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Philly, this one's for you. Jay Z’s Made in America Music Festival is returning to Philadelphia this Labor Day weekend 2015. The two-day festival will be hitting the streets of Philadelphia on Saturday and Sunday, September 5 and 6.
For those looking to be one of the first to score tickets to the popular music festival, presale tickets are currently on sale through today, May 21 at 10 p.m. Two-day passes to the festival are available for $99.50 per person (plus taxes and fees) for a very limited time only. Click here to purchase your two-day pass and use code BMIAPHILLY to access the presale.
The official lineup has not yet been announced, but Made in America always delivers an awesome lineup — think Kanye West, Kings of Leon, Tiësto and more last year, and Beyonce, Nine Inch Nails, Calvin Harris and more two years ago.
Stay tuned for more information on the Made in America festival.
**A version of this post originally appeared on uwishunu.com**
Hometown music legend DJ Jazzy Jeff needs no introduction. A revered DJ and producer, Jeff has made a global impact on music, including winning the first GRAMMY in hip-hop with his partner The Fresh Prince aka Will Smith. DJ Jazzy Jeff is legit music royalty, and when it comes to making hits and impacting music culture, he has the Midas touch.
This weekend, to celebrate the opening of the Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest on Penn's Landing, DJ Jazzy Jeff will spin a rollerskate friendly set of music from 9 to 11 p.m. You can catch Jeff — and show off your "Roll Bounce" moves — for RiverRink's opening weekend festivities, which kick off on Friday, May 22.
For the first time this year, the area that housed this past winter’s Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest will transform into a warm-weather edition with a roller rink, a boathouse-styled Lodge, a play area for kids, food and drink options and summer events throughout the season. Opening Memorial Day weekend, Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest will be free and open to the public daily through the end of September.
Also, as part of the opening weekend festivities, make sure to stop by the kickoff of the Visit Philly Beer Garden Series at Spruce Street Harbor Park this Friday.
For DJ Jazzy Jeff Philly fans, the Friday night skate party will definitely be an exciting homecoming to attend. As Jeff notes, "It's the best feeling in the world to play music all over the world, but, what's like home? I don't get a chance to play at home a lot, so when you get the opportunity - especially something like this - you take it."
So, this weekend, all roads lead to the Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest. It's always a good look to hear a legend like Jeff spin, and trust us — It'll feel even better on skates.
Opening weekend consists of four days of fun at the waterfront. See the complete schedule here.
Quickly becoming one of Philly music’s biggest Ambassadors, hip hop emcee Chill Moody just dropped a brand new project entitled TV Made Me Do It. The new LP is produced by Philly native, Wes Manchild and for this week’s Philly 360 playlist, we are bringing you one of the top tracks off the album, “I Can’t Stay.”
The rap ballad features the soulful Jacqueline Constance who was recently mentioned in an article on Philly.com highlighting the new generation of jazz vocalists in Philadelphia. “I Can’t Stay” shows a bit of the softer side of the boom bap rap project. Constance graces the hook and a vamp section singing of a lost love. The piano driven track provides the perfect backdrop to Moody’s laidback flow.
TV Made Me Do It is the first release from the West Philly rapper’s brand new imprint #nicethingsMusic. A conceptual album that plays on many of the television shows from youth, Moody brought his creativity to this one with songs like “The Phacts of Life” and “James Evan.” His social campaign featured various influencers talking about their favorite TV shows growing up, which built a strong buzz for the project.
From building his own label to reviving the life jam session scene with his “Phirst Tuesdays” event at Bourbon & Branch, Chill Moody is setting precedents for independent artists. It’s not just about the music, he has built an entire brand and experience around his music and performance.
It won’t be long before he is a household name across the country, but rest assured, he we always rep his hometown!
Encouraging healthy lifestyles for girls and communities is cornerstone of GrassROOTS Community Foundation, which for a third year will host the Roots, Rock, Run (R3) 5k Walk and Run.
