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Philly, another awesome show is about to hit the Avenue of the Arts!
That's right, the legendary, show-stopping Broadway vocalist Audra McDonald is coming to town next for a can't-miss show at the Merriam Theater. Audra McDonald — winner of a record-setting six Tony Awards and two Grammy Awards — performs as part of Kimmel Center Presents on Wednesday, October 7.
The New York Times called McDonald '… a one-of-a-kind musical super-talent'. Audra was also featured on ABC's Private Practice for 5 seasons, along with many other television guest appearances.
Audra will be returning to the Broadway stage in April 2016 with director George C. Wolfe and dancer/choreographer Savion Glover in the musical Shuffle Along, Or, The Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed, a new retelling of an original musical by Eubie Blake and Noble Sissle.
Tickets for this show are moving fast! So, if you're planning on catching Audra's return to the City of Brotherly Love, then grab your seats now.
Rec Philly is making major noise in the Philadelphia music scene. Not only are they spreading the message of collaboration in the city, they’re also taking the show on the road! All the way to Atlanta, GA to be exact for the upcoming A3C Hip Hop Festival which has garnered major traction over the years.
On October 10, Rec Philly alongside Turnt Up Daily will host an official hip hop music stage at the growing festival for the second time.
Rec Philly is giving a platform to tons of indie artists as they work to reconstruct a sustainable music industry in the city. It’s no secret that Philadelphia was at the epicenter of soul music in the late 90s and early 2000s and the Rec Philly crew is confident that the city can again break artists in the same way it did Jill Scott, Kindred the Family Soul, Musiq, Bilal, and many more.
A great opportunity to expose local talent to a national market, Philly artists that will perform include Armani White, Theodore Grams, Milton, Tierra Whack, Ant Beale, Voss, and Eddie Madrid. The show will be headlined by Alex Wiley. In addition to the performers, Rec Philly also put together a busload of 40 artists and supporters to head down to Atlanta for a good old fashion road trip!
And what’s a road trip without a proper send off? It’s going down at Pub Webb Live on Friday, Oct. 2nd! This celebration will feature performances from all the local acts set to be a part of the showcase at A3C and it’s free! So be sure to head out and show your support!
Maximizing opportunities for local artists on a national scale takes a lot of effort. So be sure to check out more about Rec Philly and all they’re doing to try to uplift the Philly music scene! If you’re heading to A3C, make sure you hit the show and connect with the awesome artists and fans heading down 95!
You can also check out the hot new music from the featured artists here!
Soul-singers Leela James and Raheem Devaughn are teaming up to co-headline an exciting U.S. tour. The Love ‘N Soul Experience is coming to Philly’s ever buzzing South Street music venue, the Theater of Living Arts on Thursday, October. 22.
After coming off the Intimate Truth Tour with Ledisi, both James and DeVaughn decided to join forces and hit 25 cities on their own! Their tour will also feature singer V. Bozeman, who you may recognize from the popular Fox show Empire. Partnering up with legendary producer, Timbaland, V. Bozeman is working on her debut album Music is my Boyfriend.
Hailing from Washington, DC, DeVaughn is no stranger to the Philly market. One of his three GRAMMY nominations includes his work with Ivan Barias, Kristal “Tytewriter” Oliver and Carvin Haggins on “Customer.” The soulful crooner has the indie grind down pact and most recently released his chart topping project Love, Sex and Passion which debuted as #1 on the Billboard R&B Chart.
Leela James is no stranger to the industry, pumping out tunes with her powerful voice over the years she has solidified herself as an R&B Diva, literally, as she has a starring role on TV One’s hit show. Her 2014 release, Fall for You gives a bit a jazz, adult contemporary and of course soul.
With no shortage of great vocal and powerful lytics, this show is for those looking to feel something special in the music. Be sure to grab your tickets now.
Back for the second consecutive year, the Forbes Under 30 Summit — a multi-day conference for the magazine’s past 30 Under 30 honorees — lands in Philadelphia to bring together some of the world’s brightest under-30 leaders, entrepreneurs and techies.
Though the actual summit is only open to invited guests, Philadelphians and visitors alike will once again be able to mix it up with conference attendees at the Forbes Under 30 Music Festival.
This must-hit music fest takes place on Tuesday, October 6 at Festival Pier at Penn’s Landing and includes a serious lineup of millennial talents, including dancing pop-violinist Lindsey Stirling, MMMbop singers Hanson, singer/songwriter Shawn Mendes and hip-hop sensation Fetty Wap.
Like last year, Forbes plans on giving away a large number of concert tickets to the general public who take action to help end extreme poverty with festival partner Global Citizen. Starting this week, Global Citizen will give out 4,000 festival tickets to the first participants who take action through Twitter. You can get details on that giveaway activation here.
Additionally, a limited number of VIP tickets are on sale via Ticketmaster/Live Nation. VIP tickets run $45 and all proceeds will go to Global Citizen.
