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TONIGHT: DJ Aktive Kicks Off Weekly #TBT Party At Recess Lounge In Old City

  • Posted By: James Claiborne
  • May 7, 2015
    • DJ Aktive
      • DJ Aktive
      • Photo Credit: Courtesy of DJ Aktive

Philly's own globetrotting turntablist, DJ Aktive works with some of the top acts in music, including Kanye West, Marsha Ambrosius and Jennifer Hudson, to name a few. There's no doubt about it — he's one of the most in-demand DJs in the game.

Even though Aktive is constantly on the road, he always makes sure to bring the party back home to Philly. For his latest venture, Aktive has teamed up with Recess Lounge in Old City for another dope concept. Next up; the weekly #TBT party.

Starting today, DJ Aktive will hit Recess with super fresh throwback set of music from the 90s and 2000s. We've put in our request for a little "This Is How We Do It" and some early Destiny Child. Trust us, DJ Aktive always holds it down when he steps on stage.

The inaugural party kicks off tonight and continues every Thursday through September. So, step out in the name of feel-good, throwback music. #WeInThere

#TBT with DJ Aktive
When: Thursday, May 7 and every Thursday through September | 11 p.m.
Where: Recess Lounge, 125 S 2nd Street
Cost: Free
More Info:

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Open Call: Red Bull Art Of Can Brings A National Visual Art Competition To Philly

  • Posted By: Philly 360
  • May 6, 2015
    • Red Bull Art of Can Philadelphia
      • Red Bull Art of Can Philadelphia
      • Photo Credit: Courtesy of Red Bull
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It's true. Red Bull has some serious love for the city of Philadelphia — and for our ever-growing creative scene.

Recently, the beloved energy drink brand announced that it was bringing another dope concept to our fair city. Next up, Red Bull Art of Can hits Philadelphia with a nationwide visual arts competition and public art exhibit centered around the power of the Red Bull can. 

Starting with a simple can, artists of various disciplines from around the nation are invited to stretch they wings and imaginations to create an original piece of artwork in using Red Bull cans as their main material. Now through June 15, Red Bull invites artist from around teh country to submit their original art of all  disciplines — including physical and digital mediums — for the 2015 edition of Art of Can.

A panel of judges from the Philadelphia arts community, including Philly 360° editor James Claiborne, will then select the finalist to be displayed at a special Center City Philadelphia showcase, later this fall. Then, from October 1 through 8, the landscape of Philadelphia’s Dilworth Park will be transformed into an interactive, digital and physical art gallery as the nationwide creative competition, Red Bull Art of Can, comes to a city that's already known for it’s famed public art.

    • Red Bull Art of Can
      • Red Bull Art of Can
      • Photo Credit: Courtesy of Red Bull

Participants can submit to three categories in the 2015 competition:

Physical Art: A physical piece of art that uses the actual Red Bull Can as the primary material in the final work.

Digital Displayed Art: A work of art that can be displayed on a screen and includes a digital version of the Red Bull Can in the final piece.  We are not designating a specific format or genre.  Submissions could take the form of an animation, a digital short film, stop motion, or GIF. Essentially any displayed digital medium is fair game. 

Interactive Installation Art: A piece of artwork that merges both the physical and digital world and uses the Red Bull Can as its primary source of inspiration.

The Red Bull Art of Can exhibition will run from October 1 through October 8, with a special public opening event the weekend of Oct 2 -3 at Philadelphia's newly renovated Dilworth Park.

For more information and to register your art, please visit


May Must-Hit List: Roots Picnic With Erykah Badu & The Weeknd, Esperanza Spalding, Danny Simmons & More

  • Posted By: James Claiborne
  • May 1, 2015
    • Just In - The Annual Roots Picnic Lineup Announced
      • Just In - The Annual Roots Picnic Lineup Announced
      • Photo Credit: M. Edlow for Visit Philadelphia / Philly 360°

Featured Events:

Celebration of Black Writing — Saturday, May 1 - Sunday, May 31

Art Sanctuary is back on the scene with the 31st Annual Celebration of Black Writing—and this year, they are definitely doing it big. Along with weekly author readings, weekend workshops and the stunning photography exhibit Barkley Hendrix Presents: Oh, Snap!, CBW 2015 will also honor Kindred The Family Soul during its signature event, the Lifetime Achievement Awards at Temple Performing Arts Center.

