Your guide to Philly's diverse creative scene, nightlife, music, food & more
When it comes down to holiday celebrations, Philly always does it big! And, Thanksgiving is no exception. From parties on Thanksgiving Eve and the 95th Annual Philadelphia Thanksgiving Day Parade to weekend nightlife affairs, we've pulled together a must-hit itinerary for Thanksgiving weekend in Philadelphia.
Also, be sure to check out uwishunu.com's complete guide to the holiday weekend for additional events and shopping options.
And, since it's the official start of the holidays, be sure to take advantage of the Visit Philly Overnight Hotel Package. It's the perfect way to explore the city’s holiday concerts, weekend parties and traditional holiday attractions throughout the entire weekend.
Wednesday, November 26, 3-9 p.m. | Rothman Institute Ice Rink at City Hall | $3 - 4
Before you hit the town for the evening, consider swinging by one of the more exciting holiday transformations in the city; the Rothman Institute Ice Rink at City Hall. The park will be open from 3 to 9 p.m. on Thanksgiving Eve, which gives you plenty of time to hit the ice before the night’s festivities. Admission is $3 for children ages 10 and under and $4 for adults. For those who don’t own their own skates, rental is $8. MORE INFO
Wednesday, November 26, 10 p.m. | Trilogy Nightclub, 601 Spring Garden Street | $10 - 20
This week, Stacey "Flygirrl" Wilson and crew will throw the Thanksgiving Eve party to end all parties — and it's going down right here in Philly. On Wednesday, November 26, the city's hottest DJs, live musicians and visual artists will all converge on Trilogy for the #ThanksgivingJawn, an unstoppable, two-floor party at Trilogy Nightclub. MORE INFO
Wednesday, November 26, 10 p.m. | Reserve Wine Bar, 724 Arch Street | $20
Stop through Reserve Wine Bar in Midtown as Revolt TV host Dj Damage provides a dope Thanksgiving Eve playlist. Damage will spin from 10 .p.m to 2 a.m. — making his long awaited first appearance in Philly since joining Diddy at Revolt TV. MORE INFO
A classic Philly tradition, the 6ABC Dunkin’ Donuts Thanksgiving Day Parade is the oldest in the country and a must-hit event for the family. The city streets will overflow stunning floats, giant balloons and local performers — from choirs and dance groups, to marching bands and more. Look forward to 18 balloons, gorgeous floats, fun special guests and stunning live performances. Get there early to make sure that you can grab a perfect view of the show. MORE INFO
Let's be honest, Thanksgiving Day is all about the eats, right? Fortunately, dozens of Philadelphia’s great restaurants make it easy for those aiming to avoid the cooking, baking, grocery store rush and post-meal clean up. Check out all of the city restaurants offering amazing dine-in or take-out meals this Thanksgiving. MORE INFO
Friday, November 28, 7 p.m. | The Liacouras Center, 1776 N Broad Street | $50-100
Philly’s fave R&B/soul station WDAS is teaming up with Soul Train to present an epic holiday jam at The Liacouras Center on N. Broad Street. On Friday, November 28 megastars including Jill Scott, Ledisi, Joe and Faith Evans will all land on one stage for an arena-rocking night of soul. Tickets will go fast, so grab your seats today. MORE INFO.
Saturday, November 29 | Uncut Fun House, 1617 N. 2nd Street | $20
Three Philly artists are teaming up on this dope new concept, House Party Art Show. Don Scott, Gabe Tiberino and Ivben Taqiy Muhammad are throwing an epic party, inspired in part by the 90's film of the same name. The perfect way to kick off your weekend or rebound after Thanksgiving eats, the House Party Art Show will touch on the history of art , fashion, hip hop and style from the late 80's to the Early 90's. MORE INFO
Housed in an architecturally stunning historic Center City Philadelphia building at 8th and Market streets, the Franklin Flea will pop up for its second year in the former home of long-shuttered department store Strawbridge & Clothier, located right next door to the brand-new Century 21 department store. At the wintertime market, shoppers can expect a finely tuned selection of around 50 vendors set up amid the antique chandeliers and marble columns of the historic space, selling everything from fine antiques and vintage clothing to handmade decorative arts and gourmet street food. MORE INFO
This year, Philadelphia will host the very 1st Annual WDAS Holiday Jam presented by Soul Train Music. This very special event will take place Friday, November 28 at the Liacouras Center with performances by an all-star lineup of R&B/Soul hitmakers. There will even be a DJ set by Philly’s favorite international drummer/DJ, Questlove of the legendary Roots crew.
