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Just In: Lineup Announced For The Questlove Stage As Part Of Wawa Welcome America! Party On The Parkway - Saturday, July 4

  • Posted By: James Claiborne
  • July 2, 2015
    • Questlove holding things down on the drums at the Roots Picnic
      • Questlove holding things down on the drums at the Roots Picnic
      • Photo Credit: M. Edlow for Visit Philadelphia

Philly, are you ready? No one does Independence Day like we do, and Philly 360° just got some news about some dope music that will go down on July 4th.  

Not only are The Roots headlining the Wawa Welcome America! Philly 4th of July Jam —nation's biggest free concert—alongside of Miguel, MKTO, Jennifer Nettles and more. But, they're also bringing you a second stage packed with talent to warm you up for the main event that night.

Yup, we've just got our hands on the lineup for the Questlove Stage, which is part of the Party on the Parkway. We're definitely loving the talent Quest picked out. Once you get a look at the lineup, you'll definitely want to be front and center for this one.

So, who made the cut for the Questlove Stage? Find out below. 

Party on the Parkway
Time: Noon-7 p.m.
Location: Benjamin Franklin Parkway from 20th Street to Eakins Oval
More Info: Click here for details.


The 2015 Questlove Stage Lineup: 

    • GoGo Morrow - Friends & Lovers Tour w/ Marsha Ambrosius
      • GoGo Morrow - Friends & Lovers Tour w/ Marsha Ambrosius
      • Photo Credit: D. McDowell for Philly 360°/ Visit Philly

GoGo Morrow | 6:15 p.m.

GoGo Morrow has been making big waves over the last year with her solo music. She has landed opening spots for Brandy, Lauryn Hill, Common — and even for the short lived Danity Kane reunion that we were all swooning over. GoGo was also one of the first acts added on to Marsha Ambrosius' national Friends & Lovers music tour. With each move GoGo solidifies her spot as one of the next artists from Philly that is destined to blow up and take the world stage by storm. Check out GoGo's feature on the Philly 360° Playlist.


Julian King | 5:35 p.m.

A graduate of the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, Julian King comes from a musical family, which undoubtedly contributes to his undeniable talents. A dancer, musician and exceptional vocalist, there is not much King can’t do. Definitely one of the most-talented indie acts on the Philadelphia scene right now, it won’t take long for Julian King's movement to gain some serious traction. Check out Julian King's feature on the Philly 360° playlist.


Kate Faust | 4:55 p.m. 

Get to know Philly-based singer/songwriter Kate Faust. One of the newer names from the city's booming music scene, Faust stepped out into her own with her latest EP, Eros. Fittingly, Faust named her latest album Eros after Greek mythology's God of Love. Faust knew early on that she wanted her voice and music to stand out from the crowd. And, with each new project she delivers, we've seen the singer/songwriter create something new and exciting. Check out Kate Faust's feature on the Philly 360° Playlist.

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

DJ Swizzy Mack | 4:15 p.m.

Discovered by Diplo and Paul Devro of Mad Decent, Swizzymack is one of the premiere sounds behind Philadelphia's club music scene. His debut EP Bass was released on Mad Decent’s imprint in June 2013. Since then, Swizzymack has brought his thumping bass drops and hyperactive tempos to airwaves and parties around the country.  

Max Swan | 3:40 p.m.

Max Swan takes the saxophone to new levels with works with dozen of groups from around the country. He's on a mission to forever alter public perception about the saxophone and for the past 15 year the young saxophonist has worked his way to earning over two dozen local and nationally recognized soloist and composition accolades, including the "Michael Brecker Saxophone Award", "Rick Lawn Arrangers Award", and the "Collaboration Award" through The University of The Arts. 

Cody Kahmar | 3:05 p.m.

Born just outisde of Philly, Cody Kahmar draws influences from a wide range of acts, including Dru Hill, Boyz II Men, Usher, Paramore, Lil’ Wayne and Drake. The singer/songwriter made a name for himself at open-mic nights across Philadelphia, eventually opening for Kid Cudi at Temple University’s homecoming. He's also collabed with West Philadelphia emcee Chill Moody on a record entitled “My Eyes,” which earned over 25,000 YouTube views in less than three months. 

