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The Queen Of Soul Aretha Franklin Performs At The Kimmel Center - Monday, December 29

  • Posted By: James Claiborne
  • December 18, 2014
    • Aretha Franklin
      • Aretha Franklin
      • Photo Credit: Photo Credit: Matthew Jordan Smith

The Queen of Soul is making her way to Philly — topping off a very busy, and fabulous, holiday performance season at The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts. Yes, it's true, the one and only Aretha Franklin will take the at stage at Verizon Hall on Monday, December 29  for what is sure to be an incredible, not to be miss evening of music.

In addition to performing some of the greatest hits from her 40-year plus discography, Franklin will perform songs from her recent release, Aretha Franklin Sings the Great Diva Classics. The legendary soul singer effortlessly tackles both old and new school Diva classics on the album. The “Respect” singer covers Adele, Etta James, The Supremes, Barbara Streisand and even Destiny’s Child. Her version of “Rolling in the Deep” entered the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs Billboard Chart at 47 — making Aretha the first woman to ever place 100 titles on the charts.

The new album features production by the legendary Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds and also Andre 3000 from Outkast. A fun and talented pair, the album has a new school flair on these classic records with Franklin’s timeless voice.

It was at her father’s church that Franklin began her singing career, like many of the greatest vocalists and musicians of our time. In the 60s, the queen of soul undoubtedly gain her title with smash hits like the aforementioned “Respect,” “A Natural Woman,” and “Think.” Today, Franklin has won 18 GRAMMYs, became the first woman to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and is one of the most charted female artists of this time. And, that's only naming a few of her honors. 

So, grab your tickets now! And, get ready to experience what is sure to be an unforgettable night of music from one of the greatest voices in the history of ever.


Aretha Franklin
When: Monday, December 29, 8PM
Where: The Kimmel Center, 300 South Broad Street
Cost: From $79
More Info: Click here.  

 

Philly Jazz Vocalist Laurin Talese Headlines An Intimate Evening Of Music At Sanctuary LIVE! - Friday, December 19

  • Posted By: Philly 360
  • December 17, 2014
    • Laurin Talese
      • Laurin Talese
      • Photo Credit: Image by The Nouveau Image / Courtesy of Laurin Talese

Each and every 3rd Friday, Art Sanctuary — Philly's premier black arts hub — returns with its monthly open mic and music showcase, Sanctuary LIVE! This month's event features a decadent evening of music with Philly's own rising jazz star, BASSic Black Entertainment recording artist Laurin Talese.

After dropping her latest single, "This Love", on iTunes earlier this year, Laurin has been going non-stop, bringing her luscious, soulful sounds to live music venues across the city, and beyond. Whether singing R&B classic, jazz standards, or her own original compositions, Laurin's warm and sultry voice always shines bright. 

Hosted by Philly-based poet Safa, Sanctuay LIVE! kicks off with an open mic from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The open mic segment is backed by rising Philly jazz vocalist and pianist, V. Shayne Frederick — a pitch-perfect addition to any musical setting. 

In addition to the lush vocals from the incredible lineup of musicians, attendees will get a chance to check out Art Sanctuary's latest exhibit, "My Thoughts Wear Crowns," which features the work of Philly visual artist, American Queen TJD.

Be sure to RSVP in advance, because you most definitely want to be front and center when Laurin Talese, and all of these Philly talents, hit the stage.


Sanctuary LIVE! Featuring Laurin Talese
When: Friday, December 19, 7:30 p.m.
Where: Art Sanctuary, 16th and Bainbridge
Cost: $10
More Info: RSVP online here. 


TOP PICKS: Seven Must-Hit Concerts & Shows In Philadelphia

  • Posted By: Philly 360
  • December 16, 2014
    • Justin Timberlake
      • Justin Timberlake
      • Photo Credit: Courtesy of Justin Timberlake

Philly, there will be no shortage of dope live entertainment rocking our stages over the next few days. From heavyweight music veterans like Justin Timberlake and Jeff Bradshaw, to emerging Philly-based dynamos like Laurin Talese and GoGo Morrow — we've pulled together a list of seven can't-miss shows that are going down in Philadelphia through Christmas.  

You can find all of the details on these shows below, and be sure to keep an eye on the Philly 360° events page for all of the city's hottest live music concerts, fashion events and creative happenings. Let's go! 


