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Groove of the Day/Ariana Grande/”Be Alright”

Starting things off, I would like to send some Veterans Day love to all of the oh, so brave women and men (and service animals, too!) out there who’ve fought so fucking hard for our country. Your services will no doubt continue to shine a light of freedom down for us all. Thank you.

Second, happy Friday to everyone. And guess what, kids? We survived this week and something personally tells me we’re going to survive every week from here on out. Because if there’s one thing that I’ve learned, it’s that when times get tough, we are stronger when we put aside the shade, the hoops holdin’ and the wig snatchin’ to  come together as one on the dance floor of life. 

I also believe that the almighty power of music also helps anyone get through anything, which is why I can assure you that Philly Mixtape will be serving it up for any of you kids out there who could use an escape into the music, entertainment and business wild every once in awhile….which is like……all of us. 

With that being said, let’s press play on Ms. Ariana Grande’s deep house driven ditty, “Be Alright,” because I know that there are many of you (myself included) out there who may not see it that way now, but indeed things are going to be alright, bitch…..as long as we have that music to get us by. 

Now, groove. 

 

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20 Philly Events Worth Your Entertainment While This Week & Beyond

Now that 4th of July is behind us, there’s no need to argue that it seems as if summer flies by from this point on, so that’s why Philly Mixtape will be bulking up its events calendar to 20 shimmering displays of Philly entertainment love, all to delay you from the presumed summer truth that is ahead of us. 

Kicking things off this week and beyond, Billy Joel, Bob Dylan and Hall & Oates will be taking over our legendary music lives once again, Sum 41 will have us living that TRL life at this year’s Warped Tour, and we are just nine days out from Werk4Orlando, a love-filled happy fundraiser that will have Philly Mixtape teaming up with Pennsylvania 6 to bring you an incredible love-filled early evening that you’ll never forget. 

However, first up on the list is the latest on Philly4Pulse, a blockbuster fundraiser that will be taking over the gayborhhod very, very soon…meaning if you haven’t take off your night job yet, now is the time to do it because this groundbreaking event is truly going to be spectacular. 

Let’s go. 

Philly4Pulse/July 21st In less than three weeks, every single one of your favorite rainbow rockin’ hot spots in the gayborhood (and waaay beyond) will be joining love-filled forces and serving up , PHILLY4PULSE, a historic fundraiser that will be constructed for a one night only massive event for the victims and families of the tragic shooting that took place at Pulse Nightclub almost a month ago.

Kicking things off at 7 pm, you’ll be able to find guest bartenders from City and State government offices in and around the Skittles-hued hood, including Rue Landau, Councilman Squilla, Councilwoman Gym, Congressman Brady, Captain Jack Ryan of the 6th District, Senator Farnese, and Officers from GOAL. In was also recently spilled that Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney, Pennsylvania State Representative Brian Sims and Philadelphia’s Director of LGBT Affairs Nellie Fitzpatrick will also lend their prowess in this historic event that will certainly be one to remember. 

But let’s talk about the tremendous entertainment that’s about to put on a show that will make us never forget our 49 brothers and sisters we lost in Orlando last month. While there’s still many, many details yet to be revealed, it’s confirmed that Mimi Imfurst will be taking over the Voyeur stage, Valanni’s Noel Mayas and Madison Kennedy Matthews will be hosting ArtPop4Pulse, Woody’s will be serving up a Latin flavored dance party and Franky Bradley’s stunning drag troupe Franky’s Foxes will be whipping up something very, very special for your love-filled evening and then some. 

Another fabulous thing you should look out for will be details on how to grab a $20 VIP ticket, which will grant guests access to all performance venues and dance parties throughout the evening, in which funds will go to The Center for Orlando, the Florida city’s LGBTQ hub, which you should absolutely check out right here. 

For much, much, more on this truly one-of-a-kind event, get your rainbow on right here and stay tuned for much more Philly4Pulse tea to be spilled over the next few weeks. This will be one gathering that you and your fabulous drag mother will not want to miss. 

Sing Your Life Karaoke/All Over Philly Now that we’ve celebrated our independence, keep it ringin’ for the rest of the summer by heading out and saying hello the fabulous Ms. Sara Sherr, Philly’s one-and-only Sing Your Life Karaoke queen, who has a collection of grooves that are guaranteed to make all of your song butchering dreams come true. You can catch her on any one of these nights tending to every single one of your musically sunburned needs. Sun, 9-2, Bob and Barbara’s, 1509 South Street Tues, 9-2, 12 Steps Down, 9th and Christian Thurs, 9-2, Sarah’s Place, 1216 N. 29th Street Fri, 9-1 Southhouse, 2535 S. 13th St.

