Your guide to Philly's diverse creative scene, nightlife, music, food & more
The cutting-edge musical initiative PHL Live Center Stage is back for the second year and they are kicking it off big at The TLA on South Street on Tuesday, August 18.
The large scale project launched last year and gave tons of musicians in the city the opportunity to have their music heard through contest and live concerts. Now partnering with Philly Fashion Week, this kick-off will feature fun, fashion and music by Philly’s own Chill Moody and Kid Felix.
PHL Live was developed and nurtured from the office of Councilman At-Large David Oh, the Chairman of City Council’s Committee on Global Opportunities and Creative/Innovative Economy. As way to bring more attention to the talented artists in the city, PHL Live consisted of multiple music competitions across 10 genre categories to give artists more platforms for exposure and opportunities to grow their brands.
This year’s competition will be open to entries on the day of the kickoff. PHL Live is inviting artists, bands and musicians of every genre to submit their original music for the opportunity to compete for amazing prize packages and other performance opportunities around the city.
The submission period starts on August 18 and runs through September 30. Artists interested in submitting will be able to do so at www.phllive.org.
In the meantime, be sure to grab your ticket to the kickoff celebration at the TLA. In addition to great music, there will also be a Philly Fashion Week fashion show to celebrate their upcoming 10th anniversary. PHL Live is blazing the trail and celebrating all of the great things happening across the city's creative economy.
Philly! On Friday, July 31, The City of Philadelphia and First Person Arts will team up to address hot-button, timely and relevant issues affecting black males through personal storytelling and performance.
That evening, the Suzanne Roberts Theatre, anchored along Philadelphia's Avenue of the Arts, will host a must-hit program headlined by Tarik 'Black Thought' Trotter, lead MC of hip-hop legends and hometown favorites, The Roots.
Along with Black Thought, BEyond Expectations: Engaging Men of Color will feature Philly-based DJ and producer Rich Medina, celebrity boxer Bernard Hopkins, along with a curated list of local storytellers and community members. Together, the group will share real-life inspired stories that shed light on the true perspectives of African-American males here in Philadelphia, and beyond.
“African American men in the country face unique challenges,” said Dr. Arthur C. Evans, Commissioner of the DBHIDS. “By giving them a forum to tell their stories in their own voice, the city will be able to better address their mental health and wellness needs.”
A pre-event reception invites the general public to meet with Engaging Men of Color creator Commissioner Dr. Arthur C. Evans and a post-show talkback will allow audiences to talk about ways the City of Philadelphia can help promote health and wellness in the African American community.
Tickets for this event are $15, but Philly 360° has partnered with First Person Arts to provide a $10 discounted ticket for our followers. Simply enter the code PHILLY360 at check out. There are a limited number of discounted tickets available, so grab yours now. We'll see you there!
BEyond Expectations: Engaging Men of Color
When: Friday, July 31, 8 p.m.
Where: Suzanne Roberts Theater, 480 S Broad Street
Cost: $15, Discounted $10 with the promotion code PHILLY360
More Info: Click here for details.
As a singer, songwriter, musician and composer, Lydia Rene's versatility gives her music an undeniable rich sound.
The soulful singer/songwriter was raised right outside of Philly and cites Jill Scott as one of her influences in crafting her rich sound and poignant, positive music. She was raised in a musical family where the bare minimum was learning piano. Outside of her solo efforts, Rene has also been able to work with some talented artists in their own right.
She really began writing songs for others after a chance opportunity with producers Tejumold and Johari Newton who were a part of the classic Miseducation of Lauryn Hill project. She has worked and performed with artists like Eric Roberson, Jaguar Wright, Jean Baylor and more.
On Tuesday, July 28, Lydia Rene headlines the next edition of Pier Entertainments popular new artist showcase, The Souncheck Series at Pub Web.
Philadelphia has just brought home another big win! Last week, thousands of youth poets from around the globe, descended upon Atlanta, GA for the annual Brave New Voices Competition. For the ninth consecutive year, the city of brotherly love and sisterly affection was repped strong by a talented team of youth organized by Philly Youth Poetry Movement.
