Your guide to Philly's diverse creative scene, nightlife, music, food & more
Each and every 3rd Friday, Art Sanctuary — Philly's premier black arts hub — presents its monthly open mic and music showcase, Sanctuary LIVE! This month's edition features can't-miss performance by Philly soul, jazz newcomer, Lee Mo.
One of the newer voices on the Philadelphia music scene, Lee Mo is taking the city by storm. Known for her killers vocals, soulful feel and impressive music sensibilities, Lee Mo has graced the stages of some of Philly's hottest venues. Lee Mo has also shared the stage with many artists in the Philly area, including Vertical Current, George "Spanky" McCurdy, Chartel, Eric Roberson and Jeff Murrell, to name a few.
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, Barkley L. Hendricks: Oh, Snap!, which includes over twenty photographs by the famed Philadelphia painter and photographer.
Be sure to RSVP in advance, because you most definitely want to be front and center when Lee Mo and these Philly talents step on stage. Wine and light fare included.
Music Makes Me Happy is bringing their first artist showcase to Voltage Lounge in Philadelphia on Wednesday, July 22nd. A multiple city showcase, the Philly show is packed with the area’s best including John Graves, BriaMarie, Suzann Christine, and Youssef Kromah.
The night is packed with exciting segments including an opening performance from Jacqueline Constance. GRAMMY-nominated producers Ivan Barias and Carvin Haggins will also be presented with the Music Makes Me Happy Community Award.
Hosted by Joshua Nelson this night will be full of great music and it’s all for a great cause. The proceeds from the event will help fund Music Makes Me Happy education initiatives in Philadelphia, Atlanta and Los Angeles.
Music Makes Me Happy is the brainchild of Joshua Dingle. Between apparel, networking events, and musical performances, Music Makes Me Happy creates community among people with one common love, music. Their support for the arts is creating a movement. Artists like Jazmine Sullivan, Da Truth, Lecrae and more have been spotted rocking their apparel.
Come out to support not only great artists from Philadelphia that will sing your socks off, but also a great cause! Grab your tickets now, the first 50 RSVPs will get a special Music Makes Me Happy Gift Bag!
Music Makes Me Happy Artist Showcase
When: Wednesday, July 22, 7 p.m.
Where: Voltage Lounge, 421 N 7th Street
Cost: $15 in advance, $20 at the door
More Info: Click here.
Philly, are you ready? No one does Independence Day like we do, and Philly 360° just got some news about some dope music that will go down on July 4th.
Not only are The Roots headlining the Wawa Welcome America! Philly 4th of July Jam —nation's biggest free concert—alongside of Miguel, MKTO, Jennifer Nettles and more. But, they're also bringing you a second stage packed with talent to warm you up for the main event that night.
Yup, we've just got our hands on the lineup for the Questlove Stage, which is part of the Party on the Parkway. We're definitely loving the talent Quest picked out. Once you get a look at the lineup, you'll definitely want to be front and center for this one.
So, who made the cut for the Questlove Stage? Find out below.
GoGo Morrow has been making big waves over the last year with her solo music. She has landed opening spots for Brandy, Lauryn Hill, Common — and even for the short lived Danity Kane reunion that we were all swooning over. GoGo was also one of the first acts added on to Marsha Ambrosius' national Friends & Lovers music tour. With each move GoGo solidifies her spot as one of the next artists from Philly that is destined to blow up and take the world stage by storm. Check out GoGo's feature on the Philly 360° Playlist.
A graduate of the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, Julian King comes from a musical family, which undoubtedly contributes to his undeniable talents. A dancer, musician and exceptional vocalist, there is not much King can’t do. Definitely one of the most-talented indie acts on the Philadelphia scene right now, it won’t take long for Julian King's movement to gain some serious traction. Check out Julian King's feature on the Philly 360° playlist.
