Your guide to Philly's diverse creative scene, nightlife, music, food & more
Philly, we've got another addition to your Black History weekend activities. Next up — the Roger Lee Dance Company brings back its wildly successful Black History Celebration Concert Series. The explosive dance show features new works by artistic director and choreographer Roger Lee and his hand-selected lineup of six talented guest choreographers.
Each performance has soulful dancing and music, a question and answer session with the artists, creating an emotional and entertaining dance experience.
A 26-year-old dance entrepreneur, educator, artist, and media personality, Roger Lee created this annual dance celebration in effort to bring more dance events celebrating black history month in his hometown of Philly. The rest is history.
For 2015 showcase, Act 1 features the work of guest choreographers Kristen Wilson, Sonia James Pennington, Michael Nguyen, Kyle and Dinita Clark, and Natalia Baxter. Their pieces celebrate several facets of black history including freedom, integration, the black church, and urban culture.
Act 2 features new work by artistic director and choreographer Roger Lee. His 4-part piece celebrates black history through jazz, praise, hip-hop, and contemporary dance. Joining Lee on stage is his company of talented professional dancers including Natalia Baxter, Sekai Harris, Tiana Ligon and Jackie McLay.
This year's show runs Friday, February 6 and Saturday, February 7 at 8 pm at The Performance Garage. Tickets are on sale now, and going fast — so grab your seat now!
FringeArts, formerly known as the Philadelphia Live Arts Festival and Philly Fringe, now has a permanent home for the arts on Philly's Delaware River waterfront.
Housed within a historic 1903 former pumping station beneath the Benjamin Franklin Bridge, FringeArts now offers concerts, theater performances and special events throughout the year in its new, state-of-the-art venue.
Celebrating the stature and wisdom of the Divine Feminine across cultures, FringeArts hosts a live collaboration of groundbreaking artists in music, video, and dance. This Friday, these powerful, genre-defying acts join forces on stage to create a once-in-the-history-of-the-world event, curated by Philly DJ extraordinaire King Britt and choreographer Kate Watson-Wallace.
You can find more details on the show and the lineup below.
FringeArts Presents: The Divine Feminine
When: Friday, February 6, 8 p.m.
Where: FringeArts, 140 N. Columbus Avenue
Cost: $15 advance, $20 at the door
More Info: Click here.
Xenia Rubinos (vocals) is a music maker who uses her powerful voice to create beats and melodies from scratch.
Low Leaf (harp and electronics) is a Los Angeles based multi-instrumentalist, vocalist, composer, and producer.
Ryat (electronics and vocals) has a “maximalist production” approach, often experimenting in electronics, odd time signatures, vocal looping, and lush soundscapes.
Monica McIntyre (cello) seamlessly blends blues, soul, classical, jazz, reggae, and Middle Eastern sounds into an unforgettable musical landscape.
Jasmine Hearn (dance) is a new breed of dancer, choreographer, performer, collaborator, storyteller, artist, and activist.
Linda Aubry Bullock (visuals) creates stop motion animation, video collages, and sound art, favoring intense, nuanced color and the borders between abstract and concrete.
The after party features the DJ duo The Queens (DJ) throwing down more tunes of the Divine Feminine. The Queens Playback Radio.
GRAMMY-nominated artist Mali Music is one of the hottest names to emerge from the underground music scene this year. And, this month, he is coming to Philadelphia on February 11, performing at World Café Live for an unstoppable night of R&B/soul music.
His latest album Mali is has garnered the attention of fans and the industry alike. A personal project for the singer, Mali wrote every song and even produced a large majority of the records. He also enlisted the help of producers Jerry “Wonda” Duplessis and D’ Mile to work on the project. With this project with songs like “Beautiful,” “No Fun Alone” and “Little Lady,” Mali brings rap, poetry, blues and soulful vocals to the table.
