News http://philly360.visitphilly.com/news Thu, 02 Jul 2015 11:23:00 -0400 en <![CDATA[Just In: Lineup Announced For The Questlove Stage As Part Of Wawa Welcome America! Party On The Parkway - Saturday, July 4]]> http://philly360.visitphilly.com/news/2015/07/02/just-in-lineup-announced-for-the-questlove-stage-as-part-of-the-philly-fourth-of-july-jam-on-the-parkway-on-saturday-july-4

Philly, are you ready? No one does Independence Day like we do, and Philly 360° just got some news about some dope music that will go down on July 4th.  

Not only are The Roots headlining the Wawa Welcome America! Philly 4th of July Jam —nation's biggest free concert—alongside of Miguel, MKTO, Jennifer Nettles and more. But, they're also bringing you a second stage packed with talent to warm you up for the main event that night.

Yup, we've just got our hands on the lineup for the Questlove Stage, which is part of the Party on the Parkway. We're definitely loving the talent Quest picked out. Once you get a look at the lineup, you'll definitely want to be front and center for this one.

So, who made the cut for the Questlove Stage? Find out below. 

Party on the Parkway
Time: Noon-7 p.m.
Location: Benjamin Franklin Parkway from 20th Street to Eakins Oval
More Info: Click here for details.


The 2015 Questlove Stage Lineup: 

GoGo Morrow | 6:15 p.m.

GoGo Morrow has been making big waves over the last year with her solo music. She has landed opening spots for Brandy, Lauryn Hill, Common — and even for the short lived Danity Kane reunion that we were all swooning over. GoGo was also one of the first acts added on to Marsha Ambrosius' national Friends & Lovers music tour. With each move GoGo solidifies her spot as one of the next artists from Philly that is destined to blow up and take the world stage by storm. Check out GoGo's feature on the Philly 360° Playlist.


Julian King | 5:35 p.m.

A graduate of the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, Julian 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. Check out Julian King's feature on the Philly 360° playlist.


Kate Faust | 4:55 p.m. 

Get to know Philly-based singer/songwriter Kate Faust. One of the newer names from the city's booming music scene, Faust stepped out into her own with her latest EP, Eros. Fittingly, Faust named her latest album Eros after Greek mythology's God of Love. Faust knew early on that she wanted her voice and music to stand out from the crowd. And, with each new project she delivers, we've seen the singer/songwriter create something new and exciting. Check out Kate Faust's feature on the Philly 360° Playlist.

 

DJ Swizzy Mack | 4:15 p.m.

Discovered by Diplo and Paul Devro of Mad Decent, Swizzymack is one of the premiere sounds behind Philadelphia's club music scene. His debut EP Bass was released on Mad Decent’s imprint in June 2013. Since then, Swizzymack has brought his thumping bass drops and hyperactive tempos to airwaves and parties around the country.  

Max Swan | 3:40 p.m.

Max Swan takes the saxophone to new levels with works with dozen of groups from around the country. He's on a mission to forever alter public perception about the saxophone and for the past 15 year the young saxophonist has worked his way to earning over two dozen local and nationally recognized soloist and composition accolades, including the "Michael Brecker Saxophone Award", "Rick Lawn Arrangers Award", and the "Collaboration Award" through The University of The Arts. 

Cody Kahmar | 3:05 p.m.

Born just outisde of Philly, Cody Kahmar draws influences from a wide range of acts, including Dru Hill, Boyz II Men, Usher, Paramore, Lil’ Wayne and Drake. The singer/songwriter made a name for himself at open-mic nights across Philadelphia, eventually opening for Kid Cudi at Temple University’s homecoming. He's also collabed with West Philadelphia emcee Chill Moody on a record entitled “My Eyes,” which earned over 25,000 YouTube views in less than three months. 

CAPA High School | 2:30 p.m.

The Philadelphia High School for Creative and Performing Arts, affectionately known as CAPA, has birthed some of the greatest acts to come out of Philly. Count them — Questlove, Boyz II Men, Tyce of MPrynt, Jazmine Sullivan, GoGo Morrow and more. Catch the next generation of music all-stars when this student performance hits the stage.

