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Weekend Entertainment Groove

Hey there, first weekend of spring. 

Let’s do it…all. 

Sing Your Life Karaoke   Now, what could be better to celebrate the first official weekend of spring than belting out your favorite tune? Absolutely nothing. So, join Sing Your Life Karaoke goddess Sara Sherr all weekend (and week!) at any one of these fabulous Philly locations listed below and sing your little heart out.  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. Fri/9-1 Southhouse, 2535 S. 13th St. Saturday/9-1:45 Les & Doreen’s Happy Tap,1301 E Susquehanna Ave

Noises Off! A critically acclaimed show about a dress rehearsal gone awry, this Broadway darling has strutted into Philly for a fabulous spring run! But since this is the one that everyone will be buzzing about as we hop into April, get those good seats now and find out why The New York Times hails Noises Off as a show that “voyages to the outer limits of hilarity!” Go right here for much more fabulous info now!! Tonight through April 29th/Walnut Street Theatre/825 Walnut St. 

Rain:A Tribute to the Beatles A show that truly needs no explanation as anything and everything from the Fab Four still has the power to draw in audiences from across the globe. However, this year is extra special as the Beatles’ iconic record, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, is celebrating fifty years of captivating our lives. So, to commemorate this truly golden occasion, members of the critically acclaimed stage show have incorporated the entire album in their standout act……and they’re taking it to the beloved Academy of Music stage tonight for a limited engagement! But it’s only here until Sunday and this is one Philly run that you and the whole family don’t want to miss. For much more singing in the Rain, Philly Mixtape caught up with the incredible Steve Landes, who has effortlessly slipped into the role of John Lennon and is spilling all about it all right here. But first…get those tickets and Paul, George, John and Ringo will see you there!! Tonight through Sunday, March 25th/The Academy of Music/240 S. Broad St. 

qFLIX Philadelphia  Since there’s just so many rainbow-kissed cinema goodies in this year’s festival, you might as well go see them all while they’re still owning our lives until this Sunday. Go right here to learn more about this year’s supreme showings. Todrick Hall’s Behind the Curtain, anybody? Yas. Tonight-Sunday 

Demi Lovato/DJ Khaled  The time has come…for you to take your fave Demi grooves out of the shower (“Give Your Heart a Break” 4 lyfe, tho) and front-and-center at Wells Fargo Center, where she’ll no doubt be slaying alongside DJ Khaled tonight. Get those tickets while you can. 7 pm/Wells Fargo Center/3601 S. Broad St.

The Fifth Annual Red & White Ball   Because it’s never too late to get all dolled and gussied up and head to the hottest event of the Philly social season.  Not to mention, over the course of the past four years, this event has raised over 2 million dollars for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Now, that’s something worth getting all dressed up for. Saturday/6 pm/Philadelphia Marriott Downtown/1201 Market St./Get tickets 

NUMiNOUS Spring Art & Fashion Show  Slay the runway. Go right here for more info and you betta werk for your floral printed life. Saturday/8 pm/Philadelphia Brewing Co/2440 Frankford Ave

Philadelphia Gay Men’s Chorus:Two Boys Kissing With not one, but two performances taking over your Saturday, there’s no reason not to witness another standout performance from these truly talented gentlemen. Oh, wait, the Columbus Gay Men’s Chorus will also be joining the guys so there’s one more. Go. Saturday/2 pm/8 pm/Lutheran Church of the Holy Communion/2110 Chestnut St. 

Bronco:An All-Male Singing & Stripping Revue  The title of this event says it all, guys and gals. Giddy on up right here for more (or less..) info and then….get ready. Sunday/730 pm/Franky Bradley’s/1320 Chancellor St. 

What Could Go Wrong? Burlesque Troubleshooting & Craft Brunch  Okay, so..you’re a superstar owning the stage in all of your glory…and just when you think nothing can go wrong..there goes a major wardrobe malfunction and it’s all just hanging  out there for the world to see. So, what the f@ck do you do? Lucky for all of Philly and beyond, Bearlesque champion Turnpyke will be spilling all of the tea this Sunday during brunch on just what to do in such situations and chaos, all while you sip mimosas as far as the tassels can twirl. Sunday/12 pm/Victoria Freehouse/10 S. Front St. 

