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After sifting through applications from some of the top DJs in the nation, an expert panel of judges, including DJ Jazzy Jeff, Four Color Zack, DJ Hedspin, Skratch Bastid, and Z-Trip, have selected 60+ participants to compete across 12 regional qualifiers leading up to the 2015 Red Bull Thre3style USA Championships.
This weekend, The Philadelphia regional qualifier lands at the popular Midtown hotspot, Voyeur for a can't-miss competition with some of the area's hottest talents. On Friday, January 30, five DJs — Impulse, Patrice McBride, FingerSmith, Reed Streets, Royale — will battle it out for the prize.
Each DJ gets a 15-minute shift where they can play whatever they like, as long as they have at least three styles or genres of music in that time. It doesn’t matter what genres of music are chosen so long as the DJ can make them work together.
Judging the competition will be 2012 World Thre3Style Champion Four Color Zack, 2013 East Region Thre3Style Champion Matthew Law (DJ PHSH), and Hall of Fame Philly veteran DJ Cash Money.
When the smoke clears, the judges will select one DJ, based on technical ability and crowd reaction, to advance to the Red Bull Thre3style USA Championships in Phoenix, AZ. Out of the 12 regional winners ultimately one DJ will advance to represent the USA in the 2015 Red Bull Thre3style World DJ Championships in Tokyo, Japan.
Philly's definitely got this one in the bag. Do you think one of this DJs is a sure win? Let us know who you are rooting for in the comments below.
Philly's own emcee, producer, creator triplethreat Hezekiah just released a new single “Hologram Dreams” featuring Range da Messenger. And, this week the track hits hard on the next edition of the Philly 360° Playlist.
“Hologram Dreams” is heavy with piano and organ and reminiscent of Kanye’s early soulful samples. Range’s rasp is the perfect addition to the track, adding just a bit of grit to the truth-filled concept. The lyrics take on the idea of chasing after material things only to realize that those aren’t the things that truly matter in life.
The record will be featured on Hezekiah’s upcoming EP, Dreams Don’t Chase Themselves. In interviews, Hezekiah explained that this is a very personal project for him in which he did all the writing and the production himself. A known collaborator, his recent work moved away from that idea. He has worked with bassist Tone Whitfield on projects collectively known as Johnny Popcorn which featured a more alternative rock feel. Taking a little over a year to put the new project together Hezekiah's newest work is finally here for fans’ listening pleasure.
A native of Chester, Pennsylvania, Hezekiah is no stranger to the Philadelphia music scene. From putting out a number of his own solo projects, he has worked with a number of recognizable names, including The Roots, Bilal, Musiq Souldchild, Eric Roberson, Kindred the Family Soul and more.
Hezekiah is also the founder of Beat Society, which is one of the most hard core producer showcases that has reigned for years. Dubbed the official party spotlighting the art of beat making, it has featured so many talented artists and producers throughout its existence. Some with great Philly ties like Antman Wonder, Chill Moody, and Jahlil Beats. The series alternates between multiple cities on the east coast.
A talented artist and passionate creator, Hezekiah is an all-around artist to get familiar with. From writing and producing to even directing the latest vid for “Hologram Dreams” there doesn’t seem to be much he can’t do. Check out the single below and let us know what you think in the comments!
This Month, The Recording Academy® Philadelphia Chapter is hosting its second In the Mix at the Hard Rock Cafe in Midtown. The quarterly networking mixer is geared toward music professionals and boasts the attendance by some of the city's most recognized talents, and buzz-worthy newcomers.
The event will be hosted by Bruce Warren of Philadelphia-based indie radio station WXPN and the popular Some Velvet blog. Music for the evening will be provided courtesy of former Master of the Mix contestant, DJ Royale! Presented as an opportunity to learn more about the events and initiatives of The Recording Academy, this event is free and open to all music makers based in and around the city. Whether an engineer, artist, musician or manager — all industry types and talents are welcomed.
Immediately following this networking mixer, KBM Untapped, an artist showcase, will take place in the main room of the Hard Rock. The show kickoffs at 8 p.m. and will include performances by Suzanne Sheer, Joe Miller, Francis Lombardi, and The Brian La Pann Trio.
Come out for an exciting night of networking and live music. Happy hour specials and appetizers will be available! RSVP required.
