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Philly Weekly Entertainment Groove

Lots to do this weekend as we get ready to say goodbye to September and say hello to October…..check it out. 

Sing Your Life Karaoke w/Ms. Sara Sherr Those end of summer blues got you down? Really, how could they with this heat stroke inducing weather we’re all sweating in? But if they are. first, get the f#$k over it, second, head out to belt out your favorite karaoke jam in which the always in season Ms. Sherr has everything you need for your song butchering pleasure all week & weekend long. Ready, set sing…for your life. 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

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum You must not walk, but run to the box office at the Walnut Street Theatre to grab those tickets to take in Stephen Sondheim’s classic Tony Award-winning Best Musical, which has been described as “a nonstop laugh-fest in which Pseudolus, a crafty slave, struggles to win the hand of a beautiful, but slow-witted, courtesan named Philia for his young master, Hero, in exchange for freedom. The plot twists and turns with cases of mistaken identity, slamming doors and a bevy of beautiful showgirls. This unforgettable, hysterical musical comedy will have you laughing all the way to the Forum with “something for everyone, a comedy tonight!” All meaning….go. Walnut St. Theatre/tonight-October 22nd/various prices and showtime

2017 Philly Fall Concert Guide  Katy Perry….Janet Jackson….Bruno Mars….Imagine Dragons….St. Vincent…..Zedd. Those are just some of the many, many amazing music artists that are coming to take over the Philly stages all fall season long. And of you want to dive into the Philly live music groove, check out Philly Mixtape’s official Fall Concert Guide and bag those tickets up.

Full Front Street  If you’re looking for one of the hottest shows in Philly on a Monday night (and every), you must head to Victoria Freehouse where your hostess with the absolute, um, nothing on, Ms. Honeytree Evil Eye, always has her tassels and so much more ready and waiting for you, along with a fresh new roster of talent every week! Go right here for more Full Front Street tea on the daily and then…get ready. Every Monday/9 pm/show at 10/Victoria Freehouse/10 S. Front St. 

Chris Lake  Let’s all dance and be free…..it’s really that f#$king simple. You know what else is simple? Grabbin’ those tickets to see the legendary Mr. Lake take over Coda Philly with those delicious grooves this Friday night. Friday/Coda/11pm/1712 Walnut St. 

NOTO  Whether you get down to Casqeaux on Friday, DJ Scene on Saturday or get all up in a little Eagles tailgating action on Sunday, NOTO has got everything you need to keep the Philly par-tay hype all weekend long. All weekend/NOTO/1209 Vine St. 

DJ Chris Urban With two chances every weekend to get down to the sizzling sounds of one of Philly’s hardest werque-ing DJs, there’s no reason not to put on those dancing shoes and get on the floor as of you’re Jennifer Lopez. Ready, set, baila todos los dias. L’Etage/Every Saturday/10 pm/624 S. 6th St. Positano Coast/Every Sunday/12pm-4pm/212 Walnut St. 

Car Pizza Pinup Drive for United for Puerto Rico As per this fabulous events Facebook page….. “This Saturday! Come get a personal pie delivered direct to your vehicle’s window by one of Philly’s prettiest pinups [a line up that already includes the equally stunning Liberty Rose & Pizza Wolf] for our Car Pizza Pinup Drive; a benefit for the victims of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico. All proceeds go towards United for Puerto Rico, a charity organized by the First Lady of Puerto Rico, Beatriz Rosselló. Own a different business and wanna get involved? Your business can be part of the pledge! Just pledge to donate a percentage of your sales from Sunday, October 1st to United for PR and we’ll list you as an official supporting business of our call. If your business or organization would like to be involved in this benefit, please contact us: jawn@ broadstburlesque. com” For much more on this weekend’s fundraiser and how you can help the victims of Hurricane Maria, check this out right here.   Saturday/12pm-5pm/Four Sons Pizzeria/25oo Frankford Ave

The Eric Jaffe Show Get ready to shield your eyes from all of that purple sequins one more time like Britney because the one, the only ukulele God himself, Mr. Eric Jaffe…iz back for another round of his hit Gayborhood show. Of course, one thing that we do know is that he never travels alone, and this time he’s got the talented Dan Callahan, Solomon Thorne, Moses Cyrus and Taylor Plunkett-Clemens by his balloon wearing side for a night of true entertainment you’ll never forget, like, ever. And as always..no cover and Absolut drank specials all night. Ding, ding bish. Saturday/8 pm/Tavern on Camac/243 S. Camac St. 

