Your guide to Philly's diverse creative scene, nightlife, music, food & more
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!
When: Saturday, April 19
Where: Various venues
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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.
When: Satuday, June 7
Where: Longwood Gardens, 1001 Longwood Road, Kennett Square, PA
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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.
When: Saturday, June 19
Where: Morris Arboretum, 100 E. Northwestern Avenue
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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.
When: Saturday, September 20
Where: South Street between Broad & 16th Streets
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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.
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
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.
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.
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.
When: 1st and 3rd Fridays
Where: Reserve Wine Bar & Lounge
More info: facebook.com/reservephl
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.
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.
When: Weekly on Fridays
Where: Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
More info: philamuseum.org
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.
When: Friday nights through April 25
Where: Woodmere Art Museum, 9201 Germantown Avenue
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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.
Where: RiverStage/Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing, Columbus Boulevard at Chestnut Street
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
Sanctuary LIVE! Featuring Jacqueline Constance & Ganou When: Friday, April 18, 7 p.m. Where: Art Sanctuary, 628 S. 16th Street Cost: $10 More Info: RSVP online here. It’s about to go down at Art Sanctuary once again. This month,…
Philly Loves Def Jam When: Saturday, April 19, 9 p.m. Where: Johnny Brenda's, 1201 Frankford Avenue Cost: $10 before 11 p.m., $15 after More Info: Click here to RSVP online. It’s been 30 years since Def Jam landed on…
Black History & Culture Showcase When: Saturday, April 19 & Sunday, April 20. 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. Where: Pennsylvania Convention Center, 12th & Arch Street Cost: FREE More Info: Click here for details. As the official birthplace of…