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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
What do you get when an entrepreneur meets art? Philadelphia-based alternative R&B singer Kriss Mincey has the answer. She created and curated Unleash the Beast, a three-part series that is all about the artrepreneneur.
With sounds by Wired 96.5, a performance by Kriss Mincey, a live interview by Sincerely Syreeta, visual and digital art by artists like Peopledelphia, this event is a must-hit for Saturday night. This is the final night of her Unleash the Beast series, so make sure you grab your tickets!
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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