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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. 

Go. 

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 them..now. (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

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Weekday Entertainment Groove

From Estelle to Green Velvet to Herbie Hancock……from Mandolin Orange to 74 Seconds..To Judgement…..to the Chippendales(!!) to the buffet of handsome DJs who’ll no doubt serve us with all kinds of dance floor lovin’ as we set sail into Valentine’s weekend number one….

…..it’s that kind of entertaining week to go with this gorgeous weather we’re all experiencing at this very moment in February time. So, let’s all get out there and do it…all. 

Go. 

Sing Your Life Karaoke Hey, Philly karaoke kids and kweens…the time has come..for all of us to belt out the hits for our window shattering lives! All you have to do is join the most fabulous Sara Sherr and her 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 Reese Witherspoon..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

74 Seconds….To Judgement/Arden Theatre Company  There’s shows, and then there’s...this show.. a poignant, powerful story about a jury of 6 who have been in pure deadlock for a week straight as they undoubtably struggle to decide what is ‘justifiable homicide’ in a headline grabbing murder trial. As relevant as it is pure pearl clutching, it’s a must see for ALL of us in these  divided times. It’s taken over The Arden until March 3rd, and now it’s undoubtedly to let this gripping show take over our lives..now. Seriously..go see it…you won’t be disappointed. 

Romeo + Juliet/The Wilma Theater Romeo, oh, Romeo…have you checked out the fine actor who’s playing Romeo in Shakespeare’s classic love tragedy tale during its run at the Wilma?? His name is Matteo Scammel and he’s oh, so ridiculously talented and handsome. And, the fine young actress who’s playing Juliet? Her name is Taysha Marie Canales and together, they’re double the reason to grab those tickets (last week!!) and click right here to dive into every this truly one-of-a-kind retelling has to offer. In the name of Claire and Leo, what are you waiting for? Go. (Tonight-February 9th)

Estelle/The Foundry  Because we’re still absolutely freaks every day of every week, and because we still try really, really hard to remember drunken karaoke nights slaying Kanye’s part in “American Boy.” Because of course, we will get those tickets to see the sauce-y “Ain’t Yo Bitch” diva all sorts of up-close-and-personal this upcoming Thursday (Feb 7th) evening. We will. So, go right here…now

Green Velvet/NOTO If a few throbs of this overseas DJ legend’s refire of Madonna’s Confessions single, “Sorry,” isn’t enough to get you to go witness him take over NOTO this Thursday, then play it again until it does…because it will. Get those tix…if you’re a big ol’ fan of partyin,’ this is the show for you. (10 pm

Craig Stickland/World Cafe Live If you’re in the mood to simply have a rockin’ good live music time this Friday night, then this red-hot and oh, so handsome crooner is just the guy and certainly the show for you. First, try not jammin’ it out to his hot-to-headphones new single, “Burn it Down,” then get those tickets to witness him justify World Cafe Live this week. Seriously…go…your life lovin’ (and swooning!) soul will be just so happy with your entertainment choice for the evening. Rock on, Mr. Stickland. (8 pm

Herbie Hancock/Xcite Center @Parx Casino  In just 5(!!) ultra-robotic days, the “Rockit” icon himself is going to have all of us throwin’ down our cardboard and get to breakin’ like it’s nobody business when he takes over Parx this Friday night. And if you want to live like you’re still tryin’ to figure out that damn Rubix Cube, don’t waste another break dancin’ in second to think about it and get those tickets now. (8 pm)

Yo, DJs…Give Us Those Tracks…now Whether ridin’ the groove love train with DJ Mike Shaffer @Tabu (8 pm) for a sexy Valentine’s serving of LiP Smackers……rockin’ it out upstairs at Tavern on Camac (10 pm) alongside DJ Chris Urban………or steppin’ down to the Underground @Voyeur to get your tribal freak on with DJ KRK, (10 pm) these handsome local DJ Daddys will get you more than ready to liiiive ya damn lives on the floor……and be good to them, please…because they do it all for you…yes, you….now, dance. (Friday/Gayborhood

Also owning our local and legendary entertainment lives this week…..

