Your guide to Philly's diverse creative scene, nightlife, music, food & more
Spring is in full bloom, and Philly’s creative scene is bursting with energy. Now that we’ve breezed through the winter, it’s time to warm up with electrifying music, captivating art and more. Here’s what we’ll be getting into: partying on the Parkway during the opening of the Barnes Foundation, jammin’ to the original sounds of Esperanza Spalding and kickin’ it old school to the soulful classics of the Temptations and the Four Tops. There’s no place bringin’ it on quite like Philly.
Rock out to the year-long celebration of legendary rocker Jimi Hendrix as Philly celebrates what would have been his 70th birthday. Hosted by WRTI’s J. Michael Harrison, experience Jimi’s unforgettable legacy as renowned guitarists Charlie Ellerbee and Ornette Coleman take over the Woodmere Art Museum with an exhilarating tribute.
Celebrated Philly homegirl Santigold will be rockin’ the stage at the Trocadero Theatre. Make sure you grab her new album, Master of My Make Believe, when it drops on May 1!
Get ready for a taste of Motown right here in Philly at the Keswick Theatre. We all know there’s no sound like the Philly sound, but who can resist sweet classics like Just My Imagination or Baby I Need Your Loving? It’s just in time for Mother’s Day, so get your tickets today.
She’s back and gracing the stage at the Electric Factory, in partnership with the Kimmel Center Presents. Esperanza Spalding brings the vibrant new sounds of her latest hit album, Radio Music Society.
Featuring more than 800 performing artists—including Philly’s own Helen Bruner & Terry Jones, the Justin Faulkner Quartet and the Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra—Philadelphia on Parade is taking over five stages at the Mann Center for the Performing Arts.
Philly homegirl Jaguar Wright is giving World Café Live a taste of that irresistible, soulful voice. Fusing the sounds of Patti Labelle, Nina Simone and Mary J. Blige with her own flare, Jaguar always gives mind-blowing performances.
Insider tip: Keep your ears open for her new album. We hear it’s going to be better than ever!
Mr. Trombone has been making some sweet noise all around Philly, and he’s bringing some of that delicious flavor to the Kimmel Center. A jam session with Jeff Bradshaw will definitely be fly.
Insider tip: Make sure you check out Jeff’s hot new album, Bone Appétit!
Next up for Masters Behind the Music is the executive director of Jill Scott’s Blues Babe Foundation and founder of Jr. Music Executive, Aisha Winfield. If you don’t know her, allow us to introduce you—we’re pretty sure you’ll fall in love with her, too.
From a soulful brunch at Ms. Tootsie’s to cruisin’ on the Spirit of Philadelphia, there are plenty of ways to show mom some love on Mother’s Day. Take a look at our top picks for a fabulous Mother’s Day in Philly.
Philly 360˚ was in the house during Jeff Bradshaw’s album release party celebrating his hot new project, Bone Appétit. With appearances by Kindred the Family Soul, Frank Knuckles of The Roots, Carol Riddick and more, Ms. Tootsie’s was jam-packed with Philly love. Check out the video recap.
On May 19, Philly will welcome even more brilliant art to the Parkway with the opening of the Barnes Foundation. Known for its breathtaking collection of Impressionist and early Modern paintings, it’ll be the new cultural hot spot on the Parkway.
Art Sanctuary is doin’ it big this year with its one-of-a-kind Celebration of Black Writing festival. There will be a host of literary workshops, music showcases and film screenings—and did we mention that representatives of JET and Ebony magazines will be in the house? Block off your calendars from May 21 to June 2!
Mother's Day is right around the corner, and we can't think of a better way to show your mom some love than in the City of Brotherly Love and Sisterly Affection. Looking to do something special for her? Check out our picks here.
1312 South Street
Insider Tip: Ms. Tootsie's is offering a four-course meal at $35 from noon to midnight on Mother's Day.
Insider Tip: The Spirit of Philadelphia's Mother's Day Cruise includes a buffet, DJ and more.
220 S. Broad Street
Insider Tip: Alll mothers will receive a complimentary mimosa or glass of wine during lunch or dinner.
3025 Walnut Street
Insider Tip: This is a Mother's Day brunch with a Latin flare thanks to the Brazilian duo Minas.
201 S. Columbus Boulevard
Insider Tip: The Hyatt's Mothers Day brunch includes a seafood station with seared tuna, a carving station with grilled flank steak and more.
4120 Main Street
Insider Tip: Listen to the smooth sounds of jazz as you celebrate Mother's Day with the "Brew Pub's" Sunday Jazz Brunch.
1700 Sansom Street
Insider Tip: Treat your mom to a full day of massage, facials, make-up and more.
328 S. 17th Street
Insider Tip: This organic spa will make you feel like you're in a Colombian oasis.
537 N. 7th Street
Insider Tip: Make sure you also stop by their Beauty Bar (1001 N. 2nd Street at the Piazza).
The Electric Factory
421 N. 7th Street
7152 Ogontz Avenue
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…
The Soundcheck Series featuring Lydia Rene When: Tuesday, July 28, 8 p.m. Where: Pub Webb, 1527 Cecil B. Moore Avenue Cost: $10 More Info: Click here for details. As a singer, songwriter, musician and composer, Lydia Rene's versatility gives…
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…