St. Patrick’s Day Weekend Entertainment Groove

Happy St. Patrick’s Day weekend, Philly! Ugh. Here..we…go. 

Pennsylvania Ballet Presents:Giselle/Academy of Music In what will probably be the most stunning local entertainment event of the weekend, join the always enchanting (and very hardworking!) Pennsylvania Ballet as they hop out an incredible serving of elegance and delightful spring like vibes with their latest dazzling production. This is the final weekend of performances, so grab grandma, grandpa, the kids and go see this local dance firestorm now!! (Tonight through this Sunday, March 17th

Gem of the Ocean/Arden Theatre Company Since we’re all about to emerge from our winter cocoons, there’s never been a better time other than right now to go get lost in a powerful stage show…like this one. Famed playwright August Wilson‘s piercing first installment from his American Century Cycle journey sets the tale in 1904 in Pittsburgh’s Hill District where the audience will no doubt get lost in a pearl clutching tale about freedom, justice and redemption. This life rearranging show (it might just make you think about some..stuff, too) is taking over the Arden in Old City from tonight until Sunday, March 31st, so fly away and click for those tickets right here, right now!! 

Meek Mill/The Met  Since you know you’re still living from the Philly rap superstar’s first performance at The Met from last night, you might as well go see him tonight for the double-header. And for those who haven’t grabbed your tickets yet, there’s still might be one left, so check your “Goin’ Bad” live lovin’ self right here for more info, because if there’s anyone out there who can help us all say “thank u, next” to winter in complete live entertainment fashion, it’s certainly Mr. Meek. Let’s party. (Door/630/Show/8 pm

Sing Your Life Karaoke Calling ALL Philly spring fling karaoke kweens, kids, guys and gals…’s time for all of us to belt out the hits for our warm weathered lives…because those days are certainly on the way! Who’s ready?? Everyone. So, now all you have to do is join the most fabulous Sara Sherr (and respect, y’all) and her always jam-packed Sing Your Life Karaoke collection at any…or all…..of these phabulous Philly locations listed below…..and then get ready to sing as if your name is Barbra…it’s not, but try those vocals out anyway….it’s just that simple. Let’s crack some vases. Sun/9-2@Bob & Barbara’s……Tues/9-2@12 Steps Down……Thursday/9-2 @Milkboy Philly South St…Fri/9-1@Southhouse….Saturday/9-145@ Les & Doreen’s Happy Tap

The Eric Jaffe Show/Tavern on Camac  If you’re in the mood to take a break from that sea of green that’s already taken over the city (really, who isn’t..already??) and get down with some purple lovin’ and so much more, St. Patty’s strut it over upstairs to TOC tonight where the always yas-licious Mr. Jaffe will be parading out another serving of his monthly variety show! Also along for the local talent ride will be the talented likes of Jakeya, Dan Callahan, Jeremy Adam, Keely Siblia, and the ultimate bald singing local drag legend her damn self, The Goddess Isis. This is one not to be missed, kids…so, don’t! And as cover! Now, slay. (730 pm

Kiss Me, I’m Irish & Gay/U Bar Calling ALL Gayborhood Daddies, boys, bears, guys, jocks, gals, kids, kweens, otters, cubs, well, you get it without listing all of the food groups…..the time has come…for U Bar’s annual St. Patrick’s Day smooch-stravaganza! Tomorrow, grab your Destiny’s Child worthy clique (be nice and off those apps for 5 minutes, y’all) and Uber it on over to U Bar where you’ll be greeted by plenty o’guys and lots of leprechaun worthy shenanigans to get into including drink specials, free t-shirts (while they last…go early!!) and a big ol’ pot of gold and gay beats served up by DJ Bobon! But perhaps the luckiest part of this glittery St. Patricia’s Day event is that 100 percent of your ticket price (which you can snatch those right here) or going in support of qFLIX Philadelphia, which serves out the region’s only LGBTQ film festival, so you know only big creative things are about to arrive when it takes over the city from March 25th-31st!! So, now that you already have that green-n-gay lewk ready to strut down the St. Patti’s weekend runway like it’s your job, grab those tickets and go. (Sunday/2 pm-5 pm

Also on the lucky local and legendary entertainment bar tops for your St. Patrick’s Day weekend…….

