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2019 Philly Spring Entertainment Guide

As it always do….get all of those tickets to everything on this list…now! 

Happy Philly spring entertainment season!! Go. 

Wednesday/April 17th 

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time/Walnut Street Theatre(through April 28th) 

King Lear/Sedgwick Theatre(through April 20th) 

Treasure Island/Arden Theatre Company(through June 7th) 

Rival Suns/Union Transfer 

Copeland/TLA 

This Wild Life/The Foundry 

The Dip/World Cafe Live 

True Widow/Underground Arts 

MorMor/Boot & Saddle 

Dark Tea/Ortlieb’s 

Josh Gray/Jason Eerie/Bourbon & Branch 

Thursday/April 18th 

Billy Currington/The Fillmore 

Blue October/Union Transfer 

Black Lips/Underground Arts 

DROELOE/The Foundry 

Natalie Prass/World Cafe Live 

Mark Lanky/Kung Fu Necktie 

Coughy/Johnny Brenda’s 

In Angles/Connie’s Ric Rac 

Friday/April 19th 

Sister Act/Players Club of Swarthmore(through May 4th) 

Kodak Black/The Met 

Tom Odell/TLA 

Ryan Bingham/Union Transfer 

Against The Current/World Cafe Live 

Chuckie/NOTO 

Susto/Milkboy Philly 

Laura Grace Jane/Underground Arts 

Odonis Odonis/Kung Fu Necktie 

Saturday/April 20th 

Morgan Saint/LEON/The Foundry 

Nick Mason/The Met 

Cher/Wells Fargo Center

Papadosio/TLA 

The Coathangers/Underground Arts 

Foals/The Fillmore 

Murphy’s Law/Kung Fu Necktie 

Jet Black Alley Cat/Creep Records Store 

Splintered Sunlight/World Cafe Live 

The Palms/Milkboy Philly 

American Standard/The Barbary 

Brother Hawk/Ortlieb’s 

DJSC/Kung Fu Necktie 

Sunday/April 21st 

La Dispute/Union Transfer 

Sylar/The Foundry 

Will Calhoun/Milkboy Philly 

Crude SS/Kung Fu Necktie 

Year of the Knife/Kung Fu Necktie 

Monday/April 22nd

Unwed Sailor/Kung Fu Necktie 

Tuesday/April 23rd 

Dionysus Was Such A Nice Man/Wilma Theater(through May 12th) 

Civil War Voices/Walnut Street Theatre (through May 26th) 

Gunna/Shy Glizzy/TLA 

Acid Mothers Temple/Underground Arts 

Valley Maker and Tomberlin/Boot & Saddle 

Youth & Canvas/Bourbon & Branch  

Wednesday/April 24th 

Peter Bjorn & John/The Foundry 

Jack and Jack/TLA 

Big Boi/Goodie Mob/The Fillmore 

Sunn O/Papa M/Underground Arts 

American Aquarium/World Cafe Live 

Kirin J. Callinan/Johnny Brenda’s 

Kali Masi/Kung Fu Necktie 

Thursday/April 25th

Jax Jones/NOTO 

Jake Miller/The Foundry 

Julia Jacklin/Johnny Brenda’s 

CloZee/TLA 

Jonathan Biss/Verizon Hall@Kimmel Center (Friday, too!) 