Seven Must-Hit Concerts & Shows In Philly: 

    • Can't-Miss Shows In Philadelphia
      • Can't-Miss Shows In Philadelphia
      • Photo Credit: M. Edlow for Visit Philadelphia

Justin Timberlake: The 20/20 Experience World Tour

Wednesday, December 17, 8  p.m. | Wells Fargo Center, 3601 S. Broad Street | $50-175 | MORE

Philly's got mad love for JT! It's true. From regular guest appearances on SNL, touring the country alongside rap mogul Jay Z,  landing leading movies roles and now his own world tour — Justin Timberlake is steadily building his rep as an all-around entertainer. We're hype to announce that the GRAMMY Award-winning R&B crooner is bringing his 20/20 Experience World Tour back to Philly for a third round of  unstoppable music at the Wells Fargo Center. Grab your tickets now! 

BASSic Black Entertainment & Kontraband215 Present 20/20 Experience After Party

Wednesday, December 17, 9:30 p.m. | Voltage Lounge, 421 N. 7th Street | $25 | MORE

Philly, get ready for this one! Two of the top musical directors in the game, who both happen to be from Philly, have teamed up for an after party while they are in town for Justin Timberlake's 20/20 Experience tour.

That's right! Adam Blackstone, founder of BASSic Black Entertainment (BBE) and musical director for Pharrell, Justin Timberlake, Rihanna and more, and Darrell Robinson, musical director for K Michelle, N.E.R.D and Kontraband215, have joined forces to present the official after party for the Philadelphia stop on the 20/20 Experience tour.

GoGo Morrow The Experience

Friday, December 19, 8 p.m. | The TLA, 334 South Street | $17 | MORE.

This weekend, Philly's own R&B/pop sensation GoGo Morrow will once again hit The TLA on South Street — headlining an unstoppable night of music. On Friday, December 19, Philadelphia fans are invited to enter The GoGo Morrow Experience.  

GoGo is definitely one of the hottest, and busiest, acts on the Philly music scene right now. Along with killing her live shows, Morrow has been steadily releasing track after track of hit singles from her soon-to-be-released LP — most recentlydropping her new song “I Like That Bae.” Whether on stage or in the studio, this Philly-born starlet brings an impressive presence and polish that is taking her straight to the top. Check out GoGo in the below video recap. 

Sanctuary LIVE! Featuring Laurin Talese

Friday, December 19, 7:30 p.m. | Art Sanctuary, 16th and Bainbridge | $10 | MORE

Each and every 3rd Friday, Art Sanctuary — Philly's premier black arts hub — returns with its monthly open mic and music showcase, Sanctuary LIVE! This month's event features a decadent evening of music with Philly's own rising jazz star, BASSic Black Entertainment recording artist Laurin Talese.

After recently dropping her latest single, "This Love", on iTunes, Laurin has been going non-stop, bringing her luscious, soulful sounds to live music venues across the city, and beyond. Whether singing R&B classic, jazz standards, or her own original compositions, Laurin's warm and sultry voice always shines bright. 

    • Laurin Talese
      • Laurin Talese
      • Photo Credit: Image by The Nouveau Image / Courtesy of Laurin Talese

Jeff Bradshaw & Friends Holiday Celebration

December 19 & 20, 7:30 & 10 p.m. shows | Warmdaddy's, 1400 S. Columbus Blvd. | $20 | MORE

Jeff Bradshaw has lent his smokin’ hot horns to some of the top names in the industry, including The Roots, Jill Scott, Jay Z, and Michael Jackson, just to name a few. To celebrate the holidays, Jeff is bringing his A-game to Warmdaddy's for two amazing nights of jazz and feel-good soul. And, he's not coming alone. Want to know more about Jeff's special guests? Well, stay tuned for more details.

    • Trombonist Jeff Bradshaw
      • Trombonist Jeff Bradshaw
      • Photo Credit: Courtesy of Jeff Bradshaw

Lil John Roberts & Friends

Monday, December 22, 8 p.m. | World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut Street | $22.50 | MORE

Philly native “Lil’ John” Roberts is one of the most sought after drummers in the industry. Roberts got his start playing alongside jazz greats like Christain McBride and Joey Defrancesco at the age of 16. Now a live music, world-touring and studio session vet, Lil’ John’s credits includes work with renowned act of all genres like Stevie Wonder, Rachelle Ferrell, Ne-Yo, Bilal, Jamie Foxx, Snoop Dogg, Mos Def, Common, Mary J. Blige, Janet Jackson and many, many more.

Catch Roberts at World Cafe Live along with Avery Sunshine and Eric Roberson. 

