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Groove of the Day/Oliver Dollar/Jimi Jules/”Pushing On”

On Friday night, I got the chance to take a break from all of those words to let those live music grooves get in, and that they most certainly did once Philly Mixtape‘s new music tea bestie, Worthy, alongside his touring partner, Oliver Dollar took over the main decks at Coda.

While we could easily trade headphones and spill about the music truth that was revealed on the dance floor (when it comes to these fine tuned gentlemen, it’s autobiography style) there’s truly something to be said about the way those beats were delivered and how they truly made it their goal to take all of us away to a lighter, friendlier, yet oh, so more ferociously fierce  place.

But the bottom line really is this, there’s no denying that we’re all going to need a pleasant escape from, well, life these days, so if there’s a favorite local or legendary music artist of yours coming to town that you’re dying to see, don’t delay and get those tickets. Not only are you showing support for your favorite music artist or venue, but you’ll be also taking the time to escape and just be you (so selfish..do it), which is clearly a lost art form right now.

Much like today’s Monday/life ready groove provided by Mr. Dollar, it’s all about pushing on no matter the news or the person that dares stand in our way. Because if Friday’s show was any indication, there’s truly no greater power than the power of that dear, sweet f#$king music.

So, live it up and keep on pushin’…your life will thank you.

This year’s grooves sound like…

 

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8 Albums Celebrating Milestones in 2017/Those 2002 Albums, Though..

So, why eight albums on this week’s list? Read on to find out and relive those 2002 albums, though…because you most certainly will. 

Ashanti/Self-titled Let’s just get right down to business, because when it comes to the music of 2002, Ms. Ashanti was that business. Fresh off the hook from Ja Rule’s (ahem..)chart topping “Always on Time,” the diva served us life with the Marley Marl/Biggie sampling lead single, “Foolish,” (plus that Goodfellas inspired video, though) which spent an unprecedented eleven weeks on top of the Billboard Hot 100

Of course, it didn’t hurt that the former Princess of Murder Inc Records/Hip Hop & R&B was featured on, like, forty-five tracks that year(“What’s Luv?” “Down 4 U”…sigh), but it was this album and all of the pre-Ciara goodies that were laced all over it (“Happy,” “Baby”) that further proved that when it came to those grooves of 2002, Ms. Ashanti was always on time for all of us. 

Norah Jones/Come Away With Me Long before Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga gave us Cheek to Cheek realness and a touch before Xtina went all Back to Basics, Ms. Norah Jones served us with the lighter side of jazz with her whimsical debut set, Come Away With Me

While every song on the album still remains as light as a sun-kissed breeze (the title track, “Don’t Know Why“) the album itself was a straight up beast on the charts where it would go on to sell a whopping twenty million copies worldwide and continue with Grammy snatch (six for our girl) that still remains in a historical class of its very own. Although Ms. Jones doesn’t own our adult contemporary hearts these days like she used to, the magical music memories on her stellar debut will certainly last a lifetime. 

Nelly/Nellyville In 2000, the Band Aid promoting rapper made us learn that down home Country Grammar. (“Ride Wit Me” 4 lyfe). In 2002, he had us take off all of our clothes because he made it so f#$king “Hot in Herre” for all of us, which was soon followed by a romp on the Desperate Housewives set with Kelly Rowland in the “Dilemma” video.

There was a shoe or a song or something called “Air Force Ones,” which proves that if we were a tossed a one-way ticket to Nellyville right this very second, we would do it all over again, even the Country Grammar era for that matter. Right, Ms. Vanna? Let’s go. 

J.Lo/J to Tha L-O The Remixes/This is Me…Then While could easily spill about how 2002 was also the year that gave us….Bennifer, there’s just not enough words on the page for all of that. Especially since ’02 was also the year that Ms. Lo gave us not one, but two blockbuster records, the first being The Remixes album (“Ain’t it Funny” all day), which was followed a touch later down the road with the release of her third studio album, This Is Me…Then.

