Your guide to Philly's diverse creative scene, nightlife, music, food & more
Lately, we've seen an abundance of men rocking beards, from the streets to the stage, and even on the runway. Though it may seem as if a full, well-kempt beard is a new trend in men's style, the truth is that dapper dudes from Philly have been sporting their beards, with love, for years.
For some, a groomed beard represents an extension of their own refined sense of style. While for others, a striking, long beard has deeper, more spritual roots. In either case, there's no denying that there's something special about the "Philly beard."
We sat down with Kings Rule Together founder, Curran J, and seven other stylish Philly gents to chat about the "Philly beard" and its impact on men's fashion.
You can check out "The Bearded Bunch" video and visual gallery below. And, if you're proudly rocking a Philly beard of your own, post a photo on Instagram or Twitter with the tags #Philly360 and #PhillyBeard.
Curran J — Kings Rule Together
Luis Marrero — Founder of Voices in Power
Erik Honesty — Owner of Culture Couture Vintage
Hamid Holloman — Artist & Designer, Custom Lifestyle
Kyle Cooley — Model
Marcus Williams — Barber
Tawfeeq Gaines — Co-founder of Search & Rescue
Jamaaladeen Tacuma — Composer
Known for her lush harmonies, hypnotic melodies and collabs with notables like The Weeknd, The Foreign Exchange, Common, Robert Glasper and Norah Jones, singer/songwriter/producer triple-threat Muhsinah is headed our way.
When talking about M, her latest EP, in a recent interview with Complex magazine, Muhsinah states, “I have a theory that all artists need time off to live so that they have something to write about. We all need that time in order to grow, in order to fail... M is Muhsinah. It stands for my many moods — it’s a sonic mood ring really. But most of all it’s me.”
Often creating as a one-woman operation, Musinah produces, writes and sings the majority of her tracks herself. It takes only one listen to her deep, almost magical-sounding vibe for listeners to instantly be able recognize her distinct flow. Filling a much-needed void in the industry for celebrated and recognizable female producers, Muhsinah's brand and reach continues to build daily.
You can catch up with the singer/songwriter on Thursday, August 28, as she lands at World Cafe Live to give her Philly fans a taste of her full-length project, which releases later this year. Opening performance by Philly's own Jacqueline Constance.
With all of the fanfare surrounding the return of Jay Z's Made In America festival on Labor Day weekend, it's only right that some Philly talent gets to share in that spotlight.
On Thursday, August 28, you can come out to see some of Philadelphia’s rising stars on takeover the World Café Live stage for the 2nd annual Made in Philly concert. The evening will feature live performances from acts like Aaron Camper, Al 1 Thing, Brianna Cash, GoGo Morrow, Beano, and many more!
Last year's show was full of great energy and incredible performances by homebred talent — and this year won't be any different. The 2014 lineup is full of amazing artists that will all take to the stage for back-to-back performance, showing the crowd that night what is takes to be Made In Philly. Here's a look at the lineup.
Ticket are on sale now, so be sure to get out and support these musical phenoms as they hold it down in the name of Philly.
The fashion-forward, sultry vocalist GoGo Morrow is back with a new banger off her forthcoming project, entitled “Replay." And this week, the high-energy track has bounced its way right onto the Philly 360° Playlist.
Produced by R.A.P. 1220 for SOUNDBOMB, Replay's beat and catchy lyrics pull you right in from the start. Morrow sings about “getting it" one last time even though the relationship seems to be heading south. Easily a club anthem, the hook will stick with you after one listen.
It’s not hard to visualize Morrow and her background dancers — The Gogettes — putting together a captivating dance number to complement a live performance of the new record.
A dancer, singer, and songwriter, it seems like there is not much GoGo Morrow can’t do. The pop/R&B vocalist has been making waves over the last year with her solo music. She has landed opening spots for Brandy, Lauryn Hill, Common — and even for the short lived Danity Kane reunion that we were all swooning over. GoGo was also one of the first acts added on to Marsha Ambrosius' national Friends & Lovers music tour.
Her headlining show at The TLA in 2013 solidified her spot as one of the next artists from Philly that is destined to blow up, taking the world stage by storm. Whether it’s posing for fashion spreads or singing her heart for her fans, there is something endearing about GoGo's girlish smile and good looks, paired with her sultry vocals and sexy moves on stage.
Though we are still waiting on the full-length album, Morrow knows how to give fans just enough to keep them wanting more. Her exciting live shows have garnered her tons of new fans — all looking forward to seeing what’s next for Philly's blonde bombshell.
Morrow is scheduled to appear at the Made in Philly concert on Thursday, August 28. Be sure to check her out there, and download the new single today.
