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Philly 360° Rewind: Eagles Player Brad Smith Takes Over The Red Carpet For Philly Fashion Week

  • Posted By: Jared Michael Lowe
  • March 21, 2014
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If there’s one thing that Philly has besides cheesesteaks, good music and a booming creative scene—it's style! And there's no better way to witness classic Philly style at its best than stepping out during Philly Fashion Week

Last month, Philly 360° followed along as Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver and stylish man-about-town Brad Smith hit the red carpet before the Lux Menswear Runway Show at the Ritz-Carlton. Some of Philly's top designers, stylists and entertainment personalities came out wearing their very best to check out the latest fashions coming from local menswear designers

Featured Philly Fashion Week designers included Kevyn Michael, Cory Couture, Suede Square, Lillie Designs, as well as a host of others. Project Runway Season 12 Winner and Philadelphia native Dom Streater even presented her latest collection during the week-long fashion explosion. Be on the lookout for an exclusive Philly 360° in-studio interview with Dom. #comingsoon 


Watch our official recap video of NFL Eagles player Brad Smith on the red carpet for Philadelphia Fashion Week.  

 

2 Good To Be T.R.U. Tour Featuring 2 Chainz, Pusha T & August Alsina Lands In Philly - Saturday, March 22

  • Posted By: Ashley Coleman
  • March 20, 2014
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I first experienced a 2 Chainz performance at Jay-Z's Made in America festival this past summer. Let’s just say—it was most definitely live! The energy in the crowd was high and fans rapped along to every lyric. And this weekend, he’s coming back and performing at the Tower Theater in West Philadelphia. 

The 2 Good to be T.R.U. Tour is making a stop here on Saturday, March 22! Alongside 2 Chainz will be Def Jam recording artist August Alsina and G.O.O.D. Music’s Pusha T.

Alsina has garnered millions of views on YouTube, covering songs from artists like Life Jennings and Philly’s own Musiq Soulchild. The second installment of his mixtapes series The Product includes a hit single featuring both Trey Songz and Chris Brown on the remix.

Pusha T formerly of the rap duo The Clipse most recently released his long awaited solo album My Name is My Name. The album made SPIN’s 50 Best Albums of 2013 and featured heavy production from G.O.O.D. Music leader,  Kanye West.

2 Chainz personifies “overnight” success and is all but a household name at this point. He got his first taste of the limelight with his group Playaz Circle in 2007. Their hit “Duffle Bag Boy” featuring Lil’ Wayne took off and gave 2 Chainz the launch he needed to go solo.

Moving on from Disturbing the Peace (DTP), the label of Ludacris and switching up his name, 2 Chainz found his way back to Def Jam and finds himself a platinum selling and  GRAMMY-nominated artist. From features on big records like “Mercy” to his debut album Based on a T.R.U. Story going number 1 in the country, 2 Chainz has surely pulled ahead of much of the competition.  

Make sure you  grab your ticket now—will be a show you won’t want to miss!


2 Good to be T.R.U. Tour – 2 Chainz
When: Saturday, March 22, 8 PM
Where: Tower Theater, 69th and Ludlow, Upper Darby, PA
Cost: $42-$58
More Info: http://concerts.livenation.com/event/02004B84D90197B3


Mont Brown Hosts Celebrity Basketball Game With Ivan Barias, Chill Moody, Beano, MPrynt, Dilemma, Curran J & More - Friday, March 21

  • Posted By: Ashley Coleman
  • March 19, 2014
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    • Philly 360˚ Exclusive: MPrynt
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Game on. This Friday, Mont Brown and Astronauts Really Fly (A.R.F.), John Bartram High School and The Moon Men Project will all join forces to host a Phily-themed celebrity basketball game benefitting some deserving students.  

Brown is not only known for creating an eclectic mix of music with his band A.R.F., but he's also known around town for hosting various charity events to help support the community. Brown was also the genius behind the Stop the Violence Kickback Block Party last summer presented alongside urban fashion store Villa.

This basketball game is a fun opportunity to bring out many of Philadelphia’s finest talent to have a good time and a bit of friendly competition while raising money for a great cause. Proceeds from the game will be used toward Bartram’s sports programs and new uniforms.

