Your guide to Philly's diverse creative scene, nightlife, music, food & more
Aaron Camper’s early memories of the Philly music scene came from being an eager, talented 18 year-old roaming the halls of Larry Gold’s “The Studio,” — now Milk Boy The Studio — when the collective energy of artists like The Roots, Bilal, Musiq Soulchild and Jill Scott were just beginning to bubble over into mainstream music. Camper recalls seeing all of these artists pushing the limits of soul and R&B music, as well as their own sounds to the next level. Turns out, Camper was right at home amongst these musical giants.
Since those days, Camper has gone on to tour the world alongside of many of music’s biggest stars, including Chris Brown, Jill Scott and Justin Timberlake. Now, the world is about to find out that the voice behind these powerhouse artists is a star in the making as well.
Not only is Camper a talented vocalist and performer, but he's also creative and sought-after songwriter. He's composed songs with artists like Dirty Money and Jason Nelson, and even pens many of his own records.
In 2011, Camper made a bold step and dropped his mixtape Welcome to My World with friend and business partner, highly-acclaimed musical director, Adam Blackstone. The mixtape was released under Blackstone’s label, BASSic Black Entertainment (BBE) and garnered its own buzz as Camper traveled performing shows between his background gigs with major headliners. The project showcased his songwriting and eclectic musical taste which ranges from The Winans to Phil Collins.
If you've seen Aaron live then you know that something special happens when he steps on stage, whether he's the forefront or holding it down on background. His voice is full of emotion and his live set is fun and always tells a story. He takes you back to your 90s hip-hop favorites and transitions seamlessly into his songs like “Breaking My Heart” and “Madness.”
Philly 360° caught up with Camper while on break from touring with Justin Timberlake's 20/20 Experience World Music Tour. We followed along as Aaron performed alongside of powerhouse lineup that included Eric Roberson, She Is Phoenix, Astronauts Really Fly and Kontraband 215 for the hit music showcase Aaron Camper & Friends. Check out our recap here.
This Maryland native and adopted Philadelphian has deep Philly ties and continues to remain connected to the Philly music scene — even if he just drops in town for a few weeks between tour dates. Aaron recently collaborated with West Philly emcee Chill Moody for their song “So in Love” and is currently cooking up some goodness with music producers Dilemma and JoeLogic. We're pretty sure that there will be some new music coming from the Aaron's camp very soon.
A genuine spirit and incredibly talented artists, it's time everyone in Philly, and beyond, gets to know Aaron Camper. Take a look at our exclusive video below.
This weekend, you can get a inside look of Philly's diverse and vibrant jazz scene, as The Barnes Foundation returns with another fresh First Friday lineup.
Located along Philly's world famous Benjamin Franklin Parkway, The Barnes is best known for its impressive collection of art, which includes 181 Renoirs, 69 Cézannes (more than all the museums in Paris) and 59 Matisses, along with works by Manet, Van Gogh, Degas, and Picasso. In addition to works by these well-known artists, the collection also includes an amazing selection of African Art, period furniture and antique brassware—all painstakingly curated over six decades ago by the museum's founder Dr. Albert C. Barnes.
So, to close our April's Jazz Month festivities and bring in May in style, The Barnes has pulled together a dynamic lineup of Philly jazz artists for an epic jam session. Featured musicians and artists include Joanna Pascale, Denise King, Victor North, Bobby Zankel, Larry McKenna, Alfie Pollitt, Diane Monroe, Byron Landham, Tom Lawton, V. Shayne Frederick and Tony Miceli.
With an uncomparable collection of art, and an amazing line-up of artists ready to throw down in the name of Philly jazz—First Friday at The Barnes Foundation is a must-hit event for this upcoming weekend. Be sure to make your reservation today.
Beano, one of Philly's most beloved vocalists recently dropped a remix to the highly popular “Or Nah,” originally done by Ty Dollar $ign and Wiz Khalifa. A slight change in pace from Beano’s original music, the track is full of Philly swag, which is why it landed on the Philly 360° playlist this week. Listen to the track here.
We last saw Beano performing alongside hip-hop artist Chill Moody on records like “Inspired” and “What’s for Breakfast.” But now, Beano is in the beginning stages of stepping out on his own.
Most recently, Beano was a part of the Who Do You Love … More? project, which dropped on Valentine’s Day with Chill Moody and producer Hank McCoy. The trio added new songs to their original project which dropped last year to much acclaim. The project gave fans a little taste of what a whole project of Beano’s soulful Philly vocals would feel like.
For now, Beano is diligently working on his long-awaited solo debut album. Though we have seen him rock stages from the Hard Rock Cafe to World Cafe Live, fans have been anxiously awaiting new material and it seems that the wait won’t be much longer.
Hailing from a musical family, Beano’s talent is no surprise. His sister Frenchie is also an extremely gifted vocalist and dancer, who is making moves in her own right. Both of these artists are staking their claim in the local music industry and beyond.
