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November Must-Hit List: Lauryn Hill, Stevie Wonder, Jill Scott, Usher, Ledisi & Exclusives With DJ Jazzy Jeff & Dom Streater

  • Posted By: James Claiborne
  • October 31, 2014
    • Ms. Lauryn Hill
      • Ms. Lauryn Hill
      • Photo Credit: Getty, Andrew H. Walker

 November Events: 

So You Think You Can Dance — Friday, November 7

Fox’s Emmy Award-winning show So You Think You Can Dance has captivated audiences and reinvigorated the country’s fascination with dance forms of all genres. You can watch season 11’s talented top 10 in Philadelphia for a live, one-night-only performance at the Merriam Theater.

Goapele — Saturday, November 8

Hailed as the “spiritual love child of Sade and D’Angelo” by Rolling Stone magazine, songstress Goapele is set to perform at World Cafe Live. Since the 2001 release of her debut project Closer, the Berklee-trained singer/songwriter has entertained fans around the world with her honest music and undeniably soulful sound. Get there in time for the opening performance by Philadelphia’s own R&B/pop/folk vocalist Jade Alston.

Usher: The UR Experience — Tuesday, November 11

Usher is hitting the road with his 27-city music tour, The UR Experience. The self-proclaimed “pop revolution” performer has been spotted hanging out at a few Philly hotspots lately, and he’s returning to perform at the Wells Fargo Center later this month. Usher’s show will feature his signature electrifying dance moves, beat-heavy club anthems and hard-hitting R&B classics from his 20-year discography of chart-topping tracks.

Sittin’ In — Wednesday, November 12

One Wednesday a month, the Kimmel Center opens its doors and stages to some of the city's hottest musicals talents for its popular music showcase, Sittin' In. Approaching its third year, this free concert/party/jam session mash-up is Philly’s go-to event for emerging talent, locally based touring musicians and the music lovers that can't get enough of their dope sounds. This month’s show features performances by the Venissa Santi Band and the Francois Zayas Quintet.

Ms. Lauryn Hill: Homecoming Concert Series — Saturday, November 15

Ms. Lauryn Hill’s 1998 debut album, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, sold more than 12 million copies, earning the singer/songwriter five GRAMMYs and the respect of fans from around the world. Now, Hill is back on the road to connect with fans and perform reimagined versions of the hit songs we all love. Rapper Talib Kweli opens the Electric Factory show.

Stevie Wonder: Songs in the Key of Life Tour — Sunday, November 16

Undeniably one of the most significant albums in the history of American music, Stevie Wonder’s Songs in the Key of Life continues to shape and influence music worldwide. As part of his 11-city music tour, the legendary singer/songwriter gives fans a chance to relive the classic at the Wells Fargo Center.

Daley — Tuesday, November 18

The U.S. first got a taste of Daley’s soulful sounds after he collaborated with Philly’s own Marsha Ambrosius on the hit single Alone Together, which appeared on his six-track EP Alone Together. Since finding success in the states, Daley was nominated for two Soul Train Music Awards, collaborated with super producer Pharrell Williams and was featured on Nelly’s 2013 track Heaven.

    • DJ Jazzy Jeff & Dayne Jordan
      • DJ Jazzy Jeff & Dayne Jordan
      • Photo Credit: D. King for Visit Philadelphia

Philly 360° Spotlights:

20 Must-Hit Fall Concerts

It’s official—fall is here. While the weather is cooling down outside, things on the Philly music scene are only getting hotter and hotter. This season, Philly is packed with a steady flow of can’t-miss concerts, shows and festivals. The lineup of hit-making acts stopping through the city includes big names such as Common, Jill Scott, Ledisi, Ms. Lauryn Hill and Stevie Wonder. We pulled together a list of our top 20 picks.

DJ Jazzy Jeff & Dayne Jordan

With a discography that spans two decades and includes hits like the Philly anthem Summertime, hometown legend DJ Jazzy Jeff is legit music royalty. Philly 360° sat down with the busy, internationally touring DJ and his protégé, Philly hip-hop artist Dayne Jordan, for an exclusive, first-time-ever interview on their forthcoming project. Watch our video for a behind-the-scenes look at the duo at work in Jeff’s studio and for more details on their soon-to-be-released album.

