Your guide to Philly's diverse creative scene, nightlife, music, food & more
After you’re done with all the gift giving this week, treat yourself to a show at the Blockley before it closes forever at the end of the year.
The reggae-rock band Spiritual Rez will bring their big energy and fun spirit to fans who enjoy music that sound like the simultaneous meshings of Bob Marley and Matisyahu.
Watch the band perform songs from their 2010 project Nexus, and their upcoming album Apocalypse Whenever, that’s set to be released February 15, and features mastering from legendary engineer Howie Weinberg, who has worked with major acts Beastie Boys, Ramones, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Prince.
Secure your spot at this amazing show by grabbing your tickets here.
Spiritual Rez At The Blockley
When: Saturday, December 28, 8 p.m.
Where: The Blockley, 3801 Chestnut Street
Cost: $10 - $13
More Info: theblockley.com
Three floors, five live artists, 11 DJs, live art demos, hookah and a B-boy/girl battle? It's about to go down. Start off 2014 with one of the illest parties to hit Philly.
On January 17, Stacey "Flygirrl" Wilson brings back one of the hottest parties to ever hit Philly—The Illadelphia Xperiment. This MLK weekend party features three floors, all showcasing the best Philly's nightlife scene has to offer. The city's hottest DJs are slated to be in the building, including Kenny Meez, Ultraviolet, AfroDJiak, Mike Nyce, Cash Money, Aktive, Mr. Sonny James, Lee Jones, Lil Dave, PHSH and DJ Foxx Boogie will be onsite hosting a B-boy/girl battle.
And, as if that wasn't enough, visual artists Serena Saunders, Ameerah K. Art, Chuck Styles, Tone Casso and Nebulous Flair will be reppin' Philly with live painting and displayed art throughout the evening.
We'll see you there.
The Illadelph Xperiment
When: Friday, January 17, 10 p.m. - 3:30 a.m.
Where: Trilogy Nightclub, 601 Spring Garden Street
Cost: $10 before 11 p.m., $20 after
More Info: Click here to RSVP.
Without plans this New Year's Eve? Don't worry, we have rounded up some of the hottest New Year's Eve events in Philly for you, all happening on December 31 and straight into 2014!
When: 9 p.m. - 3 a.m.
Where: Sigma Sound, 212 N 12th St
Cost: $60 General Admission - Buy tickets here
Sigma Sound Studios, an award-winning recording studio and one of the city's hottest venues, will be putting on a New Year's ball hosted by Philly hip-hop artist Chill Moody and Mia Mendez of Hot 107.9. The night will breathe a Latin ambiance in a theme described as being "Havana Nights' décor meets New Age Elegance." Since Sigma Sound repeatedly strives to be a leading cultural core for the music and entertainment scene, be sure to expect some of the best entertainers present to bring full energy into the New Year, such as acts by DJ Royale and other special performances.
When: 8:30 p.m. - 2 a.m.
Where: The Crane Arts Building, 1400 N American St
Cost: $75 General Admission, VIP options vary - Buy tickets here
This event will take you to places you've only dreamed of going as an empty art gallery sets the stage for the greatest IMAX experience of your life. The Icebox Project Space, an innovative and contemporary exhibition space where a broad spectrum of artists are able to collaborate and push creative limits, will display their 100 ft. wide by 25 ft. tall IMAX video wall and show a live feed of the ball dropping, a backdrop of different global images and videos, as well as an interactive experience merging an incredible audio-visual light show. Features of this event include nine bar locations, ample lounge seating for general attendees, an elevated VIP setup with a personal waitress, hors d'oeuvres by Ms. Tootsies RBL & The Keven Parker Company, live entertainment by DJ Aktive, DJ Hollywood and DJ R to Da Izza, amazing dance floor, and much more!
When: 9 p.m. - 3 a.m.
Where: The Skybox Event Center, 2424 E York St
Cost: $100 General Admission, VIP options vary - Buy tickets here
You're invited to a mystical experience that will bring elements and emotions come to life through theater, dance and much more. Arche Dream for Human Kind, a young and talented perfoming arts group which performs dreams to personify important issues pertaining to our lives, will be perfoming their award winning Deep Blue. Attendees will encounter Day, Night, The Lizard, The Birds, Air and the Pheonix in a passionate show filled with mezmorizing costumes and fascinating illusions. Guests will also be free to roam through the Skybox's 6,500 square foot open space while enjoying hors d'oeuvres and open bar anbar from 9 p.m. to midnight. The night's music will be provided by DJ Ricky Lee, DJ Jeff Heart and Philadelphia's own DJ Casper. Immerse your NYE in a dream-like night of wonder.
