Your guide to Philly's diverse creative scene, nightlife, music, food & more
This year, Philadelphia will host the very 1st Annual WDAS Holiday Jam presented by Soul Train Music. This very special event will take place Friday, November 28 at the Liacouras Center with performances by an all-star lineup of R&B/Soul hitmakers. There will even be a DJ set by Philly’s favorite international drummer/DJ, Questlove of the legendary Roots crew.
Held on Black Friday, the WDAS Holiday Jam is the perfect opportunity to continue the hoilday festivities after a full day of shopping with friends and family. Tis the season, right?
And trust us, when we say that this lineup is stacked — it's definitely stacked! Check out the details below.
Jill Scott — Jilly from Philly is coming home! The soulful singer/songwriter and poet made her rise during the Philadelphia-driven neo-soul movement of the early 2000s and has since transcended into actress, activist and much more.
KEM — This R&B great took the world by storm with the success of his single “Love Calls.” Since then, KEM has become one of the most distinctive and unique voices in R&B.
Ledisi — An undeniable powerhouse vocalist, Ledisi is definitely one of Philadelphia adopted daughters of soul — just ask Sound of Philadelphia mastermind Kenny Gamble. A vocalist who truly uses her voice as an instrument, Ledisi has worked with some of Philly's most notable songwriters, including Carvin and Ivan and the Philly Phatboiz.
Joe — Joe's smooth vocals have helped him stand the test of time. Over his career, Joe has gone from hip-hop hooks to recording flawless throwbacks paying homage to groups like Frankie Beverly and Maze.
Faith Evans — The first lady of Bad Boy Records, Faith Evans sultry voice continues to win over fans old and new. With a voice equally rooted in church and traditional R&B/soul and a discography full of hits, Faith Evans is 100% a legit American soul music icon.
This show is for the music lovers and is the perfect way to groove into the holiday spirit. So, be sure to grab your ticket as we’re sure they are going quickly!
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, Elle Morris.
Morris is a University of the Arts grad and a Philly transplant by way of Washington, DC. Elle captivates audiences with her eclectic voice, innovative covers and lovely jazz nuances. Her talents have landed her on stage with several national artists including Robin Thicke and Eric Roberson. Yes, we're definitely a fan.
Sanctuary LIVE! is hosted by Philly-based poet Safa and kicks off with an open mic from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The open mic segment is backed by rising Philly jazz vocalist and pianist, V. Shayne Frederick — a pitch perfect addition to any musical setting.
In addition to the lush vocals from the incredible lineup of musicians, attendees will get a chance to check out Art Sanctuary's latest exhibit, "My Thoughts Wear Crowns. " this 15+ piece show features the graffiti, Basquiat influenced paintings of Philly-based visual artist, American Queen TJD.
Be sure to RSVP in advance, because you most definitely want to be front and center when Elle Morris and these Philly talents step on stage. Wine and light fare included.
Philly, we've got some great news. On Friday, December 5, Jhene Aiko will be making her way back to Philly. The Souled Out songstress takes over The Electric Factory along with SZA and The Internet — keeping things hot on the city's fall music scene.
Philly last saw Aiko on the mainstage during this year's Roots Picnic. And, we've definitely been anticipating her return ever since.
After releasing her debut major label album, Souled Out, the singer experienced a whirlwind year. But, don’t mistake Aiko's recent release or fanfare for inexperience in the business. Aiko was signed to Epic records when she was just 16 years old. Ultimately, she was released from that contract so that she could finish school and continue developing as a woman and an artist.
After that brief hiatus and the birth of her daughter, Aiko was back at it. Always staying true to her words, worth and artistry, the singer/songwriter never stopped writing. Ultimately, Jhene released her high-acclaimed mixtape, Sailing Souls, which she recorded with LA-based producers Fisticuffs. The popular project gained momentum and the attention of industry heavyweights, including Big Sean and Drake.
Aiko then appeared on Big Sean’s track “Beware,” released her own EP Sail Out and toured alongside Drake — all of which propelled her into the forefront of the music industry.