The lineup is packed full of familiar names including West Philly emcee Chill Moody, GRAMMY-nominated producer Ivan Barias, powerhouse vocalist Beano, recording artist Gillie Da Kid, Motown crooners MPrynt, Hot 107.9 on-air personality Kyle at the Club, music producer and Reebok brand ambassador Dilemma, Kings Rule Together founder Curran J—and many more!

Make sure you come out and support this initiative as this directly impacts students in the area!


Mont Brown's Celebrity Basketball Game
When: Friday, March 21, 2-5 pm
Where: John Bartram High School, 2401 S. 67th Street
Cost: $5
More Info: Stay tuned for the Phily 360° recap video! 


Philly 360° Playlist: Khari Mateen Releases "Full Moon" Recorded Live At Chris' Jazz Cafe

  • Posted By: Ashley Coleman
  • March 18, 2014
    • Khari Mateen performing at Chris' Jazz Cafe
      • Khari Mateen performing at Chris' Jazz Cafe
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This week’s playlist comes from a familiar face in the Philly music scene—songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist, Khari Mateen. Most recently, Mateen released a live performance video of his song “Full Moon,” recorded during a performance at popular Center City music spot Chris’ Jazz Café.

Not only is the track a great listen but catching one of Khari's one-man shows is definitely a sight to see. Khari not only sings and incorporates innovative electronics into his live set, the versatile performer even breaks into a cello solo mid-song.

The original “Full Moon” track features Philly based emcee Sugar Tongue Slimmore simply known as STS. The smooth track easily gets your head nodding and STS’ southern drawl and bounce is the perfect addition. It’s sultry without dragging and makes you want to listen back a couple times to hear all the nuances of the production and lyrics.

As a producer Mateen has worked alongside of popular Philly artists including The Roots, and has even collaborated with Jill Scott, Tye Tribbett, James Poyser and more. Getting an early start lending his talent to former group Nouveau Riche alongside Philly-based singer/songwriter Nikki Jean and The Roots' rap prodigy Dice Raw, Mateen now captivates audiences all on his own. He has performed his latest solo music on the road with acts like fellow Philly musician and producer, RJD2 and Cody Simpson.

Mateen epitomizes a generation that does it all—and does it well. From being a classically trained cellist to a mastermind producer and vocalists, Khari is well respected on the Philly music scene as an artists who approaches his crafts with precision and excellence.  

There is definitely something soulful and classic, yet still fresh, pop and new in each and every one of his tracks. Take a listen to “Full Moon” below and make certain to check out his latest body of work Qualia: Fall.

   

Check out Khari Mateen performing "Full Moon" live at Chris' Jazz Cafe in Center City.  


American Dreaming Presents: Designer Brittany DeShields Talks Fashion & Focus

  • Posted By: Shahida Muhammad
  • March 15, 2014
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Brittany DeShields is about her business. The self-taught seamstress has made waves in the fashion world since she debuted her line of ready wear dresses B. Des in 2008 and later released the Brittany DeShields Collection. Since then, Brittany has distinguished herself as a designer with a winning entrepreneurial spirit and outlook.

“Can I call you back in five minutes, when I get to my hotel room. It might be better,” DeShields requests as she arrived to her hotel. She was in town for a fashion conference known as the Stitch Factory. DeShields was born and raised in Philadelphia, and her choice to think big has gained support and notoriety for her line throughout the country and even from international markets such as the UK.

“I started in high school, designing shirts and dresses for myself. I used to cut up different shirts and turn them into dresses,” shares Brittany. “At first it was a hobby, then I started to master my skill. I didn’t imagine having a whole company and making this my career.”

B. Des is described as a line for the “sexy, intelligent and strong-minded woman who loves to showcase her inner uniqueness” and Brittany wants her customers to feel great each time they put on one of her dresses.

“I remember playing around in my room as a teen, dressing up, having fun and feeling good. That stuck with me. I try to provide that experience when a woman puts on a dress and feels special.”

To date, Brittany’s dresses have been sold online and select boutiques and stores across the country. Her designs have also been seen on celebrities such as Rosa Acosta, Mya and Draya. Aside from her line’s popularity, Brittany’s business smarts are truly what sets her apart.

“Now it’s almost like a fad, and everybody is a designer. I really try to separate myself from that,” she explains. “I actually have a studio; I have a production company. I just try to set the standard. I don’t focus on getting my stuff seen on TV or celebrities. Those are all things that I feel will just fall into place. I like to stay focused on the business side of things. To me this is serious business.”

