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March Must-Hit List: Jazmine Sullivan, Kevin Hart, Lauryn Hill, Meek Mill & More

  • Posted By: Philly 360
  • March 4, 2015
    • Lauryn Hill
      • Lauryn Hill
      • Photo Credit: Photo by Karl Ferguson

Featured Events:

Winners Circle III  — Thursday, March 5

Step into The Winners Circle III with Philly’s freshest acts as they rock The TLA with a night of unstoppable music. Round three of this popular showcase features performances by a serious lineup of Philadelphia-born talents, including Motown recording artists MPrynt, girl group Good Girl and R&B/soul newcomer Jeremy Isaac.


Chill Moody’s Birthday Bash: #30IsTheNew30 —  Saturday, March 7

There's no doubt about it—West Philly emcee Chill Moody is a man about town. On any given day, you can catch Chill holding it down anywhere from City Hall to one of Philly’s many dope music venues. This Saturday, Chill is calling on all of his hometown friends and fam out to come out and help him celebrate “the big 3-0” at The TLA on South Street. Expect plenty of fun, food, drinks, and of course, live music.

    • MPrynt
      • MPrynt
      • Photo Credit: D. McDowell for GPTMC/Philly 360°

Somi — Saturday, March 7

Acclaimed jazz singer/songwriter Somi infuses contemporary soul and pop sounds with the musical traditions of Rwanda and Uganda to create a sound that’s all her own. Described as the perfect blend of the boldness of Nina Simone and the precise jazz vocals of Dianne Reeves, Somi lands at The Painted Bride for a stunning, unforgettable evening of music in Old City.


The Return Of The Harvest — Wednesday, March 11

Experience Philly's premier poets, emcees, vocalists and comedians as they hit the World Cafe Live stage for The Return of The Harvest. The March showcase marks the six-year anniversary of this popular monthly open mic presented by Spoken Soul 215. Six years strong, this is definitely a can’t-miss event—you may even be inspired to step up to the mic too! #youneverknow

    • 8 Must-Hit Shows Through March
      • 8 Must-Hit Shows Through March

Meek Mill — Saturday, March 21

One of Philly’s hottest emcees, Meek Mill is coming home this month. On Saturday, March 21, Meek hits the Wells Fargo Center with an epic homecoming concert featuring Rick Ross, DJ Khaled, Yo Gotti, Jadakiss and more. The Maybach Music Group recording artist and his crew will be laying it all out, hit after hit, for an arena-rocking night of hip-hop for Meek’s  hometown fans.


Flutronix & Ryan Matthews — Friday, March 20

Described by The Wall Street Journal as “a unique blend of classical music, hip-hop, electronic programming and soulful vocals reminiscent of neo-R&B stars like Erykah Badu,” New York-based flute duo Flutronix brings a special  live music collab featuring  Philly-based trombonist Ryan Matthews to World Cafe Live. Blending their unique flute sound with Matthews’ trombone-meets-electronica stylings, Flutronix is set to deliver another must-hit performance for fans, old and new.


Ms. Lauryn Hill — Saturday, March 28

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 connecting with fans and performing  reimagined versions of the hit songs we all love. Catch Lauryn at The Keswick Theater in Glenside for or the Small Axe: Acoustic Performance Series.

    • CONTEST: Jazmine Sullivan Hits The TLA
      • CONTEST: Jazmine Sullivan Hits The TLA
      • Photo Credit: Courtesy of the artist

Philly 360° SPOTLIGHT:


Win Tickets To See Jazmine Sullivan At The TLA

Philly's own R&B/soul powerhouse Jazmine Sullivan is heading out on tour in support of her latest album, The Reality Show. The RCA recording artist will be tearing down the house at her SOLD OUT show at The TLA on March 10. Didn’t grab tickets before the show sold out? We’re hooking up one lucky fan with a pair of tickets. Enter by Friday, March 6 for a chance to win big. 


Kevin Hart’s What Now? Tour

Superstar entertainer, actor and native Philly funnyman Kevin Hart just announced a massive North American tour. The WHAT NOW? TOUR will take Hart to 45 cities throughout the U.S. and Canada, and of course his biggest show is in his hometown. Get the details on the August 30 show and watch our exclusive behind-the-scene footage of Kevin shopping sportswear hub Mitchell & Ness with Ice Cube.

