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Contest: Win Tickets To See MIA & Ab-Soul At Tower Theater - Friday, April 25

  • Posted By: James Claiborne
  • April 16, 2014
    • MIA
      • MIA
      • Photo Credit: Courtesy MIA
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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. 


MIA w/ Ab–Soul
When: Friday, April 25, 8 p.m.
Where: Tower Theater, 69th and Ludlow Streets
Cost: $35
More Info: LiveNation.com


Philly 360° Music Guide: Where To Listen To Jazz In Philadelphia

  • Posted By: James Claiborne
  • April 16, 2014
    • Philly 360˚ Exclusive: Philly's Got Jazz
      • Philly 360˚ Exclusive: Philly's Got Jazz
      • Photo Credit: D. McDowell for GPTMC

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! 


Watch our "Philly's Got Jazz" video and then check out The Official Philly 360° Guide to Jazz!

 

Jazz Festivals:

Center City Jazz Fest

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.


Longwood Gardens' Wine & Jazz Festival

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. 


Summer Solstice Salsa Party @ Morris Arboretum

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. 


Philadelphia United Jazz Festival and Celebration 

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.

    • Chris' Jazz Cafe
      • Chris' Jazz Cafe
      • Photo Credit: Photo by L. Whitaker for GPTMC

Jazz Clubs & Venues:

Chris Jazz Cafe 

1421 Sansom Street

chrisjazzcafe.com 

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. 


Warmdaddy's 

1400 S. Columbus Boulevard

warmdaddys.com

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. 


Time 

1315 Sansom Street 

timerestaurant.net

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.  


Relish

7152 Ogontz Avenue

relishphiladelphia.com

Although it’s only open on Sundays, Mondays and Wednesdays, LaRose Jazz Club in Philadelphia’s Germantown neighborhood is considered one of the most authentic jazz clubs in town. Jazz purists will appreciate this venue's dedication to presenting "true" jazz in a caberet-like setting. 
 
 

Paris Bistro

8229 Germantown Avenue

parisbistro.net

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.


The Philadelphia Clef Club of Jazz

738 S. Broad Street 

clefclubofjazz.org

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. 

    • Laurin Talese at Sittin' In at The Kimmel Center
      • Laurin Talese at Sittin' In at The Kimmel Center
      • Photo Credit: P. English for GPTMC / Philly 360°

Showcase & Concert Series

Sittin' In @ The Kimmel

When: Check website for details. 
Where: Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, Broad and Spruce Streets 
More info: Click here

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.


Who Got The Jazz?

When: See website for dates. 
Where: World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut Street
More Info: Click here

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. 

Art After 5 @ PMA

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. 


Friday Night Jazz @ Woodmere

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. 


Smooth Jazz Summer Nights

When: TBA
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.


Jazz and R&B Happy Hour

When: 1st and 3rd Fridays
Where: Reserve Wine Bar & Lounge
More info: 

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.

 

Contest: Win Tickets To See Ledisi & Robert Glasper At Tower Theater - Thursday, May 1

  • Posted By: James Claiborne
  • April 15, 2014
    • Ledisi - The Truth Tour
      • Ledisi - The Truth Tour
      • Photo Credit: Courtesy of the artist

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. 

Ledisi The Truth Tour w/ Special Guest Robert Glasper Experiment
When: Thursday, May 1, 8 PM
Where: Tower Theater, 19 S. 69th Street, Upper Darby, PA
Cost: From $46-75
Tickets: Click here to buy tickets. 


Dstructive Nature To Launch New Line At James Oliver Art Gallery - Saturday, April 19

  • Posted By: Devon Darrow
  • April 15, 2014
    • Dstructive Nature Pop-up Shop
      • Dstructive Nature Pop-up Shop
      • Photo Credit: Courtesy of the promoters

On Saturday, April 19, Dstructive Nature, a Philly-based men’s lifestyle apparel brand, will unveil its new Spring/Summer 2014 collection, “Rebel Revolution,” at the James Oliver Gallery.

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! 



Dstructive Nature "Rebel Revolution" S/S 2014 Presentation & Pop-Up Shop
When: Saturday, April 19, 5 - 10 p.m.
Where: James Oliver Art Gallery
Cost: FREE
More info: Guests must RSVP at: by April 17.


