Your guide to Philly's diverse creative scene, nightlife, music, food & more
The go-to choice for hipsters, rockster, bad-boys and b-girls alike, Dr. Martens signature footwear is a recognized symbol for freedom and trendsetting style. This is the exact reason why the brand decided to setup shop in the Philly famous neighborhood of Rittenhouse. Yes, Philly cretives definitely have mad love for their Dr. Martens.
On Sunday, April 19, Jeantrix and Dr. Martens will host their second customization event, which is open to the general public from1 to 6 p.m. Dr. Marten customers that spend $50+ will get a chance to have their newly or previously purchased boots customized by the Jeantrix team with eye-popping graphics specifically designed for this event.
Customers can also bring their own ideas to the Jeantrix table — no design is off limits, everything goes! Did we mention that this customization is 100% free? #winning
Check out the recap video and visual gallery from their February collab, below.
Winner of the Audience Award for Best Feature at the 2014 Urbanworld Film Festival, this film is a fresh take on the bonds of love, friendship, and marriage in contemporary life among a group of beautiful well-heeled friends in Brooklyn.
The film's director, Nefertite Nguvu, is a graduate of New York’s School of Visual Arts. With her company Hollywood Africans LLC, Nefertite has written, produced, and directed two short films, including a uniquely stylized black and white romance entitled I Want You and The End of Winter, which is an emotional meditation on loss. Both films have screened at numerous film festivals.
Amongst other web-based programming, Nefertite has also directed a ten-part series entitled The Road to U.N.I.T.Y., which chronicled the life of five aspiring female emcees hand-picked by and featuring Queen Latifah for Cover Girl and Flavor Unit Entertainment. In The Morning is her feature film debut.
In the Morning has an ensemble cast of emerging talent: Jacky Ido (Taxi Brooklyn) Emayatzy Corinealdi (Middle of Nowhere), Numa Perrier (The Couple), Kim Hill (original lead singer of The Black Eyed Peas), De’adre Aziza (Passing Strange) Hoji Fortuna (Viva Riva) and JoNell Kennedy (Me And You And Everyone We Know). And, making their film debuts are Alzo Slade and CJ Lindsey.
Director Nefertite Nguvu and star Kim Hill will be present for a Q&A after the screening. So, get your black film fix with this Philadelphia debut. Tickets are on sale now.
If you know Philadelphia dance — then you're already familiar with choreographer Tommie-Waheed Evans.
A celebrated dancer and choreographer, Evans joined Philadanco in 2002 after studying at both the Ailey School of Dance and Complexions Contemporary Dance. Since then, Tommie grew to be one of the company’s lead choreographers and teaches master classes at local studios like Philadanco, Eleone Dance Company, Dance Arts, University of the Arts, and abroad. In 2006, Evans founded his own dance project, Waheed-Works.
This weekend, the Waheed Works founder will open a new show at the Painted Bride Art Center in Old City, entitled Botch. The work is the culmination of an ongoing exploration of lightness and darkness through movement. Melding techniques from modern, jazz, and ballet into one emotionally-charged vocabulary, the choreographer unpacks the ways in which darkness can be a means of enlightenment.
Now, with nine dancers that have individually danced with notable companies and performers, including Philadanco, Eleon, Stevie Nicks and Kanye West, Waheed Works continues exploring the ways in which a wrong turn can lead to the right destination.
Though Botch will be the first official Waheed Work to grace the Bride’s main stage, the venue is no stranger to Evan’s work. His choreography has appeared at the Bride in Philadanco productions like the dance company’s annual production, Danco on Danco.
Viewers can expect the experience of Botch to be “transcendent,” says the choreographer. “I want people to feel something in their souls” he says. “[Botch] will be more than a dance performance. There will be drama.”
Botch comes to Painted Bride Art Center on April 10th and 11th at 8pm. Tickets on sale now—$25 advance, $30 day of show.
There will be no shortage of dope live music rocking Philadelphia stages this year. From heavyweight music veterans like Wiz Khalifa, The Roots and Jazmine Sullivan, to shows by local and national indie music stars — we've pulled together this list of more than 20 can't-miss shows that are going down in and around Philadelphia in 2015.
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!
Saturday, April 11
Herbie Hancock and Chick Corea are among the most important jazz influences of our time. In a rare duo performance, jazz royalty reigns as the two legends come together for one very special concert in Philadelphia’s stunning, acoustically-pristine Academy of Music.