Yes, “Jenny From the Block” and “Dear Ben” are still the worst, but we’ll forever be grateful for the L.L. co-starring and (and Deborah Laws Very Special” sampling), “All I Have,” the Flashdance inspired clip for “I’m Glad” will always do it to us and the “Juicy Fruit” tasting, “Loving You” will always be quite delicious.

Because it was both of these albums that truly turned J.Lo from being a diva into being that diva. And we’ll never forget it. 

Missy Elliot/Under Construction Oh, Missy try to maintain…our lives when it comes to the funky fresh flavors on your still red-hot fourth studio album. Without going on and on here (because..this record), you must dive in at once and relive this glorious 2002 music moment, because there’s simply no flippin’ and reversin’ it when it comes to the Missy truth that will always be served up on her Grammy owning, career defining album, Under Construction. 

Christina Aguilera/Stripped Here…we…f#$king go, right, that now oh, so infamous Rolling Stone cover that truly served us Xtina realness when it came to this album? Gone were the Mickey Mouse ears and Britney comparisons, and waaaay in was Linda Perry, assless chaps, more Lil’ Kim, one “Beautiful” ballad and one “Dirrty” video that will forever remain in a delightfully skanky class all on its own accord. 

While we may never know when–or even if–Mizz Xtina will get up out of her chair on The Voice and serve us with Blonde (or whatever it was supposed to be called), but Stripped certainly gave every Xtina queen an album for days (sorry, Back to Basics), especially when it comes to album cut, “Get Mine, Get Yours,” which pretty much sums this era of the window destroying diva all sorts of up.

Well, that and the Justified & Stripped tour, of course.

Justin Timberlake/Justified One word..”Britney” followed by five more words…”Cry Me a River Video”….do you really need anything else? How about, everything else on the album that started the still ignited JT era, including “Like I Love You,” “Rock Your Body,” and of course, “Señorita.” Ay dios mio, Mr. Timberlake. 

8 Mile Soundtrack Eminem….the dearly departed Brittany MurphyKim Basinger…”Lose Yourself”….no further questions if you dare to ask any when it comes to this soundtrack

 

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Weekend Entertainment Mixtape

Let’s weekend. Right now. We deserve it. 

Neil Simon’s Laughter on the 23rd Floor Because a little Mr. Simon and the laughs provided by this beloved play is just what our lives need right now. Walnut Street Theatre, now-March 5th, $20-$85, various showtimes, 825 Walnut St. 

DJ Chris Urban Whether he’s owning your Franky Bradley‘s lives this weekend with his monthly Floor Werq affair, taking over L’Etage every Saturday night, or making you work for those brunch beats every Sunday at Positano Coast, the only thing you should know about this busy and oh, so talented local DJ is that he does it all for you like Ms. Janet. Now, dance. 10 pm, Franky Bradley’s, 1320 Chancellor St., 10 pm, L’Etage, 624 South 6th St. 12 pm, Positano Coast 212 Walnut St. 

Sing Your Life Karaoke What it all comes down to is just sing it out…and let the grooves in Ms. Sara Sherr’s Sing Your Life Karaoke collection take you there Sun, 9-2, Bob and Barbara’s, 1509 South Street Tues, 9-2, 12 Steps Down, 9th and Christian Thurs, 9-2 W/N W/N 931 Spring Garden, Fri, 9-1 Southhouse, 2535 S. 13th St. Saturday, 9-1:45 Les & Doreen’s Happy Tap,1301 E Susquehanna Ave

Austra The electronic soaked sounds of this Canada based music project are guaranteed to plug your cabesa back into its socket in no time at all, especially when it comes to anything served up from their latest set, the aptly titled, Future Politics. Tonight, 7pm, Union Transfer, 1026 Spring Garden St, tickets 

Worthy/Oliver Dollar When it comes to the one, two pulsating punch of these beat maestros, we must make like Chic and dance, dance, dance for our lives. Tonight, 11pm, Coda, 1712 Walnut St, tickets 

Nutz & Boltz 1st Anniversary Party Hard to believe that’s it already been a year since Mr. Anthony Noce opened the doors to the Gayborhood’s reigning fashion spot, but you know what they say…time flies when your fabulous. So, bring your fabulous selves over for a par-tay that includes discounts on some of your favorite gear, prizes, refreshments, and of course, lube wrestling, which you can sign up for right here. See you there! Saturday, 6pm, 1220 Spruce St. 

