Your guide to Philly's diverse creative scene, nightlife, music, food & more
The Real with Rob Hill Sr. is coming to popular Spring Garden-area music venue Union Transfer on Sunday, May 4. This can't-miss event will feature a discussion with author, writer and motivational speaker Rob Hill Sr. and special guest, author and entrepreneur Alex Elle.
Rob Hill Sr. found his purpose in helping and motivating others through adversity. After being kicked out of his house at the age of 17 and being confronted with homelessness, Hill had a life-changing epiphany during the birth of his son. Joining the Navy in order create a more stable life, Hill found renewed purpose in his love of writing.
Now the author of I Got You: Restoring Confidence in Love and Relationships and audio book Audacity of a Good Heart, Hill now travels the country for his public speaking engagements and community enrichment events. His online following boasts over 350,000 followers who look to Hill for his daily encouragement and insight via Tumblr, Twitter and Instagram.
“I just want to be somebody who makes a difference. I’m daring. I’m a risk taker. I’m not afraid to fall. I don’t care about failing. I don’t care whose judging. I’m going to keep trying. I’m going to go do it!” said Hill during a recent interview.
“The Real” will also feature author Alex Elle, who has cultivated her following through The Good Hair Blog, which focuses on care of natural hair and her latest book of poetry "Words from a Wanderer." Elle’s work relates to a generation of women learning to love themselves and follow their dreams. Owner of multiple businesses at the young age of 24, Elle is the epitome of the entrepreneurial spirit.
The evening of conversation featuring these two dynamic thought-leaders will cover hot topics across various subject matters, including love, life, and success. You can't afford to miss this one — you're guaranteed to leave this event better, stronger and wiser. Check it out!
Jay Z's Budweiser Made in America Festival is hitting Philly again! That's right. Mr. Carter is bringing his festival back to Philly for another two days jam-packed with music by an epic lineup of acts — all hand-picked by the music industry mogul.
Returning for the third year, Made in America has become a staple in the Philly music festival scene. You can expect multiple stages set up, packed with nonstop performances, and the entire Benjamin Franklin Parkway (aka The Parkway) will shut down for both days. The lineup hasn't been announced yet, but based on the last two years — it's guaranteed to deliver. And, like the previous two years, it's all going down over Labor Day Weekend.
The last two MIA festivals included performances by Beyonce, Jay Z, Kanye, Kendrick Lamar, Nine Inch Nails, Pearl Jam, DeadMau5, Jill Scott, Eve, Janelle Monae, Drake, Run DMC, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Solange, Odd Future, Calvin Harris, Skrillex, Miike Snow, Calvin Harris, Maybach Music Group (featuring Rick Ross, Wale and Meek Mill), Passion Pit, Gary Clark Jr., D'Angelo and many, many more. Major, right?
Want to be there? We've got you covered. The MIA presale just kicked off today, but ends tomorrow, April 15 at 10pm. So be sure to grab your passes now! You can buy tickets here.
Presale code BMIA2014.
Make sure you keep checking back with us for the latest info. Philly 360° will keep you updated on the MIA lineup as more details get announce. And, you know we'll have some tickets to give away, so stay tuned for more.
Insider Tip: Grab tickets and book a room now.
From April 20 to 27, Philadelphia Black Gay Pride will commemorate its 15th anniversary with a week-long celebration of events, from parties and poetry slam to pageants.
Philadelphia Black Gay Pride (PBGP) was first created in 1999 by the COLOURS Organization, the only LBGTQ service organization in Philadelphia primarily by and for people of color. COLOURS served as the official host of the PBGP festival until it received its own official standing as a non-profit organization in April 2004.
PBGP is dedicated to raising public awareness for health issues such as HIV/AIDS, shining light on issues that affect the LGBTQ community, providing positive youth leadership opportunities, and networking with queer communities along the northeast. Though PBGP targets its festival to people of African-descent who are members of the LGBTQ community, it welcomes any and all allies to the community.
The anniversary celebration will kick off with a Mr./Miss Philadelphia Black Gay Pride Pageant and close with an all-day party, where guests are encouraged to step out in their finest attire in the name of Philly pride. Between these two signature event, PBGP will present a diverse array of programs, including speed dating, a health and resource fair, talent show, community awards, parties, mixers and much more.
Come out and show your Philly pride, while mixing and mingling with the finest, flyest crowd Philly has to offer. #bethere
Are you ready to step back into the Winner’s Circle? On Sunday, April 13, this epic Philly showcase returns for part deux featuring MPrynt, Good Girl, Jeremy Isaac & The Hangover, and Brianna Cash. And, it's all going down at the popular, gritty Center City music venue Underground Arts.
