Your guide to Philly's diverse creative scene, nightlife, music, food & more
On Saturday, June 7 come out to and show your support for West Philly, and its local businesses and community organizations, during the 7th Annual Festival at the Parkwest Town Center.
This family-friendly event will host a slew of activities to keep the kids occupied, including pony rides, airbrush tattoos, line dancing, caricatures, a parrot show, magician and more.
The music lovers will enjoy a wide array of music and cultural performances, including West Philly’s own hip-hop artist Chill Moody, R&B/pop powerhouse Beano, DJ Kees, the Massai Warrior Dancers, drumlines and local talent from area high schools.
Also, Season 12 Project Runway winner Dom Streater, who killed her competition last year with her fierce color-blocking and bold designs, will also make an appearance to show looks from her upcoming 2014 fall/winter collection.
Delicious food will be provided by American Dreaming Magazine with their pop up barbeque, and Shoprite with wallet-friendly hot dogs and sodas.
There will also be an award and scholarship presentation for high school seniors Syerra McCrobie - McFadden and Nyshae Wimberley, who dedicated their time and hearts to improving their West Philadelphia community. And if you’re looking to get in shape, fitness activities will be provided by City Fit Girls and the GrassROOTS Community Foundation.
Summer’s almost here—and there's plenty of fun to be had right here in Philly.
The wait is finally over. Tomorrow, the Roots Picnic lands at Festival Pier at Penn's Landing for another epic day-long concert on the Philly waterfront. If you haven't grabbed your tickets yet, now is the time. You can also check out the official Philly 360° Roots Picnic Guide to get all the deets on how to get to venue, and best enjoy the show.
The vibe and atmosphere at Festival Pier will be nothing short of amazing, with tons of people partying to sounds of the incredible lineup of artists, all hand-selected by The Legendary Roots Crew. Janelle Monae, Chill Moody, Jhene Aiko, Snoop Dogg and more — you definitely won't want to miss it when your favorite acts hit the stage. Luckily for you, the set list for tomorrow's show was just released online. Check it out below.
Also, be sure to take a look at the — count them — FOUR dope Roots Picnic after parties that are going down tomorrow. Are you ready? We seriously hope so. #epic
Yes, you heard us right — after parties. Plural. This year, we've heard about a few dope parties going on after the Roots Picnic. So, once the last act leaves the stage, the party will continue. Get to your favorite spot and dance the night away, or if you are really down to party, you might want to stop by all of these spots. The details are below.
Each month, we’ll showcase a different person from a happening neighborhood in the city. This month, we’re showing Quentin Washington. Described as a “well dressed nerd with a luxurious beard”, by day, Quentin is an engineer and at night curator of a premier fashion and lifestyle website of Avenueswank.com, who lives in the Market East section of the city.
Popular for favorite haunts such as Reading Terminal Market and one of the epicenters of transportation in Philly, Market East is also home to the Pennsylvania Convention Center and blocks away from Independence Mall.
Let’s meet Quentin and see why he digs his ‘hood!
“A futuristic version of the ‘It’s a small world’ ride at Epoch at Disneyworld.”
“The new Bank & Bourbon at the Loews Hotel. I’m a burger and whiskey kind of guy. The place is on point. Also, Reading Terminal. It’s a Philly staple and a wonderful place to people watch. It can get quite packed during the weekends, however it’s chill during the weekdays and less congested. I get everything from Reading Terminal from my morning coffee to curry salmon from the thai joint.”
“The architecture. Market East has a very unique vibe to itself, quite different from many of the neighborhoods in the city. It’s kind of stoic and has a gothic meets futuristic vibe to it. I dig it.”
“It’s a hub for a lot of different people to meet. Plenty of people work in the area, but it’s also very up and coming and residential.”
Encouraging healthy lifestyles for girls and communities is cornerstone of GrassROOTS Community Foundation, which for a second year will host the Roots, Rock, Run (R3) 5k Walk and Run.
Last year's run was held in the Frankford section of Philadelphia and received a great amount of positive attention. This year, the race will be in Philadelphia's Germantown neighborhood. Participants will meet for the 5k at Anna Lane Lingelbach Elementary School, where they will break off to continue on designated routes, which will include one route for walkers and another for runners.
This year, partnering local and national running organizations and racing teams such as Black Girls RUN! Philly, Student Run Philly Style, and GirlTrek will participate, plus Mayor Michael A. Nutter is schedule to also attend.
In association with the race, The Lingelbach Home and School Association and Philly Urban Creators will also be leading a school beautification effort at Lingelbach Elementary School on the same day.
GrassROOTS is currently active in 10 cities in the United States and was co-founded by sociologist and organization president Dr. Janice Johnson Dias along with Tariq “Black Thought” Trotter, also MC of the hip hop group The Roots. GrassROOTS provides educational services and special programs that focus on issues that affect disadvantaged women and girls such as obesity, exercise, breast cancer, HIV/AIDS, and suicide. Through is initiatives, GrassROOTS aims to instill positive and healthy habits for women and girls to help them become healthy adults.
So, before you head down to Festival Pier at Penn's Landing for the Roots Picnic, stop by this awesome community event to run, or cheer on runners, in the name of a better, bright Philly.
