Your guide to Philly's diverse creative scene, nightlife, music, food & more
Philly's own resident turntablist DJ Aktive tours the world with some of the top names in the music industry, like Kanye West, Marsha Ambrosius and Jennifer Hudson. No doubt, he's definitely one of the busiest DJs in the game right now.
This weekend, while Aktive is home for the Labor Day holiday, he's keeping busy with a non-stop lineup of Made in America events. So, we thought that we would hand over our Instagram timeline to him, so you can see everything that is going down through his eyes. From pre-parties to after parties to the actual festival, Aktive will be covering it all.
Just sit back and get ready, because the DJ Aktive takeover is going down on @philly360. Let's go!
Lately, we've seen an abundance of men rocking beards, from the streets to the stage, and even on the runway. Though it may seem as if a full, well-kempt beard is a new trend in men's style, the truth is that dapper dudes from Philly have been sporting their beards, with love, for years.
For some, a groomed beard represents an extension of their own refined sense of style. While for others, a striking, long beard has deeper, more spritual roots. In either case, there's no denying that there's something special about the "Philly beard."
We sat down with Kings Rule Together founder, Curran J, and seven other stylish Philly gents to chat about the "Philly beard" and its impact on men's fashion.
You can check out "The Bearded Bunch" video and visual gallery below. And, if you're proudly rocking a Philly beard of your own, post a photo on Instagram or Twitter with the tags #Philly360 and #PhillyBeard.
Curran J — Kings Rule Together
Luis Marrero — Founder of Voices in Power
Erik Honesty — Owner of Culture Couture Vintage
Hamid Holloman — Artist & Designer, Custom Lifestyle
Kyle Cooley — Model
Marcus Williams — Barber
Tawfeeq Gaines — Co-founder of Search & Rescue
Jamaaladeen Tacuma — Composer
Known for her lush harmonies, hypnotic melodies and collabs with notables like The Weeknd, The Foreign Exchange, Common, Robert Glasper and Norah Jones, singer/songwriter/producer triple-threat Muhsinah is headed our way.
When talking about M, her latest EP, in a recent interview with Complex magazine, Muhsinah states, “I have a theory that all artists need time off to live so that they have something to write about. We all need that time in order to grow, in order to fail... M is Muhsinah. It stands for my many moods — it’s a sonic mood ring really. But most of all it’s me.”
Often creating as a one-woman operation, Musinah produces, writes and sings the majority of her tracks herself. It takes only one listen to her deep, almost magical-sounding vibe for listeners to instantly be able recognize her distinct flow. Filling a much-needed void in the industry for celebrated and recognizable female producers, Muhsinah's brand and reach continues to build daily.
You can catch up with the singer/songwriter on Thursday, August 28, as she lands at World Cafe Live to give her Philly fans a taste of her full-length project, which releases later this year. Opening performance by Philly's own Jacqueline Constance.
Philly, Labor Day weekend is quickly approaching. And, trust us — it's going to be a truly dope weekend for Philly and our music scene. In addition to Jay Z's bi-coastal Made in America (MIA) festival, BASSic Black Entertainment (BBE) and Kontraband 215 are teaming up to present PhillyMade.
On Friday, August 29, the night before MIA hits the Parkway with headliners like Pharrell, Kanye West and De La Soul, a concert/party of epic proportions will go down at Voltage Lounge.
The event masterminds, Adam Blackstone, founder of BBE and musical director for Pharrell, Justin Timberlake, Rihanna and more, and Darrell Robinson, musical director for K Michelle, N.E.R.D and Kontraband 215, have joined forces and pooled their collective industry influence to show the world exactly what it means to be PhillyMade.
As you might expect, the PhillyMade lineup features an incredible roster of talent including West Philly emcee Chill Moody, BBE recording artist Aaron Camper, and Kontraband 215 frontman Scoop. Holding down the turntables this night will be DJ Aktive and DJ Dummy, while Hot 107.9 on-air personality Laiya St.Clair and winner of VH1's hit reality TV show Flavor of Love 2, Deelishis will take centerstage as hosts.
