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Philly! Once again, Veteran Freshman is back on the scene with a dope lineup of concerts featuring all of the artists that you've been dying to see. This fall, all of your favorite hip-hop, soul and R&B are out on the road and stopping through to show their Philadelphia fans some love.
As always Veteran Freshman has curated an epic selection of insanely talented performers, including Lauryn Hill, Common, Method Man, Jhene Aiko, SZA and more. You can check out the Veteran Freshman Presents schedule below. Also be sure to keep an eye on Philly 360's events section for all of your must-hit music, fashion and cultural events.
Friday, November 7, 8 p.m. | The TLA, 334 South Street | $25
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Rapper Joey Bada$$ is on the road with a sizable US tour — building hype for his soon-to-be-released project, B4DA$$. Joey has already released a few singles from the track to rave review and will land at The TLA on Friday, November 7.
Thursday, November 13, 8 p.m. | Electric Factory, 421 N. 7th Street | $42
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Rappers YG and A$AP Ferg are teaming up for a short run of tour dates in November. The "BestCoast Connection" Tour kick off on November 13 in Philadelphia at The Electric Factory.
Saturday, November 15, 8 p.m. | Electric Factory, 421 N. 7th Street | $72
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After taking a break from touring, 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 November 15 at the Electric Factory. Opening performance by rapper Talib Kweli.
Thursday, November 20, 8 p.m. | The Trocadero, 1003 Arch Street | $30
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B.o.B first landed on the scene during the “Dirty South” music movement of the late 2000s, but his official breakthrough came in 2010 when he dropped the chart-topping hit “Nothing on You.” Since then, B.o.B. has collabed with major headliners like Lil Wayne, Taylor Swift, Nicki Minaj, Chris Brown and Juicy J.
Friday, November 21, 8 p.m | Electric Factory, 421 N. 7th Street | $61
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Famed rapper 50 Cent lands at the Electric Factory later this month, along with the original members of his G-Unit crew. The group recently got back together and is on the road for a substantial US music tour.
Tuesday, November 25, 8 p.m. | The TLA, 334 South Street | $32
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Wu-Tang Clan members Method Man and Redman are legit music royalty. This month, the duo is hitting The TLA alongside fellow rappers B-Real of Cypress Hill, Berner, Mic Jenkins and more.
Monday, December 8, 8 p.m. | TLA, 334 South Street | $35
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Hip-hop artist and entertainment great, Common is heading out on tour this fall. He lands in Philadelphia on December 8 alongside of special guest Jay Electronica. His upcoming tour is in support of his latest project, Nobody’s Smiling, which released earlier this year.
Friday, December 5, 8 p.m. | Electric Factory, 421 N 7th Street | Tickets on sale 11/7
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Jhene Aiko is hitting Philly this month and she's bringing along a few special guests. Aiko just announced the Enter The Void tour with SZA and The Internet, which hits Philly in December.
Hailed as the “spiritual love child of Sade and D’Angelo” by Rolling Stone magazine, songstress Goapele is set to perform at World Cafe Live later this week. Since the 2001 release of her debut project Closer, the Berklee-trained singer/songwriter has entertained fans around the world with her honest music and undeniably soulful sound.
Last month, after successfully releasing her new single, "Hey Boy" featuring Snoop Dogg, Goapele dropped her third studio album Strong as Glass. In addition to appearances by Snoop Dogg and crooner Eric Benet, Goapele's recent 10-track project includes her signature ethereal music stylings, flawless vocals and her thoughtful, emotion-filled songwriting.
In a recent interview, the singer/songwriter was quoted saying,
“It's full of surprises and I hope my fans will enjoy this musical journey with me,” she previously said about the new album. “I sung my heart out on this project and I got to work with producers & writers that pushed me as an artist.”
Catch Goapele on Saturday, November 8 at World Cafe Live as she lands in Philadelphia with her Strong as Glass US music tour. Get there in time for the opening performance by Philadelphia’s own R&B/pop/folk vocalist Jade Alston.
Native Philadelphia singer/songwriter Ebony Joi has just released a hot new single, "Down, Down Baby." The sultry songstress teamed up with BJ the Chicago Kid for the soulful duet, which is smoothing out this week's Philly 360° Playlist with it's flawless vocals.
