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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.

TOP PICKS: 7 Can't-Miss Events For The Weekend

  • Posted By: James Claiborne
  • March 6, 2015
    • Love Park
      • Love Park
      • Photo Credit: Courtesy Love Park

Finally. The weekend is finally here and it's time to relax and shed the weekday stress —Philly style! To help you get your weekend party started, we've pulled together this list of a few must-hit events that are going down in Philadelphia this weekend. 

From art exhibits at Art Sanctuary and the Philadelphia Museum of Art, to concerts and parties with your Philly faves like Chill Moody and more — this is your weekend itinerary courtesy of Philly 360°. 

So, grab your crew, hit the streets and have some fun. Let's go!

    • Art Sanctuary
      • Art Sanctuary
      • Photo Credit: Image by Nucultur

1. Opening: James Dupree: Works from the Stolen Dreams and Forbidden Fruit

Friday, March 6, 6 - 9 p.m | Art Sanctuary. 628 S. 16th Street | Free
MORE INFO

On Friday, March 6, Art Sanctuary will open the doors to its latest exhibition, ‘Works from the Stolen Dreams and Forbidden Fruit,’ with an opening reception for featured artist James Dupree.

Running through Saturday, April 25, ‘Works from the Stolen Dreams and Forbidden Fruit’ represents a creative turning point for Dupree into the realm of complete abstraction that begins to blur the boundaries between painting, collage, printmaking and draftsmanship. What’s more, it refers to Dupree’s attempt to dig deep into the subconscious.  “I know different people will respond to the work at different levels, and I don’t want to reveal what the forms mean to me,” stated Dupree. “Suffice to say, there are allegorical symbols that relate to my being Black, and the reality of having to survive social rites of passage and periods of cultural isolation.”

    • The Pigeon Presents: The Philadelphia Poetry Slam
      • The Pigeon Presents: The Philadelphia Poetry Slam
      • Photo Credit: The Pigeon

2. The Pigeon Presents: The Philadelphia Poetry Slam

Friday, March 6, 8:30 p.m. | PhilaMOCA, 531 N. 12th Street | $15 VIP Reserved, $10 | MORE INFO

The Pigeon returns with the next edition of The Philadelphia Poetry Slam. This quinessential Philly spoken word event features a poetry slam where the region's hottest talents compete to rep The Pigeon and Philadelphia at the National Poetry Slam!

The content and styles are always as diverse as the people of our great city — definitely a must-hit situation. Each event includes the open mic competition and a featured perform and workshop leader. This month's feature, Elizabeth Acevedo, has been published in The Acentos Review, The Ostrich Review, and Callaloo. She has been a featured performer on BET and Mun2, as well as Lincoln Center, Madison Square Garden, and the Kennedy Center of Performing Arts. 

    • Chill Moody, Beano & Hank McCoy Drop "Who Do You Love… More?"
      • Chill Moody, Beano & Hank McCoy Drop "Who Do You Love… More?"
      • Photo Credit: D. McDowell for Philly 360°/ Visit Philly

3. Chill Moody's #30IsTheNew30

Saturday, March 7, 9 p.m | The TLA, 334 South Street | $20 General Admission / $40 VIP
MORE INFO

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 wait to grab your tickets.

    • The African Americna Museum in Philadelphia
      • The African Americna Museum in Philadelphia
      • Photo Credit: M. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia

4. As We See It:  Selected Works from the Petrucci Family Foundation Collection of African American Art

February 5 - March 21, 2015 | The African American Museum in Philadelphia, 701 Arch Street | $10-14, free for members
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The African American Museum in Philadelphia just opened As We See It:  Selected Works from the Petrucci Family Foundation Collection of African American Art.

This exhibit explores the work and perspective of notable African American artists, such as Henry O. Tanner, Barbara Bullock and Dawoud Bey, by placing works from these master artists alongside artwork of local youth.

In preparation for this project, over 100 students from Philadelphia and the surrounding region studied art work from the collection and created their own works in response. The exhibit  includes interactive stations where visitors can engage in their own art making based on exhibit themes.

Videos of the artists in the collection will provide insights on the production process, and AAMP curator Richard J. Watson, will compose a new painting over the course of the exhibition.

    • Represent: 200 Years of African American Art
      • Represent: 200 Years of African American Art
      • Photo Credit: Courtesy of PMA

5. Represent: 200 Years of African American Art

January 10, 2015 - April 5, 2015 | The Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway | $14-20 Admission
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This winter, the Philadelphia Museum of Art will present an exhibition highlighting its exceptional holdings of work by African American artists. Reflecting a broad range of stories, subjects, styles, mediums, and traditions, Represent: 200 Years of African American Art will include works by Horace Pippin, Jacob Lawrence, Alma Thomas, Martin Puryear, and Carrie Mae Weems, and many others.

    • Somi
      • Somi
      • Photo Credit: Courtesy of Somi

6. Somi

Saturday, March 7, 8 p.m. | The Painted Bride, 230 Vine Street | $30
MORE INFO

Somi — an acclaimed jazz singer-songwriter — straddles the worlds of soul, and pop, and musical traditions from Rwanda and Uganda. JazzTimes magazine describes her live performance as “the earthy gutsiness of Nina Simone blended with the vocal beauty of Dianne Reeves,” while Billboard exclaims that she’s “all elegance and awe…utterly captivating.”