Philly 360° Rewind: Friends & Lovers Tour With Marsha Ambrosius, MPrynt, Jade Alston, DJ Aktive & GoGo Morrow

  • Posted By: Ashley Coleman
  • April 15, 2014
    • Marsha Ambrosius on the Friends & Lovers Tour
      • Marsha Ambrosius on the Friends & Lovers Tour
      • Photo Credit: D. McDowell for Philly 360°/ Visit Philly
    • 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
    • MPrynt on the Friends & Lovers Tour with Marsha Ambrosius
      • MPrynt on the Friends & Lovers Tour with Marsha Ambrosius
      • Photo Credit: D. McDowell for Philly 360°/ Visit Philly
    • Jade Alston on the Friends & Lovers Tour with Marsha Ambrosius
      • Jade Alston on the Friends & Lovers Tour with Marsha Ambrosius
      • Photo Credit: D. McDowell for Philly 360°/ Visit Philly
    • Friends & Lovers Tour w/ Marsha Ambrosius
      • Friends & Lovers Tour w/ Marsha Ambrosius
      • Photo Credit: D. McDowell for Philly 360°/ Visit Philly
    • Friends & Lovers Tours w/ Marsha Ambrosius
      • Friends & Lovers Tours w/ Marsha Ambrosius
      • Photo Credit: D. McDowell for Philly 360°/ Visit Philly
    • 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
    • Friends & Lovers Tour w/ Marsha Ambrosius
      • Friends & Lovers Tour w/ Marsha Ambrosius
      • Photo Credit: D. McDowell for Philly 360°/ Visit Philly
    • Friends & Lovers Tour w/ Marsha Ambrosius
      • Friends & Lovers Tour w/ Marsha Ambrosius
      • Photo Credit: D. McDowell for Philly 360°/ Visit Philly
    • MPrynt on the Friends & Lovers Tour with Marsha Ambrosius
      • MPrynt on the Friends & Lovers Tour with Marsha Ambrosius
      • Photo Credit: D. McDowell for Philly 360°/ Visit Philly
    • 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
    • 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
    • MPrynt on the Friends & Lovers Tour with Marsha Ambrosius
      • MPrynt on the Friends & Lovers Tour with Marsha Ambrosius
      • Photo Credit: D. McDowell for Philly 360°/ Visit Philly
    • Friends & Lovers Tour w/ Marsha Ambrosius
      • Friends & Lovers Tour w/ Marsha Ambrosius
      • Photo Credit: D. McDowell for Philly 360°/ Visit Philly
    • 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
    • Tyce of MPrynt on the Friends & Lovers Tour with Marsha Ambrosius
      • Tyce of MPrynt on the Friends & Lovers Tour with Marsha Ambrosius
      • Photo Credit: D. McDowell for Philly 360°/ Visit Philly
    • Friends & Lovers Tour w/ Marsha Ambrosius
      • Friends & Lovers Tour w/ Marsha Ambrosius
      • Photo Credit: D. McDowell for Philly 360°/ Visit Philly
    • Jade Alston on the Friends & Lovers Tour w/ Marsha Ambrosius
      • Jade Alston on the Friends & Lovers Tour w/ Marsha Ambrosius
      • Photo Credit: D. McDowell for Philly 360°/ Visit Philly
    • Jade Alston on the Friends & Lovers Tour with Marsha Ambrosius
      • Jade Alston on the Friends & Lovers Tour with Marsha Ambrosius
      • Photo Credit: D. McDowell for Philly 360°/ Visit Philly
    • MPrynt on the Friends & Lovers Tour with Marsha Ambrosius
      • MPrynt on the Friends & Lovers Tour with Marsha Ambrosius
      • Photo Credit: D. McDowell for Philly 360°/ Visit Philly
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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 Rulesoff 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! 


Here's the official Philly 360° recap of Marsha Ambrosius' Friends & Lovers Tour. 