Starting out playing in church with no training, Mali saw the power of music at a very early age, stating in an interview “I had a responsibility early on, and I realized music could make you cry, make you dance or even change your life.”
After receiving a computer and recording equipment at the age of 15, Mali began recording song after song. Eventually posting the music online would build Mali a strong online following across the country. After receiving multiple requests to perform, Mali traveled the country with his music and its message.
After an amazing performance on the BET Awards’ Music Matters Stage, Mali's hard work and talent landed him a record deal with Mark Pitt’s ByStorm Entertainment as a part of RCA Records. Since then, Mali has performed at Essence Festival and even landed a GRAMMY nod for the Urban Contemporary Music.
So, it’s quite possible that when Mali lands in Philadelphia, he could be sailing high off the win of some pretty fine GRAMMY hardware. But, either way he is sure to give a great show, so grab your tickets now.
Fam, we've got another contest coming your way! This time, we're giving ten lucky winners pairs of tickets to catch comedian and actor Chris Tucker live at Tower Theater on Friday, February 6.
Chris Tucker has been making us laugh for years—from the Rush Hour franchise to classics like Friday and many more. (Shout out to the movie that started, "Bye Felicia.") And now, Tucker is making his way to Philly to do stand-up for one night only.
Want to be there? We've got you. Enter below for a chance to win. Contest ends Wednesday, February 4, at noon. Click here for the official rules. Good luck!
Chris Tucker Live
When: Friday, February 6 | 8 p.m.
Where: Tower Theater, Upper Darby, PA
Cost: $63 - $84.75
More Info: Buy tickets here.
After sifting through applications from some of the top DJs in the nation, an expert panel of judges, including DJ Jazzy Jeff, Four Color Zack, DJ Hedspin, Skratch Bastid, and Z-Trip, have selected 60+ participants to compete across 12 regional qualifiers leading up to the 2015 Red Bull Thre3style USA Championships.
This weekend, The Philadelphia regional qualifier lands at the popular Midtown hotspot, Voyeur for a can't-miss competition with some of the area's hottest talents. On Friday, January 30, five DJs — Impulse, Patrice McBride, FingerSmith, Reed Streets, Royale — will battle it out for the prize.
Each DJ gets a 15-minute shift where they can play whatever they like, as long as they have at least three styles or genres of music in that time. It doesn’t matter what genres of music are chosen so long as the DJ can make them work together.
Judging the competition will be 2012 World Thre3Style Champion Four Color Zack, 2013 East Region Thre3Style Champion Matthew Law (DJ PHSH), and Hall of Fame Philly veteran DJ Cash Money.
When the smoke clears, the judges will select one DJ, based on technical ability and crowd reaction, to advance to the Red Bull Thre3style USA Championships in Phoenix, AZ. Out of the 12 regional winners ultimately one DJ will advance to represent the USA in the 2015 Red Bull Thre3style World DJ Championships in Tokyo, Japan.
Philly's definitely got this one in the bag. Do you think one of this DJs is a sure win? Let us know who you are rooting for in the comments below.
Philly's own emcee, producer, creator triplethreat Hezekiah just released a new single “Hologram Dreams” featuring Range da Messenger. And, this week the track hits hard on the next edition of the Philly 360° Playlist.
“Hologram Dreams” is heavy with piano and organ and reminiscent of Kanye’s early soulful samples. Range’s rasp is the perfect addition to the track, adding just a bit of grit to the truth-filled concept. The lyrics take on the idea of chasing after material things only to realize that those aren’t the things that truly matter in life.
The record will be featured on Hezekiah’s upcoming EP, Dreams Don’t Chase Themselves. In interviews, Hezekiah explained that this is a very personal project for him in which he did all the writing and the production himself. A known collaborator, his recent work moved away from that idea. He has worked with bassist Tone Whitfield on projects collectively known as Johnny Popcorn which featured a more alternative rock feel. Taking a little over a year to put the new project together Hezekiah's newest work is finally here for fans’ listening pleasure.
