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Another 15 Must Have Grooves for Your Summer 2018 Playlists

To all of those out there who’re already throwing in their beach towels when it comes to summer……..

…..knock it off because the latest and greatest late-summer grooves from Ariana Grande, Janet, Lil’ Kim, Calvin Harris, Black Coffee, Gorgon City, Brooke Evers, Nick Jonas, Alex Aiono and the one, the only….Cher (“SOS,” anybody?) are all right here to persuade you otherwise. 

Let’s boogie like a board. 

Gorgon City/Raphaella/”Kingdom”  In case you’re desperately searching for the proper album to bump to completion from now until Labor Day/the rest of your music lovin’ life, UK beat maestros Gorgon City have got you covered like Banana Boat. Their glorious new album, Escape, is loaded with scrumptious bangers like the one below, which is all of the more reason to dive in now. Oh, and you might want to grab those tickets to witness them take over The Fillmore this fall…because that is what Gorgon City certainly will do. 

Gorgon City/Duke Dumont/Naations/”Real Life”    …..and another one…..

Bishop Briggs/”The Way I Do”(Brooke Evers Remix)    Whole Ms. Briggs’ original fire will continue to own our souls, Ms. Evers just takes that beat and slays with it…listen up. 

Ariana Grande/”Breathin'”    That bounce, tho…and of course the empowering message that we just have to keep f@#king breathin no matter what. Thank you for this one, Mizz Ari. 

Janet/”Made for Now”   Because when Miss Janet tells you to dance….you do exactly that. 

Cher/”SOS”    Have you? Because you ch-ould.

Calvin Harris/Sam Smith/”Promises”    While there’s still many things in life to figure out, what we do know is that we want Mr. Harris’ next full-length record, like, right now…maybe tonight? 

Black Coffee/David Guetta/Delilah Montagu/”Drive”  Every…single…part…of…this. Turn it up. 

Philip George/Dragonette/”Feel This Way”  Okay, so this delicous-ness might have come out all the way back in 2016, but once you experience what it does to you…yes. 

Lil’ Kim/”Nasty One”   Once you have a romp (literally) with the video, you’ll soon realize that the legendary Mizz Queen Bee is indeed..back. 

Weiss/”Feel My Needs” (Purple Disco Machine Remix)   You better press out those bell-bottoms because we’re going straight to the late summer disco with this one, kids. 

Nick Jonas/Robin Schulz/”Right Now”    Just when you thought you were safe, Mr. Jonas done destroys our souls one more time…sigh…

Gorgon City/Kelly Kiara/”Night Drive” What the end of summer sounds and feels like. Now, roll down the windows and just….cruise…..

Ariana Grande/Nicki Minaj/”the light is coming”     It sure is. Happy late summer groovin’! 

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Weekend Entertainment Groove

Just when you were about to cancel summer out……

……there’s al of this to do this weekend. 

Let’s do it. 

Sing Your Life Karaoke  What better way to turn those end-of-summer frowns upside down other than to go out and sang your little heart out courtesy of the fabulous Ms. Sara Sherr and her always yas-worthy Sing Your Life Karaoke collection, which is serving Philly for the rest of the summer(and every season!) at all of these fabulous locations listed below. Fri/9-1 Southhouse, 2535 S. 13th St.Sat/9-1:45 Les & Doreen’s Happy Tap,1301 E Susquehanna Ave Sun/9-2 Bob and Barbara’s, 1509 South Street Tues/9-2 12 Steps Down, 9th and Christian Thurs/9-2 Milkboy South Street/401 South St.

