Your guide to Philly's diverse creative scene, nightlife, music, food & more
This weekend, it’s going down at Pub Webb Live — one of the newer Philly venues, which is quickly becoming a hotspot for live entertainment. On Friday, June 19, you can join Philadelphia producer/DJ, Dilemma for what is sure to be a night to remember. His show #Inrgi (en-er-jee) is an exclusive afterdark event that melds nightlife, turntablism and live music elements to create one of the dopest performances experience that Philly has to offer.
The night will open with special guest DJ hailing all the way from LA, DJ Selectra and feature a diverse mix of music, top-shelf drink specials, and complimentary shot samples. Dilemma’s featured set will be full of fun, surprises — and “Pure Inrgi!” And, after his featured set, the party will continue until 2 a.m.
Dilemma is widely known for his production and work with artists like Jazmine Sullivan, Meek Mill, Bizzle, Chill Moody, and more. But, with this event, Dilemma show us a whole new wavelength to his sound by showcasing his musical prowess as the DJ during this one night only experience.
His work landed him as the resident DJ on the Fuse TV show, The Hustle Afterparty in addition to producing the theme music for TV One’s Verses and Flow. Dilemma continues to be an exciting force both in the production and DJ arena.
Be sure to RSVP as spots are filling up quickly for this limited capacity event. Admission is $10 with RSVP and it is advised that guests arrive early for guaranteed admission. Definitely make this event a weekend priority, you'll be glad that you did.
Since their debut project Forever My Lady dropped in '91, hit R&B/soul group Jodeci has reigned as one of the world's top male groups. Three decades later — and the fellas are still on the road holding it down with the classic 90s R&B hits.
On Thursday, June 25, you can catch JoJo, DeVante Swing, Dalvin and "K-Ci as they hit Philadelphia for an unstoppable night of throwback soul at the Tower Theatre in Upper Darby, PA. Along with a must-see performance by the original bad boys of R&B, the June 25 concert includes an opening performance by Philly's own soulful R&B/pop group, MPrynt.
Old school meets new doesn't get any better than this show's lineup, so we know you want to be in there. That's why we've teamed up with Live Nation to giveaway a pair of tickets to a few lucky fans. Just complete the below entry form for your chance to win big.
If you don't wan to leave it up to chance, then check out the below concert details to purchase your tickets online.
Jodeci & MPrynt
When: Thursday, June 25, 8 p.m.
Where: Tower Theater, 69th and Ludlow, Upper Darby, PA
More Info: Buy tickets online here.
Singer/Songwriter Aaron Camper is hitting this week’s Philly 360° Playlist with a brand new, sexy tune called “Hypnotizing.” After traveling the world with renowned artists, it looks like Camp season is in full effect as fans anxiously await his upcoming EP.
“Hypnotizing” is the second single from the forthcoming project set to be released this summer. The BASSic Black Entertainment (BBE) signee teamed up with two of the hottest in the game, including GRAMMY-nominated producer Darhyl “DJ” Camper and Philly's own GRAMMY-nominated songwriter, Kristal “Tytewriter” Oliver, to produce his must-hear track.
Originally a native of Salisbury, MD, Camper made his way to the Philadelphia music scene during a time when the hustle and bustle of Larry Gold’s “The Studio” was the place to be. After learning and watching the greats like The Legendary Roots, Jill Scott and more Camper secured a spot on the road with GRAMMY-winner Tye Tribbett as a part of his “GA” crew of awesomely talented singers.
Teaming up with BBE’s owner and musical director to the stars, Adam Blackstone, Camper released his first solo project Welcome to My World in 2011. Since then, he has released multiple singles including “Breaking My Heart” featuring Mack Maine and “My Heart” penned by PJ Morton.
Insider Tip: Aaron Camper and PJ Morton will both hit Philadelphia in July. You can get the details on their World Cafe Live show here.
Take a listen to a preview of “Hypnotizing” below and let us know what you think in the comments! Support your local artists, as this single is available for purchase on iTunes as well.
We're back with another dope contest. Next up — Louisiana bred rapper Curren$y will be hitting South Street hotspot The TLA later this month.
