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Grammy Performances of the Day/Adele/”Hello”/”Fastlove”

Are you ready for some……..Grammy action? 

Yes, before we get down to next weekend’s bigger-than-big Super Bowl showdown (anyone know who’s in it?? Of course we do…f@cking go, Birds!), the 60th annual Grammy Awards will be singing their way into our lives at 8 pm this Sunday on CBS. 

And no, you’re not losing your mind, they’re on in January this year to avoid scheduling complications with the 2018 Winter Olympics,  which will be airing on the network a few weeks later.

So, with that being said, the time is, like, right now to get all sorts of prepped up for this weekend’s show (check out the full list of nominees right here) to see how many more Grammys Bruno Mars and Jay Z will be placing on their mantle (Alessia Cara for Best New Artist?) and of course, just what everyone will be wearing as the fashion on display is just as important as to who’s going to snatch the whole entire evening in the palm of their musical hand. 

But alas……the performances that take place on music’s biggest night are truly what we come for, and this year is certainly no exception as Lady Gaga, P!nk, Childish Gambino, Little Big Town, Ben Platt, Patti LuPone, Bruno Mars, Cardi B, DJ Khaled, Rihanna, Bryson Tiller, Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee, SZA, Kesha, Kendrick Lamar, U2, Elton John, Miley Cyrus, Sam Smith, Eric Church, Maren Morris and Brothers Osborne are all set to take the Super Bowl, err, (not there yet…), Grammy stage this Sunday to serving us with an evening that music fans from all over the globe will never forget. 

Before we all get to break 2018 Grammy tea mugs, it’s always delightful and most highly appropriate to take a gander back to past performances and scene stealing moments, as much is the case when last year’s show can be summed up in one word…Adele. Not only did the 25 diva big up five trophies that night including Album, Record and Song of the Year, but she gave us not one, but two legendary performances. 

First, opening up the ceremony with a slaying and soaring performance of “Hello,” which was followed a tad bit later with a tribute to the late and forever great George Michael with a performance of “Fastlove.” But much to our dismay, this wasn’t just another spectacular performance from the English Breakfast tea sipping diva because when it didn’t start off to her own perfection, Adele took care of business the only way she knows how…by being fucking Adele and cursing on live television. Priceless. 

However….while those moments come oh, so close, the moment Adele truly stole the show occurred at the very end of the night when 25 took home the Album of the Year trophy in which the “Rolling in the Deep” songstress accepted her trophy…and then broke off a piece for her new bestie, Beyoncé, and Emma Gerber, too!

Delivering an empowering speech, Adele spilled to Bey how the award should be hers and how she didn’t understand how Lemonade didn’t win as it was–and still is–a dominating force to be reckoned with. This was quickly followed by the “Set Fire to the Rain” owner literally breaking her Grammy into pieces for the world to see while at the same time giving us a timeless moment that quickly became a heavenly slice of music history.

Only at the Grammys, kids. So, who’s ready for this Sunday? Everyone. 

Cover photo courtesy of The Indian Express 

 

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Weekend Entertainment Groove

Let’s weekend as if our name is The Weeknd because there’s lots and lots of things to do along the way leading up to, ya know, that game on Sunday. 

Let’s do it and Fly, Eagles, Fly

Sing Your Life Karaoke w/ Sara Sherr While everyone in the city is sooo over this winter already, that shouldn’t stop you from heading out to warm up those vocal chords thanks to the fabulous Ms. Sherr and her extensive collection of Sing Your Life Karaoke grooves, which are bound to take over your song butchering pleasure all weekend 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

Les Miserables You’ve witnessed the long-running Broadway musical in all of its glory and you wish it was you who won the Academy Award instead of Anne Hathaway for the 2012 film version because you belt out ‘I Dreamed a Dream’ so much better than she can. And of course, most importantly…you are Susan Boyle. But now here’s your chance to catch this blockbuster musical while it’s here in Philly…but you better hurry because like the best kind of “Dream,” the critically acclaimed national production is only here for a few more magical moments (until this Sunday, to be exact, and yes, they’re still expecting a packed house during the big game so you won’t feel so alone in missing the live play-by-plays), so grab those tickets…now. Go right here to do it. Tonight-Sunday/The Academy of Music @The Kimmel Center/Various showtimes & ticket prices/240 S. Broad St.

