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25 Philly Events Worth Your DNC Entertainment & Beyond

So, anybody hear that the Democratic National Convention is heading to Philly, like, right now? 

Of course you have and here we all are getting ready to brace ourselves for the historic event in the making that’s about to take over the City of Brotherly Love. And while there may be little traffic and security headaches and hiccups along the way over the next few days during the convention, Philly looks to be quite bustling with all kinds of entertaining things to do, much more so than when a certain Pope visited last year that caused most of us to flee. 

For all of you out there who are more than ready to live and breathe that political entertainment life, there’s lots of things to do including checking out Dilworth Park’s Political Movie Fest, hanging out with Brian Sims at a special Hilary Clinton fundraiser, showing your love to the hilarious BEV to see what kinds of things she has to bitch about this time, and then kick it with Ms. Brittany Lynn as she is all set to take over Tabu Lounge & Sports Bar next week with a handful of entertaining political events that you have to see to believe.

And if that’s not enough local entertainment heat for you (it’s also going to be really, really hot out there, kids), the always on point HoneyTree Evil Eye and Pilar Salt will be taking their Agitated show at Franky Bradley’s to all sorts of truthful political levels. 

There’s also a chance for you to win tickets to see the Lady Gaga and Lenny Kravitz starring Camden Rising concert, and it’s all wrapped up in these 25 events that are worth every bit of your local entertainment pleasure. 

Ready, set, DNC and beyond. 

Sing Your Life Karaoke/All Over Philly Since the DNC rolling into town may be a lot for some of us, why not let it all out alongside 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 political dreams come true. You can catch her on any one of these nights tending to every single one of your karaoke needs. Sun, 9-2, Bob and Barbara’s, 1509 South Street Tues, 9-2, 12 Steps Down, 9th and Christian Fri, 9-1 Southhouse, 2535 S. 13th St.

Monarch Philly/All Summer Long Another fact we must look at besides the convention heading our way is just how unbearably hot it’s going to be over the next week. Lucky for us, Monarch Philly (formerly North Shore Beach Club) has been more than ready to help us cool off all summer long and you can bet they’re going to make sure your heat stroke is kept to a minimum over the next few days. For much more, including their latest roster of explosive guest DJs and all the truth on how you don’t have to break your bank every time you take a dip in their pools, you should absolutely cannonball it up right here.

The Addams Family/Now through August 7th/The Ritz Theatre Production Company What’s creepy, kooky and all things delightfully spooky wooky? That would be the cast of The Ritz’s Theatre Production Company’s The Addams Family, and this year they’ve got some Philly love in their tremendous cast as resident songstress Brittany Marie is (literally) slaying in the coveted role of oldest child Wednesday. But since this is a limited run, you better hurry up and get those tickets before they snap, snap out of your life forever.

DJ Chris Urban at L’Etage/Every Saturday Night If there ever was a dance floor in Philly that’s more than ready to welcome the DNC, it’s certainly this one as those grooves will be served up by one of Philly’s hottest DJs. 

Friday, July 22nd 

Dilworth Park Political MovieFest In the mood for a little political movie love before Ms. Clinton and the gang stop by to say hello? Then head over to Dilworth Park where they will be showing the Michael Douglas starring The American 
President this evening and All the President’s Men tomorrow night to close things out before the political par-tay begins next week.

XpoNential Music Festival Starring Ryan Adams/Kurt Vile and the Violaters/The Shining/BB & T Pavilion If you’ve been itching to rock it out all summer long, then this is certainly the show for you. 

311/Matisyahu/Festival Pier Because you know you’re more than “Down” for an amazing show on the waterfront tonight 

Saturday, July 23rd 

LGBT and Allies Convention Kick-Off Party/Address provided upon RSVP Join State Rep. Brian Sims and campaign manager Robby Mook, along with a slew of other fabulous guests as they come together to raise money for the Hillary Victory Fund. Get those tickets right here…hurry! 

