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Philly 360° Rewind: BASSic Black Entertainment & Kontraband 215 Team Up For PhillyMade At Voltage Lounge

  • Posted By: Philly 360
  • October 2, 2014
    • PhillyMade
      • PhillyMade
      • Photo Credit: M. Edlow for Visit Philadelphia / Philly 360°

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.

Touring turntablists DJ Aktive and DJ Dummy held down the turntables that night — while winner of VH1's hit TV show Flavor of Love 2Deelishis took center stage as host. 

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 Morrowand 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.  


Take a look at our exclusive video recap and visual gallery for PhillyMade. 

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Two Ways To Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month With The Barnes: First Friday Flamenco Fiesta & OneHunted Day Party

  • Posted By: Philly 360
  • October 1, 2014
    • With Art Philadelphia Tour With Danny Simmons - Barnes Foundation
      • With Art Philadelphia Tour With Danny Simmons - Barnes Foundation
      • Photo Credit: L. Whitaker for GPTMC

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! 


Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with The Barnes

    • Philadelphia's own De Luna a Lunares flamenco ensemble.
      • Philadelphia's own De Luna a Lunares flamenco ensemble.
      • Photo Credit: Courtesy of The Barnes

First Friday Flamenco Fiesta

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.

Onehunted Day Party

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.

 

Check out our video interview with Philly emcee and OneHunted Day Party host Ethel Cee. 


Questlove DJs The UNIQLO Philly Love Fest At Smith Memorial Park Playground This Weekend - Saturday, October 4

  • Posted By: James Claiborne
  • October 1, 2014
    • Questlove
      • Questlove
      • Photo Credit: M. Edlow for Visit Philadelphia / Philly 360°

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. 


UNIQLO Philly Love Fest featuring Questlove 
When: Saturday, October 4, 
Where:  Smith Memorial Park Playground, 3500 Reservoir Drive
Cost: FREE
More Info: Click here


Rapper Big K.R.I.T. Lands At The TLA On South Street - Monday, October 6

  • Posted By: Josh Clements
  • October 1, 2014
    • Big K.R.I.T.
      • Big K.R.I.T.

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.

Three days before, we will see Ab-Soul at the Trocadero, and Nas will perform in town just the day before. This means that you have no excuse to stay in the house this weekend.  

If you haven’t already, check out the new single, “Pay Attention." 


BIG K.R.I.T
When: Monday, October 6. 8 p.m.  
Where: The TLA, 334 South Street
Cost: $27
More Info: Click here


UPDATE: Nas: Time Is Illmatic Music Tour Hits Philly On October 5 & 6

  • Posted By: Philly 360
  • September 30, 2014
    • Nas at The Electric Factory
      • Nas at The Electric Factory
      • Photo Credit: L. Tellington for GPTMC

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! 

 

NAS: Time Is Illmatic Tour 
When: Sunday, October 5 & Monday, October 6, 8 p.m. 
Where: The Keswick Theater, 291 N Keswick Avenue, Glenside, PA
Cost: $37-79
More Info: Click here to buy tickets.


Songstress Marsha Ambrosius Returns To The TLA - Thursday, October 23

  • Posted By: Ashley Coleman
  • September 30, 2014
    • Marsha Ambrosius: Friends & Lovers Tour
      • Marsha Ambrosius: Friends & Lovers Tour
      • Photo Credit: Courtesy of Marsha Ambrosius

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.  


Marsha Ambrosius
When: Thursday, October 23, 8 PM
Where: Theater of Living Arts (TLA), 334 South Street
Cost: $30
More Info: Click here.


Philly 360° Playlist: Philadelphia Emcee Al 1Thing Drops A Video For His New Single "Armor"

  • Posted By: Ashley Coleman
  • September 29, 2014
    • Al 1Thing
      • Al 1Thing
      • Photo Credit: Jermaine Avery

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 Beatsand 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!


