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CONTEST: Win Tickets To See Jazmine Sullivan At The TLA On Tuesday, March 10

  • Posted By: Philly 360
  • February 12, 2015
    • Jazmine Sullivan
      • Jazmine Sullivan
      • Photo Credit: Courtesy of Jazmine Sulivan

Philly's own R&B/soul powerhouse Jazmine Sullivan is heading out on tour in support of her latest album, The Reality Show. The project has been getting major love around the country and includes fan favorites like “Mascara,” “Forever Don’t Last,” and “Stupid Girl" — which was produced by two of Philly music greats, JoeLogic and Dilemma.

With the release of her new album, it’s very clear that Jazmine is back and taking no prisoners. The RCA recording artist will be tearing down the house at South Street hotspot The TLA on Tuesday, March 10.

Want in on the concert? We know you do. Well, don't fret because Philly 360° has got you covered. We're giving one lucky fan a pair of tickets to Jazmine's upcoming show at the TLA. Enter below for a chance to win. Good luck!

Contest ends Friday, March 6 at noon. Click here for the official rules.

The Reality Show Tour Featuring Jazmine Sullivan

When: Tuesday, March 10, 8:30 PM
Where: Theater of Living Arts Lounge, 334 South Street
Cost: $40
More Info: Click here.

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TOP PICKS: Eight Must-Hit Shows In Philly Through March

  • Posted By: James Claiborne
  • February 12, 2015
    • Jazmine Sullivan
      • Jazmine Sullivan
      • Photo Credit: Courtesy of Jazmine Sulivan

Philly, there certainly will be no shortage of dope live music rocking our stages over the next few weeks. From heavyweight music veteran Lauryn Hill  to Philly-born sensations like Jazmine Sullivan and MPrynt — we've pulled together a list of ten can't-miss concerts hitting our town soon.

You can find all of the details on these shows below, and be sure to keep an eye on the Philly 360° events page for all of the city's hottest live music concerts, fashion events and creative happenings. Let's go!


Eight Must-Hit Shows in Philly Through March

    • Kindred the Family Soul - Fatin & Aja
      • Kindred the Family Soul - Fatin & Aja
      • Photo Credit: Courtesy of Kindred the Family Soul

1. Kindred The Family Soul

Thursday, February 19, 8 p.m | World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut Street | $35
Buy tickets here.

Born from the same turn-of-the-century Philadelphia neo-soul movement that birthed Jill Scott, the married duo Fatin Dantzler and Aja Graydon are Kindred the Family Soul.

Since first being discovered by Jill Scott at the Black Lily Film & Music Festival and signing to Hidden Beach Recordings, Kindred has toured the globe and continued to keep Philly soul on alive and on the map. Catch the duo at World Cafe Live for an incredible, undeniably Philly night of soul in University City.

 
    • ?uestlove on the drums, Black Thought on the mic
      • ?uestlove on the drums, Black Thought on the mic
      • Photo Credit: Photo by M. Edlow for GPTMC

2. GrassROOTS Community Foundation: 5th Annual Let’s Move It: Philly Party

Saturday, February 21, 9 PM | Trilogy, 601 Spring Garden Street | $20 and Up
Buy tickets here.

The brainchild of Philly legend and Roots crew member, Black Thought and Dr. Janice Johnson Diaz, the GrassROOTS Community Foundation is throwing their 5th Annual Let’s Move It: Philly Party! Saturday, Feb. 21 it all goes down at Trilogy Nightclub and all of Philadelphia, and beyond, is invited to come out and party for a purpose.

This year’s theme is all about the Philly Classics. From the music, to the food and entire, guests will get to enjoy a healthy dose of Philly nostalgia. On the ones and twos will be the legendary DJ Jazzy Jeff, along with Black Thought of The Roots and fellow turntable icon Rich Medina.

