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Summer Music 2015 Hits & Misses

Okay, now we can press play on Boyz 2 Men because we officially reached the end of the summer music 2015 road…

But not to worry, because one of my absolute favorite things to do as a music writer is to cook up a no holds barred round up all of the summer music happenings. Think about it-the blissful occasion only comes around once a year, so you get to have just oh, so much fun with it.

Take a bite of the summer music 2015 cherry below.

Hit/Kelly Clarkson & Taylor Swift on tour

If there were are any two pop starlets who simply owned it on stage this summer, it was Ms. Clarkson and Ms. Swift. Between Kelly’s endless catalog of live covers and Taylor’s A-list roster of endless special guests, there’s no denying that these two ladies certainly know how to work it like Missy on the road.

Miss/Iggy Azalea 

Boy, what a difference a year makes. Last summer, Iggy proved victorious with “Fancy,” but this year? Not so much. Besides not having a hit single on the summer airwaves, she also threw major shade towards Britney Spears after their collaboration, “Pretty Girls” only went on to moderate success. And if there’s one thing that everybody knows..it’s that you never throw shade at Godney. #BYE 

Hit/Tropical House Music 

If there’s was a musical genre that was all up in the sun-kissed music spotlight, it was the umbrella-laced flow of tropical house. Thanks to artists like OMI, Felix Jaehn and Kygo, as well as Bieber‘s island flavored offering, “What Do You Mean,” tropical house is certainly flourishing right now.

Let’s hope it’s a trend that we can only hope will continue to grow, especially in the upcoming months where we will be freezing our asses off. The genre simply warms you right up….and that’s the best part. 

Miss/Rihanna

Where’s that new album, boo? Enough said. 

Miss/Azealia Banks

Does this oh, so irrelevant bitch ever stop throwing music shade? Unfortunately for us, no. However, the one good thing that came out of Banks all summer was when legendary DJ Barry Harris took her single “Ice Queen” and turned into something we could actually tolerate listening to. Otherwise, shut the fuck up.

Miss that should’ve been a hit/Ciara

Earlier this summer, Ciara delivered her sixth album, Jackie, a fun, funky set that was met with solid reviews. But did anyone notice? Sadly, no. Meaning that you probably didn’t notice that the “Krunk-&-B” princess delivered one of the sexiest videos of her career in single, “Dance Like We’re Making Love.”

If you haven’t seen it yet, put those shimmering red Ray Bans on and have a gander. Show the girl some love, will you? Her Jackie record certainly deserves a little summer music love. 

Hit/Major Lazer

They get the awards for best hottest song of the spring that became one of the hottest songs of the summer with their Mo assisted, soulful banger, “Lean On.” Headphones down. 

Hit/Demi Lovato 

Sexy, sassy and confident, Ms. Demi proved this summer that she’s got what it takes to be a reigning pop diva, as especially seen in the fur-and-bikini kissed clip for her warm weathered anthem, “Cool for the Summer.” Take a bit of Demi’s music cherry one more time before summer’s end. 

Miss/One Direction

Thank you for breaking our hearts this summer, you bastards. 

Hit & Miss/Justin Bieber 

While yes, the Biebs rode the charts this summer with his ferocious Skrillex and Diplo cooked up “Where Are Ü Now, “and his just released hit, “What Do You Mean.” But does anyone else still thinks he still sort of acts like an asshole? Only pumpkin spice time will tell when his comeback record drops in November. 

Hit-ish/JoJo

Not only did the “When Love Hurts” diva introduce the word “tringle” into our summer music lives, but she proved victorious after a long hoops holding battle with her record label, Blackground. While she and her bundle of tracks (which are quite good) were late in the summer music game, there’s still plenty of time left to see just how long JoJo will get us mingle to about her “tringle.” 

Miss/Carly Rae Jepsen

She tried really, really, really, really hard to escape the shadow of “Call Me Maybe” by finally releasing her much anticipated sophomore set, Emotion, which is actually not half bad. But is anyone really paying attention to it? See you in Forgot About Friday 2017 boo. 