Well, we're proud to announce that Philly Youth Poetry Movement, affectionately known as PYPM, was once again awarded the Brave New Voices first place prize and is bringing home one of the coveted titles for the fourth time since 2006. We're definitely Philly proud of this stellar team's accomplishments!
The winning squad, comprised of nine of PYPM's top poets, was formed through a series of slams competitions held at The Rotunda and other venues for area students. Each of the BNV2015 award-winning poets competed in a series of regionals and semi-finals and ultimately made it to the main stage of the Suzanne Roberts Theater in May to compete in the 2015 Philly Youth Poetry Movement finals.
A heated, moving and entertaining competition, PYPM finals saw some of the city's fiercest youth poets take the stage to battle it out, sharing powerful, often personal stories and messages through performance poetry.
Started in 2006 by Philly-based poet and arts advocated Gregory Corbin, Philly Youth Poetry Movement has impacted the lives of thousands of teens through its yearlong schedule spoken word events, programs and workshops. No stranger to the Brave New Voices competition, PYPM slam teams brought home the 3rd place title in 2006, first place in 2007 and 2011 and was featured in a Brave New Voices HBO special during the 2008 conference in Washington DC.
You can hear more from Corbin below and be sure to check out the PYPM Youtube channel for performance recaps.
Another monumental win for Philly Youth Poetry Movement and the entire city — join us as we celebrate the 2015 PYPM winning team with their signature pre-show chant;
You can learn more about Philly Youth Poetry Movement's programs and upcoming events at pypmphilly.org.
The wait is over. Sing for You EP, the new EP of native Philly singer/songwriter Julian King is finally here. Since the project dropped last week, the entire city has been buzzing about the project. We're definitely here for it and bringing it straight to you for this week's Philly 360° Playlist.
The upbeat project showcases King's impressive, mature vocals, yet still maintains a fresh, young pop feel. Sing For You's R&B sound is versatile and highlights the writing of The TRND, which is made up of Kristal “Tytewriter” Oliver and Kris Murray. King and his team enlisted the help of heavy weight producers for the 7-song EP including GRAMMY-winner Bryan Michael Cox on “No Love” and GRAMMY-nominated Ivan Barias for “Mine.”
On the EP, Julian also showcases his songwriting skills as well — he is credited with co-writing all seven tracks on the project. An all-around musician and performer, King sings, writes, plays keys and guitar and can dance like no other. Under the guidance of Mama’s Boys Entertainment and Twenty20 Entertainment, King is coming for the top spot.
His single “No Strings” garnered over 51,000 plays on Soundcloud and continues to stand out as one of top tracks on the EP. King also recently released the smooth mid-tempo song “Unforgettable.”
In a recent trip to NY, King wowed the legendary SOB’s crowd at Sol Village, the monthly artist showcase hosted by singer/songwriter Eric Roberson, who is definitely no strange to Philadelphia music lovers. This week, Julian King is heading back to the Philly stage for a Tuesday, July 21 concert and album release at Pub Webb Live as a part of the popular SoundCheck Series.
Both a headlining performance and album release celebration, you are sure to be in for a treat. We’re hearing special guests! Grab your tickets now and take a listen to the Sing For You EP below and let us know what you think in the comments.
After slaying her headlining performing at Roots Picnic 2015, the reigning queen of new school soul, Erykah Badu returns to Philadelphia for a must-see live show at The Dell Music Center in Fairmount Park.
Badu has deep roots in Philly and mad love for our Philly-born talents. Over her careers she's worked alongside legendary Philly talents, like Questlove and James Poyser of The Roots, to craft her signature style of afrofuturistic, throwback soul.
And yes, there's no question about it — Philly definitely loves Badu back.
The August 16 show at The Dell will also feature a performance by UK pop/soul diva Estelle — who is certainly no stanger to the Philly music scene. She's worked with some of Philly's top producers, like Carvin & Ivan of Forever Music and Mama's Boys Music Group, Pop & Oak of Goooooooo!!! Music and Starr Island Group, Vidal Davis and Andre Harris.
Philly 360° last caught up with Estelle when we followed along as she hit a few of her favorite Philadelphia shops. You can check that video out below.
So, August 13, all roads lead to The Dell for another can't-miss concert under the Philly summer sky. Grab your tickets soon, this one is guaranteed to sell out fast. Let's go!
