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BBE Recording Artist Laurin Talese Takes Over Philly 360°'s Instagram For The Philly Fourth Of July Jam - July 3 & 4

  • Posted By: James Claiborne
  • July 2, 2014
    • @LaurinDarling takes over Philly 360° Instagram
      • @LaurinDarling takes over Philly 360° Instagram
      • Photo Credit: Original Photo by Sharyn Frenkel Photography / Courtesy of Laurin Talese

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.


Check out this snippet of Laurin Talese's latest single, "This Love." — available for download on iTunes. 


Questlove Brings Back The PSK Party With Rich Medina, DJ Cash Money, DJ Cosmo Baker & More - Thursday, July 3

  • Posted By: James Claiborne
  • July 2, 2014
    • Questlove
      • Questlove
      • Photo Credit: M. Edlow for GPTMC

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! 


Questlove Presents The 2014 Philadelphia Sound Konnoisseurs (PSK)
When: Thursday, July 3| 9 p.m
Where: Voyeur Nightclub | 1221 St. James Street
Cost: $20
More Info: Click here

 

Check out this video for a little background on Questlove's PSK Party! 


Philly 360° Guide: Three Ways To Party With Questlove & The Roots For The Fourth Of July - July 3 & 4

  • Posted By: Ashley Coleman
  • July 1, 2014
    • Celebrate The 4th In Philly
      • Celebrate The 4th In Philly
      • Photo Credit: Kaster for Visit Philadelphia

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. 

    • ?uestlove on the drums, Black Thought on the mic
      • ?uestlove on the drums, Black Thought on the mic
      • Photo Credit: Photo by M. Edlow for GPTMC

1. VH1 Presents The Philly Fourth of July Jam & Fireworks 

Friday, July 4 | Benjamin Franklin Parkway, 20th Street to Eakins Oval | 7 – 11 p.m.

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 Philly Fourth of July Jam Lineup: 

Hip-hop legends The Roots

Singer/songwrtier Arianna Grande 

Soul singer/emcee Aloe Blacc

R&B powerhouse vocalist Jennifer Hudson

MC / pop-sensation Nicki Minaj

GRAMMY-nominated singer/songwriter Ed Sheeran

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2. Party on the Parkway & The Questlove Stage

Friday, July 4 | Benjamin Franklin Parkway, 20th Street to Eakins Oval | 12 – 7 p.m

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 Questlove Stage Lineup & 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. 

UPDATE: Donn T is no longer performing. New set times above.

    • Questlove at the opening of “Ruffneck Constructivists” at the Institute of Contemporary Art
      • Questlove at the opening of “Ruffneck Constructivists” at the Institute of Contemporary Art
      • Photo Credit: D. McDowell for Philly 360°/ Visit Philly

3. Questlove Presents The 2014 Philadelphia Sound Konnoisseurs (PSK)

Thursday, July 3 | Voyeur Nightclub | 1221 St. James Street | 9 p.m. | $20

Leave it to Questlove to get the party started a day early. 

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


Philly’s Summer Turn Up: The Philly Fourth of July Jam, Beyoncé & Jay Z, BlackStar Film Festival, Meek Mill, The Jawn & More

  • Posted By: James Claiborne
  • July 1, 2014
    • Three Ways To Party With Questlove & The Roots For July 4
      • Three Ways To Party With Questlove & The Roots For July 4

Featured Events:

Friday, July 4 – VH1 Presents The Philly Fourth Of July Jam & Fireworks  

The Roots have officially become the face and sound of Philly’s Independence Day celebration. Again this year, Questlove, Black Thought and the entire Roots Crew will star as the headliners and house band for one of the biggest free parties to hit our town—the Philly Fourth of July Jam featuring Nicki Minaj, Jennifer Hudson, Ed Sheeran, Aloe Blacc, Ariana Grand and Vicci Martinez.

