Philly Weekly Entertainment Groove

Happy new werk week, everybody!

Who’s counting down until Halloweekend? Everyone. So, let’s do it with lots of things to do all week long. 

My Son the Waiter:A Jewish Tragedy Get ready to laugh your ass off, Philly, because famed comedian Brad Zimmerman is here and serving up non-stop laughs in his critically acclaimed one-man play! The vivacious story of “one man’s struggle to fulfill his dream and ‘make it’ as a comedic actor in New York,” this show has everything you could possibly want, that is, if you like to laugh out loud for ninety minutes straight. Really, who doesn’t in these crazy times? So, don’t delay and grab those tickets now! Plus, get to know all of the talents of this fine gentlemen right here as he recently stopped by Philly Mixtape to break all kinds of mugs about, well… all. Tonight-Nov 19th/Various dates & showtimes/Penn’s Landing Playhouse/211 S. Christopher Columbus Blvd.

The GLOW If you haven’t gotten your chance to walk through the lovely, lighted up trails of this truly one-of-a-kind Halloween spectacular, this week is your absolute last chance to do so! So, if you’re looking for a fun night with the entire family or maybe looking for the perfect place to take a fall date, then prepare your Halloween-ed selves for a lovely stroll through Fairmount Park one of these upcoming nights to experience this one of-a-kind jack o’lantern extravaganza! Complete with top-notch pumpkin carvers, stunning visual art (hey there, Santa’s Christmas Village and Bey and Jay!) and much, much more, it’s an evening full of delightful fright that you’ll never forget anytime soon. But you better hurry up and grab those tickets because time slots are filling quickly, so go right here to grab yours…now. Happy pumpkin spiced trails, Philly! Various ticket prices and showtimes/5201 Parkside Ave/Fairmount Park

Sing Your Life Karaoke w/ Sara Sherr Now that fall has officially sort of arrived, there’s no better time to head out to belt out your favorite karaoke groove in which the always colorful Ms. Sherr has all of the music tricks ‘n treats you’ll ever need for your song butchering/slaying pleasure all week & weekend long. Sun, 9-2 Bob and Barbara’s, 1509 South Street Tues, 9-2 12 Steps Down, 9th and Christian Thurs, 10-2 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

Full Front Street Looking for one of the hottest shows in Philly every Monday night? Then you must head to Victoria Freehouse where your hostess with the absolute, um, always nothing on, Ms. Honeytree Evil Eye, always has her tassels and so much more ready and waiting for you, along with a fresh new roster of talent in which this week includes Lilith von Terror, Arwen Evelyn and Little Miss Rollerhoops, all of whom are guaranteed to tickle your new werk week fancy with a serious serving of Philly entertainment. Go right here for more Full Front Street tea on the daily and then…get ready. Every Monday/9 pm/show at 10/Victoria Freehouse/10 S. Front St.

EduGaytion presents:Addams Family Values With just eight days to go until you can scare of all of the kiddies on Halloween night with your Pennywise costume (really, what else are you going as this year?), the time is now to get into true Hallokween formation. So, tonight join Philly’s very own comedy queen, Ms. Bev, as she takes over Tavern on Camac for another round of her EduGaytion classroom where she’ll be informing the kiddies on just why, oh, why the hit sequel, Addams Family Values is just so damn important in our gay worlds. Isn’t that right, Ms. Cusack’s iconic portrayal of the villanous Debbie? Yaaas. And there’s also going to be trivia and costumes after the movie, so come dressed to win, but most importantly…get edugay-ted, gurl. Tonight/Tavern on Camac/8 pm/243 S. Camac St.

Bruja:An Alternative Hip Hop Dance Party & Drag Show  While it’s absolutely right to get excited about all of those delicious hip hop grooves (go right here, right now for a playlist preview) that are guaranteed to be served out on the second floor of Tabu tomorrow night, we must get even more excited for the tremendous talent that’ll be taking the stage. A list that includes of Icon, Roxy Boom Boom, Asia Monroe, a special appearance by the Black Prancers and many, many more, this is one fabulous night of slay that you don not want to miss, kweens and kings. Meaning you…so, go. Tuesday/9 pm/Tabu/ 200 South 12th St.