Philly 360° Playlist: Marsha Ambrosius Drops New Single "Run"

  • Posted By: Ashley Coleman
  • April 14, 2014
    • 6 Can't-Miss Events In Philly This March
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One thing is evident, singer/songwriter Marsha Ambrosius is one of the hardest working artists in the business. Although currently on tour in support of her upcoming LP Friends & Lovers, Ambrosius is still pumping out music for her fans. Not long after the release of her Fvck & Love EP, Marsha is back with a new single from the upcoming project entitled “Run.”

The piano-driven ballad is a powerful expression of love lost. She sings of the tears that run when you find that the person you thought was for you, wasn't. With this single, it seems that Marsha — the same artist who penned the hit-song "Hope She Cheats On You (With a Basketball Player)," — may be ready to show her fans a more sensitive, vulnerable side to her music. 

Ambrosius, well known for her ballads and her live shows, holds nothing back when singing about the ups and downs of love. From songs like “Your Hands” to “Late Nights, Early Mornings,” Ambrosius has no problem exploring the sensual side of relationships as well.

Marsha's videos are constantly pushing boundaries and exploring issues that otherwise go unmentioned in today's popular music today.  Her work on “Far Away” from her debut album Late Nights & Early Mornings landed her first pair of GRAMMY nominations as a solo artist. The new single has been a great way to appease anxious fans watiing patiently for the release of Friends & Lovers. Though no official release date has been named yet, one can only assume it won’t be long.

But, in the meantime the Friends & Lovers Tour is selling out venues across the country and includes exciting upcoming acts like Jade Alston, GoGo Morrow and MPrynt — all from right here in Philly. Check back soon for our recap of her Friends & Lovers performance at The TLA on South Street.


Just In: Jay Z's Made In America Hits Philly's Parkway Again

  • Posted By: Sarah Janiszewski
  • April 14, 2014
    • Jay-Z at Made in America
      • Jay-Z at Made in America
      • Photo Credit: M. Edlow for GPTMC
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      • Jay-Z at Made In America Music Festival
      • Photo Credit: Photo by: Michael Falco
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Jay Z's Budweiser Made in America Festival is hitting Philly again! That's right. Mr. Carter is bringing his festival back to Philly for another two days jam-packed with music by an epic lineup of acts — all hand-picked by the music industry mogul.

Returning for the third year, Made in America has become a staple in the Philly music festival scene. You can expect multiple stages set up, packed with nonstop performances, and the entire Benjamin Franklin Parkway (aka The Parkway) will shut down for both days. The lineup hasn't been announced yet, but based on the last two years — it's guaranteed to deliver. And, like the previous two years, it's all going down over Labor Day Weekend. 

The last two MIA festivals included performances by Beyonce, Jay Z, Kanye, Kendrick Lamar, Nine Inch Nails, Pearl Jam, DeadMau5, Jill Scott, Eve, Janelle Monae, Drake, Run DMC, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Solange, Odd Future, Calvin Harris, Skrillex, Miike Snow, Calvin Harris, Maybach Music Group (featuring Rick Ross, Wale and Meek Mill), Passion Pit, Gary Clark Jr., D'Angelo and many, many more. Major, right?

Presale Tickets

Want to be there? We've got you covered. The MIA presale just kicked off today, but ends tomorrow, April 15 at 10pm. So be sure to grab your passes now! You can buy tickets here.

Presale code BMIA2014.

Lineup & Contest

Make sure you keep checking back with us for the latest info. Philly 360° will keep you updated on the MIA lineup as more details get announce. And, you know we'll have some tickets to give away, so stay tuned for more. 

Event Details

Jay Z's Budweiser Made in America Festival
When: Saturday, August 30 - Sunday, August 31
Where: The Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Cost: Presale $99.50 for two-day pass
More Info: Buy tickets here. Presale code BMIA2014. Presale ends Tuesday, April 15 at 10pm.

Insider Tip: Grab tickets and book a room now. 

 

Check out our official video from Jay Z's Made in America festival below. 


Save The Date: Veteran Freshman Spring Concert Guide

  • Posted By: Ashley Coleman
  • April 8, 2014
    • Moosh & Twist OCD
      • Moosh & Twist OCD
      • Photo Credit: Courtesy of OCD

Spring is officially in the building. The days are growing longer, the weather is heating up and everyone is definitely looking to shake their cabin fever with some Philly-fresh music and entertainment. Luckily for us, Veteran Freshman is back on the scene with another dope lineup of shows for the spring. Plenty of your favorite acts are heading out on the road and making their way to Philly to show their fans some love. 