Thursday, April 16
Next up in the Red Bull Sound Select series is an 80s and 90s themed concert featuring the hip-hop legend Rakim at Underground Arts. This special edition is curated by Veteran Freshman and features performances from Dyme-A-Duzin and Philly’s own Chill Moody. Hosted by the incomparable scratchologist, DJ Aktive and emcee Reef the Lost Cause, this show is for the true hip-hop lovers.
Sunday, April 19
Covered from head to toe in tattoos, 24 year-old Los Angeles-based Artist Kid Ink is wrecking havoc on the streets and in cyber world. The Artist/Producer/Songwriter/ Tattoo Aficionado has over 30 Million hits on YouTube with lyrical gems like, "Tat It Up" "La La La" and "Keep It Rollin'." Kid Ink lands at The Troc on April 19.
Saturday, April 18
This April, New York hitmaker Skizzy Mars lands in Philadelphia to unleashed his latest collection of original material, The Pace. The artist's second full-length in total, the 12-track set directly follows 2013's Phases tape, and includes popular singles like "All Say," "Moments," "Numb" and "Too Ill." Opening performances by Prelow and Philly-based producer/DJ Swizzymack.
Monday, April 20
Born Thebe Kgositsile, Earl Sweatshirt is a West Coast rapper and member of the Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All crew. Following in the footsteps of Eminem, Natas, and Esham, Earl would ultimately signed a deal with Columbia Records — enabling him to issue material on the major label through his own Tan Cressida imprint. After live appearances and recordings with Odd Future, he made numerous guest appearances, most notably on Frank Ocean's acclaimed debut studio album channel ORANGE and Flying Lotus' summer single "Between Friends."
Tuesday, April 21
After a releasing multiple mixtapes in 2010 through 2012, West Coast rapper and producer Iamsu hit in 2013 with the single "Let Go." His debut album entitled Sincerely Yours was released in 2014 and the lead single from the album, "Only That Real," featured guest spots from Sage the Gemini and 2 Chainz.
Saturday, April 25
Attention Philly jazz-heads: It's back! Following the success of the 2014 events, Center City Jazz Festival returns for another round of extraordinary jazz music set in incredible downtown Philly music venues. The brainchild of master musician Ernest Stuart, this year's festival will feature 16 acts performing across 4 stages — all during the course of one day.
Sunday, April 26
Philly native and powerhouse vocalist Jazmine Sullivan is out on tour in support of her latest project, Reality Show. Earlier in March, the RCA performed to a sold-out house for her hometown fans at The TLA on South Street. On April 26, Jazmine will bring The Reality Show Tour back to The TLA for another round unstoppable soul.
Tuesday, April 28
Ester Rada’s cross-cultural sound is a deep reflection of the Israeli born Ethiopian’s heritage. Critics describe her genre mixing sound as "gracefully combining Ethio-Jazz, Urban-funk, Neo-Soul and R&B, with mixed undertones of black grooves" Now, Rada's journey will lead her to the World Cafe Live stage for an intimate night of world music.
Thursday, April 30
Chaz Bundick started making bedroom recordings under the name Toro y Moi in in 2001. Drawing from a wide range of influences, including Daft Punk and J Dill, Bundick's 2015 release What For? features contributions from Julian Lynch and Unknown Mortal Orchestra's Ruban Nielson.
Thursday, April 30
Lisa Fischer is a singer who really gets around. On tour with the Rolling Stones, Sting, Chris Botti or Nine Inch Nails, her name may not be on the marquee, but it'sher glamorous-girl-next-door quality that makes fans all over the world fall in love. The public are recently re-introduced to Fischer through the acclaimed documentary, "20 Feet From Stardom."
Sunday, May 3
One of Philly's last encounters with Action Bronson, the rapper was spotted performing on stage, and on a trailer, during the 2014 Roots Picnic. Now, Bronson brings his The Mr. Wonderful Tour to South Street's The TLA in May.
Friday, May 8
As an artist who needs no introduction, Brian McKnight has earned himself a spot in contemporary music history. He has released 15 albums to date, with several going 2 and 3x platinum, and he has sold over 20 million albums worldwide. Now touring with longtime collaborators Chris “big sexy” Loftlin, and guitarist, Tyrone “gutt bucket” Chase, Brian McKnight brings a solo show to The Keswick — a chance to hear the hits, b-sides and stories from their 15+ years on the road”.
