Your guide to Philly's diverse creative scene, nightlife, music, food & more
Known for her lush harmonies, hypnotic melodies and collabs with notables like The Weeknd, The Foreign Exchange, Common, Robert Glasper and Norah Jones, singer/songwriter/producer triple-threat Muhsinah is headed our way.
When talking about M, her latest EP, in a recent interview with Complex magazine, Muhsinah states, “I have a theory that all artists need time off to live so that they have something to write about. We all need that time in order to grow, in order to fail... M is Muhsinah. It stands for my many moods — it’s a sonic mood ring really. But most of all it’s me.”
Often creating as a one-woman operation, Musinah produces, writes and sings the majority of her tracks herself. It takes only one listen to her deep, almost magical-sounding vibe for listeners to instantly be able recognize her distinct flow. Filling a much-needed void in the industry for celebrated and recognizable female producers, Muhsinah's brand and reach continues to build daily.
You can catch up with the singer/songwriter on Thursday, August 28, as she lands at World Cafe Live to give her Philly fans a taste of her full-length project, which releases later this year. Opening performance by Philly's own Jacqueline Constance.
Philly, Labor Day weekend is quickly approaching. And, trust us — it's going to be a truly dope weekend for Philly and our music scene. In addition to Jay Z's bi-coastal Made in America (MIA) festival, BASSic Black Entertainment (BBE) and Kontraband 215 are teaming up to present PhillyMade.
On Friday, August 29, the night before MIA hits the Parkway with headliners like Pharrell, Kanye West and De La Soul, a concert/party of epic proportions will go down at Voltage Lounge.
The event masterminds, Adam Blackstone, founder of BBE and musical director for Pharrell, Justin Timberlake, Rihanna and more, and Darrell Robinson, musical director for K Michelle, N.E.R.D and Kontraband 215, have joined forces and pooled their collective industry influence to show the world exactly what it means to be PhillyMade.
As you might expect, the PhillyMade lineup features an incredible roster of talent including West Philly emcee Chill Moody, BBE recording artist Aaron Camper, and Kontraband 215 frontman Scoop. Holding down the turntables this night will be DJ Aktive and DJ Dummy, while Hot 107.9 on-air personality Laiya St.Clair and winner of VH1's hit reality TV show Flavor of Love 2, Deelishis will take centerstage as hosts.
The big news? Kontraband and BBE just announced that hip-hop great turned entertainer extraordinaire, Common, just signed on to make an appearance. And, we all know Common's got mad love for Philly.
Philly 360° will be on-site to capture behind-the-scene footage and artists interviews, so be on the lookout for us. For now, grab your tickets, spread the word, and let's show 'em exactly how PhillyMade people get down. Let's go!
This Thursday, August 21, all roads lead to The Barbary for the next edition of Red Bull Sound Select Showcase. Curated by Veteran Freshman, this show features opening performances from MPrynt and Jay Marie, and is headlined by R&B sensation Luke James.
The industry's newest secret weapon, Luke James is a relatively new face on the national music scene, but he's quickly building his brand and winning over new fans around the country. The singer/songwriter has an outstanding voice and pen, both of which have been lent to artists like Chris Brown, Justin Bieber and Brittney Spears, to name a few.
But now, it’s all about James’ own solo music as he gears up for the release of his upcoming pre-album and album Made to Love. It doesn’t take busy production or studio tricks to be completely captivated by James’ vocal ability. His performance on the breakthrough single “I Want You” stopped fans in their tracks — and left us all wondering where he's been hiding.
Stepping into the limelight after starting as a background vocalist and songwriter, it was clear that there was plenty of space in the industry for Luke James' artistry and music.
BTW — James is a perfect match for the soulful sound of Philly natives MPrynt. The Motown recording group has been singing their way into the hearts of fans across the country, headlining their own shows and touring with Marsha Ambrosius. Along with a sultry opening performance by vocalist Jay Marie, this will certainly be a night for the music lovers!
Red Bull Sound Select provides a live music platform for talented artists, but it is also an online community where fans can discover great music. The popular music series gives local talent the opportunity to team up with national acts for one dynamic show in venues across the country.
Be sure to arrive early, because with the excellent price point and the immense amount of talent, this one is going to fill up fast!
Philly, a little West Coast flavor is headed our way this weekend. The legendary Bay Area hip-hop group Hieroglyphics has reformed, and they're on the road with their East Coast music tour.
On Friday, August 22, the group's original members — Del The Funky Homosapien, Souls of Mischief, Pep Love, Casual, Domino and DJ Toure — will all hit The TLA stage for an unstoppable throwback rap concert. The best part? Philly 360° is hooking a few lucky fans up tickets for this show.
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The Philadelphia waterfront has been full of great music this summer, and it’s not over yet! Penn’s Landing Smooth Jazz Summer Nights has featured tons of exceptional talent, and up next for the highly-acclaimed series is composer/saxophonist Eric Darius!
Darius is a chart-topping artist who first burst onto the scene at the age of 17. His youthful approach to the genre has set him in a league of his own, attracting an entirely new generation of jazz lovers through his music. The saxophonist has shared stages with greats such as Carlos Santana, Wyclef Jean, George Benson and Brian McKnight, to name a few.
Like many other musicians of this time, Darius pulls influence from various types and eras of music. Though he has found a home in smooth jazz, the emerging star has a deep love for many genres — and this is certainly apparent in both his live performances and studio projects. His latest release, On a Mission, allowed him to explore the full depth of his artistry and showcases his commitment to his craft — calling to mind two of Darius' biggest influences, Herbie Hancock and Stevie Wonder.
Working to bridge the generational gap between jazz listeners around the globe, Darius has been a stellar ambassador for the genre. The young musician has dedicated his career to keeping the tradition of jazz alive while infusing his music with the new sounds of today. It’s this dedication that has allowed him to become a highly sought-after name on the national jazz scene.
