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Philly 360° Music Guide: Where To Listen To Jazz In Philadelphia

  • Posted By: James Claiborne
  • April 16, 2014
    • Philly 360˚ Exclusive: Philly's Got Jazz
      • Philly 360˚ Exclusive: Philly's Got Jazz
      • Photo Credit: D. McDowell for GPTMC

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! 


Watch our "Philly's Got Jazz" video and then check out The Official Philly 360° Guide to Jazz!

 

Jazz Festivals:

Center City Jazz Fest

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.


Longwood Gardens' Wine & Jazz Festival

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. 


Summer Solstice Salsa Party @ Morris Arboretum

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. 


Philadelphia United Jazz Festival and Celebration 

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.

    • Chris' Jazz Cafe
      • Chris' Jazz Cafe
      • Photo Credit: Photo by L. Whitaker for GPTMC

Jazz Clubs & Venues:

Chris Jazz Cafe 

1421 Sansom Street

chrisjazzcafe.com 

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. 


Warmdaddy's 

1400 S. Columbus Boulevard

warmdaddys.com

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. 


Time 

1315 Sansom Street 

timerestaurant.net

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.  


Relish

7152 Ogontz Avenue

relishphiladelphia.com

Although it’s only open on Sundays, Mondays and Wednesdays, LaRose Jazz Club in Philadelphia’s Germantown neighborhood is considered one of the most authentic jazz clubs in town. Jazz purists will appreciate this venue's dedication to presenting "true" jazz in a caberet-like setting. 
 
 

Paris Bistro

8229 Germantown Avenue

parisbistro.net

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.


The Philadelphia Clef Club of Jazz

738 S. Broad Street 

clefclubofjazz.org

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. 

    • Laurin Talese at Sittin' In at The Kimmel Center
      • Laurin Talese at Sittin' In at The Kimmel Center
      • Photo Credit: P. English for GPTMC / Philly 360°

Showcase & Concert Series

Sittin' In @ The Kimmel

When: Check website for details. 
Where: Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, Broad and Spruce Streets 
More info: Click here

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.


Jazz and R&B Happy Hour

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.


Who Got The Jazz?

When: See website for dates. 
Where: World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut Street
More Info: Click here

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. 

Art After 5 @ PMA

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. 


Friday Night Jazz @ Woodmere

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. 


Smooth Jazz Summer Nights

When: TBA
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 Roots Announce The Lineup For The 7th Annual Roots Picnic

  • Posted By: Sarah Janiszewski
  • March 6, 2014
    • The Roots Picnic
      • The Roots Picnic
      • Photo Credit: M. Edlow for Visit Philadelphia/Philly 360
    • The 5th Annual Roots Picnic - Day 1
      • The 5th Annual Roots Picnic - Day 1
      • Photo Credit: M. Edlow for GPTMC
    • The Roots
      • The Roots
      • Photo Credit: M. Edlow for GPTMC
    • ?uestlove on the drums, Black Thought on the mic
      • ?uestlove on the drums, Black Thought on the mic
      • Photo Credit: Photo by M. Edlow for GPTMC
    • The Roots onstage at The Roots Picnic
      • The Roots onstage at The Roots Picnic
      • Photo Credit: M. Edlow for GPTMC
    • The Roots Picnic
      • The Roots Picnic
      • Photo Credit: M. Edlow for GPTMC
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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? 

The Lineup

The Roots
Snoop Dogg (backed by The Roots)
Janelle Monae
A$AP Ferg
Action Bronson
araabMUZIK
The War On Drugs
Rudimental
Jhene Aiko
Biz Markie (DJ Set)
Bad Rabbits
Electric Wire Hustle
Just Blaze
Chill Moody
Emily Wells
Roman GianArthur

(More to be announced)

The Details

The 7th Annual Roots Picnic
When: Saturday, May 31
Where: Festival Pier at Penn's Landing, Columbus Boulevard and Spring Garden Street
More Info: Grab your tickets here

Insider Tip: Grab tickets and book a room. There will be events happening the night before and after the Picnic. Details to come.


