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It's about to go down tonight at Philly hotspot Silk City!
Beat Street Jam is this newest Philly jam session to hit the music scene. Brought to you by Steve McKie (Jill Scott), BASSic Black Entertainment (Jay Z, Justin Timberlake, Rihanna) and Love My Life Entertainment, Beat Street Jam is a live show mixed in with a jam session and an open mic. If you love discovering some of Philly's most on-the-rise talent and sitting in with some of the best musicians in the game, then this is one you won't want to miss.
On deck for tonight, Bigyuki, Natalie Imani, Schoolito and Ebony Joi will all be on the mic for this mashup of hip-hop, R&B and soul. John Barber will be host, and Dilemma will be spinning. Also in the building tonight will be special guest Jim Drew of Soulspazm Records. And, for you artists out there, there is an open mic sign up at 8:30pm.
What: Beat Street Jam
When: Tuesday, November 17 | 8pm
Where: Silk City | 435 Spring Garden Street
Cost: $7 in advance | $10 at the door
More Info: Click here.
WATCH: BASSic Black Entertainment (BBE) knows how to do a jam session. Check out the video from BBE's 20/20 Experience After Party.
The Roots' mark on music is unparalled—and now, the Legendary Roots Crew's mark on their hometown will be forever, officially.
Philadelphia's Avenue of the Arts is lined with Walk of Fame plaques honoring the city's legacy of music icons. On Monday, October 26, the Philadelphia Music Alliance will honor several Walk of Fame inductees with plaques along Broad Street, including The Roots.
The iconic hip-hop band will be presented with a Walk of Fame plaque at 11 a.m. at Broad and Spruce Streets. The public is invited to watch history in the making and to welcome the 2015 Class of Inductees onto its Walk of Fame at the morning plaque ceremony.
There will also be a culminating gala later in the night at The Fillmore Philadelphia in which The Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon will induct the GRAMMY-winning band into the Walk of Fame. (Note: The gala is sold out.)
Turn down for what!
It's about to go down on the rooftop of Hotel Monaco. Lil Jon will be taking over Stratus Rooftop Lounge for the Philly hotspot’s 3-year anniversary—and you're invited to party with them!
Stratus is delivering a full night of music with sounds starting at 8pm, curated by Philly's own DJ Royale. Followed by Lil Jon on the ones and twos to close out the night. Don't miss this one.
What: Lil Jon Takes Over Stratus Rooftop Lounge
When: Saturday, October 24 | Doors at 8pm
Where: Stratus Rooftop Lounge | 433 Chestnut Street
Cost: GA $50 (first 100 tickets) | GA $70 | VIP $100 (2-hour open bar + pavilion access)
Purchase tickets: Click here.
The night before Jay Z's Made in America festival took over The Parkway in Philadelphia, two of the music industry's most sought after musicians—who both happen to be from Philly—gave a little preview of what was about to go down all weekend long.
Adam Blackstone, founder of BASSic Black Entertainment (BBE) and musical director for Justin Timberlake, Rihanna and more, and Darrell Robinson, musical director for Pharrell, K Michelle and Kontraband215, teamed up once again on their signature PhillyMade event.
The kick-off party to Made in America weekend took place at Recess Lounge in Old City, and it was a packed house. Some highlights icluded DJs Hollywood, Dilemma and Aye Boogie who had the party going all night long on the ones and twos.
We also caught up with some notables like Aaron Camper, Ebony Joi and Laurin Talese who were in the building. And of course, we spoke with the men of the hour—Adam Blackston and Darrell Robinson—about what it is to be 'PhillyMade.'
If you want to watch some the past PhillyMade events, like Common's impromptu performance at last year's Made in America Festival pre-party, click here. It's always pretty epic when Adam and Darrell put an event together. And shouts to TNE Group on partnering with them again on PhillyMade.
Philly, it's that time again! The Roots are bringing back their signature music festival—aka Roots Picnic—to their hometown. And, Philly 360° is giving our fans a chance to win a pair of tickets to this year's show.
The hip-hop icons are taking a break from their regular gig as the houseband for The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon to kickoff summer by taking over Festival Pier in Philadelphia for the 8th annual Roots Picnic. So, when's it going down? Philly, lock in the date: Saturday, May 30.
The Legendary Roots Crew always deliver on a day and night packed with some of the illest performances and collabs. Year after year, The Roots handpick a major lineup of artists hitting multiple music genres. Who made the cut this year?
We spotted several industry heavyweights on this year's lineup, including The Weeknd, Erykah Badu, A$AP Rocky, Phantogram, DJ Mustard, Rae Sremmurd and more. And, always down to represent their hometown, The Roots have once again added in a few Philly talents to the lineup.
You can check out the full lineup below.
The 8th Annual Roots Picnic
When: Saturday, May 30
Where: Festival Pier at Penn's Landing, Columbus Boulevard & Spring Garden Street
Cost: TBA, tickets on sale Friday at noon.
