Your guide to Philly's diverse creative scene, nightlife, music, food & more
Last weekend, Art Sanctuary opened the doors to its latest exhibition, ‘Works from the Stolen Dreams and Forbidden Fruit,’ with an opening reception for featured artist James Dupree.
Running through Saturday, April 25, ‘Works from the Stolen Dreams and Forbidden Fruit’ includes work that represents a creative turning point for Dupree. Blurring the boundaries between painting, collage, printmaking and draftsmanship, Dupree delves wholeheartedly into the realm of complete abstraction.
An accomplished artist, educator, and business owner, Dupree grew up just a few blocks from his Haverford Avenue studio. A Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts alumni, one the first black graduates of the University of Pennsylvania MFA program and a recent recipient of the UPenn Black Alumni Society's Living Legend Award, Dupree is – in many ways – an example of how Philadelphia’s art institutions have invested in artists of color through the years.
Dupree’s works are in the permanent collections of several museums including the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the African American Museum in Philadelphia, and the Schomburg Museum in Copenhagen, as well as in private collections of the Dave Matthews Band and Patti LaBelle.
With a commitment to promoting outstanding regional and national visual artists, Art Sanctuary opens its gallery doors to emerging and established artists, and provides a platform for them to connect with larger, diverse audiences, free of charge.
James Dupree presents “Works from the Stolen Dreams and Forbidden Fruit”
Where: Art Sanctuary, 628 S. 16th Street
When: Through Saturday, April 25
Gallery Hours: M, T, W, F: 10am – 4pm, TH: 10am – 7pm; Sat: 12- 4pm
More Info: artsanctuary.org
The hip-hop icons are taking a break from their regular gig as the houseband for The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon to kickoff summer by taking over Festival Pier in Philadelphia for the 8th annual Roots Picnic. So, when's it going down? Philly, lock in the date: Saturday, May 30.
The Legendary Roots Crew always deliver on a day and night packed with some of the illest performances and collabs. Year after year, The Roots handpick a major lineup of artists hitting multiple music genres. Who made the cut this year?
We spotted several industry heavyweights on this year's lineup, including The Weeknd, Erykah Badu, A$AP Rocky, Phantogram, DJ Mustard, Rae Sremmurd and more. And, always down to represent their hometown, The Roots have once again added in a few Philly talents to the lineup.
You can check out the full lineup below.
The 8th Annual Roots Picnic
When: Saturday, May 30
Where: Festival Pier at Penn's Landing, Columbus Boulevard & Spring Garden Street
Cost: TBA, tickets on sale Friday at noon.
More Info: rootspicnic.com
Watch our video from behind the scenes at last year's Roots Picnic.
The dynamic and talented Philly-born R&B group, MPrynt, just released their highly anticipated EP, What If Later Never Comes. And this week, the fellas — Rael, Budda, Tyce and Fah — and their sexy single are heating things up on Philly 360° Playlist.
The single, "If Later Never Comes," was produced by in-demand production duo Andrew “Pop” Wansel and Warren “Oak” Felder. The track is smooth, sultry and full of the group's signature flawless falsetto and killer vocals.
Positioned to be the next big name to come out of our city, MPrynt is full of Philly swag, personality — and yes they all can sing. Coming together under the banner of Starr Island Management, they are reminiscent of the iconic 90s groups that took harmonies and vocals to a whole other level, including Boys II Men, Jodeci, Dru Hill, and 112. It’s definitely only a matter of time before the guys garner their own spot in R&B stardom.
The new EP is packed with records, boasting 13 tracks including a live version of their single “Overnight.” The group is performing live and is set to take over the TLA on March 18 for the The Winners Circle III. The first concert date was postponed due to snow, but next Wednesday's production is sure to be absolute fire, and features fellow Philly artists Good Girl and Jeremy Isaac. You can watch our recap of Winner's Circle part deux, below.
Take a listen to “What If Later Never Comes” below and let us know what you think in the comments.
There's no doubt about it—West Philly emcee Chill Moody is a man about town. On any given day, you can catch Chill holding it down anywhere from City Hall to one of Philly’s many dope music venues. This Saturday, Chill is calling on all of his hometown friends and fam out to come out and help him celebrate “the big 3-0” at The TLA on South Street. Expect plenty of fun, food, drinks, and of course, live music.