Hit/Fetty Wap/Silento 

In the words of Emily from The Devil Wears Prada…this I can’t even talk about. But somehow it all just worked all summer long. Sigh…

Hit/Hurts

These guys take the summer prize for the best song that you’re probably not getting lost in right now. One spin of their strobe fueled single, “Lights, ” and you’ll be hooked.

Hit & Miss/OMI

Now, will the tropical seized OMI’s “Cheerleader” go down as this summer’s #1 hit? Yas. Will you ever hear from him again? No. Music case in point, last years #1 summer single, “Rude,” by Magic! When’s the last time you heard from those guys? Music case dismissed.

The same gores to you, Rachael Platten and your “Fight Song.” 

BIG MISS/Miley/2015 VMAs

Ms. Pink was right…this year’s MTV Video Music Awards were a huge embarrassment to all those who remember when the VMAs used to be that awards show event. With the exception of Ms. Tori Kelly and The Weeknd, this year’s show was a complete and utter disaster, as proven in the ratings which became the lowest rated VMAs broadcast…ever. Not even those “look at me” outfits and that now infamous feud could save this one. And that album, Miley? No, girl. 

King of the Summer/The Weeknd 

The hot-on-the-rise crooner served us with not one, but two smashes:the funky, “Can’t Feel My Face,” and the makin’ babies ready, “The Hills,” off of his well received just released debut set, Beauty Behind The Madness. Throw in his recent fiery MJ representing VMAs performance, and this is one hot talent who’s not going anywhere anytime soon. The Grammys will soon be calling. 

Queen of Everything/Janet 

She’s back and the Unbreakable Ms. Jackson-if-you’re-nasty party is just getting started…and we can’t wait for the rest of it. That’s all. 

 

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20 Philly Events Worth Your Music While In September

6 Appeal/every Monday night/Pennsylvania 6 

Burlesque beauty HoneyTree Evil Eye and Josh Schonewolf present 6 Appeal, a tantalizing weekly burlesque show that’s being hosted at delicious Pennsylvania 6 restaurant. If you’re looking to escape the Monday doldrums, this is the event for you. Shake your tassels right here for more info.

Franky’s Foxes/Sept 4th/Franky Bradley’s 

Get ready because every first Friday is Fox Friday at Franky Bradley’s, and this month they have quite the show in store for you with Franky’s Foxes, which features a fierce and talented group of dizzying drag divas. The dynamic troupe includes Iris Spectre, Maria Top Catt, Omyra Lynn, Zsa Zsa St. James, Ms. Karma, Ann Artist, and Lady Poison, who will be all foxed up and ready for you. Great drink specials and fun await you, and to make it an even more memorable evening, Philly’s DJ Chris Urban will be serving up the after party by turning out his sickest grooves. Enter the Foxhole right here for more info and tickets.

Beanie Siegal/Sept 9th/TLA 

Philly’s own Mr. Siegal is all set to get to back to his music roots at the TLA to help ring in the fall. Pass the music dutch right here for more info.

The Pop Musical Diary of a Gay Man/Fringe Arts Festival/Sept 9th-Sept 13th 

A juke-box style pop-opera written by Christopher McGinnis, the highly anticipated show is set to open at the Adrienne Theatre in Philadelphia as part of the 2015 Philly Fringe Festival. The premiere will features arrangements of your favorite pop hits from Madonna to Rhianna, as well as a bold storyline  of love, loss, and acceptance. For more on this sizzling show and all of this year’s Philly Fringe Festival happenings, check your music life at the official Fringe website right here

DJ Roger Sanchez/Sept 11th/Coda Lounge  

Looking to dance the night away to some classic house music magic? Point those headphones towards Coda Lounge where legendary DJ Roger Sanchez is guaranteed to make all of your dance music dreams come true. Get those grooves for your moves right here.

Arc Drivers/Sept 11th/Johnny Brenda’s 

Philly’s own Arc Drivers are ready to pounce and bring their dynamic live performance front-and-center at Johnny Brenda’s this month. Led by electric songstress Emily Ana Zeitlyn, expect a while lot of flair that will fit like a glove on top of the powerhouse rhythms that this talented local act will be serving up for everyone. For the complete list of Johnny Brenda‘s happenings, plug it in right here.