The ballad was produced by Corey Bernhard and Philly native Steve McKie with co-producers Adam Blackstone and Louis Fouche. We hear just a hint of “I’m Going Down” in the bass line, which was made popular by Queen of Hip-Hop Soul, Mary J. Blige. And Joi even sings in the vamp “I’m going down, cause you ain’t around.” We definitely love the old school feel with this new school twist.
Ebony Joi and BJ show great chemistry on the track — singing about where the love goes during the hardships of a relationship. Their voices are crisp and refreshing yet soulful and blend seamlessly with each other on the second half of the song.
This powerhouse vocalist began singing as a young girl. She was always on hand at the gigs of her mother and quickly fell in love with music. Ebony Joi went on to graduate from The Philadelphia High School for Creative and Performing Arts and attended the prestigious Berklee College of Music. There, she continued to hone her gift and has hit the floor running ever since.
Teaming up with super-producer Steve McKie, Ebony has been creating, writing and performing in and around the Philadelphia area. She has even backed up soul singer Bilal and continues to work on her solo artistry as well. Working to solidify her own solo project, Ebony has this to say about her upcoming music.
"It's not your typical radio safe project; it's an honest, real musician at heart with enough talent and hustle to stand up with the best!"
We’re looking forward to hearing more from Ebony Joi. Take a listen to “Down, Down Baby” below and let us know what you think in the comments!
What do you get when an entrepreneur meets art? Philadelphia-based alternative R&B singer Kriss Mincey has the answer. She created and curated Unleash the Beast, a three-part series that is all about the artrepreneneur.
With sounds by Wired 96.5, a performance by Kriss Mincey, a live interview by Sincerely Syreeta, visual and digital art by artists like Peopledelphia, this event is a must-hit for Saturday night. This is the final night of her Unleash the Beast series, so make sure you grab your tickets!
The Philadelphia fall 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. From jazz greats like Patti Austin and Branford Marsalis, to the acclaimed poetry of Philadelphia's own Ursula Rucker, the Annenberg is set to present an unstoppable season of programming once again.
You can visit www.annenbergcenter.org to view their full year of programs. To get you started, we've pulled together a few of the Annenberg's can't-miss shows below. Check out our top picks!
November 1, 8 p.m. | Zellerbach Theatre | $30-75 | Buy tickets here.
Patti Austin, the Grammy® award-winning vocalist, began her career at age four, and has wowed audiences ever since. Her 17 albums range from jazz to soul to R&B and her voice has graced the recordings of Quincy Jones, Luther Vandross, Bette Midler and Diana Ross. Austin’s stunning vocals continue to impress and electrify, making her a true artist whose creativity knows no limits.
November 16, 7 p.m. | Zellerbach Theatre | $30-75 | Buy tickets here.
Arturo Sandoval is the most prodigious Cuban trumpeter of his generation. A protege of legendary jazz master Dizzy Gillespie, Sandoval forged his own bold synthesis of bebop and Cuban styles, earning him 10 Grammy awards, six Billboard awards and one Emmy award along the way. He is known for his virtuoso technical ability and gravity-defying improvisational flights. Whenever Sandoval picks up his horn, expect that fireworks will follow.
January 15-17, Various Times | Zellerbach Theatre | $30 | Buy tickets here.
Contemporary dance meets theatre, performance art, opera, ballet …and drag! Rosie Herrera’s innovative ensemble makes its way from Miami’s vibrant arts scene to the Annenberg Center stage for its Philadelphia debut. A favorite at the prestigious American Dance Festival, this program includes Various Stages of Drowning: A Cabaret and Dining Alone.
January 23 & 24, 8 p.m. | Harold Prince Theatre | $30 | Buy tickets here.
A moving memoir told through a compilation of five solo contemporary dance performances. Choreographed and performed by local Philadelphia artist Amy Lynne Barr, the evening explores many aspects of what it really means to experience life: What is one capable of? What will one become? What is the meaning of all that surrounds us?
February 5, 7:30 p.m. | Zellerbach Theatre | $30-75 | Buy tickets here.
NEA Jazz Master, Grammy® award‐winning saxophonist and Tony® award nominee Branford Marsalis is one of the most revered instrumentalists today. Born into New Orleans’ most distinguished musical family, his life and career have intersected with a host of jazz giants including Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, Herbie Hancock and Sonny Rollins. Marsalis leads his quartet with the charisma and intensity of a living jazz legend.