    • Lil' John Roberts
      • Lil' John Roberts
      • Photo Credit: Courtesy of Lil' John Roberts

Clint Coley: Young Man, Old Soul 

Friday, December 26, 9 p.m. | The TLA, 334 South Street | $15 | MORE

Definitely keep an eye on Philly born-and-raised comedian Clint Coley. Crowned the "Prince of Comedy" by none-other-than D.L. Hughley, Clint has been steadily gaining fans while building more and more national attention. Clint's talents have even landed him on stage with top comedy stars like Mike Epps, Sommore, Bruce Bruce and more. Here's your chance to get up-close-and-personal with Coley, as he brings his gut-busting, hilarious show "Young Man, Old Soul" to popular South Street entertainment venue, The TLA

Watch the below video for a look at our exclusive interview with Clint Coley at his last Philadelphia show. 


CONTEST: Tweet To Win A Pair Of Tickets To The GoGo Morrow Experience At The TLA - Friday, December 19

  • Posted By: Philly 360
  • December 16, 2014
    • GoGo Morrow - Friends & Lovers Tour w/ Marsha Ambrosius
      • GoGo Morrow - Friends & Lovers Tour w/ Marsha Ambrosius
      • Photo Credit: D. McDowell for Philly 360°/ Visit Philly

This weekend, Philly's own R&B/pop sensation GoGo Morrow will once again hit The TLA on South Street — headlining an unstoppable night of music. On Friday, December 19, Philadelphia fans are invited to enter The GoGo Morrow Experience.  

GoGo is definitely one of the hottest, and busiest, acts on the Philly music scene right now. Along with killing her live shows, Morrow has been steadily releasing track after track of hit singles from her soon-to-be-released LP — most recentlydropping her new song “I Like That Bae.” Whether on stage or in the studio, this Philly-born starlet brings an impressive presence and polish that is taking her straight to the top.  

In addition to GoGo as the headliner, Friday's concert will also include performances by soulful singer/songwriter Aaron Parnell Brown, hip-hop artist Crown Bella and crooner Guordan Banks

Tweet To Win:

Want in on the show? Then click here to follow @Philly360 and then tweet the below phrase — making sure to fill in the blank. 


"If I won 2 tickets to the @GoGoMorrow Experience at @TLAphilly from @Philly360 I'd bring @______”


Enter by 9 a.m. on Thursday, December 18 for your chance to win. Philly 360° will notify our winners by direct message in Twitter. So, be on the look out for your winning message.

You can find the official contest rules here


GoGo Morrow The Experience
When: Friday, December 19, 8 PM
Where: Theater of Living Arts, 334 South Street
Cost: $17
More Info: Click here.


Listen to GoGo Morrow's latest single "I Like That Bae." Also, check out her interivew during our video recap of Marsha Ambrosius' Friends & Lovers tour. 


The Kimmel Center Presents A Soulful Christmas - Tuesday, December 16

  • Posted By: Philly 360
  • December 15, 2014
    • The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts
      • The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts
      • Photo Credit: G. Widman for GPTMC

Philly, it's official. The holiday season is upon us, and all of our favorite Philadelphia holiday traditions are in full swing. From the long-running Christmas Light Show at Macy’s to the brand new Rothman Ice Rink at Dilworth Park and Love Park's Christmas Village — the joy of the season is undeniably in the air. 

A go-to holiday destination for Philadelphians and visitors alike, The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts brings us the soulful Christmas celebration this week. On Tuesday, December 16, the Kimmel will present A Soulful Christmas with featuring legendary gospel singer Edwin Hawkins.  

With a special night of music that will move the spirit and uplift the soul, The J. Donald Dumpson Singers will join forces with a host of community choirs, performing holiday classics, spirituals, and gospel favorites.

Grab your tickets today! And, while you're in the holiday planning mood, make sure that you check out Philly 360°'s top 10 picks for holiday attractions and concerts.


Kimmel Center Presents A Soulful Christmas
When: Tuesday, December 16
Where: The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, 300 S. Broad Street
Cost: $25-45
More Info: Click here for details.


Just In: BASSic Black Entertainment & KontraBand215 Present The 20/20 Experience Tour After Party — December 17

  • Posted By: Sarah Janiszewski
  • December 12, 2014

Philly, get ready for this one!

Two of the top musical directors in the game, who both happen to be from Philly, have teamed up for an after party while they are in town for Justin Timberlake's 20/20 Experience tour.

That's right! Adam Blackstone, founder of BASSic Black Entertainment (BBE) and musical director for Pharrell, Justin Timberlake, Rihanna and more, and Darrell Robinson, musical director for K Michelle, N.E.R.D and Kontraband215, have joined forces to present the official after party for the Philadelphia stop on the 20/20 Experience tour.