Here Lies Man/Kung Fu Necktie 

Orville Peck/Boot & Saddle 

The Retinas/Ortlieb’s 

Friday/April 26th

Maren Morris/The Fillmore 

Girlpool/Hatchie/Underground Arts 

Overkill/Death Angel/TLA 

Lisa Loeb/World Cafe Live 

Bruno Major/Boot & Saddle 

Kendrick Scott Oracle/South Jazz Club 

Craig Bickhardt/The Locks at Sona 

Saturday/April 27th 

Snow Patrol/Tower Theater 

Health/Underground Arts 

Diva Jazz Orchestra/Perelman Theater @Kimmel Center 

Deorro/Hard Rock Hotel & Casino 

Caspa/Union Transfer 

Peter Bradley Adams/The Locks at Sona 

Jesse/The Foundry 

Tuck and Patti/World Cafe Live:Upstairs 

Heavens Edge/The Trocadero 

Garcia Peoples/Jerry’s On Front

Brian Regan/The Met 

Mt. Vengeance/Johnny Brenda’s 

Eli Lev/Philadelphia Folk Song Society 

Telyscopes/The Barbary 

Main Event/TLA 

Sunday/April 28th 

Deer Tick/Union Transfer 

Joan Osborne/World Cafe Live 

Guerilla Toss/PhilaMOCA 

Starterjacket/The Boom Boom Room 

Bruse Wane/Kung Fu Necktie 

Joe Kenney/Bourbon & Branch 

Faux Ferocious/Ortlieb’s 

Monday/April 29th 

Patti Smith/The Met 

Pup/Union Transfer 

Andrea Gibson/The Foundry 

Summer Cannibals/Kung Fu Necktie 

Meg Baird/Johnny Brenda’s 

The Bad Bees/Bourbon & Branch 

Tuesday/April 30th 

Kali Uchis/The Fillmore 

Foxing/Now, Now/Union Transfer

Matt Maeson/Boot & Saddle 

Kevin Garrett/The Foundry 

Castle/Kung Fu Necktie 

Afrobear/Bourbon & Branch 

Wednesday/May 1st 

Marianas Trench/TLA 

A Hard Time/Fringe Arts 

Todd Rundgren/The Fillmore (Thursday, too!)

Skeletonwitch/Johnny Brenda’s 

The Murlocs/Underground Arts 

Atsuko Chiba/Kung Fu Necktie 

Thursday/May 2nd 

Whitesnake/Xcite Center @ Parx Casino 

Parachute Billy Raffoul/TLA 

Dion Timmer/The Foundry 

Nina Sky/Kung Fu Necktie 

Doc Rotten/The Tusk 

Friday/May 3rd 

Bea Miller/The Foundry 

Alex Shaw/World Cafe Live 

AC Slater/NOTO 

The Bright Light Social Hour/Johnny Brenda’s 

Eli ‘Paperboy’ Reed/Boot & Saddle 

Trevor Noah/The Met(Saturday, too!) 

The Doowop Project/Kimmel Center (Saturday and Sunday, too!) 