2 Live Crew/Coolio/Biz Markie/Salt-N-Pepa  No explanation needed. Get those tickets because it’s certainly going to be a live one across the river tonight.  BB & T Pavilion/730 pm 

Electric Light Orchestra Tell you once more to get out the door and get those tickets while rockin’ the f@ck out to “Don’t Bring Me Down” all weekend long.  Tonight/Wells Fargo Center/730 pm 

Philly’s Foxes Fourth Friday  So, who’s looking to get a lil’ Fox-ed up this weekend? Since that would be everyone, you should have no problem sashaying over to Franky Bradley’s tonight to see what Maria TopCatt, Sapphira Cristal, Zsa Zsa St. James and Iris Spectre–more fabulously known as Philly’s Foxes–have cookin’ down in their foxholes just for you. And as always, the thunderous DJ Chris Urban will be serving up those foxy grooves all night long, as well as at L’Etage (10 pm) tomorrow night and Positano Coast on Sunday (12 pm-4 pm) for your hangover pleasure. Let’s slay. Tonight/Franky Bradley’s/830 pm 

The 2018 Miss Boxed Wine Pageant  It’s baaaack……and your host Bev is more wasted than ever! Yes, that’s right, kids and kweens, everyone’s favorite Franzia-worthy contest is sloshing back once again, so werk it on over to Tabu this very evening see which local queen (Miss Troy? Eric Jaffe? Kitty Skittlepump?) has what it takes to be Bev’s bish and earn her rightful spot in the next Bitchfest! And of course, your love and respect as well. Don’t miss it!  Tabu/9 pm 

Keely Siblia/Rover Rover/Impuritan   If you’re looking to check out an explosive array of local talent to kickstart your last full weekend of August, look no further than struttin’ on over to The Barbary tonight. And oh, yeah…may you always support your fabulous local music artists. 730 pm 

Stevie Wonder  What happens when you have not one, but two nights of all of those hits taking over the Jersey Shore this weekend? The best ending to summer you ever thought possible. Get those tickets…if you still can. Saturday & Sunday/Event Center @ Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa 

Smokey Robinson  And another one….got tickets?  Saturday/8 pm/Mann Center

Jason Aldean/Lauren Alaina  If you haven’t sailed on over to the BB & T Pavilion yet this summer, there’s still quite a bit of fun going on across the river, like this dynamic pairing right here who will show you just that tomorrow night. Giddy up for those tickets. (730 pm) 

Pride Night in Manayunk  If you haven’t gotten a chance to spend a lovely evening in Manayunk yet this summer, this weekend is certainly the one to do it…and you might want to throw some glitter while you’re at it! This Sunday, strut it on over to La Roca in the ‘Yunk, where they’ll be throwing a Pride bash packed with fabulous cocktails, beats, treats and of course, lots and lots of love! Check it on up right here for tickets and then get ready to be free as f@#k…we’ve earned it. 11 pm  

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

Friday….

Lots of fabulous dancing @Woody’s & @Tavern on Camac all weekend long………Donovan Frankenreiter@TLA(8 pm)…………..Espers@Union Transfer(830 pm)…………CID@NOTO(10 pm)………….American Wrestlers@Kung Fu Necktie(730 pm)….lots of incredible local entertainment @Time Philadelphia all week&weekend long………Betamaxx @District N9ne(9 pm)…….Shane Henderson/June Divided @Boot & Saddle(730 pm)………….Noel Scales@Underground Arts (9 pm)………..Dave P @The Dolphin Tavern(10 pm) 

Saturday….

Breathe Carolina @ Bungalow Beach(1 pm)…………..Adventure Club @ Ocean Resort Casino(12 pm)………..American Trappist@Boot & Saddle(8 pm)……….Sebastian Olzanski@Voltage Lounge(230 pm)…………..Here Lies Man@Kung Fu Necktie(7 pm)……..Station/Resillient@Dockside Bar@Dave & Buster’s(3 pm)……….Max Weinberg@World Cafe Live (8 pm)……….Joanna Pascale @South Jazz Club(9 pm)………DJ Scene@NOTO(10 pm)………..Lester@Underground Arts(9 pm)……….Holy Trinity @The Dolphin Tavern(9 pm)

Sunday…..

