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Philly Weekly Entertainment Groove

Lots to do as we dive a touch deeper and deeper into the official first weekend of fall, like….

…….well, just cut loose and check it out. 

Happy weekend! 

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 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 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

2017 Fringe Arts Festival What happens when you take 1000 red-hot local performance and entertainment artists, divide them over 180 stunning shows with a complete take over of twenty neighborhoods across Philly? You get this year’s already lit 2017 Fringe Arts Festival, which has truly been on-point in serving up an explosive display of some of the finest talent Philly has to offer, including performers ranging from dance, song, theatre, aerial stunts and much, much, much more. While we could easily sit and spill about everything this year’s festival has to offer, it’s always best for you to see it all for yourself, but first dive straight into the official festival website to check it all out. But you better hurry as this year’s festival will be closing on Wednesday, Sept 27th. So, get to Fringin’…because we must support the arts, kids. 

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 showtimes

KINK HAÜS You’ve seen the stunning visuals…you’ve read the reviews (Phindle says it’s “a locomotive evening of entertainment you’ll never forget”), but most of all you’ve heard about all of the kink-alicious werk that Philly’s own entertainment mastermind, Mr. Gunnar Montana, and his fine company of local dancers and performance artists are thrusting forth in one of the hottest shows in this year’s Fringe Arts Festival. However, this is your absolute final weekend to catch this one-of-a-kind local entertainment spectacle, so if you want those tickets (seriously, there may only be, like, two left) go right here, right now. Through this Sunday/The Latvian Society of Philadelphia/531 N. 7th St.

2017 Philly Fall Concert Guide  What do Brandy, Janet Jackson, alt-J, Gavin DeGraw, Dru Hill, Zedd, Fall Out Boy, Katy Perry, Bruno Mars, Lisa Loeb, Gryffin, Chris Lake and ZZ Top all have in common? They’re all on the way this fall to take over our Philly fall concert lives. All meaning…hold off on buying your twentieth pair of yoga pants and ease up on the pumpkin spice because the time has come to save those coins for those fall concert tickets, which you can get all the tea on in Philly Mixtape‘s official 2017 Philly fall concert guide right here. Ready, set, spend….it all

DJ Chris Urban  Whether at L’Etage 10pm, 624 S. 6th St.) tonight for CU Saturdays or Positano Coast (12pm-4 pm, 212 Walnut St.) tomorrow for your Pop’D Brunch pleasure, there’s never a bad time to stop by to pay your music respect to one of Philly’s most right DJs. 

Bev’s Bitchfest:Winner’s Circle It’s an all new season, which means Philly’s reigning comedy kween, Ms. Bev, will have lots and lots of things to bitch about tonight. However, this time she’s coming aimed (most likely..for you and 45), armed and fabulous with the stunning winners of past cycles of Philly’s Drag Wars competitions including Brooklyn Ford (Season 2), Zsa Zsa St James (Season 3), Vinchelle (Season 6), Ariel Versace (All Stars 2), Anita Manhattan (Season 7) and Zephyra River (season 8). So, just f@cking go, okay? And Bev and the girls will see you there. Tonight/9 pm/Tabu/200 South 12th St. 

Brandy  “I Wanna Be Down”……”Sitting’ Up in My Room”……Moesha…..”The Boy is Mine”…….”What About Us”…..”Full Moon.” Just a few reasons why everyone should go see Ms. Brandy own the TLA this weekend. Grab those tickets.  Saturday/9 pm/TLA Philly/334 South St. 

2017 Puerto Rican Festival Parade With the recent catastrophic destruction of Hurricane Maria still fresh in our minds, this year’s festival is sure to be a somber, yet love-filled affair. (go right here to check out how you can help). But as always, that music will be hot and the entertainment will be even hotter (as will the weather…stay cool!), so take the whole family down to the Parkway tomorrow afternoon for a fun-filled day that won’t just be providing us with some top-notch entertainment (head here for more details) but guaranteed to bring us all closer together..which is perhaps the best part of it all. Tomorrow/12pm-430 pm/Benjamin Franklin Parkway 

Drag Your A** to Brunch  Where every Philly kween who’s not watching the Eagles home opener against the New York Giants will be tomorrow. However….chances are tickets are already this close to selling out, so you betta shake those Brittany Lynn pom poms and grab them…now. Sunday/Bourbon & Branch/Doors 1130 am/Show 12pm/705 N.2nd St. 

“Not Your Basic” Brunch  Same ridiculously phun brunch party…..brand spankin’ new Philly location. Get ready, kids, because NYBB is back from its summer sabbatical and ready to serve it up at red-hot new venue, SPiN, (literally…go right here for all the ping pongin’ action) and throwin’ down to celebrate tomorrow’s Birds home opener against the Giants! As usual, there might be, like, a chair left because this Sunday Funday par-tay is that hot, so head right here to find out how you can get yours…now. Plus, SPiN is offering rides for all attendees! Meaning….go and fucking go Birds! 

