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South Street’s Theater of Living Arts (TLA) is Philly's go-to venue to catch hot performances by national and local talents — of every genre. This Tuesday, October 21, the TLA welcomes the In Too Deep Tour featuring the popular emcee Ty Dolla $ign along with special guests Lil Bibby and West Philly’s own Beano.
The Taylor Gang Records signee is hitting the country in support of his new music. Ty released his debut extended play of his Beach House EP on Atlantic Records, which featured the popular single “Paranoid” featuring B.O.B. TY’s music is a mix between hip and the latest R&B styles. Hard beats and catchy hooks have gotten him noticed by fans and peers in the industry alike.
His second single was the DJ Mustard assisted “Or Nah” featuring Wiz Khalifa, which was remixed by Beano — making his appearance on the In Too Deep Tour right on time. Beano is gleaming off his very first single release “Let it Go” from his upcoming debut project. The single produced by Dilemma also has a remix featuring Philly’s own Chill Moody and has been making its way on the airwaves across the country.
Rounding out the lineup is Chicago native Lil Bibby. This summer Bibby released his latet mixtape to much acclaim. Both Ty and Bibby appeared on XXL’s coveted Freshman Class List in 2014 and have been making major moves with their music.
This is set to be a high energy show, full of dope lyrics. And, with Beano added to the set, there will be flawless vocals, guaranteed. You definitely won’t want to miss it, so make sure to grab your tickets now.
If you're like us, then you've been waiting for solo music from West Philadelphia singer/songwriter Beano. Although he's rocked many stages, on his own and alongside acts like Chill Moody, we have yet to see a solo project from the Philadelphia crooner. Well, it looks like the wait is over! Because this week the Philly 360° playlist is back with Beano's first single, “Let it Go.”
For this mid-tempo danceable, smooth track, Beano sings that his “phone is off” and he's heading out for a night with the boys after a bit of trouble at home. Reminiscent of the vibe of Usher’s “You Don’t Have to Call,” the song has a great feel and will have fans singing along instantly.
The track was done by Philly-based producer Dilemma, and samples LL Cool J’s “Mama Said Knock You Out” — which actually samples a number of older records including a James Brown hit. The break beat gives “Let it Go” a throwback sound with a new school twist.
Beano has been working quietly on his upcoming solo project after the debut of Who Do You Love … More?, a collaborative project alongside West Philly emcee Chill Moody and producer Hank McCoy. The trio performed the project at their exclusive event at Hard Rock Café in February. You can check out our video recap below.
It’s Beano's high energy and strong vocals that make the powerhouse performer a fan favorite. It’s evident that he has that special thing that stars are made of. From headlining his own shows to opening for big name acts like Musiq, The Dream and more — it’s only a matter of time before Beano becomes a household name.
Beano has been touring alongside R&B crooner Jaheim as a background singer. And this month, he will also open up for Ty Dolla $ign at the TLA. Be sure to get out and catch his live show and take a listen to “Let it Go” below. Let us know what you think.
Aaron Camper is a man of many talents. The Philly music transplant is a singer, songwriter and a globetrotting band member for major acts like Jill Scott and Justin Timberlake. And, if you're lucky enough to hang out with him backstage at a show or in the studio, you'll quickly learn that Camper is also a comedian. #gotjokes
Recently, Camper hit us with a brand new single “My Heart,” which is making its way on the Philly 360° Playlist this week!
The upbeat record was written by singer/songwriter and Maroon 5 member, PJ Morton, and was produced by Warryn Campbell and the head of BASSic Black Entertainment (BBE), Adam Blackstone. Reminiscent of a Michael Jackson throwback, “My Heart” is an infectious track with an undeniable groove that will no doubt have fans moving to the beat and singing along.
On the new single, The BBE signee delivers smooth vocals and flawless harmonies, singing of a woman who walks in and immediately steals his heart. With each new release, it’s easy to see that the long hours on the road with stars like JT and Chris Brown have paid off. Delivering hit records and knockout live performances around the world, Aaron Camper is proving that he deserves a spotlight all on his own.
