Your guide to Philly's diverse creative scene, nightlife, music, food & more
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.
**The contest period has ended.**
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!
Enjoy live music and learn more about Philadelphia’s deep jazz roots as the 3rd Annual Philadelphia United Jazz Festival returns with a daylong celebration on South Street.
Presented by LifeLine Music Coalition, this fun and free jazz fest takes place on Saturday, September 12 from noon to 10 p.m. and will cover two full city blocks along South Street, from Broad to 16th Streets.
Performances kick off on the festival’s main stage near Broad and South Streets at 1:30 p.m. with sets by a stellar lineup of Philadelphia talents, including the Sam Reed Quintet, the Jamaaladeen Tacuma Trio and The US Army Jazz Big Band, to name a few.
The main stage schedule culminates with must-see sets by two world-renowned Philadelphia jazz legends, master saxophonist Odean Pope and The Arpeggio Jazz Ensemble led by LifeLine Music Coalition Founder and festival organizer Warren Oree.
In addition to live music on the main stage, festival-goers can groove to the sounds of local jazz talents while grabbing a drink or bite to eat at one of many restaurants and bars along South Street West. Cambridge, Skewers Bar and Grill, Bob and Barbara’s and the PHS Pop Up Garden on South Street will all host live jazz sets between 1 and 3:30 p.m. on Saturday.
Also, a day before the main event, jazz lovers can get a preview of the festival offerings at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. On Friday, September 11 from 5 to 8:45 p.m., LifeLine will present some of the city’s top jazz acts during the museum’s popular Art After 5 mixer, which is free after general museum admission.
For the full Philadelphia United Jazz Festival schedule and additional festival details, check here.
Come out and experience some of the best jazz talents that our city has to offer!
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.
On Friday, September 4, the night before MIA hits the Parkway with headliners like Pharrell, Kanye West and De La Soul, a concert/party of epic proportions will go down at Recess.
The event masterminds, Adam Blackstone, founder of BBE and musical director for Pharrell, Justin Timberlake, Rihanna and more, and Darrell Robinson, musical director for K Michelle, N.E.R.D and Kontraband 215, have joined forces and pooled their collective industry influence to show the world exactly what it means to be PhillyMade.
Music provided by Aye Boogie, DJ Hollywood and Dilemma.
Philly, get ready because another epic Labor Day weekend is about to go down.
It’s true. Jay Z’s massive Made in America Music Festival returns to the Benjamin Franklin Parkway on September 5 and 6 — and we are most definitely hyped to see it return.
Famously curated by Jay Z, Made In America is now in its fourth year and boasts an impressive roster of more than 60 artists performing across the five festival stages. Lineup highlights this year include Jay Z’s superstar wife Beyoncé, The Weeknd, J Cole, Axwell & Ingrosso, Bassnectar, Modest Mouse and many more.
With music mogul Jay Z at the helm, the Made in America artist lineup never disappoints — and this year is no exception.
On Saturday, September 5, attendees can look forward to headlining sets from Jay’s superstar wife Beyoncé and indie rockers Modest Mouse. Other artists taking the stage include BassNectar, Meek Mill, De La Soul, Nick Jonas and many more.
Then on Sunday, September 6, headliners R&B/urban acts The Weeknd and J. Cole will cap a day of performances that also includes Big Sean, Action Bronson, Future and more.
Again this year, the Made in America Skate Stage will feature a bevy of performers on both days, from Grits & Biscuits and Flatbush Zombies to Lolawolf, Post Malone, Ground Up and Strand of Oaks.
For more information on the artists in the lineup, you can check out the official Made In America lineup below.
If you haven’t bought your ticket yet for the festival or are just deciding to go, you’re in luck: As of now, tickets are still available.
After selling out last week, the Made In America promoters expanded the festival and released additional tickets to meet the public demand. Awesome, right? But, we highly suggest that you grab your tickets now because this show will definitely sell out (again).
Two-day festival passes go for $150 per person plus fees. Tickets can be purchased online via Ticketmaster.