Get to know Philly-based singer/songwriter Kate Faust. One of the newer names from the city's booming music scene, Faust stepped out into her own with her latest EP, Eros. Fittingly, Faust named her latest album Eros after Greek mythology's God of Love. Faust knew early on that she wanted her voice and music to stand out from the crowd. And, with each new project she delivers, we've seen the singer/songwriter create something new and exciting. Check out Kate Faust's feature on the Philly 360° Playlist.
Discovered by Diplo and Paul Devro of Mad Decent, Swizzymack is one of the premiere sounds behind Philadelphia's club music scene. His debut EP Bass was released on Mad Decent’s imprint in June 2013. Since then, Swizzymack has brought his thumping bass drops and hyperactive tempos to airwaves and parties around the country.
Max Swan takes the saxophone to new levels with works with dozen of groups from around the country. He's on a mission to forever alter public perception about the saxophone and for the past 15 year the young saxophonist has worked his way to earning over two dozen local and nationally recognized soloist and composition accolades, including the "Michael Brecker Saxophone Award", "Rick Lawn Arrangers Award", and the "Collaboration Award" through The University of The Arts.
Born just outisde of Philly, Cody Kahmar draws influences from a wide range of acts, including Dru Hill, Boyz II Men, Usher, Paramore, Lil’ Wayne and Drake. The singer/songwriter made a name for himself at open-mic nights across Philadelphia, eventually opening for Kid Cudi at Temple University’s homecoming. He's also collabed with West Philadelphia emcee Chill Moody on a record entitled “My Eyes,” which earned over 25,000 YouTube views in less than three months.
The Philadelphia High School for Creative and Performing Arts, affectionately known as CAPA, has birthed some of the greatest acts to come out of Philly. Count them — Questlove, Boyz II Men, Tyce of MPrynt, Jazmine Sullivan, GoGo Morrow and more. Catch the next generation of music all-stars when this student performance hits the stage.
As the official birthplace of our nation, there’s no better place in the country to celebrate the Fourth of July than right here in Philadelphia. The city’s signature Independence Day celebration, Wawa Welcome America!, returns from June 27 to July 4 with eight days of FREE family fun, including concerts, exhibitions, fireworks, parades and so much more.
In addition to dozens of patriotic celebrations that take place during Wawa Welcome America!, visitors can gear up for July 4th with a citywide celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Gay Rights Movement. The 2015 Welcome America festivities culminate on Saturday, July 4 with a massive Independence Day-themed party along Philadelphia’s famous Benjamin Franklin Parkway for the annual Party on the Parkway and Philly 4th of July Jam and Fireworks celebrations.
With July 4th happening on a Saturday, turn your celebration into a patriotic getaway with the Visit Philly Overnight® Hotel Package. The special offer includes overnight accommodations; passes to ride the PHLASH bus, offering easy access to Philadelphia’s major attractions; and FREE parking while you celebrate America’s birthday in America’s birthplace.
Time: Noon-7 p.m.
Location: Benjamin Franklin Parkway from 20th Street to Eakins Oval
Head to the Benjamin Franklin Parkway to celebrate America’s Birthday with a massive block party featuring live music, family-friendly activities, games, food and so much more. Shop the impressive selection of vendors and food trucks that will line the Parkway and enjoy performances by national and local talents on the two live music stages. Also, keep an eye out for live demonstrations from the extreme pogo troupe Pogopalooza and interactive sport activities courtesy of the U.S. Olympic Committee’s Road to Rio Tour.
Again this year, the Party on the Parkway will host two stages of live music programming. A mix of national and local talents will perform at the Global Music Stage and the Questlove Stage, which is curated by Philadelphia’s favorite drummer and DJ, Questlove of The Roots. Stay tuned for more details on the lineup for these stages. Click here to see the full lineup for Questlove Stage.
As part of the Party on the Parkway, Olympic Team USA athletes will join the U.S. Olympic Committee in Philadelphia for the first stop of the Road To Rio. This touring event brings the magic of the Olympic Games to life by through meet-and-greets with Team USA athletes, interactive activities like long jump, high jump and high dive, and other Olympic themed fun for the entire family. The event will be held on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m.
