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Thanksgiving Week Entertainment Groove

Just a couple of things here…….

Happy Thanksgiving to all! 

Hug one another and please be god damn safe. 

Don’t bring anything up about any of that at the table….just don’t. 

Ready, set, tryptophan. 

Franklin Music Hall So, you’ve most likely been hearing all about this new spot called Franklin Music Hall and have been wondering…just what the hell is it? But, chances are you’ve already been there as it’s the venue formerly known as the Electric Factory. And in celebrating the new brand name, all stops are being pulled and all amps are being plugged in as San Holo (Wednesday) and Radiohead’s Thom Yorke(Friday) will be stopping by, as well as future FMH stage christener’s Joe Perry, Streetlight Manifesto, Adam Conover and Get the Lead Out. But as we all know what it comes to is…just get those f@#king tickets and say hello (again?) to Franklin Music Hall. 

Sing Your Life Karaoke  Whether during the hustle-and-bustle of your week or the slay of your weekend, the always lovely Ms. Sara Sherr (treat her right, kids) has got your vocal chords covered like a fifth grade textbook thanks to her always on-point Sing Your Life Karaoke collection. And as always, it’ll be rightfully serving Philly at each of these fabulous locations listed below. Ready, set, sang.  Sun/9-2 Bob and Barbara’s, Tues/9-2 12 Steps Down Wed/9-2 Cantina Dos Segundos Fri/9-1 Southhouse Saturday/9-1:45 Les & Doreen’s Happy Tap

Matilda:The Musical/Walnut Street Theatre  It’s official…no one in Philly is going to be able to escape the cherished legacy of Roald Dahl this holiday season…but then again, why would you want to? Yes, another one of the cherished author’s beloved stories has just come to life (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory just ended its two-week run this past weekend), this time on the Walnut Street Theatre stage…all the way through January! So, grab the kids (and grandma, too!) and grab your tickets to once again revel in all of the magical shenanigans that lil’ Ms. Matilda and her classmates will be up to…and chances are, you’ll absolutely live for every moment of it. Fly away right here for much more info. Now-Sunday, January 6th 

The Color Purple While we could easily spill tea all day (we really could) about everything this award owning show has to offer, you just have to revel in it for yourself as its rightfully taken over the Theatre Horizon all the way through Sunday, December 23rd! Plus, when you get those tickets (some dates are already sold out…so you better hurry!!), you’ll get to see what other critically acclaimed productions are headed to the Theatre’s esteemed way, like, well…just breeze it on over right here to get lost in it all Tickets start as low as $45, too!! Go. 

2001:A Space Odyssey/Franklin Institute  In celebration of the 50th anniversary of Stanley Kubrick’s science fiction masterpiece, the iconic film will screen as part of a limited engagement (this week only!) at The Franklin Institute’s accompanying IMAX Theater! As if just seeing this classic cinema experience isn’t enough of a pop culture treat within itself, audiences will get to see the movie as it was truly meant to be seen…in 70 mm film…yes. Tickets are just $15 for the general public and $14 for FI members, so suit on up and go right here for all of the Kubrick tea.

Kimmel Center/The Academy of Music Already stressing out about what to get your loved ones for the holidays? First of all, calm down…we’re just hittimg Thanksgiving! Second, if you really want to ease all tensions, you’ll surprise that special someone with tickets to maybe George Balanchine’s The NutcrackerPhilly Pops, Manheim Steamroller, Philadelphia Orchestra, Beautiful:The Carole King Musical, or Napolean Dynamite(!!), all of which are headed to the Kimmel Center and Academy of Music very, very soon! You see, what it all really comes down to this time of year is..get those tickets. Go right here for yours..now. 

Jessie Reyez/TLA That sass! That hair! That voice! And you’ll get to experience it all when the fabulous (and most chill) sounds of this red-hot diva take a hold of the TLA on Tuesday night. Get those (almost sold out!) tickets while you can. (730 pm) 

Rocky IV/Creed II Double Feature/Philadelphia Film Society   Does this one really need an explanation? Go right here for those tickets. Who’s ready? Everyone. (Tuesday/5 pm)

The Chris Paterno Band/Boot&Saddle  If you’re looking for a truly rockin Thanksgiving Eve while coming together to support some truly stellar local musicians, this is the show for you. Join Mr. Paterno and his merry bandmates along with special guests Lizdelise and Rachel Andie & The V Element as they turn it out for your turkey lovin’ life in true amplified fashion. Don’t miss it! (Wednesday/730 pm

John Legend/Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa First, get those tickets to see the recently minted EGOT king take over the Jersey Shore this Friday night. Then, get down to his 2008 single, “Green Light,” starring Andre 3000 of Outkast, because quite frankly, we just don’t appreciate it enough. (Friday/8 pm)

And the moment that all of us have been waiting for…….the Christmas Village is back!! This year, the beloved Philly tradition returns to a newly renovated LOVE Park for its 11th season to put us all in the mood for the upcoming delightful madness of the holiday season….yes. Kicking off on Thanksgiving Day (this Thursday, November 22, 2018) through Christmas Eve (Monday, December 24, 2018), be on the lookout for all of the usual holiday sights, sounds, creations, treats, and of course, lots of eats! Happy holidaze, Philly! Let’s get ready to Christmas Village it up all season long. Go right here for much more Philly holiday tea.….and don’t forget about the ice skating in front of City Hall!! 