Meals for Mazzoni/Sept 13th/Tabu Lounge & Sports Bar 

Looking for some “Sunday Funday” action this month that supports a great cause? Then head to Tabu on the 13th for Meals for Mazzoni, a funky fundraiser that will put all of its proceeds towards helping fund the Mazzoni Center’s food bank. DJ Chris Urban will once again be spinning those beats and $20 will get all of you early birds one hour open bar from 2-3 p.m. What could be better than that on a Sunday? Absolutely nothing. Spread that music love right here for more info. 

Rick Springfield/Sept 12th/Borgata Hotel & Casino  

While this September show might not be in Philly, it’s always worth the short trip to A.C. to go see the guy who’s constantly forever fantasizing about “Jessie’s Girl.”

The Return of Sinful Sundays/Sept 13th/Tabu Lounge & Sports Bar 

The bitches are back. Get ready as the fabulous Goddess Isis and her brood of drag divas–Brooklyn Ford, Satine Harlow, Naveya Shay, Omyra Lynn and Mary D’Knight–return to grand form with an all new fierceness and plenty of attitude. From Missy to Mariah to Britney and Madonna, you never which diva these gals will have up their skirts. Head upstairs and be sinful right here for more info.

Tony Lucca/Sept 15th/World Cafe Live!  

Some of you might know this Nashville entertainer from his touring days with Kelly Clarkson, or others may know him from days when he dated Felicity, err, Keri Russell. Either way, the country crooner is ready to strike back with a stop in Philly in support of his electric new album, 12 Steps. Lasso it up right here for tickets. 

Northern Faces/Sept 16th/MilkBoy  

New York based Northern Faces is ready to make a lasting impression on their audience when they hit Philly for the very first time. “We take a lot of pride in trying to put on a show that leaves a lasting impression on the audience,” the band says,  “The stage really is our home.” For more info on all the MilkBoy happening this month, rock it out right here.

Josh Groban/Sept 16th/Tower Theatre  

The perfect concert to take mom to this fall is right here. Get your swoon on right here for all the Groban goodies. 

Splintered Sunlight/Sept 18th/Underground Arts  

In what is looking to be the most trippy show of September, psychadelic rock act Splintered Sunlight will no doubt take you on the ride of your music life with their wide array of Grareful Dead covers and ’70s rock tunes. What could be better than seeing all of your favorite Grateful Dead tunes live on stage? Especially since this summer marked 20 years since Dead front man Jerry Garcia’s death. Rock out with your music c#$k out right here for tickets and info. 

Years & Years/Sept 18th/Union Transfer 

The buzz worthy overseas electronic trio is taking their chilled vibes and whirling grooves stateside for the very first time. If you’re looking for a concert that will take you to new dance music heights this fall, this is the show for you.

The Eric Jaffe Show/Sept 18th/Tavern on Camac 

The Gayborhood’s only all live singing cabaret is back for another perky installment! Hosted by World Ukulele Champion, Eric Jaffe, this fiery edition will feature extraordinarily talented local acts Jaye Sanders, Kyle Segarra, Jonathan Hernandez and Rachel Rocks. For all of the Mr. Jaffe and music friends happenings, pluck it up right here.

Diana Ross/Sept 20th/Mann Music Center

You better work, Ms. Ross. That will pretty much sum up the review of the living legend’s highly anticipated concert romp at the Mann this month. Tickets are still available here, but you better hurry because we know that won’t last long when it comes to Ms. Diana. 

Kelly Clarkson/Pentatonix/Sept 20th/Susquehanna Bank Center 

We can only wonder which covers Ms. Kelly will bless us with when she hits the Susquehanna stage this month. Let those imaginations run wild right here for tickets and info. Oh, and a capella wonder group, Pentatonix, will be there, too. 

Lianne La Havas/Sept 20th/TLA 

In what will perhaps be the most sexiest concert event of the month, UK songstress Ms. La Havas is ready to bring her delectable ditties stateside for the very first time with a stop in Philly. This is one buzzworthy diva that you certainly don’t want to miss out on this month. 

Wale/Sept 24th/Electric Factory 

For those that may not being seeing Madonna that same night, Mr. Wale (and Lion Babe, too!) will no doubt bring his smoky “Bad” attitude to the Electric Factory just in time for Pope Francis. Roll it up right here for tickets. 

