Your guide to Philly's diverse creative scene, nightlife, music, food & more
The Philadelphia waterfront has been full of great music this summer, and it’s not over yet! Penn’s Landing Smooth Jazz Summer Nights has featured tons of exceptional talent, and up next for the highly-acclaimed series is composer/saxophonist Eric Darius!
Darius is a chart-topping artist who first burst onto the scene at the age of 17. His youthful approach to the genre has set him in a league of his own, attracting an entirely new generation of jazz lovers through his music. The saxophonist has shared stages with greats such as Carlos Santana, Wyclef Jean, George Benson and Brian McKnight, to name a few.
Like many other musicians of this time, Darius pulls influence from various types and eras of music. Though he has found a home in smooth jazz, the emerging star has a deep love for many genres — and this is certainly apparent in both his live performances and studio projects. His latest release, On a Mission, allowed him to explore the full depth of his artistry and showcases his commitment to his craft — calling to mind two of Darius' biggest influences, Herbie Hancock and Stevie Wonder.
Working to bridge the generational gap between jazz listeners around the globe, Darius has been a stellar ambassador for the genre. The young musician has dedicated his career to keeping the tradition of jazz alive while infusing his music with the new sounds of today. It’s this dedication that has allowed him to become a highly sought-after name on the national jazz scene.
This evening of music featuring Darius will definitely be a treat for music lovers of all ages. The show is free and family-friendly, so you'll want to bring the whole troop down to the waterfront to hear some amazing live music under the stars.
No summer is complete without a few classic Philly block parties, right? Well, this week, Mad Decent Block party is once again taking the summer block party to the next level—actually the next 100 levels. This year, block party attendees have three chances to turn up with party mastermind and international turntablist Diplo, and his entire Mad Decent crew.
The next day, all roads will lead to Festival Pier at Penn's Landing for the Mad Decent Block Party. The line-up for this year's block party is once again bananas, featuring top talents like Chance The Rapper, Dillon Francis, Diplo, Dirty South Joe, DJ Sega, Flosstradamus, Swizzymack and more.
The Block Party is currently sold out, but don't worry — if you didn't grab your tickets there's still one more chance to party with Diplo and Madd Decent. After the official event is done and over, the party heads back to Union Transfer for The Mad Decent Block Party AfterParty. This 21-and-over finale is sure to have hot music, decent drinks (pun intended), and plenty of opportunity to sweat it out on the dancefloor to the sound of the country's dopest DJs.
So, grab your crew, and head straight to this fresh-to-death summer party. Trust us, you don’t want to be the only person not there.
Thursday, August 7, 8:30 p.m. | Union Transfer - 1026 Spring Garden Street | $25 | Click here.
Friday, August 8, 3:30 p.m. | Festival Pier at Penn's Landing, Columbus Boulevard | $40 | Click here.
Friday, August 8, 10 p.m. | Union Transfer - 1026 Spring Garden Street | $25 | Click here.
Make Music Philly is back for another year and this time around the organizers are aiming to double the amount of participants! On June 21, musicians, performers, and artists of every genre will take over the entire city for a day as a part of Make Music Philly. Philadelphia will join over 500 cities in celebration of National Music Day, which was established in 2006.
This free, “do it yourself” music festival is truly unique as it features both established and up and coming artists of all ages and all genres. It remains a great opportunity to showcase the dynamic musical culture of Philadelphia.
WXPN, a public radio station licensed to the University of Pennsylvania, decided to take the lead on this initiative and enlisted the help of various cultural organizations to help facilitate their vision of highlighting the role music plays both locally, and on a global scale.
So, what does it all mean? If you didn't get a chance to enjoy the festivities last year — it means that on almost every corner of Philadelphia you will be experiencing live performances. Both artists and venues have registered through the official Make Music Philly website to host their own affiliated events on June 21, which is also the longest day of the year – a.k.a. Summer Solstice. Which means more time to enjoy great music!