On March 7, catch Somi as she lands at The Painted Bride Art Center in Old City for a stunning evening of music. She will be joined by Liberty Ellman (acoustic guitar), Toru Dodo (piano), Keith Witty ( bass), and Nate Smith (drums).

    • Dee-1
      • Dee-1
      • Photo Credit: Courtesy of the artist

7. Dee-1 at The Troc

Sunday, March 8, 7 p.m. | 1003 Arch Street | $10
MORE INFO

Last year, Dee-1 took the world by start, as part of the coveted BET Hip-Hop Awards Cypher. His verse on the cypher opened the doors to additional opportunities at the network. Dee-1 headlined a BET Music Matters Showcase and was selected to perform on BET’s 106 & PARK’s popular segment, The Backroom. Recently, he was tapped to host the red carpet for the 2015 BET Honors—where he interviewed honorees and celebrity guests like Usher, Dr. Johnetta Betsch Cole, Anthony Anderson, Ben Vereen and more.

“I’m the rapper that wants kids to walk away from my music motivated to finish high school. Or people to say that a Dee-1 song helped me when I was contemplating suicide. I just want to play a positive role.”


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.

 
    • ?uestlove on the drums, Black Thought on the mic
      • ?uestlove 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.


February Must-Hit List: Black Thought, DJ Jazzy Jeff, Rich Medina, OCD: Moosh & Twist, Ursula Rucker, Laurin Talese & More

  • Posted By: James Claiborne
  • February 5, 2015
    • Philly 360° Creative Ambassadors Tariq "Black Thought" Trotter
      • Philly 360° Creative Ambassadors Tariq "Black Thought" Trotter
      • Photo Credit: Courtesy of the artists

Featured Events

Ursula Rucker — Friday, February 6 & Saturday, February 7

On February 6 and 7, Philadelphia-born poet, activist and recording artist Ursula Rucker bares heart and soul through poetry at The Annenberg Center in University City. Her two-night engagement, dubbed My Father’s Daughter, is a live, epic poem accompanied by music and video imagery that tells Rucker’s emotionally-charged story of survival and victory. MORE INFO

Valentine’s Suite Featuring Laurin Talese — Wednesday, February 11

Philly-based jazz vocalist Laurin Talese first appeared on the scene lending her sweet background vocals to some of Philly's top R&B/Soul artists, including Bilal, Jaguar Wright and Vivian Green. On February 11, Laurin brings her jazz stylings back to The Kimmel Center for a special Valentine’s Day edition of their free, monthly jam session a.k.a. Sittin' In. MORE INFO

    • Mali Music
      • Mali Music
      • Photo Credit: Courtesy of the artist

Mali Music - Wednesday, February 11

GRAMMY-nominated artist Mali Music is one of the hottest names to emerge from the underground music scene this year. His latest album Mali has garnered the attention of fans and industry veterans alike for effortlessly blending rap, poetry, blues and soul to create his undeniable signature sound. This month, the buzz-worthy singer/songwriter lands in Philadelphia for a night of unstoppable music at World Café Live on February 11. MORE INFO

Kindred The Family Soul — Thursday, February 19

Born from the same Philadelphia neo-soul movement that birthed Jill Scott, the married duo Fatin Dantzler and Aja Graydon are Kindred the Family Soul. The pair signed to Hidden Beach Recordings and released their debut record Surrender to Love in 2003. The critically acclaimed album,  which included the popular songs "Stars" and "Far Away," earned Kindred a nomination for a Soul Train Music Award in 2004. Catch the duo at World Cafe Live for an incredible, undeniably Philly night of soul in University City. MORE INFO

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

GrassROOTS Presents Let’s Move It: The Philly Party — Saturday, February 21

Philly do-gooders: Looking for your next dope party with a purpose? Join Black Thought of The Roots on February 21 as he hosts the 5th Annual Let's Move It Philly Party at Trilogy Nightclub. Keeping with this year’s theme, Philly Classics, The Roots frontman has enlisted fellow Philadelphia music icons DJ Jazzy Jeff and Rich Medina to hold down the party playlist. And, there will be plenty of signature Philadelphia bites and cocktails to go around. Grab your tickets now, because  you won't want to miss this chance to pay it forward and party like only Philly can. MORE INFO

Luke James & B.J. The Chicago Kid — Thursday, February 26

Luke James first gained major attention as a background vocalist and songwriter—lending his impressive skills to co-pen hit songs, including Tank's "I Hate U," Britney Spears' "Kill the Lights," and "Crawl " by Chris Brown, to name a few. Now signed to Mercury Records and riding high off since the release of his self-titled debut album, Luke James is returning to Philly, this time to perform at Underground Arts alongside industry R&B/pop newcomer B.J. The Chicago Kid. MORE INFO