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

Saturday/9/23   

Foxes & Friends @Franky Bradley‘s (dinner and a show!! 730 pm, 1320 Chancellor St.)……Taking Back Sunday @Xfinity Live!(8 pm, 1100 Pattison Ave)……..Thundercat @Union Transfer(830 pm, 1024 Spring Garden St.)…..Young M.A./Smoke DZA@TLA (8 pm, 334 N. 7th St.)……Russ Liquid Test @The Foundry(7 pm, 1000 Frankford Ave)…….Tony MacAlpine@Voltage Lounge(6 pm, 421 N. 7th St.)…….. Norwegian Arms @Kung Fu Necktie(7 pm, 1248 N. Front St.)…… Soraria@Milkboy Philly (8 pm, 1100 Chestnut St.)….Jesse Marco@NOTO(10 pm, 1209 Vine St.) 

Sunday/9/24

Showtunes Sundays @Tavern on Camac(9 pm, 334 S. Camac St.)……..Sinful Sundays w/The Goddess Isis @Tabu(10 pm, 200 S. 12th St.)………Mac DeMarco@Mann Center for Performing Arts(7 pm, 5201 Parkside Avenue)……..Tyga@TLA(8 pm, 334 South St.)……..Matt Pond PA@Johnny Brenda’s(9 pm, 1201 Frankford Ave)……The Blasters@Kung Fu Necktie(730 pm, 1248 N. Front St.)………Todd Kerns@MilkboyPhilly(730 pm, 1100 Chestnut)……..Seth Glier @World Cafe Live(8 pm, 3025 Walnut St.)…….House Plant@Ortlieb’s(730pm, 435 Spring Garden St.)……..Boogieman Dela@The Barbary(6 pm, 951 Frankford Ave)

 

 

 

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Music Tea w/Christopher McGinnis

Happening right now is Philly‘s annual Fringe Festival(now through Sept 19th), in what is a brilliant buffet of shows just bursting with progressive, world-class art and entertainment. As the city’s most bold display and experimenter in the arts, FringeArts aims to take audiences to another place with their daring and desirable displays of dance, theater and music performances by some of the most accomplished local innovators who take pride in rewiring the artistic landscape not just in Philly, but worldwide.

One of the shows taking place during the highly anticipated festival is The Pop Musical Diary of a Gay Man, a jukebox style pop-opera about one man’s coming out story that will boast a powerful story of love, loss and acceptance. Written by Philly talent, Christopher McGinnis, the highly anticipated show is set to open tomorrow at the Adrienne Theatre as part of this year’s Fringe Festival, and will also feature the music of some of our favorite divas. Really, what could be better than that?

Before those coveted curtains go up tomorrow night, Mr. McGinnis took some time to sip some music tea with Philly Mixtape, where he spilled about the show’s creative process, what he hopes the audience will take away from it, and he also spilled on just which of this fall’s most anticipated music releases he most looking forward to.

Read on below.

PM-Getting this music tea party started, spill for everyone about how your music journey all began..

CM-I’ve been singing as long as I can remember. I had dreams of being the next American Idol when I was a kid, but musical theatre quickly stole my heart. Since then I’ve been performing, directing, and producing at theatres across the Philadelphia area, teaching Voice  Theatre, and trying to stay submerged in this business as much as I can..

PM-Now, spilling for everyone about Pop Musical Diary, explain the creative process of how the show came to be…

CM-Pop Musical Diary is a jukebox style musical, which means it features the music of recognized artists–Madonna, Katy Perry, Gaga. I came up for the idea while producing a cabaret called Pop Goes Broadway, which featured all of the fun music without the story line. The idea occurred to me when two of the actors were singing “Firework” together, that using pop music would be the perfect way to tell a “coming out story.” Little did I know that the idea would evolve into much more than just a “coming out” story, but one of love, loss, and ultimately acceptance. I began writing the book and searching for songs that would keep to the intentions of the story. It was a blast working with Rob to arrange the songs to fit a musical theatre style, and really bring the story to life!

PM-Why is this show so important for you to get out there for everyone?

CM-The show boasts a powerful story about acceptance. “No matter gay, straight, or bi” we can all relate to a moment where all we wanted was to be loved for who we were. That’s what this show is all about.

PM-What do you hope the audience will gain when they come see Pop Musical Diary?

CM-I want them to enjoy it! Yes, it’s got a beautiful message that we are SO excited to share, but it’s also fun!! The music is thrilling, the choreography is intense. There’s definitely something for everyone here!

PM-After the show, what’s next on the music horizon for you?

CM-No rest for the weary! Back on the audition grind, and planning for a few other project that I am going to be producing next year!

PM-Let’s switch it up a bit. If you were stuck on a deserted island, what is the one album you would have with you and why?

CM-The soon to be recorded Original Cast Recording of The Pop Musical Diary…obviously! And maybe [‘N Sync’s]No Strings Attached,” but I don’t often admit that.

PM-Let’s spill about fall music. Any new albums coming up that you can’t wait to get your headphones on?

CM-Definitely looking forwards to hearing Adele’s new stuff…and possibly some of Rihanna’s new tracks as well. It just came out, but there seems to be some hype about Bieber’s new stuff…I’m not holding my breath though.

PM-One last sip, what would you say to someone who decided right this second to pursue a music career?

CM-Do it. All the way. Don’t let anything or anyone stop you, and go at it full force. There’s no half-assing it in this business.

For more about Pop Musical Diary and this year’s Fringe Arts Festival, check your local entertainment life right here. 

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