Your guide to Philly's diverse creative scene, nightlife, music, food & more
After a stellar performance at last year's Made In America Festival, Latin music sensation Prince Royce is returning to show his Philly fans some more love. One of the biggest stars in contemporary Latin music, this twice Grammy nominated superstar is on the top of his game, and is receiving international attention for his soulful sound and electrifying on-stage performances.
With Billboard chart topping hits, like Te Me Vas and his bilingual version of Stand By Me, Prince Royce is sure to tear down the house during his performance at this year's El Zol Fest at Penn's Landing Festival Pier. So, come out and see why everyone is calling Prince Royce the hottest artist in Latin Music. We'll see you there!
Also, be sure to follow @phillyteama on Twitter for the latest and greatest info on Philly's Latin scene, and a chance to win tickets to see Prince Royce on May 25.
Saturday, May 25
Festival Pier at Penn's Landing
Columbus Boulevard & Springgarden Street
It was a packed house at The Rotunda on Thursday, April 25 for the Red Bull BC One Cypher hosted in conjunction with Fame1. Wall to wall full of dancers, spectators and the like all there to see the top 16 b-boys in the Northeast battle it out for the opportunity to go to the national qualifier taking place in Houston, Texas.
It all came down to the last two, Hannibal and Knuckles both from Pennsylvania. After an intense three rounds of head to head competition, Knuckles came out with the win! Ecstatic and shirtless, Knuckles posed for the cameras after his name was announced as the victor. The winner in Houston will be heading to Seoul, South Korea for the championship.
There was an amazing amount of talent and energy in the room. The Red Bull BC One Cypher took place during The Gathering, the b-boy jam which normally takes place each month at The Rotunda.
In between each round of battles, the DJs Skeme Richards and the legendary Crazy Legs switched back and forth to rock the crowd. Impromptu battle sessions broke out all over the floor as most of the audience members were also dancers. I mean it was breakbeat heaven!
There were some familiar faces including Red Bull Thre3Style winner DJ PHSH and I AM PHRESH dance studio owner Smart Mark among the talented crowd.
With a plethora of raw, remarkable dancers sacrificing their bodies for the sake of dance, I did not envy the decisions the judges had to make. Judges for the evening included Ronnie (Red Bull BC One All Star), Domkey (Red Bull BC One National Champion 2012), and Float (Incredible Breakers Boston/NY). A few of my favorites were Sweet Liu, Chemistry, and Macca representing for the B-girls.
Hats off to Red Bull for another great competition. I am going to work on my upper body strength and maybe one day I’ll be able to compete. Not likely, but the energy present made me feel like I could!
El Vez is getting festive and will be converting the block of 13th and Sansom Streets into a Cinco de Mayo block party.
They're bringing the flavors and sounds of Mexico to the streets from noon to 9.m. on Sunday, May 5, with pop-up food and drink stands.
Bring your appetite and pay as you go - from tacos to specialty nachos to some of El Vez's best margaritas - you won't want to miss this fiesta!
Insider Tip: Want to know more about what's happening around Philly's Latino scene? Follow @phillyteama on Twitter!
Sunday, May 5
121 S. 13th Street
It's getting closer to one of our favorite events of the year - The Roots Picnic! And this year, The Roots have pulled together another ridiculous lineup, and we're hype. On June 1, Gary Clark Jr., Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Trinidad Jame$, Solange and hip-hop legends Naughty By Nature backed by The Roots will be taking over Festival Pier. See the full lineup here.
Want to be there for it? We got our hands on a pair of tickets to give away. Enter for a chance to win below. Contest ends May 15.
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Saturday, June 1
Festival Pier at Penn’s Landing
Columbus Boulevard at Spring Garden Street
Insider Tip: Already planning to go to the Picnic? Look out for us there. We'll be set up in the tent. And, you know we'll be bringing you some behind the scenes footage too! Plus look out for our guide on Roots Picnic weekend!
And, check out our video recap from last year's Roots Picnic below.
This month, Art Sanctuary kicks off the 29th Annual Celebration of Black Writing Festival (CBW) with a month long celebration jam-packed with exciting and innovative events and programs. From North Philly to South, the team at Art Sanctuary is set to bring the very best of the Philadelphia and the nation's black literary scene right to our doorsteps. The festival's theme this year will be Launching Beyond Legacy: Celebrating the Literary Achievements of Black Women.
