Your guide to Philly's diverse creative scene, nightlife, music, food & more
Each and every Sunday, The R&B Collective brings a new, hot music lineup to popular soul food restaurant and live waterfront music venue, Warmdaddy’s. This time around they teamed up Philly-based entertainment personality Moshay LaRen to present an exciting evening of music with special guest, Eric Roberson!
If you've ever stopped through Warmdaddy’s on a Sunday night, then you already know two things. First, you know that you'll smell the irrestible aroma of cornbread, catfish, mac and cheese and other southern delectables wafting in the air. Secondly, you know that you'll hear some of the best music Philly has to offer. And next month, you are in for a extra special treat.
Eric Roberson is a two-time GRAMMY-nominated artist and a trail blazer in the indie music scene. Growing up singing in hurch, Roberson decided to pursue music after graduating from college. Roberson eventually found himself signed to a publishing deal with EMI Publishing and was in the midst of the talented writers and producers that came out of DJ Jazzy Jeff’s Touch of Jazz camp. His songwriting skills landed him records with artists like Musiq Soulchild, Jill Scott, Will Smith, Vivian Green and many more.
In 2001, Eric decided to step out on his own. With the help of his parents and team, he started his label B.L.U.E. Erro Soul — and it’s been onward and upward since. From charting on Billboard to being the first indie artist nominated for a BET Award in 2007, Roberson has a lot to be proud of. He's sold over 80,000 CDs independently, thousands of digital downloads and continues to tour and build fans internationally. And, his next stop is Philly!
Come out for some great food and a very special evening! Roberson’s live performances are full of love songs, creativity and even a little humor. An exceptional artist and songwriter, we’re sure you will enjoy.
Earlier in the month, techies and creatives from across disciplines came out during the city’s annual Philly Tech Week. From April 4-12, Philadelphia's tech and design community attended music and tech events, talks, conferences, networking nights, Q&A’s, expos, and much more — all celebrating technology and innovation in the City of Brotherly Love.
Of the 100+ Tech Week events, I definitely had to check out the Rad Girls Launch Party at The Philadelphia Art Alliance in Center City. RadGirls.com is a Philly-based online publication dedicated to ladies who are innovating, achieving, and inspiring others in their communities. It shares weekly features on female leaders in their sectors, offers career advice, and personal stories from the Rad contributors. “Most importantly [however], Rad Girls is about collaboration. It is about making sure that we actively light one other’s torches because we burn brighter together,” according to the website.
At The Alliance, things kicked off around 7 p.m. The third floor where the event was held was packed to the brim with people that came out to support the launch. Complimentary “rad girls-themed” cocktails were served throughout the night, as was Vita Coco water for a little refreshment. Philly.com provided the appetizers.
After some introductory mixing and mingling, the ladies, and some extra-supportive gentlemen, settled into their seats for a brief Q&A discussion with the featured women of the night: Rakia Reynolds of Skai Blue Media, NYC-based musician and producer Susie Analogue, founder of Girl Develop It, Hillary Sedgwick, and Gloria Bell of Bell Digital Strategies.
Philly.com’s own Executive Producer of Lifestyle and Entertainment, Leah Kauffman, introduced the panelists and moderated the Q&A. She asked the women questions about being female entrepreneurs in usually male-dominated careers, taking big risks in their own careers, staying positive, inspirational mentors, using tech—it was Tech Week after all—and ways women can help and empower one another.
As the Q&A ended, attendees got up to ask the panelists questions, chatted with one another, snapped photos, and the floor was cleared for some dancing. As the DJs got started on the turntables, the panel attendees turned party-goers and let loose for a bit on the dancefloor — the perfect ending to a fun, informative and empowering launch party.
To keep up with Rad Girls, be sure to check out their website to see what’s in store next!
Iconic hip-hop band and Philly's own The Roots are keeping busy performing daily as the house band for The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon — but they always make sure to kick off the summer in their hometown.
Two stages. A lineup handpicked by The Roots with some of the hottest names in music — from hip-hop to indie to R&B and more. And, The Roots sitting in as the houseband for some of the acts for onstage collabs. Trust us, this is a must-hit event.
Want to be there? We've got you. Enter for a chance to score a pair of tickets below. Click here for the official rules.
Snoop Dogg (backed by The Roots)
The War On Drugs
Biz Markie (DJ Set)
Electric Wire Hustle
Insider Tip: Grab tickets and book a room. There will be events happening the night before and after the Picnic. Look out for our complete guide for everything to do Roots Picnic weekend
It looks like Philly soul singer Aziz Collins, originally one half of the group U. City, is stepping out into the spotlight on his own. His solo project Night Job|DayDreamer made it on to our playlist this week with the single “I’ll Try” featuring BASSic Black Entertainment artist Laurin Talese.