So grab a friend or two and a pair of your favorite Reebok Classics and head down to Trilogy for some amazing music, food and to help support a Philadelphia School. Dress is chic, whether heels or sneakers!

    • Luke James
      • Luke James
      • Photo Credit: Courtesy of Luke James

3. Luke James & B.J. The Chicago Kid

Thursday, February 26, 8 p.m. | Underground Arts, 1200 Callowhill Street | $25
Click here purchase tickets online. 

Following his deal with J Records and a 2006 single titled "My Turn," New Orleans native Luke James gained major attention as a songwriter and background vocalist. The soulful singer/songwriter lent his formidble writing skills to co-pen hits like Tank's "I Hate U," Charlie Wilson's "Love, Love, Love," Britney Spears' "Kill the Lights," Chris Brown's "Crawl," and Justin Bieber's "That Should Be Me," among others.

On Thursday, February 26, Luke James performs at Underground Arts in Philadelphia alongside industry newcomer B.J. The Chicago Kid — who is being hailed as one of the most explosive, yet mature, soulful artists/writers of our young generation.

    • OCD: Moosh & Twist
      • OCD: Moosh & Twist
      • Photo Credit: Courtesy of the artist

4. OCD: Moosh & Twist

Friday, February 27, 8 p.m. | The TLA, 334 South Street | $18
Click here to buy tickets online.

OCD: Moosh & Twist is made up of Philadelphia natives DeQuincy "Moosh" Coleman McRae and Oliver "Twist" Feighan. After bonding in first grade over the love of music and poetry, Moosh & Twist formed a group shortly after and the rest is history.

As independent hip-hop artists, OCD have amassed a devoted fan base which has resulted in over 100,000 mixtape downloads and over 12 million Youtube views. In 2014, OCD debuted their first EP, Living Out Loud, which reached top 5 on the iTunes Hip-Hop charts and was recognized as #1 on Billboard Magazine's Heatseeker's list.

Catch the duo at South Street hotspot, The TLA, as they hold it down for their hometown fans.

    • MPrynt
      • MPrynt
      • Photo Credit: M. Edlow for GPTMC/Philly 360°

5. MPrynt: Now Or Never Tour featuring Good Girl & Jeremy Isaac

Thursday, March 5, 7:30 p.m. | The TLA, 334 South Street | $15
Buy tickets online here. 

Motown recording artists MPrynt takes harmony to another level, wowing fans with their live performances and YouTube covers of R&B classics with a new school Philly twist. On March 5, the fellas — Tyce, Fah, Rael and Budda — return to The TLA to headline the latest Starr Island production. 

In addition to another show-stopping performance by MPrynt, the March showcase features performances by throwback all-lady group Good Girl and pop crooner Jeremy Isaac. We last caught all of these artists on stage together at The Winners Circle II. Check out our video recap for a look at how each of these artist hold it down for their Philadelphia fans. 

Tickets are on sale, so grab yours now!

    • Chill Moody at the Roots Picnic
      • Chill Moody at the Roots Picnic
      • Photo Credit: M. Edlow for GPTMC

6. Chill Moody's #30IsTheNew30

Saturday, March 7, 9 p.m | The TLA, 334 South Street | $20 General Admission / $40 VIP
Click here for tickets. 

There's no doubt about it. Philly DIY MC Chill Moody is a man about town. On any given day you can catch Chill holding it down on stage anywhere from City Hall to The TLA, and with each venture the popular Philadelphia hip-hop artist incorporates a new marketing twist to further his brand and the reach of his music.

On Saturday, March 7 the rapper celebrates another milestone — turning 30. On this night, Chill Moody is inviting his hometown friends and fam out to celebrate his big day like only Philly can. The party is going down at South Street hotspot, The TLA.

Stay tuned in for more details on this event, but you definitely won't want to grab your tickets. #buynow

    • Jazmine Sullivan
      • Jazmine Sullivan
      • Photo Credit: Courtesy of the artist

7. The Reality Show Tour Featuring Jazmine Sullivan - SOLD OUT!

This show is sold out, but click here to enter our contest!

