Your guide to Philly's diverse creative scene, nightlife, music, food & more
It’s like magic when the two worlds of fashion and music collide. It’s apparent in the recent collaboration between digital fashion and lifestyle magazine Lowefactor.com and DJ COOLOUT.
For this week’s Philly 360° Playlist we’re coming with a whole new swag from Disgo Sessao 001, the first in a compilation mixtape series.
Putting together his own eclectic aural landscape dubbed “disgo,” COOLOUT described it as “faster than hip hop, slower than house, still 4-on-the-floor.” Which is so fitting by the way. The music has all the elements of soul, funk, and rap. DJ COOLOUT is a Philly based DJ, producer and visual artist. COOLOUT has traveled the world and shared stages with the likes of The Pharcyde and the late Jam Master Jay.
Disgo Sessao OO1 makes the perfect backdrop to a work day or could easily crossover into a lounge feel or even a catwalk. Inspired by Fashion week/month, the project feature remixes, new tracks, and records from artists like Pat Lok, Chris McClenney, Vic Mensa, and Tinashe. Also, disgo versions of Robin Thicke’s “Lost Without You” and Osage ft. Foremost Poets “Bougie Bounce.”
Lowefactor.com is one of the cutting edge lifestyle and fashion sites covering music, money, culture, and much more. Created by Jared Michael Lowe, this is their first collaboration of this type and they just may be on to something great.
Take a listen to Disgo Sessao 001 and let us know what you think in the comments!
Singer/songwriter Aaron Camper is back with another single from his upcoming BLOW EP, “Choose You.” The versatile artist enlisted the help of R&B Divas’ Brave for this mid-tempo track and they’re smoothing out this week’s Philly 360° Playlist.
It seems Camper is getting closer and closer to releasing the highly anticipated EP as singles are coming more rapidly. “Choose You” is the follow up to the summer’s sultry track “Hypnotizing.” In 2011, Camper released his debut mixtape Welcome to My World and with a grueling touring schedule it’s been some time since we’ve heard a body of work from this standout artist.
But through singles and his exceptional live show, fans have stayed engaged and are no doubt ready for the next project. Migrating from Salisbury, MD around the neo-soul renaissance era in Philadelphia, Aaron came up around many of the best. He often cites bouncing around Larry Gold’s legendary The Studio with The Roots in one room and Jill in the next. It was this atmosphere that prepared him as an artist and he would eventually end up touring with Tye Tribbett and GA.
Since then Camper has been on the road for much of his career, backing artists like Chris Brown, Justin Timberlake, Jill Scott and more. A solid live performer in his own right, it seems the hard work paid off and the fans are ready!
Stay tuned for a lot more coming from Aaron this year. Every artist comes into their time, their season and it seems his is here.
Take a listen to “Choose You” below and let us know what you think in the comments.
Throughout the month of October, Mural Arts Program kicks off its biggest project to date: Open Source: Engaging Audience in Public Space. Curated by internationally renowned artist Pedro Alonzo, this open-air, citywide art exhibition presents site-specific installations by 14 local and international artists and 40 events, programs and tours. MORE INFO
Philly fashionistas and style guys: Throw on your hottest stilettos and finest threads and step out in style for The Philadelphia Collection. This signature Philly event shines a spotlight on our city’s booming retail and design scenes with runway shows, style soirees, exclusive trunk sales and sophisticated after parties. MORE INFO
After a pop-up concert at Dilworth Park last month, legendary soul singer Stevie Wonder returns to Philadelphia for the third time this year. Catch Stevie as he brings his Songs in the Key of Life world tour to the Wells Fargo Center. MORE INFO
Hard-hitting lyrical emcee Joey Bada$$ makes a tour stop in Philly to perform at the TLA on South Street. Alongside Bada$$, Denzel Curry, Bishop Nehru and Nyck Caution also hit the stage for another can’t-miss hip-hop showdown. MORE INFO
Philly-based soul duo Aaries first made a name for themselves during the same neo-soul era that brought us hitmakers like Jill Scott, Musiq Soulchild and The Roots. Fans can catch the ladies perform live during a special night of music at Johnny Brenda’s. MORE INFO
The Queen of Bounce, Big Freedia brings her signature “twerktastic” stageshow to the TLA this month. Big Freedia’s 2015 Bounce Shakedown Tour is set to hit 17 cities across the country. MORE INFO
Celebrate the fall arts season with another dope Red Bull concept: Art of Can. This nationwide creative competition and public art installation takes over Dilworth Park at City Hall for one week starting October 1. Watch our exclusive video for a behind-the-scenes look at this year’s exhibition.
Called “one helluva rock’n’roller-coaster ride” by Vibe magazine, this Annenberg Center Live show stars Toshi Reagon and an all-star cast of musicians and singers. Through opera and gospel music, this talented group brings late sci-fi author Octavia Butler's novel Parable of the Sower to the stage.
The night before MIA hit the Parkway with headliners Beyonce and The Weeknd,BASSic Black Entertainment and Kontraband 215 threw a concert/party mashup of epic proportions. Watch our exclusive recap video here.
BriaMarie, a.k.a. The Fresh Princess, is back with another single off her debut EP, Freshman!. Listen to “Learn to Love You” now on the Philly 360° Playlist.
The night before Jay Z's Made in America festival took over The Parkway in Philadelphia, two of the music industry's most sought after musicians—who both happen to be from Philly—gave a little preview of what was about to go down all weekend long.
Adam Blackstone, founder of BASSic Black Entertainment (BBE) and musical director for Justin Timberlake, Rihanna and more, and Darrell Robinson, musical director for Pharrell, K Michelle and Kontraband215, teamed up once again on their signature PhillyMade event.
The kick-off party to Made in America weekend took place at Recess Lounge in Old City, and it was a packed house. Some highlights icluded DJs Hollywood, Dilemma and Aye Boogie who had the party going all night long on the ones and twos.
We also caught up with some notables like Aaron Camper, Ebony Joi and Laurin Talese who were in the building. And of course, we spoke with the men of the hour—Adam Blackston and Darrell Robinson—about what it is to be 'PhillyMade.'
If you want to watch some the past PhillyMade events, like Common's impromptu performance at last year's Made in America Festival pre-party, click here. It's always pretty epic when Adam and Darrell put an event together. And shouts to TNE Group on partnering with them again on PhillyMade.
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!
The Philadelphia Collection When: October 7-14 Where: Various Locations Cost: See website for details. More Info: Click here. Philly, get ready to throw on your hottest fashion! Now heading into its sixth year, The Philadelphia Collection will take place…
Joey Bada$$ When: Sunday, October 11, 8 p.m. Where: Theater of Living Arts, 334 South Street Cost: $26 More Info: Click Here The hard hitting, lyrical emcee Joey Bada$$ is making a tour stop here in Philly at the…
The Love ‘N Soul Experience When: Thursday, October 22, Where: Theater of Living Arts, 334 South Street Cost: $27 More Info: Click here. Soul-singers Leela James and Raheem Devaughn are teaming up to co-headline an exciting U.S. tour. The…