The focus is paying off. Last year Brittany achieved ¼ million dollars in sales growth. “I started from nothing, that’s big for me,” said the 27-year-old budding entrepreneur. She began her company out of her home sewing all her merchandise with only the occasional assistance of her mother. Now, her clothing is manufactured and she has plans to bring her mother onboard as a fulltime employee.  Although Brittany studied Business Management during her undergraduate years at Delaware State University, part of what has gotten her to this level is diving in and letting experience and intuition be her guide. “When you’re forced out there on your own, you’re forced to learn. You either stand up and do it or quit,” is how she puts it.

 “I went from filling 5 orders a week to up to 20,” she reflects. By partnering with an international platform and building a solid team of professional and financial resources, the B. Des line has continued to grow. Not one to limit herself, Brittany recently launched another business—a fabric store, located at Broad and Girard streets.

The store will not only serve as a one-stop shop for a variety of fabrics and sewing materials, but she hopes to attract students from the city’s array of fashion programs and serve as a hub for sewing classes, custom items and social events.

With a track record for smart business moves thus far, Brittany hopes to inspire other local designers and fashion industry professionals.

“It’s important to make sure you align your resources in beginning,” she says. “You want to come out strong and make a good impression. Financial backing and a vision for your brand is key. In order to make it, you can’t just be great at designs, you have to be business-minded as well.


Philly 360° Rewind: Philly Salutes Allen Iverson With Retirement Event At Mitchell & Ness (Video)

  • Posted By: Ashley Coleman
  • March 14, 2014
    • Allen Iverson retirement event at Mitchell & Ness
      • Allen Iverson retirement event at Mitchell & Ness
      • Photo Credit: D. McDowell for Philly 360°/ Visit Philly
    • Allen Iverson retirement event at Mitchell & Ness
      • Allen Iverson retirement event at Mitchell & Ness
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      • Allen Iverson retirement event at Mitchell & Ness
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      • Allen Iverson retirement event at Mitchell & Ness
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    • Motown recording artists MPrynt at Allen Iverson's retirement event at Mitchell & Ness
      • Motown recording artists MPrynt at Allen Iverson's retirement event at Mitchell & Ness
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    • Ashley Coleman is a writer, publisher, and author. She contributes to GRAMMY.com and manages writelaughdream.com.
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Last month, Philadelphia’s beloved adopted son and NBA all-star Allen Iverson came out to popular vintage sportswear shop Mitchell & Ness to celebrate the official retirement of his iconic number 3 jersey. Iverson led the Philadelphia 76ers to the 2001 NBA Finals and built morale around this city’s basketball team that cannot be duplicated.

Fans, influencers and the like all came out to show their support for AI. We spotted songstress Marsha Ambrosius, turntablist to the stars DJ Aktive and Motown recording artists MPrynt, just to name a few.

Music was provided by YS the DJ who serves as one of two Philadelphia Reebok Brand Ambassadors along with music producer Dilemma—who was also in attendance that night. The décor for the evening showed off Mitchell & Ness' coveted Sixers paraphernalia and Iverson’s signature shoe, Reebok Answer

The charismatic and energetic player, who so many have come to love, arrived to cheers and tons of fans with cellphones in hand snapping photos and video. Iverson was presented with a proclamation from Melanie Johnson from the Mayor’s office officially announcing March 1 as “Allen Iverson Day” in the city of Philadelphia.

Iverson stuck around to chat with fans and take photographs—and of course Philly 360° was there to capture it all. Did you make it out to the official retirement game? Tell us about it in the comments and take a look below at our recap video.


Watch the official Philly 360° recap of Allen Iverson's retirement event at Mitchell & Ness.  

 

UK Soul Singer Daley Hits The Stage At Union Transfer - Saturday, March 29

  • Posted By: Niesha Miller
  • March 13, 2014
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      • UK Soul Singer Daley
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Music lovers: On Saturday, March 29, spend an intimate evening being serenaded by UK singer/songwriter Daley at one of Philly's most popular concert halls — Union Transfer in Spring Garden.

The rising pop/soul star will make a pit stop through Philadelphia during a US tour supporting hit debut album Days and Nights. Fans, new and old, can expect to be wowed as Daley lays down cuts from his album including “Broken,” and his latest soulful, smooth single “Look Up.”