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Thu, 02 Jul 2015 11:23:00 -0400
<![CDATA[Guide To Wawa Welcome America! Party On The Parkway And Philly 4th Of July Jam & Finale Fireworks With The Roots, Miguel, MKTO, Jennifer Nettles And More]]> http://philly360.visitphilly.com/news/2015/07/01/guide-to-wawa-welcome-america-party-on-the-parkway-and-philly-4th-of-july-jam-finale-fireworks-with-the-roots-miguel-mkto-jennifer-nettles-and-more As the official birthplace of our nation, there’s no better place in the country to celebrate the Fourth of July than right here in Philadelphia. The city’s signature Independence Day celebration, Wawa Welcome America!, returns from June 27 to July 4 with eight days of FREE family fun, including concerts, exhibitions, fireworks, parades and so much more.

In addition to dozens of patriotic celebrations that take place during Wawa Welcome America!, visitors can gear up for July 4th with a citywide celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Gay Rights Movement. The 2015 Welcome America festivities culminate on Saturday, July 4 with a massive Independence Day-themed party along Philadelphia’s famous Benjamin Franklin Parkway for the annual Party on the Parkway and Philly 4th of July Jam and Fireworks celebrations.

Visit Philly Overnight Hotel Package™

With July 4th happening on a Saturday, turn your celebration into a patriotic getaway with the Visit Philly Overnight® Hotel Package. The special offer includes overnight accommodations; passes to ride the PHLASH bus, offering easy access to Philadelphia’s major attractions; and FREE parking while you celebrate America’s birthday in America’s birthplace.

Party on the Parkway

Time: Noon-7 p.m.
Location: Benjamin Franklin Parkway from 20th Street to Eakins Oval

Head to the Benjamin Franklin Parkway to celebrate America’s Birthday with a massive block party featuring live music, family-friendly activities, games, food and so much more. Shop the impressive selection of vendors and food trucks that will line the Parkway and enjoy performances by national and local talents on the two live music stages. Also, keep an eye out for live demonstrations from the extreme pogo troupe Pogopalooza and interactive sport activities courtesy of the U.S. Olympic Committee’s Road to Rio Tour.

Questlove Stage & Global Music Stage

Again this year, the Party on the Parkway will host two stages of live music programming. A mix of national and local talents will perform at the Global Music Stage and the Questlove Stage, which is curated by Philadelphia’s favorite drummer and DJ, Questlove of The Roots. Stay tuned for more details on the lineup for these stages. Click here to see the full lineup for Questlove Stage. 

Road To Rio

As part of the Party on the Parkway, Olympic Team USA athletes will join the U.S. Olympic Committee in Philadelphia for the first stop of the Road To Rio. This touring event brings the magic of the Olympic Games to life by through meet-and-greets with Team USA athletes, interactive activities like long jump, high jump and high dive, and other Olympic themed fun for the entire family. The event will be held on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m.

Philly 4th of July Jam & Grand Finale Fireworks

Time: 7 p.m. – 11 p.m.
Concert: Starts at 7 p.m. (first performance at approximately 8 p.m.)
Fireworks: Estimated to begin around 10:30 p.m. (immediately following concert)

Celebrate America’s birthday with the “Largest Free Concert in America.” Starting at 7 p.m., The Philly 4th of July Jam concert, anchored by Philly band The Roots, kicks off with performance by R&B/pop star Miguel, Jennifer Nettles of Sugarland, pop group MKTO and singer/songwriter Zella Day. The show culminates with a stunning fireworks display over the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

PLEASE NOTE: All fireworks shows and events are scheduled rain or shine. In case of inclement weather, follow @July4thPhilly on Twitter and Wawa Welcome America on Facebook for up-to-the-minute information.

The fireworks finale at the Philadelphia Museum of Art is sure to draw a massive crowd, so be sure to stake your spot out early. Check out our interactive guide.


Philly 4th of July Jam & Fireworks
When: Friday, July 4, 7 p.m.
Where: Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Cost: Free
More Info: Click here.

