Rewerk Wednesday/3LAU

Who’s ready for a little–or a f@#k of–a lot of Vegas inspired DJ heat down at the Jersey Shore this weekend?

If you answered hells yes to that question, then you’re sick and tired of Celine Dion singing the Titanic theme in your head because icebergs everywhere right now and you’re more than ready to get your funkdafied freak on and stuff as we kick off February.

Or, you’re more than ready to dive into whatever electrified shenanigans Las Vegas based music producer and DJ 3LAU has planned for his takeover of Atlantic City’s Hard Rock Hotel & Casino’s Daer Nightclub this upcoming Saturday night. 

Yeah, that’s definitely it. 

Known for his eclectic mix of electro, dubstep and house music influences, 3LAU(real name…Justin Blau) was born in Syossett, New York in 1991 and eventually moved to Las Vegas with his family in 2004. However, this seemed like a destined place for Blau to be as he was born into a creative household and began singing and playing guitar right as he arrived in the city of sin. 

But it wasn’t until traveling in Sweden in his early ’20s that Blau dove into the wonderfully weird and inspiring world of house music. By the end of 2011, his moniker 3LAU was officially born and the soon-to-be red-hot DJ uploaded a mix of his mash-ups to YouTube. It wasn’t long before his collection caught the headphones’ attention of superstar beat maestros Porter Robinson and Bob Sinclair, both of whom collaborated with 3LAU on his debut (and currently ongoing) series, Dance Floor Filth

From that dirty ditty moment, he would not just go on to serve out a handful of hits along the way including “We Came to Bang” (w/Luciana), “Is It Love”(w/Yeah Boy), “Game Time”(w/Ninja), and “Touch,” a sexually somber electro jam co-starring the soul piercing vocals of Ms. Carly Paige…pure beat bliss. 

But that’s certainly not all when it comes to 3LAU’s massively shimmering catalog as he’s also rewired some of the biggest names in the biz along with their hits including Zedd’s “Spectrum,” Katy Perry’s “Bon Appetit,” Adele’s “Set Fire to the Rain,” and his most deeply delicious (and most well-known) rewerk to date, a bubbly retelling of Ari Grande’s “Into You.” 

It’s all of this and more that we hope the globe trotting and dance chart owning DJ will dish out at Daer Nightclub this weekend. There’s really only one way to find out…get those tickets and pump up the volume until we smash into spring.

Right, Ms. Dion? Yes. Go…as those 3LAU beats will certainly be going on and on until we just can’t take it anymore. Lucky for us, we can. 

For many more fist pumpin’ activities like this all year-long and beyond, own the floor with Philly Mixtape right here and here

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Weekly Entertainment Groove

Happy second full week of 2019

Who’s off to a good start, already?

If you’re not quite there yet (it’s all good, the year is young), then this list of local and legendary entertainment happenings around the town is  just what you need to rev up your 2019 engine. 

Now, there’s nothing left to do except put the pedal to the entertainment metal and drive.

And is that Kacey Musgraves stopping by The Fillmore this week? Why, yes, yes it is…go. 

Beautiful:The Carole King Musical  Oh, the days when the legendary Carole King’s Billboard chart defying 1971 record, Tapestry, ruled the world. Oh, wait, it all certainly still most does. In fact, you can ask anyone who’s witnessed any of the performances from the first-week run of the Tony Award grabbing musical and they’ll tell you that the preceding statement is absolutely true. And you, too, can experience the magic that will forever be laced in this heart warming show as tonight kicks off another full week of stellar performances at the Academy of Music! We could say much more here, but chances are, you got “I Feel the Earth Move” stuck in your head the second you saw the name Carole King and got your tickets five minutes ago. And if you haven’t..go..your 2019 self will thank you very, very much. (Tonight-Sunday, January 20th

