News http://philly360.visitphilly.com/news Fri, 29 May 2015 11:50:00 -0400 en <![CDATA[TOP PICKS: 15 Can't-Miss Concerts In Philly For Black Music Month]]> http://philly360.visitphilly.com/news/2015/05/29/top-picks-15-can-t-miss-concerts-in-philly-for-black-music-month In 1979, legendary songwriter/producer and founder of Philadelphia International Records Kenny Gamble, along with broadcast executive Ed Wright, founded the Black Music Association, which established June as Black Music Month by decree from President Jimmy Carter.  

In 2000, the United States government officially recognized Black Music Month after radio personality and celebrity media coach Dyana Williams and Congressman Chaka Fattah tirelessly pushed to get the African American Music Bill passed through legislation.

For this Philly 360° Black Music Month guide, we're resurfacing our exclusive with Dyana, who is also fondly referred to as the “Mother of Black Music Month.”  Check out the below video to get her breakdown of how Black Music Month came to be. 

Then, browse this list of over 15 shows that will go down in and around Philadelphia during the month of June. D'Angelo, Bilal, Wiz Khalifa and more — no matter your musical taste, we've got something for you. Check it.

Philly 360° Black Music Month 2015 Top Picks

 

Julian King at Underground Arts

Wednesday, June 3 | Underground Arts, 1200 Callowhill Street | $15 | Pop, R&B, Soul
Julian King works hard to perfect his craft. And, with the release of his latest single "Unforgettable" and an upcoming headlining show in Philly — there's no doubt that this Philly-bred singer/songwriter is ready for his time in the spotlight.

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Beanie Sigel "The Return" Concert at The TLA

Saturday, June 6 | The TLA, 334 South Street | $37-60 | Hip-hop
Philadelphia-bred rap veteran Beanie Sigel brings it home to The TLA on South Street for what will be one of his first major appearances in a while. Grab tix for this show to relive why many still hail the Philly native as one of the greatest rappers of all time. 

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Charlie Wilson at The Mann Center

Sunday, June 7 | The Mann Center, 5201 Parkside Avenue | $35-125 | R&B, Soul
Nine-time Grammy-nominated artist Charlie Wilson is bringing his acclaimed Forever Charlie tour to Philly for an “unforgettable night” at the Mann this summer with special guests KEM and Joe. The party goes down on Sunday, June 7th for a night of R&B, Billboard-topping hits like, “Without You,” “Charlie, Last Name Wilson,” Magic,” “There Goes My Baby,” “Can’t Live Without You,” “You Are,” “Life of the Party” and “My Love Is All I Have.”

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Femi Kuti at World Cafe Live

Tuesday, June 9 | World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut Street | $25-38 | World, Afrobeat, Funk
Son of Afrobeat founder Fela Kuti, Femi struck out on his on long ago to continue in his father’s legacy of preserving his music while producing socially-conscious, hip-moving, funky-infused songs that move audiences all over the world. Don't miss it as Femi returns to World Café Live in June.

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Fall Out Boy & Wiz Khalifa at Susquehanna Bank Center

Wednesday, June 10| Susquehanna Bank Center | $37-85 | Hip-hop

In support of their latest projects, American Beauty/American Pyscho and Blacc Hollywood respectively, Fall Out Boy and Wiz Khalifa team up for a summer tour that is set to touch down in over 40 cities across the U.S. This tour includes opening performances by Hoodie Allen and DJ Drama.


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DMX at The TLA

Thursday, June 11 | The TLA, 334 South Street | $50 | Hip-hop
Veteran rapper DMX lands back in Philadelphia this month. Get up close and personal as he bring his signature hardcore, raw rap styling straight to the stage of South Street's TLA.

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Sitin' In With Koyaki At The Kimmel Center

Wednesday, June 17 | The Kimmel Center, Broad and Spruce Streets | Free | Jazz, Urban, Hip-hop
Once a month on Wednesdays, The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts opens its doors and stages to some of the city's hottest musicals talents for the popular Philadelphia music showcase, Sittin' In. This month's show is hosted by the indie Grammy-nominated emcee and producers, Kokayi with performances by Emcee Ciara and DJ Danophonic.

