Your guide to Philly's diverse creative scene, nightlife, music, food & more
What do you get when an entrepreneur meets art? Philadelphia-based alternative R&B singer Kriss Mincey has the answer. She created and curated Unleash the Beast, a three-part series that is all about the artrepreneneur.
With sounds by Wired 96.5, a performance by Kriss Mincey, a live interview by Sincerely Syreeta, visual and digital art by artists like Peopledelphia, this event is a must-hit for Saturday night. This is the final night of her Unleash the Beast series, so make sure you grab your tickets!
The Philadelphia fall arts season is in full swing and the Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts is bringing a phenomenal lineup of internationally renowned talent our way.
Anchored in the popular West Philadelphia neighborhood of the University City, the Annenberg produces a full year of rich music and cultural programming on the campus of University of Pennsylvania. From jazz greats like Patti Austin and Branford Marsalis, to the acclaimed poetry of Philadelphia's own Ursula Rucker, the Annenberg is set to present an unstoppable season of programming once again.
You can visit www.annenbergcenter.org to view their full year of programs. To get you started, we've pulled together a few of the Annenberg's can't-miss shows below. Check out our top picks!
November 1, 8 p.m. | Zellerbach Theatre | $30-75 | Buy tickets here.
Patti Austin, the Grammy® award-winning vocalist, began her career at age four, and has wowed audiences ever since. Her 17 albums range from jazz to soul to R&B and her voice has graced the recordings of Quincy Jones, Luther Vandross, Bette Midler and Diana Ross. Austin’s stunning vocals continue to impress and electrify, making her a true artist whose creativity knows no limits.
November 16, 7 p.m. | Zellerbach Theatre | $30-75 | Buy tickets here.
Arturo Sandoval is the most prodigious Cuban trumpeter of his generation. A protege of legendary jazz master Dizzy Gillespie, Sandoval forged his own bold synthesis of bebop and Cuban styles, earning him 10 Grammy awards, six Billboard awards and one Emmy award along the way. He is known for his virtuoso technical ability and gravity-defying improvisational flights. Whenever Sandoval picks up his horn, expect that fireworks will follow.
January 15-17, Various Times | Zellerbach Theatre | $30 | Buy tickets here.
Contemporary dance meets theatre, performance art, opera, ballet …and drag! Rosie Herrera’s innovative ensemble makes its way from Miami’s vibrant arts scene to the Annenberg Center stage for its Philadelphia debut. A favorite at the prestigious American Dance Festival, this program includes Various Stages of Drowning: A Cabaret and Dining Alone.
January 23 & 24, 8 p.m. | Harold Prince Theatre | $30 | Buy tickets here.
A moving memoir told through a compilation of five solo contemporary dance performances. Choreographed and performed by local Philadelphia artist Amy Lynne Barr, the evening explores many aspects of what it really means to experience life: What is one capable of? What will one become? What is the meaning of all that surrounds us?
February 5, 7:30 p.m. | Zellerbach Theatre | $30-75 | Buy tickets here.
NEA Jazz Master, Grammy® award‐winning saxophonist and Tony® award nominee Branford Marsalis is one of the most revered instrumentalists today. Born into New Orleans’ most distinguished musical family, his life and career have intersected with a host of jazz giants including Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, Herbie Hancock and Sonny Rollins. Marsalis leads his quartet with the charisma and intensity of a living jazz legend.
March 28, 8 p.m. | Zellerbach Theatre | $30-75 | Buy tickets here.
Jazz violinist Regina Carter speaks to her generation and her ancestors. Her latest recording, Southern Comfort, pays homage to her grandfather’s roots and mixes blues, gospel, spiritual, folk and country music as they evolved with jazz, R&B and global influences. “Regina Carter creates music that is wonderfully listenable, probingly intelligent and, at times, breathtakingly daring…taking the listener into the future of jazz” (Time Magazine).
February 6 – 7, 8 p.m. | Harold Prince Theater | $30 | Buy tickets here.
Her art is for social change. Philadelphia-born poet, activist and recording artist Ursula Rucker bares heart and soul through poetry. My Father’s Daughter is a live, epic poem accompanied by music and video imagery that tells Rucker’s painful but victorious survival story. The wounded life of her mother informs the daughter, creating the artist and woman Rucker is today.
An immensely talented singer and songwriter, Jazmine Sullivan continues to tease us with new music from her upcoming album, The Reality Show. This week’s Philly 360° Playlist features an acoustic version of the single “Stupid Girl,” which is a track from the forthcoming project.
Keeping it all in the Philly family, the full version of “Stupid Girl” was produced by dynamic duo JoeLogic and Dilemma. Sullivan premiered the acoustic version of the track in New Orleans during Essence Festival in a barbershop full of men — and the NPR-shot video went viral. Very quickly covers of the song, sung by artist across the country, began appearing on the web, showing the full reach of Jazmine's soulful sounds.
The powerhouse singer belts a warning to women that get wrapped up in relationships, all the while being played by their counterparts. Sullivan warns that she has been there before and doesn’t want them to end up like her.
In addition to “Stupid Girl” we’ve seen Sullivan team up with Philly’s own Meek Mill for “Dumb” and she also recently released one of her staple power ballads “Forever Don’t Last.” After a considerable break from music after her sophomore LP Love Me Back, fans are anxiously awaiting a release date for her forthcoming project.
Though Sullivan is young, she's no stranger to the studio or the stage. Singing since she was a small child, Jazmine has always been the Philly girl with a big, undeniably soulful voice. Sullivan studied at the highly-recognized Philadelphia High School for Creative and Performing Arts (CAPA) — Alma Mater to popular Philly talents like Boyz II Men, Questlove, Bilal, MPrynt and GoGo Morrow, just to name a few.
Now on the verge of releasing her third project, it's clear that Jazmine Sullivan has come into her own as an artist. We're definitely looking forward to the upcoming LP, which is guaranteed to be full of life lessons learned, Jazmine's emotionally-charged storytelling, and of course that classic Philly voice that can't be denied.
Take a listen to the acoustic version of “Stupid Girl” below and let us know what you think!
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!
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