Acclaimed jazz singer/songwriter Somi infuses contemporary soul and pop sounds with the musical traditions of Rwanda and Uganda to create a sound that’s all her own. Described as the perfect blend of the boldness of Nina Simone and the precise jazz vocals of Dianne Reeves, Somi lands at The Painted Bride for a stunning, unforgettable evening of music in Old City.
Experience Philly's premier poets, emcees, vocalists and comedians as they hit the World Cafe Live stage for The Return of The Harvest. The March showcase marks the six-year anniversary of this popular monthly open mic presented by Spoken Soul 215. Six years strong, this is definitely a can’t-miss event—you may even be inspired to step up to the mic too! #youneverknow
Step into The Winners Circle III with Philly’s freshest acts as they rock The TLA with a night of unstoppable music. Round three of this popular showcase features performances by a serious lineup of Philadelphia-born talents, including Motown recording artists MPrynt, girl group Good Girl and R&B/soul newcomer Jeremy Isaac.
One of Philly’s hottest emcees, Meek Mill is coming home this month. On Saturday, March 21, Meek hits the Wells Fargo Center with an epic homecoming concert featuring Rick Ross, DJ Khaled, Yo Gotti, Jadakiss and more. The Maybach Music Group recording artist and his crew will be laying it all out, hit after hit, for an arena-rocking night of hip-hop for Meek’s hometown fans.
Described by The Wall Street Journal as “a unique blend of classical music, hip-hop, electronic programming and soulful vocals reminiscent of neo-R&B stars like Erykah Badu,” New York-based flute duo Flutronix brings a special live music collab featuring Philly-based trombonist Ryan Matthews to World Cafe Live. Blending their unique flute sound with Matthews’ trombone-meets-electronica stylings, Flutronix is set to deliver another must-hit performance for fans, old and new.
Ms. Lauryn Hill’s 1998 debut album, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, sold more than 12 million copies, earning the singer/songwriter five GRAMMYs and the respect of fans from around the world. Now, Hill is back on the road connecting with fans and performing reimagined versions of the hit songs we all love. Catch Lauryn at The Keswick Theater in Glenside for or the Small Axe: Acoustic Performance Series.
Philly's own R&B/soul powerhouse Jazmine Sullivan is heading out on tour in support of her latest album, The Reality Show. The RCA recording artist will be tearing down the house at her SOLD OUT show at The TLA on March 10. Didn’t grab tickets before the show sold out? We’re hooking up one lucky fan with a pair of tickets. Enter by Friday, March 6 for a chance to win big.
Superstar entertainer, actor and native Philly funnyman Kevin Hart just announced a massive North American tour. The WHAT NOW? TOUR will take Hart to 45 cities throughout the U.S. and Canada, and of course his biggest show is in his hometown. Get the details on the August 30 show and watch our exclusive behind-the-scene footage of Kevin shopping sportswear hub Mitchell & Ness with Ice Cube.
Dice Raw of The Roots is hitting the stage again, headlining another run of his latest production, "The Last Jimmy." A hip-hop satire, "The Last Jimmy" is hip-hop musical odyssey that travels through the plight of young African American males through song and dance. Get more details.
Ben “Bananas” O’Neill built a name for himself by lending his flawless guitar skills to major music acts like Kanye West, Kid Cudi and Tye Tribbett. Now, O’Neill steps out into the forefront as a solo artists with his debut EP, Ghost and Green Shoots. Listen to the project now on the Philly 360° Playlist.
Are you ready to step back into the Winner’s Circle? This Thursday, March 5, the epic Philly showcase returns for round three featuring MPrynt, Good Girl, and Jeremy Isaac & The Hangover. And, it's all going down at uber-popular South Street music hub, The TLA.
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.
Deemed Philly's next "it-group" — Motown recording artists, MPrynt take harmony to another level. The guys, Tyce, Fah, Buddah and Rael, have been touring the country wowing fans with their live performances and YouTube covers of R&B classics with a new school Philly twist.
It’s been a minute since a solid girl group has emerged on the scene, but Good Girl is well on their way to changing this. Citing legendary groups like TLC, En Vogue, SWV and Destiny's Child as influences, Good Girl 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.
This is 100% another can't-miss production by Starr Island. So, grab your tickets now.
BriaMarie — a.k.a The Fresh Princess — is back on our radars with a brand new tune. From touring college campuses to recording new music, the recent Temple grad has been building a buzz and loyal following in the Philly, and beyond. Her brand new single “Tell the DJ” salutes DJ culture and is bringing the party straight to this week’s Philly 360° Playlist.
