Your guide to Philly's diverse creative scene, nightlife, music, food & more
This Saturday, Art Sanctuary — one of Philly's premier black art creative hubs — opens an exciting new exhibit featuring the work of Philly-based painter American Queen TJD. Dubbed "My Thoughts Wear Crowns," American Queen's exhibit will include 15+ graphic, graffiti-influenced works that will be on display through the end of the year.
Hailing from "the city of brotherly and sisterly affection," American Queen TJD states her purpose is to spread positive energy, hope and motivation through art. TJD's work is indeed positive message heavy — her recent series of paintings includes images of women donning crowns and affirming messages like, "Don't be good... Be Great"; "I love my black skin."; and "I am not a trophy."
Equal parts artist, philosopher and business woman, TJD holds a Masters of Science degree in Culture and Communications and a B.A. in Visual Communications with and Minor in business. The upwardly mobile artist labels her work as graffiti/abstract expressionism and cites a wide range of influences, including Basquiat, Chagall, Van Gogh, Keith Haring, Frida Kahlo, Picasso — even musical greats like Kanye West, Nina Simone and Lauryn Hill are on her list.
Though she's a fixture on the Philly creative scene, American Queen TJD has her eye set on the prize. On her site TJD states,
"I want to be considered as a visual art icon in (mainstream) America and beyond... My dream is to show at big venues like Art Basel because I believe female artists have something to say on big stages, and they need not be underrepresented in the grand scheme of things."
Recently Philly 360° caught up with TJD as she competed in Red Bull's Canvas Cooler Project at Arch Enemy Arts in Old City. You can check out TJD and the other local creative selected by Red Bull in our recap video below.
On Saturday, November 15 from 4 to 6 p.m., Art Sanctuary will host an opening reception for the "My Thoughts Wear Crowns" exhibit in their Graduate Hospital gallery space. The reception is free and open to the public and will have wine and light fare available.
Even though the exhibit will be on display through December, all of the pieces included in the show will be available for purchase — definitely a worthwhile acquisition for any collectors looking for the city's next hot artist. So, come out and support Art Sanctuary as they present the next Philly art phenom, American Queen TJD.
Ms. Lauryn Hill is once again on the road and she's capturing the hearts of fans, old and new. Undoubtedly, one of the most influential artists of this time, Ms. Hill will perform at the Electric Factory in Philadelphia this Saturday, November 15.
The South Orange, New Jersey native first popped up on the scene as a member of the innovative 90s hip-hop group, The Fugees. Along with Hill, the group also included emcees Wyclef Jean and Pras. The group went on to release two albums Blunted on Reality and the GRAMMY Award winning project, The Score. Hill’s versatility as both an emcee and stellar vocalist quickly set her apart.
After the disbanding of the group, each of the members focused on their solo careers, and Lauryn's seminal project, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, was born. Standing in a class all its own, Hill’s only studio solo album to date remains one of the most highly-acclaimed projects of our generation. Soon after the immense success of the project, the popular singer/songwriter retracted from the public spotlight, leaving fans in hot pursuit of new music from the hitmaking artist.
Now, Ms. Hill is back on the scene and touring across the country performing new renditions of her classic records. Her appearance at Bonnaroo this year gave fans a taste of her music with a new twist, pulling on her reggae, hip-hop and R&B influences. Though fans are still eagerly awaiting new music from Ms. Lauryn Hill, it appears that her existing material has still maintained it popular appeal. Yes, Ms. Lauryn Hill still sells out shows around the globe.
Coming to Philly this weekend, alternative hip-hop artist Kuf Knotz and the lyrically elite Talib Kweli will join Ms. Hill for a high energy show. You won’t want to miss this one, so be sure to grab a friend and head down for what’s sure to be an epic show.
Attention all songwriters and aspiring music industry execs! The Recording Academy Philadelphia Chapter (aka the GRAMMY organization) is hosting an event that's open to the public, and it is all about the songwriter — Art & Commerce: Songwriting.
This event is a two-part series that breaks down everything about songwriting — from the business side to the creative side of crafting a song.
Commerce of Songwriting will show songwriters what they need to do to ensure credit and payment for their work. The Art of Songwriting will bring together Dreamchasers artist Guordan Banks (50 Cent, Keyshia Cole, John Legend), Billy Mann (GRAMMY-nominated songwriter - Pink, Cher, Ricky Martin) and Brent "Ritz" Reynolds (The Roots, Mac Miller, Juicy J) to discuss the craft of the song with a look at some of their hits. The always fierce Dyana Williams (on-air personality and celebrity media strategist) will be moderating.
