Your guide to Philly's diverse creative scene, nightlife, music, food & more
Philly, get ready! This May, The Roots will again kick off the spring/summer music season right here in their hometown. On Saturday, May 30, Questlove, Black Thought and the entire Roots crew will take over Festival Pier at Penn's Landing with the 8th Annual Roots Picnic. #weinthere
The 2015 festival includes a dope lineup heavyweights acts, including The Weeknd, Erykah Badu, A$AP Rocky, Phantogram, DJ Mustard and Rae Sremmurd, to name a few. Always down to rep their hometown, The Roots have again added a few emerging Philly talents to the roster. You can take a look at the full lineup here.
Selling out year after year, Roots Picnic continues to be one of the hottest and most in-demand tickets in Philadelphia. That's why Philly 360° is giving one lucky fan a pair of free tickets for Roots Picnic 2015. Just complete the below entry form for your chance to win big.
You must be 21 or older to enter. Also, you can read the official contest rules here.
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.
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.
Last month, Forbes announced that music all-stars Afrojack, Wiz Khalifa, LP and OCD: Moosh & Twist will all headline the Forbes Under 30 Music Festival.
Held at The Piazza in Northern Liberties, the music festival will kick off the Forbes Under 30 Summit which will take place in Philadelphia from October 19-22 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center and other venues across the city. The buzz-worthy summit will bring together some of the country's leading young entrepreneurs and thought leaders for three days of panels, TED-style presentations and Shark Tank-style pitch contests. And, of course, no Philly affair is complete without the music.
Want in on the concert? Well, there are two ways to win. Get the details below.
To maximize the impact of the music festival, Forbes has partnered with The Global Poverty Project, a nonprofit that fights to end extreme poverty by 2030. Starting today, music lovers and do-gooders can take action at globalcitizen.org/nights and then use points earned for a chance to win free tickets to the October 19 concert.
From tweeting, to signing a petition or watching an informative video, fans will learn more about the key issues address by The Global Poverty Project while getting one step closer to landing free festival tickets. Visit www.globalcitizen.org/nights#actions to enter for a chance to win tickets.
Enter by Noon on Friday, October 18 for your chance to win. You must be 21 or older to enter. Find the official Philly 360° contest rules here.
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.
Badass Art Man: Original Artwork of Danny Simmons When: April 24 through May 31 Where: The African American Museum in Philadelphia, 701 Arch Street Cost: Included with admission More Info: Click here. In 2012, just in time for the…
The 31st Annual Celebration of Black Writing When: May 1 - 31 Where: Various Locations Cost: See website for details. More Info: Click here. Art Sanctuary is back on the scene with The 31st Annual Celebration of Black Writing…
Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest Opening with DJ Jazzy Jeff When: DJ Set Friday, May 22, 9 - 11 p.m. | See the full weekend schedule here. Where: Penn’s Landing, 101 S. Columbus Boulevard Cost: FREE More Info: Click here…