Weekday Entertainment Groove

This week for the entire city of Philadelphia and the tri-state area…it all comes down to one word….RENT

Plus, there’s all delightful kinds (truth) of local and legendary entertainment events to stock up on for your first full week of March right about…now. 

And might we also say, Rest in Peace Mr. Luke Perry…all of us ’90s kids are truly in mourning right now. Your bad ass gentlemen vibes and legendary sideburns will truly, truly be missed forever. 

RENT 20th Anniversary Tour/Merriam Theater So, there’s this Tony Award owning, life changing legendary Broadway extravaganza called RENT...anyone ever hear of it? Of course…we ALL have as the dearly departed Jonathan Larson‘s universe altering show is not just one of the most iconic theater events that ever took over the Great White Way, but the fact that every single show for the 20th anniversary national tour takeover this week at the Merriam Theater has been completely sold out for months, yeah, we’re all aware and more than ready. However, for those who may not have been able to grab those tickets for this week’s round of shows, there’s some good news…it’s coming back to the Merriam this October 8th-10th and there’s still tickets left!! So, after you’ve picked up your “Seasons of Love” lovin’ self up off of the floor, head to the Kimmel Center’s website and sing it out for those tickets…now. 

But wait there’s more…, you really, really want to revel in this legendary show and kick it with this incredible touring cast this week, right? Well, it just so happens can. After you’ve picked yourself up off of the floor again, make those plans now as the incredibly talented cast will be taking part in Cabaret for a Cause at the Arts Bank Theatre at the University of Arts this Thursday night, March 7th, where you’ll not only be able to revel in all of these fine actors and actresses’ talents and then some, but your ticket will get you in a raffle to win a pair of tickets to the closing night of RENT this Sunday, March 10th. Also, being that these crazily talented kids are all about the “Love,” all proceeds will be donated to the incredible David Jenkins Memorial Scholarship Fund, which you can learn more about right here. With that being said, the 20th anniversary tour of RENT is taking over Philly this week and it should be our duty to be ready for all of the historic Broadway magic that will be taking over the city. 

Philadelphia Flower Show Presents:Flower Power Florals…..for spring?? Always when it comes to the groundbreaking and riveting Philly Flower Show, which is delighting our senses at the Convention Center right this very second until this Sunday, March 10th! So, if you’re ready to get to sniffin’ and a smellin’ all of those groovy #thinkspring scents that are always bouquet-ed into Philly’s annual flower-stravanganza, now is the time to get those tickets and get to strollin through it all! Don’t miss any of it!! (Today until Sunday, March 10th)

Sing Your Life Karaoke Hey, spring fling karaoke kweens and kids….friends and lovers…the time has come….for all of us to belt out the hits for our spring singin’ lives! All you have to do is join the most fabulous Sara Sherr (respect, y’all) and her Sing Your Life Karaoke collection at any…or all…..of these phabulous Philly locations listed below…..and then get ready to sing as if your name is Barbra…it’s not, but try those vocals out anyway….it’s just that simple. Let’s crack some vases. Sun/9-2@Bob & Barbara’s……Tues/9-2@12 Steps Down……Thursday/9-2 @Milkboy Philly South St…Fri/9-1@Southhouse….Saturday/9-145@ Les & Doreen’s Happy Tap

Miss Amateur L’Etage Pageant  Haay, we all have to begin that locally slaying journey somewhere, and for a calvary of fierce and fabulous red-hot and rising local drag queens, that somewhere will be at L’Etage this Tuesday night! Join your host, Ms. Bev, along with guest judges Miss Amateur L’Etage 2018, Timothy Antwon Toler as well as this year’s Miss L’Etage 2019 kween herself Emily Valentine and runner up Kurt David behind the judging tables as they judge the likes and lewks of Robyn Bonacci, Matt Yee, Adam Montgomery Topher Lee Carmelo D’Angelo to see which queen has what it tucks to snatch that wig…for it all. It’s a sizzling competition that’s not to be missed…so don’t!! (Tuesday/8 pm)