A native of Chester, Pennsylvania, Hezekiah is no stranger to the Philadelphia music scene. From putting out a number of his own solo projects, he has worked with a number of recognizable names, including The Roots, Bilal, Musiq Souldchild, Eric Roberson, Kindred the Family Soul and more.
Hezekiah is also the founder of Beat Society, which is one of the most hard core producer showcases that has reigned for years. Dubbed the official party spotlighting the art of beat making, it has featured so many talented artists and producers throughout its existence. Some with great Philly ties like Antman Wonder, Chill Moody, and Jahlil Beats. The series alternates between multiple cities on the east coast.
A talented artist and passionate creator, Hezekiah is an all-around artist to get familiar with. From writing and producing to even directing the latest vid for “Hologram Dreams” there doesn’t seem to be much he can’t do. Check out the single below and let us know what you think in the comments!
This weekend, much-loved singer/songwriter Tweet makes an exciting appearance with her highly anticipated performance, The Return of the Hummingbird at the Hard Rock Cafe in Philadelphia. Known for her breakout hits, "Oops (Oh My)" and "Call Me," Tweet is ready to make Philly fans fall in love all over again with her deliciously soft, melodic vocals, honest lyrics and infectious melodies.
Tweet first landed on the scene with her 2002 debut album, Southern Hummingbird, which was produced in part by Missy Elliot and was hailed as an instant classic by R&B/soul music lovers everywhere. Now, with over a decade of industry experiences under her belt, Tweet's signature smooth vocals, clean production and undeniable grooves have built a serious following of die-hard fans.
And, trust us — as the home to some of the world's finest soul vocalist and musicians, Philly is definitely still feeling Tweet's sound. Philadelphia fans last saw the sultry siren live on stage alongside our city's own in-demand trombonist, Jeff Bradshaw. Last year, Tweet joined an all-star cast, including Robert Glasper, Kim Burrell, Marsha Ambrosius and Take 6, for a live recording at The Kimmel Center of Bradshaw's forthcoming album.
This Sunday, you can be one of the first to experience The Return of the Hummingbird featuring Tweet, Musical Director Jeff Bradshaw and more at 7 p.m. on at Hard Rock Cafe. Get the deets below.
The arts community in Philadelphia is a vibrant, breathing collective of unique individuals. Amongst the brightest and most talented are the Tiberinos, a family of dedicated, masterful artists with a history as rich as the work they produce.
Regarded as one of Philadelphia's best kept secrets in the arts, they will be bringing their family's legacy to the silver screen with the premiere of a feature length documentary entitled, “Tiberino: The Art of Life”. Produced over a three year period, the film serves as a chronicle of the family's history as Philadelphians and artists. Directed by local filmmaker, Derrick Woodyard, and family patriarch, Joseph Tiberino, the documentary features interviews of artists and friends closest to the family including Danny Simmons.
The doors will open at 6:30 p.m. followed by a red carpet cocktail hour from 7- 8 p.m. with the screening of the film proceeding immediately after. A question and answer discussion of the film will commence after the screening with a panel featuring the filmmaker and members of the Tiberino family. The night will end with a mixer to allow attendees to meet and mingle with the artists.
Brittany DeShields is about her business. The self-taught seamstress has made waves in the fashion world since she debuted her line of ready wear dresses B. Des in 2008 and later released the Brittany DeShields Collection. Since then, Brittany has distinguished herself as a designer with a winning entrepreneurial spirit and outlook.
This month, American Dreaming returns with DeShields as the featured talent for their hot new concept, Passion Share. For this inaugural event, the buzz-worthy designer will give attendees the skills they need to fashion their own dope wears from scratch.
The two-day, two hour classes will teach attendees how to use a sewing machine, all the different notions and tools needed for sewing, measuring, cutting and other techniques. Attendees will also learn how to make a pattern and sew a simple dress for yourself. American Dreaming will provide the fabric and pattern paper.