We definitely encourage you to keep an eye out for Beano’s upcoming releases. And, stay tuned into Philly 360°, because we'll be the first to let you know where you can catch Beano live and on stage.
In the meantime, take a listen to Beano's collab with Chill Moody below, and watch Philly 360°'s exclusive recap of Who Do you Love... More?
The city's new reigning queen of style Dominique "Dom" Streater is steadily building her fashion design empire —right here in Philadelphia
A West Philadelphia native and Moore College of Art and Design graduate, the young fashion designer has already made a national name for herself as the winner of Project Runway Season 12.
Known for her use of vivid colors and graphic prints with contemporary cuts, Streater took home the big Project Runway win thanks to her clear design vision and expert execution.
Streater recently debuted her first collection at New York Fashion Week and Philly Fashion Week, and now she’s continuing to develop her signature bold aesthetic with the launch of a spring 2014 capsule collection.
Designed in her studio, which is just blocks away from South Street, the new collection includes pieces that are merely perfect for a bright spring wardrobe update
Dom's latest collection will be available online, and during today's exclusive Philadelphia-only release party at Knit Wit on Chestnut Street. The Dom Streater Spring 2014 Capsule Collection launches with a sip-and-shop mixer from 6 to 8 p.m.
A version of this post originally appeared on Uwishunu.com, here.
Philly Tech Week took it to another level this year — the events we wanted to hit up seemed literally seemed endless. For our last PTW recap, we checked out Femme & Fortune, a local Philadelphia-based, women’s online magazine, as they hosted their event, “From Passion to Business,” at posh Center City mall, The Shops at Liberty Place. It was an open panel discussion and Q&A with three local female entrepreneurs who discussed the struggles and successes of being female business owners.
After the crowd mixed, mingled and enjoyed some appetizers courtesy of the Midtown upscale restaurant Davio’s — including their signature Philly cheesesteak spring rolls.
Moderators Melissa Alam and Celestine Fabros, co-founders of Femme & Fortune, introduced the panelists. They started things off with a show of hands as to who was there to start a business and who was there to get convinced to start a business, getting the crowd revved up for the talk.
As the Q&A got going, the panelists were asked different questions about client and task management, experience prior to getting into their industries, favorite and least favorite hats to wear as an entrepreneur running the show and lessons learned in the startup phase. All ladies agreed that taking a leap of faith to start their business ventures was a necessary first step and, “bringing something to our [the panelists] category that wasn’t there,” said Mak.
Each provided wisdom, advice, frustrations and lessons learned from owning their businesses. The crowd too, was inspired to ask the panelists a lot of questions about the inns and outs of their businesses during the Q&A, igniting a real dialogue on female entrepreneurship.
After the talk ended with a round of applause, the crowd lingered to chat with fellow budding entrepreneurs andd the expert panelists.
Alam and Fabros also used the event to kick start an upcoming women’s leadership conference, FemmeCon, put on again by Femme & Fortune and co-hosted by At Media. The conference will take place in June, focusing on helping female leaders empower and learn from one another to shape the future. Stay tuned for more info.
Insider Tip: You can sign up for updates on FemmeCon and learn more here.
300 million albums sold. 36 GRAMMYS. 16 Cities. 1 tour.
Breaking: Bey and Jay are on the run! Powerhouse music couple Beyoncé and Jay Z just announced that they are hitting the road together for a 16-city summer stadium tour. And, yes — they're stopping through Philly. On Saturday, July 5, The Carters land at Citizen Bank Park with the most epic music tour in the history of ever.
As artists with both broad reach and big hearts, the duo will partner with #BeyGOOD to donate a portion of the tour's proceeds to the Shawn Carter Foundation, which was started by Jay Z to help individuals facing socio-economic hardships to further their education at institutions of higher learning. #winning
Ready to buy your tickets now? Well, here are the deets.
Members of Beyoncé's Fan Club will have access to pre-sale tickets beginning Tuesday, April 29 at 8 a.m. local time. For details visit beyonce.com/tour.
Tickets for On The Run Tour: Beyoncé & Jay Z in Philadelphia go on sale to the general public on Friday, May 2 at 10am. Click here to purchase.
Insider Tip: The On The Run Tour hits Philly during 4th of July festivities, which is always a HUGE music weekend for the city. Stay tuned in to Philly 360° for more info on how to do The 4th in Philadelphia. For now, grab tickets when they go on sale and book a room.
The theme for this edition is ‘Music and Muses’ so come ready in your swankiest spring attire and enjoy this specially curated night of music and art. Both visual art and music were personal muses of Barnes founder Dr. Albert Barnes loved and inspired him to create one of the world’s most stunning art collections.
Discover what inspires you and find your own muse as you check out this distinct art collection while mixing and mingling with over 700 other young, next-gen industry leaders and art lovers. Contemporaries members can get in early for the VIP reception from 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Throughout the night, Philly-based DJ Serop Buldukyan will be spinning tracks and keeping the vibe fresh with 70s and 80s disco funk. Following this up, the Enon Tabernacle Mass Choir will be carrying the night on with a powerful gospel performance.
