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Weekend Entertainment Groove

Take a pause from watching the world-shattering new Ariana Grande video, “7 Rings” for a moment (but, please…carry on as much as you want after) as…….

Carole King, Cash Cash, R3hab, Charlotte’s Web, Romeo +Juliet, Jesse McCartney, Mr. Eric Jaffe, Sing Your Life Karaoke, City Girls, tons of block rockin’ beats and a fierce flock of some of Philly’s finest drag queens are aiming to heat things up before that frost bite hits us all this upcoming Martin Luther King Monday. 

Let’s be proud and please…party responsibly. Go. 

Beautiful:The Carole King Musical/Academy of Music Oh, the days when the legendary Carole King’s Billboard chart defying 1971 record, Tapestryruled the world. Oh, wait, it all certainly still most does. In fact, you can ask anyone who’s witnessed any of the performances from the glorious two-week run of the Tony Award snatching musical and they’ll tell you that the preceding statement is absolutely true. And you, too, can experience the magic that will forever be laced in this heart warming show as this weekend kicks off the final weekend of stellar performances at the Academy of MusicWe could say much more here, but chances are, you got “I Feel the Earth Move” stuck in your head the second you saw the name Carole King and got your tickets five minutes ago. And if you haven’t..go..your 2019 self will thank you very, very much. (Today-Sunday, January 20th)

Sing Your Life Karaoke  New year, new you? Well, take your newly reinvented self over to any of these phabulous Philly locations listed below where the always lovely Sara Sherr will be waiting for you with her always warming Sing Your Life Karaoke collection. There’s really nothing left to do now but sing, sing, saaang it out all year long! C’mon, you know you want to. Sun/9-2 @Bob and Barbara’s….Tues/9-2 @12 Steps Down.…..Thurs/9-2 @ Milkboy South Street.…..Fri/9-1@Southhouse……Saturday/9-1:45/@Les & Doreen’s Happy Tap

Charlotte’s Web/Arden Theatre Company The rumors are true….the Arden’s critically acclaimed production of E.B. White‘s still delightful children’s book has been extended through Sunday, February 3rd! But since we’re (somehow) already past the middle of January, that date will be here soon, so don’t waste any time in you and the whole family grabbing those tickets! Plus, you’ll be able to see what else the Arden has in store for 2019 (like the just started 74 Seconds to Judgement) and it’s a guarantee that its a whole lot of everything and more that you’ll absolutely love. Enjoy the shows! 

Romeo + Juliet/The Wilma Theatre  Romeo, oh, Romeo…have you checked out the fine actor who’s playing Romeo in Shakespeare’s classic love tragedy during its run at the Wilma. His name is Matteo Scammel and he’s ridiculously talented and handsome. And, the fine young actress who’s playing Juliet? Her name is Taysha Marie Canales and together, they’re double the reason to grab those tickets and click right here to dive into every this truly one-of-a-kind retelling has to offer. In the name of Claire and Leo, what are you waiting for? Go. (Tonight-February 9th

The Eric Jaffe Show/Tavern on Camac  It’s January now, so you know there’s at least a dozen 2019 balloon lewks on the way because he’s baaaack. Just go to Tavern on Camac tonight and see for yourself! But first, go here for all of the dish and all of the tea on tonight’s event and this tremendous local talent. And as forever and always…no cover, bish! (730 pm

Nitty Gritty:6 Year Anniversary Party/Tabu   Grab those dancing shoes and get ready to clutch your pearls because it’s already been 6 (!!) years since (hey) Mr. DJ David Atlas served the City of Brotherly Love with the first ever Nitty Gritty music affair. Of course, to celebrate he’s throwing a big ass party at Tabu for your Saturday night! And with an eclectic floor mix of ’50s, ’60s, Motown and more, you’re no doubt going to be twistin’ and shoutin’ under the disco ball all night long. Ready, set, be there. (10 pm )

