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When it comes down to holiday celebrations, Philly always does it big! And, Thanksgiving is no exception. From parties on Thanksgiving Eve and the 95th Annual Philadelphia Thanksgiving Day Parade to weekend nightlife affairs, we've pulled together a must-hit itinerary for Thanksgiving weekend in Philadelphia.
Also, be sure to check out uwishunu.com's complete guide to the holiday weekend for additional events and shopping options.
And, since it's the official start of the holidays, be sure to take advantage of the Visit Philly Overnight Hotel Package. It's the perfect way to explore the city’s holiday concerts, weekend parties and traditional holiday attractions throughout the entire weekend.
Wednesday, November 26, 3-9 p.m. | Rothman Institute Ice Rink at City Hall | $3 - 4
Before you hit the town for the evening, consider swinging by one of the more exciting holiday transformations in the city; the Rothman Institute Ice Rink at City Hall. The park will be open from 3 to 9 p.m. on Thanksgiving Eve, which gives you plenty of time to hit the ice before the night’s festivities. Admission is $3 for children ages 10 and under and $4 for adults. For those who don’t own their own skates, rental is $8. MORE INFO
Wednesday, November 26, 10 p.m. | Trilogy Nightclub, 601 Spring Garden Street | $10 - 20
This week, Stacey "Flygirrl" Wilson and crew will throw the Thanksgiving Eve party to end all parties — and it's going down right here in Philly. On Wednesday, November 26, the city's hottest DJs, live musicians and visual artists will all converge on Trilogy for the #ThanksgivingJawn, an unstoppable, two-floor party at Trilogy Nightclub. MORE INFO
Wednesday, November 26, 10 p.m. | Reserve Wine Bar, 724 Arch Street | $20
Stop through Reserve Wine Bar in Midtown as Revolt TV host Dj Damage provides a dope Thanksgiving Eve playlist. Damage will spin from 10 .p.m to 2 a.m. — making his long awaited first appearance in Philly since joining Diddy at Revolt TV. MORE INFO
A classic Philly tradition, the 6ABC Dunkin’ Donuts Thanksgiving Day Parade is the oldest in the country and a must-hit event for the family. The city streets will overflow stunning floats, giant balloons and local performers — from choirs and dance groups, to marching bands and more. Look forward to 18 balloons, gorgeous floats, fun special guests and stunning live performances. Get there early to make sure that you can grab a perfect view of the show. MORE INFO
Let's be honest, Thanksgiving Day is all about the eats, right? Fortunately, dozens of Philadelphia’s great restaurants make it easy for those aiming to avoid the cooking, baking, grocery store rush and post-meal clean up. Check out all of the city restaurants offering amazing dine-in or take-out meals this Thanksgiving. MORE INFO
Friday, November 28, 7 p.m. | The Liacouras Center, 1776 N Broad Street | $50-100
Philly’s fave R&B/soul station WDAS is teaming up with Soul Train to present an epic holiday jam at The Liacouras Center on N. Broad Street. On Friday, November 28 megastars including Jill Scott, Ledisi, Joe and Faith Evans will all land on one stage for an arena-rocking night of soul. Tickets will go fast, so grab your seats today. MORE INFO.
Saturday, November 29 | Uncut Fun House, 1617 N. 2nd Street | $20
Three Philly artists are teaming up on this dope new concept, House Party Art Show. Don Scott, Gabe Tiberino and Ivben Taqiy Muhammad are throwing an epic party, inspired in part by the 90's film of the same name. The perfect way to kick off your weekend or rebound after Thanksgiving eats, the House Party Art Show will touch on the history of art , fashion, hip hop and style from the late 80's to the Early 90's. MORE INFO
Housed in an architecturally stunning historic Center City Philadelphia building at 8th and Market streets, the Franklin Flea will pop up for its second year in the former home of long-shuttered department store Strawbridge & Clothier, located right next door to the brand-new Century 21 department store. At the wintertime market, shoppers can expect a finely tuned selection of around 50 vendors set up amid the antique chandeliers and marble columns of the historic space, selling everything from fine antiques and vintage clothing to handmade decorative arts and gourmet street food. MORE INFO
This year, Philadelphia will host the very 1st Annual WDAS Holiday Jam presented by Soul Train Music. This very special event will take place Friday, November 28 at the Liacouras Center with performances by an all-star lineup of R&B/Soul hitmakers. There will even be a DJ set by Philly’s favorite international drummer/DJ, Questlove of the legendary Roots crew.
Held on Black Friday, the WDAS Holiday Jam is the perfect opportunity to continue the hoilday festivities after a full day of shopping with friends and family. Tis the season, right?