Saturday/March 16th 

Lots of fabulous dancing @Woody’s, X Bar, Tavern on Camac, Voyeur & TABU(Gayborhood, 10 pm)……..DJ Chris Urban @L’Etage(10 pm)……..Yannick Nezet-Seguin@Verizon Hall@Kimmel Center.…..St. Paddy’s Day@Xfinity Live!(2 pm)……..The Hip Abduction@World Cafe Live(10 pm)…….Soul Sonic Spectrum w/DJ Greg Mungan@Johnny Brenda’s(10 pm)……..The Container @Everybody Hits(9 pm)…….Hooked @Dolphin Tavern(10 pm)…..R5 @Union Transfer(8 pm)….The Movielife @The Foundry(830 pm)…..Stella Donnelly @Johnny Brenda’s(9 pm)……Rich People@The Barbary(745 pm)…Party Favor@Premier AC(10 pm)……Sam Feldt@Ocean Resort Casino(10 pm)……..Dada Life@Hard Rock Hotel & Casino AC(10 pm)

Saturday/March 17th 

Showtunes Sunday @ Tavern on Camac(9 pm)…..DJ Chris Urban@Positano Coast(12 pm)………Little Strike@The Trocadero(630 pm)…….March Fun @Plough & The Stars(7 pm)……..Gogol Bordello@Franklin Music Hall(830 pm)…….Colin Lenox&Friends@The Pharmacy(9 pm)…….St. Patty’s Day Brunch@Second Street Irish Society(9 am)…..Kegs & Eggs @Hard Rock Cafe(10 am)…….St. Patrick’s Day Party Vibe @Mirage Lounge(12 pm)……St. Patrick’s Day Block Party @St. Stephen’s Green(10 am)

For many more colorful activities on the dance floor of this thing called life, get all sorts of krunk with Philly Mixtape right here and here.

Cover photo courtesy of Family Education 


Weekday Entertainment Groove

The time is absolutely right now to let our hair down and party like it’s the last full week of local and legendary entertainment events in winter….oh, wait…’tis. 


Pennsylvania Ballet Presents:Giselle/Academy of Music In what will probably be the most stunning and extraordinary show of the week, join the always incredible (and extremely hard-working!) PA Ballet as they hop out an incredible evening of dance and delightful spring like vibes that we can only dream of as March gets its weather business in gear. So, grab the kids, grab everybody…this is one local dance-stravaganza not to be missed if we really want to be in that groundbreaking floral mood…which we most certainly do this time of year. So, go..and may all of us forever and always support local arts..because we must for the future. Now, dance right here for more glorious info on this spectacular Philly show. (through this Sunday, March 17th

Sing Your Life Karaoke Hey, spring fling karaoke kweens and kids….friends and lovers…the time has come….for all of us to belt out the hits for our think spring singin’ lives! All you have to do is join the most fabulous Sara Sherr (and respect, y’all) and her always jam-packed Sing Your Life Karaoke collection at any…or all…..of these phabulous Philly locations listed below…..and then get ready to sing as if your name is Barbra…it’s not, but try those vocals out anyway….it’s just that simple. Let’s crack some vases. Sun/9-2@Bob & Barbara’s……Tues/9-2@12 Steps Down……Thursday/9-2 @Milkboy Philly South St…Fri/9-1@Southhouse….Saturday/9-145@ Les & Doreen’s Happy Tap

Lords of Acid/TLA Yes, the rabid 90s pop culture rumors are true..we’re just a couple of hours away from these legendary rock misfits’ impending takeover of the TLA tonight! So, if you want to rock out for the rest of those tickets right now…..first, grab that trademark Lords of Acid t-shirt from Hot Topic out of your closet(you know you still flaunt it) and then…go. (630 pm

Ella Mai/The Fillmore In just two(!!) English Breakfast tea sipping evenings from tonight, this recent Best New Artist Grammy nominee and sassy, sauce-y UK songstress will be taking over The Fillmore for an evening that’s guaranteed to put the “baby” in your “makin.” So, if you want whatever may be left of those soon-to-be groove-filled tickets to get down with Ms. Ella’s beats, get “Boo’ed Up” with your boo and grab (8 pm

