Your guide to Philly's diverse creative scene, nightlife, music, food & more
Art Sanctuary is back on the scene with The 30th 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 Chicken Bone Beach, CBW 2014 will also honor mega-producers Carvin & Ivan during its signature event, the Lifetime Achievement Awards at Temple Performing Arts Center.
Breaking: Iggy Azalea just dropped her debut album, The New Classic, and is hitting the road headlining the Monster Energy Outbreak Tour. Fans of Iggy’s pop-influenced rap stylings can catch her performing music from the new project at The TLA on South Street.
Motivational tweeter and author Rob Hill lands at Union Transfer to talk love, relationships and success with his Philly fans. The Real will also feature an appearance by blogger Alex Elle, author of the popular site The Good Hair Blog. Check this event out—you’re guaranteed to leave better, stronger, faster and wiser.
Each and every Sunday, The R&B Collective brings a new, hot music lineup to popular soul food restaurant and live waterfront music venue, Warmdaddy’s. This time around they teamed up Philly-based entertainment personality Moshay LaRen to present an exciting evening of music with special guest, Eric Roberson!
The Recording Academy® Philadelphia and New York chapters are teaming up to present one dynamic music conference in two cities over two days. On Saturday, May 10, GRAMMY futureNOW Philadelphia will bring together the industry’s top artists, songwriters and executives to examine the current state and the future of the music industry. Confirmed speakers include Kevin Liles, James Poyser of The Roots, J. Erving, Ivan Barias, Pop Wansel, Q Deezy and more. #GRAMMYfutureNOW
Philly native and sought-after trombonist Jeff Bradshaw has toured the world, playing alongside some of the industry’s hottest talents. Now, Jeff is bringing it home to the Kimmel Center for his live concert and album recording featuring Trombone Shorty, Take 6, Marsha Ambrosius, Kim Burrell, Najee, Kenny Lattimore, Eric Roberson, Bilal and a few more special guests. #epic
The Roots will once again take over Festival Pier at Penn’s Landing with their signature daylong music festival—the 7th Annual Roots Picnic. On May 31, Questlove, Black Thought and the entire Roots Crew will put on one of the illest shows of the summer. This year’s lineup, handpicked by the hip-hop band, includes The Roots, Snoop Dogg, Janelle Monae, A$AP Ferg, Action Bronson, Biz Markie, Chill Moody, Roman GianArthur and more.
P.S. Just in case you didn’t catch it, we have a ticket contest happening right now.
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, and they gave Philly 360° a pair of tickets to give away. Want to be there? We thought so. Enter to win.
Since winning Season 12 of the hit television show Project Runway, Philly’s own Dominque “Dom” Streater has officially been named the city’s next “it girl.” We caught up with Dom in her studio to talk about her growing Philly-based fashion business and the butterflies she feels every time a model hits the runway wearing one of her garments. Watch our video here.
While on break from Justin Timberlake’s 20/20 Experience World Tour, singer Aaron Camper sat down with Philly 360° for an exclusive, all-access interview. We went behind the scenes for Aaron’s show at World Cafe Live and even filmed his session with hit-producer Dilemma at Milkboy The Studio. You can check it out here.
For Friends & Lovers, Marsha Ambrosius hit the road with a dope lineup of Philly talents, including Motown recording artists MPrynt, sultry R&B/pop vocalist GoGo Morrow, soulful singer/songwriter Jade Alston and touring turntablist DJ Aktive. Watch our recap video for exclusive backstage interviews with the artists.
Philly icon Will Smith took some time out while on set filming Men in Black 3 last year to speak to Philly youth who are a part of the DASH Program (aka Destined to Achieve Successful Heights). Philly 360 was right there to capture Will's words of wisdom to the students.
Shout out to our Creative Ambassadors Brandon Pankey, Jerome Hipps and Mike McArthur for making this happen.
Watch what Will had to say here. Leam more about DASH below.
DASH provides opportunities for students to learn about various aspects of the entertainment industry while also learning how to become innovative thinkers and leaders. The DASH curriculum combines academics and real world experiences in three major areas of the entertainment industry: the business of music; the business of mass media; and the business of sports. Sessions includes academic learning, and applied learning through service learning projects in real entertainment industry settings.
DASH was co-founded by Jerome Hipps and Michael McArthur of Mama's Boys Music. Mama’s Boys was responsible for the discovery of Musiq Soulchild and served as executive producers for his albums. The company also manages hit-making songwriters and producers including Grammy-nominated production team, Karma Productions (Carvin Haggins & Ivan Barias who are master teachers at DASH) that have produced hit records for Keyshia Cole, Chris Brown, Jill Scott, and Justin Timberlake to name a few. Mama’s Boys recently partnered with entertainment executive Kevin Liles and KWL Enterprises to mange Grammy-Award winning artist Estelle.