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.

Majid Jordan In what’s shaping up to be a smokin’ hot weekend at The Fillmore (keep on scrollin’), this red-hot Canadian R&B duo responsible for such bedroom bangers as “Gave Your Love Away” and “One I Want” are sure to heat you up in all of the right ways..Tonight/830 pm/The Fillmore/29 E. Allen St. 

Alex Aiono First, watch Mr. Aiono’s sexy clip for his highly underrated banger, “Work the Middle,” then grab your tickets to see him dance it all out over at The Foundry tonight. 730 pm/29 E. Allen St.

Get You a Girl Who Can Do Both  A smart, sexy and sultry show featuring an all-star cast of fierce local Burlesque divas including Mina Minou, Dorian Helena, Icon Ebony Fierce, Veronica Vicious, Scarlett Cerise, Ms. Honeytree EvilEye and DJ Flrt Vonnegut get ready for an informative Friday night featuring stylish lectures on a variety of topics rockin’ our worlds, which will be followed by incredible performances that you won’t forget anytime soon. It’s really that simple…so be smart and go! Tonight/Ruba Club/9 pm/416 Green St. 

The Eric Jaffe Show Amidst the tidal waves of green you’ll see all over the city this weekend, you’ll also be splashed with flecks of purple thanks to the always slaying Mr. Eric Jaffe, who’s returning to Tavern on Camac this weekend with his ukulele and lots and lots of extra-ness fresh for the new year. Also along for the ride will be local Philly talents Keely Siblia, Joe Macky, Sara Flail and Christina Higgins, all of whom will give you a glitter-bombed evening you’ll never forget. And as always, Absolut will be your fabulous sponsor and there’s never any cover, gurl. . Saturday/730 pm/Tavern on Camac/243 S. Camac St. 

Pop Muzik Celebrates Erasure  There’s really not too much to say here since we all know that DJ Robert Drake has been patiently waiting to serve the City of Brotherly Love with some New Wave realness to get us even more jazzercise-d up ahead of Sunday’s big game. As if that were possible…he’s certainly going to try this Saturday night at Club Mousai, kids. 10 pm/1227 Walnut St. 

Walk the Moon  Because you just belted out “Shut Up and Dance” in the shower this morning and because they most likely won’t hit the stage until the game is close to being over. And because WTM lead singer Nicholas Pettricia is like, really, really cute. So, wins all around. Grab those tickets while you can. Sunday/8 pm/The Fillmore/29 E. Allen St. 

Lana Del Rey   Because a little “Summertime Sadness” in the dead of winter is always a good idea. And although we tried really, really hard to get the “Young and Beautiful” songstress to move her show away from Sunday’s NFC Championship game (read this) unfortunately it can’t be done. Only in Philly. Sunday/8 pm/Wells Fargo Center/3601 South Broad St. 

Also for your dancin’ and prancin’ pleasure this weekend……..

DJ Jimmy DePre @Tavern on Camac (Friday & Saturday, 9 pm, 243 S. Camac St.)…….. Haus:UV@Tabu Lounge & Sports Bar (Friday, 10 pm, 200 South 12th St.)………..Felix Da Housecat @Coda(Friday, 11pm, 1712 Walnut St.)…..Cosmic Gate @Rumor (Friday, 11 pm, 1500 Sansom St.)………Boombox Cartel @NOTO(Friday, 10 pm, 1209 Vine St.)……..Cash Cash @Hilton Penn’s Landing (Saturday, 8 pm, 201 S. Christopher Columbus Blvd.)…..Chachi@NOTO(Saturday, 11 pm, 1209 Vine St.) 

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

Rufus Wainwright @Kimmel Center(3 pm, 700 S. Broad St.)…………..Say Anything/Tim Kasher @The Trocadero(730 pm, 1003 Arch St., Saturday, too!)………..Free Throw @Johnny Brenda’s(8 pm, 529 West Girard Ave)……….Tropic of Cancer@Johnny Brenda’s Downstairs(10 pm, 1201 Frankford Ave)………Alex Bugnon @South(9 pm, 600 N. Broad St.)…………Air Is Human @Ortliebs(8 pm, 847 N. 3rd St.)……..American Dinosaur@Milkboy Philly(830 pm, 1100 Chestnut St.)……….722 @Boot & Saddle(8 pm, 1131 S. Broad St. )……..Andrew Devlin@Dolphin Tavern(10 pm, 1539 S. Broad St.) 