Exclusive With Dom Streater

Project Runway winner and Philly native Dom Streater is on a winning streak, and the city has been cheering her on every step of the way. Philly 360° even hit the road to attend Dom’s New York Fashion Week debut. Check out our video for a sneak preview of Dom’s spring 2015 collection and her custom headphone collaboration with high-end audio brand Velodyne.

Jazz At The Annenberg

The Philadelphia fall arts season is in full swing and the Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts is bringing a phenomenal lineup of internationally renowned jazz concerts our way. You’ll definitely want to catch these shows—from the moving lyrics of Philly’s own Ursula Rucker to such acclaimed musicians as Patti Austin, Arturo Sandoval and Branford Marsalis.

Check out our exclusive interviews with DJ Jazzy Jeff and his protege Dayne Jordan and Philly's hottest designer Dom Streater.  

Tonight: Sittin' In Returns To The Kimmel Center Featuring Guitarist Ben O'Neill - Wednesday, July 9

  • Posted By: James Claiborne
  • July 9, 2014
    • Sittin' In featuring Ben O'Neill
      • Sittin' In featuring Ben O'Neill
      • Photo Credit: Courtesy of The Kimmel

Philly, another dope show is going down tonight — and you definitely can't afford to miss out on this one. That's right, tonight The Kimmel Center's monthly free music showcase and mixer, Sittin' In returns with another fresh lineup of Philly talent. 

The July edition of Sittin' In features GRAMMY-nominated, highly sought-after guitarist, Ben O'Neill. A fixture on the local music scene, O'Neill has played for some of the best known names in hip-hop, pop and R&B, including Kanye West, Kid Cudi, Christina Aguilera, and Tye Tribbett.

Now, Ben is turning his attention to his solo career and debut album, Ghosts & Green Shoots, a heartfelt project that showcases O'Neill's soul-laced guitar playing and songwriting skills — calling to mind the music of acts like Bon Iver, Dirty Projectors and The Flaming Lips.

So, come out, pull up a chair or hit the dancefloor, and check out new music from one of Philly's finest. As always, Sittin' In will feature resident turntabilist, Matthew Law a.k.a DJ PHSH and special guest MC Hezekiah Davis III.

Sittin' In: Hosted by Ben O'Neill
When: Wednesday, July 9 | 8 p.m. 
Where: The Kimmel Center | Broad & Spruce Streets
Cost: Free
More Info: Click here

Philly 360° Music Guide: Where To Listen To Jazz In Philadelphia

  • Posted By: James Claiborne
  • April 16, 2014
    • Philly 360˚ Exclusive: Philly's Got Jazz
      • Philly 360˚ Exclusive: Philly's Got Jazz
      • Photo Credit: D. McDowell for GPTMC

Philly is definitely serious about two things — our history and our music. Philadelphia has been called home by some of the greatest names in the history of music, like jazz legends Billie Holiday, John Coltrane, Ethel Waters, Dizzie Gillespie and Charlie Parker, just to name a few. 

Luckily for us, our city's rep as a great music destination doesn't stop with our deep jazz roots. Every day, stellar Philly-based musicians like Jeff Bradshaw, Laurin Talese, Ernest Stuart and others keep our local jazz scene moving and on the map. And, pretty much any day of the week, you can find a live jazz set going down in one of Philly's many popular music venues, including Chris' Jazz Cafe, Time and Warmdaddy's.

Ready to experience the feel-good vibe of the local jazz scene firsthand? Great — because Philly 360° has you covered. We've pulled together a roundup of some of best places to experience all that Philly jazz has to offer. Check it out! 

Watch our "Philly's Got Jazz" video and then check out The Official Philly 360° Guide to Jazz!


Jazz Festivals:

Center City Jazz Fest

When: Saturday, April 19
Where: Various venues
More info: Click here

It’s back! Center City Jazz Fest returns with 16 incredible acts performing at four local music venues, including Fergie’s, Chris’ Jazz Cafe, Time and Milkboy Philly. Catch some of the city’s top jazz talents — Ernest Stuart, Justin Faulkner, Joanna Pascale and Mike Kennedy — lay it down like only Philly musicians can. One ticket gets you access to all of it.

