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Mother’s Day Weekend Entertainment Mixtape

Lots of rain tomorrow and lots of “I Love You, Mom’s” on Sunday. 

Let’s Mother’s Day Weekend and make those plans full of love for Mom. 

BB & T Pavilion From tonight’s Future:Nobody’s Safe tour stop to this weekend’s Radio 104.5 Lawn Jawn (day two is sold out) starring Bastille, Empire of the Sun, The 1975, Kings of Leon and many, many more, BB & T Pavilion is up and running and ready to take all of your hard earned coin in exchange for lots and lots of concert tickets over the next few months. To see who’s on live music deck this year, get to steppin’ right here. Oh, and fifteen dollar beers for life, of course. Various showtimes, 1 Harbour Blvd  Camden, NJ 08103

Sing Your Life Karaoke  What’s your favorite karaoke song? Chances are the fabulous Sara Sherr has them all in her always in season Sing Your Life Karaoke collection, which will be serving your vocal chords all weekend long 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  Earn some fab extra points with Mom this weekend (Dirty Dancing and Saturday Night Fever are also on their gleeful way next week for those who may not be able to see Mom this weekend) and grab those tickets for a magical evening/after brunch party jam-packed with the 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….all of these shows for life. Enough said. Now-July 2nd, Walnut Street Theatre, Independence Studio on 3, various showtimes and ticket prices 825 Walnut St.

DTF:Darryl & Timaree Fun Hour Philly’s most fabulous comedic duo–real life sex educator, Dr. Timaree Leigh, and real-life comedian, Mr. Darryl Charles–are back to bring the universe’s one-and-only sex ed/comedy/game show! And for this romp, they’re bringing in Bearlesque’s Connor Michalchuk, Home of Comedy Sportz’s Dave Jadico with delightful improv by Smoke & Fire. And then afterwards, we dance like we’re makin’ love.  Tonight, 830 pm, Franky Bradley’s, 1320 Chancellor St. 

Pennsylvania Ballet Re/Action No words, just four days of stunning technique, pulsating performance and classical music by Tchaikovsky, Bohuslav Martinu, Leo Delibes and many, many more. For ticket prices, showtimes and much, much more info on what’s sure to be an incredible series, dance it on over right here. Tonight-Sunday, May 14th, Academy of Music, 240 S. Broad St.

DJ Jimmy DePre  Although you should absolutely never, ever ask the DJ anything, snaps to the fabulous dancing queen who requests this fucking incredible Oliver Nelson remix of our dearly departed Ms. Whitney’s “How Will I Know.” Other than that…nothing as Mr. DePre will be oh, so busy checkin your dance music life on both Friday and Saturday night at Tavern on Camac. 10 pm, 243 South Camac St. 

DJ Chris Urban  Whether at City Tap House Logan Sq. (10pm-2am, 1801 18th St.) tonight, owning his L’Etage (10 pm, 624 South 6th St.) residency tomorrow night or owning your Mother’s Day bubbly brunch life on Sunday at Positano Coast (12-4, 212 Walnut St.), Mr. Urban has got your dance music needs covered like a brown paper bag on an elementary school textbook all weekend long. Now, dance. 

The Golden Gurlz Live  Although Brittany Lynn (Dorothy), Pissi Myles (Blanche), Connor Michalchuk (Ma) and Bella Cane (Rose) won’t be joining the Stonewall Sports Boyz on the kick-those-balls fields this weekend (although…dreams), they will be putting on a special show at Tabu tonight honoring Philly’s fabulous sports league, so don’t be a Stan and miss out, kickball kween. Tickets available at the door and right here. Tonight, 1030 pm, Tabu, 200 South 12th St. 

The Sex Dwarf ’80s Prom  Now, what could be better than a New Wave kissed Sex Dwarf ’80s prom helmed by iconic Philly DJ Robert Drake as we head into Mother’s Day weekend? Absolutely god damn nothing. So, with that being said…pass all of the Jelly bracelets and shoes, shoulder pads, Rubix Cubes and repeat viewings of Desperately Seeking Susan right this way, please. Plus, this coveted event is back after a loooong four year hiatus…get that Aqua Net ready, kids. Tonight, 10pm-2am, Club Mousai, 1227 Walnut St. 