Sunday, May 10
Ciara is a global superstar whose infectious tunes have resulted in multi-platinum albums, smash singles and a truckload of awards. With a new album on the horizon, Ciara comes to the Keswick on her first tour in six years.
Sunday, May 17
Hailed as a prodigy on the acoustic double bass within months of first touching the instrument as a 15-year-old, Esperanza Spalding has emerged as a fine jazz bassist, but has also distinguished herself playing blues, funk, hip-hop, pop fusion, and Brazilian and Afro-Cuban styles as well. Catch the Grammy-winner live at The TLA in May.
Saturday, May 30
The Roots are taking a break from their regular gig as the houseband for The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon to kickoff summer by taking over Festival Pier in Philadelphia for the 8th annual Roots Picnic. We spotted several industry heavyweights on this year's lineup, including The Weeknd, Erykah Badu, A$AP Rocky, Phantogram, DJ Mustard, Rae Sremmurd and more.
Tuesday, June 9
Where the Kuti name is mentioned, greatness follows and Femi Kuti is no exception to the rule. Son of Afrobeat founder Fela Kuti, Femi struck out on his on long ago to continue in his father’s legacy of preserving his music while producing socially-conscious, hip-moving, funky-infused songs that move audiences all over the world. Don't miss it as Femi returns to World Café Live in June
Wednesday, June 10
In support of their latest projects, American Beauty/American Pyscho and Blacc Hollywood, Fall Out Boy and Wiz Khalifa team up for a summer tour that is set to touch down in over 40 cities across the U.S. This tour includes opening performances by Hoodie Allen and DJ Drama.
Sunday, June 21
SWV (Sisters with Voices) was founded in 1992 in New York by three best friends, Cheryl "Coko" Clemons, Tamara "Taj" George and Leanne "Lelee" Lyons.The group's debut album, It's About Time, was a smash hit selling over 13 million copies worldwide and spawning three Billboard chart topping singles, "I'm So Into You," "Weak" and "Right Here." You can catch the Philly stop on their reuinion tour at World Cafe Live.
Thursday, June 25
Winner of three Academy Awards, including Best Picture, The Godfather comes to life on the big screen with Nino Rota’s iconic and haunting score performed live by The Philadelphia Orchestra. Ranked as one of the best movies of all time by the American Film Institute, The Godfather Live will leave you absolutely speechless. Catch this concert live at The Mann.
Saturday, July 4
Wawa Welcome America returns with one of the country’s largest Fourth of July celebration. With a week of free events and programs, including fireworks, Hoagie Day and the annual Philadelphia Independence Day Parade, to the city's signature Fourth of July Jam & Fireworks, which once again will be curated by Questlove of The Roots — Philly is definitely the ONLY place in the country to celebrate the holiday.
Friday, July 31
In promotion of his 2014 album, Forest Hills Drive, megastar J. Cole hits the Susquehanna Bank Center across the river in Camden, NJ. Alongside the star will be other industry notables, including Big Sean, YG and Jeremih.
Thursday, August 6
Following up on her third studio album The Pinkprint, Nicki Minaj will be embarking on the North American leg of her just announced The Pinkprint tour. The Young Money powerhouse will be heating things up on the waterfront this summer when she comes through Philly in August. And, she's packing a heavy lineup of artists who will be with her, including Philly's own Meek Mill, Rae Sremmurd, Tinashe and DeJ Loaf.
Saturday, September 5 & Sunday, September 6
It's back. For the fourth year in a row, the wildly popular Budweiser Made In America festival will hit Philadelphia with two days of genre-defying music on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. The festival mastermind, Jay Z, will once again curate an epic lineup of the industry's hottest talents to deliver another round of show-stopping performances across multiple stages.
Thursday, September 24
This September, Madonna brings her “Rebel Heart” tour to the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia. The September 24 concert will be the Material Girl’s first appearance in our area since her sold-out MDNA tour of 2012. Tickets go on sale Monday, March 16.
There will never be another Sylvester. The cross-dressing, soul-singing 1970s disco sensation, would forever change the face of entertainment through his undeniable, feel-good music.
This weekend, MIGHTY REAL: A FABULOUS SYLVESTER MUSICAL, the critically-acclaimed hit musical that celebrates the life of the orginal 1970s disco queen and entertainer, lands at the Painted Bride in Old City.
