Your guide to Philly's diverse creative scene, nightlife, music, food & more
Attention Philly! Got talent? Then this one's for you.
We've heard for years (and years and years) that there's "something special" in Philly's water that helps our city produce its steady stream of singers, musicians, producers and DJs. The talent that has come out of our area includes some of the top names in the music industry. In fact, there isn't a major music tour out right now that doesn't include a Philly-based musician, artist, DJ, manager or musical director.
So, who will be the next big name to come out of Philly? Looks like we'll find out soon.
This week, The City of Philadelphia announced that it is looking for the city's next "it" artist — and they've pulled together a stellar list of industry experts to help this act take the national stage by storm. During an official press conference, The City kicked off its city-wide music competition PHL Live, which launches on August 15 with a six week contest entry window.
PHL Live is headed by Councilman At Large David Oh, along with a group of Philly music advisors and judges, including Chill Moody, Carvin Haggins, Ivan Barias, GoGo Morrow, Carol Riddick, Aaron Camper and more.
The submission period begins on August 15 and will run through September 30. You must be 18+ to compete, and it is completely free to enter. The competition will highlight ten genres — hip-hop, R&B, pop, DJ, jazz, world, gospel, rock, country/folk and classical.
Go to the PHL Live website and upload a video clip that's three to five minutes long of you performing an original song, self-selecting which genre you wish to compete in. A panel of experts will judge and rate submissions according to creativity/originality; performance and crowd interaction; and technical competence.
When the submission window closes, the judges will select up to five semi-finalists from each genre who will move on to the second round. Then, from October through November, the selected acts from each genre will perform at venues across the city, including Underground Arts, Silk City, Relish, Time, World Cafe Live, MilkBoy and Hard Rock Cafe. Click here for the full schedule of semi-final performances.
The 10 winning artists from each genre will then perform at the final showcase in December at The Trocadero Theater. Top prize includes cash, studio time and more!
So Philly, show 'em what you got. Good luck!
There are a lot of DJs out on the EDM scene, and trying to wade through the mass to find talented, under the radar, up-and-coming or even established artists can be tough. That’s where New York-based DJ, and radio show host of Beats in Space, Tim Sweeney comes in.
A sought after DJ, the New York University grad’s FM radio show has been on the airwaves for over a decade, bringing its audiences a fresh lineup of can’t-miss artists. With all the momentum Sweeney has gained, and the show’s international recognition, there’s no sign him, or it, slowing down.
Sweeney makes it his mission to scope out good artists and artists on the rise to air them to the public, some of which might never get heard or discovered otherwise. When he started his show, the DJ was looking to fill a void in dance music radio wanting to focus on the wide-ranging EDM scene. Little by little, Sweeney filled the gap with genre-breaking dance music like disco, Chicago house, techno, funk and soul, and much more, bringing in heavy-hitting DJs on the circuit, like artists from DFA Records, to spin on his show. Sweeney’s devotion and taste in good music is clear every time his global audiences tune in.
As a skilled and talented DJ, Sweeney is known for taking the vibe at a dance club to a whole new level. Also doubling as the owner of his famous record label Beats in Space Records, the artist has a lot on his plate but anyone who knows him will say he’s loving every minute of it.
This Friday, get ready because Sweeney is spinning at resident indie dance spot, The Dolphin. Be prepared to hear the best and brightest of the ‘new disco’, house, and techno music on the EDM scene today. Philly-based DJ group Sean Hearn and Philly-based Jay Yo are the openers.
We can’t wait to get into the sounds and hit the dance floor. See you there!
Presented by Thee Dream Collective, Tony Manz Entertainment, MBK Cares and Rice Music Group, this live music competition will highlight new acts from our area, allowing contestants to showcase their skills and compete for a chance to win big.
The grand prize winner for the evening will score a pair of two-day passes to Jay Z's Made in America festival, which takes place on The Parkway over Labor Day weekend and features performances by Kanye West, J. Cole, Pharrell Williams and more. In addition to MIA tickets, the prize pack includes a production deal with an indie label, a visa gift card, press via TV, print and radio, and a performance in Philly's famous Love Park.
Judges for the evening will be Izzy Ike of IM3 Media and label executive Greg Rice — with more judges to be announced shortly. As a special musical treat, the show will also feature performances by more established talents from the local music scene, including Philly’s own D’Vina, Motown R&B group MPrynt and RMG artist Jae Louise.
If you are looking for some great new artists, then this is most definitely the place to be!
Philly's own DJ Aktive is bringing it home for his birthday!
