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Jay Z's now signature music festival Budweiser Made in America (MIA) returned to Philadelphia for a third year, and once again, MIA brought a dope two-day experience for festival attendees over Labor Day weekend.
The festival expanded this year for the first time with bi-coastal events taking place simultaneously in both Philly and in Los Angeles. Both events were packed with talent, although we were partial to the Philly side of things — especially since all of the performances had the city's art museum steps or the Philly skyline as the backdrops for the sets. Philadelphia also brought some only-in-Philly flavor to the festival, including some foodie must-hits within the festival, including Iron Chef Jose Garces' Distrito serving up some bites.
Festivalgoers in Philly and LA could also virtually connect from coast to coast via a screen that streamed what was happening at each festival location. (We peeped that Philly hip-hop artist Chill Moody got into a major rock, paper, scissors virtual battle with another concertgoer on the west coast.)
While we could see what was happening in LA, one thing was very clear — Philly definitely showed up for MIA on the east coast. From pre-MIA events happening leading up to the festival, to Philly talent touching the MIA stages.
DJ Aktive's Made in Philly event | Thursday, August 28
First up in the MIA activities was DJ Aktive's event. Aktive took a break from touring with Jennifer Hudson, Common and J. Cole to be in his hometown during MIA. Aktive hosted an event the Thursday night before MIA which was packed with an all-Philly lineup of talent. The event featured talent like DJ Sat-One, Asia Sparks, Aaron Camper, GoGo Morrow and more.
DJ Aktive also took over the Philly 360 Instagram Thursday through Sunday capturing every moment of the pre-parties and festival.
Adam Blackstone and Darrell Robinson's PhillyMade event | Friday, August 29
The following night, sought after musical directors and musicians Adam Blackstone and Darrell Robinson (aka Lil Darrell) were in town to perform during Pharrell's MIA set — so the duo teamed up to throw a pre-MIA event in their hometown that was packed and stacked with some of Philly's finest. Not to mention, performances by Chill Moody, Aaron Camper and others kept the PhillyMade theme going. And, Common brought the entire house down when he hopped on the mic and took over the party. (Look out for full recaps of both pre-MIA events from us.)
Made in America Festival: Day 1 | Saturday, August 30
The wait was finally over, and the doors were open! MIA officially kicked off in Philly with perfect end of summer weather, and The Parkway filled in with music lovers dressed in their best festival wear, mostly American flag inspired looks. This year, some of our highlights included a packed performance by Philly's own Moosh & Twist, Chromeo's energetic set, J. Cole dropping some of his hits and inspiring some poignant moments through a socially conscious song, Steve Aoki showering the crowd with champagne and headliner Kanye West's show-stopping performance which moved back and forth between his massive list of hits and thought-provoking monologues.
Insider fact: Did you know that DJ Aktive was Yeezy's tour DJ? Aktive continued to take over our Instagram and brought some backstage exclusives, including Ye's trailer backstage and photos from his viewing area with Mrs. West aka Kim Kardashian. Check out our Instagram for all of the pics.
Made in America Festival: Day 2 | Saturday, August 30
On Day 2, even rain and a momentary thunderstorm evacuation couldn't stop the party from happening. The festival hit the pause button for about an hour and kicked back up in full gear like it never skipped a beat after festivalgoers were able to come back into the event. Some of our top moments included Spoon kicking off the restart of the festival once the gates were reopened. Pharrell gave us a lot of moments onstage, including his speech on female empowerment — and we spotted Philly musicians/musical directors Adam Blackstone and Lil Darrell rocking out with him onstage. And, Tiesto also kicked the festival up to another level with his high-energy set.
We're still in recovery mode from this epic non-stop party that took over Philly. We touched on a few moments, but take a look through our visual gallery to see everything that went down during Made in America in Philadelphia.
Also stay tuned for our official recap videos for Made In Philly and PhillyMade.
Attention Philly! Got talent? Then this one's for you.
We've heard for years (and years and years) that there's "something special" in Philly's water that helps our city produce its steady stream of singers, musicians, producers and DJs. The talent that has come out of our area includes some of the top names in the music industry. In fact, there isn't a major music tour out right now that doesn't include a Philly-based musician, artist, DJ, manager or musical director.
So, who will be the next big name to come out of Philly? Looks like we'll find out soon.