Fleetmac Wood/Underground Arts 

Early Elton/The Locks at Sona 

Kiss The Tiger/Bourbon & Branch 

Hey Guy/Creem Circus/Milkboy Philly 

Saturday/May 4th 

Foreigner/Xcite Center @ Parx Casino 

The Strumbellas/Union Transfer 

Murs/Boot & Saddle 

GZA/Genius/Voltage Lounge 

TR/ST/Underground Arts 

Kandi Burruss/Franklin Music Hall 

Lorna Shore/Voltage Lounge 

Ace Enders/The Trocadero 

Dave Patten/Milkboy Philly 

The Royal Arctic Insitute/Ortlieb’s 

At the Interview/The Barbary 

Sunday/May 5th 

Santigold/The Fillmore 

Hellogoodbye/The Foundry 

Shy Girls/Johnny Brenda’s 

Earth Crisis/First Unitarian Church 

XEB/Ortlieb’s 

Will Stratton/Bourbon & Branch 

Monday/May 6th 

Wallows/Union Transfer 

Johnny Orlando/TLA 

Elvana/The Foundry 

King Dude/Kung Fu Necktie 

Tuesday/May 7th

Falling In Reverse/TLA 

Brit Floyd/Another Brick In The Wall 2019/Merriam Theater@Kimmel Center 

Pedro the Lion/Union Transfer 

Sego/Johnny Brenda’s 

Panic Priest/The Foundry 

Wednesday/May 8th 

JID/TLA 

Movements/Union Transfer 

Run River North/Boot & Saddle 

Film School/Kung Fu Necktie 

Garrison Starr/Milkboy Philly 

Playing Pretend/The Fire 

Alicia Witt/Bourbon & Branch 

Lil’ Pump/The Met 

Thursday/May 9th 

DMX/TLA 

FKJ/Union Transfer 

The Drums/The Foundry 

Xiu Xiu/Underground Arts 

The Felice Brothers/Johnny Brenda’s 

Paul Anka/Xcite Center @Parx Casino 

Night Beats/Kung Fu Necktie 

Super Doppler/Milkboy Philly 

Knolling Bones/The Fire 

Friday/May 10th

Bring Me The Horizon/The Met 

Hunter Hayes/The Fillmore 

Turnover/TLA 

Meat Puppets/Underground Arts 

The Twilight Sad/The Foundry 

Strand of Oaks/Union Transfer 

Eyehategod/Voltage Lounge 

Valentino Khan/NOTO 

Riverside:World Cafe Live Upstairs 

Shades/Warehouse on Watts 

Deadfellow/The Barbary 

Scot Sax/The Locks at Sona 

Saturday/May 11th 

Griz/The Met 

Kenny Chesney/Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City 

The Great British Bake Off/Painted Bride Arts Center 

Parkway Drive/Hillswitch Engage/Franklin Music Hall 

Smino/Earth Gang/TLA 

Balance and Composure/The Fillmore 

Steven Curtis Chapman/Temple Arts Performing Center

John K Samson/Boot & Saddle 

Diane Coffee/Johnny Brenda’s 

Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes/Sugarhouse Casino 

No Warning/Voltage Lounge 

The Mommyheads/The Locks at Sona 

Klaus Johann Grobe/Kung Fu Necktie 

Tom Mackell/Milkboy Philly 

Sunday/May 12th 

Zara Larrson/Union Transfer 

After 7/Dru Hill/Tropicana Showroom 

Ben Platt/The Met 

Black Pistol Fire/Underground Arts 

Nitzer Ebb/TLA 

The Greeting Committee/Voltage Lounge 

Gibbous Moon/Kung Fu Necktie 

Troll Teeth/The Barbary 

Monday/May 13th 

I Don’t Know How But They Found Me/Union Transfer 

Fever 333/TLA 

Cuban Doll/Voltage Lounge 

Tuesday/May 14th 

Legally Blonde:The Musical/Walnut Street Theatre(through July 14th) 

