Your guide to Philly's diverse creative scene, nightlife, music, food & more
This next Philly 360° giveaway is definitely for the courageous and the brave of heart. Tucked into the popular, ever-developing neighborhood of Kensington, is a one-of-a-kind Philadelphia experience, Fly School Circus Arts. And, we're hooking one lucky fan up with a free lesson for two!
Founded by 25-year trapeze veteran and circus enthusiast Mary Kelly Rayel, Fly School helps people of all shapes, sizes and skill push the limits of their physical abilities through trapeze.
Classes at Fly School start with some on-the-ground technique instruction, and then moves to the top of their "mile-high" ladder for rope and swing work. Rayel and her talented team of trapeze pros can have even the most novice of students swinging and flipping like an expert in no time — just ask Philly 360° blogger and lifestyle influencer Kharisma McIlwaine. We followed along with a camera crew as Kharisma tackled her first Fly School lesson with charm and class. You can check out the video below.
The perfect summer experience for one person or a group, Fly School offers classes every day of the week, with the exception of Tuesdays. Classes start at just $60, but if you're really looking to build your trapeze skills, the school also offers a six-class card for only $295.
Think you are up for the challenge? Then complete the below contest entry form for your chance to win a free Fly School Circus Arts lesson for two.
You can find the official contest rules here.
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! 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!
Jay Z's Budweiser Made In America festival will once again land in Philly, hitting The Parkway with two epic days of unstoppable music. Again this year, Jay has hand-selected another incredible, genre-defying lineup of artists, including Kayne West, Kings of Leon, Pharrell, The National, De La Soul, Girl Talk, Chromeo, J. Cole, De La Soul, Spoon and more. Click here to see the full lineup.
Together, we're hooking up three lucky music fans with a pair of two-day MIA passes — and one contestant will even score a two-night hotel stay in Center City Philly. #winning Check out more details below and enter now for your chance to win big.
One Grand Prize winner will receive one pair of two-day passes and a two night stay at the Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown Hotel. Two First Prize winners will receive a pair of two-day passes. Enter on any of our sites daily for your chance to win.
You can find contest rules here.
Tickets are on sale now. So, if you don't want to leave it up to chance, then you can buy your tickets online today.
Jay Z's Budweiser Made in America Festival - Philadelphia
When: Saturday, August 30 - Sunday, August 31
Where: The Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Cost: $117 for 2-day pass, $526 for 2-day VIP
More Info: Buy tickets here.
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.
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.
Looking for a serious night of comedy? We hope so, because one of the industry's most hilarious families is taking their show on the road.
This summer, writer-director-actor-producers Keenen Ivory Wayans, Damon Wayans, Shawn Wayons and Marlon Wayans, are touring the US — and they're bringing signature style of comedic antic our way. On August 2, the Wayans land at Tower Theater for a one-night-only family affair.
This sketch comedy/stand-up tour featuring The Wayan Brothers has been years in the making, and will bring the four talents together on one stage for the first time in years. Fans of the the Wayans will be treated to extremely funny set that showcases the versatile, multi-faceted acting skills of each of these phenomenally talented comedians.
Want in on the laughs? We know you do! That's why Philly 360° will be hooking a few lucky fans up with a pair tickets for this show, courtesy of our friends at Live Nation. Just fill out the below form for your chance to win.
Click here for the official rules.
"MotownPhilly's back again..." But, truthfully — the classic R&B sound of Boyz II Men has never gone out of style. For over two decades, these hometown Philly vocal powerhouses have been dropping hit records and entertaining music lovers from around the globe.
This month, Wayna, Nate and Shawn are bringing it back home, performing live at The Tower Theater on Saturday, June 7. Along with the popular Philadelphia anthem "MotownPhilly", the fellahs will lay down fan favorites like "I'll Make Love To You," "End of the Road," "On Bended Knee," and other chart-topping hits from their discography.
We know — you want to be there, right? We've got you covered. Philly 360° will be hooking a few lucky fans up with tickets courtesy of our friends at Live Nation. Just complete the below entry form for a chance to win.
You can click here to view the official contest rules.
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.
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
**The contest period has ended. Will will notify the winner soon. **
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