Where: Independence Seaport Museum, 211 S Christopher Columbus Blvd
Cost: $100 General Admission - Buy tickets here
Mole Street is offering a special discounted price for all guests. Simply enter the code "DEB" to receive $10.00 off your ticket price!
Put on those antique jewels and grandpa's old cap and have a blast in the past as you ring in the New Year at the first annual Vintage New Year's brought to you by Drink Philly and Mole Street. Tickets include a $20 credit to Uber and unlimited pours of craft beer and cocktails and hors d'oeuvres curated by Rolling Barrel Events, a company with a passion for showcasing regionally-sourced products. Groove to a live performance by The Sermon! followed by an epic dance party with DJ Adrian Hardy. There will be significant prizes for the best dressed man, best dressed woman and even a "best hat of the night" competition judged by hat experts from the Hat Covet, who will be providing prizes in the form of, you guessed it - hats! The party will take place on the fourth floor of the Independence Seaport Museum with the best view of the waterfront fireworks in the city.
When: 9 p.m. - 2 a.m.
Where: The Piazza at Schmidts, Germantown Ave & N 2nd St
Cost: $85 General Admission, $150 VIP - Buy tickets here
Last year, this massive New Year's Eve event sold out with 3,000 attendees celebrating the year's end in a 20,000 square foot heated tent between the Piazza's hopping bars and restaurants. General admission tickets include a five hour premium open bar and food buffets at PYT, Kings Oak and Gunners Run. VIP tickets include a five hour top shelf open bar, VIP open area, VIP bathrooms, and express entry into the event. Come ring in the New Year with laser light shows, dancers, a live performance by Element K, and five DJs! Ticket prices start out at a discounted rate but go up significantly as it gets closer to NYE, so you won't want to wait.
When: 10 p.m. - 2 a.m.
Where: Loews Hotel, 1200 Market St
Cost: $100 Pre-Sale General Admission, VIP options vary - Buy tickets here
The guys who brought the monthly party #DAYLOAD to Philadelphia are ringing in the New Year at this exclusive event! 3Nerds, a trio with the goal of "putting Philly back on the map as one of the top cities that has an amazing nightlife," will transform one of Philadelphia's most luxurious ballrooms into a swanky 1960's night club. Enjoy a four hour open bar, hors d'oeuvres, and dance the night away to the beats of DJ Montone and DJ Nemysis. Some ticket options include discounted hotel rates, which is great for those looking for a cheaper room or are without a DD.
The 7th Annual Villa Classic present by Villa is happening this weekend! This Sunday, December 15, Philadelphia high school basketball players will take on New York High School players in an intense competition at Ben Franklin High School.
The Philly vs. New York format began three years ago. And ever since New York dominated the first year, Philadelphia schools have come out on top. This year’s game will give Philly the opportunity to go out for a three-peat, which we know is tough in any sport.
This exciting afternoon will feature both NBA prospects and D1 recruited players. So what’s the lineup you have to look forward to?
GAME 1: Ahmad Gilbert will lead Constitution High School against Jessie Govan and Wings Academy (NY).
GAME 2: Imhotep’s Basil Thompson vs. Devonte Green, the younger brother of San Antonio Spurs Danny Green and Long Island Lutheran (NY).
GAME 3: Archbishop Carroll’s Derrick Jones, who ESPN ranked 18th in the junior class against Khadeem Carrington and Mike Williams from Bishop Loughlin, who have committed to Seton Hall and Rutgers, respectively.
GAME 4: Mike Watkins and Lou Myers from Philly’s Math, Civics & Sciences against Doudmy Saint Hilaire from South Shore (NY).
Come out and support these talented athletes! Tickets for the 7th Annual VILLA Classic are currently available at all Philadelphia VILLA locations for $20.
The 7th Annual Villa Classic
When: Sunday, December 15, 2013, Doors 11 a.m.
Where: Ben Franklin High School, 550 N. Broad Street
More Info: ruvilla.com
Get into the holiday spirit this weekend at Voyeur Nightclub, and jam with local artists at this special Red Bull Sound Select event.
Hosted by WXPN radio and event curator Making Time, this annual festive-rager will feature Making Time alum Factory Floor as headliner, and psych-pop and rock groups Weekender, Residuals and Far-Out Fangtooth as opening acts.
This show is very wallet-friendly, so make your way through the cold and have the time of your life. RSVP to this event here.