Halloween in July/The Barbary Mr. Eric Jaffe and his scarily hilarious Haus of Ham will be taking over the The Barbary for some Halloween fun that your ghoul or guy will remember for the rest of their haunted eternity.

BEV’s Bitchfest!/Tabu Lounge & Sports Bar The hilarious Ms. BEV is back and bitchier than ever, and this month she’s got RPDR’s Mimi Imfurst, gayborhood singer Dan Callahan and the pettiest bitch in town, Mr. Ricardo Ayala, by her fiercely padded side to get the DNC bitchin’ started from the moment you walk in the door.

Victor Niglio/Coda Let’s just dance. It’s that simple. 

Gary Clark Jr/Alabama Shakes/BB & T Pavilion Giddy on up right here and get those tickets while you still can.

Sunday, July 24th 

Before the DNC rolls into town on Monday, head over to Woody’s from 3-6pm for a fun gathering alongside a stunning number of Philly LGBTQ delegates for a fun happy hour that will be accompanied by all kinds of wonderful food trucks set up and around the Gayborhood. Really, what could be better than that to kick things off? Absolutely nothing. 

Monday, July 25th 

The DNC Coverage Begins No further explanation needed because we’re all going to be watching. 

Tuesday, July 26th 

Electoral Dysfunction at the DNC “We figured if the people of Philadelphia had to put up with politicians, the least we could do was try to make them laugh,” spilled Electoral Dysfunction creator Tom Brennan about this NYC based variety show that will parallel the DNC with a trio of nights (through the 28th) packed with some jokes and maybe one, or two hundred laughs along the way.  Special guests include Philly playwright Bruce Graham (Funny Man, Rizzo), and comic Darryl Charles & sexologist Dr. Timaree Schmitt who we all know are more than ready to bring their celebrated DTF: The Darryl & Timaree Funhour power front-and-center to the political stage. 

Wednesday, July 27th 

Agitated! DNC Edition/Franky Bradley’s There’s no denying that an election year is stressful for, well, all of us, but Pilar Salt and HoneyTree EvilEye are back to present a curated night of stunning live performance, all while helping you ease those tensions as we all come together to get through…it all. Join these fabulous ladies next week as they will be living that DNC life to its fullest by diving straight into political scandals, defunct campaigns (and maybe plagiarized speeches?) and much, much more, all while they work oh, so hard  in entertaining you…yes, you. 

Thursday, July 28th 

Camden Rising/BB & T Pavilion As if BB & T Pavilion wasn’t already bursting with an explosive live music this summer, next week they will hold the soon-to-be legendary political concert which will see Lady Gaga, Lenny Kravitz and the one-and-only DJ Jazzy Jeff taking the stage. The concert is scheduled to occur hours before Secretary Hillary Clinton accepts the Democratic nomination for the 2016 presidential election.

“With the Philadelphia skyline in the background, it is a perfect time to shine a light on Camden’s history and promise,” spilled event co-host George E. Norcross III, member of the Democratic National Committee and chairman of Camden’s Cooper University Healthcare and the MD Anderson Cancer Center, to Billboard magazine. “We are happy to be able to invite the staff and volunteers of the Democratic Convention to what we expect to be on of the largest, most exciting events of the convention. The concert will not only be an excellent opportunity for everyone who has helped make the convention a success to relax and celebrate, but it will be a great chance to show the country Camden’s amazing turnaround.”

Although this is a special event with tickets given to those who are only a part of the DNC, PhillyVoice has a way where you can be part of history in the making and attend’s next week grand show. Want to find out more? Hurry up and go here…now. 

Tabu Welcomes the DNC! What happens when you put extraordinary drag divas Brittany Lynn, Pissi Myles, The Godess Isis, Dusty Relix and Sutton Fearce on one stage to talk about like, politics and stuff? Oh, for the love of Hillary, how we’re all about to find out as this will be the grand finale of events that Tabu will be hosting all week-long for your DNC entertainment pleasure which will kick things off earlier in the week with a two night visit from word renowned Cher impersonator, Steven Andrade. Yas, Clinton kween. 