The latest track from the Ethical Music Entertainment signee, “Tell the DJ” boasts production creds by GRAMMY-nominated producers Carvin and Ivan, along with fellow Philadelphia producer Curt Chambers. With an undeniable vibe reminiscent of good house party, BriaMarie tells the DJ to turn the music up so they party all night long.
The perfect party track, "Tell the DJ" embodies a good time out and is a welcomed addition to the current music landscape. As an artist, BriaMarie infuses integrity in her music and is always stiving to help others and promote education with her platform.
A huge advocate for anti-bullying, BriaMarie works with campaigns like Ethical Music and Making a Difference along with the Philadelphia Eagles’ LeSean McCoy.
Showing many young artists how it’s done her video, “Bye Boy” has been featured on MTV and her singles “IDK” and “Celebrate” have been featured on VH1’s popular “Love and Hip Hop” series. It’s only a matter of time before BriaMarie becomes a household name.
She has even released her own sneaker — which is pretty dope accomplishment for an indie artist. Yes, BriaMarie is one to watch.
Bria Marie will perform her first headlining show at Relish restaurant in the West Oak Lane on Wednesday, March 18. This is a part of Pier Entertainment’s Up Close Live series which has featured many of the most talented artists in the Philly region. There will be two live sets from BriaMarie, 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. with a live interview with popular blogger and media personality Sincerely Syreeta.
Be sure to check out “Tell the DJ” below and let us know what you think about it in the comments! Support your local artists, this track is also available on iTunes.
Exactly, one year ago Philly 360° was front and center when a packed room of social and industry influencers gathered at sportswear hub Mitchell & Ness to celebrate NBA all-star Allen Iverson and the retirement of his iconic number 3 jersey.
The charismatic player, who so many have come to love, was presented with a proclamation from the City of Philadelphia officially declaring Saturday, March 1, 2014 as “Allen Iverson Day" in Philly. This Sunday marks the one year anniversary of AI Day. Watch our exclusive recap video for footage of the Mitchell & Ness event. Also, be sure to check out the photo slideshow, below.
Philly! The weekend is finally here and it's time to relax and shed the weekday stress —Philly style! To help you get your weekend party started, we've pulled together this list of six must-hit events that are going down in Philadelphia this weekend.
From art exhibits at Art Sanctuary and the Philadelphia Museum of Art, to concerts and parties with your Philly faves, including Rich Medina, DJ Jazzy Jeff, OCD: Moosh & Twist and more — this is your weekend intinerary courtesy of Philly 360°.
So, grab your crew, hit the streets and have some fun. Let's go!
Through February 28 | Art Sanctuary, 628 S. 16th Street | Cost: Free | MORE INFO
This weekend, Art Sanctuary — one of Philly's premier black art creative hubs — closes an exciting new exhibit featuring the work of Ivben Taqiy. 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.
Friday, February 27, 8 p.m. | The TLA, 334 South Street | $18 | MORE INFO
Since their first mixtape OCD has appeared continuously on syndicated industry media outlets such as FORBES, XXL, RESPECT MAG, ILLROOTS, HIPHOPDX, and many more. Today, Moosh & Twist can be seen touring the country and performing for their thousands of fans as headliners, performing at festivals, and opening for acts such as The White Panda, Hoodie Allen, Wale, and others. Catch the duo at South Street hotspot, The TLA, as they hold it down for their hometown fans.
Friday, February 27 [and every 4th Friday] | Trilogy, 601 Spring Garden Street | $10 | MORE INFO
This weekend, Flygirrl and GL Productions return with another dope concept. On Friday, February 27, all roads leads to Trilogy Nightclub for the next 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.
January 10, 2015 - April 5, 2015 | The Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway | $14-20 Admission | MORE INFO
This winter, the Philadelphia Museum of Art will present an exhibition highlighting its exceptional holdings of work by African American artists. Reflecting a broad range of stories, subjects, styles, mediums, and traditions, Represent: 200 Years of African American Art will include works by Horace Pippin, Jacob Lawrence, Alma Thomas, Martin Puryear, and Carrie Mae Weems, and many others.
Saturday, February 28, 9 p.m. - 2 a.m. | Johnny Brenda's, 1201 Frankford Avenue | $15 | MORE INFO
Jay Dee, known to many as J Dilla, will be forever hailed as one of the finest producers to ever walk the earth. Gone but never gotten — Philly will celebrate the influential rapper's music and life legacy with the return of Philly Loves J Dilla to popular NoLibs bar/music venue, Johnny Brenda's.