Tell us what you think in the comments below.
Philly, Labor Day weekend is quickly approaching. And, trust us — it's going to be a truly dope weekend for Philly and our music scene. In addition to Jay Z's bi-coastal Made in America (MIA) festival, BASSic Black Entertainment (BBE) and Kontraband 215 are teaming up to present PhillyMade.
On Friday, August 29, the night before MIA hits the Parkway with headliners like Pharrell, Kanye West and De La Soul, a concert/party of epic proportions will go down at Voltage Lounge.
The event masterminds, Adam Blackstone, founder of BBE and musical director for Pharrell, Justin Timberlake, Rihanna and more, and Darrell Robinson, musical director for K Michelle, N.E.R.D and Kontraband 215, have joined forces and pooled their collective industry influence to show the world exactly what it means to be PhillyMade.
As you might expect, the PhillyMade lineup features an incredible roster of talent including West Philly emcee Chill Moody, BBE recording artist Aaron Camper, and Kontraband 215 frontman Scoop. Holding down the turntables this night will be DJ Aktive and DJ Dummy, while Hot 107.9 on-air personality Laiya St.Clair and winner of VH1's hit reality TV show Flavor of Love 2, Deelishis will take centerstage as hosts.
The big news? Kontraband and BBE just announced that hip-hop great turned entertainer extraordinaire, Common, just signed on to make an appearance. And, we all know Common's got mad love for Philly.
Philly 360° will be on-site to capture behind-the-scene footage and artists interviews, so be on the lookout for us. For now, grab your tickets, spread the word, and let's show 'em exactly how PhillyMade people get down. Let's go!
Sincerely Syreeta is back on the scene with another must-hit event. This time the popular Philadelphia blogger and lifestyle influencer is presenting the next edition of her new, provocative series, Sincerely Chosen: The Live Interview Series.
On Thursday, August 21 at East Eden Vegan Restaurant, the third installment of The Sincerely Chosen show will feature special guest Ameen Akbar, Director of Student Life at YouthBuild Philadelphia Charter School.
Ameen will be interviewed about his personal journey as Philly native; manhood; public education with special focus on the drop-out population; his position with Kenneth Gamble’s Universal Companies; the importance of mentoring in our city; the role of Islamic faith in his life; and his thoughts on more hot topics.
If you want to stay informed, connected and inspired by our city — then this is the event for you!
Have you ever unexpectedly come across a massive group of people elegantly decked out in all white, somewhere in Philly? If you’re not already in-the-know, this is Diner en Blanc Philadelphia — a top secret, invite-only affair that celebrates elegance, class, decorum, and etiquette in a chic picnic setting.
Because the picnic’s location isn’t revealed until the last possible second, the scene of a sudden onrush of people to a random spot looks more like an epic flash mob.
Started in France over 25 years ago, DEB draws thousands of picnic-goers every year in cities from Europe to the United States. The low-down on attendance is even though the event is members only, a member can invite someone else to attend the event and others can get on the waitlist, registering for DEB on a certain day at a specific time.
If you’re one of the fashionable wearers of white attending the event, here’s your Need-to-Know:
Bring your own: Guests must bring their own meals! However if you’re not the cooking type, DEB is partnering with Garces Catering and DiBruno Brothers so that you can order a gourmet meal for the event.
Provide your own: plates, silverware, linens, glassware, and beverages.
Carry your own: table (between 28” by 28” and 32” by 32”), white table cloth, two white, foldable chairs, and a picnic basket.
Arrival & Seating: Guests all arrive together at the secret location by chartered bus or organized public transportation. Once at the location, guests will sit across from one another, women on one side and men on the other.
Don’t forget! DEB is having two contests during the event, one for ‘Most Elegant Table,’ and one for ‘Most Elegant Male’ and ‘Most Elegant Female.’ Make sure to have your look and your table looking sharp.
And don’t worry, if you didn’t get invited this year or missed your chance to register on the waitlist, there’s always next year. Originality is encouraged so put on your best white attire and get ready to participate in a spectacle of the utmost refined elegance!
This Thursday, August 21, all roads lead to The Barbary for the next edition of Red Bull Sound Select Showcase. Curated by Veteran Freshman, this show features opening performances from MPrynt and Jay Marie, and is headlined by R&B sensation Luke James.
The industry's newest secret weapon, Luke James is a relatively new face on the national music scene, but he's quickly building his brand and winning over new fans around the country. The singer/songwriter has an outstanding voice and pen, both of which have been lent to artists like Chris Brown, Justin Bieber and Brittney Spears, to name a few.