Check out the below schedule for upcoming Veteran Freshman events featuring tons of insanely-talented performers, including FutureMIAJessie Boykins III and more!


Veteran Freshman Spring Concert Guide: 

    • Veteran Freshman Spring Concert Guide
      • Veteran Freshman Spring Concert Guide
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      • Veteran Freshman Spring Concert Guide
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Kid Ink: My Own Lane

When: Tuesday, April 22
Where: Theater of Living Arts Lounge (TLA), 334 South Street
Cost: $22
More Info: LiveNation.com

RCA recording artist Kid Ink heads out in support of his latest project My Own Lane. After starting out as a producer with credits with P. Diddy, Nipsey Hus$$le, Sean Kingston and more, Kid Ink broke out as a solo artist in 2012—and never looked back. 


MIA w/ Ab–Soul

When: Friday, April 25
Where: Tower Theater, 69th and Ludlow Streets
Cost: $35
More Info: LiveNation.com

Bursting back on the scene since having her baby boy, MIA is headed out alongside Top Dawg Entertainment (TDE) artist, Ab-soul. These two emcees are liable to tear the house down with sheer energy.  


Mike Epps

When: Saturday, April 26
Where: Tower Theater, 69th and Ludlow Streets
Cost: $50
More Info: LiveNation.com

Funny man Mike Epps, (Friday After Next, The Hangover II) is hitting the Tower Theater this month for his “After Dark Tour,” which leads us to believe that you might want to put the kids to bed for this one!


Who Got Jazz: Tribute to Gil Scott Heron

When: Tuesday, April 29
Where: World Café Live, 3025 Walnut Street
Cost: $10
More Info: worldcafelive.com

An awesome tribute series, this months Who Got Jazz honors poet, activist, and artist Gil Scott Heron. Performers will include: Seff Al-Friqi, Suzann Christine, Rico Anderson, and Koby Murphy.


The Real with Rob Hill Sr. and Special Guest Alex Elle

When: Sunday, May 5
Where: Union Transfer, 1026 Spring Garden Street
Cost: $20
More Info: robhillsr.eventbrite.com

Rob Hill Sr. also known as the “Heart Healer” comes to town to talk love, relationships and more. He is an author, entrepreneur and motivational speaker. Joining him will be Alex Elle, author of Words from a Wanderer.


The Infamous Mobb Deep Tour

When: Saturday, May 8
Where: Theater of Living Arts Lounge (TLA), 334 South Street
Cost: $20
More Info: LiveNation.com

In support of their latest effort The InfamousMobb Deep hits the TLA! The nostalgia of the duo hitting the stage again will definitely have fans lining up to catch new hits and old favorites.  


The Underachievers w/ Denzel Curry and Dillon Cooper

When: Monday, May 12
Where: The Barbary, 951 Frankford Avenue
Cost: $15
More Info: Ticketfly.com

AK and Issa Gold, the hip hop duo from Brooklyn hit The Barbary in May. Signed by record producer Flying Lotus, these two have built a solid underground fan base through their mixtapes Indigoism and Lords of Flatbush. They’ll be joined by emcees Denzel Curry and Dillon Cooper.


Fredo Santana: Coming to a Cut Near You

When: Thursday, May 15
Where: The Barbary, 951 Frankford Avenue
Cost: $15
More Info: ticketfly.com

The cousin of Chicago-born Chief Keef, Fredo Santana started seriously pursuing rap after the release of Keef’s “I Don’t Like” in 2012. Very quickly Santana has built his own buzz. Though still an indie artist, he has garnered the attention of rappers like Drake, appearing in his “Hold On, We’re Going Home” video.


Moosh & Twist (OCD)

When: Saturday, May 22
Where: Theater of Living Arts (TLA), 334 South Street
Cost: $15
More Info: LiveNation.com

Philly natives Moosh & Twist hit the TLA on May 22. This hip hop duo has been at it for some time now. This show will be at the tail end of their “Living Out Loud” tour which hit multiple cities across the country. Not too shabby for a couple of 20-somethings. This is definitely a group to keep an eye on. 