Watch our exclusive recap of The Recording Academy's Generation Next Brunch at the Hard Rock Cafe.
This weekend, much-loved singer/songwriter Tweet makes an exciting appearance with her highly anticipated performance, The Return of the Hummingbird at the Hard Rock Cafe in Philadelphia. Known for her breakout hits, "Oops (Oh My)" and "Call Me," Tweet is ready to make Philly fans fall in love all over again with her deliciously soft, melodic vocals, honest lyrics and infectious melodies.
Tweet first landed on the scene with her 2002 debut album, Southern Hummingbird, which was produced in part by Missy Elliot and was hailed as an instant classic by R&B/soul music lovers everywhere. Now, with over a decade of industry experiences under her belt, Tweet's signature smooth vocals, clean production and undeniable grooves have built a serious following of die-hard fans.
And, trust us — as the home to some of the world's finest soul vocalist and musicians, Philly is definitely still feeling Tweet's sound. Philadelphia fans last saw the sultry siren live on stage alongside our city's own in-demand trombonist, Jeff Bradshaw. Last year, Tweet joined an all-star cast, including Robert Glasper, Kim Burrell, Marsha Ambrosius and Take 6, for a live recording at The Kimmel Center of Bradshaw's forthcoming album.
This Sunday, you can be one of the first to experience The Return of the Hummingbird featuring Tweet, Musical Director Jeff Bradshaw and more at 7 p.m. on at Hard Rock Cafe. Get the deets below.
The arts community in Philadelphia is a vibrant, breathing collective of unique individuals. Amongst the brightest and most talented are the Tiberinos, a family of dedicated, masterful artists with a history as rich as the work they produce.
Regarded as one of Philadelphia's best kept secrets in the arts, they will be bringing their family's legacy to the silver screen with the premiere of a feature length documentary entitled, “Tiberino: The Art of Life”. Produced over a three year period, the film serves as a chronicle of the family's history as Philadelphians and artists. Directed by local filmmaker, Derrick Woodyard, and family patriarch, Joseph Tiberino, the documentary features interviews of artists and friends closest to the family including Danny Simmons.
The doors will open at 6:30 p.m. followed by a red carpet cocktail hour from 7- 8 p.m. with the screening of the film proceeding immediately after. A question and answer discussion of the film will commence after the screening with a panel featuring the filmmaker and members of the Tiberino family. The night will end with a mixer to allow attendees to meet and mingle with the artists.
Brittany DeShields is about her business. The self-taught seamstress has made waves in the fashion world since she debuted her line of ready wear dresses B. Des in 2008 and later released the Brittany DeShields Collection. Since then, Brittany has distinguished herself as a designer with a winning entrepreneurial spirit and outlook.
This month, American Dreaming returns with DeShields as the featured talent for their hot new concept, Passion Share. For this inaugural event, the buzz-worthy designer will give attendees the skills they need to fashion their own dope wears from scratch.
The two-day, two hour classes will teach attendees how to use a sewing machine, all the different notions and tools needed for sewing, measuring, cutting and other techniques. Attendees will also learn how to make a pattern and sew a simple dress for yourself. American Dreaming will provide the fabric and pattern paper.
FYI — if you have a sewing machine, then you are encouraged to bring it along. Otherwise they will have sewing machines available to rent for the two-day course.
World Changers: Here's the perfect chance to give back to your community, and honor the legacy and life work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. This Monday, January 19, thousands of volunteers will take to the streets of Philadelphia for one of the country's largest service projects, The 20th Annual Greater Philadelphia MLK Day of Service.
Want in on the MLK Day of Service action? Then make your way to Philly, and join in one of the many service projects in need of a few helping hands. From mural paintings, and park clean-ups to concerts and other MLK inspired performances, Philly will be buzzing with tons of activities geared toward making a brighter tomorrow for all.
Visit the MLK Day of Service website to register, and browse the full lists of projects and events. As always, we've pulled together a list of Philly 360° Top Picks to get you started. But first, grab a little MLK inspiration by watching this video produced by Art Sanctuary with over a dozen Philadelphia leaders, artists and everyday heroes reading Dr. King's iconic "Letter from a Birmingham Jail."
Be sure to check out this MLK inspired video from Art Sanctuary, and our Philly 360° MLK Day of Service Top Picks below.