    • Behind The Scenes With Kevin Hart And Ice Cube
      • Behind The Scenes With Kevin Hart And Ice Cube
      • Photo Credit: M. Edlow for Visit Philadelphia / Philly 360°

Dice Raw & The Last Jimmy

Dice Raw of The Roots is hitting the stage again, headlining another run of his latest production, "The Last Jimmy." A hip-hop satire, "The Last Jimmy" is hip-hop musical odyssey that  travels through the plight of young African American males through song and dance. Get more details.


Playlist: Ben O’Neill’s EP Ghost And Green Shoots

Ben “Bananas” O’Neill built a name for himself by lending his flawless guitar skills to major music acts like Kanye West, Kid Cudi and Tye Tribbett. Now, O’Neill steps out into the forefront as a solo artists with his debut EP, Ghost and Green Shoots. Listen to the project now on the Philly 360° Playlist.


Step Into The Winners Circle III With MPrynt, Good Girl & Jeremy Isaac - Thursday, March 5

  • Posted By: Philly 360
  • March 3, 2015
    • The Winners Circle
      • The Winners Circle
      • Photo Credit: D. alfaro for Philly 360° / Visit Philadelphia

Are you ready to step back into the Winner’s Circle? This Thursday, March 5, the epic Philly showcase returns for round three featuring MPrynt, Good Girl, and Jeremy Isaac & The HangoverAnd, it's all going down at uber-popular South Street music hub, The TLA.

This evening is brought to us by The Starr Island Group and boasts a show exploding with real R&B, live in concert. Featuring some of the hottest young talent in Philly, this all star lineup will not disappoint.

Here's a look at The Winners Circle III lineup: 

    • MPrynt
      • MPrynt
      • Photo Credit: D. McDowell for GPTMC/Philly 360°

MPrynt

Deemed Philly's next "it-group" — Motown recording artists, MPrynt take harmony to another level. The guys, Tyce, Fah, Buddah and Rael, have been touring the country wowing fans with their live performances and YouTube covers of R&B classics with a new school Philly twist.

Good Girl

It’s been a minute since a solid girl group has emerged on the scene, but Good Girl is well on their way to changing this. Citing legendary groups like TLC, En Vogue, SWV and Destiny's Child as influences, Good Girl  pays homage to these icons—but they're definitely looking to make their own mark on the industry.

    • The Winners Circle
      • The Winners Circle
      • Photo Credit: D. alfaro for Philly 360° / Visit Philadelphia

Jeremy Isaac & The Hangover

Jeremy Isaac’s flawless vocals are something you don't want to miss. His smooth sound is seamless and his music is honest and relatable. Isaac has shared stages with a major list of talent, including Angie Stone, Vivian Greene, Charlie Wilson and more. Joined by his band, The Hangover, this soulful crooner's eclectic mix of influences is undeniable. 

This is 100% another can't-miss production by Starr Island. So, grab your tickets now.


The Winners Circle III Featuring MPrynt, Good Girl & Jeremy Isaac
When: Thursday, March 5, 7:30 p.m.
Where: The TLA, 334 South Street
Cost: $15
More Info: Buy tickets online here. 


Want a little preview of the Winners Circle vibe? Check out our recap of The Winners Circle II.


TOP PICKS: 6 Can't-Miss Events For The Weekend

  • Posted By: Philly 360
  • February 27, 2015
    • The Winners Circle II
      • The Winners Circle II
      • Photo Credit: D. Alfaro for Philly 360°

Philly! The weekend is finally here and it's time to relax and shed the weekday stress —Philly style! To help you get your weekend party started, we've pulled together this list of six must-hit events that are going down in Philadelphia this weekend. 

From art exhibits at Art Sanctuary and the Philadelphia Museum of Art, to concerts and parties with your Philly faves, including Rich Medina, DJ Jazzy Jeff, OCD: Moosh & Twist and more — this is your weekend intinerary courtesy of Philly 360°. 

So, grab your crew, hit the streets and have some fun. Let's go! 


