Your guide to Philly's diverse creative scene, nightlife, music, food & more
It's here! That's right - Philly's own R&B/soul transplant Marsha Ambrosius just blessed music lovers around the world with the release of her highly-anticipated sophomore album, Friends & Lovers, which hits stores today.
Earlier this year, Marsha hit the road to promote the now-released project with a national tour that included a fierce lineup of Philly talent, including, MPrynt, Jade Alston, DJ Aktive and Gogo Morrow. You can check out the video recap of Marsha Ambrosius' Friends & Lovers tour below for a look at our exclusive behind-the-scenes footage and interviews.
So, be sure you grab Marsha's latest project online or in stores today! We're definitely loving this feel-good, soul-laced banger from the one-and-only Marsha Ambrosius. #winning
Sincerely Syreeta is back on the scene with another must-hit event. This time the popular Philadelphia blogger and lifestyle influencer is presenting the second edition of her new, provocative series, Sincerely Chosen: The Live Interview Series.
On Thursday, July 17 at East Eden Vegan Restaurant, the second Sincerely Chosen show will feature special guest Melanie Yvette Martin, Associate Beauty and Style Editor of Ebony.com. Melanie has local ties to Philadelphia by way of Temple University where she earned a B.A. in Communications.
Melanie has always been in love with beauty, style, and female empowerment which was manifested early in her college career as the host of her own radio show, Fabulously Focused. Her devotion to female empowerment continues to be seen and felt as the written voice behind Beautifully Brown, a weekly column where Black women of all hues are celebrated and beauty is adored from the brown girl’s perspective.
Melanie will be interviewed about her personal journey, trends in beauty and style, being a brown girl in the media industry, building a beauty/style based media brand, and her thoughts on other hot topics.
Definitey check this one out!
The weekend is finally here! #winning And, it's definitely time to turn-up, let loose and have some fun before Monday rolls back around. There are plenty of great concerts, parties, cultural happenings going down this weekend. So, grab your crew, get out of the house and enjoy everything summer in Philly has to offer.
To get you started, we've pulled together a list of a few must-hit events. Let's go!
When: Friday, July 11, 8 p.m.
Where: The TLA, 334 South Street
More Info: Click here to buy tickets online.
Veteran Freshman is back on the scene with another dope show! On Friday, July 11, VF takes over the stage at The TLA with some of Philly's freshest acts for The Kickback Live Concert, including Motown recording artist MPrynt, powerhouse vocalist/producer Guordan, Paris-native-turned-Philly transplant Ganou, R&B/folk singer Brianna Cash, hip-hop artist Bok Nero and more. This is definitely a must-hit concert for the summer.
When: Friday, July 11, 4-7 p.m.
Where: PHS Pop Up Garden, 1438 South Street
Cost: Pay as you go
After a one-week hiatus for the city’s July 4th celebrations, the Visit Philly Beer Garden Series is back and landing at the newly open PHS Pop Up Garden on South Street. Make this your first stop for the weekend.
When: Friday, July 11, 10 p.m.
Where: Kung Fu Necktie, 1250 N. Front Street
More Info: Click here.
Kick off your weekend with Philly's fave, gritty, underground music venue, Kung Fu Necktie. Hosted by DJ Ali, this jam session features performances by Mizz, Block Nine, and SKE Records Trel Mack & PeterJones.
When: Friday, July 11
Where: Silk City, 435 Spring Garden Street
More Info: Click here.
Two words. Silk City. This is most def a must-hit party at this late night Philly fave with Lee Mayjahs and DJ Everyday holding down the turntables. #bethere
When: Saturday, July 12, 5-8 p.m.
Where: 6401 Germantown Avenue, Festival gate entrance is on Cliveden Street near Morton Street
Cost: $20 per adult, $10 per child
More info: cliveden.org
What better way to cool off on a hot summer afternoon than with cool jazz tunes? Now that the Independence Day festivities have passed, Cliveden, a historic mansion in the Germantown neighborhood of Philadelphia, hosts Gtown Jazz on the Ave this Saturday, July 12.
