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Philly’s Summer Turn Up: The Philly Fourth of July Jam, Beyoncé & Jay Z, BlackStar Film Festival, Meek Mill, The Jawn & More

  • Posted By: James Claiborne
  • July 1, 2014
    • Three Ways To Party With Questlove & The Roots For July 4
      • Three Ways To Party With Questlove & The Roots For July 4

Featured Events:

Friday, July 4 – VH1 Presents The Philly Fourth Of July Jam & Fireworks  

The Roots have officially become the face and sound of Philly’s Independence Day celebration. 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 Fourth of July Jam featuring Nicki Minaj, Jennifer Hudson, Ed Sheeran, Aloe Blacc, Ariana Grand and Vicci Martinez.

Saturday, July 5 – On The Run Tour: Beyoncé & Jay Z

Bey and Jay are on the run. Powerhouse music couple Beyoncé and Jay Z are hitting the road together for a summer stadium tour, and of course they're stopping through Philly. On Saturday, July 5, the Carters land at Citizens Bank Park with the most epic music tour in the history of ever. Grab your tickets now.

Sunday, July 6 – The Jawn

There's no word in the Philly dictionary more adored, or versatile, than "jawn." It can be applied to just about any situation, person or place, but in this case, "The Jawn" means a serious party is about to go down. Each and every Sunday, DJ Cash Money, along with Stacey "Flygirrl" Wilson and a special guest DJ, will bring you the hottest Sunday night party of the summer. You can also catch The Jawn on July 13, 20 and 27.

Friday, July 11 – Veteran Freshman Presents: The Kickback Live

Veteran Freshman is back on the scene with another dope show. On Friday, July 11, VF takes over the stage at The TLA with some of Philly's freshest acts, including Motown recording artists MPrynt, soulful vocalist Guordan Banks, singer/songwriter Ganou, R&B/folk songstress Brianna Cash and hip-hop artist Bok Nero. This is definitely a can’t-miss concert for the summer.

Thursday, July 17 – Bruno Mars  

Two words: Bruno Mars. Since the 2009 release of his debut album, the pop sensation has been on a fast track to the top—landing five songs on Billboard's Hot 100, performing during this year’s Super Bowl halftime show and selling 130 million singles worldwide. This month, see Mars as he performs at the Susquehanna Bank Center for an unstoppable, arena-rocking night of music.  

Friday, July 18 – Natalie “The Floacist” Stewart

Natalie “The Floacist” Stewart is back with some new music for her Philly fans. As one half of former soul duo Floetry, Stewart co-penned hits like Say Yes, Getting Late and Floetic—forever changing the sound of soul music across the globe. Stop through World Cafe Live on July 18 for a chance to get up close and personal with The Floacist.  

Saturday, July 19 – Meek Mill

Indisputably one of the hottest artists in the rap game right now, Philly-bred MC Meek Mill returns this month to perform a special homecoming concert for his Philly fans at The Liacouras Center. Since releasing his debut studio album Dreams and Nightmares to critical acclaim in 2012, the rapper has collaborated with the biggest names in hip-hop, including Rick Ross, Wale, Drake, Trey Songz, Nicki Minaj, 2 Chainz, Lil Wayne, T.I., Mary J. Blige, John Legend, K. Michelle, Future and Wiz Khalifa.


Philly 360° Spotlights:

    • WATCH: Estelle Shops Philly
      • WATCH: Estelle Shops Philly
      • Photo Credit: D. Alfaro for Philly 360°

Summer Music Guide

You know Philly’s all about the summer, summer, summertime—and things are definitely heating up on the Philly music scene. Whether you’re in the mood to soak up sun and sounds outdoors at The Mann Center or The Dell or take in the sights of South Street before hitting The TLA, there are plenty of shows going down in Philly this summer. Check out our guide.

BlackStar Film Festival

Cinephiles: Hailed as “The Black Sundance” by Ebony magazine, BlackStar Film Festival returns July 31-August 3 for another round of cinematic awesomeness. The Philly-based festival highlights independent films from emerging directors, producers and writers about the global black experience. Be there. #byindiemeansnecessary

Rewind: Backstage Roots Picnic 2014

The seventh annual Roots Picnic just went down, and once again, the Legendary Roots Crew delivered an epic concert for their fans. And of course, Philly 360° was there to cover all of the behind-the-scenes action. HOT 107.9 personality Laiya St.Clair interviewed Philly creatives like Mike Zombie, Dom Streater and Chill Moody. Watch our recap video.  

Exclusive: Estelle In Philly

Though pop sensation Estelle hails from London, she's no stranger to our city. Working with Philly producers on her latest project True Romance, which drops in September, Estelle has a solid lineup of hometown "American boys" shaping her sound. Philly 360° followed along as the international star hit up a few of our favorite Old City boutiques and talked about her love for all things Philadelphia. Watch the video.