OCD: Moosh & Twist — Friday, February 27

OCD: Moosh & Twist is made up of Philadelphia natives DeQuincy "Moosh" Coleman McRae and Oliver "Twist" Feighan. After meeting in first grade and then bonding over their mutual love of music and poetry, Moosh & Twist formed a group—and the rest is history. Now, popular DIY, indie hip-hop artists, OCD has built a devoted following of fans and boasts over 100,000 mixtape downloads and 12 million YouTube views. The pair even landed a headlining gig during last year’s Forbes’ Under 30 Festival alongside fellow rapper Wiz Khalifa. Catch the duo at South Street hotspot The TLA as they hold it down for their hometown crew. MORE INFO

 

    • Julian King
      • Julian King
      • Photo Credit: Courtesy of the artist

Philly 360° Spotlights

In The Mix

On February 16, The Recording Academy® Philadelphia Chapter returns with the next edition of In the Mix at the Hard Rock Cafe Philadelphia. The quarterly networking mixer is geared towards the next gen of music makers and moguls and boasts the attendance by some of the city's most recognized talents, and buzz-worthy newcomers. Hosted by Bruce Warren of WXPN, In The Mix features music by former Master of the Mix contestant DJ Royale and is free and open to all levels of music industry professionals. Get the details here.

Playlist: Julian King Drops “No Strings”

Philly, get to know Julian King. If you haven’t heard of this rising industry star—take note, because this Philly native set to become a household name in no time. A singer, songwriter and talented dancer, this R&B/pop newcomer is ready to take over, and we’re featuring his new single, “No Strings,” on the Philly 360° Playlist. Listen to the track here.

What’s Good In My ‘Hood: Melissa Alam, Old City

Melissa Alam is one of Philly’s many young, savvy hustlers on the rise. In addition to holding down her own women’s lifestyle website, Femme & Fortune, Melissa works out of The Hive, a co-working space she founded for female entrepreneurs. For this edition of Philly 360°’s WGMH, Melissa gives us the deets on why she loves to work, live and play in the popular neighborhood of Old City. Get to know her and her neighborhood here.

Top Picks: Black History Month 2015

Since Philly’s earliest days, African-American culture has played an influential role in shaping our city’s unique color and personality. This February, Philadelphia continues to celebrate this rich heritage with a host of Black History Month events, exhibitions, concerts, film screenings and more. Still making plans? Check out our top picks.


Tweet Hits Hard Rock Cafe Philadelphia With 'The Return Of The Hummingbird' - Sunday, January 25

  • Posted By: James Claiborne
  • January 22, 2015
    • Tweet performs at the Hard Rock Cafe in Philadelphia
      • Tweet performs at the Hard Rock Cafe in Philadelphia
      • Photo Credit: Courtesy of the artist

This weekend, much-loved singer/songwriter Tweet makes an exciting appearance with her highly anticipated performance, The Return of the Hummingbird at the Hard Rock Cafe in Philadelphia. Known for her breakout hits, "Oops (Oh My)" and "Call Me," Tweet is ready to make Philly fans fall in love all over again with her deliciously soft, melodic vocals, honest lyrics and infectious melodies.

Tweet first landed on the scene with her 2002 debut album, Southern Hummingbird, which was produced in part by Missy Elliot and was hailed as an instant classic by R&B/soul music lovers everywhere. Now, with over a decade of industry experiences under her belt, Tweet's signature smooth vocals, clean production and undeniable grooves have built a serious following of die-hard fans.

And, trust us — as the home to some of the world's finest soul vocalist and musicians, Philly is definitely still feeling Tweet's sound. Philadelphia fans last saw the sultry siren live on stage alongside our city's own in-demand trombonist, Jeff Bradshaw. Last year, Tweet joined an all-star cast, including Robert Glasper, Kim Burrell, Marsha Ambrosius and Take 6, for a live recording at The Kimmel Center of Bradshaw's forthcoming album.

This Sunday, you can be one of the first to experience The Return of the Hummingbird featuring Tweet, Musical Director Jeff Bradshaw and more at 7 p.m. on at Hard Rock Cafe. Get the deets below. 


Return of the Hummingbird Featuring Tweet, Jeff Bradshaw & More
When: Sunday, January 25, 7 p.m.
Where: Hard Rock Cafe, 1113 Market Street
Cost: $40
More Info: Buy tickets online here.


Represent: 200 Years Of African American Art - January 10 - April 5, 2015

Represent: 200 Years of African American Art When: January 10, 2015 - April 5, 2015 Where: The Philadelphia Museum of Art, Cost: Included with the cost of general museum admission. More Info: Click here for details. This winter, the…

Jeff Bradshaw & Friends - Tuesday, March 31

Jeff Bradshaw & Friends When: Tuesday, March 31, 8 p.m. Where: The TLA, 334 South Street Cost: $25 More Info: Buy tickets here. Philly native Jeff Bradshaw has toured the world playing alongside some of the industry’s biggest talents.…

The Pigeon Presents: The Philadelphia Poetry Slam - Friday, April 3

The Pigeon Presents: The Philadelphia Poetry Slam When: Friday, April 3, 8:30 p.m. Where: PhilaMOCA, 531 N. 12th Street Cost: $15 VIP Reserved, $10 More Info: Click here for tickets. The Pigeon returns with the next edition of The…