6 Can't-Miss Events For The Weekend!

    • Art Sanctuary
      • Art Sanctuary
      • Photo Credit: Image by Nucultur

Ivben Taqiy Presents Green Winter

Through February 28 | Art Sanctuary, 628 S. 16th Street | Cost: Free | MORE INFO

This weekend, Art Sanctuary — one of Philly's premier black art creative hubs — closes an exciting new exhibit featuring the work of Ivben Taqiy. Dubbed "Green Winter," Taqiy's exhibit, which will be on display through the end of February, will include over a dozen of the popular painter's, pop culture-influenced works.

Green Winter includes portraits of notable artists including Floyd Mayweather, Lauryn Hill, Allen Iverson, Michael Jackson and more. 

    • OCD: Moosh & Twist
      • OCD: Moosh & Twist
      • Photo Credit: Courtesy of the artist

OCD: Moosh & Twist 

Friday, February 27, 8 p.m. | The TLA, 334 South Street | $18 | MORE INFO

Since their first mixtape OCD has appeared continuously on syndicated industry media outlets such as FORBES, XXL, RESPECT MAG, ILLROOTS, HIPHOPDX, and many more. Today, Moosh & Twist can be seen touring the country and performing for their thousands of fans as headliners, performing at festivals, and opening for acts such as The White Panda, Hoodie Allen, Wale, and others. Catch the duo at South Street hotspot, The TLA, as they hold it down for their hometown fans.

    • Rich Medina
      • Rich Medina

Get Lifted with DJs Rich Medina, Mike Nyce & Cosmo Baker

Friday, February 27 [and every 4th Friday] | Trilogy, 601 Spring Garden Street | $10 | MORE INFO 

This weekend, Flygirrl and GL Productions return with another dope concept. On Friday, February 27, all roads leads to Trilogy Nightclub for the next edition of Get Lifted with DJs Rich Medina, Mike Nyce and Cosmo Baker. The trio of Philly turntable phenoms will spin everything from hip-hop and classics to funk, afrobeat, soul and more. Trust us — this is 100% a can’t-miss affair.

    • Represent: 200 Years of African American Art
      • Represent: 200 Years of African American Art
      • Photo Credit: Courtesy of PMA

Represent: 200 Years of African American Art

January 10, 2015 - April 5, 2015 | The Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway | $14-20 Admission | MORE INFO

This winter, the Philadelphia Museum of Art will present an exhibition highlighting its exceptional holdings of work by African American artists. Reflecting a broad range of stories, subjects, styles, mediums, and traditions, Represent: 200 Years of African American Art will include works by Horace Pippin, Jacob Lawrence, Alma Thomas, Martin Puryear, and Carrie Mae Weems, and many others.

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

Philly Loves J Dilla 

Saturday, February 28, 9 p.m. - 2 a.m. | Johnny Brenda's, 1201 Frankford Avenue | $15 | MORE INFO

Jay Dee, known to many as J Dilla, will be forever hailed as one of the finest producers to ever walk the earth. Gone but never gotten — Philly will celebrate the influential rapper's music and life legacy with the return of Philly Loves J Dilla to popular NoLibs bar/music venue, Johnny Brenda's.

On February 29, the dopest DJ's from Philly, and beyond, wil gather at JB's for all-star Dilla tribute, featuring the one-and-only DJ Jazzy Jeff, along with DJ Mike Nyce. Also, holding the event down as host will be Jeff's rap protégé Dayne Jordan.

    • BASSic Black Entertainment & Sigma Sound Present The Exclusive Philly After Party - Chill Moody & Beano
      • BASSic Black Entertainment & Sigma Sound Present The Exclusive Philly After Party - Chill Moody & Beano
      • Photo Credit: D. McDowell for GPTMC/Philly 360°

Tri State Indie Music Awards

Sunday, March 1 | 6 p.m. |World Café Live, 3025 Walnut Street | $5 - 50 | MORE INFO 

The 4th Annual Tri State Indie Music Awards returns and once again this year — it is bigger and better than ever. On Sunday, March 1 at World Café Live, the red carpet will be rolled out for all of the artists that are making waves in their respective genres. The room will be filled with Philly influencers and everything will be waiting to see who will go home with the prize.

