Music Tea w/Madelin


Let’s face it, in today’s ever oh, so changing music and entertainment (and sometimes frustratingly so) industry, it’s a word that certainly gets lost within it…all.

Drama and bullshit aside, of course. 

Lucky for all of us red-hot and rising pop star Madelin is rising above it all, serving us with a fresh sound and a style that will give you the time of your gender bended life…and you’ll love every god damn second of it. 

Whether it’s the in your face realness of her buzzworthy, gurl single “Good List,” her truly one-of-a-kind original style and sound or her all around humble demeanor, Madelin is the truth of a new generation, kids. 

And guess what? She’s bringing it all front-and-center just for you for what’s sure to be a spectacular show at The Barbary (730 pm, 951 Frankford Ave) tonight. But before she pretty much owns ya life, Madelin stopped by Philly Mixtape for a spot of Saturday music tea, breaking mugs about her past club kid life, life in general and what the term “gender bending” means to her. 

Take a seat at the music tea table with Ms. Madelin for your weekend…you’ll be glad you did. 

Kicking off our fabulous spill, going back to your early days, what was that one moment where you knew that being a performer was what you wanted to do? It’s hard to pinpoint a single moment. I feel like I was born with the impulse to perform. I can remember singing a song I had made up to my 2nd grade class and feeling absolutely amazing about it. I think I became addicted to the feeling I got from performing. I sort of built my life around it.

Spill for everyone how your “club kid” background has influenced you in your career….by the way….I’m a former one so I totally respect the culture.  I love playing dress up. The club kid scene is essentially dress up for “grown ups”. Being a part of the New York club scene is invigorating. I get so inspired by the insanely creative looks I see when I go out. It’s all about creating a visual fantasy. It influences my music in the same way it influences my style. I love to bring different seemingly juxtaposing elements together to create something that sounds or looks new.

Now, a spill that always stumps everyone……shout out three records you absolutely can’t live and breathe without….Vespertine by Bjork…….Graceland by Paul Simon……Mama’s Gun by Erykah Badu

Fabulous choices! Okay, so what words of wisdom do you personally have for anyone who’s trying to make sense of today’s seemingly bat shit crazy world? Get off Facebook and get into a hobby….[and] cooking is fun!

What words of advice would you give to any performance artist who decided right this second to jump start into the crazy entertainment business? Make sure you have honest people around you. Take your time and create a fully formulated concept before you put it out into the world. Patience pays off.

Moving on to tonight’s show, what can your fans expect when you take over the Barbary? They can expect me to put my whole heart and soul into the performance. I have so much fun when I’m on stage. My goal for every show is to have the maximum amount of fun I can so that everyone in the crowd feels like they can relax and have a fun too.

In your own words, define “gender bending.” Gender bending to me means having fun with gender and society’s constructs of gender through self-expression. The idea of gender being bendable is kind of funny to me because it implies that gender is a thing that definitely exists. Being a young person surrounded by all types of people who resonate with gender fluidity in a place like New York has shown me that gender is something we create, not that we’re born with. It’s a manmade concept which means its flawed so we might as well have fun with it!

One last sip, describe your sound, style and performance aura in one word. Airy 

For much, much more with Ms. Madelin, go right here, right now and to bag those tickets up to tonight’s show at The Barbary groove it on out right here. 

For much, much more Philly Mixtape goings on and then some this weekend and then some, dance it on over right here and hurr. 


Weekend Entertainment Mixtape

Less talk of heat stroke means more weekend planning. 

Let’s do it. 

Sing Your Life Karaoke What’s your favorite karaoke song? Chances are the fabulous Sara Sherr has them all on lock in her always scorching Sing Your Life Karaoke collection, which will be serving your vocal chords all weekend long at any one of these fabulous Philly locations listed below. 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

Jerry’s Girls Grab those tickets for a magical evening jam-packed with the music of Jerry Herman and some of Broadway’s best musicals, including Hello Dolly!, Mame, Mack and Mabel, Dear World and La Cage Aux Folles. What it all comes down to is….all of these shows for our Broadway lives. Enough said. Now-July 2nd, Walnut Street Theatre, Independence Studio on 3, various showtimes and ticket prices 825 Walnut St.

Annie Jr. Get those dancin’ shoes all polished up and get ready to start dreaming about “Tomorrow” because a pint sized Daddy Warbucks, Miss Hannigan, Grace and of course, Ms. Annie and her furry bestie Sandy are all tappin’ their way into your theater hearts all weekend long! This is a three day only event and tickets will sell out quickly (they’re $18 at the door), so go here now to grab as many as you can because this is one little big show you don’t want to miss! Tonight-Sunday, various showtimes, Venice Island Performing Arts Center, 7 Lock Street, Philadelphia, 19127