Brought alive by an all-star cast performers, Mighty Real features Broadway star Anthony Wayne, who has also headlined other celebrated productions, including Pippin', Priscilla and Anything Goes. This exciting night of theater includes all of Sylvester hits, including “ Do You Wanna Funk”, “Dance (Disco Heat)” and the iconic disco hit,“You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real).”
Don't miss it as this unforgettable night of musc and dance takes over Old City arts. Yes, Philly is about to "Mighty Real," this weekend.
A Philly fave, Red Bull Sound Select returns this month with another round of the hottest, most-talented artists in music right now — from Philadelphia and beyond.
Next up in the series is an 80s and 90s themed Sound Select featuring the hip-hop legend Rakim on Thursday, April 16 at Underground Arts. This special edition is curated by Veteran Freshman and features performances from Dyme-A-Duzin and Philly’s own Chill Moody.
Hosted by the incomparable scratchologist, DJ Aktive and emcee Reef the Lost Cause, this show is for the true hip-hop lovers. Rakim’s classic album Paid in Full, which he released in 1987 with his partner Eric B., has been hailed as one of the true benchmarks of a great hip-hop album. The project yielded multiple singles, including one of the most well-known tracks, “I Ain’t No Joke.”
Red Bull Sound Select is the perfect pairing of national acts and local talent and also serves as an artist development program that helps discovery the best new music and talents across the country. Be sure to dig around on the Red Bull Sound Select site to not only discover new artists, but to also find out what cities they’re playing next and what acts are coming through Philadelphia in the upcoming months.
At this themed party and concert, the dress code is 80s or 90s fly. So be sure to break out your rope chains and throwback sneakers. All guests must be 18+ and admission is not guaranteed with RSVP, so you may want to arrive early as we’re sure this show will be packed. You can find the concert deets, below.
Red Bull Sound Select Curated by Veteran Freshman
When: Thursday, April, 16, 8 PM
Where: Underground Arts, 1200 Callowhill Street
Cost: $3 with RSVP, $10 at the door
More Info: Click here.
Last year, native Philly musician Jeff Bradshaw brought it home to the Kimmel Center with a live concert and album recording that featured Black Thought, Trombone Shorty, Take 6, Marsha Ambrosius, Kim Burrell, Najee, Kenny Lattimore, Eric Roberson, Bilal, and more.
Now, the resulting album, HOME, is set for release and Jeff and Shanachie Entertainment will celebrate its Tuesday, March 31 drop date by throwing another star-studded concert here in Philadelphia at The TLA on South Street. Holding it down on stage along with Bradshaw will be other incredibly talented acts, including Black Thought, Kenny Lattimore, Eric Roberson, Tweet — and a few surprise guests.
Can't wait for Tuesday's album release and concert? Don't worry — you're not alone! Luckily, Philly 360° has got you covered. We've landed an exclusive preview of a single from the forthcoming album. Below, you can check out to Jeff's track, "Break You Off," which also features a live performance by Roots frontman, Black Thought. Like every song these two Philly greats touch, the track has plenty of feel, undeniable soul and an infectious groove.
Jeff Bradshaw HOME Album Release Concert
Tuesday, March 31, 8 p.m. | The TLA, 334 South Street | $25 | Buy tickets here.
Philly! American Dreaming is back with another special edition of the Passion Share event series — where successful entrepreneurs and artists teach others a technical aspect of their business. This time, they're bringing Atlantic Records' singer/songwriter Sevyn Streeter to speak with an intimate crowd of Philadelphia creatives about her songwriting career, process and road to success. She's also going to break down the process songwriting.
If you're looking to get your foot in the door at a major record label, this is an event you don't want to miss. The event is currently at capacity, but Philly 360° has landed a pair of tickets to give away to one lucky fan.
Want the tix? Then complete the below entry form for your chance to win. You can find the official contest rules here.
Finally. The weekend is finally here and it's time to relax and shed the weekday stress. To help you get your party started, we've pulled together this list of a few 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 like Meek Mill, DJ Matthew Law — this is your weekend itinerary courtesy of Philly 360°.
So, grab your crew, hit the streets and have some fun.
March 18 - 21| Prince Music Theater, 1412 Chestnut Street | $35- $60
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.
Friday, March 20 at 7:30 p.m. | World Cafe Live - Philadelphia, 3025 Walnut Street | $13 - $18
This March, New York-based flute duo Flutronix collaborates with Philadelphia artist Ryan Matthews, merging Flutronix’s unique flute sound with Matthews’ trombone-meets-electronica stylings. Flutronix is Nathalie Joachim and Allison Loggins-Hull, hailed 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.”