Held on Black Friday, the WDAS Holiday Jam is the perfect opportunity to continue the hoilday festivities after a full day of shopping with friends and family. Tis the season, right?
And trust us, when we say that this lineup is stacked — it's definitely stacked! Check out the details below.
Jill Scott — Jilly from Philly is coming home! The soulful singer/songwriter and poet made her rise during the Philadelphia-driven neo-soul movement of the early 2000s and has since transcended into actress, activist and much more.
KEM — This R&B great took the world by storm with the success of his single “Love Calls.” Since then, KEM has become one of the most distinctive and unique voices in R&B.
Ledisi — An undeniable powerhouse vocalist, Ledisi is definitely one of Philadelphia adopted daughters of soul — just ask Sound of Philadelphia mastermind Kenny Gamble. A vocalist who truly uses her voice as an instrument, Ledisi has worked with some of Philly's most notable songwriters, including Carvin and Ivan and the Philly Phatboiz.
Joe — Joe's smooth vocals have helped him stand the test of time. Over his career, Joe has gone from hip-hop hooks to recording flawless throwbacks paying homage to groups like Frankie Beverly and Maze.
Faith Evans — The first lady of Bad Boy Records, Faith Evans sultry voice continues to win over fans old and new. With a voice equally rooted in church and traditional R&B/soul and a discography full of hits, Faith Evans is 100% a legit American soul music icon.
This show is for the music lovers and is the perfect way to groove into the holiday spirit. So, be sure to grab your ticket as we’re sure they are going quickly!
This Saturday, Art Sanctuary — one of Philly's premier black art creative hubs — opens an exciting new exhibit featuring the work of Philly-based painter American Queen TJD. Dubbed "My Thoughts Wear Crowns," American Queen's exhibit will include 15+ graphic, graffiti-influenced works that will be on display through the end of the year.
Hailing from "the city of brotherly and sisterly affection," American Queen TJD states her purpose is to spread positive energy, hope and motivation through art. TJD's work is indeed positive message heavy — her recent series of paintings includes images of women donning crowns and affirming messages like, "Don't be good... Be Great"; "I love my black skin."; and "I am not a trophy."
Equal parts artist, philosopher and business woman, TJD holds a Masters of Science degree in Culture and Communications and a B.A. in Visual Communications with and Minor in business. The upwardly mobile artist labels her work as graffiti/abstract expressionism and cites a wide range of influences, including Basquiat, Chagall, Van Gogh, Keith Haring, Frida Kahlo, Picasso — even musical greats like Kanye West, Nina Simone and Lauryn Hill are on her list.
Though she's a fixture on the Philly creative scene, American Queen TJD has her eye set on the prize. On her site TJD states,
"I want to be considered as a visual art icon in (mainstream) America and beyond... My dream is to show at big venues like Art Basel because I believe female artists have something to say on big stages, and they need not be underrepresented in the grand scheme of things."
Recently Philly 360° caught up with TJD as she competed in Red Bull's Canvas Cooler Project at Arch Enemy Arts in Old City. You can check out TJD and the other local creative selected by Red Bull in our recap video below.
On Saturday, November 15 from 4 to 6 p.m., Art Sanctuary will host an opening reception for the "My Thoughts Wear Crowns" exhibit in their Graduate Hospital gallery space. The reception is free and open to the public and will have wine and light fare available.
Even though the exhibit will be on display through December, all of the pieces included in the show will be available for purchase — definitely a worthwhile acquisition for any collectors looking for the city's next hot artist. So, come out and support Art Sanctuary as they present the next Philly art phenom, American Queen TJD.
Ms. Lauryn Hill is once again on the road and she's capturing the hearts of fans, old and new. Undoubtedly, one of the most influential artists of this time, Ms. Hill will perform at the Electric Factory in Philadelphia this Saturday, November 15.
The South Orange, New Jersey native first popped up on the scene as a member of the innovative 90s hip-hop group, The Fugees. Along with Hill, the group also included emcees Wyclef Jean and Pras. The group went on to release two albums Blunted on Reality and the GRAMMY Award winning project, The Score. Hill’s versatility as both an emcee and stellar vocalist quickly set her apart.
