25 Philly Events Worth Your DNC Entertainment & Beyond

So, anybody hear that the Democratic National Convention is heading to Philly, like, right now? 

Of course you have and here we all are getting ready to brace ourselves for the historic event in the making that’s about to take over the City of Brotherly Love. And while there may be little traffic and security headaches and hiccups along the way over the next few days during the convention, Philly looks to be quite bustling with all kinds of entertaining things to do, much more so than when a certain Pope visited last year that caused most of us to flee. 

For all of you out there who are more than ready to live and breathe that political entertainment life, there’s lots of things to do including checking out Dilworth Park’s Political Movie Fest, hanging out with Brian Sims at a special Hilary Clinton fundraiser, showing your love to the hilarious BEV to see what kinds of things she has to bitch about this time, and then kick it with Ms. Brittany Lynn as she is all set to take over Tabu Lounge & Sports Bar next week with a handful of entertaining political events that you have to see to believe.

And if that’s not enough local entertainment heat for you (it’s also going to be really, really hot out there, kids), the always on point HoneyTree Evil Eye and Pilar Salt will be taking their Agitated show at Franky Bradley’s to all sorts of truthful political levels. 

There’s also a chance for you to win tickets to see the Lady Gaga and Lenny Kravitz starring Camden Rising concert, and it’s all wrapped up in these 25 events that are worth every bit of your local entertainment pleasure. 

Ready, set, DNC and beyond. 

Sing Your Life Karaoke/All Over Philly Since the DNC rolling into town may be a lot for some of us, why not let it all out alongside Ms. Sara Sherr, Philly’s one-and-only Sing Your Life Karaoke queen, who has a collection of grooves that are guaranteed to make all of your political dreams come true. You can catch her on any one of these nights tending to every single one of your karaoke needs. Sun, 9-2, Bob and Barbara’s, 1509 South Street Tues, 9-2, 12 Steps Down, 9th and Christian Fri, 9-1 Southhouse, 2535 S. 13th St.

Monarch Philly/All Summer Long Another fact we must look at besides the convention heading our way is just how unbearably hot it’s going to be over the next week. Lucky for us, Monarch Philly (formerly North Shore Beach Club) has been more than ready to help us cool off all summer long and you can bet they’re going to make sure your heat stroke is kept to a minimum over the next few days. For much more, including their latest roster of explosive guest DJs and all the truth on how you don’t have to break your bank every time you take a dip in their pools, you should absolutely cannonball it up right here.

The Addams Family/Now through August 7th/The Ritz Theatre Production Company What’s creepy, kooky and all things delightfully spooky wooky? That would be the cast of The Ritz’s Theatre Production Company’s The Addams Family, and this year they’ve got some Philly love in their tremendous cast as resident songstress Brittany Marie is (literally) slaying in the coveted role of oldest child Wednesday. But since this is a limited run, you better hurry up and get those tickets before they snap, snap out of your life forever.

DJ Chris Urban at L’Etage/Every Saturday Night If there ever was a dance floor in Philly that’s more than ready to welcome the DNC, it’s certainly this one as those grooves will be served up by one of Philly’s hottest DJs. 

Friday, July 22nd 

Dilworth Park Political MovieFest In the mood for a little political movie love before Ms. Clinton and the gang stop by to say hello? Then head over to Dilworth Park where they will be showing the Michael Douglas starring The American 
President this evening and All the President’s Men tomorrow night to close things out before the political par-tay begins next week.

XpoNential Music Festival Starring Ryan Adams/Kurt Vile and the Violaters/The Shining/BB & T Pavilion If you’ve been itching to rock it out all summer long, then this is certainly the show for you. 

311/Matisyahu/Festival Pier Because you know you’re more than “Down” for an amazing show on the waterfront tonight 

Saturday, July 23rd 

LGBT and Allies Convention Kick-Off Party/Address provided upon RSVP Join State Rep. Brian Sims and campaign manager Robby Mook, along with a slew of other fabulous guests as they come together to raise money for the Hillary Victory Fund. Get those tickets right here…hurry! 

Halloween in July/The Barbary Mr. Eric Jaffe and his scarily hilarious Haus of Ham will be taking over the The Barbary for some Halloween fun that your ghoul or guy will remember for the rest of their haunted eternity.

BEV’s Bitchfest!/Tabu Lounge & Sports Bar The hilarious Ms. BEV is back and bitchier than ever, and this month she’s got RPDR’s Mimi Imfurst, gayborhood singer Dan Callahan and the pettiest bitch in town, Mr. Ricardo Ayala, by her fiercely padded side to get the DNC bitchin’ started from the moment you walk in the door.

