Your guide to Philly's diverse creative scene, nightlife, music, food & more
RAW:natural born artists is an indie arts organization that's for artists, by artists. RAW focuses on providing emerging indie artists in film, fashion, music, visual arts, performing arts and beauty with tools, resources and exposure to breed creativity and growth in their talents. RAW is set up in 60 cities across the U.S., including Philadelphia.
RAW hosts a series of events in each city throughout the year, which culimates in the RAW's Annual Indie Awards Show. The semi-finals for Philly at Lit Ultra Bar at 7:30 p.m.
We wanted to call out a couple of the nominees. Here's a look at a couple of the nominees. See everyone who is nominated here.
The spotlight is becoming commonplace for Dom Streater. Since winning the 12th season of Project Runway, Streater has been featured in various national publications, has had several speaking engagements and has done many television interviews. The indie awards show nominated the West Philly native for Fashion Designer of the Year.
Valencia started doing her own hair at the age of 8 and hasn't stopped since. This fearless hairstylist takes chances with styling and really knows how to make a hairstyle pop.
This Boston born, Philly raised visual artist has knack for capturing pop culture icons and portraits through drawings. Daminyck's talents don't stop with paper and canvas. She also has worked in a number of other visual arts fields, such as makeup, concept design, story board illustration and interior design.
The 5th Annual RAWawrds Semi-Finals
When: Thursday, December 5, 2013
Where: Lit Ultra Bar, 460 N. 2nd Street
Time: 7:30 p.m .
More Info: rawartists.org
This weekend, you can get a taste of Philly's diverse and vibrant creative scene, as The Barnes Foundation gets into the First Friday action with their Philadelphia Artists Spotlight.
Located along Philly's world famous Benjamin Franklin Parkway, The Barnes is best known for its impressive collection of art, which includes 181 Renoirs, 69 Cézannes (more than all the museums in Paris) and 59 Matisses, along with works by Manet, Van Gogh, Degas, and Picasso. In addition to works by these well-known artists, the collection also includes an amazing selection of African Art, period furniture and antique brassware—all painstakingly curated over six decades ago by the museum's founder Dr. Albert C. Barnes.
So, to celebrate First Friday, and the diversity found within the Philly creative scene, The Barnes has pulled together an extra fresh lineup of dancers, poets and performing artists for an entertaining exploration of all things Philly.
The spotlight will include performances by Pattern is Movement, a two-man indie rock band who will pay tribute to the music of famed hip-hop producer J Dilla; Latina performance troupe Las Gallas performing their signature work Ghetto Bolera; DJ extraordinaire Mr. Sonny James of the Illvibe Collective holding down the First Friday playlist; theater collective Team Sunshine; and poetry by the infamous spoken word duo Yellow Rage.
With an uncomparable collection of art, and an amazing line-up of artists ready to throw down in their own unique way—The Barnes is the only place to be for this upcoming First Friday. Grab your crew, and come out to watch these artists shine like only Philly stars can.
When: Friday, December 6, 6 - 10 p.m.
Where: The Barnes Foundation, 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Cost: $25, members freee
More Info: Click here to reserve your ticket online.
There’s no denying it—Lupe Fiasco is one of hip-hop’s most innovative lyricists. Lupe just announced that he’s hitting the road with a brand new tour named after his forthcoming album Tetsuo and Youth. Along with delivering showstopping performances from his current discography, Lupe will treat fans to a special early preview of new music from his unreleased album. Opening performances by Mickey Factz, Stalley, Dosage, The Boy Illinois and Dee-1.
PHILADANCO kicks off the holiday season with a fly new routine honoring famed African-American choreographer Christopher Huggins. Prepare to be dazzled and amazed, as this Philly fave dance troupe returns with all their signature moves and undoubtedly some of the best dancers in the game.
After the triumphant release of his debut album Trap Lord, A$AP Ferg is on the move and wreckin’ mics across the country with his 32-city Turnt x Burnt music tour. On December 7, Ferg and the other members of the A$AP Mob land at the TLA—ready to throw down for one of the dopest rap concerts of the season.
Trombonist Jeff Bradshaw has lent his smokin’ hot horns to some of the top names in the industry, including The Roots, Jill Scott, and Jay Z. This month, Jeff brings it home with a funky-fresh performance for the latest edition of the Kimmel Center’s popular, and FREE, monthly music showcase Sittin’ In. Hosted by HOT 107.9 radio personality Laiya St. Clair.
Philly’s favorite soul-star Bilal is back on the scene and ready to deliver an incredible night of music at The Blockley. Since the release of his 2001 game-changing debut album 1st Born Second, Bilal has been reppin’ Philly’s classic soul sound—as only he can. Grab your tickets now, because this show will definitely be a sellout.