Check out Questlove's official video announce for this year's lineup.  

 

Then watch Philly 360°'s video recap of last year's Roots Picnic video below.


Sounds Of Gospel At Penn's Landing - Saturday, August 24

  • Posted By: Ashley Coleman
  • August 23, 2013
    • Tye Tribbett
      • Tye Tribbett
      • Photo Credit: Courtesy of tyetribbettworldwide.com

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! 

Event Details

Sounds of Gospel

Saturday, August 24

2:30 - 9 p.m.

Great Plaza at Penn's Landing

Columbus Boulevard at Chestnut Street


Just In: The Roots Picnic Lineup Announced

  • Posted By: Shahida Muhammad
  • January 23, 2013
    • 5th Annual Roots Picnic
      • 5th Annual Roots Picnic
      • Photo Credit: M. Edlow for GPTMC
    • The Roots
      • The Roots
      • Photo Credit: M. Edlow for GPTMC
    • The 5th Annual Roots Picnic - Day 1
      • The 5th Annual Roots Picnic - Day 1
      • Photo Credit: M. Edlow for GPTMC
    • The Roots Picnic
      • The Roots Picnic
      • Photo Credit: Photo by M. Kennedy for GPTMC
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      • The Roots Picnic
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Who isn't hype for the Roots Picnic? For the past six years, the livest acts in music have come to Festival Pier to deliver one of the illest showcases in entertainment. It doesn't get better than that!
 
This year's Roots Picnic lineup has finally been announced, and the performances are sure to go harder than ever. The sixth annual showcase is returning with an eclectic mix of some of the hottest artists in hip-hop, soul, jazz, blues and country. Get ready for swagged out performances by Gary Clark Jr.Macklemore & Ryan LewisTrinidad Jame$Solange and a show-stopping set with hip-hop legends Naughty By Nature backed by The Roots.
 
Homegrown superstars, The Roots, are known as the hardest working band in music. The GRAMMY winning band continue to wow fans with their lyricism, live shows and unique collaborations. Gary Clark Jr., a guitar virtuoso whose roots run deep in blues, jazz, soul, country and hip-hop influences, has taken 2012 by storm and continues to amaze in 2013. Clark has performed at festivals like Coachella, Bonnaroo and Lollapalooza - and now he's bringing his talents to The Roots Picnic. Hip-hop vets, Naughty By Nature, have remained true to their roots in the rap game while also reaching the heights of mainstream success throughout their 20+ years in music. And Seattle duo Macklemore & Ryan Lewis is making serious waves in the hip-hop word with their electrifying shows, skillfully blended music and creative music videos. DJ Premier will also be on set to keeping things going on the turntables.
 
Tickets go on sale this Friday, January 25 at noon. Purchase your tickets ASAP, because this year's Roots Picnic is sure to sell out, like it does every year. And be ready to get your money's worth--the showcase never dissapoints.

Event Details

The Roots Picnic

Saturday, June 1

Festival Pier at Penn’s Landing

Columbus Boulevard at Spring Garden Street


The Lineup

The Roots

Naughty By Nature (backed by The Roots)

Gary Clark Jr.

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

Grimes

DJ Premier

Solange

Robert Glasper

AraabMUZIK

Trinidad Jame$

The Gaslamp Killer

Hit-Boy

How to Dress Well

Joey Bada$$

Sonnymoon

Lushlife

Jennah Bell



Check out our visual recap from last year's Roots Picnic below.


Labor Day Weekend Events In Philly

  • Posted By: Sarah Janiszewski
  • August 27, 2012
    • DJ Rich Medina
      • DJ Rich Medina
      • Photo Credit: D. McDowell for GPTMC

Summer might be winding down, but Philly still has some sizzle and swag going on. Labor Day is right around the corner, and we've got you covered on everything that's going on in Philly for that weekend.