Longwood Gardens' Wine & Jazz Festival

When: Satuday, June 7 
Where: Longwood Gardens, 1001 Longwood Road, Kennett Square, PA
More info: Click here

Three-time GRAMMY winning jazz vocalist Dee Dee Bridgewater, along with the Delfeayo Marsalis Quintet and the Jazz Orchestra of Philadelphia, lands at Longwood Gardens for their annual Wine & Jazz Festival. Fine wine, smooth jazz and Longwood's picturesque gardens collide for an unforgettable experience for music lovers of all ages. 

Summer Solstice Salsa Party @ Morris Arboretum

When: Saturday, June 19
Where: Morris Arboretum, 100 E. Northwestern Avenue
More info: Click here

Celebrate the longest day of the year with some Latino flavor, as Morris Arboretum presents its Summer Solstice Salsa Party featuring Latin jazz group Cafe Con Pan Band. Insider tip: Get there early to practice your moves during their free pre-show salsa lesson. 

Philadelphia United Jazz Festival and Celebration 

When: Saturday, September 20 
Where: South Street between Broad & 16th Streets
More info: Click here

The Philadelphia United Jazz Festival and Celebration returns with another round of outstanding Philly jazz. Produced by the Lifeline Music Coalition, the event features two stages and various venues along Philly's famous South Street.

    • Chris' Jazz Cafe
      • Chris' Jazz Cafe
      • Photo Credit: Photo by L. Whitaker for GPTMC

Jazz Clubs & Venues:

Chris Jazz Cafe 

1421 Sansom Street 

Down Beat Magazine got it right when they named Chris’ Jazz Cafe one of the “100 Great Venues Around the World to Hear Jazz.” In addition to a dope lineup of local, national and international talent, Chris' also has a menu that offers budget-friendly food and drinks. 


1400 S. Columbus Boulevard

With its waterfront location, down-home southern comfort food and a regular lineup of Philly-fresh music, Warmdaddy's is a must-hit in Philly's music scene. Be sure to keep an eye on Warmdaddy's monthly music calendar to stay up-to-date on their solid mix of jazz, soul, hip-hop and blues performances. 


1315 Sansom Street

Tucked away on Sansom Street, Time has quickly become a favorite drop-in spot for Philadelphia's young, emerging jazz talents. In addition to the main dining room, which features a nightly lineup of jazz and soul, Time also houses a small whiskey bar on the first floor and a second floor absinthe lounge and dance floor.  


7152 Ogontz Avenue

Although it’s only open on Sundays, Mondays and Wednesdays, LaRose Jazz Club in Philadelphia’s Germantown neighborhood is considered one of the most authentic jazz clubs in town. Jazz purists will appreciate this venue's dedication to presenting "true" jazz in a caberet-like setting. 

Paris Bistro

8229 Germantown Avenue

Recently opened beneath the Chestnut Hill Hotel, Paris Bistro is a 50-seat jazz cafe offering performances Thursday through Sunday nights. Patrons can enjoy full food and drink lists while taking in hour-long performances from Philadelphia’s hottest jazz musicians.

The Philadelphia Clef Club of Jazz

738 S. Broad Street

The Philadelphia Clef Club works to present jazz — past, present and future — through workshop, classes, lessons and, of course, a stellar lineup of concerts. Keep an eye on their monthly programming for a great selection of open mic sets and shows featuring local headliners. 

    • Laurin Talese at Sittin' In at The Kimmel Center
      • Laurin Talese at Sittin' In at The Kimmel Center
      • Photo Credit: P. English for GPTMC / Philly 360°

Showcase & Concert Series

Sittin' In @ The Kimmel

When: Check website for details. 
Where: Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, Broad and Spruce Streets 
More info: Click here

Check out the new faces of Philly music, during the Kimmel Center's monthly artists showcase, “Sittin’ In.” Headlined by a different rising star each month, this event is a look at the new "who’s who" in Philly's booming music scene — and the perfect place to dance, party and mix and mingle with the local creative scene.

Jazz and R&B Happy Hour

When: 1st and 3rd Fridays
Where: Reserve Wine Bar & Lounge
More info:

Every 1st and 3rd Friday, Reserve Wine Bar & Lounge explodes with the sounds of Philly's hottest jazz talents. Hosted by jazz musicians V. Shayne Frederick and Kevin Valentine, this twice-monthly series regularly includes surprise guest musicians, vocalists and poets. It's always a can't-miss event.