Monday, January 19, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
The African American Museum in Philadelphia celebrates MLK Day with a special day of workshops, performances and volunteer opportunities. Guests are invited to donate food for the ChAAMPs Against Hunger Philabundance Food Drive, engage in hands-on service projects, and explore the museum's exhibits throughout the day. The celebrate also features special MLK inspired performances, including a break dance workshop, a performance by the Walnut Street Theater Company, and a show stopping appearane by the Universal African Dance and Drum Ensemble. MORE INFO
Monday, January 19, 1:30 p.m.
Celebrate the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with The Philadelphia Orchestra. Music director Yannick Nézet-Séguin leads the orchestra in their 25th annual free performance during the MLK Day of Service at Girard College. The 90-minute concert includes the world premiere of the first movement of composer Hannibal’s One Land, One River, One People, a work commissioned by the orchestra which will debut in its entirety in November 2015. MORE INFO
Saturday, January 17 - Monday, January 19
Eastern State Penitentiary honors Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day with special readings of King’s “Letter from Birmingham Jail” during the holiday weekend. Listen to excerpts read from Dr. King’s letter–written 50 years ago three times a day on Saturday, Sunday and Monday at 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Children ages 7-12 can create artwork in response to the letter from 10:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. each day. The events are free and open to the public. Free tickets are available online here or at the door subject to availability. MORE INFO
When: Monday, January 19
This year, the Philadelphia Museum of Art will again serve as a workshop site for the Philly's MLK Day of Service. Throughout the day workshops will be held for people of all ages. Make art and give back to your community—create greeting-cards that will be distributed by MANNA. Family tours and dance performances provide inspiration on this important day. Museum admission will be pay-what-you-wish in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. MORE INFO
Monday, January 19
Participate in a Science Scavenger Hunt and discover the amazing breakthroughs made by famous African American scientists. Young guest will have the opportunity to make a colorful and inspirational dreamcatcher, and Dr. King's powerful "I Have Dream" speech will be broadcast once an hour at the Benjamin Franklin National Memorial. MORE INFO
Ivben Taqiy is one of the hardest working artists in Philly. His pop culture influenced images have appeared on everything from sneakers to tees, gallery walls, and of course canvas.This month, Art Sanctuary — one of Philly's premier black art creative hubs — opens an exciting new exhibit featuring Taqiy's work.
Dubbed Green Winter, Taqiy's exhibit, which will be on display through the end of February, will include over a dozen of the popular painter's, pop culture-influenced works. Green Winter includes portraits of notable artists including Floyd Mayweather, Lauryn Hill, Allen Iverson, Michael Jackson and more.
The upwardly-mobile artist has been featured in a countless number of events around the country, and he's frequently commissioned to create work for this celebrity friend and clients. Green Winter represents the painter's first gallery presentation. You can check out our exclusive video interview of Taqiy below.
A brand new group is on the scene and they go by the name of 2 Mil. Two talented artists in their own right, Frenchie and Morgan have teamed up for a refreshing new sound. For this week’s Philly 360° Playlist, we’re featuring their collaboration with singer/songwriter Aaron Camper, “Not for Long.”
“Not for Long” is a part of the group’s “Covers” series. 2 Mil has released new covers each week and their latest hit is a cover of the BOB and Trey Songz duet. All three voices flow together seamlessly as they weave in and out of the wordy verses. The track is smooth and gives you a nice summer feel, which we are definitely feeling during the cold winter weather. Beloved crooner Aaron Camper adds a nice dynamic to the song’s quick paced lyrics. Originally a rap the three vocalists smooth it all the way out.
2 Mil popped up on the scene just around the turn of the New Year. Frenchie is a familiar face on the local music scene and has been building buzz performing around the city as a solo act. And the group's other member Morgan will be recognizable as one of the Gogettes dancing alongside her sister GoGo Morrow. Their voices are thick and sultry and a nice addition to the current musical landscape. Along with “Not For Long,” the duo has also covered popular tunes from Chris Brown and Miguel as well.
They’re edgy style and on point vocals have them tipping off the radars as artists to watch here in Philly. They rap, sing, and can dance with the best of them. We’re looking forward to hearing a lot more from this group soon and watching them grow.
Check out their cover of “Not for Long” below and let us know what you think in the comments.