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Roman Gianarthur & Clean Bandit at Underground Arts

Monday, June 15 | Underground Arts, 1200 Callowhill Street | $20 | Urban, Soul, Pop
This singer songwriter is a part of Janelle Monae’s Wondaland Arts Society collective. A multi-instrumentalist, producer and artist, Roman is sure to shut it down when he hits the stage. Be sure to check out his single "I-69." It's a winner.

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Grits & Biscuits at The TLA

Saturday, June 20 | The TLA, 334 South Street | $20 | Hip-hop
If you're into country, down south flavor, then Grits & Biscuits is probably already on your radar. This Dirty South-influenced party makes it way to The TLA on June.

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SWV at World Cafe Live

Sunday, June 21 | World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut Street | $35-65 | R&B, Soul
With a GRAMMY nod and WE TV tv docu-series “SWV Reunited" on the horizon, SWV is on the road to connect with fans and perform hits from their discography. You can catch the Philly stop on their reuinion tour at World Cafe Live.

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Ibeyi at World Cafe Live

Monday, June 22 | World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut Street | $20 | World
Ibeyi sing in English and Yoruban, and have created a minimalist sound that merges elements of their heritage with their natural love of modern music as teenagers growing up in Paris, citing artists such as James Blake and King Krule amongst their wide range of influences.

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D'Angelo at The Keswick Theatre

Tuesday, June 23 | Keswick Theatre, 291 N Keswick Avenue, Glenside, PA| $75-175 | Soul, R&B
D'Angelo, the internationally beloved soulster is on the road performing music from Black Messiah live for fans around the globe. On June 23, D'Angelo — accompanied by a masterful group of musicians dubbed The Vanguard — brings his Second Coming Tour to the Keswick Theatre in Glenside, PA.

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Jodeci at Tower Theater

Thursday, June 25 | Tower Theater, 69th & Ludlow, Upper Darby, PA | $40-45 | R&B, Soul
An iconic 90s R&B group, Jodeci redefined music for our generation. Reunited and on the road, the guys lands in Philadelphia for an unforgettable night of R&B/Soul at Tower Theater on June 25.

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Curren$y at The TLA

Friday, June 26 | The TLA, 334 South Street | $34 | Hip-hop
Lousiana-based rapper Curren$y brings his smart lyrics and high-energy onstage presence to Philadelphia for this one-night-only hit at The TLA on South Street. Keep your eye out for Philly 360°'s official contest for this show.

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Bilal Album Release at World Cafe Live

Tuesday, June 30 | World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut Street | $75-175 | Soul, R&B

Philly’s #1 son of soul, Bilal returns home to celebrate the June 30 release of his new collaborative album with producer Adrian Younge, In Another Life. Known for his undeniable grooves, electrifying stage presence and soaring vocals, the Philly-bred soul singer has a cult following of fans that span the globe. This show is a guaranteed sell out, grab your tickets now.

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Fri, 29 May 2015 11:50:00 -0400
<![CDATA[The Creatives: Philly Singer/Songwriter Julian King Returns With New Single & Headlining Show At Underground Arts On Wednesday, June 3]]> http://philly360.visitphilly.com/news/2015/05/29/the-creatives-philly-singer-songwriter-julian-king-returns-with-new-single-headlining-show-at-underground-arts-on-wednesday-june-3 Julian King works hard to perfect his craft. And, with the release of his latest single "Unforgettable" and an upcoming headlining show in Philly — there's no doubt that this Philly-bred creative is ready for his time in the spotlight.

Earlier this year, Julian dropped his first single "No Strings," which currently has over 30,000 plays on Soundcloud. Now, he returns to headline a show at the popular, gritty Callowhill music hub, Underground Arts, on Wednesday, June 3. We’re definitely excited to see exactly what King has in store for his hometown friends and fam.