Who Got The Jazz?

When: See website for dates. 
Where: World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut Street
More Info: Click here

Each month, Veteran Freshman and The Philadelphia Jazz Project return to World Cafe Live with a new edition of Who Got The Jazz? This classic Philly music showcase features a lineup of young, emerging jazz musicians laying down some serious sounds. Check out World Cafe Live's website for information on featured performers. 

Art After 5 @ PMA

When: Weekly on Fridays
Where: Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
More info:

Each and every Friday, the Philadelphia Museum of Art's Art After 5 showcase and mixer features live jazz and a cash bar in the Great Stair Hall. This popular performance series focuses on on jazz, but regularly includes a selection of world music, soul, R&B and hip-hop. It's a must-hit event. 

Friday Night Jazz @ Woodmere

When: Friday nights through April 25
Where: Woodmere Art Museum, 9201 Germantown Avenue
More info: Click here

Back for another season, Friday Night Jazz at Woodmere Art Museum returns with awe-inspiring musical tributes to iconic musicians like John Coltrane and Jimi Hendrix.  Sip some complimentary wine and listen to live music, while enjoying Woodmere's collection. 

Smooth Jazz Summer Nights

When: TBA
Where: RiverStage/Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing, Columbus Boulevard at Chestnut Street
More info: Click here

What could be better than a waterfront seat and smooth jazz under the Philly sky? Open to jazz fans of any age, this free, popular outdoor music series returns to the Riverstage at the Great Plaza on Penn's Landing. Stay tuned for more details.


Philly Kicks Off 2014 With The Illadelph Xperiment, Yinka Shonibare & More

  • Posted By: Philly 360
  • January 14, 2014
    • Mr. Sonny James of the Illvibe Collective
      • Mr. Sonny James of the Illvibe Collective
      • Photo Credit: Courtesy of Mr. Sonny James
    • Yinka Shonibare MBE. Pedagogy Boy/Boy, 2003.
      • Yinka Shonibare MBE. Pedagogy Boy/Boy, 2003.
      • Photo Credit: Courtesy of the artist
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Friday, January 17 — Sanctuary LIVE! Featuring The Rosemary Fiki Band

Every third Friday, Art Sanctuary presents the very best of Philly’s local music scene with Sanctuary LIVE!. This month, audiences will rock out to the soulful sounds of The Rosemary Fiki Band. With influences that range from Whitney Houston and Fela Kuti to Nirvana, Rosemary and crew deliver a serious set for lovers of feel-good music.

Friday, January 17 — The Illadelph Xperiment

Three floors, five live artists, 11 DJs, live art demos, hookah and a B-boy/girl battle? It's about to go down. Flygirrl brings back one of the hottest parties to ever hit Philly: The Illadelph Xperiment. The lineup includes DJs Ultraviolet, AfroDJiak, Mike Nyce, Cash Money, Aktive, Mr. Sonny James, PHSH and Foxx Boogie. Trust us—this is an MLK weekend party that you won’t want to miss.

Thursday, January 23 to Saturday, January 25 — Spank @ Helium Comedy Club

Philly, get ready to laugh until it hurts. Comedian Will “Spank” Horton made a name for himself starring alongside fellow Philly funnyman Kevin Hart. Now, as one of the industry’s go-to guys for black comedy, Spank is taking his one-man show on the road, and he’s stopping by Helium Comedy Club to give his Philly fans some love.   

Saturday, January 25 — Rich Medina at Kung Fu Necktie

There are few DJs in the world that can rock a party like Rich Medina. The young b-boy-turned-international-DJ has been tearin' it up on the 1's and 2's for almost two decades, and he shows no signs of slowing down. Catch him at Kung Fu Necktie this month. 