Tuesday, March 10, 8:30 PM | Theater of Living Arts Lounge, 334 South Street | $40
Buy tickets online here.

Philly native and powerhouse vocalist Jazmine Sullivan is heading out on tour in support of her latest project, The Reality Show.The project has been getting major love around the country includes fan favorites like “Mascara,” “Forever Don’t Last,” and “Stupid Girl" — which was produced by two of Philly’s own, JoeLogic and Dilemma.

With the release of this new album, it’s very clear that Jazmine is back and taking no prisoners. The RCA recording artist will be tearing down the house at South Street hotspot, The TLAon Tuesday, March 10.

    • Lauryn Hill
      • Lauryn Hill
      • Photo Credit: Photo by Karl Ferguson

8. Ms. Lauryn Hill SMALL AXE: Acoustic Performance Series  

Saturday, March 28, 8 p.m. | Keswick Theatre, 291 N Keswick Ave, Glenside, PA 19038 | $56-125
Buy tickets here.

Lauryn Hill’s debut solo project, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, sold more than 12 million copies worldwide, earning the singer/songwriter five GRAMMYs, three American Music Awards, a Billboard Award, a Soul Train Award and an MTV Music Award.

Ms. Lauryn Hill is back on the road connecting with fans and performing reimagined renditions of the hits we’ve all fell in love with. You can catch Lauryn on Match 28 at The Keswick Theater in Glenside for the Small Axe: Acoustic Performance Series.

    • Meek Mill
      • Meek Mill
      • Photo Credit: Courtesy of Live Nation / Meek Mill

BONUS SHOW — Meek Mill The Welcome Back Concert

Saturday, March 21, 7 p.m. | The Wells Fargo Center, 3601 S Broad Street | $36-$95
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One of Philly’s hottest emcees, Meek Mill is coming home — and doing so in a big way! On Saturday, March 21, Meek lands at The Wells Fargo Center for a homecoming concert that is not to be missed.

The Maybach Music Group (MMG) superstar will be laying it all out, hit after hit, for all of his hometown fans. It’s been a long road for Meek — chasing his dream, the rapper made his way from the streets of North Philadelphia to achieving international national stardom, performing around the globe.

Meek Mill shows are notorious for being raw and full of high-energy, from both Mill and his fans. You'll definitey want to check this one. Opening performances by Rick Ross, DJ Khaled, Yo Gotti, Jadakiss and more.


Party With A Purpose With Black Thought, DJ Jazzy Jeff & Rich Medina At The GrassROOTS' Let's Move It: Philly Party - Saturday, February 21

  • Posted By: Ashley Coleman
  • February 11, 2015
    • Philly 360° Creative Ambassadors Tariq "Black Thought" Trotter
      • Philly 360° Creative Ambassadors Tariq "Black Thought" Trotter
      • Photo Credit: Courtesy of the artists

The brainchild of Philly legend and Roots crew member, Black Thought and Dr. Janice Johnson Diaz, the GrassROOTS Community Foundation is throwing their 5th Annual Let’s Move It: Philly Party! Saturday, Feb. 21 it all goes down at Trilogy Nightclub and all of Philadelphia, and beyond, is invited to come out and party for a purpose.

The GrassROOTS Community Foundation partners with community-based organizations that aid disadvantaged women and girls. Their programming helps contribute to the health and well-being of these women and girls through events, workshops, and health programming. Forward thinkers in helping disadvantaged communities get ahead, GrassROOTS pairs a little bit of fun with important purpose for their annual Let’s Move It fundraising event.  

This year’s theme is all about the Philly Classics. From the music, to the food and entire, guests will get to enjoy a healthy dose of Philly nostalgia. On the ones and twos will be the legendary DJ Jazzy Jeff, along with Black Thought of The Roots and fellow turntable icon Rich Medina.

