Your guide to Philly's diverse creative scene, nightlife, music, food & more
This weekend, Dice Raw of The Roots is hitting the stage, headlining New Freedom Theatre's 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.
The production was written by Phillip Brown, includes original music and lyrics by Dice Raw of the Roots Crew and is directed by noted Philadelphia-based director, Ozzie Jones. Dice Raw’s highly-acclaimed concept album “Jimmy’s Back” is the centerpiece for this entertaining and thought-provoking production.
A popular and present artist on the Philadelphia music scene, Dice Raw raw's signature style of rap was first heard alongside Philly's famous hip-hop band, The Roots. Dice made his industry debut on the hit track "The Lesson, Pt. 1." And soon after, he made a name for himself with his distinct cameos on "Adrenaline" and "Lockdown," where his hard-hitting style worked perfectly alongside the heady rhymes of Roots frontman Black Thought.
Along with Dice Raw, the production features a stellar lineup of Philadelphia talents, and after each performance audience members are invited to stick around for a post-show talkback discussion. Each discussion will feature a panel of experts on the African American male experience in the criminal justice system.
Since 1966, New Freedom Theatre has trained generations of black creatives and presented productions that give voice to the African-American experience, and make it accessible for all. Certainly, "The Last Jimmy" is no exception. Don't miss this groundbreaking work featuring many of Philly's best talents on one stage.
Friday evening, legendary classical soprano superstar Kathleen Battle takes center stage at The Kimmel Center, singing songs in the tradition of African-American spirituals. In a moving evening of music, including popular music like 'Lord, How Come Me Here?' and 'He's Got the Whole World In His Hands,' Battle will take her audience on a journey through the spirituals and hymns that express the suffering, salvation, triumph and freedom of the African-American experience.
A 5-time Grammy winner, Battle's captivating soprano voice has made her one of the most-acclaimed artists in contemporary opera and classical music. She has performed with the New York Philharmonic, The Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Vienna Philharmonic, Jessye Norman, Luciano Pavarotti, and in every major opera house around the globe.
This Friday, Battle will be joined by Cyrus Chestnut on piano, Riza Printup on harp and The Philadelphia Heritage Chorale directed by choirmaster J. Donald Dumpson.
Guests are also invited to join The Kimmel Center for a free pre-show panel discussion on Philadelphia's connection and history with the Underground Railroad in the SEI Innovation Studio.
The panel discussion begins at 6:30 p.m. and will be moderated by Nick Taliaferro from WURD. Other panelists include Cornelia Swinson of Johnson House in Germantown; V. Chapman-Smith of National Archives and Records Administration; Rev. Dr. James Forbes; Rev. Tyler of Mother Bethel A.M.E. Church; and Author and historian Richard Newman of The Library Company of Philadelphia.
Come out to experience one of the world's finest voices, as Kathleen Battle effortlessly weaves black music and history together for an unforgettable night of music in The Kimmel Center's Verizon Hall. Grab your tickets now.
South Street’s Theater of Living Arts (TLA) is Philly's go-to venue to catch hot performances by national and local talents — of every genre. This Tuesday, October 21, the TLA welcomes the In Too Deep Tour featuring the popular emcee Ty Dolla $ign along with special guests Lil Bibby and West Philly’s own Beano.
The Taylor Gang Records signee is hitting the country in support of his new music. Ty released his debut extended play of his Beach House EP on Atlantic Records, which featured the popular single “Paranoid” featuring B.O.B. TY’s music is a mix between hip and the latest R&B styles. Hard beats and catchy hooks have gotten him noticed by fans and peers in the industry alike.
His second single was the DJ Mustard assisted “Or Nah” featuring Wiz Khalifa, which was remixed by Beano — making his appearance on the In Too Deep Tour right on time. Beano is gleaming off his very first single release “Let it Go” from his upcoming debut project. The single produced by Dilemma also has a remix featuring Philly’s own Chill Moody and has been making its way on the airwaves across the country.