Philly 360° Spotlights:

    • Mike Zombie
      • Mike Zombie
      • Photo Credit: Tony Vinella
    • Video: Philly Fashion With Philadelphia Eagles Player Brad Smith
      • Video: Philly Fashion With Philadelphia Eagles Player Brad Smith
    • Yinka Shonibare MBE. Pedagogy Boy/Boy, 2003.
      • Yinka Shonibare MBE. Pedagogy Boy/Boy, 2003.
      • Photo Credit: Courtesy of the artist
    • Yinka Shonibare MBE. Victorian Philanthropist’s Parlour
      • Yinka Shonibare MBE. Victorian Philanthropist’s Parlour
      • Photo Credit: Courtesy of the artist
    • TEDx
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Philadelphia Eagles Player Brad Smith Launches Design Competition

Attention emerging fashion designers! Think you have what it takes to design a three-piece suit for Philadelphia Eagles Wide Receiver Brad Smith? Submit your sketches and designs for a chance to win his competition.

GRAMMY Nominations Are In

The nominations are in for the 56th GRAMMY Awards®, and it’s no surprise that once again Philly is repping strong. On January 26, the show airs on CBS, so make sure you tune in and root for some of your hometown faves. Check out the full list of Philly nominees here.

Yinka Shonibare @ The Barnes

International art sensation Yinka Shonibare opens a groundbreaking new exhibition at the Barnes Foundation on January 24. With over a dozen colorful and imaginative works, including Shonibare’s signature life-sized mannequins, the Barnes is definitely taking art on the Parkway to the next level.

Save the Date: TEDxPhiladelphia Returns

Looking to get inspired? Then grab a ticket and prepare for the 2014 return of TEDxPhiladelphia. This daylong conference features Philly’s top personalities, entrepreneurs and entertainers sharing their innovative plans for a better, brighter tomorrow. Get details here.

Philly Brings It Home For The Holidays: Bilal, Jeff Bradshaw, Philadanco, A$AP Ferg & More

  • Posted By: Philly 360
  • December 4, 2013
    • Bilal Oliver
      • Bilal Oliver
      • Photo Credit: Courtesy of the artist
    • Lupe Fiasco
      • Lupe Fiasco
      • Photo Credit: Courtesy of the artist
    • A$AP Ferg
      • A$AP Ferg
      • Photo Credit: Courtesy of the artist
    • Trombonist Jeff Bradshaw
      • Trombonist Jeff Bradshaw
      • Photo Credit: Courtesy of Jeff Bradshaw
      • Photo Credit: Courtesy of PHILADANCO
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Featured Events: 

Wednesday, December 4 — Lupe Fiasco: Tetsuo And Youth Preview Tour

There’s no denying it—Lupe Fiasco is one of hip-hop’s most innovative lyricists. Lupe just announced that he’s hitting the road with a brand new tour named after his forthcoming album Tetsuo and Youth. Along with delivering showstopping performances from his current discography, Lupe will treat fans to a special early preview of new music from his unreleased album. Opening performances by Mickey Factz, Stalley, Dosage, The Boy Illinois and Dee-1.

Friday, December 6 - Sunday, December 8 — PHILADANCO

PHILADANCO kicks off the holiday season with a fly new routine honoring famed African-American choreographer Christopher Huggins. Prepare to be dazzled and amazed, as this Philly fave dance troupe returns with all their signature moves and undoubtedly some of the best dancers in the game.

Saturday, December 7 — A$AP Ferg

After the triumphant release of his debut album Trap Lord, A$AP Ferg is on the move and wreckin’ mics across the country with his 32-city Turnt x Burnt music tour. On December 7, Ferg and the other members of the A$AP Mob land at the TLA—ready to throw down for one of the dopest rap concerts of the season.

Wednesday, December 11 — Sittin’ In With Jeff Bradshaw

Trombonist Jeff Bradshaw has lent his smokin’ hot horns to some of the top names in the industry, including The Roots, Jill Scott, and Jay Z. This month, Jeff brings it home with a funky-fresh performance for the latest edition of the Kimmel Center’s popular, and FREE, monthly music showcase Sittin’ In. Hosted by HOT 107.9 radio personality Laiya St. Clair.

Friday, December 13 — Bilal

Philly’s favorite soul-star Bilal is back on the scene and ready to deliver an incredible night of music at The Blockley. Since the release of his 2001 game-changing debut album 1st Born Second, Bilal has been reppin’ Philly’s classic soul sound—as only he can. Grab your tickets now, because this show will definitely be a sellout.  