FYI — if you have a sewing machine, then you are encouraged to bring it along. Otherwise they will have sewing machines available to rent for the two-day course.
World Changers: Here's the perfect chance to give back to your community, and honor the legacy and life work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. This Monday, January 19, thousands of volunteers will take to the streets of Philadelphia for one of the country's largest service projects, The 20th Annual Greater Philadelphia MLK Day of Service.
Want in on the MLK Day of Service action? Then make your way to Philly, and join in one of the many service projects in need of a few helping hands. From mural paintings, and park clean-ups to concerts and other MLK inspired performances, Philly will be buzzing with tons of activities geared toward making a brighter tomorrow for all.
Visit the MLK Day of Service website to register, and browse the full lists of projects and events. As always, we've pulled together a list of Philly 360° Top Picks to get you started. But first, grab a little MLK inspiration by watching this video produced by Art Sanctuary with over a dozen Philadelphia leaders, artists and everyday heroes reading Dr. King's iconic "Letter from a Birmingham Jail."
Be sure to check out this MLK inspired video from Art Sanctuary, and our Philly 360° MLK Day of Service Top Picks below.
Monday, January 19, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
The African American Museum in Philadelphia celebrates MLK Day with a special day of workshops, performances and volunteer opportunities. Guests are invited to donate food for the ChAAMPs Against Hunger Philabundance Food Drive, engage in hands-on service projects, and explore the museum's exhibits throughout the day. The celebrate also features special MLK inspired performances, including a break dance workshop, a performance by the Walnut Street Theater Company, and a show stopping appearane by the Universal African Dance and Drum Ensemble. MORE INFO
Monday, January 19, 1:30 p.m.
Celebrate the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with The Philadelphia Orchestra. Music director Yannick Nézet-Séguin leads the orchestra in their 25th annual free performance during the MLK Day of Service at Girard College. The 90-minute concert includes the world premiere of the first movement of composer Hannibal’s One Land, One River, One People, a work commissioned by the orchestra which will debut in its entirety in November 2015. MORE INFO
Saturday, January 17 - Monday, January 19
Eastern State Penitentiary honors Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day with special readings of King’s “Letter from Birmingham Jail” during the holiday weekend. Listen to excerpts read from Dr. King’s letter–written 50 years ago three times a day on Saturday, Sunday and Monday at 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Children ages 7-12 can create artwork in response to the letter from 10:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. each day. The events are free and open to the public. Free tickets are available online here or at the door subject to availability. MORE INFO
When: Monday, January 19
This year, the Philadelphia Museum of Art will again serve as a workshop site for the Philly's MLK Day of Service. Throughout the day workshops will be held for people of all ages. Make art and give back to your community—create greeting-cards that will be distributed by MANNA. Family tours and dance performances provide inspiration on this important day. Museum admission will be pay-what-you-wish in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. MORE INFO
Monday, January 19
Participate in a Science Scavenger Hunt and discover the amazing breakthroughs made by famous African American scientists. Young guest will have the opportunity to make a colorful and inspirational dreamcatcher, and Dr. King's powerful "I Have Dream" speech will be broadcast once an hour at the Benjamin Franklin National Memorial. MORE INFO
Represent: 200 Years of African American Art When: January 10, 2015 - April 5, 2015 Where: The Philadelphia Museum of Art, Cost: Included with the cost of general museum admission. More Info: Click here for details. This winter, the…
As We See It: Selected Works from the Petrucci Family Foundation Collection of African American Art When: February 5 - March 21, 2015 Where: The African American Museum in Philadelphia, 701 Arch Street Cost: Museum Admission, $10-14 | Free…
The Winners Circle III Featuring MPrynt, Good Girl & Jeremy Isaac When: Thursday, March 5, 7:30 p.m. Where: The TLA, 334 South Street Cost: $15 More Info: Buy tickets online here. Motown recording artists MPrynt takes harmony to another…