Don’t miss your chance to dress in style, sip cocktails, shake it to the music, enjoy exclusive after-hours collection access, and meet other young industry leaders!
The Recording Academy® Philadelphia and New York chapters are teaming up to present one dynamic music event that takes place in two cities! On Thursday, May 9 in New York and Friday, May 10 in Philadelphia, GRAMMY futureNOW will bring together the industry's top artists, songwriters and executives to talk about the current state and the future of the music industry.
GRAMMY futureNOW is an awesome opportunity for both the aspiring music professional and the industry vet — or anyone who may be looking to refresh in an ever changing industry. Here in Philadelphia, there is an exciting afternoon line-up featuring GRAMMY-nominated songwriters Ivan Barias and Pop Wansel, GRAMMY-winner James Fauntleroy, founder of Famehouse Michael Fiebach, co-president of Atom Factory J. Erving, and a keynote speech by founder and CEO of KWL Enterprises, Kevin Liles. The day will be hosted by Hot 107.9 radio personality, Q Deezy.
With three afternoon sessions and a reception to end the day, GRAMMY futureNOW is tackling some of the biggest buzzing topics in music business, from branding and marketing to the creative songwriting process. Right here in our own backyard, we have a music conference packed full of information and insights from music’s biggest players.
Members of The Recording Academy receive discounted admission. Early bird pricing for both members and non-members is available and ends on 4/29! This is going to be an afternoon you won’t want to miss.
12 p.m. Check-in
12:45 p.m. Welcome & Introduction
1 - 2 p.m. Looking Forward: Changing the Artist | Keynote: Kevin Liles
2 – 2:50 p.m. 500 fans- 5 million fans: launching a new release
Moderator: Reggie Ugwu (Billboard Magazine)
Panelists: Michael Fiebach (Famehouse), Mic Fox (Vevo), Riggs Morales (Atlantic Records)
3 – 3:50 p.m. Big Brands, Big Tours- building a global fan base
Moderator: Brandon Pankey (SEFG)
Panelists: Sarah Cunningham (Chamber Group), J Erving (Atom Factory), Jeremy Holgerson (Agency Group), Eric Shipon (Red Light Management)
4 – 5 p.m. A Conversation on Songwriting
Moderator: Ivan Barias (Karma Productions)
Panelists: James Fauntleroy (Beyoncé, Justin Timberlake), James Poyser (The Roots, Erykah Badu), Pop Wansel (Elle Varner, Alicia Keys)
All roads lead to University City this weekend, as The Penn Relays, a three-day track-and-field celebration returns for another round of seriously competitive track and field action.
Watch accomplished athletes take on competitors from across the globe in games like the pole vault, long jump, high jump, javelin, 400 meter dashes, 100 meter sprints and more all day long beginning tomorrow, April 24.
Now in its 120th year — the world’s first and largest annual relay meet — this event pulls in crowds of up to 100,000 to the University of Pennsylvania’s Franklin Field, where sports-lovers of all ages gather to see some of the world’s top track athletes compete and begin Olympic careers. And, in addition to the athletes, the fans also hail from all over the country and the world.
This signature Philly-event, also includes an accompanying festival that lasts all three days of the event with food, crafts and souvenirs. This is definitely a must-hit event for the spring check it out.
Insider's Tip: The main day of the Penn Relays is Saturday when the USA vs. The World races kick off in the afternoon.
Each and every Sunday, The R&B Collective brings a new, hot music lineup to popular soul food restaurant and live waterfront music venue, Warmdaddy’s. This time around they teamed up Philly-based entertainment personality Moshay LaRen to present an exciting evening of music with special guest, Eric Roberson!
If you've ever stopped through Warmdaddy’s on a Sunday night, then you already know two things. First, you know that you'll smell the irrestible aroma of cornbread, catfish, mac and cheese and other southern delectables wafting in the air. Secondly, you know that you'll hear some of the best music Philly has to offer. And next month, you are in for a extra special treat.
Eric Roberson is a two-time GRAMMY-nominated artist and a trail blazer in the indie music scene. Growing up singing in hurch, Roberson decided to pursue music after graduating from college. Roberson eventually found himself signed to a publishing deal with EMI Publishing and was in the midst of the talented writers and producers that came out of DJ Jazzy Jeff’s Touch of Jazz camp. His songwriting skills landed him records with artists like Musiq Soulchild, Jill Scott, Will Smith, Vivian Green and many more.
In 2001, Eric decided to step out on his own. With the help of his parents and team, he started his label B.L.U.E. Erro Soul — and it’s been onward and upward since. From charting on Billboard to being the first indie artist nominated for a BET Award in 2007, Roberson has a lot to be proud of. He's sold over 80,000 CDs independently, thousands of digital downloads and continues to tour and build fans internationally. And, his next stop is Philly!
Come out for some great food and a very special evening! Roberson’s live performances are full of love songs, creativity and even a little humor. An exceptional artist and songwriter, we’re sure you will enjoy.
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