Your guide to Philly's diverse creative scene, nightlife, music, food & more
This week, New York-based flute duo Flutronix brings a special collab with Philadelphia artist Ryan Matthews to World Cafe Live. Merging Flutronix’s unique flute sound with Matthews’ trombone-meets-electronica stylings, local creative collab, LiveConnections, has curated another can't-miss production for area music lovers.
Flutronix is comprised of musicians Nathalie Joachim and Allison Loggins-Hull. The duo has been hailed by The Wall Street Journal as “a unique blend of classical music, hip-hop, electronic programming and soulful vocals reminiscent of neo-R&B stars like Erykah Badu.”
And, since Philadelphia is the official birthplace of the neosoul movement that continues to redefine music around the globe, we're pretty sure Flutronix will be right at home in our every-soulful city. The duo has worked with a diverse range of classical, pop, and hip-hop artists, and now, the group will add Matthews, a Curtis Institute of Music graduate, to their list of collaborators.
Catch this one-night-only collab on March 20 at the polished University City music hotspot, World Cafe Live.
Last year, native Philly musician Jeff Bradshaw brought it home to the Kimmel Center with a live concert and album recording that featured Trombone Shorty, Take 6, Marsha Ambrosius, Kim Burrell, Najee, Kenny Lattimore, Eric Roberson, Bilal, and more.
Now, the album, HOME, is ready for release and Jeff and Shanachie Entertainment will celebrate its March 31 drop date by throwing another star-studded concert here in Philadelphia. Holding it down on stage along with Bradshaw will be other incredibly talented acts, including Black Thought, Kenny Lattimore, Eric Roberson, Tweet — and a few surprise guests.
With a lineup this dope, we're guessing that you want in on the show, right? That's why Philly 360° is hooking two lucky fans up with a pair of tickets to the show. But, it doesn't stop there, we've also landed two signed copies of Jeff's album that we're throwing into the prize package.
Just fill out the below form to enter the contest. You can enter the giveaway daily to increase your chance of winning. Contest ends on Wednesday, March 25.
You can find the official contest rules here.
Heading into our fifth installment of the “What’s Good in My ‘Hood” series, we’ll like to introduce you to one of Philly’s most beloved neighborhoods, Graduate Hospital.
A part of Southwest Center City, “G Ho”, as it’s affectionately called, was named after the medical facility on the northern tip of the neighborhood. Characterized by a mix of an old meets new vibe in its architecture, the neighborhood is littered with many pubs, small parks, shops and galleries.
It’s easily walkable and just steps from Rittenhouse, Fitler Square and Point Breeze neighborhoods. So, we asked Philadelphia resident, graphic artist and photographer, Darnell Lamont, what he thinks of his ‘hood.
Philly 360: How do you describe Graduate Hospital?
Darnell: A great place to chill and just be.
Philly 360: What are some of your favorite spots in your hood?
Darnell: Miles Table and Pure Fare on South Street are great places to go and refuel/ take in some good food. Honey’s Sit N’Eat is a must for Saturday and Sunday brunches. You can also catch me taking in art from local artists at Art Sanctuary.
Philly 360: What do you like about the neighborhood?
Darnell: G Ho is such a convenient neighborhood to live in. I'm always on the go so it's easy for me to get to where I need to be in a short period of time. I can pretty much walk anywhere because it's right outside of Center City and other neighborhoods. There's also a great mix of people that live here.
Philly 360: For outside visitors, what should people know about the neighborhood?
Darnell: The neighborhood is unpretentious and easily walkable. Imbibe in some drinks at a great pub and then take a walk around the block. Trust me — you’ll have a lot of fun doing that!
Ms. Lauryn Hill’s debut solo project, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, sold more than 12 million copies worldwide, earning the singer/songwriter five GRAMMYs, three American Music Awards, a Billboard Award, a Soul Train Award and an MTV Music Award. Yes, Lauryn is legit music royalty.
Currently, Lauryn is back on the road, connecting with fans and performing reimagined renditions of the hits that we all fell in love with. You can catch Lauryn on Match 28 at The Keswick Theatre in Glenside for the Small Axe: Acoustic Performance Series.
Want to go to the show? We're pretty sure you do. That's why Philly 360° is giving two of our followers a chance to win a pair of tickets to Lauryn's upcoming show at The Keswick.
Just complete the below entry form for a chance to win. You can enter the contest daily. Winners will be notified on Wednesday, March 25, so stay tuned into Philly 360°.
Last weekend, Art Sanctuary opened the doors to its latest exhibition, ‘Works from the Stolen Dreams and Forbidden Fruit,’ with an opening reception for featured artist James Dupree.
Running through Saturday, April 25, ‘Works from the Stolen Dreams and Forbidden Fruit’ includes work that represents a creative turning point for Dupree. Blurring the boundaries between painting, collage, printmaking and draftsmanship, Dupree delves wholeheartedly into the realm of complete abstraction.
