Your guide to Philly's diverse creative scene, nightlife, music, food & more
Khari Mateen has had a whirlwind year. From touring with Cody Simpson and RJD2 to releasing new music, it seems that Mateen is on a quick ascension to the forefront of the industry as a solo artist. His latest release, “Wanting More,” is next up on the Philly 360 Playlist.
The ethereal, drum-driven track is sultry and sexy with Mateen’s reverbed voice fitting right into the groove. The drums are hypnotic, creating a groove that gets you rocking straight from the start. “I just want to get you all alone, maybe we can get to know each other baby,” He sings. Mateen sets the tone and keeps his listeners there until the end.
Mateen has been a musician since a very young age. A classically trained cellist, he began producing for artists like The Roots and even had a tenure in the group Nouveau Riche alongside Dice Raw and Nikki Jean. He's collaborated with tons of artists including Jill Scott, Tye Tribbett, The Money Making Jam Boys and more. But, there comes a certain time for an artist to step out on their own.
By 2011, Mateen began releasing his own records and building a fan base for his artistry. Mateen dropped Khari (EP) that year and followed up with his debut independent album Waiting for Sunrise in 2012.
His self-written and produced EP, Qualia: Fall, garnered a lot of attention, especially the single “Where Did They Go.” The popular song is a tribute to fallen soldiers and is geared towards bringing more awareness to those struggling with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
A composer, multi-instrumentalist, artist and more, when it comes to music — there isn't much that Mateen can't do. He recently scored the film that profiled Martin Luther King High School here in Philadelphia entitled, “We Are King.”
Mateen never stops creating, even when he's busy touring the globe performing. We’re looking forward to what he comes up with next.
In the meantime, check out “Wanting More” below!
Fall is officially here. And as always, it's bringing with it a ton of new store openings. From the recent open of contemporary clothing store, VINCE, on 17th and Walnut Street, to the coming attraction of designer department stores like Uniqlo, which opens this week, Philly is buzzing with new retailers.
And if you’ve been following, the swell of retail activity over the past few years have been rapidly picking up the pace. Over the past year, stores such as Stuart Weitzman, Camper, Madewell, Theory, and Ulta have impacted the Center City shopping experience.
In essence, Philly has had over 30 new stores of all sort that have opened, including nationwide chains, independent men’s and women’s boutiques, jewelry and shoe stores, and more. It also helps that Philly (along with the rest of PA) is tax-free when it comes to clothing; which is all the more reason to indulge shopping in the city.
So, to stock up on fall wardrobe essentials, we’ve compiled a few new spots that will open their doors this fall. Check them out below!
Opening: October 3, 2014
Location: 1608 Chestnut Street
In addition to opening three stores (there’s one in King of Prussia Mall and another in Willow Grove Park Mall), Uniqlo, the international clothing retailer for high quality casual wear, will on Chestnut Street in Center City this fall. That means more options for crisp denim for the win! www.uniqlo.com/us
Opening: Opening this fall
Location: 17th and Walnut Street
We, Philadelphians have a special affinity for ‘timbs (affectionately shortened for Timberland boots). So it makes sense that a Philly Timberland flagship store will open in the heart of the city. Get ready to stock up on boots for the winter, when Timberland opens close to Stuart Weitzman on the 17th hundred block of Walnut Street. shop.timberland.com
Opening: October 2014
Location: 8th and Market Street
For ages, the popular NY based designer discount store has served fashionistas well stocking up on exclusive finds from designers such as Dolce & Gabbana and Prada. Now, the Philadelphia Century 21 will be the chain’s ninth location in the country and the first outside the NY metropolitan area. What’s even better? The 100,000 sq. foot store will occupy the former Strawbridge’s location at 8th and Market East (just blocks away from the new Jefferson Station). www.c21stores.com
Opening: It’s already opened!
Location: 1701 Walnut Street
The contemporary clothing line known for its knitwear and a solid assortment of basics has already invaded center city and word has it, it’s a crowd pleaser. Stop by before all those cool knit sweaters are sold out! www.vince.com
Opening: October 24, 2014
Location: 1700 Chestnut Street
Inhabiting the home that was Daffy’s on 1700 Chestnut Street, Nordstrom Rack will make its debut toward the end of October. What’s there to get excited about? Similar to Century 21, there will be designer styles with deep discounts. Alas, Nordstrom also has a pretty impressive plus size collection that features fabulous steals from designers like Vince Camuto, Calvin Klein, and MICHAEL Michael Kors. www.nordstromrack.com
Opening: It’s already opened!