From venues like Milkboy and Hard Rock Café to street corners and parks, acts like Matt Wheeler & Vintage Heart and Janine Toner will take the stage and lay down the serious sounds that Philly is known for. This year to end the full day of festivities WXPN will also host a closing concert at Penns Landing with acts to be announced.
We definitely encourage you to get out for Make Music Philly, enjoying some music, and discover some new talents that are powering our local music scene. BTW — did we mention that all of this is free? #winning
The phrase "It's always sunny in Philadelphia," never rang as true as it did during this year's Roots Picnic. The warm weather brought out a bevy of folks, from near and far, as Picnic-goers rocked out to the sounds of Jhene Aiko, Chill Moody, Rudimental, Janelle Monae, Snoop Dog — and of course Philly's own hometown heroes, The Roots.
With the warm weather and good vibes, plenty of fans poured into Festival Pier at Penn's Landing wearing their flyest festival wear — and we were there to capture it all. The sartorial bar for the 7th Annual Roots Picnic was set higher than ever, but Philly was definitely up for the challenge.
Thousands showed up and out in bold prints, vibrant colors, and eccentric accessories — all festival fashion staples. Individual style reigns supreme with bold and beautiful folks everywhere you turn. And everywhere we turned we spotted chic moments. From handmade printed kaftans, to stark floral headpieces, there were plenty picture perfect moments. Speaking of headwear, we even spotted the Vivienne Westwood "Smoky the Bear" hat Pharrell has made popular.
Don’t believe us? Check out some of our favorite fashion moments of the 7th Annual Roots Picnic in our gallery. Also, if you see a familiar face in the photo gallery, then be sure to drop us a line in the comments below!
The wait is finally over. Tomorrow, the Roots Picnic lands at Festival Pier at Penn's Landing for another epic day-long concert on the Philly waterfront. If you haven't grabbed your tickets yet, now is the time. You can also check out the official Philly 360° Roots Picnic Guide to get all the deets on how to get to venue, and best enjoy the show.
The vibe and atmosphere at Festival Pier will be nothing short of amazing, with tons of people partying to sounds of the incredible lineup of artists, all hand-selected by The Legendary Roots Crew. Janelle Monae, Chill Moody, Jhene Aiko, Snoop Dogg and more — you definitely won't want to miss it when your favorite acts hit the stage. Luckily for you, the set list for tomorrow's show was just released online. Check it out below.
Also, be sure to take a look at the — count them — FOUR dope Roots Picnic after parties that are going down tomorrow. Are you ready? We seriously hope so. #epic
Yes, you heard us right — after parties. Plural. This year, we've heard about a few dope parties going on after the Roots Picnic. So, once the last act leaves the stage, the party will continue. Get to your favorite spot and dance the night away, or if you are really down to party, you might want to stop by all of these spots. The details are below.
So, tell us — will this be your seventh Picnic or your very first? Either way, we won't judge, because this weekend it's all about the music. That's why we've pulled together this ultimate Roots Picnic guide, so you know where to go, what to expect, and how optimize your Philly concert experience. Check it out.
First off, expect to be blown away. Like every other year, The Roots have hand-selected an eclectic lineup of talent that is guaranteed to deliver. From our hometown heroes like War on Drugs and Chill Moody to mainstream acts like Janelle Monae, Action Bronson, Jhene Aiko and Snoop Dogg, we’re sure that you will find something that you can vibe with. See our Roots Picnic music guide for more details.
Here's the set list:
The Roots w/ Snoop Dogg | Columbus Stage | 8:30 p.m.
Araabmuzik | Oasis Stage | 7:40 p.m. |
Janelle Monae | Columbus Stage | 6:45 p.m.
Action Bronson | Oasis Stage | 6:05 p.m.
The War On Drugs | Columbus Stage | 5:25 p.m.
A$AP Ferg | Oasis Stage | 4:50 p.m.
Jhene Aiko | Columbus Stage | 4:20 p.m.
G-Eazy | Columbus Stage | 4 p.m.