Got Philly Live Music Vibes? There’s simply no denying that it’s a tough world out there for us all right now, and better way to say “thank u, next” to the ughs of life other than with a plethora of live music vibes for your grueling werk week ahead? And this upcoming week is indeed the perfect one to snatch a variety pack of tickets to everything as the laid back (and almost sold out!) light rock vibes of Dean Lewis and Jack Gray (730 pm) will be on display at The Foundry on Tuesday night, “Sue Me” songstress and Disney darling Sabrina Carpenter (7 pm) will certainly be cheering us with her perky stage presence at the TLA on Wednesday, and if you’re looking to go just a touch deeper into that live music life, eccentric beat serving duo BoomBox (7 pm) will certainly have it all with their impending takeover of Union Transfer this Thursday night. So, there you have it. Now, it’s turn to catch those Philly live music vibes all..week..long..go. 

That Gayborhood Friday Night Life, Though….. So..many…things and thangs to do in Philly’s Gayborhood for the start of your second weekend of March….all of Fri-slay night to do it all. Kicking things off, sashay on over to Voyeur for ’80s night of Drag Wars (730 pm) where you’re bound to see a buffet of talented local drag queens and some fiercely krimped wigs…..a crateful of handsome DJs will have all of your dance music desires met with DJ KRK and a brand new serving of his Underground fire will take you there and beyond downstairs at 10 pm at Voyeur after DW…..…..DJs Javascript, Mike Shaffer and Jake Charles will be giving it to us ’90s/’00s diva style with another Chap Stick worthy round of their LiPSMACKeRS dance floor shenanigans @Tabu (10 pm)……and Mr. DJ Chris Urban will certainly have us workin’ it like Missy when he takes over the upstairs at Tavern on Camac (10 pm) for another one of his trademark bump-that-rump on the floor romps. Let’s also not leave out all of the boys, bros, dudes and daddies you’re bound to meet (and look up from those phones guys…seriously) at Bike Stop, U Bar, X Bar and Knock, which are all the more reasons for all of us to get over our shit and just get out there and have some fun because quite frankly, we deserve it. Happy last Friday night like Katy, kids and kweens!! 

Lil’ Kim/Ocean Resort Casino Because when the legendary Queen Bee herself rolls down to the Jersey Shore, it is our absolute priority to get those tickets, gather up our entourage and roll right down right the f@#k with her. “Not Tonight,” “Lady Marmalade,” “Magic Stick,” “No Time” and literally everything this true rap diva legend has ever served any of us…for life. (Friday/10 pm

Dannic/NOTO Whether on a crunchy club banger, sticky deep house groove or quirky refiring of the classic “Toca’s Miracle” alongside DJ legend Fedde Le Grand, there’s simply no ditty denying that this powerhouse of a Dutch DJ will certainly be giving it to all of us when he takes over NOTO this Friday night. Fist pump it up right here for tickets. (10 pm

Also to put on that MUST do list for your first full week of March in Philly……


Bon of Osiris@TLA(630 pm)………Ann Teak’s Drag Show@Tattooed Mom(8 pm)……….Cass McCombs@World Cafe Live(8 pm)………Smile Empty Soul@Voltage Lounge(6 pm)……..Hot Flash Heat Wave@Everybody Hits(8 pm)…….iamjakehill@Balcony Bar @The Trocadero(730 pm)


Gavin James@The Foundry(8 pm)……..Hump Day Hoe Down@Tavern on Camac(8 pm)……….Open Mic Night@Connie’s Ric Rac w/Jeremy Adam(7 pm)…….Madeline Peyroux@World Cafe Live(8 pm)……Uncle Acid&The Deadbeats@Union Transfer(8 pm)……..Nina Nesbitt@Voltage Lounge(8 pm)…….Mike Krol@Boot & Saddle(830 pm)…….Rachel Andie@Bourbon & Branch   (8 pm)