WATCH: Philly 360° Exclusive With Estelle

  • Posted By: Sarah Janiszewski
  • June 11, 2014
    • Estelle in Philly
      • Estelle in Philly
      • Photo Credit: D. Alfaro for Philly 360°

Though R&B/pop sensation Estelle hails from London, she's definitely no stranger to our city. Working with popular Philly producers on her latest project True Romance, which drops in September, Estelle has a solid lineup of hometown "American Boys" shaping her sound.  

This GRAMMY winner has many local connections. She's worked with some of Philly's top producers, like Carvin & Ivan of Forever Music and Mama's Boys Music Group,  Pop & Oak of Goooooooo!!! Music and Starr Island Group, Vidal Davis and Andre Harris. Her management team is based out of the City of Brotherly Love — Mike McArthur and Jerome Hipps of Mama's Boys Music Group and KWL Enterprises. And, she's worked very closely with celebrity media strategist Dyana Williams of Influence Entertainment and Radio One, as well as iconic hip-hop band The Roots.

So when we heard that Estelle was returning to Philly, we had to catch up with her since she always shows our city so much love. We spent a few hours with the singer and did a mini boutique crawl in Old City. We hit up a few local spots including US*U.S., Lost + Found and Vagabond. She's a lover of all things vintage — and Philly had plenty of fab finds to offer up. 

Check out the "Make Her Say" singer's Philly boutique crawl itinerary below. Also be sure to watch the video for an inside look at Estelle's time in Philly.  


Watch our exclusive video of Estelle's boutique crawl through Old City. 

The Shops: 

US*U.S. | 323 Arch Street

This co-op boutique’s focus is on products that are “Made in America.” Run by local Philadelphia designers, the spot serves not only as a retail space, but also as a studio workspace where the designers sew, sketch and style their creations. Rising designers include: LELE, Lobo Mau, Mariel Rojo, Aso Damisi, Secret Bohemia, Catherine Sanchez and Heartless Revival.    

Lost + Found | 133 North 3rd Street

Well-priced items for every type of shopper make this laidback boutique a hit. Housed in a former Old City art gallery, Lost + Found is owned by two top vintage-clothing dealers—the mother and daughter duo Sandy and Jenny Martin. The pair have an eye for mixing old-school ringer T-shirts with new reversible wrap skirts. The airy space also features fair-trade goods among the rainbow-like rack of lightweight T-shirts, men’s cowboy shirts, 1980s minis, neon plastic rings and printed canvas totes.

Vagabond | 37 N. 3rd Street

Mary Clark and Megan Murphy’s boutique just may be the hippest of the hip. With a generous smattering of indie designer labels, handmade vintage and modern designs, the shop’s own line of fashion-forward skirts, scarves, dresses, sweaters, coats and a wall full of yarn and knitting supplies, this little shop has big ambitions.        


Check out the below visual gallery for an inside look at Estelle boutique shopping. 

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Philly 360° Is Taking You Inside GRAMMY Week

  • Posted By: Sarah Janiszewski
  • January 28, 2013
    • Philadelphia music scene
      • Philadelphia music scene
      • Photo Credit: M. Kennedy for GPTMC

If you've been paying attention to the Philly music scene lately, then it's not a huge surprise that Philly's homegrown talent of artists, songwriters and producers got a decent amount of GRAMMY® nominations for the 55th GRAMMY Awards®, airing February 10.

And, you know we won't be missing it! That's right. Philly 360° is going on the road to take you inside all things Philly during GRAMMY® Week—from the parties, to interviews with nominated talent, to live blogging and Tweeting, we will have you covered. 

All GRAMMY® Week leading up to the telecast, we'll be giving you an exclusive peek inside the GRAMMY Awards®. So, follow Philly 360 on Twitter for the latest updates as we celebrate Philly’s major presence at the 55th GRAMMY Awards®!

Take a look at Philly’s nominations below.

    • Dear Philly Artists & Producers
      • Dear Philly Artists & Producers

Philly GRAMMY Awards® Nominees

Andrew "Pop" Wansel

  • Category: Best R&B Song

  • "Refill" by Elle Varner

Darhyl "DJ" Camper

  • Category: Best R&B Song

  • "Refill" by Elle Varner

Diplo

  • Category: Producer of the Year, Non-Classical

Jeff Chestek

  • Category: Album of the Year

  • Engineer for Fun. "Some Nights"

Pink

  • Category: Best Pop Album

  • The Truth About Love by Pink

The Roots

  • Category: Best Rap Album

  • Undun

 