The “No Strings” singer's show at Underground Arts also features performances by sultry songstress Chartel and the brand new female duo 2Mil. If we know anything about King, and his opening acts, then we're sure that this show will be packed full of killer vocals, precise choreography and high-energy onstage performances.

A graduate of the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, King comes from a musical family, which undoubtedly contributes to his undeniable talents. A dancer, musician and exceptional vocalist, there is not much King can’t do. Definitely one of the most-talented indie acts on the Philadelphia scene right now, it won’t take long for Julian King's movement to gain some serious traction.

With no official release date set as of yet, fans anxiously await King’s debut EP, Sing For You. Luckily for us, he just dropped an infectiously smooth single from the forthcoming project, "Unforgettable." You can check out the track, below.

For now, we suggest that you make it a point to hit Julian King's upcoming show at Underground Arts. Next Wednesday night will be the perfect opportunity for music lovers to connect with this young, rising Philly talent. We hear that he may even perform some exclusive material — so grab your tickets now! Don’t wait.


Julian King With Special Guests 2Mil and Chartel
When: Wednesday, June 3, 7 PM
Where: Underground Arts, 1200 Callowhill Street
Cost: $15, 21+
More Info: Click here.  

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Fri, 29 May 2015 10:00:00 -0400
<![CDATA[Art Sanctuary Returns With The Lifetime Achievement Awards Featuring Kindred The Family Soul, Eric Roberson, Ursula Rucker, Lady Alma & More - Friday, May 29]]> http://philly360.visitphilly.com/news/2015/05/28/art-sanctuary-returns-with-the-lifetime-acheivement-awards-featuring-kindred-the-family-soul-eric-roberson-ursula-rucker-lady-alma-more-friday-may-29 For three decades, Philadelphia has honored the literary and creative contributions of African Americans with the Annual Celebration of Black Writing. Now, presented by black cultural hub Art Sanctuary for well over a decade, this year marks 31st year of the festival which has flooded the month of May with tons of exciting, enlightening workshops, author readings and performances.

The centerpeice of CBW 2015 has been an exciting photography exhibit entitled Barkley L. Hendricks: Oh, Snap!, which showcases a lesser known side of the famed, Philadelphia-born painter. Oh, Snap! includes twenty images captured by Hendricks from the late 60s to the 90s and include rarely seen images of Fela Kuti and Hendricks' time overseas in Lagos.This exhibit will stay open through the end of July at Art Sanctuary's Graduate Hospital-based gallery on the corner of 16th and Bainbridge.

On Friday, May 29, Art Sanctuary will closeout the festival with its signature program, The Lifetime Acheivement Awards, held at the Temple Performing Arts Center on N Broad Street. This year's festival honors an exciting lineup of talent including Barkley Hendricks, author Jacqueline Woodson and Philadelphia's own soul duo Kindred The Family Soul

The most exciting news? They've recently announced that beloved soul singer/songwriter Eric Roberson will join the all-star lineup of artists that will pay tribute to this year's honorees. Other performers include poet Ursula Rucker, vocalist Lady Alma, dancer/cheographer Roger Lee and students from the city's famed poetry troupe, Philly Youth Poetry Movement

And, as if that’s not enough, tickets are currently discounted at $15. Just use the code ‘LIFETIME' when purhasing tickets online. 


The 31st Annual Celebration of Black Writing: Lifetime Achievement Awards
When: Friday, May 29, 7 - 9 p.m.
Where: Temple Center for the Performing Arts, 1837 N Broad Street
Cost: $15 tickets with code LIFETIME
More Info: http://bit.ly/1RY9N4s

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Thu, 28 May 2015 12:00:00 -0400
<![CDATA[Top Picks: Eight Must-Hit Events For Roots Picnic Weekend — May 29-31, 2015]]> http://philly360.visitphilly.com/news/2015/05/27/top-picks-eight-must-hit-events-for-roots-picnic-weekend-may-29-31-2015 The wait is finally over. This weekend, the 8th Annual Roots Picnic lands at Festival Pier at Penn's Landing for another epic day-long concert on the Philly waterfront.