Kid Cudi   “Day ‘N’ Nite” for life. Grab those tickets.   Saturday/730 pm/Mann Center for Performing Arts/5201 Parkside Avenue 

Drag Queen Story Time Remember that ’90s MTV special where Madonna took over Webster Hall with a pajama party and read to Miss Spider’s Tea Party all of the kiddies? Well, this is just like that. Get ready, kids, queens, guys and gals because Philly Drag Mafia sorceress, Ms. Brittany Lynn, is taking over the Lume Creative Learning Studios once again where she’ll read a fierce selection from her lip-synched library. ‘Fifty Shades of Gaaayyy,’ perhaps? Yas. Saturday/9 pm-11pm/Lume Creative Learning Studios/1916 E. Passyunk Ave 

Honeygasm It’s time for the very first of the Honeygasm of the season, which means you (meaning…you) should waste no time in heading over to Franky Bradley’s this Sunday for a show that’s guaranteed to put the “pumpkin” in your “spice.” Along with your studly host for the night, Mr. Flrt Vonnegut, and house DJ, Lili St. Queer, you’ll be treated to the Burlesque talents of Goldi Fox, Vonka and Fagl Roq. And of course, the always yaaas Honeytree EvilEye will be putting it all on to take it all off for you. Don’t miss it. Sunday/Franky Bradley’s/7 pm/1320 Chancellor St. 

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

 

Friday/9/29

Oh Wonder @TheFillmore(830 pm, 29 E. Allen St.)…….Dinosaur Jr.@Union Transfer(830 pm, 1024 Spring Garden St.)…….Electric Six@Milkboy Philly(830 pm, 1100 Chestnut St.)…………Son Little@Boot&Saddle(830 pm, 1131 S. Broad St.)…..Drezo and Rezz@Electric Factory(830 pm, 421 N.7th St.)……..The Cool Kids@Balcony Bar @The Trocadero(8 pm, 1003 Arch St.)……..Rich Medina@Silk City(10 pm, 435 Spring Garden St.)….Uncle Dan@The Grape Room(8 pm, 105 Grape St.)

Saturday/9/30

Two Door Cinema Club @Electric Factory(6 pm, 421 N. 7th St.)………STS9 @The Fillmore(9 pm, 29 E. Allen St.)………Gareth Emery @District N9ne(830 pm, 460 N. 9th St.)………Wild Cub@The Foundry(9 pm, 29 E. Allen St.)…………..East Forest @TLA(8 pm, 334 South St.)……Jacob Sartorious@Punchline Philly(3 pm, 1004 Canal St.)…..Keith Sweat@Tropicana Showroom(8 pm, Brighton&Boardwalk Ave)……..Son Little@Boot & Saddle (830 pm, 1131 Broad St.)……..Mo Lowda and the Humble@Bourbon & Branch(8 pm, 705 N. 2nd St.) 

Sunday/10/1

Showtunes Sundays@Tavern on Camac(9 pm, 243 S. Camac St.)…….Sinful Sundays w/The Goddess Isis @Tabu (10 pm, 200 S. 12th St.)……Manchester Orchestra@The Fillmore(730 pm, 29 E. Allen St.)……..Little Steven@Electric Factory(830 pm, 421 N. 7th St.)……We Are The Union@Kung Fu Necktie(6 pm, 1248 N. Front St.)…….Ani DiFranco@Keswick Theatre(7 pm, 291 Keswick Avenue………Joon Moon@Boot & Saddle(830 pm, 1131 S. Broad St.)………Group Doueh@Underground Arts(8 pm, 1200 Callowhill St.) 

 

 

 

 

 

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Thursday Music Truth

1.Missy Elliot is back….

Just watch. 

2.Ariana Grande wants you to “Focus” on her at the American Music Awards….

Get ready to see that ponytail live and up close because Ariana Grande will be performing her new single, “Focus,” at this year’s American Music Awards.  This is actually the third year Ms. Thing has been invited to the annual music awards show, her first was the 2013 event, when she took home the new artist of the year trophy. And who can forget last year she performed “Bang, Bang” with Jessie J and Nicki Minaj, as well as delivering a medley of her songs “Problem,” “Break Free” and “Love Me Harder.” No one. 

The “One Last Time” diva will join a line-up of previously announced performers which includes Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Gwen Stefani, 5 Seconds of Summer, Nick Jonas, Demi Lovato, One Direction and Ms. Carrie Underwood. 

The Jennifer Lopez hosted AMAs will drop on Sunday night, 8 E.T., Nov 22nd on ABC. 

3.It’s official….Jennifer Aniston is a Belieber…..

It looks like Jennifer Aniston and Justin Bieber are now, um, friends.

While it’s unclear exactly where this already infamous picture was taken, Justin Bieber shared a fun photo of himself hanging out with Jennifer Aniston on Instagram yesterday. In the captionless black-and-white shot, Justin serves us with a shocked facial expression and Jennifer goes for an oh, so simple smirk. 