Associated With Nominated Work

Andrea Simms

  • Category: Best Urban Contemporary Album

  • "Fortune" by Chris Brown

Andrew "Pop" Wansel

  • Category: Best Urban Contemporary Album

  • Kaleidoscope Dream by Miguel

  •  
  • Category: Best Urban Contemporary Album

  • "Fortune" by Chris Brown

Carvin & Ivan

  • Category: Best R&B Album

  • "Beautiful Surprise" by Tamia 

Dayvi Jae

  • Category: Best Urban Contemporary Album

  • "Fortune" by Chris Brown

Phatboiz

  • Category: Best Rap/Sung Collaboration

  • "Tonight (Best You Ever Had)" by John Legend featuring Ludacris

  •  
  • Category: Best Urban Contemporary Album

  • Kaleidoscope Dream by Miguel

Robert Calloway

  • Category: Best Urban Contemporary Album

  •  "Fortune" by Chris Brown

Ronald "Flippa" Colson

  • Category: Best Urban Contemporary Album

  • "Fortune" by Chris Brown

Philly 360° Shout Outs: Look out for Philly's own Adam Blackstone who will be the musical director for three of the performances at the GRAMMYs - Justin Timberlake, Rihanna and Maroon 5. Shout out to Khari Mateen, who was a producer for The Roots' Undun album! Congrats to Mike McArthur and Jerome Hipps! Their artist Estelle got a GRAMMY® nomination for Best R&B Performance. Also on the list of nominees is Wiz Khalifa - he may not be from Philly, but he's part of the Recording Academy Philadelphia Chapter. Props to Temple U Symphony on their two noms. Halestorm is also nominated for a GRAMMY® for Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance.

The 55th GRAMMY Awards® are set to happen on Sunday, February 10. We know who we'll be rooting for. Look out for more GRAMMY® coverage from Philly 360°.

Listen To The Music

Hear some of the music that got nominated this year.


Just In: Philly Gets Some GRAMMY® Love With Multiple Nominations

  • Posted By: Sarah Janiszewski
  • December 6, 2012
    • Pop Wansel at MilkBoy The Studio (formerly Larry Gold's The Studio)
      • Pop Wansel at MilkBoy The Studio (formerly Larry Gold's The Studio)
      • Photo Credit: D. McDowell for GPTMC

Philly is a music city, especially when it comes to R&B, soul and hip-hop. The city has been home to some major music movements and moments, and it looks like we're about to have another major moment happen.

If you've been paying attention to what's been happening in the music scene in Philly lately, then you know that there is a new music energy happening in the city. So, it's not a huge surprise that Philly's homegrown talent just got a few GRAMMY Awards® nods.

That's right. The 55th GRAMMY Awards® nominations are officially in, and some Philly peeps have a few things to brag about today. There were over 17,000 submissions for nominations. Check out who made the cut from Philly.

Philly GRAMMY Awards® Nominees

Andrew "Pop" Wansel

  • Category: Best R&B Song

  • "Refill" by Elle Varner

Darhyl "DJ" Camper

  • Category: Best R&B Song

  • "Refill" by Elle Varner

Diplo

  • Category: Producer of the Year, Non-Classical

Jeff Chestek

  • Category: Album of the Year

  • Engineer for Fun. "Some Nights"

Pink

  • Category: Best Pop Album

  • The Truth About Love by Pink

The Roots

  • Category: Best Rap Album

  • Undun

Khari Mateen


  • Category: Best Rap Album

  • Producer for The Roots Undun


Associated With Nominated Work

Andrea Simms

  • Category: Best Urban Contemporary Album

  • "Fortune" by Chris Brown

Andrew "Pop" Wansel

  • Category: Best Urban Contemporary Album

  • Kaleidoscope Dream by Miguel

  •  
  • Category: Best Urban Contemporary Album

  • "Fortune" by Chris Brown

Carvin & Ivan

  • Category: Best R&B Album

  • "Beautiful Surprise" by Tamia 

Dayvi Jae

  • Category: Best Urban Contemporary Album

  • "Fortune" by Chris Brown

Dexter Wansel

  • Category: Best Traditional R&B Performance

  • "If Only You Knew" by SWV

Phatboiz

  • Category: Best Rap/Sung Collaboration

  • "Tonight (Best You Ever Had)" by John Legend featuring Ludacris

  •  
  • Category: Best Urban Contemporary Album

  • Kaleidoscope Dream by Miguel

Robert Calloway

  • Category: Best Urban Contemporary Album

  •  "Fortune" by Chris Brown

Ronald "Flippa" Colson

  • Category: Best Urban Contemporary Album

  • "Fortune" by Chris Brown

Philly 360° Shout Outs: Congrats to Mike McArthur and Jerome Hipps! Their artist Estelle got a GRAMMY® nomination for Best R&B Performance. Also on the list of nominees is Wiz Khalifa - he may not be from Philly, but he's part of the Recording Academy Philadelphia Chapter. Props to Temple U Symphony on their two noms. Halestorm is also nominated for a GRAMMY® for Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance.

