Your guide to Philly's diverse creative scene, nightlife, music, food & more
Looks like R&B crooner Beano, hip-hop artist Chill Moody, and music producer Hank McCoy are at it again with their upcoming Valentine’s Day album Who Do You Love … More? On Friday, February 7, the trio will be putting on a concert to celebrate the premier of the new project at the Hard Rock Café in Philadelphia.
Following the success of their Who Do You Love project last year, which yielded fan favorites like “What’s for Breakfast” and "AGoodThing,” this is a show that I am sure many fans will be looking forward to. There will of course be performances by Chill Moody and Beano and we are sure there may be others that haven’t quite been announced yet.
The Who Do You Love … More? concert is formally brought to you by DCS and nicethings, LLC. The VIP entry will include a meet & greet with the artists, early entry, appetizers and lots of other “nicethings.” Make sure you grab your tickets early!
DCS and nicethings, LLC Present: Who Do You Love … More?
When: Friday, February 7, Doors 8 p.m., Show 8:30 p.m.
Where: Hard Rock Café, 1115 Market Street
Cost: $20 General Admission, $35 VIP
More Info: Click here to purchase tickets.
Calling all emerging designers! Think you’ve got the right tools to create a garment meant to walk a red carpet?
Well, make sure you enter Philadelphia Eagles Wide Receiver Brad Smith’s “Design for Brad Smith” competition. Rather than putting together an actual garment, contestants will submit hand-drawn or digitally created sketches of their ideal three-piece red carpet look.
Here’s what’s at stake. The winning look will be picked by a group of celebrity judges and will be produced by a professional production firm and be worn by Smith before and after red carpet events.
And, YOU the winning designer, will not only receive a grand prize valued at $20,000, which includes a chance to accompany Smith on the Red Carpets of Mercedes Benz Fashion Week in February 2014, but an opportunity to rub schmooze with media personnel and the fashion elite.
Submissions are now being accepted. If you think you got what it takes, then enter the contest here.
We caught up with GRAMMY-nominated producer Mike Zombie at his private listening session for his new project The End of the Beginning. It took place at the legendary Tower Theater and had many of the industry’s influencers and tastemakers in attendance. On-air personality Mina SayWhat, Chill Moody, Beano, Dilemma, Aktive and many more came out in support of Zombie’s debut project.
It’s been somewhat of a whirlwind year for Zombie though he isn’t new to making music. He first started producing at the age of 14, and it seems hard work does pay off. Zombie produced one of the biggest records this year “Started from the Bottom” by Drake which has been featured in commercials, was part of Drake’s platinum selling album and yes is nominated for a GRAMMY.
With all that under his belt, Zombie is also showcasing his artist side with The End of the Beginning. A mixtape that is available for free download, Zombie takes listeners into Willingboro, NJ just 30 minutes from Philadelphia where he grew up. In the project he talks about his struggles in making it in the music business, growing up and having fun in songs like “Reassurance” and “616” which is one of my favorites.
It was great to have the opportunity to chat with Mike Zombie about what’s next and some of his favorite things about Philly. Take a look at our recap below!
Philly MC Chill Moody hosted a carnival-themed concert under his signature brand "nicethings." His indoor carnival and all-female show was called Girls Like nicethings.
And, Chill delivered. He packed Union Transfer full of fun nicethings, like an aerial dancer aka "the nicethings fairy," Iconik drill team, carnival games, a photobooth, carnival food and of course, music.
The show featured Roc Nation’s Bridget Kelly along with performances by Mylah, GoGo Morrow and Brianna Cash. The ladies took over the stage and filled the room with female empowerment.
Watch the video below to check out Girls Like nicethings for yourself.
Bok Nero from the colorful and unapologetic BlondeGang crew dropped “UFO” with a trap based beat and lyrics that exhibit his comfort in being different from the crowd. Also shedding light on the dicey waters that can be the music industry, Nero raps:
“People screaming they up next till they upset … what that means is they ain’t never been in no deep water, them sharks lurking tryna feast on ya.”
Bok Nero is a Philadelphia native, who has found himself spreading his music and message on both coasts. Finding his way back to Philadelphia, he linked back up with BlondeGang and continues to express himself through music that he feels defies genre. His influences are versatile from Kanye West to Freddie Mercury.