The vibe and atmosphere at Festival Pier will be nothing short of amazing, with tons of people partying to music of an incredible lineup of artists, all hand-selected by The Legendary Roots Crew. Erykah Badu, The Weeknd, DJ Mustard, Rae Sremmurd, Brianna Cash and other hitmakers are set to take over the two festival stages — kicking the Philadelphia summer concert season off with some of the dopest sounds in the industry.

Tickets are officially sold out now, but if you're still trying to make it happen and have a few extra dollars to spend, then give a third party site like Stubhub.com a try. You'll pay a premium for the tickets, but once acts like Badu and The Weeknd hit the stage, it will all be worth it, right? 

But, even if you can't land tickets to this year's Picnic, there's no reason to stay at home. You can still party like a rockstar at one of the other — count 'em — eight dope Roots Picnic-related concerts, parties and events that will do down this weekend. Check out the full list, below.

Now, are you ready? We seriously hope so, because this weekend is going to be epic.


Philly 360° Roots Picnic Weekend Itinerary

1. The Roots Picnic Kick-Off With DJ Aktive

Friday, May 29 | 10 p.m. | Recess Lounge, 125 S 2nd Street | Ladies free before 11 p.m.
Party with members of the Roots in Old City as this Roots Picnic pre-game hits Recess Lounge. Music provided by Philly's own touring turntablist DJ Aktive and Black Girls Rock founder Beverly Bond. 

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2. Roots, Rock, Run 5K

Saturday, May 30 | 9 a.m. | Anna Lane Lingelbach Elementary School (Wayne Avenue & Johnson Street) | $30 Registration
Join Roots' frontman Black Thought and the GrassROOTS Community Foundation as they host the third annual Roots, Rock, Run 5K race to raise funds for underserved youth here in Philadelphia.

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3. #BrunchJawn

Saturday, May 30 | 12 - 3 p.m. | Warmdaddy's, 1400 S Columbus Blvd | $20
Hit this Roots Picnic pregame brought to you by Stacey Flygirrl Wilson, Laiya Stclair and DJ Afrodjiak. Before you spend the day partying with the likes of Questlove, Black Thought, Erykah Badu, enjoy a delicious soul food meal courtesy of Warmdaddy's. Guests will also be treated to a special two-hour Hennessy tasting, along with other reduced-price drinks specials.

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4. The 8th Annual Roots Picnic

Saturday, May 30 | 11 a.m. | Festival Pier at Penn's Landing, Columbus Boulevard & Spring Garden Street | Sold Out, Tickets available at Stubhub.com
The main event, Roots Picnic goes down — rain or shine — this Saturday, May 30. Again this year, The Roots have hand-selected a killer lineup of talent that includes Erykah Badu, Rae Sremmurd, The Weeknd, DJ Mustard and more. Enough said. #WeInThere

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5. Roots Picnic After Party With Questlove, Cosmo Baker & Matthew Law

Saturday, May 30 | 10 p.m. | Underground Arts, 1200 Callowhill Street | $12
After spending the day holding it down at the Roots Picnic, Questlove moves the party to Underground Arts for round two. Also on deck for The Roots Picnic Afterparty will be Questlove, of course, along with Cosmo Baker, Matthew Law and more. Our advice; grab your tickets in advance.

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6. Roots Picnic After Pary At Lit Ultra Bar

Saturday, May 30 | 10 p.m. - 3:30 a.m. |  Lit Ulta Bar, 420 N. 2nd. Street | $20
Post Roots Picnic, Black Thought, DJ Mustard, Freeway, OCD: Moosh & Twist, Taayib Ali, DJ Diamond Kuts and other music hitmakers head to Lit Ultra Bar Old City for another can't-miss after party. BTW — this lineup is so serious, click the link for deets.