Embracing the 2013 CBW theme, Art Sanctuary's annual Lifetime Achievement Award will honor an all-star lineup, including poet, playwright, and author of "For Colored Girls" Ntozake Shange, veteran journalist Annette John-Hall, and international music icon Valerie Simpson. The Lifetime Achievement Awards will also feature a stellar performance by world-renowned jazz vocalist Nnenna Freelon, backed by Philly's own Urban Guerilla Orchestra.
Festival attendees can also catch the amazing exhibit, Beauty, which features images of women and children from around the world captured by Erinn Cosby. Yes, we're talking about the daughter of iconic black actor and comedian Bill Cosby! But, the party doesn't stop there. CBW 2013 also features a Storytelling Circle featuring veteran storyteller Mama Carla Wiley, a poetic tribute to the life and work of the incomparable Nina Simone, and tons of free workshops for aspiring writers and familes. Art Sanctuary is definitely pulling out all of the stop for this fantastic and inspiring celebration of the contributions of women and the nation's black literary genius. So don't miss out on this inspiring celebration—we'll see you there!
You can visit Art Sanctuary's website for the latest information on CBW 2013.
There's no denying it - in today's ever-changing business environment, artists, producers and other music industry professionals need to work harder than ever before to obtain (and maintain) their success.
So, on May 11, The Recording Academy® Philadelphia Chapter will return with their successful Independent’s Day Annual Music Entrepreneurship Conference. This annual one-day conference focuses on entrepreneurship for the music maker, and brings together the best minds from the music industry and the worlds of business and social media. A mix of high impact TED-style presentations, panel discussions and industry networking reception, this is the perfect opportunity for any aspiring music industry mogul-in-the-making.
Get schooled in some of the topics Independent's Day will be covering, like understanding digital PR and social media, fanbase building, better business plans, pitchathons and more.
Speakers include, Michael Fiebach (Fam House LLc), Rick Goetz (Musician Coaching),Craig Hayes (WIMG 1300AM), DJ Sat-One (DJ, producer), Jeff Price (founder TuneCore, spinArt Records), Bryant Pugh (producer/songwriter), Starkey (DJ, producer), Chad Taylor (Live, ThinkLoud LLC), Tony Van Veen (Disc Makers/CDBaby) and Bruce Warren (WXPN).
Cost: Recording Academy members $20, non-members $50, UArts students and alums (with valid ID) $25.
Click here to get more information or register online today!
Saturday, May 11
9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
211 S. Broad Street
Philly 360 Creative Ambassador Florcy Morisset has done it again. This time, Florcy has partnered with well-known art curator and journalist Souleo to present Art Enology - a celebration of all things art, and all things wine.
Opening this weekend, this groundbreaking exhibition will include paintings, photography, new media, sculpture, and mixed media - all inspired by wine or created from recycled bottles. Vivant has put together a stellar line-up of events to complement this show, including wine tastings, poetry readings and plenty of opportunity to mix and mingle with the artists. You might even be inspired to buy a piece for your personal collection.
So, comeout, celebrate Philly's own and enjoy some of the best wine and art that our town has to offer!
April 26 - May 6
Vivant Art Collection
60 N. 2nd. Street
Since the 2012 US release of her debut album Is Your Love Big Enough?, UK singer/songerwriter Lianne La Havas has been living a charmed life. Her album was named the iTunes Album of 2012, and upon hearing it megastars Stevie Wonder and Prince both reached out to connect with London's rising soul star, and personally praise her feel-good, authentic sound.
In our interview with her, La Havas readily admits that US soul artists like Erykah Badu, Lauryn HIll, of course Philly's own Jill Scott have influenced her gorgeously raw sounding music. So, it was no surprise earlier in the month when Lianne showed up in Philadelphia to play to a sold-out house at World Cafe Live. Hundreds of Philly-fans packed into the venue to hear Lianne nimbly play her guitar, while laying down track after track from her album with utter perfection and grace. The rising star was visibly moved and humbled, when her Philly audience began singing along - with the most perfect harmonies of course.