Tri State Indie celebrates the best of the best in music in Philadelphia and its surrounding areas. The pool of nominees are from a diverse crowd in the area and include some familiar faces like turntablist extraordinaire Matthew Law, Philly's favorite hip-hop artist Chill Moody, the multifaceted singer/songwriter Jacqueline Constance, sultry jazz vocalist Laurin Talese, R&B throwback group Good Girl and many more. 

 

Philly Emcee Chill Moody Hits The TLA With #30IsTheNew30 - Saturday, March 7

  • Posted By: Ashley Coleman
  • February 25, 2015
    • Chill Moody at the Roots Picnic
      • Chill Moody at the Roots Picnic
      • Photo Credit: M. Edlow for GPTMC

West Philadelphia emcee Chill Moody is turning 30 and he's inviting the whole city to come and celebrate on March 7 at South Street hotspot, The TLA. Like every Chill Moody venture, this blowout bash will be a full on experience — complete with performances, food, and plenty of live Philly music, of course.

Chill's birthday concert is going to be full of can't-miss performances by rising stars including Beano, Ol’ Souls, Jacqueline Constance, DJ Ricochet, Kid Felix and more. Though every TLA concert is an unforgettable experience, guests can take their experience to the next level with a VIP pass. VIP ticket holders will be able to enjoy private balcony seating, catering by Drunken Sushi, a private bar, early entry meet-and-greet with Chill, and a gift bag!

The evening will of course be topped off with a headlining performance by the birthday boy — Mr. Chill Moody. If you've ever been to one of Chill's live shows, then you already know to expect a few surprises and a musically-charged, high-energy performance by Chill. The show has major partners including Philly’s one-stop-shop for authentic and fashionable sporting apparel, Mitchell & Nessand Wired 96.5 Philly.

One of the most influential artists in the city, Chill Moody has been making major waves as usual. From his Phirst Tuesdays open mic series to interviews with All Def Digital and performing, he is showing independent artists how to move like they have a major label deal.

It’s only appropriate that Moody would celebrate where he is most comfortable – the stage. So make sure to grab your tickets early as they are sure to go fast. For the release of his RFM LP, Chill sold out the 800 seat venue, quickly. So, don’t say we didn’t warn you.


Chill Moody’s 30th Birthday Bash" #30IsTheNew30
When: Saturday, March 7, 9 p.m.
Where: The TLA, 334 South Street
Cost: $25 GA, $40 VIP
More Info: Click here.


Watch our exlcusive recap of Chill Moody's Who Do You Love... More? release party, below.


Philly 360° Playlist: Ben O'Neill Shines On His Latest Project 'Ghosts And Green Shoots'

  • Posted By: Ashley Coleman
  • February 24, 2015
    • Ben O'Neill
      • Ben O'Neill
      • Photo Credit: Zamani Feelings / Courtesy of Ben O'Neill

Philly, if you haven't already, it's definitely time for you to get familiar with Ben O'Neill.

You might might recognize Ben “Bananas” O’Neill as a guitarist and band member for major acts in music like Kanye West, Kid Cudi and Tye Tribbett, but O’Neill has also been building serious buzz for his work as a solo artist. This week, Ben is bringing his heartfelt vocals and stunning instrumentation straight to the Philly 360° Playlist.

His latest effort Ghosts & Green Shots is a refreshing project with standout singles like the must-hear track “Remind Me to Forget." The background vocals set a beautiful landscape for O’Neill’s great falsetto tone, and of course, Ben's guitar shines bright, pulling the listener right into the rhythm and feel of the project.

Citing influences such as Bon Iver and The Dirty Projectors, O’Neill put together a unique project. You can hear some voice bending, lots of reverb, and great and intricate lyrics. He touches upon life, love, and all that comes along with it. Playing on the project are tons of other Philadelphia heavyweight musicians including Anthony DeCarlo, Tone Whitfield and Wayne Moore, to name a few.

    • Ben O'Neill
      • Ben O'Neill
      • Photo Credit: Zamani Feelings / courtesy of Ben O'Neil

In addition to promoting his creative new project, O’Neill has also been filming awesome a creative new series entitled Ben O’Neill Songwriter Sessions. In the new monthly series, O’Neill covers some classic, extremely well written songs that are important to music. His latest cover, Sturgill Simpson’s “Voices.” These dynamic and well shot videos give younger artists a glimpse into the world of great songwriters.  His other covers include Bob Dylan’s “Shelter from the Storm” and Jason Isbell’s “Relatively Easy,” which we've included below.

