Your guide to Philly's diverse creative scene, nightlife, music, food & more
Again this year, Questlove, Black Thought and the entire Roots Crew will star as the headliners and house band for one of the biggest free parties to hit our town—the Philly 4th of July Jam featuring Miguel, MKTO, Zella Day and Jennifer Nettles. MORE INFO
Fierce! Get an inside look at the East Coast house ballroom scene at The African American Museum in Philadelphia’s groundbreaking photography exhibition, featuring the work of Gerard Gaskins. Expect to see vogue, drag, competition, glamour and grandeur. MORE INFO
Philly-based visual artist Ivben Taqiy is back with another dope concept. This month, Taqiy teams up with Starthouse to throw an all-day Summer Art Jam at Gallerie Isada in Fishtown. This art show/day party mashup features 15 artists and 15 vendors selling original artwork, handmade wares, designer threads and more. MORE INFO
The soulful duo Floetry is reuniting for a tour this summer—and it’s just what avid R&B fans have been waiting for. The long-awaited reunion between the “Songstress” Marsha Ambrosius and the “Floacist” Natalie Stewart will take place right here in Philly at popular South Street venue The TLA. MORE INFO
It’s about to go down at the Art (I added “Art” here to be clear. If you think the audience knows “the sanctuary,” feel free to change back.) Sanctuary once again. Up-and-coming Philly vocalist Lee Mo will show Sanctuary LIVE!-goers why she’s been generating some serious buzz on the local music scene. Stop through for a night of seriously soulful live music. MORE INFO
Resident Philly DJ Matthew Law is known across the globe for having mad skills on the turntables. Catch Law as he spins back-to-back sets during the next installment of the late-night Friends & Fam session at Kung Fu Necktie. MORE INFO
Maroon 5 keyboardist and backing vocalist PJ Morton returns to University City music hub World Cafe Live for an incredible night of music. This show also features Philly’s own Aaron Camper—a globetrotting band member for major acts like Jill Scott, Chris Brown and Justin Timberlake. MORE INFO
Cinephiles: Hailed as “the black Sundance” by Ebony magazine, BlackStar Film Festival returns July 30-August 2 for another round of cinematic awesomeness. The Philly-based festival highlights independent films from emerging directors, producers and writers about the global black experience. #byindiemeansnecessary MORE INFO
Jay Z’s Made In America festival is set to hit Philly with another two days of nonstop music. Highlights this year include performances by R&B/pop megastar Beyoncé, hip-hop artist J. Cole and Philly’s own Meek Mill and Santigold, to name a few. MORE INFO
In Philly, it’s all about the summer, summer, summertime—and things are definitely heating up on the music scene. Take a look at our hit list of all the can’t-miss R&B/soul shows going down in and around the city this summer. MORE INFO
Singer/songwriter Aaron Camper just dropped a hot new single, “Hypnotizing.” Listen to the track and get the deets on his next Philadelphia concert on the Philly 360° Playlist. MORE INFO
All good things come to an end, but great things always come back again. Philly, we're excited to announce that for the fourth consecutive year, Jay Z's Budweiser Made in America Festival will land in Philly with two days of nonstop musical performances by an epic lineup of artists, each handpicked by Jay.
Though last year's festival was anchored on the west coast in L.A., this year, there's only one place to catch the show. And, that's right here in Philly. The 2015 roster of artists was just released via Twitter, and of course Philly 360° is bringing you the news first.
The big news? Bey's back.
That's right, Jay Z's superstar wife Beyonce will once again headline the show alongside an epic lineup of talents, including The Weeknd, J. Cole, DJ Mustard, Santigold, De La Soul and Action Bronson, to name a few.You can check out the full lineup, festival details and the official flyer below.
Tickets for Made In America 2015 go on sale starting tomorrow, Thursday, June 25 with a presale which begins at 10 a.m. General public tickets and passes will be available on Monday, June 29. So, grab your tickets soon — like now! Let's go.
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Little Giant Creative is ushering in Summer Recess and they’re doing it big with a rare performance from Yasiin Bey, formerly known as Mos Def. This will be the first concert under the moniker and the night will be hosted by Philly’s own Freeway. It’s all going down at R5 Productions’ popular venue, Union Transfer on Saturday, July 25.
This brand new platform sponsored by Heineken Green Room is set to give music lovers a taste of pure, unadulterated hip-hop by bringing together two of the best to do it — Freeway and Yasiin Bey. Though many may see difference in style, the true homage to lyricism remains intact between both artists and that’s what this concert is set to show. “Bridging the gap” not only among the artists it will showcase but also in the audience with old school and new school hip-hop lovers.