Guests will get to enjoy mini cheesesteaks and pretzels, as well as signature Philly drinks. To top it off, you can receive reduced admission for rocking Reebok Classics. If you are interested in the VIP experience, then you can snap an official photo with both Black Thought and DJ Jazzy Jeff, while enjoying bottle service.

And, it’s all for a great cause. This year's event will help support Lingelbach Elementary School in Germantown, which will use the funds at the start of the school year to conduct creative programming. A school was in need, and GrassROOTS is stepping up to the plate.

So grab a friend or two and a pair of your favorite Reebok Classics and head down to Trilogy for some amazing music, food and to help support a Philadelphia School. Dress is chic, whether heels or sneakers!


GrassROOTS Community Foundation: 5th Annual Let’s Move It: Philly Party
When: Saturday, February 21, 9 PM
Where: Trilogy, 601 Spring Garden Street
Cost: $20 and Up
More Info: Click here.


The Recording Academy Philadelphia Chapter Hosts The Next Edition Of 'In the Mix' At The Hard Rock Café - Monday, February 16

  • Posted By: Ashley Coleman
  • February 10, 2015
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      • Recording Academy Brunch
      • Photo Credit: Photo by D. McDowell for GPTMC/Philly 360°
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      • Recording Academy Brunch
      • Photo Credit: Photo by D. McDowell for GPTMC/Philly 360°
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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.

Come out for an exciting night of networking and live music. Happy hour specials and appetizers will be available! RSVP required.

 

In the Mix
When: Monday, February 16
Where: Hard Rock Café, 12th and Market Streets  
Cost: Free with RSVP, .
More Info: Click here.


Watch our exclusive recap of The Recording Academy's Generation Next Brunch at the Hard Rock Cafe. 


Philly 360° Playlist: Suzann Christine Drops Sultry New Single "21"

  • Posted By: Ashley Coleman
  • February 9, 2015
    • Suzann Christine
      • Suzann Christine
      • Photo Credit: Courtesy of the artists

Philly singer/songwriter Suzann Christine is back on the scene with her new sultry ballad, “21.” The popular songstress consistently brings the heats, and this week she's warming up the next edition of the Philly 360° Playlist.

The R&B track was produced by Ryan Perry and gives us a slow, seductive flavor, which is definitely a welcomed addition to the current music landscape. Christine’s vocals are always crisp and on point, while the production serves as the perfect background for her distinctive tone. In her lane as a strong voice for women, Christine explores a love that has her in hot pursuit.

The new single “21” will be featured on her upcoming project entitled Save Me. With such a pure voice, Christine easily navigates a lot of different sounds. From songs like “Closed Casket” to the guitar-driven “Just Wanna Live,” Suzann always is ready to show off her versatility as an artist. And from what we'ver heard already, we’re sure the upcoming project will certainly not be short on variety.

Christine decided to go full time into her craft about 2-3 years ago after working a job that just didn’t seem to fit. Since making that decision, it’s clear to see this is where she belongs. She has been featured on tracks with some Philly favorites like Freeway and Chill Moody as well as opening for the likes of Musiq Soulchild, Rick Ross, Ryan Leslie and many more.

Most recently, Christine hosted an amazing Whitney Houston tribute at Philadelphia soulfood joint and music venue Warmdaddy’s — where the “21” singer as well as other featured acts covered the classics from the late singer. From performing live and recording to serving as the Executive Director of her non-profit, SCH Capa, Christine is a artist that wears many different hats. A renaissance woman in the making, we look forward to watching her career continue to grow.

Check out a snippet of the single below and head to iTunes to support your local artists. Let us know what you think of the new tune in the comments below!