CAPA High School | 2:30 p.m.

The Philadelphia High School for Creative and Performing Arts, affectionately known as CAPA, has birthed some of the greatest acts to come out of Philly. Count them — Questlove, Boyz II Men, Tyce of MPrynt, Jazmine Sullivan, GoGo Morrow and more. Catch the next generation of music all-stars when this student performance hits the stage.

    • Kate Faust
      • Kate Faust
      • Photo Credit: Courtes of Kate Faust

Guide To Wawa Welcome America! Party On The Parkway And Philly 4th Of July Jam & Finale Fireworks With The Roots, Miguel, MKTO, Jennifer Nettles And More

  • Posted By: James Claiborne
  • July 1, 2015
    • 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

As the official birthplace of our nation, there’s no better place in the country to celebrate the Fourth of July than right here in Philadelphia. The city’s signature Independence Day celebration, Wawa Welcome America!, returns from June 27 to July 4 with eight days of FREE family fun, including concerts, exhibitions, fireworks, parades and so much more.

In addition to dozens of patriotic celebrations that take place during Wawa Welcome America!, visitors can gear up for July 4th with a citywide celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Gay Rights Movement. The 2015 Welcome America festivities culminate on Saturday, July 4 with a massive Independence Day-themed party along Philadelphia’s famous Benjamin Franklin Parkway for the annual Party on the Parkway and Philly 4th of July Jam and Fireworks celebrations.

Visit Philly Overnight Hotel Package™

With July 4th happening on a Saturday, turn your celebration into a patriotic getaway with the Visit Philly Overnight® Hotel Package. The special offer includes overnight accommodations; passes to ride the PHLASH bus, offering easy access to Philadelphia’s major attractions; and FREE parking while you celebrate America’s birthday in America’s birthplace.

    • Thousands pack the Benjamin Franklin Parkway for a FREE, day-long party featuring food, live music, family fun and more. (Photo by G. Widman for Visit Philadelphia)
      • Thousands pack the Benjamin Franklin Parkway for a FREE, day-long party featuring food, live music, family fun and more. (Photo by G. Widman for Visit Philadelphia)

Party on the Parkway

Time: Noon-7 p.m.
Location: Benjamin Franklin Parkway from 20th Street to Eakins Oval

Head to the Benjamin Franklin Parkway to celebrate America’s Birthday with a massive block party featuring live music, family-friendly activities, games, food and so much more. Shop the impressive selection of vendors and food trucks that will line the Parkway and enjoy performances by national and local talents on the two live music stages. Also, keep an eye out for live demonstrations from the extreme pogo troupe Pogopalooza and interactive sport activities courtesy of the U.S. Olympic Committee’s Road to Rio Tour.

Questlove Stage & Global Music Stage

Again this year, the Party on the Parkway will host two stages of live music programming. A mix of national and local talents will perform at the Global Music Stage and the Questlove Stage, which is curated by Philadelphia’s favorite drummer and DJ, Questlove of The Roots. Stay tuned for more details on the lineup for these stages. Click here to see the full lineup for Questlove Stage. 

Road To Rio

As part of the Party on the Parkway, Olympic Team USA athletes will join the U.S. Olympic Committee in Philadelphia for the first stop of the Road To Rio. This touring event brings the magic of the Olympic Games to life by through meet-and-greets with Team USA athletes, interactive activities like long jump, high jump and high dive, and other Olympic themed fun for the entire family. The event will be held on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m.