So what do Adam and Darrell have on deck? Well, if it's anything like the last two parties to come from these camps, we can guarantee that there will be some Instagram and Twitter worthy moments happening. Like, Common's impromptu performance at the Made in America Festival pre-party. Or, JT himself showing up at the Legends of Summer tour after party. You never know what's going down or who's showing up when Adam and Darrell are involved!

THE LINEUP:

  - Featuring DJ Freestyle Steve, the official tour DJ for the 20/20 Experience
  - Music and live performances by DJ Aktive, Scoop of KontraBand215 & Ebony Joi 
  - Special appearances by the Tennessee Kids and other special guests
 

EVENT DETAILS:

  BASSic Black Entertainment & Kontraband215 Present 20/20 Experience After Party
  When: Wednesday, December 17 | 9:30 p.m. - 2 a.m. (Open Bar: 10 p.m. - Midnight)
  Where: Voltage Lounge | 421 N. 7th Street
  Cost: General tickets $25 in advance (more at door) | Limited VIP tickets
  More: Get your tickets here — afterparty1217.brownpapertickets.com



Watch the videos below to check out some footage from their Legends of Summer After Party and the Made in America Festival Pre-Party, PhillyMade.


This Weekend: PHILADANCO Returns To The Kimmel Center With 'Risky Business' - December 12 - 14

  • Posted By: Philly 360
  • December 12, 2014
    • PHILADANCO
      • PHILADANCO
      • Photo Credit: Courtesy of PHILADANCO

Philly! Get ready because this weekend trailblazing modern dance troupe PHILADANCO is returning home for a three-day engagement at The Kimmel Center. From December 12 to 14, PHILADANCO will bring an exciting new program entitled Risky Business to Philadelphia's world famous Avenue of the Arts.   

Risky Business features the world premiere of choreographer Christopher Huggins’ “Latched,” while revisiting and elevating the works of beloved choreographers who have contributed choreographic elements of risk to the ever-evolving field of modern dance.  Additional program highlights include Ray Mercer’s “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner,” Eliza Monte’s “White Dragon,” and Daniel Ezralow’s “Pulse.

Grab your tickets now, because 'Danco shows are known to sell out fast. You can check out a preview of Latched below. 


PHILADANCO 
When: Friday, December 12 - Sunday, December 14
Where: Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, 300 S. Broad Street
Cost: $29 - $46
More Info: Buy tickets online here.  


DJ Jazzy Jeff And Dayne Jordan Drop New EP 'In Progress'

  • Posted By: James Claiborne
  • December 12, 2014
    • DJ Jazzy Jeff & Dayne Jordan
      • DJ Jazzy Jeff & Dayne Jordan
      • Photo Credit: D. King for Visit Philadelphia

Philly, a little over a month ago we brought you an interview with two Philadelphia hip-hop greats, DJ Jazzy Jeff and his protege Dayne Jordan. For our exclusive, we went behind-the-scenes and captured Jeff and Dayne at work in the lab and got the deets on their then-forthcoming collab. Luckily for us, the wait for this project is now over.

Yesterday, after a year of quietly releasing new music and videos, the duo has finally dropped Dayne's new EP, In Progress. The project is the compilation of nine tracks and includes Dayne's buzz-worthy singles “All About The Art”, “Fellow” and “I Want It All.” It also includes new tracks like “Wash It Down” and “Git It Back” to round out the EP.

And, trust us — Philly is definitely representing on this project music — from "All About the Art" which features Questlove on drums and James Poyser on keys, to "Lost" which has fellow Philly up-and-comer Ebony Joi lacing the track with her vocals. 

We're guessing you're ready to hear the project, right? You can download it on Dayne's website, or you can listen and download the project using the below SoundCloud player. Also, be sure to watch our exclusive in-studio interview with DJ Jazzy Jeff and Dayne Jordan to hear insights on the projects and learn more about Jeff and Dayne's favorite cheesesteak spot.

Spoiler alert: DJ Jazzy Jeff is all about famous South Street cheesesteak joint, Ishakabibbles


Listen to Dayne Jordan's newly released EP, In Progress.

Also, be sure to check out our exclusive, in-studio interview and visual gallery.