A GRAMMY-nominated artist, teacher, fantastic guitar player, producer — and now front man — O’Neill is the perfect example of the diversity of amazing music coming out of Philadelphia! This project allows you to get lost in the storytelling, nod you head to the intricate rhythms, and provides ear treats all throughout.

Take a listen to “Remind Me to Forget” below and be sure to let us know what you think in the comments!


Philly's Own Kevin Hart Brings The 45-City WHAT NOW? Tour Home To Lincoln Financial Field - Sunday, August 30

  • Posted By: James Claiborne
  • February 19, 2015
    • Kevin Harts' WHAT NOW? TOUR
      • Kevin Harts' WHAT NOW? TOUR
      • Photo Credit: Courtesy of Live Nation

Superstar entertainer, actor and native Philly funnyman Kevin Hart just announced  a massive North American tour. The WHAT NOW? TOUR will take Hart to 45 cities throughout the U.S. and Canada.

One of the most notable and anticipated comedy tours of the year, What Now? brings Hart home to Philadelphia for the biggest show on the tour – a stadium show at Lincoln Financial Field on Sunday, August 30. The Lincoln Financial Field show marks the first time a comedian has headlined a NFL football stadium. And, we're definitely Philly proud about this epic milestone for Hart's career!

One of the enertainment industry's biggest stars, Kevin Hart has come up through the ranks to be an undeniably influential entertainer and award-winning actor. In 2015, Hart will release two movies in addition to hitting the road for this tour. Kevin can currently be seen in The Wedding Ringer and in March 2015, he will star opposite Will Ferrell in Warner Bros. Pictures' Get Hard. Next year, Kevin will star in Ride Along 2, the anticipated sequel to last year’s $100 million blockbuster hit.

Kevin definitely gets his grind-hard mentality from his Philly roots, and all of his hard work has more than paid off. Tickets for the Philadelphia show go on sale Friday, February 20 — so  make sure to grab your tickets early.

Also, be sure to check out our exlcusive with Kevin and Ice Cube, as they shopped Philly sportwear destination Mitchell & Ness. As always — Kevin Hart's got jokes for days.  


Kevin Hart: WHAT NOW? Tour
When: Sunday, August 30, 8 p.m.
Where: Lincoln Financial Field, 1 Lincoln Financial Field Way, Philadelphia, PA 19147
Cost: $55-155
More Info: Buy tickets online here.


Luke James & BJ The Chicago Kid Are Next Up At Underground Arts - Thursday, February 26

  • Posted By: James Claiborne
  • February 19, 2015
    • Luke James
      • Luke James
      • Photo Credit: Courtesy of Luke James

Following his deal with J Records and a 2006 single titled "My Turn," New Orleans native Luke James gained major attention as a songwriter and background vocalist. The soulful singer/songwriter lent his formidble writing skills to co-pen hits like Tank's "I Hate U," Charlie Wilson's "Love, Love, Love," Britney Spears' "Kill the Lights," Chris Brown's "Crawl," and Justin Bieber's "That Should Be Me," among others.

Eventually signing to Mercury, James released his his hit single, "I Want You," which earned the talented crooner major love from critics, fans and radio. James followed with three more singles in 2013, as well a handful in 2014 that preceded the release of his self-titled debut album.

On Thursday, February 26, Luke James performs at Underground Arts in Philadelphia alongside industry newcomer B.J. The Chicago Kid — who is being hailed as one of the most explosive, yet mature, soulful artists/writers of our young generation.

Together, these two wize-beyond-their-age vocalists will lay down a unforgettable night of entertainment in the name of feel-good music. Grab your tickets now.


Luke James & B.J. The Chicago Kid
When: Thursday, February 26, 8 p.m.
Where: Underground Arts, 1200 Callowhill Street
Cost:$25
More Info: Click here purchase tickets online. 


Check out our behind-the-scenes with Luke James.