This year, the race will be in Philadelphia's historic Germantown neighborhood. Participants will again meet for the 5k at Anna Lane Lingelbach Elementary School, where they will break off to continue on designated routes. Pre-registration is $25 at brynmawracing.com or race-day registration will be $30.
GrassROOTS is currently active in 10 cities in the United States and was co-founded by sociologist and organization president Dr. Janice Johnson Dias along with Tariq “Black Thought” Trotter, also MC of the hip hop group The Roots.
GrassROOTS provides educational services and special programs that focus on issues that affect disadvantaged women and girls such as obesity, exercise, breast cancer, HIV/AIDS, and suicide. Through is initiatives, GrassROOTS aims to instill positive and healthy habits for women and girls to help them become healthy adults.
So, before you head down to Festival Pier at Penn's Landing for the Roots Picnic, stop by this awesome community event to run, or cheer on runners, in the name of a better, brighter Philly.
AFROPUNK — New York's notorious urban, multicultural, genre-defying musical fete — is taking it's coveted Battle of the Bands show and contest on the road. This year, in addition to the New York show, AFROPUNK will bring its BOTB acton to two other east coast cities, ATL and Philadelphia.
Partnering with trusted Philadelphia music brand, Veteran Freshman, the Philadelphia edition of the battle offers a chance to perform at the critically acclaimed AFROPUNK Festival, which saw over 60,000 in attendance last year alone with performances from D’Angelo, Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings, Lianne La Havas, Body Count and many more.
AFROPUNK Battle of The Bands, while serving as a chance to perform on one of Brooklyn's biggest stages, has also been integral in kickstarting bands careers: The Skins signing to Rick Rubens label America, Unlocking the Truth signing to Sony, among others.
The 8th annual Roots Picnic is right around the corner — taking over Festival Pier at Penn's Landing on Saturday, May 30. And, we can’t let you show up to the festival without giving you all of the must-know info on the amazing array of artists that will perform this year.
The unofficial kick-off to the summer music festival season in Philadelphia, Roots Picnic 2015 features an eclectic mix of talent including Erykah Badu, Haitus Kaiyote and Philly’s own King Britt, Donn T, and Brianna Cash. Consider this the perfect opportunity to curate your playlist for the summer.
Take a look at the below guide to this year’s Roots Picnic headliners. Also, be sure to enter our Roots Picnic Giveaway for a chance to win a pair of tickets courtesy of Philly 360° and Visit Philly.
Marc E. Bassy – Fresh off the release of his East Hollywood EP, the former 2AM Club band member is emerging quickly as a solo artist. Blurring the lines between R&B and rap, his sound is refreshing and at a moment’s notice Bassy will switch up his flow from soulful crooning to dropping rhythmic rap bars.
Donn T – A singer/songwriter with the bloodline of one of the most knowledgeable musicians of our time, Donn T is a phenomenal artists with a sound that will keep you guessing. Her versatile sound has landed her on stages with Fall Out Boy’s Patrick Stump, Marsha Ambrosius, Zap Mama and more. Her highly anticipated full length album, Flight of Donn T was released in April.
Moses Sumney – The guitarist and vocalist sites one of his favorite performances at Sofar Sounds as one of his favorites with fans simply sitting around like a campfire to listen to Sumney and Karen O of the Yeah, Yeah, Yeahs. The indie-rock singer has also shared stages with Beck and David Longstreth of Dirty Projects, just to name a few.
Brianna Cash – Singer/Songwriter, Brianna Cash doesn’t need much more than her voice and guitar to captivate an audience with her heartfelt lyrics and rebellious tone. The up and coming Philly artist has been working continuously on stages across the area and this may just be her biggest yet.
Raury – Just 18-years old, Raury has no issue in standing out among a sea of the same when it comes to his music. It’s political, it’s rooted in folk and Americana and it’s really dope. Fielding comparisons to an early Andre 3000, it’s clear to see that Raury is carving out a lane of his own by simply being himself and spreading a message of love.