The 55th GRAMMY Awards® are set to happen on Sunday, February 10. We know who we'll be rooting for. Look out for more GRAMMY® coverage from Philly 360°.

Listen To The Music

Hear some of the music that got nominated this year.


Philly 360° Exclusive Video: Estelle

  • Posted By: Philly 360
  • April 13, 2012
    • Estelle on Stage
      • Estelle on Stage
      • Photo Credit: P. English for GPTMC
    • Estelle
      • Estelle
      • Photo Credit: P. English for GPTMC
    • Philly 360 interviewing Estelle
      • Philly 360 interviewing Estelle
      • Photo Credit: P. English for GPTMC
    • Estelle
      • Estelle
      • Photo Credit: P. English for GPTMC
    • Luke James
      • Luke James
      • Photo Credit: P. English for GPTMC
    • Luke James
      • Luke James
      • Photo Credit: P. English for GPTMC
    • Luke James
      • Luke James
      • Photo Credit: P. English for GPTMC
    • Luke James performing
      • Luke James performing
      • Photo Credit: P. English for GPTMC
    • Luke James
      • Luke James
      • Photo Credit: P. English for GPTMC
    • John Barber III hosting
      • John Barber III hosting
      • Photo Credit: P. English for GPTMC
    • Bridget Kelly performing
      • Bridget Kelly performing
      • Photo Credit: P. English for GPTMC
    • DJ Aktive
      • DJ Aktive
      • Photo Credit: P. English for GPTMC
    • DJ Aktive
      • DJ Aktive
      • Photo Credit: P. English for GPTMC
    • Bridget Kelly
      • Bridget Kelly
      • Photo Credit: P. English for GPTMC
    • Bridget Kelly
      • Bridget Kelly
      • Photo Credit: P. English for GPTMC
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She may be born and raised in West London; however, this Grammy-winner is no stranger to Philadelphia. From working with The Roots to Carvin & Ivan, she's been in Philly and definitely has some of the Philly flavor in her music.

Estelle was in town for her "All of Me" tour as part of BET Music Matters. Philly's own DJ Aktive, Adam Blackstone, Carvin & Ivan, Mike McArthur, Jerome Hipps, John Barber III and opening acts Luke James and Bridget Kelly were all in the house.

Estelle took some time out for students from GRAMMY U, the DASH program and Philly 360° during her soundcheck at World Cafe Live.

Watch her talk about her connections to Philly and more.

Philly 360° Shout Out to Mike McArthur and Jerome Hipps of Mama's Boys Music for making the interview happen!


Women’s History Month: The Legacy Of Her Story

  • Posted By: Philly 360
  • March 6, 2012
    • Women's History Month: The Legacy Of Her Story
      • Women's History Month: The Legacy Of Her Story
      • Photo Credit: P. English for GPTMC

Philly 360° is all about celebrating history with a contemporary twist. For Women’s History Month, there are a host of unconventional happenings shining light on the unforgettable women of the past, present and future. There wouldn’t be history without her story, and Philly’s showing some serious love to the ladies who have made incredible contributions. Here’s what we can’t wait to see: a brilliant portrayal of Ethel Waters in Ethel!, a tribute to the ladies of the Black Lily during Inside the Studio and the new sounds of Philly 360° Creative Ambassador Jeri Lynne Johnson and the Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra. Trust us, this will be a Women’s History Month celebration you won’t forget.

Featured Events

    • Jazzyfatnastees
      • Jazzyfatnastees
      • Photo Credit: Courtesy of Jazzyfatnastees

Saturday, March 10 – The Black Mozart Concert

Philly 360° Creative Ambassador Jeri Lynne Johnson and the Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra are back with something incredible. They’ve created a new musical masterpiece called The Black Mozart that will blow you away. Don’t miss this performance at The Philadelphia Cathedral.


Through Sunday, March 11 – Ethel!

If there’s one thing we know about Ethel Waters, it’s that she stood out from the rest. The Walnut Street Theatre will highlight the life of the Academy Award-nominated actress and soulful singer in its new production, Ethel!


Friday, March 16 – Spirit of Uganda

The soul-stirring sounds and movements of Spirit of Uganda return to the Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts. This captivating and colorful piece features 22 vibrant performers and brings light to two traumatic crises in Uganda—AIDS and civil war. Support the cause, and prepare to be moved.


Saturday, March 17 – Jason Marsalis & Simone

This collaboration is one for the music history books. Jason Marsalis, youngest brother of the incomparable first family of jazz, and Simone, daughter of the legendary Nina Simone, are hitting the stage together at the Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts. They’re both continuing in the legacy of their families, and we couldn’t be more hype about it!

