Philly Weekday Entertainment Groove

Let’s weekday and spread lots of glitter all across the City of Brotherly Love this week, shall we? Yas, Philly Pride Kween, yaaaas.

Let’s rainbow

Sing Your Life Karaoke What’s your favorite karaoke song? Perhaps a little Ms. Alannah Myles’ “Black Velvet?” Or, maybe a lil Barenaked Ladies “One Week” truth is right up your vocal chords’ alley? Whatever the song butchering/slaying truth, chances are the fabulous Sara Sherr has them all in her always scorching Sing Your Life Karaoke collection, which will be serving your vocal chords all Pride week long and beyond at any one 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, 9-2 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

Jerry’s Girls Grab those tickets for a magical evening this week (and during the weekend, too!) that’s guaranteed to be jam-packed with the still delightful music of Jerry Herman and some of Broadway’s best musicals, including Hello Dolly!, Mame, Mack and Mabel, Dear World and La Cage Aux Folles. What it all comes down to is…go, you fabulous Broadway kween, you. Enough said. Now-July 2nd, Walnut Street Theatre, Independence Studio on 3, various showtimes and ticket prices 825 Walnut St.

Saturday Night Fever:The Musical Since you know you’ve got that “Staying Alive” walk more than mastered, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t boogie oogie oogie over to the box office at the Walnut Street Theatre and grab those tickets for Saturday Night Fever, the smash musical based off of the John Travota disco game changer, which also coincides with the fortieth (!!!) anniversary of the classically funkdafied ’70s dance flick. Of course, in order to truly prepare for this bedazzled spectacle, play, like, every Bee-Gee’s record ever as you grab those tickets right here, right now. Walnut Street Theatre, MainStage, May 16 – July 16th, $20 – $95, 810 Walnut Street 

FUN HOME Because what could be better than going to see a Tony Award grabbing musical starring a bunch of tremendously talented child actors (and some adults, too), in which the New York Times raved, “FUN HOME is extraordinary, a rare beauty that pumps fresh air into Broadway.” Actually, wait, don’t answer that, just go get those tickets right here because this extraordinary early summer night out in Philly will only be dazzling our senses until this Sunday. Various showtimes & ticket prices,Forrest Theatre, 1114 Walnut St, Philadelphia, PA

Shut Up & Sing! Because a night of karaoke and carrying on at Woody’s alongside sexy ‘n sassy Philly drag divas Ms. Vinchelle and Ms. Sutton Fearce is just what you need for the start of your long, hard werk week. Every Monday, Woody’s, 202 S. 13th St. 7-9

Glister As if you needed anymore clarification of the many, many glittery talents of Mr. Eric Jaffe, for the next few weeks at L’Etage he’s about to strike again along with a tremendously talented cast as they serve up their own version (and that it will be kids) of the classic story of the Merchant of Venice. Fresh from the event’s Facebook page (which you check out here for all the info, tickets and future dates)…”Featuring original music by Anna Michael and Travis Braue-Fischbach, GLISTER will transport you to a sexy, glitter-fueled world where the Banker always wins. Join the Banker and his tribe of Sad American Clowns in this rock and roll cabaret performance, but come prepared to tip because these clowns work for cash and an empty hat can stop the show.” Go. Various dates through June, L’Etage, 624 S. 6th St.  

Nitty Gritty: Jersey Boys + Philly Girls – 60s Dance Party!  If you live for that vinyl life (really, who doesn’t?) and love getting down to the classic thunder provided by Frankie Valli, Patti Labelle, Dee Dee Sharp and many, many more, then you must groove it on over to the Dolphin Tavern on Thursday where your esteemed DJ for the evening, Mr. David Atlas, will be waiting for you with…all of it. Go. Thursday, 10 pm, The Dolphin Tavern, 1539 S. Broad St. 

Carrie Underwood  Although this concert is only for American Airlines MasterCard holders and not available for media coverage (Philly Mixtape done tried it), it’s still Carrie f#$king Underwood at The Fillmore. And for that we say…more big names in smaller(ish) Philly venues, like, right now…please. Only for those who are lucky enough to witness this, 29 East Allen St. 