Victor Niglio/Coda Let’s just dance. It’s that simple. 

Gary Clark Jr/Alabama Shakes/BB & T Pavilion Giddy on up right here and get those tickets while you still can.

Sunday, July 24th 

Before the DNC rolls into town on Monday, head over to Woody’s from 3-6pm for a fun gathering alongside a stunning number of Philly LGBTQ delegates for a fun happy hour that will be accompanied by all kinds of wonderful food trucks set up and around the Gayborhood. Really, what could be better than that to kick things off? Absolutely nothing. 

Monday, July 25th 

The DNC Coverage Begins No further explanation needed because we’re all going to be watching. 

Tuesday, July 26th 

Electoral Dysfunction at the DNC “We figured if the people of Philadelphia had to put up with politicians, the least we could do was try to make them laugh,” spilled Electoral Dysfunction creator Tom Brennan about this NYC based variety show that will parallel the DNC with a trio of nights (through the 28th) packed with some jokes and maybe one, or two hundred laughs along the way.  Special guests include Philly playwright Bruce Graham (Funny Man, Rizzo), and comic Darryl Charles & sexologist Dr. Timaree Schmitt who we all know are more than ready to bring their celebrated DTF: The Darryl & Timaree Funhour power front-and-center to the political stage. 

Wednesday, July 27th 

Agitated! DNC Edition/Franky Bradley’s There’s no denying that an election year is stressful for, well, all of us, but Pilar Salt and HoneyTree EvilEye are back to present a curated night of stunning live performance, all while helping you ease those tensions as we all come together to get through…it all. Join these fabulous ladies next week as they will be living that DNC life to its fullest by diving straight into political scandals, defunct campaigns (and maybe plagiarized speeches?) and much, much more, all while they work oh, so hard  in entertaining you…yes, you. 

Thursday, July 28th 

Camden Rising/BB & T Pavilion As if BB & T Pavilion wasn’t already bursting with an explosive live music this summer, next week they will hold the soon-to-be legendary political concert which will see Lady Gaga, Lenny Kravitz and the one-and-only DJ Jazzy Jeff taking the stage. The concert is scheduled to occur hours before Secretary Hillary Clinton accepts the Democratic nomination for the 2016 presidential election.

“With the Philadelphia skyline in the background, it is a perfect time to shine a light on Camden’s history and promise,” spilled event co-host George E. Norcross III, member of the Democratic National Committee and chairman of Camden’s Cooper University Healthcare and the MD Anderson Cancer Center, to Billboard magazine. “We are happy to be able to invite the staff and volunteers of the Democratic Convention to what we expect to be on of the largest, most exciting events of the convention. The concert will not only be an excellent opportunity for everyone who has helped make the convention a success to relax and celebrate, but it will be a great chance to show the country Camden’s amazing turnaround.”

Although this is a special event with tickets given to those who are only a part of the DNC, PhillyVoice has a way where you can be part of history in the making and attend’s next week grand show. Want to find out more? Hurry up and go here…now. 

Tabu Welcomes the DNC! What happens when you put extraordinary drag divas Brittany Lynn, Pissi Myles, The Godess Isis, Dusty Relix and Sutton Fearce on one stage to talk about like, politics and stuff? Oh, for the love of Hillary, how we’re all about to find out as this will be the grand finale of events that Tabu will be hosting all week-long for your DNC entertainment pleasure which will kick things off earlier in the week with a two night visit from word renowned Cher impersonator, Steven Andrade. Yas, Clinton kween. 

Friday, July 29th 

Power 99 Presents The Slay Ball Starring Big Freedia/2300 Arena If there’s one thing that we all know about the fabulous Big Freedia is that she came to slay, bitch, and that’s just what she’s going to do next week alongside host Mutha Knows and Brittany Lynn’s Drag Mafia for what is sure to be one of the hottest shows this summer. And it’s all while DJ Carl Michaels spins those grooves out that will get you more than right than J.Lo. 

The Chordaes/The Fire Looking to just straight up chill out with some deep, groovy tunes on a warm summer night? Then head out to show your local music love to N.Y.C’s The Chordaes who will be stopping by Philly to deliver their soulful sounds on the heels of the premiere of their brand spankin new video, “Get the Feeling,” which you can watch below and then head right here to get tickets to the show. 