March 28, 8 p.m. | Zellerbach Theatre | $30-75 | Buy tickets here.
Jazz violinist Regina Carter speaks to her generation and her ancestors. Her latest recording, Southern Comfort, pays homage to her grandfather’s roots and mixes blues, gospel, spiritual, folk and country music as they evolved with jazz, R&B and global influences. “Regina Carter creates music that is wonderfully listenable, probingly intelligent and, at times, breathtakingly daring…taking the listener into the future of jazz” (Time Magazine).
February 6 – 7, 8 p.m. | Harold Prince Theater | $30 | Buy tickets here.
Her art is for social change. 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. The wounded life of her mother informs the daughter, creating the artist and woman Rucker is today.
An immensely talented singer and songwriter, Jazmine Sullivan continues to tease us with new music from her upcoming album, The Reality Show. This week’s Philly 360° Playlist features an acoustic version of the single “Stupid Girl,” which is a track from the forthcoming project.
Keeping it all in the Philly family, the full version of “Stupid Girl” was produced by dynamic duo JoeLogic and Dilemma. Sullivan premiered the acoustic version of the track in New Orleans during Essence Festival in a barbershop full of men — and the NPR-shot video went viral. Very quickly covers of the song, sung by artist across the country, began appearing on the web, showing the full reach of Jazmine's soulful sounds.
The powerhouse singer belts a warning to women that get wrapped up in relationships, all the while being played by their counterparts. Sullivan warns that she has been there before and doesn’t want them to end up like her.
In addition to “Stupid Girl” we’ve seen Sullivan team up with Philly’s own Meek Mill for “Dumb” and she also recently released one of her staple power ballads “Forever Don’t Last.” After a considerable break from music after her sophomore LP Love Me Back, fans are anxiously awaiting a release date for her forthcoming project.
Though Sullivan is young, she's no stranger to the studio or the stage. Singing since she was a small child, Jazmine has always been the Philly girl with a big, undeniably soulful voice. Sullivan studied at the highly-recognized Philadelphia High School for Creative and Performing Arts (CAPA) — Alma Mater to popular Philly talents like Boyz II Men, Questlove, Bilal, MPrynt and GoGo Morrow, just to name a few.
Now on the verge of releasing her third project, it's clear that Jazmine Sullivan has come into her own as an artist. We're definitely looking forward to the upcoming LP, which is guaranteed to be full of life lessons learned, Jazmine's emotionally-charged storytelling, and of course that classic Philly voice that can't be denied.
Take a listen to the acoustic version of “Stupid Girl” below and let us know what you think!
This weekend, Dice Raw of The Roots is hitting the stage, headlining New Freedom Theatre's latest production, "The Last Jimmy." A hip-hop satire, "The Last Jimmy" tackles the emotionally-charged subject of mass incarceration of African-American males in the US. The hip-hop musical odyssey travels through the plight of the court experience of young African American males, and the American prison system expressed through song, music, and dance.
The production was written by Phillip Brown, includes original music and lyrics by Dice Raw of the Roots Crew and is directed by noted Philadelphia-based director, Ozzie Jones. Dice Raw’s highly-acclaimed concept album “Jimmy’s Back” is the centerpiece for this entertaining and thought-provoking production.
A popular and present artist on the Philadelphia music scene, Dice Raw raw's signature style of rap was first heard alongside Philly's famous hip-hop band, The Roots. Dice made his industry debut on the hit track "The Lesson, Pt. 1." And soon after, he made a name for himself with his distinct cameos on "Adrenaline" and "Lockdown," where his hard-hitting style worked perfectly alongside the heady rhymes of Roots frontman Black Thought.
Along with Dice Raw, the production features a stellar lineup of Philadelphia talents, and after each performance audience members are invited to stick around for a post-show talkback discussion. Each discussion will feature a panel of experts on the African American male experience in the criminal justice system.
Since 1966, New Freedom Theatre has trained generations of black creatives and presented productions that give voice to the African-American experience, and make it accessible for all. Certainly, "The Last Jimmy" is no exception. Don't miss this groundbreaking work featuring many of Philly's best talents on one stage.
Friday evening, legendary classical soprano superstar Kathleen Battle takes center stage at The Kimmel Center, singing songs in the tradition of African-American spirituals. In a moving evening of music, including popular music like 'Lord, How Come Me Here?' and 'He's Got the Whole World In His Hands,' Battle will take her audience on a journey through the spirituals and hymns that express the suffering, salvation, triumph and freedom of the African-American experience.