Madonna/Rebel Heart Tour/Sept 24th/Wells Fargo Center 

Coincidentally, the Material Girl will also be here the same time as Pope Francis. Which may just be one-in-the same for those who will be attending Madge’s latest road excursion. Tickets are still available.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Music Tea w/ the Gentlemen of The Eric Jaffe Show

This Friday night, Tavern on Camac will be hosting an all male version of The Eric Jaffe Show, which is shaping to be a group of the most open and diverse male entertainers that this community has ever seen.

Philly Mixtape sipped some piping hot music tea with Mr. Jaffe and his brood of boys-Joe D’Angio (aka Pissi Myles), Ryan Wyrofski, Zachary Ryan, and S.M. Luke-and they each spilled about what they have in store this Friday night, and just what would happen if their all time favorite idol joined them on the coveted TOC stage. 

It’s time to take a seat at the music tea table with these fine Jaffe gentlemen..

PM- Kicking off our spillage, what do you gentlemen hope to get out of this event in terms of exposure and entertainment?

Joe – This month’s show is actually less exposure for me, cause no one knows who the hell Joe D’Angio is. I do think this is going to be fun as it won’t take 2-3 hours of prep (my usual), I get to sing some of the boy songs I never do anymore, and I figured “Fuck it, my feet hurt, I could use a break.” I had told Eric a couple of times that I was considering doing his show in boy drag, and he was always open to it.

Ryan – It allows me the opportunity to perform with some of Gayborhood’s finest singers, and since it is a free event, there’s always a great crowd.

Zach – I’m a young performer. Before doing Season 3 of Songbird: Search for Philly’s Best Singer, I never did much performing in public so being able to do the Eric Jaffe Show is, for me, both another learning experience and a way to increase my presence in the Gayborhood music scene.

Luke – It’s been over a year since I’ve performed, and I don’t do it often, so I hope the audience can get a better sense of what I do and who I am as an artist. I still feel like a lot of people aren’t familiar with what I bring to the table, so I hope I can surprise them. And entertain them, of course.

PM- What sets you guys apart from other entertainers?

Joe – I normally dress like a woman! I have a strong musical theatre and cabaret background, and I’m excited to get to return to that a little bit this time around.

Ryan – I come from a musical theater background. Growing up, I performed in many musicals and always loved songs that tell a story.  So while I might occasionally perform a pop song, I prefer to perform more theatrical numbers.

Zach – I think what sets me apart from the other performers are the genres I like to perform. I love singing country, folk, alternative rock and even some reggae from time to time. These genres are seldom seen in the Gayborhood among its other musical performers. People always seem pretty surprised when they see a guy playing nothing but a guitar in a cabaret show among a bunch of drag queens. It’s intimidating but I don’t mind sticking out like a sore thumb.

Luke – I guess the most obvious difference is that I’m a rapper. I know the Philly gay community is typically used to seeing performers who either do drag, or sing, but as a rapper, I offer a different kind of act to the stage. Hopefully people will find it refreshing.

PM- What can you spill about each of your performances? 

Joe – I will be bringing cupcakes. Those are for me, though, and there’s a good chance they won’t make it long enough to be seen onstage.

Ryan – Well, I hope everyone loves Disney as much as I do! (Ryan tells us to expect a lion costume…)

Zach – It’ll be just me, myself, and my guitar. I may be doing something a little different than what people have come to expect from me though. Stay tuned.

Luke – I’m more of a less-is-more kind of artist so you’ll just have to come and see for yourself!

PM- Here’s a fun sip for you guys. If your idol joined you on stage during the performance to sing a duet, who would it be and what would you sing?

Joe – Bette Midler would come RUNNING onstage and we would perform the entirety of her latest CD “It’s The Girls” as duets.

Ryan – I would LOVE to perform with Jeremy Jordan. I feel like the only appropriate song to do would be “It Takes Two” from Hairspray, since I’ll be acting just like Tracy during any duet…drooling over him while he sings most of it, then ambushing him with a kiss at the end.