Camper continues to travel on the road, but fans will be glad to know that he's also steadily working on his next EP. There's no official word on the exact release date, or whether “My Heart” will set the tone for the entire project quite yet. But, Camper's devoted, and growing, fanbase has been patiently waiting for a full project since the 2011 release of his mixtape, Welcome to My World. Luckily for us, Aaron continually drops hot singles like “Madness,” “Breaking My Heart,” and a few can't-miss covers.
On the stage is where Camper’s music takes on a life of its own. You can check him out for yourself on October 23 at uptown soul food restaurant, Relish as a part of the Up-Close Live series presented by Pier Entertainment. Tickets will probably go fast, so be sure to grab yours soon!
Check out a preview of the single below and purchase the full song on iTunes. Be sure to support your local artists.
Looking for your next Philly culture fix? Well, look no further. Every Friday night through the end of the year, The Barnes Foundation will keep its doors open a little later for some after-hours art fun on The Parkway.
From 5 to 9 p.m., guests can enjoy a drink, mix and mingle with other art-lovers and check out the Barnes’ collection of works. Friday night attendees can sip wine and cocktails in The Barnes' stunning indoor and courtyard spaces while taking in the incredible collection, which includes work by all of the greats — from Matisse to Van Gogh.
The best part? For the next two Friday nights — Friday, October 10 and Friday, October 17 — use code UWISHUNU50 to get half off tickets courtesy of our friends at uwishunu.com. With promo code UWISHUNU50 tickets are just $11. Tickets include after-hours access to the collection, and cocktails are available for purchase at an on-site bar.
Tickets for Friday Nights at The Barnes Foundation are available at the door, online or over the phone at 215-278-7200. Just enter the code UWISHUNU50 online at checkout, mention over the phone or present the promo code at the door to redeem the deal.
Score these tickets now, and look out for upcoming special events at the Barnes, too, including First Friday soirees and Young Professional nights.
Khari Mateen has had a whirlwind year. From touring with Cody Simpson and RJD2 to releasing new music, it seems that Mateen is on a quick ascension to the forefront of the industry as a solo artist. His latest release, “Wanting More,” is next up on the Philly 360 Playlist.
The ethereal, drum-driven track is sultry and sexy with Mateen’s reverbed voice fitting right into the groove. The drums are hypnotic, creating a groove that gets you rocking straight from the start. “I just want to get you all alone, maybe we can get to know each other baby,” He sings. Mateen sets the tone and keeps his listeners there until the end.
Mateen has been a musician since a very young age. A classically trained cellist, he began producing for artists like The Roots and even had a tenure in the group Nouveau Riche alongside Dice Raw and Nikki Jean. He's collaborated with tons of artists including Jill Scott, Tye Tribbett, The Money Making Jam Boys and more. But, there comes a certain time for an artist to step out on their own.
By 2011, Mateen began releasing his own records and building a fan base for his artistry. Mateen dropped Khari (EP) that year and followed up with his debut independent album Waiting for Sunrise in 2012.
His self-written and produced EP, Qualia: Fall, garnered a lot of attention, especially the single “Where Did They Go.” The popular song is a tribute to fallen soldiers and is geared towards bringing more awareness to those struggling with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
A composer, multi-instrumentalist, artist and more, when it comes to music — there isn't much that Mateen can't do. He recently scored the film that profiled Martin Luther King High School here in Philadelphia entitled, “We Are King.”
Mateen never stops creating, even when he's busy touring the globe performing. We’re looking forward to what he comes up with next.
In the meantime, check out “Wanting More” below!
Nas is hitting the road for a U.S. tour. He’ll perform music from the project that launched his career, Time is Illmatic—widely embraced as one of the most influential albums in hip-hop. This highly anticipated tour coincides with the release of the legendary rapper’s Tribeca Film documentary, Nas: Time Is Illmatic. Philly hip-hop fans can catch him at The Keswick Theater.
DesignPhiladelphia returns, taking over a host of Philly venues and creative spaces this October. Now in its 10th year, the festival has grown into one of the largest of its kind, presenting 120 exhibitions, open studio tours, talks and workshops, plus 400 of the city’s brightest creative professionals.
This month’s installment of the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s popular Friday night mixer, Art After 5, promises to be an unforgettable sonic journey, laced with the sweet rhythms of Afropop music. DJ Rahsaan starts the evening with the latest hits from Ghana and beyond, and multi-instrumentalist Kinobe—hailed as the new voice of Ugandan music—closes the night out with an intimate set of world music.