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Justin has been guest starring on The Ellen DeGeneres Show for “Bieber Week,” and so far, the singer has addressed his naked photo scandal and opened up about his famous ex, Selena Gomez. Most recently, Justin announced his upcoming Purpose world tour (which his Philly on May 7th, get those tickets here), with the announcement being accompanied by him hosting a fan Q&A at the Staples Center in L.A tomorrow, Nov 13th, the day his much-anticipated Purpose set drops. 

4.Billboard counts down the Top 25 Greatest Pop Hooks of all time…

In what is probably the greatest music assignment ever, the magical musical team at Billboard decided to put their headphones together and cook up a memorable collection of pop tunes that in their humble music opinion have the greatest hooks of all time. 

Artists included on the covered list are The Village People with their line dance behemoth, “YMCA,” Lady Gaga’s :”Bad Romance,” and one Ms. Jody Watley, whose irresistible ’80s smash, “Don’t Want You Me” has found a hoops-filled home on the list, which you can read right here

5.Philly has just been named number one concert city in North America…and hopefully next year, too. 

On their recently compiled list of the 20 best North American cities for live music, Vivid Seats, a website customized for buying and selling music, sports and theater tickets, has just put Philly on top of the list. Looking at funkdafied factors like number of concerts and average ticket prices for upcoming live spectacles, the site gleefully noted that Philly makes its strides in finding a local music home for many genres including jazz, country and folk.

Another big factor was the addition of the brand new Fillmore Philadelphia to the live venue scene which has already held incredible concerts from Hall and Oates, Gary Clark Jr., Disclosure and Tove Lo. The city of brotherly love has also bred some of its very own incredible music artists, including indie players Kurt Vile, Marian Hill, and hip-hop legends The Roots, who’ve become even bigger household names since they began performing every night as the house band for The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon

With an upcoming 2016 concert roster that includes The Knocks, Jess Glynne, Bryan Adams, Carrie Underwood, Justin Bieber and Janet Jackson, it looks like Philly just might own the top spot next year. Plus, if that Will Smith/DJ Jazzy Jeff tour takes flight next year, Philly will be feelin’ real good. 

 

 

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Review:Duke Dumont Served out Deep House Life at the TLA Philly on Friday Night

Looking back to UK DJ Duke Dumont’s live dance music stage affair that took place at the TLA Philly this past Friday night, there are quite a few words I can dish out to describe just how dazzling it truly was. But what made Duke’s stage fire shine so bright is that he came armed and ready with a percussion engineer and keyboardist, coming together to be one hell of a tantalizing trio who served out a deep house buffet of beats, as well as a riveting light show that I’m pretty sure gave me Cataract for a brief moment in time…but it was so worth it. 

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Before the Duke owned the TLA stage, Philly based DJ Dave P. and DJ Hayden James heated up the dance ready crowd with dizzying hour-long sets of deep house grooves and of course, since Adele’s soaring “Hello” track was released this past Friday, Mr. James brought out a classic rewerk of her trademark heartbreaker, “Rolling in the Deep,” which got the awaiting audience even more thirsty for Mr. Dumont. 

Once the Duke took the stage, him and his merry band of deep house inspired musicians took over for what felt like a short set (it could’ve been hours, you just got lost in a dance music trance from start to finish) packed with all of his deeply insatiable grooves, including opener, “Won’t Look Back,” to “The Giver,” “Melt,” “Need U(100%) to closer, “I Got U.” But besides giving the audience a true live feel of his ever growing catalog of smashes, Mr. Dumont made sure they got involved as much as they could, (we did) all while he showcased his true genuine music love for his devoted Philly fans. 

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In his native UK, Duke Dumont is a certified superstar who took his first two singles-“I Got You’ and “Won’t Look Back–straight to the top of overseas music charts all around the globe. Over here, he hasn’t quite hit that stride yet, and it’s quite a shame, actually. On Friday night, the Duke proved that he’s a real music artist, playing live cuts of tracks that could have easily played off a laptop. On top of being quite an entertaining show, it was a refreshing one at its very best, proving exactly why he’s that big of a deal in his native English Breakfast tea sipping music land. 

Duke’s latest offering, “Ocean Drive” off of his Blasé Boys Club Part 1 EP has become his most well received hit stateside, meaning that he just may be inching closer to the mainstream music love he deserves. If you didn’t catch Duke Dumont’s shimmering show at the TLA this past Friday night, you truly missed out on a live dance music spectacle that gave the crowd exactly what they came for–to live.

Let’s hope that Mr. Duke Dumont visits Philly again very soon.