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Forgot About Friday/Jesse McCartney

When it comes to spilling about the nearly two-decade long career of “Beautiful Soul” crooner Jesse McCartney, it can be broken down in many, many ways.

You know…just in case you forgot. 

For one, we could break mugs about his accomplished acting skills, which have seen him take over the Broadway stages, as well as T.V. and movie screens across the globe.

We could also talk about his swooning vocal abilities, which have been laced across four studio albums and many, many, many songs for Disney. Or, we could most definitely spill about his incredible songwriting skills, in which he’s penned hits for the likes of Toni Braxton J.R. Rotem and Ms. Leona Lewis for a little/big breakup anthem called “Bleeding Love.” 

Or, we could spill about it all because Mr. McCartney is actually going to be taking over the Pool After Dark at Harrah’s Atlantic City this weekend, so a reminisce sesh on everything he’s given us over the years in certainly a must. 

After the “Shake” singer got his start on the Great White Way stages, he landed his first recurring acting gig on the long-running daytime opera, All My Children. This would lead McCartney to joining the ridiculously young boy band, Dream Street, all by the time he was just twelve years old.

Remember? Of course you do. 

But since, you know, boy bands certainly don’t last forever, McCartney got the smarts to branch out on his own and linked up a special songwriting contract with Disney. In fact, in the early ’00s, there wasn’t a Disney soundtrack that you could find that didn’t have the credits “written and performed by Jesse McCartney.” On his list of Mickey Mouse-d tunes are “Get Your Shine On” from Kim Possible, “The Best Day of My Life” from A Cinderella Story, and we just can’t leave out his rewiring of Elton John’s ’70s classic, “Don’t Go Breakin’ My Heart” from Ella Enchanted, which also co-starred Ms. Ella herself, Anne Hathaway

Oh, and that moment he co-starred on the short-lived WB (and Aaron Spelling produced!) drama, Summerland, alongside Lori Loughlin, Zac Efron and True Blood’s Ryan Kwanten? F@#king priceless. 

Of course, McCartney’s own hits for all of us are the reasons why he’s still going strong, and with such Billboard charting hits like “Shake,” “Leavin,” “Body Language,” “How Do You Sleep?” and of course, “Beautiful Soul” all under his accomplished career belt, it’s no wonder we’re still kind of obsessed with him today. He’s even just released his latest romp, “Better With You,” which is set to serve as the lead single to his as-yet-untitled fifth studio album, which is due for your streaming pleasure later this year. 

So, there you have it….an A to Z stroll down memory lane with Jesse McCartney. Which means it’s the perfect time to get those tickets to see him in Atlantic City this weekend, because, let’s face it, this dude’s got talent…..

…..and because “Bleeding Love” is still your break up jam. 

Happy Forgot About Friday! 

Cover photo courtesy of Billboard 

 

 

 

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Weekend Entertainment Groove

Hey there, this weather and the weekend. 

Let’s live it up as if our names are Ja Rule and Case, shall we? 

Yes. 

Sing Your Life Karaoke Now, what could be better to celebrate this weather (!!) 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 along with spring, 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.

On Your Feet! What happens when you take the music, moves and legacy of Gloria Estefan, the production prowess of Emilio Estefan, add in some truly stunning choreography and take it all from the Broadway stages? You get this critically loved Tony Award winning musical, which is wrapping up its breathtaking week-long run this weekend! So, you know what that means…there’s only a few chances left to witness it all while it’s here in Philly, so grab those tickets now!  Tonight-Sunday, April 15th/Academy of Music/240 S. Broad St. 

DTF:Daryl & Timaree Fun Hour Are you down to have, like, the best Friday night ever? If you answered “yes” to that question (if you answered no, there just might not be any hope left), then you must giddy on up to Franky Bradley’s tonight. Once you head upstairs, the hilarious Daryl Charles and the always yas Dr. Timaree Leigh will be more than ready to serve up the latest edition of the best sexed up comedy game show on the planet. And if you have anymore questions…just go.  Tonight/830 pm/Franky Bradley’s/1320 Chancellor St. 