Oh, yes, there’s just one more glistening thing we must mention…..and as usual, it’s superb for all of us kids one-to-ninety-two…..the Macy’s Christmas Light Show is also making it’s grand return this week! All you and the phamily have to do is show up at the Grand Court atrium at Macy’s Center City (look for the big ol’ Wannamaker Organ) starting this Thursday, November 23rd kicking off at 10 a.m. every two hours until 8 pm through Monday, December 31st! It’s just that easy to get lost in the lights and the magic of the 2018 holiday season. For much more hot and piping Macy’s tea (wait until you see this year’s third floor theme), check your bags right here. 

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

Monday/11/19 

Thanksgiving Flip Cup Trivia w/Chris Balbi @Boxers PHL(8 pm)………..Candles and Cocktails @The Logan Inn(530 pm)……….Yellow Days @First Unitarian Church(8 pm/sold out)………..The Struts/Spirit Animal @TLA(730 pm/sold out)………..Jack Harlow @Voltage Lounge(8 pm)…………Silver Talon @Kung Fu Necktie(8 pm)………..Forward@Boot & Saddle(8 pm)………Karaoke Takeover @Infusion Lounge(9 pm)

Tuesday/11/20 

Tony Bennett(!!) @The Academy of Music(730 pm)……….Turn Out Tuesdays @Boxers PHL.…….It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia Trivia @Punchline Philly(8 pm)……..Stray from the Path/Silent Planet @The Foundry(7 pm)……….Angel Vivaldi @Voltage Lounge (6 pm)…………Bailen @Johnny Brenda’s (8 pm)………Tengger Calvary @Kung Fu Necktie(8 pm)…………West Philadelphia Orchestra@Franky Bradley‘s(9 pm)……..

Wednesday 11/21 

For your Thanksgiving Eve (be good, y’all) dancing pleasure……you might want to get in lost in the crowds and on the floor @Woody’s, Tabu & Tavern on Camac in the Gayborhood(10 pm)……….DJ Drootrax@Franky Bradley’s(10 pm)……….Laidback Luke@NOTO10 pm)…………Mike Servito @Warehouse on Watts(10 pm)……..11th Anniversary Dance Party @The Barbary(10 pm)……….Cash Cash @Premier AC(10 pm)……..Soul Cruisers Free Concert @Chickie’s and Pete’s South(7 pm)……Thanksgiving Eve @The Field House(9 pm)………Soul Comedy Thanksgiving @Warmdaddy’s(830 pm)……Thanksgiving Eve Dance Party@Toasted Walnut(4 pm)……….Lil Durk @Underground Arts(9 pm)………..Death Above From 1979 @The Foundry(730 pm)………DJ Caution@Silk City Diner & Lounge(10 pm)………..The Dead South @The Trocadero(8 pm)……..Twiddle@The Fillmore(8 pm)………Anthony David@World Cafe Live(8 pm)……..The Dirty Nil @Voltage Lounge(730 pm)……..The McLovins@Milkboy Philly(8 pm)……..Jonathan Toubin @Kung Fu Necktie(10 pm)……..Zahsossa@TLA (7 pm)…….

Thursday/11/22 

Happy Thanksgiving!! Be safe and have, like, so much fun at the parade and around the table!! 

Friday/11/23 

VNV Nation @Union Transfer(830 pm)………Pusha T @The Fillmore(8 pm)…………Paula Abdul @Sands Bethlehem Entertainment Center(7 pm)…….Yung Pinch @The Foundry(8 pm)……….Dannic@NOTO(10 pm)………Octave Cat@Johnny Brenda’s(8 pm)……….Max Swan@Milkboy Philly(830 pm)……..The Ill Fated Natives@Bourbon & Branch(8 pm)……..Masie Blu@World Cafe Live(7 pm)……….Josh Lawrence@South Jazz Night Club(930 pm)

For much more local and legendary happenings and shenanigans in and around the town this holiday week, stay tuned to Philly Mixtape.…and you should also check out VisitPhilly, Uwishuknu and Songkick…you won’t be disappointed. 

Cover photo courtesy of Jennifer Aniston 

 

 

 

 

 

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Forgot About Friday/Kiesza

Oh, Ms. Kiesza….we hardly knew ye before some of us may have been forgotten about everything you had to offer when you hit the scene just a few short years ago…..that voice! those moves! that hair! 