Tuesday/February 5th 

Cass McCombs@World Cafe Live(8 pm)………Dean Lewis@The Foundry(8 pm)………Born of Osiris@TLA(7 pm)………Smile Empty Soul@Voltage Lounge(7 pm)………Oginalli@Milkboy Philly(8 pm)……Harry Potter Quizzo@Bainbridge Street Barrel(8 pm)…….Turn Out Tuesdays w/Iris Spectre & Vinchelle @Boxers PHL 

Wednesday/February 6th 

Mandolin Orange @Union Transfer(7 pm)………..El Ten Eleven @The Foundry(8 pm)……….RKCB@Voltage Lounge(8 pm)………..Warhawks@Ortlieb’s(8 pm)……..Hashland@Kung Fu Necktie(9 pm)……..Now That’s All I Call ’90s @Franky Bradley’s(9 pm)…..The Everything Show@L’Etage(10 pm)……

Thursday/February 7th 

Terminally Chill@The Barbary(10 pm)……….RIPE@TLA(8 pm)……..Paula’s Drag Kitchen@L’Etage(8 pm)………Sharon Van Etten@Union Transfer(730 pm)……..As It Is@Voltage Lounge(630 pm)………Keiko Matsui@South Jazz Club(9 pm)………Enter the Haggis@World Cafe Live…..SRSQ@Boot&Saddle(8 pm)

Friday/February 8th 

Drag Wars@Voyeur(830 pm)…….Chippendales:Let’s Misbehave @TLA(9 pm)……..Pokemon:Lets Go Philadelphia @Tabu(8 pm)……….Galactic @The Fillmore(8 pm)………Maceo Plex@Warehouse on Watts(9 pm)…….Elephante@NOTO(11 pm)………Like a Storm@The Foundry(6 pm)………Spafford@Union Transfer(8 pm)……..Cool Company@Kung Fu Necktie(8 pm).

For much more spilling of the local and legendary entertainment tea, smash your mug against the wall with Philly Mixtape right here and here

Cover photo courtesy of Hotel Palomar 

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Super Bowl Weekend Entertainment Groove

Are you ready for some……sixty degree temps?  

No, you’re not hallucinating…..well, maybe a little bit because it is February. Although most of us found polar bears digging through our trash all week-long, indeed those above average temps are on the way and things are about to warm up…finally. 

Know what else warm things all the way up? A hearty to do list of things and thangs to do for your Saturday night and Super Bowl Sunday pleasure. 

Happy weekend! And may Mizz Brady and the New England Patriots get smacked down for the championship title for the second year in a row. 

Super Bowl LIII How many Philadelphians are going to be watching the moment our beloved Philadelphia Eagles turned Tom Brady into a little bitch, errr, won their very first Super Bowl Championship last year? Everyone. In case anyone cares, there’s a football game on, 45 Go Daddy commercials on the way, some fabulous movie trailers and a Maroon 5 sized halftime show. Hey, as long as it’s not Justin Timberlake…those halftime performances are a bish, aren’t they. JT? Check your football-ed life right here for more Super Bowl festivities around the town tomorrow. Play sports!! 

G.Love & Special Sauce/The Fillmore   We’re just a few phenomenal Philly hours away from the  City of Brotherly Love‘s very own Mr. G. Love’s takeover of The Fillmore…..and now begs the question…..did you snatch up one or all of those remaining tickets yet?? And who can believe it’s been 25 years already? No one because that dear, sweet local rock music keeps us ALL young and sauced up. Get ’em. (Tonight/8 pm

Sing Your Life Karaoke Hey, Philly karaoke kids and kweens…the time has come..for all of us to belt out the hits for our window shattering lives! All you have to do is join the most fabulous Sara Sherr and her Sing Your Life Karaoke collection at at any…or all…..of these phabulous Philly locations listed below…..and then get ready to sing as if your name is Reese Witherspoon..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

Romeo + Juliet/The Wilma Theater Romeo, oh, Romeo…have you checked out the fine actor who’s playing Romeo in Shakespeare’s classic love tragedy tale during its run at the Wilma?? His name is Matteo Scammel and he’s oh, so ridiculously talented and handsome. And, the fine young actress who’s playing Juliet? Her name is Taysha Marie Canales and together, they’re double the reason to grab those tickets and click right here to dive into every this truly one-of-a-kind retelling has to offer. In the name of Claire and Leo, what are you waiting for? Go. (Tonight-February 9th

Charlotte’s Web/Arden Theatre Company The rumors are true….the Arden’s critically acclaimed production of E.B. White‘s still delightful children’s book is wrapping up its run……tomorrow. So, don’t waste any time in you and the whole family grabbing the rest of those tickets! Plus, you’ll be able to see what else the Arden has in store for 2019 (Hear about 74 Seconds to Judgement? You should), and it’s a guarantee that it’s a whole lot of everything and more that you’ll absolutely love. Enjoy the shows! 