Friday, September 4, 9 p.m., Recess, 125 South Second Street
On Friday,September 4, the night before MIA hits the Parkway, Adam Blackstone, founder of BASSic Black Entertainment and Darrell Robinson, musical director for K Michelle, N.E.R.D and Kontraband 215, will pool their collective industry influence to show the world exactly what it means to be PhillyMade. Music provided by DJ Bran, Aye Boogie, DJ Hollywood and Dilemma. MORE INFO
Friday, September 4, 10 p.m., Kung Fu Necktie, 1250 N Front Street, $5
Another pre-MIA party will hit Philly on Friday. Check out Props presented by elite DJs Rich Medina and Danny Akalepse at Kung Fu Nectkie for the perfect Made In America warm-up. MORE INFO
Saturday, September 5, 11 p.m., Goldilocks & James Oliver Gallery, 723 Chestnut Street, 21+
DJ Damage brings the sounds for this special Made In America after party sponsored by social media branding app Livid. The party goes down in Center City Philadelphia at Goldilocks & James Oliver Gallery on Chestnut Street. MORE INFO
Sunday, September 6, 9 p.m., Silk City, 435 Spring Garden Street, No Cover
Hit Silk City in the neigborhood of Spring Garden for the next edition of Motown on Sundays. DJs Junior and Lil' Dave, along with special guest Skeme Richards and Ian St. Laurent, will hold down a soulful party playlist for Labor Day weekend. MORE INFO
This Saturday, West Coast rapper Earl Sweatshirt lands in Philly for a late-night hit at The TLA on South Street. A member of the Odd Future crew, Earl is currently on the road alongside Remy Banks and Nxworries with the Ready To Leave Now Tour. MORE INFO
Art Sanctuary celebrates Philadelphia’s deep jazz roots with the return of the John Coltrane Tribute Festival. The show features a stellar lineup including Maysa, Bootsie Barnes and V. Shayne Frederick. MORE INFO
The Recording Academy® Philadelphia Chapter hosts the next edition of In the Mix at the Hard Rock Cafe Philadelphia. The quarterly networking mixer is geared toward the next gen of music makers and moguls, and it attracts some of the city’s most recognized talents and buzz-worthy newcomers. MORE INFO
It’s back. Red Bull Sound Select is back with another dope lineup of Philadelphia talent curated by Veteran Freshman. The September edition of this must-do monthly features R&B/pop vocalist GoGo Morrow, Afro-pop singer/songwriter Rosemary Fiki, emcee Joie Kathos and DJ Diamond Kuts. MORE INFO
With the release of her sophomoric album Blood, London-born singer/songwriter Lianne La Havas announced an international tour to more than 40 cities across the U.S., Europe and Canada. Fans can catch La Havas’ soulful, honey-laced vocals at The TLA. MORE INFO
Close out the month with King Britt as he brings a night of forward-thinking music to popular Philadelphia gastropub and music venue Johnny Brenda’s. Each month, the Buddy System—Britt’s latest collab with NY-based producer HPrizm—features a surprise lineup of international musicians experimenting and having fun with sound. MORE INFO
Bey’s back! This weekend, Jay Z’s Made In America music festival hits the Parkway with two days of nonstop performances by some of the industry’s hottest artists—Beyoncé, J. Cole, De La Soul and Meek Mill. Check out this guide for details on MIA 2015 and all of the must-hit events going down in Philly during Labor Day weekend.
Whether you’re looking to get dapper in Rittenhouse or going for a grittier, retro-inspired look from shops in Old City and South Street, we have you covered. Read our list of top menswear shops in Philly.
September marks the return of Philly’s 16-day creative explosion, the Fringe Festival. This year’s extravaganza includes a late-night music and performance series curated by King Britt and choreographer Kate Watson-Wallace. See the full lineup here.
Get to know Milton. This emerging Philadelphia R&B/soul artist just dropped the second single off his soon-to-be-release project. Listen to “Energy” now on the Philly 360° Playlist.
This month, the city’s performing and visual arts scene goes into hyperdrive for the return of the annual Fringe Festival.
Produced by FringeArts and in its 19th year, this go-to Philadelphia arts fest takes place September 3-19 — bringing 16 days of must-see theater, dance, visual arts, music and spoken-word and much more to eager audiences across Philadelphia.
With more than 600 opportunities to see shows and as many as 80 performances in a single day, diving into this massive undertaking is no small feat. Luckily for you, FringeArts made your job a little bit easier enlisting the help of one of Philadelphia's most notable experimental sound and performances duos, DJ King Britt and choreographer Kate Watson-Wallace.
Together, Britt and Wallace will curated the Fringe Festival late night performance and music series with some of the hottest talents and DJs around.
Starting Friday, September 4, you can catch a hand-selected lineup of sonic-mastering turntablist and performers at the FringeArts-based hangout, La Peg/Haas Biergarten on Columbus Boulevard. The La Peg shows are free and feature a great lineup of talents, including DJ Matthew Law, DJ Underdog, Dj Lil Dave and many more.
Late night shows in the FringeArts theater space kick off on Sunday, September 6 and include a nominal ticket fee of $15-$30. Along with locally-sourced acts like the hilarious antics of Philly's own Martha Graham Cracker Cabaret, these late night Fringe performances include an impressive roster of out-of-the-box musicians and acts, including poet Saul Williams, choreographer Jaamil Kosoko and rapper Spank Rock.
You can find the full lineup for Late Night Fringe online. Also, you can get in-depth deets on this year's Fringe Festival with this 2015 guide produced by our friends at uwishunu.com.
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