 

Sunday, March 18 – Inside the Studio: Jaguar Wright, Aja, Jazzyfatnastees

At Warmdaddy’s, our homegirls over at It’s the Life Creative are reuniting with the unforgettable female voices from the Black Lily—Jaguar Wright, Aja and the Jazzyfatnastees. Need we say more? RSVP for Inside the Studio today!

Insider tip: Keep checking our Twitter page. You may win two seats to sit in on the convo!


Tuesday, March 20-Sunday, March 25 – FELA!

The wait is officially over—The Tony® Award-winning Broadway smash FELA! Is coming to the Kimmel Center. The musical brilliantly portrays the life of Fela Kuti, a legendary Nigerian musician and activist with a triumphant legacy that has touched us all. Get your tickets today before they sell out.

Insider tip: There’s plenty of Philly love in this musical, with Will Smith as a producer and a fly musical score curated by Philly 360° Creative Ambassador Questlove!

Spotlights

    • Dyana Williams
      • Dyana Williams
      • Photo Credit: Whitney Thomas

2012 Creative Ambassadors

Judging by all the excitement, we’d say we’ve picked another phenomenal group of people that continue to make Philly look good. Our 2012 Creative Ambassador event was full of swag, and was a highlight of the season thanks to the help of our media partners CBS3/The CW Philly and KYW Newsradio 1060. If you missed it, we’ve got a full recap just for you.


Philadelphia Flower Show

From March 4-11, the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society brings one of our favorite events of the season to the Pennsylvania Convention Center. The Hawaiian-themed Philadelphia International Flower Show takes over Philly with exotic floral showcases and festive social gatherings.


Women’s History Month Picks

There are a host of Women’s History Month festivities going on all over Philly this month—from the Philadelphia Girl Power program at the National Constitution Center to a showing of Daughters of the Dust at the African American Museum in Philadelphia. Check out our top picks to see how Philly’s celebrating the ladies.

 

BET Music Matters: Leah Smith

Rising star Leah Smith is making Philly proud. The BET Music Matters artist scored a spot on BET Honors, and her performance of Beautifully Made gave us chills. Keep your ears out for Leah—she’s definitely something special.


GRAMMY® Rewind

We partnered with the Recording Academy to cover Philly’s GRAMMY® Telecast Viewing Party at Lucky Strikes, and we loved the vibe. Soul singer Glenn Lewis and Philly 360° Creative Ambassador Carvin Haggins were in the house too. Check it out. And, shout out to production duo Helen & Terry on the GRAMMY® win!


Your Guide To Global Fusion Festival & Global Fusion Week - July 11 - 17

  • Posted By: Philly 360
  • July 6, 2011
    • Global Fusion Festival
      • Global Fusion Festival
      • Photo Credit: M. Kennedy for GPTMC

Your Guide To Global Fusion Festival & Global Fusion Week

July 11 - 17

Global Fusion Festival is coming back to Great Plaza at Penn's Landing for a 5th year with a diverse lineup and cultural fusion of musicians, dancers and singers.  The theme this year is Carnival, to represent the explosion of culture, color and celebrations that take place annually throughout the world. So, expect major performances and a host of multicultural foods, crafts and more.

Global Fusion Week, presented by the Multicultural Affairs Congress, begins on Monday, July 11, and runs through Sunday, July 17. We have your guide to everything happening for Global Fusion Festival and Global Fusion Week.

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      • Estelle
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      • Melanie Fiona
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Global Fusion Festival - July 16

Concert

This year, British R&B starlet Estelle, Grammy-nominated neo-soul artist Anthony David and Canadian songstress Melanie Fiona will hit the stage for a free concert on July 16. 

Children's Carnival City

Head over to the Children's Pavilion with your kids for family-friendly activities includings: folklorist sharing cultural heritage fables; instructional hip-hop and salsa dancing lessons; face painting resembling historic cultural figures; interaction with the Philadelphia Zoo’s on Wheels; and more.

Fusion Beer Garden

Looking for some cool adult beverages in the summer heat? Stop by the Fusion Beer Garden to see what they have on tap. Must be 21 to enter.

Directions

Go here for directions to Penn's Landing.

    • Global Fusion Festival
      • Global Fusion Festival
      • Photo Credit: M. Kennedy for GPTMC

Fusion Week Schedule

Here are some of our top picks of happenings during Global Fusion Week. For a full listing, go here.

Monday, July 11

Global Fusion Festival Week Kick-off Event

6 - 9 p.m.

Hard Rock Cafe

1113-31 Market Street

Philadephia, PA

This kick-off event is presented by the Micah Sims Show, which features Global Fusion giveaways, Hard Rock Cafe membership promotions, music by DJ Jazzy Joe and performances by SAP Sounds, Alo Brasil and more. Portion of the proceeds go to Art Sanctuary.  