Jagged Edge/112/Harrah’s Resort Atlantic City In the mood to make some babies down at the Jersey Shore this weekend? Then this is absolutely the show for you. Now, get those tickets, lock the bedroom and get bus-ay just like it’s 1995 all over again..yes. 

DJ Chris Urban First, spill some tea with this superstar Philly DJ right here, then dance the night away alongside of him at L’Etage tonight(10 pm), and for your hangover pleasure on Sunday at Positano Coast(12 pm)…and he shall see you on the floor like J.Lo. 

The Fun Dolls Present:Candy Shop/L’Etage Who’s ready for a gorgeous gaggle of some of the flyest and oh, so most loveliest dancing dolls you’ve ever hit the Philly floor with? If you answered yaaaas to that question (really, who wouldn’t??) head over L’Etage tonight where the always slaying, Ms, Natalie Flynn, will be serving the city with a fierce crop of dancing divas who are more than ready to make you werk for your Willy Wonka Gobstoppers. Shimmy it up right here for more info, and then you betta…go and may you always support local dance artists…always. (7 pm) 

FEUD:The Drag Show/TABU  If you thought Bette & Joan’s FEUD was catty as f@ck, wait until the claws are sharpened for this one, kids and kweens. Tonight, 4 of Philly’s most slaying queens–Bev, Iris Spectre, Ariel Versace and Miss Troy–will trade places (and maybe faces??) to perform each other’s biggest numbers….and without a doubt there’ll be more shade thrown than the mighty oak can dish out. Of course, it will be an evening full of splendid local drag, big ass wigs and plenty of spilled tea all over the place! And may you always tip a feudin’ queen, bitch. Werk, ladies. (9 pm

Honeygasm/Franky Bradley’s Who’s ready to have that ass squeezed by sexy Cupid….aka Flrt Vonnegut…..just in time for Valentine’s Day? Tomorrow night, sploosh it on over to Franky Bradley’s where your tassels twirlin’ hosts, Honeytree Evil Eye and of course, Mr. Flrt, as they serve up some Burlesque variety lovin’ that you may not be able to handle…and that’s the best part of it all.  And with a cast that includes bellydance babe Challes L’ozile, boylesque babe Bear Trap, and Nerdlesque winner, June Bug, this is a can’t miss for all of the entertainment lovahs out there. Tickets are right here...go. (7 pm

Sarah Brightman/The Met  The Hymn goddess is about to descend upon Philly this Sunday night ….slap on a halo right here and get the rest of those tickets…now. (7 pm

Also spinning on the local and legendary entertainment turntables for your……

Saturday/February 2nd

A Comedy of Tenors @Walnut Street Theatre(through March 3rd)………..Lots of fabulous dancing @Woody’s, Tavern on Camac, X Bar and Voyeur (Gayborhood, 10 pm)……Bruce Bruce@Punchline Philly(10 pm)……..Philadelphia Auto Show@Convention Center(and Sunday, too)…….Steven Universe Drag Show @The Victoria Freehouse(10 pm)………..Brasstracks@Johnny Brenda’s(7 pm)……..Peabo Bryson and Regina Belle@Keswick Theatre(7 pm)………Cautious Clay @The Foundry(9 pm)……..Steve Gunn@Union Transfer(7 pm)……..3LAU @Hard Rock & Casino Atlantic City (10 pm)…………6 Underground:’90s Alternative Dance Party @Kung Fu Necktie(1030 pm)………Carter Cruise@NOTO(10 pm) 

Super Bowl Sunday/February 3rd    

Showtunes Sundays @Tavern on Camac (9 pm)………. QT Noir Arts Festival @The Rotunda(12 pm)……..’60s Sunshine Pop w/DJ Jay Scwatrz @Johnny Brenda’s(12 noon)…….2019 Chinese New Year Festival@Cottman Avenue & Frankford Avenue(1230 pm)……..Emarosa@Voltage Lounge(6 pm)…….Jai Blizz@Hard Rock Cafe Philly(8 pm)……..

For many, many more super sized shenanigans coming this your way this year and beyond, own the field with Philly Mixtape right here and here

Ridiculously adorable cover photo courtesy of 6abc Philadelphia