Metallica Because you still can’t figure out the guitar chords to “Enter Sandman” but you’re more than ready to see the legendary rock gods take over Lincoln Financial Field tonight. Grab those tickets.  Lincoln Financial Field, Tonight, 6 pm 

Le Youth/Rumor  When Cassie and deep house collide, you head straight to Rumor tonight and pay your dance music respects to the DJ. Tonight, 10 pm, Rumor Philly, 1500 Sansom St. 

Morgan Page  Since it’s pretty much time to put that summer body to work, head down to AC where Mr. Page will be waiting just for your fine ass as he serves up those fucking delicious grooves and rewerks…like this one. Tonight, 10 pm, Premier Nightclub, 1 Borgata Way 

Trey Songz Because it’s the weekend and it’s time to get krunk. And Mr. Songz and all that “Bottoms Up” truth will certainly help us get all the way there. Saturday, 7 pm, Electric Factory, 421 North 7th St. 

The Barbary If you’re looking for the perfect show to take Mom to for Mother’s Day this Sunday, this is it as four extraordinarily talented local ladies–Tara Hendricks, Lauren Scott, Amélie Swann and Lynsay Salera–take the stage at The Barbary for a night of incredible live music provided by their pulsating diva pipes. Go. Sunday, The Barbary, 7pm-10pm, 951 Frankford Avenue

For much more Philly entertainment goings on, check back for updates on Philly Mixtape all weekend long and check this out, too. 

Happy weekend! 

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Music Tea w/ DJ Carl Michaels

Owning his mark on the Philly nightclub scene for over a decade, DJ Carl Michaels first served us with his vast catalog of grooves and good music vibes while putting them to work in helping put Philly nightclub Shampoo on the local entertainment map. From that sudsy time in his music life, the esteemed local DJ would go on to own residencies at an array of venues in and out of Philly’s gayborhood, including Voyeur, Boxers Philadelphia and Club Paradise in Asbury Park, NJ, which is owned by legendary music producer, Shep Pettibone. (“Vogue” Enough said). 

Besides making you dance and slay for your lives, Mr. Michaels also spends his DJ days focusing on music production and taking his love for deep house and transferring it into a handful of exciting new events that will be throbbing your way in the very near future.

The whirling local DJ was kind enough to stop by Philly Mixtape for a good ol’ fashioned music tea, where he spilled about all of his future plans, as well as how he got his humble start on the local music scene and just want words of wisdom he would give to an aspiring DJ who had just picked up their headphones for the very first time. 

Take a seat at the music tea with DJ Carl Michaels below, and for all of his local music truth, check out his freshly rewerked official website right here

Since this is your first time spilling it all on Philly Mixtape, go ahead and break some music tea mugs on how you got your start in this crazy music business.. Well, I started DJing when I got a gift of cash from my grandmom when I was 16. I blew the entire thing on two massive speakers and a DJ mixer and a turntable. I started by connecting the turntable and my parents tape player. I was excited at the idea of overlapping music, beat mixing wasn’t even in the equation – I listened to Q102, mostly dance and urban stuff, so I would make mixtapes with the goal of having it sound just like the radio. From there, I started to go to raves and I met a lot of great people – it was a new world for a pretty closeted gay kid from the burbs. There was a lot of freedom…and dance music! I have always been drawn to 4/4 dance beats so it was like a wonderland to me.

I got more and more involved and landed myself a job at 611 Records, Philly’s most legendary underground dance music store. First I would travel up and down the east coast to set up mixtape stands at parties, where we sold tapes and tee shirts. It was fun. I got to see all the freaks, make friends, and make a little bit of cash. From there, I was spending time with my friends learning how to DJ. I started working at the store a year or so later and became the house music buyer, making sure we had enough of all the dope new house records for our regulars. I became a store manager after a while and then got tired of the retail grind. The owner (Philly techno pioneer Nigel Richards) had started a record label – we put out vinyl releases at first and eventually signed a distribution deal with a major label affiliate. This gave us a budget, so we put out some commercial mix compilations–Frankie Bones, Derrick Carter, Nigel Richards, Dieselboy–and I was in charge of the day-to-day – licensing tracks, coordinating artwork, press releases, advertising. It was amazing experience. Eventually, Nigel offered me the opportunity to release my own mixed CD. I was floored at the opportunity and I put together a compilation called DiscoDubHouse. It sold a good number of copies and it made money, so I was really happy and grateful. It floored me when I walked into a Tower Records in San Francisco and they had my CD. Around that time, I did a lot of touring to support the CD, along with a 611 tour and a 35-city tour sponsored by Porn Star Clothing. Myself and DJ Dayhota from Chicago criss-crossed the country for “Two Bitches On Tour.” It was fun, exhausting, a big mess and a lot of fun. I got to see the country and do what I had always dreamed about along the way.

