye West, Marsha Ambrosius and Jennifer Hudson, to name a few. There's no doubt about it — he's one of the most in-demand DJs in the game.
Even though Aktive is constantly on the road, he always makes sure to bring the party back home to Philly. For his latest venture, Aktive has teamed up with Recess Lounge in Old City for another dope concept. Next up; the weekly #TBT party.
Starting today, DJ Aktive will hit Recess with super fresh throwback set of music from the 90s and 2000s. We've put in our request for a little "This Is How We Do It" and some early Destiny Child. Trust us, DJ Aktive always holds it down when he steps on stage.
The inaugural party kicks off tonight and continues every Thursday through September. So, step out in the name of feel-good, throwback music. #WeInThere
Art Sanctuary is back on the scene with the 31st Annual Celebration of Black Writing—and this year, they are definitely doing it big. Along with weekly author readings, weekend workshops and the stunning photography exhibit Barkley Hendrix Presents: Oh, Snap!, CBW 2015 will also honor Kindred The Family Soul during its signature event, the Lifetime Achievement Awards at Temple Performing Arts Center.
The Recording Academy® Philadelphia is back with the next edition of their signature music conference, Grammy futureNOW. This must-attend event brings together the industry’s top artists, songwriters and executives to examine the current state and the future of the music. Confirmed speakers include Allen Kovac of Tenth Street Entertainment/Eleven Seven Music Group and Benjy Greenberg of indie label Rostrum Records. #GRAMMYfutureNOW
Last month, Action Bronson dropped his highly-anticipated, major-label debut Mr. Wonderful to rave reviews. Now, the rapper is on the road with a world tour supporting the record—and he’s bringing his high-energy onstage antics to South Street music hub, The TLA. Insider tip: Before or after the show, be sure to grab a “cheesesteak and a gremlin” across the street at Philly faves Ishkabibbles. You’ll be glad you did.
After a six year hiatus, Ciara is back out on the road to promote her soon-to-drop project Jackie. The 18 city US tour lands at The Keswick Theatre in Glenside, PA on May 10. We’re so hype for Ciara’s return that we’re giving one lucky fan a pair of free tickets to the show. Enter now for your chance to win!
Party with Philly’s finest DJs as the next edition of Tastytreats hits Silk City on May 15. On deck for this party are spinmaster extraordinaires Questlove and DJ Mike Nyce. This is another can’t-miss production by Stacey “Flygirrl” Wilson, so you know this party will be nothing less than flawless. #WeInThere
After touching a double bass for the first time at the age of 15, Esperanza Spalding was hailed as a jazz prodigy. Now, an internationally-recognized artist, Spalding’s music has earned her some serious cred, including a Soul Train Music Award and multiple GRAMMYs. Her latest project Emily’s D+Evolution, which includes a summer tour centered around rekindling her childhood interest in theater, poetry and movement, hits The TLA on May 17.
The wait is almost over. Roots Picnic 2015 is about to go down—bringing another dope lineup of artists to the Philly waterfront. After partying all day with acts like The Weeknd, Erykah Badu and DJ Mustard, the party moves to Underground Arts for round two. On deck for The Roots Picnic Afterparty will be Questlove, Cosmo Baker, Matthew Law and more.
Philly, it's about to go down—again. The Roots are bringing their epic music festival back to their hometown to kick off the summer. Philly 360° landed a pair of tickets to giveaway to one lucky fan. Want to be there? We know you do, so enter now to win.
There’s shortage of dope live music hitting Philadelphia stages this year. From heavyweight music veterans like Wiz Khalifa and The Roots, to shows by local and national indie music stars—we've pulled together this list of more than 20 can't-miss shows going down in Philly.
National Red Bull Freestyle champ, Mic Stew is taking over the Philly 360° Playlist with his hot single, “Black Chucks.” Undeniably, Stew is one of the dopest lyricists in Philly right now and he’s showing us exactly why he's one of the city's reigning emcees with this new track.
The African American Museum in Philadelphia just teamed up with international black art influencer Danny Simmons for their latest must-see exhibition, Badass Art Man: Original Work of Danny Simmons. Along with original work by Simmons, the show objects from his extensive collection of African and African American artwork.
Ciara is a legit global superstar whose infectious tunes have garnered multi-platinum albums, smash singles and a truckload of awards.
After a six year hiatus, the pop sensation took to twitter to announce an upcoming US tour in support of her soon-to-drop project, Jackie. On Sunday, May 10 you can catch CIara performing live at The Keswick Theatre just outside of Philadelphia in Glenside, PA.
If you're a diehard Ciara fan, then we're guessing that this concert is absolutely a must-hit event for you, right? True. That's why Philly 360° is giving away a pair of tickets to two lucky followers. Just complete the below entry form for your chance to win.
Philly, get ready! This May, The Roots will again kick off the spring/summer music season right here in their hometown. On Saturday, May 30, Questlove, Black Thought and the entire Roots crew will take over Festival Pier at Penn's Landing with the 8th Annual Roots Picnic. #weinthere
The 2015 festival includes a dope lineup heavyweights acts, including The Weeknd, Erykah Badu, A$AP Rocky, Phantogram, DJ Mustard and Rae Sremmurd, to name a few. Always down to rep their hometown, The Roots have again added a few emerging Philly talents to the roster. You can take a look at the full lineup here.
