Your guide to Philly's diverse creative scene, nightlife, music, food & more
Insider Fact: We took DJ Jazzy Jeff to the spot where he and Will filmed "Summertime" - Belmont Plateau. It was the first time he had been there in 12 years.
Make Music Philly will take place tomorrow, June 21, the first day of summer and the longest day of the year. Philadelphia will join 500 other cities by taking part in La Fetes de la Musique which started in France in 1982. Once celebrated in the US it became the International Day of Music. The day will feature between 75-100 free concerts from 8am-8pm by performers of all ages, style, and genre.
Spear headed by WXPN, the City of Philadelphia, and a list too long to include of cultural organizations, this celebration of music will be one of the largest the city has ever seen. You will pretty much be able to hear music anywhere you go on Friday!
Across the city in venues like the Kimmel Center, Settlement Music School, Hard Rock Cafe and many more will give performers the opportunity to showcase their talent. The mission of Make Music Philly is to involve as many organizations, businesses, individuals and neighborhoods as possible in the cross cultural event.
Venues, performers, and volunteers all registered through the Make Music Philly website in order to participate and the best part is everything is FREE!
Attendees can also narrow down their choices with a great event map on the site with filters that include genre, artist, etc. to pinpoint exactly where the shows are that you want to see.
For more information you can visit: makemusicphilly.org or take a look at the video below!
Tomorrow, June 20, all roads lead to the refined Race Street Pier for Third Thursdays Live and Local (#TTLL). This brand new summer series is being hosted by The Delaware River Waterfront Corporation. In conjunction with a committee of promoters, producers and artists in the city, they put together this free event that will highlight Philadelphia talent.
There will be a total of four installments of TTLL this season on the third Thursday of each month, and the lineup boasts a diverse roster of musicians. The project developers wanted to focus on showcasing wide array of talent across the city across genre. Each show will feature both established and up and coming acts from the city.
This Thursday, attendees will get to experience the great musical styling of Jade Alston, D'Vina, Lushlife, headliner Dice Raw and DJ Benz.
The new Race Street Pier, formally known as Pier 11, will also provide the crowd with an amazing view of the river. Following the performances the party can easily continue based on the pier's proximity to Old City.
Great music and a night on the river, pretty much a no brainer here! Check out the details below and you can keep up with the bills for July, August and September by visiting this link: TTLL
Race Street Pier
Columbus Boulevard at Race Street
I love creative people who take pride in staying busy. And this man does just that. Visual artist Ivben Taqiy can be seen all over social media knocking out piece after piece of amazing, vibrant portrait artwork for his own exhibits and for clients. He’s been known to do multiple paintings at a time with ease, showing the process on his social media pages. But don’t get too comfortable, he can switch it up and create bold, graphic works as well.
In recent years, he’s branched out painting on everything from t-shirts to sneakers, the human body and now, murals. He recently finished a full wall of his artwork in the dressing room at the Status Shop at 321 South Street. Status is a street wear and music boutique where you can find local and national brands with everything from cool t-shirts, to funky socks and hats and now – Ivben’s art. Stop by and try something on just so you can check out his work!
Insider Tip: Follow Ivben on Instagram to see his artistic journey from day to day. It will inspire you!
The coveted XXL Freshman Cover has been the hip-hop industry's ear to the street year after year and their taking the show on the road! Big K.R.I.T, Joey Bada$$, and Action Bronson, all XXL Freshman Cover alumnus will perform live at the Trocadero on June 20th.
Once again, we are giving you the opportunity to win tickets to see these three lyrical emcees rip down the Trocadero stage. This is a show you won't want to miss if you are a true fan of hiphop.
Philly 360º and The Recording Academy® Philadelphia Chapter got together for brunch with many of Philadelphia's rising music stars following the sold out Roots Picnic.
The Roots Picnic kicks off the summer and is the perfect opportunity to round up all of Philly's top talent when they are finally at home and not on the road performing.
Though tired from the all day festivities of the picnic and after party, Philly 360º Ambassador Brandon Pankey kicked off the afternoon introducing Philadelphia Chapter President and fellow Creative Ambassador Ivan Barias. Barias gave inspiring remarks about the thriving Philadelphia music scene and how impressive it is that industry professionals continue to stay in the Philly market even after “making it big.”
We had the opportunity to catch up with Carvin Haggins, Bria Marie, Dilemma, MPrynt, Asia Sparks and many more.
Take a look at the video below!