With a lineup this awesome, we’re guessing that you probably want in on the festivities. Right? You’re in luck: We’re giving away 20 pair of general admission passes to the Forbes’ Under 30 Music Festival.
Simply fill out the form below to enter.
The contest ends at noon on Friday, October 2 and you may submit one entry per day per email address to increase your winning odds.
Click here for the official contest rules.
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The hard hitting, lyrical emcee Joey Bada$$ is making a tour stop here in Philly at the Theater of Living Arts (The TLA) on Sunday, Oct. 11. Alongside Bada$$, Denzel Curry, Bishop Nehru and Nyck Caution will also be tearing down the stage on a Sunday evening!
Most recognized for his raw, uncompromising style, Joe Bada$$ has experienced a stellar ride to the top of the hip hop game. He recently released his debut album B4.DA.$$ just this year and has toured across the country and beyond in support of the project. Bada$$ enlisted the help of producers like the legendary DJ Premier, which gave the project a nostalgic feel. One of the album’s most talked about tracks “Piece of Mind” gives a bit of insight into the disbelief of making it in the industry.
Joey Bada$$ began gaining momentum releasing mixtapes like the acclaimed 1999 as just a teenager. Beginning by writing poetry, he honed his craft and skill by listening to the greats like Biggie, Nas, and Jay Z. Truly priding himself on authentic hip hop, his music is raw and original with a slightly old school feel.
This show is for the hip hop lovers, straight with no chaser! High energy and full of tight lyrics, you won’t want to miss it!
When: Sunday, Oct. 11, 8 PM
Where: Theater of Living Arts, 334 South Street
More Info: Click Here
One of Philadelphia’s most popular concerts, Powerhouse, is back for another year and the names just get bigger and better!
Presented by Power 99 this year’s packed out show will feature Kendrick Lamar, hometown champ Meek Mill, Big Sean, Future, Fetty Wap and many more!
It’s all going down on Friday, Oct. 23 at the Wells Fargo Center. Both Meek and Big Sean also appeared at Made in America this past Labor Day weekend, so if you missed them then, this is your second chance.The bill is stacked with hip hop’s hottest artists. Also performing are the classic man Jidenna, Rae Sremmurd, Migos, Omarion and Jeremih.
Last year’s show did not disappoint — Powerhouse continues to be bring the biggest names in the industry for music lovers to enjoy. Pre-sale tickets for the show began September 11 and are sure to go quickly, so don’t wait. One ticket to see all of your favorite, chart-topping artists.
You never know what you are in for at Powerhouse with special guests and surprise performances, but you do know that it will be a great time with over 15,000 fans!
Since its inception in the 1980s, The City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program — originally called the Philadelphia Anti-Graffiti Network — has worked tirelessly to expand the city’s narrative around the public art, civic engagement and social practice.
Fast forward to today and Mural Arts stands on the verge of realizing its biggest project to date: Open Source: Engaging Audiences in Public Space. Curated by internationally renowned artist Pedro Alonzo, this open-air, citywide art exhibition has engaged 14 local and international artists to create a series of site-specific installations that each address one of the core tenets of Mural Arts’ mission.
To complement the Open Source projects and encourage public engagement with the work, Mural Arts has also worked with a number local partners to curate a series of more than 40 public events, programs and tours throughout the city during the month of October.
You can keep reading for all of the “need to know” details on this month long public art celebration.
Now, spread the word and make plans to come out and experience this unprecedented citywide Mural Arts Program event.
Open Source kicked off in June with the installation of a skateable sculpture at Paine’s Park by Berlin-based minimalist Jonathan Monk. Since then, several other projects have gotten underway, continuing to build momentum for the project’s official October 1 launch for Mural Arts Month.
Adorning the top of the 25-story Graham Building at Dilworth Park, JR’s work “Migrants, Ibrahim, Mingora-Philadelphia” depicts an image of Ibrahim, a real resident of Philadelphia who immigrated from Pakistan. Also, recently installed at the City Hall courtyard and Love Park is work by locally-based muralists Michelle Angela Ortiz’ seeking to raise public awareness of the real life experiences immigrants populations living here in Philadelphia.
The Dufala Brothers, Sam Durant, Ernel Martinez, Keir Johnston, MoMo, Odili Donald Odita and more — the roster of participating artists is an impressive list of the “who’s who” of contemporary art and socially-driven creative practice.
You can browse the entire list of Open Source artist and projects here.
Also, scroll to the bottom of this story to view a detailed map of the location of all of the Open Source projects.
For much more on Open Source see below.
On Friday, October 2, Open Source kicks off with an epic-sounding opening party at Bok, a former South Philly vocational high school that is transforming into an innovative maker space.
Along with enjoying the stunning views of the city from the Bok rooftop, party-goers will get the chance to mix it up with Open Source artists while celebrating the launch of one of the biggest Philadelphia cultural events of the year. While taking a break between DJ sets, attendees can check out open “pour” sessions by the Dufala Brothers, who will be setting up shop at Bok all month long.