The big news? Kontraband and BBE just announced that hip-hop great turned entertainer extraordinaire, Common, just signed on to make an appearance. And, we all know Common's got mad love for Philly.
Philly 360° will be on-site to capture behind-the-scene footage and artists interviews, so be on the lookout for us. For now, grab your tickets, spread the word, and let's show 'em exactly how PhillyMade people get down. Let's go!
This Thursday, August 21, all roads lead to The Barbary for the next edition of Red Bull Sound Select Showcase. Curated by Veteran Freshman, this show features opening performances from MPrynt and Jay Marie, and is headlined by R&B sensation Luke James.
The industry's newest secret weapon, Luke James is a relatively new face on the national music scene, but he's quickly building his brand and winning over new fans around the country. The singer/songwriter has an outstanding voice and pen, both of which have been lent to artists like Chris Brown, Justin Bieber and Brittney Spears, to name a few.
But now, it’s all about James’ own solo music as he gears up for the release of his upcoming pre-album and album Made to Love. It doesn’t take busy production or studio tricks to be completely captivated by James’ vocal ability. His performance on the breakthrough single “I Want You” stopped fans in their tracks — and left us all wondering where he's been hiding.
Stepping into the limelight after starting as a background vocalist and songwriter, it was clear that there was plenty of space in the industry for Luke James' artistry and music.
BTW — James is a perfect match for the soulful sound of Philly natives MPrynt. The Motown recording group has been singing their way into the hearts of fans across the country, headlining their own shows and touring with Marsha Ambrosius. Along with a sultry opening performance by vocalist Jay Marie, this will certainly be a night for the music lovers!
Red Bull Sound Select provides a live music platform for talented artists, but it is also an online community where fans can discover great music. The popular music series gives local talent the opportunity to team up with national acts for one dynamic show in venues across the country.
Be sure to arrive early, because with the excellent price point and the immense amount of talent, this one is going to fill up fast!
This next Philly 360° giveaway is definitely for the courageous and the brave of heart. Tucked into the popular, ever-developing neighborhood of Kensington, is a one-of-a-kind Philadelphia experience, Fly School Circus Arts. And, we're hooking one lucky fan up with a free lesson for two!
Founded by 25-year trapeze veteran and circus enthusiast Mary Kelly Rayel, Fly School helps people of all shapes, sizes and skill push the limits of their physical abilities through trapeze.
Classes at Fly School start with some on-the-ground technique instruction, and then moves to the top of their "mile-high" ladder for rope and swing work. Rayel and her talented team of trapeze pros can have even the most novice of students swinging and flipping like an expert in no time — just ask Philly 360° blogger and lifestyle influencer Kharisma McIlwaine. We followed along with a camera crew as Kharisma tackled her first Fly School lesson with charm and class. You can check out the video below.
The perfect summer experience for one person or a group, Fly School offers classes every day of the week, with the exception of Tuesdays. Classes start at just $60, but if you're really looking to build your trapeze skills, the school also offers a six-class card for only $295.
Think you are up for the challenge? Then complete the below contest entry form for your chance to win a free Fly School Circus Arts lesson for two.
You can find the official contest rules here.
Philly, a little West Coast flavor is headed our way this weekend. The legendary Bay Area hip-hop group Hieroglyphics has reformed, and they're on the road with their East Coast music tour.
On Friday, August 22, the group's original members — Del The Funky Homosapien, Souls of Mischief, Pep Love, Casual, Domino and DJ Toure — will all hit The TLA stage for an unstoppable throwback rap concert. The best part? Philly 360° is hooking a few lucky fans up tickets for this show.
Want in on the action? Just fill out the below entry form for your chance to win.
Click here for the official contest rules.