Taking a short break from touring and spinning with an impressive lineup of performers, including Jennifer Hudson and Marsha Ambrosius, Aktive is taking over at the Stratus Rooftop Lounge at Hotel Monaco this weekend for an epic birthday bash — and you're invited.
On Sunday, August 10 Aktive's birthday celebration hits Stratus with a serious daytime party featuring music by DJ Arun, DJ gWiz and DJ Ant Live. So, throw on your flyest summer attire, grab your friends and hit the dancefloor in honor of one of Philly's finest soundsmiths, the one and only DJ Aktive.
No summer is complete without a few classic Philly block parties, right? Well, this week, Mad Decent Block party is once again taking the summer block party to the next level—actually the next 100 levels. This year, block party attendees have three chances to turn up with party mastermind and international turntablist Diplo, and his entire Mad Decent crew.
The next day, all roads will lead to Festival Pier at Penn's Landing for the Mad Decent Block Party. The line-up for this year's block party is once again bananas, featuring top talents like Chance The Rapper, Dillon Francis, Diplo, Dirty South Joe, DJ Sega, Flosstradamus, Swizzymack and more.
The Block Party is currently sold out, but don't worry — if you didn't grab your tickets there's still one more chance to party with Diplo and Madd Decent. After the official event is done and over, the party heads back to Union Transfer for The Mad Decent Block Party AfterParty. This 21-and-over finale is sure to have hot music, decent drinks (pun intended), and plenty of opportunity to sweat it out on the dancefloor to the sound of the country's dopest DJs.
So, grab your crew, and head straight to this fresh-to-death summer party. Trust us, you don’t want to be the only person not there.
Thursday, August 7, 8:30 p.m. | Union Transfer - 1026 Spring Garden Street | $25 | Click here.
Friday, August 8, 3:30 p.m. | Festival Pier at Penn's Landing, Columbus Boulevard | $40 | Click here.
Friday, August 8, 10 p.m. | Union Transfer - 1026 Spring Garden Street | $25 | Click here.
In July, Simmons announced his plans for ADD, which includes using multi-faceted platforms to help new artists break into the entertainment market, focusing much of their efforts on YouTube. Simmons and his team want to give more power to the fans and the artists. Their model will allow for artists to submit music and the fans to vote on their favorites for an opportunity to be showcased online.
Last month, Simmons and Rifkind stopped into town with one of their first signees, Philly emcee Tayyib Ali, to give a room full of local music influencers an inside look at their latest venture. Of course, Philly 360° was in the room to bring our fans an exclusive look at the the event, which was held at the Mitchell & Ness flagship store in Midtown.
Influencers, including Chill Moody, Charlie Mack, Dilemma, Rich Medina, Laiya St. Clair, DJ Matthew Law, MPrynt, and Laurin Talese, packed Mitchell & Ness' second floor, eager to hear from the trio. The candid discussion, moderated by marketing and branding consultant Set Free, covered an array of topics including the state of the music industry, Philly's first ADD artist Tayyib Ali, the intersection of fashion and hip hop — and of course their exciting plans for the label.
Simmons signing Tayyib Ali as one of the first All Def Digital artists is a major nod to the talent incubator Philadelphia continues to be. Recently, Ali was featured in a primetime Samsung commercial, showing how quickly it can pay off to have entertainment juggernauts like Rifkind and Simmons in your corner.
There has also been talk about the return of Def Poetry and Def Comedy by way of the All Def Digital YouTube Channel. Simmons and Rifkind are pulling out all the stops for their artists including deals with major technology companies, film and tv placements and more.
Keep an eye our for ADD's next projects and artists — and check out our recap video below.
Philly husband and wife soul duo, Kindred the Family Soul is back with another community-centered, family-friendly event this weekend. The Kindred Family Reunion, presented by State Representative Jordan Harris, will be jam-packed day of fun, music, food, and much more — and it’s free to attend!
The event will be hosted by Hot 107.9’s PMS Morning Show Crew, Laiya St. Clair and Shamara. Musical performances will include some of Philadelphia’s most loved, and talented, artists. And, they are definitely going to lay it down in the name of Philly soul.
Take a look at the show's all-star lineup.
Jaguar Wright – From her work with heavy hitters like Jay Z and The Roots to her own solo work, Jaguar Wright has a voice that cannot be denied. A pillar of the Philly soul scene, Jag broke out on the international music scene during the peak of Philly's soul revival of the early 2000s.