Time: 7 p.m. – 11 p.m.
Concert: Starts at 7 p.m. (first performance at approximately 8 p.m.)
Fireworks: Estimated to begin around 10:30 p.m. (immediately following concert)
Celebrate America’s birthday with the “Largest Free Concert in America.” Starting at 7 p.m., The Philly 4th of July Jam concert, anchored by Philly band The Roots, kicks off with performance by R&B/pop star Miguel, Jennifer Nettles of Sugarland, pop group MKTO and singer/songwriter Zella Day. The show culminates with a stunning fireworks display over the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
PLEASE NOTE: All fireworks shows and events are scheduled rain or shine. In case of inclement weather, follow @July4thPhilly on Twitter and Wawa Welcome America on Facebook for up-to-the-minute information.
The fireworks finale at the Philadelphia Museum of Art is sure to draw a massive crowd, so be sure to stake your spot out early. Check out our interactive guide.
One of the busiest and most-respected artist on the Philadelphia music scene, Laurin arrived in Philadelphia to study at the University of the Arts. After touring as a background vocalists for Philly soul artists, Jaguar Wright, Bilal and Vivian Green, Talese turned her attention to her own solo career, eventually signing with Blackstone's music label and production company, BASSic Black Entertainment (BBE).
Through BBE, Laurin released three must-hear singles, including her latest song "This Love," which is available on iTunes.
So, if you're looking for your next favorite weekly jam with a great cocktails, a stellar view of the city and some of the best music Philly has to offer — then this event is for you. We'll see you there.
Again this year, Questlove, Black Thought and the entire Roots Crew will star as the headliners and house band for one of the biggest free parties to hit our town—the Philly 4th of July Jam featuring Miguel, MKTO, Zella Day and Jennifer Nettles. MORE INFO
Fierce! Get an inside look at the East Coast house ballroom scene at The African American Museum in Philadelphia’s groundbreaking photography exhibition, featuring the work of Gerard Gaskins. Expect to see vogue, drag, competition, glamour and grandeur. MORE INFO
Philly-based visual artist Ivben Taqiy is back with another dope concept. This month, Taqiy teams up with Starthouse to throw an all-day Summer Art Jam at Gallerie Isada in Fishtown. This art show/day party mashup features 15 artists and 15 vendors selling original artwork, handmade wares, designer threads and more. MORE INFO
The soulful duo Floetry is reuniting for a tour this summer—and it’s just what avid R&B fans have been waiting for. The long-awaited reunion between the “Songstress” Marsha Ambrosius and the “Floacist” Natalie Stewart will take place right here in Philly at popular South Street venue The TLA. MORE INFO
It’s about to go down at the Art (I added “Art” here to be clear. If you think the audience knows “the sanctuary,” feel free to change back.) Sanctuary once again. Up-and-coming Philly vocalist Lee Mo will show Sanctuary LIVE!-goers why she’s been generating some serious buzz on the local music scene. Stop through for a night of seriously soulful live music. MORE INFO
Resident Philly DJ Matthew Law is known across the globe for having mad skills on the turntables. Catch Law as he spins back-to-back sets during the next installment of the late-night Friends & Fam session at Kung Fu Necktie. MORE INFO
Maroon 5 keyboardist and backing vocalist PJ Morton returns to University City music hub World Cafe Live for an incredible night of music. This show also features Philly’s own Aaron Camper—a globetrotting band member for major acts like Jill Scott, Chris Brown and Justin Timberlake. MORE INFO
Cinephiles: Hailed as “the black Sundance” by Ebony magazine, BlackStar Film Festival returns July 30-August 2 for another round of cinematic awesomeness. The Philly-based festival highlights independent films from emerging directors, producers and writers about the global black experience. #byindiemeansnecessary MORE INFO
Jay Z’s Made In America festival is set to hit Philly with another two days of nonstop music. Highlights this year include performances by R&B/pop megastar Beyoncé, hip-hop artist J. Cole and Philly’s own Meek Mill and Santigold, to name a few. MORE INFO
In Philly, it’s all about the summer, summer, summertime—and things are definitely heating up on the music scene. Take a look at our hit list of all the can’t-miss R&B/soul shows going down in and around the city this summer. MORE INFO
Singer/songwriter Aaron Camper just dropped a hot new single, “Hypnotizing.” Listen to the track and get the deets on his next Philadelphia concert on the Philly 360° Playlist. MORE INFO
All good things come to an end, but great things always come back again. Philly, we're excited to announce that for the fourth consecutive year, Jay Z's Budweiser Made in America Festival will land in Philly with two days of nonstop musical performances by an epic lineup of artists, each handpicked by Jay.