Backed by an electrifying 5-piece band, the singer every-so-skillfully moved through the songs from her album, telling tales of lovers gone wrong, her "fancy" with older men, the sweetest places of love, and everywhere in between. Grateful for the love shown by her World Cafe Live fans, La Havas paused mid-concert to take a photograph of the diverse and dedicated crowd that had packed in to see her. She even tailored song lyrics during her encore performance to dedicate a song to her Philly fans. Yeah - Lianne loved herself some Philadelphia, and we definitely loved her back.
With her refreshingly honest and soul-bearing music, beautifully-raw vocals, and looks and style to die for, Lianne La Havas' journey has only just begun. I'm sure we're not alone when we say, "we're definitely ready for the sophmoric album". Right? Philly, let's keep our eye on this rising star, and watch as she shoots straight to the top.
Philly 360°: So, you’ve received amazing accolades from an impressive list of icons, including Prince and Stevie Wonder. What is it like meeting these artists and hearing their response to your music?
Lianne: It has been amazing. I'm a big fan of all of them. I met Stevie Wonder a few months ago in Los Angeles. After the show, we spent some time together. It was amazing and kind of surreal. I don't know what I was expecting but he had a very vibrant soul that you can feel. He wished me the best of everything, then he started singing the title track to my album and added my name to the line. It was wonderful.
Prince invited me to Minneapolis a year ago now to come and meet him and jam. He just said keep being myself and carry on doing what I’m doing. He was very encouraging and supportive. I consider him a friend. I would love to work with him one day. It would be really amazing if I could.
Philly 360°: Tell us about some of the other artists or music that you draw inspiration from?
Lianne: All kinds of things, really. I just like when new music comes to you and moves you. Growing up I was listening to Lauryn Hill and Mary J. Blige and Michael Jackson and that kind of stuff. Love the Fugees and Ella Fitzgerald. Now I’m listening to lots of Little Dragon, Everything Everything. and Laura Marling. I just love her.
Philly 360°: Was music a big part of your childhood and family life?
Lianne: Yes, it was my dream to pursue music my whole life. I played piano when I was younger and started guitar when I was 18. It wasn’t until I was about 18 or 19 that I decided to try for real to see if I could do something with it professionally.
Philly 360°: If you had to choose one - what would be your favorite album of all time?
Lianne: That’s hard. I’m obsessed with Erykah Badu though.
Philly 360°: You’re playing Philadelphia at World Cafe Live in April. Will this be your first time performing in Philly?
Lianne: No, I played at (World Cafe Live's) Free At Noon back in November. There’s a lot of great history and music that comes out of Philadelphia, including on my favorites, Jill Scott. I’m just excited to get there and see even more of the city.
Philly 360°: Do you have any places here in Philadelphia that you’re excited to checkout?
Lianne: It’s so hard to get out much in the middle of touring, but I’m really looking forward to connecting with audiences and my fans in Philadelphia.
Philly 360°: Ok, so last but not least, have you ever had a world-famous Philly cheesesteak? (If not, it’s a must do!)
Lianne: Not yet! But I’ve heard a lot about it and can’t wait to try one some day.
Red Bull is at it again and this time it’s for the ultimate B-Boy Challenge. B-Boys from the Northeast will come to Philadelphia to compete in the Red Bull BC One Cypher that will take place at The Rotunda on Thursday, April 25.
The event will be hosted by Fame 1 in conjunction with the monthly b-boy series The Gathering.
A competition open to the best individual break dancers around the world, participants qualify through a global qualification process.
Red Bull BC One Cypher Philly is one of the 50 local qualification events hosted in the United States and around the world. The competition has gone as far as Italy, Algeria, Mexico and a host of other countries.
Judges for the competition will include Ronnie (Red Bull BC All-Star), Domkey (Red Bull BC One National Championship 2012), and Float (Incredible Breakers Boston/NY). And on the 1s and 2s, Skeme Richards and Crazy Legs.
The winner of the competition will have the opportunity to compete in the National qualifier in Houston, Texas. After Texas the winner is on to the world stage for the Red Bull BC One Word Final in Korea.
The event is open to all ages. This is a great opportunity to check out sixteen dancers from all across the Northeast as they compete for the chance to show their skills on a global scale.
Thursday, April 25
4014 Walnut Street
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