Friday, July 29th 

Power 99 Presents The Slay Ball Starring Big Freedia/2300 Arena If there’s one thing that we all know about the fabulous Big Freedia is that she came to slay, bitch, and that’s just what she’s going to do next week alongside host Mutha Knows and Brittany Lynn’s Drag Mafia for what is sure to be one of the hottest shows this summer. And it’s all while DJ Carl Michaels spins those grooves out that will get you more than right than J.Lo. 

The Chordaes/The Fire Looking to just straight up chill out with some deep, groovy tunes on a warm summer night? Then head out to show your local music love to N.Y.C’s The Chordaes who will be stopping by Philly to deliver their soulful sounds on the heels of the premiere of their brand spankin new video, “Get the Feeling,” which you can watch below and then head right here to get tickets to the show. 

Saturday, July 30th 

Splash Zone/Tabu Lounge & Sports Bar Looking to get a little wet-n-wild after the convention rolls out-of-town? (really, who won’t be?) Then join everyone’s favorite local drag mermaid, Ms. Ariel Versace, alongside special slippery guests Maria TopCatt, Ryan Wyrofsky, Chastity St. Cartier and many more for an evening of solid summer entertainment that will certainly put the “California” back in your “Gurrl.” 

Garbage/The Fillmore Who doesn’t want to sing “Queer” alongside Shirley Manson like it’s the year of the JNCO/chain wallet combo all over again? 

Sunday, July 31st 

Heart/Joan Jett and the Blackhearts/Cheap Trick/BB & T Pavilion No explanation need for this impending legendary live music takeover…and if you do need one, you’re certainly not worthy of those tickets. 

Listen to Music/All day, everyday Because, really, why wouldn’t you? No, no that wasn’t a question. 

Cover photo courtesy of www.tristateupdate.com 

 

 

 

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Dear Live Entertainment, Thank You for (Somewhat) Restoring My Faith in Humanity

Last night I joyfully attended the Gwen Stefani and Eve concert at BB & T Pavilion, and besides being an all around good time in which both gals simply served us with all us with all of their music truth we could handle, there was one thing that I took away from it that was a gleaming reminder of why we we’re all there in the first place–to witness in the wonder of what live entertainment can do for your god damn soul. 

Without spilling all the tea here (it would take…forever…sigh), there’s certainly no need to argue that we’re all up in some bonkers life changing times right now, and with a monumental election headed our way that seems to grabbing headlines every second of every hour (ahem, Ms. Trump), it seems we’re still very far out in finding our personal truths…and really, who knows if we ever will. 

But see, that’s the thing with live entertainment. The performers on those Philly stages and beyond aren’t there to add to the mayhem;they’re there to take you away to another place in which they hope to make you (and I mean you) forget about all of this shit that we’re forced to wade in every day. 

Another element in this glorious power that we should always bow down to is the fact that there’s always just so much wonderful nostalgia involved with mostly any show you go see.  While newer artists who’ve visited Philly like Demi Lovato, Nick Jonas, Lion Babe and Zella Day are still building their catalogs, established music acts like Paul McCartney, Dave Matthews Band, Bob Dylan, Hall & Oates, Bruce Springsteen and Guns ‘N Roses, pack their shows with so, so much timeless nostalgia…that’s it’s sort of wonderfully ridiculous and therapeutic. Hell, even Ms. JoJo when she delivered a powerful rendition of her ’04 smash “Leave” (Get Out)” at Coda last fall was straight-up-like Paula-life..and that’s some serious shit. 

And you can bet that whichever drag show you attend in Philly, there’s always that fresh painted fierce queen who serves you with that Britney, that Whitney, that Rihanna jam that you know you wanted to see live-and-in-diva. Yas, gurl. 

