Your guide to Philly's diverse creative scene, nightlife, music, food & more
The Know is comprised of Fatnice and Philly 360° Creative Ambassador Kush Shalimar. “Ice Cold” is their latest work that dropped as a precursor to their forthcoming EP. Fatnice is bringing the lyrics and Kush Shalimar brings the boom bap beat.
Fatnice is originally from Chicago and one thing they have never been short of is lyrical emcees. He grew up with heavy influences from jazz and soul music, which is evident in his flows. A master of expression, he also sings and has released material under the pseudonym Mojo Green.
Shalimar originally a part of Writtenhouse has been a staple in the Philadelphia music scene over the years. His production brings that classic hip hop feel in the way of Large Professor and Dilla.
Both Shalimar and Fatnice are producers, lyricists, and all around creative people. It's great to see this duo team up to bring some of that old feeling back—but with a new twist. The production of “Ice Cold” allows you to vibe out while Fatnice paints pictures with his words. Over top of Shalimar’s hard-hitting drums, the flows are seamless over the track.
“Ice Cold” is just enough to leave you wanting more. I guess that was the point. Look out for the release of their EP.
Pardon the Parisian because at the charity event for The Evoluer House, "J’adore la Mode", is about to go down.
The English translation of the event's theme is “I love fashion,” which can be considered the motto for host Kithe Brewster. The acclaimed celebrity stylist and designer will introduce 300+ guests to the energy and vibe of Parisian living with Paris inspired décor, cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. The guest list is packed with celebs that will show up and show out. One of which is a Gitchi Gitchi girl Sarah Dash, a member of the classic R&B chart-topping girl group behind the original "Lady Marmalade". Dash has been declared the honorary chair of this year's event .
On December 13, at "J’adore la Mode", Mr. Brewster will take time out and use his accomplished status to provide hope for the city's youth. The Evoluer House is the charity started in 2004 that assists “at-risk” and minority young women in their social and academic development. The 12-week program has succeeded in serving over 800 young women between Philadelphia and Delaware counties.
Kithe Brewster will have a lot to celebrate. Brewster has been able to tailor his illustrious career on his own terms. He’s lived in top fashion capitals in Europe and carved his niche as a fashion-forward fashion editor. He’s become one of the most noted stylists in the fashion industry, styling celebrity beauties from Heidi Klum to Eva Mendez to Mrs. Carter herself. Recently, Brewster begun creating his own designs and will soon be releasing his own collection coming the spring of 2014. Guest at J’adore la Mode will get an exclusive fashion show sneak peek at the Kithe Brewster collection!
Tickets for the event are currently on sale and are moving fast, so make sure to buy yours “tout de suite”, that’s French for right now!
UPDATEJust announced: The fashion show will also feature the work of Philly's own dancer and choreograp internationally sought after dancer/choreographer and Philly native Anthony Burrell of Fox TV shows “Glee” and “So You Think You Can Dance, “The Beyonce Experience,” Rihanna’s “Girl Like Me Tour,” and Broadway musical “Come Fly Away.”
The Evoluer House Gala - J'adore la Mode Featuring Kithe Brewster
When: Friday, December 13th, 7-10 p.m.
Where: The University of the Arts Dorrance Hamilton Hall, 320 Broad Street
Cost: $100 (Insider Tip: Say 'Philly 360' at the door for a $75 ticket.)
More Information: The Evoluer House
Enjoy arcades and beer? Looking for something to do after work? Well, Flavorpill has a special treat brewed up for all of you gamers and music lovers. Sponsored by Coors Light, the Colder By Night event will take place at a secret location in Philadelphia, and will feature a semi-intense foosball and air hockey competition. Not only are your first two beers free, but if you are a winner in their Arcade Tournament of Champions game, you can win tickets to see Lupe Fiasco, and other prizes.
Remember, this happy hour is first-come, first-served. RSVP for this booze-worthy event here!
Coors: Colder By Night
When: Tuesday, November 12, 7 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Where: Secret Location
More Info: www.flavorpill.com
Memphis photographer Richy Americana will bring some raw, southern style to North Philadelphia in his first official art show entitled "Sushi."