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7. OkayFUTURE Roots Picnic After Party With Hudson Hawke

Saturday, May 30 | 10:30 p.m. | The TLA, 334 South Street | $18
On Saturday, May 30, directly following the 8th Annual Roots Picnic, Okayfuture presents Hudson Mohawke, Just Blaze, and Nick Hook at the TLA on South Street. Okayplayer.com calls this concert "dessert." We agree.

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8. Sundae Season Opener with Questlove

Sunday, May 31 | 4 - 10 p.m. | City Tap House, 3925 Walnut Street | $5 with RSVP before 6pm, $10 after
Can't get enough Questlove? Trust — in this city, you're not alone. Squeeze in one more dance with Philly's favorite DJ and drummer as he kicks off the return of the Sundae Party at City Tap House in University City. RSVP in advance for a $5 cover — then leave the rest to Quest.

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As an added bonus, here's our video recap from Roots Picnic 2014. Check it. 

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Wed, 27 May 2015 17:28:00 -0400
<![CDATA[Jay Z’s Made In America Music Festival Returns To Philly On Labor Day Weekend; Presale Tickets On Sale Now]]> http://philly360.visitphilly.com/news/2015/05/21/jay-z-s-made-in-america-music-festival-returns-to-philly-on-labor-day-weekend-presale-tickets-on-sale-now Philly, this one's for you. Jay Z’s Made in America Music Festival is returning to Philadelphia this Labor Day weekend 2015. The two-day festival will be hitting the streets of Philadelphia on Saturday and Sunday, September 5 and 6.

For those looking to be one of the first to score tickets to the popular music festival, presale tickets are currently on sale through today, May 21 at 10 p.m. Two-day passes to the festival are available for $99.50 per person (plus taxes and fees) for a very limited time only. Click here to purchase your two-day pass and use code BMIAPHILLY to access the presale.

The official lineup has not yet been announced, but Made in America always delivers an awesome lineup — think Kanye West, Kings of Leon, Tiësto and more last year, and Beyonce, Nine Inch Nails, Calvin Harris and more two years ago.

Stay tuned for more information on the Made in America festival.

Made in America 2015
When: September 5-6
Where: Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Cost: Ticket prices vary
More info: www.madeinamericafest.com


**A version of this post originally appeared on uwishunu.com**

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Thu, 21 May 2015 11:33:38 -0400
<![CDATA[DJ Jazzy Jeff Spins A Special Friday Night Skate Set At The Blue Cross RiverRink Opening Weekend On Penn's Landing]]> http://philly360.visitphilly.com/news/2015/05/20/dj-jazzy-jeff-spins-a-special-friday-night-skate-set-at-the-blue-cross-riverrink-opening-weekend-on-penn-s-landing Hometown music legend DJ Jazzy Jeff needs no introduction. A revered DJ and producer, Jeff has made a global impact on music, including winning the first GRAMMY in hip-hop with his partner The Fresh Prince aka Will Smith. DJ Jazzy Jeff is legit music royalty, and when it comes to making hits and impacting music culture, he has the Midas touch.

This weekend, to celebrate the opening of the Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest on Penn's Landing, DJ Jazzy Jeff will spin a rollerskate friendly set of music from 9 to 11 p.m. You can catch Jeff — and show off your "Roll Bounce" moves — for RiverRink's opening weekend festivities, which kick off on Friday, May 22.

Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest

For the first time this year, the area that housed this past winter’s Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest will transform into a warm-weather edition with a roller rink, a boathouse-styled Lodge, a play area for kids, food and drink options and summer events throughout the season. Opening Memorial Day weekend, Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest will be free and open to the public daily through the end of September.

Also, as part of the opening weekend festivities, make sure to stop by the kickoff of the Visit Philly Beer Garden Series at Spruce Street Harbor Park this Friday.