Saturday, July 5 – On The Run Tour: Beyoncé & Jay Z

Bey and Jay are on the run. Powerhouse music couple Beyoncé and Jay Z are hitting the road together for a summer stadium tour, and of course they're stopping through Philly. On Saturday, July 5, the Carters land at Citizens Bank Park with the most epic music tour in the history of ever. Grab your tickets now.

Sunday, July 6 – The Jawn

There's no word in the Philly dictionary more adored, or versatile, than "jawn." It can be applied to just about any situation, person or place, but in this case, "The Jawn" means a serious party is about to go down. Each and every Sunday, DJ Cash Money, along with Stacey "Flygirrl" Wilson and a special guest DJ, will bring you the hottest Sunday night party of the summer. You can also catch The Jawn on July 13, 20 and 27.

Friday, July 11 – Veteran Freshman Presents: The Kickback Live

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, including Motown recording artists MPrynt, soulful vocalist Guordan Banks, singer/songwriter Ganou, R&B/folk songstress Brianna Cash and hip-hop artist Bok Nero. This is definitely a can’t-miss concert for the summer.

Thursday, July 17 – Bruno Mars  

Two words: Bruno Mars. Since the 2009 release of his debut album, the pop sensation has been on a fast track to the top—landing five songs on Billboard's Hot 100, performing during this year’s Super Bowl halftime show and selling 130 million singles worldwide. This month, see Mars as he performs at the Susquehanna Bank Center for an unstoppable, arena-rocking night of music.  

Friday, July 18 – Natalie “The Floacist” Stewart

Natalie “The Floacist” Stewart is back with some new music for her Philly fans. As one half of former soul duo Floetry, Stewart co-penned hits like Say Yes, Getting Late and Floetic—forever changing the sound of soul music across the globe. Stop through World Cafe Live on July 18 for a chance to get up close and personal with The Floacist.  

Saturday, July 19 – Meek Mill

Indisputably one of the hottest artists in the rap game right now, Philly-bred MC Meek Mill returns this month to perform a special homecoming concert for his Philly fans at The Liacouras Center. Since releasing his debut studio album Dreams and Nightmares to critical acclaim in 2012, the rapper has collaborated with the biggest names in hip-hop, including Rick Ross, Wale, Drake, Trey Songz, Nicki Minaj, 2 Chainz, Lil Wayne, T.I., Mary J. Blige, John Legend, K. Michelle, Future and Wiz Khalifa.


Philly 360° Spotlights:

    • WATCH: Estelle Shops Philly
      • WATCH: Estelle Shops Philly
      • Photo Credit: D. Alfaro for Philly 360°

Summer Music Guide

You know Philly’s all about the summer, summer, summertime—and things are definitely heating up on the Philly music scene. Whether you’re in the mood to soak up sun and sounds outdoors at The Mann Center or The Dell or take in the sights of South Street before hitting The TLA, there are plenty of shows going down in Philly this summer. Check out our guide.

BlackStar Film Festival

Cinephiles: Hailed as “The Black Sundance” by Ebony magazine, BlackStar Film Festival returns July 31-August 3 for another round of cinematic awesomeness. The Philly-based festival highlights independent films from emerging directors, producers and writers about the global black experience. Be there. #byindiemeansnecessary

Rewind: Backstage Roots Picnic 2014

The seventh annual Roots Picnic just went down, and once again, the Legendary Roots Crew delivered an epic concert for their fans. And of course, Philly 360° was there to cover all of the behind-the-scenes action. HOT 107.9 personality Laiya St.Clair interviewed Philly creatives like Mike Zombie, Dom Streater and Chill Moody. Watch our recap video.  

Exclusive: Estelle In Philly

Though pop sensation Estelle hails from London, she's no stranger to our city. Working with Philly producers on her latest project True Romance, which drops in September, Estelle has a solid lineup of hometown "American boys" shaping her sound. Philly 360° followed along as the international star hit up a few of our favorite Old City boutiques and talked about her love for all things Philadelphia. Watch the video.