Location: 1427 Walnut Street
Opening in the space that was once inhabited by Center City’s M.A.C. store, Goorin Brothers has recently set up shop. The 119 year old American hat haberdashery has opened near Broad and Walnut adding a rustic hipster vibe to the always trendy neighborhood. www.goorin.com
Opening: Opening this fall
Location: 1708 Walnut Street
The beloved skater’s shoe paradise will make Philly its home this fall. Originally scheduled to open this spring and taking over the street level to Jacque Ferber’s furs, Vans plans to open sometime mid-fall. We can already see sneakerheads lined up for Vans’ latest line of tropical inspired kicks. www.vans.com
Opening: November 13, 2014
Location: 1705 Walnut Street
Across the street from new Vans store, Michael Kors will be arriving to the center city district come November. Also, taking over another establishment (remember, Burberry was there for a minute), the store will be multileveled and will feature a lot of the label’s signature items. So, if you’re interested in stocking up on Kor’s envious MK logo wrapped goods, the Philly store will be here in no time. www.michaelkors.com
Nas is hitting the road for a U.S. tour. He’ll perform music from the project that launched his career, Time is Illmatic—widely embraced as one of the most influential albums in hip-hop. This highly anticipated tour coincides with the release of the legendary rapper’s Tribeca Film documentary, Nas: Time Is Illmatic. Philly hip-hop fans can catch him at The Keswick Theater.
DesignPhiladelphia returns, taking over a host of Philly venues and creative spaces this October. Now in its 10th year, the festival has grown into one of the largest of its kind, presenting 120 exhibitions, open studio tours, talks and workshops, plus 400 of the city’s brightest creative professionals.
This month’s installment of the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s popular Friday night mixer, Art After 5, promises to be an unforgettable sonic journey, laced with the sweet rhythms of Afropop music. DJ Rahsaan starts the evening with the latest hits from Ghana and beyond, and multi-instrumentalist Kinobe—hailed as the new voice of Ugandan music—closes the night out with an intimate set of world music.
Music all-stars Afrojack, Wiz Khalifa, LP and OCD: Moosh & Twist land in Philly this month to headline the Forbes Under 30 Music Festival. Held at The Piazza in Northern Liberties, the festival kicks off Forbes’ Under 30 Summit, which will host 1,000 of the country’s leading young entrepreneurs for three days of panels, TED-style presentations and Shark Tank-style pitch contests.
After spending months on the road touring with industry heavyweights such as Justin Timberlake, Philly’s favorite music transplant, Aaron Camper, is back in town and performing at West Oak Lane soul food joint Relish. The next edition of Up-Close Live features two full sets of music by Camper and a live interview with Philly-based blogger and Ebony contributor Sincerely Syreeta.
Calling all the lovers: Still riding high off the release of her latest album Friends & Lovers, R&B songstress Marsha Ambrosius is set to hit The TLA on South Street for an incredible night of Philly soul. If you’re jonesin’ for Marsha’s killer vocals, sultry music and “keep-it-trill” commentary on life and love, we suggest you grab tickets now.
The night before MIA hit the Parkway with headliners Pharrell and Kanye West, a concert/party of epic proportions went down at Voltage Lounge. A BASSic Black Entertainment–X Kontraband 215 mashup, PhillyMade featured an incredible roster of talent including West Philly emcee Chill Moody, singer/songwriter Aaron Camper, Kontraband 215 front man Scoop, and hip-hop great Common. Watch our recap video.
Each month, Philly 360° showcases a creative from a trendy neighborhood in Philly. We recently linked up with graphic artist and nightlife connoisseur Jake Weaver of Northern Liberties—also referred to as “NoLibs” by locals. From vintage sneaker consignment shop Sole Patrol to his favorite burger joint PYT, Jake gives us an insider’s look at his ’hood. Get details here.
For the next edition of the Philly° 360 Style Guide, we're focusing our attention on a special group of stylish gents that we've dubbed "The Heritage Hipster." You know the type—he’s uber stylish, wears great heritage brand jeans, loves vintage everything and is well-groomed in the most unassuming way. If that’s you, then we have a few OId City shops that you must check out. Find out more here.
For the third year in a row, BlackStar Film Festival exploded on the scene to shine a spotlight on the films and filmmakers that are broadening the definition of black cinema around the globe. Philly 360° went behind the scenes to capture the people and movement that powered BlackStar 2014. Watch our video recap.
The night before Jay's Made In America hit The Parkway with headliners like Pharrell, Kanye West, Steve Aoki, J. Cole and Tiesto, a concert/party of epic proportions went down at Voltage Lounge.
A BASSic Black Entertainment x Kontraband 215 mashup, PhillyMade featured an incredible roster of talent including West Philly emcee Chill Moody, BBE recording artist Aaron Camper, and Kontraband 215 frontman Scoop, and plenty of other phenomenal Philly music acts.
