News http://philly360.visitphilly.com/news Fri, 17 Oct 2014 09:00:00 -0400 en <![CDATA[Philly 360° Music Guide: 20 Must-Hit Concerts In Philadelphia This Fall]]> http://philly360.visitphilly.com/news/2014/10/17/philly-360-music-guide-20-must-hit-concerts-in-philadelphia-this-fall It’s official — fall is here. And while the weather is cooling down outside, things on the Philly music scene are only getting hotter and hotter. This fall, Philly is packed with a steady flow of can’t-miss concerts, shows and festivals. The lineup of hitmaking acts stopping through the city includes big names like Common, Bilal, Jill Scott, Ledisi, Ms. Lauryn Hill, Stevie Wonder and more.  

To make sure our followers and fans don’t miss a single show, we’ve pulled together a list of concerts going down in Philadelphia this fall. Hip-hop, R&B, soul, EDM, pop and more — you know we have you covered when it comes to the shows that you need to know about.  

Also, stay tuned into Philly 360°, because as always we’ll be hooking up a few lucky fans with tickets to select shows. For now, check out our top picks for all the must-have tickets that you should be grabbing now. Let's go!


Philly 360° Fall Music Picks:

OCTOBER

Ty Dolla $ign Presents: The "In Too Deep Tour"

Tuesday, October 21, 8 p.m. | TLA, 334 South Street | $27 | Buy tickets here. 
Genre: Hip-hop, R&B, Pop

Rapper Ty Dolla $ign just announced that he is hitting the road with a 3-city US tour to promote his latest mixtape, $ign Language. The Philadelphia show also includes performances by hip-hop artist Lil Bibby, emcee Joe Moses and Philly’s own soulful R&B/pop powerhouse Beano.


Marsha Ambrosius: Friends & Lovers Tour

Thursday, October 23, 8 p.m. | TLA, 334 South Street | $42 | Buy tickets here.
Genre: R&B, Soul

Calling all the lovers: Still riding high off the release of her latest album Friends & Lovers, R&B songstress Marsha Ambrosius is set to hit The TLA on South Street for an incredible night Philly soul. If you’re jonesin’ for Marsha’s killer vocals, sultry music, and her “keep-it-trill” commentary on life and love, then we definitely suggest that you grab tickets now.


Up-Close Live featuring Aaron Camper

Thursday, October 23, 7 p.m. | Relish, 7152 Ogontz Avenue | $10 | Buy tickets here.
Genre: R&B, Soul, Pop

Pier Entertainment is landing at  West Oak Lane soul-food staple Relish with a dope new live music series featuring some of the city's hottest emerging talents.On Thursday, October 23, Up-Close Live features two live sets of music by R&B/pop singer/songwriter Aaron Camper. After spending months on the road touring with industry heavyweights like Justin Timberlake and Chris Brown, Camper is back in town and ready to perform for his Philly friends and fam.


Mikey Rocks

Thursday, October 23, 8 p.m. | The Trocadero, 1003 Arch Street | $15 | Buy tickets here.
Genre: Hip-hop

Originally one-half of the groundbreaking rap duo, The Cool Kids, emcee Mikey Rocks has now successfully stepped out as a solo artist. The rapper has released several critically acclaimed mixtapes, which has solidified his position as a music pioneer for today’s hip-hop, internet, DIY generation. Opening performance by rapper Robb Banks.


Powerhouse 2014

Friday, October 31, 6 p.m. | Wells Fargo Center, 3601 S Broad Street | $20-150 | Buy tickets here.
Genre: R&B, Pop, Hip-hop

A staple on the Philly urban music scene, Power 99 FM’s annual Powerhouse concert is back on the scene. This year’s lineup includes performances by T.I., Jeezy, J. Cole, Ne-Yo, Jeremih, French Montana, Kid Ink, Migos, K. Camp, Chris Brown, Trey Songz, Tamar Braxton, and more.

NOVEMBER

Wired Fest 96.5: Steve Aoki & Lil Jon

Thursday, November 6, 8 p.m. | Electric Factory, 421 N 7th Street | $61 | Buy tickets here.
Genre: Hip-hop, EDM

Two of the world’s greatest entertainers are landing on one stage this fall. On November 11, EDM sensation, producer and Dim Mak Records founder Steve Aoki and “Turn Down For What” rapper Lil Jon will both stop through Philadelphia for Wired Fest at The Electric Factory. This is definitely a can’t-miss show.


