Your guide to Philly's diverse creative scene, nightlife, music, food & more
Philly! American Dreaming is back with another special edition of the Passion Share event series — where successful entrepreneurs and artists teach others a technical aspect of their business. This time, they're bringing Atlantic Records' singer/songwriter Sevyn Streeter to speak with an intimate crowd of Philadelphia creatives about her songwriting career, process and road to success. She's also going to break down the process songwriting.
If you're looking to get your foot in the door at a major record label, this is an event you don't want to miss. The event is currently at capacity, but Philly 360° has landed a pair of tickets to give away to one lucky fan.
Want the tix? Then complete the below entry form for your chance to win. You can find the official contest rules here.
Ms. 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. Yes, Lauryn is legit music royalty.
Currently, Lauryn is back on the road, connecting with fans and performing reimagined renditions of the hits that we all fell in love with. You can catch Lauryn on Match 28 at The Keswick Theatre in Glenside for the Small Axe: Acoustic Performance Series.
Want to go to the show? We're pretty sure you do. That's why Philly 360° is giving two of our followers a chance to win a pair of tickets to Lauryn's upcoming show at The Keswick.
Just complete the below entry form for a chance to win. You can enter the contest daily. Winners will be notified on Wednesday, March 25, so stay tuned into Philly 360°.
There's no doubt about it—West Philly emcee Chill Moody is a man about town. On any given day, you can catch Chill holding it down anywhere from City Hall to one of Philly’s many dope music venues. This Saturday, Chill is calling on all of his hometown friends and fam out to come out and help him celebrate “the big 3-0” at The TLA on South Street. Expect plenty of fun, food, drinks, and of course, live music.
Acclaimed jazz singer/songwriter Somi infuses contemporary soul and pop sounds with the musical traditions of Rwanda and Uganda to create a sound that’s all her own. Described as the perfect blend of the boldness of Nina Simone and the precise jazz vocals of Dianne Reeves, Somi lands at The Painted Bride for a stunning, unforgettable evening of music in Old City.
Experience Philly's premier poets, emcees, vocalists and comedians as they hit the World Cafe Live stage for The Return of The Harvest. The March showcase marks the six-year anniversary of this popular monthly open mic presented by Spoken Soul 215. Six years strong, this is definitely a can’t-miss event—you may even be inspired to step up to the mic too! #youneverknow
Step into The Winners Circle III with Philly’s freshest acts as they rock The TLA with a night of unstoppable music. Round three of this popular showcase features performances by a serious lineup of Philadelphia-born talents, including Motown recording artists MPrynt, girl group Good Girl and R&B/soul newcomer Jeremy Isaac.
One of Philly’s hottest emcees, Meek Mill is coming home this month. On Saturday, March 21, Meek hits the Wells Fargo Center with an epic homecoming concert featuring Rick Ross, DJ Khaled, Yo Gotti, Jadakiss and more. The Maybach Music Group recording artist and his crew will be laying it all out, hit after hit, for an arena-rocking night of hip-hop for Meek’s hometown fans.
Described 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,” New York-based flute duo Flutronix brings a special live music collab featuring Philly-based trombonist Ryan Matthews to World Cafe Live. Blending their unique flute sound with Matthews’ trombone-meets-electronica stylings, Flutronix is set to deliver another must-hit performance for fans, old and new.
Ms. Lauryn Hill’s 1998 debut album, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, sold more than 12 million copies, earning the singer/songwriter five GRAMMYs and the respect of fans from around the world. Now, Hill is back on the road connecting with fans and performing reimagined versions of the hit songs we all love. Catch Lauryn at The Keswick Theater in Glenside for or the Small Axe: Acoustic Performance Series.
Philly's own R&B/soul powerhouse Jazmine Sullivan is heading out on tour in support of her latest album, The Reality Show. The RCA recording artist will be tearing down the house at her SOLD OUT show at The TLA on March 10. Didn’t grab tickets before the show sold out? We’re hooking up one lucky fan with a pair of tickets. Enter by Friday, March 6 for a chance to win big.
Superstar entertainer, actor and native Philly funnyman Kevin Hart just announced a massive North American tour. The WHAT NOW? TOUR will take Hart to 45 cities throughout the U.S. and Canada, and of course his biggest show is in his hometown. Get the details on the August 30 show and watch our exclusive behind-the-scene footage of Kevin shopping sportswear hub Mitchell & Ness with Ice Cube.
Dice Raw of The Roots is hitting the stage again, headlining another run of his latest production, "The Last Jimmy." A hip-hop satire, "The Last Jimmy" is hip-hop musical odyssey that travels through the plight of young African American males through song and dance. Get more details.
Ben “Bananas” O’Neill built a name for himself by lending his flawless guitar skills to major music acts like Kanye West, Kid Cudi and Tye Tribbett. Now, O’Neill steps out into the forefront as a solo artists with his debut EP, Ghost and Green Shoots. Listen to the project now on the Philly 360° Playlist.
Philly, a little West Coast flavor is headed our way this weekend. The legendary Bay Area hip-hop group Hieroglyphics has reformed, and they're on the road with their East Coast music tour.
On Friday, August 22, the group's original members — Del The Funky Homosapien, Souls of Mischief, Pep Love, Casual, Domino and DJ Toure — will all hit The TLA stage for an unstoppable throwback rap concert. The best part? Philly 360° is hooking a few lucky fans up tickets for this show.
Want in on the action? Just fill out the below entry form for your chance to win.
Click here for the official contest rules.
Attention Philly Selfie Fanatics: Here's your chance to turn that camera around and win big! Our friends at VISIT PHILADELPHIA just launched the Create Your Own Phillyosophy Contest to give photo-happy fans of Philadelphia the chance to show off the city they love.