The Roots’ camp is bringing you not one, but two days packed with events to celebrate Independence Day in Philly. To kick off the celebration, the Philly Fourth of July Jam two-day festival will feature a full day and night of music, fashion and good times on Wednesday, July 3, followed by The Roots' annual concert on Thursday, July 4.
Wednesday, July 3
The Piazza, Northern Liberties
1050 N. Hancock Street
Open to the public
First up on July 3 will be “The City”, which will take place from 2-9 p.m at The Piazza in Northern Liberties. This event is free and open to the public. The Piazza will be transformed into a mini version of Philly, with multiple neighborhoods set up and represented throughout the space.
Hosted by Hot 107.9 radio personality and Fox 29 Entertainment correspondent Q-Deezy, "The City" will bring you a free concert with a diverse lineup of musical performances happening throughout the day and night, including Interscope Records’ Cody Wise, Modern Inventors and headliner GoGo Morrow. (Full lineup below.) “The City” will also include a runway showcase in between sets, curated by Philly Fashion Week highlighting designers of apparel and accessories from all over the country.
“The City” Lineup
Leaf Walker (aka Khadafi Dub)
Speaker of the House
Wednesday, July 3
334 South Street
Following "The CIty", you can head over to the TLA to catch a special “Brothers in Arms” performance with GRAMMY-winning artists Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson of The Roots and D’Angelo. Doors open at 10:30 p.m. and attendees will definitely be in for a treat!
“Featuring the incredible vocal and piano abilities of D’Angelo and the backing of the one of the best musicians in the world today, Questlove, “Brothers in Arms” will take listeners on a sonic experience unlike anything they have ever seen or heard in the past.”
Wednesday, July 3
Thru 3:30 a.m.
1221 Saint James Street
The July 3 Philly Fourth of July Jam events will commence with Philly Sound Konnoisseurs (PSK), a hot international DJ event that no doubt turns up into the wee hours of the morning. Sponsored by Heineken, this year’s lineup of DJs will be announced soon so stay tuned. However, past DJs have included Diplo, J Rocc, DJ Jazzy Jeff, DJ Drama, Rich Medina and DJ PHSH. PSK is taking place at Voyeur. You won’t want to miss it!
Looks like Philadelphia is the only place to be for Fourth of July week. We’ll see you there! To see the full lineup for The Roots' Fourth of July Jam on the Parkway, click here.
Here's another one for the Philly film-buffs out there. This Wednesday, the fine art vibe of the Philadelphia Museum of Art is going get a funky infusion of AFROPUNK, as director Terence Nance premieres his three-party documentary series, The Triptych.
Nance's film profiles the life and work of three cutting-edge contemporary artists of African descent, including Wangechi Mutu, Sanford Biggers, and Barron Claiborne. After the film screening, the audience will get up-close-and-personal with its stars, as Nance, Biggers, Claiborne and Philly 360° Creative Ambassador Maori Holmes sit down for an intimate panel discussion about the film and their perspectives on black art.
This event falls on one of PMA's famous Pay-What-You-Wish Wednesdays, and the museum will stay open until 8:45 p.m. But, don't worry, the party definitely won't stop there. Mama's Gun, a new monthly music showcase from the Philly Rockers Collective will host the official The Triptych after-party at Philly jazz & blues lounge Ortlieb's.
So, from fine art and film at PMA to the rockin' afterparty at Ortlieb's, this Philly AFROPUNK explosion is definitely a can't-miss event. We'll see you there!
Wednesday, June 12
Screening starts at 6 p.m.
Panel Discussion 7:30 p.m.
Philadelphia Museum of Art
2600 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy
Wednesday, June 12
847 N. 3rd Street
Philly 360° Insider Tip: Did you know The Triptych director Terence Nance has another film screening here in Philly? Check out this Philly 360º post for the latest scoop on Nance's premiere of An Over Simplification of Her Beauty!
Flint, Michigan born, Philly raised, and heading for super stardom, Gilbere Forte released his highly anticipated Pray EP on May 15th.
Newly signed to Epic Records, it has been a long road for Forte. Making his name across the city, making the transition from a producer to emcee, Forte has carved a lane for himself, with stunning visuals and gritty lyrics.
The project was produced by Raak and shows growth from the 87 Dreams Forte, we first got to know. Forte teamed up with Raak at Temple University, this took his music to new heights.
Forte’s growth in life, love, and trials is evident in this new project. He evokes raw emotion in tracks like “Nolita” and “Fall for Nothing.”
Though a somewhat dark tone to the production, I would say that things are hopeful and bright for the young star. Looking forward to what comes next!
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