Check out some of our top picks below. 


Labor Day Weekend Event Picks

Made in America Featuring Jay-Z, Pearl Jam, Run DMC, Drake, Jill Scott, Maybach Music & More

Saturday, September 1, and Sunday, September 2

Benjamin Franklin Parkway

Made in America: 32 acts. 3 stages. 1 weekend. 

It's about to go down musically in Philly. We're counting down to Jay-Z's Made in America music festival happening September 1-2. Jay-Z is officially taking over the Benjamin Franklin Parkway with performers hand-picked by him - including Drake, Run DMC and Philly's own Jill Scott, to name a few. See full listing here.


ClassicJawn

Thursday, August 30

9:00 p.m.

North Shore Beach Club

1031 Germantown Avenue

Check out the ClassicJawn party happening at North Shore Beach Club. DJs Rich Medina and Mike Nyce will spin house, Afrobeat and classic beats for this dance party. This event is open to the public, so no membership necessary. 


Jay-Z's DJ Young Guru at Walnut Room

Friday, August 31

9:00 p.m.

Walnut Room

1709 Walnut Street

Jay-Z's studio engineer and tour DJ - Young Guru - will be one the ones and twos at the Rittenhouse hotspot the Walnut Room. There's $20 cover; $10 before midnight with RSVP.
RSVP: DJYOUNGGURU-WR@Eventbrite.com


The Philly LIVEPOD Featuring Dwele

Friday, August 31 

9 p.m. 

The Prince Music Theater 

1412 Chestnut Street 

The August Philly LIVEPOD explodes on the scene with its latest installment, featuring the smooth, soulful music of R&B sensation - Dwele. He'll be joined by other phenomenal R&B artists, like Bianca Raquel, Dave"Pop" Watson and Kontraband 215. And, as always DJ Aktive and DJ Drama will be on hand to spin the tunes  that will keep the Philly LivePod party people movin'. You can purchase your tickets online here.  

 

Smooth Jazz Summer Nights Featuring Sheila E.

Friday, August 31

7:30PM concert

RiverStage on the Great Plaza at Penn's Landing

Columbus Boulevard at Market Street

It's about to get glamorous at Penn's Landing. Sheila E. will be hitting the stage as part of the smooth jazz 15th anniversary celebration. Following her performance, there will be fireworks, south of the RiverStage at approximately 9:15 p.m.

 

Tastytreats Featuring Yameen Allworld and DJ Mike Nyce

Saturday, September 1

10:00 p.m.

Fluid Nightclub

613 S. 4th Street 

Held the first Saturday of every month, Philly’s longest running party—Tastytreats—has been going strong for years. With its mix of hip-hop, reggae, house and R&B, there are no signs of it stopping. On Saturday, September 1, DJ Mike Nyce and Yameen Allworld will be in the house to get the party started. 


The Next Movement with DJ Statik AKA Mr. Sonny James

Saturday, September 1

Walnut Room

1709 Walnut Street

Catch Philly favorite DJ Statik spinning at this Rittenhouse Square hotspot on September 1. He's mixing it up with top 40, hip-hop and classics all night.


Summer In The City With Jon B.

Sunday, September 2

7:00 p.m. doors open; 8:00 p.m. show begins

The Blockley

3801 Chestnut Street

Not going to Made in America, or looking for somewhere to go after the show? Head over to the Blockley to party with Jon B. all night. 


Saul Williams Presents Chorus - A Spoken Word Tour 

Tuesday, September 4 

7 p.m. 

World Cafe Live 

3025 Walnut Street 

Want to keept the holiday going? Saul Williams will be at World Cafe Live the day after Labor Day. Saul is no ordinary poet - first stepping out into the limelight as part of the infamous Nuyorican Poets and mastermind behind the Sundance award-winning spoken word film, Slam.  Williams early success led to collabarations with Erykah Badu, Nas and Philly's own The Roots. So, stop by World Cafe Live for this special spoken word show to celebrate the release of Saul's latest book, Chorus.  You can purchase tickets online here.  