Wednesday, December 18 — Drake: Would You Like A Tour?

Would you like a tour? After the release of his third studio album Nothing Was The Same, the hip-hop star Drake announced his "Would You Like A Tour?" tour, which all star lineup includes hit-making artists Miguel and Future. The stage-dominating trio lands in Philly on December 18 for a show stopping concert at the Wells Fargo Center. Don’t miss it!

Philly 360° Spotlights:

    • Mike Zombie
      • Mike Zombie
      • Photo Credit: Courtesy of Mike Zombie

The Evoluer House Gala

Fashionistas and style guys: Step out in high style for one of Philly’s most-fashionable parties with a purpose at The Evoluer House’s Parisian-themed gala. With a celebrity-packed guests list, and an amazing selection of French-inspired decor, cocktails and hor d’oeuvres—this is one fashion-filled celebration that you can’t afford to miss. Get all of the details here.

Mitchell & Ness Event Recap

The crew at Mitchell & Ness just took their Midtown store to the next level. Literally. Last month, to celebrate the launch of the popular vintage sportswear company’s second floor expansion at its flagship store, Philly 360° joined forces with This Is It Philly and threw an exclusive shopping event. And, all of your favorite Philly faces were in the building, including Young Savage, Chill Moody, Young Chris and Laiya St.Clair. Check out our recap.

Philly 360° Holiday Shopping Guide

Still on the search for that perfect holiday gift? Well, look no further, because Philly 360° has a few fly holiday shopping tips that can help you bring tons of local Philly flavor to the ones you love. Check out our post for some great gift ideas.

Mike Zombie Mixtape Release Party

Producer/emcee Mike Zombie quickly rose to fame by producing Drake’s double-platinum selling track, Started from the Bottom. This month, the rising rap star will release his own mixtape End of the Beginning with an exclusive release party at the Tower Theater in West Philly. Get more info here.

Fall For Philly: Janelle Monáe, KAWS, Powerhouse & More

  • Posted By: Philly 360
  • October 3, 2013
    • Fall In Love With Philly: Janelle Monae, Big Sean and KAWS
      • Fall In Love With Philly: Janelle Monae, Big Sean and KAWS
      • Photo Credit: Design by P. English

Featured Events:

Thursday, October 3 — Veteran Freshman Presents Raheem DeVaughn

R&B crooner Raheem DeVaughn hits the TLA stage to share music from his latest album, A Place Called Loveland. You’ll definitely want to be front-and-center when the self-proclaimed “Love King” lights up Philly with his smooth sounds.  

Saturday, October 5 — Danco On Danco

Philly’s favorite dance company, PHILADANCO returns with their annual showcase Danco On Danco, when Danco stars stun the audience a one-night-only dance explosion.

Wednesday, October 9 — Sittin’ In With Donn T

The Kimmel Center is back with another edition of its popular (and free) monthly jam session, Sittin’ In. Curated by Philly 360°’s own Stacey Flygirrl Wilson and hosted by Hot 107.9 radio personality Laiya St.Clair, this month’s showcase features singer/songwriter Donn T—who happens to be the sister of Philly 360° Ambassador Questlove—performing tracks from her upcoming project, Flight of Donn T.  #bethere

Sunday, October 13 – Janelle Monáe

Janelle Monáe is bringing her highly anticipated U.S. tour to Philly. Don’t miss this funky songstress tear up the Electric Factory and perform music from her newly released sophomoric album Electric Lady.

Friday October 11 – Winners’ Circle With MPrynt, Guordan Banks & More

Step into the Winners’ Circle with Philly’s rising stars as they rock Sigma Sound for one incredible night of R&B music. The unbelievable lineup features Philly faves like Motown recording artists MPrynt, singer/songwriter Guordan Banks, the always-fly Leah Smith and talented singer Jeremy Isaac.  

Friday, October 25 – Power 99’s Powerhouse

Power 99 FM is back on the scene with another star-studded Powerhouse concert at the Wells Fargo Center. And, trust us—PH2013 is doing it up big! This year, Powerhouse includes explosive performances by hitmakers including Chris Brown, Kendrick Lamar, Meek Mill, Big Sean, K. Michelle, Mario, Ace Hood, Sevyn Streeter and Yo Gotti. We did say big, right? Get your tickets today before it sells out.