TEDxPhiladelphia Returns To The Temple Performing Arts Center - Thursday, June 11

  • Posted By: Philly 360
  • February 9, 2015
    • TedXPhiladelphia
      • TedXPhiladelphia
      • Photo Credit: Courtesy of Ted X

The month of June may feel light years away, but now is the time to make some movies if you want to participate in TEDxPhiladelphia 2015

On Thursday, June 11, some of the brightest minds in Philadelphia will come together to produce TEDxPhiladelphia, a daylong, multidisciplinary conference with a city-wide focus at Temple Performing Arts Center, located on Temple University’s campus on North Broad Street.

TEDxPhiladelphia will spotlight talented members of Philadelphia’s creative community through talks, performances and exhibitions — all centered around the 2015 conference theme And Justice for All.

For those unfamiliar with TED, it’s a global organization devoted to “ideas worth spreading.” TED (which stands for technology, entertainment and design) began in 1984 as a collaborative conference, and has since expanded to support two annual conferences, an ongoing series of TED Talks, TED Conversations, an annual TED Prize, and TEDx programs.

In Philadelphia, 2015 TEDx programming will zero in on the final words of the Pledge of Allegiance to broadly explore how Philadelphia can better embrace the idea of justice. How that theme manifests onstage during the conference is up to the talented speakers. 

The 2015 speakers have yet to be chosen, so there’s still time to nominate a TEDxPhiladelphia speaker. Each speaker has 18 minutes to compel audiences with an influential presentation, and topics can run the gamut from healthcare to food to social justice.

Whether you want to nominate yourself, a colleague or just someone you admire, check out the online nominations form right here. Nominations close at midnight this Friday, February 6.

Tickets to the June conference, starting at $75, are now on sale, and include the full-day of talks, plus snacks, lunch and a post-event reception. Plus, there is a “pay-it-forward” ticket options, $150, which includes two general admission tickets – one for you and one for a scholarship recipient.

If the $75 price tag is beyond your reach, check out the scholarship opportunities for free or reduced admission to attend.

We recommend scooping up tickets right now, as the event is sure to sell out. 

Curious to learn more about TEDx events and TED Talks? Check out the video below. 

And stay tuned for more on what promises to be another inspiring summit of Philadelphia minds.


TEDxPhiladelphia 2015
When: Thursday, June 11; Ticket now on sale
Where: Temple Performing Arts Center, 1837 N. Broad Street
Cost: Ticket prices vary; General admission, $75
More info: www.tedxphiladelphia.org


Must-See: The Franklin Institute Presents The Art of The Brick, The World’s Largest Display Of LEGO Art — February 7 - September 6

  • Posted By: Philly 360
  • February 6, 2015
    • The exhibition features both original works and scaled reproductions of masterworks, including the Mona Lisa.
      • The exhibition features both original works and scaled reproductions of masterworks, including the Mona Lisa.
      • Photo Credit: Photo courtesy The Franklin Institute

Calling all LEGO fans! 

Anyone who has enjoyed clicking two LEGO bricks together — which is basically everyone, right? — should make it a point to check out The Franklin Institute's latest special exhibition, The Art of the Brick.

Opening Saturday, February 7, The Franklin Institute will unveil the world’s largest display of LEGO art in a traveling exhibition making its Philadelphia debut.

The Art of the Brick displays more than 100 works all made completely of LEGOs — from recreations of masterworks like Van Gogh’s Starry Night and Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa to original works of LEGO sculpture, including a 20- foot-long T-Rex dinosaur skeleton. 

Don’t miss this incredible display of creativity. Read more below. 

    • Massive sculptures made with thousands of LEGO bricks make up the sculpture garden of The Art of the Brick exhibition.
      • Massive sculptures made with thousands of LEGO bricks make up the sculpture garden of The Art of the Brick exhibition.
      • Photo Credit: Photo courtesy The Franklin Institute

The Exhibition

In a show that’s a tribute to artistic ingenuity, The Art of the Brick showcases more than 100 works created entirely from LEGOs by contemporary artist Nathan Sawaya. 

