Your guide to Philly's diverse creative scene, nightlife, music, food & more
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!
Philly, an almost magical piece of black cinema has landed in our backyard, and trust us—it's a must see film! Boasting an impressive list of executive producers, including Jay-Z, Dream Hampton, and Wyatt Cenac, director Terence Nance’s mesmerizingly gorgeous debut feature An Oversimplification of Her Beauty opens in Philly this weekend at the Ritz at The Bourse.
Exploding with moving and stunning imagery, Nance's film explores the grey areas between lover and friend, through the eyes of Terence (played by Nance) and his female bestfriend (played by Namik Minter), as their relationship teeters between platonic and romantic. Add in the other external relationships both characters bring to the table, and you're left with a complicated, but beautiful and totally relatable story that will leave moviegoers testifying to its undeniable truth.
Throughout the film, Nance incorporates an unbelieveable kaleidoscope of imagery, including dazzling (and sometime dizzying) segments of hand-drawn and stop-motion animation, which heighten the sense of magic and surrealism that Oversimplification captures so effortlessly.
The film opens here this Friday, and Philly is definitely rolling out the red carpet for this one. There are special screenings on Saturday and Sunday of the opening weekend that will feature post screening Q&A's with the film's director Terrence Nance and a few notable Philly film buffs. So, definitely get out to see this fantastic work of black cinema! And, make sure you bring a friend, and tell three more.
Also, keep your eye on director Terrence Nance—we're pretty sure we'll be seeing a lot more from this rising cinematic visionary real soon!
Friday, June 7 - Thursday, June 20
Click here for showtimes
Ritz at the Bourse
4th and Walnut
Saturday, June 8 - 4:10 p.m. screening will be followed by a Q&A with director Terence Nance, moderated by Yaba Blay
Saturday, June 8 - 7:20 p.m. screening will be followed by a Q&A with director Terence Nance, moderated by Shantrelle P. Lewis
Sunday, June 9 - 4:10 p.m. screening will be followed by a Q&A with director Terence Nance
Before taking the stage, Roots Picnic headliners and hip-hop legends Naughty By Nature met up with Charlie Mack and Philly 360° to discuss their love for Philadelphia and dish some advice to a young, up and coming MC.
The interview provides the rare opportunity to see all three members of the group together off-stage, as the trio has recently experienced a bit of turmoil beinhd the scenes that eventually spilled onto social media a few weeks ago. However, the gang was all smiles while speaking with Philly's big brother Charlie Mack, and while rocking the stage with The Roots later in the evening.
Shou out to Hot 107.9's Laiya St.Clair for helping make this happen!
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For more highlights from the 6th Annual Roots Picnic, check out our recap post and video rewind.
Black Music Month returns, and it’s exploding with all of the sizzlin’ sounds of Philly. As the birthplace of this national celebration and home to some of the world’s top songwriters, producers and musicians, Philadelphia is the place to get your music fix. June is packed with serious talent and music, starting with The Roots Picnic’s all-star lineup and after party. But you know it doesn’t stop there! R&B diva Tamia shows her Philly fans some love, and soul-music masterminds Kenny Gamble, Leon Huff and other hit-making Philadelphians reveal the true stories behind writing their award-winning songs at How I Wrote That Song. Come jam to the Philly sound for a Black Music Month experience you won’t forget.
The Official Roots Picnic After Party - Saturday, June 1
In Philly, the party never stops—especially after The Roots Picnic. Heineken hosts the official after party for this classic Philly music festival at Underground Arts. Questlove, DJ PHSH and friends will be spinning, so you know that this is one party that will stay jumpin’ all night long.
How I Wrote That Song - Saturday, June 8
Ever wonder what inspired your favorite hit songs? Well, get the full scoop as Dyana Williams, Kenny Gamble, Pop Wansel and other hit-making songwriters tell all during this special Black Music Month showcase live on the Sigma Sound Stage.
Odunde Festival - Sunday, June 9
Odunde! You’ll hear this celebratory shout echo along South Street on June 9. The largest African-American street festival on the East Coast explodes on the scene with all of the color, sounds and flavor of the African New Year.
Tamia - Thursday, June 13
In case you haven’t heard, R&B sensation Tamia is hitting the stage for a special night of music at the TLA. She’ll be joined by rising singer/songwriter Aaron Camper for an unbelievable night of feel-good R&B music. You’ll definitely want to be front and center for this one.
Sittin’ In: JUMP N FUNK LIVE - Friday, June 21
This one is for Philly party people that aren’t afraid to break a sweat on the dance floor. Sittin’ In, the Kimmel Center’s popular (and free) monthly music showcase, returns for a very special edition featuring DJ Rich Medina’s JUMP N FUNK. Catch all of the afrobeat dopeness, as Philly’s famous Avenue of the Arts explodes with an eclectic mix of vinyl and live instrumentation.
Guess who’s on Instagram? We’re launching our Instagram account during The Roots Picnic. Get a firsthand look at performances, backstage and the crowd experience. #thingsyoushoulddo #followus @Philly360
On June 1, the hottest music event of the year returns, and we’re hooking you up with our guide for everything that’s going down Roots Picnic weekend. Check out our guide to this classic Philly music fest.
Calling all foodies: The neighborhood-hopping food festival Night Market is back with more culinary treats and local flavors. Tacos, ’tots, curries and more—come hungry to this fun Philly street fair. The next one hits West Oak Lane on June 20.
Dyana Williams On Black Music Month
Check out our exclusive interview with Philly 360˚ Creative Ambassador Dyana Williams, who gives us the inside story on how Black Music Month got its start right here in Philly. Watch the video here.
The Roots delivered another epic weekend for Philadelphia. It started off on Friday with their mural dedication down on South Street, and followed up with their 6th Annual Roots Picnic on Saturday.
The sun wasn't the only thing that brought the heat on Saturday. The Roots and their hand-picked lineup took over Festival Pier at Penn's Landing.
We were there all day with Laiya St.Clair of Hot 107.9, and not only was she bringing you exclusives for the videos (watch below), but she helped make some history. She got Philly's Big Brother AKA Charlie Mack to stop through our Philly 360° Twenty Grand Lounge with hip-hop legends Naughty By Nature. Charlie actually interviewed Naughty By Nature - video coming in a few.
Laiya also grabbed Robert Glasper and Marsha Ambrosius for an interview. When Marsha mentioned that she had never actually performed at the Picnic, Laiya made some magic happen, and next thing you know, Marsha was making a special guest appearance during The Roots and Naughty By Nature's set. And did we mention Philly's own Meek Mill surprised everyone when he also touched the stage Saturday night as well?
We were also camped out in the tent near the second stage. If you came through, then you saw that we had Stacey Flygirrl Wilson do a painting that served as our backdrop for a photo booth.
Some other highlights: Solange's water fight backstage; Macklemore, Joey Bada$$, A-trak, Hit-Boy and Gas Lamp Killers killing it on stage; Trinidad Jame$ shooting some b-ball backstage; and more. Watch the video below to see what we caught all day and night at the Picnic. And, check out our Instagram for more behind the scenes photos of the Picnic.
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