Insider tip: Admission is $10.

 

Tuesday, July 12

Latin Tuesdays: Wine, Dine and Dance

Reef Restaurant & Lounge

605 S. 3rd Street

Philadelphia, PA
$7 Cover Charge
9 p.m. – 1 a.m.

Spice up your night with Latin beats and experience a night of Caribbean-flare with dining and salsa dancing.

Insider tip: Free intermediate salsa lessons from 9 - 10 p.m.

 

Wednesday, July 13

PM @ Penn Museum Summer Nights Presents: Zydeco-A-Go-Go

5 - 8 p.m.

University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology

3260 South Street

Philadelphia, PA

Join the Philadelphia-based group Zydecoagogo for a night of drinks, food and entertainment as they blend Creole Zydeco and Cajun 2-Step for a sound that is best described as a mix of New Orleans R&B and vintage Louisiana rock and roll.

Insider tip: Admission is $5.

 

Thursday, July 14

The Essence of Entertainment Concert Series Presents: Stephanie Mills and Keith Washington

8 p.m.

The Dell Music Center

Ridge Ave & Huntingdon Drive near 33rd Street

Philadelphia, PA

Enjoy the smooth sounds of Stephanie Mills and Grammy nominated R&B singer Keith Washington as they perform their classics.

Insider tip: Tickets range from $25 - $40.


Friday, July 15

Fusion Comedy Night at the Laff House

8:30 p.m.

Laff House

221 South Street

Philadelphia, PA

The Laff House, Philadelphia’s premiere comedy club, presents the Capone “The Gangster of Comedy” for this official Global Fusion event. 

Insider tip: Admission is $25.

 

Saturday, July 16

Global Fusion Festival

Noon - 8 p.m.

Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing

Philadelphia, PA

Insider tip: This event is free.

 

Island Rhythms

10 p.m. - 2 a.m.

Reef Restaurant & Lounge

605 S. 3rd Street

Philadelphia, PA

It’s the hottest Soca, Dancehall and Reggae dance party in the city.

Insider tip: $10 cover charge all night.

 

Sunday, July 17

Gospel Brunch Cruise

11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Philadelphia Belle

Pier 3 at Penn's Landing

Philadelphia, PA
Come aboard the newest attraction at Penn's Landing, the Philadelphia Belle, for a fantastic Gospel Brunch Cruise and live gospel entertainers aboard a paddlewheel-style riverboat.

Insider tip: $42.90 with brunch,  $27.95 cruise-only 

 

Specials & Discounts

Insider tip: Mention "Global Fusion" to receive specials and discounts. See full specials and discounts listing here.

 


Your Guide To Philly's 4th Of July Celebration - Wawa Welcome America!

  • Posted By: Philly 360
  • June 15, 2011
    • Philadelphia's annual 4th of July celebration
      • Philadelphia's annual 4th of July celebration
      • Photo Credit: G. Widman for GPTMC

Your Guide To Philly's 4th Of July Celebration - Wawa Welcome America!

Wawa Welcome America! is an 11 day-long celebration in Philly that kicks off on June 24 and ends July 4. With three firework shows, concerts curated by Questlove of The Roots, lots of food (and we do mean a lot!) and more, Philly is definitely the place to celebrate. 

Check out everything going on in Philly for Wawa Welcome America!

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      • Earth, Wind & Fire
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      • Photo Credit: M. Edlow for GPTMC
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Concerts

It's time for Philly's ultimate summer jam. We have concerts and performances happening around the city. And, if there's anything Philly knows how to do, it's putting on a good show with hot music. We have some major talent hitting our stages, including Earth, Wind & Fire, The Roots, Estelle, Aaron Neville, DJ Jazzy Jeff and more!

 

Friday, June 24

Gerald Veasley

7:30 p.m.

Great Plaza at Penn's Landing
Columbus Boulevard at Chestnut Street

Insider tip: This is a part of Taste of Philadelphia, so make sure you enjoy some flavors of Philly while you take in the show.

 

Saturday, June 25

Aaron Neville

8 p.m.
Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing

Columbus Boulevard at Chestnut Street 

Insider tips: Singer/songwriter Somi will open up for Aaron Neville. Fireworks will follow Aaron Neville's performance at approximately 9:30 p.m.

 

Sunday, June 25

Wawa Welcome America! singer/songwriter contest

Time TBD

Front Stage at Penn's Landing

Columbus Boulevard at Chestnut Street

Insider tip: We hear that two of Philly 360°'s favorite songwriters/producers, Carvin & Ivan, will be judging the competition. The winner will get studio time with the powerhouse production team and a chance to perform on a Music Stage during the Party on the Parkway on July 4.