    • Celebrate The 4th In Philly
      • Celebrate The 4th In Philly
      • Photo Credit: Kaster for Visit Philadelphia

Philly 4th of July Jam & Grand Finale Fireworks

Time: 7 p.m. – 11 p.m.
Concert: Starts at 7 p.m. (first performance at approximately 8 p.m.)
Fireworks: Estimated to begin around 10:30 p.m. (immediately following concert)

Celebrate America’s birthday with the “Largest Free Concert in America.” Starting at 7 p.m., The Philly 4th of July Jam concert, anchored by Philly band The Roots, kicks off with performance by R&B/pop star Miguel, Jennifer Nettles of Sugarland, pop group MKTO and singer/songwriter Zella Day. The show culminates with a stunning fireworks display over the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

PLEASE NOTE: All fireworks shows and events are scheduled rain or shine. In case of inclement weather, follow @July4thPhilly on Twitter and Wawa Welcome America on Facebook for up-to-the-minute information.

The fireworks finale at the Philadelphia Museum of Art is sure to draw a massive crowd, so be sure to stake your spot out early. Check out our interactive guide.


Philly 4th of July Jam & Fireworks
When: Friday, July 4, 7 p.m.
Where: Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Cost: Free
More Info: Click here.


Philly Jazz Vocalist Laurin Talese Kicks Off Weekly Set At Stratus Rooftop Lounge In Old City On Tuesday, July 7

  • Posted By: James Claiborne
  • June 30, 2015
    • Laurin Talese
      • Laurin Talese
      • Photo Credit: Image by The Nouveau Image / Courtesy of Laurin Talese

Philly! Starting next Tuesday, July 7, Philly-based singer/songwriter Laurin Talese kicks off a weekly night of jazz and cocktails at the Stratus Rooftop Lounge in Old City. 

One of the busiest and most-respected artist on the Philadelphia music scene, Laurin arrived in Philadelphia to study at the University of the Arts. After touring as a background vocalists for Philly soul artists, Jaguar Wright, Bilal and Vivian Green, Talese turned her attention to her own solo career, eventually signing with Blackstone's music label and production company, BASSic Black Entertainment (BBE).

Through BBE, Laurin released three must-hear singles, including her latest song "This Love," which is available on iTunes.

So, if you're looking for your next favorite weekly jam with a great cocktails, a stellar view of the city and some of the best music Philly has to offer — then this event is for you. We'll see you there.

Jazz with Laurin Talese
When: Every Tuesday, starting July 7, 6 p.m.
Where: Stratus Rooftop Lounge, 433 Chestnut Street
Cost: Free | Pay as you go.
More Info: stratuslounge.com

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Top Picks: 12 Must-Hit R&B/Soul Concerts Hitting Philadelphia This Summer

  • Posted By: James Claiborne
  • June 17, 2015
    • D'Angelo at Made in America
      • D'Angelo at Made in America
      • Photo Credit: M. Edlow for GPTMC

The 2015 summer music season is in full swing. And again this yes, an impressive lineup of shows of every genre will be hitting stages and live music venues across Philly. From waterfront concerts at Penn's Landing, the summer soul series at The Dell to shows at yearlong entertainment hot spots like World Cafe Live and The TLA, our city is buzzing with tons of can't-miss concerts and shows.

To give your summer music itinerary a jumpstart, we've pullled together this list of must-hit R&B/soul concerts that are going down in Philly this summer. We've got reunion concerts with Floetry and SWV, Bilal's album release concert at World Cafe Live, D'Angelo at The Keswick and Erykah Badu holding it down The Dell. And, this is just a small selection of what Philly has in store for you in the coming months.

Now, take a look at the below list for details on all of the summer soul shows that you need to know about. 

Insider Tip: We're running contest for the following shows; SWV, Bilal and Jodeci. Just click the links and submit the entry form for your chance to win.


Philly 360° Top Picks for R&B/Soul Concerts in Philly

    • The Dell Music Center
      • The Dell Music Center
      • Photo Credit: D. McDowell for GPTMC

SWV

Sunday, June 21
With a GRAMMY nod and WE TV tv docu-series “SWV Reunited" on the horizon, SWV is on the road to connect with fans and perform hits from their discography. You can catch the Philly stop on their reuinion tour at World Cafe Live.