From July 22 through August 3, just capture a great photo of Philadelphia and go to visitphilly.com/contest to pair the shot with one of six Phillyosophy lines and then upload the photo that goes best with the line of choice.
An evolution of the With Love, Philadelphia XOXO® campaign, Phillyosophy allows Philadelphians and Philly-lovers alike to channel their inner philospher, and showcase everything they love about our town. The contest not only gives you a chance to show off Philadelphia, but you could also be selected to be featured on an I-95 billboard, and receive a trip to Philadelphia!
To select the finalists, VISIT PHILADELPHIA will choose the most compelling photos that pair best with the lines, and meet the technical requirements (300DPI). The photos will then appear on the Visit Philly Facebook page and visitphilly.com, where the public can view the photos and vote for their favorite August 11-17.
After the voting period, the winning photo will be featured on a VISIT PHILADELPHIA™ billboard on I-95 in the fall of 2014.
In addition to bragging rights, the winner receives a free weekend getaway in Philadelphia, including a two-night stay at the Loews Philadelphia Hotel!
Click here to read the complete rules and regulations.
Get snapping and enter daily here through August 3.
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.
With a voice that effortlessly moves between soulful R&B, acoustic folk, and even contemporary pop music, Malaysian singer/songwriter Yuna is on a fast track to the top. This once DIY indie artist boasts an already impressive list of collaborators, including mega-producer Pharrell, and songwriter R&B phenom Raphael Saadiq. Now, signed to Verve Records, Yuna's debut project with the label, Nocturnal, released in late 2013 to rave reviews.
This month, Yuna touches down in Philly, to bless fans, old and new, with an incredible night of her signature feel-good music. Opening performance by alternative/R&B singer/songwriter Jarell Perry.
Want to be there? We're giving away a pair of tickets to the show. Enter for a chance to win below. Click here for the official rules.
When: Tuesday, February 4, 8 p.m.
Where: World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut Street
More info: Buy tickets online here.
A new, dope exhibition is about to hit the Parkway again, and we're hooking you up with tickets to the opening night at The Barnes Foundation with the artist, Rich Medina and more.
Sought after British artist of Nigerian descent Yinka Shonibare will be exhibiting 15 pieces from his collection at The Barnes. The Yinka Shonibare MBE: Magic Ladders exhibition will be at The Barnes from January 24-April 21.
Don't miss the opening night of Magic Ladders on January 24. The night will be packed with live music and performance featuring DJ Rich Medina, Luigi Mazzocchi & The Pagode Project, and of course, special guest Shonibare. Find out how to enter for a chance to be there below.
Enter for a chance to go to the opening night of Yinka Shonibare’s Magic Ladders exhibition at The Barnes. You and a guest will get to party from 6-9 p.m. with Rich Medina, Luigi Mazzocchi and The Pagode Project.
To enter, follow us on Twitter and Tweet:
This contest runs through 12:00 p.m. on January 22, 2014. Click here to see the official rules.
Philadelphia Welcomes Yinka Shonibare Featuring Rich Medina & More
When: January 24, 6 - 9 p.m.
(6–7:30 p.m. Luigi Mazzocchi & The Pagode Project | 7:30–9 p.m. Rich Medina)
Where: The Barnes Foundation, 2025 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy
Cost: $25 Open Night | $20 Members | $35 Artist Talk
More info: barnesfoundation.org
Starting next week, The 12th Annual First Person Arts Festival kicks off with over 20 events—all celebrating the power of the personal story. This year, First Person Arts has taken their festival events to new heights, presenting an incredible line-up that includes notable artists like Pulitzer Prize-winning author Toni Morrison, Philly-based breakdance pioneer Raphael Xavier, author of the newly released book (1)ne Drop Dr. Yaba Blay, Philly's own Poet Laureate Sonia Sanchez, author and civil rights activist Angela Davis, and many more.
With a lineup this serious, tickets are moving fast. But, don't worry—we're giving one reader a chance to win the Philly 360° Ticket Package, which includes tickets to three great festival events at one low price.
The Philly 360° Ticket Package includes:
Conversation & Song: Walking The Laureate Road - Wednesday, November 6, 7:30 p.m.
The Unofficial Guide To Audience Watching Performance - Wednesday, November 13, or Thursday, November 14, 8 p.m.
(1)ne Drop Project Live - Sunday, November 10, 5 p.m.
Enter for a chance to win below. Click here for the official rules.
Philly does it right when it comes to the arts. Get your best filters ready and snap pics of public art that you spot around Philly. Submit your pictures of murals; sculptures; street art; or paintings in museums, studios and galleries; and you could win a self-portrait painted by Ivben Taqiy and a two-night stay in Philly!
BTW - Ivben Taqiy is a Philadelphia artist who has a signature style that has allowed him to rise to the top of the art scene, including catching the eye of a lot of celebs who commission work from him.
HOW TO ENTER
1. Submit a photo of public art in the Philadelphia region via a tab on our Facebook page OR by tagging your photo on Instagram or Twitter with #Philly360ArtContest. You can submit as many different photos as you like.
2. Write a short caption about the art in the photo and add #Philly360ArtContest to your caption.
3. Then you and all of your friends can vote for your favorite photo. The contest closes on October 24, 2013.
One Grand-Prize Winner will get a self-portrait painted by Philadelphia-based artist Ivben Taqiy, plus a two-night stay at a luxury hotel in Philadelphia.
We’ll pick the winner based on originality, creativity, beauty and number of votes.
Enter here. #philly360artcontest
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…