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The GoGo Morrow Experience Lands At The TLA On South Street- Friday, December 19

  • Posted By: Ashley Coleman
  • December 11, 2014
    • GoGo Morrow Experience - Friday, December 19
      • GoGo Morrow Experience - Friday, December 19
      • Photo Credit: Courtesy of GoGo Morrow

Fresh of the release of her new single “I Like That Bae,” GoGo Morrow headlines South Street's Theater of Living Arts (The TLA) on Friday, December 19. And, we're pretty sure that fashion-forward, pop/R&B star will undoubtedly have some surprises in store for her hometown fans. 

The last time we saw GoGo headlining at the TLA, the venue was packed to the brim, and she revealed her brand new, at the time, platinum blonde look. GoGo's set and new look were both winners — solidifying her as one of the city's meteoric rising stars. 

We can only guess what’s in store for GoGo Morrow The Experience! But, whatever the star has planned, it's guaranteed to be a hit. From intricate dance moves alongside her Gogettes dancers to her stunning, heartfelt vocals, Morrow has learned from some of the best in the business. So, it’s no surprise to anyone that Morrow is taking the industry by storm.

Slowly releasing music from her LP., which she has been quietly cultivating over the last year or so, Gogo shows an unbelievable poise and polish for a young artist. Her new track “I Like That Bae” is all at once sensual and futuristic and was produced by R.A.P. 1220. Heavy Prince-like drums and synths drive the sound and most certainly carves out a lane for Morrow all her own.

The show will be full of great music — from the soulful Aaron Parnell Brown to hip hop artist Crown Bella and crooner Guordan Banks — and there will be a little something for everyone! Be sure to grab your tickets now and check out the new single “I Like That Bae” from GoGo Morrow below. 

 

GoGo Morrow The Experience
When: Friday, December 19, 8 PM
Where: Theater of Living Arts, 334 South Street
Cost: $17
More Info: Click here.

Check out GoGo Morrow's latest single "I Like That Bae." Also, check out her interivew during our video recap of Marsha Ambrosius' Friends & Lovers tour. 


TONIGHT: The Kimmel Center Hosts Sittin' In Featuring Jonathan Finlayson & Sicilian Defense - Wednesday, December 10

  • Posted By: Philly 360
  • December 10, 2014
    • Sittin' In At The Kimmel Center
      • Sittin' In At The Kimmel Center
      • Photo Credit: Stratagem for Philly 360

Once a month on Wednesdays, The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts opens its doors and stages to some of the city's hottest musicals talents for the popular Philadelphia music showcase,Sittin' In.

Now approaching its third year, this free concert/party/jam session mashup is Philadelphia's go-to event for emerging talent, locally-based touring musicians — and the music lovers that can't get enough of their soulful sounds. From stellar featured acts to the Sittin' In house band and resident DJ Matthew Law, this signature Philly jam attracts the best and brightest performers and musicians from Philadelphia, and beyond. 

This month's host Jonathan Finlayson is undoubtedly one of the region's most sought after young trumpet players on the scene today. Over the years he has crafted his own unique approach to the horn with iconic international names such as Steve Coleman, Muhal Richard Abrahams, and Henry Threadgill. His long anticipated debut album 'Moment and the Message', released last year on Pi recordings, received glowing reviews from publications such as Downbeat, Jazz Times, The Guardian, and was the #1 debut on the NPR critic's poll. 


Sittin' In Featuring Jonathan Finlayson & Sicilian Defense
When: Wednesday, December 10, 8 p.m.
Where: The Kimmel Center, 300 S Broad Street
Cost: Free 
More Info: Get details here.


Check out our video below for an inside look at the musicians that power this classic Philly production. 


My Thoughts Wear Crowns Featuring American Queen TJD - Through December 31

My Thoughts Wear Crowns When: Opening reception, Saturday, November 15, 4 - 6 p.m.; Exhibit open through December 31, 2014 Where: Art Sanctuary, 628 S. 16th Street Cost: Free More Info: RSVP for the reception here, or view Art…

Sanctuary LIVE! featuring Laurin Talese - Friday, December 19

Sanctuary LIVE! Featuring Laurin Talese When: Friday, December 19, 7:30 p.m. Where: Art Sanctuary, 16th and Bainbridge Cost: $10 More Info: artsanctuary.org Each and every 3rd Friday, Art Sanctuary — Philly's premier black arts hub — returns with its…

Jeff Bradshaw & Friends Holiday Celebration - December 19 & 20

Jeff Bradshaw & Friends Holiday Celebration When: Friday, December 19 & Saturday, December 20, 7:30 & 10 p.m. shows Where: Warmdaddy's, 1400 S. Columbus Blvd. Cost: $20 More Info: Click here for details. Jeff Bradshaw has lent his smokin’…