Goapele

Saturday, November 8, 8 p.m. | World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut Street | $24-35 | Buy tickets here.
Genre: Soul, R&B

Rolling Stone magazine once called Goapele the “spiritual love child of Sade and D’Angelo,” and we definitely agree. Since the 2001 release of her debut project Closer, the Berklee-trained singer/songwriter has all but written the book on how to be a successful, touring independent musician. Feel-good music lovers can catch Goapele on November 8 at World Cafe Live. Opening performance by Philadelphia’s own Jade Alston.


G-Eazy

Sunday, November 9, 7 p.m. | The Trocadero, 1003 Arch Street | $22.50 | Buy tickets here.
Genre: Hip-hop

A fixture on the New Orleans music scene, rapper G-Eazy has had a whirlwind ride to the top. The popular rapper has opened for major acts like A$AP Rocky, Lil Wayne, Mystikal and has even entertained thousands at Austin’s SXSW music festival. Catch G as he lands in Philly during his 41 date Van Warped music tour in November.


Usher: The UR Experience

Tuesday, November 11, 7:30 p.m. | Wells Fargo Center, 3601 S. Broad Street | $40-175 | Buy tickets here.
Genre: Pop, R&B

R&B/pop great Usher kicks off his 27-city music tour this fall — landing in Philadelphia on Tuesday, November 11. The tour will include special guests and will be jam-packed with hits from Usher’s 20-year discography. Grab your tickets now!


A$AP Ferg & YG

Thursday, November 13, 8 p.m. | Electric Factory, 421 N 7th Street | $41 | Buy tickets here.
Genre: Hip-hop

A founding member of the breakout rap group A$AP Mob, A$AP Ferg lands in Philadelphia on November 13 to perform at the Electric Factory. Also on the bill for that evening will be Def Jam recording artist YG, who is currently touring to promote his 2014 release My Krazy Life, which features Drake, Rich Homie Quan, and ScHoolboy Q.


Ms. Lauryn Hill: Homecoming Concert Series

Saturday, November 15, 8 p.m. | Electric Factory, 421 N. 7th Street | $72 | Buy tickets here.
Genre: R&B, Soul, Hip-hop

Lauryn Hill’s debut solo project, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, sold more than 12 million copies worldwide, earning the singer/songwriter five GRAMMYs, three American Music Awards, a Billboard Award, a Soul Train Award and an MTV Music Award. After taking a break from touring, Ms. Lauryn Hill is back on the road connecting with fans and performing reimagined renditions of the hits we’ve all fell in love with. You can catch Lauryn on November 15 at the Electric Factory. Opening performance by rapper Talib Kweli.


Bilal

Sunday, November 16, 8 p.m. | TLA, 334 South Street | $25-60 | Buy tickets here.
Genre: R&B, Soul, Hip-hop

Philly’s #1 son of soul, Bilal Oliver, is returning home to perform at The TLA on South Street. Known for his undeniable grooves, electrifying stage presence and soaring vocals, the Philly-bred soul singer first hit the scene during what some refer to as Philadelphia (neo)soul revival of the early 2000s. This show will also include opening performances by Vent, Marcus Labon, Kriss Mincey & The IDEA and Suzann Christine — all representing some of Philly’s finest R&B/soul acts.


Stevie Wonder: Songs in the Key of Life Tour

Sunday, November 16, 8 p.m. | Wells Fargo Center, 3601 S Broad Street | $50-150 | Buy tickets here.
Genre: R&B, Soul

Undeniably, one of the most significant albums in the history of American music, Stevie Wonder’s Songs in the Key of Life continues to shape and influence soul music around the globe. Now, Stevie fans are getting a chance to relive the classic as the celebrated singer/songwriter hits the road with an 11-city music tour.


Daley

Tuesday, November 18, 8 p.m. | Underground Arts, 1200 Callowhill Street | $20 | Buy tickets here.
Genre: R&B, Soul

The US first got a taste of the 24-year-old’s talent after he collaborated with Philly’s adopted songstress Marsha Ambrosius on their hit single “Alone Together” off his six-track EP Alone Together in 2012. Since finding success in the states, Daley has been nominated for two Soul Train Music Awards, collaborated with super producer Pharrell Williams and has been featured on Nelly’s 2013 track “Heaven.