Rounding out the lineup is Chicago native Lil Bibby. This summer Bibby released his latet mixtape to much acclaim. Both Ty and Bibby appeared on XXL’s coveted Freshman Class List in 2014 and have been making major moves with their music.
This is set to be a high energy show, full of dope lyrics. And, with Beano added to the set, there will be flawless vocals, guaranteed. You definitely won’t want to miss it, so make sure to grab your tickets now.
If you're like us, then you've been waiting for solo music from West Philadelphia singer/songwriter Beano. Although he's rocked many stages, on his own and alongside acts like Chill Moody, we have yet to see a solo project from the Philadelphia crooner. Well, it looks like the wait is over! Because this week the Philly 360° playlist is back with Beano's first single, “Let it Go.”
For this mid-tempo danceable, smooth track, Beano sings that his “phone is off” and he's heading out for a night with the boys after a bit of trouble at home. Reminiscent of the vibe of Usher’s “You Don’t Have to Call,” the song has a great feel and will have fans singing along instantly.
The track was done by Philly-based producer Dilemma, and samples LL Cool J’s “Mama Said Knock You Out” — which actually samples a number of older records including a James Brown hit. The break beat gives “Let it Go” a throwback sound with a new school twist.
Beano has been working quietly on his upcoming solo project after the debut of Who Do You Love … More?, a collaborative project alongside West Philly emcee Chill Moody and producer Hank McCoy. The trio performed the project at their exclusive event at Hard Rock Café in February. You can check out our video recap below.
It’s Beano's high energy and strong vocals that make the powerhouse performer a fan favorite. It’s evident that he has that special thing that stars are made of. From headlining his own shows to opening for big name acts like Musiq, The Dream and more — it’s only a matter of time before Beano becomes a household name.
Beano has been touring alongside R&B crooner Jaheim as a background singer. And this month, he will also open up for Ty Dolla $ign at the TLA. Be sure to get out and catch his live show and take a listen to “Let it Go” below. Let us know what you think.
Aaron Camper is a man of many talents. The Philly music transplant is a singer, songwriter and a globetrotting band member for major acts like Jill Scott and Justin Timberlake. And, if you're lucky enough to hang out with him backstage at a show or in the studio, you'll quickly learn that Camper is also a comedian. #gotjokes
Recently, Camper hit us with a brand new single “My Heart,” which is making its way on the Philly 360° Playlist this week!
The upbeat record was written by singer/songwriter and Maroon 5 member, PJ Morton, and was produced by Warryn Campbell and the head of BASSic Black Entertainment (BBE), Adam Blackstone. Reminiscent of a Michael Jackson throwback, “My Heart” is an infectious track with an undeniable groove that will no doubt have fans moving to the beat and singing along.
On the new single, The BBE signee delivers smooth vocals and flawless harmonies, singing of a woman who walks in and immediately steals his heart. With each new release, it’s easy to see that the long hours on the road with stars like JT and Chris Brown have paid off. Delivering hit records and knockout live performances around the world, Aaron Camper is proving that he deserves a spotlight all on his own.
Camper continues to travel on the road, but fans will be glad to know that he's also steadily working on his next EP. There's no official word on the exact release date, or whether “My Heart” will set the tone for the entire project quite yet. But, Camper's devoted, and growing, fanbase has been patiently waiting for a full project since the 2011 release of his mixtape, Welcome to My World. Luckily for us, Aaron continually drops hot singles like “Madness,” “Breaking My Heart,” and a few can't-miss covers.
On the stage is where Camper’s music takes on a life of its own. You can check him out for yourself on October 23 at uptown soul food restaurant, Relish as a part of the Up-Close Live series presented by Pier Entertainment. Tickets will probably go fast, so be sure to grab yours soon!
Check out a preview of the single below and purchase the full song on iTunes. Be sure to support your local artists.
Looking for your next Philly culture fix? Well, look no further. Every Friday night through the end of the year, The Barnes Foundation will keep its doors open a little later for some after-hours art fun on The Parkway.