Though in recent years Yasiin Bey has been known for his strong political stances, the Brooklyn native first embarked on his rap career in the early 90s. Ultimately forming the duo Black Star with fellow New York native, Talib Kweli. They released their debut album Mos Def & Talib Kweli are Black Star in 1998. After embarking on his solo career, Bey remains one of the most respected emcees in the game.
Freeway is known for his energy and remains a Philly favorite. After beginning his career in 2000 among the movement that was Roc-a-Fella records which featured the popular Philly contingent State Property. Freeway has continued to pump out music with his unique and charismatic flow and even bottled up his Best Beard Cream over to help others’ keep their beards just as fly.
This show is for the hip hop lover period! So don’t wait to grab your tickets for this rare performance that you may not catch again. Tickets can be purchased at select Villa locations and there are a limited amount of early bird tickets available online.
Here's a look at the shorts that will be presented;
You can get more detail on this event and Reelblack yearlong calendar of events at reelblack.org.
The 2015 summer music season is in full swing. And again this yes, an impressive lineup of shows of every genre will be hitting stages and live music venues across Philly. From waterfront concerts at Penn's Landing, the summer soul series at The Dell to shows at yearlong entertainment hot spots like World Cafe Live and The TLA, our city is buzzing with tons of can't-miss concerts and shows.
To give your summer music itinerary a jumpstart, we've pullled together this list of must-hit R&B/soul concerts that are going down in Philly this summer. We've got reunion concerts with Floetry and SWV, Bilal's album release concert at World Cafe Live, D'Angelo at The Keswick and Erykah Badu holding it down The Dell. And, this is just a small selection of what Philly has in store for you in the coming months.
Now, take a look at the below list for details on all of the summer soul shows that you need to know about.
Sunday, June 21
With a GRAMMY nod and WE TV tv docu-series “SWV Reunited" on the horizon, SWV is on the road to connect with fans and perform hits from their discography. You can catch the Philly stop on their reuinion tour at World Cafe Live.
Thursday, June 25
Catch, Jodeci — JoJo, DeVante Swing, Dalvin and "K-Ci — as they hit Philadelphia for an unstoppable night of throwback soul at the Tower Theatre in Upper Darby, PA. Along with a must-see performance by the original bad boys of R&B, the June 25 concert includes an opening performance by Philly's own soulful R&B/pop group, MPrynt.
Tuesday, June 30
Philly’s #1 son of soul, Bilal returns home to celebrate the June 30 release of his new collaborative album with producer Adrian Younge, In Another Life. Known for his undeniable grooves, electrifying stage presence and soaring vocals, the Philly-bred soul singer has a cult following of fans that span the globe. Catch Bilal as he brings the party home for a must-hit show at World Cafe Live in University City.
Saturday, July 4
The “Largest Free Concert in America,” will rock the Parkway as The Roots, Miguel and other hitmaking artists take the stage followed by an amazing fireworks display over the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
Thursday, July 9
This year, the Dell Music Center in Fairmount Park will kick off the 2015 Essence of Entertainment Summer Concert Series with an all-star Philadelphia lineup that includes saxophone phenom Pamela Williams, touring trombonist Jeff Bradshaw and the original R&B/Soul diva Patti LaBelle.
Friday, July 17
The soulful duo Floetry is reuniting for a tour this summer — and it’s just what avid R&B fans have been waiting for. On Friday, July 17, the long awaited reunion between the “Songstress” Marsha Ambrosius and the “Floacist” Natalie Stewart will take place right here in Philly at the popular South Street venue, The TLA.
Thursday, July 23
Don't miss it as Babyface, Toni Braxton and Mint Condition hit The Dell for an unbelievable R&B throwback Thursday concert in Philadelphia. Together, these still hot and touring R&B greats will sing fans down memory lane with their classic hits like "Unbreak My Heart," "Pretty Brown Eyes" and "When Can I See You."
Thursday, July 30
New school meets old when the soulful sounds of Fantasia and Johnny Gill take over Philadelphia for another unstoppable night of music at The Dell. Incredible vocals, soulful grooves and two of the best in the game will make this an one of the many can't-miss shows for the summer.
Thursday, July 30
Briclyn Entertainment is back on the scene and gearing up for another dope show in Philadelphia. On July 30, Bricyln returns to University City music hub World Cafe Live for an incredible night of music with Maroon 5 keyboardist and backing vocalist, PJ Morton. The July show features Philly music transplant Aaron Camper, who is a globetrotting band member for major acts like Jill Scott and Justin Timberlake.
Thursday, August 6
Got soul? R&B hitmakers Anthony Hamilton and Lyfe Jennings undoubtedly have a lock on soul. Catch these two hitmaking acts on August 6 for another guaranteed sellout at The Dell.
Thursday, August 13
After slaying her headling performance at Roots Picnic 2015, Erykah Badu returns to Philadelphia alongside UK songstress Estelle. Don't miss it at these ladies tear down the house like only they can.
