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Holiday Grooves of the Day/Mariah’s Medley

Whether you’ve decked your halls to “All I Want For Christmas is You” since Labor Day (or the 4th of July, like most), know the words to every heavenly sonnet from her two multi-platinum holiday records or wonder what the f@#k she was thinking doing a duet with the Biebs, let’s face it…there’s simply no denying that Mariah Carey is the undisputed Kween of Khristmas and the entire holiday season. 

Whether she’s right by your side all month long as you bag up those gifts and trim the tree……or completely fucking up a highly televised New Year’s Eve performance, we’ll always love MC and all of her crazy diva/bitch antics during this time of year.

And speaking of New Year’s Eve, the thunderous Ralphi Rosario refire of Mimi’s take on “Auld Lang Syne” is the only track you should be owning your life to on the floor as we get ready to bid an oh, so fond farewell to 2017. 

So, you see? Ms. Mariah has made her mark on the entire extra festive month of December, so there’s really just no escaping her no matter how hard we try sometimes…and we’ll sort of be forever grateful for it.

Okay, always. 

So, in honor of Mariah’s legendary December domination, here’s a medley of her holiday hits that will live forever in our emancipated diva lives. 

Hey, even “Oh Santa” needs some love to. 

“All I Want For Christmas is You” 

“O Holy Night” 

“Santa Claus is Coming to Town” 

“Oh Santa!” 

“All I Want For Christmas is You” (Extra Festive Mix with The Biebs!) 

“Oh Santa!”(Jumpsmokers Remix)

“Auld Lang Syne” (Ralphi Rosario Remix) 

This…..because you just have to. 

Cover photo courtesy of Rolling Stone 

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Philly Weekly Entertainment Groove

Let’s get the ready to deck those halls all week long by doing everything on this list…

For your holiday pleasure this season……

There’s the always lit Christmas Village (1501 JFK Blvd.) which is delightfully surrounded by ice-skating at City Hall, tons of locally made snacks and goodies, local-made Philly Holiday Gift Show (there’s an ugly Christmas sweater store that you must go to), magnificent carousel, a grand 50 foot tall Christmas tree, but most importantly…lots of fun for every one of all ages…including you!

The Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest is also in full skate at (101) Columbus Blvd and with grub served up from Garces Group and Chickie’s and Pete’s as well as spectacular views of the Ben Franklin Bridge and beyond, it’s sure to warm your holiday spirit all season long! Go here for more ho, ho, ho action.

Not that the beloved Philly holiday tradition of the Macy’s Christmas Light Show needs any introduction since you’ve been oh, so patiently waiting for it all year-long, but the stunning lights are now warming your holiday spirit right oh, so high atop the Grand Atrium at Macy’s Center City (1300 Market St.) through December 31st beginning from 10 a.m to 8 p.m every two hours! Who’s ready? Everyone…even The Grinch.

Franklin Square Holiday Festival A fabulous mix of lighted Philadelphia history and simply stunning light show, the Franklin Square Holiday Festival (200 N. 6th St.) is sure to illuminate ya life all holiday season long. The Electrical Spectacle Light Show hosts free shows every 30 minutes between 4 and 8 p.m. on week nights and 4 and 9 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. And with 50,000 gleaming lights set on top of a blissful music background with one composition featuring an illuminated kite and key, this is one holiday event that even Mr. Benjamin Franklin himself would approve of.  Bring the kids and don’t miss it! 

A Philly POPS Christmas Merry up for a simply magical evening of pure holiday bliss as Maestro Michael Krajewski takes the reigns to lead the acclaimed POPS for a delightfully festive show featuring vocalist Justin Hopkins, the Philadelphia Boys Choir, the Philly POPS Festival Chorus and the African Episcopal Church of St. Thomas Gospel Choir. But perhaps the best of it all this year? There’s a POPS style holiday tribute of How The Grinch Stole Christmas. Get those tickets. Dec 2nd-19th/Kimmel Center/300 S. Broad St.Various dates and showtimes

Pennsylvania Ballet presents The Nutcracker Imagine a Philly holiday season without the PA Ballet’s stunning presentation of Tchaikovsky’s legendary creation? Actually, no, we don’t want to, we just need to get those tickets because like the holidays themselves, this beloved entertainment affair will be dancing away soon, so don’t miss out and go right here for more holiday tip-toe action. Friday, December 8th through December 31st/The Academy of Music/various ticket prices and showtimes/240 S. Broad St. 

For your local and legendary entertainment radars and gaydars…..

Sing Your Life Karaoke w/ Sara Sherr Looking to slay your favorite karaoke grooves all holiday season long? Well, you’re in luck because chances are the always musically gift-wrapped Ms. Sherr has everything you need for your song butchering/slaying pleasure at any one of these fab Philly locations listed below! Happy holidaze! 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

ANNIE For the love of all things Sandy and  “Tomorrow,” there’s simply no denying that it’s been a hard knock year for all of us, so what better way to treat the whole family and go see this forever cherished Broadway musical while it’s in town through the Philly holiday season! There’s really nothing else to say here except that Daddy Warbucks, Ms. Hannigan and everyone’s favorite ginger curled cute, Ms. Annie, will be waiting for you! Tonight-Jan 7th, 2018/Walnut Street Theatre/Various ticket prices & showtimes/825 Walnut St.

BalletX While we could go on and on about the ridiculously brilliant conceptualization and loads of talent that’s laced within this stunning dance troupe, it all comes down to three words….get those tickets. If you’re looking for a show that’s guaranteed to lift your spirits this holiday season, it’s right here. Check out the official BalletX site for more. Now through December 10th/Wilma Theater/various ticket prices/265 S. Broad St.