After the disbanding of the group, each of the members focused on their solo careers, and Lauryn's seminal project, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, was born. Standing in a class all its own, Hill’s only studio solo album to date remains one of the most highly-acclaimed projects of our generation. Soon after the immense success of the project, the popular singer/songwriter retracted from the public spotlight, leaving fans in hot pursuit of new music from the hitmaking artist.
Now, Ms. Hill is back on the scene and touring across the country performing new renditions of her classic records. Her appearance at Bonnaroo this year gave fans a taste of her music with a new twist, pulling on her reggae, hip-hop and R&B influences. Though fans are still eagerly awaiting new music from Ms. Lauryn Hill, it appears that her existing material has still maintained it popular appeal. Yes, Ms. Lauryn Hill still sells out shows around the globe.
Coming to Philly this weekend, alternative hip-hop artist Kuf Knotz and the lyrically elite Talib Kweli will join Ms. Hill for a high energy show. You won’t want to miss this one, so be sure to grab a friend and head down for what’s sure to be an epic show.
Once a month on Wednesdays, The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts opens its doors and stages to some of the city's hottest musical talents for the popular music showcase, Sittin' In. Now approaching its third year, this free concert/party/jam session mashup is Philadelphia's go-to event for emerging talent, locally-based touring musicians — and the music lovers that can't get enough of their soulful sounds.
This Wednesday, November 12, The Kimmel Center returns with another dope edition Sittin' In featuring Philly jazz greats Francois Zayas and Venissa Santi. As always, Sittin' In resident turntablist DJ Matthew Law, formerly DJ PHSH, will spin in between sets by the featured acts.
8pm - DJ PHSH
9pm - Venissa Santi + guests
9:45pm - DJ PHSH
10pm - Francois Zayas + guests
10:45pm - DJ PHSH
11pm - Close
Recently, Philly 360° caught up with Sittin' In mastermind Anthony Tidd, as he led rehearsals for the Kimmel's all-star edition of Sittin' In, which featured headlining performances by Philly faves including Laurin Talese, Kate Faust, Jeff Bradshaw and Ursula Rucker.
Along with interviewing Tidd, we talked with the incredible group of musicians that regularly make up the Sittin' In house-band, including Korey Riker, Ernest Stuart, Steve Tirpak, Josh Lawrence andLuke Carlos O'Reilly — each a notable artist in their own right.
So check out our behind-the-scenes video below, and make sure to come out for our favorite free Philly jam, Sittin' In.
Their new track, “Hold it Down,” was produced by Top Dawg Entertainment’s Willie B., who is a part of the extremely popular Kendrick Lamar crew. The producer definitely brings the heat with the track's undeniable boom-bap, hip-hop beat — creating the perfect base for both artists to flow over. Chill opens the track, flowing seamlessly for two verses, and then Locksmith’s rapid-fire lyricism brings it home.
Somehow Moody finds the time to release new music in the midst of his various branding endeavors. In addition to his exclusive happy hour at the Pyramid Club and his #nicethings edition of Cerebellum water, Chill has even launchrf his own brand of car air fresheners. There's no doubt; Chill Moody is definitely about two things — his music and his hustle.
Dominating the Philly music scene, Moody continues to spread his music across the country and the world, citing the importance of the internet in spreading his brand in his hometown, and beyond.
Moody also served as a Music Ambassador for the PHL Live program presented by Councilman David Oh, which sought to have local talent compete for spots at a large scale music festival in Philadelphia. Moody dedicated himself to getting the word out for other local artists. Various competitions in R&B, Rap, DJing, Rock and much more took place all across the city over the last few weeks.
One of the most diplomatic and versatile artists we’ve seen in a while, many continue to be in awe of just how much Chill Moody has done as an independent artist. Take a listen to “Hold it Down” below and let us know that you think in the comments.
Rapper and acclaimed actor Common is coming to town on Monday, December 8 — and he’s not coming alone. Producer and hip-hop recording artist Jay Electronica will be joining the industry vet on multiple dates on the Nobody’s Smiling Tour.
The two recently collaborated on Common’s “Kingdom” remix from his latest LP and will be here in a few weeks to perform at The TLA on South Street.
Common's 10th studio release, Nobody's Smiling, was released earlier this year. The concept album explores the stories and struggle of everyday life in Common's hometown of Chicago. One of the many hip-hop artists that have emerged from the Chi-town music scene, Common's lyrical approach and crossover appeal have ensured that he has remained relevant, both in and out of the studio.