Evanescence/Sands Bethlehem Event Center 

Basement/TLA 

Damo Suzuki/Kung Fu Necktie 

Royal Trux/Johnny Brenda’s 

Wednesday/May 15th 

Juice WRLD/Mann Center for Performing Arts 

Architects/The Fillmore 

Eddie Izzard/Merriam Theater/Kimmel Center 

Jamestown Revival/The Foundry 

Show Me The Body/Everybody Hits 

Amigo the Devil/Voltage Lounge 

Upholstery/Johnny Brenda’s 

Bars of Gold/Boot & Saddle 

Thursday/May 16th

Citizen/Knuckle Puck/Union Transfer 

Nick Waterhouse/The Foundry

National Geographic Live! w Cristina Mittermeir Merriam Theater @Kimmel Center 

Jessica Pratt/Boot & Saddle 

Cody Johnson/TLA 

Wear Your Wounds/Voltage Lounge 

Mike Phillips/South Jazz Club 

Kulick/Underground Arts 

Basic Bitches/The Pharmacy 

Friday/May 17th 

KT Tunsall/World Cafe Live 

Tash Sultana/The Met 

Bear’s Den/Underground Arts 

JOHNNYSWIM/Union Transfer 

The Floozies/TLA 

Mary Wilson/Martha Reeves/Sugarhouse Casino 

Lowlight/Bourbon & Branch 

Cedric Gervais/NOTO 

Sunday/May 18th

Shinedown/BB & T Pavilion 

The Hiives/Refused/Franklin Music Hall 

Lizzo/TLA 

The 69 Eyes/The Trocadero 

Tacocat/Boot & Saddle 

Nashville Pussy/Underground Arts 

The Happy Fits/The Foundry

Sunday/May 19th

Chromatics/Union Transfer 

St. Lucia/The Foundry 

Deaf Havana/Milkboy Philly 

Hurry/World Cafe Live 

Resistant Culture/Kung Fu Necktie 

Monday/May 20th 

LANY/The Fillmore 

MONO/Union Transfer 

Tuesday/May 21st

Anderson/Paak/The Met

American Football/Union Transfer 

Aly & AJ/TLA

Pile/Boot & Saddle 

Filthy Friends/Johnny Brenda’s 

Wednesday/May 22nd 

Jonatha Brooke/World Cafe Live

Pile/PhilaMOCA 

Not Fur Longs/Ortlieb’s 

Thursday/May 23rd 

Betty Who/Union Transfer 

Shame/Boot & Saddle 

Lady Lamb/The Foundry 

Maya de Vitry/The Locks at Sona 

Alex Schaaf/The Foundry 

The Dawn Drapes/Ortlieb’s 

Hurricane Hoss/Kung Fu Necktie 

Thursday/May 23rd 

Friday/May 24th 

Passion Pit/The Fillmore 

Billy Joel/Citizens Bank Park 

Slayer/BB & T Pavilion 

Dean/Milkboy Philly 

Ty Girl/Boot & Saddle 

Chris Lake/Ocean Resort Casino 

Chaos Chaos/Johnny Brenda’s 

Hot Mulligan/The Foundry 

Jeff Campbell/TLA 

Nick Colionne/South Jazz Club 

Saturday/May 25th 

The Who/Citizens Bank Park 

Sammy Hagar/Xcite Center @ Parx Casino 

No Vacation/PhilaMOCA 

The Smithereens/World Cafe Live 

Nick Colionne/South Jazz Club 

The Dove & The Wolf/Johnny Brenda’s 

Billy Levy/Wells Fargo Center 

Gin Blossoms/Collective Soul/Hard Rock Hotel & Casino 

Sunday/May 26th 

Zedd/Daer Nightclub @ Hard Rock Hotel & Casino AC 

The Japanese House/The Foundry 

A-Trak/Ocean Resort Casino 

Monday/May 27th 

Tchornobog/Kung Fu Necktie 

Tuesday/May 28th 

The Book of Mormon/Academy of Music @Kimmel Center (through Sunday, June 9th) 

Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever/Underground Arts 

Cub Sport/The Foundry 

Wednesday/May 29th 

Paula Vogel’s Indecent/Arden Theatre Company 

L7/Union Transfer 

Frank Iero/The Fillmore 

The Sh-Booms/Johnny Brenda’s 

Thursday/May 30th 

Duff McKagan/TLA 

Hundredth/Voltage Lounge 

Final Judgement/Creep Records Store 

Jazmin Ghent/South Jazz Club 

Suzi Wu/Johnny Brenda’s 

Friday/May 31st 

Wombieland/Franklin Music Hall 

Exploring Horizons/Theatre Horizon(through June 2nd) 

Meek Mill/PPL Center 

Luke Bryan/Cole Swindell/BB & T Pavilion 

David Gray/The Met 

Glen Hansard/Merriam Theater @ Kimmel Center 

Pallbearer/Union Transfer 

The Mystery Lights/Kung Fu Necktie 

Year of October/The graperoom 

Jazz Orchestra of Philadelphia/Verizon Hall @ Kimmel Center 

Saturday/June 1st

Torey Lanez/Lil Baby/Joe Budden/City Girls/Mann Center for Performing Arts 

Ludovico Einaudi/Merriam Theater @Kimmel Center 

Walk Off The Earth/The Fillmore 

Griffin House/The Locks at Sona 

Weyes Blood/Johnny Brenda’s 

Mini Mansions/Underground Arts 

Starcwrawler/Union Transfer 

Combo Chimbita/Boot & Saddle 

Low Road/World Cafe Live:Upstairs 

Wax Wav/Ortlieb’s 

Sunday/June 2nd 

Grouplove/BB & T Pavilion 

Kevin Morbey/Union Transfer 

Fantastic Negrito/The Foundry 

Mindy Smith/The Locks at Sona 

Monday/June 3rd 

Frenship/Union Transfer 

Jamila Woods/The Foundry 

Tuesday/June 4th 

The Rolling Stones/Lincoln Financial Field 

Pentatonix/PPL Center 

Wednesday/June 5th 

Stay tuned!! 

