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Make Music Philly Returns To Shine A Spotlight On Philadelphia's Local Music Scene - Saturday, June 21

  • Posted By: Ashley Coleman
  • June 11, 2014
    • Make Music Philly
      • Make Music Philly
      • Photo Credit: Courtesy of Make Music Philly

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 


Make Music Philly
When: Saturday, June 21, 8am-8pm
Where: Neighborhoods across Philadelphia
Cost: Free
More Info: makemusicphilly.com


Festival Chic: Philly Steps Out in Bold Prints & Fresh Colors For The Roots Picnic

  • Posted By: Jared Michael Lowe
  • June 10, 2014
    • Roots Picnic Style
      • Roots Picnic Style
      • Photo Credit: M. Edlow for Visit Philadelphia / Philly 360°

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!


Check out the fresh, dope festival wear donned by these Roots Picnic fashionistas and style-guys. 

Photos by M. Edlow for Philly 360°

Tomorrow: The 7th Annual Roots Picnic - Official Show Schedule + After Parties Details

  • Posted By: James Claiborne
  • May 30, 2014
    • ?uestlove of The Roots
      • ?uestlove of The Roots
      • Photo Credit: Photo by M. Edlow for GPTMC

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

 

Performance Schedule for the 7th Annual Roots Picnic: 

    • Janelle Monae
      • Janelle Monae
      • Photo Credit: Phot by Jiro Schneider for Atlantic Records

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.


The Roots Picnic After Parties:

    • The Roots Picnic
      • The Roots Picnic
      • Photo Credit: Photo by M. Kennedy for GPTMC

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. 


The Official Roots Picnic After Party with Questlove
When: Saturday, May 31, 11 p.m. - 3 a.m. 
Where: Voyeur, 1221 St. James Street
Cost: $12 before midnight 
More info: voyeurnightclub.com

Roots Picnic After Party Hosted by Kamal & Frank "Knuckles" of The Roots
When: Saturday, May 31, 10 p.m. - 3 a.m. 
Where: Aura, 628 N Front St
More Info: RSVP here

Sound Garden Hall Presents: "After the Picnic’' featuring Rich Medina
When: Saturday, May 31, 11 p.m.
Where: Hacienda Lounge, 520 North Columbus Boulevard
Cost: $10
More Info: Click here.

Drinking Out Back After The Roots Picnic with Chill Moody, Beano, DJ Ricochet & More
When: Saturday, May 31, 9 p.m. 
Where: Voltage Lounge, 421 N. 7th Street
Cost: $10 advance / $12 at the door 
More Info: Click here


Philly 360° Guide To The 7th Annual Roots Picnic - Saturday, May 31

  • Posted By: Ashley Coleman
  • May 29, 2014
    • The Roots Picnic: ?uestlove
      • The Roots Picnic: ?uestlove
      • Photo Credit: Photo by M. Kennedy for GPTMC

Philly, it's going down! That's right — this Saturday, May 31, the 7th Annual Roots Picnic lands at Festival Pier at Penn's Landing for another epic, genre-defying concert on the Philly waterfront.

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. 


Philly 360° Guide to the 7th Annual Roots Picnic:

    • The Roots Picnic
      • The Roots Picnic
      • Photo Credit: Photo by M. Kennedy for GPTMC

The Music

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.

What To Wear

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. 

How To Get There

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. 

What Time to Arrive

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. 

    • Chill Moody at the Roots Picnic
      • Chill Moody at the Roots Picnic
      • Photo Credit: M. Edlow for GPTMC
    • The Roots onstage at The Roots Picnic
      • The Roots onstage at The Roots Picnic
      • Photo Credit: M. Edlow for GPTMC
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Food & Drink Options

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. 

What To Bring

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. 

On-Site Vendors & Shops

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. 

The After Party

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

More questions? 

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!


Roots Picnic
When: Saturday, May 31, 12 p.m.
Where: Festival Pier, Columbus Blvd and Spring Garden Street
Cost: From $64
More Info: www.rootspicnic.com


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
    • Contest: Enter To Win Tickets To The Roots Picnic
      • Contest: Enter To Win Tickets To 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
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    • 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
      • Photo Credit: M. Edlow for GPTMC
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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.


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