Jessie Boykins III

When: Saturday, May 24
Where: Union Transfer, 1026 Spring Garden Street
Cost: $20
More Info: utphilly.com

Eclectic R&B/soul artist and songwriter Jessie Boykins III makes his way to Union Transfer in May. His upcoming project Love Apparatus will be released later this month—make sure to grab it! 


Future with Rico Love and Que

When: June, 5
Where: The Trocadero, 1003 Arch Street
Cost: $30
More Info: ticketfly.com

Rap artist Future is coming to town and fans may also be holding out for an appearance from his very pregnant fiancé, recording artist Ciara. Joining Future for his “Honest” tour will be super producer and songwriter turned artist Rico Love and QUE.

 
 

Philly 360° Rewind: Philly Invades SXSW 2014

  • Posted By: Sarah Janiszewski
  • April 4, 2014
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      • Philly Invades Austin for SXSW
      • Photo Credit: m. Edlow for Visit Philadelphia / Philly 360
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      • Philly Invades Austin for SXSW
      • Photo Credit: M. Edlow for VIsit Philadelphia / SXSW
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      • Philly Invades Austin During SXSW
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      • Philly Invades Austin for SXSW
      • Photo Credit: M. Edlow for Visit Philadelphia / Philly 360
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      • Philly Invades Austin for SXSW
      • Photo Credit: M. Edlow for VIsit Philadelphia / SXSW
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      • Philly Invades Austin for SXSW
      • Photo Credit: M. Edlow for Visit Philadelphia / Philly 360
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      • Philly Invades Austin for SXSW
      • Photo Credit: M. Edlow for Visit Philadelphia / Philly 360
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      • Philly invades Austin for SXSW
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      • Philly Invades Austin for SXSW
      • Photo Credit: M. Edlow for Visit Philadelphia / Philly 360
    • Philly Invades Austin for SXSW
      • Philly Invades Austin for SXSW
      • Photo Credit: M. Edlow for Visit Philadelphia / Philly 360
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      • Philly Invades Austin for SXSW
      • Photo Credit: M. Edlow for Visit Philadelphia / Philly 360°
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      • Philly Invades Austin During SXSW
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      • Philly Invades Austin for SXSW
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      • Philly Invades Austin for SXSW
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      • Philly Invades Austin for SXSW
      • Photo Credit: M. Edlow for Visit Philadelphia / Philly 360°
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      • Philly Invades Austin During SXSW
      • Photo Credit: M. Edlow for Visit Philadelphia / Philly 360°
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      • Philly Invades Austin for SXSW
      • Photo Credit: M. Edlow for VIsit Philadelphia / SXSW
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Philly 360° hit the road and headed to Austin, Texas for the 2014 South by Southwest (SXSW) Festival. The Philly takeover was in full effect at this year's festival.

From March 7-16, the entire city of Austin is taken over by brands, musical artists, tech geeks, indie filmmakers, entertainment industry reps, celebrities, media and massive amounts of creatives and hipsters looking to check out new talent, trends and brand experiences — and Philly definitely played a major part in the Austin takeover. 

Reppin' Philly Music: 

Philly's local music scene repped hard at SXSW, and we were there to capture it all. Philly bands, artists and musicians played all across Austin — from large-scale stages to intimate spaces. Philly talent was everywhere. Sought after drummer and Philly's own Spanky McCurdy played with Lady Gaga on the Doritos #BoldStage for her now infamous SXSW performance. Rising hip-hop artist Chill Moody performed on six stages with local R&B singer Beano and DJ Ricochet on the ones and twos. 

Also on the hip-hop tip for the SXSW Philly takeover, Philly's own hip-hop legend Freeway, plus rising emcees Gilbere Forte, KnxwledgeEshon Burgundy, Da Truth and Chynna all held down Philly's presence with shows during SXSW. And, at one of Okayplayer's events, DJ Qool Marv had a 2-hour set dedicated to Philly hip-hop icons The Roots, plus a new mix from our very own DJ legend DJ Jazzy Jeff. Indie soulstress Res showed Austin how Philly lays it down in the R&B scene. And, emerging indie bands like Cheers ElephantThe Districts, Kurt Vile, Far-Out Fangtooth, Modern Inventors, Pattern is Movement and Cheerleader also showcased the Philly indie music scene. 

