News Fri, 28 Nov 2014 08:00:00 -0500 en <![CDATA[Beano Hosts The First Edition Of #NiceThings' PHirst Tuesdays Jam Session At Bourbon & Branch - Tuesday, December 2]]> #NiceThings is back on the scene with another dope concept. Next up: PHirst Tuesday Jam Session at Northern Liberties hot spot, Bourbon & Branch

Everyone knows that Philly's musical roots run deep — from the days of early jazz straight through today — our city's soulful sounds continues to inspire new generations of musicians and music lovers. And, starting next month, there's a new go-to venue for performers and listeners alike, PHirst Tuesdays. Each month, this dope music showcase and mixer will feature a local celebrity host, featured performers, an open mic, giveaways and drink specials.

The first session will be hosted by Philly's own emerging R&B/pop star, Beano. A powerhouse vocalist and performer, Beano has been riding high since the release of his latest single, "Let It Go." You can check out our playlist recap to listen to the track.

PHirst Tuesdays will also feature a killler band, with notable area musicians like Eugene "Man-Man" Roberts, Wheatbread, JRoc — and DJ Ricochet will be holding things down on the turntables.

So, spread the word and make sure you are in the building when this event goes down. We'll be there front and center. Let's go! 

PHirst Tuesdays 
When: Tuesday, December 2, 7 p.m.
Where: Bourbon & Branch, 705 N. 2nd Street
Cost: $5
More Info: Click here to RSVP.

Check out our exclusive recap of Chill Moody and Beano's Who Do You Love, More? album release at the Hard Rock Cafe. 

Fri, 28 Nov 2014 08:00:00 -0500
<![CDATA[Philly 360° Guide to Neighborhood Holiday Shopping in Philadelphia]]> Tis the season to shop, and with that comes the stress of overcrowded malls, packed shopping bags, and merciless long lines waiting to get your hands on a special holiday gift. Sounds fun? We didn’t think so.   

Yet, some of Philly’s most vibrant neighborhoods are brimming with exquisite local shopping. Be it an indie nouveau mom and pop shop specializing in edgy accessories to one of Philly’s latest and most innovative discount department stores (we’re looking at you Century 21), there’s plenty of neighborhood holiday shopping across the city to choose from. 

Instead of clamoring the malls for last minute finds, here’s our neighborhood gift guide to help you in your holiday shopping endeavors! 

Philly 360° Guide To Neighborhood Holiday Shopping

Hipster HomeWinner of "Best Housewares Store in Philadelphia" by Fox 29, Hipster Home features contemporary and organic home furnishings for those with an affinity for eccentricity. For the holidays, they have awesome gifts for under $25. You cannot beat that! 8236 Germantown Ave, Chestnut Hill.

Duke & WinstonHaving recently opened their new flagship shop in Center City, Duke & Winston will feature 20 percent off storewide on Black Friday. Perfect to stock up on those knit sweaters and hoodies for this winter!  1822 Chestnut St, Rittenhouse.

Boyds: Known as one of Center City much beloved high end department store, from Wednesday, November 26th, through Sunday, November 30th, get 25 percent off select suits, sport coats, sportswear and women's fashion. This means everything from Gucci to Jimmy Choo. 1818 Chestnut Street, Rittenhouse. 

Armour: One of the best kept secrets in Queen Village, Armour boasts a bevy of smartly curate menswear brands including Hyden Yoo to Philly’s own Danny Fox. From Black Friday on, get 25 percent off and if you bring a friend who’s never visited the shop, receive an additional 5 percent off. 704 South 4th Street, Queen Village.

Century 21: If high end designer discounts at a very reasonable price get you in the holiday spirit, Century 21 is your haven. 821 Market St, Market East.

Ritual Ritual: The NoLibs denizen has long favored this hip and edgy hotspot known for its eclectic men’s and women’s apparel and decadent jewelry. For Black Friday and Saturday, get up to 40 percent off select items and 15 percent off the entire store. If you spend over $200, you’ll get a free Ritual Ritual candle! 816 North 2nd Street, Northern Liberties.

