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Table Talk w/Rachel Kline of Philadelphia Funk Authority

Ladies and gentlemen…

…………..it’s time to prepare to get all sorts of funked up for the start of your final weekend of February.

Tomorrow night, the much celebrated local music group Philadelphia Funk Authority will be taking over the stage at World Cafe Live, and it’s a soon-to-be stellar evening of entertainment that we must ALL show our love and support to for a beautiful musical buffet of incredible reasons.

First, gettin’ down to the vibes that will be indefinitely served up by PFA is always a grand idea for our local entertainment lovin’ lives. Second, you’ll be magnificently introduced to their incredible new lead singer, Ms. Rachel Kline. Not only does this red-hot and rising local vocal superstar contain the beauty of Ariana-meets-Camila(like, so not kidding), but she’s got a voice that is that voice….and it’s guaranteed to take over your entire existence. 

But luckily for all of Philly and beyond, everyone can get to know her magnificent voice and her soaring creative spirit right this very second  (and get those tickets for tomorrow night right here….right this very second), as Rachel took some time away from shattering everyone’s souls with her magnificent pipes to spill some tea with Philly Mixtape, where she spilled about her endeavors with PFA, all-time favorite soul divas, and…just why the hell it took so long for her to begin owning our local entertainment worlds. 

Oh, and if you want to get down to some of Mizz Kline‘s current greatness while you take a seat to her many talents, check her official Instagram page out…and if you have a string of pearls handy…put them on because they will be clutched, honey. Yeah, it’s like that.

Now, let’s take a sip because the fabulous Rachel Kline of Philadelphia Funk Authority is certainly speaking and singing…and Philly and the entire tri-state area need to be paying attention…now. 

Okay, we might as well start shattering those fancy Lennox mugs right away. I’ve personally known you for quite some time now, and if it wasn’t for me coming across your soul shattering cover of Ms. A Keys “If I Ain’t Got You,” I never would have known how truly incredible you are!! So, sipping some tea…why the big secret all of these years?  I think I have this underlying problem where I feel like if I show the world something that I’m good at, everybody’s just going to be like, “Oh, there she goes again..there’s something else that she’s good at!” I didn’t want to be that person, but after I graduated college I was stuck trying to figure out what the hell I wanted to do with my everyday life! [But] I sing everyday…alone. Not even my boyfriend knew I could sing! Then I just posted an Instagram video and let me see what people think…and they kind of went nuts! I started posting more and then I auditioned for this band, Philadelphia Funk Authority. [As it turned out], the lead singer had to leave the band due to some [health reasons], so I auditioned against eight other people and they picked me and I was like…okay, here we go! It’s a very new journey, but I love it so far! 

But you have to admit, once that first Instagram post was served….it had to have felt mighty freeing. I didn’t look at my phone for two hours! I didn’t want to know what else people were saying, I didn’t want to know who watched it, liked it..anything! Finally, I opened my phone and it was just all positive feedback. Most people were shocked and, like..what the hell? Where did this come from? I mean, I expected that, but [all of it] really helped me solidify this decision to go down this new path. It feels good, it feels really good! 

Any more slaying covers or shimmering new songs on the way? I’ve done a few covers, but I’ve actually been putting up a lot more original songs because I’ve really been trying to force myself to be in this creative space in my own mind and write music. I actually just go to YouTube and find random beats that suit my voice well and I just sort of let the creativity roll in my own my mind. And then I find a word that could fit here, rhyme there, and then the words turn into phrases..and before I know it I have a mini song! 

Okay, how about your personal music divas that you simply can’t live without? Definitely love my soul performers..Aretha Franklin, Chaka Khan, and Ms. Alicia Keys is a big one. I love to just embody her music. Ariana Grande is also another big one. She’s kind of bridging this gap between all genres. She could come out with a country song and make it sound cool! “thank u, next” is still giving me life! 