When: Through November 30
Where: Philadelphia Museum of Art Perelman Building, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Cost: Included in general admission
More info: philamuseum.org
On display at the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s Perelman Building, Patrick Kelly: Runway of Love explores the sudden rise and remarkable achievements of 1980’s American-born, Paris-based fashion designer, Patrick Kelly.
When: Now through October 12
Where: Historic Landmark Building, 118 N. Broad Street; Samuel M. V. Hamilton Building, 128 N. Broad Street
Cost: Included with museum admission
More info: pafa.org
In this tradition, this summer the renowned museum presents Spiritual Strivings: A Celebration of African American Works on Paper. Two distinct exhibits comprise this very special presentation. Check it out.
When: Sunday, July 13 | 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Where: Johnny Brenda's | 1201 N. Frankford Avenue
Cost: Pay as you go.
More Info: Click here.
Recuperate from the Saturday night party with a little brunch, and some smoking hot soul music. DJ DNA helps you settle into a relaxing Philly weekend with a hefy dose of gospel. Feed your body and your soul with this one.
When: Sunday, July 13 | Doors: 12 p.m., Show 1 p.m.
Where: World Cafe Live Philadelphia | 3025 Walnut Street
More Info: Click here.
Join Philadelphia’s legendary Brazilian collective for a special afternoon performance to get you in the mood for the World Cup Final Match. Then stay for a free screening of the game to follow an after party with DJ Juanderful of Tropicalismo!
When: Sunday, July 13, Doors 8 p.m., Show 9 p.m.
Where: Warmdaddy’s, 1400 S. Columbus Blvd.
Cost: $15 Advance , $20 Advance Door
More Info: Get more information here.
Each and every Sunday, The R&B Collective brings a new, hot music lineup to popular soul food restaurant and live waterfront music venue, Warmdaddy’s. Stop through to experience the new face of Philly R&B.
When: Sunday, July 13, 9 p.m. - 2 a.m.
Where: Reserve Wine Bar, 724 Arch Street
More Info: Click here.
Each and every Sunday,DJ Cash Money, Stacey "Flygirrl" Wilson and crew bring you the hottest Sunday night afterhours party of the summer. Hosted at Reserve Wine Bar in Midtown Philadelphia, The Jawn is anchored by DJ Cash Money and includes a special guest DJ from the local music scene each week.
When: Sunday, July 13, 10 p.m.
Where: Silk City, 435 Spring Garden Street
More Info: Click here.
DJ Cosmo Baker lands at Silk City to help you end your weekend with a bang. Be sure to check out the all-styles dance battle with a $200 cash prize.
Not many people can say that they’ve figured out what they wanted to do with their lives before they even hit high school, but Ryshon Jones can. He can trace his passion for music all the way back to the day that his cousin stole a tape of instrumentals and had Jones rap over it – he was 8 years old.
Today, at the prime age of 23, Jones has already been featured in XXL Magazine, Complex, and Vice in addition to being praised by the likes of artists and innovators such as Mac Miller, Jhene Aiko and, get this, M. Night Shyamalan.
Aside from his unique delivery, what’s truly endearing about the Philly-bred emcee is his lyrics. Jones breaks through today’s stereotypical hip-hop verses that typically discuss degrading women and repping big brand names and he addresses real-life situations. In his single “Why You Wanna Be Perfect” from his latest project, Hope Is A Dangerous Thing, Jones addresses the very present issue of women being affected by the media’s impossible beauty standards.
“The model chicks that you want to be ain’t really real, how long you gonna hide behind that filter?”
As you can see, not only is he slaying the rap game right now, but with lyrics like these, he’s also pretty swoon-worthy. After hearing about him on the streets and all over the Internet, we had to hit him up for an interview. Check it out.
Philly 360°: Outside of your studio, where is your most inspirational place to write music in Philly, and why?
Ryshon Jones: I can't really say I have a place that just sparks things out of me. When I was in school I wrote a lot of my music there, and once I graduated my process changed. So, like, now I just jot things down where I go and when it's time for it I use it.
Philly 360°:What kind of role do you think hip-hop plays in Philadelphia?
RJ: I think it plays a big role. Hip-hop plays a big role in everything these days. Music in general is just one of those things we need in this world.
Philly 360°: In what ways have you grown as an artist? How has Philly contributed to that?