Sing Your Life Karaoke  New year, new you? Well, take your newly reinvented self over to any of these phabulous Philly locations listed below where the always lovely Sara Sherr will be waiting for you with her always warming Sing Your Life Karaoke collection. There’s really nothing left to do now but sing, sing, saaang it out all year long! C’mon, you know you want to. Sun/9-2/Bob and Barbara’sTues/9-2/12 Steps Down Thurs/9-2/Milkboy South Street Fri/9-1/Southhouse Saturday/9-1:45/Les & Doreen’s Happy Tap   

Charlotte’s Web/Arden Theatre Company  The rumors are true….the Arden’s critically acclaimed production of E.B. White‘s still delightful children’s book has been extended through Sunday, February 3rd! But since we’re (somehow) already in the middle of January, that date will be here soon, so don’t waste any time in you and the whole family grabbing those tickets! Plus, you’ll be able to see what else the Arden has in store for 2019 and it’s a guarantee that its a whole lot of everything and more that you’ll absolutely love. Enjoy the shows!

Late Night Laughs/Tavern on Camac Garfield is absolutely right…Mondays suck. But you know what helps those start-of-the-week doldrums right out? A little laughter, of course. Actually, it’s the key to this so-called life, so get ready to loosen and liven up your Monday night well-being! Tonight, join your esteemed hosts, Jordan Kapil and Brooks Corbett, as they serve out a side-splitting open mic night this side of the rainbow! So, all you (meaning you, you hilarious thang,),need to know is sign ups start at 730 with the grand show at 8pm sharp! Ready, set, ha ha funny. 

The Warm up #27/The Boom Boom Room  So, what’s all of this BBR fuss about? Well, if you’re down with good vibes, underground grooves, slick beats and pleasant company, than this is the party for you. According to the event’s official Facebook page……”The Warm Up is a live music event that is partly curated and partly free flow offering Featured Acts as well as an Open Mic element that aims to unite seasoned musicians with soul driven musical novices. The event’s host and visionary, Geri Omni aka Omni MC, aims to bring our musical community together in an environment that both honors our city’s great musical masters as well as fosters our up and coming artists with collaborative sonic expression and inspiring entertainment. And all this before bedtime!!!” Now, doesn’t that sound like a lovely way to jumpstart your week? Absolutely. Go right here for much more info and then go get your Boom Boom right on..because we must. (Tonight/7 pm

A$AP Rocky/Liacouras Center  We’re not ready…actually, wait, yes we are because it’s going to be that kind of live music year this side of the Ben Franklin. Bag those tickets up and of course, #F@#kin Problems” 4 lyfe. (Tuesday/8 pm

BalletX Artist Spotlight Spring Series 2019  If you’re one of the many who’ve gotten to live in the bask of a Philly BalletX performance and wondered the who’s, what’s, where’s, why’s and how’s of, well, it all, this Wednesday night you’ll have a jumpin’ chance of getting a toe tap closer to the local entertainment truth. Join 2019 Choreographic Fellow Katarzyna Skarpetowska and Nicolo Fonte for an in-depth discussion and everything and more that make up one of Philly’s hardest working entertainment dance troupes. If you’re in the mood to be dazzled (really, who isn’t?), then this is the tea for you. Dance it on out right here like you mean it for more info and ticket sales. (Wednesday/530 pm

The Everything Show/L’Etage  So, which phenomenal Philly performer has what it takes to be our everythang and more? You’re about to find out as this season’s hottest competition show over at L’Etage is about to heat up in week seven as the contestants will be asked to belt out a tune….for their talented lives. It also doesn’t hurt (well, maybe a little) that your judges (and yes, thy will be) including Miss Troy, Turn Pyke, Ron Binary and your host, Sir Eric Jaffe, will be spilling some advice tea along this journey to see who has what it takes to be the fiercest everything king or kween in all of the Philadelphia land. (Every Wednesday/10 pm