Dice Raw Of The Roots Crew Headlines Hip-Hop Satire "The Last Jimmy" At The Prince Music Theater - March 18 - 21

  • Posted By: James Claiborne
  • February 18, 2015
    • Dice Raw
      • Dice Raw
      • Photo Credit: Courtesy of the artist

Next week, Dice Raw of The Roots is hitting the stage, headlining another run of his latest production, "The Last Jimmy." A hip-hop satire, "The Last Jimmy" tackles the emotionally-charged subject of mass incarceration of African-American males in the US. The hip-hop musical odyssey travels through the plight of the court experience of young African American males, and the American prison system expressed through song, music, and dance. 

The production was written by Phillip Brown, includes original music and lyrics by Dice Raw of the Roots Crew. Dice Raw’s highly-acclaimed concept album “Jimmy’s Back” is the centerpiece for this entertaining and thought-provoking production.  

A popular and present artist on the Philadelphia music scene, Dice Raw raw's signature style of rap was first heard alongside Philly's famous hip-hop band, The Roots. Dice made his industry debut on the hit track "The Lesson, Pt. 1." And soon after, he made a name for himself with his distinct cameos on "Adrenaline" and "Lockdown," where his hard-hitting style worked perfectly alongside the heady rhymes of Roots frontman Black Thought.

Along with Dice Raw, the production features a stellar lineup of Philadelphia talents, and after the Friday night performance audience members are invited to stick around for a post-show talkback discussion.

We last saw this show last fall, during it's near sold-out run at the New Freedom Theatre — a Philly institution which has a rich history training generations of black creatives and giving voice to the African-American experience through theater. 

For this run, "The Last Jimmy" will be steps from Philadelphia's Avenue of the Arts, staging the production at the historic Prince Music Theater on Chestnut Street. Don't miss this groundbreaking work featuring many of Philly's best and brightest talents on one stage. 


The Last Jimmy featuring Dice Raw 
When: March 21 - 28
Where: Prince Music Theater, 1412 Chestnut Street
Cost: $35- $60
More Info: Buy tickets here.


Philly 360° Playlist: Check Out Philly Emcee Dayne Jordan's Latest Single "Wash It Down'

  • Posted By: Ashley Coleman
  • February 18, 2015
    • Dayne Jordan
      • Dayne Jordan
      • Photo Credit: D. King for Visit Philadelphia

Philly emcee Dayne Jordan has been steadily releasing singles over the last six months, and now, with the release of his new EP, he’s raising the stakes. This week, Dayne is blazing the Philly 360° Playlist with his newest release “Wash it Down." You can listen to the track here.

The track was produced by Philly’s legendary DJ Jazzy Jeff and James Poyser of The Roots crew. The song is accompanied by an amazing visual piece shot over the black sand beaches of New Zealand and is featured on his recently-dropped EP, In Progress.

Last year, Philly 360° caught up with Jordan and DJ Jazzy Jeff for an exclusive in-studio interview — check out the video below.

Jordan, formerly known as Dosage, has been making major waves in the industry for some time now. Dayne first caught the attention of popular industry rapper Lupe Fiasco and is now working closely with Jeff to shape his sound and career trajectory. Last year Jordan performed alongside DJ Jazzy Jeff on two world tours and made multiple appearances across the country. Jordan was also recently featured on NBA Inside Stuff during this year’s All-Star Weekend.  

A natural storyteller, Jordan’s music tells the story of his life, lessons learned, and ultimately where he is heading. The EP is full of soulful production mostly produced by DJ Jazzy Jeff, but also features DJ Ferno, along with Poyser. Philly native and R&B songstress Ebony Joi is also featured on the hit track “Lost.” The energy of the project is refreshing and Jordan’s perspective and lyrical prowess helps him stand out from the rest.

Jordan has a strong sense of self and motivation. His brand 3D, has a positive motto stating “We believe that you can accomplish anything you set out to do through a Dream, Drive, and Determination.”

We are looking forward to hearing a lot more from Jordan. In the meantime, check out “Wash it Down” and let us know what you think in the comments. 


TOP PICKS: Eight Must-Hit Shows In Philly Through March

  • Posted By: James Claiborne
  • February 12, 2015
    • Jazmine Sullivan
      • Jazmine Sullivan
      • Photo Credit: Courtesy of Jazmine Sulivan

Philly, there certainly will be no shortage of dope live music rocking our stages over the next few weeks. From heavyweight music veteran Lauryn Hill  to Philly-born sensations like Jazmine Sullivan and MPrynt — we've pulled together a list of ten can't-miss concerts hitting our town soon.