BREAKING: Lineup Announced For The Questlove Stage As Part Of The Philly Fourth Of July Jam On The Parkway - Friday, July 4

  • Posted By: Philly 360
  • June 27, 2014
    • Questlove
      • Questlove
      • Photo Credit: M. Edlow for Visit Philadelphia / Philly 360°

Philly, are you ready? No one does Independence Day like we do, and Philly 360° just got some breaking news about some musical action happening for The Fourth. 

Not only are The Roots headlining the nation's biggest free concert for Independence Day with Nicki Minaj, Ed Sheeran, Jennifer Hudson, Aloe Blacc, Ariana Grande and more hitting the stage with them — but they're also bringing you a second stage packed with talent to warm you up for the main event that night.

That's right — we just got our hands on the lineup for Questlove's stage for the Philly Fourth of July Jam, and we're loving the talent Quest picked out. (Especially since we peeped that more than half of the performers are Philly-bred talent.)

So, who made the cut for The Questlove Stage? Find out below. 

Check out the lineup for this year's Questlove Stage as part of the Philly Fourth of July Jam! 

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    • Fancy Reagan
      • Fancy Reagan
    • Starr Island Group presents The Winners' Circle II featuring Good Girl
      • Starr Island Group presents The Winners' Circle II featuring Good Girl
      • Photo Credit: Courtesy of the artists
    • Timothy Bloom
      • Timothy Bloom
      • Photo Credit: Courtesy of the artist
    • Brianna Cash
      • Brianna Cash
      • Photo Credit: Embacy Photography
    • Al 1 Thing
      • Al 1 Thing
      • Photo Credit: Courtesy of the artist
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The Questlove Stage Lineup: 

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. | Rapper, singer and songwriter, Al 1 Thing has quickly made a name for himself in the Philadelphia music scene. With undeniable wordplay and catchy hooks, Al 1 Thing is ready to give The Questlove Stage crowd a performance to remember. 

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. 

UPDATE: Donn T is no longer performing. New set times above.


The Questlove Stage - The Philly Fourth of July Jam
When: Friday, July 4 - Noon - 6 p.m. 
Where: Benjamin Franklin Parkway 
Cost: FREE 
More Info: Click here


This Weekend: New Edition Hits The Mann Center With The All Six Tour - Saturday, June 28

  • Posted By: Ashley Coleman
  • June 27, 2014
    • New Edition
      • New Edition
      • Photo Credit: Courtesy of New Edition

The original members of New Edition — Ronnie, Bobby, Ricky, Mike, Ralph and Johnny — are reuniting for a new album and a summer music tour. And of course, they are bringing their All Six Tour to Philly, landing at popular outdoor Philly music venue, The Mann Center this Saturday, June 28.

New Edition is the epitome of longevity in music business, boasting over 30 years of music, touring and killer vocals. Most of the group has been together since they were kids and they have seen their share of changes over the years. From Johnny, Bobby, and Ralph all experiencing their own solo success to the formation of Bell Biv DeVoe among the remaining members, their bond remains intact.

It was songs like “Mr. Telephone Man” and “Candy Girl” that were the soundtracks to the lives of so many young people who came up loving the group. But it was their ability to keep reinventing themselves that has kept them in the forefront of music over the years. Through the 90s and 2000s we saw the group grow into men with records like “Can You Stand the Rain” and “Hit Me Off.”

The All Six Tour will prove to be a very special evening. The group is set to perform a span of the catalog and have been known to perform some of their solo music in sets as well. Special guest for the evening includes R&B crooner Joe.

In Philly, summer is all about great music under the stars. So, grab your tickets and get ready for a night with one of music’s most influential groups. With all six members present, it's sure to be a unforgettable night.