 

Sunday, June 26

Gospel Performance

Time TBD

Penn's Landing

Insider tip: The gospel performance will close out Taste of Philadelphia.

 

Saturday, July 2

US Army Band "Pershing's Own"

7:30 p.m.

Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing

Columbus Boulevard at Chestnut Street

Insider tip: Fireworks will follow the performance at approximately 9:30 p.m.

  

Sunday, July 3
Fam Jams! featuring Emily Osment, Cody Simpson and Tim Urban

1 - 5 p.m.

Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing

Columbus Boulevard at Chestnut Street

 

Sunday, July 3
POPs on Independence featuring Peter Nero and the Philly Pops

8 p.m.

Independence Hall

5th and Chestnut Streets

 

Monday, July 4

4th of July Jam

Featuring The Roots, Earth, Wind & Fire, Michael McDonald, Estelle, Sara Bareilles, DJ Jazzy Jeff, Chin Chin, Nico’s Gun, Kindred the Family Soul and more
5 p.m. – 11 p.m.

Benjamin Franklin Parkway

Between 18th & 23rd Streets

Insider tip: There will be a spectacular fireworks show following the jam.

    • Independence Day Parade
      • Independence Day Parade
      • Photo Credit: G. Widman for GPTMC

Festivals & Parade

Like we said, Philly knows how to throw a party, especially when it comes to America's birthday. And we do it big. So big, that we have festivals within festivals. Check below to see what other festivities we have going on to celebration Independence Day.

Sunday, July 2
Chinatown Block Party

12 noon – 4 p.m.

Chinatown

10th and Arch Streets

 

Monday, July 4
Celebration of Freedom

10 – 11 a.m.

Independence Hall

5th & Chestnut Streets

Insider tip: The star-spangled salute to America features honored speakers, like Mayor Michael Nutter.

 

Monday, July 4
Independence Day Parade

11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Historic Philadelphia

Market Street

Insider tip: The parade will feature 3,500 patriotic and multicultural marchers, musicians, dancers and floats. All five U.S. military branches will be represented.

 

Monday, July 4
Party on the Parkway

12 noon – 6 p.m.

Benjamin Franklin Parkway

Between 18th & 23rd Streets

Insider tip: Seven blocks of music, dancing, cultural activities, arts, crafts and live entertainment.

    • Taste of Philadelphia
      • Taste of Philadelphia
      • Photo Credit: J. Smith for GPTMC

Food

Whether it's a 4.5 ton hoagie, unlimited ice cream or sample dishes from some of Philly's top restaurants, you will definitely get a real taste of Philly when you take part in some of Wawa Welcome America's food events.

Friday, June 24 - Sunday, June 26

Taste of Philadelphia
June 24, 5 - 9 p.m.

June 25, 11 a.m. - 10 p.m.

June 26, 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing

Columbus Boulevard at Chestnut Street

Insider tips: Bring your appetite and enjoy all the flavors of Philly. You will sample dishes from more than 25 restaurants. Free admission; fees for food samples. There will also be food trucks and cooking demos. See the concert section above for shows happening during Taste of Philadelphia.

 

Wednesday, June 29

Wawa Hoagie Day

12 noon - 2 p.m.

Independence Visitor Center Lawn, Independence Mall West

6th and Market Streets

Insider tip: There will be a 4.5 ton hoagie served. 

 

Saturday, July 2 - Sunday, July 3

Super Scooper All-You-Can Eat Ice Cream Festival

July 2, 12 noon – 5 p.m. and 6 – 9 p.m.
July 3, 12 noon – 5 p.m.

Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing

Columbus Boulevard at Chestnut Street

Insider tip: For just a $7 donation, you can enjoy ice cream for hours each day. All net proceeds will benefit the Joshua Kahan Fund, helping to find a cure for pediatric leukemia.

    • Philadelphia's annual 4th of July celebration
      • Philadelphia's annual 4th of July celebration
      • Photo Credit: R. Kennedy for GPTMC

Fireworks

Philly will sparkle and light up like you've never seen before with three separate nights of fireworks. Get ready to ooh and ahh.

Saturday, June 26

Approximately 9:30 p.m.

Penn’s Landing

Columbus Boulevard at Chestnut Street

 

Saturday, July 3

Approximately 9:30 p.m.

Penn’s Landing

Columbus Boulevard at Chestnut Street

 

Sunday, July 4

Approximately 11:00 p.m.

Philadelphia Museum of Art

Benjamin Franklin Parkway

Book Your Trip

If you're planning on making a trip of it, book through our Philly Overnight Hotel Package which includes free parking and more!