RJ: I'm learning to be a better communicator and a bit more social. I’m starting to pay attention to things I overlooked. Also just being more sure about what I want to do and where I want to go. Philly humbles me in ways I can't explain because it’s just natural. It's a tough city so with that alone it just pushes me and gives me motivation to put extra work in.
Philly 360°: What's the strongest memory of music from your childhood?
RJ: I don't know how to pick one to be honest. I just remember I use to sing all the songs on the radio as a baby. My mom said I loved reggae music and like New Edition and etc. My dad played a lot of DMX and I think that played a big role in why I rap. I use to play the tape over and over and to this day It's Dark And Hell Is Hot is still one of best albums to me.
Philly 360°: What themes do you most often pursue in your music?
RJ: I like giving experiences with my music. I care a lot about the flow of a project. So anything you take in that feels like it’s one of those movies you watch and get sucked into, I'm all for that in my music. If it’s helping you in someway or if it’s something you can enjoy then I’m happy.
Philly 360°: What's a real-life situation that has inspired you?
RJ: When I use to work at one of my old jobs, it use to be depressing just being there and there is this Kendrick Lamar song, "I Wanna Be Heard", that got me through my day.
It sounds so cliché because of the title, but I always told myself if I meet him I’ll tell him “thank you”. A year ago I was at Summer Jam in the interview room. I ended up sitting behind him and he sat down and turned around and looked at me and said "What's up? I'm Kendrick" and he gave me dap. In my head I’m like "...I know you are" but I went home and that Pharrell line "you could do it to" was just repeating over and over.
Philly 360°: In your opinion, what's the best song you've ever created?
RJ: Today I’ll say it's "American Dreamless".
Philly 360°: What is the most memorable response that you've received from your work?
RJ: I was in Atlanta for A3C and this guy walked up to me and just shook my hand and looked me in the eye and said "Thank You".
Philly 360°: Do you still love Jhene Aiko?
RJ: I wish I didn't make that song, haha.
Philly 360°: Why?
RJ: That’s just me being critical. I know, to this day, that people still don't get the message in the song, which is that she reminds me of someone I use to know.
Philly 360°: What is your dream project or collaboration?
RJ: A full project produced by Alchemist and Flying Lotus with features from Andre 3000 or Scarface... or if Little Dragon just decides to add me to their group or something…or doing a project with James Blake. I have too many.
Philly 360°: For soon-to-be fans that haven't gotten to experience your music, what song would you suggest they start with & why?
RJ: I would suggest they just go listen to my latest project Hope Is A Dangerous Thing because I rather not pick one song. I’d rather be judged by a project, rather than a song.
Philly 360°: What's the best piece of career advice you've ever gotten?
RJ: “You control more than you think you do.”
Philly 360°: Where can we see you next?
RJ: I'm going to have to keep it quiet and say wait and see. It's pretty exciting though, I promise.
Philly, another dope show is going down tonight — and you definitely can't afford to miss out on this one. That's right, tonight The Kimmel Center's monthly free music showcase and mixer, Sittin' In returns with another fresh lineup of Philly talent.
The July edition of Sittin' In features GRAMMY-nominated, highly sought-after guitarist, Ben O'Neill. A fixture on the local music scene, O'Neill has played for some of the best known names in hip-hop, pop and R&B, including Kanye West, Kid Cudi, Christina Aguilera, and Tye Tribbett.
Now, Ben is turning his attention to his solo career and debut album, Ghosts & Green Shoots, a heartfelt project that showcases O'Neill's soul-laced guitar playing and songwriting skills — calling to mind the music of acts like Bon Iver, Dirty Projectors and The Flaming Lips.
So, come out, pull up a chair or hit the dancefloor, and check out new music from one of Philly's finest. As always, Sittin' In will feature resident turntabilist, Matthew Law a.k.a DJ PHSH and special guest MC Hezekiah Davis III.
Last week, Philly's favorite DJ/drummer Questlove brought back one of the most legendary parties that ever hit our town, Philadelphia Sound Konnoisseurs (PSK).
This year, Quest selected a crazy lineup of DJs to spin for PSK, including Rich Medina, DJ Cash Money, DJ Cosmo Baker, DJ J.Rocc — and DJ Phsh aka Mathew Law.