Kindred the Family Soul – Kindred has to be one of the most endearing husband and wife duos on the planet. Their smooth sound has led them to the tops of the charts and all across the country performing their great music. Kindred will perform material from their latest release, A Couple of Friends.
Jazmine Sullivan – The highly anticipated return of Jazmine Sullivan is under way and Philly 360° is here for all of it! Jazmine has been slaying stages since she was a young child. After taking some time away from the music business to grow and find more of her voice, she is back and gearing up for the release of her third effort, Reality Show.
We'll see you there!
Dreamchasers signee Guordan Banks is back with a new single entitled “Good at What You Do” from his highly-anticipated EP, I Wanna Sing for Oprah. The talented writer serenaded his way onto the Philly 360° playlist with his clever lyrics and undeniable melodies.
In this smooth mid-tempo track, Banks sings of the woman with enough appeal to make him forget about all the “Rihannas, Teyannas, and Ciaras" of the world. The synth-driven track was produced by Philly 360° Creative Ambassador Ivan Barias.
Banks is slowly teasing fans with great records from his upcoming release. It was first his Meek Mill assisted “Where Are We,” then “We Might Die” which featured a stunning visual shot by Spike Jordan. Though there hasn’t been a release date announced yet, we know many are hoping it will be sooner than later.
First garnering attention as a songwriter with credits boasting Keyshia Cole, Vivian Green, John Legend and more, Banks stepped out into his own solo artistry once signed with Philly’s own Meek Mill. He was the featured artist on Mill’s “Used to Be” from Dreamchasers 2 which had over 2 million downloads in one day on mixtape website, Dat Piff.
From working with top artists in the game like 50 Cent to performing around the country, it seems that Banks could easily be a part of the artists that lead the frontier of R&B music within the next few years. He shows his diversity as an artist by being able to exhibit his vocal ability while staying relevant with catchy hooks and concepts.
Check out the latest single “Good at What You Do” below and let us know what you think about it! Remember Philly supports Philly, so encourage your local artists.
R&B sensation Keyshia Cole is gearing up for her next album release and is bringing her Point of No Return music tour straight to Philly. Since day one, Cole's music has been layered with plenty of local ties, including tracks written by Philly's own multi-platinum selling, GRAMMY-nominated producers Carvin & Ivan.
Briclyn Entertainment is back on the scene, bringing Young Money solo artist and Maroon 5 keyboardist PJ Morton to World Cafe Live for an incredible night of live music. Last year, Morton’s acclaimed major label debut New Orleans, which features Stevie Wonder, Adam Levine and Busta Rhymes, hit #1 on the iTunes R&B Albums Chart and Top 5 on the Billboard Heatseekers Chart.
This month, multiple GRAMMY Award-winning singer/songwriter John Legend touches down at The Mann Center, performing hits off his fourth studio album Love in the Future, which features the popular single, All of Me. Legend’s refreshing blend of gospel tunes and rhythmic pop sounds puts him in a musical league of his own.
This summer, Keenen Ivory, Damon, Shawn and Marlon Wayans are touring the U.S.—and bringing their signature style of funny our way. You can catch all four brothers on one stage as they hit Tower Theater for a hilarious, one-night-only Philly affair.
No summer is complete without a few classic Philly block parties, right? Right. Mad Decent Block Party is once again taking the summer block party to the next level—actually the next 100 levels. The 2014 lineup features hot acts like Chance The Rapper, Dillon Francis, Diplo, Dirty South Joe, DJ Sega, Flosstradamus, Swizzymack and more.
Philly foodies and festival fans, get your taste buds ready because the city’s premier street food festival returns with its next edition. Night Market Lancaster Ave @ 35th lands in the popular University City neighborhood with delicious bites from some of Philly’s best eateries. Also, be on the lookout for West Philly emcee Chill Moody as he holds it down on the live music stage.
Round one: Fight! Trading in fast fists for dope beats, hip-hop megastars Drake and Weezy appear at Susquehanna Bank Center for their Capcom-sponsored, Street Fighter-inspired music tour, Drake Vs. Lil Wayne. The two emcees will go toe-to-toe (lyrically speaking) for an epic, arena-rocking rap battle.
Made In America is set to hit Philly with another two days of nonstop music. Highlights for this year include writer/performer of the hit-song Happy Pharrell, reigning hip-hop star Kanye West, classic rap throwback group De La Soul and hit-making lyricist J. Cole, just to name a few. Get full details and enter our ticket giveaway.
BlackStar Film Festival is back for another round of cinematic awesomeness. Hailed as “The Black Sundance” by Ebony magazine, BlackStar runs July 31-August 3. The Philly-based festival highlights independent films from emerging directors, producers and writers about the global black experience. Check out our guide.