Philly can catch Aiko, and her hip-hop and R&B-laced music, live at The Electric Factory in early December. Alternative “Teen Spirit” singer/songwriter SZA and soul band The Internet will be opening the show with genre-defying, eclectic performances — rounding out the lineup just right.
This is a show you won’t want to miss, so grab your tickets now!
This weekend, American Dreaming returns with another dope event, Femme-Efant: The Examination of the Female Muse Art Exhibit with Dessie Jackson.
Since then, Jackson has been busy creating new work, recently collaborating on a t-shirt design with hip online mag and retail brand The Hundreds.
On Saturday, November 15, American Dreaming will host a solo exhibit where the rising Philly art star will explore the critique and celebration of self presentation through the female lens. In addition to Jackson's vibrant creations, this event will feature music curated by DJ Matthew Law and YS The DJ.
Check out additional details below.
This Saturday, Art Sanctuary — one of Philly's premier black art creative hubs — opens an exciting new exhibit featuring the work of Philly-based painter American Queen TJD. Dubbed "My Thoughts Wear Crowns," American Queen's exhibit will include 15+ graphic, graffiti-influenced works that will be on display through the end of the year.
Hailing from "the city of brotherly and sisterly affection," American Queen TJD states her purpose is to spread positive energy, hope and motivation through art. TJD's work is indeed positive message heavy — her recent series of paintings includes images of women donning crowns and affirming messages like, "Don't be good... Be Great"; "I love my black skin."; and "I am not a trophy."
Equal parts artist, philosopher and business woman, TJD holds a Masters of Science degree in Culture and Communications and a B.A. in Visual Communications with and Minor in business. The upwardly mobile artist labels her work as graffiti/abstract expressionism and cites a wide range of influences, including Basquiat, Chagall, Van Gogh, Keith Haring, Frida Kahlo, Picasso — even musical greats like Kanye West, Nina Simone and Lauryn Hill are on her list.
Though she's a fixture on the Philly creative scene, American Queen TJD has her eye set on the prize. On her site TJD states,
"I want to be considered as a visual art icon in (mainstream) America and beyond... My dream is to show at big venues like Art Basel because I believe female artists have something to say on big stages, and they need not be underrepresented in the grand scheme of things."
Recently Philly 360° caught up with TJD as she competed in Red Bull's Canvas Cooler Project at Arch Enemy Arts in Old City. You can check out TJD and the other local creative selected by Red Bull in our recap video below.
On Saturday, November 15 from 4 to 6 p.m., Art Sanctuary will host an opening reception for the "My Thoughts Wear Crowns" exhibit in their Graduate Hospital gallery space. The reception is free and open to the public and will have wine and light fare available.
Even though the exhibit will be on display through December, all of the pieces included in the show will be available for purchase — definitely a worthwhile acquisition for any collectors looking for the city's next hot artist. So, come out and support Art Sanctuary as they present the next Philly art phenom, American Queen TJD.
Ms. Lauryn Hill is once again on the road and she's capturing the hearts of fans, old and new. Undoubtedly, one of the most influential artists of this time, Ms. Hill will perform at the Electric Factory in Philadelphia this Saturday, November 15.
The South Orange, New Jersey native first popped up on the scene as a member of the innovative 90s hip-hop group, The Fugees. Along with Hill, the group also included emcees Wyclef Jean and Pras. The group went on to release two albums Blunted on Reality and the GRAMMY Award winning project, The Score. Hill’s versatility as both an emcee and stellar vocalist quickly set her apart.
After the disbanding of the group, each of the members focused on their solo careers, and Lauryn's seminal project, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, was born. Standing in a class all its own, Hill’s only studio solo album to date remains one of the most highly-acclaimed projects of our generation. Soon after the immense success of the project, the popular singer/songwriter retracted from the public spotlight, leaving fans in hot pursuit of new music from the hitmaking artist.
Now, Ms. Hill is back on the scene and touring across the country performing new renditions of her classic records. Her appearance at Bonnaroo this year gave fans a taste of her music with a new twist, pulling on her reggae, hip-hop and R&B influences. Though fans are still eagerly awaiting new music from Ms. Lauryn Hill, it appears that her existing material has still maintained it popular appeal. Yes, Ms. Lauryn Hill still sells out shows around the globe.