Would you like a tour? After the release of his third studio album Nothing Was The Same, the hip-hop star Drake announced his "Would You Like A Tour?" tour, which all star lineup includes hit-making artists Miguel and Future. The stage-dominating trio lands in Philly on December 18 for a show stopping concert at the Wells Fargo Center. Don’t miss it!
Fashionistas and style guys: Step out in high style for one of Philly’s most-fashionable parties with a purpose at The Evoluer House’s Parisian-themed gala. With a celebrity-packed guests list, and an amazing selection of French-inspired decor, cocktails and hor d’oeuvres—this is one fashion-filled celebration that you can’t afford to miss. Get all of the details here.
The crew at Mitchell & Ness just took their Midtown store to the next level. Literally. Last month, to celebrate the launch of the popular vintage sportswear company’s second floor expansion at its flagship store, Philly 360° joined forces with This Is It Philly and threw an exclusive shopping event. And, all of your favorite Philly faces were in the building, including Young Savage, Chill Moody, Young Chris and Laiya St.Clair. Check out our recap.
Still on the search for that perfect holiday gift? Well, look no further, because Philly 360° has a few fly holiday shopping tips that can help you bring tons of local Philly flavor to the ones you love. Check out our post for some great gift ideas.
Producer/emcee Mike Zombie quickly rose to fame by producing Drake’s double-platinum selling track, Started from the Bottom. This month, the rising rap star will release his own mixtape End of the Beginning with an exclusive release party at the Tower Theater in West Philly. Get more info here.
Do you know blackness when you see it? This is the question Dr. Yaba Blay, one of today's leading voices on global skin color politics, asks with her new book, (1)ne Drop: Shifting the Lens on Race. The book officially releases this week from Blay's recently-launched independent press company, BLACKprint Press.
Yaba introduced (1)ne Drop to her quickly expanding network of followers earlier this year, and over the summer successfully ran a Kickstarter pre-sale campaign, which raised over $22,000 to fund the project. Since then, (1)ne Drop has been generating some serious buzz. In the last month alone, Yaba has appeared on W. Kumau Bell's show, Totally Unbiased, presented a sold-out show as part of the First Person Arts Festival, and even graced the front cover of the Philadelphia Weekly.
To celebrate (1)ne Drop's early successes and the book's official release, Yaba is throwing a release party at The Painted Bride Art Center in Old City—and appropriately on Black Friday. The event will feature light fare, wine, and a fresh soundtrack provided courtesy of Mr. Sonny James of the Illvibe Collective. Also, party guests can browse an amazing two-floor exhibit of the portraits from the (1)ne Drop in the Painted Bride's gallery space.
The event is totally free, so make sure you grab a copy of Dr. Blay's book. And, since it is Black Friday, you might just want to pick up a couple of extra copies to hand out as gifts during the holiday. We'll see you there.
When: Friday, November 29, 6 - 9 p.m.
Where: The Painted Bride Art Center, 230 Vine Street
More info: http://bit.ly/1gMtuLM
If you’re still in Philly on the eve of Thanksgiving, come watch Thundercat headline Red Bull Sound Selects: Philadelphia. This funk and electronic soul bassist will be performing at Boot & Saddle for a pre-holiday showcase. Tagging along will be Sound Select artists Son Little, R&B singer Ebony Joi and rapper STS.
This event is first-come, first-served, so if you’re interested in eclectic artists who are dedicated to putting on electric performances, and wowing the crowd with their snappy lyrics get there as soon as you can.
You can purchase tickets here.
Red Bull Sound Select Presents: Thundercat, Son Little, Ebony Joi and STS
When: Wednesday, November 27, 8 p.m.
Where: Boot & Saddle, 1131 S. Broad Street
More Info: redbullsoundselect.com
Ruffhouse/Capital recording artist Glenn Lewis teamed up with fellow Toronto artist Melanie Fiona for “All My Love.” The song is his latest release from Moment of Truth.
The track’s reggae vibe was by Philadelphia native and GRAMMY-nominated producer and Philly 360° Creative Ambassador Vidal Davis. Both Fiona and Lewis deliver smooth and sultry lyrics over the top singing of the man who is willing to do what the boyfriend won’t.
“And so just let him know/That someone like me is around the corner/Waiting my turn just to deliver,” Lewis sings.
There is something refreshing about hearing the blend of two great voices on one track. The album is full of soulful yet contemporary songs that highlight the experiences in love and life.
“Every song is a conversation piece, a truthful moment. Moments that draw commonalities where people can really feel me and get to know me. This is a chance to see a different side of me as a man and all the experiences I’ve gone through since the first album till now,” Lewis explained in a recent interview.
You can take a listen to “All My Love” below. Let us know what you think.
For more on Glenn Lewis, follow him at @beingglennlewis.
Ivben Taqiy is one of the hardest working artists in Philly. His pop culture influenced images have appeared on everything from sneakers to tees, gallery walls, and of course canvas. Now, Taqiy is joining forces with Sigma Sound Studios, and using his creative genius to honor one of the greatest artists of all time—Michael Jackson.