Though “UFO” is a hip hop based track, Nero’s full projects have pulled inspiration from a variety of genres including Dub-step, rock, and pop. Take a listen to “UFO” below, and let us know that you think!
If you're familiar with the name TED (which stands for technology, entertainment and design) then you're familiar with its mission to spread ideas worth sharing, and the hundreds of TEDtalk conference videos from some of the world's greatest thinkers. Many people who have graced the nonprofit's podium include Bill Gates, Elizabeth Gilbert, Marc Ecko and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.
What makes TEDxPhiladelphia an amazing opportunity is that you have the chance to nominate your favorite speakers to educate viewers in an interactive TED-like experience.
So if you’re looking to be engaged, grab your tickets and send your nominations here!
TEDx Returns to Philadelphia
When: Friday, March 28, 2014
Where: Temple Performing Arts Center, 1837 N. Broad Street
More Info: tedxphiladelphia.org
After you’re done with all the gift giving this week, treat yourself to a show at the Blockley before it closes forever at the end of the year.
The reggae-rock band Spiritual Rez will bring their big energy and fun spirit to fans who enjoy music that sound like the simultaneous meshings of Bob Marley and Matisyahu.
Watch the band perform songs from their 2010 project Nexus, and their upcoming album Apocalypse Whenever, that’s set to be released February 15, and features mastering from legendary engineer Howie Weinberg, who has worked with major acts Beastie Boys, Ramones, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Prince.
Secure your spot at this amazing show by grabbing your tickets here.
Spiritual Rez At The Blockley
When: Saturday, December 28, 8 p.m.
Where: The Blockley, 3801 Chestnut Street
Cost: $10 - $13
More Info: theblockley.com
Three floors, five live artists, 11 DJs, live art demos, hookah and a B-boy/girl battle? It's about to go down. Start off 2014 with one of the illest parties to hit Philly.
On January 17, Stacey "Flygirrl" Wilson brings back one of the hottest parties to ever hit Philly—The Illadelphia Xperiment. This MLK weekend party features three floors, all showcasing the best Philly's nightlife scene has to offer. The city's hottest DJs are slated to be in the building, including Kenny Meez, Ultraviolet, AfroDJiak, Mike Nyce, Cash Money, Aktive, Mr. Sonny James, Lee Jones, Lil Dave, PHSH and DJ Foxx Boogie will be onsite hosting a B-boy/girl battle.
And, as if that wasn't enough, visual artists Serena Saunders, Ameerah K. Art, Chuck Styles, Tone Casso and Nebulous Flair will be reppin' Philly with live painting and displayed art throughout the evening.
We'll see you there.
The Illadelph Xperiment
When: Friday, January 17, 10 p.m. - 3:30 a.m.
Where: Trilogy Nightclub, 601 Spring Garden Street
Cost: $10 before 11 p.m., $20 after
More Info: Click here to RSVP.
Showing that Philly does indeed stick together, Chill Moody collaborated with industry veteran Freeway to bring us “Change Coming” from his latest project RFM.
The track was produced by Joe Logic and samples “Grindin” by The Clipse. Logic adds a bluesy feel and creates his own unique sound. The hook shows us that Moody is staking his claim as the next to blow. “I feel a change comin' on, bussin' through my veins/won’t be long till I’m gone and they all know my name.”
Definitely on his way to becoming a household name, the video also premiered on MTV Jams. The video was directed by Kwaz “Scriptz” Fraser and shows Moody passing out handbills that read “Change Coming” with the nicethings logo and rallying the troops, so to speak, to take over the music industry. It pokes a little fun at some of the “here today, gone tomorrow” hip hop artists.
Patrick Kelly: Runway of Love & Gerlan Jeans Loves Patrick Kelly When: April 27, 2014 - November 30, 2014 Where: Perelman Building, Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2525 Pennsylvania Avenue Cost: $20 General Admission | $14 Students More Info: www.philamuseum.org…
The Philadelphia Collection When: September 17- 24 Where: Various Locations Cost: See website for details. More Info: Click here. Philly fashionistas & style guys: Throw on your hottest pumps and finest threads and step out in style for The…