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Venue Spotlight/NOTO

Hello, NOTO. 

Yes, those two words are two glorious words that the whole entire City of Brotherly Love has been waiting to say ever since it was announced last August that the grounds that were once home to Wakisha Charter School (1209 Vine Street) would be transformed to build an out-of-this-world Philly night club experience called NOTO, aka…Nothing Of The Ordinary

And guess what? We can finally say hello like Adele to it all. 

Tonight, the newly minted local hot spot will continue with its grand preview weekend, which will lead into its official grand opening next Friday, March 3rd. However, that shouldn’t stop anybody from heading over tonight to experience this soon to be pulsating piece of Philly night life history, which comes complete with exquisite service to get those bottles poppin and flowin, lots of space for the VIPS, two seperate floors for your migration and of course, lots and lots of room for dancing….15, 000 square feet of it, to be exact.

And what’s that hanging above you? It’s just a big ol’ disco ball that’s guaranteed to provide just the right amount of shimmer for those iconic dance moves of yours. 

Speaking of dancing, it’s the one thing we should all be doing more of right now, and since the crew at NOTO knows this is and then some, they’re pulling out of all the stops in making sure the hottest DJs and entertainment slide through the place. This weekend and beyond are no exception as Dallas K, Jesse Marco, Vicetone and Kayper will be breaking in the foundation over the next weeks. 

Back in August when the NOTO news first broke, Philadelphia Magazine introduced us to twenty-four old James DeBerardine and his mother, Micheline, who revealed their plan to bring their “Las Vegas-Amsterdam-Ibiza” circuit style night club to the city. Of course, many Philly residents grumbled (that they did…read this) and said NOTO would never happen, mostly because the DeBerardine’s had little to no real night club experience, with Micheline having a touch as a real-estate lawyer and James referencing his dance-music connections for credibility…plus, he’s like really, really young.

But lucky for all of us, they knew that you just can’t get shit done these days without the proper team, so they called in the best of the business including director Ryan Dorsey, director of hospitality and marketing, Zach Seidman, director of operations, Jeff Bowell and operations manager, Steve Sauls.

Together, these four gentlemen hold a combined 53 years of experience working in nightclubs all the way from Atlantic City to Vegas, including Philly’s Recess Lounge, A.C.’s HQ Night Club and HQ Beach Club, as well as residing hot spot, The Fillmore, in which Seidman was their former nightlife director. 

So, in case anyone is still a bit iffy on all that NOTO has to offer for us and the city of Philadelphia, unless you throw shade to a good time, those doubts should absolutely fade away. “We want our people in Philadelphia to not leave Philadelphia to get what they deserve. We want them to get an Uber or just walk to NOTO,” Seidman spilled to Philly Mag. “We don’t want Philadelphians to get in a car and drive for miles to go to Atlantic City or New York because our city is just as cool.” And there you have it….all. 

However, if you’re still not convinced that you should dive right into the fiery NOTO pool, Philly Chit Chat superstar Hugh E. Dillon was on the opening preview scene (check out his full spread right here), and spilled to Philly Mixtape about his experience:”I think the club is amazing and Philly was the right place for them to choose ’cause we are hot and everyone here wants to be a part of it.” 

And there you really have it. So, now there’s truly one thing left to do….go.

For much, much more on NOTO, peep their official website right here. 

A very special thank you to Mr. Dillon for the courtesy use of your always flawless photography. 

Cover photo courtesy of EDM Boutique and NOTO Philadelphia 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Weekend Entertainment Mixtape

Ready, set, and the Oscar goes to….not you…but at least we have all of these weekend plans ahead of us to deal with the pain of losing to Emma Stone

Let’s go.

89th Annual Academy Awards  La La Land (and hopefully Hidden Figures for a few??) for like, everything. Really, what’s the point of watching this year? Oh, yeah…the fashion and the speeches and stuff. By the way, we still miss every part of your Fashion Police sass, Ms. Joan Rivers. Sigh.. Sunday, check your local listings 

Deborah Cox in The Bodyguard  Ms. Cox plus Ms. Houston plus those classic thunders equals you better hurry up and grab those tickets because Ms. Rachel Marron is only here until Sunday. Oh, and read this. (The Academy of Music, various prices and showtimes, 240 South Broad St.)