Philly 360° Spotlights:

    • Rich Medina's Jump N Funk
      • Rich Medina's Jump N Funk
    • KAWS @ PAFA
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Jump N Funk At Penn Museum

Attention party people: This one is for all of the Philly peeps that aren’t afraid to break a sweat on the dance floor. DJ Rich Medina is taking his classic afrobeat dance party to the Penn Museum, fusing the best of Philly’s nightlife and creative scenes for an unforgettable night.  

Contest: Philly 360° Photo Contest

Do you pause to Instagram everything? This contest is for you. Snap some shots of your favorite public art around Philly. Then, get your friends to vote, and you could win a self portrait by Philly artist Ivben Taqiy, plus an overnight stay at a luxury hotel.

Philly 360° Rewind: Made In Philly

Last month, DJ Aktive teamed up with Chase Allen, Asia Sparks, Sterling Simms, Ley Joans and other up-and-coming artists for a Philly show like no other. As always, Philly 360° went behind-the-scenes to bring you an inside look at exactly what it takes to be Made In Philly. Check out our recap here.  


International art sensation KAWS is making his mark on Philly. Back with his second Philly installation this year, the painter/sculptor is partnering with the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA) to install one of his popular attention-grabbing pieces outside of the museum’s North Broad Street entrance, plus KAWS will feature 60 works in the galleries.

Black Music Month: The Sizzlin' Sounds of Philly

  • Posted By: Philly 360
  • June 6, 2013
    • Black Music Month: The Sizzlin' Sounds of Philly
      • Black Music Month: The Sizzlin' Sounds of Philly
      • Photo Credit: Created by P. English for GPTMC/Philly 360°

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. 

Featured Events

    • Tamia
      • Tamia

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 SongSaturday, 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 LIVEFriday, 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.

Philly 360º Spotlights 

    • The Roots Picnic
      • The Roots Picnic
      • Photo Credit: Photo by M. Kennedy for GPTMC

Philly 360° On Instagram

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

Roots Picnic Weekend

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. 

Night Market Philadelphia: West Oak Lane

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.

Philly 360° Rewind: Sittin’ In Featuring Laurin Talese

  • Posted By: Ashley Coleman
  • January 14, 2013
    • Laurin Talese at Sittin' In at The Kimmel Center
      • Laurin Talese at Sittin' In at The Kimmel Center
      • Photo Credit: P. English for GPTMC / Philly 360°

Last Wednesday, Laurin Talese commanded the attention of the monthly series, Sittin' In at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts. An initiative of bassist Anthony Tidd, one Wednesday out of each month, music lovers come together to see a main music act as well as experience Philadelphia's finest musicians.

Kicking off the night was DJ Phsh spinning tunes both old and new and with a twist. He kept the vibe going as attendees waited to hear the styling of Talese.

Laurin Talese is an Ohio native that made her way to Philadelphia to attend the University of the Arts to study vocal performance. Fast forward to 2013, she has toured the world and also solidified a partnership with world renowned bassist and musical director Adam Blackstone. Talese will soon release an EP under the BASSic Black Entertainment moniker.

Talese was absolutely breathtaking as she took the stage in an all white dress and golden stilettos. She wasted no time jumping into song, giving a brief synopsis of her mindset while writing each song. She explained that she loves writing about the ups and downs of love that she has experienced. Talese started out with her newest release “Winter” featuring GRAMMY-nominated pianist and producer, Robert Glasper, which was written with pianist Eric Wortham.

Her Jazz set featured mostly original music of Talese's both old and new. And Talese shocked the crowd when she invited special guest Vivian Green up to do a cover of "Kissing a Fool" originally written and performed by George Michael. Green was very well received by the crowd and the chemistry of their two voices was enough to make you melt.

The band backing Talese was nothing short of all-star with Eric Wortham on piano, Anwar Marshall on drums, Wayne Moore on bass, Stephen Tirpak on trombone, Josh Lawrence on trumpet, and Ben O’ Neill as well as Anthony DeCarlo on guitar.

Following a standing ovation by the crowd, Tidd invited all the attendees to stay for the remainder of the evening where musicians would actually sit in and jam the night away.

You can take a listen to “Winter” below.

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