GRAMMY FutureNOW — Saturday, May 2

The Recording Academy® Philadelphia is back with the next edition of their signature music conference, Grammy futureNOW. This must-attend event brings together the industry’s top artists, songwriters and executives to examine the current state and the future of the music. Confirmed speakers include Allen Kovac of Tenth Street Entertainment/Eleven Seven Music Group and Benjy Greenberg of indie label Rostrum Records. #GRAMMYfutureNOW

    • Action Bronson backstage at Roots Picnic
      • Action Bronson backstage at Roots Picnic
      • Photo Credit: M. Edlow for Visit Philly

Action Bronson — Sunday, May 3

Last month, Action Bronson dropped his highly-anticipated, major-label debut Mr. Wonderful to rave reviews. Now, the rapper is on the road with a world tour supporting the record—and he’s bringing his high-energy onstage antics to South Street music hub, The TLA. Insider tip: Before or after the show, be sure to grab a “cheesesteak and a gremlin” across the street at Philly faves  Ishkabibbles. You’ll be glad you did.

Ciara — Sunday, May 10

After a six year hiatus, Ciara is back out on the road to promote her soon-to-drop project Jackie. The 18 city US tour lands at The Keswick Theatre in Glenside, PA on May 10. We’re so hype for Ciara’s return that we’re  giving one lucky fan a pair of free tickets to the show. Enter now for your chance to win!

    • Ciara performs at The Keswick Theatre on May 10
      • Ciara performs at The Keswick Theatre on May 10
      • Photo Credit: Courtesy of the artist

Tastytreats With Questlove & Mike Nyce — Friday, May 15

Party with Philly’s finest DJs as the next edition of Tastytreats hits Silk City on May 15. On deck for this party are spinmaster extraordinaires Questlove and DJ Mike Nyce. This is another can’t-miss production by Stacey “Flygirrl” Wilson, so you know this party will be nothing less than flawless. #WeInThere

Esperanza Spalding — Sunday, May 17

After touching a double bass for the first time at the age of 15, Esperanza Spalding was hailed as a jazz prodigy. Now, an internationally-recognized artist, Spalding’s music has earned her some serious cred, including a Soul Train Music Award and multiple GRAMMYs. Her latest project Emily’s D+Evolution, which includes a summer tour centered around rekindling her childhood interest in theater, poetry and movement, hits The TLA on May 17.

The Roots Picnic Afterparty  — Saturday, May 30

The wait is almost over. Roots Picnic 2015 is about to go down—bringing another dope lineup of artists to the Philly waterfront. After partying all day with acts like The Weeknd, Erykah Badu and DJ Mustard, the party moves to Underground Arts for round two. On deck for The Roots Picnic Afterparty will be Questlove, Cosmo Baker, Matthew Law and more.

    • Roots Picnic 2015
      • Roots Picnic 2015
      • Photo Credit: M. Edlow for Visit Philly

Philly 360° Spotlights:

Roots Picnic Contest   

Philly, it's about to go down—again. The Roots are bringing their epic music festival back to their hometown to kick off the summer. Philly 360° landed a pair of tickets to giveaway to one lucky fan. Want to be there? We know you do, so enter now to win.

20+ Must-Hit Concerts In Philly

There’s shortage of dope live music hitting Philadelphia stages this year. From heavyweight music veterans like Wiz Khalifa and The Roots, to shows by local and national indie music stars—we've pulled together this list of more than 20 can't-miss shows going down in Philly.