Philadelphia's newest tattoo-centric celebration, Booze & Tattoos is centered around tattoo culture and other relevant subcultures with a fun pageant component and plenty of spirits to share. A full-fledged Philly party, this event will feature live music by Dibbs & the Detonators, The Workhorse III and Dj SnKpaK, in-house tattooing and a live tattoo pageant featuring tattoo enthusiast donning some of Philly’s finest designs.
Want to join in the fun and attend this inked-up party? Great, because we're hooking up a few lucky readers with a pair of tickets to the show. Just complete the below entry form for your chance to win.
As a part of the bubbling new event SoundCheck Series hosted by Pier Entertainment at Pub Webb Live, a brand new venue located near Temple’s Campus, singer/songwriter Julian King will headline on Tuesday, July 21. The new series has featured some of the most highly sought after acts in the area and King is set to deliver a full set with songs from the new EP and a few surprise guests.
The wait is almost over for the highly anticipated “Sing For You” EP which is due out Friday, July 17 and will be available for free download. The 7-track EP has records from producers like Bryan Michael Cox, B.A.M. and many more and has yielded high performing singles like “No Strings” and “Unforgettable.” This gives you just enough time for you to learn all the words and sing at the top of your lungs at the upcoming show.
UPDATE: Julian King's EP Sing For You was released last week. You can check out our feature on the Philly 360° Playlist here.
King recently wowed crowds at his performance earlier in the summer at The Underground Arts and on the Questlove Stage during Philadelphia's Wawa Welcome America festival. A Philly native, King is a product of the prestigious Philadelphia High School for Creative and Performing Arts, which has yielded many great artists including Jazmine Sullivan, Boyz II Men, Black Thought and Questlove of the Legendary Roots Crew and many more.
Staking his claim as one of the premiere artists to watch, it’s not hard to tell that this is only the beginning for Julian King. A well-rounded performer, King's live sets include dance, classical instruments and much more, so we can only imagine what he has in store for his upcoming Pub Webb concert.
Grab your tickets now, it will definitely be a show worth your while!
It's back. Hailed as “the black Sundance” by Ebony magazine, the 2015 BlackStar Film Festival makes its return to Philly for a fourth round of cinematic awesomeness.
From July 30 to August 2, BlackStar will once again put Philly on the map as a go-to destination for black filmmakers and film lovers, alike. With the release of the 2015 schedule, BlackStar continues to build buzz and gain attention and accolades from industry creatives, film buffs and press here in Philadelphia, and beyond.
For year four, BlackStar Film Festival returns to University City, anchoring the festival at three locations; International House, Institute for Contemporary Art and World Cafe Live. World premieres, interviews with filmmakers, a short films series, in-depth workshops, mixers, plenty of free events and more — BlackStar 2015 has got it all.
The festival pass is $150 and grants holder access to all of the events, including the closing ceremony at World Cafe Live. Tickets for the individual screenings are $12 with discounts for students, seniors and International House members. Also, be sure to check the schedule to get details on BlackStar's free screenings and panel discussions at ICA.
To get you started, we've pulled together a list of our top picks for this year. You can check out our picks and the film descriptions from blackstarfest.org, below. But seriously, with a lineup like this, you'll want and need to see it all.
So, grab your movie-loving crew, spread the word and come out to experience this Philadelphia-born treasure firsthand. We'll see you there!