Underground w/DJ KRK/Voyeur Philly  Have you stepped into the Underground with the always yas worthy DJ KRK yet? If not, you betta, because when it comes to the launch of his new downstairs Friday par-tay at Voyeur, the volume on those beats is only going to go all the way up..and you won’t want to miss any of it. Oh, and if you dance it on over to his official website and Soundcloud pages, you’re bound to bump into a couple of more treats. Get ready to werk it out with DJ KRK every Friday night….only at Voyeur, kids, kweens, guys and gals. (Every Friday/10 pm

Kacey Musgraves/The Fillmore So, what’s going to happen when everyone’s favorite CMA winner for Album of the Year takes over the Fillmore this Friday night? Well, there’s truly only way to find out….giddy up here for one of those last remaining tickets right here (seriously!) because this is one show and one extraordinary country diva energy and talent that we could all use in our lives right now. (8 pm

Also spinning on the local and legendary entertainment turn tables for your…..

Monday/January 14th 

Tigerbeats Indie Dance Party @The Barbary(10 pm)…………Monday Night Raw @St. Lazarus Bar(10 pm)………..Screening of Venom @The Trocadero(630 pm)……2019 Open Auditions for Old City Sweethearts(click here to check it out, 630 pm)………Melange Jazz Duo @Sassasfrass Bar(630 pm)……..Karaoke Takeover @Infusion Lounge(9 pm)……..La Noche w/ Dawn Drake @The Kimmel Center(8 pm)….

Tuesday/January 15th 

A Comedy of Tenors @Walnut Street Theatre (check website for showtimes and tickets…through March 3rd!…..Mean Girls Trivia @Landmark Americana University (9 pm)……….High on Fire @TLA(8 pm)………..Turn Out Tuesdays w/Iris Spectre @Boxers PHL730 pm)……….Pizza (!!) After Dark @Pizzeria Vetri(830 pm)………The Lemon Twigs@Boot & Saddle(7 pm)…….Made & Friends Album Release Party @The Fire(7 pm)…….Act Of/Friendship @Space 1026(7 pm)………One Hit Wonder Onesie Karaoke @National Mechanics(9 pm)……..The Ones You Forgot @Haus of Yarga(7 pm)………Pawcasso @Urban Village Brewing Company (6 pm)……….

Wednesday/January 16th 

Mineral @TLA(8 pm)………….January QOTA @Barcelona Wine Bar (6 pm)…………Noel Coward’s Fallen Angels @Mauckingbird Theatre (7 pm)………..Itchy Kisses & Moon-Liters@Ortlieb’s(7 pm)……….Pay What You Can:74 Seconds To Judgement @Arden Theatre Company(8 pm)……….Unknown Pleasures @The Dolphin Tavern (10 pm)……….Freak Flag w/DJ Jeff White @The International Bar(8 pm)……….

Thursday/January 17th 

Ookay@The Foundry(9 pm)……….Montana of 300 @Voltage Lounge……Mad World:The New Wave Dance Party @The Barbary (10 pm)……….Philly’s Official BACK to School Party @Concourse Dance Bar (10 pm)……..Raw Street Presents Ric Rac Wit @Connie’s Ric Rac(7 pm)………..Dance Republic Presents Bachata Thursdays @Lucha Cartel(10 pm)…….Ritz East Red Carpet:’If Beale Street Could Talk'(7 pm)…..Reflect @The Trocadero(7 pm)……..Carol Riddick @South Jazz Club(7 pm)………APB@Kung Fu Necktie(9 pm)……..Hank von Hell @The Trocadero(8 pm)……..

Friday/January 18th 

@Union Transfer(8 pm)………Cracker @World Cafe Live(8 pm)………..Get Pegged Cabaret w/Cynthia Hopkins @FringeArts(1030 pm)…………EDX @NOTO(10 pm)…………Travis Scott:Night at the Rodeo @The Fillmore(9 pm)……….PLAYHAUS w/Dragula’s Erika Klash @Tabu Lounge & Sports Bar(930 pm)……….Emo Night Philly @Kung Fu Necktie(10 pm)……..Step On w/DJ Baby Berlin(10 pm)……….Midnight Madness:The Rocky Horror Picture Show@Landmark Ritz(11:59)……DJ Drama @Kung Fu Necktie(730 pm)………The Soft Moon@Johnny Brenda’s (9 pm)……..Hedwig & The Angry Inch @Connie’s Ric Rac(8 pm) 

For much, much, much more 2019 shenanigans (it’s going to be quite a ride this year, kids!), be sure to strike a pose with Philly Mixtape right here and here….and don’t ever just stand there…go. 