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Wed, 01 Jul 2015 16:32:00 -0400
<![CDATA[Philly Jazz Vocalist Laurin Talese Kicks Off Weekly Set At Stratus Rooftop Lounge In Old City On Tuesday, July 7]]> http://philly360.visitphilly.com/news/2015/06/30/philly-jazz-vocalist-laurin-talese-kicks-off-weekly-set-at-stratus-rooftop-lounge-in-old-city-on-tuesday-july-7 Philly! Starting next Tuesday, July 7, Philly-based singer/songwriter Laurin Talese kicks off a weekly night of jazz and cocktails at the Stratus Rooftop Lounge in Old City. 

One of the busiest and most-respected artist on the Philadelphia music scene, Laurin arrived in Philadelphia to study at the University of the Arts. After touring as a background vocalists for Philly soul artists, Jaguar Wright, Bilal and Vivian Green, Talese turned her attention to her own solo career, eventually signing with Blackstone's music label and production company, BASSic Black Entertainment (BBE).

Through BBE, Laurin released three must-hear singles, including her latest song "This Love," which is available on iTunes.

So, if you're looking for your next favorite weekly jam with a great cocktails, a stellar view of the city and some of the best music Philly has to offer — then this event is for you. We'll see you there.

Jazz with Laurin Talese
When: Every Tuesday, starting July 7, 6 p.m.
Where: Stratus Rooftop Lounge, 433 Chestnut Street
Cost: Free | Pay as you go.
More Info: stratuslounge.com

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Tue, 30 Jun 2015 17:56:24 -0400
<![CDATA[July Must-Hit List: The Roots’ Philly 4th of July Jam, BlackStar Film Festival, Floetry, PJ Morton & More]]> http://philly360.visitphilly.com/news/2015/06/30/july-must-hit-list-the-roots-philly-4th-of-july-jam-blackstar-film-festival-floetry-pj-morton-more Featured Events:

The Philly 4th of July Jam & Finale Fireworks – Saturday, July 4

Again this year, Questlove, Black Thought and the entire Roots Crew will star as the headliners and house band for one of the biggest free parties to hit our town—the Philly 4th of July Jam featuring Miguel, MKTO, Zella Day and Jennifer Nettles. MORE INFO


Legendary: Inside the House Ballroom Scene – Through August 16

Fierce! Get an inside look at the East Coast house ballroom scene at The African American Museum in Philadelphia’s groundbreaking photography exhibition, featuring the work of Gerard Gaskins. Expect to see vogue, drag, competition, glamour and grandeur. MORE INFO

Ivben Taqiy Presents Summer Art Jam – Saturday, July 11

Philly-based visual artist Ivben Taqiy is back with another dope concept. This month, Taqiy teams up with Starthouse to throw an all-day Summer Art Jam at Gallerie Isada in Fishtown. This art show/day party mashup features 15 artists and 15 vendors selling original artwork, handmade wares, designer threads and more. MORE INFO


Floetry – Friday, July 17

The soulful duo Floetry is reuniting for a tour this summer—and it’s just what avid R&B fans have been waiting for. The long-awaited reunion between the “Songstress” Marsha Ambrosius and the “Floacist” Natalie Stewart will take place right here in Philly at popular South Street venue The TLA. MORE INFO

Sanctuary LIVE! featuring Lee Mo – Friday, July 17

It’s about to go down at the Art (I added “Art” here to be clear. If you think the audience knows “the sanctuary,” feel free to change back.) Sanctuary once again. Up-and-coming Philly vocalist Lee Mo will show Sanctuary LIVE!-goers why she’s been generating some serious buzz on the local music scene. Stop through for a night of seriously soulful live music. MORE INFO


Friends & Fam – Saturday, July 18

Resident Philly DJ Matthew Law is known across the globe for having mad skills on the turntables. Catch Law as he spins back-to-back sets during the next installment of the late-night Friends & Fam session at Kung Fu Necktie. MORE INFO


PJ Morton & Aaron Camper – Thursday, July 30

Maroon 5 keyboardist and backing vocalist PJ Morton returns to University City music hub World Cafe Live for an incredible night of music. This show also features Philly’s own Aaron Camper—a globetrotting band member for major acts like Jill Scott, Chris Brown and Justin Timberlake. MORE INFO

 