In that same ear, myself and three friends–DJ Willyum, my buddy Kevin V, Sean Thomas–had also started a party at Silk City Lounge where we went back and forth on four turntables. We called it the Philadelphia Experiment. It was a wild success every month for about five years. That helped solidify all of our DJ cred in the Philly house scene. I guess you could consider that my “start” – it spans about 8-10 years, but it feels like a blip.

Do you remember the first album you ever listened to?  I was attached at the hip to my big sister Karen. The albums I vividly remember are the Xanadu Soundtrack (my sister loved Olivia Newton John, which explains my obsession with her) or Air Supply. She was in junior high school…it was all the rage.

Any albums on the horizon this year that you can’t wait to get your headphones on? That’s a tough question for me because I don’t really obsess or keep up with release dates. But I am hoping for something new from Goldfrapp this year, which seems likely. I need a new dance album from her – the past few have been pretty mellow, which is great, but I’m a dance music guy so the dance albums get more airtime from me.  And Jessie Ware – she could clear her throat and make it sound like angels. I’ll take anything from her anytime.

Okay, so let’s spill about today’s music world. It’s no secret that the music industry has certainly changed over the years, and while we could dish about that topic all damn day, what is one thing you personally see both negative and positive about today’s rapidly ever-changing music market?  I try to take things as they come and accept whatever I can’t change. One negative is that artists make less money for their actual work making music. If they don’t tour, they don’t make a living. I am eternally grateful to be able to listen to unlimited streaming music, but it just doesn’t feel right that I could listen to an album 50 times and the artist makes about 30 cents (probably way less). The subscription cost for the streaming services doesn’t even cover what a full album would cost to purchase. But things change and people make it work. Technology is great, but artists need to make money in order to make magic.

On the positive side, more people are empowered to make music and release it commercially via the web. There is so much good music out there, especially in the dance music and indie dance world, that it is literally impossible to keep up. I could surf the internet or Spotify for days at a time and still be missing half of what’s out there. I am impressed by the volume of new artists making music – not shitty music, actual good, well-produced music. Whether it’s made on a laptop by a single producer or a 4-piece band, technology has enabled people with good taste to share their art with the world. Before, you had to find a label to sign your music, press it on to vinyl or CD, and get people to run to stores to buy it. A lot of talented artists were turned off because it seemed out of reach.

Getting down to your vibes for a moment, what are some of the things you do in your daily life routine for creative inspiration?  Exercising keeps me energetic and inspired. For creative guidance, I make Spotify playlists that capture what I think my sound would embrace. I will listen to a few of those tracks, meditate a bit and then start to work on a track. My mood always dictates what comes out of me – I have always been a deep house guy production-wise, but I have exorcised bad moods by making gritty techno-house. It’s great therapy.

Any personal goals you’re ready to slay this year? Personally, I want to keep saving money and build up some capital to fund new ventures. I want to focus on making cohesive groups of tracks so I can start actually shopping them to record labels. I would love to start my own label but I want to do it right, so that will depend on capital. And since I can’t ever seem to resign from event promoting, I want to throw some fun deep house events that bring people together – all ages, races, genders, orientations. It’s more fun that way.

If you had to serve your wisdom to someone who right now who just sang their first note or picked up their first pair of headphones, what advice would you give to them to keep it all moving along? If you have music in your soul, keep working at it. You know if you have it. Even if you have a naturally good singing voice or a great ear, you are always going to be green in the beginning. You have to allow yourself the time to learn. If you really want to perform for people, you have to hone your craft. Ask advice from others you admire, go to shows, network – it will keep you engaged. It’s easy to get discouraged when you are your only audience. If you have trouble getting gigs, throw your own party. That’s how I started – I didn’t want to beg people for gigs, so I came up with funky party ideas, booked a bunch of good DJs, and gave myself a good time slot so people would hear me spin.