This New Orleans native and former Young Money artist stays on the move. The rapper formed his own label, Jet Life Recordings, back in 2010 and since then, he's dropped 18 mixtapes, including his latest project Pilot Talk III, which released in April of this year.
Next Friday, streetwear brand Doobi presents Curren$y at The TLA with opening performances by Philly acts Theodore Grams, SincerelyTahj and CHAMPS. For this giveaway, Philly 360° is giving one of our lucky followers the chance to score a pair of tickets to the show.
Want in on the action? Then just complete the below entry form for your chance to win tickets. You can enter the contest daily to increase your odds of winning. If you don't want to leave it up to fate, then check the below listing for a link to buy tickets online.
Either way — #WeInThere.
A staple of the Philadelphia summer music season, The Dell Music Center is back with an unstoppable lineupof R&B/soul performances. Last year, The Dell unveiled a series of upgrades to their gorgeous outdoor amphitheater and concessions.
Yes, there's no better place to catch R&B, soul and gospel under the Philly sky than this massive, always soldout venue. This year's highlights inlcludes must-see performances by some of the biggest names in the industry, including Patti Labelle, Jeff Bradshaw, Erykah Badu, Estelle, Anthony Hamilton and many more!
Of course, Philly 360° is here to birng you the deets on all of the show we know that you just can't miss. Take a look at the below list, for our top picks from The Dell's summer music season. Also, you can find the full schedule by visiting www.mydelleast.com.
Saturday, June 27
Philly 360° Creative Ambassador, Jeri Lynne Johnson returns to The Dell with her stunning chamber orchestra, Black Pearl. This multicultural group of classical musicians will present a must-hear evening of "Classical Gems" under the Philly sky.
Thursday, July 9
This year, the Dell Music Center in Fairmount Park will kick off the 2015 Essence of Entertainment Summer Concert Series with an all-star Philadelphia lineup that includes saxophone phenom Pamela Williams, touring trombonist Jeff Bradshaw and the original R&B/Soul diva Patti LaBelle.
Friday, July 10
Hosted by Lonnie Hunter, 2015 Inspriation Celebration Gosepl Tour lands in Philadelphia on July 10. This year's show features soul-stirring performances by gospel greats like Yolanda Adams, Dorinda Clark-Cole, Donald Lawrence, DeWayne Woods, Tasha Page-Lockhart, and Ricky Dillard.
Friday, July 17
Philadelphia's favorite dance troupe, PHILADANCO, brings their passion and precision to the Dell's stage for an unforgettable night of black dance. This returning program is always a sellout, so grab your seats soon.
Thursday, July 23
Don't miss it as Babyface, Toni Braxton and Mint Condition hit The Dell for an unbelievable R&B throwback Thursday concert in Philadelphia. Together, these still hot and touring R&B greats will sing fans down memory lane with their classic hits like "Unbreak My Heart," "Pretty Brown Eyes" and "When Can I See You."
Thursday, July 30
New school meets old when the soulful music of Fantasia and Johnny Gill lands in Philadelphia to perform at The Dell. Incredible vocals, soulful grooves and two of the best in the game make this another can't-miss show for the summer.
Thursday, August 6
Got soul? R&B hitmakers Anthony Hamilton and Lyfe Jennings undoubtedly have a lock on soul. Catch these two hitmaking acts on August 6 for another guaranteed sellout at The Dell.
Thursday, August 13
After slaying her headling performance at Roots Picnic 2015, Erykah Badu returns to Philadelphia alongside UK songstress Estelle. Don't miss it at these ladies tear down the house like only they can.
In today's musical landscape, Donn T is a breath of fresh air. The Philly singer/songwriter made her debut at this year's Roots Picnic in support of her latest release, Flight of the Donn T. Released on her own indie label, D-Tone Victorious Records, this is her second studio album. On this week’s Philly 360° Playlist, we are featuring the video for her sassy single “Midnight.”
The single was originally on the Gramophonica EP that preceded the full length album and remains a stand out track on the LP. Her voice is smooth and soulful and the supporting background vocals makes you want to sing along during the chorus and reminds you of the 60s sound so many of us love. “Midnight” was also featured in the Lifetime original movie “With This Ring” starring fellow Philly native, Jill Scott.