MORE INFO

 

D'Angelo

Tuesday, June 23
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. 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.
 

MORE INFO

    • SWV
      • SWV
      • Photo Credit: Courtesy of the artist

Jodeci

Thursday, June 25
Catch, Jodeci — JoJo, DeVante Swing, Dalvin and "K-Ci — as they hit Philadelphia for an unstoppable night of throwback soul at the Tower Theatre in Upper Darby, PA.  Along with a must-see performance by the original bad boys of R&B, the June 25 concert includes an opening performance by Philly's own soulful R&B/pop group, MPrynt.

MORE INFO

 

Bilal Album Release

Tuesday, June 30
Philly’s #1 son of soul, Bilal returns home to celebrate the June 30 release of his new collaborative album with producer Adrian Younge, In Another Life. Known for his undeniable grooves, electrifying stage presence and soaring vocals, the Philly-bred soul singer has a cult following of fans that span the globe. Catch Bilal as he brings the party home for a must-hit show at World Cafe Live in University City.

MORE INFO

    • Bilal returns to World Cafe Live in June
      • Bilal returns to World Cafe Live in June
      • Photo Credit: Photo by Kawai Matthews

The Philly Fourth of July Jam With The Roots

Saturday, July 4
The “Largest Free Concert in America,” will rock the Parkway as The Roots, Miguel and other hitmaking artists take the stage followed by an amazing fireworks display over the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

MORE INFO


Patti LaBelle, Jeff Bradshaw & Pamela Williams 

Thursday, July 9
This year, the Dell Music Center in Fairmount Park will kick off the 2015 Essence of Entertainment Summer Concert Series with an all-star Philadelphia lineup that includes saxophone phenom Pamela Williams, touring trombonist Jeff Bradshaw and the original R&B/Soul diva Patti LaBelle. 

MORE INFO



Floetry

Friday, July 17 & Sunday, July 26
The soulful duo Floetry is reuniting for a tour this summer — and it’s just what avid R&B fans have been waiting for. On Friday, July 17, the long awaited reunion between the “Songstress” Marsha Ambrosius and the “Floacist” Natalie Stewart will take place right here in Philly at the popular South Street venue, The TLA. Update: The July 17 show is now sold out, a second show as been added on Sunday, July 26.

MORE INFO

    • Marsha's Friends & Lovers Tour
      • Marsha's Friends & Lovers Tour
      • Photo Credit: D. McDowell for Philly 360°/ Visit Philly

Babyface, Toni Braxton & Mint Condition 

Thursday, July 23 
Don't miss it as Babyface, Toni Braxton and Mint Condition hit The Dell for an unbelievable R&B throwback Thursday concert in Philadelphia. Together, these still hot and touring R&B greats will sing fans down memory lane with their classic hits like "Unbreak My Heart," "Pretty Brown Eyes" and "When Can I See You." 

MORE INFO


Fantasia & Johnny Gill 

Thursday, July 30
New school meets old when the soulful sounds of Fantasia and Johnny Gill take over Philadelphia for another unstoppable night of music at The Dell. Incredible vocals, soulful grooves and two of the best in the game will make this an one of the many can't-miss shows for the summer. 

MORE INFO

    • Fantasia at the Dell Music Center
      • Fantasia at the Dell Music Center
      • Photo Credit: D. McDowell for GPTMC

PJ Morton & Aaron Camper

Thursday, July 30
Briclyn Entertainment is back on the scene and gearing up for another dope show in Philadelphia. On July 30, Bricyln returns to University City music hub World Cafe Live for an incredible night of music with Maroon 5 keyboardist and backing vocalist, PJ Morton. The July show features Philly music transplant Aaron Camper, who is a globetrotting band member for major acts like Jill Scott and Justin Timberlake.

MORE INFO


Anthony Hamilton & Lyfe Jennings 

Thursday, August 6 
Got soul? R&B hitmakers Anthony Hamilton and Lyfe Jennings undoubtedly have a lock on soul. Catch these two hitmaking acts on August 6 for another guaranteed sellout at The Dell. 