Philly, this weekend the ever-soulful singer/songwriter/producer Eric Roberson is heading our way for the release of his latest project, The Box.
Roberson is a two-time GRAMMY-nominated artist and a trail blazer in the indie music scene. Growing up singing in church, Roberson eventually signed a publishing deal with EMI Publishing and became one of the talented writers and producers that came out of DJ Jazzy Jeff’s Touch of Jazz camp. His songwriting skills landed him records with artists like Musiq Soulchild, Jill Scott, Will Smith, Vivian Green and more.
Now a seasoned performer, both on the stage and in the studio, Roberson's lush harmonies and undeniable presence is landing onstage at World Cafe Live this Sunday for unforgettable experience.
Opening this show, will be sultry jazz vocalist, and Philly 360° fave, the lovely Laurin Talese. We last caught up with Laurin during her Philly Fourth of July Jam Philly 360° Instagram takeover. You can check out that recap here.
So, grab your tickets now. This is definitely a can't-miss, must-hit Philly music show.
You know Philly 360° is all about bringing our fans amazing concert hookups, right? Well, get ready because we have another dope giveaway coming your way.
We've just got our hands on a pair of two-day passes to Jay Z' Made in America festival which goes down in Philly on Labor Day weekend. This must-hit festival will be taking over The Parkway for a third year on August 30-31, and once again, Jay Z has hand-selected a lineup of talent that you won't want to miss. MIA headliners this year include Kanye West, Pharrell, J. Cole, De la Soul and many, many other international hit-makers.
So, want to know how to land the passes? We know you do! Everything you need to know is below. Check it out!
What's your favorite #phillymusicmoment? Is it getting hype every time you hear "Motownphilly" by Boyz II Men? Or, is it the when you sit back and unwind with DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince while listening to the Philly anthem "Summertime"? Or, maybe it was that time when you lost your voice after singing along with your favorite artists at the Roots Picnic? Whatever's your music fix — we want to know.
Wondering exactly what you should shoot? A picture of the cover art for your favorite album, a screengrab of a music video, or a photo of your favorite band performing here in Philadelphia — it's all good. Just snap a photo that best reps your favorite Philly-centric music moment, and post it to Instagram, Twitter or Facebook with the hashtag #phillymusicmoment for a chance to win big.
1. Submit a photo of your favorite Philly music moment by posting your photo on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter with the tag #phillymusicmoment. You can submit as many photos as you like.
2. Write a short caption describing your photo, making sure to add #phillymusicmoment to your caption.
3. Vote for your favorite photo at facebook.com/philly360. Also, be sure to tell your friends to do the same! The contest closes on August 26.
4. One (1) grand-prize winner will score a pair of two-day passes to the Made in America festival in Philadelphia, August 30-31, 2014.
Click here for the Official Rules.
Veteran Freshman, a Philly music series presented by Yusuf Yuie wich pairs incomparable Philly-based acts with heavy-hitting industry talents, is teaming up with Heineken Green Room to bring you an up-close-and-personal concert experience with the legendary Roc Marciano. Formerly of Flipmode Squad and The UN, the hit-making emcee and producer will be performing at popular Spring Garden hotspot, Silk City.
Roc Marciano’s 2013 release of Marci Beaucoup showcased his incredible ear as both a producer and a rhymer. His 3rd studio release, Marciano proclaimed this album to be more of a “producer's project," versus his previous works — where the rapper painted more imagery through his lyrics and storytelling. Though his 2013 release was slightly different sound/style for the emcee, the album was well-received by critics and fans alike.
If you love hip hop and beer, then this show is most definitely the place to be. Additional sounds and music for the evening will be provided by the one-and-only DJ Mike Lowry. Insiders will be able to enjoy opening performances by Philly emcees Voss, Twizzmatic, and E-Hos prior to Marciano hitting the stage.
You may want to grab a spot for this as soon as possible, we hear the list is filling up fast!
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