Dirty Dancing:The Musical Whether you still live for the soundtrack, you’re a certified master of the infamous “Lift,” belt out all of the words to the dearly departed Patrick Swayze’s “She’s Like the Wind” in the shower or because nobody puts Baby or you in the corner, for that matter, the classic movie, Dirty Dancing, certainly has something for everybody. Even more so this year more than ever as the beloved film is celebrating thirty years of giving us the time of our lives. So to celebrate the national tour of the critically acclaimed musical version of the film is taking over Philly for a special weeklong engagement at the Merriam Theater….meaning grab those tickets for what is an absolutely truly spectacular Swayze-stravaganza and then some. Really, it’s Dirty Dancing we’re talking about here…how could it not be? Kimmel Center, Merriam Theater, 300 S. Broad Street, May 16th-May 21st, various prices and showtimes

Saturday Night Fever:The Musical Pretty much the same thing can be said for Saturday Night Fever:Staying Alive, the smash musical based off of the John Travota disco game changer, which will coincide with the fortieth (!!!) anniversary of the classically funkdafied ’70s dance flick. Of course, in order to truly prepare for this bedazzled spectacle, play, like, every Bee-Gee’s record ever as you grab those tickets right here, right now. Walnut Street Theatre, MainStage, May 16 – July 16th, $20 – $95, 810 Walnut Street

Brad Paisley Because a hot country swoon for Mr. Paisley on a hot summer, err, spring night is always a good idea. Lasso those tickets up. Tonight, BB & T Pavilion, 8 pm, 1 Harbour Boulevard 

DJ Chris Urban City Tap House University tonight(10 pm, 3925 Walnut St)……..L’Etage tomorrow night (10 pm, 624 South 6th St.)……Positano Coast (12pm, 212 Walnut St.) on Sunday. Get the point? Good. Let’s dance. 

DJ Jimmy DePre Like this one really needs an explanation as you’ve already gotten that Baby Gap tee pressed and ready to shake those titties on Mr. DePre’s Tavern on Camac dance floor all weekend long. Friday & Saturday, Tavern on Camac, 10 pm, 243 South Camac St. 

LiP SMACKERs:DJ Mike Shaffer’s Birthday Edition! Because the ’90s fucking rule and DJ Javascript is about to throw it down with all of the hits. By the way…Ms. “Liyah’s “One in a Million.”…now. Plus it’s Mr. Mike Shaffer’s birthday, so stop by to dance your nuggets off while you help him blow out all those candles. Saturday, 10 pm, Win Win Coffee Bar, 931 Spring Garden St. 

Louie DeVito/Crystal Waters  Yes, that Mr. DeVito and that Ms. Waters are taking over Philly tomorrow night for a bash that’s guaranteed to be filled with 100 percent pure dance music love. Go. Tomorrow, 8 pm, Harrah’s Chester, 777 Harrah’s Blvd. 

Drag Sale Benefit for Attic Youth Center Because what could be better than a fierce and fabulous fundraiser to help the wonderful kids at the equally wonderful Attic Youth Center? Absolutely nothing. So, get those coins ready and sissy that walk over to Tabu on Saturday and get ready to shop until you death drop, kween.  Saturday, 1 pm, Tabu, 200 South 12th. St. 

Sinful Sundays Because it’s called respect and appreciation for the werk, slay, face and attitude provided by The Goddess Isis, Navaya Shay, Omyra Lynn and Satine Harlow–aka the leading ladies of the Gayborhood’s longest running drag show. Now, walk and bow down, bish. Sunday, 10 pm, Tabu, 200 South 12th St. 

Showtunes Sundays  Sister Act is turning 25 next week. Enough said. Every Sunday, 9 pm, Tavern on Camac, 243 South Camac St. 

Also on deck for TGIF……… Jersey Shore Festival @ Aztec Ocean Resort (tonight-Sunday, 901 Boardwalk, Seaside Heights)….The Weeknd @ Boardwalk Hall (8 pm, 2301 Boardwalk)…….Laura Marling @TLA (8 pm, 334 South St.)……Streetlight Manifesto @Electric Factory (830 pm, 421 North 7th St.)…….Christian Scott @ South Jazz (10 pm, 600 North Broad St.)……J.Philip @ Coda (11 pm, 1712 Walnut St.) 

And for Saturday……Sylvan Esso @ Union Transfer (8 pm, 1024 Spring Garden St.)…….Ty Segall @The Trocadero (8 pm, 1003 Arch Street)……Idina Menzel @Borgata Event Center (8 pm, One Borgata Way)…..Jessy Lanza @Underground Arts (9 pm, 1200 Callowhill St.) 

And for your hangover on Sunday…… Italian Market Festival @Connie’s Ric Rac (12 pm, 1132 South 9th St.)……“Not Your Basic” Brunch:Summer Sendoff @Pennsylvania 6 Philly (2pm-8pm, 114 South 12th St)…..Joan Osborne @Sellersville Theater (730 pm, 24West Temple Ave)…….Chastity Brown @ World Cafe Live (8 pm, 3025 Walnut St.) 


Groove of the Day/Soundgarden/”Black Hole Sun”

No words, just lots and lots of fantastic rocked out grunge filled memories served up by Mr. Chris Cornell in everything he ever touched, may he forever rest in peace. 

Plus, the video for “Black Hole Sun”…..still fucking epic and eerily relevant.

Let’s jam. 

Cover photo courtesy of Rolling Stone