The record has a soulful groove that fits in perfectly with the easy-going vibe of this project, and Aziz and Laurin's soul-drenched voices come together effortlessly on the hook. “Usually I walk away/And leave it all behind/But this time I’m gon’ stay a while/I love you girl so this time I’ll try.” They sing about the ups and downs of relationships and deciding to stay together instead of quitting. It’s a simple sentiment, but it'll resonates with male and female listeners the same.
Aziz first burst on the scene with Joshua Collins, no relation, to form the hit group U. City. In 2005 they dropped their debut album Reservations to much fanfare. They brought together all their influences — from soul, to rock and funk — to create an eclectic, one-of-a-kind project. Being songwriters as well, Aziz and Josua's skills grabbed the attention of fans, as well as other artists. Together they penned “Hey” on Kindred the Family Soul’s album Arrival and were featured on VH1’s Soul Tour.
This time around, we get to see Collins step out into his own artistry. He was inspired to dive more into his creativity after working a job that just wasn’t as fulfilling. Realizing that he only has this one life to live, Collins linked with multi-instrumentalist Mike DeCastro and put together an array of songs to call his own. The album looks at working to get by, faith, perseverance — and of course love! A few other favorites from the project are “Gold” and “Remember Me.”
Make sure you check this project out and support local artists! You can also purchase the album here.
This weekend, the annual Center City Jazz Festival returns for the third year, bringing another exciting lineup of jazz talent to four downtown music venues — and one tickets gets you access to it all.
Festival founder and musician Ernest Stuart — who began the festival with a Kickstarter campaign and a dream — brings his music fest back in 2014 with more than a dozen performances throughout the day.
The music kicks off at 1 p.m. with the first show upstairs at Fergie’s, and performances running concurrently at each location until just before 7 p.m. Each jazz venue hosts four hour-long sets, so definitely should the lineup and plan accordingly.
Of the more than a dozen artists, highlights include a performance by the Kimmel Center’s Creative Music Program for Jazz, a group of talented young performers ages 11 to 20, Messiah College artist-in-residence Tim Warfield Jr., and local jazz vocalist Joanna Pascale.
The full list of performers and set times is available right here.
Performances at all venues are included in the price of just one ticket. For $15 in advance and $20 at the door, you can enjoy the sweet sound of Philly jazz all day long.
Tickets are available online.
For even more on Philadelphia’s awesomely lively jazz scene, check out the brand-new Philly 360° Guide to Philadelphia Jazz for upcoming jazz festivals, top venues and key showcases and concert series.
One thing that's for certain — there's no stopping MIA. Bursting back on the scene after having her baby boy last year, MIA hit the road for a US music tour alongside Top Dawg Entertainment recording artist, Ab-soul. Together, these two powerhouse emcees have been tearing up stages and arenas across the country, and they're set to land in Philly on April 25.
Want in on this incredible night of hip-hop? We know you do! That's why we're hooking a few lucky MIA fans up with a pair of tickets to her show at Tower Theater in West Philly. Just complete the below entry form for a chance to win. All winners will be contact early next week. #goodluck
You can click here to view the official contest rules.
Philly is definitely serious about two things — our history and our music. Philadelphia has been called home by some of the greatest names in the history of music, like jazz legends Billie Holiday, John Coltrane, Ethel Waters, Dizzie Gillespie and Charlie Parker, just to name a few.
Luckily for us, our city's rep as a great music destination doesn't stop with our deep jazz roots. Every day, stellar Philly-based musicians like Jeff Bradshaw, Laurin Talese, Ernest Stuart and others keep our local jazz scene moving and on the map. And, pretty much any day of the week, you can find a live jazz set going down in one of Philly's many popular music venues, including Chris' Jazz Cafe, Time and Warmdaddy's.
Ready to experience the feel-good vibe of the local jazz scene firsthand? Great — because Philly 360° has you covered. We've pulled together a roundup of some of best places to experience all that Philly jazz has to offer. Check it out!
When: Saturday, April 19
Where: Various venues
More info: Click here.
It’s back! Center City Jazz Fest returns with 16 incredible acts performing at four local music venues, including Fergie’s, Chris’ Jazz Cafe, Time and Milkboy Philly. Catch some of the city’s top jazz talents — Ernest Stuart, Justin Faulkner, Joanna Pascale and Mike Kennedy — lay it down like only Philly musicians can. One ticket gets you access to all of it.
When: Satuday, June 7
Where: Longwood Gardens, 1001 Longwood Road, Kennett Square, PA
More info: Click here.
