Philly’s Wawa Welcome America 2020 won’t look much like it did in years past. Not surprisingly, the 7-day July 4th festival is going totally virtual this year. It also means it totally free.
West Philly hip-hop entrepreneur and rapper Chill Moody has been a headlining figure for Welcome America for many years now, and roughly six years ago, he created Girls Like nicethings – an extension of his nicethings brand – which showcases all female-focused talent.
Girls Like nicethings, a virtual art exhibit and jam session, will take place July 4 at 5 p.m. streamed on welcomeamerica.com. At last year’s Wawa Welcome America festival, Girls Like nicethings attracted more than 800 people to Cira Green, West Philly’s elevated park, featuring music and art from some of Philly’s most talented female artists, musicians and performers.
“This is something we’re excited to bring back this year, albeit virtually,” said Jason Berger, Chill Moody’s entertainment attorney and spokesman.
“We felt that far too often, females get lost in the shuffle. We felt like it was our responsibility to put a night together that would help people focus and appreciate the female aspect of everything…We have some great talent – some visual artists that will be a part of it.”
Viewers can expect to see performances by Noel Scales, Queen Jo, Suzann Christine, DJ Tati Mia, Lauriana Mae and Jahwula and a visual art exhibit featuring work by Linda Fernandez, Nile Livingston and Lovesick Art Gallery.
“It’s something that Chill [Moody] has really taken pride in,” Berger said.
“Because he’s a fan of Philadelphia and Philadelphia music, he’s always looking for the next whoever. We’ve kind of taken that mantra…As a Philadelphia music ambassador, he takes a big responsibility in ushering in the next generation of artists.”