Sawaya is the first artist ever to create an exhibition of LEGO art — that is, using LEGO bricks as the artistic medium — and his work has traveled around the world for the past seven years.

In Philadelphia, the exhibition takes on several new components, including a practically life-sized Liberty Bell created by Sawaya exclusively for Philadelphia. 

Broken out by type of LEGO artwork, guests can wander through galleries of LEGO re-creations of acclaimed artworks, 3-D classic sculptures (look out for Rodin’s The Thinker,) in addition to a 20-foot long LEGO T-Rex, original works of pop-art style pieces by Sawaya and much more.

Each work is made up of anywhere from a couple hundred to tens of thousands of LEGO bricks, and it’s fascinating to check out the gallery notes to see just how many LEGOs went in to the creation of each piece. 

At the end of the exhibit, guests can leave their mark on the show by signing a LEGO brick and adding it to the Philadelphia LEGO wall of art.

 

The Art of The Brick at The Franklin Institute
When: February 7-September 6
Where: The Franklin Institute, 222 N. 20th Street
Cost: Daytime, $29.50 for adults, $25.50 for children; After 5 p.m., $19.50 for adults, $15.50 for children; Members, $10 for adults, $8 for children
More info: www.fi.edu


A version of this post originally appeared on our sister site, Uwishunu.com,  Philly's go-to blog for everything fun & exciting happening in & around the city — restaurants, bars, events, festivals, arts, music, hotels & more. 

This Weekend: Philly Poet Ursula Rucker Performs At The Annenberg - February 6 & 7

  • Posted By: Philly 360
  • February 5, 2015
    • Ursula Rucker
      • Ursula Rucker
      • Photo Credit: Courtesy of the artist

The Philadelphia arts season is in full swing and the Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts is bringing a phenomenal lineup of internationally renowned talent our way.

Anchored in the popular West Philadelphia neighborhood of the University City, the Annenberg produces a full year of rich music and cultural programming on the campus of University of Pennsylvania.

On February 6 to 7, Philadelphia-born poet, activist and recording artist Ursula Rucker bares heart and soul through poetry. My Father’s Daughter is a live, epic poem accompanied by music and video imagery that tells Rucker’s painful but victorious survival story.

Ursula, a pillar of the Philly creative community, has collaborated with some of music's most sophisticated talents, including the Silent Poets, King Britt, Josh Wink and The Roots. She honed her powerful spoken wordplay right here on the Philadelphia soul, hip-hop, and jazz scenes and continues to use her voice to spread positive message around the globe. 

Combining social awareness with womanhood, black culture and an undeniable sense of musicality, Rucker's upcoming show at The Annenberg is a not-to-be-missed affair. Grab your tickets now!

 

Ursula Rucker 
When: February 6 – 7, 8 p.m.
Where: Annenberg Center, Harold Prince Theater, 3680 Walnut Street
Cost: $30
More Info: Buy tickets here.


Philly's Own Jazmine Sullivan Hits The TLA With The Reality Show Tour - Tuesday, March 10

  • Posted By: Ashley Coleman
  • February 5, 2015
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      • Photo Credit: Courtesy of the artist
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Philly native and powerhouse vocalist Jazmine Sullivan is heading out on tour in support of her latest project, The Reality Show. The RCA recording artist will be tearing down the house at South Street hotspot, The TLAon Tuesday, March 10.

After a hiatus from the music industry, fans have anxiously awaited the follow-up to Sullivan’s sophomore project Love Me Back, which released in 2010. And with the release of this new album, it’s very clear that she is back and taking no prisoners.

The project has been getting major love around the country and definitely shows major growth in Sullivan’s songwriting and her forever flawless vocals. The boundary pushing project has yielded fan favorites like “Mascara,” “Forever Don’t Last,” and “Stupid Girl" — which was produced by two of Philly’s own, JoeLogic and Dilemma. Another standout track, “Masterpiece,” was produced by Philly heavy-hitter, Ant Bell.