MORE INFO

    • Erykah Badu
      • Erykah Badu
      • Photo Credit: Courtesy of the artists

Erykah Badu & Estelle 

Thursday, August 13
After slaying her headling performance at Roots Picnic 2015, Erykah Badu returns to Philadelphia alongside UK songstress Estelle. Don't miss it at these ladies tear down the house like only they can. 

MORE INFO


CONTEST: Win Tickets To See Jodeci At The Tower Theater On Thursday, June 25

  • Posted By: James Claiborne
  • June 16, 2015
    • Jodeci performs in Philadelphia in June.
      • Jodeci performs in Philadelphia in June.
      • Photo Credit: Courtesy of the artist

Since their debut project Forever My Lady dropped in '91, hit R&B/soul group Jodeci has reigned as one of the world's top male groups. Three decades later — and the fellas are still on the road holding it down with the classic 90s R&B hits. 

On Thursday, June 25, you can catch JoJo, DeVante Swing, Dalvin and "K-Ci as they hit Philadelphia for an unstoppable night of throwback soul at the Tower Theatre in Upper Darby, PA.  Along with a must-see performance by the original bad boys of R&B, the June 25 concert includes an opening performance by Philly's own soulful R&B/pop group, MPrynt.

Old school meets new doesn't get any better than this show's lineup, so we know you want to be in there. That's why we've teamed up with Live Nation to giveaway a pair of tickets to a few lucky fans. Just complete the below entry form for your chance to win big.  

If you don't wan to leave it up to chance, then check out the below concert details to purchase your tickets online. 

You can find the official contest rules here.



The contest entry period is now over.  All winners have been notified!

Jodeci & MPrynt
When: Thursday, June 25, 8 p.m.
Where: Tower Theater, 69th and Ludlow, Upper Darby, PA
Cost: $40-$45
More Info: Buy tickets online here.


CONTEST: Win Tickets To See Curren$y At The TLA

  • Posted By: James Claiborne
  • June 15, 2015
    • Curren$y hit the TLA in June.
      • Curren$y hit the TLA in June.
      • Photo Credit: Courtesy of Curren$y

We're back with another dope contest. Next up — Louisiana bred rapper Curren$y will be hitting South Street hotspot The TLA later this month.

This New Orleans native and former Young Money artist stays on the move. The rapper formed his own label, Jet Life Recordings, back in 2010 and since then, he's dropped 18 mixtapes, including his latest project Pilot Talk III, which released in April of this year.

Next Friday, streetwear brand Doobi presents Curren$y at The TLA with opening performances by Philly acts Theodore Grams, SincerelyTahj and CHAMPS. For this giveaway, Philly 360° is giving one of our lucky followers the chance to score a pair of tickets to the show.

Want in on the action? Then just complete the below entry form for your chance to win tickets. You can enter the contest daily to increase your odds of winning. If you don't want to leave it up to fate, then check the below listing for a link to buy tickets online.

Either way — #WeInThere.

Click here for official contest rules.


Doobi Presents Curren$y
When: Friday, June 26
Where: The TLA, 334 South Street
Cost: $34 + fees
More Info: Click here to buy tickets online.

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Top Picks: Eight Must-See R&B, Soul & Gospel Concerts At The Dell Music Center In 2015

  • Posted By: James Claiborne
  • June 10, 2015
    • Sizzlin' Summer Music At The Dell
      • Sizzlin' Summer Music At The Dell

A staple of the Philadelphia summer music season, The Dell Music Center  is back with an unstoppable lineupof R&B/soul performances. Last year, The Dell unveiled a series of upgrades to their gorgeous outdoor amphitheater and concessions.

Yes, there's no better place to catch R&B, soul and gospel under the Philly sky than this massive, always soldout venue. This year's highlights inlcludes must-see performances by some of the biggest names in the industry, including Patti Labelle, Jeff Bradshaw, Erykah Badu, Estelle, Anthony Hamilton and many more! 