New Edition – All Six Tour
When: Saturday, June 28, 7:30 pm
Where: Mann Music Center, 5201 Parkside Avenue
Cost: $30-113
More Info: Click here.


The Weekend Turn Up: Trilladelphia, Mighty #Toca, Philly Loves MJ, The Jawn & More

  • Posted By: Blaire Monroe
  • June 27, 2014
    • BASSic Black Entertainment & Sigma Sound Present The Exclusive Philly After Party - Beano
      • BASSic Black Entertainment & Sigma Sound Present The Exclusive Philly After Party - Beano
      • Photo Credit: D. McDowell for GPTMC/Philly 360°

Another dope weekend is about to go down in Philly. Check out our weekend guide for a few must-hit event. Check it out! 


Friday, June 27


Trilladelphia Day 1

Where: PhilaMOCA, 531 N 12th Street
When: 1 - 7 p.m.
Cost: No Cover

Tell your boss that you’ve got to leave early because Aaron Ruxbin and the Actual Fam are bringing out Ethan Dubb, DJ Reck, DJ Sega, Buddy Leezle, Blaqstarr and D$Joe B2B Lowbudget all afternoon and into the evening. Be on the lookout for giveaways and surprise friends.


MIGHTY #toca w. TONY TOUCH

Where: Silk City, 435 Spring Garden Street
When: 10 p.m.
Cost: $5 before 11 pm, $10 after

It's time to get turnt again! Guess who's back?! MIGHTY’s long-time homey, and super official dance-floor maestro Tony Touch aka Tony Toca! Plus Mr. Voodoo Ray will be getting the crowd hyped all night on the mic. It's going to be another proper MIGHTY joint.


Factory Girls’ White Party ft. UNIIQU3

Where: Voyeur, 1221 Saint James Street
When: 10 p.m.
Cost: $7 before midnight, $10 after

Step 1: Dress up in all white. Step 2: Get down with some of the hottest ladies in Philly: Gun$ Garcia, K|Rex, Suga Shay, Yolo Ono, Magglezzz, Ann Artist, Luna Lavey, Rena  Maureen McCloskey, Ariel Leon-Coeur and more.


Goodie No. 24 w/ Bob Moses, Rob Paine & Francisco Collazo

When: Morgan’s Pier, 221 N Columbus Blvd.
Where: 9:30 p.m.
Cost: $5 Tickets

Canadian grown (legally), New York formed duo is one of the latest acts to release on the boutique label Scissor and Thread.


Saturday, June 28

    • Philly Music
      • Philly Music
      • Photo Credit: D. McDowell for Philly 360°/ Visit Philly

Philly Loves MJ

Where: Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 Frankford Avenue
When: 9 p.m.
Cost: $10

From classics to current from remixes to affiliates, Rich Medina, Mike Nyce and David Adams are about to take you on an MJ journey! ‪#‎PhillyLovesMJ. ‬


Strong NYC x Summer of Summer

Where: The Trestle Inn, 339 N 11th Street
When: 8 p.m.

You’ve got SIX whole hours to dance, get to know somebody new, and really marinate in the music. If you're not down at the beach, come spend your Saturday with DJs Bruce & Brian and forget what time it is. Dress comfortably and don't be afraid to sweat a little.


Trilladelphia Night 2

Where: District N9ne, 460 N 9th Street
When: 9 p.m. – 3 a.m.
Cost: $15 Tickets

The Trilladelphia saga continues with Designer Drugs, Bok Bok, Jubilee, Udachi and more. Don’t miss out on this two day turn-up fest.


Juan MacLean with Universal Cave

Where: Morgan’s Pier, 221 N Columbus Blvd
When: 9:30 p.m.
Cost: $5 Tickets

Since the release of 2009’s The Future Will Come, John “Juan” Maclean has stayed quite busy remixing artists like Chairlift, Matthew Dear, The Tough Alliance and forthcoming remixes for Yoko Ono and Stevie Nicks.