B.O.B.

Thursday, November 20, 8:30 p.m. | Electric Factory, 421 N 7th Street | $41 | Buy tickets here.
Genre: Hip-hop, Pop

B.o.B first landed on the scene during the “Dirty South” music movement of the late 2000s, but his official breakthrough came in 2010 when he dropped the chart-topping hit “Nothing on You.” The eclectic rapper went on to release the hit track “Airplane,” which featured guest vocals by Paramore's Hayley Williams. Since then, B.o.B. has collabed with major headliners like Lil Wayne, Taylor Swift, Nicki Minaj, Chris Brown and Juicy J.


WDAS: 1st Annual Holiday Jam with Jill Scott, KEM, Ledisi, Joe and Faith Evans

Friday, November 28, 7 p.m. | The Liacouras Center, 1776 N Broad Street | $50-100 | Buy tickets here.
Genre: R&B, Soul

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.

DECEMBER

Common

Monday, December 8, 8 p.m. | TLA, 334 South Street | $35 | Buy tickets here.
Genre: Hip-hop

Hip-hop artist and entertainment great, Common is heading out on tour this fall. He lands in Philadelphia on December 8 alongside of special guest Jay Electronica. His upcoming tour is in support of his latest project, Nobody’s Smiling, which released earlier this year.


Robert Glasper Experiment

Tuesday, December 9, 8 p.m. | World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut Street | $20-23 | Buy tickets here.
Genre: Jazz, Soul, R&B, Hip-hop

Robert Glasper first made a name for himself as the music director behind some of the hottest names in the industry, like Maxwell, yasiin bey, Q-Tip, and Bilal. Destined to step out into the spotlight as a solo act, Glasper dropped multiple solo projects, each one featuring prominent acts like Ledisi, Jill Scott, Bilal and Erykah Badu, to name a few. In 2013, Glasper achieved a new level of success, as he landed a GRAMMY for his 2013 project, Black Radio.


Justin Timberlake: The 20/20 Experience World Tour

Wednesday, December 17, 8 p.m. | Wells Fargo Center, 3601 S Broad Street | $50-175 | Buy tickets here.
Genre: Pop, R&B, Soul

Philly's got mad love for the Timberlake sound. If you missed Justin Timberlake when he rocked the Wells Fargo Center in the spring — don’t fret because JT is heading back to Philly this fall for yet another arena-rocking performance. On December 17, Justin brings his dazzling 20/20 Experience World Tour straight to Philly for what is sure to be the one of the dopest concerts of the season.


Lil John Roberts & Friends

Monday, December 22, 8 p.m. | World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut Street | $22.50 | Buy tickets here.
Genre: R&B, Jazz, Soul

Philly native, John “Lil’ John” Roberts is one of the most sought after drummers in the industry. Roberts got his start playing alongside jazz greats like Christain McBride and Joey Defrancesco at the age of 16. Now a live music, world-touring and studio session vet, Lil’ John’s credits includes work with renowned act of all genres like Stevie Wonder, Rachelle Ferrell, Ne-Yo, Bilal, Jamie Foxx, Snoop Dogg, Mos Def, Common, Mary J. Blie, Janet Jackson and many, many more. This show will include performances by soulstress Avery Sunshine and singer/songwriter/producer triple-threat Eric Roberson.

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<![CDATA[CONTEST: Win A Pair Of Tickets To The Forbes Under 30 Music Festival Featuring Wiz Khalifa, OCD: Moosh & Twist & More - Sunday, October 19]]> http://philly360.visitphilly.com/news/2014/10/15/contest-win-a-pair-of-tickets-to-the-forbes-under-30-music-festival-featuring-wiz-khalifa-ocd-moosh-twist-more-sunday-october-19 Last month, Forbes announced that music all-stars Afrojack, Wiz Khalifa, LP and OCD: Moosh & Twist will all headline the Forbes Under 30 Music Festival

Held at The Piazza in Northern Liberties, the music festival will kick off the Forbes Under 30 Summit which will take place in Philadelphia from October 19-22 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center and other venues across the city. The buzz-worthy summit will bring together some of the country's leading young entrepreneurs and thought leaders for three days of panels, TED-style presentations and Shark Tank-style pitch contests. And, of course, no Philly affair is complete without the music. 

Want in on the concert? Well, there are two ways to win. Get the details below. 