Friday, March 20, Doors 7 p.m., Show 7:30 p.m. | Art Sanctuary, 16th and Bainbridge | $10
Each and every 3rd Friday, Art Sanctuary — Philly's premier black arts hub — returns with its monthly open mic and music showcase, Sanctuary LIVE! This month's edition features a decadent evening of music with Philly's own soul rising star, Lee Mo.
One of the newer voices on the Philadelphia music scene, Lee Mo is taking the city by storm. Known for her killers vocals, soulful feel and impressive music sensibilities, Lee Mo has graced the stages of some of Philly's hottest venues. Lee Mo has worked and shared the stage with many artists in the Philly area, including Vertical Current, George "Spanky" McCurdy, Chartel, Eric Roberson, and Jeff Murrell to name a few.
When: Saturday, March 21, 7 p.m.
Where: The Wells Fargo Center, 3601 S Broad Street
More Info: Click here.
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.
Saturday, April 21, 10 p.m. - 3 a.m. | Lit Ulltra Bar, 420 N 2nd Street
After you party at Wells Fargo for Meek Mill's homecoming concert, head to Lit Ultrabar in Old City for round two. The official after party is brought to you by Dreamchaser and Identity Ink and features a playlist courtesy of DJ Bran.
Saturday, March 21, 10 p.m. | Kung Fu Necktie, 1250 N. Front Street | $5
True Story: Resident Philly turntablist, DJ Matthew Law is known across the globe for having mad skills on the 1's and 2's. As the 6th member of the Illvibe Collective, 2013 Red Bull 3style East Coast Champ, and the founder of more than one Philly dance party, PHSH stays on the move.
This month, you can catch up with PHSH as he spins back-to-back sets during the late-night Friends & Fam session at Kung Fu Necktie. Undoubtedly, PHSH can rock a party by himself, but since this party is all about friend and fam PHSH will be bringing along a special guest DJ or MC. Want to know who's on deck? Then stay tuned for more info and definitely make sure that you are in the house for this one.
Art Sanctuary. 628 S. 16th Street | Free
Running through Saturday, April 25, ‘Works from the Stolen Dreams and Forbidden Fruit’ by Philadelphia-based painter, James Dupree, presents over 20 of the artists colorful, stunning works of art. The exhibit represents a creative turning point for Dupree into the realm of complete abstraction that begins to blur the boundaries between painting, collage, printmaking and draftsmanship.
January 10, 2015 - April 5, 2015 | The Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway | $14-20 Admission
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.
February 5 - March 21, 2015 | The African American Museum in Philadelphia, 701 Arch Street | $10-14, free for members
The African American Museum in Philadelphia just opened As We See It: Selected Works from the Petrucci Family Foundation Collection of African American Art.
This exhibit explores the work and perspective of notable African American artists, such as Henry O. Tanner, Barbara Bullock and Dawoud Bey, by placing works from these master artists alongside artwork of local youth.
In preparation for this project, over 100 students from Philadelphia and the surrounding region studied art work from the collection and created their own works in response. The exhibit includes interactive stations where visitors can engage in their own art making based on exhibit themes. Videos of the artists in the collection will provide insights on the production process, and AAMP curator Richard J. Watson, will compose a new painting over the course of the exhibition.
Philly native and powerhouse vocalist Jazmine Sullivan is out on tour in support of her latest project, Reality Show. Earlier in March, the RCA performed to a sold-out house for her hometown fans at The TLA on South Street.
Well, if you didn't make it to Jazmine's sold-out March show, or are just feenin' for another dose of her killer vocals, then we've got good news for you. On April 26, Jazmine will bring The Reality Show Tour back to The TLA for another round unstoppable soul.
Sullivan's latest has been getting major love around the country and definitely shows major growth in Sullivan’s songwriting and her forever flawless vocals. The boundary pushing project has yielded fan favorites like “Mascara,” “Forever Don’t Last,” and “Stupid Girl" — which was produced by two of Philly’s own, JoeLogic and Dilemma. Another standout track, “Masterpiece,” was produced by Philly heavy-hitter, Ant Bell.
Tickets for the April 26 show go on sale Friday, March 20. And, if it's anything like the previous Philly show — tickets will sell out fast. So, we definitely suggest that you grab your tickets now. We repeat, grab your tickets now.
Also, let us know if you've checked out Reality Show. What songs are you looking forward to hearing live? Tell us in the comments below.
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