Biz Markie | Oasis Stage | 3:30 p.m.
Rudimental | Columbus Stage | 3 p.m.
Just Blaze | Oasis Stage | 2:30 p.m.
Bad Rabbits | Columbus Stage | 2 p.m.
Chill Moody | Oasis Stage | 1:30 p.m.
Emily Wells | Columbus Stage | 1 p.m.
Roman Gianarthur | Oasis Stage | 12:30 p.m.
Electric Wire Hustle | Columbus Stage| 12 p.m.
Something fashionable of course, but more importantly, wear something light and comfortable. Not your average 2-hour show, this all-day festival features a jam-packed lineup of some of your favorite artists, and a few you have yet to discover.
Prepare to be on your feet for most of the day, unless you’re lucky enough to snag a seat. So, be certain to break out the comfy standing shoes, or the pair that you can dance the night away in. We hear that with some of renovations that Festival Pier just had, there will be sand on the ground — so be prepped for that too when picking out your shoes and sandals. Also, be sure to keep your eye on the weather, so far the forecast looks promising. BTW — this is an all-ages show, but it could prove to be a long day for smaller children. So, use your best judgement when bringing your little ones along.
Anytime the entire city is descending on one area, it may be best to explore alternate modes of transportation. Here in Philly, you can always arrive in style via the on-demand black car service, Uber. Also, there are a few SEPTA public transportation routes that run straight to Festival Pier, including the 5, 25 and 43 bus routes. You can also take a short walk from the Market-Frankford Elevated train stop at 2nd and Spring Garden.
If you do decide to drive, there will be paid parking available at Columbus Boulevard and Spring Garden. Consider carrying some cash, in case the lot you select happens to be cash-only.
The Roots Picnic lineup is always full of amazing acts — and early birds land some of the best seats and views in the house. Performances starts at 12 p.m. and the Roots Picnic is known for running a tight operation. This year, there will again be two sound stages, so you definitely won't want to miss a moment. With a lineup this dope, if you blink, you might just miss something epic go down on stage.
Don't worry, there will be plenty of both. Just be certain to bring some cash, or at least your debit/credit card, as there will be ATM's available on-site. There is no re-entry to the grounds once you exit, but with its recent updates, Festival Pier is even more of a one-stop entertainment destination. Be sure to check out the delicious-eats by chef Michael Schulson, the lush beer garden, and all of the other appetizing, thirst-quenching treats that will be available on Saturday.
In addition to your normal personal belongings — think wallet, purse, cell phone, keys — you will be allowed to bring a 20 oz sealed bottle of water and a small blanket. Things to leave at home include; professional photo/video equipment, audio recording equipment, lawn/beach chairs, laser pointers, outside food or drink, and weapons-like objects.
Along with hearing great music and sampling the awesome food and drink options, be sure to stop by the vendor area to shop local merchants, or to learn more about area businesses and organizations.
Insider Tip: We've been seeing some great shots of some custom designs created by Philly 360°'s own Stacey "Flygirrl" Wilson, so make her shop one of your must-hit vendor tables.
If you're looking to score some free swag, then make sure you find us on Saturday. Philly 360° will be giving away free screen-printed, Philly themed t-shirts to some lucky festival-goers. There will be plenty to go around, so make sure you grab one.
After the show, join Questlove at Voyuer Nightclub for The Official Roots Picnic After Party. The cover is $12 for this party, and the fun takes place from 11 p.m. to 3 a.m. BTW - there are four after parties going down that night. Here are the details.
Do you still have a few questions? Then you can can always contact the venue at (215) 922-1011 for general questions on the day of the show. See you there!
Philly is definitely serious about two things — our history and our music. Philadelphia has been called home by some of the greatest names in the history of music, like jazz legends Billie Holiday, John Coltrane, Ethel Waters, Dizzie Gillespie and Charlie Parker, just to name a few.