Your Guide To Philly's 4th Of July Celebration - Wawa Welcome America! - June 25 - July 4, 2012

  • Posted By: Philly 360
  • June 25, 2012
    • Fireworks at the Wawa Welcome America celebration
      • Fireworks at the Wawa Welcome America celebration
      • Photo Credit: Photo by G. Widman for GPTMC

Your Guide To Philly's 4th Of July Celebration - Wawa Welcome America!

Wawa Welcome America! is a 10 day-long celebration in Philly that kicks off on June 25 and ends July 4. With three firework shows, concerts curated by Questlove of The Roots, lots of food (and we do mean a lot!) and more, Philly is definitely the place to celebrate. 

Check out everything going on in Philly for Wawa Welcome America!

    • The Roots
      • The Roots
      • Photo Credit: Danny Clinch

Concerts/Live Performances

It's time for Philly's ultimate summer jam. We have concerts and performances happening around the city. And, if there's anything Philly knows how to do, it's putting on a good show with hot music. We have some major talent hitting our stages, including The Roots, Queen Latifah, Common, Daryl Hall, Gerald Veasley, Regina Carter and more!


Friday, June 29

Laura Izibor

Penn’s Landing

301 S. Columbus Boulevard

5 pm – 10 pm


Saturday, June 30

Geral Veasley & Regina Carter

Penn’s Landing

301 S. Columbus Boulevard

11 am – 10 pm


Sunday, July 1

Byron Cage (Gospel Sunday)

Penn’s Landing

301 S. Columbus Boulevard

11 am – 7 pm


Tuesday, July 3

Questlove Presents PSK - Philadelphia Sound Konnoisseurs

Tuesday, July 3

9 p.m. 

Voyeur

1221 Saint James Street

Insider Tip: Questlove is throwing the ultimate pre-event with his annual dream party PSK - and he's invited a few of his celebrity DJ friends to help him! On Tuesday, July 3rd Questlove along with DJ Jazzy Jeff, DJ Drama, Rich Medina, DJ Statik and others - collectively known as #PSK or the Philadelphia Sound Konnoisseurs.


The Roots 4th of July Jam Featuring Talib Kweli

Tuesday, July 3 

8 p.m. 

TLA 

4th & South Streets


Wednesday, July 4

Party on the Parkway

12 noon – 6 p.m.

Benjamin Franklin Parkway

Between 18th & 23rd Streets

Insider tip: Seven blocks of music, dancing, cultural activities, arts, crafts and live entertainment. Look out for Questlove's Stage. Line up is still TBA. We hear a couple of our ambassadors will be hitting the stage.


The Roots' Fourth of July Jam

Featuring The Roots, Queen Latifah, Common, Daryl Hall and more

5 p.m. – 11 p.m.

Benjamin Franklin Parkway

Between 18th & 23rd Streets

Insider Tip: There will be a fireworks show following the Jam. 

    • Philadelphia's annual 4th of July celebration
      • Philadelphia's annual 4th of July celebration
      • Photo Credit: R. Kennedy for GPTMC

Fireworks

Philly will sparkle and light up like you've never seen before with three separate nights of fireworks. Get ready to ooh and ahh.


Saturday, June 30

Concert & Fireworks

Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing


Wednesday, July 4

Philly 4th of July Jam & Grand Finale Fireworks

In front of the Philadelphia Museum of Art

Benjamin Franklin Parkway between 20th Street and Eakins Oval


Saturday, July 7

A Star-Spangled Night with the United States Army Band “Pershing’s Own”
Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing



Insider Tips: Arrive early. Bring lawn chairs, a blanket and a picnic. If you get there early, you’ll be able to grab a great location for the concert and the fireworks.