Motown The Musical hits Philadelphia’s world famous Avenue of the Arts for a can’t-miss run at The Academy of Music. Chronicling the epic story of Motown founder Berry Gordy, this unstoppable productions tells the story of the legendary artists, including Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Smokey Robinson, and many more, who would shattered barriers and write the songs that would make the entire world move to the same beat.
Still riding high off the release of his platinum-selling hit "Stay With Me," UK singer/songwriter Sam Smith performs in Philly later this month. Headlining his first North American tour, Smith will bring his arena-rocking sound to The Liacouras Center in support of his debut studio album, In The Lonely Hour.
Kick off your weekend right with the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s popular Friday night mixer, Art After 5. Inspired by Represent: 200 Years of African American Art, Sound Reformation, led by Darryl Yokley, will perform a set of jazz music they’ve coined as Pictures at an African American Exhibition. Later in the evening, the vibe switches to a dance party with celebrity guest DJ Rob Base.
Check out the new face of Philly jazz as Veteran Freshman and Flygirrl return with the next edition of Who Got The Jazz. This classic Philly music showcase features a lineup of young, emerging jazz musicians laying down some serious sounds at popular Philly soul food joint, Warmdaddy’s. This month's showcase honors legendary jazz great Nina Simone and includes featured performances by Brianna Cash, Roi Lush, Parris Love, Shotty G and more.
A founding member of the breakout rap group A$AP Mob, A$AP Ferg lands in Philadelphia on January 17 to perform at the Electric Factory. Also on the bill for that evening will be Def Jam recording artist YG, who is currently touring to promote his 2014 release My Krazy Life, which includes guest appearances by an impressive lineup of talents, including Drake, Rich Homie Quan, and ScHoolboy Q.
Philly, this month Flygirrl and GL Productions return with another dope concept. On January 23, all roads leads to Trilogy Nightclub for the inaugural edition of Get Lifted with DJs Rich Medina, Mike Nyce and Cosmo Baker. The trio of Philly turntable phenoms will spin everything from hip-hop and classics to funk, afrobeat, soul and more. Trust us—this is 100% a can’t-miss affair.
After sifting through applications from some of the top DJs in the nation, an expert panel of judges like Philly’s own DJ Jazzy Jeff has selected 60+ participants to compete across 12 regional qualifiers leading up to the 2015 Red Bull Thre3style USA Championships. For the Philadelphia regional qualifier, five DJs — Dj Impulse, Patrice McBride, FingerSmith, Reed Streets, Royale — will battle it out to advance to the USA and world championships. We definitely think Philly has this one in the bag. Let’s go!
This winter, the Philadelphia Museum of Art opens a groundbreaking exhibition highlighting its exception collection of work by African American artists. Reflecting a broad spectrum of styles, subjects and traditions, Represent will include over 75 works by more than 50 artists including Horace Pippin, Kara Walker, Henry Tanner, Jacob Lawrence and more.
It’s official—the new year is here and it is already shaping up to be an epic year in Philadelphia. Roots Picnic, BlackStar Film Festival, Forbes Under 30 Summit and more—there are plenty of dope events on the horizon. So, check out our list of 10 must-hit events going down in Philly this year.
Last month, two of the industry’s most in-demand musical directors, Adam Blackstone and Darryl Robinson, joined forces to throw the official Philadelphia after party for Justin Timberlake’s 20/20 Experience World Tour. Philly fans came out in record number to show their love for JT and these two hometown heroes. And, of course Philly 360° was there to capture it all. Watch out recap video now.
Philly-based creative Ivben Taqiy is one of the dopest, and busiest, visual artists on the city’s booming art scene. This week, Taqiy opens his latest exhibit, Green Winter, featuring over a dozen portraits of the notable personalities and performers who have inspired our generation.
Ivben Taqiy Presents Green Winter When: Opening reception, Saturday, January 10, 8 - 12 a.m.; Exhibit open through February 28 Where: Art Sanctuary, 628 S. 16th Street Cost: Free More Info:View Art Sanctuary's gallery hours. This month, Art Sanctuary…
Represent: 200 Years of African American Art When: January 10, 2015 - April 5, 2015 Where: The Philadelphia Museum of Art, Cost: Included with the cost of general museum admission. More Info: Click here for details. This winter, the…