Dave P. & Sammy Slice…UNITED

Where: The Dolphin, 1539 S Broad Street
When: 10 p.m.
Cost: $5 Tickets

Expect to hear: indiedance, partytrainanthems, nitemusic, futuristicsounds, uturisticMEGABOMBS — all night long.


Sunday, June 29


The Jawn

Where: Reserve Wine Bar + Lounge, 724 Arch Street
When: 8 p.m.
Cost: $10

Vibe out with Dj Cash Money and host D.R.E.S. Tha Beatnik with opening Dj's Mike Nyce and Joey Blanco. Just a reminder, The Jawn is EVERY Sunday – get familiar.


Willow Talk, Left of Logic, Out of the Beardspace

Where: Silk City, 435 Spring Garden Street
When: 7 p.m.
Cost: $10 Tickets

Willow Talk is New York City's Laura Fisher and Philadelphia's Anders Lindfors. The two have come together to create a new and refreshing take on trip-hop/downtempo music. Their debut LP, Foreign Affairs, was released on October 2nd, 2012--a live show is in the works, as well as plans for additional future material. 


Throwback Thursday: Dyana Williams Breaks Down The Evolution Of Black Music Month

  • Posted By: Philly 360
  • June 26, 2014
    • Diana Ross, Kenny Gamble and Dyana Williams
      • Diana Ross, Kenny Gamble and Dyana Williams
      • Photo Credit: Photo courtesy of Dyana Williams
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This week, in honor of Black Music Month — and throwback Thursday — we're resurfacing a little music history for our followers. Check it out!

The History of Black Music Month 

In 1979, legendary songwriter/producer and founder of Philadelphia International Records Kenny Gamble, along with broadcast executive Ed Wright, founded the Black Music Association, which established June as Black Music Month by decree from President Jimmy Carter.  

In 2000, the United States government officially recognized Black Music Month after radio personality and celebrity media coach Dyana Williams and Congressman Chaka Fattah tirelessly pushed to get the African American Music Bill passed through legislation.

Last year, we caught up with Dyana, who is also fondly referred to as the “Mother of Black Music Month,” to get her to break down how Black Music Month came to be. 


Check out this video of Dyana breaking down the history of Black Music Month! 


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

  • Posted By: Ashley Coleman
  • June 25, 2014
    • Roots Picnic 2014
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      • Photo Credit: m. Edlow for Visit Philadelphia / Philly 360°
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    • Chill Moody rocking the mic at Roots Picnic 2014
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Roots Picnic 2014 just went down and Philly 360° was there to cover all of the action. This year's 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.

Roots Picnic 2014 Performances:

This year's performances were on a whole other level! Who can forget Action Bronson's daring jump to the roof of a food truck, where he laid down an unforgettable set — later tweeting, “I’m always the most memorable. It’s me.” We can't argue with that. 

Philly music lovers were also hype to see Janelle Monae slay the main stage, when just a few years ago, she performed at the Roots Picnic pre-show the night before the Picnic.

BTW — we can't forget to mention the moment when surprise guest Doug E. Fresh joined Snoop and The Roots on stage, performing "Lodi Dodi" for the concert finale. Some moments can only happen onstage at the Roots Picnic, and this was definitely one of those moments.

From surprises like Philly MC Freeway popping out during producer/DJ Just Blaze’s set, to discovering the immense talent of rising artists like Emily Wells, this is a festival that always delivers.

