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Weekend Entertainment Groove

From the opening weekend of the Philadelphia Auto Show to the Grammy Awards from DMX at the TLA to a double dose of Umphrey’s McGee at The Fillmore to the……well, you get it as there are lots of pleasant distractions on the way this weekend to (sort of) keep our minds off of next weekend. 

Let’s do it. 

60th Annual Grammy Awards  While we simply can’t wait to see just how many trophies Bruno Mars and Jay Z will walk away with from their respective albums 24K Magic and 4:44 and of course, all of those sure-to-be standout performances from Lady Gaga, P!nk, Patti Lupone, U2, Kendrick Lamar, Elton John, Sam Smith among many, many others. But the one thing everyone is most stoked about is that the show in returning to New York City for the first time in fifteen years with a live music serving fresh from Madison Square Garden. Throw in the fact that it’s the 60th annual Grammy gala meaning that’s sure to be an evening full of entertainment magic we’ll all spilling tea about come Monday morning. Sunday/8 pm/CBS 

Sing Your Life Karaoke w/ Sara Sherr Since singing it all out is the best way to pass the excruciating time between now and next Sunday’s gigantic Super Bowl showdown, head out and say hi to Ms. Sherr and her always soaring Sing Your Life Karaoke collection, which is guaranteed to take over your song butchering pleasure all weekend (and week!) long at all 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, 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

The Humans The critically acclaimed story about a man named Erik Blake whose world–and family–begins to crumble after a weary sleepless night, The Humans have just begun taking over the Walnut Street Theatre for an eight week run that’s guaranteed to be nothing short of spectacular. Hailed by critics as “hilarious and unforgettable,” the show also bagged up twenty (!!) 2016 Best Play Awards, with one including a nice-and-shiny Tony Award. For much more on this incredible play, go right here….and then you know what to do…get those tickets because this is one show you don’t want to miss while it’s here in Philly. Walnut Street Theatre/Tonight-March 4th/Various showtimes &ticket prices/825 Walnut St.

DJ Jimmy DePre   You’ve got not one, but two strobe lit opportunities to slay alongside Mr. DePre and his collection of everythang at Tavern on Camac this weekend. Now, go. Tonight&Saturday/9 pm/Tavern on Camac/243 South Camac St. 

DJ Chris Urban Whether at Franky Bradley’s (10 pm, 1320 Chancellor St.) tonight, L’Etage (10pm, 624 South 6th St.) tomorrow night or this Sunday at Positano Coast (12pm-4pm, 212 Walnut St.) for your basic bish brunch pleasure, Mr. Urban has got you covered like the Eagles defense all weekend long with those grooves, gurl. 

Umphrey’s McGee w/ special guest Nicole Atkins Because ain’t no music party like an Umphrey’s McGee music party all weekend long said anyone who’s been to their shows..ever. Get those tickets and get ready to turn the volume all the way up because if there’s any music artist who can hype us up even more in time for next weekend, it’s certainly these guys right here. Friday & Saturday/The Fillmore/8 pm/29 E. Allen St. 

LiPSMACKERs In the words of event curator and beat maestro DJ Javascript-“Come dance like it’s 2001 all over again.” Enough said. Pass all of the Nelly and Destiny’s Child, like, now. Tonight/9 pm/Tabu Lounge & Sports Bar/200 South 12th St. 

DMX “How’s it Goin’ Down” and “Party Up(Up in Here)” for life.  Saturday/TLA Philly/8 pm/334 South St. 

The Johnny Shortcake Show  Fun for the whole entire family (and don’t forget grandma!), this one-of-kind children’s show by the one-and-only Mr. Shortcake (whom all of Philly knows as the exuberant Johnny Showcase) celebrates the art of silliness, music, important life lessons, music and of course, more music. With fun, whirling numbers along the way like  “Cupcake Tuesday,” and “Brushing your Teeth,” it’s guaranteed to give you (meaning you, so go and get those tickets) a whimsical experience for your weekend that you’ll never forget. By the way, it’s also BYOB…but please drink and chill respectively and responsibly for the love all things Philly entertainment. Saturday&Sunday/various showtimes/The Kimmel Center/330 South Broad St

Drag Your A** to Brunch   While tables for the one year drag-iversary of everyone’s phavorite last-Sunday-of-the-month local drag spectacle are sold out(you betta werk for next month, kween, they go quick), there’s still plenty of standing room for this beloved brunch event. So, tuck it all in and head to Bourbon & Branch this Sunday to see what kind of shenanigans you’ll be sashaying into when the fabulous Crystal Electra, Boylesque star Joey Martini, the insatiable Maria Top Catt and your always gaaay hostess, Mizz Brittany Lynn, own the Sunday stage for the most spectacular one year anniversary gala…of your life. Sunday/Doors/11am/Show/12pm/Bourbon & Branch/705 N. 2nd St. 

*Also don’t forget about the Philadelphia Auto Show kicking off this Saturday, January 27th through Sunday, February 4th at the Convention Center! Buckle up and go right here for more info!!*

Also on the local and legendary entertainment radar for your weekend…..

Friday…..