So You Think You’re a Headliner/Franky Bradley’s This hump day evening, join your esteemed hostess (and DJ!!), legendary Gayborhood drag diva Fanci Dismount Stratton, as she serves up a new talent competition showcasing a buffet of talented local entertainers who’ll be dishing out drag, burlesque, live vocalists, Cosplay and lots more! These fierce guys, gals, kids and kweens will not only be judged for their performance abilities, but for their hosting skills as well. It also doesn’t hurt (well, maybe a little) that a fabulous panel of judges including live singing drag superstar, The Goddess Isis, burlesque diva Miss V, and stunning drag artist Aloe Vera will be mentoring along the way, so don’t miss a moment of it! Now, go here for tickets and then…go. (9 pm

Cosmic Gate/NOTO If you’re looking to get a bit spaced out and plugged in as we head into St. Patrick’s Day (really, who isn’t it before those basic Irish crowds arrive..eek!!) weekend, then this amplified event this Thursday night from one of dance music’s most iconic duos is just the explosive show for…all of us. Hit the floor right here for those tickets and also be sure to ice and train those fists because thy will be pumped all night long when it comes to these guys. (10 pm

Tritonal/Disco Fries/Franklin Music Hall While the beats and treats served up at this show won’t be nearly as insane as the ones heaved out from Cosmic Gate the night before, but if you’re looking to pump those fists and build those beats in a more lighter (but just as fun!!) way, waste no time in grabbing that access to dive into the floor of yes life that these two fine-tuned music acts will be dishing out this Friday night. Ready, set, party like it’s almost spring…oh, wait, ’tis. (830 pm

Also for your almost spring local and legendary entertainment pleasure on…..

Monday/March 11th Virtual Swing @Kimmel Center(through March 24th, 12 pm, 5 pm)…….The Gem of the Ocean @Arden Theatre Company(through March 31st) Tigerbeats Indie Dance Party@The Barbary(10 pm)…….Dan Mangan@Johnny Brenda’s(8 pm)……..Irish Quizzo w/JDT@The Bourse Philly(6 pm)……Girl Germs@Johnny Brenda’s Downstairs(8 pm)

Tuesday/March 12th Trippie Redd@TLA(almost sold out!, 8 pm)…….Acid Bird w/DJ Rory Connell@Johnny Brenda’s(8 pm)……Last Minute Comedy Showcase @Silk City Diner & Lounge(830 pm)……..Drag Bingo@Southhouse(8 pm)…….Smallpools@Union Transfer(830 pm)……Mother Mother@The Foundry(8 pm)……West Philadelphia Orchestra@Franky Bradley’s(9 pm)…….

Wednesday/March 13th Garrick Ohlsson@Perelman Theater(730 pm)…….Songbird Opening Night@L’Etage(8 pm)………..Hump Day Hoe Down@Tavern on Camac(8 pm)…..We Three@World Cafe Live(8 pm)…….L……Reignforest@The Barbary(10 pm)…..Yoke Lore@The Foundry(8 pm)……A Fragile Tomorrow@Bourbon & Branch(7 pm) 

Thursday/March 14th  Martha Graham Cracker in Lashed But Not Leashed @SEI Innovation Studio(sold out, 8 pm)…….Whiskey Myers@TLA(8 pm)……..Masked Intruder@The Foundry(8 pm)……..Mark Morton@Underground Arts(830 pm)……..Andy Frasco&The U.N.@Johnny Brenda’s(830 pm)…….Rabbits to Riches@Boot&Saddle(7 pm)……..Jersey Corn Pickers@Kung Fu Necktie(8 pm)…….Mary Ann Redmond@South Jazz Club(9 pm)…..The 21Soul Sessions@World Cafe Live(7 pm)…….RuPaul’s Drag Race Viewing Party w/Eric Jaffe@Destination Dogs(8 pm)…….AS If Presents Whatevs@TABU(10 pm)…….DJ Chris Wilson@Johnny Brenda’s(8 pm).

