Your guide to Philly's diverse creative scene, nightlife, music, food & more
Once a month on Wednesdays, The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts opens its doors and stages to some of the city's hottest musicals talents for the popular Philadelphia music showcase,Sittin' In.
Now approaching its third year, this free concert/party/jam session mashup is Philadelphia's go-to event for emerging talent, locally-based touring musicians — and the music lovers that can't get enough of their soulful sounds. From stellar featured acts to the Sittin' In house band and resident DJ Matthew Law, this signature Philly jam attracts the best and brightest performers and musicians from Philadelphia, and beyond.
This month's host Jonathan Finlayson is undoubtedly one of the region's most sought after young trumpet players on the scene today. Over the years he has crafted his own unique approach to the horn with iconic international names such as Steve Coleman, Muhal Richard Abrahams, and Henry Threadgill. His long anticipated debut album 'Moment and the Message', released last year on Pi recordings, received glowing reviews from publications such as Downbeat, Jazz Times, The Guardian, and was the #1 debut on the NPR critic's poll.
Philly, step out and enjoy the cooler side of Philly's music, fashion and art scenes. That's right — The Philadelphia Wine Mixer is back with another packed lineup highlighting some of the top influencers and artists which are powering our city's ever-evolving creative movement.
Tyrone Dixon, Philadelphia Wine Mixer founder and President of LITM Marketing Group, had this to say when intereview on why he started this popular event,
"The Philadelphia Wine Mixer is a celebration of culture. I decided to create this event because I noticed the overwhelming talent in our city,"
Reserved seating participants will enjoy the fashion showcase, open wine bar and complimentary hors d'oeuvres. The VIP reception will be sponsored by Spoodee Wine. If you want to get a feel for the vibe and crowd, then be sure to check out our recap video below.
Grab your tickets today and we'll see you there! Let's go.
It's the most wonderful time of the year. Holiday lights, festive attractions, dope live music, spectacular performance and family traditions are just a few ways to celebrate the season in Philadelphia.
In Philly you can go old school and celebrate the season with traditional holiday traditions, like the long-running Christmas Light Show at Macy’s. Or, you can go new school and catch live music and performances by staples from the local creative scene like Jeff Bradshaw, Laurin Talese and PHILADANCO.
No matter how you choose to dive into the holiday spirit — Philadelphia's got all the seasonal flavor and happenings that you are looking for. Check out our picks below and be sure to stop by visitphilly.com for a must-read, comprehensive list on all things holiday in Philadelphia.
The city's new reigning queen of design, Dominique "Dom" Streater is steadily building her fashion design empire — right here in Philadelphia. A West Philadelphia native and Moore College of Art and Design graduate, the young fashion designer has already made a national name for herself as the winner of Project Runway Season 12.
On Friday, December 5 Dom Streater will host a kick-off event celebrating her holiday season pop-up shop at Knit Wit from 6 to 8 p.m. Guest can enjoy refreshments and light bites as they shop Dom's Fall/Winter collection, which features an array of coats, scarves, tops and bottoms. The collection will be available for purchase at Knit Wit throughout the month of December or until merchandise sells out! MORE
Get ready beccase the trailblazing modern dance troupe PHILADANCO returns to their home in Philadelphia with a new program entitled Risky Business on December 12-14 at The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts.