Philly is definitely a music destination packed with talent. Stop through and master your craft. You could add to Philly's legacy of incredible songs.
Art & Commerce: Songwriting
When: Thursday, November 13 | 6 pm (networking reception to follow)
Where: Hyatt Regency at Penn's Landing | 201 S. Columbus Boulevard
Cost: $25 for non-Recording Academy members | free for members
More: RSVP here or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Social: #GRAMMYAAC #GRAMMYPHI
Once a month on Wednesdays, The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts opens its doors and stages to some of the city's hottest musical talents for the popular music showcase, Sittin' In. Now approaching its third year, this free concert/party/jam session mashup is Philadelphia's go-to event for emerging talent, locally-based touring musicians — and the music lovers that can't get enough of their soulful sounds.
This Wednesday, November 12, The Kimmel Center returns with another dope edition Sittin' In featuring Philly jazz greats Francois Zayas and Venissa Santi. As always, Sittin' In resident turntablist DJ Matthew Law, formerly DJ PHSH, will spin in between sets by the featured acts.
8pm - DJ PHSH
9pm - Venissa Santi + guests
9:45pm - DJ PHSH
10pm - Francois Zayas + guests
10:45pm - DJ PHSH
11pm - Close
Recently, Philly 360° caught up with Sittin' In mastermind Anthony Tidd, as he led rehearsals for the Kimmel's all-star edition of Sittin' In, which featured headlining performances by Philly faves including Laurin Talese, Kate Faust, Jeff Bradshaw and Ursula Rucker.
Along with interviewing Tidd, we talked with the incredible group of musicians that regularly make up the Sittin' In house-band, including Korey Riker, Ernest Stuart, Steve Tirpak, Josh Lawrence andLuke Carlos O'Reilly — each a notable artist in their own right.
So check out our behind-the-scenes video below, and make sure to come out for our favorite free Philly jam, Sittin' In.
Rapper and acclaimed actor Common is coming to town on Monday, December 8 — and he’s not coming alone. Producer and hip-hop recording artist Jay Electronica will be joining the industry vet on multiple dates on the Nobody’s Smiling Tour.
The two recently collaborated on Common’s “Kingdom” remix from his latest LP and will be here in a few weeks to perform at The TLA on South Street.
Common's 10th studio release, Nobody's Smiling, was released earlier this year. The concept album explores the stories and struggle of everyday life in Common's hometown of Chicago. One of the many hip-hop artists that have emerged from the Chi-town music scene, Common's lyrical approach and crossover appeal have ensured that he has remained relevant, both in and out of the studio.
Common has made his way through both underground and mainstream music scenes in the span of his over 20-year career. After hooking up with Kanye West in 2004, Common began to reach new audiences with his gritty hip-hop style. Since first gaining mainstream notoriety in 1992, the rapper has gone on to add additional titles to his roster of credentials, including author, narrator and philanthropist.
Taking the show on the road, Common is hitting multiple cities across the country. Though opener Jay Electronica has yet to put out a major label studio album, he’s maintained a huge buzz in hip-hop culture. Jay rarely tours, so fans are in for a treat as the intricate lyricist joins Common on this tour.
Philly! Once again, Veteran Freshman is back on the scene with a dope lineup of concerts featuring all of the artists that you've been dying to see. This fall, all of your favorite hip-hop, soul and R&B are out on the road and stopping through to show their Philadelphia fans some love.
As always Veteran Freshman has curated an epic selection of insanely talented performers, including Lauryn Hill, Common, Method Man, Jhene Aiko, SZA and more. You can check out the Veteran Freshman Presents schedule below. Also be sure to keep an eye on Philly 360's events section for all of your must-hit music, fashion and cultural events.
Friday, November 7, 8 p.m. | The TLA, 334 South Street | $25
Buy tickets here.
Rapper Joey Bada$$ is on the road with a sizable US tour — building hype for his soon-to-be-released project, B4DA$$. Joey has already released a few singles from the track to rave review and will land at The TLA on Friday, November 7.
Thursday, November 13, 8 p.m. | Electric Factory, 421 N. 7th Street | $42
Buy tickets here.
Rappers YG and A$AP Ferg are teaming up for a short run of tour dates in November. The "BestCoast Connection" Tour kick off on November 13 in Philadelphia at The Electric Factory.
Saturday, November 15, 8 p.m. | Electric Factory, 421 N. 7th Street | $72
Buy tickets here.