Best Places to Watch the Fireworks

Along the Delaware River

Philadelphia side of the Delaware River
• Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing
• Morgan’s Pier
• Independence Seaport Museum
• SugarHouse Casino
• Race Street Pier
• Washington Avenue Green
• Penn Treaty Park
• Village Belle
• Hyatt Regency at Penn’s Landing
• Spirit of Philadelphia
• Ristorante La Veranda

Camden side of the Delaware River:
• Adventure Aquarium
• Battleship New Jersey
• Wiggins Park

Benjamin Franklin Parkway

• Lemon Hill in Fairmount Park
• Along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, which is shut down in honor of the celebration
• Boathouse Row
• Kelly Drive
• Martin Luther King Drive
• Schuylkill River Park
• Best Western Center City
• Bistro St. Tropez

    • Taste of Philadelphia
      • Taste of Philadelphia
      • Photo Credit: J. Smith for GPTMC

Food

Whether it's a 4.5 ton hoagie, unlimited ice cream or sample dishes from some of Philly's top restaurants, you will definitely get a real taste of Philly when you take part in some of Wawa Welcome America's food events.


Friday, June 29 - Sunday, July 1

Taste of Philadelphia

June 29, 5 - 10 p.m.

June 30, 11 a.m. - 10 p.m.

July 1, 11 a.m. 

Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing

Columbus Boulevard at Chestnut Street

Insider tips: Bring your appetite and enjoy all the flavors of Philly. Participating vendors include Gi Gi & Big R’s Caribbean Soul Food, La Marqueza, Lil Dan’s Food Truck, Marabella Meatball Company, Sweet Box and many more.


Wednesday, June 27

Wawa Hoagie Day

12 noon - 2 p.m.

Independence Visitor Center Lawn, Independence Mall West

6th and Market Streets

Insider tip: There will be a 4.5 ton hoagie served. 


Saturday, June 30 - Sunday, July 1

Super Scooper All-You-Can Eat Ice Cream Festival

June 30, 12 noon – 5 p.m. and 6 – 9 p.m.
July 1, 12 noon – 5 p.m.

Walnut Street & Columbus Boulevard

Insider tip: For just a $7 donation, you can enjoy ice cream for hours each day. All net proceeds will benefit the Joshua Kahan Fund, helping to find a cure for pediatric leukemia.


Behind The Scenes Of The Roots Picnic - Episode 1 Featuring Brandon Pankey

  • Posted By: Philly 360
  • June 1, 2012
    • Behind the scenes of a walk through for The Roots Picnic with Brandon Pankey
      • Behind the scenes of a walk through for The Roots Picnic with Brandon Pankey

Our Music Insider - Laiya St. Clair - wanted to give you an exclusive sneak peek of the ins and outs of putting together this year's Roots Picnic.

She's going to take you through everything leading up to the Roots Picnic with three episodes featuring: The Roots' management doing a walk through of the venue, one of the DJs prepping for the Picnic, and some exclusive behind the scenes footage of The Roots rehearsing with De La Soul.

And stay tuned for more videos, because you know we'll be covering the Picnic over the next two days, so you won't miss a thing that happens backstage this weekend.

First up in making The Roots Picnic happen, Philly 360 Creative Ambassador Brandon Pankey of SEFG (The Roots' management), takes us on the venue walk through before the Picnic. Watch this exclusive footage below.  And, look out for episodes 2 and 3 tomorrow morning.


New Year's Eve Fireworks Show In Philadelphia

  • Posted By: Philly 360
  • December 30, 2011
    • New Year's fireworks along the Delaware River
      • New Year's fireworks along the Delaware River
      • Photo Credit: G. Widman for GPTMC

Philly never drops the ball on a good celebration. This year, Philly adds twice the flare again to its New Year's Eve show with two fireworks shows.

Find out here where the best spots are to view the shows.


SugarHouse Casino Presents Twice the Fireworks! Twice the Fun!

