Your guide to Philly's diverse creative scene, nightlife, music, food & more
This fall, Nas is hitting the road for a US tour, performing music from the project that launched his career, Time is Illmatic. Widely embraced as one of the most influential albums in hip-hop, Nas will perform songs off his ten-track debut album, Illmatic.
The legendary emcee will hit venues and stages across the US for a music tour that complements the release of his Tribeca Film documentary, Nas: Time Is Illmatic. The film screened earlier this year to a soldout house during the BlackStar Film Festival here in Philadelphia. Locally, the film will hit the AMC Loews in Cherry Hill, NJ on October 10. You can get more movie times here.
Hip-hop heads can catch the Illmatic music tour on Sunday, October 5 at The Keswick Theater in Glenside, PA. Grab your tickets now!
Marsha Ambrosius, Philly's hometown heroine by way of London, is returning to The TLA on South Street on Thursday, October 23. And, you won’t want to miss what she has in store. Earlier this year, Marsha's show, which featured GoGo Morrow, MPrynt and Jade Alston, sold out. So be warned, grab your tickets now.
baThis summer, Ambrosius released her highly-anticipated sophomore album, Friends & Lovers, which was extremely well-received by fans. In her authentic "keep it real" fashion, Marsha tells stories love and lust over lush soundtracks with hypnotics melodies and beats. And, together with her phenomenal band, the songstress has also created a captivating, musically-impressive live experience to complement the project.
The album included the Dr. Dre produced hit-song “Stronger (Than Pride),” which was a re-imagined spin on Sade’s chart-topping hit of the same name. Not many features on the project, it is clear Ambrosius took her time and crafted a conceptual album that her fans — affectionately known as "Marshians" — could really dig into.
Ambrosius, of course, made a meteoric rise in the industry as a part of the duo Floetry. The group cultivated much of their sound right here in Philadelphia during the late 90s and early 2000s. A part of the legendary Black Lily scene, the two released hits like “Say Yes” and “It’s Getting Late,” which propelled them to the industry fame. Ambrosius also boasts songwriting credits for Michael Jackson, Alicia Keys and Jamie Foxx, among others.
With Friend & Lovers being only her second solo studio album, Marsha's dedicated, and growing, fan base is definitely looking forward to what she will cook up next. But in the meantime, be sure to check her out when she lands in Philly later this month.
If you have never been to a Marsha Ambrosius show, then check out our below video recap of the singer's last show at The TLA for a chance to see exactly how Marsha puts it down live.
Giving us a little something different, Philadelphia-bred emcee Al 1Thing is next up on the Philly 360° playlist. The hip-hop artist's latest record, "Armor" warns listeners that they might just need protect their hearts when navigating the often-complicated waters of love.
This drum-heavy, moody track shows a different side of the popular Philly emcee. Except for his last verse, Al sings the entire song, showcasing another dimension of his artistry and sound — which is certain to be a welcomed surprise for his fanbase. In classic Philly-style, Al turns up the rhymes for the third verse of the hard-hitting record, bringing the track home for a win.
"Armor" was produced by Bobby Beats, and though it’s a mid-tempo, the drums drive throughout solidifying a sound that blends street style with pop. The record’s sample sings in tandem with Al, creating a great texture and making it an easy listen.
Driven by fashion, lyricism and ambition, Al 1Thing is on a mission to carve out his own lane in the industry. Able to blend street music with high style and class, Al believes that he is the "1thing" missing from today’s mainstream hip-hop landscape. And, we definitely agree.
Earlier this year, Al released the Al 1Thing Project, which was well-received by fans and music critics alike. The mixtape boasts production by Philly 360° Creative Ambassador Ivan Barias and Roc Nation’s Jahlil Beats, and has an eclectic appeal.
Keep your eye on Al 1Thing as he quickly becomes one of the city's most respected and talked about artists.
You can download his mixtape here and take a listen to “Armor” below!
