Philly Event Spotlight/Philadelphia Monster Ball

What’s kooky, spooky and all together ooky? 

No, we’re not talking about your last Tinder or Grind‘r date (well, maybe), those scary words perfectly describe the murky mood for the debut of the Philadelphia Monster Ball, which is all set to haunt The Trocadero tomorrow night. 

Yes, guys, girls, gays and ghouls, the time is right now to get ready for a fabulously scary night that’s guaranteed to be filled with freakish fun and monstrous music like a pillowcase stuffed with Halloween candy. 

Oh, wait……there’s one more thing…it’s creative perpetrator is none other than famed Philly entertainment legend and one hell of a life updater, Mr. Robert Drake, who along with The Striptease Orchestra is quite simply is going to give Philly one of the best–if not the best–Halloween events of the season. 

But before those “spooky wooky” doors swing open tomorrow night, Mr. Drake was kind and gracious enough (as he always is) to stop by Philly Mixtape to spill all kinds of Monster Ball tea, breaking witches brew filled mugs about his favorite scary movies, how this grand event came to be, and why The Trocadero is the perfect (supposedly haunted?) place for…it all

And to get your paws on tickets to the Philadelphia Monster Ball….go here…now.

Kicking off our Monster spill, what’s your all-time personal favorite scary movie? While I love campy horror and such, I’m a fan of the cerebral scare. The Shining continues to be my classic go-to flick for lights out viewing!

How about a favorite of yours that you think is a bit underrated?  I’m a big fan of pointing folks to watch The Others (2001) with Nicole Kidman … it’s a unique flick with a great twist.

Let’s break some mugs about the Monster Ball. How did…it all come to be? Back in 2006 two friends of mine (Dave Ghoul and Melissa Torre) and I decided to create a Zombie Bar Crawl on Easter … in celebration of the world’s most famous zombie on His big day! We strolled South Street and had about 120 zombies follow long. The next year close to 300 zombies showed up and were clamoring for more! So that fall we rolled out the Philly Zombie Prom at The Trocadero! Keep in mind this was before zombies were all the rage – before Walking Dead, etc. Each year more and more undead showed up to our events – we even launched a zombie beach party for a couple years – and even helped set a Guinness World Record for the ‘most zombies on a roller coaster’ at Dorney Park!

…..Once the dust settled – we realized that – just like any good monster movie – we couldn’t just die. We had to resurrect ourselves and so we have – The Philadelphia Monster Ball! This is the first year, so we’re figuring it all out as we go along – but the core is to simply channel your inner monster and bring it! Come as one we all know and love – or debut your own creation! Best of all, you don’t HAVE to be in costume! Unlike other Halloween parties, there’s no penalty for those who simply want to come out and celebrate – same ticket price, just $13 in advance.

I’ll be host and DJ – spinning a slew of spooky retro dark wave sounds from the Halloween Vaults – like Siouxsie, Sisters of Mercy, Ministry, The Cure… Then The Striptease Orchestra – best known as the band with Peek-A-Boo Revue – will perform some insane covers– complete with a A-list of guest vocalists! Joining us also will be The Dead Milkmen’s Rodney Linderman and Rob Windfelder of Live Not On Evil … performing a haunting rendition of a classic song…  I’ll be awarding prizes at 10pm – so those in costume need to be in house before then to be considered by our celeb judges!

Why is The Trocadero the perfect place for it?  First of all, the Trocadero is seriously haunted. It’s been a performance venue for over ONE HUNDRED AND FIFTY YEARS … starting out as the Arch Street Opera House back in 1870. It hit the skids after a long stint as a burlesque house and was saved from destruction in the 1980s – becoming the venue you see today. I’ve been in this venue alone and have heard and witnessed several paranormal things; shadows, moving objects, whispers and even captured some EVP when running a digital recorder. What better place to have monsters (and their friends) gather to celebrate Halloween!?!

This might be a tough one for you, and I apologize in advance, but if you had to play one Halloween song for the rest of your DJ life, which one would it be?  While the crowd pleaser would be Thriller from Michael Jackson – for me, it’s Every Day Is Halloween by Ministry. Sums up my life nicely.