For DJ Jazzy Jeff Philly fans, the Friday night skate party will definitely be an exciting homecoming to attend. As Jeff notes, "It's the best feeling in the world to play music all over the world, but, what's like home? I don't get a chance to play at home a lot, so when you get the opportunity - especially something like this - you take it."

So, this weekend, all roads lead to the Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest. It's always a good look to hear a legend like Jeff spin, and trust us — It'll feel even better on skates.

Opening weekend consists of four days of fun at the waterfront. See the complete schedule here.


Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest Opening with DJ Jazzy Jeff

When: DJ Set Friday, May 22, 9 - 11 p.m. | See the full weekend schedule here.
Where: Penn’s Landing, 101 S. Columbus Boulevard
Cost: FREE
More Info: Click here for details.


Watch our exclusive with DJ Jazzy Jeff and his rap protege Dayne Jordan.

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Wed, 20 May 2015 10:27:00 -0400
<![CDATA[Philly 360° Playlist: Chill Moody Drops New Project "TV Made Me Do It"]]> http://philly360.visitphilly.com/news/2015/05/20/philly-360-playlist-chill-moody-drops-new-project-tv-made-me-do-it Quickly becoming one of Philly music’s biggest Ambassadors, hip hop emcee Chill Moody just dropped a brand new project entitled TV Made Me Do It. The new LP is produced by Philly native, Wes Manchild and for this week’s Philly 360 playlist, we are bringing you one of the top tracks off the album, “I Can’t Stay.”

The rap ballad features the soulful Jacqueline Constance who was recently mentioned in an article on Philly.com highlighting the new generation of jazz vocalists in Philadelphia. “I Can’t Stay” shows a bit of the softer side of the boom bap rap project. Constance graces the hook and a vamp section singing of a lost love. The piano driven track provides the perfect backdrop to Moody’s laidback flow.

TV Made Me Do It is the first release from the West Philly rapper’s brand new imprint #nicethingsMusic. A conceptual album that plays on many of the television shows from youth, Moody brought his creativity to this one with songs like “The Phacts of Life” and “James Evan.” His social campaign featured various influencers talking about their favorite TV shows growing up, which built a strong buzz for the project.

From building his own label to reviving the life jam session scene with his “Phirst Tuesdays” event at Bourbon & Branch, Chill Moody is setting precedents for independent artists. It’s not just about the music, he has built an entire brand and experience around his music and performance.

It won’t be long before he is a household name across the country, but rest assured, he we always rep his hometown!

Check out “I Can’t Stay” below and let us know what you think in the comments! Chill's new album is now available on iTunes, Amazon, Google play, Tidal and Spotify.

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Wed, 20 May 2015 07:00:00 -0400
<![CDATA[Black Thought & GrassROOTS Community Foundation Return With The 3rd Annual Roots, Rock, Run 5K - Saturday, May 30]]> http://philly360.visitphilly.com/news/2015/05/19/black-thought-grassroots-community-foundation-return-with-the-3rd-annual-roots-rock-run-5k-saturday-may-30 Encouraging healthy lifestyles for girls and communities is cornerstone of GrassROOTS Community Foundation, which for a third year will host the Roots, Rock, Run (R3) 5k Walk and Run.

This year, the race will be in Philadelphia's historic Germantown neighborhood. Participants will again meet for the 5k at Anna Lane Lingelbach Elementary School, where they will break off to continue on designated routes. Pre-registration is $25 at brynmawracing.com or race-day registration will be $30.

GrassROOTS is currently active in 10 cities in the United States and was co-founded by sociologist and organization president Dr. Janice Johnson Dias along with Tariq “Black Thought” Trotter, also MC of the hip hop group The Roots.

GrassROOTS provides educational services and special programs that focus on issues that affect disadvantaged women and girls such as obesity, exercise, breast cancer, HIV/AIDS, and suicide. Through is initiatives, GrassROOTS aims to instill positive and healthy habits for women and girls to help them become healthy adults.

So, before you head down to Festival Pier at Penn's Landing for the Roots Picnic, stop by this awesome community event to run, or cheer on runners, in the name of a better, brighter Philly.  