Thursday/June 6th 

George Clinton & Friends/Franklin Music Hall 

Charly Bliss/The Foundry 

Anika/Boot & Saddle 

Cabin Dogs/The Locks at Sona 

RBRM/The Met 

Jackeim Joyner/South Jazz Club 

Hannah Wickland/Milkboy Philly 

Friday/June 7th 

Live and Bush/Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City 

New Found Glory/Franklin Music Hall 

Gin Blossoms/Collective Soul/Sands Bethlehem Event Center 

Sick of It All/Underground Arts 

Remo Drive/Union Transfer 

Grapetooth/Boot & Saddle 

Jackiem Joyner/South Jazz Club 

Slough Feg/Kung Fu Necktie 

Saturday/June 8th 

Bill Maher/The Met 

Twenty One Pilots/Boardwalk Hall 

Local Natives/Union Transfer 

Mastodon/BB & T Pavilion 

Lincoln Durham/Ortlieb’s 

Sworn Enemy/Underground Arts 

Babyface/Tropicana Showroom 

Sunday/June 9th 

Patti Lupone:Don’t Monkey With Broadway/Verizon Hall @Kimmel Center

O.A.R//The Met 

Rooney/Johnny Brenda’s

Phil Roy/The Locks at Sona 

Monday/June 10th

Alex & The Kaleidoscope/The Quaker School 

Tuesday/June 11th 

The National/Mann Center for Performing Arts 

The Specials/TLA 

Matt Anderson/The Locks at Sona 

Wednesday/June 12th 

Jon Bellion/The Met 

Aaron West and the Roaring Twenties 

Thursday/June 13th 

Aaron Lewis/Sands Bethlehem Event Center 

The Magician/NOTO 

Sinkane/Johnny Brenda’s 

Hedera/The Grape Room 

Moon King/Boot & Saddle 

Friday/June 14th 

Derek Hough/The Met 

Dave Matthews Band/BB & T Pavilion

The Lemonheads/The Foundry 

Will Varley/Milkboy Philly 

Sweet Spirit/Johnny Brenda’s 

Saturday/June 15th 

Billie Eilish/Denzel Curry/The Met 

Dave Matthews Band/BB & T Pavilion 

Wu-Tang Clan/Borgata Hotel & Casino Event Center 

Feed Me/TLA 

Primitive Man/Johnny Brenda’s 

Sunday/June 16th 

Slightly Stoopid/BB & T Pavilion 

Earth and Helms Alee/Johnny Brenda’s 

Monday/June 17th 

Stay tuned! 

Tuesday/June 18th 

CATS/Forrest Theatre (through Sunday, June 30th) 

Dylan LeBlanc/Fowler Blast Furnace Room @Artquesst Center 

Wednesday/June 19th 

The Lonely Island/The Met 

Kikagaku Moyo/Underground Arts 

Juliana Hatfield/World Cafe Live 

Charlotte Morris/The Fire 

Thursday/June 20th 

Dead & Company/Bob Weir/BB & T Pavilion 

Eros Ramazzotti/The Met 

The Wild Feathers/The Foundry 

Steve Cole/South Jazz Club 

For much, much more live music shenanigans this spring, check your floral printed life with Philly Mixtape right here and here

Cover photo courtesy of wideopenpets.com 

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Table Talk w/J. Daughtry of ‘Miss Saigon’

What’s to say about the legendary Tony Award winning Broadway extravaganza that will always and forever be Miss Saigon besides, well, everything??

Claude-Michel Schönberg and Alain Boublil‘s (see also Les Miserables) powerful musical about an extraordinary Asian woman named Kim and an American G.I, Chris, who’s also the father of Kim’s child, Tam, Miss Saigon is the absolute reason why we must put all of our troubles aside and head to the Academy of Music while the national touring production is in its final week of Philly domination until this Sunday, March 31st. 

Oh, yeah, there’s also a helicopter that flies onto the stage, a feast of pearl clutching dance routines and straight up life moments you’ll never forget, so you should get those tickets just to see…all of that. And yes, that actual image in your head of a helicopter flying onto the Academy of Music stage at this very Broadway moment in time is most likely accurate..so, grab everyone you know and go. 

But of course, a brilliantly incredible cast is another reason–if not the reason–to fly away with Miss Saigon while it’s still here, and this tremendously talented (and, like, so much more) cast is no exception as they truly gel and groove on stage together while taking the audience on an explosive entertainment ride of a lifetime. 