Red Bull Sound Select Presents Factory Floor
When: Saturday, December 14, 9 p.m.
Where: Voyeur Nightclub, 1221 St. James Street
Cost: $2 with RSVP, $10 at the door
More Info: redbullsoundselect.com
Are you stumped on what to get as the perfect holiday gift? Are you into the vintage shopping scene? Or, maybe you just like to shop for random awesomeness. If so, then you definitely should be going to the Punk Rock Flea Market this weekend.
The Market is the perfect jumble of fabulous and quirky. What started as a humble gathering of 30 vendors has become an impressive 500+ merchant blowout spanning two days. The vendors are different from one day to the next, so you can shop both days and find different swag each time.
Also, if you're looking for some tickets to any R5 Production shows, you can save on the ticket price. Click here for details.
Check out our list of vendor picks that you should definitely stop by when you're there.
Queens of Junk
The Punk Rock Flea Market
When: Saturday, December 14 and Sunday, December 15, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where: 461 N. 9th Street
Cost: One-time $3.00 donation for both days
More Info: r5productions.com
About R5 Productions
R5 Productions is a concert promotion agency owned by Sean Agnew. His mission for R5 was to bring affordable shows to Philly with an intimate setting. Sean began the Punk Rock Market as a creative way to raise money for insurance on one of his concert venues. Now his creation is everyone's gain.
Well the results are in for the 56th GRAMMY Awards® nominations for the upcoming show that will air on CBS, Sunday, January 26. Philadelphia continues to groom its artists and the producers, engineers and writers that work behind the scenes to bring you great music.
It’s no surprise that some Philadelphia area names were among those being recognized for their achievements in music this year. The city is continuing to build a legacy of honest, soul-filled music that captures the hearts of the country.
Congrats to those listed as well as all those who have made outstanding contributions to music all year long! Take a look at the list below:
Nominees from the Philadelphia Area
Pink – Song of the Year, Best Pop Duo/Group Performance
William Michael Coleman (Mike Zombie) - Best Rap Song
Darhyl Camper* – Best R&B Song
Christian McBride Trio – Best Jazz Instrumental Album
Randy Brecker – Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album
Tye Tribbett* – Best Gospel /Contemporary Christian Music Performance, Best Gospel Song, Best Gospel Album
Associated with GRAMMY-Nominated projects
Jon Low* – The National/Trouble Will Find Me
Ropeadope Records – Snarky Puppy/Family Dinner Volume One
Ivan Barias*, Carvin Haggins*, Kristal “Tytewriter” Oliver* – TGT/Three Kings
Ivan Barias*, Carvin Haggins*, Johnnie Smurf Smith, Kristal “Tytewriter” Oliver* – Chrisette Michele/Better
*Members of The Recording Academy® Philadelphia Chapter
Watch our video from last year's GRAMMY Week below.
The crew at Mitchell & Ness just took their Midtown store to the next level. Literally.
Last month, to celebrate the launch of the popular vintage sportswear company’s second floor expansion at its flagship store, Philly 360° joined forces with This Is It Philly and threw an exclusive shopping event. And, all of your favorite Philly faces were in the building, including Young Savage, Chill Moody, Dilemma, Young Chris and Laiya St.Clair.
Check out the photos and watch the video below.
In the spirit of the holiday season, a few Eagles players and their wives will be showing PNK Elephant’s customers their appreciation by hosting a slew of Oprah-style giveaways. While vacations and cars are not on the list of things to treat Philly’s most stylish group of ladies, they will have the opportunity to receive Sixers tickets, dresses, personal training and much more.
PNK Elephant is a fashion boutique located on South Street (504 South Street). The pink-themed store is owned by Kijafa Vick (wife of Philadelphia Eagles player Michael Vick) and Blair Sandlain.
The Philadelphia Eagles x PNK Elephant’s “My Favorite Things” Giveaway
When: Thursday, December 5
Where: Infusion Lounge, 16 S. 2nd Street
More Info: pnkelephant.com
The Unflinching Eye: Works of the Tiberino Family Circle When: September 1, 2013 - March 2014 Where: The African American Museum in Philadelphia , 701 Arch Street Cost: $14 admission, $10 students/youth More Info: www.aampmuseum.org In Philly, art, music…
DJ PHSH Presents Friends & Fam When: Saturday, March 15, 10 p.m. Where: Kung Fu Necktie, 1250 N. Front Street Cost: $5 More Info: kungfunecktie.com True Story: Resident Philly turntablist, DJ PHSH is known across the globe for having…