Tattooed Momedy  Hey, these are crazy god damn nail-biting times we’re all in right now, but if there’s one thing that we know, it’s that we all deserve the right to laugh our fucking asses off all night long. So, if you’re down with not feeling down about shit and just want to escape into some side splitting shenanigans, your hilarious hosts Michael Kelly and Molly Hanulec along with a tremendous cast of comedians from Philly and across the U.S. (go right here for your fabulous cast list) will be helping you do just that for a splendid comedy showcase you’ll never forget anytime soon. Let’s laugh it up..because we must. Tomorrow/8 pm/Tattooed Mom/530 South St. 

AGITATED!  So, how has 45 pissed you off, um, today? Chances are the always on-point Honeytree EvilEye and Pilar Salt will have it all covered and then some with another fiery round of their hit show at Franky Bradley’s. Let’s face it, it’s a scary fucking world out there (and we’re not talking about Halloween here), and these two lively ladies along with a cast this month that includes Ron Binary, Paul Severe, Francesca Montanile, and your special guest host, Aurora Whorealis, are guaranteed to make this life just a bit more tolerable. Get the point? Good…because they all certainly do, so go here to get your tickets now. Wednesday/9 pm/Franky Bradley’s/1320 Chancellor St. 

NOTO Whether it’s those rhymes that’ll be served up by Travis Scott on Thursday or those beats that’s be tossed out by Gryffin on Friday and Excel on Saturday, NOTO‘s certainly not fucking around this week, kids. Go.  Various Showtimes/1209 Vine St. 

Cedric Gervais “Summertime Sadness” for life. No further statements. Let’s dance. Friday/10 pmCoda/1712 Walnut St. 

Also on the spooky local and legendary entertainment decks for your…….


What So Not/Baauer@Union Transfer(830 pm, 1024 Spring Garden St.)…………..Yumi Zouma@Johnny Brenda‘s(8 pm, 1201 Frankford Avenue)………Christina Holmes@World Cafe Live(8 pm, 3025 Walnut St.)………Savage Master@Kung Fu Necktie(8 pm, 1248 N. Front St.)…….Laughs on Philly@Ortlieb’s(7 pm, 847 N. 3rd St.)


I Prevail/We Came As Romans@Electric Factory(645 pm, 421 N. 7th St.)…………….Lecrae@TLA(7 pm, 334 South St.)……….Black Kids@Boot & Saddle(830 pm, 1131 S. Broad St.)………Roy Woods@The Barbary(9 pm, 951 Frankford Ave)……….Whethan@The Trocadero(8 pm, 1003 Arch St.)……Lil Tracy@Voltage Lounge(7 pm, 421 N. 7th St.) 


Amine/Towkio @TLA(8 pm, 334 South St.)…………..Parov Stelar@The Trocadero(8 pm, 1003 Arch St.)………….The Spill Canvas @The Foundry(8 pm, 1000 Frankford Ave)………Yowler@Boot & Saddle(830 pm, 1131 S. Broad St.)…………Captain Black Big Band @South(7 pm, 600 N. Broad St.)……..Kacy & Clayton@Bourbon & Branch( 8 pm, 705 N. 2nd St)


Giraffage @Coda (10 pm, 1712 Walnut St.)………….Getter! @Electric Factory(8 pm, 421 N. 7th St.)…………This Is The Kit@Johnny Brenda‘s(9 om, 1201 Frankford Ave)……..The Obsessed @Voltage Lounge(8 pm, 421 N. 7th St.)………..A Valley Son@Bourbon & Branch(7 pm, 421 N. 7th St.)……..Midfield @Kung Fu Necktie Upstairs(8 pm, 1250 N. Front St.)


Death From Above 1979 @Union Transfer (830 pm, 1024 Spring Garden St.)……………Louis the Child@The Fillmore(8 pm, 29 E. Allen St.)……..Christian McBride @South(10 pm, 600 N. Broad St.)………….The Funky Knuckles @Milkboy Philly(830 pm, 1100 Chestnut St.)………Tektonic @Bourbon & Branch(705 N. 2nd St.)……….Endless Taile@Connie’s Ric Rac(7 pm, 1132 S. 9th St.)………Jason Hunter @The Dolphin Tavern(10 pm, 1539 S. Broad St.)