Monarch Philly/All Summer Long By now, you’re well versed in just about everything Monarch Philly (formerly North Shore Beach Club) has to offer, including their wet-n-wild Industry Tuesday nights, as well as their action packed weekend night swim, which always features a revolving roster of guest DJs from around the Philly club scene. This upcoming sizzling week and beyond is no exception as DJKB, Adrian Hardy and DJ Daily will be taking the dance reigns to get you in the right mood that will make you want to get your cabana and bottle serviced up life on for the rest of the summer. For much more, including info on how you don’t have to break your bank every time you take a dip in the pools at Monarch, you should absolutely doggie paddle it up right here. 

DJ Chris Urban at L’Etage/Every Saturday Night Celebrate your summer dance floor life by getting sinfully served by the swagger of one of Philly’s hottest DJs.

Sister Act:The Musical/Walnut Street Theatre/Now through July 17th Only twelve more days until Sister Mary Clarence is out of your lives for the summer…

Weezer & Panic! at the Disco/Tonight/BB & T Pavilion There’s still tickets left for tonight’s concert, so if you want to see if the Fonz is going to pop up and recreate his iconic Happy Days/”Buddy Holly” moves, get your Chachi on right here. 

Songbird Season 6:Beyonce Week/Tonight/Tabu Lunge & Sports Bar Does this one really need an explanation? 

We the People/L’Etage/Wednesday Join DJ J CLEF as he serves up a night of delightful drag, bouncing burlesque and disco kissed dancing provided by a diverse showcase of some of the best talent the City of Brotherly Love has to offer, including Cleo Phatra, Miss China Doll, and the always fabulous, Ms. Icon Ebony Fierce. Yas. 

A Tribute to Stevie Wonder featuring DJ Spinna/Thursday/The Foundry Because Mr. Wonder is and always will be straight up life…especially when the raw talents of DJ Spinna are doing him mother f#$king justice. 

Vans Warped Tour/Friday/BB & T Pavilion Yes, it’s 1999 all over again thanks to a roster that includes 3OH3!, Sum 41, Yellowcard, and of course, Chunk No!, Captain Trunk! Pass the JNCO’s, please. 

Chris Lake/Friday/Coda Just dance. Really, it’s all you need to do, especially when it comes to the throbbing catalog served up by Mr. Lake. 

Billy Joel/Saturday/Citizens Bank Park Because you still want to know who really started the fire. Well, that and the fact that you’ll always be completely obsessed with Mr. Joel. 

Florida Georgia Line/Saturday/BB & T Pavilion Giddy up right here and get those tickets, kids….and Nelly, is that you? We can only hope. 

Sindustry Sundays at Valanni Since Sunday Funday is the most fabulous day of the week, chill at Valanni each and every Sunday as they kickstart their new Industry night starting at 10pm, which will feature an all new late night happy hour munchie menu and cocktails…lots and lots of cocktails, all while DJ Drootrax spins the grooves that you will want to hear as you brace yourself for Monday. 

Hall & Oates/Sunday/BB & T Pavilion Yas, being rich is a bitch, gurl. But you know what else is a bitch? Not going for those tickets and missing the legendary local twosome’s annual summer stop. 

Bob Dylan/Sunday/Borgata Because what could be better than being serenaded by the stoned grooves of the legendary Bob Dylan down at the Jersey Shore? Absolutely nothing, and it’s just another reason to get excited before Jakob Dylan’s dad (sigh..) stops by the Mann later this summer. 

Lion Babe/SundayThe Foundry If you’re looking for a way to truly chill out before the start of yet another work week, then the Brooklyn based retro soul stylings of Lion Babe at The Foundry are just what the music doctor ordered. Just listen to their glistening single “Jump Hi” and find out why. 

 

Werk 4 Orlando/July 14th In just nine days, Pennsylvania 6 and Philly Mixtape will be teaming up to bring you a love filled happy hour fundraiser called Werk 4 Orlando, with proceeds going to help  those affected by the senseless tragedy that occurred at Pulse Nightclub last month. 

A suggested $10 donation at the door as well proceeds from an incredible silent auction featuring close to two dozen items from local (and one from maybe the Jersey Shore?) businesses and restaurants will be going towards funding both Planting Peace and The Center Orlando, two incredible charities who are making great love waves in making sure the victims families of this senseless tragedy are not just taken care of, but making sure we never, ever forget the names of the 49 lives we lost on June 12th, 2016. 

Also along for the love rollercoaster ride is an incredible cast of extraordinary local entertainers including DJ Chris Urban, local singer Jo Stones, local songstress Lisa Parks and spicy salsa dancer Chali, who will be introduced to the stage by red-hot NYC drag diva Pissi Myles, who is ready to help us continue the message that love, love and more love always wins over that pesky hate…always. 