Backstage with Philly 360° & Reebok Classic:

    • Backstage at Roots Picnic with The Philly 360° Reebok Lounge
      • Backstage at Roots Picnic with The Philly 360° Reebok Lounge
      • Photo Credit: M. Edlow for Visit Philadelphia / Philly 360°
    • Backstage at the Roots Picnic with The Philly 360° Reebok Lounge
      • Backstage at the Roots Picnic with The Philly 360° Reebok Lounge
      • Photo Credit: M. Edlow for Visit Philadelphia / Philly 360
    • Backstage at Roots Picnic with The Philly 360° Reebok Lounge
      • Backstage at Roots Picnic with The Philly 360° Reebok Lounge
      • Photo Credit: M. Edlow for Visit Philadelphia / Philly 360°
    • Backstage at Roots Picnic with The Philly 360° Reebok Lounge
      • Backstage at Roots Picnic with The Philly 360° Reebok Lounge
      • Photo Credit: m. Edlow for Visit Philadelphia / Philly 360°
    • Backstage at the Roots Picnic with The Philly 360° Reebok Lounge
      • Backstage at the Roots Picnic with The Philly 360° Reebok Lounge
      • Photo Credit: M. Edlow for Visit Philadelphia / Philly 360°
    • Backstage at Roots Picnic with The Philly 360° Reebok Lounge
      • Backstage at Roots Picnic with The Philly 360° Reebok Lounge
      • Photo Credit: M. Edlow for Visit Philadelphia / Philly 360°
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This 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. 

With an incomparable gathering of the who's-who from Philly's creative scene, backstage at Roots Picnic is always lively. Along with laughing, grabbing a bite, and socializing with other Philly creatives, backstage guests got a chance to show off their b-ball skills on the Roots Picnic basketball court, courtesy of Reebok.  

We navigated the newly renovated terrain at Festival Pier, which now includes sand for a beach-like vibe, to bring you exclusive footage and interviews with many of the great artists that were either performing, or simply there to enjoy the show.

Our correspondent for the day, Hot 107.9 on-air personality Laiya St.Clair caught up with members of The RootsMike ZombieYazz the GreatestDom Streaterand Gravy of the Phatboiz among others. So, take a look at our video recap below.

And, tell us — what were some of your favorite Roots Picnic 2014 moments? Also, if you scored one of our "Philly Love" t-shirt at our Roots Picnic giveaway station, snap a selfie and tag us on social with #Philly360. 


Watch our official recap of Roots Picnic 2014 below. Also, click here to view our Picnic photo album on Facebook.  


The Weekend Turn Up: Camp Moody, Illadelph Xperiment, Make Music Philly, KRT Tees Vs. Tanks, Black Girls Rock Hard & More - June 20 - 22

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  • June 20, 2014
    • Aaron Camper & Friends Takeover The Stage
      • Aaron Camper & Friends Takeover The Stage
      • Photo Credit: D. McDowell for Philly 360°/ Visit Philly
    • Chill Moody, Beano & Hank McCoy Drop "Who Do You Love… More?"
      • Chill Moody, Beano & Hank McCoy Drop "Who Do You Love… More?"
      • Photo Credit: D. McDowell for Philly 360°/ Visit Philly
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The weekend is finally here, and it's definitely time to turn-up — Philly style! This weekend, there are tons of parties, concerts and other dope events going down around the city. And, as always, Philly 360° is bringing you a list of must-hit events. The Illadelph Xperiment, Camp Moody, R&B Collective, Make Music Philly, Tees Vs. Tanks, and more — this weekend is going to be epic.

So, grab your crew, hit the streets and have some fun. Let's go! 


Philly 360° Weekend Turn Up Picks:

    • Make Music Philly
      • Make Music Philly
      • Photo Credit: Courtesy of Make Music Philly
    • DJ PHSH at the opening of “Ruffneck Constructivists” at the Institute of Contemporary Art
      • DJ PHSH at the opening of “Ruffneck Constructivists” at the Institute of Contemporary Art
      • Photo Credit: D. McDowell for Philly 360°/ Visit Philly
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Camp Moody Tour

When: Friday, June 20, 8 p.m. 
Where: Hard Rock Café, 12th & Market Streets
Cost: $12-15
More Details: Click here

It looks like two of the brightest upcoming artists from the Philly area are teaming up to put on an amazing four city tour! That’s right West Philly emcee Chill Moody and singing sensation Aaron Camper are coming together for the Camp Moody Tourpresented by #thisisclassicphilly.