Friday/March 15th  Philly Drag Wars (upstairs) followed by DJ KRK‘s Underground downstairs@Voyeur(730 pm, 10 pm)………Teenage Fanclub@Union Transfer(730 pm)………Shaun Frank@Franklin Music Hall(730 pm)……..All That ’90s Party @Voltage Lounge(930 pm)……….foxtrot/the get down@Milkboy Philly(830 pm)……..PENTHAUS@TABU(10 pm)……..Moneybagg Yo @TLA(8 pm)………Chantate Cann @South Jazz Club(7 pm)……Secret Dance Party@Connie’s Ric Rac(10 pm)……Joe Grushecky@World Cafe Live(8 pm)………DJ Rocdaspot@Johnny Brenda’s(10 pm)…….Miami Vice Tropical Night@The Barbary(10 pm) 

To think spring grooves along with Philly Mixtape, shimmy, shimmy right here and here 

Cover photo courtesy of Philadelphia Magazine


Philly Venue Spotlight/Johnny Brenda’s

A high quality and most thirst quenching local beer selection….a locally supported menu stacked and stocked with delicious items for all of the Philly foodies out there….a kick ass live and local entertainment venue….and just an all around phantastic place to cheers to the frickin’ weekend, the weekday, kick some game to that Tinder date, saying “thank u, next” to that ex, that job…..

…..hey, whatever gets you to raise that Johnny Brenda’s glass like our very own Ms. Pink. 

Yes, these are all of the lip smacking, vibe craving ingredients that make up Philly hot-spot Johnny Brenda‘s, and as anyone that truly celebrates that Philly, Philly life and style knows that this is simply the be

Standing proud at the corner of Frankford and Girard Avenues in the southern tip of the city’s Fishtown section, Johnny Brenda’s was once a rough neighborhood tavern in a then very sketchy part of the city until William Reed and his business partner Paul Kimport came along a decade ago and took a gigantic risk…

…..and luckily for the entire city of Philadelphia and its impending travelers, that risk certainly paid off. 

Not only did Reed and Kimport transform the once dumpster fire of a dive bar into a shimmering gastro-pub with a 250 person live music venue just up those stairs for Philly entertainment lovers from all of walks of life, but the oh, so smart business gentlemen are purely responsible for the still ongoing boom of the city’s Fishtown section, which as we all know by know, it’s certainly the be.

Okay, so, our journey through everything this booming Philly venue has to offer you (yes, you) begins with a legendary word coined by America’s favorite cartoon Dad, Mr. Homer Simpson…”Beer.”

Lots and lots and lots of beer. 

With a rotating draft list with 12 taps and 2 hand pumps for cask-conditioned drafts, Johnny Brenda‘s fine-tuned beer selection will not only want to make you sample..them all, but the venue also takes major pride in supporting a hearty handful of local breweries including Flying Fish, Free Will, Dock Street, Manayunk and many, many more.

There’s also tons of Jameson and other booze-y goodies to toast to our frickin’ glass raisin’ lives to, and you (yes, you again) can dive into all right here and begin planning your next Johnny Brenda’s happy hour/life gathering…now.

And fun Philly history fact….the red-hot venue was named after famed boxer John Imbrenda, whose ringside name was Johnny Brenda. 

Of course, we’re going to need a couple of carbs (okay, all of them) to perfectly compliment those beers and that booze (and may you drink responsibly always), which is why much like their support for the local breweries, JB’s shows buffets of food love for the local farmer by using fresh ingredients supplied from area farmers on their truly out-of-this-world menu, which you can feast upon right here.

Herloom tomato salad, fresh raw oysters, the world-famous JB’s Burger, mushroom croquettes… Sunday brunch by the pool table!! Oh….yes to all..of…it…right this very mouth-watering second. 

And did someone say lots of music to dance and get funky to as we can properly burn off those carbs and live our truly best local entertainment lives?

Abso-f@@king-lutely. Let’s serve it out on the Johnny Brenda’s upstairs dance floor like this…whether you want to support tremendous local music artists (and may you always, always) shake your groove thing and/or money-maker, or twerk the weekday pain away, this City of Brotherly Love nightlife favorite has got you covered like a brown paper grocery bag on a fifth grade textbook the way Mom used to do it. 

Now, that’s some serious business. Know what else is serious business? The always eccentric vibes that are served up daily at Philly local and legendary entertainment venue, Johnny Brenda‘s…and you should absolutely grab your guys, girls, gays, your Mom…whoever and just go there….right now. 


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Johnny Brenda’s cover photo courtesy of Victory Brewing