4:10 p.m., International House
Chronicling the story of nine young Brooklynites over the course of one day, this complex debut feature from writer-director Nefertite Nguvu tells their stories of personal growth and the power of choice and action. MORE INFO & TICKETS
7 - 11 p.m., City Tap House
Join BlackStar the Opening Night Reception. Mingle with filmmakers, special guests and community supporters for a special evening kicking off the 4th BlackStar Film Festival. Music by DJ Mr. Femstar of WORLDTOWN. MORE INFO & TICKETS
8:25 p.m., International House
Shot in 2002, Red Bone Guerrillas chronicles what happens when fictional filmmaker Bonita Evans sets out to document acting legend Magenta Bergenstein, and stumbles upon the beginnings of the counterculture performance art group, the Red Bone Guerillas. MORE INFO & TICKETS
11:30 a.m., Institute of Contemporary Art
This workshop examines the design process involved in the visually and poetically arresting film, In The Morning. The panel includes writer/director Nefertite Nguvu and her collaborators: costume designer Neshea Lemle and production designer Susan Linss as they discuss their process in establishing the world of their contemporary Brooklyn-based characters. MORE INFO & TICKETS
3:40 p.m., International House
From Panama to Nigeria and across the African diaspora, communities and individuals alike perform daily practices and elaborate rituals to call on the spirit world for guidance. This program presents shorts that depict a diverse array of such stories, from the memories of elders in Bahia, to the personal journey of a queer gender non-conforming Nigerian back home to connect with Orisha. MORE INFO & TICKETS
8:45 p.m., International House
Not known to many, Nollywood is one of the largest movie producers putting them ahead of Hollywood and just behind India’s Bollywood. The Haitian actor Jimmy Jean-Louis makes his directorial debut with this documentary, taking us on a journey that gives us insight into the heart of burgeoning African cinema. MORE INFO & TICKETS
3:20 p.m., Institue of Contemporary Art
The Art of Ama Ata Aidoo, directed by Yaba Badoe, explores the artistic contribution of one of Africa’s foremost woman writers. The film charts Aidoo’s creative journey over a life that spans seven decades, from the early years in colonial Ghana and the tumultuous era of independence to a more sober present-day Africa. MORE INFO & TICKETS
6 p.m., International House
For 80-year-old poet Sonia Sanchez, writing is both a personal and political act. BaddDDD Sonia Sanchez, a performance-packed documentary, reveals Sanchez’s singular place in the Black Arts Movement of the 1960s. Appearances from Questlove, Talib Kweli, Ursula Rucker, Amiri Baraka, Ruby Dee, Haki Madhubuti, Ayana Matthis, John Bracey, Jr. and Bryonn Bain. MORE INFO & TICKETS
8:20 p.m., International House
In this deft cross between romantic comedy and family drama, three sisters gather in their North Florida hometown for the Christmastime wedding of the youngest one. The trio struggle with the expectations they face as women—in marriage, motherhood, romance, and their relationships to their opinionated mother. MORE INFO & TICKETS
2:55 p.m., International House
The first feature-length documentary about the Tony and Pulitzer-winning playwright August Wilson is based on unprecedented access to Wilson’s theatrical archives, rarely seen interviews with family members, and new dramatic readings of his work by renowned actors, including Viola Davis, Charles Dutton, Laurence Fishburne, James Earl Jones, Suzan-Lori Parks and Phylicia Rashad. MORE INFO & TICKETS
3:40 p.m., World Cafe Live
The shorts in this program push the boundaries by using Afrofuturism and magical realism to tell alternative stories. Loyalty and vengeance come to a head in a hip-hop creationist story; a young woman escapes her own reality by watching the girl next door from the isolation of her captivity; and a jazz musical score overlays images that draw parallels between Salvador, Brazil and Harlem, New York. MORE INFO & TICKETS
7 p.m., World Cafe Live
The BlackStar Closing Awards is the highly anticipated finale for the Festival. Hosted by Monie Love, the show will feature special guest presenters and musical performances by Ethel Cee, Navasha Daya, Norvis Jr., and Phonte, backed by an ensemble directed by Luke O’Reilly and DJ Mr. Sonny James. Filmmaker/journalist/activist dream hampton will also receive the Richard Nichols Luminary Award. MORE INFO & TICKETS
Philly! The soulful music duo Floetry has reunited for a summer tour, which lands in Philadelphia this month. The long awaited homecoming reunion concert between the “Songstress” Marsha Ambrosius and the “Floacist” Natalie Stewart is going down right here in Philly at the popular South Street music hub, The TLA.
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.
Once the group announced their July 17 show at The TLA, tickets flew and the show sold out in a matter of weeks. Luckily for us, they've added a second show on Sunday, July 26, and we've landed a pair of tickets to giveaway to one lucky fan.
If you want in on the show, then "all you gotta do is say yes" — and submit the below entry for form your chance to win big.
If you missed our on the first show, or just don't want to leave it up to fate, then see the below concert details for a link to purchase tickets online now. Either way, we're hyped for this reunion. #WeInThere
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