Richy's company The Art Of Trill will connect with We Are Philly to present an epic night of live performances from Philly-based band Ill Fated Natives, Philly rappers Ty Geeziano and Pili X, with a closing the performance by Memphis rapper Jimmy Astro. There will be drink, food, and hookah specials all night as well as Reebok hooking the crowd up with free giveaways. Be sure to stay for the after party hosted by Richy Americana from 10:30 p.m. to 4:00 a.m. and get loose with DJ YS.
The Art of Trill x We Are Philly Presents: Sushi
When: Saturday, November 16, 7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Where: Peace House Creative Space, 1320 N. Taney Street
Cost: Ladies free until 8 p.m., $2 after
Guys $5 until 8 p.m., $10 after
More Info: facebook.com/PeaceHouseCreativeSpace
It’s no secret that Mont Brown and his diversified group Astronauts Really Fly have been making an impact on the city’s burgeoning music scene. The collective spent their insanely busy summer co-hosting their Stop The Violence Kickback Block Party in Southwest Philadelphia, organizing their Kickback Live event, featuring new and up-and-coming talent, and traveled to the A3C hip-hop festival in Atlanta, GA for the Veteran Freshman: Philly To A3C tour.
Whether or not you’re a knowing fan of this hip-hop band, remember to make your way to the Blockley to watch this talented group of individuals headline their first show.
Expect to see performances by Bok Nero featuring Legion 13, Lorine Chia, Al 1Thing and E-Hos.
You can purchase tickets online here.
When: Thursday, November 14, 8 p.m.
Where: The Blockley, 3801 Chestnut Street
Last week, music professionals and music lovers alike came together for a night of music to honor those that collectively contributed to the Sound of Philadelphia—from artists to songwriters to engineers—at an event called United We Band Return 2 Forever.
United We Band takes place every last Tuesday of the month and is put together by The Artists United, founded by Ashley Scott, Lox Knox and Leo J P King. For this event, they took the opportunity to highlight the incomparable Philly sound.
The event took place at one of the newer yet busy music venues, Underground Arts. There were so many instrumental figures in Philadelphia entertainment and music that were present including Jaguar Wright, MoShay LaRen, Dyana Williams and many more. Rahnda Rize and Hollie Stain were the hosts, and they kept the audience laughing all night.
Honorees for the evening included Bobby Eli, Earl Young, Helen Scott, Jean Carne, Billy Paul, Phil Hurtt, Karl Helm, Joe Tarsia, Jim Gallagher, Craig White, Gamble & Huff, Bunny Sigler, Dexter Wansel, and William and Wilbert Hart of The Delfonics.
Many young artists showed out as they paid tribute to the music that continues to inspire generations from the 70s, 80s and early 90s. Standout performances belonged to Jeffrey Murrell, Julian Coleman, Darius Coleman, Dev Stephon and Mel Alston.
Hats off to all involved in making a special night that was a great reminder of how influential of a musical past this city has and how bright of a musical future we are in store for!
SideTour is an online marketplace that gives people an opportunity to explore and experience a city in a completely different, underground way. Gaining popularity in New York, Side Tour recently branched out to other cities like Philadelphia. Each tour is presented by a host who is a resident expert in a particular field—whether it’s food, history, music or more.
Singer, songwriter Kyleen Shaw invites you to join her on a new Philly Side Tour, a Music Crawl from Past to Present. Attendees for this tour will have the chance to explore some of the most influential musical entities in Philadelphia. For each stop, there will be a brief look at the history and cultural relevance of each establishment.
The tour will feature an up close and personal look at Philadelphia International Records and its influence on an era and beyond. Founded by Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Gamble & Huff, Philly International was the force behind the famous Sound of Philadelphia, which was home to artists like The O’Jays, Patti LaBelle, Teddy Pendergrass, Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes and more.
There will also be a stop at Philadelphia jazz staple, Philadelphia Clef Club of Jazz and Performing Arts aka The Clef Club. Today, the club is a center for jazz education and performance. Its alumni list includes greats like John Coltrane, Grover Washington, Jr., Nina Simone and Bilal.
These are just a few of the stops on the music crawl. Each tour is customized based on the group and day.
