Your guide to Philly's diverse creative scene, nightlife, music, food & more
This Thursday, August 21, all roads lead to The Barbary for the next edition of Red Bull Sound Select Showcase. Curated by Veteran Freshman, this show features opening performances from MPrynt and Jay Marie, and is headlined by R&B sensation Luke James.
The industry's newest secret weapon, Luke James is a relatively new face on the national music scene, but he's quickly building his brand and winning over new fans around the country. The singer/songwriter has an outstanding voice and pen, both of which have been lent to artists like Chris Brown, Justin Bieber and Brittney Spears, to name a few.
But now, it’s all about James’ own solo music as he gears up for the release of his upcoming pre-album and album Made to Love. It doesn’t take busy production or studio tricks to be completely captivated by James’ vocal ability. His performance on the breakthrough single “I Want You” stopped fans in their tracks — and left us all wondering where he's been hiding.
Stepping into the limelight after starting as a background vocalist and songwriter, it was clear that there was plenty of space in the industry for Luke James' artistry and music.
BTW — James is a perfect match for the soulful sound of Philly natives MPrynt. The Motown recording group has been singing their way into the hearts of fans across the country, headlining their own shows and touring with Marsha Ambrosius. Along with a sultry opening performance by vocalist Jay Marie, this will certainly be a night for the music lovers!
Red Bull Sound Select provides a live music platform for talented artists, but it is also an online community where fans can discover great music. The popular music series gives local talent the opportunity to team up with national acts for one dynamic show in venues across the country.
Be sure to arrive early, because with the excellent price point and the immense amount of talent, this one is going to fill up fast!
Philly, a little West Coast flavor is headed our way this weekend. The legendary Bay Area hip-hop group Hieroglyphics has reformed, and they're on the road with their East Coast music tour.
On Friday, August 22, the group's original members — Del The Funky Homosapien, Souls of Mischief, Pep Love, Casual, Domino and DJ Toure — will all hit The TLA stage for an unstoppable throwback rap concert. The best part? Philly 360° is hooking a few lucky fans up tickets for this show.
Want in on the action? Just fill out the below entry form for your chance to win.
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The Philadelphia waterfront has been full of great music this summer, and it’s not over yet! Penn’s Landing Smooth Jazz Summer Nights has featured tons of exceptional talent, and up next for the highly-acclaimed series is composer/saxophonist Eric Darius!
Darius is a chart-topping artist who first burst onto the scene at the age of 17. His youthful approach to the genre has set him in a league of his own, attracting an entirely new generation of jazz lovers through his music. The saxophonist has shared stages with greats such as Carlos Santana, Wyclef Jean, George Benson and Brian McKnight, to name a few.
Like many other musicians of this time, Darius pulls influence from various types and eras of music. Though he has found a home in smooth jazz, the emerging star has a deep love for many genres — and this is certainly apparent in both his live performances and studio projects. His latest release, On a Mission, allowed him to explore the full depth of his artistry and showcases his commitment to his craft — calling to mind two of Darius' biggest influences, Herbie Hancock and Stevie Wonder.
Working to bridge the generational gap between jazz listeners around the globe, Darius has been a stellar ambassador for the genre. The young musician has dedicated his career to keeping the tradition of jazz alive while infusing his music with the new sounds of today. It’s this dedication that has allowed him to become a highly sought-after name on the national jazz scene.
This evening of music featuring Darius will definitely be a treat for music lovers of all ages. The show is free and family-friendly, so you'll want to bring the whole troop down to the waterfront to hear some amazing live music under the stars.
Singer/Songwriter Natalie Imani is taking a leap to the forefront with her standout single “Bad Dream” from her forthcoming EP Love Again. We're definitely feeling the track, so we had to show it some love for this week's Philly 360° Playlist.
“Bad Dream” is an alternative/pop spin on R&B with a clean, refreshing feel. Imani’s vocals on the track show serious power, yet still manage to come off delicate, as she sings about the challenges of being in love. The pop ballad opens with big chords that lead to a mezmerizing buildup on the chorus — taking the listener on a beautiful sonic journey, from start to finish.
While Natalie Imani tours the world with acts like John Legend, Nicki Minaj and Jazmine Sullivan as a background singer, it’s clear that she also has something distinct to say as a solo artist. Her vocal prowess and great delivery keep her on the road working constantly, but it’s her encouragement in love through music and boundary pushing production that will ultimately grant her a spotlight all her own.