King Britt – Britt’s work as a composer, producer, and remixer has garnered him much critical acclaim as well as a Pew Fellowship for composition in 2007. His work has taken him to stages across the world and his latest album, The Phoenix, is being released on Hyperdub.
Bishop Nehru – Another talented artist at just 18-years-old has already worked with two of his musical influences including Nas and MF Doom who will produce his debut full-length album. The hip hop emcee/producer is dropping tons of music including his NehruvianDOOM project alongside Doom.
Hudson Mohawke - A music producer and award winning scratch DJ from the UK, it was his work in 2012 that pushed “Hud Mo” into the forefront of the American musical landscape. He has worked on releases from Young Thug, Kanye West, Pusha T, and more.
DJ Windows 98 (Win Butler of Arcade Fire) – Member of the GRAMMY award winning band, Arcade Fire, Win Butler has picked up the turntables under the guise of Windows 98. He brings a bit of nostalgia to the popular performance DJ world.
Chronixx (And The Zincfence Redemption) – A reggae artist and musician, Chronixx released his first EP in 2010, Hooked on Chronixx, which put him on the industry radar. By 2014 his work on The Dread & Terrible Project earned him top spots on both the billboard and iTunes Reggae charts.
Rae Sremmurd – The hip hop duo is signed as one of the first acts on top selling producer, Mike Will Made It’s Ear Drummer Records. From humble beginnings, the two taught themselves production, DJing and performing and the hard work is paying off.
Hiatus Kaiyote – The GRAMMY-nominated group hails all the way from Melbourne, Australia. Haitus Kaiyote is a soul quartet that gained critical acclaim from their song “Nakamarra” with Q-Tip.
DJ Mustard – In the midst of a radio takeover as a producer, you can’t turn on the radio without hearing “Mustard on the Beat.” His work with acts like Chris Brown, Omarion, Ty Dolla Sign, and many more has created its own movement in today’s music scene. This time around we get to hear him rock his tunes among others as a DJ.
Phantogram – The electronic rock duo consists of Josh Carter and Sarah Barthel. Influenced by everything from The Beatles to J. Dilla, they describe their sound as street beat, psych pop.
ASAP Rocky – The fashion forward, East Coast emcee is has brought his smooth Harlem style and versatile flow to the forefront of the music industry. His ASAP Mob is a movement within itself and the rapper was recently named Rap’s New Rock Star by Billboard.
Erykah Badu – The soulful songstress makes her return to Philly in a big way backed by The Roots for what we are sure will be an epic performance. Rising to superstar status in the late 90s and 2000s, Ms. Badu has become an iconic figure in soul music.
The Weeknd – In a rare Philly performance the pop/R&B Crooner will of course hit the state. His music is honest and full of raw emotion. His most recent release “Earned It” was featured in the promo for the highly anticipated “50 Shades of Grey” film and has dominated radio.
The Roots – The incomparable Roots Crew of course always take the stage. Not only will they be backing Erykah Badu but we can always count on them taking on their own musical set.
The next edition of Philly Loves hits us one week before the Roots Picnic. And, since this year's show includes performances by Erykah Badu and The Roots — the "Philly Loves The Soulquarians" theme of the May 23 concert is right on time.
Founded by Questlove, The Soulquarians is a music collective that includes D'Angelo, Poyser, Erykah Bady and J Dilla, to name a few. These artists came together during the height of the neosoul movement which was largely powered and inspired by artists from the Philadelphia muisc scene. The group was known for undeniable grooves, unconventional rhythms, irregular chords, and music with an infectious feel.
On Saturday May 23 all of Philadelphia is invited to Johnny Brenda's, where Dj's Mike Nyce and very special guest 9th Wonder will take the stage to pay tribute to The Roots, Erykah Badu, Q-Tip, Mos Def, Talib Kweli, Bilal, D'Angelo, Common, Dilla and James Poyser, known as the soulquarians.