But now, it’s all about James’ own solo music as he gears up for the release of his upcoming pre-album and album Made to Love. It doesn’t take busy production or studio tricks to be completely captivated by James’ vocal ability. His performance on the breakthrough single “I Want You” stopped fans in their tracks — and left us all wondering where he's been hiding.
Stepping into the limelight after starting as a background vocalist and songwriter, it was clear that there was plenty of space in the industry for Luke James' artistry and music.
BTW — James is a perfect match for the soulful sound of Philly natives MPrynt. The Motown recording group has been singing their way into the hearts of fans across the country, headlining their own shows and touring with Marsha Ambrosius. Along with a sultry opening performance by vocalist Jay Marie, this will certainly be a night for the music lovers!
Red Bull Sound Select provides a live music platform for talented artists, but it is also an online community where fans can discover great music. The popular music series gives local talent the opportunity to team up with national acts for one dynamic show in venues across the country.
Be sure to arrive early, because with the excellent price point and the immense amount of talent, this one is going to fill up fast!
We’re in the last few weeks of summer, fall is coming on quickly, and it’s almost time to transition those wardrobes for a new season. For all of you lovers of stylish footwear, and a good summer sale, we’ve got THE British-inspired shoe sale for “the birds and the blokes.”
Fabric Row’s fine fashion shoe mecca, Bus Stop Boutique, is having its end of summer Last Stop Mini Warehouse Sale with shoes at up to 75% off, August 21-24. Girls and guys, you’ll be able to shop an entire wall chock full of designer shoes to add a last bit of warm weather flair to your look.
Shoppers will also have the chance to preview the boutique’s brand new Autumn 2014 collection, getting to shop the Fall Preview wall before the line officially hits the boutique!
To add to the ambience, skilled artisan, visual guru, designer, and all around local renaissance man Conrad Booker, known for creations like his large-scale mural on Fulton Street, his enormous fabric mural in the hot, new Jose Garces’ restaurant Volver, and his creations on Project Runway’s 2014 “Road to the Runway,” created a window display exclusively for the boutique.
Complete with a telephone box transformed teapot, a mannequin featuring Conrad’s “Road to the Runway” creations, pop art, street lights, the familiar color spread of red, white, and blue, and a comic-inspired speech bubble, Bus Stop’s ‘It-Brit’ window display reflects all things British for your international viewing pleasure.
Put your best foot forward and check out the sale!
For more info on the “British Invasion” window display, click here.
Thursday, August 21: 11-6 pm
Friday, August 22: 11-8:30 pm
Saturday, August 23: 11-6 pm
Sunday, August 24: 12-5 pm
This next Philly 360° giveaway is definitely for the courageous and the brave of heart. Tucked into the popular, ever-developing neighborhood of Kensington, is a one-of-a-kind Philadelphia experience, Fly School Circus Arts. And, we're hooking one lucky fan up with a free lesson for two!
Founded by 25-year trapeze veteran and circus enthusiast Mary Kelly Rayel, Fly School helps people of all shapes, sizes and skill push the limits of their physical abilities through trapeze.
Classes at Fly School start with some on-the-ground technique instruction, and then moves to the top of their "mile-high" ladder for rope and swing work. Rayel and her talented team of trapeze pros can have even the most novice of students swinging and flipping like an expert in no time — just ask Philly 360° blogger and lifestyle influencer Kharisma McIlwaine. We followed along with a camera crew as Kharisma tackled her first Fly School lesson with charm and class. You can check out the video below.
The perfect summer experience for one person or a group, Fly School offers classes every day of the week, with the exception of Tuesdays. Classes start at just $60, but if you're really looking to build your trapeze skills, the school also offers a six-class card for only $295.
Think you are up for the challenge? Then complete the below contest entry form for your chance to win a free Fly School Circus Arts lesson for two.
You can find the official contest rules here.
Legendary: Inside the House Ballroom Scene When: June 12-August 16 Where: African American Museum in Philadelphia, 701 Arch Street Cost: $14, adults; $10, youth (4-12 years), students, seniors More info: www.aampmuseum.org House balls have played a significant role in…
BlackStar Film Festival When: July 30 through August 2 Where: International House, 3701 Chestnut Street; See website for additional venues. Cost: General Tickets TBA, Festival Passes $100-$150 More info: www.blackstarfest.org Hailed as “the black Sundance” by Ebony magazine, the…
BEyond Expectations: Engaging Men of Color When: Friday, July 31, 8 p.m. Where: Suzanne Roberts Theater, 480 S Broad Street Cost: $15, Discounted $10 with the promotion code PHILLY360 More Info: Click here for details. Philly! On Friday, July…