Saturday, December 31

6:00 p.m. and midnight

Delaware River Waterfront

Insider Tip: This is free.
 


Top Fireworks Viewing Spots

Adventure Aquarium

1 Riverside Drive

Have your own under the sea adventure when you ring in the New Year.  Guests can dive into the hors d’oeuvres, food stations and open bar and catch a great view of the fireworks while toasting with champagne. Music and entertainment round out the New Year’s adventure.

Insider Tip: $125 per person


Battleship New Jersey

62 Battleship Place

Get your sea legs ready. Enjoy music, food and bar concessions, as well as a unique view of both fireworks shows at 6 p.m. and midnight.

 

Blue Cross RiverRink

Columbus Boulevard and Market Street

The Blue Cross RiverRink’s New Year’s Eve Party on Ice offers one of the best views of the city’s fireworks show over the Delaware River. Skaters can catch one of two sparkling shows during the early (5-7 p.m.) and late (11 p.m. - 1 a.m.) parties. File this spot under family-friendly.

Insider Tip: Tickets are $30 for skaters and $20 for spectators.


Franklin Square

200 N. 6th Street

Families can head to the brightly illuminated Franklin Square to watch the 6 p.m. fireworks show. From 11a.m. - 4 p.m., there will be party hat decorating, free entertainment, and a “Square-drop” countdown to 6 p.m. File this one under family-friendly.


Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing

Chestnut Street and Columbus Boulevard

Head to the Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing for a front-row view of the fireworks backed by a synchronized soundtrack during the show.



Hyatt Regency Philadelphia

201 S. Columbus Boulevard

The Hyatt Regency at Penn’s Landing is kicking off the New Year with not one, but two celebrations. Enjoy a delicious New Year’s Eve Family Buffet starting at 4 p.m. Save room for the Dessert Explosion at 5:30 p.m. before the 6 p.m. fireworks show at Penn’s Landing. ($55 for adults, $25 for children 3-12). Starting at 8 p.m., adults can partake in the Starlight Soiree featuring a dinner buffet and wine bar in the Columbus Ballroom followed by drinks and dancing at Keatings River Grill, all leading up to the fireworks spectacular at midnight. ($125 per person)



Independence Seaport Museum

Columbus Boulevard at Walnut Street

Grab a complimentary party hat and noisemaker before heading outside to the second-floor terrace to watch the fireworks spectacular over the Delaware River at 6 p.m. The museum comes alive at 8:30 p.m. during the Buccaneers Ball, a swashbuckler-themed New Year’s Eve celebration with live music, drinks, dinner and dancing ending with the fireworks show at midnight.



Penn Treaty Park

Delaware Avenue and Beach Street

Penn Treaty Park’s seven acres of open green space and clean picnic areas provide a great vantage point from which to watch the fireworks.


Race Street Pier

Race Street and Delaware Avenue

This is an amazing spot to watch but we recommend you get there early, as it’s probably going to fill up fast.

Insider Tip: Alcohol, BBQ and glass containers are not permitted at the Pier.


Spirit of Philadelphia

401 S. Columbus Boulevard

Set sail on the Spirit of Philadelphia for two special sailing adventures to ring in the New Year. Families can hop aboard for the early New Year’s Eve Fireworks Dinner Cruise from 4–6:30 p.m. and celebrate with live music, party favors and a grand buffet before getting an up close view of the fireworks at 6 p.m. From $109.90 per adult. $69.90 per child ages 3-12. The New Year’s celebration sets sails again from 8:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. with sweeping views of the fireworks and the city skyline; the night includes a dinner buffet, hors d’oeuvres, premium open bar, DJ music, dancing, party favors and a champagne toast. From $164.90 per person.


SugarHouse Casino

1001 N. Delaware Avenue

We bet that the riverfront walkway at SugarHouse Casino will be a good spot to watch both fireworks displays, as there will be concession stands and speakers playing the synchronized soundtrack for each of the shows.