Playlist: Mic Stew “Black Chucks”

National Red Bull Freestyle champ, Mic Stew is taking over the Philly 360° Playlist with his hot single, “Black Chucks.” Undeniably, Stew is one of the dopest lyricists in Philly right now and he’s showing us exactly why he's one of the city's reigning emcees with this new track.

Badass Art Man

The African American Museum in Philadelphia just teamed up with international black art influencer Danny Simmons for their latest must-see exhibition, Badass Art Man: Original Work of Danny Simmons. Along with original work by Simmons, the show objects from his extensive collection of African and African American artwork.

Throwback Thursday: Roots Picnic 2014 + Backstage With The Philly 360° Reebok Lounge (Video)

  • Posted By: Philly 360
  • April 30, 2015
    • Roots Picnic 2014
      • Roots Picnic 2014
      • Photo Credit: m. Edlow for Visit Philadelphia / Philly 360°

When Roots Picnic 2014 went down, Philly 360° was there to cover all of the action. The 7th Annual Picnic featured yet another explosive lineup, handpicked by The Roots, with show-stopping sets by Snoop Dogg, Janelle Monae, Jhene Aiko, Action Bronson, Chill Moody and more.

Last year, we teamed up with Reebok Classic to host The Philly 360° Reebok Lounge backstage. The Lounge was not only a place where Roots Picnic VIPs could relax, connect  and enjoy some cool air — our space also included free Reeboks, courtesy of Reebok brand ambassador Dilemma and his crew.

Did you miss last year's show? Or, maybe you're just dying to relive the moment. In either case, check out our 2014 recap in honor of throwback Thursday.

Also, while you are here, be sure to enter our Roots Picnic 2015 giveaway for a chance to score a pair of tickets to this year's show. The lineup includes another killer list of hitmakers, including The Weeknd, Erykah Badu, DJ Mustard and more. 

UBuzzin Presents: Uncontrolled Concert Series With MPrynt, Suzann Christine, Vandalz, Tyron Vasquez & More

  • Posted By: Ashley Coleman
  • April 29, 2015
    • Step Into The Winners Circle
      • Step Into The Winners Circle
      • Photo Credit: Courtesy of MPrynt

The Uncontrolled Concert Series presented by UBuzzin is pulling out all the stops for a soulful event featuring Suzann Christine, Vandalz, Tyron Vasquez, Jay Marie, Mark Broady, Dougie Hendrix, and MPrynt as the headlining act. The show goes down on Thursday, April 30 at the Suite 822 Lounge.

The evening will feature performances by these emerging Philly R&B greats and giveaways — creating an unforgettable experience, courtesy of UBuzzin. Mprynt, the featured headliners, recently released their latest EP, What If Later Never Comes with 13 brand new tunes. Rael, Budda, Tyce, and Faheem always deliver when they hit the stage.

UBuzzin is an online platform for both indie and signed artists to showcase their music. Through their blog and app, UBuzzin provides interview content, tips and advice to upcoming musicians and performance opportunities through their showcases as well.

If you want to hear some of the best in Philly R&B music, we would definitely suggest reserving your spot soon!

UBuzzin Presents: Uncontrolled Concert Series
When: Thursday, April 30, 8 PM
Where: Suite 822 Lounge, 822 N. Broad Street
Cost: $5 w/ RSVP
More Info: Click here.

Philly 360° Playlist: OCD: Moosh & Twist Drop A New Single "Don't Think About It"

  • Posted By: Ashley Coleman
  • April 27, 2015
    • OCD: Moosh & Twist
      • OCD: Moosh & Twist
      • Photo Credit: Courtesy of the artist

The energetic, independent hip hop duo OCD: Moosh & Twist just dropped their brand new single, “Don’t Think About it.” The new single is just in time for the upcoming summer season and we’re featuring it right here on this week’s Philly 360° Playlist.

One year ago, Moosh & Twist released their highly-acclaimed EP, Living Out Loud. The EP charted at number one on Billboard’s HeatSeekers Album chart and propelled the group further into the elite stratosphere of independent artists. The new single “Don’t Think About It,” marks the one year anniversary of the EP.