Cover photo courtesy of LovePhilly 






15 Sexy Deep House Grooves to Warm Your Frigid A** Up All Winter(And Beyond)

Brrrrrrr..…….it’s cold out there. 

That not-so-shameless Bring it On reference (damn you, HBO NOW) indicates that yes, Torrence, it is cold out there, but that also those temperatures in the atmosphere are going to drop like all of us after New Year’s. 

So, in order to save, well, all of us from that not-so-elusive mental #thinkspring countdown, and to save you from going all The Shining on that one co-worker…..

……we get it for the tenth time today, Linda, it’s f@cking cold out.…..a luscious setting of proper grooves to get us through these frigid times is absolutely in order. 

While any type of groove in ya damn life is fitting at any moment in time, there’s just…..something about a deeply synth-ful deep house beat. 

Whether teaching us life on the after hours dance floor or just teaching us about life in general, the (vastly underrated stateside) genre of deep house is just, well, imagine it as an never ending big ol’ mug of the world’s finest hot chocolate that just warms you up from the inside out…..and makes you feel a lil’ sexy as you take each sip. Yes. 

Plus, it’s a known scientific fact that grooves provided by Gorgon City, BURNS, DJ David Penn, Duke Dumont, Todd Terry, Matvey Emerson, Sandy B (!!!), Jennifer Hudson, Katy B, NAATIONS and Sonny Fodera will lead you to a less a frigid life this winter and beyond. 

Even Linda in accounting. 

So, let’s warm it up, kids, ’cause that’s what these ridiculously deep grooves are about to do. 

BURNS/David Penn/Johnny Yukon/”Worst”  Nothin’ like a little new deep shh…to ignite this dance floor of warmed up life. 

Demi Lovato/”Cool for the Summer”/Todd Terry Remix Because it’s never too early to get into the #summerscomin mind frame, especially when this synth-fully delish refire is helping us keep warm all frigid life long. 

Gorgon City/Duke Dumont/NAATIONS/”Real Life”  When they ALL get together….this is what happens. 

Husky/”Work it Out”   Indeed.  

Sonny Fodera/Yasmin/”Feeling U”  That piano and this bubbly, synth-ed rhythm is absolutely going to do delightful things to you from the inside out. 

Matvey Emerson”Run Away”   This….

Matvey Emerson/”Over”  And then this…..

Sonny Fodera/Yasmeen/”Caught Up”  More caught up than Usher in ’04….now, that’s some serious shit. 

MNEK/Gorgon City/”Ready for Your Love”  Ready for a lil’ deep lovin’? Yas. 

Duke Dumont/”Won’t Look Back”  When the vocals, well, you’ll see… 

Miguel Migs/”Lisa Shaw/”I Can See It”  Having one of those f#$king days? Play this. 

Miguel Migs/Meshell Ndegeocello/”What Do You Want”  See above statement. 

Gorgon City/Katy B/”Lover Like You”  For those special winter Tinder dates or those extra special nights by ya damn self…either way, what deep bliss courtesy of Ms. B and GC’s laced up beat.

Gorgon City/Jennifer Hudson/”Go All Night”   Go. 

Sandy B/”Make the World Go Round”/Deep Dish Extended  Mix  What we have right here is the deepest nine minutes of your f#$king life…are you warming up yet? If not, first, see a doctor, and then repeat these tracks until spring. Round and around we and for the rest of our deep house lovin’ lives. 

For the ultimate warmed up experience, dive in deep with this Spotify playlist. 

For even deeper shenanigans served up by Philly Mixtape this winter and beyond, dance it on over to right here and here.