Your guide to Philly's diverse creative scene, nightlife, music, food & more
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.
An immensely talented singer and songwriter, Jazmine Sullivan continues to tease us with new music from her upcoming album, The Reality Show. This week’s Philly 360° Playlist features an acoustic version of the single “Stupid Girl,” which is a track from the forthcoming project.
Keeping it all in the Philly family, the full version of “Stupid Girl” was produced by dynamic duo JoeLogic and Dilemma. Sullivan premiered the acoustic version of the track in New Orleans during Essence Festival in a barbershop full of men — and the NPR-shot video went viral. Very quickly covers of the song, sung by artist across the country, began appearing on the web, showing the full reach of Jazmine's soulful sounds.
The powerhouse singer belts a warning to women that get wrapped up in relationships, all the while being played by their counterparts. Sullivan warns that she has been there before and doesn’t want them to end up like her.
In addition to “Stupid Girl” we’ve seen Sullivan team up with Philly’s own Meek Mill for “Dumb” and she also recently released one of her staple power ballads “Forever Don’t Last.” After a considerable break from music after her sophomore LP Love Me Back, fans are anxiously awaiting a release date for her forthcoming project.
Though Sullivan is young, she's no stranger to the studio or the stage. Singing since she was a small child, Jazmine has always been the Philly girl with a big, undeniably soulful voice. Sullivan studied at the highly-recognized Philadelphia High School for Creative and Performing Arts (CAPA) — Alma Mater to popular Philly talents like Boyz II Men, Questlove, Bilal, MPrynt and GoGo Morrow, just to name a few.
Now on the verge of releasing her third project, it's clear that Jazmine Sullivan has come into her own as an artist. We're definitely looking forward to the upcoming LP, which is guaranteed to be full of life lessons learned, Jazmine's emotionally-charged storytelling, and of course that classic Philly voice that can't be denied.
Take a listen to the acoustic version of “Stupid Girl” below and let us know what you think!
If you're like us, then you've been waiting for solo music from West Philadelphia singer/songwriter Beano. Although he's rocked many stages, on his own and alongside acts like Chill Moody, we have yet to see a solo project from the Philadelphia crooner. Well, it looks like the wait is over! Because this week, the Philly 360° playlist is back with Beano's first single “Let it Go.”
For this mid-tempo danceable, smooth track, Beano sings that his “phone is off” and he's heading out for a night with the boys after a bit of trouble at home. Reminiscent of the vibe of Usher’s “You Don’t Have to Call,” the song has a great feel and will have fans singing along instantly.
The track was done by Philly-based producer Dilemma, and samples LL Cool J’s “Mama Said Knock You Out” — which actually samples a number of older records including a James Brown hit. The break beat gives “Let it Go” a throwback sound with a new school twist.
Beano has been working quietly on his upcoming solo project after the debut of Who Do You Love … More?, a collaborative project alongside West Philly emcee Chill Moody and producer Hank McCoy. The trio performed the project at their exclusive event at Hard Rock Café in February. You can check out our video recap below.
It’s Beano's high energy and strong vocals that make the powerhouse performer a fan favorite. It’s evident that he has that special thing that stars are made of. From headlining his own shows to opening for big name acts like Musiq, The Dream and more — it’s only a matter of time before Beano becomes a household name.
Beano has been touring alongside R&B crooner Jaheim as a background singer. And this month, he will also open up for Ty Dolla $ign at the TLA. Be sure to get out and catch his live show and take a listen to “Let it Go” below. Let us know what you think.
Project Runway winner and Philly native, Dom Streater is on a winning streak and the city has been cheering her on every step of the way.
During this past New York Fashion Week, Philly 360° hit the road to attend Dom’s spring/ summer 2015 collection runway show debut. Inspired by a mile-high view of the changing landscape during a recent cross–country voyage, Streater’s collection, “Elevated”, featured psychedelic prints on long flowy maxi dresses, chambray cocktail dresses, and even a riff on aviation.
BTW, we definitely want those vintage-inspired flight attendant hats and bags.
Furthering her brand, Dom collaborated with high-end audio company Velodyne to design custom headphones using the prints from her spring/summer collection. You can get a sneak preview of the Velodyne collab and Dom’s spring 2015 collection in our exclusive recap video below. Check it out!
Nas is hitting the road for a U.S. tour. He’ll perform music from the project that launched his career, Time is Illmatic—widely embraced as one of the most influential albums in hip-hop. This highly anticipated tour coincides with the release of the legendary rapper’s Tribeca Film documentary, Nas: Time Is Illmatic. Philly hip-hop fans can catch him at The Keswick Theater.
DesignPhiladelphia returns, taking over a host of Philly venues and creative spaces this October. Now in its 10th year, the festival has grown into one of the largest of its kind, presenting 120 exhibitions, open studio tours, talks and workshops, plus 400 of the city’s brightest creative professionals.