The executive director of DASH is Brandon Pankey. He has worked at the Sports and Entertainment Financial Group Inc. (SEFG) handling the needs of multiple clients of the firm including Lil’ Wayne, Jill Scott, Keri Hilson, and more. In his role his various tasks include, but are not limited to: working on touring and recording budgets, helping to implement brand strategies for clients, and handling other various financial matters.
The Dell Music Center opened its doors for the season with a night full of soul with Raheem DeVaughn, Fantasia and Avant. The seats were filled to capacity, Avant brought us back with his sultry love songs, Fantasia mesmerized us with her powerful trills, and Raheem had his way with the ladies—let’s just say they all killed it!
Our Philly 360˚ Creative Ambassadors Michael McArthur & Jerome Hipps hooked us up and we caught up with R&B sensation Raheem DeVaughn backstage just minutes before he tore up the stage. From recording with Creative Ambassadors Carvin & Ivan to penning songs with Kristal “Tytewriter” Oliver, he’s got some serious love for Philly.
Check out our interview with Raheem DeVaughn below.
Insider tip: Take a look at the rest of this season’s lineup at The Dell here.
She may be born and raised in West London; however, this Grammy-winner is no stranger to Philadelphia. From working with The Roots to Carvin & Ivan, she's been in Philly and definitely has some of the Philly flavor in her music.
Estelle was in town for her "All of Me" tour as part of BET Music Matters. Philly's own DJ Aktive, Adam Blackstone, Carvin & Ivan, Mike McArthur, Jerome Hipps, John Barber III and opening acts Luke James and Bridget Kelly were all in the house.
Watch her talk about her connections to Philly and more.
Philly 360° Shout Out to Mike McArthur and Jerome Hipps of Mama's Boys Music for making the interview happen!
In case you haven’t already heard, Philly 360° went on the road again and this time we were representing Philly in Austin, TX at the SXSW Festival. One of the largest festivals of its kind, SXSW is an experience that thousands of aspiring filmmakers, artists and creative minds of all sorts travel to every year to take in all the vibrant creativity in the atmosphere.
While we kept our presence pretty low key, we were busy capturing all the Philly love taking over the festival. And, our Creative Ambassadors were everywhere! Creative Ambassadors DJ Jazzy Jeff and The Roots were there in full effect and tore up the stage. Creative Ambassador Aisha Winfield was there representing hip-hop artist Khemist and rising Sigma Sound producer Dilemma for their performance on the Dynamic Producer stage. Creative Ambassador Ivan Barias of production duo Carvin & Ivan spoke about the importance of a hit single on the Single and Ready to Mingle panel. Creative Ambassador Brandon Pankey was grindin’ behind the scenes of the highly anticipated Lil Wayne concert. We felt the love like we were right back home!
But, we’re done talking about it. Take a look at our recap video for yourself. We promise it’ll make you feel like you were there.
Barias' roots come from the Dominican Republic. Philly Te Ama sat down with him to talk about Philly's music scene.
Watch the video with Ivan below.
Philly was well represented at the 24th Annual ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Music Awards. The ASCAP Awards honor songwriters and publishers of the most performed ASCAP song on the 2010 R&B/Hip-Hop, Rap and Gospel charts.
Insider fact: The three powerhouses were also nominated for multiple Grammys this year for "Finding My Way Back."
The tagline for the GRAMMYs was "Life is Music is Life." But from what we experienced in LA for GRAMMY Week, it was really more "Philly is Music is Philly."
With so many nominations and big wins for Philly, it was clear that Philly’s music scene is just adding to our legacy and influence in the culture. It seemed like everywhere you might go in LA during GRAMMY Week, there was always some type of Philly connection.
Watch the video below to see everything that happened during GRAMMY Week!
The following day, we ran into Chuck Gamble, executive vice president of Philadelphia International Records, and Carvin Haggins, of Forever Music Inc., who spoke to us about Philly’s influence in music. Watch our impromptu interview on a FlipCam with them below. Thanks to Laiya St. Clair for jumping in to do the interview.
We also had the chance to talk to up and comer Cody Wise, who is from Philadelphia and a Philadelphia Performing Arts Charter School alum. He recently signed to Interscope Records and is recording his first album with Will.I.Am as executive producer. Cody carries Philly with him everywhere he goes. He’s recorded with Philadelphia International Records and has performed all over Philly.