1. Take action with The Global Poverty Project 

To maximize the impact of the music festival, Forbes has partnered with The Global Poverty Project, a nonprofit that fights to end extreme poverty by 2030. Starting today, music lovers and do-gooders can take action at globalcitizen.org/nights and then use points earned for a chance to win free tickets to the October 19 concert.  

From tweeting, to signing a petition or watching an informative video, fans will learn more about the key issues address by The Global Poverty Project while getting one step closer to landing free festival tickets. Visit www.globalcitizen.org/nights#actions to enter for a chance to win tickets. 

2. Tweet to win with @Philly360

Speaking of free tickets, we've got our hands on a pair of passes to the festival. If you want them, then just follow @Philly360 on Twitter and tweet the below statement. 

TWEET TO WIN: I want to win tix to @ForbesUnder30 fest w/@wizkhalifa @teamocd + more @thepiazza via @Philly360 and #globalcitizennights

Enter by Noon on Friday, October 18 for your chance to win. You must be 21 or older to enter. Find the official Philly 360° contest rules here

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Wed, 15 Oct 2014 14:10:00 -0400
<![CDATA[Philly 360° Playlist: Aaron Camper Drops New Single "My Heart"]]> http://philly360.visitphilly.com/news/2014/10/15/philly-360-playlist-aaron-camper-drops-new-single-my-heart Aaron Camper is a man of many talents. The Philly music transplant is a singer, songwriter and a globetrotting band member for major acts like Jill Scott and Justin Timberlake. And, if you're lucky enough to hang out with him backstage at a show or in the studio, you'll quickly learn that Camper is also a comedian. #gotjokes

Recently, Camper hit us with a brand new single “My Heart,” which is making its way on the Philly 360° Playlist this week!

The upbeat record was written by singer/songwriter and Maroon 5 member, PJ Mortonand was produced by Warryn Campbell and the head of BASSic Black Entertainment (BBE), Adam Blackstone. Reminiscent of a Michael Jackson throwback, “My Heart” is an infectious track with an undeniable groove that will no doubt have fans moving to the beat and singing along.

On the new single, The BBE signee delivers smooth vocals and flawless harmonies, singing  of a woman who walks in and immediately steals his heart. With each new release, it’s easy to see that the long hours on the road with stars like JT and Chris Brown have paid off. Delivering hit records and knockout live performances around the world, Aaron Camper is proving that he deserves a spotlight all on his own. 

Camper continues to travel on the road, but fans will be glad to know that he's also steadily working on his next EP. There's no official word on the exact release date, or whether “My Heart” will set the tone for the entire project quite yet. But, Camper's devoted, and growing, fanbase has been patiently waiting for a full project since the 2011 release of his mixtape, Welcome to My World. Luckily for us, Aaron continually drops hot singles like “Madness,” “Breaking My Heart,” and a few can't-miss covers.

On the stage is where Camper’s music takes on a life of its own. You can check him out for yourself on October 23 at uptown soul food restaurant, Relish as a part of the Up-Close Live series presented by Pier Entertainment. Tickets will probably go fast, so be sure to grab yours soon!

Check out a preview of the single below and purchase the full song on iTunes. Be sure to support your local artists. 


Listen to the preview of Aaron Camper's latest single, "My Heart" and check out our exclusive interview below.  

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Wed, 15 Oct 2014 11:16:00 -0400
<![CDATA[Half Off Friday Night Tickets To The Barnes Foundation - Friday, October 10 & 17]]> http://philly360.visitphilly.com/news/2014/10/10/half-off-friday-night-tickets-to-the-barnes-foundation-friday-october-10-17 Looking for your next Philly culture fix? Well, look no further. Every Friday night through the end of the year, The Barnes Foundation will keep its doors open a little later for some after-hours art fun on The Parkway. 

From 5 to 9 p.m., guests can enjoy a drink, mix and mingle with other art-lovers and check out the Barnes’ collection of worksFriday night attendees can sip wine and cocktails in The Barnes' stunning indoor and courtyard spaces while taking in the incredible collection, which includes work by all of the greats — from Matisse to Van Gogh. 

The best part? For the next two Friday nights — Friday, October 10 and Friday, October 17 — use code UWISHUNU50 to get half off tickets courtesy of our friends at uwishunu.com. With promo code UWISHUNU50 tickets are just $11. Tickets include after-hours access to the collection, and cocktails are available for purchase at an on-site bar.