Red Bull is back at it again. This week, the Red Bull Curates: The Canvas Cooler Project lands in Philadelphia for the first time. This innovative project presents 30 talented, emerging local artists who each will transform a blank, canvas-wrapped Red Bull cooler into a piece of inspiration art in their own signature style.
All of the Canvas Cooler Artist are hand-selected and curated by the Arts Fund, which is a national charity that raises funds for art. The Philadelphia event includes fresh lineup of local talents including notorious prankster street artist Kid Hazo, popular instagram sketcher Dessie Jackson, neo-pop painter Thomas Buildmore, and Philly 360°'s own Stacey "Flygirrl" Wilson.
On Thursday, September 25 Red Bull will reveal the finished coolers to the public during a one-night-only gallery exhibit at Arch Enemy Arts in Old City. During the event, two artists will be selected by a panel of judges to display and sell their work during Art Basel Week at Scope Art Fair in Miami Beach later this winter.
The event is free and open to the public. So, stop through Arch Enemy, grab a Red Bull and support these phenomenal Philly talents.
Breaking: Just today, Forbes announced that music all-stars Afrojack, Wiz Khalifa, LP and OCD: Moosh & Twist will all headline the Forbes Under 30 Music Festival.
Held at The Piazza in Northern Liberties, the music festival will kick off the Forbes Under 30 Summit which will take place in Philadelphia from October 19-22 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center and other venues across the city. The buzz-worthy summit will bring together some of the country's leading young entrepreneurs and thought leaders for three days of panels, TED-style presentations and Shark Tank-style pitch contests. And, of course, no Philly event is complete without the music.
To maximize the impact of the music festival, Forbes has partnered with The Global Poverty Project, a nonprofit that fights to end extreme poverty by 2030. Starting today, music lovers and do-gooders can take action at globalcitizen.org/nights and then use points earned for a chance to win free tickets to the October 19 concert.
From tweeting, to signing a petition or watching an informative video, fans will learn more about the key issues address by The Global Poverty Project while getting one step closer to landing free festival tickets.
You can check out more details on the show's dope lineup of artists below.
Named by Forbes as one of the highest-paid DJ in the business, Afrojack recently dropped his debut studio project, Forget The World, which includes appearances by music heavyweights like Snoop Dogg, Sting and Jared Leto. Afrojack will close out the evening with an unforgettable set of music.
LP, a singer/songwriter who has lent her fierce songwriting skills to megastars like Rihanna, will take to the Forbes Under 30 stage, showcasing her undeniable music and soaring vocals. LP's latest project Forever For Now features hits like “Tokyo Sunrise” and “Into the Wild.”
LP, as singer/songwriter who has lent her fierce songwriting skills to megastars like Rihanna, will take to the Forbes Under 30 stage, showcasing her own undeniable music and soaring vocals. LP's latest project Forever For Now features hits like “Tokyo Sunrise” and “Into the Wild.”
Philly, stand up! Our city's own native hip-hop group OCD: Moosh and Twist will open the festival with an electrifying performance. The group, comprised of 20-year-olds DeQuincy “Moosh” Coleman McRae and Oliver “Twist” Feighan, boasts over 100,000 mixtape downloads and 7 million YouTube views.
You can get more details on the Forbes' Under 30 Summit by visiting www.forbesunder30.com, or by following @ForbesUnder30, #Under30Summit and #GoingtoPhilly on Twitter.
Each month, we showcase a different person from a happening neighborhood in Philly. This month we’ll like to introduce you to graphic artist and nightlife connoisseur, Jake Weaver of Northern Liberties, also affectionately referred to as NoLibs by locals.
A man of many talents, Jake describes himself as “an artist/musician who refuses to adhere to the conventional idea of being an "adult." Rightly so, a gamer, skater, graphic artists, and event host, Jake has called No Libs his home for over six years, hosting and DJ’ing events at popular haunts such as The Barbary and Kung Fu Necktie.