Thursday 3/7 

Yannick @Verizon Hall@Kimmel Center(730 pm) …………….Gender Blender @TABU(10 pm)…….Terminally Chill Dance Party@The Barbary(10 pm)…….Hippie Sabotage@TLA(8 pm)…….Jay Critch@The Foundry(8 pm)…….Psychadelic Porn Crumpets@Kung Fu Necktie(730 pm)……..Matt Kerekes@Everybody Hits(8 pm)………American Pleasure Club@Underground Arts(9 pm)……..SayMyName@NOTO(10 pm)……..Divinity Roxx@South Jazz Club(7 pm)……Sir Babygirl@Boot&Saddle(730 pm) 

Friday 3/8 

Cameron Catastrophe’s Collection of Curiosities @2ndstory Philly (9 pm)….Throwbacks@The Dolphin Tavern(10 pm)…..Creedence Clearwater Revival @Xcite Center@Parx Casino(7 pm)……..Nothing More/Of Mice and Men @The Fillmore(630 pm)………JJ Grey & Mofro @Union Transfer(7 pm)……..Morbid Angel@TLA(7 pm)……..Her’s@Johnny Brenda’s(9 pm)…….Bob Weir@The Met(730 pm)…….

For much, much more local and legendary entertainment shenanigans to get into this month and beyond, celebrate life and pop some bottles with Philly Mixtape right here and here

RENT cover photo courtesy of Kimmel Center



Weekday Entertainment Groove

Whether you’re in the mood to support local drag (as you should..hey, Ms. Martha Graham Cracker), catch some Citizen Cope vibes, dance your ass off to the grooves dished out by some fiery DJs, or get your Mariah Carey-oke on, this (and every) week’s list of entertaining Philly activities has a little something for the local and legendary entertainment lover in all of us

Meaning you, so in a word…go. 

Martha Graham Cracker Cabaret/L’Etage Tonight is certainly that night where Philly entertainment legend Martha Graham Cracker is going to make all of us feel alright well into the week ahead and beyond as she dishes out another dose of her delightfully cray shenanigans! So, if you’re looking for something to do this evening that slays “thank u, next” to those Monday night doldrums, plus witness a spectacular spectacle that you’ll definitely tell all of your friends about, this is the night out for you. Don’t miss any of it! Ms. Martha is waiting just for you..and may ALL of us forever respect a hard-working queen. Tickets are $20 right here, $30 at the door, show steps off at 7 pm!

74 Seconds….To Judgement/Arden Theatre Company There’s shows, and then there’s...this show.. a poignant, raw, real story about a jury of 6 who have been in pure deadlock for a week straight as they undoubtably struggle to decide what is ‘justifiable homicide’ in a headline grabbing murder trial. As relevant as it is pure pearl clutching (and big shout out to red-hot Philly playwright Kash Goins for this story as well), it’s a must see for ALL of us in these divided times. It’s taken over The Arden tonight until Sunday, March 10th, and now it’s undoubtedly time to let this gripping show take over your life…right now. Seriously..go see it (and meet one of the show’s leading ladies, Ms. Kala Moses Baxterright here!) you won’t be disappointed. 

Sing Your Life Karaoke Hey, Philly karaoke friends and lovers…the time has come..for all of us to belt out the hits for our window shattering lives! All you have to do is join the most fabulous Sara Sherr and her Sing Your Life Karaoke collection at any…or all…..of these phabulous Philly locations listed below…..and then get ready to sing as if your name is Barbra…it’s not, but try those vocals out anyway….it’s just that simple. Let’s crack some vases. Sun/9-2@Bob & Barbara’s……Tues/9-2@12 Steps Down……Thursday/9-2 @Milkboy Philly South St…Fri/9-1@Southhouse….Saturday/9-145@ Les & Doreen’s Happy Tap

Wanda Sykes/Punchline Philly Although her soon-to-be side-splitting affairs in Philly this Tuesday and hump day evening have been sold out for quite some time now (doors open at 730 pm for those blessed ones with tickets), there’s no reason why we can’t watch this hilarious clip from one of Ms. Sykes’ legendary comedy specials…..and wonder why she received no awards love for her supporting turn in Monster-in-Law Law alongside Ms. Fonda and Ms. Lo. Seriously..just watch and try not to die laughing. Love you, boo! 