Our Night Out  Just in time to get you all rainbow-ed up for this weekend’s Pride festivities, Join OurNightOut-Philly at the always woke Uptown Beer Garden on Thursday night where you’ll be able to enjoy a chef’s selection of food and drink specials as well as lots of delicious vibes. But since space is limited, you betta werk to register before Thursday or be left out of the glitter. Meaning, go right here, right now to get yours and then…go.  Thursday, Uptown Beer Garden, 6pm, 1735 JFK Blvd, Donation$5 online, $10 at the door. 

DJ Jimmy DePre Whether it’s at Stir on Thursday (10 pm, 1705 Chancellor St.) or Tavern on Camac (10 pm, 243 South Camac St.) on both Friday & Saturday, that’s three chances to hear Mr. DePre spin out this killer remix of Ms. Grande’s “Everyday,” in which you know he will because he’s always got that good shit for your dancing feet. 

Drag Me to Landmark:Cartoons in June  Remember Saturday mornings when you were a little kween eating, like, a whole box of Cinnamon Toast Crunch and watching cartoons until your eyes fell out? Those were certainly the daze, weren’t they? Well, lucky for us, we’re all going to be able to take a break from this adulting shit and join Astala Vista, Anita Manhatten, Ariel Versace, Mizz Vinchelle and many, many more incredible local queens right across the bridge at Landmark Americana this Friday night as they get ready to serve us with Saturday cartoon face, fierce, hip pads and lots and lots of werk. So, get ready to experience a stellar night of pulsating performances inspired by some of your favorite animated such as Spongebob, Little Mermaid, Harley Quinn, The Big Comfy Couch! And BYOC (Bring Your Own Cereal) because these queens ain’t sharin.’ Now, sissy that Saturday cartoon walk and…go. Friday, 9 pm, Landmark Americana-Glassboro1 Mullica Hill Road, Glassboro, New Jersey 08028

Philly LGBT Pride Kick-Off Party 2017  The time has come….for all of us to put aside the shade, resentments and figuring out who were blocking this week (for some of you…all of the above comes as an art form, so, like, stop…seriously) and come together as one (emphasis on together) and kick off Philly Pride Weekend in true glittered up style. So, head on over to 12th and Locust Streets on Friday (aka—the G Hood) where there will be Philly queens as far as the eye can werk, as well as drink specials (and please…respect ya damn selves) and lots of lots of gay grooves to put you on the floor like Ms. J.Lo. And you better werk for those $10 discounted Pride wristbands which you’ll be able to bag up at the Pride par-tay. Let’s do it. The Gayborhood, Friday, 6 pm-10 pm 

Friday Night Beats:Pride Edition  Since you’re already planning to take over every Gayborhood bar after the Pride kickoff block party this Friday (and remember, kids….it’s not about being the biggest drunk mess/whore this weekend), why not one, two step like CiCi over to Tabu where DJs Sharyn Stone, Jackie G and Brando Calrissian (who’s also this event’s beat maestro) will be armed and fabulously spinning out grooves in music genres ranging from the ’70s, ’80s, ’90s, Ariana, slay, serve, werk and beyond. Now, walk over to Tabu this Friday and then…dance for your rainbow filled lives…because we must. Friday, 10 pm, Tabu, 200 South 12th St. 

Jaytech/Maor Levi  Again….the message is simple….just keep on dancing. And when it doubt….just keep fucking dancing some more, especially when it comes to these two powerhouse DJs who’ll no doubt own Rumor this Friday night. Rumor, 10 pm, 1500 Sansom St. 