This month’s installment of the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s popular Friday night mixer, Art After 5, promises to be an unforgettable sonic journey, laced with the sweet rhythms of Afropop music. DJ Rahsaan starts the evening with the latest hits from Ghana and beyond, and multi-instrumentalist Kinobe—hailed as the new voice of Ugandan music—closes the night out with an intimate set of world music.
Music all-stars Afrojack, Wiz Khalifa, LP and OCD: Moosh & Twist land in Philly this month to headline the Forbes Under 30 Music Festival. Held at The Piazza in Northern Liberties, the festival kicks off Forbes’ Under 30 Summit, which will host 1,000 of the country’s leading young entrepreneurs for three days of panels, TED-style presentations and Shark Tank-style pitch contests.
After spending months on the road touring with industry heavyweights such as Justin Timberlake, Philly’s favorite music transplant, Aaron Camper, is back in town and performing at West Oak Lane soul food joint Relish. The next edition of Up-Close Live features two full sets of music by Camper and a live interview with Philly-based blogger and Ebony contributor Sincerely Syreeta.
Calling all the lovers: Still riding high off the release of her latest album Friends & Lovers, R&B songstress Marsha Ambrosius is set to hit The TLA on South Street for an incredible night of Philly soul. If you’re jonesin’ for Marsha’s killer vocals, sultry music and “keep-it-trill” commentary on life and love, we suggest you grab tickets now.
The night before MIA hit the Parkway with headliners Pharrell and Kanye West, a concert/party of epic proportions went down at Voltage Lounge. A BASSic Black Entertainment–X Kontraband 215 mashup, PhillyMade featured an incredible roster of talent including West Philly emcee Chill Moody, singer/songwriter Aaron Camper, Kontraband 215 front man Scoop, and hip-hop great Common. Watch our recap video.
Each month, Philly 360° showcases a creative from a trendy neighborhood in Philly. We recently linked up with graphic artist and nightlife connoisseur Jake Weaver of Northern Liberties—also referred to as “NoLibs” by locals. From vintage sneaker consignment shop Sole Patrol to his favorite burger joint PYT, Jake gives us an insider’s look at his ’hood. Get details here.
For the next edition of the Philly° 360 Style Guide, we're focusing our attention on a special group of stylish gents that we've dubbed "The Heritage Hipster." You know the type—he’s uber stylish, wears great heritage brand jeans, loves vintage everything and is well-groomed in the most unassuming way. If that’s you, then we have a few OId City shops that you must check out. Find out more here.
For the third year in a row, BlackStar Film Festival exploded on the scene to shine a spotlight on the films and filmmakers that are broadening the definition of black cinema around the globe. Philly 360° went behind the scenes to capture the people and movement that powered BlackStar 2014. Watch our video recap.
The night before Jay's Made In America hit The Parkway with headliners like Pharrell, Kanye West, Steve Aoki, J. Cole and Tiesto, a concert/party of epic proportions went down at Voltage Lounge.
A BASSic Black Entertainment x Kontraband 215 mashup, PhillyMade featured an incredible roster of talent including West Philly emcee Chill Moody, BBE recording artist Aaron Camper, and Kontraband 215 frontman Scoop, and plenty of other phenomenal Philly music acts.
The event masterminds, Adam Blackstone (founder of BBE and musical director for Pharrell, Justin Timberlake and Rihanna) and Darrell Robinson (musical director for K Michelle, N.E.R.D and Kontraband 215) pooled their collective industry influence to pack the room full of the who's who of Philly's entertainment and music scene.
BBE recording artist Laurin Talese, Hot 107.9 on-air personality Laiya St.Clair, Philly-based R&B/pop entertainer GoGo Morrow, and hip-hop great Common were all in the building for this event. Common even treated attendees to a special "live from the VIP balcony" freestyle. #winning
If you missed this event, then you definitely missed out on a good time — but we've got you covered! As always, Philly 360° was onsite capturing all of the action for our fans. Take a look at the below video recap and visual gallery for a behind-the-scenes look at exactly how PhillyMade went down.
Philly's shopping scene just keeps getting better, and better. Next up on our retail radar, UNIQLO!
The international clothing brand, adored for high-quality casualwear and great prices, will open on Chestnut Street in Center City this Friday — a big win for Philadelphia shoppers.
To celebrate the grand opening of its new Philadelphia flagship store, the global clothing retailer announced that it will host a community-themed festival at Smith Memorial Park Playground and Playhouse on Saturday, October 4.
The UNIQLO Philly Love Fest will coincide with the opening of the brand's first downtown Philly store at 1608 Chestnut Street. Capitalizing on the major buzz around the opening, UNIQLO's Philly Love Fest will present a culture collision of Philadelphia and Tokyo influences through food, games and performances.
In fact, Mr. Global Philly himself, Roots drummer and famed turntablists Questlove will even be making an appearance and spinning a set between 4:15 – 5:45 p.m.