One of those esteemed cast members (you can meet them all right here) is fine Broadway actor J. Daughtry, whom some of you may recognize from Motown the Musical and The Color Purple. However, all of us certainly know him now from this riveting traveling production (it’s the last one, too!!) thanks to his powerful (and that voice!!) turn as Chris’ best friend, John

Mr. Daughtry was recently kind enough to take a grand seat at the Philly Mixtape tea table, where he broke Miss Saigon mugs about his humble banker-to-actor beginnings, why positive energy and light is crucial in the entertainment world, and why being part of an iconic show such as this one truly a big deal….because it really, really is. 

So, get those tickets while you can…but first, get to know the finely tuned and talented Mr. J. Daughtry right..now. 

Kicking off our spill, break some mugs for everyone on how you got your start on musical theater…. It actually goes back to when the banks crashed…I was a banker before I did this. So, when [they] crashed, things went crazy and the only fallback I had was my love for the theater. So, one thing led to another and I was in New York doing Broadway a little bit down the road. 

From banker to actor…that must have been one hell of a transition… It was rough! It took a couple of years for me to actually transition, I was living in DC and I was working for what was then Wachovia bank, which turned into Wells Fargo. I was a small business banker and our quotas went crazy and people were doing all kinds of illegal stuff to just stay afloat. So, I decided to leave the bank and not do any illegal stuff….but didn’t have a new job to fall back on. [After}, I started teaching music theory at a private Christian school in Maryland. While I was there, the music teacher passed away, so the principal of the school came to me and asked me to cover the chorus class until [they] found somebody. I said yes and began teaching it…and it was a lot of work to be doing! So, one day the principal came in just to check on the class and saw me teaching and said, ‘Mr. Daughtry, can I talk to you?” I thought I was getting fired!! She then said…’You’re really good at this…good to the point that this is what you should be doing.” Then she said that she would give me three days a week off and would bring in a substitute for me but made me promise her that I would use those three days to go to New York and audition. So, that’s what I did for an entire summer and from there it’s pretty much been job after job! 

I’m always one to say..funny how life works out even in the most unfortunate circumstances… Life had to get me into a position to be aligned in order to allow a flow to happen for things to just start coming! Sometimes I look back at the things that I’ve done and just think how it’s important to do a good job in that moment. Focus on what you’re doing now, make sure you’re doing a great job and consider that to be a seed and then it will pay off in the future..it has to pay off in some way. 

And getting back the vibes that you put out is always key… Everything is energy and it will return to you in whatever way that you give it. Even in relationships..the way we treat each other. The energy that you’re giving to somebody is going to be returned to you in some type of way..you have to be mindful of all of it. 

Okay, let’s talk about…this show. How does it feel to be a part of, well, this show?? So, this is the last time Miss Saigon will be on the road with this production team..this is the last go around! It’s a big deal to even be considered to even play the role of John because I knew that it was the last showing. [The producers] really wanted people who could really tell the story the way they envisioned it to be. Even now because the show is such a big show, when you’re on the stage every night you still feel how grand this moment is and how just to be a part of something so big is really important….and is really a big deal!

Speaking of big deals, Miss Saigon is certainly just that and some as it’s completely taken a hold of the city now starting in its second week. How do you and the cast maintain the energy every night during a lengthy run like this versus a week-long showing? In any show, it really depends on the cast. This cast in particular is passionate about this show and of their ow work, so they bring that to the stage every night and it keep it all going. No person is left behind, so to speak…we’re all giving it everything we have each and every night. We all completely throw ourselves into these roles and that’s truly what keeps the show alive no matter the length of the run. It’s also going back to the energy you give out and each cast member brings what they have and we just bounce the energy off of each other. 

Last but not least…please tell me the cast will have a little time to check out the city during your run…There are some rehearsals during the day, but they’re only for a few hours so we do get to experience every city that we’re in…including Philly! 

And there you have it, kids. For much more with the incredibly talented J. Daughtry…get those tickets to see Miss Saigon during its final week at the Academy of Music this week..right here, right now

For much more Philly loves Broadway truth and beyond, own the spotlight with Philly Mixtape right here and here

J. Daughtry cover photo courtesy of Kimmel Center 

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Table Talk w/UPSAHL

Fierce, fiery, and let’s definitely not leave out…flawless in both beauty and talent. 