Shinedown/Godsmack @ BB & T Pavilion(7 pm)……..Toby Keith/Trace Adkins @Hard Rock Hotel Casino & Spa Atlantic City(8 pm)…….Megan Davies @The Foundry(8 pm)……Showtunes Sundays@Tavern on Camac (9 pm)………Chill Moody @Silk City Diner(8 pm)…….Incite/Aethere@Kung Fu Necktie(8 pm)……….Full Bush @Bourbon & Branch(8 pm)…….Sinful Sundays w/The Godess Isis @ Tabu(10 pm)………..Deep Creep @Johnny Brenda’s Downstairs (8 pm)

Since we’re all in this music and entertainment life together, be sure to also check out Uwishunu and Visit Philly to see what other kind of shenanigans you can get into before we say “bye” to summer. 

 

 

 

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Table Talk w/Lizzie Weber

What happens when you take an oh, so magnetic stage presence, undeniable piano and guitar skills and lay it all underneath a voice that you could get lost in for days? 

You get everything (plus, like, so much more) that the Seattle area’s Lizzie Weber has to offer in all that she dazzles with. Compared to the talented likes of Joan Osbourne and Norah Jones (plus one other bold comparison..keep reading!), Ms. Weber has already taken the West Coast by storm thanks to her debut 2015 freshman E.P., which won everybody over thanks to dreamy ditties like “Falling Like Fools” and her arousing cover of Nirvana’s ’90s rock anthem, “Heart Shaped Box.” 

It also doesn’t hurt that along her path to success, Lizzie has collaborated with Academy Award-winner Marketa Irglova (The Swell Season/Once) and American Idol‘s Crystal Bowersox, which should all make for an interesting journey when Ms. Weber blesses the world with her long-awaited follow-up record later this fall. 

While there’s still much to be spilled about the much-anticipated set, what we do know is that Lizzie was groovy and gracious enough to take over by the Philly Mixtape tea table, where she tipped mugs about, well, it all and then some. 

It’s time to take a seat at the table once again, kids….and when it comes to the fabulous Lizzie Weber, you’ll certainly be glad you did.

First up on the table……spill for everyone a little bit about your background…. I was born and raised in St. Louis, but am now a Pacific Northwesterner and moved out this way in 2016. I sort of float the Puget Sound between Anacortes and Seattle. Anacortes is a small, beautiful seaside town about an hour north of Seattle–it’s also where I recorded my new EP! I’ve been writing and recording music for about seven years now. Excited to be releasing new music for the first time since my move out here!

Moving on to the music, break some fine Lennox mugs about the inspiration behind your dreamy acoustic track, “You.” I wrote the song in response to a painful break-up. For the most part, writing it served as a reminder to myself that I knew it was doomed from the beginning. I wanted to bring out a sort of ‘spaghetti western’ dynamic when recording, hence the sweeping lap steel layers and plucked baritone/telecaster that moves throughout the piece.

Okay….out of all of the influences I hear in your undeniable vocal play, Jewel is the first name that comes to mind. Would you say that’s a fair comparison or am I totally off track here?! I take that as a huge compliment! Growing up, Jewel’s debut was one of my first records. I can remember singing “Foolish Games” at the top of my lungs in my room and being totally enamored with her sound. A friend of mine has gone as far to call me “Jewel Jr..” so all in all I think it’s fair!  

Shout out….your go-to album for anything life throws at you….
That’s so tough! If I had to choose one, it would probably Joni Mitchell’s “Court and Spark.”

Anything you can spill about your future endeavors? Any touring in the near future?
Definitely planning to do some touring! I’m currently preparing my second full-length album and am very excited to share that I’ll be releasing a double-single collaboration with one of my favorite artists this fall. 

One last spill….what words of wisdom would you give to anyone trying to make it in this crazy music and entertainment business? Be kind to one another. Pay it forward, and never succeed at the expense of another person. 
Amen. 
For much more with the fabulous LIzzie Weber, you should absolutely check this and this out. 
For much more with Philly Mixtape, peep this