Saturday 10/28 

Ludovico Einuadi@Kimmel Center(7 pm, 300 S. Broad St.)………….Krewella/Shaun Frank @The Fillmore(9 pm, 29 E Allen St.)………….Boris@Union Transfer(8 pm, 1024 Spring Garden St.)…………Shpongle@Electric Factory(8 30 pm, 421 N. 7th St.)………..Craig Finn @Milkboy Philly(9 pm, 1100 Chestnut St.)…………Hurry@Everybody Hits(9 pm, 521 W. Girard Ave)………TJ Kong@Underground Arts(9 pm, 1200 Callowhill St.) 


Fall Out Boy/Jaden Smith@Wells Fargo Center(7 pm, 3601 S. Broad St.)………Showtunes Sundays@Tavern on Camac(9 pm, 243 S. Camac St.)……Niall Horan @The Fillmore(8 pm, 29 E. Allen St.)……..Sinful Sundays w/The Godess Isis@Tabu(10 pm, 200 S. 12th St.)……Dru Hill @TLA(8 pm, 334 South St.)……….Julien Baker@Union Transfer(8 pm, 1024 Spring Garden St.)……..Doyle@The Trocadero(730 pm, 1003 Arch St.) 

Want more things and thangs to do in Philly, like, all of the time? Then follow Philly Mixtape right here and here and be sure to stay tuned for it all as this party has truly only just begun! Thanks for the love! 

Cover photo courtesy of The Glow Philadelphia 






Philly Event Spotlight/Philadelphia Monster Ball

What’s kooky, spooky and all together ooky? 

No, we’re not talking about your last Tinder or Grind‘r date (well, maybe), those scary words perfectly describe the murky mood for the debut of the Philadelphia Monster Ball, which is all set to haunt The Trocadero tomorrow night. 

Yes, guys, girls, gays and ghouls, the time is right now to get ready for a fabulously scary night that’s guaranteed to be filled with freakish fun and monstrous music like a pillowcase stuffed with Halloween candy. 

Oh, wait……there’s one more thing…it’s creative perpetrator is none other than famed Philly entertainment legend and one hell of a life updater, Mr. Robert Drake, who along with The Striptease Orchestra is quite simply is going to give Philly one of the best–if not the best–Halloween events of the season. 

But before those “spooky wooky” doors swing open tomorrow night, Mr. Drake was kind and gracious enough (as he always is) to stop by Philly Mixtape to spill all kinds of Monster Ball tea, breaking witches brew filled mugs about his favorite scary movies, how this grand event came to be, and why The Trocadero is the perfect (supposedly haunted?) place for…it all

And to get your paws on tickets to the Philadelphia Monster Ball….go here…now.

Kicking off our Monster spill, what’s your all-time personal favorite scary movie? While I love campy horror and such, I’m a fan of the cerebral scare. The Shining continues to be my classic go-to flick for lights out viewing!

How about a favorite of yours that you think is a bit underrated?  I’m a big fan of pointing folks to watch The Others (2001) with Nicole Kidman … it’s a unique flick with a great twist.

Let’s break some mugs about the Monster Ball. How did…it all come to be? Back in 2006 two friends of mine (Dave Ghoul and Melissa Torre) and I decided to create a Zombie Bar Crawl on Easter … in celebration of the world’s most famous zombie on His big day! We strolled South Street and had about 120 zombies follow long. The next year close to 300 zombies showed up and were clamoring for more! So that fall we rolled out the Philly Zombie Prom at The Trocadero! Keep in mind this was before zombies were all the rage – before Walking Dead, etc. Each year more and more undead showed up to our events – we even launched a zombie beach party for a couple years – and even helped set a Guinness World Record for the ‘most zombies on a roller coaster’ at Dorney Park!

…..Once the dust settled – we realized that – just like any good monster movie – we couldn’t just die. We had to resurrect ourselves and so we have – The Philadelphia Monster Ball! This is the first year, so we’re figuring it all out as we go along – but the core is to simply channel your inner monster and bring it! Come as one we all know and love – or debut your own creation! Best of all, you don’t HAVE to be in costume! Unlike other Halloween parties, there’s no penalty for those who simply want to come out and celebrate – same ticket price, just $13 in advance.