Tickets for Friday Nights at The Barnes Foundation are available at the door, online or over the phone at 215-278-7200. Just enter the code UWISHUNU50 online at checkout, mention over the phone or present the promo code at the door to redeem the deal.

Score these tickets now, and look out for upcoming special events at the Barnes, too, including First Friday soirees and Young Professional nights.


Friday Nights at The Barnes
When: Every Friday, 5-9 p.m.; Use UWISHUNU50 ticket code on Friday, October 10 and Friday, October 17
Where: The Barnes Foundation, 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Cost: $22; Free for members; $11 with code UWISHUNU50 on October 10 and 17
More info: www.barnesfoundation.org

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Fri, 10 Oct 2014 10:31:05 -0400
<![CDATA[Snap A Philadelphia Themed Selfie For Philly Photo Day - Friday, October 10]]> http://philly360.visitphilly.com/news/2014/10/09/snap-a-philadelphia-themed-selfie-for-philly-photo-day-friday-october-10 This next one is for the Philly Instagrammers, VSCO Cam filter lovers and smartphone photographers. If you're like most people, then you spend day and night documenting your life visually — snapping photos of brunch, lunch, your favorite artist on stage, or that perfect beam of light shining on the horizon. 

Well, it's time that you get those filters ready because Philly Photo Day is back, and the focus is on Philadelphia.Tomorrow, the Philadelphia Photo Arts Center (PPAC) is inviting everyone in the city to tap into their inner photog and show the world what's special about our town.  

Everyone in the city is invited to submit a photograph that is taken anywhere in Philadelphia on Friday, October 10. PPAC will then exhibit the submitted shots in a special exhibition, showing the world just how awesome it is to live, work and play in Philadelphia. Every photograph submitted will be printed and displayed in the exhibition, which opens on November 13.

So, get to snapping and show the world the one photo that captures what Philly means to you. Let's go!


5 EASY STEPS TO BE A PART OF PHILLY PHOTO DAY

1. Take a photograph anywhere in Philadelphia.

2. Select your one favorite photograph.

3. Get on the internet and visit www.philaphotoarts.org for instructions.

4. Mark your calendars and come to the exhibition opening on November 13, 2014 at Philadelphia Photo Arts Center.

5. Don't forget to share with your friends and family and have them join in on the fun!


Philly Photo Day
When: Friday, October 10
Where: Take a picture anywhere in Philadelphia
Cost: Free 
More Info: www.philaphotoarts.org

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Thu, 09 Oct 2014 18:01:38 -0400
<![CDATA[Philly 360° Exclusive: Watch Philly Native Dom Streater's New York Fashion Week Takeover]]> http://philly360.visitphilly.com/news/2014/10/09/philly-360-exclusive-watch-philly-native-dom-streater-s-new-york-fashion-week-takeover Project Runway winner and Philly native, Dom Streater is on a winning streak and the city has been cheering her on every step of the way.

During this past New York Fashion Week, Philly 360° hit the road to attend Dom’s spring/ summer 2015 collection runway show debut. Inspired by a mile-high view of the changing landscape during a recent cross–country voyage, Streater’s collection, “Elevated”,  featured psychedelic prints on long flowy maxi dresses, chambray cocktail dresses, and even a riff on aviation.

BTW, we definitely want those vintage-inspired flight attendant hats and bags.

Furthering her brand, Dom collaborated with high-end audio company Velodyne to design custom headphones using the prints from her spring/summer collection. You can get a sneak preview of  the Velodyne collab and Dom’s spring 2015 collection in our exclusive recap video below. Check it out! 


Watch our exclusive, all-access video of Dom Streater's 2015 spring/summer collection debut during New York Fashion Week.  

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Thu, 09 Oct 2014 09:00:00 -0400
<![CDATA[Philly 360° Exclusive: Sittin' In At The Kimmel Center's Free Monthly Jam Session]]> http://philly360.visitphilly.com/news/2014/10/08/philly-360-exclusive-sittin-in-at-the-kimmel-center-s-free-monthly-jam-session 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. Now approaching its third year, this free concert/party/jam session mashup is Philadelphia's go-to event for emerging talent, locally-based touring musicians — and the music lovers that can't get enough of their soulful sounds. 

From stellar featured acts to the Sittin' In house band and resident DJ Matthew Law, this signature Philly jam attracts the best and brightest performers and musicians from Philadelphia, and beyond. 