Music all-stars Afrojack, Wiz Khalifa, LP and OCD: Moosh & Twist land in Philly this month to headline the Forbes Under 30 Music Festival. Held at The Piazza in Northern Liberties, the festival kicks off Forbes’ Under 30 Summit, which will host 1,000 of the country’s leading young entrepreneurs for three days of panels, TED-style presentations and Shark Tank-style pitch contests.
After spending months on the road touring with industry heavyweights such as Justin Timberlake, Philly’s favorite music transplant, Aaron Camper, is back in town and performing at West Oak Lane soul food joint Relish. The next edition of Up-Close Live features two full sets of music by Camper and a live interview with Philly-based blogger and Ebony contributor Sincerely Syreeta.
Calling all the lovers: Still riding high off the release of her latest album Friends & Lovers, R&B songstress Marsha Ambrosius is set to hit The TLA on South Street for an incredible night of Philly soul. If you’re jonesin’ for Marsha’s killer vocals, sultry music and “keep-it-trill” commentary on life and love, we suggest you grab tickets now.
The night before MIA hit the Parkway with headliners Pharrell and Kanye West, a concert/party of epic proportions went down at Voltage Lounge. A BASSic Black Entertainment–X Kontraband 215 mashup, PhillyMade featured an incredible roster of talent including West Philly emcee Chill Moody, singer/songwriter Aaron Camper, Kontraband 215 front man Scoop, and hip-hop great Common. Watch our recap video.
Each month, Philly 360° showcases a creative from a trendy neighborhood in Philly. We recently linked up with graphic artist and nightlife connoisseur Jake Weaver of Northern Liberties—also referred to as “NoLibs” by locals. From vintage sneaker consignment shop Sole Patrol to his favorite burger joint PYT, Jake gives us an insider’s look at his ’hood. Get details here.
For the next edition of the Philly° 360 Style Guide, we're focusing our attention on a special group of stylish gents that we've dubbed "The Heritage Hipster." You know the type—he’s uber stylish, wears great heritage brand jeans, loves vintage everything and is well-groomed in the most unassuming way. If that’s you, then we have a few OId City shops that you must check out. Find out more here.
For the third year in a row, BlackStar Film Festival exploded on the scene to shine a spotlight on the films and filmmakers that are broadening the definition of black cinema around the globe. Philly 360° went behind the scenes to capture the people and movement that powered BlackStar 2014. Watch our video recap.
The night before Jay's Made In America hit The Parkway with headliners like Pharrell, Kanye West, Steve Aoki, J. Cole and Tiesto, a concert/party of epic proportions went down at Voltage Lounge.
A BASSic Black Entertainment x Kontraband 215 mashup, PhillyMade featured an incredible roster of talent including West Philly emcee Chill Moody, BBE recording artist Aaron Camper, and Kontraband 215 frontman Scoop, and plenty of other phenomenal Philly music acts.
The event masterminds, Adam Blackstone (founder of BBE and musical director for Pharrell, Justin Timberlake and Rihanna) and Darrell Robinson (musical director for K Michelle, N.E.R.D and Kontraband 215) pooled their collective industry influence to pack the room full of the who's who of Philly's entertainment and music scene.
BBE recording artist Laurin Talese, Hot 107.9 on-air personality Laiya St.Clair, Philly-based R&B/pop entertainer GoGo Morrow, and hip-hop great Common were all in the building for this event. Common even treated attendees to a special "live from the VIP balcony" freestyle. #winning
If you missed this event, then you definitely missed out on a good time — but we've got you covered! As always, Philly 360° was onsite capturing all of the action for our fans. Take a look at the below video recap and visual gallery for a behind-the-scenes look at exactly how PhillyMade went down.
This weekend, The Barnes Foundation celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month with two can't-miss events, First Friday Flamenco Fiesta and the Onehunted Day Party.
Located along Philly's world famous Benjamin Franklin Parkway, The Barnes is best known for its impressive collection of art, which includes 181 Renoirs, 69 Cézannes (more than all the museums in Paris) and 59 Matisses, along with works by Manet, Van Gogh, Degas, and Picasso.