Roots, Rock, Run (R3) 5k Community Walk/Run
When: Saturday, May 30 | 9 a.m.
Where: Race starts at Anna Lane Lingelbach Elementary School (Wayne Avenue & Johnson Street)
Cost: Pre-registration is $25 at brynmawracing.com or race-day registration will be $30.
More Info: http://grassrootscommunityfoundation.org/events/event/2015-roots-rock-run/

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Tue, 19 May 2015 11:12:00 -0400
<![CDATA[AFROPUNK Brings Its 2015 Battle Of The Bands Competition To Philly]]> http://philly360.visitphilly.com/news/2015/05/18/afropunk-brings-its-2015-battle-of-the-bands-competition-to-philly AFROPUNK — New York's notorious urban, multicultural, genre-defying musical fete — is taking it's coveted Battle of the Bands show and contest on the road. This year, in addition to the New York show, AFROPUNK will bring its BOTB acton to two other east coast cities, ATL and Philadelphia.  

Partnering with trusted Philadelphia music brand, Veteran Freshman, the Philadelphia edition of the battle offers a chance to perform at the critically acclaimed AFROPUNK Festival, which saw over 60,000 in attendance last year alone with performances from D’Angelo, Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings, Lianne La Havas, Body Count and many more.

AFROPUNK Battle of The Bands, while serving as a chance to perform on one of Brooklyn's biggest stages, has also been integral in kickstarting bands careers: The Skins signing to Rick Rubens label America, Unlocking the Truth signing to Sony, among others. 

Bands choose which city to rep and compete for the chance to play the AFROPUNK Festival 2015. Online sign-up and voting begins May 15th and ends May 29th. Then, all the bands/artist have to do is go to the website , sign up and get their fans to vote for them. 
 
Once votes are tallied the finalist will be announced and a all-out battle will be held on June 19 here in philadelphia where bands/artist will play it out in front of judges and their collective fans to determine who plays the fest this year.

Think you've got what it takes? Enter now, or be sure to vote for your favorite artists.

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Mon, 18 May 2015 16:31:07 -0400
<![CDATA[Philly 360° Music Guide: Get To Know The Lineup For The 8th Annual Roots Picnic]]> http://philly360.visitphilly.com/news/2015/05/18/philly-360-music-guide-get-to-know-the-lineup-for-the-8th-annual-roots-picnic The 8th annual Roots Picnic is right around the corner — taking over Festival Pier at Penn's Landing on Saturday, May 30. And, we can’t let you show up to the festival without giving you all of the must-know info on the amazing array of artists that will perform this year.

The unofficial kick-off to the summer music festival season in Philadelphia, Roots Picnic 2015 features an eclectic mix of talent including Erykah Badu, Haitus Kaiyote and Philly’s own King Britt, Donn T, and Brianna Cash. Consider this the perfect opportunity to curate your playlist for the summer. 

Take a look at the below guide to this year’s Roots Picnic headliners. Also, be sure to enter our Roots Picnic Giveaway for a chance to win a pair of tickets courtesy of Philly 360° and Visit Philly.


The 8th Annual Roots Picnic
When: Saturday, May 30
Where: Festival Pier at Penn's Landing, Columbus Boulevard & Spring Garden Street
Cost: $99
More Info: rootspicnic.com or win tickets tickets here

Marc E. Bassy – Fresh off the release of his East Hollywood EP, the former 2AM Club band member is emerging quickly as a solo artist. Blurring the lines between R&B and rap, his sound is refreshing and at a moment’s notice Bassy will switch up his flow from soulful crooning to dropping rhythmic rap bars.

Donn T – A singer/songwriter with the bloodline of one of the most knowledgeable musicians of our time, Donn T is a phenomenal artists with a sound that will keep you guessing. Her versatile sound has landed her on stages with Fall Out Boy’s Patrick Stump, Marsha Ambrosius, Zap Mama and more. Her highly anticipated full length album, Flight of Donn T was released in April.