No stranger to Philly’s music scene, Shaw started singing at a very young age. An artist and music lover in her own right, she has performed at multiple venues in and around the city. Kyleen has experienced the Philadelphia music scene both as a performer and behind the scenes and is ready to share her knowledge with you. Get to know Shaw here.
So, if you want to go on a music crawl, check out available dates and sign up. For more information and to book your tour, please click here and be sure to follow @KyleentheDiva on Twitter for updates.
Philly’s own fashion champion Dom Streater stopped by her alma mater to receive an honor from some of the city’s most fashionable and diplomatic individuals.
In case you didn’t know, the West Philly girl pushed through season 12 of cable television's most competitive fashion competition—Project Runway—with her quirky designs and love of color-blocking.
When she stepped foot at the Moore College of Art & Design, where she graduated from in 2010, she was honored by Mayor Michael Nutter in front of students, teachers, fashion designer Nicole Miller, PR extraordinaire Rakia Reynolds and many more.
While accepting her award, Streater made a few lighthearted jabs at the city’s sports teams, and professed her love of Philly.
“I was born and raised in West Philadelphia, so this is my city, so I wanted to rep Philly well. So I’m glad I brought us home a win. Somebody had to,” said Streater, according to CBS Philly.
Besides this honor, Streater will be racking up on a few more goods thanks to Project Runway. She is expected to walk away with a half a million dollars, $150,000 from GoBank, a fashion spread in Marie Claire, and a chance to sell an exclusive collection at Belk.
In addition to being honored by Mayor Nutter, Streater was also given a personalized With Love Philadelphia XOXO letter from our friends over at Visit Philly.
Well the wait is over for a new single from BASSic Black Entertainment/Ingrooves Fontana artist Aaron Camper. Although traveling the world as a background singer with artists like Justin Timberlake has to be cool to say the least, we’re sure that Camper is excited to release a new original.
“Breaking My Heart” featuring Mack Maine of YMCMB exhibits a classic “back then you didn’t want me” sentiment. We are not sure if Karen Jones is a real person or not, but the song boldly starts “Karen Jones this song is for you/You never told me that you loved me 'til I told you we were through.” From the first line, you’re interested in what else he has to say.
But whether the song is about an actual relationship or a culmination of many experiences over the years, it’s definitely a relatable topic for many. He flows seamlessly between rap flows and singing. The production hits hard and has a catchy sample that plays throughout its entirety.
It’s effortless for Camper. Sharpening his chops over the years between writing and performing with many of the greats, it’s great to see him continue to grow in his own artistry. There won’t be a place for Camper in the background long; the forefront is his for the taking.
Take a listen to the new single below! Tell us what you think about it in the comments section.
Starting next week, The 12th Annual First Person Arts Festival kicks off with over 20 events—all celebrating the power of the personal story. This year, First Person Arts has taken their festival events to new heights, presenting an incredible line-up that includes notable artists like Pulitzer Prize-winning author Toni Morrison, Philly-based breakdance pioneer Raphael Xavier, author of the newly released book (1)ne Drop Dr. Yaba Blay, Philly's own Poet Laureate Sonia Sanchez, author and civil rights activist Angela Davis, and many more.
With a lineup this serious, tickets are moving fast. But, don't worry—we're giving one reader a chance to win the Philly 360° Ticket Package, which includes tickets to three great festival events at one low price.
The Philly 360° Ticket Package includes:
Conversation & Song: Walking The Laureate Road - Wednesday, November 6, 7:30 p.m.
The Unofficial Guide To Audience Watching Performance - Wednesday, November 13, or Thursday, November 14, 8 p.m.
(1)ne Drop Project Live - Sunday, November 10, 5 p.m.
Enter for a chance to win below. Click here for the official rules.
BlackStar Film Festival When: July 31 through Agust 3 Where: International House, 3701 Chestnut Street; See website for additional venues. Cost: $10, general admission; $125 all-festival pass More info: www.blackstarfest.org Hailed as “the black Sundance” by Ebony magazine, the…
Keyshia Cole: Point of No Return Tour When: Friday, August 1 | 8pm Where: The TLA | 334 South Street Cost: $28-40 More: Click here for more. Keyshia Cole is about to land in Philly! That's right, the "She"…