Diplo @Premier Nightclub (11 pm, 1 Borgata Way)……….Mark Knight @Rumor(10 pm, 1500 Sansom St.)……….(Blue October @World Cafe Live(7 pm, 3025 Walnut St.)………….Destroyer @Underground Arts(9 pm, 1200 Callowhill St.)…………The Devil Makes Three@Electric Factory(830 pm, 421 N. 7th St.)………..Typhoon@Union Transfer(7 pm, 1024 Spring Garden St.)……….Sunflower Bean@Everybody Hits(9 pm, 529 West Girard Ave)……….Big Head Todd & The Monsters@TLA(8 pm, 334 South St.)…………YBN Nahmir@Coda(830 pm, 1712 Walnut St.)…………..Day 26 @Voltage Lounge(9 pm, 421 N. 7th St.)…..Elephante@NOTO(10 pm, 1209 Vine St.)…….Aaron Thomas@Bourbon &Branch(9 pm, 705 N. 2nd St.)…..Jazz @The Library Bar(930 pm, 210 Rittenhouse Square) 

Saturday…..

Keys N Krates @District N9ne(9 pm, 460 N.9t St.)…………..DJ Rectangle@NOTO(10 pm, 1209 Vine St.)………….J Roddy Walston&The Business@World Cafe Live(9 pm, 1100 Pattison Avenue)………..Granger Smith@The Trocadero(8 pm, 1003 Arch St.)……….The Infamous Stringdusters@Union Transfer(8 pm, 1024 Spring Garden St.)…………Hemming/Former Belle@Ortlieb’s(8 pm, 847 N. 3rd St.)………….Resilient@Kung Fu Necktie(6 pm, 1248 N. Front St.)……….Joe Kenney @Fergie’s Pub(8 pm, 1214 Sansom St.)………Bang the Drum Philly@Club Mousai(10 pm, 1227 Walnut St.)

Sunday……..

Yo Gotti@NOTO(10 pm, 1209 Vine St.)………..Howie Day@World Cafe Live(8 pm, 3025 Walnut St.)…….Showtunes Sundays@Tavern on Camac(9 pm, 243 S. Camac St.)……….The Wood Brothers@Union Transfer(8 pm, 1024 Spring Garden St.)……….Instant Bingo@The Trocadero(5 pm, 1003 Arch St.)……….Sinful Sundays w/The Godess Isis@Tabu(10 pm, 200 South 12th St.)……..

For much, much more local and legendary Philadelphia entertainment shenanigans this weekend and beyond….check this...this and this out!! 

And while you’re at it, become a fan of Philly Mixtape right here and here

Go Birds! 

 

 

 

 

 

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Grammy Performance of the Day/Michael Jackson/”Bad” Medley

To say the 1988 Grammy Awards aren’t a piece of music history would be a huge understatement because holy shit…they most certainly are. 

Not only did U2’s world-changing The Joshua Tree set win Album of the Year, but Ms. Jody Watley snatched it all for Best New Artist and our oh, so dearly departed Ms. Whitney Houston’s opening performance of “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” only solidified her big win for Best Pop Female Vocal Performance that night. 

However, the true show stopping moment of the now three decade old evening (!!) occurred when the big, Bad maestro himself, Mr. Michael Jackson, took the stage to serve us with all kinds of life thanks to a career defining medley including “Man in the Mirror,” “The Way You Make Me Feel” and the record’s classic title track. 

While the rousing ten minute (!!) set became another exceptionally solidified reason as to why MJ will forever be the King of Pop, much to everyone’s surprise, Bad was completely shut out of every major category it was nominated in, which was rather shocking as it was this record where Jackson became–and is still is–the only male artist in Billboard chart history (Katy Perry claimed the diva crown with 2010’s Teenage Dream) to land five consecutive number one singles from one album. 

While we’ll never know why MJ only took home the Grammy for Best Engineered Non-Classical Album (say what?) that night, what we do know is that it really doesn’t matter because it’s performances like this one–and pretty much every other one he gave us–are the reason why everyone who takes that Grammy stage doesn’t hold a candle (although some have come close…but no) to what MJ bought on that legendary night thirty years ago as it will forever be in a magically BAD class of its own.

 

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Grammy Performance of the Day/Lady Gaga/”Born This Way”

We all know how it goes…..

……….there’s Grammy performances and then there’s Lady Gaga Grammy performances, which have more than proven over her now decade long career (yes The Fame is turning 10 this year and yes, you’re that old) to be some of the most fascinatingly bizarre and weirdly fabulous spectacles that we’ve ever witnessed in our entire pearl clutching lives. 

That statement certainly resides true in the future Las Vegas owning diva’s 2010 Grammy performance of “Born This Way” because you know…..the egg. 

While Ms. Germanotta’s performance of her still oh, so relevant anthem was absolutely Gaga-centric in all ways possible, it was her arrival on the red carpet straight from the supermarket that was just too far out-of-this-world (or should we say-out-of-this-chicken?)  for anyone to take seriously.

And if you did, you’re only kidding yourself because if Ryan Seacrest couldn’t, there’s no way you–or anyone–did for that matter. 

While we may never know if Gaga was truly incubating in that thing for three days (she spilled with Billboard that she really was..but where did she…oh, never mind, by the way, like, where is it??), we’re so lucky she’s toned down her bat-shit crazy ways as evident in her recent block buster Grammy nominated album, Joanne, which has certainly worked in all of the right ways….unlike that fucking egg. 

See you on the Grammy main stage this Sunday, gurl. 

Cover photo courtesy of Google