From 5 to 9 p.m., guests can enjoy a drink, mix and mingle with other art-lovers and check out the Barnes’ collection of works. Friday night attendees can sip wine and cocktails in The Barnes' stunning indoor and courtyard spaces while taking in the incredible collection, which includes work by all of the greats — from Matisse to Van Gogh.
The best part? For the next two Friday nights — Friday, October 10 and Friday, October 17 — use code UWISHUNU50 to get half off tickets courtesy of our friends at uwishunu.com. With promo code UWISHUNU50 tickets are just $11. Tickets include after-hours access to the collection, and cocktails are available for purchase at an on-site bar.
Tickets for Friday Nights at The Barnes Foundation are available at the door, online or over the phone at 215-278-7200. Just enter the code UWISHUNU50 online at checkout, mention over the phone or present the promo code at the door to redeem the deal.
Score these tickets now, and look out for upcoming special events at the Barnes, too, including First Friday soirees and Young Professional nights.
This next one is for the Philly Instagrammers, VSCO Cam filter lovers and smartphone photographers. If you're like most people, then you spend day and night documenting your life visually — snapping photos of brunch, lunch, your favorite artist on stage, or that perfect beam of light shining on the horizon.
Well, it's time that you get those filters ready because Philly Photo Day is back, and the focus is on Philadelphia.Tomorrow, the Philadelphia Photo Arts Center (PPAC) is inviting everyone in the city to tap into their inner photog and show the world what's special about our town.
Everyone in the city is invited to submit a photograph that is taken anywhere in Philadelphia on Friday, October 10. PPAC will then exhibit the submitted shots in a special exhibition, showing the world just how awesome it is to live, work and play in Philadelphia. Every photograph submitted will be printed and displayed in the exhibition, which opens on November 13.
So, get to snapping and show the world the one photo that captures what Philly means to you. Let's go!
1. Take a photograph anywhere in Philadelphia.
2. Select your one favorite photograph.
3. Get on the internet and visit www.philaphotoarts.org for instructions.
4. Mark your calendars and come to the exhibition opening on November 13, 2014 at Philadelphia Photo Arts Center.
5. Don't forget to share with your friends and family and have them join in on the fun!
Khari Mateen has had a whirlwind year. From touring with Cody Simpson and RJD2 to releasing new music, it seems that Mateen is on a quick ascension to the forefront of the industry as a solo artist. His latest release, “Wanting More,” is next up on the Philly 360 Playlist.
The ethereal, drum-driven track is sultry and sexy with Mateen’s reverbed voice fitting right into the groove. The drums are hypnotic, creating a groove that gets you rocking straight from the start. “I just want to get you all alone, maybe we can get to know each other baby,” He sings. Mateen sets the tone and keeps his listeners there until the end.
Mateen has been a musician since a very young age. A classically trained cellist, he began producing for artists like The Roots and even had a tenure in the group Nouveau Riche alongside Dice Raw and Nikki Jean. He's collaborated with tons of artists including Jill Scott, Tye Tribbett, The Money Making Jam Boys and more. But, there comes a certain time for an artist to step out on their own.
By 2011, Mateen began releasing his own records and building a fan base for his artistry. Mateen dropped Khari (EP) that year and followed up with his debut independent album Waiting for Sunrise in 2012.
His self-written and produced EP, Qualia: Fall, garnered a lot of attention, especially the single “Where Did They Go.” The popular song is a tribute to fallen soldiers and is geared towards bringing more awareness to those struggling with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
A composer, multi-instrumentalist, artist and more, when it comes to music — there isn't much that Mateen can't do. He recently scored the film that profiled Martin Luther King High School here in Philadelphia entitled, “We Are King.”
Mateen never stops creating, even when he's busy touring the globe performing. We’re looking forward to what he comes up with next.
In the meantime, check out “Wanting More” below!