Risky Business features the world premiere of choreographer Christopher Huggins’ “Latched,” while revisiting and elevating the works of beloved choreographers who have contributed choreographic elements of risk to an ever-evolving dance landscape. So, celebrate the holiday with this classic Philadelphia cultural tradition. Grab your tickets now! MORE
Each and every 3rd Friday, Art Sanctuary — Philly's premier black arts hub — returns with its monthly open mic and music showcase, Sanctuary LIVE! This month's event features a decadent evening of music with Philly's own rising jazz star, BASSic Black Entertainment recording artist Laurin Talese on December 19. Whether singing R&B classic, jazz standards, or her own original compositions, Laurin's warm and sultry voice always shines bright. MORE
Jeff Bradshaw has lent his smokin’ hot horns to some of the top names in the industry, including The Roots, Jill Scott, Jay Z, and Michael Jackson, just to name a few. To celebrate the holidays, Jeff is bringing his A-game to Warmdaddy's for two amazing nights of jazz and feel-good soul on December 19 and 20. And, he's not coming alone. Want to know more about Jeff's special guests? Well, stay tuned for more details. MORE
On December 16, you're invited to check out the Kimmel's Christmas celebration with an evening of music that moves the spirit and uplifts the soul! The J. Donald Dumpson Singers join forces with a host of community choirs to perform holiday classics along with spirituals and gospel favorites. In addition to the resounding finale, which features Adolphus Hailstork's Shout for Joy, this show will feature a special guest apperance by gospel music pioneer Edwin Hawkins. MORE
On December 27, Johnny Brenda's is the place to be, as Stacey "Flygirrl" Wilson and gL Productions join forces to present Philly Loves James Brown. This afterhours celebration of the one-and-only Godfather of Soul will feature DJ's MIke Nyce, Cosmo Baker and Foxx Boogie spinning all of your favorite JB dance anthems. Yes, the groove will be undeniable. MORE
The German-style Christmas Village has become a favorite tradition for holiday shoppers, who can peruse more than 50 decorated booths selling international seasonal gifts, traditional German Christmas ornaments, jewelry and high-quality arts and crafts. Hot mulled wine, gingerbread and bratwursts are also among the offerings. MORE
A Philadelphia tradition since 1956, the Christmas Light Show at Macy’s in Center City illuminates a large wall inside the Wanamaker building, a National Historic Landmark, with almost 100,000 LED lights that dance to the sounds of the Wanamaker Organ. Head to the third floor of Macy’s to experience the 6,000-square-foot “Dickens Village”, which brings Charles Dickens’ classic A Christmas Carolto life with more than 100 fully animated figures reenacting 26 of the story’s most memorable moments. MORE
Building off the success of the summer’s Spruce Street Harbor Park, the revamped Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest features ice skating, food and drink, shopping and family-fun on the waterfront. The centerpiece is the Blue Cross RiverRink, a regulation-sized ice skating rink at Penn’s Landing with spectacular views of the Benjamin Franklin Bridge and Delaware River. The festival has also revamped its holiday light show, which features thousands of lights across the park that will be synced to music every 30 minutes. And after a few laps on the RiverRink, warm up inside The Lodge, a revamped indoor space featuring ski chalet-style heated tents, comfortable seating, indoor fireplaces and refreshments from Garces Events. MORE
The city's new reigning queen of design, Dominique "Dom" Streater is steadily building her fashion design empire — right here in Philadelphia
A West Philadelphia native and Moore College of Art and Design graduate, the young fashion designer has already made a national name for herself as the winner of Project Runway Season 12. Known for her use of vivid colors and graphic prints with contemporary cuts, Streater took home the big Project Runway win thanks to her clear design vision and expert execution.
Streater recently debuted her latest collection during New York Fashion Week, and we were there to capture it all. Check out our recap video below for a behind-the-scenes look.
On Friday, December 5 Dom Streater will host a kick-off event celebrating her holiday season pop-up shop at Knit Wit from 6 to 8 p.m. Guest can enjoy refreshments and light bites as they shop Dom's Fall/Winter collection, which features an array of coats, scarves, tops and bottoms.
The collection will be available for purchase at Knit Wit throughout the month of December or until merchandise sells out! So, definitely make your way to this hot Rittenhouse retails spot and grab one of Dom's fresh designs while you can.
Everyone knows that Philly's musical roots run deep — from the days of early jazz straight through today — our city's soulful sounds continues to inspire new generations of musicians and music lovers. And, starting next month, there's a new go-to venue for performers and listeners alike, PHirst Tuesdays. Each month, this dope music showcase and mixer will feature a local celebrity host, featured performers, an open mic, giveaways and drink specials.
The first session will be hosted by Philly's own emerging R&B/pop star, Beano. A powerhouse vocalist and performer, Beano has been riding high since the release of his latest single, "Let It Go." You can check out our playlist recap to listen to the track.
PHirst Tuesdays will also feature a killler band, with notable area musicians like Eugene "Man-Man" Roberts, Wheatbread, JRoc — and DJ Ricochet will be holding things down on the turntables.
So, spread the word and make sure you are in the building when this event goes down. We'll be there front and center. Let's go!
Check out our exclusive recap of Chill Moody and Beano's Who Do You Love, More? album release at the Hard Rock Cafe.
When it comes down to holiday celebrations, Philly always does it big! And, Thanksgiving is no exception. From parties on Thanksgiving Eve and the 95th Annual Philadelphia Thanksgiving Day Parade to weekend nightlife affairs, we've pulled together a must-hit itinerary for Thanksgiving weekend in Philadelphia.
Also, be sure to check out uwishunu.com's complete guide to the holiday weekend for additional events and shopping options.
And, since it's the official start of the holidays, be sure to take advantage of the Visit Philly Overnight Hotel Package. It's the perfect way to explore the city’s holiday concerts, weekend parties and traditional holiday attractions throughout the entire weekend.