And trust us, when we say that this lineup is stacked — it's definitely stacked! Check out the details below.
Jill Scott — Jilly from Philly is coming home! The soulful singer/songwriter and poet made her rise during the Philadelphia-driven neo-soul movement of the early 2000s and has since transcended into actress, activist and much more.
KEM — This R&B great took the world by storm with the success of his single “Love Calls.” Since then, KEM has become one of the most distinctive and unique voices in R&B.
Ledisi — An undeniable powerhouse vocalist, Ledisi is definitely one of Philadelphia adopted daughters of soul — just ask Sound of Philadelphia mastermind Kenny Gamble. A vocalist who truly uses her voice as an instrument, Ledisi has worked with some of Philly's most notable songwriters, including Carvin and Ivan and the Philly Phatboiz.
Joe — Joe's smooth vocals have helped him stand the test of time. Over his career, Joe has gone from hip-hop hooks to recording flawless throwbacks paying homage to groups like Frankie Beverly and Maze.
Faith Evans — The first lady of Bad Boy Records, Faith Evans sultry voice continues to win over fans old and new. With a voice equally rooted in church and traditional R&B/soul and a discography full of hits, Faith Evans is 100% a legit American soul music icon.
This show is for the music lovers and is the perfect way to groove into the holiday spirit. So, be sure to grab your ticket as we’re sure they are going quickly!
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.
In addition to the lush vocals from the incredible lineup of musicians, attendees will get a chance to check out Art Sanctuary's latest exhibit, "My Thoughts Wear Crowns. " this 15+ piece show features the graffiti, Basquiat influenced paintings of Philly-based visual artist, American Queen TJD.
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.
Philly, we've got some great news. On Friday, December 5, Jhene Aiko will be making her way back to Philly. The Souled Out songstress takes over The Electric Factory along with SZA and The Internet — keeping things hot on the city's fall music scene.
Philly last saw Aiko on the mainstage during this year's Roots Picnic. And, we've definitely been anticipating her return ever since.
After releasing her debut major label album, Souled Out, the singer experienced a whirlwind year. But, don’t mistake Aiko's recent release or fanfare for inexperience in the business. Aiko was signed to Epic records when she was just 16 years old. Ultimately, she was released from that contract so that she could finish school and continue developing as a woman and an artist.
After that brief hiatus and the birth of her daughter, Aiko was back at it. Always staying true to her words, worth and artistry, the singer/songwriter never stopped writing. Ultimately, Jhene released her high-acclaimed mixtape, Sailing Souls, which she recorded with LA-based producers Fisticuffs. The popular project gained momentum and the attention of industry heavyweights, including Big Sean and Drake.
Aiko then appeared on Big Sean’s track “Beware,” released her own EP Sail Out and toured alongside Drake — all of which propelled her into the forefront of the music industry.
Philly can catch Aiko, and her hip-hop and R&B-laced music, live at The Electric Factory in early December. Alternative “Teen Spirit” singer/songwriter SZA and soul band The Internet will be opening the show with genre-defying, eclectic performances — rounding out the lineup just right.
This is a show you won’t want to miss, so grab your tickets now!
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.
Their new track, “Hold it Down,” was produced by Top Dawg Entertainment’s Willie B., who is a part of the extremely popular Kendrick Lamar crew. The producer definitely brings the heat with the track's undeniable boom-bap, hip-hop beat — creating the perfect base for both artists to flow over. Chill opens the track, flowing seamlessly for two verses, and then Locksmith’s rapid-fire lyricism brings it home.
Somehow Moody finds the time to release new music in the midst of his various branding endeavors. In addition to his exclusive happy hour at the Pyramid Club and his #nicethings edition of Cerebellum water, Chill has even launchrf his own brand of car air fresheners. There's no doubt; Chill Moody is definitely about two things — his music and his hustle.
Dominating the Philly music scene, Moody continues to spread his music across the country and the world, citing the importance of the internet in spreading his brand in his hometown, and beyond.
Moody also served as a Music Ambassador for the PHL Live program presented by Councilman David Oh, which sought to have local talent compete for spots at a large scale music festival in Philadelphia. Moody dedicated himself to getting the word out for other local artists. Various competitions in R&B, Rap, DJing, Rock and much more took place all across the city over the last few weeks.
One of the most diplomatic and versatile artists we’ve seen in a while, many continue to be in awe of just how much Chill Moody has done as an independent artist. Take a listen to “Hold it Down” below and let us know that you think in the comments.
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.
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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…