Luckily for us, our city's rep as a great music destination doesn't stop with our deep jazz roots. Every day, stellar Philly-based musicians like Jeff Bradshaw, Laurin Talese, Ernest Stuart and others keep our local jazz scene moving and on the map. And, pretty much any day of the week, you can find a live jazz set going down in one of Philly's many popular music venues, including Chris' Jazz Cafe, Time and Warmdaddy's.
Ready to experience the feel-good vibe of the local jazz scene firsthand? Great — because Philly 360° has you covered. We've pulled together a roundup of some of best places to experience all that Philly jazz has to offer. Check it out!
When: Saturday, April 19
Where: Various venues
More info: Click here.
It’s back! Center City Jazz Fest returns with 16 incredible acts performing at four local music venues, including Fergie’s, Chris’ Jazz Cafe, Time and Milkboy Philly. Catch some of the city’s top jazz talents — Ernest Stuart, Justin Faulkner, Joanna Pascale and Mike Kennedy — lay it down like only Philly musicians can. One ticket gets you access to all of it.
When: Satuday, June 7
Where: Longwood Gardens, 1001 Longwood Road, Kennett Square, PA
More info: Click here.
Three-time GRAMMY winning jazz vocalist Dee Dee Bridgewater, along with the Delfeayo Marsalis Quintet and the Jazz Orchestra of Philadelphia, lands at Longwood Gardens for their annual Wine & Jazz Festival. Fine wine, smooth jazz and Longwood's picturesque gardens collide for an unforgettable experience for music lovers of all ages.
When: Saturday, June 19
Where: Morris Arboretum, 100 E. Northwestern Avenue
More info: Click here.
Celebrate the longest day of the year with some Latino flavor, as Morris Arboretum presents its Summer Solstice Salsa Party featuring Latin jazz group Cafe Con Pan Band. Insider tip: Get there early to practice your moves during their free pre-show salsa lesson.
When: Saturday, September 20
Where: South Street between Broad & 16th Streets
More info: Click here.
The Philadelphia United Jazz Festival and Celebration returns with another round of outstanding Philly jazz. Produced by the Lifeline Music Coalition, the event features two stages and various venues along Philly's famous South Street.
1421 Sansom Street
Down Beat Magazine got it right when they named Chris’ Jazz Cafe one of the “100 Great Venues Around the World to Hear Jazz.” In addition to a dope lineup of local, national and international talent, Chris' also has a menu that offers budget-friendly food and drinks.
1400 S. Columbus Boulevard
With its waterfront location, down-home southern comfort food and a regular lineup of Philly-fresh music, Warmdaddy's is a must-hit in Philly's music scene. Be sure to keep an eye on Warmdaddy's monthly music calendar to stay up-to-date on their solid mix of jazz, soul, hip-hop and blues performances.
1315 Sansom Street
Tucked away on Sansom Street, Time has quickly become a favorite drop-in spot for Philadelphia's young, emerging jazz talents. In addition to the main dining room, which features a nightly lineup of jazz and soul, Time also houses a small whiskey bar on the first floor and a second floor absinthe lounge and dance floor.
7152 Ogontz Avenue
8229 Germantown Avenue
Recently opened beneath the Chestnut Hill Hotel, Paris Bistro is a 50-seat jazz cafe offering performances Thursday through Sunday nights. Patrons can enjoy full food and drink lists while taking in hour-long performances from Philadelphia’s hottest jazz musicians.
738 S. Broad Street
The Philadelphia Clef Club works to present jazz — past, present and future — through workshop, classes, lessons and, of course, a stellar lineup of concerts. Keep an eye on their monthly programming for a great selection of open mic sets and shows featuring local headliners.
Check out the new faces of Philly music, during the Kimmel Center's monthly artists showcase, “Sittin’ In.” Headlined by a different rising star each month, this event is a look at the new "who’s who" in Philly's booming music scene — and the perfect place to dance, party and mix and mingle with the local creative scene.