Coming to Philly this weekend, alternative hip-hop artist Kuf Knotz and the lyrically elite Talib Kweli will join Ms. Hill for a high energy show. You won’t want to miss this one, so be sure to grab a friend and head down for what’s sure to be an epic show.
Attention all songwriters and aspiring music industry execs! The Recording Academy Philadelphia Chapter (aka the GRAMMY organization) is hosting an event that's open to the public, and it is all about the songwriter — Art & Commerce: Songwriting.
This event is a two-part series that breaks down everything about songwriting — from the business side to the creative side of crafting a song.
Commerce of Songwriting will show songwriters what they need to do to ensure credit and payment for their work. The Art of Songwriting will bring together Dreamchasers artist Guordan Banks (50 Cent, Keyshia Cole, John Legend), Billy Mann (GRAMMY-nominated songwriter - Pink, Cher, Ricky Martin) and Brent "Ritz" Reynolds (The Roots, Mac Miller, Juicy J) to discuss the craft of the song with a look at some of their hits. The always fierce Dyana Williams (on-air personality and celebrity media strategist) will be moderating.
Philly is definitely a music destination packed with talent. Stop through and master your craft. You could add to Philly's legacy of incredible songs.
Art & Commerce: Songwriting
When: Thursday, November 13 | 6 pm (networking reception to follow)
Where: Hyatt Regency at Penn's Landing | 201 S. Columbus Boulevard
Cost: $25 for non-Recording Academy members | free for members
More: RSVP here or email email@example.com
Social: #GRAMMYAAC #GRAMMYPHI
Once a month on Wednesdays, The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts opens its doors and stages to some of the city's hottest musical talents for the popular music showcase, Sittin' In. Now approaching its third year, this free concert/party/jam session mashup is Philadelphia's go-to event for emerging talent, locally-based touring musicians — and the music lovers that can't get enough of their soulful sounds.
This Wednesday, November 12, The Kimmel Center returns with another dope edition Sittin' In featuring Philly jazz greats Francois Zayas and Venissa Santi. As always, Sittin' In resident turntablist DJ Matthew Law, formerly DJ PHSH, will spin in between sets by the featured acts.
8pm - DJ PHSH
9pm - Venissa Santi + guests
9:45pm - DJ PHSH
10pm - Francois Zayas + guests
10:45pm - DJ PHSH
11pm - Close
Recently, Philly 360° caught up with Sittin' In mastermind Anthony Tidd, as he led rehearsals for the Kimmel's all-star edition of Sittin' In, which featured headlining performances by Philly faves including Laurin Talese, Kate Faust, Jeff Bradshaw and Ursula Rucker.
Along with interviewing Tidd, we talked with the incredible group of musicians that regularly make up the Sittin' In house-band, including Korey Riker, Ernest Stuart, Steve Tirpak, Josh Lawrence andLuke Carlos O'Reilly — each a notable artist in their own right.
So check out our behind-the-scenes video below, and make sure to come out for our favorite free Philly jam, Sittin' In.
Rapper and acclaimed actor Common is coming to town on Monday, December 8 — and he’s not coming alone. Producer and hip-hop recording artist Jay Electronica will be joining the industry vet on multiple dates on the Nobody’s Smiling Tour.
The two recently collaborated on Common’s “Kingdom” remix from his latest LP and will be here in a few weeks to perform at The TLA on South Street.
Common's 10th studio release, Nobody's Smiling, was released earlier this year. The concept album explores the stories and struggle of everyday life in Common's hometown of Chicago. One of the many hip-hop artists that have emerged from the Chi-town music scene, Common's lyrical approach and crossover appeal have ensured that he has remained relevant, both in and out of the studio.
Common has made his way through both underground and mainstream music scenes in the span of his over 20-year career. After hooking up with Kanye West in 2004, Common began to reach new audiences with his gritty hip-hop style. Since first gaining mainstream notoriety in 1992, the rapper has gone on to add additional titles to his roster of credentials, including author, narrator and philanthropist.