On November 30, you can join Ivben Taqiy, Hot 107.9 and the world's R&B mastermind Kenny Gamble, as they celebrate all things MJ. Along with Ivben's blazin' MJ inspired artwork, this annual party and showcase will also feature a Philly-fresh lineup of talent covering all of your favorite MJ anthems and hits, and DJ Aye Boogie will definitely keep the party jumpin' all night.
Insider Tip: Just a heads up, but we hear that there may be some celebrities in the building during this event. Plus, we'll be there too.
Ivben Taqiy Presents The Michael Jackson Tribute Art Show
When: Saturday, November 30, 8 p.m. - 2 a.m.
Where: Sigma Sound Studios, 212 N. 12th Street
More Info: Purchase tickets online here.
Philly MC Chill Moody put together Girls Like nicethings, a carnival themed concert taking place at Union Transfer in Philadelphia, in conjunction with locally based Tabb Management.
Headlining the concert portion is Roc Nation’s Bridget Kelly along with performances by Mylah, GoGo Morrow and Brianna Cash. Host for the evening will be none other than Mr. nicethings himself, Chill Moody. A portion of the proceeds will also be used to support the Iconik drill team who will also performed during the evening.
We have a pair of VIP tickets to give away. Want to be there? Click here for contest rules. Enter below. Contest ends on Thursday, November 21, at 5 p.m.
Girls Like nicethings – Concert & Carnival
When: Sunday, November 24, Doors at 6 p.m. Show 7:30 p.m.
Where: Union Transfer, 1026 Spring Garden Street
More Info: www.girlslikenicethings.com
Our Philadelphia darling by way of England, Marsha Ambrosius has us swooning over her duet with Ne-Yo entitled "Without You." It was during a ‘musical renaissance’ in Philadelphia that Ambrosius’ group Floetry began garnering acclaim. Since then Ambrosius has held all her own as a writer, included penning “Butterflies” for the icon, Michael Jackson and as a solo artist with her debut release Late Nights & Early Mornings.
Once again, Ambrosius gives us an extremely raw, honest, and soulful lyric. Ne-Yo sings “She cut my face out of every picture up in the crib.” Many may not want to admit that they’ve done this, but don’t worry we’ll keep your secret!
“Without You” will have you nodding your head instantly. It’s an easy listen and their two voices blend flawlessly, which is imperative in a good duet.
Vocally, Ne-Yo and Ambrosius go back and forth playfully note for note and Ne-Yo’s crooning becomes the backdrop to Ambrosius signature high notes. I am sure I am not alone in anticipation for Ambrosius’ sophomore release Friends & Lovers, which was slated to be released before the end of the year.
These two make heartbreak sound so beautiful! Take a listen!
The Philadelphia-based bazaar known as the Brooklyn Flea Philly, a marketplace place containing dozens of vendors selling antique furniture, vintage clothing, and other collectibles, will get a fresh start after being snubbed out of at The Piazza in Northern Liberties, which launched in June of this year. The revitalized market will commence this weekend at its new home on a former 25,000-square-foot sales floor of Strawbridge at Eighth and Market Streets under a more fitting title of Franklin Flea.
The reason of the aversion and failure of the former flea market is thought to be because of its derived name, which comes from its emulation of the original Brooklyn Flea in New York City. Franklin Flea organizer Mark Vevle, a Philadelphia resident, said the public has been more favorably receptive of the new name, which was changed after learning vendors were jeered by locals for its foreign handle. "The feedback they would get from some of their staunch, loyal people was, 'I won't set foot down there because it has Brooklyn in its name,'" said Vevle, despite most of its vendors hailing from the Philadelphia region. Vevle also hopes further acceptance and popularity of the Franklin Flea will come from placing the market closer to a more densely populated area, in a shopping complex with links to SEPTA trains, with consumers coming from local browsers, tourists and holiday shoppers.
Vevle's motivation occurred three months ago when he met with officials from the Center City District. With the continuance of the Brooklyn Flea looking grave, Vevle began brainstorming for a more interesting and historic setting for an indoor version of the market. The Strawbridge idea was developed at the end of a meeting in August by Michelle Shannon, one of Center City District's retail and marketing professionals and former marketing director at the Gallery, an urban mall in downtown Philadelphia which holds over 130 stores and a food court.
Though not a long-term element in the plans of the Philadelphia-based Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust, Franklin Flea is thought to be a low-cost venture in helping to reinvent the mall. "We recognized that this concept was very creative," said Maureen Weir, the Gallery senior marketing director who worked on the temporary lease, which will extend through late December. Franklin Flea's vendors will sell items from $3 to $300 and higher, meaning they will likely draw a broad customer base not typically found at the Gallery.
Be sure to check out the newly reborn Franklin Flea which will take place Saturdays from November 16 through December 21 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and December 20 from noon to 7 p.m.