Zach – My musical idol is Beyoncé, believe it or not, but if she came up on stage with me I’d either faint or be paralyzed by her flawlessness. I would kill to sing “Hold On” with Brittany Howard from Alabama Shakes. That chick is amazing and she’s one of my favorite vocalists killing it out there right now. A big motivator for me over the last couple of years is country singer Jason Isabell. He doesn’t sing about honky tonks or red solo cups or any of that bull shit. He writes songs about real struggle and hardships. He’s really genuine and I love that quality in any artist. It’s refreshing and I try to draw from that when I perform or write.

Luke – My fantasy collaboration would probably be with either Nas, Jay Electronica, Nicki Minaj, or Azealia Banks. All rappers who have inspired me greatly. What would we perform? In a perfect world, we would collaborate on a new original track of our own! I love the rebellious and DIY spirit of punk rock, and I love the energy of electronic and house music. In the future, I see myself creating music that includes all of those elements.

PM- Where can everyone find more of your performances? 

Joe – I usually perform under the drag persona Pissi Myles, and you can check me out Youtube or Facebook or on Instagram/Twitter/Tumblr @PissiMyles

Ryan –I tend to do things sporadically – I’m lucky enough to be a part of The Haus of Ham’s Mean Gays, which will be at 10pm Sunday, August 23rd at Franky Bradley’s.  And it’s going to be hysterical.  I also perform in the Light the Lights! Cabaret series at L’Etage, which will be picking up again this fall.

Zach – There are so many great venues and bars in Philly that host all kinds of musical tastes and I would love to experience the various atmospheres. I have a few shows lined up here and there over the coming months. I’ll be performing at Venture Inn in September. I’m also competing in Season 4 of Songbird at Tabu as one of the 10 All Stars competing against 10 new performers. I’m pretty excited about it. I’ve been told Bob and Barbara‘s has a Country Night which I am definitely interested in making.

Luke – You’ll be the first to know when I do. For now check out my site.

PM- Anything you’d like to say to the kids out there who’ll be watching?

Joe – I’ll be back in pumps in no time.

Ryan – The variety of performers that Eric has lined up will definitely make for an exciting night!

Zach – I hope I can entertain you!

Luke – I do accept tips!

If that’s not enough man mojo for you, we also spilled with the ringleader himself, Mr. Eric Jaffe, to officially make it to the bottom of the music tea mug. 

PM- What sets this show apart from your previous ones?

EJ – The Eric Jaffe Show has always celebrated the vocal talents of many different kinds of performers. This month’s show focuses in on some amazingly talented men who cover many different genres of music. There will be rap, folk, Broadway, and possibly some burlesque!
 
PM- Why did you choose to do it an all male version? 
 
EJ – I wanted to change it up this month. There are not as many opportunities for a male identified performer to take the stage, and I wanted to create a space for that. Also, it’s the middle of summer, and I am very thirsty for some MEN.
 
PM- What are you most excited about for this Friday’s show? 
EJ – I’m excited to see S.M Luke perform. I’ve never seen him live, but I live for the music that he has released. I also have confirmation that one of my cast members will be taking their clothing off, so obvi I’m most excited about that.
PM- Will you be performing a number?
 
EJ – DUH!
 
PM- Now, let’s spill about the upcoming Pop Musical Diary of a Gay Man. Anything you can tell us about it? 
 
EJ –The Pop Musical Diary of a Gay Man is a locally written jukebox musical coming to Philly Fringe Fest this year.  The show features songs from Madonna, Rihanna and more, and is about a young man coming to terms with his sexuality. I am very excited that The Eric Jaffe Show will feature a sneak preview of this awesome show! Check more of it out here.
 
PM-How did you choose this particular lineup?
 
EJ – I stood outside of the Bike Stop (a Philly gay leather bar) one night asking who wants to be a star. These are the ones who said yes!
 
PM- Something we asked all the guys, if your idol joined you on stage during the performance to sing a duet, who would it be and what would you sing?
 
EJ – I would love to do an acoustic cover of “Big Pimpin” with Elton John.
 
One last sip…
 
PM- Each of you describe this Friday’s show in one word..

Joe – Home.

Ryan – Yaaaaasssssss!

Zach – Vivacious.

Luke – Variety.

EJ – Absolut Vodka *ding*