Saturday, July 30th 

Splash Zone/Tabu Lounge & Sports Bar Looking to get a little wet-n-wild after the convention rolls out-of-town? (really, who won’t be?) Then join everyone’s favorite local drag mermaid, Ms. Ariel Versace, alongside special slippery guests Maria TopCatt, Ryan Wyrofsky, Chastity St. Cartier and many more for an evening of solid summer entertainment that will certainly put the “California” back in your “Gurrl.” 

Garbage/The Fillmore Who doesn’t want to sing “Queer” alongside Shirley Manson like it’s the year of the JNCO/chain wallet combo all over again? 

Sunday, July 31st 

Heart/Joan Jett and the Blackhearts/Cheap Trick/BB & T Pavilion No explanation need for this impending legendary live music takeover…and if you do need one, you’re certainly not worthy of those tickets. 

Listen to Music/All day, everyday Because, really, why wouldn’t you? No, no that wasn’t a question. 

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5 Ways to Prepare Yourself for Tonight’s Duran Duran/Nile Rodgers Takeover at BB & T Pavilion

Spray in the Aqua Net, squeeze into those jeans, sew in the extra tall shoulder pads and shine those disco because tonight’s Duran Duran & Nile Rodgers takeover at BB & T Pavilion is about to bring even more heat into what’s already going to be a toasty summer evening. 

While we can never full brace ourselves to be taken in by all that music and all that artist legendary that will be owning that stage tonight, what we can do is do our very best to prepare ourselves for whatever is about to be delightfully unleashed into the sticky summer live music sky.

Of course, when it comes to concert of this caliber you need to be more than ready  (as we’ve seen with past Philly visitors Paul McCartney, Beyonce, Bruce Springsteen0, so here are 5 ways you can fully prepare yourself for the iconic music magic that will takeover BB & T Pavilion in just a short while. 

All you need to do is repeat steps one through five and not only will it make you forget about the $45 beer and Crab Fries combo you’re about to pay for, but it will you more than get you amped and ready (as if that was possible) for another handful of legendary music artists who are showing their music love in the City of Brotherly Love. 

Now, let’s groove. 

1.Dive straight into Duran’s Duran’s latest ferocious album, Paper Gods.. While anyone attending tonight’s concert can be sure than Mr. Simon Le Bon and his DD boys will be taking you through all of their hits (calm down, we’ll get to those in a second), much of the tour is in support of their fourteenth (!!) studio album, Paper Gods. Packed with plenty of punch, sexy synths and big ol’ plugged in guitar riffs, the swirling set takes you all the way in from start to finish, all while making you work on the dance floor of this thing called…life. 

Standouts include the clap-happy “Danceaphobia,” the delightfully spooky title track, the Kiesza owned “Last Night in the City,” and when Janelle Monae and Nile Rodgers show up on the riveting, “Pressure Off,” you can bet that’s what the tantalizing track success in doing.

Let’s f#$king dance.

2.Prepare to get lost on the dance floor with CHIC and Mr. Rodgers…  Since you’ve already got those tickets for tonight’s show (if not, go, right now), there’s no need to explain the many, many ways that CHIC and Nile Rodgers changed the dance music landscape, well, pretty much forever.

Whether it was on their shimmering disco hits, “Le Freak,” “Dance, Dance, Dance,” “Good Times,” “I Want Your Love” (the Gaga rewerk is also to die for), or Mr. Nile’s work with Daft Punk a few years back (we’ll be sooo lucky if we get to hear “Get Lucky”), that one-of-a-kind CHIC sound will always be a force to be reckoned with.

And those basslines? Well, if you look up the word “classic” is the dictionary, they are the epitome of what it all means. Enough said. 

3.Get all up in the early ’90s Duran Duran love… Okay, so while everyone and their mother knows all of Duran Duran’s classic ’80s hits like “Rio,” “Hungry Like the Wolf,” “Girls on Film,” “Notorious,” A View to a Kill,” “The Wild Boys,” “Is There Something I Should Know?” and “The Reflex,” we must always show love to their ’93 self-titled set, (dubbed The Wedding Album), which not only introduced the English Breakfast tea sipping super group into a whole new fan base, but it gave them a pair of Billboard Top 20 hits–“Ordinary World” and “Come Undone” that sound just as ting-ly and ready as they did back when they were pumping through our Sony Walkman headphones back-in-the-day. 

And for that matter, we can also toss in their ’95 cover of Grandmaster Flash’s ’84 anthem, “White Lines” because….life. 