Considered as one of Philly’s most successful up-and-coming neighborhoods, Northern Liberties features a throng of international restaurants, eclectic pubs and trendy boutiques — all while maintaining an authentic artistic vibe. A short cab ride from Center City, the neighborhood lies north of Old City and west of the Delaware River.
Find out about Jake’s hood below!
A hodgepodge of what Philly was, is, and will become.
I love the entire area, but I go through phases. Currently, I'd say PYT for their ridiculous burgers and Standard Tap for its solid brunch menu. As far as shopping goes, you can find me at Exit Skate Shop on once a month buying kicks. If I'm trying to splurge, I'll go to Sole Control in the Piazza. Since I live so close to the Piazza, I can’t not go into Jinxed. They have some really cool furniture along with a lot of random 2nd hand items you don't necessarily realize you need until you stumble upon them.
It’s very accessible. I can pretty much walk 4 blocks in any direction and find what I'm looking for. The El is only a short walk away.
It’s more than just a party destination, there are so many places to chill and just be here. You can grab coffee in a café or sit in a bar and meet a stranger from a different walk of life from yours and talk for hours. It’s unpretentious and laid back; in essence, it’s what Philly is all about.
The Barbary, 951 Frankford Avenue | Live Music, Entertainment, Drinks, Nightlife
Kung Fu Necktie, 1250 N. Front Street | Live Music, Entertainment, Drinks, Nightlife
PYT, The Piazza - 1050 N. Hancock St | Burgers, Late Night Eats, Drinks
Standard Tap, 901 N. 2nd Street | Beer, Drinks, Brunch, Dining
The Piazza, 1001 N. 2nd Street | Shopping, Dining, Drinks, Nightlife, Entertainment
Exit Skate Shop, 825 N. 2nd Street | Shopping, Sneakers, Skater Gear
Sole Patrol, 1050 N. Hancock Street | Sneaker Consignment, Shopping, Vintage Footwear
Jinxed, 1050 N. Hancock Street | Vintage, Furniture, Shopping, Home Goods
This weekend, Philly acts Corey Kelly and Kyleen Shaw, along with a few other Philadelphia artists are set to take over the next edition of The R&B Collective. This Philly-fresh music showcase goes down on Sunday, September 21 at the one of our favorite soul food joints, Warmdaddy’s.
Trust us, this show is going to be the ultimate send off to your weekend fun!
The R&B Collective series presented by Lyn Brown Music Group and J Allen Productions has featured a phenomenal amount of talented artists over the past few months — and this weekend will be no different! If great soul food and heartfelt music filling in the air sounds like a good time to you, then this is the show for you.
Each artists has their own exciting flair. Take a look at the full lineup below!
Corey Kelly - A Singer/Songwriter that was born into a musical family. Kelly began writing poetry at the age of nine, and it was onward and upward since then. He cultivated his talent in church and through classical training while attending college. Finding his stride in R&B, Kelly is working on his debut EP, Nothing Even Matters.
Kyleen Shaw - A vocalist with a distinctive style, Shaw’s music is upbeat and often encouraging. Shaw has developed her songwriting and live performance skills right here on the Philly music scene. She's throughout the city and beyond including Wawa Welcome America, Sigma Sound Stage, and World Café Live. Her voice is pure, heartfelt, and genuine.
Keever West – A native of the South, West is a producer and vocalist that has worked with both Keke Wyatt and Jaguar Wright. He’s made numerous appearances on R&B Divas Atlanta and was recently signed to AKATEK Entertainment Music where he is working on his debut project. His mixtape While You Were Gone will be released in November of 2014.
Noel Scales – A spoken word artist, singer and songwriter, Scales has had her work featured through radio, documentary, and at various performances around Philadelphia including the West Oak Lane Jazz Festival, Wawa Welcome America and The Black Golf Legends Luncheon. She is a product of the Girard Academic Program for Music and went on to study music at Temple University as well.