Sullivan told Billboard that she knew it was time to come back after four years because she simply felt like she had a story to share. Very evident in the extensive lyrical content of the album. Each song tells the tale of a character. Some we are sure are entangled in Sullivan’s personal experience and others maybe from a bit of reality show culture. Either way, it seems she has a lot to say with her new music.

Though Sullivan has done spot dates all over prior to the release of the album, this March 10 show at The TLA will be a homecoming of sorts. She has yet to do a major show here with the new material, so it’s bound to be an extremely special evening for Jazmine and her home town fans. The tour is set for 12 cities across the country. Tickets for The TLA show will go on sell this Friday, February 6.

Trust us —  this show will sell out, so grab your tickets now. We repeat, grab your tickets now. #truestory

Also, let us know if you've checked out Reality Show. What songs are you looking forward to hearing live? Tell us in the comments below. 


The Reality Show Tour Featuring Jazmine Sullivan
When: Tuesday, March 10, 8:30 PM
Where: Theater of Living Arts Lounge, 334 South Street
Cost: $40
More Info: Click here.

 

February Must-Hit List: Black Thought, DJ Jazzy Jeff, Rich Medina, OCD: Moosh & Twist, Ursula Rucker, Laurin Talese & More

  • Posted By: James Claiborne
  • February 5, 2015
    • Philly 360° Creative Ambassadors Tariq "Black Thought" Trotter
      • Philly 360° Creative Ambassadors Tariq "Black Thought" Trotter
      • Photo Credit: Courtesy of the artists

Featured Events

Ursula Rucker — Friday, February 6 & Saturday, February 7

On February 6 and 7, Philadelphia-born poet, activist and recording artist Ursula Rucker bares heart and soul through poetry at The Annenberg Center in University City. Her two-night engagement, dubbed My Father’s Daughter, is a live, epic poem accompanied by music and video imagery that tells Rucker’s emotionally-charged story of survival and victory. MORE INFO

Valentine’s Suite Featuring Laurin Talese — Wednesday, February 11

Philly-based jazz vocalist Laurin Talese first appeared on the scene lending her sweet background vocals to some of Philly's top R&B/Soul artists, including Bilal, Jaguar Wright and Vivian Green. On February 11, Laurin brings her jazz stylings back to The Kimmel Center for a special Valentine’s Day edition of their free, monthly jam session a.k.a. Sittin' In. MORE INFO

    • Mali Music
      • Mali Music
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Mali Music - Wednesday, February 11

GRAMMY-nominated artist Mali Music is one of the hottest names to emerge from the underground music scene this year. His latest album Mali has garnered the attention of fans and industry veterans alike for effortlessly blending rap, poetry, blues and soul to create his undeniable signature sound. This month, the buzz-worthy singer/songwriter lands in Philadelphia for a night of unstoppable music at World Café Live on February 11. MORE INFO

Kindred The Family Soul — Thursday, February 19

Born from the same Philadelphia neo-soul movement that birthed Jill Scott, the married duo Fatin Dantzler and Aja Graydon are Kindred the Family Soul. The pair signed to Hidden Beach Recordings and released their debut record Surrender to Love in 2003. The critically acclaimed album,  which included the popular songs "Stars" and "Far Away," earned Kindred a nomination for a Soul Train Music Award in 2004. Catch the duo at World Cafe Live for an incredible, undeniably Philly night of soul in University City. MORE INFO

    • Luke James
      • Luke James
      • Photo Credit: Courtesy of Luke James

GrassROOTS Presents Let’s Move It: The Philly Party — Saturday, February 21

Philly do-gooders: Looking for your next dope party with a purpose? Join Black Thought of The Roots on February 21 as he hosts the 5th Annual Let's Move It Philly Party at Trilogy Nightclub. Keeping with this year’s theme, Philly Classics, The Roots frontman has enlisted fellow Philadelphia music icons DJ Jazzy Jeff and Rich Medina to hold down the party playlist. And, there will be plenty of signature Philadelphia bites and cocktails to go around. Grab your tickets now, because  you won't want to miss this chance to pay it forward and party like only Philly can. MORE INFO

