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Groove of the Day/Drake/Rihanna/”Too Good”

Because life and because you know you absolutely cannot wait for So Far Gone:Dreezy Night at The Fillmore tonight. 

So, let’s ride and enjoy this f#$king weather, shall we? Yes. 

Go…..right here to iTunes or Spotify to listen…YouTube apparently took the day off today. 

Are you an entertainer, promoter or event planner who’s lifting up everybody’s spirits with your talents in the city of Philadelphia? Then Philly Mixtape wants to hear from you! For questions, comments and everything else in beat-tween (everyone’s welcome here, so don’t ever be shy), become a fan on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and/or email Patrick DeMarco at iluvbeatz96@gmail.com and let’s promote it ALL up proper!

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Weekday Entertainment Mixtape

When it comes to this week in Philly entertainment….just do everything on this list. It’s that simple. Now, get to it. 

Sing Your Life Karaoke What’s your favorite karaoke song? Chances are the fabulous Sara Sherr has them all in her always in season 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 life. Enough said. Now-July 2nd, Walnut Street Theatre, Independence Studio on 3, various showtimes and ticket prices 825 Walnut St.

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’s sure to be a truly spectacular Swayze-stravaganza. 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, 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 

Meat Puppets Because you still rock your trademark MP t-shirt (you know the one) and you still belt out “Backwater” at every karaoke night. So, get those tickets and live it up like it’s 1994 all over again. Because you must, of course.  Tonight, 730 pm, Underground Arts, 1200 Callowhill St. 

The Hype! Presents:Take On Me:An ’80s Tribute Show So, what happens when close to a dozen of Philly’s brightest and best singers get together and put on an Aqua Net worthy ’80s tribute show? You’re about to find out as Keely Siblia, Emily Mineo, Bone, BoyWonder and many, many more are about to take you on a Rubix Cube-d journey of our Debbie Gibson dreams. Let’s break dance it out at The Tusk tomorrow night. Tonight, No cover, The Tusk, 8 pm, 430 South St. 

So Far Gone:Drake Night Although you know you’re more than woke for Dreezy night at The Fillmore this week, but secretly you’re more than ready to let it all go to “Too Good” with RiRi because it’s just that underrated groove. Don’t argue the truth and just let it go and then..dance. Wednesday, 9pm, The Fillmore Philadelphia, 29 E Allen St.

The #Weirdzos Talent Show Join Travis Tea, Turnpyke, and Paul Severe along with your host, the Amazing Brettzo as they get together and judge (and that you will be) Philly’s most weirdest and hottest new talent ranging from, well, who the f#$k knows, you just have to head to Tabu this hump day evening to see all of the weirdness go down. And there’s also an Open Call Pre-Show hosted by Ms Mae Rose, so get your weird ass over there, gurl. Wednesday, 9 pm, Tabu, 200 South 12th St. 

The xx If there’s one music act out there whose glorious vibes will help calm anyone down in these wtf times, it’s certainly English Breakfast Tea sipping trio, The xx, who’ll be bringing all sort if it at The Mann Center this Wednesday night while blowing us away with live servings of the tracks from their shining new album, I See You. Get those tickets.  Wednesday, 630 pm, The Mann Center for Performing Arts, West Fairmount Park, 5201 Parkside Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19131

An Evening of Leonard Cohen Because we’re all still feeling the loss of beloved “Hallelujah” scribe, Leonard Cohen, head over to The Gershman Y on Thursday night for what’s sure to be an incredible evening paying tribute to the late music great. The night will get started with a Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival screening of the film Ladies and Gentlemen…Mr. Leonard Cohen, which will be followed with a fabulous reception and lots and lots of tea spilling about the essence of everything Mr. Cohen had to offer. Which of course is life within its damn self, so don’t miss out and head over to the event’s official Facebook page, right here, right now to grab those tickets.  Thursday, 7 pm, $45, The Gershman, 401 S Broad St. 

La Maison Rose Presents:KONG:The Beauties that Killed the Beast Burlesque, Beats, Beauties and Beasts…oh, yaaaas.  So, get to Franky Bradley’s this Thursday night and let your insatiable hostess, La Maison Rose, as well as Renée Rebelle, Lil’ Steph, Lelu Lenore and many more lead the way as we’ll get to see what happens when all of this comes to larger than jungle life in the coveted spotlights of the second story stage. Thursday, 9 pm, Franky Bradley’s, 1320 Chancellor St. 