Lastly, why should everyone and their Monster Mother go to The Troc on Saturday night?  If you’re a fan of Halloween and a fan of local art and culture – this is your one stop. From creative local musicians to a sea of local folk all dressed to celebrate the season – it’s a win/win.

All treats… no tricks.


To grab your tickets to the Philadelphia Monster Ball before they fly away into the scary, sold out night, go right here, right now

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Philly Weekend Entertainment Groove

Let’s Weeknd. 

Literally because he’s here tonight…….along with lots of other fun things and thangs to do for your final weekend (sigh…) of summer. 


Sing Your Life Karaoke w/Ms. Sara Sherr Those end of summer blues got you down? Well, get the f#$k over it and head out to belt out your favorite karaoke jam in which the always in season Ms. Sherr has everything you need for your song butchering pleasure. Ready, set sing…for your life. Sun, 9-2 Bob and Barbara’s, 1509 South Street Tues, 9-2 12 Steps Down, 9th and Christian Thurs, 10-2 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

Fringe Arts Festival  What happens when you take 1000 red-hot local performance and entertainment artists, divide them over 180 stunning shows with a complete take over of twenty neighborhoods across Philly? You get this year’s already spectacular 2017 Fringe Arts Festival, which is always on-point in serving up an explosive display of some of the finest talent Philly has to offer, including performers ranging from dance, song, theatre, aerial stunts (hey there, Bradley’s Bucks) and much, much, much more. While we could easily sit and spill about everything this year’s festival has to offer, it’s always best for you to see it all for yourself, but first dive straight into the official festival website to check it all out. Now, get to Fringin’…because we must. 

KINK HAÜS You’ve seen the stunning visuals…you’ve read the reviews (Phindle says it’s “a locomotive evening of entertainment you’ll never forget”), but most of all you’ve heard about all of the kink-alicious werk that Philly’s own entertainment mastermind, Mr. Gunnar Montana, and his fine company of local dancers and performance artists are thrusting forth in one of the hottest shows in this year’s Fringe Arts Festival. But like all fine-n-sexy good things, this acclaimed spectacle won’t be sexin’ you up forever, go grab those tickets right here, right nowMeaning…now…and then get ready. Through Sept 24th, The Latvian Society of Philadelphia, 531 N. 7th St. 

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum You must not walk, but run to the box office at the Walnut Street Theatre to grab those tickets to take in Stephen Sondheim’s classic Tony Award-winning Best Musical. Described as “a nonstop laugh-fest in which Pseudolus, a crafty slave, struggles to win the hand of a beautiful, but slow-witted, courtesan named Philia for his young master, Hero, in exchange for freedom. The plot twists and turns with cases of mistaken identity, slamming doors and a bevy of beautiful showgirls. This unforgettable, hysterical musical comedy will have you laughing all the way to the Forum with “something for everyone, a comedy tonight!” Go. Walnut St. Theatre, tonight-October 22nd, various prices and showtimes 

The Weeknd/Gucci Mane Because a little Weeknd lovin’ on the last weekend of summer never hurt nobody. Or maybe it did. Either way, grab those tickets.  Tonight, 730 pm, Wells Fargo Center 

Nina Sky Yes, that Nina Sky. Now, move ya body, gurl, and go. NOTO, Tonight, 8 pm, 1209 Vine St. 

DJ Carl Michaels No need to explain this one since most of Philly phlocks to Voyeur every Saturday night to hear what Mr. Michaels has to say…and we all know it’s always quite explosive. Ready, set, dance..bish. Every Saturday, 10 pm, 1221 St. James St. 

DJ Jimmy DePre Whether it’s for your dancing queens needs tonight at Tavern on Camac (10 pm, 243 S. Camac St.) or a fill in spot for Mr. Chris Urban for a lil’ bubbly brunch werk at Positano Coast tomorrow (12pm-4pm, 212 Walnut St.), Mr. DePre has got you covered with those grooves like a White House lie all weekend long. 

Sleeping With Sirens If you’re looking for the most tricked out, rocked out show of the weekend, look no further than Sleeping With Sirens stop at The Foundry at The Fillmore tomorrow night who along with Australia based Chase Atlantic will be giving you the most plugged in time of your Sunday Funday lives. Tomorrow, 7 pm, The Foundry, 29 East Allen St. 