Recently, Philly 360° caught up with Sittin' In mastermind Anthony Tidd, as he led rehearsals for last month's all-star edition of Sittin' In, which featured headlining performances by Philly faves like Laurin Talese, Kate FaustJeff Bradshaw and Ursula Rucker.

Along with interviewing Tidd, we talked with the incredible group of musicians that regularly make up the Sittin' In house band, including Korey Riker, Ernest Stuart, Steve Tirpak, Josh Lawrence and Luke Carlos O'Reilly — each a notable artist in their own right. Be sure to check out our recap video below.

If you missed Sittin' In All Stars, don't fret, The Kimmel is back on the scene with another round of genre-defying musical awesomeness. You can take a look at the dates and featured talent for the next two installments of Sittin' In below. 


Sittin' In at The Kimmel Center:

Sittin' In hosted by The Philadelphia Jazz Project's Pre-Boo!

Wednesday, October 8, 8 p.m. | The Kimmel Center, 300 S Broad Street | Details

Award winning arranger/trombonist, Steve Tirpak, gets into the spirit of Halloween with dope arrangements for Boo, a 12 piece band that can effortlessly move between jazz, hip-hop, soul and rock. Don't miss these artists take the stage playing notable tunes like Snoop Dogg's, "Murder Was The Case They Gave Me."


Sittin' In featuring the Venissa Santi Band and the Francois Zayas Quintet

Wednesday, November 12, 8 p.m. | The Kimmel Center, 300 S Broad Street | Details

Parisian singer/composer/producer Rachel Claudio created her own unique brand within electronic music through collaborations with artists like Philly's own King Britt, Common, The Roots, Raheem DeVaughn, and the list goes on. Definitely another can't-miss production. at The Kimmel 


Check out our exclusive video for a behind the scenes look at Sittin' In at The Kimmel Center. 

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Wed, 08 Oct 2014 10:39:49 -0400
<![CDATA[Philly 360° Playlist: Check Out Khari Mateen's Latest Single "Wanting More"]]> http://philly360.visitphilly.com/news/2014/10/06/philly-360-playlist-check-out-khari-mateen-s-latest-single-wanting-more Khari Mateen has had a whirlwind year. From touring with Cody Simpson and RJD2 to releasing new music, it seems that Mateen is on a quick ascension to the forefront of the industry as a solo artist. His latest release, “Wanting More,” is next up on the Philly 360 Playlist. 

The ethereal, drum-driven track is sultry and sexy with Mateen’s reverbed voice fitting right into the groove. The drums are hypnotic, creating a groove that gets you rocking straight from the start. “I just want to get you all alone, maybe we can get to know each other baby,” He sings. Mateen sets the tone and keeps his listeners there until the end.

Mateen has been a musician since a very young age. A classically trained cellist, he began producing for artists like The Roots and even had a tenure in the group Nouveau Riche alongside Dice Raw and Nikki Jean. He's collaborated with tons of artists including Jill Scott, Tye Tribbett, The Money Making Jam Boys and more. But, there comes a certain time for an artist to step out on their own. 

By 2011, Mateen began releasing his own records and building a fan base for his artistry. Mateen dropped Khari (EP) that year and followed up with his debut independent album Waiting for Sunrise in 2012.

His self-written and produced EP, Qualia: Fall, garnered a lot of attention, especially the single “Where Did They Go.” The popular song is a tribute to fallen soldiers and is geared towards bringing more awareness to those struggling with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. 

A composer, multi-instrumentalist, artist and more, when it comes to music — there isn't much that Mateen can't do. He recently scored the film that profiled Martin Luther King High School here in Philadelphia entitled, “We Are King.” 

Mateen never stops creating, even when he's busy touring the globe performing. We’re looking forward to what he comes up with next.

In the meantime, check out “Wanting More” below!  

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Mon, 06 Oct 2014 08:00:00 -0400
<![CDATA[Eight Essential Retail Openings Coming To Philly This Fall]]> http://philly360.visitphilly.com/news/2014/10/03/eight-essential-retail-openings-coming-to-philly-this-fall Fall is officially here. And as always, it's bringing with it a ton of new store openings. From the recent open of contemporary clothing store, VINCE, on 17th and Walnut Street, to the coming attraction of designer department stores like Uniqlo, which opens this week, Philly is buzzing with new retailers.