Moses Sumney – The guitarist and vocalist sites one of his favorite performances at Sofar Sounds as one of his favorites with fans simply sitting around like a campfire to listen to Sumney and Karen O of the Yeah, Yeah, Yeahs. The indie-rock singer has also shared stages with Beck and David Longstreth of Dirty Projects, just to name a few.

Brianna Cash – Singer/Songwriter, Brianna Cash doesn’t need much more than her voice and guitar to captivate an audience with her heartfelt lyrics and rebellious tone. The up and coming Philly artist has been working continuously on stages across the area and this may just be her biggest yet.

Raury – Just 18-years old, Raury has no issue in standing out among a sea of the same when it comes to his music. It’s political, it’s rooted in folk and Americana and it’s really dope. Fielding comparisons to an early Andre 3000, it’s clear to see that Raury is carving out a lane of his own by simply being himself and spreading a message of love.

King Britt – Britt’s work as a composer, producer, and remixer has garnered him much critical acclaim as well as a Pew Fellowship for composition in 2007. His work has taken him to stages across the world and his latest album, The Phoenix, is being released on Hyperdub.

Bishop Nehru – Another talented artist at just 18-years-old has already worked with two of his musical influences including Nas and MF Doom who will produce his debut full-length album. The hip hop emcee/producer is dropping tons of music including his NehruvianDOOM project alongside Doom.

Hudson Mohawke - A music producer and award winning scratch DJ from the UK, it was his work in 2012 that pushed “Hud Mo” into the forefront of the American musical landscape. He has worked on releases from Young Thug, Kanye West, Pusha T, and more.

DJ Windows 98 (Win Butler of Arcade Fire) – Member of the GRAMMY award winning band, Arcade Fire, Win Butler has picked up the turntables under the guise of Windows 98. He brings a bit of nostalgia to the popular performance DJ world.

Chronixx (And The Zincfence Redemption) – A reggae artist and musician, Chronixx released his first EP in 2010, Hooked on Chronixx, which put him on the industry radar. By 2014 his work on The Dread & Terrible Project earned him top spots on both the billboard and iTunes Reggae charts.

Rae Sremmurd – The hip hop duo is signed as one of the first acts on top selling producer, Mike Will Made It’s Ear Drummer Records. From humble beginnings, the two taught themselves production, DJing and performing and the hard work is paying off.  

Hiatus Kaiyote – The GRAMMY-nominated group hails all the way from Melbourne, Australia. Haitus Kaiyote is a soul quartet that gained critical acclaim from their song “Nakamarra” with Q-Tip.

DJ Mustard – In the midst of a radio takeover as a producer, you can’t turn on the radio without hearing “Mustard on the Beat.” His work with acts like Chris Brown, Omarion, Ty Dolla Sign, and many more has created its own movement in today’s music scene. This time around we get to hear him rock his tunes among others as a DJ.

Phantogram – The electronic rock duo consists of Josh Carter and Sarah Barthel. Influenced by everything from The Beatles to J. Dilla, they describe their sound as street beat, psych pop.

ASAP Rocky – The fashion forward, East Coast emcee is has brought his smooth Harlem style and versatile flow to the forefront of the music industry. His ASAP Mob is a movement within itself and the rapper was recently named Rap’s New Rock Star by Billboard.

Erykah Badu – The soulful songstress makes her return to Philly in a big way backed by The Roots for what we are sure will be an epic performance. Rising to superstar status in the late 90s and 2000s, Ms. Badu has become an iconic figure in soul music.

The Weeknd – In a rare Philly performance the pop/R&B Crooner will of course hit the state. His music is honest and full of raw emotion. His most recent release “Earned It” was featured in the promo for the highly anticipated “50 Shades of Grey” film and has dominated radio.

The Roots – The incomparable Roots Crew of course always take the stage. Not only will they be backing Erykah Badu but we can always count on them taking on their own musical set.

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