Imani’s 2013 release of her mixtape, Fame or Love, garnered buzz for its creativity and new arrangements of popular songs. She revamped “Stay” by Rihanna and “Fine China” by Chris Brown, which laid a great foundation and showcased her talent and potential as a hitmaking songwriter.
Touring, writing, and recording keep Imani busy, but newly based in the Philly area, this songstress is determined to make her mark in the local scene and beyond. Teaming up with No Sleep for Robots Production for her new release, the project will have a vibrant, new sound, and will explore familiar concepts like the growing pains of love.
Join Imani on her journey and check out the latest single below. Let us know what you think!
“Bad Dreams” is also available on iTunes, so be sure to support local artists.
Philly, this weekend the ever-soulful singer/songwriter/producer Eric Roberson is heading our way for the release of his latest project, The Box.
Roberson is a two-time GRAMMY-nominated artist and a trail blazer in the indie music scene. Growing up singing in church, Roberson eventually signed a publishing deal with EMI Publishing and became one 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 more.
Now a seasoned performer, both on the stage and in the studio, Roberson's lush harmonies and undeniable presence is landing onstage at World Cafe Live this Sunday for unforgettable experience.
Opening this show, will be sultry jazz vocalist, and Philly 360° fave, the lovely Laurin Talese. We last caught up with Laurin during her Philly Fourth of July Jam Philly 360° Instagram takeover. You can check out that recap here.
So, grab your tickets now. This is definitely a can't-miss, must-hit Philly music show.
You know Philly 360° is all about bringing our fans amazing concert hookups, right? Well, get ready because we have another dope giveaway coming your way.
We've just got our hands on a pair of two-day passes to Jay Z' Made in America festival which goes down in Philly on Labor Day weekend. This must-hit festival will be taking over The Parkway for a third year on August 30-31, and once again, Jay Z has hand-selected a lineup of talent that you won't want to miss. MIA headliners this year include Kanye West, Pharrell, J. Cole, De la Soul and many, many other international hit-makers.
So, want to know how to land the passes? We know you do! Everything you need to know is below. Check it out!
What's your favorite #phillymusicmoment? Is it getting hype every time you hear "Motownphilly" by Boyz II Men? Or, is it the when you sit back and unwind with DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince while listening to the Philly anthem "Summertime"? Or, maybe it was that time when you lost your voice after singing along with your favorite artists at the Roots Picnic? Whatever's your music fix — we want to know.
Wondering exactly what you should shoot? A picture of the cover art for your favorite album, a screengrab of a music video, or a photo of your favorite band performing here in Philadelphia — it's all good. Just snap a photo that best reps your favorite Philly-centric music moment, and post it to Instagram, Twitter or Facebook with the hashtag #phillymusicmoment for a chance to win big.
1. Submit a photo of your favorite Philly music moment by posting your photo on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter with the tag #phillymusicmoment. You can submit as many photos as you like.
2. Write a short caption describing your photo, making sure to add #phillymusicmoment to your caption.
3. Vote for your favorite photo at facebook.com/philly360. Also, be sure to tell your friends to do the same! The contest closes on August 26.
4. One (1) grand-prize winner will score a pair of two-day passes to the Made in America festival in Philadelphia, August 30-31, 2014.
Click here for the Official Rules.
Third time's a charm, right? We're hype to see the return of DJ Matthew Law's epic summer throwdown, The 3rd Annual PHSH Tank Block Party. This Saturday, August 16, all roads lead to the gritty, Northern Liberties-based party spot, Kung Fu Necktie for the 2014 edition of one of the city's hottest events.
The festivities begins outside the venue at 3 p.m. with Dj sets, live music and vendors — then shifts indoors for a dope dance party. Again this year, Law (also known at DJ PHSH) has lined up an incredible list of DJ's, bands, visual artists, vendors and designers.
Take a look at the lineup below.
This is definitely a must-hit party for your weekend turn up — we'll see you there.
Hailing from Barcelona, Delorean, an indie-electro dance band, isn’t a story of instant overnight success. This four-piece ensemble, made up of Ekhi Lopetegi, Guillermo Astrain, Unai Lazcano and Igor Escudeo, has had a slow rise to the top with a lot of twists, turns, and transformations. Despite the ups and downs, they’ve planted themselves on the quick track to fame and their music is leading the way.