Washington Avenue Green

1301 S. Columbus Boulevard

This is another new park on the Delaware River Waterfront, formerly Pier 53.


Wiggins Park & Marina

Mickle Boulevard at the River

Across the river in Camden, you can get an amazing view of the fireworks from Wiggin’s Park, located near Adventure Aquarium and the Battleship New Jersey. Viewers will be treated to a synchronized soundtrack for the fireworks display from speakers at the park.


Fall Music Festivals

  • Posted By: Philly 360
  • September 9, 2011
    • POPPED! Music Festival
      • POPPED! Music Festival
      • Photo Credit: M. Kennedy for GPTMC

Philly is definitely a festival town--and not just in the summer season. Fall is packed with music festivals to keep you busy.

Check out the festival line up below.

 

  • Doo Wop Festival
  • Saturday, September 17
  • 1:00 - 7:00 p.m.
  • Great Plaza at Penn's Landing
  • Columbus Boulevard at Walnut Street
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  • The 6th annual Doo Wop Festival will be filling the air with smooth vocals and harmonies on the RiverStage at the Great Plaza at Penn's Landing. The legendary Cleftones headline a lineup of national and local doo-wop groups, like Cornerstone featuring the "Golden Voice" of Harry Schmitt.
  • Insider tip: The event is free, but donations are requested for the Philadelphia Veterans Multi-Service Education Center.

 

 

  • Brews Blues & BBQs
  • Saturday, September 17
  • 1:00 - 5:00 p.m. and 6:00 - 10:00 p.m.
  • Electric Factory
  • 421 N. 7th Street

  • Get ready for some drinks, BBQ and live music. This festival will have you enjoying a sampling of 70 or more craft beers and BBQ favorites from 15 barbecue masters from around the Philadelphia area who will be competing for the Best of Philly. And, you'll get to listen to local blues greats like Shakey and Slo and The Hired Guns.
  • Insider tip: Tickets are $45.00 each--includes unlimited beer, great music and food samples from the BBQ masters. Tickets $55.00 day of show.

 

 

  • Philadelphia Film and Music Festival
  • Thursday, September 22 - Sunday, September 25
  • Various locations throughout Philadelphia
  •  
  • The Philadelphia Film and Music Festival—a.k.a. the Philadelphia F/M Festival—will take over Philly with over 100 acts taking the stages at over 15 venues. And, check out the Philly F/M “Movie Haus” to watch new behind the music documentaries, like Beatboxing: The 5th Element of Hip-Hop.

 

 

  • POPPED! Music Festival
  • Friday, September 23 - Saturday, September 24
  • 2:30 - 10:00 p.m. on Friday
  • 10:30 a.m. - 10:00 p.m. on Saturday
  • FDR Park
  • Broad Street and Pattison Avenue
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  • The POPPED! Music Festival is a two-day, outdoor fusion of music, food and comedy. Now in its fourth year, the music festival is coming back better and hotter than ever. Over 30 acts will hit the stage, including Black Thought & J. Period Mixtape, Rakim and DJ Questlove. Plus, local, sustainable food vendors curated by Philly HomegrownMeal Ticket and the Food Trust, incuding Questlove's new food truck. 

Philly 360° August Picks: Philly Sizzles With Sultry Sounds Under The Sun

  • Posted By: Philly 360
  • August 2, 2011

Philly 360˚ is your source for hot summer happenings in Philly, and we’ve got the 411. Whether you’re looking to kick it old school with Frankie Beverly & Maze, jam under the sun at the first-ever Jill Scott Summer Block Party or jazz it up with Chick Corea and Return To Forever, Philly’s ending the summer season bigger and better than the rest.

    • Penn's Landing
      • Penn's Landing
      • Photo Credit: K. Ciappa for GPTMC

Featured Events

Wednesday, August 3 - Rennie Harris Presents: R.H.A.W.