Raqi - An artist that prides herself on obliterating the box, Raqi has an eclectic style that pulls her various influences growing up. Her music is a twist of world fusion with an “urban contemporary twist.” It will make you dance but also challenge you with lyrics of lesser told stories and great rhythms. Her mixtape The Audiobook: Volume 1 was released this spring.
This show is surely for the music lovers, be sure to grab your ticket!
Earlier this summer, Philly welcomed the return of another exclusively-Philadelphia experience, BlackStar Film Festival.
For the third year in a row, BlackStar exploded back on the scene to shine an international spotlight on films, and filmmakers, that are broadening the definition and reach of black cinema here in the US, and around the globe.
Founded in 2012 by Philly 360°'s only film ambassador Maori Holmes, BlackStar once again took over International House in University City with dozens of film screenings, workshops, panel discussion, mixers and more. From new school film luminaries like Kahlil Joseph, Terence Nance and Arthur Jafa to notable Philly performers, including soul singer Bilal and warrior poet Ursula Rucker, BlackStar attracts some of the top black creatives from around the country. And, Philly definitely came out to show these artists plenty of love!
For BlackStar 2014, Philly 360° went behind the scene and talked with some of the key players about what makes this film festival, which was hailed as "The Black Sundance" by Ebony Magazine, a must-hit black cinematic experience.
You can check out our video below.
Jay Z's now signature music festival Budweiser Made in America (MIA) returned to Philadelphia for a third year, and once again, MIA brought a dope two-day experience for festival attendees over Labor Day weekend.
The festival expanded this year for the first time with bi-coastal events taking place simultaneously in both Philly and in Los Angeles. Both events were packed with talent, although we were partial to the Philly side of things — especially since all of the performances had the city's art museum steps or the Philly skyline as the backdrops for the sets. Philadelphia also brought some only-in-Philly flavor to the festival, including some foodie must-hits within the festival, including Iron Chef Jose Garces' Distrito serving up some bites.
Festivalgoers in Philly and LA could also virtually connect from coast to coast via a screen that streamed what was happening at each festival location. (We peeped that Philly hip-hop artist Chill Moody got into a major rock, paper, scissors virtual battle with another concertgoer on the west coast.)
While we could see what was happening in LA, one thing was very clear — Philly definitely showed up for MIA on the east coast. From pre-MIA events happening leading up to the festival, to Philly talent touching the MIA stages.
DJ Aktive's Made in Philly event | Thursday, August 28
First up in the MIA activities was DJ Aktive's event. Aktive took a break from touring with Jennifer Hudson, Common and J. Cole to be in his hometown during MIA. Aktive hosted an event the Thursday night before MIA which was packed with an all-Philly lineup of talent. The event featured talent like DJ Sat-One, Asia Sparks, Aaron Camper, GoGo Morrow and more.
DJ Aktive also took over the Philly 360 Instagram Thursday through Sunday capturing every moment of the pre-parties and festival.
Adam Blackstone and Darrell Robinson's PhillyMade event | Friday, August 29
The following night, sought after musical directors and musicians Adam Blackstone and Darrell Robinson (aka Lil Darrell) were in town to perform during Pharrell's MIA set — so the duo teamed up to throw a pre-MIA event in their hometown that was packed and stacked with some of Philly's finest. Not to mention, performances by Chill Moody, Aaron Camper and others kept the PhillyMade theme going. And, Common brought the entire house down when he hopped on the mic and took over the party. (Look out for full recaps of both pre-MIA events from us.)
Made in America Festival: Day 1 | Saturday, August 30
The wait was finally over, and the doors were open! MIA officially kicked off in Philly with perfect end of summer weather, and The Parkway filled in with music lovers dressed in their best festival wear, mostly American flag inspired looks. This year, some of our highlights included a packed performance by Philly's own Moosh & Twist, Chromeo's energetic set, J. Cole dropping some of his hits and inspiring some poignant moments through a socially conscious song, Steve Aoki showering the crowd with champagne and headliner Kanye West's show-stopping performance which moved back and forth between his massive list of hits and thought-provoking monologues.