More Info: rootspicnic.com
Watch our video from behind the scenes at last year's Roots Picnic.
Fam, we've got another contest coming your way! This time, we're giving ten lucky winners pairs of tickets to catch comedian and actor Chris Tucker live at Tower Theater on Friday, February 6.
Chris Tucker has been making us laugh for years—from the Rush Hour franchise to classics like Friday and many more. (Shout out to the movie that started, "Bye Felicia.") And now, Tucker is making his way to Philly to do stand-up for one night only.
Want to be there? We've got you. Enter below for a chance to win. Contest ends Wednesday, February 4, at noon. Click here for the official rules. Good luck!
Chris Tucker Live
When: Friday, February 6 | 8 p.m.
Where: Tower Theater, Upper Darby, PA
Cost: $63 - $84.75
More Info: Buy tickets here.
This month, self-proclaimed “rap ambassador” Wale lands at The TLA on South Street with the SIMPLE Mobile Simply Nothing tour. Since the release of his 2009 major label debut Attention Deficit, which featured hitmakers like Lady GaGa, J Cole and Philly’s own Jazmine Sullivan and Marshia Ambrosius, Wale has continued to dominate the charts and the airwaves.
We got our hands on a few pairs of tickets to give away to some of our readers! Want to be there? All you have to do is fill out the form below to be entered for a chance to win. Contest ends at noon on Thursday, January 8. Click here for the official rules. Good luck!
Wale Simple Mobile Simply Nothing Tour
When: Friday, January 9, 8 p.m
Where: The TLA, 334 South Street
More Info: Buy tickets online here.
Philly, get ready for this one!
Two of the top musical directors in the game, who both happen to be from Philly, have teamed up for an after party while they are in town for Justin Timberlake's 20/20 Experience tour.
That's right! Adam Blackstone, founder of BASSic Black Entertainment (BBE) and musical director for Pharrell, Justin Timberlake, Rihanna and more, and Darrell Robinson, musical director for K Michelle, N.E.R.D and Kontraband215, have joined forces to present the official after party for the Philadelphia stop on the 20/20 Experience tour.
So what do Adam and Darrell have on deck? Well, if it's anything like the last two parties to come from these camps, we can guarantee that there will be some Instagram and Twitter worthy moments happening. Like, Common's impromptu performance at the Made in America Festival pre-party. Or, JT himself showing up at the Legends of Summer tour after party. You never know what's going down or who's showing up when Adam and Darrell are involved!
- Featuring DJ Freestyle Steve, the official tour DJ for the 20/20 Experience
- Music and live performances by DJ Aktive, Scoop of KontraBand215 & Ebony Joi
- Special appearances by the Tennessee Kids and other special guests
BASSic Black Entertainment & Kontraband215 Present 20/20 Experience After Party
When: Wednesday, December 17 | 9:30 p.m. - 2 a.m. (Open Bar: 10 p.m. - Midnight)
Where: Voltage Lounge | 421 N. 7th Street
Cost: General tickets $25 in advance (more at door) | Limited VIP tickets
More: Get your tickets here — afterparty1217.brownpapertickets.com
Watch the videos below to check out some footage from their Legends of Summer After Party and the Made in America Festival Pre-Party, PhillyMade.
Attention all songwriters and aspiring music industry execs! The Recording Academy Philadelphia Chapter (aka the GRAMMY organization) is hosting an event that's open to the public, and it is all about the songwriter — Art & Commerce: Songwriting.
This event is a two-part series that breaks down everything about songwriting — from the business side to the creative side of crafting a song.
Commerce of Songwriting will show songwriters what they need to do to ensure credit and payment for their work. The Art of Songwriting will bring together Dreamchasers artist Guordan Banks (50 Cent, Keyshia Cole, John Legend), Billy Mann (GRAMMY-nominated songwriter - Pink, Cher, Ricky Martin) and Brent "Ritz" Reynolds (The Roots, Mac Miller, Juicy J) to discuss the craft of the song with a look at some of their hits. The always fierce Dyana Williams (on-air personality and celebrity media strategist) will be moderating.
Philly is definitely a music destination packed with talent. Stop through and master your craft. You could add to Philly's legacy of incredible songs.
Art & Commerce: Songwriting
When: Thursday, November 13 | 6 pm (networking reception to follow)
Where: Hyatt Regency at Penn's Landing | 201 S. Columbus Boulevard
Cost: $25 for non-Recording Academy members | free for members
More: RSVP here or email email@example.com
Social: #GRAMMYAAC #GRAMMYPHI
Philly! Looking for something to do on Thanksgiving Eve? You might kick off your holiday by stopping by Silk City for a Thanksgiving Eve Philly jam aka Gravy. #ijs Some of Philly's top DJs will be spinning all night…