La Colombe: The newly opened flagship of La Colombe’s Fishtown home, features some of the best and inexpensive holiday coffee around. Most of the holiday gift boxes range from $34 to $40, perfect for the coffee nut in your life. 1335 Frankford Ave, Fishtown.

Art In The Age:  Known for their in house handcrafted goods such as popular spirits ROOT and SNAP, the flagship boutique also offers a vast collection of apparel and Warby Parker glasses. For Small Business Saturday, shoppers will receive 20 percent off the entire store (with the exception of consignment items). 116 North 3rd Street, Old City.

Piper Boutique: Right on Upenn’s campus, Piper Boutique features plenty of slinky holiday dresses and work wear for the fun loving, chic lady always on the go. On Black Friday, the store will open at 5AM for 50 percent off of everything. That’s a major perk to trek into West Philly to do some holiday shopping!  140 S 34th Street, University City

United By Blue: Aside from its Old City location, the recently opened West Philly outpost of United By Blue features everything from artisanal coffee to chic Hershel knapsacks. For Black Friday, receive 20 percent off storewide. 144 North 2nd Street, Old City; 3421 Walnut Street, University City

Wed, 26 Nov 2014 12:39:00 -0500
<![CDATA[Philly 360° Guide To Thanksgiving Weekend In Philadelphia]]> When it comes down to holiday celebrations, Philly always does it big! And, Thanksgiving is no exception. From parties on Thanksgiving Eve and the 95th Annual Philadelphia Thanksgiving Day Parade to weekend nightlife affairs, we've pulled together a must-hit itinerary for Thanksgiving weekend in Philadelphia.

Also, be sure to check out's complete guide to the holiday weekend for additional events and shopping options.  

And, since it's the official start of the holidays, be sure to take advantage of the Visit Philly Overnight Hotel Package. It's the perfect way to explore the city’s holiday concerts, weekend parties and traditional holiday attractions throughout the entire weekend.

Philly 360° Thanksgiving Weekend Guide: 

Wednesday, November 26

Rothman Ice Rink at Dilworth Park

Wednesday, November 26, 3-9 p.m. | Rothman Institute Ice Rink at City Hall | $3 - 4

Before you hit the town for the evening, consider swinging by one of the more exciting holiday transformations in the city; the Rothman Institute Ice Rink at City Hall. The park will be open from 3 to 9 p.m. on Thanksgiving Eve, which gives you plenty of time to hit the ice before the night’s festivities. Admission is $3 for children ages 10 and under and $4 for adults. For those who don’t own their own skates, rental is $8. MORE INFO


Wednesday, November 26, 10 p.m. | Trilogy Nightclub, 601 Spring Garden Street | $10 - 20

This week, Stacey "Flygirrl" Wilson and crew will throw the Thanksgiving Eve party to end all parties — and it's going down right here in Philly. On Wednesday, November 26, the city's hottest DJs, live musicians and visual artists will all converge on Trilogy for the #ThanksgivingJawn, an unstoppable, two-floor party at Trilogy NightclubMORE INFO


Wednesday, November 26, 10 p.m. | Reserve Wine Bar, 724 Arch Street | $20

Stop through Reserve Wine Bar in Midtown as Revolt TV host Dj Damage provides a dope Thanksgiving Eve playlist. Damage will spin from 10 .p.m to 2 a.m. — making his long awaited first appearance in Philly since joining Diddy at Revolt TV. MORE INFO

Thursday, November 27

Thanksgiving Day Parade

A classic Philly tradition, the 6ABC Dunkin’ Donuts Thanksgiving Day Parade is the oldest in the country and a must-hit event for the family. The city streets will overflow stunning floats,  giant balloons and local performers — from choirs and dance groups, to marching bands and more. Look forward to 18 balloons, gorgeous floats, fun special guests and stunning live performances. Get there early to make sure that you can grab a perfect view of the show. MORE INFO