You can find all of the details on these shows below, and be sure to keep an eye on the Philly 360° events page for all of the city's hottest live music concerts, fashion events and creative happenings. Let's go!


Eight Must-Hit Shows in Philly Through March

    • Kindred the Family Soul - Fatin & Aja
      • Kindred the Family Soul - Fatin & Aja
      • Photo Credit: Courtesy of Kindred the Family Soul

1. Kindred The Family Soul

Thursday, February 19, 8 p.m | World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut Street | $35
Buy tickets here.

Born from the same turn-of-the-century Philadelphia neo-soul movement that birthed Jill Scott, the married duo Fatin Dantzler and Aja Graydon are Kindred the Family Soul.

Since first being discovered by Jill Scott at the Black Lily Film & Music Festival and signing to Hidden Beach Recordings, Kindred has toured the globe and continued to keep Philly soul on alive and on the map. Catch the duo at World Cafe Live for an incredible, undeniably Philly night of soul in University City.

 
    • ?uestlove on the drums, Black Thought on the mic
      • ?uestlove on the drums, Black Thought on the mic
      • Photo Credit: Photo by M. Edlow for GPTMC

2. GrassROOTS Community Foundation: 5th Annual Let’s Move It: Philly Party

Saturday, February 21, 9 PM | Trilogy, 601 Spring Garden Street | $20 and Up
Buy tickets here.

The brainchild of Philly legend and Roots crew member, Black Thought and Dr. Janice Johnson Diaz, the GrassROOTS Community Foundation is throwing their 5th Annual Let’s Move It: Philly Party! Saturday, Feb. 21 it all goes down at Trilogy Nightclub and all of Philadelphia, and beyond, is invited to come out and party for a purpose.

This year’s theme is all about the Philly Classics. From the music, to the food and entire, guests will get to enjoy a healthy dose of Philly nostalgia. On the ones and twos will be the legendary DJ Jazzy Jeff, along with Black Thought of The Roots and fellow turntable icon Rich Medina.

So grab a friend or two and a pair of your favorite Reebok Classics and head down to Trilogy for some amazing music, food and to help support a Philadelphia School. Dress is chic, whether heels or sneakers!

    • Luke James
      • Luke James
      • Photo Credit: Courtesy of Luke James

3. Luke James & B.J. The Chicago Kid

Thursday, February 26, 8 p.m. | Underground Arts, 1200 Callowhill Street | $25
Click here purchase tickets online. 

Following his deal with J Records and a 2006 single titled "My Turn," New Orleans native Luke James gained major attention as a songwriter and background vocalist. The soulful singer/songwriter lent his formidble writing skills to co-pen hits like Tank's "I Hate U," Charlie Wilson's "Love, Love, Love," Britney Spears' "Kill the Lights," Chris Brown's "Crawl," and Justin Bieber's "That Should Be Me," among others.

On Thursday, February 26, Luke James performs at Underground Arts in Philadelphia alongside industry newcomer B.J. The Chicago Kid — who is being hailed as one of the most explosive, yet mature, soulful artists/writers of our young generation.

    • OCD: Moosh & Twist
      • OCD: Moosh & Twist
      • Photo Credit: Courtesy of the artist

4. OCD: Moosh & Twist

Friday, February 27, 8 p.m. | The TLA, 334 South Street | $18
Click here to buy tickets online.

OCD: Moosh & Twist is made up of Philadelphia natives DeQuincy "Moosh" Coleman McRae and Oliver "Twist" Feighan. After bonding in first grade over the love of music and poetry, Moosh & Twist formed a group shortly after and the rest is history.

As independent hip-hop artists, OCD have amassed a devoted fan base which has resulted in over 100,000 mixtape downloads and over 12 million Youtube views. In 2014, OCD debuted their first EP, Living Out Loud, which reached top 5 on the iTunes Hip-Hop charts and was recognized as #1 on Billboard Magazine's Heatseeker's list.

Catch the duo at South Street hotspot, The TLA, as they hold it down for their hometown fans.