On February 29, the dopest DJ's from Philly, and beyond, wil gather at JB's for all-star Dilla tribute, featuring the one-and-only DJ Jazzy Jeff, along with DJ Mike Nyce. Also, holding the event down as host will be Jeff's rap protégé Dayne Jordan.
Sunday, March 1 | 6 p.m. |World Café Live, 3025 Walnut Street | $5 - 50 | MORE INFO
The 4th Annual Tri State Indie Music Awards returns and once again this year — it is bigger and better than ever. On Sunday, March 1 at World Café Live, the red carpet will be rolled out for all of the artists that are making waves in their respective genres. The room will be filled with Philly influencers and everything will be waiting to see who will go home with the prize.
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 turntablist extraordinaire Matthew Law, Philly's favorite hip-hop artist Chill Moody, the multifaceted singer/songwriter Jacqueline Constance, sultry jazz vocalist Laurin Talese, R&B throwback group Good Girl and many more.
West Philadelphia emcee Chill Moody is turning 30 and he's inviting the whole city to come and celebrate on March 7 at South Street hotspot, The TLA. Like every Chill Moody venture, this blowout bash will be a full on experience — complete with performances, food, and plenty of live Philly music, of course.
Chill's birthday concert is going to be full of can't-miss performances by rising stars including Beano, Ol’ Souls, Jacqueline Constance, DJ Ricochet, Kid Felix and more. Though every TLA concert is an unforgettable experience, guests can take their experience to the next level with a VIP pass. VIP ticket holders will be able to enjoy private balcony seating, catering by Drunken Sushi, a private bar, early entry meet-and-greet with Chill, and a gift bag!
The evening will of course be topped off with a headlining performance by the birthday boy — Mr. Chill Moody. If you've ever been to one of Chill's live shows, then you already know to expect a few surprises and a musically-charged, high-energy performance by Chill. The show has major partners including Philly’s one-stop-shop for authentic and fashionable sporting apparel, Mitchell & Ness, and Wired 96.5 Philly.
One of the most influential artists in the city, Chill Moody has been making major waves as usual. From his Phirst Tuesdays open mic series to interviews with All Def Digital and performing, he is showing independent artists how to move like they have a major label deal.
It’s only appropriate that Moody would celebrate where he is most comfortable – the stage. So make sure to grab your tickets early as they are sure to go fast. For the release of his RFM LP, Chill sold out the 800 seat venue, quickly. So, don’t say we didn’t warn you.
One of the most notable and anticipated comedy tours of the year, What Now? brings Hart home to Philadelphia for the biggest show on the tour – a stadium show at Lincoln Financial Field on Sunday, August 30. The Lincoln Financial Field show marks the first time a comedian has headlined a NFL football stadium. And, we're definitely Philly proud about this epic milestone for Hart's career!
One of the enertainment industry's biggest stars, Kevin Hart has come up through the ranks to be an undeniably influential entertainer and award-winning actor. In 2015, Hart will release two movies in addition to hitting the road for this tour. Kevin can currently be seen in The Wedding Ringer and in March 2015, he will star opposite Will Ferrell in Warner Bros. Pictures' Get Hard. Next year, Kevin will star in Ride Along 2, the anticipated sequel to last year’s $100 million blockbuster hit.
Kevin definitely gets his grind-hard mentality from his Philly roots, and all of his hard work has more than paid off. Tickets for the Philadelphia show go on sale Friday, February 20 — so make sure to grab your tickets early.
Also, be sure to check out our exlcusive with Kevin and Ice Cube, as they shopped Philly sportwear destination Mitchell & Ness. As always — Kevin Hart's got jokes for days.
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…
Jeff Bradshaw & Friends When: Tuesday, March 31, 8 p.m. Where: The TLA, 334 South Street Cost: $25 More Info: Buy tickets here. Philly native Jeff Bradshaw has toured the world playing alongside some of the industry’s biggest talents.…
The Pigeon Presents: The Philadelphia Poetry Slam When: Friday, April 3, 8:30 p.m. Where: PhilaMOCA, 531 N. 12th Street Cost: $15 VIP Reserved, $10 More Info: Click here for tickets. The Pigeon returns with the next edition of The…