Saturday…..  

Flobots@Coda(8 pm, 1712 Walnut St.)……..Chase Rice @The Fillmore(8 pm, 29 E. Allen St.)……..BoomBox @Union Transfer(9 pm, 1024 Spring Garden St.)………Cormega and Viking@Voltage Lounge (9 pm, 421 N. 7th St.)……..U.S. Bombs@Kung Fu Necktie(530 pm, 1248 N. Front St.)…….Tessa Violet and Secret Midnight Press@Boot & Saddle(830 pm, 1131 S. Broad St.)……..Mach 22@Milkboy Philly(8 pm, 1100 Chestnut St.)…….Creem Circus@The Barbary(830 pm, 951 Frankford Ave)…….Sorted@The Dolphin Tavern(10 pm, 1539 S. Broad St.) 

Sunday……. 

E-A-G-L-E-S!  Enough said. 

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Tuesday Entertainment Groove

First up, a little (or a lot) of “Linger” by The Cranberries in tribute to the late Dolores O’Riordan, whom the music world–and beyond–lost yesterday at the gone-too-soon age of 46. 

Then a list of fun events to cheer you up on this pre-snow Tuesday night. Don’t worry, it’s not going to be that bad. 

Sing Your Life Karaoke w/ Sara Sherr While it may be more frozen than Madonna outside, that shouldn’t stop you from heading out to warm up those vocal chords thanks to the fabulous Ms. Sherr and her extensive collection of Sing Your Life Karaoke grooves, which are bound to take over your song butchering pleasure all 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

Les Miserables You’ve witnessed the long-running Broadway musical in all of its glory and you wish it was you who won the Academy Award instead of Anne Hathaway for the 2012 film version because you belt out ‘I Dreamed a Dream’ so much better than she can. And of course, most importantly…you are Susan Boyle. But now here’s your chance to catch this blockbuster musical while it’s here in Philly…but you better hurry because like the best kind of “Dream,” the critically acclaimed national production is only here for a few more magical moments, so you better grab those tickets…now. Go right here to do it. Tonight-Sunday, January 21st/The Academy of Music @The Kimmel Center/Various showtimes & ticket prices/240 S. Broad St.

Michael Wolff/Fire & Fury  Does this one really need an explanation? Most likely not since you’re already waiting in line at the Free Library to see the much, much, much buzzed about author of that book. 730/Philadelphia Free Library/1901 Vine St. 

West Philadelphia Orchestra Looking to put a true entertainment jolt in your week? Really, who isn’t?), then you must head over to Franky Bradley’s tonight where the WPO will be more than waiting for you with all of that bangin’ brass and then some. 9 pm/1320 Chancellor St.

Equality PA Philly Happy Hour   If you’re in the mood to mingle with the boys and show your love to a wonderful organization (check out Equality Pennsylvania right here), then head over to Tabu tonight for a special happy hour that’s all about the love and of course, being as fabulous as we possibly can. Because, really, there is no other way. Tabu Lounge & Sports Bar/7 pm/200 South 12th St. 

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 is taking over the Walnut Street Theatre Winner beginning this evening 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. 

Also live and ready for your Tuesday night pleasure…….

Future Sound @Johnny Brenda’s Downstairs(8 pm, 1201 N. Frankford Ave)…………Dan Kassel @World Cafe Live(8 pm, 3025 Walnut St.)……..The Missed Munsons @Bourbon & Branch(7 pm, 705 N. 2nd St.)…………..The Shining Free Screening @Tattoed Mom(8 pm, 530 South St.)…….Harry Potter Pub Trivia Books 5 & 6 @Sona Pub & Kitchen(830 pm, 4417 Main St.)………Sing Along w/Dr. Dazzle@12 Steps Down(9 pm, 831 Christian St.)