Drag Your A** To Brunch  If you’re one of the very few City of Brotherly Love-ians who haven’t helped celebrate Philly Drag Mafia diva Brittany Lynn’s 22nd birthday this month, you’ve got one more chance to bow down this weekend, kween! But since she can’t, um, blow out all of those candles on her own at this point (seriously, there’s been 75 celebrations), she’s enlisted the help and talents of Crystal Electra, Joey Martini, Princess Larisa, Connor Michalchuk and DJ Prince Pimb to throw down the most glitter filled Sunday Funday birthday/brunch drag-stravaganza that Philly’s ever experienced. Don’t miss it!!  Sunday/Doors/11 am/Show/12pm/Bourbon & Branch/705 N. 2nd St. 

For your dancing pleasure this weekend………

Dj Jimmy DePre @Tavern on Camac (Fri&Sat/9 pm/243 S. Camac St.)………DJ Stevie J @NOTO(tonight/10 pm/1209 Vine St.)………….LUZCID@District N9ne(tonight/930 pm/460 N. 9th St.)…………….Elohim@Coda(tonight/8 pm/1712 Walnut St.)…………DJ Mighty Mike Saga@Voltage Lounge(Saturday/9 pm/421 N. 7th St.)………….Nervo@Golden Nugget Hotel & Casino(Saturday/10 pm//1 Brigantine Blvd.)……DJ AMMO@NOTO(Saturday/10 pm/1209 Vine St.)……..DJ Chris Urban @L’Etage (Saturday/9 pm/624 S. 6th St.) and Positano Coast (Sunday/12pm/212 Walnut St.) 

Also on the funkdafied front lines for your Friday……

Philly’s Foxes @ Franky Bradley’s (830 pm/1320 Chancellor St.)……..Don Q/A Boogie Wit da Hoodie@The Fillmore(8 pm, 29 East Allen St.)…………..New Politics@TLA(7 pm, 334 South St.)………….Son Lux@The Foundry (8 pm, 29 E. Allen St.)…………Norma Jean@Voltage Lounge(8 pm, 421 N. 7th St.)……….Gang of Youths@Underground Arts(7 pm, 1200 Callowhill St.)………Penske File@Kung Fu Necktie Upstairs(7 pm, 1250 N. Front St.)………….Hound and Heavy Temple@Ortlieb’s(8 pm, 847 N. 3rd St.)………Mike Casey@Philadelphia Museum of Art(6 pm, 26th St/Ben Franklin Parkway)……….

Saturday….

Dan Auerbach@Union Transfer(830 pm, 1024 Spring Garden St.)…………Walk Off The Earth@The Fillmore(8 pm, 29 E. Allen St.)………..No Vacation@Everybody Hits(7 pm, 529 West Girard Ave)………….The Strypes@Underground Arts(9 pm, 1200 Callowhill St.)……………Marlon Williams@Johnny Brenda’s(9 pm, 1201 Frankford Ave)………..Boogie T@TLA(8 pm, 334 South St.)…………Zuli@Kung Fu Necktie(7 pm, 1248 N. Front St.)……..Vanderlyle@Ortlieb’s(847 N. 3rd St.)……

Sunday…..

Solstice:A Queer Sunday Tea @Maison 208(3 pm/208 S. 13th St.)…………..Glen Hansard@Union Transfer(8 pm, 1024 Spring Garden St.)……..Our Last Night@TLA(630 pm/334 South St.)……..Showtunes Sundays@Tavern on Camac(9 pm, 243 S. Camac St.)……….Nana Grizol@Everybody Hits(830 pm, 529 West Girard Ave)……………Red Sun Rising @The Foundry(730 pm, 1000 Frankford Ave)………..Theo Katzman@Boot & Saddle(830 pm, 1131 S. Broad St.)………..Sinful Sundays w/The Goddess Isis@Tabu(10 pm, 2000 South 12th St.)……..

 

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Music Tea w/Felix and the Future

In today’s somewhat confusing(not to mention…so f@cking frustrating)times, it might seem a bit intimidating for an aspiring performer to just get out there and truly be themselves out of fears of this puzzle that has become our everyday lives. 

But really, where’s the fun in that?

In fact, now is the absolute best time for all of us to be who we are, whether on or off the music block.