An accomplished artist, educator, and business owner, Dupree grew up just a few blocks from his Haverford Avenue studio. A Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts alumni, one the first black graduates of the University of Pennsylvania MFA program and a recent recipient of the UPenn Black Alumni Society's Living Legend Award, Dupree is – in many ways – an example of how Philadelphia’s art institutions have invested in artists of color through the years.
Dupree’s works are in the permanent collections of several museums including the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the African American Museum in Philadelphia, and the Schomburg Museum in Copenhagen, as well as in private collections of the Dave Matthews Band and Patti LaBelle.
With a commitment to promoting outstanding regional and national visual artists, Art Sanctuary opens its gallery doors to emerging and established artists, and provides a platform for them to connect with larger, diverse audiences, free of charge.
James Dupree presents “Works from the Stolen Dreams and Forbidden Fruit”
Where: Art Sanctuary, 628 S. 16th Street
When: Through Saturday, April 25
Gallery Hours: M, T, W, F: 10am – 4pm, TH: 10am – 7pm; Sat: 12- 4pm
More Info: artsanctuary.org
The hip-hop icons are taking a break from their regular gig as the houseband for The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon to kickoff summer by taking over Festival Pier in Philadelphia for the 8th annual Roots Picnic. So, when's it going down? Philly, lock in the date: Saturday, May 30.
The Legendary Roots Crew always deliver on a day and night packed with some of the illest performances and collabs. Year after year, The Roots handpick a major lineup of artists hitting multiple music genres. Who made the cut this year?
We spotted several industry heavyweights on this year's lineup, including The Weeknd, Erykah Badu, A$AP Rocky, Phantogram, DJ Mustard, Rae Sremmurd and more. And, always down to represent their hometown, The Roots have once again added in a few Philly talents to the lineup.
You can check out the full lineup below.
The 8th Annual Roots Picnic
When: Saturday, May 30
Where: Festival Pier at Penn's Landing, Columbus Boulevard & Spring Garden Street
Cost: TBA, tickets on sale Friday at noon.
More Info: rootspicnic.com
Watch our video from behind the scenes at last year's Roots Picnic.
The dynamic and talented Philly-born R&B group, MPrynt, just released their highly anticipated EP, What If Later Never Comes. And this week, the fellas — Rael, Budda, Tyce and Fah — and their sexy single are heating things up on Philly 360° Playlist.
The single, "If Later Never Comes," was produced by in-demand production duo Andrew “Pop” Wansel and Warren “Oak” Felder. The track is smooth, sultry and full of the group's signature flawless falsetto and killer vocals.
Positioned to be the next big name to come out of our city, MPrynt is full of Philly swag, personality — and yes they all can sing. Coming together under the banner of Starr Island Management, they are reminiscent of the iconic 90s groups that took harmonies and vocals to a whole other level, including Boys II Men, Jodeci, Dru Hill, and 112. It’s definitely only a matter of time before the guys garner their own spot in R&B stardom.
The new EP is packed with records, boasting 13 tracks including a live version of their single “Overnight.” The group is performing live and is set to take over the TLA on March 18 for the The Winners Circle III. The first concert date was postponed due to snow, but next Wednesday's production is sure to be absolute fire, and features fellow Philly artists Good Girl and Jeremy Isaac. You can watch our recap of Winner's Circle part deux, below.
Take a listen to “What If Later Never Comes” below and let us know what you think in the comments.
There's no doubt about it—West Philly emcee Chill Moody is a man about town. On any given day, you can catch Chill holding it down anywhere from City Hall to one of Philly’s many dope music venues. This Saturday, Chill is calling on all of his hometown friends and fam out to come out and help him celebrate “the big 3-0” at The TLA on South Street. Expect plenty of fun, food, drinks, and of course, live music.
Acclaimed jazz singer/songwriter Somi infuses contemporary soul and pop sounds with the musical traditions of Rwanda and Uganda to create a sound that’s all her own. Described as the perfect blend of the boldness of Nina Simone and the precise jazz vocals of Dianne Reeves, Somi lands at The Painted Bride for a stunning, unforgettable evening of music in Old City.
Experience Philly's premier poets, emcees, vocalists and comedians as they hit the World Cafe Live stage for The Return of The Harvest. The March showcase marks the six-year anniversary of this popular monthly open mic presented by Spoken Soul 215. Six years strong, this is definitely a can’t-miss event—you may even be inspired to step up to the mic too! #youneverknow
Step into The Winners Circle III with Philly’s freshest acts as they rock The TLA with a night of unstoppable music. Round three of this popular showcase features performances by a serious lineup of Philadelphia-born talents, including Motown recording artists MPrynt, girl group Good Girl and R&B/soul newcomer Jeremy Isaac.
One of Philly’s hottest emcees, Meek Mill is coming home this month. On Saturday, March 21, Meek hits the Wells Fargo Center with an epic homecoming concert featuring Rick Ross, DJ Khaled, Yo Gotti, Jadakiss and more. The Maybach Music Group recording artist and his crew will be laying it all out, hit after hit, for an arena-rocking night of hip-hop for Meek’s hometown fans.