Philly 360° Spotlights

BlackStar Film Festival

Cinephiles: Hailed as “the black Sundance” by Ebony magazine, BlackStar Film Festival returns July 30-August 2 for another round of cinematic awesomeness. The Philly-based festival highlights independent films from emerging directors, producers and writers about the global black experience. #byindiemeansnecessary MORE INFO


Made In America 2015

Jay Z’s Made In America festival is set to hit Philly with another two days of nonstop music. Highlights this year include performances by R&B/pop megastar Beyoncé, hip-hop artist J. Cole and Philly’s own Meek Mill and Santigold, to name a few. MORE INFO

Top Picks: R&B/Soul Shows In Philly

In Philly, it’s all about the summer, summer, summertime—and things are definitely heating up on the music scene. Take a look at our hit list of all the can’t-miss R&B/soul shows going down in and around the city this summer. MORE INFO


Playlist: Aaron Camper

Singer/songwriter Aaron Camper just dropped a hot new single, “Hypnotizing.” Listen to the track and get the deets on his next Philadelphia concert on the Philly 360° Playlist. MORE INFO

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Tue, 30 Jun 2015 11:58:00 -0400
<![CDATA[JUST IN: Jay Z's Budweiser Made In America Festival Announces 2015 Lineup With Beyonce, J Cole, Meek Mill, Big Sean, Santigold & More]]> http://philly360.visitphilly.com/news/2015/06/24/just-in-jay-z-s-budweiser-made-in-america-festival-announces-2015-lineup-with-beyonce-j-cole-meek-mill-big-sean-santigold-more All good things come to an end, but great things always come back again. Philly, we're excited to announce that for the fourth consecutive year, Jay Z's Budweiser Made in America Festival will land in Philly with two days of nonstop musical performances by an epic lineup of artists, each handpicked by Jay.

Though last year's festival was anchored on the west coast in L.A., this year, there's only one place to catch the show. And, that's right here in Philly. The 2015 roster of artists was just released via Twitter, and of course Philly 360° is bringing you the news first.

The big news? Bey's back.

That's right, Jay Z's superstar wife Beyonce will once again headline the show alongside an epic lineup of talents, including The Weeknd, J. Cole, DJ Mustard, Santigold, De La Soul and Action Bronson, to name a few.You can check out the full lineup, festival details and the official flyer below.

Tickets for Made In America 2015 go on sale starting tomorrow, Thursday, June 25 with a presale which begins at 10 a.m. General public tickets and passes will be available on Monday, June 29. So, grab your tickets soon — like now! Let's go. 

Here's the lineup for the 2015 Made In America Festival in Philly; 

BEYONCE | THE WEEKND | AXWELL & INGROSSO | J. COLE | BASS NECTAR | MODEST MOUSE | DEATH CAB FOR CUTIE | BANKS | MEEK MILL | BIG SEAN | FUTURE | DUKE DUMONT | A-TRAK | SANTIGOLD | NICK JONAS | METRIC | DE LA SOUL | G-EAZY | DJ MUSTARD | GTA | CEDRIC GERVAIS | CLAUDE VONSTROKE | FABOLOUS | HALSEY | ACTION BRONSON | EARL SWEATSHIRT | RYAN HEMSWORTH | VIC MENSA | BURNS | BOTNEK | AEROPLANE | JACOB PLANT | SAINT MOTEL | YOUNG RISING SONS | GRITS & BISCUITS | THE STRUTS | FLATBUSH ZOMBIES | LOLA WOLF | CREEPOID | SUPERHEAVEN | HOP ALONG | WAXAHATCHEE | STRAND OF OAKS | REMY BANKS | MICK JENKINS | MARIAN HILL | POST MALONE | MAYAENI | BAS | COZZ | OMEN 

Event details: 

Jay Z's Budweiser Made in America Festival
When: Saturday, September 5 - Sunday, September 6
Where: The Benjamin Franklin Parkway
More Info: Pre-sale starts at 10am tomorrow, June 25. General public tickets available Monday, June 29.  Buy tickets here.

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Wed, 24 Jun 2015 17:40:00 -0400
<![CDATA[(CANCELED) Yasiin Bey & Freeway Hit Union Transfer For Summer Recess Concert On Saturday, July 25]]> http://philly360.visitphilly.com/news/2015/06/24/canceled-yasiin-bey-freeway-hit-union-transfer-for-summer-recess-concert-on-saturday-july-25 This event is canceled until further notice.