Thanksgiving Dinner in Philadelphia

Let's be honest, Thanksgiving Day is all about the eats, right? Fortunately, dozens of Philadelphia’s great restaurants make it easy for those aiming to avoid the cooking, baking, grocery store rush and post-meal clean up. Check out all of the city restaurants offering amazing dine-in or take-out meals this Thanksgiving. MORE INFO

Friday, November 28

WDAS: 1st Annual Holiday Jam 

Friday, November 28, 7 p.m. | The Liacouras Center, 1776 N Broad Street | $50-100

Philly’s fave R&B/soul station WDAS is teaming up with Soul Train to present an epic holiday jam at The Liacouras Center on N. Broad Street. On Friday, November 28 megastars including Jill Scott, Ledisi, Joe and Faith Evans will all land on one stage for an arena-rocking night of soul. Tickets will go fast, so grab your seats today. MORE INFO.

Saturday, November 29

House Party Art Show 

Saturday, November 29 | Uncut Fun House, 1617 N. 2nd Street | $20

Three Philly artists are teaming up on this dope new concept, House Party Art Show.  Don Scott, Gabe Tiberino and Ivben Taqiy Muhammad are throwing an epic party, inspired in part by the 90's film of the same name. The perfect way to kick off your weekend or rebound after Thanksgiving eats, the House Party Art Show will touch on the history of art , fashion, hip hop  and style from the late 80's to the Early 90's. MORE INFO

Franklin Flea

Housed in an architecturally stunning historic Center City Philadelphia building at 8th and Market streets, the Franklin Flea will pop up for its second year in the former home of long-shuttered department store Strawbridge & Clothier, located right next door to the brand-new Century 21 department store. At the wintertime market, shoppers can expect a finely tuned selection of around 50 vendors set up amid the antique chandeliers and marble columns of the historic space, selling everything from fine antiques and vintage clothing to handmade decorative arts and gourmet street food. MORE INFO

Tue, 25 Nov 2014 12:20:00 -0500
<![CDATA[Kick Off Your Holiday With The #ThanksgivingJawn At Trilogy Nightclub - Wednesday, November 26]]> This week, Stacey "Flygirrl" Wilson and crew will throw the Thanksgiving Eve party to end all parties — and it's going down right here in Philly. On Wednesday, November 26, the city's hottest DJs, live musicians and visual artists will all converge on Trilogy for the #ThanksgivingJawn, an unstoppable, two-floor party at Trilogy Nightclub.

The second floor of Trilogy will feature a few of our favorite Philly DJs, including DJ Aktive, Mike Nyce and Mr. Sonny James. Each a master turntablists in their own right, these DJs will spin back-to-back sets of hip-hop, funk, reggae, house and afrobeat classics while partygoers sweat it out on the dance floor.

On the third floor, Worldtown Sound System — a group of high-energy electronic musicians — will perform a live set of house and soul-infused music along with DJs Ben Arsenal and Oluwafemi. This set starts at 11:30 p.m., so definitely be sure to make it to Trilogy in time to catch their performance. 

Holding it down for the Philly visual arts scene, painters Serena Saunders, Ran Art and other local creatives will be on site with live painting and displayed art throughout the evening.

So, before you spend the day sharing good times, and good eats, with friends and fam, why not burn a few extra calories on the dance floor with this classic Philly jam? We'll see you there. 

When: Wednesday, November 26, 10 p.m. - 3:30 a.m.
Where: Trilogy Nightclub, 601 Spring Garden Street
Cost: $10 before 11 p.m., $20 after
More Info: Click here for details. 