Iris Spectre If there’s any local entertainer we can already name Queen of the Weekend, it’s Philly’s baddest costume diva, Ms. Iris Spectre. Not only is she about to get, um, topped with the Ms. Fancy Brigade 2017 crown at Boxer’s Philly tonight (8 pm, 1330 Walnut St.) but she’ll also be slinkin and sassin’ along with Philly’s Foxes at Punchline Comedy Club (830 pm, 33 East Laurel St.)this weekend. Which of course, will leave us with the question of what’s fancier-a double dose of Ms. Spectre or this Sunday’s Oscars? There’s only one way to find out..do it all. And for much, much more on Philly’s Foxes peep this and definitely peep this

And for much, much more local drag tea, check up on this like Beyoncé while showing your love to Philly Mixtape’s resident table tosser, Philly Drag Mafia countess, Ms. Brittany Lynn

DJ Chris Urban Presents:Floor Werq Also joining Ms. Spectre and the rest of Philly’s Foxes on Sunday will be Philly’s one-and-only DJ Chris Urban, but before we get down to all of that, he’ll be owning your L’Etage lives on Saturday night (10 pm, 624 South 6th St.) and destroying (literally) Franky Bradley‘s (10 pm, 1320 Chancellor St.) second floor with his monthly Floor Werq showing tonight. So, you know what this all means…dance, dance, dance for your lives, kids. 

Panic! At the Disco/St.Motel  Just what are we going to do with all of this live music truth that’s about to be served up at the Wells Fargo Center tonight? Get those tickets, of course. (7pm, Wells Fargo Center) 

Land of the Lost Hosted by DJ Robert Drake  Because it’s Friday and we’re all in love with this weather and even more in love with Mr. Drake whenever he takes on his cherished Land of the Lost reigns on WXPN. But the fact that he’s serving out some classic Robert Smith and The Cure grooves on this glorious spring, err, winter evening is a fine truth that Philly may not be ready for. Oh, wait, when it comes to this local DJ legend…we most certainly are so be sure to tune in tonight. (7-11PM ET on WXPN and live worldwide on XPN.org)

Think Spring Philly Concert Calendar While the weather this week has been all sorts of delightfully tank top worthy, let’s face it, March can certainly come and go like a Mean Girls bey-otch. But since we’ve got Ariana Grande, Mariah Carey, Juicy J, Regina Spektor, The-Dream (“Falsetto” for life) and Sting all coming to visit the Philly concert stages over the next few weeks, the time to focus like Ms. Grande on using #thinkspring as much as you possibly can is right…now. Meaning peep this and get those tickets for it all. 

Sing Your Life Karaoke While it’s always fabulous to get out there to try to convince your vocal chords that you’re Ariana Grande and Celine Dion at the same time (can you f##king imagine??), just keep in mind that when you’re at one of these fabulous locations listed below this weekend and beyond getting your Sing Your Life Karaoke on, be sure to show your life to Philly groove goddess Sara Sherr as well. Just think of everything her eardrums/soul have had to put up with over the years…you. Enough said. 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

Neil Simon’s Laughter on the 23rd Floor If there’s two things we could all use more of in our lives right now, it would be lots of dancing, and of course, lots of laughing. Luckily for all of us, your heart and soul will be doing both once you grab those tickets to see Mr. Simon’s beloved play. Walnut Street Theatre, now-March 5th, $20-$85, various showtimes, 825 Walnut St.

Roger Sanchez While everyone should pay any DJ respect when they visit Philly because they helped you with your iconic dance moves (yeah, that’s it), when it comes to Mr. Roger Sanchez it’s a whole another level of respect as a true decks legend is about to own Rumor and all of our dance music lives tonight….get those tickets and then dance, bitch. (11 pm, Rumor, 1500 Sansom St.) 

Hey Daddy  With this week’s unfortunate announcement of the rollback of laws that protect transgender youth from pretty much living there lives, it’s time to all come together and show our love. So, tomorrow night you should head over to Front Street Dive as Sinnamon’s Spice Rack and Pup Ruckus join together to bring you a special fundraiser for their very own Damon Stango to get the body affirming surgery that he needs and deserves. While you should absolutely go right here, right now for all of the details, the talent list is undeniable as your host Mistor Fahrenheit along with Lobstar Bisque, Travis Tea, Icon Ebony Fearce, Lili St. Queer and many, many more come together for what will truly be an exquisite one-night-only like Ms. Holliday affair. (9 pm, 10 South Front St.) 

“Not Your Basic” Brunch Casino Royale If there’s one Sunday Funday event we should all place our bets on right now, it’s Pennsylvania 6 Philly‘s first 2017 serving of their “Not Your Basic” Brunch soiree. While all of those bubbles and all of those grooves provided by Ernesto Di Siro and his Spin City DJz crew will be a true blast in your glass, Sugar House Casino dealers will be on hand to help you win all sorts of prizes in which all proceeds will go directly to benefit the Susan G. Komen Foundation and breast cancer research. For much, much more on this wonderful event, check this out, and to grab your spot, go here…hurry. 