Q102 Jingle Ball What do The Chainsmokers, Fall Out Boy, Kesha, Niall Horan and Halsey all have in common? They’re all going to be trying to perform on top of the legions of screaming teenage girls who’ll be no doubt taking over the Wells Fargo Center on Wednesday night. Who’s ready? Everyone. Wednesday/730 pm/Wells Fargo Center/3601 S. Broad St. 

Cloud Nine Since being on the dance floor all month long is the only proper way to ring in the holidays, head over to TOC this Wednesday night where DJs Brando Calrissian and Tommy Hogunx will be spinning those delicious grooves and deep house cuts like…what. Let’s fucking dance for Santa. Wednesday/9 pm/Tavern on Camac/243 S. Camac St. 

SLEIGH Gird your holiday lions and press out your best winter attire because Valanni’s annual Toys for Tots event is here…and this year it’s extra fabulous and fierce because you’ve been such good guys, gals and gays all year long! 

Besides being Emcee’d by the one and vaginally challenged holiday diva herself, Ms. Brittany Lynn, your stand out hosts and entertainers for the starlit evening will include Michael Duffy, Billy Cavallo, Iris Spectre, Lady Geisha, Tommee Boom, Anthony Retro, HoneyTree Evil Eye, Flrt Vonnegut and many more fabulous kids from the neighborhood. However…the main event…….will include an oh, so special appearance from the one-and-only Real Housewives of New Jersey Kween herself, Ms. Teresa Giudice. Yas, bish, yaaas. Get those tickets right here (including details on special meet-and-great packages) and stay tuned for more tea on the soon-to-be-shimmering spectacle. Let’s get ready to Sleigh. Thursday/Valanni Social/8 pm/1229 Spruce St. 

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

 

Tuesday/12/5

LCD Soundsystem@The Fillmore(730 pm, 29 E. Allen St.)…………$uicideboy$@TLA(8 pm, 334 South St.)………..Xavier Omär @Coda(830 pm, 1712 Walnut St.)……….Honey Radar @Kung Fu Necktie(8 pm, 1248 N. Front St.)…………..Elizabeth Cool@World Cafe Live(8 pm, 3025 Walnut St.)……..Sonny Digital/Young Chop@The Foundry(9 pm, 1000 Frankford Avenue)………Roxy Coss@South(9 pm, 600 N. Broad 

Wednesday/12/6  

Roxy Coss@South(9 pm, 600 N. Broad St.)…………..Sun Parade@Boot&Saddle(830 pm, 1131 S. Broad St.)…………Seepeoples@Milkboy Philly(8 pm, 1100 Chestnut St.)…………..Christina LaRocca@Bourbon & Branch(705 N. 2nd St.)………….Murph.@The Dolphin Tavern(10 pm, 1539 S. Broad St.)……….Lo!@Ortlieb‘s(8 pm, 847 N. 3rd St.)…………

Thursday/12/7  

MILLENNIUM@Electric Factory (8 pm, 421 N. 7th St.)………Trapt@Voltage Lounge(8 pm, 421 N. 7th St.)…………Space Jesus@Union Transfer(830 pm, 1024 Spring Garden St.)…………Moving Mountains@PhilaMOCA(8 pm, 531 N. 12th St.)…………SHAED/Foreign Air@Johnny Brenda‘s(8 pm, 1201 Frankford Ave)…………QTY@Boot & Saddle(830 pm, 1131 S. Broad St.)………Rico Nasty@Balcony Bar@The Trocadero(8 pm, 1003 Arch St.)

Friday/12/8 

Kill The Noise/Seven Lions @The Fillmore(9 pm, 29 E. Allen St.)……………Rebirth Bass Band@Union Transfer (9 pm, 1200 Callowhill St.)…………Green Velvet@Coda(11 pm, 1712 Walnut St.)…………Strand of Oaks@Boot & Saddle(830 pm, 1131 S. Broad St.)…………..Pigeons Playing Ping Pong@TLA(8 pm, 334 South St.)………Just Surrender/Carousel Kings@The Foundry(9 pm, 1000 Frankford Ave……….Young Statues@Johnny Brenda‘s(9 pm, 1201 Frankford Ave)….DJ CID @Rumor(11 pm, 1500 Sansom St.)

 

Cover photo courtesy of VisitPhiladelphia 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Holiday Groove of the Day/Tom Petty/”Christmas All Over Again”

As much as 2017 is a year we all just want to get the f@ck over with, it’s also a time to reflect and remember those oh, so god damn great entertainers we lost over the past twelve months, with the death of Mr. Tom Petty a huge loss that music lovers around the globe are still feeling. 

However, while it’s easy to be sad over the now said legendary rock gap in our lives, we simply can’t be. For one, his incredible catalog with the Heartbreakers and beyond will live in our music dreams forever, and two, he gave us, “”Christmas All Over Again,” a rockin’ holiday groove that indeed still makes us feel that holiday spirit all over again every December. 

Appearing on the charity album, A Very Special Christmas 2 (along with such gems as Darlene Love’s “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” and Luther Vandross’ “The Christmas Song”), Petty’s dashing ditty was a holiday hit straight out of the music gift box, with a drum based, jinglin’ rhythm that would make even Scrooge get into the holiday spirit. 

Rest in Peace, Mr. Tom Petty….and 2017, too. 

Now, let’s holiday groove like Rudolph, shall we? Yes. 

Cover photo courtesy of Rolling Stone