Little Giant Creative is ushering in Summer Recess and they’re doing it big with a rare performance from Yasiin Bey, formerly known as Mos Def. This will be the first concert under the moniker and the night will be hosted by Philly’s own Freeway. It’s all going down at R5 Productions’ popular venue, Union Transfer on Saturday, July 25.

This brand new platform sponsored by Heineken Green Room is set to give music lovers a taste of pure, unadulterated hip-hop by bringing together two of the best to do it — Freeway and Yasiin Bey. Though many may see difference in style, the true homage to lyricism remains intact between both artists and that’s what this concert is set to show. “Bridging the gap” not only among the artists it will showcase but also in the audience with old school and new school hip-hop lovers.

Though in recent years Yasiin Bey has been known for his strong political stances, the Brooklyn native first embarked on his rap career in the early 90s. Ultimately forming the duo Black Star with fellow New York native, Talib Kweli. They released their debut album Mos Def & Talib Kweli are Black Star in 1998. After embarking on his solo career, Bey remains one of the most respected emcees in the game.

Freeway is known for his energy and remains a Philly favorite. After beginning his career in 2000 among the movement that was Roc-a-Fella records which featured the popular Philly contingent State Property. Freeway has continued to pump out music with his unique and charismatic flow and even bottled up his Best Beard Cream over to help others’ keep their beards just as fly.

This show is for the hip hop lover period! So don’t wait to grab your tickets for this rare performance that you may not catch again. Tickets can be purchased at select Villa locations and there are a limited amount of early bird tickets available online.  


Summer Recess with Yasiin Bey & Freeway
When: Saturday, July 25, 8PM
Where: Union Transfer, 1026 Spring Garden Street
Cost: $25-$35, 21+
More Info: Canceled until further notice.

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Wed, 24 Jun 2015 15:44:00 -0400
<![CDATA[Must-See: Orbiter 3 Debuts New Play 'Moon Man Walk' By James Ijames At The Prince Music Theater]]> http://philly360.visitphilly.com/news/2015/06/23/must-see-orbiter-3-debuts-new-play-moon-man-walk-by-james-ijames-at-the-prince-music-theater
Philly! This month, Orbiter 3, one of the city’s newer playwrights collectives makes its debut with a play developed by four-time Barrymore Award Winner James Ijames. From June 27 to July 19, the Prince Music Theater will host Ijames' latest production, Moon Man Walk.
 
Ijames describes Moon Man Walk as “a magical journey through space and time that takes us from Philadelphia to the moon and back.” The story centers around Monarch, who upon hearing about the sudden death of this mother, returns to his home in Philadelphia to plan her funeral. Along the way Monarch falls in love, discovers the truth about his absent father and learns that his past is also the making of his present.
 
“I wrote it for a friend." says Ijames. "Reuben Mitchell died about 2 years ago and I was having a really hard time mourning. I felt a great deal of pain but wasn't really able to express it. So I put it into the writing. Moon Man Walk is for Reuben, and for me and for all the black and brown boys and girls out there that dream big and live full."
 
With a city so rich in culture, much of it powered by a new generation of artists, including playwrights, the members of Orbiter 3 created their company to ensure that Philadelphia could be a welcoming place for new work. Members of Orbiter 3 include Emily Acker, Emma Goidel, James Ijames, Mary Tuomanen and Douglas Williams, the collective is led by Artistic Director Maura Krause. 
 
Starting with Ijames’ production this July and continuing through 2018, Orbiter 3 will produce six new plays in the city of Philadelphia. In 2018 when each production has been completed, the collective will release their plays and documentation of their development as a resource for theatremakers. The collective will then dissolve.


Moon Man Walk
When: 6/27 to 7/19
Where: Prince Music Theater
Cost: $15-$20
More Info: Tickets are available online at www.orbiter3.org

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Tue, 23 Jun 2015 15:49:00 -0400
<![CDATA[Reelblack Presents Philly Shorts 2015 & Filmmakers Q&A at International House on Tuesday, June 23]]> http://philly360.visitphilly.com/news/2015/06/22/reelblack-presents-philly-shorts-2015-filmmakers-q-a-at-international-house-on-tuesday-june-23 One of Philly's premier black film presenters, Reelblack closes out their current season of films by spotlighting some of the city's brightest talents. Tomorrow, June 23, Reelblack returns to University City arts hub, International House to present Philly Shorts 2015.
 