Of course, Philly 360° is here to birng you the deets on all of the show we know that you just can't miss. Take a look at the below list, for our top picks from The Dell's summer music season. Also, you can find the full schedule by visiting www.mydelleast.com


Philly 360° Top Picks: The Dell Music Center Summer Concert Series 2015

    • Jeri Lynne and the Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra
      • Jeri Lynne and the Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra
      • Photo Credit: Courtesy of the Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra

Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra

Saturday, June 27
Philly 360° Creative Ambassador, Jeri Lynne Johnson returns to The Dell with her stunning chamber orchestra, Black Pearl. This multicultural group of classical musicians will present a must-hear evening of "Classical Gems" under the Philly sky. 

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Patti LaBelle, Jeff Bradshaw & Pamela Williams 

Thursday, July 9
This year, the Dell Music Center in Fairmount Park will kick off the 2015 Essence of Entertainment Summer Concert Series with an all-star Philadelphia lineup that includes saxophone phenom Pamela Williams, touring trombonist Jeff Bradshaw and the original R&B/Soul diva Patti LaBelle. 

MORE INFO


The 2015 Inspiration Celebration Gospel Tour

Friday, July 10
Hosted by Lonnie Hunter, 2015 Inspriation Celebration Gosepl Tour lands in Philadelphia on July 10. This year's show features soul-stirring performances by gospel greats like Yolanda Adams, Dorinda Clark-Cole, Donald Lawrence, DeWayne Woods, Tasha Page-Lockhart, and Ricky Dillard.

MORE INFO 

    • PHILADANCO
      • PHILADANCO
      • Photo Credit: Courtesy of PHILADANCO

PHILADANCO

Friday, July 17
Philadelphia's favorite dance troupe, PHILADANCO, brings their passion and precision to the Dell's stage for an unforgettable night of black dance. This returning program is always a sellout, so grab your seats soon. 

MORE INFO


Babyface, Toni Braxton & Mint Condition 

Thursday, July 23 
Don't miss it as Babyface, Toni Braxton and Mint Condition hit The Dell for an unbelievable R&B throwback Thursday concert in Philadelphia. Together, these still hot and touring R&B greats will sing fans down memory lane with their classic hits like "Unbreak My Heart," "Pretty Brown Eyes" and "When Can I See You." 

MORE INFO


Fantasia & Johnny Gill 

Thursday, July 30
New school meets old when the soulful music of Fantasia and Johnny Gill lands in Philadelphia to perform at The Dell. Incredible vocals, soulful grooves and two of the best in the game make this another can't-miss show for the summer. 

MORE INFO

    • Fantasia at the Dell Music Center
      • Fantasia at the Dell Music Center
      • Photo Credit: D. McDowell for GPTMC

Anthony Hamilton & Lyfe Jennings 

Thursday, August 6 
Got soul? R&B hitmakers Anthony Hamilton and Lyfe Jennings undoubtedly have a lock on soul. Catch these two hitmaking acts on August 6 for another guaranteed sellout at The Dell. 

MORE INFO


Erykah Badu & Estelle 

Thursday, August 13
After slaying her headling performance at Roots Picnic 2015, Erykah Badu returns to Philadelphia alongside UK songstress Estelle. Don't miss it at these ladies tear down the house like only they can. 

MORE INFO
 

    • Erykah Badu
      • Erykah Badu
      • Photo Credit: Courtesy of the artists

AFROPUNK's Battle Of The Bands Philly Hits Voltage Lounge On Friday, June 19

  • Posted By: James Claiborne
  • June 8, 2015
    • Philadelphia's music scene takes centerstage.
      • Philadelphia's music scene takes centerstage.
      • Photo Credit: D. McDowell for Philly 360°/ Visit Philly

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. This year's festival performers include Grace Jones, Lenny Kravitz, Danny Brown, Kelis and more. 

AFROPUNK Battle of The Bands, in addition to providing emerging talents a chance to perform on one of Brooklyn's biggest stages, has also kickstarted the careers of multiple bands: The Skins signing to Rick Rubens label America, Unlocking the Truth signing to Sony, among others. 