One last sip..what does the word “music” mean to you? Music is my life – I always have music in my head. Music is my therapy and I would be completely lost without my connection to it. There was a while where I got lost in my day work and I started to get detached from music, and I was miserable. I need the release that I get from finding new music, playing it for crowds and seeing what I can make people love.

 

Oh, last thing – be honest and avoid talking trash. It will get you attention, but it really is bad karma and not the kind of attention that will get people to take you seriously.

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Songbird Spillage/Adele Week

Bring out the tissues, it’s Adele week at Songbird! Last night was an absolute joy that showcased the top 8 at their best. Bringing out local celebs like Geno Vento of Geno’s Steaks, Adele Week drew in the crowds and allowed the contestants (in the words of judge Cory Wade) to minister to the people.

Yours truly opened the show with a little emotional ditty from another phenomenon from across the pond, “Quiet” from Matilda the musical. You know, just to set up the gravitas of the evening and to clear out some of my own baggage…everyone else was doing it this season.

The unbelievably talented bottom 3 took the stage to learn that Chali, once again, dominated the online vote leaving Jesse Braff to sing against Tait. And both brought it! After some technical difficulties, a rousing birthday wish, and mosquito butt jokes (you really had to be there), Tait sang “Breathe” from the musical In The Heights. Beautifully sung and clearly hearing all the notes from the judges, I heard a new side to Tait’s voice and it was delightful. Jesse followed up with Bonnie Raitt’s “Something to Talk About” and boy did he ever! Not breathing for a good 10 second rif sent Mr. Braff right back into the competition leaving us all to say farewell to Tait Gehman.

Chali started the powerhouse night off with “Skyfall.” With her mom cheering on in the audience, Chali reminded us of her fierce vocals and why she deserves to be on that stage fighting for the title! Truth be told though, her mom stole the show (and the mic) and we all love her! Lisa Parks, once again, gave a stellar performance proving that not only can she sing “One and Only,” but is the one and only as well. Keely and guitarist, John, swooned us with a solid performance of “Crazy for You.” Did she stop the world like in weeks past? No. But still sat perfectly in her voice. Jesse closed out act one with “Melt My Heart to Stone.” Back from the bottom and clearly redeemed, Jesse was clocked for the slightly high key of the song and still-present stage sway. Always super connected with the song and pitch accurate, it’s getting down to the finer points.

Part 2 of the Adele concert, which it really was last night, started with Brittany Marie and “I’ll Be Waiting.” Thankfully up tempo, but a bit of a rough fit. Her one critique, one level- loud. Dan Callahan took the stage to break the Songbird record for most weeks won (he now holds 5 wins) with “Don’t You Remember.” Like butter! Dan brought everyone, including the impenetrable Larisa Bunch, to tears. But would he be the only winner of the evening? Krista Starr brought out the signature Adele anthem, “Rolling in the Deep.” The performance was right with just the right amount of “church stomping,” but this was also the first time that I saw her reaching for notes in the chorus…not off, but reaching for it.

Not everyone has Ms. Adele’s mutant vocal chords, but you know who does? Katie Mae. Serving Adele realness and a delightful décolletage. The new hit song, “When We Were Young” was brought to life as a stunning finale to an amazing night of song. Pitch perfect and armed with a new hairdo, this was the ideal week for our diva. Taking the tie for the win, although in my opinion this was the true win, Katie served up my favorite performance of the night.

So, why two winners? Well, this is a Josh Schonewolf competition after all. Next w eek is Groups Week and the winners now serve as team captains! Forgoing a bottom 3, Dan and Katie picked their powerhouses.

Introducing Team Katie Mae:
Brittany Marie
Jesse Braff
Chali

And Team Dean Callahan:
Lisa Parks
Keely
Krista Starr

What are they all going to sing? I have no clue. I heard something about Queen, and the Spice Girls, but then I got lost in my Gin Gimlet. It was an emotional night. I needed a drink.

See you next week loves. It’s the semifinals!