And how are you feeling these days about our girl Cardi B? Obsessed. I’m just so proud of her. I like that she embodies herself and is like….who cares that I used to strip for money? I’m gonna put that in every single song so you all know where I started from and now I’m at the top! I appreciate that mentality.

What about your future with Philadelphia Funk Authority? Where are you crazy music kids headed this year, besides, like, everywhere? So far we’re just in Philly. We do a lot of weddings and wedding season is coming up soon! We might have some bigger gigs along the way, so we’ll see!

One last mug shatter, what are some of your personal creative goals both on and off the mic this year? I want to really just want to continue to figure out who I am. In the past I kind of felt lost. There was so many different directions I could have gone. Still now so many directions I could go. But I really want to hone in on just what my loves are in life and what my interests are. Keeping the people who really ground me surrounding me. Just keep bettering my life and believing in myself! 

And there you have it, kids. For more with the incredible Rachel Kline, get lost in the heavenly sounds she serves up on her Instagram page and then you MUST go see her own the World Cafe Live stage alongside Philadelphia Funk Authority tomorrow night…you certainly won’t be disappointed. 

Are you a local entertainer who’s slaying it in every which direction? Well then, feel free to take a seat at the Philly Mixtape tea table right here and here and let’s get to spillin’ and sippin’! 

Cover photo courtesy of Mizz Rachel Kline 

 

 

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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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Music Tea w/The WizBangs

Family.

Just where, oh, where in the world would anybody be without them? They glide along with us through the highs, and of course, pick us right up through the lows. 

But record an album with them, let alone take of all that family stuff on the road? Well, that thought alone is enough to drive a person crazy. 

Philly’s debut alternative rock trio, The WizBangs, are defying all of those odds as Jim Feenestra (vocals) and his two sons, Charlie (vocals, guitars, keys)and J.P. (drums) are coming together to put the drama aside and cook up some killer tunes, most notably with their rockin’ debut ditty, “Common Enemy,” which will be followed by the release and tour in support of their freshman set, Life, Love and Other Mishaps, a little bit later this year. 

I got the chance to break some local music tea mugs with Jim and Charles (J.P. had a prior work commitment and wasn’t able to spill), and the three of us chatted about New Year’s goals, yoga, how they make the family dynamic work in the studio, and most importantly, which album would be by their music side if they should ever be stuck on a deserted island. 

Let’s break some music mugs and show our love to Philly‘s very own, The WizBangs

Kicking of our spill, how was your holiday season, gentlemen? C-It was great. I went down to Philly to spend some time with my brother. Went to check out Longwood Gardens...that was super nice. It was a good time. Then I stayed at home and practiced yoga and music for the rest of the time.

Speaking of yoga, I’m actually just getting started in it. Have you been practicing long? My Dad introduced me to it at a gym in high school. I kind of got away from it [for a while] and then I started it back up again about six or 7 years ago and I’ve been doing it ever since and its awesome. I feel great.

Thanks! Very inspirational for someone who’s just starting out, I appreciate it. Speaking of inspiration, what goals are you guys setting for yourselves in the New Year? J-For me, it’s focus on the band and the shows. We have a CD we’re ready to release as well. I should also preface that with health and happiness to all of my family, and we’re going to have a new addition because James is going to be a new Daddy in April. Being number one Grand-Dad and Grandma is one of our top goals! We have a lot happening all around and also in regards to the upcoming album and upcoming shows, that’s where my focus is and it’s all fun stuff! 

Okay, so most anybody would probably think that starting a band and recording music with your family is a crazy idea, let alone going on the road with them and possibly driving each other crazy. What do you guys do if tensions arise in those music situations? C-I usually walk out of the room and then come back! We usually push through in those moments unless it’s not possible to do so and then we’ll revisit it later. There’s a book called Non Violent Communication [by Dr. Marshall Rosenberg], it’s enormously helpful in terms of dealing with any kind of emotionally charged situation. And even just learning [how] to empathetically connect with other people. I employ that daily. 