Now that the bands have entered, the public has spoken and the top five bands have been announced, it's time to take the battle to the stage. These top five voted bands will battle it out at Voltage Lounge June 19th and winner will play AFROPUNK  2015. Here's the list of the BOTB finalist; PalaceBurn, Zodiak, askmeificarem, Badd Kitti and Troi Lauren.

So, come out and check the best that Philly has to offer as they battle it out to see who has what it takes to play the mainstage at Afropunk 2015. 


Afropunk BOTB Philadelphia
When: Friday, June 19, 7-11 p.m. 
Where: Voltage Lounge, 421 N. 7th Street
Cost: $5 
More Info: Buy tickets online here. 


Contest: Win A Pair To Tickets To Bilal's Album Release Concert At World Cafe Live On Tuesday, June 30

  • Posted By: James Claiborne
  • June 8, 2015
    • Bilal returns to World Cafe Live in June
      • Bilal returns to World Cafe Live in June
      • Photo Credit: Photo by Kawai Matthews

Philly’s #1 son of soul, Bilal returns home to celebrate the June 30 release of his new collaborative album with producer Adrian Younge, In Another Life. Known for his undeniable grooves, electrifying stage presence and soaring vocals, the Philly-bred soul singer has a cult following of fans that span the globe. 

The genre-defying crooner brings it home this month for a must-see show at University City music hub, World Cafe Live. Want to be one of the first people to hear this new material live? We know you do. That's why we are bringing our followers another dope contest. 

We've landed a few pair of tickets to Bilal's June 30 album release — and we're giving you a chance to win them. Just complete the below entry for for your chance to win big. You can enter daily to increase your winning odds.  

In Another Life drops on June 30, but you can preorder the album online now. If you don't want to leave it up to chance click the below link to buy your tickets now.

Read the official contest rules here.  


Bilal Album Release
When: Tuesday, June 30, 8 p.m.
Where: World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut
Cost: $15-38
More Info: Buy tickets here.

Fill out my online form.

June Must-Hit List: Black Music Month, D’Angelo, Bilal, Wiz Khalifa, SWV, Odunde & More

  • Posted By: James Claiborne
  • June 3, 2015
    • D'Angelo
      • D'Angelo
      • Photo Credit: Courtesy of the artist

June Featured Events: 

Femi Kuti — Tuesday, June 9

The son of afrobeat pioneer Fela Kuti, Femi Kuti travels the world, continuing his family’s legacy for making socially conscious, funk-infused music. He returns to Philadelphia to bring his intoxicating sounds to University City hotspot World Cafe Live.

 

Fall Out Boy & Wiz Khalifa — Wednesday, June 10

In support of their latest projects, American Beauty/American Pyscho and Blacc Hollywood respectively, Fall Out Boy and Wiz Khalifa head out on a summer tour that touches down in more than 40 cities across the country. Catch the Boyz of the Zummer Tour at Susquehanna Bank Center with opening performances by Hoodie Allen and DJ Drama.


Odunde — Sunday, June 14

Odunde! Philly welcomes the return of largest African-American street festival on the East Coast. Shop the amazing selection of street vendors selling must-see wares, including jewelry, clothing and art, plus delicious eats. Then be sure to check out the stellar lineup of talent hitting the two Odunde stages. This year’s performance highlights include Philadanco, Rennie Harris, Philly Youth Poetry Movement and a special throwback hip-hop concert featuring Kurt Blow, Special Ed, Chubb Rock and Kwame.

 
    • Odunde Festival 2013
      • Odunde Festival 2013
      • Photo Credit: Courtesy of Odunde

Sittin’ In Hosted by Koyaki — Wednesday, June 17

Now in its third year, this free concert/party/jam session mash-up is Philly’s go-to event for emerging talent, locally based touring musicians and the music lovers that can't get enough of their dope sounds. This month’s show is hosted by singer, emcee, producer triple-threat Koyaki with additional performances by Emcee Ciara and DJ Danophonic.