Donn T’s eclectic style is not just some fad, she explained in a recent interview with The Philadelphia Tribune. “So [what] influenced me to be eclectic is not just some ‘cool thing,’ it’s just what I emote. It is a very natural progression …” And it’s evident in her music. Effortlessly, she blends elements of pop, funk, soul, house and much more to create a unique sound all her own.
Coming from such a talented musical family, it’s no surprise that Donn T’s musical taste would cast such a wide net. The granddaughter of Beachy Thompson, the daughter of Lee Andrews, oh yeah and the sister of Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson of the Legendary Roots Crew. With such deep roots in music, Donn T still showcases her writing and musical abilities apart from anyone she may be related to.
Watch “Midnight” below and let us know what you think in the comments!
AFROPUNK — New York's notorious urban, multicultural, genre-defying musical fete — is taking it's coveted Battle of the Bands show and contest on the road. This year, in addition to the New York show, AFROPUNK will bring its BOTB acton to two other east coast cities, ATL and Philadelphia.
Partnering with trusted Philadelphia music brand, Veteran Freshman, the Philadelphia edition of the battle offers a chance to perform at the critically acclaimed AFROPUNK Festival, which saw over 60,000 in attendance last year alone. This year's festival performers include Grace Jones, Lenny Kravitz, Danny Brown, Kelis and more.
AFROPUNK Battle of The Bands, in addition to providing emerging talents a chance to perform on one of Brooklyn's biggest stages, has also kickstarted the careers of multiple bands: The Skins signing to Rick Rubens label America, Unlocking the Truth signing to Sony, among others.
Now that the bands have entered, the public has spoken and the top five bands have been announced, it's time to take the battle to the stage. These top five voted bands will battle it out at Voltage Lounge June 19th and winner will play AFROPUNK 2015. Here's the list of the BOTB finalist; PalaceBurn, Zodiak, askmeificarem, Badd Kitti and Troi Lauren.
So, come out and check the best that Philly has to offer as they battle it out to see who has what it takes to play the mainstage at Afropunk 2015.
Philly’s #1 son of soul, Bilal returns home to celebrate the June 30 release of his new collaborative album with producer Adrian Younge, In Another Life. Known for his undeniable grooves, electrifying stage presence and soaring vocals, the Philly-bred soul singer has a cult following of fans that span the globe.
The genre-defying crooner brings it home this month for a must-see show at University City music hub, World Cafe Live. Want to be one of the first people to hear this new material live? We know you do. That's why we are bringing our followers another dope contest.
We've landed a few pair of tickets to Bilal's June 30 album release — and we're giving you a chance to win them. Just complete the below entry for for your chance to win big. You can enter daily to increase your winning odds.
In Another Life drops on June 30, but you can preorder the album online now. If you don't want to leave it up to chance click the below link to buy your tickets now.
Read the official contest rules here.
Bilal Album Release
When: Tuesday, June 30, 8 p.m.
Where: World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut
More Info: Buy tickets here.
The soulful duo Floetry is reuniting for a tour this summer — and it’s just what avid R&B fans have been waiting for. On Friday, July 17, the long awaited reunion between the “Songstress” Marsha Ambrosius and the “Floacist” Natalie Stewart will take place right here in Philly at the popular South Street venue, The TLA.
The anticipation started to grow when Stewart and Ambrosius reunited onstage at London’s The Clapham Grand during Ambrosius’ Friends & Lovers tour. The group separated in 2007 to pursue their solo careers, but now, it seems as if both Ambrosius and Stewart feel like the time is right for a reunion. And, the epic renion tour will take them on stops all across the country, including the Essence Music Festival, and of course, their adopted hometown of Philly.
As honorary Philadelphians — by way of London — both Stewart and Ambrosius made the city their home shortly after moving to the US. The group gained popularity during the neo-soul era of the early 2000s, and would later go on to record two studio albums, one live album, and to garner multiple GRAMMY nominations.
Their work yielded fan favorites like “Say Yes,” “Getting Late,” and even the Ambrosius penned “Butterflies” for the legendary Michael Jackson. The group has worked with Philly producers Dre and Vidal, artists like Jill Scott, Bilal and many more.