And if you’ve been following, the swell of retail activity over the past few years have been rapidly picking up the pace. Over the past year, stores such as Stuart Weitzman, Camper, Madewell, Theory, and Ulta have impacted the Center City shopping experience.

In essence,  Philly has had over 30 new stores of all sort that have opened, including nationwide chains, independent men’s and women’s boutiques, jewelry and shoe stores, and more. It also helps that Philly (along with the rest of PA) is tax-free when it comes to clothing; which is all the more reason to indulge shopping in the city.

So, to stock up on fall wardrobe essentials, we’ve compiled a few new spots that will open their doors this fall. Check them out below!

1. Uniqlo

Opening: October 3, 2014
Location: 1608 Chestnut Street

In addition to opening three stores (there’s one in King of Prussia Mall and another in Willow Grove Park Mall), Uniqlo, the international clothing retailer for high quality casual wear, will on Chestnut Street in Center City this fall. That means more options for crisp denim for the win! www.uniqlo.com/us


2. Timberland

Opening: Opening this fall
Location: 17th and Walnut Street

We, Philadelphians have a special affinity for ‘timbs (affectionately shortened for Timberland boots). So it makes sense that a Philly Timberland flagship store will open in the heart of the city. Get ready to stock up on boots for the winter, when Timberland opens close to Stuart Weitzman on the 17th hundred block of Walnut Street. shop.timberland.com

 

3. Century 21

Opening: October 2014
Location: 8th and Market Street

For ages, the popular NY based designer discount store has served fashionistas well stocking up on exclusive finds from designers such as Dolce & Gabbana and Prada. Now, the Philadelphia Century 21 will be the chain’s ninth location in the country and the first outside the NY metropolitan area. What’s even better? The 100,000 sq. foot store will occupy the former Strawbridge’s location at 8th and Market East (just blocks away from the new Jefferson Station). www.c21stores.com

4. VINCE

Opening: It’s already opened!
Location: 1701 Walnut Street

The contemporary clothing line known for its knitwear and a solid assortment of basics has already invaded center city and word has it, it’s a crowd pleaser. Stop by before all those cool knit sweaters are sold out! www.vince.com

 

5. Nordstrom Rack

Opening: October 24, 2014
Location: 1700 Chestnut Street

Inhabiting the home that was Daffy’s on 1700 Chestnut Street, Nordstrom Rack will make its debut toward the end of October. What’s there to get excited about? Similar to Century 21, there will be designer styles with deep discounts. Alas, Nordstrom also has a pretty impressive plus size collection that features fabulous steals from designers like Vince Camuto, Calvin Klein, and MICHAEL Michael Kors. www.nordstromrack.com


6. Goorin Brothers

Opening: It’s already opened!
Location: 1427 Walnut Street

Opening in the space that was once inhabited by Center City’s M.A.C. store, Goorin Brothers has recently set up shop. The 119 year old American hat haberdashery has opened near Broad and Walnut adding a rustic hipster vibe to the always trendy neighborhood. www.goorin.com

7. Vans

Opening: Opening this fall
Location: 1708 Walnut Street

The beloved skater’s shoe paradise will make Philly its home this fall. Originally scheduled to open this spring and taking over the street level to Jacque Ferber’s furs, Vans plans to open sometime mid-fall. We can already see sneakerheads lined up for Vans’ latest line of tropical inspired kicks. www.vans.com


8. Michael Kors

Opening: November 13, 2014
Location: 1705 Walnut Street

Across the street from new Vans store, Michael Kors will be arriving to the center city district come November. Also, taking over another establishment (remember, Burberry was there for a minute), the store will be multileveled and will feature a lot of the label’s signature items. So, if you’re interested in stocking up on Kor’s envious MK logo wrapped goods, the Philly store will be here in no time. www.michaelkors.com

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<![CDATA[October Must-Hit List: Wiz Khalifa, OCD: Moosh & Twist, Nas, Marsha Ambrosius, Aaron Camper & More]]> http://philly360.visitphilly.com/news/2014/10/02/october-must-hit-list-wiz-khalifa-ocd-moosh-twist-nas-marsha-ambrosius-aaron-camper-more Must-Hit October Events: 

UNIQLO Philly Love Fest Featuring Questlove - Saturday, October 4

To celebrate the opening of its new downtown Philadelphia flagship store, international clothing retailer UNIQLO is throwing a huge, community-themed party at  Smith Memorial Playground and Playhouse. The UNIQLO Philly Love Fest will present a Philadelphia/Tokyo culture collision through food, games, music and performances. In fact, Mr. Global Philly himself, Questlove, will spin a fresh-to-death playlist for his hometown fans. 