This evening is brought to us by The Starr Island Group and boasts a show exploding with real R&B, live in concert. Featuring some of the hottest young talent in Philly, this all star lineup will not disappoint. Also, hosting the festivities for the evening is poet, singer, emcee triplethreat Range Da Messenga.
Motown recording artists, MPrynt will be fresh off their opening stint with Marsha Ambrosius on her Friends & Lovers tour. These guys take harmony to another level, wowing fans with their live performances and YouTube covers of R&B classics with a new school Philly twist.
The Winners Circle II will also feature girl group Good Girl. It’s been a minute since a solid girl group has emerged on the scene, but Megan Nicolle, Morgan (J.L.), Courtney (Bobbie), and Arielle are looking to change that. Citing legendary groups like TLC, En Vogue, SWV and Destiny's Child as influences, Good Girl definitely pays homage to these icons—but they're definitely looking to make their own mark on the industry.
Jeremy Isaac’s flawless vocals are something you don't want to miss. His smooth sound is seamless and his music is honest and relatable. Isaac has shared stages with a major list of talent, including Angie Stone, Vivian Greene, Charlie Wilson and more. Joined by his band, The Hangover, this soulful crooner's eclectic mix of influences is undeniable.
Hailing from North Philly, this singer/songwriter has been composing music and playing the piano since she was a child. A few months ago, she released her debut EP “Journey After June,” which complements her soul-studded voice with the perfect mixture of R&B and indie-rock.
If you're familiar with the Philly music scene then you already know—after the concert, we're all about the party! Stick around after the show to party with other concert-goers, musicians and a few special invited guests during a special guest DJ set.
I first experienced a 2 Chainz performance at Jay-Z's Made in America festival this past summer. Let’s just say—it was most definitely live! The energy in the crowd was high and fans rapped along to every lyric. And this weekend, he’s coming back and performing at the Tower Theater in West Philadelphia.
Alsina has garnered millions of views on YouTube, covering songs from artists like Life Jennings and Philly’s own Musiq Soulchild. The second installment of his mixtapes series The Product includes a hit single featuring both Trey Songz and Chris Brown on the remix.
Pusha T formerly of the rap duo The Clipse most recently released his long awaited solo album My Name is My Name. The album made SPIN’s 50 Best Albums of 2013 and featured heavy production from G.O.O.D. Music leader, Kanye West.
2 Chainz personifies “overnight” success and is all but a household name at this point. He got his first taste of the limelight with his group Playaz Circle in 2007. Their hit “Duffle Bag Boy” featuring Lil’ Wayne took off and gave 2 Chainz the launch he needed to go solo.
Moving on from Disturbing the Peace (DTP), the label of Ludacris and switching up his name, 2 Chainz found his way back to Def Jam and finds himself a platinum selling and GRAMMY-nominated artist. From features on big records like “Mercy” to his debut album Based on a T.R.U. Story going number 1 in the country, 2 Chainz has surely pulled ahead of much of the competition.
Make sure you grab your ticket now—will be a show you won’t want to miss!
This week’s playlist comes from long-time collaborators The Grouch & Eligh who recently released their triple-disc LP, The Tortoise and the Crow. The album is comprised of three sections—333, the joint effort between the two; Lighthouses, The Grouch’s solo effort; and Nomad, Eligh’s solo effort. The project features top shelf producers like Pretty Lights and artists such as Kreayshawn and Slightly Stoopid.
A free feeling and inspiring record from the album, "Run" was produced by Eligh and features Pigeon John—who brings the hook to life. “Run” comes as a follow up to their single “All These Lights,” which was featured in coverage of the 2014 Olympics on NBC and even appeared in a Lexus commercial. Their music remains true to bringing lyrics that are thoughtful, introspective and at times just fun.
Though both The Grouch and Eligh have prosperous solo careers, their chemistry together can’t be denied. They continue to make music that lends itself to live performance, which is something they love to do. Getting on stage and touring across the country allows them to connect with their fans more intimately, and the duo always delivers a high energy show.
The Grouch & Eligh have been known as trail blazers in the DIY Hip-Hop scene. They have remained independent for over 15 years and have an impressive fan base that supports their music. That support is one of the reasons that they are able to embark on a 40-city tour, which includes Philadelphia of course.
The Grouch & Eligh will perform at The Barbary, known for its epic DJ parties in the Northern Liberties area, on Thursday, March 20. This is a show that you won’t want to miss! You can purchase tickets here.
The Legendary Roots Crew may be everywhere these days, including playing as the house band for The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, but the iconic hip-hop band always brings it back to their hometown of Philadelphia.