P!nk/Beautiful Trauma Tour It’s all going down (or should we say….way, way up?) tonight at the Wells Fargo Center when our beloved pop rock kween rolls into town for her latest tour stop. And if you need a little help in preparing your perfectly P!nk-ed tailgate party, here’s 5 ways to help the entire tri-state area get ready for..it all. Because we must. Go right here for tickets while you still can! Tonight/630 pm/Wells Fargo Center/3601 S. Broad St. 

Shut Up & Dance It’s really that simple. You know what else is really simple? Grabbing those tickets (right here…if you still can) to experience this one-night-only werk-stravaganza that’s all about promoting the best kind of life possible…the dance life, of course. And it’s all brought to you by the incredible MANNA organization, which you can get to know by strutting right here. And then..go…seriously. Saturday/Forrest Theatre/8 pm/1114 Walnut St. 

Sashay:A PGMC Drag Revue In what’s certainly going to be the sickest and fiercest event of the weekend, join a gaggle of some of Philly’s hottest queens including your host, Ms. Bev, as well as Brittany Lynn, Lili St. Queer, Maria Top Catt, and many, many more as they sashay down the Voyeur runway in support of your favorite singing kweens from the Philadelphia Gay Men’s Chorus! Yes, it’s going to be quite a showing of every color of the rainbow—or as Ms. Lynn would say, it’s going to just so gaaaay—so grab those few tickets while you still can (there still might be some left for the balcony) and everyone will see you there, kween!  Saturday/8 pm/Voyeur Nightclub/1220 St. James St. 

DJ LOSH Before you go see this tremendous Philly based DJ own NOTO this Saturday night with his latest fire, “One More Chance” (plus much, much more), get to know him right here in this week’s Rewerk Wednesday spot as this red-hot and rising talent is demanding your headphones attention. Let’s boogie. Saturday/NOTO/10 pm/1209 Vine St. 

DJ Robert Drake at Concourse Dance Bar  Have you been to Philly’s newest dance hot-spot yet? If not, then this Sunday night is the perfect night for you to check it out as the one-and-only Mr. Drake will be taking over and serving you with the hottest ’80s and ’90s grooves this side of the Schuylkill! It’s the party to end all weekend parties, so don’t miss it! Your Monday general well being will thank you. Sunday/Concourse Dance Bar/9pm/1635 Market St. 

Bradley’s Bucks present Up in the Air In case you missed Wednesday’s night’s showing of this spectacular high-flying spectacle brought you by the fine gentlemen of Philly’s only all-male dance troupe, then you must go for the close of your weekend. Not only will you get one hell of a show, but it’s all for a fabulous cause as proceeds will be going to benefit Family Support Line, which is taking incredible measures to prevent and treat victims of child sexual abuse. Let’s do it and make a change for the kids, kids..because we must. Sunday/730 pm/Franky Bradley’s/1320 Chancellor St. 

Queens in the Sky   Look up in the sky….it’s a bird! It’s a plane! No, it’s just Philly Drag Mafia sorceress’ Brittany Lynn’s wig 50 floors up in the air a top the entire city of Philadelphia. Which means, the time has come…..to get ready for another fierce serving of Queens in the Sky, which is guaranteed to put the slay in your Sunday Funday. Also joining Ms. Lynn, you’ll be treated to the tremendous talents of Lady Poison, Morgan Wells, Georgia Versace Couture and Dusty Relix, all while DJ Carl Michaels sets the mood with those grooves. For much, much tea on this truly spectacular drag-stravaganza, spill it on over at the official Sky Philadelphia page…now. Sunday/Sky Philadelphia/11 am-4 pm/1717 Arch St. 

Andy Grammer Although the “Fresh Eyes” crooner’s Philly tour stop is sold out, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t swoon over his latest, well-received set, ‘The Good Parts,‘ and then patiently wait for your next chance to see him up close and oh, so personal. Sunday/TLA/8 pm/334 South St. 