On behalf of Philly Mixtape and Pennsylvania 6, we can’t wait to see everyone there! And for much, much more on this event and other ways you can show your true werk for Orlando, smooch it up right here. 

The Golden Gurlz/August/Tabu Lounge & Sports Bar With a cast that includes Drag Mafia head mistress Brittany Lynn and acting diva partners in ratchet crime Pissi Myles and Bella Cane, we’re going to need all the time in the world to prepare ourselves for what will be unleashed in the gayborhood with this show next month. And remember….always be a Dorothy in the streets and a Blanche in the sheets.

Listen to Music/Every damn day Because, why the f#$k wouldn’t you? 

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Jam of the Day/Lisa Shaw/”Heartbeat”

Out of all the many, many, many (did I say many?) reasons why I’m infatuated with all things deep house music, one of them is certainly because the lyrics provided on those lavish and luscious grooves shine through with like, some deep thoughts about life and stuff, man. 

Aside from being contained with blissful beats that take you into the music bedroom and have their naughty, yet delightful way with you, deep house music is best served chilled when the lyrics on top are able to take you a little bit closer to love and most importantly…..how to navigate through this fucking thing called life. 

While any deep ditty provided by deep house music artists like Gorgon City, Katy B, Duke Dumont and Route 94 are perfectly lovely and delicious, Ms. Lisa Shaw and her beat partner in crime, DJ Miguel Migs, are certainly the king and kween of musically making you check your life for the meaning of…it all. 

Over the years, the synth-fully delicious duo have cooked up quite a buffet of beautiful bangers, but it’s the dream like whirl of “Heartbeat” that makes you truly wonder why the fuck there just isn’t enough love in the world to go around. 

But as we all know, Philly is the City of Brotherly Love, so you know that the city is already showing its East Coast and beyond love to Orlando after the life altering events that took place at Pulse Nightclub on Sunday. So if you’re looking to spread the love (as you absolutely fucking should….there’s really just no sugar-coating it anymore), get lost in some Ms. Shaw while you check out the list below of a handful of some truly incredible events and charities where in no time at all, you can help make a difference and spread the love. 

As long as we have one heartbeat, we will always have a pulse. And if there’s out there that disagrees with that, I’m already on your front door step. 

Now, just get to werk, bitch. It’s that simple. 

HEARTBEAT Tonight, Ms. Mimi Imfurst will be taking over ICandy to bring you a show that will be full of heart, emotion and a little fun to go around. With a suggested donation of $3-$10, you too can join in on remembering and supporting those we lost in this senseless tragedy. 

Posters For Pulse Have you been desperately searching for the perfect poster of RPDR winner Bob the Drag Queen to go with that new purse? Well, you’re absolutely in luck because red-hot and rising photographer Mr. David Ayllon has created Posters for Pulse, in which you can get your fabulous  nails on not just a copy of Ms. Bob, but a a slew of other fabulous queens he’s werked with. Want to know who? All you have to do is go right here…right now

LoveIsLove/June 22nd Next Wednesday night, the fabulous Nicole Fatima and Dave Morreale will be hosting this truly special event at Franky Bradley‘s that will be serving up a fierce collection of routines provided by stunning aerialists, pole artists, and drag queens. If you’re looking for a night that will be all wrapped up in that local entertainment love for Orlando, this is the one for you. 

Stonewall Sports It’s been announced that the Philly sports non-profit will go dollar-for-dollar with each donation up to $7,500. The group will also be collecting at their end-of-season kickball party at Monarch Philly on Sunday.

OneOrlandoFund The fine city of Orlando has created the OneOrlando fund (which I was very happy to donate to this week) which is modeled after the OneBoston fund that was established in the aftermath of the Boston Marathon Bombing in 2013. Most of you have already heard that The Walt Disney Co. has donated $1 million to the fund, as well as many other organizations including the Orlando Magic, Darden Restaurants and you if you go right here and show your love. 

GoFundMe As of this morning, it’s been reported that $4.2 million has been raised through a GoFundMe page set up by Equality Florida, which is the state’s largest LBGT advocacy group…and they better werk and so should you. 

The Center The Center, an LGBT advocacy group that is providing a crisis hotline (407-227-1446) and grief counselors for people in the Orlando area and have also set up a GoFundMe page, which had raised more than $355,000 as of Wednesday morning.

Planting Peace This highly regarded global humanitarian and environmental nonprofit has also started a CrowdRise campaign, and has raised over $20,000 to cover expenses incurred by the victims and their families. You will also be able to donate to this lovely group at LoveIsLove at Franky Bradley’s on June 22nd…meaning…be there. 

For many, many, many (there’s that word again!) fabulous non-profits, put those love spectacles on and have a glance right here