J-I think from my perspective, I think Charlie’s right. But first of all, I don’t think we’ve ever had that many what I would call “tense moments” on something because we’ve worked on the songs that we want to play. You know there might be little tensions when we’ve worked through something, but we’ve always landed in a happy place for lack of a better word. If there is tension there, either Charles will walk away and I’ll walk away and we’ll say, “let’s shelve that” and we’ll come back and address it later, So, I actually think the dynamic has worked very well. But the hardest part for me, but what was actually kind of rewarding, was that I had to stop being the Dad. I’m not only a band member, but both boys have a lot more experience than I do, so it was kind of like “stop being the parental figure in the room,” and listen, take advice and at the end of the day, it’s about making the songs as best as they can be. That was an evolutionary process I think, but we’ve got it down by now.

Now, Jim, you used to work for Penske Truck Leasing as a marketing officer. Why the sudden change of tune to dive into music? I would say the first part was that it was time to go do something else. I’d been their chief marketing officer for over twenty years and it’s kind of like I would make an analogy of an athlete who knows when it’s time to retire, that was my feeling. So, I retired, I moved, but kept on three different boards with non-profits, so [they keep] me busy as well. But from the music side, before I retired, Charlie and I were already kind of working on songs and kind of playing around with the concept and then [Charlie’s] girlfriend got sick, so they came to live with us, so that was the real [turning point] of where we got serious about doing songs together. I would bring him songs and he would bring me melodies. So, it happened really kind of organically.

Let’s spill about your track, “Common Enemy.” What was the inspiration behind it? C-Inspiration for that was basically my whole life–we grow up in public education, at least most of us do. [It’s about] how we’re all kind of taught the same thing and culturally we’re all kind of programmed to want, to achieve. It’s always just about being in state of wanting more. Even when we get what we want, one month later, we want something more. Why can’t we just be happy with whatever we have? And that’s just a process of being, and it has nothing to do with wanting a better car, or whatever comfort we can get, [it’s] that kind of consumer culture that is America, not totally America, but what we’re kind of led to buy into has programmed us to want, and that’s kind of the common enemy. What I think many of us are starting to understand is….that’s a lie. We’ve known that it’s a lie–the Beatles told us that this was a lie. And we all kind of have to ban together and acknowledge that this is an issue and then look for the solution, which is personally I believe, connection with other human beings, that’s what matters most.

Honestly, man, I couldn’t agree more, and it’s a topic we could certainly discuss all damn day long. But I want to get to the really, really hard question, the not so-so-elusive, “desert island” question and what is the one album you would have with you if you ended up like Tom Hanks in ‘Cast Away.’ J-I’m going to cheat a little bit if you don’t mind. I’ll give you a 1A and 1B because it’s a double album–I’d bring [Beatles’] Rubber Soul and Revolver, but [Rubber Soul] would be my top one. C-I really love The Flaming Lips’ The Soft Bulletin. It’s great and I’m an absolutely a huge fan of everything they do. 

One last spill, your debut album is certainly going to be a big part of year. So, tell everyone a little bit about it as we anxiously await us arrival..J-It’s been such a journey because we live apart, so we have to bring everybody together. It’s been a fairly long process but this is the fun part for me to get it out and to have people actually start listening to it. It’s like you’re in the final toll gate where you push the button and all of a sudden its streaming and people can buy it. What was interesting to me is that I’ve given a copy to maybe ten, fifteen people who are either friends I know, or [people] I trust and they all come back and say, “I can’t pigeon-hole you guys on this album because I don’t know what genre you are,” and my response is “perfect,” because we didn’t want to be pigeon-holed because we have a lot of different flavors on the album. 

For much, much more on all of the flavors of Philly’s The Wizbangs, including where you’ll be able to catch them in the City of Brotherly Love this year, stay tuned to Philly Mixtape and be sure to grab their album, ‘Life, Love and Other Mishaps’ when it takes over your headphones this upcoming spring!