Known for being influenced by and touching on everything from punk rock and indie pop to the electro and techno music scenes, Delorean channels a Mediterranean club music vibe out on the dance floor every time they spin a track. Their music leaves an impression with the depth behind the sound, which merges a broad spectrum of emotion and darkness to light.
It wasn’t until the release of their third album Subiza in 2010 though that Delorean finally achieved the recognition and status in the musical community that was due. The album was released on True Panther Sounds, a well-known New York City-based record label.
If you’re looking for a spanish feel that just might remind you of summer nights in Barcelona, join us at Morgan’s Pier on Thursday, August 14! We guarantee the music will get the right vibes flowing and put the party in high gear.
Electro-pop group City Rain is the opener.
Founded by trapeze and circus enthusiast Mary Kelly Rayel, Fly School helps people of all shapes, sizes and skill push the limits of their physical abilities through trapeze. The perfect summer experience for one person or a group, Fly School offers classes every day of the week, with the exception of Tuesdays. Classes start at just $60, but if you're really looking to build your trapeze skills, the school also offers a six-class card for only $295.
To give our readers an inside look at the Fly School experience, Philly 360° followed along as Kharisma took to the sky and tackled her first trapeze lesson with charm and class. You can check out her firsthand account below, and be sure to watch our recap video!
Think you are up for the challenge? Then stay tuned for more info on our Fly School Circus Arts giveaway.
Have you ever wondered what it feels like to fly? Of course you have. Trust, I have too! As a kid I thought about flying on a daily basis.
So, as I was perusing through Instagram, I came across a gem on a friend’s page. Turns out that Fly School Circus Arts, located right here in the Philly neighborhood of Northern Liberties, offers offers trapeze classes to the public. This was something that I absolutely needed to do. Time to check off bucket list; flying through the air with the greatest of ease.
I arrived at the location to see an impressive set up of wires, ropes, mile-ladders and nets. The owner of Fly School Circus Arts, Mary Kelly Rayel, greeted me with a warm smile and hug and managed to put my nerves at bay, even if just for the moment. After starting out with the basics on the ground — like how to hold on to the bar, position your body — hang upside down, and do a back flip, it was go time!
I managed to stay calm and brave until I got to the "never-ending" ladder to the sky. I paused for a second, asking myself, “Are you really about to do this?” Yes I was. And, yes I did!
I reached the top of the ladder and took in one of the most breathtaking views of the city I've ever seen. Then all of my nervous energy turned into excitement, and after a few safety precautions, I flew. I didn’t quite land the back flip on my first try, or the second time for that matter, but with stubborn persistence and some great coaching from the Fly School staff, the third time was a charm.
Words can't fully express the feeling of being in the air — it definitely was one of the most invigorating experiences of my life! I’ll certainly need to go back for a few more classes before I’m superhero ready, but it's a challenge that I'm up for!
Take a look at my Philly 360° recap video, and definitely stop through Fly School Circus Arts for a uniquely Philly experience!
Veteran Freshman, a Philly music series presented by Yusuf Yuie wich pairs incomparable Philly-based acts with heavy-hitting industry talents, is teaming up with Heineken Green Room to bring you an up-close-and-personal concert experience with the legendary Roc Marciano. Formerly of Flipmode Squad and The UN, the hit-making emcee and producer will be performing at popular Spring Garden hotspot, Silk City.
Roc Marciano’s 2013 release of Marci Beaucoup showcased his incredible ear as both a producer and a rhymer. His 3rd studio release, Marciano proclaimed this album to be more of a “producer's project," versus his previous works — where the rapper painted more imagery through his lyrics and storytelling. Though his 2013 release was slightly different sound/style for the emcee, the album was well-received by critics and fans alike.
If you love hip hop and beer, then this show is most definitely the place to be. Additional sounds and music for the evening will be provided by the one-and-only DJ Mike Lowry. Insiders will be able to enjoy opening performances by Philly emcees Voss, Twizzmatic, and E-Hos prior to Marciano hitting the stage.
You may want to grab a spot for this as soon as possible, we hear the list is filling up fast!
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Hieroglyphics When: Friday, August 22, 9 p.m Where: The TLA, 334 South Street Cost: $29 More Info: Purchase tickets online here. Philly, a little west coast flavor is headed our way this month. Bay Area all-star hip hop group…