When: 1st and 3rd Fridays
Where: Reserve Wine Bar & Lounge
More info: facebook.com/reservephl
Every 1st and 3rd Friday, Reserve Wine Bar & Lounge explodes with the sounds of Philly's hottest jazz talents. Hosted by jazz musicians V. Shayne Frederick and Kevin Valentine, this twice-monthly series regularly includes surprise guest musicians, vocalists and poets. It's always a can't-miss event.
Each month, Veteran Freshman and The Philadelphia Jazz Project return to World Cafe Live with a new edition of Who Got The Jazz? This classic Philly music showcase features a lineup of young, emerging jazz musicians laying down some serious sounds. Check out World Cafe Live's website for information on featured performers.
When: Weekly on Fridays
Where: Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
More info: philamuseum.org
Each and every Friday, the Philadelphia Museum of Art's Art After 5 showcase and mixer features live jazz and a cash bar in the Great Stair Hall. This popular performance series focuses on on jazz, but regularly includes a selection of world music, soul, R&B and hip-hop. It's a must-hit event.
When: Friday nights through April 25
Where: Woodmere Art Museum, 9201 Germantown Avenue
More info: Click here.
Back for another season, Friday Night Jazz at Woodmere Art Museum returns with awe-inspiring musical tributes to iconic musicians like John Coltrane and Jimi Hendrix. Sip some complimentary wine and listen to live music, while enjoying Woodmere's collection.
Where: RiverStage/Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing, Columbus Boulevard at Chestnut Street
More info: Click here.
What could be better than a waterfront seat and smooth jazz under the Philly sky? Open to jazz fans of any age, this free, popular outdoor music series returns to the Riverstage at the Great Plaza on Penn's Landing. Stay tuned for more details.
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.
I hope that you have been taking advantage of all the outstanding and more importantly FREE live music opportunities presented in the city of Philadelphia this summer. if not, tomorrow is another chance!
Down on the waterfront, this Saturday, August 24 the Sounds of Gospel concert will take place from 2:30-9 PM. That’s six hours of music jam packed with many of today’s biggest gospel acts that will include Tye Tribbett, Hezekiah Walker, Kurt Carr, Isaac Carree, Erica Campbell of Mary Mary, Jekalyn Carr, LivRe and many more!
Hezekiah Walker – a household name over the years in gospel music, Walker has collaborated with some of music’s biggest stars including Justin Timberlake, P. Diddy, and Whitney Houston. He is a nationally acclaimed artist and Bishop at The Love Fellowship Tabernacle in New York.
Kurt Carr – A Stellar Award winner and former piano accompanist for Andrae Crouch, Kurt Carr is a renowned Gospel artist. He formed The Kurt Carr Singers and has continued to create some of the most important Gospel songs of this time.
Tye Tribbett – is a GRAMMY-nominated Gospel artist currently supporting his latest effort Greater Than which has received rave reviews. His high energy has been show stopping since the beginning. His single “If He Did it Before … Same God” has taken over the airwaves with its hard hitting musicianship and resonating message.
Outside of the huge stage full of your Gospel favorites, 103.9 Praise will also present a new artist showcase to introduce some of today’s best up and coming Gospel performers. Also, the Camden Sophisticated Sisters Dance Team has a high energy dance performance in store. Their group has been featured on Dancing with the Stars and Good Morning America.
This is all presented by the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation (DRWC) and their sponsors. It will take place at the Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing, Columbus Blvd and Chestnut Street. This is Philadelphia’s largest FREE outdoor gospel concert. The DRWC is committed to their work bringing amazing opportunities to the waterfront for Philadelphia residents and visitors!
Saturday, August 24
2:30 - 9 p.m.
Great Plaza at Penn's Landing
Columbus Boulevard at Chestnut Street
Saturday, June 1
Festival Pier at Penn’s Landing
Columbus Boulevard at Spring Garden Street
Naughty By Nature (backed by The Roots)
Gary Clark Jr.
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
The Gaslamp Killer
How to Dress Well
Check out our visual recap from last year's Roots Picnic below.
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