Philly had another party happening at The Vanguard in Hollywood hosted by Philly’s own Vikter Duplaix and Philly 360° Creative Ambassador DJ Jazzy Jeff on the ones and twos who had the party going into the morning. Rapper Skillz rocked the mic and kept the crowd going until the lights came on. (Thanks for the Philly 360° shout out on stage!) Check out the wrap up here.
Saturday night, The Roots had their annual Pre-GRAMMY Jam Session. Black Thought prepped the crowd to expect the unexpected, and they definitely delivered with collaborations happening all night with some of music’s biggest names—including Chaka Khan, Will.I.Am, Ne-Yo, Marsha Ambrosius, Melanie Fiona, Raheem Devaughn and others who all hit the stage for some incredible performances. Check out our wrap up here.
And the GRAMMYs were invaded by…Philly.
The Roots and John Legend took home three gramophone statues for their joint album Wake Up!, which actually was a cover of Philly legends, Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes’ (with Teddy Pendergrass singing lead) “Wake Up Everybody.” The GRAMMY wins were for: ‘Best Traditional R&B Performance’ (“Hang On In There”), ‘Best R&B Song’ (“Shine”), and ‘Best R&B Album’ (Wake Up!).
Did you know that Philly was also well represented on stage at the 53rd GRAMMY Awards? Lady Gaga’s drummer and Philly 360 Creative Ambassador Spanky McCurdy and her back up singer Jasmine Morrow are both from Philly. And, Lady Gaga gave a shout out during her GRAMMY acceptance speech to her manager Troy Carter, who is a Philly native too.
It doesn’t stop there, the guitar player for Eminem is Philly’s own Curt Chambers. Plus, Philly hometown singer/songwriter P!nk won a GRAMMY for Best Pop Collaboration With Vocals for “Imagine” with Herbie Hancock, India Arie, Seal, Konono No 1, Jeff Beck & Oumou Sangare.
And with Usher winning a GRAMMY, a couple of guys at Ardmore’s MilkBoy Coffee have something to celebrate. Two of the songs from Usher’s Raymond V. Raymond were mixed at MilkBoy Recording Studio by producer Ian Cross and MilkBoy’s own Tim Sonnefeld.
Also, Philly designer Carmelita Couture dressed Selena Jones for the GRAMMY Awards. See the images from the red carpet in the slide show.
Philly was definitely in the building. As soon as we walked in to the after party, we saw Vikter Duplaix spinning and The Roots taking over the stage. We als o ran into producers, songwriters and GRAMMY nominated artist Helen Bruner and Terry Jones, who sits on the Board of Trustees for The Recording Academy. And, we saw Carvin Haggins and Chuck Gamble again while we were there. When we said that Philly was taking the GRAMMYs by storm, we weren’t kidding.
Congratulations to everyone from Philly who had some nods and some wins from The Recording Academyfor the 53rd GRAMMY Awards. There’s a reason why Philly is the home of soul and R&B—and you all keep our legacy going.
Watch the video with both of them talking up Philly, the GRAMMYs, and why Philly breeds amazing talent.
Some major names in the entertainment industry came out last night for GRAMMY nominated songwriting and producing powerhouse and Philly 360° Lead Creative Ambassadors Carvin & Ivan. The duo hosted a party celebrating their five GRAMMY nominations and also their anniversary of having Top Ten hits every year for the past 10 years.
The soiree took place at the Falcon in Hollywood, and LA spent the night celebrating Philly music and Carvin & Ivan's legacy. And, world renowned DJ and Philly native, DJ Aktive was spinning all night long, helping keep it as a Philly affair. DeSean Jackson, Kenny Latimore, Qdeezy (radio personality), Curt Chambers (Eminem's guitar player) and more were all there talking up Philly and the talented masters of melody.
Stay tuned. We're giving you an all access pass over the next few days of GRAMMY week! Philly is all over in LA this week, and we're making sure you see everything your favorite Philly artists and producers are doing--like The Roots, Spanky McCurdy (Lady Gaga's drummer), Marsha Ambrosius, DJ Jazzy Jeff and more!
To see which Philly artists and songwiters/producers are nominated, click here.
Video coming after the GRAMMYs.
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…
BlackStar Film Festival When: July 30 through August 2 Where: International House, 3701 Chestnut Street; See website for additional venues. Cost: General Tickets TBA, Festival Passes $100-$150 More info: www.blackstarfest.org Hailed as “the black Sundance” by Ebony magazine, the…
Fantasia & Johnny Gill When: Thursday, July 30 Where: The Dell, 2400 Strawberry Mansion Drive Cost: $20-$75 More Info:Click here for more information. New school soul meets old school flavor when Fantasia and Johnny Gill take over Philadelphia for…