I’ll be host and DJ – spinning a slew of spooky retro dark wave sounds from the Halloween Vaults – like Siouxsie, Sisters of Mercy, Ministry, The Cure… Then The Striptease Orchestra – best known as the band with Peek-A-Boo Revue – will perform some insane covers– complete with a A-list of guest vocalists! Joining us also will be The Dead Milkmen’s Rodney Linderman and Rob Windfelder of Live Not On Evil … performing a haunting rendition of a classic song…  I’ll be awarding prizes at 10pm – so those in costume need to be in house before then to be considered by our celeb judges!

Why is The Trocadero the perfect place for it?  First of all, the Trocadero is seriously haunted. It’s been a performance venue for over ONE HUNDRED AND FIFTY YEARS … starting out as the Arch Street Opera House back in 1870. It hit the skids after a long stint as a burlesque house and was saved from destruction in the 1980s – becoming the venue you see today. I’ve been in this venue alone and have heard and witnessed several paranormal things; shadows, moving objects, whispers and even captured some EVP when running a digital recorder. What better place to have monsters (and their friends) gather to celebrate Halloween!?!

This might be a tough one for you, and I apologize in advance, but if you had to play one Halloween song for the rest of your DJ life, which one would it be?  While the crowd pleaser would be Thriller from Michael Jackson – for me, it’s Every Day Is Halloween by Ministry. Sums up my life nicely.

Lastly, why should everyone and their Monster Mother go to The Troc on Saturday night?  If you’re a fan of Halloween and a fan of local art and culture – this is your one stop. From creative local musicians to a sea of local folk all dressed to celebrate the season – it’s a win/win.

All treats… no tricks.


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Forgot About Friday/Donell Jones

“U Know What’s Up”…..the dearly departed Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes.…..”Where I Wanna Be”…….baby makin’ crooner and one hell of a talent. 

Yes, those are all of the music memories and moments that make up the career of one sleek and sophisticated R&B maestro and songwriter, Mr. Donell Jones, who in his late ’90s/early ’00s hey day…..simply had it goin’ on. 

Born the son of a gospel singer, Jones grew up on the South Side of Chicago and threw himself in music at a young age to escape the streets that plagued his road to stardom during his younger years. Working hard to keep his passion afloat, Jones met former Heavy D & The Boys member  “Eddie F” Ferrell along the way and together they formed a partnership with L.A. Reid and Babyface’s legendary label, LaFace.

Mr. Jones first hit it big in 1994 thanks to his penmanship on Usher‘s “Think of You,” which hit number eight on the Billboard R&B Charts. It was from there that Reid and Face gave him the green light to record his solo debut, which would end up being the stylish, soulful 1996 release, My Heart

Although the album was a moderate success thanks to singles “In the Hood,” “You Should Know,” and Jones’ cover of the Stevie Wonder classic, “Knocks Me Off My Feet,” it was the singer’s songwriting and music production that caught the ears of everyone in the industry and beyond. This would lead Jones’ quickly becoming an established songwriter in the late ’90s, penning songs for 702, Drea, a few more for Usher and many, many more before releasing his smashing sophomore set, Where I Wanna Be, in 1999. 

Of course, it was this album that truly put Jones on the music map, as it not only went platinum, but gave us bedroom ready smashes like the still woke title track, the thumping, “Shorty(Got Her Eyes On Me,” and of course, “U Know What’s Up,” which features that irresistible cameo from the one-and-only, Mizz Lopes.

Jones released a two successful follow ups–2002’s Life Goes On and 2006’s album chart topping, Life of a Gemini, but let’s face it, the careers of pretty much every late ’90s dominating hip hop and R&B artist seemingly became forgotten right around then and Jones’ later sets–Lyrics and Forever–failed to resonate with that mainstream audience (meaning…all of us) that he once owned. 

But if there’s one thing that we do know, it’s that you actually had to have talent to make it happen like Mariah back then, and Donell Jones simply had it and then some.

And that’s something we should never, ever forget. 

Plus, you know that you’re still trying to be Julia Stiles in that classic “U Know What’s Up” flavored Save the Last Dance montage. Yes, you. 

Groove on, Mr.Jones, groove on. 

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