This evening of music featuring Darius will definitely be a treat for music lovers of all ages. The show is free and family-friendly, so you'll want to bring the whole troop down to the waterfront to hear some amazing live music under the stars.
Philly, this weekend the ever-soulful singer/songwriter/producer Eric Roberson is heading our way for the release of his latest project, The Box.
Roberson is a two-time GRAMMY-nominated artist and a trail blazer in the indie music scene. Growing up singing in church, Roberson eventually signed a publishing deal with EMI Publishing and became one of the talented writers and producers that came out of DJ Jazzy Jeff’s Touch of Jazz camp. His songwriting skills landed him records with artists like Musiq Soulchild, Jill Scott, Will Smith, Vivian Green and more.
Now a seasoned performer, both on the stage and in the studio, Roberson's lush harmonies and undeniable presence is landing onstage at World Cafe Live this Sunday for unforgettable experience.
Opening this show, will be sultry jazz vocalist, and Philly 360° fave, the lovely Laurin Talese. We last caught up with Laurin during her Philly Fourth of July Jam Philly 360° Instagram takeover. You can check out that recap here.
So, grab your tickets now. This is definitely a can't-miss, must-hit Philly music show.
Third time's a charm, right? We're hype to see the return of DJ Matthew Law's epic summer throwdown, The 3rd Annual PHSH Tank Block Party. This Saturday, August 16, all roads lead to the gritty, Northern Liberties-based party spot, Kung Fu Necktie for the 2014 edition of one of the city's hottest events.
The festivities begins outside the venue at 3 p.m. with Dj sets, live music and vendors — then shifts indoors for a dope dance party. Again this year, Law (also known at DJ PHSH) has lined up an incredible list of DJ's, bands, visual artists, vendors and designers.
Take a look at the lineup below.
This is definitely a must-hit party for your weekend turn up — we'll see you there.
Hailing from Barcelona, Delorean, an indie-electro dance band, isn’t a story of instant overnight success. This four-piece ensemble, made up of Ekhi Lopetegi, Guillermo Astrain, Unai Lazcano and Igor Escudeo, has had a slow rise to the top with a lot of twists, turns, and transformations. Despite the ups and downs, they’ve planted themselves on the quick track to fame and their music is leading the way.
Known for being influenced by and touching on everything from punk rock and indie pop to the electro and techno music scenes, Delorean channels a Mediterranean club music vibe out on the dance floor every time they spin a track. Their music leaves an impression with the depth behind the sound, which merges a broad spectrum of emotion and darkness to light.
It wasn’t until the release of their third album Subiza in 2010 though that Delorean finally achieved the recognition and status in the musical community that was due. The album was released on True Panther Sounds, a well-known New York City-based record label.
If you’re looking for a spanish feel that just might remind you of summer nights in Barcelona, join us at Morgan’s Pier on Thursday, August 14! We guarantee the music will get the right vibes flowing and put the party in high gear.
Electro-pop group City Rain is the opener.
Veteran Freshman, a Philly music series presented by Yusuf Yuie wich pairs incomparable Philly-based acts with heavy-hitting industry talents, is teaming up with Heineken Green Room to bring you an up-close-and-personal concert experience with the legendary Roc Marciano. Formerly of Flipmode Squad and The UN, the hit-making emcee and producer will be performing at popular Spring Garden hotspot, Silk City.
Roc Marciano’s 2013 release of Marci Beaucoup showcased his incredible ear as both a producer and a rhymer. His 3rd studio release, Marciano proclaimed this album to be more of a “producer's project," versus his previous works — where the rapper painted more imagery through his lyrics and storytelling. Though his 2013 release was slightly different sound/style for the emcee, the album was well-received by critics and fans alike.
If you love hip hop and beer, then this show is most definitely the place to be. Additional sounds and music for the evening will be provided by the one-and-only DJ Mike Lowry. Insiders will be able to enjoy opening performances by Philly emcees Voss, Twizzmatic, and E-Hos prior to Marciano hitting the stage.
You may want to grab a spot for this as soon as possible, we hear the list is filling up fast!
Attention Philly! Got talent? Then this one's for you.
We've heard for years (and years and years) that there's "something special" in Philly's water that helps our city produce its steady stream of singers, musicians, producers and DJs. The talent that has come out of our area includes some of the top names in the music industry. In fact, there isn't a major music tour out right now that doesn't include a Philly-based musician, artist, DJ, manager or musical director.
So, who will be the next big name to come out of Philly? Looks like we'll find out soon.
This week, The City of Philadelphia announced that it is looking for the city's next "it" artist — and they've pulled together a stellar list of industry experts to help this act take the national stage by storm. During an official press conference, The City kicked off its city-wide music competition PHL Live, which launches on August 15 with a six week contest entry window.
The submission period begins on August 15 and will run through September 30. You must be 18+ to compete, and it is completely free to enter. The competition will highlight ten genres — hip-hop, R&B, pop, DJ, jazz, world, gospel, rock, country/folk and classical.
Go to the PHL Live website and upload a video clip that's three to five minutes long of you performing an original song, self-selecting which genre you wish to compete in. A panel of experts will judge and rate submissions according to creativity/originality; performance and crowd interaction; and technical competence.
When the submission window closes, the judges will select up to five semi-finalists from each genre who will move on to the second round. Then, from October through November, the selected acts from each genre will perform at venues across the city, including Underground Arts, Silk City, Warmdaddy's, Time, World Cafe Live, MilkBoy and Hard Rock Cafe.
The 10 winning artists from each genre will then perform at the final showcase in December at The Trocadero Theater. Top prize includes cash, studio time and more!
So Philly, show 'em what you got. Good luck!
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