Three-time GRAMMY winning jazz vocalist Dee Dee Bridgewater, along with the Delfeayo Marsalis Quintet and the Jazz Orchestra of Philadelphia, lands at Longwood Gardens for their annual Wine & Jazz Festival. Fine wine, smooth jazz and Longwood's picturesque gardens collide for an unforgettable experience for music lovers of all ages.
When: Saturday, June 19
Where: Morris Arboretum, 100 E. Northwestern Avenue
More info: Click here.
Celebrate the longest day of the year with some Latino flavor, as Morris Arboretum presents its Summer Solstice Salsa Party featuring Latin jazz group Cafe Con Pan Band. Insider tip: Get there early to practice your moves during their free pre-show salsa lesson.
When: Saturday, September 20
Where: South Street between Broad & 16th Streets
More info: Click here.
The Philadelphia United Jazz Festival and Celebration returns with another round of outstanding Philly jazz. Produced by the Lifeline Music Coalition, the event features two stages and various venues along Philly's famous South Street.
1421 Sansom Street
Down Beat Magazine got it right when they named Chris’ Jazz Cafe one of the “100 Great Venues Around the World to Hear Jazz.” In addition to a dope lineup of local, national and international talent, Chris' also has a menu that offers budget-friendly food and drinks.
1400 S. Columbus Boulevard
With its waterfront location, down-home southern comfort food and a regular lineup of Philly-fresh music, Warmdaddy's is a must-hit in Philly's music scene. Be sure to keep an eye on Warmdaddy's monthly music calendar to stay up-to-date on their solid mix of jazz, soul, hip-hop and blues performances.
1315 Sansom Street
Tucked away on Sansom Street, Time has quickly become a favorite drop-in spot for Philadelphia's young, emerging jazz talents. In addition to the main dining room, which features a nightly lineup of jazz and soul, Time also houses a small whiskey bar on the first floor and a second floor absinthe lounge and dance floor.
7152 Ogontz Avenue
8229 Germantown Avenue
Recently opened beneath the Chestnut Hill Hotel, Paris Bistro is a 50-seat jazz cafe offering performances Thursday through Sunday nights. Patrons can enjoy full food and drink lists while taking in hour-long performances from Philadelphia’s hottest jazz musicians.
738 S. Broad Street
The Philadelphia Clef Club works to present jazz — past, present and future — through workshop, classes, lessons and, of course, a stellar lineup of concerts. Keep an eye on their monthly programming for a great selection of open mic sets and shows featuring local headliners.
Check out the new faces of Philly music, during the Kimmel Center's monthly artists showcase, “Sittin’ In.” Headlined by a different rising star each month, this event is a look at the new "who’s who" in Philly's booming music scene — and the perfect place to dance, party and mix and mingle with the local creative scene.
When: 1st and 3rd Fridays
Where: Reserve Wine Bar & Lounge
More info: facebook.com/reservephl
Every 1st and 3rd Friday, Reserve Wine Bar & Lounge explodes with the sounds of Philly's hottest jazz talents. Hosted by jazz musicians V. Shayne Frederick and Kevin Valentine, this twice-monthly series regularly includes surprise guest musicians, vocalists and poets. It's always a can't-miss event.
Each month, Veteran Freshman and The Philadelphia Jazz Project return to World Cafe Live with a new edition of Who Got The Jazz? This classic Philly music showcase features a lineup of young, emerging jazz musicians laying down some serious sounds. Check out World Cafe Live's website for information on featured performers.
When: Weekly on Fridays
Where: Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
More info: philamuseum.org
Each and every Friday, the Philadelphia Museum of Art's Art After 5 showcase and mixer features live jazz and a cash bar in the Great Stair Hall. This popular performance series focuses on on jazz, but regularly includes a selection of world music, soul, R&B and hip-hop. It's a must-hit event.
When: Friday nights through April 25
Where: Woodmere Art Museum, 9201 Germantown Avenue
More info: Click here.
Back for another season, Friday Night Jazz at Woodmere Art Museum returns with awe-inspiring musical tributes to iconic musicians like John Coltrane and Jimi Hendrix. Sip some complimentary wine and listen to live music, while enjoying Woodmere's collection.
Where: RiverStage/Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing, Columbus Boulevard at Chestnut Street
More info: Click here.
What could be better than a waterfront seat and smooth jazz under the Philly sky? Open to jazz fans of any age, this free, popular outdoor music series returns to the Riverstage at the Great Plaza on Penn's Landing. Stay tuned for more details.
Eight-time GRAMMY-nominated R&B powerhouse Ledisi is on the road with a hot new music tour in support of her latest project, The Truth. And, of course she's stopping through Philly to show her fans some love. You can check Led out on Thursday May 1 at the Tower Theater in West Philadelphia.