Jesse McCartney/The Fillmore Still siiiiigh as f@#k after all of these years. Get those tickets, and of course, Summerland and “Beautiful Soul” 4 Lyfe. (Tonight/8 pm)

Cash Cash/Franklin Music Hall We’re just a couple of hours away from this New Jersey based trio’s ownership of FMC tonight, which means it’s time to get those fists ready to pump, those feet ready to jump, and of course, live it up like it’s our motha f$$kin’ birthday everyday. And this Katy Perry remix, tho..life.  Get those tickets.  (830 pm

R3hab/Haven Nightclub AC Although it’s about to be mighty frosty out there later in the holiday weekend, international beat maestro R3hab is looking to heat things up when he takes over the Jersey Shore tonight. So, stop thinking about that dreaded forecast and hit the floor like #summerscomin….because the heat is certainly real when this superstar DJ is rewerkin’ us. (10 pm

Bounce Sunday Funday Atlantic City Pop-Up/HQ2AC Beachclub After R3hab is done givin’ it to ya, go back to your room, rest for twenty minutes…then get ready to do it all over again! Yes, Kings and Queens of Brunch, Philly & NYC’s “Not Your Basic” Brunch has teamed with HQ2ACfor a par-tay that’s guaranteed to put the “Funday” in your “Sunday!” Oh, and DJ Ernesto, DJ Ghost and DJ Big Ben will be on the tables serving out those beats to match perfectly with all of that bubbly that will be flowin’ around the floor. And like the event’s page-on-the -‘Book states–“No work Monday, so NO excuses!” So, there’s really nothing else to say except see you there, kids! 

Drag & Dine/Front Street Cafe In the mood for a delectable dish while getting entertained by even more delectable servings of Philly drag life? Then you must strut-like-Sheena over to Liaison Room at Front Street Cafe this Sunday night for a fancy dinner show filled with stunning looks and performances by some of Philadelphia‘s most fiercest drag queens! For much more info, sashay over to the official event page–and menu!!–right here and these lovely gals will see you tomorrow night! (Entry/6 pm/Show/7 pm

City Girls/NOTO  First, watch the Girls hot-to-eyeballs video for “Twerk” all weekend (like you ever stopped since its release this past Thursday) then get those tickets to witness them own NOTO this Sunday and then, well, get ready, gurrrl. (10 pm

Also on the local and legendary entertainment turntables for your MLK weekend……

Saturday/January 19th   

Lots of fabulous dancing @Woody’s, Voyeur, Franky Bradley’s, X Bar and Tabu (Gayborhood, 10 pm)……Alabama @Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City(8 pm)………..The Wood Brothers@Union Transfer(8 pm)…….Rob Thomas @Borgata Hotel & Casino(7 pm)………Party Favor@The Crystal Tea Room(7 pm)…….The Makeout@Voltage Lounge(5 pm)…….Jaguar Wright@South Jazz Club(7 pm)…….Hedwig & The Angry Inch @Connie’s Ric Rac(8 pm)……The Rectors @The Barbary(8 pm) 

Kimmel Center Presents DRUMLINE:Live @ Merriam Theater (tickets here, 8 pm)……Silent Party Philly @Haute Restaurant & Lounge (tickets going quick here! (930 pm)……….Winterfest Brewfest @BlueCross River Rink(1 pm)……..Survivor Sundays:Drag Quizzo @Mad Rex(11 am)…….Queer Sundays @Saint Lazrus Bar(10 pm)…….gnash @The Foundry(730 pm)…….Sunday Funday w/Secret Service @Field House.…The Amity Affliction@Frankford Music Hall(7 pm)……

Cover photo courtesy of Visit Philly 

For much, much more local and legendary entertainment shenanigans around this here town, check in with Philly Mixtape here, here and here all year-long and beyond. 

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Weekend Entertainment Groove

Happy dog days of summer!

Now, let’s first weekend of August, shall we? 

Yes. So, don’t just stand there….let’s all get to it. 