Rennie Harris Awe-inspiring Works (R.H.A.W) brings an eclectic taste of hip-hop dance works to The Mann Center for the Performing Arts

 

Thursday, August 4 - Fred Hammond, Martha Munizzi and E. Daniels

It’s time to let the praise beginThe Dell Music Center hosts some inspirational music faves. Fred Hammond, Martha Munizzi and E. Daniels will take over the stage, so prepare to get lifted.

 

Saturday, August 6 - Jill Scott’s Summer Block Party

Tired of the same ol’ block parties every summer? Well, there’s a new one in town that you won’t want to miss—Jill Scott’s Summer Block Party at the Susquehanna Bank Center! Featuring performances by Jill and Anthony Hamilton, along with DJ Jazzy Jeff on the ones and twos, this block party will definitely kick it up a notch.

 

Tuesday, August 9 – Nas, Damian Marley & Writtenhouse

Their collaborative album was a hit, but it’s even hotter live. Hip-Hop connoisseur Nas and reggae master Damian Marley bring their unprecedented styles to the Electric Factory. Who else could give you a better taste of both worlds? And, Writtenhouse is kicking off the show!


Wednesday, August 10 – Return To Forever IV

After 40 years of being in the biz, Return To Forever IV makes an epic comeback this summer at The Mann Center for the Performing Arts. Featuring Chick Corea (keys), Stanley Clarke (bass), Lenny White (drums), Jean-Luc Ponty (violin) and Frank Gambale (guitar), the ensemble fuses jazz and rock with their own twist.

 

Sunday, August 21 - Lady B’s Hip Hop Tribute

This one’s for the b-boys and fly girls. In honor of Philly’s legendary hip hop DJ Lady B, The Dell Music Center is bringing some of the illest hip hop MC’s to rock the mic. Do Public Enemy, Salt-N-Pepa and Big Daddy Kane ring a bell? We’re sure they do, so get your tickets soon.


Wednesday, August 24 - O’Jays, Stylistics, Four Tops

Whether you’re in love with the Philly Sound or get down with Motown, The Mann Center for the Performing Arts is giving you both. The O’Jays, The Stylistics and The Four Tops will hit the stage and sweeten our ears with some soulful classics.

 

Saturday, August 27 – Battle of the Canvas

Get ready for an explosion of vibrant and captivating art as Battle of the Canvas takes over The Piazza at Schmidts. Artists of all unique styles—musicians, visual artists, DJs—will create their own masterpieces on the spot.

 

Sunday, September 4 - Frankie Beverly and Maze

Don’t plan on staying in your seats for long during this show. Frankie Beverly and Maze return to The Dell Music Center to add some classic old school flavor to Labor Day weekend in Philly. You already know the tickets will sell fast, so get yours soon!

    • Will Smith talking to students from the DASH Program on the set of MIB3
      • Will Smith talking to students from the DASH Program on the set of MIB3
      • Photo Credit: P. English for GPTMC

Spotlights

Will Smith Exclusive

Philly 360˚ took a road trip to New York to catch up with Philly icon Will Smith to go on the set of Men In Black III. He took time out to speak with Philly students of the DASH program (about the 76ers and more). Check out the video!

Urbanism Exhibit

The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts has launched a new exhibit, and it’s far from ordinary. Urbanism features the contemporary work of four Philly artists who brilliantly portray the urban lifestyle through drawings, paintings and other creative art forms.


Extensionistas

Hey Extensionistas! Ready for part three of the Trends in Tresses series? Fashion Insider Rakia Reynolds catches up with top Philly hair stylists to find out how to add a little extra to your do. Check out the video to see who makes the cut.

 

Smooth Jazz at Penn’s Landing

Let the soothing sounds of jazz and the warm summer breeze sweep you away this month. Through August 26, Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing will feature free live jazz music every Friday night. Mark your calendar for August 26 to check out a special performance by Philly’s own Kevin Eubanks!

 

Book your trip to Philadelphia today!


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