Ledisi brings together the sounds of soul, R&B, jazz and gospel into her music, and keeps her fans on the edge of their seat with her electrifying performances and impressive vocal range. Her album Pieces of Me garnered three GRAMMY nods and showcased her work with two Philly notables — songwriting duo Carvin Haggins and Ivan Barias.
The Truth Tour not only features Ledisi's unbelievable music and voice, but also includes a special opening performance by the Robert Glasper Experiment — brainchild of acclaimed jazz pianist and recent GRAMMY-winner Robert Glasper.
We're guessing that you want in on the feel-good music, right? Well, don't worry because we've got you covered. Philly 360° is giving away three pairs of tickets to some lucky, deserving fans.
Just complete the below contest form to enter. You can also click here for the official contest rules.
Get ready for a night of art, music, food and fashion as the creative community gathers for another exciting launch. Blending Philadelphia and NY influences, the inspiration behind the new line comes from street art, urban culture, resisting the status quo, societal order and structure. The brand, Dstructive Nature, is inspired and influenced by images of inner city culture and suburbia, art, music, and street culture.
While Dstructive Nature is a street apparel brand at its base, this new line builds on the old with distinctive graffiti-influenced colors seen through screen prints, stitching, and other subtle details.
“Our brand is steady growing; we continue to push the street wear envelope while listening to our customers needs,” said Jhiriek Irby, owner of Dstructive Nature. “Each season we will steadily introduce new items and offer a fresh perspective and creative spin on our classic t-shirts, sweat shirts, and hats; we are excited to unveil the “Rebel Revolution” collection.”
Along with graphic t-shirts, the new line will add denim, belts and other elements. Attendees will get an exclusive first look at the line and a chance to purchase items before they hit the brand’s website on April 22. Select one-of-a-kind t-shirts from the presentation will only available for purchase at the launch.
Set to play the event is Statuz Nightclub resident DJ K.O. who will be spinning a fresh playlist of hip-hop music. Street artists AINAC (Art is Not a Crime) will be showcasing work motivated and inspired by iconic Philly landmarks and the new line. Pulledtogether, a lifestyle blog and catering company, will be on hand to provide “New York meets Philly” themed bites and complimentary drinks throughout the night.
If you’re in the mood for some fashion, art, music, food, and collaboration, join Dstructive Nature for this festive, intimate line launch and pop-up shop in Center City! Don't miss it!
Last month, the ever-soulful singer/songwriter Marsha Ambrosius headed out on her Friends & Lovers tour — and Philly definitely had her back.
For Friends & Lovers, Marsha brought along a dope lineup of Philly talents, including Motown recording artists MPrynt, sultry R&B/pop vocalist GoGo Morrow, soulful singer/songwriter Jade Alston and popular touring turntablist DJ Aktive. And, of course Philly 360° caught up with all the players backstage during their Philly show at The TLA on South Street.
The show was completely sold out and packed with avid Marsha Ambrosius fans, who also known as "Marshians." The reigning queen of Philly soul, Marsha quickly became a hometown favorite after moving to the 215 from London in the early 2000s to form the hit group Floetry. Now, Marsha has officially secured icon status and solidified her position as a leader in the music industry. And just like any great leader, Marsha clearly knows the power of her team—packing her tour roster with an amazing lineup of up-and-coming Philly music stars.
Once the show got started, it was 100% clear that Philly was in the house — starting with the sultry and eclectic Jade Alston. Though a health scare paused things in her career for just a moment, Alston stepped out with a new lease on life and a successful Kickstarter campaign that funded her upcoming LP, "We Will Live." With a one-of-a-kind sound influenced by her R&B roots, and love for folk music and songwriting, Alston delivered for the crowd.
MPrynt brought us that old school flavor with a new school feel. From covers of classics like 112’s “Cupid” to R. Kelly’s “12 Play,” Mprynt gave us their signature great vocals and creative arrangements. They most definitely had the crowd rocking while staying true to their soulful Philly sound.
Next up was GoGo Morrow, who delivered a flawless, high-energy performance. If you've ever checked a GoGo show, then you know she always lays down a tightly produced show, with plenty of feeling, powerhouse vocals, and precise, high-energy choreography. Morrow performaed a full set of original music, including her latest single “Breaking the Rules” off her forthcoming project.
Once Ambrosius hit the stage, she not only broke the rules—the fiery Philly fave tossed them out the window. Her show was sexy, steamy and full of passion. Her ambient rendition of Sade’s “Love is Stronger than Pride” captivated the audience. With DJ Aktive rocking alongside her band, Marsha brough new feelings some of her biggest, hottest records. She performed material off her latest EP Fvck & Love and of course hit some fan favorites like “Say Yes,” “Far Away,” and “Butterflies.”
And, yes we were there capturing it all. Check it out!
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