Mon, 24 Nov 2014 16:21:00 -0500
<![CDATA[The 1st Annual WDAS Holiday Jam Hits The Liacouras With An All Star Lineup - Friday, November 28]]> This year, Philadelphia will host the very 1st Annual WDAS Holiday Jam presented by Soul Train Music. This very special event will take place Friday, November 28 at the Liacouras Center with performances by an all-star lineup of R&B/Soul hitmakers. There will even be a DJ set by Philly’s favorite international drummer/DJ, Questlove of the legendary Roots crew. 

Held on Black Friday, the WDAS Holiday Jam is the perfect opportunity to continue the hoilday festivities after a full day of shopping with friends and family. Tis the season, right? 

And trust us, when we say that this lineup is stacked — it's definitely stacked! Check out the details below. 

Here are a few  details on the WDAS Holiday Jam Headliners: 

Jill Scott — Jilly from Philly is coming home! The soulful singer/songwriter and poet made her rise during the Philadelphia-driven neo-soul movement of the early 2000s and has since transcended into actress, activist and much more. 

KEM — This R&B great took the world by storm with the success of his single “Love Calls.” Since then, KEM has become one of the most distinctive and unique voices in R&B. 

Ledisi — An undeniable powerhouse vocalist, Ledisi is definitely one of Philadelphia adopted daughters of soul — just ask Sound of Philadelphia mastermind Kenny Gamble. A vocalist who truly uses her voice as an instrument, Ledisi has worked with some of Philly's most notable songwriters, including Carvin and Ivan and the Philly Phatboiz

Joe — Joe's smooth vocals have helped him stand the test of time. Over his career, Joe has gone from hip-hop hooks to recording flawless throwbacks paying homage to groups like Frankie Beverly and Maze.  

Faith Evans — The first lady of Bad Boy Records, Faith Evans sultry voice continues to win over fans old and new. With a voice equally rooted in church and traditional R&B/soul and a discography full of hits, Faith Evans is 100% a legit American soul music icon.  

This show is for the music lovers and is the perfect way to groove into the holiday spirit. So, be sure to grab your ticket as we’re sure they are going quickly!  


1st Annual WDAS Holiday Jam
When: Friday, November 28, 7 PM
Where: Liacouras Center, 1776 North Broad Street
Cost: $49.50-$99.50
More Info: Click here.

Fri, 21 Nov 2014 08:19:00 -0500
<![CDATA[Philly Singer/Songwriter Elle Morris Headlines The Next Edition Of Sanctuary LIVE! - Friday, November 21]]> Each and every 3rd Friday, Art Sanctuary — Philly's premier black arts hub — returns with its monthly open mic and music showcase, Sanctuary LIVE! This month's edition features a decadent evening of music with Philly's own soul rising star, Elle Morris.

Morris is a University of the Arts grad and a Philly transplant by way of Washington, DC. Elle captivates audiences with her eclectic voice, innovative covers and lovely jazz nuances. Her talents have landed her on stage with several national artists including Robin Thicke and Eric Roberson. Yes, we're definitely a fan. 

Sanctuary LIVE! is hosted by Philly-based poet Safa and kicks off with an open mic from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The open mic segment is backed by rising Philly jazz vocalist and pianist, V. Shayne Frederick — a pitch perfect addition to any musical setting. 

In addition to the lush vocals from the incredible lineup of musicians, attendees will get a chance to check out Art Sanctuary's latest exhibit, "My Thoughts Wear Crowns. " this 15+ piece show features the graffiti, Basquiat influenced paintings of Philly-based visual artist, American Queen TJD

Be sure to RSVP in advance, because you most definitely want to be front and center when Elle Morris and these Philly talents step on stage. Wine and light fare included. 

Sanctuary LIVE! Featuring Elle Morris
When: Friday, November 21, Doors 7 p.m., Show 7:30 p.m. 
Where: Art Sanctuary, 16th and Bainbridge
Cost: $10
More Info: RSVP here. 

Wed, 19 Nov 2014 17:05:17 -0500
<![CDATA[Souled Out Singer/Songwriter Jhene Aiko Performs At The Electric Factory With SZA & The Internet - Friday, December 5]]> Philly, we've got some great news. On Friday, December 5, Jhene Aiko will be making her way back to Philly. The Souled Out songstress takes over The Electric Factory along with SZA and The Internet — keeping things hot on the city's fall music scene. 