Red Bull Canvas Cooler Project Lands At Arch Enemy Arts In Old City - Thursday, September 24

  • Posted By: James Claiborne
  • September 24, 2014
    • Red Bull Canvas Cooler
      • Red Bull Canvas Cooler
      • Photo Credit: Courtesy of Red Bull

Red Bull is back at it again. This week, the Red Bull Curates: The Canvas Cooler Project lands in Philadelphia for the first time. This innovative project presents 30 talented, emerging local artists who each will transform a blank, canvas-wrapped Red Bull cooler into a piece of inspiration art in their own signature style.

All of the Canvas Cooler Artist are hand-selected and curated by the Arts Fund, which is a national charity that raises funds for art. The Philadelphia event includes fresh lineup of local talents including notorious prankster street artist Kid Hazo, popular instagram sketcher Dessie Jackson, neo-pop painter Thomas Buildmore, and Philly 360°'s own Stacey "Flygirrl" Wilson

On Thursday, September 25 Red Bull will reveal the finished coolers to the public during a one-night-only gallery exhibit at Arch Enemy Arts in Old City. During the event, two artists will be selected by a panel of judges to display and sell their work during Art Basel Week at Scope Art Fair in Miami Beach later this winter.

The event is free and open to the public. So, stop through Arch Enemy, grab a Red Bull and support these phenomenal Philly talents. 


Red Bull Canvas Cooler 
When: Thursday, September 25, 8 - 11 p.m. 
Where:   Arch Enemy Arts, 109-111 Arch Street
Cost: Free, 21+
More Info: RSVP at http://redbull.com/canvascooler


Wiz Khalifa, OCD: Moosh & Twist, LP & Afrojack Headline The Forbes Under 30 Music Festival At The Piazza - Sunday, October 19

  • Posted By: James Claiborne
  • September 23, 2014
    • Wiz Khalifa
      • Wiz Khalifa
      • Photo Credit: M. Edlow for Visit Philadelphia / Philly 360°

Breaking: Just today, Forbes announced that music all-stars Afrojack, Wiz Khalifa, LP and OCD: Moosh & Twist will all headline the Forbes Under 30 Music Festival

Held at The Piazza in Northern Liberties, the music festival will kick off the Forbes Under 30 Summit which will take place in Philadelphia from October 19-22 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center and other venues across the city. The buzz-worthy summit will bring together some of the country's leading young entrepreneurs and thought leaders for three days of panels, TED-style presentations and Shark Tank-style pitch contests. And, of course, no Philly event is complete without the music. 

Want in on the concert? Then take action with Global Poverty Project today! 

To maximize the impact of the music festival, Forbes has partnered with The Global Poverty Project, a nonprofit that fights to end extreme poverty by 2030. Starting today, music lovers and do-gooders can take action at globalcitizen.org/nights and then use points earned for a chance to win free tickets to the October 19 concert.  

From tweeting, to signing a petition or watching an informative video, fans will learn more about the key issues address by The Global Poverty Project while getting one step closer to landing free festival tickets.

You can check out more details on the show's dope lineup of artists below. 

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

Forbes Under 30 Music Festival Lineup: 

Afrojack

Named by Forbes as one of the highest-paid DJ in the business, Afrojack recently dropped his debut studio project, Forget The World, which includes appearances by music heavyweights like Snoop Dogg, Sting and Jared Leto. Afrojack will close out the evening with an unforgettable set of music. 

Wiz Khalifa

LP, a singer/songwriter who has lent her fierce songwriting skills to megastars like Rihanna, will take to the Forbes Under 30 stage, showcasing her undeniable music and soaring vocals. LP's latest project Forever For Now features hits like “Tokyo Sunrise” and “Into the Wild.”

LP

LP, as singer/songwriter who has lent her fierce songwriting skills to megastars like Rihanna, will take to the Forbes Under 30 stage, showcasing her own undeniable music and soaring vocals. LP's latest project Forever For Now features hits like “Tokyo Sunrise” and “Into the Wild.”