The new track is sample driven and delivers a feel good vibe as Moosh and Twist trade bars. Their story telling has always been effortless and their melodies keep a great tempo that will keeping you nodding your head. The record was produced by Louis Bell.

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

OCD is made up of Philly natives DeQuincy “Moosh” Coleman McRae and Oliver “Twist” Feighan. The pair met in first grade and bonded over their love of music and poetry. At only 21 years of age, the two have toured all over the country! Their extremely devoted fan base keeps them at the top of the independent music scene.

The debut of Living Out Loud in 2014, garnered them a number five spot on the iTunes Hip Hop Charts and has afforded them the opportunity to perform on major festivals and to open for the likes of acts including The White Panda, Wale, Hoodie Allen, and many more.

It doesn’t matter what city they’re in, Moosh & Twist always represent Philadelphia to the fullest. Their newest project is due out later this year so stay tuned.

Definitely two to watch, check out “Don’t Think About It” and let us know what you think in the comments!

CONTEST: Win Tickets To See Ciara At The Keswick Theatre On Sunday, May 10

  • Posted By: James Claiborne
  • April 24, 2015
    • Ciara performs at The Keswick Theatre on May 10
      • Ciara performs at The Keswick Theatre on May 10
      • Photo Credit: Courtesy of the Keswick

Ciara is a legit global superstar whose infectious tunes have garnered multi-platinum albums, smash singles and a truckload of awards.

After a six year hiatus, the pop sensation took to twitter to announce an upcoming US tour in support of her soon-to-drop project, Jackie. On Sunday, May 10 you can catch CIara performing live at The Keswick Theatre just outside of Philadelphia in Glenside, PA.

If you're a diehard Ciara fan, then we're guessing that this concert is absolutely a must-hit event for you, right? True. That's why Philly 360° is giving away a pair of tickets to two lucky followers. Just complete the below entry form for your chance to win.

Find the official contest rules here.

When: Sunday, May 10
Where: The Keswick Theatre, 291 Keswick Avenue, Glenside PA
Cost: $20-$45
More Info: Buy tickets online here.

Fill out my online form.

The 121st Annual Penn Relays Returns To Philly — April 23 - 25

  • Posted By: Philly 360
  • April 23, 2015
    • The 120th Annual Penn Relays
      • The 120th Annual Penn Relays
      • Photo Credit: Photo by D. Tavani for Visit Philadelphia

All roads lead  to University City this weekend, as The Penn Relays a three-day track-and-field celebration — returns with another round of seriously competitive track and field action.

Watch accomplished athletes take on competitors from across the globe in games like the pole vault, long jump, high jump, javelin, 400 meter dashes, 100 meter sprints and more all day long beginning tomorrow, April 24.

Now in its 121st year — the world’s first and largest annual relay meet — this event pulls in crowds of up to 100,000 to the University of Pennsylvania’s Franklin Field, where sports-lovers of all ages gather to see some of the world’s top track athletes compete and begin Olympic careers. And, in addition to the athletes, the fans also hail from all over the country and the world.

This signature Philly event also includes an accompanying festival that lasts all three days of the event with food, crafts and souvenirs. This is definitely a must-hit event for the spring — so, make sure to check it out. 

Penn Relays
When: April 23-25
Where: Franklin Field, 235 S. 33rd Street
Cost: Varies
More info:

Contest: Win A Pair Of Tickets To The 8th Annual Roots Picnic

  • Posted By: James Claiborne
  • April 21, 2015
    • Roots Picnic 2015
      • Roots Picnic 2015
      • Photo Credit: M. Edlow for Visit Philly

Philly, get ready! This May, The Roots will again kick off the spring/summer music season right here in their hometown. On Saturday, May 30, Questlove, Black Thought and the entire Roots crew will take over Festival Pier at Penn's Landing with the 8th Annual Roots Picnic. #weinthere

The 2015 festival includes a dope lineup heavyweights acts, including The Weeknd, Erykah Badu, A$AP Rocky, Phantogram, DJ Mustard and Rae Sremmurd, to name a few. Always down to rep their hometown, The Roots have again added a few emerging Philly talents to the roster. You can take a look at the full lineup here.