After taking a break from touring, Ms. Lauryn Hill is back on the road connecting with fans and performing reimagined renditions of the hits we’ve all fell in love with. You can catch Lauryn on November 15 at the Electric Factory. Opening performance by rapper Talib Kweli.
Thursday, November 20, 8 p.m. | The Trocadero, 1003 Arch Street | $30
Buy tickets online here.
B.o.B first landed on the scene during the “Dirty South” music movement of the late 2000s, but his official breakthrough came in 2010 when he dropped the chart-topping hit “Nothing on You.” Since then, B.o.B. has collabed with major headliners like Lil Wayne, Taylor Swift, Nicki Minaj, Chris Brown and Juicy J.
Friday, November 21, 8 p.m | Electric Factory, 421 N. 7th Street | $61
Buy tickets online here.
Famed rapper 50 Cent lands at the Electric Factory later this month, along with the original members of his G-Unit crew. The group recently got back together and is on the road for a substantial US music tour.
Tuesday, November 25, 8 p.m. | The TLA, 334 South Street | $32
Buy tickets online here.
Wu-Tang Clan members Method Man and Redman are legit music royalty. This month, the duo is hitting The TLA alongside fellow rappers B-Real of Cypress Hill, Berner, Mic Jenkins and more.
Monday, December 8, 8 p.m. | TLA, 334 South Street | $35
Buy tickets here.
Hip-hop artist and entertainment great, Common is heading out on tour this fall. He lands in Philadelphia on December 8 alongside of special guest Jay Electronica. His upcoming tour is in support of his latest project, Nobody’s Smiling, which released earlier this year.
Friday, December 5, 8 p.m. | Electric Factory, 421 N 7th Street | Tickets on sale 11/7
Buy tickets here.
Jhene Aiko is hitting Philly this month and she's bringing along a few special guests. Aiko just announced the Enter The Void tour with SZA and The Internet, which hits Philly in December.
Hailed as the “spiritual love child of Sade and D’Angelo” by Rolling Stone magazine, songstress Goapele is set to perform at World Cafe Live later this week. Since the 2001 release of her debut project Closer, the Berklee-trained singer/songwriter has entertained fans around the world with her honest music and undeniably soulful sound.
Last month, after successfully releasing her new single, "Hey Boy" featuring Snoop Dogg, Goapele dropped her third studio album Strong as Glass. In addition to appearances by Snoop Dogg and crooner Eric Benet, Goapele's recent 10-track project includes her signature ethereal music stylings, flawless vocals and her thoughtful, emotion-filled songwriting.
In a recent interview, the singer/songwriter was quoted saying,
“It's full of surprises and I hope my fans will enjoy this musical journey with me,” she previously said about the new album. “I sung my heart out on this project and I got to work with producers & writers that pushed me as an artist.”
Catch Goapele on Saturday, November 8 at World Cafe Live as she lands in Philadelphia with her Strong as Glass US music tour. Get there in time for the opening performance by Philadelphia’s own R&B/pop/folk vocalist Jade Alston.
Native Philadelphia singer/songwriter Ebony Joi has just released a hot new single, "Down, Down Baby." The sultry songstress teamed up with BJ the Chicago Kid for the soulful duet, which is smoothing out this week's Philly 360° Playlist with it's flawless vocals.
The ballad was produced by Corey Bernhard and Philly native Steve McKie with co-producers Adam Blackstone and Louis Fouche. We hear just a hint of “I’m Going Down” in the bass line, which was made popular by Queen of Hip-Hop Soul, Mary J. Blige. And Joi even sings in the vamp “I’m going down, cause you ain’t around.” We definitely love the old school feel with this new school twist.
Ebony Joi and BJ show great chemistry on the track — singing about where the love goes during the hardships of a relationship. Their voices are crisp and refreshing yet soulful and blend seamlessly with each other on the second half of the song.
This powerhouse vocalist began singing as a young girl. She was always on hand at the gigs of her mother and quickly fell in love with music. Ebony Joi went on to graduate from The Philadelphia High School for Creative and Performing Arts and attended the prestigious Berklee College of Music. There, she continued to hone her gift and has hit the floor running ever since.
Teaming up with super-producer Steve McKie, Ebony has been creating, writing and performing in and around the Philadelphia area. She has even backed up soul singer Bilal and continues to work on her solo artistry as well. Working to solidify her own solo project, Ebony has this to say about her upcoming music.
"It's not your typical radio safe project; it's an honest, real musician at heart with enough talent and hustle to stand up with the best!"