Cirque Du Soleil Volta  Where do we begin when it comes to this dazzling summer entertainment spectacle? How about with the fact that it’s fun for everyone? Or, that it’s literally under the Big Top??? So, you see, we can go on and on about how this is a must see for your summer pleasure, but it’s better you just go right here to check it all out…and prepare to be amazed. Oh, and we must mention that tickets start as low as $49 and the show’s been extended through the last week of August! Ready? Various dates&showtimes/Greater Philadelphia Expo Center/100 Station Ave/Oaks, PA, 19456

Sing Your Life Karaoke  What better way to glide through summer other than to go sing your little heart out courtesy of the fabulous Ms. Sara Sherr and her always scorching Sing Your Life Karaoke collection, which is serving Philly for the rest of your summer 2018 lives at all of these red-hot locations listed below. Fri/9-1 Southhouse, 2535 S. 13th St.Sat/9-1:45 Les & Doreen’s Happy Tap,1301 E Susquehanna Ave Sun/9-2 Bob and Barbara’s, 1509 South Street Tues/9-2 12 Steps Down, 9th and Christian Thurs/9-2 Milkboy South Street/401 South St.

Keith Urban   While the weather outside tonight is looking a tad bit frightful, Nicole Kidman‘s hubby along with special guest Kelsea Ballerini are looking to make it delightful across the river for the start of your weekend. Giddy on up right here for those tix and so much more BB & T shenanigans this summer. Tonight/730 pm/BB & T Pavilion 

FREAQ:A Boys of Summer Adventure   Speedos, tan lines and daddies, oh….yaaaas. And of course, there’ll be boys, boys, all types of boys as far as the werk can see to make the 15th(!!) annual Boys of Summer bash an adventure you’ll never forget. Did we mention this year’s theme will feature lots of kink, fetish and S&M fantasies? So, before these boys put you in a trance (don’t forget about the Gear party at Bike Stop tonight…like you will), go right here for more Boys of Summer info and get ready to let your inhibitions run free as f@#k this weekend. Saturday/10 pm/Voyeur Nightclub 

Yanni  Yes, that Yanni. Need we say more? Absolutely not. Get those tickets. Friday & Saturday/8 pm/Borgata Event Center 

Boy George & Culture Club    First Yanni and now Boy George?? Plus, you’ve also got Rod Stewart and Cyndi Lauper taking over Boardwalk Hall! Yep, it’s that kind of entertainment weekend down at the Jersey Shore. Shake your “Karma Chameleon” thing right here for access to it all. Saturday/8 pm/Tropicana Showroom/Tropicana Hotel & Casino 

Keyshia Cole/702/Next/Musiq Soulchild/Ginuwine   “Let it Go,” “Steelo,” “Too Close,” “Buddy” and “Pony” are just a few of the classic baby makin’ bangers that’ll be taking over the Mann this Saturday night. Got tickets?  Saturday/8 pm/Mann Center for Performing Arts 

Sex Dwarf 15th Anniversary Party!  As if dealing with the fact that Madonna is going to be 60(!!) this month isn’t enough to blast our headphones, we now have to accept that esteemed Philly DJ Robert Drake’s fantastic Sex Dwarf soirees are celebrating 15 years of owning our music throwback lives. But you know what they say, time flies when you’re feelin’ fabulous on the dance floor, and that’s just how Mr. Drake is going to feel as he’ll no doubt be putting his heart and soul into everything he serves up at Club Mousai this Saturday night. Since this is truly a coveted celebration, head to the event’s official Facebook page to hear from the man himself as he spills about Sex Dwarf’s humble beginnings, what this event has meant to him and what you (yes, you) should expect this weekend. There’s really nothing left to say here except..let’s dance.   Saturday/10 pm/Club Mousai 