The US first got a taste of the 24-year-old’s talent after he collaborated with Philly’s adopted songstress Marsha Ambrosius on their hit single “Alone Together” off his six-track EP Alone Together in 2012.

Since finding success in the states, Daley has been nominated for two Soul Train Music Awards, collaborated with super producer Pharrell Williams and has been featured on Nelly’s 2013 track “Heaven.” The singer credits his soulful sounds to growing up on music of quintessential soul artist like Prince, D'Angelo and Sade.  

Whether singing about the promise of love or growing up in the UK, Daley's classic soul approach, reminiscent of establish crooner like Justin Timberlake and Robin Thicke, is sure to please. This is definitely a must-see show. 


Daley at Union Transfer
When: Saturday, March 29, 8 p.m.
Where: Union Transfer, 1026 Spring Garden Street
Cost: $20
More Info: Purchase tickets online here.


Check out the single "Glitter Haze" for a pre-concert of taste of Daley's musical abilities.  


Philly 360° Rewind: Aaron Camper & Friends Takeover The Stage At World Cafe Live

  • Posted By: Ashley Coleman
  • March 12, 2014
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      • Singer/songwriter/producer Eric Roberson
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      • Astronauts Really Fly performing at Aaron Camper & Friends
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      • Aaron Camper & Friends
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      • Phoenix performing at Aaron Camper & Friends
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    • Aaron Camper & Friends hosted by Eric Roberson
      • Aaron Camper & Friends hosted by Eric Roberson
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      • Phoenix performing at Aaron Camper & Friends
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      • Eric Roberson hosting Aaron Camper & Friends
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Aaron Camper came, saw and conquered the stage (and some hearts) during his show Aaron Camper & Friends at the popular Philly music venue World Café Live. The show was live, energetic and definitely one heck of a party!

Kicking off the evening was Kontraband215, an assortment of the top shelf musicians from Philadelphia. Take your pick from Darrell Robinson to Aaron Draper; these musicians have toured the world with some of music’s biggest acts. Along with Draper and Robinson, Kontraband's set was exploding with stellar Philly talent, including Eugene “Man-Man” Roberts—the musical director for GRAMMY-winning star John Legend.  

Astronauts Really Flyled by Mont Brown and Pace-o Beats, left it all on the stage. Andrew Meoray gave raw, emotional vocals while Brown laid down the rhymes. Next the sexy and sultry Phoenix serenaded the socks off the crowd with covers of records like Tamar Braxton's “Love & War” and then turned it right back up with her original single “Rundown.” Also, resident Philly turntablist DJ Aktive was on stage between sets providing the party soundtrack and keeping everyone's energy riding high.  

Host for the evening was singer/songwriter/producer triple-threat Eric Robersonwho is always hilarious and entertaining on stage. Roberson stayed true to one of his trademarks and created an impromptu song live on stage. Watching Roberson come up with lyrics off the top of his head was definitely mind-boggling. #respect

When Aaron Camper finally hit the stage, he came out rocking fresh white sneakers with the collar of his jacket flipped just so. Camper immediately commanded the attention of his audience—and it was clear that we were in for a serious show. With covers like “The Choice is Yours” and originals like “Breaking My Heart” and “Madness,” Camper had the whole crowd dancing, singing and having the time of their lives.

At certain points in the set Camper let his incredible band rock out and shine. West Philly emcee Chill Moody even made an on-stage appearance, performing his hit "So in Love" which features Aaron Camper on the hook. Camper also invited R&B crooner Beano on stage to rock with them.

The evening was full of Philly love and was reminiscent of a reunion/homecoming celebration. Though not originally from Philly, Aaron Camper is undoubtedly an embraced artist on our local music scene. Often on tour to far away places, Camper effortlessly fell back into rhythm with his Philly fans and music industry peers. It's clear—Philly has mad love for Aaron Camper and he definitely loves us back.


Check out this exclusive Philly 360° video recapping Aaron Camper & Friends at World Cafe Live! 