This event will showcase new work from a nine local directors and concludes with a Q&A with the filmmakers. Philly Shorts is presented in collaboration with PIFVA, the Greater Philadelphia Film Office and Councilman David Oh's Black Film Advisory Committee.
 

Here's a look at the shorts that will be presented;

 
Consumption by Brittany Rafalak
The Devil and Red Wine By Maurice Paramore
How Tow Win by Rhassan Nichols
Inside Brothers of The Knight by Tatiana Bacchus
Mama Jo by Jos Duncan
Momma Said Clean Up by Kindred The Family Soul and Konee Rok
Odyssey To Save Ulysses by Ulysses “Butch” Slaughter
Silky Smooth Individual by Devin Hampton
Skyler by Eiko Fan


You can get more detail on this event and Reelblack yearlong calendar of events at reelblack.org.

Philly Shorts 2015
When: Tuesday June 23, 2015 7:00pm
Where: International House, 3701 Chestnut Street Philadelphia, PA 19104
Cost: Admission $10 adults/ $8 students and seniors / $5 members
More Info: Get tickets in advance at http://ihousephilly.org/calendar/philly-shorts0

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Mon, 22 Jun 2015 13:36:00 -0400
<![CDATA[Gerard Gaskin’s “Legendary: Inside the House Ballroom Scene” Opens At The African American Museum In Philadelphia]]> http://philly360.visitphilly.com/news/2015/06/17/gerard-gaskin-s-legendary-inside-the-house-ballroom-scene-opens-at-the-african-american-museum-in-philadelphia House balls have played a significant role in the African American and Latino LGBTQ communities for decades. Now, the often-underground house ball culture takes the spotlight at the The African American Museum in Philadelphia (AAMP) this summer — just in time to help celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the LGBT Civil Rights Movement in Philadelphia this July.

On view now through August 16, Legendary: Inside the House Ballroom Scene displays the work of photographer Gerard H. Gaskin, who has photographed the intimate world of house balls for more than 20 years.

Showcasing photographs from parties in five cities — with a particular focus on Philadelphia — the collection draws mostly from Gaskin’s book Legendary to immerse the viewer in the expressive grandeur of the balls.

Significant in allowing a marginalized group creativity and freedom of self expression, the house ball scene has a long tradition of challenging norms and Gaskin’s work captures a unique perspective.

A well-known photographer, Gaskin has shown throughout the United States and abroad, and his work is also a part of permanent collections in The Museum of the City of New York, The Philadelphia Museum of Art among others.

Throughout the exhibition at the AAMP — the first institution funded and built by a major municipality to preserve and exhibit the heritage of African Americans — will offer complementary programming including screenings of The New Black, a documentary exploring attitudes about same-sex marriage and civil rights within the African American community and an insiders vogue demonstration.

For much more on Philadelphia’s celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Gay Rights Movement — including other exhibitions like Speaking Out For Equality at the National Constitution Center — check here.

 

Legendary: Inside the House Ballroom Scene
When: June 12-August 16
Where: African American Museum in Philadelphia, 701 Arch Street
Cost: $14, adults; $10, youth (4-12 years), students, seniors
More info: www.aampmuseum.org

A version of this article originaly appeared on Uwishunu.com.

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Wed, 17 Jun 2015 12:22:10 -0400
<![CDATA[Top Picks: 12 Must-Hit R&B/Soul Concerts Hitting Philadelphia This Summer]]> http://philly360.visitphilly.com/news/2015/06/17/top-picks-12-must-hit-r-b-soul-concerts-hitting-philadelphia-this-summer The 2015 summer music season is in full swing. And again this yes, an impressive lineup of shows of every genre will be hitting stages and live music venues across Philly. From waterfront concerts at Penn's Landing, the summer soul series at The Dell to shows at yearlong entertainment hot spots like World Cafe Live and The TLA, our city is buzzing with tons of can't-miss concerts and shows.