The opening night festivities take place between 6 and 10 p.m. with a special VIP reception running from 5 to 7 p.m. General admission ticket are only $20 and VIP tickets run $75. You can buy your tickets online here.
Plus, we have a special promo code: use VISITPHILLY for $5 off general admission tickets to the opening night bash.
Each year, Mural Arts presents some of its biggest and most innovative work in October in honor of Mural Arts month — and this year is no exception. Throughout the month of October, festival-goers can participate in more than 40 events taking place across the city.
From interactive art-making workshops with MOMO, the Dufala Brothers and Heeseop Yoon to an in-depth public conversation with master artist Shepard Fairey at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the month of October is packed with tons of can’t-miss programs for art lovers of all types.
You can find the full schedule of events here.
If you’re looking for the best opportunities to get out and experience several of the projects at once, then Open Source tours are your best bet.
Mural Arts has curated a dozen walking and trolley tours during the month to help visitors get out and explore Open Source projects by location and neighborhood. Highlights include; Center City walking tours with Mural Arts founder Jane Golden on October 4 and 18; a full tour which offers a chance to view all of the projects in a single day on October 11; and special closing Center City walking tour with festival curator Pedro Alonzo on October 25.
The full schedule of tours can be viewed online here.
On October 1, the Open Source HUB space will open on the ground floor of The Graham Building at Dilworth Park — the same building that holds JR’s larger than life “Migrants, Ibrahim, Mingora-Philadelphia” mural.
An huge 2,000-square-foot space fitted with Wifi, charging stations, food vendors, informational displays and more, the HUB is the perfect place to drop in and hangout — or to get all of the info to plan an Open Source itinerary.
The HUB will be open Wednesdays to Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Sundays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The space may also open during off times for special events or to host Open Source artists, so follow Mural Arts on social to get the latest details on the HUB schedule.
Learn more about the HUB here.
Each and every 3rd Friday, Art Sanctuary — Philly's premier black arts hub — returns with its monthly open mic and music showcase, Sanctuary LIVE! This month's edition features a decadent evening of music with Philly's own soul rising star, Elle Morris.
Morris is a University of the Arts grad and a Philly transplant by way of Washington, DC. Elle captivates audiences with her eclectic voice, innovative covers and lovely jazz nuances. Her talents have landed her on stage with several national artists including Robin Thicke and Eric Roberson. Yes, we're definitely a fan.
Sanctuary LIVE! is hosted by Philly-based poet Safa and kicks off with an open mic from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The open mic segment is backed by rising Philly jazz vocalist and pianist, V. Shayne Frederick — a pitch perfect addition to any musical setting.
Be sure to RSVP in advance, because you most definitely want to be front and center when Elle Morris and these Philly talents step on stage. Wine and light fare included.
This Saturday, all roads lead to the Electric Factory for an epic hip-hop festival and concert mashup — Freefest presented by Philly radio station Boom 107.9
A free festival by day that transforms into a must-hit hip-hop concert, FreeFest will be headlined Philadelphia's own rap star Freeway alongside of a solid lineup of his industry friends and fam.
Starting at 11 a.m., the Electric Factory parking lot will turn into an outdoor hip-hop themed festival where music lovers can enjoy a range of activities including a DJ show, freestyle cyphers, vendors, food, and much more! At 4 p.m., the party moves inside for a must-see concert featuring by Freeway and other hip-hop talents. Both events are 21+ and though free — you must have a ticket in order to see the concert.
We're guessing you want in on the show, right? Then read on for more details.
Tickets are FREE but in order to get them, you must tune into Boom 107.9 Philly — day and night — for a cue to call in. Ticket-seekers can also find the Boom street team in various locations throughout the tri-state hooking fans up with passes for the event.
You can click here to find more details on getting tickets to the show.
So, this weekend, there's only one place you need to be — Freefest. Let's go!
The Internet is bringing their Ego Death Tour to The Trocadero right here in Philly on Wednesday, September 23. The soulful collective from Odd Future fame will be joined by Moonchild, St. Beauty and Andrea Valle for an eclectic mix of R&B, pop, and soul.
Originally a duo of Syd tha Kid and Matt Martians, The Internet now performs as a band of six including Patrick Paige II, Christopher Allan Smith, Jameel Bruner, and Steve Lacy. Syd broke out from the Odd Future camp, which featured the acclaimed Frank Ocean and Tyler the Creator, after working as their house engineer for years. Putting on her singer/songwriter hat instead, she collaborated with the group’s Matt Martians to create their debut album Purple Naked Ladies in 2011.
Falling into the vast category of alternative R&B, the project explored the depths of love, relationships and all that comes with it. Their latest effort Ego Death shows the band coming into their own and is the group’s third full length project.
Joining The Internet at The Troc will be soulful jazz trio Moonchild, Philly based artist Andrea Valle and the soulful duo St. Beauty who was recently featured on the Wondaland Presents: The Eephus EP. A roster full of talented artists, you will want to arrive early to catch them all.
This show will be full of deliciously soulful music. Grab your tickets soon! We hear they are going fast!