Philly last saw Aiko on the mainstage during this year's Roots Picnic. And, we've definitely been anticipating her return ever since. 

After releasing her debut major label album, Souled Out, the singer experienced a whirlwind year. But, don’t mistake Aiko's recent release or fanfare for inexperience in the business. Aiko was signed to Epic records when she was just 16 years old. Ultimately, she was released from that contract so that she could finish school and continue developing as a woman and an artist. 

After that brief hiatus and the birth of her daughter, Aiko was back at it. Always staying true to her words, worth and artistry, the singer/songwriter never stopped writing. Ultimately, Jhene released her high-acclaimed mixtape, Sailing Souls, which she recorded with LA-based producers Fisticuffs. The popular project gained momentum and the attention of industry heavyweights, including Big Sean and Drake

Aiko then appeared on Big Sean’s track “Beware,” released her own EP Sail Out and toured alongside Drake — all of which propelled her into the forefront of the music industry. 

Philly can catch Aiko, and her hip-hop and R&B-laced music, live at The Electric Factory in early December. Alternative “Teen Spirit” singer/songwriter SZA and soul band The Internet will be opening the show with genre-defying, eclectic performances — rounding out the lineup just right.  

This is a show you won’t want to miss, so grab your tickets now! 


Jhene Aiko – Enter the Void Tour
When: Friday, December 5, 8:30 pm
Where: The Electric Factory, 421 N 7th Street
Cost: $40.95
More Info: Click here

Tue, 18 Nov 2014 10:56:37 -0500
<![CDATA[American Dreaming Presents: Femme-Efant: The Examination Of The Female Muse Art Exhibit With Dessie Jackson - Saturday, November 15]]> This weekend, American Dreaming returns with another dope event, Femme-Efant: The Examination of the Female Muse Art Exhibit with Dessie Jackson. 

Dessie Jackson is a young, Philly transplant by way of Lancaster, PA. A student at Temple University's Tyler School of Art, Jackson has been attracting national attention since she created the cover artwork for rapper/singer (and fellow Temple alum) Glibere Forte's single "Nolita." 

Since then, Jackson has been busy creating new work,  recently collaborating on a t-shirt design with hip online mag and retail brand The Hundreds.  

On Saturday, November 15, American Dreaming will host a solo exhibit where the rising Philly art star will explore the critique and celebration of self presentation through the female lens. In addition to Jackson's vibrant creations, this event will feature music curated by DJ Matthew Law and YS The DJ.

Check out additional details below. 


Femme-Efant: The Examination of the Female Muse Art Exhibit with Dessie Jackson
When: Saturday, November 15, 7 - 11 p.m.
Where: The American Dreaming Building - 618 N. Front Street
Cost: $10 in advance, $15 at the door
More Info: Buy tickets online here. 

Watch our video interview for more on Dessie Jackson. 

Fri, 14 Nov 2014 15:32:55 -0500
<![CDATA[Art Sanctuary Opens A Fresh New Exhibit "My Thoughts Wear Crowns" Featuring American Queen TJD]]> This Saturday, Art Sanctuary — one of Philly's premier black art creative hubs — opens an exciting new exhibit featuring the work of Philly-based painter American Queen TJD. Dubbed "My Thoughts Wear Crowns," American Queen's exhibit will include 15+ graphic, graffiti-influenced works that will be on display through the end of the year.  

Hailing from "the city of brotherly and sisterly affection," American Queen TJD states her purpose is to spread positive energy, hope and motivation through art. TJD's work is indeed positive message heavy — her recent series of paintings includes images of women donning crowns and affirming messages like, "Don't be good... Be Great"; "I love my black skin."; and "I am not a trophy."