Arts Against Bullying Not only is this an event that everyone should go to, but its got a subject we should all take to heart as bullying seems to be the way of the world these days. Meaning you should head over to The Ibrahim Theater for a Sunday evening of spectacular entertainment including special performances by The Pennsylvania Ballet, Select Arias from Gioachino Rossini’s ‘The Barber of Seville’ performed by esteemed Opera Soprano Debra Lynn Cotterall, as well as a TEDx Style Presentation by acclaimed music mix wizards Chris Klapper & Patrick Gallagher and much, much more. Of course, proceeds this one-night-only event support FSP Against Bullying, ongoing programs and anti-bullying campaigns and individuals–both children and adults–whose lives have been altered by bullying or abuse. The bottom line…if we work together we can stop bullying…together. So, let’s do it. Tomorrow, 2pm, The Ibrahim Theater, 3701 Chestnut St. (tickets) 

Sinful Sundays:The Goddess Isis Birthday Show   The time has come….for ALL of the Gayborhood to stop by Tabu tomorrow night to wish the one, the only, Mizz Isis, a very fucking happy birthday. With her Sinful Sunday besties Navaya Shay and Omyra Lynn on board, along with what’s sure to be lots of other Botox filled surprises on dick, err, deck, this will be one candle-blowing drag-stravaganza that Philly will never forget. But don’t you dare ask a queen her real age….or you shall burn in hell forever. Wait..most of us are already there. See you tomorrow night! Sunday, 10 pm, Tabu, 200 South 12th St. 

Willie Nelson/Eric Church/Sheryl Crow With a country-kissed line up like that one (Lukas Nelson and The Avett Brothers will also be on hand), as well as this glorious weather that’s upon us, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t grab those tickets and get to get ready to giddy up under the Pavilion all Sunday Funday long. 1 pm, BB & T Pavilion, 1 Harbour Blvd. 

Also on the local and legendary entertainment decks for your Saturday night pleasure…….

Wovenhand @Kung Fu Necktie (6 pm, 1248 N. Front St.)…….David Wax Museum @Johnny Brenda’s (9 pm, 1201 Frankford Ave)……..Marion Meadows @South (10 pm, 600 N. Broad St.)…….Mo Lowda &the Humble @Bourbon & Branch (8 pm, 705 N. 2nd St.)…….. Awesome Tapes From Africa @Dolphin Tavern (9 pm, 1539 S. Broad St.)……. Tigers +Thieves @The Barbary (7 pm, 951 Frankford Avenue)

And for your Sunday Funday slay…..

Arcade Fire @Wells Fargo Center (730 pm, 3601 S. Broad St.)……. Boyce Avenue @Union Transfer (730 pm, 1024 Spring Garden Street)…..Xiu Xiu @Johnny Brenda’s (7 pm, 1201 N. Frankford Avenue)…….. Less Art @Underground Arts (8 pm, 1200 Callowhill St.)….Frank Catalano @World Cafe Live (8 pm, 3025 Walnut St.)…….Slow Reader @The Pharmacy(7pm, 1300 S. 18th St.)








Philly Weekday Entertainment Groove

Don’t just stand there…let’s all get to 

Sing Your Life Karaoke w/Sara Sherr What’s your favorite karaoke song? How about..all of them. Whatever your song butchering/slaying truth, chances are the fabulous and always very hard-working Ms.Sherr has them all in her always scorching Sing Your Life Karaoke collection, which will be serving your vocal chords all summer long and beyond 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 Grab those tickets for a magical evening this week (and during the weekend, too!) that’s guaranteed to be jam-packed with the still blissful Great White Way kissed 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…go, you fabulous Broadway king or kween, you. Enough said. Now-July 2nd, Walnut Street Theatre, Independence Studio on 3, various showtimes and ticket prices 825 Walnut St.