OCD: Moosh and Twist

Philly, stand up! Our city's own native hip-hop group OCD: Moosh and Twist will open the festival with an electrifying performance. The group, comprised of 20-year-olds DeQuincy “Moosh” Coleman McRae and Oliver “Twist” Feighan, boasts over 100,000 mixtape downloads and 7 million YouTube views.

You can get more details on the Forbes' Under 30 Summit by visiting www.forbesunder30.com, or by following @ForbesUnder30, #Under30Summit and #GoingtoPhilly on Twitter.


Forbes Under 30 Musical Festival
When: Sunday, October 19, Doors 3:30 p.m. 
Where: The Piazza, 1001 N 2nd St, Philadelphia, PA 19123
Cost: Free, but ticketed. 
More Info: Visit www.globalcitizen.org/nights#actions to enter for a chance to win tickets. 


What’s Good In My ‘Hood: Jake Weaver, Northern Liberties

  • Posted By: Jared Michael Lowe
  • September 23, 2014
    • Jake Weaver
      • Jake Weaver
      • Photo Credit: J. Lowe for Philly 360

Each month, we showcase a different person from a happening neighborhood in Philly. This month we’ll like to introduce you to graphic artist and nightlife connoisseur, Jake Weaver of Northern Liberties, also affectionately referred to as NoLibs by locals. 

A man of many talents, Jake describes himself as “an artist/musician who refuses to adhere to the conventional idea of being an "adult." Rightly so, a gamer, skater, graphic artists, and event host, Jake has called No Libs his home for over six years, hosting and DJ’ing events at popular haunts such as The Barbary and Kung Fu Necktie.

Considered as one of Philly’s most successful up-and-coming neighborhoods, Northern Liberties features a throng of international restaurants, eclectic pubs and trendy boutiques — all while maintaining an authentic artistic vibe. A short cab ride from Center City, the neighborhood lies north of Old City and west of the Delaware River.

Find out about Jake’s hood below! 


Philly 360° Q&A with NoLibs resident Jake Weaver. 

    • Jake Weaver
      • Jake Weaver
      • Photo Credit: J. Lowe for Philly 360

How do you describe Northern Liberties?

A hodgepodge of what Philly was, is, and will become.

Favorite spots in your hood?

I love the entire area, but I go through phases. Currently, I'd say PYT for their ridiculous burgers and Standard Tap for its solid brunch menu. As far as shopping goes, you can find me at Exit Skate Shop on once a month buying kicks. If I'm trying to splurge, I'll go to Sole Control in the Piazza. Since I live so close to the Piazza, I can’t not go into Jinxed. They have some really cool furniture along with a lot of random 2nd hand items you don't necessarily realize you need until you stumble upon them.

What he likes about his ‘hood?

It’s very accessible.  I can pretty much walk 4 blocks in any direction and find what I'm looking for. The El is only a short walk away.

What should people know about his ‘hood?

It’s more than just a party destination, there are so many places to chill and just be here. You can grab coffee in a café or sit in a bar and meet a stranger from a different walk of life from yours and talk for hours. It’s unpretentious and laid back; in essence, it’s what Philly is all about.

Jake's NoLibs Itinerary: 

The Barbary, 951 Frankford Avenue | Live Music, Entertainment, Drinks, Nightlife
Kung Fu Necktie, 1250 N. Front Street | Live Music, Entertainment, Drinks, Nightlife 
PYT,  The Piazza - 1050 N. Hancock St | Burgers, Late Night Eats, Drinks 
Standard Tap, 901 N. 2nd Street | Beer, Drinks, Brunch, Dining 
The Piazza, 1001 N. 2nd Street | Shopping, Dining, Drinks, Nightlife, Entertainment 
Exit Skate Shop, 825 N. 2nd Street | Shopping, Sneakers, Skater Gear
Sole Patrol, 1050 N. Hancock Street | Sneaker Consignment, Shopping, Vintage Footwear
Jinxed, 1050 N. Hancock Street | Vintage, Furniture, Shopping, Home Goods


Watch the below Visit Philadelphia Neighborhoods video for more great places to visit in Northern Liberties.

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