Common has made his way through both underground and mainstream music scenes in the span of his over 20-year career. After hooking up with Kanye West in 2004, Common began to reach new audiences with his gritty hip-hop style. Since first gaining mainstream notoriety in 1992, the rapper has gone on to add additional titles to his roster of credentials, including author, narrator and philanthropist.
Taking the show on the road, Common is hitting multiple cities across the country. Though opener Jay Electronica has yet to put out a major label studio album, he’s maintained a huge buzz in hip-hop culture. Jay rarely tours, so fans are in for a treat as the intricate lyricist joins Common on this tour.
Philly! Once again, Veteran Freshman is back on the scene with a dope lineup of concerts featuring all of the artists that you've been dying to see. This fall, all of your favorite hip-hop, soul and R&B are out on the road and stopping through to show their Philadelphia fans some love.
As always Veteran Freshman has curated an epic selection of insanely talented performers, including Lauryn Hill, Common, Method Man, Jhene Aiko, SZA and more. You can check out the Veteran Freshman Presents schedule below. Also be sure to keep an eye on Philly 360's events section for all of your must-hit music, fashion and cultural events.
Friday, November 7, 8 p.m. | The TLA, 334 South Street | $25
Buy tickets here.
Rapper Joey Bada$$ is on the road with a sizable US tour — building hype for his soon-to-be-released project, B4DA$$. Joey has already released a few singles from the track to rave review and will land at The TLA on Friday, November 7.
Thursday, November 13, 8 p.m. | Electric Factory, 421 N. 7th Street | $42
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Rappers YG and A$AP Ferg are teaming up for a short run of tour dates in November. The "BestCoast Connection" Tour kick off on November 13 in Philadelphia at The Electric Factory.
Saturday, November 15, 8 p.m. | Electric Factory, 421 N. 7th Street | $72
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After taking a break from touring, Ms. Lauryn Hill is back on the road connecting with fans and performing reimagined renditions of the hits we’ve all fell in love with. You can catch Lauryn on November 15 at the Electric Factory. Opening performance by rapper Talib Kweli.
Thursday, November 20, 8 p.m. | The Trocadero, 1003 Arch Street | $30
Buy tickets online here.
B.o.B first landed on the scene during the “Dirty South” music movement of the late 2000s, but his official breakthrough came in 2010 when he dropped the chart-topping hit “Nothing on You.” Since then, B.o.B. has collabed with major headliners like Lil Wayne, Taylor Swift, Nicki Minaj, Chris Brown and Juicy J.
Friday, November 21, 8 p.m | Electric Factory, 421 N. 7th Street | $61
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Famed rapper 50 Cent lands at the Electric Factory later this month, along with the original members of his G-Unit crew. The group recently got back together and is on the road for a substantial US music tour.
Tuesday, November 25, 8 p.m. | The TLA, 334 South Street | $32
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Wu-Tang Clan members Method Man and Redman are legit music royalty. This month, the duo is hitting The TLA alongside fellow rappers B-Real of Cypress Hill, Berner, Mic Jenkins and more.
Monday, December 8, 8 p.m. | TLA, 334 South Street | $35
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Hip-hop artist and entertainment great, Common is heading out on tour this fall. He lands in Philadelphia on December 8 alongside of special guest Jay Electronica. His upcoming tour is in support of his latest project, Nobody’s Smiling, which released earlier this year.
Friday, December 5, 8 p.m. | Electric Factory, 421 N 7th Street | Tickets on sale 11/7
Buy tickets here.
Jhene Aiko is hitting Philly this month and she's bringing along a few special guests. Aiko just announced the Enter The Void tour with SZA and The Internet, which hits Philly in December.
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 later this week. 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.
Last month, after successfully releasing her new single, "Hey Boy" featuring Snoop Dogg, Goapele dropped her third studio album Strong as Glass. In addition to appearances by Snoop Dogg and crooner Eric Benet, Goapele's recent 10-track project includes her signature ethereal music stylings, flawless vocals and her thoughtful, emotion-filled songwriting.
In a recent interview, the singer/songwriter was quoted saying,
“It's full of surprises and I hope my fans will enjoy this musical journey with me,” she previously said about the new album. “I sung my heart out on this project and I got to work with producers & writers that pushed me as an artist.”