If you stopped through Voyeur for PSK this year, then you already know that a seriously dope party went down. But, if you missed out, don't fret because DJ PHSH just posted a special PSK live mix on Soundcloud.com.
As the 6th member of the Illvibe Collective, 2013 Red Bull 3style East Coast Champ, and the founder of more than one Philly dance party, PHSH definitely stays on the move. And, like every mix touched by PHSH, the special PSK edition live mix is an ecclectic blend of hip-hop and soul with a heavy dose of world music flavor.
So, check PHSH's PSK mix. Whether you need to relive a few moments from the dancefloor, or missed out and want to hear exactly how DJ PHSH laid it down — you won't be disappointed.
This past weekend, another epic, musically-charged Independence Day celebration went down on The Parkway. Philly's favorite hometown band, The Roots starred as headliners and houseband for the popular Philly Fourth of July Jam presented by VH1, which also included performances by included Aloe Blacc, Jennifer Hudson, Ed Sheeran, Nicki Minaj — and a special appearance by Philly soul singer Bilal.
But, the show's headliners weren't the only stars shining on stage!
This year, BASSic Black Entertainment recording artist Laurin Talese was in the middle of all the action, lending her soulful vocals to the band backing the show's main acts. Philly 360° teamed up with the Laurin for a @Philly360 Instagram Takeover, bringing our fans an inside look at the rehearsals and backstage scene for the Philly Fourth of July Jam.
Along with taking a few fashionable selifes with her fellow background vocalists, @nicolerhurst and @ebonyjoimusic, Laurin grabbed shots with all of the music/entertainment notables, including Questlove, Black Thought, Charlie Mack, DJ Jazz Jeff, Marlon Wayans and more.
So, whip out your iPhones and Androids and check out the Philly 360° Instagram feed to see all of the fab pics Laurin captured for her takeover. You can also scroll through the below visual gallery to check out the images.
It's time for another Philly 360° Instagram Takeover! Next up: Philly's own sultry jazz vocalist, Laurin Talese.
A Philly transplant by way of Cleveland, OH, Laurin studied music at University of the Arts, where she met her fellow Philadelphia musician, and current creative partner, Adam Blackstone — who serves as the music director for mega-talents like Justin Timberlake, Nicki Minaj, Rihanna, Pharrell and more.
After touring as a background vocalists for Philly soul artists, Jaguar Wright, Bilal and Vivian Green, Talese turned her attention to her own solo career, eventually signing with Blackstone's music label and production company, BASSic Black Entertainment (BBE). Through BBE, Laurin released three must-hear singles, including her latest song "This Love," which is available on iTunes. Her debut album will release this winter.
This week, when the Philly Fourth of July Jam presented by VH1 and The Roots goes down, Laurin will be on stage in the middle of it all, lending her pitch-perfect sound as part of the band backing the show's headliners, which include Aloe Blacc, Nicki Minaj, Ed Sheeran, of course Philly's own hometown heroes, The Roots.
On July 3 & 4, Laurin Talese will be taking over our @philly360 Instagram account, giving you a behind-the-scenes look at rehearsals and day-of for The Roots' annual Philly Fourth of July Jam and Fireworks.
Want in on the action? Just follow us and check out Philly's biggest free concert all day and night from the perspective of the lovely @laurindarling.
Leave it to Questlove to get the party started a day early.
On July 3, the night before the Parkway-based Fourth of July festivities go down, you can catch Quest, Rich Medina, DJ Cash Money, DJ Cosmo Baker, DJ J.Rocc, and DJ Phsh aka Mathew Law, all holding down the turntables for the return of Questlove's Philadelphia Sound Konnoisseurs (PSK) at Voyuer Nightclub.
This is definitely the only way to kickstart your Independence Day celebration in Philly. Don't miss it!
When it comes to celebrating the 4th, nowhere else does it quite like Philly can. Not only is our city the official birthplace of the nation, but we're also home to Wawa Welcome America! — Philadelphia's free, weeklong, music-filled Independence Day celebration.
Again this year, along with an entire week of free, family-friendly events, Welcome America will culminate with the Philly Fourth of July Jam presented by VH1 and featuring performances by an allstar lineup of talent hand-selected by The Roots.