2018 Eagles Training Camp  They’re almost baaaack!! Who’s ready? God damn everyone.  Sunday/7 pm/Lincoln Financial Field 

Us the Duo  There still might be one or two tickets left to see this straight up America’s Got Talent owning husband-and-wife act take over the TLA this Sunday, so go right here and get yours now. By the way, do we call them Us the Trio now that they’re is expecting? Either way, we’re ready. Sunday/8 pm/TLA Philly 

Amateur Drag Night  Every fabulous queen has to begin their chantay somewhere, and this fierce competition is just the place to do it. So, this Sunday night, strut to L’Etage and join your esteemed host, Ms, Bev (and a slew of guest judges and performers), while she introduces a fine array of local amatuer drag acts as they compete for a cash prize of $100. And who knows? Maybe laced within these lovely ladies is the Gayborhood’s next drag superstar. There’s always one way to find out…go, kween. Sunday/8 pm/L’Etage 


Honeygasm 3 Year Splooshaversary! Hard to believe, but it’s already been three years since the always slaying Honeytree Evil Eye began serving up this truly one-of-a-kind sploosh-stravaganza upstairs at Franky Bradley‘s, otherwise known as the wildest, wettest (literally) and most sensational Burlesque show this side of the Ben Franklin Bridge. And with guest stars Erica Gabrielle, Sophian Moore and the always sensational, Zsa Zsa St. James, on hand to lend their tassels and talents this Sunday night, you know you’re certainly going to be in for it all. Don’t miss it!  Sunday/7 pm/Franky Bradley’s 

Also on the local and legendary entertainment decks for your……

Friday…..

MATOMA @ Premier AC(11 pm/Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa)…………DVBBS@Hq2 Beachclub(11 pm/Ocean Resort Casino)…………Yung Bae @Johnny Brenda’s(915 pm/1201 Frankford Ave)………….JFA/Castlecomer@Kung Fu Necktie(730 pm/1248 N Front St.)…………Dzeko@NOTO(10 pm/1209 Vine St.)…………..J.D Wilkes/Legendary Shackshakers (830 pm/1100 Chestnut St.)……….Cindy Bradley@South Jazz Club(8 pm/600 N. Broad St.)……….Johnny Popcorn@Underground Arts(8 pm/1200 Callowhill St.)……….Stereo League@Boot & Saddle(830 pm/1131 S. Broad St.)

Saturday……

Rise Against @ Festival Pier (7 pm/Columbus Blvd & Spring Garden St,)…………….Beres Hammond @ Electric Factory(9 pm/421 N. 7th St.)…………Dada Life & Chris Lake @Ocean Resort Casino(9 pm/500 Boardwalk)…………..Felix Cartal/Delta Heavy@Moshulu Boat (8 pm/401 S. Columbus Blvd.)…………Erol Alkan@The Dolphin Tavern(9 pm/1539 S. Broad St.)……….The Family Crest @Boot & Saddle(830 pm/1131 S. Broad St.)………..Metal@Underground Arts(8 pm/1200 Callowhill St.)………..Remember Sports@Johnny Brenda’s(9 pm/1201 Frankford Ave)………….DJ Whoo Kid@Haven Nightclub(10 pm)

Sunday…….

Showtunes Sundays@Tavern on Camac (9 pm/243 S. Camac St.)………….Sinful Sundays w/The Godess Isis@Tabu(9 pm/200 South 12th St.)………..Psychostick@Voltage Lounge(6 pm/421 N. 7th St.)…………Stu Larsen@Milkboy Philly(7 pm/1100 Chestnut St.)………..The Martinez Brothers @Hq2 Beachclub@Ocean Resort Casino(9 pm/500 Boardwalk)………Watch the Duck@Everybody Hits(7 pm/529 West Girard Ave)………….Joey DeFrancesco@South Jazz Night Club(9 pm/600 N. Broad St.)…………Cruzko@Kung Fu Necktie(7 pm/1248 N. Front St.)

Since we’re all in this music and entertainment life together, be sure to also check out Uwishunu and Visit Philly to see what other kind of weekend shenaigans you can get into for your official first weekend of August. 

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