Citizen Cope/Franklin Music Hall Since there’s no denying that the forever chill and laid back music vibes by perhaps one of the greatest indie music acts of all time will always get us from “Z” back to “A” at any given moment in this bonkers life, you should absolutely de-stress from your week by going to this show to completely ebb and flow into a most zen-filled March. “Let the Drummer Kick,” anyone? Always. Get those tickets. (830 pm

Morgan Page/NOTO Because no matter what we go through in life, you just have to keep putting that mind, soul, spirit and body to work as it’s the only way to get shit done, right? Yes. First, get down with this insanely motivating Tegan & Sara owned remix of “Body Work” below, then get those tickets to see globally renowned DJ Morgan Page take over NOTO this Friday for your first weekend of March pulsating pleasure. Let’s get physical on the dance floor. (10 pm

Cabaret Sauvignon/Franky Bradley’s Is there anything she magnificently can’t do? Of course, that magnificent she we’re reading tea leaves about here is fabulous local drag connoisseur, Ms. Lili St. Queer. When she’s not DJ’ing, tickin’ those keys as if her name is Alicia, or snatching all of the parts and wigs in another slaying round of her one-woman cabaret show this Friday night, she’s just an all around groovy gal who deserves all of your attention and love..right now. And you can begin by getting those tickets to her soon-to-be spectacular spectacle right here. Don’t miss it! (7 pm

That Local DJ Love, Though…Whether you sashay up the stairs to get your funkdafied freak on alongside DJ Chris Urban at Franky Bradley’s……or strut downstairs at Voyeur to get your Underground life on thanks to DJ KRK and his weekly dance floor gay-thering, both of these handsome ditty daddys will have you thinkin’ spring in no time thanks to the ignited fires they’ll be backdrafting out this Friday night in the Gayborhood. Ya ready? Yes. And remember…shade is never allowed on the dance floor, so leave all of the drama at home before you head out cut a it’s the only way to be under the strobes. Let’s fucking dance. (10 pm

Also on the local and legendary entertainment runway for your…..

Monday/February 25th 

Open Mic Night w/The Goddess Isis@The Fire(8 pm)……..A Comedy of Tenors @Walnut Street Theatre(through March 15th, get tickets here)……….Lennon Stella@TLA(Sold out, 730 pm)……..Shing02@Johnny Brenda’s(8 pm)……….Jabair@Kung Fu Necktie(10 pm)………A Space Odyssey@The Balcony Bar@The Trocadero(8 pm) 

Tuesday/February 26th 

Jacquees@TLA(sold out, 8 pm)……….Tattooed Momedy@Tattooed Mom(8 pm)……..Ty Segall/White Fence@Union Transfer(730 pm)………Tedeschi Trucks Band@The Met(730 pm)………Gaby Moreno@World Cafe Live(8 pm)………Ed Schrader’s Music Beat@Johnny Brenda’s(8 pm)

Wednesday/February 27th   

Our Night Out Philly @Toasted Walnut(6 pm)………Soul Factory Season 2 @TABU(9 pm)……..Drake Night@The Filmore(9 pm)…….Agitated!@Franky Bradley‘s(8 pm)………Chelsea Cutler@TLA(sold out, 8 pm)……Watsky@Union Transfer(730 pm)……..Yemen Blues@World Cafe Live(8 pm)…….Melissa Laveaux@Kung Fu Necktie(9 pm)……..Twen @Boot & Saddle(7 pm) 

Thursday/Feb 28th

2019 Mouthful Monologue Festival@Philadelphia Young Playwrights(through March 9th…check this out)……..Women’s Film Festival @Positano Coast(6 pm)…….Wet & Kilo Kish@Underground Arts(8 pm)…….Deerhoof/Soul Glo @Union Transfer(730 pm)………Aaaron Watson/Pat Greene@TLA(8 pm)…….Ultimate Led Zeppelin Experience @World Cafe Live(8 pm)…….Rebecca Loebe@The Locks at Sona(630 pm)………Marlo@NOTO(10 pm)