So, tell us — will this be your seventh Picnic or your very first? Either way, we won't judge, because this weekend it's all about the music. That's why we've pulled together this ultimate Roots Picnic guide, so you know where to go, what to expect, and how optimize your Philly concert experience. Check it out.
First off, expect to be blown away. Like every other year, The Roots have hand-selected an eclectic lineup of talent that is guaranteed to deliver. From our hometown heroes like War on Drugs and Chill Moody to mainstream acts like Janelle Monae, Action Bronson, Jhene Aiko and Snoop Dogg, we’re sure that you will find something that you can vibe with. See our Roots Picnic music guide for more details.
Here's the set list:
The Roots w/ Snoop Dogg | Columbus Stage | 8:30 p.m.
Araabmuzik | Oasis Stage | 7:40 p.m. |
Janelle Monae | Columbus Stage | 6:45 p.m.
Action Bronson | Oasis Stage | 6:05 p.m.
The War On Drugs | Columbus Stage | 5:25 p.m.
A$AP Ferg | Oasis Stage | 4:50 p.m.
Jhene Aiko | Columbus Stage | 4:20 p.m.
G-Eazy | Columbus Stage | 4 p.m.
Biz Markie | Oasis Stage | 3:30 p.m.
Rudimental | Columbus Stage | 3 p.m.
Just Blaze | Oasis Stage | 2:30 p.m.
Bad Rabbits | Columbus Stage | 2 p.m.
Chill Moody | Oasis Stage | 1:30 p.m.
Emily Wells | Columbus Stage | 1 p.m.
Roman Gianarthur | Oasis Stage | 12:30 p.m.
Electric Wire Hustle | Columbus Stage| 12 p.m.
Something fashionable of course, but more importantly, wear something light and comfortable. Not your average 2-hour show, this all-day festival features a jam-packed lineup of some of your favorite artists, and a few you have yet to discover.
Prepare to be on your feet for most of the day, unless you’re lucky enough to snag a seat. So, be certain to break out the comfy standing shoes, or the pair that you can dance the night away in. We hear that with some of renovations that Festival Pier just had, there will be sand on the ground — so be prepped for that too when picking out your shoes and sandals. Also, be sure to keep your eye on the weather, so far the forecast looks promising. BTW — this is an all-ages show, but it could prove to be a long day for smaller children. So, use your best judgement when bringing your little ones along.
Anytime the entire city is descending on one area, it may be best to explore alternate modes of transportation. Here in Philly, you can always arrive in style via the on-demand black car service, Uber. Also, there are a few SEPTA public transportation routes that run straight to Festival Pier, including the 5, 25 and 43 bus routes. You can also take a short walk from the Market-Frankford Elevated train stop at 2nd and Spring Garden.
If you do decide to drive, there will be paid parking available at Columbus Boulevard and Spring Garden. Consider carrying some cash, in case the lot you select happens to be cash-only.
The Roots Picnic lineup is always full of amazing acts — and early birds land some of the best seats and views in the house. Performances starts at 12 p.m. and the Roots Picnic is known for running a tight operation. This year, there will again be two sound stages, so you definitely won't want to miss a moment. With a lineup this dope, if you blink, you might just miss something epic go down on stage.
Don't worry, there will be plenty of both. Just be certain to bring some cash, or at least your debit/credit card, as there will be ATM's available on-site. There is no re-entry to the grounds once you exit, but with its recent updates, Festival Pier is even more of a one-stop entertainment destination. Be sure to check out the delicious-eats by chef Michael Schulson, the lush beer garden, and all of the other appetizing, thirst-quenching treats that will be available on Saturday.
In addition to your normal personal belongings — think wallet, purse, cell phone, keys — you will be allowed to bring a 20 oz sealed bottle of water and a small blanket. Things to leave at home include; professional photo/video equipment, audio recording equipment, lawn/beach chairs, laser pointers, outside food or drink, and weapons-like objects.
Along with hearing great music and sampling the awesome food and drink options, be sure to stop by the vendor area to shop local merchants, or to learn more about area businesses and organizations.
Insider Tip: We've been seeing some great shots of some custom designs created by Philly 360°'s own Stacey "Flygirrl" Wilson, so make her shop one of your must-hit vendor tables.
If you're looking to score some free swag, then make sure you find us on Saturday. Philly 360° will be giving away free screen-printed, Philly themed t-shirts to some lucky festival-goers. There will be plenty to go around, so make sure you grab one.
After the show, join Questlove at Voyuer Nightclub for The Official Roots Picnic After Party. The cover is $12 for this party, and the fun takes place from 11 p.m. to 3 a.m. BTW - there are four after parties going down that night. Here are the details.
Do you still have a few questions? Then you can can always contact the venue at (215) 922-1011 for general questions on the day of the show. See you there!
The latest single from will.i.am is about the drop and it’s featuring one of Philly 360°’s own, rising R&B/pop artist Cody Wise. The new single "It's My Birthday" has a fresh feel that is sure to keep you moving, and it's dropping just in time to become your next summer party anthem — so we definitely had to show it some love on this week's playlist.