Catch Goapele on Saturday, November 8 at World Cafe Live as she lands in Philadelphia with her Strong as Glass US music tour. Get there in time for the opening performance by Philadelphia’s own R&B/pop/folk vocalist Jade Alston.
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 talent our way.
Anchored in the popular West Philadelphia neighborhood of the University City, the Annenberg produces a full year of rich music and cultural programming on the campus of University of Pennsylvania. From jazz greats like Patti Austin and Branford Marsalis, to the acclaimed poetry of Philadelphia's own Ursula Rucker, the Annenberg is set to present an unstoppable season of programming once again.
You can visit www.annenbergcenter.org to view their full year of programs. To get you started, we've pulled together a few of the Annenberg's can't-miss shows below. Check out our top picks!
November 1, 8 p.m. | Zellerbach Theatre | $30-75 | Buy tickets here.
Patti Austin, the Grammy® award-winning vocalist, began her career at age four, and has wowed audiences ever since. Her 17 albums range from jazz to soul to R&B and her voice has graced the recordings of Quincy Jones, Luther Vandross, Bette Midler and Diana Ross. Austin’s stunning vocals continue to impress and electrify, making her a true artist whose creativity knows no limits.
November 16, 7 p.m. | Zellerbach Theatre | $30-75 | Buy tickets here.
Arturo Sandoval is the most prodigious Cuban trumpeter of his generation. A protege of legendary jazz master Dizzy Gillespie, Sandoval forged his own bold synthesis of bebop and Cuban styles, earning him 10 Grammy awards, six Billboard awards and one Emmy award along the way. He is known for his virtuoso technical ability and gravity-defying improvisational flights. Whenever Sandoval picks up his horn, expect that fireworks will follow.
January 15-17, Various Times | Zellerbach Theatre | $30 | Buy tickets here.
Contemporary dance meets theatre, performance art, opera, ballet …and drag! Rosie Herrera’s innovative ensemble makes its way from Miami’s vibrant arts scene to the Annenberg Center stage for its Philadelphia debut. A favorite at the prestigious American Dance Festival, this program includes Various Stages of Drowning: A Cabaret and Dining Alone.
January 23 & 24, 8 p.m. | Harold Prince Theatre | $30 | Buy tickets here.
A moving memoir told through a compilation of five solo contemporary dance performances. Choreographed and performed by local Philadelphia artist Amy Lynne Barr, the evening explores many aspects of what it really means to experience life: What is one capable of? What will one become? What is the meaning of all that surrounds us?
February 5, 7:30 p.m. | Zellerbach Theatre | $30-75 | Buy tickets here.
NEA Jazz Master, Grammy® award‐winning saxophonist and Tony® award nominee Branford Marsalis is one of the most revered instrumentalists today. Born into New Orleans’ most distinguished musical family, his life and career have intersected with a host of jazz giants including Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, Herbie Hancock and Sonny Rollins. Marsalis leads his quartet with the charisma and intensity of a living jazz legend.
March 28, 8 p.m. | Zellerbach Theatre | $30-75 | Buy tickets here.
Jazz violinist Regina Carter speaks to her generation and her ancestors. Her latest recording, Southern Comfort, pays homage to her grandfather’s roots and mixes blues, gospel, spiritual, folk and country music as they evolved with jazz, R&B and global influences. “Regina Carter creates music that is wonderfully listenable, probingly intelligent and, at times, breathtakingly daring…taking the listener into the future of jazz” (Time Magazine).
February 6 – 7, 8 p.m. | Harold Prince Theater | $30 | Buy tickets here.
Her art is for social change. Philadelphia-born poet, activist and recording artist Ursula Rucker bares heart and soul through poetry. My Father’s Daughter is a live, epic poem accompanied by music and video imagery that tells Rucker’s painful but victorious survival story. The wounded life of her mother informs the daughter, creating the artist and woman Rucker is today.
Patrick Kelly: Runway of Love & Gerlan Jeans Loves Patrick Kelly When: April 27, 2014 - December 7, 2014 Where: Perelman Building, Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2525 Pennsylvania Avenue Cost: $20 General Admission | $14 Students More Info: www.philamuseum.org…
My Thoughts Wear Crowns When: Opening reception, Saturday, November 15, 4 - 6 p.m.; Exhibit open through December 31, 2014 Where: Art Sanctuary, 628 S. 16th Street Cost: Free More Info: RSVP for the reception here, or view Art…