 

The Illadelph Xperiment 

When: Friday, June 20, 9 p.m. - 3:30 a.m. 
Where: Trilogy Nightclub & Hookah Lounge, 601 Spring Garden Street
Cost: $10 before 11 p.m. | $20 after
More Info: Get more details here

Three floors, a dozen DJs, five live artists, hookah and drink specials? Another dope Philly party is about to go down. 

Flygirrl brings back one of the dopest parties to hit Philly, The Illadelph Xperiment. The lineup includes DJs Rich Medina, Qool Dj Marv, Mike Nyce, Illvibe Collection with DJ Sonny James, PHSH, Skipmode and more.


Make Music Philly 

When: Saturday, June 21
Where: Various Location 
Cost: Free
More Info: Click here for more details. 

On June 21, Philadelphia will join more than 500 other cities worldwide in shining a spotlight on local music. The free Make Music Philly is the city’s only DIY music festival, featuring thousands of local musicians and artists of every genre doing what Philly does best—laying down some serious live music.

    • Curran J. Swint
      • Curran J. Swint
      • Photo Credit: M. Edlow for GPTMC

KRT Tees Vs. Tanks Brand Basketball Tournament 

When: Saturday, June 21, 12 - 4 p.m. 
Where: Parkside Evans Playground located at 53rd and Parkside
Cost: Free 
More Info: Click here

Curran J. Swint is one of the city's hottest emerging style entrepreneurs, and his blog and lifestyle brand, Kings Rule Together (K.R.T.) has received major accolades from some of today's top artists, tastemakers and celebs. 

This month, Curran J brings back one of his hottest concepts back for the third year, The KRT Tees Vs. Tanks Brand Basketball Game in West Philly. On Saturday, June 21 KRT will join over 30 brands that will descend upon Parkside Evans Playground to compete for the championship trophy — and the top player from the winning team will also take home the MVK “Most Valuable King” trophy.


DJ PHSH Presents Friends & Fam

When: Saturday, June 21, 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 mad skills on the 1's and 2's. 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 stays on the move. 

    • Suzann Christine
      • Suzann Christine
      • Photo Credit: Courtesy of the artists

“Stop the Violence” Kickback Festival

When: Saturday, June 21, 12 - 8 p.m. 
Where: 55th & Chester Avenue
Cost: Free
More Info: Get more details here.

Last time Philly 360° caught up with Mont Brown, the West Philadelphia MC was raising money for a local high school throughcelebrity basketball game. Now, along with Pace-O Beats,  the Philly-based do-gooder is back on the scene with another dope way for his fans to pay it forward and give back to their community, The Stop The Violence Kickback Concert

Hot 107.9 FM’s Kyle At The Club will host the event, which features free food and live performances by some of the area's hottest artists and DJs, including Chill Moody, ARF Band, Beano, Suzann Christine, Gillie Da Kid, Lee Mazin, Just Frenchie and more. 


The R&B Collective With Jaye Sanders

When: Sunday, June 22, 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. This time around they teamed up  with the soulful songstress Jaye Sanders to present an exciting evening of music with a few special guests. 


Black Girls Rock Hard

When: Sunday, June 22, 8 p.m. 
Where: Hard Rock Cafe Philadelphia, 12th and Market Street 
Cost: $20 - 25
More Info: Buy tickets online here

It's ladies night at The Hard Rock. That's right — this weekend some of the hottest female talents from Philly, and beyond, will hit the stage at the Hard Rock Cafe Philadelphia for Black Girls Rock HardPresented by Moshay Laren and Lyn Brown Music Group, this rock-tastic music showcase features a dope lineup of artists, including Nafesa, Jae, Tracey Preston, Chartel, Suzann Christine, Black Alleyand BriaMarie.


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