A 5-time Grammy winner, Battle's captivating soprano voice has made her one of the most-acclaimed artists in contemporary opera and classical music. She has performed with the New York Philharmonic, The Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Vienna Philharmonic, Jessye Norman, Luciano Pavarotti, and in every major opera house around the globe.
This Friday, Battle will be joined by Cyrus Chestnut on piano, Riza Printup on harp and The Philadelphia Heritage Chorale directed by choirmaster J. Donald Dumpson.
Guests are also invited to join The Kimmel Center for a free pre-show panel discussion on Philadelphia's connection and history with the Underground Railroad in the SEI Innovation Studio.
The panel discussion begins at 6:30 p.m. and will be moderated by Nick Taliaferro from WURD. Other panelists include Cornelia Swinson of Johnson House in Germantown; V. Chapman-Smith of National Archives and Records Administration; Rev. Dr. James Forbes; Rev. Tyler of Mother Bethel A.M.E. Church; and Author and historian Richard Newman of The Library Company of Philadelphia.
Come out to experience one of the world's finest voices, as Kathleen Battle effortlessly weaves black music and history together for an unforgettable night of music in The Kimmel Center's Verizon Hall. Grab your tickets now.
South Street’s Theater of Living Arts (TLA) is Philly's go-to venue to catch hot performances by national and local talents — of every genre. This Tuesday, October 21, the TLA welcomes the In Too Deep Tour featuring the popular emcee Ty Dolla $ign along with special guests Lil Bibby and West Philly’s own Beano.
The Taylor Gang Records signee is hitting the country in support of his new music. Ty released his debut extended play of his Beach House EP on Atlantic Records, which featured the popular single “Paranoid” featuring B.O.B. TY’s music is a mix between hip and the latest R&B styles. Hard beats and catchy hooks have gotten him noticed by fans and peers in the industry alike.
His second single was the DJ Mustard assisted “Or Nah” featuring Wiz Khalifa, which was remixed by Beano — making his appearance on the In Too Deep Tour right on time. Beano is gleaming off his very first single release “Let it Go” from his upcoming debut project. The single produced by Dilemma also has a remix featuring Philly’s own Chill Moody and has been making its way on the airwaves across the country.
Rounding out the lineup is Chicago native Lil Bibby. This summer Bibby released his latet mixtape to much acclaim. Both Ty and Bibby appeared on XXL’s coveted Freshman Class List in 2014 and have been making major moves with their music.
This is set to be a high energy show, full of dope lyrics. And, with Beano added to the set, there will be flawless vocals, guaranteed. You definitely won’t want to miss it, so make sure to grab your tickets now.
If you're like us, then you've been waiting for solo music from West Philadelphia singer/songwriter Beano. Although he's rocked many stages, on his own and alongside acts like Chill Moody, we have yet to see a solo project from the Philadelphia crooner. Well, it looks like the wait is over! Because this week, the Philly 360° playlist is back with Beano's first single “Let it Go.”
For this mid-tempo danceable, smooth track, Beano sings that his “phone is off” and he's heading out for a night with the boys after a bit of trouble at home. Reminiscent of the vibe of Usher’s “You Don’t Have to Call,” the song has a great feel and will have fans singing along instantly.
The track was done by Philly-based producer Dilemma, and samples LL Cool J’s “Mama Said Knock You Out” — which actually samples a number of older records including a James Brown hit. The break beat gives “Let it Go” a throwback sound with a new school twist.
Beano has been working quietly on his upcoming solo project after the debut of Who Do You Love … More?, a collaborative project alongside West Philly emcee Chill Moody and producer Hank McCoy. The trio performed the project at their exclusive event at Hard Rock Café in February. You can check out our video recap below.
It’s Beano's high energy and strong vocals that make the powerhouse performer a fan favorite. It’s evident that he has that special thing that stars are made of. From headlining his own shows to opening for big name acts like Musiq, The Dream and more — it’s only a matter of time before Beano becomes a household name.
Beano has been touring alongside R&B crooner Jaheim as a background singer. And this month, he will also open up for Ty Dolla $ign at the TLA. Be sure to get out and catch his live show and take a listen to “Let it Go” below. Let us know what you think.
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