We’re looking forward to hearing more from Ebony Joi. Take a listen to “Down, Down Baby” below and let us know what you think in the comments!
What do you get when an entrepreneur meets art? Philadelphia-based alternative R&B singer Kriss Mincey has the answer. She created and curated Unleash the Beast, a three-part series that is all about the artrepreneneur.
With sounds by Wired 96.5, a performance by Kriss Mincey, a live interview by Sincerely Syreeta, visual and digital art by artists like Peopledelphia, this event is a must-hit for Saturday night. This is the final night of her Unleash the Beast series, so make sure you grab your tickets!
The Philadelphia fall arts season is in full swing and the Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts is bringing a phenomenal lineup of internationally renowned talent our way.
Anchored in the popular West Philadelphia neighborhood of the University City, the Annenberg produces a full year of rich music and cultural programming on the campus of University of Pennsylvania. From jazz greats like Patti Austin and Branford Marsalis, to the acclaimed poetry of Philadelphia's own Ursula Rucker, the Annenberg is set to present an unstoppable season of programming once again.
You can visit www.annenbergcenter.org to view their full year of programs. To get you started, we've pulled together a few of the Annenberg's can't-miss shows below. Check out our top picks!
November 1, 8 p.m. | Zellerbach Theatre | $30-75 | Buy tickets here.
Patti Austin, the Grammy® award-winning vocalist, began her career at age four, and has wowed audiences ever since. Her 17 albums range from jazz to soul to R&B and her voice has graced the recordings of Quincy Jones, Luther Vandross, Bette Midler and Diana Ross. Austin’s stunning vocals continue to impress and electrify, making her a true artist whose creativity knows no limits.
November 16, 7 p.m. | Zellerbach Theatre | $30-75 | Buy tickets here.
Arturo Sandoval is the most prodigious Cuban trumpeter of his generation. A protege of legendary jazz master Dizzy Gillespie, Sandoval forged his own bold synthesis of bebop and Cuban styles, earning him 10 Grammy awards, six Billboard awards and one Emmy award along the way. He is known for his virtuoso technical ability and gravity-defying improvisational flights. Whenever Sandoval picks up his horn, expect that fireworks will follow.
January 15-17, Various Times | Zellerbach Theatre | $30 | Buy tickets here.
Contemporary dance meets theatre, performance art, opera, ballet …and drag! Rosie Herrera’s innovative ensemble makes its way from Miami’s vibrant arts scene to the Annenberg Center stage for its Philadelphia debut. A favorite at the prestigious American Dance Festival, this program includes Various Stages of Drowning: A Cabaret and Dining Alone.
January 23 & 24, 8 p.m. | Harold Prince Theatre | $30 | Buy tickets here.
A moving memoir told through a compilation of five solo contemporary dance performances. Choreographed and performed by local Philadelphia artist Amy Lynne Barr, the evening explores many aspects of what it really means to experience life: What is one capable of? What will one become? What is the meaning of all that surrounds us?
February 5, 7:30 p.m. | Zellerbach Theatre | $30-75 | Buy tickets here.
NEA Jazz Master, Grammy® award‐winning saxophonist and Tony® award nominee Branford Marsalis is one of the most revered instrumentalists today. Born into New Orleans’ most distinguished musical family, his life and career have intersected with a host of jazz giants including Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, Herbie Hancock and Sonny Rollins. Marsalis leads his quartet with the charisma and intensity of a living jazz legend.
March 28, 8 p.m. | Zellerbach Theatre | $30-75 | Buy tickets here.
Jazz violinist Regina Carter speaks to her generation and her ancestors. Her latest recording, Southern Comfort, pays homage to her grandfather’s roots and mixes blues, gospel, spiritual, folk and country music as they evolved with jazz, R&B and global influences. “Regina Carter creates music that is wonderfully listenable, probingly intelligent and, at times, breathtakingly daring…taking the listener into the future of jazz” (Time Magazine).
February 6 – 7, 8 p.m. | Harold Prince Theater | $30 | Buy tickets here.
Her art is for social change. Philadelphia-born poet, activist and recording artist Ursula Rucker bares heart and soul through poetry. My Father’s Daughter is a live, epic poem accompanied by music and video imagery that tells Rucker’s painful but victorious survival story. The wounded life of her mother informs the daughter, creating the artist and woman Rucker is today.
My Thoughts Wear Crowns When: Opening reception, Saturday, November 15, 4 - 6 p.m.; Exhibit open through December 31, 2014 Where: Art Sanctuary, 628 S. 16th Street Cost: Free More Info: RSVP for the reception here, or view Art…
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