Equal parts artist, philosopher and business woman, TJD holds a Masters of Science degree in Culture and Communications and a B.A. in Visual Communications with and Minor in business. The upwardly mobile artist labels her work as graffiti/abstract expressionism and cites a wide range of influences, including Basquiat, Chagall, Van Gogh, Keith Haring, Frida Kahlo, Picasso — even musical greats like Kanye West, Nina Simone and Lauryn Hill are on her list.

Though she's a fixture on the Philly creative scene, American Queen TJD has her eye set on the prize. On her site TJD states,

"I want to be considered as a visual art icon in (mainstream) America and beyond... My dream is to show at big venues like Art Basel because I believe female artists have something to say on big stages, and they need not be underrepresented in the grand scheme of things." 

Recently Philly 360° caught up with TJD as she competed in Red Bull's Canvas Cooler Project at Arch Enemy Arts in Old City. You can check out TJD and the other local creative selected by Red Bull in our recap video below.

On Saturday, November 15 from 4 to 6 p.m., Art Sanctuary will host an opening reception for the "My Thoughts Wear Crowns" exhibit in their Graduate Hospital gallery space. The reception is free and open to the public and will have wine and light fare available.

Even though the exhibit will be on display through December, all of the pieces included in the show will be available for purchase — definitely a worthwhile acquisition for any collectors looking for the city's next hot artist. So, come out and support Art Sanctuary as they present the next Philly art phenom, American Queen TJD. 


"My Thoughts Wear Crowns"
When: Opening reception, Saturday, November 15, 4 - 6 p.m.; Exhibit open through December 31, 2014
Where: Art Sanctuary, 628 S. 16th Street
Cost: Free
More Info: RSVP for the reception here, or view Art Sanctuary's gallery hours.

Watch our exclusive recap of Red Bull's Canvas Cooler Project with American Queen TJD and others. 

Thu, 13 Nov 2014 15:22:00 -0500
<![CDATA[Ms. Lauryn Hill Performs At The Electric Factory - Saturday, November 15]]> Ms. Lauryn Hill is once again on the road and she's capturing the hearts of fans, old and new. Undoubtedly, one of the most influential artists of this time, Ms. Hill will perform at the Electric Factory in Philadelphia this Saturday, November 15.

The South Orange, New Jersey native first popped up on the scene as a member of the innovative 90s hip-hop group, The Fugees. Along with Hill, the group also included emcees Wyclef Jean and Pras. The group went on to release two albums Blunted on Reality and the GRAMMY Award winning project, The Score. Hill’s versatility as both an emcee and stellar vocalist quickly set her apart. 

After the disbanding of the group, each of the members focused on their solo careers, and Lauryn's seminal project, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, was born. Standing in a class all its own, Hill’s only studio solo album to date remains one of the most highly-acclaimed projects of our generation. Soon after the immense success of the project, the popular singer/songwriter retracted from the public spotlight, leaving fans in hot pursuit of new music from the hitmaking artist.

Now, Ms. Hill is back on the scene and touring across the country performing new renditions of her classic records. Her appearance at Bonnaroo this year gave fans a taste of her music with a new twist, pulling on her reggae, hip-hop and R&B influences. Though fans are still eagerly awaiting new music from Ms. Lauryn Hill, it appears that her existing material has still maintained it popular appeal. Yes, Ms. Lauryn Hill still sells out shows around the globe. 

Coming to Philly this weekend, alternative hip-hop artist Kuf Knotz and the lyrically elite Talib Kweli will join Ms. Hill for a high energy show. You won’t want to miss this one, so be sure to grab a friend and head down for what’s sure to be an epic show.

Ms. Lauryn Hill
When: Saturday, November 15, 8 p.m.
Where: The Electric Factory, 421 N 7th Street
Cost: $59.50-$100
More Info: Click here.

Can't wait for the show, then check out the official video for one of Lauryn's most popular hit, Ex-Factor. 

Thu, 13 Nov 2014 15:10:00 -0500