Wednesday, November 26, 3-9 p.m. | Rothman Institute Ice Rink at City Hall | $3 - 4
Before you hit the town for the evening, consider swinging by one of the more exciting holiday transformations in the city; the Rothman Institute Ice Rink at City Hall. The park will be open from 3 to 9 p.m. on Thanksgiving Eve, which gives you plenty of time to hit the ice before the night’s festivities. Admission is $3 for children ages 10 and under and $4 for adults. For those who don’t own their own skates, rental is $8. MORE INFO
Wednesday, November 26, 10 p.m. | Trilogy Nightclub, 601 Spring Garden Street | $10 - 20
This week, Stacey "Flygirrl" Wilson and crew will throw the Thanksgiving Eve party to end all parties — and it's going down right here in Philly. On Wednesday, November 26, the city's hottest DJs, live musicians and visual artists will all converge on Trilogy for the #ThanksgivingJawn, an unstoppable, two-floor party at Trilogy Nightclub. MORE INFO
Wednesday, November 26, 10 p.m. | Reserve Wine Bar, 724 Arch Street | $20
Stop through Reserve Wine Bar in Midtown as Revolt TV host Dj Damage provides a dope Thanksgiving Eve playlist. Damage will spin from 10 .p.m to 2 a.m. — making his long awaited first appearance in Philly since joining Diddy at Revolt TV. MORE INFO
A classic Philly tradition, the 6ABC Dunkin’ Donuts Thanksgiving Day Parade is the oldest in the country and a must-hit event for the family. The city streets will overflow stunning floats, giant balloons and local performers — from choirs and dance groups, to marching bands and more. Look forward to 18 balloons, gorgeous floats, fun special guests and stunning live performances. Get there early to make sure that you can grab a perfect view of the show. MORE INFO
Let's be honest, Thanksgiving Day is all about the eats, right? Fortunately, dozens of Philadelphia’s great restaurants make it easy for those aiming to avoid the cooking, baking, grocery store rush and post-meal clean up. Check out all of the city restaurants offering amazing dine-in or take-out meals this Thanksgiving. MORE INFO
Friday, November 28, 7 p.m. | The Liacouras Center, 1776 N Broad Street | $50-100
Philly’s fave R&B/soul station WDAS is teaming up with Soul Train to present an epic holiday jam at The Liacouras Center on N. Broad Street. On Friday, November 28 megastars including Jill Scott, Ledisi, Joe and Faith Evans will all land on one stage for an arena-rocking night of soul. Tickets will go fast, so grab your seats today. MORE INFO.
Saturday, November 29 | Uncut Fun House, 1617 N. 2nd Street | $20
Three Philly artists are teaming up on this dope new concept, House Party Art Show. Don Scott, Gabe Tiberino and Ivben Taqiy Muhammad are throwing an epic party, inspired in part by the 90's film of the same name. The perfect way to kick off your weekend or rebound after Thanksgiving eats, the House Party Art Show will touch on the history of art , fashion, hip hop and style from the late 80's to the Early 90's. MORE INFO
Housed in an architecturally stunning historic Center City Philadelphia building at 8th and Market streets, the Franklin Flea will pop up for its second year in the former home of long-shuttered department store Strawbridge & Clothier, located right next door to the brand-new Century 21 department store. At the wintertime market, shoppers can expect a finely tuned selection of around 50 vendors set up amid the antique chandeliers and marble columns of the historic space, selling everything from fine antiques and vintage clothing to handmade decorative arts and gourmet street food. MORE INFO
This year, Philadelphia will host the very 1st Annual WDAS Holiday Jam presented by Soul Train Music. This very special event will take place Friday, November 28 at the Liacouras Center with performances by an all-star lineup of R&B/Soul hitmakers. There will even be a DJ set by Philly’s favorite international drummer/DJ, Questlove of the legendary Roots crew.
Held on Black Friday, the WDAS Holiday Jam is the perfect opportunity to continue the hoilday festivities after a full day of shopping with friends and family. Tis the season, right?
And trust us, when we say that this lineup is stacked — it's definitely stacked! Check out the details below.
Jill Scott — Jilly from Philly is coming home! The soulful singer/songwriter and poet made her rise during the Philadelphia-driven neo-soul movement of the early 2000s and has since transcended into actress, activist and much more.
KEM — This R&B great took the world by storm with the success of his single “Love Calls.” Since then, KEM has become one of the most distinctive and unique voices in R&B.