Guaranteed to be full of nostalgia from late 90s and early 2000s soul, this is really a show you really don’t want to miss.
The son of afrobeat pioneer Fela Kuti, Femi Kuti travels the world, continuing his family’s legacy for making socially conscious, funk-infused music. He returns to Philadelphia to bring his intoxicating sounds to University City hotspot World Cafe Live.
In support of their latest projects, American Beauty/American Pyscho and Blacc Hollywood respectively, Fall Out Boy and Wiz Khalifa head out on a summer tour that touches down in more than 40 cities across the country. Catch the Boyz of the Zummer Tour at Susquehanna Bank Center with opening performances by Hoodie Allen and DJ Drama.
Odunde! Philly welcomes the return of largest African-American street festival on the East Coast. Shop the amazing selection of street vendors selling must-see wares, including jewelry, clothing and art, plus delicious eats. Then be sure to check out the stellar lineup of talent hitting the two Odunde stages. This year’s performance highlights include Philadanco, Rennie Harris, Philly Youth Poetry Movement and a special throwback hip-hop concert featuring Kurt Blow, Special Ed, Chubb Rock and Kwame.
Now in its third year, this free concert/party/jam session mash-up is Philly’s go-to event for emerging talent, locally based touring musicians and the music lovers that can't get enough of their dope sounds. This month’s show is hosted by singer, emcee, producer triple-threat Koyaki with additional performances by Emcee Ciara and DJ Danophonic.
With a new TV series on the horizon, the ladies of SWV—Coko, Taj and Lelee—bring their highly anticipated reunion tour to World Cafe Live. The group’s 1992 debut album, It's About Time, sold 13 million copies worldwide and spawned three Billboard chart-topping singles, “I'm So Into You,” “Weak” and “Right Here.” Want in on the show? Enter our SWV Giveaway for a chance to win a pair of tickets.
After a 14-year hiatus, R&B soul singer D’Angelo exploded back on the scene with his latest project, Black Messiah. This month, the beloved soulster—accompanied by a masterful group of musicians dubbed The Vanguard—brings his Second Coming Tour to the Keswick Theatre in Glenside, PA.
Philly’s #1 son of soul, Bilal returns home to celebrate the June 30 release of his new collaborative album with producer Adrian Younge, In Another Life. Known for his undeniable grooves, electrifying stage presence and soaring vocals, the Philly-bred singer has earned a cult following of fans that span the globe. This show is a guaranteed sellout, so grab your tickets now.
From June 27 through July 4, Wawa Welcome America! returns for seven epic days of fun, free events. Again this year, the festival will culminate with the Philly Fourth of July Jam presented by VH1, which will feature an all-star lineup of talents backed by The Roots. This year’s headliners include R&B/pop sensation Miguel and GRAMMY-winning country star Jennifer Nettles.
Get the inside story from celebrity media coach Dyana Williams on how Black Music Month got its start right here in Philly. Then, check out our top picks for all of the can’t-miss shows that are going down in and around Philadelphia this June. Get more details.
Quickly becoming one of the city’s biggest music ambassadors, West Philly emcee Chill Moody just dropped his latest LP, TV Made Me Do It. The project was produced by fellow Philly native, Wes Manchild. We’re bringing you one of album’s first singles, “I Can’t Stay,” featuring Jacqueline Constance. Listen now.
Philly-based creative Ivben Taqiy is one of the best—and busiest—visual artists on the city’s booming art scene. This month, Taqiy teams up with Philly’s favorite soul food lounge Ms. Tootsie’s for his latest show, Women in the Water. Get the details here.
Legendary: Inside the House Ballroom Scene When: June 12-August 16 Where: African American Museum in Philadelphia, 701 Arch Street Cost: $14, adults; $10, youth (4-12 years), students, seniors More info: www.aampmuseum.org House balls have played a significant role in…
Philly 4th of July Jam & Fireworks When: Friday, July 4, 7 p.m. Where: Benjamin Franklin Parkway Cost: Free More Info: Click here. The Legendary Roots Crew have become the faces and sound for Independence Day in Philly. The…