The event masterminds, Adam Blackstone (founder of BBE and musical director for Pharrell, Justin Timberlake and Rihanna) and Darrell Robinson (musical director for K Michelle, N.E.R.D and Kontraband 215) pooled their collective industry influence to pack the room full of the who's who of Philly's entertainment and music scene.
BBE recording artist Laurin Talese, Hot 107.9 on-air personality Laiya St.Clair, Philly-based R&B/pop entertainer GoGo Morrow, and hip-hop great Common were all in the building for this event. Common even treated attendees to a special "live from the VIP balcony" freestyle. #winning
If you missed this event, then you definitely missed out on a good time — but we've got you covered! As always, Philly 360° was onsite capturing all of the action for our fans. Take a look at the below video recap and visual gallery for a behind-the-scenes look at exactly how PhillyMade went down.
This weekend, The Barnes Foundation celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month with two can't-miss events, First Friday Flamenco Fiesta and the Onehunted Day Party.
Located along Philly's world famous Benjamin Franklin Parkway, The Barnes is best known for its impressive collection of art, which includes 181 Renoirs, 69 Cézannes (more than all the museums in Paris) and 59 Matisses, along with works by Manet, Van Gogh, Degas, and Picasso.
In addition to works by these well-known artists, the collection also includes an amazing selection of African Art, period furniture and antique brassware—all painstakingly curated over six decades ago by the museum's founder Dr. Albert C. Barnes.
Honoring Dr. Barnes' commitment to education, diversity and community, The Barnes is giving Philly art lovers two epic ways to enjoy their collection and campus while celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month. You can get all of the deets below!
Friday, October 3 | 6 - 9 p.m. | The Barnes Foundation, 2025 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy
RSVP online here. | Use the special code PHILLY360 for discounted admission.
For First Friday, The Barnes invites you to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with art, cocktails, tasty eats and fierce flamenco. Experience the sultry passion of Spain with Philly's own De Luna a Lunares flamenco ensemble, which is ed by renowned Philadelphia-based flamenco artist Monica Herrera and esteemed flamenco guitarist Cristian Puig.
The evening will be hosted by Emmy Award-winning reporter Iris Delgado of Telemundo 62, and cocktails and Spanish delicacies will be available for purchase. With an incomparable collection of art, and an amazing line-up of artists — First Friday at The Barnes Foundation is the only way to kick off your weekend celebration.
Sunday, October 5 | 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. | The Barnes Foundation, 2025 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy
Free Admission & tickets available at site.
On Sunday, The Barnes invites you to return for their special Hispanic Heritage Month themed Free First Sunday celebration. Co-presented by OneHunted, First Sunday at The Barnes offers guests an opportunity to learn about Latin music styles with Philly's own Luke Carlos O'Reilly & Sofrito and DJ Rahsaan of AfroTaino Productions. The Onehunted Day Party will be hosted by Philly 360° Creative Ambassador Ethel Cee.
The Barnes offers free admission and programming on the first Sunday of every month. Tickets are limited and are available on-site starting at 9 a.m.
Philly's shopping scene just keeps getting better, and better. Next up on our retail radar, UNIQLO!
The international clothing brand, adored for high-quality casualwear and great prices, will open on Chestnut Street in Center City this Friday — a big win for Philadelphia shoppers.
To celebrate the grand opening of its new Philadelphia flagship store, the global clothing retailer announced that it will host a community-themed festival at Smith Memorial Park Playground and Playhouse on Saturday, October 4.
The UNIQLO Philly Love Fest will coincide with the opening of the brand's first downtown Philly store at 1608 Chestnut Street. Capitalizing on the major buzz around the opening, UNIQLO's Philly Love Fest will present a culture collision of Philadelphia and Tokyo influences through food, games and performances.
In fact, Mr. Global Philly himself, Roots drummer and famed turntablists Questlove will even be making an appearance and spinning a set between 4:15 – 5:45 p.m.
Other UNIQLO Philly Love Fest highlights include runway shows featuring traditional Japanese Taiko drummers, Philadelphia bucket drummers and breakdancers; face painting in the traditional Japanese styles of Anime, Manga and Kabuki in Philly team colors; food trucks serving up good eats influenced by both cities; and carnival games where attendees play to win gift cards, food truck vouchers and other prizes.
Guests will even have a chance to snap and share selfies at the UNIQLO social ‘Step and Repeat.' So, make sure you're wearing your flyest festival gear.
The ‘UNIQLO Philly Love Fest’ is free and open to the public. UNIQLO will even provide free transportation to and from the event via UNIQLO branded double-decker buses.