To give your summer music itinerary a jumpstart, we've pullled together this list of must-hit R&B/soul concerts that are going down in Philly this summer. We've got reunion concerts with Floetry and SWV, Bilal's album release concert at World Cafe Live, D'Angelo at The Keswick and Erykah Badu holding it down The Dell. And, this is just a small selection of what Philly has in store for you in the coming months.

Now, take a look at the below list for details on all of the summer soul shows that you need to know about. 

Insider Tip: We're running contest for the following shows; SWV, Bilal and Jodeci. Just click the links and submit the entry form for your chance to win.


Philly 360° Top Picks for R&B/Soul Concerts in Philly

SWV

Sunday, June 21
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.

MORE INFO

 

D'Angelo

Tuesday, June 23
After a 14 year hiatus that left fans around the globe feenin' for a follow-up to his 2000 album Voodoo, D'Angelo returned — and with a seriously soulful vengance. The 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

Thursday, June 25
Catch, Jodeci — JoJo, DeVante Swing, Dalvin and "K-Ci — as they hit Philadelphia for an unstoppable night of throwback soul at the Tower Theatre in Upper Darby, PA.  Along with a must-see performance by the original bad boys of R&B, the June 25 concert includes an opening performance by Philly's own soulful R&B/pop group, MPrynt.

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Bilal Album Release

Tuesday, June 30
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. Catch Bilal as he brings the party home for a must-hit show at World Cafe Live in University City.

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The Philly Fourth of July Jam With The Roots

Saturday, July 4
The “Largest Free Concert in America,” will rock the Parkway as The Roots, Miguel and other hitmaking artists take the stage followed by an amazing fireworks display over the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

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Patti LaBelle, Jeff Bradshaw & Pamela Williams 

Thursday, July 9
This year, the Dell Music Center in Fairmount Park will kick off the 2015 Essence of Entertainment Summer Concert Series with an all-star Philadelphia lineup that includes saxophone phenom Pamela Williams, touring trombonist Jeff Bradshaw and the original R&B/Soul diva Patti LaBelle. 

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Floetry

Friday, July 17 & Sunday, July 26
The soulful duo Floetry is reuniting for a tour this summer — and it’s just what avid R&B fans have been waiting for. On Friday, July 17, the long awaited reunion between the “Songstress” Marsha Ambrosius and the “Floacist” Natalie Stewart will take place right here in Philly at the popular South Street venue, The TLA. Update: The July 17 show is now sold out, a second show as been added on Sunday, July 26.

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Babyface, Toni Braxton & Mint Condition 

Thursday, July 23 
Don't miss it as Babyface, Toni Braxton and Mint Condition hit The Dell for an unbelievable R&B throwback Thursday concert in Philadelphia. Together, these still hot and touring R&B greats will sing fans down memory lane with their classic hits like "Unbreak My Heart," "Pretty Brown Eyes" and "When Can I See You." 

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Fantasia & Johnny Gill 

Thursday, July 30
New school meets old when the soulful sounds of Fantasia and Johnny Gill take over Philadelphia for another unstoppable night of music at The Dell. Incredible vocals, soulful grooves and two of the best in the game will make this an one of the many can't-miss shows for the summer. 

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PJ Morton & Aaron Camper

Thursday, July 30
Briclyn Entertainment is back on the scene and gearing up for another dope show in Philadelphia. On July 30, Bricyln returns to University City music hub World Cafe Live for an incredible night of music with Maroon 5 keyboardist and backing vocalist, PJ Morton. The July show features Philly music transplant Aaron Camper, who is a globetrotting band member for major acts like Jill Scott and Justin Timberlake.

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Anthony Hamilton & Lyfe Jennings 

Thursday, August 6 
Got soul? R&B hitmakers Anthony Hamilton and Lyfe Jennings undoubtedly have a lock on soul. Catch these two hitmaking acts on August 6 for another guaranteed sellout at The Dell. 

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Erykah Badu & Estelle 

Thursday, August 13
After slaying her headling performance at Roots Picnic 2015, Erykah Badu returns to Philadelphia alongside UK songstress Estelle. Don't miss it at these ladies tear down the house like only they can. 

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