4.Get ready to dance, dance, dance like it’s nobody’s business… Since both of these iconic music acts take pride in having you (yes, you) get up to move and groove for all of music eternity, that’s exactly what you need to get ready for. So, please while you’re attending tonight’s funked up festivities, don’t be one of those people at a concert who just sits there (there’s one at every show) and does nothing while the music artists up on that stage are doing it all for you. At the end of the disco day, all you need to do is get the f#$k up and get down like it’s nobody’s god damn business….because it most certainly isn’t. Go. 

5.Just prepare to live it up… Life is short and there’s no further explanation needed….especially when it comes to this show. Ready? 

Cover photo courtesy of Idolator


Jam of the Day/Route 94/Jess Glynne/”My Love”

So, who’s ready for a big ol’ lovefest? 

Tonight, every single one of your favorite rainbow smooched bars in the Gayborhood–Tabu, Knock, Valanni, ICandy, Woody’s, Tavern on Camac, Boxers, UBar, Bike Stop, Voyeur, as well our friends from a few blocks away, Charlie Was a Sinner, Bob & Barbara’s & Stir–are ALL coming together for Philly4Pulse, an already landmark fundraiser for our community that will be a one night only massive event to raise funds for Equality Florida as we remember our 49 brothers and sisters we lost at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando on June 12th, 2016. 

Starting at 7 pm, you’ll be able to mingle with many, many celebrity guest bartenders from City and State government offices who will be showing their love all up in the Skittles-hued hood and beyond, including Rue Landau, Councilman Squilla, Councilwoman Gym, Congressman Brady, Captain Jack Ryan of the 6th District, Senator Farnese, and Officers from GOAL.

Also in the fabulous mix will be PGN Editor Mark Segal, Fox 29’s Mike Jerrick and Alex Holley, Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney, everyone’s favorite Pennsylvania State Representative Brian Sims, Philadelphia’s Director of LGBT Affairs Nellie Fitzpatrick and Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Connor Barwin will also be on hand to lend his magnificent prowess in this incredible event that will certainly be one to remember.

There will also plenty of Florida love on deck for tonight’s fabulous festivities, including the wonderful Ms. Nadine Smith, executive director of Equality Florida who will be flying up where to show her love to the William Way LGBT Community Center (who will be hosting a wonderful sober party) where she will be presented with raised funds from the event.

And just down 12th street, ICandy will be showing plenty of Pulse love (and hosting the event’s only 18 & over dance party) when they  bring in Brian Reagan and Lance Keller, two former employees of Pulse Night Club who will be pouring their hearts out just for you. So, stop in and say hi. 

However, since there’s no greater power than the power of live entertainment to truly get our message across, let’s spill about the tremendous local entertainment artists who’ve donated their time and their tips to put on quite a few shows tonight that will make us feel all of the god damn love in the world. 

Along tonight’s oh so gaaay and fabulous way, you will get to see Pissi Myles, BEV, Sutton Fearce and many, many more fierce drag queens take over the Voyeur stage with a dazzling drag show. Valanni’s Michael Duffy (by the way, you should totally catch him on PHL 17 news chatting about the event right here) Noel Zayas, Madison Kennedy Matthews and DJ Sharyn Stone will also be hosting the cabaret kissed and fashion forward, ArtPop4Pulse.

The oh, so delicious HoneyTree Eye will be serving it all up with a sexy femme queer burlesque show at Tabu, and right across the way, Woody’s will be serving up a red-hot Latin flavored dance party while Franky Bradley’s stunning drag troupe Franky’s Foxes–Omyra Lynn, Iris Spectre, Maria Top Catt, Zsa Zsa St. James, Ann Artist, Lady Poison and Ms. Karma–will be whipping up something very special along with DJ Chris Urban and the wonderful Nicole Fatima that will make all of your love-filled evening dreams come true and then some.

And if that’s not enough local entertainment love for you, it was just announced that Boxers will be holding a sexy bachelor auction hosted by Alexander Kacala featuring a buffet of fine Gayborhood gentlemen, one of whom might be your next summer romance. Guess you’ll never know unless you go show your love, right?

For much, much, more on this truly incredible Philly event–including how you can get your official Philly4Pulse T-shirt and $10 wristbands that grant you access to…everything–get your rainbow on right here and check out this incredible guide by Brandon Baker of PhillyVoice, which has everything you need to know about tonight’s smooch fest. 

But perhaps the best part of tonight’s event is that it’s all about love… let’s keep it that way and come together as one so we never forget what we’re all fighting for…finding a solution to the all of the hate and answers to all of our questions in this god damn crazy world we Iive in. So, let’s fucking do it. 

Now, dance and….love.