Exclusive: Philly 360° Goes Inside The Ring With Undefeated Boxing Champ Danny Garcia (Video)

  • Posted By: James Claiborne
  • March 11, 2014
    • Philly 360° goes inside the ring with boxing champion Danny Garcia
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    • Philly 360° goes inside the ring with boxing champion Danny Garcia
      • Philly 360° goes inside the ring with boxing champion Danny Garcia
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      • Philly 360° goes inside the ring with boxing champion Danny Garcia
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    • Philly 360° goes inside the ring with boxing champion Danny Garcia
      • Philly 360° goes inside the ring with boxing champion Danny Garcia
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    • Philly 360° goes inside the ring with boxing champion Danny Garcia
      • Philly 360° goes inside the ring with boxing champion Danny Garcia
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    • Philly 360° goes inside the ring with boxing champion Danny Garcia
      • Philly 360° goes inside the ring with boxing champion Danny Garcia
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Just as Philly's iconic, but fictional, boxing champ Rocky Balboa makes another comeback with Broadway hit Rocky The Musical, another real-life Philadelphia boxing star prepares to defend our rep as a fighting town.  

Last week, thanks to our friend DJ Casper of Darkchild, Philly 360° was granted an exclusive interview with undefeated (27-0, 16 knockouts) WBC/WBA boxing champion Danny Garcia as he prepared for his upcoming title fight against Mauricio Herrera in Puerto Rico. Garcia's fight will air live on Showtime this Saturday.  

"I'm Puerto Rican, I was raised in Philadelphia, so I have the best of both worlds," Garcia said in a recent interview. "I have the Puerto Rico power and the Philadelphia toughness and Philadelphia skills."

Garcia invited us into his Frankford/Kensington multiplex which houses a neighborhood barbershop as well as his personal gym—complete with a boxing ring and a mural dedicated to his fighting victories and Latin pride.

Wearing a red sweatshirt branded with his own DSG custom logo, Garcia talked to Philly 360° about his upcoming fight, Philly's love for Rocky and what music he's rocking with these days. Danny even shouted out his favorite cheesesteak spot—it was formerly Pat'sbut now Ishkabibble's on South Street gets his vote.  

Check out Philly 360°'s exclusive interview with the reigning boxing champ. And remember to tune into Showtime on Saturday to watch Garcia bring home the title once more.  

Insider's Tip: Click here to browse Visit Philadelphia's guide to all things Rocky. You can also enter our contest for a chance to win the "Ultimate Rocky Weekend Sweepstakes." Also, to learn more about Philly's Latin scene follow @PhillyTeAma on Twitter. 


Watch this exclusive Philly 360° interview with WBC/WBA boxing champ Danny Garcia. 


Indie Music Duo The Grouch & Eligh Drops New Single "Run" Featuring Pigeon John

  • Posted By: Ashley Coleman
  • March 10, 2014
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    • Ashley Coleman is a writer, publisher, and author. She contributes to GRAMMY.com and manages writelaughdream.com.
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This week’s playlist comes from long-time collaborators The Grouch & Eligh who recently released their triple-disc LP, The Tortoise and the Crow. The album is comprised of three sections—333, the joint effort between the two; Lighthouses, The Grouch’s solo effort; and Nomad, Eligh’s solo effort. The project features top shelf producers like Pretty Lights and artists such as Kreayshawn and Slightly Stoopid.

A free feeling and inspiring record from the album, "Run" was produced by Eligh and features Pigeon Johnwho brings the hook to life. “Run” comes as a follow up to their single “All These Lights,” which was featured in coverage of the 2014 Olympics on NBC and even appeared in a Lexus commercial. Their music remains true to bringing lyrics that are thoughtful, introspective and at times just fun.

Though both The Grouch and Eligh have prosperous solo careers, their chemistry together can’t be denied. They continue to make music that lends itself to live performance, which is something they love to do. Getting on stage and touring across the country allows them to connect with their fans more intimately, and the duo always delivers a high energy show.

The Grouch & Eligh have been known as trail blazers in the DIY Hip-Hop scene. They have remained independent for over 15 years and have an impressive fan base that supports their music. That support is one of the reasons that they are able to embark on a 40-city tour, which includes Philadelphia of course. 

The Grouch & Eligh will perform at The Barbary, known for its epic DJ parties in the Northern Liberties area, on Thursday, March 20. This is a show that you won’t want to miss! You can purchase tickets here.


The Grouch & Eligh
When: Thursday, March 20, 7 p.m. 
Where: The Barbary, 951 Frankford Avenue
Cost: $15
More Info:  Click here

 

 

Take a look at their latest video for the single “Run” below.


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