Independence Week: The City Music Festival

           This year marked the first ever The City music festival at the Piazza in Northern Liberties.  As a prequel to The Roots’ Philly Fourth of July Jam, The City festival pleased the crowd with fashion shows, food and musical showcases.  Philly has much diverse talent.  One of the focal points was to showcase the “next big things” in music.  Khalif Dub, formerly Khdafi Dub, is just that.  He is a very recognizable name in the genres of Dubset and Electro House  music.  He has toured the world, getting a huge following in Europe and Egypt, where he has toured most recently.  Another highlight was the event’s headliner, GoGo Morrow.  She is one of the most well-known up-and-coming Philly artists.  Her career to date includes singing and dancing for Lady Gaga’s Monster Ball Tour; opening for Rick Ross, Lil Wayne, Fabolous, Kendrick Lamar; performing at the 2012 Wawa Welcome America Festival, the Budweiser Made on America, the Powerhouse30 concert and the list goes on.  These are just a few of the emerging stars from The City music festival.  With the great success of this event, you can probably count on it returning next year. Fingers crossed!

The City Fashion Show

One of the fashion showcases.

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Khalif Dub & Bok-Nero

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Khalif Dub rapping in between DJ-ing.

GoGo Morrow, The City

Gogo Morrow and Friends

The City Audience

A Pleased Crowd

Independence Week: Taste of Philadelphia

TasteOn one of the hottest days of the season, we braved the humid 96 degree-day (35°C) to taste some dishes of Philly’s food players.  In the end, it became more of a quest for chilled options in order to stay cool.  It worked…for a short while.  When our frozen food/drinks started to melt quickly before our eyes, we took that as a cue to exit!

Favorite Indian beverage, Mango Lassi, from Karma Restaurant & Bar.

LassiRan into bloggerfriend, Brittiny, of Fashion of Philly.

GL & FP

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Loved the veggie presence at The Twisted Tail.

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Award goes to Brown Betty Dessert Boutique for most creative vending space!

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Rita’s water ice was necessary even after Brown Betty’s ice cream sandwich.

Rita's Line

Hmmm…maybe they should go global.

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View from the parking lot.

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And away we went!

Independence Week: 4th of July Jam!!

The concert of the summer jammed!  Philly is one of the most talented music scenes in the country – the proof was on last night’s 4th of July Jam stage.  Each tap of the drum (done by ?uestlove) and every cord sang was full of heart.  Those in the lineup were The Roots, Jill Scott, Hunter Hayes, Grace Potter, Ben Taylor J. Cole, John Mayer and Ne-Yo.  Kevin Hart came home to host the concert and add his funny-isms.  We had a backstage view of all the excitement, our own little jam session and a mini photo shoot with one of 6ABC’s reporters.  We said Philly is the best place to spend Independence Day.  No further evidence required!

Jill & Stage

Jill Scott, straight off the stage.  Strong performance, per usual!

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Peace & love between sets :-)

E&O Appearance Prep

Ebony & Onyx prepping for our 6ABC appearance.

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Global Lipstick & Karen Rogers of 6ABC News!

Onyx & Carol Riddick

Onyx & Carol Riddick, Philly native and 4th of July Jam vocalist.

Ebony & J Cole

Ebony & J. Cole following his performance.

Fireworks

Perfect ending to a dyn-o-mite night!

Independence Week: Wawa Hoagie Day

We’re two days away from America’s Independence Day!  There’s no place better to celebrate than the birthplace of our independence, Philadelphia.  This year, Wawa has taken over the city and laid out events throughout the week and called it Wawa Welcome America.  For those unfamiliar with this infamous chain, it is the staple convenience stop of the northeast.  Good for purchasing gas, coffee and their beloved hoagies.  Not a sub.  Not a hero.  A hoagie!  Today’s sponsored event was a day of their signature sandwiches.  For two hours they doled out lunch to thousands of tourists and Philadelphians.  They even provided entertainment and free entrance to the National Constitution Center to accompany the meals!  See a snippet of the fun below 🙂

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Singing Trio Wawa Audience

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Top photo provided by Wawa.