Jam in June for Black Music Month

  • Posted By: Philly 360
  • June 1, 2011
    • Black Music Month
      • Black Music Month
      • Photo Credit: Philly 360

Jam In June For Black Music Month

June is always jam-packed with festivals, concerts and other vibrant happenings that make Philly shine. Since the pioneers of Black Music Month are deeply rooted in Philly music, it’s no surprise that Philly does it bigger and better each year.

With favorites like Chaka Khan, The Roots, Chrisette Michele, Earth, Wind & Fire and Sade hitting various stages all over the city, black music will be shaking up the streets of Philly.

Check out our top picks for the ultimate Black Music Month celebration.

  

Remembering Grover Washington

Friday, June 3-Saturday, June 4

Chris’ Jazz Cafe

Highlights: Performances by Doc Gibbs, Johnny DeFrancesco, Tyrone Brown, Webb Thomas and more.

 

The Roots Picnic

Saturday, June 4

Penn's Landing Festival Pier

Highlights: Performances by The Roots, Esperanza Spalding, Nas, Wiz Khalifa and more.

 

Soweto Kinch Quartet

Saturday, June 11

Painted Bride Art Center

 

Odunde African-American Festival

Sunday, June 12

South Street (b/w 21st and 23rd Streets)

 

West Oak Lane Jazz and Arts Festival

Friday, June 17-Saturday, June 19

Ogontz Avenue

Highlights: Performances by Chaka Khan, Chrisette Michele, Men of Soul (Jeffrey Osborne, Freddie Jackson, Peabo Bryson and Howard Hewett) and more.

 

Sade & John Legend

Sunday, June 19

Wells Fargo Center

 

Radio One Super Jam

Sunday, June 19

Susquehanna Bank Center

Highlights: Performances by Chris Brown, Keri Hilson, Diddy Dirty Money and more.

 

The Sound of Philadelphia Celebration with the Phillies

Friday, June 24

Citizens Bank Park

Highlights: Honoring TSOP artists Jerry Butler, Chubby Checker and Dee Dee Sharp.

 

Jaguar Wright

Friday, June 24-Saturday, June 25

Warmdaddy’s

 

Wawa Welcome America!

Friday, June 24-Monday, July 4

Various locations

Highlights: Performances by The Roots, Nancy Wilson, DJ Jazzy Jeff, Estelle, Earth, Wind & Fire and more.

 

Orrin Evans Quartet

Saturday, June 25

Chris’ Jazz Café

 

Kindred the Family Soul Album Release Party

Wednesday, June 29

8 p.m. to midnight

Warmdaddy's

 

Inside the Studio (featuring very special guests)

Sunday, June 26

Warmdaddy’s

 


Just Announced:The Roots To Headline Wawa Welcome America!

  • Posted By: Philly 360
  • April 12, 2011
    • Wawa Welcome America! press announcement with Mayor Michael Nutter, Melanie Johnson and Black Thought and ?uestlove of The Roots
      • Wawa Welcome America! press announcement with Mayor Michael Nutter, Melanie Johnson and Black Thought and ?uestlove of The Roots

Just Announced:

The Roots To Headline Philly's Fourth of July Jam, Wawa Welcome America!

 

Philly is the birthplace of independence. And, it doesn't get more Philly than hometown icons and hip hop legends The Roots headlining the city's biggest independence celebration, Wawa Welcome America!--and the Legendary Roots Crew are bringing the summer heat.

?uestlove of The Roots is the musical director of Philly’s Fourth of July Jam, and he's filling the stages with Earth, Wind and Fire, Estelle, Sara Bareilles, DJ Jazzy Jeff and more! 

There will be a tribute to legendary hit makers Gamble & Huff to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Philadelphia International Records

And, there will also be a heavy jazz, blues and gospel presence this year at Wawa Welcome America! with Aaron Neville, Gerald Veasley, Hezekiah Walker and others performing at  Wawa Welcome America!’s Taste of Philadelphia. 

 

    • Philly 360°'s Guide To Wawa Welcome America
      • Philly 360°'s Guide To Wawa Welcome America
      • Photo Credit: G. Widman for GPTMC

 

About Wawa Welcome America!

Wawa Welcome America! is an 11 day long celebration in Philly that kicks off on June 24 and ends July 4. With three firework shows, concerts curated by ?uestlove, lots of food (and we do mean a lot!) and more, Philly is definitely the place to celebrate. 

 

Check out the fireworks:

Saturday, June 25

Approximately 9:30 p.m.

Penn’s Landing

Columbus Boulevard at Chestnut Street

 

Saturday, July 2

Approximately 9:30 p.m.

Penn’s Landing

Columbus Boulevard at Chestnut Street
 

Monday, July 4

Approximately 11:00 p.m.

Philadelphia Museum of Art

Benjamin Franklin Parkway

 

 

Book your trip:

If you're planning on making a trip of it, book through the Philly Overnight Hotel Package which includes free parking and more!

 

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