Reppin' Philly Brands: 

Philly 360° also caught up with some Philly brands while there, including local radio station WXPN that was live broadcasting from SXSW. Our friends at Mitchell & Ness were also there as they launched a new reflective snapback hat. They had had some star power in their space at Woven House, including Kendrick Lamar, Wiz Khalifa, Lady Gaga, Diddy and Taboo.

SInce Philly is the "City of Brotherly Love", Philly 360° and Visit Philly also made sure to spread some of our own Philly love by giving out swag and gifts that were Philly-made, including: Phillyosphy shirts designed by Chill Moody and Curran Swint of Kings Rule Together, Jeantrix love pins, Philly 360° wristbands (shameless plug), Stacey Flygirrl Wilson's jawn shirts and posters, DJ Jazzy Jeff Summertime 2 CDs, Uber Philly cards, 611 apparell, WXPN/World Cafe Live CDs, Victory Brewing Summer Love Ale beer koozies, Side Project Jerkey, Rival Bros. coffee and some Philly giveaways like a trip to Philly for the Roots Picnic and a Fuji Feather Bike. 

The Official Behind-the-Scenes Video: 

Like we said, the Philly takeover was in full effect during SXSW and all the talent held it down for their hometown. We hit the streets to connect with some of our homegrown talent and friends while we were there, and to also check in with SXSW goers to test their Philly knowledge. Be on the lookout for our Official Philly SXSW video to see exactly how things went down in Austin. 

Stay tuned for more! 


Philly 360° Rewind: Backstage At World Cafe Live With Clint Coley

  • Posted By: James Claiborne
  • April 4, 2014
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Keep your eye on Philly born-and-raised comedian Clint Coley. Since being hailed as the new "Prince of Comedy" by veteran entertainer D.L. Hughley, this Philly funnyman has been steadily gaining fans and national exposure.

Philly 360° recently caught up with Clint as he brought his hit one-man show I'm an Adult to the popular, polished University City music venue, World Cafe Live.

Backstage Clint gave us an exclusive look at his pre-show routine, which includes a fresh cut by Snoop The Barber, a turkey sandwich from Wawa and a rowdy game of spades with his crew. Among Clint's entourage for that night was his mom, sister, singer/songwriter Jacqueline Constance, and a number of local comedians. Also, spotted backstage playing spades was producer and Reebok brand Ambassador Dilemma, who is slated to produce Clint's upcoming album this year. 

After a few rounds of cards, complete with a hefty dose of classic spades trash-talking, Clint chatted with us about growing up in Philly and his road to success. And, of course we had to ask about his favorite cheesesteak spot.

For the record, Clint only gets his steaks from Max's. As for toppings, he'll take salt, pepper, ketchup, fried onions and American cheese—no Whiz! Clint definitely felt strong about the Whiz. In Philly, Whiz or no-Whiz is definitely a matter of taste, so we'll leave that one alone for now.

But, one thing is definitely clear—Clint Coley is on the move, making it happen and always down to rep his hometown.


Here's our exclusive backstage video with Clint Coley at World Cafe Live! Check it out. 


Sanctuary LIVE! Featuring Jacqueline Constance & Ganou - April 18, 2014

Sanctuary LIVE! Featuring Jacqueline Constance & Ganou When: Friday, April 18, 7 p.m. Where: Art Sanctuary, 628 S. 16th Street Cost: $10 More Info: RSVP online here. It’s about to go down at Art Sanctuary once again. This month,…

DJ PHSH Presents Friends & Fam - April 19, 2014

DJ PHSH Presents Friends & Fam When: Saturday, April 19, 10 p.m. Where: Kung Fu Necktie, 1250 N. Front Street Cost: $5 More Info: kungfunecktie.com True Story: Resident Philly turntablist, DJ PHSH is known across the globe for having…

Center City Jazz Festival - April 19, 2014

Center City Jazz Festival When: Saturday, April 19, 1 - 7 p.m. Where: Various Locations Cost: $15 in advance, $20 at the door More Info: ccjazzfest.com Attention Philly jazz-heads: It's back! Following the success of the 2013 events, Center…