Described by The Wall Street Journal as “a unique blend of classical music, hip-hop, electronic programming and soulful vocals reminiscent of neo-R&B stars like Erykah Badu,” New York-based flute duo Flutronix brings a special live music collab featuring Philly-based trombonist Ryan Matthews to World Cafe Live. Blending their unique flute sound with Matthews’ trombone-meets-electronica stylings, Flutronix is set to deliver another must-hit performance for fans, old and new.
Ms. Lauryn Hill’s 1998 debut album, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, sold more than 12 million copies, earning the singer/songwriter five GRAMMYs and the respect of fans from around the world. Now, Hill is back on the road connecting with fans and performing reimagined versions of the hit songs we all love. Catch Lauryn at The Keswick Theater in Glenside for or the Small Axe: Acoustic Performance Series.
Philly's own R&B/soul powerhouse Jazmine Sullivan is heading out on tour in support of her latest album, The Reality Show. The RCA recording artist will be tearing down the house at her SOLD OUT show at The TLA on March 10. Didn’t grab tickets before the show sold out? We’re hooking up one lucky fan with a pair of tickets. Enter by Friday, March 6 for a chance to win big.
Superstar entertainer, actor and native Philly funnyman Kevin Hart just announced a massive North American tour. The WHAT NOW? TOUR will take Hart to 45 cities throughout the U.S. and Canada, and of course his biggest show is in his hometown. Get the details on the August 30 show and watch our exclusive behind-the-scene footage of Kevin shopping sportswear hub Mitchell & Ness with Ice Cube.
Dice Raw of The Roots is hitting the stage again, headlining another run of his latest production, "The Last Jimmy." A hip-hop satire, "The Last Jimmy" is hip-hop musical odyssey that travels through the plight of young African American males through song and dance. Get more details.
Ben “Bananas” O’Neill built a name for himself by lending his flawless guitar skills to major music acts like Kanye West, Kid Cudi and Tye Tribbett. Now, O’Neill steps out into the forefront as a solo artists with his debut EP, Ghost and Green Shoots. Listen to the project now on the Philly 360° Playlist.
Are you ready to step back into the Winner’s Circle? This Thursday, March 5, the epic Philly showcase returns for round three featuring MPrynt, Good Girl, and Jeremy Isaac & The Hangover. And, it's all going down at uber-popular South Street music hub, The TLA.
This evening is brought to us by The Starr Island Group and boasts a show exploding with real R&B, live in concert. Featuring some of the hottest young talent in Philly, this all star lineup will not disappoint.
Deemed Philly's next "it-group" — Motown recording artists, MPrynt take harmony to another level. The guys, Tyce, Fah, Buddah and Rael, have been touring the country wowing fans with their live performances and YouTube covers of R&B classics with a new school Philly twist.
It’s been a minute since a solid girl group has emerged on the scene, but Good Girl is well on their way to changing this. Citing legendary groups like TLC, En Vogue, SWV and Destiny's Child as influences, Good Girl pays homage to these icons—but they're definitely looking to make their own mark on the industry.
Jeremy Isaac’s flawless vocals are something you don't want to miss. His smooth sound is seamless and his music is honest and relatable. Isaac has shared stages with a major list of talent, including Angie Stone, Vivian Greene, Charlie Wilson and more. Joined by his band, The Hangover, this soulful crooner's eclectic mix of influences is undeniable.
This is 100% another can't-miss production by Starr Island. So, grab your tickets now.
BriaMarie — a.k.a The Fresh Princess — is back on our radars with a brand new tune. From touring college campuses to recording new music, the recent Temple grad has been building a buzz and loyal following in the Philly, and beyond. Her brand new single “Tell the DJ” salutes DJ culture and is bringing the party straight to this week’s Philly 360° Playlist.
The latest track from the Ethical Music Entertainment signee, “Tell the DJ” boasts production creds by GRAMMY-nominated producers Carvin and Ivan, along with fellow Philadelphia producer Curt Chambers. With an undeniable vibe reminiscent of good house party, BriaMarie tells the DJ to turn the music up so they party all night long.
The perfect party track, "Tell the DJ" embodies a good time out and is a welcomed addition to the current music landscape. As an artist, BriaMarie infuses integrity in her music and is always stiving to help others and promote education with her platform.
A huge advocate for anti-bullying, BriaMarie works with campaigns like Ethical Music and Making a Difference along with the Philadelphia Eagles’ LeSean McCoy.
Showing many young artists how it’s done her video, “Bye Boy” has been featured on MTV and her singles “IDK” and “Celebrate” have been featured on VH1’s popular “Love and Hip Hop” series. It’s only a matter of time before BriaMarie becomes a household name.
She has even released her own sneaker — which is pretty dope accomplishment for an indie artist. Yes, BriaMarie is one to watch.
Bria Marie will perform her first headlining show at Relish restaurant in the West Oak Lane on Wednesday, March 18. This is a part of Pier Entertainment’s Up Close Live series which has featured many of the most talented artists in the Philly region. There will be two live sets from BriaMarie, 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. with a live interview with popular blogger and media personality Sincerely Syreeta.
Be sure to check out “Tell the DJ” below and let us know what you think about it in the comments! Support your local artists, this track is also available on iTunes.
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