Taking the show on the road, Common is hitting multiple cities across the country. Though opener Jay Electronica has yet to put out a major label studio album, he’s maintained a huge buzz in hip-hop culture. Jay rarely tours, so fans are in for a treat as the intricate lyricist joins Common on this tour.
Philly! Once again, Veteran Freshman is back on the scene with a dope lineup of concerts featuring all of the artists that you've been dying to see. This fall, all of your favorite hip-hop, soul and R&B are out on the road and stopping through to show their Philadelphia fans some love.
As always Veteran Freshman has curated an epic selection of insanely talented performers, including Lauryn Hill, Common, Method Man, Jhene Aiko, SZA and more. You can check out the Veteran Freshman Presents schedule below. Also be sure to keep an eye on Philly 360's events section for all of your must-hit music, fashion and cultural events.
Friday, November 7, 8 p.m. | The TLA, 334 South Street | $25
Buy tickets here.
Rapper Joey Bada$$ is on the road with a sizable US tour — building hype for his soon-to-be-released project, B4DA$$. Joey has already released a few singles from the track to rave review and will land at The TLA on Friday, November 7.
Thursday, November 13, 8 p.m. | Electric Factory, 421 N. 7th Street | $42
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Rappers YG and A$AP Ferg are teaming up for a short run of tour dates in November. The "BestCoast Connection" Tour kick off on November 13 in Philadelphia at The Electric Factory.
Saturday, November 15, 8 p.m. | Electric Factory, 421 N. 7th Street | $72
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After taking a break from touring, Ms. Lauryn Hill is back on the road connecting with fans and performing reimagined renditions of the hits we’ve all fell in love with. You can catch Lauryn on November 15 at the Electric Factory. Opening performance by rapper Talib Kweli.
Thursday, November 20, 8 p.m. | The Trocadero, 1003 Arch Street | $30
Buy tickets online here.
B.o.B first landed on the scene during the “Dirty South” music movement of the late 2000s, but his official breakthrough came in 2010 when he dropped the chart-topping hit “Nothing on You.” Since then, B.o.B. has collabed with major headliners like Lil Wayne, Taylor Swift, Nicki Minaj, Chris Brown and Juicy J.
Friday, November 21, 8 p.m | Electric Factory, 421 N. 7th Street | $61
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Famed rapper 50 Cent lands at the Electric Factory later this month, along with the original members of his G-Unit crew. The group recently got back together and is on the road for a substantial US music tour.
Tuesday, November 25, 8 p.m. | The TLA, 334 South Street | $32
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Wu-Tang Clan members Method Man and Redman are legit music royalty. This month, the duo is hitting The TLA alongside fellow rappers B-Real of Cypress Hill, Berner, Mic Jenkins and more.
Monday, December 8, 8 p.m. | TLA, 334 South Street | $35
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Hip-hop artist and entertainment great, Common is heading out on tour this fall. He lands in Philadelphia on December 8 alongside of special guest Jay Electronica. His upcoming tour is in support of his latest project, Nobody’s Smiling, which released earlier this year.
Friday, December 5, 8 p.m. | Electric Factory, 421 N 7th Street | Tickets on sale 11/7
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Jhene Aiko is hitting Philly this month and she's bringing along a few special guests. Aiko just announced the Enter The Void tour with SZA and The Internet, which hits Philly in December.
Patrick Kelly: Runway of Love & Gerlan Jeans Loves Patrick Kelly When: April 27, 2014 - December 7, 2014 Where: Perelman Building, Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2525 Pennsylvania Avenue Cost: $20 General Admission | $14 Students More Info: www.philamuseum.org…
My Thoughts Wear Crowns When: Opening reception, Saturday, November 15, 4 - 6 p.m.; Exhibit open through December 31, 2014 Where: Art Sanctuary, 628 S. 16th Street Cost: Free More Info: RSVP for the reception here, or view Art…
WDAS: 1st Annual Holiday Jam with Jill Scott, KEM, Ledisi, Joe and Faith Evans When: Friday, November 28, 7 p.m. Where: The Liacouras Center, 1776 N Broad Street Cost: $50-100 More Info: Buy tickets here. Philly’s fave R&B/soul station…