Though last year's festival was anchored on the west coast in L.A., this year, there's only one place to catch the show. And, that's right here in Philly. The 2015 roster of artists was just released via Twitter, and of course Philly 360° is bringing you the news first.
The big news? Bey's back.
That's right, Jay Z's superstar wife Beyonce will once again headline the show alongside an epic lineup of talents, including The Weeknd, J. Cole, DJ Mustard, Santigold, De La Soul and Action Bronson, to name a few.You can check out the full lineup, festival details and the official flyer below.
Tickets for Made In America 2015 go on sale starting tomorrow, Thursday, June 25 with a presale which begins at 10 a.m. General public tickets and passes will be available on Monday, June 29. So, grab your tickets soon — like now! Let's go.
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Little Giant Creative is ushering in Summer Recess and they’re doing it big with a rare performance from Yasiin Bey, formerly known as Mos Def. This will be the first concert under the moniker and the night will be hosted by Philly’s own Freeway. It’s all going down at R5 Productions’ popular venue, Union Transfer on Saturday, July 25.
This brand new platform sponsored by Heineken Green Room is set to give music lovers a taste of pure, unadulterated hip-hop by bringing together two of the best to do it — Freeway and Yasiin Bey. Though many may see difference in style, the true homage to lyricism remains intact between both artists and that’s what this concert is set to show. “Bridging the gap” not only among the artists it will showcase but also in the audience with old school and new school hip-hop lovers.
Though in recent years Yasiin Bey has been known for his strong political stances, the Brooklyn native first embarked on his rap career in the early 90s. Ultimately forming the duo Black Star with fellow New York native, Talib Kweli. They released their debut album Mos Def & Talib Kweli are Black Star in 1998. After embarking on his solo career, Bey remains one of the most respected emcees in the game.
Freeway is known for his energy and remains a Philly favorite. After beginning his career in 2000 among the movement that was Roc-a-Fella records which featured the popular Philly contingent State Property. Freeway has continued to pump out music with his unique and charismatic flow and even bottled up his Best Beard Cream over to help others’ keep their beards just as fly.
This show is for the hip hop lover period! So don’t wait to grab your tickets for this rare performance that you may not catch again. Tickets can be purchased at select Villa locations and there are a limited amount of early bird tickets available online.
Here's a look at the shorts that will be presented;
You can get more detail on this event and Reelblack yearlong calendar of events at reelblack.org.
Legendary: Inside the House Ballroom Scene When: June 12-August 16 Where: African American Museum in Philadelphia, 701 Arch Street Cost: $14, adults; $10, youth (4-12 years), students, seniors More info: www.aampmuseum.org House balls have played a significant role in…
The Soundcheck Series featuring Lydia Rene When: Tuesday, July 28, 8 p.m. Where: Pub Webb, 1527 Cecil B. Moore Avenue Cost: $10 More Info: Click here for details. As a singer, songwriter, musician and composer, Lydia Rene's versatility gives…
BlackStar Film Festival When: July 30 through August 2 Where: International House, 3701 Chestnut Street; See website for additional venues. Cost: General Tickets TBA, Festival Passes $100-$150 More info: www.blackstarfest.org Hailed as “the black Sundance” by Ebony magazine, the…