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

Lots of fabulous dancing @Woody’s/9 pm/Friday&Saturday/202 S. 13th St.

DJ Jimmy DePre @Tavern on Camac/Fri&Sat/9 pm/243 S. Camac St.      

Hardwell@Premier Nightclub Atlantic City/Friday10 pm/1 Borgata Way 

DJ Chris Urban@L’Etage on Saturday/10pm/624 South 6th St & Positano Coast on Sunday/12pm-4 pm/212 Walnut St. 

4B@Noto/Friday//10 pm1209 Vine St.            

Mikey Lion@Coda/10 pm/1712 Walnut St.   

TWRK@Premier Nightclub Atlantic City/10 pm/Saturday/1 Borgata Way       

R3hab @Haven Nightclub Atlantic City/1 Castle Blvd. 

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

Bodega/Franz Ferdinand @The Fillmore/8 pm/29 East Allen St.     

Chief Keef/Bok Nero@Electric Factory/8 pm/421 N. 7th St. 

Skizzy Mars @TLA/9 pm/334 South St.              

Frenship @The Foundry/9 pm/1000 Frankford Ave    

Lotus@Union Transfer/8 pm/1024 Spring Garden St.               

L7@The Trocadero/8 pm/1003 Arch St. 

Fortunate Youth @Underground Arts/8 pm/1200 Callowhill St.         

Maxo Cream @Voltage Lounge/8 pm/421 N. 7th St. 

Dead Horses @Boot & Saddle/8 pm/1131 S. Broad St.           

3 Men @ Bourbon & Branch/8 pm/705 N. 2nd St. 

Saturday……

John Prine/Kurt Vile @Merriam Theater/8 pm/250 S. Broad St.    

Titus Andronicus@Underground Arts/9 pm/1200 Callowhill St. 

Sean Kingston@The Bourbon Room/10 pm/801 Boardwalk       

YFN Lucci@Coda/830 pm/1712 Walnut St 

U.S. Girls @Johnny Brenda’s/9 pm/1201 Frankford Ave      

Charlotte Cardin @Boot & Saddle/830 pm/1131 South Broad St. 

Andy Frasco & The U.N. @Milkboy Philly/830 pm/1100 Chestnut St.         

Jackie Venson @Connie’s Ric Rac/8 pm/1132 S. Broad St. 

Sunday…….

Showtunes Sundays @Tavern on Camac/9 pm/243 S. Camac St.        

Sinful Sundays w/The Godess Isis @Tabu/9 pm/200 S. 12th St. 

Ty Segall @The Trocadero/730 pm/10003 Arch St.           

James TW @TLA/730 pm/334 South St.             

Guerilla Toss @ Everybody Hits               

King Woman @Union Transfer               

Ramble Tamble @Johnny Brenda’s Downstairs     

Marc Berger @World Cafe Live/830 pm/3025 Walnut St. 

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Grammy Performance of the Weekend/Madonna/”Nothing Really Matters”

While there will always be much to tea to sip about any and every one of her performances because, well, it’s Madonna we’re spilling about here, this one is quite the exception as her Lady Geisha worthy performance of “Nothing Really Matters” not only opened the ’99 show, but it also led into Madge winning the trophy for Best Pop Vocal Album just a few minutes later for her still stunning Ray of Light record. 

But alas…the true slice of our Material Girl heaven that night came when Madonna–as well as the rest of the entire frickin’ world–got introduced to all of the likes of the fabulous Ricky Martin, who had destroyed our souls with his electrifying performance of “The Cup of Life” a little bit later in the evening. If you’ll recall (really, how can we forget?), Madonna became immediately obsessed with the “Livin’ La Vida Loca” singer during the telecast, which in turn was a clever disguise as an approval for all of us to do the same…and we most certainly did. 

While Martin was the real winner of the night, it was Madonna who the stole the show in the only way she knows how to do…by being Madonna and making it–and Ricky–her bitch. 

Cover photo courtesy of Today in Madonna History