Selling out year after year, Roots Picnic continues to be one of the hottest and most in-demand tickets in Philadelphia. That's why Philly 360° is giving one lucky fan a pair of free tickets for Roots Picnic 2015. Just complete the below entry form for your chance to win big.

You must be 21 or older to enter. Also, you can read the official contest rules here.

The 8th Annual Roots Picnic
When: Saturday, May 30
Where: Festival Pier at Penn's Landing, Columbus Boulevard & Spring Garden Street
Cost: TBA, tickets on sale Friday at noon.
More Info:

Our Roots Picnic Giveaway has now ended. The winner will be announced shortly.

Philly 360° Playlist: Center City Jazz Festival Founder Ernest Stuart Returns With A New EP 'Same Walking Animals'

  • Posted By: Ashley Coleman
  • April 20, 2015
    • Ernest Stuart
      • Ernest Stuart
      • Photo Credit: Courtesy of Ernest Stuart

A Philly native,  versatile musician, trombonist and founder of the Center City Jazz Festival, Ernest Stuart drops his brand new EP on Tuesday, April 21. Same Walking Animals is Stuart’s latest effort and follow up to his 2014 release, Love/Loss — and, we’re giving you a first listen on this week’s Philly 360° Playlist!

Same Walking Animal

Architect Jan Gehl coined the term “same walking animals” in reference to creating public spaces all around the world that were essential used by the same people regardless of location. From the title of the EP to the individual tracks, every corner of his latest project has special meaning to Stuart.

The EP begins with “British Girl,” an upbeat track that is an infusion of different genres from rock to jazz. The record is inspired by a young woman who introduced the trombonist to new styles of music — some of which would  eventually become his favorite, go-to genres.The project digs deep with standout tracks like “We Can’t Breathe” and “Reluctant American Mascot.” Both songs take on the implications of race relations in America and abroad.

Stuart’s new project is energetic, introspective and packed with emotion. Same Walking Animals was recorded right here in Philadelphia at Turtle Studios and features an array of talented musicians including Lionel Forrester Jr. (drums), Alex Claffy (bass) and Ben Karp (guitar).

Center City Jazz Festival

This weekend, the Temple alum returns with Philly’s Center City Jazz Festival which will take place on Saturday, April 25. This year’s festival again coincides with Jazz Appreciation Month, and includes more than a dozen performers at fives downtown music venues, including Milkboy, Time and Chris’ Jazz Cafe. Performers includes the West Philadelphia Orchestra, Dena Underwood, Tomas Fujiwara and the Hook Up, and other must-see jazz acts, including Stuart.  

Take a listen to "British Girl" below and let us know what you think in the comments. Also, grab your tickets for Center City Jazz Festival now.

Image courtesy of the artist.

Badass Art Man: Original Artwork of Danny Simmons - April 21 to May 31

Badass Art Man: Original Artwork of Danny Simmons When: April 24 through May 31 Where: The African American Museum in Philadelphia, 701 Arch Street Cost: Included with admission More Info: Click here. In 2012, just in time for the…

The 31st Annual Celebration of Black Writing - May 1 - 31, 2015

The 31st Annual Celebration of Black Writing When: May 1 - 31 Where: Various Locations Cost: See website for details. More Info: Click here. Art Sanctuary is back on the scene with The 31st Annual Celebration of Black Writing…

The 8th Annual Roots Picnic - Saturday, May 30

The 8th Annual Roots Picnic When: Saturday, May 30 Where: Festival Pier at Penn's Landing, Columbus Boulevard & Spring Garden Street Cost: $99 More Info: or buy tickets here Philly, it's that time again! The Roots are bringing…