This weekend, it’s going down at Pub Webb Live — one of the newer Philly venues, which is quickly becoming a hotspot for live entertainment. On Friday, June 19, you can join Philadelphia producer/DJ, Dilemma for what is sure to be a night to remember. His show #Inrgi (en-er-jee) is an exclusive afterdark event that melds nightlife, turntablism and live music elements to create one of the dopest performances experience that Philly has to offer.
The night will open with special guest DJ hailing all the way from LA, DJ Selectra and feature a diverse mix of music, top-shelf drink specials, and complimentary shot samples. Dilemma’s featured set will be full of fun, surprises — and “Pure Inrgi!” And, after his featured set, the party will continue until 2 a.m.
Dilemma is widely known for his production and work with artists like Jazmine Sullivan, Meek Mill, Bizzle, Chill Moody, and more. But, with this event, Dilemma show us a whole new wavelength to his sound by showcasing his musical prowess as the DJ during this one night only experience.
His work landed him as the resident DJ on the Fuse TV show, The Hustle Afterparty in addition to producing the theme music for TV One’s Verses and Flow. Dilemma continues to be an exciting force both in the production and DJ arena.
Be sure to RSVP as spots are filling up quickly for this limited capacity event. Admission is $10 with RSVP and it is advised that guests arrive early for guaranteed admission. Definitely make this event a weekend priority, you'll be glad that you did.
Since their debut project Forever My Lady dropped in '91, hit R&B/soul group Jodeci has reigned as one of the world's top male groups. Three decades later — and the fellas are still on the road holding it down with the classic 90s R&B hits.
On Thursday, June 25, you can catch JoJo, DeVante Swing, Dalvin and "K-Ci as they hit Philadelphia for an unstoppable night of throwback soul at the Tower Theatre in Upper Darby, PA. Along with a must-see performance by the original bad boys of R&B, the June 25 concert includes an opening performance by Philly's own soulful R&B/pop group, MPrynt.
Old school meets new doesn't get any better than this show's lineup, so we know you want to be in there. That's why we've teamed up with Live Nation to giveaway a pair of tickets to a few lucky fans. Just complete the below entry form for your chance to win big.
If you don't wan to leave it up to chance, then check out the below concert details to purchase your tickets online.
Jodeci & MPrynt
When: Thursday, June 25, 8 p.m.
Where: Tower Theater, 69th and Ludlow, Upper Darby, PA
More Info: Buy tickets online here.
Singer/Songwriter Aaron Camper is hitting this week’s Philly 360° Playlist with a brand new, sexy tune called “Hypnotizing.” After traveling the world with renowned artists, it looks like Camp season is in full effect as fans anxiously await his upcoming EP.
“Hypnotizing” is the second single from the forthcoming project set to be released this summer. The BASSic Black Entertainment (BBE) signee teamed up with two of the hottest in the game, including GRAMMY-nominated producer Darhyl “DJ” Camper and Philly's own GRAMMY-nominated songwriter, Kristal “Tytewriter” Oliver, to produce his must-hear track.
Originally a native of Salisbury, MD, Camper made his way to the Philadelphia music scene during a time when the hustle and bustle of Larry Gold’s “The Studio” was the place to be. After learning and watching the greats like The Legendary Roots, Jill Scott and more Camper secured a spot on the road with GRAMMY-winner Tye Tribbett as a part of his “GA” crew of awesomely talented singers.
Teaming up with BBE’s owner and musical director to the stars, Adam Blackstone, Camper released his first solo project Welcome to My World in 2011. Since then, he has released multiple singles including “Breaking My Heart” featuring Mack Maine and “My Heart” penned by PJ Morton.
Insider Tip: Aaron Camper and PJ Morton will both hit Philadelphia in July. You can get the details on their World Cafe Live show here.
Take a listen to a preview of “Hypnotizing” below and let us know what you think in the comments! Support your local artists, as this single is available for purchase on iTunes as well.
We're back with another dope contest. Next up — Louisiana bred rapper Curren$y will be hitting South Street hotspot The TLA later this month.
This New Orleans native and former Young Money artist stays on the move. The rapper formed his own label, Jet Life Recordings, back in 2010 and since then, he's dropped 18 mixtapes, including his latest project Pilot Talk III, which released in April of this year.
Next Friday, streetwear brand Doobi presents Curren$y at The TLA with opening performances by Philly acts Theodore Grams, SincerelyTahj and CHAMPS. For this giveaway, Philly 360° is giving one of our lucky followers the chance to score a pair of tickets to the show.
Want in on the action? Then just complete the below entry form for your chance to win tickets. You can enter the contest daily to increase your odds of winning. If you don't want to leave it up to fate, then check the below listing for a link to buy tickets online.
Either way — #WeInThere.
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