Selling out year after year, Roots Picnic continues to be one of the hottest and most in-demand tickets in Philadelphia. That's why Philly 360° is giving one lucky fan a pair of free tickets for Roots Picnic 2015. Just complete the below entry form for your chance to win big.
You must be 21 or older to enter. Also, you can read the official contest rules here.
This new monthly music series curated by Philadelphia musician, DJ and producer King Britt and New York City-based composer, producer and performer HPrizm returns to the JBs for part deux. Together, they’ll produce a monthly night of forward-thinking music featuring artists from around the world playing experimental music and “having fun with sound.”
The catch? All of the artists will be a surprise.
The live series is an extension of a label by the same name, which you can check out here for an idea of the experimental vibe of the shows. But, anyone curious to find out who is performing each month just has to show up.
Tickets, $8, are available online. Remember, though, you won’t know who’s in the lineup beforehand. You’ll just have to trust in King Britt and HPrizm. #easy
Techies, this one’s for you. From April 17 to 25, Philly Tech Week returns for another round of innovative, tech-driven action. Now in its fifth year, PTW is firmly planted as the city's go-to event for Philly creatives working across the tech and design communities.
Fresher than your average tech conference, the week-long celebration kicks off with Arcade @ The Dilworth featuring an app arcade, makers corner and community programming courtesy of a few local partners.
Post-kickoff, PTW 2015 goes into overdrive withmore than 100 events taking place across the city. Only Philly could make geekin' out look this good.
We know that trying to navigate this many events in just a week can appear to be a little daunting. But don't worry—Philly 360° has got you covered. We've pulled together an itinerary of a few can't-miss events.
You can check the official Philly 360° guide to Philly Tech Week, below. Or, click here to browse the full PTW 2015 schedule.
Thursday, April 16
Tech Cocktail’s bread and butter. Events held in 30+ cities across the country. We bring together your region’s 8-15 hottest startups, press, investors, entrepreneurs, job seekers, and hustlers, to join together for an evening of cocktails, networking, and informal startup showcasing. Each Mixer also features a one minute pitch from each startup which will determine that city’s Hottest Showcasing Startup.
Friday, April 17
Join PTW for a coffee-fueled networking session: It's a great chance to meet each other, talk about upcoming events, and make plans for the week. Share your passions over a cup of the best coffee drinks in Philly.
***NEW DATE: Saturday, April 17***
Celebrate technology and innovation at the Philly Tech Week Kickoff event at Dilworth Park. Check out the App Arcade, Maker Corner, live music, performances and more!
April 17 - 25
With the City of Philadelphia as its pallet, this festival is an eigh day live and virtual gathering that includes screenings, discussions, and parties with filmmakers and creatives you most likely never met before. During this time, local and international independent artists and business community members meet, screen and discuss the innovation, technology, creativity, and diversity of the filmmaker ecosystem.
Saturday, April 18
Peter Price's video design for "Dust" uses infra-red sensors to "see" the dancers as they move about the stage, projecting color fields that change in hue and saturation based on the dancers' location in space and the intensity of their movement. Before the show on Saturday, April 18, ticket holders are invited to arrive at 7pm to "dance" with our technology and learn about how it works.
Tuesday, April 21
In the wake of the recent FCC rulings on the preservation of Net Neutrality and the Reclassification of the internet as a utility, this 2015 Philly Tech Week WILCO / WURD Panel will explore the complexities of net neutrality, the recently passed FCC legislation, and the impact net neutrality legislation will have on people of color technology innovation, the cultivation of small businesses, and the engagement of community activism.
Tuesday, April 21
Come learn how to take your blog and digital pursuits to the next level. This panel is an interactive discussion with area bloggers on how to leverage your digital profile for branding, business opportunities, and making steps to becoming a digital entrepreneur.Panelist include Sabir M. Peele, Founder of Men’s Style Pro and Independent Brand Consultant; Swabreen Bakr, Communications Strategist and Digital Consultant; and Christina Brown, Founder of fashion and lifestyle blog, LoveBrownSugar. The conversation will be moderated by Jared Michael Lowe, Lifestyle Writer and Founder of Lowefactor.com.
Thursday, April 23
Let Me Explain is a series focused on real entrepreneurial stories told Live. Hosted by Jamila Payne, every show is unique with a new line up of guest entrepreneurs that have compelling stories they’re yearning to share. Each show starts with a theme that the storyteller uses as starting point to explain the untold truths of what it really means to build a business.The Tech Week show theme is "My Money is Funny."
Badass Art Man: Original Artwork of Danny Simmons When: April 24 through May 31 Where: The African American Museum in Philadelphia, 701 Arch Street Cost: Included with admission More Info: Click here. In 2012, just in time for the…
The 31st Annual Celebration of Black Writing When: May 1 - 31 Where: Various Locations Cost: See website for details. More Info: Click here. Art Sanctuary is back on the scene with The 31st Annual Celebration of Black Writing…
Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest Opening with DJ Jazzy Jeff When: DJ Set Friday, May 22, 9 - 11 p.m. | See the full weekend schedule here. Where: Penn’s Landing, 101 S. Columbus Boulevard Cost: FREE More Info: Click here…