Other UNIQLO Philly Love Fest highlights include runway shows featuring traditional Japanese Taiko drummers, Philadelphia bucket drummers and breakdancers; face painting in the traditional Japanese styles of Anime, Manga and Kabuki in Philly team colors; food trucks serving up good eats influenced by both cities; and carnival games where attendees play to win gift cards, food truck vouchers and other prizes.
Guests will even have a chance to snap and share selfies at the UNIQLO social ‘Step and Repeat.' So, make sure you're wearing your flyest festival gear.
The ‘UNIQLO Philly Love Fest’ is free and open to the public. UNIQLO will even provide free transportation to and from the event via UNIQLO branded double-decker buses.
Customers can board the bus at the following stops:
— South 16th Street & Market Street (Pick Up Only)
— Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul, 1723 Race Street (Pick Up Only)
— Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy (Pick Up Only)
— Smith Memorial Playground & Playhouse, 3500 Reservoir Dr (Pick Up & Drop Off)
— UNIQLO, 1608 Chestnut Street (Drop Off Only)
You can visit UNIQLO’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/uniqlo.us for more information and event details.
This fall, Nas is hitting the road for a US tour, performing music from the project that launched his career, Time is Illmatic. Widely embraced as one of the most influential albums in hip-hop, Nas will perform songs off his ten-track debut album, Illmatic.
The legendary emcee will hit venues and stages across the US for a music tour that complements the release of his Tribeca Film documentary, Nas: Time Is Illmatic. The film screened earlier this year to a soldout house during the BlackStar Film Festival here in Philadelphia. Locally, the film will hit the AMC Loews in Cherry Hill, NJ on October 10. You can get more movie times here.
Along with Nas performing Illmatic live, concert-goers will also experience a special screening of the film. Hip-hop heads can catch the Illmatic music tour on Sunday, October 5 at The Keswick Theater in Glenside, PA. Grab your tickets now!
Marsha Ambrosius, Philly's hometown heroine by way of London, is returning to The TLA on South Street on Thursday, October 23. And, you won’t want to miss what she has in store. Earlier this year, Marsha's show, which featured GoGo Morrow, MPrynt and Jade Alston, sold out. So be warned, grab your tickets now.
baThis summer, Ambrosius released her highly-anticipated sophomore album, Friends & Lovers, which was extremely well-received by fans. In her authentic "keep it real" fashion, Marsha tells stories love and lust over lush soundtracks with hypnotics melodies and beats. And, together with her phenomenal band, the songstress has also created a captivating, musically-impressive live experience to complement the project.
The album included the Dr. Dre produced hit-song “Stronger (Than Pride),” which was a re-imagined spin on Sade’s chart-topping hit of the same name. Not many features on the project, it is clear Ambrosius took her time and crafted a conceptual album that her fans — affectionately known as "Marshians" — could really dig into.
Ambrosius, of course, made a meteoric rise in the industry as a part of the duo Floetry. The group cultivated much of their sound right here in Philadelphia during the late 90s and early 2000s. A part of the legendary Black Lily scene, the two released hits like “Say Yes” and “It’s Getting Late,” which propelled them to the industry fame. Ambrosius also boasts songwriting credits for Michael Jackson, Alicia Keys and Jamie Foxx, among others.
With Friend & Lovers being only her second solo studio album, Marsha's dedicated, and growing, fan base is definitely looking forward to what she will cook up next. But in the meantime, be sure to check her out when she lands in Philly later this month.
If you have never been to a Marsha Ambrosius show, then check out our below video recap of the singer's last show at The TLA for a chance to see exactly how Marsha puts it down live.
Giving us a little something different, Philadelphia-bred emcee Al 1Thing is next up on the Philly 360° playlist. The hip-hop artist's latest record, "Armor" warns listeners that they might just need protect their hearts when navigating the often-complicated waters of love.
This drum-heavy, moody track shows a different side of the popular Philly emcee. Except for his last verse, Al sings the entire song, showcasing another dimension of his artistry and sound — which is certain to be a welcomed surprise for his fanbase. In classic Philly-style, Al turns up the rhymes for the third verse of the hard-hitting record, bringing the track home for a win.
"Armor" was produced by Bobby Beats, and though it’s a mid-tempo, the drums drive throughout solidifying a sound that blends street style with pop. The record’s sample sings in tandem with Al, creating a great texture and making it an easy listen.
Driven by fashion, lyricism and ambition, Al 1Thing is on a mission to carve out his own lane in the industry. Able to blend street music with high style and class, Al believes that he is the "1thing" missing from today’s mainstream hip-hop landscape. And, we definitely agree.
Earlier this year, Al released the Al 1Thing Project, which was well-received by fans and music critics alike. The mixtape boasts production by Philly 360° Creative Ambassador Ivan Barias and Roc Nation’s Jahlil Beats, and has an eclectic appeal.
Keep your eye on Al 1Thing as he quickly becomes one of the city's most respected and talked about artists.
You can download his mixtape here and take a listen to “Armor” below!
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