And if there’s one invigorating performer out there who’s not just delivering a unique, out-of-this-world sound, but is also inspiring others to just simply….be themselves….it’s Mexican-American queer pop artist, Felix and the Future

Hailing from Brooklyn (and will hopefully be serving the likes of Philly very soon), Felix has crafted a style, sass and sound that has carved him out as a force to be reckoned with in the LGBTQ community, with this being in correspondence to the vivid response to his latest album, Holy Hands Vol 2 (go here), which has caught the eyes of ears of fans across the country.

However……you betta call Pink because Mr. Felix is just getting the party started. Just ask OUT Magazine, Heart is a Spade and Golden Press who’ve had nothing but fabulous things to say about Felix and the Future’s visually and electronically stimulating new clip, “Karen,” which is only a true pre-cursor to his latest intergalactic set. 

And since you’ve been such good guys, gals and gays, you’ll get to hang out with “Karen” below, but first get to know Felix as he stopped by Philly Mixtape for a far out music tea about, well,….it all

Take a sip….you’ll be glad you did. 

First up, spill for everyone about where you pull your musical influences and style from…  I am very inspired by Clara Rockmore, the virtuoso theremin player and the incredible uneasiness of music that she brought to the world. It was beautiful, otherworldly and also a bit sad. Klaus Nomi is another inspiration. He was so ahead of his time and so bizarrely talented, but had his career cut short by AIDS. If you don’t know his music, please look it.

Okay, let’s get this one out of the way because it stumps everybody….shout out a few albums you simply can’t live and breathe without…. I couldn’t live without The Hours soundtrack composed by Phillip Glass. (I’m actually listening to it right now.) it sends me into a deep meditative place that makes me hyper focused. I imagine that’s what Ritalin is like for college kids studying, although I’ve never taken it. I [also] couldn’t live without Boys for Pele by Tori Amos. When I listen to this album I see a black void with iridescent images floating in and out like storytelling angels. The level of imagination and surrealism inspires me every time. Kate bush’s Aerial is the album I listen to when I want to be bathed in sunlight. It floods me like July and it helps me through winter days.

Let’s spill about your riveting new set, How did it all come to light?  It came to light through darkness. Almost none of the songs take place during the daytime. I was on a night train in Southeast Asia when I started writing Karen. She was the gateway song into black space. For me, I was at a crossroads. Each song, like a mini planet, pulled up memories, dreams, failures, and struggles that had been bubbling under for years. Once I started writing they poured out of me like a fountain. I made a conscious decision to look into the face of everyone who made me feel inadequate, who mocked me, and also those that I had wronged and used my songs to speak to them. Maybe the songs will keep them from haunting me. Or maybe they are now e-ghosts! 

What are some other messages you hope to get across through your music and performances? The songs are a sanctuary for those in need. They are strange and sometimes disturbing, but they allow you to be whoever you want to be and take what you want to take. I hope the songs help you mine for your inner diamond.

What are some words of inspiration you would personally give to those who may be struggling through to make it in today’s tough times? Nothing is real. Reality isn’t real. Social media isn’t real. Everything is an illusion, and an illusion for you to mold to your liking with a little bit of glitter and resourcefulness.

What’s next for Felix and the Future on the 2018 horizon?  I’ll be on a mini tour with Hunger City this coming June. It’ll be East Coast/West Coast! He and I are also doing a weekly music + life chat via Instagram Live every Sunday at 10PM. So if you want us to come to your city hit us up! My new video A Voice from the Future will be premiering in the next couple of weeks with director Michael Saint-Onge. I’m playing at Transpecos next month. I’m shooting more music videos this spring and working on a Photo Concept Project with the photographer Joe Kramm.

One last sip…….describe Holy Hands Vol. 2 album in one word… Translunar

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‘Rain’ Tea w/Steve Landes

If there’s one thing that we can all agree on as time (quickly!) flies by, it’s that the sound, style and legacy of the Beatles will remain timeless for all of music eternity. 

Not only did the Fab Four change the entertainment landscape for which we lay our headphones upon into a brighter, bolder place, but they also provided us with a soundtrack that is still very, very, very much celebrated today just the same as when they stole our hearts appearing on The Ed Sullivan Show all the way back in 1965. 

Remember? Of course you do. 

In music fact, one of their most celebrated records, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, is celebrating fifty years of captivating our lives this year. So, to commemorate this truly golden occasion, members of the critically acclaimed stage show, Rain:A Tribute to the Beatles, have incorporated the entire album in their standout act.

And guess what?