Ledisi — An undeniable powerhouse vocalist, Ledisi is definitely one of Philadelphia adopted daughters of soul — just ask Sound of Philadelphia mastermind Kenny Gamble. A vocalist who truly uses her voice as an instrument, Ledisi has worked with some of Philly's most notable songwriters, including Carvin and Ivan and the Philly Phatboiz.
Joe — Joe's smooth vocals have helped him stand the test of time. Over his career, Joe has gone from hip-hop hooks to recording flawless throwbacks paying homage to groups like Frankie Beverly and Maze.
Faith Evans — The first lady of Bad Boy Records, Faith Evans sultry voice continues to win over fans old and new. With a voice equally rooted in church and traditional R&B/soul and a discography full of hits, Faith Evans is 100% a legit American soul music icon.
This show is for the music lovers and is the perfect way to groove into the holiday spirit. So, be sure to grab your ticket as we’re sure they are going quickly!
Each and every 3rd Friday, Art Sanctuary — Philly's premier black arts hub — returns with its monthly open mic and music showcase, Sanctuary LIVE! This month's edition features a decadent evening of music with Philly's own soul rising star, Elle Morris.
Morris is a University of the Arts grad and a Philly transplant by way of Washington, DC. Elle captivates audiences with her eclectic voice, innovative covers and lovely jazz nuances. Her talents have landed her on stage with several national artists including Robin Thicke and Eric Roberson. Yes, we're definitely a fan.
Sanctuary LIVE! is hosted by Philly-based poet Safa and kicks off with an open mic from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The open mic segment is backed by rising Philly jazz vocalist and pianist, V. Shayne Frederick — a pitch perfect addition to any musical setting.
In addition to the lush vocals from the incredible lineup of musicians, attendees will get a chance to check out Art Sanctuary's latest exhibit, "My Thoughts Wear Crowns. " this 15+ piece show features the graffiti, Basquiat influenced paintings of Philly-based visual artist, American Queen TJD.
Be sure to RSVP in advance, because you most definitely want to be front and center when Elle Morris and these Philly talents step on stage. Wine and light fare included.
Philly, we've got some great news. On Friday, December 5, Jhene Aiko will be making her way back to Philly. The Souled Out songstress takes over The Electric Factory along with SZA and The Internet — keeping things hot on the city's fall music scene.
Philly last saw Aiko on the mainstage during this year's Roots Picnic. And, we've definitely been anticipating her return ever since.
After releasing her debut major label album, Souled Out, the singer experienced a whirlwind year. But, don’t mistake Aiko's recent release or fanfare for inexperience in the business. Aiko was signed to Epic records when she was just 16 years old. Ultimately, she was released from that contract so that she could finish school and continue developing as a woman and an artist.
After that brief hiatus and the birth of her daughter, Aiko was back at it. Always staying true to her words, worth and artistry, the singer/songwriter never stopped writing. Ultimately, Jhene released her high-acclaimed mixtape, Sailing Souls, which she recorded with LA-based producers Fisticuffs. The popular project gained momentum and the attention of industry heavyweights, including Big Sean and Drake.
Aiko then appeared on Big Sean’s track “Beware,” released her own EP Sail Out and toured alongside Drake — all of which propelled her into the forefront of the music industry.
Philly can catch Aiko, and her hip-hop and R&B-laced music, live at The Electric Factory in early December. Alternative “Teen Spirit” singer/songwriter SZA and soul band The Internet will be opening the show with genre-defying, eclectic performances — rounding out the lineup just right.
This is a show you won’t want to miss, so grab your tickets now!
This weekend, American Dreaming returns with another dope event, Femme-Efant: The Examination of the Female Muse Art Exhibit with Dessie Jackson.
Since then, Jackson has been busy creating new work, recently collaborating on a t-shirt design with hip online mag and retail brand The Hundreds.
On Saturday, November 15, American Dreaming will host a solo exhibit where the rising Philly art star will explore the critique and celebration of self presentation through the female lens. In addition to Jackson's vibrant creations, this event will feature music curated by DJ Matthew Law and YS The DJ.
Check out additional details below.
My Thoughts Wear Crowns When: Opening reception, Saturday, November 15, 4 - 6 p.m.; Exhibit open through December 31, 2014 Where: Art Sanctuary, 628 S. 16th Street Cost: Free More Info: RSVP for the reception here, or view Art…
Jeff Bradshaw & Friends Holiday Celebration When: Friday, December 19 & Saturday, December 20, 7:30 & 10 p.m. shows Where: Warmdaddy's, 1400 S. Columbus Blvd. Cost: $20 More Info: Click here for details. Jeff Bradshaw has lent his smokin’…