With her Canadian roots and Brooklyn based sass, Kiesza was destined for stardom right from the very beginning. Well, maybe not the very beginning since she joined the Navy at 17 years to be a code breaker (true story) But, it wasn’t long before the flame-haired diva took her love of theater, ballet and tap and put it all to work at Boston’s acclaimed Berklee College of Music

From there, Kiesza soon discovered that she just really liked to get down to a solid dance beat (really, who the f#$k doesn’t?), and put her passions for EDM and deep house to great use while searching for the perfect producers to craft her first studio-kissed record—the way forgotten about 2014 pop music masterpiece, Sound of a Woman. 

Helmed by acclaimed producers Rami Samir Afuni and Jayson Jenkins (just to name a few) Kiesza’s sophomore set (she released an independent record in ’08), stormed the overseas before it made its big splash in the U.S. in mid-2014. With its mix of soul, R&B, hip-hop and dance influences, it wasn’t long before Woman singles including “Hideaway,” “No Enemiesz” and “Giant in My Heart” began tapping their way into our life lovin’ souls. 

See also, “The Love,” “So Deep,” ah, you know, just stage dive into the whole album below. 

But as much as Kiesza’s feisty and still very fresh record made its waves in the industry, it was the diva’s on-stage presence that truly got lots of attention thanks to the fact that with every live show….girlfriend just turned it the fuck out. For those of you in Philly who’ve ever seen her own the TLA not once, but twice, a few years back, you know exactly what we’re spilling about here. If you’re still not convinced, just ask Demi Lovato, Gorgon City and Duran Duran, all of whom have the taken the deep pop princess on the road with them. 

So, know comes the question….where has she been??

Well, although we’re all still so damn ready for a Woman follow-up, the energetic diva has been busy serving out (and also healing after her best friend’s death….dive into this Billboard story right here) a handful of 2018 singles including, “Mother,” “Weird Kid,” “Phantom of the Dancefloor,” and her latest hot-for-the-holidays groove, “I Only Love You at Christmas,” which is everything you think it is. 

But if we really want to take a stroll down music memory lane today, we must show love to “Take U There,” a remix collaboration with Skrillex, Diplo, and the one, the only, Missy Elliot. Because you know what they say…if you’ve earned the M-I-double S-Y-E stamp of approval, it’s something to be cherished forever and never, ever forgotten about…ever. 

Cover photo courtesy of Billboard 

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Rewerk Wednesday:Gorgon City

“Here in your arms, I could go all night….here in your arms, I could spend my whole life,” slays the fabulous Ms. Jennifer Hudson on the intro to “Go All Night,” just one of the many delectable deep house ditties constructed by UK beat maestros, Gorgon City.

And if our prayers our answered from the dancing kings and kweens above (please???), it’s just one of the many, many tracks we pray that they’ll serve us with when they take over the main stage at The Fillmore tomorrow night. 

With their keen ears and intelligence in blending and bonding U.K. garage beats with deep house, pop sounds and A-list vocalists, Gorgon City has not only proven they’ve got what it takes to get even your god damn grandma on the dance floor, but that they’re just getting this pulsating party started. The whimsical brainchild of two North London-based producers — Foamo, aka Kye Gibbon, and Rack N Ruin, aka Matt Robson-Scott, the duo first begin infiltrating the scene in the early 2010s thanks to stand out collaborations with Wyclef Jean, Jess Glynne, as well as an exclusive tour pairing with fellow overseas (and equally beat worthy) dance act, Rudimental.

All of this red-hot certified early attention would lead Gorgon City to serve the world with their debut E.P. Real in 2013, which further took them to bless us with 2014’s Sirens, their first full length record….which certainly proved that these guys weren’t fucking around.

A sizzling set featuring explosive top-notch production and vocalists like MNEK (“Ready for Your Love”), Katy B (“Lover Like You”), Laura Welsh (“Here For You”), and of course, Ms. JHud (see also…”I Still Love You“…now), the record certainly gained Gorgon City the attention they deserved as it churned out hit-after-hit on the overseas and Billboard dance charts. 

But just when you thought that these fine-tuned gentlemen couldn’t make us work any harder on the floor (or in the bedroom, for that matter), they recently gave us another daring dose of deep life with their long-awaited Sirens‘ follow-up, Escape. Miles away from a sophomore slump, their latest also packs quite a punch thanks to tantalizing collaborations with Kelly Kiara (“Night Drive”), Duke Dumont & Naations (“Real Life”) and Raphaella (“Kingdom”).

And if you really want to feel it, like, right this very second, you should absolutely press play on lead Escape single, “Go Deep,” a thunderous anthem featuring saucy vocals from U.K. diva, Kamilla, that’s guaranteed to take you all the way...there. Really, who doesn’t want that? 

However, there is one more way you can truly feel all of these aforementioned grooves…..by getting tickets to witness Gorgon City own your dance music life, because chances are, they’re coming to a city near you….

…..and Philly, you better get those tickets and prepare to go all night tomorrow night because it’s truly the only way to live when it comes to anything and everything that Gorgon City has served out for us over the years. 

Now, we dance..for life. 

For much more with Gorgon City, shimmy it on over to their official website…go.