This week, The City of Philadelphia announced that it is looking for the city's next "it" artist — and they've pulled together a stellar list of industry experts to help this act take the national stage by storm. During an official press conference, The City kicked off its city-wide music competition PHL Live, which launches on August 15 with a six week contest entry window.
PHL Live is headed by Councilman At Large David Oh, along with a group of Philly music advisors and judges, including Chill Moody, Carvin Haggins, Ivan Barias, GoGo Morrow, Carol Riddick, Aaron Camper and more.
The submission period begins on August 15 and will run through September 30. You must be 18+ to compete, and it is completely free to enter. The competition will highlight ten genres — hip-hop, R&B, pop, DJ, jazz, world, gospel, rock, country/folk and classical.
Go to the PHL Live website and upload a video clip that's three to five minutes long of you performing an original song, self-selecting which genre you wish to compete in. A panel of experts will judge and rate submissions according to creativity/originality; performance and crowd interaction; and technical competence.
When the submission window closes, the judges will select up to five semi-finalists from each genre who will move on to the second round. Then, from October through November, the selected acts from each genre will perform at venues across the city, including Underground Arts, Silk City, Relish, Time, World Cafe Live, MilkBoy and Hard Rock Cafe. Click here for the full schedule of semi-final performances.
The 10 winning artists from each genre will then perform at the final showcase in December at The Trocadero Theater. Top prize includes cash, studio time and more!
So Philly, show 'em what you got. Good luck!
Philly 360° loves to hook you up with contests for tickets to some of the hottest shows going down in Philadelphia — and we've got another one for you! That's right. We're hooking a few lucky fans up with tickets to see R&B songstress Keyshia Cole. #holla
The "She" singer is gearing up for her next album release and will be stopping through Philly for her Point of No Return tour, named after her upcoming project.
Cole's music has always been layered with Philly ties, including some bangers from Philly's own multiplatinum selling, GRAMMY-nominated producers - Carvin & Ivan. And we're sure she'll be resurfacing some of her Philly-infused songs during her upcoming Philly show.
Want to be there? Philly, here's your chance to see Keyshia Cole live at The TLA. Enter to win a pair of tickets below.
Iconic hip-hop band and Philly's own The Roots are keeping busy performing daily as the house band for The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon — but they always make sure to kick off the summer in their hometown.
Two stages. A lineup handpicked by The Roots with some of the hottest names in music — from hip-hop to indie to R&B and more. And, The Roots sitting in as the houseband for some of the acts for onstage collabs. Trust us, this is a must-hit event.
Want to be there? We've got you. Enter for a chance to score a pair of tickets below. Click here for the official rules.
Snoop Dogg (backed by The Roots)
The War On Drugs
Biz Markie (DJ Set)
Electric Wire Hustle
Insider Tip: Grab tickets and book a room. There will be events happening the night before and after the Picnic. Look out for our complete guide for everything to do Roots Picnic weekend
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Jay Z's Budweiser Made in America Festival is hitting Philly again! That's right. Mr. Carter is bringing his festival back to Philly for another two days jam-packed with music by an epic lineup of acts — all hand-picked by the music industry mogul.
Returning for the third year, Made in America has become a staple in the Philly music festival scene. You can expect multiple stages set up, packed with nonstop performances, and the entire Benjamin Franklin Parkway (aka The Parkway) will shut down for both days. The lineup hasn't been announced yet, but based on the last two years — it's guaranteed to deliver. And, like the previous two years, it's all going down over Labor Day Weekend.
The last two MIA festivals included performances by Beyonce, Jay Z, Kanye, Kendrick Lamar, Nine Inch Nails, Pearl Jam, DeadMau5, Jill Scott, Eve, Janelle Monae, Drake, Run DMC, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Solange, Odd Future, Calvin Harris, Skrillex, Miike Snow, Calvin Harris, Maybach Music Group (featuring Rick Ross, Wale and Meek Mill), Passion Pit, Gary Clark Jr., D'Angelo and many, many more. Major, right?
Want to be there? We've got you covered. The MIA presale just kicked off today, but ends tomorrow, April 15 at 10pm. So be sure to grab your passes now! You can buy tickets here.
Presale code BMIA2014.
Make sure you keep checking back with us for the latest info. Philly 360° will keep you updated on the MIA lineup as more details get announce. And, you know we'll have some tickets to give away, so stay tuned for more.
Insider Tip: Grab tickets and book a room now.