The next wave of Philly hitmakers, including Good Girl, Brianna Cash, MPrynt and Jeremy Isaac, landed at Underground Arts for The Winners Circle part deux. Of course, Philly 360° went behind the scenes to capture exclusive interviews with the artists and live performance footage. Watch our video recap.
Philly 360° was there when entertainer Nick Cannon arrived in Philly for the 2014 Angel Awards at Hotel Monaco. We sat down with the star to talk about his love for Philly soul, charity work and upcoming projects. Watch the video here.
First Fridays in Philly are always a fun time, but this weekend things are looking extra fresh. From BlackStar Film Festival, Keyshia Cole and John Legend to Reggae in the Park at The Mann Center, Philly is doing it up big this weekend. Check out our top picks below.
When: July 31 through August 3
Where: International House, 3701 Chestnut Street; See website for additional venues.
Cost: $10, general admission; $125 all-festival pass
More info: www.blackstarfest.org
Hailed as “the black Sundance” by Ebony magazine, the 2014 BlackStar Film Festival makes its return to Philly next week for a third round of cinematic awesomeness. This year the festival theme is "Music is the Weapon," and the BlackStar buzz is definitely building. The festival continues to gain attention, and accolades, from movie lovers, industry creatives, and press in Philly, around the country, and beyond.
Summer is sizzling with Cézanne at the Barnes! Check out their new exhibition The World Is an Apple: The Still Lifes of Paul Cézanne with art, cocktails, music, and conversation this First Friday!
Enjoy live performances by Relâche Ensemble and Peter Price as they interpret Cézanne’s still lifes musically. Or head to the terrace to experience world beats by DJ Hiding Place and DJ Bloodfaceman.
When: Friday, August 1 | 8pm
Where: The TLA | 334 South Street
More: Click here for more.
Keyshia Cole is about to land in Philly! That's right, the "She" singer is gearing up for her next album release and will be stopping through Philly for her Point of No Return tour, named after her upcoming project. And, check out the after party at Voyuer.
When: Friday, August 1 | 8 p.m.
Where: World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut Street
More Info: Click here to buy tickets.
Briclyn Entertainment, 2 PM Music and TMP Management &Promotions are back on the scene and teaming up for another dope show. On August 1, Bricyln returns to polished Philly music venue World Cafe Live for an incredible night of music with Young Money solo artist, Maroon 5 keyboardist, PJ Morton.
When: Saturday, August 2, 6-9 p.m.
Where: Urban Art Galler, 262 S. 52nd Street
More Info: Click here.
Sharp with Art Group presents a group exhibition of new works featuring some the best up and coming artists in the new contemporary art movement. “LEVELS” will run from August 2-31, 2014 with an opening reception Saturday, August 2nd, which includes FREE ENTRY, drinks and music. Six amazing artists will be featured in the show: Natalie Flor Negron, Jae Martin, Nebulus Flair, Seven X, Noni Red and Vinson Houston.
When: Saturday, August 2, 7 p.m.
Where: The Mann Center for the Performing Arts, 5201 Parkside Avenue
More Info: Purchase tickets online here.
Multiple GRAMMY Award-winning singer/songwriter John Legend will be returning to Philly with his highly-anticipated The All of Me Tour. On August 2, Legend will touch down at The Mann Center to perform hits off his fourth studio album “Love in the Future,” which features the hit single, "All of Me."
When: Saturday, August 2, 8 p.m.
Where: Tower Theater, 69th & Market Street
Cost: $50 - 84
More Info: Click here to purchase tickets online.
This summer, writer-director-actor-producers Keenen Ivory Wayans, Damon Wayans, Shawn Wayons and Marlon Wayans, are touring the US — and they're bringing signature style of funny our way. On August 2, the Wayans land at Tower Theater for a one-night-only family affair.
When: Sunday, August 2, 2 p.m.
Where: The Mann Center for Performing Arts, 52nd Street and Parkside Avenue
Cost: Tickets, $40-$95
More info: www.manncenter.org
Philly, jam out to the cool sounds of live reggae music as The Mann Center's annual Reggae in the Park summer festival comes our way on Sunday, August 3.
Headliners of this all-day event include some of today’s biggest and brightest reggae performers such as Matisyahu, Steel Pulse, Morgan Heritage, The Expendables, Movadao, Inner Circle and more. So, get all of your Caribbean flavor — right here in Philly. And, experience it all under the gorgeous Philadelphia summer sky.
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