Saturday Night Fever:The Musical Since you damn well know you’ve got that “Staying Alive” walk more than mastered, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t hustle on over to the box office at the Walnut Street Theatre and grab those tickets for Saturday Night Fever, the smash musical based off of the John Travolta disco game changer. Of course, in order to truly prepare for this bedazzled spectacle, play, like, every Bee-Gee’s record ever as you grab those tickets right here, right now. Walnut Street Theatre, MainStage, May 16 – July 16th, $20 – $95, 810 Walnut Street

Agitated!  Just in time to close out what’s been a scorching June, it’s going to be even hotter upstairs at Franky Bradley’s tomorrow night as Pilar Salt and Honeytree Evil Eye join forces once again for the summer’s very first round of one of Philly’s hottest shows. Prepare…your angst-y life (there might just be a little going around these days) for a curated night of stunning live performance with this month featuring Sophie Sucré, Bugalú Boogie, Abortia Carriage and of course, lots and lots of hard werk. Get ready. Wednesday, $5/$10, 9 pm, Franky Bradley’s, 1320 Chancellor St.

Method Man/Redman  First, play this, pass it to the left and then get those tickets to see two rap legends take over Philly this Thursday night. Thursday, Electric Factory, 8 pm, 421 North 7th St. 

Sunset Shake: 60s Dance Party at PHS Pop-Up Garden uCity  What happens when you combine classic summer grooves, old school ’50s and ’60s vibes and a holiday weekend Friday night under the stars at the always lit U City Beer Garden? You’ll find out in just a few days, and tell DJ David Atlas you said hello as he’ll be your respectful beat maestro for the evening. Let’s ride. Friday, 10 pm, PHS UCity Pop-Up Garden at Filbert St & N 36th St. 

LGBT Veterans House Pride Celebration  If you’re looking for a truly fabulous way to close out Pride Month (although everyday is always filled with glitter), sashay over to the Gayborhood on Friday night as ICandy is hosting a sugary soiree celebrating the opening of the first LGBT Veterans Home in America. On the roster for your evening, celebrity chef Charleen will be serving up the tasty goodies and recording artist Aaron Paul, film star Tym Moss, and the always incredible celebrity female impersonator Carl Max will be on hand and no doubt all three floors of the club, which will of course get you right as we head into the holiday weekend..yas. Friday, $10, 10 pm, ICandy, 254 South 12th St.

Chris Bretz Although Mr. Jimmy DePre will be shakin his and servin’ your groove thang in San Francisco this weekend, he’s left your Friday & Saturday dancing pleasure in the always on-point headphones of Mr. Bretz, so just shut the fuck up and dance. Seriously. Friday & Saturday, 10 pm, Tavern on Camac, 243 South Camac St. 

Spill the Tea Revue Vol 5  Whether piping hot or iced for the summer, there’s never a bad time to fucking spill that tea, so you betta walk over to Tabu this Friday night and join Mr. Henry Brinton as he welcomes Gayborhood drag legend, The Goddess Isis, Ms. Sakura Allure, the one-and-only, Aeryanah Von Moi and everybody’s favorite delightfully bat shit cray auntie, Ms. Salotta Tee. Since this show is guaranteed to be nothing short of the best god damn tidal wave of tea you’ve ever swam in your lip synched summer life in…..get over your petty bullshit and just fucking go.  Friday, No cover, 11 pm, Tabu, 200 South 12th St. 

Also on the decks for the rest of your werk week……… Wednesday…….. Palehound @Boot & Saddle (8 pm, 1131 S. Broad St.)………. Conflict & Pronoun @ Kung Fu Necktie (8 pm, 1248 N. Front St.)……..  Dell @The Barbary (9 pm, 951 Frankford Avenue)……The Native Howl @Voltage Lounge (8 pm, 421 North 7th St.)…….Thursday….. GANZ @Coda Philly (10 pm, 1712 Walnut St.)…… The Wooden Sky @Milkboy Philly (7 pm, 1110 Chestnut St.)……. Hoots & Hellmouth @Boot & Saddle (830 pm, 1131 S. Broad St.)……  The Dove & The Wolf @Spruce Street Harbour Promenade  (8 pm, Columbus Blvd. @Spruce Street)…… Friday….….  Blackbear @TLA Philly (10 pm, 334 South St.)…… Suffocation @ Kung Fu Necktie (7 pm, 1250 N. Front St……..  Rich Medina @Silk City Diner & Lounge  (10 pm, 435 Spring Garden St.)………..  BlackGummy @Coda (11 pm, 1712 Walnut St.)…..