But, even before the main show goes down with acts like Nicki Minaj, Marlon Wayans and Aloe Blacc hitting the stage, Philly's favorite celebrity drummer / DJ Questlove has a few can't miss happenings to take your Fourth of July party to the next level.
So, are you ready for a serious Independence Day fun? If so, check out our guide below.
For the fourth year in a row, Philly's favorite hometown band, the Legendary Roots Crew have curated the lineup for The Philly Fourth of July Jam presented by VH1. The Roots will perform, and serve as the house band backing an incredible lineup music superstars.
Just in: Funny man Marlon Wayans was just announced as this year's host! Let the jokes begin.
Each year the lineup for the Philly Fourth of July Jam gets bigger and better. The concert has featured many of music’s biggest stars and boasts over 500,000 fans that all dance the night away under the stars. And after the final song is played, an impressive display of fireworks lights up the Philly sky over Philadelphia Museum of Art. #pictureperfect
Don't worry, if you can't make it down to the Parkway, VH1 will again live stream all of the performances.
The takeover begins early in the day with the Party on the Parkway, which will feature an amazing array of vendors, delicious food and plenty of fun for the everyone. You can get full details of all of the happenings from our friends at Uwishunu.com. Also part of the Parkway takeover, but prior to The Roots hitting the main stage, Questlove will again curate his own stage of local and national acts. Here's a rundown of The Questlove Stage talent and schedule.
The Phosphenes | Noon | This band is based in Philadelphia and sites music as their top priority. There band is an alternative/punk band featuring Peter DiMeo, Anthony Cedrone, and Jett De Cola-Heller.
Mozaic Flow | 12:45 p.m. | Jermaine Bryson decided he wanted to infuse various genres including be-bop, rock and roll, soul and more. And to bring his vision to life he formed Mozaic Flow featuring an outstanding group of musicians to help bring his the music to life.
Good Girl | 1:30 p.m. | It’s been a minute since a solid girl group has emerged on the scene, but Megan Nicolle, Morgan (J.L.), Courtney (Bobbie), and Arielle are looking to change that. Citing legendary groups like TLC, En Vogue, SWV and Destiny's Child as influences, Good Girl definitely pays homage to these icons—but they're definitely looking to make their own mark on the industry.
Al 1 Thing | 2:15 p.m. | Philadelphia hip-hop emcee, Al 1 Thing brings the lyrical word play and the straight forward street style that’s authentic to this area.
Brianna Cash | 3:00 p.m. | This Philadelphia native is an amazing singer/songwriter on the rise. Cash recently performed at The Recording Academy Philadelphia Chapter Generation Next Brunch and is sure to have a great set in store.
Timothy Bloom | 3:45 p.m. | This soulful musician and singer’s mission is to show that the soul of music has not been lost. His self-titled album is a breath of fresh air and showcases a broad spectrum of the stories of life. Bloom has also co-written music for artists like Neyo and Chris Brown.
Fancy Reagan | 4:30 p.m. | The winners of the VH1’s “Make a Band Famous” came out on top in a competition among 23 other finalists. They have blended multiple sounds into their own pop/punk masterpiece.
Lolawolf | 5:15 p.m | A NY-based trio, Lolawolf's sound has been described as surgingin electronic pop, held together by the smooth, smoky vocals of it's lead, Zoe Kravitz — daughter of rock & roll legend Lenny Kravitz.
On July 3, the night before the Parkway-based festivities go down, you can catch Quest, Rich Medina, DJ Cash Money, DJ Cosmo Baker, DJ J.Rocc, DJ Phsh aka Mathew Law all holding down the turntables at Voyuer for the return of Questlove's party the Philadelphia Sound Konnoisseurs aka PSK. #bethere
BlackStar Film Festival When: July 31 through Agust 3 Where: International House, 3701 Chestnut Street; See website for additional venues. Cost: $10, general admission; $125 all-festival pass More info: www.blackstarfest.org Hailed as “the black Sundance” by Ebony magazine, the…
Keyshia Cole: Point of No Return Tour When: Friday, August 1 | 8pm Where: The TLA | 334 South Street Cost: $28-40 More: Click here for more. Keyshia Cole is about to land in Philly! That's right, the "She"…