Customers can board the bus at the following stops:
— South 16th Street & Market Street (Pick Up Only)
— Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul, 1723 Race Street (Pick Up Only)
— Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy (Pick Up Only)
— Smith Memorial Playground & Playhouse, 3500 Reservoir Dr (Pick Up & Drop Off)
— UNIQLO, 1608 Chestnut Street (Drop Off Only)
You can visit UNIQLO’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/uniqlo.us for more information and event details.
Get ready Big K.R.I.T. fans! Mr. Cadillactica is bringing the Pay Attention Tour to The TLA on October 6. As we await his new album, Cadillactica Big K.R.I.T. will be rocking the nation with his Fall tour, ending just around the time of the release.
Since the high caliber performance he did at The Trocadero in 2013, we have been in need for more KRIT. Expect to hear your favorites from the most recent mixtape, See Me ON TOP Vol. 4 and hopefully some unreleased tracks from Cadillactica.
If you haven’t already, check out the new single, “Pay Attention."
This fall, Nas is hitting the road for a US tour, performing music from the project that launched his career, Time is Illmatic. Widely embraced as one of the most influential albums in hip-hop, Nas will perform songs off his ten-track debut album, Illmatic.
The legendary emcee will hit venues and stages across the US for a music tour that complements the release of his Tribeca Film documentary, Nas: Time Is Illmatic. The film screened earlier this year to a soldout house during the BlackStar Film Festival here in Philadelphia. Locally, the film will hit the AMC Loews in Cherry Hill, NJ on October 10. You can get more movie times here.
Along with Nas performing Illmatic live, concert-goers will also experience a special screening of the film. Hip-hop heads can catch the Illmatic music tour on Sunday, October 5 at The Keswick Theater in Glenside, PA. Grab your tickets now!
Marsha Ambrosius, Philly's hometown heroine by way of London, is returning to The TLA on South Street on Thursday, October 23. And, you won’t want to miss what she has in store. Earlier this year, Marsha's show, which featured GoGo Morrow, MPrynt and Jade Alston, sold out. So be warned, grab your tickets now.
baThis summer, Ambrosius released her highly-anticipated sophomore album, Friends & Lovers, which was extremely well-received by fans. In her authentic "keep it real" fashion, Marsha tells stories love and lust over lush soundtracks with hypnotics melodies and beats. And, together with her phenomenal band, the songstress has also created a captivating, musically-impressive live experience to complement the project.
The album included the Dr. Dre produced hit-song “Stronger (Than Pride),” which was a re-imagined spin on Sade’s chart-topping hit of the same name. Not many features on the project, it is clear Ambrosius took her time and crafted a conceptual album that her fans — affectionately known as "Marshians" — could really dig into.
Ambrosius, of course, made a meteoric rise in the industry as a part of the duo Floetry. The group cultivated much of their sound right here in Philadelphia during the late 90s and early 2000s. A part of the legendary Black Lily scene, the two released hits like “Say Yes” and “It’s Getting Late,” which propelled them to the industry fame. Ambrosius also boasts songwriting credits for Michael Jackson, Alicia Keys and Jamie Foxx, among others.
With Friend & Lovers being only her second solo studio album, Marsha's dedicated, and growing, fan base is definitely looking forward to what she will cook up next. But in the meantime, be sure to check her out when she lands in Philly later this month.
If you have never been to a Marsha Ambrosius show, then check out our below video recap of the singer's last show at The TLA for a chance to see exactly how Marsha puts it down live.
Giving us a little something different, Philadelphia-bred emcee Al 1Thing is next up on the Philly 360° playlist. The hip-hop artist's latest record, "Armor" warns listeners that they might just need protect their hearts when navigating the often-complicated waters of love.
This drum-heavy, moody track shows a different side of the popular Philly emcee. Except for his last verse, Al sings the entire song, showcasing another dimension of his artistry and sound — which is certain to be a welcomed surprise for his fanbase. In classic Philly-style, Al turns up the rhymes for the third verse of the hard-hitting record, bringing the track home for a win.
"Armor" was produced by Bobby Beats, and though it’s a mid-tempo, the drums drive throughout solidifying a sound that blends street style with pop. The record’s sample sings in tandem with Al, creating a great texture and making it an easy listen.
Driven by fashion, lyricism and ambition, Al 1Thing is on a mission to carve out his own lane in the industry. Able to blend street music with high style and class, Al believes that he is the "1thing" missing from today’s mainstream hip-hop landscape. And, we definitely agree.
Earlier this year, Al released the Al 1Thing Project, which was well-received by fans and music critics alike. The mixtape boasts production by Philly 360° Creative Ambassador Ivan Barias and Roc Nation’s Jahlil Beats, and has an eclectic appeal.
Keep your eye on Al 1Thing as he quickly becomes one of the city's most respected and talked about artists.
You can download his mixtape here and take a listen to “Armor” below!
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