They’re taking it to the beloved Academy of Music stage this Friday for a limited engagement that’s not to be missed…seriously. 

Yes, get those tickets and join Paul Curatolo(Paul McCartney), Aaron Chiazza, (Ringo Starr), Alastar McNeil  (George Harrison) and Steve Landes (John Lennon) as they not only deliver a show full of that one-of-a-kind Sgt. Pepper life and legacy, but a night out that any Beatles fan will never forget anytime soon. 

And as fabulous luck would have it, the multi, multi-talented Mr. Landes was kind enough to stop by Philly Mixtape for a hearty spot of Rain tea, where he broke mugs about his favorite tunes, what he wants the audience to take away from the show, and of course, just how he came to play the legendary John Lennon. 

It’s all here and so much more. There’s really nothing else to say except….get ready, Philly. 

Okay, first up….how does it feel to be a part of such a legendary show like Rain? It feels really great to be performing this particular version of our show, with the whole Sgt Pepper album included in our performance. The songs on that album were really groundbreaking at the time, and they hold up. This album really could’ve been made this year, and not 1967!

Tell everyone the story of how you came to play John Lennon…. My parents and my older sisters were Beatles fans back in the day. So by the time I came along, years later, The Beatles’ records were still some of the albums my family would play regularly. So The Beatles were always a part of my life. From there, I sang around the house as a kid, and wanted to learn to play guitar. My parents bought me my first guitar for my 10th birthday, and some of the first songs I learned to play were Beatles songs, of course! From there, I came to connect to John Lennon, his music, and his message of peace & love, more so than the other Beatles, so when the chance came up to do this sort of thing onstage, it was he who I wanted to portray. Studying the recordings & videos, reading all of the books I could get my hands on, just doing as much research as possible to him embody his character onstage, was, and is, an ongoing process.

Besides the Beatles–obviously!!–what are some of your personal musical influences? One of my favorite artists outside of The Beatles is New Zealand singer/songwriter Neil Finn, of the bands Split Enz & Crowded House. But growing up in the Philly area, I was really immersed in the Philly sounds growing up, from listening to Fifties and Sixties music on Oldies Station WFIL, to all the pop-soul stuff going on as I was growing up, like Hall & Oates, and the Philly Soul sound. I think that really helped shaped my tastes and musical styling. I love everything in that rock/pop/soul vein, from Marvin Gaye to Adele.

Speaking of Philly, as well as audiences everywhere, what is the one thing you hope they take away from this production of ‘Rain?’One of things I hope, when they see us performing the songs live, is that people realize what a great band The Beatles were. I feel that they’re still underrated as musicians (except – maybe people realize what a great bass player Paul was). But they were all incredible rock musicians, and really just a good solid rock band altogether. Also, the message of John Lennon’s and The Beatles’ music is one of positivity, and hope – Give Peace A Chance, ‘take a sad song and make it better’, All You Need Is Love. These are important messages, and I think we need them now more than ever. I hope audiences take that hope, positivity, and peace, love, & happiness with them after seeing our show. I know The Beatles’ music has the power to do that.

What has doing this show meant to you personally? Personally, this whole experience so far has been a dream come true, a real labor of love. The rest of the original Rain band members and I created the show, so seeing some of the things I suggested actually get used as a part of the show was exciting, and seeing what the other guys had come up with to create the show was equally exciting. It was quite the creative process for all of us, and we continue to add new elements to it all the time, such as the Sgt. Pepper album this time out. So that side of it is exciting for me, and I’m sure for the other guys as well.

What words of wisdom would you give any young dude or diva out there who decided right this second to enter this crazy music and entertainment business? If you find something you love to do, and it makes you happy, like singing, acting, playing guitar, or creating something — do it, do it, do it, do it, do it!! People can be negative sometimes – Don’t let anyone or anything keep you from doing it. Keep your options open, be willing to listen & pay your dues. And in the words of Del Paxton from “That Thing You Do”, “Watch your money; you’ll land on your feet”.

One last spot of tea……describe ‘Rain’ in 1 word….  LOVE. Audiences love The Beatles, what their music means to them, and how the love and brotherhood of those four guys affect them. We do what we do because we love the music, we have an admiration and respect for what The Beatles accomplished musically, and have a passion for recreating it live onstage.

For much, much more Rain tea (and to get to know the talents of each of the guys), check this out

Cover photo courtesy of The Kimmel Center

Get those tickets.