Fall is officially here. And as always, it's bringing with it a ton of new store openings. From the recent open of contemporary clothing store, VINCE, on 17th and Walnut Street, to the coming attraction of designer department stores like Uniqlo, which opens this week, Philly is buzzing with new retailers.
And if you’ve been following, the swell of retail activity over the past few years have been rapidly picking up the pace. Over the past year, stores such as Stuart Weitzman, Camper, Madewell, Theory, and Ulta have impacted the Center City shopping experience.
In essence, Philly has had over 30 new stores of all sort that have opened, including nationwide chains, independent men’s and women’s boutiques, jewelry and shoe stores, and more. It also helps that Philly (along with the rest of PA) is tax-free when it comes to clothing; which is all the more reason to indulge shopping in the city.
So, to stock up on fall wardrobe essentials, we’ve compiled a few new spots that will open their doors this fall. Check them out below!
Opening: October 3, 2014
Location: 1608 Chestnut Street
In addition to opening three stores (there’s one in King of Prussia Mall and another in Willow Grove Park Mall), Uniqlo, the international clothing retailer for high quality casual wear, will on Chestnut Street in Center City this fall. That means more options for crisp denim for the win! www.uniqlo.com/us
Opening: Opening this fall
Location: 17th and Walnut Street
We, Philadelphians have a special affinity for ‘timbs (affectionately shortened for Timberland boots). So it makes sense that a Philly Timberland flagship store will open in the heart of the city. Get ready to stock up on boots for the winter, when Timberland opens close to Stuart Weitzman on the 17th hundred block of Walnut Street. shop.timberland.com
Opening: October 2014
Location: 8th and Market Street
For ages, the popular NY based designer discount store has served fashionistas well stocking up on exclusive finds from designers such as Dolce & Gabbana and Prada. Now, the Philadelphia Century 21 will be the chain’s ninth location in the country and the first outside the NY metropolitan area. What’s even better? The 100,000 sq. foot store will occupy the former Strawbridge’s location at 8th and Market East (just blocks away from the new Jefferson Station). www.c21stores.com
Opening: It’s already opened!
Location: 1701 Walnut Street
The contemporary clothing line known for its knitwear and a solid assortment of basics has already invaded center city and word has it, it’s a crowd pleaser. Stop by before all those cool knit sweaters are sold out! www.vince.com
Opening: October 24, 2014
Location: 1700 Chestnut Street
Inhabiting the home that was Daffy’s on 1700 Chestnut Street, Nordstrom Rack will make its debut toward the end of October. What’s there to get excited about? Similar to Century 21, there will be designer styles with deep discounts. Alas, Nordstrom also has a pretty impressive plus size collection that features fabulous steals from designers like Vince Camuto, Calvin Klein, and MICHAEL Michael Kors. www.nordstromrack.com
Opening: It’s already opened!
Location: 1427 Walnut Street
Opening in the space that was once inhabited by Center City’s M.A.C. store, Goorin Brothers has recently set up shop. The 119 year old American hat haberdashery has opened near Broad and Walnut adding a rustic hipster vibe to the always trendy neighborhood. www.goorin.com
Opening: Opening this fall
Location: 1708 Walnut Street
The beloved skater’s shoe paradise will make Philly its home this fall. Originally scheduled to open this spring and taking over the street level to Jacque Ferber’s furs, Vans plans to open sometime mid-fall. We can already see sneakerheads lined up for Vans’ latest line of tropical inspired kicks. www.vans.com
Opening: November 13, 2014
Location: 1705 Walnut Street
Across the street from new Vans store, Michael Kors will be arriving to the center city district come November. Also, taking over another establishment (remember, Burberry was there for a minute), the store will be multileveled and will feature a lot of the label’s signature items. So, if you’re interested in stocking up on Kor’s envious MK logo wrapped goods, the Philly store will be here in no time. www.michaelkors.com
Nas is hitting the road for a U.S. tour. He’ll perform music from the project that launched his career, Time is Illmatic—widely embraced as one of the most influential albums in hip-hop. This highly anticipated tour coincides with the release of the legendary rapper’s Tribeca Film documentary, Nas: Time Is Illmatic. Philly hip-hop fans can catch him at The Keswick Theater.