Tomorrow night’s extraordinary Philly4Pulse fundraiser for Orlando is another shining example of just how powerful the art of live entertainment is and always will be as the gayborhood is set to a hold an event of epic entertainment proportions that will certainly take us into another dimension of live entertainment love.

While the event’s main agenda is to raise funds for Equality Florida and to remember our 49 brothers and sisters we lost at Pulse Night Club a little over a month ago, it’s other main focus is so we can put aside the rage and come together to show our love for a few hours while getting lost in a feast of fierce drag, salsa dancing, burlesque or whatever your local entertainment fancy may be to help take you……there. And these days, we all know where there is because it’s more work than ever to actually get there…and tomorrow night’s Philly lovefest will certainly help. 

At the end of the day you haven’t checked your life until you’ve witnessed Gwen and Eve literally blowing our minds with their current takes on “Rich Girl” and “Let Me Blow Ya Mind.” We certainly all lived like it was ’96-04 all over again in just under two hours….and it was fucking amazing.

But the best part is that we all went back to that place and time together as one. So, more of that, please. 

And while Philly has already hosted a number of extraordinary concerts this year, Duran Duran, Coldplay, 311, Yes, Heart, Joan Jett, Beyonce, Counting Crows, The Bangles, Black Sabbath and Adele are still on their way and you (meaning..you) know they’re more than ready to take you on the most entertainingly nostalgic ride of your life.

So this is my advice to everyone out there right now–First up, get out there and show your love for Orlando at just one (or all) of the events at Philly4Pulse tomorrow night because you should always support your local entertainment troupe….always.

Second, get out there and go see a live show. Whether it’s a local entertainment artist or a living legend, grab that moment. In a world that is deemed certified more crazy than Britney in ’07, we must remember that through all of the hate and the shade, we hold the power to snatch these little tidbits in time that no one can take away from us…and that’s the most powerful part of it all. 

Let’s face it, we need these precious moments now more than ever, and while our faith in humanity may not ever be restored in this lifetime, live entertainment succeeds in maybe, hopefully getting us a little closer to the truth of it all like Gwen. 

Besides, who doesn’t want to sing “Queer” alongside Shirley Manson at the Fillmore at the end of the month like it’s the year of the JNCO/chain wallet combo all over again? 

Enough said. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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20 Philly Events Worth Your Entertainment While This Week & Beyond

While we’re certainly careening towards the end of July in record speed, there’s still plenty of summer left to guide us through those impending dog days. 

This week is no exception as Gwen Stefani, Eve, Kurt Vile, K. Michelle and Philly’s hilarious comedy diva BEV are all set to take over the local stages Also, tomorrow night we will all come together at Philly4Pulse, a historic Orlando fundraiser that will be taking over the gayborhood, and from the glances of the latest details provided by PhillyVoice, this is one event that you and your drag mother certainly don’t want to miss out on. 

Now, spread the love and get to work on these upcoming Philly events that are worth every bit of your local and legendary entertainment while. 

Philly4Pulse/Thursday/All Over the Gayborhood and Beyond Tomorrow night every single one of your favorite rainbow smooched hot spots in the gayborhood (and a few outside…hey there, Charlie Was a Sinner and Stir) will be joining forces for PHILLY4PULSE, an already historic fundraiser that will be constructed as a one night only massive event for the victims and families of the tragic shooting that took place at Pulse Nightclub a month ago last week. 

Kicking things off at 7 pm, you’ll be able to find guest bartenders from City and State government offices all up in 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 Fox 29’s Mike Jerrick and Alex Holley, 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 incredible event that will certainly be one to remember.