The event includes live art by Ameerah K Art and a special tribute video created by Flygirrl. Get there early, doors open at 9 p.m. and early bird attendees get a a fan. We'll see you there.
After a 14 year hiatus that left fans around the globe feenin' for a follow-up to his 2000 album Voodoo, D'Angelo returned — and with a seriously soulful vengance.
Last December, the crooner dropped his latest release Black Messiah, which may very well be one of the most highly anticipated projects of this decade. The soul-laced album was released suddenly and was almost immediately hailed as an instant classic and a much-needed balm for all things missing in music right now. Black Messiah, indeed.
Now, the beloved soulster is on the road performing music from Black Messiah live for fans around the globe. On June 23, D'Angelo — accompanied by a masterful group of musicians dubbed The Vanguard — brings his Second Coming Tour to the Keswick Theatre in Glenside, PA.
After a recent sold-out European tour and dates in New York, D’Angelo and The Vanguard received an overwhelming response from fans and media alike. Rolling Stone called the performance at NYC’s Apollo Theatre “stunning… a master class in soul,” while the New York Daily News cited that D’Angelo “emerged at the Apollo with his skills undiminished and, compared to his contemporaries, still untouchable.”
Tickets to D'Angelo's Philadelphia show are on sale now. You'll definitely want to grab your seats now. The world's most soulful voice in the world's most soulful city — 100% a can't-miss experience.
The new soulful duo 2Mil, composed of sultry vocalists Morgan and Frenchie, is back on the Philly 360° Playlist but this time with their own original record! “Trouble” is the first single from the group under Twenty 20 Entertainment, the production company of GRAMMY-nominated songwriter Kristal “Tytewriter” Oliver and partner Kris Murray.
“Trouble” is a sultry track and fitting for the smooth voices of both Morgan and Frenchie. The two flow seamlessly in and out of the verses together. The two sing of the love that keeps them coming back even though they know that it’s nothing but trouble. Their tones are rich and reminiscent of the early Brandy we all fell in love with. The record was produced by Ghost and FUP and written by both Tytewriter and Kris.
2Mil garnered the attention of fans with their covers of many of today’s popular songs including their collaboration with singer/songwriter Aaron Camper on “Not For Long.” The Philly based group is building a strong following and it’s easy to see why. They sing, they dance and their fashion is on point!
Originally two artists in their own right, the two have come together to create a distinct and unique sound. They weave in and out of hip hop inspiration and powerhouse vocals. Slowly carving out their own lane in the industry, it will be interesting to hear more from the group. Stay tuned to more from them!
In the meantime, take a listen to “Trouble” below and let us know what you think in the comments!
Heineken Green Room is back with a highly anticipated performance by Peedi Crakk! The industry vet will be backed by the “Who Got the Jazz band” at Pub Webb Live on Friday, May 15 for a show you won’t want to miss!
The Heineken Green Room takes place in cities across the country and features cutting-edge musical acts. Combining great energy and music together for an incredible experience that’s not your usual music concert. This special performance by Peedi Crakk is presented by Veteran Freshman, the brainchild of promoter and marketer Yusuf Yuie. Keeping the energy going throughout the night will be DJ Ayeboogie.
Peedi Crakk rose to fame during the State Property take over when a few dope emcees from Philadelphia found themselves signed to one of the hottest labels of the late 90s and 2000s–Roc-A-Fella Records under the guise of Jay-Z and Dame Dash. Crakk’s melodic flow and playful banter quickly put a spotlight on the North Philadelphia native as a standout star.
If you are a hip hop lover, this is the show for you. Bound to be an explosive performance, we know fans may also be holding out for a surprise guest or two. Fingers crossed. Be sure to register ASAP!
This event is open ONLY to Heineken Green Room members. Insiders must RSVP for themselves +1 friend by May 13 at 5 p.m.
You must be 21+ to attend this show.
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