DesignPhiladelphia returns, taking over a host of Philly venues and creative spaces this October. Now in its 10th year, the festival has grown into one of the largest of its kind, presenting 120 exhibitions, open studio tours, talks and workshops, plus 400 of the city’s brightest creative professionals.
This month’s installment of the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s popular Friday night mixer, Art After 5, promises to be an unforgettable sonic journey, laced with the sweet rhythms of Afropop music. DJ Rahsaan starts the evening with the latest hits from Ghana and beyond, and multi-instrumentalist Kinobe—hailed as the new voice of Ugandan music—closes the night out with an intimate set of world music.
Music all-stars Afrojack, Wiz Khalifa, LP and OCD: Moosh & Twist land in Philly this month to headline the Forbes Under 30 Music Festival. Held at The Piazza in Northern Liberties, the festival kicks off Forbes’ Under 30 Summit, which will host 1,000 of the country’s leading young entrepreneurs for three days of panels, TED-style presentations and Shark Tank-style pitch contests.
After spending months on the road touring with industry heavyweights such as Justin Timberlake, Philly’s favorite music transplant, Aaron Camper, is back in town and performing at West Oak Lane soul food joint Relish. The next edition of Up-Close Live features two full sets of music by Camper and a live interview with Philly-based blogger and Ebony contributor Sincerely Syreeta.
Calling all the lovers: Still riding high off the release of her latest album Friends & Lovers, R&B songstress Marsha Ambrosius is set to hit The TLA on South Street for an incredible night of Philly soul. If you’re jonesin’ for Marsha’s killer vocals, sultry music and “keep-it-trill” commentary on life and love, we suggest you grab tickets now.
The night before MIA hit the Parkway with headliners Pharrell and Kanye West, a concert/party of epic proportions went down at Voltage Lounge. A BASSic Black Entertainment–X Kontraband 215 mashup, PhillyMade featured an incredible roster of talent including West Philly emcee Chill Moody, singer/songwriter Aaron Camper, Kontraband 215 front man Scoop, and hip-hop great Common. Watch our recap video.
Each month, Philly 360° showcases a creative from a trendy neighborhood in Philly. We recently linked up with graphic artist and nightlife connoisseur Jake Weaver of Northern Liberties—also referred to as “NoLibs” by locals. From vintage sneaker consignment shop Sole Patrol to his favorite burger joint PYT, Jake gives us an insider’s look at his ’hood. Get details here.
For the next edition of the Philly° 360 Style Guide, we're focusing our attention on a special group of stylish gents that we've dubbed "The Heritage Hipster." You know the type—he’s uber stylish, wears great heritage brand jeans, loves vintage everything and is well-groomed in the most unassuming way. If that’s you, then we have a few OId City shops that you must check out. Find out more here.
For the third year in a row, BlackStar Film Festival exploded on the scene to shine a spotlight on the films and filmmakers that are broadening the definition of black cinema around the globe. Philly 360° went behind the scenes to capture the people and movement that powered BlackStar 2014. Watch our video recap.
Patrick Kelly: Runway of Love & Gerlan Jeans Loves Patrick Kelly When: April 27, 2014 - November 30, 2014 Where: Perelman Building, Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2525 Pennsylvania Avenue Cost: $20 General Admission | $14 Students More Info: www.philamuseum.org…
Underground Railroad: A Spiritual Journey An Evening with Kathleen Battle When: Friday, October 24, 7:30 p.m. Where: The Kimmel Center - Verizon Hall, 300 S. Broad Street Cost: $30 - 85 More Info: Click here to purchase tickets. Friday…
The Last Jimmy featuring Dice Raw When: Friday, October 24 & Saturday, October 25 - 8 p.m. Where: New Freedom Theatre, 1346 N. Broad Street Cost: $30 More Info: Click here or call (267) 687-1764 for tickets. This weekend,…