Philly PR Girl’s February Speaker Series Join Philly PR Girl for their second Speaker Series on Monday in which they’ll get down with the topic of “The Future of Print” and will feature the teachings and readings of  Jennifer Logue (Philadelphia Features Editor/National TV Editor/Metro), Michelle Boyles (Executive Managing Editor/Philly Biz/South Jersey Biz) and Eddie Keels (Owner/Publisher/Philly Current Magazine). If there’s anyone out there in this business (and that it is) that truly wants to mingle with the best, this is the event for you…so here’s those tickets…get ’em.  (Monday, Feb 27th, 6pm-8pm, 1315 Walnut St.) 

Ariana Grande So, just how do we focus and prepare for next week’s Mizz Grande takeover at Wells Fargo Center? We truly can’t when it comes to all of that Dangerous Woman truth, so stay tuned to Philly Mixtape next week on 5 ways how we can get just a touch closer to it, and of course…get those tickets.  (March 1st, Wells Fargo Center, 730 pm, $38-$175) 

Emerald City Now that the last weekend of February is getting into formation, it’s not just the perfect time to begin your spring cleaning, but it’s also the perfect time to begin to channel your inner Dolores O’Riorden and/or Sinead O’Connor for St. Patty’s Day! Lucky for us, it falls on a Friday this year, and double lucky for us, Madison Kennedy Matthews, Michael Duffy and the rest of the wonderful Valanni crew are about to serve us all with another round of their highly successful Emerald City event. While you’ll have to stay tuned over the next few weeks for all of the Jameson kissed details, now’s the perfect time for everybody to start sending their events over to Philly Mixtape‘s way and let’s all spread a little luck and love together…because we all deserve it. (March 17th, 1229 Spruce St.) 

Also tonight…..Big Mouth Lip Sync Tournament @Tabu (9 PM, 200 South 12th St.) judged (and you will) by comedy queen Bev and Agitated’s Pilar Salt…..Japandroids @ Union Transfer (8 pm, 1024 Spring Garden St.)……No Joy @ Kung Fu Necktie (7pm, 1248 N. Front St.)……..Dorothy @ The Foundry (9 pm, 1000 E. Frankford Avenue)……..Courtney Hartman & Robert Ellis @ Underground Arts (9 pm, 1200 Callowhill St.)…..and on Saturday night don’t miss out on……..Excision/Cookie Monsta @ The Fillmore…..(8pm, 29 E Allen St.)……..Tribal Seeds @ TLA Philly(7 pm, 334 South St.)…….Air Supply at Resorts Atlantic City (8 pm, 1133 Boardwalk @ North Carolina)…..and on Sunday and beyond…...Sinful Sundays w/ The Goddess Isis @ Tabu (Every Sunday, 9pm, 200 South 12th St.)…....Os Mutantes @ The Trocadero (7 pm, 1003 Arch St.0…..Ro James @ The Foundry(8 pm, 1000 E. Frankford Avenue)……..Shades @ Coda (8pm, 1712 Walnut St,)…..and you don’t want to miss out on NYC’s The Knocks @ The Foundry on Saturday, March 4th or on Philly Mixtape next week…stay tuned and own that weekend life, kids!

 

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Forgot About Friday/Eiffel 65/Alice Deejay/ATC

Sigh……..anybody else really, really miss the music of the late ’90s/early ’00s? If not, you will once you try to figure out just what the fuck happened to Eiffel 65, Alice Deejay and everyone’s favorite “la la la la la” dance music maestros, ATC in this week’s edition of Forgot About Friday

Peep it up and dance it out. 

Eiffel 65/”Blue”  Yo, listen up here’s a story about how Eiffel 65 had one annoyingly delightful dance track out in ’99….and then they were never heard from again. 

That is until Flo Rida incorporated pieces of “Blue” into his Billboard Top Five single, “Sugar,” co-starring the lovely Ms. Wynter Gordon in 2009. 

Alice Deejay/Who Needs Guitars Anyway?  “Do you think you’re better off alone” and “Talk to me.” It was those ten words that made up Alice Deejay‘s dance smash, “Better Alone” and it was also those ten words that took over our lives for a few months back-in-the-day. Plus, those 2000 produced synths and that beat are still just as delightfully cheesy as ever. Wait, no they’re not…but we still live for “Better Off Alone”…anyway. 

Admit it, you still do. 

ATC/”Around the World(La La La La La)” No words…..just those opening bells and all sorts of “la la la la la’ing” all damn disco day