Also on deck this week…….Wavves @The Foundry (tonight, 1000 Frankford, 8 pm)…..Chord Overstreet (!!) @ Milkboy Philly (tonight, 7 pm, 1000 Chestnut Street)……Chris Cotton @The Barbary (Wednesday, 8 pm, 951 Frankford Avenue)…...Non @World Cafe Live (Wednesday, 7 pm, 3025 Walnut St.)……Perfume Genius @Underground Arts (Thursday,  830 pm, 1024 Spring Garden St.)…..Pegboard Nerds @The Foundry (Thursday, 9 pm, 1000 Frankford Avenue) 

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Dirty Dancing Tea w/ Alyssa Brizzi

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 (yes, it’s true) of giving us the time of our lives. So to celebrate this momentous occasion (anyone also see the commercials for the upcoming ABC helmed T.V. version? Of course you have), the national tour of the critically acclaimed musical version of the box office busting 1987 film is taking over Philly for a special weeklong engagement at the Merriam Theater beginning tonight through this Sunday, May 21st

So, to get all of you fabulous guys and gals even more excited (as if it were possible) for this week’s Swayze-stravaganza that’s sure to take over the City of Brotherly Love, Philly Mixtape spilled some Dirty Dancing Tea with incredible cast member, Alyssa Brizzi, who’s been getting rave reviews on the tour for her portrayal of mousey over achiever, Lisa Houseman. 

Get to know Ms. Brizzi below as she spilled about her background, those albums she can’t live without (hint…Gavin Degraw everything) and what she hopes all generations of Dirty Dancing fans will take away from the show during its Philly run. 

Hey, Alyssa! Thank you so much for taking the time to spill some Dirty Dancing tea with Philly Mixtape! Kicking things off, tell everyone about your background and maybe include the one moment where you figured out that being on that stage was your true calling…At the age of 2 my mom put me in private tap dance classes. I remember having my first solo, “Me and My Cabbage Patch Doll.” My poor mother spent a couple hundred dollars to get me this doll and I ended up being too scared to get up on the stage. However, I quickly overcame that fear. Growing up, I trained with The National Ballet School of Canada in Toronto, The Royal Winnipeg Ballet, and Banff Ballet. During high school was when I realized that the ballet world wasn’t for me and Broadway was my true calling. I ended up as a finalist on the CBC reality television show called Triple Sensation, Season Two. Aside from the television show, I performed in numerous Equity shows in Canada such as Gypsy, Big- The Musical, West Side Story, and Thoroughly Modern Millie. After graduating high school I ended up packing my things and moving to the Big Apple to attend The American Musical and Dramatic Academy. After leaving AMDA in NYC I performed down in Hilton Head, SC in Hairspray as Shelley/ understudy Amber. Immediately following Hairspray I moved to Japan to perform as the lead aerialist in Mystic Rhythms for Tokyo DisneySea. Since returning to the USA in 2012, I have toured with Beauty and the Beast as their dance captain/swing for two years, performed in numerous Vegas shows, and was in the original cast of Idaho! The Comedy Musical at the Smith Center in Las Vegas. Now, here I am back to touring North America with the wonderful Broadway national tour of Dirty Dancing as the quirky, over-achieving Lisa Houseman! There isn’t a moment where I can look back and think that I ever wanted to do anything other than this. It is an absolute dream come true! I couldn’t be more thankful!!

Moving onto the show, what do you hope all generations will take away once they see the beloved Dirty Dancing live on stage this week?  I hope that each member in the audience gets to experience the love that each and every one of us have on that stage for this wonderful show and for each other. The story is phenomenal and the cast is equally as incredible! This is not a show you’re going to want to miss!

What is your all-time favorite moment from the film? My favorite moment in the film has always been the wacky, crazy Hula, which is totally ironic now that I get to perform the Hula 8 or 9 times a week!

Shout out for me three albums you simply can’t live without…The Essential by Van Morrison……Little Voice by Sara Bareilles……Sweeter by Gavin DeGraw…really anything he sings! 

What’s maybe been the most challenging part of this show for not just you, but maybe the whole cast during the national tour? Stage left has a pre-show choreographed dance that we add-on one count of 8 every show. We are now on our 6th version and are currently struggling trying to remember it.

One last sip, what words of advice would you give to someone who just started out in this crazy business? Work hard, train as much as you can, and always be your biggest fan. This business is full of rejections and you’ve got to have your own back when it seems like no one else does. It’s an industry that is extremely challenging but it is so worth it when you receive that phone call offering you that show! Dreams do come true, don’t give up!

To grab those tickets for this week’s run of Dirty Dancing:The Musical at the Merriam Theater, go right here, right now and get ready to have the true time of your life…because you most certainly will. 

Are you an entertainer, promoter or event planner who’s lifting up everybody’s spirits with your talents in the city of Philadelphia? Then Philly Mixtape wants to hear from you! For questions, comments and everything else in beat-tween (everyone’s welcome here, so don’t ever be shy), become a fan on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and/or email Patrick DeMarco at iluvbeatz96@gmail.com and let’s promote it ALL up proper!