Bev’s Foxy Bitchfest! With reigning local drag divas Astala Vista, Aurora Whorealis, Iris Spectre, Zsa Zsa St. James and the unveiling of Ms. Bev’s Kellyann Conway impersonation, this is one Gayborehood hoops holdin’ extravaganza you don’t want to miss. Plus, Josyln Fox from RPDR is also stopping by, so make like Bev’s wig and snatch those tickets up right now. Saturday, Tabu, 9 pm (VIP) 945 (you), 200 South 12th St.

Morgan Page Because sometimes you just have to cruise down to A.C. and let that body get to work like nobody’s business. Saturday, 10 pm, 1 Borgata Way, 08401 tickets 

The Chris Paterno Band Last year, Philly Mixtape got the chance to spill some local music tea with Mr. Paterno and get introduced to all of his talents, peep it up right here, and then go show your love to this extraordinary local talent. Saturday, Bourbon & Branch, 8 pm, 705 N. 2nd St., tickets 

XPresidents While there’s lots of talent this weekend taking over in Philly, there’s also a whole bunch of it about to own Manayunk, case in point the cast that includes Keely Siblia, Kenny Price, XPresidents and Boy Wonder, all of whom are about to serenade The Grape Room tomorrow night. Saturday, 8 pm, 105 Grape Street, 19127 

Snowball 2017 In just one day, the most fabulous and entertaining party of the year is about to take over…our City of Brotherly Love lives. So, get out of those sweatpants, slip on those finest all white duds and prepare to get pelted with the talents that will be on full tilt, including extraordinary performances by the fine crew in Brian Sanders’ JUNK and many, many more that’ll be guaranteed to have you checkin’ those purses for your local entertainment lives. Look no further because it’s all right here. Get those tickets. Saturday, BOK Gymnasium, 1901 S. 9th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19148

Michael McDonald Yes, that Michael McDonald and lots of his friends including Warren Haynes, Don Was and John Medeski are ready and waiting for you with their classic adult contemporary melodies.Sunday, Verizon Hall @ Kimmel Center, 7pm, 300 South Broad St. tickets 

Felix Jaehn Pass the pina colada to go along with these tropically infused grooves, please. Sunday, Coda, 8pm, 1712 Walnut St,. tickets 

Sinful Sundays @ Tabu On Monday, Philly Mixtape is very pleased to be putting Gayborhood hot spot Tabu in its first venue spotlight of the year, and while we don’t want to spill just yet, if you’re really looking to get introduced to the vibes provided by this long-lasting rainbow kissed establishment, sashay on over and let legendary local drag goddesses Isis, Omyra Lynn, Navaya Shay, Brooklyn Ford and the rest of their glamorous gaggle of gal pals get you well versed and ready to spill. Sunday, no cover, 9 pm, Tabu, 200 South 12th St. 

iheart80s Party/Feb 4th Gird all the Aqua Net and stack up those shoulder pads, because we’re just one week away from Philly Drag Mafia diva and resident Philly Mixtape local drag tea cabinet tipper Brittany Lynn taking the stage alongside 80s goddesses Stacey Q and Taylor Dayne for a par-tay you shall never forget, kween.

If that’s not enough Rubix Cube realness for you, Songbird songstress and extraordinary talented local singing and acting sensation, Brittany Marie is about to give you “Love is a Battlefield” life as the one-and-only Ms. Pat Benetar, only adding to the mix that this show is about to take over our ’80s moth’a lovin worlds next weekend. Get those tickets. The Block at Harrah’s Philadelphia, 8 pm, 777 Harrah’s Blvd., Chester, PA

Listen to Music/All the Time Because…life. 

Cover photo courtesy of Eventbrite 

For much, much more Philly goings on this weekend and beyond, peep this.