The Roots are once again taking over Festival Pier in Philly this summer with their signature music festival — the Roots Picnic. That's right. The 7th Annual Roots Picnic was just announced, and we have all of the details for you to start making some plans.
The Roots handpick the entire lineup, and it's always packed with some of the hottest names in music — from hip-hop to indie to R&B and more. The Roots always deliver year after year. You never know what's about to go down at the Picnic. Last year, we got to see history made when legendary hip-hop group Naughty By Nature reunited. And, then there was the random water gun fight with Solange. Or, that time when there was an impromptu dance party with Diplo in the second stage tent when rain tried to stop the Picnic. And, not to mention surprise guests hitting the stage every year. They always have them, and it's always epic.
Want to be there? We've got you. Be on the look out for some ticket giveaways from us on philly360.com. And, if you're headed to Austin for SXSW, we're giving away a pair of tickets and a weekend in Philly for the Roots Picnic. You can find us at Death and Taxes and Visitphilly.com Present East End on Thursday, March 13, at Cheer Up Charlie's. Chill Moody and some other Philly acts will be hitting our stage.
So, who made the cut this year for the lineup?
Snoop Dogg (backed by The Roots)
The War On Drugs
Biz Markie (DJ Set)
Electric Wire Hustle
(More to be announced)
Insider Tip: Grab tickets and book a room. There will be events happening the night before and after the Picnic. Details to come.
There are few DJs in the world that can rock a party like Rich Medina. The young b-boy-turned-international-DJ has been tearin' it up on the 1's and 2's for almost two decades, and he shows no signs he's slowing down anytime soon. On February 5, catch Medina laying down another dope playlist for his Philly peeps at Kung Fu Necktie. Afrobeat, funk, soul, hip-hop and more—Rich is about to once again take the dancefloor on a sonic journey.
Lil Ricky's Rib Shack Featuring Rich Medina
When: Wednesday, February 5, 10 p.m. - 2 a.m.
Where: Kung Fu Necktie, 1250 N. Front Street
More info: kungfunecktie.com
WXPN 88.5 FM public radio from the University of Pennsylvania presents the 3rd Annual Tri State Indie Music Awards, and this year, it is bigger and better than ever!
On February 16 at World Café Live, the red carpet will be rolled out for artists that have been making waves in their respective genres to see if they will be able to take home an award to add to their décor. There will be performances by local and regional bands and artists including The Deadmen, The Lawsuits, Ali Wadsworth and more to be announced.
Tri State Indie celebrates the best of the best in music in Philadelphia and its surrounding areas. The pool of nominees are from a diverse crowd in the area and include some familiar faces like jazz vocalist Laurin Talese, R&B crooner Beano, hip-hop emcee Chill Moody, indie rock band The Districts and many more. Categories include local, regional and national nominees. The awards also take the opportunity to give honors to some of the businesses’ best management firms, studios and music festivals.
The host for the evening will be the multi-talented Jonas Oesterle who finds who works as a drummer, DJ, promoter and host for various events around town. Oesterie is music enthusiast with a punchy sense of humor, so the crowd will be in for a good time.
The voting process is still open! So be sure to take a look at the list of nominees and exercise your right to vote!
Tri State Indie Music Awards
When: Sunday, February 16, Doors at 5 p.m. | Show at 6 p.m.
Where: World Café Live, 3025 Walnut Street
Cost: $20 General Admission | $50 VIP Admission
More Info: awards.tristateindie.com
Broad Street Music has returned to give you the latest in up-and-coming music from the city’s brightest talent. To celebrate Philly’s hip-hop, blues and soulful history, the music group have invited a diverse group of musicians to create a multi-genre experience at the Hard Rock Cafe.
On the smorgasbord of artists, we have King Zimm providing the hip-hop sounds for the night, while singer Ashley Jones will be working her reggae and blues infused tunes. The soulful singer Gonz will be taking the stage while backed by The Burgeoning, and make sure you don’t miss the energetic rock sounds of Disturbing Daisy.
Broad Street Music at Hard Rock Cafe
When: Thursday, January 30, 8 p.m.
Where: Hard Rock Cafe, 1113 Market Street
Cost: $5.85 - $12
More Info: HardRock.com
Black History & Culture Showcase When: Saturday, April 19 & Sunday, April 20. 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. Where: Pennsylvania Convention Center, 12th & Arch Street Cost: FREE More Info: Click here for details. As the official birthplace of…
Kid Ink: My Own Lane When: Tuesday, April 22 Where: Theater of Living Arts Lounge (TLA), 334 South Street Cost: $22 More Info: LiveNation.com RCA recording artist Kid Ink heads out in support of his latest project My Own…