But let’s talk about the tremendous local entertainment that’s about to put on quite a few shows that will make us never forget our 49 brothers and sisters we lost in Orlando last month. Along the oh, so gay and fabulous way, Pissi Myles, BEV, Sutton Fearce and many, many more queens will be taking over the Voyeur stage with a dazzling drag show. Valanni’s Noel Zayas and Madison Kennedy Matthews will be fabulously hosting the cabaret kissed 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 along with DJ Chris Urban that will make all of your love-filled evening dreams come true and then some. And if that’s not enough local entertainment love for you, it was just announced that Boxers will be hosting a sexy bachelor auction featuring a buffet of fine gayborhood gentlemen, one of whom might be your next summer romance. Guess you’ll never know unless you go, right? 

For much, much, more on this truly one-of-a-kind event, get your rainbow on right here and check out this incredible guide by Brandon Baker of Philly Voice which has everything you need to know about tomorrow night’s fierce activities. 

And the best part? It’s all about love. 

Sing Your Life Karaoke/All Over Philly Now that summer is in full sun-scorched swing, lather up your vocal chords and head out to show your love to 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 dipped 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. For much more, including all the truth on how you don’t have to break your bank every time you take a dip in their pools, you should absolutely cannonball it up right here.

The Addams Family/Now through August 7th/The Ritz Theatre Production Company What’s creepy, kooky and all things delightfully spooky wooky? That would be the cast of The Ritz’s The Addams Family, and this year they’ve got some Philly love as resident Brittany Marie is literally slaying in the coveted role of oldest child Wednesday. But since this is a limited run, you better hurry up and get those tickets before they snap, snap out of your life forever. 

DJ Chris Urban at L’Etage/Every Saturday Night Celebrate your summer dance floor fire by getting all up in the delicious grooves provided by of one of Philly’s hottest DJs.

Yanni/Tonight/The Kimmel Center Because we always say “yas” to Yanni, especially when he’s only in town for a quick stop. 

Janes Addiction/The Fillmore/Wednesday Because you still hope you get caught stealing one of these days. 

The Chris Paterno Band/Single Release Party/Bourbon & Branch/Thursday Philly’s own Chris Paterno is taking his merry band of musicians to the stage at B&B this week where they will be more than ready to give you a taste of what their new music sounds like off of their hotly anticipated debut set. 

Duran Duran/Nile Rodgers/BB & T Pavilion/Thursday No explanation needed, and if you do need one, you’re certainly not worthy of those tickets. 

Ryan Adams/Kurt Vile & The Violaters/The Shining/BB & T Pavilion/Friday There’s no need to argue that Mr. Vile will be delivering that one-of-a-kind Philly music love, all while his stage companion come together for a night of rock music that’s sure to blow your summer mind. 

Halloween in July/The Barbary/Saturday Mr. Eric Jaffe and his scarily hilarious Haus of Ham will be taking over the The Barbary for some Halloween fun that your ghoul or guy will remember until the day they die. Enough said. 

BEV’s Bitchfest!/Tabu Lounge & Sports Bar/Saturday Ms. BEV is back and bitchier than ever, and this month she’s got RPDR’s Mimi Imfurst, gayborhood singer Dan Callahan and the pettiest bitch in town, Mr. Ricardo Ayala by her fiercely padded side to get the bitchin’ started from the moment you walk in the door. 

Victor Niglio/Coda/Saturday/Let’s just f#$king dance, shall we? 

Chikn’s XXXmas in July/Saturday/L’Etage Because what could be better than a little Naughty St. Nick action in the summer in the form of boylesque, genderfuck, cabaret and drag? Absolutely nothing. 

Gary Clark Jr/Alabama Shakes/BB & T Pavilion/Saturday Giddy on up right here and get those tickets while you still can. 

The Golden Gurlz/Tabu Lounge & Sports Bar/August Because Pissi Myles, Brittany Lynn, Bella Cane and Connor Michalek equals a big ol’ yaaaaas, you sassy golden kween. 

Listen to Music/Every Damn Day of Your Life Because it just works on every angle…always.