NAS: Time Is Illmatic Tour — Sunday, October 5 & Monday, October 6

Nas is hitting the road for a U.S. tour. He’ll perform music from the project that launched his career, Time is Illmatic—widely embraced as one of the most influential albums in hip-hop. This highly anticipated tour coincides with the release of the legendary rapper’s Tribeca Film documentary, Nas: Time Is Illmatic. Philly hip-hop fans can catch him at The Keswick Theater.


DesignPhiladelphia — Thursday, October 9 - Friday, October 17

DesignPhiladelphia returns, taking over a host of Philly venues and creative spaces this October. Now in its 10th year, the festival has grown into one of the largest of its kind, presenting 120 exhibitions, open studio tours, talks and workshops, plus 400 of the city’s brightest creative professionals.


Art After 5: Afropop Dance Party — Friday, October 17

This month’s installment of the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s popular Friday night mixer, Art After 5, promises to be an unforgettable sonic journey, laced with the sweet rhythms of Afropop music. DJ Rahsaan starts the evening with the latest hits from Ghana and beyond, and multi-instrumentalist Kinobe—hailed as the new voice of Ugandan music—closes the night out with an intimate set of world music.


Forbes Under 30 Music Festival — Sunday, October 19

Music all-stars Afrojack, Wiz Khalifa, LP and OCD: Moosh & Twist land in Philly this month to headline the Forbes Under 30 Music Festival. Held at The Piazza in Northern Liberties, the festival kicks off Forbes’ Under 30 Summit, which will host 1,000 of the country’s leading young entrepreneurs for three days of panels, TED-style presentations and Shark Tank-style pitch contests.


Up-Close Live Featuring Aaron Camper — Thursday, October 23

After spending months on the road touring with industry heavyweights such as Justin Timberlake, Philly’s favorite music transplant, Aaron Camper, is back in town and performing at West Oak Lane soul food joint Relish. The next edition of Up-Close Live features two full sets of music by Camper and a live interview with Philly-based blogger and Ebony contributor Sincerely Syreeta.


Marsha Ambrosius — Thursday, October 23

Calling all the lovers: Still riding high off the release of her latest album Friends & Lovers, R&B songstress Marsha Ambrosius is set to hit The TLA on South Street for an incredible night of Philly soul. If you’re jonesin’ for Marsha’s killer vocals, sultry music and “keep-it-trill” commentary on life and love, we suggest you grab tickets now.

Philly 360° Spotlights:

Rewind: PhillyMade

The night before MIA hit the Parkway with headliners Pharrell and Kanye West, a concert/party of epic proportions went down at Voltage Lounge. A BASSic Black Entertainment–X Kontraband 215 mashup, PhillyMade featured an incredible roster of talent including West Philly emcee Chill Moody, singer/songwriter Aaron Camper, Kontraband 215 front man Scoop, and hip-hop great Common. Watch our recap video.


What’s Good In My ‘Hood: Northern Liberties

Each month, Philly 360° showcases a creative from a trendy neighborhood in Philly. We recently linked up with graphic artist and nightlife connoisseur Jake Weaver of Northern Liberties—also referred to as “NoLibs” by locals. From vintage sneaker consignment shop Sole Patrol to his favorite burger joint PYT, Jake gives us an insider’s look at his ’hood. Get details here.


Style Guide: Shop “Heritage-Hipster” in Old City

For the next edition of the Philly° 360 Style Guide, we're focusing our attention on a special group of stylish gents that we've dubbed "The Heritage Hipster." You know the type—he’s uber stylish, wears great heritage brand jeans, loves vintage everything and is well-groomed in the most unassuming way. If that’s you, then we have a few OId City shops that you must check out. Find out more here.


Rewind: The 2014 BlackStar Film Festival

For the third year in a row, BlackStar Film Festival exploded on the scene to shine a spotlight on the films and filmmakers that are broadening the definition of black cinema around the globe. Philly 360° went behind the scenes to capture the people and movement that powered BlackStar 2014. Watch our video recap.

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