Yes, music kids and kweens, those are just a few of the choice words and phrases (along with buffets of others) we can and should come up with to describe the…everything served up by red-hot-and-rising twenty-year old singer and songwriter, UPSAHL

And guess what, Philly? She’s taking all of her everything and more and putting it on the coveted Johnny Brenda’s stage tonight alongside Max Frost (8 pm…get those tickets) as just one of the many amplified stops on her currently slaying national tour. 

But before Ms. UPSAHL takes a hold of your live music lives tonight, (and that she promises to do), she was kind enough to take a splendid seat at the Philly Mixtape tea table, where she broke fancy Lennox mugs about her music roots, artistic influences and her powerful new single, “Drugs,” which is indeed for anyone, anywhere who really, really indulges in…simply fabulous grooves. Really, who doesn’t?? 

Get lost in at all while saying hello to UPSAHL right about…now. 

Okay, starting off our little spill, toss a couple of mugs on the floor in telling everyone the tale of how you kicked off your music journey…Doing music was never really a choice that I made, it was more of a thing that I just had to do. Growing up, my dad was in punk bands, and I had a band room in my house, so making music really just became second nature for me. After I graduated high school, I wanted to start pursuing music full time, so I moved to Los Angeles and started writing every day. Now, I have an EP out, and I’m having such a rad time on tour! 

Which musicians inspired you on your music path and on a daily basis? Growing up, I listened to a lot alternative bands like Weezer and Spoon, and I think that edgier influence sneaks its way into each of my songs in some way. Currently, I’ve been listening to a lot of OutKast, Radiohead, and Mac Miller. 

Getting a little Oprah-ish for a sec, why do you personally feel that being authentically who you are in today’s crazy current industry climate means everything? How about some words of inspiration for all of those out there who are just getting started like yourself…. I think the most important part of doing anything and trying to be successful at it is that everything you are putting out there should be true to who you are, regardless of what anyone tells you. At the end of the day, if you put out music that you aren’t obsessed with, you’re not going to enjoy performing it, and the fans are going to see that. I also feel like there are already people in the music world that have a lane and are absolutely killing it at what they do, so why would you try to replicate that if it already exists? I think my biggest piece of advice to artists would be to trust that your individuality is what is going to make people care about your music, relate to your music, and want to become a part of your world. 
Switching gears to a little touring talk, what pre-show rituals do you do to get even more hype for those coveted stage spotlights? I like to be very distracted for the last hour leading up to the show, or else I’ll start overthinking everything and freaking out. I normally try to wait to get ready until the show is about to start. There’s something about the energy of just being in the moment and not really being able to think about it until you’re there that makes performing so much more special for me.  
How’s the tour been going so far? And what can your fans expect from your set tonight at Johnny Brenda’s?!! This tour has been so fun so far. I’ve always loved performing, but being on the road and getting to play in a different city every day is totally surreal. I can not wait for the show in Philly! I guess fans should just be ready to have a good time during my set. There are high energy moments where everyone should be dancing, there are intimate and acoustic moments, and there are moments where everyone should be screaming “Drugs” as loud as they can. It’s just one big emotional roller coaster that we all get to go through together- can’t wait!
Last but certainly not least…..your attention slash headphones grabbing new groove, “Drugs”….spill. I wrote “Drugs” in a session with Killa Graham and Sean Kennedy, two producer/writers that I work with a lot. We had just gotten to the session and were just talking about parties, and Sean jokingly said, “Yeah we used to only go to the parties if we knew their would be drugs there.” There was a moment where we all kind of looked at each other and were like, “Well, looks like we’re writing a song called ‘Drugs’ today.” The song happened really quickly from there, and I have never been more proud to be a part of a song before. 
And your 2019 and beyond ambition in one word or sassy little phrase would be…Eat more sushi.
There you have it, kids. For much more with Ms. UPSAUL, go see her with Max Frost at Johnny Brenda’s tonight at 8 pm!! Oh, and check this out…now. 
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