Though Wise may be new to the world’s stage, he’s no rookie to the business. Growing up surrounded by Philadelphia’s rich musical history, Wise has been acting, singing and dancing since he was a small child. Wise spent a lot of time at the legendary Philadelphia International studios, learning the ropes from legendary Sound of Philadelphia mastermind, Kenny Gamble.
Wise went on to play young Simba in the Broadway musical The Lion King, and also had a roles in the productions of Damn Yankees and The Scottsboro Boys. A chance meeting with Will.i.am after his theater run would result in Wise signing his first record deal with Will.i.am Music Group through Interscope Records.
Working vigorously over the last few years, Wise admits that he's addicted to his craft. His plate is fuller than many artists his age — vocal practice, dance, studio sessions, video shoots, school, and somehow he makes it all work. Now, with the release of "It's My Birthday," it appears Cody's hard work is about to pay off — big.
The single was co-produced by will.i.am and Damien LeRoy and co-written A.R. Rahman, Keith Harris, and Wise. The Bollywood-inspired track has an undeniable feel, and is sure to quickly become an international club hit. So, keep your eye on Cody Wise, as this is only the beginning to a very bright future for this rising star.
Jeff has done it again! Native Phily trombonist Jeff Bradshaw has toured the world, lending his smoking-hot horns to some of the industry’s biggest talents. Next week, Jeff will bring it home to the Kimmel Center for a live concert and album recording featuring Trombone Shorty, Take 6, Marsha Ambrosius,Kim Burrell, Najee, Kenny Lattimore, Tweet, Robert Glasper, Eric Roberson, Bilal — and a few special guests.
With a lineup as stellar as this one, we're guessing you want in on the action, right?
Well, Philly 360° got our hands on a set of tickets, and we're giving them away to one lucky fan. Just fill out the below form for your chance to win. If you just can't wait, then check out the below details for a link to purchase tickets online right now.
Click here for the official contest rules.
This weekend, super fresh R&B/soul artist Jesse Boykins III lands at Union Transfer, accompanied by an all-star lineup of Philly acts. Some might describe Boykins as a soul singer, just with a serious new school twist that's all his own. His vocals are powerful, yet soothing, and his clean production brings an exciting new element to the soul music scene herein the US.
Music is nothing new to Boykins, who joined the school choir at the age of nine and seemingly never looked back. Studying music through high school and college, Boykins refined his natural ability, recording one of his first projects with the GRAMMY Jazz Ensemble's annual full-length album during his high school years.
Currently, Boykins is touring in support of his latest project Love Apparatus alongside his band, The Beauty Created. In a recent interview, Jessie had this to say about the project, “Love Apparatus is for the heart and everything that inspires by it, our universe.”
The album has received positive reviews from major sites like Pitchfork and NPR. Boykins worked closely with producer Machinedrum to craft out a sound all their own for this one. And, fans are excited to see him falling back into his own after taking a significant amount of time out of the spotlight.
On Saturday, May 24, Boykins' show will featured a great lineup of hometown acts as openers. Setting the vibe for the crowd before our headliner takes the stage will be R&B crooner and West Philly native Beano, soul singer Jacqueline Constance, singer-songwriter Justin Graham, and sultry songstress Domi Jo.
Philly will definitely be reppin' strong for this show — on stage and in the audience, so grab your tickets now.
Jay Z's Budweiser Made in America Festival is returning to Philly with another two days of nonstop musical performances by an epic lineup of artists. Anchored on the east coast in Philadelphia, and the west coast in L.A., the entire country has been buzzing with anticipation, waiting for Mr. Carter and crew to announce this year's MIA lineup.
And, we're happy to tell you the wait is finally over!
Made in America has just released the 2014 roster of artists via Twitter, and of course Philly 360° is bringing you the news first. Highlights for this year include, writer of hit-song "Happy" Pharrell, reigning hip-hop mogul Kanye West, classic rap throwback group De La Soul, and hit-making artist J. Cole, just to name a few. You can check out the full lineup below.
Digital brand master and lifestyle blogger Marcus Troy has more than earned his title as an international tastemaker. Based in Montreal, Canada, but with a reach that spans the globe, Troy shares his thoughts on fashion, footwear, travel, music and gadgets through a curated digital experience — and when Marcus speaks, people definitely listen.
Always on the lookout for what's next, Troy landed in our city to speak during a Philly Tech Week event presented by Philly-based creative agency Culture Snobs. Prior to the big event, Philly 360° followed along as Marcus stopped through a few of our favorite retail locations to check out Philly's ever-evolving fashion and shopping scenes.
On his itinerary for the day was the massive, almost museum-like home-design hub Material Culture in East Falls, and two of the city's newer, South Street-based menswear boutiques, Totem and Armour. In addition to getting Troy's insights on each of these shops, we captured exclusive footage of him talking Philly music with hit-producer and Reebok brand ambassador Dilemma.
So, check out the below video for an inside look at Marcus Troy doing it up big in Philly. Make sure to follow him online via social for his latest finds, and definitely keep up with Culture Snobs as they continue to make big moves in Philly, and beyond.
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