Also on the decks for your Pride Tuesday.……… Freddie Gibbs and Remy Banks @The Foundry(8 pm, 1000 Frankford Avenue)……. Rad & Kel @Bourbon & Branch (7 pm, 1131 S. Broad St.)……. Avi Wisnia @ World Cafe Live (8 pm, 3025 Walnut St.)…..The Good Mess @Voltage Lounge (7 pm, 421 N. 7th St.)…….. Vanderlyle @Kung Fu Necktie (8 pm, 1248 N. Front St.)……. Pride Wednesday …… Sorority Noise @Union Transfer (730 pm, 1024 Spring Garden St.)……. Dean @The Barbary  (8 pm, 951 Frankford Avenue)…….  Sera Cahoone @Milkboy Philly (7 pm, 1100 Chestnut St.)……….   Joe Kenney @Bob & Barbara’s (7 pm, 1509 South St.)…….   Pride Thursday.….    Sevyn Streeter/DJ Diamond Kuts  @Festival Pier (6 pm, Columbus Blvd & Spring Garden St.)……. Barns Courtney @The Foundry (8 pm, 1000 Frankford Avenue)……..   Meg Mac @Underground Arts (9 pm, 1200 Callowhill St.)…….   Jerry Folk @Coda (10 pm, 1712 Walnut St.)……. Pride Friday…….Sigur Rós @Mann Center (8 pm, 5201 Parkside Avenue)…… Day Wave/Blonder @The Foundry (9 pm, 1000 Frankford Avenue)….. Elvis Costello & The Imposters @ Tower Theatre (8 pm, 69th & Ludlow Street……

For much, much more Pride Week in Philly goings on…….peep this. 



Groove of the Day/Madonna/”Survival”

If there’s anyone out there who’s decided right this minute in thinking of owning a creative life whether it be in the form of a brilliant new invention, a freshly painted drag name, clickin’ those keys for the first time or any other way you put that creative genius to werk, as creative director of one of Philly’s fast rising music and entertainment sites…I have some news for you…the ride (oooh, gurl, it is) will never, never (like T Swift ever) be easy….but you must. 

Now, Brenda, that’s no reason to go ahead and get all scurred now, because although it will put you through some truly wonderfully weird torture as you dive deeper into your own creative/life truth for everyone else to see (eek!) there’s plenty of those days where it’s straight up like Ms. Abdul fucking awesome, almost like punching Regina George in the face.

Plus, you’ll also get to experience what’s it like to be a parent for the first time (mad props to those who are doing it and understand that concept)….and just wait until they’re two and are able to walk and talk on their own…calling CPS because you can’t…but oh, wait, yes, you can….so do it. 

Diving a bit deeper into today’s spill, I personally take full creative pride in saying that I’ve deeply, deeply (like…deep house deep) considered lately what my life would be like without Philly Mixtape all up in it or what it would be like launched in another city. What it all boils down to is as much as I’ve enjoyed putting in that work over the past few years (and all truth..I have, hunty), I guess lately I almost kind of live for those “ugh” creative/life times because not only do they make you a better self awared human being in both business (you, like, grow and stuff) and in life, but it’s always somehow kind of nice to look at these or those times in business and in true werk that no one ever speaks of just how god damn fucking hard it can be. 

But if you’re sistah or a mistah who’s simply out there doing in for themselves while holding it the fuck down while dealing with the rest of it while (barely) finding the time to do you, boo (business way of life…personal werk is the hardest to keep up with) nothing but pure Philly love all damn day whether on or off the local or legendary entertainment map. Because it truly shows that you’re striving to get “it,” even if we may never eventually know the true definition of exactly of what “it” is, but all you have to do is take a seat every once in awhile and just keep on survivin’ like Madge on this delightful Bedtime Stories groove because it truly is so much fucking fun while you’re out there in the creative wild…so get out into the jungle no matter how short or long the vine because it’s all waiting for you. 




Motivational Groove of the Day/Madonna/”Survival”

“I’ll never be an angel/”I’ll never be a saint, it’s true/”I’m too busy survivin’/Whether it’s heaven or hell/”I’m going to be living to tell.” 

Those are the lyrics preached on “Survival,” the sultry, slinky opener on Madonna’s (vastly overlooked) fifth studio album, Bedtime Stories. Words that speak much more than the truth, but hold relevant meaning for anyone out there who’s out there owning theirs and gettin’ it done on a daily basis…like you. 

Part confessional, part motivational groove, “Survival” still plays out as the perfect track to play on those struggle is real days when it feels like the weight of the world (and those oh, so pesky haters) can make you feel like Lindsay Lohan, Britney Spears and Amanda Bynes all rolled into one. Hey, we all have those days, right? If you don’t, you’re not working hard enough. 

Enough said. Own it. 

Be sure to keep on living that music life and follow Philly Mixtape on…..

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