    • MPrynt
      • MPrynt
      • Photo Credit: M. Edlow for GPTMC/Philly 360°

5. MPrynt: Now Or Never Tour featuring Good Girl & Jeremy Isaac

Thursday, March 5, 7:30 p.m. | The TLA, 334 South Street | $15
Buy tickets online here. 

Motown recording artists MPrynt takes harmony to another level, wowing fans with their live performances and YouTube covers of R&B classics with a new school Philly twist. On March 5, the fellas — Tyce, Fah, Rael and Budda — return to The TLA to headline the latest Starr Island production. 

In addition to another show-stopping performance by MPrynt, the March showcase features performances by throwback all-lady group Good Girl and pop crooner Jeremy Isaac. We last caught all of these artists on stage together at The Winners Circle II. Check out our video recap for a look at how each of these artist hold it down for their Philadelphia fans. 

Tickets are on sale, so grab yours now!

    • Chill Moody at the Roots Picnic
      • Chill Moody at the Roots Picnic
      • Photo Credit: M. Edlow for GPTMC

6. Chill Moody's #30IsTheNew30

Saturday, March 7, 9 p.m | The TLA, 334 South Street | $20 General Admission / $40 VIP
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There's no doubt about it. Philly DIY MC Chill Moody is a man about town. On any given day you can catch Chill holding it down on stage anywhere from City Hall to The TLA, and with each venture the popular Philadelphia hip-hop artist incorporates a new marketing twist to further his brand and the reach of his music.

On Saturday, March 7 the rapper celebrates another milestone — turning 30. On this night, Chill Moody is inviting his hometown friends and fam out to celebrate his big day like only Philly can. The party is going down at South Street hotspot, The TLA.

Stay tuned in for more details on this event, but you definitely won't want to grab your tickets. #buynow

    • Jazmine Sullivan
      • Jazmine Sullivan
      • Photo Credit: Courtesy of the artist

7. The Reality Show Tour Featuring Jazmine Sullivan - SOLD OUT!

This show is sold out, but click here to enter our contest!

Tuesday, March 10, 8:30 PM | Theater of Living Arts Lounge, 334 South Street | $40
Buy tickets online here.

Philly native and powerhouse vocalist Jazmine Sullivan is heading out on tour in support of her latest project, The Reality Show.The project has been getting major love around the country includes fan favorites like “Mascara,” “Forever Don’t Last,” and “Stupid Girl" — which was produced by two of Philly’s own, JoeLogic and Dilemma.

With the release of this new album, it’s very clear that Jazmine is back and taking no prisoners. The RCA recording artist will be tearing down the house at South Street hotspot, The TLAon Tuesday, March 10.

    • Lauryn Hill
      • Lauryn Hill
      • Photo Credit: Photo by Karl Ferguson

8. Ms. Lauryn Hill SMALL AXE: Acoustic Performance Series  

Saturday, March 28, 8 p.m. | Keswick Theatre, 291 N Keswick Ave, Glenside, PA 19038 | $56-125
Buy tickets here.

Lauryn Hill’s debut solo project, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, sold more than 12 million copies worldwide, earning the singer/songwriter five GRAMMYs, three American Music Awards, a Billboard Award, a Soul Train Award and an MTV Music Award.

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 Match 28 at The Keswick Theater in Glenside for the Small Axe: Acoustic Performance Series.

    • Meek Mill
      • Meek Mill
      • Photo Credit: Courtesy of Live Nation / Meek Mill

BONUS SHOW — Meek Mill The Welcome Back Concert

Saturday, March 21, 7 p.m. | The Wells Fargo Center, 3601 S Broad Street | $36-$95
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One of Philly’s hottest emcees, Meek Mill is coming home — and doing so in a big way! On Saturday, March 21, Meek lands at The Wells Fargo Center for a homecoming concert that is not to be missed.

The Maybach Music Group (MMG) superstar will be laying it all out, hit after hit, for all of his hometown fans. It’s been a long road for Meek — chasing his dream, the rapper made his way from the streets of North Philadelphia to achieving international national stardom, performing around the globe.

Meek Mill shows are notorious for being raw and full of high-energy, from both Mill and his fans. You'll definitey want to check this one. Opening performances by Rick Ross, DJ Khaled, Yo Gotti, Jadakiss and more.


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