In addition to works by these well-known artists, the collection also includes an amazing selection of African Art, period furniture and antique brassware—all painstakingly curated over six decades ago by the museum's founder Dr. Albert C. Barnes.
Honoring Dr. Barnes' commitment to education, diversity and community, The Barnes is giving Philly art lovers two epic ways to enjoy their collection and campus while celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month. You can get all of the deets below!
Friday, October 3 | 6 - 9 p.m. | The Barnes Foundation, 2025 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy
RSVP online here. | Use the special code PHILLY360 for discounted admission.
For First Friday, The Barnes invites you to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with art, cocktails, tasty eats and fierce flamenco. Experience the sultry passion of Spain with Philly's own De Luna a Lunares flamenco ensemble, which is ed by renowned Philadelphia-based flamenco artist Monica Herrera and esteemed flamenco guitarist Cristian Puig.
The evening will be hosted by Emmy Award-winning reporter Iris Delgado of Telemundo 62, and cocktails and Spanish delicacies will be available for purchase. With an incomparable collection of art, and an amazing line-up of artists — First Friday at The Barnes Foundation is the only way to kick off your weekend celebration.
Sunday, October 5 | 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. | The Barnes Foundation, 2025 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy
Free Admission & tickets available at site.
On Sunday, The Barnes invites you to return for their special Hispanic Heritage Month themed Free First Sunday celebration. Co-presented by OneHunted, First Sunday at The Barnes offers guests an opportunity to learn about Latin music styles with Philly's own Luke Carlos O'Reilly & Sofrito and DJ Rahsaan of AfroTaino Productions. The Onehunted Day Party will be hosted by Philly 360° Creative Ambassador Ethel Cee.
The Barnes offers free admission and programming on the first Sunday of every month. Tickets are limited and are available on-site starting at 9 a.m.
Philly's shopping scene just keeps getting better, and better. Next up on our retail radar, UNIQLO!
The international clothing brand, adored for high-quality casualwear and great prices, will open on Chestnut Street in Center City this Friday — a big win for Philadelphia shoppers.
To celebrate the grand opening of its new Philadelphia flagship store, the global clothing retailer announced that it will host a community-themed festival at Smith Memorial Park Playground and Playhouse on Saturday, October 4.
The UNIQLO Philly Love Fest will coincide with the opening of the brand's first downtown Philly store at 1608 Chestnut Street. Capitalizing on the major buzz around the opening, UNIQLO's Philly Love Fest will present a culture collision of Philadelphia and Tokyo influences through food, games and performances.
In fact, Mr. Global Philly himself, Roots drummer and famed turntablists Questlove will even be making an appearance and spinning a set between 4:15 – 5:45 p.m.
Other UNIQLO Philly Love Fest highlights include runway shows featuring traditional Japanese Taiko drummers, Philadelphia bucket drummers and breakdancers; face painting in the traditional Japanese styles of Anime, Manga and Kabuki in Philly team colors; food trucks serving up good eats influenced by both cities; and carnival games where attendees play to win gift cards, food truck vouchers and other prizes.
Guests will even have a chance to snap and share selfies at the UNIQLO social ‘Step and Repeat.' So, make sure you're wearing your flyest festival gear.
The ‘UNIQLO Philly Love Fest’ is free and open to the public. UNIQLO will even provide free transportation to and from the event via UNIQLO branded double-decker buses.
Customers can board the bus at the following stops:
— South 16th Street & Market Street (Pick Up Only)
— Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul, 1723 Race Street (Pick Up Only)
— Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy (Pick Up Only)
— Smith Memorial Playground & Playhouse, 3500 Reservoir Dr (Pick Up & Drop Off)
— UNIQLO, 1608 Chestnut Street (Drop Off Only)
You can visit UNIQLO’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/uniqlo.us for more information and event details.
Get ready Big K.R.I.T. fans! Mr. Cadillactica is bringing the Pay Attention Tour to The TLA on October 6. As we await his new album, Cadillactica Big K.R.I.T. will be rocking the nation with his Fall tour, ending just around the time of the release.
Since the high caliber performance he did at The Trocadero in 2013, we have been in need for more KRIT. Expect to hear your favorites from the most recent mixtape, See Me ON TOP Vol. 4 and hopefully some unreleased tracks from Cadillactica.
If you haven’t already, check out the new single, “Pay Attention."
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