SWV — Sunday, June 21

With a new TV series on the horizon, the ladies of SWV—Coko, Taj and Lelee—bring their highly anticipated reunion tour to World Cafe Live. The group’s 1992 debut album, It's About Time, sold 13 million copies worldwide and spawned three Billboard chart-topping singles, “I'm So Into You,” “Weak” and “Right Here.” Want in on the show? Enter our SWV Giveaway for a chance to win a pair of tickets.


D’Angelo — Tuesday, June 23

After a 14-year hiatus, R&B soul singer D’Angelo exploded back on the scene with his latest project, Black Messiah. This month, the beloved soulster—accompanied by a masterful group of musicians dubbed The Vanguard—brings his Second Coming Tour to the Keswick Theatre in Glenside, PA.


Bilal Album Release — Tuesday, June 30

Philly’s #1 son of soul, Bilal returns home to celebrate the June 30 release of his new collaborative album with producer Adrian Younge, In Another Life. Known for his undeniable grooves, electrifying stage presence and soaring vocals, the Philly-bred singer has earned a cult following of fans that span the globe. This show is a guaranteed sellout, so grab your tickets now.

    • Bilal returns to World Cafe Live in June
      • Bilal returns to World Cafe Live in June
      • Photo Credit: Photo by Kawai Matthews

Philly 360° Spotlights

Celebrate the Fourth in Philly

From June 27 through July 4, Wawa Welcome America! returns for seven epic days of fun, free events. Again this year, the festival will culminate with the Philly Fourth of July Jam presented by VH1, which will feature an all-star lineup of talents backed by The Roots. This year’s headliners include R&B/pop sensation Miguel and GRAMMY-winning country star Jennifer Nettles.


Black Music Month Picks

Get the inside story from celebrity media coach Dyana Williams on how Black Music Month got its start right here in Philly. Then, check out our top picks for all of the can’t-miss shows that are going down in and around Philadelphia this June. Get more details.

    • BASSic Black Entertainment & Sigma Sound Present The Exclusive Philly After Party - Chill Moody
      • BASSic Black Entertainment & Sigma Sound Present The Exclusive Philly After Party - Chill Moody
      • Photo Credit: D. McDowell for GPTMC/Philly 360°

Playlist: Chill Moody’s TV Made Me Do It

Quickly becoming one of the city’s biggest music ambassadors, West Philly emcee Chill Moody just dropped his latest LP, TV Made Me Do It. The project was produced by fellow Philly native, Wes Manchild. We’re bringing you one of album’s first singles, “I Can’t Stay,” featuring Jacqueline Constance. Listen now.


Must-See: Ivben Taqiy's Women In The Water

Philly-based creative Ivben Taqiy is one of the best—and busiest—visual artists on the city’s booming art scene. This month, Taqiy teams up with Philly’s favorite soul food lounge Ms. Tootsie’s for his latest show, Women in the Water. Get the details here.


Legendary: Inside the House Ballroom Scene — June 12 - August 16

Legendary: Inside the House Ballroom Scene When: June 12-August 16 Where: African American Museum in Philadelphia, 701 Arch Street Cost: $14, adults; $10, youth (4-12 years), students, seniors More info: www.aampmuseum.org House balls have played a significant role in…

The All Day Summer Art Jam - Saturday, July 11

Summer Art Jam When: Saturday, July 11, 10 p.m. Where: Gallery Isada, 3320 Collins Street Cost: $10 More Info: Click here for details. Ivben Taqiy is one of the hardest working artists in Philly. His pop culture influenced images…

Sanctuary LIVE! Featuring Lee Mo - Friday, July 17

Sanctuary LIVE! Featuring Lee Mo When: Friday, July 17, Doors 7 p.m., Show 7:30 p.m. Where: Art Sanctuary, 16th and Bainbridge Cost: $10 More Info: More details here. Each and every 3rd Friday, Art Sanctuary — Philly's premier black…