The Legendary Roots Crew may be everywhere these days, including playing as the house band for The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, but the iconic hip-hop band always brings it back to their hometown of Philadelphia.
The Roots are once again taking over Festival Pier in Philly this summer with their signature music festival — the Roots Picnic. That's right. The 7th Annual Roots Picnic was just announced, and we have all of the details for you to start making some plans.
The Roots handpick the entire lineup, and it's always packed with some of the hottest names in music — from hip-hop to indie to R&B and more. The Roots always deliver year after year. You never know what's about to go down at the Picnic. Last year, we got to see history made when legendary hip-hop group Naughty By Nature reunited. And, then there was the random water gun fight with Solange. Or, that time when there was an impromptu dance party with Diplo in the second stage tent when rain tried to stop the Picnic. And, not to mention surprise guests hitting the stage every year. They always have them, and it's always epic.
Want to be there? We've got you. Be on the look out for some ticket giveaways from us on philly360.com. And, if you're headed to Austin for SXSW, we're giving away a pair of tickets and a weekend in Philly for the Roots Picnic. You can find us at Death and Taxes and Visitphilly.com Present East End on Thursday, March 13, at Cheer Up Charlie's. Chill Moody and some other Philly acts will be hitting our stage.
So, who made the cut this year for the lineup?
Snoop Dogg (backed by The Roots)
The War On Drugs
Biz Markie (DJ Set)
Electric Wire Hustle
(More to be announced)
Insider Tip: Grab tickets and book a room. There will be events happening the night before and after the Picnic. Details to come.
The Latino scene in Philly is heating up this weekend with events around Day of the Dead aka Día de los Muertos, a Mexican tradition that celebrates life through music, dance, art and more. Here are a few of our picks for the weekend.
Day of the Dead First Friday Party
When: Friday, November 1,
Where: Underground Arts, 1200 Callowhill Street
More Info: Facebook invitation
Stop through this Day of the Dead party at Underground Arts for a night filled with music, art and culture.
El Rey Celebrates Day of the Dead
When: Through Sunday, November 3
Where: El Rey, 2013 Chestnut Street
More Info: www.elrayrestaurant.com
El Rey is getting into the Day of the Dead spirit with a host of dead-themed bites that will send chills down your spine, in a good way of course.
Distrito Celebrates Day of the Dead
When: Through Sunday, November 3
Where: Distrito, 3845 Chestnut Street
More Info: www.distritorestaurant.com
Iron Chef Jose Garces will be going in this weekend with Day of the Dead-themed happenings at Distrito, including a Friday night DJ, Saturday cocktail specials and a “you made it out alive brunch” on Sunday.
Day of the Dead Celebration at the Penn Museum
When: Saturday, November 2, 1-4 p.m.
Where: Penn Museum, 3260 South Street
Cost: Museum admission
More Info: www.penn.museum
The Penn Museum is also taking in Day of the Dead activities. You can expect a day packed with music, dance, demos and more. Stop in and get your culture fix.
Philly, are you ready? Because it's about to go down.
AXE is bringing its fans an exclusive series of intimate "One Night Only" parties in four cities across the US, and Philly is one of the stops. Some of the biggest names in hip-hop will be taking over undisclosed venues in each city.
AXE teamed up with J. Cole, A$AP Ferg, Meek Mill, Wale, Kaptn and French Montana for its surprise "One Night Only" party series. Who will Philly get on October 25?
Note: You won't know which hip-hop artist(s) will be coming to the Philly party until that night.
Trust us, these tickets will be hard to come by. That's why we're hooking up FIVE winners with tickets to the "One Night Only" party! Click here for the official rules.
Patrick Kelly: Runway of Love & Gerlan Jeans Loves Patrick Kelly When: April 27, 2014 - November 30, 2014 Where: Perelman Building, Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2525 Pennsylvania Avenue Cost: $20 General Admission | $14 Students More Info: www.philamuseum.org…
Body Rock When: Friday, October 31, 9 p.m. Where: Kung Fu Necktie, 1250 N. Front Street Cost: $5 More Info: Click here. If you’ve never been to an Illvibe Collective party before… Well, you haven’t really partied.This Philly DJ…
Powerhouse 2014 When: Friday, October 31, 6 p.m. Where: Wells Fargo Center, 3601 S Broad Street Cost: $20-150 More Info: Buy tickets here. A staple on the Philly urban music scene, Power 99 FM is back on the scene…