Insider fact: Did you know that DJ Aktive was Yeezy's tour DJ? Aktive continued to take over our Instagram and brought some backstage exclusives, including Ye's trailer backstage and photos from his viewing area with Mrs. West aka Kim Kardashian. Check out our Instagram for all of the pics.
Made in America Festival: Day 2 | Saturday, August 30
On Day 2, even rain and a momentary thunderstorm evacuation couldn't stop the party from happening. The festival hit the pause button for about an hour and kicked back up in full gear like it never skipped a beat after festivalgoers were able to come back into the event. Some of our top moments included Spoon kicking off the restart of the festival once the gates were reopened. Pharrell gave us a lot of moments onstage, including his speech on female empowerment — and we spotted Philly musicians/musical directors Adam Blackstone and Lil Darrell rocking out with him onstage. And, Tiesto also kicked the festival up to another level with his high-energy set.
We're still in recovery mode from this epic non-stop party that took over Philly. We touched on a few moments, but take a look through our visual gallery to see everything that went down during Made in America in Philadelphia.
Also stay tuned for our official recap videos for Made In Philly and PhillyMade.
Pier Entertainment is back, and they're bringing Philly a dope new live music series featuring some of the city's hottest emerging talents. Up-Close Live kicks off this week at West Oak Lane soul-food staple Relish and boasts an impressive lineup of soul, R&B and pop acts.
This week, the inaugural showcase launches on Thursday, September 18 with two sets by vocalist Zeek ‘The Experience. In addition to two full sets by each artist at 7pm and 9pm, there will also be a live interview with Philly-based blogger and Ebony contributor Sincerely Syreeta. Guests will also be able to enjoy special menu pricing for the show as well.
As we've already mentioned, the Up-Close Live lineup is serious. So, for the next few weeks, we suggest that you make Relish your go-to spot on Thursday evenings.
You can check out the artists and the schedule of shows below.
Originally from Illinois, Zeek made the trek to Philadelphia where he felt his talent could thrive. His voice is soulful with an out of this world range. A vocalist, arranger and songwriter, Zeek’s live show will surely take you on an unforgettable musical journey.
A Philly native, Alston’s deep and sultry tone sets her apart from the rest. She has been working on new music and finding a new voice and will debut brand new music as a part of her set. Alston has toured with Marsha Ambrosius and spearheads her own creative movement that encourages people to find their own artistry.
Group members, Jake and James grew up worlds apart from Samoeun, but they come together to make a mix of music that is classic soul, folk, classic rock and a little bit of everything that influenced them growing up. The diversity in their group is reflected in their musical approach. The group has made some major movies, and has even done work with Philadelphia legend, Leon Huff.
A self-taught multi-instrumentalist, T-Shaw has a show full of music he has composed and written. His father was a preacher so his music is influenced by gospel but also some of the soulful greats like Marvin Gaye, Teddy Pendergrass, and Buddy Ace.
The true definition of a song bird. Kriss Mincey has one of the purest voices but can still bring a bit of the grit. Her alternative R&B style is refreshing and she will even spit a spoken word type rhyme for you too. Her versatility sets her apart and strives to encourage creativity in others through her music and writing.
A Philly-based artist, Rafiya group up traveling the world. Her tenure at Temple University brought her to Philadelphia where she continued to dig in to the local music community. Her music spans between French, her native tongue and English. Her music tells stories of the human experience.
A vocalist that is full of life and commands the stage the moment he steps on it. Camper mixes his highly developed vocal ability with fun and introspective songwriting which brings you into his world. His mix of Soul, folk, hip hop and a little gospel creates a captivating sound.
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…
Pier Entertainment Presents: Up-Close Live When: Thursdays, September 18 - October 23, 7pm and 9 pm sets Where: Relish, 7152 Ogontz Avenue Cost: $10 More Info: Click here for details. Pier Entertainment returns with their dope live music series…