Friday/March 1st 

Lots of fabulous dancing @Tabu, Voyeur, X Bar, Woody‘s & Franky Bradley‘s(10 pm, Gayborhood)………ClymaXXX:Onyx Invasion@Boxers PHL(10 pm)…….Gender Queery:Trans and Nonbinary Drag Show @Stir Lounge(8 pm)……Deerhunter @Union Transfer(8 pm)…….The Cat Empire@TLA(8 pm)………Within Temptation@The Fillmore(7 pm)……..EMO Night w/DJ Deejay@Kung Fu Necktie(10 pm)……Swing Gala @The Moshulu Ballroom(8 pm)…….The Prince & Michael Jackson Experience @Voltage Lounge(930 pm)……….Cold Cave @Underground Arts(9 pm)

For many more wig snatching activities around the town this week and beyond, get that Philly Mixtape lewk right here and here 

Cover photo courtesy of NOTO Philadelphia 


Rewerk Wednesday/Chromeo

So, who’s ready to party like Canadian based beat masters Chromeo are coming to take the NOTO stage by storm to help the Philly hot-spot kick off its two year anniversary bash? 

Oh, wait, they are, and that big celebratory par-tay is happening this Friday night, Katy, so now is absolutely the time to get rewerked and ready for those one-of-a-kind Chromeo beats and funkdafied-on-the-floor feelings. 

First, play this….and yes, Solange, yes. 

Widely known across the global dance floors for their killer hooks, vintage drum machines and disco flavored rhythms, Montreal based music pairing Chromeo–David “Dave One” Macklovitch &Patrick “Pee Thug” Gemayel–has crafted a sound that not only is blissfully reminiscent looked to the deepest waves of ’80s funk and R&B, but it’s a sound that just cannot be duplicated….because these fine-tuned gentlemen have werked it out to call their very own.

You got down with that Ms. Solange fire from above….yeah, it’s like that all of the time when it comes to these groovy guys. 

This is clearly evident in their bass line happy debut 2003 EP, Destination Overdrive, which would lead them to serve the world with their freshman full-length, She’s in Control, which actually sashayed its way into our disco-kissed headphones fifteen years ago this month. A few years down the road, the beat tossin’ Canadian boys would collaborate in the summer of 2008 with Philly‘s own Daryl Hall for part of his online series Live from Daryl’s House. Anyone remembers If you don’t, it’s time to recognize because any friend of the legendary Mr. Hall is certainly a friend to all of us City of Brotherly Love entertainment lovers. 

While Chromeo‘s now rabid fan base anxiously awaited another shimmering set, the bros set off on a massive touring trek, which would further cement their status as just those guys whose music you just want to live your life through…right now. Chromeo eventually went back into the studio to record their sophomore follow-up, Fancy Footwork in 2010, as well as 2010’s Business Casual(where Solange and a lot of goodies reside), 2014’s White Women and last year’s yep-they-definitely-still-got-it, Head Over Heels, which will no doubt be on heavy display this Friday night at NOTO

Chromeo has also pressed the rewerk button for several mainstream music champions like Lourde’s “Green Light,” Lenny Kravitz’s “Breathe,” Donna Summer’s (!!!) “Love is in Control(Finger on the Trigger),” and Maroon 5’s “Wait,” which you should absolutely get down to right now below.

Know what else you should get down to? Anything and everything that these guys serve out, including that dance floor lovin‘ life that’ll be taking over the NOTO for the start of your Valentine’s weekend. Now, get those groovy tickets…and dance. 

For more rewerked vibes on the floor err’day and beyond, pump those fists along with Philly Mixtape right here and here.…you’ll be glad you did. 

Chromeo Cover Photo Courtesy of SPIN