Luke James & B.J. The Chicago Kid — Thursday, February 26

Luke James first gained major attention as a background vocalist and songwriter—lending his impressive skills to co-pen hit songs, including Tank's "I Hate U," Britney Spears' "Kill the Lights," and "Crawl " by Chris Brown, to name a few. Now signed to Mercury Records and riding high off since the release of his self-titled debut album, Luke James is returning to Philly, this time to perform at Underground Arts alongside industry R&B/pop newcomer B.J. The Chicago Kid. MORE INFO

OCD: Moosh & Twist — Friday, February 27

OCD: Moosh & Twist is made up of Philadelphia natives DeQuincy "Moosh" Coleman McRae and Oliver "Twist" Feighan. After meeting in first grade and then bonding over their mutual love of music and poetry, Moosh & Twist formed a group—and the rest is history. Now, popular DIY, indie hip-hop artists, OCD has built a devoted following of fans and boasts over 100,000 mixtape downloads and 12 million YouTube views. The pair even landed a headlining gig during last year’s Forbes’ Under 30 Festival alongside fellow rapper Wiz Khalifa. Catch the duo at South Street hotspot The TLA as they hold it down for their hometown crew. MORE INFO

 

    • Julian King
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Philly 360° Spotlights

In The Mix

On February 16, The Recording Academy® Philadelphia Chapter returns with the next edition of In the Mix at the Hard Rock Cafe Philadelphia. The quarterly networking mixer is geared towards the next gen of music makers and moguls and boasts the attendance by some of the city's most recognized talents, and buzz-worthy newcomers. Hosted by Bruce Warren of WXPN, In The Mix features music by former Master of the Mix contestant DJ Royale and is free and open to all levels of music industry professionals. Get the details here.

Playlist: Julian King Drops “No Strings”

Philly, get to know Julian King. If you haven’t heard of this rising industry star—take note, because this Philly native set to become a household name in no time. A singer, songwriter and talented dancer, this R&B/pop newcomer is ready to take over, and we’re featuring his new single, “No Strings,” on the Philly 360° Playlist. Listen to the track here.

What’s Good In My ‘Hood: Melissa Alam, Old City

Melissa Alam is one of Philly’s many young, savvy hustlers on the rise. In addition to holding down her own women’s lifestyle website, Femme & Fortune, Melissa works out of The Hive, a co-working space she founded for female entrepreneurs. For this edition of Philly 360°’s WGMH, Melissa gives us the deets on why she loves to work, live and play in the popular neighborhood of Old City. Get to know her and her neighborhood here.

Top Picks: Black History Month 2015

Since Philly’s earliest days, African-American culture has played an influential role in shaping our city’s unique color and personality. This February, Philadelphia continues to celebrate this rich heritage with a host of Black History Month events, exhibitions, concerts, film screenings and more. Still making plans? Check out our top picks.


Represent: 200 Years Of African American Art - January 10 - April 5, 2015

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…

As We See It: Selected Works from the Petrucci Family Foundation Collection of African American Art - Through March 21

As We See It: Selected Works from the Petrucci Family Foundation Collection of African American Art When: February 5 - March 21, 2015 Where: The African American Museum in Philadelphia, 701 Arch Street Cost: Museum Admission, $10-14 | Free…

Phirst Tuesday - Tuesday, March 3

PHirst Tuesdays When: Tuesday, March 3, 7 p.m. Where: Bourbon & Branch, 705 N. 2nd Street Cost: $5 More Info: Click here to RSVP. #NiceThings is back with the next edition of the PHirst Tuesday Jam Session at Northern…